Chelsea’s longest-serving player to leave club

first_imgTransfers Chelsea’s longest-serving player Delac admits he will leave Goal Last updated 2 years ago 01:41 11/8/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(2) Matej Delac Chelsea Marko Lukunić/Pixsell Transfers Chelsea Premier League The 25-year-old Croatian keeper is ready to seek a new club after work permit issues have kept him out of the reckoning for the Blues for seven years Chelsea goalkeeper Matej Delac has admitted he is looking for a way out of Stamford Bridge, after spending seven years at the club without ever playing a competitive match.The 25-year-old joined the Blues back in 2010, and is currently the longest-serving member of their first-team squad.  Chelsea 2/5 for the top 4 Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Dalec, however, has never even been registered in the Premier League due to work permit issues, and the Croatian has spent almost off of his career on loan. Now, he believes the time is right to seek a permanent move.”Yes, soon will come a time I’ll have to leave Chelsea. Many people ask me do I regret coming to Chelsea so young, and not joining some smaller club, but I feel no regret,” he explained to  SportSport .”Your career can always be better, but I am 25 and have been through so much, met many coaches, players, gained experience.”The problem was not my quality, Chelsea believed in me, extended my contract several times, but the problem was always work permit.”Despite his frustration at remaining on the fringes at Stamford Bridge, Delac is grateful to all involved at Chelsea.”Chelsea had a plan for my career, but you can not plan some things. As I arrived, aged 18, it seemed like some movie, I can’t describe that feeling. I will remember the greatness of Chelsea FC, they raised me and taught me human and football manners. And of course my first game, in Ljubljana vs Olimpija, when I plqayed with Fabregas, Costa,” he said, while also backing manager Antonio Conte to turn things around after a mixed start to the current season.”Conte is great worker, professional, even when Chelsea is not doing well, I know it is just a phase and Conte will find a way out.”last_img read more

All you need to know about Border-Gavaskar Trophy

first_img India Today Web Desk January 4, 2019UPDATED: January 4, 2019 21:07 IST The Border-Gavaskar Trophy was first played in 1996 in honour of batting greats from Australia and India — Allan Border and Sunil Gavaskar (Reuters Photo)Cricket matches between India and Australia have always evoked a lot of interest as they have been two of the powerhouses of the sport over the years.The first Test series between the two countries was played as early as 1947-48 cricket season. Lala Amarnath led the Indian team to a five-match series to Australia. Despite having the likes of Vijay Hazare and Vinoo Mankad, India was beaten 4-0 by the hosts, who were captained by Sir Donald Bradman.Ever since India and Australia have played 97 Tests (not including the ongoing Test match in Sydney) with India winning 28 and losing 42 of them.However, the first time India and Australia played for the Border-Gavaskar Trophy was in 1996. A one-off Test match was played between the two countries in New Delhi to mark the start of the Border-Gavaskar series. Ever since India and Australia Test series have always been played for the said trophy.Mohammad Azharuddin made sure the trophy remained with the hosts when Australia came touring for a three-Test series in 1997-98.The series was named after the two of the greatest batsmen in the sport in order to celebrate their record-breaking feats. Sunil Gavaskar and Allan Border were the first ones to score 10,000 runs in Tests.India has been able to dominate the Test duels against Australia ever since the Border-Gavaskar Trophy came into existence. Before 1996, India and Australia had played 50 Tests and the Asian giants won only eight of them with a win percentage of 16.However, after the New Delhi Test of 1996, India has won 20 out of 47 Tests with an improved win percentage of 42.55. Eight of the 14 series played for the Border-Gavaskar Trophy were held in India.advertisementIndia was blanked 3-0 when the Border-Gavaskar series was first played in Australia – in 1999-00.India is currently the holders of the Border-Gavaskar Trophy as a Virat Kohli-led team regained the coveted trophy after beating Australia at home in 2017.The world number Test side has retained the Border-Gavaskar Trophy in their ongoing tour of Australia by clinching an unassailable 2-1 lead in a four-match series. India, who have never won a Test series on Australian soil, are pushing for history in Sydney where the two teams are playing the series finale.Also read: India have dominated Australia ever since the start of Border-Gavaskar TrophyALSO WATCH| India outclass Australia in 3rd Test to retain Border-Gavaskar TrophyGet 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 byIram Ara Ibrahim All you need to know about Border-Gavaskar TrophyThe first time India and Australia played for the Border-Gavaskar Trophy was in 1996.advertisement Nextlast_img read more

