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  • LandSec to offload £100m of offices in new reshuffle

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  • RICS endorses PPP as ‘most credible’ method for infrastructure investment

    first_img“Whilst it is clear there is a strong appetite for infrastructure investment within the institutional investment community, there is a requirement for more effective liability matching, including better alignment of investor profiles relative to project investment opportunities in order to expedite investment flow.”RICS also called for greater collaboration between existing providers to bring about new and “innovative” funding models, especially in light of the impact of the European Commission’s Solvency II Directive for insurers.The report also examined the success enjoyed in Canada in attracting pension funds to the market.“It was noteworthy that many of the infrastructure investors consulted in the confines of this research advocated the ‘bundling’ of PPP projects in order to entice their appeal to ‘larger’ pension funds,” the report said.“Many of the Canadian pension funds were actively pursuing investment opportunity, but ‘single project’ deals rarely conformed with investment mandates.”Clare Eriksson, director of global research and policy at RICS, said it was “vital” that investment in UK infrastructure increased to allow for the country’s competitiveness to grow.She added: “This research supports PPP as a viable solution to the UK’s current infrastructure investment deficit, and we at RICS call for the government to raise awareness of the opportunities infrastructure presents as an asset class.”,WebsitesWe are not responsible for the content of external sitesLink to ‘Global Infrastructure Challenge’ report by RICS Public private partnerships (PPP) are the “most credible and recognisable” means of attracting capital to infrastructure projects, according to the UK’s Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors (RICS).A report commissioned by the group also recommended the “bundling” of PPP projects to attract pension fund interest, as this had proven an effective approach in attracting Canadian pension investors to projects.The paper, which examined the infrastructure markets in the US, Canada, Australia, India and the UK, noted that it was key to expand the PPP investor base in the wake of the financial crisis, which saw banks retreat from project finance, but that certain changes needed to be implemented to make the asset class more attractive.“Firstly, there is a pertinent need to improve the transparency of infrastructure markets in order to facilitate performance benchmarking relative to other asset classes,” it said, citing the work of specialist journals and Prequin as allowing for “significant strides” in the area.last_img read more

  • Bird River Dredging Plan Available

    first_imgThe Baltimore County Department of Environmental Protection and Sustainability is proposing a maintenance dredging project on the Bird River and 48 adjacent spur channels, the USACE’s Baltimore District reports. The work is set to be undertaken on the Bird River and Railroad Creek channels, between Loreley Beach Road on the north and Bird River Grove Road on the south, including the main channel of Bird River and 48 adjacent spur channels in Baltimore County, Maryland.The proposed main channel work includes dredging – mechanically and/or hydraulically – of approximately 26,630 linear feet (51.3 acres) of channel 30 to 90 feet wide to depths of -5.0 feet to -4.0 feet deep mean low water, and the proposed spur channel work includes work on approximately 6,050 linear feet (4.5 acres).According to an official announcement, the dredged material is proposed to be transferred and placed over a two-year period in the Bird River Creek Dredged Material Placement site located nearby.In conjunction with the dredging project, the Bird River Creek Dredged Material Placement site will be excavated as part of a rehabilitation project to increase capacity.The deadline for submitting the comments on the Bird River dredging plans is August 2, 2019.last_img read more

  • Pro-Cannabis Campaign Should Stop Implying That Voters Are Racists

    first_imgMedia Release SayNopeToDope NZ 5 September 2020The Say Nope To Dope campaign is calling on the Make It Legal campaign to stop insulting the New Zealand public with suggestions that they’re basically racist if they don’t vote yes to legalisation.“Ironically, the insulting comments come in the same week that Auckland University Maori and Pacific Advisor Dr Hirini Kaa warned that for those living in poverty or dealing with systemic racism, cannabis is a lot more damaging and dangerous, and that legalisation ‘won’t fix racism in the justice system, we shouldn’t pretend it will. Our history of social policy in this country really worries me. It’s going to send a signal cannabis is accessible and okay to use.’” says spokesperson Aaron Ironside.“For the yes campaign to imply that you’re a racist if you vote no in the upcoming referendum is both false, but also condescending and insulting to the vast majority of New Zealanders who are thinking deeply about this important social issue. The pro-cannabis campaign needs to stop trying to falsely “guilt trip” kiwi voters into voting for legalising cannabis.”The evidence overseas shows that marijuana legalisation poses a significant threat to low-income and minority communities. Though industry proponents suggest that marijuana legalisation will alleviate injustices against socioeconomically disadvantaged populations, disparities in use and criminal offence rates have persisted in U.S. states that legalised marijuana.While it is important to evaluate the impact of incarceration within certain communities, it is also important to understand the impact of marijuana legalisation on those same communities. It is inappropriate to suggest that only through marijuana legalisation will social justice be achieved or criminal justice inequity remedied. In fact, no such effect has been demonstrated in the states where marijuana was made “legal.”“Instead of fixing social justice disparities, legalisation merely changes the nature of the arrest in lower income and minority communities due to the new ‘regulations’. What’s more, the cannabis industry has recognised an important new consumer base – just as they did with pokie machines and alcohol outlets which are concentrated in these same areas,” says Mr Ironside.In a recent interview hosted by SAM-NZ, Will Jones III – a social justice advocate from Washington DC – said that the idea that legalising cannabis is going to deal with systemic injustices and inequalities is naive at best if not outright appropriating issues of systemic injustice for personal gain and personal profit.ENDSlast_img read more

