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Barcelona make it two wins from two in La Liga

first_imgThe Croatian scored in the 21st minute when he arrived at pace to power in Arda Turan’s cross from the left.Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Turan also went close for the champions.Barca keeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen almost paid for a terrible pass, and Athletic’s Raul Garcia and Inaki Williams went close for Bilbao.Sunday’s win sees coach Luis Enrique’s side join El Clasico rivals Real Madrid and early leaders Las Palmas on six points after two games of the new season.Relive the action as it happenedProfligacy almost costs BarcaThe result should have been more emphatic for Barcelona, who wasted numerous chances.Turan impressed in attack, but perhaps the abiding memory of the Turkey midfielder’s display was his first-half miss from eight yards.Messi shot inches wide after typically drifting past two defenders, and also fired over the bar. Suarez, his partner in attack, thundered a volley over from eight yards and also had an effort from two yards cleared off the line by Eneko Boveda in stoppage time.Bilbao will rue missing the few good chances that came their way. Midfielder Raul Garcia saw his strike narrowly drift beyond Ter Stegen’s post and Inaki Williams’ poked effort was saved by the Barca keeper.Ter Stegen was also fortunate not to be left red-faced in the first half when his pass out of defence was fired straight back at him by Spanish midfielder Benat.Las Palmas score nine goals in two games to go topEarlier on Sunday, the Gran Canaria club beat Granada 5-1 as they leapfrogged Real Madrid to go top of La Liga.Summer signing Kevin-Prince Boateng scored for the second successive game, having netted on his debut in the 4-2 win over Valencia last week. Nabil El Zhar scored twice in the emphatic win.In the other early match, Sporting Gijon drew 0-0 at Alaves and the late game between Villarreal and Sevilla also ended goalless.last_img read more

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Strength in numbers: Thousands of Filipinos in Lebanon rally behind Gilas

first_imgFilipinos sure know how to show their all-out support to their beloved national basketball team.The Philippine team has been the biggest draw of the 2017 Fiba Asia Cup and the number of fans in attendance at Nouhad Nawfal Sports Complex in Beirut, Lebanon appears to be growing every time Gilas hits the floor.ADVERTISEMENT READ: Filipinos in Lebanon go all out in support of Gilas PilipinasAnd in Gilas’ tiff against Qatar on Sunday, Filipino fans took their admiration to the next level as they rallied behind their team even after the game.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSRedemption is sweet for Ginebra, Scottie ThompsonSPORTSMayweather beats Pacquiao, Canelo for ‘Fighter of the Decade’As per Fiba.com, more than 2,000 fans came out to meet Gilas in its 80-74 win over Qatar. The victory put the squad on top of Group B with a 3-0 record with wins over defending champion China and Iraq.Photo from Fiba.comPhoto from Fiba.comPhoto from Fiba.comPhoto from Fiba.comPhoto from Fiba.comPhoto from Fiba.comPhoto from Fiba.comPhoto from Fiba.comPhoto from Fiba.comPhoto from Fiba.com 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcano China stops skid, Korea stays spotless in AVC 2 nabbed in Bicol drug stings Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ Marcosian mode: Duterte threatens to arrest water execs ‘one night’ View comments Albay to send off disaster response team to Batangas Vilma Santos, Luis Manzano warn public of fake account posing as hercenter_img Christmas meals draw Lebanese together at protest site PLAY LIST 01:18Christmas meals draw Lebanese together at protest site02:44Lebanese protest at new PM’s home, demand he quits06:27SEA Games 2019: No surprises as Gilas Pilipinas cruises to basketball gold01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite MOST READ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Teen gunned down in Masbate LATEST STORIES End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. 787 earthquakes recorded in 24 hours due to restive Taal Volcanolast_img read more

