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first_imgThe two new 4000t demountable turntable systems were successfully used to load 2x50km of power cable on the Hanjin Pioneer at the LS Cable plant in Donghae, South Korea.LS Cable managed, with the support of RentOcean’s team onside, to have the job done well within their time frame. The vessel is now on its way to Ras Laffan, Qatar where the cables will be installed between Ras Laffan and Halul.To meet the present and future electrical power demand of Halul island, LS Cable will supply and install two submarine power cables between Ras Laffan and the island. LS Cable has appointed RentOcean to supply two 4000T demountable turntable systems and accompanying equipment for transport of the cable.RentOcean’s turntable series are designed for flexibility and quick mobilisation. The modular systems are delivered to the mobilisation site in 40 ft containers. All system components are “plug and play” and interchangeable. As a result of this new philosophy the equipment is sea and road transportable and can be mobilised to any port around the world in a highly cost effective manner.“We are excited that with our support LS Cable has managed to finish the loading of the cable on time. It shows our commitment to work towards a successful completion of the project together with our client. The RentOcean team took up and met the challenge to build, mobilise, assemble and operate the turntable systems within such a short time frame, that it is something we can be proud of,” says Managing Director of RentOcean, Lex van Doorn.Press Release, September 22, 2014last_img read more

first_imgIceland star Gylfi Sigurdsson has spoken about his side’s tough World Cup group for the first time.The Everton midfielder while speaking about the matter stated that the Super Eagles of Nigeria have a great squad.Iceland are in Group D at next year’s World Cup in Russia alongside Nigeria, Argentina and Croatia.In his words via popular English media outlet Daily Mail, Sigurdsson said: “As a kid you dream about it. But, at the back of your mind, you remember you come from Iceland and think it will never happen. Now we have qualified for two tournaments in a row and it’s incredible.””It’s a tough draw, of course it is. But there are two ways to look at it: you either want a good group or the worst one possible.”It’s a tough group, I tell you. Croatia are fantastic, Nigeria have a great squad. Then first there is Messi. It will be tough. But why not think we can get a good result?” he concluded.Relatedlast_img read more

first_img25 October 2007The number of companies seeking to list publicly on South Africa’s stock exchanges increased from two to 17 in the third quarter of 2007 as compared to the same period last year, in what professional services firm Ernst & Young has described as a “listings boom”.This rise in local initial public offerings (IPO) is in sharp contract to the global picture, where listings declined by 22% in the third quarter as compared with the second quarter of 2007, mainly as a result of the sub-prime crisis fallout in the United States.“South Africa saw 17 IPOs, with R1.6-billion of capital raised during the third quarter of 2007,” said Ernst & Young Transaction Advisory Services associate director Stef Greeff.“This represents a significant increase when compared to the six IPOs of the previous quarter (with R1.0-billion raised) and the two IPOs in the third quarter of 2006 (R50-million raised) and also confirms that South Africa is indeed experiencing a ‘listings boom’.”Thirteen of the IPOs during the third quarter of 2007 were on the JSE’s alternative exchange board, the AltX, taking its number of listings to more than 60 since inception.According to its website, the AltX is designed to appeal to a diverse range of companies, including young and fast-growing businesses including start-ups, family-owned businesses, black economic empowerment companies and junior mining companies.South Africa’s massive infrastructure development programme and 2010 Fifa World Cup preparations are also having a positive effect on listings, with Ernst & Young pointing out that 10 of the IPOs during the third quarter were construction or related companies, with the firm itself advising three construction-related companies on their listings.Ernst & Young states that US$57-billion was raised in 428 IPOs globally in the third quarter, a decline of 36% when compared to the previous quarter, but 27% higher than the same quarter in 2008.Brazil, Russia, India and China together raised $27-billion in a record 118 IPOs and accounted for seven of the 10 largest IPOs in the third quarter.Overall, China, Brazil and the US led activity by capital raised, and made up 56% of the global total with $14.4-billion, $9.3-billion and $8.3-billion respectively. China also led number of IPOs with 77, surpassing last quarter’s leader Australia (50) and the US (36).As per the second quarter of 2007, financials was the dominant industry sector, with a quarter of all capital raised by financial companies, followed by energy and power (14%), industrials (14%) and materials (12%). By number of listings, materials companies still led the way with a 20% market share of IPOs ahead of industrials (16%), and high technology (14%).“The global IPO markets still remain strong despite a drop in activity,” said Ernst & Young IPO Initiatives global director Gil Forer.“The record number of IPOs in the emerging markets shows that international investors continue looking for high return opportunities, as emerging markets are driving global economic growth. Thirteen of the Top 20 IPOs were from emerging markets, and interestingly only two of those chose not to list on domestic exchanges.”SAinfo reporter Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

