Double duty: Standhardinger takes place of Blatche as Gilas reinforcement

first_imgThat would mean that the 6-foot-8 Standhardinger will, after the Aug. 8 to 20 showcase in Beirut, fly straight to Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia to anchor another Gilas Five that will try to win the Philippines’ 19th cage gold in the Southeast Asian Games.“Yes, Chris will double,” Reyes told the Inquirer through a text message as the Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas decided not to replace Standhardinger in the SEA Games lineup, which was finalized weeks before the hardworking center debuted for Team Philippines internationally in the Jones Cup in Taipei.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsMeanwhile, Blatche apologized to his “Filipino family” on Wednesday morning, but still didn’t point out the exact reason why he opted not to join the team.Through his Instagram account @draylive, the 6-foot-11 NBA veteran said: “I will always be very thankful for the opportunity the love and the support I have received from my Filipino family but it’s a lot of reason why I can’t join and I don’t expect for many ppl to understand but I do wish my brothers the best of luck.” Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ MOST READ El Nido residents told to vacate beach homes Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Trump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweet San Sebastian hopes to check rash of visitor wins, hosts Jose Rizal View comments Church, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plant LATEST STORIES Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. National Coffee Research Development and Extension Center brews the 2nd National Coffee Education Congress The Inquirer first reported on Monday afternoon that Blatche refused to get on board because the 6-foot-11 former Brooklyn Net and Washington Wizard in the NBA feared for his safety in Beirut.In a related development, Reyes will call for full practices starting Thursday with the likes of reigning three-time PBA MVP June Mar Fajardo, Jason Castro of TNT KaTropa, Calvin Abueva of Alaska and Terrence Romeo of GlobalPort leading the squad that is tasked to win the championship for the first time since 1973.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo FEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’ Christian Standhardinger. Photo by Randolph B. Leongson/ INQUIRER.netFrom being a veritable unknown to Filipino basketball fans, Christian Standhardinger will be the one common denominator of two Gilas teams playing in prestigious regional events next month.After Andray Blatche decided not to go with the team to the Fiba Asia Championship in Lebanon, Gilas coach Chot Reyes was left with no choice but to put Standhardinger’s name in the roster as the Filipinos’ naturalized player.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

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Ashes 2017: How unplayable was Mitchell Starc’s ‘ball of the century’?

first_imgToo early? Yes! But for the time being the ball of the 22nd century has been decided and it was a ripper.On December 17, 2017, Mitchell Starc bowled a peach of a delivery that disturbed the timber to send a set James Vince packing on Day 4 of the third Ashes Test at the WACA.The ball of the last century belonged to Shane Warne, who bowled Mike Gatting out on June 4, 1993 during the second Ashes Test at Old Trafford. Warney’s leg-spinner pitched outside leg — on a foot hole — and turned a fair bit to disturb the stumps. And after 24 years, six months and 13 days, we have another Australian getting the better of an Englishman.Starc angled in from round the wicket and hurled a length ball pitching around middle at 143.9 kmph. The ball pitched and deflected at an angle of 3.9 degrees (as seen in the pitch map later). Vince looked to clip it away with the angle but found the late movement tough to counter. The ball uprooted the off stump and the anguish on Vince’s face was telling. On another look, it showed that the crack had a part to play in that deflection.’Every time you look at that delivery, it just gets better and better’ #Ashes pic.twitter.com/ED9xzRCYsR- cricket.com.au (@CricketAus) December 17, 2017Talking about the ball, a frustrated Vince said that he would have been out to that delivery even if he played it a 20 or 30 more times.”It’s still frustrating to get out, but it’s easier to take than the ones when you feel like you’re at fault yourself. If I faced that another 20 or 30 times, it would get me out every time. Give him credit there, sweep it under the carpet and move on,” Vince said.advertisement”I said at tea that the ones that had hit the cracks were doing too much and not endangering the stumps, then came that one. You have to put it out of your mind. If it does hit a crack there’s not a huge amount you can do,” the 25-year-old Englishman added. (Ashes 2017: Australia regain the urn after Josh Hazlewood picks five-wicket haul)Starc’s ball left pace great Wasim Akram amazed and he tweeted saying that he has made left-armers proud.”That’s called a JAFFA! What a delivery @mstarc56 you reminded me of my bowling days and I enjoyed it to the hilt! You made left armers proud!”That�??s called a JAFFA! What a delivery @mstarc56 you reminded me of my bowling days and I enjoyed it to the hilt! You made left armers proud! @CricketAus- Wasim Akram (@wasimakramlive) December 17, 2017Even England spinner Grame Swann couldn’t stop himself from praising the New South Wales pacer. He went onto add that the ball will get the likes of Sachin Tendulkar and Donald Bradman out a 1000 times as well.”People who are saying that it (the ball) is an exaggeration, do not know the game of cricket. Left-arm round 90 miles an hour, seaming more than a guy can spin the ball…that is the best ball I’ve ever seen live in Test cricket. People say it is not because it hit a crack, Shane Warne’s ball of the century landed in a foot hole,” he said to cricinfo.”Get some perspective…that ball is getting Sachin Tendulkar out 1000 times out of 1000, it is getting Sir Donald Bradman out 1000 times out of 1000. Steve Smith 1000 out of 1000. It is unplayable. I’m flabbergasted at how good the ball was,” Swann added.Australia went onto win the Test match by an innings and 41 runs and regain the Ashes with two matches to spare.Don’t forget ‘The Glue’ of the FBU, @mitchmarsh235 ! �???�???�???@patcummins30 @NathLyon421 @mstarc56 @MitchJohnson398 pic.twitter.com/a5VIn19Q2B- cricket.com.au (@CricketAus) December 18, 2017Aussies�?�� �??��??��??��??��??��??��??� brilliant performance #ashes17 �?���?��- Michael Clarke (@MClarke23) December 18, 2017Unbelievable feeling to get the urn back! A credit to all the players and support staff for their hard work. Thanks to the Australian fans for all their support. Looking forward to Boxing Day! #ashes- Darren Lehmann (@darren_lehmann) December 18, 2017last_img read more

