Fund managers call for UK REIT rethink

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Keep Yourself and Emergency Responders Safe This Holiday Travel Season

first_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: By: Colonel Tyree C. Blocker, Pennsylvania State Police Commissioner Keep Yourself and Emergency Responders Safe This Holiday Travel Season   SHARE  TWEET Holidays,  PSA,  Public Safety,  The Blog The holiday travel season is here, and thousands of people across Pennsylvania are preparing to pack up the car and hit the road to visit family and friends.As you travel to enjoy time with loved ones, plan a safe ride after a night of holiday festivities, make your family’s safety your top priority, and keep in mind the men and women who work every day – sacrificing time with their own families – to keep the roads safe.Before you go out, plan ahead to get home safely.Please do not put yourself, your family, or first responders at risk by making the decision to drink and drive. According to PennDOT, more than 1,200 crashes statewide during the 2015 holiday season involved a driver impaired by drugs or alcohol, with 38 fatalities in those crashes.The SaferRide mobile app, developed by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, is a free tool to facilitate a safe ride home after a night of holiday festivities. Its simple interface allows users to quickly identify their location and call a taxi or friend to pick them up. Other options include private ride hailing apps such as Uber and Lyft, where available. Whichever method you choose, there is no reason to drive impaired.Make your family’s safety your top priority.Remember to wear your seat belt and use appropriate child safety seats every time you drive. In Pennsylvania, children under the age of four must ride in an approved child safety seat and:Children younger than two years old must be secured in a rear-facing car seat.Children from age four to age eight must use an appropriate booster seat.Children from age eight to 18 must wear a seat belt when riding anywhere in a vehicle.All drivers and front-seat passengers 18 years old and older are required to buckle up.If you have questions about installing a car seat, or just want a certified Child Passenger Safety Technician to check your work, your local Pennsylvania State Police barracks can help. Visit our website for a list of child seat workshops or to schedule a one-on-one appointment.Keep in mind the men and women who keep our roads safe.Unfortunately, traffic accidents will happen. When they do, we rely on several skilled and dedicated emergency responders – including police, firefighters, emergency medical technicians, road crews, and tow truck drivers – to help those involved in the crash and keep traffic moving for other travelers.Pennsylvania’s “Steer Clear” law requires us to move over or slow down when we see emergency personnel on the side of the road. Please do your part to make sure these men and women are safe on the job and return home at the end of their shifts to enjoy the holidays with their families.On behalf of everyone at the Pennsylvania State Police, I wish you a happy, safe, and joyous holiday season. November 23, 2016last_img read more

Obnoxious transvestites descend on corner 14 May 2012A bunch of “obnoxious” transvestites from Hamilton have descended on a South Auckland red-light area and are being blamed for a recent spate of problems. Pat Taylor, chairman of the Hunters Corner Town Centre Society, said the transvestites were causing problems in Papatoetoe’s Sutton Crescent, an area prostitutes had previously agreed not to work. “Sutton Crescent is the main hub, but because they can operate anywhere at any time they do just that. It comes and goes,” he said. “But in the last two or three weeks we’ve had an obnoxious bunch who’ve moved up from Hamilton. They’re a group of transvestites and they’re openly flaunting themselves wearing hardly any clothing on the streets before 10am when there are children walking to school.” Last year Papatoetoe residents claimed street prostitution at Hunters Corner had made them prisoners in their own homes. They complained of being followed up their driveways and of their young children having to hear the sounds of prostitutes having sex with clients. read more

Spurs capture Giovani Lo Celso on permanent deal

first_imgRelatedPosts EPL: Saints tackle Mourinho’s Spurs Bale completes Tottenham return from Real Madrid Tottenham sign £25m Sergio Reguilon Tottenham have exercised their option to convert the loan signing of Giovani Lo Celso from Real Betis into a permanent deal, the Premier League club announced on Tuesday. The Argentine midfielder joined Spurs in August on loan but has now signed a contract for a reported fee of around £27 million ($35 million), keeping him at the club until 2025. “We are delighted to announce that we have exercised the option to convert the loan of Giovani Lo Celso from Real Betis Balompie to a permanent transfer,” Spurs said in a statement on their website. “The midfielder has produced impressive performances after establishing himself in the team following a hip injury which restricted his playing time in the early part of his loan at the club.” The former Paris Saint-Germain player has made 20 appearances for Spurs this season, scoring two goals. Tottenham also confirmed the departure of Christian Eriksen after agreement was reached with Inter Milan for the sale of the Denmark international. “We wish Christian well for the future,” the club said. Jose Mourinho’s side are currently sixth in the Premier League, six points behind fourth-placed Chelsea.Tags: Giovani Lo CelsoReal BetisTottenhamlast_img read more

