Colombian Government Will Increase Measures to Protect Oil Companies

first_imgBy Dialogo August 31, 2011 Colombia will increase measures to protect the oil companies that operate in the country, where they are a target for frequent attacks by leftist guerrillas, President Juan Manuel Santos, who aims for that sector to be a motor of development, announced on August 29. Following a security council meeting in the town of San Vicente del Caguan, in the department of Caqueta (in southern Colombia), Santos said that the meeting explored “efficient mechanisms for protecting the oil companies and at the same time maintaining the offensive capability of our Government forces.” Santos justified the need to increase security in the sector by highlighting the “vertiginous” growth of petroleum exploration in the country, currently underway across 38 million hectares. “This requires the presence of Government forces, the presence of the Army, and immediately, the companies demand that service. This is logical and natural and part of the state’s responsibility,” Santos specified, according to a statement issued by the presidential press service. Previously, on August 10, Santos denounced attempts by the guerrillas to finance themselves by threatening oil interests. “We’re aware of that problem, and we’re engaged in ongoing coordination with the petroleum sector (…) in order to offer them every guarantee and complete security so that they can operate in our territory without restriction,” the president said on that occasion. In June, Alejandro Martínez, the president of the private Colombian Petroleum Association (Asociación Colombiana de Petróleo, ACP), which brings together companies producing crude in Colombia, also denounced a rise in kidnappings and extortionate threats targeting workers in the sector over the last two years. In recent months, there has been an increase in violent actions by guerrillas of the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) and the National Liberation Army (ELN) targeting the oil industry. Santos’s administration proposes to strongly encourage the petroleum sector, as one of the pillars of the country’s socio-economic development, and toward that end, it has set a production goal of 1.15 million barrels a day by the end of Santos’s term in 2014.last_img read more

Earshakes vs. handshakes

first_imgHello, can you hear me? I’m currently flying back from LA after two days of meetings with partner companies and clients. Geek fascination: This iPad is online…while it’s magically floating over 30,000 feet above the western United States. Is the connection any good? Not particularly…no video and the streaming audio struggles. But, hey, Twitter and Facebook!Of course, the travels got me thinking (oh no!). Much of our business is conducted over the phone and computer. It has proven an efficient and effective manner of communicating. We are able to include multiple participants spanning large geographic ranges in a single conversation. Often on short notice, something just not possible with face-to-face. Take a morning meeting with a partner in Texas, joined by others in California. Enjoy a break for lunch, then go to NYC for an operations update. Sure, since the advent of phones we could do such things, but adding the file and screen sharing really seals the deal. (Out of respect for all parties, we rarely ask for video-based meetings. If sweat pants are your thing, that’s quite alright.)Simply put, we would be unable to build or support our client base without such technologies.Yet there’s a value to being more than within earshot. continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

AmeriCorps and similar are worth funding

first_imgFor the second year in a row, the Trump administration has proposed eliminating the Corporation for National and Community Service, the federal agency that supports national service programs like AmeriCorps.As a two-term AmeriCorps alum, I have witnessed firsthand the power of service years. When I helped low-income homeowners with home repairs in California, I witnessed entire communities coming together to support their most vulnerable members. As a marketing AmeriCorps member in Denton, Texas, I helped let people know about monetary support programs.My experiences helped mold me into a public sector leader with a service-oriented outlook; I now carry those traits with me as a civil servant with New York state. In my current job, I’m surrounded by hard-working and top-quality employees like myself.Let me make a clear appeal to my members of Congress. Reject the Trump administration’s proposal to eliminate AmeriCorps and similar programs. Instead, the administration should expand national service opportunities in the FY19 budget.NICO MEYERINGAlbanyMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationFeds: Albany man sentenced for role in romance scamFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen? Categories: Letters to the Editor, Opinionlast_img read more

