Hapag discusses UASC merger

first_imgIn case of a business combination, said Hapag-Lloyd, the parties are basing their discussions on a relative valuation of Hapag-Lloyd at 72 percent and UASC at 28 percent, all of which is subject to a mutually satisfactory completion of the negotiations and the mutual due diligence exercise.To date, the discussions conducted between the two carriers have not resulted in any binding agreement and no assurance can be given that these discussions will lead to a definitive agreement, concluded Hapag-Lloyd.www.hapag-lloyd.comwww.uasc.netlast_img read more

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Baxter theatre launches radio programme

first_imgMarc Lottering will read from Yusuf Daniels book Living Coloured (Because Black and White Were Already Taken) for the Baxter Radio initiative. In response to the impact of Covid-19 and the nationwide lockdown, the Baxter Theatre Centre has launched an initiative called Baxter Radio, aimed at recording school setworks, children’s books, new South African works and classics. These will be made available to the Baxter’s subscriber database and to community radio stations as free content for their programming. The initiative hopes to provide children with an alternative education and entertainment option. It also aims to give some artists the opportunity to work and provide an outlet for their creative talent. Baxter Radio has brought together 40 local artists, including Marc Lottering, Susan Danford, Jennifer Steyn, Faniswa Yisa, Andrew Buckland and Nicky Rebelo, as well as young theatre-makers Tiisetso Mashifane, Khayalethu Anthony and Kanya Viljoen.“I was concerned about the artists who are losing income during this lockdown and the many learners in communities who are unable to play outside and who do not have access to the internet,” says BaxterCEO and artistic director, Lara Foot. “I wanted to find a way for the Baxter to bridge the gap and create a platform that would contribute to a solution for both these challenges.“I’m not a fan of live-streaming because I believe that theatre doesn’t exist without the special connection between actor and audience. To distil theatre through a screen is what I call anti-theatre. However, the old and trusted medium of radio asks the audience to listen and engage, which is comparable to the form of theatre.“When I listened to the first editions of Baxter Radio, I was delighted and moved, and fondly remembered my childhood obsession of listening to stories on the radio.”Susan Danford reads popular children’s stories which include the Zambian tale The Hare’s Revenge from Madiba Magic, Nelson Mandela’s Favourite Stories for Children, Tacky The Penguin written by Helen Lester and Julia Donaldson’s A Squash and a Squeeze. Additional children’s stories in English, Afrikaans, isiXhosa and isiZulu were supplied by Jacana Publishers.Pupils in Grades 10 to 12 will be able to tune in to listen to the reading of the isiXhosa setwork Buzani Kubawo, co-ordinated and directed by Faniswa Yisa and featuring 14 actors.Classic plays such as Harold Pinter’s Landscape and Herman Charles Bosman’s Street Woman will be performed by Jennifer Steyn and Nicky Rebelo. Brand-new works by Tiisetso Mashifane and Khayalethu Anthony make up some of the new South African works content. Mashifane has created original content narrated in English, isiXhosa and Afrikaans, which is a series of comedic short stories titled A Guide to Understanding Smaller Humans and is an attempt at understanding the world of young children through testimonies of amused older members of their families.Marc Lottering will read Yusuf Daniel’s award-winning book Living Coloured (Because Black and White Were Already Taken), a series of short stories which are a fond remembrance of an era growing up on the Cape Flats. It pays homage to everything from the culinary offerings between neighbours of different faiths during religious festivals, to evening entertainment at popular nightclubs.The Baxter’s in-house production team assisted with technical support and sound effects for some of the stories.As part of the theatre’s efforts to ensure its sustainability, a new fund-raising campaign urging the public to “Buy The Baxter a cup of coffee every month” has also been launched. The request is simply to donate R30 or more a month. For more information on how to contribute visit http://www.baxter.co.za/BaxterCoffeeAngels.last_img read more

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Housing court back on government agenda

first_imgMore than a year after mooting plans to set up a specialist housing court that could sideline solicitors, the government is seeking evidence on whether there is any merit to its proposal.The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government today said that a specialist court would provide a single path of redress for landlords and tenants. With housing disputes held in multiple courts and tribunals, the ministry says the process to settle housing disputes can be confusing and deter some of the most vulnerable people from seeking justice.Other proposals in today’s call for evidence include reducing the need for multiple hearings in different courts, transferring certain types of housing cases between the courts and tribunals to ensure cases are resolved quickly, and issuing new guidance to help tenants and landlords navigate the legal system. Brokenshire: ‘fair housing market’Source: AlamyCommunities secretary James Brokenshire said: ‘Everyone deserves to live in a safe and decent home, and this government is bringing about real change in making renting more secure. This is particularly important for families and vulnerable tenants who live with the fear of suddenly being forced to move, or fear eviction if they complain about problems with their home. It is also important for landlords who, in a minority of cases, struggle to get their property back when they have reason to do so.’The proposals announced today will help ensure both tenants and landlords can access justice when they need it – creating a fair housing market that works for everyone.’A housing court was first mooted by the government at last year’s Conservative Party Conference. Former housing secretary Sajid Javid told his party that the government would explore whether a specialist court could reduce dependence on legal representation and encourage arbitration.His comments sparked widespread concern that solicitors would be left out in the cold. The Law Society pointed out that legal advice at an early stage of a housing complaint about the merits of the claim could prevent matters from escalating. The Housing Law Practitioners Association pointed out that the private rental sector was increasingly becoming beset by regulation and technical requirements far beyond the capabilities of the average litigant in person. The Law Centres Network said arbitration might not always be appropriate. The ministry’s call for evidence closes on 22 January.last_img read more

