Naby Keita chose not to travel with Liverpool for win at Sheffield Utdby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveNaby Keita chose not to travel with the Liverpool squad for victory at Sheffield United.The Reds saw out a nail-biting 1-0 win after Gini Wijnaldum’s strike bobbled through the legs of Dean Henderson in the Blades goal.Keita, who starred in Liverpool’s 2-0 win over MK Dons on Wednesday, was not part of the squad which travelled to Yorkshire for the lunchtime kick off.The Liverpool Echo says despite making his comeback from injury midweek, the midfielder elected to stay behind at Melwood to work on his fitness.Before Wednesday, Keita had not featured for Liverpool in five months, and Jurgen Klopp is taking extra precautions in order to ensure the 24-year-old makes a full recovery. About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
RM Sotheby’s RM Sotheby’sLast year marked a milestone for famed and beloved automaker Porsche. The iconic sports car developer turned 70 years old and to celebrate the brand’s longevity, it held a massive auction of Porsche-related items in October 2018. Along with over sixty privately owned cars that went up for bid, a variety of Porsche paraphernalia was sold, including an original set of Porsche 911 sales literature. But our favorite piece to hit the auction block (other than the cars, obviously) was this sleek desk designed by art studio 3 GJB 17.Built from an original Porsche 911 rear-end panel, the writing desk sold for a cool $30,000. Meticulously designed, the desk has a beautifully sculpted American walnut wood frame with the rear-end panel from a Porsche 911 perfectly fitted on top. The Mid-Century Modern aesthetic of the wooden frame compliments the timelessness of the Porsche panel. Finished in glossy, arctic silver, the panel lifts up on spring-loaded hinges to reveal the wooden writing surface below. It’s a seamless blending of disparate parts which combine into a fluid piece that mimics the beautiful curves of the classic sports car. RM Sotheby’s 1 of 5 Give Your Hypercar the Garage It Deserves with a Custom Aston Martin Lair Seriously Cool Desk Toys for the Kid in All of Us RM Sotheby’s RM Sotheby’s Next RM Sotheby’s Everlane Wants You to Have a Daily Uniform to Make Dressing Easier Along with being seriously stylish, the Porsche Writing Desk is also an ideal workspace. A hidden switch flips on a built-in light and near the switch is a USB port. Two hidden wooden drawers are located where the car’s tail lights would be. The drawers just happen to be the perfect size for storing the keys to your actual Porsche. This one-of-a-kind desk would make a perfect addition to an auto-inspired home office and, for the lucky buyer, is a (slightly) more affordable way to own a Porsche 911, even if it’s just a piece of one.If you’re like us, wishing you had an amazing car-inspired writing desk like this one, you’re in luck. The team at 3 GBJ 17 specializes in creating unique furniture that integrate car body parts. Whether you have a classic car of your own that you want turned into a piece of furniture, or you just have a dream of owning a custom car desk, the designers will work with you to turn your dream into a reality. Editors’ Recommendations Previous How to Transition Your Wardrobe to Fall Learn Guitar (and Don’t Give Up) With the Fender Play App
Cruising ‘Down Under’ is yet to be given a new flavor as Queensland readies to attract giant cruise ships with a new cruise terminal. Namely, Australia’s Port of Brisbane has embarked on a project aimed at tapping Queensland’s abundant cruise potential by proposing to develop a AUD 100 million cruise facility for Brisbane and South-east Queensland at the mouth of the Brisbane River.Currently there is no dedicated cruise facility in Brisbane able to cater for mega cruise ships. However, as the cruise shipping giants invest in ever larger and more complex ships, the port saw a window of opportunity in this segment, especially as over 60 percent of cruise ships visiting the port by 2020 are projected to be of this size.According to initial estimates, the cruise terminal has the potential to triple the size of Brisbane’s cruise industry.The Queensland Government has granted the port stage 1 approval for the facility, and during the project’s second stage the port will undertake environmental and technical investigations, progress