AIIB Commits US$100 million in CEL Infrastructure Investment Fund II

CEL Infrastructure Investment Fund II (“Fund II”), a private equity fund sponsored and managed by China Everbright Limited (“CEL”, stock code: 165.HK) has made significant progress in fundraising. On June 29, 2022, Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (“AIIB”) approved to commit of US$100 million including up to US$25 million co-investment sleeve in Fund II. AIIB is a multilateral development bank with 105 members from all over the world. Its vision is to finance “Infrastructure for Tomorrow” with sustainability at its core. AIIB is committed to unlocking new capital and investing in green, technology-enabled and cross-border connectivity infrastructure to promote sustainable economic development and regional connectivity in Asia and around the world. This will be the first time funds managed by CEL have raised capital from a multilateral development bank, marking a new stage of internationalization, professionalization and marketization for CEL. Fund II will focus on climate finance and ESG investing, and will introduce ESG investment, management, assessment and evaluation policy with international standards in order to ensure that future investments will have real-world positive impacts on addressing climate change and improving the environment and society.

Overseas Infrastructure Investment Fund team (the “Team”) is one of the major teams under CEL pursuing overseas investment. Everbright Overseas Infrastructure Investment Fund L.P. (“Fund I”), established and managed by the Team, deployed more than US$450 million in infrastructure assets in Europe, Southeast Asia and Hong Kong SAR. Fund I, now at its harvest period, has achieved outstanding performance amongst its peers with distribution to paid-in capital over 1.0x. The Team is raising Fund II with a target size of US$600 million, focusing on green and low carbon themes. Fund II will primarily invest in renewable energy, new infrastructure and logistics projects in Southeast Asia and some other Asian countries. Fund II is expected to have its first closing within 2022.

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All Year Cooling Commits To Veterans Discount

Coral Springs, Florida – WEBWIRE

All Year Cooling is committed to the veterans of South Florida offering a discount for all customers who’ve served in the armed forces. Current and former military members can enjoy $100 off a new air conditioner and 10% off all air conditioner repairs.

Most families making a change to their air conditioner are doing so spur of the moment. Perhaps something went wrong with the air conditioner, and it needs immediate attention.

There’s also the case of new buildings needing air conditioning set up for the first time. In South Florida, even a day without air conditioning can be a huge difference. The discount is meant to ease the financial burden.

To qualify for the discount, all veterans must show identification when setting up a repair or installation. All Year Cooling’s owner, Tommy Smith wants to give back to those men and women doing so much for their country.

Those Florida veterans still needing financial help beyond the discount can apply for financing with the company. Three different organizations are working directly with them to make it easy for customers to not feel required to make a huge payment upfront. There’s no minimum credit score, and shoppers receive expedited approvals for emergencies. The company works with Synchrony Financing, Ygrene Financing, and FTL Financing.

All year cooling also provides discounts and other coupons & promotions on their website. This makes pricing for the company amongst the cheapest in the south Florida, Coral Springs region.

Giving back to veterans is a passion of Mr. Smith and his daughter Riley. Running Project We Care, the younger Smith strives to strengthen families when they return home through her organization. Both All Year Cooling and Project We Care work together on several projects within the community offering different ways to give back.

For more information on the veterans discount, or anything related to All Year Cooling, visit In many cases, same-day repairs are possible. The website also acts as a resource for those doing some troubleshooting.

Coral Springs, Florida based, they provide air conditioning installations and repairs for the southern Florida region. The company prides itself on outstanding pricing and quick service.

Canada – Canada commits lethal weapons and ammunition in support of Ukraine

Today, the Government of Canada announced that it has authorized the provision of additional military assistance to the government of Ukraine to further help the Ukrainian security forces defend against Russia’s unwanted and escalating aggression against Ukraine.

February 14, 2022 – Ottawa, Ont. – National Defence / Canadian Armed Forces

Today, the Government of Canada announced that it has authorized the provision of additional military assistance to the government of Ukraine to further help the Ukrainian security forces defend against Russia’s unwanted and escalating aggression against Ukraine.

Canada will donate over $7 million of lethal weapons and assorted support items to the Armed Forces of Ukraine. This equipment includes machine guns, pistols, carbines, 1.5 million rounds of ammunition, sniper rifles, and various related equipment.

Canada stands resolute in its support of Ukraine’s sovereignty, territorial integrity and independence and continues to condemn Russian aggression as it builds up its military forces around Ukraine. Canada remains committed to a diplomatic solution and continues to call on Russia to de-escalate and engage in meaningful dialogue. As previously stated, any further aggression on the part of Russia will be met with serious consequences, including through coordinated sanctions, and Canada continues to work with allies and partners on a coordinated response.