Metros August 1997

first_imgBrazil: The federal government has backed proposals for a 15 km extension of Trensurb’s Porto Alegre commuter line from Mercado to Triângulo. A 3·9 km extension to Estação Unisinos is expected to open later this year.Germany: German Railway has commissioned the first 11 km of the Hannover S-Bahn, from the city centre to Seelze. The route is worked by Stadt-Express trains, which will be replaced by Class 424 S-Bahn EMUs next year.Great Britain: The Arrow consortium of Adtranz, Tarmac, Transdev and Nottingham City Transport, and the Tramrider group of Siemens, BICC and FirstBus have submitted bids for the Nottingham LRT concession.London Transport is to conduct studies into noise and vibration on the Underground network.Italy: Brescia has called bids for construction of a 13·5 km automated light metro from Concesio to Santa Eufemia. The government is providing 165bn lire towards the estimated 700bn cost.Studies are under way for an automated metro in Monza, costed at 175bn lire.Japan: JR Kyushu has begun a ´16·2bn project to double 11·1 km of the Chikuhi Line between Shimoyamato and Chikuzen-Maebaru, used by through services to central Fukuoka over metro tracks.Netherlands: Construction of the north-south metro line in Amsterdam is to go ahead next year at a cost of 2bn guilders; a local referendum on June 25 failed to reach the minimum 155000 votes against the project.Spain: Cobra Ferrocarriles has won a contract to install a substation at Gregorio Marañón station on the Madrid metro, serving the link between Lines 8 and 10 and the extension of Line 7. Dimetronic is to provide signalling and ATP for the link. Turkey: A consortium of Eser Muhendislik, Tractebel and Transurb was low bidder for a TL43bn contract to study an urban rail network in Isparta. USA: Chicago Transit Authority introduced stored-value fare cards on its metro lines on July 7.NJ Transit’s proposed 54 km Trenton – Camden light rail route was supported by 72% of voters in three counties in a recent poll.Tidewater Transportation District Commission has called bids for engineering and environmental studies into a 28·5 km light rail line from Norfolk to Virginia Beach.Bi-State Development Agency has called for expressions of interest in supplying up to 24 LRVs for the St Louis MetroLink extension to St Clair County, Illinois.last_img read more

“We Will Redouble Our Efforts” in Kalinago Territory- PM Skerrit

first_img Sharing is caring! Tweet Share LifestyleLocalNews “We Will Redouble Our Efforts” in Kalinago Territory- PM Skerrit by: – January 17, 2020 175 Views no discussionscenter_img Share Share The Roosevelt Skerrit government is promising the people of the Kalinago Territory its focused attention this term to improve their standard of life.At a recent ceremony to deliver homes to 10 families in the district, Hon Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit made the commitment.He credited his Government for what he says is a marked improvement in the lives of the indigenous people.“Whatever the Kalinago Territory and the indigenous people are receiving from this government, they deserve and everything else. Before this administration came into office, there were too many governments who took these people for granted, disrespected them and treated them as second class citizens.”“I have always hoped to have the Kalinago people as part of mainstream society,” Hon Skerrit added, “because Dominica belongs as much to them as it does to us.”He went further to give them the assurance “that in this term of Government, we will redouble our efforts to improve the lives of the Kalinago Territory.“You will continue to receive the attention that you have been receiving from this Government,” he said to them.Hon Constituency Representative, Cozier Frederick agrees that housing in the Territory has been significantly improved by the government with which he is now affiliated.“Not every government has been able to successfully implement a massive housing project like this one.” he said. “It’s been more than a decade since we have been seeing this housing revolution on this island and I am proud to say that this revolution began here in the Kalinago Territory with funds from the Venezuelan and Chinese governments.”He referenced the housing projects which he says intensified after Hurricane Maria in 2017.The Roosevelt Skerrit government has pledged to deliver 500 new homes to the Kalinago Territory.last_img read more

Victory For Dice Ahead of Calypso Finals

first_img Share 56 Views no discussions LocalNews Victory For Dice Ahead of Calypso Finals by: – March 4, 2011 Tweet Sharecenter_img Share Sharing is caring! Four time calypso monarch Dice has obtained his first calypso title since returning to the competition after a two-year break. Dice, with his rendition of “Send Me” did not only thrill a crowd at Harlem Plaza last night, but was good enough to earn him the title of “Champ of the Camp”. The event forms the biggest night of the Showdown Mass Camp every year.Dice will now look to get a second crown for the 2011 calypso season and a record fifth calypso monarch crown when he hits the stage at Carnival City Saturday night, for the calypso finals. There’s been debate as to whether the four-time king’s re-entry into the calypso competition has created an atmosphere of worry for his competitors.Meantime eyes are also on Soul Puss, who placed second in last evening’s Champ of the Camp. Peter Pros who placed third last night, will also contend in the final round of the calypso show. Young Bull, who though has an attention-grabbing calypso this time around, will not be a part of the finals. He however secured the fourth place position at the Champ of the Camp.Source: DBS Radiolast_img read more

Teen Sentenced for Threats Against South Dearborn

first_imgAURORA, Ind. — The teenager who was charged with making threats towards the South Dearborn Community School Corporation has been sentenced.Devin Sandlin, 19, pleaded guilty to Intimidation charges after he sent several messages threatening violence against the school and specific students.Sandlin was sentenced to 730 days, with 710 of those days as probation.The judge also ordered Sandlin to serve 100 hours of Community Service.last_img

