12 Jul

Lux Island Resorts Limited (NRL.mu) Q32018 Interim Report

first_imgLux Island Resorts Limited (NRL.mu) listed on the Stock Exchange of Mauritius under the Tourism sector has released it’s 2018 interim results for the third quarter.For more information about Lux Island Resorts Limited (NRL.mu) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Lux Island Resorts Limited (NRL.mu) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Lux Island Resorts Limited (NRL.mu)  2018 interim results for the third quarter.Company ProfileLux Island Resorts Limited, formerly known as Naïade Resorts Limited, is a collection of premium hotels in the Indian Ocean with running operations in Mauritius, the Réunion Island, the Maldives, China, Vietnam, Turkey, and the United Arab Emirates. The company however, operates as a subsidiary of IBL Ltd as of May 18, 2018. Lux Island Resorts Limited is listed on the Stock Exchange of Mauritius.last_img read more

12 Jul

Conoil Plc (CONOIL.ng) HY2019 Interim Report

first_imgConoil Plc (CONOIL.ng) listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchange under the Energy sector has released it’s 2019 interim results for the half year.For more information about Conoil Plc (CONOIL.ng) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Conoil Plc (CONOIL.ng) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Conoil Plc (CONOIL.ng)  2019 interim results for the half year.Company ProfileConoil Plc is a petroleum exploration and production company in Nigeria that extracts, produces and sells crude oil as well as supplies a range of lubricants and household and liquefied petroleum gas for use by the domestic and industrial sectors. The company supplies what is referred to as White products, which is premium motor spirts, aviation turbine kerosene, dual purpose kerosene, low-pour fuel oil and automotive gasoline/grease oil. Products in its lubricant range include transport lubricants, industrial lubricants, greases, process oil and bitumen. Products in its liquefied petroleum gas range include liquefied petroleum gas sold in bulk, gas-packed, cylinders and valves. Established in 1984 and formerly known as Consolidated Oil Nigeria Limited, the company changed its name to Conoil Producing Plc. The company has exploration licenses for 6 highly prospective blocks in the Niger Delta which it acquired and paid for after competitive bidding rounds organised by the Federal Government of Nigeria. Conoil Producing has discovered hydrocarbon offshore southeast of Niger Delta and initial logging interpretations is looking promising. Conoil Plc’s head office is in Lagos, Nigeria. Conoil Plc is listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchangelast_img read more