Long Beach, LA to Jointly Tackle Congestion Woes

first_imgzoom Taking aim at the bottleneck that has slowed cargo movement through the Port of Long Beach recently, the Long Beach Board of Harbor Commissioners approved measures to relieve congestion including a petition of the Federal Maritime Commission for permission to work in concert with the neighboring Port of Los Angeles.The Los Angeles Board of Harbor Commissioners earlier this month approved the action to file with the federal government for permission to work with Long Beach on congestion. The San Pedro Bay ports want to collaborate with industry partners on matters including rail operations, chassis supply and storage, vessel calls, truck turn times and marine terminal operations. The Federal Maritime Commission could grant the ports immunity from anti-trust laws that would otherwise prohibit the two ports from collaborating.”Separately, we’re all working on solutions,” said Jon Slangerup, Port of Long Beach’s Chief Executive. ”But these are systemic problems that can only be solved by bringing all the parties together, and agreeing on long-term, integrated solutions throughout the supply chain.”Like ports around the nation, Long Beach and Los Angeles are struggling with congestion because of increasing trade, surges from a new generation of megaships and a shortage of chassis. Congestion peaked this fall, but the Port of Long Beach wants to make sure this never happens in the future.The Long Beach Harbor Commission also authorized the release of a Request for Proposals for the creation of a ”peak chassis pool,” which would augment the supply of the chassis – the truck trailer frames used to haul cargo containers – when they are most needed. A shortage of chassis has been a major factor in the congestion issues at the port complex this year.Also, the Commission gave preliminary approval to a cap of four days for parking or ”dockage” fees charged by the port to ships at berth. Due to delays in cargo movement, ships have needed to stay at berth longer and have had to pay higher fees. With the dockage relief, the port would forgo an estimated USD 150,000 in fees by allowing longer stays without charge during stays in December 1, 2014, through March, 31, 2015.As the result of earlier Board of Harbor Commissioners action, the Long Beach Port’s Pier S Temporary Empty Container Depot is scheduled to open December 29 to provide truckers with space to unload empty containers and free up their bare chassis to pick up cargo. The 30-acre storage facility will be open until the end of March 2015.Image: POLBlast_img read more

US expresses strong views on IMF loan to Pakistan pushes for conditionality

first_imgWashington: The US has communicated its “strong views” on an IMF bailout package to cash-strapped Pakistan and sought “conditionality”, a top State Department official has said, amidst concerns in the Trump administration that the aid could be utilised to pay off the Chinese debts. Pakistan last month reached an agreement with the Washington-headquartered International Monetary Fund (IMF) for a USD 6 billion bailout package aimed at shoring up its finances and strengthening a slowing economy as tries to overcome a ballooning balance-of-payments crisis. Also Read – Merkel warns UK Brexit deal ‘unlikely’ without compromise: London The US has serious reservations over global lenders like the IMF providing a bailout to Pakistan to pay off Chinese debts. “There is a discussion about the conditionality what we think would be appropriate for an IMF package to Pakistan,” according to senior State Department official (South and Central Asian Affairs) Alice G Wells. Responding to questions from lawmakers during a Congressional hearing last week, she told House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee for Asia, the Pacific and Nonproliferation that while the US has not seen the IMF package yet, there has been an agreement reached between the IMF and government of Pakistan. Also Read – India, China should jointly uphold peace and stability, resolve disputes through dialogues: Chinese ambassador “We have communicated our strong views and Secretary (Mike) Pompeo has also done so publicly on the need for any package to include a real structural reform to reinforce…” Wells said when Congressman Brad Sherman said it looks like that the IMF loan is going through. “Does treasury just do what they want for checking off some economic boxes or since this is the single most important thing we do with regard to Pakistan do they listen to you?” he asked. However, Wells ruled out any effort to block IMF loan to Pakistan until the release of Dr Shakeel Afridi, the Pakistan doctor who is currently in a jail on the charges of helping CIA to find Osama bin Laden. “We believe Dr Afridi is being held wrongly, inappropriately. With Congress’s help, we have withheld USD 130 million in assistance to Pakistan already as a result of his incarceration,” she said. Sherman said that the US aid to Pakistan has dropped by nearly 95 per cent. “Our aid to Pakistan less than a decade ago was USD 2 billion a year; we now have cut it to USD 70 million. If I did the math quickly I would just say that’s a 95 per cent reduction roughly. Pakistan I think is very important to the security of the United States. There are those that argue that Pakistan is important because it’s close to Afghanistan and I think it’s just the reverse,” he said. While the US aid is USD 70 million, the IMF loan is USD 6 billion. “I don’t think that could have happened without the US and I hope that when Treasury is over there, the IMF aren’t just checking the boxes for fiscal purposes but are in fact taking policy direction from the State Department,” Sherman added. China is investing heavily in Pakistan under the USD 60 billion China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC). Launched in 2015, the CPEC is a planned network of roads, railways and energy projects linking China’s resource-rich Xinjiang Uyghur Autonomous Region with Pakistan’s strategic Gwadar Port on the Arabian Sea. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo in the past warned that any potential IMF bailout for Pakistan should not provide funds to pay off Chinese lenders, saying “we will be watching what the IMF does… there is no rationale for IMF tax dollars and associated with that American dollars that are part of the IMF funding, for those to go to bail out Chinese bondholders or China itself”.last_img read more

PEI police warn extremely dangerous fentanyl hidden in pills

first_imgCHARLOTTTOWN, – Police in P.E.I. are warning people about fake prescription drugs containing “extremely dangerous” fentanyl.The RCMP in the district surrounding Charlottetown say they recently seized three types of pills containing fentanyl that were stamped as Oxycontin, Percocet and Xanax.But they say they are fakes and contain the dangerous opiate.Police say two milligrams of pure fentanyl — which is the size of about two grains of salt — is enough to kill the average adult.They say it is odourless and tasteless and can be hard to detect.Police say abstinence “is always the best choice,” but suggest those who do use illicit drugs have a sober friend who can call for help.“Fentanyl is a fast-acting opiate that is estimated to be 100 times more potent than morphine and 20 to 50 times more toxic than heroin. It has legitimate clinical uses for treating chronic pain, but is extremely dangerous when consumed illicitly,” the RCMP said in a release.“Perhaps even more dangerous is the fact that fentanyl can be added to other drugs without the user’s knowledge.”last_img read more

