Brisbane success story lists home

first_imgSteve Scanlan, chief executive of Brisbane IT recruitment firm Recon Solutions. Picture: Supplied.AWARD-winning Brisbane businessman Steve Scanlan has put one of his investments on the market, a massive five bedroom house in the city’s south.The man who heads up IT recruitment firm Recon Solutions — Recon being short for Recruit and Consult — has just come off months of successful negotiation over the sale of half his firm to listed labour hire juggernaut People Infrastructure.Named Brisbane’s 2017 Young Entrepreneur of the Year, he’s been living in a sky home in the city to cope with the demands of the rapidly expanding IT-based firms he co-founded including Recon Technology. The home has 16 solar panels, enough juice to run a few servers surely.The boxing enthusiast, whose mates include world welterweight champion Jeff Horn, previously put the investment property at 74 Blue Grass Crescent, Eight Mile Plains, on the rental market for $850 a week.He had bought it three years ago for $785,000, and has not put a price on the property now — opening that up for negotiation.The home was fully renovated inside and out — surely the technology side of the home would be pretty good one would think. It includes an indoor spa, solar heated pool, five bedrooms, three bathrooms, four toilets, 16 solar panels, five airconditioning units, a garden shed, and multiple living zones including a formal lounge, a family room and a rumpus room on a large 720sq m block. Scanlan invested in a major renovation on site after he bought it. Now this is the way to de-stress after a long week.Agent Zora Liu of LJ Hooker — Sunnybank Hills has marketed it as a “huge entertainer fully renovated”.“Absolutely everything is new from the superbly rendered exterior, new guttering and repainted roof to the beautiful new tiled floors, new plasterboard with fresh interior paint to the new windows, blinds, doors, carpet and lights.” FOLLOW SOPHIE FOSTER ON FACEBOOK He has had the property rented out after he moved to the CBD.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus20 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market20 hours agolast_img read more

