The winner of Mrs India South Africa 2018 will have to wait a while longer to hear if her disqualification as the title holder was legitimate.Saumaya Tiwari Gautam, who was crowned in August, made an urgent application through her attorney Rajesh Hiralall before Judge Jacqueline Henriques after she was stripped of her title by pageant organisers Annulutchmee Thaver and Deon Ganas.Read it at IOL Related Items
Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken With three-point shooting becoming a priority for most NBA teams’ offensive schemes, Howard bared his intentions to expand his shooting range by working with a trainer this off-season.“I’ve been working on my threes, really trying to add some range to my game,” the Atlanta Hawks center told ESPN. “Which is going to be weird for people to see, I guess. They are used to seeing me in the paint battling.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThe task, meanwhile, will be easier said done than for Howard, who has been regarded as a notoriously poor free-throw shooter throughout his 13-year NBA career.He made five of his 56 attempted three pointers in his career, most of which came from end-of-quarter heaves. Cayetano dares Lacson, Drilon to take lie-detector test: Wala akong kinita sa SEA Games Salado posts triple-double as Racal sets D-League scoring record Heart Evangelista admits she’s pregnant… with chicken Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Howard knows he’s going to have his work cut out to improve his range, but understands the need to evolve his game to keep up with today’s fast-paced games.“In order for me to play longer, I have to expand my game. The game is not just back to the basket, get the ball in the post and go to work,” he said.“It’s more stepping away from the basket, setting screens, popping, shooting threes and stuff like that. People haven’t seen me do that,” he added.Howard thinks that “it’s going to be an adjustment for me, but also the fans. I think it’s going to be fun.”Howard looks to follow the footsteps of his fellow centers Al Horford, Brook Lopez, DeMarcus Cousins and Marc Gasol, who all shot considerably more from beyond the arc this season. Khristian Ibarrola /raADVERTISEMENT 1 dead in Cavite blast, fire Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Dwight Howard #8 (left) of the Atlanta Hawks. Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images/AFPAt one point in his career, Dwight Howard was deemed as the most dominant center in the league.However, multiple significant injuries slowed down the 31-year-old big man, as evidenced by his declining production in recent seasons.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ MOST READ WATCH: Firefighters rescue baby seal found in parking garage View comments World’s 50 Best Restaurants launches new drinking and dining guide What ‘missteps’?
MOST READ President Rodrigo Duterte congratulates athletes who participated in the 2017 Southeast Asian Games in a ceremony held in Malacañang on Wednesday, Sept. 13, 2017. (Photo from an RTVM video)President Rodrigo Duterte urged on Wednesday the Philippine Sports Commission (PSC) to widen its scope of recruitment ahead of the 2019 Southeast Asian Games, following the sixth place finish of Filipino athletes in the recently concluded edition of the biennial sporting meet.“I enjoin the PSC to widen its scope and recruit nationwide,” Duterte said in a meeting with SEA Games medalists in Malacañang. “Look for them in nontraditional places and include members of the indigenous tribes and out-of-school youth.”ADVERTISEMENT Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Phoenix open to more trades after failed PBA Govs’ Cup bid LATEST STORIES Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ View comments Duterte to invite Robredo for a meeting in Malacañang PLAY LIST 00:51Duterte to invite Robredo for a meeting in Malacañang01:50Palace defends Duterte’s absences from Asean events00:33Duterte mulling ban on plastic use02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side “Let us give them a chance to hone their talent and live up to their fullest potential,” he added.The President said the country’s hosting of the 30th SEA Games in 2019 would be “an opportunity for us to look for talented Filipino athletes from all over the country.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingThe Philippines bagged 121 medals, including 29 golds, in the 11-country regional sporting meet.The medalists received cash incentives and a presidential citation. READ: Duterte hands out cash incentives to 2017 SEA Games medalists“I express my heartfelt gratitude to the athletes who have represented us in the recently concluded Southeast Asian Games,” Duterte said. “Through hard work and discipline, you have prevailed and made our nation proud.”Duterte urged the athletes “to focus on improving and to strive to do better in the next SEA Games.”“Rest assured that the government and the Filipino people will support [you] every step of the way,” he said. “Continue to represent the best of what the Philippines has to offer, here and abroad. Make us proud again.”/atmADVERTISEMENT NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’