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Machin delighted by ‘mature’ Girona

first_imgGirona v Real Madrid Giant-killing Girona staying grounded after stunning Real Madrid upset Matt Dorman Last updated 2 years ago 05:50 10/30/17 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Pablo Machin - cropped Getty Images Girona v Real Madrid Girona Real Madrid Primera División The side’s muted response to their incredible victory over the La Liga champions is a sign of their maturity, according to boss Pablo Machin Girona head coach Pablo Machin said the La Liga newcomers will not get carried away by their historic win over Spanish champions Real Madrid.In Girona’s first competitive meeting with Madrid, Machin’s men claimed a stunning 2-1 win at home to the La Liga titleholders on Sunday courtesy of a stirring second-half comeback.Cristhian Stuani cancelled out Isco’s opener with his fifth goal in eight league appearances before Portu completed the improbable turnaround just four minutes later. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Lyon treble & England heartbreak: The full story behind Lucy Bronze’s dramatic 2019 Liverpool v Man City is now the league’s biggest rivalry and the bitterness is growing Megan Rapinoe: Born & brilliant in the U.S.A. A Liverpool legend in the making: Behind Virgil van Dijk’s remarkable rise to world’s best player Girona 21/20 v LevanteBut 43-year-old Machin, who guided the Catalan club to promotion last term, is determined to keep his players grounded.”Obviously there was a celebration, but I haven’t seen any bottles of champagne,” Machin said at his post-match news conference.”This is a mature team and we knew that we had a chance to beat a great team.”We demonstrated our maturity by not showing excessive euphoria after the whistle.#HISTÒR1A@pablomachindiez  pic.twitter.com/ny66HpdJI2— Girona FC (@GironaFC) October 29, 2017″If you would have told me three years ago that this would be possible, I would have thought you were crazy.”This result is for those who have been following us a long time. They have always helped us.”Girona now sit 12th in their maiden top-flight campaign with three wins and three draws from 10 matches.last_img read more

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Sharon Gray

first_imgA true advocate and supporter of Touch in South Australia, Sharon Gray continues to dedicate her time to supporting the growth of Touch Football in grassroots communities. A long time player and national representative, Sharon uses her expertise and time to encourage and develop touch programs in secondary schools encouraging participation by both students and teachers. Sharon is also the permit managers for Eastern Stingrays, a role that is critical to the function of State League.last_img

