Reit buys Standard Life’s Blackburn Shopping Centre

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Governor Wolf’s Week, June 26 – July 2, 2016​

first_img The Blog,  Weekly Update This week, both the house and the senate passed a bi-partisan, compromise budget that invests more money in early childhood, K through 12 and higher education, and also provides vital resources to combat the heroin crisis. Governor Wolf has said that he willl sign the General Appropriations bill as soon as there is a sustainable revenue package to pay for it, and he looks forward to continuing to work with the legislature to achieve this.Governor Wolf’s Week, June 26 – July 2, 2016Monday, 6/27/16Governor Wolf’s Notes from Front Lines Show Treatment Resources Cannot WaitTuesday, 6/28/16Statement on House Appropriations Committee Budget VotePennsylvania Commission for Women Statement on House Bill 1948Watch Governor Wolf’s Budget Update (VIDEO)Wednesday 6/29/16Governor Wolf Statement on Senate Passage of BudgetWhy Does Pennsylvania Need the Centers of Excellence?Thursday, 6/30/16Governor Wolf Signs HB 1766Governor Wolf’s Statement on the Senate’s Confirmation of Pennsylvania Adjutant GeneralGovernor Wolf Statement on Final Passage of BudgetFriday, 7/1/16Governor Wolf Signs Bill Increasing the Base Active Duty Pay for the Pennsylvania National Guard SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Governor Wolf’s Week, June 26 – July 2, 2016​ By: The Office of Governor Tom Wolfcenter_img Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Facebook.com/GovernorWolf July 01, 2016last_img read more

This mega home on acreage will be the perfect venue for your family’s White Christmas this year

first_imgWork off that extra Christmas pudding on the court.“There’s a huge outdoor dining area that runs straight off the kitchen and through to an immaculate pool and spa outdoor area that is flanked by palm trees,” Mrs Hackett said. It’s a striking snow-white palette.The outdoor setting for your festivities includes a floodlit tennis court with pergola and a children’s playground. The spa will accommodate those looking to relax with an egg nog.And the kids can try out their new toys with the whole lot situated on a cleared, level one-hectare site — plenty of space to give your new drone or motorised go-kart a spin.The home is for sale now without a price guide, although a recent sale at 58 Retreat St Bridgeman Downs for $4.96 million was of similar calibre.Follow Kieran Clair on Twitter at @kieranclair 20 Priestley Road, Bridgeman Downs has expansive single-level living.The striking white colour scheme of the home both inside and out is just one of the reasons this acreage property could make all your festive season dreams come true.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus23 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market23 hours agoKnow any carols? Tickle the ivories at your festive gathering.“This is the ultimate Christmas present for your family,” said Place Bulimba managing director, Sarah Hackett.The architecturally designed residence has five-bedroom, four-bathroom accommodation spread over 970sq m of floor area.Your Christmas wish list will be completely ticked off with features including five-metre ceilings, ducted air conditioning, 2pac cupboards along with Caesar stone benches and Miele appliances in the kitchen, smart wiring, gated entry and video security throughout. Could this acreage estate be the ultimate multimillion-dollar Christmas present for some lucky family?WHILE you won’t be dashing through the snow in Brisbane this festive season, you can still dream of a White Christmas at 20 Priestley Road, Bridgeman Downs.last_img read more