ESG roundup: PRI enters ‘landmark’ collaboration on ESG reporting

first_img“Our signatories continue to tell us that being able to access comparable and meaningful sustainability data is a roadblock to progress when it comes to responsible investment,” said Fiona Reynolds, CEO of PRI.“Working with WBCSD will enable PRI to enhance several channels over which investors have influence – capital allocation and investors’ engagement with companies.“By collaborating we can further develop the tools and data needed for future decision-making and create the incentives and collective action at a scale that can significantly influence the capital costs of companies.”Peter Bakker, president and CEO of WBCSD, said the two organisations were working to “redesign corporate and investor engagement”.“We see this work as integral for aligning the financial system with the transformations needed to address the major social and environmental issues – like climate change and inequality,” he added.The PRI now has more than 3,000 signatories who collectively represent over $100trn (€83trn) in assets under management. The WBCSD has 200 member companies with a combined revenue of more than $8.5trn and 19 million employees across 70 countries.Big increase in number of ESG belief settersThe number of European pension schemes that have explicitly created and formalised ESG beliefs has increased significantly, according to a survey carried out by Mercer.Last year 19% of pension plans had done so, compared with 55% this year.Another large ESG-related change picked up by Mercer’s survey is in the share of European pension funds’ awareness of, and desire for, action on climate change-related investment risk.Last year 54% of those surveyed now actively considered the impact of such risks in their investment allocations, compared with 14% in 2019. Also, in 2020 89% of surveyed plans said they would consider ESG risks in 2020, compared with 55% in 2019.Regulation continues to drive pension funds’ consideration of ESG risks, cited by 85% of those surveyed as a key driver. However, there was a large jump in those considering ESG risks due to recognised financial materiality – 51% versus 29% last year – and according to Mercer there was also a large number of pension plans increasing their focus on ESG risks because sponsor companies were seeking alignment with new or existing corporate responsibility strategies.Mercer said it viewed such “less enforced” reasons for considering ESG factors to be extremely positive.“To enable long-term mindset changes, and real positive changes in any space, the change must happen because internal participants realise the value for themselves – rather than being told or forced to act by regulation,” it said in its survey report.The survey was of 927 institutional investor clients of Mercer across 12 countries, reflecting total assets of around €1.1trn. UK-based participants were the largest survey group, representing 44% on an asset-weighted basis.Jo Holden, European director of strategic research at Mercer, said: “It is encouraging to see such a strong increase in ESG risk awareness, including the potential impact of climate change, on the part of institutional investors.“Investor portfolios can often be improved from an ESG perspective with only relatively minor steps, for example there are quick wins to be made by switching out a relatively small proportion of investments. We encourage schemes to consider developing a climate transition schedule for their portfolios and adopting responsible investment indices.” LAPFF: Rio Tinto bonus cuts for cave blast ‘a proper first step’ The chair of the Local Authority Pension Fund Forum (LAPFF) has welcomed the reduction of bonuses for the CEO and other senior executives of Rio Tinto as “ a proper and appropriate first step” in responding to the destruction of the Juukan Gorge caves in May.The Australian mining company announced the measure on Monday when it released its review into the destruction of the caves.“The Forum will continue to liaise with both Rio Tinto and community representatives to monitor how the company’s response develops based on the review findings and the on-going parliamentary inquiry into the cave destruction,” said councillor Doug McMurdo, chair of the LAPFF.“I would hope to see a proportionate response from Rio Tinto based on the full set of evidence that emerges.”According to media reports, AustralianSuper, Austrlian’s largest pension fund, has said the “proposed penalties fall significantly short of appropriate accountability for those responsible”.The Australian Council of Superannuation Investors said the review “does not deliver any meaningful accountability”.In its statement, LAPFF said it in particular welcomed the review’s acknowledgement that the destruction of the caves should never have happened and that the company needed to rectify some corporate governance failings and operational processes that led to the loss of the cultural heritage site.On the day of the review’s release, Simon Thompson, chairman of Rio Tinto, said: “While the review provides a clear framework for change, it is important to emphasise that this is the start of a process, not the end.“We will implement important new measures and governance to ensure we do not repeat what happened at Juukan Gorge and we will continue our work to rebuild trust with the Puutu Kunti Kurrama and Pinikura people.” The Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI) and the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD) have joined forces to “strengthen the connections between risk, returns, and sustainable development” through better corporate and investor communication.In a statement, the two organisations said their “landmark” collaboration would facilitate direct conversations between investors and business about what decision-useful sustainability-related information is, and how and where that information can be used.They said the collaboration was designed to complement existing regulatory and standard-setter work toward a globally harmonised system for ESG reporting by focussing on investor needs and strategic corporate communications.Corporate and investor dialogue was an area underserved to date, they said.last_img read more

CHC Going Ahead with Planned Eastern Channel Dredge

first_imgCowes Harbor Commission (CHC) delivered a detailed briefing on the Outer Harbor Project (OHP) to the Harbor Advisory Committee (CHAC) at its September meeting.In summary, CHC reported that it has continued negotiations with the developer Victoria Quay Estate Limited (VQEL) and its investors, but have been unable to reach agreement on the final form of the Harbor Infrastructure Funding Agreement (HIFA) by the agreed deadline of 31st July 2018, despite CHC’s efforts.In August, VQEL informed CHC that the Isle of Wight Council planning consent for Victoria Quay Marina had time lapsed. According to CHC, this will result in VQEL having to re-submit and apply for a new planning consent, which could take up to seven months.At the Advisory Committee’s September meeting, CHAC members were consulted on the Commissioner Working Group’s recommendations, as follows:CHC is not in a position to sign the Harbor Infrastructure Funding Agreement due to a number of outstanding and materially significant issues.CHC to reconfirm its commitment to deliver a dredged Eastern Channel at the earliest opportunity and preferably this winter, subject to acceptable costs.CHC to continue communications with Homes England, VQEL, the Isle of Wight Council and other key parties on the way forward.Following discussion, the Advisory Committee stated its position as broadly supportive of the CHC proposals, including going ahead with the planned Eastern Channel dredge, provided that harbor users receive “best value” out of this stakeholder dividend project.The Advisory Committee’s feedback was taken into account at the September Board meeting of Cowes Harbor Commissioners, when they considered the issues, including potential further investment by CHC into the Outer Harbor Project.The Board agreed in principle to approve the Commissioner Working Group recommendations, that CHC is not in a position to sign the current version of the HIFA but should proceed with funding the Eastern Channel dredge this winter, subject to receiving an acceptable proposal from the dredging contractor. The Commissioners’ decision took into account CHC’s overriding objective to ensure safety in the harbor is prioritized.last_img read more