Amid speculation that Mahendra Singh Dhoni is contemplating retirement, former national selector Sanjay Jagdale Friday said the M S K Prasad-led selection panel should find out what was going on in the veteran wicket-keeper’s mind about his future.However, Jagdale, a former BCCI secretary, asserted that Dhoni was mature enough to take a call on his retirement from limited overs cricket.The 38-year-old 2011 Word Cup-winning captain, whose finishing abilities with the bat has been on the wane, would be the centre of discussion when the national selection committee meets in Mumbai Sunday to pick up squads for the West Indies series starting next month.”Dhoni is a great player and has always selflessly played for India. In my opinion, the Indian team currently has no viable alternative to Dhoni as wicketkeeper-batsman, Jagdale told PTI.There is intense speculation that the Jharkhand player, who opted out of Test cricket in 2014, is mulling retirement even though he himself has remained tight-lipped about his future plans.Thus, Dhoni’s selection or omission for the West Indies tour would be an indicator of things to come in the future.”Dhoni is mature enough to take a decision on his retirement. But the (national) selectors should meet him to find out what is going on in his mind about his professional future as was done in the case of Sachin Tendulkar before his retirement, added Jagdale (68), a former office-bearer of the Madhya Pradesh Cricket Association.”The selectors should also inform Dhoni in what capacity they want to see him in the future, he said.advertisementDhoni was criticised for slow batting during the World Cup, where India’s campaign ended in the semi-finals, but Jagdale, a former first-class player, defended the ex-captain, saying he played as per the situation.”Dhoni played in the World Cup as per the team’s requirement. In the semi-final also he was batting as per the same strategy but unfortunately he got run out at a crucial moment (in the game), he said.Jagdale said it would be improper to say that as a cricketer Dhoni has erred.”It is not expected from a 38-year-old player to play with the same energy and vigour that he displayed in his prime days.Taking a dig at those criticising Dhoni, Jagdale said, “Even those players are criticising him who have not played well in their career. However, only true players know Dhoni’s worth.”However, Jagdale said keeping future in mind, young wicketkeeper Rishabh Pant should be given opportunity.”Before the World Cup, Pant should have been included in the ODI team alongside Dhoni as Pant could have learned from him,” said Jagdale.Pant (21) was not in the World Cup squad, but was called as a replacement for injured opener Shikhar Dhawan.Read more | Sachin Tendulkar reveals most memorable moment of career after ICC Hall of Fame honourAlso see:
zoom Sevan Marine ASA has acquired the technology rights of TORP LNG AS and its affiliates. This acquisition gives Sevan Marine ownership of the proprietary HiLoad technology for offshore loading of LNG (Liquefied Natural Gas).The HiLoad technology was originally developed for offshore loading of crude oil and the technology rights related to loading of oil remains with Remora. The first HiLoad unit, owned by Teekay Offshore, is about to commence operations offshore Brazil.Sevan Marine, best known for its cylindrical FPSOs, drilling units and lately accommodation rigs via Logitel Offshore, has developed a Floating LNG platform, FLNG, based on the cylindrical hull shape which eliminates the need for expensive turret and swivel solutions. Because of the extremely low temperature of LNG, minus 163 deg. C, offshore loading of LNG has been complicated and potential operators of FLNG units have been on the look- out for new, safe and cost efficient solutions. With the acquisition of TORP LNG, Sevan Marine intends to provide the market with such a solution for safe offshore transfer of LNG. A new Sevan Marine subsidiary, HiLoad LNG AS, has been incorporated and is offering the HiLoad technology for offshore LNG transfer as a stand-alone solution for any FLNG unit, or in combination with Sevan’s cylindrical FLNG unit.Sevan Marine ASA, February 4, 2014
