…says no reason for APNU to go “ballistic” on US analystOpposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo has condemned the APNU/AFC coalition Government for its unfair bashing of Dr Evan Ellis, a research professor and author at the Institute of Strategic Studies of the United States (US) Army War College, who is currently employed at the US State Department, for his assessment of Guyana. Dr Ellis in his paper Journals of America, Third Edition, had expressed his belief that the People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) is likely to win the upcoming General and Regional elections slated for March 2, 2020. On Thursday, Jagdeo, in addressing the instant bashing reaction by APNU towards Dr Ellis, said, “you saw how ballistic they went – APNU – when some old story was resurrected from a Mr Ellis about…he said that the PPP is likely to win the 2020 elections and they went ballistic, the whole Chronicle [State’s newspaper] was all about cussing out Ellis, etc.”Opposition Leader Bharrat JagdeoThe Opposition Leader stated that Ellis’ report was nothing for APNU/AFC to be furious over as his comments are merely a reiteration of the sentiments of the Guyanese people.“But what Ellis is saying…we don’t need Ellis to tell you this. You go at the street corners in Georgetown or around the country. Why do we need Ellis to tell us this? The whole country knows this…because of the incompetence. We can’t last five years more with this bunch. They don’t have a vision, don’t have any plan, they’re just corrupt, incompetent, what else? Everything you can think about. We are going nowhere. In fact, they are running down our reserves. So why go after Ellis?” the Opposition Leader stated.Analyst and US State Department employee, Dr Evan EllisDr Ellis, in his publication, also made a number of other observations including the fact that Guyana is beset by territorial threats on two of its borders, as well as a troubled hinterland. He also highlighted the fact that lack of resources continues to be a major hindrance.According to Ellis, Guyana’s borders with Suriname and Venezuela present different challenges. While Suriname claims the New River Triangle — a remote and sparsely populated piece of land in the interior— Venezuela has laid claim to two-thirds of Guyana’s territory.In his journal, Ellis then went on to speak about the narco-trafficking and the presence of criminal gangs from neighbouring countries within Guyana’s borders. In particular, he cited the Corentyne River delta and the fallout these issues have had on innocent fishermen, including over a dozen fishermen who were murdered last year off the coast of Suriname.Under the Administration of David Granger, he added, the Government has made tangible, albeit limited steps to respond to the security challenges facing the nation. “In general, the Government response has been hampered by a combination of a lack of resources available to the security sector and a deeply entrenched culture of societal corruption,” Dr Ellis noted. He added that Guyana’s security challenges are compounded by a domestic political crisis which has not only impeded the Government’s ability to respond but also has the potential to generate significant internal unrest and invite opportunistic challenges to Guyana’s sovereignty by neighbouring Venezuela and Suriname.President David GrangerDr Ellis also noted that a number of unlicensed gold mining occurs in the interior of Guyana, particularly in the Cuyuni and Mazaruni River basins west of Bartica. He observed that these mining operations cause severe environmental damage owing to the toxic chemicals used during the process.“Such informal mining also attracts a range of illicit activities such as prostitution. Moreover, in the relatively lawless context of remote mining communities, the combination of gold, cash, alcohol and other factors also contributes to high levels of violence and crime among those participating in the mining economy of the area.”“The desperation and lawlessness in neighbouring Venezuela have led armed criminal groups, loosely referred to as sindicatos, to rob or extort those engaged in such mining, including extracting tolls along the rivers delimiting the Guyana-Venezuela border, and extorting and robbing those in Guyana itself.”Ellis noted that while the Guyana Constitution specifies the role of the Guyana Defence Force (GDF) and other security institutions and there is a nominal document for National Defence Strategy, there is no overall national security policy document. As an example, he pointed to Guyana’s Coast Guard. Meanwhile, the US Government in a statement released through its local embassy in Georgetown reiterated that its sole interest is in free, fair and peaceful elections and also noted that the end result of the upcoming elections is entirely in the hands of Guyanese: “The outcome of the election is for the people of Guyana to decide. In this regard, the only interest of the United States is in free, fair and peaceful elections on March 2.”
