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This week saw a clear demonstration that infrastructure assets are attractive to institutions like pension funds because of the long-term investment opportunity and stable returns that they represent.The Canada Pension Plan Investment Board (CPPIB) and Hermes Infrastructure announced that they are to buy a 30 percent stake in Associated British Ports for about GBP1.6 bn (USD2.4 bn), and may acquire a further 3.33 percent, depending on pre-exemption rights.Cressida Hogg, managing director & global head of infrastructure at CPPIB says that “she is excited about this unique opportunity to invest in a significant portfolio of landlord ports with a proven track record of steady operational performance”.And so she should be since ABP has had a fairly decent track record for delivering long-term predictable inflation-linked cash flows, with robust cash yields, since it was privatised in the early 1980s. In businessShipping confidence slides againOverall confidence in the shipping industry fell to its lowest level for two and a half years during the three months up to February 2015, according to Moore Stephens’ latest Shipping Confidence Survey.ABP gets new shareholderThe Canada Pension Plan Investment Board (CPPIB) and Hermes Infrastructure will acquire a 30 percent stake in Associated British Ports (ABP) for about GBP1.6 bn (USD2.4 bn), and may acquire a further 3.33 percent, depending on pre-exemption rights.Meriaura sells PernotransMeriaura Group has sold logistics and transport company Pernotrans to its managing director Mika Suomalainen and his brother Jari Suomalainen. Contractual obligationsCameron LNG win for MammoetMammoet has been awarded the heavy lift and heavy haulage contract for the Cameron LNG project in Hackberry, Louisiana.Swire Tasmania deal falls throughA memorandum of understanding (MoU) signed between the Tasmanian government and Swire Shipping has expired, due to the economic case for a direct international service linking Tasmania to global markets no longer being sustainable. Capacity developmentsSpliethoff doubles upSpliethoff has increased the frequency of its Cleveland-Europe Express (CEE) service between Antwerp and Cleveland from one to two sailings per month. HighwayTrailer MES makes US debutScheuerle – a member of the TII Group – has introduced a new heavy-duty trailer into the North American market – the HighwayTrailer MES (Modular Extra Strong).ABC adds Hanoi and Los AngelesAirBridgeCargo Airlines (ABC) launched a twice-weekly freighter services connecting Hanoi, Vietnam and its Moscow Sheremetyevo hub, effective April 1. It also launched a new service connecting Moscow and Los Angeles.Qargo adds straddle carrier at RotterdamQargo Packers says it has become the first company at the Port of Rotterdam to operate a Combilift straddle carrier (Combi-SC).Meriaura Group adds twoMeriaura Group has signed a contract with Dutch shipyard Royal Bodewes for building two 4,700DWT VG EcoCoaster general cargo vessels. Shipment of the weekSAL Heavy Lift’s multipurpose vessel Svenja loaded and unloaded eight Damen tug boats and an E-house (electrical house) on a voyage from Vietnam to the Netherlands. On the moveDVB Bank adds shipping expert Bart Veldhuizen has joined the Board of Managing Directors of DVB Bank SE. Network and association developmentsLeman has joined the Project Cargo Network (PCN) as its newest representative in the USA.The XLProjects (XLP) network welcomed Beijing Oriental Fortune International Transportation Agent (BOFIT) as a new member in China. All about EvieAs a keen animal lover, Evie was touched when she saw IAG Cargo safely transport four endangered white rhinos from Johannesburg to Miami, via London, as part of a conservation project.
