PR turned over

first_imgTHREATS to put Pakistan Railways through the mill of change were imple-mented last month when the cabinet ruled that PR be separated from the railway ministry and its management board replaced. The announcement was timed to coincide with the start of a new financial year and marked the opening of a three-day seminar on railway privatisation in Islamabad backed by the World Bank.The new board will comprise a chairman and three members drawn from private sector companies plus a chief executive and a finance specialist. They will have the task of restructuring the 7789 km network into separate passenger, freight and infrastructure businesses. A restructuring authority will take over those of PR’s 110000 staff not needed to run the railway, administering pensions and arranging retraining – using funds to be generated by sales of railway property. Pakistan’s privatisation commission will try to sell PR’s assets, while a regulatory agency initially reporting to the commission will be tasked with developing policies to ensure fair competition.Much of the responsibility for change will fall on Javed Burki, who helped draw up the restructuring plan (RG 7.97 p440) and has since been appointed Chairman of the Task Force on Railways. He anticipates completing the job within 12 months.A victim of the upheaval is PR’s Rs7bn investment programme. While the Adtranz contract for 30 Blue Tiger locomotives (RG 1.97 p25) is not affected, with deliveries starting early next year, rebuilding of 48 diesels using a Japanese credit was cancelled – leading to a formal protest by the Japanese. Procurement of air-conditioned coaches with a related technology transfer deal may also be at risk. olast_img read more

Energean gets class approval for Karish-Tanin FPSO design

first_imgGreek oil and gas company Energean Oil & Gas has received Class approval from DNV GL for the basic design of the new-build floating production storage and offloading (FPSO) that will be deployed at its deep water Karish-Tanin development, offshore Israel.This rapid obtainment of class approval from the global quality assurance body reflects the maturity of the FPSO design at final investment decision (FID) and keeps the development on track to cut first steel as planned before the end of 2018, Energean commented on Tuesday.According to Energean’s field development plan, which was approved in August 2017, the Karish main development envisages drilling three wells, using an FPSO unit that will be located approximately 90 km offshore with a production capacity of 400 mmscf/day. The Tanin Area Development will follow the development of Karish and envisages drilling six wells connected to the same FPSO.The FID for this $1.6 billion worth project was made in late March, following the securing of financing for the project through an agreement with four international banks earlier that month.Energean added on Tuesday that early class approval was viewed as a critical milestone and its on schedule achievement validates the adopted strategy of building upon an existing hull design from TechnipFMC subsidiary, Inocean.To remind, TechnipFMC was in March awarded a $1.36 billion contract for the construction of the FPSO for the Karish-Tanin project with a production capacity of 8 BCM per year.It is also worth mentioning that the Israeli Supreme Court earlier in May dismissed a petition against Energean’s Karish-Tanin development, which had been filed by Hof Hacarmel Regional Council against the Israeli Ministry of Energy, the Petroleum Commissioner, two planning and construction authorities, Energean Israel, and an environmental union of local authorities for Sharon-Carmel.Offshore Energy Today Stafflast_img read more

Sierra Leone leader replaces sacked VP

first_imgRelated Dealing with Ebola in Sierra Leone Sierra Leone Defends Lockdown Sierra Leone leader Ernest Bai Koroma has appointed and sworn in a new vice president, the presidency said Thursday, a day after the sacked deputy vowed to appeal to the Supreme Court.In a ceremony shown on state television, President Ernest Bai Koroma swore in Victor Foh, who was until recently the West African nation’s ambassador to China. Foh, 68, was once a senior official in the Finance Ministry and is also a former secretary-general of the ruling party, the All People’s Congress.Koroma removed Samuel Sam-Sumana from the vice president’s post on Wednesday, citing his recent expulsion from the All People’s Congress. Sam-Sumana said in a statement that his removal was unconstitutional and that he will challenge it in the Supreme Court. He signed the statement as the “elected vice president of Sierra Leone.”A group of good governance organizations in Sierra Leone said Thursday that they also thought the removal was unconstitutional and warned it could easily create instability, noting that the country has only recently emerged from years of civil war. They urged the president to reverse the decision “to ease the rising tension.”The power struggle comes as the country is battling to stamp out an Ebola outbreak that has killed more than 3,600 people in Sierra Leone and two years ahead of elections at which Koroma is due to step aside.The row has stirred confusion as Sierra Leone’s 1991 constitution only allows the dismissal of the vice president with the vote of two-thirds of parliament.The constitution also says a vice presidential candidate must be a member of a registered political party in the run-up to an election but it is not clear whether a vice president must still be a member once in office. Sierra Leone faces setback in Ebola fightlast_img read more

