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News story: Liam Fox delivers Parliament and the public a central role in post-Brexit UK trade agreements

first_img For the first time in over 40 years the UK will have the chance to decide who we trade with and on what terms. Those decisions must work of the whole of the UK, and that is why we are making this unprecedented commitment to transparency and inclusiveness for our MPs, the Devolved Administrations, businesses, civil society groups, trade unions and the public. As an international economic department, we have the chance to deliver trade agreements that work for consumers and businesses across the UK. The more input we get on these, the better they will be. Public consultations:Dr Fox announced the government’s intention that a 14-week consultation will run ahead of any new negotiation, allowing any individual or organisation across the UK to give their view. These will be easily accessible on online to ensure as many people get to feed into the government’s work as possible.This is longer than other government consultation periods and longer than the EU runs its own trade consultations for, giving the British public more say over Britain’s trading future.As part of the consultations, the Department for International Trade (DIT) will run events in all regions and nations of the UK to seek their views on how prospective trade agreements could support prosperity and growth.Expert advice:A new Strategic Trade Advisory Group will also be created, advising DIT ministers and trade negotiators on trade policy and negotiations.The Group will be made up of 14 experts drawn from different groups such as business, civil society and unions, with an interest in our future trading relationships and their impact on the UK – from the workplace to consumer choice and the environment.Individuals will be invited to apply by 17th August 2018 to join the group which will meet quarterly, providing direct advice to ministers and UK negotiators. Apply to be part of the Strategic Trade Advisory Group to advise the government on trade policy and negotiations.center_img International Trade Secretary, Dr Liam Fox, today set out major new proposals ensuring that MPs, the Devolved Administrations, businesses and the public can influence Britain’s post-Brexit trade, designed to ensure future agreements create prosperity across the whole of the UK.International Trade Secretary Dr Liam Fox said: Providing evidence:MPs will be given the opportunity to consider the Government’s approach to negotiations and the potential implications of any agreements.As negotiations progress, the Government will keep Parliament closely involved with regular Ministerial statements and updates to the International Trade Committee. The Government will – before entering formal negotiations – publish an ‘Outline Approach’ to each negotiation, setting out the high-level objectives and scope of that negotiation. This document will be accompanied by a scoping assessment.Devolved Administrations:We will work closely with the Devolved Administrations on an ongoing basis to deliver an approach that works for the whole of the UK. As part of this, we are conducting a series of collaborative policy roundtables with Devolved Administrations recognising the close interaction between trade policy and devolved policy areas.Parliamentary approval:Once a free trade agreement is finalised, if it changes existing UK laws, and where necessary legislation doesn’t already exist, then new primary legislation will be introduced. Parliament will also be provided with comprehensive analysis of its effects.Importantly, Parliament will be able to scrutinise any new legislation in the usual way, as well as the ratification of all agreements through the usual procedures.last_img read more

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Members Of The Meters, Dumpstaphunk To Play ‘Foundation of Funk’ Jazz Fest Late Night

first_imgTalk about a superjam! The Godfathers of Funk will be joining forces during Jazz Fest on Saturday, April 23rd to bring a jam-packed late night rager to the House of Blues. Hailing from some of the most legendary funk acts in the game, Zigaboo Modeliste (The Meters), George Porter Jr. (The Meters), Ivan Neville (Dumpstaphunk) and Tony Hall (Dumpstaphunk) are ready to lay down the Foundation of Funk. Tickets are available here.When talking about New Orleans funk legends, it’s impossible to not bring up The Meters. The OG funk band’s legacy is undeniable, having pioneered the genre with classics such as “Cissy Strut” and “Fire On The Bayou”. Founding Meters members Modeliste and Porter will be joined by Ivan Neville, the nephew of original Meters member Art Neville. The musical legacy in this lineup is powerful, to say the least.Ivan Neville Discusses Chris Robinson Supergroup At Fool’s Paradise On Jam ONNeville will be joined by Dumpstaphunk bandmate Tony Hall, one of the baddest bassists in the game. When these two join forces on stage, it’s simply explosive.Get down with the funkiest, most legendary bunch of musicians to emerge from the Big Easy on Saturday, April 23rd at the House of Blues. Get tickets here.Enter to win tickets:last_img read more

