a month agoNewcastle goalkeeper Dubravka says new deal close

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Newcastle goalkeeper Dubravka says new deal closeby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveNewcastle United goalkeeper Martin Dubravka says he is “close” to agreeing a new contract.Dubravka has three years remaining on his current deal but despite impressing since arriving in the North East, remains one of the club’s lowest earners. Speaking after the defeat to Liverpool on Saturday, the Slovakian goalkeeper said: “We’re in talks. I’m close. We are in contact and hopefully we can sort it out as soon as possible.”I’m happy here so if I can stay longer here, I will be happy. Since I came here, people have treated me really well. I can say that I feel at home here.”I’m glad that people think that I can stay here for the longer term. It’s such a big honour for me.” last_img read more

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Bulk Carrier Experiences Engine Issue in Suez Canal

first_imgThe 74,269 dwt bulk carrier MV Paraskevi experienced an engine issue which caused it to briefly ground in the Suez Canal while it was transiting on the Northbound convoy, according to data provided by Wilhelmsen Ships Service (WSS).GAC Egypt said that there “was no grounding,” but that the ship had engine trouble “for some minutes.”The ship, which ran into trouble at around 10 am local time, continued its voyage soon after with the assistance of Suez Canal tugs.At the time of the incident, the bulker was the last vessel in the Northbound convoy.There were no delays for the Northbound convoy, while the vessels in the Southbound convoy started dropping anchor at Great Bitter Lake until MV Paraskevi clears the canal, WSS said.According to AIS data provided by MarineTraffic, the 2003-built ship was sailing from the Australian port of Hay Point when it ran into trouble in the waterway.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

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If you hate America you can leave says Trump

first_imgWashington DC: US President Donald Trump continued his attack on a group of ethnic minority Democratic congresswomen on Tuesday, saying those who “hate America, should “leave” the country. “Our Country is Free, Beautiful and Very Successful. If you hate our Country, or if you are not happy here, you can leave!” Trump tweeted. In a series of tweets, Trump defended his previous tweets and remarks against the Congresswomen as lawmakers prepared to vote on a resolution condemning his “racist comments.” Also Read – Imran Khan arrives in China, to meet Prez Xi JinpingTrump denied these allegations. “Those Tweets were NOT Racist. I don’t have a Racist bone in my body!” said the president. “The so-called vote to be taken is a Democrat con game. Republicans should not show ‘weakness’ and fall into their trap,” Trump said as he indicated to make it an election issue next year. “This should be a vote on the filthy language, statements and lies told by the Democrat Congresswomen, who I truly believe, based on their actions, hate our Country,” he alleged. Also Read – US blacklists 28 Chinese entities over abuses in Xinjiang”Get a list of the HORRIBLE things they have said. Omar is polling at 8 per cent, Cortez at 21 per cent. Nancy Pelosi tried to push them away, but now they are forever wedded to the Democrat Party. See you in 2020! Trump asserted. “If you come after the President, the Country, the Flag – he’s going to defend himself. What the squad doesn’t like is that Donald Trump is enforcing the very laws that are on the books that were put there by Congress.” Jason Chaffetz. Also, buy Jason’s great new book, POWER GRAB!” he tweeted. Meanwhile, Democratic lawmakers continued to denounce Trump’s tweets and said that those were racists. The House Democrats are scheduled to vote on a resolution condemning Trump’s tweets later in the day. Democrats say Trump’s alleged racist tweets were targeted against Congresswomen Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ilhan Omar, Rashida Tlaib and Ayanna Pressley.last_img read more

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CVC panel to examine bank fraud above 50 cr

first_imgNew Delhi: The Central Vigilance Commission (CVC) has constituted Advisory Board for Banking Frauds (ABBF) headed by former Vigilance Commissioner T M Bhasin to examine bank fraud over Rs 50 crore and recommend action.The ABBF, formed in consultation with the RBI, would function as the first level of examination of all large fraud cases before recommendations or references are made to the investigative agencies by the respective public sector banks (PSBs), CVC said in an order. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c detailsThe four-member board’s jurisdiction would be confined to those cases involving the level of officers of General Manager and above in the PSB in respect of an allegation of fraud in a borrowal account, it said. Lenders would refer all large fraud cases above Rs 50 crore to the board and on receipt of its recommendation or advice, the bank concerned would take further action in such matter, it stated. “The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) may also refer any case or matter to the board where it has any issue or difficulty or in technical matters with the PSB concerned,” it said. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from ThursdayOther members of the panel are Madhusudan Prasad — former Urban Development Secretary, D K Pathak — former Director-General of the Border Security Force and Suresh N Patel — former MD and CEO of Andhra Bank. The tenure of the Chairman and members would be for a period of two years from August 21, 2019, the order mentioned. It further added that the board will also periodically carry out frauds analysis in the financial system and give inputs for policy formulation related to the fraud to the RBI. Headquartered in Delhi, the Reserve Bank of India will provide required secretarial services, logistic and analytical support along with the necessary funding to the board. In a bid to check such incidences, the government has already issued the ‘framework for timely detection, reporting and investigation relating to large-value bank frauds’ to PSBs, which makes it clear that all accounts exceeding Rs 50 crore, if classified as an NPA, should be examined by banks from the angle of possible fraud and a report be placed before the bank’s Committee for Review of NPAs based on the findings of the investigation. Besides, the PSBs have been advised to obtain a certified copy of the passport of promoters/directors and other authorised signatories of companies taking loan facilities of more than Rs 50 crore.last_img read more