About 400 soldiers headed to various regions of Quebec on Saturday to help cope with the heavy flooding caused by unrelenting rain in Central and Eastern Canada in recent days.The Canadian Forces personnel were deployed to western and central Quebec and in and around the Montreal area as water levels continued to threaten hundreds of residences.“People are tired psychologically and municipal authorities are running on empty in terms of resources,” said Eric Houde, director general of Quebec’s civil security services.More than 130 communities in the province have been hit by the flooding, with some 700 people forced to abandon their homes.In Pierrefonds, in western Montreal, 47 residents of a rehabilitation centre were forced to leave the premises Saturday as a precautionary measure.They were transported to other locations.Quebec Environment Minister David Heurtel said Friday that rain in the province was forecast to reach historic levels – “beyond the worst scenarios that have occurred in the last 55 years.”Residents in Ile-Bizard, an island just northwest of Montreal that has been badly affected by the flooding, were still trying to cope Saturday with the rising water levels.Steve Lapierre, who lives in a basement apartment, said he was awakened by a neighbour who told him about the flooding.“I got up, and I immediately stepped into water,” said Lapierre. “It was already too late.”The floors in all his rooms were submerged and his upstairs neighbours allowed him to store his more valued possessions with them.Bouchra Gouriny, who runs a house-cleaning business in the community, said she hasn’t been able to work since last Tuesday.“I have a lot of clients I’ve been calling in the morning to tell them I can’t go see them,” she said.“It’s disastrous and it (the water) is rising every day. We don’t know what’s going to happen.”On the other side of the street, Dora Soares’ family had built a wall out of sand bags, a tactic that at least helped keep their garage dry.“Panic is starting to set in,” said Soares. “The rain and the thunder aren’t helping. It’s very worrying.“Thank goodness our friends brought us a rowboat.”Premier Philippe Couillard was expected to visit the area just west of Montreal later in the day to see the damage up close.Wet weather also swept across Atlantic Canada on Saturday, with waterlogged southwestern New Brunswick expected to bear the brunt of the downpour.Environment Canada meteorologist Steve Fougere said 30 to 50 millimetres of rain had already soaked New Brunswick and that another 50 millimetres was expected to drench the southwestern area of the province. The rest of the province was set to see another 20 to 40 millimetres.Meanwhile, Nova Scotia and Prince Edward Island were expected to be hit with 30 to 40 millimetres overnight Saturday night, Fougere said.“It’s springtime and that means lots of rain and showers,” he said of the low-pressure system tracking over southern Ontario and Quebec delivering prolonged periods of rain to the Maritimes. “This is absolutely normal spring weather.”Emergency officials in New Brunswick warned residents to stay away from the province’s waterways and watch out for washed-out roads.“The rivers are full right now and there isn’t much room for any more water,” said New Brunswick Emergency Measures Organization spokesman Paul Bradley.“The smaller streams can fluctuate and fill up more quickly than a bigger river. We’re keeping a close watch. It’s a bit of a waiting game right now.”In British Columbia, warm temperatures encouraging the spring melt topped with recent rainfall has resulted in flooding and mudslides throughout the province.The City of West Kelowna declared a local state of emergency Saturday to address the flooding, and residents whose safety was at risk have been evacuated.Central Okanagan Emergency officials said 90 properties in the Fintry Delta area north of Kelowna were under an evacuation order due to flooding, while neighbouring residents are warned to be prepared to leave their homes on short notice if conditions worsen.DriveBC, which reports on provincial highway conditions, said sections of the Trans Canada Highway near Salmon Arm and Glacier National Park had been closed due to mudslides.
