SARA continues its political harassment

first_imgThe State Asset Recovery Agency (SARA) has returned to its practice of political harassment; this time by seeking to directly intimidate Queens Atlantic Investment Inc (QAII), the corporate owners of the property which houses the Times Media Group – including Guyana Times newspaper– at Ruimveldt, Georgetown.The state of Sanata Complex upon aquistionOn Thursday afternoon, a notice was received that SARA is seeking to recover the difference between an outside valuation of the Sanata property and the valuation of the official Government valuation entity at the point of sale.In June 2018, SOCU had charged Dr Ashni Singh, former Finance Minister and Winston Brassington, former Chairman of NICL, in relation to the same transaction. At that time, Guyana Times had received a number of threats to stop publishing news items which are critical of the Administration.SARA continues to press ahead with this political witch-hunting, despite being fully aware that the act has been challenged in the court.The property was acquired by QAII in a fully transparent manner more than a decade ago, and this was fully ventilated in the press. Billions of dollars have been invested to develop this property and as such, QAII will vigorously defend any issues relating to the transaction.last_img read more

Neymar banned for three Champions League matches over ref rant

first_img0Shares0000Neymar (left) watched PSG’s March 6 defeat to Manchester United from the stands © AFP / FRANCK FIFELAUSANNE, Switzerland, Apr 26 – Neymar was suspended for three Champions League matches by UEFA on Friday for a foul-mouthed tirade at match officials following Paris Saint-Germain’s shock exit from this season’s tournament to Manchester United.The Brazil star missed the 3-1 Champions League second leg last 16 defeat on March 6 through injury, but told match officials “to go fuck yourselves” on social media after watching on from the sidelines at the Parc des Princes. Neymar was found guilty of “insulting/molesting acts against match official”, European football’s governing body announced in a statement after opening an inquiry into his outburst on March 22.The 27-year-old, who will now miss half of PSG’s group stage matches in the Champions League next season, was angry with the award of a decisive injury-time penalty which Marcus Rashford scored to send United through.“It’s a disgrace. They get four guys who don’t understand football to watch a slow motion replay in front of the TV,” Neymar wrote in Portuguese on Instagram after the game.He had watched on incredulous from the sidelines as United were awarded the spot-kick for a debateable handball via the video assistant referee (VAR) system, allowing Rashford to fire United into the quarter-finals on away goals.Neymar was reportedly so enraged by the decision to give the penalty that he had to be restrained by PSG staff to stop him entering the referee’s dressing room.United were given the spot-kick after Presnel Kimpembe was judged to have handled Diogo Dalot’s shot.PSG made Neymar the world’s most expensive player in 2017 by signing him from Barcelona for 222 million euros as they stepped up their bid to win a maiden Champions League title, but they have now lost in the last 16 in three straight seasons.Injury has already ruled Neymar out of several key European matches for PSG, the forward missing the last 16 second leg tie against Real Madrid in 2018, then both legs against Man United at the same stage this season.In June last year, his teammate Gianluigi Buffon was handed a three-match suspension after a tirade against referee Michael Oliver following his former club Juventus’ similarly dramatic quarter-final defeat by Real Madrid.Former PSG defender Serge Aurier was the first player to be banned by UEFA for comments made on social media in 2015.Neymar’s ban comes on the eve of his return to PSG’s starting line-up after injury for Saturday’s French Cup final against Rennes.He made his first appearance since January 23 as a second-half substitute in Sunday’s 3-1 win over Monaco as PSG celebrated clinching a sixth Ligue 1 crown in seven years.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Clubs eye young American keeper Caldwell

first_imgBrentford are giving a trial to United States Under-17 goalkeeper Jeff Caldwell, who is also expected to train with Fulham and Arsenal during his time in London.Caldwell, 17, watched from the stands as Brentford were beaten 2-1 at home by Celtic in a pre-season friendly at Griffin Park on Saturday.Currently with North Carolina Fusion, he is hoping to secure a move to England and a number of clubs have expressed an interest in him.Brentford have had another goalkeeper from the USA on trial, Winstone Boldt, who was among their substitutes for the Celtic game.See also:Celtic win friendly but Brentford 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 Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