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WWE sticks with Saudi Arabia deal despite backlash from fans

first_img“We’re not going to talk a lot about that,” WWE chairman Vince McMahon said on a conference call. “It’s a very sensitive subject these days, naturally.”The company’s announcers have refused to mention Saudi Arabia on recent live events and WWE’s website, as of Tuesday, only listed the date and time for the card . The page for April’s Greatest Royal Rumble still listed King Abdullah Sports City Stadium in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, under time/location .“WWE has operated in the Middle East for nearly 20 years and has developed a sizable and dedicated fan base,” WWE said in a statement. “Considering the heinous crime committed at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul , the Company faced a very difficult decision as relates to its (Crown Jewel) event. Similar to other U.S.-based companies who plan to continue operations in Saudi Arabia, the Company has decided to uphold its contractual obligations to the General Sports Authority and stage the event.”WWE’s stock price has fallen the last month after steadily rising this summer, dropping from $94.22 per share on Oct. 1 to $66.16 on Monday.The backlash has also had repercussions for Crown Jewel’s marquee clash. John Cena, the 15-year face of the company, was replaced on the Saudi Arabia card by another wrestler and the move written into the fictional story line of the show. Cena, who could not be reached for comment, was widely reported to have misgivings about his participation and how it might affect his blossoming movie career.ADVERTISEMENT Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college FILE – In this March 29, 2015, file photo, Brock Lesnar makes his entrance at Wrestlemania XXXI in Santa Clara, Calif. WWE is set to hold its Crown Jewel event Friday, Nov. 2, 2018, in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. The lucrative deal with Saudi Arabia has prompted fans and politicians to criticize WWE’s decision to continue with the event. (AP Photo/Don Feria, File)WWE is set to hold its Crown Jewel event Friday in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.That’s a nondescript way to describe a spectacle — headlined by major stars including The Undertaker and Brock Lesnar — that WWE would usually blitz fans with bombastic hype to promote.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award LeBron warns mates: ‘Don’t be around when my patience runs out’ Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown “Don’t give up on something you enjoy just because of the pressure from others around you,” Cena tweeted Monday .WWE certainly hasn’t, even as Cena’s absence and the sudden departure of Roman Reigns as he battles leukemia have shuffled the card.McMahon spoke of the sensitivity while reporting quarterly earnings, boasting revenue of $188.4 million for the third quarter and a record $657.7 million over nine months, ending in September. A massive chunk of that cash is derived from the Saudi Arabia shows — and WWE has used the hefty checks to help lure retired Hall of Fame wrestler Shawn Michaels out of an eight-year retirement and fatten incentives for other talent.“One of my biggest paydays in my history of working for Vince was making a trip to Saudi Arabia,” WWE announcer Jim Ross said on his podcast. “I got paid very, very well.”WWE hasn’t wavered in the face of public pressure even while other companies have rethought their business ties to Saudi Arabia. Endeavor, the parent company of the Ultimate Fighting Championship, pulled out of a deal that would have had Saudi Arabia invest $400 million.“I haven’t heard from somebody who did not want to go and felt afraid to speak out about it ,” said Wade Keller, editor and founder of wrestling news site PWTorch.com . “The people I’ve spoken to have had more of a shoulder shrug that it’s sort of out of their hands and above their paygrade. But I do know there are people who are not comfortable with it and wish it wasn’t happening.”The WWE has survived — even thrived — in the wake of unseemly PR messes in the past. McMahon faced steroid-related charges levied by the federal government in the early 1990s; a string of wrestlers suffered premature deaths, many drug related, throughout the late 1990s; and most notoriously, grisly murders committed by former champion Chris Benoit, who would also kill himself in 2007, rocked the organization.Despite previous unrest, fans never went away in droves. Not when there was always the next big card on the horizon, the next witty catchphrase to market on a T-shirt or a future movie star in the making to keep fans hooked.WWE has been bolstered by a family-friendly transformation over the last dozen years, and the company has eliminated many of the bloody, concussion-causing chair-shots to the head and foul language that scared off advertisers. The company has tried to clean up drug use with a wellness policy that nabbed even top wrestlers with violations. WWE placed a heavy emphasis on charitable and goodwill efforts with the military , cancer foundations , anti-bullying programs and Make-A-Wish, and strived to bond with the sports community. WWE routinely sends championship belts to World Series or Super Bowl winners that are raised high by beaming athletes on parade routes.“This goes completely against what they have spent years trying to make the WWE brand about,” Keller said. “I think fans bought into that and are feeling betrayed and let down. People who thought this was a company that meant to do good are now looking at this as a blood-money grab.” Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazilcenter_img Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew View comments Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Bigger! Badder! And usually with an event logo connecting the event to its host city, like the New York skyline or the fleur-de-lis for New Orleans incorporated into recent WrestleMania designs.WWE instead has put Saudi Arabia on mute as backlash spreads against its lucrative long-term deal with a kingdom facing global uproar . The financials are murky but WWE is expected to make between $20 million and $40 million per event from two Saudi Arabian shows this year under a 10-year deal. Criticism from fans and politicians started because women were excluded from competition in an April event, then shifted and spread after writer Jamal Khashoggi was killed in the Saudi Consulate in Istanbul .FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissWWE fans, traditionally as non-PC as the crotch-chopping wrestlers in the ring, have booed each time Crown Jewel is mentioned when a wrestler cuts a promo and the video feed hyping the event was abruptly shut off to the crowd at its first all-female event Sunday to squash unfavorable reaction. The deal was lampooned in consecutive weeks on HBO’s “Last Week Tonight with John Oliver .”WWE has tried to distance itself from the international outcry over the killing and downplayed its ties to Riyadh. MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Mainstream America will always look with a raised eyebrow at wrestling — sports entertainment, as WWE calls the profession — and nearly 70 years of popularity means little to critics when the company steps out of line.“There’s a lot of things they can do to make the world a better place that don’t involve having to plug their nose and play propaganda pieces for a government with the track record of Saudi Arabia,” Keller said.So why do it? Especially when cities bid for WrestleManias like Super Bowls and with billion-dollar TV deals with USA and Fox starting in 2019?“They feel like they can survive it because if they get $40 million for this event, they can take a lot of body blows and head shots and still come out ahead in their mind if they’re just calculating things on dollars and cents,” Keller said. “But the negative vibe and loss of goodwill is apparent.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Nextlast_img read more

