TSO to recruit 100 young diverse musicians for its next season

first_imgAdvertisement Aisha Ahmad reported being assaulted and insulted before a concert at Roy Thomson Hall last week. The Toronto Symphony Orchestra has announced plans to recruit and welcome 100 young musicians from underrepresented communities into its lineup next season.The move is a direct response to a hostile encounter University of Toronto international security professor Aisha Ahmad had last week, when she said a male patron attacked her and called her a “bitch” before a performance at Roy Thomson Hall.At the time of the incident she said she was the only person of colour sitting in the section. Advertisement The offender has been banned from future TSO events, but Ahmad and her colleague David Welch followed up with the symphony requesting the organization show its commitment to diversity and inclusion by reaching out to marginalized communities and welcoming them into the orchestra space.“I am so delighted and thrilled that they’re stepping up and taking this concrete action,” said Ahmad. “I think it’s a great teachable moment for our city, and I hope it shifts this conversation away from a negative experience and into what we can do collectively to make our city more welcoming.”In a statement to Metro, TSO spokesperson Francine Labelle indicated the details about the initiative are still being worked out. The symphony first wants to contact music groups and gauge their interest on available programming for next season.“Everyone is welcome at the TSO,” she wrote in an email, noting the symphony has different outreach and educational initiatives to reflect the city’s multiculturalism. “Diversity makes us stronger, and we will continue to strive to make Toronto an even better place for everyone.”Ahmad said her experience made her feel worried that Toronto may have “pockets of exclusion” that are in contrast with the perceived image of a welcoming city. The TSO’s new initiative is one step in the right direction to make sure music is for everyone, she said.“This incident was never about me but about all the minorities who feel they’re being discriminated against,” she said. “This shows we have the possibility to shape the destiny of our city together, and build a future we can all be proud of.”By GILBERT NGABO – Metro News LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Login/Register With: Twitter Facebook Advertisementlast_img read more

Morocco World News celebrates Its Third Anniversary

Fez- The foremost English language news site in Morocco has come a long way from its humble beginnings in an apartment in Queens, New York.The founders, Moroccan brothers Samir and Adnane Bennis, launched the site in 2011 as a gateway for Moroccan-based English language news reporting. At that time, there were no local English language news outlets producing news on the country. Major Western news sources covered stories on Morocco, but there was no cohesive English news site with Moroccan journalists and editors producing stories on the Kingdom.“Our goal was to launch a news outlet with the aim of providing the reader with a balanced approach to Morocco and also allow Moroccans to freely express their views about their country in an English language website,” Samir Bennis said. MWN was developed to give readers in-depth and on-site reporting about Morocco from people with an extensive knowledge of the region and issues.Samir Bennis, a political adviser at an Arab Mission to the United Nations in New York, teamed up with his brother Adnane, then a freelance translator, to launch Morocco World News (MWN) in May 2011.“MWN strives to report the news that goes unreported in other media and provide the reader with a fresh and independent perspective on Morocco. We also offer analyses and essays about highly important issues, chief of which is the conflict of the Sahara,” Adnane Bennis, the co-founder and managing editor, stated.The news site has now expanded to include an editorial board of journalists and over ten contributors and correspondents, mainly in Morocco and the United States.The MWN team includes Moroccan-based journalists that produce stories directly from cities around Morocco, giving the website a countrywide capacity for news coverage. Young American graduates also work on the MWN team to improve the quality of reporting and help young aspiring Moroccan journalists improve their English writing skills.Ahmed Azizi, an MWN board member, acknowledged the tireless efforts of the MWN staff, writers and contributors for bringing the website to where it is today.“They have now been working hard for three years to turn what started as a very ambitious idea into an exemplary media outlet that countless people worldwide refer to daily for up-to-date information and valuable insights into a wide range of important and interesting issues,” Azizi said.Elisabeth Myers, an editor and MWN board member, has seen the news website grow rapidly from its beginning three years ago into “a respected and widely read online publication that provides a platform not only for responsible journalism, but also for timely debate on the pressing issues of our time affecting Morocco, Moroccans, and Moroccan-Americans.”MWN gives a worldwide community of readers the opportunity to read news in English about Morocco, where the news industry is heavily dominated by Arabic and French media outlets.“MWN presents a broad, objective perspective on the Middle East. By filling a gap in English-language coverage of such news, MWN significantly contributes to a better understanding of Arab and Middle East politics, culture, and life,” Myers said.The website has been self-funded since inception, leaving the founders paying out-of-pocket to keep the outlet afloat. Three years later, the website is still struggling to find funding which would accommodate paying journalists there by elevating the overall quality of the reporting.Despite a lack of monetary resources, the MWN founders said they hope to find a financial solution and hire more journalists and make the site more professional and sustainable.“The short period that MWN has been in existence is a prime example of how a few people with little resources but with a lot of sincerity, enthusiasm and determination can make a difference and contribute to enrich the media landscape in Morocco and around the world,” Azizi said. read more