23 Jun

Lawrence Dallaglio Q&A on leadership

first_img Lawrence Dallaglio was 25 when he became England captain at the start of the Clive Woodward era in 1997. He proved a natural for the job, leading his country on 22 occasions, whilst he also holds the record for the most English Premiership matches as a captain – 142 for Wasps during a golden age for the club. Leadership consultant Andy Bird, author of a new book called The Inspired Leader, interviewed Dallaglio about his leadership insights and here Rugby World publishes what this legendary rugby figure had to say…Lawrence, what does leadership mean to you?“In rugby there has to be someone prepared to make a decision, one way or another. I’ve found a lot of people are quite risk averse and wait for others to do something first.As a leader, when you’re faced with several different directions you can go in, you need the confidence to say: ‘We’re going to go that way.’ Now, it may not be the right way, and you have to acknowledge that. But someone has got to make a decision; you have to be prepared to put your marker down: ‘We haven’t got much time, let’s get on with it.’”How did you handle becoming a team captain at such a young age?“I felt a real sense of honour when I was given the captaincy, because you know there’s so much hierarchy and heritage involved. There were people in the team who were a lot older and more experienced than me, so in many ways it was quite daunting. You’re suddenly leading a team of people who might be looking at you and saying: ‘What’s he doing? Why would I listen to him?’”Team talk: addressing his charges during his second match as England captain, in November 1997But I felt I just had to grab it by the scruff of the neck and go with it. So, for me it was about drawing on the strengths of everyone in the team.You have to recognise, as a leader, that you certainly don’t have all the answers yourself. Neither do you necessarily have all the skills you need. And there’s nothing wrong with that. You’ve got to do what you’ve got to do with what you’ve got, but never be afraid to pull other people in. That’s the best way to get results.”What do you mean by that exactly?“It’s important to give other people responsibility and let them take the lead role at times – and also some of the pressure. Some people naturally shy away from it; some people are probably chomping at the bit to take on more. You have to recognise that and dial people up and down a bit. It’s about getting the chemistry right within the team.Success is never down to one person and I don’t think it should ever be attributed to one person, although it often is. And neither should failure be down to one person.Great eight: holding off Ally Hogg in a 2005 Heineken Cup match v EdinburghYou certainly can’t put yourself on a pedestal. Really good leaders acknowledge the contribution of everyone. It’s about having the selflessness to be able to share the responsibility and the success, because it’s the greatest feeling in the world when you achieve something and you can share it with other people.”What else did you learn about finding success as a leader?“Sport is a results-driven business. Ultimately you’re judged as a leader based on what you achieve and the scores are there for everyone to see, every match, every week. It’s about having the ability to not just get the best out of yourself – which is really important by the way – but also to get the best out of your colleagues.The best way to lead is by example. That doesn’t mean being overly brave or anything stupid like that. It’s about doing your job to the highest possible standard. If you can be one of the very best operators in the world in your position, then that’s going to make a lot of people aspire to get there as well. If you’re talking about driving standards and moving things forward, you’ve got to be moving forward yourself as well. That is fundamental.On camera: Dallaglio talks to Martin Bayfield this season in his role as a BT Sport pundit (Getty)The other thing about leading is that you need a clear understanding of what you want to achieve. You set yourself a target or a benchmark and then everything you do has to live up to that vision. If you want to be the best in the world at something, you can’t kid yourself that you’ll get there by doing what everyone else does. You have to decide, as a leader, how you’re going to drive towards your targets and how everyone else is going to drive towards them.You then have to measure yourself against those benchmarks every step of the way. You’ve got to look at yourself in the mirror and say, ‘Well, if that’s what we want to achieve…’”How do you go about doing that in practice?“There has to be an honesty and a frankness that you live by in the feedback you give to each other. Having the uncomfortable conversations together allows you to move forward and grow quickly. It’s not easy but it’s really important to get to a position of trust amongst a group where you feel that you can open up, because that’s the only way you learn.”Men of substance: the England side pictured a few months before they won the 2003 World Cup (Getty)Where did your own inspiration come from as a leader?“A lot of my aspirations and goal-setting came from my childhood. I was given a lot of care and consideration and love, but also the opportunity to have real ambition in life.My parents, particularly my mother, were adamant that you should set your goals really high – shoot for the moon and you’ll reach the stars. That gave me the confidence and the belief that anything you want to achieve is possible in life. I know that sounds a bit fancy but it’s not actually. It gives you a platform from which you feel anything can be attainable.If you’re going to do something, you should do it to the best of your ability. That’s key. A lot of people end up doing something that they obviously have a passion for but how often do they ask themselves, every day: ‘How well am I doing this?’ and then push it to the limit. Follow the leader: Lawrence Dallaglio in 2004, when he was reappointed England captain (Getty Images) * Andy Bird’s book, The Inspired Leader: How Leaders can Discover, Experience and Maintain their Inspiration, is published by Bloomsbury Business, RRP £14.99. Buy it here.Follow your dreams: Dallaglio has given so much back since putting his boots away (Getty) Lionheart: in action for the Lions v Bay of Plenty before breaking his ankle later in the matchSo it all started for me at a young age, but then you get inspired by other people along the way. There’s nothing quite like a competitive environment, where you’re working alongside your peers. You get inspired by them because you want to keep driving the standards up.Leadership for me is a two-way process. It’s about challenging people that work or play with you, but it’s also about them challenging you too. That’s how you develop and become a much stronger person.”Are there any particular experiences that proved important moments of inspiration?