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APA responds to ‘Playing Politics’ letter

first_imgDear Editor,It has come to the attention of the Amerindian Peoples Association (APA) that the organisation has erroneously been accused of playing politics when it comes to the rights of indigenous peoples across Guyana. This was done in a letter penned by Mr. Anson Paul and published in the Guyana Times under the title APA clearly playing politics (31 July, 2018).As such, the APA sees it as an imperative to address the misinformation that arose regarding the role of the organisation, its advocacy work, and its partnerships.Over the years, the APA has sought to work closely with the National Toshaos Council (NTC) to build meaningful and productive ties, as the APA sees both bodies as having common goals towards ensuring that indigenous peoples’ issues, such as land tenure security and legislative protections, are institutionalised at the national level.Our relationship with the previous NTC Executive has enabled our organisations to collaborate at the national level, and with village and district councils at the grassroots levels. Together, we have sought to raise awareness on indigenous issues and also address such issues collaboratively, in one instant resulting in the establishment of a Steering Committee for the Revision of the Amerindian Act 2006, which provides support to indigenous communities in their efforts to input into the revision process. No other body provides such support to the communities.By working with the NTC, both organisations have been able to reach more communities, and arrive closer to achieving our mutual goal of advancing the development of our indigenous peoples. This has not always been the case, and it is the wish of the APA that such collaboration continues with the new NTC executive body and its wider members.The APA has, throughout the years, respected the NTC as the body of elected officials which represents the constituents of indigenous villages throughout Guyana, and has in fact encouraged its members to utilise this platform to truly represent indigenous issues. It would be counterproductive for an indigenous organisation like the APA to interfere with the functions of the NTC, as it would greatly obstruct the development of indigenous peoples and our communities.The APA has never sought to “play politics”, as is suggested by the above mentioned letter; and, in fact, has always decried the fact that some have chosen to do so in efforts to divide our people, the letter being a case in point.The letter writer further chooses to manufacture evidence seeking to link the APA with a particular political party, citing a member, Jean La Rose, whom it says was seen “socialising” with President David Granger.No such evidence exits, as it just did not happen; and therefore, to suggest anyone working together for nefarious political gains is seeking to be deceptive and misleading. In any event, indigenous leaders and representatives have the right to meet with both the Government and Opposition party leaders, and some leaders did take the opportunity to do so, as evidenced by photos that were circulated on social media.In this regard, the APA commends the newly elected NTC Executive for seeking to meet with President Granger days into assuming office. We are aware that an invitation was extended by the Opposition Leader to meet with him, and some leaders used the opportunity to meet with him as well.The letter commented on Ms La Rose’s appearance on the APNU-AFC List of Candidates for the 2015 General and Regional Elections, and uses this as further grounds for accusing the APA of political bias in steering the organisation’s operations.To clarify, while La Rose is in fact the Executive Director the APA, her decision to participate in the political process of the 2015 General and Regional Elections is not representative of the decisions of the organisation, as the APA functions with a working Executive Committee and with yearly and longer operational planning procedures in place that are not influenced by any individual’s beliefs or inclinations.The leadership of the APA comprises indigenous representatives from several regions, who have varied backgrounds and who monitor the work of the organisation. The APA’s organisational structure practises collective decision-making, and ensures that accountability and transparency are maintained at all levels of the organisation. This system protects the organisation from the influences of a single individual’s opinion.The APA has worked as a non-governmental organisation (NGO) for over 17 years, and has advocated for the advancement of indigenous peoples irrespective of which Government is in power and irrespective of both negative and positive responses received from such Governments. The APA takes seriously its role in maintaining political neutrality, but respects individuals’ right to their political ideology.With regard to the writer’s perceived “silence” of the APA on the Lands Commission of Inquiry (CoI), from the time of the CoI’s announcement, the APA had raised its concerns on the implications of such a Commission on indigenous land rights when many things were not clear on the Terms of Reference (TORs), among other things of the said Commission.There are newspaper articles to this effect, and in one such published article, the Guyana Times (May 29, 2017) cites the APA Executive Director as sharing the organisation’s concerns that the TORs for the Land CoI were vague, and that proper consultations were not done prior to its establishment. It was with these concerns in mind that the APA had urgently sought a meeting with the President, who had responded likewise.The APA cannot comment on the timeline for a similar request by the NTC at the time, but is aware that a meeting between the President and the NTC was later held. It would be worthwhile to note that when the APA had met with President Granger, the organisation had strongly recommended that he meet with the NTC and other indigenous organisations to listen to their concerns on the Land CoI.Finally, the organisation does not receive funding from the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), and for anyone to state this would be grossly incorrect. The APA continues to work closely with all stakeholders, national and international, who play a role in indigenous peoples’ interest in Guyana. In addition to working with international organisations, the APA is committed to working with other indigenous organisations, like the NTC, while respecting its autonomy as the official representative of our peoples.Human rights are not decided along party lines. Human rights transcend the political gameplay. The APA will always aim for political independence, and claims that it is “playing politics” are unsupported, as evident by our very public track record throughout the years. The rights of our peoples are not a game.Sincerely yours,Earl Thomas,Secretary, AmerindianPeoples Associationlast_img read more

