Merseyside tenders for manager, adviser on £400m property portfolio

first_imgThe £6.8bn (€9.2bn) Merseyside Pension Fund is searching to replace the day-to-day manager for its near £400m property portfolio.The local government pension scheme (LGPS) appointed CBRE to run its portfolio in 2009 but is now tendering for a new manager, on another six to ten-year contract.The property manager will run the day-to-day operations for its portfolio that includes shopping centres in the South East of England, a business park and a building in London’s Mayfair district.Merseyside is also tendering for a property adviser which it said will liaise with the scheme and the manager to ensure all valuations and stakeholders have up-to-date information on the portfolio. The pension fund’s property holdings rose 18% in value over the year to April 2015 becoming the biggest contributor of growth to the portfolio’s 12.6% return – which itself was 2 percentage points above benchmark.last_img read more

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Equinor set for Trestakk field start-up following nod from Norwegian authorities

first_imgThe Norwegian Petroleum Directorate (NPD) has granted Equinor consent for start-up of the Trestakk field in the Norwegian Sea.Trestakk field illustration. Source: EquinorFollowing Equinor’s submission in November 2016, the Norwegian authorities approved the Plan for Development and Operation (PDO) of the Trestakk discovery back in April 2017.Equinor, as the operator, plans to start-up the Trestakk field during the month of May 2019, according to NPD’s statement on Monday, May 13.Consent for start-up of Trestakk is granted to the licensees in production licence PL091 which, apart from Equinor, include ExxonMobil and Vår Energi.It is also worth mentioning that Equinor was given consent by the Petroleum Safety Authority for the use of the pipeline and subsea production facilities at Trestakk field in March 2019.Investments in the development of the field are expected to total approx. NOK 4.8 billion ($549.2M).Equinor estimates the recoverable volume from Trestakk at 10.7 million standard cubic meters of oil (67 million bbls) and 1.4 billion cubic meters of gas.Trestakk is located about 25 kilometers southeast of the Åsgard field. The field will be developed with a subsea template with four well slots and one satellite well.The well stream will be transported through a 12-inch production pipeline to the Åsgard A facility, where the well stream will be processed. The plan is to produce the Trestakk reserves with pressure support in the form of gas injection.The addition of Trestakk will bring the total number of producing fields on the Norwegian shelf to 85.Spotted a typo? Have something more to add to the story? Maybe a nice photo? Contact our editorial team via email. Offshore Energy Today, established in 2010, is read by over 10,000 industry professionals daily. We had nearly 9 million page views in 2018, with 2.4 million new users. This makes us one of the world’s most attractive online platforms in the space of offshore oil and gas and allows our partners to get maximum exposure for their online campaigns. If you’re interested in showcasing your company, product or technology on Offshore Energy Today contact our marketing manager Mirza Duran for advertising options.last_img read more

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Aklan solon seeks creation of Boracay Island Council

first_img“Boracay indeed is reforming and withthe continuous rehabilitation, lasting changes must be implemented. The BoracayIsland Council will take over the management, development, regulation,protection and maintenance of the island,” Haresco said in promoting the bill. Haresco introduced House Bill No. 4175,which seeks to regulate the establishment, operation and maintenance ofutilities, activities and infrastructure in Boracay Island. BORACAY – Rep. Teodorico Haresco Jr. ofthe 2nd District of Aklan is seeking the passage of a measure in the House ofRepresentatives creating a policy-making body that will oversee the managementand development of this world-famous island. The bill also mandates the council toformulate short-term and long-term strategies for sustainable development,environment protection, social development and infrastructure development andto formulate and implement innovative management techniques and strategies,conduct public consultations and raise public awareness on the protection,development and optimum utilization of coastal, marine and fisheries resources. Under the proposed measure, the BoracayIsland Council will be under the Office of the President and will be composedof secretaries of the Department of the Interior and Local Government,Department of Justice, Department of Tourism and Department of Environment andNatural Resources. The island reopened to tourists onOctober last year after a six-month closure and rehabilitation. center_img Other council members are administratorof the National Mapping and Resource Information Authority, director of theLand Management Bureau, administrator of Land Registration Authority, andchairperson of the National Commission on Indigenous Peoples as well asrepresentatives of the province of Aklan, local community organizations and theprivate sector. In addition, the council is alsodirected to order the closure or suspension of any development or construction,file criminal charges against violators and issue cease and desist order forany act or omission that violates the “Act Creating the Boracay IslandCouncil.” The bill has been referred to the HouseCommittee on Natural Resources on Sept. 3. Haresco said all utilization anddevelopment should strictly comply with the land use plan approved by the Boracay Island Counciland the requirements imposed by existing environmental rules, regulations andother issuances.  (With a report from Akean Forum/PN)last_img read more