Threat of Mexican tariffs US companies in the crossfire

The surprise announcement by President Donald Trump of an escalating tariff regime against Mexico is sending ripples through almost every economic sector in the U.S., pulling at the shares of companies that make cars, operate railroads, or sell anything with produce.And whether it’s avocadoes on a taco or a new Chevrolet Blazer SUV in the driveway if the tariffs go into effect, Americans could feel it.Shares of General Motors, which imports more vehicles into the U.S. than any other U.S. automaker, tumbled more than 5% Friday. Kansas City Southern operates a commercial corridor of the Mexican railroad system and owns a track between Mexico City and Laredo, Texas. It gets almost half its revenue from Mexico each year. Its shares are down 6%.Chipotle shares are falling, too.Michelle Chapman, The Associated Press read more

UN refugee chief heads to Kenya after reviewing situation in Egypt

1 April 2011The head of the United Nations refugee agency has concluded a two-day visit to Egypt to review the response to the humanitarian crisis sparked by the unrest in Libya, as his office voiced concern that thousands of people could be trapped in areas where fighting is taking place. António Guterres, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, met with Egyptian Prime Minister Essam Sharaf and thanked the authorities in Cairo for keeping borders open to refugees fleeing from Libya, even as Egypt itself is dealing with the consequences of the recent tumultuous political changes.The Office of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) hopes that it will be able, as part of the overall UN humanitarian response, to gain full access to people inside eastern Libya in the coming days, the agency’s spokesperson, Andrej Mahecic, told reporters in Geneva.He said a UNHCR team at the Sallum border crossing reported that movement across the Libyan-Egyptian frontier has slowed. Yesterday, a number of Libyan families from Brega and Benghazi arrived at Sallum following reported advances by Libyan Government troops against opposition fighters, according to Mr. Mahecic.More than 161,000 people fleeing Libya have crossed the border into Egypt since mid-February, including some 83,000 Egyptians and 32,000 Libyans.Mr. Guterres left Egypt late yesterday for Kenya to draw attention to the plight of the hundreds of thousands of Somali refugees in the East African country and review UNHCR’s operations there.On Sunday, and accompanied by Executive Director of the UN World Food Programme (WFP), Josette Sheeran and Michelle Bachelet, the Executive Director of UN Women, Mr. Guterres will visit the cluster of three camps in the Dadaab area of Kenya’s Northeastern province, the largest refugee settlement in the world. Dadaab currently hosts more than 320,000 refugees, the vast majority from Somalia.The camps were set up in 1991 and 1992 in the wake of the mass exodus from Somalia that followed the toppling of the regime of Muhammad Siad Barre. The settlements – Ifo, Dagahaley and Hagadera – were initially designed to accommodate 90,000 refugees. Overcrowding at the camps continues to be a concern to the Kenyan Government and UNHCR.Living conditions in the camps have deteriorated as the refugee population continues to grow, with facilities and services stretched to the limit. With the recent escalation of violence in Somalia, some 2,500 new arrivals are being registered in Dadaab every week. So far this year, Dadaab has received more than 30,000 new refugees, according to Mr. Mahecic.The camp at Ifo has been expanded, but the planned relocation of 40,000 refugees is on hold due to security concerns on the part of the Kenyan authorities.Amenities at the new camp include schools, health facilities, communal centres, water and sanitation infrastructure and shelter.During his mission to Kenya Mr. Guterres will also look into the protection of Somali refugees and UNHCR’s support to Kenya and local communities hosting refugees. read more

Motocross rider remains in Hamilton hospital

Canadian motocross rider Bruce Cook remains at Hamilton General Hospital after attempting a historic jump at Copps Coliseum Friday.Friends and family have been at Cook’s bedside since the accident, and Cook has received an outpouring of support on social media.He posted a photo to his Facebook page late last night thanking fans for their support. Cook also wrote that his parents are by his side “keeping his spirits high.”Cook was attempting a double flip during the Nitro Circus Live Tour, a stunt that has never been done before.He suffered injuries to his spine as well as a number of broken bones. He underwent surgery on his back yesterday morning, and is expected to remain in Ontario for at least another week before being transferred to his home province of British Columbia. read more

