first_imgPresident Joko “Jokowi” Widodo has issued a presidential regulation (Perpres) turning the Hindu Dharma State Institute (IHDN) in Denpasar, Bali into the country’s first Hindu state university.The regulation stated that the new university, named I Gusti Bagus Sugriwa State Hindu University (UHN), would “administer Hindu higher education programs” as well as other types of higher education programs “to support Hindu higher education programs.”Through the regulation, which was enacted last week, all current IHDN students are converted to UHN students, and all the institute’s assets and employees are transferred to the newly formed university.  “The change in status has been declared through a Perpres and is just awaiting the handover from the central government. I am very happy and thankful,” IHDN rector I Gusti Ngurah Sudiana said in a statement on the institute’s official website on Friday. The institute itself started out as a state academy for Hindu religion teachers in 1993, before being converted into the Hindu Religion State College in 1999, and then into the IHDN in 2004.Sudiana said the regulation marked a historic moment for the Hindu faithful in Indonesia.“Clearly this shows that President Jokowi has given special attention to Hindu educational institutions in Bali in order to improve the quality of our human capital,” he said. “Because of that, we should use this moment to move toward excellent human capital in Bali in the future.” (kmt)Topics :last_img read more

first_imgCassa Forense, the Italian social security pension fund for lawyers, plans to invest in real estate outside Italy for the first time with the help of Fabrica SGR and CBRE Global Investors.The €7bn Italian institution chose the two investment managers, both of which set up a joint investment platform dedicated to Italian institutional investors in 2012, following a public tender.Fabrica SGR and CBRE Global Investors will set up a dedicated fund vehicle for Cassa Forense that will be seeded with €200m and is “expected to reach €1bn in the medium term”, according to an announcement.Fabrica SGR will seek to manage and improve Cassa Forense’s existing domestic portfolio, while CBRE Global Investors will source and advise on investments in other EU countries. The Cicerone Fund will be Fabrica SGR’s fourth real estate fund dedicated to a pension fund and the first with a pan-European asset allocation.It comes just over a year after the Italian fund manager teamed up with CBRE Global Investors to provide Italian institutions with exposure to non-domestic property markets.There is growing interest in pan-European real estate strategies from Italian institutions, although they require investments to be structured in line with local regulations.Last year, a number of Italian investors backed a pan-European office strategy managed by AXA Real Estate, which has established its own locally regulated SGR business to cater for Italian investors.Marco Doglio, managing director at Fabrica SGR, said there was an “aim to define a standard for all Italian institutional investors that want to invest abroad”.Florencio Beccar, country manager for Italy at CBRE Global Investors, said: “Along with Fabrica, we are intensifying our efforts to make the diversification of real estate investments easier for Italian investors, so they can reach the best opportunities in world markets, independent of the Italian business cycle.”Alberto Bagnoli, chairman of Cassa Forense, said: “Fabrica and CBRE Global Investors were selected through a public tender of 10 of the best national and international players.“Cicerone Fund is aimed at enhancing Cassa Forense real estate investments by increasing the international diversification in line with our asset and liability management requirements.”last_img read more

first_img“Like the usual detractors and critics of thePresident, VP Robredo may have been carried away by their nitpicking andhabitual engagement in useless and unproductive semantics,” he added. Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo saidRobredo’s latest pronouncement was part of her “nitpicking and habitualengagement in useless and unproductive semantics.” Panelo insisted Duterte “is not, in any way,or by any stretch, surrendering our rights over the West Philippine Sea.” Robredo recently described as “profoundlydisappointing and extremely irresponsible” Duterte’s remark that he will“ignore” the 2016 Hague ruling as he pursued a joint oil and gas explorationwith China in the West Philippine Sea. “The problem with my friend Vice PresidentLeni Robredo is the inability of her political advisers to comprehend thecomplexities of our current situation with China. She may want to change themwith some erudite intellectuals knowledgeable in geopolitics and in the art ofdiplomacy,” Panelo said. “Mr. Tulfo, the one who is accusing him, should provide information to the proper authorities,” says Presidential Spokesperson Salvador Panelo. PCOOcenter_img MANILA – Malacañang berated Vice PresidentLeni Robredo for her penchant of finding fault on President Rodrigo Duterteafter the latter’s statement over the West Philippines Sea. “What he meant when he said that he will firstset aside the ruling is that he would first focus on exploring the possibilityof getting something from the area that would benefit the Filipino peoplepending the continuing diplomatic and peaceful negotiation of our territorialdispute with China,” he added. “The arbitral ruling, as the President hasrepeatedly said, is final, binding and unappealable,” Panelo said. “The rulingwill be there forever and ever, as in forever.” “Notwithstanding this impasse with China onour territorial conflict,” he said, “wisdom, prudence and pragmatism dictatethat we forge in strengthening our foreign relations on uncontested mattersthat will invariably provide mutual benefit to our countries.”/PNlast_img read more

