zoom Following negotiations with the consortium of Engro, Fatima, and Shell, US-based Excelerate Energy said that it would help deliver a proposed floating LNG terminal and second FSRU to the Pakistan market. The consortium’s project site is located across the Port Qasim channel and the country’s first LNG import terminal that Elengy installed early last year utilizing Excelerate’s floating regas technology.When the consortium’s project comes on line in 2018, the total regasification capacity from Excelerate’s two FSRU’s at Port Qasim will be over 1 bcf per day, enough natural gas to support over 6,000 MW of power generation.“The fast track FSRU project will supply much needed natural gas to Pakistan to help mitigate the supply shortfalls the country is currently facing,” Excelerate informed.“Excelerate is extremely excited to work with this strong partnership of Engro, Fatima, and Shell to implement this project in what we view as one of the largest markets for natural gas in the world,” Chief Development Officer Daniel Bustos, said.
Login/Register With: Advertisement Advertisement Facebook Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Critically acclaimed detective drama Frankie Drake Mysteries continues to enthrall viewers worldwide as Ovation, America’s only arts network, signs U.S. broadcast rights to two seasons (21 x 60′). Ovation joins a host of international broadcasters that have signed the brand new second season – which debuts at MIPCOM 2018 as part of leading global distributor Kew Media Distribution’s new drama slate.Set in 1920s Toronto, following the city’s only female private detectives as they take on the cases the police don’t want to touch, Frankie Drake Mysteries is a CBC Original series developed and produced by Shaftesbury in association with CBC and UKTV.Season one of Frankie Drake Mysteries will premiere to U.S. audiences on Ovation in June 2019. In addition to the new two-season deal with Ovation, the new ten-part second season has been renewed in a pan territory deal with Viasat for Central and Eastern Europe, as well as Globosat in Brazil, Sky in New Zealand, and Dazzler in UK (Home Video and DTO). In Europe, the new series has also been acquired for Finland by YLE. In both Canada (CBC) and the UK (Alibi), the first series of Frankie Drake Mysteries was the second most watched drama across its broadcast season for each channel, increasing Alibi’s slot average by 210%. Frankie Drake Mysteries stars Lauren Lee Smith (The Shape of Water) and Chantel Riley (Wynonna Earp) as the Drake Private Detectives, who take on cases exploring a cross-section of 1920s Toronto, with the help of morality officer Mary Shaw (Rebecca Liddiard, Alias Grace) and morgue attendant Flo Chakowitz (Sharron Matthews, Mean Girls). In this time of change, their gender is their biggest advantage as they defy expectations and REBEL against convention. They are new detectives for a new world – but is the world ready for them?“Frankie Drake Mysteries is the embodiment of artfully told and executed storytelling,” said Scott Woodward, EVP of Programming, Ovation. “From the brilliant costume and set design to the jazz-infused soundtrack, this series’ artistic elements enhance the good fun of this engaging mystery series.”Jonathan Ford, EVP of Sales at Kew Media Distribution, commented, “We’re incredibly pleased with the global success of Frankie Drake Mysteries and are delighted to welcome Ovation as the latest broadcaster to secure this stylish drama.. Evoking the thrilling atmosphere of an era that saw real revolution, Frankie Drake Mysteries focuses on themes that are as relevant today as they were then. Alongside its fantastic critical acclaim and overwhelmingly positive response on social media, ratings statistics prove that the first series offers broad audience appeal – and we’re confident that the new season will continue to be in strong demand.”“We’re excited for American audiences to meet the phenomenal women of Frankie Drake Mysteries. They are a force to be reckoned with, as a team and as individuals, as they solve cases across 1920s Toronto. We are thrilled to share these dynamic characters and their stories with the world,” said Christina Jennings, Executive Producer, Frankie Drake Mysteries / Chairman & CEO, Shaftesbury.Kew Media Distribution will showcase the new season of Frankie Drake Mysteries at MIPCOM alongside a strong slate of premium drama. This includes the brand new 90′ event drama Care (LA Productions for BBC One), from Emmy(R) and BAFTA award-winning writer Jimmy McGovern (The Street, Broken), which stars Sheridan Smith (Cilla) as a single mother struggling to raise her two children in the aftermath of a family tragedy. The new fifth season of the award-winning, critically acclaimed thriller Line of Duty (6 x one hour) from World Productions will make its debut, alongside the brand new instalment in THE BLETCHLEY CIRCLE franchise – THE BLETCHLEY CIRCLE: SAN FRANCISCO (8 x one hour, An Omnifilm Entertainment production in association with BritBox LLC and World Productions).Further MIPCOM launches include Clink, a new ten-part drama from LA Productions set in the fictional women’s prison HMP Bridewell, and The Dead Lands, an eight-part action adventure drama from GFC Films based on the globally successful international film set in pre-European Polynesia. Finally, new mini-series Cold Call (4 x one hour, a Chalkboard production) tells the story of June, who, after falling victim to a cold call that destroys her family’s future, sets out to take her revenge. Twitter
New Delhi: The Economic Offences Wing (EOW) of Delhi Police has arrested two staffers of Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) for cheating and unauthorized money transaction from the office. The law enforcement agency said that the scam was not revealed earlier as the audit of the office had not been done for the last 10 years.Additional Commissioner of Police (EOW) Suvashis Choudhary confirmed the news and said that after a proper investigation accused Prem Prakash (Lower Division Clerk) and MTS Basant Lal were arrested. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderAccording to EOW, a case was registered on the complaint of Raghu Prakash an official from the Chemical Department in Archaeological Survey of India, wherein he alleged that LDC Prem Prakash and MTS Basant Lal were involved in embezzlement of government money on the basis of forgery of salary bills, TA, DA bills and bills of vendors who supply chemicals and other articles to the office. Police further said that during the course of the investigation, it came to light that alleged Prem Prakash had prepared fake login IDs of the PFMS of Chemist Department of ASI. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchings”He prepared forged bills of office sent to PAO office through PFMS and physical forms. These were got sanctioned by the PAO with the assistance of the staff,” said senior police official. Through this modus operandi, around Rs. 9.5 crore were embezzled from the government account since 2010. In the complaint, the ASI official told police that they came to know about a bill from private enterprises which was returned by pay and accounts office of ASI in New Delhi. On enquiry, it has been noticed that the bill was not generated with the knowledge of staff and officers of Science branch. “It is also confirmed that none of the items against the above bill has been purchased and received. The matter was investigated and it is found that documents like sanction order, estimate provision, comparative statement, supply order, note sheet and account details of vendor were attached along the bill. However these documents appear to be forged,” complainant told police. The further investigation in the issue led to the fraud done by the accused.