Following a peaceful election by the Gambians in the December 1st polls, all eyes will be on Ghana as they seek to elect a new government on December 7th.This years’ polls have generated interest in 7 presidential aspirants among them Ghana’s former first lady, Nana Konadu Rawlings, whose husband Jerry John Rawlings, served as president from 1992 to 2000.The race however is viewed as a two horse race between, Ghana’s incumbent president, John Dramani Mahama who is seeking re-election for a second term after winning the previous elections in 2012 and Nana akufo-Addo, leader of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) who is trying his luck for the third time after losing twice in 2008 and 2012.Other aspirants include:Dr. Paa Kwesi Nduom, founder of the Patriotic Peoples Party and a seasoned politician.Ivor Kobina, a candidate of the Conventions People Party (CPP).Dr.Edward Mahama, who has contested for the seat five different times, unsuccessfully and vying on the People’s National Congress.Jacob Osei Yeboah, an independent candidate, who also is the youngest of them all.However, as the day of the poll nears, there are concerns about the legitimacy of the results after last elections were challenged by some, resulting to the dismissal of the case by the Supreme Court.Over 15 million Ghanaians are expected to cast their vote in the December 7th polls to elect a new president along with other 275 members of parliament
Some of the 2018 Cuban Scholarship receipientsDominican students, who will be leaving the island this week to pursue medical and other degrees in Cuba, have been urged to make the best use of the opportunity and return to assist in the country’s development.Fourteen more Dominicans were awarded scholarships from the Cuban Government to pursue tertiary education under the Cuban Scholarship Program on 13 July 2018.“I want to tell you take the opportunity; enjoy the good times but use the opportunity,”Cuban Ambassador to Dominica, Juan Carlos Frometa de la Rosa advised the students.“Always think of how many Dominican students would like to go to Cuba to do the same,” the Ambassador added. Kelsey Joseph, Jovina Lawrence, Lou Ann Lawrence, Sherniah Mills, Raquel Mills, Jessica Riviere, Krystal Williams and Jerome Auguiste will pursue undergraduate studies in medicine, while Tawiah Hunter will study Stomatology. Lucci-Ann Thomas and Joselle Casey will study Building and Civil Engineering and Walter Greenaway Jr. Computer Science while Jefferson Garraway and Yoland Prosper will pursue Post Graduate degrees in Medicine.The medical degree students are expected to leave island between by 25 July 2018 while the other recipients will leave in September 2018.“And then, when you are finished, come back. You have the task to rebuild Dominica, to help Dominica,” the Ambassador further advised.“Always think of your people in your land and in your family. So take the opportunity, use it and enjoy it,” Ambassador de la Rosa added.The Cuban Scholarship Program has been in existence here for over thirty-nine years.“We are not a rich country, but in Cuba you will receive hospitality; you will meet friendly people so you will have all the right conditions in Cuba to study,” Ambassador de la Rosa stated.He also expressed delight for the continued relationship between the two countries, especially post Hurricane Maria.The Cuban Government has been assisting Dominica in its recovery process through the supply of relief, building materials and skilled workmen to assist in rebuilding homes, schools and health centers among other public buildings.“I am very happy to see many Cubans working close with Dominica… Even after Maria, Cuba did not come to Dominica, we were here,” he said. Share EducationLocalNewsTertiary Scholarship recipients urged to return to build Dominica by: – July 24, 2018 278 Views no discussions Tweet Share Sharing is caring! Share
A limited number of the 2020 Vespa Sei Giorni II Edition will be brought into the Malaysian market priced at RM34,500 each (excluding insurance, road tax & registration). This price comes together with a Vespa GTS windscreen, 36-litre top box, and its top box bracket. To know more, head over to any authorised Vespa dealers located nationwide.–Ads– Didi Resources aka Vespa Malaysia has officially launched the 2020 Vespa Sei Giorni II Edition here in Malaysia. The launch and preview for Vespa owners were held at the Lost City World of Tambun in Ipoh, Perak, in conjunction with the Vespa Day as well as Racing Sixties Tour.Close to a hundred Vespa owners from the Vespa Club Malaysia attended the launch and preview of the Sei Giorni II model. This particular model holds a special place in the manufacturer’s heart as a tribute to the six days international rally call Sei Giorni Internazionale held in Varese, Italy back in the 1950s.10 Vespas entered the race in 1951 and 9 received awards, which is why they came up with the special edition Sei Giorni model. Apart from the rich history this particular model carries, the latest rendition comes packed with Vespa’s latest 300cc HPE (High Performance Engine) single-cylinder engine that churns out 23.8hp at 8,250rpm and 26Nm of torque.That’s 18% more power compared to the brand’s previous generation 300cc engine. Paired with its classic style from its low headlight placed on the front mudguard, analogue speedometer, bronze top fairing, blacked-out parts, and its most prominent feature, the special Grey Titanio colour scheme.Other features include:Spacious underseat storageUSB charging portLED lighting system2-channel ABS system5-litre fuel tankAll-round disc brakes (220mm)12-inch wheels + more
