Probe selection of tainted officers for CWG: CVC to Delhi govt

first_imgCWG OC chairman Suresh Kalmadi is being held responsible for all the Games irregularities.The Central Vigilance Commission (CVC) has widened its probe into the alleged financial and administrative irregularities related to the Commonwealth Games and put purchase of medical equipment and selection of tainted project officers for the sporting event among others under its scanner.The Commission is also looking into the whole process for production of vehicle graphics, standees, banners and signages for national sector of Queen’s Baton Relay, 2010 and directed the Delhi Government to take necessary action in this regard.”Some other complaints regarding purchase of medical equipment for Commonwealth Games, selection of tainted project officers for CWG, proposal for production of vehicle graphics, standees, banners and signages for national sector of Queen’s Baton Relay, 2010 have been sent to Delhi Government for necessary action at their end,” the Central Vigilance Commission said in response to an RTI application filed by PTI.According to the information, the CVC is probing at least 22 more Games-related construction and procurement works carried out by different government agencies here for alleged financial irregularities.Out of the total of 22 projects, six were carried out by Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports, four by Delhi Development Authority, three by Organising Committee and two each by Municipal Corporation of Delhi, Central Public Works Department, Government of Delhi.One work each relating to Department of Commerce, Indian Meteorological Department and New Delhi Municipal Council is also being probed, the reply said.The CVC has also found alleged misuse of official position by Raj Kumar Sacheti, Joint Director General of Commonwealth Games, who is considered a close aide of Organising Committee Chairman Suresh Kalmadi.advertisementGiving details of the complaint, it said there is a “complaint against A K Jain, Chief Engineer, CPWD regarding alleged irregularities in tenders for LED display board at MCD National Stadium, Mathura Road, New Delhi. The factual report is awaited from CVO, CPWD since January 7, 2010.”There is a complaint regarding alleged irregularities in purchase of air conditioners for DDA flats. A factual report is awaited from CVO, DDA since March 18, 2010,” the RTI reply said.The anti-corruption watchdog is also investigating procurement of “secure communication network” or Tetra for the Games on the basis of complaint received from Dr Harsh Vardhan, Member of Legislative Assembly, Delhi.”The Commission sought comments from Delhi government on the complaint, which is awaited since May 7, 2010,” the reply said. .The CVC has also received a complaint regarding alleged irregularities in the construction of bus queue shelters for Commonwealth Games by DIMTS. A factual report has been sought from Government of NCT of Delhi on June 3, 2010 and reply is awaited.The anti-corruption watchdog is also looking into the complaint regarding alleged irregularities in awarding contracts for PA/Sound System, LED display boards and other communication systems for various Commonwealth Games stadia in which national exchequer borne loss of crores of rupees.”A report was sought from CPWD on September 8, 2010 and is still awaited,” the reply read.An analysis by Chief Technical Examination Wing of CVC has earlier found alleged financial and administrative irregularities in 16 construction and procurement projects.Six of them were done by PWD, three by MCD, two each by CPWD, DDA, NDMC and one by RITES, a Government of India Enterprise, the CVC report said.The expansion of the probe by the CVC came even as it directed all agencies concerned to submit their reports by the month-end.Official sources said a reminder has recently been issued to Central Public Works Department (CPWD), Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD), Delhi Development Authority (DDA) and Public Works Department (PWD) in this regard.The move came after Central Vigilance Commissioner P J Thomas objected to the “lackadaisical approach” and continuous delay by agencies in submitting replies to the queries raised by the anti-corruption watchdog, they said.A senior CVC official said that based on their replies, the CVC will give its findings or final report to a committee formed by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh headed by former Comptroller and Auditor General (CAG) V K Shunglu.As per the RTI information, it has been found out that some of the agencies are sitting on the clarification or delaying their replies asked by CVC on corruption charges since January this year.There is also a “complaint regarding misuse of official position and corruption by Raj Kumar Sacheti, Joint Director General of Commonwealth Games, 2010. A factual report is awaited from the CVO, Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports,” the CVC said.- With PTI inputsadvertisementlast_img read more

Kuldeep can be effective if picked for Champions Trophy: Hogg

first_imgBy Kushan Sarkar New Delhi, Apr 30 (PTI) A Chinaman bowler himself, Australian Brad Hogg has an edge over other experts while analysing Kuldeep Yadavs abilities, which he feels will help India if he is picked for the Champions Trophy in England. Hogg has been Yadavs teammate in the Kolkata Knight Riders franchise of the Indian Premier League. “Yes, Kuldeep can be effective in England. The best cricketers are the ones who can adapt to foreign conditions,” Hogg told PTI during an interaction. “Great thing about the sport is no two countries are same. There is always something different that adds to variety of the different individuals. One of his (Kuldeep) next job will be to bowl on different wickets.” The 46-year-old Hogg, who has played 123 ODIs for Australia apart from 7 Tests and 15 T20 Internationals, is in the country as ESPNcricinfo Match Days expert panelist. Hogg, one of the sought after chinaman bowlers in limited overs cricket, had a word of advice for Kuldeep — gain more control over the stock ball before expanding his variety. “He is a different bowler for sure. There arent too many chinaman bowlers in world cricket at the moment. Kuldeep has great variety and strength of any spinner is his variations. You may know all the tricks in the trade but no point using the tricks if you havent yet mastered a stock delivery,” said Hogg. Asked how a spinner can decide on the kind of stock delivery (his go-to ball), he wants to bowl, Hogg explained it would depend on the format one plays. “If you are playing 50-over cricket, a leg-spinner can be a bit more slower and use his leg-break. In Test cricket, its entirely different where you have to be very patient. Coming to T20, one needs to be a bit more quicker through the air,” he said. He then gave the example of Samuel Badree, one of the successful spinners in the shortest format. “Someone like Badree skids deliveries into pads a little bit more so that batsmen dont free their arms. In T20 cricket, one needs to be a little bit quicker so that the batsmen dont come out of their crease. “You cant bowl good length in T20s as batsman would hit you out of the park,” he reasoned. Hogg said consistency is the key for a spinner. “T20 is more about regularly building pressure and not allowing batsmen to score. Try and build on the dots. Limit the ones and engage one batsman whos going after you.” Imran Tahir and Rashid Khan have been very successful leg-spinners in this edition of the IPL and Hogg is impressed with how captains have used their attacking options wisely. “Leg-spinners can be operational in Powerplays and some have been used in the middle period when the ball gets scuffed. Its about utilising at right times. All captains have used leg-spinners wisely. Thats the biggest factor. When exactly are you using them,” Hogg said. Quizzed on the possible teams for the Play-offs, Hogg said RCB, Gujarat Lions, Daredevils and Kings XI Punjab are likely to miss the bus. PTI KHS PM PMadvertisementlast_img read more

