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Business Minister satisfied with progress made in petroleum sector

first_img…despite Opposition’s criticisms of Govt’s unpreparednessSince the discovery of oil and gas in Guyana, there has been much debate and discussion surrounding the slow pace at which Government is looking to implement policies to guide how revenues are spent from this new-found natural resource.But Business Minister Dominic Gaskin feels Government has been doing its best to prepare for this sector. As such, he told a recent forum that he is pleased with the progress the coalition has made but said it is now left up to Guyanese to make use of the opportunities available in the sector.“Everything may not be perfect, and I don’t think anyone is saying that it is, I am certainly not saying that everything is perfect, but what I am saying is, that I’m satisfied with the progress that has been made in the petroleum sector since the announcement of the discoveries in 2015 and to date.”The Minister said he is also satisfied that some Guyanese are already benefiting from the sector and many more Guyanese will most likely benefit once oil production begins in 2020.“I’m also satisfied that our Government is doing everything it can to ensure that Guyanese, not just now but for generations to come will benefit from Guyana’s oil,” he stated.According to Gaskin, with the circulation of oil money in Guyana through local procurement, local employment, and through local spending by expatriate employees, contractors, consultants and other professionals, Guyana’s economy will experience significant growth.“Should we try and maximise the benefits that Guyanese will enjoy from oil andBusiness Minister Dominic Gaskingas? Of course! There is more than one way to achieve this…of course, there is,” he added, noting that while some people are questioning Government’s approach, others and taking advantage of the opportunities.However, he said it is unfortunate that many are not, because they are caught up and distracted by the negative rhetoric coming from a handful of what he described as self-appointed experts, many of whom are quietly positioning themselves to benefit from the industry.“Some of them want to get there first because little competition is possible and that therefore happen to see Guyanese disenchanted with the prospect of oil, he explained adding that many Guyanese still live below the poverty line and they too must benefit from the oil resources.“…They (the poor) are looking forward to oil production. They are depending on Government to make the right decisions for their future and their children’s future. I want to assure you all that this is what our Government will do and we will ensure that every Guyanese benefit,” he stated.He added that the prospect of oil production has created quite a buzz in Guyana as well as outside of Guyana, noting that he believes “it’s generally a good thing for us, in fact, the actual news is extremely positive, the discovery so far and the outfield development, the development of the production vessel and the shore-based activity, it’s all very good news for Guyana and we need to turn it into positive outcomes.UnpreparednessWith just two years to go before first oil, Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo has said Government has not made any substantial plans for the oil sector. Jagdeo has urged the coalition to formulate a national oil spill policy as a priority, and said the other key legislations are still not in place.“I’m saying to you, if we don’t address these critical issues, if we don’t address the rest of the economy, Guyana will be worst off in the next decade than we are now. You read the experience of many of those countries. Check the assessment of Chad and Nigeria and Venezuela and all those places. And just hear where they are today,” Jagdeo urged at one of his press conferences. Further, Jagdeo said, “They were supposed to get the Sovereign Wealth Fund to protect our interest and they failed on that. They failed on the Petroleum Commission. They failed on local content. It’s the same pattern. They’re failing to address this issue in a manner that protect Guyana.”However, Jagdeo made it clear to reporters that his position on the state of preparedness for the new industry was at variance to what is contained in the Government publication. “We still haven’t gotten the Petroleum Commission, no local content legislation, no Sovereign Wealth Fund, no decision on whether they will auction the blocks… but all the measures are in place for 2020,” he said.Some stakeholders and sections of the society in Guyana have said that preparations for first oil should have been at a more advanced stage since the country is less than two years away from production. Government has however maintained that all systems will be in place in time for 2020.last_img read more

