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Second half push sees Mountmellick win second junior hurling battle

first_img By Siun Lennon – 2nd August 2018 Charlie Flanagan on Electric Picnic: ‘I’d ask organisers to consult with community leaders’ Mountmellick led on points throughout the match but goals from Colm Gleeson and Rocky Scully kept them on level pegging with the Mountmellick men at half-time, Mountmellick going in with 1-6 to Portlaoise’s 2-3.Second half driveBut whatever was said amongst the Mountmellick crew at half-time certainly lit a fire in the right place and scores came firing in from Redmond McEvoy, Nigel Murphy and free taker Bermingham to leave this Mountmellick team 13-point victors on a scoreline of 3-17 to 2-7. Twitter Previous articleAll of Thursday evening’s Laois GAA resultsNext articleDeaths in Laois – Friday, August 3, 2018 Siun Lennonún Lennon joined LaoisToday in a full-time capacity after studying Journalism and New Media in the University of Limerick. She hails from Rosenallis and her interests vary from news, sports and politics. Pinterest WhatsApp Facebook Five Laois monuments to receive almost €200,000 in government funding Community Home Sport GAA Second half push sees Mountmellick win second junior hurling battle SportGAAHurling WhatsApp Second half push sees Mountmellick win second junior hurling battle Pinterest Ten Laois based players named on Leinster rugby U-18 girls squad TAGSLaois JHCLaois JHC ‘A’ 2018 Twitter Rugby Facebook Community RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Mountmellick 3-17 Portlaoise 2-7Laois Shopping Centre JHC ‘A’ Round 1Mountmellick had another convincing win in round two of the the junior hurling championship tonight over Portlaoise in Rathleague.This junior hurling winner’s round saw Mountmellick and Portlaoise go pretty much neck and neck for the first 30 minutes of the game – before Mountmellick pulled away from John Taylor’s side in the second half, thanks in large to Michael Bermingham helping himself to 11 points along the way. SCORERS – Mountmellick: Mick Bermingham 0-11, Redmond Mcevoy 0-2, Tom Donoher 1-1, Donnacha Hartnett 1-1, Nigel Murphy 1-1, John Connolly 0-1  Portlaoise: Colm Gleeson 1-2, Rocky Scully 1-0, Gary Bergin 0-2, Ronan O’Sullivan 0-1, Lee Davis 0-1MOUNTMELLICK: Eoin Quigley; Eoin Hogan, Ian Fennell, Ian Moore; Nigel Murphy, Peter Dunne, Bernard Rochford; John Connolly, Laurence Kenny; Tom Donoher, Donnacha Hartnett, Barry Mangan; Mick Bermingham, Redmond McEvoy, Joe McEvoy. Subs: Cathal Flynn for Joe McEvoyPORTLAOISE: Ethan O’Reilly; Paddy Critchley, Gary McCormack, Billy O’Connor; Alan Murphy, Daragh Rigney, Niall Gleeson; Gary Bergin, Shane Smith; Ronan O’Sullivan, James Nerney, Lee Davis; Rocky Scully, Colm Gleeson, Eoin RochfordReferee: Connie DunneSEE ALSO – Daly and Killeen key as Clonad see off Rathdowney-Errill in IHClast_img read more