South Africa works to stop load shedding

first_img19 May 2015The current load shedding incidents are receiving urgent attention with several steps being taken to address this, including the finalisation of the Integrated Energy Plan, says Energy Minister Tina Joemat-Pettersson.“I want to reassure South Africans that the load shedding which prevails is receiving our highest priority for urgent resolution. Partnerships have been established between [the] government, labour, business and civil society to find solutions to our problems, in keeping with the great spirit of our country,” she said.Delivering the Department of Energy’s budget vote this morning, the minister said the government’s urgent response to load shedding had accelerated the finalisation of the much-awaited Integrated Energy Plan.“Once approved by [the] Cabinet, the Integrated Energy Plan will be published as a policy document. This plan will inform our future energy mix and prioritise policy interventions for future programmes within the energy sector,” she told Parliament.Last month, the department announced a package of energy supply and demand options.“This will increase the independent power producer [IPP] energy supply to the grid by means of renewable energy, coal, gas and co-generation by 17 000 megawatts [MW] towards the end of 2022. An annual increase of 2 400MW of additional energy capacity will be added to the grid. Our current circumstances compel us to add a significant amount of electricity generation to the grid in a very short time.”Renewable energyShe said the Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme (REIPPPP) had added to the energy supply capacity and electricity diversity in South Africa over a period of only three-and-a-half years.“Competitive energy prices have been achieved, with a distinct and meaningful possibility to make a real socio-economic difference in the communities where they are located.”Since 2011, the department had procured 5 243MW of renewable electricity in bid windows 1 to 4 and connected 37 projects, with a capacity of 1 827MW, to the national grid.On average, 15% of this energy was delivered to the power system during system peak periods, alleviating pressure on the power system.“The energy contribution should grow to approximately 7 000 gigawatt hours per annum with the first 47 renewable energy independent power producers fully operational and producing at full capacity by mid-2016.”Tariff decreasesThrough the competitive procurement approach, the average per kilowatt hour tariff, in April 2014 terms, for onshore wind had declined by 55% to an average of 62c per unit and for solar photovoltaic by 76% to 79c per unit, Joemat-Pettersson said.“This programme has secured a commitment of about R170-billion in capital investment to the South African economy. South Africans own an average of 48% in all [independent power producers], with black South Africans owning 28% of these projects.”The department had already submitted for concurrence to the National Energy Regulator of South Africa new determinations for an additional 6 300MW for the REIPPPP, as well as 1 800MW for co-generation. Co-generation supply of about 720MW had been secured through Eskom.“In addition, we have revised the approach in relation to the procurement of co- generation in line with the Integrated Resource Plan to assist with the current electricity challenges. The Request for Proposal for the revised co-generation approach, totalling 1 800MW is on track for release to the market.“The announcement of the preferred bidders is expected in the third quarter of 2015. The new approach will ensure that the approval process is expedited and financial close accelerated.”Request for proposalsThe REIPPPP Request for Proposals for an additional 1 800MW from existing bid submissions was on course for release to the market by June 2015. This bidding process would be open to all unsuccessful bidders from all previous bid windows which were ready for re-submission.Her department would also announce the appointment of additional preferred bidders from bid window 4 in early June.Projects under this programme had started to spend on their socio-economic development and enterprise development commitments, said the department.A spending pattern was unfolding, with most spending being allocated for education and skills development, health care, infrastructure, and social housing improvements, among others.The department is engaged in the re-design of the IPP Request for Proposals, paying particular attention to early, efficient and equitable benefits to communities, as well as to a greater local content approach that will strengthen industrialisation in South Africa.Coal-fired powerAdditionally, the minister said that the Request for Proposals in relation to new coal-fired generation was released to the market in December 2014 with the bid submission initially scheduled for June 2015. Given ongoing engagement with the market and the need to ensure a successful procurement phase with firm results, this period would be extended by about two months to the end of August.Preferred bidders for this programme would be announced before the end of the calendar year.Source: SAnews.govlast_img read more

Caravan Volume Barrette : Works well, looks nice.

first_imgSummaryReviewer Nathalie DuboisReview Date2019-01-31 07:04:58Reviewed Item CARAVAN Volume BarretteRating 3.7 / 5  stars, based on  26  reviews Posted on January 31, 2019Author Nathalie DuboisCategories Clips & BarrettesTags Caravan Quick delivery, and i like it very much, thank you. Nice simple clip as described. Good quality and hold my very thick hair in place. Practical simple hair clipWorks well, looks nice.and I like it very muchCARAVAN Volume BarretteTortoise ShellMade in FranceThick haircenter_img Sorry, i’m afraid the person who deemed this clip was for “ultra thick hair” does not really have ultra thick hair. I have been told by hairdressers, that i have the equivalent of the hair for three people. This barrette holds about the equivalent of that of about two people. That is not to say i am not pleased with the barrette. It really is quite sturdy, and holds my hair quite firmly. The only reason i didn’t give it five stars is the fact it doesn’t hold all of my “ultra”. I shall have keep looking for a very large sized barrette. Excellent quality and perfect for thick hair. Looks nice and is very sturdy and secure. Last time i bought a barrette clip it snapped because my hair is very thick but this one works well. Finally a hair clip that can hold my ultra thick hair in a twist. Love this clip, means i can put my thick curly hair up on my head without the drama and “pinging” that i get with regular clips. It doesn’t look overly big, so doesn’t look daft, its just deeper than a regular clip so can hold thick hair with ease. The perfect size for long hair. Would like a different designe. Bought for a present friend very pleased will use again. last_img read more

Cartoon: Search Engine Pessimized

first_imgIt’s happening to more and more of the blogs I read: the personality, quirkiness and unique voice that once made them so appealing to me are fading. In their place, an SEO-driven uniformity that puts keyword placement ahead of pretty much everything.That approach has been afflicting newspapers for some time, as clever headlines give way to the kind of blandness that only a machine could love (which is no coincidence, because machines are the target audience). And many pro bloggers who rely on AdSense for their revenue have been doing it for years.But now I’m starting to see it trickle into the blogging of friends and loved ones. I understand the desire to rank more highly in search engines, but as SEO goes mainstream, I can’t help but feel we’re losing something.Maybe that’s just me, great cartoon funny social media. What do you think? Related Posts Tags:#Cartoons#web 9 Books That Make Perfect Gifts for Industry Ex… 5 Outdoor Activities for Beating Office Burnout 4 Keys to a Kid-Safe App rob cottingham More Noise to Signal 12 Unique Gifts for the Hard-to-Shop-for People…last_img read more

Petrol bomb thrown in U.P. theatre screening ‘Padmaavat’

first_imgTwo unidentified youths threw petrol bombs inside a cinema hall screening Padmaavat in Muzaffarnagar, Uttar Pradesh on Saturday night, the police said. However, no major damage was reported by the theatre’s owners, they added.“Last night Padmaavat was being screened in Chandra Talkies when two people came on a motorbike and tried to set the building on fire by throwing petrol bombs. The cinema hall security personnel tried to chase the culprits but they escaped,” circle officer Hareesh Bhadauria said. He added that the police have enhanced security around the three halls playing the movie in the town.last_img read more