“Venezuela cries out for a change of course […]. That change demands the exit of the one who exercises power illegitimately and the election of a new president as soon as possible,” said the Episcopal Conference in a statement read before an ordinary assembly.Maduro “must retire” from the presidency “to allow for truly free […] elections,” added Archbishop Jesús González in a press conference.On July 8, delegates of Maduro and Juan Guaidó resumed talks in Barbados initiated in May in Oslo to seek a way out of the crisis, with the mediation of Norway.But Chavismo’s number two, Diosdado Cabello, denied on July 10 that the parties are discussing a call for new presidential elections.Meanwhile, Guaidó, recognized by 50 countries as Venezuela’s president in charge, reiterated that he maintains his strategy to expel Maduro and build a transitional government to call for free elections.Maduro, under whose government the oil country fell into the worst economic crisis of its modern history, was reelected in May 2018 in an electoral process boycotted by the opposition, which considered it fraudulent.The socialist leader accuses the ecclesiastical leadership of acting like a political party, but with a marked difference with Pope Francis, who in the past supported dialogue between the government and the opposition. By Agence France-Presse (AFP) August 05, 2019
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York If you’re in the market for a new best friend this week, you are in luck! There’s no shortage of sweet cats and dogs available for adoption on Long Island.Available for adoption at North Shore Animal League America in Port Washington:AnastasiaAnastasia (reference #H207660) was rescued as a young kitten with significant neurological damage caused by an accident. She immediately received the best medical attention available at North Shore Animal League America’s fully accredited medical center, where she has been thriving. She’s their best kept secret, tucked away in a quiet space, but they want the world to know this very loving 2-year-old kitty is worth noticing.Anastasia is loving and beloved by all who care for her. She loves to greet her humans with chirpy hellos and hardy head butts. In this season of renewal and fresh starts, staff and volunteers are hoping someone with a heart for rescue will discover what they know to be true: Anastasia deserves her new beginning in her very own home.For more information on how to adopt Anastasia, please send an email to [email protected] for adoption at Last Hope Animal Rescue in Wantagh:MissyMissy was one of 10 dogs to arrive at Last Hope Animal Rescue from an unhealthy and dangerous living condition. But thanks to the love and care she is now receiving, in just one month she is showing astounding improvement. Missy has been a very sweet girl at the shelter with not much of an interest in toys, she prefers the love and attention she gets from humans, in part because it is believed that her prior “home” had many other dogs and Missy had to compete for food sources.Missy is approximately 7 years old and happens to be the perfect pint size—she could even be classified as a lap dog, although maybe a dog for a bigger lap. Missy was adopted, but due to her family moving out of state, she came back to Last Hope a few months later. Come on down and meet Missy, she deserves a lifetime journey with a fairy-tale ending!For more information about adopting Missy, call Last Hope Anima Rescue at 631-425-1884 or visit at 3300 Beltagh Ave., Wantagh.Available for adoption at the Little Shelter in Huntington: Juliet is a beautiful brindle colored 3-year-old Chihuahua mix. She is a sweet girl who loves getting affection and giving kisses. She gets a long great with other dogs (especially other small dogs) and is eager to play and make friends.At a recent puppy play date with five other dogs, Juliet just kept running from puppy to puppy and person to person looking for all the attention and play she could get. When she gets really excited she shakes her whole body instead of just her tail. Juliet is a great little dog who is sure to bring lots of fun and laughter to her new family.Cali-OCali-O is known throughout Little Shelter for her love of canine companions and for her, the bigger the better. If she hears a dog enter the cattery, she comes running full speed to meet them and nuzzle against their legs. While her back story is unknown, it is safe to assume she lived in a home with dogs prior to coming to Little Shelter.She’s a great cat who loves to play with toys and snuggle up in cozy beds. She would love to go home to a family that has a dog who could be her new BFF.BubblesDo you like “My Little Pony”? Ever wish cats could have “cutie marks”? Meet Bubbles, the black cat given her name from the white bubble “cutie mark” on her left side.She is a very friendly cat who loves to play and will try to grab your hand in between her two paws. When she starts getting excited while playing, she will give you love bites on your hand. It’s cute when she does this, because she has no teeth!Bubbles loves ear rubs and will purr loudly when given affection. Even her purr sounds like she’s trying to blow bubbles! She will sit in your lap and just let you pet her for hours, all the while purring as loudly as she can. This little girl is ready to show anyone who is willing to give her the chance that “Friendship Is Magic”!For more information on adopting Juliet, Cali-O or Bubbles, call the Little Shelter at 631-368-8770, or visit 33 Warner Rd., Huntington.Available for adoption at The Town of Oyster Bay Animal Shelter:PreciousAppropriately named, Precious (reference #180084) is a stunningly gorgeous 8-month-old, domestic medium haired Calico that is ready to go home with you today! She was adopted at the Town of Oyster Bay Shelter when she was a kitten and unfortunate circumstances landed her back again. She is even more beautiful that she was as a kitten!Precious is now looking for the person who will see the love and longing in Precious’ eyes as she tries to complete her journey to her new forever home. Precious is up to date on all her vaccines, is spayed and is microchipped.For more information about adopting Precious, call the Town of Oyster Bay Animal Shelter at 516-677-5784.As always, thanks for reading and please remember to always adopt, never shop…pass it on!
