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Opponents limber up for upward – only rent summit

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Centros to revamp Manc Debenhams

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Oil palm smallholders suffer from falling prices, pandemic restrictions

first_imgOf the ten largest palm-oil producing provinces in the country, only West Sumatera has officially imposed province-wide large-scale social restrictions (PSBB), although this region only accounts for 1.7 percent of the nation’s confirmed COVID-19 cases.Only about 30 percent of palm oil farmers have alternative sources of income, a 2018 SPKS survey shows.About 6,000 farmers from 26 farming groups still managed to book sales of palm oil with sustainable certificates during the pandemic, said Guntur Cahyo Prabowo, manager of smallholder programs at the Jakarta branch of the non-profit Roundtable on Sustainable Palm Oil (RSPO).Through its RSPO Credit scheme, the organization has disbursed $1.5 million to 30 RSPO-certified independent smallholder groups from the sale of certified palm oil between May 2019 and May 2020.“As RSPO-certified farmers, our members received support of staple food and fertilizer,” said Zainanto Hari Widodo, a representative of the Indonesian Palm Oil Farmers Association. As 70 percent of CPO production is exported, the trade-reliant palm oil industry is taking an especially hard hit from the COVID-19 pandemic, which has brought international trade to a temporary halt.The same restrictions that have impeded manufacturing have also affected farmers, as they are unable to sell their FFB but must still pay for fertilizer and the services of middlemen.“Since many independent farmers do not have the means to ship their products to factories, they rely on middlemen to provide this service. But the restriction of activity and mobility related to COVID-19 affects them and their source of income largely because they cannot deliver their fresh fruit bunches to buyers,” said Rukaiyah Rafik, a senior adviser at the Indonesian Sustainable Palm Oil Farmers Forum (Fortasbi).PT Astra Agro Lestari, a subsidiary of conglomerate PT Astra International, reported earlier this month that its FFB production fell by 8.5 percent year-on-year (yoy) to 1.1 million tons in the first quarter of the year and CPO production fell by 14.6 percent yoy to 354 tons in the same period. Topics :center_img Oil palm smallholders have suffered losses during the ongoing health crisis from the falling price of fresh fruit bunches (FFB) and pandemic-related restrictions, a farmers’ union has said.During the pandemic, the price of FFB, a key component in the production of crude palm oil (CPO), fell to less than Rp 1,000 (0.71 US cents) per kilogram for independent farmers, according to Mansuetus Darto, the secretary general of the Palm Oil Farmers Union (SPKS).Farmers who have partnered with palm oil companies have seen FFB prices between Rp 1,200 and Rp 1,300 per kilogram, Mansuetus added.“A price below Rp 1,100 per kg is very difficult for farmers with more than two children, kids pursuing higher education or those with dependents to feed,” Darto said.last_img read more

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Record-breaking Eddie Nketiah compared to Arsenal legend Ian Wright by Tony Cascarino

first_img Coming Next Skip Ad Read More 1/1 Read More Chelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he rejected Metro Sport ReporterWednesday 14 Oct 2020 11:36 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link278Shares Record-breaking Eddie Nketiah compared to Arsenal legend Ian Wright by Tony Cascarino deadline day move to West Ham Read More Top articles Eddie Nketiah has been compared to Arsenal legend Ian Wright (Picture: Getty)Arsenal’s record-breaking striker Eddie Nketiah has been compared to Gunners hero Ian Wright by Tony Cascarino.Nketiah passed Alan Shearer and Francis Jeffers to become England U21’s all-time leading goalscorer this week.The 21-year-old has made 43 appearances for Arsenal’s first-team and can develop into ‘one hell of a player’, according to Cascarino.‘Although Leeds United did not benefit particularly from Nketiah’s loan spell there, it did the player himself the world of good,’ he told The Times.ADVERTISEMENT 1 min. story About Connatix V67539 Read More Commentcenter_img Video Settings Visit Advertiser website GO TO PAGE Full Screen / by Metro SPONSORED ‘He is agile with quick feet, much like his hero Ian Wright, which denies defenders the time to settle.‘He makes clever runs, taking defenders where they don’t want to go.‘A lot of young players coming through nowadays are more capable on their weaker foot than their predecessors were, and Nketiah ticks that box.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City‘He is mainly right-footed but also decent on his left. Of his record 14 England U21 goals, seven have been scored with his right foot and five with his left, in addition to two headers.’Former Republic of Ireland striker Cascarino added: ‘There is still more to come from Nketiah too.‘If he develops greater confidence in front of goal then you will have one hell of a player. Skip PLAY ‘It helped him reach a level of fitness that is very useful to Arteta, who has shown he believes in the player.AdvertisementAdvertisement‘Nketiah loves to get on the shoulders of defenders and turn them before darting in behind with his blistering pace. Advertisement The Arsenal youngster has been compared to club legend Ian Wright (Picture: Getty)‘He needs to improve his goalscoring with Arsenal, but his exploits with England show he is capable of that.’After becoming England U21s record goalscorer, Nketiah said: ‘It is an amazing feeling.‘It is nice to get the three points but to beat the record is a dream come true and a proud moment for me and my family. There are still games left to add to that.’More: FootballBruno Fernandes responds to Man Utd bust-up rumours with Ole Gunnar SolskjaerNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page.MORE: Thomas Partey meets Aubameyang and Lacazette on first day at ArsenalMORE: Lucas Torreira’s father reveals the only way back for him at Arsenal Advertisement Read Morelast_img read more