Chad growing insecurity risks leaving hundreds of thousands hungry UN warns

Any continuation or escalation of the current conflict in Chad could leave up to 700,000 thousands of people short of food in both eastern Chad and across the border in the strife-torn Sudanese region of Darfur, the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) warned today.“Our operation in eastern Chad is on a knife-edge even at the best of times,” WFP Chad Country Director Stefano Porretti said. “We have warned for some time that any deterioration in the situation could have dire consequences for those we are assisting and now some of our worst fears might be realized.”Despite the recent clashes around Chad between government and rebel forces and the consequent relocation of non-essential UN and non-governmental organization (NGO) staff, WFP remains operational and is completing April food distributions in camps in the east of the country, home to about 210,000 refugees from Darfur.But the months of April and May are absolutely critical to the success of the operation as WFP battles to pre-position enough food for six months in each of the 12 refugee camps before the annual rains make road transport impossible. If truck convoys through Libya and Cameroon remain free to move, WFP is on target to get the food in place, but if insecurity forces delays, there will be serious consequences for deliveries, the agency warned. Shortages during the rainy season can only be made up by expensive air-drops, something WFP is keen to avoid. The closure of the border between Chad and Sudan after the recent rebel assault on the Chadian capital of N’Djamena could also seriously affect WFP operations in West Darfur, where it is currently feeding 500,000 Sudanese displaced by the fighting between the Government, pro-government militia and rebels in a conflict that has uprooted more than 2 million people.WFP is also concerned that further violence in the east will lead to the displacement of many more Chadians within their country. An estimated 50,000 people have been forced from their homes since the first attacks in December last year. Most have sought refuge with family and friendly neighbours in nearby settlements where their prime concern is security. As the annual ‘hunger season’ begins to bite in the weeks and months ahead, it is certain that many of the displaced, as well as the communities hosting them, will run out of food and require emergency assistance. WFP is creating a contingency stock, but if security worsens and even more people are displaced, it will increase the already severe pressure on both the financial resources available and WFP’s ability to deliver food to them. “We are all working in a very uncertain environment. The longer the instability continues, the more people will need assistance and yet that same assistance will be even more difficult to provide. The first people to suffer will be those who need help most,” Mr. Porretti said. read more

High and volatile food prices loom UN food agency warns

Agricultural commodity prices are likely to keep rising in the months ahead as the volatility in global commodity markets continues, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) warned today in its latest report, forecasting an increase of over two per cent in this year’s world food import bill compared with last year.“Amid political uncertainties and surging energy prices, agricultural markets over the past year have also had to confront abnormal incidences of natural disasters, ranging from devastating hurricanes to fast spreading animal diseases,” according to the June issue of FAO’s Food Outlook report.“Based on current indications, several agricultural commodities are likely to experience still more unstable months ahead and, in most instances, the fundamentals point to even further gains in prices.” FAO is forecasting an increase of over two per cent in the world food import bill in 2006 compared to 2005. The increase is expected to be strongest for cereals and sugar and smallest for meat. And, given their higher share as importers of food and feed, the developing countries’ bill is forecast to grow by 3.5 per cent, while that of low-income food-deficit countries is forecast to jump by nearly 7 per cent.According to the report, a 10 million tonne decrease in world wheat production is forecast this year, with a strong demand outlook set to drive up world trade in 2006/07 to 110 million tonnes. The world balance sheet for 2006/07 is expected to show a sharp drop in ending stocks as well as a decline in the stocks-to-use ratio to 25 per cent, the lowest in over three decades.Turning to coarse grains, which include corn and barley, the FAO also noted that “international prices have started to strengthen in recent months,” adding that on current production indications, the new season’s supply and demand balance will be tight.Focusing on sugar, the report highlighted that world prices reached their highest level in 25 years in February, and forecast that they would “remain firm at current levels” for the rest of the year.Regarding meat markets, the report noted that after a brief recovery in 2005, global markets have again been unsettled by animal disease concerns this year, forecasting that expectations of the lowest meat consumption gains in 25 years, uncertain price prospects and escalating trade restrictions in 2006 are expected to limit global meat output to 272 million tonnes.In a separate development related to food security, the FAO today stressed the importance of the Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture, which aims to safeguard the genetic diversity of crops, a heritage of crucial importance to future generations.The Treaty is a legally binding instrument negotiated by FAO’s member States, which came into force in June 2004, and its Governing Body will hold its first meeting in Madrid on next week, with a ministerial meeting on 13 June.“This international agreement not only guarantees the conservation and sustainable use of plant genetic resources, but also the fair and equitable sharing of benefits arising out of their use, including any monetary benefits of commercialization,” said José Esquinas Alcázar, who, since 1983, has been the Secretary of the FAO Commission on Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture.In a further development today, this time focusing on a specific area of the world, FAO Director-General Jacques Diouf opened the Organization’s Regional Conference for Europe, being held in Riga, Latvia, by calling for economic growth in rural areas of the Balkans and the Community of Independent States (CIS).“The European Union can play a fundamental role in improving the welfare of the countries of the Balkans and the Community of Independent States (CIS), especially of their rural populations, by facilitating the integration of trade. This is particularly important for agriculture,” he told the meeting, which runs through Friday.The Director-General indicated that the agricultural sector dominated the economies of most countries of Central and Eastern Europe and the CIS, and thus played a key role in food security by providing livelihoods to the majority of the population, but he said the sector could be improved.“The lasting solution for the improvement of agricultural performance in the countries of the region lies largely in the transformation of agriculture through national agricultural research systems able to generate and transfer productivity-enhancing and market-oriented technologies.” read more

