Delhi reels under intense heat, mercury expected to cross 40 degrees Celsius

first_imgNew Delhi: Delhiites woke up to a hot Wednesday morning, with the maximum temperature expected to cross 40 degrees Celsius. The Safdarjung observatory, recording of which is considered the official figure for the city, said the minimum temperature has settled at 23.6 degrees Celsius. The maximum temperature is expected to hover around 42 degrees Celsius. The relative humidity recorded at 8.30 AM was 39 per cent. The weatherman has predicted mainly clear sky with dusty winds during the day. On Tuesday, the maximum temperature was recorded at 41.2 degree Celsius and the minimum temperature was recorded at 21.8 degree Celsius.last_img read more

Casablanca Orders 50 Citadis Trams for Line 2 Project

Taroudant – Casablanca Transports reportedly signed a 100 million euro contract with the French multinational company Alstom to buy 50 Citadis trams, power supplies, and signaling for Line 2 of the Casablanca tramway project underway.Alstom, which holds interests in the electricity generation and rail transport markets, supplied the initial fleet of 74 Citadis trams for Casablanca first Line 1 which opened in 2012.The construction of the second line of Casablanca tramway was launched early this month, with opening expected in late 2018. The second line (T2) will run from Ain Diab to Ain Sebaa railway station via the El Fida and Derb Sultan districts.“This line should serve Hermitage, Mers Sultan, Al Fida, Derb Kabir, Hay Al Amal, Hay Al Farah, Hay Tissir, Hay Jamal, Laayoune, Hay Massira, Hay Mohammadi, Dar Lamane, El Badr El Bassma and Ain Sbaa,” announced the deputy project owner of Casa Transports.According to Railway Gazette, “the design will be similar to that of the existing fleet, which consists of 32 meter long trams operating in pairs with a capacity of 606 passengers per coupled pair.”“The trams are to be designed at Alstom’s Saint-Ouen site and manufactured in La Rochelle, with bogies coming from Le Creusot, traction equipment from Ornans and Sesto, onboard electronics from Villeurbanne, and circuit breaker cabinets from Tarbes,” the same source added.France through its “Réserve Pays Émergents” fund financed 65% of the order while the remaining 35% should be paid by the Moroccan state. read more

Record number of countries sign UN treaty on disabilities on opening day

Eighty-one Member States and the European Community signed a landmark new treaty today at the United Nations that aims to improve the lives of the world’s estimated 650 million people with disabilities, a record for the first day of signature of any convention.Jamaica also ratified the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities – the first country to go beyond endorsement and adopt it as law. The pact, the fastest negotiated international human rights instrument in history, needs 19 more States Parties to enter into force.Some 44 countries signed the Optional Protocol to the Convention, which will give individuals recourse to an expert committee on the rights of persons with disabilities when all national options have been exhausted.The Convention outlaws discrimination against persons with disabilities in all areas of life, including employment, education, health services, transportation and access to justice.It requires that public spaces and buildings be accessible to persons with disabilities, and calls for improvements to information and communications infrastructure.UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Louise Arbour told a press briefing in New York that the drive and commitment of the disability community was the greatest impetus behind the treaty’s content and relatively rapid adoption.“It is very appropriate [that] it targets a community that has been marginalized for so long,” she said. “The most important thing is to recognize that where we are today is already a testimony to the empowerment of a community which has a long history of disempowerment.”Yannis Vardakastanis of the International Disability Caucus called the Convention “a very drastic paradigm shift in the way the international community looks at disability.”He said the pact should bring real changes in the daily lives of people living with disabilities, helping to take away the discrimination, exclusion and obstacles they routinely face.“Allow me to quote the German poet Bertolt Brecht: ‘Some there are who live in darkness/while the others live in light/we see those who live in daylight/those in darkness out of sight.’ This is a Convention to bring those in darkness into light.”Deputy Secretary-General Asha-Rose Migiro told a ceremony at UN Headquarters in New York that “in three short years, the Convention went from dream to reality” to become the first human rights treaty of the century.She added that fewer than 50 nations currently have specific legislation protecting people with disabilities. “I know we can do better,” she said.Addressing the same gathering, General Assembly President Sheikha Haya Rashed Al Khalifa described the adoption of the Convention as “a historic event not only for persons with disabilities, but also for the promotion of the human rights agenda at the United Nations.”Sheikha Haya – who spoke by video message from the Middle East, where she is on an official visit – called for a change in values and cultural attitudes towards the disabled to match the legal changes embodied in the Convention. 30 March 2007Eighty-one Member States and the European Community signed a landmark new treaty today at the United Nations that aims to improve the lives of the world’s estimated 650 million people with disabilities, a record for the first day of signature of any convention. read more

