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Three Danish pension funds enter DKK430m public-private partnership

first_imgThe five businesses said in 2012 they were setting up a “one-stop shop” to help public authorities plan, build and finance construction projects and envisaged investing up to DKK5bn together in infrastructure and real estate PPPs.PensionDanmark said the consortium was chosen by the Region of Southern Denmark municipality in what would be the first public-private hospital construction project in Denmark, and one of the biggest standalone PPP projects of any kind in the country.The three pension funds will provide the financing while MT Højgaard will be responsible for construction and operation for a 25-year period in conjunction with DEAS. Work on the new hospital, which will be connected to Vejle hospital via a 200m tunnel, is planned to start this summer. MT Højgaard said the new facility would have a total value of about DKK930m.It will have 91 beds, plus eight beds in an emergency unit, as well as a psychiatric outpatient clinic for children and young people.The project consists of eight cluster houses gathered around common areas and recreational patios. The buildings will be two storeys high with a total area of 17,000sqm and be ready for use by the end of 2016. PensionDanmark, PKA and Sampension are investing DKK430m (€57.6m) jointly in a public-private partnership (PPP) deal to build and operate a new psychiatric hospital in the city of Vejle.The project is the first to be undertaken by the consortium of the three labour market pension funds, Nordic contractor MT Højgaard and property administrator DEAS since the firms announced a partnership in December 2012.Torben Möger Pedersen, managing director at PensionDanmark, said: “We are really glad to have the opportunity to invest in this ground-breaking PPP project.“The investment will give members a good and stable return for many years and at the same time ensure patients and staff get high-quality physical conditions.”last_img read more

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Pellegrini appears safe at City

first_img “It (the criticism) was deserved,” the City left-back told Sky Sports News. “We knew it was going to be a difficult game because Palace have been playing really well since they had a change of manager, but we also know a team like us, a club like us, with the objectives we have, have to win games like this so we are not hiding behind anything. “We have heard that some decisions went against us but we don’t want to hide behind these. “The results are not there and we need to be better.” The Frenchman hopes to put a smile back on City supporters’ faces this weekend by claiming victory at the home of their nearest and biggest rivals Manchester United. “The timing is perfect (for a derby),” Clichy said. “On Sunday we are playing against United, they are hitting top form this year and we lost that second position. “So we have a lot to make up for to the fans and Sunday night the city will be all blue or red and hopefully we can make a great day for them because the fans have always been behind us.” City, meanwhile, announced on Wednesday that they will play a post-season friendly against Toronto FC at BMO Field on May 27. But despite being all but out of the title race, Press Association Sport understands there is no current appetite to remove Pellegrini, who is contracted until the end of next season. The Chilean’s performance will be reviewed at the end of the season in line with club policy for all employees. Pellegrini won the league in his first year at the Etihad Stadium, but his chances of retaining the trophy took a significant blow on Monday when City lost 2-1 at Crystal Palace. After the defeat, the 61-year-old appeared determined to see out the three-year contract he signed in the summer of 2013. ”I’m not concerned about my job. That is one thing I am never concerned with,” Pellegrini said. ”I never have fear about it, I do my work, I’m very happy. The team may be having a difficult season but never worry about me. ”We are not thinking about Chelsea, or about the title. We are just trying to win our games.” Gael Clichy accepts he and his team-mates should have done better at Selhurst Park, even though Palace’s first goal – scored by Glenn Murray – should have been ruled out for an offside against Scott Dann. City were level with Barclays Premier League leaders Chelsea on New Year’s Day, but they now find themselves fourth in the standings with just seven games to go. City have lost five of their last seven matches in all competitions and are nine points behind Jose Mourinho’s side, who have a match in hand to come against bottom side Leicester. Manuel Pellegrini’s job is not under any immediate threat despite Manchester City’s faltering form. Press Associationlast_img read more

