I am wondering when our elected national officials are going to do something about the adolescent ravings of POTUS.Does anyone really care that he has a bigger button or any other appendage? He sounds like the 11-year-old that Steve Bannon referred to several days ago when commenting on CNN. Grow up Mr. Trump. Develop a little dignity.Norrine ThompsonNiskayunaMore from The Daily Gazette:Puccioni’s two goals help Niskayuna boys’ soccer top Shaker, remain perfectNiskayuna girls’ cross country wins over BethlehemEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homes Categories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion
Switzerland’s largest public pension fund, Publica, is making its first foray into international real estate, a strategic move it intends to inaugurate with the first investments in 2017. David Engel, portfolio manager and strategist at the CHF37bn (€34bn) pension fund, told IPE Publica’s board of directors approved a 4% strategic weighting to foreign real estate in early 2016.Publica is a collective institution that counts 20 affiliated pension plans, seven of which are closed to new entrants and 13 of which have active members. The new international real estate strategy only applies to the portfolio managed on behalf of the open schemes. According to Engel, the Pensionskasse has a relatively small – by Swiss standards – domestic real estate portfolio of direct investments but had yet to turn to the international markets despite having considered such a move for some time.“Back in 2011, we looked into foreign real estate, but at the time we felt it was not sufficiently developed and that we didn’t have the capacity or capabilities to invest,” said Engel.“Above all, it seemed very hard to us to reach the strategic goals we were after for that asset class. Since then, there have been some changes.”Publica now feels better able to handle the complexities involved in investing in real estate abroad, and that the product range is now good enough to do so, according to Engel.“Real estate is also attractive from an asset-liability management perspective, and we have room for illiquidity,” he added.“With our size and internal resources, we can harvest what we call a ‘complexity premium’ in the area of international real estate.”The first investments are planned for 2017.The pension fund intends to proceed at “a slow and measured pace”, however, given the large increase in asset prices on the back of “the glut of money” pumped into the market by central banks.Publica intends to invest in core assets for the most part but will consider allocating as much as 10% in value-added, according to Engel.It will be open to investing across a range of structures but take its time to “grow into the market”.Specifically, this means Publica will initially concentrate on open-ended funds, with a broad investor base.The next step will be to act as sole investor in a segregated mandate or alongside a larger investor in a co-investment vehicle.“In a final phase, we would maybe consider closed-end funds, club deals or joint ventures,” said Engel.Geographically, half of the pension fund’s allocation is to North America, with 30% reserved for Europe and the remainder for Asia.“Asia has high growth potential but few established products,” said Engel.“There’s a lot happening there though, so, if at some point in the future we were to go further into foreign real estate, that could very well happen in Asia, although it’s much too early to say now.”The rolling out of its strategy is roughly split into two phases, the first being to build a broad, diversified foundation of holdings in North America and Asia via core, open-ended funds.This will complement Publica’s portfolio of Swiss assets, which will count towards the pension fund’s Europe allocation, according to Engel.In a second phase, the pension fund will look to make more tailored investments – for example by way of a segregated mandate with a very specific strategic focus.This could be on a particular sector, such as logistics, for example.This, however, has yet to be decided. Until then, the sector exposure of Publica’s international real estate investment will largely be guided by what is available in open-ended funds, said Engel.Asked about the pension fund’s policy on taking into account environmental, social and governance matters as part of its real estate investment, Engel said energy efficiency had become an integral part of the economics weighed by any prospective buyer.Overall, Publica is looking to implement its policy over a 4-6 year time horizon, according to Engel.
