first_imgOil sector– says TrotmanDespite the parliamentary Opposition urging Government to auction Guyana’s remaining oil blocks, Government has intimated that a process of both direct engagement and selective bidding would be used to allocate the blocks.When contacted, Natural Resources Minister Raphael Trotman directed Guyana Times to a statement carried in sections of the media. In the statement, he expressed that direct engagements with other State-owned companies such as Brazil’s Petrobras would be sought.“As for the manner of disposal, we will be seeking direct engagements with some State-owned companies such as Petrobras and may favour a select bidding process in order to attract other international majors,” Trotman stated.At his press conference last week, Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo had urged the Government to take its own petroleum advisor’s advice, which was to auction off the remaining oil blocks.“You don’t need to bring anyone in to tell you what your advisor already said, ‘Auction the blocks’. That is the best way that the Government gets value,” Jagdeo had stressed to the media.The issue of the oil blocks is a thorny one. Last year, Public Infrastructure Minister David Patterson caught flak when he claimed that all of the offshore petroleum blocks had been farmed out by Jagdeo, a former President.Petroleum advisor, Dr Jan Mangal, had come out publicly to urge the auctioning of the available petroleum blocks. “There is a very serious risk of corruption with this method, due to the lack of transparency and accountability… Most countries have abandoned this method, as experts recommend against using it. Guyana should no longer be awarding petroleum acreage via one-on-one negotiations after the Liza discovery in 2015,” Dr Mangal had said.“After the Liza discovery in 2015, Guyana was in a position to use the method of competitive bidding for the award of leases…The Liza discovery de-risked Guyana, and as a consequence, all the major oil companies recognise that there is oil in the country. Hence, all the oil companies will be interested in bidding for leases in a transparent way, which ensures that Guyana incorporates market forces to maximise its share,” Dr Mangal had said.Dr Mangal used the opportunity to reiterate that, “the petroleum advisor’s position has consistently maintained that competitive bidding is indeed the best approach for Guyana”.He had also called the public’s attention to a direct correspondence from May 2017 with one such oil company attempting to acquire acreage via one-on-one negotiation.According to Dr Mangal, that company was advised by him that: “Now that Guyana is on the radar post-Liza, it is my personal view that all future acreage should be leased in a way which maximises benefit to Guyana; hence, in a market-orientated way by an open bid round, to ensure competition. And acreage should not be negotiated one-on-one between the Government and a prospective developer.”According to Dr Mangal, the risk of Government’s friends and family illegally obtaining leases will be significantly reduced if an independently managed and well-audited competitive bidding process is used.“There is no rush to award more leases, since Guyana is already occupied with the developments in the Stabroek Block,” Dr Mangal had said.last_img read more

first_imgCALIFORNIANS were recently given something that might have saved many victims of the tsunami that lashed the Indian Ocean: early warning of an approaching tidal wave. But it’s not a towering wall of seawater that threatens to swamp the Golden State. Rather it’s a rolling surge of people that will bring California’s population to 60 million by midcentury – a net gain of 25 million from the state’s current census. The swell of that wave can be seen more clearly now in Irvine, a city that has been instructed by the Southern California Association of Governments to plan for more than 35,000 new homes in the next seven years. If that number seems startling, consider that across the six counties that make up Southern California, a total of 700,000 new homes are planned – almost half of them to be for low-income or very low-income families. Yet Cole didn’t mention population – and specifically overpopulation – even once as he explored the burdens our cities and suburbs face as the health of the environment steadily erodes. While Cole will undoubtedly be commended for his apparent willingness to move beyond bumper-sticker slogans to confront the challenges facing California, his decision to avoid the issue of population growth is absolutely intellectually dishonest. And it’s that refusal to seriously consider California’s population growth that has brought the state to where it finds itself today: facing an infrastructure that is crumbling, social services stretched to capacity and a looming water crisis stemming from severe drought conditions. If this refusal to seriously consider the core impacts of population growth continues for much longer, then its not difficult to imagine California reaching the point of no return within the next few decades, becoming a place where basic survival has long supplanted quality-of-life concerns. And yet in California most of our leaders continue to embrace and encourage the delusion that it simply won’t happen here, even as they indulge virtually every garish whim of the developers while carefully avoiding the population issue with all the aplomb of a reveler in Pompei marveling at the glow of the distant magna. If Californians don’t soon demand a sober, honest discussion of the population issues facing the state and push for reasonable alternatives to endless growth that’s not sustainable, then those historians will be right to conclude that not only did we see it coming; but we had it coming as well. Mark Cromer is a senior writing fellow for Californians for Population Stabilization. Write to him by e-mail at info@capsweb.org.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The projections by the state’s Department of Finance clinically forecast a California that will be virtually unrecognizable from the fairly idyllic place that once captured the world’s imagination. Indeed, one need not be a biologist, sociologist or demographer to grasp that a state already struggling to maintain even its most basic obligations to its current population faces collapse under the weight of such an epic influx of people. The good news is we’re not there yet. The bad news is that since the DOF’s projections were released earlier this month, the reaction from civic leaders across the state has been to stress how best California can accommodate this many people – not even considering whether the state should try to prevent this population surge from happening. Relentless population growth and the rampant development that it fuels have become such powerful dynamics in California that the state’s leaders apparently can’t envision any alternative other than to live with it. Population growth, imbued as it is with race, culture and religion, is a minefield that politicians are loath to enter. Such was the case when Ventura City Manager Rick Cole recently dissected the critical environmental issues facing the state, and rightly noted that the “feel good stage” of living green must now give way to dramatic changes if we’re serious about preventing a climate catastrophe. last_img read more