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Metro Report 1999

first_imgSUBSCRIBERS will receive with this issue a copy of Metro Report 1999, our annual snapshot and overview of the latest developments in urban railways worldwide. Articles contributed by chief executives from metro and urban rail operators describe investment plans and programmes in cities ranging from Ankara to Taipei.Also in Metro Report, General Secretary of the International Union of Public Transport Hans Rat comments on the effects of restructuring and regionalisation on public transport, and GO Transit Managing Director Richard Ducharme outlines developments in Toronto, which was host city for the 53rd UITP Congress on May 23-28 and the associated City Transport 99 exhibition. Anyone contemplating acquisition of low-floor trams or LRVs should read the detailed article by Harry Hondius which analyses recent orders, prices and technology.Metro Report also comments on the rise of the intermediate-capacity metro, often with driverless operation. Individual copies can be ordered from ESCO Business Services, price £30·00.last_img read more

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Pacific National could break up

first_imgPATRICK CORP Chief Executive Chris Corrigan said last month that his company’s Pacific National joint venture with Toll Holdings is ’totally dysfunctional’ and likely to be broken up.This could be the dramatic outcome of a bitter row between the two Australian freight and logistics groups that began with Toll announcing a A$4·6bn hostile takeover bid for Patrick on August 22. The bid was immediately opposed by Patrick, but Toll lodged a formal bidder’s statement with the Australian Stock Exchange and the Australian Securities & Investments Commission on September 15. Toll already owns 4·3% of Patrick and is offering to buy all the other shares, which the bid values at A$6·70 each.On August 22 a Pacific National board meeting had been scheduled to discuss a disagreement between the partners about a contract in Queensland between Toll North and PN, but the meeting was postponed because of Toll’s bid announcement. The issue erupted early in September with Patrick suggesting that Toll had ’short-changed’ PN by up to A$510m over 20 years in a so-called take-or-pay contract which effectively prevented PN from carrying freight in Queensland without arranging it through Toll. Interviewed by ABC’s Inside Business programme, Corrigan called it ’a grubby, grubby deal’, and on September 5 Patrick instigated formal dispute proceedings after it was unable to persuade the PN board to agree to an independent investigation.A Patrick spokesman told Lloyd’s List Daily Commercial News that ’this process has as its end point the breaking-up of Pacific National’, which would see the assets auctioned off to the two shareholders.In the meantime Toll’s bid for Patrick will have to pass the scrutiny of the Australian Competition & Consumer Commission, which on September 7 had rejected Patrick’s bid to acquire Victorian freight forwarder FCL Interstate Transport Services.last_img read more

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Zwolle infrastructure upgrading contract signed

first_imgNETHERLANDS: Infrastructure manager ProRail has awarded VolkerRail and Van Hattum & Blankevoort a €170m contract to undertake extensive track works between Zwolle and Herfte, where the lines to Meppel and Emmen diverge.The contract signed on March 16 covers the construction of two extra tracks between Zwolle and Herfte, a dive-under where the lines split, bridge replacement and refurbishment and the closure of a level crossing. Track realignment at Zwolle would facilitate platform wideningMuch of the work is to be undertaken during a 14-day possession in mid-2019, and completion is envisaged for 2021.Passengers would benefit from a decrease in journey times from Zwolle to Groningen and Leeuwarden, the introduction of additional stopping trains from Zwolle to Meppel and Leeuwarden, and easier transfers between connecting trains in Zwolle.last_img read more

