House Probes Chevron’s Social Development Funds

first_imgThe House of Representatives has launched an investigation into US$10 million in Social Development funds from oil giant Chevron.Plenary Tuesday, June 3rd, mandate its Committees on Public Accounts, Lands Mines and Energy, Contracts and Monopolies to open a probe into financial transactions between the National Oil Company of Liberia (NOCAL) and Chevron relating to the status of monies from the company’s social engagement to the Liberian people.Lofa County Representative Clarence Massaquoi’s motion to launch said inquiry was overwhelmingly supported by his colleagues who expressed concerns over how social commitments from concessionaires are expended.The House’s decision was prompted by Montserrado County lawmaker Acarous Gray’s letter addressed to Plenary demanding full disclosure of how much was delivered by Chevron, which official(s) took delivery of the monies, and how the monies were expended.In his communication, Rep. Gray described transactions between both parties as “questionable.”“The addendum to the Production Sharing Contracts (PSC) for Blocks LB-11, LB-12 and LB-14 which came into effect in 2010, call for Seven Hundred Thousand Dollars (US$700,000) per year for the PSC, and should be for a social development program mutually agreed and managed with the government, limited to maximum of five (5) annual contributions, provided that exploration period for at least one of the PSCs remains effective.“The five annual contributions will be made available within thirty days of full ratification of this addendum to the PSCs being published in handbills. Subsequently, such contributions will be made each calendar year on the anniversary date of the first contribution,” Rep. Gray declared.Judging from the agreement in the PSCs, the CDC lawmaker indicated that over the period of five years the three oil blocks owned and operated by Chevron should be contributing from its corporate social responsibility programs in the sum of US$10 million.Now that the Chevron agreement is four years old, Gray maintained; “It means that a total of US$8.4 million should have been spent on social development programs mutually agreed and managed by the government of Liberia.”In his letter endorsed by plenary, Gray demanded that NOCAL provide the matrix of such spending, name of Chevron denominated corporate social responsibility projects or programs in Liberia, location of the projects and the cost including implementers along with information relating to names of those that approved said spending.Mandated committees are expected to begin their investigation shortly and make full report to plenary.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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Commerce Auctions Smuggled Gasoline

first_imgThe Ministry of Commerce and Industry, Nimba Office, has carried out an auction of over 450 gallons of gasoline seized from the smugglers in Ganta recently.According to the Commerce Inspector in Nimba, Roosevelt Gbormie, the goods were seized at the border on the 12th July 2014 aboard a Guinean truck in which the consignment was concealed under other goods destined for Guinea.“On the same day we arrested the petroleum product,” said Inspector Gbormie, “we also arrested 15 bags of rice aboard another truck  from the same concernee, in person of Suah Bility.”On July 13, said Inspector Gbormie, Amadou Kromah was arrested with 93 gallons of gas, while A.B. Saysay was arrested with 79 gallons of gas.  Also arrested was Seakou Jabateh, with 5 bags 25kg rice,  along Lasso Domoyah who was arrested with 9 25kg bags  rice.The total of the petroleum products arrested is about eight drums, plus 15 gallons which are over 450 gallons in all.Inspector Gbormie said his Ministry was auctioning the rice at L$700 per bag from the actual price which is L$ 1100 in Ganta; while the gasoline was auctioned at L$300 per gallon from the actual price which is L$ 420.“Upon the auctioning of these goods, the money will be deposited at the government revenue to serve as a deterrent and the original flag receipt will be given to the owners,” he added.The Commerce Inspector also informed the public that rice, cement and gasoline are banned goods that are not supposed to leave the country.The prices of a 25kg bag of rice and gasoline had in recent times escalated in Ganta and surrounding towns and villages in Nimba.  Citizens believed this was due to weakness of the security assigned at the various border points, especially in Ganta.Observers were surprised to see some of the seized gasoline  concealed in battery cartoons, under the guise of being batteries.“Some of the smuggling gasoline was concealed in battery cartoons so we can take them to be battery cartoons, but as a security, we managed to discover it at once,” Sam Kouh, Commerce Inspector at the Ganta Border pointed out.Last year the Ministry of Commerce in Nimba auctioned over 2000 bags of 25kg rice that were seized from smugglers at various locations in Nimba, but the heaviest auction was at the Ganta Border where over 1300 bags were auctioned the same day.The Ganta Border is manned by sections of the Joint Security representing, some of the line ministries, including the Justice Ministry and its Bureau of Immigration and Naturalization, Ministry of Commerce, the Ministry of Finance and its Customs Service, the National Security Agency (NSA) and the National Bureau of Investigation (NBI).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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Klopp urges Liverpool fans to ‘enjoy the journey’