UN development agency cosponsors meeting on Afghanistans recovery

“Over 200 delegates have signed up, among them a number of Afghans whose knowledge of the country will be a critical contribution as the international assistance community prepares itself to support the recovery, reconstruction and development of Afghanistan,” Dale Lautenbach, the spokesman for the meeting, told reporters in Islamabad. The three-day conference, “Preparing for Afghanistan’s Reconstruction,” is sponsored by the UN Development Programme (UNDP), the World Bank and the Asian Development Bank. The spokesman underscored the critical importance of parallel talks in Germany aimed at establishing a broad-based multi-ethnic government in Afghanistan. “A genuine long-term and sustainable reconstruction and development effort must be led by the people of Afghanistan themselves through their legitimate and recognized leaders,” he said. “It is critical that the leadership which emerges for Afghanistan is in the driver’s seat of this process.” Meanwhile, the Director-General of the UN World Health Organization (WHO) today stressed that participants must address the country’s health situation. “The international community must now seize what is an excellent opportunity to turn the health situation around in Afghanistan,” said Dr. Gro Harlem Brundtland in a statement released at the agency’s Geneva headquarters. “Aside from relieving the suffering, rebuilding the health sector is absolutely crucial for the future stability and socio-economic development of Afghanistan.” She added that “investing in health… is investing in peace and prosperity.”With pregnancy-related complications killing one woman every 30 minutes in Afghanistan, the country urgently needs emergency obstetric care, according to WHO. At the same time, health care for young people is crucial, given that one fourth of all Afghan children do not live to celebrate their fifth birthday.Efforts are also required to control communicable diseases such as tuberculosis, malaria, cholera, measles, typhoid, meningitis and haemorrhagic fever, the agency said. Noting that over 2 million Afghans are estimated to suffer from mental health problems, WHO urged the re-establishment of mental health services to treat them. In addition, it called for immediate and long-term efforts to help injured persons so that the disabled can lead productive lives. read more

A list of the top 20 primetime programs in the Nielsen ratings

Prime-time viewership numbers compiled by Nielsen for Oct. 13-19. Listings include the week’s ranking and viewership.1. NFL Football: San Francisco at Denver, NBC, 23.79 million.2. “Sunday Night NFL Pre-Kick,” NBC, 17.76 million.3. “NCIS,” CBS, 17.26 million.4. “NCIS: New Orleans,” CBS, 16.14 million.5. NFL Football: NY Jets at New England, CBS, 16.09 million.6. “The Big Bang Theory,” CBS, 15.32 million.7. “The OT,” Fox, 13.78 million.8. “The Voice” (Monday), NBC, 13.28 million.9. Football: Notre Dame at Florida State, ABC, 13.25 million.10. “Dancing With the Stars,” ABC, 12.74 million.11. “Football Night in America,” NBC, 12.61 million.12. “The Voice” (Tuesday), NBC, 12.34 million.13. “Madam Secretary,” CBS, 12.28 million.14. “Scorpion,” CBS, 11.51 million.15. “60 Minutes,” CBS, 11.39 million.16. “The Big Bang Theory” (Monday repeat) CBS, 11.38 million.17. “Criminal Minds,” CBS, 10.90 million.18. “The Good Wife,” CBS, 10.88 million.19. “Blue Bloods,” CBS, 10.70 million.20. “Scandal,” ABC, 9.91 million.___ABC is owned by The Walt Disney Co.; CBS is a division of CBS Corp.; Fox is owned by 21st Century Fox; NBC is owned by Comcast. by The Associated Press Posted Oct 21, 2014 2:13 pm MDT A list of the top 20 prime-time programs in the Nielsen ratings for Oct. 13-19 AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

RUSAL GBGWU to meet on Friday

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedNAACIE registers concern over sidelining of Bauxite UnionSeptember 1, 2016In “Local News”BREAKING: Fired Bauxite Workers reinstated, Berbice River to be clearedMarch 20, 2019In “latest news”Government threatens to shut down RUSALMarch 2, 2019In “latest news” RUSAL and the Guyana Bauxite and General Workers Union (GB&GWU) will meet on Friday to discuss several issues including the sacking of scores of workers who allegedly protested after a one percent increase in wages were announced.The union has been calling for the rehiring of these workers but RUSAL has made it clear that they would have breached their contract of employment. Nevertheless, the Russian bauxite company has finally agreed to recognize the GB&GWU as the body that will represent the workers going forward.This is according to President of the GBGWU, Lincoln Lewis, who spoke with the media moments after the first meeting with RUSAL, the Union and the Department of Labour. read more

Woman wanted for 2009 murder

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedECD woman accused of paying G$7M to murder husband makes court appearanceApril 11, 2019In “Court”Crime Chief says 5 murder cases being probed by Cold Cases UnitApril 12, 2019In “Court”Cops seeking Industry man in connection with murderSeptember 26, 2016In “Crime” The Police have issued a wanted bulletin for Milaimi Alli for questioning in relation to the murder of Ramzan Ali which was committed between July 11 and 12, 2009 at Coldingen, East Coast Demerara.The last known addresses of the 50-year-old woman are Lot 29 Good Hope, East Coast Demerara; Gordon Street, Kitty Georgetown and 107-15 110th Richmond Hill, Queens New York.Wanted Milaimi Alli Anyone with information that may lead to the arrest Alli is asked to contact the police on telephone numbers 226-2407, 225-2694, 229-2019, 229-2289, 227-1149, 911 or the nearest police station.All information will be treated with confidence. read more

