President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has announced that Golden Veroleum-Liberia (GVL) has agreed to begin rehiring former employees laid off as a result of the May 26 riot there. She granted Executive Clemency to three inmates at the Sinoe County prison and announced the venues of the next two Independence anniversary celebrations covering the duration of her administration.En route to Monrovia, President Sirleaf along with the World Bank –Liberia Country Manager, Ms. Inguna Dobraja, dedicated the Kingston Weagba Public School situated in Tarjourwon District, Sinoe County.According to an Executive Mansion release, the President, spoke to journalists before her departure from Greenville, Sinoe County following the successful co-hosting of the 168thIndependence Anniversary.She informed journalists that GVL has agreed to government’s request to start the rehiring of 50 of its former employees beginning last Monday, July 28 2015. “As I leave Greenville, they will go back to their jobs and the process of adding numbers of re-employed people will continue as we work with them to implement the security arrangement which is very important for their operation,” she indicated.President Sirleaf said government had been consulting with GVL because of the May 26 incident that resulted to people not only going to prison but also the layoff of all GVL staff. The company sought assurances for its security to prevent a recurrence of what happened two months ago.Government assured GVL that the Liberia National Police will speed up the plan to work with them to ensure that LNP sets up in the communities the right kind of security arrangements to protect the citizens and the company.In another development, citing her constitutional rights as President of the Republic of Liberia, President Sirleaf instructed the Superintendent of Sinoe County, Mr. Roosevelt Quiah, to work with prison authorities to release three inmates. They are Amos Tarpeh 47, who was charged for arson, convicted and has been serving a prison sentence since June 28, 2013, David Tarpeh (68), charged with the same offence and serving a sentence during the same period and the only female, Baby Girl Togba (25), who was charged with assault and convicted. She has served two years of her sentence.“Mr. Superintendent, you will please ensure that these three persons are released from prison with the advice to them that we expect them now to be good citizens, to abide by the law and ensure that they do not get into acts that would lead them back into a situation from which we have just freed them,” President Sirleaf directed.On the hosts of next year’s Independence Anniversary, the President named Maryland, River Gee and Grand Gedeh as the next co-hosts. She urged them to begin their preparation immediately. “Don’t wait until June of next year,” she warned.She indicated that government will support the construction of some of the facilities in the counties in preparation for the Independence celebrations, but also encouraged citizens of the three counties to initiate individual development projects in their counties of origin.Madam Sirleaf reiterated that the spirit of rotating the Independence Anniversary is not only for government to bring development to the people but to inspire the people from those counties to go back home and do something for their people.President Sirleaf thanked the authorities and people of Sinoe and Grand Kru Counties for the warm reception, fullest cooperation and excellent hospitality offered including the largest number of diplomatic representation to the country. On the impression the diplomats left with, she said, “They all left from here very pleased. They had a very good time and I’m sure that this is going to strengthen our relationship with the countries which they represent.”She expressed appreciation to all Liberians – most especially political leaders, non-governmental organizations, religious leaders, among others– who attended especially the Thanksgiving and Intercessory Service in Barclayville, Grand Kru County using their own resources amid the difficult circumstances.Meanwhile, en route to Monrovia, President Sirleaf along with the World Bank –Liberia Country Manager, Ms. Inguna Dobraja dedicated the Kingston Weagba Public School situated in Tarjourwon District, Sinoe County.In Sinoe County, under this project funded by the Global Partnership for Education and the World Bank, two schools have been completed while another is undergoing construction.The Ministry of Education is constructing 41 schools across the country while 27 of them have already been completed including the Kingston Weagba Public School. The remaining 14 are at various stages and a majority is nearing completion.The newly dedicated Kingston Weagba complex includes a library, computer lab, latrines for boys and girls, ramps and rails for the disabled, teachers’ housing, kitchen and cafeteria, administration building, two wells and a football field.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
