The UK’s Pension Protection Fund (PPF) plans to appoint a global custodian in the next 12 months, according to an official notice.The pensions lifeboat scheme said it intended to award a contract for the provision of global custodian services in the next 12 months and that the procurement process was expected to start at the end of August or later, in a prior information notice on the TED EU tender service.The PPF said the core service requirements were likely to be the provision of custody and investment accounting services incorporating global custody and investment accounting, including administration of alternative investments such as property, private equity and OTCs across a range of funds and segregated mandates. Additional services required include performance measurement, post-trade compliance monitoring, securities lending, collateral management, passive currency overlay, foreign-exchange hedging and derivative servicing. The fund said there may be future requirements for supporting asset growth, and one option was self-trading with middle office activities.The PPF said it was now in the process of preparing specifications for the services, and that firms interested in tendering should register with its dedicated tender portal.Meanwhile, the European Central Bank (ECB) is looking for a firm to provide actuarial services, according to contract notice on TED.The ECB issued an invitation to tender for the provision of various services to its Directorate General Human Resources, Budget and Organisation, which administers the bank’s pension arrangements – the ECB retirement plan and the ECB pension scheme.The services required included an annual actuarial valuation for the financial years 2015-17 of the assets and liabilities of the ECB pension arrangements and other benefits, a funding valuation for 2015-17 of the ECB pension arrangements as well as actuarial advice on a broad range of issues.The contract is to start at the beginning of February 2015 and run until the start of February 2018.Tenders will be opened on 13 August, according to the contract notice.
An undated aerial image of Ipswich, which is part of booming western corridorBut Brisbane has not been completely immune to the national drop in housing values, which has been most acutely felt in the southern capitals.The city’s top five suburbs with the largest annual fall in dwelling values have also been identified, with Carole Park (Ipswich) also recording the biggest drop — down 19 per cent.Rounding out the top five were Coopers Plains (-9.2%), Eagle Farm-Pinkenba (-9.1%), Logan Central (-8.9%) and Fig Tree Pocket, which was down 8.6 per cent.Mr Kusher said the Brisbane regions with the greatest falls in values were more varied, with some emphasis around areas with a mix of residential and industrial land uses featuring on the list. CoreLogic research analyst Cameron KusherBy comparison, Sydney and Melbourne values have fallen by 10.9 and 10 per cent respectively, the research revealed.Oliver Hume national head of research George Bougias said southeast Queensland, and Queensland overall, had all of the fundamentals for growth.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus13 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market13 hours agoGeorge Boudias From Oliver HumeHe said the western corridor, in general, offered affordability and better value for money in terms of price per square metre — an attractive quality for families and first home buyers.“It has also come off a lower base,” he said, predicting the area would likely become one of Australia’s top performers for land sales and growth going forward.The region is already a hot spot for developers constructing new housing estates.Ray White Ipswich agent Aidan Wales, who has been operating in the western corridor for 30 years, said improvements in public transport and infrastructure were behind the growth in the region.He said the region was “very much an owner occupier market”.Of the regions analysed by CoreLogic, only Brisbane, Adelaide, Perth, Hobart and Canberra produced five suburbs with solid growth.By comparison, both Sydney and Melbourne had only two growth suburbs, with the other three top performers recording declining values. And it even has a pool on its 886sq m block. The top performers in the Sydney region were Blue Mountains — North (up 1.1%) and Wentworth Falls (0.1%), while Melbourne recorded growth of just 2.2 pet cent followed by Braeside with 0.5 per cent. Situated on a huge 2507sq m block, this three bedroom house is on the market for $549,000, and even that price is negotiableJust one suburb over, Karana Downs, which is in the Brisbane City Council region, recorded growth of 6.4 per cent, earning it the second spot in the city’s top five performers.Rounding out the top five were Brookfield-Kenmore Hills (Brisbane), Ipswich — North (Ipswich) and Riverhills (Brisbane), according to property data firm CoreLogic. Located in one of Brisbane’s million-dollar suburbs, this house 12 Westminster Court in Brookfield is a relative bargain, with the vendors seeking offers over $895,000 This grand old lady at 25 Canning St at North Ipswich could be yours for $375,000 All of the top five suburbs for dwelling value growth are in the western suburbs, and have recorded growth between 5 per cent (Riverhills) and 6.7 per cent (Karalee-Barellan Point).Median house values in the top performing suburbs ranged from $307,500 (North Ipswich) to $1.1 million (Brookfield), with Barellan Point, Karana Downs and Riverhills cheaper than the Greater Brisbane median house value of $531,000.CoreLogic research analyst Cameron Kusher said dwelling values in the Greater Brisbane region overall were marginally down over the past year, falling by 1.9 per cent. 