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President Obama Reacts To Prince’s Death

first_imgPresident Barack Obama has never hid his love for music. Whether he’s the keynote speaker at SXSW, having Derek Trucks play at the White House, or talking about catching Rebirth Brass Band at the Maple Leaf, he’s proved time and time again he’s a patron of the musical arts. Sufficed to say, we weren’t surprised when the had some beautiful words to say about Prince. Here’s the official statement he released via his Facebook Page yesterday:Today, the world lost a creative icon. Michelle and I join millions of fans from around the world in mourning the sudden death of Prince. Few artists have influenced the sound and trajectory of popular music more distinctly, or touched quite so many people with their talent. As one of the most gifted and prolific musicians of our time, Prince did it all. Funk. R&B. Rock and roll. He was a virtuoso instrumentalist, a brilliant bandleader, and an electrifying performer.“A strong spirit transcends rules,” Prince once said — and nobody’s spirit was stronger, bolder, or more creative. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family, his band, and all who loved him.last_img read more

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Shift to renewables across Enel’s global footprint exceeds projections

first_imgShift to renewables across Enel’s global footprint exceeds projections FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享S&P Global/Platts:Italy’s largest power company Enel said it expects to beat its own renewable addition targets by 2020, as it pivots its generating model away from coal and grows its renewable footprint both in Europe and worldwide.CEO Francesco Starace told analysts on a conference call Tuesday evening that 90% of the company’s 7.8 GW target of new additions for 2020 is secured, and the company is certain it will “go beyond that target.”Enel said that it currently has 3 GW of projects in execution, of which, 2.4 GW is wind. It has 1.8 GW under construction, of which 1.4 GW is wind; and 1.2 GW is ready to build, of which 1.1 GW is wind. Of the total, around one third is in Europe and North Africa.The company said it added 3.4 GW in the last 12 months — a record for one year — and expects to bring online 800 MW in H2, without saying which projects.Starace said he expects the current favorable climate — where one can make money in a competitive environment — to last for five more years, with utilities able to preserve margins and see no changes to their returns despite cost reductions and increased competition.Enel had been “careful not to win all the time,” Starace said, noting that while Enel won 5 GW from various competitive processes during 2017, it also missed out on 9.5 GW tendered.The company’s renewable energy production in Italy exceeded that of fossil-fired plants in the first half of the year, accounting for 52% of the total, while in Spain, renewables chipped away at thermal’s significant lead, accounting for 21% of Enel’s output.Across the whole group, including other European markets, North Africa and South, North and Central America, total Enel H1 generation of 121 TWh was split 41.4% to renewables and 58.6% to fossil/nuclear.More: Italy’s Enel expects to exceed 2020 renewable addition targetlast_img read more

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Letters to CFPB, NCUA focus on payday lending concerns

first_img 8SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr CUNA continues to advocate for changes to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau’s (CFPB) short-term, small-dollar loan proposals with separate letters sent to NCUA and CFPB Monday. The CFPB’s proposal would add restrictions on payday, title, and high-cost installment loans that meet certain requirements.In the letter to NCUA Chair Rick Metsger, CUNA President/CEO Jim Nussle asks that the agency consider the full impact of the CFPB proposal on credit unions’ small-dollar lending programs.“We are quite concerned that the Bureau’s proposal sweeps in and threatens the stability of these consumer-friendly products offered by credit unions. This action, in our view, is uncalled for given credit unions’ history of, and approach to providing short-term, small-dollar credit to their members,” Nussle wrote. “We have specific concerns that the proposal will discourage credit union participation in the NCUA’s Payday Alternative Loan (PAL) program because of the additional compliance and regulatory burdens it places on credit unions participating in it.” continue reading »last_img read more

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Take your leadership into the arena