Only international airline operating to Mattala suspends flights

Fly Dubai said that passengers who wish to receive a refund are advised to contact their Travel Agent or the Contact Centre in Dubai on (00971) 600 54 44 45.  Fly Dubai apologised for the inconvenience caused to its passengers’ travel plans.The Mattala international airport had been operating at a huge loss since it was launched by the former Government. A spokesperson for the airline told the Colombo Gazette that Flydubai flights to Mattala will not operate after 0‎8 June due to commercial reasons. The only international airline operating to Mattala has suspended its flights to the airport.UAE-based Fly Dubai has suspended its operations to the Mattala international airport owing to commercial reasons. “Passengers who have purchased tickets between Dubai and Mattala are being rebooked on our flights to Colombo,” Fly Dubai said. The current Government has been in talks with an Indian company to reach a deal to operate the airport and make it profitable. (Colombo Gazette)Report by Easwaran Rutnam read more

UN will work with Colombian Government and FARCEP on extended weapons handin

The United Nations Mission in Colombia has said that it will comply with new deadlines agreed between the Government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC-EP) for a weapon hand-in, now set for June 20.After signing a hard-won peace deal, both parties embarked on a path to peace 180 days ago, and have been working together successfully enabling the FARC-EP to lay down their individual weapons, for which the initial date was set for May 30. Due to delays in the different phases of implementation of the agreement the term has now been extended. In a statement released yesterday, the UN Mission indicated that it has been working intensely in the logistic deployment of 44 containers in 26 identified war zones. In these containers, it will receive and hold over 7,000 FARC-EP identified weapons, for which the Mission has deployed 450 international observers and 72 civilian officers. These weapons include munition, mines and explosives. The containers, including the weapons handed over by the FARC-EP, will then be transported to eight reception and storage centres. Based on the newly agreed timetable, the extraction of weapons from war zones will be achieved by 1 September. On a recent visit to Colombia, a delegation from the UN Security Council witnessed first-hand the implementation of the peace agreement, observed the progress as well as the challenges to the agreement that ended the 50-year old conflict. The delegation met with President Juan Manuel Santos and toured the Amazon region of Colombia where one of the monitoring mechanism facilities is set up under a historic peace agreement. read more

