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Press Release, October 10, 2014; Image: officeofprimeminister.com PNG’s Prime Minister Peter O’Neill has welcomed the commitment of Total of France to advance the Elk-Antelope liquefied natural gas project in Papua New Guinea. The Prime Minister received an update on the company’s national engagement from Total Executives, which included Total’s Vice-President Arnaud Breavillac, during their visit to Papua New Guinea, according to a statement by Prime Minister’s office.Prime Minister Peter O’Neill welcomed the executives and expressed his appreciation that the LNG project in the Elk-Antelope gas fields is on track. He noted that the revised sales and purchase agreement between InterOil and Total in March this year paves the way for Total to bring its considerable LNG expertise to develop PNG’s second LNG project.“Progress on Elk-Antelope gas fields in the East Papuan Basin is being made and Total is committed to working with the government, joint venture partners and stakeholders,” the Prime Minister said following the meeting.“Total is one of the largest integrated oil and gas companies in the world and has employees with expertise covering the broad spectrum of oil and gas industry activities,” he added.In a joint press statement released by Total and InterOil, following the signing the revised sales and purchase agreement in March this year, Total Exploration and Production Senior Vice President, Jean-Marie Guillermou said the agreement allows the joint venture to proceed with confidence.“Elk-Antelope is a significant project in Total’s global portfolio and our presence in Papua New Guinea provides an ideal opportunity to grow our business in the Asia-Pacific region,” Giullermou stated.“We have a strong relationship with our joint ventures and strong support from the Papua New Guinea Government, and we now look forward to leading the development of the LNG project,” added Giullermou.
NABEELAH MOHEDEENGroenvlei High School will host its third 12-hour dance-a-thon on Friday and Saturday May 6 and 7, to raise funds for the school’s outreach programme, The Sunflower Fund (“Matrics host dance-a-thon”, Athlone News, September 16, 2015). This project is aimed at creating awareness about leukaemia and funds will also be allocated to potential bone marrow donors who cannot afford the costs involved.This year’s neon-themed 12-hour dance-a-thon, organised by the staff and pupils, will host various DJs who have volunteered their services. The purpose of this event is to raise funds for the outreach project chosen by the matriculants. The dance-a-thon is open to all current and ex-pupils, pupils at neighbouring school as well any other under-21s who would like to take part. Security will be strict to ensure the safety all party-goers. The event will take place in the school hall from Friday May 6 at 6pm until 6am on Saturday May 7. Tickets are currently being sold at school at R40 each and will also be available at the door on the night. Contact the school at 021 703 2227 for ticket sales.
A top-10 firm in Wales has developed an employment law and human resource advice app to deliver a more interactive service to clients.Newport-based Harding Evans created the app in collaboration with HE Create & Consult, the Centre of Excellence in Mobile Applications and Services, and the University of South Wales.The app comes in four versions: one sold at £399 per year, a free version, a platinum bespoke option and a white label option.The free app gives guidance notes, checklists to ensure HR processes are in accordance with the law, and a calculator to work out maternity, redundancy and holiday pay.The paid app also offers employment contracts and policies, media learning, and CPD training and key documents.Daniel Wilde, a partner at Harding Evans, said: ‘This project came about following a strategic review into how businesses access employment law and HR advice services. It was through this that we identified a gap in the market for an HR app that offers tools and advice for both HR professionals and those working for SMEs who can’t afford a permanent HR resource.’As of 10 June, the free version had seven downloads, and seven companies had booked appointments to see demonstrations of the paid app.
An unauthorised immigration adviser will return to prison after a second conviction for offering unqualified services.Kamran Malik, from Plaistow in east London, pleaded guilty in March at Southwark Crown Court to four counts of providing unqualified immigration advice and services. Offences took place between November 2014 and March 2017, with clients paying money for immigration advice on the basis they thought he was regulated.His actions came to light when a referral was made to the Office of the Immigration Services Commissioner, which had previously prosecuted Malik in 2014. In June of that year, he was convicted of providing unqualified immigration advice and services and sentenced to 24 weeks in prison.Yesterday, the 51-year-old appeared before His Honour Judge Robbins for sentencing on his latest convictions: Malik was jailed for 12 months on each count, with the sentences to run concurrently. He was also made the subject of a criminal behaviour order not to provide immigration advice or services for 10 years and ordered to pay £48,000 in prosecution costs and £16,700 in compensation to complainants.In sentencing, the judge said the most aggravating factor was his previous conviction for similar offences.Dr Ian Leigh, the deputy immigration services commissioner, said: ‘The OISC is here to ensure that people seeking immigration advice are treated fairly by people they can trust. We have clear standards outlining what we expect in terms of the fitness and competence of regulated advisers.’Mr Malik, once again, chose to operate outside of the law. I hope that the outcome of this case sends a clear message to others who may be considering providing immigration advice, either act lawfully or you will find yourself in court.’NOTE: On 16 May 2019 the Court of Appeal considered the appeal against sentence and:1. Allowed the appeal and quashed the compensation orders and the order to pay prosecution costs, imposed in the court below;2. Remitted the making of compensation orders and the order to pay prosecution costs back to the Crown Court (the appellant will be required to provide the Crown Court with a statement of income and liabilities);3. Affirmed the remainder.