11 September 2008Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has called for an “aggressive push” towards attaining the anti-poverty targets world leaders pledged to achieve by 2015, after a new United Nations report found that progress towards the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) is threatened by high food and fuel prices and the global economic slowdown. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has called for an “aggressive push” towards attaining the anti-poverty targets world leaders pledged to achieve by 2015, after a new United Nations report found that progress towards the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) is threatened by high food and fuel prices and the global economic slowdown. The UN’s Millennium Development Goals Report 2008 is the most comprehensive global assessment to date on progress towards the targets, which range from eradicating extreme poverty and hunger, and achieving universal primary education, to reducing child mortality and combating HIV/AIDS, malaria and other diseases.“It provides hard evidence on what we have done well, and what more needs to be done if we are to reach our goals by 2015,” Mr. Ban told a news conference in New York at which he launched the report.Mr. Ban noted that developing countries are devoting more resources to education and health thanks to reduced external debt servicing, fresh assistance and new financing from private foundations.In addition, primary school enrolment is rising, and there has been progress on health and gender equality, he said.According to new data from the World Bank, the proportion of people living in extreme poverty is expected to decline by half by 2015. “But progress is largely concentrated in Asia,” said the Secretary-General, adding that until recently, sub-Saharan Africa was losing ground in the fight against extreme poverty. The report states that current high food prices are expected to push many people into poverty, especially in sub-Saharan Africa and South Asia, which are already the regions with the largest numbers of people living in extreme poverty.He noted that despite the challenges, there are enough successes to prove that most of the Goals are reachable in all countries. “In most cases, we already know what needs to be done, and how. Now we need an aggressive push to get the world on track,” he stressed.On 25 September, Mr. Ban and the incoming President of the General Assembly, Miguel D’Escoto Brockmann, will convene a high-level gathering to review progress to date, identify gaps and commit to concrete steps to ensure that all countries can achieve the MDGs.Some 150 countries will be participating in the event, including more than 90 Heads of State or government and other international figures, as well as nearly 20 of the world’s biggest philanthropic foundations.“We are looking for intensified action from a new and broader coalition of partners: governments, NGOs [non-governmental organizations], faith groups, the private sector and others,” said Mr. Ban. “I expect all participants to announce specific initiatives or commitments and lay out plans to realize them. By the close of the meeting, we hope to be in a very different place from where we are today.”
The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) announced today in a press release that it is working with the UN Development Programme (UNDP) on a programme to integrate the national meteorological and hydrological services of countries in the region so that they better plan and prepare for possible disasters and extreme events.Under the project, South-East European countries will have greater capacity to collect and share meteorological data with each other so that they can develop better warning systems, and move more closely in line with the standards and policies within the European Union (EU).The programme is being financed by the European Commission and follows an assessment phase carried out by WMO with the support of the World Bank and the International Strategy for Disaster Reduction (ISDR).WMO says the Western Balkans area and Turkey face threats from many natural hazards, including floods, droughts, forest fires, earthquakes and landslides, and those threats may increase.Michel Jarraud, WMO’s Secretary-General, said climate change had the potential to increase the risks even further.“Integrating early warning systems, based on accurate and timely hydro-meteorological data, analysis and forecasts, into disaster management and response will help save lives and protect property and livelihoods,” he said. 6 July 2009Two United Nations agencies are collaborating on a project to improve early warning systems to try to reduce the risk posed by natural disasters and extreme weather conditions across South-East Europe.
