Italy wins late to keep pace with Spain

first_imgSKOPJE, Macedonia (AP):Italy kept Spain from opening a significant advantage atop Group G by scoring two late goals and salvaging a 3-2 win at Macedonia yesterday in European qualifying for the 2018 World Cup.Spain got off to a slow start at Albania but eased to a 2-0 victory behind second-half goals by Diego Costa and Manuel ‘Nolito’ Agudo.Italy needed an injury-time goal by Ciro Immobile to secure the hard-fought win that allowed it to join Spain atop the group with seven points.Albania stayed with six points along with Israel, which beat Liechtenstein 2-1.Only the group winners automatically qualify for the World Cup in Russia.Macedonia and Liechtenstein remain without a point after three matches.Spain dominated from the start as expected, but it struggled to create many significant scoring chances against Albania in steady rain at the Loro Borici Stadium in Shkoder.The first goal came after a mistake by Albanian goalkeeper Etrit Berisha, who mishit the ball while trying to clear it from the back and gave it to Vitolo. The striker passed to David Silva and he set up Costa’s easy goal from inside the area in the 55th minute.The second goal was a well-placed shot by Nolito, who found the far corner from a tight angle after evading a defender inside the area in the 63rd.COMPLICATED GAME”It could seem like an easy game, but we knew it was going to be complicated,” Nolito said. “We really needed these three points.”Albania entered the match with a two-point advantage over Spain and Italy, which drew 1-1 when they met in Turin on Thursday.Spain coach Julen Lopetegui tried a different tactical scheme, playing with three defenders at the back and an extra man in midfield.Italy seemed in control against Macedonia after Andrea Belotti scored in the 24th minute, but goals by Ilija Nestorovski in the 57th and Ferhan Hasani in the 59th, both times after Italian giveaways, left the visitors in danger of a shock defeat.Immobile equalised in the 75th and netted the important winner with a close-range header two minutes into second-half injury time, keeping Italy in a strong position.”It was a great response by the team as far as character is concerned,” Italy coach Gian Piero Ventura said.last_img read more

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Spring Village Development Foundation Commended

first_img The clinic will complement the existing public health services offered in St. Catherine SEHRA Chairman says the clinic is a major advancement in health care delivery The Governor-General also donated $200,000 from the I Believe Initiative towards the project Story Highlights The Spring Village Development Foundation (SVDF), in St. Catherine, has been commended for its commitment to the residents in the community, and for its work in establishing a medical facility to serve more than 20,000 persons.Speaking at the official opening of Phase One of the Spring Village ‘I Believe’ medical clinic on July 30, wife of the Governor-General, Her Excellency the Most  Hon. Lady Allen, noted that the clinic is the result of the Foundation’s tireless work and dedication to the community.“This complex proves what can be achieved when you dare to dream, pursue that dream with determination and are so enthusiastic about it, that others are led to support you for the achievement of that dream,” she said.The clinic aims to provide affordable, preventive, primary health care to residents of Spring Village and neighbouring communities in a centralised location, where the most demanded health services can be accessed.Residents will be able to get optical screenings, dental care, mental health/counselling, pharmacy and laboratory service, as well as pre-and post-natal services.Lady Allen informed that her husband, the Most Hon. Sir Patrick Allen, declared Spring Village an ‘I Believe’ village because he was impressed by the way the residents used their initiative to develop solutions to the problems they identified in the community.The project has been endorsed by the ‘I Believe Initiative’, which is spearheaded by the Governor-General, and is focused on projects intended to contribute to the transformation of Jamaica.She said the I Believe Initiative is pleased to be a partner in the project and expressed gratitude to the stakeholders for agreeing to add ‘I Believe’ to the name of the clinic.“This is a testimony to the fact that they all share the conviction of the Governor-General that there is nothing wrong with Jamaica that cannot be fixed by what is right with Jamaica. They agree that a motivated community working together to achieve a better quality of life, is an aspect of what is right with Jamaica,” Lady Allen said.For his part, Chairman of the South-East Regional Health Authority (SEHRA), Mr. Littleton Shirley, said the clinic is a major advancement in health care delivery.He pointed out that the clinic will complement the existing public health services offered in St. Catherine, and added that an effective primary health care system can prevent many of the disease burdens, and prevent people with minor complaints from flooding the emergency wards of hospitals.Meanwhile, Executive Director of the SVDF, Mr. Randy Finnikin, said the opening of the facility is an expression of the commitment of stakeholders in the community in ensuring that the population of Spring Village is healthy and productive, as “we relentlessly pursue the transformation of this community to meet the challenges of the day and to play its part in contributing to national development.”Support for the clinic has come from entities, including Jamaica Broilers, which donated the land for the facility; the Jamaica Missions of Minnesota, in the United States, and the SVDF Chapters in the United Kingdom, the United States and Canada.The Governor-General also donated $200,000 from the I Believe Initiative towards the project. The donation was made possible through contributions from three sponsors of the I Believe Initiative – Scotiabank Jamaica Limited, Maffessanti Builders and Contractors Limited and Fosrich Group of Companies.last_img read more

