El Khalfi Defense of Territorial Integrity is the Cause of all

Rabat – Moroccan Government Spokesperson Mustapha El Khalfi spoke out about the alleged unbearable living conditions in Tindouf camps under which thousands of Sahrawis live in Algeria.El Khalfi made his remarks at the screening of “Life Rubbing Shoulders with Death” or “Vie Cotoyant la Mort” in French, a Moroccan documentary depicting the situation of Sahrawis in the Tindouf camps.El Khalfi told reporters at the movie screening that what Sahrawis are exposed to “requires us to work on and to sensitize [people about it] as an integral part of our memory.” He added that the work and research of Moroccan youth is “evidence of the cultural attachment to defend the issue of territorial integrity.”Read Also: Number of Most Vulnerable Refuges in Tindouf Camps is 90,000: UNHCREl Khalfi added that Western Sahara, referred to in Morocco as the national cause, “does not need permission to defend it, it is an issue of cultural depth for all Moroccans.”The documentary was screened for the first time on Saturday in Rabat.The documentary won a prize on December 23, 2018, at the closing ceremony of Laayoune’s fourth Festival of Sahrawi-Hassani Culture, History, and Environment.The 90-minute film was directed by Moroccan Lahcen Majid. It tells the story of six Moroccans, five men and one woman, who recount the suffering they experienced at the hands of the Polisario Front in the Tindouf camps in the Algerian desert and how they managed to escape.The documentary is based on testimonies from former detainees who say they were constantly tortured. read more

Morocco to Spend MAD 2715 Million on Flood Prevention in Fez

Rabat- Three government partnership agreements will spend MAD 271.5 million on flood prevention projects in Fez, Meknes, and Sidi Harazem.Following the recent floods that killed at least six people in several regions of the country, the regional council of Fez-Meknes, the National Railway Office (ONCF), and Sebou Hydraulic Basin Agency have agreed to build flood prevention projects.The projects aim to improve the infrastructure of the three cities over the next three years, reported Maghreb Arab Press. The agreements include projects in Sidi Harazem, a town 10 kilometers east of Fez, between 2019 and 2020.The September floods that swept Rhamna and Al Haouz, Sidi Ifni, Meknes, and Guelmim regions have reportedly killed up to six people. One flood victim was just eight years old.The floods have also caused extensive property damage and agricultural casualties to the affected regions, from flooding houses to drowning livestock and blocking roads.The Directorate of Meteorology has warned the public not to approach riverbanks in the coming days, as more heavy rainfall is forecast. read more

UN food agency launches 49 million programme to aid struggling Nepalese

10 July 2007The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) in Nepal is launching a $49 million programme to assist over 1.2 million people who continue to struggle daily with the effects of the recently ended 11-year conflict between the Maoists and the Government. The United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) in Nepal is launching a $49 million programme to assist over 1.2 million people who continue to struggle daily with the effects of the recently ended 11-year conflict between the Maoists and the Government.“Our goal is to provide immediate assistance so people can begin rebuilding their lives and be better prepared to participate in the historic process of reshaping Nepal as a peaceful, democratic and inclusive State,” said WFP’s Country Representative in Nepal, Richard Ragan. The programme represents one of the largest UN initiatives to support the people of Nepal during the transition to a new democracy, and offers donors an opportunity to contribute to saving lives and improving livelihoods, he added. Despite the political, social and security progress of the last six months, Mr. Ragan said that over 1 million people in Nepal are still struggling with the effects of the conflict. This is on top of food insecurity exacerbated by three years of drought and conflict-related market disruptions. Under the year-long programme, WFP will provide food aid to some of the most conflict-affected communities in 28 districts across Nepal. Programme activities will aim to improve market access, create short-term employment, and facilitate basic service delivery. “This is a critical period in Nepal’s peace process – expectations by the people are high. The challenge faced by the interim Government – to address the root causes of the conflict while at the same time laying the foundation for a new democracy – is arduous,” Mr. Ragan stated. “With WFP’s deep field presence and experience at running emergency operations in Nepal, we are in the unique position to deliver immediate recovery assistance to remote,conflict-affected populations who have yet to benefit from the peace process.” The agency’s projects in Nepal benefit approximately 1.4 million people, including food assistance to over 108,000 Bhutanese refugees and emergency assistance to those affected by drought, as well as food for work, school feeding, and mother and child health care activities. As a result of the 11-year conflict, over 13,000 people have been killed, an estimated 200,000 displaced and thousands of cases of critical infrastructure damage have been reported, WFP said. read more