Mighty Mite

first_imgJoe Altuve is listed as a 5’6″ infielder in the Astros press guide.  Most people feel he is closer to 5’2″.  This, however, does not keep him from being one of the top players in the American League.  He normally plays second base for Houston and has been an All-Star for at least 2 years now.Despite his small size, he uses his quickness and short batting stroke to consistently hit over 300 in the majors.  This year he is leading the Astros as they continue their quest to represent the AL West in the fall.  He is the nearest thing to Pete Rose there is in baseball today.  He runs out everything and usually has a dirty uniform before the 3rd inning is completed.  He uses heart over bulk to star in the major leagues.  This year his Astros are the talk of the American League.last_img read more

Klopp confident wrapping up title without playing well

first_img read also:Klopp: Messi is the best, but I admire Ronaldo “Whenever we will start we will have had the same time for preparation and our job was always, and always will be, to use the situation you are in. “We will be in as good a shape as possible.” FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Loading… With Project Restart moving closer and Premier League teams including Liverpool back in training, Klopp’s runaway leaders need just five more points to be champions when games resume. “Football is a game where everyone is pretty much in the same situation we play against another team and we don’t have to be at our all-time best we have to be at our best possible and that’s exactly the same for the other teams,” he said.Advertisement Liverpool boss, Jurgen Klopp, is confident they can wrap up the Premier League title without being at their best. Promoted ContentBeautiful Mutations: 15 Staggering Photos Of HeterochromiaA Little Cafe For Animal Lovers That You Will Never Want To LeaveWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?The World’s 7 Most Spectacular Railway Stations7 Universities Where Getting An Education Costs A Hefty PennyInsane 3D Spraying Skills Turn In Incredible Street Art7 Black Hole Facts That Will Change Your View Of The Universe6 TV Characters Whose Departures Have Made The Shows BetterBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For Them7 Thailand’s Most Exquisite Architectural WondersWhat Happens To Your Brain When You Play Too Much Video Games?9 Iconic Roles Nobody Wanted To Playlast_img read more

Soppe speeds to topless win at Maquoketa

first_imgHe reformed strategy and still raced to the 30-lap B&D Pit Stop IMCA Northern SportMod topless special win Saturday evening at Maquoketa Speedway. “I really didn’t want to see those cautions, but that’s part of it,” Soppe said.  A lap two caution sent four of the top six contenders to the tail, including Wisconsin’s Wes Digman, who raced back up to fifth. There does not seem to be a match for Freeport, Ill.’s Jeff Larson. “Bone” dominated the latter portion of the QCJeeps.com IMCA Modified 20-lap feature again, even after starting 11th. He fought off Kory Meyer finally on lap 17 and moved away for the win.  MAQUOKETA, Iowa (Aug. 3) – As the yellow flag waved the car may have slowed down, but Tyler Soppe’s mind kicked into high gear.  Soppe won his heat from the front row and redrew No. 8 for the feature. He was one of two cars that utilized the middle groove early and took the point from T.J. Fortmann on lap three. Bobby Taggart celebrated Bob and Pam Taggart’s anniversary with the 15-lap Shawn’s Auto Service IMCA Hobby Stock win. Shane Oberbreckling, Daniel Wauters, Lukas Short and Brandon White were next.center_img Joe Docekal visited, started alongside Soppe and followed through traffic to second in the Dirt Hustler Chassis house car, which he owns. Logan Veloz, Cam Reimers and Digman rounded out the top five. Meyer had led since lap two. Jed Freiburger, Jordan Hicks and Jaden Fryer followed. “Obviously the place to be was on the bottom (groove),” Soppe added in Hoker Trucking / C&W Trucking / Kam Koncepts Victory Circle. “We used where we needed to get to the front. The yellows hurt as the car was bogging down at the end. I knew guys like the 12D and 21 were close and we were able to pull away some.” David Brandies returned and won a great GRE / REV Chassis IMCA Stock Car 15-lap battle over heat winner Joe Zrostlik, Dallon Murty, Terry Dulin and Chris Hinrichs.  By Rob Hinckleylast_img read more