  • Weather advisory: A tropical wave is affecting the island.

    first_imgPhoto credit: amild-us-blogspot.comWeather Outlook for Dominica and the Lesser Antilles, Issued: 12:00 PM on Monday, August 15, 2011Showers and thunderstorms associated with a tropical wave will continue to affect Dominica and the rest of the Lesser Antilles this afternoon and tonight.  Most of the convection associated with this wave will move over the central and southern portion of the island chain during the next 24 hours as the wave moves westwards at 10 to 15 mph.Residents in areas prone to landslides and flooding are advised to be vigilant as the wave makes its way through the island chain. Sea conditions are expected to remain normal today with a slight increase in swells along the eastern coast by tomorrow.A broad area of low pressure is located about 650 miles north of the Northern Leeward Islands. Over the past hours showers and thunderstorms associated with this system has diminished greatly.  As a result there is a low chance of this system becoming a tropical cyclone during the next 48 hours as it continues to move north northwestwards at 15 to 20 mph.We will continue to monitor the progress of these systems and keep you updated.Tropical Storm Gert which formed yesterday is presently located about 155 miles east south east of Bermuda.  Gert poses no threat to Dominica at this time.Dominica Meterological Service Tweet Sharing is caring! Share LocalNews Weather advisory: A tropical wave is affecting the island. by: – August 15, 2011center_img Share 13 Views   no discussions Sharelast_img read more

  • RCCF boosts Osgood area organizations

    first_imgOsgood, In.— The Ripley County Community Foundation recently distributed about $8,000 to local organizations through the Ray Herman & Louise Herman-Crum Memorial Endowment Fund and the Frank Tarter Community Trust Fund. Both funds are directed to improving the quality of life for Osgood area residents.The Foundation distributed $2,950 total from the Herman-Crum Fund. The Osgood Lions Club received $950 for fundraising equipment, mulch, flowers, and flags for the fairgrounds, $1,000 to the Ripley County Food Pantry for food, and $1,000 to Osgood Beautification and Main Street Department to purchase seasonal banners.Another $5,000 from the Frank Tarter Community Trust Fund was distributed as follows: $735 to Osgood Public Library to support the summer reading program, $1,815 to Child Evangelism Fellowship for counselor training, $50 to Osgood Lions Club for flowers and mulch, and $1,800 to the Jac-Cen-Del School Corporation for the “Positive Behavior Intervention Program.”More information is online at rccfonline.org/.last_img read more

  • Irvine calls for Baggies unity

    first_img Press Association “It was astonishing, we had so much of the play and spent the whole of the half in their half. We had countless attempts and didn’t score. “It (four straight defeats) is really difficult to take and it is probably not a true reflection on the way the team has performed.” In contrast, West Ham are fifth after back-to-back wins and boss Allardyce hailed their form. “We’re going to win the league now,” he joked. “Our summer of hard work and recruitment is paying off now. Our strength in depth is standing us in good stead now because we’re having to use our squad to the maximum. “It wasn’t a brilliant second half but it was resilient, coming from going behind and taking complete control of the game for the rest of the first half. “I’m disappointed we didn’t create more clear chances in the second half because I thought we were going to really push on. But to have seven efforts on target and five off by half time showed we were in dominant mood. “Twenty four points at this stage of the season – that’s one hell of a turnaround from this time last year when we were almost in the bottom three.” Irvine replaced Pepe Mel in the summer but is already having to defend his position and insisted they must stick together. “It’s not going to help, it doesn’t make it any easier,” he said. “The fans have come in and they support the team and have every right to behave in whichever way they choose. “But we are a lot better and stronger if everyone is pulling in the same direction. “I spent three years out of senior football and I certainly don’t feel as if I don’t want to put myself through it. “It wasn’t that long ago Sam (Allardyce) was going through all sorts. Name a manager and they have been through it at some point, it comes with the territory.” Craig Dawson had given the Baggies the perfect start but Kevin Nolan and James Tomkins – his first goal in over two years – struck before the break to win it for the Hammers. Dawson, Victor Anichebe and Graham Dorrans went close for Albion in the second half but they are now two points above the drop zone in 16th. Irvine said: “I don’t think I’ve ever been involved in such a one-sided half when you don’t get something out of it. The Baggies slipped to their fourth straight defeat after they went down 2-1 at home to West Ham on Tuesday. Fans chanted ‘Taxi for Irvine’ as their frustrations grew with the Baggies having won just three times at home in the Barclays Premier League in 2014. Head coach Alan Irvine called for unity at West Brom after fans turned on him at The Hawthorns.last_img read more

