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First Woman Becomes President of Brazilian Oil Giant Petrobras

first_imgBy Dialogo February 15, 2012 Maria das Graças Foster, a 58-year-old chemical engineer, became president of state-owned oil giant Petrobras on February 13 and promised continuity in the management of the company, which is planning investments worth almost 225 billion dollars between now and 2015. “It moves me a great deal to be the first woman in the world to lead an oil company of this size. It’s a big challenge, a big responsibility. I feel prepared,” Foster said upon taking the post, in the presence of Brazilian President Dilma Rousseff. Foster, who began to work at Petrobras as a new graduate in 1978 and was serving as its director of gas and energy until February 12, specified that she wants to “provide continuity” to the management of her predecessor, José Sergio Gabrielli. “We have goals; we know where we want to get to,” she stated. The new president of Petrobras highlighted at a press conference that the five-year plan for 224.7 billion dollars of investments in oil and gas “is being maintained,” although she clarified that “there is no expectation that the investments will be increased.” She is also maintaining the firm’s objective of producing 6 million barrels of oil equivalent per day (BOE/d) by 2020 (compared to 2.02 million BOE/d in 2011). “I’m here as the first female president of Brazil to see the first woman in the world become the head of an oil company. I congratulate a 30-year employee of Petrobras for her tireless work,” Dilma Rousseff said. “With Graças, Petrobras will be in good hands. She will know how to provide continuity and expand Petrobras’s conquests,” she stated. Rousseff recalled that Petrobras has a presence in 28 countries, that the firm’s profits have increased fourfold in the last ten years, and that investment in research has increased 360 percent. “Count on me, Graças Foster,” the president concluded. Foster will seek to turn around disappointing financial results: in the fourth quarter of 2011, Petrobras recorded net profits of 2.95 billion dollars, half what it earned in the same quarter of 2010.last_img read more

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One in 7 reported COVID-19 infections is among health workers: WHO

first_imgOne in seven cases of COVID-19 reported to the World Health Organization (WHO) is a health worker and in some countries that figure rises to one in three, the agency said on Thursday.The WHO called for frontline medical workers to be provided with protective equipment to prevent them from being infected with the novel coronavirus, and potentially spreading it to their patients and families.”Globally around 14% of COVID cases reported to the WHO are among health workers and in some countries it’s as much as 35%,” WHO director-general Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said. “Patients’ safety requires guarantees of health worker safety as well – two sides of the same coin. Regrettably too often those guarantees are missing,” Ryder said.WHO’s emergency chief Mike Ryan said that three things haunt health workers on the frontlines of infectious disease outbreaks.”One is to stand there and watch people die because you can’t help them. Two is to see a worker fall and be infected, your fellow worker and friend.”And the third – and the one that really weighs on health workers most of the time in these situations – is the chance they could take that disease home to their families, to their friends, to their children,” Ryan said.More than 1,000 nurses have died after contracting the virus, the International Council of Nurses, a Geneva-based association, said in a statement. Topics :center_img He added data was limited however and it was hard to know if people were infected at work or in their communities.Tedros was addressing a news briefing marking World Patient Safety Day, as the number of people reported infected with the coronavirus neared 30 million, with 938,291 deaths, according to a Reuters tally.”It’s not just the risk of infection. Every day, health workers are exposed to stress, burnout, stigma, discrimination and even violence,” he added.Guy Ryder, director-general of the U.N.’s International Labor Organization (ILO), said the WHO figures on infections among health workers were a “shocking testimony”.last_img read more

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KENTUCKY DERBY WINNER NYQUIST WORKS FIVE FURLONGS IN 1:02.07 AS O’NEILL PREPS CHAMP FOR FIRST START SINCE THIRD PLACE FINISH IN PREAKNESS