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Life changing story of Guyanese Boxing Champ Clive Atwell

first_imgBy Alexis RodneyGuyanese boxing champ Clive Atwell, 27, could not have been more grateful to God for his life, since, had it notFormer Guyana Flyweight boxing champion Clive Atwell on RGI’s “Sports Vybz” with Sports Editor John Ramsingh raising funds for his surgerybeen for the quick and skilful hands of local neurosurgeon Dr Amarnauth Dukhi, he would not have been alive today.The life of the National Featherweight and Lightweight title holder took a radical turn on the evening of October 24, 2015, when, during a match, he suddenly fainted.He was rushed to hospital and found to have a subdural hematomas haemorrhaging, a condition that is the result of a serious head injury. Emergency surgery was was performed by Dr Dukhi.“I was placed on six months bed rest with medications. I was required to do another surgery in six months. That time has already passed,” Atwell told Guyana Times on Thursday, but he has not been able to garner the $5 million needed for the surgery in Trinidad and Tobago.“I am still looking to raise some funds; Dr Dukhi indicated to me that the surgery cannot be done in Guyana, so I went to Trinidad.”He related that since October last year, he and his wife returned from Trinidad and have been trying to secure the money through the Ministry of Sport and other government ministries.“We were still to have a response, but it was until this story was picked up by a sports journalist that we started to see some positive light in this regard,” Atwell remarked.He said after his story came to light, he was able to sit with the Permanent Secretary of the Health Ministry, where he re-presented his documents. He said he was informed that a statement has been prepared to take to Cabinet. Government, he said is expected to provide at least $2 million.Atwell noted that since his plight was public, the country has “been gracious to me, they have been responding well”. His church family also came in for much praise as it made the first donation of $500,000. So far the boxer has about $700,000.Life changing ordeal“There is no way to butter it up, it has messed my life up”, Atwell said, speaking about the life-changing ordeal. He said however that as a believer he has been grappling with the fact that God is in the midst of everything and that “He is always working out the plan for one’s life”.He admitted that it has not been easy, as he and his wife had to give up all they had worked for to return to Guyana from Dominica, since his situation requires constant evaluation and Dominica does not have the facilities to accommodate him.“I have had to come back to the next best place, which is home.” He said his mother-in-law has been assisting the young family, providing them with a place to stay while the prayers and emotional support have been overwhelming.According to the father of one, the situation has been “horrible”.“I left the hospital partially blind. I had to be rushed to the hospital the following night of my discharge. I couldn’t sleep no matter what they do, there was this severe thing going on in my head and they realised that blood was still lodged in some part of my head. My feet were numb, I could not do anything for myself, my gracious wife had to do all for me. Because God is so good, I have been able to take back some control,” he told this publication.Asked if he has any regrets, given the fact that his profession might have been the cause of his condition, Atwell said he dose not. He said the only regret he has is not refusing to take up opportunities that were afforded him.“I was given beautiful opportunities… I believe that when God gives you something, you do it. I can’t regret that I have been boxing; it is something I have been blessed with. I have travelled the globe, to see life on a different side”. If I had taken up opportunities and things like this overcame me, I think I would have been in a better economic position to take care of things”.Asked about his plans after his next successful surgery, Atwell said he has always been a fighter and lives for what he does. He said it is part of life that sometimes, “all good things must come to an end”, indicating that if that is the advice of his doctors, then, “I will just have to find the strength to accept that. “I’m a fighter and I would like to continue fighting.”He is father of a two-year-old son and a local minister in the Methodist Clergy.Persons wishing to make a contribution to the success of this surgery can do so by calling 642-9961, 672-9215 or have the funds placed into his Republic Bank Account # 2429702.last_img read more

