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World Cup of Darts 2020: Wonderful Wales set up showdown with holders Scotland in Salzburg | Darts News

first_img Last minute replacements Latvia defeat Hong Kong 5-4 in the World Cup of Darts. Meanwhile, last-gasp replacements Latvia marked their World Cup bow with a hard-fought win over Hong Kong to set up a meeting with fifth seeds Belgium in round two.Madars Razma and Janis Mustafejevs were called up at late notice to deputise for China, and they were rewarded with a landmark success, despite having to survive match darts from Kai Fan Leung and Royden Lam in a dramatic climax.Don’t miss a dart at this weekend’s World Cup of Darts – the action continues from 12pm on Saturday on Sky Sports Arena and we will have the remaining four sessions as the new champions are crowned. John Michael & Veniamin Symeonidis of Greece defeat Sweden 5-0 in the World Cup of Darts. The former hosts now play Greece in Saturday’s second round, after John Michael and Veniamin Symeonidis created history by registering their first victory in the competition.Greece – without a World Cup win since 2017, produced a stellar display to stun beleaguered Swedish pair Daniel Larsson and Dennis Nilsson, averaging over 90 and converting 63 per cent of their attempts at double.Latvia set up Belgium tussle Gerwyn Price and Jonny Clayton celebrate kicking off their campaign in style
Gerwyn Price and Jonny Clayton celebrate kicking off their campaign in style

Developers shop at Sainsbury’s

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Desperate seller slashes two-bedroom unit price by $90,000

first_imgThis is the view from one of the balconies of the two bedroom unit.THE price of a two-bedroom CBD unit with water views has been slashed dramatically as a desperate seller looks to cash out.The Brisbane City apartment at 505/6 Exford Street has seen its price drop drastically from $490,000 to offers over $400,000, according to SQM research head Louis Christopher. 505 /6 Exford Street Brisbane City Qld 4000The property has two bathrooms, a single car space and two balconies. 505/6 Exford Street Brisbane City Qld 4000Mr Creed was marketing the property as having twin views – one towards the city skyline and the other toward the river. 505//6 Exford Street Brisbane City Qld 4000 505/6 Exford Street Brisbane City Qld 4000“It is only a stone throw away from the hustle and bustle of the vibrant Queen Street Mall and Eagle Street pier,” he said. 505//6 Exford Street Brisbane City Qld 4000Mr Creed does not expect the property to last long on the market now that the price has dropped. If you have half an hour to spare after work, the property is open for inspection from 5.30 to 6pm this evening. 505 /6 Exford Street Brisbane City Qld 4000Real estate agent Matthew Creed of Ray White Brisbane CBD said the owner of the Parc Apartments unit was “Brisbane’s most desperate seller”.More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home2 hours agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor8 hours ago505/6 Exford Street Brisbane City Qld 4000The 98sq m property was tenanted until April at $495 per week in a complex that has a pool, gym and on site management, The seller was also throwing in the furniture for that price. last_img read more

Kirwan a big winner for value

first_img56 Burnda St, Kirwan.THIS three-bedroom home at 56 Burnda Street is the epitome of value for money Kirwan has become known for.Set on a huge 802sq m allotment, this home would suit everyone from a family, to first homebuyer, investor or retiree.The home is priced well below Townsville’s median house price of $314,000, despite being superbly located and packed with features.Ray White agent Nicole Plozza said the home was well priced, being listed for $314,000.“Everything in this property is oversized from the big patio to the big kitchen,” she said.“I think for the price point and how big it is compared to a standard three-bedroom the owners have really priced the property for sale.”The home has been freshly painted and fitted with modern, stylish finishes, new fixtures and appliances.The large sunken loungeroom has new carpet and can be accessed from both the kitchen and dining room. The large kitchen has a breakfast bar and modern appliances.More from news01:21Buyer demand explodes in Townsville’s 2019 flood-affected suburbs12 Sep 202001:21‘Giant surge’ in new home sales lifts Townsville property market10 Sep 2020All bedrooms are big enough to fit a queen-size bed or larger and have built-in wardrobes. The large patio overlooks the yard which has room for a shed or pool.The home is also within walking distance of shops as well as Kirwan State School and Kirwan State High School.Ms Plozza said with Kirwan being a large suburb, there was a huge diversity in the types of homes available with prices remaining affordable compared to other Townsville suburbs.“We’re finding that with Townsville expanding north Kirwan is becoming more central and properties there are good value,” she said.“We’re talking about 15 per cent cheaper to buy in Kirwan than it is to buy in Annadale or in Douglas.“You get a lot of buyers in Kirwan who were already renting there and they want to continue staying there.” 56 Burnda St is open for inspection on Sunday from 10am to 10.30am. For more information call Nicole Plozza on 0415 624 609.last_img read more