Taylor: O’Neill deserves new deal

first_imghold – checking 3rd par with Rory Press Association A quick scan of his record – played 13, won only one – does the former Shamrock Rovers boss few favours, with defeats in Luxembourg and Azerbaijan in the last two World Cup qualifiers particularly disappointing. But there is more to the story, with O’Neill working hard behind the scenes to strengthen the Northern Ireland set-up from the bottom, while also overseeing a changing of the guard in the senior side. Talks will resume after Tuesday’s final qualification match in Israel, and Taylor hopes they go well. “I strongly believe the way forward is with Michael at the helm and leading us into the Euros,” Taylor told Press Association Sport. “I really feel if he carries on then everyone will be better for that continuity. “It’s going to take time, no question. Some of the young lads coming into the national side are not even playing club football, but we have a small pool of players and it’s not as though we can go out and sign someone, so you do the best you can. “Michael is very, very passionate. He’s hurting as much, if not more, than anyone else. “If you take the blip in Luxembourg out of it, the performances in all the other games – irrespective of the results – have been strong. “It is a period of transition at the moment. It’s a young squad and although the results haven’t always come the lads have set a standard of performance – getting the win against Russia, going very close to a result against Portugal. “The lads will learn from this campaign.” If O’Neill does get the chance to continue his work with Northern Ireland, it is highly likely he would ask Taylor to stay on in his backroom staff. At 42, the former Fulham and Birmingham goalkeeper is only just starting to get used to the idea of his playing days being over, but he would be keen to remain involved at club level even if he was offered a full-time role by the IFA. “I sat down with Michael and he asked me to help out for five games. If he stays that doesn’t necessarily mean I stay on, we’ll have to sit down and talk. “I had hoped to play again this season but I’ve had a niggle with my shoulder and it’s set me back a bit. The coaching is something I’m very keen to progress with and there’s no reason why I couldn’t combine Northern Ireland coaching with a job at a club.” O’Neill, whose position would be strengthened by a second competitive success against Israel, will have to do without suspended trio Jonny Evans, Gareth McAuley and Oliver Norwood, but is hopeful there will be no further withdrawals. Chris Brunt and Martin Paterson both sat out training on Sunday due to minor knocks from the Azerbaijan game but are not thought to be serious doubts. “Brunty and Martin won’t be training but it is just precautionary and we expect both to be fine for the game,” he said. “The lads who played can do very little work two days after a game anyway, it’s more of a recovery session for them but the lads who didn’t play can do a little more. “The majority of work for the match will be done the day before the game.” Northern Ireland coach Maik Taylor has called for the Irish Football Association to hand Michael O’Neill a new deal despite the side’s troubling run of results. Taylor, who is working on a short-term deal as goalkeeping coach less than two years since winning his last cap, believes O’Neill needs to stay on when his contract expires at the end of the year. last_img read more

New captain Pollard thrilled with clinical performance

first_imgLUCKNOW, India, (CMC) – West Indies Kieron Pollard has praised the professional performance by his side after they trounced Afghanistan by seven wickets in the opening One-Day International here Wednesday.Pollard, in his first series as captain after replacing Jason Holder two months ago, said he was pleased with how West Indies executed their run chase after being set 195 for victory at the Atal Bihari Vajpayee Stadium.Roston Chase top-scored with 94 while Shai Hope struck an unbeaten 77 – the pair adding 163 for the third wicket – as the Caribbean easily overhauled their target with 21 balls to spare.“It’s something that has been haunting us for a very long time, losing early wickets [and] not batting 50 overs so today was a conscious effort to bat 50 overs and [there’s no two] better guys to do it but Shai Hope and Roston Chase,” Pollard said.“Chase [got] that opportunity to bat up the order in one-day cricket and he showed the kind of player he is. Shai Hope, we know he’s a class batsman and what his role is in the team so again, kudos to those two individuals.“I think they batted well and brought us to victory. Unfortunate for the couple guys who didn’t get a score but that’s what team cricket is all about.”After winning the toss, West Indies executed brilliantly with the ball to dismiss Afghanistan for a modest 194 off 45.2 overs, with fast bowlers Jason Holder (2-21) and Romario Shepherd (2-32), along with off-spinner Chase (2-31), all picking up two wickets each.Rahmat Shah top-scored with 61 and 19-year-old wicketkeeper Ikram Alikhil struck 58 in a 111-run, third wicket partnership but once the stand was broken, West Indies ran through the middle and lower order.Pollard, playing his first ODI in three years, said the bowling effort was an expression of the ideal type of cricket West Indies wanted to play.“There are conversations we’ve been having in the last couple of days in terms of how we want to play cricket and then we got the opportunity to bowl first and express ourselves,” he explained.“And who better to start but our [former] captain Jason Holder and he’s continue to prove he wants to be the number one all-rounder in all formats so that [was a] brilliant spell to open the bowling along with Sheldon (Cottrell).“And the guys that came in, young (Romario) Shepherd on his debut – being sort of economical – and then Hayden Walsh, I thought it was a total team effort.“In terms of the field, there were a couple blemishes but we’ll take that because of the effort the guys would have given in the field in terms of the enthusiasm and intensity.”West Indies will face Afghanistan in the second ODI at the same venue on Saturday.last_img read more