President urges end to business as usual as UN Assembly debate wraps

29 September 2008The President of the General Assembly today proclaimed the need to end “business as usual” in global affairs, issuing a call at the conclusion of the 192-member body’s annual high-level debate for urgent action to address challenges ranging from the twin food and financial crises to United Nations reform. “We have outlined our priority concerns, and reaffirmed our conviction that this uniquely representative body remains the most important and most democratic forum for global debate,” Miguel D’Escoto said, wrapping up the five-day event that heard from over 100 heads of State and government. The Assembly is a forum that facilitates dialogue and solutions for answers to global issues, he said. “But it is only when all voices are heard that we can expect to implement truly comprehensive solutions.” The current financial turmoil “has its roots in a ‘mania of selfishness’ that has come to dominate today’s culture of ‘I and mine,’” the President noted. “Those appealing for courage and compassion have far outnumbered those who inspire fear and distrust.” Characterizing the food crisis as “madness,” Mr. D’Escoto said that “we are still facing the shameful fact that hundreds of millions of people suffer from hunger and malnutrition.” But he voiced hope in the proposals put forward by speakers at the debate, which he said will prevent the situation from becoming “a prolonged catastrophe” if put into action. Addressing immense inequities means that “we must take steps to defuse time bombs that are ticking at the heart of virtually all of our societies,” the President said, adding that this will require sacrifices on the part of all UN Member States. “And there are undeniable signs that we are getting our priorities straight. We have decided to focus first and foremost on the most vulnerable, the billions of people who are living in abject poverty and neglect.” Last week, two large events were held on Africa’s development needs and the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), eight anti-poverty targets with a 2015 deadline. “These high-level meetings have generated unmistakable momentum for a successful gathering in Doha in November when we consolidate the promises around financing for development,” Mr. D’Escoto said, referring to the upcoming meeting to review the implementation of the 2002 landmark anti-poverty agreement known as the Monterrey Consensus. The General Debate also heard for the need to reform the United Nations, he said. “We must overcome our failures of the 20th century and move into the 21st century with renewed confidence that this Organization can indeed fulfil our obligations to the world,” he said, adding that leaders expressed their support for talks on the composition of the Security Council. The President also noted the need to reform the General Assembly, “the most representative body in the world. We must restore authority to the Assembly that was intended in the Charter.” read more

Police seek suspect in purse theft from 87yearold woman

Hamilton Police are asking for help identifying a woman accused of stealing a purse from an 87-year-old woman.It happened last month at a FreshCo supermarket. Police say the suspect walked up to the woman and sparked a conversation. She then she walked away with the woman’s purse.Police say, since then, someone tried to use a credit card in the purse but no purchases were made.The woman they’re looking for has a medium build. She was wearing a black t-shirt, black and navy striped skirt, a grey and green baseball hat and sunglasses.

Trump finds that CEOaspresident isnt always a natural fit

Trump finds that CEO-as-president isn’t always a natural fit FILE – In this Friday, April 21, 2017, file photo, President Donald Trump listens as Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin speaks at the Treasury Department in Washington. Trump won the White House by arguing that what America needed was a president who had proved himself as a steely and successful corporate leader with no political baggage, someone, say, like himself. Yet 100 days into Trump’s presidency, the businessman-as-president has struggled to apply his experience as a real estate and entertainment mogul to the Herculean task of governing the world’s most powerful nation. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File) by Josh Boak, The Associated Press Posted Apr 27, 2017 11:16 am MDT Last Updated Apr 28, 2017 at 9:20 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email WASHINGTON – Donald Trump won the White House by arguing that what America needed was a president who had proved himself as a steely and successful corporate leader with no political baggage — someone, say, like himself.If Abraham Lincoln relied on a team of rivals, Trump would command a team of “killer” CEOs. He cast himself as a gifted manager who could rewrite flawed trade deals, bridge gaps between Democrats and Republicans, work financial magic on the tax code and restore prosperity to devastated factory towns.Yet 100 days into Trump’s presidency, the businessman-as-president has struggled to apply his experience as a real estate and entertainment mogul to the Herculean task of governing the world’s most powerful nation.Asked to assess his tenure so far, management experts point to a stream of missteps that run counter to the clarity, discipline and consistency of message typical of the best executives. Blustery speeches have given way to fuzzy policies that have weakened the president’s negotiating hand on such complex challenges as revamping taxes and health insurance.Trump’s actions on immigration have been blocked or tangled up in court battles. He has yet to fill countless senior government jobs. Having failed to pass any major legislation, Trump has instead resorted to signing a torrent of executive orders — an impulse more typical of a manager directing subordinates than a president building partnerships.The administration has declared the 100-day mark an arbitrary deadline. But leading CEOs often work under even tighter schedules: Investors gauge their performance each quarter — every 90 days. John Challenger, CEO of the executive recruiting firm Challenger, Gray & Christmas, notes that new chief executives typically face pressure to achieve victories in their first 90 days. Such milestones tend to draw potential critics to their side and establish authority, he said.“They don’t have to be big wins —they can be early wins as you look for ways to show you’ve had an impact,” Challenger said. “This administration has had a hard time demonstrating, showing that.”White House aides point out that Trump will have signed 32 executive orders by Friday, the most of any president in his first 100 days since World War II. But the actions produced by those orders fall well short of the bold promises he made as a candidate. Several of the executive orders are merely requests for studies — on financial regulations, environmental rules and trade policies. They suggest that the administration is still figuring out how government works and how to tame a rambunctious and independent-minded Congress, even one led, like the White House, by Republicans.Trump still likes to bask in the glow of corporate America. Almost weekly, he has met with major chief executives at the White House for input on policy and photo-ops. Yet few around him know their way around government.For secretary of state, Trump chose Rex Tillerson, the former chief executive of Exxon Mobil. For Commerce secretary, his pick was Wilbur Ross, a billionaire investor. For Treasury, it was Steve Mnuchin, a Wall Street executive turned movie producer. And as his top economic adviser, Trump tapped Gary Cohn, formerly Goldman Sachs’ No. 2 executive.Like Trump, none of them had any political experience.“It’s the blind leading the blind,” said Henry Mintzberg, a management expert at McGill University. “You need to get people who can think for themselves but also have a deep understanding of the issues. Drop this silly idea that government can be run like a business.”In an interview last week with The Associated Press, Trump appeared to concede that a president cannot manage successfully with solely a bottom-line corporate mentality.“Here, everything, pretty much everything you do in government, involves heart, whereas in business, most things don’t involve heart,” he said. “In fact, in business you’re actually better off without it.”Some in his Cabinet have portrayed their shift from the private sector as a natural move that bestows its own advantages.“A lot of the things I learned in business carried over to this job,” Treasury Secretary Mnuchin said Wednesday. “A lot of it is about consensus building and teamwork.”Trump, of course, needs support from Congress’ independently elected lawmakers to pass laws and from foreign leaders to forge global alliances — responsibilities that can be more delicate than negotiating with business partners who stand to profit from cutting a deal.Since becoming president, Trump has retreated from some of his audacious campaign promises. He now hails the NATO alliance as important, having previously labeled it obsolete. He backed away from labeling China as a currency manipulator and now casts Beijing as a likely ally in defusing a nuclear North Korea.These changes display a certain openness to change in response to circumstances, said Kathleen O’Connor, a professor at Cornell University’s business school with an expertise in negotiating strategies.Yet Trump has adopted so many contradictory stances as to make it hard to engender trust with lawmakers. He pushed an aggressive timeline for replacing President Barack Obama’s health care law, scrapped the plan once it failed to receive enough support from House Republicans and then tried to revive it this week while also unveiling his principles on a tax overhaul, trying to stop a government shutdown and issuing duties on Canadian lumber.“He seems to lack some clarity with what he wants,” O’Connor said. “It’s hard to take that reputation to the bargaining table because you don’t know if you’re going to get the same guy two days in a row.”Richard Box, a retired professor at the University of Nebraska at Omaha, in 1999 wrote a major academic article about running government as a business. He suggests that the administration must make longer-term investments in policies and ideas to cultivate support with voters and lawmakers, rather than assume it can cut deals as one might for a TV show or condo tower.Business leaders “sometimes come to (government) positions thinking it’s just a matter of the sort of command-and-control they are accustomed to in their companies,” Box said. “They soon find that government is much more complicated than this and it takes a different skill set to make things happen.” read more

