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first_img…or opaque in oil?Call your Eyewitness jaded, but he’s not impressed by this application of a “Multi Stakeholder Group (MSG) for Guyana to obtain membership in the “Extractive Industries Transparency Initiative” (EITI).  The latter body, “overseeing” the “transparency” and good governance of extractive operations in some 52 countries engaged in oil, gas and mineral resources, is supposed to be a stamp of approval over our Government’s handling of our incipient oil industry.But no matter how vigilant the EITI is — and that’s a matter for debate — aren’t we locking the stable door after the (oil) horse has bolted? After all, according to our trusty Wiki source, “The EITI Standard requires information along the extractive industry value chain FROM the point of extraction to how the revenue makes its way through the Government, to how it contributes to the economy.”But in our case, all of Guyana – including key supporters of the Government – have been demanding the details of the contract, since that would determine exactly what we’re supposed to get “FROM the point of extraction”. How exactly did Trotman get to DOUBLE the rate of royalties from 1% to the underwhelmingly 2%?? He can’t have it both ways: saying on one hand that the PPP contract negotiated back in 1999 is cast in stone, yet, on the other hand, a key clause could be changed!Point of the matter is: the original 1999 Contract was time-bound, and was due for renewal by 2015 — just when the new Government COINCIDENTALLY acceded to office.The contract could’ve been renegotiated at that time – and WAS! All that talk of Guyana getting “bad name” for not accepting the sanctity of contracts is nonsense. Just as with the GTT contract — signed in 1990 and expired in 2010 — which can be renegotiated, as the Government’s doing right now. No bad name!!Your Eyewitness has a problem with the MSG, which will represent Guyana at the EITI, accepting the contract shouldn’t be shown to the Guyanese people. Whose interests are they really representing? The legislation says the MSG “shall be comprised of 4 Government Representatives; 4 Business Group Representatives; and 4 Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) Representatives.”We can understand the Government and business reps going along (businesses, after all, have to be “pragmatic”!) but the CSOs?? Shouldn’t they have dug their heels in and demanded the contract be made public as a precondition to their giving their stamp of approval to the application to the EITI?But all is not lost. Right now Guyana is merely an “EITI Candidate”; it’ll take two-and-a-half years for Validation.The people can speak in 2020!!…on new BridgeIf the Government hasn’t begun its campaign for 2020, the AFC certainly have! After a prolonged period of somnolence, they’ve suddenly found their voice, and are pronouncing on all manner of things. Even the Cummingsburg Accord – but don’t get excited – nothing substantive!! Anyhow, their Minister of Infrastructure, Patterson, announced they’ll get going next year on the fixed-span new Demerara Harbour Bridge, which the PPP had proposed.But again, don’t get too excited. What they REALLY announced was next year they’ll launch the PROCESS of starting the bridge project. And we know how long THAT can take to get it to the end, don’t we? However, there was an interesting revelation to the effect they’ll be having prospective bidders for the project be PREQUALIFIED. Makes, sense, doesn’t it? You wouldn’t want any fella with a backhoe sending in bids, would you?  This is an important and LARGE undertaking.But if PREQUALIFICATION is necessary for the bridge, why did the Government throw out prequalification for PHARMA SUPPLIES?Aren’t lives even more important than a bridge?…wishYour Eyewitness is bemused by the irony of that Marxist holdout in the PPP – Hydar Ali – fervently and ostentatiously agreeing with the British High Commissioner on the need for a change in the voting system.Aaah, how quickly we forget!!last_img read more