Investor lawsuit against RBC DS dismissed

Insurance OmbudService makes western expansion a priority FCAC to probe banks’ complaints handling processes In November 2011, the Ontario Superior Court of Justice granted a summary judgment to RBC Dominion Securities Inc. and tossed out the suit against the investment dealer, based on finding that prior to bringing the action, a verbal settlement had been reached between the firm and Hodaie. According to the appeal court decision, that settlement involved the firm agreeing to pay Hodaie a sum of money in exchange for a release. “The motion judge acknowledged that the parties had not agreed on the form of that release. Nonetheless, he concluded that the parties had agreed on the essential terms of the settlement,” the appeal court decision states. However, Hodaie tried to argue that, absent agreement on the form of release, no binding settlement was agreed upon. He also argued that he didn’t understand the “norms of legal dispute resolution” and wasn’t represented by counsel when entering the settlement. “We do not accept his submissions,” the appeal court ruled. “The authorities are clear that absent a contractual stipulation to the contrary, a settlement agreement implies a promise to furnish a release.” And, it states, in this case, Hodaie knew he was required to supply a release. Additionally, now that the case has proceeded through the courts no formal release is required, the decision notes, and the settlement funds will be paid. Therefore, the appeal is dismissed. The earlier superior court decision came in response to a motion for summary judgment brought by RBC DS, arguing that the complaint was settled before the action was commenced; and, that the limitation period expired before the action was commenced. According to that decision, Hodaie had a margin trading account with RBC, and he claimed that the firm erroneously calculated the margin in his account. Efforts to resolve the complaint internally failed. Hodaie advanced his complaint to the RBC Ombudsman, and then to the Ombudsman for Banking Services and Investments (OBSI). Ultimately, the superior court decision states he accepted a settlement offer from the firm over the phone. Later, the superior court decision notes, counsel for Hodaie wrote to the firm repeating his complaints, and asserting that no binding settlement was ever reached between them because he hadn’t agreed to the terms of a release provided by the firm. “I have no doubt whatsoever that the plaintiff had finally decided to accept the settlement offered to him, and did so, on May 6, 2009, and that he subsequently regretted his decision and attempted to resile from it,” the superior court said. “It is true, as the plaintiff points out, that the release sent to him went beyond what was necessary, and that he was not obliged to sign it as drafted. But this did not entitle him to avoid the agreement. He ought to have expressed any dissatisfaction he had with it, and demanded a revised release. Although he consulted counsel, he still never asked that the release be revised,” the superior court said. As a result, it concluded that the complaint was settled before the action was commenced, and the firm is entitled to summary judgment. While the superior court ruled in favour of RBC DS on the question of whether the complaint was already settled, on the issue of whether the limitation period had expired before the claim was made, it found against the firm. The court noted that, in this case, if the two-year limitation period… ran without interruption, the claim was out of time when it was commenced. But if it was interrupted while the case was considered by the ombudservice, then the action was started in time. According to the superior court decision, the RBC DS argues that the provision that ordinarily suspends the limitation period while independent third party resolution is being attempted did not apply in this case because, in order to make use of the RBC Ombudsman’s services, the plaintiff entered into an agreement that provided that the ombudsman service does not “provide a stay, or extension or waiver of any formal proceedings or limitation periods …” “In my view, this argument is wholly without merit,” the superior court said. The purpose of staying the limitation period is obvious, it added. “It is intended to encourage efforts to settle by providing that there is no limitation period penalty for plaintiffs who agree to enter into third party resolution processes. There is nothing… that suggests that the suspension of the limitation period can be contracted out of. Otherwise, small plaintiffs might be unwittingly deprived of their actions by unscrupulous defendants,” the superior court said. Nevertheless, the superior court granted summary judgment to the firm, and dismissed the investor’s action. The appeal court has upheld that ruling. Related news OBSI updates terms of reference Share this article and your comments with peers on social media Keywords Dispute resolution James Langton Facebook LinkedIn Twitter The Court of Appeal for Ontario has rejected an investor’s bid to overturn a lower court decision ruling that his verbal agreement to settle a dispute with his broker was a binding deal. The appeal court rejected an appeal by an aggrieved investor, Payman Hodaie, from a lower court order enforcing an oral settlement agreement. read more

Sprott adds flow-through specialist to investment team

Toronto-based Sprott Asset Management LP Wednesday announced that Jason Mayer has joined as portfolio manager, focused on the company’s tax efficient flow-through product offerings. “We are pleased to add another high-quality portfolio manager to our team and look forward to Jason joining Allan Jacobs and Eric Nuttall in managing our tax-efficient flow-through offerings,” says Peter Grosskopf, CEO of Sprott Inc. (TSX:SII). “Jason’s focus on flow-through and resource investing makes him an ideal complement to our investment team.” IE Staff Keywords AppointmentsCompanies Sprott Asset Management Related news FSRA appoints new board member Share this article and your comments with peers on social media New manager joins Fidelity NorthStar team Mayer has more than 10 years of investment industry experience and joins Sprott from Middlefield Capital Corp., where he acted as lead portfolio manager on a number of investment funds with a focus on growth-oriented resource equities and contributed to the management of Middlefield’s MRF Resource Limited Partnerships. Mayer is an MBA graduate of the Schulich School of Business (York University) and holds the Chartered Financial Analyst designation. Sprott also announced that Mayer will join Paul Wong in co-managing Sprott Resource Class, a tax-advantaged mutual fund that serves as the rollover vehicle for Sprott’s flow-through offerings. Sprott Asset Management LP is a wholly owned subsidiary of Sprott Inc. Facebook LinkedIn Twitter IFIC names new chair read more

Comments on proposed CCMRS legislation released

first_img Related news National regulator effort effectively dead Morisset’s term as CSA chair extended James Langton The comments were published on Dec. 19; which was the initial deadline for the publication of the new regulator’s draft rules. Some of the commenters on the draft legislation have complained that it is hard to provide comprehensive comments on the proposed legislation without also having the proposed rules available, or any information on how the CCMR will work with the provinces that don’t participate. However, policymakers from the participating jurisdictions announced in early December that the draft rules for the new authority won’t be ready for publication until the spring of 2015. And, even then, it will only be publishing the rules that would apply under provincial legislation. Draft rules created under federal legislation will likely come later. CCMRS draft initial regulations delayed until spring In the meantime, the securities industry, legal experts, and advocacy groups were to submit comments on the proposed legislation by Dec. 8 (the original comment period was extended by a month to give more time to analyze the proposals). The participating governments say that the comments on the proposed PCMA and CMSA will be considered in conjunction with the development of draft legislation that must then secure legislative approval. The plan is to have the new regulator operational by the fall of 2015. Keywords National securities regulatorCompanies Co-operative Capital Markets Regulator center_img Budget promises funding for national regulator effort The comments submitted on the proposed legislation to create a cooperative capital markets regulator between five provinces and the federal government have now been released for public consumption. The comment period draft federal and provincial legislation to create the Cooperative Capital Markets Regulatory System (CCMRS) — the Provincial Capital Markets Act (PCMA) and the Capital Markets Stability Act (CMSA) — closed on Dec. 8. Now, the submissions from over 60 commenters have been posted to the project’s website at: Share this article and your comments with peers on social media Facebook LinkedIn Twitterlast_img read more

