10 months agoKitson: Opposition will want to silence ‘dancing’ Man Utd midfielder Pogba

first_imgKitson: Opposition will want to silence ‘dancing’ Man Utd midfielder Pogbaby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Stoke City striker Peter Kitson says Paul Pogba is inviting trouble with his Manchester United goal celebrations.Kitson believes the midfielder’s celebratory dance routines will end up being “thrown back at him”.Pogba celebrated both of his two goals in United’s 4-0 win over Bournemouth with a selection of dance moves. He did similar against Huddersfield days earlier.”I think to protect himself as well,” Kitson told Astro SuperSport’s Sunday Night Live.”If you antagonise an opponent, you know, who’s perhaps having a bad game, and all he’s got left is a tackle on you, and he sees you do that…”You do that and antagonise people, you open yourself up on the pitch for someone to say, ‘Right, I’m not having that’. And there are a lot of players out there like that.”Asked if he would have encouraged Pogba to celebrate so flamboyantly, he added: “No, I wouldn’t but I come from a different era of playing.”This is the modern age, there’s social media – the football and the brand. When I played it was just the football. I understand it, but it’s alien to me. I don’t really kind of get it.”It’ll get thrown back at him eventually because they’ll lose a big game and it’ll be like, dance now then. You open yourself up, unnecessarily, I think.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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9 months agoCrystal Palace midfielder Riedewald a target for Celta Vigo

first_imgCrystal Palace midfielder Riedewald a target for Celta Vigoby Paul Vegas9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveCrystal Palace midfielder Jairo Riedewald is a target for Celta Vigo.The Daily Mail says Riedewald is a target for Spanish side Celta Vigo. The 22-year-old, who was signed by Frank de Boer for £7.9m, has also had interest from Middlesbrough.If Riedewald is to depart it will bring an underwhelming stint at the Eagles to an end. He arrived at the club 18 months ago to much fanfare as a Dutch international, joining from Ajax for £8m. But de Boer was sacked before Riedewald could establish himself and the versatile youngster has failed to nail down a place in the first team under Roy Hodgson. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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Study Recommends Plan to Improve Management of Portland Bight Protected Area

first_img A Port Authority of Jamaica-commissioned study of the Portland Bight Protected Area (PBPA) has recommended the development of a plan for institutional strengthening of the area, aimed at improving the management of the natural resources.This was revealed by President and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) designate of the agency, Professor Gordon Shirley, who provided details of the Environmental Management Scoping Study on the PBPA, inclusive of the Goat Islands, at a press conference held on October 30 at the Port Authority’s downtown Kingston offices.The $1.5 million study, undertaken by Conrad Douglas and Associates, sought to identify the legal and regulatory environment, the natural heritage resources, industrial and commercial interests and the principal bio-physical and socio-cultural characteristics of the area.This is in light of proposals for the establishment of a transshipment port and an industrial commercial economic zone on the Goat Islands and the lands north of the Old Harbour Bay area, as part of the global logistics hub initiative.The proposed investment, by the China Harbour Engineering Company (CHEC), is valued at US$1.5 billion, and represents a key development milestone and could have significant positive impact on the country’s development agenda.Professor Gordon said the study identified the plant and marine life forms that could be impacted by the proposed development and the idea is that a strategy would be developed to enhance the environmental conditions including, for example, relocation of any affected fish sanctuaries and replanting disturbed areas of mangrove and sea grass to ensure that the habitat within the PBPA are maintained if not improved.He informed that there are 21 rare, threatened and endangered species of animals and plants found in the PBPA and of that number, 10 occupy the Portland Bight and Ridge and Hellshire Hill areas.“The iguana…is found only in Hellshire Hills…15 species of plants endemic to Jamaica are found in the Portland Bight and Ridge area and there are three fishing sanctuaries located in the area,” he stated.Professor Shirley noted further that the fisheries in the area are in a degraded condition suffering from a mix of naturally occurring conditions and improper fishing practices including dynamiting and overfishing.He said in respect to the three fish sanctuaries in the area, the Galleon Harbour is the only one that may be affected by the proposed development. He noted, however, that it is experiencing naturally degraded performance as a result of hydrogen sulphide and so the fishing stock has been reduced.Professor Shirley said that PBPA is a multiple use national park intended to host important natural heritage resources along with a number of major industrial, commercial and residential and agricultural activities.Industrial activities being undertaken in the PBPA include the Jamalco Rocky Point Port, the Jamaica Public Service (JPS) Old Harbour Power Station and Transmission Sub-Station, the Jamaica Broilers Ethanol Plant, and several commercial fish, shrimp and chicken farms.A summary of the key points of the Environmental Management Scoping Study report can be viewed on the PAJ’s website at www.portjam.com.Professor Shirley said while the report is an essential part of the proposed development of the PBPA, it is not intended to replace the Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA), which will be undertaken.He said that the Port Authority will continue liaising with CHEC to clarify the details of the project and the development of a framework agreement to be submitted to the Cabinet for approval.“We expect it to come in well ahead of the time limit, which is in April of next year, and assuming that the project meets the approval of Cabinet, then it will be submitted to NEPA (National Environmental and Planning Agency) for determination of the Terms of Reference of the Environmental Impact Assessment,” he stated. Study recommendeds the development of a plan for institutional strengthening of the PBPA. This is in light of proposals for the establishment of a transshipment port and an industrial commercial economic zone on the Goat Islands. Story Highlights The proposed investment, by the China Harbour Engineering Company (CHEC), is valued at US$1.5 billion.last_img read more

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Education Ministry Removes Controversial Book for Blasphemous Content