first_imgWhat is your leadership style?Go ahead, give it some thought.Seriously. I’ll wait. I want to know what first came to mind for you.Since making my first hire over 15 years ago—and assisting credit unions with their executive recruiting for the past four years—this is a question I ask often in interviews. In both my own experience and in listening to responses from dozens of leaders on the CUInsight Experience podcast, the most common answer seems to be servant leadership. Is that what popped into your head, too?It makes sense: Servant leadership is a noble style that does not require a rambling response to sum up. People understand that servant leaders are committed to serving others—the employees, the customers, the shareholders—as their primary function; that they will build a company based on their commitment to putting others first.The term servant leader was coined and modernized in 1970 by Robert K. Greenleaf in his essay The Servant as Leader. In this essay, Greenleaf is reacting to Journey to the East, written by Herman Hesse, in which a group is on a journey that falls apart when their servant leaves the group. Later, it is recognized that the servant– all along– was the designated leader with a heart that had led him to act in service to others. Greenleaf observes that the true servant leader is one who helps those served grow as individuals, serving them by identifying and meeting their needs.For good reason, leaders with hearts of service and a desire to help are highly regarded. They mentor, they coach, they provide resources that help individuals cultivate their best selves. I admire this style, yet it somehow feels incomplete. How does a servant leader, striving to meet the unique needs of each individual stakeholder, inspire people to coalesce around a common goal, to push forward through challenging times, or to focus on an end that is greater than any individual? For this, leaders must be more than servants. They cannot just support team members, they must be in the fight alongside them, working together toward the greatest good by stepping forward or backing up other team members as needed.Leaders who inspire me don’t just serve others, they serve alongside others, in the arena with their teams.I started contemplating the concept of arena leadership after a conversation with key leaders at Chartway Federal Credit Union. The credit union is currently seeking to add two key senior executives — Chief Financial Officer and Chief Human Resources Officer — to its leadership team. As we discussed recruiting to find the perfect fit in these new leaders, I was struck: Chartway’s executives share a strong commitment to making life affordable for their nearly 200,000 members across the country. They recognize that to reach this end, every leader on their team must serve as both advisor and executive, switching between strategist and activator, knowing when to charge ahead and when to stand down so others may lead. It is a team of individuals who recognize the value that comes in standing shoulder-to-shoulder to lead the credit union to its full potential.As Chartway’s President/CEO Brian Schools described what he wants in team members—those willing to roll up their sleeves, take action, and be all in with learning as they grow—I was reminded of a poster I first saw in my dad’s office as a young girl. “The Man in the Arena,” is an excerpt from a Theodore Roosevelt speech that encourages people to go all in. Decades later, I was surprised to see the words that had been hanging on that high school wrestling coach’s wall re-popularized in “Dare to Lead,” a 2018 leadership book written by vulnerability expert Brene Brown. Growing up, it had always made sense to me that poster would be in that office—a place where my dad and his colleagues counseled young men to “rub some dirt on it” and keep charging ahead, persisting through challenges, continuing despite adversity. It seemed the opposite of vulnerability: Encouraging a disregard of pain or fear to forge ahead, until I considered the reference to great enthusiasm.When a person is fully devoted to an end beyond him- or herself, striving for achievement is something that cannot be denied. Knowing there is risk of falling short of ultimate goals, people in the arena will still put out to the world the ambitions they have, they will work toward excellence. As leaders, they put their strengths and vulnerabilities on display, coming alongside their employees to battle it out for the common goal they share. They do not serve those in the arena. They are in there, too, committed to victory, striving for success, and learning alongside the rest of the team in the times where they are challenged to rise above some obstacle.Are you an arena leader, willing to dig in and make a difference to your members, your colleagues, and your community? Able to admit you don’t know it all, but working with an enthusiasm and a spirit of camaraderie that will help you drive to excellence?Chartway Federal Credit Union might be the place where you fit. Learn more about their open CFO and CHRO positions here.“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends himself in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement, and who at the worst, if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.”Theodore Roosevelt, Citizenship in a RepublicApril 23, 1910 10SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Jill Nowacki Jill Nowacki started her career with credit unions in 2001. She has taken on leadership roles at credit unions and state and national trade associations. 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Open applications for the 2020 World Responsible Tourism Awards.

