first_imgManny Pacquiao has not signed a contract to take on Amir Khan in Saudi Arabia later this year despite claims that a deal has been agreed for the bout, the Filipino’s publicist has said.Khan, who beat Australia’s Billy Dib in Jeddah on July 13 to win the WBC international welterweight title, said on Tuesday that he had agreed a deal to fight Pacquiao in Riyadh on Nov. 8.The Briton told British media the clash with Pacquiao would happen even if the 40-year-old were to lose to American Keith Thurman in Las Vegas on Saturday.”Manny has not signed any contract. As far as I know it has not even been discussed,” Pacquiao’s publicist Fred Sternberg told the BBC.”He has been in training camp for the past eight weeks, four in the Philippines and four in the United States, and he hasn’t met with Amir Khan during that time.”Sternberg said he did not know what prompted Khan to make the claims.”That’s a question you need to ask Amir Khan,” he said.Khan had been slated to fight eight-division world champion Pacquiao two years ago in the United Arab Emirates but no agreement could be reached.Pacquiao, one of the sport’s most decorated fighters, has a record of 61 victories, seven defeats and two draws in a career spanning 24 years.Khan has 34 wins and five defeats.Also Read | Deepa Malik opts out of 2020 ParalympicsAlso See:last_img read more

first_img Match stats 10 Maddison 12 Digne Share on LinkedIn 1 Pickford 1 Schmeichel Leicester (s 80′) Share on Twitter Everton 25 Ndidi 12 Ward Lineups 26 Davies (s 86′) EVE LEI 5 Morgan 17 Gueye 20 Bernard 43 Kenny EVE51LEI49% 18 Amartey 6 Evans 6 Leicester Off target 9 Everton 2 Leicester On target 8 Everton 9 Vardy Substitutes 14 Tosun 11 Albrighton (s 67′) 31 Ghezzal Match previews (s 90′) 21 Iborra 10 Sigurdsson Share on Pinterest (s 71′) Share via Email 10 11 2 10 31 Lookman Leicester City Topics Corners 20 Okazaki 8 Iheanacho 15 Maguire Fouls 30 Richarlison Substitutes (s 90′) Everton 18 Schneiderlin 3 Chilwell 22 Stekelenburg 29 Calvert-Lewin 3 Baines Possession 4 Keane 11 Walcott Goal attempts 5 Zouma Twelve months ago this fixture marked the beginning of the Claude Puel era at Leicester City. They won 2-0 that day against an Everton side in crisis but Leicester’s hugely impressive performance was not exactly a sign of things to come. Things are looking up at the moment, though, after three successive wins in all competitions. Everton, in contrast, have lost two of their past three. Bernard, the Brazilian international who moved to Goodison Park on a free transfer in the summer, could make his first Premier League start. Stuart JamesSaturday 3pmVenue King Power StadiumLast season Leicester 2 Everton 0Referee Andre MarrinerThis season G6 Y18 R0 3.00 cards/gameOdds H 13-10 A 13-5 D 5-2LEICESTERSubs from Ward, Jakupovic, Iborra, Albrighton, Silva, Evans, Ghezzal, Söyüncü, Okazaki, Fuchs, Benalouane, Choudhury, Diabaté, SimpsonDoubtful NoneInjured Gray (ankle, Nov), James (achilles, unknown)Suspended NoneDiscipline Y12 R2Form WWLLWWLeading scorers Maddison, Vardy 3EVERTONSubs from Stekelenburg, Mina, Coleman, Baines, Holgate, Jagielka, Schneiderlin, Dowell, Bernard, Niasse, Calvert-Lewin, Lookman, BaningimeDoubtful Coleman (foot), Mina (foot)Injured Gomes (hamstring, 20 Oct), McCarthy (leg, Nov)Suspended NoneDiscipline Y10 R2Form WDDLLWLeading scorers Richarlison, Sigurdsson 3 2 Holgate Share on Messenger Reuse this content news Share on Facebook Premier League Share on WhatsApp 28 Fuchs 14 Ricardo Pereira 24 Mendy 51 49last_img read more