El Salvador punish Guyana with 84 drubbing

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedMajeed appointed Guyana’s first non-resident Ambassador to El SalvadorAugust 7, 2018In “latest news”16-team CONCACAF Gold Cup line-up setMarch 26, 2019In “latest news”T&T: Diplomat’s driver found dead in car trunkSeptember 10, 2018In “Crime” Guyana opened their 2019 CONCACAF Beach Soccer Championships campaign with a loss to the dominant El Salvador at Puerto Vallarta Stadium in Mexico on Tuesday.El Salvador immediately climbed to the top of Group D with an 8-4 whipping of the Guyanese squad while Guadeloupe sat second with their 7-6 triumph over Belize in the other group encounter.The first period of the 36-minute match saw Eliodor Portillo score the tournament’s quickest goal when he found the back of the net in the first minute to put El Salvador ahead.However, Guyana were able to draw the equaliser in the sixth minute when Shane Luckie scored. The next minute Heber Ramos regained the lead for the eventual victors. At the end of the first 12 minutes, El Salvador were ahead 2-1.Early in the second period, Jamal Haynes found the second equaliser for Guyana when he recorded the first of his brace in the 13th minute from a free kick. Two minutes later, Exon Perdomo (15th) made it a one-possession game with the first of three quick goals by El Salvador.Agustin Ruiz slotted the fourth while Ruben Bates netted El Salvador’s fifth goal in the 17th minute. The 17th minute was also successful for Guyana when Haynes completed his brace. The score then read 6-3.Guyana’s Trevon Archibald accounted for the fourth goal when he scored in the 19th minute, but both Ramos and Bates scored in the 20th and 23rd minute, respectively, to complete their doubles. At the end of the second period, El Salvador led 7-4.The final period had more relaxed play from the side that was in front, but they still managed to find a goal to complete a dominant win. Perdomo sealed his brace in the 28th minute.Today, Guyana will face Guadeloupe in the first match of the day from 12:45h. read more

Police dismantle robbery gang during shootout

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedBerbice Commander urges residents to remain alertMay 20, 2019In “Crime”3 NOC escapees recaptured with stolen articlesOctober 7, 2018In “Crime”‘Known character’ crashes car in bid to escape from police, firearm found insideAugust 9, 2018In “Crime” Acting on information received that strange persons were seen in the backlands of Mibicuri, Black Bush Polder, a team of police ranks ventured out to the area on Sunday and whilst combing the area, they came under rapid gunfire.The ranks immediately took up tactical positions and returned fire in the general direction from where the gunshots were coming.The exchange lasted for about five minutes and after it subsided,the ranks searched the area and three males were found dead.The men were identified as Kelvin ‘Kelly ‘ Shivgobin, Ramnarine Jagmohan and Sewchand Sewdat.The police have since found a pistol, two revolvers , a rifle , three magazines , 253 rounds of live ammunition and seven spent shells.In addition, the ranks found three haversacks containing…– two yellow metal chains-four yellow metal earrings-two yellow metal finger rings-two silver bands-a yellow metal band-a silver pendant-$609,330.00 Guyana currency and two foreign currency notes.-two bulletproof vests-five cellular phones-a solar charger-torch lights-crowbar ,knife and cutlass-flash drive-thighs with eye holes-topes and mask-duck tape and gloves and-200 grams of cannabisInvestigations are continuing. read more

