This week is my fifth visit to China in the two years I have been Chancellor, a clear sign of the strength of our economic partnership and the importance of the relationship between our two countries. I am here to meet political leaders with the clear message that the UK is a committed and reliable partner and a proponent of open trade and free markets.“Global Britain” is not just a strategy for Britain’s economic future. It is a statement about what kind of people we are – and about the economy and the society we are seeking to build. The UK is committed to free and open trade, as we chart a new relationship with our European partners and also deepen our relationship with the rest of the world.Our partnership with China is already deep and strong, and I want us to keep it growing. Financial services cooperation, in particular, has huge scope to develop and thrive. It is already at the very heart of our annual Economic and Financial Dialogues. The UK is a champion of RMB internationalisation and London is the largest offshore RMB centre after Hong Kong. I want to deepen that relationship as China continues to open up, to encourage greater two-way trade and investment and cement the UK’s position as the world’s premier financial centre. Last week I announced a new Global Financial Partnerships Strategy to bring together governments, regulators, and industry to build an enhanced framework for cross-border financial services. This will facilitate access to markets, increase trade, reduce frictions and position the UK as the gateway of choice for global finance.Financial services is a highly innovative industry, always finding new ways to serve its customers. Fintech – the future of global finance – is another area where I want to deepen our collaboration. The UK is recognised as the best place in the world to set up and grow a fintech business, and in China over 700 million people use fintech every day for payments and investment. This is why we have a Fintech Bridge between our countries, to bring our governments, regulators and entrepreneurs together. The UK and China are also key partners in green finance, together leading global discussions in the G20 and driving global standards on green bonds. There is already clear momentum: just last week both ICBC and Bank of China issued green bonds in London. It is my ambition that the UK leads the world in financing green investment, which is why I announced the establishment of a new Green Finance Institute in London. It will mean that firms from across the world can access our one-stop-shop for both world-leading climate science and financial services. This Institute will house our joint work with China, giving it the dedicated resource and expertise needed to take the relationship to the next level.I also want the UK to seize the great opportunities to lead in the financing of the Belt and Road initiative. The unique combination of financial capacity and legal and professional skills in London makes the UK ideally placed to help create a globally-recognised asset class of Belt and Road initiative projects. That is why I appointed Sir Douglas Flint, the former Chairman of HSBC, to be my Belt and Road Envoy and invited him to join my visit here to China this week. I also want to deepen our collaboration in new and innovative financial services.I look forward to welcoming Vice Premier Hu Chunhua to London later this year for the tenth Economic and Financial Dialogue between our two counties. This an important anniversary in our relationship, held against the backdrop of another important anniversary, the fortieth year since reform and opening up – a fitting backdrop for a meeting between partners committed to free and open markets.
El patrullero Serviola @Armada_esp, ?? que se encontraba patrullando al oeste de Malabo, en el Golfo ee Guinea, liberó a la tripulación de un mercante maltés que se encontraba aislada en la ciudadela, en acción conjunta con una fragata guineana, sin encontrar piratas a bordo. pic.twitter.com/Lv5XrFa4RY— Estado Mayor Defensa (@EMADmde) May 7, 2019 Dutch firm Boskalis has informed that its heavy transport vessel Blue Marlin was hijacked on Sunday approximately 80 nautical miles offshore Equatorial Guinea.Blue Marlin / Image by the Spanish NavyIn a statement on Tuesday announcing the news, Boskalis said that “through the professional response of the crew and the coordinated support from the navy of Equatorial Guinea and Spain, the violent hijacking has been ended and the crew was safely freed.”According to Boskalis, after unloading a cargo in the waters of Equatorial Guinea, the Blue Marlin departed last Sunday with destination Malta.“Sunday afternoon, the ship was unlawfully boarded from a zodiac by several armed pirates. By acting quickly and professionally, all twenty crew members were able to secure themselves in the citadel,” Boskalis said.A citadel is a secured space in the vessel equipped with various means of communication and emergency rations“Upon alerting the local authorities of Equatorial Guinea and the NATO mission MDAT-GoG (Maritime Domain Awareness for Trade – Gulf of Guinea), two helicopters were immediately mobilized from Equatorial Guinea, followed by a navy vessel of Equatorial Guinea and one from the Spanish navy, part of the MDAT-GoG mission,” Boskalis said.“Monday morning at daylight, the Blue Marlin was boarded and fully searched by the navy of Equatorial Guinea and Spain. No pirates were found and the crew was freed from the citadel. All the crew members are in good health. The pirates shot several times during their time aboard the Blue Marlin and caused substantial material damage on the bridge, preventing the ship from being sailable. The vessel is currently approximately 40 miles offshore Equatorial Guinea, in international waters,” Boskalis added.After the freeing of the Blue Marlin, the Spanish naval vessel left Monday afternoon, followed in the evening by the naval vessel of Equatorial Guinea. The latter vessel left five armed guards on board to protect the Blue Marlin. Boskalis has now mobilized a oceangoing tug to take the Blue Marlin to a safe location, Boskalis said.The Spanish Defense Ministry tweeted that its Serviola patrol vessel freed the crew from the citadel, without finding the pirates aboard.