first_imgChelsea manager Jose Mourinho launched a scathing attack on referee Robert Madely after his side’s 3-1 home defeat to Southampton, claiming officials are ‘afraid’ to give the Blues vital decisions.It was another desperate afternoon for the Premier League champions, with goals from Steve Davis, Sadio Mane and Graziano Pelle clinching the three points for the Saints after Willian’s opener.Mourinho embarked on an extraordinary post-match rant in front of the television cameras, with referees taking the brunt of his discontent after Radamel Falcao was denied a penalty following a clash with Martin Stekelenburg with the score at 1-1.“I’m not being offensive but I have to say it for my players and Chelsea supporters. Referees are afraid to give us decisions,” exclaimed the Blues’ boss.“It is not a small incident or a small penalty. Last season we had the same at Southampton – a penalty on [Cesc] Fabregas that ended up with a yellow card.“Today was a big penalty and when a team is fragile you don’t need people to push you down, you need people to give you a break.“If we are 2-1 up the history of the game is completely different. It wasn’t given and I can’t accept it because the referee was ten metres away.”The defeat inflicted the Blues’ sixth reverse in all competitions already this season, but Mourinho reiterated his desire to remain at the helm – simply because he is the best man for the job.Asked if he was feeling any pressure, Mourinho said: “No, that’s not the point.“I don’t feel any pressure and I am the man for the job. Nobody is better than me, I am not the best in Europe but I don’t think anyone is better than me so I am the best man for the job.”last_img read more

first_imgSHAY GIVEN PUT in another great performance as Man City drew with Juventus 1-1 last night and secured top spot in their Europa League group.The Lifford man has been preferred in European games only – but with the next stage of the competition due after the January transfer window, it appears his match in Italy last night may have been his last for City.Given, a man who has had so few chances at club level this season, did very well to deny a whipped effort from Serbian star Milos Krasic and also held a Felipe Melo drive. He could do nothing about the Juve goal however.It’s understood Given would welcome a move back to Newcastle – the club he loves.Arsenal, Fulham and even Liverpool have all been linked with him in recent weeks.GIVEN MAY HAVE PLAYED HIS LAST GAME FOR CITY was last modified: December 17th, 2010 by gregShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

first_imgIllistrin FC AGM 2013Illistrin Football Club Annual General Meeting takes place on Monday 29th April at 8:00 PM at Illistrin School. All parents are asked to attend.There will be a free draw on the night for all attendees with two prizes of Annual Family Club Memberships (worth up to €85 each) FOOTBALL NEWS: ILLISTRIN FC AGM 2013 was last modified: April 22nd, 2013 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:FOOTBALL NEWS: ILLISTRIN FC AGM 2013last_img read more

