Conroy brothers fire Slieve Bloom to remarkable comeback victory

first_img RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WhatsApp By Alan Hartnett – 18th July 2018 Previous articleIn Pictures: ‘Go Fly your Kite’ Art Camp a huge successNext articleAll Wednesday night’s Laois GAA results as championship begins Alan HartnettStradbally native Alan Hartnett is a graduate of Knockbeg College who has worked in the local and national media since 2008. Alan has a BA in Economics, Politics and Law and an MA in Journalism from DCU. His happiest moment was when Jody Dillon scored THAT goal in the Laois senior football final in 2016. Pinterest The game started at a fast pace with Slieve Bloom almost having a goal from the throw in as Ben Conroy raced forward but Colin Delaney did well to deny him.PJ Daly and Michael Kerr got Clonad off the mark early on but Slieve Bloom kept pace thanks to two from Ben Conroy.Seoirse Conroy and Shane Cahill regained the lead for Clonad and although Ben Conroy replied with his third, two more from Cahill made it 0-6 to 0-3 at the midpoint of the half.Ben Conroy and Stephen Phelan replied for Slieve Bloom but they would not score again for 13 minutes as Clonad saw Kerr strike four lovely frees with a brace from the very impressive PJ Daly in between to go well ahead.Slieve Bloom keeper Gavin Conroy brought the half to an end with a long range free that made it 0-12 to 0-6 at the break – but nobody foresaw what would come next.Slieve Bloom introduced Robbie Burke at half time and he went into midfield alongside Ben Conroy who fired over from the restart.Keeper Gavin Conroy hit another before substitute Robbie Burke cut the deficit to three from long range.It was here that the youngest of the Conroy’s, Ciaran, came into his own. Ben set him up to score from play before he landed three consecutive frees to give Slieve Bloom the lead for the first time after 46 minutes.Ben Conroy then reeled off two more points before Gavin Conroy landed his third free to make it 0-16 to 0-12.Clonad had gone over 20 minutes without a score now but they finally ended their drought when Dean Delaney was fouled and Michael Kerr pointed.But that was brief respite for Clonad as Slieve Bloom soon had the game’s first goal. Gavin Conroy’s free was flicked on by Paul Heffernan into the path of Ben Conroy who smashed home from close range.Ciaran Conroy and John Noonan then traded traded points as, in fairness to Clonad who were now six points down, they didn’t give up.They were rewarded for their perseverance when a John Burke goal after a Ray Killeen point cut the margin to two points with two minutes of injury time to be played.But Slieve Bloom would not be denied and Ciaran Conroy sent over a late free to seal a three point win.Slieve Bloom now advance to the winners section of the draw while Clonad enter the losers part knowing that one more defeat will leave them in the relegation final.SCORERS – Slieve Bloom: Ben Conroy 1-7 (two frees), Ciaran Conroy 0-6 (five frees), Gavin Conroy 0-3 (all frees), Robbie Burke and Stephen Phelan 0-1 Clonad: Micheal Kerr 0-6 (all frees), John Burke 1-0, PJ Daly and Shane Cahill (two frees) 0-3 each, Seoirse Conroy, Ray Killeen and John Noonan 0-1 eachSlieve Bloom: Gavin Conroy; Fergal Burke, Tom Delaney, Enda Conroy; Shane Farrell, James Tobin, John Lowry; Glen Tobin, Taidhg Cuddy; Darragh Delaney, JP Campion, Stephen Phelan; Ciaran Conroy, Martin Delaney, Ben Conroy. Subs: Robbie Burke for G Tobin and Paul Heffernan for JP Campion (both half Time), Ross Holmes for Heffernan (55m), James Delaney for M Delaney (58m)Clonad: Colin Delaney: Peter Ging, Seán Egan, James Ging; John Noonan, Gary Hogan, Emmett Ging; Paul Ging, Dean Delaney; PJ Daly, Ray Killeen, Michael Kerr; Gareth O’Brien Seorise Conroy, Shane Cahill. Subs: Joe McEvoy for O’Brien (35m), Denis Sheeran for McEvoy (55m), John Burke for Conroy (57m)Referee: Ronan Devaney (Camross)SEE ALSO – Eight young players to watch out for in senior hurling championship Rugby Five Laois monuments to receive almost €200,000 in government funding Twitter WhatsApp Facebook Brought to you in association with Coolrain ConcreteSlieve Bloom 1-18 Clonad 1-15Laois Shopping Centre IHC Round 1Brothers Ben, Gavin and Ciaran Conroy were the difference as Slieve Bloom came from seven points down to defeat Clonad by three in a very entertaining affair in Colt tonight.The three brothers contributed 1-15 of Slieve Bloom’s final tally.The victors were well second best in the first half hour but made two switches at half time which ultimately led to their victory.Ben Conory, who had operated in the full forward line, moved to midfield at the start of the second half and was instrumental as Slieve Bloom sent over eleven unanswered points to turn a seven point deficit into a four point lead.The other switch was a tactical one. Ben had been somewhat wayward on the frees so he relinquished the duty to younger brother Ciaran and the teenager sent over five of them to lead Slieve Bloom to the win.While oldest brother Gavin in goal also deserves special mention as he fired over three long range frees and played a big role in the goal that Ben scored.center_img Twitter Home Sport GAA Conroy brothers fire Slieve Bloom to remarkable comeback victory SportGAAHurlingLaois IHC TAGSLaois IHC 2018Slonad v Slieve Bloom Facebook Community Ten Laois based players named on Leinster rugby U-18 girls squad Conroy brothers fire Slieve Bloom to remarkable comeback victory Charlie Flanagan on Electric Picnic: ‘I’d ask organisers to consult with community leaders’ Pinterest Community last_img read more