“I lost my sister when I was 16 and that had a profound impact on me (Francesca was 19 when she died in the 1989 Marchioness disaster). It became a constant source of motivation. Firstly, to try to ease my own pain – it gave me something to get behind. Secondly, for my family, who were in a very difficult place. Life changed after that, for all of them.World champion: displaying the Webb Ellis Cup from an open-top bus during England’s victory parade“So I was driven by a desire to bring some enjoyment or something back into their lives. It just became personal. I was trying to put all the emotion, everything, into trying to honour the memory of my sister and to make life better for my parents. Every time I had any kind of worry or anxiety, or any kind of challenge when I was not quite sure about moving things forward, I would always use that as a real driving purpose.”Has this sense of purpose influenced your leadership in other ways?“For me it was more than just a job. It became much more spiritual and emotional and I was able to tap into the emotional feelings inside to drive something that became greater than just about the rugby.Emotional response: the tears flow in his last match for Wasps – the 2008 Premiership final (Getty)When you’re up against the very best, you’re kind of neck and neck, because everyone trains really hard and everyone works really hard. Where you can get an edge over an evenly matched opponent is through what’s going on in your head and your heart. If you can find the right emotional touchpoints in people, it doesn’t matter what’s being said in the changing room next door – they’ve got no chance because the game is very emotional.That’s why great teams get beaten by teams that aren’t quite as great. They have found an emotional hook that takes their performance to a different, super-charged level. Everyone’s got that performance – no matter how well you play, there’s always another level you can play at. You just have to try and find that emotional hook.”When the time came for you to retire from rugby, how did you go about handling the transition?“If I’m honest, I was actually quite excited by the transition. Rugby was very kind to me and I had a brilliant time. But you also have to sacrifice a huge amount and the other people around me had to sacrifice a huge amount.Growing the game: passing on his knowledge during a 2013 coaching session in Hounslow (Getty)So rather than thinking ‘What can I do now?’, it was more like: ‘Wow, what can’t I do now?’ The glass is not half-empty, it’s half-full, because rugby got in the way of a lot of things.I knew I had pursued a career in rugby up to the age of 35 and I’d got to the top of my profession. So I reckon I could get to the top of any profession if I put my mind to it. You have to take that confidence, that belief, and the experience and skill-set you’ve built up, and then start applying them to something else.”You’ve ended up with a fascinating portfolio of activities, from TV punditry to setting up a charity and a sports marketing business with BBH. Is that working out well for you?“Yes, I suppose I’m in a nice position in that I’ve got a few different things going on. I like the variety. I was always fascinated by the world of business and even when I was playing, I was very passionate about giving something back.”Can you tell me more about your charitable activities?“With success comes responsibility. I’m a firm believer that you arrive with nothing in this world and you leave with nothing, but you can make an impact during the bit in-between in lots of different ways. It’s not just about making money and providing for yourself and the people around you. There are other ways of leaving your mark and I think once you’ve taken something you should give and pass it on.Fierce competitor: Dallaglio’s passion is clear as he celebrates a try against Wales in 2007 (Getty)That’s what led me to set up the Dallaglio Foundation. It’s been going for nine years now and we work with young disadvantaged people who have been excluded from mainstream education. Using rugby and the values of rugby as a hook, I deliver a programme that starts by giving these guys back some self-confidence and a bit of pride. We then take them on a three-year journey to get them back into full-time education or employment.So many of these kids come from a chaotic background and all they need is a bit of support or help or encouragement. I’m really passionate about it – I genuinely believe there is a problem in society and this is one way of helping deal with it.”FOR THE LATEST SUBSCRIPTION OFFERS, CLICK HERETo finish, if you could give other leaders one tip to help them get better at inspiring other people, what would it be?“For me, it’s about the way you carry yourself. The best way to inspire people is to give them positive energy. In the same way as you feed off other people, other people feed off you. In every interaction you have with people, try to have a positive interaction.You can’t always think about yourself all the time – you have to put other people first. The greatest thing in life is giving and it doesn’t have to be a present – you can give your time, your feelings, your thoughts. So that, for me, is the best way to inspire people – just give them your energy.”center_img LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS A former world champion in both 15s and sevens, Lawrence Dallaglio is one of the greatest captains that rugby has seen. Here he explains what makes a successful leader last_img read more

