OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina The closest Blackwater got to Alaska was in the 2:09 mark of the fourth after Mac Belo and Michael Digregorio made two straight three-pointers to cut the deficit to one, 81-80.And as if fate strummed its strings, Chris Banchero converted twice from the line to gave Alaska an 83-80 buffer with 1:49 left in the game.Banchero finished the game with a conference-high 16 points with seven rebounds and five steals while Vic Manuel also had 16 points for Alaska.Kevin Racal and Teng also finished in double digits for the Aces with 14 and 10 points, respectively.JP Erram led the Elite with 14 points, 21 rebounds, and five blocks while Digregorio and Belo paced Blackwater with 15 points apiece.ADVERTISEMENT Nonito Donaire vs Naoya Inoue is BWAA 2019 Fight of the Year Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Newsome sets focus on helping Bolts open new PBA season on right track Jeron Teng. PBA IMAGESAlaska continued its upward trajectory in the PBA Philippine Cup after holding off Blackwater, 88-84, Saturday at Smart Araneta Coliseum.After starting the conference at 0-2, the Aces have now strung together four straight wins for a 4-2 record while Elite slipped to their third straight loss for 2-4.ADVERTISEMENT RELATED VIDEO MOST READ LATEST STORIES Abueva leaves Alaska-Blackwater game due to ‘personal emergency’ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours Michael Porter Jr. stays patient as playing time increases With the two teams trading blows in the final six minutes of the game, Alaska rookie Jeron Teng dealt the haymaker with 1:04 left in the game with a triple from the top of the key that gave the Aces an 86-80 lead.“I am very relieved,” said Alaska head coach Alex Compton. “Obviously it helped us that they missed a bunch of free throws, it seemed like in the second half they really missed a bunch and in a close game that matters.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crownSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkBlackwater mounted a 21-8 run across the third and fourth quarters that cut Alaska’s lead to two, 70-68, early in the final period.And although the Elite kept it close, they never tied nor took the lead as they missed seven free throws in the first 11 minutes of the fourth quarter allowing the Aces to keep them at bay. Almazan vows to comeback stronger after finals heartbreak View comments
– as Govt seeks to determine agency’s preparedness for oil & gasBy Jarryl BryanThe Department of Energy (DE) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) have both got enormous roles to play as regulators in Guyana’s Oil and Gas sector. One plan on the agenda is to have a consultant brought in to verify how prepared the EPA really is for this task.This was explained by head of the Department of Energy, Dr. Mark Bynoe, during his first press conference with the media recently. According to Bynoe, the DE is in the process of recruiting such a consultant.“We understand that, for the department to be strong, its sister agencies must alsoExecutive Director of the EPA, Dr Vincent Adamsbe supportive. In this vein, through consultations with the Environmental Protection Agency, the department is also recruiting a consultant to conduct a needs assessment of the EPA, and its preparedness for regulating the sector from an environmental perspective.”“Once this needs assessment is completed, we will be better able to provide the necessary support to build the capacity of the EPA,” Bynoe related, adding that his department will have a heavy focus on taking a “minimalist approach” to resource management.According to Bynoe, the EPA will not be the only agency his department will work closely with. He said collaborative efforts will be made with mandated agencies like the Audit Office of Guyana (AOG), and the Guyana Revenue Authority (GRA). Even as preparations for first oil are being made, Bynoe stressed that changes would not happen overnight.“Every mile starts with one step. We’re not going to get there tomorrow; we will not get there next week. But we are certain that with the right people, right focus and right emphasis, we will get there,” Bynoe said.Last month, energy expert and scientist Dr. Vincent Adams was appointedDepartment of Energy Head, Dr Mark BynoeExecutive Director of the EPA. His appointment came at a time when questions were being raised about the agency’s abilities to regulate oil companies in Guyana from an environmental standpoint.When Exxon Mobil’s subsidiary Esso Exploration and Production Guyana Ltd’s (EEPGL’s) submitted its Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) for its Liza Phase 2 development, an outside consultant was brought in to assist the EPA in reviewing it.A contract to the tune of $40.3 million was awarded to international firm Ramboll US Corporation in order to undertake the review, though the costs were reportedly borne by the oil company.Threat of oil spillsThe EPA did a study of its own, and found that while an oil spill in the Stabroek block was possible, factors such as the location of EEPGL operations combined with the region’s water temperature would minimise the effects.Auditor General Deodat Sharma had previously announced that the Audit Office would be carrying out a number of audits to analyse the capacity of the country’s relevant agencies to protect the environment and endangered species of animals.“As you know, North West (Region One) has the four turtle species. We have to preserve those, because we don’t want to have an oil spill; and it could beIt is important that the ecosystem and its creatures are catered fordangerous. I remember, several years ago, there was the cyanide overspill. It had an effect on the environment in the interior,” Sharma had said.This is a reference to the cyanide spill in Guyana in 1995. In gold mining, cyanide is used as an extracting agent for the ore. In the case of Guyana’s cyanide spill, the highly poisonous material spilled out of a reservoir into the Essequibo River.Guyana does have a draft Oil Spill Contingency Plan, for which consultations were held earlier this year. Besides the obvious need to protect the environment and the livelihoods of persons residing on the coast, there are various international conventions that stipulate countries have a plan for any oil spill.The Stabroek Block is 6.6 million acres. EEPGL is the operator and hold a 45 per cent interest in the Stabroek Block. Hess Guyana Exploration Ltd. holds a 30 per cent interest, and CNOOC Nexen Petroleum Guyana Limited holds a 25 per cent interest.