UNAIDS calls for LGBT community in Uganda to be treated with respect and dignity at all times

first_imgUNAIDS calls for LGBT community in Uganda to be treated with respect and dignity at all times UNAIDSUNAIDS is concerned that the vilification of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) communities in Uganda could lead to heightened violence, stigma, and discrimination against them and reduce their access to HIV and other essential services. In a recent media interview, President Yoweri Museveni described being LGBT as a “deviation”.“Using offensive language that describes LGBT people as “deviant” is simply wrong,” said Winnie Byanyima, Executive Director of UNAIDS. “Stigma and discrimination based on sexual orientation violates rights and keeps people away from HIV testing, treatment, prevention and care services. The HIV epidemic can never end while some groups of people are excluded from health services.”UNAIDS advocates with legislators, other government authorities and civil society globally to establish anti-discrimination and protective laws to eliminate discrimination and violence faced by LGBTI people, and to advance the right to health for all people without exception.Uganda has made considerable progress against the HIV epidemic in recent years. Of the estimated 1.5 million people living with HIV in Uganda in 2019, around 1.3 million were aware of their HIV status and 1.2 million were on treatment. More than 95% of pregnant and breastfeeding women living with HIV in Uganda receive antiretroviral treatment to keep them healthy and prevent transmission of the virus to their children.However, in Uganda men who have sex with men are less likely to have access to HIV testing, treatment, prevention, and care services that could keep them healthy and well, in part because of the stigma and discrimination they face in health care settings and throughout society.“It’s clear that to end the AIDS epidemic in Uganda there is a need to build a more inclusive society where everyone enjoys the right to health. UNAIDS stands ready to work with all partners to end stigma and discrimination against the LGBT community and achieve the full respect of their universal human rights.” said Ms Byanyima.UNAIDSThe Joint United Nations Programme on HIV/AIDS (UNAIDS) leads and inspires the world to achieve its shared vision of zero new HIV infections, zero discrimination and zero AIDS-related deaths. UNAIDS unites the efforts of 11 UN organizations-UNHCR, UNICEF, WFP, UNDP, UNFPA, UNODC, UN Women, ILO, UNESCO, WHO and the World Bank-and works closely with global and national partners towards ending the AIDS epidemic by 2030 as part of the Sustainable Development Goals. Learn more at /Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. View in full here. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. We don’t put up a paywall – we believe in free access to information of public interest. Media ownership in Australia is one of the most concentrated in the world (Learn more). Since the trend of consolidation is and has historically been upward, fewer and fewer individuals or organizations control increasing shares of the mass media in our country. According to independent assessment, about 98% of the media sector is held by three conglomerates. This tendency is not only totally unacceptable, but also to a degree frightening). Learn more hereWe endeavour to provide the community with real-time access to true unfiltered news firsthand from primary sources. It is a bumpy road with all sorties of difficulties. We can only achieve this goal together. Our website is open to any citizen journalists and organizations who want to contribute, publish high-quality insights or send media releases to improve public access to impartial information. You and we have the right to know, learn, read, hear what and how we deem appropriate.Your support is greatly appreciated. All donations are kept completely private and confidential.Thank you in advance!Tags:aids, breastfeeding, community, Government, health services, HIV, Human Rights, lgbt, sustainable, transgender, Uganda, UNAIDS, Unesco, UNICEF, United Nations, WHO, World Banklast_img read more

