Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ “I did a lot of power tumblings,” said Capellan of his multiple somersaults that thrilled the judges at Malaysia International Trade and Exhibition Center Hall 6.“I have that routine in my mind and I know exactly what to do,” said the 23-year-old Capellan, who retained the crown he won two years go in Singapore.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’Reyland Capellan celebrates his gold medal win in Gymnastics in the 2017 SEA Games. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO/SEA GAMES POOLThe Masbate native said he was feeling nervous at the start of the competition, because “everybody is doing well, they are all good.”But Capellan, who competed in the World Championships in Glasgow in 2015, went for jumps that carried high levels of difficulty. Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles02:11SEA GAMES 2019: PH’s Nesthy Petecio boxing featherweight final (HIGHLIGHTS)08:07Athletes treated to a spectacle as SEA Games 2019 officially ends06:27SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold05:02SEA Games 2019: Philippines clinches historic gold in women’s basketball05:21Drama in karate: Tsukii ‘very sad’ over coach’s bullying, cold shoulder03:24PH’s James Palicte boxing light welterweight final (HIGHLIGHTS) SEA Games: Bata, dela Cruz bow out in English billiards 2 nabbed in Bicol drug stings National Historical team rescues Amorsolos, artifacts from Taal LATEST STORIES KUALA LUMPUR — Reyland Capellan has been practicing the same routine every day for the past two years.And when it mattered the most, practice made perfect. His routine, highlighted by a lot of high-score power jumps, won him the 29th Southeast Asian Games men’s artistic gymnastics floor exercise gold medal Tuesday.ADVERTISEMENT OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ‘a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Teen gunned down in Masbate Albay to send off disaster response team to Batangas Reyland Capellan competes in the men’s floor exercise event of the gymnastics competition of the 29th Southeast Asian Games Tuesday at the MATRADE Exhibition and Convention Centre in Kuala Lumpur. Capelan scored 13.950 points to win the gold medal. CONTRIBUTED PHOTO/SEA GAMES POOLHe totaled 13.950 points, enough to beat host Malaysia’s Zul Bahrin Bin Mat Asri (13.750) and Thailand’s Tikumporn Surintornta (13.600). The Philippines’ other entry in the final, 18-year-old novice John Matthew Vergara, finished eighth.“I’m very proud of what I did, because I trained very hard, but before the competition I was very very nervous,” said Capellan who will still compete in vault on Wednesday.Already he is thinking of his training for the Tokyo Olympics in 2020. “We are forming a team for the Olympic training,” he said.His coach Aldrin Castaneda said Capellan and Vergara are being groomed to form that training team.ADVERTISEMENT 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano Vilma Santos, Luis Manzano warn public of fake account posing as her Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano View comments
Natural Resources CommitteeExxonMobil’s appearance before the Parliamentary Natural Resources Committee on Friday saw the oil company being grilled about local content and corporate social responsibilities. However, while the company has been doing work in this regard, it was a Government Member of Parliament who noted that the state must take the initiative on providing a local content framework.ExxonMobil Country Manager Rod Henson related that, during the first quarter of 2018, Exxon used 227 local companies, with US$14.1 million going into the economy. He stressed that regardless of the size of the companies Exxon used, the services they provide are all important.Henson also revealed that, in the first quarter, the company grew by 40 persons, of whom 28 were of Guyanese nationality. Henson noted that Exxon has hired several engineers of Guyanese nationality, including engineering graduates from the University of Guyana and the University of the West Indies.He revealed that they received additional training opportunities, and that their expertise would be used by the time first oil is produced in 2020.In addition, Henson noted that those Exxon had hired are also being promoted after being afforded training opportunities. Here he cited examples of drivers who were promoted upwards into senior positions in the company’s operations.But when suggestions were fielded to Henson that Exxon had a role to play in helping Government to formulate local content legislation, Government Member of Parliament Jermaine Figueira intervened.Figueria noted that rather than Exxon providing a blueprint of what local content it would initiate, it’s the other way around. He pointed out that Government has the responsibility to lead the way on local content and laying out a frame work.“With respect to asking (whether) Exxon has a local content (policy) that they are desirous of providing the Government, that (question) should be the other way around. Local content, of which Exxon will be implementing, should be heavily influenced by the Government,” Figueira said.“The local content policy should be of an indigenous nature. It must reflect the Guyanese significant input on what it is we want… I don’t believe you should lead the way on local content. I believe it is the other way around,” Figueira stressed.Government has faced much criticism for the draft local content policy it released to the public, with the political opposition referring to it as hollow, and even civil society criticising it.A criticism was that the document does not cater for issues such as how to avoid procurement fraud, conflict of interest and favouritism, among other (things). Instead, the draft Local Content Policy framework seeks to address the suite of opportunities that may arise, and the approaches to be taken in selecting and developing opportunities related to enhancing the capabilities of Guyanese nationals and businesses.Since the criticisms first emerged, Government has been holding consultations with different representative bodies. And when ExxonMobil was granted a production license, Minister of Natural Resources, Raphael Trotman, asked the company