Confidence is on the up in spite of cuts

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Stanbic IBTC Bank (IBTC.ng) 2017 Annual Report

first_imgStanbic IBTC Bank (IBTC.ng) listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchange under the Banking sector has released it’s 2017 annual report.For more information about Stanbic IBTC Bank (IBTC.ng) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Stanbic IBTC Bank (IBTC.ng) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Stanbic IBTC Bank (IBTC.ng)  2017 annual report.Company ProfileStanbic IBTC Plc is a financial services company in Nigeria offering banking products and services for the retail, corporate, investment and wealth management sectors. The Personal and Corporate Banking division provides a full-service offering ranging from transactional accounts to residential accommodation loans, vehicle and equipment finance and instalment finance. The Corporate and Investment Banking division offers products and services for foreign exchange, fixed income and equity trading as well as transactional banking, corporate and property lending and custodial and trade finance services. The Wealth Management division provides services for investment management, pension management, portfolio management, unit trust/fund management and trusteeship services. Stanbic IBTC Holdings Plc undertakes venture capital projects and private equity investments; acts as an executor and trustee of wills and trusts; and provides agency, insurance brokerage and stockbroking services. Founded in 1989, Stanbic IBTC Holdings Plc is a subsidiary of Stanbic Africa Holdings Limited. Its company head office is in Lagos, Nigeria. Stanbic IBTC Plc is listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchangelast_img read more

Shane Williams in Japan – Catch up with the Welsh legend

first_imgSaturday Nov 3, 2012 Shane Williams in Japan – Catch up with the Welsh legend Welsh wizard Shane Williams has been playing in Japan since hanging up his boots for club and country, relishing the challenge and change of scenery. BBC’s Scrum V caught up with him recently for a fascinating look into his new life just outside Tokyo. Williams, who played his final match for Wales last December, has taken to semi-professional rugby well and bought into the change of pace. He’s playing for Japanese Division Two team Mitsubishi Dynaboars, and plays alongside former Wasps flyhalf Dave Walder, and All Black Tom Donnelly.“Rugby is certainly a growing sport in Japan – twice the sport it was back when I toured out here. They are certainly getting better and better and it shows,” Williams told Wales Online recently.“Its attraction has grown over the years and what I have noticed is that they are very passionate about rugby, and sport in general, and have shown their commitment by bringing in big signings such as Sonny Bill Williams and Jerry Collins.“It may not be as physical as other nations but they play at a very fast pace – 100mph rugby – and that suits my style down tot he ground.“I am consistently learning out here. It’s a lot different to what I am used to – the training, the gym workouts, the food. These are all experiences I want to bring back to the UK and Wales. I am having to adapt every day.“The family and I try to get out to Tokyo as much as we can, but you could spend a year in Japan and not have enough time to see half of it. Wales is a very small country and until you go and experience new places like Japan, New Zealand, South Africa, you really haven’t lived.“It’s been a very positive experience for us so far and we are all definitely enjoying ourselves.”This 15 minute look his time in Japan gives a great insight into his everyday life so far. Enjoy.Credit: BBC Scrum VADVERTISEMENT Posted By: rugbydump Share Send Thanks Sorry there has been an error Related Articles 81 WEEKS AGO scottish prop saves fire victim 84 WEEKS AGO New Rugby X tournament insane 112 WEEKS AGO Vunipola stands by his comments supporting… From the WebThis Video Will Soon Be Banned. Watch Before It’s DeletedSecrets RevealedUrologists Stunned: Forget the Blue Pill, This “Fixes” Your EDSmart Life ReportsYou Won’t Believe What the World’s Most Beautiful Girl Looks Like TodayNueeyDoctors Stunned: She Removes Her Wrinkles With This Inexpensive TipSmart Life ReportsIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier Living30+ Everyday Items With A Secret Hidden PurposeNueeyThe content you see here is paid for by the advertiser or content provider whose link you click on, and is recommended to you by Revcontent. As the leading platform for native advertising and content recommendation, Revcontent uses interest based targeting to select content that we think will be of particular interest to you. We encourage you to view your opt out options in Revcontent’s Privacy PolicyWant your content to appear on sites like this?Increase Your Engagement Now!Want to report this publisher’s content as misinformation?Submit a ReportGot it, thanks!Remove Content Link?Please choose a reason below:Fake NewsMisleadingNot InterestedOffensiveRepetitiveSubmitCancellast_img read more