design and engineering work.World Maritime News spoke with Roy Cummins, Port of Brisbane CEO, to learn more about the current activities on the project along with the port’s plans for the future.WMN: Latest media reports said that the port of Brisbane expects to have the approval for the beginning of the construction of its new AUD 100 million cruise ship terminal by the end of the year in order to start building it early in 2018 and allowing it to be finished by late 2019. Are these projections true and how far along are the preparation activities?Cummins: The Port of Brisbane will be making a submission to the Government in the near future for assessment. This will allow the progression of the planning stages of the project. If approved, engineering and preliminary design work will begin.We expect to be in a position to seek final approvals later this year and if successful, we expect the terminal to be operational during the 2019/20 cruise season.WMN: In the second stage of the project the port is expected to carry out detailed design and all required environmental and technical investigations. Are there any environmental or technical concerns that might compromise the project?Cummins: The Port of Brisbane has already been able to conduct several environmental and technical investigations. To date we have not encountered any issues or concerns that cannot be dealt with in the normal course of site development.WMN: What impact will the new cruise terminal have on the cruise industry of Queensland?Cummins: Queensland currently does not have a dedicated cruise ship terminal capable of handling ‘mega’ cruise ships. As cruising becomes more popular, ships are becoming bigger.Already, mega cruise ships cannot navigate their way upriver in Brisbane. Our proposal provides Brisbane with a dedicated mega cruise ship facility at the mouth of the Brisbane River to service all of South East Queensland tourism. The location is in close proximity to both domestic and international airports yet is sufficiently clear of the port’s day-to-day cargo handling activities.WMN: With LNG-powered cruise ships entering the market, do you plan to have LNG bunkering bases in the port? Any plans for the new terminal to offer LNG bunkering?Cummins: We are working closely with cruise line customers to understand their fuel requirements, including alternative fuels, and those considerations will be made during the design process.WMN: The port welcomed its first 8,500 TEU class boxship in December 2016 as part of its ongoing efforts to enhance its navigational channel to allow for the arrival of bigger ships. How would you assess the demand for berthing this size of ships in the port? Cummins: The Port of Brisbane is determined to ensure we are not the limiting factor on the east coast of Australia when it comes to catering for the larger vessels commonly used by the major shipping lines, and we recently demonstrated this by successfully welcoming an 8,500 TEU ship.We expect, over time, that ships of this size will become more common in Australian waters, therefore it is important we are equipped to cater for them.WMN: Seeing that the industry is becoming ever more eager to cut its carbon footprint, what activities has the port of Brisbane taken or plans to take in this respect?Cummins: Protecting our environment is a key focus for the Port of Brisbane.We have a leading offsite stormwater treatment project upstream from the Port, which is reducing the amount of sediment run-off entering the Brisbane River.We have built two office buildings that have been rated 5 Green Star by the Green Building Council Australia and include a number of energy efficiency features.All new street lighting is LED and older fluorescent lighting is being retrofitted with LED. Numerous improvements have been made to our dredge vessel the TSHD Brisbane including improved autopilot navigation systems, improvements to propellers, engine replacement and many others upgrades which have substantially cut fuel usage.We have also installed 180kW of solar panels and we are investigating even larger renewable energy investments at the Port.Article prepared by Jasmina Ovcina, Erna Penjic and Naida HakirevicImage Courtesy: Port of Brisbane
