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first_imgInside the home at 18 Brookvale Place, Bracken Ridge.In general, Mr O’Callaghan said the local market had picked up since the start of Spring, with buyers on the hunt for a bargain.He said most buyers were keen to “value add” and were seeking properties that needed work.“The buyers want to put their own mark on a property and the sellers are doing some fairly basic things to add value to their properties before listing,” he said.“Things like a fresh coat of paint, a kitchen and bathroom revamp, a tidy garden.”Mr O’Callaghan said there was strong demand for houses in the area, with the suburb becoming more popular due to its easy access to transport corridors and the Redcliffe Peninsula. The home at 18 Brookvale Place, Bracken Ridge.An airport worker with a passion for music inspected this Bracken Ridge home three times before signing on the dotted line.A public park on one side of 18 Brookvale Place was a major selling point.“He wanted a place where he could play music without annoying too many neighbours,” Havig & Jackson Real Estate selling agent Adrian O’Callaghan said.“With the park on one side, he only has the one neighbour.”The three-bedroom house sold for $475,000 on September 22. Its previous owner decided it was time for a tree change and bought acreage.“He (the buyer) had done a lot of research but kept on coming back,” Mr O’Callaghan said.More from newsFor under $10m you can buy a luxurious home with a two-lane bowling alley5 Apr 2017Military and railway history come together on bush block24 Apr 2019“It was a good location for him, close to the airport, and with the freeway being redeveloped it will be a good thing long term.”last_img read more

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first_imgThe company plans to consolidate its position as an “alternative” ETF manager to US giants in Northern Europe and maintain its leadership in France, Spain and Italy.However, Lyxor said it would make a significant investment in developing smart-beta products.It said it expected to grow its ETF business by 15% over the next five years, doubling assets and beating the 10% forecast market growth rate.Lionel Paquin, chief executive at Lyxor, said the asset manager aimed to do so by boosting its ETF & Indexing business through “massive investment” but also “innovation”.In the absolute return space, Paquin said the company would build its capacity as a “solutions provider”, focusing on risk-based solutions.The chief executive added that Lyxor would pay particular attention to the development of risk-parity solutions for fixed income, in response to growing demands from banks and institutional investors.Lyxor, which has a track record as a provider of hedge fund managed accounts, also intends to extend its offering to managed accounts for mutual funds.This, said Paquin, would make Lyxor an “integrator” capable of assuming fiduciary responsibilities and taking care of fund selection, portfolio management and customised infrastructure across all asset classes.“Our mission is to simplify investors’ life,” he added.Paquin said current discussions with EU pension funds and other institutional investors had led the company to think about developing its capacity to offer an all-encompassing, customised, managed-account service.  The current AUM split between the three business lines is 43% in ETFs & Indexing, 25% in Absolute Return & Solutions and 24% on Alternatives & Multi-Management. Lyxor, the asset management arm of Société Générale, has announced a major product push in the ETF, smart beta and multi-manager markets.The company, which currently manages and advises on €96bn of assets, unveiled a new organisational structure and plans to grow its assets under management and advisory by 50% by the end of 2018, reaching the €150bn mark.The new organisation consists of three business lines – ETFs & Indexing, Absolute Return & Solutions and Alternatives & Multi-Management.In the ETF market, Lyxor said it would focus on maintaining its offering of “efficient” and liquid instruments.last_img read more