Cliff House / PLANET Creations Sekiya Masato Architecture Desi…

first_imgArchDaily Cliff House / PLANET Creations Sekiya Masato Architecture Design OfficeSave this projectSaveCliff House / PLANET Creations Sekiya Masato Architecture Design OfficePresented by: ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/937637/cliff-house-planet-creations-sekiya-masato-architecture-design-office Clipboard Japan Area:  72 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project Manufacturers: AutoDesk, Aica, Electrolux, Grohe, Panasonic, Sanwa, AdobeSave this picture!© Akira KITARecommended ProductsRenders / 3D AnimationAUGmentectureAugmented Reality Platform – AUGmentecture™ConcreteKrytonConcrete Hardening – Hard-CemWoodLunawoodThermowood FacadesWoodTechnowoodPergola SystemsText description provided by the architects. The site is located in Tenkawa village, located 600 meters above sea level, surrounded by the Omine mountain range, in the central part of Yoshino gun, Nara Prefecture. It is a holiday villa for a doctor and his wife, who love ‘ayu’ fishing. Before the eye is virgin forest, one of Tenkawa’s one hundred lovely sights, and I decided that the villa needs to be a space that included a view across the forest and the majestic waters of Ten River, a branch of the Kumano River source stream. However, even in the initial stage of planning, when the owner suggested that he would be satisfied with a simple fishing cabin, I perceived difficulties. A large percentage of the site was a steep slope inclining 17 meters toward the Ten River, and the flat area was only 6 meters square, so once parking for two cars was established, there was no room for a building. Save this picture!© Akira KITASave this picture!SectionSave this picture!© Akira KITAIn view of the possibility of the sharply inclined riverbank collapsing or the river rising, it would be dangerous to set a tall pillar on the shore and support the residence on that side, but if we built a two-floor structure beside the road, with parking on the first floor and a residence on the second, the lovely scenery would suffer.  My solution was to dig down nearly to the bedrock and sink the building into the ground, then extend it out into the air over the river.  The key to the structure is the creation of balance.Save this picture!© Akira KITASave this picture!Floor planSave this picture!© Akira KITAIt has a structure like a balance, installed on flat bedrock, with a ruffle concrete pillar as a fulcrum, and a mass of concrete to be a counterweight. As a result, we created a 6 meter cantilever with a tubular reinforced concrete frame of 5.2 x 2.5 m, and we were able to secure sufficient internal space. The interior plan is partitioned longways into the kitchen/laundry/bathroom space and living space, and the end that extends outwards is wide open to the forest and river.  The area most needing light is the deck area, the next is the living / dining room and last is the bedroom, so they are arranged in this order. Each area is separated by sliding doors that can be folded back completely, and by opening the sliding doors, the view of the green landscape flows through to the bedroom.Save this picture!© Akira KITASave this picture!© Akira KITAThis house is sunk unto the ground and only the lawn which forms the roof exterior can be seen from the road. The surrounding scenery is the same as it was before construction. The villa blends to a great degree into the surrounding environment and has become a house that gives a sense of floating in nature. Houses CopyHouses•Tenkawa, Japan Projects 2015 Photographs:  Shinkenchiku-sha, Akira KITA Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project Cliff House / PLANET Creations Sekiya Masato Architecture Design Office Year:  ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/937637/cliff-house-planet-creations-sekiya-masato-architecture-design-office Clipboard Photographs “COPY” “COPY” Project gallerySee allShow lessFree Architectural Photography Resources to Explore During the LockdownArticlesHassell Leads Design for Healthcare Precinct and First Medi-Hotel in Western AustraliaArchitecture News Share Architects: PLANET Creations Sekiya Masato Architecture Design Office Area Area of this architecture project Save this picture!© Shinkenchiku-sha+ 25Curated by Paula Pintos Share CopyAbout this officePLANET Creations Sekiya Masato Architecture Design OfficeOfficeFollow#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesOn InstagramOn FacebookGerman Design CouncilTenkawaJapanPublished on April 16, 2020Cite: “Cliff House / PLANET Creations Sekiya Masato Architecture Design Office” 16 Apr 2020. ArchDaily. Accessed 10 Jun 2021. ISSN 0719-8884Browse the CatalogBathroom AccessorieshansgroheBath & Shower ThermostatsGlass3MGlass Finish – FASARA™ NaturalPartitionsSkyfoldVertically Folding Operable Walls – Mirage®WindowsVitrocsaSliding Window – Mosquito NetSinksBradley Corporation USASinks – Verge LVG-SeriesMetal PanelsTrimoQbiss One in Equinix Data CentreSignage / Display SystemsGoppionDisplay Case – Q-ClassMetal PanelsLongboard®Aluminum Battens – Link & Lock – 4″Sports ApplicationsPunto DesignPunto Fit in Ekaterinburg Public SpaceWoodBlumer LehmannFree Form Structures for Wood ProjectsKnobsKarcher DesignDoor Knob K390 (50)TablesVitsœ621 Side TableMore products »Save想阅读文章的中文版本吗?日本深山的‘天平’之家 / PLANET Creations Sekiya Masato Architecture Design Office是否翻译成中文现有为你所在地区特制的网站?想浏览ArchDaily中国吗?Take me there »✖You’ve started following your first account!Did you know?You’ll now receive updates based on what you follow! 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Pacheco Leão AL Residence / Ateliê de Arquitetura

