Grades: Cowboys Score Poorly in Loss to Texas Tech

first_imgThe Cowboys enter their bye week after a lackluster weekend in Lubbock.Oklahoma State fell to Texas Tech 45-35 on Saturday in a game the Pokes were favored to win by double digits. It wasn’t a pretty game for the OSU faithful, but the Cowboys will get a chance to regroup with a week off before hosting Baylor. Here are my grades from OSU’s game against Tech.Chuba Hubbard: A-We’ll start with a bright spot in Chuba Hubbard.Hubbard ran for 156 yards and scored three of the Cowboys’ five touchdowns Saturday. It wasn’t his best outing of the year at 4.6 yards a carry, but any time a 156-yard, three-touchdown game isn’t your best, you’re probably going to be alright.Hubbard woke up Sunday morning leading the nation in rushing yards and touchdowns. His 1,094 yards lead second-place J.K. Dobbins by 268 yards, and SMU’s Xavier Jones and Wisconsin’s Jonathan Taylor are a score behind Hubbard’s 13 touchdowns.Hubbard also leads the country in carries. His 162 carries to this point in the year is 18 more than Boston College’s AJ Dillon, so Hubbard deserves this upcoming bye week.Spencer Sanders: DSpencer Sanders stunk.He knows he stunk, but it’d be unfair if I graded him on his good weeks and not on his bad ones.Offensive Line: DThe OSU offensive line has had highs and lows in 2019. Saturday was a low.The Red Raiders had seven sacks in their first four games combined, and Tech sacked Sanders seven times Saturday.Injuries no doubt played a part in the Cowboys’ struggles up front. The same five guys started OSU’s first four games, but injuries to Dylan Galloway and Teven Jenkins have since caused a bit of a fire drill up front.Jenkins returned Saturday, but he did so starting at left tackle after starting the first four games at right tackle. Hunter Anthony started the Kansas State game at left tackle but started at right guard against Tech, and Johnny Wilson returned to center after playing the K-State game at right guard. While you’re here, we’d like you to consider subscribing to Pistols Firing and becoming a PFB+ member. It’s a big ask from us to you, but it also comes with a load of benefits like ad-free browsing (ads stink!), access to our premium room in The Chamber and monthly giveaways.The other thing it does is help stabilize our business into the future. As it turns out, sending folks on the road to cover games and provide 24/7 Pokes coverage like the excellent article you just read costs money. Because of our subscribers, we’ve been able to improve our work and provide the best OSU news and community anywhere online. Help us keep that up. LTLGCRGRT Hunter AnthonyMarcus KeyesRy SchneiderJohnny WilsonBryce Bray Dylan GallowayMarcus KeyesJohnny WilsonBryce BrayTeven Jenkins Dylan GallowayMarcus KeyesJohnny WilsonBryce BrayTeven Jenkinscenter_img Dylan GallowayMarcus KeyesJohnny WilsonBryce BrayTeven Jenkins Teven JenkinsMarcus KeyesJohnny WilsonHunter AnthonyBryce Bray The group was better in the run game, but Chuba Hubbard’s 4.6 yards per carry were still his second worst outing of the season.OSU’s Defense: C+I thought the Cowboys’ defense held the team in it in the first half.OSU went into the locker room down 20-7 after OSU’s offense turned the ball over three times in the first half.In the second half, though, some of that magic seemed to run out, as Tech managed to score every time it needed to.The Cowboys tackled as poorly as they had all season. Brock Martin had the highest number of tackles for an OSU defensive lineman at only four. True freshman Trace Ford was the only Cowboy to record a sack on Jett Duffey. Dylan GallowayMarcus KeyesJohnny WilsonBryce BrayTeven Jenkinslast_img read more

Virtual Forum: Join WHO in a 2 Week Discussion on Prevention of Maternal and Perinatal Mortality and Morbidity

first_imgPosted on July 25, 2010July 14, 2014Click 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 email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)The World Health Organization (WHO) invites you to join the WHO Guidance Global Discussion Forum on Prevention of Maternal and Perinatal Mortality and Morbidity.The online forum will be held from July 26th – August 6th, 2010.The 2 week virtual discussion forum is designed to provide an opportunity for people to share their ideas, experience and opinions about the type of evidence-based guidance WHO should produce in order to support the reduction of maternal and perinatal mortality and morbidity.Over the two-week forum participants will receive one to two emails per day: one email to introduce the day’s questions, and one daily digest of the contributions. Five questions will be addressed, and each discussed over two consecutive days. All contributions received will be acknowledged.For any questions on this Virtual Global Discussion Forum please contact the forum facilitator: Cordelia Coltart at here for official announcement and invitation to the discussion forum.REGISTER NOW!Share this: ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read:last_img read more

Jones over ‘cr*p’ FA Cup final outing

first_imgManchester United Jones over ‘cr*p’ FA Cup final outing as he prepares for Hazard reunion Guy Atkinson 19:55 6/16/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Phil Jones - cropped Getty Images Manchester United Tunisia Tunisia v England England World Cup England v Belgium Belgium Eden Hazard FA Cup Premier League The Manchester United defender endured a disappointing afternoon against Chelsea at Wembley, but his focus now is on England duty at the World Cup Manchester United defender Phil Jones insists he has put a “cr*p” FA Cup Final performance behind him as he gears up for England’s World Cup campaign.Jones endured a torrid time in United’s 1-0 defeat to Chelsea in May, giving away a decisive first-half penalty that was dispatched by Eden Hazard.The two could come face-to-face again in the final Group G match between England and Belgium, but Jones is adamant that his display at Wembley has been consigned to history. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Perfection from Pulisic: Chelsea’s Captain America has arrived in the Premier League Why always Raheem? ‘Unplayable’ Sterling setting a standard Man City’s other stars need to match ‘There is no creativity’ – Can Solskjaer get Man Utd scoring freely again? ‘Everyone legged it on to the pitch!’ – How Foden went from Man City superfan to future superstar “The FA Cup Final was cr*p,” he said. “But that’s football. These things happen. You move on. You have to, because I can’t sit on my ar*e and dwell on it for weeks and weeks and weeks. I’d be ready to jump off a bridge if I think like that. It was disappointing.”Can I discard that baggage? Of course, you have to. It happens to every single player, all over the world, every day. Some get highlighted more than others, that’s football.”I’m used to it now and I like to think I’m wise enough and experienced enough to deal with it and get on with it.”He’s [Hazard] sharp, he’s quick, he’s agile. And he’s a difficult player to play against. We’ve got some of them in our squad as well.”I’m not too worried about other players, I’m more worried about what we’ve got. When I look at the squad, the training that we’ve done and the games that we’ve played, I see us doing well.”England’s World Cup campaign kicks off against Tunisia on Monday at the Volgograd Arena in Volgograd.last_img read more

