T&T government defends gas deal with Venezuela

first_imgThe Trinidad and Tobago government has brushed aside criticisms relating to the new gas agreement it signed with Venezuela over the weekend even as the opposition United National Congress (UNC) called for the terms regarding the price of gas under the accord to be made public.Opposition concerned “We in the Opposition were always concerned with this agreement given the economic hardship being experienced by the Venezuelan government as well as this government’s track-record of incompetence,” said UNC chairman, David Lee.Lee said the party’s concerns have been raised by the failure by Caracas to meet the payments for goods sent to the South American country in recent months.“It is therefore unacceptable and irresponsible that over one year since these questions were first posed and over two years since goods were first shipped to Venezuela manufacturers have not been adequately compensated,” he said.Months of negotiation But Energy Minister, Franklin Khan, told reporters the gas agreement was reached after “months of negotiation, serious intervention, serious sharing of information and serious sharing of economic models, to come up with an appropriate gas price.It is no cheap gas. It is competitively priced gas and is obviously no secret Dragon deal,” Khan said, adding that Venezuela has the largest oil reserves in the world, larger than Saudi Arabia, Russia and the United States and has the fifth largest gas reserves in the world, which this country can benefit from.“It’s a win-win situation, especially since we in Trinidad face challenges on the supply side,” he said, noting that Trinidad and Tobago has world-class gas infrastructure through which Venezuela can monetize its gas.Last Saturday, Prime Minister Dr. Keith Rowley and Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro signed the agreement allowing for the importation of natural gas from Caracas.The terms of the agreement is between the National Gas Company (NGC), the Venezuelan NGC, Shell and the Venezuelan state-owned oil and natural gas company, Petróleos de Venezuela, S.A. (Petroleum of Venezuela).last_img read more

Guardiola sorry to have derailed Pellegrini’s final days at City

first_imgManchester, United Kingdom | AFP | Pep Guardiola has apologised if the early announcement of his arrival at Manchester City in 2016 destabilised his predecessor Manuel Pellegrini’s attempt to win the quadruple.Pellegrini will bring his West Ham side to Manchester on Wednesday, making his first visit to the Etihad for a match since City sacked him to make space for Guardiola.The Chilean confirmed in February 2016, three months before his departure, that he was being replaced, and City, who were still in contention to win four trophies at that point, picked up only seven points from the seven league matches that followed.They did win the League Cup that season, and reached the semi-finals of the Champions League, but needed a draw at Swansea on the final day of the campaign to secure fourth place.Pellegrini acknowledged in May 2016 that his decision to announce his departure contributed to City’s subsequent loss of form, saying that “something was broken in that moment”.Guardiola, who joined City from Bayern Munich, said he was unaware that his impending arrival caused such instability.“I don’t know. He can answer that. I was in Munich, so I don’t know what happened in the locker room and what the reason why is,” he said.“But if it was the reason — I think nobody can know it — I’m sorry and I apologise. Everybody was honest to tell Manuel what was happening, but really it’s a question for Manuel.”– ‘I didn’t build City’ –Pellegrini won the Premier League and the League Cup in the first of his three seasons at City, and his role in the club’s rise was acknowledged by Guardiola.“Of course, all the players I have in my hands now were with other managers and they learned a lot from that –- and I benefit from that.“In the past decade, they were involved with (Roberto) Mancini and Manuel and myself, with all the staff and all the players, we have created Manchester City. “I didn’t build it. I didn’t create it. Many incredible players and managers, everybody, did something.“I hope we can leave something for the next manager to do that. That’s the best we can do for other managers, leave something for the club -– and, of course, I got something with what Manuel did here.”One of the most important signings City made under Pellegrini was Raheem Sterling, who scored the decisive kick as Chelsea were beaten in a penalty shoot-out in Sunday’s League Cup final.Sterling has scored 15 goals this season, including the 90th-minute winner in the 3-2 Champions League last-16 first-leg win over Schalke on February 20.And Guardiola was impressed by the 24-year-old’s bravery to take the deciding spot-kick against Chelsea.“I cannot anticipate how far his career will go. But I admire the fact that, in Sunday’s situation, he took responsibility,” he said.“The fact he said he wanted to hit the last penalty or even the first one, or take that responsibility, that means a lot.“Of course, he helps us a lot, but he will retire and say: ‘I took responsibility and I was brave with courage in the big moments’.“These kinds of players are judged on these kinds of actions. In basketball, the last seconds, who is the taker in the last action? That makes the difference.“The penalty in the final of the World Cup, who’s the taker? So that is what makes the difference -– to have the feeling that, when everyone has doubts, says: ‘I am going to do that’. That is massive.” FILE PHOTO: Pep Guardiolacenter_img Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more