Frenchman and 3 Congolese hostages are released in Congo

KINSHASA, Congo – A French man and three Congolese men have been released after being kidnapped in March from a Canadian mining company in eastern Congo in March, Congo’s government said Sunday.They were among five workers, including a Tanzanian who had been kidnapped from the Namoya gold mine operated by Canadian company Banro Mining Corp. in Salamabila.“The four hostages, three Congolese and one French, were freed yesterday at 1800 (6 p.m. local time) in the Tengetenge locality,” about 50 kilometres (31 miles) from Salamabila, according to the Maniema Provincial Interior Minister Bonaventure Saleh Zakuani. “Their release came after several days of negotiations with the abductors.”The five were taken by people living in Salamabila who felt Banro Mining Corp. was not looking out for the community, Zakuani said.The Tanzanian hostage was released more than a month ago, he confirmed.The four released Saturday are on their way to Kindu, the capital of the Maniema province, he said.French President Emmanuel Macron congratulated those involved in the release, “in particular Congo authorities for their mobilization and the effectiveness of their action,” according to a brief statement from his office.Mine administrator Balthazar Hemedi Kabemba at the time of the kidnapping had said members of the rebel group Rahiya Mutomboki left leaflets around the mines threatening its workers.The captors had asked the Canadian mining company for $1 million in ransom, he had said.The rebel group has criticized the mining company for not giving access or jobs to young miners who had been working on the site before it took over. Its members were also seeking a guarantee that the company will carry out basic contractual agreements to build infrastructure in the area, including schools, roads and a health centre, Kabemba had said.Banro Corp. issued a brief statement Sunday night saying its priority to reunite the employees with their families.It did not elaborate on what it called “a long and difficult ordeal” for the employees.___With files from The Canadian Press by Saleh Mwanamilongo, The Associated Press Posted May 28, 2017 5:49 am MDT Last Updated May 28, 2017 at 8:20 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Frenchman and 3 Congolese hostages are released in Congo read more