UPDATE: OW Bunker Creditors Start Seizing Vessels

first_imgzoom Singapore Supreme Court ordered the arrest of marine fuel delivery barge Laguna on Wednesday as a result of legal claims issued by Hin Leong in the bankruptcy case of Danish marine fuel supplier OW Bunker.According to court documents, cited by Reuters, Laguna was arrested at 12.30 a.m. Singapore time, on the grounds of a writ of summons issued by law firm Rajah & Tann Singapore LLP on behalf of Hin Leong against O.W. Bunker Far East (Singapore) for about USD 1.3 million worth of bunker fuel. Accordingly, Laguna took delivery of the fuel at Universal Terminal on or about Nov. 5.Hin Leong is not the only one as, according to Shipping Watch, Belgian Wiljo, is about to seize 10-15 ships to secure its claims.According to Wiljo’s COO Ronald Verheyen, the company’s lawyers are on the case targeting 10-15 vessels.Danish marine fuel supplier OW Bunker is facing a wave of court actions as companies start to file their claims against the trader.The overall amount of claims made against the company’s Singapore based arms, OW Bunker Far East and Dynamic Oil Trading, over unpaid supplies amount to S$5.3 million (USD 4.11 million).Over a dozen companies issued claims so far, including: Hin Leong Trading, Golden Island Diesel Oil Trading Pte, Bunker House Petroleum Pte, Equatorial Marine Fuel Management Services Pte, Panoil Petroleum Pte.The company together with its subsidiaries filed for bankruptcy on November 7, attributing to its losses, among other things, an alleged fraud committed by senior employees in its Singapore-based subsidiary Dynamic Oil Trading (DOT).The unnamed employees are said to be involved in a fraud that cost the company at least USD 125 million.Separately, OW Bunker said that a review of risk management contracts has revealed a significant risk management loss around USD 150 million.OW Bunker decided to report the two employees to the police and to relieve them of duty immediately. However, the employees’ defence lawyer, Arvid Andersen, claims that his clients deny the allegations, Bloomberg reports.Danish police is now preparing a separate investigation into the case.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

Weekly Traffic Advisories

first_img PICTOU COUNTY: Joudrey Road The southern end of Joudrey Road, off Route 6 in Pictou West, isclosed to all traffic until further notice for bridgeinspections. A detour is available via Mountain Road or Louisville Road. Signsare posted indicating alternate routes. INVERNESS COUNTY: Grand Etang Bridge The Grand Etang Bridge, between Margaree and Cheticamp on theCabot Trail, will have a detour for heavy trucks until furthernotice. The detour is available on Pembrooke Lake Road andCarding Mill Road. The weight restrictions are posted and vary depending on thenumber of axles on the truck. HANTS COUNTY: Highway 101 Highway 101, between exits 3 and 4, near Ellershouse, will havelane closures for repaving until Saturday, July 31. Bothdirections of traffic will be affected intermittently. Trafficcontrol will consist of traffic control persons. Work will take place between 7 a.m. and 9 p.m. daily. Motoristsare advised to use Trunk 2 between exits 3 and 4 to avoid thework zones. COLCHESTER COUNTY: Highway 104 Highway 104 will have intermittent one-lane closures untilThursday, Sept. 30. The closures begin 800 metres west of Exit17, near Valley Cross Roads and extend 5.5 kilometres easterly tothe Manganese Mines Overpass. Traffic in eastbound lanes will beaffected and lane width will be reduced to 4.5 metres in the Exit17 area. Road crews will be carrying out repaving and structuremaintenance between 6:30 a.m. and 8:30 p.m. daily. Traffic control will consist of signage. Motorists are asked touse extra caution while travelling in this area. CUMBERLAND COUNTY: Route 209 There will be one-lane closures on Route 209 from the Parrsborotown line to the Cumberland/Colchester County line until Friday,July 16. Road crews will be crack filling between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. daily.Traffic control will consist of traffic control persons. Local area office: 902-543-7376 Fax: 902-543-5596 -30- Local Area Office: 902-485-5254 Fax: 902-485-7047 Local Area Office: 902-679-6122 Fax: 902-679-6187 Local area office: 902-667-0366 Fax: 902-667-3424 Local Area Office: 902-424-4670 Fax: 902-424-7116 Local area office: 902-563-2518 Fax: 902-563-2517 HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Highway 102 The Highway 102/Trunk 2 Interchange, at Exit 5 near Fall River,will have lane closures until Friday, Oct. 1. Road crews will becarrying out interchange improvements between 6:30 a.m. and 7:30p.m. daily. KINGS COUNTY: Highway 101 Overpass The Highway 101 overpass at Exit 14 at Coldbrook will have one-lane closures until Saturday, July 31. Closures will be in effect24 hours a day as road crews carry out bridge repairs. One lanewill be open at all times. Traffic control will consist oftraffic signals. LUNENBURG COUNTY: Highway 103 There will be alternating lane closures on Highway 103 betweenExit 12 and the Northfield Overpass until Friday, July 23. Roadcrews will be carrying out repaving work between 6 a.m. and 9p.m. Traffic control will consist of a pilot vehicle, flashing lightunits, barrels and traffic cones. Local Area Office: 902-798-2369 Fax: 902-798-2369 Local area office: 902-295-2700 Fax: 902-295-2617 Local Area Office: 902-883-9789 Fax: 902-883-8732 CAPE BRETON COUNTY: Trunk 4 There will be periodic lane closures on three kilometres of Trunk4 near Middle Cape until Wednesday, Nov. 10. Realignment andrepaving work will be carried out from 6.7 kilometres west ofBreac Brook Bridge to the top of the hill in Middle Cape. Work will take place between 7 a.m. and 7 p.m. daily. A pilotvehicle will be used when necessary. Motorists can expect delays and are advised to use alternateroutes where possible. HANTS COUNTY: Elmsdale Bridge Elmsdale Bridge on Trunk 2 between Elmsdale and Lantz is closeduntil September 2004. A detour is available around the bridge.Traffic control consists of a detour sign. Local area office: 902-893-5784 Fax: 902-896-2259 KINGS COUNTY: Simpson Bridge Simpson Bridge on Gaspereau River Road is closed for majorrepairs. A detour is available. Traffic control consists ofsignage. COLCHESTER COUNTY: Highway 102 Two sections of Highway 102 will have intermittent lane closuresuntil Tuesday, Aug. 31. Traffic travelling in northbound laneswill be affected periodically while repaving is carried out. Workwill take place daily between 7 a.m. and 8 p.m. Section one begins 1.3 kilometres north of Commo Road, nearStewiacke, and stretches 5.3 kilometres to Shortts Lake RoadMultiplate, near Brookfield. Section two begins from the north side of Robie Structure, nearTruro, and stretches 3.4 kilometres to the intersection ofHighway 102 and Highway 104. Traffic control will consist of signage. Motorists are asked touse extra caution while driving in these areas. Local area office: 902-893-5784 Fax: 902-896-2259 Local area office: 902-794-5120 Fax: 902-794-5141 CUMBERLAND COUNTY: Route 209 Route 209, from North Greville Road westerly, will be reduced toone lane until further notice for ditching and repaving work.Work will take place between 6 a.m. and 7 p.m. weekdays. Trafficcontrol will consist of traffic control persons. Local Area Office: 902-835-2702 Fax: 902-835-1860 Local Area Office: 902-542-6344 Fax: 902-542-6342 Local Area Office: 902-863-0364 Fax: 902-863-7482 PICTOU COUNTY: Carmichael Road Toney River Bridge on Carmichael Road in Pictou County is closeduntil further notice. Traffic control consists of signage. Adetour is available on Popular Hill Road and Meadowville StationRoad. CONTINUING WORK CAPE BRETON COUNTY: Route 305 There will be occasional lane closures on Route 305 (SeaviewDrive) until Thursday, Sept. 30 while the Leitches Creek Bridgeis replaced. Work will take place between 7 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. weekdays andtraffic control persons will be in place when necessary. HALIFAX REGIONAL MUNICIPALITY: Highway 103 Blasting will take place on Highway 103, at exits 3 and 4,between 9 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. until September 2004. Both eastboundand westbound motorists may experience short delays. Trafficcontrol will consist of traffic control persons. Local area office: 902-667-0366 Fax: 902-667-3424last_img read more