Sudarsan to create sand Konarak temple at Asian Athletics

first_imgBhubaneswar, June 28 (PTI) Internationally renowned sand artist Sudarsan Pattnaik today said he will create sand sculptures highlighting Odisha?s rich culture during the 22nd Asian Athletics Championship being held here next month.Sand arts, to be carved out in the premises of Kalinga Stadium before the inauguration of the mega event on July 5, would seek to promote the rich cultural heritage of the state, Pattnaik said.Sudarsan has planned to create a miniature of the Sun Temple of Konarak, a world heritage monument. Around nine tonnes of sand would be used to create all these sculptures, said the artist.”Around four days will be required to complete the entire work. The objective is to make the participants in the international sport event aware of Odishas rich culture,” said Sudarsan, who has participated in more than 50 sand art championships and festivals around the world and won many prizes for the country.Over 1000 athletes and delegates from 45 countries are slated to take part in the event which is scheduled to conclude on July 9.Sudarsan has created many sand sculptures in different international sport events like Doha Asian games, Delhi Commonwealth games and cricket World Cup in London.The government has also taken steps for showcasing different facets of rich and diverse Odishas culture at the sport event to attract people and athletes taking part in the championship. PTI SKN CR CRlast_img read more

Delhi Dynamos FC sign Brazilian midfielder Paulinho Dias

first_imgDelhi Dynamos have signed 29-year old midfielder Paulinho Dias as the club’s first foreign recruit for the coming season of the Indian Super League.Paulinho’s movement, both on and off the ball, and his ability to bring his teammates into play makes him a great threat for the opposition defense.The Brazilian could make a strong impact for Dynamos this season as he is known to find the back of the net from distance, along with his expertise in the holding midfield role.A graduate of the Cruzeiro academy, Paulinho was last plying his trade with Joinville in Serie B.His signing marks a reunion with head coach Miguel Angel Portugal who had initially signed him back in 2014 at Atletico Paranaense.”I’m very excited to welcome Paulinho to the club. This is a player the coach immediately identified when he came aboard and I’m sure he can be a defensive anchor in our midfield. He will make his mark in the ISL like the other Atletico Paranaense players who came before him,” Delhi Dynamos Director Rohan Sharma said.Paulinho has previously had stints with the likes of Ipatinga, Chapecoense and Veranpolis where he started majority of the games and helped the clubs in promotion to the top division.last_img read more

10 months agoWest Ham boss Pellegrini: Enough chances for at least Watford point

first_imgWest Ham boss Pellegrini: Enough chances for at least Watford pointby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveWest Ham boss Manuel Pellegrini felt they created enough chances to earn something from defeat to Watford.Gerard Deulofeu sealed a 2-0 Watford victory after Troy Deeney had scored a first half penalty.“I think we deserved a little bit more, at least to draw the game, as we had too many options,” Pellegrini observed. “We played most of the game one goal behind and it is always more difficult for the team to play under pressure and it’s easier for Watford [once they are in front].“They are a very good team and they played a good game and when you are winning 1-0 you have more time to prepare the actions in the last third. We hit the post twice and had two or three clear options to draw this game.“Maybe we felt the pressure losing 1-0 at the beginning of the game, but there are so many things in football that can happen and be why you don’t score. In the last game [at Fulham] we had two chances and we scored two but today we couldn’t score one.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

ED raids premises of Varron Aluminium in Rs 293 cr bank fraud

first_imgNew Delhi: The Enforcement Directorate on Thursday conducted raids at several locations relating to Varron Aluminium and its directors in four cities in Maharashtra, in connection with the Rs 293.74 crore bank fraud case, the company is currently embroiled in.The ED had initiated investigations under provisions of the PMLA, after the CBI had registered a case against the company and its Director Shrikant Pandurang Sawaikar. The ED’s investigation in the case revealed that Sawaikar had allegedly entered into a criminal conspiracy with bank officials of Canara Bank and others to cheat the Bank of India off Rs 293.74 crore. Also Read – Cong may promise farm loan waiver in HaryanaAfter getting the Bank of India to release the funds on the basis of alleged fake Letters of Credit issued by a Canara Bank branch, directors of Varron Aluminium had immediately transferred it through various accounts and finally used it to settle old dues and make fixed deposits. The CBI had registered a case against the firm in February 2017, based on a complaint from Bank of India, alleging that Varron Aluminium had defrauded their bank of the money by using illegal means. In the complaint, it is alleged that Bank of India had discounted 246 bills backed by LC issued by Canara Bank. However, when bank officials went for the money later, Canara Bank denied ever having issued the letters of credit in the first place. The ED has said further investigation into establishing the money trail in the case and further attachments are under progress.last_img read more