“Giant prehistoric penguins? In Peru?” puzzled a reporter on Science Daily. “It sounds more like something out of Hollywood than science,” but a fossil penguin you could look eye to eye with has been found that far north. “We tend to think of penguins as being cold-adapted species,” said one of the discoverers,” but not all species live in cold waters. These fossils “seem to contradict some of what we think we know about the relationship between penguins and climate,” she said. This one was surprising not only for its locale and size (1.5m standing height). It comes from a stratum considered “tens of millions of years earlier than expected and during a period when the earth was much warmer than it is now.” See also National Geographic and EurekAlert.Summing up: (1) the fossils are tens of millions of years out of order. (2) One of the two species was larger than any penguin alive today – as tall as a human. (3) It had a larger beak: “Both new species had long narrow pointed beaks — now believed to be an ancestral beak shape for all penguins.” (3) It was found at an equatorial latitude, indicating a richer biodiversity in the past. (4) Everyone was surprised by these findings. Conclusion: another victory for evolutionism. Encore: (5)… “during a period when the earth was much warmer than it is now” (36 million years ago). Conclusion: we must take drastic measures because humans are responsible for global warming.(Visited 8 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0
African countries are emerging as global green energy leaders, although electricity constraints still hamper growth in many regions of the continent. The Africa Progress Report points to inequality in pricing and a need for greater investment. Kofi Annan says that one of the alarming findings of the African Progress Report is that 621 million people in sub-Saharan Africa have a lack of access to electricity. (Image: Screen grab via YouTube) Melissa JavanSeveral African countries are emerging as leaders in the global transition to low carbon energy, according to the African Progress Panel (APR).South Africa, Ethiopia, Kenya and Rwanda were identified as the frontrunners in the report. These countries are developing very large power generation plants that use renewable energy.The report, which was released on 5 June, revealed that South Africa generated half of the electricity in sub-Saharan Africa.The report is the annual flagship publication of the ten-member Africa Progress Panel. The panel is chaired by Kofi Annan, the Ghanaian diplomat and former secretary-general of the United Nations, and Graça Machel, the human rights advocate and board chair of the Partnership for Maternal, Newborn & Child Health.“The APR draws on the best research and analysis available on Africa and compiles it in a refreshing and balanced manner,” explains the panel. “The panel makes policy recommendations for African political leaders and civil society who collectively have the primary responsibility for spurring Africa’s progress.“In light of the continent’s dynamic links with the rest of the world, the APR also highlights critical steps that must be taken by leaders in the international public and private sector.”The title of this year’s Africa Progress Report is Power, People, Planet: Seizing Africa’s Energy and Climate Opportunities.Watch the press conference with the panel here:ChallengesAnnan says it is alarming that an estimated 600 000 Africans die each year as a result of household air pollution, half of them children under the age of five. For this reason, he explains, the report recommends that aid donors and financial institutions do more to unlock private investment through risk guarantees and mitigation finance.He adds that 621 million people in sub-Saharan Africa, excluding South Africa, lack access to electricity. Another concern is that the poorest people in Africa are paying among the world’s highest prices for energy per kilowatt-hour kWn.For example, people in the US pay $0.12 for energy per kilowatt-hour, while poor households in Africa pay $10 per kilowatt-hour.The APR estimates that 138 million households use charcoal, kerosene and firewood and similar fuel for energy. The report’s findings show how the poorest of Africa are suffering without electricity. (Image: Infographic from African Progress Report)The poorest affectedTurning to climate change, the report reveals that the most severe and immediate effects will be felt by the rural poor. “If global average temperatures are allowed to increase by 4˚C, large areas used for cropping sorghum, millet and maize would become unviable,” it says.“In some areas drought could become more prolonged and severe. In other cases, productivity levels will be affected by unpredictable rainfall, increased temperature and flooding.“Rising sea levels could threaten coastal cities such as Accra, Dar es Salaam and Lagos. Hydropower systems could be compromised by reduced rainfall and increased evaporation.”EndorsementsThe APR strongly recommends that governments and private institutions work together to deliver affordable energy to the poor in Africa. Its recommendations include:Stopping the secrecy – foreign investors and African companies should provide full disclosure of their beneficial ownership structures and report transparently on energy-related contracts, including electricity off-take arrangements.Linking African cities to the growing range of global city networks to unlock new opportunities for knowledge exchange, capacity building and financing.Watch Kofi Annan call on the international community to make commitments needed to limit global warming:
Lalchand Rajput on Wednesday declared Anil Kumble’s decision not to continue as the national cricket team’s head coach as a sad day for Indian cricket and praised him for doing a great job during his one-year tenure.”I think it is a bad decision that he had to step down. It gives the wrong signal to other players as well. So, I think it is a sad day for the Indian cricket. He has been given a one-year contract and he waited till the contract expired. He waited till the contract and then decided that he did not want to continue,” Rajput told ANI.The 55-year-old, who is one of the candidates to become new coach of India, further said that if the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) had to give him an extension, they should have gone for a two-year extension rather than limiting it till the end of the West Indies tour.Rajput also suggested that every coach should be given at least a few years to get along with the team and that one-year is too short a period to achieve results.”If they had to give him an extension, I think they should have given him a two-year contract. I believe he got just two weeks extension to be with the Indian team till the West Indies tour. So, if you look at entire scenario, I think every coach needs some time to gel with the team and I think one year is too short. If you look at the performance of last one year, the performance was extremely good,” he added.advertisementOn Tuesday, Kumble stepped down from the post of head coach, saying that skipper Virat Kohli had reservations about his work ‘style’ and his extension.The legendary leg-spinner, in a strongly worded letter, admitted that although the BCCI had several times attempted to resolve the misunderstandings between him and the captain, it was apparent that the partnership was untenable and therefore, he had decided to move on.Kohli, on the other hand, prior to India’s opening encounter at the Champions Trophy against Pakistan played down the reports of him having differences with the head coach, saying they were mere speculations which have been created by the people.Kumble was appointed as coach in June 2016 for a one-year term by the Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC) and was instantly successful. Under him, India won Test series against West Indies, New Zealand, England, Bangladesh and Australia.It was reported that the three-member CAC, comprising of former cricketers Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly and VVS Laxman who are tasked to find the new coach for the Indian cricket team, was also willing to retain Kumble.Meanwhile, the BCCI has already invited applications for the position.Besides Rajput, Dodda Ganesh, Richard Pybus and Tom Moody had also submitted applications for the head coach post, while former Indian opener Virender Sehwag forwarded a two-line cover letter to the management.