Woman arrested for reckless driving, crashing into cars at West Palm Beach gas station

first_imgA woman was arrested after police say she was trying to run over people, causing damage to several vehicles at a gas station in West Palm Beach.West Palm Beach Police were called to the Marathon gas station located at 1840 Palm Beach Lakes Blvd Wednesday afternoon, and they say 29-year-old Lynn Midlyn was driving recklessly and apparently tried to run over people, causing damage to several vehicles and the storefront.Midlyn was arrested on six counts of aggravated battery with a deadly weapon, five counts of reckless driving, one count of vandalism and one count of resisting arrest without violence.Police said the deadly weapon was Midlyn’s vehicle.last_img

Duncan, James set to break their Finals tie

first_imgSan Antonio Spurs forward Tim Duncan (21) shoots against Oklahoma City Thunder forward Serge Ibaka in overtime of Game 6 of the Western Conference finals NBA basketball playoff series in Oklahoma City, Saturday, May 31, 2014. San Antonio won 112-107 and advanced to the NBA Finals. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)MIAMI (AP) — Over the last 10 seasons, only one NBA player has been part of more wins than LeBron James.His name is Tim Duncan.Their numbers over that decade are incredibly similar. Duncan has appeared in 622 regular-season and playoff victories, James has played in 621. Duncan is shooting 50.2 percent from the field, James is shooting 50 percent. Duncan has won three championships over that stretch, James has two.Plus, when facing each other in the NBA Finals, both has won one, lost one.Here comes the tiebreaker — a Finals rematch that will have high expectations.Miami and San Antonio are the league’s last two teams standing for the second consecutive year, their next chapter starting on the Spurs’ home floor Thursday night. The Heat won a wild series last season for their second straight championship, needing a frantic rally to avoid elimination in Game 6 and then riding the strength of a 37-point, 12-rebound effort from James to top the Spurs in Game 7.“I think our guys, they actually grew from the loss last year,” Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said. “I call it fortitude. I think they showed an unbelievable amount of fortitude. If I can compliment my own team humbly, to have that tough loss, especially the Game 6 and not have a pity party and come back this year and get back to the same position, I think that’s fortitude.”It’s the league’s first Finals rematch since Chicago and Utah played in 1997 and 1998.The teams have actually played three times since last season’s classic series ended, twice in the regular season, another being a preseason meeting in Miami where the Spurs acknowledged that the pain of losing Game 7 on that floor was still real.Then again, it’s almost like they wanted to feel that hurt at times. Popovich showed the Spurs clips of Games 6 and 7 early in training camp this season, not so much to open old wounds but rather speed up the healing process.“We were just trying to put it away, just get over that part of it, learn from it, and move forward from there,” Duncan said.Move forward, they did.San Antonio won 62 games in the regular season, the best record in the league. One of those wins was a 24-point romp over Miami, on the same floor where this series will start on Thursday.The Heat know what wanting revenge feels like. They lost the 2011 NBA Finals to Dallas, then opened the following season on the Mavericks’ floor and simply blew them away.Heat forward Chris Bosh called it “extra motivation” for the Spurs.“It’s just something that we have to deal with, and we know that they’re going to be very passionate, and they’re going to play some good basketball,” Bosh said. “So whoever we play, we just have to continue to keep our approach the same and play good basketball.”While the Spurs were punching their ticket by ousting Oklahoma City from the West finals on Saturday night, the Heat were getting a day off. James was taking his kids to see X-Men. James Jones went to a home-improvement store for some supplies. Bosh insisted he was going to do as little as possible, and Heat coach Erik Spoelstra isn’t summoning his team to practice again until Monday.By then, James will be locked in on the Spurs.“It hasn’t really hit us that much yet because I think we’re in it,” James said Friday night after Miami beat Indiana and clinched its fourth consecutive East championship. “I think it will once we’re done and we’re able to look back at what we were able to accomplish as players, as a franchise. I think that’s when it will really hit us. We definitely don’t take it for granted to be in this position.”So for the next few days, all the highlights of last year’s finals will be played over and over again.The shot by Tony Parker — who missed the second half of Saturday night’s game with a left ankle injury — to win Game 1 in Miami for the Spurs. James’ twirl-on-the-rim dunk as the Heat pulled away in Game 2. San Antonio sharpshooter Danny Green’s Finals-record 3-point display. Bosh’s rebound that led to Ray Allen’s shot that saved Miami’s season in Game 6. The yellow rope, the precursor to a Spurs celebration that never happened.All made for an epic series.The encore could be even better.“Obviously we are very happy and pleased with the season we have had so far, but we are not by any means satisfied,” Green said. “We know we have a lot of work to do against a very good team. There is a reason why they’re back there and are two-time champs. We have our work cut out for us, but we are happy with going back — just not satisfied.”last_img read more