With optimism high about oil and gas production in Guyana being inevitable and much talk about the tremendous economic benefit this can bring to Guyana, many may be disappointed to learn that, according to sources, the country will receive less than 12 per cent of oil revenue when production starts within the next few years.According to sources, Guyana’s chunk of any oil revenue was pegged at less than 12 per cent. ExxonMobil anticipates it will begin pumping oil by 2020 – about 100,000 barrels per day in the initial stages.The Government was expected to renegotiate the exploration contract with ExxonMobil, but what is not known is if this 12 per cent is what was agreed to initially when this contact was inked 17 years ago or what was derived from the renegotiation process.When contacted, Natural Resources Minister Raphael Trotman said he was travelling in an emailed response and did not respond to Guyana Times’ follow-up email for a comment on the issue.In July, Finance Minister Winston Jordan had insisted that he requested a review of the contract with ExxonMobil, since this was Government’s way of ensuring that Guyana got the best possible deal from the extraction of oil when production began.“At the end of the day… you have to say whether we are doing what is best for the interest of the national population and I can tell you we are indeed doing that. A 2009 agreement or 2006 agreement or whenever the agreement was originally made was at a time when there was no discovery of anything, now there is oil,” Minister Jordan had said.While there has been much talk from the Government about the potential of oil revenues to transform Guyana, there has been very little information on what exactly is the Government’s share of the earnings.Already Guyanese were told not to expect too many jobs in the oil and gas industry here, as most of the jobs will be for foreigners with the requisite expertise.On May 20, 2015, ExxonMobil announced a significant oil discovery in the Stabroek Block with its Liza 1 well hitting more than 295 feet of high-quality oil-bearing sandstone reservoirs. Then, there was a second announcement in June 2016 that the drilling results from the Liza 2 well, the second exploration well in the Stabroek Block, located some 120 miles offshore Guyana, confirmed a “world-class discovery” of oil with a recoverable resource of between 800 million and 1.4 billion oil-equivalent barrels. Exxon’s Liza 3 well was spud last month and that result is expected in coming weeks.ExxonMobil Corp was recently fined a whopping US$74 billion for underpaying royalties in the central African nation of Chad where the company has been drilling for 15 years.According to international reports on the mega fine by Chad courts, the amount is about five times more than that country’s Gross Domestic Product, which the World Bank estimates at US$13 billion. The High Court in the capital, N’Djamena, announced its ruling on October 5 in response to a complaint from the Chad Finance Ministry that a consortium led by ExxonMobil had not met its tax obligations. The court also demanded the Texas-based oil giant pay US$819 million in overdue royalties.
Chelsea defender Baba Rahman on the verge of joining Schalke in a season-long loan deal.The 22-year-old Ghanaian has already joined the German side on their pre-season training camp in Austria, ahead of finalising the formalities of his switch from Stamford Bridge.Schalke confirmed Rahman’s arrival on Monday afternoon, tweeting on their official club feed: “Abdul Rahman Baba is travelling with the Schalke squad to the training camp.”Rahman made 23 appearances for Chelsea last term, but has been deemed surplus to immediate requirements by new boss Antonio Conte.The 22-year-old only joined Chelsea for £22million last summer on a five-year deal from Augsburg, and deputised regularly for Cesar Azpilicueta last term. Chelsea defender Baba Rahman 1