No bad blood with Sterling- Rodgers

first_imgHe declined to confirm where the 20-year-old was going or how much for, but British media say Sterling will go to Manchester City in a deal worth over £49 million ($76 million, 68 million euro).“The club has agreed with another club a deal for him to be transferred. Subject to a medical that will go through,” Rodgers said.“Contrary to probably the last week or so in terms of what was written, Raheem and I have always remained very strong in our relationship and have been right up until we left. So there’s no issue there,” he added.His comments confirm the closing stages of what has become this summer’s most acrimonious transfer.Sterling’s refusal to commit to Liverpool has angered the club’s supporters, who jeered him at an end-of-season awards dinner.Rodgers’s relationship with Sterling cooled considerably when the player turned down a lucrative new contract worth £100,000 per week in January this year.Two months later, Sterling’s relationship with the Liverpool hierarchy became even more strained when, in an interview with the BBC given without the club’s approval, he confirmed he had rejected the Reds’ latest contract offer.Sterling’s agent, Aidy Ward, then added to the growing rift by saying his client would not sign a new deal with Liverpool even for “£900,000 a week”.– Fans flock to hotel –English football commands a huge following in Thailand and it is not uncommon to see entire skyscrapers in Bangkok decked in advertising featuring stars from the premier league.Despite being named in the 30-man squad for the pre-season tour, Sterling was left behind by Liverpool when the club flew out to Thailand, where his teammates will play the Thai All Stars on Tuesday night before moving on to Malaysia and Australia.Players were greeted with traditional flower garlands on arrival at a luxury hotel in downtown Bangkok as fans in the football obsessed country jostled for a glimpse of their favourite players.New signings James Milner, Danny Ings and Nathaniel Clyne are all on the trip.Rodgers said his focus was on players who have joined his squad rather than dwell on those who have chosen to leave.“At this moment in time the interest is with the players that are here. The key for us is that it is the overall team that is important,” he said.Sterling joined Liverpool from QPR’s academy in 2010 and has since scored 23 goals in 129 senior appearances for the club.He made his senior England debut in 2012, scoring one goal in 16 appearances.Liverpool finished sixth in the Premier League last season and so missed out on the Champions League, whereas runners-up City have qualified for European football’s elite club competition.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Raheem Sterling. PHOTO/FileBANGKOK, July 13- Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers confirmed Monday his team plans to sell Raheem Sterling to a rival club as he played down reports of an acrimonious rift over the restless England forward.Speaking in Bangkok where Liverpool have begun a pre-season overseas tour, the Northern Irish manager confirmed Sterling would leave, subject to passing medical tests.last_img read more

Groups opposed to Pacific Northwest LNG continue lawsuit against environmental certificate

first_imgEnvironmental group SkeenaWild and two First Nations groups had filed a lawsuit last October, claiming the Canadian government’s environmental assessment was invalid and that the project would have significant and adverse environmental effects.SkeenaWild’s executive director Greg Knox told Reuters in a phone interview, “The reason we are doing that is that we are concerned they could come back at a later date and build there, or that they could try to sell their permit to another company that wants the facility.”Story courtesy Reuters: https://ca.reuters.com/article/topNews/idCAKBN1AO0HW-OCATP KUALA LUMPUR, MALAYSIA — Several environmental and aboriginal groups still want to go ahead with a lawsuit that aims to annul an environmental permit granted for the proposed Pacific NorthWest LNG terminal, despite main backer Petronas announcing last month that it was scrapping the project.A representative for the groups filing suit against the Canadian government told Reuters that they want the permit granted by the Canadian Environmental Assessment Agency overturned so that the C$36 billion plan for an LNG export facility on Lelu Island can’t be resurrected by Petronas or any other operator in the future.Petronas, which has a 62 percent stake in Pacific NorthWest LNG, declined to comment on the lawsuit.- Advertisement -The company said last month that it was pulling out of the project because of persistently low natural gas prices. It had received the environmental permit after a three-year wait but with 190 conditions that aimed to limit the environmental impact of the project.Still, minority stakeholder Indian Oil Corp Ltd, which owns a 10 percent stake in the project, said last week that the consortium was scouting for a new, cheaper location for the export terminal.Petronas declined to comment on whether it was involved in a search for a new location, but said it continues to look at opportunities to monetize its Montney Basin gas resources in the Peace Region.Advertisementlast_img read more