Eagerly awaited DRC review – some requirements and the responses

first_imgMany major exploration and mining projects have just had communication from the DRC’s Minister of Mines, following the announcement by the Government on February 18 that it has completed its review of the country’s mining licenses. Herein we note the requirements put to and responses of Anvil, Banro, Lundin Mining and Moto Goldmines. In most cases, it is heartening to see a focus on ensuring that local communities benefit from mine developments.For instance Moto Goldmines has received written notifications of the results of the revisitation of the contracts. These notifications have been received for the various sub-lease agreements with L’Office des Mines d’or de Kilo-Moto (OKIMO) to which Moto’s DRC incorporated subsidiaries, Borgakim Mining, Blue Rose, Gorumbwa, Kibali Gold and Tangold are a party, and the Technical and Financial Assistance Agreement (ATF agreement) between Borgakim Mining and OKIMO. Moto is still awaiting notifications in respect of the Amani and Rambi sub-leases.The notifications set out a number of elements of the agreements which the Commission hasidentified for review and outlines how these provisions should be amended. Responses were requested by February 20, although there has been informal indications that this time period can be extended. The key points being requested by the Government in relation to the agreements are summarised as follows:The lease contracts are to be registered with the Mining Registry, pursuant to the Mining Code and regulationsThe Moto DRC incorporated subsidiaries are to regularise the payment of the surface rights as from 2003 to dateLease rents are to be reviewed upwardsThe geographic coordinates of the deposits are to be clearly specifiedThe feasibility study for the project is to be provided to the Government. This study shall, in particular, identify and assess the real participations of the parties in the joint venture to be created with a view to an equitable allotment of the shares in that joint ventureThe joint venture to set out a schedule of the social actions to be implemented and communicate this to the Government prior to any actions being performedThe partner to pay a lease premium and royalties on the gross revenuesOKIMO is to take an active part in the daily management of the joint venture to be createdThe sub-lease agreement with Tangold is to be cancelled and arrears of rentals paid (this sub-lease was agreed to be cancelled in an agreement with OKIMO in November 2006 and arrears of rentals paid).In addition in respect of the ATF agreement the following additional points have been noted:Borgakim Mining is to comply with its obligations relating to the rehabilitation of the mining, metallurgical and energy infrastructures in accordance with the ATF agreementThe partners are to clarify any confusion between, on the one hand the technical assistance and on the other hand, the joint venture project for the mining exploration and exploitationThe situation of the OKIMO debt to be taken on by Borgakim Mining is to be clarified.Moto’s subsidiaries, Amani and Rambi are still awaiting receipt of notification letters in respect of their sub-leases. However, Moto notes that it was agreed with OKIMO in November 2006 that the mining areas covered by the Amani sub-lease and a portion of the area covered by the Rambi sub-lease should revert to OKIMO.Since the Commission started its work the Moto group has completed its feasibility study and a report prepared in accordance with NI 43-101 has been lodged on SEDAR, it has paid the requested arrears of rents on the areas for which OKIMO’s title has been registered with the DRC Mining Registry and it has started working with OKIMO to have the sub-leases registered with the DRC Mining Registry. In addition a number of the points which have been raised have been previously dealt with between OKIMO and Moto in a protocol agreement between the parties signed in November 2006.Moto proposes to submit its formal response with the Minister of Mines as soon as practicable and thereafter to obtain approval from the Minister of Mines to commence discussions with OKIMO. Moto confirms that no resources included in its most recent resource update and feasibility study reside within the area which is to revert to OKIMO.On February 19, Anvil announced the details of the Government’s position with respect to its Dikulushi property. Anvil has majority interests in and operates the Dikulushi copper-silver mine, the Kinsevere copper mine and the Kulu copper tailings operation, all in the Katanga Province of the DRC.The office of the Minister of Mines has also advised Anvil that the deadline for responding to the Government’s position has been extended to February 27. Anvil says it will shortly submit a response to the letters received from the Minister of Mines in respect of all three of its properties in the DRC and will seek discussions with the Minister of Mines.Regarding the Mining Convention governing the Dikulushi copper-silver mine, the Dikulushi Convention is held by Anvil Mining Congo, a Congolese company in which Anvil holds 90% of the shares. A 10% equity interest is held in trust for the benefit of the communities surrounding the mine.The letter from the Minister includes a statement of terms upon which the Government proposes discussions be based to balance the partnership between the DRC and Anvil. The position of the Government under their proposed terms is that the Dikulushi Convention should be cancelled but that the Dikulushi mine project may be transferred to the current DRC Mining Code. The Dikulushi Convention pre-dates the current Mining Code. By its terms, the Mining Code specifically ‘grandfathers’ all mining conventions that predate the adoption of the Mining Code and provides that the holders of mining rights described in a duly signed and approved mining convention are governed by that convention and not by the Mining Code.The Minister further advised that it is the Government’s position that Anvil Mining Congo should pay to the Government an amount in respect of the 10% interest in the Dikulushi mine held for local communities, from the date of inception of the Dikulushi Convention. Anvil has also been requested to submit to the Government a plan for social programs that will have avisible impact. The 10% interest has been held in trust for the benefit of the people of the DRC since the inception of the Dikulushi project. Using earnings allocated for the trust, Anvil has financed, developed and continues to maintain numerous social and infrastructure projects including, among others, medical clinics and equipment, schools, fresh water wells, and a water pipeline to Pweto. In addition Anvil is rebuilding a 192 km road from Kilwa to connect with the road to Lubumbashi at Kasomeno.The mining rights to the Kinsevere project tenement areas are currently held through a 25 year mining lease agreement between La Générale des Carrières et des Mines (Gécamines), a Congolese para-statal entity that is the mining title holder, and Mining Company Katanga (MCK). MCK is in the process of assigning the lease to AMCK Mining, which is a joint venture company owned as to 95% by Anvil and 5% by MCK.The Minister’s position is that the existing