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AES inks supply deal in Dominican Republic, eyes growth in Panama

first_imgThe US energy company AES Corporation, said it has signed a long-term deal to provide regasified liquefied natural gas to a Barrick Pueblo Viejo in the Dominican Republic. Under the 10-year deal AES, through its unit, AES Andrés, agreed to deliver 9 trillion British thermal units to Barrick’s 215 Quisqueya I power plant.Speaking of the agreement, Andrés Gluski, AES president and CEO said the company is now “nearly fully utilizing the terminal’s capacity.”The AES Andres facility provides gas to AES Dominicana’s two gas-fired power plants as well as 50 industrial clients, two third-party power plants and 15,000 gas vehicles in the Dominican Republic.AES is currently constructing an LNG receiving terminal in Panama to be completed in mid-2019, the first of its kind in Central America.“We expect to replicate this success in Panama, where approximately 60 percent of the tank’s capacity is available for future growth,” Gluski said.Year-to-date the company has sold 25 TBTU of its excess LNG capacity, to meet growing demand for efficient natural gas in the region, leaving approximately 60 tBtu of excess capacity representing potential upside.The plant and regasification terminal were inaugurated in August, and the LNG tank, which will be the largest in the Caribbean, is expected to begin operations in2019.Currently, the 154,000-cbm LNG carrier Provalys, that is now part of Total’s fleet following its acquisition of Engie’s portfolio of upstream liquefied natural gas (LNG) assets in July serves as a floating storage unit, and will be replaced by Gaselys, that has the same characteristics, AES Panama said in an earlier statement.last_img read more

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Napoli suspend non-playing staff

first_img The Partenopei also still have to address the issue of first-team salaries, with Lega Serie A permitting clubs to cut up to 1/3 of players’ monthly earnings. Read Also:Napoli woo Edinson Cavani with £6million-a-year deal However, that is entangled by President Aurelio De Laurentiis and his continued vow to dock more than €2m from his squad members following their show of mutiny in November. Loading… Sport Mediaset writes 30 Napoli employees, some of whom have been working remotely, will not be paid for two months. Unlike in countries such as Denmark and the UK, the Italian government has yet to announce a furlough scheme covering the wages of workers who cannot be utilised due to the pandemic.Advertisement Promoted ContentCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable WayCan Playing Too Many Video Games Hurt Your Body?7 Facts About Black Holes That Will Blow Your MindWhy Go Veg? 7 Reasons To Do This6 Incredibly Strange Facts About Hurricanes10 Legendary Historical Movies You Should SeeA Hurricane Can Be As Powerful As 10 Atomic BombsWhat Are The Most Delicious Foods Out There?6 Extreme Facts About HurricanesDid You Know There’s A Black Hole In The Milky Way?The World’s 7 Most Spectacular Railway StationsWho’s The Best Car Manufacturer Of All Time?center_img FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Napoli have become the first Serie A club to temporarily lay off non-playing staff as a result of the coronavirus crisis.last_img read more

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Kim Jong Un to Meet with Vladimir Putin Thursday

first_imgIn a move from President Trump’s playbook, North Korean leader Kim Jong Un will meet with Russian President Vladimir Putin after the failure of his second summit with President Donald Trump. Kim may be looking to shake things up as his talks with the U.S. have stalled.Putin will meet with Chairman Kim on Thursday after he takes a long train-ride from North Korea to Russia.The Kremlin says meeting is said to be happening in the eastern Russian city of Vladivostok.Putin and Kim will likely discuss diplomatic efforts aimed at getting North Korea to end its nuclear program.Kim had two summits with President Trump, but the last one in Vietnam in February ended in a stalemate because North Korea wanted more sanctions lifted than Trump was willing to give for nuclear disarmament. Kim is expected to arrive by train since he dislikes flying. BREAKING: President Vladimir Putin will host North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in Russia’s Far East on Thursday, a Kremlin adviser says. https://t.co/vaarqFT1Uw— The Associated Press (@AP) April 23, 2019last_img read more