CCI-CableService Italy, a marine and offshore electrical cable manufacturer, has been awarded an electrical cables supply deal by SBM Offshore for ExxonMobil’s FPSO Liza Destiny.The FPSO is being constructed by Keppel Shipyards in Singapore. It is being converted from a very large crude carrier (VLCC). SBM Offshore will lease the FPSO Liza Destiny to Exxon for oil production at the Liza field 200 kilometers offshore Guyana.In a statement on Wednesday, CCI said that the order value of was 4 million euros ($4.93 million).Gianpaolo Brambilla, CEO of CCI-CableService, said: “This new important FPSO project award confirms our long-term relationship with SBM Offshore Group, and is the recognition by the market of the high quality profile of our marine & offshore electrical cables.”According to the company, deliveries on site are estimated to start by the second part of March.The Liza FPSO will be owned and be operated by SBM Offshore. The company completed the $720 million project financing for the FPSO back in December 2017. The lease and operate contract for the Liza FPSO includes an initial period of ten years with extension options up to an additional ten years.The conversion phase began in November 2017 with the tanker arrival at Keppel shipyard, while Dyna-Mac kicked off the construction of the topsides for the FPSO in January.Once completed, the topside will be mated aboard the VLCC Tina, currently undergoing conversion in Singapore.LizaExxonMobil plans to bring the first phase of the Liza field online in March 2020. The company has also revealed plans for phase two of the Liza development.The development concept for the second phase includes a larger FPSO and subsea systems. Liza Phase 2 FPSOs production capacity would be 220,000 barrels of oil per day with start-up expected by mid-2022.As for the Liza Destiny, the FPSO is designed to produce up to 120,000 barrels of oil per day, will have associated gas treatment capacity of circa 170 million cubic feet per day and water injection capacity of circa 200,000 barrels per day. The converted VLCC FPSO will be spread moored in water depth of 1,525 meters and will be able to store 1.6 million barrels of crude oil.Offshore Energy Today Staff
Nigeria’s number one sporting state, Delta State, on Monday released a set of intervening measures aimed at protecting Delta’s contingent from Coronavirus at the Edo 2020 National Sports Festival (NSF) which starts March 22 and ends April 1. Promoted ContentThe Highest Paid Football Players In The World8 Weird Facts About Coffee That Will Surprise YouWho’s The Best Car Manufacturer Of All Time?2020 Tattoo Trends: Here’s What You’ll See This YearWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend Better10 Phones That Can Easily Fit In The Smallest PocketPortuguese Street Artist Creates Hyper-Realistic 3D Graffiti9 Talented Actors Who Are Only Associated With One RoleA Hurricane Can Be As Powerful As 10 Atomic Bombs7 Universities Where Getting An Education Costs A Hefty PennyThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read More The measures are not exclusive to the Delta contingent, it will also protect athletes, officials, the media and other participants at the festival, Nigeria’s equivalent of the Olympic Games. According to Solomon Ogba, consultant to Team Delta and Delta State Sports Commission, these interventions include but are not limited to the following. “The measures we put in place includes appropriate self-isolation period for all participants based outside Nigeria. This will be in specially designated hotels. We have made provision of 1000 wipes and hand sanitizers for all athletes and officials. We also have fully automated temperature change monitors that will be operated by health professionals.’’ Other measures put in place includes round-the-clock surveillance of contact of Delta State athletes with participants representing other states.Advertisement Ogba, who is also the Chairman of the Delta State Athletics Association, revealed that the tradition of Team Delta winning the NSF, which began when he was head of sports in Delta State from 1999 to 2007, will be maintained at the Edo 2020 NSF. Delta’s dominance, Ogba posited, is a product of hard work and enduring structure, built in place over the course of decades. “In Delta, we don’t do sports just because of the NSF, sports is a way of life for us, it is a daily thing. We have sports at primary, secondary and tertiary levels. We have training and competitions for our athletes regularly. Read Also:Edo 2020 Test The Track Meet: Adegoke seeks to extend 100m dominance After this NSF, we have the Delta State Inter Local Government Championships. We also have a solid elite athlete development programme, so in Delta, sports is not a one-off thing, it is a way of life” said Ogba. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Loading…