  • Interfaith Council holds prayer burning ceremony

    first_imgTal Volk | Daily TrojanWritten prayers left at the Little Chapel of Silence were burned at a ritual ceremony Tuesday night. Members of the USC community gathered at the University Religious Center courtyard to read aloud several of the written prayers before they were set alight.The ceremony is held once or twice a year by the USC Interfaith Council and the Office of Religious Life to allow students to come together and share their struggles and challenges in solidarity. This is the sixth year that the ceremony has been held.“We have so many of these prayers, and we didn’t know what to do with them, so we talked to the Interfaith Council … we decided on reading them and burning them,” said Jim Burklo, associate dean of religious life.Tal VolkThe Little Chapel of Silence, tucked behind the northwest corner of Town & Gown, has been an open room for people of all faiths to go for silent contemplation and prayer since 1935.The prayers come from both members and non-members of the USC community who have visited the Little Chapel of Silence and left a prayer. The prayers read at the ceremony covered a wide range of topics and emotions.Burklo has been touched by the prayers left at the box.“The prayers come from different religious traditions, they’re written in many different languages and they reflect the range of human emotions,” Burklo said. “It is very touching to experience the power of these prayers and expressions as they are shared aloud.”After the burning of the prayers, several of the attendees were treated to hot chocolate, marshmallows and a bonfire that lasted through the evening. The event allowed students to warm up from the cold and relieve stress while listening to heartfelt prayers.“It’s a nice kind of winding down event … it’s actually cold and dark, and that’s a really powerful thing this time of the year,” said Joe Russ, president of the Interfaith Council.According to Burklo, burning prayers is symbolic of raising something to a higher level and releasing it. The prayers read on Tuesday came from people of different ages and backgrounds and dealt with a range of subjects, from hoping for the football team to win to overcoming financial struggle.“We have people who don’t go to USC write prayers sometimes. We have high school students saying, ‘I want to go to USC’ on some of these prayers,” Russ said.Angie Mendoza, a junior majoring in social sciences, was involved in reading the prayers before they were burned.“It was very beautiful to share in the struggles for a moment and release them out in the world,” Mendoza said.Being somewhat removed from view of pedestrians, it is rare for students to know about this small chapel. No regular services are held; however, visitors are encouraged to write a small prayer on a piece of paper and place it in a box regardless of their religious affiliation.“We are all going through a lot of different things and passages in our lives, and you’re reading about all these passages in these prayers. You get a whole sense of the community, its joys, its struggles, its challenges and its successes, and there is a whole lot of connectedness to the campus,” Burklo said. “This is the ultimate Trojan Family experience.”last_img read more

