Max Parrot, of Canada, jumps during the men’s slopestyle qualifying at Phoenix Snow Park at the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang, South Korea, Saturday, Feb. 10, 2018. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)PYEONGCHANG, South Korea — The words floated out of Max Parrot’s mouth while sitting with his parents one day and landed with the impact he fully expected.Alain Parrot and Suzanne Noel spun around in their chairs immediately, as tends to happen when your son tells you he’s bailing on college to pursue professional snowboarding and, oh by the way, he’d like to use the money you’d set aside for his education to fund the whole deal.ADVERTISEMENT Michael Porter Jr. stays patient as playing time increases Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Nonito Donaire vs Naoya Inoue is BWAA 2019 Fight of the Year 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 Almazan vows to comeback stronger after finals heartbreak Antetokounmpo, Terry lead Bucks over Magic Jiro Manio arrested for stabbing man in Marikina Newsome sets focus on helping Bolts open new PBA season on right track LATEST STORIES MOST READ OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson It wasn’t perfect, but it was close on a day when four Canadians reached the final. While the podium remains very much up for grabs, it’s no surprise McMorris and Parrot are in the mix. They’ve spent the last few years developing something that’s as close to a rivalry as their particular discipline gets, though the bar is admittedly low in a sporting community where phrases like “my homies” and “my boys” are thrown around with unironic ease.McMorris and Parrot, also considered the favorites when Big Air makes its Olympic debut later in the games, are friends. Still, in some ways they represent the push/pull of their sport, one in which there is a clear divide between those who view snowboarding as a method of personal expression and those who have no issue lining up one trick against the other and letting the judges sort it out.To call McMorris a purist may be oversimplifying things, but he approaches his job with a thoughtful soulfulness. A bronze medalist in Sochi, McMorris is just as happy filming backcountry videos as he is dropping into a competition, an approach that carries risks of its own.McMorris broke his jaw and his left arm, fractured his pelvis and ribs, ruptured his spleen and collapsed his left lung in a free-riding accident last March. He recovered in time to qualify for his second Olympic team, though he’s more focused on the journey than the destination.Parrot takes a bit of a different approach. The snow melts in Quebec during the summer, forcing him to search for alternative methods to train. He’ll happily hop on a trampoline when necessary because “it’s the best way for me to keep learning.”Another lesson awaits in the finals. The kid who gambled on his future has become one of the best competitive snowboarders in the world, one who needed to build a bigger storage unit to handle all the hardware he’s picked up since he bet on himself as a teenager and won.College over this? No way.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next “They were like, ‘No, you have to go to school,’” Parrot said.It was the answer he knew was coming and that was fine. He had a plan. He always has a plan.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 folkBy stunning them with the proposition out of the blue, it opened the door to months of gentle negotiation. He stressed he wasn’t quitting high school or anything and they used his earnestness as leverage.“They made a deal with me that I had to finish school with all the best classes, like high math and if I passed, I could have one year off,” Parrot said. “If I did well, then I could keep going.” OSG plea to revoke ABS-CBN franchise ’a duplicitous move’ – Lacson Steam emission over Taal’s main crater ‘steady’ for past 24 hours And if he didn’t, he was going to college anyway, only it would be on his own dime. No pressure or anything.There’s a hint of wonder in his voice while the easygoing kid from Bromont, Quebec, Canada, tells the story, still kind of stunned at his own persuasiveness.Of course, he can afford to laugh now that he’s one of the best slopestyle snowboarders on the planet. Now that he’s in South Korea at his second Olympics. Now that he’ll drop onto the tricky Phoenix Snow Park course on Sunday for the finals with a legitimate shot at gold and with mom and dad in the stands.Parrot will go last in the 12-man final after topping qualifying on Saturday with a score of 87.36, less than a point ahead of Canadian teammate Mark McMorris. He was in the same spot in Sochi four years ago only to slip to fifth in the finals. Parrot was a 19-year-old kid back then, still a bit wide-eyed about the Olympic stage.Now 23, he looked plenty comfortable while stomping his second run on Saturday, navigating the unorthodox rails atop the course with precise creativity before soaring through the chilly sky over the series of big air jumps at the end, the final one packing four twists in a leap that’s the equivalent of heaving yourself out of a four-story building.ADVERTISEMENT View comments
