Urban village set to transform Cornish town

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UK watchdog aiming to push guidance agenda, assert position in Europe

first_imgThe UK Pensions Regulator (TPR) has set out its vision for a changing regulatory landscape, voicing its determination to assert its influence at the European level.The watchdog also confirmed it would publish new guidance on defined benefit (DB) and defined contribution (DC) pension funds early next year, after 2014 saw significant changes to both approaches.TPR’s new chairman, Mark Boyle, who took the reins earlier this year, said once the UK government provided details on announced DC reforms, the regulator would work quickly to publish guidance for trustees.Speaking at the National Association of Pension Funds (NAPF) Annual Conference in Liverpool, Boyle said the regulator was working with the government and other regulatory bodies to facilitate the reform. Earlier in the conference, the government was criticised over a lack of clarity on what the reforms meant for the industry despite a fast-approaching deadline.“What this means in practice is providing the government with an idea of what the implementation of these policies might look like from a regulatory perspective,” Boyle said.“I am acutely aware of the amount of change the industry is dealing with. For our part, we will be providing guidance to trustees in the new year to help trustees once the detail of the new provisions is certain.”In the interim, the regulator will continue to work off its existing DC Code of Practice, unveiled only last year.Boyle also said TPR would be working to ensure changes in the DB landscape translated into meaningful regulation, particularly around its new Funding Code finalised in June.“The new code strengthens what schemes are already doing,” he said. “We are aware some schemes take inappropriate risk while some take too little.“Our case teams have undergone extensive training so the Code and its principles are translated into consistent working practices.”Regarding the IORP II Directive’s effect on UK pension schemes, Boyle said it was much too early to assess any potential impact, but he did say TPR would work with the government to support any negotiation decisions.“As an active member of European Insurance and Occupational Pensions Authority (EIOPA), we should be in a position to provide direct input and technical expertise reflective of the UK pensions regime,” he said.However, on the holistic balance sheet consultation launched on Monday, Boyle was more determined about the UK’s involvement in discussions.“We want to work as closely with EIOPA as we can and sitting round the table when these issues are being discussed,” he said.“We want to know where these ideas are coming from and their implications on UK pension schemes.”last_img read more

New project a hit with designated beach rooms and a ‘dry spa’

first_imgSeanna at Bokarina Beach, Sunshine Coast.On completion, Seanna will be an eight-storey residential and retail hub with 14 premium three-bedroom “seahomes’’ with wide frontages and magnificent ocean views including some with balconies as large as 60sq m and boasting three car parks.A further 35 three-bedroom and 14 two-bedroom apartments, will have large home-scale rooms, views over the ocean, water or parkland, and two car parks per apartment.A range of apartments within Seanna will have a designated “beach room” – a private courtyard-style space designed to allow residents to come home from the beach, kick off their sandy thongs and towels, and then enter their luxury homes.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus11 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market11 hours ago LUXURY RIVERSIDE UNITS SELL FAST The poolside view from Seanna’s Bokarina Beach project on the Sunshine Coast.From floating “dry spas’’ to individualised “beach rooms’’, Seanna on the Sunshine Coast has something for everyone.The apartment and retail development fronting Bokarina Beach is being designed by Sunshine Coast architect John Robertson who has focused on creating prestigious, open-plan living with a clear edict for elegance, simplicity, functionality and making the most of the sweeping ocean views. WANT AN ISLAND LIFESTYLE? MORE QLD REAL ESTATE NEWS: The boutique apartment development will also include up-market retail, dining venues and a luxurious hotel.“The lucky residents of Seanna will bring the architecture to life. The design, light, ventilation and high standard of finishes will provide a tangible value to the quality of life for residents of Seanna,” Mr Robertson said.Residents at Seanna will have direct beach access from the complex. The complex will consist of three buildings connected by landscaped walkways, providing additional light and outstanding ventilation.Bedrooms in each of the residences are disconnected for maximum privacy and are generously sized. All apartments have been built to allow the maximum level of natural light to permeate.Available apartments are priced from $575,000 to $1,700,000. Seanna at Bokarina Beach, Sunshine Coast. Photo: SuppliedThe complex will also feature a pool with a floating “dry spa” where those who want to interact but not get wet can do so comfortably.The project is being marketed at mainly downsizing couples or empty nesters, not only from the Sunshine Coast, but also Brisbane.Mr Robertson, the owner of OGE Group, designed the apartments, seahomes and the retail space, which will comprise the bottom floor of the total $78 million mixed-use complex, for developer RGD Group, bringing local knowledge and more than a taste of luxury to the Coast’s newest signature property.“After living on the Coast for many years and attending Bokarina Primary School and Kawana High School I was very familiar with the site,” Mr Robertson said.“I had always hoped that something visionary would be created at Bokarina Beach and that’s exactly what we’ve achieved with Seanna.“RGD has gone with us on a journey to ensure a premium lifestyle product. This is going to be a beachfront destination.“It will be a new village, new community and a new standard of architecture that is far removed from the typical boxy apartment with a narrow balcony tacked on. Seanna is unique, boutique and very special.” One of the stunning kitchen layouts at Seanna. The beach room at Seanna.last_img read more