first_img “COPY” Projects Architects: Atelie de Arquitetura Area Area of this architecture project “COPY” ArchDaily Brazil Manufacturers: Trespa, Florense, Ekko Revestimentos, I9, Manuffati, NS Brasil, Painel, Recoma, Rf marcenaria, Rigotti, StoneboxxArchitects In Charge:Anna Backheuser, Elaine FachettiArchitect:Paula LealStructure Project:Rodrigo AffonsoMep Engineering:EquilibriumLandscape:Nativa PaisagismoLighting Project:Rio Branco e FAcciniCivil Work:Artha ConstrutoraCity:Jardim BotânicoCountry:BrazilMore SpecsLess SpecsSave this picture!© André NazarethRecommended ProductsWindowsAccoyaAccoya® Windows and DoorsStonesFranken-SchotterFlooring and Wall Tiles – Dietfurt LimestoneDoorsSky-FrameInsulated Sliding Doors – Sky-Frame ArcWoodGustafsWood Veneered Wall & Ceiling PanelsText description provided by the architects. The program of this house, located in a closed condominium of family residences in Horto neighborhood, Rio de Janeiro, had as the main guideline the simplicity, thermal comfort and practicality, without losing the contemporaneous aesthetic and relation with green areas.Save this picture!© André NazarethOn the corner lot, there was a house with a plan that did not contemplate all the demands of the program, which required a built area of 370m², divided in three floors. Therefore, we have concluded that it would be better to demolish it, constructing a new residence that had as the main challenge the distribution of generous spaces in order to supply the residents’ needs in a plot of 115m².Save this picture!© André NazarethIt was defined that the steel structure and apparent concrete would optimize the construction period and facilitate the difficulties of work materials accesses on site. The design of the structure and curve wall following the perimeter had already defined the extern boundaries of the house as the masonries act as closures to delimitate spaces. It was taken into account the importance of keep some uncovered areas, which are used as internal gardens and bring light, ventilation and green into the residence. The vertical circulation interferes as minimum as possible on the space distribution, but has become a very important aesthetic element of the project.Save this picture!© André NazarethThe concrete hollow brick wall – present on the north façade, oriented to the condominium square – separate the public space from the private space, creating a connection between outside and inside, besides allowing the entrance of natural lighting. On the upper part, the privacy and temperature are guaranteed by a strips panel of recycled material composed by a mix of craft paper and resin that remind wood.Save this picture!© André NazarethSave this picture!Plan – Ground floorSave this picture!© André NazarethOn the ground floor, we have opted for a fully integrated living area, fluid, well ventilated and enlightened, with few walls and many translucent panels. A seedbed between the wall and the façade brings the coziness and nature to the environment. The kitchen is open to the living room and a wood panel allows it to be separated whenever it is necessary. The barbecue area also integrates the kitchen and the living room, serving as a prism of cross ventilation and green area.Save this picture!© André NazarethFor the floor of the entire internal space the burnt cement was used, which helps in the continuity of the ambiances, and cementitious slabs on the external area complement the ground floor. The slab is apparent, keeping the premise of easy maintenance materials and no coatings. The entire illumination of the living room is done by apparent trails tied to the slab. The kitchen keeps the gray tone that unites all the residence, but a hydraulic tile panel brings a more organic and colored element. Green tones highlight themselves in several corners of the ground floor area, dialoguing with the small gardens.Save this picture!