P16.5-M worth of aid provided for Taal Volcano eruption victims — NDRRMC Djokovic will continue working with long-time former coach Marian Vajda until the end of the claycourt season after linking up with the Slovak again for the first time in almost a year in Monaco.“I’m feeling like it’s been getting better every day,” Djokovic added after losing 6-7 (2/7), 6-2, 6-3 to Thiem.“I’ve had three matches here. I didn’t expect anything. I played without pain in the elbow, which is important. I have my coach Marian back in the box. So lot of good things.“It was a lot of positives in this tournament. Three matches played.”The 12-time Grand Slam champion was playing in only his fourth tournament since last year’s Wimbledon, after losing his opening matches at both Indian Wells and Miami to Taro Daniel and Benoit Paire respectively.ADVERTISEMENT Warriors take 3-0 lead as Spurs play without Popovich Novak Djokovic of Serbia greets the public after losing to Dominic Thiem of Austria during the Monte-Carlo ATP Masters Series Tournament, on April 19, 2018 in Monaco. / AFP PHOTO / VALERY HACHENovak Djokovic said on Thursday that he believes he will return to the top of world tennis after continuing his injury comeback with a third-round defeat by Dominic Thiem in Monte Carlo.The former world number one has not won a Grand Slam title since the 2016 French Open and has failed to reach a quarter-final at any of his four tournaments since Wimbledon last July.ADVERTISEMENT Djokovic admitted that he is still finding his way back to full fitness, although he did say he is playing pain-free for the first time in two years.“With the elbow, it’s been quite a story over the last two and a half years,” he said.“Whether my elbow can be hurt if I play too long consecutively, I don’t know…“I’ve done, with people around me, everything in our power to get my elbow in the best possible shape. I’m really happy with the way things are working out right now with the elbow. That’s all I can say.”Austrian Thiem is one of the best claycourt players on tour, having reached the French Open semi-finals in each of the last two seasons, and he was impressed by his vanquished opponent’s performances in Monaco.“I think he’s on the rise again, for sure,” said Thiem.“I think (it’s an) amazing decision by him to take Marian Vajda back because it’s the coach he won everything with almost.“I’m pretty sure that we’re going to see him at the very top of the game pretty soon.” Green group flags ‘overkill’ use of plastic banderitas in Manila Sto. Niño feast Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. ‘Stop romanticizing Pinoy resilience’ MOST READ Truck driver killed in Davao del Sur road accident Scientists seek rare species survivors amid Australia flames Jo Koy draws ire for cutting through Cebu City traffic with ‘wang-wang’ Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Djokovic also said that he’ll play in either Budapest or Barcelona next week as a wildcard as he continues his return from a right elbow injury.“Ideally I’d want to be playing the way I played for so many years,” the former world number one, now ranked 13, said.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSAfter winning title, time for LA Tenorio to give back to Batangas folkSPORTSTim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown“But obviously patience is required, trust in the process, believing in myself, in my game, people around me.“I really believe that if I continue doing what I’m doing so far, believing in myself, I know eventually I’m going to get there (to the top of the game). I’m going to get there.” 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 View comments