New fighting in eastern DR Congo adds to already dire humanitarian situation

An estimated 60,000 people have been displaced as the M23 – composed of soldiers who mutinied from the national army in April – launched new attacks in recent days in North Kivu province. The rebels are said to be advancing towards the provincial capital of Goma, despite the efforts of the DRC armed forces, known by the French acronym FARDC, and peacekeepers serving with the UN Organization Stabilization Mission in the DRC (MONUSCO). “This new escalation in fighting in and around Goma, and elsewhere in the Kivus, adds to what are already monumental humanitarian needs in the DRC,” the UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA), said in an update today. The latest attacks by the M23 have been condemned by Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and the Security Council, with both calling for their immediate cessation. According to OCHA, humanitarian agencies have identified three sites in Goma which can accommodate 30,000 people and where they will be able to receive civilians displaced by the renewed fighting, including internally displaced persons (IDPs) hosted in the Kanyaruchinya camp, located about 10 kilometres north of Goma, as well other residents. The most urgent priorities are protection; water, sanitation and hygiene; health; and food. “Humanitarian agencies have some emergency capacities to respond to these needs,” said OCHA. “However, these capacities could be overstretched if the security situation deteriorates further in and around Goma.”The UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) said today it is deeply concerned about the deteriorating situation and its impact on children. “The renewed conflict is putting children and their families at risk, leaving them exposed to physical harm and mental distress,” the agency said in a news release. “UNICEF is particularly concerned about the psychological trauma faced by children, in addition to the risk of cholera outbreaks following a recent upsurge of the disease among IDPs in Kanyaruchinya,” it added.On Sunday and Monday, the agency provided one ton of high-energy biscuits and medicine for 500 unaccompanied children in Goma’s Don Bosco Centre. Also, a UNICEF partner, PAMI, is organizing points to register and reunify unaccompanied minors with their parents.OCHA added that the renewed clashes are having serious effects in other areas in North and South Kivu. Armed groups have taken advantage of the security vacuum left by the redeployment of FARDC units to expand their own areas of influence, carrying out violent attacks against civilians and exacerbating inter-ethnic tension, already heightened by the M23 – this is the case in North Kivu’s Masisi and Walikale territories, where recent massive population displacement is reported. “Humanitarian access is a concern in all areas affected by conflict,” OCHA stated, noting that the relocation of non-governmental staff members from Pinga, located in Walikale territory, and Kiwanja, located in Rutshuru territory, both in North Kivu, means that relief activities have practically stopped, putting at risk thousands of people who were benefiting from humanitarian services.A senior UN relief official who visited the Kivus earlier this month noted that eastern DRC has been hit this year by massive humanitarian needs triggered by the rise of the M23 and violence by more than two dozen other armed groups across the region, with widespread abuses against civilians including murder, rape and brutal reprisals.“As armed groups proliferate in the Kivus, it is the people who suffer: men are massacred, women are raped and children are forcibly recruited, while villages are looted and destroyed,” said John Ging, OCHA’s Director of Operations.The country is already facing a number of serious challenges, he noted, including 4.5 million people who are suffering from food insecurity; one million children under five who are suffering from severe acute malnutrition; and 27,000 cholera cases this year. read more

The Heat Do as Much Damage in the Fourth Quarter as in

With just over five minutes left in Game 2 of the NBA’s Eastern Conference finals and the Miami Heat trailing by three, LeBron James threw a wild alley-oop attempt toward Dwyane Wade. The ball sailed 10 feet over Wade, off the backboard and into the hands of Indiana Pacers center Roy Hibbert. At that point, the win probability models at InPredictable gave the Heat just a 29 percent chance of winning.Then the Heat turned those probabilities inside out, outscoring the Pacers 15 to 8 in the last five minutes of the game; James and Wade scored all 15 points.Poof! After a frustrating fourth-quarter performance by Indiana, its home-court advantage was gone. The series is tied 1-1.Maybe we should have seen this coming; end-of-game struggles have been all too common for the Heat’s opponents in these playoffs. Through Tuesday night, the Heat have outscored their opponents by an average of 14.7 points per 100 possessions in the fourth quarter, the best mark by any team in the playoffs.Miami Heat Point Differential Per 100 PossessionsThe Heat’s differential by quarter was fairly even in the regular season, although there’s a tilt toward the second half. Miami has often gotten off to slow starts in the playoffs, but, more often than not, the Heat have finished by blowing teams apart down the final stretch. If we narrow the focus to those mystical “clutch” moments (less than five minutes left in the game, neither team ahead by more than five points) the Heat’s per 100 possession point differential jumps to a ludicrous +82.1 (of course, that’s in a sample of just 14 minutes, three of which came in Tuesday night’s game).Seeking matchups to exploit in the fourth quarter has been part of a consistent pattern in the Heat’s rotations. Nine different five-man units have played at least five or more fourth-quarter minutes for the Heat in the playoffs, compared with just four such units in the first quarter. Of those nine units, six have a positive point differential. Only one of those first-quarter units does.Case in point: In Game 2, guard Norris Cole and big man Chris Anderson gave the Heat a boost of energy and defensive intensity off the bench in the first half. Seeing how effective those two were early in this game, Erik Spoelstra, the Heat’s coach, left them in for almost the entire fourth quarter. The key stretch, when the Heat turned a four-point deficit into a six-point lead, came when Cole and Anderson were playing with James, Wade and Chris Bosh. That lineup had not played a single minute for the Heat in the playoffs before Game 2.The Pacers have shown they can compete with, and beat, the Heat. But doing that four times in a series will require much more in-game consistency, because on most nights the Heat are building toward something. read more