Premier League’s Top 5 highest paid substitutes listed

first_imgLiverpool’s Adam Lallana, who was a first team regular when he signed his deal, is in third place but will leave the club at the end of the season when his contract expires.Bernard has not had the impact at Everton that the Toffees would have hoped for since his move in August 2018 and he’s started just 15 times in the league this season, coming on off the bench 11 times.In fifth is Mesut Ozil. The Arsenal number 10 has started 18 times in the league this season but hasn’t actually made an appearance off the bench, which makes his money sat on the sides ridiculous.Not only that his reported £350,000-a-week would have him further up the list but both Unai Emery and Mikel Arteta haven’t even picked him for the bench every week and he’s often been left out of the squad altogether.Substitutes have certainly been getting used to not spending as much time sat around waiting in the second half of the season.Since the restart teams have been allowed to use five substitutes, and most have, which has given the clubs with better squads an advantage.It hasn’t helped the German World Cup winner though as he is yet to appear in a match since football came back in June.Ozil was on the bench against Southampton but didn’t get to play. Juan Mata is presently the highest paid substitute in the Premier League, but the Manchester United ace wouldn’t be top of the list if it wasn’t for one player not even always making the bench.Everyone knows that footballers’ wages in the modern era are incredibly high and usually with big money transfers or contract there comes a certain amount of expectation on players.Sometimes though some big earners end up on the bench and that’s certainly been the case this season for Mata, who has started just eight league games this season, despite his reported £160,000-per-week.That means he’s made £5.3 million as a substitute this season, according to ESPN, with Manchester City’s Joao Cancelo pocketing £4.3 million on second spot. The Premier League’s top five highest earning subs. Advertisement His last game was against West Ham in March, when he actually started the game and played 89 minutes before coming off, as Arteta’s side won 1-0.His future at the Emirates Stadium must be in question now and it feels like he has no part to play in Arteta’s future plans. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Loading… Promoted Content10 Awesome TV Series That Got Cancelled Way Too Soon12 Flicks That Almost Ended Their Stars’ CareersTop 7 Best Car Manufacturers Of All TimeBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For Them11 Most Immersive Game To Play On Your Table TopPlus-Size Babes Who Will Make Your Heart Race6 Ridiculous Health Myths That Are Actually TrueThe Absolute 10 Greatest Shows In HBO HistoryWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?Couples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable Way10 Risky Jobs Some Women DoIs This The Most Delicious Food In The World?last_img read more

Solskjaer: Our destiny is in our hands

first_img Loading… Ole Gunnar Solskjaer says his Manchester United players are ready to bounce back from Sunday’s Emirates FA Cup semi-final defeat, knowing our destiny is in our own hands as we look to secure Champions League qualification this week. The Reds can go three points ahead of fourth-placed Leicester City with victory over West Ham United on Wednesday night, and can also temporarily leapfrog Chelsea into third before the Blues’ match away to Liverpool on the same evening. Ole’s team then face the Foxes on the final day of the season at the King Power Stadium on Sunday with things tighter than ever in the race for a top-four finish. Despite the different scenarios possible from the final two matches, the United boss insists the Reds must just focus on ourselves. “Of course, he was shaken up a bit. He had a big blow to his head. We’re still monitoring him. He stayed down in London after the game. I’ve not seen him this morning yet because these interviews are before the boys meet up. I’ll see him soon. Hopefully, he’ll be alright [soon]. “No, apart from being disappointed and having bruised pride after losing the game, we’re ready to go again. We know now we’ve got two cup-finals to play.” “Yeah. Don’t get me wrong we don’t like to lose a game in the way we did, it’s an FA Cup semi-final. Then it’s about the reaction. We’ve been on a fantastic run and taken loads of points since the restart and that’s what we have to think about and get back to what we normally do after a defeat and that’s bounce back.” Promoted ContentThe 10 Best Secondary Education Systems In The WorldThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read MoreThe Best Cars Of All Time23 Marvel Heroes Reimagined By CaricaturistThe 18 Most Visited Cities In The World8 Things You Didn’t Know About CoffeeA Hurricane Can Be As Powerful As 10 Atomic Bombs10 Risky Jobs Some Women Do6 Interesting Ways To Make Money With A DroneFascinating Ceilings From Different Countries7 Black Hole Facts That Will Change Your View Of The Universe8 Things That Will Happen If An Asteroid Hits Earthcenter_img “We’ve got ourselves into a fantastic position, probably a better position than anyone hoped for. A few weeks ago, we were probably thinking if we can go into the Leicester game and win it, then that gives us a chance. Now, of course, if we can win on Wednesday and draw with Leicester in the last one, we’re still through. Now, though, it’s West Ham with all eyes on that one. We’ve come so far and it’s an important few days now, with loads of energy left in our bodies.” “Yes, and they have done well since the restart. They’ve got 10 points and had a few fantastic wins, especially of late, and they’re a challenge for any team. They’re very physical with good set-plays and counter-attack. They have good individual players and a mix of youth and experience. We’ve prepared really well for this one, that’s all we have to do.” “Yes, he’s been exceptional since the restart. It’s a difficult challenge against any team. Every team has got individual players… it’s the nature of the Premier League, it’s the best league in the world.” Leicester obviously lost at Tottenham on Sunday and Chelsea go to Liverpool after our game on Wednesday – there are still so many different things that can happen in these last couple of matches yet…“And that’s why we’ve just got to focus on ourselves. We cannot be losing focus and having one eye on anyone else’s performances. If we do our job, that’s it and that’s all we have to focus on. There are only two games left but this is also a couple of games in the process of this team and the journey of this team. This team is learning all the time and the disappointment of Sunday, I’m sure, will give us the desire and determination to bounce back.” read also:Manchester United fans beg Solksjaer to drop Young against Everton “Yes, I can do because it feels like we’ve been working for ages! [Laughs] It’s been game after game after game with no respite and it’s gone really quickly. We’ve enjoyed it because we’ve had so many good performances and good results. We’ve brought our fans with us, they see what we’re doing and we’ve given ourselves a chance.” FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 last_img read more