Programme to Provide Support for Offenders Begins this Month

first_imgFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail The Ministry of National Security will be implementing its Jamaica Reducing Re-offending Action Plan (JRRAP) later this month, which aims to provide rehabilitative support for offenders and ex-offenders.Portfolio Minister, Senator the Hon. Dwight Nelson, in a message read by Permanent Secretary in the Ministry, Major Richard Reese, at the inaugural Caribbean Probation Officers Conference on June 9 at the Hilton Kingston Hotel, informed that some $115 million will be spent under the initiative, which involves collaboration with the Department of Correctional Services (DCS) and civil society partners.Among its objectives are to improve rehabilitation and reintegration services for offenders in local correctional institutions, and provide support for persons serving community sentences, and ex-offenders.Senator Nelson stated that offenders and ex-offenders will be assisted with accommodation; employment, education and skills training; health and medical services, including substance abuse services. They will also benefit from behaviour modification programmes; literacy, parenting, life skills, and skills training to increase employability.“A comprehensive communication strategy will also be rolled out to provide information for offenders, ex-offenders, families of affected persons, partnering organisations, and the general public, to raise awareness of the services available under this action plan,” he informed, noting that a directory of providers of essential services and other information pamphlets will be available to them, to assist in the resettlement process at the community level.The JRRAP is part of the Rehabilitation and Reintegration of Offenders and Deported Persons Programme, established by the Jamaican Government in partnership with the British Government.In place since November 2008, the programme aims to significantly improve the reintegration into the society by Jamaican nationals, who have been deported from the UK after completing prison sentences.It also provides support for the integration and strengthening of the services provided by the DCS and partner civil society organisations; the modernisation of the business process of the DCS; training and skills development of correctional officers and probation officers; and infrastructural development for adult and juvenile correctional centres.“Training has been provided to probation middle managers, and additional training and skills development will be provided over the next 20 months,” Senator Nelson informed.He said that the DCS has already begun to benefit from infrastructural development under this programme, with a visitors centre constructed at the Tower Street Adult Correctional Centre in Kingston; a new pre-lease hostel has been established; and the training and group work room at the DCS’ Lockett Avenue Office has been renovated.In the meantime, Senator Nelson informed that $38.4 million has been allocated in the 2009/2010 budget for the enhancement of the DCS’ capacity to rehabilitate offenders.Each year, approximately 1,800 persons are released from correctional institutions in Jamaica. According to reports from the Tower Street Adult Correctional Centre, the St. Catherine Adult Correctional Centre and Fort Augusta Adult Correctional Facility, in excess of 500 persons were readmitted for reoffending last year.The two-day Caribbean Probation Officers Conference is being held under the theme: ‘Community Corrections: 21st Century Approach’. Jamaica and 12 other Caribbean countries are participating in the event. RelatedProgramme to Provide Support for Offenders Begins this Month Advertisements RelatedProgramme to Provide Support for Offenders Begins this Monthcenter_img Programme to Provide Support for Offenders Begins this Month National SecurityJune 10, 2009 RelatedProgramme to Provide Support for Offenders Begins this Monthlast_img read more

Statement by President Biden on First-Ever Papal Visit to Iraq

first_imgStatement by President Biden on First-Ever Papal Visit to Iraq The White HouseIraq is a country steeped in religious and ethnic diversity. It’s also home to one of the oldest and most diverse Christian communities in the world.Pope Francis’ visit was a historic and welcome first for the country. It sent an important message, as Pope Francis said himself, that “fraternity is more durable than fratricide, that hope is more powerful than death, that peace more powerful than war.”To see Pope Francis visit ancient religious sites, including the biblical birthplace of Abraham, spend time with Grand Ayatollah Ali al-Sistani in Najaf, and offer prayers in Mosul — a city that only a few years ago endured the depravity and intolerance of a group like ISIS — is a symbol of hope for the entire world.I congratulate the Government and people of Iraq for the care and planning that went into organizing this monumental visit, and continue to admire Pope Francis for his commitment to promoting religious tolerance, the common bonds of our humanity, and interfaith understanding. /Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. View in full here. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. We don’t put up a paywall – we believe in free access to information of public interest. Media ownership in Australia is one of the most concentrated in the world (Learn more). Since the trend of consolidation is and has historically been upward, fewer and fewer individuals or organizations control increasing shares of the mass media in our country. According to independent assessment, about 98% of the media sector is held by three conglomerates. This tendency is not only totally unacceptable, but also to a degree frightening). Learn more hereWe endeavour to provide the community with real-time access to true unfiltered news firsthand from primary sources. It is a bumpy road with all sorties of difficulties. We can only achieve this goal together. Our website is open to any citizen journalists and organizations who want to contribute, publish high-quality insights or send media releases to improve public access to impartial information. You and we have the right to know, learn, read, hear what and how we deem appropriate.Your support is greatly appreciated. All donations are kept completely private and confidential.Thank you in advance!Tags:Christian, death, Government, Humanity, Iraq, ISIS, Mosul, Pope, Pope Francis, President, religious, United States, visit, White House, worldlast_img read more

