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  • USU Men’s Basketball Commences Practice Tuesday

    first_img Written by FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailLOGAN, Utah-With the official advent of autumn, Utah State men’s basketball is conducting its first practice of the season Tuesday.The Aggies return an abundance of talent, including the reigning Mountain West Conference player of the year in senior guard Sam Merrill, a product of Bountiful High School, and Portuguese national sophomore center Neemias Queta. Queta is the reigning Mountain West defensive player of the year.Furthermore, head coach Craig Smith is the Mountain West’s reigning coach of the year as the Aggies went 28-7 (.800) in his first season at the helm in Logan.Merrill posted 20.9 points and 4.2 assists per game last season and is on pace to become the fourth Aggie in program history to surpass 2,000 points for his career. Nema recorded a school-record 84 blocks and posted 8.9 rebounds per game last season.The Aggies also return Nema’s fellow Portuguese national in senior guard Diego Brito (8.2 points, 4.2 rebounds per game last season) and sophomore forward Justin Bean, who posted 4.1 points and 3.8 boards per contest in spot duty in 2018-19.The Aggies will host NAIA foe College of Idaho October 30 and then welcome Big Sky Conference member Montana State to the Spectrum November 5 when the regular season officially commences. Tags: College of Idaho/Craig Smith/Diego Brito/Justin Bean/Montana State/Neemias Queta/Sam Merrill/USU Men’s Basketball September 23, 2019 /Sports News – Local USU Men’s Basketball Commences Practice Tuesday Brad Jameslast_img read more

  • Series between Cardinals, Pirates postponed over coronavirus

    first_imgAugust 10, 2020 /Sports News – National Series between Cardinals, Pirates postponed over coronavirus FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmail33ft/iStockBy ABC News(NEW YORK) — The three-game series between the St. Louis Cardinals and the Pittsburgh Pirates, scheduled for Monday through Wednesday in St. Louis, has been postponed due to the coronavirus, Major League Baseball officials announced Sunday.The announcement follows the league’s decision on Friday to postpone games over the weekend between the Cardinals and the Chicago Cubs, after the Cardinals reported additional positive coronavirus tests in their clubhouse.“In light of the most recent positive test results, MLB and the [St. Louis] Club believe it is prudent to conduct additional testing while players and staff are quarantined before the team returns to play,” MLB officials said in a statement Sunday evening.The Cardinals have not played since July 29 due to positive coronavirus tests.Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved. Beau Lundcenter_img Written bylast_img read more

  • Utah takes big lead, holds on late to beat Washington 98-95

    first_img Written by FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailLAS VEGAS (AP) — Timmy Allen led six Utah players in double figures with 24 points and 11 rebounds, and the Utes had to hold off Washington’s late charge for a 98-95 win in the opening round of the Pac-12 Conference tournament.Allen and the Utes jumped to a 17-point lead early, led by 12 at halftime and never let Washington cut the deficit to single-digits until late in the second half.Alfonso Plummer finished with 21 points, including six 3-pointers. The Utes shot 54% from behind the arc.Quade Green led Washington with a career-high 31 points in likely his final game with the Huskies. March 10, 2021 /Sports News – Local Utah takes big lead, holds on late to beat Washington 98-95 Tags: Pac-12/Pac-12 tournament/Utah Runnin’ Utes Basketball Associated Presslast_img read more

  • Waterous Energy Fund announces the combination of Strath Resources and Cona Resources to create Strathcona Resources