Pension funds should drop high-carbon investments ‘very quickly’

first_img“As long-term investors, you are the best positioned to make a choice about what kind of infrastructure we’re going to build in the next 5-10 years.”She said there was more awareness about the urgency of assessing climate change risk but serious engagement was lagging.“I woke up the day after Paris having swallowed an alarm clock,” she said. “We have five years to turn this huge ship around, but I don’t see the urgency being really understood, in particular in the financial world.”With respect to fiduciary duty, Figueres said there was a need to redefine what was understood by that concept and that long-term investors were best placed to take the lead.She urged anyone with a high-cost, high-carbon investment to “get out very quickly”.Donald MacDonald, chair of the Institutional Investors Group on Climate Change (IIGCC), said the Paris agreement, COP21, caused “a seismic shift in the way the investment world is going to have to look at the issues of climate change and capital”.It presents asset owners with several key issues they need to address from a fiduciary point of view, he said, including that “climate change is a reality accepted by virtually every government” and that the implementation of the targets set by countries, the INDCs (Intended Nationally Determined Contributions), “will have far-reaching consequences for pensions regulation, insurance regulation and financial regulation”.David Adkins, CIO at The Pensions Trust but sharing his personal views, focused on practical aspects for pension schemes and their trustees.Climate-change risk, he said, should be treated like any other risk, and trustees should refrain from focusing on ethical or emotional arguments.He suggested thinking about climate-change risk in terms of whether it would “make or lose money”, noting that active fund managers were better placed to manage the risk than a passive portfolio. On an earlier panel, pension fund executives discussed how best to deal with climate change from an investment perspective.They largely dismissed divestment as being ineffective – “a complete waste of time,” according to one – and instead argued in favour of engagement and exploring attractive clean-energy investment alternatives, such as solar or waste-to-energy. Pension funds are not investing enough in assets, like infrastructure, to combat global warming and should “get out very quickly” of “high cost, high carbon” expenditure, Christiana Figueres, executive secretary at the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), told delegates at the UK’s Pensions and Lifetime Savings Association (PLSA) conference in Edinburgh last week. The outgoing head of the UN’s climate body said awareness of climate change risk had improved but that more action was needed. Despite climate finance’s being aligned with long-term investor interests, by virtue of its timescale and predominant asset type – infrastructure – institutional investors are “paradoxically”, in comparison to their size, the least engaged in this area, she said.“I’m here to ring a bell of alarm for you and to tell you frankly that that can, should and must change – because of the risk to the global economy, that’s why,” she said. last_img read more

UK charities rushing to shut costly DB schemes

first_imgCharities have been rushing to close their defined benefit (DB) pension schemes to future accruals, with 58% of the largest charities now having done so, according to Hymans Robertson’s 2018 Charity Benchmarking Report.The UK consultancy analysed the DB pension exposures of the largest 40 charities by income in England and Wales. The sample included the Wellcome Trust, Church Commissioners for England, the British Heart Foundation and Oxfam.Alistair Russell-Smith, head of corporate DB at Hymans Robertson and author of the report, told IPE: “Typically, the pension scheme is a bigger issue for charities than companies in, say, the FTSE 350.“Around 85% of those companies can pay off their scheme deficit with six months of earnings, but the pension scheme tends to be a bigger burden than this for charities.” He said charities were facing big financial challenges, with contracts being run on ever tighter margins and fundraising under increasing pressure from new data protection rules.Charity portfolios had an average allocation to growth assets of 53%, according to the report.Russell-Smith said: “Some charities have been slower to de-risk than in the private sector, so have been hit hard by falls in yields over the past few years. This has made pension fund deficits in the sector more volatile.”He added: “It is better to take a moderate amount of investment risk than to shoot the lights out. Doing this in conjunction with hedging inflation and interest rate risks stabilises the pension position and reduces the chance of having to pay higher pension fund contributions further down the line.”The survey also found that the average charity paid around 3% of its net unrestricted income into its pension scheme. Russell-Smith said this percentage was not likely to fall.“But it does not have to go up either,” he continued. “It looks small, but charities understandably want to use their resources to fund their charitable activities. Those with local government contracts also need to spend money on servicing those contracts.”He said the most important priority was to maintain the security of regular deficit contributions, bearing in mind that charities could work to a slightly longer recovery plan than in the private sector.last_img read more