The Spaniard has drifted well down the midfield pecking order and is still yet to appear in La Liga this season having started just four top-flight games in the whole of last season.And now El Mundo Deportivo has claimed that Barca are ready to move Suarez on when the January transfer window opens rather than keep hold of him until the summer.Arsenal are one of the clubs credited with a firm interest while AS Roma are also said to be keen on landing him. Man United transfer news live: Haaland ‘wants a change’, two players off in January Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card shining But the Gunners may hold the trump card in the race as their manager Unai Emery has already worked with Suarez during his time in charge at Sevilla. Green reveals how he confronted Sarri after Chelsea’s 6-0 defeat at Man City Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? tense 1 REVEALED Did Mahrez just accidentally reveal Fernandinho is leaving Man City this summer? deals gameday cracker Premier League Team of the Season so far, including Liverpool and Leicester stars Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT REVEALED Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won Real Madrid ‘offer’ Isco to Chelsea in bid to ‘make room’ for Tottenham star REAL DEAL Arsenal are reportedly keen on signing Barcelona star Denis Suarez – who could be available in a cut-price January deal.The 24-year-old is out of contract at the Nou Camp in 2020 but he is expected to leave before then given his lack of game time. no dice huge blow Latest Premier League Stories Barcelona star Denis Suarez in action. whoops
Arranmore Island Dolphins – Copyright John Rafferty Photography 0868320007THIS was the incredible scene this week off the Donegal coast as dolphins danced in the Atlantic.The pictures were taken by well-known local photographer John Rafferty.The dolphins were having fun in Arranmore bay. Said John: “Arranmore Island has become a real hotspot for seeing Bottlenose Dolphins over the last couple of years.“At times they even travel alongside the ferry!”John says it’s difficult to photograph dolphins out of the water.We reckon he’s done an incredible job. And with shots like these, it could have tourists flocking to the island on the ferries in coming weeks.John Rafferty Photography 0868320007Arranmore Island Dolphins – Copyright John Rafferty Photography 0868320007Arranmore Island Dolphins – Copyright John Rafferty Photography 0868320007 WOW! DOLPHINS PUT ON DAZZLING DISPLAY OFF DONEGAL COAST was last modified: July 27th, 2012 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:WOW! DOLPHINS PUT ON DAZZLING DISPLAY OFF DONEGAL COAST
Donegal has been issued with a weather warning tonight, as the inclement weather conditions over the last 24 hours look set to deteriorate further this evening.Large parts of the county has been lashed by strong gale-force winds all day, and heavy rain has fallen in some parts which has caused minor flooding.Donegal has been placed on a yellow status alert along with Galway, Leitrim, Sligo and Mayo. Gardaí have appealed to motorists to drive with extra care, as the heavy downpours is expected to bring up to 60 millimetres of rain in some places.The gale-force winds that have battered the county are expected to continue also, and motorists are asked to watch out for debris on the roads.The status is in place until tomorrow morning, but it’s been predicted that the alert could be extended until tomorrow evening, as the horrendous weather shows no sign of letting up. WEATHER ALERT: DONEGAL ISSUED WITH WEATHER WARNING AS CONDITIONS DETERIORATE was last modified: October 18th, 2014 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:GardaiMOTORISTSnewsstorm warningweatheryellow alert
Print Friendly Version Drake Match Notes Live Stats Story Links ESPN3 – vs. Bradley ESPN+ -vs ISU The Drake University volleyball team returns home this weekend for a two-match homestand against Missouri Valley Conference rivals.The homestand begins Friday evening at 6 p.m. against Illinois State and continues Saturday at 5 p.m. when Bradley visits. The Bulldogs return to the Knapp Center aiming to end their current four-match skid, the program’s longest against MVC competition in nearly two seasons. The team recently completed a tough three-match road trip that saw the Bulldogs drop a trio of four-set matches.Drake is 3-2 at home this season including an MVC win over Indiana State that saw Gillian Gergen record a career-high 11 blocks as Drake had 14 team blocks. Gergen leads the MVC in blocks this season with 1.16 per set. In just 18 matches this season, she has already surpassed her block total from last year. As a result, Drake is fifth in the league in blocks with Gergen accounting for more than half of those blocks.Bradley begins the week in third place in the league standings at 3-1 while Illinois State is 2-2 following a strong non-conference schedule. The Bulldogs are 1-4 and aiming the move into the middle of the league standings.Drake has won eight of the last nine meetings with the Braves and last season Drake and Bradley split the season series before Drake took a 3-2 win over the Braves in the MVC Tournament.The Bulldogs are 3-12 at the Knapp Center against the Redbirds and has won two of the last three matches in Des Moines.Following this weekend’s matches, the team travels to UNI next Friday for a 6 p.m. match. Buy Tickets