‘How have we won that?! We literally stole three points!’ – Chelsea fan reaction

first_imgFuture Chelsea games might have to come with a health warning for their supporters!Blues fans were put through the wringer on Saturday afternoon as their side claimed a nerve-shattering victory over Watford to record their first win in four games.The hosts took the lead at Stamford Bridge through a spectacular curling goal from Pedro, but Marco Silva’s invigorated Hornets came buzzing back to level before the break and then go 2-1 early in the second-half.Watford were the more impressive team throughout the game but they were left to rue a number of missed chances, including a miss-of-the-season contender from Brazilian ace Richarlison, as Chelsea came back.Michy Batshuayi was the super sub again as the striker came off the bench to head the Blues level on 71 minutes, before Cesar Azpilicueta make it 3-2 in the 82nd minute, with Batshuayi wrapping up the nervy win by scoring again in the fourth minute of added time.It was a flattering result for Antonio Conte’s men, and many fans know that the result merely papers over the cracks that are still evident from their performance against the Hornets.See how supporters reacted to the game below… 1 Cesar Azpilicueta celebrates what was practically the winning goal for Chelsea against Watford center_img [View the story “‘How have we won that?! We literally stole three points!’ – Chelsea fans react to roller-coaster win over Watford” on Storify]last_img read more

Shock name linked with Manchester United job as back-up for Pochettino

first_imgTottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino is widely understood to be United’s top target, but it won’t be easy to prise the Argentinian away.And, according to The Sun, United executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward has drawn up a shortlist of potential targets should he not be able to tempt Pochettino away.Rose, the Red Bull Salzburg, manager, is said to be on that list, along with Zinedine Zidane, Laurent Blanc and Solskjaer.Rose has only been in senior management since 2017 but has made an impressive start to life in the dugout.He led Red Bull Salzburg to the Austrian title in his first season and into the semi-finals of the Europa League after beating Real Sociedad, Borussia Dortmund and Lazio in the knockout rounds. Red Bull Salzburg celebrate their title win in 2017/18 Marco Rose is the shock name reportedly in contention for the Manchester United job 2 2 Marco Rose has emerged as a shock name in the frame for the Manchester United manager’s job.The Premier League giants are on the hunt for a permanent successor to Jose Mourinho, who was sacked on December 18, with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer placed in interim charge for the remainder of the season. Salzburg have carried their impressive form into 2018/19 and are currently enjoying a stunning campaign.They are 14 points clear at the top of the league table, unbeaten in all competitions and into the last 32 of the Europa League again.Rose spent part of his playing career with Mainz playing under Jurgen Klopp, and is close friends with the Liverpool boss.last_img read more

Monday night’s GAA action in Sligo and Leitrim

first_imgIn the Leitrim U17 Football Championship last night, there was disappointment for Melvin Gaels and Dromahair, who lost out to St Mary’s and Kiltubrid respectively.In hurling, Naomh Eoin and Benbulben Gaels both picked up wins in the Sligo U16 Championship.Naomh Eoin beat Tubbercurry/Cloonacool at Kent Park, while Benbulben Gaels defeated Tourlestrane in Oxfield.last_img

Global Accessibility Awareness Day, Detroit 2017: Resources and Links

first_imgLast week I hosted Global Accessibility Awareness Day (GAAD), Detroit 2017, along with my Refresh Detroit co-organizer Nick DeNardis and Ladies That UX Detroit founder Emily Bowman.We had a great turnout for our fourth annual GAAD Detroit event, where Caitlin Geier and Matt Isner presented talks on usability and testing for accessibility. You can check out photos as well as this excellent recap by Mark Moeckler.Resources and LinksMany accessibility resources were shared during the event. Here are a few of the resources, along with links to the presentation slides:Global Accessibility Awareness DayCaitlin Geier’s Design Before Code slidesMatt Isner’s Introduction to aXe slidesWeb Content Accessibility Guidelines (WCAG) 2.0Nielsen’s 10 Usability HeuristicsNoCoffee Chrome extensionaXe accessibiity testing toolaXe Chrome extensionaXe Firefox extensionBasic Screen Reader Commands for Accessibility TestingTips for Getting Started with AccessibilityThanks to SponsorsGlobal Accessibility Awareness Day, Detroit would not happen without the financial support of our sponsors. Thank you to our event sponsor, Deque for returning for the second year to sponsor our event.Shoutout to local coworking space Bamboo Detroit for providing the event venue. Visit their site to learn more about their coworking plans as well as upcoming events.Save the DateIf you’re in the Michigan or northwest Ohio area, save the date for next year’s Global Accessibility Awareness Day, Detroit on May 17, 2018.Our Next Refresh Detroit MeetupYou’re invited to join us at our June event, Google Analytics Workshop on June 22, 2017, when Nick DeNardis will explore how to track user experiences in Google Analytics. Register today!Keep the Conversation GoingAlthough Global Accessibility Awareness Day is over, let’s keep the conversation going about web accessibility.Whether you attended our Detroit event, another in-person event, spent an hour not using your computer mouse, or attended an online workshop, share what you learned with people you work with, your blog readers, and others.Lets make the web accessible to everyone!Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Like this:Like Loading…RelatedGlobal Accessibility Awareness Day, Detroit to Take Place May 18Returning for the fourth year, Global Accessibility Awareness Day (GAAD), Detroit will be held May 18, 2017 at Bamboo Detroit in downtown Detroit, Michigan. Our event will join dozens of other events held around the world on May 18 to raise awareness of digital accessibility in the products and services…In “Accessibility”May 2018 User Experience and Web Professional EventsWhether you’re a user experience or web professional, you know it can be a challenge to keep your skills up-to-date, learn about new methods, and network with fellow web workers. And it takes time to find interesting local events. That’s why I publish a monthly calendar of user experience and…In “Calendar”Celebrate Global Accessibility Awareness Day, Detroit on May 19I’m proud to announce Global Accessibility Awareness Day (GAAD), Detroit returns for the third year on May 19, 2016 at 6:30pm in downtown Detroit. We have an exciting event planned for this year: an interactive hands-on session to help you better understand the importance of making the web accessible to…In “Accessibility”last_img read more