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Students Can Earn Cash, Business Experience In Maverick Challenge

first_imgA.J. Waltz, 2013 champion of the Maverick Challenge sponsored by AIM Young Professionals of Dearborn County, presents his business plan to the judges.DEARBORN COUNTY – Earlier this year, South Dearborn High School Class of 2014 member Crystal Nichols won $3,000 for her business idea. In 2013, East CentralHigh School graduate A.J. Waltz won $3,000 and put it towards establishing a successful photography business.Which Dearborn County high school student will be the next champion of the Maverick Challenge sponsored by AIM Young Professionals of Dearborn County? It could be you.The Maverick Challenge was founded in 2008 by the Columbus, Indiana Area Chamber of Commerce. The competition gives high school students in eleven southeast Indiana counties the opportunity to learn what it takes to get a small business going. They’ll receive insightful direction on planning, learn to manage finances, and network. The prize money can be used to pay for college or make their Maverick business plan become a reality.Participants have a shot at winning up to $12,000 in the startup business competition pitting them against their fellow aspiring entrepreneurs both within DearbornCounty and throughout southeast Indiana.“Maverick is a program which reflects AIM YP’s belief that the county’s brightest and most promising minds can find success in life and their careers at home,” says AIM YP President Hollie Stoops.Online registrations to compete in the AIM YP sponsored local Maverick Challenge are being accepted now through Friday, September 19 at MaverickChallenge.com. There is no cost to register.last_img read more

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AG Curtis Hill asks U.S. Supreme Court to rule on Indiana law requiring fetal ultrasounds at least 18 hours before abortions

first_imgIndianapolis, In. — Attorney General Curtis Hill this week asked the U.S. Supreme Court to overturn a lower court’s ruling on the constitutionality of an Indiana law requiring fetal ultrasounds at least 18 hours prior to abortions.In July of 2018, a panel from the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit enjoined the law – accepting Planned Parenthood’s contention that it placed an undue burden on women seeking abortions. In this week’s filing, however, Attorney General Hill notes that the law essentially combines two Indiana statutes that have been on the books for years.In 1995, the Indiana General Assembly passed the informed-consent statute, which specified that a woman must receive, in person, information relevant to abortion and childbirth at least 18 hours before an abortion. The U.S. Supreme Court upheld a similar statute in Planned Parenthood of Southeastern Pennsylvania v. Casey.Then, in 2011, the state legislature passed another law requiring an ultrasound be performed before an abortion. It required medical staff to show the ultrasounds to women seeking abortions unless they expressed in writing that they did not wish to see them. In 2016, lawmakers added the provision at issue in this week’s filing – which stipulates that the required ultrasound take place at the informed-consent appointment at least 18 hours before the abortion procedure.“The state has a compelling interest to protect fetal life and dignity,” Attorney General Hill said. “It also has an obligation to ensure that women do not feel rushed or pressured into getting an abortion. I hope the Supreme Court will establish the clear constitutionality of this vitally important legislation.”last_img read more

