HONG KONG MTR Corp announced on September 4 that it had awarded an HK$1·1bn contract to Nishimatsu Construction for civil engineering work on the Quarry Bay Congestion Relief Works. This includes a 1·75 km extension of the Kwun Tong line westwards to North Point station where there will be cross-platform interchange with the Island line. The twin-bore tunnels, expanded station and turnback tracks beyond North Point are intended to relieve congestion on the existing interchange passageways linking the two lines at Quarry Bay. In the longer term, MTR hopes to extend the new tunnels westwards to create a duplicate Island line serving the Wanchai and Central reclamations on the north shore of Hong Kong Island (RG 7.97 p461).One of the world’s largest multi-modal contactless smart card ticketing systems went live in Hong Kong on September 1, with the introduction of Creative Star’s Octopus network. Adult tickets have an initial encoded value of HK$100, and users must pay an HK$50 deposit to cover the card and a potential negative balance of up to HK$35. Over 200000 users were carried on the first day by the six operators: MTR, KCR East Rail, KCR Light Rail, Citybus and KMB bus services, and the Hongkong & Yaumati Ferry. oCAPTION: MTR Corp took delivery of the first Adtranz-CAF EMU cars for its Airport Express line on September 5 (right). Meanwhile, the urban Tung Chun line version (left) is being tested at up to 135 km/h along the north coast of Lantau island
Lewis contacted some area churches and community organizations to help spread the word about the event. He and his organization applied to borough police and obtained the required permit to allow the vigil to go forward. Lewis said he told police he would expect between 100-500 people to attend.The intent, Lewis explained, is for “showing that we stand up for our youth, and in particular our black children.”The incident, as widely reported, involved the Feb. 26 shooting and killing of Martin, an African American teenager, by George Zimmerman, who was a volunteer for a neighborhood community watch group. It has been reported that Martin was unarmed and that Zimmerman claims to have shot Martin in self-defense.The shooting has sparked outrage and concern, especially in black communities, with some alleging that Martin was shot because of his race and attire, including wearing a hooded sweatshirt, or “hoodie,” which, although worn by people of all ages and races, some associate with criminals.Lewis is calling on those planning to his assembly to wear hoodies in a show of support.Lewis, 34, who is black, was born and raised in Red Bank, He is a graduate of Red Bank Regional High School, Little Silver and attended Delaware State University on a football scholarship. Following his college graduation,he worked for not-for-profit organizations.He recently moved back to Red Bank after living and working in Wilmington, Delaware for the past eight years.And as a young man of color, he said, he knows the sting of being stereotyped for his race and clothing.“I know it is constantly on your mind as a young black male in America,” he said.“When I dress down, that’s what I wear,” he said, referring to a hooded sweatshirt. He feels many people “tend to jump the gun and judge a book by its cover.”He recalled instances in college, “where, we’re outside, just hanging around the car, maybe an officer pulls up and kind of assumes,” he said without completing the sentence.“Sometimes in that whole process, you feel yourself scared or feeling threatened for something you know you didn’t do,” he said.He characterized himself as “A young man who has come through life, made some mistakes, made some good choices, made some bad choices.“But I’ve learned from doing,” he said.“For me it’s even more personal. I am Trayvon Martin,” he said.The purpose of his organization is to work with youth, especially boys and young men, and help to steer them from bad choices by offering positive role models. And if they make mistakes, “help them to understand their mistakes and learn from (them) and how to move on from them.” RED BANK — The shooting of unarmed 17-year-old Trayvon Martin by a neighborhood watch volunteer in Sanford, Fla. Feb. 26 has sparked a national debate.What really happened between the two men in Sanford is still not known.But the impact of the incident is being felt around the nation and in the two rivers.This Monday, a gathering in memory of Martin will take placeBilled as a “Silent and Peaceful Stand for Trayvon Martin,” the event is being organized by Team I.M.P.A.C.T., a group that mentors young black men and boys.The purpose of the gathering, its organizers say, is to call attention to the already high profile incident, and to focus similar situations that place young African-Americans at risk.“It’s not a rally, it’s not a march,” the organization’s founder, Darnell Lewis, said on Wednesday. “It’s a stand of silence and peace for that particular hour, in solidarity,” with the Martin family.The gathering is scheduled for Monday from 6:30-7:30 p.m. on the corner of Shrewsbury Avenue and Drs. James Parker Boulevard. It will be “a peaceful assembly,” Lewis said.