Meanwhile,researchers and divers in Florida, where the disease was first spotted in 2014,are also removing coral samples and shipping them to places as far-flung asKansas and Oklahoma, in a last-ditch effort to save the 20 species or morethought to be susceptible to what has been dubbed Stony Coral Tissue LossDisease. OFFthe coast of St. Thomas in the United States’ (US) Virgin Islands, a group ofscientists is tearing a reef apart in an attempt to save some of its coral. Abouthalf the coral species that make up Florida’s reef tracts and about a third ofthose throughout the Caribbean are vulnerable to the disease, at a time whenthe delicate ecosystems are already threatened by climate change. WEAKENED SYSTEM Theyare battling a fast-moving, lethal disease that researchers say the speed withwhich it can damage large numbers of coral species across the Caribbean Sea is unknown. Butthe scale of the new disease has led to a more urgent approach. Large coralindividuals that scientists have estimated to be hundreds of years old havebeen dying within a matter of several weeks, according to the scientists’estimates. Overall,Florida’s Upper Keys have seen greater than 40 percent loss in coral coverbetween 2013 and 2018, according to the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission. “Theend result could be catastrophic.” (Reuters) “Ihave never seen anything that affects so many species, so quickly and soviciously – and it just continues,” said Marilyn Brandt of the University ofthe Virgin Islands, who is one of the researchers involved in the efforts tosave the reefs near St. Thomas. Thedisease is likely the deadliest for coral since so-called white-band diseaseemerged in the 1970s, almost wiping out two kinds of coral, he said. Marilyn Brandt, a research associate professor at the University of the Virgin Islands’ Center for Marine and Environmental Studies, applies an antibiotic paste to corals being killed by Stony Coral Tissue Loss Disease near the University of the Virgin Islands campus in St. Thomas in the United States’ Virgin Islands, May 14, 2019. LUCAS JACKSON/REUTERS Thedisease prompts rapid tissue loss, appearing first as white patches that sprawlout across the coral, before eventually stripping it of color and lifealtogether. The disease was first identified nearMiami, Florida, where the port was conducting a dredging project, and has nowspread throughout almost all the state’s reef tract. The coral in the area were alreadystressed from the dredging and a recent bleaching event, so it was unsurprisingthey got hit with a disease, the scientists told Reuters. Like a human body, aweakened immune system can make coral more susceptible to disease. “Allthe diseases I’ve studied in the past could be considered like the flu. Theycome every year, seasonally, and sometimes there are worse outbreaks. Thisthing is more like Ebola. It’s a killer, and we don’t know how to stop it.” Breakingtheir cardinal rule to never touch the coral, the scientists are removingdiseased specimens to try to stop the spreading and save what remains. “Wecan’t just watch these corals all die in front of us,” Martinelli said. StonyCoral Tissue Loss Disease has been identified in seven other Caribbeanlocalities, according to the Florida Sea Grant, a university-based programfunded by the federal government. Unlike the more well-known coral bleachingphenomenon, corals typically cannot recover from Stony Coral Tissue LossDisease. The species fall victim to it at different paces, with a mortalityrate of 66-100 percent. Corals,which cover about one percent of the Earth’s surface, are animals that settleon the ocean floor and support more sea life than any other marine environment.As well as supporting thousands of species of plants, fish and other sea life,they draw huge numbers of tourists, scientists and divers. “Now,we’re looking at a similar type of disease, but instead of affecting twospecies, it hits 22,” said Precht. “Wetend to just study these events. We monitor them. We try to research what todo. We just watch it happen and assume that Mother Nature is going to be ableto take the reins and everything’s going to be fine,” said Maurizio Martinelli,Coral Disease Response Coordinator at the Florida Sea Grant.
As of this writing, Sagal and Zapantawere still in the hospital; their medical bills would be shouldered by thePRO-6, said Malong. “Nag-ospitalsila dahil sa sakit, hindi sa bogbog. Hindi namanpwede ma-deny ang findings ng doktor.Besides, hindi natin practice ang hazing. What we have is training para sa kanilang kaalaman, for them tobe ready for deployment,” stressed Macasil. ILOILO City – Three new policeofficers undergoing special training at the 2nd Mobile Group in Sara,Iloilo were hospitalized. There were suspicions they sustained injuries due tohazing. Patrolman Mercy Sagal and PatrolmanLoyd Zapanta were taken to the Sara District Hospital on Jan. 3 together withanother woman police officer who turned out to be pregnant. There were speculations that the copswere subjected to hazing by their training officers but Lieutenant ColonelErnesto Macasil, Special Training Unit commander of the Police Regional Office6 (PRO-6), denied this. The three police officers were part ofthe 321 personnel taking the Basic Internal Security Operations Course. Theirtraining started on Nov. 21, 2019. The other police officer, he added,turned out to be pregnant. On the other hand, the training of thepregnant police officer was ordered stopped; she was instructed to return tothe PRO-6./PN “Nagkasitsila dahil siguro sa klima. Ulan-init ang inabot nila, pero wala tayongmagagawa, part ng training ‘yian,” said Macasil. “Bakitako hihingi ng pera sa kanila? May pera naman ako galing sa sahod ko. At sakahindi ‘yan pwde sa training camp,”said Macasil. Sagai suffered from dehydration whileZapanta had pneumonia, according to Macasil. On the other hand, PRO-6 spokespersonPolice Lieutenant Colonel Joem Malong said the medical team from Camp Delgadothat went to Sara District Hospital yesterday and checked the police officersreported there were no signs that the three were maltreated. The three were hospitalized becausethey got sick, Macasil told Panay News. He dismissed allegations that heinstructed the training officers to maul the police personnel for refusing togive him money.