Applications for Friendship State Bank scholarship available

first_imgFRIENDSHIP, Ind. — The Friendship State Bank has announced applications for the Wilke S. and James W. Lemon Scholarship are now available.The bank has been awarding this scholarship for over 20 years.This year the bank will award nine seniors a $1,000 scholarship for college.Seniors from Batesville, Jac-Cen-Del, Rising Sun, Milan, South Dearborn, South Ripley, Switzerland County, Madison, and Lawrenceburg are eligible to apply.Applications are available at each school or can be downloaded.The deadline to apply is April 1.last_img

Stoke start Assaidi talks

first_img The 25-year-old joined Liverpool in the summer of 2012 from Dutch club Heerenveen and made 12 appearances for the Reds last season. Hughes said: ” We like Ossie and if we could come to an arrangement with Liverpool we would like to bring him here. “He’s a valuable player and I think Liverpool recognise that. I think there’s been tentative enquiries but nothing concrete yet. “He’s done really well here. It’s certainly helped him and Ossie’s certainly helped us. “He’s got good friends here. He’s got a good relationship with Marko Arnautovic – they make a nice couple! Those things are important to players. If they’re happy in an environment then that can help if you’re trying to bring them to a club.” Assaidi is Stoke’s only doubt for Saturday’s clash with Fulham after taking a bang to his knee in training while captain Ryan Shawcross sits out the match through suspension. The defender had played every minute of every Premier League this season until he was shown a red card against Tottenham last weekend. Shawcross is likely to be replaced by Spaniard Marc Muniesa, who deputised for the final 38 minutes against Spurs. Stoke have entered tentative talks with Liverpool over the permanent signing of winger Oussama Assaidi. Fulham will arrive at the Britannia Stadium in desperate need of points and defeat on Saturday would relegate Hughes’ former club if Sunderland win at Manchester United. The Welshman insists that will not be on his mind, saying: “W e want to get another three points. “We were disappointed last week because we merited more than we got. “We’ve got an opportunity against Fulham to match our biggest ever points total in the Premier League. That’s our motivation, it’s not about beating a team and making them go out of the league. “It’s about us doing out business and Fulham have to do theirs.” Hughes spent a season in charge of the Cottagers in 2010-11 but it came to an acrimonious end when he resigned. Then owner Mohamed Al-Fayed was highly critical of Hughes, and the former striker accepts he may have walked out too soon. Hughes said: “At the time I just felt I couldn’t commit to a further three years. “There was going to be a change of ownership, which has taken place now, and I was aware of that. That affected my position at Manchester City so I didn’t really want to go through that situation again. ” Hughes, meanwhile, must weigh up whether to give Matthew Etherington a final appearance at the Britannia Stadium. The winger will not be offered a new contract when his current one expires this summer, bringing his five-and-a-half-year spell to an end. Felix Magath confesses to being “afraid” as Fulham’s increasingly desperate quest to secure another season in the Barclays Premier League reaches a critical point. While Magath is convinced victories over Stoke and at home against Crystal Palace the following weekend will result in survival, he is still racked by nerves. The veteran German manager has never experienced relegation during his 19-year coaching career and knows Fulham are close to ending that proud record. “For me, it (keeping Fulham in the Premier League) would be my most successful achievement,” the Cottagers boss said. “I have never been relegated and I’m a bit afraid of the situation, I don’t know how it feels to be relegated. I am afraid. “I am always nervous, without nerves you can not bring 100 per cent. “The mental side is always the most important thing – the players know how to kick, mentality is what we are fighting for.” Fulham are one point adrift of safety with two matches remaining and Magath accepts only two victories will clinch a 14th successive Premier League season. “I still believe two wins will be enough,” he said “There is no doubt, we need three points to have the chance to not be relegated. That is the situation. “We know Stoke are a very good team at home, but we are confident that we have developed in the last few weeks and showed against Hull last weekend that we are able to play good games. “Away from home we won at Aston Villa and we are confident we can manage it. “The atmosphere is very good and the players want to show people we are still alive.” Press Association Potters boss Mark Hughes was keen to stress the dialogue is at a very early stage but he is hopeful of keeping the Moroccan at the Britannia Stadium after a successful season-long loan. Assaidi has scored four goals in 24 appearances this season, and it would have been more had he not missed two months with a knee ligament injury. last_img read more