Trans Mountain pipeline work to resume in August Kinder Morgan Canada boss

first_imgEDMONTON – The head of Kinder Morgan Canada says work is to resume next month to prepare a route for the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion.Ian Anderson says the company will secure, survey and prepare the right of way in coming months, and First Nations will monitor the work to look for traditional artifacts and medicines.Anderson says the plan is to start laying pipe early next year in British Columbia and Alberta.A completion date is to be announced in 2019.Anderson made the comments alongside Alberta Premier Rachel Notley at an event on the Enoch Cree Nation, just west of Edmonton.Enoch Cree land will be used as one of the staging grounds for the line and will stockpile at least 40 kilometres of pipe.The project will expand the existing Trans Mountain line from Edmonton to the B.C. coast to allow more oil from Alberta to be shipped to foreign markets.The line has been the focus of fractious debate and confrontation — the B.C. government, environmental activists and some Indigenous groups all oppose it.Earlier this year, the federal government agreed to buy the $4.5-billion pipeline to ensure it gets built, but the Liberals insist they don’t plan to be the long-term owner.last_img read more

Canada Mosaic puts Canadian music on the map

first_imgAdvertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Facebook Legacy? Well, all five composers are dead now and they number among the major figures of our musical past. Yet they are known by few of their fellow Canadians. Gary Kulesha, the TSO’s composer adviser, expresses no surprise. As he puts it, “would the average Canadian know who Brahms was?”Probably not, but the average Canadian lover of classical music certainly would know Brahms, whereas such native figures as Mercure and Weinzweig?There are various reasons for this situation, Kulesha acknowledges, including the diminished profile of music in our public schools, and on radio and television. Advertisementcenter_img Twitter Login/Register With: And it surely is a welcome way to fund some major commissions to our composers in addition to 40 or so two-minute fanfares to be performed by the TSO and partner orchestras from British Columbia to Newfoundland.The whole enterprise begins next Saturday at 7:30 p.m. in Roy Thomson Hall, when Victor Feldbrill and Alain Trudel preside over a program titled Canadian Legacy, featuring Godfrey Ridout’s Fall Fair, Pierre Mercure’s Kaléidoscope, Jean Coulthard’s “Introduction” and “Three Folk Songs” from Canada Mosaic, John Weinzweig’s Suite from Red Ear of Corn and André Mathieu’s Rhapsodie romantique, the latter with Alain Lefèvre as piano soloist. “Innovators. Renegades. Pioneers. Canadian musicians have long punched above their weight both at home and internationally.”Or so claims a news release announcing Canada Mosaic, an ambitious cross-country celebration of Canadian music and musicians spearheaded by the Toronto Symphony Orchestra and funded (to the tune of $7.5 million) by the government of Canada.“What a wonderful way to celebrate our 150th,” enthuses Mélanie Joly, minister of Canadian Heritage.last_img read more

El Othmani Pledges Cooperation with Other G5 Countries at Summit

By Zakaria OuadghiriRabat – “We are determined to cooperate fully with our brothers in the five Sahelian countries to develop zones facing serious security threats that have an impact on the security of the entire region, including Morocco,”Head of Government Saadeddine El Othmani told Maghreb Arab Press (MAP).He said that Morocco had prepared a program that would be presented at the conference concerning its actions in the Sahel region. Immediately after his arrival in the Mauritanian capital, the head of the Moroccan government held a one-on-one meeting with the Mauritanian Prime Minister Ahmed Salem Ould Bashir in the airport’s VIP lounge.The Moroccan delegation is participating in this event as a partner country. The G5 Sahel countries are seeking Morocco’s expertise in several areas, such as the fight against desertification, water control and counter-terrorism. El Othmani expressed Morocco’s determination on Wednesday in Nouakchott to strengthen its cooperation with the Sahel countries (Mauritania, Chad, Mali, Burkina Faso, and Niger) who face serious security threats. Read Also: El Othmani: Mohammed VI-B Satellite, a Moroccan Achievement to Be Proud ofThis Thursday’s meeting is dedicated to the organization’s Priority Investment Programme (PIP) for 2019 to 2022.  The PIP is used for implementing the G5 Sahel Development and Security Strategy (SDS) and is structured around the four strategic areas of intervention (Defence & Security, Governance, Infrastructure, and Resilience & Human Development).Normally, it is the Minister of Foreign Affairs who represents the kingdom at Group meetings, as was the case in September 2017 in New York at an inter-ministerial meeting on “Security and development in a French-speaking region in solidarity” and in February 2018 in Brussels. Minister of Foreign Affairs Nasser Bourita is participating in the Geneva roundtable on the resumption of negotiations on the Sahara.On the orders of King Mohammed VI, El Othmani is leading a delegation to the G5 Sahel (GHS) conference that is held on December 5 and 6 in Nouakchott, Mauritania, according to a statement from the Head of Government Department.The statement noted that this conference brings together a number of heads from both government and state, as well as representatives of donor countries to mobilize the necessary resources needed for the investment priorities program of the G5S countries.This conference is the second conference for donors to G5S countries after the one held in Brussels last February, which raised $414 million for the G5 Sahel counterterrorism task force.G5S is an institution for coordinating regional cooperation in development and security issues in West Africa. It was formed on February 16, 2014, in Nouakchott, Mauritania, at a summit of five Sahel countries: Burkina Faso, Chad, Mali, Mauritania, and Niger. read more