first_imgYou can sign up HERE This year, judges decided to reward companies and destinations that take responsibility by addressing all the sectoral challenges posed by the COVID-19 pandemic. Certificates and logos will be awarded for “highly praised” and “praised” achievements, which can be used in print and online, so this is a great opportunity to identify those who are successfully coping with the current circumstances. Candidate recommendations can be sent until August 3, 2020, by anyone wishing to point out destinations, businesses and other organizations or individuals using tourism or tourism facilities to successfully respond to the pandemic challenge. The World Responsible Tourism Awards are given to organizations, destinations, events or individuals that contribute in an innovative way to connecting tourists with local communities and cultures. finding ways to maintain business to preserve the jobs of the local population or using available facilities so that neighbors can deal with Covid-19,decarbonisation of the travel and tourism sector,support for the protection of wild animals and the conservation of their habitats in the year when the tourist revenues intended for these activities – significantly reduced,building or maintaining “meaningful connections” through marketing guided by the idea of ​​responsible tourism and through appropriate engagements on social media,raising funds to help people, and the protection of wildlife and heritage,development of domestic tourism – looking for examples of companies and destinations that have shifted to increased attraction of the local market, to the promotion of holidays closer to home and the like. Some of the ways the tourism sector can help address challenges include:last_img read more

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Italy PM says budget deficit likely to rise further amid pandemic

first_imgItaly’s budget deficit, currently projected to reach 10.4 percent of domestic output this year, is likely to expand further as the country tries to prop up the economy amid the coronavirus pandemic, Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte said on Sunday.Measures to avoid layoffs as well as to help struggling sectors such as tourism could not wait until September, when the government would present a comprehensive plan to relaunch the economy after the coronavirus crisis, he said.“A further increase in the budget deficit is likely,” Conte told a press conference. He said the government was worried about weak consumer spending and had discussed a possible sales tax reduction, but no decision had been taken on such a costly measure.The government was working instead to reduce the gap between a worker’s gross and net salary, commonly known as the “tax wedge”, he said.Conte said a single ultra-fast broadband network, a push towards digital payments and the transition to renewable energy sources would be the planks of the September plan.Topics :last_img read more

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UK schools start to reopen despite increase in virus cases

first_imgScottish children went back to school for the first time in five months on Tuesday as leaders across Britain try to kickstart a return to education despite a resurgence in the number of coronavirus cases.Scotland’s devolved government has ordered pupils in different parts of the country to return gradually through this week, with all classes set to have resumed fully by next Tuesday.In England, where plans to restart schooling in June had to be abandoned following opposition from teaching unions and some parents, the government is adamant that children will return in early September. Risks ‘very low’ Some experts in Britain are questioning whether other public spaces, such as pubs, ought to be closed again before schools can reopen. Prime Minister Boris Johnson, who has responsibility for education in England only, insisted that “we will get schools back” and that he was “very impressed” by preparations to mitigate against the virus in the classroom. “We have got to stick to our discipline — so in schools, they have some very well thought through plans for how to manage it,” he said, warning that further local outbreaks and counter-measures were inevitable.The government is reportedly encouraged by a Public Health England study of 100 schools finding little evidence of the virus being transmitted in schools.”The risks to children from COVID are very low and the risks of school closures we know are very serious,” said Russell Viner, president of the Royal College of Pediatrics and Child Health and a member of a key government advisory group, told The Sunday Times in reference to the probe.But The Times newspaper said Tuesday the as-yet unpublished research also showed older children may transmit the virus to adults. The paper’s front-page story said researchers were “unhappy with the way ministers have used the findings, which have not been fully analyzed”.The Association of School and College Leaders this week suggested schools could adopt a “week-on, week-off” model to mitigate the risks of a full return.Meanwhile, the National Education Union has provided its 500,000 members with a list of 200 virus-related health measures for their schools and staff are being urged to “escalate” any complaints over non-compliance.Conservative lawmaker Robert Halfon branded the criteria as “impossible” to meet.”It is incredible not one of these 200 nitpicking questions asks the most important thing of all — what’s best for the kids?” he told the Sun on Sunday.  But the reopenings come as Britain, which has recorded the highest death toll in Europe from COVID-19 with more than 46,000 fatalities, could be witnessing the start of a resurgence.On Sunday, officials recorded more than 1,000 new cases in 24 hours for the first time since June, as a months-long lockdown has been gradually eased. Restrictions have recently been reimposed in some local areas in central and northern England, as well as in the Scottish city of Aberdeen last week, where pubs and restaurants had to close and travel restrictions were renewed. ‘Impressed and reassured’ However, across Scotland, which has recorded more than 19,000 cases and 2,491 deaths, there have been no fatalities from the virus in more than three weeks.First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said Monday it was “entirely understandable” for children, parents and teachers to have “nerves and anxiety” about the return.But Sturgeon insisted she was “impressed and reassured” by the preparations schools were taking.Students in the Scottish Borders region were the first to return Tuesday, alongside some in the Shetland Islands.Pupils will not be required to wear face coverings or maintain social distancing — sparking concern among some staff. Last week, a survey of 24,000 educators by the Educational Institute of Scotland found that only 18 percent of respondents were confident that it was safe enough to return.”Teachers want to see schools reopening… but they are very clear that this has to be done safely,” institute general secretary Larry Flanagan said in a statement. Topics :last_img read more