TORONTO — The Toronto stock market closed modestly higher Tuesday amid mixed earnings news and rising commodity prices.Here are the closing numbersTSX — 12,824.63 +30.38 0.24%S&P 500 — 1,492.56 +6.58 0.44%Dow — 13,712.21 +62.51 0.46%Nasdaq — 3,143.18 +8.47 0.27%The S&P/TSX composite index advanced for a fourth session, up 30.38 points to 12,824.63 while the TSX Venture Exchange gained 4.46 points to 1,241.07.Canadian National Railway says its profit increased to $610-million in the fourth quarter with record revenue and carloads.CN also raised its dividend 15% to 43 cents a share, but its shares dropped 99 cents or 1.04% to $93.77 despite the positive earnings report as analysts noted that CN stock has done very well lately.“You’re seeing some profit taking against the news as it had a big runup ahead of time,” said Colin Cieszynski, market analyst at CMC Markets Canada.“We had seen the stock move up about $4 since the beginning of the year and it’s up about $10 since the start of November. So it looks like you had some expectations getting built in.”The Canadian dollar was slightly higher, up 0.06 of a cent to 100.74 cents US amid a better than expected report on November retail sales while traders looked ahead to Wednesday’s Bank of Canada announcement on interest rates.Statistics Canada reported that retail sales rose by 0.2% to $39.4 billion in November. It was the fifth consecutive monthly sales gain reported by Statistics Canada and stronger than the 0.2% dip that economists had projected.The agency said that higher sales at motor vehicle and parts dealers as well as electronics and appliance stores more than offset declines at most store types.U.S. indexes were modestly higher as traders took a disappointing housing sector report in stride.The Dow Jones industrial average climbed 62.43 points to 13,712.13 as sales of previously occupied homes dipped in December to a pace of 4.94 million, down from 4.99 million in November. November’s figure was revised lower, but was still the highest in three years.“It wasn’t that much of a miss,” added Cieszynski.“When you go through these kind of turnarounds, you’re going to have months where some data hits and some data misses.”The Nasdaq added 8.47 points to 3,143.18 while the S&P 500 index was up 6.53 points to 1,492.51.In the U.S., industrial giant The DuPont Co. said net income for the quarter ended Dec. 31 dropped to US$111 million, or 12 cents per share. That’s down from US$373 million, or 40 cents per share, a year earlier.Still, the results beat the consensus estimate of Wall Street analysts of seven cents per share. Sales for the quarter were flat at $7.3 billion and its shares were ahead 83 cents to US$47.82 in New York.Health-care products company Johnson & Johnson posted quarterly earnings of $2.57 billion, or 91 cents a share, up from $218 million, or eight cents a share a year ago. Excluding about $800 million in one-time acquisition and litigation charges, earnings in the latest quarter would have been $3.38 billion, or $1.19 per share. That beat the expectation of analysts by two cents per share but the company’s 2013 profit forecast came up short of analyst estimates and its shares were down 54 cents to $72.69.After the close, IBM handed in results that beat for earnings and revenue. Earnings per share for the quarter were $5.39, versus the $5.25 that analysts expected. Revenue came in at $29.3 billion against the 29.09 expected.The gold sector was the strongest component, ahead about 1.25% with February bullion up $6.20 to US$1,693.20 an ounce. Barrick Gold Corp. rose 41 cents to C$34.55.The energy sector was ahead 0.42% while February crude on the New York Mercantile Exchange was up 68 cents to US$96.24 a barrel. Suncor Energy advanced 36 cents cents to C$34.16.Nebraska Gov. Dave Heineman has approved a new route for the Keystone XL pipeline that avoids the state’s environmentally sensitive Sandhills region.Heineman sent a letter to President Barack Obama confirming that he would allow the Canada-to-Texas pipeline, which is to be built by TransCanada, to proceed through his state. TransCanada shares declined 33 cents to $48.78.The base metals sector was ahead 0.4% as the March copper contract in New York climbed three cents at US$3.71 a pound. Teck Resources gained 61 cents to C$37.51.Inmet Mining Corp. said a number of parties have expressed an interest in offering an alternative to the hostile $5.1-billion takeover proposed by First Quantum Minerals.Inmet says several parties whom it did not identify are examining confidential information and discussions are ongoing. Inmet says its shareholders should reject First Quantum’s offer of about $72 per Inmet share. Inmet shares gained 35 cents to $71.29 while First Quantum edged 41 cents lower to $20.92.The information technology sector was slightly higher with Celestica Inc. closing up six cents to $8.56 ahead of its earnings statement after the market close.But Research In Motion gained 33 cents or 1.9% to $17.74 after jumping 10.8% Monday as the BlackBerry maker heads towards the unveiling of its new smartphones on Jan. 30. Scotia Capital has upgraded the stock to outperform from sector perform.Elsewhere in the tech sector, Microsoft has reportedly joined the negotiations to buy struggling computer maker Dell. Both CNBC and The Wall Street Journal say that Microsoft Corp. may invest some of the money needed to take Dell Inc. private after 25 years as a publicly traded company. Microsoft shares slipped 10 cents to US$27.15.Here’s the news investors were watching today:CN Rail delivers record fourth quarter, hikes dividendRIM’s BB Z10 outperforms