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  • Friendship, family theme embrace Bell-Ziadie Memorial

    first_imgFriendship and family was the unofficial theme at the launch of the 28th renewal of the annual Bell-Zaidie Football Memorial at Cuddy’z Sports Bar and Restaurant yesterday, with each speaker emphasising the strong relationships that exist between the supporters, participants, family and friends of the yearly football celebration of the lives and contribution of two the nation’s most influential football men, Winthorpe ‘Jackie’ Bell and Dennis Zaidie. Lorna Bell, the widow of Jackie, was the first to highlight the strong ties which exist between all those who support this well-loved event, which will be staged at St George’s College’s Winchester Park on Heroes Day, next week Monday. “For 29 years, Clive “Busy” Campbell, Vaughn “Bunny” Goodison and all the Bell-Zaidie committee members have stayed the duty to make this a reality and the only thing I can says is how important friendship is,” she emphasised. “Friendships are life-savers. But like anything precious you must pay attention to it and treat it with love, kindness and care,” she continued. “Jackie and Dennis believed in friendship, they even shared their football gear and they died together and that is why we are all here for another Bell-Zaidie Memorial,” she commented. Stephanie Chin See of long-time sponsors Western Sports, noted that it was more than a football event to them. “We are pleased to be a part of this event as it is much more than football, it’s family and it’s friendship,” she stated. Michael ‘Bedi’ Walker, a former St George’s College Manning Cup player, stated that they are all like family. “The Zaidie family is very grateful for carrying on Dennis’ name like that … but we are like family,” he said. Lorna Bell also encouraged patrons, participants and supporters to come out and foster even more long lasting relationships on the day. “Let us have fun and fellowship, let us forge friendships on Monday, October 19,” she added. Meanwhile, five football stalwarts will be honoured this year, including former national player and Jamaica Football Federation administrator, Howard “Juicy” Bell, former St George’s College player, Ossie Tai, former FIFA referee, Victor Stewart and Hector Pinnock, who formerly represented leading division one football club, Railway. Four teams, St George’s College Old Boys, Masters & Celebrities, Sponsors and Media and Jamaica’s senior national men’s cricketers,will be vying to be crowned Bell/Zaidie Memorial Trophy. These teams will boast some of the nation’s most recognisable figures such as Jaheel Hyde, Leford Green, Ricardo ‘Bibi’ Gardener, Aidonia, Wayne Marshall, Chris Martin, Rudolph Speid, Gregory Messam Snr, Kasai Hinds, Nicholas Zaidie, Omar Thomas, Shavar Thomas, Nikita Miller, Andre Russell, Andre McCarthy, Krishmar Santokie, Carlton Baugh Jnr and David Bernard Jnr, Wayne Walker, Ian Burnett and Audley Boyd.last_img read more

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  • PPP questions secrecy on remaining $15B GuySuCo bond