contractual arrangements with Gécamines have financial terms that ought to be renegotiated. The specific requirements stated by the Minister are that:●The cash bonus paid to Gécamines should be increased to $150 million● The ceiling on rent paid of a maximum of $70/t of copper equivalent should be removed and the contract altered to reflect changes in metal prices● The term of the contract with Gécamines (which extends for 25 years) should coincide with the term of the underlying mineral tenures, which have an initial term that expires on April 3, 2009 and which are renewable thereafter for successive periods of 15 years● AMCK should submit to the Government a plan for social programs that will have a visible impact.Pursuant to the existing contracts in relation to the Kinsevere Mine, a lease premium of $1 million has been paid by Anvil and there is no provision for additional payments. Rent is payable on a sliding scale that varies with the price of copper and is between $35 and $70/t of copper equivalent, with the maximum rent payable being reached at a copper price of $4,000/t. In addition, a 2% net smelter return royalty is payable to the DRC Government pursuant to the Mining Code.The Kulu copper tailings operation is an incorporated exploration and mining joint venture between a subsidiary of Anvil, Entreprise Minière de Kolwezi (EMIKO), and Gécamines. The mineral rights to the Kulu operation are held under two principal tenements, both of which were originally in the name of Gécamines and were transferred to Soc Minière de Kolwezi (SMK) in 2005 and 2006. EMIKO holds 80% of the shares of SMK and Gécamines holds the remaining 20%.The Minister’s position is that the interest of Gécamines in SMK is unfairly low, in part due to the absence of a feasibility study, and that the joint venture must therefore be renegotiated. The specific requirements stated by the Minister are that:● A feasibility study be submitted which identifies the actual contributions of the parties in order to establish a fair balance of shares in SMK as between EMIKO and Gécamines● A royalty of at least 2% of gross revenue be provided in favour of Gécamines,● Gécamines must be actively involved in the day to day management of SMK● SMK should submit to the Government a plan for social programs that will have a visible impact.Anvil reports that a feasibility study was submitted to Gécamines in 2005. “The current agreements with Gécamines provide for a 2% net smelter return royalty to be paid to Gécamines. In addition, a 2% net smelter return royalty is payable to the DRC Government pursuant to the Mining Code. The agreements governing SMK provide that Gécamines has the right to appoint three of the eight members of the management board of SMK and EMIKO has the right to appoint the other five members. The President of the management board is to be chosen from the members appointed by EMIKO and the Vice President of the management board is to be chosen from the members appointed by Gecamines. In addition, the position of General Manager shall be filled by a candidate presented by EMIKO and the position of Assistant General Manger shall be filled by a candidate presented by Gécamines.”Lundin Mining received a copy of a letter from the Ministry addressed to Tenke Fungurume Mining (TFM), an entity in which it has an equity investment of 24.75%. In the letter, the Ministry of Mines requests that further discussions take place regarding the TFM mining partnership with Gecamines. Discussions have been requested in respect of such matters as the quantum of transfer payments; Gecamines percentage share ownership in TFM; Gecamines involvement in the management of TFM; regularisation of certain issues under Congolese law; and the implementation of social plans. Lundin says it “believes that its agreements with Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold and TFM’s agreements with the Government are legally binding, that all associated issues have been dealt with fully under Congolese law and that the overall fiscal terms previously negotiated and incorporated into the Amended and Restated Mining Convention exceed the requirements of the Congolese Mining Code. Discussions are being held between the company and Freeport-McMoRan, who is the operator in accordance with the project’s agreements and who holds a 57.75% interest in the project. An appropriate response will be made to the Ministry of Mines.”Banro says it received a letter from the Honourable Martin Kabwelulu, Minister of Mines. “The letter refers to certain surface tax issues and the liquidation of Sominki. There are no issues with Banro’s titles. The company is confident that the matters referred to in the correspondence will be clarified with the Ministry of Mines.Banro is focused on the development of four major, wholly-owned gold projects along the 210 km-long Twangiza-Namoya gold belt in the South Kivu and Maniema provinces of the DRC (see IM, February 2008).All this follows on from the discussions and announcements from the Ministry at the mining industry Indaba held in Cape Town recently, when it was announced that the mining companies would be notified by February 20. Victor Kasongo, Vice Minister of Mines for the DRC, commented: “The Government is pleased to have delivered on its promise to the mining companies by presenting them with the findings of its review ahead of schedule.  The DRC’s goal is to work with those parties who have demonstrated good faith and best practice in their investments in the DRC, and who have delivered on their commitments.  The DRC wishes to work with the mining companies to construct contracts that are just, both for the people of the DRC, for the companies who are investing in our country, and for the investors and shareholders who support the process”.Kasongo held and attended a series of public and private meetings during the Mining Indaba in Cape Town, which covered a range of topics and issues, including:The status of the Mining Contracts Review Commission findingsThe desired framework for sustainable and long term investment in the DRC and in the mining sector in particularMeetings with existing and prospective investors, and with Governmental and NGO representativesDuring Kasongo’s presentation as member of a Ministerial panel, presided over by Mr Paulo De Sa of the World Bank on Tuesday February 5, he outlined his Government’s plan to address the challenge of how to best conclude the DRC Mining Contract Review in a manner that would be most attractive to all parties.  He said: “We have been working to find ways in which companies can appeal the process, without the delays, costs and confrontation inherent in litigation and international arbitration – and, at the same time, to fast track a renegotiation of the contract. “We intend to institute a brief and open administrative appeal process, to a specially constituted panel, through which a company can present its case for reclassification, while minimising confrontation and shortening any delay to renegotiation.”On February 18, Kasongo re-iterated these points, and urged all parties to enter into the process with open minds and positive expectations, so that matters can be concluded promptly and effectively and with the least possible impact on operations and revenues.last_img read more