Cost of basic foodstuff medical services on the rise in Guyana

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedGuyana’s import bill increases to US$1.8B for 2018July 1, 2019In “Business”Central Bank revises Govt’s economic growth projections downwards …says if political uncertainty continues overall economic outlook could be affectedJune 3, 2019In “latest news”External debt increases to US$1.3BApril 15, 2019In “Business” The price of basic foodstuff including milk, fish and eggs, have steadily increased over the past year, with the price for at least one category of products increasing by as much as 10 per cent.This is according to the Bank of Guyana (BoG) 2018 Annual report. According to the report, the price for a domestic basket of food (variation of an economic term that tracks inflation in consumer products) increased by 3.0 per cent.According to the report, this is a reflection of increases in the price of fruits (by 10.9 per cent), meat (8.2 per cent), fish and eggs (4.2 per cent) and alcohol, milk and related products by 2.3 per cent.The Central Bank noted that unpredictable weather was largely responsible for the increased food cost. But food is not the only thing that has been on the rise. According to the report, the cost of medical care and health services climbed by 2.1 per cent. Other sectors were also hit by increases.“The transportation and communications category registered an increase of 1.9 per cent relative to 1.1 per cent decline at the end of Dec 2017. The sub-category of operation/personal transport (tires, gas, parts and repairs) increased by 9.8 per cent compared to an 8.3 per cent decline at the end of December 2017.”“There was an increase in the price index of housing by 1.1 per cent compared to 0.4 per cent rise for 2017. This was due to the upward movement in fuel and power (domestic gas, kerosene and electricity) by 4.8 per cent compared with the 1.9 per cent increase at end of December 2017.”It is not all bad news for consumers, however, as the prices for some products like vegetables and sugar declined. The price of items like footwear also declined, though the reason is nothing to clap about. According to the Central Bank, this is because fewer people are spending in the domestic economy.“Conversely, there were declines in the prices of pulse and pulse products, vegetables, sugar, honey and related products and cereals by 8.4 per cent, 1.7 per cent, 1.5 per cent and 0.3 per cent respectively.”“There were declines in the price indices of footwear and repairs, education, recreation and culture, clothing and furniture by 12.6 per cent, 1.7 per cent, 1.6 per cent and 1.3 per cent respectively; attributed to lesser domestic spending,” the report states.According to the BoG report, the Inflation Consumer prices measured by the Urban Consumer Price Index (CPI) registered an overall inflation rate of 1.6 per cent… a level generally considered as stable by economists and a rate in the range recommended by institutions like the Federal Reserve.“The monthly average inflation rate was 0.8 per cent. The monthly change [year to date] in the Consumer Price level ranged from as low as -0.4 per cent in April to a high of 1.8 per cent in October,” the report stated.The International Monetary Fund (IMF) had predicted back in 2017 that Guyana’s inflation would continue to rise in 2018. They had urged Governments to urgently press ahead with much-needed structural reforms to ensure that growth is sustained and inclusive.It had also recommended that countries improve their infrastructure, invest in human capital, encourage more females in the labour force, increase oversight of the labour market, enhance governance and anti-corruption efforts and take steps to further trade.For the year 2018, the IMF had projected a 2.6 per cent increase in Guyana’s inflation rate. The eventual figure turned out below the projections of even Finance Minister Winston Jordan. read more

Opposition finds Alves La Bennet as unfavourable candidates for GECOM Chair

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Related4 nominees “not unacceptable” to President GrangerJuly 16, 2019In “latest news”Diaspora urges President Granger to appoint GECOM Chair without any further delaysSeptember 21, 2017In “latest news”Jagdeo says Granger avoiding meeting; dragging feet to appoint GECOM Chair  July 15, 2019In “latest news” The Opposition did not find favour with Attorney Kesaundra Alves and Justice Claudette La Bennet as nominees for the post of chairperson of the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM).Alves and La Bennet were submitted as informal nominees by President David Granger, who found them to be “not unacceptable”.A joint statement from the Opposition and Government stated that Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo has submitted four more nominees for President Granger to consider.Jagdeo is in the process of compiling a final list of six nominees to submit to President Granger. From that list, the Head-of-State will choose a GECOM Chairperson.Already, the President has found four of Jagdeo’s nominees as “not unacceptable”, meaning they could potentially be the new GECOM Chairperson.Representatives of Jagdeo and President Granger met today at the Ministry of the Presidency where these decisions were made.Talks are expected to continue tomorrow.Jagdeo was represented by PPP/C presidential candidate Irfaan Ali and Attorney Anil Nandlall.President Granger was represented by Director General of the Ministry of the Presidency Joseph Harmon and PNC/R Chair Volda Lawrence. read more