Thousands expected at memorial for fallen police officer in Abbotsford BC

first_imgABBOTSFORD, B.C. – The streets of Abbotsford, B.C., will be lined with blue on Sunday as thousands of police officers from across the country and around the world march in remembrance of their slain colleague.Police estimate about 12,000 people — including 8,000 first responders — will attend a memorial for Const. John Davidson.“It’s pretty important for us to come together as a family,” said Sgt. Judy Bird, spokeswoman for the Abbotsford Police Department. “Our family member was murdered. He deserves to be remembered.”Davidson, 53, had served as a police officer for 24 year when he died on Nov. 6, responding to reports of a stolen vehicle.He is survived by his wife and three adult children.A suspect, Alberta resident Oscar Arfmann, 65, has been charged with first-degree murder in connection with Davidson’s death.Davidson began his career with the Northumbria police in the United Kingdom in 1993. He moved to British Columbia in 2006, driven, Bird said, by a love for the outdoors.The veteran officer’s partners from Northumbria will march with about 230 members of the Abbotsford Police Department in a procession to a local arena. Police officers from across Canada and the United States are also expected to attend.Members of the community have volunteered to host visiting mourners in their homes.They’ve also come together to tie blue ribbons around light posts and trees, and to mourn at candle light vigils, surrounded by hundreds of flowers and cards laid by others expressing their sorrow and thanks.The support has been “overwhelming,” Bird said.“It has been truly heartfelt and we realize that our community is suffering with us. Together we can get through this.”Abbotsford Mayor Henry Braun wasn’t surprised by residents’ stepping up to help, but said he’s proud of his community.“I just find it heartwarming to hear some of the efforts of our residents and our community as they come together to really … put our collective arms around the Davidson family, our police department,” he said.The response shows how much Davidson meant to Abbotsford, Braun added.“In the midst of grief and sadness of it all, the flip side of that coin is that we’re going to rejoice in the fact that this is an example of what it means to be an exceptional human being,” the mayor said.In his time with the force, Davidson worked in the patrol, youth and traffic sections, and was involved with community initiatives like the Cops for Cancer bike ride.He was known for talking to the people he pulled over about the danger of traffic violations and for his work with high school students, Bird said.Davidson was so beloved by students at WJ Mouat Secondary School that the students made him an honorary hawk, marking him as one of their own, she added.“He came across as a kind of gruff, old school policeman,” Bird said, noting that his thick Scottish accent added to an apparent toughness. “However, as soon as you started talking to him or peeled away that first layer, he was such a kind soul who would do anything for his community or for his fellow officers.”Once Sunday’s memorial is over, the focus will shift on finding a long-term way to honour Davidson.A petition has circulated online suggesting a road be named after the fallen officer, but Braun said he’s not sure yet how Abbotsford will choose to remember Davidson — only that they will.“He was a hero and we do things to remember our heroes,” he said.— By Gemma Karstens-Smith in Vancouver— Follow @gkarstenssmith on Twitterlast_img read more

Judge urges jurors to reach verdicts in LacMegantic trial after they hit

first_imgSHERBROOKE, Que. – A judge urged jurors at the Lac-Megantic trial to try once more to reach unanimous verdicts after they told him Tuesday they had come to an impasse on their sixth day of deliberations.Quebec Superior Court Justice Gaetan Dumas told the 12 jurors that failing to reach verdicts for the three accused would not reflect badly on them, provided they “made an honest effort.”But he nonetheless exhorted them to try again, and the eight men and four women will enter Day 7 of deliberations Wednesday.“The law gives me the power to dissolve the jury if it appears that holding you longer would be useless,” Dumas told jurors. “This power can’t be used lightly or prematurely.“Will you please try once again to reach a verdict? This is a time for each of you to reflect further on the evidence and to see how, listening to each other carefully and reasoning together, you can come to an agreement.”The jurors are deliberating the fate of Tom Harding, Richard Labrie and Jean Demaitre. The three were charged with criminal negligence causing the 2013 tragedy that killed 47 people when a runaway train carrying crude oil derailed and exploded in the small town.After Tuesday’s lunch break, Dumas convened the prosecution and the defence teams back into the courtroom and read a letter from the jury.“We are at an impasse,” Dumas said, referring to the letter. “What happens if we can’t arrive at a unanimous decision?”The day before, jurors sent Dumas their first letter, asking for a dictionary and for further clarification on judicial concepts such as “reasonable doubt” and a “reasonable person.”The dictionary request was turned down.All three accused can be found guilty of criminal negligence causing the death of 47 people, while jurors have the option of convicting Harding on one of two other charges: dangerous operation of railway equipment or dangerous operation of railway equipment causing death.Harding was the train’s engineer, Labrie the traffic controller and Demaitre the manager of train operations.The three men each pleaded not guilty.Charles Shearson, one of Harding’s attorneys and the only lawyer who regularly speaks to reporters, said it is common for jurors to struggle to agree.“It’s not rare that juries come to an impasse,” he told reporters shortly after Dumas sent jurors back to deliberate.“The reading of an exhortation, asking them to come to a unanimous verdict while not capitulating on their convictions in their appreciation of the evidence is something common and standard.”Before Dumas asked jurors to try again, he suggested to the legal teams that if the jury came back a second time without reaching unanimous verdicts on all three accused, he would ask the 12 if they could at least come to an agreement on one or two of the accused.None of the three men presented a defence at the trial, but lawyers for each told the jury, in turn, the Crown had failed to meet its burden of proof.The prosecution mounted a case that the three were each criminally negligent in their own way for failing to ensure the train was safe before the wee hours of July 6, 2013.That’s when the locomotive and its cargo of crude oil from the United States rolled away and derailed in Lac-Megantic, exploding and then killing the 47 people as well as destroying part of the downtown core.The Crown argued that Harding’s role was significant because he didn’t apply a sufficient number of brakes after parking the oil-laden convoy for the night in nearby Nantes.That left the locomotive, which weighed more than 10,000 tonnes, resting precariously on a slope 10 kilometres away from downtown Lac-Megantic.Harding applied only half the required level of brakes and didn’t test them to ensure they worked properly before leaving for the night.Shearson countered that the rail disaster was an accident resulting from a perfect storm of unforeseeable events.He said Harding admitted to not conducting a proper brake test and failing to apply a sufficient number of handbrakes, which would have prevented the train from moving after its engine was shut off.He suggested that evidence presented during the trial demonstrated the Montreal, Maine and Atlantic railway didn’t require its employees to perform brake tests perfectly in line with the federal regulations.“We can’t hold people criminally responsible for not being perfect,” Shearson told the court.And Harding could not have foreseen the locomotive catching fire after he left for the night, the lawyer added. Firefighters extinguished a blaze at the lead locomotive shortly before the tragedy and cut the engine, which meant the air brakes were not functioning.The prosecution also blamed Labrie and Demaitre, arguing their responsibilities included taking the necessary steps to avoid injuries and loss of life the night before the derailment.Lawyers for the Crown claimed neither man deemed it necessary to check with Harding to see how many handbrakes had been applied and whether tests had been conducted.Demaitre’s lawyer, Gaetan Bourassa, argued his client had no say in safety-related decisions made in the United States by Montreal, Maine and Atlantic’s parent company.Labrie’s lawyer, Guy Poupart, argued his client had a limited role in the tragedy. He also played up the testimony of several witnesses who described him as competent, reliable and someone they trusted.last_img read more