Gov’t Expects to Earn $337.9 Billion from Revenue and Grants

first_imgRelatedGov’t Expects to Earn $337.9 Billion from Revenue and Grants RelatedGov’t Expects to Earn $337.9 Billion from Revenue and Grants RelatedGov’t Expects to Earn $337.9 Billion from Revenue and Grants FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail The Government is projecting earnings of $337.9 billion in revenue and grants this financial year. This was revealed by Minister of Finance and Planning, Hon. Dr. Peter Phillips, on Thursday (May 24), as he opened the 2012/13 Budget Debate in Gordon House. Dr. Phillips informed that the figure, which is before tax, represents a 4.9 per cent increase over the $322.1 billion garnered in the last financial year. It is expected that $313.8 billion will be earned from tax revenue, an increase of 8.2 per cent over last year’s figure at $289.9 billion; while $17.1 billion is expected from non-tax revenue, reflecting an increase of 2.1 per cent over last year’s $16.7 billion. The Government is also anticipating earnings of $1.7 billion from the bauxite levy this financial year, up by 10.3 per cent from last year’s figure of $1.5 billion. Additionally, capital revenue should see earnings of $1 billion; while $4.2 billion is anticipated to be earned from grants. In the meantime, the Minister revealed that of the $612.4 billion budgeted for total expenditure, priority areas for capital expenditure will receive an increase of 38.9 per cent to $25.0 billion compared with $18.0 billion in 2011/12. Providing a breakdown of the allocation, the Minister informed that the area of social protection and empowerment will receive a sum of $14.5 billion; resilience to natural hazards and climate change, $5.4 billion; improved business environment, $2.6 billion; and energy cost reduction, $1.2 billion. Dr. Phillips said the capital expenditure programme being undertaken in the priority areas is being augmented by other initiatives from public bodies. “During this fiscal year, investments by public bodies in these priority areas will show an increase of 26.4 per cent, with expenditure projected to total $41.4 billion relative to $32.7 billion in the last fiscal year. Of particular note is infrastructure works to be undertaken by the National Water Commission (NWC), which show an increase of 124.6 per cent to $9.1 billion over last year; and a 57.7 per cent increase in projects to be done by Petrojam,” he said. Advertisements By Alecia Smith-Edwards, JIS Reporter Gov’t Expects to Earn $337.9 Billion from Revenue and Grants Finance & Public ServiceMay 26, 2012last_img read more

AT&T hit with $1.35B NumberSync patent case

first_imgHome AT&T hit with $1.35B NumberSync patent case AT&T pushes cybersecurity to public sector US operator AT&T was accused of stealing technology to develop a system to allow calls to be taken on a range of smart devices, in court proceedings lodged by Network Apps, Reuters reported.Network Apps filed the case at a district court in the state of New York, where it aims to receive at least $450 million in damages with hopes to treble this to compensate for AT&T’s claimed “willful and egregious infringement”.The grievance surrounds AT&T’s NumberSync technology, which connects a variety of devices to users’ primary mobile phone numbers. This allows them to make and receive calls on smartwatches, tablets, PCs and some smart speakers.Network Apps claims the technology used in NumberSync is based on its protected inventions, and features only cosmetic changes to an abandoned joint development project between the two companies on a similar concept.The two stopped collaborating in 2014 and Network Apps claims associated licensing agreements on the work expired at the same time.AT&T launched NumberSync in 2015.In a statement, AT&T said it would “review this lawsuit when we receive it and respond in court.”The operator also noted this was the second time the case had been attempted, with the previous one dismissed in 2017. Subscribe to our daily newsletter Back Chris Donkin AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to MoreAddThisMore 27 JAN 2021 Previous ArticleIntelligence Brief: End of Loon highlights economic issuesNext ArticleMediaTek capitalises on 4G, 5G smartphone gains Chris joined the Mobile World Live team in November 2016 having previously worked at a number of UK media outlets including Trinity Mirror, The Press Association and UK telecoms publication Mobile News. After spending 10 years in journalism, he moved… Read more Related Amazon reels in MGM US chip funding tipped to top $150B Author Tags AT&TNumberSynclast_img read more

People / ABP CEO James Cooper announces it’s time to step down

first_imgABP chairman Philip Nolan said: “I would like to pay tribute to James’s leadership and vision for ABP. He has overseen a transformation in the business, ensuring ABP is well placed to meet the challenges and capitalise on the opportunities presented in the future.” Associated British Ports (ABP) chief executive James Cooper last week informed the board that he intends to resign.Mr Cooper has spent 10 years on the board of the UK’s largest port operator and served as chief executive since April 2013, having been a non-executive director of ABP Holdings from May 2007 to January 2013.He has also been chairman of UK Major Ports Group since November 2015.“After 10 years in the business I felt the time was right to begin discussions about my succession,” he said. “I look forward to continuing to work with the great team at ABP and welcoming my successor when appointed next year.” By Gavin van Marle 18/09/2017center_img James Cooperlast_img read more