    first_img Waterous Energy Fund announces the combination of Strath Resources and Cona Resources to create the leading private North American oil producer, Strathcona Resources. (Credit: Gerd Altmann from Pixabay.) Waterous Energy Fund (WEF) announced the amalgamation of two portfolio companies, Cona Resources (Cona) and Strath Resources (Strath), to form Strathcona Resources (Strathcona). Strathcona is the largest wholly private equity-owned, oil-weighted producer in North America, with production of ~60,000 Boe / d (67% oil and liquids), a 40-year reserve life index, industry-leading full-cycle margins, a base oil decline rate of approximately 10%, and low carbon emissions per barrel. Strathcona is a uniquely positioned producer with a portfolio of condensate and natural gas production to complement its heavy oil operations. Strathcona is 100% owned by WEF and Strathcona employees.Strathcona’s leadership team includes executives from both Strath and Cona, with Rob Morgan as President and CEO, Michael Makinson as VP Finance and CFO, Tom Everest as VP Development, Nolan Lerner as VP Production, Connie De Ciancio as VP Corporate, and Mark Teasdale as VP Drilling and Completions. Steve Fagan, founder and former CEO of Strath, will continue to contribute to Strathcona as Vice Chairman.Adam Waterous, WEF’s CEO, commented, “We believe that the Strath and Cona assets fit perfectly together, with Strath’s condensate and natural gas production closely matching Cona’s condensate and natural gas operational requirements. Together, Strath and Cona create a premier company with sufficient scale and commodity diversity to withstand the current market volatility and generate substantial free cash flow after sustaining capital expenditures. This transaction fits with WEF’s strategy of acquiring companies with trophy properties in special situations and pursuing an action-oriented value creation plan through recapitalizing, restructuring and repositioning the businesses.”Rob Morgan, CEO of Strathcona, commented, “We believe the combined Strathcona business is financially stronger and better positioned to generate sustainable free cash flow than either Strath or Cona on a standalone basis.  I am very excited to be working with the Strath and Cona teams as we continue the excellent work both companies have achieved in optimizing the operational and financial performance of our assets.”Since 2017, WEF has completed six separate transactions to create Strathcona, investing approximately C$1.5 billion in equity from WEF’s first private equity fund and co-investors.  Strathcona has a simple capital structure with all debt held by a consortium of Canadian banks.Waterous added, “Technology has disrupted the North American oil and gas industry’s historic M&A dynamics and traditional growth-oriented operating and investing thesis. To capitalize on this new era, we have used an innovative investing model to build Strathcona into a scaled company which can continue to consolidate complementary businesses and/or use its free cash flow to provide dividends.”  Waterous went on, “In 2017, we named Strath and Cona in honour of Lord Strathcona, Canada’s greatest industrialist and its most impactful energy investor. Following Lord Strathcona’s trailblazing example, Strathcona Resources is pioneering a new prototype for Canadian oil and gas companies.”AdvisorsRBC Capital Markets acted as exclusive financial advisor to WEF in connection with the transaction.ATB Capital Markets provided a fairness opinion to Strath in connection with the transaction.TD Securities, RBC Capital Markets and Scotiabank served as Co-Lead Arrangers and Joint Bookrunners, and ATB Financial served as Documentation Agent, on the expanded Strathcona credit facility.Stikeman Elliott LLP served as legal advisor to WEF, and Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP served as legal advisor to Strath and Cona in connection with the transaction. Source: Company Press Release For the transaction, RBC Capital Markets acted as exclusive financial advisor to WEFlast_img read more

  • NextDecade targets carbon-neutrality at Rio Grande LNG

    first_imgNextDecade is also exploring options to address the remaining emissions to enable Rio Grande LNG to achieve carbon-neutrality NextDecade Targets Carbon-Neutrality at Rio Grande LNG. (Credit: LEEROY Agency from Pixabay) NextDecade has developed proprietary processes using proven technology to reduce carbon dioxide equivalent (CO2e) emissions at its proposed Rio Grande LNG facility by approximately 90 percent. NextDecade is also exploring options to address the remaining emissions to enable Rio Grande LNG to achieve carbon-neutrality.Throughout the course of NextDecade’s pre-FID development activities, and intensively in recent months, the Company has evaluated multiple technical solutions to ascertain the commercial viability of dramatically reducing CO2e emissions at Rio Grande LNG.Based on these evaluations, NextDecade has determined that carbon capture and storage (CCS) is the most feasible technical solution for Rio Grande LNG. The Company believes that the addition of proven CCS technology in conjunction with its proprietary processes could reduce the CO2e emissions of its Rio Grande LNG facility by approximately 90 percent. While NextDecade advances its work in this area, the Company is also exploring options to address the remaining (approximately 10 percent) CO2e emissions.“Natural gas has a critical role to play in the global energy transition to a low-carbon economy, ensuring the security of energy supplies and preserving high quality jobs in the United States and around the world,” said Matt Schatzman, NextDecade’s Chairman and Chief Executive Officer. “Our work to date confirms that reliable, competitively priced LNG and responsible environmental stewardship are not mutually exclusive. A solution that promises both is indeed eminently feasible with the thoughtful use of existing technologies and the application of our proprietary processes.”NextDecade continues to work on remaining commercial agreements needed to achieve a final investment decision in 2021, enabled by flexible commercial offerings and leadership in environmental and social performance including targeting carbon-neutrality at Rio Grande LNG. Source: Company Press Releaselast_img read more

