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APNU wins 5 municipalities

first_imgThe A Partnership for National Unity (APNU) has reportedly managed to win all eight constituencies across Linden, according to preliminary results for this year’s Local Government Elections (LGE). In addition to a clean sweep in Linden, the APNU also won Georgetown, New Amsterdam, Madhia and Bartica.The APNU reportedly copped 13 of the 16 seats in Linden – two less than it won in 2016. The Alliance For Change (AFC), according to the preliminaries, will maintain its two seats in the municipality, while the People’s Progressive Party (PPP) has reportedly secured one seat.This is the first time the PPP has managed to secure a seat in the municipality since the hosting of LGE in 2016. While the APNU managed a win of the constituencies, it reportedly won only three of the Proportional Representative (PR) seats. Four parties have contested for seats in Linden, with the additional being the United Republican Party (URP).In the eight constituencies, the APNU picked up 3361 votes, while the AFC copped 1305, followed by the PPP with 396 and URP with 76.At Kwakwani, the APNU has reportedly managed to secure four seats out of 12 at the Neighbourhood Democratic Council, while the AFC and Kwakwani United for Progress (KUFP) has secured three seats, followed by the PPP with two seats. Reports are that the APNU has managed to secure two of the PR seats while PPP took one, AFC secured one and the KUFP took two seats.last_img read more

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Airport sets new standards: Zuma

first_img10 May 2010King Shaka International Airport sets new benchmarks for global infrastructure development while bearing testimony to South Africa’s ability to deliver on large-scale projects, President Jacob Zuma said at the opening of the country’s new airport at La Mercy, north of Durban this weekend.“Not only was the construction of the project completed in the record time of three years, it also involved the relocation of both the cargo and passenger businesses, from the old airport to these new facilities, in one overnight operational switch,” Zuma said.“This smooth, seamless transition must surely bear testimony once again to the skills and capability we have as a country.”Critical diversion facilityIn less than 32 days, the world will converge on South Africa and the country will experience its largest wave of aviation traffic in its history when the 2010 Fifa World Cup kicks off.“We welcome the fact that the airport is going to be a critical diversion facility for OR Tambo International, should this be necessary.“We are also thrilled by the fact that we are able to present the World Cup in South Africa that is going through a huge building and reconstruction phase. Our infrastructure investment programme is doing wonders for the country economically and socially,” he said.Encouraging new investmentThe new airport will be able to process 7.5-million passengers per annum, while alleviating the pressure on the Durban-Johannesburg road route by facilitating more than 50 000 tons of manufactured goods produced in the region directly from the local airport.Zuma also called on provincial and local government to encourage new investments in tourism. These tourism packages, he said, should be competitively priced and attractive for foreign visitors, adding that the World Cup offered the country the best opportunity to welcome foreign visitors and ensure they came back again to enjoy what the country has to offer.“There has never been any doubt in my mind that this airport was the missing piece of the puzzle to enable growth and development in this region and for our country.”Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

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Farm bill progress announced

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Farm bill negotiators — Senate Agriculture Committee Chairman Pat Roberts, R-Kansas, and Ranking Member Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich., and House Agriculture Committee Chairman Mike Conaway, R-Texas, and Ranking Member Collin Peterson, D-Minn. — have reached an agreement in principle on a new farm bill.This welcome news for agriculture as the push to get a bill done in 2018 continues.“It’s imperative that farmers and rural communities have a new farm bill this year,” said Lynn Chrisp, National Corn Growers Association president. “NCGA is grateful for today’s announcement that sets the steps in motion to ensure that happens. Our grower members have been making phone calls and sending emails to Capitol Hill urging lawmakers to reach a deal before year’s end. We thank them for heeding this call and look forward to fully reviewing the conference agreement.”last_img read more

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Yuvraj Singh in probables list of World T20

first_imgJust months after recovering from germ cell cancer, Yuvraj Singh was included in the list of probables for the ICC World Twenty20 to be held in September-October in Sri Lanka.Yuvraj, the Player of the Tournament at the 2011 ICC World Cup, last played for India in November. He has started training but has not played any competitive cricket. Off-spinner Harbhajan Singh, who had been on the sidelines due to poor form, also finds himself in the squad. Mandeep Singh, Shikhar Dhawan, Ambati Rayudu and Naman Ojha, who did well in this year’s IPL, are in the list which will be pruned to 15 names later.Ajinkya Rahane, who impressed with his classical strokeplay during the T20 tournament, has also made the cut. The Mumbai batsman will get a taste of Sri Lankan conditions during the upcoming limited-overs series in the island nation.Rayudu played in the now-defunct Indian Cricket League and is the first such player to be included in a BCCI list for an international tournament.last_img read more