GCAA meets with LIAT Dynamic Airways over operational deficiencies

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Related Officials from the Guyana Civil Aviation Authority met with LIAT Airlines on Monday, January 30, 2017 at the GCAA Headquarters in Kingston to discuss regulatory matters and numerous delays and challenges facing the airline in maintaining the reliability and integrity of the airline’s schedule.According to a statement from the GCAA, this meeting was part of a series of meetings that the Authority has been hosting with several airlines operating in Guyana. In December 2016, the GCAA met with the Management of Dynamic International Airways to discuss their operations as a consequence of the delays and cancellations that the airline has been experiencing.In both of these meetings, the airlines were challenged to look at the interests of the passengers, the statement noted.The Authority is looking to work more closely with airlines to enhance their quality of services to the travelling public. read more

LCDS earned money for Guyana Green State Strategy will hemorrhage treasury

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedGovt has ‘missed the bus’ where Green State agenda is concerned- JagdeoDecember 3, 2018In “Business”Vagueness of Green State Development Strategy cause for concern- JagdeoJune 26, 2017In “Business”Jagdeo dubs 2018 Budget most “disastrous” one ever presented to nationNovember 28, 2017In “Local News” …says if PPP elected in 2020 it will be shelved “It will add cost. I disagree with its fundamental premise. The premise which brings cost to the country versus earning money for the country… The LCDS was an economic strategy. It earned money for Guyana. The GSDS is so far about expenditure from our treasury. That is why conceptually, we disagree with it.”Opposition leader Dr Bharrat JagdeoThese were the words of Opposition Leader Dr Bharrat Jadgeo as he reiterated his disapproval of the Green State Development Strategy (GSDS) that was created to replace the Low Carbon Development Strategy (LCDS).According to Jagdeo if the People’s Progressive Party (PPP) returned to office, GSDS would be automatically scrapped as it would only put pressure on the treasury.He described the draft strategy, which he has had a look at, as one that was a basic ‘cut and paste’ of best practices from around the world, essentially lacking the ability to attract funding for Guyana.Jagdeo, the mastermind of the LCDS, which secured him international recognition and led to him being conferred with the “Champion of the Earth” award by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) said that under the LCDS, there were specific areas that were targeted for development purposes across Guyana.“We said we are going to spend US$10.5 million on Amerindian land titling. It solved a problem. Two, we will spend US$17 million on ICT (Information Communication Technology) in the hinterland. We would spend x amount of money like US$80 million on the hydropower by buying down equity,” he explained.Further, the Opposition Leader said there were also plans to create a centre for biodiversity studies and establish an adaptation plan. He said, “We searched into crops that were flood and bug resistant. We set aside money for small loans and grants too to individuals in various sectors. It was about 20 initiatives and we were earning money doing that, we weren’t taking money from taxpayers’ money.”As such, the former Head of State argued that the GSDS was more about cost to the Guyanese public. “Right now, they are talking about planting trees and all of that. They missed the whole point that that was an economic strategy to adjust to the future. That’s why conceptually, we have a major difference,” he added.Reference was also made to the fact that several foreign consultants were hired to review the strategy for advice and further input, including requesting the Global Green Growth Institute (GGGI) to be part of it.Jagdeo, who was the first President of that body, said he has seen a lot of what has been used before in the GSDS, in addition to that of the work being done by UNEP.“The speeches would tell you, (David) Granger… the first year he went into Parliament. He keeps saying one thing over and over again. It does not change. Same old thing,” Jagdeo stated, noting that the GSDS would not bring any substantial benefits to Guyana, but rather put pressure on taxpayers’ dollars.Jagdeo noted that the Strategy has not received the approval of the National Assembly, while noting that it was still at its conceptual stage. Nevertheless, he said, “That is a political initiative of Granger until it has parliamentary approval as far as we are concerned. In all likelihood, we will scrap it as soon as we get into office, because it makes no sense. It will only add cost. That’s all.”A number of renewable energy farms and facilities form the thrust of Government’s goals in the GSDS. The Government plans to build a solar energy plant to the tune of US$3.8 million. The farm, to be funded by the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), will be constructed at Bartica, Region Seven (Cuyuni-Mazaruni). It was indicated that construction of this farm would be completed by the end of 2018.Government has also secured funding from the International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) to establish solar photovoltaic (PV) farms at Port Kaituma, Region One (Barima-Waini) at a cost of US$1.8 million; Kwakwani, Region 10 (Upper Demerara-Berbice) to the tune of US$2.6 million; and Matthews Ridge, Region One (Barima-Waini) at a cost of US$2 million. It has also secured a line of credit of approximately US$15 million.The Government has been heavily criticised for the GSDS that has been touted as a blueprint to developing a “green economy”. The Opposition has described the document as a hollow one. But with Government recently getting the green light to access funds from Norway for its renewable energy initiatives, questions remain over exactly what policy document was presented. read more