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Dismissed sugar workers turned guards not paid in over 2 months

first_imgBy Shemuel FanfairDecember 2016 marked the end of employment for the majority of workers when the Wales Estate factory wound down operations. Over 1000 workers were employed with the estate at the time of its closure and some took up work at the Uitvlugt Estate, while others refused to travel over the 22-mile distance for employment.To date, many former employees are experiencing difficulty finding consistent employment to sustain their families. However, for two fathers who finally gained jobs as security guards at the beginning of 2018 said they can barely make ends meet as they have not been paid in over two months by their employer, Sentinel Security Inc.Guyana Times recently spoke with the men, who were too afraid to publically come forward out of fear of possible victimisation. They are both fathers – one of which is a grandfather of two.“They taking too long to pay we and they not keeping any meeting to tell we why them ain’t paying we… it hard,” the younger guard related, noting that he has a 10-year-old who is attending school.His more mature colleague, the grandfather, expressed that it is not easy for a man to be going home every evening without any income to support his family. The man said he is finding it difficult to afford his electricity and telephone bills. He said too that he now eats one meal during the day.“You got to find food to carry in the night. When everybody sleeping, you working; it worse than when we went in the sugar industry” he noted.The men related that several other guards in the West Demerara district enduring non-payment of salaries. Guyana Times understands that Sentinel provides services to many of the schools on the West Bank of Demerara, as well as clinics at the West Demerara Regional Hospital. However, due to non-payment to the company by financial operatives in Region Three (Essequibo-Islands West Demerara), the workers’ plight remains unchanged.On Wednesday, this publication reached an official from the company, who identified himself as L Adams. He did not deny that the guards were owed but related that the Region Three administration would be in a better position to give insight into the outstanding payments. He however noted that some workers could be paid in the coming days.When contacted, Region Three Regional Executive Officer (REO) Denis Jaikarran said the region is currently in the process of bringing resolution to the matter. He said that the Regional Democratic Council (RDC) discussed the matter at its statutory meeting on Wednesday. He furthermore stated that the region is currently in discussions with the Finance Ministry.“It is not a shortage of money but there were some difficulties and challenges we faced in terms of the releases… that matter is going to be resolved in quick time,” Jaikarran assured.He claimed that the RDC has been engaging the Ministry over the last three weeks. Guyana Times learnt that the RDC has already forwarded the requisite documents to the Finance Ministry and is scheduled to meeting with officials to sort out the matter sometime today.last_img read more

