“Big Roundtable Conference on Oil, Gas Laws Underway”

first_imgThe Speaker of the House of Representatives has announced a round-table stakeholders’ conference to discuss the oil and gas sector of post-conflict Liberia. The aim is to ensure that proceeds generated from the sector benefit the country and its citizens.The Speaker did not say much about the conference’s schedule; he suggested, however, that it would reflect views and intelligence gleaned (assembled, collected) from a recently-held, nationwide fact and view gathering activity.Speaker J. Alex Tyler was speaking on Monday, January 13, at the Rotunda of the Capitol Building (the Seat of the Legislature) during a program marking the reopening of the 3rd Session of the Liberian Legislature.Beginning November 4 through the 9th of December, members of the House of Representatives had concluded consultations on the oil and gas sector throughout the 15 counties. It was formulated as an initiative to build consensus.  That consensus would in turn, inform effective lawmaking processes in the hydro-carbon sector, as a wheel to sustain the country’s post-war development program.The nationwide oil and gas consultation was intended to solicit the views, opinions, input and recommendations from ordinary Liberians.The expectation was that lawmakers would be granted the opportunity to make informed decisions regarding the exploration and production of oil in Liberia.The passage of appropriate legislation would be factored into the end product of the country’s oil law, if a marketable cache of the product were discovered.The nationwide consultation was led  by   the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Bomi lawmaker J. Alex Tyler. The consultation took members of the House to all the 15 political sub-divisions of the country including Bong, Bassa, Margibi, Maryland, River-gee, River-cess, Bomi, Cape Mount, Nimba, Sinoe, Grand Gedeh, Gbarpolu, Lofa, Grand Kru  and Montserrado.Speaker Tyler hinted that following the nationwide consultation, the planned roundtable meeting to compile and harmonize views and interventions emanating from the just-ended consultations across the country—is soon to follow.He said that the conference should pave the way for the drafting of two bills: a draft legislation to deal with local content; the other, to treat with the revenue management component, including the National Oil Company and the Petroleum Exploration Bill, forwarded to the House of Representatives by the Liberian Senate.That Bill will be presented at the National Conference. It is intended to ensure the participation of all stakeholders inclusive of political parties, civil societies, the media, and all interested parties.During the pending round table conference,   the Speaker said the draft Bill will be presented on the floor for discussion, debate, and consideration for passage.He told the gathering that members of the Lower House’s decision to recast the oil and gas proposed laws have been informed by feed-back they received from consultations with the rank-and-file (ordinary members without power and influence) across the country.“We promised our people during the nationwide consultation that upon our return from break, we would improve the livelihood of our people by enacting appropriate legislation”   the Speaker indicated.Detailing further, he said that members of the legislature have a number of outstanding Bills in Committee Room—before Plenary—and with the Liberian Senate. They include the Decent Work Bill, the Code of Conduct Bill, the Level Playing Field Bill, and the Petroleum Oil   and Gas Reform Sector. “We shall immediately resume working on those laws and others already before us.”Speaker Tyler said that following the just-ended nationwide consultations, they have begun receiving lots of positive comments from citizens across the country.The draft proposed laws, the NOCAL 2013 and the Petroleum and Exploration 2013, were submitted to the National Legislature by the Executive through the National Oil Company Liberia (NOCAL).Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Wales workers are entitled to their due severance