Together with the financial contributions announced today by the Government of Canada, as well as earlier donations of non-lethal assistance, these measures represent a significant and coordinated response from Canada to the developing situation in Ukraine. Canada, along with our allies and partners, remains committed to supporting Ukraine and its people as they continue to defend themselves against Russia’s destabilizing actions. 

“Canada is deeply concerned by Russia’s military build-up in and around Ukraine, which presents a significant threat to the rules-based international order. Following conversations with our Ukrainian partners, including during my recent trip to Ukraine, Canada has authorized the provision of defensive weapons to assist Ukraine in defending its sovereignty and territorial integrity. I remain in close contact with my Ukrainian counterpart, Minister Reznikov, and alongside our allies, we will continue to support Ukraine as it protects itself against Russia’s unwarranted aggression.”

The Honourable Anita Anand, Minister of National Defence

“Canada remains resolute in supporting Ukraine’s sovereignty, territorial integrity, and independence. Canada will continue to work closely with the Ukrainian government and allies in the region to protect Ukraine’s security and economic resilience.”

The Honourable Mélanie Joly, Minister of Foreign Affairs

Today’s donation adds to the more than $23 million of military equipment – including communications gear, a mobile field hospital, explosive disposal equipment, and body armour – that Canada has already given to Ukraine since 2015.

Since 2014, Canada has provided Ukraine with more than $890 million in multifaceted assistance to support Ukraine’s security, prosperity, and reform objectives. In the long-term, reforms are the most effective strategy for building Ukraine’s resilience to Russian aggression.

Through Canada’s Peace and Stabilization Operations Program, Canada is currently supporting over $16 million in ongoing multi-year programming focused on security sector and defence reform in Ukraine, including a strong focus on advancing Ukraine’s Women Peace and Security National Action Plan. 

Since the start of Operation UNIFIER, Canadian troops have conducted more than 700 courses, training more than 33,000 Ukrainian military and security personnel in battlefield tactics, maneuver, and other advanced military skills.

Since Russia’s attempted annexation and illegal occupation of Crimea in 2014, Canada has imposed sanctions on more than 440 individuals and entities, many in coordination with allies.

Daniel Minden

Press Secretary

Office of the Minister of National Defence

Phone: 613-996-3100


Media Relations

Department of National Defence

Phone: 613-904-3333


COP26: FIFA commits to net-zero emission by 2040 and launches FIFA Climate Strategy

  • FIFA President confirms pledge to UNFCCC Sports for Climate Action Framework

  • FIFA Council member Isha Johansen delivers keynote speech at climate summit in Scotland

  • Coinciding with the event, FIFA publishes comprehensive FIFA Climate Strategy

Joining the calls for action as world leaders meet at the UN Climate Change Conference (COP26) in Scotland, FIFA is taking a leading role in the world of sport by confirming its pledge to the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change − Sports for Climate Action Framework. This includes a commitment to reducing emissions by 50% by 2030 and reaching net zero by 2040, as part of a detailed FIFA Climate Strategy that lays out plans to accelerate the delivery of solutions to protect our beautiful planet and our beautiful game. “This is a critical moment. The change in weather patterns is impacting the environment and its rich biodiversity, food security and access to fresh water, as well as the health and well-being of individuals,” said FIFA President Gianni Infantino in a video address to the delegates gathered in Glasgow. “Following my election as FIFA President in 2016, FIFA became the first international sports organisation to join the UNFCCC Climate Neutral Now campaign, pledging to measure, reduce and compensate the greenhouse gas emissions associated with the FIFA World Cups™. I am proud to announce today that − based on our long experience with climate action in football − FIFA has developed a comprehensive climate strategy and is committed to investing substantial resources that will allow FIFA and football to reach the ambitious and necessary objectives of the UNFCCC Sports for Climate Action Framework.” The FIFA Climate Strategy consists of four pillars and three key goals that will put FIFA on the path to climate-friendly performance, to protect FIFA’s tournaments from the negative climate change impacts, and to ensure climate-resilient football development across FIFA operations and events by 2040. It includes a host of concrete initiatives to:

  • educate the global football workforce on climate-related impacts and climate-friendly solutions;

  • adapt football regulations and activities to be more resilient to current and anticipated impacts of climate change;

  • reduce the carbon emissions of FIFA and football to contribute to the Paris Agreement and the UNFCCC Sports for Climate Action Framework objectives; and

  • invest in climate protection and support football stakeholders with access to know-how to tackle the impacts of climate change.

“We, as inhabitants of this planet, must all make this our priority,” added FIFA Council member Isha Johansen in addressing the Sports for Climate Action − On the Race to Zero session at COP26. “Football also has the power to radically shift mindsets on climate change and mainstream climate action. We have a huge, attentive audience and it is our duty to amplify these key messages. “We will help educate fans on climate change and encourage them to play their part in protecting the planet and the beautiful game. We have a moral, urgent duty to accelerate our action. Our commitment to protecting our climate remains unwavering.”