More than a year’s worth of expensive data used to trace the shape of the Milky Way galaxy could become worthless as a result of today’s closure of U.S.-based radio telescopes because of the government shutdown.“Holy cow, this is really bad,” radio astronomer Mark Reid said when informed by ScienceInsider that the telescopes were going offline. “If they don’t operate the telescopes, it could mean a year’s worth of data becomes useless.” And it would be a costly loss, he adds, estimating that the data cost $500,000 to collect.Reid is a U.S. government employee who works for the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory, part of the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Like hundreds of thousands of other federal workers, he’s been at home since the shutdown began on Tuesday. 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The VLBA measurements, made in the spring and fall, allow the team to calculate distances to the stars and construct a map of the galaxy. The map’s accuracy, however, depends on comparing three sets of VLBA measurements taken over 18 months.Today’s shutdown of the National Radio Astronomy Observatory (NRAO), a National Science Foundation-funded organization that runs the radio telescopes, threatens that accuracy. “If you miss one of these observations, you basically have to start over the next season,” Reid says.About one-half of this year’s data has already been collected, but the team had been expecting to use the VLBA to measure the distance to 25 other stars this month. “The VLBA is really the only array we can use,” so if they can’t take the data this month, the team won’t be able to compare the data with the past two cycles.All is not lost if the U.S. Congress can agree on a way to fund the government by the middle of October. It will take several days to get the telescopes up and running, NRAO officials say. Then, astronomers may be able reschedule some of their planned VLBA measurements, Reid says, but with some loss of accuracy because Earth will have passed an optimal point in its orbit around the sun.Reid says he’s stunned by the development. “I thought NRAO was safe” because it was not a government agency, he says. “I never even thought about this, but there’s nothing I can do about it either.”You can see our complete shutdown coverage here.
The Rashtriya Lok Samata Party president and former Union Minister Upendra Kushwaha ended his fast unto death in support of his demand for free land to open two Central schools in the State after five days on Saturday. “I ended my fast.. but my protest will continue,” Mr. Kushwaha said soon after mahagathbandhan leaders reached him at the Patna Medical College and Hospital and offered him juice to end his fast. Senior mahagathbandhan leaders like Sharad Yadav, Jitan Ram Manjhi, Tejashwi Yadav and Mukesh Sahni said they would take forward the protest against the State government. Mr. Kushwaha had begun his fast on November 26 demanding five acres to open the two Kendriya Vidyalayas (KV) sanctioned for Bihar by the Central government.However, Chief Minister Nitish Kumar had said that the State government could not provide the land for free.
Click here to EnlargeKenannakin’s 1962 war film The Longest Day had 13 heroes. Back home, Border director J.P. Dutta seems to have come close.For his next war film Tiger Hills – a post-Kargil spiel – Dutta has roped in not one, not three, but eight heroes to fortify the cast.Sunil Shetty, Ajay,Click here to EnlargeKenannakin’s 1962 war film The Longest Day had 13 heroes. Back home, Border director J.P. Dutta seems to have come close.For his next war film Tiger Hills – a post-Kargil spiel – Dutta has roped in not one, not three, but eight heroes to fortify the cast.Sunil Shetty, Ajay Devgan, Arbaaz Khan, Abhishek Bachchan, Sanjay Dutt, Jackie Shroff, Saif Ali Khan and Akshaye Khanna willstar. There’seven talk of a ninth – Shah Rukh Khan.Dutta has reportedly asked his heroes to sport crew cuts and is believed to have said, “Border was a trailer. This will be bigger.”Question: Will Tiger Hills boast nine heroines and 18 songs too?