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DP World Still Seeking Investment Opportunities in Russia

first_imgzoom DP World continues to seek investment opportunities in Russia, but there have been no concrete transactions made so far, the port operator said in a statement addressing the recent press speculation.Namely, DP World has been tied to the acquisition of a 35-40 percent stake in Russian transport group FESCO, which has been struggling with restructuring and reduction of outstanding debt estimated at around USD 885 million.Via the deal, if approved by Russian antitrust regulator, DP World would gain control of the Vladivostok seaport which is part of FESCO.Under the plan, UAE’s port operator is said to be seeking a controlling stake in FESCO shareholder structure, currently held by Summa Group (32.5 percent stake). FESCO’s remaining shareholders include GHP Group, TPG, and East Capital.FESCO managed to achieve a breakthrough in its liquidity bolstering efforts in November 2017 with the signing of a USD 680 million debt financing deal with VTB Bank, which will be used to repay debt.PJSC Commercial Port of Vladivostok, a member of the group, is acting as the borrower under the facility agreement.In January 2016, DP World established a joint venture company with the Russian Direct Investment Fund (RDIF) targeting ports, transportation and logistics infrastructure in Russia.The JV, named DP World Russia, has earmarked an investment of USD 2 billion for upgrading Russian port facilities while introducing international best practices in operations to improve trade connectivity.DP World owns an 80 pct shareholding in the JV company, while the remaining 20 pct is held by RDIF.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

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First Nations day students move towards settlement in residential school dispute

first_imgKAMLOOPS, B.C. – Three First Nations say they have reached a memorandum of understanding with the federal government that could keep their bid to include day students in a settlement for residential school survivors out of court.The Tk’emlups and Sechelt bands in B.C. launched a class-action lawsuit in 2012 after a settlement between the government and about 86,000 residential school survivors excluded day scholars, students who attended the schools but did not live at them. They were later joined in the lawsuit by the Grand Council of the Crees in Northern Quebec.The First Nations say the memorandum commits both sides to resolve the case without going to court by finding a fair settlement in a timely manner.Jo-Anne Gottfriedson, the Tk’emlups day scholar co-ordinator, says it’s hoped this development will allow the First Nations to avoid a legal fight.“We hope that we will have a mutual understanding and if not, there’s still that litigation process that we can fall back on,” Gottfriedson told CFJC. “But we’re definitely hopeful at this point, because it’s been long overdue and the day scholars endured just as much as the residential school students.”The Department of Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs said “exploratory discussions with the plaintiffs have been productive” and the memorandum includes a process and timelines to try to find a resolution outside the courts.Gottfriedson estimates about 70,000 Indigenous people qualify as day scholars.“There are so many people who are impacted by this and I’m really happy that we’re going to move forward on it and work together, acknowledging each other’s sovereign governance which is very hopeful,” she said.The First Nations say in a news release the tenor of negotiations between the plaintiff bands and the government changed in late 2016, when the government committed to trying to find a settlement outside of the courts.Gottfriedson says the Trudeau government has been open to finding a resolution.“With our prime minister recognizing the Truth and Reconciliation (Commission) recommendation that nobody should be left out, I’m very hopeful and I’m very optimistic as to how this is going to roll out in the best interests of our people.”The bands in B.C. say the students attended 140 schools across Canada.The lawsuit filed by the bands also seeks to clarify Canada’s role in the failure to protect aboriginal language and culture.(CFJC)last_img read more

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Feds learned by accident of Harpers plans to visit White House next

first_imgOTTAWA – The Trudeau government only found out by accident that former prime minister Stephen Harper was planning to visit the White House next week in the midst of a looming trade war between Canada and the United States.According to one senior official, Harper himself didn’t mention the visit, bucking convention by not informing the Canadian government.Instead, the Canadian embassy in Washington got a call from John Bolton, President Donald Trump’s national security adviser, asking who would be accompanying the prime minister to the meeting on Monday.Baffled, the embassy contacted the Prime Minister’s Office, to see if Justin Trudeau had somehow forgotten to mention he was heading to Washington.Trudeau’s foreign policy adviser, John Hannaford, then contacted his counterpart in the White House, who eventually apologized for the mixup and explained it was former prime minister Harper who would be visiting.Harper’s office did not respond to a request for comment and it wasn’t clear Thursday whether the meeting is still scheduled to take place Monday — one day after Canada’s retaliatory tariffs on imports of a wide range of U.S. goods, and as well as steel and aluminum, are set to come into effect.Nor was it clear whether Harper might have been planning to meet with anyone else at the White House or what he intended to talk about.As president of the International Democrat Union, an alliance of right-of-centre political parties around the globe, there may have been any number of issues Harper would want to address, including Israel and Iran.The visit to the U.S. capital comes amid heightened tensions between Canada and the U.S. over the prospect of a trade war.Talks to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement have stalled since Trump last month imposed a 25 per cent tariff on steel imports from Canada and a 10 per cent tariff on aluminum imports.Trump has since threatened to impose more tariffs on Canadian-made automobiles and dairy.And he and other administration officials have also engaged in personal attacks against Trudeau in speeches and on political talk shows and social media.In Montreal on Thursday, Transport Minister Marc Garneau noted that opposition parties have united behind the government in its response to U.S. tariffs and threats of a trade war.“We speak with one voice, and we certainly hope that will continue to be the case, and we fully expect it to be the case,” he said.Harper was a team player earlier this month when he appeared on Fox News to defend Canada’s trade relationship with the U.S. He suggested that Canada “is the wrong target” for Trump’s wrath over unfair trade practices.However, in a memo to clients last fall entitled “Napping on NAFTA,” Harper accused the Trudeau government of bungling negotiations on the continental trade pact.Asked Thursday if Harper should have advised the government that he planned to visit the White House, Garneau said: “Mr Harper is a private citizen and I’m sure he’s sensitive to those things because he’s a former prime minister himself.”last_img read more

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