UK: Network Rail announced the award of two major contracts for the rebuilding of London Bridge station on November 1. The project forms the second phase of the Thameslink Programme to upgrade the north-south commuter route through central London.Costain has been awarded a £400m contract for detailed design and delivery of the station redevelopment, while Balfour Beatty Rail has a £50m contract for track remodelling. Invensys Rail was awarded a framework contract for the associated signalling renewals in July. The station redevelopment proposals are still subject to planning approval, but aim to provide a new street-level concourse to allow the station to handle around 66% more passengers than today. Work is scheduled to get underway in 2013 for completion in 2018. ‘The way London Bridge evolved since the mid-1800s left us with a station and a track layout which makes it increasingly difficult to provide the capacity and reliability passengers expect today’, said Simon Kirby, Managing Director of Investment Projects at Network Rail. ‘The Thameslink Programme allows the tracks, platforms and station layout at London Bridge to be completely redesigned, boosting the number of trains that can run, unblocking the bottleneck and providing a modern and dynamic station which will make a real improvement for passengers.’
The Democratic Republic of Congo’s electoral authority on Wednesday said it had postponed Sunday’s presidential election in three cities until next March due to insecurity and the outbreak of the Ebola virus.The latest move means the votes from the three cities – Yumbi, Beni and Butembo – would not be taken into account in the landmark presidential poll.The electoral body however confirmed that the elections will go on as scheduled in the other regions of the vast central African country.Final results for the presidential election will be announced on January 15 and the new president sworn in on January 18.The DR Congo presidential election was initially scheduled for November 2016, but the electoral body, CENI, said it was not able to conduct the poll due to logistical challenges.Opposition leaders accused President Joseph Kabila of frustrating the elections as a means of clinging on to power, allegations he denied.Should the elections now go on smoothly as planned, this will be the first time the DR Congo witnesses a peaceful transfer of power since its independence in 1960.Related DR Congo Massacre DR Congo opposition opposes postponement of elections DR Congo to fully finance December elections
Image Credit – Cara Sulieman AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInA Bronze Age hoard of national significance has been found by a metal detectorist in the Scottish Borders.A complete horse harness and sword were uncovered at the site near Peebles in what is only the second time this kind of hoard has been found in Scotland.Thanks to the way the harness has been preserved by the soil, experts are able to see, for the first time, how Bronze Age horse harnesses were assembled.The hoard, dating from 1000 – 900 BC, was discovered by Mariusz Stepien who was searching the field with friends on 21 June when he found a bronze object buried half a metre underground.As he was getting strong signals from the earth around the object, Mr Stepien contacted the Treasure Trove Unit to report his find.A complete horse harness was one of the items discovered in the Scottish Borders Image Credit – COPFSHe said: “I thought I’ve never seen anything like this before and felt from the very beginning that this might be something spectacular and I’ve just discovered a big part of Scottish history. I was over the moon, actually shaking with happiness.”As archaeologists spent 22 days investigating the site, Mr Stepien and his friends camped in the field and built a shelter to protect the find from the elements.Mr Stepien added: “We wanted to be a part of the excavation from the beginning to the end.“I will never forget those 22 days spent in the field. Every day there were new objects coming out which changed the context of the find, every day we learned something new.“I’m so pleased that the earth revealed to me something that was hidden for more than 3000 years. I still can’t believe it happened!”During the dig, archaeologists found a sword still in its scabbard, decorated straps, buckles, rings, ornaments and chariot wheel axel caps. There is also evidence of a decorative ‘rattle pendant’ that would have hung off the harness – the first one to be found in Scotland and only the third in the UK.The soil had preserved organic materials like leather and wood, allowing experts to trace the straps that connected the rings and buckles together to make the harness. This has never been seen before in Britain and gives a unique insight into Bronze Age society.Emily Freeman, Head of the Treasure Trove Unit, who is overseeing the recovery and assessment of the find, said:“This is a nationally significant find – so few Bronze Age hoards have been excavated in Scotland, it was an amazing opportunity for us to not only recover bronze artefacts, but organic material as well. There is still a lot of work to be done to assess the artefacts and understand why they were deposited. “We could not have achieved this without the responsible actions of the finder or the support of the landowners. The finder was quick to action when they realised that they had found an in situ hoard, which resulted in the Treasure Trove Unit and National Museums Scotland being on site within days of discovery.”The hoard has been removed from the site in a large block of soil and taken to National Museums Collection Centre in Edinburgh where further excavations and research will take place.Queen’s and Lord Treasurer’s Remembrancer (QLTR), David Harvie said:“This Bronze Age hoard is highly significant and promises to give us a new insight into Scotland’s history.“I would like to thank the finder who discovered these wonderful items and whose quick actions in contacting the Treasure Trove will ensure these objects can be properly preserved and studied.”