THE Twin Towns is in mourning following the death of noted businessman Michael Heeney.Michael passed away at his home at Dunwiley, Stranorlar following a short illness.Michael was best known as one of the proprietors of the Heeney’s U Drop Inn on Navenny Street in Ballybofey. Alongside his mother, Bridget, and brothers Terence and Aidan, Michael opted one of Ballybofey’s most recognisable haunts.Michael will be laid to rest following 11am Funeral Mass at the Church of Mary Immaculate, Stranorlar on Saturday morning.He sis survived by his mother Bridget, wife Bernie, daughters Rachael, Michelle and Meghan, brothers Patrick, Aidan, Martina, Eugene, Terence, John and Teresa and a wide circle of family and friends. Twin Towns mourns the passing of Michael Heeney was last modified: October 4th, 2019 by Chris McNultyShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:BallybofeyMichael HeeneyU Drop Inn
The EY 2017 Attractiveness Programme Africa, measures the FDI attractiveness of 46 African markets and moreover indicates that South Africa experienced an increase of 6.9% in FDI flows to the market in 2016. (Image:EY 2017 Attractiveness Programme Africa)Johannesburg, Monday 22 May 2017 – The South African Nation Brand continues to be the largest recipient of FDI on the African continent, and is the largest source of intra-regional investment – this is in addition to having recently made a comeback in the top 25 most attractive global investment destinations.This is according to findings from the EY Attractiveness Programme Africa 2017, the AT Kearney Foreign Direct Investment Confidence Index, as well as the Brand South Africa’s Investor Perceptions Research.Brand South Africa’s General Manager for Research – Dr Petrus de Kock says the findings on South Africa’s FDI profile underlines the fact that global investors have confidence in the market, and see the country as an attractive investment destination. “Opportunities identified in these respective indices should be vigorously pursued through a collaborative approach between business and government in South Africa – especially after the credit ratings downgrade,” adds Dr de Kock..Major findings from these indices are that South Africa attracted 20.6% of all FDI projects on the African continent in 2016 with an increase of 6.9% on 2015; the country is the 6th largest source of FDI in the African economy; and the diversified economy, geographical location, infrastructure (hard and soft) and logistical capabilities – play a major role in attracting investment, trade and related global economic activity.“South Africa continues to attract the bulk of FDI projects destined for the continent with a share of 20.6%, Egypt at 11.7%, Morocco at 12%, Nigeria at 7.5%, and Kenya at 5.9%. Notable in this regard is that EY indicates investment flows favoured Africa’s more diversified markets. This means South Africa’s economic profile and diversification remains a key attractiveness feature. The EY 2017 Attractiveness Programme Africa further notes that even as its economy remains under pressure, South Africa retains its appeal as a launchpad for growth across the continent,” said Dr de Kock.The EY 2017 Attractiveness Programme Africa, measures the FDI attractiveness of 46 African markets and moreover indicates that South Africa experienced an increase of 6.9% in FDI flows to the market in 2016. The sectors that dominated include: Consumer Products and Retail – projects more than doubled from 19 in 2015 to 41 in 2016.The 2017 A.T. Kearney Foreign Direct Investment Confidence Index is characterised by a perception of safety in developed markets – Europe in particular. However, the 2017 Index marked the emergence of newcomers UAE, New Zealand, and South Africa – a clear sign of slight increase in investment intentions in emerging markets according to Dr de Kock.“According to the AT Kearney FDI Confidence Index, South Africa GDP growth is expected to reach 0.8% in 2017 and double to 1.6% in 2018, A.T. Kearney notes that with the country’s improvements in infrastructure and education, investors view South Africa as being poised to lead one of the world’s next major manufacturing hubs,” concluded Dr de Kock.Follow the conversation on #SANationBrand
