13SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Both the House and Senate passed a federal government funding bill that will at least delay any federal government shutdown until midnight Dec. 11, when the stopgap measure runs out.The votes occurred ahead of the midnight deadline when a default government shutdown would have kicked in.The bill, which reportedly also provides emergency funding to fight wildfires and extends the expiring authority of the Federal Aviation Administration, pass the Senate 78-20 and the House 277-151.This short-term spending bill buys only two months for Congress and the White House to come to a year-end spending deal. The House will be under new Republican leadership by the time a new deal is forged as current House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, announced he would be retiring at the end of October. continue reading »
Ghanaian long and triple jumper, Deborah Acquah, picked up a bronze medal in the women’s long jump on Day 2 of the NCAA Division 1 Championships in Austin, Texas.The Texas A&M student had a rocky start to her long jump final, but pulled through on her second to last jump with a huge Personal Best of 6.63m (21-9 ft.) [+0.9].She secured 3rd overall and a Texas A&M school record for her outstanding performance. Her distance also places her just .07m away from Ruky Abdulai’s national record of 6.70m.It was a monumental achievement for the former Fiaseman SHS and Western Texas College student on her first outing at the NCAA Championships.In the running events, middle distance runner, Martha Bissah, fought strong but ultimately finished 4th in her heat with a time of 2:04.12, missing out on the finals by one spot and ultimately, any chance of her winning a medal.Bissah, now 22, ran a Personal Best in the 800m in Greensboro last month with a 2:03.13s clocking.Joseph Amoah, on the back of a new national record in the men’s 200m, could not replicate is blazing performance in the 100m heats, finishing 8th in the 100m men’s finals.The Coppin State Junior had blistered to a new PB of 10.01s in the 100m heats on Thursday to qualify for the finals, and booking Tokyo 2020 and 2019 World Athletics Championship tickets along with it.But a slow start meant he could not produce anything close to that, only managing to cross the finish line in a time of 10.22s.The 100m title was won by Nigerian sprinter Divine Oduduru who blazed to a new PB of 9.86s, a mere 0.04s outside Christian Coleman’s collegiate record of 9.82s set in 2017.Amoah also came 6th in the 200m final with a time of 20.19s
Kraft, 77, was one of 25 men charged after an investigation by police into human trafficking in Palm Beach County. He faces two counts of soliciting a prostitute at the massage parlor.Charging affidavits claim investigators have video of a man identified as Kraft paying for and involved in sex acts during two visits to the Orchids of Asia Day Spa on consecutive days in January, including one on the day of the Patriots’ AFC championship game against the Chiefs in Kansas City.Kraft reportedly rejected a plea deal that would have seen him serve 100 hours of community service, pay $10,000 in fines and attend a class on the negative effects of prostitution in exchange for admitting he would be found guilty of the charges in court. Related News Robert Kraft requests jury trial, pleads not guilty to soliciting prostitution charges “Florida resorted to the most drastic, invasive, indiscriminate spying conceivable by law enforcement — taking continuous video recordings of private massages in which customers would be stripping naked as a matter of course — in order to prosecute what are at most misdemeanor offenses.”The motion comes two days after Kraft’s reps filed a motion in which he waived his arraignment, pleaded not guilty to all charges, and requested a jury trial. Roger Goodell: NFL seeks ‘all the facts’ in Robert Kraft case before any action Attorneys for Patriots owner Robert Kraft filed a motion Thursday to exclude video evidence in his solicitation for prostitution case.According to TMZ Sports, citing court documents, they argued that authorities had no basis to install video cameras in the Jupiter, FL, massage parlor as part of their investigation.