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US$10.7M Vehicle Debt Ruling Undecided

first_imgAfter a year of deliberations, the Commercial Court cannot make a determination as to whether it has jurisdiction over a US$10.7 million vehicle debt case against the government, despite the conclusion of final legal arguments.The case was filed in 2010 against the Liberian government by the management of Prestige Motors, owned by Lebanese businessman George Haddad.State lawyers asked the court to dismiss it because it lacked jurisdiction to handle the matter. The act that established the Commercial Court, in Article six (6) (a), gives said court the power to adjudicate all commercial matters within its jurisdiction.But government lawyers claimed that the establishment of the court in 2010 suggested that it is barred from handling matters that predated its establishment.Lawyers for Prestige Motors said the law gave the court the authority to hear matters that occurred prior to its establishment.It was that argument that the three judge panel in February 2015 listened to and subsequently reserved ruling to establish its authenticity up to the present.In his lawsuit, Haddad’s lawyers alleged that from 2003 up to 2006 both late Interim President Charles G. Bryant’s administration and that of President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf credited a fleet of cars from his company, services they are yet to pay for.The lawsuit further alleged that Haddad’s company also provided services and spare parts to the government.In counter argument, state lawyers admitted owing the company but argued that the Commercial Court lacked subject matter jurisdiction to handle the case.They did not say which court under the law is qualified to handle the matter.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Company floats offshore LNG proposal

first_imgSOUTH BAY: Plan is met with vocal criticism from local elected officials. By Kristin S. Agostoni STAFF WRITER A Santa Monica company planning a liquefied natural gas terminal off the coast of Los Angeles International Airport rolled out its proposal Wednesday to a group of supporters and skeptics, previewing the start of a long and likely controversial approval process. Buried onshore pipelines would then snake through a section of vacant airport sand dunes and link up to a transfer facility at 5651 96th St. before tying into existing Southern California Gas lines. When construction is complete, LNG President Steve Larson said, the operation will be virtually nonexistent. “Once built, it’s gone,” he said. “It’s an invisible infrastructure project at that point.” Woodside touts LNG as a clean-burning fuel and the terminal as a project that can help the state meet growing energy demands. Natural gas production in California satisfies only 13 percent of statewide demand, with the remaining 87 percent of supplies coming from other states and Canada via interstate pipelines, according to a 2005 California Energy Commission report cited in the application. Because of growing demand, competition is expected to drive prices higher. Although several LNG terminals have been pitched along the Southern California coastline – including proposals at the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach and, most recently, Malibu – none has been approved, and each has generated a good bit of opposition. But Woodside officials say their project is different. Unlike other plans to use land or build structures at sea, the buoys will serve as the OceanWay port and shouldn’t be visible from shore. The ships, they say, will use a forced-air vaporization system to convert the liquid to gas with minimal emissions. Wednesday’s meeting of about 125 people drew mixed reactions. “As most of us know, since 2001, the price of natural gas has doubled,” said Mike Arias, president of the Neighborhood Council of Westchester-Playa del Rey and one of several local leaders supporting the plan. “I know that’s something we’re all really concerned about.” Added community activist Denny Schneider: “They chose a path along the ocean floor that is as safe as possible. They’re coming onshore underground.” But others questioned the need to invest in LNG rather than sources of renewable energy such as wind and solar power, as well as the project’s effects on marine life. And Malibu Mayor Andy Stern blasted officials for holding the meeting near LAX when the terminal would sit closer to Point Dume. “Why aren’t we in a local Malibu place?” he asked. “We got zero notice. Nothing.” South Bay Rep. Jane Harman has also expressed opposition, arguing the ships carrying LNG to the offshore buoys could be vulnerable to terrorism attacks. In an August Daily Breeze opinion piece, Harman wrote that “although LNG is likely an important part of California’s energy future, unlike the other proposed projects, this is the only one that would place a new natural gas supply adjacent to a major terrorist target.” Placing the terminal next to LAX, when alternate sites exist, “brings to mind the David Bowie lyric `putting out fire with gasoline,”‘ she said. In February, the Government Accountability Office released a report analyzing whether LNG carriers could become targets, causing the cargo to spill and catch fire. The study found that a fire from a tanker could ignite so fiercely it would burn people’s skin a mile away, although it said the effects would vary depending on the amount of gas released and the winds. It urged the Energy Department to perform more research. L.A. City Councilman Bill Rosendahl also opposes the plan. In a statement, he said the terminal “poses serious environmental, health and safety risks for the community at large and is an unfair imposition on nearby residents.” The application indicates the pipelines would have to be buried near Vista del Mar and run east about 4 miles, crossing LAX property and Pershing Drive and following Westchester Parkway toward the receiving center on 96th Street. Traffic in those areas would be impaired during construction, the application states. Woodside expects to have detailed design plans by 2009. kristin.agostoni@dailybreeze.com160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The open house at the Los Angeles Airport Marriott marks the beginning of a multiagency environmental analysis for the OceanWay Secure Energy project, which is being reviewed by the city of Los Angeles and the U.S. Coast Guard and Maritime Administration. Woodside Natural Gas, an affiliate of an Australian energy company, wants to plant a pair of buoys in 3,000-foot-deep waters beyond the Santa Monica Bay. The terminal would sit roughly 21 miles from Point Dume, 23 miles from the Palos Verdes Peninsula and 27 miles from Dockweiler State Beach. Tankers carrying LNG would link up to specially equipped Woodside ships at least 35 miles from shore, where the liquid would be vaporized using an air regassification system. The company ships would then connect to the buoys, and the gas would be funneled to the coast via underwater pipelines. The company would run a pair of 24-inch-diameter pipes along the ocean floor, eventually crossing the northern end of Dockweiler. last_img