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first_imgPGGM has reached a $100m (€89.5m) settlement with US technology giant Hewlett-Packard (HP) over “false and misleading” statements made at the time of its $11bn acquisition of Autonomy.The €200bn Dutch pension manager, which acted as lead plaintiff for the suit, alleged in a filing in March 2013 that HP violated US securities laws “by making a series of materially false statements and omissions” regarding the 2011 acquisition of Autonomy.The software company, founded in the UK, was bought by HP for $10.3bn.HP was subsequently forced to announce an $8.8bn write-down, which PGGM alleged was related to accounting improprieties at Autonomy. PGGM added that the write-down triggered HP’s share price to fall, triggering its lawsuit.Eloy Lindeijer, chief investment manager at PGGM, stressed the importance of the lawsuit from an active ownership perspective.“PGGM has taken the responsibility of acting as lead plaintiff in this case because it is crucial that investors are timely and adequately informed by listed companies about material information that might impact shareholders’ investment decisions,” he said.“Therefore, we have taken steps in the US in an effort to protect the investments of our clients and other aggrieved investors.”Lindeijer added that PGGM would remain vigilant in focusing on robust corporate governance at HP and across all of its holdings.HP said in a statement that it continued to believe the action brought by PGGM had no merit.But it agreed the settlement would benefit all shareholders by avoiding further “burdensome and protracted” litigation.The settlement will also see all current and former HP employees released from any other securities-related claims with respect to the acquisition of Autonomy.The $100m settlement is set to be paid into a fund that will compensate investors, with the sum being met by HP’s insurer.PGGM, represented by US-based law firm Kessler Topaz Meltzer & Check, recently said it was talking to the Dutch government about introducing class-action lawsuits in the Netherlands.last_img read more

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first_imgHitchen said: “I am thrilled that we have secured a CEO with Rachel’s combination of investment experience, client focus and integrity. I am confident that, together with our shareholders, we will build BCPP into a high quality, long-term-oriented asset owner.”Councillor John Weighell, chair of the North Yorkshire Pension Fund and BCPP’s shareholders’ committee, added: “The shareholding local authorities are unanimous in welcoming Rachel’s appointment.“We should also like to join her in thanking the project team of local government officers for the excellent work they have done and continue to do on BCPP’s behalf. We couldn’t have got here without their dedication, wisdom and perseverance and their employers’ commitment to make this happen.”Before joining Royal London in 2011, Elwell was a consultant at PricewaterhouseCoopers. She is a qualified actuary.The eight LGPS pools are expected to begin accepting money from their founder pension schemes from April, although some are well ahead of this deadline. The Border to Coast Pensions Partnership (BCPP) is the latest of the UK’s local authority pension fund pools to appoint its CEO.Rachel Elwell will join the group in December from Royal London where she has worked since 2011 as staff pensions director and investment office director.BCPP has been set up to pool the assets of 12 local government pension schemes (LGPS) across England, with total assets of roughly £43bn. It appointed outgoing RPMI Railpen chief executive Chris Hitchen as its chair in July.In a statement announcing Elwell’s appointment, BCPP said it was to open an office in Leeds and build a team of roughly 70 in-house staff for its asset management operations. Elwell will be responsible for ensuring the company is able to start operations in 2018 in line with the UK government’s timetable for LGPS asset pooling.last_img read more

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first_img Tweet LifestyleRelationships It’s OK to regret your lost love by: – October 3, 2011 Share 41 Views   no discussions Sharecenter_img Sharing is caring! Share Lost love. Image via Juliana Coutinho/FlickrSocial media has made the world uncomfortably close these days. That six degrees of separation has been proven many, many times over as you discover that someone you went to college with — five states away — knows someone in your book club or that your cousin’s best friend’s uncle is related to the chick who sits in the cubicle next to you at work. Scary.With the four walls of the universe closing in on all of us, it makes us seem accessible to just about anybody. Even folks you never really wanted to see or hear from again (cough, cough Malik). But there are cases where sites have united people who have been thinking about one another for years and years and just didn’t have a way to sniff out a set of definitive whereabouts. Not everyone was a MySpacer but just about everybody and their mother’s mother is on Facebook or Twitter. The connectivity is bringing old flames back together. You know… the one that got away. Now, common sense says that there’s a reason why folks break up and don’t make it into a lifetime love affair. And if you’re like me, you can rifle through your past with confidence and say there’s no one you’d ever really be interested in rekindling anything with. Even though I can be pleasant and friendly with some, the dudes on my resume are all goodbye and good riddance. Not a chance for a re- anything. But I’m a sucker for a lost-and-found love story — I get pulled into The Notebook every single time TNT airs it, which is like every weekend — and it’s even better when it’s real life. Sometimes we have a tendency to romanticize relationships from the past when in actuality, they really weren’t all that we’ve made them out to be in our minds. Oh yeah — you forgot how bad that gambling habit really was or his refusal to take showers on a daily basis or, at the very least, swish a toothbrush around in his mouth for a few seconds. Those kinds of things are minimized when you’re daydreaming about the beau who was so fantastic while your current dude is in the adjacent room frying the bacon grease out of our last living nerve.All that glitters ain’t gold, though, so I just implore anybody who’s stumbled across — or stalked down — their long lost love to look at it objectively before emotions start running high all over again. Evaluate what the situation calls for. Sometimes it’s nice to just catch up and leave it at that (again cough, cough Malik). But sometimes, if you’re footloose and single and not attached to anybody, and that one person pops back into your life, it might just be kismet. Barring recent releases from long prison stretches or any weird addictions it might be worth another shot, provided of course that you’re not just reaching back to someone old and familiar because you’re too scared or too exhausted or too intimidated to kick off a brand spankin’ new relationship with somebody fresh.But golly gee, there must be folks aplenty out there pining over their ex-flames and former boos. A Google search for “long lost love” turns up all kinds of how-to instructional tips and sites dedicated just to locating a long lost love. So if Facebook or Twitter fail you, there sure are a boatload of websites that connect folks who might wanna get that old thing back.Have you ever sniffed around for one of your used-to-bes? Did y’all end up getting back together?Written by Janelle Harris on CafeMom’s blog, The Stir.last_img read more