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DAPL oil flowing is a disappointment says Standing Rock Tribal Chairman

first_imgDennis WardAPTN National NewsThe $4.8 billion Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) is now in service with oil flowing according to its owner Energy Transfer Partners.Last fall, the DAPL was the focus of intense and often violent protests and actions by law enforcement.The fight against the pipeline was led by thousands of grassroots Indigenous and non-Indigenous people from around the world and the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe.Tribal Chairman Dave Archambault, who was recently acquitted of charges of disorderly conduct in relation to the protests, said the system isn’t working for Indigenous peoples.“It goes to show that this administration and court system failed us again,” said Archambault.The Tribal Chairman of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe called the announcement “disappointing” and said the Tribe is still continuing with its efforts to have the permit revoked.“Now more than ever poses a risk to the drinking water of millions of people.”The Tribe is asking the courts to call for a full Environmental Assessment Impact Study (EAIS) on the project.The previous Obama Administration halted the project before leaving office and called for an EAIS. That decision was reversed in the early days of the new Trump Administration.A decision Archambault said was done for political reasons.The Tribe is awaiting a court decision.Archambault was found innocent on Wednesday of disorderly conduct charges that were laid in August of 2016. The case was delayed numerous times and it only took a jury a matter of minutes to find him not guilty.The Tribal Chairman is thankful the matter was finally settled and said it had been hanging over his head for months.The Tribal Chairman said he is not surprised by the revelations this week that a private security firm was hired by the oil company.Documents obtained by an online magazine indicate, TigerSwan which was founded by retired military special forces members conducted an aggressive, multifaceted operation against protesters that included a close working relationship with public law enforcement.“There was always the assumption that there were infiltrators,” said Archambault.However, he is surprised by how much influence they may have had over law enforcement and over political officials.“It’s a lesson for us as we move forward” and “an eye opener” said Archambault who predicts there will be many more battles going forward citing the KXL pipeline.last_img read more

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Facebooks messaging ambitions much much more than just chat

first_imgSan Francisco: Facebook, already the leader in enabling you to share photos, videos and links, now wants to be a force in messaging, commerce, payments and just about everything else you do online. The company’s ambitions harken to how WeChat has become the centerpiece of digital life in China, where people use it to order movie tickets, subway passes, food delivery and rides. If Facebook succeeds in turning its own messaging services into a platform for everything, it could ultimately threaten established services such as Snapchat, Yelp, Venmo, eBay and even Apple and Amazon. Also Read – Maruti cuts production for 8th straight month in Sep”It’s clear that Facebook does have very broad ambitions here,” said Bob O’Donnell, president and chief analyst at Technalysis Research. “Their goal is to be the WeChat of everywhere but China.” But Facebook faces numerous hurdles. A key one is restoring user trust, following a string of privacy failures that include the sharing of personal information from as many as 87 million users with a consulting firm affiliated with Donald Trump’s campaign. Also Read – Ensure strict implementation on ban of import of e-cigarettes: revenue to CustomsAnd any change may cause users to rethink their relationship with Facebook. “Facebook has a lot of momentum but it’s not completely invincible,” said Roger Kay, an analyst at Endpoint Technologies Associates. “People came to Facebook for a particular thing. Offer them a different thing, and they’re likely to re-evaluate whether they want to be there at all.” After all, Friendster and Myspace came and went as Facebook grew. Yahoo and AltaVista moved over for Google. And remember when AOL was popular, powerful and rich enough to buy the traditional media company Time Warner? Both AOL and Yahoo are now fading brands within Verizon. After building an advertising-supported service that depends on vacuuming up data on your hobbies, interests and political views, CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced last week that Facebook will now emphasise ways for small groups to communicate in a truly private fashion. This involves scrambling all messages in WhatsApp, Instagram Direct and Messenger so that even Facebook itself can’t read them. Facebook will also let messages automatically disappear after a set amount of time, something rival Snapchat already does. Facebook, Zuckerberg said, will “then build more ways for people to interact on top of that, including calls, video chats, groups, stories, businesses, payments, commerce, and ultimately a platform for many other kinds of private services.” Facebook declined to further elaborate on its ambitions, and a spokeswoman reinforced that it is early in the process. But there are clues in what Chinese tech giant Tencent has already done with WeChat in China. WeChat combines functions that are typically done by separate companies elsewhere think of Facebook and its messaging services combined with PayPal and Uber. People use WeChat to buy goods in retail stores, split restaurant bills with friends, pay utility bills, donate to charities and hail rides from the Uber-like Didi Chuxing service. Facebook already lets people send money to other individuals through Messenger in the US and a few other countries and is testing payments through WhatsApp in India. The New York Times reported that Facebook is also developing its own digital currency to make it easier for users to send money to their messaging contacts. Facebook didn’t offer many details on its digital currency endeavors, but said a “new small team” was looking for ways to make use of the type of technology powering bitcoins and other cryptocurrencies. While the current payment options require linking Facebook to bank accounts or services such as PayPal, a digital currency could potentially work without them. That could appeal to users, especially in Asia and Africa, with limited access to banking services, said Avivah Litan, a Gartner analyst who specializes in security and payments. And it would solve a key challenge with commerce on phones. Litan said entering credit card details on a phone is cumbersome, and businesses often lose customers before they complete orders. If Facebook can integrate payments into messaging, it can keep users within Facebook and convince advertisers they’re more likely to complete sales. Facebook could also diversify revenue beyond advertising. For instance, it could take a commission, whether for newspaper subscriptions or food deliveries, much as Apple already does with a cut of up to 30 per cent for app payments. Kay said messaging could become one-stop shop for Yelp-like business reviews, OpenTable restaurant reservations, on-demand delivery similar to Uber and a marketplace akin to eBay the latter being something Facebook already offers on its main app. Amazon might be tougher to challenge, he said, given the company’s expertise in delivery logistics, but there might be pieces such as grocery delivery that Facebook can go after.last_img read more

