Allders disposals hit £100m at halfway point

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The cosmetic challenges of this home conceal a potential diamond in the ‘ruff’!

first_imgThere’s a little work to do in the kitchen. A little bedroom styling will go a long way toward improving value.The kitchen, while functional, could probably do with a little TLC while a salvage of the bathroom’s terrazzo floor should be part of any reno plans. A couple of pups helped the owners decide to place this Brisbane renovation opportunity on the market.IN the world of extreme makeovers, this Zillmere home could be considered a ‘challenge’, but its good bones and homely feel hide a potentially winning deal. 11 Beckman Street, Zillmere is asking for offers over $445,000, making it one of the most affordable listings in the suburb, but those who see past the rough facade are set to benefit, according to Ray White Aspley sale consultant, Angela Duncan“It’s really cute with the Queenslander features,” Ms Duncan said.Ms Duncan said the owner were parting with the home because of their fur babies.“They have two beautiful Golden Retrievers. They’re moving into a lowset home because their dogs are getting older and they wanted to move away from the stairs,” Ms Duncan said.“It’s got such a good feel and the photos don’t pick that up. It’s got breezes and VJ walls — just a really cosy and a very homely place with it’s own personality,” she said.The highset timber-and-tin cottage offers an array of internal colours, from the heavy red coat on the dining room wall, to the lime green hue of the bedroom. The feature wall might need a repaint.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus23 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market23 hours ago A functional bathroom with good bones.But in real estate, it’s all about location and for under $450,000, this has value in spades.“The previous owners used to walk to the Geebung train station, you can walk to Nudgee, you can walk to shops, schools, everything,” Ms Duncan said.Follow Kieran Clair on Twitter at @kieranclairlast_img

Wednesday people roundup [updated]

first_imgPWRI, Barings, BlackRock, Lombard Odier Investment Managers, BlueBay Asset Management, Towers Watson Retirement, Now: PensionsPWRI – Ria Oomen-Ruijten has been appointed as the pensioners’ representative on the board of the pension fund for sheltered workshops (PWRI). Over the last 15 years, she has been an MEP and vice-chair for the Christian Democrat party in the European Parliament, focusing on pensions, social affairs and employment. Oomen-Ruijten has also been a member of the Dutch Parliament for the Christian Democrat party CDA. She was nominated by the elected pensioners in the accountability organ of PWRI. The appointment of pensioners on the board of pension funds in the Netherlands was made possible by new governance legislation that went into effect on 1 July.Baring Asset Management – Ken Lambden has been appointed CIO, effective 16 September. He joins from Schroders, where he was most recently global head of equities. Before then, he served as chief executive and CIO of Schroders’ Australian business. Meanwhile, Marino Valensise, after seven years in the position of CIO at Barings, will become head of the Multi Asset Group. This appointment follows Percival Stanion’s decision to resign to take up an external opportunity. Andrew Cole and Shaniel Ramjee have also decided to resign from Barings, the company said. BlackRock – Jean Boivin has been appointed deputy chief investment strategist of the BlackRock Investment Institute. He joins from the Canadian Ministry of Finance, where for the last two years he served as associate deputy finance minister and G20, G7 and Financial Stability Board deputy for Canada. Before then, he was deputy governor at the Bank of Canada. Lombard Odier Investment Managers – The institutional asset management arm of Lombard Odier Group has appointed Nancy Everett to the newly created post of senior adviser for its US-based business. She joins from BlackRock, where she was managing director and head of US fiduciary management. Before then, she was chief executive and CIO at Promark Global Advisors, known as General Motors Asset Management, or GMAM, until March 2009.BlueBay Asset Management – Kaspar Hense has been appointed portfolio manager for global sovereign and aggregate bond strategies. He started his investment career in 2005 and worked for much of this time at Deutsche Asset Management in Frankfurt.Towers Watson Retirement – Peter Rowles has been promoted to head of the retirement practice for Ireland and the UK. He succeeds John Ball, appointed head of retirement solutions for the EMEA region in June. Rowles joined Towers Watson in 1987.Now: Pensions – Jamie Warren has been appointed head of legal. He joins from Capgemini, where he was senior legal counsel and had particular responsibility for the financial services division.last_img