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Half-time: Aston Villa 0 Chelsea 1

first_imgEden Hazard’s early goal was enough to give Chelsea a half-time lead as Jose Mourinho looked to end his winless streak at Villa Park.It took only eight minutes for the Blues to strike, as Oscar escaped down the right, pulled the ball back for Willian and his ball was turned in by Hazard.Oscar had a near post shot saved by Villa keeper Brad Guzan, who also gathered Gary Cahill’s header from the resulting corner.But Paul Lambert’s men, without a goal in their last six Premier League matches, did apply some pressure to the Blues defence, forcing several corners, and Gabby Agbonlahor headed over the bar.Chelsea came close to adding a second when Hazard led a quick break and Ramires was played in on goal, only for Ciaran Clark to produce an outstanding recovery tackle.With Diego Costa in the middle of a three-match ban, Didier Drogba started up front, while Cahill was restored to the defence alongside John Terry.Kurt Zouma and Loic Remy were named on the bench along with new signing Juan Cuadrado. Aston Villa: Guzan, Hutton, Okore, Clark, Cissokho, Westwood, Delph, Cleverley, Agbonlahor, Weimann, Gil.Subs: Given, Vlaar, Bacuna, Sinclair, Cole, Benteke, Sanchez. Chelsea: Courtois; Ivanovic, Cahill, Terry, Azpilicueta; Ramires, Matic; Willian, Oscar, Hazard; Drogba.Subs: Cech, Zouma, Ake, Mikel, Loftus-Cheek, Cuadrado, Remy.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

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When it comes to food scares, take a deep breath and wait for the truth to settle

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Amy was one of Dr. Judy’s small animal clients. She had a cat named Digger, a large, yellow, short-haired, tom. He should have been neutered, but Amy feared this would alter his personality — not just his anatomy.Dr. Judy reminded her that allowing a tomcat to freely run and propagate would only worsen the excess cat population. Amy, however, never took this advice to heart. Instead, whenever she brought Digger in for a checkup, she was focused on the latest food health scare.The last time I heard from her, the World Health Organization (WHO) had just reported that Roundup might cause cancer. That news was all it took to set her off on a new rant.On Facebook she wrote, “I am only going to purchase organic food. My family’s meat consumption is going to be limited to three ounces of meat four times a week and then mostly fish. Vegetables are only going to be purchased from local sources.”I felt sorry for her husband, Larry. He told me, “The days of having a good steak appear to be over.”Consumers like Amy seem to obtain much of their allegedly “scientific” information from sources that are focused on twisting any hint of fact into scary “news” reports. Why not? It sells newspapers and TV time and draws attention to activists and their agendas.Many of you may be familiar with the WHO. On their website, WHO shares international health concerns and, in most cases, worthy programs to address them. Once in a while, however, they lose perspective.WHO recently reported that persons who eat red meat may increase the risk of colorectal cancer by 18%. While I don’t dispute the possibility of an increase, several facts make me skeptical. An 18% increase sounds significant, but keep in mind that the risk of developing colorectal cancer is relatively low to begin with. An 18% increase would raise the incidence of colorectal cancer from 4.75% to 5.5% — far lower than the cancer risk associated with smoking.WHO has listed 936 items that may cause cancer. So, is there anything that we are in contact with that can’t cause cancer? In contrast, I offer you another report to contemplate: a well-documented research study in Kenya that evaluates childhood nutrition and consumption of red meat. In controlled trials of four different diets provided over a two-year period to students in 12 school systems, children who received four ounces of red meat per day gained 12 IQ points, increased muscle mass and were more active on the playground than their classmates who were on balanced vegetarian diets. So much misinformation is being bandied about that there is no wonder consumers like Amy, who are conscientious in providing for their families, are confused and spend more than necessary to purchase supposedly nutritious food that is usually little different than commodity-sourced foods that meet USDA Food Safety and Inspection Service and FDA purity standards.The next time you read about a food scare, take a deep breath and pause. Once the initial scare tactics in the press play out, the straight facts gradually appear. Here are examples of food scares that have proven to be false:a)     Butter is bad for your health.b)    Fat leads to obesity and high blood cholesterol.c)     Sugary carbohydrates are better for you than fats.d)    Eggs contain high levels of cholesterol, therefore, are bad for you.And if you’re a baby boomer or older, you may remember back when cranberries were declared unsafe because of strontium-90. That scare nearly ruined the cranberry industry. We now know that cranberries are loaded with antioxidants, making them a very healthy food choice.And we know that butter is much healthier for you than margarine and actually contains a substance that prevents cancer. A high blood cholesterol level is actually caused by an individual’s genetics, often combined with a high carbohydrate intake. Medical experts now recognize that eggs, which are loaded with amino acids, protein and beta-carotene, are a very healthy food to consume.So sit back, relax and take a deep breath, Miss Amy. You might want to use those books by the “foodies” for doorstops!last_img read more

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2017 Junior Market Lamb Show