iPhone 5 on many features: websiteNebraska governor approves new Keystone XL pipeline routeWalmart Canada puts expansion plan in high gear to fend off TargetON DECK WEDNESDAYECONOMIC NEWSIMF releases World Economic Outlook World Economic Forum begins in Davos, Switzerland CANADA10 a.m.Bank of Canada interest rate decision: The bank is expected to keep its benchmark rate at 1% Teranet-National Bank Composite House Price index (Dec): Economists expect 0.3% decline from month before, 3.1% rise year over year UNITED STATES9 a.m.House price index: Economists expect a 0.7% rise from the month before CORPORATE NEWSUNITED STATESApple Inc. Q1 earnings: Analysts expect US$13.41 a share McDonald’s Corp Q4 earnings: Analysts expect US$1.33 a share Motorola Solutions Inc Q4 earnings: Analysts expect US$1.02 a share Netflix Inc Q4 earnings: Analysts expect a loss of 12¢ a share WellPoint Inc Q4 earnings: Analysts expect 95¢ a share
He said that ECCHR should visit the north and look at the actual ground situation without releasing reports or statements based on hearsay.The European Center for Constitutional and Human Rights (ECCHR) is an independent, non-profit legal and educational organization dedicated to protecting civil and human rights throughout Europe.It was founded in 2007 by a small group of renowned human rights lawyers, in order to protect and enforce the rights guaranteed by the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, as well as other declarations of human rights and national constitutions, by juridical means. (Colombo Gazette) The European Center for Constitutional and Human Rights (ECCHR), in a press statement, said it has had discussions with three Special UN Rapporteurs as well as a Working Group of the United Nations on the plight of women and girls in the north and east. ECCHR says the number of assaults on women and girls in these regions has risen and is attributable to the increased number of military and police presence in those areas. ECCHR claims the military is increasingly taking over police duties and women and girls would have to make complaints directly to the perpetrators and therefore they avoid speaking out due to fear of stigmatization, threats and possible further attacks.However Brigadier Wanigasuriya insisted that the military presence in the north has been drastically reduced as compared to previous years. The army today denied allegations raised by a European human rights group of women being abused by the military in the north and east.Army Spokesman Brigadier Ruwan Wanigasuriya said the allegations are baseless and there are no police reports to back such claims.
President Maithripala Sirisena says he will not agree to imposing any tax which will be a burden on the public.He pointed out that a section of the media had published reports stating that the Government is preparing to increase the Value Added Tax (VAT). The President made these remarks at a function held today to offer best wishes to the people of Pulathisipura for the Sinhala and Tamil New Year. “I will never allow an increase on any tax which will oppress the poor masses in the country. If there are any economic experts who present such proposals, I am not ready to get their advice for the economic program of the country and on the contrary I will send them home”, he stated. The President recalled that with the political transformation that took place on January 08, 2015, ending the era of corruption, fraud and family dynasty, they have built a people centric Government.He further stated that he will fully commit himself with a firm determination in this New Year to fulfill the aspirations of the people and will not allow any room for those forces that damaged the country to regain power once again. (Colombo Gazette) He pointed out that the policy of the current Government is to provide the public a relief by giving them economic benefits as a government of the ordinary people.“The new Government will go forward as a people-friendly Government without turning back”, he further stated.
TORONTO – A company already facing $900,000 in fines for failing to clear Ontario highways in 2014 is under investigation again by the Ministry of Transportation after a series of accidents in Peel and Halton regions on New Year’s Day.The ministry is checking to see exactly when Carillion Canada dispatched salt spreaders and how much salt was applied on the Queen Elizabeth Way and on sections of Highways 400, 401, 403, 410 and 427 during a Jan. 1 storm.About 20 accidents were reported on highways west and north of Toronto that day, and the ministry says the “weather-related” mishaps were a factor in deciding to conduct a full review of Carillion’s actions.Carillion, which has 6,000 employees in Canada and 40,000 worldwide, was awarded eight of Ontario’s 20 road maintenance contracts, worth a total of $87 million per year.The company is still fighting the fines levied by the ministry for failing to properly clear the QEW of snow and ice during storms in November and December 2014.A Transportation Ministry spokesman says talks with Carillion on the size of the fines are continuing, and mediation or even litigation could be needed to reach a final agreement.Transportation Minister Stephen Del Duca said the investigation into the 2014 storms found Carillion was late in deploying snow clearing and de-icing equipment, and did not apply enough salt on the highway.“I take my responsibility with winter driving safety very seriously and, as keeping Ontario’s roads safe is a shared responsibility, I expect all of our contractors and their employees to do the same,” Del Duca said in a statement.The opposition parties say the Liberal government lowered standards for road maintenance contracts in 2009 to reduce costs, which they blame for dangerous driving conditions during the winter months.