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Keane on-song as Republic cruise

first_img But it was he who slid McGeady in behind full-back Joseph Chipolina two minutes later to square for Keane to sweep home his low cross, and he who split the Gibraltar defence with an instinctive 10th-minute pass to allow the LA Galaxy frontman to make it 2-0. Keane completed his hat-trick from the penalty spot with just 18 minutes gone after Hoolahan had been upended by Perez, and the points were secure. But for Perez, Ireland might have led even more handsomely at half-time, but any respite was purely temporary as the scoreboard ticked over with almost monotonous regularity after the restart. McClean needed just seconds to add his name to the scoresheet from Keane’s pass, and it was 5-0 with 51 minutes on the clock when the unfortunate Perez unwittingly turned the ball into his own net after denying Keane a fourth goal of his own. Perez thwarted Keane once again two minutes later, but McClean was on hand to dispatch the rebound, and Hoolahan helped himself as the hour-mark approached, waltzing through a shell-shocked Gibraltar defender to make it 7-0. He and Keane were withdrawn with 27 minutes remaining with O’Neill perhaps having one eye on Tuesday’s intensely difficult trip to Gelsenkirchen, but the result had been beyond doubt long before they headed for the showers. To their credit, Gibraltar managed to hold out without further damage for more than half an hour as the Republic threatened to eclipse Poland’s tally against them last month, although the foot was off the pedal as time ran down on an evening which ultimately proved as straightforward as O’Neill would have hoped despite his earlier caveats. Robbie Keane plundered a hat-trick as the Republic of Ireland maintained a perfect start to their Euro 2016 qualifying campaign with a 7-0 demolition of minnows Gibraltar. James McClean added a second-half double either side of keeper Jordan Perez’s own goal, and Wes Hoolahan capped a fine individual display with the seventh with 59 minutes gone. Martin O’Neill’s men were expected to win the game and win it handsomely, but they did so in a fashion which will have pleased those who have bemoaned Ireland’s failure in recent years to dispose of weaker opposition so emphatically. Long before the final whistle, minds were already turning to the far more taxing proposition which awaits them in Germany on Tuesday evening, but the mission all along was to fly out there with six points safely banked, and that has been fulfilled. At the end of a week during which the publication of assistant manager Roy Keane’s updated autobiography had been by far the biggest talking point, football and the business of collecting three precious points became the focus once again. O’Neill had been at pains to stress in the run-up to the game that there would be no room for complacency even against a team made up of police officers, firefighters and students which shipped seven goals in its first competitive outing last month. Patience was very much the watch-word, but the manager need not have worried. Keane led Ireland out with 62 senior international goals to his name and by the time he left the field at half-time, the total had increased significantly. Hoolahan, who tormented the visitors from the hole behind lone striker Keane, was the architect, although his evening had started in disappointing fashion when he missed the target from a fourth-minute header after being picked out unmarked by Aiden McGeady. Keane struck three times inside 12 first-half minutes to wrap up a second successive Group D victory before he and his team-mates had even broken sweat to leave the visitors in tatters. The Ireland skipper, winning his 136th cap, has now scored 65 senior international goals, only three fewer than West Germany star Gerd Muller, whose haul of 68 came in just 62 appearances for his country. Press Associationlast_img read more

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Wenger fully focused on Arsenal

first_img He said on the club’s official website www.arsenal.com: “In the Premier League everything is possible and we have to look forward now. “We have important games in front of us that we want to be successful in.” Newcastle may have some selection concerns, with head coach John Carver having only some 13 fit senior outfield players, but Wenger is expecting the home support to lift the beleaguered Magpies. “Newcastle is always very tight, very difficult games,” he said. “They always have a very motivated crowd and they always play well against us.” Press Association Despite having gone out of the Champions League to Monaco on away goals after Wednesday night’s 2-0 win at the Stade Louis II Stadium, with a run of eight victories from the last nine league matches, Arsenal are certainly in fine domestic form, having also progressed to the semi-finals of the FA Cup, where they will face Reading at Wembley on April 18. Following last weekend’s Premier League results, which saw Manchester City lose and leaders Chelsea held to a draw at Stamford Bridge by Southampton, Blues boss Jose Mourinho declared the Gunners now back in the title race, albeit still seven points behind and having played a match more. Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger wants his team to focus on maintaining their own performance levels over the final nine Barclays Premier League games rather than worry about whether leaders Chelsea might slip up again. Arsenal will host Chelsea at the end of April, but Wenger maintains his men must first continue to deliver consistent results and not concern themselves with the form of other sides. “At the moment we are too far away from Chelsea, but we have an opportunity every week to get closer and for that we need positive results from us, and negative results from Chelsea. The only thing we can master is positive results from us,” said Wenger, who takes his team to Newcastle on Saturday. “I believe Chelsea still has a very good cushion and very good security.” Wenger continued: “It is very tight. “We are on the neck of Man City, but straight behind us we have Man United and Liverpool, even Tottenham and Southampton are not completely out of it. “But we just have to focus on our performances and our strengths. I do not count on the weaknesses of any of our opponents. “It is down to our performances until the end of the season.” German midfielder Mesut Ozil believes the Arsenal players have the needed focus to deliver. last_img read more