The Penrith Panthers shot to the top of the table at their home ground in the Men’s Premier League. Penrith performed solidly to dispose of the highly fancied Hornsby Lions outfit. The Sharkies were too strong for the Manly Sea Eagles and now find themselves in the top four. Wests finally got into the winners circle with a win over Easts and Canterbury defeated Parramatta. In the Women’s Premier League, Wests remain top of the table with a low-scoring win over the Easts Roosters. Wollongong secured their second win of the tournament while Canterbury won 4 – 2 over Manly.Penrith was a happy hunting ground for Wests, who won in all three divisions over Easts. Penrith defeated the Menai Bulls and Central Coast won against Parramatta in a very tight Mixed round. Men’s Premier League ResultsPenrith Panthers – 6 defeated Hornsby Lions – 3Cronulla Sharks – 6 defeated Manly Sea Eagles – 1Canterbury Bulldogs – 5 defeated Parramatta Eels – 2Wests Magpies – 6 defeated Easts Roosters – 4Women’s Premier League ResultsWests Magpies – 2 defeated Easts Roosters – 1Wollongong Devils – 3 defeated Cronulla Sharks – 1Canterbury Bulldogs – 4 defeated Manly Sea Eagles – 2Mixed Premier League ResultsWests Magpies – 5 defeated Easts Roosters – 4Penrith Panthers – 6 defeated Menai Bulls – 5Central Coast Dolphins – 5 defeated Parramatta Eels – 4 For more details, visit the NSWTA Vawdon Cup website – http://www.sportingpulse.com/assoc_page.cgi?c=1-714-0-45019-0
Borussia Dortmund CEO Hans-Joachim Watzke has confirmed that they are indeed interested in signing loan star Michy Batshuayi on a permanent deal at the end of the seasonThe Chelsea loanee had thrived in his short loan spell with the Bundesliga giants, before he sustained an ankle injury in their 2-0 defeat to rivals Schalke 04.Batshuayi has since confirmed that he will be out for the rest of the season and is now a very big doubt for the World Cup this summer.The 24 year-old has also made it clear that he wishes to leave Chelsea in the summer transfer window with Batshuayi having struggled for opportunities under Antonio Conte at Stamford Bridge, since completing his £32m transfer from Ligue 1 side Marseille last summer.Report: Dortmund hammer four past Leverkusen George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Borussia Dortmund put four past Bayer Leverkusen.Borussia Dortmund leapfrogged Bayern Munich to claim second place in the Bundesliga. After handing out a 4-0 thrashing of…Dortmund had attempted to include a buy option for Batshuayi in his initial loan deal in January, but the terms were then rejected by Chelsea.But in light the Belgium’s nine goals in his first 14 matches for the Bundesliga side, the club are keen to make the deal happen with CEO Watzke confirming their interest in Batshuayi.“The interest to sign him is basically there,” Watzke told BILD (via Goal).“Chelsea have two strikers with Giroud and Morata anyway. But first we have to wait and see who will be Chelsea’s coach next season. Then we’ll see.”
Southgate was overwhelmed with excitement over his side’s opening World Cup win against Tunisia in Volgograd on Monday.The 2-1 victory plus another three points against Panama in Nizhny Novgorod on Sunday will book their place in the knockout stages.However, the England boss, Southgate was brought crashing back to earth quite when he tripped up while jogging and dislocated his shoulder.He admits he feels embarrassed and that the messages from back home have gone from herograms to mocking ones.He said as reported by Daily Star:Crouch: Liverpool could beat Man United to Jadon Sancho Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Peter Crouch wouldn’t be surprised to see Jadon Sancho end up at Liverpool one day instead of his long-term pursuers Manchester United.“I just clipped a step, landed on my elbow and that popped my shoulder out. I tried to get up, but my arm was pointing in a different direction so I just pulled my cap down hoping no-one would see me!“Running is, as a manager, where you get time to think. That time on your own and I will have to find a replacement for that because I don’t think I’ll be on the running machine any time soon in the next couple of months.“Every time I phone home, it’s the usual thing once people know you’re alive the gloves are off and there is more stick flying around!”Southgate has refused to wear a sling and will settle for the damaged arm being strapped up when he’s on the touchline to face Panama.He added: “They’ve got it strapped up. I didn’t like the look of a sling in public. So they can strap it and keep it in place.”