first_imgWorld Cup 2019: England name Jofra Archer in final squad of 15World Cup 2019: Jofra Archer, who was knocking on the doors of England selection after a string of strong performances, was named in England’s 15-man squad for the 2019 Cricket World Cupadvertisement India Today Web Desk LondonMay 21, 2019UPDATED: May 21, 2019 14:45 IST Jofra Acrher named in Englan’d final squad for 2019 World CupHIGHLIGHTSJofra Archer and Liam Dawson have been named in England’s 15-man squad for the World CupDavid Willey and Joe Denly missed out as ECB announced the final squad on TuesdayEngland recently beat Pakistan in a 5-match ODI series as part of preparations for the World CupEngland have announced their final 15-man squad for the World Cup 2019 with fast bowler Jofra Archer making his place in the team at the expense of seamer David Willey.England have made three changes to the prelimanry World Cup squad they had announced ahead of ODIs against Ireland and Pakistan this month. Joe Denly has made place for all-rounder Liam Dawson, while James Vince has been named the replacement for Alex Hales who was omitted from the team afer failing a drugs test.An ECB press release said Dawson made it to the squad after a run of good form for his county.”Hampshire’s Liam Dawson returns to the England set-up for the first time since sustaining a side strain during last October’s limited-overs tour of Sri Lanka.”Sussex’s Jofra Archer was called up after his debut in the Royal London ODI series against Pakistan.”The 24-year-old fast bowler played two matches in England’s four-nil series victory over the past month.”The 29-year-old left-arm spin-bowling all-rounder has been in fine form for his county, claiming 18 wickets and averaging 45 with the bat during Hampshire’s run to the Royal London One-Day Cup final.”James Vince, the classy Hampshire top-order batsman, is also included having played his part during the Royal London ODI series against Pakistan. The 28-year-old will be looking to add to his 10 caps during the tournament.”From the preliminary squad that was announced last month, Kent’s Joe Denly and Yorkshire’s David Willey miss out on selection.”The squad will report to the Ageas Bowl, Southampton on Friday ahead of the warm-up fixture against Australia on Saturday,” the release said.advertisementWorld Cup 2019 squad: Jonny Bairstow, Jason Roy, Joe Root, Eoin Morgan (c), Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler, Moeen Ali, Chris Woakes, Liam Plunkett, Adil Rashid, Mark Wood,James Vince, Tom Curran, Liam Dawson, Jofra ArcherAlso Read | Keep it funny, not personal: Moeen Ali urges fans to go easy on Smith and WarnerAlso Read | Former Australian cricketer Michael Slater kicked off plane after creating ruckusAlso See For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAnita Jat Tags :Follow Jofra ArcherFollow 2019 World Cuplast_img read more

first_imgzoom South Australia’s container terminal operator, Flinders Adelaide Container Terminal, has added two new Post-Panamax Liebherr cranes as part of the plan to shorten vessel turn-around times.The ship-to-shore cranes, ordered in January 2014, are 65 metres high and capable of reaching heights of 105 metres with the boom raised.They represent a AUD 24 million investment for Flinders Adelaide Container Terminal, and are due to be deployed for active service in April 2015 following a commissioning process.It is expected that vessel turn-around times at the facility will ultimately become up to 25% faster than at present due to the new cranes.last_img read more