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Fresh round of aerial bombing in West Darfur forces UN staff to

Nine staff with the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) had been caring for newly arrived Sudanese refugees in the Birak area of eastern Chad before the sudden relocation, the agency reported.“It is extremely frustrating to have to withdraw staff from the border,” said Jorge Holly, head of the UNHCR field office in the eastern Chadian town of Guereda. “It is not only sad, but frustrating, because we cannot provide the protection assistance we wish to give to these newly arrived refugees.”Mr. Holly said the team would return immediately to the Birak area – currently home to as many as 10,000 Darfurians – as soon as the security situation calmed down. Those refugees arrived in the area only a week or so ago after militia attacks, reportedly backed by Government forces, against three other towns in West Darfur.The UNHCR staff left for Guereda a few hours after a group of refugees arrived from West Darfur carrying a 55-year-old whom they said had lost both her legs during an air raid yesterday by Sudanese Antonov planes on the Aro Sharow camp for internally displaced persons (IDPs). The woman later died.One of the relocated UNHCR staff said they heard the sounds of bombs and explosions coming from just across the border in Sudan and felt the battle on the ground as well.Aro Sharow is normally home to about 4,000 to 5,000 IDPs seeking safety from the conflict between rebels, Government forces and allied militias that has engulfed the arid Darfur region since 2003.Describing the bombing of Aro Sharow as unacceptable, Mr. Ban said in a statement released by his spokesperson that all parties to the Darfur conflict must immediately end hostilities and commit to the political process being led by the Special Envoys of the UN and African Union.“A negotiated settlement to the Darfur conflict cannot take place amid continuing violence and the massive displacement of civilians,” he said.John Holmes, the Under-Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs and the Emergency Relief Coordinator, also urged maximum restraint from all sides amid reports that further violence is imminent.“I am very concerned for the civilian population caught in the middle of this violence,” he said yesterday. “Should further attacks occur, the consequences for 20,000 civilians in this area could be disastrous.”In his statement Mr. Ban voiced alarm about fresh reports indicating that Government forces and allied militia groups were massing in the Jebel Moon area of West Darfur, calling it “a worrying sign that there will be continued hostilities in the area.“In addition to putting the lives of innocent civilians at risk, the ongoing violence significantly reduces the humanitarian community’s access to those in need of life-saving assistance.”Mr. Holmes noted that UN humanitarian agencies and non-governmental organizations (NGOs) have been working to assess and deliver assistance to the beleaguered civilian inhabitants of West Darfur after the Sudanese Government lifted a blockade of almost two months of the state’s northern corridor.But, “as the Government has reportedly now banned all flights to areas north of El Geneina [the state capital] for the next three days, further efforts to assess the humanitarian situation on the ground are limited,” he warned.More than 200,000 people have been killed in the Darfur conflict and at least 2.2 million others displaced, and the hybrid UN-AU peacekeeping force deployed to the region (UNAMID) is working to try to quell the violence and suffering. 19 February 2008The United Nations refugee agency has had to withdraw its staff from the volatile Sudanese-Chadian border area after a series of aerial bombardments over the past two days in West Darfur that have also sparked deep concern from Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and the world body’s top humanitarian official. read more

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TNA urged to accept Ministerial posts and make JO main opposition

The TNA has so far said it will not join the Government but will work with the Government to address the issues faced by the Tamils in the North and East. (Colombo Gazette) By Indika Sri Aravinda Ganesan said that most issues related to the North can be resolved if the TNA is part of the Government. The Tamil National Alliance (TNA) has been urged to accept Ministerial posts and make the Joint Opposition (JO) the main opposition in Parliament.Minister of Integration, Reconciliation and Official Languages Mano Ganesan told reporters today that if the TNA led by opposition leader R. Sampanthan joins the Government, they will be able to do a lot for the Tamils in the North and East.

