Assessments were started on what needs to be done to lift force majeure and restart exports from oil crescent ports in Libya as soon as possible, according to Libya’s National Oil Corporation (NOC).“We welcome statements from the Libyan National Army allied with House of Representatives and the president of the HoR, Aguila Saleh, that the ports should be placed under NOC’s control,” said NOC chairman Mustafa Sanalla.He added that the production could be increased to 600,000 b/d within four weeks and to 950,000 b/d by the end of the year from the current production capacity of around 290,000 b/d.However, this is dependent on receiving essential funds from the budget and on the oil crescent ports and the closed pipelines in the southwest being opened and kept open, Sanalla said.According to Daily Mail, the country’s fourth oil port of Brega was seized by forces opposed to Libya’s unity government on Tuesday, after they took control of oil terminals at Ras Lanuf, Es Sidra and Zueitina a few days earlier.Although political space has opened in Libya and there is progress in the fight against terrorism, the political divisions underpinning the North African country’s conflict are deepening, a United Nations envoy warned.Drawing attention to the challenging security situation, further illustrated by the most recent violence in the country’s Oil Crescent area, the Secretary-General’s Special Representative for Libya, Martin Kobler, called for an immediate cessation of hostilities to prevent any damage to the country’s oil industry, its only source of income.“Libyan natural resources belong to all Libyans,” he said, adding that they “must be protected and exported legally under the authority of the Presidency Council (PC).”In August, NOC called on rival armed groups to avoid destroying the oil port of Zueitina and secure safe passage of vessels to the terminal.Under an agreement signed in July 2016, the Petroleum Facilities Guards (PFG) and the Government of National Accord (GNA) agreed to reopen the country’s three oil ports, Ras Lanuf, Zueitina, and Es Sidra, that PFG has been blockading due to a pay dispute.World Maritime News Staff
VANCOUVER — Fears of retaliation against China-based staff of Canadian companies in the wake of a Chinese tech exec’s arrest in Canada are overblown at the moment, but experts say that could change if the situation escalates.Meng Wanzhou, CFO of Chinese telecom giant Huawei Technologies, was arrested at Vancouver’s airport while in transit on Dec. 1. and faces extradition to the United States on unspecified charges.Chinese officials have demanded her release, and the incident has sparked speculation that China could retaliate by arresting Canadians working abroad in the country, as many large Canadian corporations have offices or retail outlets there.However, it’s too soon to think about possible retaliatory measures, experts say.“I think at this stage, there is no implication yet,” said Lynette Ong, an associate professor with the Munk School.“But I think if this event were to escalate, it might have implications for security of Canadian businesses and Canadian business people operating in China.”As of 2015, Canadian businesses had 531 locations across China spanning several sectors, including energy, education and agriculture, according to data compiled by researchers at the University of Toronto’s Munk School of Global Affairs and Public Policy.Companies with sizable footprints in China include Manulife Financial Corp., Thomson Reuters and Restaurant Brands International, which has several Burger King locations in China and plans to bring more than 1,500 Tim Hortons coffee shops to the country over the next decade. All declined to comment.Other Canadian companies with Chinese interests include Bombardier Inc., Magna International Inc. and Canada Goose Holdings. None responded by time of publication.Currently, China is referring to Meng’s arrest as “hooliganism,” said Ong, adding escalating rhetoric from China or the U.S. could be a gamechanger.If China begins to portray the act as unreasonable, unfair or bullying, she said, then retaliation could come — though it’s too soon to speculate what form that could take.Sui Sui, an associate professor at Ryerson University’s Ted Rogers School of Management, doesn’t believe China would target Canada as the arrest came at the behest of the United States, and Canada is caught in the middle.However, it could impact future Chinese investment in the country, she said.Huawei has announced hundreds of millions of dollars in planned investments in Ontario. The company partnered with the province to double the size of Huawei’s Canada Research Centre operations in Kanata by 2020, which includes creating 250 new jobs. The company promised to invest at least $500 million in the province over the next five years in an announcement made near the end of 2014.If businesses are worried about their employees getting arrested in Canada, they’re less likely to do business here, said Sui.“It’s not only about Huawei… Also other Chinese business people could be worried,” she said, noting the size of the firm doesn’t matter.The arrest also casts a shadow on future trade negotiations with China, said SuiMuch will depend on how the Canadian government responds and whether it will calm the situation, she said, by making statements that indicate how much it continues to want a treaty relationship with China. Follow @AleksSagan on TwitterAleksandra Sagan, The Canadian Press