first_imgDear Editor,My attention was drawn to a Guyana Times article of February 7, 2018, captioned “GuySuCo snubs Wales cane cutters – says workers not entitled to severance pay”. The article stated, inter alia, that approximately 400 cane cutters who were attached to the now closed Wales Estate may never receive a severance according to the acting CEO, Paul Bhim.The CEO declared that they are not entitled since they are at “risk of self-termination because of their refusal to take up the offer” of working at Uitvlugt Estate. I gather the CEO meant the workers would have voluntarily terminated their services. Further, the CEO “argued” that his position is being supported by the collective labour agreement that exists between GuySuCo and the sugar union –the Guyana Agricultural and General Workers Union (GAWU).The CEO stated that 120 Wales’ cane cutters have taken up the offer to work at Uitvlugt Estate in similar capacity. It would appear that since these workers have taken up the company’s offer, the others were, and are, obligated to do likewise, and their refusal therefore constitute the voluntary termination of their service.I would think the company would have been properly edified on the provisions of the Termination of Employment and Severance Pay Act (TESPA) that states under Section 21, clause 4 (b) that the payment of a severance will not apply where the employee “unreasonably refuses in case of redundancy to accept an offer of re-employment by the employer at the same place of employment or within a radius of 10 miles therefrom under no less favourable condition than those such employee enjoyed immediately prior to the termination”.Editor, even if the collective agreement makes provision for the transfer of employees within estates, such transfers were in the context that the estates were all operating estates. In the case at point, Wales is closed. The extant law, therefore, supersedes the provisions in the agreement, because workers’ jobs at Wales have been made redundant.There are a few fundamental points in the aforementioned clause of the TESPA. First it speaks of “re-employment” and “immediately prior to the termination”, which clearly means that the service of the employee has to be terminated and then be re-employed, if re-employment meets the full requirements of this clause. It is obvious therefore that a severance allowance will have to be paid for the services at the point of termination, before re-employment takes its course.Secondly, re-employment must be within a radius of 10 miles therefrom (therefrom means the original place of employment). Uitvlugt is reportedly 20 miles away from Wales Estate (the original place of employment). The law, therefore, protects the 400-odd workers from being compelled to work at Uitvlugt Estate. Their refusal, therefore, cannot be considered that they have voluntarily terminated their service. It matters not if sufficient amount of productive work is available at Uitvlugt. It is for the company to convince the workers, in all forms and inducements, to accept the offer to work at Uitvlugt. It cannot impose upon them to work at Uitvlugt.In all fairness and in sincere application of the law, the 400 workers at Wales are entitled to their due severance. The sugar company should not, and cannot, deny these workers on the absurd claim that their refusal to work at Uitvlugt means that they have voluntarily terminated their service.Yours faithfully,Selwyn Narinedattlast_img read more

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Venezuelans remanded for stealing $1.3M worth of items

first_imgTwo Venezuelans were on Wednesday remanded to prison by Acting Chief Magistrate, Sherdel Isaacs-Marcus after they stood before her charged for robbing a shop of some $1.3 million worth of valuables.Nelson Perez, 25, and Xavier Lopez, 24, both denied that on January 25, 2019, they committed the act at Chow Landing, Kaikan River.It is alleged that the two broke and entered the shop belonging to Collin Basil and stole a box of condoms, 35 pounds of quicksilver, two haversacks, 10 packs of food seasoning, a cell phone, a quantity of cigarettes and other items.According to the prosecution’s case, following the robbery, Police received information and swooped down on the premises where the men were staying and recovered some of the stolen articles.As such, they were both taken into Police custody where they were later charged for the present offence.In court on Wednesday the men said that upon arrival in Guyana, they were granted a three-month stay.Bail was objected to by Police Prosecutor Adonis Innis and these submissions were upheld by the Magistrate.The defendants will make their next Court appearance on February 5, 2019.last_img read more

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Trackers look to continue winning ways, welcome Storm on Sunday

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Northeast B.C./Yukon Trackers are looking to remain atop the Bouchier Division standings with a win over the visiting Grande Prairie Athletic Storm on Sunday.The team is coming off a one-goal victory over the Fort Saskatchewan Rangers last weekend to remain one point up on the second place Peace River Royals, with one game in hand. The team trailed the Royals by 12 points at the Christmas break, but are riding an 8-1-1 hot streak since the calendar turned to 2018, to take possession of first place.“The focus for use against Grande Prairie Sunday is playing a mentally and physically sound hockey game,” said head coach Gerard Dicaire. “Playing a full sixty minutes of hockey the right way, use our speed and get pucks and traffic to the net while limited our turnovers and having a good transition game.”- Advertisement -Sunday’s date with the Storm will take place at the North Peace Arena. Puck drop is at 11:00 a.m.last_img read more