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HBC to shutter Home Outfitters brand with all Saks Off Fifth locations

Hudson’s Bay Co. says it will close its Home Outfitters business and estimates it will shutter 20 of its U.S. Saks Off Fifth locations.The Toronto-based retailer says the moves are part of plans to reduce costs, simplify the business and improve overall profitability. ‘They have a pulse now’: Investors like Hudson’s Bay CEO Helena Foulkes’ ‘drastic moves’ New Hudson’s Bay CEO Helena Foulkes says ‘no sacred cows’ as retailer seeks elusive turnaround HBC to close some Lord & Taylor stores and sell Gilt.com amid disappointing results HBC says the shutdown of all 37 Home Outfitters locations will occur this year and most of the markets the brand is in will still be served by HBC.HBC does not know which Saks Off Fifth locations will be closed yet but says the entire roster of 133 stores is part of a review.The company says the review will allow them to focus on its “best locations” and on its e-commerce offerings.HBC’s chief executive officer Helena Foulkes says if possible, the company will work to find opportunities within HBC for those employees impacted by the closures. read more

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General Assembly speakers canvass topics from terrorism to trade and debt relief

Tonga’s Foreign Minister Sonatane Tu’a Taumoepeau-Tupou said his country welcomed recent moves to strengthen the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea (UNCLOS) and other treaties that propose to protect fish stocks. He said small island States are particularly vulnerable to economic problems because their development is often concentrated in only a handful of islands, leaving the remaining islands disadvantaged. Mr. Taumoepeau-Tupou also said Tonga has decided to contribute to the UN’s peacekeeping efforts for the first time since it joined the world body five years ago. Ethiopian Foreign Minister Seyoum Mesfin said it was obvious “there is just not sufficient support internationally to make it possible for Africa to meet the economic challenges it is facing,” especially given the terms of international trade and the continent’s crushing burden of debt. Describing Ethiopia’s border conflict with Eritrea as “a tragic setback,” he said Addis Ababa remained willing to have “open-ended dialogue” with Asmara and blamed Eritrea for the failure of any progress between the two sides.Niger’s Foreign Minister Aïchatou Mindaoudou told the Assembly her country has made strong democratic advances recently: this included setting up a pluralistic political system, establishing an independent judiciary and framing a national constitution that separated the powers of government. In November there will be presidential elections, she said, and successful district and municipal polls were also conducted recently – which meant Niger would enjoy a multi-party system for the first time since 1991.Souef Mohamed El-Amine, Foreign Minister of the Comoros, said the needs of small island States, particularly their vulnerability to climate change and natural disasters, must be paid more attention by the UN and the international community. Next year in Mauritius, he said, world leaders are scheduled to review what progress has been made on the issue since a major summit was held in Barbados 10 years ago. Mr El-Amine also called on France to enter into constructive dialogue on the status of the island of Mayotte.Farouk Assaad Kaddoumi, Head of Delegation for the Permanent Observer Mission of Palestine, denounced Israel as “a war-sophisticated arms developer and dealer with no ethical or moral constraints and with no human rights concerns.” Demanding that Israel’s occupation of Palestinian territory end, he said it must follow the so-called Road Map peace process, which calls for two States to live side-by-side in peace. He added that the plan of Israeli leader Ariel Sharon to disengage unilaterally from the Gaza Strip still allows Israel to control “everything that enters and exits Gaza.” Highlighting the link between war and poverty, Askar Akayev, President of Kyrgyzstan, said poverty bred youths who felt dispossessed and were therefore prime targets for recruitment by terrorist groups. To eradicate terrorism, a harsh and united response was necessary and, particularly given the situation in nearby Afghanistan, that is why his country had allowed forces from the United States and the Russian Federation to be deployed on its territory. It was important for small countries to have big friends when it came to foreign policy, he said.Mr. Akayev also drew attention to the plight of the world’s least developed mountain countries. He called for the adoption of a General Assembly resolution that would cancel their foreign debt – thus helping them reduce poverty and meet the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) by the target date of 2015. Bhutan’s Foreign Minister Lyonpo Khandu Wangchuk added his voice to calls for reform of the Security Council, saying that India and Japan, among others, “are pre-eminently qualified for permanent membership” given their respective roles in global affairs. Turning to economic issues, he said Bhutan hoped that the concerns of poor, landlocked nations are given high priority and that developed countries start giving more aid and debt relief – or otherwise the world will not achieve the MDGs. Habib Ben Yahia, Tunisia’s Foreign Minister, told the Assembly that his country wanted to reactivate the Maghreb Union to promote greater cooperation among the countries of North Africa. Through the League of Arab States and the African Union, as well as the UN, Tunisia was committed to the idea that it is vital to work together to achieve social or economic progress. He said the second phase of the World Summit on the Information Society, scheduled to be held in Tunis in November 2005, would demonstrate the importance of “a solidarity-based digital partnership.” Timothy Harris, Foreign Minister of St. Kitts and Nevis, said that while “for decades countries and academics have questioned the viability of small States,” and their natural and financial resources are limited, many nations in the Caribbean region have still managed to establish a long and proud tradition of democratic values. He said it was crucial for such States to form partnerships like the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) because they lack the economy of scale to overcome their economic disadvantages alone. Foreign Minister Moctar Ouane of Mali called for greater international help to combat the current locust invasion in West Africa, which he said “has surpassed even the most pessimistic projections in its scope and speed.” The livelihoods of millions of people were affected, he added, because of the “catastrophic damage” on upcoming grain harvests. Mr. Ouane also emphasized the issue of children in armed conflict, saying it must remain a priority of the UN. Togolese Foreign Minister Biossey Kokou Tozoun said he was troubled by last year’s collapse of international trade negotiations at Cancun, Mexico, and wondered “where was that solidarity that had been so loudly proclaimed at the Millennium Summit” in 2000. The slow pace of progress towards the MDGs was particularly worrying, he said, because the world is “living in a fragile state,” citing continuing or recent conflicts in Sudan, the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), the Middle East, Liberia and Haiti as some examples. read more