TimorLeste UN envoy arrives to assess need for beefedup UN mission after

Ian Martin, a UN veteran of Timor-Leste’s struggle for independence, told reporters on his arrival at Dili airport that he would do “anything I can during these next two weeks to assist in the resolution of the present crisis,” which has been attributed to differences between eastern and western regions.The crisis erupted in late April with the dismissal of 600 soldiers, a third of the armed forces. Ensuing violence cost at least 37 lives and drove some 145,000 people, about 15 per cent of the total population, from their homes into makeshift camps. Mr. Martin said the size of a new UN mission would be decided by the Security Council on the basis of recommendations from Mr. Annan, who told reporters last week he foresaw a strengthened operation in Timor-Leste. He is expected to meet with leaders of all sides of the Timorese political spectrum, religious and civic organizations and UN country team members.Prime Minister Mari Alkatiri resigned today after several days of political demonstrations. As demonstrators poured into Dili, the capital, Mr. Annan’s Special Representative in the country, Sukehiro Hasegawa, asked political leaders to ensure that their followers restrained themselves from any behaviour that might result in violence.Mr. Hasegawa telephoned the leadership as thousands of demonstrators circled the town in trucks and on motor cycles loudly supporting some members of the leadership while condemning others. “The leaders of political parties have the responsibility to restrain their followers from engaging in any act of violence, as they exercise their freedom to assemble and the right to demonstrate in public,” Mr. Hasegawa said.He added that he had received assurances from Mr. Alkatiri that he had instructed his supporters to stay away from opposing demonstrators. President Xanana Gusmão’s office also gave assurances that the Timorese will continue to exercise peacefully their right to freedom of expression.The Joint Task Force made up of Australian, New Zealand, Portuguese and Malaysian troops and police invited in by the Government took measures to ensure that the demonstrators remain separated.The world body first set up the UN Transitional Administration in East Timor (UNTAET) in 1999 following the country’s vote for independence from Indonesia, which had taken over after the end of Portugal’s colonial rule in 1974. Mr. Martin was Mr. Annan’s Special Representative there at the time.This robust structure was kept until independence in 2002, when UNTAET was replaced with a downsized operation, the UN Mission of Support in East Timor (UNMISET). This in turn was succeeded by the current, even smaller UN office in Timor-Leste (UNOTIL). On the humanitarian front the UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and the UN World Food Programme (WFP) reported that food supplies and other support items were sent to the camps despite the disruption of traffic by the demonstrators. Assessment teams have been sent out to outlying districts to determine the needs of displaced persons. read more

Letter If PPPs salary increases were unconscionable then the PM should

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedPresident cops 5% salary increase; Nagamootoo says “we’re not greedy”October 21, 2015In “Politics”Letter: If its applicable to the Opposition, it should be for GovtMay 2, 2017In “Letters”“Neophyte Ministers” don’t deserve “insensitive” pay hikes – RoheeOctober 7, 2015In “Politics” Dear Editor,“He that bringeth his case first seemeth just until it is carefully examined”, proverbs 18:17. The above proverb is applicable to the press release purportedly coming from the office of the Prime Minister (PM) which was published in three of the daily newspapers on Tuesday 31st 2017, concerning relative increases in salaries of the Presidents, Ministers and Public servants over the years 1998 to 2014.  Please allow me to make some simple observations:Firstly, if it is true that the salary increases given by the PPP/C were according to the Prime Minister “unconscionable and disgraceful” then the Prime Minister who has now positioned himself as an arbiter of fairness and holds himself out as the epitome of decency, should have refused the increase on an already high salary in 2015, granted by the Granger government to the newly elected Ministers on the Prime Minister’s words, “unconscionable and disgraceful”.The question then needs to be asked, what adjectives will best describe the huge salary increases that the APNU/AFC government gave themselves one (1) month after being in office: indecent, reckless, hypocritical and even deceptive; especially when this was disclosed by the media, denied by the government spokespersons and subsequently discovered to be secretly done and gazetted.This matter was debated in the Parliament with the opposition calling for an annulment of the order granting the increases to the President, Prime Minister, Vice Presidents, Ministers and Junior Ministers, some 28 in number. This unpalatable situation continues to fester and haunt the David Granger led administration with even their members and supporters crying out against this betrayal of trust. Obviously this unpopular decision has resulted in the APNU/AFC Government resorting to propaganda and in an act of desperation stage-managed the question by the Hon. Jermaine Ferrigura and the answer by the Hon. Winston Jordan, Minister of Finance was opportunistically used by the Prime Minister with speedy orchestrated response.At this stage, I will not digress into a realm outside of what was said in this carefully choreographed question and answer segment of the National Assembly, but will use the Minister’s answer to debunk what is being misconstrued to deceive a population at its boiling point of anger against this unpopular administration because of the several inhumane, anti-poor decisions by the Coalition government.In 1999 and 2000 the Armstrong tribunal recommendations were adopted and public servants received increases of 31.06% and 26.66% respectively. Minister Jordan’s answer in Parliament disclosed that the Jagdeo government did not bureaucratically grab the opportunity to increase their salary similar to that given to public servants. In essence neither the President nor the Ministers in the Jagdeo government were provided with similar increases enjoyed by public servants for that year. In the same answer Minister Jordan revealed that in no less than three occasions the President and or Ministers were not given any salary increases whatsoever.The Minister of Finance in his answer said that the President’s salary was indexed in 2006 to that of the Chancellor of the Judiciary and the Attorney General. The Ministers salary was indexed to that of Permanent Secretaries, although the records would show that the salary of some Permanent Secretaries (OP & MOF) remains far in excess of the remuneration received by Cabinet Ministers.The clear case in point, is that the PPP/C took office in 1992 and it was not until 14years later after we would have developed Guyana, repaired infrastructure, achieved debt relief, stabilized the economy, fixed health and education services, improved disposable income of the ordinary man, expanded the middle class, made significant investments in the development of the rural and hinterland communities, implemented policies for the revitalisation of the private sector; making Guyana attractive for investment and the overall improvement in the standard of living of all Guyanese before correcting what can be considered an anomaly. By this time our budget recurrent expenditure reflected a commitment to pro-poor expenditure to almost 60%.It is important to note there was no public outcry, there was no public rebuke, and there was no secrecy in relation to the PPP/C salary increases. This was gazetted, publically known and not handled in an underhand and devious manner. The people saw a government prioritising taking care of the interests of the masses.In the interest of not occupying too much space in your publication, I just dealt with the justice of the situation and not the actual figures which can be dealt with more adequately in another installment. I conclude by saying this, APNU/AFC Government in its misconstrued beliefs of its messianic stature or more aptly described as manifest destiny will continue to operate as if they are “anointed” to do whatever they want, whenever they want, to whomever they want and no one dares question them. To do so, is to incur the wrath of the divine. I will not, by my silence, be a sponsor peddling untruths, misinformation and distortions. Not intimidated!Yours faithfully,Bishop Juan EdghillMember of Parliament,People’s Progressive Party Civic read more