  • CKD GALBRAITH OPENS IN CUPAR

    first_imgHome » News » Agencies & People » CKD GALBRAITH OPENS IN CUPAR previous nextAgencies & PeopleCKD GALBRAITH OPENS IN CUPARThe Negotiator3rd July 201601,031 Views CKD Galbraith in Scotland celebrated its 10th anniversary in Fife with the launch of its new Cupar office. Having enjoyed a strong presence in Fife for a decade, this move to new prominent premises within Cupar signifies another positive step for CKD Galbraith.George Lorimer, partner at CKD Galbraith’s Cupar office, said, “We have enjoyed a great presence in Fife over the past 10 years and have really increased our market share dramatically over the last two years to become one of the leading estate agents in the region. The launch of our new Cupar office is testament to our longterm commitment to the Fife property market where confidence is now much higher than it was only a few years ago.“CKD Galbraith operates a network of regional offices located throughout the country and has reported a 29 per cent increase in the volume of sales achieved compared to the same period last year, with 36 per cent of buyers coming from across the UK reflecting the wide appeal of the Scottish market.”new Cupar office Scotland CKD Galbraith July 3, 2016The NegotiatorWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles 40% of tenants planning a move now that Covid has eased says Nationwide3rd May 2021 Letting agent fined £11,500 over unlicenced rent-to-rent HMO3rd May 2021 BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021last_img read more

  • Spring bounce for the housing market says Rightmove

    first_imgPositive noises coming from Rightmove’s latest report: a 1.1% (+£3,547) rise has pushed the national average to £313,655, exceeding the previous high of £310,471 set in June 2016. This has been driven by strong buyer demand, with the highest number of sales agreed at this time of year since 2007, before the credit crunch. While the run-up to an election creates a degree of uncertainty and often a pause in activity, this strong set of figures should help mitigate pre-election jitters.Miles Shipside, Rightmove Director, said, “High buyer demand in most parts of the country has helped to propel the price of newly marketed property to record highs. There are signs of a strong spring market with the number of sales agreed achieved at this time of year being the highest since 2007. It remains to be seen what effect the run-up to the snap election will have, though any slowdown in activity will be counter-balanced by the market’s current fast pace. Indeed, in locations where choice of suitable property is limited, hesitation could mean losing out to others who still decide to act.”“Increasingly stretched buyer affordability will continue to be a price moderator for sellers who are over-ambitious with their pricing, tempering the pace of price rises. Strong buyer activity this month has led to 10% higher numbers of sales agreed than in the same period in 2016. This large year-on-year disparity should be viewed cautiously as the comparable timespan in 2016 saw a drop in buy-to-let activity with the additional second home stamp duty. However, they are also up by 3.8% when compared to 2015. With the growth in household numbers and new-build supply struggling to keep pace, demand is strong and has led to the highest sales agreed numbers at this time of year since the heady pre-credit-crunch levels.”Nick Leeming, Jackson-Stops & Staff Chairman, said, “Today’s figures demonstrate the blooming of a spring market which appears to be in good health as we see the highest number of sales agreed at this time of year since 2007. First-time buyers are once again underpinning the market, with demand for one and two bedroom homes pushing up annual asking prices by 6.5 per cent.“The speed and efficiency of the market is also improving – it now takes 14 days less to sell a property than it did at the start of the year which shows that buyers, sellers, banks and solicitors are coming together to ensure the market continues to move. What a pity then that we may be risking this fantastic momentum with a snap General Election that could now result in buyers holding off making any snap decisions of their own until the results are known in June – the start of the traditionally quieter summer period.”Kevin Shaw, National Sales Director at estate agency Leaders, added, “Our experience of the market last month very much mirrors the findings of Rightmove’s House Price Index: March saw a record number of new instructions for Leaders and was our second highest month ever for sales agreed. At the same time, with good levels of available stock, we carried out a record number of viewings. The forthcoming election is unlikely to have a significant effect on the buoyancy of the market. The underlying fundamentals are still in place and we are expecting seasonal activity to remain robust as we head into the summer months.”http://www.rightmove.co.uk/news/wp-content/uploads/2009/07/Rightmove-House-Price-Index-Monday-24-April-National.pdfKevin Shaw Leaders Nick Leeming Miles Shipside rightmove house prices April 24, 2017Sheila ManchesterWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Hong Kong remains most expensive city to rent with London in 4th place30th April 2021 Home » News » Housing Market » Spring bounce for the housing market says Rightmove previous nextHousing MarketSpring bounce for the housing market says RightmoveRightmove says best sales since 2007 should mitigate pre-election jitters.Sheila Manchester24th April 201701,549 Viewslast_img read more