The 5 at 5 Wednesday

first_imgEACH WEEKDAY EVENING, brings you five things you should know before you head out the door…1. #DATA THEFT: A garda investigation has now been launched into the data breach at Loyaltybuild in which the payment card details of over 500,000 people may have been compromised.2. #MISSING: Police in London have said a missing 11-year-old girl could be in Ireland.3. #BURGLARY: Almost 7,000 people have been arrested in the last 18 months as part of an operation targeting criminals involved in burglaries across Ireland.4. #ABORTION: A woman who was forced to travel to the UK to terminate her unviable pregnancy filed a petition to the UN claiming the government here violated her human rights.5. #SPY IN THE BAG CASE: UK police have said a spy whose body was found locked inside a sports bag in a bathtub three years ago likely killed himself by accident.last_img read more

False 4G claims force Apple to offer iPad refunds in Australia

first_imgIt’s not often that we get to say Apple messed up, but with the launch of the new iPad in Australia it has been left red faced. The reason is a major oversight on the part of the company with regards to offering 4G connectivity.One of the headline features of the new iPad is its ability to connect via 4G networks. That fact was advertised in Australia by naming the supposedly 4G-capable model the “iPad with WiFi + 4G.” Australians who purchased one went home excited at the prospect of very fast access to the web. The problem is, the new iPad isn’t compatible with the 4G network in Australia.The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) soon picked up on this and has decided to take action in the courts. Apple is accused of breaking Australian consumer law due to false advertising. The ACCC want the 4G association removed from the product and advertising, and “corrective advertising” used.Apple has said it will now offer anyone who purchased the iPad for use on a 4G network a full refund, and will email all of them offering to do so. The company also promised to make it clear 4G doesn’t work whenever an iPad is purchased in future, but does not want to add any additional information directly on packaging.The new iPad will continue to work on 3G networks in Australia, but the Telstra 4G network uses different frequencies to those supported by the tablet. There is no way of making the iPad work unless Apple produces an updated model just for the Australian market.It’s unclear when Apple will update its marketing material, or if it will actually change the name to not include “4G.” As of this morning the Australian version of the online Apple Store still advertises it as 4G.Read more at The Guardian and the ACCClast_img read more

Mormon church to allow baptism for children of LGBT parents

first_img Share32 Tweet Email1 Short URL By Garreth MacNamee Friday 5 Apr 2019, 2:27 PM Apr 5th 2019, 2:27 PM 60 Comments THE MORMON CHURCH has announced it will now allow the children of gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender parents to be baptised, regardless of whether the parents are members.The decision is “effective immediately,” said the church, officially known as the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, in a statement.The new policy allows a child to be blessed as a baby and baptised at age eight.“Previously, our handbook characterised same-gender marriage by a member as apostasy,” or a denial of faith, the statement said. “While we still consider such a marriage to be a serious transgression, it will not be treated as apostasy for purposes of church discipline. Instead, the immoral conduct in heterosexual or homosexual relationships will be treated in the same way.”The church added it wanted to “reduce the hate and contention so common today” — but insisted its overall teachings had not changed.“These changes do not represent a shift in Church doctrine related to marriage or the commandments of God in regard to chastity and morality,” it said. Founded in 1830, the Mormon Church, whose headquarters are located in Salt Lake City, Utah, has 16 million members and says its mission is to restore a true church in preparation for the return of Jesus Christ. Its informal name refers to the “Book of Mormon” — named after an old prophet — which followers believe is a restored version of the true word of Jesus, rather than traditional Christian scripture.In a handbook in 2015, the Mormon church – a denomination of Christianity with significant differences to Catholicism – outlined “same-sex marriage as a particularly grievous or significant, serious kind of sin that required Church discipline”. It led to a large population of the church’s membership leaving in protest at the time.  10,456 Views Mormon church to allow baptism for children of LGBT parents The church added it wanted to “reduce the hate and contention so common today”. Image: AP/PA Images Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article Image: AP/PA Imageslast_img read more