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House-to-House Verification Not the Way to Update Voters List- AG Peter

first_img Share 208 Views   no discussions Sharing is caring! Share LocalNewsPolitics House-to-House Verification Not the Way to Update Voters List- AG Peter by: – September 27, 2019center_img Tweet Attorney General of Dominica; Levi Peter.A statement from the office of the Attorney General on electoral reform was released to the press on Thursday, September 26th based on observations and recommendations of a visiting electoral expert panel.The press release says Government invited a joint mission of electoral experts from the Caribbean Community, the Organisation of American States and the Commonwealth Secretariat who spent August 6th to 9th meeting and discussing electoral reform with Government, the main political parties and other stakeholders.Electoral reform has been under discussion for some time now with talk about updating the voters list and the issuance of voter identification cards.Updating the voters list involves cleansing the list of voters who have died, have been overseas for more than five years, who are disqualified from voting or who otherwise are not entitled to be on the list.The visiting mission said that electoral reform must be carefully executed to avoid confusion, disruption and serious consequences.It suggests a house-to-house verification exercise to update the voters list which Government says it is unable to accept.According to the Attorney General, the house-to-house exercise would result in confusion and disruption and is contrary to best practices.He said, “The recommendations, in particular in relation to re-verification, are unworkable and, if implemented, will cause confusion and disruption, contrary to best practice, and, importantly, will not result in the required updating of the Register a.k.a. ‘cleansing of the List.’”He continued, “Specifically, the proposed re-verification will not result in the mandatory use of photo ID cards for the purpose of voting i.e. every voter being issued with and required to use a photo ID card to vote, nor will the Register of Electors a.k.a the Voter’s List be properly updated or “cleansed” i.e. removal from the List of the names of all persons not entitled to be on the List because they are dead, have been overseas for more than 5 years.“Additionally, the recommendation that a house-to-house re-verification exercise should be conducted across the country is not supported by Dominica’s laws and even if it was, it could not properly update or “cleanse” the Voters’ List because it proposes that persons whose names are on the List but were not met with during the re-verification exercise would still be allowed to remain on the List and to vote.”He believes, “Dominica will essentially be in exactly the same place in respect to the Voters’ List as we are now. Accordingly, the Report will have the unacceptable impact of causing the State to incur significant increased financial, human and other resources costs for no real reform or discernible improvement in our electoral process.”Attorney General, Levi Peter says legislation will lead to voter ID cards and not house-to-house verification.The visiting mission in fact also recommends amending the existing electoral laws to enable the introduction of photo ID cards.“Government has not received the cooperation and support of the opposition parties in its efforts to bring about these reforms,” he says. “Instead, the Government has at every turn been impeded, obstructed, and has even met with violence and the threat of increased violence, in its efforts to get Parliament to pass the necessary amendments to the electoral laws so that the two main reforms: mandatory use of photo identification cards for the purpose of voting, and updating of the Voters’ List, can be implemented.”Nevertheless, he says, Government will continue to seek to engage opposition parties, other stakeholders, the joint mission and other partners to achieve electoral reform.They say it will require the cooperation, political maturity and goodwill of a cross section of the society.Read the full statement here Joint Mission Press Releaseeand the RESPONSE to Joint Mission Report Sharelast_img read more

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Deers win Pearl Bowl

first_imgThe Seagulls took a 3-0 lead on Yosuke Kaneoya’s 33-yard field goal with 10:56 left in the second quarter, and four minutes later Manabu Tatsumura threw a 33-yard touchdown pass to Ken Shimizu. It was the first touchdown the Deers had allowed in the Pearl Bowl tournament this season. The Deers had given up only two field goals in the past three games.Right after the Seagulls widened their lead to 10-0, however, Kajima’s Yasushi Nakagawa returned the kickoff 93 yards for a score to make the game 10-7 at halftime.The Deers managed to tie the game when Hiromichi Kashima booted a 23-yard field goal 7:10 into the third quarter.The final quarter turned out to be a thrilling seesaw battle that saw two turnovers, both by the Seagulls.The Seagulls made the best of the turnovers as linebacker Naoki Kosho sacked Deers quarterback Yosuke Ozaki, forcing a fumble, then picked up the ball and rumbled 45 yards for a score with 9:08 remaining in the fourth quarter.The Deers defense answered later in that quarter by scoring a safety with 4:41 to go to cut the Seagulls’ lead to five points.On the ensuing possession Maruta capped a three-play, 50-yard winning drive for the Deers. Maruta then caught a pass from Ozaki for a two-point conversion, making the score 20-17 for the Deers.The Seagulls advanced to Kajima’s 16-yard line with 1:22 to play, but Kaneoya’s field goal attempt sailed wide left to end the game.Maruta was named the game’s MVP. IN FIVE EASY PIECES WITH TAKE 5 Desperate run: Kajima quarterback Yosuke Ozaki (10) surveys the field for a receiver, dodging Seagulls players’ pass rush during Friday’s Pearl Bowl final at Tokyo Dome. The Deers edged Obic 20-17 to repeat as champion. | HIROSHI IKEZAWA PHOTO Strong effort: Obic running back Shusaku Shiraki (36) carries the ball in the Pearl Bowl final against the Kajima Deers at Tokyo Dome on Friday. The Seagulls missed out on the championship by inches. | HIROSHI IKEZAWA PHOTO Running back Yasuhiro Maruta scored the winning touchdown on a 9-yard rush with 3:27 remaining to lead the Kajima Deers to a 20-17 comeback win over the Obic Seagulls in the annual Pearl Bowl final on Friday night at Tokyo Dome. With the victory, the Deers captured their second straight Pearl Bowl title and seventh overall.“In the first half, the Seagulls played more aggressive than us,” Kajima head coach Kiyoyuki Mori said. “We decided to play more aggressively in the second half. We had some mistakes by the bench, but the players overcame them to win the game.” GET THE BEST OF THE JAPAN TIMES RELATED PHOTOSlast_img read more