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Set of Six: What we learned at State of Origin

first_imgBy BEN HARRIS1. Touch football tournaments and rain are a match made in heaven:It’s probably something we already know but if you want rain, hold a touch football tournament. I would not be surprised if there was a touch football comp held in the middle of the Sahara Desert, it would rain cats and dogs. The torrential rain we saw for the men’s open match was incredible. In 15 minutes, the field turned into a swimming pool. It brought back plenty of memories of past touch tournaments where Mother Nature has turned ugly.2. Tight divisions across the park:Out of the 13 divisions played, nine of them were decided in the final match. This was a huge increase compared to the 2012 series where four games were decided by the last game. The only divisions not to remain alive after two matches were the women’s 30s, women’s 40s, men’s 35s and men’s 50s. Three of those divisions produced clean-sweep victories with New South Wales winning all the matches in women’s 30s, men’s 35s and men’s 50s. 3. Queensland looks good for the future:Queensland can salvage some pride from their State of Origin series loss and they can also look to the future with optimism. The maroons won both the under 20s divisions. It was a far contrast from two years ago when NSW clean swept the women and men’s 20s divisions. Queensland got revenge by winning the two divisions 2-1 respectively. With a lot of youngsters coming through the ranks and as well playing in the open divisions, Queensland looks really strong for the future. 4. Television production takes touch football to next level:Touch Football has been telecast plenty of times before but not like how it was during the State of Origin series. For the first time, the series was broadcast live and with commentators. Power Productions did a great job at streaming the State of Origin series online and will no doubt do a phenomenal job at producing a 90-minute for Fox Sports in early October.5. Don’t mess with the refs:Referees – you either love them or loathed them. Some players, coaches and spectators think they are blind, while others can’t stand them. So what happens when the referee strikes back? We certainly found out in the mixed open first match when referee Nathan Budge levelled Adam Pryde. In a hit that would have seen Budge face a lengthy spell on the sidelines if it was the NRL, his shoulder charge on Pryde floored the Queensland player. Who says referees don’t have a mean streak?    6. Mate against mate, best against best:Trans-Tasman is great, World Cup is even better, but nothing compares to State of Origin. The best touch football players in Australia representing their state and going head-to-head. It was fast, energetic, acrobatic, breath-taking and exhilarating. For two days, the best of Australian touch football lit up Sunshine Coast Stadium. State of Origin is a great concept and a must for the touch football calendar. Ask the players what it means to represent either New South Wales or Queensland and they will tell how much pride they get by wearing their state colours.There are plenty of ways to keep up-to-date with all of the latest results, news and information from the 2014 State of Origin. The Touch Football Australia and State of Origin websites will be updated regularly throughout the event with all of the latest information and can be found by clicking on the links below: www.soo.mytouchfooty.com www.touchfootball.com.au All of Touch Football Australia’s social media pages will be regularly updated throughout the NYC event, so be sure to ‘like’ and ‘follow’ us by clicking on the links below. Facebook – www.facebook.com/touchfootballaustralia Twitter – www.twitter.com/touchfootyaus (be sure to use the hashtag #soo2014) Instagram – www.instagram.com/touchfootballaustralia (be sure to use the hashtag #soo2014) The TFA YouTube channel will also have highlights and live games streamed throughout the event. Please click on the link below to be taken to the channel, and be sure to become a subscriber to the channel – www.youtube.com/touchfootballausPlease note, the link for the Open’s games by television production company, Power Productions – https://new.livestream.com/powerproductions/2014stateoforiginseriesRelated LinksSOO set of sixlast_img read more

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LSU Releases Awesome “Saturday Night In Death Valley” Hype Video

first_imgFans watch during the game between the Louisiana State University Tigers and the University of Louisiana-Lafatette Ragin' Cajuns at Tiger Stadium.BATON ROUGE, LA – SEPTEMBER 19: Fans watch during the game between the Louisiana State University Tigers and the University of Louisiana-Lafatette Ragin’ Cajuns at Tiger Stadium on September 19, 2009 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. (Photo by Chris Graythen/Getty Images)LSU’s Tiger Stadium, colloquially known as “Death Valley” is one of the most intimidating places to play in all of college football. It’s game day environment is outstanding, and the noise inside of it can best be described as deafening.Perhaps that’s why this hype video LSU released is so awesome. It’s called “Saturday Night in Death Valley” and it’s sure to bring out goosebumps on hardcore fans of the purple and gold.[ Saturday Down South ]last_img read more