Two Basilica Security Guards Attacked, Stabbed in Washington DC

first_img(Washington, DC) — After a police standoff, a suspect is finally in custody after two security guards were injured in an attack at the basilica in Washington, DC.Two security guards at the shrine are reportedly “conscious and breathing” after one was stabbed and another was struck by a vehicle shortly after 9 a.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 10.Police say a driver struck a female guard and several vehicles in the parking lot of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Northeast, DC this morning. He then chased a male guard into the Shrine and stabbed him.The suspect barricaded himself inside a home in a nearby neighborhood.He was arrested a short time after.Both victims are said to be in critical condition.last_img read more

200 Top Cyclists Set for Moorhouse-Epe Cycle Race

first_imgThe popularity of sports cycling in West Africa is set to move a notch higher as the town of Epe in Lagos State will host cyclists from around the globe.The maiden edition of the Moorhouse-Epe Cycle Race will hold on Sunday, 30th September, 2018 on the eve of Independence Day. The event, according to Mr. Bruce Prins of Moor House Properties, would be divided into several categories and would accommodate secondary school children, professionals, and veterans (amateurs).The course will be an 18-kilometre undulating circuit within and around Epe Town on smooth roads newly reconstructed by Lagos State. Participants will take in the main sights of the town, the gateway to Epe, the Marina, and the hinterland. The hilly topography of Epe Town is certain to make for an intense ride. Professional cyclists from around Nigeria, Africa and Europe have already indicated interest to participate in the Moorhouse-Epe Cycle Race. “We are proud to be part of this because as a hospitality company, we want to promote tourism and this serves as an opportunity to do just that,” said Mr. Bruce Prins of Moor House Properties.Organisers have confirmed that female participants will race the same distances and have an equal share of prize monies as their male counterparts. Professionals will cover a distance of 108km, while the distance for veterans (amateurs) is 54km. The first, second and third place finishers will be rewarded with $3,000, $2,000 and $1,000 prizes respectively. There will also be lots of consolation prizes to win for the first ten finishers as well as categories for best team and displays of skill, strategy & stamina. A separate race will be held for the schoolchildren over one 18km lap.Organisers meanwhile have confirmed that The Moorhouse-Epe Cycle Race will be an annual event with backing from the Lagos State Sports Commission who were present at the Press Conference confirming their unflinching support to the race organizers, Moorhouse Properties.To entertain residents and tourists for the Independence Day weekend of 29th and 30th September and 1st October, 2018, the organisers will be working with the community, that is famous for its fishing, to line up other local events such as a boat regatta, live music at its two prominent leisure resorts, Jubilee Chalets Epe, and Epe Resort, as well as food, drink & entertainment on the newly reconstructed Marina. “A carnival-like weekend is what we anticipate,” project manager, Habiba Balogun said.Balogun continued: “The purpose of the event is to encourage a healthy and active lifestyle, as well as to promote Epe Town as a tourism destination.” The promoters of the event, Moorhouse Properties manage the two main leisure resorts in the area, Jubilee Chalets Epe, and Epe Resort. Other major sponsors for this event will be announced in the coming months.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