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Manager denies rift with Chelsea duo

first_imgChelsea manager Andre Villas-Boas has hit back at reports Nicolas Anelka and Alex have been frozen out by the club.Both players have been placed on the transfer list and are set to leave Stamford Bridge in January. Neither trained with the rest of the squad on Monday.But Villas-Boas has denied claims the duo have been harshly treated – and even suggested they could still play for the Blues again.AdChoices广告He said: “A conversation was had with those players and they accepted it. It doesn’t mean they cannot return in the future to first-team activity.“The players are not being treated like criminals – contrary to what has been written. These are top professional players and we have respect for that.“The players involved are still in contact with us and it doesn’t mean they will not return in the future.”Follow West London Sport on Twitterlast_img read more

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Bendel Insurance Returns to NPFL after 11 Years in Wilderness

first_imgInsurance entered the history books as the only team to win all three matches without conceding a goal.The return of the Benin team to the topflight was also a fulfillment of Governor Godwin Obaseki’s pledge to Edo State indigenes and followers of the club when he rebranded it late last year.Inspired by the presence of Edo State Deputy Governor, Comrade Philip Shaibu, who is a registered player, Insurance quickly displayed readiness for business as Omokaro got the opener in only 15 minutes into the match.The former African Champions held on to the goal and remained resolute despite the dismissal of Michael Enaruna in the second half.Interestingly, the Edo side maintained its unbeaten record against their opponents in three matches played in Ibadan, Benin-City and Aba, respectively.Reacting to the team’s promotion, Chief Coach, Baldwin Bazuaye said: “I feel great. I won trophies as a player and I am happy to help Insurance return to the topflight”.Skipper Omokaro equally expressed satisfaction with the feat.“I feel very happy because this is what the people of Edo State have waited for.“Insurance has been in the lower division for 11 years and now we are back.“With the assistance of Governor Godwin Obaseki and his Deputy, Comrade Philip Shaibu, we have achieved this feat for Edo people,” Omokaro struggled with words to express his inner satisfaction.Relegated at the end of the 2008 season, the famous Insurance struggled for over a decade to swim out of the lower division without success.Succour however came with the administration of Governor Obaseki, who promised to turn around the fortunes of the team.Remo Stars claimed a 2-1 win over Delta Force to join Insurance from the Southern Group.Earlier, Kada City and Gombe United finished as leaders and runners up, respectively, in the Northern Group.Today, Insurance will contest for the NNL title against Kada City.…Fixtures Involving Newly Promoted Teams on Hold as NPFL Season Kicks off Jan 13The 2019 season of the Nigeria Professional Football League (NPFL) is scheduled to kick off on Sunday, January 13 in various centres with the conclusion of the Nigeria National League (NNL) Play-offs in Aba yesterday.Bendel Insurance of Benin, Remo Stars of Sagamu, Kada City of Kaduna and Gombe United of Gombe are the four teams that gained promotion to the topflight from the NNL Super 8 playoffs.However, some of the opening day matches would not hold as scheduled and are to be rescheduled for a later date.The postponed fixtures are those involving the country’s representatives in CAF Club competitions and those involving the four promoted clubs from the NNL.Following a mini-draw supervised by the LMC Chief Executive Officer, Hon. Nduka Irabor in Aba after the play-offs, Insurance took slot 1, Remo Stars in 2 while Gombe United and Kada City were in 3&4 respectively.The mini-draw thus pitched Wikki Tourists against Insurance, Rivers United and Remo Stars, Yobe Desert Stars and Gombe United and Go Round FC to play Kada City.The Chief Operating Officer of the League Management Company (LMC), Salihu Abubakar, who announced the decision of the League body to shift the matches, explaining that, “the games involving the promoted clubs from the NNL are being shifted to give the club’s time to return to their respective bases and make adequate plans to play in the NPFL”.“It’s only fair that the players be allowed time to recover from the rigours of the tournament they just participated in and they would join from Match Day 2 while a new date will be announced for the postponed fixtures”, added Abubakar.The other postponed games are those between Lobi Stars and Katsina United and between Rangers International and Niger Tornadoes. While Lobi Stars are playing in the CAF Champions League, Rangers are campaigning in the CAF Confederation Cup and both clubs are in action this weekend.Below are the complete fixtures.MATCH-DAY 1 GROUP A(January 13, 2019)Wikki vs Insurance (PP)Rivers Utd vs Remo Stars (PP)Rangers vs Tornadoes (PP)Lobi vs Katsina Utd (PP)Kwara Utd vs SunshineEnyimba vs MFM FCMATCH-DAY 1 GROUP B(January 13, 2019)Yobe Stars vs Gombe Utd (PP)Go Round vs Kada City (PP)Nasarawa vs Abia WarriorsPlateau Utd vs IfeanyiubahKano Pillars vs HeartlandAkwa Utd vs El-KanemiShare this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Remo Stars, Gombe Utd back as Kada Stars completes listOjeikere AikhojeAfter 11 years in the wilderness of Nigerian club football, Bendel Insurance yesterday announced its return to the topflight Nigerian Professional Football League (NPFL) following the 1-0 defeat of Shooting Stars Sports Club (3SC) in the final Southern Conference match of the NNL Super 8 Playoff in Aba.Captain of the Benin Arsenal, Charles Omokaro wrote his name in gold when he scored the lone winner 15 minutes into the high profile game. The victory sealed Insurance passage to the NPFL with maximum nine points from three matches. Bendel Insurance last_img read more