Kolbe reflects on iconic try, side-stepping Owen Farrell

first_img BuzzAura16 Cancer Causing Foods You Probably Eat Every DayBuzzAura|SponsoredSponsoredUndo Published on January 28, 2021 Cheslin Kolbe recalls his journey to Springbok greatness and what was running through his head in the lead-up to his game-winning try in the 2019 Rugby World Cup final.Read: ‘Lions tour needs to go ahead this year’In the final quarter of the game, Kolbe collected a loose ball from Pieter-Steph du Toit after a thunderous tackle by Malcom Marx dislodged possession from Englishman Henry Slade.Chatting to Alex Payne and former England international James Haskell, Kolbe reflected on that unforgettable moment.‘I got the ball at full pace and went on the goose [step] because I saw two forwards covering across and I just backed my pace on the outside.’The Springbok wing then easily coasted past the covering Joe Marler to set up a one-on-one with England captain Owen Farrell.‘I saw the man [Farrell] in front of me and I went on the double step, to the outside first and then wacked in as hard as I could to the inside. I felt arms hitting me but I knew I wasn’t held and then it was just the tryline.’WATCH: Kolbe’s sensational try in the finalFor Kolbe, that try was the culmination of a journey that started many years before as a young kid on the streets of Kraaifontein in Cape Town. He spoke emotionally about the difficulties he faced growing up.‘I’ve grown up in an underprivileged community in Kraaifontein, an area known for gangsterism, drug abuse and poverty.‘Growing up in a community where there are limited opportunities and exposure, I never pictured myself becoming a professional rugby player. If I had stayed in my community, I may have been a drug user or a statistic.‘Playing in the streets and hearing gunshots in broad daylight is scary. It’s things I’ve seen that I wouldn’t want any youngster growing up to see. Often you go to bed at night and the next morning find out a neighbour or someone on your street has been killed.’The Springbok sensation thanked his family for the role they played in keeping him on the straight and narrow and away from a life of crime. Kolbe spoke particularly about the positive influence sport had on his life growing up.‘One thing that definitely helped me was growing up in a family that was very sport orientated. My dad played a large part in that and I’ve been on a rugby field even since I’ve been a kid. I was a ball boy at our community games. I played touch rugby with my dad and his team and I think that’s what grew my love of the game.’Kolbe believes had it not been for apartheid, his father (who represented Western Province) had every opportunity to make it as a Springbok himself.‘I’m living my dream but I’m also living my dad’s dream. He had the talent to play at the highest level, I would have loved to see him in today’s generation to see what he could have accomplished.’Speaking on what prompted his move away from Western Province to join French side Toulouse, Kolbe unsurprisingly cited the criticism over his size as a contributing factor.‘It’s always been about my size. If a forward gets bumped off in a tackle you wouldn’t hear anything about it, but if it’s me getting bumped off, or handed off, or missing a tackle that would be the first thing in the newspaper.‘It would be an “I told you so, he wouldn’t be able to compete at the highest level, he wouldn’t be able to play against the All Blacks”. At some point the negativity gets to you and I asked myself, “Is this really what you want to listen to for the rest of your career?”‘These criticisms made it particularly sweet when Kolbe then did face the All Blacks in his second Test, and went on to score a try in the famous victory in 2018. His crowning achievement, however, remains his World Cup-winners medal.Asked what it meant to win the World Cup, Kolbe was quick to shift the focus to the people of South Africa.‘Winning that final wasn’t about us [the players] anymore, it was about all the people back in South Africa going through difficult times. Here we had an opportunity to live our dreams and to give hope to them, to give them something positive and to just enjoy that moment and experience with us.’  2817  64 熱門話題不要被酵素騙了!在萬寧賣的「這個」直接針對脂肪…熱門話題|SponsoredSponsoredUndo ‘ AlphaCuteOprah’s New House Cost $90 Million, And This Is What It Looks LikeAlphaCute|SponsoredSponsoredUndoWorld Cup-winning Bok quartet in Eddie Jones’ all-time XVSA Rugby MagUndoWatch: Kolbe makes Test players look amateur – Ugo MonyeSA Rugby MagUndoGoGoPeak10 Most Beautiful Cities You Should Visit Once In Your LifetimeGoGoPeak|SponsoredSponsoredUndo Post by Andre-Pierre Cronje ‘ ‘ ‘center_img Cheslin Kolbe Kolbe reflects on iconic try, side-stepping Owen Farrell ‘ MoneyMorningPaperThe 10 Richest Families Of The World. Especially No. 6 Is A Complete Surprise.MoneyMorningPaper|SponsoredSponsoredUndo Posted in Springboks, Top headlines, World Cup Tagged 2019 Rugby World Cup, Alex Payne, Cheslin Kolbe, James Haskell, Springboks Five one-cap Boks that could still represent South AfricaSA Rugby Magazine takes a look at five players who have only represented South Africa once but might do so again in the future.SA Rugby MagUndoLife Exact BrazilGrace Jones Is Now 72 Years Old, This Is Her NowLife Exact Brazil|SponsoredSponsoredUndoCNAHow is life for Cambodian boy linguist after viral fame?CNA|SponsoredSponsoredUndo熱門話題對肚腩脂肪感到後悔!試了在萬寧賣的這個後…熱門話題|SponsoredSponsoredUndoSumabisThis Is What Happens To Your Body If You Sleep With Socks OnSumabis|SponsoredSponsoredUndoLoans | Search AdsLooking for loan in Hong Kong? Find options hereLoans | Search Ads|SponsoredSponsoredUndo ‘ From the magazine: Jano Vermaak names his Perfect XVSA Rugby MagUndolast_img read more