Related TopicsCorey Kluber Matt Loede has been a part of the Cleveland Sports Media for over 21 years, with experience covering Major League Baseball, National Basketball Association, the National Football League and even high school and college events. He has been a part of the Cleveland Indians coverage since the opening of Jacobs/Progressive Field in 1994, and spent two and a half years covering the team for 92.3 The Fan, and covers them daily for Associated Press Radio. You can follow Matt on Twitter HERE. CLEVELAND – Get ready for plenty of speculation about Indians starter Corey Kluber, who left Wednesday night’s ‘all or nothing’ game five against the New York Yankees.Kluber was touched for three runs, all off the bat of Yankees shortstop Didi Gregorius, who hit a solo homer in the first and a two-run shot in the 3rd.The speculation will come about Kluber’s health, as he was beat up by the Yankees in the two games they played, and clearly didn’t look himself.Wednesday there was chatter about a couple possible issues with the pitcher, one being his back, which he’s dealt with all season for the most part.Another possible issue could be the ankle which he sprained back on August 18th covering first in a game against the Royals.Finally was a couple random tweets about Kluber’s shoulder, and that he hurt the shoulder in his last regular season start, which would be news to everyone.Whatever the case maybe, if the Indians don’t end up winning game five, they will have all offseason to allow their ace pitcher to heal, whatever the case may end up being, and if there’s actually an injury at all. Matt Loede
Sunwolves coach Filo Tiatia rung the changes in naming his team Thursday to take on the Highlanders in Invercargill, New Zealand, this weekend.Tiatia’s run-on XV shows seven changes and one positional switch from the side that started last week’s 50-3 loss to the Crusaders as the former All Black looks to get one up on Highlanders coach Tony Brown and his assistant Mark Hammett, who coached the Sunwolves in their inaugural season. KEYWORDS GET THE BEST OF THE JAPAN TIMES Brown will leave the 2015 Super Rugby champions at the end of the season to become assistant coach with the Japan national team and, having been part of the Brave Blossoms during the November 2016 test matches, knows many of the Sunwolves well like Hammett.None more so than Fumiaki Tanaka, who played alongside Brown at Panasonic Wild Knights before the New Zealander coached him at both Otago and the Highlanders.Tanaka starts at scrumhalf for the Sunwolves on Saturday and said he was excited about playing in front of the fans that made him so welcome during his time in New Zealand’s south island.Tanaka partners Yu Tamura in a backline that sees Timothy Lafaele move from 13 to 12 and William Tupou come in at outside center. Super Rugby, Fumiaki Tanaka, Highlanders, Sunwolves, Mark Hammett, Filo Tiatia, Tony Brown IN FIVE EASY PIECES WITH TAKE 5
After approximately two and half years in the international cricket wilderness, Trinidadian all-rounder Dwayne Bravo made his return to the West Indies team for the just-concluded three-match T20 series against Ireland. Surprisingly, the response to Bravo’s return has been sharply split between support and dissent. The most prominent dissenting sentiment surrounding Bravo’s return is the view that Bravo had not played international cricket since 2018, and has also been out of all cricket, injured since early 2019, and was therefore in no credible game shape to merit walking straight into the West Indies team. There is also a huge elephant in the room that contextualises Bravo’s initial non-selection and ensuing retirement in 2018, which did not unfold in a vacuum. He played a central role in perhaps the most controversial and embarrassing incident in the storied history of West Indies cricket, when he led that now-infamous walk off during the ill-fated 2014 tour of India. Dave Cameron, the then Cricket West Indies Board president, notoriously shares the culpability in that woefully mismanaged contract dispute with the players, led by Bravo, which eventually led to the players abandoning the tour. However, the walk off was always too extreme and damaging an option to take. The players had a professional obligation to represent the region, the people and themselves, while seeking civilised channels to treat their disputes and disagreements with the board, away from the glaring lights of public scrutiny. Regardless of one’s impression of Cameron as a leader and as a person, it is quite understandable why the leadership of the board would have lost the trust and confidence in the players on that tour, and especially Bravo as the leader of the group. The Trinidadian was simply facing the consequences of his actions, which rendered as reasonable, Mr Cameron and his then board opting to look beyond Bravo and company towards a younger generation of West Indian cricketers with a different attitude, and different levels of commitment to take West Indies cricket forward. Against that backdrop of not being selected on a consistent basis, Bravo took the conscious decision to officially walk away from West Indies cricket. He had options, such as continuing to play regional and franchise cricket, continuing to speak openly about his passion and desire to represent his dear West Indies. Bravo could have kept his options open and allow his performances to do the talking, instead he chose the finality of retirement. BRAVO’S CONVENIENCE Lo and behold, Dave Cameron is no longer the board president, and Bravo’s good friend and countryman is now the captain of the team. Bravo is all of a sudden loving West Indies cricket again. It does not add up. Not for the first time, Dwayne Bravo is being allowed the use of West Indies cricket at his own convenience. Welcoming back Bravo to the fold with open arms, while appearing to be the correct political move by the new president, represents a further compromise of the standards and principles of West Indies cricket. We have rewarded Bravo for his selfishness and unprofessionalism. His coming out of retirement, and the ensuing stroll right back into the team are indices of how weak and broken the once-mighty institution has become. The signs were evident by the debacle of that ill-fated Indian tour, and have subsequently continued. Dwayne Bravo was petty and selfish in 2014 as he grabbed up his marbles and ran away, now he is back with his marbles and, on his terms, is ready to play again. On principle, he should be ushered back into international obscurity, marbles and all.