first_imgPunjab was arguably the only honourable exception to the recent decimation of Congress, and the man who defended his citadel valiantly, was the ‘Maharaja’ of the foremost Phulkian State, Patiala – Captain Amarinder Singh, from the 2nd Sikh Regiment. The proud former soldier and military historian, who wears his soldering lineage on his heart and sleeve, lived up to his regimental motto, ‘Nischay Kar Apni Jeet Karon’ (With determination, I will be triumphant). Now in his second innings as Punjab’s chief minister, the venerable politician has been an enigma within Congress itself and has not shied from holding his own. As part of the ‘Dosco’ brat-pack, he entered the Lok Sabha for the first time in 1980, and by 1984 he had already quit Parliament to protest against Operation Blue Star and then joined the Shiromani Akali Dal. Later the irrepressible Captain had broken away and formed his own Shiromani Akali Dal (Panthic), only to rejoin Congress in 1998 – completing an arduous political journey, entirely on his own terms. These terms included a certain stridency of position on riparian issues, the status of Chandigarh, 1984 riots, etc., which allowed him to appropriate, personify and magnify the emotive issues, as his own – unlike the ‘centrist-surrender’ that most other Congress satraps had surrendered to, in deference to the party headquarters in Delhi. Also Read – A staunch allyThis assertive nature has often led to uncomfortable whispers in a party that typically does not brook too many ‘opinions’, and his telling delays and ‘qualifications’ in accepting the diktats of the party HQ in Delhi on party issues, has been a subject of constant wonderment. Unlike most other provincial heads, the Captain had a say in staying Kamalnath’s move as the possible Congress-in-charge for Punjab given the 1984 sensitivities, and accepting a fellow-royal from Himachal Pradesh, Asha Kumari, as the person who could deliver in tandem with the mercurial leader. Like most of his political journey, the infantryman had to walk through the minefield of party-intrigues, reconciliations and accommodations that were either circumstantially or deliberately enforced upon him. Usually, he ensured that he had his way, or temporarily acceded to the ‘accommodation’ that was not completely to his liking, whilst making his own position amply clear. The handling of previous President of Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee Pratap Singh Bajwa and later in managing the equally larger than life and fellow Patiala-man, Navjot Singh Sidhu, defined the Captains’ no-nonsense approach. Not one to hold back, the Captain had publically stated his mind on his Sidhu’s bonhomie with the Pakistan Army Chief by bluntly stating, “To hug their Chief General Bajwa… I am against this. The fact is that the man should understand that our soldiers are being killed. My own regiment lost one Major and two jawans a few months ago and every day somebody is being shot”. Unlike the seeming indecisiveness of the other senior Congressman, the Captain did not surrender the much-needed muscularity-of-the-moment and did some old fashioned, plain-speak. Also Read – Cuban pathosAs the narrative of nationalism was usurped and appropriated by the ruling dispensation in the electoral season in most part of the country – the Captain held forth on emotive issues like Balakot and ‘Surgical Strikes’, often by inserting a fine point on the debate. His individuality and vocal style of opinion without restraint, for instance, slamming visiting Canadian Defense Minister Harjit Sajjan, gave the Captain an impregnable shield of Teflon-armour that insulated him from the perceived ineffability of his party in general, whilst espousing local and national issues unreservedly. The Captain insisted on certain pre-poll imperatives and choice of contestants that raised eyebrows – but he stuck to his guns and ensured that the popular campaigner Navjot Singh Sidhu was used, exclusively out of Punjab. The intrinsic Punjabi bravado of a high-risk-high-gain attitude more than matched the battle-rattle of BJP, and even the most ill-timed ‘hua toh hua’ (Sam Pitroda on 1984 controversy) that was suitably amplified to pierce the seemingly impregnable fortress of Punjab, came a cropper. The captain led from the front and banked eight out of the 13 seats at stake in Punjab, with the Akalis and BJP shared two each and AAP reduced to just 1. Crucially he is over two years at the helm of affairs and bereft of the tailwind factor that ought to have accrued to the recently Congress-won states of Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh , and Chhattisgarh – where the grand old party could only win four out of the 61 seats at stake! The difference in the leadership styles within the same party could not have been more glaring, with the Captain demanding and asserting complete control of his campaign. Today, the Captain has upped the ante and questioned Navjot Sidhu’s timing of grievances, relevance and overall impact within the politics of Punjab. Clearly, the Captain wants to bash on regardless, and his last battle results legitimise his ambitions. Unsurprisingly, he is often paid a left-handed compliment by his opponents who decry him as ‘the right man in the wrong party’ – the Captain has too much of a sense of history to display political opportunism, even as his parent party fumbles haplessly. He outmarches the ruling dispensation on perceived muscularity, as was typified in the opening sentence of his manifesto in 2017, ‘If there is one word that describes Punjab, it is “Izzat” (honour). Our history, culture, and way of life are replete with instances where we have lived and died for honour and prestige of our motherland’. As Congress slips into yet another round of introspection of what went wrong in the recently held General Elections – it ironically has a successful template of what-went-right in the Captain in Punjab. These elections were not really about the real socio-economic issues as they should have been, rather they were about personalities – this odd battle was won by the Captain singularly, and herein lies real lessons for Congress to mull, imbibe, and exhibit. Lt General Bhopinder Singh (Retd) is a former Lt Governor of Andaman and Nicobar Islands & Puducherry. The views expressed are strictly personallast_img read more