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Lid eyed on payoffs to city agency heads fired quickly

first_imgBut last week, with the council forced to spend more than six hours hearing each city department’s explanation of its environmental initiatives, it became too much. “Isn’t this what our committees are supposed to be doing?” grumbled one council member as the presentations droned on. For departments, it was a chance to detail their various efforts, similar to what is done during annual budget deliberations. But it provided little new information and few questions from council members – many of whom were just eager to get on to other work. There will be a lot of firsts at the annual Women’s Conference hosted by California first lady Maria Shriver in Long Beach next week. With the theme “Architects of Change,” the program will feature a panel including Geraldine Ferraro, who was the first female vice presidential candidate of a major political party; Dee Dee Myers, who was the first female White House press secretary; and Christine Todd Whitman, who was New Jersey’s first female governor. The daylong conference also will feature an eclectic mix of speakers including Queen Rania Al-Abdullah of Jordan, first lady Margarita Zavala of Mexico, designer Diane von Furstenberg, actress Jamie Lee Curtis, folk singer Joan Baez and pop singer Katharine McPhee. Some prominent Republicans are having second thoughts over the recall campaign that ousted former Gov. Gray Davis and ushered in Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger. Among them is campaign consultant and pollster Arnold Steinberg, who believes Schwarzenegger is seeking too much accommodation with Democrats. “He has a (Nelson) Rockefeller complex,” Steinberg told the Flash Report in a recent interview. “Instead of slave labor, he borrows to pay for pyramids. The legislative Democrats initially feared him, but he quickly gave away the store. “The recall was the perfect storm for Republicans. Now we see that no recall would have been superior. Fiscal collapse under Gray Davis would have assured Republicans victory in 2006. “Now? Schwarzenegger’s legacy is, effectively, the disorientation of the Republican Party as we know it.” It’s the favorite parlor game at City Hall: Where’s Rocky? City Attorney Rocky Delgadillo – who came under fire this summer over unpaid auto insurance and a car accident his wife had while driving his city car – has all but disappeared from the local scene. Delgadillo was notably absent last week at several events that would normally have drawn him in front of the cameras. First was the landmark settlement of a lawsuit with the American Civil Liberties Union over the treatment of the homeless on city streets. But Delgadillo was “in meetings” and could not be there for the announcement. Instead, his chief deputy, Richard Llewellyn, attended. Then there was the high-profile plea by actor Kiefer Sutherland to drunken-driving charges. When Paris Hilton was on the hot seat, Delgadillo was widely seen in the media explaining the case. This time with Sutherland, Delgadillo was a no-show. But there are some signs that he might be coming back. His office announced he is scheduled to appear at an event in Boyle Heights today announcing the assignment of a deputy city attorney at Roosevelt High School to deal with youth crime in the area. rick.orlov@dailynews.com (213) 978-0390160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.As negotiations continue, council members are looking to avert similar problems in the future. The Executive Employee Relations Committee, which includes the mayor and key council members, is considering a contract for new general managers that would outline severance packages based on how long they are employed. Under current City Charter provisions, approved by voters in 1999, general managers serve at the pleasure of the mayor but can appeal their dismissal to the City Council. It was one of those ideas that sounded good at the time, but fell flat in practice. At its much-heralded two-day retreat this summer, the City Council decided to focus on specific issues facing the city, including environmental, housing and transportation issues. Does this sound familiar? A new Los Angeles department chief is hired amid much promise and fanfare – only to be asked to leave months later when things don’t work out. The chief doesn’t quit and is fired, threatens a lawsuit and then reaches a lucrative financial settlement with the city. It happened with Guerdon Stuckey, who received a $50,000 contract after he left the Department of Animal Services. And it appears a similar deal is in the works with Gloria Jeff, whom Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa recently fired as the city’s transportation chief. last_img read more

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COUNCIL MAKES LITTER APPEAL AS SLOBS LEAVE TWO TONNES OF WASTE ON JUST ONE BEACH

first_imgDONEGAL County Council today issued an impassioned appeal to people to end the littering which is ruining some of the county’s best beaches – reporting two tonnes of rubbish had to be picked up from one beach alone…in just one day!With increasing reports of slobs dumping their waste along our strands, the council paid tribute to staff and local volunteers who have helped to clean up the mess left behind.Tonnes of waste have been left on a daily basis, with readers complaining about incidents in Buncrana, Rathmullan and Rossnowlagh. “Donegal County Council appeals to the public to act responsibly when visiting Donegal’s beaches during this spell of good weather,” said a council spokeswoman.In order for everyone to be able to enjoy the beaches we ask that the public,• take their litter home,• if you are packing a picnic or bringing food etc to the beach please pack bags for your rubbish too and bring it home, • when using facilities at the beach please ensure they are left clean and tidy and treat facilities with respect.The spokeswoman added: “Over the recent hot spell Donegal County Council has increased the cleaning service provided at beaches.“Clean-ups have taken place on a daily basis and at weekends through a combination of the Council’s own resources and in many cases with the support of the local community. We would like to acknowledge the support and assistance we receive from local communities at this busy time.“With the hot weather set to continue the Council is calling on everyone visiting the county’s beaches to play their part, if everyone visiting the beach took their own waste home we would not have the situation whereby 2 tonnes of litter was collected on one beach earlier this week.“The message is simple, we must all play our part and take responsibility to keep our beautiful beaches fantastic places for everyone to enjoy.” COUNCIL MAKES LITTER APPEAL AS SLOBS LEAVE TWO TONNES OF WASTE ON JUST ONE BEACH was last modified: July 19th, 2013 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:COUNCIL MAKES LITTER APPEAL AS SLOBS LEAVE TWO TONNES OF WASTE ON JUST ONE BEACHlast_img read more

