Investor group targets planned GE coal plant in Kenya FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Thomson Reuters Foundation:A group of investors in U.S. conglomerate General Electric (GE) has publicly opposed its plans to buy a stake in a Kenyan coal-fired plant, claiming the project would damage the environment and undermine efforts to fight global warming.In a public letter to GE, nearly five dozen institutional and individual shareholders called on the company to reverse course on its intentions to purchase a 20 percent stake in a planned 1,000-megawatt coal plant on Kenya’s Lamu island.The move follows years of controversy over the Kenyan government’s plans to build East Africa’s first coal-fired power plant on Lamu, a United Nations World Heritage site. The project has divided communities, and environmentalists fear the plant will destroy the marine environment of the region, a tourist destination that is one of the best-preserved Swahili settlements.It was unclear how much GE stock the letter’s signatories hold. The information was not included in the missive, and their spokeswoman said she did not have the data. GE did not immediately answer an emailed request for comments.Among those signing the letter was the Local Authority Pension Fund Forum, an association of more than 70 United Kingdom-based public sector pension funds with about $300 billion in assets under management. Also signing were several religious groups.GE signed an agreement in May to design and help build the plant along with Amu Power, a consortium contracted with delivering the $2 billion project. With the deal, GE, through its affiliates, also will acquire a stake in Amu.More: Investor group opposes General Electric plans for Kenyan power plant
Solicitor General Jose Calida. CNN He then reiterated his request for anoral argument to defend the OSG position that the network’s franchise must benullified due to several violations. Calida added that what the OSG want isto stop the discussion while the case is pending in court. In a consolidated reply to the SupremeCourt, Solicitor General Jose Calida said ABS-CBN’s claim that a gag order willimpair the people’s right to information is “overly sweeping if not altogetherexaggeration.” The SC did not make any action onCalida’s quo warranto petition as well as in the gag order motion against thenetwork earlier this week and the high court will tackle the cases during itsen banc session on March 10./PN He added: “It is respectfullysubmitted that the Honorable Court’s plenary power embodied in the Constitutionclearly gives statutory basis to the Honorable Court’s jurisdiction to hear thepresent quo warranto petition.” MANILA – The Office of the SolicitorGeneral (OSG) insisted there was a need to issue a gag order against partiesfrom discussing in public the quo warranto case filed against televisionnetwork ABS-CBN. “The issues raised before thisHonorable Court do not present political but legal questions which are withinits province to resolve,” the Solicitor General said. In his quo warranto petition to thehigh court, Calida said the OSG uncovered numerous abuses and violations ofABS-CBN Corp. and ABS-CBN Convergence of its legislative franchise. Calida also maintained that the quowarranto is allowed under the Rules of Civil Procedure in order to obtain ajudicial declaration of the supposed violation committed by the network. Calida also said the network violatedthe constitutional provision against foreign ownership of media entities whenit issued the Philippine Depository Receipts to foreigners. “The exercise of such right is notabsolute for it may be so regulated that it shall not be injurious to the equalenjoyment of others having equal rights, nor injurious to the rights of thecommunity or society,” Calida said.
NBA trade rumors: Pelicans unlikely to deal forward Julius Randle He has averaged 8.2 points, 3.7 rebounds and 3.1 assists in his 19 appearances in 2018-19.Fultz was the top pick in the 2017 draft and began his career with high expectations. But he also dealt with injuries as well as a hitch in his jump shot during his rookie season, which limited him to 14 games. Related News Markelle Fultz is drawing interest ahead of the Feb. 7 trade deadline.The Hawks and Magic have both spoken to the 76ers about dealing for the 6-4 guard, ESPN’s Zach Lowe reported on the Woj & Lowe show Wednesday. NBA trade rumors: Thunder, Rockets interested in Cavaliers guard Alec Burks Philadelphia acquired Tobias Harris from the Clippers in a blockbuster trade Wednesday. But it may still be looking to build its bench depth.Fultz was diagnosed with thoracic outlet syndrome in December and hasn’t played since Nov. 19. There is no timetable for his return to the court.