BANGKOK — The air hanging over Thailand’s far north is so polluted, it’s drawn a visit from the prime minister to see in person what’s been called a severe health crisis.Prime Minister Prayuth Chan-ocha flew Tuesday to the city of Chiang Mai to see firsthand the pollution that’s been unusually bad and prolonged this year.Northern Thailand has suffered severe seasonal haze for years, usually blamed on burning of forests in neighbouring Myanmar. Worsening the problem this year are wildfires caused by a drier-than-usual dry season as well as Thai farmers and hunters clearing land.Standard measurements of air quality have soared into the danger zone.Prayuth handed out firefighting supplies and told local military personnel and firefighters that he came there because he wanted to show his support.Kaweewit Kaewjinda And Tassanee Vejpongsa, The Associated Press
OTTAWA — Canada’s wholesale sales declined slightly in June, with the food and auto industries showing the biggest impact.Wholesale sales fell by 0.5 per cent to $61.4 billion, following a series of monthly increases.The food industry’s wholesale sales were down 1.1 per cent from May, falling to $10.78 billion.Motor vehicle wholesale sales were down 1.7 per cent at $9.13 billion in June.Statistics Canada says the value of wholesale sales fell in five of the seven subsectors it follows and in six provinces, with the biggest decline in Alberta and the biggest gain in Ontario.CIBC economist Andrew Grantham writes in a note to clients that June’s decline from May was modest and still up by 8.8 per cent compared with June of last year.
A detailed presentation was made by Gamini Hewage, Director Coast Resource Management from the Department of Coast Conservation and Coastal Resource Management on dredging activity, conditions of the permit, supply of quarry materials, stockpiling sites, solid, liquid and hazardous waste management, coastal engineering, beach profile monitoring, sea bed monitoring, social aspects of the project such as the income support and benefits program for fishermen and the reports that had been and are to be submitted according to the permit conditions. Government agencies connected to the Port City project met for the fourth review meeting and site visit, a press statement said today.The Department of Coast Conservation and Coastal Resource Management was the leading agency coordinating the review process. The Ministry of Megapolis and Western Development, Ministry of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources Development, Ministry of Mahaweli Development and Environment, District Secretaries from Colombo, Gampaha, Divisional secretaries from Colombo, Thimbirigasyaya, Wattala, Ja-Ela, Negombo, Department of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources, Department of Irrigation, Department of Archeology, Central Environmental Authority, Urban Development Authority, Road Development Authority, Sri Lanka Ports Authority, Sri Lanka Tourism Development Authority, Marine Environment Protection Authority, National Aquatic Resources and Development Agency (NARA),Geological Survey and Mines Bureau, Sri Lanka Land Reclamation and Development Cooperation, Board of Investment, Sri Lanka Navy, Municipal Councilsof Colombo, Negombo and Pradeshiya Saba of Wattala took part in the review.
In a statement issued yesterday, The UN Organization Mission in the DRC (MONUC) said it “greatly deplored” renewed hostilities in Bunia – the principal city of Ituri District in the northeast of the country – where fighting on Saturday resulted in at least five deaths and many more wounded and displaced.MONUC said the renewed fighting constitutes an “unacceptable violation” of the local-level ceasefire signed on 18 March, threatening the “promising and undeniable gains” made by the Ituri Pacification Commission (IPC), which rival militia and tribal groups agreed to set up to manage the region until a new post-war national government takes over. According to the Mission, firefights involving both light and heavy weaponry erupted in several areas of Bunia on Saturday morning, targeting MONUC and other UN offices, and provoking panic among residents. The fighting took place between armed Lendu and Hema groups, which are vying for the control of the town in anticipation of the complete withdrawal of Ugandan forces.The Uruguayan peacekeeping contingent, which was in the Mission’s local headquarters, returned fire when fired upon. The Mission says that at least 50 civilians, mostly women and children, are being housed in a UN compound after seeking the protection of peacekeepers. In a separate incident, a UN facility used by the Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) was subsequently looted. No UN staff were injured during the weekend’s fighting. By early afternoon, the Uganda People’s Defence Forces (UPDF), which has been reducing its presence in Ituri, retook control of Bunia and redeployed military police patrols, as did MONUC, reinforced by forces of the Congolese National Police, who arrived on Sunday.The Mission urged all signatories to the March agreement to immediately respect their commitment to withdraw their armed forces from Bunia, and to return to their respective bases. “It is under such conditions that the IPC, with the support of MONUC, would be in a position to assure an effective return of peace and security to Bunia and Ituri,” the statement said. Meanwhile the Mission’s Peacekeeping Force commander, Gen. Mountaga Diallo, will travel to Bunia tomorrow as part of MONUC’s effort to address the problems at the highest level.