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Police called in to investigate possible fraudulent Whim/Bloomfield NDC voters list

first_imgThe Police have been called in to investigate possible electoral fraud at the Whim/Bloomfield Neighbourhood Democratic Council (NDC). The People’s Progressive Party (PPP) had challenged the validity of the Alliance For Change (AFC) backers list for the upcoming Local Government Elections.The matter came up before Justice Navindra Singh on Thursday in the Berbice High Court. The writ was filed by Shafraz Beekham against the Guyana Elections Commission (GECOM), who is claiming that his name and those of 50 others were fraudulently affixed to the AFC list of backers.The writ named Returning Officer Orlando Christopher Persaud and Chief Elections Officer Keith Lowenfield as the respondents. Beekham is being represented by Attorneys Anil Nandlall and Adrian Anamayah while GECOM isAttorney Anil Nandlallbeing represented by Attorneys Teni Housty and Excellence Dazzell.At the end of Thursday’s hearing, Housty told the media that he was happy with the proposed measure. He noted that it was done in the interest of justice. Nandlall, meanwhile, explained that based on the investigation, persons might be charged with fraud.“We are saying one thing and they are saying something else. Well we have invited the court to invite the Police to carry out an investigation. So all the persons they will meet with a team of Police Officers, they will make their claims to them and the Police will investigate and we will get a report from the Police next week Wednesday.That report will be passed on to the Judge and we will meet with the Judge next week Friday to determine how we will move forward. I hope that persons get locked up in this matter because this is serious forgery and people’s rights being taken away and people are being forced to support candidates and political parties that they do not support,” Nandlall said.In a sworn affidavit, Beekham, who is a registered elector on the official List of Electors for Constituency Number Three, had said that he and others wereShafraz Beekham“deliberately deceived into signing a document by an AFC representative who he claimed fraudulently represented that she was employed by GECOM and that he needed to sign a document to confirm that his name was on the voter’s list.Beekham’s legal suit stated that on Tuesday, September 25, 2018, he and other electors visited Persaud’s office in Whim to submit the affidavits to have their names withdrawn.During the hearing today, Returning Officer Orlando Christopher Persaud told the court that the names were removed, hence, there was no need for a court hearing, since the issue with Beekham’s name was resolved.“We are now told that his name was taken off of the last which it appeared on on Nomination Day. We have been battling with this issue since Nomination Day which was September 24, up until we had no redress on this matter but to file these proceedings.”During the hearing, GECOM claimed Beekham’s name was taken off of the AFC list on the evening of Nomination Day.However, Nandlall argues that up to Wednesday evening his name was still on the list which was posted at the Whim/Bloomfield NDC office. However on Thursday morning, a line was drawn over Beekham’s name and there was an attachment with new names.Returning Officer Orlando Christopher Persaud claimed that the matter was corrected by him. He also claimed that although he received statutory declarations from the other 50 persons indicating that their names were fraudulently placed on the AFC list, he could do nothing about it as he had already issued letters ofChief Elections Officer Keith Lowenfieldapproval to the AFC.But Nandlall argues that those letters could have been withdrawn. Initially, the matter was raised by the PPP GECOM Commissioners. However, this did not stop Lowenfield from placing all the names, including the backers who claim that their names were fraudulently placed on the AFC list, on the Official Gazette.Beekham is hoping to get the court to remove those names from the AFC list. Nandlall said he is hoping that the court rules in a manner which will also rectify similar issues the party has raised in other parts of Region Six (East Berbice-Corentyne).Residents of Good Hope/Number 51 NDC are claiming that they did not put their names on forms which were submitted to the GECOM Retuning Officer by the AFC on Nomination Day.Residents of the Maida/Tarlogy NDC have also made similar claims of forgery happening there; likewise some residents of Johanna in Black Bush Polder.The PPP is also contending that there were similar acts at the Plegtanker/Koortbradt NDC on the East Bank of Berbice.Meanwhile, the next hearing is set for October 26 at the High Court in Georgetown. (Andrew Carmichael)last_img read more