Poyet expects to remain in charge

first_img Nathan Dyer fired Swansea ahead with a deft seventh-minute finish from Wayne Routledge’s pass and Marvin Emnes doubled their advantage when he turned John O’Shea and blasted home with just 14 minutes gone. Fabio Borini’s 10th goal of the season five minutes after the restart gave the Black Cats hope, but Wilfried Bony ensured his side left with all the points with another fine strike. Swans boss Garry Monk, who was taking charge of his first game since being appointed manager on a permanent basis, was delighted with a performance which ensured his side finished 12th. He knows his honeymoon period will have ended by the time the new campaign starts, but he is relishing the opportunity to test himself once again. Monk said: “It’s been great for me. This past three and a half months, or whatever it’s been, has a learning process and a taste of what is to come. “But then I guess from next season, I will be judged more harshly on my own merits and every single move that I make. “But I know that, I accept that and I’m not worried about that. It’s how you have to live your life, so I am just looking forward to it. “I am looking forward to being judged, being doubted. When you have got a point to prove and you have done that your whole career, there’s nothing better than trying to prove people wrong.” Monk’s first task could be to attempt to keep the likes of Bony and Jonjo Shelvey out of the grasp of potential suitors, although that is not something he fears. He said: “They will be an attraction for everyone. But we are lucky, we are in a position where we don’t have to sell anyone, it’s up to us.” The 46-year-old Uruguayan has been linked with potential vacancies at both West Ham and Southampton in recent days, but has also found himself the subject of rumours that he could walk out of the Stadium of Light because of a power struggle behind the scenes. However, as a remarkable season drew to a close with a 3-1 home defeat by Swansea, crucially with the Black Cats still a Barclays Premier League club, Poyet insisted he was going nowhere. Asked if he expected to be in charge in August, he said: “Yes,” before adding with a smile: “You are scaring me now. What do you know that I don’t know? “The rumours are natural, there are so many rumours all the time. But that means you are doing something special or you are being recognised for something, whatever it is. “It could be the way your team plays, or it could be the achievement that you made or it could be that before I didn’t have on my CV Barclays Premier League experience and now I do in a very difficult situation.” Poyet, who revealed he is in talks with “three or four” of the club’s 11 out-of-contract and loan players, revealed he had already met owner and chairman Ellis Short to discuss the way forward, and will do so again after a short break, but was adamant there was nothing sinister about those talks. He said: “Every single manager in the world when he finishes the season has a meeting with the chairman of the football club, winning the league, going down, in the middle, having been named somewhere else, with contract, without contract – it’s natural. “Every now and then when a manager says, ‘I need to meet with the chairman to see where we are going’, you all start to think, ‘He’s leaving’ or ‘He’s not happy’ or ‘There’s a problem’, but it’s nothing. “Yes, I want to know where we are going, if it’s possible not to make the same mistakes that we have made in the last couple of years because I don’t want to go through another year like this one.” Sunderland ended the season in 14th place after a defeat in which they were up against it from the off. Press Association Gus Poyet is confident he will still be Sunderland’s head coach next season amid fevered speculation over his future. last_img read more