In a new report, launched today, the senior officials also highlighted the critical link between information and communication technologies and the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). “The 2030 Agenda […] recognizes the great potential of global connectivity to spur human progress,” noted UN Secretary-General António Guterres in his foreword to the publication, Fast-forward progress: Leveraging tech to achieve the global goals.“This report presents evidence of how UN agencies are adopting – and adapting – ICTs to maximize their impact and help communities and people in need,” he added, highlighting efforts underway to extend telecommunication networks and ICTs into remote areas; train and equip workers with new digital skills; and ensure that schools, hospitals, clinics and whole cities are smarter, more energy efficient and safer. The five key areas highlighted as the “take aways” in the publication include ensuring that no one is “left offline;” recognizing the catalysing factor of ICTs for innovation and change; putting people first; importance of prompt action to leverage ICTs; and creating new .innovative partnerships. The report, coordinated by the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), was written as a collaborative effort between top officials from UN entities and international organizations, with each leader selecting one Goal and explaining why ICT is important for it, including drawing on their personal insights. “As UN leaders have identified […], ICTs must be leveraged to advance achievement of all 17 of the SDGs – and we at ITU look forward to partnering with other UN agencies to facilitate this,” said Houlin Zhao, the Secretary-General of ITU, said at the report’s launch, in Geneva. The report’s release coincides with the ongoing 2017 High-level Political Forum on Sustainable Development (HLPF), the main UN platform dealing with sustainable and inclusive development.
The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT) is going on the road next year to host a series of workshops that will help businesses get to grips with European Whole Vehicle Type Approval.Organised in collaboration with the Vehicle Certification Agency (VCA) and the Vehicle and Operator Services Agency (VOSA), these workshops are applicable to body builders and convertors of Category O types (trailers) and Category N (light, medium and heavy trucks).Taking place at locations across Great Britain in February 2013, the workshops will cover how to obtain approval quickly and easily, with guidance from experts and companies that have already achieved approval.“European Whole Vehicle Type Approval is a vital part of getting a motor vehicle or trailer on the road as it ensures that technical and safety standards are consistent across Europe,” said Paul Everitt, SMMT Chief Executive. “Through these workshops, SMMT will help companies to get fully up-to-speed with the latest Type Approval Regulations, ensuring that they meet all legal requirements and can successfully sell their products.”SMMT Type Approval workshops – venues and dates in 2013:Wednesday 6 February: Huntingdon Race Course, Huntingdon, Cambridgeshire – EVENT FULL (Submit details to reserve a place on the waiting list)Thursday 7 February: Haydock Park Race Course, Merseyside – EVENT FULL (Submit details to reserve a place on the waiting list)Tuesday 12 February: Bristol Rovers Football Club, Bristol – EVENT FULL (Submit details to reserve a place on the waiting list)Wednesday 27 February: Newcastle Race Course, Newcastle – PLACES STILL AVAILABLEThursday 28 February: Perth Race Course, Perth, Scotland – PLACES STILL AVAILABLEThe workshops are free to attend, but numbers are limited to 50 people per venue. Please note: Huntington, Haydock and Bristol events are now FULL.To book your ‘first-come, first-served’ place for Newcastle or Perth events, contact Claire Balch (email@example.com) advising which of the venues you wish to attend. For all other enquiries relating to the workshops, contact Tony Hopkins (firstname.lastname@example.org).Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)