Save your money with hot deals on hot-selling compacts

first_img COMMENTSSHARE YOUR THOUGHTS Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2 Hyundai, Mazda and Toyota are offering some swell discounts on their hot-selling compacts. Each of these affordable sedans represents a very strong purchase proposition. Each does what’s expected of a small family hauler better than many of the other cars in the segment, and all have had proven reliability over the years. The edge here goes to the Mazda3 — it has the sportiest drive, strongest resale and best warranty coverage, making it this week’s hot deal. The cabin of the featured GL is very nicely contented. It includes heated front seats and steering wheel, a back-up camera and a seven-inch touchscreen infotainment system that includes Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. Blind spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert is another welcome up-level feature that’s standard on the GL. The back seat has enough room for a pair of adults, but three is tight. The trunk, at 407 litres, is the most accommodating of the trio.The Elantra is powered by a 2.0-litre Atkinson cycle four-cylinder engine that produces 147 horsepower and 132 lb.-ft. of torque — it is quieter and more refined than the previous 1.8L unit, and works well with the six-speed automatic transmission. The combination is peppy yet equally frugal drive. The run from rest to 100 km/h comes in at 10.1 seconds, and it returns an average fuel economy of 7.4 L/100 kilometres.The Elantra’s ride is both quiet and comfortable, and the suspension does a good job of controlling unwanted body roll. The P205/55R16 tires limit understeer well, but steering itself is somewhat numb. It can be adjusted through the Drive Mode selector; Sport brings the crispest feel, although some will find it too heavy in everyday driving. The only real nit to pick is rear disc brakes are only offered on the GLS model and above.The Hyundai Elantra GL has a pre-tax sticker price of $20,244 after a combined Unhaggle discount of $1,950.2017 Mazda3Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.22017 Mazda3 Mazda Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price: $20,349 Hyundai Canada Incentive*: $1,750Unhaggle Savings: $200 Total Savings: $1,950 Mandatory Fees (Freight, Govt. Fees): $1,890 Total Before Tax: $20,288 – click here for exclusive local pricingThe sixth-generation Hyundai Elantra sedan was completely redesigned for 2017. It gets a more sophisticated style – not as edgy as the previous model – plus a healthy dose of refinement, nicer materials and some welcome new technologies. RELATED TAGSCorollaElantraHyundaiMazdaMazda3ToyotaSedanCompactNew Car DealsNew Car DealsNew VehiclesAutomotive EnginesAutomotive ReviewsAutomotive TechnologyB.J. RosenbergCanadacompactDriving.caGraeme FletcherHyundai ElantraHyundai Motor CompanyInsurance Institute for Highway SafetyMazda 3Mazda Motor CorporationScience and TechnologySedansTechnologyToyota Canada Inc.Toyota CorollaToyota Motor CorporationTransport CanadaUnhaggle.comVehicle Control See More Videos On the last three Fridays of every month, Graeme Fletcher combines manufacturers’ incentives from with resale value, dependability and overall ratings to find you the best deal for your money in new cars. This week, we look at affordable sedans, all with automatic transmissions. The hot deals are on the Hyundai Elantra GL, Mazda3 SE and Toyota Corolla LE.RELATED ‹ Previous Next › Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price: $20,850 Mazda Canada Incentive*: $1,500Unhaggle Savings: $470 Total Savings: $1,970 Mandatory Fees (Freight, Govt. Fees): $1,835 Total Before Tax: $20,715 – click here for exclusive local pricingFor 2017, the Mazda3 sedan gets some improvements — subtly revised fascias and an improved interior with a new steering wheel, updated central touch screen and an electronic parking brake, which opens up the centre console space. Small tweaks, but it takes a sharp car and makes it better.The cabin is lined with top-notch materials and features two of the best front seats in the segment. Likewise, the driving position and sightlines are good, and the back-up camera eases the parking chore. The Mazda3 has room for two adults and a trunk that measures 350 litres behind 60/40 split/folding seats.The SE’s only interior nit is the leatherette — the premium cloth seats in the GS are more aesthetically appealing. Accessing blind-spot monitoring with rear cross-traffic alert and Smart City Brake Support requires moving up the GS model, which carries a small $750 premium before any discounts.The Mazda3 sedan arrives with a 2.0L four-cylinder. With 155 horsepower and 150 lb.-ft. of torque on tap, it is the most powerful of the three featured rides. Driving the front wheels through a six-speed automatic transmission, the Mazda3 is also the most refined, never complaining when it is worked at redline. The combination is the quickest of the group without ceding anything in terms of average fuel economy — it runs from rest to 100 km/h in 9.1 seconds, while returning 7.5 L/100 kilometres.The Mazda3’s forte is the manner in which it handles a twisty road. Unwanted body motion is muted and the response to input is both crisp and precise — Mazda’s G-Vectoring Control system certainly helps matters. It’s aim is to enhance responsiveness while cutting the amount of steering input need to maintain the driver’ desired line. Conversely, the highway ride is compliantly comfortable.One of the Mazda3’s most compelling reasons for purchase is the unlimited mileage warranty. Most have fixed mileage caps, which is bad news for a higher mileage driver. The Mazda3 SE sedan brings combined savings of $1,970 and a price of $20,715.2017 Toyota CorollaCreated with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.22017 Toyota Corollacenter_img Trending Videos Trending in Canada We encourage all readers to share their views on our articles using Facebook commenting Visit our FAQ page for more information. 