LaLiga Set to Launch Global Start-up Competition

first_imgJavier Del Rio, Managing Director, LaLiga Nigeria also said “This project aims to create an innovative platform that will become a reference in cutting-edge technological solutions for sports fans across the world. We are committed to the development of the game and we believe technology is one of the positive ways to drive the growth of credible, accurate and fair football globally.”The main goal of the program is to create a gateway for Start-ups into the sports industry, helping start-ups to grow together through LaLiga and the GSIC. The competition will leverage areas such as:• Media: OTT, Broadcasting, Social Media, Digital Content, New Media, Digital Marketing, Second Screen, Graphics, Analytics, Piracy.• Fan Engagement: Fan Profiling, Social Media, eSports, Gamification, Social Listening, Community, Merchandising, VR/AR/MR, and Gaming.• Smart Venue: Security, Fan Experience, Ticketing, Fan Journey, Food & Beverage, Connectivity, Cashless Payment, Access Control and Guest Management.• Performance: Analytics, Wearable’s, Injury Prevention, Health and Lifestyle, Research.Others like Big Data, AI, and Machine LearningThe challenge will award The TOP 10 companies access to different LaLiga assets, depending on the business model and areas of opportunity. Assets may include: Access to Aggregated data of the competition, Access to Social media from LaLiga, HUB, PR, Branded Content, Expansion Plans (International Connection), Partners, Brand Association, Market research, Expertise / Knowledge of the competition, Test options in clubs, Internal VIP services, Advertising, Own events, actions with LaLiga Ambassadors, LaLiga Business School Training, etc. A link will also be generated with LaLiga and different options will be offered depending on the value of the Start-up: Integrate, Co-Invest, Acquisition or Collaborate.There will be no territorial limitation to participate in the competition, so any local or international start-up can participate. Through the start-up competition 2019, different activities will be organized for the successful applicants focusing on giving them visibility across the sports-tech industry.Applications for the competition will close by March 30th, 2019.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Liga de Futbol Professional (LaLiga) and the Global Sports Innovation Center powered by Microsoft (GSIC) have launched the “Start-up competition 2019 – The Original Inspiration Centre”, a new global competition to collaborate with the brightest and best start-ups and entrepreneurs in the information technology space.“Start-up Competition 2019 – The Original Inspiration Centre”, will focus on new and established start-ups, early-stage ventures or growth ventures from any sector, ambitious and capable management teams with products or services; and will provide the winners with the opportunity to apply their solutions to bring world class digital innovations aimed at positioning LaLiga as the leading tech league in the world. Ventures will need to be related with at least one of the following areas: media, fan engagement, smart venue and performance. Applications for the competition will close on March 30th, 2019.Speaking on the competition, Joris Evers, Global Communications Director, LaLiga said “we are excited about the start-up competition 2019. With this program, we are aiming to attract 10 relevant start-ups with innovative solutions that will bolster sports technology. The program will help start-ups develop solutions for the sports industry while taking their businesses to the global stage”.last_img read more

Divisional hurling finals highlights of weekend programme

first_imgDrom’s skipper James Woodlock is hoping his side can inject a bit more consistency into their game.Tipp FM will have updates on the match, which gets underway at 3.30 on Sunday afternoon.We’ll also bring you regular reports on the South Tipperary Senior Hurling Championship Final.Killenaule and Mullinahone clash at the Clonmel Sporsfield – that game begins at 3 o’clock on Sunday. There are two divisional finals down for decision on Sunday.In the Mid decider Drom-Inch and Loughmore-Castleiney clash in Templetuohy.The latter’s captain Aidan McGrath says they’re close to achieving one of their main aims.last_img