  • Revealed: why house sales are going down every year

    first_imgHome » News » Housing Market » Revealed: why house sales are going down every year previous nextHousing MarketRevealed: why house sales are going down every yearInstitute of Fiscal Studies charts rising prices over past 20 years and their drastic effect in home ownership in the UK.Nigel Lewis16th February 201801,573 Views Agents who wonder why the number of house sales continues to decline every year, and why it’s harder to find stock and buyers need ponder no more.The answer is that young middle-class buyers has been all but wiped out from the property market by fast-rising house prices over the past twenty years.Or at least that what is being claimed by the Institute for Fiscal Studies (IFS).The venerable organisation has crunched the figures and says that in 1995 65% of those between 25 and 34 years old in the middle 20% income bracket owned their own home, a figure that today is just 27%.The key reason for this, the IFW says, is that house prices have risen too fast.The mean price for a property in the UK has soared by 152% since 1995 when adjusted for inflation while the average family income has barely caught up, rising by just 22% over the same period.This has helped the average income to house price ratio to double from four to eight times, while for 38% of first time buyers the homes they want to buy are ten times their income, up from 9% of FTBs in 1995.“This huge increase in the number of young people unable to buy their own home means that more are renting and for longer periods,” says David Smith, Policy Director for the Residential Landlords Association (pictured, left).“This shows the folly of government policy imposing higher taxes to deter investment in new homes to rent.“The scale of the housing crisis demands a complete re-think from government with policies needed to support investment in homes to rent to meet the increasing demand.”Figures from the Land Registry show that that the number of homes sold during October 2017 was 63,603, down from 84,927 during the same month in 2014.The transaction figures for London are even more startling – in October 2013 nearly 11,000 were sold in the capital, while last year that figures stood at 6,264.Read more about the most recent house sales data.IFS Institute for Fiscal Studies Residential Landlords Association RLA David Smith February 16, 2018Nigel LewisWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles Letting agent fined £11,500 over unlicenced rent-to-rent HMO3rd May 2021 BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021last_img read more

  • Foxtons discovers error in bonus scheme vote

    first_imgFoxtons has revealed problems with the virtual voting system during its May AGM after a major shareholder was unable to vote on the company’s director pay and bonus package.This might not be noteworthy within other companies, but it is not the first time Foxtons has had problems with its bonus scheme.At Foxtons’ 2019 Annual General Meeting shareholders staged a significant rebellion – passing all resolutions with 94% of votes except its remuneration policy, which garnered just 78%.This prompted a new policy to be issued following discussions with its ten top shareholders. This was then presented at its 2020 AGM on May 13th at which the technical problems occurred.“Following the AGM it came to our attention that one of the Company’s largest shareholders had been unable to cast all their votes in favour of Resolution 2 due to operational difficulties resulting from Covid-19,” a company statement says.“Had this shareholder been able to vote as intended, Resolution 2 would have obtained votes in favour of well over 80%.”Cyclical businessFoxtons’ boards says it believes the revised policy approved at the 2020 AGM is the “best structure to provide strong alignment with shareholders’ interests in a highly cyclical business such as Foxtons”. the company says.“We therefore still consider this policy to be in the best interests of the company and the shareholders, and do not intend to propose further changes at the 2021 AGM.”The new remuneration report reveals that the largest recipient of the bonus scheme was CEO Nic Budden. This year he will be paid a basic salary of £569,400, a rise of 2.5%.nic Budden Foxtons November 9, 2020Nigel LewisWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Hong Kong remains most expensive city to rent with London in 4th place30th April 2021 Home » News » Agencies & People » Foxtons discovers error in bonus scheme vote previous nextAgencies & PeopleFoxtons discovers error in bonus scheme voteCompany says major shareholder was unable to vote on its problematical director pay and bonus scheme.Nigel Lewis9th November 20200752 Viewslast_img read more