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Granit Xhaka agreed loan deal with Stoke before move to Arsenal

first_imgGranit Xhaka’s career nearly went a very different way (Picture: AMA/Getty Images)Granit Xhaka very nearly made a loan switch to Stoke City in 2014, but was talked out of it by Borussia Monchengladbach’s director of sport.The midfielder joined Gladbach in 2012 from Swiss side Basel and did not have the best start to life at the Bundesliga club.Xhaka looked set to leave the German team in January 2014 and had agreed a move to the Potters, before he was persuaded otherwise.Max Eberl, the Gladbach director or sport, warned the Switzerland international that a switch to Stoke could end his chances of making it to the elite levels of the sport.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENT‘Granit’s career in the first 18 months at Gladbach did not run [as smoothly] as sliced bread,’ Eberl told the Rheinische Post.‘He was almost ready to be loaned to Stoke and I told him, “If you go to Stoke now, you’ll never end up at a big club – but you could.”‘Xhaka ended up stating at Gladbach and would make 140 appearances for them over four seasons before leaving for Arsenal in the summer of 2016 for around £30m.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityThe 26-year-old is now a fixture in the Arsenal midfield, making 135 appearances since his arrival from Germany and becoming one of the club captains under Unai Emery.Xhaka has even made a plea to his boss to make him the outright club captain after the departure of Laurent Koscielny this summer.‘I would be delighted to be the first Swiss player to captain a Premier League club,’ said the midfielder.‘It would be something special, and a dream come true for me. It would be a recognition of my performances for Arsenal.‘It would also be a special responsibility to follow in the footsteps of great players like Patrick Vieira and Thierry Henry.‘I plan to continually improve, work on my game, get better all the time, fine-tune the small details – and to achieve success.‘Everything else comes second to these ambitions.‘We absolutely want to get back to finishing in the top four, and I am convinced the players we have signed can help us achieve it.’MORE: Ian Wright says Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang needs more support from Arsenal teammatesMORE: Unai Emery denies Nicolas Pepe, David Luiz and Kieran Tierney have improved Arsenal’s squad Advertisement Advertisement Commentcenter_img Granit Xhaka agreed loan deal with Stoke before move to Arsenal Metro Sport ReporterSaturday 17 Aug 2019 9:43 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link134Shareslast_img read more

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UK considers scrapping ‘controversial’ inflation measure

first_imgThe UK’s upper house of parliament has begun an inquiry into whether the retail prices index (RPI) should be scrapped as a measure of consumer inflation, a move that the government has indicated could save employers up to £90bn (€102bn) in pension deficit contributions.The House of Lords’ Economic Affairs Committee yesterday discussed whether RPI – which tracks the price change of a basket of items from furniture to footwear – still had relevance to measuring price movements in the UK economy.RPI is particularly important for pension funds as the government still refers to the index to determine payments on the £400bn pile of index-linked gilts – many of which form the backbone of UK defined benefit (DB) pension portfolios.In addition, RPI is still widely used by DB pension funds to calculate annual pension increases. According to the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP), 73% of DB schemes in the UK currently index their liabilities using RPI – despite a wholesale move to the consumer prices index (CPI) for state pension increases in 2011. The CPI figure historically has been lower than RPI. Changes to RPI – or its abolition – could mean a major upheaval for members of existing DB schemes, said Andy Cork, partner at law firm Allen & Overy.“Many schemes are required to use RPI as the law stands at the moment, because their rules say so – they will have some formulation that pension increases are applied in accordance to RPI and with limited flexibility to change,” Cork said.“There would inevitably be some schemes that have that written in, and I think as part of scrapping RPI the government would have to give us greater direction [regarding] what to do with those schemes.”In 2016, the trustees of the Barnado’s charity pension scheme failed at the UK’s Court of Appeal in their attempt to switch from RPI to CPI, with the judges ruling in favour of the existing rules and terms of the plan. Earlier this year, trustees of the Thales pension scheme failed to convince the High Court in a similar case.The DWP further stated in March in its white paper on DB schemes that a move to CPI would slash the current £200bn aggregate DB deficit by as much as £90bn. On the flipside, the DWP noted, the move to CPI could cut annual member benefits by as much as £300 three years after the switch – or up to £12,000 over their lifetime.Ultimately change was needed, said Anna Rogers, senior partner at ARC Pensions Law, but weighing member benefits against employer gains was politically very sensitive.“It is a hugely controversial area,” she said, “and it also presents a big technical problem in terms of what a resolution might look like. It seems to me that we should welcome another inquiry.“We need to keep having inquiries until someone can find a solution.”last_img read more

