Pension Corp, BlackRock team up to fund UK social housing

first_imgPension Insurance Corporation (PIC) and BlackRock have contributed to a £275m (€318.5m) financing for Trafford Housing Trust, a housing association in Greater Manchester.The specialist insurer contributed £75m to the refinancing package, aimed at repayment of existing debt and further direct development.The loan matures in three tranches in 2051, 2052, and 2056, matching the liabilities PIC has taken on from defined benefit schemes.A spokeswoman for BlackRock said its debt investment was for £75m. In a statement, the investment manager said its involvement – through its BlackRock Real Assets arm – brought a number of benefits for its institutional clients, including stable, long-term cash flows structured on investment-grade quality social housing income.Jonathan Stevens, head of European infrastructure debt at BlackRock, said the financing provides an “excellent opportunity” to invest in UK social housing, providing clients with “an inherently stable, long-term cash flow profile”.Trafford Housing also has a joint venture with L&Q, a London housing association, to develop 500 homes per year.PIC has previously invested around £150m in social housing PFI bonds in Greater Manchester, funding the refurbishment of almost 2,500 dwellings in the city, the insurer said in a statement announcing the Trafford deal. It has also invested more than £600m in social housing around the UK “and expects a strong pipeline of transactions in 2017”, PIC said.Elizabeth Cain, debt origination analyst at PIC, said: “We have ambitious plans to partner with housing associations in 2017 and beyond and look forward to further investments in the sector.”last_img read more

North Korea reports first ‘COVID-19’ case

first_imgIn North Korea, it is compulsory for people to wear masks in public places. REUTERS North Korea, a secretive state, had previously not reported any virus cases – but analysts said this was unlikely. On Sunday, a South Korean military official said there were “high chances” that an individual had illegally crossed into the North and that an investigation had been launched, according to Yonhap news agency. (BBC) STATE media said a person who defected to South Korea three years ago returned last week across the demarcation line with COVID-19 symptoms. At Saturday’s politburo meeting, Kim was said to have ordered a “maximum emergency system” to contain the virus. Kim also launched an investigation into how the person had managed to cross the heavily fortified border, KCNA added, warning those responsible that “a severe punishment” would be administered. Leader Kim Jong-un held an emergency meeting with top officials, imposing a lockdown in the border city of Kaesong.last_img read more

Oldenburg hit with string of break-ins; residents on edge

first_imgOLDENBURG, Ind. – Oldenburg police are investigating a rash of auto and residential break-ins that occurred over the weekend.Marshal Bill Dramann says his department is working to determine the exact amount of vehicles and homes involved.He is also warning residents to lock doors and take belongings with them when a vehicle is left unattended.We spoke with two victims who reported they were missing a firearm and iPod.  One resident admitted the gun was likely taken when the family was home.“They’re taking this innocent town and making people lock their doors,” said the resident, who wished to remain anonymous.In the past month, similar reports of vehicle break-ins have been reported in Versailles and Batesville. Authorities arrested a Westport man in November in connection to the alleged crimes.last_img read more

Lisbon in frame for August Champions League knock-out tournament

first_img read also:Lisbon to host UCL mini-tournament from quarter final onwards Uefa’s executive committee will make its decision on 17 June. The Champions League final would be played on 23 August, with the Europa League final taking place on 21 August. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Uefa is planning to move the final from Istanbul, where it was due to be held on 30 May, for the new format. The Europa League final, due to be held in Gdansk, Poland on 27 May, is likely to be moved to Germany.Advertisement Lisbon is the favourite to host an eight-team Champions League knockout tournament in August, if it is given the go-ahead by governing body Uefa, reports BBC Sport. Promoted ContentThe Highest Paid Football Players In The WorldWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?14 Hilarious Comics Made By Women You Need To Follow Right Now2020 Tattoo Trends: Here’s What You’ll See This YearThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read MoreWho’s The Best Car Manufacturer Of All Time?5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme Parks6 Incredibly Strange Facts About HurricanesBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever MadeBest Car Manufacturers In The WorldTop 7 Best Car Manufacturers Of All TimePlaying Games For Hours Can Do This To Your Body Loading… last_img read more