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Share 54 Views one comment Share Share NewsRegional ABOUT TURN: TT top cop now wants probe of bribery allegations against Warner by: – June 11, 2011 Sharing is caring! Tweet PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad, CMC – The Trinidad and Tobago police say it will approach the world’s football governing body, FIFA, for information in relation to bribery allegations made against its suspended vice president, Austin Jack Warner, who is also a senior government minister here.In an apparent about turn from a previous decision not to initiative investigations into the matter that has gained widespread coverage, the police in a statement said that while it has not received any official report by any member of society on the allegations “it is our intention to write to FIFA requesting any information which they may have in their possession which may afford us the opportunity of commencing any investigation/s into any alleged criminal activity within our jurisdiction”.Earlier this week, Police Commissioner Dwayne Gibbs said that law enforcement authorities here would not investigate the allegations made against Warner, who is also the Minister of Works and Transport, and former FIFA presidential candidate Mohamed Bin Hammam.Both men were suspended by the international football organization after they were accused of offering US$40 000 to national associations of the Caribbean Football Union (CFU) at a meeting in Trinidad on May 10 and 11, in return for their votes in the FIFA presidential election on June 1.Both men have denied the allegations and Warner has dismissed calls for him to step down from his ministerial post pending the outcome of the investigations by FIFA’s Ethics Committee.He has also received the backing of Prime Minister Kamla Persad Bissessar, who said he remains innocent until proven guilty.Opposition Leader Dr. Keith Rowley has already warned that the main opposition People’s National Movement (PNM) is giving Gibbs, a Canadian national, five days to reverse his “untenable” position.“Persons have admitted to making money available and making payments in Trinidad and Tobago to Caribbean Football Union officials,” Rowley said, adding “we have information that suggests we should enter into some sort of criminal investigation. There are a lot of allegations coming through the media”.Rowley said that Gibbs had adopted an “irresponsible position which was tantamount to a dereliction of duty”.He said should the Police Commissioner, who is on a contract, fails to begin the probe, a formal complaint would be made to the Police Service Commission (PSC).In the statement, the police sought to assure the public that “there is no dereliction of duty by the Commissioner of the Police.“The public is hereby advised that to date, there has been no official report made by any member of society, neither has there been any official report made by any official of the Federation International of Football Association (FIFA) with regards to any alleged criminal conduct offered within Trinidad and Tobago by any named individual or individuals.“In the circumstances, it is impracticable to commence any criminal investigation into any alleged criminal conduct based on reports carried by the media.”The statement also makes reference to the allegations by the opposition that at least one million US dollars had entered the country without proper documentation.“With respect to the alleged US$1 million, the Comptroller of Customs has jurisdiction over this matter as the Exchange Control (Import and Export) Order and the Exchange Control Act provides Customs with the Authority.“Specifically clause (3) which states: “There shall be exempted from the provisions of section 22(1)(b) of the Act the importation into Trinidad and Tobago by traveller on his person or in his baggage of foreign currency notes which are or have at any time been legal tender in any country to the extent of US$5,000 currency in value.”Former junior national security minister Fitzgerald Hinds, who had written to Gibbs on the bribery allegation, said he was pleased with the decision by the Police Commissioner to launch the investigation. “We (Opposition) are happy that the Police Commissioner has recanted from the comfortable position he had previously taken. He is beginning his inquires by making a request to FIFA…That is a good place to start,” Hinds said.On Friday, the President of the Police Second Division Social Welfare Association, Anand Ramesar publicly disagreed with the position adopted by Gibbs saying he found “ the comments by the Commissioner a bit confusing in the sense that on one hand he is saying there will be a proactive approach to policing so that when one looks at the process of investigations an investigation is generally triggered by a complaint and there is no requirement for evidence at the case of the complaint”.