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Continued violence The incident comes less than a week after the US and Taliban signed a deal that would pave the way for the complete withdrawal of foreign troops in 14 months.The US withdrawal hinges to a great extent on the Taliban being able to control jihadist forces such as the Islamic State group. If such groups remain, so too does the American military.Since the much-trumpeted deal signing, fighting has continued to rage across Afghanistan, casting a pall over hopes the agreement would lead to a reduction in violence and talks between the Taliban and the Afghan government.IS, which follows a radical Sunni interpretation of Islam, first became active in Afghanistan in 2015 and for years held territory in the eastern province of Nangarhar. It has claimed responsibility for a string of horrific bombings, including several in Kabul targeting the city’s Shiite community.In recent months the group has been hit by mounting setbacks after being hunted for years by US and Afghan forces along with multiple Taliban offensives targeting their fighters. Still, IS remains in Afghanistan, notably in eastern Kunar province near the Pakistan border, which also neighbors Nangarhar, as well as in Kabul. “The figures will change,” he said.Nizamuddin Jalil, a health ministry official, gave a slightly higher toll, saying 29 people had been killed and 30 others wounded. The Taliban immediately denied responsibility for the assault, which occurred at the commemoration ceremony for Abdul Ali Mazari — a politician from the Hazara ethnic group, most of whom are Shiite.An Islamic State group-claimed attack on the same ceremony last year saw a barrage of mortar fire kill at least 11 people. At least 27 people were killed in an attack on a political rally in Kabul on Friday, officials said, in the deadliest assault in Afghanistan since the US signed a withdrawal deal with the Taliban.The attack highlights the glaring lack of security in the heavily fortified Afghan capital just 14 months ahead of the scheduled withdrawal of all foreign forces under an agreement signed on February 29 by the US and the Taliban.Interior ministry spokesman Nasrat Rahimi said women and children were among the dead with an additional 29 wounded, adding that “special forces units are carrying out clearance operations against the attackers”. Topics : Rahimi had earlier said that gunfire had erupted from a construction site near the ceremony in the city’s west, which is largely Shiite. Photos on social media showed several dead bodies being collected after the attack.President Ashraf Ghani condemned the massacre, calling it a “crime against humanity”.The ceremony was attended by many of the country’s political elite, including Afghanistan’s chief executive Abdullah Abdullah.The interior ministry later confirmed to reporters that “all the high-ranking officials were safely evacuated from the scene”.”We left the ceremony following the gunfire, and a number of people were wounded, but I do not have any reports of martyred people for now,” Hazara leader Mohammad Mohaqiq told Tolo News.