DEME Places Saint-Nazaire Drill Order with Herrenknecht

first_imgThe XL-monopile foundations have to be installed on a difficult rocky seabed, according to DEME. This is the first wind farm in the world to use drilled XL-monopile foundations, DEME said. In 2019, a consortium including DEME Offshore and Eiffage Métal was awarded the EPCI contract for 80 foundations for the French wind farm. The scope includes the design, fabrication, transportation and installation of the steel foundations. DEME Offshore and Herrenknecht have signed an agreement for the fabrication of a subsea drill to be deployed at the Saint-Nazaire offshore wind farm in France. The 480MW Saint-Nazaire offshore wind farm, owned by EDF Renewables and Enbridge, will be located between 12 and 20 kilometres off the coast of the Guérande peninsula in western France. “Installing drilled XL-monopiles is a new step forward in the offshore wind industry,” said Bart De Poorter, General Manager DEME Offshore. DEME Offshore and Herrenknecht are fabricating a tailormade subsea drill specifically for the project. The subsea drill will be deployed from DEME Offshore’s installation vessel Innovation. “We are proud, that DEME relies on Herrenknecht’s solution, expertise and know-how in the field of excavation technology. The project teams of DEME and Herrenknecht cooperated very well, now we all are looking forward to project realisation.” “The Offshore Foundation Drilling (OFD) enables mechanised installation of monopiles, thus providing ecological and economic advantages compared to conventional methods,” said Ulrich Schaffhauser, Member of the Board of Management of Herrenknecht AG.last_img read more

St Vincent puts a hold on funds for LIAT

first_img 191 Views   no discussions Sharing is caring! Share Share BusinessLifestyleNewsRegionalTravel St Vincent puts a hold on funds for LIAT by: – September 16, 2016center_img Share Tweet Chief Commercial Officer Lloyd Carswell (left) and Prime Minister Raph Gonsalves (right)KINGSTOWN, St Vincent (CMC) – The St. Vincent and the Grenadines government says it will not inject any more funds into the cash-strapped regional carrier, LIAT, until the airline improves its services to the island.Prime Minister Dr Ralph Gonsalves led a delegation for talks here with a LIAT management team, headed by the acting Chief Executive Officer, Julie Reifer-Jones two weeks after his administration wrote the airline demanding talks over what it described as its poor service.The talks here on Wednesday were aimed at resolving “LIAT’s deteriorating service experienced by the Vincentians” and in a statement Thursday following the talks, Gonsalves highlighted a number of challenges, including the lack of information on delays and cancellation of flights to the travelling public.In its September 4 letter to Diane Shurland, LIAT’s Antigua-based legal counsel, Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of National Security in Kingstown, Godfred Pompey, wrote “it is time for LIAT to get its act and attitude towards the travelling public of St Vincent and the Grenadines together.”The statement Thursday noted that the central mandate of LIAT is to provide the best possible service with the equipment available.“The Company must seek to carry out the mandate of the Shareholder Government and the Board of Directors in that the decisions made by shareholders are not fully implemented by the management of LIAT,” the statement said, in an apparent reference to the failure of the airline to shift its hub from Antigua to Barbados as the shareholder governments decided some time ago.Gonsalves, who is chair of LIAT’s shareholder governments, said in Barbados last week, “the decision to shift the base has not been rescinded but the management has not carried out the decision and I would like to find out why.”Antigua and Barbuda, Dominica, Barbados and St Vincent and the Grenadines are the shareholder governments of the airline and the government here said that there will be no new injection of funds from Kingstown until the airline’s service is “significantly improved”.LIAT had recently requested that Kingstown release a further EC$810,000 (One EC dollar =US$0.37 cents) to help with its operations.last_img read more

