Hammerson puts Shires under offer

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Lawyers need the practical touch

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Community spirits shines through at family-friendly Cairns suburb

first_imgBrinsmead resident Ian Rowe. Picture: Marc McCormackRESIDENTS look out for each other in one of Cairns’ more popular family suburbs.Northwest of the city centre, Brinsmead is sought-after for its range of spacious, attractive and affordable properties. Ian Rowe said the past 10 years living on Wills St with his wife Faye had been highly rewarding. “We’ve travelled Australia, and it turned out to be one of the best streets we’ve ever lived in,” the retiree said.“The whole neighbourhood would get together for barbecues, and garage sales would sometimes involve six or seven houses.“If someone wanted to borrow an egg or needed a tap fixed, we’d help each other out. “Local kids can play on the street, and there is just a really nice community feeling to the place.”Mr Rowe last year helped remove waste from his neighbours’ yards ahead of the cyclone season. He and his wife recently sold their treasured four-bedroom home, as they will soon move to the Gold Coast.More from newsCairns home ticks popular internet search terms3 days agoTen auction results from ‘active’ weekend in Cairns3 days agoIn the meantime they are “looking after a mate’s place”, belonging to a fellow Brinsmeader.“We are going to be sad to leave the area, it has been a great 10 years,” Mr Rowe said. According to Cairns Regional Council, the suburb is named after “father of Cairns tourism” Horace George Brinsmead, who in 1885 led the first touring party to Barron Falls.With a median house price of $450,000, Brinsmead lies within the catchment zones of several popular schools.According to CoreLogic, Brinsmead house prices have grown by more than 18 per cent since 2013.Real estate agent Kim Ryan, of LJ Hooker Cairns Edge Hill, said the suburb was sought-after for numerous reasons. “It has proximity to the CBD, schools and it’s also a safe area,” she said. “And the bigger blocks are another big drawcard, particularly in the older part of Brinsmead, where people want something leafy and full of character.” A cane farmer, Horace Brinsmead became influential in the area after moving to Cairns from Melbourne in the early 1880s.last_img read more

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People moves: Former USS CIO to chair UK infrastructure fund (updated)