Invest in the company or retirement More owners opt to save

first_imgNEW YORK — In John Holloway’s early years as an entrepreneur, saving for his own future wasn’t a priority.“I invested a lot of money into one of my first businesses and came out break even at best. I am kicking myself for not setting some of that money aside for retirement,” says Holloway, co-owner of, a life insurance brokerage based in Roswell, Georgia.These days, when his company’s cash flow and profits are strong enough, he takes money out of the business and invests in a retirement account.“I am trying to diversify — having all of my eggs in one basket is stressful,” Holloway says.Saving for retirement hasn’t been a priority for many small business owners over the years. They’ve hoped to build their businesses, sell at a huge profit and have a comfortable retirement. While they’ve taken profits out for homes and college tuition, it was more important to reinvest earnings into the company rather than save for retirement. But attitudes about saving may be evolving after the financial devastation of the Great Recession, when tens of thousands of businesses failed.In a survey by insurer Nationwide released in October, 53 per cent of younger business owners — those born in the 1980s and ’90s — said having a workplace savings plan was important for their retirement. Fewer baby boomers, 39 per cent, felt it was important. Older surveys show how boomers favoured their companies over saving — the Small Business Administration said in 2006 that only about a third of owners had Individual Retirement Accounts and 18 per cent had a 401(k).When Ron Lieback started his digital marketing business, he began setting aside 10 per cent of his own salary. Profits from the company, ContentMender, are reinvested into new technology, but Lieback wants to be personally prepared for the what-ifs.“Something could crash and our business could fail. You always have to have that in the back of your head, so you need that nest egg,” says Lieback, whose company is based in Mountain Top, Pennsylvania. To help his company be more profitable, and therefore help himself save, Lieback uses freelancers for some of ContentMender’s work.Owners who expect companies to fund their retirement are optimistic but may be overlooking the fact that they and the business are vulnerable to potential calamities, says David O’Brien, a financial adviser with Evolution Advisors in Midlothian, Virginia. For example, an owner who’s the company’s key employee can be sidelined by a serious illness, hurting the value of the business. Or if patents are infringed and once-exclusive products are now sold by competitors, a company’s value can plunge.Moreover, O’Brien says, when it’s time to sell, buyers might not be willing to pay what the owner hopes for.“You need to shore up your reserves in case you don’t get the sales price of your business that you want,” he says.Many owners couldn’t get their asking prices during the Great Recession and its aftermath. Sales of companies plunged and didn’t recover until 2013; they’ve soared since as owners finally got the deals they wanted.However, many startups might not exist if owners hadn’t plowed every possible cent into the business.“We invested everything we made back into the business to get it past the tipping point of financial stability,” says David Gafford, who owns Fusion Creative, a digital marketing firm and a credit card processor, both in Indianapolis. “Then we made the turn from putting everything back into the business to focusing on our personal and family goals as well.”But, Gafford warns, saving will affect the business: “You’re really dramatically slowing the rate at which you’re going to grow.”Financial adviser Nathan Fisher finds owners don’t think about retirement savings until they’re prodded by employees; putting money aside suddenly becomes a priority.“Their nest egg is their business,” says Fisher, senior executive vice-president of Fisher Investments 401(k) Solutions. “Then they get employees who say, ‘my old company had a 401(k), why don’t we have one?’”But Shamila Nduriri, who studied finance in college, saved aggressively when she worked for a corporation and continues to put money aside now that she owns Dalasini, a jewelry company based in Las Vegas. While she is saving for retirement, real estate investing and contingencies, she also wants the tax savings from contributing to a retirement account.“It’s foolish to leave money on the table if there’s a tax benefit to it,” Nduriri says. She can deduct up to $55,000 a year for money she puts into what’s called a Simplified Employee Pension, or SEP, account.When Nduriri decided what kind of business to start, she chose upscale jewelry because it has higher profit margins, and that makes it easier for her to save.“When your margins are thin, you have to invest every penny,” she says.Some owners, because of the nature of their business, believe it’s wiser to keep investing in the company. Metropolis Collectibles deals in rare comic books and comic book art, some of which have sold for hundreds of thousands of dollars. Co-owner Stephen Fishler believes comic books are a better bet than stocks, so he focuses on the items in his inventory.“Investing in them, from my perspective, can do significantly better than putting those same funds into more traditional investment vehicles,” he says._____For more small business news, insights and inspiration, sign up for our free weekly newsletter here: Joyce Rosenberg at . Her work can be found here: M. Rosenberg, The Associated Presslast_img read more

Global security demands human solidarity not nuclear deterrence – UN atomic chief

“Regardless of differences of nationality, ethnicity, culture or faith, it is high time to understand that we are all part of one human family, with shared core values – and what is more important is that we act accordingly,” International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Director-General Mohammed ElBaradei said on being awarded the International Four Freedoms award presented by the Roosevelt Stichting Foundation.“The current global approach to security is in my view dysfunctional, and cannot endure. We therefore need to work urgently towards the development of a new collective security system,” he said at the week-end ceremony in Middelburg, the Netherlands, calling for an effective and equitable mechanism to address the security needs of all.Such a system must be based not on nuclear deterrence, but on human security, human solidarity and human interdependence. “This requires a new mindset and reformed institutions,” he assertedThe Four Freedoms Award, named in honour of the United States World War II-era leader, President Franklin D. Roosevelt, highlights the freedom of expression, freedom of worship, freedom from want and freedom from fear. While in Europe and some other parts of the world people take the four freedoms for granted, in many other areas the picture is very different with more than 20,000 people dying “because they are too poor to stay alive,” Mr. ElBaradei said. Yet, according to experts, “for an additional 65 billion euros per year, we could cut world hunger in half, put programmes in place for clean water worldwide, enable reproductive health care for women everywhere, eradicate illiteracy and provide immunization for every child,” he noted. By comparison, he noted that in 2004, expenditures on armaments increased by more than 200 billion euros.Intolerance, poverty, repression and fear, he declared, “can lead to despair and humiliation, which in turn breed extremism and terrorism – the very threats that, ultimately, affect the freedoms of every one of us.” read more