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Four fifths of UN officials have filled out financial disclosure forms –

Stephane Dujarric told reporters in New York that Deputy Secretary-General Mark Malloch Brown is now contacting those who have not yet completed the forms. Those required under the new rules and regulations are directors and all staff in procurement, people with access to information regarding to accounts or financial information and anyone else that each department’s executive office deems appropriate. Asked whether the Secretary-General has filled out the disclosure form yet, the spokesman said that he had not, but would do so. In response to another question, Mr. Dujarric confirmed that Mr. Malloch Brown had met the requirement. The forms presently affected about 125 Assistant Secretaries-General and Under-Secretaries-General. Mr. Dujarric said an effort is underway to expand financial disclosure to include directors and anyone with access to sensitive financial information, thus covering some 1,300 people. The forms will be handled by the UN’s new Ethics Office whose Special Advisor, Tunku Abdul Aziz, will brief the press next week. read more

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Opposition anticipates debates on pirate attacks

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedPiracy massacre: Decomposed body of missing fisherman washes up in CorentyneMay 11, 2018In “Crime”What’s stopping them? President, Granger ready to talkOctober 3, 2014In “Politics”15 fishermen still missing as investigations continue in piracy attacksMay 9, 2018In “Crime” ….re-establishment of Ministry of Labour as motions submitted The People’s Progressive Party (PPP), in anticipation of Friday’s sitting of the National Assembly, has submitted a “Motion of Adjournment on a Definite Matter of Urgent Public Importance” with regards to the two recent incidents of violent pirate attacks on Guyanese fishermen off the coast of Suriname.Surinamese law enforcement officials taking one of the bodies recovered to the morgueThe PPP’s motion is requesting that the Government of Guyana inform the National Assembly of the actions they have taken in respect to this horrendous human tragedy which has left several persons dead and missing.The Opposition wants to know what actions the coalition Administration intends to take as it relates to the “ the arrest and prosecution of the perpetrators of these horrific acts and the intellectual authors;the measures put in place or to be put in place designed to create a safe environment for fishermen to continue to ply their trade at sea; what form of financial assistance, if any, is being or will be offered to the families of the victims, as well as, the owners of the fishing vessels, engines, seine and equipment which have been damaged, destroyed or lost; what form of enhanced collaboration, if any, is being pursued with the Government of the Republic of Suriname to patrol and monitor the waters, inclusive by air, and including, the installation of Global Positioning Systems (GPS) or similar technological apparatus on licensed fishing vessels” among others.They posited that if it turns out that the APNU-AFC Administration has not yet acted upon these issues, then they should begin to do so “with every convenient speed.”Additionally, the motion outlined that the National Assembly should urge its Government to “to utilize the provisions in the Anti-Terrorism Act and the Piracy Act to bring the perpetrators to justice.”Two Saturdays ago, four boats were attacked by a group of men who brutalised the occupants by chopping them about their bodies, drenching them in hot oil and then tying the barely alive men on to batteries before throwing them overboard.Two days later, another boat was attacked and the captain killed.Those identified as missing include Ramesh Sanchara, Ganesh Persaud, Vickey Persaud, Glenroy Jones, Bharat Heralall, Ralph Anthony, and Tiaknauth Mohabir, among others.Currently, law enforcement agencies in Suriname have a total of 15 persons in custody among whom are two alleged suspects – “Crackhead” and “Dick” – who were fingered by survivors as two of the pirates who attacked the fishermen in Surinamese waters resulting in three deaths, five survivors and 12 missing.The second attack just days later, which saw a boat captain killed and his crew missing, is also believed to be linked to the first.Apart from the motion mentioned above the PPP also submitted a ‘Private Member’s Motion’, calling for the re-establishment of the Ministry of Labour, to the Clerk of the National Assembly for debate at the same Sitting.Moreover, the Opposition has also submitted a Question without Notice on the Guyana People’s Militia. read more

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RMGs third quarter projects review El Teniente expansion Ivanplats IPO Solwara progress