USC creates new Office of the Ombuds

first_img“We put the word out, encouraged lots of different people to apply, had an incredible pool and had a very rigorous search process,” he said. “We ended up hiring, in my opinion, the two best ombuds in American higher education and we are very lucky to have gotten them.” After a nationwide search, Katherine Greenwood, who previously served as director of the Office of the Ombuds at UC Davis, and Thomas Kosakowski, who previously served as the UCLA Health System Ombudsperson, will respectively oversee the University Park Campus and Health Sciences Campus. USC announced the opening of the Office of the Ombuds, an office dedicated to providing a safe place for faculty, staff and students to voice concerns and seek confidential support, according to a memo sent to the USC community Tuesday. According to the memo, the office will share identifiable and anonymous patterns, trends and general concerns with the University. Greenwood hopes that in doing so, USC will make institutional changes and become more aware of campus issues. Soni said that during the national search, the University sought individuals with experience in higher education and the health science enterprise. “I have witnessed and seen how the presence of an ombuds office allows people to share information,” Greenwood said. “Information is often the agent of change because if an institution or organization isn’t aware of information … A lot of times they don’t change because they don’t see the need.” “What I learned in the process of building the office is that we are probably the only top-tier research university in the country that [didn’t] have an ombuds office,” Soni said in an interview with the Daily Trojan. “We really thought we needed a place that is a safe and confidential place for faculty students and staff to discuss their concerns, to be connected  with resources, to strategize what their options might be.” According to the memo, an ombudsperson is a “dispute resolution professional” who helps individuals navigate conflict and complaints. The office was created after the University recognized the need to create a safe and independent office for the USC community to share their concerns and challenges. Provost Michael Quick and Vice Provost for Campus Wellness and Crisis Intervention Varun Soni spearheaded the new Office of the Ombuds, which is housed in the University Religious Center on the University Park Campus. There is another office located on the Health Sciences Campus. (Jonathon Xue/Daily Trojan) The Task Force on Workplace Standards and Employee Wellness established by the Office of the Provost suggested the idea of employing an ombud in Spring 2018. The office’s creation became part of a larger strategy USC is pursuing to increase transparency and accountability on campus. According to the University’s Change Progress Dashboard, Quick and Soni spearheaded the initiative, which is currently operational. “What our office can do is provide … upward feedback,” Greenwood said. “We’re providing amalgamated, anonymized information to the campus leadership at the appropriate level … and we can also encourage our visitors by giving them reporting mechanisms. There are new offices on campus that will conduct investigations, so we are trying to empower our visitors.” “The USC Office of the Ombuds will provide a safe place on both campuses for faculty, students and staff to navigate policies, issues, concerns and conflicts without fear of reprisal or judgement,” Provost Michael Quick and Vice Provost for Campus Wellness and Crisis Intervention Varun Soni wrote in the memo. “In doing do [sic], the Office will promote and embody an ethical, empathetic and engaged university culture committed to problem-solving, dispute resolution and workplace wellness.” “We’re pleased to offer our USC community this valuable resource — an impartial, non-judgmental safe space,” Quick wrote in a statement to the Daily Trojan. “We have found the best people to provide guidance through challenging and concerning issues. We hope our community will take advantage of the USC Office of the Ombuds and find it a fair and equitable first step toward resolving these matters.” Greenwood emphasized that while the office does not conduct investigations, adjudicate issues or provide counseling, it seeks to empower community members through consultation and conversation. Students can access the ombuds at the University Religious Center by scheduling an appointment by phone or online.last_img read more

Cantu leaving his mark on Trojans’ basketball program

first_imgUSC associate head coach Bob Cantu’s office, nestled in the corner of the athletic pavilion attached to the Galen Center, remains a shrine to the recent success of the men’s basketball program.Cream of the crop · Over the last 11 years, USC associate head coach Bob Cantu has recruited a bevy of talent for USC through four different head coaching tenures. – Photo courtesy of USC Sports InformationJerseys of first-round NBA draft picks Cantu coached at USC, including DeMar DeRozan, Taj Gibson and Nick Young, adorn the walls, as well as pictures from historic moments, such as the 2009 Pac-10 basketball tournament championship.“I am running out of wall space,” Cantu said. “I will have to take something down for Nikola [Vucevic’s] jersey once the NBA season begins. I will need a new office if we keep getting draft picks.”Longevity is not usually a term associated with collegiate assistant coaches, but Cantu’s reputation for working behind-the-scenes to recruit, developing and mentoring players has helped him to remain at USC for 11 seasons — a period that has spanned four different head coaches. He is the longest tenured men’s basketball assistant or head coach in the Pac-12.“I do not have a secret,” Cantu said. “I just work hard and try to do a great job every day.”Over the years, Cantu has developed a strong affinity for the program and the school, something he eagerly expresses when stressing the benefits of attending USC to recruits.“[Cantu] loves USC,” USC coach Kevin O’Neill said. “He really believes in the place, so it is not like he is in sales. He can sell it from the heart.”Cantu and the Trojan coaching staff credit much of their recruiting success to eschewing the practice of targeting as many players as possible.“I recruit less guys harder,” Cantu said. “I try to lock-in on a guy or two that we really want.”One of the recruits Cantu focused on was Alexis Moore, now a 6-foot-2 freshman guard at USC. Moore began speaking with Cantu during his sophomore year of high school in 2009 at Long Beach Poly.“He made me feel welcome and as though I was already a part of the family, even though I had not committed yet,” Moore said.As the recruitment process progressed, Cantu and Moore communicated once a week. Cantu would talk about classes available to USC students, Moore’s role on the team and even the prevalence of beautiful women on campus.“Literally anything a kid could want, he talked about,” Moore said. “If there was beach-front property in Colorado, he probably could have sold it to me.”Cantu learned the art of recruiting as an assistant coach at Cuesta College in San Louis Obispo, Calif., where he attracted players to a program with facilities that paled in comparison with those at most Division I institutions.“It is nobody’s dream to go to a junior college,” Cantu said. “The key is to be consistent and persistent, but not pushy.”After his tenure at Cuesta College, Cantu spent a year and a half at Sacramento State before coming to USC.When Cantu arrived on campus in 2002, USC was not a simple sell to basketball recruits. The Trojans still played at the antiquated Los Angeles Sports Arena and had only appeared in the NCAA tournament twice in the previous 10 seasons.USC, which now plays in the Galen Center, has competed in the NCAA tournament the last four years it was eligible for postseason competition.“[USC] has always been known as a football school, but I think we have been able to show that we are able to compete at a high level in basketball,” Cantu said.Cantu is more than just a recruiter. He frequently works with perimeter and post players in practice, and even filled in for O’Neill as head coach during the semifinal game of the 2011 Pac-10 tournament against Arizona when O’Neill was serving a suspension.“[Cantu] would be a great head coach,” O’Neill said. “He has earned an opportunity. He is a guy who should really skip the low or mid-major level, and start at a high-major job.”Cantu has received head coaching offers, but is patiently waiting for the right opportunity.“I feel I am prepared to be a head coach,” Cantu said. “The opportunity really has to be the perfect situation because I really enjoy being at USC and working for [O’Neill].”last_img read more

