Despite putting on a fearless, entertaining and commanding first-half performance which should have seen his Jamaican team outscore Costa Rica en-route to a comfortable win, Reggae Boyz’ head coach Winfried Schafer labels the 1-1 result in Friday night’s CONCACAF Semi-final Round Group Two World Cup Qualifier a good one and believes his charges will win the return tie tomorrow. Jamaica’s Je-Vaughn Watson scored a bullet header in the 16th minute, while a number of close chances for the home team went beckoning inside the almost full to capacity National Stadium. The Jamaicans also had the lion’s share of possession in the first-half and were more direct, but just couldn’t get the ball into the net more than once in Friday night’s game. Analysing his team’s performance during Friday’s post-match press conference, Schafer called his team’s play in the opening period exemplary. “We played with our all, that’s what we worked at in training and in the second-half the players got a little bit tired. The left side had a small problem, but we showed teamwork because we are one of the best teams in the CONCACAF and the end is OK, 1-1 is OK,” said the coach. Schafer admitted that his charges were short with that elusive second goal, but showed guts. “We were not complacent and (Rodolph) Austin is not here, but I am very happy about the performance of our team, it was fantastic and our team gave 100 per cent for the country and the people and I am very happy about that and how the team goes out against Costa Rica,” he underlined. The coach also defended his substitutions, stating that Lee Williamson, who was very good in the first-half, was taken out because he was tired, adding that forward Darren Mattocks might have been introduced a little too late. “Again, our team today played in this match was very good. We intend to beat Costa Rica at home,” he reiterated. “The plan is to recover the players, the players sleep good and we make our recovery. After that we go to Costa Rica,” he added, noting that captain Austin should be OK to play in Costa Rica.
22 October 2013South Africa’s Standard Bank has been named the best investment bank on the continent for the sixth consecutive year in EMEA Finance’s 2013 Africa Banking awards.Standard Bank, Africa’s largest lender by assets, operates in 18 markets on the continent, and was part of a number of innovative transactions in 2012/12, including:South Africa’s first – and the world’s third – renewable energy bond for concentrated photovoltaic energy; The first non-extractive limited recourse financed by a Chinese bank in sub-Saharan Africa with no government guarantee, on behalf of Kenya’s Triumph Power Generating Company; and The largest underwrite backed by the Export Credit Insurance Corporation of South Africa, which was arranged for Konkola Copper Mines in Zambia. “There are several good examples of Standard Bank’s unique capabilities in the submissions sent to us for evaluation,” EMEA Finance CEO Christopher Moore said in a statement on Friday.“The bank’s comprehensive support of the globally recognised renewable energy initiatives taking place in South Africa, and its work as the sole arranger mandated to support the Republic of Tanzania’s $600-million, seven-year, FRN – the first ever benchmark-sized placement of its kind by a sub-Saharan sovereign – are prime examples of the bank’s unrivalled understanding of the markets it operates in, and its broad range of capabilities and expertise.”Standard Bank was also recognized at the EMEA Finance 2013 Africa Banking awards as the best local investment bank in Angola, Ghana, Kenya, Namibia, South Africa, Tanzania and Uganda.“Standard Bank remains at the forefront of investment banking in Africa thanks to the depth of expertise it can leverage across its extensive geographic footprint on the continent,” Moore said.“The bank’s consistent leadership and its ability to support its clients in ways that the overwhelming majority of banks operating in Africa are simple unable and unprepared to do, is an impressive competitive advantage.”Standard Bank was also named best investment bank in Africa in the 2013 Euromoney Awards of Exellence, and best trade bank in sub-Saharan Africa in the 2013 Trade Finance Awards for Excellence, and took four wins in The Banker Deals of the Year for Africa in 2013.SAinfo reporter
Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Our forecast is cautiously optimistic this morning. While we cant rule out moisture of the coming days, we think that we end up with better sunshine and dry chances than we had bee looking for, and we are definitely better off than our neighbors to the west. Here is a look at our thoughts this morning. We turn out partly sunny for most of the day today over most of Ohio. We can see a few hit ad miss showers tonight in SW parts of the state, but generally we miss out on big moisture today. The same story will be here tomorrow…partly sunny skies with little to no precipitation threat. Our best chance of rain comes Sunday with showers that bring .1″-.7″ to 90% of the state. The for memorial Day on Monday, we see a mix of clouds and sun, but only a few widely scattered showers. Coverage for Monday will be 2o-30% or less. So..that is not a bad forecast window, and it may be enough to allow some progress here, particularly over the next 2 days…but it will be touch and go given our earlier week rains. Tuesday continues to be our partly to mostly sunny, completely dry day. We expect good drying and excellent evaporation for that day. Wednesday