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BLUE HILL — The George Stevens Academy girls’ cross-country team had the finest season in program history in 2016, winning the Class C state title in Belfast.The Eagles, who were led by the trio of Eliza Broughton, Zeya Lorio and Mary Richardson, edged Orono by nine points in the state championship meet. It was the first state title for any girls’ team in school history.“We battled a lot of injuries all year, and [the state meet] was one of the first times we had the entire team together healthy for a meet,” coach Erich Reed said. “It was no coincidence that we put together our best meet that weekend.”John Hassett won the Class C state title at the individual level with a time of 15 minutes, 56 seconds. Elsewhere in Hancock County, MDI’s Tia Tardy finished second in Class B. She committed to Bucknell University in November.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder text“There were a lot of strong runners all across the county this year,” Reed said. “We had a great year, but so did a lot of other schools in the area. Ellsworth is a strong, young team, and MDI was really experienced.”GSA could very well be in the running to add another title next season. The Eagles will return Broughton, Lorio, Richardson, Tess Williamson and Mary Brenna Catus. Those runners regularly rounded out the team’s top five this season.“I’m ready for another exciting year,” Reed said. “We have so many of our talented runners coming back, and it’s going to be another special group. It’s an exciting time for cross-country in Hancock County.”
Kowloon: Indian shuttlers Kidambi Srikanth and Sameer Verma lost their respective men’s singles quarter-final matches to bow out of the Hong Kong Open here on Friday.The fourth seed Srikanth lost to eighth seed Kenta Nishimoto of Japan 21-17, 21-13 in straight games while Sameer went down to local player Lee Cheuk Yiu.Srikanth never looked in contention as the Guntur player was struggling right from the start in a match which finished in 44 minutes.In both the games, his opponent was better in all departments of the game.In the other match, Yiu edged past Sameer 21-15, 19-21, 21-11 in a marathon match of an hour and 13 minutes.After losing the first game, Sameer bounced back in second game through some brilliant work but in the third game his opponent raced away with the points and clinched the game with ease to enter the semi-finals.With this result, India’s campaign at the Hong Kong open ended. IANSAlso Read: Sports News
It could even be crowned earlier, if Atalanta loses at AC Milan on Friday and Inter fails to win at Genoa on Saturday.The points could prove crucial for Udinese as it went seven points clear of the relegation zone, with three rounds remaining.Juventus knew a victory at Udinese would secure the title as the Bianconeri hold the tiebreaker over Atalanta courtesy of a better head-to-head record.It seemed to be going to plan for Juventus when it took the lead three minutes before halftime. A defensive header out came straight to De Ligt and he took one touch before firing powerfully into the bottom left corner.However, Nestorovski leveled seven minutes after the restart when he headed in Ken Sema’s cross. Both sides struggled to create clear scoring opportunities but, just as it seemed headed for a draw, Fofana burst downfield from near the halfway line and slotted past Wojciech Szczęsny.___More AP soccer https://apnews.com/Soccer and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports Associated Press July 23, 2020 Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditMILAN (AP) — Juventus missed a chance to clinch a record-extending ninth straight Italian league title as it lost 2-1 at relegation-threatened Udinese on Thursday.Ilija Nestorovski canceled out Matthijs de Ligt’s opener and Seko Fofana grabbed the winner in stoppage time to keep Juve’s celebrations on ice.Juventus remained six points clear of second-place Atalanta and can secure the title with a win over Sampdoria on Sunday. Juventus loses 2-1 at Udinese, fails to secure Serie A title