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Princess Diana’s humble little 1981 Ford Escort is up for auction An engagement gift from Prince Charles, the car is being sold by a Princess Di “superfan” advertisement Manufacturer Suggested Retail Price: $20,690 Toyota Canada Incentive*: $885Unhaggle Savings: $650 Total Savings: $1,535 Mandatory Fees (Freight, Govt. Fees): $1,755 Total Before Tax: $20,910 – click here for exclusive local pricingThe Toyota Corolla was introduced in 1966. Over its 51-year, run it has sold well over 40 million units. Through the first 10 generations, the Corolla was viewed as an automotive appliance — the latest model brings a more expressive and purposeful look. Ditto the cabin; once very basic, it now features everything from a 6.1-inch touchscreen that controls the infotainment, phone functions and the view from the standard back-up camera, through to comfortable bucket-like seats and a driving position with clean sightlines. More impressive is the manner in which the cabin accommodates its riders — there is generous headroom and legroom in all positions, along with a 369-litre trunk behind the folding rear seats.The Corolla is one of the few non-luxury cars to feature a comprehensive suite of safety technologies. The Toyota Safety Sense P package includes a pre-collision warning system, adaptive cruise control, lane departure and lane keep assist systems, and automatic high beams as standard fare. Only blind spot monitoring is missing.The featured Corolla LE arrives with a 1.8L four-cylinder that puts out 132 horsepower and 128 lb.-ft. of torque. It is smooth at idle and far from noisy when the gas pedal is buried. It works with a continuously variable transmission (CVT) to drive the front wheels. Unlike many, the CVT mimics the shifting of a regular automatic, so the annoying drone under hard acceleration is kept to a minimum. The combination sees the Corolla LE run from rest to 100 km/h in 10.4 seconds, while returning an average fuel economy of 7.5 L/100 kilometres.When it comes to the suspension, the Corolla LE is more about the quality of the ride. It delivers a ton of comfort and little head toss. The flip side is a somewhat cushy response to driver input — there is quite a lot of body roll.The Toyota Corolla LE has a combined Unhaggle discount of $1,535 and a selling price of $20,910.Compare the Hyundai Elantra, Mazda3 and Toyota Corolla side-by-side right hereTransport Canada lists three recalls for the Hyundai Elantra. The first (No. 2017193) says on certain vehicles, “a connection at the electric power steering motor may have been damaged at time of assembly. This could lead to a loss of the steering assist.” Dealers will replace the motor. The second (No. 2017055) states “on certain vehicles, the diaphragm in brake booster may unseat due to a manufacturing defect. This could result in a vacuum leak in the brake system and a reduction or loss in power brake assist, which would increase pedal effort, and extend stopping distances.” Dealers will replace the vehicle brake system’s booster assembly. Finally, the third recall (No. 2016174, which only affects four cars) says “on certain vehicles, a manufacturing error could cause the second stage of the driver’s frontal airbag to fail to deploy.” Dealers will replace the driver’s frontal airbag module.The Mazda3 has one recall (No. #2017312): “On certain vehicles equipped with hand-operated parking brakes, the rear brake caliper protective boot on the parking brake system may not perform as intended, causing the parking brake actuator shaft to corrode. Over time, the actuator shaft may become stuck in the brake caliper body which could lead to decreased parking brake holding force or cause the parking brake to drag while driving.” Dealers will inspect and repair or replace the rear caliper assemblies as necessary.There is one recall on the Toyota Corolla (No. #2017363): “On certain vehicles, the electrical power cords of some dealer-installed block heaters may have been improperly manufactured, causing the wires to contact each other, resulting in a short circuit. A short circuit could lead to a fire which would increase the risk of injury and/or damage to property.” Dealers will cut the plug end from the block heater to disable its operation as an interim measure until an appropriate remedy is found. As an alternative, the owners may choose to have the accessory engine block heater removed and receive a refund of the purchase price of the engine block heater.The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) rates all three affordable sedans as a Top Safety Pick+ with Good ratings in all crash tests and a Superior rating for forward collision prevention. It is worth noting the Toyota Corolla gets the Superior rating without the need to add optional equipment. The Hyundai Elantra has a Good rating for headlight performance, the Mazda3 and Toyota Corolla score Acceptable ratings.The projected resale value of these affordable sedans in 2022, after being driven an average of 20,000 km/year, is $5,750 for the Elantra, $7,700 for the Mazda3 and $7,300 for the Corolla. The 20 best-selling vehicles in Canada so far in 2017×1.jpg?w=400&h=260′);”>Car Review: 2017 Hyundai Elantra Sport2017 Hyundai ElantraCreated with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.22017 Hyundai Elantralast_img read more