ICE Futures Canada quotes and cash prices

WINNIPEG — Grain quotes Friday for tonnes, basis Lakehead:Canola (Vancouver): Open High Low Close ThuNov. 506.90 510.90 506.90 510.20 507.80Jan. ’18 516.00 519.70 515.30 519.20 516.30March 522.00 525.70 521.60 525.30 522.50May 525.30 528.30 525.30 528.00 524.90July 528.20 529.60 528.10 529.20 526.00Nov. 496.00 499.00 495.70 497.00 497.00Jan. ’19 0.00 0.00 0.00 498.60 498.70March 0.00 0.00 0.00 501.30 501.40May 0.00 0.00 0.00 501.30 501.40July 0.00 0.00 0.00 501.30 501.40Nov. 0.00 0.00 0.00 501.30 501.40Barley (Western): Open High Low Close ThuDec. 0.00 0.00 0.00 148.00 148.00March ’18 0.00 0.00 0.00 151.00 151.00May 0.00 0.00 0.00 151.00 151.00July 0.00 0.00 0.00 151.00 151.00Oct. 0.00 0.00 0.00 151.00 151.00Dec. 0.00 0.00 0.00 151.00 151.00March ’19 0.00 0.00 0.00 151.00 151.00May 0.00 0.00 0.00 151.00 151.00July 0.00 0.00 0.00 151.00 151.00Oct. 0.00 0.00 0.00 151.00 151.00Dec. 0.00 0.00 0.00 151.00 151.00ICE Futures Canada cash prices:Feed wheat: Track Montreal CW: $240.00Canola:Thunder Bay No. 1 Canada: $529.20 (January 2018)Vancouver No. 1 Canada: $542.20 (January 2018) read more

Zeid notes UN failed to protect Lankan civilians

The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights said that if the UN is going to make commitments on protecting civilians, then it must be resolute, undivided and clear about its intentions. UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein says the UN had failed to protect the lives of civilians in Sri Lanka in 2009.Al Hussein made the comment via a video link to the United Nations Security Council, when it met to discuss the situation in Bosnia and Herzegovina. His remarks were made as the Security Council prepared to table a vote on a draft resolution strongly condemning as genocide the crimes at Srebrenica as established by the judgments of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia (ICTY) and the International Court of Justice (ICJ) and all other proven war crimes and crimes against humanity committed in the course of the conflict in Bosnia and Herzegovina. “Had this been the case with Sri Lanka in 2009, or now in Sudan, Burundi or even Myanmar, the consequences for the lives of millions of people would be immense,” he said. The measure – which failed to pass with 10 votes in favour, four abstentions (Angola, China, Nigeria and Venezuela) and the Russian Federation voting against – would have further agreed that “acceptance of the tragic events at Srebrenica as genocide is a prerequisite for reconciliation.” If one of the Council’s five permanent members casts a negative vote on a resolution, the text cannot be adopted. (Colombo Gazette) read more

Wimal warns Ranil to leave by 8am tomorrow

National Freedom Front leader Wimal Weerawansa has warned Ranil Wickremesinghe to leave Temple Trees by 8am tomorrow.Weerawansa told reporters today that if Wickremesinghe fails to leave then the public will be forced to put him out. The Parliamentarian said that the international community want a crisis situation to take place in Sri Lanka and that should not happen.However he said that if Wickremesinghe does not leave then he will be forced out. (Colombo Gazette)

Farming plays key role both good and bad in climate change UN

The agency’s annual State of Food and Agriculture report, which was released today in Rome, includes a review of the current global and regional agricultural situation, world trade, commodity prices and the implications for agriculture of the Fourth World Trade Organization (WTO) Ministerial Conference.In the special chapter on harvesting carbon sequestration through land-use change, FAO says an estimated 80 per cent of global carbon stocks are stored in soils or forests and that a considerable amount of the mineral originally contained in those areas has been released as a result of agricultural and forestry activities and deforestation.Agriculture and forestry practices confine and fix carbon into the soil, plants and trees through photosynthesis, reducing atmospheric greenhouse gases.According to the report, farming and forestry activities have the potential to counteract the effect of emissions made elsewhere by reducing deforestation, generating increased forest stocks, adopting agroforestry schemes, reducing soil degradation and rehabilitating degraded forests.A separate section examining the role of agriculture and land in the provision of global public goods says that farming, fisheries and forestry have an importance beyond that of providing the world with food and raw materials necessary for survival and well-being and ensuring the livelihoods of farmers, fishermen and foresters worldwide.People employed in these sectors of the economy play a role in managing resources that benefit the world at large. “Through proper management of these resources, farmers, fishermen and foresters provide a range of benefits to others, such as landscape conservation, watershed protection, biodiversity conservation, ecosystem stability and maintenance of fish stocks,” the report says.While these public goods are widely recognized as benefiting large numbers of people, they cannot be expected for free, the report says. Some public goods are global in nature and benefit all of humanity. But because so many people benefit from these public goods without paying, the report concludes that “mechanisms for compensating the providers are necessary to ensure that socially desirable levels of the good will be provided.” read more

Afghanistan Security Council condemns Taliban attack near Spanish embassy in Kabul