first_imgGresham House, BSIF, VFPK, PensionDanmark, VFPK, BPL Pensioen, Pensioenstichting Transport, GroupLife, Penvita, Mercer, VvV, Aegon, Willis Towers WatsonGresham House – Peter Moon is stepping down from the alternative asset manager’s board to become chairman of the investment committee of its patient capital fund for UK housing and infrastructure-related assets, the British Strategic Investment Fund (BSIF). Moon was chief investment officer of the now £60bn (€67bn) Universities Superannuation Scheme (USS) for 17 years, retiring in 2009. Before USS he used to manage investments at the British Airways Pension Scheme and the then National Provident Institution (now Phoenix Life). Moon joined the board of Gresham House in July 2014 and helped oversee the manager’s transformation under a new management team.He will be replaced on the board by Simon Stilwell, who joined Gresham House as a non-executive director this week. Stilwell was chief executive of Liberum, the investment bank he co-founded in 2007, until 2015.  The Royal County of Berkshire Pension Fund, which has a 20% stake in Gresham House, is a cornerstone investor in BSIF. The fund raised £150m in commitments from Berkshire and another UK local government pension scheme for a first close in June. Gary Steinberg, former CIO of the International Monetary Fund and the Wellcome Trust, has been working alongside Moon on the investment committee of the incipient fund.LGPS Central – Five new senior hires have been made by the asset management company set up to manage the £40bn of assets of nine Midlands-based local government pension schemes (LGPS). Mike Vinton joins as chief compliance and risk officer, Sharon Johal as general counsel, David Kane as head of finance, David Evans as investment director for passive equities and Adam Neilson as head of information technology. Vinton was most recently head of compliance and money laundering reporting officer at Nestlé Capital Management Limited, while Johal was previously head of legal at Kuwait Investment Office. They complete LGPS Central’s senior executive team, which also comprises Andrew Warwick-Thompson as CEO, John Burns as chief operating and financial officer, and Jason Fletcher as CIO.Verband der Firmenpensionskassen (VFPK) — The board of the association of German corporate pension funds has been reorganised following the death of its head, Peter Hadasch. Helmut Aden, member of the board of BVV, has succeeded Hadasch as chairman. Carsten Ebsen, of the Hamburg Pensionskasse, has taken over the role of first deputy chair and Andreas Hilka, member of the board of at the €7.9bn German Hoechst Pensionskasse, that of second deputy chairperson. Hilka is the newest member of the VFPK board, having been elected to his role in July. Aden has been a VFPK board member since 2006 and Ebsen since 2011. One of the founders of the VFPK, Hadasch died in October aged 64. PensionDanmark — Emilie Juel-Helwig has been appointed to the newly-created position of head of corporate sustainability at PensionDanmark, having been promoted from her job as personal assistant to the chief executive Torben Möger Pedersen.  The Danish pension fund explained that until now it has primarily worked with sustainability from an investor perspective. From now on, as head of corporate responsibility, Juel-Helwig will represent PensionDanmark on a broader sustainability agenda. This will include corporate social responsibility and the task of integrating the sustainability agenda and the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals into the pension fund’s core business.BPL Pensioen — Monique van der Poel has been appointed on the supervisory board (RvT) of the €16.6bn pension fund for the agricultural sector (BPL Pensioen). She will focus on communication, pension management and legal matters. Van der Poel is a pensions lawyer and is also a member of the RvT of the €780m industry-wide scheme for dental technicians (Tandtechniek).Pensioenstichting Transport – Jeroen Tuijp has been named as member of the supervisory board of the €1.1bn company pension fund of delivery firm DHL. Tuijp is actuary, adviser as well as supervisor at consultancy Edmond Halley.GroupLife — Penvita, which offers eduction for members of Dutch pension funds’ accountability bodies (VO) is to be fully taken over by GroupLife, a consultancy for pension fund strategy and education. Penvita’s founders Kees de Wit, former board member of the €8.6bn pension fund PWRI and Dick van Haaster, former employee chair of the €6.8bn sector scheme for painters and decorators (Schilders) remain tutor and adviser for the VO education business. GroupLife had already become co-owner of Penvita earlier this year.Mercer — The consultancy has appointed Tony Miller as leader, investment sales solutions in the Netherlands as of 1 January, becoming responsible for the asset management sales strategy for pension funds and insurers. Tiller joins from LGT Capital Partners where he is head of sales for Benelux. Prior to this, he worked at ING Investment Management. Tiller is to co-operate with Jacco Maters, who will head Mercer’s financial sector clients team. In addition to actuarial pensions advice, Mercer is increasing its focus on asset-liability management (ALM) as well as investment services.VvV—Willem van Duin, executive chairman of Achmea, has been named as new chair of the Dutch Association of Insurers (VvV) as of 20 June 2018 for a two-year period. He will succeed David Knibbe, chief executive of Nationale-Nederlanden, who has been the VvV’s chair since December 2015.Aegon – William Connelly is to become chairman of the supervisory board of the Dutch provider of life insurance, pensions and asset management services. He will replace Robert Routs, who has decided to step down at company’s next annual general meeting in May. Routs will have served on the board for 10 years by then. Connelly, a French national, has been a member of the supervisory board since May last year. Connelly’s appointment as chairman has been approved by the Dutch central bank. Willis Towers Watson – Alberto Gallego has been named head of Iberia, a role he will continue alongside that of head of corporate risk and broking for western Europe. He starts his new role in January, replacing Anton Serrats, who will take on the role of vice president of Willis Towers Watson Iberia. Gallego joined the consultancy in 1990 and has held several senoir leadership positions since then.last_img read more

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Merry Christmas! Happy New Year!

first_imgMany thanks to all of you who read Huddle Up.  You have made 2016 a great year.  We will take a short break and be back on January 3, 2017.To those of you who also follow us on Coaches Corner, we will be taking a 2-week break returning on January 9.Much joy to you and your family through the holidays!last_img

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Williams is NBA Africa New CEO