15 Jun

Unity in struggle

first_imgMinneapolis City Hall, Sept. 13. WW photo: Minnie Bruce PrattMinneapolis — Leslie Feinberg, center, with activists who drove from Anoka, Minn., on Sept. 13 to demonstrate their ongoing solidarity with CeCe McDonald, to show support for Feinberg in the courtroom that morning and to confront state repression against Minneapolis activists at this lunchtime City Hall protest. The Anoka activists work to defend LGBTQ/+ youths in struggle in their community.A Feb. 2 rollingstone.com article, “One Town’s War on Gay Teens,” summarized that local struggle: “In Michele Bachmann’s home district, evangelicals have created an extreme anti-gay climate. After a rash of suicides, the kids are fighting back.”FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

31 May

The Push for Policymakers to Utilize ‘Groundbreaking’ Housing Data

first_img Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago September 10, 2020 1,082 Views Home / Daily Dose / The Push for Policymakers to Utilize ‘Groundbreaking’ Housing Data Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago in Daily Dose, Featured, Government, News Share Save 2020-09-10 Christina Hughes Babb  Print This Post Previous: Record-High MBS Issuances in August Next: Navigating Distressed Asset Investment  Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Chuck Green has contributed to the Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, San Francisco Chronicle, Chicago Tribune and others covering various industries, including real estate, business and banking, technology, and sports. Sign up for DS News Daily Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Related Articles Researchers from the think tank New America said that with eviction or foreclosure costing millions of Americans their homes every year, they are asking policymakers to more effectively leverage their new county-specific data on housing loss to target coronavirus aid.For the first time, the researchers are coupling county-level eviction and mortgage foreclosure data to create a National Housing Loss Index. It compares 2,200 U.S. counties for which data was available.The index helped shine a light on those areas likely to be most severely hit as U.S. housing campaigners raise the flag of a potential surge in evictions and foreclosed induced by COVID-19, said report co-author Yuliya Panfil.“Because the same communities tend to be impacted over and over, by looking at where housing loss has been the most acute, we could help predict where COVID-related instability is going to happen,” she told the Thomson Reuters Foundation.Between 2014 and 2018, Arizona, Nevada, Florida, Georgia and South Carolina are states with the highest rates of eviction and foreclosure. What’s more, in recent months, they’ve reported a surge in cases.A temporary moratorium on evictions through December recently was announced.Mainly non-white areas dominated by renters where residents often have no health insurance could absorb the higher rates of loss housing, according to the report. Simultaneously, those forced to move in with friends and family in the midst of the outbreak, the report also stated, could be the most prone to the virus. “In a context where social distancing is important, we see housing loss as even more of a trigger for increased infections,” said Panfil, who directs New America’s Future of Property Rights program.Hours after President Trump announced a suspension of foreclosures and evictions for mortgages backed by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA), official statements from FHFA and HUD clarified that the policy will extend at least 60 days.This is contrary to earlier reporting that pegged the window for these suspensions as extending “until the end of April.”During an earlier press conference, President Trump had said, “Today I am also announcing that the Department of Housing and Urban Development is providing immediate relief to renters and homeowners by suspending all foreclosures and evictions until the end of April. We are working very closely with Dr. Ben Carson and everybody from HUD.”Added HUD Secretary Dr. Benjamin Carson: “Today’s actions will allow households who have an FHA-insured mortgage to meet the challenges of COVID-19 without fear of losing their homes and help steady market concerns.” The health and safety of the American people is of the utmost importance to the Department, and the halting of all foreclosure actions and evictions for the next 60 days will provide homeowners with some peace of mind during these trying times, he continued. The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago About Author: Chuck Green The Push for Policymakers to Utilize ‘Groundbreaking’ Housing Data Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Subscribelast_img read more