first_img0Shares0000Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has signed a contract extension that will keep him at the Premier League club until 2024 © AFP/File / Paul ELLISLONDON, United Kingdom, Dec 13 – Jurgen Klopp said Friday he signed a contract extension keeping him at Liverpool until 2024 to project an image of security and stability for future potential transfer targets.Klopp, who became Liverpool manager in 2015, guided them to Champions League glory in June and they are currently eight points clear at the top of the Premier League. The German’s previous deal was due to expire in 2022 and while he said extending it was not a priority for him, he felt it could be a key factor when it came to persuading new recruits to join.If he sees out the contract he would be the club’s longest-serving manager since Bob Paisley.“The club was asking for a while already if we could talk about an extension and I thought it makes sense before things are getting a bit intense — not now, I was completely calm — but maybe in the summer we would have started again,” Klopp said at his pre-match press conference.“With new players when you want to bring them in they ask ‘How long is the manager going to be here?’ We all wanted to avoid that so it’s done and I am really happy about that.“I thought it was positive and good that people know I will be here a bit longer. It gives us stability.”Klopp, 52, striving to win Liverpool’s first top-flight title for 30 years, has revolutionised the club’s fortunes since his arrival at Anfield and said they were in a “good place”.“Four-and-a-half years from now sounds like forever in football,” he said. “It would be then nine years, the longest spell I’ve ever been at a club.“It was not too bad till now but we don’t feel that it could not be better, so let’s try to make the best time of our lives. Enjoy the ride, enjoy the journey.”– Liverpool ‘powerhouse’ –A statement from owners the Fenway Sports Group (FSG) said Liverpool had taken “giant strides in re-establishing themselves as one of world football’s powerhouses” under the German.During Klopp’s first campaign at Anfield, Liverpool reached the finals of both the League Cup and Europa League but ended the season empty-handed.They lost 3-1 to Real Madrid in the 2018 Champions League final but regrouped and became European champions for a sixth time after a 2-0 win against Tottenham in Madrid this year.Liverpool lost just one match in the Premier League last season, racking up 97 points — the best total in the club’s history — but missed out on the title by a solitary point to Manchester City.So far this season, Klopp has overseen Liverpool’s surge to the top of the Premier League, where they currently sit eight points clear after 15 wins from their opening 16 matches.Liverpool, who host bottom club Watford on Saturday, are chasing their first English top-flight title since 1990, and their 19th overall.They reached the knockout stages of the Champions League with a 2-0 win against Salzburg on Tuesday and will play in the Club World Cup in Qatar later this month.Klopp, who won two Bundesliga titles with Borussia Dortmund, is reportedly close to signing Red Bull Salzburg playmaker Takumi Minamino for a bargain £7.25 million ($9.7 million) but would not be drawn on the impending January arrival of the Japan international.“A very good player, I can say that, but I saw a few very good players on the Salzburg team, much more than I wanted,” he said, before giving the game away by telling a Japanese journalist: “Maybe we will see you more often now.”Hours after details of Klopp’s new deal emerged, Liverpool announced that veteran midfielder James Milner had also signed a new contract which will keep him at the club until 2022.The 33-year-old joined from Manchester City on a free transfer in the summer of 2015.“Obviously the gaffer waited to sign his dependent on whether I signed mine, so that makes me a feel bit more important,” Milner joked to liverpoolfc.com.0Shares0000(Visited 13 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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LAX passengers can take home a piece of Hollywood

first_imgTourists can now take a piece of Hollywood back home with them, thanks to a gift shop opening today at Los Angeles International Airport. “Hollywood,” a store developed by the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce and the Hudson Group, will open at the Tom Bradley International Terminal. The store will offer clothing, accessories, DVDs and housewares featuring classic movies, the Hollywood sign and Hollywood Walk of Fame star logos. “As a company, Hudson Group is committed to helping LAX to revitalize and realize its potential as a world-class shopping experience,” said Joseph DiDomizio, executive vice president and chief operating officer of the Hudson Group. The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce hopes to expand the store to other LAX terminals. “This partnership represents a new opportunity for the chamber to expand the reach of the Hollywood brand into a new channel for us — the airport retailing environment,” said Leron Gubler, president and CEO of the chamber. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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Manchester United could be playing the ‘long game’ with Neymar