    first_img– says few details forthcoming from NICIL on future useLack of detailed information on the status of the remaining $15 billion from the bond raised by the National Industrial and Commercial Investments Limited (NICIL) has prompted concerns from the parliamentary Opposition.At his press conference on Thursday, People’s Progressive Party General Secretary Bharrat Jagdeo questioned what was being done with the money. This money, he reminded, would have to be repaid with interest.“What is happening to the remaining $15 billion that has been sitting in the account of a long while now since it has been raised… What is it being used for?” Jagdeo,Opposition Leader Bharrat Jagdeothe Opposition Leader, questioned.“We have not seen any statement from NICIL regarding the future uses, bearing in mind that we are paying interest on this large sum of money that was borrowed and is just sitting in an account.”After reports in sections of the media that no money was disbursed to the Guyana Sugar Corporation (GuySuCo), NICIL’s Special Purpose Unit said in a statement on Sunday that some $2 billion was disbursed to the Corporation.It was added that the monies from the bond facility will be used to purchase equipment for production of plantation white sugar, including the purchase of nine tractors, and to address the co-generation plants’ operational expenses.“The monies obtained from the bond facility were not obtained to facilitate the payment of debt, as was ventilated time and again by the Minister of Finance and stakeholders,” the SPU said.It was pointed out that GuySuCo is yet to complete its procurement process for the mentioned capital items. Therefore, SPU has said, GuySuCo is not in a position to draw down on additional secured funds.Earlier this year, NICIL was mandated to seek financing for the downsized Corporation, targeting retooling, diversification and improved agriculture. This was being pursued even as work was being done to privatise and divest the four estates – Skeldon, Rose Hall, Enmore and Wales.Through local financing arranged by Republic Bank Limited, NICIL has managed to successfully negotiate a bond facility for $30 billion, with significant input fromThe Skeldon factorythe Finance Ministry.NICIL has requested $17 billion in the first tranche. “We will receive the remainder on request. It was structured in this manner for it not to incur unnecessary costs,” the statement added.GuySuCo must submit its applications for financing to the SPU, and those are to be vetted to make sure they meet the approved criteria of the bond holders before financing is disbursed. Two disbursements have thus far been made; one for $880 million and another for $1.1 billion.The SPU has said it must be noted that half of the bond amount would be provided for in local currency, while the remainder would be disbursed in United States dollars (USD).With support from Government by means of a sovereign guarantee, SPU Head, Colvin Heath-London has been able to secure this funding spoken about.The benefit is a 4.75 per cent rate of return, which represents a tax-free bond. NICIL, through its SPU, took control of the Skeldon, Rose Hall, Enmore and Wales estates when Government decided to close operations earlier this year in order to maintain the viability of the sugar industry.last_img read more

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  • Egypt fans pin hopes on injured Salah for World Cup glory

    first_img0Shares0000Salah, who hit a stunning 44 goals for Liverpool last season following his move from Roma, is the linchpin of Egyptian hopes in Russia © AFP / Khaled DESOUKICAIRO, Egypt, Jun 10 – Encircled by expectant cheers of Egyptian fans, Mohamed Salah appeared at the Pharaohs’ final pre-World Cup training session and kindled hopes he can overcome injury to aid Egypt’s first shot at the tournament in nearly three decades.Liverpool’s star striker, who is recovering from a shoulder injury that saw him crash out of the Champions League final, strolled around the Cairo pitch talking to colleagues and supporters, but did not take part in the team’s last late night practice before heading to Russia. Horns blasted, snack-sellers hollered and chants of “Come Salah, Come Salah!” rang through the capital’s stadium, crowded by thousands of fans keen to encourage their team ahead of their first World Cup appearance since 1990.Salah, who hit a stunning 44 goals for Liverpool last season following his move from Roma, is the linchpin of Egyptian hopes in Russia.He has been picked for the World Cup squad despite having been forced out of the Liverpool’s 3-1 Champions League final defeat to Real Madrid in tears clutching his left shoulder.Many of his fans had feared he would miss the World Cup altogether, but his appearance in Cairo has reignited expectations in The Pharaohs’ key striker.“He will participate, God willing, he must,” said Seif Ibrahim, a 24-year-old salesman wearing Salah’s Egypt jersey.Fans screamed in delight when Salah’s name was read out over the loudspeaker, while those able to get to the pitch took selfies with their hero.He gave fans a sliver of hope when he managed to briefly dribble the ball on the corner of the pitch, before returning to the sidelines.“I was so sad, but now I’m happy to see him in real life, and he seems to be doing fine even if he isn’t actually training with the others,” said Nahed Mostafa, 38, who attended the session with her young children.– ‘Historic moment’ –The Pharaohs, record seven-time African champions, have qualified for the World Cup for only the third time.The Pharaohs, record seven-time African champions, have qualified for the World Cup for only the third time © AFP / Khaled DESOUKIThey begin their Russian campaign on June 15 against twice former winners Uruguay.The Egyptian football federation said after Salah’s injury that he could be out for three weeks, meaning he would miss their opening Group A match but could then be available against Russia on June 19 and Saudi Arabia on June 25.Supporters at the Cairo ground, waving the national flag, also yelled enthusiastic approval for the team’s other star players — goalkeeper Essam El Hadary and midfielder Abdallah El Said.Police in riot gear patrolled the stadium, which was filled to around a quarter of its capacity — a rare sight at Egypt’s highly-restricted football grounds.Authorities imposed a ban on fans attending local matches after a 2012 stadium riot in Port Said left 74 people dead. The restriction was partially relaxed earlier this year.“This is an exceptional event because a whole generation has been excluded from stadiums,” said Mostafa Abdallah, a 64-year-old schoolteacher, who wore a checkered shirt and a delighted grin.“I came for this historic moment, and to admire my country’s team.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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  • Given: Aston Villa are doomed and should start preparing for the Championship