TOKYO — Japan’s prime minister confirmed in his New Year’s news conference that the era name for the new emperor’s reign will be disclosed April 1.Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said Friday that 2019 will mark pivotal times for Japan, repeatedly referring to Emperor Akihito’s stepping down.Akihito has chosen to buck tradition and abdicate while he is alive, citing frail health. His son becomes emperor May 1.Era names are important as they are needed to determine what year it is in the traditional Japanese calendar.Abe also expressed hopes for better relations with North Korea, extolled free trade and reiterated the importance of Japan’s alliance with the U.S.He also said Japan will show leadership at the Group of 20 summit that it’s hosting for the first time this year.The Associated Press
Rabat – As part of a new economic model for its most southern provinces (dubbed in mainstream media as Western Sahara), Morocco will invest nearly MAD 77 billion in Laâyoune, Dakhla, and Tarfaya, as announced at a ceremony marking the signing of agreements, presided over by King Mohamed VI on November 7 in Laâyoune.Morocco’s new economic model for the south is based on five main foundations designed to develop and industrialize the economy of the southern provinces.In the fisheries sector, one of the main natural resources of the area, access to fishery resources will be conditioned upon the optimization of catches and production at the local level. The development plan provides for the launch of six development projects for pelagic species in Dakhla up to MAD 1.2 billion. These projects will create 4,300 jobs. In addition, MAD 2.8 billion will be invested in the aqua-culture sector in the same region, creating 3,500 direct jobs. AgricultureIn agriculture, a series of planned projects in the Southern provinces will ensure an important competitive advantage for the region. This will include the enhancement of 5,000 hectares of greenhouse agricultural products in Dakhla, and another 1000 hectares in Boujdour.The exploitation of local natural resources also seeks to enhance phosphate production by Phosboucraâ, a subsidiary of the Office Chérifien des Phosphates (OCP) based in Laâyoune. Chief Executive Officer of OCP, Mustapha Terrab, underlined that “investment projects include the whole production chain from the mine site to exportation, with an investment of MAD 16.8 billion.”TourismTourism will also benefit from this development model, addressing mostly the beach, desert, culture, and niche products. This will offer 800 direct job opportunities.InfrastructureAs for infrastructure, cities in the southern provinces will be equipped with sea water desalination plants, particularly for drinking water. These stations will also help meet the needs of industrial activities in Laâyoune and irrigation of agricultural projects in Dakhla.In addition, a highway, connecting Tiznit and Laâyoune (555 km) will be constructed with a budget package of MAD 6.2 billion. National road No. 1, between Laâyoune and Dakhla will also be expanded with a budget of MAD 2.3 billion.Renewable EnergiesWind power stations with a capacity of 500 MW are planned in Boujdour and Tiskrad Akhefennir. Photovoltaic solar plants are expected to be built in Laâyoune (80 MW) and Boujdour (20 MW).The southern provinces are also expected to become an export platform to Africa through the construction of the Dakhla Atlantic Port scheduled to be built as part of the new development model. The port infrastructure will include the development of product processing activities and exports to Africa. MAD 6 billion will be invested in the construction of the port, complementing the activities of the northern Moroccan port of Tangiers Med.The new development model comes as part of the advanced regionalization plan adopted by Morocco, upgrading the governance, ensuring transparency, and initiating a new development compact between the State and the southern region.Edited by Elisabeth Myers