MONTREAL — People’s Party of Canada Leader Maxime Bernier will be facing a challenging opponent in his Quebec riding of Beauce — Maxime Bernier.The satirical Rhinoceros Party has found a candidate with the same name to run against the PPC founder in his longtime Quebec stronghold on Oct. 21.Rhinoceros Party Leader Sebastien “CoRhino” Corriveau was more than proud of his coup, hoping to make the most of his own Bernier’s candidacy. Pierre Saint-Arnaud, The Canadian Press “If there are people who are confused enough to mix up Maxime Bernier, we won’t refuse that,” Corriveau said in an interview. “Besides, stealing a couple of votes, we can get some media coverage with that.” The satirical political party’s platform includes such promises as making “sorry” the new official motto of Canada, privatizing the Senate and nationalizing bacon.The Rhino leader focused on coverage, noting the amount given to the founder and leader of the People’s Party for his controversial tweets.“I thought with our own Maxime Bernier, we can say almost anything and it’ll be hard to look as ridiculous as him,” Corriveau quipped. According to Corriveau, voters in Beauce who fear confusion ahead of the election can fall back on his party’s slogan: “Take no chances, vote for both.”Corriveau is also running in the Quebec City area, pitted against Liberal incumbent Jean-Yves Duclos, and promises to advocate for car companies to build more cars in varying shades of green. The Quebec City area has been consumed by debate over a “third link,” a future bridge or tunnel crossing the St. Lawrence River.Corriveau said since experts don’t believe a third link will solve the problem of road congestion in the provincial capital, he calls for building a fourth, a fifth and a sixth link.“We’re here to have fun, the Rhinoceros Party,” he said with a laugh. “We’re having fun with Canadian politics.”
The political scenario is indeed captivating during elections as the democratic exercise witnesses vivid cross-accusations and a plethora of promises. Congress released its manifesto for the Lok Sabha general elections on Tuesday which expectedly drew sharp criticism from BJP. Leading the criticism was Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, who interpreted Congress’s manifesto as a collective of “dangerous ideas” which could lead to the “Balkanisation” of India. Condemning the promise to decriminalise sedition and amend AFSPA, Jaitley asserted how Congress has always been soft on terror and wants to further soften on it and separatism. The gravity of the situation that Jaitley wants us to understand is that Congress’s attempt to scrap the colonial law and amend AFSPA is detrimental to the nation – a quality of bad governance. Sedition had done its rounds when the entire JNU episode rocked the nation. Kanhaiya Kumar, now a CPI candidate from Begusarai, was at the centre of an ensuing debate whether sedition – an archaic law of colonial vintage – deserved to be part of contemporary India or not. The provisions of the colonial law have been covered in the Unlawful Activities Prevention Law which also has procedural safeguards that the sedition law lacks. Condemning an attempt to scrap it is advocating for a law that has served as a tool to suppress dissenting voices, often coming in conflict with the freedom of expression by capitalising on the thin line between sedition and general dissent. Jaitley opined on how Congress does not deserve “even a single vote” for its promises, including doing away with sedition but these votes that he audaciously spoke on behalf of are not under his control by any means. These votes are independent minds that can reason Congress’s promises and BJP’s stance on sedition per se. And, as per the discussions on the colonial law which ensued following the JNU sedition row, there may be many who will vote for Congress. His sophisticated expression of Congress’s promises that will lead to the “Balkanisation” of India made headlines as people were treated to his interpretation of the ramifications which will follow should Congress be voted to power. Balkanisation, by definition, is a geopolitical term for the process of fragmentation or division of a region or state into smaller states that are often hostile or uncooperative with each other. India has a federal government with diverse states coming together to stitch the boundaries of the nation as they brought about the Union of India into existence since Independence. If Congress’s manifesto had even a hint of such drastic intent as the balkanisation of the nation, the experts would have criticised and the media and dailies would have expressed so. Jaitley’s apprehensions maybe real but same does not look conducive in general. Also Read – A compounding difficulty BJP asserts that under the strong leadership of Modi – who has stitched the national narrative with nationalism and national security banked on defence advancement and progress – a ‘new’ India will thrive. But the seemingly autocratic stance of the Modi government with institutional subversion and subterfuge – to bring Electoral Bonds scheme – contradicts that. Bringing the various machinations by the government into the discussions would have made more sense to the general audience rather than citing dire consequences based on personal apprehensions. Criticising Congress’s manifesto which aims to address the adversities existing under the Modi administration and branding the promises under it as the work of “tukde tukde” gang – a euphemism for those whom BJP felt were out to break the integrity of the Indian state, namely Maoists and ultra-Leftists – is expected from a pro-right perspective. It is strange that electoral promises, by and large, focus on the other party’s pitfalls and consequent remedies to that instead of amplifying public opinion. While Congress, through its crowdsourcing step, wants to present a pro-people manifesto, BJP wants to ensure that the pro-nationalism mood lasts to usher them to a successive term. Both have welfare schemes at their disposal and the pros and cons of their respective terms are out there to judge on voter’s discretion. It would be in the interest of the nation if our political leaders refrain from these petty accusations and abject criticism, focussing more on their efforts towards the development and welfare of the nation – both in actions as well as words – and deliver once in power. Good (or bad) governance should not be advocated but should be felt and in this regard, attempts made by parties to woo the voters with promises and apprise them of others’ shortcomings are nothing but machinations to lure them. Citizens are capable of reasoning the developments and accordingly choosing the government. They need not be apprised about consequences as such. That energy is better used in delivering good governance and criticism can be saved for counter-productivity, not denigrating the other.