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China VLCC Offloads Second-Hand Duo

first_imgzoom China VLCC, a joint venture company between China Merchants Energy Shipping (CMES) and Sinotrans&CSC, has signed contracts to sell two second-hand very large crude carriers (VLCCs).The VLCCs are 6 and 7 years old, featuring 297,600 tons in DWT dwt and they will be sold for USD 117.5 million.The undisclosed purchaser is said to be registered in Marshall Islands, CMES revealed in a stock exchange filing.The entry into force of the agreement is still subject to the board of directors’ approval of both companies.Separately, China VLCC has taken delivery of a new vessel on May 19th, the VLCC New Constant in Dalian, China from Dalian Shipbuilding Industries.With the recent fleet addition, China VLCC has operations in 36 VLCC tankers and orders for 17 more ships.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

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Nova Scotia Invests 60m in Jobs Green Economy Government of Canada Invests

first_imgNova Scotia’s green economy is continuing to grow through a new venture between the province of Nova Scotia and Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering Ltd. (DSME). DSME will establish a wind turbine tower and blade manufacturing facility at the former TrentonWorks site, creating hundreds of jobs. The province is investing almost $60-million and getting an equity stake in the Pictou County operation. “Today is an exciting day, because this partnership will help create the secure jobs our economy needs, employing up to 500 Nova Scotians within three years,” said Premier Darrell Dexter. “This new facility will also showcase and develop Nova Scotia’s leadership in renewable energy and the green economy.” Premier Dexter also noted that the agreement will have immediate benefits, with about 120 staff employed within the first year of operation and additional indirect jobs and spin-off benefits for the local community and the province. DSME and the province are signing a shareholders agreement and committing to an equity investment. DSME is contributing $20.4 million and will hold 51 per cent of the common shares and the province is contributing $19.6 million and will hold 49 per cent of the common shares. The province will also have representation on the board of directors. Through the Industrial Expansion Fund, the province is providing start-up financing — a $30-million loan for new equipment, a loan of up to $6 million for working capital, and a $4-million forgivable loan to acquire land and buildings. “This agreement is expected to support DSME’s strategy of diversification into the wind-energy sector and expansion into the North American market,” said Mr. Nam, president and CEO of DSME. “We hope this announcement becomes the first milestone to establish a renewable energy cluster in Nova Scotia.” The government of Canada announced that it intends to invest $10 million in the plant. The investment, through the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency, will be a $5-million repayable loan and a $5-million contribution for adjacent land improvements. “Government is delighted that a company with the resources and vision of DSME will undertake the manufacturing of wind turbines in Trenton,” said National Defence Minister Peter MacKay. “This project will put Nova Scotia in the forefront of the green revolution and provide a legacy of long-term economic benefits for the people of Pictou County and the province of Nova Scotia.” The agreement is the result of more than a year of work that began with a memorandum of understanding to explore economic opportunities. The original memorandum was developed by DSME, the departments of Energy and Economic and Rural Development, and Nova Scotia Business Inc. DSME also announced it signed a memorandum of understanding with Nova Scotia Power for a formal process for the companies to collaborate on developments that help meet renewable generation goals in Nova Scotia. The companies will also focus on potential on-shore wind, tidal energy and offshore wind projects. “Nova Scotia Power is delighted to welcome DSME to Trenton and we can attest to the great quality of the workforce here as well as the community’s support for business,” said Rob Bennett, president and CEO of Nova Scotia Power. “We look forward to exploring opportunities with DSME, not only relating to this exciting new venture in Trenton, but regarding the further development of tidal energy in Nova Scotia and building together on our existing local partnerships.” “This is a great move for Nova Scotia’s wind industry and I applaud the province, the government of Canada and NSBI for building this important relationship with DSME,” said Mike Magnus, CEO, Shear Wind. “Shear Wind’s future wind-project plans could keep this plant busy for years to come; the combination of our turbine tower requirement and DSME’s production capacity truly leads to a made in Nova Scotia solution.” Because TrentonWorks is in bankruptcy, several legal steps are necessary before the deal can be completed. The Industrial Expansion Fund helps industries with innovation and technology, and contributes to a prosperous and sustainable business climate for Nova Scotia. The fund helps protect jobs and support businesses to be more competitive and sustainable. It provides financial support, such as loans and guarantees, when many traditional sources are reluctant to do so. DSME is a diversified company and one of the world’s largest ship builders. The South Korean-based company was established in 1973 and today is a first-class builder of commercial and naval ships and offshore projects. In 2009, DSME acquired DeWind Inc., an American wind turbine engineering company, and announced plans to expand into the wind-power sector and build a production plant in North America. South Korea-based Daewoo is publicly listed on the Korean Stock Exchange. Nova Scotia Power Inc. is the largest wholly owned subsidiary of Emera Inc., a diversified energy and services company. Nova Scotia Power provides more than 95 per cent of the generation, transmission and distribution of electrical power to 486,000 customers in the province. The company is focused on new technologies to enhance customer service and reliability, reduce emissions, and add renewable energy. Nova Scotia Power has 1,900 employees and $3.5 billion in assets. FOR BROADCAST USE Nova Scotia’s green economy is continuing to grow through a new venture between the province of Nova Scotia and Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering Ltd., or DSME. DSME will establish a wind turbine tower and blade manufacturing facility at the former TrentonWorks site, creating hundreds of jobs. Premier Darrell Dexter says the partnership will help create the secure jobs our economy needs, employing up to 500 Nova Scotians within three years. The agreement will have immediate benefits, with about 120 staff within the first year. DSME and the province are signing a shareholders agreement and committing to an equity investment. DSME is contributing 20-point-four million dollars and will hold 51 per cent of the common shares. The province is contributing 19-point-six million and will hold 49 per cent of the common shares. Through the Industrial Expansion Fund, the province is providing start-up financing — a 30-million-dollar loan for new equipment, a loan of up to six-million-dollars for working capital, and a four-million-dollar forgivable loan to acquire land and buildings. DSME also announced it signed a memorandum of understanding with Nova Scotia Power to explore potential on-shore wind, tidal energy and offshore wind projects. -30-last_img read more