“The Liberals were caught last year lowering safety standards on our highways just to save a few bucks,” said Progressive Conservative transportation critic Michael Harris.“We now know that the Liberals’ mismanagement has created even more dangerous driving conditions on the winter roads, putting the lives of motorists at risk.”Ontario’s auditor general found that the government did save money on road maintenance contracts, but at a cost that included taking twice as long to clear highways of snow or ice than it did previously, nearly five hours in some cases.The auditor also reported the government had waived $4.8 million of $13.3 million in fines levied against contractors in the winter of 2013-14.The New Democrats asked the government to release all the non-compliance reports on all road maintenance contractors, and the results of the latest investigation into Carillion.“Last year, Ontario’s auditor-general reported that private road maintenance companies are using less salt and de-icing fluid,” said NDP transportation critic Wayne Gates. “So far, it looks like the ministry hasn’t solved the problems.”The Liberal government came under fire after admitting some of the companies awarded road maintenance contracts did not have the equipment to do the job.Carillion did not respond to requests for comment on the latest investigation or its fight against the $900,000 in fines imposed in 2014.Follow @CPnewsboy on Twitter by Keith Leslie, The Canadian Press Posted Jan 6, 2016 11:33 am MDT Last Updated Jan 6, 2016 at 2:49 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Carillion investigated again for not salting highways during Jan. 1 storm
Edward Putman on holidayCredit:ROBIN BELL Mr Keeley said the defendant eventually submitted the correct code at a shop in High Wycombe, on August 29 2009.But he said went on: “He was lying. He did not hold the winning ticket, but a forgery created by Mr Knibbs. The real winning ticket may still be out there, for the real winner has never been identified.”Evidence suggested Mr Knibbs was paid an initial £280,000 from Mr Putman for his part in the alleged con, followed by much smaller increments totalling £50,000.But he was angry not to receive more and the pair clashed bitterly in 2015 over what he considered had been Mr Putnam’s “betrayal”.The court was told how a friend staying with Mr Knibbs before his suicide claimed he had been “terrified” that the lottery fraud would emerge.Mr Keeley explained that Mr Knibbs’ suicide in 2015 prompted police to carry out an investigation into the lottery win.This initial investigation was impeded by Camelot’s inability to locate the original of the forged ticket, the court was told, but the case was re-opened in 2017 when ticket was located by an employee,Mr Putman from Kings Langley, Hertfordshire, denies fraud by false representation and the trial continues. Then with the deadline to claim the prize rapidly approaching, Mr Putman allegedly visited 29 different shops providing a different ticket each time, before the right number was found. Opening the case against Mr Putman, prosecutor, James Keeley, said the pair had acted together to defraud the National Lottery.He said: “Although the prosecution say Mr Knibbs received some of the proceeds of the lottery win from the defendant, Mr Knibbs did not feel that he had received his fair share and felt let down by him. It was this sense of injustice that came to a head in June 2015.”The court heard how Mr Knibbs, who worked for Camelot between 2004 and 2010, had been in the office late one night, when he saw a document containing details of the big wins that had not been claimed.The real winning ticket had been bought at a Co-op store in Worcester on March 11 2009 but had never been submitted. Mr Keeley explained that there had been “some trial and error” in producing a successful forged ticket because there were 100 different possible unique codes printed on the bottom.The court was told that Mr Knibbs created numerous different specimens of the forged ticket, each with a different combination of code numbers. He was subsequently arrested on suspicion of burglary, blackmail and criminal damage, but took his own life four months later with the allegations still hanging over him.During the subsequent police investigation it emerged that before his suicide he had confided in friends about the alleged scam because he was terrified it would be exposed. Edward Putman’s home Credit:south beds news agency For six years, builder Edward Putman is alleged to have lived happily on the proceeds of an apparent £2.5million lottery windfall.But the “secret” fraud was exposed when a friend killed himself following an angry confrontation over how the winnings were divided, a court heard.Mr Putman, 54, is accused of submitting a fake ticket in 2009 in order to claim an unclaimed jackpot.St Albans Crown Court heard how he conspired with his friend Giles Knibbs – who worked in the security department at Camelot – to generate a fake winning ticket for the outstanding prize.But having effectively got away with the crime for six years, the alleged fraud was exposed in 2015 when the pair fell out bitterly over the division of the proceeds. The jury was told that Mr Knibbs has only received around £330,000 of the £2,525,485 jackpot and in June 2015 broke into Mr Putnam’s home to confront him. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings.