Arturo Vidal convicted for nightclub attack

first_imgThe Chilean footballer cracked a man in the head with a vodka bottle in 2017, according to German officialsBack in 2017, former Bayern Munich player Arturo Vidal was celebrating in Crown’s Club in Munich, when he got into a fight.The Barcelona footballer grabbed a 3-liter bottle of vodka and smashed another clubgoer, opening a gash in the victim’s head and causing a traumatic brain injury, according to a report by TMZ.David Villa, SpainQuiz: How much do you know about David Villa? Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 Time to test your knowledge about Spanish legendary forward David Villa.The Chilean was convicted for the crime and will be forced to pay $923,000 in fines.Vidal was facing ten years in prison, but at the end will only have to pay to be free of his sins.The Barcelona footballer was in Queretaro, Mexico, playing for Chile in the 1-0 victory of “La Roja” over “El Tricolor.”last_img read more

Former Celtic boss Gordon Strachan  blasts Rangers forward Alfredo Morelos

first_imgFormer Celtic manager Gordon Strachan has blasted Rangers forward Alfredo Morelos for his poor disciplinary record this season which has seen him being booked 10 times and sent off on three separate occasions.Morelos  who has scored 17 goals in 29 appearances this season was suspended during the 1-1 draw at Dundee on Sunday in a game that Rangers desperately missed his brilliance up front, and Strachan believes that moving to the club has proved too big for the Colombian as he has been trying too hard to get on the good side of the fans.Mikey Johnston, CelticJohnston is disappointed after being injured Manuel R. Medina – September 11, 2019 Celtic winger Mikey Johnston was disappointed to miss Scotland Under 21 national team’s victories over San Marino and Croatia, and he hopes he can return to play soon.“For some, petulance is a problem. If you look at Alfredo Morelos’s record at Helsinki, did he keep getting sent off there? No. It’s the fact he’s playing for Rangers, and it’s testing his mental strength, on and off the pitch,” said Strachan on the Scotsman.“It’s a real shock to people to go there, and maybe it’s too much for him. And he’s letting his team down. The fans might cheer him off, and the manager might support him publicly, but he’s knackering the team, and risking the result. “last_img read more

Compensation Committee gets extension

first_img Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Jamaica, September 15, 2017 – Kingston – The West Kingston Incursion Victim Compensation Committee has been given a one-month extension to complete its work.   Making the disclosure at yesterday’s (September 13) post-Cabinet press briefing at Jamaica House, Minister of Education, Youth and Information, Senator the Hon. Ruel Reid, said Cabinet has approved payment of a balance of $23.9 million to the Chairman and Commissioners of the Committee.   Senator Reid said the additional time is necessary, given the volume of work to be completed.The Committee, which is Chaired by Hon. Justice Seymour Panton, is looking into issues of compensation for the estate of persons who were killed, detained or suffered loss and damage to property during the May 2010 West Kingston upheaval.   The establishment of the Committee was one of the recommendations of the Commission of Enquiry Report.The mandate of the Compensation Committee is to investigate and determine claims for compensation, loss and damage to properties and to determine the compensation payable to injured persons and to the personal representatives of deceased persons in respect to the events of May 2010.Other members of the committee are Ministers of Religion, the Reverends Rennard White and Herro Blair Jr.  Carlene Larmond, an attorney experienced in litigation, serves as Legal Advisor to the Committee.JISlast_img read more