Too many of Canada’s missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls remain nameless and faceless.The Faceless Dolls Project seeks to raise awareness about the epidemic and ensure that each statistic has a story behind it.Two workshops for the Faceless Dolls Project will be held at Brock University this week on Monday, Sept. 19 and Thursday, Sept. 22, both at 3 p.m. in Sankey Chambers.The sessions are organized and facilitated by Brock’s Indigenous Solidarity Coalition, and the faceless dolls being created will become an exhibit on display at Brock as a reminder of the MMIW issue.“The Faceless Dolls Project is an opportunity to visually and physically create a representation of the known cases of missing and murdered Aboriginal women and girls in Canada,” says Indigenous Solidarity Coalition co-founder Celeste Smith. “The history and legacy of these faceless dolls are rich in traditional teachings and Indigenous advocacy.”Inspired by the teachings of the faceless corn husk dolls of the Oneida peoples, Cree Artist Gloria Larocque began making Aboriginal Angel Dolls in 2005 to bring awareness to the hidden epidemic of the murdered women of Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside.“The compassion I had about the issues surrounding the murdered women of Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside turned into a project of love. I wanted to instill personality and humanity into what has now been recognized as an epidemic in Canada,” says Larocque.“One teaching of the Oneida corn husk doll is that of vanity. In the case of these women and girls, it is society’s vanity that contributed to making them invisible for so long,” explains Larocque.In 2012, the Native Women’s Association of Canada (NWAC), as part of its commitment to encourage dialogue about MMIW, approached Larocque to collaborate on a national faceless dolls project.“NWAC wanted a project that could be taken across Canada to help ensure that each statistic told a story,” says Larocque. “I was asked to come up with a design that could be physically re-created to represent the known cases of missing and murdered Indigenous women across Canada, but that would also transform with beauty and individuality when designed by Canadians.”The dolls that were created became a traveling art exhibit in memory of the nearly 1,200 missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls in Canada. As word of the project spread, requests to continue making the faceless dolls emerged from the families, community members, teachers and allies of MMIW.“To contribute to this legacy and create an educational ripple effect is a humbling experience,” says Indigenous Solidarity Coalition co-founder Jodielynn Harrison. “We invite the Brock and Niagara community to attend these workshops to learn more and make a contribution. By doing so, we are giving voice to those who have been silenced.”The Brock and Niagara community are also invited to the Sisters in Spirit event on Tuesday, Sept. 20 at 6 p.m. in the Sean O’Sullivan Theatre.Sisters in Spirit will include a documentary film screening with panel discussion, a book reading and signing from the newly released Forever Loved: Exposing the Hidden Crisis of Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women in Canada and performances by Strong Water Women.Special guests include: Nick Printup, Film Director; Jennifer Brant, Author; Jessica Riel-Johns, Author; Sherry Emmerson, Author; Alyssa M. General, Artist and Author; and Jackie LaBonte, Healing and Wellness Co-ordinator.Co-sponsors for this event include: Brock University’s Centre for Gender and Women’s Studies, Centre for Canadian Studies, Department of Education and Department of Sociology, the Fort Erie Native Friendship Centre, Southern Ontario Aboriginal Diabetes Initiative (SOADI), Positive Living Niagara, and CUPE 4207.There is free parking for all these events in Brock University’s D-lot.For more information about the Indigenous Solidarity Coalition at Brock University or these upcoming events visit: indigenoussolidaritybrock.wordpress.com or the Facebook pages of the Faceless Dolls Project workshop and the Sisters in Spirit event.
