RPMI investment COO appointed to wider leadership role

first_imgCripps has also been appointed to the RPMI board as an executive director of the company. RPMI oversees administration and operations of the pension scheme.Cripps said: “I am delighted to have this opportunity to lead our investment business as we continue to build our internal capability to generate superior returns for our 350,000 members and their families.”Two other non-executive board appointments were announced.Joining the RPMI board is Richard Jones, who is a director of RPMI’s parent, the Railways Pension Trustee Company Limited (RPTCL). He is also head of UK real estate and facilities at engineering firm AECOM.Joining the board of RPMI Railpen is John Chilman, who is group pensions director at FirstGroup plc and chair of RPTCL. He is the former chair of RPTCL’s own investment committee.CEO Hitchen said: “I know that Julian will be a great leader for our investment business, and that Richard and John will provide strong governance while maintaining and strengthening our links to our rail stakeholders and the members whose pensions we are here to pay.” RPMI has appointed Julian Cripps as managing director of investment business, a new role from which he will lead RPMI Railpen, the in-house investment manager for the UK’s £25bn (€29bn) Railways Pension Scheme.Cripps has been chief operating officer for investments at RPMI since 2015, but “now takes a wider role in leading the business in its vision to be a world-class asset owner”, RPMI said in a statement.A spokesman for RPMI told IPE that the role was new, although it had some similarities with a position held by Frank Johnson before RPMI’s restructuring.RPMI Railpen’s three investment directors – Ciarán Barr, Paul Bishop, and Richard Williams – now report to Cripps, who in turn reports to Chris Hitchen, CEO of RPMI.last_img read more

Coffee king Di Bella sells New Farm pad for a bargain price

first_imgPhillip Di Bella has finally sold his New Farm house for $3.4m.COFFEE king Phillip Di Bella and his wife Gianna have sold their luxurious New Farm home for the bargain price of $3.4 million after trying to find a buyer for more than two years.The couple has been trying to offload the three-level property at 30 Turner Ave since November 2017.After listing it with five different agencies, the Di Bellas eventually decided to open-list the property and Peter Hutton of Hutton & Hutton Real Estate snagged a buyer. RELATED: Inside Ronaldo’s $11m penthouse Mr Hutton admitted the property had sold for well below replacement value.“If you bought vacant land in a similar quality street, you’d have to be paying around the $2 million mark,” he said.“And to build the same property would cost at least $2 million I’d think.”The five-bedroom, four-bathroom, architecturally designed house was first advertised for sale with a price guide for offers over $4.5 million in late 2018, before the price was reduced to $3.8 million a year later. The wine cellar inside the home at 30 Turner Ave, New Farm. Picture supplied.Mario Nagy of Absolute Residential, who had the listing for 11 months, said the property “was sold for well under what it should have gone for”.“I think it’s a stunning home with amazing finishes,” Mr Nagy said. More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus10 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market10 hours ago“It’s certainly an iconic property in New Farm on a great street.”Phil and Gianna Di Bella are the entrepreneurs behind the Di Bella coffee empire. Inside the Di Bella’s house at 30 Turner Ave, New Farm, which they have now sold. Source: Hutton & Hutton.They embarked on a final push to sell the property this year, advertising it with the incentive: ‘Disregard all previous pricing, our vendor wants it sold before Christmas and asks for offers to be submitted’.Records show the Di Bellas paid $1.3 million for the site in 2009 before building the current home on it. Phillip and Gianna Di Bella at Di Bella coffee at Bowen Hills. Picture: Annette Dew.The home comes with a 2000-bottle wine cellar, heated pool and spa, sauna, gym, cinema, internal lift and separate guest quarters.The Di Bellas upgraded to another home in New Farm in late 2017.They paid $6.5 million for a 1016 sqm residence at 1 Sydney St, New Farm, which was designed by Monster Ideas Architects and built by CGH Construction. Phillip Di Bella bought this home at 1 Sydney St, New Farm, for $6.5m. The Di Bellas have sold this home at 30 Turner Ave, New Farm. Picture supplied.Mr Hutton said he sold the home to a local lawyer, who had been living in an apartment nearby.“The issue was the uncertainty of the vacant land next door, because it’s a potential development site,” Mr Hutton said.“I just kept working my connections and it just turned out I was the one lucky enough to find the right buyer who was able to put the uncertainty aside and think pragmatically about what could happen.” The kitchen in the house at 30 Turner Avenue, New Farm. Image: Hutton & Hutton.The neighbouring block of land at 34 Turner Avenue occupies 974 sqm and has a prominent 49m Oxlade Drive frontage, offering elevated views across the Brisbane River.Predominantly flat, it’s zoned as low-to-medium density residential and has the potential to be subdivided into three lots.“The buyer asked himself; ‘What’s the most likely type of property to be built there?’,” Mr Hutton said.“The zoning’s two to three storeys and you could probably fit one or two houses there, so that was the worst case scenario.” A vacant block of land neighbouring the Di Bellas property is also for sale. MORE: Meghan, Harry eye epic $40m ‘bargain’ mansionlast_img read more