She is separated, and he is single. That’s enough to set tongues wagging. If their closeness has raised eyebrows, their friendship has been questioned. Arjun Kapoor and Malaika Arora’s proximity has been under the radar for some time now. In fact, their closeness has been attributed as one of the reasons behind Malaika and Arbaaz Khan’s split. But that’s just a rumour, or at least Arbaaz and Malaika say so.When after 18 years of marriage, once-upon-a-time happy couple Malaika and Arbaaz decided to call it quits, their fans were in for a shock. And it was then the name of Arjun made way to the juicy columns of tabloids. More than often, Arjun’s name was taken in the same breath as that of Malaika-Arbaaz’s separation. Soon enough, the rumours of an affair between the two started doing the rounds. In fact, buzz has it that Boney Kapoor had asked Arjun to stay away from Malaika for some time because he didn’t want his son to rub Salman Khan the wrong way. The Ki and Ka did pay heed to his dad’s advice and stayed away from Malaika for some time. But the actor soon decided to throw caution to wind when he was spotted outside Malaika’s house at wee hours of the night last year. After her separation with Arbaaz, Malaika has been living in Tuscany Heights with their son Arhaan. While Arjun’s team had apparently vehemently denied the rumour, the reports of them rekindling their romance spread like wildfire.advertisementMalaika later cleared the air and in an interview to DNA said, “Arjun is a very good friend of mine. But people give a very different meaning to it, which isn’t true.”In fact, in an official statement Malaika and Arbaaz said, “We are not separated because of a third random person, like there were stories of a friendship between a businessman and Malaika.”But that did not lead to the rumours dying down. While the two decided to keep a low profile, they kept on meeting at various events on and off. However, it’s been a while since the two were spotted together.But it all changed this weekend when Arjun and Malaika were seen under the same roof. The rumoured lovebirds attended a party in Mumbai on Saturday.While Malaika looked stunning in a white shirt and blue top, Arjun sported a casual look. However, the two carefully avoided being photographed together.(Photos: Yogen Shah) ALSO READ: Has Arjun Kapoor’s father asked him to stay away from Malaika Arora? ALSO READ: Did Malaika Arora-Arjun Kapoor pretend to ignore each other on seeing Sohail Khan? ALSO WATCH: Ranbir-Katrina to Brangelina, the celebrity splits of 2016
Meizu M5 launched in India today at a price tag of Rs 10,499. The smartphone is made available exclusively on Tatacliq.com. To recall, Meizu M5 was originally launched in China back in October last year at 700 CNY which is roughly around Rs 7,000. This indicates that the device is announced at a much higher price tag in India.Meizu M5 in India costs almost Rs 3,500 more than that of the model launched back in China. To recall again, the smartphone was announced in two variants initially — one with the 2GB RAM/16GB memory and 3GB RAM/32GB storage. In India, only the 3GB RAM/32GB memory variant is made available.Also Read: iPhone 7 sells for Rs 39,999, Google Pixel for Rs 43,000 in crazy deals at FlipkartThe Chinese smartphone maker has exclusively tied up with Tatacliq.com to sell the Meizu M5. “This strategic tie-up between Meizu and Tatacliq.com is being seen as a significant move by the company to explore a completely new market segment in India,” says Meizu. In terms of specifications, Meizu M5 sports a 5.2-inch screen with the 720p and 2.5D glass protection. The smartphone comes with a fully-laminated HD display, IPS technology, and integrated blue light filter which has the ability to automatically adjust blue light emission to reduce eye strain, highlight Meizu.Meizu M5 32GB variant is powered by an octa-core processor with the Mali-T860 GPU and is equipped with fingerprint identification and fingerprint payment options as mTouch 2.1 and mBack home button. With these features onboard, Meizu M5 is dedicated to offer a safe and swift user experience to customers.advertisementAlso Read: HTC U11 price revealed ahead of tomorrow’s launch, to go on sale on May 19Furthermore, M5 comes with a powerful battery of 3070mAh providing a long standby time. The device also offers an improved battery optimization with Flyme operating system, and also ensures that the battery lasts even longer. Moving ahead to the optics, M5 comes equipped with a 13-megapixel rear camera and a 5-megapixel front camera which comes equipped with a large f/2.0 aperture. Meizu M5 helps users capture clear pictures under low light situations and also comes with a premium dual-tone flash which delivers an accurate white balance capability. The smartphone is launched in India in two colour variants — blue and gold.