Archer picked as sole provider of downhole services on Gyda P&A campaign

first_imgThe decommission scope includes permanent plugging of 32 wells on the field, removal of platform and undercarriage, as well as removal of installations on the seabed. All Gyda installations should be removed by 2023. Archer said in an update on Thursday that operations start in January 2021. Gyda removal Related to the new award, Archer said it was a result of an integrated OneArcher approach were the company has turned the industry challenges into a significant opportunity and thereby maximizing both the savings for the client and activity level for OneArcher. Allseas, in turn, awarded a contract to Kvaerner for offshore preparations assistance, onshore disposal, and recycling of the Gyda platform when it is decommissioned. When it comes to other contracts related to the removal of the Gyda platform, Allseas was last September awarded a contract for the removal, transfer, load-in to shore, and disposal of the platform in the Norwegian North Sea. “This award shows that when we work together as OneArcher, we can offer optimal solutions for our clients and shape our own future”, said Thore Andre Stokkeland, Archer Oiltools, and Tom Aune, Archer Platform Drilling. Archer has been awarded the fishing, milling & wellbore cleaning services for Repsol Norge on the Gyda platform located offshore Norway. In June 2017, the Norwegian authorities approved the decommissioning plan for the Gyda field. This makes Archer the sole provider of all downhole services on the Gyda P&A campaign with a scope of 14 wells left to plug & abandon, the company explained. The Gyda field was developed by the use of an integrated steel platform at a depth of 66 meters. The oil is transported by pipeline to Teesside via Ekofisk. The gas is piped to the Ekofisk complex and on to Emden.  The contract covers both the 18,000 t topsides and 11,200 t jacket, and includes an option for re-installation on another field, which would be an unprecedented step for a fixed installation off Norway. Namely, Archer in 2017 won a four-year contract for plug and abandonment rig operations by Repsol. The contract scope included permanent plugging and abandonment of the wells on the Gyda platform.last_img

Gatorade Blazers are the 2011 LIME National Basketball Champions

first_imgNewsSports Gatorade Blazers are the 2011 LIME National Basketball Champions by: – October 3, 2011 Share Share Sharing is caring! Tweetcenter_img 38 Views   one comment Share Gatorade Blazers during an earlier match of the season. Image via: Mickey JosephIn front of a huge and appreciative crowd at the Lindo Park Hardcourts on Saturday night, the curtains were closed on the 2011 season with the Gatorade Blazers emerging victorious over No Look in game 5 of the Domlec Premier League Finals by the final score of 84 – 73.After a very keenly contested and well played first 3 quarters by both teams, the Blazers took control of the game early in the 4th quarter, capitalizing on the absence of big man Garth Joseph, who was on the bench in foul trouble. The Blazers’ pressure defense caused No Look all sorts of trouble in the 4th quarter, resulting in several No Look turnovers and easy fast break buckets for the Blazers.The No Look veterans had no answer for the quicker younger Blazers, who were able to assert their dominance and take full control, winning the game by 11 points. Although they were defeated by the better team, the No Look players can hold their heads up high and can be very proud of themselves, having stretched the formidable Blazers to the limit in an exciting 5 game series in their first full season as a team.So as the dust settled on the 2011 season, the experienced Blazers showed basketball fans that they will continue to be a force to be reckoned with for years to come, while No Look will try to make some adjustments in the off season, build their chemistry and come back even stronger in their quest to dethrone the Blazers in 2012. The Blazers team were lead by Thomas Felix with a game high 24 points and 6 steals, Ricky Toussaint with 19 points and 9 rebounds, Lyndson Lynch with 15 points and 3 steals, Lester Langlais with 9 points, 12 rebounds, and 8 assists, and Sein Reid took home the Jeffrey Joseph award for most rebounds, notching a game high 13 rebounds and also scoring 8 points.While for No Look, Donnie Robinson lead the way with 20 points and 8 rebounds, Garth Joseph with 16 points and 11 rebounds, Ken Leslie with 13 points, Bernard Mills with 10 points and 8 rebounds, and Levi Barron chipped in with 10 points in a losing effort.Damien SorhaindoDominica Amateur Basketball Associationlast_img