It was in 1923, during the administration of President that C.D.B. King, that the then ruling True Whig Party (TWP) became mightier than ever before—why? It was that year that the TWP initiated its “caucus” system, which predetermined who was to be nominated for any elective post. This was so because ever since the eminent Liberian pioneer Elijah Johnson’s son, Hilary Richard Wright Johnson, became President in 1884, the TWP had become the nation’s unchallenged ruling party—a position it was to enjoy until its military overthrow in April 1980.The background to this is that in 1883 Hilary Richard Wright Johnson became arguably the most popular person ever to be elected President, because he was nominated by both the TWP and J.J. Roberts’ Republican Party (RP). The RP had ruled Liberian from Independence in 1847 to 1870, when E.J. Roye, the TWP’s first standard bearer, became President, having defeated the RP in the 1869 elections. But following Roye’s overthrow in the nation’s first coup d’etat on October 26, 1871, President Roberts was recalled to serve in an interregnum administration until 1876, when he died.The TWP returned to power in 1877, when Anthony William Gardiner was elected President, followed in 1883 by Alfred Francis Russell. The TWP was now firmly in power. Then emerged the giant in Liberian politics, H.R.W. Johnson, who in 1884 became the first politician to be nominated by the two existing political parties—TWP and RP! Elected, therefore, unopposed, the ingenious H.R.W.J. brilliantly recruited into his Cabinet leading Republican and TWP members. After that, no one ever again heard of the RP. Thus began the TWP’s political supremacy in Liberia.By 1923 the TWP under President King had grown so comfortable with power that King decided to make elections to the Legislature a foregone conclusion once the party’s “caucus” had nominated a candidate. The first attempt, however, backfired. The Marylanders wanted a kindhearted and flamboyant young lawyer, William V.S. (Shad) Tubman, as their Senator; but the TWP, having someone else in mind, rejected Shad. It was at that point that the Marylanders began singing their demanding song, “No Tubman, no Senator.” The TWP backed down, and that is how Tubman entered national politics. It is startlingly ironic that immediately upon being handpicked by President Edwin J. Barclay to be his successor, again through the party “caucus,” Tubman consolidated the caucus system—the same system that had rejected him in 1923. After his first election in 1943, the TWP caucus became a permanent reality, choosing in every campaign season all political candidates, from town chief to president.That is what seems to be happening in Liberia today. Many parties, including the ruling Unity Party, seem to have adopted the caucus system by choosing candidates favored by the UP’s powers that be.It was this that led Gbarpolu County Senator Theodore Momo, a UP stalwart, to resign from the ruling party. He sensed foul play when the party selected former Liberty Party (LP) partisan Gertrude Tene Lamin as the UP senatorial candidate in the ensuing October 2014 elections.The angry Senator Momo promptly accused UP of having “violated” the guidelines of the Elections Commission (NEC).There are reports of confusion within UP elsewhere. The UP primary in Bong County, which Cuttington University President Henrique Tokpa won as UP’s senatorial candidate, is reported to have ended in disarray.There are also reports of problems in other parties, including the main opposition Congress for Democratic Change (CDC) and Liberty Party (LP). One of our chief concerns is that we hear little about political parties until campaign time. This is most unfortunate. NEC should ensure that political parties hold regular congresses or conventions. But we hear little of this until campaign season, when politicians begin scrambling for nominations.When last, for example, has the ruling UP, the opposition CDC, Liberty Party, National Democratic Party of Liberia (NDPL) and National Patriotic Party (NPP) held a congress?Yet is this not what political parties should be doing, in an effort to continue the development of a democratic culture in Liberia?We hope that following the 2014 senatorial elections, NEC will ensure that political parties begin engaging and organizing their partisans on a regular basis and holding periodic conventions, rather than wait until campaign time to start making noises.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