Nigeria’s Under-19 Cricket team, the Junior Yellow Greens, yesterday at the Senwes Park, Potchefstroom, South Africa, defeated Sierra Leone by 137 runs in the finals of the International Cricket Council (ICC) Under-19 World Cup Qualifier Africa Division Two to emerge champions.The win further sealed Nigeria’s place at the ICC Africa Division cadre along with a World Cup space in 2020.President of the Nigeria Cricket Federation (NCF), Professor Yahaya Ukwenya said the Nigerian team deserved all accolades for the sterling show through-out championship. He congratulated the Coaches led by Mr. Uthe Ogbimi and Tamuno John for prosecuting a successful outing.“The boys were very dedicated and were disciplined all though the stages of the event. It is not time to celebrate because we have Division One Qualifiers, Inter Continental Qualifiers before the World Cup Proper where we would face countries like England, India, Pakistan, South Africa and other top nations”, he said.“The victory is a testimonial to the plans outlined by the present board when we took office last year and we are glad they are beginning to yield. What is next is to step up other developmental agenda in this respect.” He added.The Junior Yellow Greens convincingly defeated Mozambique, Lesotho and Ghana in Group B to go unbeaten before dispatching Tanzania by 35 runs in the Semi-final, which earned the team the ticket to the much touted match against Sierra Leone book who also saw off the challenge of Mozambique by 71 runs.The Captain Sylvester Okpe side batted first scoring 242 runs for loss of 9 wickets in 50 overs with standout performer being opening batsman Olayinka Olaleye, posting 110 runs off 124 balls, Samuel Mba 62 runs and hero of Semi Final SegunOgundipe who added 29 runs in a high scoring.Nigeria’s best bowler at the tournament Peter Aho led the onslaught by claiming 5 wickets, 35 runs, 1 maiden in 4 overs while the duo of Mohammed Taiwo and Abdulrahman Jimoh both claimed 2 wickets to reduce their opponents to a paltry 105 runs all out in 31 overs.The Sierra Leoneans in response to the intimidating scores Nigeria recorded in the first innings found it difficult to cope in the batting crease but the likes of Captain George Ngeba (31), Osman Sankoh and Emmanuel Akpo both had 14 runs while Haroun Kamara added 13 runs in a disappointing effort from the side that waltzed through every opponent up until the moment they met Nigeria in the Final.Nigeria (Champions), Sierra-Leone (Runners-up) and Tanzania (Third Place) have all qualified from ICC Under-19 World Cup Qualifier Division Two to Division One where they would be facing countries such as Namibia, Kenya and Uganda.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram
After two months of enjoying on the ice surface in the Olympic Hall Zetra, the season of ice skating was closed yesterday. Lovers of ice skating, especially the youngest ones, were skating at the ice during their winter holidays, and on Saturday, disco nights were organized.From the Olympic hall Zetra was confirmed that they are satisfied with the season. Increased visit was recorded in January compared to February.“The average visit in January was from 1.500 to 2.000 skaters, as from skating clubs as well as in regular terms. Because of the start of classes, the visit was reduced by 50% in February. Disco nights on Saturdays were also visited and it showed to be a good thing“, said Mirza Ramic, the director of Zetra. He also added that they are planning some novelties for the next season but it will solely depend on the financial abilities.It is a common question whether the ice sheet will stay longer n Zetra and general stories about the ice in the Olympic Sarajevo. ZOI ’84 as a company can offer skating just for two months, and all other solely depend on the additional finances.In the last year, ice was also present in March, but ZOI ’84 recorded losses. In this year, it was decided to close the season on 25th February and the administration of Zetra is satisfied with the business.The owner of ZOI ’84 is the Government of Canton Sarajevo. This company has some proposals for improvement of business, but much will depend on yet unconstituated Government. The enthusiasm is there, so employees of Zetra wants to come closer to citizens and remind them that they can go bowling in Zetra, use the shooting range and small and big hall. They are also ready for the correction of prices in order to provide better service to citizens.(Source: klix.ba)