8 May

Prep Sports Roundup: 10/16

first_img Tags: Delta Football/North Sanpete Football Written by FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailFootballRegion 14DELTA, Utah-Landon Bowles completed 22 of 37 passes for 369 yards and six touchdowns as the North Sanpete Hawks pounded the Delta Rabbits 47-7 Wednesday in the Region 14 regular season finale for both squads.The Hawks spoiled the Rabbits’ Senior Night as 12 Rabbits were honored prior to kickoff. Connor Jorgensen (13 touches, 121 scrimmage yards, 2 rec TD’s) and Jaxton Langschwager (3 rec, 54 yards, 2 TD’s) were two of Bowles’ top targets on the evening.  Kaden Taylor (3 rec, 80 yards, TD) and Magnus Clawson (5 rec, 65 yards, TD) were also solid as targets for the Hawks in their high-octane passing game.The Hawks amassed 433 yards on 61 plays (7.1 yards per play) and limited the Rabbits to 170 yards of offense on the evening.Defensively, Jorgensen and Laramie Roberts each intercepted Delta signal-caller Austin Topham (4-12, 71 yards, TD/2 INT’s) while Roberts also recovered an on-side kick attempt in the first half.In defeat, Topham threw a 33-yard touchdown pass to sure-handed receiver Britton Smith.Will Finlinson added 61 yards on 19 carries for the Rabbits in the loss.The Hawks end the regular season at 9-1 and 4-1 in Region 14 play, while the Rabbits end the regular season at 3-7 and 1-4 in Region 14 play.Please stick with midutahradio.com as we will reveal the latest high school football playoff scores and schedules as soon as they become available.Region 12MONROE, Utah-Noah Ramsey threw for 262 yards and three touchdowns as the South Sevier Rams held off Carbon 28-20 in Region 12 football action Wednesday. Brody Carter ran for 70 yards and a touchdown and also caught a TD pass. Jaxin Torgerson and Karson Hunt scored the other two touchdowns for the Rams. Jaylon Dennis had a 95-yard kickoff return for a touchdown in the loss for the Dinos.Non-RegionKANAB, Utah-Kale Hobson and Quinton Jones each threw touchdown passes, leading the North Summit Braves to a 20-7 win over Kanab Wednesday in  non-region football action. Karson Blomquist had a 15-yard touchdown run in defeat for the Cowboys.Girls Soccer3A 2nd RoundRICHFIELD, Utah-Kate Robinson and Melissa Crane each scored as the Richfield Wildcats doubled up North Sanpete 2-1 Wednesday in the second round of the 3-A girls soccer state tournament. Richfield next visits Morgan Saturday at 1:00 pm in the state quarterfinals. Siri Huntington scored in the loss for the Hawks.NEPHI, Utah-Alexa Walker, Clancie Probst, Melea Ludlow and Natalie Morrell each scored as the Juab Wasps blanked Summit Academy 4-0 in the second round of the 3-A girls soccer state tournament Wednesday. The Wasps will host Carbon Saturday at 1:00 pm in the state quarterfinals.MANTI, Utah-Ally Squire and Kassidy Alder had two goals apiece as the Manti Templars blanked Union 5-0 in the second round of the 3-A girls soccer state tournament Wednesday. Manti hosts Maeser Prep Saturday at 1:00 pm in the state quarterfinals.DELTA, Utah-Catherine Miller scored two goals and the Maeser Prep Lions upset Delta in the second round of the 3A girls soccer state tournament 2-1 Wednesday. Maeser Prep advances to play No. 1 Manti Saturday at 1:00 pm in Manti.2A 1st RoundGUNNISON, Utah-The Gunnison Valley Bulldogs doubled up Draper APA 2-1 Wednesday in the first round of the 2A girls soccer state tournament. The Bulldogs advance to play top-seeded Real Salt Lake Academy in the Quarterfinals Saturday at 10 am in Herriman.AMERICAN FORK, Utah-The Beaver Beavers won its first round game of the 2A girls soccer state tournament by virtue of a forfeit by American Heritage. The Patriots reportedly didn’t have enough players because the game time conflicted with other obligations. Beaver advances to play No. 2 Rowland Hall in the quarterfinals Saturday at 1:00 pm in Salt Lake City.VolleyballRegion 12CASTLE DALE, Utah-The Richfield Wildcats outlasted the Emery Spartans in a Region 12 volleyball match Wednesday. Richfield topped the Spartans in five sets to earn the win.Region 18BEAVER, Utah-Kanab routed the Beaver Beavers 3-0 Wednesday in Region 18 volleyball action. Kanab prevailed 25-21, 25-11 and 28-26 for the straight set victory.Region 20BICKNELL, Utah-The Valley Buffaloes outlasted the Wayne Badgers 3-2 Wednesday in Region 20 volleyball action. The Buffaloes prevailed 24-26, 18-25, 25-20, 25-20 and 16-14 in the decisive fifth set.HURRICANE, Utah-The Piute Thunderbirds pummeled Diamond Ranch in straight sets in Region 20 volleyball action Wednesday. The Thunderbirds smacked the Diamondbacks 25-10, 25-10 and 25-11.TROPIC, Utah-The Panguitch Bobcats hammered Bryce Valley 3-0 Wednesday in Region 20 volleyball action. The Bobcats routed the Mustangs 25-11, 25-8 and 25-9 for the easy win in straight sets.MILFORD, Utah-The Milford Tigers overpowered Water Canyon 3-0 in Region 20 volleyball action Wednesday. The Tigers smacked the Wildcats 25-17, 25-5 and 25-20 for the straight sets victory. October 16, 2019 /Sports News – Local Prep Sports Roundup: 10/16 Brad Jameslast_img read more