Indiabulls Foundation to support 2,200 cleft surgeries through Smile Train India

first_img Share MaxiVision Eye Hospitals launches “Mucormycosis Early Detection Centre” By EH News Bureau on July 9, 2019 Indraprastha Apollo Hospitals releases first “Comprehensive Textbook of COVID-19” WHO tri-regional policy dialogue seeks solutions to challenges facing international mobility of health professionals CSR News Comments (0) Related Posts Heartfulness group of organisations launches ‘Healthcare by Heartfulness’ COVID care app The missing informal workers in India’s vaccine story This is 6th consecutive year of the partnershipIndiabulls Foundation, the CSR arm of the Indiabulls Group announced its 6th consecutive year of their partnership with Smile Train India, the world’s largest children’s cleft charity, to support 2,200 cleft surgeries across the country.Indiabulls Foundation has been supporting Smile Train India’s cleft programmes since 2014 and has supported 3,800 cleft surgeries to-date.‘For the last six years, we have seen the impact and transformation in children once they receive cleft surgery. With all these years of partnership with Smile Train India, we have seen a large network of committed surgeons and operational excellence. We are hence, committed to extending this support by funding 2,200 more cleft surgeries this year,” said Mohammed Ali Saleem, Director, CSR, Indiabulls Foundation.In India, more than 35,000 children are born with a cleft lip and/or palate every year. It is estimated that hundreds of thousands of children with untreated clefts live in isolation, but more importantly, have difficulty eating, breathing and speaking, as their families cannot afford life-transforming cleft treatment. Smile Train’s sustainable model empowers local medical professionals with training, funding, and resources to provide free cleft surgery and comprehensive cleft care to children globally.Since the year 2000, Smile Train India has supported 550,000+ free cleft surgeries throughout the country, through a network of 160+ partner hospitals.“At Smile Train, our endeavour is to not only support free, safe and quality cleft surgeries, but also empower our local medical partners to provide comprehensive cleft care to children and give them a second chance at life. For this, we rely on the support of our donors, and are thankful to Indiabulls Foundation for being one of our strongest corporate supporters since 2014. Together, we shall bring timely and comprehensive cleft care to children across the country,” shared Mamta Carroll, Vice President and Regional Director, Asia, Smile Train. cleftIndiabulls FoundationIndiabulls GroupSmile Train India Indiabulls Foundation to support 2,200 cleft surgeries through Smile Train India Menopause to become the next game-changer in global femtech solutions industry by 2025 Read Article Add Comment Phoenix Business Consulting invests in telehealth platform Healphalast_img read more

Goat Farmers Attend Training Sessions

first_imgRelatedGoat Farmers Attend Training Sessions RelatedGoat Farmers Attend Training Sessions RelatedGoat Farmers Attend Training Sessions Goat Farmers Attend Training Sessions AgricultureMarch 22, 2010center_img FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Training sessions for goat farmers were held at the Rural Agricultural Development Authority (RADA) Conference Room in Mandeville, Manchester, and at the Sam Motta Demonstration Training Centre, in Knockpatrick, Manchester, on March 17.The training was carried out under the Strengthening of Jamaica’s Food Security Programme, funded by the European Union, through its Food Facility Project, and conducted by the Caribbean Agricultural Research and Development Institute (CARDI), in partnership with the Ministry of Agriculture and Fisheries, through RADA, and the Jamaica Goat Farmers Association. The project is implemented in Jamaica by the Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO).The main objective of the project is to increase production by assisting farmers in the areas of crop and livestock production.Assistant FAO Representative in Jamaica, Dr. Jillian Smith, urged the farmers to make the most of the training sessions. “We are aware that the goat farmers in Jamaica have a wealth of knowledge already and what we aim to do is build on that. It’s been a long process to get this project going. This is the first in 20 years that livestock farming has received this kind of funding and this kind of attention,” she said.Manager for RADA in Manchester, Mr. Donald Robinson, also urged the farmers to learn as much as possible, to assist in the drive to increase the livestock population.He said that the 2009 production figures for livestock production in Manchester showed marginal increases, especially in broiler and goat categories, and that Members of Parliament were encouraged to channel funds from the Constituency Development Fund into livestock production, especially in the area of goat production. Honorary Secretary of the Jamaica Goat Farmers Association, Mr. Derrick Vermont, said that it was the first time in the 13-year history of the group that such assistance was being provided, and that the members would ensure that production is increased.The farmers were sensitised about areas, such as small ruminant production; the international sheep and goat trade and its implications for Jamaican farmers and consumers. They also received practical demonstrations on animal husbandry. Advertisementslast_img read more