“The members of the Security Council expressed their deep sympathy and condolences to the families of the victims and to the people and Government of Afghanistan, as well as to the people and Government of Spain. They wished the injured a speedy recovery,” said a press statement issued by the Security Council.The Council reiterated its serious concern at the threats posed by the Taliban, Al-Qaida, Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) affiliates, and illegal armed groups to the local population, national security forces, and international presence in Afghanistan.“The members of the Security Council underlined the need to bring perpetrators, organizers, financiers and sponsors of these reprehensible acts of terrorism to justice, and urged all States, in accordance with their obligations under international law and relevant Security Council resolutions, to cooperate actively with the Afghan authorities in this regard,” said the statement.Further, the Council members reaffirmed that terrorism in all its forms and manifestations is criminal and unjustifiable, regardless of its motivation, wherever, whenever and by whomsoever committed, and should not be associated with any religion, nationality, civilization or ethnic group.They also reaffirmed and reiterated their determination to combat by all means, in in accordance with the UN Charter and all obligations under international law, in particular international human rights, refugee and international humanitarian law, threats to international peace and security caused by terrorist acts.“The members of the Security Council reiterated that no violent or terrorist acts can reverse the path towards Afghan-led peace, democracy and stability in Afghanistan, which is supported by the people and the Government of Afghanistan and by the international community,” the statement concluded.At the same time, the UN Assistance Mission in Afghanistan (UNAMA) also condemned the attacks and said this was an “attack against the international community”.The UN mission said that the casualties of the attacks included at least two civilians with several more injured, along with extensive damage to the Embassy complex.UNAMA stressed that civilians may never be deliberately targeted in any location as such attacks are explicitly prohibited under international humanitarian law and expressed its sincere condolences to the families of the victims and a speedy recovery to the injured.They noted that the attack in Kabul was the second major incident within a week for which the Taliban claimed responsibility where they deliberately targeted civilians causing significant loss of civilian life.Earlier this week, an attack occurred over a 24-hour period on 8 and 9 December in Kandahar airport where the Taliban intentionally targeted civilian areas of the base, which killed 39 civilians, including children, and a further 23 injured when Taliban fighters dismounted their vehicles in the bazaar and opened fire on shopkeepers and customers.UNAMA said that the fighting reportedly continued in the residential areas of the base accommodating the families of Afghan security forces and airport staff, and stressed that civilian relatives of military personnel can never be classified as combatants. read more

Oil and gas sector Govt to handle sale of Guyanas

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedExxonMobil earnings increase 57% to $6.2B in third quarter of 2018November 2, 2018In “Business”Exxon Mobil will pay 2% royalty in new pact with GovtJune 2, 2017In “Business”Guyana losing out US$29B from oil deal says OGGNJanuary 30, 2018In “Business” …separate from ExxonMobilWith first oil just around the corner, Guyana appears to be poised to market and sell its own portion of crude oil, as opposed to having oil giant ExxonMobil sell on the country’s behalf.According to sources close to the Energy Department, a plan is still being developed for how the oil will be sold – one which will aim to find Guyana the best markets based on profitability. <<<>>> understands, however, that it is still in the early planning stages.Back in 2017, Natural Resources Minister Raphael Trotman was reported in sections of the media saying that the sale of its share of petroleum to local buyers could be considered. He had noted that what government wanted was a profitable model.International oil and gas company Exxon Mobil struck liquid gold in its exploration efforts offshore Guyana. (Photo: Exxon Mobil)In 2017, Director of Advisory Services at Hartree Partners, Pedro Haas, had revealed that the cost to construct an oil refinery in Guyana would be US$5 billion. Haas had been tasked with carrying out a feasibility study for an oil refinery in Guyana. According to Minister of State Joseph Harmon, Cabinet is still to review the findings of the study.The feasibility study found that it would be too costly for the Government to invest in an oil refinery. The consultant had said that the final results of the study show that Guyana would be “destroying over half the value of your investment the day you commission your refinery.”The company looked at economic models used in other oil-producing countries and compared them with the scale and complexity of Guyana’s potential oil market to come up with the recommendations. Expert opinions from oil and engineering companies were also taken on board.But persons have expressed an interest in building an oil refinery in Guyana. A team of professional foreign investors has expressed interest in establishing an oil refinery in Linden, Region 10 (Upper Demerara-Berbice), with the intention of providing technical skills training to the community’s workforce and education sector.Prospects for the initiative were discussed on Wednesday when the team met with regional stakeholders at the office of the Regional Democratic Council (RDC) in Linden.The team was led by US-based Ghanian entrepreneur Quincy Sintim-Aboagye who owns an oil company and Alfred Fafali Adagbedu who is the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Seaweld Engineering Limited in Ghana.Apart from the refinery, the team had also expressed intentions to establish a hotel and to develop economic avenues for local farming. The two sides also discussed the possibility of implementing training at the Linden Technical Institute (LTI). The investors have posited that there will be opportunities for job creation and training in areas such as welding.Other benefits they had highlighted are cheaper gas and electricity prices with additional interests in crude oil, bauxite expansion, the establishment of an industrial complex in Guyana.After its 10th discovery of oil in the Stabroek Block, ExxonMobil has estimated the recoverable resource in the block to be five billion oil equivalent barrels. At US$50 a barrel, that equates to well over US$200 billion.Then there is the fact that two subsequent discoveries were made earlier this year. In addition, an independent assessment, or competent persons report, had found that 2.9 billion barrels of oil existed in the Orinduik block. read more

Public Security Minister meets with Delegation of EU Ambassadors

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedRussia pledges support to Guyana’s security sectorJune 17, 2015In “Politics”‘Guyana should be included too’ …Govt approaches EU delegation for visa-free travel to EuropeOctober 17, 2018In “latest news”Ramotar lashes back at EU Ambassador over €25 million agreementOctober 28, 2015In “Politics” Guyana’s Public Security Minister, Khemraj Ramjattan earlier today (Monday) met with a delegation of Ambassadors of non-resident European Union Member States from Belgium, Finland, France, Germany, the Netherlands, Spain, Romania and Sweden at his office, with a view to having further cooperation between Guyana and the EU.Guyana and the European Union formalised relations with the signing of the Georgetown Agreement in 1975. The Guyana /EU relations are currently based on the Cotonou Agreement, the CARIFORUM –EU Economic Partnership Agreement and bi-regional political dialogue.According to a media release from the Ministry of Public Security, Ramjattan and the Delegation of EU Ambassadors, discussed matters of governance and security issues in Guyana.Minister Ramjattan and the Delegation of EU Ambassadors also touched on security issues at the border with Venezuela.Minister Ramjattan reaffirmed that the Coalition Government is in full adherence to the rule of law, Guyana’s Constitution and good leadership, the release added.According to the Ministry of Public Security, the two sides also discussed the EU Seaport Corporation Project (SEACOP) in the profiling of vessels and the conducting of safe and effective rummage operations in Guyana.SEACOP supports Guyana by reinforcing capacities to combat illicit maritime trafficking and associated criminal networks and enhances international cooperation in tackling illicit maritime trafficking on the transatlantic cocaine route. read more