The House of Representatives of the 53rd National Legislature on Thursday, October 23, during its 15th day sitting of the Extraordinary Session, approved two Loan Agreements to the tone of US$62.31 million, as additional funding to fight the Ebola virus.The Members of the House’s Plenary unanimously voted for the passage of the Loan Agreements after Deputy Chief Clerk J. Sayfura Geplay read the advisory from the Committees on Ways, Means and Finance and Judiciary to support the Ebola Sector Budget (ESB).The Ebola outbreak has killed more than 5,500 people across West Africa, including 3,200 in Liberia. International donations have so far fallen well short of the amounts requested by UN agencies and aid organizations.In the worst affected countries – Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone, about 9,000 people have been found to have the Ebola virus, which kills an estimated 70% of those infected.The Loan Agreements, known as the African Development Fund (ADF) Loan Agreement for Ebola Sector Budget and the Transitional States Facility Loan Agreement for the Ebola Sector Budget Support, were submitted by President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf to get-rid of the deadly Ebola Virus Diseas (EVD).In the communication to Speaker J. Alex Tyler, dated October 14, 2014, the Chief Executive said the country had experienced an economic slowdown owing to the outbreak of the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) with a potential growth rate falling to 2.5% from 5.9% for 2014.The President stated that economic activities had drastically declined and there are now shortfalls in domestic food production, mining, hospitality and transportation sectors.“We have seen the fear of the virus causing adverse behavior that is having a cumulative effect of reduced revenue, while at the same time, there is an expansion in government’s expenditure demands,” the President wrote.According to the financing agreements, the ADF Loan Agreement is for UA 35 million (approximately US$54.25 million), while the Transitional States Facility (TSF) Agreement amounts to UA 5.2 million (approximately US$8.06 million). UA stands for Unit of Account, which is the official currency of the African Development Bank. “Mr. Speaker and colleagues, we believe that the ratification of these financing agreements will create the fiscal space that is urgently needed to fight the epidemic and still continue our development,” the Committees urged their colleagues.However, immediately after the passage of the US$62.31 Loan Agreements to fight Ebola, Speaker Tyler mandated Chief Clerk Mildred Siryon to convey the documents to the Liberian Senate in compliance of the 1986 Liberian Constitution.According to a source in the office of the Secretary of Liberian Senate, the Loan Agreements are expected to be included on tomorrow’s agenda and there might be concurrence.The Ebola virus spreads between humans by direct contact with infected blood, bodily fluids or organs, or indirectly through contact with contaminated environments.A source in the Executive Mansion has disclosed that the Country is in need of a total of US$500 million to fight the virus and build a vibrant healthcare system in readiness to combat the virus or any other disease in the future.The source said with Ebola gradually leaving the country, a lingering sense of uncertainty as to whether Liberians should not worry again for the reemerging of the virus or any other disease is authentic; therefore, the government must prepare for the challenge.Meanwhile, it may be recalled that President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf appealed for more international help, describing the devastating effects of Ebola in a “Letter to the World” that was broadcast last Sunday by the BBC.”Across West Africa, a generation of young people risk being lost to an economic catastrophe as harvests are missed, markets are shut and borders are closed,” the President said. “The virus has been able to spread so rapidly because of the insufficient strength of the emergency, medical and military services that remain under-resourced.””There is no coincidence Ebola has taken hold in three fragile states — Liberia, Sierra Leone and Guinea — all battling to overcome the effects of interconnected wars,” President Sirleaf’s letter said, adding that Liberia once had 3,000 medical doctors but by the end of its civil war, which ended 11 years ago, the country had just 36.”Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