UK election: Questions over DB reform as Conservatives seek coalition

first_imgA review of the UK’s defined benefit (DB) pension system has been cast into doubt by today’s election result, according to a former minister.The Conservative Party lost its majority in the lower house of the UK parliament following yesterday’s vote. The shock result means prime minister Theresa May – who was expected to win in a landslide when she called the election less than two months ago – is set to form a coalition with the Democratic Unionists (DUP), the largest party in Northern Ireland.Conservative pensions minister Richard Harrington had begun a wide-ranging review of DB scheme regulation earlier this year in the wake of high-profile scandals that played out last year.But with negotiations with the European Union about the UK’s exit from the bloc due to start in less than two weeks, former Labour pensions spokesman Gregg McClymont told IPE major pension reforms were likely to be abandoned for the foreseeable future. McClymont, now head of retirement savings at Aberdeen Asset Management, said he would be “amazed” if the green paper published by the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) in February went much further in its current form.“A delay was always likely given Brexit, this has just taken it to a new level,” he said.McClymont – who lost his seat in the 2015 general election – added that the downgrading of the role of pensions minister in Theresa May’s administration was “very significant”.He said: “It’s now an undersecretary role, not secretary of state. That weakens your hand. Your voice is not so strong in DWP or the Treasury.”Sir Steve Webb – former pensions minister in the 2010-15 coalition government until also losing his seat in the last election – said the green paper would not be scrapped outright.Sir Steve, now director of policy at Royal London, said: “The government can’t do anything particularly bold – a big shakeup of pension tax relief for example. If you can’t sell policies to the electorate you’re not going to sell them when in parliament with less support.“The ‘anti-Philip Green’ stuff, clamping down on people who don’t pay their pension liabilities, would be popular. There are a few popular things that you could imagine would get through. It would have to be targeted and incremental.”However, John Walbaum, head of investment consultancy at Hymans Robertson, said that while addressing “unscrupulous bosses” was likely to prove popular, passing laws would be “fiendishly difficult”.Regarding Brexit, Sir Steve argued that politicians were unlikely to want to let the negotiations completely dominate the government’s work: “You would want to stand for election in five years’ time having done more than just Brexit.”Saker Nusseibeh, CEO of Hermes Investment Management, agreed that the new government would likely cherry-pick popular elements of the green paper, but suggested discussions would not be conducted in public.“I don’t think it [the green paper] will just gather dust – it may involve discussions in corridors rather than in public,” he said. “It won’t be the whole green paper. They will pick bits that everyone agrees on. It depends also what the DUP wants.”The resultThe Conservative Party remain the largest party in the UK parliament with 318 seats – 13 fewer than before the election, and eight short of a majority. The DUP has 10 seats in Northern Ireland, which would take a coalition into a majority position.McClymont said the swing towards Labour – which won an additional 29 seats, with one still to be declared – demonstrated that the generational gap in the UK “has been fully party-politicised”.“Generally younger voters have supported Labour but the extent of the correlation is unheard of. Driven by economic reality. If under 40 your income has been eroding and your ability to grow wealth assets is almost non-existent.“Age has become an issue – it’s a party political divide in a way it has not been before. The correlation is so strong.“You could argue that the parties’ promises need to catch up with that. We might get into a bidding war between who can promise the most to younger generations.”As a result, over time auto-enrolment was set to become a bigger political issue, McClymont added, as more people entered the pension savings arena and saving levels rose.Kevin LeGrand, president of the Pensions Management Institute, echoed McClymont’s views: “The pensions policies set out in party manifestos will sit ignored while other more pressing national issues are addressed first. However, it is nevertheless important in the national context for pensions to have a strong representation through a minister with appropriate authority. “At this early stage it looks like the younger generation have been influential in changing the political landscape. If that proves to be correct, the recent focus of policies on pensioners’ interests on the basis of the strength of the grey vote may be reversed. This could result in a different policy approach between the generations.”last_img read more

Trade unions demand SEK1.9bn from PostNord for pension fund

first_imgA group of trade unions in Sweden representing workers in the Nordic mail operator PostNord are demanding the company’s management returns the SEK1.9bn (€200m) it took out of the pension fund over the last two years.The Swedish financial regulator has already warned that the company’s manoeuvring with its discount rate to make way for the cash withdrawals could put stress on the pension foundation to provide returns it might not be able to achieve.The company raised the discount rate it uses to calculate pensions liabilities to 4% from 0.8%, which helped it to reduce its pensions deficit.The Swedish Association of Graduate Engineers (Sveriges Ingenjörer), along with other labour unions SRAT, Jusek and the Swedish Association of Graduates in Business Administration and Economics (Civilekonomerna), sent a negotiation request to the service-sector employer’s organisation Almega. Mats Rosén, ombudsman at Sveriges Ingenjörer, said: “We are acting for the protection of our members.”“We must try to protect members’ interests,” he said, adding that “there may be problems in the future”.The association said PostNord withdrew SEK909m from its pension funds in 2016 and then another SEK980m in 2017.It said the money should have been used for various pension payments.PostNord is jointly owned by the Swedish and Danish states, but Sveriges Ingenjörer said business at the Danish part of the company was going badly, which meant it was having to reduce its staff and thus incurring huge costs.Last autumn, PostNord agreed with the trade unions to secure the company’s pension money by means of credit insurance to ensure that promised pensions were paid out even if the company became insolvent, the association said.However, it said the insurance company, PRI, had considered PostNord’s financial situation to be too weak, and had therefore been unwilling to agree to provide insurance without having significantly greater collateral.“The unions believe that PostNord violated the collective agreement when applying new calculation bases for large amounts without having insured the pension funds,” Sveriges Ingenjörer said.last_img read more