first_imgNational Basketball Association (NBA) has named Victor Williams Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of NBA Africa, effective from August 17. Williams, an accomplished investment banking executive with extensive experience growing businesses across the U.S. and Africa, will be based in the league’s Johannesburg office and report to NBA Deputy Commissioner and Chief Operating Officer Mark Tatum. In this newly-created role, Williams will oversee the league’s basketball and business development initiatives in Africa and will be responsible for continuing to grow the popularity of basketball and the NBA across the continent through grassroots development, media distribution, corporate partnerships, and more. For the last five years, Williams served as the Executive Head of Corporate and Investment Banking (CIB), Africa Regions for Standard Bank Group, where he oversaw the strategy, execution and financial performance for Standard Bank’s business with corporate, sovereign and institutional investor clients in 19 countries across sub-Saharan Africa.  In this pan-continental role, Williams was responsible for growing a wide range of business lines across Africa, including global markets, investment banking and transactional products and services, and helped lead Standard Bank’s expansion into Côte d’Ivoire, Ethiopia and South Sudan.Advertisement Loading… Promoted ContentSome Impressive And Almost Shocking Robots That Exist6 Extreme Facts About HurricanesThe Biggest Cities In The World So FarThis Guy Photoshopped Himself Into Celeb Pics And It’s Hysterical7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend Better7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend BetterDid You Know There’s A Black Hole In The Milky Way?8 Superfoods For Growing Hair Back And Stimulating Its Growth8 Best 1980s High Tech GadgetsCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable Way7 Universities Where Getting An Education Costs A Hefty PennyThe Highest Paid Football Players In The Worldcenter_img NBA Commissioner Adam Silver, who made the announcement, said: “adding an executive of Williams’ caliber and experience is an important step in our continued efforts to grow basketball across the continent,” said Silver.  “We look forward to Victor leading NBA Africa’s operations and helping to accelerate the use of sports as an economic engine across Africa.” “Becoming CEO of NBA Africa is a compelling opportunity to join the NBA – a widely-respected and admired, globally-oriented sports enterprise,” said Williams.  “It allows me to blend my professional experience building businesses in Africa with my passion for the sport of basketball.  I look forward to working with our colleagues in Johannesburg and Dakar to help grow basketball’s commercial and social impact in Africa and on the world stage.” read also:Just-in: Heart attack kills rising Nigeria basketball star in Belgrade Williams, a dual citizen of Sierra Leone and the U.S., holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and bachelor’s degrees in applied math and economics from Brown University.  He is a member of Harvard Business School’s Africa Advisory Board and has also served on the boards of publicly-listed companies and non-profit organizations in the U.S., Nigeria and Kenya. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 last_img read more

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Maths is not Williams’ strong point

first_img Press Association Swansea have succes sive home games against Aston Villa and Southampton following their trip to Tyneside, but Fulham’s victory over Norwich three days ago and Cardiff winning at Southampton upped the ante. “It’s impossible to know (what Swansea require from their last four games) because of what a strange season it has been, both at the top and the bottom,” Williams said. “It is different to normal seasons as everyone is still in the mix. But we really need points. “You always look at other results. That is normal, we are like anyone. “You knew a day like Saturday was going to happen because teams are not going to keep losing every week. “That day came and we knew this would be tough, but we have to concentrate on ourselves and if you are going to be in a relegation battle I would prefer to be in our position with points on the board.” Swansea have collected just nine points from a possible 30 since Garry Monk took on the club’s head coach role in early February following manager Michael Laudrup’s departure. Despite drawing at Arsenal and then beating Norwich last month, successive 1-0 losses to Hull and Chelsea means they have been unable to pull away from relegation trouble. Swansea are just three points above the danger zone ahead of next Saturday’s trip to Newcastle. But with two of the teams below them – Fulham and Cardiff – both winning last weekend, it has tightened things up in an increasingly-frantic race to avoid the drop. Swansea skipper Ashley Williams believes it is “impossible to know” how many points will ultimately guarantee Barclays Premier League survival this season. “It’s just so bizarre,” Williams added. “We train well, we set up well, we go out and do well most of the time and we create chances. “I don’t know. We are here and that is it. We have to fight, to keep working, but I am sure we will be okay with the fight we have shown and the people we have in the dressing room. “We can’t keep playing well for long periods of games and not win. We beat Norwich convincingly, we did well against Arsenal and we need more of those results. “(Against Chelsea) (Wilfried) Bony and Wayne (Routledge) went close for us, and, I hate to say it, but it does seem like the luck is against us this season and the only way to beat this is to keep working hard.” Despite the narrow loss against title-chasing Chelsea two days ago, Swansea showed considerable resilience after being reduced to 10 men following Chico Flores’ early sending off, and they will face a Newcastle side reeling from four successive league defeats. Alan Pardew’s team failed to score in any of those games against Stoke, Manchester United, Southampton and Everton, but conceded 12. “They are on a poor run, and we need to go there and perform how we did against Chelsea. We need to win, and if we perform like that I am sure we can,” Williams said. “We need to be brave, we need to be positive and play for the whole 90 minutes and take the points. We say it every week, we need points. “We fought hard (against Chelsea) but people will look at the result and say ‘yeah, but you did not get anything’. “But it was a brave performance and everyone battled hard, especially when we went down to 10 men. I actually thought we started the game really well with 11 men. We were maybe on top. “Once we went down to 10 you know it can go either way with all the quality Chelsea have got, and they had a lot of possession. We dug in.” last_img read more