first_imgARCADIA, Calif. (June 25, 2016)–With regular rider Mario Gutierrez aloft, Paul and Zillah Reddam’s Kentucky Derby winning Nyquist worked five furlongs in 1:02.07 at 12:48 p.m. today over Santa Anita’s pristine main track.In his second recorded workout since tasting defeat for the first time in the Preakness Stakes May 21, the Doug O’Neill conditioned son of Uncle Mo came on the track via the quarter mile chute and backtracked to the half mile pole. At that point, he turned around and galloped through the stretch while well off the rail.Approaching the half mile pole, Gutierrez angled Nyquist to the rail and guided him through splits of 26.08 and 49.20. Santa Anita Timer Dane Nelson had Nyquist galloping out six furlongs in 1:15.85.“I thought it went really good,” said O’Neill in an interview with Millie Ball on XBTV. “It is just his second work since the Preakness and I just really liked the way he finished up. He went sub-twelve the last eighth of a mile down the lane there. Mario was really happy with him so it was just getting him back into routine. We’re really happy.”Last year’s Eclipse Champion 2-Year-Old Colt, Nyquist was perfect through eight starts leading into the Preakness and his victories included five Grade I wins, with the Florida Derby at Gulfstream Park on April 2 serving as his final prep to winning the Run for the Roses at Churchill Downs May 7.Out of the Forestry mare Seeking Gabrielle, he has amassed earnings of $5,119,200. O’Neill has said that several races are under consideration for Nyquist’s next start, with the $6 million Breeders’ Cup Classic at Santa Anita on Nov. 5 his ultimate objective this year.last_img read more

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10 months agoPjaca agent: He’s staying with Fiorentina

first_imgPjaca agent: He’s staying with Fiorentinaby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveThe agent of Marko Pjaca says he’ll be staying with Fiorentina.Pjaca is on-loan at Fiorentina from Juventus.Marko Naletic told Violanews.com: “Right now, there’s no possibility that Pjaca will leave Fiorentina in January.“Things haven’t gone as we’d hoped so far, but Marko feels the faith that the club have placed in him and he has an excellent relationship with Pioli.“He’s very happy with how he’s settled in Florence and the dressing room. He did everything to join Fiorentina last summer.“Negotiations weren’t easy, but he insisted on making the move happen because he only wanted the Viola and didn’t change his mind.“Many clubs have called me over the last few weeks, but we haven’t considered any offers.“Muriel? His arrival doesn’t change anything. I’m convinced that Pjaca only needs to unblock him psychologically so he can return to high levels.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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$1M Upgrading for New Roads Water Tank in Westmoreland

first_imgMONTEGO BAY – The New Roads community water tank in Westmoreland, which serves over 2000 residents, has been rehabilitated at a cost of just over $1 million.Funding for the project was jointly provided by the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) and through the Constituency Development Fund (CDF) of State Minister in the Office of the Prime Minister and Member of Parliament for East Westmoreland, where the facility is located, Hon. Luther Buchanan.The USAID provided some $582,000 (approximately US$6000), while just over $480,000 (US$5000) was allocated from the CDF.The Social Development Commission (SDC) spearheaded the project’s implementation with support from the East Westmoreland Straw Craft Producers Co-operative, and Office of Disaster Preparedness and Emergency Management (ODPEM), among other stakeholders.Speaking at Friday’s (March 22) handing over ceremony for the tank, State Minister for Local Government and Community Development, Hon. Colin Fagan, underscored the need to enhance the ability of communities to tap into and access potential water sources for storage, in order to alleviate challenges such as drought. In this regard, he said rehabilitation of the New Roads water tank is indicative of what can be achieved through collaboration by various private and public sector stakeholders, in addressing such challenges. In his remarks, Mr. Buchanan urged the residents to ensure the facility is properly maintained so that itCONTACT: GARFIELD L. ANGUSlast_img read more

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Foreign national cheated at Vijay Chowk

first_imgNew Delhi: Through different tricks, criminals are making away with money in the city. In a recent incident, they targeted an Iraqi national arrived in the city to see President House on March 6.In the complaint to police, the foreign national alleged that he came to India for his treatment in Gurugram based hospital. “On the day of the incident, the victim along with his son and friend came at the Vijay Chowk to see the President House in a taxi bearing Haryana number plate,” complainant told police. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderHe further told the law enforcement agency that at about 5:30 pm, when they were at Vijay Chowk, two gents and one lady came and started interacting with them in the Arabic language. After gaining the victim’s confidence, one of the suspects asked the foreign national that he want to go to Iraq and requested him to show the USD. “On this, I gave him my Doller. He again asked me the Doller rate in Iraq and after taking my 20 notes of 100 Dollar, the suspect rub his hand and play a trick,” complainant told police. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchingsPolice further said that the suspect returns back 11 notes of 100 US Dollars and put the remaining amount in his pocket. The foreigner could not understand the trick and after this, all the three persons sit in the grey colour car and went away. “When I checked my money there were only 11 notes in my pocket I apprised all fact to my taxi driver who called the police,” the complainant said adding that all three persons aged about 35-40 years. Police have registered a case under sections 420 and 34 of IPC. In another case which was reported from Kalkaji area of South East Delhi, robbers allegedly stole a bag containing Apple laptop, I-Pad, I-Phone and other important documents. The complainant told police that he was inside his car when a person came and told him that his cash is fallen on the road. During the distraction, another person fled with a bag from the back gate of the car.last_img read more