Trinidad Wedding plans quashed for two cops dead in apparent murdersuicide

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedT&T cop in murder/suicide left behind three lettersNovember 15, 2018In “Crime”T&T pandit shot dead in robbery at homeNovember 28, 2017In “latest news”UPDATE: 11-y-o witnessed gruesome murder of sister before fleeingJune 6, 2018In “Crime” WPC Kips, seen in this photo with her estranged common-law husband PC Youksee, was shot dead by the policeman at his Champs Fleurs home before he turned the gun on himself, firing a bullet into his head.(Trinidad Guardian) The taint­ed love be­tween two po­lice of­fi­cers turned trag­ic in Mt D’Or, Champs Fleurs, yes­ter­day, af­ter SRP Michael Youk­see turned his ser­vice weapon on WPC Rack­el Kipps, the moth­er of his two-year-old daugh­ter, killing her be­fore us­ing the gun to al­so end his own life.The mur­der/sui­cide, cou­pled with a dou­ble mur­der in Ari­ma, raised the mur­der toll for the year to 459 for Trinidad & Tobago.Neigh­bours said at around 10.30 am an ar­gu­ment erupt­ed at Youk­see’s Spring Val­ley ex­ten­sion apart­ment.Po­lice were told it ap­peared that Youk­see had con­front­ed Kipps and chal­lenged her to be truth­ful, stat­ing that he had giv­en her every­thing. Youk­see’s teenage daugh­ter re­port­ed­ly tried to in­ter­vene in the mat­ter but was shoved out of the room.Less than 20 min­utes lat­er, gun­shots shat­tered the air. Res­i­dents said they heard three in to­tal—two ini­tial­ly and then af­ter a pause, a fi­nal shot. The sound of a ba­by cry­ing then prompt­ed the cou­ple’s rel­a­tives to en­ter the home, where they found the two of­fi­cers in the room bleed­ing. They called po­lice to the scene up­on mak­ing the grim dis­cov­ery.When of­fi­cers ar­rived Kipps was no longer breath­ing, while Youk­see still had a pulse. Of­fi­cers took him to the near­by Er­ic Williams Med­ical Sci­ence Com­plex, Mt Hope, where he died short­ly af­ter 1 pm.Dis­trict Med­ical Of­fi­cer Vic­tor Ter­a­pal­li vis­it­ed the scene and pro­nounced Kipps dead.Kipps was at­tached to the North­ern Di­vi­sion Se­nior Su­per­in­ten­dent’s of­fice while Youk­see was sta­tioned in Tu­na­puna.Neigh­bours ex­pressed shock over the in­ci­dent as Youk­see, al­so known to them as Kevin and “Un­cle” to the chil­dren in the com­mu­ni­ty, was said to be ex­treme­ly af­fa­ble and pleas­ant around the neigh­bour­hood.They added that the vi­o­lence was not some­thing they saw com­ing since Youk­see took good care of his daugh­ters, es­pe­cial­ly the two-year-old daugh­ter, at his home.Youk­see al­so fea­tured promi­nent­ly on Kipps’ Face­book page, with sev­er­al pic­tures of them to­geth­er as well as their daugh­ter on the time­line.How­ev­er, the re­la­tion­ship be­tween the of­fi­cers, who had plans to get mar­ried next month, re­port­ed­ly turned sour in re­cent weeks. Kipps re­port­ed­ly moved out of the home with the cou­ple’s two-year-old daugh­ter last month. The T&T Guardian was al­so told that a com­plaint had been filed against Youk­see by Kipps re­cent­ly. De­spite this, Kipps yes­ter­day took the child to see her fa­ther, at her daugh­ter’s re­quest, neigh­bours said. It was said that dur­ing the ar­gu­ment the mat­ter of them liv­ing to­geth­er was raised once again.Con­tact­ed yes­ter­day, Po­lice So­cial and Wel­fare As­so­ci­a­tion pres­i­dent, In­spec­tor Michael Seales, sent out con­do­lences to the fam­i­lies of both of­fi­cers but said it was too soon to com­ment on the sit­u­a­tion as there were still many facts to be un­cov­ered con­cern­ing the in­ci­dent.The in­ci­dent once again brought in­to fo­cus the need for sup­port ser­vices for of­fi­cers. In Sep­tem­ber, Seales had point­ed out that the Em­ploy­ee As­sis­tance Pro­gramme was not func­tion­al af­ter the death of Of­fi­cer Ian Hamil­ton.Hamil­ton re­port­ed­ly end­ed his life in Sep­tem­ber, mere hours af­ter per­form­ing at a func­tion. Hamil­ton re­port­ed­ly had been deeply de­pressed fol­low­ing the death of his fi­ancee Natasha Ed­mund in 2017.Seales had said then that not enough had been put in place to as­sist of­fi­cers who were deal­ing with emo­tion­al trau­ma, not­ing that while there were over 200 trained peer coun­sel­lors with­in the ser­vice, many of­fi­cers were un­aware who they were and as such were un­able to ap­proach them.In a state­ment yes­ter­day, the TTPS said they were in­ves­ti­gat­ing the cir­cum­stances sur­round­ing the deaths of WPC Kipps and PC Youk­see.This was al­so the sec­ond time this year in Trinidad that a do­mes­tic in­ci­dent had led to of­fi­cers us­ing their ser­vice weapons to kill. In ear­ly May, Sgt Dar­ryl Hon­ore died at the hos­pi­tal af­ter a shoot-out with a fel­low of­fi­cer and friend at Grand Bazaar, Val­sayn.When the shoot­ing oc­curred, the break­down of Hon­ore’s mar­riage was be­lieved to have fac­tored in the in­ci­dent. read more