The burial has taken place of motorcyclist Alfred Tanue whose death at the hands of a police officer prompted the April 16, 2015 violent demonstration in the City of Paynesville resulting in injuries, the burning down of several police depot and destruction of other property in the area. The Liberia National Police described his death as “unfortunate and embarrassing”.Tanue was laid to rest following funeral rites at the Seventh Day Adventist Church in Paynesville City, of which he was a member.Paying tribute to the fallen cyclist Deputy Police Director for Administration Col. Williams Mulbah said the LNP was saddened by the unfortunate death of young Alfred Tanue, stressing that those whose actions led to his death would face the full weight of the law. Col. Mulbah praised the family members of the deceased for cooperating with the police since the death of their son.Col. Mulbah appealed to the family not to see the police as an evil institution but an institution that is working in the interest of the people of Liberia.The LNP officers turned out in large numbers to escort the body from the Samuel Stryker Funeral Home to the SDA Church in Paynesville. Police Director Clarence Massaquoi, Deputy Police Director for Operations Prince Mulbal, Assistant Police Director for Crime Services Division Joseph Flomo and Police Spokesman Sam Collins and other high ranking police officials attended the removal and funeral services.In his eulogy, Mr. Alfred Tanue Sr., described the death of his son as a great loss to the family and asked other family members to forgive those who killed their son.Mr. Tanue Sr., in tears, called on the Liberian government to consider helping the family to take care of the deceased’s children and help give them quality education.“We are deeply hurt for the loss of our son in such a wicked manner,” he said.He said the family holds no malice against the LNP but called on the police leadership to leave no stone unturned in making sure that the perpetrators of Tarnue’s death are brought to justice.Autopsy findings confirmed that the deceased sustained and suffered death as a result of “blunt injury to the right side of his head and strangulation.” The autopsy also showed that there was bruising of the right side of the victim’s neck which suggested that considerable pressure was exerted to that side of the body from external forces, resulting in compression on his jugular vein.The autopsy concluded that the death of Mr. Tanue was unnatural.The Independent Investigative Committee after a thorough investigation which included interviews with eye-witnesses concluded that the policeman who chased Tanue, as well as three other persons, Emmanuel Howard, Roland C. Julue and Byrant Dean are responsible directly or indirectly for the death of the motorcyclist. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Natural Resources Minister Raphael Trotman and Chile’s Mining Minister Baldo Prokurica after the signing of the MoUNatural Resources Minister Raphael Trotman on Monday signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Chile’s Minister of Mining, Baldo Prokurica and the National Service of Geology and Mining of the Government of the Republic of Chile (SERNAGEOMIN).The Memorandum provides a framework for the exchange of scientific and technical knowledge and the augmentation of scientific and technical capabilities of the Guyana Geology and Mines Commission (GGMC) and SERNAGEOMIN with respect to Earth Sciences and Mining.“The signing of this MoU brings to fruition areas discussed when His Excellency, President David Granger visited Chile two years ago. We look to Chile as a good example for productive and safe mining practices and how the proceeds of mining can be utilised for the benefit of the citizens. This relationship between Guyana and Chile will benefit our people immensely and we can look to no better example than Chile of how to do it properly”, Trotman stated.Chile’s Mining Minister Prokurica said his country was pleased to be able to share its knowledge and expertise with Guyana.He noted that Chile was known throughout the world as an important mining country. “We are very interested in signing this agreement and further collaboration especially in geological services … 20 per cent of mining services provided in Peru are Chileans,” he added.Forms of cooperation under the Memorandum may consist of exchanges of technical information; visits; participation in training courses, conferences, and symposia; exchange of professional geoscientists in areas of mutual interest; and any other cooperative research consistent with programmes of the parties.Specific areas of cooperation include, but are not limited to geochemical and geological mapping and data analysis, economic geology and metallogenesis.GGMC Geological Services Division Manager Gordon Nestor noted that the MoU cleared the way for greater capacity building in the Commission.“It will help boost capacity for geological and land management platforms and the development of professionals in geosciences, geophysics and structural management and data management,” he noted.Collaboration between SERNAGEOMIN and GGMC has started with two outward visits of GGMC staff to Chile and one inward from SERNAGEOMIN to the GGMC. There are three Chileans working at the GGMC.