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CJ Cansino continues impressive run, credits Ayo for confidence boost

first_imgUniversity of Santo Tomas blew out University of the East, 80-66, for its second win this year and Cansino churned out another stellar performanceCansino was whirling derby for the Tigers with 17 points, 17 rebounds, and four assists while also providing timely baskets for Aldin Ayo’s group.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 ChrissSuch numbers has made Cansino a hot commodity for UST and he said that it’s all due to Ayo’s commitment to them.“Coach gave us a lot of confidence during the games. He’s always telling us that ‘there’s one thing that can’t be taken away from you and that’s confidence,’” said Cansino in Filipino. 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 “Coach Aldin just gives you a ton of confidence as long as you do things right,” added Cansino.UST’s prized rookie wasn’t just crashing the board for the Tigers as he was also finding himself open in crucial times.After UE went on a 19-5 run in the third quarter to cut what was once a 21-point lead to seven, 49-42, Cansino found a spot beyond the arc and promptly drilled a three-pointer to cap UST’s 11-1 salvo that put them ahead 60-43 with 1:04 left in the period.Ayo said Cansino had struck the fine balance between being humble and striving for more in life.“CJ has a good attitude and a good character because he wants to win,” said Ayo. “You also have to admire the humility of the boy and he wants to learn. I can say the parents did a good job in his upbringing because I talk to them a lot. CJ’s parents did a good job of raising him.”ADVERTISEMENT Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew LATEST STORIES Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal CJ Cansino may be a rookie but he’s proving quickly that he belongs with the big boys of the UAAP Season 81 men’s basketball tournament.ADVERTISEMENT Kevin Durant feels the love in NBA’s return to Seattle MOST READ Phivolcs: Slim probability of Taal Volcano caldera eruption Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew View commentslast_img read more

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Wigan prepare for Moses exit by targeting Arsenal youngster – report

first_imgWigan have lined up Arsenal’s young Japanese star Ryo Miyaichi as a potential replacement for Victor Moses, the Daily Mirror suggest.It is claimed Wigan boss Roberto Martinez is in talks to sign Miyaichi on a season-long loan deal as he prepares for the expected departure of Moses, who looks increasingly likely to join Chelsea.Meanwhile, Portuguese media have touted Porto full-back Alvaro Pereira for a possible move to Chelsea – although no formal offer has been made.Napoli and Paris St-Germain are also said to be interested in the Uruguay international.His agent Flavio Perchmen is quoted as saying: “We are waiting to find out if there is any offer.“We think everything will go well and that he can leave the club, but right now we do not have any concrete offer.”This page is regularly updated.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