Dorrans signs new Baggies deal

first_imgWest Brom midfielder Graham Dorrans has signed a new three-year contract at The Hawthorns, the Barclays Premier League club have announced. A 12-month option on Dorrans’ previous deal had already been activated by Albion this summer and he has now put pen to paper on fresh terms that commit him to the Baggies until 2017. The 27-year-old Scotland international has been at West Brom since the summer of 2008. And he told the club’s official website: “I’m happy to get my new contract finalised. “We’ve been in talks for a couple of months and I’m glad to get it over the line. I’d like to thank my agent and the club for getting it sorted out. “I’ve enjoyed my six years at Albion, I’m looking for a testimonial now! “It’s been a good six years and that’s the reason why I’ve signed the extension. I’m looking forward to getting going now for the new season.” Since joining from Livingston, Dorrans has made a total of 167 appearances for Albion in all competitions and scored 25 goals. After only featuring once in the Premier League between September and March last term, he finished the campaign by starting every one of the Baggies’ last 10 games under now-departed head coach Pepe Mel. Dorrans said: “It was a difficult start for me last season but it was about getting in the team and staying in there, and that’s what I’m hoping to do this year. “I’m aiming to get in at the start of this season and stay in the team for the rest of the campaign.” center_img Press Associationlast_img

Ones to watch in 2012

first_imgCampbell has a decision to make.Alan CampbellThe Chiswick-based rower is aiming for a gold medal in 2012, but since 2008 he has won world medals in the single scull – arguably rowing’s highest profile event – but failed to take a world title.He must decide whether he has a better chance of an Olympic title in a larger boat, either the double or quadruple scull.Jordan Turner-HallAnother Harlequins player who recently signed a new contract, Turner-Hall is regarded by Quins boss Conor O’Shea as a better all-round performer now than when he was previously involved with the senior England squad. Still only 23, this looks like being a big year for the centre’s club and international aspirations.Ashley Theophane (pictured at top)Theophane’s journey from Feltham Young Offenders Institute to being the British light-welterweight champion is a heart rending tale – and his story could get even better. Another successful defence of his cherished Lonsdale belt will see the Kilburn boxer keep it outright and may pave the way for a world title shot.Armand TraoreDeemed not good enough by Arsenal, the Senegal international is far from the finished article and needs to improve the defensive side of his game. But if he can get regular first-team football at QPR after returning from the Africa Cup of Nations, Traore could be a much improved player 12 months down the line. Ouseph is eyeing Olympic glory.Rajiv OusephOuseph, the country’s number one men’s singles badminton player, is aiming to fulfil his Olympic dream in 2012. The 25-year-old from Hounslow has worked his way back into the world’s top 30 and defends his British title in February.Kerim FreiThe Austrian-born midfielder, who was raised in Switzerland, made his full Premier League debut for Fulham against Chelsea on Boxing Day and looks set for a bright future. With pace and skill in abundance, Frei is good enough to make a name for himself in the months and years ahead.Matthew BriggsBriggs’ performances since breaking into Fulham’s first team suggest he is well worth keeping an eye on. He became the youngest player in Premier League history when he made his debut against Middlesbrough aged only 16. Now 20, the left-back continues to make excellent progress. Reeves impressed during pre-season.Jake ReevesThe young Brentford midfielder’s sparkling pre-season performances suggested he has a bright future. His first-team outings have been limited, partly because of injury, but Reeves has plenty of ability.Shaleum LoganCaptured on a free transfer from Uwe Rosler’s former club Manchester City, Logan is arguably the pick of the German’s signings since he took over as Brentford manager. The right-back has been troubled by injury and needs to work on his defending, but going forward he is already a player to be reckoned with.Sam RobsonThe Australian batsman, 22, was outstanding for Middlesex as they won promotion in 2011. Robson has an English mother and a UK passport and is intent on playing for England in the future.Dean InmanThe 21-year-old Hampton & Richmond defender’s impressive performances suggest he is capable of playing at a higher level. QPR have had Inman on trial and a number of other clubs have him on their radars. 2012 could be a bumper year for sport in west London.As well as our football, cricket and rugby teams, we have boxers with high hopes. And there’s the small matter of the Olympics.Here are some of the local sports stars we think can make their mark over the next 12 months:AdChoices广告George GrovesHammersmith boxing prospect Groves, 23, enjoyed a superb 2011, beating arch rival James DeGale on a majority points decision and destroying Paul Smith in two rounds.He is unbeaten in his 12 professional fights yet has played down his chances of challenging for a world title soon, as has his trainer Adam Booth. But the British and Commonwealth super-middleweight champion will certainly be one to watch this year, which is likely to start with a rematch against rugged Scot Kenny Anderson, who caused him problems when they last met.Will DeGale and Groves meet again this year?James DeGaleThe Harlesden man, who won Olympic gold in 2008, bounced back from his ego-bruising defeat to Groves by capturing the European crown with a victory over Poland’s Piotr Wilczewski.Unlike Groves, DeGale is keen to talk up his chances of quickly securing a world title, which he is keen to achieve in 2012.Daniel SturridgeHaving established himself at Chelsea this season, 2012 could be the year Sturridge makes an impact on the international stage. Many Blues fans believe he should be playing through the middle, but on the right flank he has proved a handful for even the best Premier League sides.David StockdaleThis could be the year the Fulham goalkeeper also makes his mark for England. If he does, the catalyst will have been the injury to Mark Schwarzer that led to Stockdale’s recent recall from a loan spell at Ipswich. Since read more