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1 detained as manhunt leads to Linden

first_imgPrison escapees… recaptured prisoner was using public transportationThe police have, on Thursday, arrested one person in Linden in connection with providing sanctuary for one of the escapees of the Camp Street Prison.However, while this is a breakthrough in efforts to recapture all the fugitives who are on the loose, it has emerged that recaptured prisoner Desmond James was using public transportation before his re-arrest.During a media briefing at the Public Security Ministry on Friday, Police Commissioner Seelall Persaud revealed that James, now back in lawful custody, has told the police details about his escape.Debunking reports that James had been assisted by a female to escape, the Police Commissioner said: “We have a story from James. Another escapee would have given him money, which he used to take public transportation to go to that location.”James was re-captured on Friday, July 14 by ranks of the “D” Division at Canal #1 West Bank Demerara. Based on information received, the murder accused was found hiding in a shack.“D” Division Commander Leslie James had said the captured fugitive, who was armed with a knife and sporting some clothing, had “indicated that he was heading to Essequibo.”According to a neighbour, the man was seen camping out at the location– said to be located on Government Reserve in Cameron Dam — since the previous day. The police were contacted, and during a sweep of the area, the 24-year-old escapee was arrested.ManhuntExpressing confidence in the police manhunt for the fugitives, Persaud related that the public has thus far been helpful, and that every reported sighting has been evaluated by the police on its own merit.He and Public Security Minister Khemraj Ramjattan have appealed for anyone with information to relay same to the police.“The manhunt is an intelligence-led operation,” Persaud said. “Yesterday we had some information which led us to Linden. A person was arrested who was not one of the escapees. And then we had a confrontation with Stafrie Alexander at Port Mourant. Other activities are still on-going,” the commissioner has said.Commissioner Persaud was unable to confirm that Alexander was wounded in the encounter with police at Port Mourant, but he noted that police reported discharging rounds and seeing blood afterwards. “He’s alone!” the top cop emphasized. “They’re all alone, meaning they are separate from each other.”Just days after James’s capture, murder accused Cornelius Thomas was on Monday recaptured while hiding out in “C” Field Sophia, Greater Georgetown.His arrest was initiated by information relayed to members of the Guyana Police Force, who swooped down on an area in the community and effected the arrest.Now that two of the six wanted men have been recaptured, the hunt continues for the alleged mastermind of the prison breakout: Mark Royden Durant, called “Royden Williams” and “Smallie”, along with ex-cop Uree Varswyck, Stafrei Hopkinson Alexander, and Cobena Stephens.last_img read more

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Premier League Preview Show

first_imgTom Rennie is joined by former Tottenham defender Chris Perry to discuss Spurs’ latest defeat, at home to Newcastle last weekend, while also looking ahead to their trip to Aston Villa on Sunday.Meanwhile, ex-Celtic and Brighton defender Adam Virgo chats with the show about the upcoming Manchester derby after covering United’s dramatic draw with Chelsea.Lastly, former Arsenal winger Adrian Clarke picks his three to watch and Dejo Faremi of Nigeria Info plays ‘Tom against the World’last_img

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FORMER KERRY STAR TOMÁS Ó SÉ SELECTS SIX DONEGAL PLAYERS IN HIS TEAM OF THE YEAR