Pep Guardiola’s life at Dorados from Mexicano has recently been revealed by his former assistant in the club where Diego Maradona just arrived.We got to give it to Mexican Club Dorados from Sinaloa, they sure know how to make an impression by signing high profile people like Diego Maradona or Pep Guardiola in the past. People tend to forget, but the Manchester City manager actually spent some of his final years as a football player at the same club where Maradona just arrived to manage. During his time in Sinaloa with Dorados, Guardiola had an assistant whose name is Eliseo Martine but goes by ‘Chevo’, he was the one who took Pep everywhere during his time in Mexico and took care of important stuff for the Catalan manager. In a recent interview for ESPN, ‘Chevo’ revealed some very interesting details of Guardiola during his final days as a player and he already showed his skills as a manager ever since. The man today works security for Dorados and he will still get to live the inside experience of yet another football legend like Diego Maradona, what a fortunate opportunity to live close to these people.Las figuras que han pasado por @Dorados:✅ Pep Guardiola✅ Loco Abreu ✅ Pedro Larley✅ Jared Borguetti✅ Cuauhtémoc Blanco✅ Diego Armando Maradona???????? pic.twitter.com/4dH7Bm4OEg— Gol Gana (@Gol_Gana_) September 11, 2018During his interview for ESPN, ‘Chevo spoke about the many characteristics that Guardiola had both as a player and as a person: “When he first arrived I didn’t know who he was really, but when I investigated and started watching him play I noticed he was a different class from the rest. The way he touched the ball was quite impressive, I was the one tasked to stay beside him and help him get to know the city in order to get more familiar with it. They mostly asked me to help him move around the city because the Dorados practices were in a training facility located on the south side of town they didn’t know very well, and that’s why I was the one who drove Pep around. He was a very clever man, he studied and read a lot. He spent a lot of time with Lillo (Dorados’ manager at the time) and they both watched a lot of football. I had to buy football magazines for him all the time, the ones published here in Mexico. I even sent them both a box full of those magazines to Spain. They study a lot of football,” said ‘Chevo’ during the interview.Mourinho knows why City and Liverpool are so far ahead George Patchias – September 13, 2019 Jose Mourinho knows why Manchester City and Liverpool are so far ahead of everyone else in the Premier League.In an interview with the Telegraph,…Pep Guardiola en su presentación con #Dorados de Sinaloa, 2005.#MemoriaFutbolera pic.twitter.com/anjNunJWCr— Memoria Futbolera (@MemoriaFutbol_) September 11, 2018‘Chevo’ also described a more private side of Pep Guardiola which people from Europe may have never known, something that describes the type of man that he is a little bit better and leaves him in a very good place in relation to the way he always tried to coexist with the fans or the staff from his club at the time. This personality was a little bit evident in the Amazon documentary he shot with Machester City, but never to this level of humbleness: “He practiced, he slept, then we always went to a kitchen to eat, and then he changed a few things from his gear if he had a double practice on the same day. He always wanted to know Culiacan a bit better, we wanted to eat ‘gorditas’ and always try new restaurants. Pep was also a very generous man, I remember he used to give me envelopes filled with money to give the people who always helped him around the club. I remember that he once gave 500 Mexican pesos to a kid and he said he would use the money to watch him play. I had to explain Pep that wasn’t meant to disrespect him because he didn’t really know how to interpret that reaction from the kid,” added ‘Chevo’ on his ESPN interview.Aprovechando el furor por la llegada de Maradona, así recordó ESPN el paso de otro grande, que jugó con Dorados https://t.co/Ug3uhUFQ5V— Heriberto Murrieta (@Beto_Murrieta) September 10, 2018What do you think about this unknown side of Pep Guardiola during his time in Dorados from Sinaloa, Mexico? Please share your opinion in the comment section down below.
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