Night operations set to resume on U.S. 50

first_imgLawrenceburg, In. — Construction crews will resume night operations on U.S. 50 in Dearborn County beginning Monday, April 22, with no work scheduled this weekend due to the Easter holiday. Beginning Monday, crews will be active from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m.Periodic daytime work will continue in the “downtown” Lawrenceburg area, primarily from Park Street to Arch Street, but with minimal impact on U.S. 50 traffic.Follow @INDOTSoutheast on Facebook and Twitter.last_img

Helen Jean Bokelman, 78

first_imgHelen Jean Bokelman, 78, of Clarksburg passed away unexpectedly on May 22, 2019. She was born on March 4, 1941, in Decatur County, the daughter of Carlos (Jack) and Mildred Kincaid Hite. On July 26, 1964, she married Ronald Eugene Bokelman at the First Presbyterian Church in Columbus, Indiana. He preceded her in death on June 22, 2014. Jeanne was a graduate of Clarksburg High School and received her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from Ball State University. Jeanne retired from North Decatur Elementary School after more than 42 years of teaching in the county. Throughout her career she taught music, business, and third grade. She loved teaching; playing the piano; and spending time with friends and family, especially her grandchildren. She was a member of Springhill Presbyterian Church, serving as a past organist and pianist. Jeanne was also involved with Women Educators, Delta Theta Pi, Indiana Retired Teachers Association, Delta Kappa Gamma, and Tri Kappa.Survivors include her daughter, Carole (Mike) Dierckman, son, Steve (Sally) Bokelman, grandchildren: Dustin and Katelyn Bokelman. She was preceded in death by her husband and parents.A visitation for family and friends will be held Saturday, May 25 from 4:00 pm to 8:00 pm at Gilliland-Howe Funeral Home.Funeral services will be at 2:00 pm Sunday, May 26, 2019, at Gilliland Howe Funeral Home; Rev. Shannon Burford will be officiating.Burial will follow at the Springhill Presbyterian Cemetery.Memorial contributions may be made to the Clarksburg Volunteer Fire Department, Decatur County Special Olympics, or to the Springhill Presbyterian Church.last_img read more

WATCH LIVE: SpaceX Launch Set For Today

first_imgSpaceX’s plan to one day connect the world with high-speed internet can move a step closer this morning.The company is set to launch a Falcon 9 rocket from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station.The rocket will be carrying 60 satellites that will help provide broadband internet access to remote corners of the globe.The blastoff from Launch Complex 40 is set for 9:06 a.m. Eastern time. Now targeting Wednesday, January 29 at 9:06 a.m., 14:06 UTC, for launch of Starlink due to poor weather in the recovery area— SpaceX (@SpaceX) January 27, 2020last_img