N’Golo Kanté Kante ruled out of France’s final World Cup qualifier with thigh injury Joe Wright Last updated 2 years ago 18:44 10/8/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Images France France v Belarus Crystal Palace v Chelsea Chelsea Premier League WC Qualification Europe Didier Deschamps is unsure over the extent of the Chelsea midfielder’s injury but ruled him out of Tuesday’s game against Belarus N’Golo Kante will miss France’s final World Cup qualifier against Belarus on Tuesday after sustaining a thigh injury.The Chelsea midfielder was forced off in the first half of Saturday’s 1-0 win in Bulgaria with what appeared to be a hamstring problem.Italy 11/2 to beat Albania 2-0 Article continues below Editors’ Picks Why Barcelona god Messi will never be worshipped in the same way in Argentina Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. Head coach Didier Deschamps is unsure of the severity of the injury but will certainly not risk him at Stade de France.”No, I can’t count on him for the next game,” he told a news conference. “When you go out with a muscular issue… it’s something behind his thigh.”France went ahead with just three minutes gone through Blaise Matuidi but struggled to assert their dominance after Kante’s departure and Deschamps felt the balance in the side was damaged when the 26-year-old limped off.”N’Golo had a crucial part to play, obviously,” he said. “After N’Golo’s injury, Adrien Rabiot came on in the same role, maybe not with the same quality as N’Golo.”N’Golo’s injury perhaps disturbed us. It’s not something against Adrien, but just the fact that we found ourselves short of strikers after N’Golo came off.”The news is a concern for Chelsea ahead of a packed run of fixtures throughout October.The Premier League champions travel to Crystal Palace on Saturday before resuming their Champions League campaign with a home game against Roma next week.Antonio Conte’s side then play three more matches in the space of a week, against Watford and Bournemouth in the league and Everton in the EFL Cup.Striker Alvaro Morata is also nursing a hamstring injury and midfielder Danny Drinkwater has yet to make his first appearance since signing from Leicester City due to a calf problem.
Topics Share on Messenger This has been Liverpool’s most successful Premier League campaign, but it could easily not have been. According to expected points — a metric that estimates how many points a team should have earned from each game — Jürgen Klopp’s men have collected 12.6 more points than was expected from them, more than any other team this season. Datablog As if football fans needed any more drama this week, Liverpool and Manchester City will battle it out for Premier League glory on Sunday. It will be the ninth time the title has been decided on the season’s final day since the Premier League’s inception in 1992-93. City were involved in the closest finish to date in 2012, claiming their first title after two stoppage-time goals meant they pipped Manchester United on goal difference. United’s 89 points, would have been enough to secure the title in 14 other seasons.Further history will be made on Sunday: never before has a team recorded 90 points or more in the Premier League and not been crowned champions. It’s more common elsewhere in Europe – Barcelona and Real Madrid have finished second in La Liga with at least 90 points a combined seven times since 1993, and Napoli finished behind Juventus last season despite reaching 91 points. Liverpool’s sensational comeback against Barcelona in the Champions League this week showed how strong they have been at Anfield this season. A win against Wolves will extend their home unbeaten streak in the league to 40 games. Only Chelsea have a longer streak – 86 games between 2004 and 2008. City, though, have been even better. They will finish this season with the most points at home. Share on WhatsApp Liverpool Share on Twitter Liverpool and City have been embroiled in a thrilling race for most of the season, one that will remind fans on Merseyside of the last time they came this close to winning the title. With just three games left in the 2013-14 season, Liverpool held a five-point lead at the top of the table. But a Steven Gerrard slip against Chelsea and then a three-goal collapse against Crystal Palace allowed City to beat them at the last.Liverpool were reeled in this season during a six-game stretch between January and March, in which Jürgen Klopp’s side dropped eight points. That came after a 2-1 defeat by City in the first game of the new year, Liverpool’s only loss of the season. A win would have given them a 10-point lead at the top. Share on LinkedIn Share on Facebook Share via Email Manchester City features Premier League Share on Pinterest Reuse this content