China says non-peaceful action on Taiwan is last resort

first_imgChina will use all means to prevent pro-independence forces separating Taiwan from China but non-peaceful action against the Chinese-claimed island is a last resort, the ruling Communist Party’s third most senior leader said on Friday.Li Zhanshu, who is also the head of China’s parliament, said Beijing will never allow any force, in any way, to separate Taiwan from China.Earlier on Friday, The head of China’s Taiwan Affairs Office said on Friday that “one country, two systems” and “peaceful reunification” is the best way to bring China and Taiwan together. Outside attempts by foreign forces to interfere in “reunification” will fail, Liu Jieyi told an event at the Great Hall of the People marking 15 years since China signed into law its Anti-Secession Law.Beijing passed the law in 2005 which authorises the use of force against Taiwan if China judges it to have seceded.Topics :last_img read more

Open-plan entertainer on offer in Kippa-Ring

first_img10 Savu Ct, Kippa-Ring.“This is a walk-in, walk-out property. There is nothing left to do. When people see it, they comment on the exceptional finish of the home. “We’ve used nothing but the best products and being a licensed carpenter, I made sure everything was done to the best standard.” 10 Savu Ct, Kippa-Ring.“It was a bit of a rabbit warren when we purchased it so we pretty much made it open plan. “We designed the house around entertaining, with the house opening to the big back deck.”The home has an open-plan living, dining and kitchen area, with office nook, opening to the covered poolside entertainment area.More from newsLand grab sees 12 Sandstone Lakes homesites sell in a week21 Jun 2020Tropical haven walking distance from the surf9 Oct 2019The kitchen has an island bench, granite countertops, high-gloss cabinetry, a fully integrated dishwasher and gas cooking. 10 Savu Ct, Kippa-Ring.The master bedroom has an ensuite, and the two other bedrooms have built-in robes. Outside, the north-facing entertainment area includes an outdoor kitchen with room for a barbecue and fridge. The entertainment area overlooks a swimming pool with glass fencing and the landscaped yard with fire pit area and spa. The home at 10 Savu Ct, Kippa-Ring.THIS lowset home has been completely renovated and is designed around entertaining and outdoor living. Shane and Holly Leach spent nearly three years overhauling the property at 10 Savu Ct, Kippa-Ring.“It’s gone from the worst house on the best street to one of the best houses on the best street,” Mr Leach said. 10 Savu Ct, Kippa-Ring.There is also fully powered double garage, front deck and car port on the fully fenced 731sq m block with electric gate. “The property is big enough for the caravan and being a fully secured yard means it is perfect for the downsizers who might want to lock up and go away on holidays,” Mr Leach said. last_img read more

Schroders pension fund earmarks £800m to cashflow-driven strategy

first_imgSchroders’ CDI strategies invest in a core of liability-driven investment (LDI) and global investment grade buy and maintain (B&M) credit portfoliosSchroders’ CDI strategies invest in a core of liability-driven investment (LDI) and global investment grade buy and maintain (B&M) credit portfolios supported by a range of higher yielding diversified fixed income assets.SRBS also increased its allocation to B&M credit and interest-rate and inflation hedging within its LDI portfolio.As for its defined contribution (DC) section, its latest DC governance statement said that following a review in April, the scheme completed several changes during Q4 2019.The changes include the launch of a new default investment option called the SRBS Default Lifestyle Strategy, which will introduce a new equity strategy in the growth phase and will also shift the retirement outcome target from an annuity focused target to an investment allocation.This will better support the various ways members are now taking their retirement benefits, Cockerill said.The new default strategy will take greater account of environmental, social and governance (ESG) related matters in the investment process, something the trustees have been keen to implement on behalf of members, she added. The Schroders Retirement Benefits Scheme (SRBS), the pension fund for the asset manager’s employees, has allocated £800m of its defined benefit (DB) section assets to Schroders’ cashflow-driven investing (CDI) building blocks.The scheme is aiming to de-risk and better match future returns with cashflow requirements, it said.Vivien Cockerill, chair of the fund’s trustees, said: “SRBS is rapidly maturing and, as a result, was facing a range of challenges. Our long-term objectives entailed maintaining return expectations while providing for expected or, indeed, any unanticipated liabilities.”She said that Schroders’ CDI solution met these challenges and allowed the scheme to invest in higher-yielding medium-dated credit assets to “help secure the required growth, while also meeting cash flows without significant downside risk”. Momentum Investment Solutions & Consulting independently advised the fund on the appropriateness of the strategy, which aims to generate sufficient cashflow by investing in more predictable assets to enable pension funds to meet their payments.It will also provide greater confidence over returns than traditional growth assets, it said.last_img read more