first_imgBy Edward Anschutz STURGEON BAY, Wis. – Thunderhill Raceway preps for the 2015 season and will hold its drivers meeting on Friday, Dec. 19 at The Draft Haus Sports Bar at 7 p.m. The Draft Haus is located at 901 Egg Harbor Road in Sturgeon Bay.Fresh off the $30,000 contingency awards banquet last month, promoter Woody Wodack feels the track gaining traction heading for the 2015 season. “We put together one of the best contingency packages any dirt track in northeastern Wisconsin has ever seen,” he said. “Every driver who ran the qualifying number of nights was rewarded greatly for their loyalty. This season, the plan is to build on last year’s success.” Pit spots must be paid for before or at the meeting. Any pit stalls that remain unpaid or open will then go to a lottery of drivers who want to purchase them. Memberships will also be available for purchase which allows for a few bucks off your pit pass throughout the season. Several other items will be addressed at the meeting including schedule, general track rules and street stock rules. We will be open for discussion in ways to promote the IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stock division in the hopes of raising the car count.We hope to see you all for a evening of talking racing and enjoying some great food and adult beverages. For more information, pvisit the track’s website at For your social media outlet like Thunderhill Raceway on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.last_img read more

first_imgANTIOCH, Calif. (June 20) – Paul Mulder won an exciting 20-lap Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMod main event Saturday at Antioch Speedway. It was his first win of the season and came ahead of IMCA national point leader Fred Ryland.Chuck Golden raced into the early lead and traded the front spot with Ron Brown following a pair of early restarts. Fred Ryland was tasked with working his way back through the field after a sepa­rate incident; Patty Ryland was briefly in the lead before getting sideways and falling to third.Golden stayed with the inside for a lap 10 restart, but he slipped back to third as Mulder and Wat­sonville ace Matt Hagio motored by.Fred Ryland soon made it a three-car battle up front. Mulder led through a pair of quick caution flags, the second of which negated a Hagio pass for the lead on lap 15.  Ryland managed a low pass for second on lap 19 but could only chase Mulder across the stripe.Racing returns this weekend for the two-day Summer Nationals event. NASCAR Star Kenny Wal­lace will drive an Xtreme Motor Sports IMCA Modified on both nights. The Modifieds will race for $1,500 to win on Friday and $2,500 to win on Saturday and both events will be Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot qualifiers.Northern SportMods will also get extra money with Friday’s feature win paying $500 and Satur­day’s win paying $750.last_img read more

first_img… Kraigg Brathwaite included in ODI squadOPENING batsman Kraigg Brathwaite has been called up to West Indies ODI side for their upcoming series against Pakistan in the UAE. Brathwaite has played 31 Tests since his international debut in 2011 but is yet to play an ODI or a T20. The T20I squad includes two uncapped players – all-rounder Rovman Powell and wicketkeeper-batsman Nicholas Pooran.Chris Gayle is not a part of the T20 squad, having made himself unavailable for selection, while Lendl Simmons has missed out due to medical reasons.The ODI squad also includes batsman Evin Lewis and fast bowler Alzarri Joseph, who are uncapped in the format. Lewis, who made his T20I debut earlier this year, recently scored a 48-ball century against India in Florida, while Joseph made his debut in the home Test series against the same opposition.Pooran impressed in this year’s Caribbean Premier League, scoring 217 runs in eight innings at a strike rate of 197.27 for Barbados Tridents, while completing eight dismissals behind the stumps. Pooran’s inclusion boosts West Indies’ wicket-keeping options in the T20 squad, which includes Andre Fletcher, Johnson Charles and Chadwick Walton, who last played for West Indies in January 2014.Powell, who made his first-class debut last season, also showed promise in CPL 2016 for Jamaica Tallawahs, scoring 228 runs at an average of 25.33 and taking two wickets with his medium-pace.With Kumar Sangakkara taking up the wicket-keeping gloves for Tallawahs, Walton played in the CPL as a batsman and finished as the second-highest run-getter for the side, with 301 runs in 13 innings including two fifties.The T20I squad does not include former captain Darren Sammy, who was axed from the role last month. Sammy was also excluded from the T20I squad that played against India in Florida. Gayle, Sammy, Dwayne Bravo, Lendl Simmons, Andre Russell and Samuel Badree were ineligible for ODI selection as they did not play domestic 50-over tournament last season, made mandatory by the WICB.West Indies will start their tour with three T20Is against Pakistan, between September 23 and 27, followed by the three-match ODI series which starts September 30. The three-Test series, which includes a day-night match in Dubai, starts October 13 and West Indies squad for that format will be announced later.West Indies ODI squad: Jason Holder (capt.), Sulieman Benn, Carlos Brathwaite, Kraigg Brathwaite, Darren Bravo, Jonathan Carter, Johnson Charles, Shannon Gabriel, Alzarri Joseph, Evin Lewis, Sunil Narine, Ashley Nurse, Kieron Pollard, Denesh Ramdin, Marlon SamuelsWest Indies T20I squad: Carlos Brathwaite (capt.), Samuel Badree, Dwayne Bravo, Johnson Charles, Andre Fletcher, Jason Holder, Evin Lewis, Sunil Narine, Kieron Pollard, Nicholas Pooran, Rovman Powell, Andre Russell, Marlon Samuels, Jerome Taylor, Chadwick Waltonlast_img read more