Tullow Exxon find more oil offshore Guyana

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedTullow finds oil offshore GuyanaAugust 12, 2019In “Business”Eco Atlantic, Tullow Oil entering Phase Two on Orinduik BlockJanuary 18, 2018In “Business”Tullow Oil plans to drill first Guyana well in third quarter of 2019September 6, 2018In “Business” Both United Kingdom based Tullow oil and US oil giant ExxonMobil have found more oil offshore Guyana.This means that to date, there have been a total of 16 oil discoveries: 14 from ExxonMobil and 2 from Tullow.See press statements below:Tullow OilTullow discovers oil in Joe-1 wellGeorgetown, Guyana – (September 16, 2019): Director, Department of Energy, Dr. Mark Bynoe, today, announced that UK-based Tullow Oil plc’s (Tullow) Joe-1 exploration well has successfully opened a new Upper Tertiary oil play in the Guyana basin.This is second discovery of oil in two different wells operated by Tullow, in less than six weeks.“The Co-operative Republic of Guyana continues to be encouraged by the prolific rate of discovery in our country. Every Guyanese can be assured that the Government will continue to work conscientiously to pursue the most effective and efficient marketing strategies of Guyana’s crude entitlement to transform our economy and to implement sustainable development programmes from which all Guyanese can benefit,” Dr. Bynoe said.The Joe-1 exploration well was drilled by the Stena Forth drillship to a total depth of 2,175 metres in water depth of 780 metres. The evaluation of logging and sampling data confirms that Joe-1 has encountered 14 metres of net oil pay in high-quality oil bearing sandstone reservoirs of Upper Tertiary age.The Energy Director explained that the Joe-1 well is the first oil discovery to be made in the Upper Tertiary play type, which further de-risks the petroleum system of the western area of the Orinduik block, where a significant number of Tertiary and Cretaceous age prospects have been identified.“Guyana’s future is bright but more importantly, the time is ripe for all Guyanese to focus on how they want to see their oil revenues spent and invested”, Dr. Bynoe said.Meanwhile, the Repsol-operated Carapa-1 well on the Kanuku licence (Tullow 37.5 per cent) is scheduled to commence drilling in late September with the Rowan EXL II jack-up rig and will test the Cretaceous oil play with a result due in the fourth quarter of 2019.Further, Dr. Bynoe said, Tullow and its partners will now evaluate data from the Joe-1 discovery alongside data from the Jethro-1 discovery announced in August 2019 and await the outcome of the Carapa well to determine the optimal follow-on exploration and appraisal programme.The well was drilled on the Orinduik licence, offshore Guyana by Tullow’s wholly owned subsidiary Tullow Guyana B.V. Tullow Guyana B.V. is the operator of the Orinduik block with a 60 per cent stake. Total E&P Guyana B.V. holds 25 per cent with the remaining 15 per cent being held by Eco (Atlantic) Guyana Incorporated.On completion of operations, the Stena Forth drill ship will depart Guyana and return to Ghana.ExxonMobilDear all,Please see below and attached.Thanks.For Immediate Release:ExxonMobil makes 1st Tripletail-1 well discovery offshore GuyanaGeorgetown, Guyana – (September 16, 2019) Director, Department of Energy, Dr. Mark Bynoe, today, announced that ExxonMobil made an oil discovery on the Stabroek Block offshore Guyana at the Tripletail-1 well in the Turbot area. This well was being drilled by the Tom Madden drillship.This discovery adds to the previously announced estimated recoverable resource of more than six billion oil-equivalent barrels on the Stabroek Block.“This is another major development for the Co-operative Republic of Guyana which, along with 14 other oil discoveries, has the potential to advance the country’s economy and propel it towards impactful and sustained development.The Department of Energy (DE) continues to be encouraged by the prolific rate of discovery of high-quality hydrocarbons offshore Guyana as the discoveries add to the further de-risking of this play type in the deep and ultra-deep zones,” Dr. Bynoe said.The Tripletail-1 well is located approximately three miles (five kilometres) northeast of the Longtail discovery. The well was drilled in 6,572 feet (2,003 meters) of water and encountered approximately 108feet (33 meters) of a high-quality oil-bearing sandstone reservoir.“This discovery is another indication that Guyana’s future is bright. But we can only secure that future through stronger collaboration, an improved legislative environment, and a cohesiveness that is most necessary at this time than at any time in our country’s history. The DE, along with its partner institutions, will continue to work assiduously and efficiently to ensure that we extract the best value from these resources for our nation and people,” the Energy Director said.On completion of the operations at Tripletail, the Noble Tom Madden drillship will next drill the Uaru-1 well, located approximately six miles (10 kilometres) east of the Liza field.With this new find, ExxonMobil is expected to continue to move forward exploration and development activities elsewhere on the Stabroek Block offshore Guyana. The Stena Carron drill ship is currently drilling the Ranger-2 well and upon completion will conduct a well test at Yellowtail-1. The Bible Bod Doglas drillship is currently completing development drilling operations for the Liza Phase 1 project.ExxonMobil will add a fourth drillship, the Noble Don Taylor, in October 2019 as the company continues to optimize its drilling plans, based on well results and the ongoing study of the basin.Previously, ExxonMobil announced plans to have at least five FPSO vessels on the Stabroek Block, which will produce more than 750,000 barrels of oil per day by 2025. The Liza Phase 1 development is on track to start-up by early 2020 and will produce up to 120,000 barrels of oil per day, utilizing the Liza Destiny FPSO.ExxonMobil approves funding for the Liza Phase 2 development after it received Government and regulatory approvals in May 2019.Plans are in train to start-up by mid-2022, using the Liza Unity FPSO to produce up to 220,000 barrels of oil per day.Further, pending Government approvals, a third development, the Payara start-up could be as early as 2023 and production is expected to reach an estimated 220,000 barrels of oil per day.The Stabroek Block is 6.6 million acres (26,800 square kilometres). ExxonMobil affiliate Esso Exploration and Production Guyana Limited is the operator and holds 45 per cent interest in the Stabroek Block. Hess Guyana Exploration Limited holds 30 per cent interest and CNOOC Petroleum Guyana Limited, a wholly-owned subsidiary of CNOOC Limited, holds 25 per cent interest. read more