first_imgManchester United are playing the ‘long game’ with Neymar and he could move to Old Trafford ‘in a year or two’, South American football expert Tim Vickery told talkSPORT.The Barcelona forward has reportedly been subject to a world-record £140m bid from United, although the Catalan club have made it clear they will not be selling the Brazilian.Speaking to Hawksbee & Jacobs, Vickery does not think Neymar will leave the Nou Camp anytime soon but questioned whether the 23-year-old will want to play second fiddle to Lionel Messi in years to come.“Clearly it’s not going to happen now for a number of reasons,” said Vickery.  “Firstly, Barcelona have just sold Pedro. Secondly, they can’t buy anyone because they’ve still got this suspension hanging over them. But you just wonder if United are playing the long-term game here. “At the moment Neymar is very happy where he is but he’s in the shadow of Lionel Messi. That’s fine for now but if it’s still the case in one or two years’ time, he might want to go somewhere where he’s going to be the big number one.“England is obviously a potential in a year or two years’ time. That’s the game I think United are playing – establishing an interest, making it clear that they really want this player and are prepared to play big money.”last_img read more

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The Warm Up podcast with The Two Mikes – Sunday June 12 2016

first_imgListen to Mike Graham and Mike Parry get stuck in to the big Euro 2016 talking points.Including England’s 1-1 draw with Russia and the crowd trouble that surrounded the match, and Wales’ brilliant 2-1 win over Slovakia.Plus a look forward to Northern Ireland’s debut in the competition.All in the inimitable Two Mikes style!last_img

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Takeaways: Hertl hurting, Burns slumping as huge homestand awaits Sharks

first_imgThey play five straight games at home … NASHVILLE — The Sharks flew back to San Jose on Wednesday morning in nearly the same predicament they were in six weeks ago when they got back home after a dismal road trip.In need of goals, a spark and plenty of wins.This time, though, going on a run figures to be a tougher task.After their 3-1 loss to the Nashville Predators on Tuesday, the Sharks are 15-16-2, five points out of a playoff spot and in sixth place in the Pacific Division.last_img

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Fouche, Schoeman win Cape Cycle Tour

first_img11 March 2013Herman Fouche sprinted to the men’s win and Anriette Schoeman benefitted from a crash to take the women’s victory in the world’s largest individually timed cycle race, the 2013 Cape Argus Pick n Pay Cycle Tour, which drew a field of 34 500 on Sunday.The Team Bonitas star’s victory in the 100-kilometre race around the Cape Peninsula completed a three-step move to the top of the podium after he finished second in 2012 and third in 2011.“It was so close and I really wanted to win this race,” Fouche told the South African Press Association afterwards.“Last year I came second and it means everything to me [to win this year].”‘I had to win it’In a very tight finish, Belgium’s Kristof Vandewalle, who had led a small breakaway towards the end of the race, was chased down by the peleton near the finish. “With the last five or six kilometres,” Fouche told Eyewitness News, “my team mates were in front controlling the bunch, putting all their trust in me. So I had to win it for the team.”In a sprint finish decided by centimetres, Fouche outsprinted 2011 Argus winner Tyler Day of Team Westvaal-BMC to take the honours in two hours, 39 minutes and 55 seconds, with Christoff van Heerden claiming third place for Team Bonitas.“Tyler Day has been in really good form and he was a big threat,” Fouche said. “He went out a bit early and I managed to get into his slip. It took me a while to come around.”Seventh titleWhile it was a first ever Argus win for Fouche, it was a seventh title for women’s champion Anriette Schoeman, but her first since 2010.The Team Mecer rider, whose first Argus win was achieved in 2000, had luck on her side as British road champion Sharon Laws crashed out about a kilometre from the finish at Sea Point. Ashleigh Moolman Pasio, the defending champion, was caught behind the accident, thus removing her as a title challenger.Taking advantage, Schoeman raced to victory ahead of Team USN’s Cherise Stander and Swedish rider Jennie Stenerhag, who came home in third.‘I struggled and I suffered’“It was a really fast race,” Schoeman reckoned after securing victory. “I struggled and I suffered really badly on the climbs, and I had to dig deep.“Last year I came down hard and this time round I’m really grateful I stayed upright. There was a big crash at the finish and I was just very lucky today.“I know Cherise also really needed this victory and this one’s for [her late husband] Burry,” Schoeman said in dedicating her victory to the late South African mountain bike star.RESULTSMENHerman Fouche (RSA) 2:39:55Tyler Day (RSA) st (same time)Christoff van Heerden (RSA) stIljo Keisse (Bel) stJohann Rabie (RSA) stTill Drobisch (Nam) stKristof Vandewalle (Bel) stKarl Platt (Ger) stDarren Lill (RSA) stShaun-Nick Bester (RSA) stWOMENAnriette Schoeman (RSA) 2:52:53Cherise Stander (RSA) stJennie Stenerhag (Swe) stCatherine Williamson (GBR)Ashleigh Moolman-Pasio (RSA) stAn-Li Kachelhoffer (RSA) 2:54:45Marissa Stander (RSA) stLynette Burger (RSA) stKendall Ryan (USA) stAshleigh Blackwell (RSA) stWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