© André NazarethThe staircase is in apparent steel structure, on the same lead color as the house structure. Steps/shelves in cumaru wood warm the ambiance and connect the first floors forming a great rack. Iron tubes create a small hall on the entrance, where the bicycles are hanged, along with a green lacquered pivot door that sets the main entry. By the end of the staircase, a great window oriented for the graphite painted shaft allows the lighting and ventilation entrance.Save this picture!© André NazarethOn the second floor, there are three suites. The circulation is well illuminated by the shaft and the wood floor brings coziness to this more private floor. Even so, the continuity of other materials keep the same language of the entire project.Save this picture!© André NazarethThe second floor is a small loft, an apartment inside the house. The cement floor and the ceiling in wood strips create a contrast and, when necessary, the rooms are separated by a single curtain. The space is entirely surrounded by translucent panels in order to take advantage of the green area of the condominium and the Atlantic Forest view. The balcony guarantees the green area of the pavement. On this floor, a steel staircase allows access to the green roof, which benefits from the continuous landscape of the Rio de Janeiro mountains and the Botanical Garden Park, besides offering thermal comfort and the cultivation of small sized fruit trees.Save this picture!© André NazarethWe have also sought solutions that were sustainable, taking into account the constant neighborhood humidity that demands the maximum of natural light entrance in the house and, at the same time, the cross ventilation in order to mitigate the summer temperatures. The entire house reuses rainwater and has solar panels systems for the water heating, besides water saving equipment and certified wood. Photographs Year:  2018 Area:  370 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project center_img Pacheco Leão AL Residence / Ateliê de ArquiteturaSave this projectSavePacheco Leão AL Residence / Ateliê de ArquiteturaSave this picture!© André Nazareth+ 28Curated by Matheus Pereira Share ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/937956/pacheco-leao-al-residence-atelie-de-arquitetura Clipboard ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/937956/pacheco-leao-al-residence-atelie-de-arquitetura Clipboard Save this picture!© André NazarethProject gallerySee allShow lessBanfield House / Fabrizio PuglieseSelected ProjectsCampus of ReligionsBuilt Projects & Masterplans Share Pacheco Leão AL Residence / Ateliê de Arquitetura Photographs:  André Nazareth Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project Houses CopyHouses, Sustainability•Jardim Botânico, Brazil CopyAbout this officeAtelie de ArquiteturaOfficeFollowProductsSteelConcrete#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesSustainabilityBotanic GardenBrazilPublished on April 21, 2020Cite: “Pacheco Leão AL Residence / Ateliê de Arquitetura” [Casa Pacheco Leão AL / Ateliê de Arquitetura] 21 Apr 2020. ArchDaily. Accessed 10 Jun 2021. ISSN 0719-8884Browse the CatalogBathroom AccessorieshansgroheBath & Shower ThermostatsGlass3MGlass Finish – FASARA™ NaturalPartitionsSkyfoldVertically Folding Operable Walls – Mirage®WindowsVitrocsaSliding Window – Mosquito NetSinksBradley Corporation USASinks – Verge LVG-SeriesMetal PanelsTrimoQbiss One in Equinix Data CentreSignage / Display SystemsGoppionDisplay Case – Q-ClassMetal PanelsLongboard®Aluminum Battens – Link & Lock – 4″Sports ApplicationsPunto DesignPunto Fit in Ekaterinburg Public SpaceWoodBlumer LehmannFree Form Structures for Wood ProjectsKnobsKarcher DesignDoor Knob K390 (50)TablesVitsœ621 Side TableMore products »Save想阅读文章的中文版本吗?里约绿色住宅 / Ateliê de Arquitetura是否翻译成中文现有为你所在地区特制的网站?想浏览ArchDaily中国吗?Take me there »✖You’ve started following your first account!Did you know?You’ll now receive updates based on what you follow! 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Millionaire rows