China Shouguan Mining expands operations into northeast China

first_imgChina Shouguan Mining Corp is expanding mine operations into the gold rich HeiLongJiang Province in northeast China. The company’s portfolio of long-life assets will now include gold, silver, copper, lead, zinc and molybdenum.  The gold mine operations agreement signed with the Province’s DaXingAnLing Government (DXL) in November 2013 involves broad cooperation with Guolin Investment Co, DXL’s subsidiary. Guolin is highly experienced in gold and mining operations and presents a strong partner for China Shouguan. Under the terms of the agreement, China Shouguan will use its advanced techniques and conduct exploration and development of the gold deposits in the DaXingAnLing area. Exploratory work is expected to begin in March, 2014.Chairman Zhang said, “The expansion of our gold and silver focused co-operative project now presents additional opportunities for China Shouguan Mining. We will be adding silver, copper and molybdenum, which is a key ingredient in making steel strong and corrosion resistant.” Zhang added, “Molybdenum is in high demand as China keeps building power plants, turbine engines, offshore drilling rigs and turbine engines. It is also highly valued as a high-performance specialty lubricant and is a key component in fertilizers, retardants and vitamin supplements.”The initial three projects that China Shouguan Mining begins exploration and development of in March are:DXL West 15: Covering 500 km2 for gold and silver exploration along with other mineralsShaBaoSi gold mine: Covering 448 km2 with 10 exploratory rights licenses to mine gold, silver, copper, zinc and molybdenumTaYuanTong polymetallic project: Covers an historically rich gold, silver, zinc and copper reserves area and includes the project’s mining license.Zhang said, “The diversification of our reserve potential and the expansion of our holdings will greatly increase the company’s projected cash flow for 2014. These longer-term development projects present organic growth opportunities, which the company will build on. With our special Government relationships these projects have low political risk and offer significant upside and growth potential.”China Shouguan Mining operates in the gold rich areas of Shandong and HeiLongJiang Provinces in China. It acquires or leases under-performing mines in major mineralised areas, then funds expanded exploration and production using industry leading technologies. China Shouguan is planning to acquire mining operations in Australia, North America and SE Asia and is focused on uplifting to NASDAQ by 2015.last_img read more

Taoiseach to make televised address to the country on Sunday night

first_imgTAOISEACH ENDA KENNY is to make a televised address to the country on Ireland’s exit from the EU/IMF bailout programme on Sunday night, it has been confirmed.The news was confirmed in a tweet from the government’s official news service, MerrionStreet.ie, and the address to the nation will be broadcast at 9.30pm on Sunday night on RTÉ One television. The so-called ‘State of the Nation’ broadcast had been speculated about after a government spokesperson was unable to confirm the Taoiseach’s media arrangements for the bailout exit.The government is planning a day of media events on Friday to mark the end of the three-year funding programme which officially concludes on Sunday.The address will be the first of its kind since Kenny spoke in a televised address in December 2011, on the eve of the coalition government’s first Budget.Sunday’s televised address to the nation means that RTÉ is mandated to provide time for other party leaders to respond to the Taoiseach in similar televised addresses.RTÉ said today these will be broadcast around its main television news bulletins on Monday.Read: Taoiseach could do ‘State of the Nation’ as ministers to mark bailout exit on FridayRead: Government plans to mark bailout exit on Friday the 13thlast_img read more

Man due in court over Grafton Street attacks

first_imgA MAN IS due in court this morning in connection with a number of assaults around Grafton Street in Dublin city centre in the early hours of Tuesday.A 31-year-old man was stabbed in the chest after being confronted by two men near Burger King at the Stephen’s Green end of Grafton Street at around 1am on Tuesday.Minutes later, a 35-year-old man was stabbed in the back and side and a 22-year-old woman were assaulted in an attack on Chatham Row nearby.All three were taken to St James’s Hospital for treatment.The 25-year-old man will appear before Dublin District Court at 10.30am today over the attacks.A second man arrested in connection with the attacks is still being held in custody at Pearse Street Garda station.last_img

Kane talks about the final WWE event at Nassau Coliseum

first_img Pinterest Kurt Angle Twitter Seth Rollins Defends WWE On Two Separate Occasions Ethan Page on how Impact Wrestling has been better, winning the Tag Titles, booed in Canada Seth Rollins Videos Articles Now Playing Up Next Cesaro Now Playing Up Next Now Playing Up Next Alfonso Castillo of Newsday.com is featuring an interview with WWE star Kane where he talks about the final WWE event at Nassau Coliseum tonight for RAW and the advantages of working in either brand new or heavily renovated arenas.“If you ask any athlete or performer, some of the older buildings compared to some of the newer buildings are — I don’t want to use the word “substandard” — but they certainly don’t have the amenities that the newer buildings do, both for us, and in many cases, for the fans. On the other, hand, yes I do feel kind of melancholy when that happens, because there are so memories there. I missed the final WWE show in the old Boston Garden.”You can check out the full interview at the link below.Newsday: WWE star Kane talks about final Nassau Coliseum showThanks to Josh Stewart for sending word.Recommended videosPowered by AnyClipSeth Rollins Defends WWE On Two Separate OccasionsVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmuteDuration 0:30/Current Time 0:03Loaded: 100.00%0:04Remaining Time -0:27 FullscreenUp NextThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.Replay the list Now Playing Up Next Videos Articlescenter_img Google+ Is WWE Losing Its Audience? Videos Articles Facebook Now Playing Up Next WWE Rescheduling San Jose NXT Roman Reigns is in Remission Ronda Rousey On WWE: I Love This Job, But I Dont Need It Adam Martin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WhatsApp Sammy Guevara talks about his match against Cody on TNT, the Wednesday Night Wars Dustin Rhodes on AEW against NXT: “I don’t consider us going to war with anybody” last_img read more