    first_img Aston Villa manager Remi Garde 1 Doomed Aston Villa should forget about signing Premier League players in the January transfer window and begin their preparations for Championship football, according to former goalkeeper Shay Given.Lifting the club to safety seems an almost impossible task for manager Remi Garde after his side suffered a 3-1 defeat against fellow basement battlers Sunderland on Saturday to leave them seven points adrift at the bottom of the top-flight table.Villa, who have claimed just one league victory in 20 games this season, have been linked with a number of targets as the boss aims to spark their great escape, including Chelsea striker Loic Remy and former West Ham midfielder Morgan Amalfitano.But ex-Aston Villa glovesman Given claims the club would be ‘crazy’ to make any high-profile signings with relegation looming.“It’s sad because it’s a great club, but Aston Villa have to be realistic,” the Ireland international told the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast.“They’re so far behind now, it already looks like it’s too far gone.“It would be crazy to sign more Premier League players in January to try and stay in the division, when they would have big contracts and big transfer fees.“They probably have to start preparing for the Championship next season.“They need to begin to get rid of the bigger earners at the club and bring in some Championship players as they look to next season.”last_img read more

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  • MEND celebrates opening of Pacoima health center

    first_imgPACOIMA – For the last year, Rosa Lopez would wake up in the morning, open her eyes and see nothing but blurry images. But on Thursday, she saw the possibilities of improving her vision, thanks to a free examination and, maybe, new glasses. “This is so good they have something like this,” the Sylmar woman said as she waited for her turn inside the newly opened Meet Each Need with Dignity health center. “For many of us, our jobs don’t provide health insurance.” What began more than 30 years ago in a two-car garage as a way to help people in need has blossomed into an $8.5 million, 40,000-square-foot center at 10641 San Fernando Road in Pacoima. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGame Center: Chargers at Kansas City Chiefs, Sunday, 10 a.m.To help celebrate the facility’s opening, a free health fair was held Thursday to introduce the community to all the services available, from vision exams to dental care to blood-pressure screenings, all conducted by a dedicated staff of volunteer physicians, nurses and social workers. “I still get a lump in my throat each time I drive up to this place,” said Carolyn Rose, who co-founded MEND in 1971 with her husband, Ed. The Mission Hills couple opened their garage door every Saturday to those in need, offering food and clothing they had collected from their church. Since then, MEND has expanded to its current facility, which is four times larger than its former site on Van Nuys Boulevard. The older site houses educational services, including English-as-a-second-language classes. “It’s just unbelievable, beyond our expectations,” Ed Rose said. MEND is the San Fernando Valley’s largest poverty agency, serving clients in Pacoima, Arleta, Sylmar, Lake View Terrace, San Fernando, North Hills and Mission Hills. Last year, it provided $700,000 in medical, vision and dental care to more than 40,000 people. Those who qualify for its services have household incomes below the federal poverty guidelines, or less than $31,000 a year for a family of four. Part of what keeps MEND going is its ability to adapt to changing approaches to health care, Executive Director Marianne Haver Hill said. “A critical need is promoting holistic methods” like acupuncture, which the Latino community has become more open to using, Hill said. Nurse volunteer Delio Perez said he is hoping more Latinos come in for blood-pressure and diabetes screenings early – before it’s too late. “Those are the two ailments killing us,” he said. “When you have diabetes, then blood pressure, and you can’t control it, you are more likely also to suffer with depression, something else we are seeing a lot.” For Sylvia Aguilera, free dental care close to home means a world of difference. MEND’s dental service also has expanded, from a three-chair operation to an eight-chair center, through a collaboration with Loma Linda University. “I had to leave the house at 5 a.m. to go to Los Angeles to a free clinic to have my teeth checked,” she said. “For many of us, we have to choose between eating or medical care. This helps us so much.” susan.abram@dailynews.com (818) 713-3664160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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  • MY DONEGAL ……..WITH EARAGAIL ARTS FESTIVAL DIRECTOR PAUL BROWN