Zero Optioned Olympic Eagles Settle Down in Asaba for Sudan

first_imgThe Nigerian team will welcome to camp midfield lubricator Kelechi Nwakali, who missed Thursday’s opening leg, and Amapakabo is happy to have the former U17 World Cup winning captain strengthen his squad for important battle.Nigeria, who overturned a two goal deficit against Libya in the earlier round, winning 4-0 at the same venue, are confident of erasing the one goal deficit from Omdurman and soaring over Sudan to the 3rd Africa U23 Cup of Nations holding in Egypt, 8th – 22nd November.The two finalists in Egypt will fly Africa’s flag at the Men’s Football Tournament of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram With the slim lone goal defeat behind them, Nigeria’s U-23 boys have started intensive training sessions in the city of Asaba ahead of tomorrow’s make-or-break Africa U23 Cup of Nations final qualifying clash against Sudan.Last week Thursday at the Al Merriekh Stadium in Omdurman the first leg ended 1-0 in favour of the Sudanese, whose contingent flew into Abuja yesterday afternoon and headed to Asaba same day for the all-important match.The Imama Amapakabo charges had their first feel of the Stephen Keshi Stadium yesterday morning, and trained again in the evening as the team continues to perfect its strategy on how best to secure the final AFCON tournament ticket ahead of resilience Sudanese side.last_img read more

MBB : SU hopes balanced offense carries over to game against Manhattan

first_img Comments Eight different players made Syracuse’s first eight field goals in its season-opening win against Fordham. Scoop Jardine pulled up for 3 from the right wing on SU’s first possession, and by the time C.J. Fair hit a 3 from the right side as well, four starters and four bench players each made one field goal.‘I think it’s a great thing, but a lot of people say we don’t have one great player,’ guard Brandon Triche said. ‘But I think the biggest thing is that we have six or seven guys who can score the ball and can put the ball in the hole and can carry this team.‘And so it’s going to be so much harder for a defense to stop all seven of us.’James Southerland became the first player to make two field goals for SU on Saturday when his 3-pointer with 6:26 left in the first half put the Orange up 24-10. In all, 11 players scored and only two reached double-digits for No. 5 Syracuse (1-0) against the Rams. Kris Joseph and Dion Waiters showed flashes of their ability to take over a game, but the SU offense remained balanced.That’s something that likely will remain a trend for SU as it takes on Manhattan (1-0) at 7 p.m. in the Carrier Dome on Monday, in the second of two games in the Carrier Dome as part of the NIT Season Tip-Off. Albany (0-1) and Brown (1-0) play at 4 p.m., and the winners and losers play each other on Tuesday.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe team that comes out of the two-day regional tournament as the winner advances to the NIT Season Tip-Off semifinals at Madison Square Garden in New York City on Nov. 23.Syracuse’s balanced scoring was something head coach Jim Boeheim forecasted back on Oct. 14 at SU’s media day.‘If you have more than one guy who can score and be a go-to guy, that’s important, and I think that’s what we have,’ Boeheim said on media day. ‘I think we have had that last year, and we have had that in other teams. Even when Carmelo (Anthony) was here, Gerry (McNamara) made as many big shots as Carmelo did.’In the first half against Fordham, the offense was wholly balanced. SU was able to move the ball around the Rams defense, eventually finding a player in position to drive or shoot.On one possession early in the first half, Syracuse passed the ball around the arc until Fab Melo came up and set a pick for Michael Carter-Williams. The freshman guard drove toward the basket, attracted the defense and dished to Melo, who made a nice adjustment against a defender at the hoop for the finish to put Syracuse up 14-8.Two possessions later, Carter-Williams fed Melo on the low block. He didn’t have much leverage toward the hoop, but he made a nice feed to Southerland for a jumper at the left elbow.At halftime, four players — Joseph, Jardine, Triche and Southerland — tied for the team lead with five points.‘It’s a good way to start off the season,’ Joseph said. ‘I think that everyone contributed well today. We got a great bench contribution in my mind.’Like Triche said, some of the criticism about this year’s Syracuse team is that the Orange has no go-to scorer who can take over when his team needs it every time.But the breadth of players who can take over for spurts of time on SU is there. Triche said having so many playmakers increases the intensity of practice.The tougher practices may propel the maturation process for some of the Orange’s younger players. Waiters, a sophomore, played very well off the bench in both of SU’s exhibition games and against Fordham.‘If we’re able to bring it, as far as our experienced guys, bring it, and make the younger guys mature up,’ Triche said, ‘it’s going to be much easier to score the ball, and it’s going to be a great thing for us.’Though some players showed the ability to score at will, no one took over the game against the Rams. Different players dominated different spurts.And with two games in two days this week putting a strain on the players’ energy, it can be an advantage for SU against Manhattan and Albany or Brown.‘I think we’re going to be balanced,’ Boeheim said. ‘I think we got a lot of guys that can score, and I think that if the minutes stay the way they are right now, I think that balance will be there.’ Published on November 13, 2011 at 12:00 pm Contact Mark: | @mark_cooperjrcenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Qatar’s Air-conditioned Stadium to Test-run with Emir Cup Final Friday