Nominate A Small Business Owner or Growing Entrepreneur

first_imgThe Southeast Indiana Small Business Development Center (Southeast ISBDC) is accepting nominations for the 3rd Annual Leadership & Entrepreneurial Awards Day of Southern Indiana, or LEADS Indiana.Nominate a small business owner or growing entrepreneur in your network.  Nominations are accepted online.For more information on the event, to nominate or for nomination criteria, visit the LEADS website or call the ISBDC at (812) 952-9765. The deadline for nominations is September 1.Nominations are open for eleven awards categories:   Small Business Owner of the Year, Small Business Exporter of the Year, Young Entrepreneur of the Year, FranNet Franchisee of the Year, Women Owned Business of the Year, Family-Owned Business of the Year, Minority Owned Business of the Year,  Veteran Owned Business of the Year, Capital Infusion Champion of the Year,  Small Business Champion of the Year, Diversity Champion of the Year, and Entrepreneurial Community of the Year.Individuals and organizations are encouraged to nominate those they feel best exemplify success and leadership in the small business sector. Winners of the LEADS Indiana awards will be announced at the Awards Luncheon held in November and nominating partners will be recognized at the event.last_img read more

Roger Goodell

first_imgRoger Goodell’s name has certainly appeared too often in the media this year.  If you do not know, he is the commissioner of the NFL.  He is really the owner’s puppet, not a leader.  Most of his decisions seem to favor what the owners want and not what is best for the sport.Domestic violence in football has been rampant over the past few years.  It was only recently that it was brought to the national spotlight.  Only a national outcry caused the NFL to do something about it.  Even then, Goodell put himself in the role of arbitrator rather than bringing in some independent help.  Deflate-Gate is still not settled because Tom Brady’s appeal has not been heard.It is time for the NFL to go by ethics rather than make decisions that make the owners richer.  We may have to get Bud Selig out of retirement to run the NFL.last_img read more

Magpies are ready to fly – Janmaat

first_img Press Association He told the Chronicle: “We can put our minds at rest now. We know what we have here and who is the head coach. That’s better for the team. “We hope to put a run together now after Hull. A run like before Christmas is what we are hoping for. If we can get that we can finish in the season in good fashion. “The top 10 is the main target we have to reach. Stoke is a good game for us at home then Crystal Palace away. They are good games to take some points.” The Magpies have found themselves in a state of flux in recent weeks as managing director Lee Charnley launched a search for a replacement for the departed Pardew while at the same time bracing himself for approaches for big names including Cheick Tiote, Moussa Sissoko and Papiss Cisse. However, with John Carver now in charge of the team for the remainder of the season and the transfer window closed, defender Janmaat is confident he and his team-mates can build upon last Saturday’s 3-0 win at Hull to stage a strong finish to their Barclays Premier League campaign. center_img Daryl Janmaat is confident Newcastle’s season will take off now that the uncertainty caused by Alan Pardew’s departure and the January transfer window is over. last_img read more