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ROADS WARNING AS COUNTY POUNDED WITH RAIN

first_imgGARDAI are warning of worsening road conditions overnight in County Donegal due to heavy rain.Parts of the county are being pounded with torrential downpours.This has led to excess surface on many roads, particularly in rural areas. Gardaí are warning motorists to slow down to suit the conditions.Whilst we will escape the worst of Wednesday’s weather up to 30mm will fall over eastern Ulster during the day.South Donegal can expect heavy rain in the morning – with heavy showers over western and northern parts in the late afternoon and evening.  ROADS WARNING AS COUNTY POUNDED WITH RAIN was last modified: October 2nd, 2013 by John2Share 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:donegalGardairainROADSweather warninglast_img read more

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Yotty Human Hair Extensions Tape in Seamless Skin Weft Double Drawn Remy Hair – took too long to come just under 4 weeks best to find a uk sell next time

first_img Amazing just ordered another set. Amazing just ordered another set. Very good and looks thicker than i thought when first seen them. I put toner on them to match my hair and dyed perfectly. Took too long to come just under 4 weeks best to find a uk sell next time. Quality is ok but took too long to come just under 4 weeks best to find a uk sell next time. Reviews from purchasers :Amazing just ordered another setnot the right choice for me.Nice other than that Very good quality & easy to use five stars. So easy to apply and look and feel amazing. For what i know additionally the pricing was acceptable.Hair does not keep in when washing. Arrived quick and as described though. Perfect colour for my hair easy to put in very. Perfect colour for my hair easy to put in very quick delivery but do advise to order at least 3-4 packs. Not the suitable choice for me. . Not the appropriate decision for me. The glue gets trapped in your hair off the tape for about a week right after they have appear out and the sticky little bit isn’t really even sticky more than enough to keep on your head.Seriously very good excellent hair, and good colour match. Will deffinatly advocate and purchase all over again ).Not the suitable choice for me. . Not the appropriate decision for me. The glue gets trapped in your hair off the tape for about a week right after they have appear out and the sticky little bit isn’t really even sticky more than enough to keep on your head. So easy to apply and look and feel amazing. Arrived quick and as described though. For what i know additionally the pricing was acceptable. Very good quality & easy to use five stars. Hair does not keep in when washing. I love these extensions and always get them. I’ve had tape in extensions when i was blonde and dark and both have been great quality and the blonde stayed in good condition even when i put a toner on them. I normally get 3 packs for a full head and you can buy a separate hair tape which you can stick on these to make them last longer.Mine lasted 8 weeks before i needed to re attach them – deffo recommend. Seriously very good excellent hair, and good colour match. Will deffinatly advocate and purchase all over again ).SummaryReviewer Nathalie DuboisReview Date2017-11-26 07:15:22Reviewed Item Yotty Human Hair Extensions Tape in Seamless Skin Weft Double Drawn Remy Hair (16”20Pcs 30g, 24 Honey Blonde)Rating 3.0 / 5  stars, based on  21  reviewsPrice£18.30 Took too long to come just under 4 weeks best to find a uk sell next time. Quality is ok but took too long to come just under 4 weeks best to find a uk sell next time. I love these extensions and always get them. I’ve had tape in extensions when i was blonde and dark and both have been great quality and the blonde stayed in good condition even when i put a toner on them. I normally get 3 packs for a full head and you can buy a separate hair tape which you can stick on these to make them last longer.Mine lasted 8 weeks before i needed to re attach them – deffo recommend. Perfect colour for my hair easy to put in very. Perfect colour for my hair easy to put in very quick delivery but do advise to order at least 3-4 packs. Here are the specifications for the Yotty Human Hair Extensions Tape in Seamless Skin Weft Double Drawn Remy Hair:Materials: Selected 100% Human hair Super Tape in hair extensionsFull Head Remy Human Hair Extensions gives a healthy and beautiful look to your existing hairTape in Hair is easy to apply and remove,make your hair thicker and longerWash,Cut, Flatten,Dye,Blow dry and Curl like your own natural hair100% Soft and silky tangle free premium remy human hairlast_img read more