Chairman Tony Fernandes savoured QPR’s victory over West Brom and the man many Rangers fans wanted him to install as manager. Fernandes faced calls to appoint Tony Pulis before he was snapped up by Albion, whose form under the former Stoke boss means they are already virtually safe from relegation.The R’s, on the other hand, had lost all but one of their matches under head coach Chris Ramsey prior to their 4-1 win at The Hawthorns, but now have renewed home of avoiding the drop.And Fernandes tweeted: “Ramsey vs Pulis. Take a bow Chris. Enough said.Thank you from the bottom of my heart to away fans and the lads who ran and played for badge.”Ramsey vs Pulis. Take a bow Chris. Enough said.Thank you from the bottom of my heart to away fans and the lads who ran and played for badge— Tony Fernandes (@tonyfernandes) April 4, 2015Rangers won with goals from Eduardo Vargas, Charlie Austin, Bobby Zamora and Joey Barton and face a vital match against fellow strugglers Aston Villa on Tuesday.Austin tweeted: “Great team performance today and what a finish by zamo.”QPR winger Matty Phillips added: “Boom! 3 points ! Fans were great , onto Tuesday now! #R’sss.”And keeper Rob Green tweeted: “Big win today, need another on Tuesday. Fantastic support as always by the super hoops.”Midfielder Leroy Fer, who missed the game as he is still recovering from a knee injury, declared: “Fans were unreal again and nice to see us score 4 goals! Buzzin’ for the lads, but we have to keep this good feeling up towards tuesday.”Earlier in the day, Fer admitted his frustration at being sidelined.The Dutchman wrote: “Still gutted, can’t be out there to help the team, but I’ll be back soon.”See also:West Brom v QPR player ratingsFollow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook
The global brewing giant is expanding its operations in several African countries. (Image: SABMiller) In Uganda and Zambia, SABMiller has developed a quality, affordable beer made from locally produced sorghum, benefiting thousands of small scale farmers. (Image: SABMiller)Janine ErasmusBrewing giant SABMiller has announced plans to build a US$125-million (R990-million) brewery and soft drink bottling plant in Luanda, Angola. The new projects will double SABMiller’s investment in the Southern African country in the past 18 months.Growing demand for leisure beverages in Angola has prompted the expansion. The latest figures on the SABMiller website put the annual beer consumption at 32.1 litres per Angolan.With its joint venture partner Empresa Cervejas de N’gola, SABMiller already has a brewery and three soft drink facilities in the oil-rich country, also the second biggest producer of diamonds in the region, but has no qualms about opening another one.Making the announcement, SABMiller Africa MD Mark Bowman said the company remained optimistic about the potential of the Angolan market, as the economy has weathered the global financial crisis remarkably well.“In conjunction with our partners we are continuing to invest in what will be a bright future for the business,” he said. “Our team on the ground has risen to the challenges posed by supply-chain and infrastructural constraints.”Committed investmentSABMiller expects to throw the switch in October 2009. The new greenfield facility will provide 500 jobs and will operate three bottling lines with a capacity of 200 000 hectolitres of clear beer per year.By the end of 2009 SABMiller and Empresa Cervejas de N’gola will employ over 2 000 people across their five plants.The brewer first invested in Angola during the 1990s, when it landed a government contract to refurbish the Lubango brewery in southern Angola. The plant had been abandoned during the civil war that raged from 1975 until 2002 and claimed thousands of lives.At the same time SABMiller acquired the right to market the beer brand N’Gola throughout the south. Launched in 1974, award-winning N’Gola is brewed with Tundavala spring water, among other natural ingredients.Soon afterwards SABMiller acquired the Coca Cola franchises in Lubango and Bom Jesus, north of the capital Luanda, and in 2008 the third bottling facility opened at Catumbela, on the central Angolan coast.The company spent millions on expanding the bottling capacity of the Catumbela facility in June 2008, and followed that up in November with an expansion of Lubango’s output to 820 000 hectolitres. SABMiller also said that by the time the new facility opens it will have ploughed some $2.5-million (R20-million) into employee training.More African expansionUK-based SABMiller, manufacturer of top premium brands such as Peroni and Grolsch, has interests in 35 African countries, excluding South Africa.The company operates in 18 countries in alliance with French drinks group Castel and as one of the world’s largest bottlers of Coca Cola products, has bottling plants in a number of other African countries, including Angola, Botswana and Zambia.SABMiller has also just announced plans to expand further into Nigeria with an eightfold increase in production at its Pabod brewery, situated at Port Harcourt in the south of the country. The company bought 70% of Panod in December 2008 and now markets brands such as Grand Lager and Grand Malt throughout Nigeria.According to SABMiller Nigeria MD Johan de Kok, Pabod currently produces 30 000 