Rabat – The Ministry of Education has started taking action against school books that caused controversy in Morocco recently.The Regional Academy of Education and Training of the Rabat-Sale-Kenitra region has removed all copies of a francophone schoolbook containing content that “violates divinity.”Pictures of a controversial text from the school book have gone viral recently on social media. The unidentified school used the book without asking for permission from the concerned parties.The content reads: “The little God took a piece of paper, color pencils, and he painted the world.”The text continues, “God started by creating the sky and earth. However, the sky was empty, and the earth too.”People condemned the text for belittling God.The text added to the backlash that erupted due to the use of some Darija (Moroccan Arabic) words in standard Arabic school books. The ministry sent a committee to investigate the case in the school.After investigation, the committee decided not to fire the pedagogical director of the school, according to a statement from the regional academy.The francophone school book was for the first year of secondary school.According to the statement, the content violates Article 4 and 8 of Law 06.00 on private school education as it is not part of the official programs authorized by the academy.The statement added that it has not received any request from the school to allow it use the controversial school book.Throughout this month, Moroccan parents and citizens expressed their concerns about the content and quality of education in Morocco.Including Darija in school books angered some people, calling on the government to remove all books that contain words in Moroccan Arabic, describing them as unuseful. Head of Government Saad Eddine El Othmani said that he supported citizens’ stance, adding that the government is “ready to give up” on the school books.El Othmani has also slammed people who defend the use of Darija in education, including Noureddine Ayouch.Ayouch serves in Morocco’s Supreme Council of Higher Education.El Othmani made his position clear on the use of Darija in school books. In the first week of school, the official said that Darija cannot be used in education, emphasizing that “the official languages recognized by the Constitution are Arabic and Tamazight.”On Saturday, the prime minister also thanked citizens for their “strong stance” against the use of Darija in education. He said their position supported the position of the government. read more

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Renard Takes Break to Think about His Future with Atlas Lions

Rabat – Moroccan television channel 2M has denied rumors of Atlas Lions’ coach  Herve Renard’s resignation.A source told the TV channel that Renard is taking some time to “think about his future with the Moroccan team.”The source added that Morocco’s performance during the 2019 African Cup of Nations (CAN) “will not be the only criteria on which his final decision would be based.” In a tweet, 2M added that the Royal Moroccan Football Federation (FRMF) will hold a meeting soon to “decide on the future of the French coach with the Lions.”“الجامعة الملكية المغربية لكرة القدم ستعقد اجتماعا في المستقبل القريب للحسم في مستقبل المدرب الفرنسي مع الأسود.لحدود الساعة لم تتوصل بأي معلومة تخص استقالة هيرفي رونار” (مصدر مقرب من الناخب الوطني).@FRMFOFFICIEL @EnMaroc pic.twitter.com/Ll3POvUx7W— 2M.ma (@2MInteractive) July 9, 20192M added that its source had not yet received any information regarding Renard’s possible resignation.The denial comes after Moroccan television channel Arriyadia quoted  sources who announced the “imminent” resignation of Renard yesterday, July 8.The news comes after the disappointing performance of the Atlas Lions during the Morocco-Benin match on Friday, July 5 in the knockout round of CAN.Prior to CAN, the president of  Royal Football Federation (FRMF) Fouzi Lekjaa said that there was no “guarantee” that Renard would stay with the Moroccan team after the African tournament.However, Renard  has long denied rumors on his exit.مصدر موقع القناة الثانية: “هيرفي رونار أخذ مهلة للتفكير في مستقبله مع المنتخب المغربي. مسيرة الأسود خلال كان #مصر2019 لن تكون المعيار الوحيد لاتخاذه للقرار النهائي.”@EnMaroc @Herve_Renard_HR— 2M.ma (@2MInteractive) July 9, 2019“Some people talk about my future in the media to sow trouble  in the Moroccan spirit and if it’s still a little too early to know what will be done, one this is certain,” Renard said in an instagram post. He also denied that he would join another African team after his exit.“Out of respect for Morocco and all Moroccans I will not leave in any way for another African nation regardless of it. Those who claim so are wrong.”Renard has served as a coach of the national team since 2016, his contract will expire in February 2022. read more

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Pregnant Lankan maid sent back

“How can this happen, when the maid has undergone pregnancy test in Colombo?” he asked. The Saudi sponsor handed her to the Sri Lankan Embassy to send her back home since she would not be able to attend to household chores because of her pregnancy. Arab News learned that employment agents in Sri Lanka run an organized racket in cooperation with medical clinics to make a fast buck. The Saudi sponsor, who is desperate to get a housemaid for his house, pays any amount in Sri Lanka to get a servant for the house. To lure the maid to go to the Kingdom, job agents pay the maid up to 50,000 rupees before her departure from the island. Saroja, 33 and married, told Arab News that she underwent the medical test at a clinic approved by the government of Sri Lanka.It is mandatory for all workers who come for employment in the Gulf countries to undergo a medical test at one of the clinics recommended by the GCC Approved Medical Centers’ Association (GAMCA), which is affiliated to the GCC Health Ministers Secretariat headquartered in Riyadh. A Saudi sponsor, who spent SR 20,000 to recruit a servant from Sri Lanka, was shocked to find that his new maid was three months pregnant on arrival in the Kingdom, Arab News reported.Saroja Pushpavalli (not her real name) from Maskeliya in Sri Lanka, came to Riyadh two weeks ago and her sponsor found that she was pregnant when she underwent medical tests in the capital. There are more than 15 such clinics on the island. Around 60,000 maids from Colombo come to the Kingdom annually to work in Saudi homes. The visas are issued by the Saudi Embassy in Colombo. These maids are from poor homes in villages throughout the island.The Sri Lanka Bureau of Foreign Employment (SLBFE) gives the green light for a maid to go for foreign employment only on the production of a medical certificate from an approved clinic and a document to certify that she has undergone a training course specified for housemaids. Sources at the Sri Lankan Embassy here said that it seems the GAMCA approved medical clinics are not doing their job properly. They said that recently a maid, who is an epileptic patient, was sent for work in the Kingdom.The maid, Nilanthi Maduwanthi, was sent as a housemaid to Gorayath in the north of the Kingdom near the Jordanian border. “She worked for two weeks. Later she was hospitalized for two months and the mission sent her home this Friday,” the sources added. read more