Over 900 foreign nationals granted Guyanese citizenship since 2015

Passengers at the CJIA. [File Photo]Over 900 foreign nationals have been granted Guyanese citizenship since 2015, according to Minister of Citizenship Winston Felix.During a press conference today, Felix revealed that for the period January – July 2019, 108 persons were granted Guyanese citizenship. They hailed from 30 countries, and only two were Haitians.In 2018, 252 foreign nationals from 42 countries were granted Guyanese citizenship.In 2017, 230 foreign nationals from 40 countries were granted Guyanese citizenship.For 2016, 192 foreign nationals from 34 countries were granted Guyanese citizenship. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedCitizenship Dept caught in immigration fraud – OppositionApril 4, 2019In “latest news”Brazilians top Guyana’s employment visa listAugust 18, 2015In “Business”1,164 work permits issued in 2016- FelixJune 24, 2017In “latest news”

Fortescue awards A179 million in contracts to Aboriginal businesses

first_imgFortescue Metals Group (Fortescue) has announced the award of two contracts to the value of A$179 million to Yindjibarndi businesses through the Company’s Billion Opportunities program. This represents the largest contracts awarded to 100% owned Aboriginal businesses in Fortescue’s history. The announcement brings the total value of contracts awarded by Fortescue to Aboriginal businesses and joint ventures since 2011 to A$2.3 billion.Fortescue Chief Executive Officer, Elizabeth Gaines was joined by members of the Wirlu-murra Yindjibarndi Aboriginal Corporation Board to celebrate and acknowledge the significance of the contract awards.The first of two separate contracts was awarded to Wirlu-murra Enterprises Pty Ltd, a 100% Aboriginal owned business based in Roebourne, to support the non-process infrastructure operations at Fortescue’s Solomon Hub. Wirlu-murra first delivered these services in 2015 through an unincorporated joint venture with major contractor Thiess. Working within the joint venture, Wirlu-murra built their business capability and capacity to the point where they can manage the contract independently.The second contract is with the unincorporated joint venture EG WME JV, consisting of Eastern Guruma Pty Ltd and Wirlu-murra, for road maintenance and resource definition services at Solomon. The EG WME JV has been performing these services since 2013 and the new five-year term is as a result of their excellent safety and operational performance.Gaines said, “Our Billion Opportunities initiative has provided our Native title groups and their members the chance to build sustainable futures for their communities through the provision of genuine economic opportunity. Fortescue is in the privileged position of being able to empower these businesses with the capability and capacity to effect positive change in Aboriginal communities across the Pilbara. We are delighted to see Aboriginal businesses we have partnered with for some time grow and prosper. These contracts establish Wirlu-murra as one of the largest Aboriginal businesses in Australia and, significantly, empowers them to deliver further employment opportunities for Aboriginal people.”Wirlu-murra Yindjibarndi Aboriginal Corporation Chairperson Rodney Adams said: “Through these business contracts with Fortescue, Wirlu-murra has been able to provide jobs to the Yindjibarndi people and support many local community organisations providing services to the Roebourne community. We look forward to continuing our close relationship with Fortescue to provide new opportunities to empower our people.”The Forrest Review ‘Creating Parity’, recommended a National Indigenous Procurement Initiative based on Fortescue’s Billion Opportunities program. The Indigenous Procurement Policy (IPP), launched in 2015, has since delivered over A$1 billion in Commonwealth Government contracts.The West Australian State Government introduced the Aboriginal Procurement Policy in 2018, with progressive engagement targets. “We are proud to see our Billion Opportunities program inspiring others to implement Indigenous procurement strategies to provide opportunities to thousands of Aboriginal businesses across the country,” Gaines said.last_img read more

Kurtarra Cape JV to install optic fibre along Rio Tintos Koodaideri mine

first_imgThe Kurtarra Cape Joint Venture (KCU) has announced it has secured a contract to install 170 km of optical fibre as part of the construction of a new rail spur to connect the Koodaideri mine to the existing Rio Tinto Rail network. The fibre optic cable enables automated rail operations and will be installed utilising Cape’s Eco Plough which adopts an efficient trenchless technique, minimising ground disturbance especially in environmentally sensitive areas.KCU’s Director Garry Jaffrey said it was a great achievement for the JV. “We are delighted to secure this project with Rio Tinto and participate in the development of the Koodiaderi project. KCU has been operating for four years and continues to grow. It’s a great result for all involved and positions the business for exciting times ahead”.Cape’s CEO Peter Rowles said it is pleasing to see the JV continue to diversify its customer base. “KCU has been delivering sustaining capital and dewatering contracts in the Pilbara for the past five years, it has been satisfying to see the business continue to grow and diversify its customer base. The project award with Rio Tinto is a significant milestone for the team and one we are all very proud of.”Kurtarra Cape USA JV Pty Ltd (KCU), a fully incorporated 50/50 joint venture was established in 2015 and is currently registered with Supply Nation and qualifies as a Pilbara Aboriginal Business. Kurtarra was established in 2012, and is a 100% aboriginal family owned company by the Jaffrey Sam family who originate from the Palkyu area in the Pilbara of Western Australia. Kurtarra provides aboriginal recruitment and labour services as well as training, mentoring, coaching and pastoral care for Aboriginal employees.last_img read more