first_imgAgat (US): Long after clergy sex abuse erupted into scandal in the United States, it remained a secret on the American island of Guam, spanning generations and reaching to the very top of the Catholic hierarchy. For decades, abusers held the power in a culture of impunity led by an archbishop who was among those accused. Anthony Sablan Apuron was convicted in a secret Vatican trial and suspended in 2016, after which restrictions he supported on the reporting of abuse were eased. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from USMore than 220 former altar boys, students and Boy Scouts are now suing the U.S. territory’s Catholic archdiocese over sexual assaults by 35 clergy, teachers and scoutmasters, hoping to finally see justice. The archdiocese filed for bankruptcy protection earlier this year, estimating at least 45 million in liabilities, and survivors have until Aug. 15 to file for a financial settlement. Thousands of pages of court documents reviewed by The Associated Press, along with extensive interviews, tell a story of systemic abuse going back to the 1950s and of repeated collusion by predator priests. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential pollsSeven men have publicly accused Apuron of sexual assaults they endured as children, including his own nephew. The archbishop, now 73, denies the allegations, but in April the Vatican revealed that Pope Francis had upheld the findings of a secret church trial that he was guilty of sex crimes against children. “He believed he was untouchable, more powerful than the governor,” said Water Denton, a former U.S. Army sergeant who alleges he was raped by Apuron 40 years ago as an altar boy. “But it was me against him, and I had nothing to lose.” Though Apuron has been removed from public ministry and effectively exiled from Guam, he remains a bishop and receives a monthly USD 1,500 stipend from the church. The Guam archdiocese said it did not know where Apuron is, and his lawyer declined repeated requests for comment. The AP found he recently registered to vote in New Jersey, but residents at the address he listed said he doesn’t live there and they don’t know him. To this day, no member of the Catholic clergy on Guam has ever been prosecuted for a sex crime, including Apuron. Secret church files that could have helped provide evidence for prosecutions are alleged to have been burned. And unlike dozens of archdioceses on the U.S. mainland, Guam has yet to issue a list of priests whom the church deems credibly accused of sexual assault. Despite church law that requires bishops and archbishops to maintain records on sex abuse allegations, the new archbishop, Michael Jude Byrnes, said his predecessor left him nothing. He couldn’t explain why, but said he had heard rumors of “a big bonfire” outside the chancery before Apuron left. “It’s horrific,” Byrnes said. “The sins of the fathers are left to the children. … It’s important for the Church of Guam to confront, in a good way, the evil that we found, and to acknowledge it, and to own it.” Catholicism is deeply engrained in the culture of Guam’s indigenous people, known as Chamorros. Four out of five Guamanians are Catholic. Many streets on this former Spanish colony of 165,000 are named for bishops and priests including some now accused of sexual abuse. Brothers Tomas and Ramon De Plata have filed suit alleging abuse by more than one priest. In March 1964, the brothers say, Apuron then a seminarian in his late teens was at a sleepover in the rectory. Around midnight, Ramon says, he walked into the priest’s bedroom looking for the bathroom and saw Apuron and another priest engaged in sex acts with a boy from his school. Ramon says the future archbishop got up from the bed and placed a hand on his shoulder. “He was calling me to join them,” recounted Ramon De Plata, now 65 and retired from the U.S. Army. “I said, ‘Don’t touch me!'” Denton says he dreamed as a 13-year-old altar boy of becoming a priest, just like Father Tony. So he felt privileged when in the spring of 1977, Father Tony invited him to spend the night before Sunday mass in the squat concrete block rectory. He says he woke up face down on bed, his legs spread, and the priest on top of him. “I yelled, I screamed, and I begged Father Tony, ‘Please stop! Please stop!'” Denton, now 55, recounted.last_img read more

first_imgOTTAWA — Canada’s trade minister says the government is expecting Canadian business interest in China to slow amid significant tensions between the two countries.However, Jim Carr also says he is confident Canada and China will eventually work through their differences, allowing economic ties between the two Pacific nations to flourish once again.Carr says his confidence is based on the long and complex trading relationship between Canada and China, which has continued in spite of what he described as a “difficult period.”Ottawa and Beijing have been locked in a diplomatic dispute since the arrest of Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou in Vancouver last month at the request of the United States.After her arrest, China detained two Canadians on allegations of engaging in activities that endangered the country’s national security, and sentenced another Canadian to death for drug-smuggling.American authorities formally requested Meng’s extradition to the U.S. last month, and her case is due back in a Vancouver court in March.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

first_imgJerusalem: Israel’s prime minister is portraying an Arab lawmaker, Ahmad Tibi, as a threat to national security in a campaign that critics say questions the loyalty of the country’s Arab citizens ahead of April elections. Benjamin Netanyahu has been slumping in the polls after the announcement of his pending corruption indictment. The prime minister has been repeating a campaign mantra, using his own nickname: “Bibi or Tibi.” The slogan highlights Netanyahu’s efforts to paint his challengers as conspiring with Arab Israelis and a hostile media to oust him. Tibi says he is concerned about what he views as Netanyahu’s attempt to demonize Israel’s Arab minority. Arabs make up about 20 per cent of Israel’s 9 million residents. They hold full citizenship rights but have faced decades of discrimination.last_img read more