How many of your donors live in Woldingham, Surrey? More precisely, how many of them live in postcode area CR3 7? The chances are that they could be rather wealthy. Indeed, 16.8% of residents of that postcode have been judged cash millionaires by researchers at credit information company Experian, making it the highest concentration of millionaires in the UK. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Millionaire rows  15 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Howard Lake | 4 February 2000 | News About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving. read more

South West Water to pay charity £350,000 after pollution incident

first_img  233 total views,  2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis5 Tagged with: environment South West Water to pay charity £350,000 after pollution incident Melanie May | 15 August 2019 | News  234 total views,  3 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis5 South West Water is to pay £350,000 to the Westcountry Rivers Trust after it caused serious pollution that killed fish in a Devon stream.The payment – an Enforcement Undertaking – is an alternative to prosecution for South West Water, and will be used to benefit urban watercourses in the Plymouth area including the Tamerton stream where the pollution occurred.Dead fish in the stream were reported to the Environment Agency in August 2016. The pollution was traced to an overflowing manhole on South West Water’s combined sewer network. South West Water and its contractors arrived on site that evening and stopped the discharge the following morning.However, the pollution killed more than 100 brown trout. The dead fish were found downstream near Tamerton Foliot, close to where the stream enters the Tavy estuary. Mike Ingman for the Environment Agency said:“The Tamerton Stream has suffered several pollution incidents over the past five years. It is good to see a positive outcome from what was serious pollution of a local stream. South West Water has since cleansed the main sewer line that runs through the woods and this should help reduce the likelihood of any further pollution.”The South West Water Enforcement Undertaking offer will fund the Plymouth River Keepers Project, which will help to offset the damage caused by the water company.The Westcountry Rivers Trust will use the money to restore fish numbers through additional habitat management work and pay for a programme of community engagement to raise awareness of pollution problems on Plymouth’s urban streams. The project also aims to increase public usage and appreciation of the Tamerton stream and encourage community-led monitoring of local watercourses. Dr Nick Paling of the Westcountry Rivers Trust said: Advertisement “We are excited about the Plymouth River Keepers Project. By encouraging people to reconnect with nature and bringing urban rivers and streams back into the affection of the people living close to them, we believe we can have a positive impact.” This is not the first time this action has been taken. Last year, 15 environmental projects benefitted from Enforcement Undertakings, to the overall tune of £2.2m. About Melanie May Melanie May is a journalist and copywriter specialising in writing both for and about the charity and marketing services sectors since 2001. She can be reached via www.thepurplepim.com.last_img read more

