PPP crafts manifesto, “bi-partisan” management of oil and gas sector promised

first_img– industry will not be used as political football – Opposition LeaderAs plans are moving apace to complete and ultimately presents its manifesto for the upcoming elections in Guyana, the People’s Progressive Party (PPP) already has major plans for the oil and gas sector.Opposition Leader Bharrat JagdeoOpposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo, at his weekly press briefing on Thursday explained that the PPP, as part of ensuring efficiency and effectiveness in the operations of the country’s oil and gas sector, will guarantee that members of other political parties be a part of its management once the party gets back into office.“So we have been looking at the oil industry and the oil and gas sector and we have been exploring models as to how this sector will be transparently managed. In fact, we would like to see the sector, even with a PPP Government in office, managed in a bi-partisan way where it rises above politics. That is the oil and gas industry and that the resources are used to benefit all Guyanese.”According to Jagdeo, the PPP has been exploring various models for the oil and gas industry that it will be implementing, should that party be returned to Government following the upcoming general elections that are to be held in the country.He noted that despite whatever advice it would receive from persons outside of the country with regard to the operations, management, and best practices for the future of Guyana’s oil and gas sector, the buck stops with Guyanese managing it.“We are not slaves to consultants who often work for the oil companies. We have been exploring ourselves, in house, using and studying a lot the experience of various countries, of course seeking technical advice and we will seek advice but the final decision will be made by the Government of Guyana. A decision that is appropriate for our country and that would benefit our people and not something that any consultant will come in, cut and paste, and hand over to us.”He stated that more often than not, in such situations the advice by consultants reflect the interests more in the favour of foreign companies than citizens of that country so the PPP will ensure that this does not occur in Guyana.The Opposition Leader also pointed out that his party has been working extensively on preparing several features of a local content policy in relation to the oil and gas industry that can be implemented once it is returned to power.“Benefits must be felt by all people wherever they live. Benefits should not be just for a few folks or for those who are wealthy but should benefit everyone from every sector… every ethnic group, every class,” he added.Presently, a Department of Energy is being established at the Ministry of the Presidency to handle the pending oil and has sector. The department is being overseen by Dr Mark Bynoe who in turn reports to his superiors, including Natural Resources Minister Raphael Trotman and President David Granger.Come 2020, ExxonMobil is expected to pump millions of barrels of oil from the Stabroek Block – a phenomenon that can make Guyana one of the richest oil nations in the work.But since the announcement of the find, there have been concerns with respect to the management of the country’s wealth with the recommendation of setting up the Sovereign Wealth Fund (SWF) to manage its impending revenues.last_img read more

Venus-Serena Possibility Increases

first_imgNEW YORK — All in one fell swoop, Venus Williams eliminated one of the only two women who beat her younger sister this season and moved closer to a possible U.S. Open quarterfinal showdown against Serena.Gathering herself after a mid-match dip in play Friday, Venus reeled off the last five games and beat 12th-seeded Belinda Bencic of Switzerland 6-3, 6-4 to reach the fourth round at Flushing Meadows for the first time since 2010.At 35, Venus was the oldest woman in the field. At 18, Bencic was the youngest to make it to the third round. She is mentored by Martina Hingis, who was sitting in the front row of her guest box in Arthur Ashe Stadium on a cloudy, breezy afternoon.During an on-court interview after Venus’ victory Friday, she was asked about having reached her first major final in her U.S. Open debut in 1997 — about six months after Bencic was born. Venus happened to lose that match to Hingis.“Why do you have to bring all that stuff up? It makes me feel old,” Venus replied, chuckling. “I love the game. I love the U.S. Open. I love how everyone got behind me, even when I was down. It’s a wonderful feeling.”Bencic takes the ball early, plays angles Hingis can appreciate, and is considered a likely future star of the game. She showed why last month at a hard-court event in Toronto, earning the title and defeating Serena along the way.Serena is seeking to complete a calendar-year Grand Slam at the U.S. Open and brought a 50-2 record in 2015 into her match against Bethanie Mattek-Sands scheduled for Friday night.In other action, 13th-seeded Ekaterina Makarova of Russia, a 2014 semifinalist, was rebuffed in an attempt to get attention from a trainer for cramping in her taped-up right thigh while serving for the match, but eventually held on to beat 17th-seeded Elina Svitolina of Ukraine 6-3, 7-5.“I was so scared,” said Makarova, who now plays 40th-ranekd Kristina Mladenovic of France.Defending champion Marin Cilic was among the men advancing in the afternoon, edging Mikhail Kukushkin of Kazakhstan 6-7 (5), 7-6 (1), 6-3, 6-7 (3), 6-1. Benoit Paire of France eliminated No. 26 Tommy Robredo, and No. 19 Jo-Wilfried Tsonga of France beat Sergiy Stakhovsky of Ukraine, both in straight sets.After getting broken late in the first set Friday, Bencic looked to be making headway in the second against the 23rd-seeded Venus, breaking for a 3-1 lead with a running, down-the-line backhand passing shot that drew an errant volley.“She’s tenacious,” Venus said, “and I’m really pleased to have played a match against someone who’s had a great summer.”Bencic held to go up 4-1.The match would last another 22 minutes — and Bencic would not win another game.Venus collected 21 of the last 29 points, including 11 of the last 12 she served, and wound up with a 31-12 edge in winners. Despite going for her shots, she limited herself to 15 unforced errors.“It’s always a balance for me between playing aggressive and not making errors,” Venus said. “At the end of the day, I’d rather make an error and play aggressive, go for it.”Looking ahead, she could face Serena early next week. Asked on court how aware she was of that, Venus said: “At this point, if you don’t know, you’re — I’m not even going to say. I hope we both get to the quarterfinals. I do.”Since getting to the semifinals five years ago, Venus has lost in the U.S. Open’s first round once, the second round twice and the third round last year.HOWARD FENDRICH, AP Tennis Writer ___TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