An abandoned mechanized boat, believed to have been used by people smugglers to illegally ferry Sri Lankan refugees to Australia, was reportedly seized by ‘Q’ Branch CID police off the Muttom Coast in Kanyakumari District in India, the New Indian Express reported.The boat was seized after the police had rounded up a few Sri Lankan refugees who had paid for the passage and had returned recently after encountering coastal patrol boats blocking their route, police sources said. The boat, said to be around 75 feet in length, had been stranded at Old Harbour in Muttom. It had been registered in Kerala but had been painted over by the smugglers with a fake registration number. Selvaganesh, one of the headmen at the Melmonavoor Refugee Camp told Express that two members of the camp had been taken to Nagercoil and Kanyakumari by the police, who wanted the men to pinpoint the exact location where the agents had launched the illegal ferry from. “They are now returning back to the camp as they had shown the boat to the Vellore Q branch officials,” he said. Selvaganesh told Express that the refugees had paid the agents Rs 90,000 per head for the dangerous trip across the Indian Ocean.Top Q-Branch officials however said that the rates vary depending on the agent. “They don’t have any fixed rates (to ferry the refugees). Instead, they make their demands based on what they think the families can afford and also based on the age and health of the people they are smuggling. For instance, in Pollachi, one person had paid Rs 10,000, while another had paid around Rs 1 lakh,” said the source. Officials also said that many Sri Lankan refugees who are found by the coast guard in Australia are sent to “processing” centers in the islands of Nauru and Papua New Guinea. “These migrants are held for very long periods of internment at these camps. The agents do not tell the refugees about these dangers. So, if caught, the agents will be booked for cheating, among other offenses,” the official added.Q Branch SP, S Maheshwaran, speaking to Express, said that the checks were part of routine procedure. “Some disused or abandoned boats have been checked. They have not been seized and we have not registered a case,” he said. (Colombo Gazette) The police had learned that nine refugees from the Vellore Melmonavoor Refugee Camp had been missing since June 19. The nine persons returned on June 23, and were questioned by Q Branch sleuths. During the course of their interrogation, it was learned that one of the four men arrested by the department recently in Pollachi, along with a few other “agents,” had received money from the nine refugees and had promised to ferry them to Australia. The people smugglers had planned to ferry the nine refugees from Kanyakumari, but were forced to turn back after encountering coastal security, just a few nautical miles off the Kanyakumari Coast. read more

The Government says it is undecided if it will attend Parliament sessions tomorrow.Minister Nimal Siripala de Silva said that the Government will further discuss the outcome of the Supreme Court order issued today and decide if it will attend Parliament tomorrow morning. The Supreme Court today issued a stay order against President Maithripala Sirisena’s decision to dissolve Parliament and hold a snap election in January. However Minister Nimal Siripala de Silva said that the Government will consult its lawyers and decide the next step.He also said that the Government lawyers will request the Supreme Court to have a full bench when hearing the case and not just a three-judge bench. The case was heard yesterday and today by a three-judge bench. (Colombo Gazette) Following the court order, Speaker Karu Jayasuriya announced that Parliament will convene at 10am tomorrow. read more

MILAN — Luxury carmaker Maserati says that its highly successful four-door Ghibli sedan will be the first of its models produced with a hybrid powertrain.The carmaker owned by Fiat Chrysler Automobiles announced Thursday production and electrification roll-outs as part of plans announced last year to invest 5 billion euros in Italian production from 2019-2021.The hybrid Ghibli will begin production next year in Turin. Maserati also confirmed plans for a new sports car and utility vehicle, to be produced in Modena in northern Italy and Cassino, south of Rome, respectively.Maserati said it is “reinforcing the importance of Italy” as its centre of production. Investments of 800 million euros are earmarked for Cassino, where a new production line is set to open next year, and in Turin.The Associated Press read more

Addressing the plenary session of the UN General Assembly at the start of a daylong High-Level Meeting on HIV/AIDS, Mr. Annan said the follow-up report on the declaration, though showing progress, “makes for sober reading” in that several of this year’s goals have been missed.”Even more important, we are not on track to begin reducing the scale and impact of the epidemic by 2005,” Mr. Annan declared. “By that date, we should have cut by a quarter the number of young people infected with HIV in the worst-affected nations; we should have halved the rate at which infants contract HIV; and we should have comprehensive care programmes in place.”On this, the report is crystal clear: at the current rate of progress, we will not achieve any of those targets by 2005,” he added.Outlining a litany of shortcomings, he noted that a third of all countries still had no policies to ensure that women had access to prevention and care, even though women now account for half of those infected worldwide; more than a third of heavily affected countries still have no strategies in place for looking after the increasing number of AIDS orphans; and fully two-thirds of all countries fail to provide legal protection against discrimination for the groups that are most vulnerable to HIV.Moreover, only one in nine people wanting to know their HIV status has access to testing, and in sub-Saharan Africa, only one in 16, and only one in 20 pregnant women receiving antenatal care has access to services that could help her avoid transmitting HIV to her baby, or to treatment that could prolong her life.”If we are to stand any chance of meeting the 2005 targets, these ratios will have to be improved drastically,” Mr. Annan declared.He mentioned the progress, too: significant new resources pledged both by individual Member States and through the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria, which has now committed $1.5 billion to 93 countries; annual spending this year projected to reach $4.7 billion.”Yet we are still only half way to the $10 billion a year that is needed by 2005. The resources available must continue to increase – through the Global Fund, but also through all other efforts, including those of national governments in heavily affected countries,” he said.”We have come a long way, but not far enough. Clearly, we will have to work harder to ensure that our commitment is matched by the necessary resources and action. We cannot claim that competing challenges are more important, or more urgent. We cannot accept that ‘something else came up’ that forced us to place AIDS on the back burner. Something else will always come up,” he added.Video of Secretary-General’s address read more