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Market volatility ahead

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Doug Tenney, Leist MercantileProducers across the country are hoping grain prices do better in 2019. Next month, USDA will be releasing their final estimates for 2018 U.S. corn and soybean production and yields as well as quarterly grain stocks as of Dec. 1, 2018. Many are expecting both corn and soybean production and yields to be reduced slightly with the challenging weather in Ohio and South Dakota, which stalled the final harvest of corn and soybeans during the last half of November and into December.Dec.1 was a big day for producers. On that date during supper, U.S. President Trump and China President Xi sat down to discuss trade issues. Be glad it was not a “quick” meal, as it lasted two hours. It was a meeting months in the making, yielding a tremendous amount of uncertainty on the parts of producers across Ohio and the United States. Following that meeting, we know that several things were agreed upon. Each country agreed not to place additional tariffs against the other. Neither the U.S. nor China removed any of the tariffs put in place months earlier. At the outset of the Dec. 1 agreement, China’s crushers continue to insist they will not be buying U.S. soybeans if tariffs are in place.In the days that followed there was a bit of a lighter step and feeling of optimism on the part of farmers nationwide. Some may use the word “euphoria” as soybeans reached prices not seen for four months. On the other hand, being much more cautious in my outlook for soybean prices, I urge you not to start counting any extra dollars in your pocket just yet.Here’s why. March 2019 CBOT soybeans closed at $9.1775, up 10 cents for the day, with a day’s range of 19 cents. While higher for the day, it was a disappointing close with the settlement price just 1 cent above the day’s low. In the hours before the Sunday 8 p.m. grains opening, soybeans had been called 20 to 40 cents higher. That did not happen even on the grains opening. Those that study the charts with the Candlestick method recognized a doji formation, which often indicates a trend change. A trend change lower is the last thing producers want after seeing grain prices decline during much of the summer. Since then, USDA confirmed Chinese entities had purchased 41.5 million bushels for delivery to China during the current marketing year.If you thought Dec. 1 was a big day, look at what’s the coming ahead around March 1. I have already circled the last days of February and early March. It marks the end of the 90-day period during which both the U.S. and China are to continue their trade talks. Just as Congressional budgets often go to the last hour before the new budget is agreed upon, this trade agreement could hold until the very end of the 90-day period before new agreements take place. Additional soybean trades will be very difficult during this 90-day cooling off period for the trade talks.China has pledged to buy a “large” amount of U.S. farm goods if the Trump administration does not impose additional tariffs. While scanning many stories and trade commentaries in the days which followed the trade announcement agreement, it was difficult to find more than a few words detailing information concerning intellectual property (IP) rights. It would be most surprising if the U.S. is able to secure language on IP in talks during that 90-day period.This year we have seen plenty of corn and soybean acres yet to harvest after Thanksgiving, not just isolated patches but throughout the state of Ohio. Frustration levels are increasing with each day the combine does not run. The two weeks following Thanksgiving continued with more of the same frequent, rainy weather, which took place during harvest. The last weekly crop progress report for the season had the U.S. corn and soybean harvest at 94%.Expect huge grain price volatility in the next 60 days.last_img read more

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Mind-blowing Timelapse Photos

first_imgYou’ve seen timelapse videos, but ever a timelapsed still photo?  Check out these incredible photographs that blend night and day in a single image.Using Photoshop skills and incredible patience, photographer Stephen Wilkes creates surreal photos of iconic New York landmarks.  Each one of Wilkes’ images is created from shooting up to 15 hours at a fixed angle, resulting in hundreds of individual shots.  The photos are blended in post to create a seamless view of night and day in one photograph.  The results are simply extraordinary!In the video below, get insight into the amount of shooting that goes into creating each one of these photos.  These incredible images give the term “timelapse photography” a whole new meaning!last_img

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