first_imgThe Airbus A330-200 is the first of the58 aircraft in SAA’s fleet that will carrythe Mandela Day logo. SAA chairperson Cheryl Carolus, centre,surrounded by flight staff. Inside, each seat has a branded headrestcover, and various audio-visual materialavailable in-flight will ensure the spreadof the campaign’s message.(Images: Michelle Oberholster) MEDIA CONTACTS • Sello Hatang  NMF communications manager  +27 11 547 5600 • Fani Zulu  SAA Corporate Affairs  +27 82 451 0457 RELATED ARTICLES • SAA to fly non-stop to New York • Bid for in-flight mobile use • Mvezo school a legacy of Mandela • Cheesekids ready for Mandela Day • New low-cost airline for rural SAJanine ErasmusSouth African Airways (SAA) has launched its 2011 Mandela Day campaign with the unveiling of the first of its fleet of specially branded aircraft that will carry the initiative’s logo, and message, around the world.Viewed as a symbol of faith in the human spirit, the Mandela Day logo, currently seen on SAA’s brand new Airbus A330-200, will soon adorn the national carrier’s entire fleet of 58 aircraft.The 222-seater – 186 economy and 36 business class berths – arrived in February 2011 and is one of six ordered from commercial aircraft sales and leasing company Aircastle Limited.A two-engined craft, it will replace the more fuel-hungry four-engined A340-200. SAA will take delivery of the remaining five before the end of 2011.Changing the world a step at a timeThe logo, which marks the UN-proclaimed International Mandela Day, features a silhouette of the raised-fist statue of the former president that stands outside the gates of the Drakenstein Correctional Centre in Paarl, Western Cape province.Mandela spent the last three years of his 27-year jail term in the low-security facility, previously known as Victor Verster prison.Nelson Mandela Foundation CEO Achmat Dangor said that the focus of this year’s campaign was to provide schools with libraries and ensure that children have school books. In this, he said, the foundation is working with NGOs such as Breadline Africa, which converts old shipping containers into useful resources such as classrooms, soup kitchens and daycare centres.On the 67 minutes of community service asked of those taking part in the campaign, Dangor said, “We don’t expect big changes overnight, but if we can change the world one step at a time, we’ll make a difference.”The event will be marked by various activities all around the country, driven by organisations and individuals alike.During the campaign, SAA passengers will be able to watch and listen to multimedia material on the Mandela legacy.A treat for childrenFor Mandela Day 2011, SAA plans to treat 93 children – one for each year of Mandela’s life – to their first flight. The statesman is well known for his enduring love of children, and this year’s youngsters have been selected from each of the country’s nine provinces.They will fly to the foundation’s offices in Johannesburg, where they will be treated to a birthday party in Mandela’s honour, and receive school uniforms, backpacks, books and other special gifts including the children’s version of the Mandela autobiography Long Walk to Freedom.Getting involved“It’s only right that our generation picks up the baton and finishes the race that our parents and Mandela’s generation started,” said former activist and SAA chairperson Cheryl Carolus at the unveiling.She said that SAA is committed to good corporate governance, and to ensuring a future for South Africa’s children and improving their quality of life.“These causes are close to our hearts,” said Carolus. “And as corporate South Africa, we can accomplish so much more if we work together.”Member of Parliament Buti Manamela agreed. “We want to mobilise not just Parliament, but all sectors of society, to work together. As a people we have the power.”Manamela said that the older generation didn’t get things done by sitting back – they got involved.“In those days there was no sense of entitlement, no expectation that the government must do it all,” he said. “The only way to accomplish change is to change the attitudes of selfishness that prevail today.”Mandela Day activitiesThe UN General Assembly passed a resolution in 2009 declaring 18 July, Mandela’s birthday, as an international day for people around the world to take action and inspire change.Stella Anyangwe, representative of the UN office in South Africa, said that the global organisation had planned a number of activities in its missions in various countries.These include public services such as planting trees and painting handrails in Central Park. At the UN’s New York headquarters in New York, a small Mandela exhibition is on display during July.People can share their special Mandela moments or their 67 minutes of action on the UN’s official Mandela Day Facebook page.Other international activities include the circulation of a message about the importance of Nelson Mandela Day in all six official UN languages; the screening of a 15-minute video and the film Invictus, followed by a discussion; UN radio programmes that focus on the event; and a dedicated Mandela Day website.last_img read more