New CARICOM Secretary-General selected

first_imgNew CARICOM Secretary-General selected Foreign AffairsJuly 22, 2011 RelatedNew CARICOM Secretary-General selected RelatedNew CARICOM Secretary-General selected FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail (CARICOM Secretariat, Turkeyen, Greater Georgetown, Guyana) — Ambassador Irwin LaRocque has been selected to serve as the seventh Secretary-General of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) by the Heads of Government. Ambassador LaRocque, 56, a national of Dominica replaces His Excellency Sir Edwin Carrington of Trinidad and Tobago. Ambassador LaRocque is the current Assistant Secretary-General for Trade and Economic Integration at the CARICOM Secretariat, having served in that post since September 2005. Ambassador LaRocque was educated at Queen’s College, and the New School for Social Research, both in New York and New York University, majored in Political Philosophy, Political Economics and Economics respectively. Prior to his appointment as Assistant Secretary-General, he served as Permanent Secretary in various Ministries in Dominica for more than fourteen years, including in the Ministries of Trade, Industry, Enterprise Development, Tourism, and Foreign Affairs, where he headed the diplomatic service.  He also served as the principal advisor to the Government of Dominica on all matters pertaining to economic integration and regional and international trade. He was Dominica’s senior policy adviser on the revision of the original Treaty of Chaguaramas and served on the CARICOM Inter Governmental Task Force which drafted the Revised Treaty of Chaguaramas. Ambassador LaRocque has a wealth of experience in management, public administration, economic development, trade, foreign affairs and diplomacy. During the period when Dominica underwent a structural adjustment programme, Ambassador LaRocque was a member of the Cabinet-appointed Public Sector Reform Task Force, which included the private sector, trade unions and non-governmental organisations, with responsibility for the overall management, planning and performance review of the public sector reform process.  He also served as the Chairman of the Consultative Working Group, a public/private sector consultative and advisory committee appointed by the Dominica Cabinet, with focus on the enabling environment for private sector development and growth.  He has served on several Boards, including those of the Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre, Caribbean Export, the Dominica Agricultural, Industrial and Development Bank, and the Dominica National Development Corporation. As Assistant Secretary-General, he has provided strategic leadership for the continuing implementation and further development of the CARICOM Single Market and Economy (CSME), as well as the Sectoral Programmes of the Community including agriculture, services, industry and energy. Ambassador LaRocque has managed diplomatic negotiations with third countries and international development partners which required political acumen for successful completion. He has testified, on behalf of the Community, before the US International Trade Commission on trade relations between the Caribbean and the US with emphasis on extending and expanding the Caribbean Basin Initiative (CBI). He is currently the Co-Chair of the US-CARICOM Trade and Investment Council and is leading the negotiations with the United States Trade Representative Office for a new Trade and Investment Framework Agreement. He has gained considerable experience with the European arrangements through his involvement in developing and negotiating with the Commission of the European Union, development assistance under the European Development Fund. Ambassador LaRocque’s experience in national public sector reform will be critical in the reform and restructuring process of the CARICOM Secretariat, which is currently in progress. Ambassador LaRocque has served and had a close working relationship with several Prime Ministers of his homeland, and also in the Region by interacting with and providing advice to various Heads of Government and Cabinets in his capacity as Assistant Secretary General. CARICOM Chairman Honourable Dr Denzil Douglas, Prime Minister of St. Kitts and Nevis in announcing the selection said: “My colleague Heads of Government and I believe that Ambassador LaRocque possesses the requisite skills of visionary leadership, courage and commitment required to guide the Community at this time of change and uncertainty.” Secretary-General-designate LaRocque in his reaction expressed his deep appreciation for the confidence reposed in him by the Heads of Government. “I am humbled and privileged for this opportunity to continue my service to the Governments and people of the Caribbean Community. As we strive towards the goal of a Community For All, the confidence of the Heads of Government, the support of the people of the Community and the committed staff of the CARICOM Secretariat are vital in achieving that objective,”center_img RelatedNew CARICOM Secretary-General selected Advertisementslast_img read more

3 UK happy to take time with LTE – report

first_imgHome 3 UK happy to take time with LTE – report Related Vodafone, Safaricom beat MTN to Ethiopia licence AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to MoreAddThisMore 27 MAR 2013 Tim joined Mobile World Live in August 2011 and works across all channels, with a particular focus on apps. He came to the GSMA with five years of tech journalism experience, having started his career as a reporter… More Read more Tim Ferguson The UK’s smallest operator, 3 UK, is in no rush to get its LTE network up and running as it believes the quality of its 3G coverage will stop customers defecting to rivals that offer 4G sooner, Bloomberg reports.Speaking at the announcement of the company’s latest results, chief executive Dave Dyson said that despite the company having the opportunity to “move quite quickly” with the 800MHz spectrum, it will be “towards the end of the year” before it launches LTE.In contrast, Vodafone and O2 plan to launch their LTE services in the next few months. EE is the only UK operator currently offering LTE, after launching its network in October.However, Dyson said customers are not concerned about the underlying technology as long as they can consume the data they want. He added that 3 UK’s current network “stacks up very well” and that the latest version of 3G and early versions of 4G are not “dramatically different”.3 UK acquired spectrum suitable for LTE in February’s 4G auction and has also agreed to buy airwaves from EE. The operator has previously said it will not increase prices when it launches LTE, offering it as a standard service. Operators back Qualcomm role in open RAN path Author 3 UKEELTEO2TechnologyUKVodafone Previous ArticleNFC base to pass 500M in 2014 driven by vendorsNext ArticleAircel reports data surge from OTT partnership Las operadoras respaldan el papel de Qualcomm en la RAN abierta Tags last_img read more

News / Asia-Europe shipping rates on the up, but it’s too early to talk of a recovery