Four given Parole one deported

first_img Electricity Cost of Service Study among the big agenda items at September 11 Cabinet meeting Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, TCI, February 24, 2017 – Four men had their time in prison shortened by the Parole Board and were this week released.  Tesney Louis of Haiti is a free man today, having served most of a four year sentence for accidentally shooting himself.   Louis was reportedly in a row of some kind and went home to get his gun; upon returning he shot himself by accident.  Louis would have been completed his time in October/November this year.Rubin Campbell was also given parole and will see his time cut short by 2 to 3 years.  Campbell was found guilty of robbing TCI lotto of $20,000; he got 12 years in that guilty verdict and was originally due to come out of prison by 2020.Wesley Durmoney was convicted of aggravated burglary when he caught his girlfriend with another man, he had pulled a knife on the woman and for that he was sentenced to seven years.  Durmoney was originally to be released in November; he got parole and will be deported to his home, Haiti.Dentery Penn also had his case reviewed by the parole board and would have been finished his sentence in July.  Penn had been sentenced to five years for a firearms arrest.Out of twelve who applied to have their sentences commuted to time spent, four were granted early release by the Parole Board.#MagneticMediaNews Recommended for you ALERT # 2 ON POTENTIAL TROPICAL CYCLONE NINE ISSUED BY THE BAHAMAS DEPARTMENT OF METEOROLOGY THURSDAY 12TH SEPTEMBER, 2019 AT 9 PM EDT Related Items:#magneticmedianews The Luxury of Grace Bay in Down Town Provolast_img read more

Hollywood water main break causes lane closures

first_imgHOLLYWOOD, FLA. (WSVN) – An underground water main that ruptured in Hollywood, Monday, led to hours of repair work and traffic headaches.According to city officials, the 36-inch pipe broke near Taft Street and 62nd Avenue. The utility line carries treated waste to a nearby regional treatment plant.Crews shut down two westbound lanes of Taft Street, and the center turn lane was used for westbound traffic between 441 and 64th Avenue.As of 10 p.m., Monday, one lane of Taft Street remained closed.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img

Boston man creates Darth Vader snowman on city sidewalk

first_imgBOSTON (WSVN) – A man in Boston decided to bring a bit of the Dark Side to his city.The life-sized Darth Vader snowman appeared on a sidewalk in the city’s Leather District Wednesday morning.The “Star Wars” villain was built and carved by George Li, who put last week’s snowfall to impressive artistic use.This isn’t the first time he’s made an icy creation. Last year, Li built a Batman snowman on the same sidewalk. Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img

Hasina says wanted a strong opposition

first_imgArmed Forces Division congratulates prime minister Sheikh Hasina for her landslide victory in the 11th parliamentary election at her official Ganabhaban residence on Wednesday. Photo: PIDMentioning that her party wanted a strong opposition through the 11th general elections, Awami League president prime minister Sheikh Hasina on Wednesday said the possibility of such an opposition diminishes when a party indulges in nomination trade.”For democracy, a strong opposition is needed. That’s why we wanted that there would be a good opposition, but the possibility to become such an opposition lessens when a party indulges in nomination trade,” she said.The prime minister said this while delivering her speech when a cross-section of people, including Bankers Association of Bangladesh (BAB) and FBCCI, greeted her at her official residence Ganobhaban by presenting bouquets to her for her party’s landslide victory in Sunday’s parliamentary elections.She said it was very much regrettable that the attitude of the opposition was peculiar. “The way they gave their nominations was not for participating in the election. They just did business in the name of giving nominations,” she said.Sheikh Hasina mentioned that a person came to the Bangladesh mission in Dubai to submit his nomination paper when the mission officials informed him that he had to submit it to the respective returning officer or through online which made him angry.”The person told the mission officials that he gave so much money in London that they told him he could be able to submit his nomination paper even from Dubai. This is just an incident. There’re more incidents like this,” she said.About the BNP’s nominations to more than one person in most of the seats, the prime minister posed a question, “For what did they give more than nomination in one seat? What type of election will they do who can do this type of incident?”She also said she saw people’s desires for casting their votes in favour of Boat, the electoral symbol of Awami League, in the 11th general election like 1970 and 1973.Talking about the plans of her government in the next five years, Hasina said the people of the country will get homes, education, food, nutrition and treatment. “Their lives will be beautiful and developed, this is my expectations for the coming days,” she said.Expressing her deep gratitude towards the people of the country for keeping their trust and belief in her, the AL chief sought cooperation from all so that she could honour the trust and belief.last_img read more