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ATP, USS lift stakes in Spain’s Redexis Gas, buying out Goldman Sachs

first_imgTwo of Europe’s largest pension funds, ATP and USS, have linked up with two Chinese financial investors to complete the acquisition of Spanish gas distributor Redexis. Danish statutory pension fund ATP and UK universities pension fund USS increased their stakes to a majority, acquiring – along with new Redexis shareholders Guoxin Guotong Fund (GT Fund) and CNIC Corporation – the 50.1% of the company they did not already own.They bought the stake from Goldman Sachs Infrastructure Partners II, a fund belonging to Goldman Sachs (GSIP).The deal leaves ATP and USS each with a 33.3% stake in Redexis, and the Chinese funds with a 33.3% stake between them, held through a common vehicle. Michael Dalsgaard, senior investment manager at ATP and newly-elected board member in Redexis Gas, told IPE: “ATP has been an investor in Redexis since 2010 and we have over the years increased our investment in Redexis Gas on several occasions.”He said ATP was very pleased with its investment and looked forward to continuing working with the company’s “excellent team”, and to supporting its growth strategy.“Going forward ATP will have an additional board member at Redexis and we look forward to the journey with the company and our co-shareholders,” Dalsgaard said.USS could not immediately be reached for comment.A Redexis statement about the deal said that it “reflects once again ATP’s and USS’s support for the company’s long-term growth strategy and significant investment plan”.Both ATP and USS have been investors in Redexis Gas along with GSIP since 2010, initially as indirect investors and since 2017 as joint direct owners of 49.9% of the Spanish firm.Redexis Gas develops and operates natural gas transportation and distribution networks, and supplies liquefied petroleum gas in Spain.The company’s chairman Fernando Bergasa said his company was now looking forward to entering a new phase of long-term growth based on a significant investment plan, with the support of the four shareholders.Vantage Infrastructure is acting as the manager of the stake in Redexis Gas held by GT Fund and CNIC.Citigroup Global Markets Limited and Goldman Sachs International acted as financial advisers to GSIP while Evercore was the financial adviser for GT Fund and CNIC.last_img read more

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Bing seeks authority to ink hauling contracts

first_imgMayor Evelio Leonardia of Bacolod City. The first contract is the environmentand sanitary services, which the IPM-CDC will collect and haul the garbage inthis city worth amount of P164,970,118.40. The other proposed contract is forthe management and operation of the sanitary landfill facility in BarangayFelisa in the amount of P79,697,040.19. According to Familiaran, Leonardia’srequest was already included in the agenda of the SP last week. He said it wasreferred to Councilor Dindo Ramos, chairperson of the Committee on laws andordinances. He added that the committee willconduct a committee hearing first and it is due for the approval of thecouncil. BACOLOD City – Mayor Evelio Leonardiais seeking Sangguniang Panlungsod’s authority to sign two separate contracts ofservice between the city government and IPM Construction and Development Corp. In his letter to Vice Mayor El CidFamiliaran and the SP, Leonardia is requesting for authority to sign twocontract s of service covering March 1 to Dec. 31, 2020. The IPM-CDC has started contractingwith the city since Leonardia assumed the post on 2016 as the the City Mayor./PNlast_img read more