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Europe should support UN efforts to repatriate Afghans Lubbers says

In a speech given on Thursday night at the One World Media Awards in London, High Commissioner Ruud Lubbers said European leaders – who are set to discuss immigration and asylum issues at a meeting in Spain next week – should recognize the value of addressing displacement through a well-funded and effective UNHCR.“What was once a road to refuge is fast becoming a road to return in Afghanistan – and the effects are being felt all the way to Europe,” said Mr. Lubbers. “Today, we have new asylum statistics for the first quarter of 2002 that show a sharp drop over the previous quarter in Afghans seeking asylum in Europe – down 33 per cent across the continent as a whole, and 24 per cent within the European Union.” In less than four months, the refugee agency has helped nearly 1 million Afghans return to their devastated homeland. The size and speed of the repatriation has prompted UNHCR to increase its projections for Afghan returns this year from 1.25 million to 2 million. At the same time, the agency is warning that funding for the Afghan operation has not kept pace with the enormous needs. Only $185 million of the $271 million needed for the effort has been received so far. The High Commissioner said the budget shortfall was forcing cutbacks in work that contributes to security and stability in Afghanistan. “Without it, Afghans may once again conclude they’ve been abandoned,” he warned. “Then we could see that graph of Afghans arriving in Europe start to go up once more.” read more

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Annan deeply concerned at increase in violence in Kashmir

“The Secretary-General is deeply concerned by the increase in violence in Jammu and Kashmir in the past two days,” a statement issued by his spokesman in New York said. “The Secretary-General reiterates his condemnation of all acts of terrorism. At the same time, he urges those concerned to exercise restraint following these tragic incidents and encourages the Governments of India and Pakistan to continue their recent efforts to resolve their differences peacefully through normalization of diplomatic relations, confidence-building measures and renewed dialogue,” it added. read more

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Most actively traded companies on the TSX TSX Venture Exchange markets

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Most actively traded companies on the TSX, TSX Venture Exchange markets by The Canadian Press Posted Oct 11, 2012 5:48 pm MDT TORONTO – Some of the most active companies traded Thursday on the Toronto Stock Exchange and the TSX Venture Exchange:Toronto Stock Exchange (12,233.95 up 21.53 points):Air Canada (TSX:AC.B). Airliner. Up seven cents, or five per cent, at $1.47 on 12,750,714 shares.Canadian Natural Resources Ltd. (TSX:CNQ). Oil and gas. Up 21 cents, or 0.70 per cent, at $30.01 on 5,251,030 shares. The energy sector rose 0.57 per cent to 258.01 points, as the price of crude oil for November contract increased 82 cents US to $92.07 per barrel on the New York Mercantile Exchange.Kinross Gold Corp. (TSX:K). Miner. Down 16 cents, or 1.56 per cent, at $10.09 on 5,042,204 shares. On Wednesday, the Toronto-based miner’s chief financial officer quit to pursue other interests. Kinross launched a company-wide cost reduction effort in August to improve its lagging performance.Canacol Energy Ltd. (TSX:CNE). Junior energy. Down a penny, or 2.38 per cent, at 41 cents on 4,686,014 shares. The Calgary-based company’s stock closed at its lowest level since late 2009.Teck Resources Ltd. (TSX:TCK.B). Miner. Up 49 cents, or 1.64 per cent, at $30.39 on 4,128,366 shares. The Vancouver-based company appointed Edward Dowling to its Board of Directors earlier in the week.Bombardier Inc. (TSX:BBD.B). Transportation equipment. Up a penny, or 0.27 per cent, at $3.68 on 3,794,708 shares.TSX Venture Exchange (1,299.94 down 2.21 points):Sandstorm Metals and Energy Ltd. (TSXV:SND). Junior natural resource mining. Up three cents, or 6.45 per cent, at 49.5 cents on 6,085,609 shares.GoldQuest Mining Corp. (TSXV:GQC). Mine developer and explorer. Down 35 cents, or 26.72 per cent, at 96 cents on 5,408,260 shares.Companies reporting major news:Nexen Inc. (TSX:NXY). Oil and gas. Up six cents, or 0.24 per cent, at $25.21 on 1,396,097 shares. The federal government is extending its review period for the proposed takeover of Nexen by China’s state-owned offshore oil company by 30 days. China National Offshore Oil Corp. is offering $15.1 billion to buy the Calgary-based company, a deal considered as the largest deal so for in the Canadian oilpatch involving a Chinese company.NovaGold Resources Inc. (TSX:NG). Mine developer and explorer. Unchanged at $5.04 on 400,640 shares. The Vancouver-based company suffered a third-quarter net loss of $21.5 million or eight cents per share compared with net loss of $52.1 million or 22 cents per share in the same period a year-earlier. NovaGold, which owns the Donlin gold project in Alaska, did not post any revenues. read more

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Flatow show Science Friday settle claims of misusing federal grant money

AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email HARTFORD, Conn. – Federal prosecutors say radio host Ira Flatow and his “Science Friday” show that airs on many National Public Radio stations have settled civil claims that they misused money from a nearly $1 million federal grant aimed at boosting the show’s reach to younger listeners.The settlement was announced Tuesday by Connecticut U.S. Attorney Deirdre Daly and an inspector general of the National Science Foundation. “Science Friday” and Flatow didn’t admit any wrongdoing.Flatow and the show will pay nearly $146,000 to resolve alleged violations of federal law. They also agreed to not participate in federal grant programs for one year.Flatow says he did nothing wrong and settled because the legal costs were too high.Authorities say grant money was used inappropriately for “unallowable and unsupported” costs, but didn’t elaborate. Flatow, show ‘Science Friday’ settle claims of misusing federal grant money by The Associated Press Posted Sep 16, 2014 12:21 pm MDT read more

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New Brunswick premier places blame on federal government for unemployment rate

New Brunswick premier places blame on federal government for unemployment rate SHIPPAGAN, N.B. – The leader of New Brunswick’s official opposition is telling Premier Brian Gallant to grow up after Gallant laid blame for the province’s rising unemployment figures on the federal Tories.The premier made the comments after a speech to members of his caucus gathered for their summer retreat in Shippagan, N.B., on Thursday.The province’s unemployment rate has jumped from 9.6 per cent in May to 11 per cent in July.Gallant said that’s due to what he called the federal Conservative government’s failing strategy to grow the economy.“We’ve made it very clear that we think the current federal government has had a bad plan for the Canadian economy and we’ve seen that not only in New Brunswick, but in many provinces across the country,” Gallant said as he spoke with reporters outside the Shippagan campus of the Universite de Moncton.“They just kept along with the same plan that was failing,” he said.The leader of New Brunswick’s Opposition Progressive Conservatives was quick to attack Gallant’s comments.Bruce Fitch said Gallant needs to be mature and accept full responsibility for the province’s employment numbers.“When he was in Opposition everything was David Alward’s fault. Now that he is in government everything is Stephen Harper’s fault.”“He needs to grow up,” Fitch said in a statement about the 33-year-old Liberal leader.Rob Moore, Conservative candidate for Fundy-Royal, said in a news release on Thursday evening that Gallant has an agenda opposed to the development of natural resources.“The … approach to the economy is devastating — higher taxes, record deficits, and a moratorium on the development of our region’s bountiful resources,” he said in an email.He argued that Harper’s plan to keep taxes low is the best route to create jobs and grow the natural resources sector.Gallant said the province is trying to attract a number of projects that could create thousands of jobs as early as this fall, but he refused to provide any details.He is also calling on federal leaders to support the Energy East pipeline project. The proposed $12 billion pipeline project would enable western crude to reach refiners and export terminals in Eastern Canada.Gallant — who has been a major promoter of the plan — said it could create thousands of jobs in New Brunswick and provide a much needed boost to the economy.Prior to the premier’s speech, an Ontario regulator released a report critical of the pipeline that would end in Saint John.The Ontario Energy Board says the environmental risks of the $12 billion project outweigh the potential benefits, and warns it will drive up natural gas prices in Ontario.The board’s report will form the basis of Ontario’s position when the National Energy Board holds hearings on Energy East, expected sometime in 2016. by The Canadian Press Posted Aug 13, 2015 10:29 am MDT Last Updated Aug 13, 2015 at 5:00 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

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Inaccurate Environment Agency flood maps distort house prices claim locals

first_imgAerial shots show no water in Bisham at premises including the sports centre, even though the map shows they floodedCredit:Mike Post  The light purple shows flooding in Bisham that locals say never happened  A picture showing the bottom of Mr Post's lane at the peak of flooding. Water never reached his house  Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. The light purple shows flooding in Bisham that locals say never happened Credit:Environment Agency  Flood maps published by the Environment Agency are so inaccurate that they are significantly distorting house prices, homeowners have claimed.Bisham and Marlow flood warden Mike Post has been fighting since 2014 to have the maps redrawn after they showed whole rows of homes besieged with water, when none had been affected in the storms of that year or 2003.The map of the Berkshire and Buckinghamshire villages also currently includes details of a deluge in 2002 that never happened and places businesses and churches within the Thames flood zone, even though they remained dry.“This preposterously inaccurate map includes many, many features which demonstrably did not flood such as my own house and garden,” said Mr Post.“The map incorrectly shows whole swathes of Bisham and Marlow as being within the 2014 flood outline. The map has a whole area of fields underwater which was not the case.“In addition the 2003 flood outline is still in error, wrongly  showing properties which did not flood whilst excluding properties which did.“A Government Agency publishing false information on historic flooding has serious consequences.“Property owners or potential purchasers will be misled about flooding  history of a property with the possibility of significant distortion of property values.” The Environment Agency said the maps used to computer modelling to represent the ‘worst case scenario’ but has agreed to update the 2003 flooding data and said a review of laser-mapping data is underway to make sure the maps are accurate.An Environment Agency spokesperson said: “Marlow has a long history of flooding, which is why we are working with local councils to build an £8 million flood scheme to protect hundreds of homes in the town.“We update our flood risk maps every three months with the best available data and use them as part of our planning – but final decisions about where we build new flood schemes are made with the local community, taking into account other potential sources of flooding.” When Mr Post contacted the Environment Agency in 2014 the organisation agreed to change the maps, claiming he had a ‘valid point.’He was also back by Theresa May’s office, as Bisham is part of the Prime Minister’s constituency. But despite admitting the error, nothing had altered when they were redrawn in 2015.The Environment Agency bases much of its data on laser-mapping, which uses aerial scans to record the topography of the area. However locals claim that the method does not paint an accurate picture of what happened on the ground.At a meeting of the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead Flood Liaison Group this week, residents of Wraysbury, Cookham and, Datchet in Berkshire also complained that their maps were grossly inaccurate. Aerial shots show no water in Bisham at premises including the sports centre, even though the map shows they flooded The area is home to Andrew Strauss, the former England cricket captain and television presented and naturalist Steve Backshall.Mr Post added: “It is quite clear that in the case of Bisham and Marlow, the Environment Agency is incapable of using Lidar technology effectively.“It is absolutely unacceptable for the Environment Agency to publish false information on flooding and to leave it in the public domain.“Can we be sure that the false historic flood information has not also been published with similar gross errors all over the country? The Historic Flood Map should be withdrawn immediately.” A picture showing the bottom of Mr Post’s lane at the peak of flooding. Water never reached his house Credit:Mike Post last_img read more