Security Council authorizes temporary boost for African Union force in Somalia

In a unanimously adopted resolution, the Council extended the deployment of the AU Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) – which was created in 2007 – until 31 October 2014.It also requested the AU to increase AMISOM’s force strength from 17,731 to a maximum of 22,126 uniformed personnel, and decided to expand the logistical support package provided to the force by the United Nations. The Council underlined that the increases in force strength decided in the resolution “are to provide a short-term enhancement of AMISOM’s military capacity,” for a period of 18 to 24 months and as part of an overall exit strategy for AMISOM, after which a decrease in the Mission’s force strength will be considered.Both Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and the AU had recently recommended enhancements for the Mission, including helicopters and other enablers, so that it can combat the insurgency in the Horn of Africa nation, which is trying to move past decades of fighting and advance peace and development. In today’s resolution, the 15-member Council also took note of the Secretary-General’s intention to deploy an appropriate UN Static Guard unit to strengthen security at the compounds of the UN Assistance Mission in Somalia (UNSOM), which was set up in June to support the Government and the people of the country in their quest for security and prosperity.Meanwhile, it agreed with Mr. Ban that conditions in the country “are not yet appropriate” for the deployment of a UN peacekeeping operation, and requested him to keep progress against the benchmarks set for such a move under continuous review.The Council also urged increased collaboration between the AU, UN and the Federal Government of Somalia, “including on a comprehensive approach to peace, security and development which integrates political, security, peacebuilding and development activities, recognizing that none can succeed in isolation.” read more

Strong bus and coach demand boosts registrations again in May

Click through to download the full May 2015 bus and coach news release and data table.Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window) New bus and coach registrations up 21.1% in May, with growth in all segments.Demand in 2015 remains strong, with the overall market growing 14.3% to 3,837 units.Boost for new coach uptake ahead of British summer getaway, with registrations up more than half. “The UK’s bus and coach market performed strongly in May, with all sectors reporting increased demand. Coach builders in particular enjoyed a welcome boost to business as operators continued to invest in their fleets ahead of the busy summer holiday period,” said Mike Hawes, SMMT Chief Executive. “With overall year-to-date values remaining high for a fifth month this year, we can be optimistic that this trend will continue into 2015.” read more

Roaring Raptors fans go quiet as Warriors win Game 5 of the

Almost 20,000 rapturous Raptors fans cramming a downtown arena and tens of thousands more across Canada watched in disbelief Monday as the home team lost by a single point to the Golden State Warriors in Game 5 of their first NBA Finals.The roars that had echoed through cities and towns across the country fell quiet as the Raptors failed to become the first team outside of the United States to win the championship.Fans were in agony as their team came back to take the lead late in the fourth quarter – until the Warriors pushed back ahead. Some clasped their hands in prayer. Others bounced nervously on their feet. The crowd went quiet as one final buzzer-beating attempt to steal the game went wide.Outside the arena, thousands wearing ponchos and huddled under umbrellas jammed the Jurassic Park fan zone, had spent the night bursting into chants of “Let’s Go, Raptors!” A soaking wet Sam Patenaude had lined up at 7 a.m. to get into the zone.“It’s better than being inside. There’s so much energy. I love it,” she said. “It doesn’t matter if it’s baseball, or hockey, or basketball, we support our team. That’s what Canada does.”Earlier in the day, the smell of legal marijuana wafted through the damp air as a lineup snaked halfway around the large arena amid optimism the Raptors would take home the title.Before the tip-off, Grammy-winning R&B singer Monica, best known for her chart-topping duet “The Boy is Mine” with Brandy, performed the Star-Spangled Banner. It was largely left to fans to belt out O Canada.Roberto Bernabe said he flew by himself to Toronto from Cebu City in the Philippines on Sunday and went straight to the Jurassic Park line-up and slept there overnight. The 45-year-old Filipino said he’s been a fan since seeing them play in 2014.“I immediately became a fan,” said Bernabe, sporting a sign reading: “Raptors fans from the Philippines.”Allen Agco and Iris Ilano flew from Vancouver on Monday morning to get a spot in Jurassic Park, where some had been camping out since late Friday.“We had to be part of the fans and the craziness,” Allen said.For those unable to get to Toronto, versions of the Jurassic Park fan zone, with its large screens broadcasting the games, sprang up across the country.In Montreal, enthusiasm for Canada’s lone NBA franchise was enough to create the unthinkable: A major downtown street was closed off Monday night so fans could cheer on a team from Toronto. For the first time, part of Peel Street became a Montreal version of Jurassic Park.Fans in Halifax watched at block parties, while about 13,000 filled Regina’s Mosaic Stadium, home of the CFL’s Saskatchewan Roughriders, to watch on the MaxTron – the largest screen in Canada. At more than 630 square metres, the screen is bigger than a standard NBA basketball court.“It’s crazy. It’s been just phenomenal to see the turnout,” said Sharon Christie, who was in the stadium. “I did live in Toronto when the Blue Jays won the world series, so this is the next comparable thing.”Police said they were expecting 25,000 spectators at Mississauga’s Celebration Square – dubbed Jurassic Park West for the occasion, while others filled a movie theatre in Vancouver.Some, however, were disappointed. Officials in Guelph, Ont., cancelled their viewing party, because it was too windy to inflate the outdoor screen. But the Niagara Falls were lit up red in honour of the Raps, while fans in Rockford, Ill., hometown to the Raptors’ Fred VanVleet, crowded their version of Jurassic Park.Toronto Mayor John Tory – wearing a gold-and-black Raptors blazer – waded into the crowd at half-time, cheering with fans and posing for pictures.“They’ve been out here all day … and it was pouring rain,” Tory said of the fans in Jurassic Park. “Other NBA cities are taking notice.”Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said the national anthem had “never sounded better,” Trudeau tweeted in both official languages.Online ticket-resale site StubHub said Monday’s game was its all-time NBA leader in sales. The highest ticket sold on the site for Game 5 was listed at $27,500, it said. read more