Urban Meyer-to-Cowboys rumors go from wild to real for Jerry Jones, Jason Garrett

first_imgFrom Jones’ perspective, there’s much less convincing needed with Meyer. He’ll go out of his way to make a return to coaching comfortable, including taking a lot of the pressure of personnel decisions off Meyer. Jones also covets experience, and all other things being equal, Meyer, 55, has the big edge over Riley in that department.Tony Elliott may not seem as big of a name for the Joneses, but the 40-year-old coordinator would be a way to tap into another championship machine, Dabo Swinney’s Clemson juggernaut.Before Slater’s report, Meyer seemed like more of an Urban legend for the Cowboys. Now, it’s very real indeed. Jerry Jones is getting closer to replacing Jason Garrett as head coach of the Cowboys. Urban Meyer wasn’t hired as the head coach at USC. That makes Meyer working for the Cowboys and Jones less of a wild rumor and more of a strong possibility.Meyer, whom made the early favorite (3/1) to be the next coach in Dallas, has drawn “very real interest” from Jones, per well-connected Cowboys reporter Jane Slater of NFL Network. Jerry Jones says Jason Garrett will remain the coach but I can confirm a very real interest in Urban Meyer. In fact, I’m told Stephen Jones spoke with him recently. Lincoln Riley remains a strong candidate & file this name as a possibility Clemson OC Tony Elliott per sources.— Jane Slater (@SlaterNFL) December 6, 2019This is no surprise, because Meyer is the best former coach, at any level, available, with his three-national-championships resume. He’s doing well as a college football analyst for Fox Sports.NEXT IN LINE: Ranking possible replacements for Jason GarrettJones went a similar route with Jimmy Johnson and Barry Switzer back-to-back 30 years ago, and the Cowboys won three Super Bowls. Jones can pay Meyer whatever he wants and doesn’t need to wrangle him from another coaching job.Meyer wins quickly wherever he goes, and the Cowboys, with their talent, are built to win a championship now. One of his specialties is also special teams, something that needs to be cleaned up big-time in Dallas. His direct connection with his former Ohio State stud running back Ezekiel Elliott doesn’t hurt, either.Lincoln Riley is already a superstar offensive-minded coach at 36 and has picked up where Bob Stoops left off in Norman. He’s making $6 million, or as much as Garrett gets now, and is in a cushy spot as he churns out College Football Playoff contenders and Heisman Trophy-caliber quarterbacks annually.VIDEO: Jerry Jones on Cowboys’ latest loss | Game highlightslast_img read more

CECAFA; Kenya beat Tanzania 1-0 to go top of Group A

first_imgCongratulations @HarambeeStars for qualifying for semi finals. #CecafaKE2017 #CECAFA2017— Jacob Oyugi (@Jacob_Oyugi) December 11, 2017Share on: WhatsApp The draw for the Bright Stars means they could only manage to pick one point from the three group matches, having conceded eight goals, to finish at the bottom. Nairobi, Kenya | AFP | Hosts Kenya maintained their unbeaten form to beat rock-bottom Tanzania 1-0 to go top of Group A and qualify to the semi-finals of the Cecafa Challenge Cup on Monday.Burly striker Vincent Oburu scored the decisive goal in the 20th minute that proved vital for the home side after close rivals Libya enyoyed a shock 1-0 win over the group pacesetters, Zanzibar in the early kick-off at the Kenyatta stadium in Machakos.The result put Kenya at the top of the five-team group on eight points ahead of Zanzibar, who have seven points while Libya, only taking part as guests finished an impressive third on six points.Kenya will now meet Burundi in the first semi-final on December 14 in Kisumu, with Zanzibar taking on holders, Uganda the following day.Burundi finished second in Group B after being held to a scoreless draw by lowly South Sudan in the final group match in Kakamega on Monday.last_img read more