Dennis Uy gaming entity delays followon offering to fund two new Philippines

first_img Load More PH Resorts Group Holdings Inc (PHR), the tourism and gaming arm of local billionaire Dennis Uy’s Udenna Group, has deferred a proposed Php18.5 billion follow-on offering that was to fund construction of two new casino resorts in the Philippines.The company’s President, Raymundo Martin M Escalona, issued a press statement on Friday in which he said PHR had been presented with “more strategically suitable alternative options for its funding needs” during the course of recent roadshow and marketing efforts. The Philippines Securities and Exchange Commission had earlier this year approved PHR to proceed with the follow-on share offering. 70% of Macau gaming market driven by 400,000 premium players: brokerage Sihanoukville authorities threaten legal action against 10 building owners over demolition orders 181 Chinese nationals arrested in dispute over POGO accreditation status RelatedPosts The company said it is still hopes to pursue the offering in the future, with proceeds raised intended to fund the design, construction and development of the first phases of PHR’s two integrated casino resorts – the US$341 million Emerald Resort and Casino in Mactan, Cebu, which broke ground in December 2017, as well as Clark Resort on a site covering 13.5 hectares in the Clark Freeport Zone.Uy acquired a 62% stake in PHR, formerly known as Philippine H20 Ventures Corp, in late 2018 in order to complete a backdoor listing, after which he changed the entity’s name and installed himself as Chairman.last_img read more

Sniffer dogs deployed to track terrorists in Jammu and Kashmirs

first_imgJammu: Sniffer dogs were pressed into service as a massive search operation to track down suspected terrorists in a forest area of Jammu and Kashmir’s Kishtwar district continued for the second day on Saturday, officials said. The Army and police had launched a search operation in the forest area near Keshwan village early on Friday following information about the movement of suspected militants. A brief gunfight took place between the terrorists and the search parties on Friday and it is believed that one of them got injured, but managed to flee along with his accomplices deep inside the dense forest, officials said. Also Read – Who is your CM candidate, AAP asks BJP Advertise With Us Blood stains were spotted near the scene of the gunfight. The search operation is on and sniffer dogs were pressed into service to track down the militants, officials said. On May 31, two special police officers were injured in an encounter with terrorists in Appan area of Marwah belt in the district. The ultras managed their escaped after the encounter. Kishtwar, which was declared terrorism-free over a decade ago, was rattled by the killing of state Bharatiya Janata Party secretary Anil Parihar and his brother, Ajeet Parihar, on November 1, followed by killing of senior RSS leader Chanderkant Sharma and his security guard inside a health centre on April 9.last_img read more

Excel Is Much More Than a Spreadsheet Advance Your Skills With This

first_img Register Now » 2 min read Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. If you’re only using Excel to house basic data, you’re not getting everything you can out of the program. And you’re certainly not going to impress your boss or colleagues with your skills.Whether you’re starting your own business or looking to grow into a new role, Excel can be helpful for everything from tracking profits, losses, and projections to performing in-depth data analysis. And no matter the level of your current skills, The Professional Microsoft Excel Certification Training Bundle is a great resource, with courses on everything from basic formulas to advanced data modeling.Over this bundle’s eight courses, you’ll learn how to enter data, make quick calculations with formulas, and visualize your results with charts and graphs. Discover how to get a handle on the customer data you collect from your social media and website by mastering Excel’s data modeling tools. Got mountains of raw data and no clue how to organize it? Pivot tables will become your new best friend after these classes.It usually costs $1,600 to take all of the classes in The Professional Microsoft Excel Certification Training Bundle, but you can improve your skills in Excel now for just $39 (97 percent off) with this deal. Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global Disclosure: Our goal is to feature products and services that we think you’ll find interesting and useful. If you purchase them, Entrepreneur may get a small share of the revenue from the sale from our commerce partners. August 11, 2019last_img read more

Cayo Cocos Memories Caribe goes adultsonly starting Nov 1

first_img TORONTO — Memories Caribe is making the switch to an adults-only property this fall, adding a beachfront lounge for sunset cocktails, Bali beds, a revised entertainment schedule, exclusive Diamond Club areas and upgrades for honeymoon or anniversary celebrations. The Jardines del Rey area resort will be restricted to guests 16 years old and up starting Nov. 1.Memories Caribe will renovate 100 guest suites in a selection of categories including Diamond Club, featuring premium in-suite liquor and preferred room locations.The new La Casa del Vino, a tasting venue where tapas-style bites and premium wines will be served to guests in an elegant setting, will be available at an additional charge. Memories Caribe will also host special dinners for non-couples to mix and mingle over a gourmet meal and wine pairing. Posted by Share Cayo Coco’s Memories Caribe goes adults-only starting Nov. 1 << Previous PostNext Post >> Friday, August 19, 2016 Travelweek Group last_img read more

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