    first_imgThe success of the Earagail Arts Festival was once again clear this year as visitors from around the world congregated at the many events throughout the county between the 7th and 22nd of July. The latest choice for ‘My Donegal’ is a man who along with a hard-working team is responsible for that success; Earagail Arts Festival Artistic Director Paul Brown.By Caoimhe Ní Chathail What is our favourite place in Donegal and why?There are so many of them, it’s a hard one. Horn Head is probably it. It’s just so dramatic out there in terms of the scenery and the fact that you’re right out on the Atlantic. It’s that combination of the remoteness of it but also the mixture of sea-cliffs, the sea and if you get a real clear day out there it’s a magical place to be. If you could change one thing about Donegal what would it be?The public transport infrastructure, in terms of actually getting people to Donegal. I think Donegal has been left out a lot over the years in terms of transport. But then again maybe we don’t want the county over-run with tourists either but I think definitely it’s something that I would change.Who is the one person in Donegal that you look up to and why?I would say my partner Sally Murphy because she’s so patient and she’s a great support and she’s the mother of my children.Daniel O’ Donnell or Packie Bonner?Daniel O’ Donnell, you have to admire the man. I was in Adelaide earlier this year at the Adelaide festival which is this huge venue and all the posters were up on the walls for all the forthcoming concerts by international artists like Riverdance and huge names in music and performance and the only poster on the wall that had a ‘sold out’ sticker on it was Daniel’s. You have to admire him.What has been Donegal’s proudest moment in recent years?I think the Relay for Life that took place earlier this year. It was just amazing to see so many people come out and support it. It gave you a real sense of the generosity and spirit that there is in Donegal but also it was a really poignant moment to acknowledge how many people are affected by cancer as well. It was definitely just a really good moment in terms of community coming together. What has been Donegal’s saddest moment?The terrible tragedy that happened on the roads there two years ago up in Inishowen with young people losing their lives. It highlights a real issue in rural areas, particularly where a car is seen as a symbol of liberation and that’s a difficulty. Obviously select people lose their lives and I think it’s one of the worst problems in Donegal.What is your favourite Donegal-made product?There’s a craft brewer in Rathmullen, Kinnegar Brewery, and he makes some amazing beers. It’s great to see somebody making products locally as well. Who is Donegal’s greatest ambassador around the world and why?I think probably somebody like Moya Brennan from Clannad. I think any of our ambassadors, whether it’s sport personalities or musicians, particularly our musicians are really good ambassadors because their music is so well known internationally. Moya is a great supporter of her home county and I think that’s why she would be one of the best ones.Who is Donegal’s most successful business person in your opinion?I suppose Sir Gerry Robinson would be the obvious one just because of all the positions he has had over the years.Who is your favourite Donegal sportsperson of all time?It would probably have to be Packie Bonner.What is your favourite Donegal restaurant?Firebox in Fawn.Donegal’s golden eagles or basking sharks?Golden eagles.Your nomination for Donegal’s most stylish person.Again I would have to go with my partner for that one!What is your favourite Donegal saying or expression?“What’s the craics?”Will Donegal win the All-Ireland this year?I do hope so!What is your favourite Donegal food?Any of the seafood.If you had a million euro to spend on improving something in Donegal what would it be?An increased budget for the Earagail Arts Festival every year!MY DONEGAL ……..WITH EARAGAIL ARTS FESTIVAL DIRECTOR PAUL BROWN was last modified: August 8th, 2012 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:Earagail Arts FestivalMY DONEGALPaul Brownlast_img read more