  • 3 things Jim Boeheim said at Syracuse men’s basketball media day

    first_img Published on October 21, 2016 at 7:12 pm Contact Paul: pmschwed@syr.edu | @pschweds Syracuse held its annual media day on Friday afternoon and head coach Jim Boeheim kicked off the day with his season-opening press conference. The Orange welcomes three transfers — Andrew White, John Gillon and Paschal Chukwu — as well as freshmen Tyus Battle, Taurean Thompson and Matthew Moyer. They join a group that returns Tyler Lydon, Tyler Roberson, Dajuan Coleman and Frank Howard from its Final Four team in 2015-16.Here are three things Boeheim said ahead of his 41st season.Boeheim is open to discussing players sitting for the national anthemSeveral athletes across the country have been sitting or kneeling during the national anthem in recent weeks. Following the lead of San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick, players are using the action to protest against police brutality. The controversy has swept across the nation as some argue the action is disrespectful to American soldiers in the military.Boeheim said he hasn’t spoken with his team about the topic but plans to.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“I’ve always been a believer in if you want to do something, do it,” Boeheim said.But he added that he personally isn’t “a protest guy.” Boeheim cited Team USA’s forum with community members in Los Angeles as more productive than simply not standing during the national anthem.“I’ve always believed you stand for the national anthem, that’s important. When I do that, I think about the soldiers who serve our country. I just look at it that way,” Boeheim said. “But everybody’s got their own way of protesting something and drawing attention to something and I’m not gonna criticize anybody for doing that and our players are welcome to talk about it.”Syracuse’s depth allows for flexibilityBoeheim said he can’t remember a year where five new players received significant playing time. With White, Gillon, Chukwu, Battle and Thompson, the Orange could consistently play nine or 10 players, Boeheim said. Moyer has missed time throughout the preseason nursing a foot injury but has gained ground in the past couple days.With depth, Syracuse could push the pace of the game and press more since it has players to sub in. Boeheim said teams are built to beat presses and using just seven players makes it impossible to press successfully. Having the option is something he hasn’t had in recent years.“That doesn’t necessarily mean it’s going to work, but we will do some more things,” Boeheim said. “It’s going to take a while to fit all those things together. When I spoke in the summer, I said we have more depth, which is true and we have people at every position, a couple guys at every position, which we haven’t had in a long time.”Boeheim doesn’t like the fifth-year transfer rule, but is taking advantage of itFollowing Malachi Richardson’s decision to leave for the NBA, Syracuse dipped into the transfer market to pick up White and Gillon. Had Richardson stayed, Boeheim said, Syracuse probably would have stayed with the eight scholarship players it had. Since White and Gillon both have a fifth year of eligibility, they could transfer without sitting out a year. It’s a rule Boeheim said he doesn’t like but was able to take advantage of in order to help the Orange.The rule, he said, is here to stay and that over 100 players transferred as fifth-years in the offseason. Since the transfer market doesn’t open up until the offseason, Boeheim said it’s too late in the year to pick up an incoming freshman who would legitimately help the team. He doesn’t have much of a history taking transfers, but ones he does take usually have an impact.“We certainly helped our team with Johnny and with Andrew so that’s what we’re looking to do,” Boeheim said. “It’s not something we would always do. It’s something you do in certain circumstances.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

  • Beat writers unanimously predict outcome for Syracuse on the road at Pittsburgh

    first_img Published on January 26, 2018 at 9:18 pm Matthew Gutierrez (17-3)Tough as SteelSyracuse 63, Pittsburgh 55Expect a relatively low-scoring, fairly close one Saturday afternoon, because Syracuse will be on the road against a slightly-improved Pitt team. The Panthers almost edged North Carolina State at home Wednesday night, and the Wolfpack is a team that beat Wake Forest and almost beat Miami last weekend. The bottom line: Winning on the road in this conference is not easy. With that aside, we should get another look at how Marek Dolezaj fits into the SU scheme, given starting forward Matthew Moyer’s game-time-decision status. SU should skate to a win and improve to 4-4 in conference play. AdvertisementThis is placeholder textSam Fortier (16-4) It’s the PittsSyracuse 69, Pittsburgh 57Syracuse’s three players who can score — Tyus Battle, Oshae Brissett and Frank Howard — are top three in the conference in minutes per game, and they got to actually chill for a seven-day stretch. After looking the best it has all season against BC, Syracuse has now geared up for a crucial stretch in the rest of its slate. Beat the Panthers and Syracuse earns its first conference road win. Lose and it becomes the biggest NCAA Tournament resume shiner in recent memory. There’s every reason to believe, though, that the Orange will beat the Panthers handily even though it’s an ACC game on the road: Lock down Parker Stewart, get Battle and Howard going early, out-rebound maybe the least-physical team in the conference. Syracuse needs this one, and they know it. Facebook Twitter Google+center_img Tomer Langer (15-5)Out of the PittSyracuse 68, Pittsburgh 49The Orange exploded offensively against Boston College on Wednesday, scoring 81 points on a season-high 60.4 percent from the field. To me though, the Orange also looked different, playing with a swagger that seemed to be gone when the team was mired in the 1-4 stretch. Playing a really weak Pittsburgh team is just what Syracuse needs to keep the good times rolling, as the Orange picks up an easy win and climbs back to .500 in ACC play. Commentslast_img read more