… Constitutional right to Freedom of Expression being trampled upon- TeixeiraOpposition MP Harry GillSpeaker of the National Assembly Dr Barton Scotland, at the 95th sitting of the National Assembly on Monday reprimanded opposition Member of Parliament (MP) Harry Gill for what he termed improper conduct, following a letter by Gill that was published in sections of the media calling for the Speaker to “remain politically impartial at all times.”Gill in his letter, among other things, posited that “someone has to have the credibility and courage to remind the Hon. Dr. Barton Scotland that he owes his loyalty to the dignity of Parliament, and that his role as Speaker of the National Assembly must remain politically impartial at all times. At the very minimum, he is expected to be fair in his rulings.”In grounding his arguments in facts, the Opposition MP listed several occasions in Parliament where he said that the Opposition Parliamentarians were muzzled, while Ministers on the Governing side were allowed to speak.In on the examples, Gill outlined that “on Monday, 25 June 2018, before the commencement of the Local Authorities Amendment Bill debate, the former Attorney General, Anil Nandlall, produced certified copies of court documents to show that this matter relating to tied NDCs was sub judice and should not be proceeded with. He invited the Speaker to look at the court documents but he refused to do so. Instead, unbothered by the advice of perhaps the best legal brain in the entire Caribbean, the Speaker of the National Assembly calmly over-ruled Nandlall’s objection and proceeded with the debate.”However, he contrasted this with the June 2016 Debate on the PPP/C’s Motion calling for the government to stop the Georgetown Parking Meter project. Gill highlighted that this motion “was stopped as Attorney General Basil Williams advised the Speaker that this matter was then before the courts. Interestingly, this Motion remains asterisked on the Order Paper since then, meaning it is not up for debate.”At the end of his critical letter, the Opposition MP posited that it was not his intention to “bring the Speaker or the National Assembly in disrepute. It is merely my hope that the dignity of the House prevails.”Speaker of the National Assembly Dr Barton ScotlandHowever, during Monday’s sitting the Prime Minister and Leader of Government Business in the House, Moses Nagamootoo whilst remarking on the incident moved a motion requiring the matter be referred to the Committee of Privileges for the appropriate actions to be taken.The motion was passed, with Dr Scotland asserting that “Gill will answer to the Committee of Privileges for his conduct in this matter.”Opposition Chief Whip, Gail TeixeiraAccording to the Speaker “If the Honourable Member Mr. Gill was dissatisfied with the rulings or decisions of the Speaker, he could have taken a course of action provided in the Standing Orders to which all members in this House have submitted themselves when they became members of this House. He has proceeded, instead, on a course of action which is totally impermissible under the Standing Orders. His conduct is an affront to the office of Speaker, the person of the Speaker and to the dignity of this House,” Scotland said.However, Opposition Chief Whip, Gail Teixeira asserted that criticisms that occurred outside of the Chambers cannot be questioned, as if it were it would trample upon the enshrined constitutional right of the a person to freedom of expression.“Mr. Speaker, under the Constitution of Guyana Article 146, the freedom of expression contains outside of this House. No one has showed any disrespect to you, Sir, in the House. We have a right to speak outside of this House so you want to take all of us to Privilege,” she queried?Teixeira, who was not given permission to speak, was told by Dr Scotland that her remarks will be expunged from the records.“Those remarks were made without the permission of the Speaker and a member must at least obtain the authority of the Speaker if she is going to address the House. That rule has not change and will not change,” the Speaker said.The Opposition’s call for the Speaker to be more partial did not start with Gill, as on many occasions prior the Opposition Leader Dr Bharrat Jagdeo and other member of the People’s Progressive Party (PPP) made similar pronouncements to that of Gill outside of Parliament. Moreover, none of them were reprimanded.Opposition Leader, Dr Bharrat JagdeoIn fact, in asserting that the Speaker needs to be more partial in his dispensation, Jagdeo in 2017 had said that the Speaker was bias for blocking the Economic Services Committee of Parliament from conducting public forums to reach those involved in the sugar industry.Among other things, Jagdeo posited that “I would urge the Speaker to be much more consistent in his rulings. How can you explain that just weeks ago, another committee, the Natural Resources Committee, visited several entities and places in Guyana. They went to Isseneru, Guyana Gold Fields, a number of places in the interior… and the Speaker did not prevent that from taking place. And when the Economic Services Committee, in this instance, wanted to visit the sugar estates and talk to people about the impact of the Government’s decision on the closure of these estates, the Speaker doesn’t allow it?” Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedSpeaker says no need for investigation as Parliament resumesDecember 12, 2017In “latest news”PPP/C walks out of National AssemblyFebruary 12, 2016In “latest news”New times approved for 2017 Budget DebatesDecember 5, 2016In “latest news”
NUMEROUS TRADITIONS SURROUND the Irish summer, before we know it we are talking about the Leaving Cert, the GAA Championship fixtures and the prospect of whether ‘this is the summer now’ or not. But among these, is one that is less discussed: pilgrimage.Annually, thousands of Irish people go on some form of pilgrimage. While the plane loads venture to Lourdes or Rome and others walk lengths of the Camino de Santiago, there are even more people who travel to pilgrimage sites across Ireland every summer.Over 12,000 people climb Croagh Patrick on Reek Sunday, approximately 15,000 people go to St Patrick’s Purgatory, Lough Derg and the Novena in Knock can attract several thousand pilgrims each day. Also, it is not just the elderly that you will find at these places, people of all ages and backgrounds are involved. It seems pilgrimage still has an important role in Irish society.Despite a noted decline in general religious practice in recent years, why are pilgrimages still occurring on these scales? What is their continuing appeal? A visit to different pilgrimage sites provides some of the answers.An opportunity to withdraw from the worldSt Patrick’s Purgatory, or Lough Derg, in Donegal is considered to be one of the most challenging, but also rewarding, pilgrimages in the Christian world. Pilgrims spend three days on a small island going barefoot, practising centuries-old prayer patterns, keeping a 24-hour vigil and fasting by eating only one meal a day – of