first_imgThe latest issue of International Mining Project News, out today, has reports on 14 prefeasibility studies, 23 feasibility studies, 27 projects in development, seven new mines that have gone into production, four existing mines that are expanding, three merger and acquisition announcements and many new appointments to new positions. The report covers 39 gold projects, 16 copper, 13 silver projects, five iron ore, four nickel and zinc projects, three heavy mineral sands, rare earth elements, coal and molybdenum, two projects on tin, potash, cobalt and PGMs, and one project each on tungsten, graphite, diamonds, phosphate, uranium, lead, lithium and titanium. A brief sample of the reports follows.Codelco has started the development of the access drifts for the new level of its El Teniente copper mine (IM, October 2010, pp10-15). The expansion is part of a $3.5 billion project that will allow the company to extend the mine life for another 50 years. Its production last year was 400,297 t. The new mine section, located 300 m deeper than the current one, will enter production in 2017.Ivanplats has applied for listing on the Toronto Stock Exchange. In the DRC, the Kamoa copper deposit was independently discovered by Ivanplats in 2008 and is west of the Kolwezi district of the Central African Copperbelt. Ivanplats has completed a resource estimate and preliminary assesment on the Kamoa project. Also in the DRC, Ivanplats has a controlling interest in a historical zinc resource at the Kipushi project, with established underground access. This is a past-producing, high-grade underground zinc-copper mine in Katanga Province. Ivanplats’ Platreef PGE, gold, nickel, and copper project, on the Northern Limb of the Bushveld Complex in South Africa, is approximately 8 km south of Anglo Platinum’s Mogalakwena mining complex.Karnalyte Resources has entered into an EPCM Services Agreement with Foster Wheeler Canada Ltd (FWCL), whereby FWCL will provide EPCM services for the Wynyard Carnallite project. The proposed project involves the construction of a facility that will initially produce 625,000 t/y of potash, increasing to 2.125 Mt/y of potash.Centaurus Metals advises that the BFS for its flagship Jambreiro iron ore project in southeast Brazil is progressing well with results from the open pit geotechnical, pit optimisation and mine sequencing work confirming the robustness of the orebody. The recently completed pit optimisation and mine sequencing work, based on the Friable Measured and Indicated Resource of 53.7 Mt grading 28.4% Fe, has estimated an in-pit resource of 48.5 Mt at an average grade of 28.1% Fe.Altona Mining’s  Roseby project continues to excite us, with another new copper deposit discovery near Mt Isa in Queensland, Australia. The discovery at Turkey Creek is located some 2 km east of the 100 Mt Little Eva deposit. Managing Director Dr Alistair Cowden: “The copper deposit at Turkey Creek, discovered so close to Little Eva, reinforces the enormous potential for discovery within the greater Roseby project. The deposit clearly has potential to provide additional feed to the proposed Little Eva plant. There are a great number of similar targets to Turkey Creek within our 1,500 km2 tenure. Targets include combined copper anomalous drill and soil results, old workings and geophysical targets. Targets adjacent to the main Roseby deposits may have had recent work but those 10-30 km distant may have had little or no exploration in the past 30 years. The Roseby tenements also show clear potential for both Dugald River zinc-lead-silver and Mary Kathleen uranium targets.”At the Solwara 1 Subsea Mining Project, GMC is on track to deliver the riser and lifting system featuring an innovative mechanical connector. The connector employed on this riser system is pivotal technology, which enables the riser to deliver superior fatigue performance in a harsh environment, where the vessel and operating conditions demand unparalleled performance. This system, when delivered to Nautilus Minerals, will form part of the key equipment packages required for delivering produced seafloor massive sulphide (containing high grades of copper) ore from the seabed in water depths up to 2,500 m.Kootenay Silver has completed a sensitivity analysis of varying metal prices at 18, 24 and 36-month trailing averages, further supporting the recent updated NI 43-101 resource estimate conducted on its flagship Promontorio silver project in Sonora, Mexico. Kootenay President and CEO James McDonald: “When you apply even the most conservative metal prices observed during the 18 to 36 month period, there is less than a 4% variance in Promontorio’s Measured and Indicated resource. This is due to the impact of the high silver grades in the diatreme system, which is also exciting as it has a positive impact on the economic dynamics of the resource. Moreover, using the lowest metal prices observed over the three-year period, Promontorio still maintains a benchmark Measured and Indicated silver equivalent resource totalling over 60 Moz.” Endeavour Mining announced drill results from the ongoing near-mine exploration program on its Agbaou gold deposit in Côte d’Ivoire. Exploration success is indicating further upside beyond the current mineral resources and reserves. Agbaou mine construction remains on track to begin production in Q1 2014. Pele Mountain Resources has received a letter of support from the Council of the City of Elliot Lake, Ontario, for the development of Pele’s Eco Ridge mine rare earths and uranium project.MMG has changed its English company name from Minmetals Resources to MMG. The company currently owns and operates the Century, Golden Grove and Rosebery mines in Australia, the Kinsevere mine in the Democratic Republic of Congo and the LXML Sepon mine in Laos. Its major development projects include Dugald River, a high grade zinc-lead-silver deposit located in northwest Queensland, Australia, and the Izok Corridor base metals project in Nunavut, northwest Canada.Rio Tinto has doubled its holding in Richards Bay Minerals (RBM) following the completion of its acquisition of BHP Billiton’s entire interests. The purchase price paid by Rio Tinto on completion was $1.7 billion. Rio Tinto Diamonds & Minerals Chief Executive Alan Davies: “Doubling our stake in this tier one asset further strengthens Rio Tinto’s titanium dioxide portfolio at a time when the long-term outlook remains robust. Demand for feedstocks is expected to grow strongly, needing the equivalent of a new operation the size of RBM to be built every two and a half years.” RBM is a South African mineral sands mining and processing operation located in Kwa-Zulu Natal.  It is one of the world’s lowest cost producers and has mineral resources to support 20 years of production. Rio Tinto manages the RBM business and markets all of its products. In 2011, RBM produced 14% share of global titanium dioxide feedstock sales and 18% of global zircon sales.Diamcor Mining provided an update on the commissioning and testing exercises underway at its Krone-Endora at Venetia project. These commissioning and testing exercises are designed to (i) evaluate operational efficiencies of the in-pit screening equipment (ii) assess processing capacities and recovery parameters for the modular processing plant, and (iii) assist in determining modifications required, if any, to enhance project efficiencies/recoveries for the long-term. The exercises are also aimed at securing a suitable quantity of rough diamonds for preliminary sorting by the company and its strategic alliance partner Tiffany & Co which should assist both parties’ operational planning and to provide the primary data necessary for the establishment of a new and current average dollar per carat estimate for the Project’s rough diamonds.This fortnightly project watch is a great way of keeping up to date with your peers – other mining companies, other consultants or other engineering companies. These issues build into a global mine project overview. If you are a supplier – it is full of potential sales leads. For a sample copy contact emma@im-mining.com, or go to http://corporate.im-mining.com/subscribeprojnews.asplast_img read more