Supreme Leader attacks media again, despite verbal protest by journalists

first_img IranMiddle East – North Africa Reporters Without Borders voiced concern today about a broadside on the media which the Islamic Republic’s Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Sayed Ali Khamenei, delivered during a speech to the Assembly of Experts on 5 September.“What is left of press freedom now in Iran?” the organisation asked. “Ayatollah Khamenei’s comments have reinforced the climate of censorship that oppresses all journalists who do not toe the official line. The last time the Supreme Leader attacked the media, in the spring of 2000, a wave of repression was unleashed on pro-reform newspapers.”In his 5 September address, Khamenei accused the Iranian media of “malice” and of “collaborating with enemy media” and he condemned the way some newspapers hailed former president Akbar Hashemi Rafsanjani’s election on 3 September to head the Assembly of Experts as a blow to the hardliners.His attack on the media came less than a week after the release of a joint statement signed by more than 150 journalists protesting against the decline in press freedom. They criticised Tehran prosecutor Said Mortazavi for summoning newspaper editors in order to ban them from referring to the case of three students who have been held for three months for allegedly publishing “anti-Islamic” articles. They also threatened to continue issuing joint statements if the situation did not change.Iranian-American journalist Parnaz Azima was meanwhile summoned by intelligence ministry officials on 4 September and told that she would be given her passport back and would be allowed to leave the country. Azima’s passport was confiscated when she arrived in Iran last January with the aim of visiting her ailing mother. She is nonetheless still charged with anti-revolutionary propaganda and activities against state security because she works for Radio Farda, an independent station based in Prague. RSF_en After Hengameh Shahidi’s pardon, RSF asks Supreme Leader to free all imprisoned journalists June 9, 2021 Find out more to go further IranMiddle East – North Africa Organisation Help by sharing this information February 25, 2021 Find out more Iran: Press freedom violations recounted in real time January 2020center_img News News News March 18, 2021 Find out more News Follow the news on Iran Call for Iranian New Year pardons for Iran’s 21 imprisoned journalists September 7, 2007 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Supreme Leader attacks media again, despite verbal protest by journalists Receive email alertslast_img read more

New minister cancels TV licence on eve of elections

first_img January 13, 2021 Find out more February 16, 2004 – Updated on January 20, 2016 New minister cancels TV licence on eve of elections Sri LankaAsia – Pacific Organisation RSF_en Sri LankaAsia – Pacific Help by sharing this information Follow the news on Sri Lanka July 15, 2020 Find out more Sri Lanka: RSF signs joint statement on attacks against human rights defenders, lawyers and journalists Newscenter_img News Reporters Without Borders (Reporters sans frontières) condemned the Sri Lankan information and communication minister’s decision, announced today, to cancel the TV broadcast channel licence that was granted to the Asian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) in 1995. The decision, which ABC executives called “politically motivated,” came just as the company was about to launch the channel.The decision was notified to ABC by the new information and communication minister, Lakshman Kadirgamar, who had held out the hope of a very different approach when he said on 9 February, the day after being appointed, that, “the private media belongs to its owners, who may use it as they please.”Reporters Without Borders said it feared that the decision could be a prelude to further tough measures against the privately-owned media by President Chandrika Kumaratunga’s administration during the parliamentary election campaign that starts in a few days. The president has already started to use the state media to her party’s advantage.The organisation wrote to the minister urging him to rescind the decision and let ABC launch its channel as planned.ABC’s lawyers immediately filed a petition to the Colombo appeal court, which summoned the minister and the director general of the telecommunications regulatory commission for a hearing on 1 March. The court also ruled that ABC’s licence and frequency cannot be reassigned to any other company until the case is settled.The ABC group operates five FM radio stations broadcasting in Sri Lanka’s three languages. Hiru and Sha broadcast in Sinhalese, Sooriyan broadcasts in Tamil, while Sun and Gold broadcast in English.Sri Lanka currently has three privately-owned broadcast television channels and one cable television channel, in addition to the state TV broadcaster. During the 2001 general elections, the privately-owned broadcast media favoured Prime Minister Rani Wickremesinghe’s party. President Kumaratunga took control of the state-owned media by force on 4 November. News to go further Receive email alerts July 29, 2020 Find out more Sri Lanka: tamil reporter held on absurd terrorism charge Sri Lanka: Journalist manhandled by notorious police inspector currently on trial Newslast_img read more