I wanted this drawing simple and without malice Quebec cartoonist apologizes

first_imgCartoon by the Quebec artist Yannick Lemay – Posted on the @JdeMontreal Twitter accountAPTN NewsYannick Lemay, the artist whose cartoon has been widely condemned online says he wants “to apologize to anyone that I have offended.”The cartoon by the Quebec artist depicts former justice minister and attorney general Jody Wilson Raybould in a buckskin dress, feather in her hair, holding a tomahawk delivering a knock out punch to a battered Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.Lemay, in an email to APTN News says he was, “surprised at the reaction to this caricature. The job of a caricaturist is to exaggerate situations.  Since we do no use words, we use visual codes to represent concepts,” he said.“Ms. Wilson-Raybould is a great representative of the aboriginal community who proudly defends herself, so I wanted to build her up.  I wanted this drawing simple and without malice.”On twitter, people referred to the cartoon as deeply offensive, stereotypical, racist, disgusting and despicable.Lemay said in the email, “I realize today that I used bad visual codes to elevate her Aboriginal ancestry.“I draw a great lesson.”This is the latest cartoon depicting Wilson Raybould to come under fire in the last week.Political cartoonist and author, Michael de Adder depicting Wilson Raybould in a boxing ring tied to a chair with tape over her mouth while former advisor Gerald Butts gives advice to Trudeau, also was lambasted.De Adder apologized and today responded to Lemay’s cartoon in a tweet.“Editorial cartoonists need to have a serious discussion about our craft and how we depict gender and race.“We need to try harder. Re: @ygreck,” he wrote.news@aptn.ca@aptnnewslast_img read more

IS suspect gunned down in India

first_imgA suspected IS operative was killed here in the wee hours of Wednesday after a 11-hour-long anti-terror operation conducted by police’s Anti-Terror Squad (ATS) commandos in India’s Uttar Pradesh.Many efforts to persuade the suspect, who was holed up in a house in Haji colony of Thakurganj area, to surrender went in vain, an official said.After the initial exchange for fire, the ATS commandos lobbed chilly bombs inside the house to incapacitate him, but to no avail.Police teams bored a hole in the roof and blew up the back wall of the building to enter the house.Senior police officials were camping at the site to oversee the operation, which was also being monitored by the Union Home Ministry.Initially, it was suspected that there were two IS operatives inside the house but that turned out to be a false alarm as police found the body of only one. One pistol and a revolver was found in person of Saifullah, the suspect.Earlier, the ATS, based on “concrete” information from intelligence, had gone to apprehend Saifullah, suspected of involvement in a train blast in Madhya Pradesh, when he suddenly opened fire on the team from the house.Following this, ATS commandos returned fire at Saifullah, who was on the first floor.An official at the site had said that they were trying to ensure that he is arrested alive and there is no collateral damage as this is a residential area.“We got a lead on these operatives from outside the state and we are on the trail,” said Additional Director General (Law and Order) Daljeet Chowdhary.At least eight persons were injured in an explosion in a passenger train, going to Ujjain from Bhopal, in Madhya Pradesh’s Shajapur district on Tuesday, authorities said.Sources said the house belonged to Badshah Khan, resident of Malihabad, and the accused had been living there with two others for the past two months. They posed as students and did not mingle with the neighbours, an ATS official told IANS and informed that efforts were now underway to nab the two accomplices who were at large.In a related development, another suspect of a sleeper module has been held from Kanpur by the ATS.Police picked up two suspects from Lakhna in Etawah and three in Kanpur. Following the Lucknow gunfight, an alert has been sounded at the Lucknow International Airport and at prominent railway stations across the state.Police and intelligence officials have been directed to step up vigil and keep a close watch on busy thoroughfares, malls and markets.last_img read more

Slab of overbridge falls on 2 at Baruipur Stn 1 dead

first_imgKolkata: In a tragic incident, a woman was killed and another sustained injury after a slab of a railway foot overbridge fell on them at Baruipur Station in the Sealdah South section on Friday evening.The incident triggered tension among the other passengers, who were there on the platform at the time of the incident. The GRP and RPF rushed to the spot immediately after the incident and closed the foot overbridge for public use.The railway authorities have ordered a probe into the incident. CPRO Eastern Railways Ravi Mahapatra said Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifethat there might have beenlack in the maintenance of the foot bridge. Action would be taken against those who will be found responsible for the incident.The deceased has been identified as Ashima Pramanik. She was declared brought dead after being taken to a nearby hospital in Baruipur. Another person, whose identity is yet to be confirmed by the police, received serious injuries in the incident and is undergoing treatment at the hospital.According to local sources, Pramanik was returning home after her puja shopping. They said that the slab fell from a height of 30 feet. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedThe local residents raised their voice against the poor maintenance of the foot bridge, which led to the accident. They said that the victims were passing along platform number 3, when a loud thud was heard.The other passengers saw that Pramanik had fallen on the platform with her head bleeding profusely.The incident also caused chaos at the station, with some local residents staging protest demonstration. Senior railway officials rushed to the spot and brought the situation under control.”We have ordered a probe in this regard. Steps would be taken against those who will be found guilty,” Mahapatra said.last_img read more