clouds will be on the increase, and showers return for late afternoon and evening. Rain totals there will be from a few hundredths up to .4″ and 60% coverage. For Thursday additional showers bring a few hundredths to .3″ and 70% coverage…so most of us will see some form of precipitation at midweek next week. We turn dry Friday with mostly sunny skies. The map at right shows rain through next Friday. We finish out the 10 day period next weekend with scattered showers for Saturday June 1. Again, like previous chances, the showers are not all that impressive, triggering .1″-.4″ and 70% coverage. Then we turn drier for Sunday the 2nd as clouds give way to sun. For the extended period, we are shifting some later rains forward, and increasing totals. Rains are back over the area for Monday the 3rd with potential for .25”-1.25” rain totals and 100% coverage. Thunderstorms become more likely for Tuesday the 4th with 1-2” rains and 100% coverage. That will set us back a bit if they come together as we see them right now. WE do put together 2 dry days for Wednesday the 5th and Thursday the 6th with a lot of sunshine and warmer air. Then clouds increase again for Friday the 7th as scattered showers arrive from the south. Those continue to move north through the overnight into Saturday the 8th. However, coverage will be minor enough to also allow for mixed clouds and sun Saturday midday and afternoon. Temperatures generally stay normal to above normal here through the next week, but we do turn cooler next Thursday and Friday behind next week’s strong cold front. Temps there could be below normal each day. A return to warmer air finishes out the 11-16 day period.
By LUCAS EASTMANCan you imagine living in a property that has flooded 10 times? How about 20 times? It’s hard to fathom enduring that kind of situation, yet owners of 2,109 properties across the United States experience just that. Not only has each of these properties flooded more than 10 times, but the National Flood Insurance Program has paid to rebuild them after each flood. One home in Batchelor, Louisiana, flooded 40 times and received a total of $428,379 in flood insurance payments.These properties — and more than 30,000 others that have flooded multiple times — illustrate the current problems of the National Flood Insurance Program and also provide some insights into how challenging it will be to cope with sea level rise, flooding due to extreme weather, as well as other impacts of climate change. It is anticipated that between 4 and 13 million people’s homes could be inundated due to sea level rise by 2100.How many of these homes will be in the same situation, repeatedly damaged by floods, and the main assistance provided is to repeatedly rebuild? How the nation — and the National Flood Insurance Program — face this dilemma is a key question we need to answer if we are going to prepare for and adapt to the impacts of climate change.That’s why NRDC decided to take a close look at how we’re already addressing properties that have been repeatedly flooded.Through a Freedom of Information Act request to the Federal Emergency Management Agency, which oversees the NFIP, we received records on the 30,000 most frequently flooded properties in the program, called Severe Repetitive Loss Properties. The data reveal important new information about the flood history of these properties and show that in many, if not most of these cases, it would be cheaper to buy these properties than pay to rebuild them over and over again. At the bottom of this page are some facts about the most frequently flooded properties in the National Flood Insurance Program. A disproportionate burden on the programThese 30,000 Severe Repetitive Loss Properties represent a disproportionate burden on the NFIP. Despite only representing 0.60% of the 5 million homes in the program, these properties have received 10.6% ($5.5 billion dollars) of all flood insurance claims since 1978. That’s an average of $181,444 paid over the life of each property. Nearly half (13,499) of these properties have been paid more in flood insurance money than their house is worth.This prompts the question: how did we get here? And the more relevant question: what can we do to fix this?Zip codes that contain at least one Severe Repetitive Loss Property. (NRDC illustration generated from FEMA data)We arrived at this point because the National Flood Insurance Program (NFIP) is designed to help people rebuild in the same location where they were flooded, a perilous strategy in the face of increasingly severe storms and sea level rise due to climate change. The drive to rebuild is completely understandable, but recognizing that some homes will be flooded again in the near future necessitates a different response.NRDC has proposed a novel voluntary home buyout strategy that could help address this situation in a fair and equitable way. If homeowners are ready to break the cycle of being flooded and rebuilding, as our research suggests many are, they would sign an agreement with the NFIP that when their property’s damages from flooding exceeds 50% or more of its value, the government will buy out their property at its pre-flood fair market value. Steps to protect against future flooding not takenA home buyout strategy is so badly needed because, despite being flooded multiple times, the vast majority of properties we looked at have not taken steps to protect against future floods, like putting their home on stilts or pilings or relocating to higher ground.The data we received from FEMA