first_imgExploration well Tolsona No. 1, located about 11 miles West of Glennallen, Alaska (Photo by Elizabeth Harball. alaska’s Energy Desk – Anchorage)The state is proposing a $380,000 fine for Alaska Native corporation Ahtna, Inc., for safety violations at a gas well near Glennallen.Listen nowThe Native corporation started drilling the exploration well last September, hoping to find natural gas to use as cheaper fuel for interior Alaska communities.The Alaska Oil and Gas Conservation Commission stated the violations posed a “serious and significant risk to public health and the environment.”In an order sent May 24, the commission charged that an oil and gas exploration company owned by Ahtna, Tolsona Oil and Gas Exploration, didn’t install proper safety equipment.The commission also said the company “stonewalled” the agency’s attempts to address the issues.Ahtna is challenging the fine. In a statement released yesterday, the corporation disputed parts of the commission’s account. The company said it took “immediate action” to comply with the state’s order, installing the required equipment this week.Ahtna added the project has an “outstanding safety record,” but also stated that it lacks the “decades of experience that Alaska’s major oil and gas producers do.”last_img

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first_imgA newly organized Civil Society Organization (CSO) referred to as the “Rural Dwellers Consciousness Movement of Liberia, (RDCML)” has differed with the Senate on legislation barring officials of the Central Bank of Liberia (CBL) from contesting future elections in the country. In a statement, RDCML says its attention has been drawn to the legislation adopted by the Senate, barring functionaries of the CBL entity from any electoral process in the country. Through a statement issued yesterday, and signed by its secretary-general, AdolphusGbagba, the Movement believes that the legislation is not only “ill-fated and infamous, but holds that said legislation is also selfishly and politically motivated by a hidden external hand.”The movement, according to the statement, believes that during this critical period in our national existence where a majority of the citizens must wallow to fend for themselves, “it is unthinkable and far-fetched for elected lawmakers to propagate legislations that are diabolical and anti-the people.”“It is evident that the move by the CBL to get the masses, especially rural inhabitants, out of the poverty trap is unprecedented: It helps to provide livelihood for the vast majority of our citizens in a poverty-stricken post-conflict. It must therefore be appreciated by all well-meaning citizens.” According to the group, the lawmakers want to keep the struggling masses of a war-ravaged country in abject poverty, starvation, and destitution. This is   unacceptable.No time in the history of Liberia have benefits such as the CBL Loans Scheme, and other initiatives representing tax-payers’ money, has anything ever triggered down to the down-trodden until recently when the CBL made a robust intervention through its governor, Dr. Joseph Mills Jones, with inspiration and support from the President, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf. Moreover, the movement noted that the action by the lawmakers has further exposed them to an absolute higher level of “insensitivity to the interest, wishes and aspiration of the Liberian people.”Accordingly, the movement representing the interest of, wishes and aspirations of thousands of rural dwellers, wish to caution the Senate of the movement’s ability and capacity to rally the support of its membership across the country to organize popular citizens’ protest against members of that august body to step away from yet another mistake— again, of their own making.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img

first_img… sees her as competent Foreign Service OfficerOpposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeo said he is pleased that Government strayed from its typical behaviour and recognised the value of the People’s Progressive Party/Civic (PPP/C) Prime Ministerial Candidate Elisabeth Harper by rehiring herElisabeth Harperat the Foreign Affairs Ministry.Ambassador Harper, a career diplomat, was the Director General of the Foreign Affairs Ministry before stepping down last year to run alongside PPP/C Presidential Candidate Donald Ramotar for the 2015 General and Regional Elections.Jagdeo, during the parliamentary Opposition’s yearend press conference, described Harper as a competent Foreign Service Officer and expressed satisfaction that Government rehired her.“We believe that competent people should be in the public service regardless of their race and political affiliation. We’d like to see more of this because the trend over the year has to dismiss people because of their race and politics and remove them capriciously and supplant them with cronies who are incompetent,” he stated.Foreign Affairs Minister Carl Greenidge told media operatives on Thursday that Harper was retained by the Ministry to work in the areas of documentation and border issues, which he said she has “unique skills” to match.The Minister noted that as Director General and a staff member within the Foreign Affairs Ministry, Harper had worked very closely on the matters pertaining to sovereignty, which they have already begun capitalising on.Prior to her entering the political arena, Ambassador Harper held the post of Director General at the Foreign Affairs Ministry since 2001. She was also an Ambassador to the Caribbean Community (Caricom) at the time of retirement.Harper, who also holds the Golden Achievement Award, began her career at the Foreign Affairs Ministry in 1976 as a Registry Clerk and moved her way up to hold the title of Director General.She has previously served as Director, Department of the Americas and Asia at the Foreign Affairs Ministry from 1996 to 2001; a Consular at the Guyana High Commission in London from 1991 to 1995, and Head of the Frontier Division, Foreign Affairs Ministry from 1990 to 1991.Described as a distinguished public servant, Harper has been a member of Guyana’s delegation to various meeting of Caricom, the Latin American Economic System, the Association of Caribbean States, United Nations, the Commonwealth and the Union of South American Nations (UNASUR), among others.Harper has served in several other positions as Ambassador to Caricom (2003 to present), Non-resident High Commissioner to Trinidad and Tobago (2003-present), Non-resident High Commissioner to Barbados (2004-present), Non-resident High Commissioner to Grenada (2006-present and Non-resident High Commissioner to St Kitts and Nevis.last_img

first_imgSimon Clare joins the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast to round up the latest sporting odds.Coral’s PR manager claims Manchester City are still big outsiders, at 33/1, to win the Champions League – despite their astonishing 3-2 victory over Bayern Munich on Tuesday night.Sergio Aguero scored a hat-trick as the Blues came from 2-1 down to beat the Bundesliga champions at the Etihad. The result leaves Manuel Pellegrini’s side third in Group E, and know a win against Roma in their final match, coupled with a victory for Bayern Munich against CSKA Moscow, will see them progress.Coral is the official betting partner of the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfastlast_img

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