Bucksport, Ellsworth compete at PVC wrestling championships

first_imgELLSWORTH — The Bucksport and Ellsworth wrestling teams posted top-five finishes at the Penobscot Valley Conference championships Saturday in Dover-Foxcroft.Bucksport finished second behind Foxcroft and got wins from Foster Ashmore at 120 pounds and David Gross at 285 pounds. Madysen Robichaud and Hunter Robichaud were the Golden Bucks’ two consolation winners.An injury-riddled Ellsworth, which placed fifth, got wins from Logan Lord at 138 pounds, Peyton Cole at 152 pounds and Trent Goodman at 195 pounds. The PVC coaches named Goodman the tournament’s Most Outstanding Wrestler.The next tournament for both teams will be the Northern Maine regional championships at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 11, in Caribou.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textlast_img read more

Nwanebu ties record with fifth Pac-12 weekly honor

first_imgFollow Kurt on Twitter @legen_daryKurt As the Pac-12 women’s volleyball season comes to a close, USC freshman outside hitter Ebony Nwanebu is showing no signs of slowing down. The young star out of Fairview, Texas had two more standout matches this past weekend en route to her fifth Pac-12 Freshman of the Week selection of the season.Locked in · USC freshman outside hitter Ebony Nwanebu has been stellar this season with 267 kills, good for second-most on the team. – Joseph Chen | Daily TrojanOver the weekend, Nwanebu took the lead on offense in the two sweeps against Oregon and Oregon State. Over the two matches, she recorded 23 total kills (3.83 kills per set) for a .488 hitting percentage. Against the Ducks on Friday, Nwanebu recorded 10 kills with only one error on 20 attempts for a .450 hitting percentage. She continued this pace in Sunday’s match, posting a .522 hitting percentage with 13 kills on 23 attempts against the Beavers.USC has now won four matches in a row, and in each of those matches, Nwanebu has reached double-digits in kills. The correlation between Nwanebu’s offensive play and the team’s success is evident, and if she continues to play at this level, the Women of Troy will have an excellent opportunity to capture the conference title and compete for the national championship.After winning the Pac-12 Freshman of the Week award for the first time on Sept. 2, Nwanebu has only gotten better. This week’s selection was her fifth of the season, tying her with teammate and fellow outside hitter sophomore Samantha Bricio for the most conference Freshman of the Week selections. The Women of Troy have now been awarded 11 such selections, good enough to hold the Pac-12 record (freshman outside hitter Elise Ruddins also took home the honors once earlier this season).Nwanebu will look to go for the all-time record this weekend when USC matches up against Pac-12 rivals Washington and Washington State. These road matches will test both Nwanebu and the rest of the squad -— the Huskies are currently ranked No. 3 in the nation and took the last match against the Women of Troy in four sets at the Galen Center. USC will look to avenge the loss and put itself in prime position to win the conference and accelerate into the NCAA tournament when the season concludes on Nov. 29.last_img read more