Riverside mansion fit for royalty

first_img121 King Arthur Terrace TennysonThere’s nothing this Tennyson house doesn’t have.Plenty of bedrooms? Yes, there are ten. Room for a large family? There’s 3593sq m of land, a tennis court and swimming pool.How about working from home and what if you have guests? There’s plenty of room for all of that.Jane and Mark Brodie bought their home at 121 King Arthur Tce, alongside the Brisbane River, 23 years ago and raised their six children there.There are three buildings on the property, a five-bedroom, three-level main house, a three-bedroom guesthouse and a separate office building which has a multipurpose entertainment room/gymnasium and full bathroom and could be used as a teenager’s retreat or for further two bedrooms. “Í am a real homebody. I simply love the house, spending time here and keeping it beautiful for my family,’’ she said.“My favourite part of the house is the back deck. It has it all. It is so relaxing and just lovely to sit and enjoy the amazing view with a coffee and a good book.’’It was also the perfect house for raising their large family with plenty of room for the children and things to keep them occupied.“From the beautiful lawns, the tennis court for playing tennis and basketball, the pool, the warm spa, a paddle in the river or just a movie in the cinema. It is all here for them.’’ While she loves the home they have created, it wasn’t quite like that when they first moved in.The main home was only built eight years ago and when it came to fitting it out and decorating Mrs Brodie called on an interior designer friend to help blend the classic look with a modern feel. Four of the five bedrooms are on the lower level of the home, two of those have ensuites and there is also a study, cellar and a fully-equipped 12-seat cinema on this level. The main bedroom is on the first floor of the house and its ensuite has a freestanding bathtub and fold -back windows which allow river views.It also has two-walk in robes and a river-facing balcony.The guesthouse is completed fitted out for separate living with private access, a full kitchen and laundry. There are three bedrooms one with an ensuite, a dining area, lounge and bathroom. It also has its own patio. More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus15 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market15 hours agoThe entrance to the main home is through wrought iron doors and once in the foyer there are coffered ceilings and chandeliers.On the ground level of the main home are formal and casual living spaces as well as a dining room.There is a balcony and an outdoor kitchen as well as an eight-person spa and views across both reaches of the river and the Indooroopilly Golf Course. A separate building houses a home office, multipurpose entertainment room/gymnasium and full bathroom. This also has separate access and would be suitable for use as a teenager’s retreat or further bedrooms. They were first drawn to the house because of its location, which Mrs Brodie said had it all.“The riverfront location with the northern aspect really is magical. Both aspects of the river are spectacular both at sunrise and sunset,’’ she said. Outdoors is a swimming pool and poolside entertainment area, a tennis court with lighting and manicured gardens.The property is listed for sale with Sarah Hackett of Place Bulimba.last_img read more

First STS LNG bunkering operation for Spain’s Bilbao port

first_imgLNG World News Staff The STS LNG operation (Image courtesy of Port of Bilbao)The first liquefied natural gas (LNG) bunkering operation via a ship-to-ship method has taken place in the Spanish port of Bilbao.LNG-fueled cement carrier, Ireland, received 90 cubic meters of the chilled fuel from the Oizmendi bunker vessel on February 3, according to a statement by the Spanish port.This was the first time that such an operation had been carried out in the entire Atlantic Arc and the Mediterranean, the Bilbao port claims.To remind, the 110m-long Ireland built by the Dutch shipbuilder Ferus Smit for JT cement also became the first vessel to bunker LNG in the port via a truck-to-ship method in March 2017.On the other side, the Oizmendi, formerly known as Monte Arucas, was recently converted to a bunkering barge becoming Spain’s first LNG supply vessel. It has two 300-cbm LNG tanks installed onboard.The conversion of the Monte Arucas forms part of a Basque region project that also includes adapting the BBG dock and regasification plant, and the design and construction of an LNG-powered tug.The project is being developed by Itsas Gas, owned 49 percent by the Basque Energy Agency (EVE). The remaining shares in Itsas Gas are owned by two partners from the Basque maritime industry: Remolcadores Ibaizabal and Naviera Murueta, with a 25.5 percent stake, each.The project is being co-financed by the EU through the Core LNGas Hive project. The EU contributed 4.85 million euros of the 9.7 million euros initially invested by Itsas Gas and its partners.last_img read more