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Ohio State outlasts California 5234

BERKELEY, Calif. – In a game that saw Ohio State and California combine for more than 1,000 yards of total offense, the Buckeyes outlasted the Golden Bears 52-34 Saturday.The Buckeyes ended the game with 608 yards of total offense.After a quick three-and-out by Cal to open the game, OSU wasted no time getting into the scoring column. Redshirt-senior quarterback Kenny Guiton, who was named the starter in place of injured junior quarterback Braxton Miller, hit junior wide receiver Devin Smith down the right sideline and Smith took it 90 yards to make it 7-0. The score was the longest offensive play in Ohio State football history.Not even two minutes later, the two connected again for another touchdown, this one from 47 yards out to give the Buckeyes a 14-0 advantage. Golden Bear freshman quarterback Jared Goff was stripped by junior linebacker Ryan Shazier on Cal’s next drive, resulting in Guiton’s third touchdown pass of the game, as he found senior wide receiver Chris Fields on fourth and goal from the one.Cal scored quickly on its next drive on a Goff touchdown pass to make it 21-7, and a 39-yard field goal by the Buckeyes made it 24-7. Goff threw his second touchdown pass of the game on the ensuing drive to make it 24-14 after one quarter of play.Even though OSU got off to a such a quick start, coach Urban Meyer said he did not feel secure until there were only a few minutes left.“I never felt comfortable until three minutes left or something like that,” Meyer said. “I felt like we could control, running the ball, run the clock out but I never…not until the end I felt comfortable.”Redshirt senior running back Jordan Hall scored on a one-yard touchdown run to give the Buckeyes a 17-point lead, and Cal kicked two field goals making the score 31-20 at the half.Hall scored twice in the third quarter, as the offenses kept humming. Goff threw two more touchdown passes himself to make it 52-27 at the end of the third.The Golden Bears were able to score once more in the fourth quarter on a one yard run by running back Daniel Lasco, but the Buckeyes ran out the clock to hold on to the win 52-34.Meyer called the high offensive production something that was “fun to watch,” and the way the unit is playing right now is what he envisions it looking like.“We couldn’t have done this a year ago. Its not going to happen,” Meyer said. “The development of Devin Smith, the development of Corey Brown, Philly Brown, and there are some weapons on offense right now.”Guiton finished the game with 276 yards passing and four touchdowns, and Hall ran for 168 yards on 30 carries and scored three touchdowns.Even though he said he was never really told he was going to start Saturday, Guiton said that did not change his preparation.“I really was never told a a set time when I was going to start or anything but all week I practice with the ones and just prepared with them like the starters,” Guiton said. “I kept the mindset like I was starting and today when I got the nod and everything I was just ready to go.”OSU takes on Florida A&M in Columbus next Saturday at noon. read more

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Pogba wants to be the next Zidane – Ferdinand