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Grand Champion: Bailee Amstutz, Richwood (Grade Champion)Res. Grand Champion: Carly Gump, Fletcher (Grade Res. Champion)Third: Carly Gump, Fletcher (Natural Colored Champion)Fourth: Erin Dilger-Lawrence (Natural Colored Res. Champion)Fifth: Carly Gump, Fletcher (Hampshire Champion)Youth exhibitors entered 711 lambs in the 2017 Junior Market Lamb Show. Here are more results from the 2017 show:Judge Miles Gibbs, Del Rio, TexasPhotos by Mindi Brookhart. HampshireChamp: Carly Gump, FletcherRes. Champ: Bailee Amstutz, Richwood ShropshireChamp: Kayla Ritter, Montgomery CountyRes. Champ: Sarah Young, Leesburg SouthdownsChampion: Mylee Shatto, Ft LoramieRes. Champion: Kole Justin, Richwood SuffolkChampion: Austin Hunker, BellevueRes. Champion: Elizabeth Shatto, Ft. Loramie DorsetChampion: Jada Shroyer, DeGraffRes. Champion: Jada Shroyer, DeGraff MontadaleChampion: Zane Melvin, RadnorRes. Champion: Andrew Guthrie, Washington C.H. OxfordChampion: Erin Dilger Lawrence, HebronRes. Champion: Elizabeth Shatto, Ft. Loramie AOBChampion: Andrew Guthrie, Washington C.H.Res. Champion: McKala Grauel, Ridgeway Brockle-faceChampion: Chloe Gump, FletcherRes. Champion: Justin Howell, Danville Natural ColoredChampion: Carly Gump, FletcherRes. Champion: Erin Dilger Lawrence, Hebron GradeChamp: Bailee Amstutz, RichwoodRes. Champ: Carly Gump, Fletcher  Kayla Ritter, 18, from Montgomery County had the Champion Shropshire. Craig Schiff, 15, from Clinton County shows his Shropshire. Andrew Guthrie, 12, from Fayette County shows his Shropshire. Paige Teeters, 15, from Highland County shows her Brockle-face lamb Mya Carrick, 9, from Attica braces her Natural Colored lamb. Exhibitors lead their lambs around the ring. Chloe Gump from Fletcher braces her lamb for the judge. Alisha Rader, 16, from Eaton focuses on the judge. Justin Mason, 14, from Coshocton County shows his Montadale lamb. Judge Miles Gibbs Austin Hunker, 14, Bellevue, watches the judge. Sara Young, 17, from Highland County keeps eye contact with the judge with her Suffolk. Taylor Hannan, 14, from Wood County shows her Suffolk. Caleb Kieser, 12, from Darke County waits for the judge to review his lamb. Shropshire exhibitors wait for the judge’s placing. Liz Schiff, 12, from Clinton County looks to the judge. Addilyn Bryant, 9, from Ashland sets up her Crossbred lamb. Exhibitors waiting for the judge. Crossbred lambs. Cameron Lake, 16, from New Concord shows his lamb to the judge. Carly Gump of Fletcher wins Champion Natural Colored lamb. Grade champion drive Grade champion drive Grade champion drive Grade champion drive Grade champion drive Bailee Amstutz gets the handshake for champion. Champion drive Champion drive Erin Dilger-Lawrence positions her lamb in the champion drive. Champion drive Carly Gump braces her champion Hampshire in the Champion Drive. Champion Drive 2017 Champion Drivelast_img read more

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Hockey: IHF, HI resolve differences, decide to merge

first_imgThe warring factions of Indian hockey – Hockey India (HI) and Indian Hockey Federation (IHF) – on Monday resolved their differences and decided to merge into one unit. Sports Minister Ajay MakenThe decision to merge the two bodies was taken hours before the Union sports ministry’s final deadline was to expire. Sports Minister Ajay Maken had set July 25 deadline for the two groups to settle their differences after they failed to reconcile in the previous attempts. Good sense finally prevailed and the rumbling row that had crippled the administration of the game got over. It should help India’s quest for glory ahead of the London Olympics. The move comes as a big boost for the national sport as the HI headed by Narendra Batra and the IHF led by K.P.S. Gill would now work together to help power the game in the country. The merger would ensure that the much-awaited World Series Hockey League, to be held later this year, gets the necessary go-ahead from the Federation of International Hockey.last_img read more