The Central Java administration has formed a team to track down approximately 1,500 Central Java residents who attended a mass religious gathering in Gowa, South Sulawesi, following the emergence of a COVID-19 cluster in Brebes regency.On Wednesday, 16 residents of Brebes who had, in March, attended an international tabligh (Islamic mass gathering) in Gowa regency, South Sulawesi, tested positive for COVID-19.Several other cities and regencies in Central Java have reported that people who had participated in the gathering had contracted the virus. ”I’m afraid there will be a new COVID-19 cluster from the attendees of the Gowa gathering,” Central Java Governor Ganjar Pranowo said on Thursday.He called on residents who had attended the gathering to report to authorities for testing.“Please help us by reporting to authorities. Don’t be afraid; we won’t scold you. Instead, we will treat you – if you are confirmed positive for the coronavirus – to protect your families and others from transmission [of the virus],” Ganjar said. Ganjar has also asked the Tegal city administration to create its own special team because of the city’s proximity to Brebes.He asked the community group Jogo Tonggo (neighbors looking after each other) to report if they found any of the gathering’s attendees in their records.As of Thursday, Central Java had confirmed 904 cases of COVID-19 and 64 deaths. (aly)Topics :
The Supreme Audit Agency (BPK) has been auditing the financial system authority and several state companies as part of its investigative audit on state-owned insurer PT Asuransi Jiwasraya following the Attorney General’s Office’s (AGO) decision to name more suspects in the Jiwasraya corruption case.Chairman Agung Firman Sampurna said on Monday the investigative audit had been extended beyond the previous audit and now included investigations into the Financial Services Authority (OJK), the Indonesia Stock Exchange (IDX), the State-Owned Enterprises (SOEs) Ministry and other state-owned companies linked to Jiwasraya.“We’re encountering some difficulties in the audit [due to the COVID-19 pandemic], but we hope we can complete the audit by the end of this year,” he said. It also named an OJK official, identified only as FH, a suspect in the case. He was suspected of abuse of power, which allegedly paved the way for Jiwasraya’s investment mismanagement during FH’s tenure as OJK department head of capital market monitoring from 2014 to 2017.Agung also said the agency was open to the possibility of pursuing further investigations into economic losses related to the Jiwasraya case in the future.“If law enforcers link this case to something much bigger, there’s a possibility that we may also calculate the loss to the economy,” he said.Agung on Monday also defended the agency’s audit on Jiwasraya and denied an accusation that he, the BPK vice chairman and the agency were protecting certain parties in the audit.“According to the audit procedure, law enforcers will have to submit a request to the BPK to calculate the amount of state losses [from this case],” Agung told the press in Jakarta. “With this logic, it would be silly to accuse the BPK, its chairman and vice chairman of protecting certain parties.”The statement came after Benny Tjokrosaputro, the defendant in the corruption case, accused the agency of protecting conglomerate Bakrie group in the Jiwasraya case.“The BPK chairman and vice chairman are covering up [Bakrie group’s involvement and] they are definitely Bakrie’s cronies,” Benny said before attending a hearing at the Central Jakarta District Court last Wednesday, as reported by tempo.co.Benny also called on the AGO to uncover Bakrie group’s involvement in the stock pump-and-dump scheme, which caused Jiwasraya to book losses since 2006, Kompas reported last Friday.The insurer was known to have invested in two of the group’s publicly listed entities, property developer PT Bakrieland Development and investment company PT Bakrie & Brothers. Both stocks have been priced at Rp 50 apiece since 2018.However, Jiwasraya president director Hexana Tri Sasongko said the insurer had long sold the stocks before he was appointed as the president director in May 2018.Due to the accusation, Agung said the BPK planned to report Benny to the National Police’s Criminal Investigation Department (Bareskrim) for defamation.Topics : Although the investigative audit was less likely to uncover additional losses from Jiwasraya’s investment mismanagement, the agency expressed hope that the result could reveal where the premium had gone to.It also expected to create a systemic improvement to protect customers from potential fraud in the financial services industry in the future and to improve public trust in Indonesian assets.Jiwasraya is accused of mismanagement and corruption when it invested most of its premium revenue from the JS Saving Plan, one of the company’s insurance products, in pumped-and-dumped stocks. As a result, it failed to pay out Rp 16 trillion (US$1.1 billion) in matured policies due in February to its policyholders.The AGO on Thursday accused the 13 companies of mismanaging or laundering the premium revenue collected by Jiwasraya from 2014 to 2018. They allegedly caused Rp 12.35 trillion of state losses, or 73.46 percent of the total Rp 16.81 trillion in state losses as previously audited by the BPK.