In A StarDominated Sport Theres Still A Place For Unselfish Basketball

“Those Knicks teams — the ’69-’70 team, the ’72-73 team — when you talk to basketball purists about the greatest teams they’ve ever seen, that little era always comes up,” a radio voice intones early in Michael Rapaport’s “When The Garden Was Eden,” a “30 for 30” film debuting on ESPN Tuesday. “That’s the way you’re supposed to play basketball.”Speaking as a card-carrying basketball purist (or at least a basketball history nut), he’s right — particularly on that last point. The Knicks of that era rank highly among the all-time great NBA teams, but not at the very top. Instead, where they really stand out is in how they won.The 1969-70 New York Knicks, who won the first of the franchise’s only two championships, consistently rank among the most dominant regular-season teams in NBA history, especially relative to the spread of talent in the league at that time. After adjusting for strength of schedule, their per-game point differential was +8.4 (17th all-time); it also outpaced the second-place Milwaukee Bucks that year by 4.2 points per game, the sixth-biggest gap ever between the league leader and runner-up. That was a big part of why the Knicks’ schedule-adjusted scoring margin was 2.4 standard deviations better than the average team’s in 1969-70 — the second-best such mark ever.The 1969-70 Knicks struggled on the road in the playoffs and were taken the distance twice in the span of three series. But the team’s playoff run — which saw New York outlast the Baltimore Bullets (led by future Knick Earl Monroe), overpower a rookie Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and his Milwaukee Bucks, and survive the Los Angeles Lakers in a seven-game NBA Finals classic — also ranks among the 50 or so best ever, after taking into account whom they had to beat.And the 1972-73 Knicks did even better in the postseason after adjusting for their road to the championship. When I listed the most dominating playoff performances ever back in 2010, that team ranked 11th all-time. With the exception of the 2014 San Antonio Spurs, it’s unlikely that it has been supplanted by more recent champions. En route to the title, New York beat the Baltimore Bullets (+2.9 schedule-adjusted PPG differential) in five games, the Boston Celtics (+7.4) in seven, and the Los Angeles Lakers (an NBA-best +8.2) in five — just about the toughest path any team has ever gone through to win an NBA championship.But bottom-line results are only half the equation when aficionados rave about the Knicks of the early 1970s. Perhaps an even bigger factor is how the team achieved its success, with a reputation for playing one the most unselfish, pass-friendly styles in basketball history.This isn’t gauzy, New York-media-baked myth-making. Among historical NBA champions, the 1972-73 Knicks rank 14th in assist percentage (the ratio of made baskets that were assisted) relative to league average. And, more importantly, they had the most balanced distribution of shot attempts among their starting five players of any championship team ever. During the 1973 playoffs, their leading scorer (the incomparable Walt Frazier) took 20.8 percent of the team’s shots when on the floor, while the fifth-ranked shooter among its starters (Bill Bradley) took 18.7 percent. By comparison, the 1992 Chicago Bulls’ leader — Michael Jordan — took 37 percent of that team’s shots when on the floor, while Bill Cartwright took 11 percent. (Coincidentally, that Bulls team was coached by early-’70s Knicks forward Phil Jackson.)My research shows that most NBA champs are more like Michael and the Jordanaires than Frazier, Bradley, Earl Monroe, Dave DeBusschere and Willis Reed. Historically, teams with an uneven distribution of the offensive workload — particularly with regard to the difference between their top two scoring options and the rest of the starting five — tend to win championships at a much higher rate than teams that spread their shots around more equally.That they bucked this trend is probably the lasting legacy of the Red Holzman-coached Knicks. In a sport dominated by singular scorers like Jordan (usually with good reason), New York showed that there’s also a place for unselfish, collectivist basketball in the circle of NBA champions. And as my colleagues Ben Morris and Rafe Bartholomew have noted, the San Antonio Spurs (winners of the 2014 NBA championship) have carried the torch for this phenomenon in recent years.With the 2014-15 NBA season tipping off next week, the Knicks are unlikely to add a third championship banner to Madison Square Garden’s rafters. But Rapaport’s film will recall fond memories of a time when basketball-crazed New York City was the center of the sport’s universe. read more

What Its Like To Be A Woman At The Sloan Sports Analytics

Audio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.When FiveThirtyEight offered me the opportunity to attend last week’s MIT Sloan Sports Analytics Conference, I jumped at the chance to geek out on two of my favorite subjects — sports and data.But my heart sank a little when I saw that only one of 30 speakers listed on the preliminary agenda was a woman. (The final speaker count was 22 women and 131 men.) I’ve been to other sausage fests, and they can operate like insular clubs that leave women feeling like outsiders.This year’s conference seemed promising, though. While the honorary executive board was all men, the conference chair was event co-founder Jessica Gelman, a former professional basketball player and the current vice president of customer marketing and strategy at the Kraft Sports Group, owner of the New England Patriots. The other women on the agenda were all-stars, too — like Amy Brooks, executive vice president of the NBA’s team marketing and business operations department; Heidi Pellerano, senior vice president at Wasserman Media Group; Stefanie Francis, co-founder of Navigate Research; and Elyse Guilfoyle, a senior industry analyst at Google.But there weren’t many women on stage or in the crowd. Only one of the 23 people attached to a finalist research paper was a woman, and one of her male colleagues presented the paper. Pellerano and Francis’s presentation on how Hispanic fans consume sports and Guilfoyle’s talk about ticket purchasing analytics were some of the only times that women were in the spotlight.Despite more than 3,000 people at the event, there was never a line at the women’s restroom. Gelman estimates that about 85 percent of attendees were men. That was true of the FiveThirtyEight delegation, too — I was the only woman from our team to attend, and the gender imbalance of our office is something we’ve noticed and that senior members of FiveThirtyEight are working on.When you feel like an outsider, it’s natural to seek out your own, and as I walked through the hallways, I found myself exchanging friendly head nods with the few other women I passed. It reminded me of that little wave that motorcyclists sometimes give each other out on the road, and I started asking these compatriots what they thought of the conference and what it was like to be so outnumbered by men.One of the first women I approached turned out to be Leigh Castergine, who is suing her former employer, Mets co-owner Jeff Wilpon, for gender discrimination (the lawsuit alleges that he fired her for being pregnant out of wedlock). She said she had lots to say but couldn’t talk until the lawsuit was resolved. The Mets deny the allegations.Attendee Valerie Laird, a research assistant at the University of Michigan’s business school, told me that she’d agonized over what to wear. “I want to be taken seriously, but I want to look nice,” she said. Was it better to wear a dress or pants? If she made herself look attractive, would she be taken less seriously, or would she worry that men were approaching her because they wanted her number? Laird’s friend Jessica Edwards told me that considerations about how to dress were part of the ongoing fight for respect. “Guys don’t take you seriously in sports,” she said. “It’s so frustrating because this is what I want to do with my life.”One student who requested anonymity told me that she struggled with what name to put on her conference badge and her résumé. She has always gone by a nickname that’s a diminutive of her already very feminine name. She was there to network, and she worried that hiring managers, who often make quick judgments about candidates, might too easily dismiss or stereotype her based on her nickname.Two other young women who didn’t identify themselves (I’ll call them Jane and Jill) laughed when I asked whether they would mind telling me what it was like to attend Sloan as a woman. “We’ve been talking about this a lot,” Jane said. Like me, they’d noticed that many of the women on stage were there as moderators, rather than speakers. “We would prefer to see more women who are actually talking about their experience as the expert, versus facilitating the conversation,” Jill said.This difference between being the moderator and the expert reminded me of a recent New York Times piece by Sheryl Sandberg that observed that women often do more than their fair share of the unheralded but important tasks around the office — things like organizing and preparing. Moderating is difficult to do well (you have to herd the speakers into serving the audience instead of themselves), but praise about a panel typically focuses on what the speakers said, rather than the moderator’s performance.Yet everyone I spoke to agreed that a session specifically on women’s sports wasn’t the answer. During an informal discussion about women in the industry, Gelman said the decision not to hold such a panel was deliberate.Segregating sports by gender just amplifies inequalities. “We want to integrate and show how women are actively part of the conversation and not just a side part,” Danielle Russell, one of the conference’s student leaders, told me.Jane and Jill, whom I caught coming out of the negotiating panel, had some suggestions on how to achieve that goal. “They could have talked about Brittney Griner’s salary or about deals they’ve done that are related to that,” Jill said, referring to the former Baylor star who now plays for the WNBA’s Phoenix Mercury.It’s not surprising that the conference focused primarily on the NFL, MLB and NBA, considering the amount of money they generate relative to other sports. But these are also sports with large disparities between male and female opportunities, observed Alison Mehlsak and Melissa Jenkins, graduate students at the University of Virginia’s business school. Creating some panels focused on sports that are more accessible to women could help, they told me. “Sports like tennis and golf, and events like the Olympics, offer rich opportunities to include women in the conversation,” Mehlsak said. As my FiveThirtyEight colleague Allison McCann recently pointed out, women’s sports are the next frontier in sports analytics.The lack of women at Sloan isn’t entirely the organizers’ fault. Professional sports is a male-dominated industry — one that ignores women at its own peril. Women now make up nearly half of the Super Bowl audience, and the latest Nielsen stats show that they represent at least a third of the NFL, NBA, MLB and NHL audience. The Sloan conference wields a heavy influence, and its organizers have an opportunity to make a difference by seeking out more women’s voices and inviting them into the fold. read more