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SBS ABC suffer cuts

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram The Federal Government will cut the funding of the ABC and SBS by 1 per cent as well as cancel the ABC’s contract to run Australia Network, as a result of this year’s budget.The Government expects to save $43.5 million over four years from cuts to the base funding of the ABC and SBS.However, in a message to staff, ABC managing director Mark Scott says the cut to the ABC is likely to be about $120 million over four years, with more to come, resulting in redundancies and reductions in services.The decisions to axe the ABC’s $220 million, 10-year contract with the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) to run the Asia Pacific television service, Australia Network, which broadcasts to 46 Asia Pacific countries, was widely expected.The communications minister, Malcolm Turnbull, has described the cuts to the ABC and fellow public broadcaster SBS as ‘a down-payment on back-office savings identified and being considered by the government and the public broadcasters over the coming months’.Community radio and subsequently ethnic community radio on the other hand, have been spared potentially crippling funding cuts as the budget rejected recommendations to abolish the sector’s funding.last_img read more

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Aegeans passenger traffic up 12 per cent

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Aegean Airlines is off to a good start this year. On Thursday the Greek carrier announced a 12 per cent increase in passenger numbers compared to the same time in 2017.A member of the Star Alliance airline group, it revealed that passenger numbers totalled 2.36 million in past three months compared to 2.10 million, increasing its load factor from 76.8 per cent to 81.2 per cent.The increase has mainly been noted on Aegean’s international routes, which have risen by 16 per cent.Looking to renew its fleet of single-aisle planes and add capacity to expand on its services, last month the airline put in an order for 42 aircraft from Airbus worth a total of €4 billion, one of the biggest investments to be made by a private Greek company since the financial crisis hit in 2010.This year the carrier will be offering 11 new routes, among them Basel in Switzerland, Spain’s Malaga, and Palermo, Turin and Bologna in Italy.last_img read more

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Leno hails incredible Lucas

first_imgArsenal goalkeeper Bernd Leno has praised teammate Lucas Torreira after the Uruguayan midfielder put in a stellar performance in their 4-2 win against Spurs.Torreira scored the fourth goal as Arsenal came back from 2-1 down at half-time to win 4-2, and Leno was happy with the midfielder’s contribution.“Torreira is incredible,” Leno told the club’s website.“He’s a fighter and he’s so important for our game, for the whole defense. He produced another perfect game today”Leno, who joined Arsenal from Bayer Leverkusen experienced his first North London derby and revealed they are aiming for the top four this season.Jadon SanchoMerson believes Arsenal should sign Sancho Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho might be the perfect player to play for the Gunners, according to former England international Paul Merson.“It was my first derby and the atmosphere was incredible. It was an important game for our fans and for us as well,” he said.“We want to finish the season in the top four and now we’re in front of Tottenham. It was very important.“It’s not just an important game for a manager to win against a team from the top six, it’s important for us as a team.“We lost the first two games against Chelsea and Manchester City but against Liverpool, we played very well.“We didn’t win that one but today we won against a good team and showed a very good performance.”last_img read more

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Boy bitten while trying to stop dog fight in Fort Lauderdale

first_imgFORT LAUDERDALE, FLA. (WSVN) – Rescue crews took a Fort Lauderdale boy to the hospital after, officials said, he tried to protect his pet from a neighbor’s larger dog.According to Fort Lauderdale Fire Rescue, the incident took place along the 400 block of Southwest 25th Terrace, just before 1:30 p.m.One of the dogs’ owner told 7News that the 11-year-old boy got in the middle of the fighting canines in an attempt to shield his pet when he was bitten in the arm by the larger dog.Animal Services responded to the scene. The dog that bit the boy was placed inside a cage but was not removed.The young victim was undergoing surgery later on Saturday.No one was cited, and the victim’s family will not press charges.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

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The Wilmington Insider For September 9 2018