first_imgWith a little under 2,022 days until the Qatar World Cup kicks off, the tiny yet hugely ambitious Gulf state will officially unveil the tournament’s first completed venue friday.The Khalifa International Stadium — complete with the much-talked-about cooling technology that was central to Qatar’s controversial bid for the World Cup — will host the country’s biggest domestic cup competition, The Emir Cup final. On the pitch it will be a battle between arguably the country’s biggest teams, Al Sadd, skippered by Barcelona great Xavi Hernandez, and Al Rayyan.But off the pitch, the stadium will provide a solid example of Qatar’s progress for the World Cup, a mere 2012 days before the tournament kicks off.“I think it is a source of immense joy and pride,” Nasser Al-Khater, a senior figure at World Cup organising body, the Supreme Committee for Delivery and Legacy, told AFP.“It’s a stadium dear to our hearts, Khalifa Stadium, so we’re happy that it’s the first stadium to be completed.“It’s real, it shows you the progress you’ve been working hard on is actually coming to reality.“And you can see it and you can feel it, it’s tangible. It’s a thrill.”The stadium was first built in 1976 and has just gone through its second refurbishment.It will house 40,000 fans during the World Cup, hosting matches played up to the quarterfinal stage.Significantly, it will also host the 2019 World Athletics Championships.As part of its revamp, Khalifa includes technology that will provide air-conditioning for fans.Approximately 500 jet nozzles will blast out cold air, keeping temperatures at around 23 degrees Celsius (73 degrees Fahrenheit), for fans.Chilled water is piped to the stadium from a cooling centre about one kilometre from the stadium, then once it arrives, cold air is pushed into the stadium.The man responsible for the system, Qatar University’s Dr Saud Ghani, said he believed Khalifa represented a world-first.“There isn’t on earth, one open air, air-conditioned stadium,” he said.Dr Ghani said the system at Khalifa would use up to 40 per cent less energy than other cooling methodsIronically, it may not be used to regulate temperatures for fans during the 2022 World Cup after FIFA decided to move the tournament to Qatar’s winter in November and December.Khalifa is the scene of one of Qatar’s major sporting triumphs, the 1992 Gulf Cup victory.It was also the stadium where Saudi Arabia secured their first ever World Cup qualification, with a thrilling 4-3 win over Iran.Khater would not give a figure for the redevelopment of Khalifa, though one estimate puts the cost at $90 million.Qatar is spending up to $10 billion on stadiums and training grounds, officials have said previously.However, Khater denied reports earlier this year that the country has slashed its budget by up to 40 per cent, claiming the original figure needed for stadiums was an estimate only.In February, Qatar’s finance minister Ali Shareef Al-Emadi said the country was spending almost $500m every week on major infrastructure projects for football’s biggest tournament.Khalifa’s rebuild has not been without tragedy though. In January it was alleged that Briton Zac Cox died in a fall at the stadium.The revamp has occurred as Qatar has been strongly criticised for the ill-treatment of its migrant workforce — which numbers more than two million, claims the country has largely rejected.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more