National Circles Committee to demonstrate against Kotoko board and management

first_imgAshanti Regional Circles Chairman, Obeng Sekyere, has confirmed the various National Circles will demonstrate this Friday to voice out their concerns about the decline of the club.Kotoko have experienced one of the worst  starts in the history of the club and the supporters union have laid the blame solely at the doorstep of the board and management.“We have sought permission from the police to demonstrate on Friday on what is going on at the club,” Sekyere told Asempa Sports.“The various National Circles will join us in Kumasi to demonstrate and send our petition to Manhyia.”“Looking at the board and the management of the club, they have totally disappointed us with some of the decisions they have taken.”“They have made decisions which have not helped the club in anyway. We met the technical body and the playing body to find out the main cause of the problems but we still couldn’t get any results out of the meeting we had, so the only way we can be answered is by demonstrating and send our petition to Otumfuo at Manhyia on Friday.” “In football, you can lose at home, win away but in the case of Kotoko for the past two seasons, it has been really shambolic and it is really a problem for we the various circles and the supporters of the club.”Kotoko’s next game is against Real 24 Hours FC in the MTN FA cup round of 32 fixtures.  –Follow Joy Sports on Twitter: @JoySportsGH. Our hashtag is #JoySportslast_img read more

Has Lakers’ Kobe Bryant turned a corner in farewell season?

first_imgBryant has since tried a less-is-more approach, which has also aided the development of D’Angelo Russell, Julius Randle and Jordan Clarkson. In their win over Milwaukee on Tuesday, the Lakers recorded a season-high 26 assists. “He’s letting the game come to him,” Lakers coach Byron Scott said. “He’s great at seeing the floor. When he wants to be a facilitator, guys really really seem to get themselves available.”Scott argued this serves as “the blueprint” on how he wants his team to play. But he put that onus less on Bryant and more on his younger teammates’ learning curve. Case in point, Scott revealed he has reduced Russell’s freedom to call his own plays as he has averaged 17.4 points on 40.2 percent shooting and 4.4 assists in the last five games. “Sometimes when we have young guys like we do, they get stubborn,” Scott said. “They have a real good game, so they try to go back to the way they tried to do it. That just doesn’t work for us. If we move the ball on a consistent basis, we have chances to win basketball games.”The Lakers also have a chance if Bryant continues to delay Father Time. The jolly man laughed as he posed for pictures with children. The kids may have shared what they wanted for Christmas. But the man was not Santa Claus. The man was Lakers guard Kobe Bryant, who became the center of attention during the franchise’s annual holiday party for 60 kids from School On Wheels, a tutoring service for homeless students.Of course, Bryant has his own wishlist and likely wants more than just an “iPad Pro.” He would probably like the Lakers (4-21) to build off of a rare win when they host the Houston Rockets (12-14) on Thursday at Staples Center. Bryant would likely want to replicate his recent play, where he has averaged 18.2 points on 47.2 percent shooting and 4.2 assists in the past five games.“I’m moving well, I’m not sore after games,” Bryant said. “From the challenge of where I started at the beginning of the season to where I am now, I feel good.” Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorcenter_img Bryant did not feel that way in the beginning of the season. Before his recent surge, Bryant averaged 16.6 points, while shooting 30.5 percent from the field and 22 percent from 3-point range in 31.6 minutes per game. The 37-year-old Bryant also described his timing as “a game-to-game-thing” as he fought rustiness stemmed from three season-ending injuries in consecutive seasons. “Either I was going to get through it or I wasn’t,” said Bryant, who believed he turned a corner in last week’s loss in San Antonio. “But I wasn’t going to capitulate to it and not try. I was going to continue to work.”What if that didn’t work? “It just means I can’t overcome Father Time at this moment of time,” Bryant said. “I would have been fine with that, because I literally tried everything.”last_img read more