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Below is a round-up of what’s going on in Wilmington on Sunday, September 9, 2018:Happening Today:Weather: Cloudy through mid morning, then gradual clearing, with a high near 82. Calm wind becoming south 5 to 9 mph in the afternoon.In The Community: The Wilmington Senior Center is holding a ‘Family Fun Walk’ in celebration of Grandparents Day from 1pm to 3pm at the Yentile Farm Recreational Facility. There will be face painting, raffles, giveaways, Zumba, and Yoga at this intergenerational event.In The Community: The Wilmington Farmers Market continues its season from 10am to 1pm on the Swain Green (across from the Town Common). See this week’s lineup HERE.In The Community: The Wilmington Field Hockey team is holding a car wash fundraiser from 9am to 1pm at the 4th of July Building (142 Middlesex Avenue).In The Community: Wilmington High School cheerleaders are holding a car wash fundraiser from 10am to 2pm at AAA Tire Company (127 Main Street) in Wilmington.In The Community: Wilmington Youth Soccer will hold its 7th Annual Field Day and 3v3 Tournament from 10am to 4pm at the Shawsheen School fields. As part of Field Day, Wilmington Youth Soccer will be holding its Annual 3v3 Soccer Tournament. Proceeds will benefit the Wilmington Youth Soccer Association.In The Community: The Fourth Annual Trouble The Dog Motorcycle Ride will take place today. Registration begins at 10am. The ride starts at 11am. The ride will start and end at Shriners Auditorium (99 Fordham Road, Wilmington). The motorcycle ride, escorted by members of the Middlesex County Sheriff’s Office, will benefit first responders and the children they serve. The ride is sponsored by Marblehead Opticians. Tickets are $20 per rider, $10 for passengers, and $20 for walk-ins. Tickets include coffee and donuts — courtesy of Dunkin’ Donuts of Marblehead — and a full lunch after the ride. There will be music, a cash bar, food, and great prizes. Proceeds from the ride help to place Trouble The Dog plush dogs in police cruisers, fire trucks, and ambulances to help first responders provide a source of comfort to children in the event of a fire, accident, or other emergency.In The Community: The Wilmington Town Museum is holding its Monthly Open House from 2pm to 4pm at the Harnden Tavern (430 Salem Street).In The Community: The Middlesex Canal Museum and Visitors’ Center (71 Faulkner Street, North Billerica) is open from noon to 4pm.  Learn about the canal, which travels through Wilmington.MBTA Reminder: There will be no weekend commuter rail service on the Lowell Line (Wilmington Center) until December. A free shuttle bus will be available. Learn more HERE.Food Shopping: Food shopping in town this week?  In case you haven’t seen this week’s circulars, Wilmington Apple has you covered:This week’s circular from Market Basket (260 Main Street) can be found HERE.This week’s circular from Lucci’s Market (211 Lowell Street) can be found HERE.Elia’s Country Store (381 Middlesex Avenue) does not have an online circular, but the store posts its hot entree schedule and other specials on its Facebook page HERE.(NOTE: What did I miss? Let me know by commenting below, commenting on the Facebook page, or emailing wilmingtonapple@gmail.com. I may be able to update this post.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… Related5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Sunday, September 8, 2019In “5 Things To Do Today”5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Tuesday, August 20, 2019In “5 Things To Do Today”The Wilmington Insider For September 27, 2018In “5 Things To Do Today”last_img read more

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International range states meet to discuss polar bear conservation

first_imgA presentation being given at the 2018 Polar Bear Range States Meeting in Fairbanks, AK. (Alaska’s Energy Desk/ Ravenna Koenig)Representatives from Norway, Canada, Greenland, Russia and the United States met in Fairbanks Feb. 2-4, 2018, to talk about polar bears. Those countries are all part of a treaty signed in 1973 to coordinate protection of the species. And for about a decade now, those same countries have been holding meetings every two years to address the threats that polar bears are facing, especially from climate change.Listen nowAt Pike’s Waterfront Lodge on the Chena River in Fairbanks, dozens of people mill about a cavernous meeting room, different languages echoing off the walls. A weekend-long meeting of what’s referred to as “the range states” — or the five nations where polar bears live — has just ended.When the Agreement on the Conservation of Polar Bears was signed by these countries in 1973, the main issue they were trying to deal with was the dwindling numbers of polar bears in many areas, largely due to sport hunting. Not anymore.“The number one challenge is loss of polar bear habitat, meaning sea ice,” James Wilder, the polar bear program leader for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, said. He’s one of several people representing the United States here.A few years ago the range states finalized an initiative called the Circumpolar Action Plan, essentially a way for the different countries to coordinate their efforts to address things like human-bear conflicts, climate change and bear management with oil and gas development.This meeting is, in part, a way for the group to catch up on the work they’ve done under that plan since they last met in 2015. One example: an update on an ongoing study on the effectiveness of bear spray on polar bears in Arctic temperatures. As sea ice disappears, polar bears are spending more time on land, leading to more conflicts with humans.“It can range from polar bears raiding fishing camps on the coast, to getting into landfills in coastal villages, to traveling through and inhabiting oil and gas fields,” Wilder said. “It can also go to the other extreme of attacking people.”The delegates for the U.S. include the State of Alaska, the North Slope Borough, the U.S. State Department and USGS, among others.Nicole Kanayurak spoke for the North Slope Borough at the end of the meeting. She thanked the range states for recognizing that indigenous knowledge is an important part of managing and researching polar bears. But she also urged them to include native communities to a greater extent in that work.“What we have drawn from the last two days is that there may be missing variables and a void that the intricacies of our indigenous knowledge on the ground may inform,” Kanayurak said.  “It is important for our people that we are equitably involved in polar bear affairs.”Other groups representing indigenous perspectives at the meeting echoed this push for more inclusion.James Wilder says that this has been and will continue to be a point of focus for the range states.“What we heard repeatedly during this meeting — and the range states are committed to doing a better job with — is working more closely with the native people,” Wilder said, “incorporating traditional ecological knowledge and subsistence users concerns and knowledge into the management and scientific processes that govern what we do.”Wilder says that one example of how the U.S. is working towards more inclusion is a scientific working group they have with Russia. The group is designing studies on polar bears in the Chukchi Sea, and includes native hunters from both countries.The range states will next convene in Norway in 2020.last_img read more

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