New contenders for Eni assets

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Valencia confirm two positive tests for coronavirus

first_imgValencia have been hit by two positive cases for coronavirus, the La Liga club announced on Tuesday, a day after players and staff returned for pre-season.The identities of the two individuals have been kept anonymous. They are both isolating at home while the club has notified the Spanish health authorities. It continues a rise in the number of confirmed infections among La Liga teams after Atletico Madrid’s Sime Vrsaljko and Angel Correa both tested positive on Saturday.  Topics : Real Madrid striker Mariano Diaz and Sevilla midfielder Nemanja Gudelj have also been infected in the last two weeks. La Liga completed the 2019/20 season on July 19 and the plan is for the 2020/21 campaign to begin on September 12, following the conclusion of the Champions League and Europa League. Spain is one of the worst-hit countries by the pandemic and has seen an increase in cases in recent weeks. The Spanish health ministry on Monday reported 8,618 new coronavirus infections since Friday and 65 deaths from the virus over the previous seven days.Valencia were starting their pre-season preparations this week under new coach Javi Gracia, who was appointed two weeks ago following the sacking of Albert Celades in June. center_img They were one of the first clubs to confirm cases of coronavirus in March, when 35 percent of the squad, including players and coaches, tested positive after playing a Champions League match against Atalanta in Italy at the end of February. Valencia finished ninth in La Liga after a miserable season for the club, during which supporters grew increasingly disillusioned with the ownership of Singaporean businessman Peter Lim. A club statement on Tuesday confirmed the two positive cases for coronavirus. “The PCR and blood serum tests carried out on Monday for the first team, coaching staff and employees have detected two positive cases of COVID-19,” it read. “Those who have tested positive will remain isolated in their homes, in accordance with LaLiga and club protocols. The health authorities have been informed immediately of their status. “From the start of this health crisis, Valencia have given special importance to measures to halt the expansion of the pandemic, and will maintain a strict protocol to which all members of the club are completely committed.” last_img read more

Future of CBD in Grocery webinar: meet the panellists

first_imgLeila joined the ACI in 2020 after developing advocacy and support provisions for medical cannabis patients as the chair of a national campaign group, the United Patients Alliance, in 2019. She previously led high-profile social and political change campaigns in the UK and abroad and worked in cause-related roles in social enterprise and citizen science. Rosemary has served as a C-suite executive at several biopharma and investment companies and has led multiple successful drug development initiatives. Rosemary is a Charter Trustee at the University of Pennsylvania and Co-Chair the Leonard Davis Institute Executive Advisory Board at Wharton. Time is running short to register for The Grocer’s exclusive webinar on the future of CBD in grocery.Due to broadcast on 22 September at 11am, the webinar will pull together top experts in retail, food safety and manufacturing to discuss the opportunities, threats and challenges surrounding this complex but exciting area.It comes as the fast-growing edible CBD trend is set for a sea change – with products given until 31 March to attain novel food status or risk being pulled from retailers’ shelves. Achieving the status can be a lengthy and costly process, further complicated by the pressures of the Covid-19 pandemic.Our panel will look at how legislation is changing, which products will be affected, how brands and retailers are getting ready for next March, and what the future will look like for CBD food and drink.You’ll get a chance to submit a question to the panel when you register your interest here. So who are they?Leila Simpson, head of external affairs, Association for the Cannabinoid Industry Al Overton, buying director, Planet Organic Al qualified as a herbalist in 1999 and has been involved in natural health retail ever since. Over his 19 year career at Planet Organic he has done almost every job possible, and now as buying director looks after a dynamic and industry leading buying team.Paul Tossell, head of novel foods, Food Standards Agency Rosemary Mazanet, Chief Scientific Officer, Columbia Care Paul has been head of the FSA’s radiological, genetically modified (GM), novel foods and feed additives team since January 2019. He has overseen policy development on CBD compliance with novel food regulations. Paul has been with the FSA since its formation in 2000, having previously worked for the Ministry of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food (MAFF).Click or tap here to register for the webinarlast_img read more