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Lobby group pitches sales tax in Alberta to save public services

first_imgIt’s never been a popular idea in Wild Rose Country, but a left-wing lobby group says introducing a sales tax could help generate the revenue needed in Alberta to maintain public services.Public Interest Alberta appeared with the United Nurses of Alberta, the Alberta Union of Provincial employees and others on Tuesday, to launch its Revenue Reno campaign, which calls for either PST or changes to personal income taxes.We are pleased to announce our latest campaign, Revenue Reno, calling for the provincial government to fix Alberta’s revenue shortage to protect and revitalize our public services. Read our media release: https://t.co/ZU7WNVTcGN #abpoli #ableg #abbudget pic.twitter.com/HXjN3xlbOz— Public Interest AB (@PIAlberta) March 13, 2018“Either way it’s the same people paying, so it’s a matter of how we want to structure that,” said executive director Joel French. “A sales tax has some advantages over personal income taxes in that it’s a tax that’s very hard for people to avoid. With personal income taxes, particularly for wealthy individuals, there are tax write-offs and ways to get around that.”According to the group, every one per cent in sales tax generates $1 to $1.5 billion a year.“HSAA’s members are health care experts who work on the frontlines and know better than anyone that there’s nothing left to cut. The healthcare cupboard is bare. If Alberta doesn’t find a way to create new revenue, frontline public care will have to be slashed and the effect on the work our members do, and on patients, will be devastating. We need revenue reform, and we need it now,” stated president Mike Parker of the Health Sciences Association of Alberta.Public Interest Alberta is encouraging people to visit RevenueReno.ca and speak to their local MLAs about taxes.last_img read more

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East Bypass Road to be called Northern Lights Drive

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – With the East Bypass Road no longer functioning as a bypass road to re-direct traffic around the City and due to the steady residential growth, this requires the renaming of the road to the Northern Lights Drive.The name Northern Lights Drive becomes effective June 26, 2019, which City Council recognizes will require an address change. The City shares while this is necessary, this may cause some inconvenience to affected Property Owners.Recently, the City sent letters by registered mail regarding the renaming of the road to help alleviate the inconvenience, remuneration is available to affected Property Owners by following the steps identified in the letter.If you have questions, contact the Planning and Engineering Department at; 250-787-8150 or email; [email protected]last_img read more

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SC rejects plea seeking puja on Ayodhya sites

first_imgNew Delhi: “You will never let this country remain in peace,” the Supreme Court said Friday while dismissing a plea seeking permission to carry out religious activities in nine ancient temples situated on the undisputed acquired land adjacent to Ram Janambhoomi-Babri Masjid site at Ayodhya.”There will always be something,” said a bench comprising Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi and Justice Sanjiv Khanna. The bench was hearing an appeal filed against the January 10 order of the Lucknow bench of the Allahabad High Court, which had dismissed the plea seeking its nod to offer prayer in the nine temples there and had also imposed a cost of Rs 5 lakh on the petitioner. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’The apex court, while hearing the appeal, told petitioner Pandit Amar Nath Misra to “stop poking” around with the issue. Misra, who is a social activist, had claimed before the high court that authorities have turned a “blind eye” to the initiation of religious activities in ancient temples which are situated on the acquired but undisputed land in Ayodhya since last 25 years. The apex court recently appointed a panel of mediators headed by former top court judge Justice F M I Kalifulla for exploring the possibility of an amicable settlement to the vexatious land dispute. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&KSpiritual guru and founder of Art of Living foundation Sri Sri Ravishankar and senior advocate Sriram Panchu, a renowned mediator, are the other two members of the panel of mediators. Fourteen appeals have been filed in the apex court against the 2010 Allahabad High Court judgment, delivered in four civil suits, that the 2.77-acre land in Ayodhya be partitioned equally among the three parties — the Sunni Waqf Board, the Nirmohi Akhara and Ram Lalla. On December 6, 1992, the Babri Masjid, constructed at the disputed site in the 16th century by Shia Muslim Mir Baqi, was demolished.last_img read more

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Congress has won elections in Delhi more times than it has faced defeat: Sheila

first_imgNEW DELHI: The Congress has won elections in Delhi more times than it has faced defeat, says former chief minister Sheila Dikshit though she does not want to speculate on the number of seats the party will win in the national Capital. She says she will be satisfied only if the party romps home in all seven Lok Sabha constituencies in Delhi but a “clearer picture” on which party is leading in the city will emerge in the next 8-10 days.Eight-one-year-old Dikshit, who is involved in a keen contest in the North East Delhi seat against Delhi BJP chief and sitting MP Manoj Tiwari and AAP candidate Dilip Pandey, has been busy campaigning for the polls. “I never rest during daytime. I am contesting parliamentary elections after a long time but I am used to election campaigning. The most important thing is to reach out to the people,” said Dikshit. Also Read – Odd-Even: CM seeks transport dept’s views on exemption to women, two wheelers, CNG vehiclesDikshit, who opposed an alliance with the AAP, says, “The Congress is an old party. It has always fought on its own in Delhi and won (elections) more often than it lost. But that is the game of politics. So, I felt we should not ally with a party (AAP) which is confined to one area (Delhi).” She justifies her stand saying, “We are contesting in all seven seats. If an alliance had happened, we would have got 2-4 seats only.” Dikshit successfully led the Congress in the 1998, 2003 and 2008 Assembly polls, but the party suffered a rout in the 2013 elections under her. The Congress could not even open its account in the 2014 Lok Sabha and the 2015 Assembly elections. Asked about her rival Tiwari, she says, “I do not even know him.”last_img read more

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