Even though Andrew Luck did not get his Indianapolis Colts into this year’s Super Bowl, he is in line to become the highest paid player in football within the next year. When Aaron Rodgers of the Green Bay Packers signed a contract for 22 million per year, it set the stage for Andrew Luck to demand as much as 25 million per year.Luck will receive 3.4 million this year, and it is rumored that he will try to sign a new contract before the deadline occurs on his rookie contract. If he is able to do this, he will not only become the highest paid professional football player, but he would reach that plateau faster than any other player. Luck is unique in that he not only is blessed with a lot of talent, but he is also a graduate of Stanford University. Thus, he is quite a businessman as well as an athlete.No one reaches such a plateau without having a lot of talent. Several things put Andrew Luck in this lofty position. He is as big as some linemen and most linebackers, and he is deceptively quick for such a big man. He thinks fast on his feet and can throw a football as hard and fast as Tom Seaver threw a baseball. Time will tell if Luck reaches this level.
“We have eight games left now. All the lads are focused on picking up as many points as we can, and we want to finish in the top 10.” The victory over West Ham provided further evidence that Hughes’ efforts since his appointment as boss last summer to get Stoke playing a more flowing brand of football than in previous seasons are proving successful. They fell behind early on through Andy Carroll’s header, but Peter Crouch’s shot went in off Peter Odemwingie to level things around the half-hour mark and the Potters then wrapped up the win in the second half with some eye-catching play. Marko Arnautovic slotted in at the end of a good passing move before Odemwingie smashed home to round off a counter-attack. And Wilson said: “We were playing some nice stuff and created a few chances. “After we got the equaliser, apart from maybe a five to 10 minute spell in the second half, I could always see us winning. “We haven’t won by two goals in a while, so it is a good boost for us.” Midfielder Stephen Ireland, back in the Stoke first XI as a replacement for the suspended Jon Walters, was a key player in the game, having a hand in all three of his team’s goals. Ireland joined the Potters on a season-long loan from Aston Villa in September which was turned into a permanent deal in January. The 27-year-old Irishman is looking to rejuvenate a career that began so brightly at Manchester City, where Hughes was his manager for some of the time, but has since stalled with disappointing spells at Villa and Newcastle on loan. And after Ireland’s fine display on Saturday, Hughes said: “I know every time I bring Stephen into the team that he will give us quality and awareness of when to play the right pass, and he will always give you a goal threat too. “I think (at previous clubs) he has been a victim of circumstances more than it being anything he has actually done himself. “But his ability has always been there. I think now he is at a place where he knows he is appreciated and he knows he gets good work that will make him a better player.” Asked if Ireland would be with Stoke next season, Hughes added: “I hope so – that is our intention. “It is something I think both parties want. We are trying to get it done.” The defeat for West Ham was their second in a row, a double which has come off the back of four straight wins. Manager Sam Allardyce, after sticking with the same first XI for several games, made four adjustments to his line-up for the game at Britannia Stadium and admitted he may have made a mistake in doing so. He said: “The changes were very difficult to make on the basis of what those who had played before had done. “And it doesn’t look like I should have made them to be honest – I think I might have made the wrong decision.” Following the fourth of their quartet of wins, the Hammers had 31 points from 27 games. And, having seen his side lose the two matches that have followed, Allardyce said: “I have always told the players right from the very start – it is not about your position in the league, it is about having more points than games played, and that is diminishing again. “We had put a nice distance between our points gained and games played, but it is diminishing and we need to stop that.” West Ham are 12th in the table, three points behind Stoke and six clear of the relegation zone. Saturday’s 3-1 home win over West Ham means the Potters have lost only once in their last seven fixtures and they are currently 11th in the table, level on points with 10th-placed Aston Villa. Eleventh in 2009/10 is the highest Premier League position Stoke have finished in since they were promoted to the division in 2008, and Wilson said: “The manager (Mark Hughes), staff and all the guys have been saying we want to keep this run going until the end of the season. Stoke defender Marc Wilson has stressed he and his team-mates are looking to sustain their impressive recent form through to the end of the season with a view to securing the club’s first-ever Barclays Premier League top-10 finish. Press Association