Weekes – a West Indies legend

first_imgBy Mark MitchenerSIR Everton Weekes was the last survivor of the famous ‘Three Ws’ – a trio of West Indies batting legends whose lives and careers became irrevocably entwined.Frank Worrell, Everton Weekes and Clyde Walcott were all born within 18 months, and within three miles of each other in Barbados – and were even delivered by the same midwife.All three made their debuts in early 1948 against England, were the middle-order mainstays of the great West Indies side of the 1950s – and were all subsequently knighted for services to cricket.A record run of centuriesEverton DeCourcy Weekes was born on 26 February 1925, named after the famous Merseyside football team of which his father was an avid supporter.According to legend, England spinner Jim Laker once remarked to Weekes: “It’s a good job that he wasn’t a fan of West Bromwich Albion.”Born in poverty, Weekes left school at 14 and served in the Barbados Defence Force. He appeared in 10 first-class games for Barbados before being called up to face England at Kensington Oval in his home town, Bridgetown, a month before his 23rd birthday.A first Test century came in the final game of that series in Jamaica, the start of an unparalleled purple patch of form for Weekes, a stocky, powerful right-hander.Touring India later that year, he struck centuries in Delhi, Bombay and two in Calcutta, to complete a run of five successive Test hundreds, a feat not matched before or since.He was even controversially run out for 90 in the fourth Test in Madras while chasing a sixth ton. He did pass 1,000 Test runs though, in only his 12th innings, another record – jointly held with Herbert Sutcliffe – that still stands.That form earned Weekes an offer to play in the Lancashire League, where he was a much-loved professional for Bacup for seven seasons, averaging more than 90.The Three Ws and the heroes of 1950West Indies had never won a Test on English soil on three previous tours before they arrived in 1950, two years after the Windrush had brought the first large wave of Caribbean migrants to the UK.But after losing the first Test at Manchester, where Worrell, Weekes and Walcott batted at three, four and five respectively for the first time, West Indies bounced back superbly to take the series 3-1 with three spectacular victories.The Three Ws, as they were dubbed on that tour, became household names, while Weekes also helped himself to four double centuries against county sides and a triple ton against Cambridge University.Weekes and Worrell were named among Wisden’s five cricketers of the year in 1951, as were spinners Sonny Ramadhin and Alf Valentine who took 59 wickets between them.Despite injury problems for Weekes in the years that followed, he hit double centuries against India and England, both in Trinidad, and three back-to-back hundreds in New Zealand in 1956.A thigh injury prompted his international retirement in 1958, aged only 33, just as the great all-rounder Garry Sobers was making his mark – and two years before Worrell became West Indies’ first black captain.Coach, commentator, bridge player, knightAlthough retired from Tests, Weekes played for Barbados until 1964. He coached Canada at the 1979 World Cup and served on the Barbados Cricket Association board.A popular voice in the commentary box and briefly an International Cricket Council (ICC) match referee, Weekes also represented Barbados at contract bridge and remained close to Worrell and Walcott, becoming the last of the trio to be knighted in 1995.A first-class cricket ground on the edge of Barbados is named the Three Ws Oval, and Worrell and Walcott are both buried overlooking it, while a stand at Kensington Oval also bears their names.Worrell died aged 42 in 1967 after suffering with leukaemia, while Walcott, who later managed the West Indies team and served as ICC chairman, died in 2006.That left Weekes as the genial elder statesman of West Indies cricket, regularly attending games until well into his 90s.In 2019 he said: “I’m 93, and my doctor has only just told me to stop swimming in the sea every day.” He suffered a heart attack later that year.At the time of his death he was the third oldest surviving male Test cricketer.Weekes’ son David Murray kept wicket for West Indies in 19 Tests and 10 one-day internationals between 1973 and 1982, before receiving a life ban for joining a rebel tour of apartheid South Africa. (BBC Sport)last_img read more