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Rival Passive House Groups Fail in Trademark Attempts

first_imgTerm now in the pubic domainPHIUS founder Katrin Klingenberg announced the Patent Office decision in a blog posted on July 23.She was apparently responding to questions as to whether PHIUS and the Passivhaus Institut were involved in some type of legal proceeding and said, “It’s worth setting the record straight.”“PHIUS has trained nearly 2,000 professionals and, since the start of 2012, has certified 120 projects with that many more projects in the pipeline,” she wrote. “That’s a sizable constituency that would not be well-served by an entity owning the term ‘Certified Passive House’ or ‘Passive House.’”Klingenberg wrote in an earlier blog about the origins of the term and said the phrase was first used in 1980 by William Shurcliff, a physicist and early advocate of superinsulation and other energy-efficient building techniques. The basics of what became Passivhaus construction were worked out in the U.S. and Canada in the 1970s and ’80s, she said.PHIUS laid out its argument in a filing with the Trademark Office. “Dr. Feist didn’t dispute our claims,” Klingenberg wrote, “and the Trademark Office entered judgment for PHIUS and denied the application.”The two organizations are still far apart, chiefly over whether there should be a single performance standard, as the Passivhaus Institut argues, or a number of climate-specific standards, as PHIUS would like to see.“The bottom line is that we’re happy to report that while philosophical and scientific differences remain, PHI and PHIUS are not in any legal proceedings,” Klingenberg’s blog says. The U.S. Trademark Office has dismissed an attempt by the founder of Germany’s Passivhaus Institut to trademark the term “Certified Passive House.”The decision settles a legal dispute between Passive House Institute U.S. (PHIUS), an Illinois-based organization, and Dr. Wolfgang Feist, founder of the Passivhaus Institut in Darmstadt, Germany.The two organizations were once closely aligned, but ties were severed in what became a messy public falling out in 2011.The following year, Feist filed an application with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office for exclusive rights to “Certified Passive House.” (In 2011, GBA senior editor Martin Holladay wrote an article on this issue called Can ‘Passive House’ Be Trademarked?) Feist’s application was apparently filed in response to an earlier attempt by PHIUS to trademark the letters “CPHC,” which stand for “certified passive house consultant.” For more information on the filing by PHIUS, see PHIUS Tries to Trademark ‘Certified Passive House Consultant,’ as well as a report on the history of passive house trademark filings posted on the New York Passive House website. (PHIUS was apparently unsuccessful in its attempt to trademark “CPHC.”)PHIUS objected to Feist’s attempt to trademark “certified passive house.” When Feist failed to respond — a failure which is formally called a default — the Trademark Office in April ruled in favor of PHIUS.last_img read more

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BuildingEnergy Opens in Boston on March 7

first_imgThe Northeast Sustainable Energy Association’s BuildingEnergy Boston program gets underway on Tuesday, March 7, with a variety of pre-conference workshops before the conference and trade show formally open the following day.NESEA bills the conference and trade show, which take place at the Seaport World Trade Center in Boston, as the leading event for the region’s sustainable building professionals. The conference is expected to draw more than 2,500 people over its three-day run.Attendees will be able to attend workshops on a long list of sustainable-building topics — from energy modeling and energy-efficient hot water systems to high-performance windows and high-performance schools.Craig Jones, a research officer at the University of Bath in the U.K., delivers the opening address on Wednesday morning. His topic is “Beyond Energy: The Concealed Environmental Impact of Buildings and Residents.” Jones will be joined by a long list of experts who will speak at other workshops on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. In addition, there are a number of community events planned during the conference — a breakfast for lifetime NESEA members, for example, plus a book release party hosted by regional Passive House organizations, a “lunch and learn” session on the German building perspective.A full list of events and workshop schedule, plus registration information, is posted at the BuildingEnergy Boston website.Fine Homebuilding magazine will have a booth (Booth 346) at the trade show on Wednesday and Thursday. Martin Holladay, senior editor at FHB and Green Building Advisor, will be on hand to sign copies of his new book, Musings of an Energy Nerd, on both days between 12:20 and 1:20 p.m.last_img read more

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