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Rangers complete double swoop for Wigan duo

first_imgRangers have completed the double signing of James Tavernier and Martyn Waghorn from Wigan.The pair have both signed three-year contracts with the Scottish Championship club.They join former Latics team-mate Rob Kiernan in moving to Ibrox this summer, along with former Hearts captain Danny Wilson and former Middlesbrough winger Andy Halliday.Powerful former Sunderland and Leicester forward Waghorn, 25, struck eight goals in 18 months with Wigan while Tavernier spent the second half of last season on loan with Bristol City.The 23-year-old right-back started his career at Newcastle and has also had loan spells with Gateshead, Carlisle, MK Dons, Sheffield Wednesday, Shrewsbury and Rotherham. 1 Martyn Waghorn last_img

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‘We won’t even notice he’s gone!’ Tottenham fans react to Jan Vertonghen’s injury

first_img1 Tottenham Hotspur have confirmed Jan Vertonghen faces a spell on the sidelines with a medial collateral ligament injury.The news is certainly a blow given the Belgian’s partnership with compatriot Toby Alderweireld, but it’s not quite as bad as it may seem from the outside.West Ham fans have been celebrating the news as they believe it hands them the chance to get back above their London rivals and into the top four.But, Hammers supporters clearly haven’t noticed Vertonghen’s deputy putting in promising displays in cup competitions.Austrian star Kevin Wimmer was a £4.3million signing in the summer for Tottenham and, as a ball-playing left-footed centre-back, is the perfect replacement for his team-mate.In matches against Qarabag and Monaco in the Europa League, the 23-year-old looked a more than able back-up, while he looked formidable alongside Eric Dier as Spurs defeated Leicester City in the FA Cup.Even when partnered with flop Federico Fazio against Arsenal in the League Cup, Wimmer came away with plenty of plaudits as he bailed out the Argentine star on several occasions.And it seems Spurs supporters are extremely relaxed about Wimmer playing over the next month.You can see how they reacted to the news of Jan Vertonghen’s injury below… Tottenham star Jan Vertonghen last_img read more