Tencent adds “digital lock” to certain games in China

first_imgTencent adds “digital lock” to certain games in ChinaHonour of Kings, PUBG Mobile players under 13 will need parent or guardian permission to play either gameRebekah ValentineSenior Staff WriterFriday 1st March 2019Share this article Recommend Tweet ShareCompanies in this articleTencentTencent is continuing to double down on how it restricts younger players from accessing some of its games in China, this time with a digital lock system that will lock out players under the age of 13.Xinhuanet reports that the digital lock will apply to Honour of Kings and PUBG Mobile initially across 12 Chinese cities. The lock will take effect for players 13-years-old or younger, and will require a parent or guardian to unlock the game for them to play.Related JobsSenior Game Designer – UE4 – AAA United Kingdom Amiqus GamesProgrammer – REMOTE – work with industry veterans! North West Amiqus GamesJunior Video Editor – GLOBAL publisher United Kingdom Amiqus GamesDiscover more jobs in games Tencent is using technology such as facial recognition and player ID checks to ascertain the ages and identities of those playing Honour of Kings and other titles in China. In addition, it has already imposed limits on how long young players can play the game, and imposed rules for streaming its game content prohibiting things like violence, information about gambling or pornography, national politics, or other “damaging behavior.”While the latter of those was to fall into line with Chinese internet governance requirements, the remainder seem to be part of a push from Tencent to limit the access of minors to its games in accordance with the Chinese government’s concerns about addiction and myopia in children. Those concerns are what spurred a nine-month-long freeze on new video game approvals in the country last year that ended in December.Since then, games have been approved in batches as the government works through its backlog. Last week, it was rumored that China had paused new applications momentarily to work through that backlog, though NetEase CEO William Ding contradicted the reports and said there had been no halt.Celebrating employer excellence in the video games industry8th July 2021Submit your company Sign up for The Publishing & Retail newsletter and get the best of in your inbox. Enter your email addressMore storiesTencent in talks with US Committee to retain Epic and Riot stakesThe CFIUS is investigating whether user data handled by the two studios could constitute a “national security risk” because they are Chinese-ownedBy Marie Dealessandri 6 days agoTencent’s Timi Studios reportedly earned $10bn in 2020The Honor of Kings studio is the world’s biggest developer, Reuters reportedBy Marie Dealessandri A month agoLatest comments Sign in to contributeEmail addressPasswordSign in Need an account? Register now.last_img read more

Equatorial Guinea to build West Africa’s first LNG storage and regas…

first_img Finance and Policy Launched by the Ministry of Mines and Hydrocarbons in 2018, the initiative seeks to facilitate the production and trade of LNG through the creation of domestic gas-to-power infrastructure and intra-African LNG industry. “German companies have once again demonstrated their ability to bring valuable technical expertise and technology to meet Africa’s growing and complex energy needs,” declared Sebastian Wagner, founder at the Germany-Africa Business Forum. It will then be fed into the regasification plant to be distributed to smaller-scale power plants and LNG power stations throughout the country, as well as exported to neighbouring countries. RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR He added: “At a time when Africa’s large-scale LNG projects are making headlines, let’s remind ourselves that smaller-scale projects addressing the needs of energy-deficient regions provide opportunities to monetise our gas for our economies, and to mobilise our local companies around key infrastructure projects for the region.”   Gabriel Mbaga Obiang Lima, Minister ofMines and Hydrocarbons, said the terminal is the first of many upcomingprojects under the LNG2Africa initiative. The Akonikien project is the firstgas-to-power development in Equatorial Guinea’s LNG2Africa initiative. Spearheaded by local construction andengineering firm Elite Construcciones, the plant will have a storage capacityof 14,000 cubic meters with 12 bullet tanks. Generation Sign up for the ESI Africa newsletter AFD and Eskom commit to a competitive electricity sector The tanks are currently the largest factory-built cryogenic bullet tanks in the world with a capacity of 1,228 cubic meters and dimensions of 31 meters by 9.3 metres by 8.8 metres. Last month and in order to support the growing energy cooperation between Germany and Africa, the GABF launched a multi-million Euro funding commitment to investing in German energy startups that focus on Africa. TAGSEquatorial GuineagasGas-to-powerLNG Previous articleLack of investments in cybersecurity puts industries in a vulnerable positionNext articleOp-Ed: Progress at last for Kingdom of Eswatini’s energy mix dream Babalwa BunganeBabalwa Bungane is the content producer for ESI Africa – Clarion Events Africa. Babalwa has been writing for the publication for over five years. She also contributes to sister publications; Smart Energy International and Power Engineering International. Babalwa is a social media enthusiast. “We congratulate the Ministry of Mines andHydrocarbons and Elite Construcciones on this remarkable achievement,” declaredNj Ayuk, executive chairman of the African Energy Chamber, who advised on theproject. center_img Equatorial Guinea is set to construct the first liquefied natural gas (LNG) storage and regasification plant in West Africa, advancing efforts to monetise gas resources through the creation of domestic gas-to-power infrastructure. Low carbon, solar future could increase jobs in the future – SAPVIA Elite Construcciones is also installing a truck loading station and 12 kilometres of 10-inch gas and diesel pipelines. Built by American manufacturer Corban Energy Group, each tank is estimated to require 12 hours to complete the 12,000-metre distance from the port to the new plant. Germany rallies behind the project UNDP China, CCIEE launch report to facilitate low-carbon development German companies ESC Engineers and Noordtecare working closely with Elite Construcciones in the design, development andconstruction of the Akonikien LNG project. Read more stories on LNG developments “This is a beautiful example of localcontent development and world-class cooperation between a local company andinternational technical and technology partners.” Image source: African Energy Chamber Located at the Port of Akonikien on the country’s mainland, the plant will enable the transportation and storage of LNG from the country’s LNG plant at the Punta Europa Gas Complex on Bioko Island, to Akonikien on the southern border of the mainland. “LNG2Africa has a clear objective ofdeveloping small-scale LNG projects to supply gas to countries and regions withlimited infrastructure,” declared Obiang Lima. BRICS Renewed investor confidence revives the gas marketlast_img read more