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Residents Work on More Than 190 Projects in Western Jamaica

first_img The parish hosted one of the two national projects at the St. Ann’s Bay Infant School, where a ramp was installed as well as other refurbishing work carried out. Work was carried out on Labour Day, May 23 on more than 190 projects registered across the parishes of St. James, Hanover, St. Ann, Trelawny, Westmoreland and St. Elizabeth. Work was carried out on Labour Day, May 23 on more than 190 projects registered across the parishes of St. James, Hanover, St. Ann, Trelawny, Westmoreland and St. Elizabeth.In St. James, residents came out to work on more than 58 projects, with the major focus on Lethe Primary and Infant School and the St. James Type V clinic.This was in keeping with the national focus on repairing health centres and building ramps in schools under the theme ‘Ramp it Up…Fix it Up’.The work undertaken involved construction of rails and ramps, painting of exterior walls and repairs to bathroom facilities, among others. The parking lot at the health centre was also remodeled and a chain link fence installed at the school.Additionally, the parish staged its annual floral tribute in honour of the Right Excellent Samuel Sharpe, who was hanged in Sam Sharpe Square on May 23 for his role in the 1831 Christmas rebellion.In Westmoreland, where 36 projects were registered, residents came out to install a ramp at the Little London Post Office. The grounds of the facility were also paved.The parish of Hanover also had full support for its Labour Day activities. Scores of persons turned out to assist with work at the Kingsvale Health Centre, where a ramp was built, the building painted, doors replaced, desks and chairs repaired, and flood lights installed.In Trelawny, the Falmouth Health Centre was also fitted with a ramp, the driveway paved, exterior walls painted and the property beautified.Parish Manager, Trelawny Health Services, Lorene Whinstanley, expressed her gratitude for the partnership with the Trelawny Municipal Corporation.“We value the partnership and just trust that the community will appreciate the effort being made and will do everything to keep our facilities as comfortable as we try to make them,” she said.Over in St. Ann, major improvement work was carried out on the Teachers’ Cottage at the Free Hill Primary School, where the walls were stripped and painted, the roof replaced, overgrown vegetation cut and areas whitewashed.The parish hosted one of the two national projects at the St. Ann’s Bay Infant School, where a ramp was installed as well as other refurbishing work carried out. This was in keeping with the national focus on repairing health centres and building ramps in schools under the theme ‘Ramp it Up…Fix it Up’. Story Highlightslast_img read more

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Congress Moves To Help Lab Monkeys

first_imgCongress has taken action to put cruel psychological experiments on infant monkeys at the National Institutes of Health and other NIH experiments under the microscope, following pleas from Dr. Jane Goodall, Oscar-nominated actor James Cromwell, and TV icon Bob Barker.The House Appropriations Committee passed language — championed by California Rep. Lucille Roybal-Allard — in its spending bill mandating that NIH undertake, with input from outside experts, a critical assessment of the agency’s ethical-review policies related to all experiments on monkeys and other primates.Unlike studies on humans and chimpanzees, NIH currently does not subject experiments on monkeys to formal ethical review or risk-benefit analysis. Last year, PETA exposed controversial experiments at NIH in which monkeys are bred to be prone to depression, taken from their mothers at birth to induce trauma, locked alone in small cages, and then subjected to years of experiments designed to measure the babies’ severe fear, depression, and anxiety.“I’ve had productive discussions with offices on both sides of the aisle about this issue, and I applaud Congress for acting to ensure more stringent and independent oversight of taxpayer-funded experiments on monkeys,” says Barker, who stars in a new TV spot calling for an end to the experiments.Cromwell adds, “I’m proud to have been involved with Rep. Roybal-Allard on this bipartisan effort to secure some much-needed ethical scrutiny of controversial experiments on vulnerable infant monkeys.” Cromwell co-hosted a congressional briefing on the cruelty of the experiments, their inapplicability to human health, and the superior non-animal research methods available to study mental illness.Other prominent figures who’ve teamed up with PETA to speak out against the experiments and call for reform include celebrity psychotherapist Dr. Jenn Berman, conservative strategist Mary Matalin, other members of Congress — including Reps. Sam Farr, Dina Titus and Eliot Engel – and more than 250,000 citizens.Source:PETAlast_img read more