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Secretary of Navy Says Trump’s Tweet is Not a Formal Order

first_imgThat tweet was sparked by the Navy notifying Chief Petty Officer Edward Gallagher last Wednesday that he will face a review in early December to determine whether he should remain on the elite force.Gallagher was acquitted of a murder charge in the stabbing death of an Islamic State militant captive. However, a military jury convicted him of posing with the corpse. Secretary of the U.S. Navy Richard Spencer says that he does not consider a tweet by President Trump to be an order, and that he would need a formal order to stop a review of a sailor who could lose Navy Seal status.The comments came after President Trump tweeted last Thursday:The Navy will NOT be taking away Warfighter and Navy Seal Eddie Gallagher’s Trident Pin. This case was handled very badly from the beginning. Get back to business!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 21, 2019last_img read more

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USC hosts science challenge, rally for young students

first_imgA rally for K-12 students participating in this years’ QuikSCience Challenge, held on campus Thursday, motivated and informed attendees, organizers said.Mix it up · Students from Will Rogers Middle School participate in science activities at a rally for the QuikSCience Challenge Thursday. – Photo courtesy of Lynn Whitley “The purpose of the rally was for the students who have signed up for the QuikSCience Challenge to have an opportunity to come to USC and get excited about participating and to get ideas for their project,” said Lynn Whitley, the USC Wrigley Institute for Environmental Studies’ director of education and co-director of the Centers for Ocean Sciences Education Excellence-West.Twenty-two USC graduate and undergraduate students mentor the younger students participating in the challenge, either through visits or talking on the phone or Skype, Whitley said.“All of these kids had a good idea of the kinds of issues that are out there. Our role is to nurture that and help push them in the right direction — in terms of lesson plans or how to communicate with the general public about their issue,” said Jason Vo, a doctoral student studying biological sciences. “We really nurture what was already there.”Teams of up to six students create projects on a scientific subject related to marine or freshwater environment. They choose an environmental issue and propose ideas for scientific students and creative solutions, then organize a community service project and create a lesson plan to teach their peers, all related to their scientific subject. High school teams also write a research proposal.The volunteers also benefit from helping the students because the relationship develops their communication skills and because the younger students are enthusiastic, said Erica Seubert, a doctoral student studying biological sciences.“You tend to go into it thinking that you’re doing this for them, but then you realize how rewarding it is to see some get as excited about science as you are,” Seubert said. “A lot of times it’s these ideas you’d never think of because you don’t think as wildly as a child does, so you end up learning a lot from them.”Some of the mentor volunteers will also judge the projects when they are submitted in February, and gave the younger students tours of the labs at USC.During the first part of the QuikSCience “SOS Rally — Surfing Onto Science,” the K-12 students rotated in four groups touring the exhibits, USC labs, campus and Natural History Museum. Several speakers spoke to the students about their organizations as potential ideas for their project.Several organizations had booths at the event, including the Aquarium of the Pacific, Heal the Bay, the Surfrider Foundation and COSEE, in addition to USC College Admissions, Whitley said.“We had nice exhibits last year, and we had even more this year. We also had more interactive exhibits,” she said. “The students could hold and touch objects and organisms, and look at them through a microscope.”Last year, more than 100 of the 300 participating students attended the rally. Coordinators said that space and funding resources cap the available space at 100 attendees but that the slots filled up more quickly this year, so they had to start a waiting list.“I hope that it will help foster a new generation of scientists. A lot of times when you’re a young student, math and science can be a difficult subject. It helps to get some exposure to some of the things that you can do if you continue down those avenues,” Vo said. “When students come to campus and see what we do, then it encourages them to follow that path.”last_img read more

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Findings on GAA discussion paper on player over train

first_imgThe paper compiled by GAA Chief executive Paraic Duffy also pitches the idea of replays only if a game finishes level after extra time.=== The paper suggests that dropping the under 21 grade at inter county level and changing the minor grade from under 18 to under 17  will reduce pressure on those involved in third level teams and will lessen the amount of training those players have to do.The abolition of the football league semi finals and the moving back of the All Ireland hurling final to the last Sunday of August and the football final to the first Sunday of September have also been muted to allow counties more time to run off their club competitions.It has also been suggested that the all Ireland club championship should finish within the calendar year.last_img

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