The Toronto stock market was modestly lower mid-morning Monday as energy stocks declined alongside oil prices and traders digested a major earnings disappointment from IBM Corp.The S&P/TSX composite index gave back 33.93 points to 14,193.75. The Canadian dollar gained 0.08 of a cent to 88.76 cents US.U.S. markets were mixed with the Dow Jones industrials down 85.75 points to 16,294.66, the Nasdaq climbed 16.83 points to 4,275.27 and the S&P 500 index rose 1.02 points to 1,887.78.IBM was a major drag on the Dow as its shares tumbled 7.5 per cent after the company announced that its adjusted earnings were $3.68 per share, while revenue totalled $22.4 billion. The showing missed expectations of $4.32 per share on revenue of $23.39 billion.IBM also said that it will pay $1.5 billion to Globalfoundries in order to shed its costly chip division. It took a $4.7-billion charge for the third quarter as it also delivered a disappointing outlook.The energy group was the leading TSX decliner with November crude off 64 cents to US$82.11 a barrel. Energy companies have been a major casualty of the selloff, with the sector down 15 per cent in the last month while demand concerns and rising supplies have sent oil down 14 per cent over that time.The industrials sector was down 0.6 per cent as Canadian Pacific Railway Ltd. (TSX:CP) confirmed Monday it held exploratory talks about a possible combination with U.S. railway CSX Corp. but those discussions have ended without a deal and no further talks are planned. CP shares dropped $2.59 to C$222.40.The base metals sector gave back 0.35 per cent while December copper was two cents lower at US$2.99 a pound.The TSX is down about nine per cent from its September highs, the Dow is down five per cent and the S&P 500 is off 6.5 per cent amid worries the eurozone could slip back into recession and a global economic downgrade by the International Monetary Fund.Central banks have also figured largely in the market sentiment. The selloff comes just days before the end of the U.S. Federal Reserve’s key stimulus program that involved the purchase of hundreds of billions of dollars of bonds, an exercise that has kept long-term rates low and encouraged the rally on stock markets over the last few years.Investors are also looking for the European Central Bank to do more to reduce deflationary pressures and encourage growth.The TSX found support Monday from earnings as Valeant Pharmaceuticals International Inc. (TSX:VRX) reported US$275.4 million of quarterly net income, or 82 cents a share, and adjusted earnings of $718.8 million or $2.11. Analysts had estimated $2 per share of adjusted income and 64 cents in net earnings.Valeant also raised its fourth-quarter adjusted profit estimate and its 2015 revenue growth forecast and its shares rose $5.10 to C$140.54.The gold sector was also supportive, up 1.2 per cent while December gold gained $6.40 to US$1,245.40 an ounce.Elsewhere, Ottawa-based communications equipment maker Mitel Networks Corp. (TSX:MNW) has offered to buy ShoreTel Inc. for about $540 million in cash but the proposal has been rejected by the California-based company’s board. Mitel slipped nine cents to $9.41.
“SAITM management wishes to reiterate that the self-acclaimed SAITM Parents Association headed by Gamunu Wijeratne has no relation nor is it the official association of parents for SAITM. It is an association where Mr. Wijeratne voices his personal opinion and not the view of the majority of parents. Therefore, SAITM and its Management will not be held responsible for the statements given through this association,” SAITM added.SAITM says it has and always will abide by the laws of the country and extend its fullest cooperation to the Government of Sri Lanka to expedite a just and expeditious solution for its MBBS graduates and undergraduates. (Colombo Gazette) Furthermore, SAITM has already expressed its views on the Presidential Committee report, where SAITM will extend its fullest support to Government’s commitment to maintain quality and standards of medical education. This includes broad-basing ownership and temporarily suspending the students’ admission for the MBBS programme.SAITM also welcomed the initiative to legally establish standards, which should be applicable to both state and non-state faculties sans discrimination. The Committee is of the view that the solution proposed to resolve the current issues must be in accordance with the Government’s policy to enable non-state higher education, including medical education. The South Asian Institute of Technology and Medicine (SAITM) says it is fully supportive of a solution put forward by the Government of Sri Lanka.A five member Presidential Committee report headed by Dr. Harsha de Silva, has stated that abolishment of the institution is not the solution. The 5 member Presidential Committee has already addressed the Deans proposals, which are proposals which cannot be implemented in the current legal framework.