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NAACP pushes back on Biden’s claim it endorsed him after ‘you ain’t black’ comments

first_imgOn top of saying “If you have a problem figuring out whether you’re for me or for Trump, then you ain’t black!” former Vice President Joe Biden also said the NAACP endorsed him “every time I’ve run.”Following the interview, the civil rights organization stated that they never endorse any political candidate.Derrick Johnson, president and CEO of the NAACP, released a statement saying “Yesterday, former Vice President Joe Biden made a comment about the NAACP’s endorsement,” …“We want to clarify that the NAACP is a non-partisan organization and does not endorse candidates for political office at any level.”After catching heat, Joe Biden recanted from his comments, saying in an afternoon phone call with the U.S. Black Chambers that “I shouldn’t have been so cavalier.”…”I shouldn’t have been such a wise guy,” Biden said. “… No one should have to vote for any party, based on their race or religion or background.”Charlamagne tha God appeard on CNN Friday after the interview and said  “My takeaway from the conversation was I heard him talking about things he did for black people back in the day, but you know ‘what have you done for me lately’ is my motto,” and he also said Joe Biden is “really one of the people on the front line when it came to the war on drugs and mass incarceration.” On Friday the NAACP pushed back on a claim by Joe Biden that they endorsed him.During an interview with radio host Charlamagne Tha God, Democratic nominee Joe Biden made some comments that sparked up some heat.Joe Biden Says “You Ain’t Black” If You Vote For Trumplast_img read more

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Cricket News Akila Dananjaya returns to Sri Lanka side for ODIs against Bangladesh

first_imghighlights Lasith Malinga will retire after the end of the first ODI.Akila Dananjaya will play for the first time since December 2018.Malinga is the third-highest wicket-taker for Sri Lanka in ODIs. New Delhi: Akila Dananjaya’s career was at the crossroads after his action was deemed illegal in December 2018. He remodeled his action and was cleared by the International Cricket Council in February 2019 but he was not selected in the World Cup squad. Sri Lanka failed to qualify for the knock-out stages of the tournament as they finished in sixth spot. Ahead of the series against Bangladesh, Dananjaya has been picked in the side as the lone specialist spinner for the three-match ODI series. Apart from Dananjaya, the Sri Lanka selectors named Shehan Jayasuriya, Lahiru Kumara, Wanindu Hasaranga and Dasun Shanaka in their 17-man squad. The match on July 26 will witness the final ODI for Lasith Malinga, who has announced his retirement from the format. Malinga has been picked only in the first match while Shanaka will join the squad for the remaining two matches. Niroshan Dickwella and Dinesh Chandimal continue to be left out of the side. Posting a video message to his fans on his wife’s Facebook page, Malinga said he felt no ill will towards officials and players who may have tried to push him out of the team. The 35-year-old said he was sidelined by selectors two years ago but was able to prove his value to the national team at the recent World Cup.”Friday will be the last day you will see me playing an ODI match,” Malinga said. “If you can, please come for the match.” During practice Tuesday ahead of the first ODI against Bangladesh, Malinga said he hoped to play T20 cricket and had his sights on the 2020 World Cup in Australia. “I hope to be able to take Sri Lanka to the next T20 World Cup,” he said.Malinga, 35, will leave as Sri Lanka’s third highest wicket-taker in ODI cricket with 335 wickets in 219 innings so far. Only Muttiah Muralitharan (523) and Chaminda Vaas (399) have taken more wickets than Malinga in ODIs for Sri Lanka. He was Sri Lanka’s highest wicket-taker at the World Cup, claiming 13 scalps in seven innings. Malinga retired from Test cricket in 2010 but continued to remain available in other formats since then. Squad: Dimuth Karunaratne (capt), Kusal Perera, Avishka Fernando, Kusal Mendis, Angelo Mathews, Lahiru Thirimanne, Shehan Jayasuriya, Dhananjaya de Silva, Dasun Shanaka (Only 2nd and 3rd ODI), Wanindu Hasaranga, Akila Dananjaya, Amila Aponso, Lasith Malinga (only 1st ODI), Nuwan Pradeep, Kasun Rajitha, Lahiru Kumara, Thisara Perera, Isuru Udana.center_img For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more

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Former Cardiff midfielder Whittingham dies at age 35

first_img(REUTERS) – Former Cardiff City midfielder Peter Whittingham has died after suffering a head injury earlier this month, the Welsh club said yesterday.Whittingham, 35, suffered injuries to his head when he accidentally fell at a pub in Barry on March 7 and was moved to the University Hospital of Wales in Cardiff.“It is with an immeasurable amount of sorrow that we must inform supporters that Peter Whittingham has passed away at the age of 35,” Cardiff said in a statement here.“We are heartbroken… Our love goes out to his wife Amanda, their young son and family. As a professional footballer – as a Bluebird – he excelled with talent, ease, grace and humility. Nobody did it better.”Whittingham, a youth product of Aston Villa and an England youth international, spent five seasons with the Premier League club before moving to Cardiff where he spent the majority of his career, helping the club reach the FA Cup final in 2008.In 11 seasons with Cardiff, the playmaker made 457 appearances for the club, scoring 96 goals and providing 93 assists, before finishing his career with Blackburn Rovers.last_img read more

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