first_imgTipp are expecting a tough challenge in their opening game of the National Hurling League this weekend.They travel to Ennis to take on Clare in Cusack Park.It’s the first of many high profile games awaiting Michael Ryans side. Tipp’s Padraic Maher says the League together with a new Championship format will make for an interesting year for players and fans alike.Sunday’s game throw’s in at 2 o’clock in Cusack Park – Tipp FM’s live coverage comes in association with Sullivan Family Butchers Brooklands, Nenagh. Photo: Tipperary GAAlast_img read more

first_imgWhy Should I Attend FITCE?Sell your products and services to over 60 countries at the World Expo Marketplace!Meet & Greet international delegations, consulates, trade commissioners and bi-national chambers at Doing Business with the World, World Expo Marketplace and Speed Matchmaking with Country RepresentativesLearn about international trade resources and assistance during the “11 Steps to Exporting”, “How to Import into the United States,” Doing Business with the World panels and more!Immerse yourself with worldwide culture – visit the local & international visual art exhibit & enjoy multicultural performancesFlorida International Trade and Cultural Expo (FITCE)Date: October 9 & 10, 2019Location: Greater Fort Lauderdale / Broward County Convention CenterAddress: 1950 Eisenhower Blvd, Fort Lauderdale, FL, 33316Website: www.FITCExpo.comREGISTRATION IS STILL OPEN FOR GENERAL ADMISSION AND EXHIBITOR TABLES!GENERAL ADMISSION:Includes admission to FITCE 2019 daytime program for two days (October 9th &10th) from 8:00AM – 5PM including morning opening ceremoniesFREE of CostRegistration Deadline: October 7, 2019REGISTER HERE FOR GENERAL ADMISSIONEXHIBITOR REGISTRATION:Exhibitor Benefits:6′ Exhibit table with tablecloth and two chairs*Listing on the exhibitor map distributed during the conference*Electricity not included, but available for a rental cost via convention center.  Food/Beverage samples must receive authorization from convention center prior to being distributed. FITCE2018EventPhotos FLORIDA – Broward County invites you to join us October 9 & 10, 2019 for the 2019 Florida International Trade and Cultural Expo (FITCE).This year, we are very excited to celebrate our 5th anniversary as well as to announce that over 60 countries have confirmed their participation! To see a full list of countries, please visit the Participating Countries tab on our webpage at FITCE 2019 CONFIRMED DIGNITARIES TO DATE:His Excellency Jamil Mahuad, Former President of EcuadorHis Excellency Luis Alberto Lacalle, Former President of UruguayHis Excellency Basdeo Panday, Former Prime Minister of Trinidad & TobagoHis Excellency A. Mannan, Planning Minister, Government of BangladeshThe Honorable Luis Pérez Gutiérrez, Governor of Antioquia, ColombiaThe Honorable Mara Carfagna, Vice President of the Chamber of Deputies & Former Minister of Equal Opportunity, ItalyThe Honorable Pier Fernando Casini, Former President of the Chamber of Deputies, ItalyHis Excellency Piotr Wilczek, Ambassador of Poland to the United StatesHis Excellency Barfuor Adjei-Barwuah, Ambassador of Ghana to the United StatesThe Honorable, Ted Deutch, U.S. Congressman (22ndDistrict)The Honorable Jamal Sewell, Secretary of Commerce, Florida, USAThe Honorable Zenaldo Coutinho, Mayor of Belém, BrazilThe Honorable Bernard Wagner, Mayor of Belize City, BelizeThe Honorable Earl Trapp, Mayor of San Ignacio, BelizeKary Hintz-Tate, Director for Economic Policy & Summit Coordination, Department of State, Washington D.C.Daniel Garza, Former Deputy Director of External and Intergovernmental Affairs in the Office of the Secretary, U.S. Department of Interior & Former Associate Director of the Office of Public Liaison in the White House, LIBRE InitiativeFather Albert R. Coutié, International Radio & TV CelebrityAnd other mayors, consuls general, deputy consuls, trade commissioners and bi-national chambers from over 60About FITCE 2019The Florida International Trade and Cultural Expo (FITCE) is the largest government hosted international trade and cultural conference in the State of Florida. This year, FITCE 2019  will once again welcome local and international companies to the Greater Fort Lauderdale / Broward County Convention Ce​nter in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. This will be a unique opportunity to engage high level government leaders, international trade experts and business delegations from around the world in dialogues relating to international trade, foreign direct investment and culture. FITCE 2019 expects to attract over 1,500 attendees! General Admission is FREE!FITCE 2019 Activities:Panel Discussions and Seminars – “11 Steps to Exporting – A Roadmap to your Exporting Success!” and “How to Import into the United States”Doing Business with the World – export and investment opportunities presented by foreign government officials, ambassadors, consuls general, trade commissioners and/or leaders of bi-national chambers of commerceSpeed Matchmaking with Country Representatives – meet one-on-one with governmental officials, ambassadors, consuls general, trade commissioners and/or leaders of bi-national chambers of commerceThe World Expo Marketplace – Visit and network with local and international with over 300 exhibitors (buyers & sellers list provided on-site)American & International Buyers Panel / Meet & Greet – Learn about the purchasing process of large institutions and meet the buyers afterwardsNetworking Cocktail Receptions / Cultural Experiences, and much more!last_img read more