Ellsworth, Bucksport wrestling teams begin regular seasons

first_imgELLSWORTH — After several preseason meets and tournaments, the Ellsworth and Bucksport wrestling teams began their 2017-18 regular seasons with road contests Saturday afternoon.Ellsworth traveled to Waldo County to face Belfast, Medomak Valley and Oceanside over the weekend and competed admirably despite numerous injuries. The Eagles fell to a one-point defeat against Belfast before losing to a talented Medomak team but finished the day with a 51-12 win over Oceanside.Logan Lord and Peyton Cole continued their dominance by going 3-0 on the day. Another top performer for Ellsworth was Landon St. Peter, who went unbeaten at 113 pounds.At Penobscot Valley High School in Howland, Bucksport competed in a large tournament that included 14 eastern Maine teams. The Golden Bucks finished the day in third place.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textWinners for Bucksport were Travis Hutchinson at 106 pounds and Foster Ashmore at 120 pounds. Ricky Perkins also starred for the Golden Bucks with three wins at 160 pounds.Ellsworth and Bucksport competed Wednesday at Piscataquis and Mattanawcook Academy, respectively. Both are in action at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 16, for a tournament at Mountain Valley High School.last_img read more

Asia Cup Asia Cup 2018: Ban vs SL | Mushfiqur’s brilliant ton, Tamim’s heroic act and Malinga comeback steal show

first_imgNew Delhi: Asia Cup 2018 began in some fashion as the runners up of the 2016 edition – Bangladesh- won the tournament opener against Sri Lanka comfortably by 137 runs as Mushfiqur Rahim stole the show with his brilliant 144-run knock in 150 balls. Sri Lanka’s Lasith Malinga also made a magical comeback to the Lions’ side as he scalped four wickets in the Asia Cup 2018 opener in Dubai on Saturday, however, it was not enough to save his side from an embarrassing outing in their campaign opener.Bangladesh’s Mushfiqur Rahim smashed his career-best of 144 in just 150 balls with four maximums and 11 boundaries. This was his sixth ODI hundred as Bangladesh’s score counted at 262 – all out in 49.3 overs after electing to bat first after winning the toss.ALSO READ: Kolkata Fire Live Updates: Massive fire at Bagri Market of Canning Street, 30 fire engines present on spotBowling first, Sri Lanka had a bright start as Lasith Malinga showed why he is still a force to reckon with as he took 4/23 in his comeback match. Malinga’s last ODI was against India in September 2017.Apart from the brilliant Mushfiqur Rahin (144), Mohammed Mithun was the pick of the batsmen for Bangladesh as he scored a handy 63 to assist the skipper.Chasing 262, Sri Lanka suffered a humiliating batting collapse as they were bundled out for a mere 124 runs in 35.2 overs. This was also Sri Lanka’s lowest ODI score against Bangladesh.ALSO READ: Petrol, diesel prices shoot up again; Check September 16 rates hereThe highest partnership for the out-of-form Sri Lanka was just 27 runs for the eighth wicket.Tamim Iqbal, who suffered a broken wrist at the start of the Bangladesh innings, will be remembered for a long time for his heroic act as he came out to bat with his injury at the far end of the innings and that enabled Mushfiqur to slog a few during the final overs. Once Mustafizur was out, Tamim removed his hand-cast and came out in order to allow his partner to play the final three overs.However, Tamim has been ruled out for the rest of the tournament with a broken wrist and a replacement could be announced soon.ALSO READ: India vs Pakistan Special Contest – Join now and win exciting prizes!Brief Scores:Bangladesh: 261 all out in 49.3 overs (Mushfiqur Rahim 144, Mohammad Mithun 63; Lasith Malinga 4/23, Dhananjaya de Silva 2/38).Sri Lanka: 124 all out in 35.2 overs (Dilruwan Perera 29; Mashrafe Mortaza 2/25, Mustafizur Rahman 2/20, Mehidy Hasan 2/21). For all the Latest Sports News News, Asia Cup News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more