Smartly renovated entertainer up for grabs in Wynnum

first_imgThe kitchen at 2338 Wynnum Rd, Wynnum.The home is set across two levels and has VJ walls, ornate ceilings and blackbutt floors upstairs. The entry leads into the open living and dining rooms and out to the back deck, overlooking the inground swimming pool. The Hamptons-style kitchen is off the dining room and has Carrara marble benchtops, detailed soft-close cabinetry, double ovens with gas cooking, stainless steel appliances, and a servery with bi-fold windows opening to the deck. More from newsCrowd expected as mega estate goes under the hammer7 Aug 2020Hard work, resourcefulness and $17k bring old Ipswich home back to life20 Apr 2020 The dining room at 2338 Wynnum Rd, Wynnum.There is also a storeroom and a shed. The rumpus room opens through french doors to a poolside patio. The owners said the home had double glazed windows at the front. “We don’t hear any road noises and we don’t hear the train even though it’s the street behind us,” they said. The property is being marketed by David Lazarus, of Belle Property Manly, and will be auctioned on July 1 at noon. The backyard at 2338 Wynnum Rd, Wynnum.The master bedrooms has a walk-in robe and an ensuite and the two remaining bedrooms have built-in robes.The family bathroom has a toilet and shower over bath. Downstairs there is a single car garage, carport, rumpus room with bar, study, laundry and third bathroom. The home at 2338 Wynnum Rd, Wynnum.THIS renovated Queenslander, perfect for the family that likes to relax and entertain at home, is being auctioned in Wynnum. The owners bought 2338 Wynnum Rd 10 years ago and gave it a complete makeover. The couple, who have two children, extended and renovated the kitchen, added a back deck, created open-plan living spaces and added an ensuite and walk-in robe to the master bedroom. They also painted the interior, installed plantation shutters throughout, ripped up the “horrible” carpet in the living spaces and polished the exposed floorboards, and replaced the carpet in the bedrooms. The floorplan of 2338 Wynnum Rd, Wynnum.last_img read more

ExxonMobil’s Dutch pension fund exploring move to Belgium

first_imgThe Dutch scheme has almost 5,000 active participants and pensioners.Its coverage ratio at year-end was 131.6%.The pension fund reported a total return on investments of 25.5% for 2014.At the start of 2015, it replaced its final salary plan with average salary arrangements with full indexation.A number of Dutch pension funds are currently considering the possibility of joining or establishing a pan-European pensions vehicle in Belgium due to increasing regulatory pressure in the Netherlands, cheaper supervision and VAT exemption.Pharmaceutical company Johnson & Johnson recently completed the transfer of its Dutch pension fund to Belgium after a three-year long process.Last year, 200 employees and pensioners of the Dutch branch of financial services provider Euroclear joined the Brussels-based company scheme Euroclear Pension Fund OFP. The €2.5bn Dutch pension fund of energy giant ExxonMobil has said it is considering to join its Belgian sister scheme in setting up a cross-border pension fund. It said an initial study had shown that placing its pension arrangements in a joint scheme could cut implementation costs considerably, without any change in the plan or pension obligation.Since 2012, ExxonMobil has maintained two pension funds in the Benelux region: the Stichting Pensioenfonds Protector in the Netherlands and the ExxonMobil OFP in Belgium.Protector said it intended to establish a cross-border scheme in Belgium by extending the current ExxonMobil OFP into an IORP.last_img read more

Former ABI chief named chairman of £51bn BT Pension Scheme

first_imgOtto ThoresenThoresen said: “Looking after the long term interests of over 290,000 scheme members, and their dependants, is a very important duty”.Jan du Plessis, chairman of the FTSE 100 company, said Thoresen brought “a  wealth of pensions, business and financial experience to the role, alongside his considerable board chairmanship skills”.Du Plessis also thanked the outgoing chairman, saying Spencer had “presided over a strong investment performance and reduced risk during a period of considerable economic and regulatory change”.Thoresen’s appointment comes shortly after Morten Nilsson, formerly of Denmark’s ATP and UK master trust NOW: Pensions, was named chief executive officer of BTPS.Earlier this year the corporate scheme agreed a £13bn funding plan with its sponsor as part of a 13-year plan to plug its funding shortfall. It has also decided to close its (DB) sections and create a hybrid pension plan.NEST confirmed there would be no changes to Thoresen’s chairmanship role at the auto-enrolment provider. He was also the independent reviewer of the Treasury Review of Generic Financial Advice, which led to the creation of the Money Advice Service. The UK’s largest company pension scheme has appointed Otto Thoresen as its new chairman, with effect from mid-February.The £50.7bn (€57.2bn) BT Pension Scheme (BTPS) yesterday announced that Thoresen would succeed Paul Spencer, who was chairman of the telecom company’s defined benefit (DB) scheme for more than seven years.Thoresen is a veteran of the insurance industry, with a particular focus on life and pensions. He is currently chairman of NEST, the multi-employer master trust set up by the government to support auto-enrolment, and also chairs Aberdeen Asset Management Life and Aviva International Insurance. Before starting his portfolio career he was director general of the Association of British Insurers (ABI) from 2011 to 2015, and chief executive of Aegon UK from 2005 to 2011. last_img read more