first_imgThe Colombian goalkeeper who invented the ‘scorpion kick’ is to stand for political office.Rene ‘El Loco’ Higuita, who used the kick to make a save against England at Wembley in 1995, is to run for mayor.He intends to stand as an independent candidate for mayor in the Guarne municipality, near Medellin, reports the BBC.“You only need around 4,500 votes to become mayor,” he told the Colombian daily El Tiempo, “but I hope to get 10,000!”One of football’s most colourful characters, Higuita was much loved in Colombia for his eccentric and often erratic style.As well as his trademark ‘scorpion’, he was also renowned for dribbling the ball into the outfield like a sweeper. He played for his country in the 1990 World Cup but missed out on a place in 1994 when he was sent to jail for acting as an intermediary in a kidnapping case.But now, after 24 years as a player and some 14 months after he hung up his gloves, Higuita says he hopes to help his local community.Source: orange.comlast_img read more

first_imgThe Mets want to compete.New York was expected to be sellers at the deadline but instead acquired Marcus Stroman and held onto Zack Wheeler, who is set to be a free agent after the season. MLB trade rumors: Mets deal Jason Vargas to Phillies Mets general manager Brodie Van Wagenen discussed the team’s moves when he met with reporters Wednesday.“Our focus at the trade deadline … is to win now and win in the future,” Van Wagenen said, via The Athletic. “We evaluated a lot of different opportunities, but we wanted to make sure we only considered moves that improved our club and kept us on mission.” Related News Van Wagenen: “We evaluated a lot of different opportunities, but we wanted to make sure we only considered moves that improved our club and kept us on mission.”— Tim Britton (@TimBritton) July 31, 2019The Mets added Stroman from the Blue Jays last weekend in exchange for two pitching prospects. The 28-year-old right-hander has a 6-11 record this season with a 2.96 ERA and was named to his first All-Star team in early July.Stroman is under team control through the 2020 season.“We recognize we still have a lot more work to do,” Van Wagenen said. “By making this deal for Marcus, it gives us the chance to be better right now.”Van Wagenen said he even looked into making further moves to bolster the team this season.“We did evaluate a lot of the bullpen options,” Van Wagenen said. “For us, we felt like getting (a starting pitcher) in this marketplace was going to be more valuable.“There were more conversations than there was action. … For us, we weren’t ultimately interested in rental pieces.”Wheeler, meanwhile, has a 4.71 ERA in 20 starts so far in 2019 and has spent his entire six-year career with the Mets.“In particular to the players that have expiring contracts, we wanted to make good baseball moves,” Van Wagenen said. “…Zack Wheeler matters to us.”The Mets enter play Wednesday five games out of the second National League wild-card spot with a 51-55 record. MLB trade news: Astros add frontline starter, deal for Diamondbacks’ Zack Greinke Marcus Stroman addresses trade from Blue Jays to Mets: ‘Crazy excited for this part of my journey’ “We’re the underdogs,” Van Wagenen said. “We’re chasing the rest of the pack.”New York sent starter Jason Vargas to the Phillies earlier in the week, as well.last_img read more