Fund managers call for UK REIT rethink

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first_imgLetterkenny’s Educate Together school is to get a brand new school building.The school has ben operating out of prefabricated buildings in recent years.But school principal Aine Fabisiak has now confirmed that she has ben told they will be in their new school building for the start of the new school year in September, 2016. The building will be located close to the old UNIFI building on the outskirts of the town.Work will start on the ambitious project in November and it is the only Donegal project on the new schools programme for this year.The new school will have 24 classrooms and facilities for special needs pupils.Principal Ms Fabisiak said staff were delighted with the news and hope the new school will become part of the fabric of Letterkenny life for many years to come. LETTERKENNY TO GET BRAND NEW SCHOOL was last modified: June 17th, 2015 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:Educate Together schoolletterkennynew schoollast_img read more

Limpopo gets R7.4bn water project

first_img28 May 2008The government has signed a memorandum of agreement with 23 mining companies to jointly invest R7.4-billion in the Olifants River water project, which aims to unlock mining opportunities and increase water provision in the Limpopo province.Addressing delegates at the signing of the agreement in Johannesburg this week, Water Affairs and Forestry Minister Lindiwe Hendricks said the projects were to ensure an increased capacity in the country’s water resources and alleviate concerns that water was running out.She warned, however, that much greater priority needed to be given to water conservation and water demand management that as South Africa was a water scarce country and only a limited number of dams could be built.“We have a joint responsibility to manage our natural resources in a sustainable manner for our future generations and protect them,” she said in a department statement.“Water, offers us life, it brings with it possibilities of social development and economic opportunities.”Human developmentThe major component of the Olifants River water project is the De Hoop Dam, which will firstly store floodwater for bulk supply to residential and commercial users as well as poorly serviced rural communities in the Limpopo province, and secondly to supply the platinum group metals mines in the area.Hendricks said the memorandum paved the way for the development of these mines, due to conclusion of water supply agreements, and the addressing of key risks through ensuring suitable project design and appropriate financing instruments.“The mutual benefits of bringing private sector finance into these projects allows us to concentrate the public sector resources on investment in human development and in overcoming enormous inequalities in the provision of basic services such as water, sanitation and waste management,” Hendricks said.Work on the De Hoop Dam started in July this year and the dam is scheduled to start delivering water to industrial, commercial and residential users by April 2011.“The project will bring a number of business and job opportunities, with related skills training opportunities during the construction period,” she said.Broad benefitsApart from the direct permanent employment opportunities that will be created by the project, it has been estimated that mining and its support industries will stimulate investment of several billion rand and create hundreds of jobs.The mining companies operating locally have also invested millions on the Lebalelo water pipeline, which runs from the Olifants River to the Steelpoort area and further southwards to the Mototolo mine, to ensure increased water provision for mining activities.In addition, the mining companies have also invested over R200-million into raising the Flag Boshielo Dam in exchange for an increased assured supply of water, further highlighting the growing cooperation between the government and the private sector.The water affairs department is also working with state-owned power utility Eskom to investigate the possibility of constructing a new pumped storage scheme to provide an additional 1 500 megawatts to the national grid and provide potable water to about 800 000 people in the Nebo Plateau in Sekhukhune.SAinfo reporter Would you like to use this article in your publicationor on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