Greg Cunningham’s freak opener just before half-time paved the way for an unlikely victory against a Watford side who dominated long spells of possession.Facing an uphill task to hang on to their lead, City doubled the advantage through Paul Anderson after 65 minutes, and defended manfully to keep the visitors at bay.In truth, despite two first-half openings when the scores were level, the Hornets struggled to create goalscoring opportunities against a stubborn home display, with Tom Heaton in the City goal hardly tested throughout.Sean O’Driscoll made two changes to his team victorious late on against Ipswich Town three days prior – both enforced.Injured duo Ryan Taylor and Neil Kilkenny were both unable to resume starting duties having left the field with knocks, with Steven Davies and Stephen Pearson filling the respective voids in attack and midfield.As for Watford, Gianfranco Zola made six changes to his team, surprisingly leaving out 30-goal strikeforce Troy Deeney and Matej Vydra.The visitors’ intentions were clear from the off, with the emphasis very much on keeping possession and patiently probing a City team happy to sit deep and keep things tight.In Vydra’s absence, it was tricky Italian Fernando Forestieri who conjured the first opening, neatly working a yard of space on the edge of penalty area before seeing his shot deflected away for a corner.That ‘chance’ aside – if worthy of the description – was all the Hornets could produce in the first 20 minutes, while at the other end City were first to register a shot on target, when Liam Fontaine’s header from a Davies corner had to be clawed away on his far post by former Arsenal keeper Manuel Almunia.The warning seemed to spark the visitors into life. Jonathan Hogg’s run and pull back deserved a better finish than Almen Abdi could produce.But after the Udinese loanee blazed over, Forestieri surged down the right side of the area box and crossed to provide an even better chance for striker partner Alex Geijo, who could only head wide unopposed on the six-yard line.Watford were growing as an attacking force, and City’s cause was not helped by the loss of captain Cole Skuse to injury on 27 minutes, with O’Driscoll introducing Marvin Elliott to plug the gap in midfield.But for the rest of the half Zola’s men hardly threatened, and, as the interval approached, the hosts came on strong.Brendan Moloney’s dangerous cross was begging for a touch from Sam Baldock in front of Almunia, before Liam Kelly’s eventual delivery from the same passage of play was glanced wide by Anderson.City took the lead two minutes before the break out of nothing, as Cunningham picked the ball up 40 yards from goal on the left flank, and floated an innocuous cross into the penalty area which somehow eluded every red and blue shirt and fortunately nestled in the bottom corner of Almunia’s net.It really was a freak goal, but Cunningham, City and the home fans were not fussy. It was the young Irishman’s first goal of his club career to date, coming at the 61st time of asking.Despite the change in scoreline, the second half began in a similar vein, with City continuing to soak up pressure and preventing a Watford breakthrough.Virtually the entire first 13 minutes since the interval had been played in the City half, but a flash of inspiration from Baldock almost paved the way for a vital second goal.With his back to goal, the striker flicked a clever header over the top of towering defender Fitz Hall and ran on to the ball himself, racing clear on goal only to sky his eventual shot over the crossbar.But while Baldock was running away from the retreating Hall, the former QPR man was clearly holding the attacker back, and perhaps got a shade fortunate when referee Carl Berry retrospectively penalised him with just a yellow card.The home fans could have been forgiven for wondering whether their team would get a better chance, but, when Davies’ corner was headed down by Elliott, Anderson was perfectly placed to stab the ball into the bottom corner from eight yards.It was the second goal City had craved, and Watford needed to respond quickly. They threatened to do just that, but the leaders were indebted to a superb piece of defending from Cunningham, who spotted the danger from left-back to make a vital block at the feet of Abdi from Daniel Pudil’s inviting low cross.Another Cunningham block kept out Forestieri, before the opening goalscorer appeared to be in some discomfort following a wholehearted fifty-fifty challenge late on.There was still time for substitute Jon Stead to cut inside and fire a shot towards the top corner in stoppage time, but a tenacious and committed team performance was still rewarded by three more points.