first_imgdhl09 bremer hafen 00 By Mike Wackett 17/03/2017 Long-term contract rates agreed over the past three months between major ports in China and North Europe have soared by 64%, according to container freight rate benchmarking platform Xeneta.Xeneta’s calculation is based on the average market prices – June 2017 compared with June 2016 – of more than 1,500 contracted rates populating its platform for this corridor.However, despite the spike in contract rates, Xeneta says it is still too early to talk of a sustained recovery in the trade, given the continued weak fundamentals of overcapacity and weak demand – expected to be exacerbated by the launch of new alliances next month, which could trigger a new rate war.Alphaliner reported this week that the total weekly capacity offered by the 2M+HMM, Ocean and THE alliances between Asia and North Europe next month will increase by 9.6% to some 258,000 teu.center_img Much of the increase will come from the 2M+HMM alliance, as Maersk and MSC launch a sixth weekly string and upsize existing loops to 18,000-20,000 teu ultra large container vessels (ULCVs).Anecdotal reports to The Loadstar this week suggest that carrier attempts to hike rates mid-month have failed, one source suggesting carriers were “aggressively offering discounts” for April shipments.Nevertheless, spot rates on the route are still four times higher than 12 months ago, when rates fell through the $200 per teu barrier to record all-time lows.This week’s World Container Index (WCI), assessed by Drewry, recorded a further 4% decline on the Shanghai to Rotterdam component, to $1,580 per 40ft. Despite spot rates of around $2,200 recorded in mid-January, it still represents a massive 346% increase on the same week of 2016.Meanwhile, the transpacific spot rate erosion continued, with the WCI recording an 8% fall in rates to Los Angeles ($1,407 per 40ft), and a 3% decline in rates to New York ($2,884).Notwithstanding that spot rates to the US west and east coasts are still respectively 60% and 51% higher than a year ago, with the contract renewal season now in full swing carriers are becoming concerned about the size of increase they will be able to obtain from large-volume shippers that contract directly with them.One major shipper was said to be aiming for the same $850 per 40ft Asia-US west coast rate it achieved in 2016 –  its carriers are optimistic of winning at least a 10% increase.Drewry cautioned today that the “market remained volatile” on both the Asia-Europe and transpacific trades.Patrik Berglund, chief executive of Xeneta, agreed. He told The Loadstar: “It’s a complete mess these days, to be honest – the market changes rapidly… today I was told that it almost ‘changes by the hour’.”Meanwhile, the jury remains out on the cause of the North Europe-Asia eastbound capacity crunch that has seen carriers turn away bookings, rollover cargo and hike rates to levels above those of the headhaul trade.This week, for example, K Line increased its FAK rates for 1 April from North Europe base ports (excluding UK) to Asia to $1,500 per 20ft and $1,600 per 40ft.The majority of analysts have attributed the capacity shortage on the Europe-Asia backhaul to the blanking of westbound sailings around the Chinese New Year factory shutdown. Several carriers have also suggested that demand for space has been much higher than usual.However, Lars Jensen, chief executive and partner at SeaIntelligence Consulting, believes the capacity crunch has more to do with the ballasting of ships and repositioning of equipment ahead of the launch of the new alliances.“A large number of ships will be changing into new routings upon arrival in Asia – and this, in general, makes repositioning of equipment back to Asia difficult,” said Mr Jensen, who added that he expected the supply shortage to be temporary.last_img read more

US investor wants P Div in the mix

first_imgUS investor wants P Div in the mix The investor looking to acquire a controlling majority share in WP Rugby believes former Springbok coach Peter de Villiers could add value in an advisory capacity.A New York-based company MVM Holdings, headed by Marco Masotti, a Durban-raised lawyer has submitted an offer to buy a 51% controlling interest in the Stormers. Of the $6m offer, $2m would go to the WPRFU board and $4m to the Stormers board.The consortium has been involved in ongoing talks with the union and according to a report on Netwerk24, Masotti is keen to bring in De Villiers, who he described as ‘the lost soul of South African rugby’, on board.‘One of our ideas is to involve rugby experts via our planned advisory committee. Peter de Villiers is a former Springbok coach. Where is he? In no man’s land. Surely there is a need [to utilise] his expertise,’ Masotti said.‘The British & Irish Lions are touring South Africa next year and he is the last coach to beat them. He has something to offer and with his knowledge, he has a role to play still.‘It is in the interest of the franchise and his views will demand the respect of a certain section of the Stormers’ support base.’Full story Photo: Ryan Wilkisky/BackpagePix ‘ 熱門話題對肚腩脂肪感到後悔!試了在萬寧賣的這個後…熱門話題|SponsoredSponsoredUndo ‘ The Family Breeze餐桌上嘅敵人: 十五種最致命嘅食物The Family Breeze|SponsoredSponsoredUndo Shop Bras Online | Search AdsTake a Look at These Bra and Panty SetsShop Bras Online | Search Ads|SponsoredSponsoredUndo Published on September 18, 2020 Five one-cap Boks that could still represent South AfricaSA Rugby Magazine takes a look at five players who have only represented South Africa once but might do so again in the future.SA Rugby MagUndoLife Exact BrazilGrace Jones Is Now 72 Years Old, This Is Her NowLife Exact Brazil|SponsoredSponsoredUndoCNAHow is life for Cambodian boy linguist after viral fame?CNA|SponsoredSponsoredUndoMoneyMorningPaperThe 10 Richest Families Of The World. Especially No. 6 Is A Complete Surprise.MoneyMorningPaper|SponsoredSponsoredUndoGoGoPeak10 Most Beautiful Cities You Should Visit Once In Your LifetimeGoGoPeak|SponsoredSponsoredUndoLoans | Search AdsGetting a loan in Hong Kong may be easier than you thinkLoans | Search Ads|SponsoredSponsoredUndo From the magazine: Jano Vermaak names his Perfect XVSA Rugby MagUndocenter_img ‘ Posted in Currie Cup, News, Stormers, Super Rugby, Top headlines Tagged NEWS, Peter de Villiers, Stormers, wp rugby ‘  2331  169 Peter de Villiers Post by SA Rugby magazine ‘ ‘ AlphaCuteOprah’s New House Cost $90 Million, And This Is What It Looks LikeAlphaCute|SponsoredSponsoredUndoWorld Cup-winning Bok quartet in Eddie Jones’ all-time XVSA Rugby MagUndoWatch: Kolbe makes Test players look amateur – Ugo MonyeSA Rugby MagUndoShop Bras Online | Search AdsBrilliant Bra and Panty Sets (take a look)Shop Bras Online | Search Ads|SponsoredSponsoredUndolast_img read more