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Guyana signs MOUs with Mexico for capacity building in oil industry

The Guyana Government has signed Memorandums of Understanding (MOUs) with the Mexican Institute of Petroleum (IMP) to build capacity in the emerging oil and gas sector, GINA said.Minister of Natural Resources Raphael Trotman and Director General of the IMP Dr Ernesto Ríos Patrón signing the MOUThe three MOUs were signed yesterday in the boardroom of the Ministry of Natural Resources, Brickdam between Minister of Natural Resources, Raphael Trotman and Director General of the IMP, Dr Ernesto Ríos Patrón.The Mexican Ambassador to Guyana, Ivan Roberto Sierra-Medel was quoted by GINA as saying that the MOUs were the most important exchange between the two countries.“… Their goal (IMP) is to build a two way communication that creates domestic capacities in Guyana and I think this is a step in the right direction,” Ambassador Sierra-Medel said.Guyana is a new entrant in the oil industry, and sharing Mexico’s expertise and experiences with Guyana fosters overall development, Ambassador Sierra-Medel noted.  The IMP in turn stands to benefit by creating technical confidence to eventually provide some services to Guyana.MOUsDr Ríos noted that the MOUs provide for the creation of three white papers, training of human resources in labour, technical and professional jobs and the creation of a technical background and overall technical framework for Guyana.GINA said a team from IMP will be in Guyana collecting data to complete the three white papers which have a six-month deadline. Dr Ríos explained that the white papers aim to “build an overall balance of demand and supply of oil and gas in the local industry.”The team will share its techniques and methodologies and best practices with the government. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedTeam of Mexican oil and gas experts here on Scoping MissionJune 21, 2016In “Local News”Guyana looking forward to increase trade with MexicoSeptember 16, 2017In “latest news”Oil, gas onshore supply base to be built in 2017December 30, 2016In “Business” The MOUs aim to provide Guyana with lasting technical knowledge and best practices in the industry. The IMP is financing the projects identified in the MOUs. While not providing an exact number, Ambassador Sierra-Medel said it is a “considerable investment”.The IMP has over 50 years of experience in Mexico’s petroleum industry and is the country’s leading research centre dedicated to technological research and development, provision of engineering and technical services, training, and awarding degrees, and participating in strategic and technological joint ventures, according to GINA. read more

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TOTALTEC aiming to equip Guyanese for the oil gas industry

Lars Mangal, CEO of TOTALTECH Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedSacked sugar workers among new recruits for oil and gas sectorJune 6, 2019In “Business”Fourth batch of students graduate from TOTALTEC AcademyFebruary 22, 2019In “latest news”Maritime Safety Training Institute to boost local content trainingDecember 13, 2018In “Business” With first oil expected in two years, TOTALTEC Academy says it is aiming to equip one hundred 100 Guyanese by the end of 2018 with skills for the oil and gas industryAccording to a DPI release, Chief Executive Officer of TOTALTEC, Lars Mangal described safety as one of the core components of training.During a recent familiarisation tour of the facilities in Houston on the East Bank of Demerara, Mangal told Prime Minister Moses Nagamootoo that recruits are trained practically. He said at TOTALTEC, “proactive reporting” is examined.Mangal explained that they “encourage people to report things to identify risks and hazards” so incidents can be prevented. He noted that the “first barrier to safety is to have a well-informed recruit/graduate working for you so they can anticipate and spot hazards and risks before they become issues.”The CEO emphasised once trainees have graduated, they will be employed within the oil and gas sector. He disclosed that recruits are hired and undergo on the job-training after which they are then deployed and given “a career orientation to the industry.”“We align them with companies that are recruiting, we align them with career and interviewing skills so they can perform and find employment through our efforts and in some cases under contracts with us to the various companies,” he further added.Mangal stated that continued developments are being made at the facilities. This is as TOTALTEC partners with companies with an interest in the petroleum sector to establish the fully functional state of the art shore-based facility, Guyana Shore Base Incorporated.According to CEO, the facility supports “the operation of loading vessels,” explaining that cargo will be unloaded from larger vessels and loaded onto smaller ones which “take the equipment and product offshore.” read more