On Thursday, Mr. Blix, Executive Chairman of the UN Monitoring, Verification and Inspection Commission (UNMOVIC), is expected to meet with the European Union’s High Representative for a Common Foreign and Security Policy, Javier Solana, as well as the European Commission’s External Relations Commissioner, Chris Patten.Afterwards, Mr. Blix is slated to travel to Paris, where he is expected to meet with French Foreign Minister Dominique de Villepin. From Paris, the Executive Chairman will visit London for talks with senior officials of the British Government before stopping over in Cyprus on his way to Baghdad along with Mohamed ElBaradei, Director-General of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA).”Clearly these consultations in Europe are important,” UNMOVIC spokesman Ewen Buchanan told UN Radio. “It’s useful for [him] to have spoken to Europe before he goes to Baghdad to begin to pass on the sentiments that the international community wants this job to be carried out and that Iraq should get on and give us more information to try and settle some of the issues. So it’s useful in terms of the political message it sends.”As for the meetings in Baghdad, Mr. Buchanan said the UNMOVIC chief would use the visit to remind Iraq of its obligations and to ask again for more evidence about the gaps in the arms declaration. “Another issue is this list of Iraqi personnel, which we found inadequate, and we will hope to get more information from the Iraqis on all these issues,” he said. “It’s an opportunity for them to give us anything prior to Dr. Blix having to write this 27 January update on the 60 days of inspection. So it’s an important timeline.”
AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by Heather Scoffield, The Canadian Press Posted Nov 30, 2012 9:32 am MDT Not just another pretty face: GG relishes foreign policy role in his own way OTTAWA – When David Johnston takes on a cabinet-level trade assignment this weekend in Latin America, it will be a showcase for what could be the unoffical slogan for his vice-regal reign: bland is beautiful.The Governor General is quick to point out he means bland as in an effective — if stealthy — exercise of his powers as the Sovereign’s representative in Canada.“This office probably works best when it is rather invisible. Not terribly much involved in controversy. Out of the mainstream of politics. And, I suppose, somewhat bland,” Johnston said in a Rideau Hall interview prior to leaving for Mexico City.Make no mistake: Johnston knows he lacks the panache and media punch of his two most recent predecessors, Michaelle Jean and Adrienne Clarkson. And it doesn’t bother him a bit.He’s exchanged the effervescent public profile of those who came before him for something else: access to the prime minister on policy issues.The trade-off has been a dearth of media attention. Johnston’s office has been quietly lobbying the Parliamentary Press Gallery in Ottawa to pay more attention to his scheduled events.Still, it would be a mistake to confuse “bland” for “vacuous,” warns foreign policy analyst Colin Robertson.“He lacks the charisma of his predecessors, but intellectually, he’s a rock star,” Robertson said. “The big shift is that Harper has confidence in Johnston. They talk.”The white-haired former law professor and university president was tapped by Prime Minister Stephen Harper in 2010, when minority governments were the norm and constitutional questions an ever-present element of Canadian politics.Amid today’s calmer political waters, though, Johnston is quietly expanding his other roles — promoting volunteerism, travelling the world and speaking about how Canada should become a “smart and caring nation.”Johnston, who is writing a manual on Canadian securities regulation in his spare time, is unapologetically geeky about his passion for international trade and innovation.He’s also a details person: Johnston meticulously rehearsed his ceremonial Grey Cup kick-off at least 100 times, perfecting his strike to the point that he could barely walk down the stairs the next day.So when Harper asked him to go to Mexico, Peru and Guatemala, he methodically set about learning not just the intricacies of the region’s economics and politics, but also carefully assessing how his own presence can complement the efforts of other Canadian business and political leaders.“One tries to get to know the countries one is visiting as well as one can,” he said, describing how he works in tandem with the Department of Foreign Affairs and the Prime Minister’s Office to determine goals and priorities.“It’s not a one-off. It’s many different parts working in harmony.”Johnston fully appreciates the pomp and circumstance. His overriding goal in visiting Mexico is to “pay respect” to the democratic election of Enrique Pena Nieto — the head of the traditional ruling party PRI, which lost power in 2000 after 71 years at the helm.For the PRI to make a legitimate comeback, said Johnston, “that’s a great victory.”But once the ceremony is over, Johnston’s hard work begins.He said he intends to start by buttonholing several of the other 75 foreign leaders at the ceremony to discuss bilateral relations. Then, he’ll turn his attention to increasing two-way trade trade and investment. He also hopes to find more ways to share Canadian expertise in mining, justice, policing and governance.He is travelling with a sizable entourage of senior officials, members of Parliament, business and education representatives, a judge and several ambassadors.When he gets back, he’ll be reporting, in detail, straight to the prime minister. The two men speak and share ideas regularly, but after a foreign trip, Johnston has a formal responsibility to check in.“When I come back, (I need to) be pretty candid and say, ‘Yep, this is going well,’ or, ‘No, this is not going well and here’s where we have to adjust our approaches,’” Johnston said.The governor-general’s trip to Latin America should be the beginning of a larger Canadian attempt to revive its relationship with the region, Robertson said.“The flag isn’t as present as it could be.”In Guatemala, Johnston will be looking at how Canada can help the country’s police and judicial system to deal with the drug trafficking that is destabilizing the entire region.Ottawa’s decision to send the governor-general there is exactly the right level of engagement at this point, Robertson said.Johnston’s staff have a thorough understanding of what’s at stake there, and can make some solid recommendations for a path forward, he added.