RPMGlobals mining financial budgeting and forecasting tool receives an upgrade

first_imgRPMGlobal has launched a “major upgrade release” to its mining financial modelling software XERAS Enterprise (XE®).This release transforms the product with an updated user experience, improved database technology, performance and enhanced enterprise capabilities, the company said.The release of XERAS Enterprise 3 also completes a multi-year program of work that encompasses a number of important back-end and front-end features, including a modern user interface and mobile application, the company said.“The move to a server-orientated database provides significant benefits to the end-user by consolidating disparate data across the platform into one place,” RPMGlobal says. “Users can then quickly access their entire information database to make informed and educated financial decisions.”XERAS Enterprise has 30 years of continuous product history behind it, according to the company, and remains a leading enterprise financial modelling tool for the mining industry.RPM Chief Technology Officer, Paul Beesley, said: “The launch of XERAS Enterprise 3 was in line with the company’s strategy of releasing simplified, standardised and integrated solutions that seamlessly inter-operate with other vendors’ systems using our Enterprise Planning Framework.“XERAS Enterprise 3 expands the breadth and depth of RPM’s financial modelling software, solidifying our position as the financial budgeting and forecasting software solution of choice for the mining sector. Our intention has always been to have a completely integrated enterprise suite of products and this latest update forms a critical part of that vision.”XERAS Enterprise is able to turn an engineering-oriented mine plan into a complete financial plan with a precise schedule of labour, equipment, consumables and parts, according to the company. “Unlike other budgeting methods which use spreadsheets as their base, XERAS Enterprise provides trust in the numbers by standardising processes and removing manual data entry.”Richard Mathews, RPM’s CEO, said: “XERAS Enterprise provides the governance and control miners require, while still allowing for the agility and scalability that other systems simply struggle to provide.”XERAS Enterprise also has the capability to integrate directly with the customer’s Enterprise Resource Planning systems. RPMGlobal said: “While these business intelligence-based tools can complete some level of calculations, they typically do not have pre-existing calculation logic to budget at the detailed spatial level required in the mining industry.”Mathews concluded: “In today’s mining environment, confidence in the systems and processes is so critical. You need to have standardisation and a shared modelling logic across the business and XERAS Enterprise provides exactly that.”last_img read more

Le lancement de la sonde Luna Resource reportée à 2017

first_imgLe lancement de la sonde Luna Resource reportée à 2017 Mardi à Moscou, le directeur de l’Institut russe des études spatiales Lev Zeleny a annoncé que l’envoi de la sonde russo-indienne Luna Resource est finalement remis à 2017. Elle était initialement prévu pour décoller en 2015.La sonde russo-indienne Luna Resource devra patienter encore plusieurs années avant de voir la surface lunaire. C’est du moins ce qu’a indiqué mardi le directeur de l’Institut russe des études spatiales Lev Zeleny qui a évoqué un report de lancement pour 2017, alors qu’il était initialement prévu pour 2015. Selon les informations révélées, il semblerait que toute la technologie nécessaire ne soit pas en passe d’être achevée à temps pour un décollage en 2015. “En 2017, notre groupe de recherche et de production Lavotchkine créera une plateforme lourde mieux adaptée à la recherche, et nous comptons l’utiliser (pour Luna Resource). La plateforme de 2017 sera dotée d’équipements scientifiques plus performants, d’une installation de forage. Elle sera munie d’une voiture lunaire conçue par nos partenaires indiens”, a ainsi détaillé M.Zeleny à RIA Novosti lors d’une conférence de presse. Actuellement, la Russie travaille parallèlement sur deux projets d’exploration lunaire : Luna-Resource (en coopération avec l’Inde) et Luna-Globe. Pour la première mission, la Russie est chargée de concevoir les modules orbital et lunaire pour Luna Resource quand l’Inde doit elle s’occuper du lanceur et de la voiture lunaire. Début février 2012, M. Zeleny avait déjà fait part du report des missions Luna Resource et Luna-Globe à cause de l’accident de la sonde russe Phobos Grunt. Celle-ci était retombée sur Terre à la mi-janvier après l’échec de sa mission. Or, les sondes Luna Resource et Luna Globe s’appuient sur les mêmes techniques que la sonde.”La première étude aussi complète de la Lune” À lire aussiBoisson, météorite et Facebook, les actus sciences que vous devez connaître ce 5 septembre”Selon le nouveau scénario, Luna Globe sera la première à se poser sur la Lune, au pôle sud. Nous avons besoin de tester la technique de descente (…). La sonde pourrait comporter moins d’équipements scientifiques que prévu, cela permettra de perfectionner le système de commande et les moteurs de descente”, a expliqué le directeur. Luna Resource sera elle lancée un an plus tard. Ce sera alors “une sonde puissante, le poids de ses équipements dépassera 100 kilos. Il s’agira de la première étude aussi complète de la Lune. Nous étudierons notamment l’exosphère de la Lune. La sonde effectuera des expériences astrophysiques avec des instruments installés à bord du module lunaire”, a annoncé M. Zeleny. Le 11 avril 2012 à 16:24 • Maxime Lambertlast_img read more