Labourer stabbed to death by drinking buddy

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedMiner arraigned with murder of drinking buddyFebruary 12, 2019In “Court”Essequibo labourer stabbed to death by Uncle in drunken rowApril 23, 2018In “Crime”Labourer stabbed to death over old grievanceFebruary 7, 2019In “Crime” A drinking session between two friends took a turn for the worst on Saturday resulting in the death of one and the other in police custody.The dead man has been identified as 48-year-old Michael Chu also called ‘Chuman’, alabourer of Charity Housing Scheme Essequibo Coast, Region Two.Chu had been reportedly consuming alcohol with the suspect of Grant Melville ,lower Pomeroon River at Glen Nors ,Lower Pomeroon River, when a heated argument broke out between them.Reports are that the younger labourer, in the midst of the argument, armed  himself with a knife and stabbed Chu several times about the body.A Coast Guard responded to a request for assistance and Chu was transported to  the Charity Hospital in Essequibo where he was admitted.However, he was later transferred to the Suddie Hospital but subsequently succumbed to his injuries. The 28-year-old suspect was arrested and is said to be assisting with the investigation. read more

Misuse of funds probe – Head of SOCU questioned but still

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedSOCU probing Demerara River Bridge feasibility study contractSeptember 18, 2018In “Crime”Top Cop signals intention to replace SOCU HeadJuly 17, 2019In “Crime”Investigation into New Demerara bridge corruption probe complete- SOCU HeadJanuary 15, 2019In “latest news” Head of the Special Organised Crime Unit (SOCU) Sydney James has been questioned in relation to the misuse of funds at the entity but remains at the helm as the probe continues.Police Commissioner Leslie James on Monday told reporters that James is on the job but did not respond to questions by the media about his contractual period. However, the Commissioner did say that James’ contract will be made public at the relevant time. He added that he is not aware of the SOCU Deputy Head being replaced as yet but said he will pronounce further also at an “appropriate time.”Amid concerns about possible misuse of funds, Government is unhappy with the Unit’s failure to secure money laundering convictions in court based on the cases SOCU prepares. In an interview on Monday with the media, Attorney General Basil Williams lamented the situation in light of the Caribbean Financial Task Force’s (CFATF) mutual evaluations.SOCU Head, Assistant Police Commissioner Sydney James“I’m concerned that we haven’t had any convictions in relation to anti-money laundering offences. We have to strengthen SOCU, which is the enforcement arm,” Williams said. “You know we lost (former adviser) Mr Sittlington, we lost (former financial analyst) Sheronie James. And we’ve been trying to get a qualified prosecutor for them.”The probe into the operations of the white-collar crime-fighting Unit was triggered when the former British adviser made a number of allegations against the Unit.Following the allegations, James was subjected to questioning over allegations of improper spending. This is in light of the ongoing investigation and audit which stemmed after the termination of the British adviser.Public Security Minister Khemraj Ramjattan had confirmed that an investigation is ongoing into the matter, where he noted that there were allegations of monies not being spent properly and it is now within the jurisdiction of the investigators to understand the spending procedures at SOCU.Sittlington, after being fired amid a conflict of interest scandal, had revealed that SOCU has not been operating in a manner in which it should and that there are instances of improper spending.The parliamentary opposition has maintained that SOCU, which was set up to fight money laundering and other white-collar crimes, has become a political unit under the APNU/AFC regime.The People’s Progressive Party (PPP) had said that Sittlington was going beyond his advisory role and taking on executive functions, pointing out that he was going on operations such as raids and arrests.SOCU was also under scrutiny after its Deputy Director, Sheronie James, resigned after a local Magistrate disqualified her as an expert witness based on her lack of qualifications.Ramjattan had said James was recommended by senior officials after she would have indicated her qualifications, which the Ministry thought was genuine.Questions were previously raised about the police investigating James and whether there could be any bias, however, the Public Security Minister had assured that it is perfectly normal and that in addition to the police’s own internal audits ongoing at SOCU, the auditor general can come in and take control of the proceedings.Public Security Minister Khemraj RamjattanHe had stated that the police auditors were seeking to understand better, the systems which have been in place for spending at the agency.This comes even as the parliamentary opposition has expressed concern about SOCU moving away from its original mandate.Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo has previously said that SOCU’s mandate is not being delivered, especially since it is suspected of taking political directives. He had noted that this was responsible for its failure rate.SOCU has had several of its cases tossed out of the window by the courts, including a number of charges against former Guyana Rice Development Board (GRDB) executives and Guyana Bank of Trade and Industry (GBTI) directors. read more