Adopt-A-Pet Dog of the Week

first_imgFacebook18Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Adopt-A-PetMeet Bogie!  He is sweet, two-year-old, neutered male who is looking for the perfect forever and loving home.  His cute face and long, lean body show off the best of my heritage Dachshund/Pug.  Bogie really enjoys cuddles, walks, and car rides really make him happy.  He does have energy, and does enjoy chasing the ball!  If you would like to meet him in person, please contact the adoption team at Shelton Adopt-A-Pet.Adopt-A-Pet has many great dogs and always need volunteers. To see all our current dogs, visit the Adopt-A-Pet website, our Facebook page or at the shelter on Jensen Road in Shelton. For more information, email [email protected] or call 360-432-3091.last_img

Moms Work to Make Little Silver More Walkable

first_imgBy Jenna O’Donnell |LITTLE SILVER—More bikes than usual lined the bicycle racks outside of the borough’s two schools on a recent Wednesday morning.The bicycles, up from three or four the previous day, were a hopeful sign for Liz Gearon, a Little Silver mom who has led an effort to get more of the borough’s students walking and riding bikes to school. With an informal Walk and Wheels Wednesdays initiative this spring and a “walking school bus” program planned for the fall, Gearon and other like-minded parents hope to kick-start a long-term plan that will make Little Silver less car-centric and more pedestrian friendly.So far, the kids love it.“I think they feel a lot more energetic and refreshed just getting outside,” Gearon said. “My neighbor’s daughter came up to me and told me she’d ridden her bike to school every day and loves it. Her favorite part is the crossing guard.”Though informal, Walk and Wheels Wednesdays have mostly succeeded in getting more students walking with their friends to school or riding their bikes, and hopefully reducing some of the traffic at each of the schools. Some parents have been more reluctant to let their kids walk in a town where commuters often pass through in a hurry to catch the train.“There’s some resistance,” Gearon said, noting that most of the concerns were about safety. “People want better sidewalks, want other people to drive slower – all valid things.”To help alleviate some of those concerns, Gearon has been working with borough officials on brainstorming ways to make the streets safer for pedestrians and cyclists. One possible avenue is Complete Streets, a U.S. Dept. of Transportation coalition that assesses a town’s roads and sidewalks and makes recommendations on how to improve access and safety.Those recommendations, which typically might include a cross walk or bump out to slow down cars, can be instated gradually over time, as a community makes needed updates to roads and sidewalks. The point, Gearon said, is that the town must be committed to being bike and pedestrian friendly.“It’s not just something that we’ll have for a couple of years,” she said. “It’s a long-term plan that once we’ve committed to, it’s there for future generations.”As the school year winds to a close, Gearon is working to get a Walking School Bus program up and running for the fall. A “walking school bus” is exactly what it sounds like – a neighborhood-based group of children who walk to school with one or two adults. Three moms have volunteered as official coordinators, while neighborhoods will have specific coordinators as well. In the afternoons, Red Bank Regional students may volunteer to walk with younger kids for community service credits.“We are trying to get more kids aware and excited about it,” Gearon said. “Maybe we’ll get some of the kids from high school walking as well.”Gearon’s walking and riding initiatives have been enthusiastically supported by borough officials, with the mayor, council and recreation department director all on board. The hope is that if more students get used to walking or riding around town, they’ll be healthier and happier and do better in school. And once the kids get walking, maybe some of the parents will, too.“Kids shouldn’t be shuttled around, especially when it’s only a couple blocks,” Gearon said. “And this will reduce the traffic – which I think everyone wants.”This article was first published in the June 22-29, 2017 print edition of The Two River Times.last_img read more