4 new Parliamentarians sworn in

The four new Members of Parliament (MP) this afternoon took the oath of office before Speaker and Clerk of the National Assembly signaling a new phase of their political careers.Those who took the oath of office were Mervyn Williams, Tabita Sarabo-Halley, Donna Mootoo and Raynard Ward.Donna Mootoo taking the oath of officeThe four new MPs have replaced former ministers of government, Joe Harmon, Carl Greenidge, Dominic Gaskin and Dr. Rupert Roopnarine.These ministers resigned following the ruling by Chief Justice Roxane George and the Court of Appeal Judges with respect to the dual citizenship case.The ruling stated that it is unconstitutional for a Member of Parliament who holds dual citizenship to be a Member of the National Assembly.Tabita Sarabo-Halley taking the oath of officeFollowing their resignations, three have indicated that they will renounce their foreign citizenship while former Business Minister, Dominic Gaskin will retain his.Raynard Ward taking the oath of officeHowever, the new Parliamentarians were congratulated by the Speaker and Clerk of the National Assembly as well as their colleagues from the government side of the house.Mervyn Williams taking the oath of officeThe Parliamentary Opposition, the People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) did not show up when the National Assembly reconvened today. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedWPA’s Tabitha Sarabo-Halley tipped to Rupert Roopnarine as MPApril 14, 2019In “latest news”MP Dominic Gaskin a born Briton, AFC confirmsJanuary 17, 2019In “latest news”Jaipaul Sharma removed from Finance, now at Public Infrastructure MinistryJune 15, 2019In “Local News” read more

Clive Lloyd believes allrounders will have biggest roles

The 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup will run from May 30 until July 14. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedWorld Cup without Windies unthinkable — LaraFebruary 27, 2018In “latest news”Lloyd tells West Indies to study New Zealand at World CupJune 21, 2019In “latest news”Legends Sir Viv, Lloyd backing Windies Women for titleNovember 22, 2018In “latest news” LONDON, United Kingdom (CMC) — One of the greatest West Indies captains of all time, Sir Clive Lloyd expects all-rounders to play a decisive role in the upcoming ICC Cricket World Cup.Sir Clive, who led the Windies to their only two World Cup titles in 1975 and 1979, said with the pitches in England predicted to be flat, he believed the play of those multidimensional players would determine the winner.“From Afghanistan to England, or from India to West Indies, every team is blessed with top-class all-rounders, that’s why I believe it will be an all-rounders’ World Cup,” Lloyd said.With the Windies skipper Jason Holder currently ranked as the best Test all-rounder in the world and sixth best in ODIs, along with the explosive Andre Russell in the side, Lloyd said he expected the regional side to give a good showing.He said the West Indies would be confident after drawing their ODI series with top-ranked England 2-2 in March.“The West Indies Cricket Board has brought back the main players who have been doing well in different tournaments around the world. They will try their best.“During the last 20-odd years, we lost so many good cricketers. I think the good cricketers have again come up with the intention of doing good,” Lloyd insisted. read more

Lopsided agreement benefitted some parties than others – WPAs Hinds on

Dr David HindsThe Working People’s Alliance (WPA), a member of the A Partnership for National Unity (APNU), has described the Cummingsburg Accord— the sweetheart deal which binds APNU and Alliance for Change (AFC) — as a “lopsided” agreement, since it benefitted some parties more than others.The WPA is one of five parties which came together in 2011 and formed A Partnership for National Unity.WPA Executive Member Dr David Hinds told media operatives recently that the agreement was clearly disproportional and they are hoping also to have the APNU’s charter reassessed.His remarks come on the heels of the Cummingsburg Accord being set to be reviewed in the near future. Hinds indicated that their supporters are of the opinion that the minority party in the coalition, the Alliance for Change (AFC) received more than what was deserving.“We feel that there should be much more participation by all parties within the coalition. Some of our supporters are saying that the AFC got more than they deserved in the last election and parties like the WPA got less than they deserved.We would imagine that when they sit down to iron those things out, they would come to some conclusion that would be fair to all the parties,” Hinds affirmed.The Cummingsburg Accord expires on February 14, 2020. However, Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo had positioned last year that it was being undermined by the APNU/PNC. In fact, he mentioned moves made by President Granger to lessen the responsibility of AFC ministers.AFC Executive, Cathy Hughes, was first appointed as Tourism Minister in 2015 when the coalition Government first took office. Her stint as Tourism Minister was short-lived, and she was reassigned to a relatively unknown ministry which has fewer responsibilities – the Public Telecommunications Ministry. The Tourism Ministry was then assigned under another AFC executive and son-in-law of the President, Dominic Gaskin, who was in charge of the Business Ministry— a lesser known ministry also.Jagdeo had also highlighted that the move taken by President Granger to strip Natural Resources Minister Raphael Trotman of his responsibility for the oil and gas sector.  Responsibility for the environment was first taken away from Trotman when a decision was made to establish the Department of Environment that is now housed in the Ministry of the Presidency. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedAFC says it wants to prove itself by going solo for LGEAugust 8, 2018In “latest news”APNU’s coalition development leaves much to be desired- WPA’s OgunseyeMarch 20, 2018In “latest news”AFC sets up committee to review Cummingsburg AccordApril 30, 2017In “Politics” read more