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Bristol Bears memberships on sale for 2018/19 season

first_imgAhead of our return to the Gallagher Premiership, a Forever Bristol membership brings supporters even closer to the club, providing a range of exclusive benefits, discounts and priority access to games.Costing just £20 for Forever Bristol Adults and Juniors (U19s), the seasonal membership package offers £5 off every home league fixture and 5% off all Ashton Gate concessions.*Our Bears 7s package costs just £10 and is available to all children in Year 2. All 7s members receive a Bears t-shirt. Bristol Sport chairman Jon Lansdown said: “We’re delighted to launch our 2018/19 Forever Bristol membership package across the group.”With discounts, Rewards and priority access, becoming a member gives supporters a fantastic way to follow their club and enjoy the benefits that a membership brings.”With affordable options to suit all age groups, it is important that we give something back to our fans and continue to foster a close affinity with the club that they love.” Earlier in June, an exciting new Bristol Bears Rewards scheme, delivering Rewards cash to be redeemed across merchandise at the stadium, was announced. Read more about the scheme here.Supporters who sign up for a Forever Bristol Bears membership automatically receive a £5 Rewards starting balance, as well as 2% Rewards back on home league match ticket purchases, 5% back on home cup match purchases and 5% Rewards on all merchandise.**The Forever Bristol Bears membership also includes a two-week priority on tickets, while U19 and Bears 7s members receive two free tickets to a home match (member and one adult ticket).***Memberships are available online by clicking here, or by calling supporter services on 0117 963 0600. *Price does not include £1 postage and £1 booking fee.**Existing members whose memberships haven’t expired will earn Rewards but will not receive the £5 start-up balance until renewal to a new 2018/19 membership is complete.***Tickets subject to availability. For new members, this offer is not applicable in Lansdown centre and Dolman centre.last_img read more

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Taylor Swift is latest celeb to decorate an IndyCar

first_imgOriol Servia drove this "Late Show with David Letterman" car in the 2015 Indianapolis 500.Oriol Servia drove this “Late Show with David Letterman” car in the 2015 Indianapolis 500.Swift makes recordings for Big Machine Label Group, a company founded by high-profile racing enthusiast Scott Borchetta. Swift’s “1989” tour visits Detroit’s Ford Field on Saturday. Bankers Life Fieldhouse will host the Indianapolis date of the tour on Sept. 16.Kanaan, the 2013 Indy 500 champion, drives for Chip Ganassi Racing Teams.“It’s really cool to have Taylor Swift and Big Machine Records on the No. 10 car in Detroit,” Kanaan said in a statement. “Big Machine Records has been a really good partner for both myself and the team, and I think it’s great that we get to promote their biggest stars out on the race track.”Letterman is beaming about Indy 500 ‘Late Show’ carIn 2014, Big Machine artist Brantley Gilbert placed his image on the Indy 500 car of driver Sage Karam. At the Belle Isle Grand Prix, Karam’s car will feature Big Machine trio Rascal Flatts on its rear wing.In 2001, Aerosmith promoted its “Just Push Play” album on the Indy 500 car of driver Jeff Ward.Indy 500 TV ratings surpass Coca-Cola 600’s for 1st time in 10 yearsCall Star reporter David Lindquist at (317) 444-6404. Follow him on Twitter: @317Lindquist. An image of Taylor Swift is seen on this preview image of Tony Kanaan's car.An image of Taylor Swift is seen on this preview image of Tony Kanaan’s car.After collecting eight trophies at the Billboard Music Awards on May 17, Taylor Swift has the chance to be associated with an auto-racing winner this weekend.IndyCar standout Tony Kanaan will drive a car adorned with Swift’s image during the Detroit Belle Isle Grand Prix, an event that features one race on Saturday and one race on Sunday. The “doubleheader” airs each day at 3:30 p.m. on ABC.Two cars in last weekend’s Indianapolis 500 featured celebrity designs: Justin Wilson drove with the Rolling Stones on the side of his No. 25 ride and Oriol Servia’s No. 32 paid tribute to David Letterman.Justin Wilson drove this Rolling Stones car in the 2015 Indianapolis 500.Justin Wilson drove this Rolling Stones car in the 2015 Indianapolis 500.last_img read more

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