hectolitres, but the company’s goal is to produce a massive 250 000 hectolitres by February 2010.SABMiller is actively looking for more business opportunities in Nigeria, a country with 140-million people and great possibilities.Sudanese investmentIn May 2009 SABMiller subsidiary Southern Sudan Beverages Ltd began production of White Bull lager, the first beer to be locally brewed in southern Sudan.The beer takes its name from the revered white bull, an important cultural symbol in the region and one that is associated with success, celebration and peace. White Bull lager is the result of many months of consultation with the locals and subsequent tailoring of the product to their tastes.Located in Juba, the multi-function plant has created jobs for hundreds of Sudanese locals, while the Juba people also receive royalties from the lease of the land.The plant can brew 180 000 hectolitres of beer and bottle 60 000 hectolitres of sparkling soft drinks per year. SABMiller also has plans to provide communities with potable water it has drawn from the Nile and purified.Mark Bowman of SABMiller expressed his excitement at the potential of the region, adding that the company was delighted to be “putting beverage production on the map in this country. White Bull Lager will provide a local, high quality product at an affordable price.”Making a differenceBesides beer and soft drinks, SABMiller is active in Africa in a number of corporate social responsibility programmes, black economic empowerment initiatives, and campaigns for the responsible use of alcohol.The company’s South African branch, the 114-year-old South African Breweries, invests 10% of its social responsibility funding allocation into HIV and Aids programmes, especially in building capacity amongst healthcare providers.Useful linksSABMillerSouth African Breweries
4 October 2010Speaking at the Pravasi Bharatiya Divas Africa India Diaspora Conference in Durban on Saturday, South African President Jacob Zuma invited Indian companies to do more business with South Africa.“South Africa is the gateway to the one billion-strong African market,” Zuma told delegates at the conference, held to mark the 150th anniversary of the arrival of Indians in South Africa, and to acknowledge the Indian community’s contribution to the fight against apartheid.“Our trade and investment opportunities for the Indian business sector lie in environmental technologies, ICT, transport equipment, capital equipments, creative industries and financial services,” Zuma said.Investment from India into South Africa is roughly R45-billion, while trade from South Africa to India is an estimated R21-billion. Bilateral trade is said to have surpassed R53.9-billion, and is expected to reach R70-billion by 2012.Zuma noted the robustness with which both India and South Africa’s economies had weathered the recent financial crisis.Developing countries on the rise: GordhanFinance Minister Pravin Gordhan, addressign a business session at Saturday’s conference, said South Africa and India should brace for more business activity as investors took note of the human capital and currencies of developing nations.He urged the two countries to investigate the potential that existed for further investment and business opportunities.Gordhan said the global economy was projected to grow by 4 to 6.7 percent in the next few years, and that developing countries like India, China and Brazil would be largely responsible for the growth.However, he cautioned that fair trade conditions were needed in order to avoid a repeat of the recent global recession, adding that the right balance had to be struck between global and national interests.Common visionThe President said the political, social and economic ties between India and South Africa had grown from strength to strength, with much bonding the two countries, including their shared vision of peace, impartiality and prosperity.“We also share a common approach on a number of global issues, including reform of the United Nations, the future of multilateralism, climate change and South-South Cooperation,” Zuma said.He highlighted the likes of Mahatma Gandhi, prominent politician and medical doctor Monty Naicker, and political activist Dr Yusuf Dadoo for the crucial roles they played in helping to build a free South Africa.Noting that both India and South Africa had large youthful populations, he urged both countries to invest in youth development, saying it was key to continued economic growth.Source: BuaNews
College basketball fans, particularly student fans, have long looked for different ways to distract visiting teams during games. Some of the more creative methods have been displayed when opponents go to the line to attempt free throws, and such was the case with some fans at Davidson during last night’s game against Dayton. With 7:16 remaining in the game, and Davidson leading 66-49, Dayton shooting guard Jordan Sibert stepped up to attempt a pair of foul shots. It was then that TV cameras caught five Davidson fans, clad only in black speedos, dancing and gyrating in an attempt to throw off Sibert’s concentration.The tactic failed, as Sibert nailed both shots. Still, the Wildcats knocked off the 22nd-ranked Flyers, 77-60, and this quintet of fans left an indelible image on the minds of anyone who saw their stunt.