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  • DONEGAL ISLAND COULD BE YOURS AFTER ASKING PRICE IS SLASHED!

    first_imgAn island off the coast of Donegal could be yours after its owner slashed its original asking price.Inishdooey Island off the coast of Donegal.Inishdooey had originally a guide price of a cool €1million through German estate agents Vladi.de.But now it has been reduced by a whopping 84% to just €175,000. The island, which is 96 acres in size, is part of the Donegal Archipelago which includes Tory.It lies three miles off the mainland and is owned by Falcarragh man Mark McClafferty, who inherited the property from his late grandfather Vin Duggan.At the time the owner told Donegal Daily that he considered the asking price to be “a bit steep”.Before you call your bank manager consider the prohibitive cost of transporting building materials to the island, cautions local contractor Seamus McClafferty, who estimates it will cost between €200,000 and €250,000 to build something modest. DONEGAL ISLAND COULD BE YOURS AFTER ASKING PRICE IS SLASHED! was last modified: September 4th, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:donegalINishdooey IslandSALElast_img read more

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  • Newman and Timmons Claim MVC Softball Weekly Awards

    first_imgNewman tossed her second career no-hitter Sunday in a 4-0 victory over Valparaiso. She allowed a walk with two outs in the seventh inning that ended her chance at her first career perfect game. Newman recorded a career-high 18 strikeouts, including striking out the first nine hitters of the game. It is her sixth double-digit strikeout game of the season and 25th in her outstanding career. Newman, who holds a 13-2 record this season, lowered her league-best earned run average to 0.54, which ranks second in the nation. She leads the NCAA in average strikeouts per seven innings at 12.6. Newman leads the MVC in opponent batting average at .125, ranks second in strikeouts with 162 and is third in wins. In her career, she has won MVC Pitcher of the Week 11 times. ST. LOUIS, Mo. – A pair of Drake University softball pitchers claimed Missouri Valley Conference Softball weekly awards, the conference office announced Monday, April 16. Redshirt junior Nicole Newman (Madison, Wis.) is the MVC Pitcher of the Week for a league-leading sixth time this season while freshman Nicole Timmons (Davenport, Iowa) is the MVC Newcomer of the Week. Timmons pitched a complete game Sunday in a 2-1 win over Valparaiso in the second game of the doubleheader. She allowed one run on three hits with a career-high 12 strikeouts. It is her second career double-digit strikeout game. With the complete game win, Timmons improved to 10-4 on the season and lowered her ERA to 1.84, which ranks fourth in the league. In the MVC, she is fourth in strikeouts with 106. This is Timmons’ second career MVC Newcomer of the Week award as she earned MVC Pitcher and Newcomer of the Week honors on Feb. 26. Drake plays a midweek doubleheader at in-state rival UNI Tuesday afternoon. The games will be played inside the UNI Dome and first pitch of game one will be at 4 p.m. Both games will be broadcast on ESPN+. Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

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  • Steve Kerr has the perfect ‘Dad joke’ about Drake

    first_imgOAKLAND – The Warriors appear ready for anything. And why not? They already have played in four consecutive NBA Finals, and won three of them.Therefore, they appear prepared to face the Toronto Raptors in the NBA Finals with Game 1 beginning on Thursday. Are they ready, though, for Drake?“I’m not worried about Drake,” Warriors coach Steve Kerr said of the hip-hop artist and Toronto Raptors fan. “I called him on his cell phone earlier…”Kerr stopped in midsentence. Cue the laughter. Maybe …last_img read more