first_imgFormer Kerry star Tómas Ó Sé has risked the wrath of his former colleagues and family after selecting his GAA team-of-the-year. Ó Sé selected Michael Murphy ahead of the ‘Star’ of the All-Ireland final Kieran Donaghy, while he also opted to omit his brother Marc Ó Sé from his team.Ó Sé selected six Donegal players in total on his team, and six Kerry players. Mayo’s Keith Higgins, and Dublin duo Paul Flynn and Diarmuid Connolly make up his side.Ó Sé selected Paul Durcan, Neil McGee, Frank McGlynn, Neil Gallagher, Michael Murphy and Ryan McHugh.Ó Sé opted for Murphy ahead of Donaghy at full-forward because of the leadership skills displayed by Murphy throughout the entire championship campaign.Ó Sé said, “Kieran Donaghy is close at full-forward but Michael Murphy’s leadership and attitude throughout earns it for him. Even in the last minutes of the final he was throwing everything at it. Despite Paul Durcan’s error in the All-Ireland final, Ó Sé believes it didn’t cost them the match, and that the Four Masters man has been the best keeper in the country.Ó Sé said, “Donegal’s Paul Durcan is my goalkeeper. He’s a clever guy to kick out ball. Yes, he had a bad one in the final but that didn’t cost them an All-Ireland.Hopefully the selection of Ó Sé mirrors the official selection made by the GAA when choosing their All-Stars for the 2014 season.  FORMER KERRY STAR TOMÁS Ó SÉ SELECTS SIX DONEGAL PLAYERS IN HIS TEAM OF THE YEAR was last modified: October 3rd, 2014 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:donegalGAAKerrynewsSportteam of the yearTomás Ó Sélast_img read more

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SA firms merge to form BEE giant

first_img“It will have an enhanced balance sheet strength, portfolio diversification and stronger cash-flow profile, creating more opportunities for growth.” KTH chief executive Kgomotso Matseke, in a statement issued earlier this month, said the transaction was “about creating the scale to give us access to larger and more attractive transactions … With a bigger, more robust balance sheet and a broader and deeper pool of management experience, we are better positioned to pursue material interests in the most attractive assets.” Matseke will lead the KTH management team along with deputy CEO Vuyisa Nkonyeni, financial director Frencel Gillion, chief investment officer Jacob Hinson, and Afzal Patel. Tiso Group founders Nkululeko Sowazi and David Adomakoh will be non-executive directors. Mutual aspiration A merger committee that will oversee full implementation of the merger has been established for an interim period and is chaired by Sowazi. Sowazi will also co-chair the board of directors with Nthobokae Angel. The merged company, Kagiso Tiso Holdings (KTH), will be led by a “strong, proven and predominantly black management team with a depth of skills and experience,” the companies said in a statement. “This merger by two black-owned companies, driven by a mutual aspiration to build a noteworthy business platform that is reflective of the new South Africa, is a great milestone for the country’s economic transformation project,” said Sowazi. “It represents a validation and maturation of black economic empowerment and the creation of an enterprise that will deliver both social and shareholder value.”center_img The merger has fulfilled all the legal and regulatory requirements, including approval by the Competition Commission and Competition Tribunal. SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material “We are very excited by the promise of having engineered a company that will be a leader in effective social investment,” said Angel. “The fact that two public benefit trusts are jointly the largest shareholder in KTH means that its commercial success directly impacts socio-economic development.” 27 July 2011 Kagiso Trust Investments and the Tiso Group this month completed their merger to form a black-owned South African investment company of scale, boasting a diverse base of quality assets with a gross value in excess of R13-billion.last_img read more

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Canadian Pays for Fire in Two Ways