by Jonathan Muma Posted Jul 4, 2016 11:09 am MDT Last Updated Jul 4, 2016 at 11:10 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email As Alberta struggles, Saskatchewan sees increased oil and gas investment (Stock photo: Oil and gas companies may not be investing in Alberta but that doesn’t mean they’re sitting on their hands.A number of recent deals in Saskatchewan have boosted that province’s position in the oilfield service sector.Not only is light oil more attractive right now because of commodity prices, but Mark Salkeld, President and CEO of the Petroleum Services Association of Canada, says politics play a role too.“Premier [Brad] Wall is, no surprise to anybody, an unabashedly proud supporter of the oil and gas industry,” he said.The other significant factor is train capacity, and proximity to the U.S. border.“The producers who were active in those plays in Saskatchewan were ramping up their railcar loading capacity because their product was in demand in the U.S.,” he explained.But Salkeld points out Alberta crude is still in demand and as soon as prices turn around, things will pick up here, adding two or three times as many wells are still drilled in Alberta, even during the slow times. read more

President of the Guyana Manufacturing and Services Association, Shyam NoktaSmall businesses have shared their concerns on the impending oil and gas industry, acknowledging that while it might be beneficial, they are likely to be at risk from not benefiting from the value chain.This was shared by the President of the Guyana Manufacturing and Services Association Limited (GMSA), Shyam Nokta.He suggested that some of these local establishments are in favour of the local content policy so as to enhance their profits.“Guyana continues to receive international attention, and there is the movement of investors looking for opportunities here. This is good for business and good for Guyana. We need to benefit from those who have experience and expertise in oil and gas,” Nokta said.He, however, mentioned that there are concerns within the local business community that, in this new sector, local businesses could be vulnerable; or, worse yet, not be part of the value chain in a meaningful way.This, he added, has fuelled the discussion on local content, with some advocating for legislation to ensure Guyanese businesses benefit.The GMSA is under the impression that the local content legislation should be crafted at the soonest, and Government should implement stringent implementation strategies.“The GMSA share the concerns that we need to have a strong local content framework in place sooner (rather) than later, and with Government playing its part in ensuring local content plans are implemented,” Nokta added.Nokta said the GMSA is of the belief that after the framework is finalised, local establishments should be prepared to provide quality services. The document should also be adjusted to ensure that there is mutuality between international and local establishments.“However, we also believe there is the need to adopt a systematic approach, and not be too prescriptive too early. Even as we push to ensure there is a framework to facilitate mutually beneficial partnering, and joint ventures between foreign and local businesses, we, as Guyanese businesses, also need to raise the bar in terms of our preparedness for this new sector,” he posited.In terms of preparedness, the GMSA President signalled that the Centre for Local Business Development has made remarkable improvements in aiding businesses to increase their professionalism. “In this regard, the Centre for Local Business Development need to be recognised for the work they are doing.Many GMSA members have been taking advantage of the orientation and training offered, (and) we would like to urge more businesses to take up this opportunity. We also recommend that the Centre’s programmes expand and be rolled out in other parts of Guyana,” he said.In the business sector, “critical” components, such as local content policy and legislation for a Petroleum Commission and a Sovereign Wealth Fund continue to be “discussed and debated”.Amid criticisms over the establishment of the Policy, the Energy Department had assured that the piece of legislation will be available before the first oil, which is due to come in less than two years.The local content policy will defend the country against local companies being bypassed for contracts and services in favour of foreign companies and workers. Energy Department Head Dr Mark Bynoe was quoted as saying that a second draft policy will be finalised before yearend.This is after collaborating with the Private Sector, a section of the economy which stands to gain wide-ranging benefits from a favourable local content policy. He, meanwhile, updated the press that once all is settled and ironed out, a ‘white paper’ while be presented to the National Assembly to be debated upon.The draft local content policy was criticised for lacking provisions which would guard against exploitation by companies.It had been reported that the document fails to cater for issues such as how to avoid procurement fraud, conflict of interest, and favouritism. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedMeasures critical to overall growth of manufacturing sector still outstanding- GMSA PresidentMarch 29, 2018In “Business”Emerging oil & gas sector could test legislative framework of CCJ- GMSA PresidentAugust 3, 2018In “Business”While Govt focusing on Oil & Gas other sectors faltering- GMSASeptember 28, 2017In “Business” read more