black tea/coffee, with dry bread/toast and oatcakes. Despite the seemingly harsh conditions, the pilgrimage actually presents a rare opportunity for people to withdraw from the world, taking a break from everyday life and reflecting on the things that matter most to them. In this regard, Lough Derg seems to speak to a deep-seated human desire for retreat and contemplation, which has fuelled people to go on pilgrimage for millennia across all major cultures.The call of pilgrimage is similarly found in holy wells spread all across Ireland, which are the sites of local journeys and worship. They are usually associated with local Celtic patron saints, although some have pre-Christian origins. Today, the wells are the location of diverse practices, showing the importance of the religious-spiritual in many people’s lives. Annual Pattern Days and masses are organised at wells, but so are Neo-Pagan and alternative spirituality events.Also, streams of visitors travel for very intimate reasons, leaving memorial cards and small votive offerings (anything from coins and shells, to family photos and toys) at these shrines. The wells are important places of religious-spiritual activity, showing how pilgrimage, a looser form of devotion, can accommodate different perspectives. The weekly mass-goer and interested agnostic can walk alongside the person who privately explores their spirituality.The holy mountainA large variety of people are found on Croagh Patrick too, especially on Reek Sunday, the last Sunday in July. From before dawn, crowds from all over Ireland and beyond climb the ‘holy mountain’. Rosary beads and staves mix with county jerseys and tin-foiled wrapped sandwiches, as families and groups ascend ‘the Reek’, with a few traditionalists doing it barefoot. Some get mass and confession on the summit, while others just take in the views of Clew Bay (on the clear days).Afterwards, the stalls and chipper vans, as well as the local pubs, await the weary. Central to Reek Sunday is tradition. It, like many other pilgrimages, is based on family, community and national traditions. People bring their children or they climb because their grandparents always did it. Also, larger heritages are at work, as the Croagh Patrick custom stretches back to the pre-Christian era, with late July being the Celtic thanksgiving feast of Lughnasadh. The pilgrimage tradition seems to still resonate today on the Reek.While traditions, religious-spiritual beliefs and the appeal of being a pilgrim are among the main reasons for the continuation of pilgrimage, it is also true that the motivations are probably as diverse as the people involved. Although I cannot untangle all of these threads, I can say with certainty that this summer thousands of Irish people will get on buses, put on walking boots or take off their shoes as they go on pilgrimage.Richard Scriven is a PhD candidate in the Department of Geography, UCC and an Irish Research Council Government of Ireland Postgraduate Scholar. His research explores pilgrimage in Ireland. For more about Richard’s work or to contact him go to his website http://liminalentwinings.com/ or follow him on Twitter @CorkGeog Opinion: I became a long-distance walker at 70 and have now covered thousands of milesColumn: A lot of people miss the point of Lourdes – it’s about faith but also about fun
Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram With over 16,000 asylum seekers stuck on various Greek islands, overcrowding in refugee camps has been an ongoing concern, many camps holding up to three times the number of residents planned.In a bid to improve the situation and speed up asylum processing for migrants, Greece’s parliament approved new legislation on Tuesday.As highlighted by Migration Minister Dimitris Vitsas before the vote, the bill “will not magically solve the refugee and migration issue”, but says it will go a long way in cutting the wait time for thousands seeking asylum.“What are we seeking to do with this bill? To carry out a speedy processing of asylum claims while respecting the rights of those seeking international protection,” Mr Vitsas said.The new law will see additional staff employed to deal with asylum requests.But the bill has also come under fire, with 13 human rights groups criticising it for not respecting the rights of refugees.It will see the appeals list for rejected applications shortened, and will also give the option of the travel restrictions currently imposed on asylum seekers on the islands, to be extended to include those on the mainland.While the number of arrivals into Greece is well under that of 2015, the change in policy has been motivated by a recent rise in refugees attempting to enter the country via land and sea, United Nations data shows.
The American Soybean Association (ASA) is not pleased with recent comments from President Trump that he could leave tariffs in place under an agreement with China. ASA has always considered the lifting of the Section 301 tariffs by the U.S. in exchange for China removing its retaliatory 25 percent tariff on U.S. soybean imports as essential to any initial agreement between the two countries.Davie Stephens, president of ASA and a soybean grower from Clinton, Kentucky, said, “The President’s statement that the tariffs should remain in place to ensure China’s compliance with the terms of a deal, rather than being rescinded as a part of that deal, is confounding. If reciprocal tariffs have generated current pressure to reach an agreement, why wouldn’t removing the tariffs and relieving that pressure be a necessary part of any initial deal? How can the U.S. and China reach any deal without doing so?”Stephens continued, “We do understand the President’s concern regarding enforcement of other provisions of a deal, given China’s past record of walking back its commitments. And we would understand why the President would want to include a “snap back” mechanism to re-impose tariffs in the event other parts of any agreement were not honored, but we are tired of being collateral damage in this ongoing trade war and suffering because of these tariffs.”ASA has gone on record in prior statements that it is has not been enough for China to make one-off “good will” purchases of U.S. soy over the last three months. Any longer-term plan to “manage” soybean trade under which China would guarantee to buy specified amounts of soybeans over an extended period of months or years—but still keep its 25 percent tariff in place—is not an acceptable alternative to full market access.Soybean farmers continue to suffer from restricted access to China, by far the industry’s most important foreign customer. With depressed prices and unsold stocks forecast to double before the 2019 harvest begins in September, producers need China reopened to U.S. soybean exports within weeks, not months or even longer.Any agreement reached between the U.S. and China that does not include removal of China’s 25 percent tariff on U.S. soybeans would not be acceptable to American soybean farmers. Bypassing elimination of China’s soybean tariff should not be on the table.