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Alberta banks on expanded Trans Mountain pipeline in budget forecasts

first_imgEDMONTON – Finance Minister Joe Ceci says Alberta is banking on anticipated revenue from an expansion of the Trans Mountain oil pipeline to balance the budget within five years.Ceci says revenue from the yet-to-be built expansion, along with expected revenue from a replacement Enbridge pipeline to Wisconsin, will be factored into forecasts in the budget he is to table on Thursday.He says it makes financial sense to include the pipelines now —given the expectation they will get completed — and the figures can be adjusted as the situation develops.“That is definitely the hopes of the companies that are involved,” Ceci said Tuesday. “We’ve built (the revenue) into budget because that’s what everybody believes will happen.”In 2016, the federal government approved the Enbridge Line 3 replacement to Wisconsin, as well as Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain expansion, which would triple the amount of crude shipped from Edmonton to the port at Burnaby, B.C.But the Trans Mountain expansion is facing delays and challenges.B.C. Premier John Horgan is asking for a legal ruling on whether his province can restrict higher levels of oil from coming into B.C. while his government reviews oil-spill safety measures.Alberta Premier Rachel Notley has said Trans Mountain is critical to Canada’s energy future and she plans to introduce legislation in the coming weeks to give her the power to curtail oil shipments to B.C. in retaliation.She has said that pipeline bottlenecks and limited access to overseas markets are forcing Alberta’s crude to sell at a discount, costing thousands of jobs and leaving billions of dollars of profit on the table.Opposition United Conservative Leader Jason Kenney said it’s risky for Ceci to count on future revenue from Trans Mountain.“We obviously hope that Trans Mountain gets built quickly, but what we’ve seen is a year of delays already and the very strong potential of yet further delays,” Kenney said.“This is putting a lot of eggs in one uncertain basket, and that’s not how you budget.”Ceci made the pre-budget announcement at a downtown tech startup company that creates virtual simulations for proposed homes and work sites.Finance ministers traditionally get new shoes prior to budget day. This year, Ceci stood next to a screen displaying a computer-generated avatar of himself in loafers that toggled from shimmering electric green to dark purple to traditional black and grey.He said the budget will continue with key NDP themes, but will include a detailed plan to balance the books.“The budget is going to be balanced in 2023,” said Ceci. “We are focused on constraining expenditures (and) costs down the road, eliminating … waste where we find it, and diversifying our economy.”The government won’t make deep cuts to balance the budget earlier, he said. This year’s deficit is pegged at $9.1 billion.Kenney said a plan tied to the mercurial ups and downs of oil prices is not a plan.“He (Ceci) has put on those virtual reality goggles and he can’t see clearly,” said Kenney. “He seems to be counting on good luck to get the budget balanced.”Notley took over in 2015 as oil prices, the wellspring of Alberta’s economy, were falling by half from previous highs of more than US$100 a barrel. Oil prices have inched up since then, but Notley’s government has avoided deep cuts to programs and services, saying that would worsen the economy.(Companies in this story: TSX:KML; TSX:ENB)last_img read more