No. 5 Florida State’s talent disparity shows in 3-game sweep of Syracuse

first_img Published on May 5, 2019 at 4:37 pm Contact Anthony: For most of the first two days of Syracuse’s series with Florida State, the parents of the Seminoles, who had traveled north for the weekend, chanted “F-L-O-R-I-D-A S-T-A-T-E Florida State! Florida State! Florida State! Woooo!” in unison as each of its runners crossed home plate.In Sunday’s first inning, the sounds of their cheers blared across the bleachers in Skytop Softball Stadium’s biggest crowd of the season. FSU scored so often, though, that they didn’t even bother to chant anymore. The Orange knew they weren’t supposed to win this series — the players acknowledged it and head coach Shannon Doepking outright said it. Florida State is the defending national champion, and SU came into the series with nothing to lose. The Seminoles have four pitchers with an ERA lower than SU ace Alexa Romero, and FSU’s top hitters are near the top in the nation in multiple statistical categories.On Sunday, No. 5 Florida State (48-8, 19-5 Atlantic Coast) completed the three-game sweep, beating Syracuse (21-31, 8-16), 14-5. In each game, FSU applied pressure to the Orange, and in each day, the game failed to reach the seventh inning. It’s a vision of what Syracuse wants to be, but isn’t.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“I think they are fun to watch. Even when you watch their defense,” Doepking said. “That’s what great teams do. Their pitchers put the ball on the ground and they make plays for them. This program needs to be able to do those little things to play with those teams.”In game one, the Orange made countless errors defensively and didn’t compete at the plate. Doepking said her team didn’t show any fight against Meghan King, except for Bryce Holmgren. FSU sped them up, and the Orange made mistakes on plays they practice often like rundowns and throwing balls around the infield.Syracuse entered the fifth inning Saturday down just 2-1, and there was a sign of belief in dugout cheers. But on Sunday, FSU’s six-run outburst in the first inning left the SU dugout silent. Miranda Hearn was pulled from the game before recording three outs.The Orange had finally competed at the plate, unlike the first two matchups. They managed five runs and eight hits, most coming against King, the same pitcher that stifled them two days prior. The damage had been done though — Florida State scored nine runs in the first two innings alone.The pitchers couldn’t keep the ball in the park, Doepking said. Both Hearn and Sophie Dandola allowed home runs that cleared well past the fences at Skytop. And when the ball was in the field, the Orange made too many mistakes that allowed free bases, sophomore Gabby Teran said.“We’ve been in tough spots all year where we’ve been down,” Teran said. “We just have to keep fighting back and make something happen.”On the field, Doepking focuses on aggressive hitting and swinging early in counts before opposing pitchers can get to their “junk” pitches. Doepking wants the Orange to be aggressive on the basepaths, yet SU’s Logan Paul was thrown out at home on a groundout on Saturday.When Teran smashed an inside pitch down the third base line in the fifth inning, FSU’s Sydney Sherrill reached down and made the play without flinching. She corralled the ball with her glove and fired it to second base, getting an out on a fielder’s choice.While balls were booting off SU defenders’ gloves, flying over their heads for home runs and bouncing past them, Florida State’s cohesiveness in the field proved why the Seminoles are a top-five team in the nation.When FSU’s Cali Harrod got to first, one fan shouted, “Hey catcher, she’s running!” The Orange knew it was coming, but they couldn’t stop it. FSU stole seven bases this weekend, only once running into an out on the basepaths.Sunday, with the Orange trailing 11-4, FSU’s Dani Morgan singled to left field. Elizabeth Mason, a runner on second, stopped at third, but Morgan made an intelligent move to intentionally get into a rundown between first and second. Morgan was eventually tagged out, but Mason scored from third during the chase-and-tag.“They are going to do everything well and they are going to take advantage of our mistakes,” Teran said. “We miss a throw, they’ll take extra bases. Obviously anyone would want to be a team like that.”Doepking said she wants her team to hit more home runs and fewer singles. FSU hit eight home runs over the weekend, Syracuse hit none. For three days in May, Florida State did everything to prove why it’s one of the best programs in the nation and a perennial title contender. Syracuse wasn’t ready for the moment. Doepking said it was too big for them.“(We’re) nowhere close,” Doepking said on Saturday. “They’re really good. I mean, we knew that. It’s kind of fun to watch what they do because they do a lot of the little things really, really well.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

UK launch tops DAZN’s global billing

first_img Spotlight ups matchday commentary reach and capacity for new EPL Season  August 21, 2020 EFL announces that all non-Sky Sports fixtures will be available to stream August 27, 2020 Leading sports OTT streaming platform DAZN will launch its services within the UK this May, seeking to disrupt the status quo of UK sports broadcasting.Closing Monday 2 March trading, DAZN published a statement detailing the firm’s next phase of growth in which the OTT platform will enlarge its presence within 200 countries.A UK debut is reportedly top of the agenda for DAZN, which could be UK sports broadcasting’s most disruptive market player since the launch of the BT Sports network in 2013.Early speculation points to DAZN making its UK debut by broadcasting the ‘Cinco de Mayo’ weekend boxing clash between Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez and Billy Joe Saunders (scheduled 2 May).Planning to make headway within the saturated UK sports market, DAZN is reported to be pricing its OTT streaming service at an initial £4.99 per month – a price point significantly lower than Sky Sports and BT Sports packages.DAZN’s streaming service will likely feature premium boxing content, as the OTT platform has built-up a roster of champion boxers fighting exclusively on its network as part of a US market strategy led by Eddie Hearn’s Matchroom Boxing.Nevertheless, if DAZN wants to become the UK’s mass-market OTT sports provider, media observers anticipate it will bid for Premier League and UEFA Champions League broadcasting rights.Former ESPN Chief Executive John Skipper leads DAZN’s global charge. Speaking to media at DAZN’s press conference, he branded the UK market as a ‘logical step’ for the OTT platform.“In terms of the rights in this country, obviously you need Premier League rights, boxing is very important here and tennis is very important here,” said Skipper.Premier League governance will host its next round of broadcast rights biding in 2022, auctioning exclusive UK media packages which in 2018 sold for a combined £4.5 billion – the largest media deal for any football league.The stakes are high as DAZN prepares for its UK May debut, entering a market in which the OTT platform must prove its founding credentials to become the ‘Netflix of Sports’. Premier League looks to broadcast every behind-closed-door fixture August 28, 2020 Related Articles Share StumbleUpon Submit Sharelast_img read more