first_imgMORE THAN 50 pro-choice activists are staging a protest outside the Spanish Embassy in Dublin today against the Spanish government’s plans to change its abortion laws.There are now proposals in draft legislation to roll back a 2010 decision to allow any woman to have an abortion within the first 14 weeks of pregnancy.The new law would only permit a termination if a woman had been raped or if her health was at serious risk.Gráinne Griffin, spokesperson for the Abortion Rights Campaign, the group which organised the demonstration, said yesterday that the proposal will force Spanish women to travel abroad for abortions, as thousands in Ireland currently do.“We do not believe that people in Spain should be forced to live like we do in Ireland.”last_img read more

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Greece has met the conditions for the second instalment of a 110-billion-euro rescue loan after making swift progress in its budgetary reform efforts, the EU’s executive arm said on Thursday.The European Union and International Monetary Fund put together the three-year package for Greece, worth 141 billion dollars, in May in return for severe austerity measures aimed at restoring its public finances to health.Some 20 billion euros was handed over in a first tranche.Euro finance ministers are expected to approve the second tranche, which totals nine billion euros, 6.5 billion from the eurozone and 2.5 billion from the IMF when they meet on September 7, the European Commission said.Greece should receive the money 24 hours later, a commission spokesman said.“Greece has managed impressive budgetary consolidation during the first half of 2010 and has achieved swift progress with major structural reforms,” European Economic and Monetary Affairs Commissioner Olli Rehn said.The assessment followed a mission by experts from the European Commission, the European Central Bank and the IMF to assess the progress made by Greek authorities to slash a huge public deficit.The audit mission had concluded that Athens had made “considerable progress in a vast array of areas” but that “key challenges” remained.Rehn also found that “despite the significant progress made, challenges and risks remain.“The main immediate challenge is to safeguard adequate liquidity and financial stability of the banking sector,” he said.“At the same time, the structural reform agenda needs to be pressed ahead to unleash the huge potential for raising growth”.The measures undertaken by Greece have begun to bite and the country’s economy is forecast to contract by 4.0 percent this year.Meanwhile The Bank of Greece governor George Provopoulos said Thursday that there is “every reason to be optimistic on the progress that Greece is making.” “Public finances are under control, structural reforms have ambitiously started and the country has begun on an upward virtuous cycle,” he said.The The Bank of Greece governor met with Prime Minister George Papandreou where they discussed the current economic situation in Greece and the further reforms that may be required.last_img read more

first_imgNASHVILLE, Tenn. — Without knowing who he was or what he might do, police briefly had Travis Reinking in their sights days before the deadly assault on a Waffle House restaurant.Alerted to the theft of a BMW from a car dealer last week, officers decided against a risky police chase, knowing the car had a GPS device and could soon be located.Sure enough, the car was recovered the same day, outside Reinking’s apartment. But police didn’t figure out who stole it until Sunday, after the Waffle House attack. By then, police say, the 29-year-old with a troubled past used an assault weapon — the same AR-15 once taken from him at the FBI’s request — to kill four people and wound four others.Reinking escaped on foot from the restaurant after a quick-thinking customer wrestled the gun from his grasp, and he shed the only item of clothing he was wearing, a green jacket. By the time he was captured in the woods nearby, police had searched his apartment, and found the key fob to the stolen BMW.Nashville Police Department Lt. Carlos Lara told reporters that a detective was tipped to the suspect’s presence by some construction workers, and confronted Reinking, who lay down on the ground to be handcuffed. He carried a black backpack, with a silver semi-automatic weapon and .45-caliber ammunition.last_img read more