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first_imgWest Florida Wins Final Match of regular Season Share Oct. 28, 2007Box Score Pensacola, Fla. – West Florida (16-1-0) concluded their 2007 regular season with a 2-0 triumph over NAIA foe Thomas University (4-12-0) Friday night at the UWF Sports Complex, making the school record now 16 straight victories. Keith Savage shined on senior night as he picked up a goal and his 24th assist of his career in the Argonauts triumph.In the first half, West Florida out shot Thomas 9-2 but were unable to find the back of the net as the team would go into the break tied at 0. The Nighthawks would begin to find their attack in the second half as both teams fired up eight shots in the final 45 minutes. However, it was the Argonauts that made the best of their offensive strikes scoring twice in the half.Five minutes in, Savage picked up the first goal of the game off of a corner kick. Jay Mainville sent in the cross and a couple of Argonauts got a piece of the ball before Savage tucked away his 14th goal of the season.West Florida was able to put a buffer on their lead in the 78th minute. Juan Garcia sent a long ball into Thomas territory and Savage was able to corral the ball on the run. The senior carried the ball into the box drawing the defense and goal keeper towards him before dishing the ball to Rohan Culley for his first career goal as an Argonaut. For Savage the assist places him one shy of the career record set by Pat Cannon (1998-2001).West Florida will now partake in the Gulf South Conference Championship as the top seeded team in the tournament, which is held at Brosnaham Park located in Pensacola. The Argonauts will take on the fourth seeded Harding Bisons in the first round of the tournament with kick off scheduled for 7 p.m. on Friday. Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