South African restaurant guides

first_imgWondering where to eat out tonight? Here’s our update on South Africa’s restaurant guides, plus where to go for restaurant and food news, features, recipes and more.All this food has got to be washed down with something – and South African wines have been earning rave reviews internationally for 300 years. Here’s the SA wine story, plus online guides, wine routes, and where to buy on the web.Eat OutEat Out is an annual listing guide featuring independent critics’ reviews of over 800 restaurants countrywide.Eat Out neither charges restaurants to be listed, nor expects them to pick up the tab for its meals, making it “the most objective and definitive restaurant guide in SA.”The Eat Out website is comprehensive interactive restaurant guide that allows visitors to find the perfect place to eat out in their area, post their own restaurant reviews or read what other diners have to say. Eat Out’s top 10 SA restaurants Truffle PigTruffle Pig’s online restaurant guide features a selection of South Africa’s top-performing restaurants. The restaurant’s ratings, awards and visitors comments are included, along with downloadable menus and chef profiles.Also check out Truffle Pig’s wine, whisky and gourmet travel guides, culinary dictionary, info on food and wine pairings, dishes unique to South Africa, and more.Wine MagazineWINEmag.co.za publishes restaurant reviews featured in Wine Magazine – and lets you to search for them by category or area. A good guide if you’re looking only for the best restaurants.More restaurants, recipes & food newsDining-out.co.zaUse the handy restaurant search function to locate an eatery you already know or search for somewhere new and exotic. There’s also a map search, wine news, chef profiles, features & more.WhatToEat.co.zaFour ways to search – including a map search – for restaurants, pubs, diners and grills in SA. Strongest on the main centres.What2night.co.zaUser-friendly online restaurant and nightspot guide for Gauteng province.Eating out in Jo’burgDining out page of the City of Johannesburg website, with a restaurant guide searchable by cuisine or by suburb, as well as review of “historic”, “elegant” and “unique” restaurants in the city.Other restaurant search engines:Dining.co.zaRestaurants.co.zaWebdining.co.zaFOOD24Includes a collection of over 10 000 recipes. The site is completely searchable and allows you to store recipes in your own online ‘recipe book’.ShowcookWeb-based magazine carrying articles about food in South Africa and abroad, including book reviews and recipes.Confrerie de la Chaine des RotisseursSite of the international society devoted to fine dining. Lists events of the various baillages, or chapters – there are four in South Africa. These gatherings are usually black-tie dinners at top restaurants, but are occasionally more informal events.South African Chefs AssociationMainly for professional chefs and restaurateurs. Offers links to chefs’ associations worldwide, a job site with posts in South Africa and overseas, a list of industry events and food festivals, and pages by a range of chefs, most with recipes.Traditional South African RecipesTraditional South African and African recipes are offered on this site, which comes complete with a photo of the eponymous Pete, who looks like a Limpopo Province game farmer. There’s also a newsletter.Homesick South AfricansAnother site for expatriates. Among its offerings are recipes for biltong, including drawings and measurements for making your own biltong box. If that’s too arduous, there’s information on where to find the stuff overseas.SouthAfrica.info reporterlast_img read more