Anglo Americans FutureSmart Mining on its way to tangible technology results

first_img“It’s clear that the pressures on us are unsustainable, whether it is around our carbon footprint, water footprint, or physical footprint, and we are always looking for different ways to push us in this future direction where our footprint will be very different.”Tony O’Neill, Anglo American Technical Director, knows the company he works for is up against it when it comes to retaining its reputation as one of the world’s leading sustainable mining companies.It’s clear from the company’s 2018 sustainability report – which saw it achieve a best-ever performance in terms of injuries, a cut in energy use and an increase in greenhouse gas emission savings – that Anglo is going down multiple paths to reach its goals. O’Neill, who joined the company almost six years ago, believes Anglo’s FutureSmart Mining™ programme will play a major role in confronting and overcoming many of the issues it (and the industry) is facing.“If you look at FutureSmart Mining, at its absolute essence, it is about footprint; how do you change the footprint of mining? How do you have a mine that draws no fresh water? Mines without tailings dams? Mines that look very different?” he told IM.“It’s getting people to believe there is a different way for mining in an industry that has, to this point, been quite traditional. It is not going to happen overnight, but I think we have a genuine vision that is, in my view, quite feasible.”IM spoke with O’Neill and Donovan Waller, Group Head of Technology Development, this week to get to the bottom of how technology is making Anglo ever more sustainable.IM: Could you explain how the Anglo operating model facilitates and fosters innovation within the context of FutureSmart Mining?TO: The Anglo American operating model is the chassis that underpins everything, giving us certainty in the delivery of our work. When you have got that stability – and the lack of variability – in your business outputs, it is much easier to overlay new technologies and processes. When you then see a difference in operating or financial results, you can confirm it is down to what you have implemented, rather than the underlying processes.I look at it a little bit like a three-legged stool: you have the operating model on one leg, the P101 benchmark-setting on another, and technology and data analytics on the third leg. They all co-exist in this system and work off each other. Without one, the stool falls over.The operating model has given us a drumbeat of delivery, and we get the licence to innovate because of this drumbeat.IM: Do you think FutureSmart Mining is starting to be understood and valued by investors?TO: They’re awake to it now. I think it is still in the early stages of the story, but they can see what we are doing and the ambition behind it. Ultimately, it will result in a different investment profile, or more investors because of it, but I am not sure that it’s translated in full up to now. The recognition has been more around the general results of the company.With all these technologies coming through – much of them driven by higher levels of data and the ability to interrogate that data – the vision we imagined way out into the future, I think, is a lot more tangible than when we started out four years ago.IM: Out of all the tailings dam elimination work you are carrying out (around passive resistivity, fibre-optics, micro-seismic monitoring, coarse particle recovery, polymers, and dry stacking), which innovation will have an impact on Anglo’s operations in the next three-to-five years?TO: All of them. We started out with our tailings programme in 2013; in fact, our group technical standards were re-issued at the beginning of 2014 and they are now one of the main guidelines the ICMM (International Council on Mining and Metals) uses.Tailings dams have always been at the back end of the mining process and, in a way, the science behind them has never been part of the mainstream operation. Our view, internally for many years, is tailings dams are one of the industry’s greatest risks.“Our view, internally for many years, is tailings dams are one of the industry’s greatest risks,” Tony O’Neill saysUltimately our aim is to eliminate tailings dams. Period. Coarse particle flotation – getting that coarser particle size that drains much more freely – is core to that and you can see a development pathway there. For example, with some of these new flotation techniques, we now only need 1% exposure of the mineral for it to be effective. In the past, it was much higher.When we upgraded the capability of our tailings organisation, it became clear we needed to get a lot more data off these tailings dams. About three years ago, we started putting fibre-optic sensors into the dams. We have since developed, through our exploration arm, passive resistivity seismic monitoring, which basically tells you where your water sits in the dams. And, we’re putting into Quellaveco micro-seismic measuring techniques, which will be more granular again. You can see the day coming really quickly where tailings dams are a real-time data source for mining companies.We’re also, with our joint venture partner Debswana, building the first polymer plant in Botswana, which could have an impact on dry tailing disposal.The thing we need to crack – both ourselves and the industry – is how to dry stack at scale. At the moment, that is still a work-in-progress, but it is doable in the long term.IM: How is the bulk sorter you have operating at El Soldado, which is equipped with a neutron sensor, working? How has it made a difference to recoveries and grades at the operation?TO: With the bulk sorter, we’re taking packages of tonnes rather than individual rocks to enable us to get both speed and volume. At El Soldado, we are sorting in four tonne packages. You can adapt the sorting profile by the characteristics of the orebody. We’re generally looking to sort tonnages that are less than you would put in a haul truck body or bucket.If you step right back, in the past, most processing plants wanted to blend to get an average feed. We are going the other way. We want to use the heterogeneity of the orebody to its advantage; the less mixing we can get ahead of these sorting processes, the better it is for recoveries.Being able to remove an orebody above the cut-off grade alongside waste tonnages and upgrade the latter has led to an effective lift in head grade. It has been enabled by new sensing technology with a particular type of neutron sensor.What we have seen in early results has surprised us on the upside. We thought we would see a 5% uplift in head grade, but in fact we have seen about 20% – to qualify that, it’s in its early stages.O’Neill says the bulk sorting trial at El Soldado has seen about a 20% uplift in head grade in its early stagesIf you take this to its logical conclusion, you can see the day coming where you would cut the rock – no drilling and blasting – immediately sort the rock behind the machine cutting it and distribute said rock efficiently into its value in use; you don’t have stockpiles, you have plants sensing the material right through and adapting in real time to the change in mineralogy. I think there is another 3-4% increase in recovery in that whole process when we get it right.Our sweet spot when we created FutureSmart Mining was always the orebody and processing plants, more so than automation (although that is part of the potential mix). That was different to a lot of the other players