to submit its Local Content Plan to the Government.CLBDRegarding the Center for Local Business Development (CLBD), Henson spoke about outreaches that the Center has done with the Institute of Private Enterprise Development (IPED) in a bid to extend their reach beyond Georgetown.But questioning the rationale, Figueira referenced a particular instance when Exxon allegedly contracted a catering service from Trinidad, which then sub-contracted the work to a local company. The MP also probed how many contractors and sub-contractors were used, with Figueira noting that while companies may have been used and paid by Exxon, it is important that the money remains within the local economy.Initially, Henson appeared confused, and explained that making this distinction does not matter. Figueira, however, received support on this point from Committee Chairman Odinga Lumumba, with the end result being Henson promising to make this information available at a later date.The issue of the company’s corporate social responsibility was also raised, with Figueira noting that Exxon has spent millions in countries like Nigeria on such projects. In response, Henson revealed that the company gets thousands of requests from locals, including to construct buildings.“We do this all over the world! Seventy per cent cent of our employees are Guyanese. It’s where we live. But it’s not our role to fix every problem. But it’s something that we want to do… to the degree that we can,” Henson explained. “There’s a lot of need here, and we recognise we can’t meet all those needs.”That being said, Henson went on to reel off all the social projects Exxon has engaged in, including in the areas of science, technology engineering and mathematics (STEM) and outfitting learning resources centres. He made it clear that the company does see fulfilling requests from non-governmental organisations as part of their corporate responsibility.
…broadcasters shocked, furious over announcementWith just two more months before the calendar flips to February 2019, the Guyana National Broadcasting Authority (GNBA) on Friday announced that all broadcasting agencies must have at least one newscast which caters for persons who are differently abled.According to the GNBA Chairman, Leslie Sobers, broadcasting agencies will be required to have an inset on the newscast with persons using sign language, toGNBA Chairman Leslie Soberscater for persons with hearing disabilities.He also noted that closed caption may also be used to cater for such persons.Sobers said these provisions are being imposed as the entity seeks to have an equitable access of information to persons regardless of their circumstances.While acquainting his audience on the matter, he noted, “It is quite clear that the world of broadcasting is changing with new channels and content producers transforming the media landscape and with the impending digital changeover, what also needs to change is how we cater for the information needs of Guyanese; in particular, those with disabilities”.It was here that the Chairman quoted the section of the law, which states that provisions should be made for such persons. “Section 26 of the Persons with Disabilities Act Chapter 36:05 says ‘that within 10 years of the coming into operation of the Act or a later date, the Minister may prescribe, the person in charge of every national television station shall provide sign language inset or subtitles in at least one newscast daily and special programmes covering events of national significance’”.He was keen to note that broadcasters, who fail to meet this requirement commits an offence and will be liable to a fine of $100,000 and imprisonment for six months. He however did not comment on whether there was consultations with local broadcasters on the matter and who will stand the extra cost for the additional feature.“All broadcasters are therefore bound by law to ensure that somebody is doing sign language on at least one newscast per day,” he added.Sobers was at the time giving a presentation at GNBA’s Broadcasters’ Engagement and Christmas Luncheon at Herdmanston Lodge, Peter Rose Street, Queenstown, Georgetown.It was explained by the Chairman that this Act came into being in 2012, which means all broadcasters should be compliant by 2022 in keeping with the 10 year-period.The Broadcasting Agency is adamant that persons with disabilities face challenges when it comes to accessing information, employment, education and entertainment, among other areas which can be mitigated with the implementation of this law.Sobers was sure to include that just about 50,000 people comprise Guyana’s differently abled population. Of this population, 9.1 per cent or 4406 people suffer from hearing impediment. Moreover 30 per cent or 14,525 persons, he noted, suffer from visual impairment.“If one thinks carefully about those numbers, one can imagine that persons with disabilities can make significant differences in certain spheres,” the Chairman asserted.According to him, technologies are available to help persons who are visually impaired understand what is happening on television, although such is expensive.As explained by him, the GNBA is working to develop a policy framework by February 2019, with the goal of encouraging broadcasters nationally to allow for greater accessibility to information for the differently abled.While the intentions of the Agency may be for good, many broadcasters have already complained of this move, citing little or no consultation on the matter was done. Many broadcasters on Friday said that with the exorbitant fees that are already demanded will now be compounded with the cost to add this new feature to their newscast. While several agreed that indeed persons who are differently-abled should be carted for, they however noted that there should be a reduction in the yearly GNBA fees to compensate for this stipulation.Although, Sobers, quoted sections of the law on the matter, some broadcasters are furious over the move by the GNBA. Guyana Times was told that the GNBA has not consulted with local broadcasters on the matter, with some saying they are not even aware of any such law. Several broadcasters said that were shocked by the announcement by Sobers and will be seeking legal advice on the matter.