7 May

Keppel O&M secures two engineering contracts worth $200m

first_imgKeppel will build a Trailing Suction Hopper Dredger (TSHD) for Manson Construction, a heavy civil marine construction and dredging company Keppel O&M secures two engineering contracts. (Credit: Pexels from Pixabay.) Keppel Offshore & Marine (Keppel O&M), through its subsidiaries Keppel AmFELS and Keppel Shipyard, has secured two contracts, worth a combined value of around $200m.Under the contracts, Keppel AmFELS will construct a high-specification Trailing Suction Hopper Dredger (TSHD) for Manson Construction, a heavy civil marine construction and dredging company.The new TSHD is designed to be a highly automated vessel with a diesel-electric power system, measuring 420ft in length, 81ft in width and 28.5ft (8m).Manson Construction president John Holmes said: “We are pleased to be partnering with Keppel AmFELS, due to their impressive vessel construction capabilities. Their value proposition is strengthened by our shared focus on safety.“We are confident they will provide us an efficient, environmentally-friendly and high quality dredge that exceeds the stringent environmental restrictions and regulations for dredges in the US.“Our high performing dredges, combined with our expertise, enable us to meet the strong market demand for a variety of work including keeping the marine transportation highway open throughout the United States.”Keppel Shipyard in Singapore won contract to convert LNG carrier to FRSUThe company’s Keppel Shipyard in Singapore is carrying out the conversion of a Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) carrier to a Floating Storage and Regasification Unit (FSRU) for the Port of Acajutla, El Salvador.The FSRU is said to be the first integrated LNG-to-power project in the country.The contract was awarded by the FSRU Development, a joint venture company between BW Gas and Invenergy Investment (Invenergy).Keppel O&M claimed that it converted the first FSRU in 2008, and has been strengthening its suite of offerings along the gas value chain.Keppel O&M CEO Chris Ong said: “We are pleased to receive orders from new and repeat customers even in a challenging market. It is testament to our track record and the value-add we provide in developing innovative and fit-for-purpose solutions that meet market demands.“This is an exciting first newbuild project for Keppel O&M with Manson Construction Co and we will be building the largest U.S. hopper dredger. We look forward to supporting Manson Construction Co as they grow their fleet of vessels.”In April, Keppel O&M has delivered its sixth newbuild jack-up drilling rig to Borr Drilling.last_img read more

3 May

“Whoever wins, you’re the ultimate losers!”

