The Hambantota International Port Group (Pvt) Ltd – with a capital of USD 794 million and 15% shares to SLPA and 85% to CMPort as in SAGT terminal and CICT terminal will also be established. Accordingly, instead of 80:20 share distribution in the initial agreement shares of overall investment will be revised as 69.55 to CMPort and 30.45 for SLPA. (Colombo Gazette) The signing of the Hambantota port agreement is to go ahead tomorrow despite the matter not being debated in Parliament today.Under the agreement the Sri Lanka Ports Authority and China Merchant Port Holdings Company Ltd will establish the Hambantota International Port Services Co. (Pvt) Ltd – with a capital of USD 606 million and 50.7% shares to SLPA and 49.3% to CMPort.
Camilla Bowditch, 68, and Andrew Packe, 66, were revealed to be fourth cousins and had no idea of their genetic link, despite living just minutes away from each other.Mrs Bowditch is retired and has lived in Bledington for two years, having previously lived and travelled across the UK and parts of Africa while Mr Packe had lived in the village for more than three decades.Residents Sylvia Reeves, 93, and Steve Tyack, 46, were also surprised to learn they were distant cousins.Mrs Reeves, a village historian, said: “I’ve been here in Bledington for 56 years and I’ve known Steve’s family ever since I have been here.“I even watched his parents courting, so, to find out we are related is amazing. I would never have dreamt it especially because Stephen is rooted round here whereas I came to Bledington by chance after being born in London.”Mr Tyack, a builder and member of the Parish Council, added: “Of everybody in the village, I’m really happy to be related to Sylvia. This whole experience has been wonderful – a real opportunity. It’s really brought the community spirit back to Bledington.”Four other villagers were told of previously unknown local DNA matches identified as fourth cousins or closer, while 59 others discovered they had distant cousins in the village. When they agreed to take part in a unique DNA project, residents of a close-knit Cotswolds village thought they might, at best, discover a far flung relative in an exotic location.In fact, more than half of participants, who included the pub landlord, a local artist and a farmer, learned they were instead related to each other.The landmark project that involved testing the DNA of a Gloucestershire community also revealed that despite being overwhelmingly white British, the average resident was just 42 per cent Anglo Saxon.Almost 120 residents of Bledlington, near Chipping Norton, aged between 19 and 93, provided saliva samples for the study, conducted by AncestryDNA and said to be the first of its kind.The village was selected for its size, scenic Cotswolds location and community spirit.The findings challenged participants notions of their identities and that of the community as a whole, experts said. Sixty one residents discovered previously unknown genetic connections, despite the fact that half of all participants had moved to the village from elsewhere with no prior link to the local people or area.The closest found was that of Graham Harris and Gloria Warren, 74, who turned out to be third cousins, sharing a great great grandparent as their closest ancestor. Russell James, an AncestryDNA spokesperson said: “Despite the majority of residents assuming they were British through and through, this fascinating process uncovered some incredibly diverse heritage and allowed us to take a broader look at the genetic history of the village as a whole.“It seems that Bledington’s picturesque and arguably ‘typical England’ look and feel is deceiving as on average, less than half of the villagers’ DNA was identified as Great British.” Kristen Turner, 48, a marketing manager, was intrigued to learn that her DNA was seven per cent South Asian.“I’m quite excited to be able to find out where that comes from in my ancestry and perhaps try and find out where they originated from, what their story was and how it joined my line,” she said. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily Front Page newsletter and new audio briefings. Sue Windsor, a resident in the village of BledingtonCredit:PA Before they took the test, more than half of the villagers said they did not expect to carry DNA from outside of the UK, yet the results showed that not one participant’s DNA was 100 per cent British.The results revealed that the villagers carried DNA from 18 separate global locations, including Scandinavia, Asia and Africa.Sue Windsor, 73, who has lived in the village for 18 years, discovered that she was only six per cent British while the vast majority of her heritage was from western Europe.“I haven’t got a clue how that’s come up,” she laughed. “I really can’t believe it. All of my family, as far as I knew, was British but I haven’t got any British in me.”We all just went down to the village hall to be tested one Saturday morning for a bit of fun but I will certainly investigate further now to find out a bit more about it.” Despite being almost all white British, only 42 per cent were Anglo SaxonCredit:PA read more
“The deteriorating productivity of Australia’s mining industry will continue to worsen unless there is a concerted effort to lift both performance and the level of skills needed to protect and grow our position as the world’s third largest mining country in terms of minerals commodity wealth.” The blunt warning was issued by the Adelaide-based Resources and Engineering Skills Alliance (RESA) – one of the few bodies nationally tasked with bridging the skills, training and workforce gaps in Australia’s A$737 billion value resources sector. Speaking in Adelaide on the second day of the 2013 South Australian Resources and Infrastructure Conference, RESA Chief Executive, Phil de Courcey, said the sector’s productivity profile was at odds with its wider achievements compared to its global peers in generally capitalising on the mining and commodities boom post the GFC.de Courcey said there had been little analysis of why the mining industry was perceived as being “well behind the productivity game” compared to other industry peer sectors “and more critical research into the underlying causes is required”.He told delegates the current skills in the sector, as well as those skills which were lacking or in short supply, remained the biggest impediment to lifting productivity and with that a wider economic contribution to state and national economies from mining.“This lack of required skills is also driving the current cost blowouts on many of Australia’s major resource undertakings in both mining and energy,” de Courcey said. “No better proof of this is there than in a review of mining’s labour productivity index which peaked between 1995 and into 2002 but has been in severe decline ever since while the index covering other market sectors excluding mining, remains on the ascendancy.“Worse, if we compared gross values added per hour worked, mining’s productivity has collapsed from its euphoric highs of around 2001-2002 to now be below agriculture, forestry, fishing, manufacturing and an index measuring productivity in a basket of 12 selected industries. “The role of inflated wages in lowering mining productivity also needs assessing.”de Courcey said Australia’s miners needed to ask themselves did they respect enough the potential to be the world’s number one mining country. If so, they needed to focus on lifting productivity through a range of options including automation, diversity strategies, better career advisory services, workforce optimisation, improved project scheduling and simulation and demand-driven training.He said that while lifting miners’ productivity would be challenging, it should be seen as a vibrant opportunity. He pointed to South Australia particularly as one mining state with “‘amazing potential” and “still growing” – but there were serious skills gaps in the State in at least 16 resources specific professions and trades.“Improving productivity delivers multiple benefits,” he said. “These include attracting increased investment, speeding up construction schedules, locking down secure employment and wages, creating an active environment for applying technology and innovation and ensuring Australia continues to optimize its share of commodity price cycles.” read more