zoom Total seaborne cargo throughput at Germany’s Port of Hamburg reached 138.2 million tons in 2016, representing a growth of 0.3 percent, or 347,000 tons, compared to the previous year.The increase was attributable to general cargo throughput, which in 2016 represented a 67.5 percent share of the total, after 67 percent in the previous year.In the year under review, throughput of general cargo, both containerized and conventional – at Hamburg terminals totalled 93.3 million tons, an advance of one percent or 922,000 tons on the previous year, driven by the container throughput.As in the two previous years, in 2016 the Port of Hamburg’s index figure for containerization, or containerized general cargo’s proportion of the general cargo total, was around 98.4 percent. At 91.7 million tons, in 2016 containerized cargo throughput was up by 1.1 million tons or 1.2 percent on the previous year.In 2016 throughput of non-containerized general cargo totalled 1.5 million tons, a downturn of eleven percent.The positive general cargo throughput trend sufficed to compensate for a fall in bulk cargo handling. After a strong performance in the previous year, this fell by 1.3 percent or 575,000 tons to 44.9 million tons in 2016.With a throughput of 22 million tons slightly down on the previous year, the grab cargo category dominated this segment.
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates – Airbus signed a $49.5 billion deal on Wednesday to sell 430 airplanes to the Phoenix-based private equity firm that owns Frontier Airlines, striking the European aerospace firm’s biggest deal ever at the Dubai Air Show.Meanwhile, Boeing reached an agreement with low-cost carrier FlyDubai to sell 225 Boeing 737 MAX 10 aircraft — a deal valued at $27 billion. The biennial air show closes on Thursday.“It’s ended up going out on a high,” airline analyst John Strickland of JLS Consulting said. “It shows once again the importance of this part of the world to the big airplane manufacturers.”The Airbus deal with Indigo Partners will split 273 A320neos and 157 A321neos among Denver-based Frontier, JetSMART of Chile, Volaris of Mexico and Wizz Air of Hungary, all ultra-low-cost airlines associated with Indigo.The A320neo and the A321neo are twin-engine, single-aisle planes popular among airlines because of their reduced fuel consumption.The surprise announcement came after Airbus on Sunday suffered the embarrassment of believing it had struck a major deal with the state-owned carrier Emirates to sell its A380 double-decker jumbo jet, only to see Boeing sit on the podium with the airline and sign a $15.1 billion deal.“Just to clarify: This is not an A380 press conference,” joked John Leahy, Airbus’ sales chief, at the start of the announcement.A320neos list for $108.4 million apiece and A321neos at $127 million. Airlines and manufacturers negotiate lower prices for big deals like these, something Indigo’s managing partner Bill Franke was quick to stress afterward.“Here’s hoping,” he told reporters. “Their objective is to sell aircraft at the best possible and our objective is to buy aircraft at the best possible price. I’ve known Mr. Leahy for 25 years. Sometimes he wins, sometimes I win.”Asked if he won this round, Franke said: “That’ll be a good question.”Airbus’ previous biggest-ever sale came in August 2015, when it sold 250 A320neos to Indian budget airline IndiGo, a deal estimated to be worth $26 billion at list prices. IndiGo and Indigo Partners are separate firms with separate management.Shares in Airbus rose on the news, closing 2.4 per cent higher at 85.58 euros in Paris.Franke is a pioneer of the cheap ticket and high fee airline business that has spread overseas and is growing in the United States. Such carriers offer low base fares but add fees to stow a carry-on bag, get an assigned seat and for other extras. That’s led to soaring customer complaints against Frontier.President Donald Trump also came up in Franke’s conversation with journalists on