first_imgPaul Pogba aspires to be the next Zinedine Zidane or Michel Platini for France in the World Cup at Russia, says Rio FerdinandThe France international joined United for a second spell in the summer of 2016 for a then-world record fee of £89.3m, but has struggled to replicate his impressive performances with Juventus on a consistent basis at Old Trafford and found himself out of favour with Jose Mourinho this season.But Ferdinand is convinced that the World Cup offers Pogba the perfect platform to show the world what he is capable of and he believes that the 25-year-old is keen to be considered as great as France football legends Zidane and Platini.“Paul is desperate to ­announce ­himself on the world stage,” said the former defender, according to Sports Mole.Opinion: Neymar will earn respect back from the PSG fans Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 After completing his incredible return to Parc des Princes, we predict that Neymar will earn the respect back from PSG supporters.The situation between Neymar…“Paul is someone who wants to be known as a great player. When you look at the history in the French national team – with Michel Platini and Zinedine Zidane – he wants to be ­remembered as a player like that.“But Pogba has to play well. And he has to win – and that’s not easy. There will be ­pressure because ­expectations are huge on France. Pogba and [Antoine] Griezmann will be carrying the hopes of their ­nation on their shoulders – and I would like to see Paul do it.“He’s a showman and someone who wants to be the ­centrepiece of what comes out of that team. Now he has the opportunity to do that. There is no ­doubting Paul’s ­talent. Anyone who sees him play would be a fool not to see he has immense talent in all areas.”Pogba scored six goals and made 10 assists for United in his 27 Premier League appearances this season.last_img read more

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BAHAMAS NEW CABINET MINISTERS AND QUEENS COUNSELS

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 06 Jan 2015 – As the Turks and Caicos opened its legal year, The Bahamas was announcing new Cabinet Ministerial portfolios and swearing in eleven new Queen’s Counsels. The Hon. Hope Strachan, Member of Parliament for Sea Breeze, is appointed the new Minister of Financial Services with effect from Monday, January 12th, 2015. This role became void with the resignation of Ryan Pinder last month; said he got a better paying job in the private sector. Hon. Arnold A. Forbes, the Member of Parliament for Mount Moriah, is appointed Minister of State in the Ministry of Works & Urban Development, that too takes effect next week Monday January 12. Additionally, foregoing ministerial appointments is Dion Smith, Deputy House Speaker and Member of Parliament for Nassau Village; Smith is now appointed the new Chairman of The Bahamas Agricultural and Industrial Corporation (BAIC) in place of the Arnold A. Forbes, who vacates to take on the cabinet minister post. As for those eleven new QCs in The Bahamas; among them: The Hon. Philip Brave Davis – Bahamas Deputy Prime Minister, Hon. Allyson Maynard-Gibson, Cabinet Minister and Attorney General of The Bahamas; Grand Bahama attorney and son of the South Caicos soil, Maurice Glinton; former government members Carl Bethel and Alfred Sears and Hon. Damien Gomez, Senator in the Upper Chambers of The Bahamas Parliament. Bi-lateral talks with Bahamas to resume, UK gives green light to high-level TCI delegation Bahamian music legend gunned down at home in Turks and Caicos Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:bahamas, hope strachan, minister of financial services, queen’s counsel, ryan pinder Hurricane Jose Not A Threat to The Bahamas, For Now Recommended for youlast_img read more

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Giggs warns Chelsea not to underestimate United

first_imgWales national football team head coach Ryan Giggs has warned Chelsea and manager, Maurizio Sarri not to underestimate Manchester United when both teams face off this weekend.The Blues host underperforming United in the Premier League as they look to maintain their unbeaten record in the season so far, however, Giggs insists Jose Mourinho’s side have the attacking prowess to trouble any team in the league including the joint leaders.The former Manchester United winger m believes the club’s 3-2 victory over Newcastle at Old Trafford prior to the international break shows just Chelsea cannot afford to take the Red Devils lightly in Saturday’s game.“There’s lots being spoken about Manchester United and Jose Mourinho, but if you go back to the last game against Newcastle then them coming back like that you’d hope would give them massive confidence,” the Old Trafford legend told Sky Sports.Tammy Abraham, ChelseaChelsea hat-trick hero Tammy Abraham hopes for more Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Tammy Abraham hopes this season will be his big breakthrough at Chelsea after firing his first hat-trick for the club in Saturday’s 5-2 win at Wolves.“This is the period that United need to be getting up for the games and I wouldn’t be surprised if they come through this period pretty well because they are capable of playing against and matching the good teams.”“With the attacking ability they’ve got they’ve always got a chance.”“For example, Anthony Martial didn’t play well in the first half but in the second he came out flying and that’s nothing to do with the manager, that’s the player doing it for themselves, so sometimes you can’t put everything on the manager.”“They got three goals in the last game so obviously the attacking threats are there, obviously you’d like to get that attacking intent for 90 minutes but if you play like that against Chelsea and go 1-0 down it’s a long way back – you can possibly get away with it against so-called lesser teams.”last_img read more

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