Antetokounmpo still rushes out of Bucks dugout after bad games El Nido residents told to vacate beach homes And it was there where the 2004 Most Valuable Player gave advice to the 2017 Most Improved Player.“He always told me that whatever you do, it’s all about the mentality and that was good advice,” said Antetokounmpo.And though Antetokounmpo faced Garnett in the twilight of the legend’s career, the Greek Freak said he still experienced the verbal competitiveness of the Big Ticket. The two played against each other five times from 2013 until Garnett’s retirement year in 2016.“He didn’t talk trash to me but he was talking trash in general,” said Antetokoumpo.ADVERTISEMENT And back in December Garnett gave Antetokoumpo a bit of advice on how to achieve icon status.“He gave me some few words, he told me it’s all about the mentality,” said Antetokoumpo during his media availability Sunday at Fairmont Makati for his charity event with King Bally Entertainment Group.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool stars“The way you approach the game, the way you see the game, it’s all about mentality. If you have the killer instinct, and you think you’re the best at what you’re doing, and you’re going to do it, you will be good.” Garnett, who’s now retired after almost two decades in the NBA, joined the Bucks in practice in December. Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. RELATED VIDEO View comments National Coffee Research Development and Extension Center brews the 2nd National Coffee Education Congress LATEST STORIES Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Church, environmentalists ask DENR to revoke ECC of Quezon province coal plant Trump strips away truth with hunky topless photo tweet MOST READ Giannis Antetokounmpo in Manila. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netNBA star Giannis Antetokounmpo and future Hall-of-Famer Kevin Garnett have distinct similarities both in appearance and accolades.Both are listed at 6-foot-11, though they sometimes look an inch or two taller than their height, and the two have led their respective teams in all five major statistical categories for one season.ADVERTISEMENT Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH 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 Games Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo Antetokounmpo thrills in ‘Greek Freak Invades Manila’944 viewsSportsVentuno Web Player 4.51 FEU Auditorium’s 70th year celebrated with FEU Theater Guild’s ‘The Dreamweavers’
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Liverpool goalscorer Van Dijk: I’ll take clean sheet over goalby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool defender Virgil van Dijk rates the clean sheet ahead of the goal he scored in victory at Wolves last night.om the Dutchman’s point of view, the three points and a shutout are the most important matters arising from another impressive result.“Not at all – I’m more happy that I’m keeping clean sheets with my team and winning games,” Van Dijk told Liverpoolfc.com, when asked if he was frustrated to have gone nearly 12 months without scoring for his club.“Obviously scoring a goal is a bonus and obviously a very proud moment and hopefully there’s more to come, but I’m more focused on winning games.“We are very happy and at the end I am happy with the win. In the first half we were a bit sloppy at times, but second half we did it well and we are very happy that we won.“It’s a very tough place to come with these circumstances and how they play. They have shown throughout the season they are very good and disciplined and they have a clear idea. We knew before and it’s how we reacted to it and in the second half we dominated and created good chances.”
Derby boss Lampard gives up on Chelsea defender Ampaduby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveDerby County have been rebuffed in their attempts to sign Chelsea defender Ethan Ampadu on loan, confirmed Rams boss Frank Lampard.The 18-year-old can play at centre-back and centre-midfield and Lampard believes it is this versatility that makes him a prized asset at Stamford Bridge.”We have asked, but I don’t think he’s leaving Chelsea,” he told reporters. “He can play in a few positions, that’s why he would be so valuable to anybody and why he’s staying at Chelsea.”People thought we did a lot of business in the summer, but our actual net spend was very negligible.”I had to bring in personnel to try to change the style and that’s not a one-window solution, that’s probably two or three-window. This window will be quiet for us.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say
About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Ex-Man Utd striker Van Persie: Pogba played out of positionby Freddie Taylor24 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Manchester United striker Robin van Persie thinks Paul Pogba should be playing further in Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side.The World Cup winner has lined up primarily as a defensive midfielder under the Norwegian this season.Speaking after Monday’s draw with Arsenal, van Persie said: “For him, the coach, for us, for everyone, it’s just important to choose a position.”I would play him not as a defensive midfielder, and not as a number 10 but in between – [the] number eight position. “So, he still has his freedom, he’s not judged then on 20-plus goals a season, if he scores 10-plus goals, makes assists, everyone will look differently at him then, but it needs to be clear for everyone.”