Senate candidates face off at forum

first_img WhatsApp Facebook Twitter He said the state spends billions on education, roads and other items and agencies keep getting larger and exercise more control over residents.Canon said he wants to eliminate standardized testing in schools or substantially reduce them.“They’re not doing our children any good. We need to free up those resources that are used on standardized tests for better uses, to actually teach the kids, to allow our teachers to be paid higher salaries and substantially reduce the cost of education and maybe reduce the tax burden on us,” Canon said.Every time local school districts want to do something, Canon said it seems they have to ask permission from the Texas Education Commissioner.“I say let’s move that back to the local level,” Canon said. “Let’s let them make those decisions.”Canon advocates treating Texas like a business instead of a place where special interests and lobbyists influence legislators.“We need to start spending money wisely and holding government agencies in Austin accountable. We need to bring some common sense back into the equation,” Canon said. He added that politics needs to be eliminated from government.He also advocates sending guidelines instead of unfunded mandates to local entities to give them more flexibility to make decisions.During his time as senator, Canon said Seliger has done nothing to reduce the size of government and returning local control.On standardized testing, Seliger said he introduced the first bill that did away with the TAKS test and introduced the bill that reduced the STAAR test from 15 tests to five.Seliger said the Senate is still looking at what it can do to ensure school districts are accountable for the billions in taxpayer dollars spent on them.He said Canon talks about special interests. Seliger said he is supported by business associations like the Texas Association of Realtors, Texas Medical Association and the Texas Farm Bureau. Eight of the oil and gas organizations gave him the champion of the oil and gas industry award.Leal, who owns Leal’s Restaurant, said he grew up knowing the struggles of a small business and has been signing paychecks for 31 years. He said he knows what it’s like to keep a budget and be up nights worrying about keeping the lights on when business is slow.“State government needs that kind of approach,” Leal said. “The state doesn’t generate any of its own money. I’ll be a hardworking advocate to spend your money efficiently and well.”Leal also criticized Seliger for being a liberal senator in the most conservative district in the state, getting failing grades from various conservative organizations and voting against property tax reform.“I want to work for education reforms,” Leal said. “We need to get more money into the classrooms and make sure our kids are being taken care of.”Also participating were candidates for Texas Railroad Commission. A candidate for U.S. Senate was scheduled to speak, but was not in attendance.A separate forum will be scheduled for the Justice of the Peace Precinct 2 contest, for which seven candidates — all Republican — have filed. A time, day and location have not yet been announced. Texas State Senator representing District 31 Kel Seliger speaks about some of his accomplishments Jan. 17, 2018, as a senator during a forum with his opponents Mike Cannon and Victor Leal at the Odessa Country Club. 1 of 2 Local NewsGovernment Senate candidates face off at forum By admin – January 18, 2018 Landgraf prepares for state budget debate Pinterest Tom Craddick, left, speaks on behalf of his daughter Christi Craddick who is one of three members of the Texas Railroad Commission during a forum with her opponent Weston Martinez Wednesday at the Odessa Country Club. Home Local News Government Senate candidates face off at forumcenter_img WhatsApp Texas State Senator representing District 31 Kel Seliger speaks about some of his accomplishments Jan. 17, 2018, as a senator during a forum with his opponents Mike Cannon and Victor Leal at the Odessa Country Club. Facebook Church leaders condemn mayor’s disparaging comments Landgraf staffer resigns following investigation Twitter Pinterest Texas State DirectoryVictor LealMike CanonThe three candidates vying for the State Senate District 31 spot squared off at an Ector County Republican Women’s forum at the Odessa Country Club Wednesday talking about everything from taxes and education reform to the quest for limited government.About 93 people attended. The primary is March 6.Challengers Mike Canon, a former Republican mayor of Midland, and Amarillo businessman Victor Leal, a Republican from Amarillo, charged that incumbent Sen. Kel Seliger, R-Amarillo, is the most liberal Republican member of the body and has voted with Democrats numerous times.Canon, who has run for the Senate spot previously, said he sees management problems with state government in Austin and the creation and delegation of control over Texans. Previous articleHearing set in alleged sexual assaultNext articleUTPB sets financial aid workshops admin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Texas Fried ChickenUpside Down Blueberry Pie CheesecakeVirgin Coco MojitoPowered By 10 Sec Mama’s Deviled Eggs NextStay last_img read more