Corps agrees to monitor dam pollution

first_imgA legal settlement announced Monday will require the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to monitor and report the amount of pollutants released from eight dams on the Columbia and Snake rivers, including Bonneville Dam about 40 miles east of Vancouver.Brett VandenHeuvel, executive director of advocacy group Columbia Riverkeeper, called the agreement “groundbreaking.” It was Columbia Riverkeeper that last year filed a set of lawsuits ultimately leading to this week’s settlement.Last year, Bonneville Dam drew scrutiny after a small leak intermittently put oil into the Columbia River for at least a month. The Army Corps also took heat for its handling of an oil spill at The Dalles Dam in 2004.Oil leaks aren’t uncommon in the Columbia and Snake river system, home to numerous aging federal dams operated by the Army Corps. The complicated, decades-old structures include many components that require oil to keep them running.“For years, the Army Corps has allowed harmful oil pollution to flow into the Columbia and Snake rivers, and finally that will stop,” VandenHeuvel said in a statement. “With the dams coming into compliance with the Clean Water Act, we will see an end to toxic discharges and chronic seepage of pollutants that have been harming our communities.”last_img read more

Shankar trying his best to make dream project Kamal Haasans Indian 2

first_imgShankar’s Indian 2.PR HandoutShankar is unwilling to shelve his much-hyped Indian 2 and trying his best to ensure that his dream project becomes a reality. After Lyca Productions backed out from the project over budget issues, he approached Reliance Entertainment to fund the multilingual flick.Now, the director is finding ways to cut the cost and has decided to do away with expensive VFX works. Going by the reports, it was expected to cost big money. In one such attempt, Shankar has decided to convey his message (in the film) with the same effect through a graphic book in Indian 2.The new idea is believed to be costing way lesser than the initial plans of telling the story through eye-pleasing CGI works. The director has approached the production house with a modified script. Thus keeping his hopes on Indian 2 alive.Lyca Productions, which was supposed to produce Indian 2, backed out of the flick as it was not confident of recovering the investment. After 2.0, it seems like the production house has decided to play safe.The upcoming film is a sequel to 1996 blockbuster Indian. The anti-corruption movie had Kamal Haasan playing the dual roles of an aged father and son. Urmila Matondkar and Manisha Koirala played the female leads.The sequel has Kajal Aggarwal in the female lead. Although many big names from Bollywood that include Ajay Devgn were approached for the villain’s role, the director has not able to finalise the actor for the said character.last_img read more

ECNEC approves project to popularise solar pumping system for irrigation

first_imgThe Executive Committee of the National Economic Council (Ecnec) on Tuesday approved a project to popularise solar pumping system among farmers for irrigation in the country, aiming to reduce sudden the surge in power demand during the irrigation season, reports UNB.The approval came at the ECNEC meeting held at the NEC conference room Sher-e-Bangla Nagar in the capital with ECNEC chairperson and prime minister Sheikh Hasina in the chair.Bangladesh Rural Electrification Board will implement the project ‘Agricultural Irrigation through Solar-Powered Pump’ at an estimated cost of Tk 4.07 billion by December 2020.Under the project, some 2,000 solar water pumps will be installed in 10 Palli Bidyut Samities in 10 districts Thakurgaon, Dinajpur, Rangpur, Bogura, Naogaon, Gopalganj, Faridpur, Madaripur and Cumilla.”We want to spread solar pumps across the country to reduce pressure on electricity during irrigation season,” said planning minister AHM Mustafa Kamal at a briefing after the meeting.He said another goal of the project is to avoid diesel-driven pumps for reducing the emission of pollutant particles.Of the total project cost, the Asian Development Bank (ADB) will provide Tk 3.67 billion, while Tk 379 million will come from government fund and Tk 16 million from the own fund of the organisation concerned.The ownership of the solar pumps will be handed over to farmers after 10 years following 15 per cent down payment and 85 per cent payment in installments.last_img read more

Doctors Use Virtual Reality to Map Patients Brain During Surgery

first_img 2 min read Virtual reality is becoming increasingly useful when it comes to the medical field, and doctors in France have taken notice.At Angers University Hospital in western France, physicians used a VR headset to map a patient’s brain during surgery to remove a tumor late last month. The patient was conscious during the procedure (a common practice) in which doctors used a virtual environment to map zones of the brain. Until now, said mapping and monitoring neural connections in certain areas weren’t easily acheived in the operating room.”By totally controlling what the patient sees and hears, we can put him in situations that allow us to do tests on certain connections that were not possible before,” neurosurgeon Philippe Menei explained.In this particular case, it was important for doctors to carefully monitor the patient’s vision as the tumor had already sight in one eye. To keep tabs the brain’s reactions, the surgical team created a virtual environment without a single point of focus, choosing instead to employ “luminous objects” in the patients peripheral vision.The results were positive as the patient’s sight remains intact in the weeks following surgery despite the tumor’s location. In fact, the doctors are planning to use the setup in the future for similar cases where tumors are impacting the region of the brain that controls sight. This story originally appeared on Engadget February 18, 2016 Enroll Now for Free Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience.last_img read more