EUfunded BIOMOre bioleaching project to proceed to real mine testing

first_imgMost technology metals and precious metals are becoming rare, particularly in the EU where extraction requires innovative and yet environmentally sustainable mining technologies. Existing deposits are highly exploited although adequate deposits exist at depths greater than 1,500 m. New methods are needed for recovering them in an economic, sustainable and environmentally acceptable way. As part of the Horizon 2020 Program, the EU-funded research project BIOMOre is designed to develop a new technological concept for the in-situ recovering of metals from deep deposits using controlled stimulation of pre-existing fractures in combination with in-situ bioleaching.Mining chemicals are the subject of an article for the June issue of the magazine – anyone interested in contributing editorial, contact mainly focusses on already developed technologies but combines them to a completely new process that should be suitable and cost-effective even on industrial scale. The strategy implies hydro-fracturing and in-situ bioleaching to extract metals from ores by using sulphuric acid and innocuous living organisms (bacteria). In a future full-scale technical implementation two parallel drill holes are required; one for injecting the leaching liquor into the deposit, the other to transfer the dissolved material to the process cycle. The separation of metal (copper in the present project case) will be realised in a downstream bioreactor. Bioleaching represents a major focus of the BIOMOre project: All necessary technology for testing and monitoring – including the ferric iron-generating bioreactor (FIGB) for the separation of ore – will therefore be established underground at a KGHM operation in Poland.The test facility will comprise two ore blocks of 100 cubic metres with boreholes drilled horizontally using standard equipment and will thus test the leaching process in a real environment. BIOMOre will enable high-detail testing of necessary methods and technical or geological equipment, at the same time avoiding time-consuming and risky permission procedures. The current project will perform extensive pre-feasibility studies including optimised technology and related CAPEX and OPEX cost figures as well as an optimised decommissioning of the site after the mining operations have been finished. If the results are good, a second phase of the project (but not within the framework of the currently running project) may intend to develop a pilot plant to demonstrate the applicability of the process on a large scale, including accessing the deposit from the surface. By this separation the EU “makes sure to evidently make a distinction between the design of the process and its implementation on a profitable scale.”Up to now mining at greater depths implicates different technological and economical limits. The BIOMOre concept is designed to create, test and implement both a practical and cost-effective mining solution for future exploitation. This advanced mining technology will substantially decrease the costs for extraction and processing by keeping all the waste rock underground, thereby lowering infrastructure investments, avoiding underground and open-pit mining, minimising facilities and waste heaps and the subsequent excessive costs for remediationlast_img read more

Geek Pick JBL UA Sport Wireless Pivot Earphones

first_img Geek Pick: Shure MV88+ Is An Excellent, On the Go Microphone KitGeek Pick: Amazon Smart Plug Puts Alexa in Your Walls Stay on target Finding the right pair of wireless earbuds can be tough, especially if you need an audio device that is gym-friendly. Thankfully though, JBL and Under Armour collaborated on the JBL UA Sport Wireless Pivot earphones, which can offer a more personalized audio experience for your sweat sessions.According to our sister site, the JBL UA Sport Wireless Pivot earphones allow you to listen to music and your surroundings simultaneously when you exercise. For $129.95, you will be spending a bit more on these earphones, however, superior sound quality, comfortable fit, and waterproof design make the JBL UA Sport Wireless Pivot earphones the ultimate soundtrack companion for outdoor runs, indoor strength training, and other types of fitness activities. The JBL UA Sport Wireless Pivot earphones are available to purchase on Amazon.Some earphones can be painful to wear, especially if you have to use dumbbells or sprint around a park to burn some calories. Unlike other earphones, the JBL UA Sport Wireless Pivot earphones are comfortable, functional, and waterproof. Over-ear hooks, separate ear fins, and ear tips will give you a stable fit, while the earphones’ sleek white color will complement your activewear wardrobe.Performance-wise, the JBL UA Sport Wireless Pivot earphones come with two ambient modes for listening to music and talking. Balanced audio offers a decent amount of bass, so you can rock out, work up a sweat, and answer incoming calls without compromising your fitness routine. For audio, the JBL UA Sport Wireless Pivot earphones enable you to listen to your favorite tunes and surroundings at the same time. With the AmbientAware mode, you can hear your playlist and also any potential obstacles, including fellow gym members if you’re inside or cars if you’re outside.For more specs on the JBL UA Sport Wireless Pivot earphones, head over to to read the full review. If you need another audio option for commuting or relaxing, see our Geek Pick review on the Dolby Dimension Headphones. And, if want to turn your next pool party into a dance club, check out our Waterproof Speaker Showdown: JBL Charge 3 Versus UE Wonderboom article.More on Pick: JBL Charge 4 Takes the Party Wherever You GoGeek Pick: Dolby Dimension Headphones Waterproof Speaker Showdown: JBL Charge 3 Versus UE Wonderboomlast_img read more