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  • Easy way to back renewable energy

    first_imgNedbank’s Mike Peo says all the capital raised through the Green Savings Bond will be set aside for investment into renewable energy projects financed by Nedbank Capital. (Image: Nedbank) The Department of Energy’s Renewable Energy Independent Power Producers programme is building the country’s renewable energy sector and introducing independent power providers as a supplement to traditional forms of energy supply. (Image: greenliving-tips.com) Investment into renewable energy in South Africa is growing, and this shows that the sector has economic growth potential. (Image: nationalwind.wordpress.com) MEDIA CONTACTS • Fred-Arthur Fish   Jenni Newman Public Relations  +27 11 506 7350 RELATED ARTICLES • SA becoming a renewable energy hub • Simple solar solution for rural Africa • Nedbank branch runs on wind power • South Africa’s children learn to be green Wilma den HartighNedbank has developed a new investment product for green-minded South Africans who want to take responsibility for their financial security, but also make a contribution towards protecting the environment.The dual-purpose Green Savings Bond, a first for the country, encourages people to save more, and at the same time participate in funding renewable energy products in the country.An accessible savings productAnton de Wet, managing executive of client engagement at Nedbank, says with the Green Savings Bond the bank hopes to change how people think about saving and make it easy for more people to invest in a product they can understand.According to the South African Savings Institute many households in the country have very little to save, and battle to manage their finances.The World Economic Forum 2011/12 Global Competitiveness Report ranks South Africa 72nd in the world for its gross national savings rate, equivalent to 20% of GDP. This is well behind Brics countries such as China, ranked second with savings equal to 54% of its GDP, India in 15th position with 34.7%, and Russia ranking 44th with 24.7%.“The Green Savings Bond broadens the appeal of savings to all South Africans,” de Wet says.There is nothing highbrow about the Green Savings bond. It requires a minimum investment of only R1 000 (US$122), and offers an interest rate of up to 7.50% per annum. The interest rate is fixed and varies according to the investment term. No fees or commissions are levied to the client.Investors can decide when they want to access their funds, at 18 months, two, three or five years. There is also the option of having interest paid out monthly, quarterly, half yearly, annually or on expiry of the investment.Although clients cannot add more money to the initial investment amount, there is no limit to how many Green Savings Bonds a single investor can hold.What makes it green?Mike Peo, head of infrastructure, energy and telecoms at Nedbank Capital, explains that all the capital raised through the Green Savings Bond will be set aside for investment into renewable energy projects financed by Nedbank Capital.“The product is another step forward to building South Africa’s green economy,” Peo says.He explained that all risk associated with investing in such projects will be carried by Nedbank.More investment in renewable energyNedbank Capital supports many renewable energy initiatives, and recently it also became involved in the Department of Energy’s Renewable Energy Independent Power Producers (REIPP) programme.The initiative is building the country’s renewable energy sector and introducing independent power providers as a supplement to traditional forms of energy supply.Peo says that investment into renewable energy in South Africa is growing, and this shows that the sector has economic growth potential.“We are seeing growth in the establishment of renewable energy capacity,” he says, “As these come online, they will give rise to numerous upstream and downstream production, manufacturing and service opportunities.”Peo is also positive about the long-term economic and social development potential of the renewable energy programme.“Unlike almost all of South Africa’s previous infrastructure development projects, the development of the country’s renewable energy industry is not a finite project,” he says. “It need not have an end date and we expect further announcements from the Department of Energy in this regard.”He believes that South Africa can become a renewable energy hub for the African continent.Although the country’s first priority is to establish a viable renewable energy sector, there is nothing stopping South Africa from expanding its reach to the rest of the continent.“Stakeholders in this fledgling sector should never lose sight of the fact that what we do here in South Africa could ultimately be of great benefit to the whole of Africa,” he says.Following international trendsNedbank’s move to introduce the forward-thinking investment product is in line with World Bank initiatives to find innovative ways to deal with climate change through mitigation and adaptation projects.Similar to the Nedbank model, the World Bank introduced a Green Bond to raise funds from fixed income investors to support its lending to projects that mitigate climate change, or help affected people adapt to it.Since 2008, the World Bank has raised more than R24.6-billion ($3-billion) in Green Bonds, proving just how successful such an investment product can be.Some of the projects that have received funding from its Green Bonds include solar and wind installations, greater efficiency in transportation, fuel switching and mass transport, waste management, construction of energy efficient buildings, carbon reduction through reforestation and food security improvement.• Slideshow image courtesy of batwinas.comlast_img read more

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