‘Greeks Gone Green’ aims to increase sustainability

first_img“Greeks Gone Green” and “Green is Sexy” are some of the slogans students will be seeing on merchandise sold around campus this week.The Panhellenic Council has organized a “Greeks Gone Green” campaign, designed to make students more aware of sustainability at USC.Cindy Lee | Daily TrojanNoticing the lack of recycling bins in many houses on The Row led Panhellenic to realize it should become more involved with sustainability, according to Zara Abrams, vice president of scholarship for Panhellenic. Abrams said the campaign was started by a former vice president of philanthropy.“This year, Panhellenic decided it should be a priority to rejuvenate our efforts toward sustainability, so we’re focusing on strengthening and re-launching the campaign,” Abrams said.Beginning today, Panhellenic delegates from every house will be selling green merchandise such as reusable plastic water bottles, reusable coffee thermoses, grocery tote bags and tank tops.Each item will feature a design with the popular “reuse, reduce, recycle” symbol or other nature- inspired art designed by Mallory Sparr, vice president of communications for Panhellenic.“The idea is to promote sustainable habits through a campaign that also encourages Greek unity,” Abrams said. “We really want to emphasize the importance of working together as a larger community to make a difference.”Claire Staggs, a freshman majoring in accounting and a member of Alpha Delta Pi sorority said she thinks this is a good campaign because it will show non-Greek students that the Greek community is focused on an important cause.The profit from the sales will be used to launch a recycling program for The Row that will include placing recycling bins in each sorority and fraternity house.Any remaining funds will be used to purchase stickers with the phrase “These Come From Trees” to place on paper towel dispensers, just as USG has already done on some dispensers around campus.Some students are excited that student groups have begun to take charge with environmental issues.“Judging by USC’s last sustainability report, we need major improvement,” said Steven Alhadef, a sophomore majoring in communication and a member of Kappa Sigma fraternity.Though the university has been steadily improving, USC received a B- on its 2011 sustainability report. In 2010, the university received a C+ and in 2007, a D.Panhellenic plans to partner with the Multicultural Greek Council, CalPIRG and the Office of Sustainability for later sustainability efforts, which might include a tree planting program.CalPIRG also hopes to create a competition to see which house can reduce its energy footprint the most.The sorority and fraternity to lower its energy consumption the most would have a mixer together, according to Abrams.Panhellenic also plans to present other environmentally friendly events throughout the semester.Currently, Panhellenic is planning a Greek service event on Earth Day, April 22, to continue raising awareness about sustainability.Ayushi Gummadi, president of Panhellenic, said the main goal of the campaign is to create awareness.“If we accomplish this in a smaller form, then maybe the rest of campus can follow this lead in their daily lives,” Gummadi said.Each house will be able to order the products online at Kotisdesign.com. Panhellenic plans to continue the sale until around March 25.last_img read more

Alpena High School holding course showcase for high school students

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisALPENA, Mich. — Eighth grade and high school students excited about picking their classes for next year can soon get a first-hand look at their options.Students will have an opportunity to experience and learn about class choices that will meet their learning styles and academic needs for next school year. Counseling and administrative staff will also attend the meeting to guide participants through the process.Eighth grade parents will attend an informational meeting in the auditorium at 6:30 before the showcase begins at 7 p.m. Teachers will also be on standby to answer any questions and share opportunities offered to students. The meeting is next Thursday, February 27 at Alpena High School.For more info, visit alpenaschools.com and click on the high school’s scheduling link.AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThis Tags: Alpena High School, course offerings, course showcase, High School, School, ShowcaseContinue ReadingPrevious Community of Alpena welcomes Huron PinesNext Pigeon River Country State Forest expands by 597 acreslast_img read more