Trippier praises support for England

first_imgEngland full-back Kieran Trippier has hailed the support the English international team are receiving from their supporters at the World Cup.Gareth Southgate’s men have accomplished something quite unexpected – they reached the semi-finals for the first time since 1990, where they will be facing Croatia. If they were to win, they would be heading to the finals for the first time since 1966.Support for the team has been crazy, as ‘It’s coming home’ has become one of the trending hashtags the English have been using in the past few days.Jadon Sancho, Borussia DortmundCrouch: Liverpool could beat Man United to Jadon Sancho Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Peter Crouch wouldn’t be surprised to see Jadon Sancho end up at Liverpool one day instead of his long-term pursuers Manchester United.“It feels amazing. Growing up and watching England, to be a part of it with the lads…it is an amazing achievement form everyone here and we can’t wait to get going against Croatia,” Trippier said, according to SportsMole.“It gives you goosebumps just to see how happy they are with how we are doing. We just want to keep on improving, stick together as a team and give more moments like that, they are special moments.”last_img read more

ASA Voices Concerns about Bioenergy Program to House Ag Committee

first_imgThe American Soybean Association (ASA) submitted comments today to the House Agriculture Subcommittee on General Farm Commodities and Risk Management for the record of the Public Hearing to review implementation of the Food, Conservation, and Energy Act of 2008. ASA supported enactment of this important legislation last year, and is interested in how the new programs and changes in existing programs would be developed.ASA brought to the Subcommittee’s attention implementation of the Bioenergy Program for Advanced Biofuels, included in Section 9005 in the Energy Title of the Farm Bill. ASA played a lead role in asking Congress to extend the Bioenergy Program that had been initiated under the Farm Security and Rural Investment Act of 2002, and ASA worked hard to see it authorized and funded.”The Bioenergy Program affects the viability of soybean farmers, as well as the biodiesel industry, and we want to bring it to the attention of the Agriculture Committee and the Subcommittee on General Farm Commodities and Risk Management as well,” said ASA President Johnny Dodson, a soybean producer from Halls, Tenn.The Rural Business-Cooperative Service of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) published a Notice of Contract Proposal (NOCP) in the Federal Register on June 12, 2009, announcing plans to implement the Bioenergy Program for Fiscal Year 2009. ASA is pleased that the Department has moved forward to put the Program in place this year, and is pleased with the overall nature of the Program. However, ASA has concerns with several provisions of the NOCP.ASA is concerned with the manner in which USDA would determine Base Production of new biorefineries for 2009 and the differential payments for base and incremental production in future years.”ASA supports making equal payments on actual production,” Dodson said. “These criteria should apply to the actual production of new and old plants alike. Differentiating between older and newer plants using actual production versus nameplate capacity could seriously undercut the competitiveness of the older facilities and provide a windfall to the newer ones. ASA urges the Department to reconsider this provision and revise the NOCP accordingly.”ASA is also concerned with the misstatement in the USDA’s NOCP that “Congress appropriated mandatory funding to this program as follows: $30 million for FY 2009.” The 2008 Farm Bill provides mandatory funding for the Bioenergy Program of $55 million in FY2009.”ASA is disturbed that the Department chose to misrepresent the decision by Congress to provide mandatory funding for the Bioenergy Program as an appropriation,” Dodson said. “We are concerned by the decision to withhold $25 million of this mandatory funding. Unless these decisions can be reversed, we ask the Committee to obtain written assurances from the Department that the additional $25 million provided in the Farm Bill for FY2009 will be added to the $55 million provided for FY2010, and that the full amount of $80 million will be used under the Bioenergy Program in the coming fiscal year.”ASA asked the Committee to conduct active oversight of the Bioenergy Program for Advanced Biofuels to ensure that it is administered in a manner that is equitable for all producers and consistent with the intent of Congress, including using the full mandatory funding amounts provided in the 2008 Farm Bill.Access ASA’s entire statement.last_img read more