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Sharpeville remembered

first_imgA gathering at the Sharpeville Memorial in the Gauteng township to pay tribute to those who died in the violence.. (Image: Emfuleni local municipality) MEDIA CONTACTS • Klaas MofommeEmfuleni spokesperson+27 16 950 5309 or +27 82 610 5718RELATED ARTICLES • Freedom Charter copy auctioned • Twenty years of freedom • The African Activist Archive • Liliesleaf to sprout new hotelJanine ErasmusOn 21 March, Human Rights Day, South Africa remembered the Sharpeville massacre of 50 years ago, when police clashed with crowds protesting against unjust apartheid laws. Sixty-nine people were killed and close to 200 injured in the demonstrations.The watershed event was commemorated peacefully, in stark contrast to the bloody confrontation of the day.This year about 5 000 people came together in Sharpeville, a township near Vereeniging about 50km south of Johannesburg, to pay tribute to those who gave their lives for the country’s liberation struggle. Of the 69 who died, 10 were children and eight were women, and all were unarmed.As the horrific events at Sharpeville were unfolding, protesters in the Western Cape’s Langa township, some 1 600km away, also came under police fire and tear gas assault, and two people were left dead.The government retaliated by declaring its first State of Emergency and banning the African National Congress (ANC) and Pan Africanist Congress (PAC). This fateful decision led to the ANC taking up arms against apartheid through its military wing, Umkhonto we Sizwe.Remembering the fallenDeputy President Kgalema Motlanthe was present at the commemoration, which took place under the theme “Working together we can do more to protect human rights”. He attended a service at the local Catholic church and laid wreaths on the graves of Sharpeville victims during a hymn service.“The Sharpeville and Langa massacres were a tipping point in that they triggered revulsion and disgust locally and internationally,” said Motlanthe, revisiting the events of 50 years ago. “The government of the day responded by banning the ANC and PAC and this precipitated the end of the non-violent struggle and brought to bear an advent of the armed struggle by the liberation movement.”Motlanthe also pointed out that demonstrations of that time were peaceful and that people didn’t set out to loot shops or burn cars, unlike the protesters of today who seem to think nothing of destroying private and public property.He urged those with grievances to use the democratic channels available to them, and to voice their protests without resorting to violence.Like 50 years ago, many members of today’s Sharpeville community are poverty-stricken and dissatisfied, and protests against poor service delivery are a part of life.“To adequately commemorate the victims and survivors of the Sharpeville massacre and other bloodbaths, we must ensure the progressive realisation of the socio-economic rights as envisaged in the Bill of Rights,” said Motlanthe, adding that government and its social partners must work harder to improve the quality of life of all South Africans, by providing shelter, basic amenities, education, and security.Nationwide protests against the passAlthough the apartheid system would not fall for another 30 years, the tragedy at Sharpeville was the beginning of its demise. International condemnation was swift and severe and led to disinvestment from South Africa, the country’s global isolation and eventually, the end of the Nationalist apartheid regime.The Nationalist government, during its reign, had imposed ludicrous laws and restrictions on black people, intended to control their movements and isolate them from fellow South Africans of other races. One of these was the stipulation that black people working away from their homes, mostly in white areas, had to carry a pass book.The pass law was enacted in the early part of the 20th century, but was most visibly and cruelly enforced during the tenure of the apartheid government, which came to power in 1948.The pass was a type of identification document that carried the personal information of its bearer, including their name, photograph, address, fingerprints, criminal and tax records, and name of employer. In essence, the pass showed that they had permission to move about in white areas. Under the law of the time, an employer could only be a white person, and he or she sometimes entered an evaluation of the employee into the pass book.The pass laws at first applied only to men, but before long they were extended to include women. Travelling to other areas without a pass book was a huge risk, because of the possibility of arrest and imprisonment.This was a degrading experience for black people, and understandably it was met with great resistance. Both men and women rebelled, leading to ongoing demonstrations and many thousands of arrests.The ANC-led Defiance Campaign against unjust laws was launched in 1952, in collaboration with the party’s ally, the South African Indian Congress, with whom it had signed a pact of mutual support in 1947. The idea here was that people would deliberately break the pass laws and then give themselves up to the police, in the hopes that cells would become crowded and the police system overloaded. All race groups were involved.The campaign didn’t have the desired effect, and the ANC decided to draft an entirely new Constitution for South Africa. This led to the adoption of the Freedom Charter in 1956, which was outlawed by the government as part of a plot to replace it with a communist state. Government action led to the arrest of 158 activists, and the subsequent Treason Trial.In August of that same year a group of 20 000 feisty women marched on the Union Buildings, the seat of the government, in Pretoria. Singing the now-famous struggle song “Wathint’ abafazi, wathint’ imbokodo!” (Zulu, meaning “strike the women, strike the rock”) they showed their outrage at the pass laws. The event is now remembered on 9 August, South Africa’s National Women’s Day.Boiling pointHowever, all this strife was like a simmering cauldron about to boil over, and in 1960 that is exactly what happened. The PAC, a newly formed breakaway group of the ANC, demonstrated on 21 March of that year in Sharpeville under the leadership of the charismatic Robert Sobukwe.The PAC and ANC had been vying for support from the people, and the PAC got wind of an ANC anti-pass march, scheduled for 31 March. The former decided to strike first and planned their march for 10 days earlier.Sobukwe led a contingent of PAC comrades in a march on the police station at Orlando, Soweto. Here he admitted guilt to being in an area other than what was stipulated in his pass book, and offered himself up for arrest. He was sentenced to three years in jail but when his term was up, at the discretion of the justice minister his imprisonment was renewed on an annual basis for a further three years. This was the controversial so-called Sobukwe Clause, implemented as Article Four of the General Law Amendment Act of 1963.At the same time, at various spots around the country, and particularly in the Gauteng township of Sharpeville, about 50km south of Johannesburg, marchers were preparing to descend on police stations and hand themselves over in a repeat of Sobukwe’s actions, or for not carrying their pass books at all.At the sight of the thousands of marchers, police in Sharpeville panicked and shot into the crowd. They were reportedly on edge because of the killing of nine police members in Cato Ridge, KwaZulu-Natal, just a few weeks before. The police later claimed to have been attacked first by stone-throwers, but as many of the wounded were shot in the back, this claim is refuted.The Truth and Reconciliation Commission, set up in 1995 to investigate atrocities committed on both sides during the apartheid years, found that police actions were the cause of the massacre.“The Commission finds that the police deliberately opened fire on an unarmed crowd that had gathered peacefully at Sharpeville on 21 March 1960 to protest against the pass laws,” said its 1998 report.The despised pass laws were eventually repealed in 1986 under the leadership of the late state president Pieter Willem (PW) Botha.Today Sharpeville is also remembered as the place where former president Nelson Mandela signed the new Constitution in December 1996. The document came into force in February 1997.last_img read more