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Journeys with TheJournalie In the country there are people who dont go

first_img 4 Comments Click here to enter Image: Duhill Community News via Facebook Oct 26th 2016, 12:29 PM Short URL Journeys with TheJournal.ie: ‘In the country, there are people who don’t go beyond the local shop’ Would you like 50 free trips for your local organisation? Get your entries in before Friday. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Share98 Tweet Email1 10,843 Views center_img Image: Duhill Community News via Facebook OVER THE PAST month, TheJournal.ie has teamed up with Irish Rail to provide free trips to the most deserving individuals and groups across the country.The partnership will see 5,000 people take return trains to the destination of their choice.We have already introduced you to some of the winners but there is still time to nominate anyone who is doing fantastic work your community before the closing date on Friday, 28 October.Journeys with TheJournal.ie is an initiative that seeks to support organisations in the voluntary, community, sporting and charity sector by bringing them where they need to go over the coming year.This could bring your local club, group or organisation to that special event you would love to attend, on a well-deserved outing, or even be used as a specific support to members of the group who need help to travel to a destination. http://jrnl.ie/3046614 By Fora Staff They say in Dublin people don’t go beyond the Pale, but in the countryside, there are people who don’t go further than the local shop. If we had an event available like this to us, it would definitely provide a talking point for years to come.“It’s great to win, we’re delighted,” she told TheJournal.ie after they were chosen winners, explaining that Duhill is “a hall and a church” since the last pub shut its doors.“But we had 70 people out walking last night. We all met at the hall with a torch and hi-vis jackets and went out for an hour – about 6k.“The eldest was 82 and the youngest was 14. It’s about promoting health, as well as having the chat and talking so nobody feels on their lonesome.” Source: Duhill Community News via FacebookTheJournal.ie is announcing one winner a week, over four weeks, but there are 100 round trips to be won – for up to 50 people in a group at a time, so a whopping 5,000 tickets – and you can apply until 28 October 2016.Read: “A fabulous, happy day” – 100 reasons to get on boardMore: Journeys with TheJournal.ie: Honouring the veterans of Jadotville Our latest winner will be using the prize to bring a gang from Tipperary on tour.Duhill Community Council works tirelessly to bring people together in the small, rural area in the south of the county.Its 10 volunteer members organise card drives, festivals, parties, breakfasts, fitness classes, dramatic productions, cycles and walks (including a successful ’12 days of Christmas Walking’ event) for local people across the entire year.“We have recently lost the two pubs in the area,” secretary Maggie Moloney said in her application.“[They] were hubs for people to get together and meet. It is hoped through all our different activities, we can help combat rural isolation, and provide a sense of togetherness.” Volunteers at a Duhill Dash run Source: Duhill Community News via FacebookMoloney said the group would love to bring people on an away day – ‘Duhill on Tour’ – to Dublin, maybe for the Bloom festival in the summer or for the current exhibitions on at Kilmainham Gaol.“We are in a very rural area and any small effort to bring people together whether it be a card drive or a walk means so much to some people,” she wrote in her application.“These are the people who are living on their own or may be widowed – a lot of different circumstances – some people might just need a day off or away. Wednesday 26 Oct 2016, 12:29 PMlast_img read more

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Its not the States problem its the familys Care system to adopt