South Africa’s large areas of semi-desert scrub and grassland might suggest a certain poverty of plant life. Aside from the fact that a tract of pristine grassland can hold up to 60 grass species, nothing could be further from the truth.Namaqualand is dry, rocky and desert-like for the most of the year except for a few weeks during spring when it yields its floral wealth in dazzling sheets of colour. (Image: Brand South Africa)Brand South Africa reporterThere are eight major terrestrial biomes in South Africa:Nama Karoosucculent Karoofynbosforestthicketsavannagrassland, anddesert.These biomes, or ecological life zones, have distinct environmental conditions and related sets of plant and animal life.Around 10% of the world’s flowering species are found in South Africa, the only country in the world with an entire plant kingdom inside its borders: the Cape Floral Kingdom. While it represents less than 0.5% of the area of Africa, it is home to nearly 20% of the continent’s flora.Also called the Cape Floristic Kingdom, it contains 9 000 species, 69% of them endemic – and 1 435 identified as threatened. It is a World Heritage site and a biodiversity hotspot.The Cape Peninsula alone boasts more plant species than the whole of Great Britain.FynbosThis southwestern area of South Africa is the home of the fynbos (an Afrikaans word meaning “fine bush”), which is composed of ericas (heathers), proteas and the grass-like restios.Most spectacular in flower are the proteas (Proteaceae), which include the king protea – the national flower – and others of broadly similar shape, the pincushion leucospermum types, and spiky leucadendrons. The colour range is vast.The ericas (Ericaceae), the largest genus of flowering plants in South Africa, are more delicate, repaying close examination of their almost infinite variety of colour and form. One or other of these species will be found in bloom at almost any time of the year.These share their Cape home with such beauties as the red disa orchid, one of South Africa’s 479 wild orchids, which grows in the mountains, as well as numerous irises, pelargoniums and many more.South Africa’s pelargoniums, in particular, have contributed greatly to gardens all over the world, as have the arum lilies – the classic white species is from this area, the yellow and pink from elsewhere in the country.The world’s gardens also have South Africa to thank for the agapanthus, gladiolus, Barberton daisy and Gardenia thunbergia, to name a few.Carpet of flowersThe Cape in the spring is a breathtaking sight, but even more astonishing is Namaqualand. Dry, rocky and desert-like for the rest of the year, it yields its floral wealth for a short few weeks in the spring in dazzling sheets of colour.The golden yellow and orange Namaqualand daisies are predominant, but in between them are a wide variety of flowers, including the iridescent succulent mesembryanthemums.Colours here are particularly intense, although there is also much fascination in less colourful species such as the quiver tree (the San, or Bushmen, used to make quivers from its fibrous stem) and the bizarre-looking tall succulent known as the halfmens (half human).And anyone interested in plants’ abilities to adapt to harsh circumstances in a myriad different ways (not all are succulents) need not wait for spring to visit the area.ForestsAlthough South Africa has more than a thousand indigenous trees, large species are relatively scarce in many parts of the country.But they are very much at home in some areas, such as the Knysna-Tsitsikamma forest with its tall stinkwoods, black ironwoods and yellowwoods, and the northeastern region in Mpumalanga and Limpopo, home to the ancient cycads and Lowveld species such as the “fever tree”, so called because of its association with malaria areas.It is also in the north that one finds the famous thick-stemmed baobab, which according to African myth was accidentally planted upside down, accounting for the odd shape of its branches.Then there are the forests of KwaZulu-Natal, where the beautiful shade-loving orange Clivia miniata, a now much cultivated member of the amaryllis family, is found.Another popular orange (and purple) garden flower, now the emblem of the US city of Los Angeles, originates in the Eastern Cape: the strelitzia. In much the same colour range, South Africa’s winters are marked by the flowering of some of the country’s 125 species of aloes.The Eastern Cape’s Greater Addo National Park, which stretches across 180 000 hectares from the coast to the Karoo, includes samples of five of the eight South African biomes mentioned above.Medicinal plants and thorn treesThere is virtually no area of South Africa without its particular floral treasure or species of special beauty or interest.These include succulents that look almost exactly like stones (lithops), mangroves, tree ferns, traditional food plants and those that would kill you if you took a bite, and – one of the most promising fields of study in South Africa – a large number of plants of medicinal value.Some of these, such as the Aloe ferox, a purgative, were discovered to be medicinally useful by the early European colonists; many more have long been known and used by indigenous African people.Yet for all the spectacular plants to be found, perhaps the landscape that most eloquently conjures up the spirit of South African flora is the typical savannah, with its (often dry) grasses and more-or-less thickly scattered shrubs and thorn trees.Lingering images may vary widely, from fynbos field to subtropical forest, but for many South Africans the thorn tree is the nesting place of their hearts.Reviewed 17 May 2017Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? 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The Opposition in Punjab hit out at the Congress government on Friday, accusing it of not having any concrete policy to fight the drugs menace prevalent in the State. The criticism came a day after the State government brought back IPS officer Harpreet Singh Sidhu as chief of the anti-drugs Special Task Force, nearly a year after he was removed from the post following reports of a tussle between him and the then DGP. Leaders of the Aam Aadmi Party, the principal Opposition, said the State government’s decision of yet again change the STF chief shows lack of planning and concrete policy. “The Congress has been in power for over two years now, yet the problem of drugs continues unabated. It’s time for taking decisive action, but the government is busy in ‘cosmetic’ moves to save its face,” said senior party leaders Kultar Singh Sandhwan, Sadhu Singh and Gurdit Singh Sekhon in a joint statement here.CM targetedThe leaders also took potshots at the Chief Minister. “The government should give the reason why Mr. Sidhu was removed earlier and why now he is being brought back. While we do not question Mr. Sidhu’s determination towards his duty, the Chief Minister’s intentions are under cloud,” said the leaders.Punjab BJP chief Shwait Malik said that the purpose of setting up the STF was only to corner political opponents. “Replacing officers only proves that if anyone does not cooperate with the government’s whim and fancies, he or she should be moved,” he told reporters.
Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Miss Universe 2015 Pia Wurtzbach will headline the muses who will make their way to the hardcourt. The Fil-German beauty will be Barangay Ginebra’s muse. Wurtzbach won’t be the only beauty queen in the field with Miss International 2016 Kylie Versoza joining San Miguel Beer. Hotel management clarifies SEAG footballers’ kikiam breakfast issue Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Rising Kapamilya star Yam Concepion will be Phoenix’s muse while GMA talent Klea Pineda will walk with Alaska.Aya Fernandez, Mutya ng Pilipinas Miss Tourism International, and fellow candidate Anie Uson will be with NorthPort and Rain or Shine, respectively.TNT, Meralco and Columbian have yet to finalize their choices.RELATED VIDEO MOST READ Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? Blackwater will have two muses with volleyball ace Michele Gumabao and Olympian swimmer Jasmine Alkhaldi. LATEST STORIES SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño There will be no shortage of stars when all 12 teams hit the floor during the opening ceremony on Sunday at Philippine Arena in Bocaue, Bulacan.Aside from the players themselves, big-time celebrities and athletes from other sports will bring glitz and glamour to usher in the 44th Season of the PBA.ADVERTISEMENT Kings enjoy blowout win over Magic to stop 4-game skid Not to be outdone is Magnolia, which will parade no other than Sharon Cuneta.Philippine volleyball superstar Alyssa Valdez, meanwhile, will be with NLEX. SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss View comments TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening
New Delhi, Oct 31 (PTI) Recognising the crucial role of Sports Science in catering to the needs of athletes in the country, the Sports Ministry has identified five institutions where it will be help set up Sports Science Centres and Sports Medicine departments.Earmarking a fund of Rs 25 crore, the ministry will help establish Sports Science Centres at Guru Nanak Dev University in Amritsar, Lakshmibai National Institute of Physical Education in Gwalior and National Institute of Nutrition in Hyderabad.The Ministry will also provide a fund of Rs 12.50 crores for setting up Sports Medicine departments at Vardhman Mahavir Medical College and Safdarjung Hospital in Delhi and at King Georges Medical University in Lucknow.Sports Secretary Rahul Bhatnagar, who recently took charge from Injeti Srinivas, informed that the fund will be given in a period of five years and after that Universities will sustain themselves.”We need such steps. We have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with these Universities and Medical colleges since there is a need for such education and facilities,” Bhatnagar said.Several new courses such as Sports Biochemistry will be added to the University programmes.”A few of these institutions did not have these courses before like Sports Physiotherapy and Sports Biochemistry but these will be taught and we will help in funding the faculty,” Bhatnagar said.At Vardhman Mahavir Medical College, the seats will be increased from five to between 8-10 and it will all begin from the next academic session, starting July 2018. PTI AT PDS PDSadvertisement
oregon bill simmons failed trollFormer ESPNer Bill Simmons – now the owner and operator of The Ringer – attended college at Holy Cross, which landed a 16-seed in this year’s NCAA Tournament. Friday, the Crusaders take on 1-seed Oregon for the right to play in the round of 32. As such, Simmons attempted to poke fun at the Ducks’ program – but somehow failed miserably in the process.Simmons took to Twitter this morning, posting a photo of the 1947 Holy Cross squad that won the national title, asking Oregon fans to show him a photo of their national championship team. Clearly, he didn’t they they’ve ever had one. Except they do – Oregon won the first NCAA Tournament, back in 1939. Simmons quickly admitted defeat.Where is Oregon’s NCAA championship team photo? pic.twitter.com/BP12ahS4kE— Bill Simmons (@BillSimmons) March 18, [email protected] Here it is. See you at 4:27 PST. Game On!! pic.twitter.com/TnRhcz6mOd— William (John) Moore (@akajtg) March 18, 2016Touche!!! 1939 vs. 1947 – tonight at 7:30! RT @akajtg: @BillSimmons Here it is. See you at 4:27 PST. Game On!! pic.twitter.com/wYfchlL2Tt— Bill Simmons (@BillSimmons) March 18, 2016The two programs may have the same number of national championship teams, but we don’t think tonight’s game will be anywhere close to even. Simmons probably should have done some quick research before firing off his tweet.