Kallis named SA Cricketer of the Year

first_imgJacques Kallis was named the South African Cricketer of the Year at the 2011 South African Cricket Awards Gala Dinner at Gallagher Estate in Midrand on Tuesday. He previously won the award in 2004. MTN40 award winnerFaf du Plessis was the leading run scorer by some distance in the MTN40 and was tied for tenth among wicket takers, making him an easy winner of the MTN40 Cricketer of the Year Award. SA Newcomer of the Year: Imran Tahir Standard Bank ODI Cricketer of the Year: AB de Villiers Castle Test Cricketer of the Year: Jacques Kallis KFC “So Good!” Award: Jacques Kallis CSA Fans’ Cricketer of the Year: Hashim Amla SA Players’ Player of the Year: Hashim Amla SA Cricketer of the Year: Jacques KallisStd Bank Int’l Pro 20 Cricketer of the Year: Lonwabo Tsotsobe CSA Coach of the Year: Richard Pybus CSA Groundsman of the Year: Louis Kruger (Senwes Park) CSA Scorers’ Association of the Year: Gauteng Umpires’ Umpire of the Year: Johan Cloete Umpire of the Year: Johan Cloete Tahir picked up two further awards in the domestic cricket categories. He was named the SuperSport Series Cricketer of the Year after capturing 42 wickets, more than any other bowler, taking a five-for six times, and 10 wickets in a match twice. He was also named the Domestic Players’ Player of the Year. England international Owais Shah proved to be an excellent signing for the Cape Cobras as was evidenced by his receiving the Standard Bank Pro 20 Cricketer of the Year Award after finishing as the leading run scorer with 293 at an average of 72.25, and an excellent strike rate of 147.23. Richard Pybus won the Coach of the Year Award after leading the Cobras to the SuperSport Series and Standard Bank Pro 20 titles. Professional Awards: Domestic Professional Awards: Operations Outstandings inningsSpeaking to radio station SAfm, Kallis said his second innings in Cape Town stood out to him because of its importance in the context of the game, but added that his sentimental choice was his first double-century in the same series against India in Centurion. Leg-spinner Imran Tahir made an impact-filled debut for the Proteas at the Cricket World Cup, claiming 15 wickets in only five matches at less than four runs an over, with the tournament’s best strike rate of a wicket every 16.9 balls. Not surprisingly, after making that big splash, he was named SA Newcomer of the Year. 8 June 2011 Limited overs awardsNewly appointed one-day international captain AB de Villiers repeated as the Standard Bank ODI Cricketer of the Year, while the Standard Bank International Pro20 Cricketer of the Year award went the way of Lonwabo Tsotsobe. AWARD WINNERS MTN40 Cricketer of the Year: Faf du Plessis Standard Bank Pro20 Cricketer of the Year: Owais Shah SuperSport Series Cricketer of the Year: Imran Tahir CSA Fairplay Award: Chevrolet Warriors Domestic Newcomer of the Year: Mohammed Yaseen VallieSACA MVP (Most Valuable Player) Award: Zander de Bruyn Domestic Players’ Player of the Year: Imran Tahir Professional Awards: SA Team Hashim Amla, who claimed five awards at last year’s Gala Dinner, added another two this time around, both of which proved his popularity with his team-mates and fans. It was a big night for the all-rounder who was also named the Castle Test Cricketer of the Year and added the KFC “So Good!” Award for his century in both innings against India – 161 and 109 not out – at Sahara Park Newlands in January. He picked up the CSA (Cricket South Africa) Fans’ Cricketer of the Year Award, which was decided by the votes of fans, and was also named the SA Players’ Player of the Year, which was decided by the votes of players. During the calendar year, Kallis scored 821 test runs at the fantastic average of 136. Against number one ranked India, he tallied 498 runs in only five innings at the outstanding average of 166. Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