first_imgBoth Real Betis and Club America have announced that 18-year old Diego Lainez, has signed a new contract with the Spanish club.In what can arguably be considered one of the best news of the year for Mexican football, young talent Diego Lainez has been announced as the newest transfer for Real Betis from the Spanish La Liga.At only 18-years of age, this player has been permanently linked to several clubs in European football which included the likes of Ajax, Manchester City, AS Roma, Olympique Lyonnais among others.Apart from Hirving ‘Chucky’ Lozano, this player has an incredible set of skills that place him at the very top amongst the most promising players of his generation and Club America new perfectly that they couldn’t hold him at the Mexican club for much longer.Despite the efforts of possibly keeping him for another semester, logic finally prevailed and the Liga MX champions accepted an offer for €15 million that was made official effective immediately.Both Club America and Real Betis announced the transfer just hours ago, they both celebrated this massive decision from one of the most talented Mexican players in recent history.Diego Lainez has been analyzed by our experts at already, this is a winger with skills that are very similar to those of great young talents such as Justin Kluivert from AS Roma, Vinicius Junior from Real Madrid, and even a young Neymar from his days at Santos FC.¡Viva México, cabrones! 🇲🇽😎🤙#Lainez2024— Real Betis Balompié (@RealBetis) January 10, 2019When the rumors first started rolling around in several news outlets, there was a feeling that a major club in Europe could’ve decided to snatch him up from America but that would’ve possibly stopped his development to become a world-class player.To those who do not remember, Lainez was the MVP of the traditional Toulon Tournament that usually has featured some of the best players in the world at a very early age and he reached the final with Mexico but lost it against England.But that tournament was the beginning of an incredible journey that would eventually take Lainez to make this decision to give his first crack at European football in the Spanish La Liga, the youngster understood that coming to a club that wasn’t amongst the best in the continent but had a good reputation would be the way to go about things.In fact, there is actually no better squad than Quique Setien’s Real Betis for Diego Lainez to begin his career.The Spanish manager has always valued skill over physical prowess and he has never minded that his players are not very tall, only that they know what to do with the ball when they have to create chances in the last third of the pitch.FC Barcelona, Valencia CFMatch Preview: Barcelona vs Valencia Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 Is derby time in La Liga, as Barcelona welcomes Valencia to the Camp Nou Stadium tonight at 21:00 (CET).📣 OFICIAL | El #RealBetis y el @ClubAmerica acuerdan el traspaso de Diego Lainez 👋🇲🇽😃➡— Real Betis Balompié (@RealBetis) January 10, 2019Diego Lainez is already fixing every little detail that will get him sorted to make the trip, he should be in Spain in the following couple of days and he might even make his debut on Sunday when Real Betis plays against Real Madrid in La Liga.Playing his first-ever match in Spain against the current European champion would be a fitting way to start his career in the continent, Diego Lainez has always been a player who seems destined to do great things.Let us not forget that this player managed to become a regular for Miguel Herrera last season during the playoffs, and the bet resulted in Club America winning their 13th title in history.The youngster sent all the Real Betis fans a message through Twitter after the announcement was made: “I am very happy to be a part of Betis and it’s a very beautiful opportunity for everybody,” said Lainez on the Real Betis official website.“I’ve been told a great deal about the supporters here and that makes me very happy. I accept this challenge and I love all the passion there is at Betis.”“I am also very happy to be a part of this new project that has many quality players and top technical staff,” he concluded.¡Bienvenido a la familia bética, @DiegoLainez10! 🤗⚽✨#Lainez2024— Real Betis Balompié (@RealBetis) January 10, 2019How do you think Diego Lainez will do on his first season at Real Betis? Please share your opinion in the comment section down below.last_img read more

first_img KUSI Newsroom KUSI Newsroom, SAN DIEGO (CNS) – President Donald Trump approved a disaster declaration today for the La Jolla Band of Luiseno Indians due to damage to tribal land caused by heavy rains, flooding and mudslides last month.Trump granted federal aid to the La Jolla Band of Luiseno Indians to assist the tribe’s efforts to repair or replace damaged facilities and to help with the removal of debris from the 8,541-acre reservation, which is located off State Highway 76, about 25 miles east of Escondido and 60 miles northeast of San Diego.The federal government is making aid funding available through the Federal Emergency Management Agency.Representatives of the tribe were not immediately available for comment. Acting FEMA Administrator Pete Gaynor named Mark Wingate, an official with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, as the federal coordinating officer for federal recovery operations for the tribe’s area. According to FEMA, the federal government may designate additional aid and assistance to the tribe at a later date if tribal officials request it and if federal officials deem it necessary.The La Jolla Band of Luiseno Indians is one of six federally recognized Luiseno tribes in Southern California. March 26, 2019 President Trump approves Disaster Declaration for Luiseno Indian Tribe Categories: Local San Diego News, Traffic & Accidents FacebookTwitter Posted: March 26, 2019last_img read more