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first_imgThis past weekend, the USC women’s rowing team earned an unprecedented fourth-straight Jessop-Whittier Cup at the 41st annual San Diego Crew Classic in Mission Bay, Calif. It was the fourth-ranked Women of Troy’s fifth title in the tournament.Row your boat · USC’s first varsity eight topped Washington, Washington State, San Diego, Wisconsin and UCLA with a time of 6:38.61, to take home the Jessop-Whittier Cup at the 41st annual San Diego Crew Classic. – Courtesy of Peter GleadowThe Jessop-Whittier Cup is an invitational event at the San Diego Crew Classic, and USC sent its first varsity eight-man team to compete. Junior Paige Fernandes was the coxswain, while senior Vineta Moca stroked the boat. Junior Krisztina Gyimes, sophomore Madara Strautmane, sophomore Keret Einaste, senior Madelyn Walters, junior Elizabeth Turner, sophomore Lindsay Gibson and freshman Svenja Jonas were at the bow for the victorious Women of Troy.Additionally, the Women of Troy claimed their second straight Karen Plumleigh Cortney Cup. It was USC’s third overall win at the event. Last year, the Women of Troy won all three races at the Crew Classic.Ranked No. 4 in the nation coming into the race, the Women of Troy competed against Washington, Washington State, San Diego, Wisconsin and crosstown rival UCLA. Junior Katherine Gleadow felt that her team was successful in executing its race plan.“For us, we have a pretty simple race plan,” Gleadow told USCTrojans. “[Freshman] Kaelyn [Ibold] is pretty good at executing it. She is very good at listening to other coxswains’ calls and responding to them even if she can’t see them. It was fun and we’re still testing to see what we can do.”USC’s second varsity eight took third in its Grand Final for the Jackie Ann Stitt Hungness Memorial Trophy. Trojans’ Novice advanced to the Grand Final for the Laurel V. Korholz Perpetual Memorial Trophy. In total, four boats pushed ahead to the Grand Final races.“I’m very pleased with what we did today,” USC head coach Zenon Babraj told USCTrojans.com. “In the first eight, we had a very clear plan of what we wanted to do in the race and they went out there and executed it 100-percent, so it was very satisfying. I felt that the boat has gotten more and more confident and they executed the plan and that’s why we won the race.”Coming up this Saturday and Sunday, women’s rowing will compete at the Third Annual Lake Natoma Invitational. Last year, USC claimed the Natoma Invitational title, conquering California and Stanford in the finals. This year’s event, which will feature Cal and Stanford as well as San Diego, Sacramento State, Oklahoma, Brown and Kansas, will be televised all day on the Pac-12 Networks. The Women of Troy will take a two-week break after this weekend’s action, resting up for a dual meet with the Cardinal on April 26.Gleadow has high expectations for the rest of the season.“I think we always have the highest expectations of ourselves,” Gleadow told USCTrojans.com. “It was nice to see what kind of speed we have even though we still have a long way to go this season. I think we can only improve from here.”last_img read more

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first_imgAtletico have been unhappy about Barcelona’s approach for the player and say 120m euros is “insufficient”.Griezmann is now the the world’s sixth most expensive signing behind Neymar, Kylian Mbappe, Philippe Coutinho, Joao Felix and Ousmane Dembele.Shortly after Barcelona announced the signing on Friday, Atletico responded by saying his buyout clause should have been 200m euros (£179m) – the value at the time they believe Griezmann and Barcelona began negotiating.His release clause dropped from 200m euros to 120m euros on 1 July. “Griezmann, represented by his lawyer, has appeared at the headquarters of the Professional Football League to unilaterally terminate the contract that links the player with Atletico,” they said in a statement.“Atletico believes that the amount deposited is insufficient since it is obvious that the commitment of the player and Barcelona was closed before the aforementioned clause was reduced from 200 to 120 million euros. “Atletico believes that the termination of the contract happened before the end of the last season and therefore has initiated procedures it has deemed appropriate to protect their rights and lawful interests.”Atletico reported Barcelona to Fifa over an alleged illegal approach for Griezmann in December 2017.Griezmann then rejected an offer from Barcelona last year and revealed his thought process in a documentary called The Decision.But earlier this month Atletico accused Barca and Griezmann of disrespect and claimed the La Liga champions talked to their forward in March. They also ordered the player to report for pre-season.In a statement, the Madrid club expressed their “strongest repulsion for the behaviour of both, especially Barcelona”.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Barcelona have signed France forward Antoine Griezmann from La Liga rivals Atletico Madrid after paying his 120m euro (£107m) buyout clause.The 28-year-old World Cup winner has signed a five-year deal which includes an 800m euro (£717m) release clause.He signed a new five-year deal in June 2018, but announced in May he would be leaving the club this summer.last_img read more

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first_imgFemale basketball representation of B&H achieved the fifth victory at the European Championship B-Division for female players up to 20 years old in Sofia.Young B&H female basketball players in the seventh round defeated the Bulgarian team with 85:54 (15:10, 28:12, 25:12, 17:20).The most efficient players of B&H representation were Marica Gajić, who once again made a  “double double” performance of 22 points and 12 rebounds. Nikolina Džebo and Nikolina Babić achieved 16 points each.B&H team with this victory took the third place in the list after Germany and Hungary.There are two more rounds left until the end of the competition. B&H team will play today with Germany and on Sunday against Portugal. In case of winning in both matches, they would keep the third position in the list and qualify in A-division.(Source: Fena)last_img read more