MARYSVILLE — A man with a bicycle was struck by a freight train and killed about 3 a.m. Wednesday near a crossing in Marysville.Burlington Northern Santa Fe spokesman Gus Melonas says the train from Portland was headed to Vancouver, British Columbia, and hit the man about 200 yards north of the crossing at 172nd Street.Melonas says it’s the 19th fatality this year on BNSF tracks in Washington. There were two other deaths just last Friday at Edmonds and Auburn.The Marysville accident delayed three freight trains waiting for the track to be reopened about 7:30 a.m.Melonas says investigators are trying to determine why the man was on the tracks.
By James Wright, Special to the AFRO, email@example.comAn organization dedicated to the empowerment of people of low and working income levels has re-located its headquarters to Ward 8.Cooperation DC, a project of ONE DC Black Workers and Wellness Center, held a cookout for the community at its new home on 2500 Martin Luther King Jr., Ave., S.E. on Aug. 4. About 35 people came to the site to have a meal and learn about Cooperation DC and what a workers’ co-op that focuses on the needs of Ward 8 residents and African-American workers in general could mean for the community.Raheem Anthon and Serita El Amin are both active with ONE DC. (Courtesy Photo)“We want to talk to you about what a cooperative is,” Will Cochrane, who ran the event, said. “We want to let you know what it means to have a cooperative like this in Southeast. We have cooperatives across the city.”ONE DC is a non-profit with its mission to preserve economic and racial equity in the Shaw neighborhood in Northwest. It has been vocal in trying to keep people in their homes despite escalating rents and fighting poverty and income inequality in the District.ONE DC is non-partisan but is a progressive institution that promotes social entrepreneurship, openly questions capitalism and believes in the collective use of resources.The location of Cooperation DC to Ward 8 is no accident. Even though the District is experiencing relatively low unemployment rates at this time, 5.6 percent, the unemployment level for Ward 8 is 11 percent, according to the D.C. Department of Employment Services. Cochrane and his colleague with Cooperation One, Raheem Anthon, explained to the gathering how worker cooperatives could lower the jobless numbers.“We can be a resource for Black workers to come and raise their voices about their working conditions,” Anthon said. “We can be the resources where they can share their stories about what they face on the job.”Cochrane explained that worker cooperatives are owned and managed by the workers. When the worker cooperative makes money, it is distributed among its member-workers where as in a private company, profits go to the owners and employees get their agreed upon salaries and benefits only. IF THE CO-OP DOESN’T MAKE MONEY DOES THAT MEAN NOBODY IS PAID?“Worker cooperatives are an excellent example of workplace democracy,” Cochrane said.Anthon said something must be done to get unemployed people in Ward 8 working.“We are the alternative to D.C. government’s programs,” he said. “We have found those programs aren’t beneficial to the people. With member-led working cooperatives, the people are in charge.”Anthon told the AFRO that cooperatives in general are nothing new to African Americans.“People of African descent have worked together for centuries, they just didn’t call it cooperatives,” he said.In a related issue, Cooperation DC bought the building from the United Black Fund that was co-founded by the late Calvin Rolark and his wife, Wilhelmina Rolark, who served on the D.C. Council representing Ward 8 for many years. When the purchase came through late last year, Calvin Rolark’s name was erased from the building and that has upset some residents. Cochrane said that ONE DC is still talking to Denise Rolark Barnes, the daughter of Rolark and publisher of the Washington Informer, about whether the name will stay on the building.
Popular on Variety ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15 Gray G. Haddock, head of Rooster Teeth Animation and the series showrunner, announced the casting of Fanning and Yamadera at L.A.’s Anime Expo.“Dakota brings an endearing energy and texture to Miranda that the audience is going to bond with very strongly,” Haddock said in a statement. “Yamadera-san gives Kazu a fantastic balance of attitude and strength, and as anime fans we’re doing our best not to geek out that he’s joined the cast.”Rooster Teeth’s originals lineup includes the long-running “Red vs. Blue” sci-fi spoof, which was the company’s first 3D animated series. The Austin-based company, founded in 2003, is a subsidiary of Otter Media, a joint venture of AT&T and the Chernin Group. Rooster Teeth’s Western anime series “gen:Lock” has added Dakota Fanning and noted anime voice actor Kōichi Yamadera to the cast.The duo join Michael B. Jordan, who as previously announced will voice protagonist rebel pilot Julian Chase in “gen:Lock.” In the series, Earth’s last free society is on the losing side of a global war and desperately seeks recruits to operate the next generation of giant, weaponized robots known as “mecha.”Fanning (“The Alienist,” “The Twilight Saga”) will voice Miranda Worth, an expert mech pilot and Chase’s love interest. Yamadera (“Cowboy Bebop,” “Ghost in the Shell,” “Dragon Ball Super”) will voice Kazu Iida, one of the new recruits transferring from Japan’s military forces to fight alongside Chase in the gen:Lock program.“Gen:Lock” is the second anime-style series from Rooster Teeth Animation, and will be co-produced with Jordan’s Outlier Productions. The company’s popular “RWBY” franchise, conceived by the late Monty Oum, enters its sixth season this fall. “Gen:Lock” is slated to premiere in January 2019 on Rooster Teeth’s subscription service, which starts at $4.99 per month.
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