BPL is the first large sector scheme in the Netherlands to want to significantly raise its contribution in 2020.Social partners are considering an increase to BPL’s premium by another 1.4% in 2021, possibly in combination with an accrual reduction.At the moment, annual pensions accrual is 1.875%, which equates to the maximum tax-facilitated level.As a consequence of the new agreement, BPL’s premium coverage ratio is to rise to approximately 75% in 2021.Other large pension funds, including ABP, PFZW, PME and PMT, have announced they would keep their premiums unchanged next year.However, three of them have indicated that a sharp increase of contributions in 2021 cannot be avoided.The €29bn multi-sector pension fund PGB has said it would keep its contribution for 2020 at the current level, but would apply a 4% increase for 2021.The decision of the large industry-wide pension funds to stick to the current status quo next year has drawn criticism from pension experts.Marc Heemskerk, actuary at Mercer, has warned that this would lead to bigger rights cuts later.Consultancy Willis Towers Watson said that, if interest rates remained at the current low level, the minimum required contribution may have to rise by up to 40%. Employers and trade unions in the agricultural sector said they want to raise the contribution at industry-wide pension fund (BPL) by 3.3% to 25%, in order to improve the scheme’s funding.Although BPL does not have to increase its premium – its agreement for a fixed contribution extends to 2022 – social partners want to improve the scheme’s financial health earlier, explained Richard Devue, the pension fund’s director.He said social partners have become increasingly aware that BPL’s current pension plan is no longer future-proof.At the end of November, BPL’s coverage ratio stood at 92.4%, while its “premium funding” – which indicates to what extent the paid in contributions in a given year are sufficient to finance new pension claims – was approximately 60%.
Ram Head could be ‘game changer’Also, an updated competent person’s report (CPR) was commissioned to incorporate the company’s most recent independent reservoir engineering studies as well as development options based on landing gas at the current Inch landfall for Kinsale gas in County Cork and gas market assessment.The previous CPR from 2018 gave best estimate and high estimate prospective gas resources net to the company of 508 and 1,370 bcf respectivelyThe updated CPR will represent the first such independent analysis of the development potential of the Ram Head gas structure based on a ten vertical well development concept which forecasts gas recovery of over 1 tcf of gross gas in 11 years from production start-up.Paul Griffiths, chief executive of Predator, said: “We consider the 49/19-1 gas discovery to potentially represent the largest undeveloped gas discovery offshore Ireland. It is located in the shallow water of the Celtic Sea, where there has been a long history of commercial gas production […].“The upcoming CPR is an important milestone to independently validate the potential of Ram Head to become a real ‘game-changer’ and to provide the catalyst for further progress.”Spotted a typo? Have something more to add to the story? Maybe a nice photo? Contact our editorial team via email. Offshore Energy Today, established in 2010, is read by more than 10.000 industry professionals daily.We had almost 9 million page views in 2018, with 2.4 million new users. This makes us one of the world’s most attractive online platforms in the space of offshore oil and gas.These stats allow our partners advertising on Offshore Energy Today to get maximum exposure to their online campaigns. If you’re interested in showcasing your company, product or technology on Offshore Energy Today contact our marketing manager Mirza Duran for advertising options. Predator Oil & Gas Holdings has been awarded a one-year extension of Licensing Option (LO) 16/30 offshore Ireland.Predator said on Wednesday that the LO would be extended to November 30, 2019, subject to carrying out the work program agreed with the Department of Communications, Climate Action, and Environment.The company said that a decision to proceed to an application for an exploration license would be made 60 days before the end of the licensing option or sooner.LO 16/30 was awarded to Predator in June 2016 as part of the 2015 Atlantic Margin Licensing Round. It is operated by Predator Oil and Gas Ventures with a 50% stake, a wholly-owned subsidiary of Predator. The partner of in the LO is Theseus which holds the remaining 50%.As for the work program, it includes the purchase and reprocessing of existing 2D seismic data and ongoing desktop studies focused on re-evaluating the Marathon 49/19-1 gas discovery made in 1984 on the Ram Head prospect.
ILOILO City – A 90-year-old retiredteacher living alone was robbed and killed in Barangay Tacas, Jaro district. The investigation is continuing. A neighbor, Espe Tabuada, told thepolice she did not suspect anything out of the ordinary although Argel’s houseseemed closed and she had not seen her come out. “This is a case of homicide androbbery,” said Defensor. “Her house was ransacked. Things were strewn allaround. Her money was gone.” Rosa Argel was found dead in herkitchen by nephew Leonel Songcuya, 47, at around 9 a.m. on Saturday. She hadhead injuries. Defensor said the police already havea person of interest but declined to give details. A broken bottle was found near Argel.It may have been used to bludgeon her on the head, said Police Colonel MartinDefensor, city police director. “We are looking for witnesses andevidences,” said Defensor./PN