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Potential Trans Mountain pipeline buyer says it agrees with federal principles

first_imgCALGARY, A.B. – One of the leaders of a First Nations consortium planning to offer $6.8 billion for majority ownership of the Trans Mountain pipeline says federal government principles for Indigenous buyers are “exactly aligned” with its goals.Harrie Vredenburg, a Project Reconciliation executive board member and professor at the University of Calgary’s Haskayne School of Business, says the principles unveiled by Finance Minister Bill Morneau on Monday don’t affect his group’s plan to invite all Indigenous communities in Western Canada to join in a united bid for 51 percent of the pipeline.The four points suggest that discussions of potential Indigenous ownership of the pipeline can proceed only if the communities involved have “meaningful economic participation,” if the deal can proceed in the spirit of reconciliation, and if the resulting entity works to the benefit of all Canadians and goes forward on a commercial basis. Vredenburg says the principles are consistent with messages his organization has shared in meetings with federal department officials over the past five months.He says the project, led by executive chairman Delbert Wapass, a former chief of the Thunderchild First Nation in Saskatchewan, is well-advanced and there have been meetings with investment banks, oil companies and First Nations.Morneau has said the government won’t negotiate the sale of the pipeline it bought for $4.5 billion last summer until after construction of its controversial proposed expansion is “de-risked.”Court-ordered consultations with affected Indigenous groups are expected to wrap up in May, allowing the expansion to go to Ottawa for a decision on approval.last_img read more

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Sheila Dikshit slams Modi govt for sealing

first_imgNEW DELHI: Congress’ North-East Delhi candidate Sheila Dikshit said that she fully understands the difficulties of the voters, particularly the women voters, as before entering active politics, she had played the role of a devoted mother and a housewife. She said that she realizes the anger and helplessness of the people affected by the sealing and demolition drive, as these reckless moves by the BJP and AAP Governments have ruined the lives of lakhs of people. She said that these drives have particularly affected the mothers and their children, as they stare at an uncertain future with anxiety. Also Read – Odd-Even: CM seeks transport dept’s views on exemption to women, two wheelers, CNG vehiclesSheila Dikshit on Tuesday made extensive tour of her constituency, interacting with the people to seek their votes and support for her in the Lok Sabha election. She visited the Shiv Vihar tiraha, near dispensary, Mustafabad and Gali No 1, Vikas Samiti, Durgapuri. Dikshit alleged that due to the shadow boxing and theatrics by the BJP and the Aam Aadmi Party, the people of Delhi have been driven to the edge of ruin. “The BJP Govt at the Centre did nothing to stop the sealing, demolition drive, which could have easily saved the livelihood of lakhs of people, and protect the jobs of several lakh workers,” she said.last_img read more

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Security Council African Union agree to bolster cooperation

16 May 2009Members of the United Nations Security Council today held talks with their African Union (AU) counterpart in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa, agreeing to enhance cooperation, especially in the prevention and resolution of conflicts, peacekeeping and peace building. During today’s consultative meeting, a follow-up to two previous gatherings in 2007 and 2008, the Security Council and the AU’s Peace and Security Council (PSC) “agreed to pursue their consultations on ways and means to strengthen their cooperation and partnership,” according to a communiqué issued after the talks. They reaffirmed their commitment to enhancing collaboration in areas including the promotion of human rights, democracy and the rule of law in Africa. Among topics discussed by members of the Security Council and the PSC were the situations in Somalia and Sudan relations between Sudan and Chad and unconstitutional changes in African governments. The meeting at AU Headquarters today is part of the Security Council members’ week-long trip to Africa, which will also take them to Rwanda, the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and Liberia. The Ambassadors of France, Uganda, the United Kingdom and the United States will lead or co-lead the different segments of the trip, which wraps up on 21 May. Last June, the 15-member body visited Djibouti, Sudan, Chad, DRC and Côte d’Ivoire last June during a 10-day trip to the continent. read more

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Fishermen set free by Sri Lanka return home