show that 75% of the 30,000 properties we examined have not taken action to reduce their vulnerability to flooding or received assistance to do so. These homeowners are stuck in a difficult situation as their properties have been flooded an average of five times. Instead of repeatedly paying to repair and rebuild these properties in the same place, where it will likely be flooded again, we should be helping these people relocate somewhere safer.Some of these homeowners’ situations are even more fragile considering that 2,708 of them sustained damage in excess of 50% of their property’s total value during the last flood they experienced. In flood insurance-speak, this 50% threshold is what’s known as “substantially damaged,” meaning the owner has an obligation to take some action to reduce future flooding, at significant cost to them. It makes sense that many of these property owners want to relocate to higher ground. NRDC’s buyout proposal would allow the homeowners to do that if they want to, and taxpayers would be alleviated of paying to rebuild the property time and time again. Lucas Eastman is a candidate for a Master’s of Environmental Management degree at Duke University who this summer is interning at the Natural Resources Defense Council in Chicago. This post originally appeared at the NRDC website. Reform will be possible next yearIn 2017 Congress will have a chance to reform the NFIP (the National Flood Insurance Act must be reauthorized every five years) and NRDC will be pushing them to consider this option. Among the 30,000 properties examined, NRDC estimates it would cost about $2 billion to buy out those properties that are still insured, unmitigated, and at-risk, a not-unreasonable amount considering these same properties have already collected about $2 billion in flood claims. The NFIP is currently $23 billion in debt, so buying properties that are proven to be flood-prone would reduce the constant insurance and disaster assistance payments (some in excess of their property value), and thus take a significant step toward a safer and more sustainable future for our nation.The future costs facing the nation are staggering and cannot be entirely avoided. The real estate website Zillow recently estimated that 1.9 million properties worth $882 billion are at risk of being inundated by sea level rise by the year 2100. NRDC does not propose that all those properties be purchased, but we should seriously consider how we assist low-income residents and home owners that are included among those properties.The costs of repairing and rebuilding those 1.9 million properties multiple times before they are inundated will also be staggeringly high. The longer we leave people and their homes in an increasingly vulnerable situation, the more at risk people’s lives are, the more we will pay to repeatedly rebuild, and the greater the pressure will be to erect costly and environmentally questionable flood defenses, a strategy that is not feasible for the entire U.S. coastline.NRDC has proposed a platform of “climate smart” flood insurance reforms that includes our discounts for buyouts proposal. Our reforms are intended to provide assistance to low-income homeowners to relocate as climate change puts their homes at greater risk and also increase the accountability and transparency that is sorely lacking in the NFIP.Number of Severe Repetitive Loss Properties (see definition here): 30,369Percent of all NFIP properties insured: 0.60%.Total flood insurance payments received by these properties (1978-2015): $5,510,262,002.Percent of all payments made to all properties in the NFIP (1978-2015): 10.56%.Mean losses (flood claims) per property: 5.39.Number of properties with more than 10 losses: 2,109.Average cumulative payment received by these properties: $181,444.Number of properties that have received more in payments than their house is worth: 13,499.Number and percentage of these properties that have been mitigated (elevated, relocated, or demolished): 8,053 (26.52%).Number and percentage that have not been mitigated: 22,016 (73.48%).Estimated cost of mitigating 9,887 currently insured single-family homes: $1,998,607,615. RELATED ARTICLES Build Disaster-Proof Homes Before Storms StrikeBuilding for Reduced Flood RiskResilient Communities Designing Houses and Communities To Be Smarter and More ResilientResilience: Designing Homes for More Intense StormsMaking the Case for Resilient DesignBuilding Resilience for a ‘Close Encounter’ with DisasterGreen Building Priority #9 – Create Resilient Houses The homeowners would then relocate to a safer area with that money and the property would be maintained as open space, providing some buffer against future floods. In exchange for this commitment, homeowners would receive discounted flood insurance and an accelerated buyout process.
About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Solskjaer settles debate on Man Utd captaincyby Freddie Taylor10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveOle Gunnar Solskjaer insists Antonio Valencia will remain as captain of Manchester United. The Ecuadorian fall out of favour under Jose Mourinho this season, having made just four Premier League appearances.But Solskjaer says the veteran will be an important part of his team once he returns to full fitness.He said: “Antonio is the captain. When he is properly fit and playing, he will wear the armband.”He’s going through a couple of tough sessions to get him ready for the busy period. There are not many better right backs going forward.”