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Snack Media targets digital engagement with new joint venture

first_imgShare Share Snack Media drives digital growth with Wisden partnership July 9, 2020 SBC’s On The Ball – Going Dutch October 12, 2018 Related Articles Snack Media has targeted digital fan engagement with Snack Gaming, a joint venture between its Co-Founder Rupert Pratt and Jon Trigg, founder of Fantasy sports specialist Silent Manager.The new business will use the Snack Media network of over 20 million unique users to advise on the behaviour of online sports fans.Targeting sponsors, betting companies, rights holders and media owners, Snack Gaming will use the network, combined with its data platforms and social media expertise, to acquire, engage and monetize digital fan engagement for its clients.This will include the development and licensing of existing digital platforms such as fantasy sports leagues, predictor games and quizzes, as well as other new products for the market.Jon Trigg commented: “Across our team we have developed 1,000’s of platforms and enterprise builds in multiple languages, capable of managing over 150 million transactions. We have advised sponsors, media owners and rights holders globally and generated tens of millions of euros in commercial income. We assist clients to acquire, engage and monetize fans and the rights we create.”Niall Coen, Snack Media CEO and Co-Founder, added: “Snack Media have 10 years’ experience in creating, distributing and monetizing fan content, so setting up a business specifically aimed at monetizing these tools for publishers and rightsholders is a very natural progression for the Snack Media business. Our strategy across this business will be helping to create new tools, new rights and new revenues for our partners.”Rupert Pratt concluded: “With digital advertising spend and fan engagement overtaking traditional, the question to ask yourself is what proportion of my sports marketing inventory is digital?“Also, do I have the right tools in place to engage and acquire fans, secure sponsors and advertisers? Snack Gaming has been formed to address that balance for sponsors, betting companies, rights holders, publishers and broadcasters alike.” StumbleUpon Snack Media boosts global audience with GIVEMESPORT acquisition May 5, 2020 Submitlast_img read more

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