first_img Oct 30th 2016, 8:00 AM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Sunday 30 Oct 2016, 8:00 AM Share177 Tweet Email3 THE CHILD AND Family Agency is adopting a new approach to dealing with families that involves asking them to “own their problem”, the agency’s chief executive has said.In a wide-ranging interview with TheJournal.ie this week, Fred McBride, who took on his role earlier this year, said Tusla wants to move more towards “sharing power and control and responsibility with children and families and communities, rather than the traditional rather paternalistic public service approach, which was very much doing things to people and for people”. Of course the State’s got to provide some kind of safety net, but we can’t allow people to get entangled in it.“Certainly part of my approach is getting families to own the problem, because unless they own the problem we’re not going to be able to work with them to move it on, and of course if they don’t own the problem then the State’s intervention increases accordingly,” he said.McBride stressed this is not about the State refusing to take children in care or failing to intervene robustly where necessary, rather it is about trying to pitch interventions at the right level.We do want to challenge families more, we want to demand a bit more from families to have aspirations and, as I say, to take ownership of the problem. It’s not the State’s problem, it’s the family’s problem, but our job is to try to support them to come up with solutions to their problem.Working togetherMcBride said this progressive approach to dealing with vulnerable children and families can only work with the cooperation of other state agencies. However budget constraints can “push people to guard their own budget and start to build barriers” he said.Perhaps there’s also a degree of professional preciousness or snobbery that prevents people from really valuing the contributions of other professionals.The problem, according to McBride, is predominantly a strategic one, and something that needs to be tackled at top management level.“I think there’s some good joint working happening at the frontline out in the localities.”Almost as if it happens because of good local relationships rather than as a result of a government or senior management mandate, and that mandate is really important, that needs to be given much more strongly.Many children in care are faced with upsetting situations in their everyday lives and are in need of supports outside of the agency’s remit like mental health services.When asked whether delays for children accessing mental health services impeded his organisation’s work, McBride was frank in his answer.Yes it can. And you know many reports – the National Child Review Panel, the child deaths [report], frequent reports – note that a lack of an appropriate and timely mental health service has been a contributory factor in some of those deaths, particularly the suicides.One barrier to supports is that many of these young people are not clinically mentally ill, he said. “Emotionally they’re not well, so it’s not necessarily a pure or clinical psychiatric approach that’s needed, it’s more a therapeutic approach”.“They need help, but if they don’t have a clinical diagnosis of mental illness, then the question is: What other type of help is there and who’s best placed to deliver that? That can be challenging.”He noted that he knows colleagues in the HSE want to expand services for young people and Tusla is “very willing” to contribute staff to create a multi-disciplinary approach.And also we’re trying to create some in-house Tusla therapeutic services, again multidisciplinary, with different types of therapies available – play therapy, art therapy, music therapy, psychotherapy, all the different types of services that can be brought to bear when a child is not technically clinically mentally ill but they’re emotionally damaged or suffering in some way.Social workersOne major criticism of the care system in recent years has centred on high numbers of children waiting for a social worker to be allocated to their case.Back in 2014, when Tusla was first established, there were 8,685 children waiting for a social worker to take on their case. As of August this year, that number has been brought down to 4,727.“That’s a near 50% reduction in two years. That’s good performance, whichever industry standard you might want to apply,” Mc Bride commented. “Now, it’s still 4,000 too many, but we have to look at that in the context of having 44,000 referrals a year.”“Since Tulsa was created, we’ve had a near 80% reduction in unallocated cases that were categorised as high priority.”Though there has been a vast improvement in the short life of the new agency, McBride conceded that the delays can make “a big difference” in some cases.Their problems are potentially getting worse and then we’re left to intervene in more of a crisis situation rather than at an earlier stage.However, he stressed that, while these families are waiting, “they’re not being ignored”.Their cases are reviewed on a weekly basis, with visits if necessary and input from schools.Whilst it’s not ideal, and you may get different social workers calling, that’s not ideal, and I’m not trying to say that it’s okay – it’s not – I’m just making the point that they’re not ignored. They’re kept under monitor and review in the event that should matters deteriorate or escalate, then an appropriate and proportionate response is given.MissingFinding the right solution for children who have to be taken from their parents is a tough task for the agency and in some cases the young person – particularly teenagers – will be resistant to the change in their life and leave their foster home or residential care unit.“Often actually they’re not missing – we know where they are, they’re just not where they’re meant to be,” McBride explained.“They’ll be at home with families or they’ll be with a friend and we know that, but sometimes trying to get a hold of them can be a bit trickier. If teenagers want to kind of evade adults they’ll find a way of doing it.”I think we need to be careful to separate out normal teenage behaviour – that coming home late kind of thing, or staying with a friend – from children whose general circumstances would place them at more significant risk should they go missing. And that’s what we’re trying to do.McBride said gardaí sometimes get “frustrated” with staff frequently reporting young people – sometimes the same young people multiple times – missing.Sometimes, when it’s not in their interest to be with their family, on occasions, they’re being harboured by their families – not illegally – but outside of their agreed plan.ChildcareMcBride also spoke about the recent announcement that, from next year, the government will offer a tax rebate for childcare – either with a childminder or a creche. However, this new scheme came under scrutiny in the last couple of weeks after it was revealed there are only 119 childminders registered with Tusla – and you have to use either a childminder or creche registered with the agency to benefit from it.Some counties do not have any childminders registered with the agency, as a person has  to take care of four or more children to do so.“In neighbouring jurisdictions, in the UK, you’ve got to register for any number of children and I thought that was a safer and more appropriate thing to do,” McBride said.“We’re responsible for the regulation and registration of early years service – creches and childminders, of course. As part of that, and we inspect them, but I think there needs to be much more of a focus on qualitative registration and inspection rather than that they meet basic minimum requirements.”McBride said this country has yet to see a “coherent cross-government early years strategy”, stressing he will need to take some responsibility for moving that along.“That strategy is not just about providing childcare, as important as that is, it is also about family support and parenting support and how we help children to develop these positive attachments early on in their lives and that’s a key bit for us.”Read: ‘Some flee immediately’: Migrants pretending to be children to get into Ireland> By Michelle Hennessy ‘It’s not the State’s problem, it’s the family’s’: Care system to adopt tough love approach The chief executive of Tusla said the agency wants families to share more power and responsibility, and to “own their problems”.center_img 33 Comments https://jrnl.ie/3046658 Short URL 23,860 Views Image: hands image via Shutterstock Image: hands image via Shutterstocklast_img read more

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Call for tougher sentences over burglaries that destroy entire communities or ways