Clinton-Bush Haiti Fund announces $2m grant to cultivate small and growing businesses

first_imgNewsRegional Clinton-Bush Haiti Fund announces $2m grant to cultivate small and growing businesses by: – August 12, 2011 8 Views   no discussions Share Sharing is caring! Destruction in Haiti caused by earthquake. Photo credit: Caribbean360.comWASHINGTON, USA — The Clinton Bush Haiti Fund has announced a $2 million grant to TechnoServe to implement the Haitian Business Accelerator (HBA), a project that aims to transform small and growing businesses into investment-ready, bankable companies positioned to develop Haiti’s formal economy and promote jobs.TechnoServe, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization with expertise in building businesses and industries throughout Africa, Asia and Latin America, will implement the project. HBA will work with Haitian companies over three years, identifying businesses that are worthy of investment and transforming them into businesses that are ready for investment. TechnoServe will solicit and review more than 1,000 business plans, select 750 entrepreneurs most suited for success, and train this elite group with global best practices in business development.Additionally, TechnoServe will provide six months of advanced business mentoring for 60 HBA program entrepreneurs. It will use $300,000 of the $2 million grant to provide immediate access to financing for top performing businesses. HBA will seek out both new and existing businesses that could benefit from the program, and will build up the capacity of existing business development services providers. TechnoServe has already begun identifying a list of Haitian initiatives to provide a pipeline of small and growing businesses that would benefit from HBA services.As Haiti works to rebuild, HBA addresses the need for business capacity development in its economy. “With the exception of a few large companies, Haiti’s formal business sector is very small, and businesses of all sizes have suffered significantly since last year’s earthquake,” explains Clinton Bush Haiti Fund’s Vice President for Programs and Investments Paul Altidor. “Small and growing enterprises hold the potential for transforming Haiti’s economy, but these enterprises need business acumen and access to financial services in order to attract the private investment they need to develop. The Business Accelerator will help them do just that.”The Clinton Bush Haiti Fund is also working with TechnoServe’s Haiti Hope Project which aims to increase the income of 25,000 small farming families in the mango sector. In addition, TechnoServe recently completed the Mon Entreprise, Mon Avenir (My Business, My Future) business plan competition, guiding over 80 promising Haitian entrepreneurs through robust business plan development.Caribbean News Nowcenter_img Tweet Share Sharelast_img read more

West Ham must improve at set pieces – Pellegrini

first_imgRelatedPosts QPR slap N8.1b on Eberechi Eze Fulham join Eberechi Eze race Joe Hart pens two-year deal with Tottenham West Ham United must defend set pieces better after conceding a number of goals in a winless run stretching back to September, manager Manuel Pellegrini said on Thursday.West Ham, who were fifth in September, have failed to win their last five matches — which included three defeats — to leave them 13th in the standings.Pellegrini’s side have not kept a clean sheet since a 2-0 win over Manchester United, with first choice goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski not expected to return from a hip muscle injury until late December.He said: “Everyone must do better, including the manager and the players,” Pellegrini told reporters ahead of Saturday’s trip to Burnley.“As a team I think that we need to improve, especially at set pieces. They have been decisive – three goals from Newcastle, two from Crystal Palace.“I think that Newcastle scored three goals from set pieces, two from a counter-attack from set pieces. They had chances on the counter-attack because for different reasons we didn’t keep a player back.”Pellegrini, who won the Premier League title in 2013-14 with Manchester City, also said West Ham had ambitions of playing in Europe and their priority was a top-six finish.“The target for West Ham years ago was not to be relegated,” he added. “I didn’t come here for that. I think that we have the players to achieve top six and I think that if you fight you can win every game. We know how to do it.He said: “I always try to be optimistic, I always try to set my targets as high as I can. We must fight to be in the upper part of the table.”Burnley, who are 14th, can leapfrog West Ham with a win on Saturday and Pellegrini said he was wary of their physical threat in the air.“I think Burnley will always be a difficult team at home,” the Chilean said. “They have top players and make a lot of crosses, everyone knows that. If we win the game it is because we must try to play better than them.“They play a lot of crosses, fighting for the second ball, and it’s a style that in recent years has been very successful.” Tags: Manuel PellegriniWest Hamlast_img read more