Tullow begins oil search in Orinduik Block

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedTullow commences preparations to drill 2nd well offshore GuyanaAugust 27, 2019In “latest news”Exxon affiliate to drill new oil well in Stabroek Block soonOctober 2, 2017In “Business”Tullow, Exxon find more oil offshore GuyanaSeptember 16, 2019In “Business” In keeping with its plans to explore Guyana’s rich offshore resources, multinational oil and gas exploration company, Tullow Oil, has begun its search for oil in the Orinduik Block.This operation will incorporate the use of the Offshore Support Vessel (OSV) Pacific Leader, which will display international signals for other nearby vessels to be alerted, the Maritime Administration Department said in a notice published in the daily newspapers.This drilling exercise will run until December 31 of this year. The oil company is expected to drill about 82 nautical miles from the coast of Guyana and cover an area of 848 square kilometres.The Maritime Department has asked that all mariners exercise caution when in this zone and moreover, maintain a good distance from it.In another notice, the Department explained that the company also commenced drilling in the Jethro-1 well site within the Orinduik Block. For this operation, the Mobile Offshore Drilling Unit Stena Forth will be used and will also be displaying international signals.Its drill site is about 95 nautical miles from Guyana’s coast and will cover an area of one square kilometre, bounded by other coordinates.The oil company first inked its interest into Guyana during the second quarter of 2013.Tullow had in February announced that it was bringing forward its drilling programme from the previously scheduled end of the year to the second quarter. It had announced that the Jethro prospect would be drilled in June.So far, plans have been announced to drill three wells here namely the Jethro-Lobe, Joe and Carapa.Its Carapa prospect in Kanuku is expected to be drilled in the third quarter. It is understood that the net cost of the Jethro well is US$30 million, while the Carapa well will cost US$20 million.Tullow’s partner in the Orinduik Block, Eco Atlantic, had announced that drilling on the Joe prospect will begin in mid-July of this year.They had announced that the Stena Forth drillship will move directly to the Joe after it finishes drilling the Jethro Lobe Well in the Orinduik Block.It is understood that the Joe is located in approximately 650 metres of water and will cost Eco approximately US$3 million to drill.A recently published report from international company Gustavson Associates has estimated that the well has a 43.2 per cent chance of success. read more

Cosmetologist charged for throwing muddy water at PPP protesters

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedCase dismissed against woman accused of throwing filthy water on PPP protestorsSeptember 11, 2019In “Crime”Siblings appear in court, accused of assaulting each otherJuly 16, 2013In “Crime”Woman remanded to prison – after found with 120 grams of ‘ganja’August 10, 2016In “Court” The woman, who allegedly threw dirty gutter water on a group of People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) protesters on July 19, 2019, at Barrack and High Streets, Georgetown, was on Monday charged for the offence and appeared at the Georgetown Magistrates’ Courts.Cassandra Amsterdam, 24, who is a squatter at Lot 48 Barrack and High Streets, Georgetown, appeared before Magistrate Sherdel Isaacs-Marcus and initially pleaded guilty to the charge.In an explanation to the court, she claimed that on July 19, her child was asleep and the protesters were making “a set of unnecessary noise in front her house”.Amsterdam further claimed that she threw a cup of clean water into the crowd but it did not catch anyone, after which she apologised for the act.Cassandra AmsterdamThe Magistrate, after listening to the woman’s explanation, entered a not guilty plea on her behalf. The woman was released on $5000 bail and the case was adjourned.Reports are on July 19, as hundreds of PPP supporters were protesting in front of the Guyana Elections Commission, Amsterdam hurled expletives at the protesters and then proceeded into her home, brought out a cutlass and threatened the peaceful protesters.The woman along with others in the yard were seen with knives in their hands threatening the protesters. Several of the protesters said that Amsterdam then took a bucket and dipped it in a nearby gutter and threw the muddy water at them. She then ran inside, picked up a pitchfork and proceeded to exit the yard with intentions of confronting the protesters.Police ranks who were stationed at the protest quickly disarmed the pregnant woman and arrested her. She was then taken away in handcuffs. read more

AIMEX back with a bang in 2019

first_imgAs the Australia Federal Election campaign continues to see all sides of politics weighing in on where they see the future of mining heading in the country, the industry is gearing up for one of Australia’s largest and longest running mining exhibitions and conferences.Registrations for Asia-Pacific’s International Mining Exhibition (AIMEX) 2019 edition are now open with more than 6,000 mining industry professionals and an additional 2,000 exhibitor personnel set to take over Sydney’s Showgrounds across three days from the 27-29 August, according to AIMEX organisers.More than 500 exhibitors are expected with the likes of Contitech, ESS Engineering Services, Alfagomma, Cummins, Hitachi and Volkswagen signing up for the exhibition, they said.One of those exhibitors is global technology leader Cummins. Cummins South Pacific Director of Mining, Oil and Gas Business, Steve Cummins, said Cummins’ involvement in AIMEX during its own 100th anniversary year is very important and it is proud to be involved in the exhibition as a major player in the mining industry around the world.“A pioneer in power systems technology for 100 years, Cummins has the total power solution for the mining industry – high horsepower Quantum engines to ensure lowest cost-per-tonne, CustomPaks for mine dewatering, and power generation systems ranging from single gensets to turn-key power stations,” Cummins said.“At AIMEX 2019, Cummins will introduce its innovative HSK78G gas generator series, a completely new design from the skid up providing reliable power regardless of the natural gas source or climate.”For the second year, a free-to-attend multi-stream mining conference will be embedded within the exhibition providing visitors with a “unique opportunity to hear from mining innovators and disruptors at the same venue where the technology is on show”, the organisers said.The AIMEX Conference organised by Davey Bickford Enaex, will focus on key themes surrounding the changing of mindsets and how to survive the impact of future technological, social and environmental changes. The conference will also look at the rise of automation and robotics and the use of AR and VR to enhance safety training for staff amongst other topics.In a first for AIMEX, five of Australia’s biggest mining companies will also come together to create the AIMEX Mining Pavilion. Centennial Coal, Glencore, Mach Energy and Whitehaven Coal will join Yancoal Australia to outline their own enterprises, connect with suppliers and drive their own recruitment strategies.Centennial Coal’s Executive General Manager Approvals, Sustainability & Corporate Communications, Katie Brassil, said involvement in the AIMEX Mining Pavilion allows the company to promote its initiatives and engage with industry and suppliers more broadly.“We think it is a perfect opportunity for us to tell our story, not just our story in terms of Centennial and what we do and that we are loud and proud coal miners, but also the story of our communities and our most valuable assets our workforce,” Brassil said.“Our people look forward to AIMEX. As a company, we encourage and promote innovation and more recently have been on a digital transformation journey. AIMEX provides a fantastic opportunity for our people to experience the latest products and equipment up close and to network with suppliers and industry peers.”AIMEX Event Director, Brandon Ward, said the newly launched Mining Pavilion along with the conference component of AIMEX adds significant weight to encourage mining professionals to attend the biennial event this year.“AIMEX is the most important mining industry event in 2019.  During these changing times it is vital that AIMEX provides a platform for suppliers to showcase their latest innovations and to give the industry a chance to come together, explore new technologies and embrace the wider mining family,” Ward said.“We are delighted to welcome five mining companies onboard this year as part of our first AIMEX Mining Pavilion and excited to bring together our second free to attend conference which will again give attendees the chance to hear from industry experts and challenge them on what the future holds for the sector.“Every two years, delegates from across the globe continue to make Sydney and AIMEX their home for three days in Sydney in August, and this year’s event is certainly one to lock into your diary now.”Registrations for AIMEX are now open with full details of topics and speakers for the conference to be announced once they are confirmed. To register and keep up to date with conference news visit Mining is a media sponsor of AIMEX 2019last_img read more

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