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Alexis Sanchez’s Man United career has hit a new low and this stat shows why

first_img England’s most successful clubs of the past decade, according to trophies won 2 We’ve seen that ominous Sanchez squat before REVEALED gameday cracker Sanchez’s relationship with Mourinho appears to have broken down Further concerns were raised when Sanchez did not shake Mourinho’s hand before kick-off on Tuesday.This is not the first high-profile player Mourinho has fallen out with at United after footage emerged of the manager and the Frenchman having a training ground dispute last week.Sanchez has failed to live up to expectations at Old Trafford since moving from Arsenal in January.The forward has scored just two Premier League goals for the club. IN DEMAND Alexis Sanchez’s Manchester United career has been a disaster so far.But his performance during the Red Devils’ Champions League goalless draw at home to Valencia was arguably his worst game in United colours to date. Latest Manchester United News boost Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade Man United joined by three other clubs in race for Erling Haaland center_img Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? silverware Man United transfer news live: Haaland ‘wants a change’, two players off in January 2 Boxing Day fixtures: All nine Premier League games live on talkSPORT REVEALED The Chilean lost the ball an incredible 26 times before being substituted after 76 minutes.Sanchez therefore lost possession at a rate of more than once every three minutes.The 29-year-old, who has yet to break his scoring duck for the season, was not even included in the matchday squad for their defeat to West Ham at the weekend.United boss Jose Mourinho warned Sanchez earlier this week that he would not play for the club again until his attitude improved. Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won RANKED deals Solskjaer gives Pogba fitness update and calls him world’s best all-round midfielderlast_img read more

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ADVENTURE ONE SURF REPORT – GIRLS GO SURFING FOR WOMEN’S WEEKEND

first_imgSURF’S UP FOR THE GIRLS“Adventure One Surf School & Girls Go Surfing WOMEN’S WEEKEND! ”Adventure One Surf School is pleased to announce that we are teaming up with Girls Go Surfing for a women’s ONLY weekend on September 15/16.Nicole Morgan 3x Irish Ladies Champion & 2010 BPSA Tour Champion will be running an improvers course at Ballyheirnan Bay in Fanad, aimed at women who have their own equipment and want to take their surfing on to the next level. The course is an intensive weekend of coaching which includes yoga, fitness and using the latest video coaching techniques to get you to where you want to be on the waves! Along side this Adventure One Surf School will be running lessons for ladies who’d like to try surfing for the 1st time . There will be 3 sessions run over the weekend which can be booked as a course or if you prefer to do just a one off taster session this is available too. Our experienced ISA coaches will ensure you have a safe and enjoyable weekend in the surf. For more info call Iain on 086 1931 747 or check out the Facebook linkhttp://www.facebook.com/events/409004002480807/The surf for the next few days is to be very small due to the strong Southerly winds over the past few days which has blown out most of the swell. Your best bet this weekend is to head to Donegal’s West coast or the Bundoran area. ADVENTURE ONE SURF REPORT – GIRLS GO SURFING FOR WOMEN’S WEEKEND was last modified: August 16th, 2012 by BrendaShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:ADVENTURE ONE SURF REPORT – GIRLS GO SURFING FOR WOMEN’S WEEKENDlast_img read more

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Business booming for India and South Africa