Sixteen Indian fishermen, released by Sri Lanka after being arrested on charge of entering the island nation waters, reached India yesterday.The fishermen, belonging to Ramanathapuram, Pudukottai and Nagapattinam districts of Tamil Nadu, were repatriated by Indian Coast Guard onboard its ship after Sri Lankan Navy handed them over at the International Maritime Boundary Line. They were received at the Port near Nagapattinam by the Assistant Director of Fisheries Sivakumar and other officials. Later, they were sent to their homes. Sri Lanka had ordered the release of the fishermen, arrested on September 1, as a “goodwill gesture” ahead of the visit of Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe to India. read more

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Sri Lanka invites Saudi to set up oil refinery

According to Saudi officials, Sri Lankan was ranked as the third country in terms of outward remittances to home countries.“Although, we have a tiny population here compared to other countries, law-abiding Sri Lankans send their monies through official channels,” Mahendran said.This is appreciated by the host as well as their country of origin, he added. Explaining the purpose of his visit, he said the government is interested in projecting its potential and explore new areas of cooperation with the Kingdom.“We are exporting tea for some $800 million to the Kingdom. This could be improved and there are several other areas where the two countries could benefit from viable projects,” he added.Representatives from leading banks such as Bank of Ceylon, People’s Bank, Commercial Bank, HNB, NDB, Amanah, Seylan Bank, Sampath Bank and Deutsche Bank AG accompanied the governor. He pointed out that around 550,000 Sri Lankans working in Saudi Arabia remit some SR10 billion annually. Mahendran, an economist and a top banker, who was leading a high-powered delegation to the Kingdom, comprising chairmen and CEOs of commercial and state banks in Colombo, ended his Saudi visit on Wednesday. “We need more schools, hospitals, houses and elders’ homes,” he said.To help expatriates working in the Kingdom, Mahendran said he was negotiating with the SAMA governor to enable Sri Lankans’ remittances from Saudi Arabia to reach their banks at home in 60 seconds. “SAMA has responded positively to consider opening the payment gateway to enable this services in a year or two,” he added.Speaking about Sri Lanka, he said : “A new chapter has opened under the leadership of President Maithripala Sirisena, who maintains inter-ethnic and inter-religious harmony in the country.Two rival parties have joined together in running the government and to work for rapid development.The unity government gives political stability and builds confidence among foreign investors, he said,The Board of Investments has introduced a package of incentives to viable ventures, he added. Sri Lanka has invited Saudi Arabia to set up a petroleum refinery in the southern part of the island, the country’s Central Bank Gov. Arjuna Mahendran said in Riyadh, Arab News reported.In addition to meeting the needs of Sri Lanka, he said such a refinery could tap markets in neighboring countries such as India, Pakistan and Bangladesh. He said that the proposed refinery could be set up in Hambantota, some 300 miles away from Colombo. Hambantota hosts a full-fledged sea port, which could export crude and refined oil to other countries.He said that international players such as SABIC and Saudi Aramco could easily come into this project.Mahendran also said that Saudi construction companies could participate in infrastructure developments in the island. Mahendran held talks with Saudi Arabian Monetary Agency (SAMA) Gov. Fahad bin Abdullah Al-Mubarak on Tuesday. read more

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In major new report UN environment chief urges ambitious action to save