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How can BJP-Sena form govt. amid mutual distrust: Chavan

first_imgIt was the responsibility of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and the Shiv Sena to provide a stable government for the people of Maharashtra, senior Congressman and former Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan said on Tuesday. In the event that the BJP-Sena power-sharing talks fail and the Sena approaches the Congress with a proposal on government formation, it would place the matter before the Congress high command and discuss it with its allies, said Mr. Chavan.“These are ifs and buts… in case we do receive such a proposal from the Shiv Sena… To the best of my knowledge, no such proposal has come to us,” said the senior Congressman, speaking to reporters in Karad in Satara.Mr. Chavan said he wondered how the saffron allies could form a government given the mutual distrust between them at the moment. “It appears that there is a major hitch in their government-formation talks. On the one hand, the Sena leadership is talking of a 50:50 power-sharing deal having been settled with [Union Home Minister] Amit Shah. Now, it seems that there is a wide gap between the Sena’s understanding and Chief Minister Fadnavis’ statements that no such secret deal was cut,” he said. “Both parties [Sena and BJP] should hold a press conference to tell the voters of the State what was decided between them in order to end this confusion.”Mr. Chavan had won a stiff three-way fight in the Karad South Assembly segment and defeated his rival, the BJP’s Atul Bhosale, despite high-decibel campaigns by Union Home Minister Amit Shah in Karad and Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Satara.The Leader of Opposition (LoP) would be elected from the NCP in the event the BJP and the Sena succeeded in forming the government, he said. For the first time in the State’s political history, he said, the Congress will not have an LoP from its own ranks.Mr. Chavan acknowledged that the Congress had fallen short in formulating a clear poll strategy and that it was dogged by leadership crises. Still, he said, people had responded to their campaigns highlighting the BJP’s government’s hollow assurances and severe shortcomings. He also said the Congress-NCP coalition had suffered in at least 25 Assembly segments owing to Prakash Ambedkar’s Vanchit Bahujan Aghadi (VBA), which queered the pitch for both the opposition parties and again benefited the BJP-Sena alliance.“We were willing to enter into an alliance with the VBA ahead of the Lok Sabha polls. Had we fought together, then not only Mr. Ambedkar, but perhaps six to seven VBA leaders would have been returned as MPs,” Mr. Chavan said. refuting the VBA’s allegations that the Congress had not allowed the party to grow.last_img read more

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Not just cricketers, Saina Nehwal, Sunil Chhetri and Mahesh Bhupathi attend Virat Kohli-Anushka Sharma reception

first_imgSaina Nehwal and Mahesh Bhupathi, who showed up for with Bollywood actor wife Lara Bhupathi, were present at Virat Kohli’s wedding reception in Mumbai at St Regis on Tuesday night.  Kohli tied the knot with Anushka Sharma in a private ceremony in Tuscany on December 11 and returned to India and held a reception in Delhi for close family and friends on December 22.While the wedding rituals were shrouded in secrecy, Kohli’s adoration for Anushka has never been a secret.India football captain Sunil Chhetri came to the Mumbai reception with wife Sonam Bhattacharya. Chhetri had got married this earlier this December in Kolkata.The queen of Indian badminton came dressed in a gorgeous cream  gown, created by famed fashion designer Neeta Lulla. Nehwal posted a photo from the evening with Bollywood actor Katrina Kaif.Lovely pic with Katrina Kaif �?�️�?�️ pic.twitter.com/EBOSIevrFw- Saina Nehwal (@NSaina) December 26, 2017Lovely dress by @neeta_lulla �???�???�??� pic.twitter.com/gLcTYwK1Ad- Saina Nehwal (@NSaina) December 26, 2017Earlier, she missed the first match of the Premier Badminton League season 4, with an ankle strain. Representing Awadhe Warriors, she was and slated to face Chennai Smashers’ PV Sindhu, but had to pull at the last moment.”Saina is recovering from a small ankle issue which she had developed few weeks back. She is recovering well and we are expecting her to be fully fit for the next match,” Awadhe Warriors coach Anup Sridhar had said.Saina, recently, lashed out at BWF for its cramped schedule in 2018 saying players don’t have time to breath between tournaments and it may lead to injuries.advertisement”Lots of practice and recovery time needs to be given to players between tournaments. Just pointing Nationals is not right, there are too many tournaments anyway, if you see even PBL makes it heavy. 2018 is especially tough with Asian Games and Commonwealth Games (CWG) also there.Mahesh Bhupathi walked in with Lara Dutta Bhupathi, a marriage of Bollywod and sports, blessed the newly-wedded Virat Kohli and Anushka Sharma.  Speaking recently at India Today’s ‘ The Unforgettables’  series, Mahesh Bhupathis shed some light on the state of Indian Tennis. “I have obviously been into doing tennis events for a long time. We did the WTA in Hyderabad and in Kolkata and ATP in Mumbai. So, I think when I went to watch my first IPL match in Delhi, five years ago, I was just amazed with the whole atmosphere. Not really the quality of the cricket but the way the fans were into it and the format, it was quick. You know, the cheerleaders, the music. I just thought what if we did something like this for tennis. Obviously very challenging, because tennis is such an individual sport, so creating a team, an atmosphere and an event was tough. At that time I was on tour, so I had a captive audience of players in the locker room and I spoke to a couple of the top guys, who are all football fans. Every tennis player, at least in the men’s locker room, follows a football team. So they said it sounds unbelievable. If it happens, they’d be happy to play. Obviously, when you start something, it’s very important to get the names to support it, and once we were able to do that, we were able to get it off the ground.”last_img read more