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15 killed in Sri Lanka police raid at suspected terrorist home

first_imgFifteen people including six children are dead following a confrontation with Sri Lanka security forces in which three-cornered suicide bombers detonated their explosives and exchanged gunfire with police.Police and soldiers fought exchanged fire with occupants for more than an hour Friday evening,  during a raid on their home.Shortly after, the suicide bombers detonated their explosives.Police say a search operation on Saturday morning uncovered the bodies of three men, three women and six children inside the home.“Three other men, also believed to be suicide bombers, were found dead outside the house,” police said, adding that they had been shot.The Prime Minister of Sri Lanka said authorities are in the process of rounding up supporters and sympathizers of the terrorist cell that carried out the string of bombings last Sunday which killed at least 253 people and injured hundreds more.About 70 were estimated to be at large, “some capable of exploding themselves,” according to Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe.There were no casualties among the security forces, police confirmed.Related content:Family of American 5th grader killed in Sri Lanka Bombings speaks outlast_img read more

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Patriots’ sideline video tricks tarnish team’s image

first_imgThe past few months have been quite eventful for New Englanders in the sporting world. The Celtics pulled off two blockbuster trades and acquired veterans Kevin Garnett and Ray Allen. The Red Sox continue to play solid baseball and still hold a sizeable lead over the Yankees in the AL East. And after the Patriots’ 38-14 victory over the New York Jets Sunday, fans in Beantown are buzzing about their team’s potential this year. With new wide receivers in Randy Moss and Donte’ Stallworth, quarterback Tom Brady finally has some quality targets to throw to, and many have slated the Pats as early Super Bowl favorites.New England’s beloved Patriots are supposed to be America’s team, a team that became a football dynasty by winning three Super Bowls in four years between 2002 and 2005, a team that steered clear of off-the-field troubles plaguing many other teams. They have a quarterback in Brady that all guys want to be and all girls want to be with.Simply put, the Patriots have been a model for success under the leadership of head coach Bill Belichick. But suddenly, things aren’t looking so bright in Boston.Developments after their win Sunday have changed the Pats’ positive image. They quickly became the bad boys of the NFL, deciding to stray from the rulebook. Commissioner Roger Goodell determined that New England was guilty of videotaping signals made by the Jets’ defensive coaches.So here’s how they apparently pulled it off. Early in the game, Matt Estrella, a member of the Patriots’ video staff, focused his camera on the Jets’ defensive coaches as they gave hand signals to players on the field. Those hand signals were then matched up with videos and images of defensive formations corresponding to different plays. For instance, one signal may mean a blitz up the middle, while another may be a blitz from the left side. If the Patriots knew what was called based on previous knowledge of the hand signals, they could prepare for the upcoming blitz.Great plan? Maybe. Against the rules? You bet. According to the rulebook, no videotaping is allowed during the game in the coaches’ booth, in the locker room, or, in the case of New England, on the field.This wasn’t the first time such an incident occurred with the Pats, either. Last season, Estrella was removed from the Packers’ sideline during New England’s 35-0 shutout of Green Bay for the same reasons. This tells me the Patriots have been up to this for quite some time. No one is sure how long this has been going on, but many people within the league remain wary.One of the biggest skeptics of New England is also one of the most respected players in the game, LaDainian Tomlinson. The Chargers running back and his team, who lost to the Patriots in last year’s AFC playoffs, will face off against the alleged signal stealers this Sunday. LT and New England have bad blood between each other dating back to last year’s postseason, when several Patriots mocked Tomlinson’s teammate, Shawne Merriman, at the middle of San Diego’s field after the game.Tomlinson, who for the most part is reserved and polite, verbally scolded the Pats’ actions. In a press conference this week, he said he wasn’t surprised by the latest findings of cheating. He even went as far as to jokingly say, “I think the Patriots actually live by the saying, ‘If you aren’t cheating, you aren’t trying.’ They live off that statement.” Harsh words coming from the league MVP — but maybe he’s right.While teams can get away with things like this in baseball, where sign stealing is quite common, Goodell has made it clear that he and the NFL will not stand for it. Part of the problem is that this is not an isolated incident, and if nothing is done to stop it, it will continue.So what should happen to the Patriots to send a message to the league? The commissioner believes they should have to forfeit future draft picks, and since he is ultimately the law of the NFL, that is probably what will happen. If I were commissioner for a day, however, I would be a little stricter on New England. If they are found guilty of stealing signs, they should have to forfeit the game against the Jets in addition to Goodell’s proposal that they lose draft picks. Yes, as a Chargers fan, I may be slightly bitter that the ‘Bolts lost last year. But I am over that, and ready for the rematch this weekend.Keep in mind, nothing has been decided yet, and the Patriots have not officially been convicted of cheating. But whatever results from this debacle, this controversy will surely taint their once-perfect image that has already been polluted by last year’s postgame playoff antics in San Diego and the recent suspension of safety Rodney Harrison for violating the league’s substance-abuse policy.Yes, America, start looking for a new team to call your own. But while you’re at it, may I suggest steering clear of the Falcons?Tyler Mason is a junior majoring in journalism. All Patriots fans can send your hate mail or spy techniques to [email protected]last_img read more