2019 Cricket World Cup Opening Ceremony Live telecast details and special features

first_imgBefore action begins on May 30 with the match between England and South Africa, the 12th Cricket World Cup will have a gala opening ceremony on the evening of May 29. This event, being called a ‘party’ rather than a ceremony, will take place at The Mall in London.The hosts for the event would be retired England all-rounder and a cult figure in the country’s sporting universe, Andrew ‘Freddie’ Flintoff, and comedian Paddy McGuinness. The number of people in attendance would be 4000 with all of them being chosen through lucky draw.Where and when to watchThe opening ceremony of the 2019 World Cup will begin at 5 PM local time and 9:30 PM IST. The official broadcasters of the event, Star Sports, would be bringing the celebrations live on Star Sports 1, Star Sports 2, Star Sports 1 HD and Star Sports 2 HD. Hotstar will carry the live stream on the internet.What to expectThe event would be a mixture of all-out entertainment featuring music, dance and the much-celebrated British sense of humour. In a wise move, the organisers have allowed the participating teams and players to stay away from the celebrations to prevent over-exertion. However, many legends of the game from various countries will add lustre to the event with their presence. The participating players won’t be taking partTwitterTo add solemnity to the kick-off party, members of the British royal family are expected to make an appearance also. Since Prince Charles had made an appearance at the opening ceremony of the 2013 Champions Trophy, albeit through a video, he may well be the one to feature in this event also. But it may well turn out to be one of the princes with their spouse.Since a great deal of debate has taken place in England over the issue of multiculturalism and the fact that ICC would like the large expatriate communities from all the participating nations to show their support, the entertainment may well see an eclectic mix of diverse cultural performances.As the celebrations would only be an hour long, it would be a short and sweet affair. It is useful to recall how the last time England hosted a World Cup – in 1999 – the opening ceremony turned out to be an absolute dud. The fireworks produced more smoke than light and everything else was uninspiring too. Furthermore, the English team in that tournament had been eliminated even before the official song came out. This time, both the performance of the English team and the organisers is likely to be better.last_img read more

Wipro Q1 net profit dips 8 per cent quarterly to Rs 2082

first_imgWipro Ltd Chairman Azim PremjiWipro LtdIndia’s third biggest IT services exporter Wipro on Thursday reported better-than-expected revenues and profit for the first quarter of fiscal 2018 ending June 30, helped by higher revenues from the banking, financial services and insurance segments.Wipro consolidated net profit of Rs 2,082 crore in the April-June quarter, down 8.1 per cent sequentially from Rs 2,267 crore in the January-March quarter.NDTV reported Abidali Z Neemuchwala, chief executive officer of Wipro, as saying, “We delivered revenues above the upper end of the guidance range. Our focus on Digital combined with our investments in client mining have resulted in strong growth in top accounts.” Wipro had earlier guided for a dollar revenue growth of negative 2 per cent to zero per cent for the June quarter.Revenues fell 2.6 per cent quarter-on-quarter to Rs 13,626 crore from Rs 13,987.50 crore in the March quarter. Morgan Stanley had estimated Wipro’s net profit at Rs 1,992 crore on revenues of Rs 13,459 crore for the June quarter. IT services EBIT margins dropped to 16.8 per cent in June quarter from 18.8 per cent in March quarter.The IT major said it sees IT services revenues at $1,962-$2,001 million in the second quarter, implying minus 0.5 per cent to 1.4 per cent growth.Profit from the key IT services business declined 5.8 per cent year-on-year to Rs 2,190 crore or $339 million. Operating margin from IT services was 16.8 per cent for Q1.The Bangalore-based IT outsourcer also announced a share buyback to the tune of Rs 11,000 crore at a price of Rs 320 per share. In the previous financial year, it had announce buying back of 40 million shares or 1.62 per cent of the shares, amounting to Rs 2,500 crore at Rs 625 a share.On new order wins, Wipro said, it won a multi-year engagement with a large utility company in the United States to deliver data center, disaster recovery, service desk and end user services. “This program will drive greater automation and improve services to end customers through the use of analytics and the Wipro HOLMES Artificial Intelligence Platform,” the company said.Wipro also bagged a multi-year contract from a Europe-based oil and gas major to transform their IT infrastructure and security platform.On Wednesday, Wipro Chairman Azim Premji had said at the company’s AGM that IT companies will find more business opportunities at a time when technology is a differentiator.Premji said that there is a drastic change in expectations and experiences of consumers and business models. “Digital is the central element driving this change. We believe that IT Services companies are key to deliver Digital to enterprises,” Premji said.He pointed out that this transition will depend on Wipro’s ability to redefine and align with this new global paradigm and disruptive development in the industry. “In this context, we have made significant investments, organic and inorganic, in transforming our business offerings to serve the new demand from clients,” he said.last_img read more

Keep Your Pets Safe During July Fourth

first_img 00:00 /01:02 Mauricio Zepeda/BARCBARC says it’s key for a new parent of a pet to meet the animal before adoption to make sure it’s a good match.In the excitement of getting ready for July fourth, don’t forget about your furry friends.Veterinarians like Victoria Martin with Harris County Animal Shelter, say fireworks can cause pets to have anxiety and become fearful.“You know it can be very frightening, and they don’t know where it’s coming from, so they just get really scared and want to run and hide,” Martin says. “And if there is no place to hide they might run far away.”In order to sooth that fear Martin suggests keeping pets indoors and in a quiet place, and be sure they are wearing proper identification in case they run away.Ashtyn Rivet [Rah-vet] is with BARC Animal Shelter.She says fireworks aren’t the only thing to be cautious of.“We are in south Texas, and it’s July, it’s the middle of the summer and it is getting really, really hot out there,” Rivet says. “Make sure your pet has plenty of shade, access to shade, plenty of water.”Rivet also says to keep your pets away from food intended for humans, and keep alcohol in closed containers to ensure they don’t consume it and get sick. Share X To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Listenlast_img read more