in the industry. This focus could lead to the development of different types of plants; ones that are flexible, more modular and you can plug and play.IM: Do you see these type of neutron sensors being applied elsewhere across a mine site?TO: Yes, through processing plants and conveyors. In fact, we’re preparing for this on conveyors right now.What we have found with all this new technology is that, when we implement it, quite often another opportunity arrives. They end up playing off each other, and that is the context for the bulk sorting and coarse particle flotation.IM: How have Anglo’s Open Forums played into these developments?TO: We have held eight Open Forums on sustainability, processing, mining, exploration (two), future of work, energy and maintenance.Out of those eight, I think we have got around 10,000 ideas from them. These forums have been specifically designed where only about a third of participants are from the mining industry, with the other two thirds coming from the best and brightest analogous industries we can tap into – automobile, oil & gas, food, construction, even Formula 1 racing and NASA.The reality is that out of those 10,000 ideas, the success rate is about 1:1,000, but the one that makes it is quite often a game changer.IM: Going back to the bulk sorters, am I right in thinking you plan to put these into Mogalakwena and Barro Alto too?TO: The aim is to have them across our business. At El Soldado, the copper angle is very important. The technology – the sensing and using the data – is probably a touch more advanced in copper, but we are building one currently in our PGMs business at Mogalakwena and a bit behind that, but ready to be built, is one in nickel, yes.In terms of our programme, you will see them spread across our business in the next, hopefully, 18 months.IM: Where does your approach to advanced process control (APC) fit into the FutureSmart Mining platform?TO: We want to have APC in some form across all our business by the end of this year. We have probably come from a little behind some of the other players in the industry, but we’re pushing it quite aggressively to give us the platform for data analytics. The upside we have seen just by putting the process control in so far has surprised me a bit – in a good way; power reductions, throughput, having this different level of control. All of it has been pleasing.We spent about 12 months looking at the whole data analytics space to see how we were going to implement our solution. If you look around at the sector, everyone wants to be involved and profit share. If you add it all up, you could end up with not a lot of profitable pieces at the end. We have strategically chosen the pieces we think are important to us and our profit pool and have been happy to be a little looser on some of the non-core areas.The other key plank to the APC is that we own the data. The reality is, in the new world, data is like a new orebody and we’re not willing to let go of that.IM: Your Smart Energy project involving a haul truck powered on hydrogen has certainly caught the attention of the market: how did you come up with this innovation?TO: Initially, we couldn’t make renewables work from an investment criteria perspective – it was always close, but never quite there. Donovan’s team then took an approach where they said, ‘forget the normal investment criteria. All we want to do is, make the business case wash its face.’ In doing so, it enabled them to oversize a renewable or photovoltaic energy source – the power plant – using that extra power to produce hydrogen and putting that hydrogen to use in the haulage fleet. Re-engineering the haulage fleet gave us the business outcomes we were looking for.DW: These business cases bring you to temporary barriers. When you hit that temporary barrier, people normally stop, but what we said was, ‘OK, just assume it is not there and go forward.’ That brought the whole business case back again by looking at it differently again.Anglo’s Smart Energy project is aiming to power a 300-t class truck with hydrogen fuelIM: Where is this project likely to be situated within the group?TO: We’re still not 100% fixed as the initial work will be done here (the UK). You are talking about quite specialist skills working with hydrogen.When the system has gone past its initial testing, it will go to a site, probably in South Africa, but we are not 100% locked into that at this point.IM: On the 12-month timeline you have given, when would you have to be on site?TO: The infrastructure will be pre-built here in the UK. We’re effectively testing it here. In a way, the physical truck is the easy bit.It’s going to be using a 300-t class truck. The guys have already done quite a bit of the detailed measuring and the design elements are well under way.We’ve also taken the approach to use pre-approved technology, which Donovan can talk about.DW: This minimises the risk on the first go and allows us to, later, tailor it. For example, if you don’t have a right sized fuel cell currently available off-the-shelf, you just use multiple standard-size fuel cells for now. Then, when you get into the final version you could tailor them into something more specific.IM: On mechanised cutting, you recently mentioned the building of a “production-sized machine” for at least one of your mines in South Africa. Is this a variant of the Epiroc machine – the Rapid Mine Development System – you have been using at Twickenham?TO: It’s the next generation of machines. It’s fair to say that, in the last 12 months, the technology has come to the point where we are confident it is viable.What we’re looking for is a fundamental breakthrough where, for example, we can take the development rates up three or four times from what you would usually expect. That is what we’re chasing. It would involve some sort of pre-conditioning of the rock ahead of the cutting, but the cutting, itself, works.For us, mechanised cutting is a real solution to some of the safety issues we have had on our plate. Regardless of whether it goes into South Africa or another underground mine, we see it as a key part of our future underground design and operation.IM: What type of rock pre-conditioning is this likely to be?TO: I think around the world, people are looking at electricity, microwave, laser, a whole suite of things. None of them have yet quite landed, but they all have potential.IM: Where does haul truck automation fit into the pipeline for Anglo American?TO: All the equipment we buy, going forward, will be autonomous-capable, which means we can run it in either format (manned or unmanned). You are then left with a number of decisions – have you got the design to retrofit automation? Is there a safety issue to be considered? Is there a weather issue to contend with? There are a whole series of gates that we’ll take it (automation projects) through.It’s good to go back to P101 here. Where P100 is getting all of our key processes to world-class benchmarks, P101 is about establishing a new benchmark. By definition, if you get your operations to that point, the gap between that manned performance and autonomous performance is not that great.Autonomy is part of our future armoury, but when and where and how, we’ll have to wait and see. For example, we are currently looking at the option of autonomous haulage trucks at one of our open-cut mines in Queensland.When you look at our portfolio of operations, it’s often a more complex environment than when you are just working in the wide open Pilbara.last_img read more