Manchester United have parted company with manager Jose Mourinho after two-and-a-half years in charge at Old Trafford.Manchester United slipped 19 points behind the Liverpool on Sunday and a poor start to the Premier League season has left them in 6th place.Manchester United has announced that Jose Mourinho has left the Club.We would like to thank him for his work during his time at Manchester United and wish him success in the future. #MUFC— Manchester United (@ManUtd) December 18, 2018Maguire says United need to build on today’s win George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Harry Maguire wants his United teammates to build on the victory over Leicester City.During the summer, Harry Maguire was referred to as the ultimate…The club issued a statement on Tuesday morning which read: “Manchester United announces that manager Jose Mourinho has left the club with immediate effect.“The club would like to thank Jose for his work during his time at Manchester United and to wish him success in the future. A new caretaker manager will be appointed until the end of the current season, while the club conducts a thorough recruitment process for a new, full-time manager.”Mourinho won the Europa League and League Cup double in 2017, reached the FA Cup final and finished runners-up the Premier League behind City last season.Former Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane has been touted as his possible replacement at United.
Stafford: “The older generation is just doing what they’ve always done- making the most of the fishery, and working with the system they’ve been given. Fishing for a lot of people isn’t just a job you eventually retire from. It’s a lifestyle that is near impossible to quit.” The report concluded that the ongoing loss of locally held permits in Alaska, whether by sale, migration, or cancellation by the state, suggests the need to develop specific provisions to ensure access to fishery resources remains in Alaska fishing communities for the long-term. The report reviewed programs and policies to address access challenges in Alaska fisheries in the Bristol Bay and Kodiak regions, and what they refer to as the “greying of the fleet”. According to the report, privatization of fisheries access has resulted in increased financial capital and risk needed to enter into fisheries. Of the permits that do remain in rural Alaska, increasingly older fishermen hold them. The average fisherman today is over 50 years old, a decade older than the average fisherman of a generation ago, according to the report. Alaska passed the Limited Entry Act which created a set number of commercial fishing permits, and established the current limited entry system for the commercial fishery entry permit system. The first generation of permit holders were awarded permits from the state, based on their fishing record. They are a property right of the holder and may be sold, bought and are heritable. Research findings concluded that young people, small-scale fishermen, and rural communities have limited access to commercial fisheries where access has been privatized making it difficult for new fishermen to break into the business. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Since limited entry programs were implemented in state commercial fisheries, permit holdings by rural residents local to their fisheries have declined by 30%, according to a report from University of Alaska Fairbanks and SeaGrant scientists. The objective is to “limit entry into commercial fisheries and provide annual licensing and permitting of fisheries to facilitate the management and development of fishery resources for maximum benefit.” Kevin Stafford, Fisherman: “The risk/reward calculation just doesn’t add up for most young fisherman.” Market value for a Southeast seine permit today is around $230,000, and that’s before paying for gear, gas, groceries, and crew. According to the study most fisherman have to take out a loan in order to afford that. Story as aired:Audio PlayerJennifer-on-limited-entry-to-commercial-fishery-.mp3VmJennifer-on-limited-entry-to-commercial-fishery-.mp300:00RPd
Diving operations will begin on Wednesday to assess the condition of the barge and determine the remaining threat of pollution. Chadux continues to monitor the containment boom placed around the barge. ADEC and USCG responders are in Whittier to coordinate the response. The barge, operated by Alaganik LLC, is estimated to have 1,000 gallons of gasoline, 2,800 gallons ofdiesel, and some hydraulic and engine oil on board. The maximum capacity of the barge is up to 5,500 gallons. The Girdwood Fire Department responded with mutual aid late Sunday to assist Whittier Fire with an explosion and boat fire at the commercial dock. According to the U.S. Coast Guard, one person remains missing after the explosion and fire. The operator of the barge has contracted Alaska Chadux Corporation (Chadux) and Global Diving and Salvage for spill response and salvage operations, according to the ADEC. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Following an explosion and fire at the dock in Whittier on Sunday night, a nearby barge caught fire and then sunk at the end of the pier in 60‐80 feet of water. A bystander reported seeing a sheen in the water to the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation on Monday morning at the end of the pier. The cause of the explosion is unknown at this time.