Cleverley: We have to win them all

first_imgTom Cleverley admits Manchester United need to win every one of their remaining games this season. United’s goalless draw at Arsenal was creditable given that the Gunners have lost just once at home this term, but the fact remains that David Moyes’ team are now even bigger outsiders in the race for Champions League football. The last time United failed to qualify for European football’s blue riband competition was in 1995 when Cleverley was just six years old. Cleverley recalls that United only lost two of their final 15 matches following a January camp in Qatar last year and the 24-year-old is hoping for a similar impact from the trip to Dubai. “We will get some warm weather training, we will be getting the lads together, and it will help team spirit,” the England midfielder said. “We did it last year and it had a good effect on us so hopefully it will have the same effect this year.” Cleverley and the other midfielders in Moyes’ squad have been the reason behind United’s rapid decline this season, according to many. Moyes himself admitted earlier this month that he wanted to add a central midfielder to his squad in January even though he signed Marouane Fellaini for £27.5million in the previous transfer window. Cleverley and Michael Carrick performed well at the Emirates, though, stifling the creativity of the likes of Mesut Ozil, Jack Wilshere and Santi Cazorla. Carrick has not been fazed by the criticism that he and his midfield partners receive. “We get stick all the time. We are used to it,” the former Tottenham midfielder said. “I thought we did a good job against Arsenal, not just in midfield as a unit but as a team. “Robin (van Persie) and Wayne (Rooney) took up good positions. At the same time we had to defend as well. “We limited them to not much space around the box and not many chances. You could see their fans were getting frustrated. That is when I thought we might have nicked one and made it a fantastic night.” To make sure the team make the grade this term, the United midfielder thinks the Red Devils must win all their remaining games, including their meetings with Liverpool, Manchester City and Everton. “We need to win every game from now on,” said Cleverley, who was dismayed to hear about Steven Gerrard’s match-winning strike at Craven Cottage when he came off the pitch at the Emirates. “Liverpool getting a last-minute winner is disappointing for us. Our result isn’t the worst in the world but we need to start winning games fast. “We showed we are resilient, that we are still fighting for every point but unfortunately we have lost more ground on the teams around us so we have to really get our heads down and start winning quickly at Crystal Palace in 10 days.” Although Moyes is yet to admit it publicly, United have next to no chance of retaining their Barclays Premier League title. The bookmakers rate United as 450-1 shots, and they rarely get things wrong. The obvious secondary target for the reigning champions is now a top-four finish – something the bookmakers also do not think United have much chance of achieving. Moyes’ team sit 11 points off fourth-placed Liverpool with 12 matches left, but the United boss hopes a warm-weather training camp will help his players, who looked leggy towards the end of the Arsenal game, recharge their batteries. Press Associationlast_img read more