CBL to Celebrate Lagos @ 50 with May Madness Basketball Tourney

first_imgContinental Basketball League is supported by the Lagos State Government, AFA Sports, SWIFT, PaddyBet, 360Nobs, Red Cheetah by SWIFT, Maison Fahrenheit, Cintron, Printivo, Bugaa Connect, Bobby Taylor Company, Domino’s Pizza, Selemedic, McErnest Events, Air Cote d’Ivoire and The Beat 99.9FM.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram In celebration of 50 years of Lagos State, Continental Basketball League (CBL) has rolled out a basketball challenge tagged the ‘May Madness Tournament’ billed to tip off on May 12 at the remodelled Teslim Balogun Arena in Lagos.Four cities across Africa will play host to six teams during the tourney. They include: Eko Kings, Lagos City Stars, and Lagos Warriors (all from Lagos) while other African teams scheduled to participate in the tourney include: Libreville Izobe Dragons (Gabon); Abidjan Raiders (Cote d’Ivoire) and Yaoundé Giants (Cameroon).The tournament expected to commence from May 12 through June 4 will tip off with the Lagos Challenge. Teams will go head-to-head against each other in one of the most anticipated basketball challenges ever in the history of Africa, thereafter the teams will embark on a road trip to the capital of Cameroun, Yaoundé for the ‘Yaoundé Challenge’ starting from May 22 through May 24.The best teams of the challenge are scheduled to hit the court on the 27th and 28th of May for the tournament’s ‘All Star’ weekend, where some celebrities will play against ‘basketball veterans’. There is also going to be three pointers and Slam Dunk contests.The top four teams of the challenge are to meet in Libreville, Gabon on the  3rd and 4th of June for the Final Four and Championship game.last_img