Saints start Alberta test with weekend sweep of Keyano College Huskies

first_imgSelkirk never trailed in the game and twice held two-goal leads, but the Huskies fought back and tied the game with 12 seconds in regulation to force the extra frame. Cody Fidgett and Stefan Gonzales each scored twice in the game, while Darnell Dyck and Scott Swiston added singles.Former Major Junior product Scott Sandercock led the way offensively for Keyano College with a goal and four assists.The series then wrapped up on Saturday in Castlegar, where the Saints took a 3-1 lead through two periods and held on through a scoreless third for their second win in as many days.Fidgett and linemate Thomas Hardy once again paced the Selkirk scoring, with Fidgett scoring the team’s second and third goals off Hardy set-ups.Jackson Garrett opened the scoring for the hosts with a first period marker. James Prigione picked up the win in net for the Saints on Friday, while Aaron Oakley was stellar in his college debut on Saturday.Oakley stopped 31 shots in the 3-1 victory and made a number of tough stops to keep his team ahead by a pair when they ran into penalty trouble in the third period.”We let things get away from us defensively on Friday night and were very pleased with how the guys responded on Saturday,” Dubois explained.”We never trailed in either game and the work ethic and energy were both at a high level, so overall we’re very pleased with the results.” The Saints will hope to carry over their strong play on home ice into a three-game road set next weekend in Edmonton that will see the team match-up against Concordia University, the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology and Grant McEwan University. The trip will see Selkirk’s returning players face off against a pair of ex-teammates, as 2012/13 captain Jordan Wood and two-year blueliner Justin Sotkowy now play for NAIT and McEwan respectively. The Saints will then return home for their final preseason games against Trinity Western University on Friday, September 27 (7:30 p.m. at the NDCC Arena) and Saturday, September 28th (7:30 p.m. in Castlegar).General admission tickets for both games will be available at the door for $5.SAINTS NOTES: Saints assistant coach Alex Evin, a former BCHL and NCAA goaltender, has accepted a position as the goaltending coach for the Junior ‘A’ Alberni Valley Bulldogs. He will continue in his current duties with Selkirk College while travelling to Port Alberni on an ongoing basis during the season. . . .Local hockey fans got to see former Nelson Minor Hockey grad Ryon Sookro in action as the South Slocan star was in the lineup for Keyano College. Sookro played his Junior B career for Beaver Valley Nitehawks. The Selkirk College Men’s Hockey program began a five-game preseason schedule against Alberta college league opponents on a winning note this weekend, sweeping a two-game series with Fort McMurray-based Keyano College.Dylan Smith scored in overtime to spark the Saints to a thrilling 7-6 victory over the Keyano College Huskies at the NDCC Arena in Nelson.Saturday afternoon Selkirk held the Huskies to a single goal en route to a 3-1 win at the Castlegar Arena Complex.Selkirk completes the Alberta series with three games beginning Friday in Edmonton.”Keyano College came as advertised,” said Saints head coach Jeff Dubois.”They were big, physical and worked very hard right through the line-up.”Friday, in the arena where the Saints clinched its 2013 B.C. Intercollegiate Hockey League title, Smith capped a wild night by scoring the overtime winner.last_img read more

Half-time: Brentford 3 Fulham 0

first_imgScott Hogan scored twice as Brentford embarrassed Fulham in the first half of the west London derby at Griffin Park. The Bees raced into a 2-0 lead inside seven minutes, with former Fulham youth player Sam Saunders chipping keeper Marcus Bettinelli on the breakaway for the opener.Striker Hogan, making his first start for Brentford, ruthlessly fired home the second having been put through by Konstantin Kerschbaumer.And Hogan bagged his fifth goal since returning from long-term knee injury just before the break when he smashed in Saunders’ corner on the volley.Fulham struggled to create chances, with 19-year-old left-back Tom Field impressive on his Brentford debut, but the Whites hit the post through Ross McCormack on 42 minutes.McCormack had earlier missed the target with a free-kick and put Jazz Richards through on goal only for the full-back to misdirect a close-range header.Brentford: Button; Colin, Dean, Barbet, Field; Yennaris, Woods; Saunders, Kerschbaumer, Canos; Hogan.Subs: Bonham, Clarke, O’Connell, Cole, Swift, Gogia, Hofmann.Fulham: Bettinelli, Richards, Stearman, Amorebieta, Ream; Parker, Ince; Cairney, Christensen, Tunnicliffe; McCormack.Subs: Lonergan, Fredericks, Burn, O’Hara, Hyndman, Dembele, Smith.last_img read more