…as floodwaters rise in Region 9The Regional Administration of Region Nine (Upper Takutu-Upper Essequibo) is monitoring flash flooding in the Kabanawau area cutting off access to Aishalton Village, according to Regional Chairman Brian Allicock.In a phone interview, Allicock said that owing to heavy rainfall, the creek was flooded and as a result, the Kabanawau Bridge was impassable.“The heavy rain flooded the creek and now the bridge is under water and no vehicles can access it and that is a cause for concern, because most people use that bridge to get goods and produce in and out of Aishalton, so it now means that access is cut off from that village,” he informed.These youngsters use the day off from school to take advantage of the high water levelThis newspaper was told that children from the village of Chiridkanau were unable to attend school on Tuesday, since the bridge was impassable. Since the beginning of the May/June rainy season, several villages have experienced major flooding and some are still trying to rebuild after the floods. The hard-hit communities were mostly limited to Regions Seven (Cuyuni-Mazaruni) and Eight (Potaro-Siparuni) as the floodwaters washed away houses, but, fortunately, there were no casualties.One such village is Chenapau in Region Eight. Water levels in the Amerindian village rose to approximately 20 feet in some areas and the Potaro River remains flooded owing to the heavy rains the Region is currently experiencing.Residents complained that following the initial relief supplies, the Government has yet to offer any additional supplies to the community, as they are still battling to recuperate. Farms in the village were washed away, and residents were finding it difficult to restart, since there were limited job opportunities and they were still being denied access to the generations-old trail in the Kaieteur National Park, which they use to get to their farms and to fish and hunt.Approximately two weeks ago, roadways in Mahdia, Region Eight were washed away as a result of floods. There are also frequent reports of flooding in and around Georgetown and other parts of the coast.
A 25-year-old woman is under Police guard at the Georgetown Public Hospital following the death of her newborn baby, who was allegedly dumped in a pit latrine aback her Goed Fortuin, West Bank Demerara (WBD) home.Based on reports received, the woman gave birth on Thursday to a baby boy, but was unhappy, since she was under pressure from her family about not knowing the child’s father.After delivering the baby, the woman allegedly placed him in the garbage bin and instructed her five-year-old child to dispose of the newborn in the latrine at the back of the yard.Guyana Times understands that a relative subsequently went to use the toilet and realised there was blood present. Upon investigation, he saw the baby in the pit. At the time, the baby was still moving. He immediately raised an alarm and the baby was pulled out and rushed to the West Demerara Regional Hospital, but despite the efforts by doctors to save his life, he died. Initially, the woman claimed that the baby was not hers, but later admitted that she felt contractions and later gave birth. A Police source told Guyana Times that relatives informed the ranks at the La Grange Police Station of the incident and as such, the woman was arrested. The source related that during investigations, the seemingly confused woman told ranks that she went to use the toilet and it was then she delivered.He added that while interrogating the woman, the ranks realised that something was amiss. The woman was taken to the Georgetown Public Hospital, where she was currently receiving medical attention while being under guard. In addition, the baby’s umbilical cord was discovered in a drain in close proximity to the home. Police are continuing their investigations. (Bhisham Mohamed)
Budget meetings continue this afternoon at city hall with the focus moving to the operating budget.It’s estimated the city has roughly a two million dollar surplus from last year, as a number of departments were able to save over two point four million dollars.However, water, sewer and transit services were about 400 thousand over budget.- Advertisement -The draft budget for this year shows anticipated revenues of about 48 million dollars, which is about one point three million short of estimated expenditures.The budget meeting is again open to the public and, set to begin in Council Chambers at three o’clock.It is the latest in a series of meetings which will continue this month, with the 2009 residential and business tax rates expected to be finalized during the last full week of March.Advertisement
30 new infrastructure projects will be involved and the Ministry of Energy and Mines says 120 million dollars in credits will go to upgraded roads and pipelines, improveed access to underdeveloped areas and increases in year-round production activities.Under the program, projects are awarded credits following a Request for Applications and careful evaluation of their potential economic benefits to the province.Industry then funds the entire cost of each project, but the companies involved can apply for credits of up to 50 per cent of the construction costs, which are then applied against the royalties the companies pay to the province.- Advertisement -In this case, 49 applications, involving a total request of about 527 million dollars in estimated construction costs, were submitted for review to the ministry.Since its inception in 2004, the program has reportedly led to road based development and new pipeline projects accounting for more than one billion dollars in capital investment, and about five billion in private-sector drilling and other investment activities.