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first_imgSet OneSFA’s Makenzee Hanna fired off four kills on five attempts to take the first set for her side, 25-16. The Ladyjack defense produced 16 digs, four blocks and held the Wildcats to a .029 hitting percentage. Jacey Smith and Lorin McNeil led the ACU offense with three kills each.VB: @SFA_Volleyball takes opening set from @ACU_Volleyball, 25-16. Watch @SammyLev’s call on https://t.co/FDWfnDejSt or Southland app. pic.twitter.com/2gCwIC8j2x— Southland Conference (@SouthlandSports) November 17, 2017 The tournament switched to an eight-team, single elimination contest in 2005. Set ThreeACU took its first match lead in a Southland Tournament behind a .351 hitting percentage en route to a 25-22 victory in the third set. With the match tied at 22 apiece, the Wildcats rallied off the last three points to take the 2-1 advantage heading into the fourth. McNeil and Smith both had five kills to up their totals to 11 and nine, respectively. The ACU front row blocked nine attacks; the Wildcats had only three blocks heading into the set. The Ladyjacks saw Hanna and Daron add another four kills each.VB: Smith’s kill gives @ACU_Volleyball 25-22 win in set 3. ACU now up 2-1 on @SFA_Volleyball. Watch https://t.co/FDWfnDejSt. pic.twitter.com/V2HuWt5Kij— Southland Conference (@SouthlandSports) November 17, 2017 The win is the Wildcats first Southland tournament win, claiming the victory in their first year eligible for postseason since transitioning to Division I. It’s also the first time a No. 1 vs. No 8 match has ever gone to five sets. The Wildcats now await the winner of No. 4 Houston Baptist vs. No. 5 Northwestern State in the first semifinal Saturday at noon. on the Southland Digital Network. Set FourDown 14-9, SFA scored six straight points to take the 16-14 lead before taking the set 25-22 and forcing a fifth. The Ladyjacks combined for 15 kills with Corin Evans leading the way with five. Coleman and Daron added three each. The SFA defense held ACU to a .054 hitting percentage with Smith getting just one kill on 13 attempts in the set, and McNeil earning just one kill as well.center_img ACU’s Lorin McNeil led the Wildcats on the attack with 14 kills on 26 attempts, hitting .462 for the match. Jacey Smith and Katelyn Mueller added 12 and 11 kills, respectively. The Ladyjacks saw three players end the match in double figures with Makenzee Hanna leading the team with 14 kills and Haley Coleman and Danae Daron each finishing with 13. Set TwoAfter regaining the lead at 12-11 in an early back-and-forth battle, ACU kept a short lead the rest of the way to earn a 25-21 win and even the match at one set apiece. The Wildcats improved their attack from the first set, hitting .238 behind Lauren Walker’s four kills. McNeil added another three kills to her stat sheet. SFA’s Danae Daron tallied four kills on nine attempts.VB: Even 1-1 between @SFA_Volleyball and ACU as we head to break. @ACU_Volleyball Walker’s kill ends set 2, 25-21. https://t.co/FDWfnDejSt pic.twitter.com/aYF6b69sIR— Southland Conference (@SouthlandSports) November 17, 2017 PhotosCORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – For the first time in Southland Conference history, the No. 8 seed took down the No. 1 seed in the quarterfinals as Abilene Christian defeated the regular season champions, Stephen F. Austin, in a five-set thriller (16-25, 25-21, 25-22, 22-25, 15-12) to begin the tournament in Corpus Christi, Texas. Set FiveMueller, Smith, setter Kendall Bosse and McNeil each tallied a pair of kills to lead the Wildcats to a 15-12 fifth set win. ACU hit .208 in the final set and kept the Ladyjacks to a .125 clip. After SFA jumped to a 3-2, ACU went on a 6-2 run to go up 8-5 at the switch. The Wildcats led 11-7 before the Ladyjacks called a timeout. Down 14-10, SFA fought off two match points before a service error on Morgan Hinds ended the match. VB: First time in Southland Volleyball Tournament history, #8 seed beats #1 seed. @ACU_Volleyball 3-2 over @SFA_Volleyball. pic.twitter.com/SixwaM2Ghb— Southland Conference (@SouthlandSports) November 17, 2017last_img read more