Ghana’s exploits in aquatic sport has received a major boost with the completion of the very first FINA-approved Olympic standard swimming pool which will be known as the Bukom International Pool.The pool situated within and constructed by the Trust Sports Emporium in Accra, houses other facilities including the popular Bukom Boxing Arena, which has hosted many high profile boxing events, the ‘Ga Mashie’ Boxing Hall, conference facilities, a gymnasium and a physiotherapy center.The pool has all standard requirements and fittings required for the International Swimming Federation’s (FINA) certification and will be fully operational next month. The standard 25m by 50m pool also has a giant underground, pumping and filtration plant. It is expected to make massive impact amongst children and youth especially in Jamestown, Korle Gonno, Mamprobi and Chorkor which are the immediate communities around the facility. Mr Kwabena Amponsah-Dapaah, the CEO of the Trust Emporium, told Joy Sports in an exclusive conversation, that his outfit is planning to position the edifice as a hub for major competitions in the West African sub-region.“We have worked very hard in the background to ensure the completion of the pool. We look forward to getting many of the kids in school to develop an interest in the sport and further develop their talents.” “The bigger dream is to make world champions and Olympic Gold medalists out of this place. With regular competition and the right support, we are sure to make a major impact in the sport around the world.”According to him, the facility will also be placed under a strict maintenance regimen to ensure it serves many generations. “We are very aware of the maintenance demands of this big edifice and we are committed to it. We will set different standards, especially as we are within close proximity to the Atlantic Ocean,” Mr Dapaah added.Ghana is yet to make an impact at the Olympics in swimming due to the lack of support locally and the inability of the swimmers to get consistent international competitions. Abeiku Jackson and Kaya Forson go down in history as the first swimmers from Ghana to make it to the Olympic Games in 2014 in Brazil. Ahead of the Abeiku who is Ghana’s highest rated swimmer, competed in three events at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Scotland.The Trust Sports Emporium was commissioned by former President John Mahama in November 2016, with the Bukom Arena, serving as a pioneering facility. Since then it has hosted boxing, music and basketball events. The edifice is a joint venture between the government of Ghana, through the Social Security and National Insurance Trust (SSNIT) and ETC Polska of Poland.
ALFLIT Liberia Inc. last weekend graduated 60 persons – 59 females and a male – in tailoring after they completed a Skills Training Program that started in 2013 without any significant break in continuity except for the Ebola outbreak in 2014.Since its founding in 2006, ALFALIT has been involved in literacy programs. However, three years ago the entity decided to incorporate the Skills Training Program in response to appeals from students of the literacy program from across the country.After learning to read and write, the students pleaded with ALFALIT for the addition of life skills development that would enhance their acquired literacy and enable them to fully participate in and contribute to the country’s economy.“It was as a result of these appeals that ALFALIT decided to launch ‘Sew and Sell’ as a pilot project,” ALFALIT Program Coordinator Jerome Williams recounted during the graduation ceremony held at the organization’s headquarters in Congo Town. Williams indicated that the request for hands-on skills came out of every literacy intervention in both rural and urban communities. “Literacy skills for adults are almost needless if they are not applied or help to improve the recipient’s standard of living,” he said.As a result of the appeal, Williams said tailoring was chosen in 2013 as an easy and viable business venture needed in all communities.“Sewing is indeed a beneficial skill because a mother could make the outfits for her family members, while at the same time sew and sell to the rest of the community. Tailoring is still effective and useful as an income generating activity. So we think we made no mistake in choosing the skill as the start of this program,” he added.The center, said Williams, operated smoothly with every student accessing a tailoring machine, monthly supplied practice materials and experienced tailors and seamstresses facilitating the learning process.The guest speaker, Etheline Nah, urged the women to be committed to what they have learned. She urged them to be steadfast in their efforts to improve the lives of their family members. ALFALIT’s Executive Director Rev. Emmanuel Giddings said his organization recognizes literacy as an essential first step to any form of further education and provides access to the many programs being offered in the country, which can lead to better health, freedom from abuse, self-sufficiency and an enhanced quality of life.ALFALIT is governed by a Board of Directors comprising ten members – all of whom are Liberian citizens – which is supported and operated by an all-Liberian staff. The organization also provides educational assistance and scholarships to thousands of disadvantaged and marginalized school-aged youth, including high school graduates.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
– wife calls for public assistance to maintain familyPolice are investigating the circumstances surrounding the death of a 34-year-old carpenter, who died almost instantly on Monday last after being electrocuted whilst on a fishing trip with his family at Coverden, East Bank Demerara (EBD).Dead: Orlando RamnarineDead is 34-year-old Orlando Ramnarine also called “Lando” of Sarah Johanna, EBD.Initial reports surrounding the man’s death indicate that on the day in question, the father of three, his wife, Aronva Parmanand, and his brother-in-law were out on a fishing trip at El Sol Farm, commonly called the “cherry farm” on the East Bank of Demerara.At about 13:30h on the said day, Ramnarine was in the process of casting his fishing net when it came into contact with a live exposed electrical wire, which subsequently caused the now dead man to instantly collapse.Police ranks who later arrived at the scene examined Ramnarine’s body and confirmed his death. The dead man’s body was later removed by undertakers and is currently at the Lyken Funeral Home awaiting a post-mortem.However, Ramnarine’s widowed wife still remains in a state of shock since she was the only person who witnessed her husband’s unexpected death.In an effort to utter a few words, the visibly frustrated woman appealed for justice on her husband’s behalf, as she explained that he was the sole provider of the family.“He was the only one who use to provide for me, I don’t have a house on my own, I only get my three children. I have these three children to take care of now and I don’t know how I will do that…I need justice for my husband” the grieving woman cried.Meanwhile, this publication understands that the Guyana Power and Light (GPL) disconnected the exposed wire moments after Ramnarine’s death.The single mother is asking for the public’s support, to take care of her now fatherless children. Those who wish to assist the family can contact +592 682 6868.
LOS ANGELES — What Kevon Looney is doing in the early goings of these 2019 NBA Playoffs isn’t a surprise.Yes, he might have the same net rating as James Harden through three games, and he might have a patently absurd true shooting percentage (85 percent), too, but this is not a fluke — this is one of the best bench bigs in the NBA providing the same kind of steady, stout play that brought about his breakout in last year’s postseason and carried into the 2018-19 regular season.The only …