Tweet LocalNews Marigot residents petition DASPA CEO by: Dominica Vibes News – January 12, 2015 Share 335 Views one comment Share Sharing is caring! Share Marigot residents at the Port on Monday morningThe community of Marigot is standing in solidarity with one of its residents after his employment was terminated following a crab backs incident last year.Vescott Jones, who was employed with the Dominica Air and Sea Port Authority (DASPA) as a security officer at the Douglas Charles Airport was fired in December 2013 for allowing Opposition Leader Lennox Linton to exit the country without a charge after he attempted to leave with a quantity of crab backs in October 2014. One must obtain a permit to export any wildlife from Dominica which Mr Linton did not have in his possession at the time of travel, as he was not aware that one was required.The residents gathered at the Woodridge Bay Port on Goodwill Road on Monday 12 January to present a petition to chief executive officer of DASPA, Benoit Bardouille. Members of the community decided to present a petition to Mr Bardouille requesting that Mr Jones be reinstated.It is not clear whether the group was successful in presenting Mr Bardouille with the petition. Mr Bardouille was contacted for comment on the matter but was unavailable.Further details on this developing story will be provided as it becomes available.
178 Views no discussions Sharing is caring! Share A two year Creole Research Project was launched in Dominica Friday 6 April 2018. The project is aimed at developing and advancing policy proposals to establish the island as a Centre of Excellence in the preservation and promotion of creole culture. It is a collaborative effort between the University of Bedfordshire in the United Kingdom, the Konmite pou Etid Kweyol, the Cultural Division and the National Cultural Council in Dominica. Cultural Officer Gregory Rabess, during the launch at the Old Mill Cultural Center said research activities will be carried out in Dominica and the UK during 2018 and 2019. “Key activities planed in Dominica include community workshops and focus groups and focus group discussions in selected communities considered as creole hubs in Dominica. A workshop in the Kalinago territory; a youth forum and focus groups targeting youth. In addition there will be an international creole symposium in 2019. Interviews with cultural elders, experts and icons are also planned,” he said. Activities in the UK include an academic conference, a youth forum, focus group discussions and public engagement workshops. This research project will assist in determining current attitudes, ascertain support for further institutionalizing creole culture and traditions and document critical aspects of the heritage for the sustainable development of all its dimensions Rabess explained. “The research will also investigate and document core principles and best practices on advancing policy on preservation and promotion of the creole heritage. The research will lead to the development of a policy paper on creole language and culture, two books and a video documentary. A project website and social media initiatives will provide visibility and information on the project on an ongoing basis,” he added. Thus, a research network will be created between the University of Bedfordshire and the Kommite Pou Etid Kweyol, the Cultural Division and the National Cultural Council in order to establish and develop advocacy for advancement of the creole heritage and culture through the arts and humanities and to also establish and sustain long term engagement and partnership between key actors and stakeholders in Dominica and academics at the University of Bedfordshire. “Dr. Violet Cuffy who is a Dominican national and senior lecturer at the university of Bedfordshire in the UK. She is the principle researcher and she is of course here with us to help launch the project in Dominica. The research project is supported by the Arts and Humanities research council in the UK and the Dominica high commission in the UK and various UK based diaspora organizations are key stakeholders in the project,” Rabess said. Share Tweet Share LocalNews Two year creole research project launched by: Dominica Vibes News – April 6, 2018