“A new transparency law signed by President of Liberia Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, covering oil extraction, mining and other natural resource industries, sets an impressive benchmark for global efforts to fight the natural resource curse and should be emulated by other countries,” says Global Witness – an organisation that exposes the corrupt exploitation of natural resources and international trade systems. Liberia, which is rich in minerals and timber, is rebuilding its economy and society after a savage civil war, partly funded by the embezzlement of timber revenues by President Charles Taylor. The Liberia Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative Act (LEITI Act), passed on July 10, aims to ensure that the benefits due to the government and people of Liberia from the exploitation of natural resources are “verifiably paid or provided… duly accounted for and prudently used for the benefits of all Liberians,” according to Global Witness.“The law is testimony to the reformist spirit of the Government and to Liberian civil society groups who have worked so hard to turn the country’s natural resources from a curse to a blessing.” said Gavin Hayman, Campaigns Director of Global Witness, a long-time supporter of the EITI. The new law stems from the Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative (EITI), a global association of governments, the private sector and civil society groups, which works for the public disclosure of revenue payments to governments by oil, gas and mining companies. Such payments have often been kept secret in the past, making it impossible for citizens of countries rich in natural resources to ensure that the money is used for the public good.“With this new law, Liberia has gone far beyond the basic requirements of the EITI to produce a strong and comprehensive regulation which can be a model for other countries,” says Hayman. “Now the Government needs to show that it can set high standards not only in its legislation, but also in its day to day oversight of the country’s natural resource industries. An early test will be its handling of four 25 year contracts to log Liberia’s forests, due to be awarded later this month.” The Act, which covers forests and rubber as well as oil and mining, will ensure that all payments to the state by natural resource companies will be fully disclosed on a company-by-company basis. The Act will also promote the disclosure of the contracts and licences held by natural resource companies and ensure regular reviews to ensure that such contracts have been awarded in accordance with the law. This is particularly important given allegations of corruption surrounding a number of recent natural resource contracts and concerns about the track records of some of the companies in the running to win new logging deals. According to Global Witness, “the LEITI Act sets a new benchmark for transparency because of its wide scope and clarity about what needs to be disclosed: in most countries that implement the EITI, this process is voluntary, which makes it vulnerable if the government loses interest in the process or is replaced by another. There is a similar EITI law in Nigeria but it does not have such strong and clear provisions about the transparency of contracts or reviews of the way that contracts are awarded.”Global Witness exposes the corrupt exploitation of natural resources and international trade systems, to drive campaigns that end impunity, resource-linked conflict, and human rights and environmental abuses. Global Witness was co-nominated for the 2003 Nobel Peace Prize for its leading work on ‘conflict diamonds’ and awarded the Gleitsman Foundation prize for international activism in 2005. www.globalwitness.org
Fluiconnecto by Manuli, a division of Manuli Rubber Industries (MRI), has acquired 51% of the shares of the Hyspec Mining Services Group, which has operations in seven sub-Saharan African countries and its headquarters in Australia. This new partnership is founded on a 16-year, single source supply relationship and according to the statement, “future proofs the service delivery model, bringing together the best products, people and global distribution networks.”Hyspec Mining Services Group of companies, with a projected $35 million of sales in 2012, is focussed on providing replacement hydraulics parts and service equipment to the mining and exploration industry across Africa. Hyspec has a large purchasing and logistics centre in Perth, Western Australia, with operational central warehouses in Ghana, Guinea, Mali, Sierra Leone, Burkina Faso, Tanzania and Zambia, where it operates through more than 50 wholly owned mine site based service points. The relationship provides Hyspec’s customers with direct access to Manuli’s highly skilled technicians and engineers, who operate from five global Innovation Centres, and are focussed on the “continuous development of new technologies and integrated mine-site solutions.”Fluiconnecto By Manuli, is a leading international service organisation, focused on high pressure fluid connectors, providing products and application knowledge, as well as maintenance services to all market segments, through a global network tailored to local conditions. Following this acquisition, Fluiconnecto by Manuli, already a market leader in maintenance services in South Africa and Botswana, will enhance its position as “a leading service provider to the mining industry throughout the African continent.” With Hyspec on board, the Fluiconnecto By Manuli Group will now operate a network of over 200 fully owned service points in Europe, the Middle East, Africa, South America and the Asia Pacific region.