first_imgIn a crowded lecture room at Brasenose, students engaged in their own take on the Leaders’ Debates, with undergraduates taking on the roles of the party leaders.‘Cameron’ (staunch Labourite Scott Ralston by day) promised to create “a cabinet of schoolmates and Bullingdon chums”, while ‘Brown’, playedby OCA’s Treasurer Chris Adams, defended his prized economic policies, but was clearly still haunted by the ‘bigotgate’ gaffe.Gavin Fourie’s ‘Clegg’ was suitably vague in his promise to “stop the old ways”, suggesting we “say yes…after all, over 30 women have”. The bigoted ‘Griffin’, wittily portrayed by Arv Singal, appeared limited to continually reiterating his paranoiac prejudice against “the non-indigenous peoples of this country”.Questions ranged from the irreverent “What would you fill a black hole with?” to more serious-minded queries about proposed spending cuts. The answers provided by the ‘politicians’ were often uninformed, or frankly ridiculous. Their mockery of the leaders highlighted student exasperation with an electoral system that has become more about the public face of the parties rather than their policies.Alex Eagle, President of the Addington Society which organised the debate, said that the light-hearted event struck a more serious note by reflecting an increasing disenchantment with national politics. He said that students increasingly felt there was “no real difference” between the parties. ‘Salmond’, the leader of the SNP, closed his argument with “whoever wins, you’re the ultimate losers”, suggesting that there is no ideal candidate to lead a government with such wide-spread problems to tackle in the coming years.last_img read more

31 Dec

U.S. coal companies White Stallion and Lighthouse Resources file for bankruptcy

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享S&P Global Market Intelligence ($):Two more U.S. coal mining companies have filed for bankruptcy as producers across the country struggle to sell coal into the troubled thermal coal market.White Stallion Energy LLC and Lighthouse Resources Inc. filed voluntary petitions for Chapter 11 bankruptcy in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the District of Delaware on Dec. 2 and Dec. 3, respectively. Both companies are looking to sell their assets through a bankruptcy reorganization sale process. Each reported estimated assets of between $100 million and $500 million with liabilities in the same range.Lighthouse, which is headquartered in Utah, operates the Decker mine in Montana and owns various other coal assets. Lighthouse produces low sulfur thermal coal with a focus on power generation markets in Asia. Decker produced 3.6 million tons of coal in 2019, according to U.S. Mine Safety and Health Administration data.Lighthouse faced numerous legal and regulatory obstacles and public opposition in its attempt to develop the Millennium Bulk Terminals-Longview LLC property in Washington into a coal export facility. The effort, which has already taken over eight years, could have bolstered the company’s access to Asian coal demand as domestic appetite for the fuel has waned.White Stallion was founded in 2010 to develop and operate surface mining complexes in Indiana and Illinois. It grew by acquiring coal companies and mines in the region, eventually reaching annual coal sales of 7 million tons and generating $26 million in EBITDA in 2019.The company operates six surface mines producing thermal coal from the Illinois Basin. Its largest customer is Duke Energy Corp. subsidiary Duke Energy Indiana LLC, which accounted for 70% of the coal company’s cash receipts in the nine months leading up to the bankruptcy filing.[Taylor Kuykendall]More ($): 2 U.S. coal companies file for bankruptcy, plan asset sales U.S. coal companies White Stallion and Lighthouse Resources file for bankruptcylast_img read more

20 Dec

OAS and El Salvador Agree on Security Assistance Mission

first_imgBy Dialogo April 10, 2013 On April 8, the Organization of American States (OAS) and El Salvador agreed to establish a security assistance mission to help maintain the truce between criminal gangs in the Central American country, which has led to a sharp decline in homicide rates. David Munguía, Salvadoran Minister of Justice and Public Security, signed the agreement with OAS Secretary General José Miguel Insulza, the regional institution reported. “About a year ago, the city of San Salvador was ranked third among the most violent cities worldwide, and now it is no longer on the list,” Insulza said after signing the agreement. The OAS Secretary General took an active role in achieving the truce between Salvador’s two main maras, MS-13 and the 18th Street gang (Barrio 18), when he traveled to the Central American nation to sign the agreement last July.last_img read more