Men’s hockey team sweeps Colorado College

first_imgCOLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — In what has been a season of one huge weekend after another for the No. 1 Wisconsin men’s hockey team, the Badgers outdid themselves again this weekend by sweeping No. 5 Colorado College.After hanging on for a 3-2 victory Friday night, UW came out of the locker room on fire here Saturday night, erupting for six first-period goals en route to a 9-1 blowout, snagging four more league points on the weekend.The wins put Wisconsin up eight points over its closest league foe with seven weeks to go.”We have an analogy that we’re trying to get to the top of a mountain,” head coach Mike Eaves said. “This is just a good day of climbing.”Thanks to a five-minute major penalty on CC midway through the opening period Saturday, the Badgers scored four goals in a matter of five minutes, stunning the Tigers and forcing goalie Matt Zaba to relinquish his spot between the pipes.Andrew Joudrey scored twice on the five-minute power play while Ryan MacMurchy and Tom Gilbert helped him put UW up 4-0 less than 12 minutes into the game.”You definitely want to get at least one goal,” Joudrey said when asked what a team can expect when given a five-minute power play. “You want to capitalize and at least make them pay once.””I’ve seen two or three [goals on a five-minute power play] at the max, but I’d have to go deep into my archives,” Eaves said.Freshman Jack Skille and junior Robbie Earl would get in the action before the period was over, and the Badgers waltzed into the locker room with an astounding 6-0 lead.Earl would get his second goal in the third period and Joe Pavelski finished the scoring with his 14th tally of the year to go along with four assists on the night.”The lanes were open and it was one of the nights where the puck found the back of the net,” Earl said.The Badgers finished four-of-six on the power play while shutting out the Tigers on the man-advantage.Very few people expected Wisconsin to sweep this weekend, let alone in blowout fashion, but it did just that, exposing each and every CC weakness.”You don’t expect these nights,” Pavelski said. “When they started going in, you just gain confidence.”While Saturday night featured a rout, the story was a bit different the night before.Friday night, the Badgers earned yet another huge road win by hanging on to beat the Tigers 3-2 thanks to a strong outing by junior goalie Brian Elliott between the pipes.”These are the games that are fun to play. These games help you prepare for the end of the year,” UW head coach Mike Eaves said. “It was a great environment.”Senior winger A.J. Degenhardt continued his hot streak with his second goal and fourth point in his last three games. The tally put the Badgers up 1-0 less than three minutes into the game.The teams traded power play goals down the stretch in the opening period and the Badgers carried a 2-1 lead through to the final 20 minutes of the game.Once there, Pavelski grabbed his first of two goals on the weekend with a sharp wrister that snuck through traffic and Zaba’s legs to give the Badgers a two-goal lead.Pavelski’s goal turned out to be the game-winner, as CC winger Joey Crabb tried to lead the Tigers back into the game with a goal on the team’s fourth power play of the period, bringing the sellout crowd back into the game.But the tired Badger squad was resilient and did what it needed to do to keep the Tigers from scoring in the waning minutes.”This was an enormous two points,” Burish said. “This is our biggest game of the year — the biggest two points we’ve had so far.”Elliott slammed the door when he needed to and finished with 29 saves on the night and was once again the team’s best penalty killer.”They have two really good power-play units,” Elliott said. “When we face teams like that, I think we play even better. I take it as a challenge.”The sweep moved the Badgers to 18-2-2, the best record in school history through 22 games, and moved their road record to an unbeaten 9-0-1 in league play.Wisconsin will go right back at it again next weekend, looking to extend its WCHA-lead at home against No. 18 Denver, which split this weekend against St. Cloud State, but jumped into a tie for second in the league standings.last_img read more

Anti-Semitic flyers cause outrage among students

first_imgAnti-Semitic flyers were discovered in university printers and fax machines at the University Park and Health Sciences campuses over the last week.Anti-Semitic flyers were discovered in university printers and fax machines at the University Park and Health Sciences campuses over the last week, which were printed by hacker and self-defined internet “troll” Andrew Auernheimer.Students who saw the flyer said they were horrified that both the racist image was printed and that it was being copied.“I was astonished, and I posted a picture on my Facebook to show my friends what our society still thinks today. For the whole day I felt like there was a big rock in my stomach […] like doing the right wasn’t important,” said Cecilia Baez, a junior majoring in chemical engineering, in an email to the Daily Trojan. “After posting on other USC social climate accounts, I then heard that these flyers were actually being copied randomly and wirelessly.”The messages explicitly discriminated against people of Jewish descent.“White man: are you sick and tired of the Jews destroying your country through mass immigration and degeneracy? Join us in the struggle for global white supremacy at the Daily Stormer,” the flyer stated, as confirmed by student representatives from USC Hillel who witnessed the images.Many university students and faculty found these flyers in their daily work space printers, including faculty from the Office of Religious Studies and USC Hillel who have been in communication with the Department of Public Safety and Information Technology Services in order to locate and block the sources to better ensure a similar incident cannot occur again.“We received the fax on Thursday, which is the same day that the other universities received them. DPS and ITS worked with authorities to investigate the incident … DPS posted the message on Friday upon completion of their investigation,” said Varun Soni, dean of Religious Life, in an email to the Daily Trojan.The Department of Public Safety commented on the incident on their website.“USC has been made aware of the anonymous delivery of anti-Semitic messages to several networked printers at University Park and Health Sciences campus,” the statement said. “All incidents of bias, hate crimes, and hate incidents are considered a serious breach of USC community expectations and need to be reported allowing for appropriate investigation and response.”DPS turned over the investigation to Information Technology Services security, who discovered that this was a national incident carried out by an IP address that was out of the country.Other universities dealing with the results of the massive release include Princeton University, Brown University, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, UC  Berkeley, Smith College, University of Massachusetts Amherst and Mount Holyoke College, among others.last_img read more