Cloud Computing: Can You Trust Your Data in the Cloud?

first_img ‹ Content Management: Secrets of the Trade Social Media: Inc 500 versus Fortune 500 › Leave a Comment March 18th, 2010 Category: Cloud Computing, SaaS center_img SaaS and cloud-based computing are one of the fastest growing sectors of IT.  Check the top five trends of almost any IT analyst and you’re almost certain to see SaaS and Cloud Computing in the list.  But despite the growth and rosy predictions, the one thing that still worries people about Cloud computing is security.Is data stored in the cloud safe?  Are there legal issues that prevent the storing data outside the enterprise?  The questions are common and the answers aren’t always clear.Jeff Goldberg, analyst at research firm Celent, started hearing the questions come up so often that he took on the task to try to drill down a bit more to get some answers.For example, what about regional regulations.  If a local regulation says that data needs to be maintained within that region, does that preclude the use of the cloud with servers located elsewhere?  Actually, some users see the storage of data at some unknown location a plus for security, but to accomodate regulations that specify regional data storage, some cloud vendors are opening data centers in regional facilities to satisfy the requirement.  Data that flows across multiple jurisdictions and is subject to different sets of regulatory policies can also be particularly sticky.Auditing and compliance with federal regulations is another issue, especially for financial companies.  Cloud vendors need to become much more transparent in their policies and practice so that their customers can validate that their data is compliant with regulations.  This is one area where things will need to change.  But cloud vendors are sure to see this as a requirement for them to satisfy in order to capture business.  They will comply.  In fact, Goldberg predicts that SaaS vendors may ultimately become certified by a regulatory body.Finally, licensing terms also need to be carefully considered, particularly around service level and for conditions like what happens to data if the cloud vendor were to go out of business.“It took many years to work out the rules governing web-based commerce and transactions – some still to be defined,” Goldberg said. “But this did not prevent a valuable technology from taking hold over time.” Leave a Reply Cancel reply Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *Comment Name *E-mail *Websitelast_img read more

Exascale Computing Off to Slow Start in DOE Budget

first_imgJust as each generation of desktop and laptop computers becomes a bit sleeker and faster than its predecessor, supercomputers have improved steadily for decades. To stay on that track, supercomputer makers are hoping to build their first “exascale” machines between 2018 and 2020. To build those machines, which are 100 times more powerful than today’s top performers, researchers need to come up with a host of breakthroughs in everything from making energy efficient chips to new algorithms for programming them. So supercomputer scientists were watching the release of the Obama Administration’s budget closely to see if contained new pots of money for exascale science. Observers came away both pleased and disappointed.In December 2011, Congress settled on giving exascale computing $90 million, via the Department of Energy, for the 2012 budget. For the next fiscal year, the Administration today requested only $68 million in DOE funding for exascale science, which includes everything from hardware development, novel mathematical methods, and scientific applications, such as climate modeling software programs. And while that sounds like a disappointing 25% cut, the Administration requested an additional $21 million for DOE for research relating to “data-intensive sciences.” This latter category includes research on how to manage the torrents of data emerging from climate models and other advanced supercomputing programs. So between the two programs, the exascale budget request is essentially flat. “I was hoping to see more of a ramp up,” says John Shalf, a supercomputing expert at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory in California. But with the 2012 budget now set, and at least a first promise that the program will continue in 2013, Shalf says it’s an important start. “There is enough money in FY13 that they can start projects up in 2012 and not have to cancel them in 2013.” Then again, even with the tight fiscal times, Congress may choose to add money to the exascale initiative when it gets involved. The United States is already lagging behind Japan and China when it comes to world’s most powerful supercomputers. And those countries, along with the European Union, Russia, and India have all underscored their desire to be first to the exascale, in hopes of giving their homegrown computer industries a leg up on the competition. That challenge prompted Congress to back the exascale initiative for 2012, and may encourage them to boost the funds down the road.last_img read more