first_img20 August 2012President Jacob Zuma has appointed an inter-ministerial committee on the Marikana tragedy, to be led by Minister in the Presidency for Performance Monitoring and Evaluation, Collins Chabane.The committee will coordinate and lead all support for the families and relatives of those killed during last week’s violence in Marikana, the Presidency said on Monday. This will include the identification of family members, counselling and burials.The committee was expected to hold its first meeting and visit to Marikana on Monday.Forty-four people, including two police officers and 34 mine workers, were killed and scores injured in violent clashes in the mining town of Marikana outside Rustenburg, North West province last week.Zuma has declared this week a period of mourning for those killed. From Monday to Sunday, flags will fly at half-mast at all flag stations in South Africa and missions outside the country. On Thursday, memorial services will be held across the country to mourn and promote a violence-free society.Zuma has also called on faith-based organisations to work with the government to assist the affected families.The inter-ministerial committee will include North West Premier Thandi Modise and a raft of Cabinet ministers: Susan Shabangu (mineral resources), Nathi Mthethwa (police), Bathabile Dlamini (social development), Richard Baloyi (cooperative governance and traditional affairs), Mildred Oliphant (labour), Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula (defence and military veterans), Aaron Motsoaledi (health), Siyabonga Cwele (state security) and Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma (home affairs).Lonmin to pay for children’s educationMeanwhile, mining company Lonmin has committed to providing funding for the education of the children of all employees who lost their lives during last week’s tragedy.“This funding will cover education costs from primary school to university,” the company announced on Friday.Lonmin chief financial officer Simon Scott express the company’s “sincere condolences to the families and friends of all those employees who have lost their lives, not only in the events of Thursday but also in the days leading up to it, and of course to the families and colleagues of the two South African Police Service officers who died trying to protect others.“We are committed to supporting all the families that lost loved ones during this tragic week,” Scott said in a statement.“We have established a help desk at Lonmin’s Andrew Saffy Hospital which will help families with the identification of bodies, assist with all the burial arrangements and offer bereavement counseling.”Source: SANews.gov.zalast_img read more

first_imgTop Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Today marks the fifth anniversary of IP Ventures, Microsoft’s program that opens up technologies developed internally at Microsoft to entrepreneurs and new businesses. The IP Ventures team within Microsoft identifies technology not being used by the company – or that could be used in a different way – and treats this IP as a form of currency that can be invested in other businesses. While the new companies that take advantage of these technologies still need to find financial backing, the Microsoft program helps provide ample technology support and business guidance throughout the process.Microsoft’s IP Ventures is the subject of a Harvard Business School profile. According to author of the study, Professor Josh Lerner, “We think it’s an interesting model and believe that students, as well corporations that invest heavily in research, could benefit from looking into what Microsoft has done.” As Microsoft cannot work all the IP it creates into its product portfolio, IP Ventures allows Microsoft to transfer those technologies into the hands of other entrepreneurs. According to program director Sharieff Mansour, “When you’re dealing with new technologies and there aren’t established players, it lends itself to starting new ventures and creating tangible job opportunities around the IP. IP Ventures works with entrepreneurs and venture capitalists to get those technologies to market quickly. The program also serves as a vehicle for the venture capitalist community to work with us in a meaningful way.”Over the last five years, IP Ventures has helped support the launch of several new companies including the mobile media company Zumobi, the children’s learning game company Sabi, and Inrix, a Seattle-based traffic reporting company.Pat Brazel, whose company Zignals participated in the program says, “From a technical point of view, frankly it’s inconceivable that any small company could build the stuff that we got from IP Ventures. We’re standing on the shoulders of giants in terms of the technology we got from Microsoft.”While the companies that IP Ventures has supported are still in their infancy, the end goal of the program is to help develop sizable, stand-alone businesses based on the IP Microsoft provided and according to Mansour, a couple of companies in the IP Ventures portfolio are “nearly at that point.” 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Related Posts audrey watterscenter_img Tags:#Analysis#start Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai…last_img read more

first_imgThe Shiromani Akali Dal on Friday demanded immediate dismissal of Punjab Local Bodies Minister Navjot Singh Sidhu from the Cabinet after the State government told the Supreme Court that the Punjab and Haryana High Court was correct in convicting Mr. Sidhu in a 1988 road rage case.“The presence of Mr. Sidhu in the Punjab Cabinet is not only untenable on moral grounds but is also a grave legal and constitutional absurdity,” an Akali leader said.last_img

first_imgNational Conference president Farooq Abdullah on Sunday said the BJP was creating a fear psychosis across the country “by crying hoarse over the nation being in danger”.“India is not in danger, it is the BJP that is in danger due to rug slipping from under the feet of the Prime Minister ahead of general election,” said Dr. Abdullah in his public address in Jammu. He said the politics of hate and mistrust was being perpetrated and practised by the BJP. “This is against the very idea of India. Instead of dividing the people in the name of religion, caste and region, everyone should be treated as a compatriot, which alone can lead the country to progress and harmony,” he added.Referring to air strikes, Dr. Abdullah said: “It was a selective outrage. Similar concern and anguish should have been demonstrated over the killing of security forces in Maoist violence in Chhattisgarh and elsewhere. Nobody from the Centre even visited those martyrs.”He said Mr. Modi used to censure the Centre as the Chief Minister of Gujarat on the rising prices and growing unemployment, “but now he has no answers or explanations to offer to the people”.last_img read more