Chelsea striker Giroud wanted by Conte’s Inter Milanby Paul Vegas9 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea striker Olivier Giroud is being linked with Inter Milan.Inter coach Antonio Conte is considering bolstering his attacking ranks with the acquisition of veteran Giroud, says Calciomercato.com.Giroud was brought to Stamford Bridge by Conte in January 2018.And the former Blues boss could sign him for a second time as he looks to provide competition for Romelu Lukaku and cover for the injured Alexis Sanchez at the San Siro.Giroud is off contract at Chelsea in June. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
As part of efforts to minimise the impact of climate change on fishing livelihoods, a campaign will be designed and executed in the upcoming fiscal year.A sum of $22.8 million has been set aside in the 2018/19 Estimates of Expenditure to facilitate this undertaking under the Fisheries Ecosystem Adaptation Strategies and Technologies project.The Estimates were tabled recently in the House of Representatives by Minister of Finance and the Public Service, Hon. Audley Shaw.The money will also go towards the hiring of a consultant to carry out the design and execution of the climate change campaign; increase marine protected areas management capacity and resource management effectiveness; and reduce human-induced impacts on fisheries ecosystems functions/services.The project is being funded by the Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre and will be implemented through the Ministry of Local Government and Community Development.It seeks to enhance marine protected areas (MPAs) ecosystem services via reduction of human-induced stressors and increased sustainable resource use; apply climate adaptation measures to minimise impacts on MPA ecosystems from land-based sources of pollution; and minimise climate change impact on fishing livelihoods.
EDMONTON – The Oilers Entertainment Group has decided not to submit a bid to keep the Canadian Finals Rodeo in Edmonton.Oilers spokesman Tim Shipton says they couldn’t find a business model they felt would be successful, so OEG is now working on a new western lifestyle festival at Rogers Place for next winter.The CFR was a staple at the Edmonton Northlands Coliseum for 44 years, but the facility’s impending closure means it needs to find a new home.The City of Red Deer submitted a bid in December to become the CFR’s next host, but the move has not been confirmed.The annual Farm Fair exhibition, which ran alongside the CFR for decades, will continue at Edmonton’ Expo Centre.The hotel association in Edmonton says Farm Fair alone attracts about 90,000 people to the Alberta capital each year.“At the end of the day, we looked at a lot of different options,” said Shipton. “We have forgone the opportunity to submit a bid proposal for 2018 for CFR. It wasn’t an easy decision but we do feel it was the right one.”“I think it (CFR) holds a special part in a lot of people’s eyes, just because it’s been there for so long, and it was a good rodeo,” said steer wrestler Cody Cassidy. “As far back as a little kid I can remember going there to watch my dad compete.”Canadian Professional Rodeo Association general manager Jeff Robson said Red Deer is one option for a new CFR home.“We’re going to work on coming through with what we think is the best proposal for the CPRA, for our contestants, and hopefully for the new community that we move to,” he said.Red Deer would mean a smaller venue with fewer seats, but Cassidy said he wants assurances that the prize money remains attractive.“To grow the sport you need the money there for the younger guys coming up and carry on this western way of life.” (CTV Edmonton)
Two of the missing side-by-sides are described as 2018 John Deere XUV590M models that are green and yellow in colour. The third is a 2014 John Deere 850T that is black and camouflaged.If you have any information on this incident please contact the Dawson Creek RCMP at 250-784-3700, or if you wish to remain anonymous please contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477. DAWSON CREEK, B.C. – Dawson Creek RCMP are looking for the public’s help in locating three stolen side by side vehicles.On Sunday, August 19, the RCMP received a report of a break and enter at a business on Highway 49 near Collins Road.The report indicated a lock had been cut on the gate leading to four side by side vehicles. Video surveillance showed unknown persons entering the yard and driving off with three side-by-sides. The following day, staff noticed a fourth was also taken, though police say that one of the vehicles has been recovered.
KOLKATA: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, who has lately been inviting Prime Minister Narendra Modi to a US Presidential-style debate, in full view of television cameras, has decided to go for a near head-on collision.Banerjee has brought forward her campaign schedule for Wednesday so that she can respond to PM Modi as it will be on the same day that he launches his second blitzkrieg of Bengal. PM Modi will hold a rally in north Bengal’s Siliguri Wednesday around afternoon. He will then fly to Kolkata and hold a mega rally at Brigade Parade Ground late afternoon. The venue for the Prime Minister’s Kolkata rally is the same where Banerjee’s grand alliance or mahagathbandhan rally was held on January 19. As per her earlier schedule, Banerjee was supposed to launch her election campaign from Cooch Behar in north Bengal on Thursday, April 4. But she has decided to head to the north Wednesday itself. She will reach her destination at around 4:00 pm. By then, PM Modi is likely to have finished his speeches in Siliguri and Kolkata and then, Banerjee is expected to respond to PM Modi’s attacks.