President’s Culture Commission implements three-phase plan

first_img“The goals of the President’s Culture Commission are essential for the University moving forward,” Undergraduate Student Government President Debbie Lee, who serves as a student representative on the Commission, wrote in a statement to the Daily Trojan. “USC is in need of a shift in culture, and I hope this group will be able to formulate tangible, thoughtful next steps. I’m excited to use the values assessment tool as a first step, and I look forward to laying down the foundations for a university culture we all hope to see.” In the third phase, which will run from September to December, the entire University community will be invited to participate in the survey. The results will help the Commission define a set of values which will guide the University’s future actions and policies. In-person discussions and online collaborations will supplement the data from the survey, according to the statement. The Commission was formed in November 2018 with the goal of improving campus culture by addressing University issues. Renee Smith-Maddox, associate dean of diversity, equity and inclusion, said the Task Force on Workplace Standards and Employee Wellness was a precursor to the formation of the Commission. In the second phase, which is projected to take place from May to August, the Commission will refine the survey based on its findings in preparation for a University-wide rollout. The President’s Culture Commission released an update on its ongoing mission to improve campus culture that detailed a new plan to engage with the USC community. The statement,  was released earlier this week by the 13 student and faculty representatives on the Commission. “The Commission, which was launched by [Interim] President [Wanda] Austin, was designed to build off of the work that the [Task Force] had done,” said Smith-Maddox, who is also a Commission member. “[Its goals are] to really start to think about how we focus on changing our culture … in a way that people know that we are turning things around.”   The Commission is using a model from the Barrett Values Centre, an organization that helps leaders build value-driven societies, to implement a campus-wide survey to assess the University’s values.center_img The Commission’s work will occur in three phases, the statement read. For the first phase, which will run through May, the Working Group on University Culture will partner with Barrett to engage the USC community. Draft versions of the campus-wide survey will be administered to test groups. A three-phase plan released by the President’s Culture Commission will culminate in a campus-wide survey that will asses students, faculty and staff values. (Michelle Mankoff/Daily Trojan) According to the statement, the Working Group on University Culture comprises a “body of 23 individuals who represent a broad cross-section of the University.” As of now, the Working Group collaborating with the Commission to listen to the community’s ideas for change. “We [will] have different experts come our way and talk to us about organizational change and culture change,” Smith-Maddox said.last_img

Kiffin expected to return as Trojans’ coach in 2013

first_imgPASADENA, Calif. — Despite speculation that his job is in jeopardy, USC coach Lane Kiffin announced  following Saturday’s 38-28 loss to crosstown rival UCLA that he will be back on the sidelines for the Trojans in 2013.Hot seat · USC coach Lane Kiffin has received much criticism for USC’s 7-4 record in 2012. He says, though, that he will return next season. – Carlo Acenas | Daily TrojanKiffin told reporters during his post-game news conference at the Rose Bowl he had been assured by Athletic Director Pat Haden he would keep his job.A USC spokesperson confirmed that such a conversation between Haden and Kiffin had taken place. Haden also confirmed the account via text message to“Absolutely,” Haden responded, when asked if Kiffin would remain with the program.Though it began the season ranked atop the Associated Press top-25 poll, USC is now unranked and  is also the first preseason No. 1 team to lose at least four regular season games since 1984, when Auburn finished 9-4. Should they remain unranked, the Trojans would also carry the dubious distinction of being the first preseason AP No. 1 team to fall outside the top 25 since Ole Miss went 5-5-1 in 1964.“Obviously, we’re extremely disappointed in this season,” Kiffin said. “We’re too talented to have this many losses. That falls on me.”A former USC assistant coach from 2001-06, Kiffin left Tennessee after one season to replace Pete Carroll in January 2010 and is curently in the third year of a reported five-year contract.The Trojans (7-4, 5-4) face No. 1 Notre Dame on Saturday at the Coliseum in their regular season finale, in addition to a potential bowl game.When asked following the loss to UCLA if he was concerned about the impact the remaining stretch of games would have on his job status, Kiffin insisted he wasn’t.“I’m not worried about it,” he said.Under Kiffin, USC has gone 25-11 through nearly three seasons, including a 10-2 finish in 2011.last_img