first_img Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Tuesday 20 Feb 2018, 8:01 AM By Ruaidhrí Giblin Image: Sasko Lazarov/RollingNews.ie 12,824 Views Share Tweet Email http://jrnl.ie/3861232 Call for tougher sentences over burglaries that ‘destroy entire communities or ways of life’ Two cousins jailed over a ‘fatal burglary’ will have served their sentences by the time new jail terms are handed down. center_img Feb 20th 2018, 8:01 AM File photo File photo Image: Sasko Lazarov/RollingNews.ie TWO COUSINS JAILED for a “fatal burglary” at the home of a 62-year-old man will have served their prison sentences, which were found to be too lenient by the Court of Appeal, by the time fresh sentences are handed down.Michael Casey, 34, with an address at Clonlong halting site, Southill, Limerick, and David Casey, 23, with an address at Carragh Park, Belcamp, Dublin 17, had pleaded guilty to a series of burglaries, including one at the home of John O’Donoghue at Toomaline in Doon on 27 August 2015.O’Donoghue collapsed and died as he was about to confront the two intruders, who ran away without offering assistance.Judge Tom O’Donnell sentenced both men at Limerick Circuit Criminal Court to four-and-a-half years imprisonment, with the final year suspended, on 15 December 2016.The Court of Appeal found the men’s sentences to be “unduly lenient” following a review of sentence brought by the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP).The three-judge court was told yesterday that the Caseys are due for release from prison in the middle of April, days before the court’s judgment on the matter is due to be handed down on 17 April. Accordingly, the court remanded both men in custody to that date.In seeking a review of the Caseys’ sentences last December, counsel for the DPP, Thomas O’Malley BL, submitted that the Caseys targeted four residential properties and entered three. They were engaged in a “spree” which they had obviously planned, and David Casey was on bail at the time the offences were committed.While it was not alleged that the Caseys directly caused the death of O’Donoghue, O’Malley said there was “undoubtedly some causative link” between the Caseys’ behaviour and O’Donoghue’s sudden death.He said the impact on the victims, particularly O’Donoghue’s surviving sister who witnessed her brother die shortly after arriving home while the burglary was in progress, had to be considered. Property of significant economic and sentimental value was taken from the home of one of the other victims.The DPP made further “general submissions” to the court “in case the court may wish to offer some general guidance or guidelines on the sentencing” of burglaries “for the future”.O’Malley said the submission was being made “out of recognition of the undeniable social problem caused by residential burglaries”.‘Serious social problem’ O’Malley said residential burglaries are a “serious social problem” particularly where the dwelling happens to be occupied by an elderly, infirm or disabled person, and where it happens during the night or in the early hours when the person or persons are at home.It was clear from media reports, O’Malley said, that residential burglaries were occurring with a degree of frequency. That in itself made it “socially problematic”.He said the impact on victims was “multifaceted”. It had a serious impact on the person whose home was invaded but also affected those who were in similar circumstances, particularly when there was a burglary in a rural area.A single burglary in a rural area creates a “ripple of fear” throughout that area such that other people in the area “live in permanent fear or dread”.This meant that residential burglaries could destroy entire communities or ways of life, O’Malley said. It could lead people to alter their lifestyles, such as moving into sheltered accommodation. He said people felt at risk in their homes, the place they should feel most secure.O’Malley submitted that residential burglaries should be treated as a “special case”. It was already recognised, he said, that a residential burglary was at least as much an offence against the person as it was the property, and sometimes more so.While little or no property of any value may be taken, typically, the victim will continue to endure a sense of fear and insecurity for quite a long time to come.Mr Justice George Birmingham, who sat with Mr Justice Alan Mahon and Mr Justice John Edwards, said the court would deliver its judgment on 17 April.On an earlier occasion, prosecuting counsel, John G O’Sullivan BL, referred to the case as a “fatal burglary”.Comments are closed due to ongoing legal proceedings. Read: Most of those living in Ireland think the Irish language should be legally protected in the NorthRead: Unicef says ‘world is failing newborns’ as global baby mortality rates remain ‘alarmingly high’ Short URL No Comments last_img read more

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Navy ship makes history after unmanned trip from San Diego to Hawaii

first_img KUSI Newsroom February 18, 2019 KUSI Newsroom, Posted: February 18, 2019 Navy ship makes history after unmanned trip from San Diego to Hawaiicenter_img Updated: 12:29 PM Categories: Good Morning San Diego, Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter A Navy ship made history after traveling from #SanDiego to Hawaii with no one on board. The Sea Hunter is designed for submarine hunting and counter-mine missions.Details: https://t.co/pMK702Jzqc pic.twitter.com/L7Z2vDOpA2— KUSI News (@KUSINews) February 18, 2019A Navy ship made history after traveling from San Diego to Hawaii with no one on board.The drone-Navy ship known as the Sea Hunter, began its journey last month traveling to Hawaii’s Pearl Harbor.The ship is designed for submarine hunting and counter-mine missions. Crew members on an escort vessel boarded the ship for short durations to check electrical systems, but the ship was unmanned for most of the voyage. last_img read more

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Pinsent Masons RBS and Vodafone among 2017s Top Global Employers for LGBT

first_imgAccenture, Herbert Smith Freehills, Pinsent Masons, RBS (pictured), and Vodafone are among the 12 global organisations that have been named as 2017’s Top Global Employers for lesbian, gay, bi and trans (LGBT) employees by LGBT equality charity Stonewall.The list recognises organisations that create inclusive workplaces and advance equality for LGBT employees. It is compiled using submissions to the Global Workplace Equality Index (GWEI). This is a benchmarking tool that can be used by employers to help them create an inclusive workplace in their operating market.Criteria that organisations are marked on include employee policy, training, staff engagement, leadership, monitoring, procurement, community engagement and understanding local context, global mobility, and additional in-country activity.The listed organisations celebrated their achievement at a London-based awards ceremony on 3 July 2017, which was presented by foreign secretary Boris Johnson.In no particular order, the Top Global Employers for 2017 are:AccentureBaker and McKenzieBarclaysBPFreshfields Bruckhaus DeringerHerbert Smith FreehillsHSBCPinsent MasonsRBSSimmons and SimmonsThomson ReutersVodafoneRichard Foley, senior partner at Pinsent Masons, said: “Being genuinely valued and respected at work is empowering for the individual and the business. We want to create a working environment that values the power of diversity and allows all of our people to bring their whole selves to work. This is essential to establishing trust and rapport not only across our own workforce but with clients, suppliers and the wider community.“As a global employer we recognise the complexity of different attitudes and cultures which our LGBT employees experience in the many countries in which we operate. We are committed to ensuring that our inclusive culture extends across the entire organisation. Working with Stonewall has enabled us to adapt our approach so it is respectful to different cultures but does not compromise our values.”Nicholas Crapp, chief audit executive and global LGBT executive sponsor at RBS, added: “To be recognised for a third consecutive year for our efforts in creating a more inclusive bank is something we should be proud of. It is paramount that we build on our recent success and continually ensure our policies and practices are fit for purpose and as inclusive as possible so that we create an environment that is a great place to work for all our staff, LGBT or otherwise, regardless of the country or jurisdiction in which we operate.“We are determined to build a truly inclusive culture; one that lets everyone bring the best of themselves to work, every day. We want all of our lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender colleagues and customers to feel welcome and accepted for who they are.”last_img read more

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