Pollution has significant negative impacts on human health and ecosystems, according to UNEP’s most comprehensive assessment ever, which urges political leadership at all levels, high-level champions and commitments to achieve a pollution-free planet. The 2017 Executive Director’s Report: Towards a Pollution-Free Planet, presented Thursday by UNEP Executive Director Erik Solheim, analyzes impacts on human health and ecosystems brought on by air, land, freshwater, marine, chemical and waste pollution. “It provides a clearer picture than ever before of the scale of the pollution menace – and the scale of action that will be needed,” he said, stressing: “None of us is now safe, so now all of us have to act.” The report highlights that nearly a quarter of all deaths worldwide – or 12.6 million people a year – are due to environmental causes. The health effects are stark, with air pollution alone killing some 6.5 million annually, affecting mostly poor and vulnerable people, according to the report. Meanwhile, ecosystems are also greatly damaged by coastal, wastewater and soil pollution. The vast majority of the world’s wastewater is released untreated, affecting drinking water to 300 million people. The report lists implementation, knowledge, infrastructure, limited financial and industry leadership, pricing and fiscal, and behavioural as five main gaps that limit the effective actions. “What makes this report different is the breadth of its analysis and the new ambition of its solutions,” explained Mr. Solheim. The report’s five key messages to advance towards the goal of a pollution-free planet are: political leadership and partnerships at all levels, mobilizing the industry and finance sectors; action on the worst pollutants and better enforcement of environmental laws;Sustainable consumption and production, through improved resource efficiency and lifestyle changes, better waste prevention and management;Investment in cleaner production and consumption to counter pollution, alongside increased funding for pollution monitoring and infrastructure to control pollution; andAdvocacy to inform and inspire people worldwide.Environmental governance, also spotlighted in the report, is a key enabler to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).“The only answer to the question of how we can all survive on this one planet with our health and dignity intact is to radically change the way we produce, consume and live our lives,” said Ligia Noronha, one of UNEP’s coordinators for the Report. In this regard, UNEP will convene the third UN Environment Assembly from 4-6 December in Nairobi, Kenya, where UNEP is headquartered. As the world’s highest-level decision-making body on the environment, the Assembly aims at engaging high-level participation to tackle the global threat of pollution. read more

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Couple suing previous owners of house claim Facebook post proves they hid

first_imgJohn Corson and his wife Margaret A few weeks later, the same thing happened and on a third occasion their basement flooded as well, it is alleged.But the Edwards’s claim that the couple who sold them the house, John and Margaret Corson, did not declare any flood risk to their Newcastle property in their Home Information Pack.To the contrary, they claim the vendors ticked a box on the Property Information Form saying there were no flooding problems.To support their legal claim, they discovered an apparently damning photograph published on Mr Corson’s Facebook page in July 2012, showing the back garden flooded, accompanied by the comment: “Our garden during the deluge.”One of his friends commented: “Maybe you should pull the plug.” A couple whose garden has repeatedly flooded are suing the previous owners, claiming a Facebook photograph proves they were aware of the problem but failed to highlight it.Paul and Hazel Edwards purchased the five-bedroomed property, which boasts a beautiful, sprawling back garden, for £750,000 in December 2014 but the following winter, they say they woke one morning to discover their garden had been transformed into a lake.The flooding was so bad that the couple, who own a commercial cleaning company, were forced to buy a pump and industrial hoses. A High Court writ issued by their solicitors, BTMK of Southend and quoted by the Mail on Sunday reportedly claims: “Under the heading “Flooding” the Defendants were asked whether any part of the property (whether buildings or surrounding garden or land) had ever been flooded. To that question the defendants ticked the box “No”.’The couple are still living at the house but are said to have applied for “rescission on the sale contract”.They want the Corsons to take the property back and refund them the full amount paid, as well as their mortgage payments and damages for “physical inconvenience and mental distress”.Martin Roberts, presenter of the BBC property show Homes Under The Hammer, said using the Property Information Form, also known as a TA6 as key evidence in legal proceedings was “extremely rare”.He said: “The forms have been around for ages but the nature of them has changed. Previously it was for you to volunteer information you felt could affect the value or future of the property. In recent years, they have become a legal part of the sale.“It is very easy to think you can get away with just ticking these boxes, but you have to answer these things to the best of your ability and truthfully, otherwise you are misleading the buyer. “If that information is deliberately misleading and induced someone to buy the property, I’d say you have every right to renege on the sale.”Neither the Corsons and the Edwards’s responded to requests for comment by the Telegraph. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.center_img They also have a letter allegedly sent by Mrs Corson to Kevin Batey, Town Moor Superintendent of Newcastle, in December 2012, claiming that water from Nuns Moor, which backs onto the house had tipped into their garden “like a waterfall”. The house in question which has flooded John Corson and his wife Margaret The house in questionlast_img read more

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Man nabbed with 11kg cocaine at Stabroek Market Square

Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedPromoter sentenced to 2 years for cocaine traffickingJuly 9, 2019In “Court”2016 cocaine in plywood bust: Duo charged with attempting to bribe CANU officerJanuary 9, 2018In “Court”3 men remanded on cocaine, illegal gun possession chargesOctober 5, 2018In “Court” Wyette AmsterdamAn East Bank Demerara resident was on Wednesday evening nabbed with over one kilograms of cocaine in the vicinity of Stabroek Market Square by agents of the Custom Anti-Narcotics Unit (CANU).The drug enforcement unit confirmed that Wyette Amsterdam of Land of Canaan Public Road, East Bank Demerara and another man who were under surveillance by CANU Ranks were intercepted at Stabroek Market Square.A search was conducted on the haversack that Amsterdam was carrying during which 1.160 kilograms of cocaine and $600,000 in cash were unearthed.  No illegal substance was reportedly found in possession of the other male.the cocaine found in the haversack during the searchHowever, Amsterdam was charged and placed before the court earlier today. He was arraigned with the possession of narcotics for the purpose of trafficking to which he pleaded not guilty.As such, he was remanded to prison and will make his next court appearance on November 1, 2018 for disclosure of statements. read more

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Igor Anic to replace injured Wiencek in Kiel

Igor Anicpatrick wiencekTHW Kiel 2010–2012 VfL Gummersbach 2007–2010 THW Kiel 2012–2014 Cesson-Rennes Métropole HB THW Kiel will re-sign their former member Igor Anić in order to keep high level of performance after serious injury of Patrick Wiencek, who is lost for the rest of the season! The 28 years-old line-player has to be officialy presented as the new “Zebra”, write handnews.fr. French NT member has already played in Kiel in period 2007-2010.Anić was also a vital part of the French NT with whom he won gold medals at EURO 2015, WCh 2015…IGOR ANIĆ CAREER: 2014–2015 HBC Nantes 2003–2007 Montpellier HB ← Previous Story World Young Best Goalie 2014 Peter Johannesson to HBW Balingen! Next Story → HEADACHE IN VESZPREM: Zeitz three weeks out! read more

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Share socks with Share in Sole Mates effort

first_imgVancouver — What’s life without clean socks and underwear?Share, a leading Vancouver provider of services to the hungry and homeless, has launched its fifth annual “Operation Sole Mates” sock-and-underwear drive. All donated items will be distributed to clients of Share’s Outreach program, serving people living on the streets as well as clients in shelters. All sizes of socks and underwear, for men, women and children, are welcome.“So often we see street homeless asking for spare change or food,” said Katherine Garrett, director of Share House and Share Outreach, “but we feel this is a much more productive way to raise awareness, help address their needs and, hopefully, move them into shelter.”New athletic socks and underwear can be dropped off throughout October.Bring them to the Share Volunteer Center, Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., at 1708 Main St. in Vancouver; or to any of these shelters: Share House, 1115 W. 13th St.; Share Homestead, 4921 N.E. Hazel Dell Ave.; or Share Orchards Inn, 5609 N.E. 102nd Ave.Learn more about Share at sharevancouver.org.last_img read more

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Philippines SEC approves backdoor listing for Dennis Uys new IR entity

first_img Load More RelatedPosts PH Resorts Group considering funding options for Philippines casino resorts Rise of the machines Dennis Uy merges Philippines gaming entities The Philippines Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) has given the green light to local businessman Dennis Uy’s plan to transform water utility business Philippine H20 Ventures Corp into a new tourism and gaming vehicle, with the venture’s portfolio to include integrated resort projects in Cebu and Pampagna.The company revealed on Wednesday that it had been granted approval by the SEC earlier this week to change its name to PH Resorts Group Holdings and its primary purpose to “the hotel and/or gaming and entertainment business.” Uy’s holding company, Udenna Corporation, acquired a 62% stake in Philippine H20 Ventures Corp in June with Uy appointed Chairman soon after.The backdoor listing comes after Udenna was granted a provisional license by Philippines gaming regulator PAGCOR to build and operate the country’s first privately owned integrated resort outside of Metro Manila, with ground broken on the US$341 million Emerald Resort and Casino in Mactan, Cebu, last December. The resort, designed by renowned casino architect Paul Steelman, will target both foreign and local players with a particular focus on Chinese and Koreans.Udenna is also looking to invest another US$200 million into a casino resort at Clark Global City in the Clark Freeport Zone.After taking control of Philippine H20 Ventures Corp earlier this year, Uy said that the newly named PH Resorts Group Holdings “will allow the Udenna Group to take advantage of the many opportunities in the tourism sector; create stronger synergies among our existing businesses and make more meaningful contributions to the Philippine economy.”The company is also set to increase its capitalization from Php500 million to Php8 billion.last_img read more

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