MIGA issues guarantees of up to $37.1m to AIIF3 in aid…

first_imgThe MIGA guarantees provide protection to AIIF3 and FEI-OGEF against the risks of Transfer Restriction and Currency Inconvertibility, Expropriation, and War and Civil Disturbance.   Over the next eight years, approximately 1.9 million metric tons of CO2e are expected to be offset across Rwanda, Kenya, and DRC. The guarantees will cover Bboxx’s subsidiaries in Rwanda, Kenya, and the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) and will be in effect for up to 10 years, Bboxx’s operations in Rwanda, Kenya, and DRC provide customers with affordable access to clean and reliable energy on a pay-as-you-go (PAYG) basis using mobile money. The off-grid energy solutions include individual Solar Home Systems alongside equipment like lights, televisions, and refrigerators. An additional guarantee of up to $5.9 million has also been issued to the Facility for Energy Inclusion’s Off-Grid Energy Access Fund (FEI-OGEF LP) of Mauritius, a $100m energy access fund sponsored by the African Development Bank, KfW, the European Commission and Nordic Development Fund and managed by LHGP Asset Management (Lion’s Head), to cover its loan to Bboxx DRC for a period of up to five years. Increased electrification reduces the burden of collecting traditional fuels and indoor air pollution, both of which disproportionately affect the health and productivity of women and children. The company’s work has climate mitigation benefits by replacing household use of kerosene and biomass for energy generation, and by using LPG as a clean cooking fuel. Matano added: “By providing increased access to affordable, reliable clean energy, MIGA’s guarantees will strengthen economic activity, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and help create high quality jobs in Rwanda, Kenya, and DRC.” MIGA’s executive vice president, Hiroshi Matano, commented: “Millions of people lack access to electricity in Africa, and off-grid technologies, including standalone solar home systems, are key to bridging the electrification gap.” Finance and Policy MIGA guarantees strengthen decentralisation activities BRICS Low carbon, solar future could increase jobs in the future – SAPVIA “By catalysing more investments into Bboxx, MIGA is helping to reduce one of the key business risks off-grid solar companies face – access to capital.” MIGA’s guarantees will strengthen Bboxx’s operations as the company expands its provision of clean energy. This will significantly improve economic opportunities in rural areas with low rates of electrification. The World Bank Group’s MIGA has issued guarantees of up to $37.1 million to the African Infrastructure Investment Fund 3 (AIIF3) to cover the fund’s equity and quasi-equity/shareholder loan investments in Bboxx’s central and east African subsidiaries. Image: [Gunnar Pippel]© Have you read?Two power pools gamble with sustainable growth in Africa, IRENAWhat to look for in a (lender’s) technical advisor Off-grid solar is among the most promising transformative technologies contributing to an increase in access to electricity in rural areas in the developing world. Bboxx is a next-generation utility, transforming lives and unlocking potential through access to energy. Bboxx designs, manufactures, distributes, and finances decentralised solar-powered systems. “MIGA’s support provided the confidence FEI-OGEF needed to finalise its negotiations with Bboxx DRC and deploy our funds to make that impact objective a reality.” Harry Guinness of FEI-OGEF, commented: “While the market and impact opportunity is substantial, the history of volatility in Bboxx DRC’s core markets in Goma and Eastern DRC and the long term commitment of the company to regional expansion meant that instability was a critical consideration for our investment. Vuyo Ntoi, co-managing director of AIIM, said: “The potential of off-grid solar systems for energy generation in the developing world is substantial and is key to fostering the growth of Africa’s economies. The company is also using energy as the entry point to other services, such as PAYG liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) cylinders and small gas burners for domestic clean cooking. AIIF3 is managed by African Infrastructures Investment Managers (AIIM), one of Africa’s largest infrastructure-focused private equity fund managers and a member of Old Mutual Alternative Investments (OMAI). Have you watched?Energy experts discuss renewable investment markets in Africa AFD and Eskom commit to a competitive electricity sector Generation RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR TAGSAIIMdecentralisationDRCKenyaMIGAPay-as-you-goRwandasolar home systemsWorld Bank Previous articleEd’s note: Where are the eco-warriors of today?Next articleGlass House Project to improve quality and availability of employment data Nicolette Pombo-van ZylAs the Editor of ESI Africa, my passion is on sustainability and placing African countries on the international stage. I take a keen interest in the trends shaping the power & water utility market along with the projects and local innovations making headline news. Watch my short weekly video on our YouTube channel ESIAfricaTV and speak with me on what has your attention. UNDP China, CCIEE launch report to facilitate low-carbon developmentlast_img read more