first_imgTwo people are hurt after a shooting near Stephens Lake Park.Police said they were called to Anita Court, which is north of the park, at about 11 a.m. for a call about multiple shots being fired.First responders found one of the victims in a shed. Both of them were coherent and had non life-threatening injuries when they were taken to the hospital.The identities of the victims have not been released and authorities have not given any details about a possible suspect.last_img

first_imgBuzz of the WeekWhile merit and seniority are the accepted criteria for the appointment of the cabinet secretary, other factors have come into play this time. More than one hopeful is flaunting connections with 10 Janpath, leading to inexplicable delay. “The RSS has maintained it can do business with the,Buzz of the WeekWhile merit and seniority are the accepted criteria for the appointment of the cabinet secretary, other factors have come into play this time. More than one hopeful is flaunting connections with 10 Janpath, leading to inexplicable delay.”The RSS has maintained it can do business with the Congress. What is left unsaid is that the BJP can support the Congress if they discard the Left.” Sitaram Yechury, CPI(M) Politburo member”Dawood is involved in the Mumbai blasts, Quattrochi siphoned off the country’s money. The Congress president owes moral and political explanations.” L.K. Advani, leader of the Opposition”The Congress has earmarked quotas for Muslims in jobs and education to get their votes.” Rajnath Singh, BJP president”The whole social sector is skewed in favour of the urban elite. That is responsible for our poor performance in the Commonwealth Games.” Mani Shankar Aiyar, sports minister”At 33, if I am forced to come out and play a (Davis Cup) singles match, that is something we definitely have got to look into.” Leander Paes, tennis playerlast_img read more

first_imgIslamabad: Pakistan has formally suspended its trade relations with India after New Delhi revoked Jammu and Kashmir’s special status. On Friday, the federal cabinet headed by Prime Minister Imran Khan endorsed the decisions taken by the National Security Committee and the joint session of parliament, which include suspension of trade ties with India, the Dawn reported. Trade relations between the two neighbours were already strained following the Pulwama terror attack as India imposed 200 per cent customs duty on all goods imported from the neighbouring nation. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscal Imports from Pakistan declined by 92 per cent to USD 2.84 million in March this year compared to USD 34.61 million in March 2018, according to the commerce ministry data. During January-March period of 2018-19 fiscal, imports from Pakistan declined by 47 per cent to USD 53.65 million. Two notifications were issued soon after the cabinet meeting to implement the decision to suspend bilateral trade with India with immediate effect and until further orders, the report said. Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boost One notification suspends all kind of exports to India, while the other banned import of goods of Indian origin or those imported from it. Earlier, this ban was only limited to imports from Israel with which Pakistan has no trade ties at all. Pakistan’s imports have already entered negative growth with almost all countries, except India, as Islamabad mostly imports raw materials from India, the report said. According to a data of Indian Council for Research on International Economic Relations (ICRIER), the total exports from India to Pakistan in the financial year 2018-2019 was around USD 2 billion. The major items exported by India include chemical products and textiles among others, and the imported items include mineral products and vegetable items. On Monday, India revoked Article 370 to withdraw the special status to Jammu and Kashmir and bifurcated the region into two Union Territories – Jammu and Kashmir, and Ladakh. In reaction to India’s move, Pakistan on Wednesday downgraded diplomatic ties with India by expelling Indian High Commissioner Ajay Bisaria and announced that it would also suspend trade relations with New Delhi. India has said Jammu and Kashmir was an integral part of India and the issue was strictly internal to the country. Pakistan has also suspended import of Indian goods under the Pak-Afghan transit treaty, Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Information Firdous Ashiq Awan told a media briefing on Friday.last_img read more