first_imgThe Kiepersol colliery is one of the manysuccessful South Africa-India businessventures.(Image: Jindal Africa) The vast scale of the Richards Bay coalterminal is still not big enough to holdthe coal supplies needed by India.(Image: Richards Bay Coal Terminal) Trade and Industry minister Rob Davies,left, Indian president Pratibha Patil, andSouth African president Jacob Zuma, right,address the India-South Africa BusinessForum.(Image: The Presidency)MEDIA CONTACTS • Sidwell MedupeChief director, media and communicationsDepartment of Trade and Industry+27 12 394 1650 or +27 79 492 1774Janine ErasmusSouth Africa and India have much to offer each other – this is the view of industry professionals and government representatives, who came together at the India-South Africa Business Forum, held in Pretoria as part of the visit to South Africa in May by Indian President Pratibha Patil.President Jacob Zuma addressed the media after his first meeting with Patil, saying that South Africa has “once again extended an invitation to Indian business to invest in our infrastructure development programme, in which we are to invest more than R800-billion (US$103-billion) until 2014”.Of this amount, R300-billion ($39-billion) will go towards energy and R260-billion ($34-billion) towards transport.At a workshop held during the forum to discuss possibilities in mining and energy, Mbuso Dlamini, executive chairman of infrastructure development company Palace Group, said that with the country’s shift towards green energy, opportunities have opened up.South Africa currently has an energy generation capacity of about 43GW, he said, of which more than 80% comes from coal. Under the Integrated Energy Plan, which will balance the country’s needs with its greenhouse gas emissions, that capacity will expand to 80GW by 2020, with 14GW drawn from renewable sources.“This is a big task,” said Dlamini, “and we’ll need partners to help us. India’s production is a massive 180GW, and more is planned, so that country has the experience and expertise we need.”He mentioned that South Africa will be focusing on solar, wind and biogas energy sources, but will have to rely mainly on its coal resources for the foreseeable future. The country has a low potential for hydroelectric power generation.“We will have to refurbish existing infrastructure, which will create yet more opportunities,” said Dlamini. “The president has indicated that billions are to be pumped into infrastructure, and that includes substations and similar structures.”He said that independent power producers will also have an important role to play, especially once the Independent Systems and Market Operator (ISMO) comes into operation.This proposed state-owned entity will buy electricity from generators and sell it to customers on a wholesale level, independently of national power utility Eskom. The body will also operate the integrated power transmission system.The establishment of the ISMO will help to relieve some of the financial and logistical pressure on Eskom, and will open up the energy generation market to independent producers.One of the envisaged ISMO’s key functions will be to maintain a balance between supply and demand of electricity, and it will also be involved in concluding electricity import and export agreements.The ISMO Bill, which provides for the establishment of the body, was tabled in Parliament in March 2012.Dlamini said that although the Western Cape currently relies heavily on the Koeberg nuclear power station, plans are in place to install infrastructure that will allow the region to receive power from the rest of the country, should the Koeberg facility go offline.“We want to take the power to every user,” said Dlamini, “all the way from the Waterberg (in Limpopo, and site of much of South Africa’s coal reserves) down to Cape Town. We need to connect people to the national grid, and we all know that if more people pay for electricity, the price will come down.”For this, he estimated, a spend of R300- to R500-billion ($39- to $64-billion) is needed.Distribution is managed by municipalities but, said Dlamini, despite a number of starts and stops the arrival of regional electricity distributors, or Reds, is not far off. Six Reds are in the planning, and they will combine Eskom’s distribution function with that of South Africa’s 187 municipalities. Certain functions, such as the ability to disconnect non-paying customers, will remain with the municipalities.This move is expected to address and resolve issues such as the highly fragmented structure of the industry, the wide disparities in electricity tariffs, and the uneven spread of electrification across the country.Opportunities for coal exportJitin Bhatia, the director of business development at INSA Coal Holdings, described his company’s operations in South Africa.INSA, a South Africa-India partnership, was formed out of an equal partnership with India’s Action Group – one of the country’s most diversified business conglomerates – and the South African Sephaku Holdings. The latter company was subsequently unbundled with its subsidiary Incubex Minerals taking over as the other 50% shareholder of INSA.The company was set up with a view to identifying, obtaining and developing coal projects in South Africa. Its active prospecting operations, based mainly in Mpumalanga province, started in February 2010.Although it considered other options including Indonesia and Australia, the Action Group chose South Africa as its business destination, said Bhatia, for a number of reasons.“The financial institutions here are very strong,” he said, “and several of them have operations elsewhere on the African continent, which opens up other opportunities. The stock exchange in Johannesburg is also outstanding.”He named political stability; a strong human resource pool, especially in technical and production capabilities; the country’s strong mining reputation and expertise; its relatively low population density; and its wealth of mineral resources as other contributing factors.“We now have 22 coal blocks,” he said, “and these are not connected to Eskom in any way, so we’re not taking their coal.” A coal block is an area for which a company has received a mining license to extract the resource.Bhatia said that the ease with which the Action Group was able to set up shop in South Africa has led to requests for partnerships from Indian public sector companies.“There are immense opportunities for exporting,” he said. “In 2011 South Africa’s coal exports out of the Richards Bay coal terminal were 65-million tons, and India’s shortfall for coal was 140-million tons. So we can take all your exports, and more, of any grade.”Bhatia stressed that there were also opportunities for South African companies in India, especially in highly specialised operations such as shaft sinking.Great opportunitiesChemical engineer Tony Zebert, a South African working for Jindal Africa, said his wife thought he was crazy when he resigned from his secure job at fuel producer Sasol to join the local branch of one of India’s biggest companies.But, said Zebert, the Jindal Africa country head in South Africa, he was convinced that there were great opportunities ahead, and he hasn’t been disappointed.“My goal is to help make the two economies into one of the world’s powerful groupings,” he said, “as I believe they can be.”Jindal Africa is a part of Indian multinational giant Jindal Steel and Power Limited, a leading force globally in the steel, power, mining, coal to liquid, oil and gas, and infrastructure sectors.Jindal owns the Kiepersol thermal coal mine in Mpumalanga, from which it obtains metallurgical grade anthracite coal. The deal, concluded in 2009, marked the first completed purchase of a coal mine in South Africa by an Indian entity.Since then, Jindal has announced that it plans to invest $300-million ($39-million) to develop new and existing mines in Africa.“We’re here to stay,” said Zebert, “and we’re even building our own office block on William Nicol Drive.” This road runs through the business district of Sandton, north of Johannesburg, and is popular as a location for corporate headquarters because of its accessibility to Sandton and nearby freeways.Jindal mines the coal and sends it to India for further processing.“There are more opportunities like this,” said Zebert. “In Mpumalanga there are huge dumps of discarded, low grade coal. We just need a way to get it out of there, because India will use it.”Steel and power are the foundations of any economy, said Zebert, and Jindal is planning to play a role in both those industries.“We aim to build our first power plant in Botswana, and I would dearly like to build a steel mill in South Africa.”He added that the company is looking at mining coal in Mozambique.“This has the potential to supersede South Africa in coal exports,” he said, “and in Mozambique there are fewer restrictions – we can build and own our own railway. We’re also interested in limestone in Madagascar, and copper in Zambia.”last_img read more