Gurugram: To make sure that their voice is represented by the leaders during the upcoming assembly elections, a group of around 40 residents of the city have drafted a charter of demands.With a major focus on the protection of the Aravallis, the prominent resident groups have also highlighted other issues ranging from urban planning, environment, water and waste. One of the demands made in the charter is repealing the Punjab Land Preservation (Haryana Amendment) Bill, which the Haryana government had passed in February this year, opening thousands of acres of land in the Aravalli range for real estate development and mining. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murder”The Aravallis is an important zone for groundwater recharge and its degradation is badly affecting the city’s air quality. We want that declaring the Aravallis as deemed forest be an issue taken up this election. The Aravalli Biodiversity Park should also be declared a forest,” said Chetan Agarwal, a city-based environmentalist. The emphasis on the protection of Aravallis comes at a time when residents of villages around the forested area are forced to consume poisonous and polluted water. The sample of water collected from the villages of Baliawas and Bandhwari has shown high amounts of substances that can cause deadly diseases like cancer. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchingsEarlier too, the water samples collected from the Bandhwari have shown a large number of substances that includes chlorides, nitrites manganese and calcium were way above than even the unhealthy levels. It is important to note that with a landfill site spread around 30 acres in Bandhwari, large amounts of garbage are being dumped daily at the landfill site from Gurugram as well as Faridabad. Over 90 trucks come daily and dump the garbage. A set of demands to tackle Gurugram’s year-round air pollution includes setting up at least six air quality monitors in the city.
WASHINGTON – President Donald Trump suggested Saturday he may be willing to negotiate changes to a significant portion of the tax overhaul, the corporate tax rate, injecting an element of uncertainty into the tax plan only hours after it cleared the Senate.Trump told reporters at the White House before a trip to New York City that he would consider setting the corporate tax rate at 22 per cent, compared to a 20 per cent rate that he has pushed for with House and Senate Republicans during the fall.Pointing to expected talks between House and Senate negotiators this month, Trump predicted “something beautiful is going to come out of that mixer” and the business tax would come “all the way down from 35 to 20. It could be 22 when it comes out, but it could also be 20. We’ll see what ultimately comes out.”Trump spoke after the Senate approved a $1.5 trillion tax bill early Saturday that would rewrite the nation’s tax code, cut individual rates and slash the corporate tax rate from 35 per cent to 20 per cent beginning in 2019. If enacted, the bill would provide the most sweeping changes to the tax system in three decades and help Trump deliver the first major legislative win of his presidency.Trump’s suggestion of a higher corporate tax rate than what has been included in legislation approved by the House and Senate represented an about-face after the president and administration officials maintained a hard line that a corporate rate higher than 20 per cent was a nonstarter.Vice-President Mike Pence said in a speech to the Tax Foundation in mid-November that the administration would “cut the corporate tax rate from one of the highest in the developed world down to 20 per cent — and not a penny more.”Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, who accompanied Trump to New York for fundraisers on Saturday, said in September that the 20 per cent corporate rate was “not negotiable.”The shift perplexed some Republicans. Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., tried to pare back the proposed cut in corporate tax rates to 20.94 per cent to provide a more generous increase in the child tax credit. But he was rebuffed.“Senate leaders & White House fought hard to defeat expanded #ChildTaxCredit b/c of 20.94% rate but now 22% is ok?” Rubio tweeted Saturday.White House officials did not immediately respond to questions seeking clarity on Trump’s views of the proposed corporate tax rate.Senate and House Republicans now head into a new phase of seeking to reconcile differences in the legislation passed by both chambers, a behind-closed-doors process that could move quickly. Trump has said he wants to sign the tax package into law before Christmas.Republicans have pointed to the tax bill as crucial to retaining its House and Senate majorities in next year’s midterm elections. Democrats have said the bill will solely help the wealthy and corporations at the expense of more modest-earning workers.Democrats have noted that while the corporate tax rates would be permanently reduced under the plan, it would only offer temporary tax cuts to individuals, lasting until 2026.__On Twitter follow Ken Thomas at @KThomasDC.