first_imgBURGEO, N.L. – A large black vulture that has been enthralling residents of a small Newfoundland community may have ended up there after getting blown off course by a storm.Bird watcher Bruce McTavish says the bird may have arrived in the Burgeo area during strong southerly winds on Nov. 17.The vulture has been spotted in and around the southwest coast town over the last week or two, with pictures showing perched high atop a tree.The bird is native to the southern United States and the only previous sighting in the province was in Black Tickle, Labrador, in the 1990s.McTavish says vultures like to soar and don’t normally cross a lot of water because it requires flying.He says the bird — which feeds on carrion — should be able to find enough food to survive. (VOCM)last_img read more

first_imgMark Ruffalo, Naomi Campbell, Iman, Heidi Klum, Alan Cumming, Ellie Goulding, Alessandra Ambrosio, Diane Kruger, Adriana Lima, Jeremy Piven, and amfAR Chairman of the Board Kenneth Cole were among those who gathered at the 19th annual amfAR New York Gala to pay tribute to actress Scarlett Johansson and Artistic Director Donatella Versace for their longtime support of amfAR and exceptional contributions to the fight against AIDS.Scarlett Johansson Honored by amfARCredit/Copyright: Getty ImagesThe event, presented by Harry Winston, raised nearly $2 million for amfAR’s life-saving AIDS research programs.Other guests included Amber Valletta, Chloe Sevigny, Victoria Justice, Zoe Kravitz, Zosia Mamet, Karl Glusman, Brad Goreski, Jay Ellis, Zac Posen, Aluna Francis, Anna Cleveland, Emily DiDonato, Georgia Fowler, Daphne Groeneveld, Candice Huffine, Martha Hunt, Sasha Luss, Bridget Malcolm, Barbara Palvin, Andreja Pejic, Josephine Skriver, and more.Actress, model, and entrepreneur Iman opened the evening, welcoming guests and thanking the fashion community for their continued support of amfAR. She then introduced amfAR’s Chairman of the Board Kenneth Cole, who spoke passionately about amfAR’s goal to find a cure for HIV by the end of 2020.Academy Award-nominated actor Mark Ruffalo presented the amfAR Award of Courage to his friend Scarlett Johansson, describing her as a model of grace, compassion, and service to others who is “driven simply by the firm conviction that she should do whatever she can to help those who are less fortunate than she is.” Johansson, in an emotional speech about a family friend, Tony, who passed away from AIDS, acknowledged the more than 37 million people around the world who are still suffering from this disease, and dedicated her award to all those who have lost their lives or the lives of loved ones to AIDS.Actress, activist, and iconic supermodel Naomi Campbell presented the amfAR Award of Courage to her friend, Donatella Versace, describing her as a legend of the fashion world who is “renowned for her generosity.” Accepting her award, Versace honored her brother Gianni as a pioneer in the fight against HIV/AIDS, and promised to continue his fight, a cause she said has defined her life and is more important now than ever.The evening also featured spectacular live performances. Alan Cumming introduced the evening’s headliner, Grammy-nominated British pop sensation Ellie Goulding, who ended the evening with an explosive set of