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Sri Lanka Test captain Dimuth Karunaratne arrested for drunk driving

first_imgSri Lanka’s Test captain Dimuth Karunaratne was arrested on Sunday for drink driving after an accident injured at least one person near the main hospital in capital Colombo, a police spokesman said.”He was arrested early this morning for drinking and driving after the vehicle driven by him hit a three wheeler and injured its driver,” police spokesman Ruwan Gunasekera told Reuters.”He has been granted bail. He will be produced in the court tomorrow (Monday).”Karunaratne, who has no history of disciplinary problems, or his lawyer was not immediately available for comments.Sri Lanka Cricket confirmed the incident and said it will follow due process in determining the future course of action.”Sri Lanka Cricket wishes to inform that a road accident has occurred in the early hours of Sunday between a three-wheeler and a vehicle driven by national player Dimuth Karunaratne,” the board said in a statement.”Dimuth is undergoing due legal procedures with regard to the incident.””In the meantime, Sri Lanka Cricket will also follow the due process as per his ‘Player Contractual Obligation’ with the organisation and conduct an inquiry in order to take necessary action.”Sri Lanka won a two-Test series against South Africa last month under Karunaratne’s captaincy to become the first Asian team to win a Test series in the African nation.The left-handed opening batsman has played 60 Tests for the island team.Also Read | Australia bowlers deny report of David Warner rift after ball-tampering scandalAlso Read | Pakistan fined for slow over rate in 4th ODI vs Australiaadvertisementlast_img read more

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2015 Youth Week plans announced

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Ministry of Education introduces pilot program Education Minister touts new ICT platform for Public Schools Recommended for you Education Minister tours schools this week Related Items:akierra missick, Department of Youth Affairs, youth week Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 17 Sept 2015 – The Department of Youth turns to an anti-violence message when it comes to Youth Week celebrations in the TCI this year.On day one of the House of Assembly meeting this week, Youth Minister, Hon. Akierra Missick said September 20th marks the start of Youth Week celebrations. This year’s theme is: ‘Break the silence, stop the violence.’Minister Missick said, “this is an anti-gun violence campaign, which will be lead by a team from the Youth Department along with a promotion company who will host peace concerts, rallies and talks that are aimed at bringing awareness to the increasing scourge of gun violence and will urge us to step forward and say something, get involved and go back to being our brother’s keeper.”Each island will have a detailed list of events, according to the Deputy Premier and the anti-violence campaign will feature a panel of local and international speakers.The Minister encouraged the public to come out and support the youth as they display their talents and are recognized for their accomplishments.last_img read more

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WestJet flew record 18 million passengers in October

first_img Travelweek Group Share << Previous PostNext Post >> Tags: WestJet Posted bycenter_img Thursday, November 10, 2016 WestJet flew record 1.8 million passengers in October CALGARY — October proved to be a very busy month for WestJet, which flew a record 1.8 million guests, representing a year-over-year increase of 14.2%.The airline’s October 2016 traffic results showed a load factor of 79.7%, an increase of 2.6 percentage points year over year. Revenue passenger miles (RPMs), or traffic, increased 18.7% year over year, while capacity (measured in available seat miles, or ASMs, grew 14.8% over the same period.“We are pleased with our sixth consecutive month of double-digit traffic growth as we achieved our second-highest October load factor and flew a record number of guests,” said WestJet President and CEO Gregg Saretsky. “My sincere thanks go out to our almost 12,000 WestJetters for their continuing passion and commitment as we transition into the busy winter season.”last_img read more

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