4-day workweek anti-labor — group

first_imgFor the daily minimum wage earner, ashortened workweek means a reduction in income and diminution in benefits, saidGAWA secretary general Wennie Sancho who is based here. If necessary, GAWA would launch asignature campaign rejecting the bill, said Sancho. But according to Sancho, managementsobserve the “no work, no pay” policy, thus any scheme or policy that wouldresult to the diminution of wages and benefits is anti-labor. BACOLOD City – The General Alliance ofWorkers Associations (GAWA) is opposed to the proposed four-day workweek. “We will also seek the support of theMakabayan bloc in the House to drumbeat the issue,” he added. Abante’s proposal aims to reducetraffic congestion primarily in Metro Manila, he pointed out.center_img House Minority Leader BienvenidoAbante Jr. revived a proposal for a shortened workweek in the private sectorand non-frontline national government offices, as well as the maximization oftelecommuting or work-from-home law as a way to mitigate traffic jams inleading urban centers. Sancho said GAWA would seek thesupport of all Negros congressmen to block the passage of the bill on ashortened workweek. GAWA will be seeking alliance, too,with national labor federations like the Trade Union Congress of the Philippinesand Federation of Free Workers to fight the bill.  “It should not be applied outside theNational Capital Region. We are amenable to staggered working hours as long asthere is no diminution in rank and pay,” said Sancho./PNlast_img read more

Local COVID numbers low for Tuesday

first_imgStatewide — The Indiana State Department of Health (ISDH) has reported that 758 additional Hoosiers have been diagnosed with COVID-19 on Tuesday. A total of 107,229 Indiana residents have tested positive for the coronavirus. To date, 1,254,731 individual tests have been reported to ISDH at an 8.5% positive rate and 20 new deaths were reported for a total of 3,235 Hoosier deaths.Dearborn County has a total of 608 cases and 28 deaths reported (no change), Decatur County has a total of 446 positive cases and 38 deaths (no change), Franklin County has 289 positive cases and 25 deaths (up 1 new case), and Ripley County has 269 positive cases and 8 deaths (up 2 new cases). Locally, this is an increase of 3 new positive cases.last_img read more

Grealish signs new five-year Aston Villa deal

first_imgRelatedPosts Runarsson joins Arsenal on four-year deal Martinez completes £20m Aston Villa move Aubameyang pens three-year Arsenal contract Aston Villa captain Jack Grealish has signed a new five-year contract with the club.Linked with a move to Manchester United in the early weeks of the summer, the England international has now committed himself to Villa Park until 2025. In a statement to the club’s official website, Grealish said: “I am delighted to make this commitment to Villa. It is my club, my home and I am very happy here.“The owners have made it very clear to me how ambitious they are and how they want to build Aston Villa. There are exciting times ahead and I am very glad to be part of it.”CEO Christian Purslow added: “Jack is an emblem of our owner’s vision for Aston Villa. He joined our club as a local boy aged six and has developed into one of the country’s finest players finally becoming a full England international last week.“We are determined to build a top team around him and are delighted that he is extending his contract and committing himself to the club he loves.”The 25-year-old initially made his debut for Villa during the 2013-14 campaign. His performances during the 2019-20 campaign, the first in which Villa were back in the Premier League, won widespread acclaim, with the attacking midfielder scoring eight times in 36 outings and grabbing a further six assists.Furthermore, he scored twice in five Carabao Cup matches.Such was the quality of his play, Old Trafford legend Ryan Giggs urged his former club to “go and get” the Villa star, while he was also told to join United by Paul Merson.Villa might not have started their competitive campaign for the 2020-21 season, but Grealish was called into active duty for England for the first time by Gareth Southgate as he featured for quarter of an hour off the bench in the scoreless Nations League fixture in Denmark on September 8.He will expect to be involved when Dean Smith’s side begin their Premier League calendar with a home fixture against Sheffield United on September 21, while the Villans will be in Carabao Cup action on Tuesday as they travel to League One side Burton Albion. Tags: Aston VillaContract SigningJack Grealishlast_img read more

Owls sign Martinez on loan

first_img Press Association He completed a loan spell with League Two side Oxford towards the end of the 2011/12 season, making just a solitary start. Martinez went on to enjoy two Capital One Cup outings for Arsenal last term, appearing in a 6-1 rout of Coventry and the memorable 7-5 victory over Reading at the Madejski Stadium. The Argentinian is behind Wojciech Szczesny, Lukasz Fabianski and Emiliano Viviano in Wenger’s pecking order this year but is a regular in the north London club’s Under-21 Development side. Martinez will compete with Chris Kirkland for the Owls’ number one jersey ahead of Saturday’s trip to Bolton in the Sky Bet Championship. Dave Jones’ struggling Wednesday side are one of only four teams in England’s top four divisions still to record a league victory this campaign. Martinez has established himself as a highly-regarded talent and has received international recognition by Argentina at Under-20 level although he is yet to make his senior debut. The 21-year-old joined the Gunners’ Academy in 2010 and was quickly handed a place in Arsene Wenger’s first-team squad at the Emirates Stadium. center_img Sheffield Wednesday have snapped up Arsenal goalkeeper Damian Martinez on a one-month loan deal.last_img read more