Delta says operations are stabilising

first_imgDelta Air Lines says its operations are stabilising after storms swept through its main hub in Atlanta, prompting a massive disruption that saw more than 3200 flights cancelled.The carrier’s customers were still facing delays on Sunday and at least 150 flights were cancelled as the airline struggled to find flight crews who could operate within federally-mandated duty guidelines.The severe weather hit Delta’s hub, Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport in Atlanta, on Wednesday.The weather was so bad that the US Federal Aviation Administration issued a five-hour “ground stop” for flights at the airport, through which about 60 per cent of the airline’s aircraft pass.Storms at other Delta hubs on Thursday exacerbated the situation as did the timing in the busy US spring break.The airline struggled to recover as it suffered its worst bout of cancellations since computer problems with reservations and operations computers crippled it in August, 2016.“We know this is extremely frustrating for our customers and we apologize for that,’’ the airline said Sunday. “Delta teams continue to work around the clock to fully reset our operation and keep customers informed.The airline offered fare waivers over the weekend offering a refund for the unused portion of a ticket if a flight is cancelled or delayed for more than 90 minutes. Customers whose flights were not cancelled could make a one-off change to their ticket without incurring the usual fees.However, that was little solace for the thousands of Delta passengers stuck in long queues, attempting to locate their baggage, or spending long periods on the phone.Delta has acknowledged that its recovery effort —  hampered by the positioning of aircraft, crew roster limitations and insufficient customer service staff —  could have been better.Delta chief operating officer Gil West said last week: “We are grateful for your patience and want you to know that we, as always, learn from these experiences.“While we can’t control the weather, we understand the resulting recovery has not been ideal and we apologize for that.”last_img read more

UAAP Season 80 Preview: New look, same goals for FEU Tamaraws

first_imgYear after year, Far Eastern University has always been a contender for the UAAP title.This season is no different for the Tamaraws — except for one thing: a new head coach in Olsen Racela.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutTaking the mantle from his brother Nash, the PBA great seeks to continue FEU’s winning ways in his coaching debut in the collegiate scene after being in the pros for the past five years.“I feel I’m here to continue the program of coach Nash. We’re still running the same system: the dribble-drive. But of course, I’m bringing in my own ideas as well,” he said. LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad  UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses UAAP Season 80 Preview: Now contenders, Adamson Falcons embracing the pressure For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. LATEST STORIES Read Next SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chiefcenter_img It will be new Tamaraws squad under Racela with only Ron Dennison and Prince Orizu as the remaining players from the champion team which won the title two years back.But this time, FEU will have the likes of RJ Ramirez, Jasper Parker, Hubert Cani, and Arvin Tolentino joining the fray to make for a solid challenger to the UAAP throne.“Even though we are much smaller this year, we’ll make up with it through quickness because we’re a guard-based team,” said Racela.Despite the different look, the emphasis on excellence remains the same as FEU seeks to stretch their Final Four appearance to five years straight.But Racela doesn’t want to put too much pressure on his wards, simplifying his challenge to just give it their all every single game.ADVERTISEMENT LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games Coach: Olsen RacelaLast Season: 9-5 (Final Four)Holdovers: Ron Dennison, Prince Orizu, Axel IñigoAdditions: RJ Ramirez, Jasper Parker, Hubert Cani, Arvin TolentinoKey Losses: Raymar Jose, Monbert Arong, Ken HolmqvistADVERTISEMENT Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC “Just like any other team, our realistic goal is to make the Final Four and then let’s see what happens from there,” he said. “But I always tell my players that no expectations, that what we expect from them actually is for them to play hard every single game, give it their best every single game, and the result will take care of itself.” Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:00Chief Justice Peralta on upcoming UAAP game: UP has no match against UST00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games MOST READ WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding View commentslast_img read more