TORONTO – At first glance, the mid-century, three-level Winnipeg home was everything that Sarah Fehr and her fiancee had been looking for.It was located in the right neighbourhood, had a double garage and the backyard was spacious enough for the couple’s two pugs to frolic in.Perhaps most importantly, it was reasonably priced.However, a quick Google search revealed the home’s shadowy past: it had been busted several years earlier for housing a marijuana grow operation.While former grow ops may seem like a good deal to some buyers, experts caution that banks and insurers are increasingly shying away from these properties — even after all of the necessary remediation has been done.“It’s always been strict, but it was a lot looser four or five years ago,” says Jeff Mark, co-founder of broker Spin Mortgage, adding that only credit unions and subprime lenders are willing to finance these homes, often at higher rates than those offered by the banks.Running a grow-op in a residential home can cause extensive damage that may be pricey to remedy.High levels of moisture can cause mould to grow in the walls. Pesticides and other chemicals can seep into carpets and walls and contaminate the air. Even the home’s structural integrity and electrical wiring may be compromised.Before a lender will agree to mortgage a former grow op, a battery of costly tests must be performed to ensure it is inhabitable.Fortunately in Fehr’s case, the seller had already performed most of those tests, and the local credit union was willing to provide a mortgage. But finding insurance proved to be a headache, says Fehr.“There were insurers who flat out said, ‘No, we will not touch a grow-op,’” says Fehr.Eventually, after jumping through all of the regulatory hoops, the couple managed to close the deal and take possession of the home late last year.But brokers say the process can be so arduous that many buyers throw in the towel, adding that in an increasing number of cases, even a single marijuana plant is enough to stigmatize a home.“The problem is that everything gets painted with the same brush,” says Scott Dawson, a British Columbia-based mortgage broker with Verico Paragon Elite Lending. “Whether there’s one plant or a number of plants, it’s all kind of lumped in together as a grow-op.”Mark of Spin Mortgage recalls one loan application that went up in smoke because the disclosure statement said a single marijuana plant had been found in the closet. The house had not undergone any grow-op related modifications, he says.“At the end of the day it comes down to the bank’s discretion,” says Mark. “It can be unfair in certain circumstances.”Brokers say the banks are concerned that stigma surrounding the home’s criminal past will reduce its resale value, making it difficult for the bank to recoup its investment if the borrower defaults on the loan.“If it’s more difficult for them to liquidate, they just don’t want that on their books,” says Dawson.Such strict policies can have some inadvertent side effects, says Mark. For example, even though most provinces require sellers to disclose if a property was formerly a grow-op, some may not disclose that, he says.“I’m sure there are many deals that go undetected because of people withholding that information,” says Mark. “There are probably people out there living in a former grow-op that don’t even know it.”Follow @alexposadzki on Twitter. Banks and insurers increasingly shy away from former grow ops, brokers say by Alexandra Posadzki, The Canadian Press Posted Jun 30, 2015 2:00 am MDT Last Updated Jun 30, 2015 at 3:09 am MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email