Thursday, as Franke said the American leader would be happy to know the A321neos purchased by Indigo would undergo final assembly in the Airbus plant in Mobile, Alabama.Shortly after, FlyDubai and Chicago-based Boeing Co. announced their $27 billion deal. FlyDubai said the planes would bring the low-cost carrier’s total fleet on order up to 320. FlyDubai has begun to code-share flights with Emirates. Both are owned by Dubai’s government.The Boeing 737 MAX 10, a twin-engine, single aisle plane capable of carrying 230 passengers, has a list price of $124.7 million. They’ll complement FlyDubai’s fleet of Boeing 737s and keep them a Boeing-only shop, something Airbus no doubt had hoped to change.“Today marks the next chapter in FlyDubai’s success story,” FlyDubai CEO Ghaith al-Ghaith said.Until Wednesday, the only major deal announced at the Dubai Air Show came on Sunday, when long-haul carrier Emirates purchased 40 Boeing 787-10 Dreamliners in a $15.1 billion deal.That deal also saw Emirates CEO and Chairman Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum bring up the 787-10 buy’s ability to create jobs. Trump himself promoted that during a February visit to the South Carolina plant that builds the carbon-fiber, 330-seat plane.Airbus, which is based in Toulouse, France, has pinned hopes of continuing production of its A380 double-decker jumbo jet on Emirates, the world’s largest operator of the aircraft. Reports circulated before the air show that a major A380 sale would be coming.Airbus employees even filled a news conference on Sunday, expecting the A380 sale, instead to find state-owned Emirates making the deal with Boeing in front of Dubai’s ruler, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum.Strickland said that while the massive Airbus sale Wednesday likely took months to negotiate, it still helped Airbus save face at the air show.“It would have been great relief,” the analyst said.Emirates now relies solely on the Airbus 380 and the Boeing 777 for its flights, making it the largest operator of both. It has 165 Boeing 777s in its fleet today and took possession of its 100th A380 earlier this month.The Emirates’ snub came up at the news conference Wednesday, when a reporter asked Airbus if another deal could be coming.“I think you’ve got to walk over to the chalet with Emirates on the door and ask them,” Airbus’ Leahy said.___Follow Jon Gambrell on Twitter at http://www.twitter.com/jongambrellap . His work can be found at http://apne.ws/2galNpz .
2018 World’s Invitational Gold Panning Schedule Commercial:1) Hans On Mechanical2) Great Canadian Oil Change3) Enbridge Fire Department Gold Panning parade in Taylor – Facebook Non-Profit/Public:1) Brian Folk2) Mower Mayhem3) Shriner’s Gold Panning parade in Taylor – Facebook Children’s: 1) Pratt Honey Wagon TAYLOR, B.C. – The 46th Annual Worlds Invitational Gold Panning Championship started Friday night. The event kicked off with the annual parade through Taylor. Animals/Livestock:1) Shane Wagner2) Dale Klassen (Chambers Farm)3) Dustin Chambers (Chambers Farm) See the full event schedule below. Here are the parade winners from this year. Photos from the parade in Taylor On Friday, Trev Talks featured a full show about the event in Taylor. Watch the video below for even more information about the history of the event and all the fun planned this weekend. Government:1) Taylor Fire & Rescue2) Mayor Rob Fraser3) District of Taylor 1 of 5 Gold Panning parade in Taylor – Facebook The competition starts at 12:00 p.m. on Saturday with the celebrity media sponsor round and finishes at noon on Sunday with the Class “A” championship. Once the competition concludes there will be an awards presentation with the top panner receiving a belt buckle and cash prize. Gold Panning parade in Taylor – Facebook Gold Panning parade in Taylor – Facebook The championships will see residents along with certified professionals pan for the prized mineral in seven different classes at Peace Island Park.