Press Association “He has been linked with clubs for a few years – it is what happens with good players. He’s an important player that, as a club, we should keep as long as possible. “He is a good guy who cares for the club and wants the best for us. I know he is happy here and I don’t see a problem. “I haven’t had a conversation about his future. I speak to him frequently, but it’s about the football, things we can improve and the defensive side of things, giving him things what he can take on to the pitch to influence the rest of the guys.” Williams will be an integral part of Swansea’s plan to beat title-chasing Chelsea at the Liberty Stadium on Sunday, when a win for Monk’s men would effectively erase any lingering relegation fears. The game comes just five days after Chelsea booked a Champions League semi-final place by knocking out Paris St Germain, and Monk is fully aware of the challenge that awaits. “I don’t buy we could catch them cold after midweek,” he added. “The players they have through the squad are top-class players. I am sure they will make changes, but whoever comes in is top-class. “They are not pushing for the title for no reason. They have experience and class all over the pitch. It’s an extremely tough game, but a challenge we are looking forward to and have to relish. Williams, 29, has just over a year left on his existing Swansea contract and Italian heavyweights Napoli – the Swans’ Europa League conquerors this season – are among those thought to be tracking him. “What he does for the club, I would have him here for as long as possible,” Swansea head coach Monk said. “The journey this club (Swansea) has been on and fighting for is to be on this level, to compete against these sort of teams, and we have to make sure we continue that.” Swansea will go into the Chelsea clash following a 1-0 defeat to Hull last weekend, which came as a jolt, given that Monk had seen his team draw with Arsenal and beat Norwich in their previous two games. Swansea are currently six points above the relegation zone. After Chelsea, their remaining fixtures are against Newcastle, Aston Villa, Southampton and Sunderland. “I was very annoyed with the (Hull) performance. The training was very good, the sessions very competitive,” Monk said. “As a manager all you can do is get it to that level and understand fully what is expected that they do it on a Saturday. That’s the disappointment – the work they put in and we end up with a performance like that. “If you had to say mathematically, we need two more wins. I want it, and we’re aware of it. But we want more, we want consistency. We have been too inconsistent this season. “It is not as if it is small inconsistencies. We have performed brilliantly, then against Hull we were very, very poor. “It is too big a gap. The best teams stay at a level, and that is what I want for the rest of the season.” Garry Monk wants Swansea and Wales captain Ashley Williams to remain with the Barclays Premier League club “for as long as possible.”
Tags: Baldwinsvilleswimming Clare Burke had finished first in the 100 butterfly in 1:06.93, with Kali Sacco prevailing in the 500 freestyle in 5:53.07 to go with a second-place finish in the 200 individual medley in 2:23.92. Konz was second in the 200 freestyle in 2:06.39.Elsewhere for the Bees, Makenna Williams swam the 100 breaststroke in 1:34.48, with Mercedez Walker going 1:05.51 and Kate Cornell 1:08.86 in the 100 freestyle. Sacco,Konz, Burke and Madeline Sauro swam the 200 freestyle relay in 1:50.48 as Madison Jordan joined Burke, Sacco and Sauro to swim the 400 freestyle relay in 4:02.82. During another busy stretch of its season, the Baldwinsville girls swim team would get a close-up look at many of the top individual performers in Central New York.This started last Tuesday night, with the Bees at Le Moyne College taking on Christian Brothers Academy and having a trio of individual titles during a 100-75 defeat to the Brothers.No race was better than the 100-yard backstroke, where Ashley Konz, in her specialty, beat out CBA’s Darien Tompkins. They nearly hit the finish line together, but Konz, in one minute, 3.08 seconds, edged Tompkins (1:03.19) for the top spot. For CBA, Lauren Kelly tore to times of 2:17.99 in the 200 IM and 54.83 seconds in the 100 freestyle, while Kayla Newman, took the 200 freestyle in 1:59.95.Tompkins got a season-best 25.59 seconds in the 50 freestyle.B’ville returned home on Thursday to face Mexico, where the Tigers prevailed 56-38, led by Alexa von Holtz, who was first in the 200 IM (2:14.90) and 100 butterfly (1:00.05).When Konz raced against Mexico star Carolyn Zedack in the 50 freestyle, Konz prevailed, 26.81 seconds to Zedack’s 26.96, and she also was second in the 500 freestyle in 5:44.41 as Zedack won in 5:34.62.Sauro earned an individual title, too, going 1:12.75 in the 100 backstroke to beat the 1:14.23 from Mexico’s Payge Tubolino. Sauro also paired with Konz, Sacco and Burke to prevail in the 200 medley relay in 2:07.87 and went 4:03.15 in the 400 freestyle relay.Sacco finished second in both the 200 freestyle (2:10.65) and 100 butterfly (1:05.16), with Walker third in the 100 freestyle in 1:07.06. Taite Archer swam the 100 breaststroke in 1:26.37 as Walker, Kate Cornell, Brooklyn Roner and Emma Branigan posted a time of 2:05.13 in the 200 freestyle relay.In its lone meet next week, B’ville hosts the Syracuse City team on Tuesday, a week before an Oct. 15 meet against Liverpool.Share this:FacebookTwitterLinkedInRedditComment on this Story