2015 Equine Canada Annual Convention

first_imgThe 2015 Equine Canada Annual Convention is set for March 25-29 in Gatineau, Que. The host hotel, Crowne Plaza Gatineau-Ottawa, is conveniently located near the heart of downtown Ottawa, and only blocks away from Ottawa’s bustling Byward Market, the Canadian War Museum and many other local attractions.The Convention will play host to the 2015 Equine Canada Awards Gala, which consists of an evening of dining and entertainment in honour of our 2014 successes.Awards presented include Equine Canada’s coveted Equestrian of the Year, Junior Equestrian of the Year, Volunteer of the Year, Horse of the Year, Canadian-bred Horse of the Year and Media Award to name a few.Members of the equestrian community from across Canada are invited to participate in a selection of meetings and clinics tailored to address the unique needs of participants involved in equestrian sport, recreation and industry.Coming soon! Award nominations, Convention meeting schedule, hotel reservations, registration launch, Annual General Meeting and more.‘ Tags: Equine Canada Annual Convention, Equine Canada Awards Gala, Email* We’ll send you our regular newsletter and include you in our monthly giveaways. PLUS, you’ll receive our exclusive Rider Fitness digital edition with 15 exercises for more effective riding. SIGN UP Subscribe to the Horse Sport newsletter and get an exclusive bonus digital edition! More from Horse Sport:Christilot Boylen Retires From Team SportAfter an exemplary career as one of Canada’s top Dressage riders, seven-time Olympian Christilot Boylen has announced her retirement from team competition.2020 Royal Agricultural Winter Fair CancelledFor only the second time in its history, The Royal Agricultural Winter Fair has been cancelled but plans are being made for some virtual competitions.Royal Agricultural Winter Fair Statement on 2020 EventAs the Province of Ontario starts to reopen, The Royal’s Board and staff will adhere to all recommendations put forward by government and health officials.Government Financial Assistance for Ontario FarmersOntario Equestrian has recently released this update of several financial assistance packages available, including those for farm business. Horse Sport Enewslast_img read more

Storm that ripped through heartland heading east

first_imgABC News(NEW YORK) — A major storm ripped through the heartland on Tuesday, bringing more than 300 reports of damaging storms that included eight tornadoes from Texas to Pennsylvania.Tornado damage was reported in Ohio, Illinois, Missouri and Kentucky, and flooding rains hit the Ohio Valley.Indianapolis had its wettest April day on record, seeing 3.9 inches of rain, while winds at the Houston airport gusted up to 60 mph.A heavy swath of snow, between 6 and 11 inches, fell in the Dakotas, Iowa, Minnesota, Wisconsin and Michigan. Minneapolis saw 9 inches, the most that the city has seen in April since 1984.This powerful storm is now moving toward the East Coast, putting 20 states Wednesday morning under snow or wind alerts.The storm stretches all the way from the Great Lakes to the Gulf Coast, with a line of storms moving toward the East Coast.The line of storms is expected to reach major coastal cities along Interstate 95 by midday.The most severe storms will be found in the southern mid-Atlantic and Carolinas, which could see winds of up to 60 mph, hail and even isolated tornadoes.The system and associated cold front will head out to sea Wednesday afternoon. Behind that, arctic air will move into the Midwest and Northeast.Wind chills on Thursday morning will be in the teens and 20s, with some parts of the Upper Midwest seeing single digits. That may continue into the weekend.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Puerto Rico votes in favor of statehood. But what does it mean for the island?