  • Eric Lamaze Competing in Qatar at CHI Al Shaqab

    first_img Email* Horse Sport Enews SIGN UP More from News:MARS Bromont CCI Announces Requirements For US-Based RidersThe first set of requirements to allow American athletes and support teams to enter Canada for the June 2-6 competition have been released.Canadian Eventer Jessica Phoenix Reaches the 100 CCI4*-S MarkPhoenix achieved the milestone while riding Pavarotti at the inaugural 2021 CCI4*-S at the Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event.Tribunal Satisfied That Kocher Made Prolonged Use of Electric SpursAs well as horse abuse, the US rider is found to have brought the sport into disrepute and committed criminal acts under Swiss law.Washington International Horse Show Returns to TryonTIEC will again provide the venue for the WIHS Oct. 26-31 with a full schedule of hunter, jumper and equitation classes. The second day of Commercial Bank CHI AL SHAQAB Presented by Longines provided exhilarating equestrian action, as a star-studded contingent of riders and horses competed at the Longines Arena at Al Shaqab.The eighth edition of the premier international event organized by Al Shaqab sees 85 riders from 27 countries participating in the Olympic disciplines of showjumping, dressage, and para dressage. Tomorrow will be the final day of the three-day event, which will conclude with the spectacular showjumping Grand Prix.On day two, cheering spectators watched France’s Kevin Staut, astride Tolede de Mescam Harcour, demonstrate power and speed in the CSI 5* 1.60m with Jump-off. The duo cleared their obstacles in 35.87 secs. Simon Delestre, also representing France, on Hermes Ryan, placed second with a time of 36.32 secs, and Austria’s Max Kühner, riding Vancouver Dreams, finished third in 36.84 secs. Canada’s Eric Lamaze placed 7th in the class riding Fine Lady 5.Full results here.Swedish Olympian Peder Fredricson, presently ranked 4th in the world in the FEI Longines Jumping Rankings, jumped to victory astride Hansson WL in the CSI5* 1.50m Faults and Time class, beating the rest of the field with a time of 58.95 secs. Penelope Leprevost of France, riding Verite Une Prince, finished second with 59.15 sec, while Rene Lopez of Colombia, astride Kheros van’t Hoogeinde, came third in a time of 61.49 secs. Eric Lamaze and Dieu Merci van T & L placed 18th in the class.Full results here.Grace and style were on fine display in the Dressage CDI 5* Grand Prix Test. Jessica Von Bredow-Werndl of Germany, on Zaire-E, emerged victorious, with second place going to Dorothee Schneider, also of Germany, on Faustus, and Henri Ruoste of Finland, finishing third astride Kontestro DB.In the Para Dressage CPEDI3*, top honors went to Ana Isabel Mota Veiga of Portugal (Grade I); Pepo Puch of Austria (Grade II); Rixt van der Horst of Netherlands (Grade III); Rodolpho Riskalla of Brazil (Grade IV); and Valentina Strobl of Austria (Grade V ).Tour 10 of Season 4 of Qatar Equestrian Tour – Longines Hathab Supported By The Social & Sport Fund (Daam), Qatar’s premier local horse-riding series, is taking place alongside Commercial Bank CHI AL SHAQAB Presented by Longines. Mohammed Said Haidan, on Miss Chili, took the top spot in the Medium Tour 1.35m category, in 56.84 sec. Cyrine Cherif, on Brennus Villelongue earned second in 57.82 sec, and Rashid Towaim Ali Al Marri, on Lamm Addiction Z, claimed the final spot on the winners’ podium with a time of 58.51 sec.In Small Tour 1.15m action, Mohammed Jabor Al Naimi, on Naville Z won top spot in 28.44 sec. Khalifa Abdulla K A Al Khaldi, on Dusty, came second in 29.76 secs while Saeed Nasser Al Qadi on Best of des Forets, placed third, in 30.33 secs.In line with the Ministry of Public Health’s (MoPH) COVID-19 health and safety guidelines, the venue will be restricted to 10 percent of its capacity. As a further precautionary measure, there will not be a Festival Area this year.Fans unable to access the venue can still catch all the action, as the event will be broadcast live on Al Kass TV and beIN Sports, while it will also be live-streamed on Al Shaqab’s website here. Tags: Eric Lamaze, CHI AL SHAQAB, show jumping, Fine Lady 5, We’ll send you our regular newsletter and include you in our monthly giveaways. PLUS, you’ll receive our exclusive Rider Fitness digital edition with 15 exercises for more effective riding. Subscribe to the Horse Sport newsletter and get an exclusive bonus digital edition!last_img read more