first_imgLast October, an investment property that Woytek Stachowki owned in Edmonton, Alberta, was gutted by fire. That was bad enough, but a month later the other shoe dropped: He received a bill for $12,800 from Edmonton Fire Rescue Services. The reason? Stachowki’s house was insulated with cellulose, and the fire department says it had to hire an outside contractor to remove the insulation and make sure the fire was really out. In a report posted by CTVNews, Stachowski said he thought the bill showed up by a mistake and that his insurance company should have been covering any expenses related to the fire. “I think as a taxpayer I shouldn’t get this at all,” he told the station.RELATED ARTICLESCellulose InsulationCompetitors Ready New Generation CelluloseInsurance Discounts For Homes With Green Features The fire department says otherwise. In a telephone call, spokeswoman Maya Filipovic said the practice dates to at least 2015, and possibly earlier, and that the department sends out similar bills between eight and ten times per year. Charges typically range from $8,000 to $13,000. Insurance companies have historically footed these bills, so homeowners haven’t squawked. But Filipovic said there’s been more pushback from insurers recently. That’s left Stachowski with an unexpected bill after suffering a major catastrophic loss. The cause of the fire was not determined. It’s not clear where the bill stands. Stachowski said by telephone that his insurance company tells him it will pay $1,500 of the bill but the rest is up to him. The television report, however, says his insurance company has offered to pay the bill but would deduct that from his settlement. Very detailed charges Fire department accountants were exacting in their assessment of charges. Stachowski was charged for use of a vacuum truck, labor, air testing, the use of a generator, work lights and extension cords, hydrant meter and water fill, respirators (including replacement filters), Tyvek suits, hook tools, rakes and hoes, waste removal, and equipment washout. Oh yes, and a $19.12 carbon tax. Filipovic explained the rationale for the department’s policy this way: Cellulose insulation — which is typically chopped up newspaper — is common in attics. When a fire breaks out, embers can become lodged in the insulation and smolder for hours, raising the possibility the fire will reignite. In order to make sure there’s no chance of that happening, the department brings in an outside contractor to tear the insulation out. A photo of the bill posted by CTVNews appears to show this process took seven hours and involved four if not five people. Stachowski was billed at their “emergency rate.” If the bill caught Stachowski by surprise, his representative on the Edmonton City Council, Mike Nickel, was no less flabbergasted. “It doesn’t make any sense,” he said in a call with GBA. “Why the extra bill?” Filipovic said she was unable to comment on specifics of the bill. “I can’t comment on the line items or the reasoning behind each,” she said in an email. “That would be up to the vendor to respond as this is their bill not ours. But every vendor we use is vetted by the city and goes on an approved vendor list.” Nothing like in the U.S. The practice of billing homeowners because their houses were insulated with cellulose apparently isn’t done in the U.S. “I’ve never heard of such a thing,” said Robert Solomon, a fire protection engineer with the National Fire Protection Association. Rob dePruis, director of consumer and industrial relations with the Insurance Bureau of Canada, an industry trade group, said most homeowner insurance policies cover firefighting expenses. But policies also may limit the amount of a payout, and that could have been what happened in Stachowski’s case. There are some 150 companies in the province offering insurance policies, so there are many variables in what they offer. The takeaway is to make sure you know what your policy will pay, he said. Municipalities are permitted to charge firefighting expenses to residents, dePruis said, as described in their bylaws. In some cases, as with Edmonton, the removal of debris from the house would be outside the bounds of what’s typically considered firefighting — that is, a job outside the expertise of a firefighter. That could prompt the use of an outside contractor. Cellulose insulation is treated with fire retardants and has a Class 1 fire rating, according to the Cellulose Insulation Manufacturers Association. The trade group’s website says cellulose meets all federal, state, and local fire safety regulations in the U.S., and adds that walls with cellulose insulation can help control the spread of fire. The association cites both a low flame spread and low smoke development index. “When properly installed, cellulose insulation can help reduce the spread of flames in house and building fires. Some cellulose manufacturers have even qualified two and three hour firewall designs using cellulose insulation,” the website claims. Insulation can conceal hot spots Dan Lea, the executive director of the Cellulose Insulation Manufacturers Association, said Edmonton’s concerns that embers may be buried in the insulation are not misplaced. Its billing practices are another issue. “I’ve never heard of a policy like this anywhere else,” he said by telephone. “Basically what they are doing is penalizing the homeowner because the cellulose insulation mitigated the damage. There was a building left for them to overhaul, and now they’re charging the homeowner for doing their job.” He said firefighters must make sure there are no remaining hot spots, which may be hidden even from thermal imaging. “That’s a well known fact, that cellulose suppresses the movement of fire through insulated assemblies,” he said. “You have to root around and make sure you’ve got it all.” Lea said that even a major cellulose manufacturer located in Edmonton had never heard of the city’s billing practices. “It’s just part of the overhaul process,” Lea said. “Are they going to charge for overhauling an area where they have wood flooring? Are they going to charge for pulling down a wood shingle roof where there’s been some fire damage?” This post has been updated with comments from the Cellulose Insulation Manufacturers Association.last_img read more