first_imgspawns/iStockBY: CRISTINA CORUJO, ABC NEWS(WASHINGTON) — As Puerto Ricans voted on Tuesday for their local leaders, there was another decision they had to make: Whether or not the island nation should be admitted as the newest U.S. state.The non-binding referendum was not expected to change Puerto Rico’s status anytime soon but was still seen as a barometer of Puerto Ricans’ appetite for statehood.At Tuesday’s plebiscite, residents narrowly favored statehood with 52% of the vote while about 47% of voters were against it, according to the election commission’s website.This was actually the sixth time Puerto Ricans had a choice to make on statehood.In past plebiscites, independence and Commonwealth have been included as options for Puerto Rican voters to choose.Puerto Rico has been a U.S. territory since 1898. In 1952, the island’s governor at the time, Luis Muñoz Marín, proclaimed the establishment of the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico with the idea that the island would have a relationship with the U.S., while still having some independence.For years, groups in favor of breaking the relationship with the U.S. have tried to push for Puerto Rico to become independent and self-sufficient without success.Puerto Rico has been unincorporated territory since then, something that will likely not change, experts say.“It is unlikely that the question of Puerto Rico as a state will be taken up by the Congress,” says political scientist and researcher Carlos Vargas Ramos.Although the U.S. mainland still sees Puerto Rico as a commonwealth, many Puerto Ricans, including the island’s Resident Commissioner Jenniffer González, a Republican, say the island is constantly treated as a colony.“Sometimes it’s a little bit ironic that the beacon of democracy in the world, which is the United States, is fighting for equality and fighting for democracy and yet you get it in your own backyard — the oldest colony, with more than 120 years without allowing Puerto Ricans to vote for president, to vote in Congress or to even have federal laws apply equally to American citizens on the island,” said González, who was reelected as commissioner last Tuesday.The resident commissioner is Puerto Rico’s sole representative in Congress, but does not have a vote.In the 2012 and 2017 referendums, statehood prevailed. But the legitimacy of the results were questioned due to the confusing configuration of the status question and voter turnout.The Republican commissioner said she is ready to take this year’s referendum results to Congress.“We’re gonna push for this now, but we’re gonna push for this in January, as well. … It doesn’t matter who is the president-elect,” Gonzalez told ABC News on Wednesday. “We’re gonna move with Republicans and Democrats as well, because it’s a bipartisan issue in law.”The commissioner, who actively supported Donald Trump for reelection, recently reacted on Twitter to Joe Biden’s victory as President Elect of the United States saying that she is ready to work with him and “find common goals & reach bipartisan solutions” for Puerto Rico.Although González said she is ready to start working with Congress to push statehood forward, Ramos Vargas is sure Congress will not act on this referendum.“Congress is just looking for any pretext not to have to take up the question of the status for Puerto Rico,” said political scientist and researcher Carlos Vargas Ramos.Aside from being a nonbinding referendum, Ramos said voter turnout in this referendum could still be an issue for Congress.As of September 2020, there were around 2.3 million eligible voters on the island, according to the election commission’s website. From those eligible voters, nearly 1.2 million people answered the statehood plebiscite.“It’s gonna be difficult for advocates of statehood to argue that this is a clear mandate to push for statehood, particularly when you have a Congress that is reluctant to take up the question,” added Vargas Ramos.Democratic New York Reps. Nydia Velázquez and Alexandria Ocasio Cortez recently raised the issue of Puerto Rican statehood in Congress. In August 2020, the Puerto Rico Self-Determination Act 2020 was introduced in the House of Representatives.This bill would allow Puerto Ricans to “exercise their natural right to self-determination” through a status convention created by the island’s legislature and with delegates chosen by residents.Some Puerto Ricans believe that becoming a state should be the No. 1 priority on island politicians’ agenda. But it’s still an open debate as Puerto Rico grapples with several internal issues: the recovery from Hurricane Maria, devastating earthquakes on the island’s southern coast and the coronavirus pandemic.“We have to solve our internal issues first,” said 26-year-old voter Natasha Doble, who was driven to the polls not for the referendum, but looking for a change at a local level. “This referendum is not valid. … It doesn’t matter if we vote it’s not going to be taken into consideration.”While the final decision of adding Puerto Rico as a state resides in Congress, Ramos Vargas said that until there is clear proof that a vast majority supports statehood it is unlikely there will be a change.“Because there hasn’t been a conclusive plebiscite in Puerto Rico, that indicates convincingly that Puerto Ricans favor one option over another, the Congress of the United States can continue kicking the can down the road,” Vargas Ramos said.Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. 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Blackstone, Starwood pick up stakes in Extended Stay America

first_imgBlackstone’s Jonathan Gray and Starwood Capital Group’s Barry Sternlicht (Credit: Gray by  Drew Angerer/Getty Images; Sternlicht by Cindy Ord/Getty Images for 1 Hotels)Two of the largest real estate investors are funneling funds into an extended-stay hotel chain.Barry Sternlicht’s Starwood Capital Group recently paid $136.8 million for an 8.5 percent stake, or about $9.05 per share, in Extended Stay America, the Wall Street Journal reported. And Blackstone Group picked up a 4.9 percent stake in the chain for about $6.50 a share, sources told the outlet.Blackstone has experience with the hotel firm: The private investment group acquired it in 2004 for about $2 billion then sold the portfolio to Lightstone group for $8 billion in 2007, according to the Journal. Three years later, Blackstone and Starwood fought for control of the firm, working to emerge from bankruptcy. Blackstone ended up acquiring the chain again for about $3.9 billion then took it public in 2013.While the coronavirus has crippled the hotel and travel industries, more affordable extended-stay brands are still seeing some customers, the Journal reported. For instance, while 9 percent of luxury hotels were occupied during the week ending April 11, economy-class hotels were about one-third full, according to data company STR.Extended Stay withdrew its 2020 guidance in March but has yet to close properties because of the coronavirus, according to the Journal. It focuses on those who need temporary housing and workers, like those on construction sites, flight attendants or those in the healthcare field. [WSJ] — Mary Diduch  This content is for subscribers only.Subscribe Nowlast_img read more