Windhoist Hits Offshore Wind Jackpot

first_imgAyrshire-based Windhoist Limited has secured a contract from Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy to carry out onshore turbine pre-assembly work for the Hornsea One offshore wind project in Hull.This is the second commercial-scale offshore wind contract secured by Windhoist in 2018, on the back of a similar success on the Beatrice project, currently being loaded out from Nigg in the Moray Firth, Scotland.Windhoist will commence works this month and the project is anticipated to run for almost one year, sustaining over 100 employees on site for the duration of the project.The contract requires Windhoist to provide onshore pre-construction support for 174 Siemens SWT-7.0-154 turbines; standing 190m tall, each completed turbine will be larger than the Gherkin in London.With deployment across 2019, Hornsea One, when completed, will be the largest offshore wind project in the world at 1.2GW.“With activities well underway on Beatrice, we are happy to continue to develop our relationship with Windhoist, thereby showing our commitment to UK local content to deliver our projects competitively, on time, and to the highest quality standards,” Herve Bouraima, Global Commodity Manager for Siemens Gamesa Offshore Project Procurement, said.last_img read more

MTN lists its Black Empowerment arm, Zakhele on the JSE

first_imgDespite the regulatory pressure its facing in Nigeria, MTN listed its black empowerment scheme on the main board of the Johannesburg Stock Exchange on Thursday.MTN Zakhele has become the first broad-based black economic empowerment (BEE) scheme to list on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange’s amended BEE Segment.The vehicle will let previously disadvantaged South Africans invest in the group.More than 14 million shares valued at over R1,2-billion are owned by about 102,000 black investors.MTN Zakhele chairperson Sindi Mabaso-Koyana said the move would “provide shareholders with regulatory certainty for trading their MTN Zakhele shares”.MTN Zakhele has a 4% stake in the MTN group.last_img

La Liga: Real Madrid drop to second spot after Levante loss

first_img Promoted Content8 Superfoods For Growing Hair Back And Stimulating Its GrowthWho’s The Best Car Manufacturer Of All Time?Who Earns More Than Ronaldo?You’ve Only Seen Such Colorful Hairdos In A Handful Of AnimeThe Best Cars Of All TimeTop 10 Most Romantic Nations In The WorldBest Car Manufacturers In The WorldBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For ThemThe Models Of Paintings Whom The Artists Were Madly In Love With14 Hilarious Comics Made By Women You Need To Follow Right NowInsane 3D Spraying Skills Turn In Incredible Street Art10 Risky Jobs Some Women Do Modric had a chance to break the deadlock for Madrid five minutes before half-time after he was picked out unmarked by Isco in the centre of the box but his strike was parried away by Fernandez as the first stanza ended goalless.Eden Hazard had an opportunity to finally get the breakthrough for Los Blancos eight minutes from the break after going clear on goal but Fernandez came off his line to make a crucial save.That proved to be Hazard’s final involvement as the Belgian was taken off after 67 minutes played for Vinicius Junior and was seen applying ice to his ankle.Read Also: La Liga: Messi scores four as Barcelona rout EibarHowever, the hosts eventually snatched the lead with 11 minutes remaining after Jose Luis Morales hit a stunning first-time volley over Madrid goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois after latching onto Nikola Vukcevic’s through ball.Madrid pressurised Levante in the tail end of the encounter but Paco Lopez’s charges held on to victory to move up to 10th while Los Blancos have dropped to second spot.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Loading… FC Barcelona will head into El Clasico as LaLiga leaders after Real Madrid suffered a shock 1-0 loss to Levante on Saturday night.Advertisementcenter_img Karim Benzema had a great chance to give Madrid an early lead in the 11th minute after he went clear on goal from Isco’s through ball but the Frenchman’s strike was saved by Levante goalkeeper Aitor Fernandez.Zidane’s charges had another great chance to grab the lead five minutes later after Fernandez punched Toni Kroos’ corner into the path of Casemiro inside the box but the Brazilian’s header missed the bottom corner by a whisker with the net gaping. Los Blancos manager Zinedine Zidane made only two changes for the tie, with Luka Modric being recalled at the expense of Federico Valverde while Isco took the place of Gareth Bale, who missed out due to illness.last_img read more

Keeping Score

first_imgHave you ever bought a scorebook and kept the box scores of your favorite baseball team? I know several people who do. They are so into the sport that this is a way to follow the games closer, and also a way to relive them at a later date. At the end of the season, they have a complete history of that year. To some of us this might be overkill or a boring pass time, but all of us do something that seems odd to others. I am sure this is a way to relieve the stress that some fans feel while following their favorite team. Baseball is a slow-paced game, so this is also a way to pass the time between at bats. What is the old saying? “Don’t knock it until you try it. You just might like it!” I know that shut- ins need something to help pass the time, and this sounds like a great way to pass the time of day during the baseball season. Who is to say that this hobby is any more unusual than collecting buttons or anything you can thing of to collect. I would think that in the middle of the winter it would help pass the time by reliving some of the great games of the summer past. You might want to try it if you have trouble sitting through a game.last_img read more