8 Terrible Startup Decisions And How To Avoid Them

first_imgHow to Cultivate the Skill of Being a Creative … When I was first designing, I chose to save money by working with a less expensive developer/designer. Big mistake! I ended up having to walk away from that deal and start all over again. Sure, saving money and finding cost-effective solutions is important in a startup, but make sure you’re not pinching pennies now in a way that will ultimately cost you more later. —Alexis Wolfer, The Beauty Bean7. Hiring Based on Previous Experience This is a fairly common mistake. I would be hard-pressed to find an entrepreneur who has never hired the wrong person.After I had established my personal brand and was beginning to see steady income from my efforts, I decided it might be time to bring in someone else to manage the day to day of things. Despite what I thought was excellent training, the individual simply did not have close to the passion I had for my platform and subsequently soured multiple relationships with organizations because of poor communication and a non-professional approach.In hindsight, I should have positioned more scenarios to potential hires during the interview process and tested their responses out to determine if they would have the handled situations in the way I wanted. —Michael Costigan, Youth Leadership Specialist6. Choosing Cheap In the early stages, I tried to get my CFOs to take an active business development role. I was looking to expand my business development capabilities and thought that having a team of professionals assisting in this effort would be helpful.It wasn’t. My CFOs are fantastically knowledgeable financial professionals; they are not salespeople. From this mistake, I realized that you can’t expect your team to take on roles and responsibilities that they are not well-suited for. Instead, I’ve had to take a fresh approach to business development. —David Ehrenberg, Early Growth Financial Services3. Pigeonholing My Demographic The single worst mistake I made with my startup was not knowing my market properly. While we had one demographic in one location, it changed in a new location. I didn’t adjust anything when moving; I just re-setup the same inventory and expected the same sales and profits. The same products that would sell well in the older location sat stagnant.Once I understood the reason behind the drop in sales, I had to mark the products down and clearance them, sometimes selling at a loss. It was costly learning the new market and providing customers with goods that they actually wanted and not what I thought they wanted. It was the single best lesson learned and stemmed from my worst business mistake: always know your market. —Jay Wu, Best Drug Rehabilitation4. Overvaluing Experience, Undervaluing Personality In the early days, I trusted an industry veteran’s advice to change our hiring profile from personality- and capability-based hiring to skill-based hiring. This led to a significant waste in resources and a negative change in culture, which slowed company growth.Once we recognized the issues with our hiring methods, we combined both strategies to better inform our hiring decisions going forward. —John Berkowitz, Yodle5. Hiring the Wrong Person scott gerber AI Will Empower Leaders, Not Replace Them How to Meet the Demands of the Socially Conscio…center_img Tags:#startups I hired a top-shelf COO who took a company from 10 people to more than 600 in the course of eight years. I learned that pasts do not equal futures, and it’s much better to hire someone at a much lower salary who has most of the qualifications for the job and is eager to prove himself. If you nurture someone and help him grow in your organization, he will typically be loyal and dependable. —Ziver Birg, ZIVELO8. Picking the Wrong Partners Related Posts When you’re starting up, it’s only natural to seek out people who can join you along the journey. Ultimately, I found that I was better off on my own, though I’ve been lucky enough to find a few good people along the way. In other cases, I let people into the business a little too easily, making for a headache later when it didn’t work out.I implore entrepreneurs to first asses the value of any potential partner, ensure there are very clear expectations for what each partner is to deliver and to have an out if worse comes to worst. The business needs to always come first. If someone is not positively impacting the business, that needs to change or the person needs to go. —Andy Karuza, brandbuddeeLead image via Flickr user doobybrain, CC 2.0 Failure can be devastating, but business owners who dust themselves off after a decision gone awry are often better for it. Learning the hard way can lead to better processes, stronger hires and improved customer retention, to name a few upsides.We asked several successful entrepreneurs from the Young Entrepreneur Council (YEC) to share which decision of late had truly terrible consequences—and what they learned from it.1. Assuming I Knew What My Customers Wanted I made the mistake of putting time into a new feature that none of my customers liked. The new feature provided our customers with an RSS feed to read instead of delivering email alerts.I quickly realized that none of my customers used RSS readers, which was a surprise to me. Plus, the new feature we added crowded our user interface.We decided to hide the new feature, but it’s still available to anyone who requests it. Now we never spend time developing a new feature unless some of our customers find it valuable. —Lee McNiel, ReviewPush2. Miscalculating My Team’s Capabilities How Connected Communities Can Bolster Your Busi…last_img read more

Pacquiao, Broner make weight

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening But he still managed to tip the scales at 146 lb at MGM Grand’s Garden Arena. Broner, who will try to wrest Pacquiao’s WBA belt, also made the cut at 146.5.Broner’s camp said he is a natural welterweight, just like Pacquiao, the eight-division champion who has fought at 147 in the last decade.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefSPORTSWin or don’t eat: the Philippines’ poverty-driven, world-beating pool starsFilipino Jhack Tepora, one of the fighters in the undercard, lost his shot at a big-time fight when he flunked at the scales for his featherweight battle with Mexican Hugo Ruiz.He checked in at 131.5 lb, a whopping 5.5 lb over the limit, and blew his chance to fight for the WBA interim crown. Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Strong finish nets Ababa Pradera classic golf crown It’s all systems go for the bout between Manny Pacquiao (left) and Adrien Broner after the two fighters made the weight. —AFPLAS VEGAS—Manny Pacquiao has had little trouble making weight since ascending the 147-pound ranks.In fact, Team Pacquiao insiders said the 40-year-old Philippine senator was three pounds over the welterweight limit one day before Friday’s weigh-in for his duel with Adrien Broner.ADVERTISEMENT PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Ruiz had no problem as he weighed 125 lb. He will face a new opponent on Saturday.Tepora, who reportedly was 20 pounds overweight when he arrived from Manila last week, was six pounds over the limit 24 hours ago and had assured everyone that he could shed off the excess pounds in time for the weigh-in.Meanwhile, in one corner of the MGM Grand, Jinkee Pacquiao sat as her husband submitted himself for weigh-in for the 70th time in his glorious career.She has been there many times before that she knows exactly her spot: In the background, cheering from afar.Jinkee said she would like for her husband to hang up his gloves for good.ADVERTISEMENTcenter_img SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion View comments SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte MOST READ LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviño “But I had stopped trying to convince him to retire,” she told reporters Friday afternoon.For #PacBroner updates, visit The Pacquiao Files.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIESlast_img read more