SCIENTISTS SAID TODAY they had found traces of a micro-continent hidden underneath the Indian Ocean island of Mauritius.The slab, dubbed Mauritia, was probably formed around 61-83 million years ago after Madagascar split from India, but eventually broke up and became smothered by thick lava deposits, they said.In a study published in the journal Nature Geoscience, scientists analysed beach sand on Mauritius that contained ancient zircons between 660 million and about two billion years old.Remarkable findThe minute chips of mineral were a remarkable find, as they were buried in sand formed only recently in geological terms – from nine-million-year-old volcanic rock.“The zircon points to the existence of fragments of an ancient micro-continent beneath the island (Mauritius), pieces of which were brought to the surface by recent volcanic activity,” said a Nature statement.The Indian Ocean floor may be littered with hidden land fragments that broke off as the once super-continent Pangea split up and formed the continents we know today, the paper suggests.Pangea began to rift about 200 million years ago, yielding Gondwana in the south and Laurasia in the north. Gondwana in turn split into Madagascar, Australia, Antarctica and India between 80 and 130 million years ago.The new study suggests that Mauritia became detached when Madagascar and India split up. The Seychelles, it adds, could be like Mauritia – another continental fragment that, however, is visible.- © AFP, 2013
Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, February 19, 2018 – Nassau – Olympians Pauline Davis Rolle and Shaunae Miller Uibo were at BAISS today at the National Stadium. Also pictured at the track and field competition are Cabinet Ministers Jeffrey Lloyd and Michael Pintard.(BIS Photos/Derek Smith) Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:
France coach Didier Deschamps downplayed the seriousness of Kylian Mbappe’s shoulder injury from Tuesday’s 1-0 friendly win over UruguayThe teenage superstar was forced to withdraw on the 36th-minute in Paris after landing awkwardly on his right side from a collision with Martin Campana.Mbappe was seen clutching his painful shoulder as he entered the tunnels, but reappeared later on at the French bench.Now Deschamps revealed that injury doesn’t appear to be a serious one, although Mbappe will still take tests this morning to determine the full extent of the damage.“He had a shoulder pain after his fall and he has to take exams on Wednesday morning,” said Deschamps, according to Goal.“But there is no particular concern.Opinion: Neymar will earn respect back from the PSG fans Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 After completing his incredible return to Parc des Princes, we predict that Neymar will earn the respect back from PSG supporters.The situation between Neymar…“There was a shock, a pain, but I do not think there was any twisting or tear.”Olivier Giroud scored a 52nd-minute penalty to give France the win on Tuesday.Kylian Mbappé now forced off with a shoulder injury during tonight’s friendly between France & Uruguay. Liverpool’s lucky evening so far. (Image | YS) pic.twitter.com/L4iXobwKgH— Get French Football News (@GFFN) November 20, 2018
The city of Biloxi, Miss., will sponsor a study of the impact of growth on Keesler Air Force Base that will be funded through a $214,000 grant from DOD’s Office of Economic Adjustment, Sen. Thad Cochran (R-Miss.) announced Thursday.The Mississippi Development Authority is providing $23,000 in matching funds for the joint land use study, which will identify ways to limit development that is incompatible with the mission of Keesler. The 24-month study will consider issues such as height, density, encroachment, noise abatement and other factors that could interfere with activities at the installation.The Gulf Regional Planning Commission will oversee the study; other participants include the city of D’Iberville and Harrison County. The commission plans to request proposals from qualified planners in November, reported the Sun Herald. Dan Cohen AUTHOR