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Google Hotpot Keeps Improving, Now Offers Filtered Searches by Friend

first_imgA Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Related Posts Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting sarah perez Tags:#Google#Location#news#web center_img Photo of Hotpot, via Google blog postIncremental Updates Could Make Hotpot Better, QuicklyGoogle Hotpot is clearly encroaching on Yelp’s territory, and ramping up quickly. Even without a friend list in tow, I’ve been using Hotpot’s recommendations via Maps on Android as well as Places, the standalone Android app that just shows restaurants, bars, attractions, gas stations, coffee shops, hotels and ATMs, plus any other search term you care to add. (Places recently came to the iPhone too, but as you may know, I’ve moved to the Nexus S for now.)While the standalone app is great, Yelp works well as a standalone app, too. What will make people choose Hotpot? Integration with Google Maps, of course – Hotpot’s killer feature. The Maps app is one of the most heavily used apps on Android (or any smartphone for that matter), and Google just launched a local recommendations service right within Maps itself. I’m betting that will work out well for Google, what do you think? Google Hotpot, the Yelp-like local recommendations service, has just introduced a new feature: filtered searches by friend. The way it works is this: when you search for a particular type of business on Hotpot, say “Italian restaurants,” for example, you can click on a friend’s name beside his recommendation in the search results to see all the Italian restaurants that friend has rated and reviewed, and see them plotted on a map.The feature is also available now on Android phones, says Google.On Android, there isn’t enough room to display the listings on a map to the side of the returned list of recommendations, so you would have to click the “map” button instead to see them in a map layout. 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Not Seeing It? Maybe You Have No FriendsIf you’re not seeing this on your Android phone yet, (and I’ll admit, I wasn’t at first), it could be because you have no friends. Well, no Hotpot friends that is. Even if you have a Google profile set up, or use Gmail and Google Contacts, even if you have taken the time to organize your friends into groups such as “Family,” “Friends,” “Work,” etc., Google has not automatically added any of those people to your Hotpot friends list. You have to manually add people one-by-one.To add friends, go to Hotpot’s “Friends” section where you can scroll through your contact list or type in a friends’ name or email address in the box provided. Doing so will auto-suggest entries from your address book, but it’s not exactly the same as a search feature. (It’s odd to me all the places where the world’s number one search engine forgets to provide a true search feature in its products). Anyone you add will then be emailed an invite to join Hotpot.I decided to not invite anyone to Hotpot, because I’m hesitant to spam friends and family with emails about new services. As a tech blogger, if I invited people to all the services I tried, I’m sure all emails from me would have soon been marked as spam. I wish you could just add friends, and then if they happened to sign up for Hotpot on their own, they would be prompted to accept your request. But I don’t live in a dream world. That’s not how things work.Luckily, a few of my Internet buddies have added me to Hotpot already, so I could at least test out some of this new functionality. If I’m ever in the U.K. or San Francisco, I guess I’ll know where to eat. Thanks, guys!last_img read more

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