her biggest songs, including “On My Mind,” “Burn,” and “Love Me Like You Do,” that had guests on their feet and dancing into the night.Aluna Francis, of the electronic music duo AlunaGeorge, also took the stage during the evening with a soulful performance of their hit “Not Above Love.”Zosia Mamet and Laurie Simmons also took to the stage to introduce a short documentary film by Matt Wolf about Simmons’ best friend, Jimmy DeSana. DeSana was an artist who died of AIDS in 1990, and as an expression of gratitude for the work amfAR does, the film shared his impact on Simmons and her daughter, Lena Dunham, as well as the impact of HIV/AIDS on the creative community as a whole.Guests enjoyed bidding on exclusive items during the live auction, conducted by Alexander Gilkes. Highlights included:Guests enjoyed bidding on exclusive items during the live auction, conducted by Alexander Gilkes. Highlights included:· Douglas Kirkland’s 1961 photograph of American icon Marilyn Monroe sold for $70,000.· A 1998 photograph of amfAR’s Founding International Chairman Dame Elizabeth Taylor, taken by Christopher Makos, who Andy Warhol once called “the most modern photographer in America,” sold for $40,000 to one of the evening’s honorees, Donatella Versace.· Andy Warhol’s polaroid portraits of iconic designers Valentino, Gianni Versace, Giorgio Armani, and Jean Paul Gaultier, sold for $47,000.· Model Josephine Skriver introduced exquisite Harry Winston Triple Diamond Loop Earrings, with 72 round brilliant cut diamonds and 6 round brilliant cut rubies set in platinum, which sold for $50,000 to one of the evening’s honorees, Scarlett Johansson.· For the first time anywhere, Moët Hennessy offered an opportunity to own a Moët & Chandon vending machine, which provides mini bottles of Moët & Chandon Brut and Rosé. With a hilarious demonstration from Alan Cumming, the world’s only in-home champagne vending machine sold for $85,000.· Diane Kruger introduced two tickets to the 2018 Golden Globes Awards with round-trip airfare to Los Angeles on Delta One, sold for $45,000.· Running These New York Times, a work by urban graffiti artist Alex Monopoly, chosen for the amfAR New York Gala to signify the constant energy and on-the-run mentality of New Yorkers, sold for $45,000.· A seven-night stay for six adults at the One&Only Ocean Club in the Bahamas, one of the world’s most exclusive resorts, sold for $45,000.· “Inside the Studio: The amfAR Studio 54 Collection,” a limited-edition portfolio of 23 images showcasing the unique spirit of legendary New York nightclub studio 54 and its celebrity regulars, curated by Getty Images and taken by the club’s in-house photographer Sonia Moskowitz, who was in attendance, sold twice for a total of $100,000.· Jeremy Piven helped the fundraising efforts with a pledge drive, encouraging 116% participation, in which everyone who donated over $500 would receive a customized, limited edition Belvedere Bespoke bottle, courtesy of Belvedere Vodka and Moët Hennessy.The event was presented by Harry Winston. Moët Hennessy was the Signature Sponsor.FIJI Water and Mandarin Oriental, New York were the Associate Sponsors. Delta Air Lines is the Official Airline of amfAR. The amfAR New York Gala is produced by Andrew Boose/AAB Productions.last_img read more