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Wellington Junior High building sale falls through for at least year; board refuses to consider demolition bid

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Thank you for your input. +4 Vote up Vote down Birdfan · 373 weeks ago If it comes to sale for demolition a bond need put up to cover any mis-step in lead/asbestos cleanup and property cleanup. I do not know this company but some will strip copper/brass, and sale-able architectural items then leave a contaminated mess of asbestos lead and unstable walls etc. Report Reply 0 replies · active 373 weeks ago +5 Vote up Vote down JustMe · 373 weeks ago They turned down guaranteed money for a “maybe next year”? It’s hard to say much about the demo. bid since we don’t know what amount it was for. But why not retain ownership of the property, have it demolished, and use those funds to turn the property into a nice park with restrooms that could also be used by the tennis courts, and covered ‘shelters’ similar to donut bay? The city plays way too many games with “what might be”. Report Reply 2 replies · active 373 weeks ago +7 Vote up Vote down Larry · 373 weeks ago It would seem to me, with all I have heard and read that the demolishing of the old school would be a big mistake. The school has a lot of history and I have seen to many old and historic buildings demolished over the years, not only in Wellington but other places around the country. It is important to save history. I only hope that they look at all other ideas, before they decide to just tear it down. Report Reply 2 replies · active 373 weeks ago +3 Vote up Vote down Boner · 373 weeks ago I suspect the School Board will get jerked around for years trying to unload this old building. Why not get a good bid to knock her down, including the asbestos and the fact that it is built like a fortress and should have never been abandoned in the 1st place. Make the site a park/parking lot for the Football/Baseball fields. Recruit some volunteers, Ill be first in line, build a multi purpose builing on the site for dressing rooms and maintenance. Save the bricks for the new building and side walks. Report Reply 0 replies · active 373 weeks ago +1 Vote up Vote down Jim Miller · 373 weeks ago We really need to come together and help USD 353 unload this property. I really don’t want to see it demolished and we no longer have the cram packed stadiums of the glory years but do see hope in our future. Sell it to a motivated group of investors wanting to help out our city. Report Reply 0 replies · active 373 weeks ago 0 Vote up Vote down 1965 · 373 weeks ago Tracy: What change did the USD #353 School board make at this meeting in reference to the “weighting of grades” for Top 10, Valediatorian,etc. I watched the school board meeting on tv and you did not mention at all on your website Report Reply 1 reply · active 373 weeks ago Post a new comment Enter text right here! 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Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — A deal for Garrison Properties of Prairie Village, Kans. to purchase the Wellington Junior High building and turn it into apartment complexes appears to have fallen through – at least for a year.The Wellington school board learned from Wellington Superintendent Rick Weiss at tonight’s school board meeting that the company did not garner enough points in its financing application to qualify for governmental housing tax credits and therefore will not be purchasing the junior high building this year.Gary Hassenflu did tell Weiss the company would be interesting in looking into trying the whole process over next year. In the meantime, the Wellington school board had received an unsolicited sealed bid from an unnamed company who wanted to purchase the building and then demolish it for parts.The board didn’t like that idea, not so much because of the proposal but because the bid came in unsolicited. USD 353 Board president Jackie Berryman did open the sealed bid at the meeting, but she did not comment on how much it was or who from.As for the apartment development, Hassenflu was hoping to build 42 units, targeted toward families, which would contain several amenities including off-street parking, on-site leasing office, tenant storage, a new central heat/air unit(s) and various household appliances.The tentative name for the project was “The Old School Lofts.” The apartments are proposed for one bedroom costing tenants $450 a month; two bedrooms for $550, three bedrooms for $650.Hassenflu had visited the Wellington City Planning Commission and City Council and had their approval.last_img read more

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