first_imgAPTN National News OTTAWA–Senator Patrick Brazeau, who was kicked out of the Conservative caucus after being charged with assault and sexual assault, claims he’s innocent of falsely claiming his father’s house in Maniwaki, Que., as his primary residence and believes he shouldn’t have to pay any money back.The Senate committee on internal economy issued an edict Thursday directing Brazeau to pay back about $48,700 plus interest following the release of audits into the former Conservative senator’s living expense claims, along with those of Conservative Senator Mike Duffy and Liberal Senator Mac Harb.Harb has also said he would fight the order to pay back the travel claim cash. Duffy has paid back about $90,000.Brazeau, however, claims that the audits actually cleared him and issued a press release Tuesday threatening to “explore all options to have this determination overturned,” including “calling a public meeting of the Senate committee on internal economy to explain their decision.”The audits were done by Deloitte.“The Deloitte report in no way finds anything untoward regarding the claims and documents filed by Senator Brazeau,” states Brazeau’s press release, which was sent to reporters.Brazeau, who met with auditors at least twice, said that a draft of the audit he reviewed found him “to have met all four primary residence ‘indicators’” and that “no false claims were made by Senator Brazeau.”The audit used Brazeau’s driver’s license, health card, income tax return and voter registration as the so-called indicators. The audit noted that the address on the driver’s license, while in Maniwaki, did not match his stated primary residence and that Quebec health cards do not include an address. The audit did find that his income tax return did match and that Maniwaki “appeared to be in these two electoral ridings” were Brazeau voted.Download (PDF, Unknown)Brazeau also says that he has been ordered to repay about $34,619 in living expenses, plus $144.97 in travel expenses. Conservative Senator Marjory LeBreton, however, told reporters Thursday that Brazeau was expected to pay back about $48,700 plus interest.The RCMP is also reviewing the audits to determine whether a full investigation is warranted.“It is unclear how the Committee could have come to this conclusion when there is no clear definition of what, for purposes of their own policy, constitutes a ‘primary residence,’” says Brazeau’s press release. “The Deloitte report in no way finds anything untoward regarding the claims and documents filed by Senator Brazeau.”Brazeau had claimed his father’s home in Maniwaki, Que., as his primary place or residence, but also rented a house in Gatineau, Que., across the river from Ottawa. Maniwaki is about 130 km north of Ottawa.Senators are allowed to claim up to $22,000 in living expenses if their primary residence is more than 100 kilometres outside Ottawa.The audit, found that Brazeau spent only 57, or 10 per cent, of the 549 days examined in Maniwaki. It also found that Brazeau was in Ottawa for 443 days, or 81 per cent of the time reviewed. In that time period, he spent 76 days, or 14 per cent, on Senate business in the capital, but could not account for the remaining 317 days, or 58 per cent, he spent in Ottawa, concluding, “the nature of which is unknown.”But the audit also could not “identify visits to Maniwaki during the months of December 2011 and March 2012.”The audit also examined Brazeau’s travel claims for trips between Ottawa and Maniwaki, but could only find evidence for 11 of the 28 days he claimed.“Given the relatively short travel distance between Ottawa/Gatineau and Maniwaki, it is possible that Senator Brazeau travelled to Maniwaki…without making purchases at stores or using his cell phone,” said the audit. “Overall, we have assessed that all of the trips between Ottawa/Gatineau and Maniwaki claimed by Senator Brazeau did take place or could have taken place.”The audit examined credit card records, cell phone records, bank accounts and a personal income tax return along with the senators’ travel expense claims and filings.Brazeau, who was appointed to the Senate by Prime Minister Stephen Harper and was once tapped as a government spokesperson on the murdered and missing women’s file, is already facing assault and sexual assault charges in relation to a domestic incident involving his former partner.Brazeau also once wrote a song about murdered and missing Indigenous women. It was filmed in the living room of his rented home in Gatineau.last_img read more

first_imgD.C.-based policy experts split on the prudence of restoring earmarks during a House Rules Committee hearing Thursday. “I believe that restoring a well-designed system for directed spending is one of the most important steps Congress can take to strengthen this institution,” said Bipartisan Policy Center President Jason Grumet. If House Republicans vote to overturn the existing ban on earmarks, however, they should impose rules to ensure the practice is transparent, he said. For example, the chamber should require a full description of projects be posted on member and subcommittee websites before the underlying legislation is considered, and they should not be airdropped into managers’ amendments or omnibus spending bills, reported CQ.Steve Ellis, vice president of Taxpayers for Common Sense, said he opposed reversing the ban, primarily due to past abuses and because the tool would cede too much power to the appropriations committees.If the House moves to reintroduce earmarks, it is not at all clear whether the Senate would follow suit, with members interviewed by CQ divided over the issue.Photo by Architect of the Capitol Dan Cohen AUTHORlast_img read more

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