Bayern Munich confirmed as Bundesliga champions for third straight season

first_imgTreble-chasing Bayern Munich won a third straight Bundesliga title after VfL Wolfsburg lost at Borussia Moenchengladbach on Sunday to leave the champions with an unassailable 15-point lead with four games left.Bayern, who have now claimed a total of 25 German league titles including one before the Bundesliga’s creation in 1963, beat Hertha Berlin 1-0 on Saturday but had to put the champagne on ice until after second-placed Wolfsburg’s game on Sunday.Gladbach’s Max Kruse scored in the 90th minute for a 1-0 victory that ended any mathematical chance of Wolfsburg catching the Bavarians.It also put second place in danger with Gladbach four points behind on 57 in third.The Bundesliga title is the second for Bayern coach Pep Guardiola in his second season at the club, as the Spaniard chases a repeat of the league, cup and Champions League treble they won months before he arrived in 2013.”It is something magnificent to defend our title and I can only congratulate our coach and players,” said Bayern CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge in a statement. “They did it extremely well in a year after a World Cup where many of our players were competing.”Bayern, domestic double winners last season, face Guardiola’s old club Barcelona in the Champions League semi-finals next month and have also reached the German Cup last four where they take on Borussia Dortmund next week.”You can compare the 25th title to a silver anniversary,” Germany great and honorary Bayern president Franz Beckenbauer said.”They played an outstanding first half of the season despite the energy-sapping World Cup. A 25th title needs special mention.”Despite being plagued by injuries to key players throughout the season, including Bastian Schweinsteiger, Franck Ribery and Philipp Lahm, Bayern showed nerves of steel as they dismantled every domestic opposition in the league. –last_img read more

CAF Confed Cup: Medeama advance with disciplined 2-0 win

first_imgMohammed Abass’ brace in the first half sent Medeama SC into the round of 16 stage of the CAF Confederation Cup, as the Tarkwa based side qualified on 2-1 aggregate score over Al Ittihad.Medeama having lost 1-0 in the first leg against their Libyan opponent needed a two-goal margin win to qualify straight without penalties.The FA Cup winners made their intentions known from right from kick off.Abass tapped in his first goal into a yawning net after ten minutes of play. Emmanuel Yeboah had struck the bar from 20 meters earlier before Abass scored from the rebound while goalkeeper Ble Zadi was down on the field after his failed attempt to Yeboah’s shot.Abass scored his second in the 38th minute with another calm headed finish. Kwame Boahene dribbled his way into the box and cut back to the striker, whose flick-on pass was blocked but turned quickly to curl the ball to the roof of the net.With Ghana coach Avram Grant watching, the Western Region side controlled affairs. Medeama dominated their opponent with their passing system, pressing the Libyans and ensured the game was played mostly in the half of the visitors.Abdul Salem Habel disappointed his team in the 24th minute when he failed to score in a two-on-one situation from a counter attack. Goalkeeper Muntari Tagoe also did well to parry the ball but the heartbreak was clearly seen on Habel when he buried his head in his hand.Al Ittihad gave Medeama  a big scare in the dying moments of the game. Zuway Ahmed jumped to head home a cross from Habel but assistant referee Houha Bongura flagged for an offside.Referee Dauda Guaye had whistled for a goal but the hoisted flag of his Senegalese colleague meant he rescind his earlier call.Afterwards, the final whistle was blown to the delight of Medeama. —last_img read more

No love lost: Clippers host Golden State in first round of playoffs

first_imgLOS ANGELES >> Blake Griffin will not be coaxed into what would amount to an unproductive war of words because the only tussle he’s concerned with winning is the first round of the Western Conference playoffs against the Golden State Warriors.It starts Saturday with the series-opener set for 12:30 p.m. at Staples Center. The Clippers are seeded No. 3, the Warriors No. 6.There is, at the least, strong dislike here. Warriors guard Klay Thompson this week fired the most recent shots at Griffin. “He is a good guy off the court but he probably just … I mean … plays pretty physical and flops a little bit,” Thompson told a San Francisco radio station (95.7 The Game). “He flails his arms around so, you know, you might catch a random elbow or something that doesn’t, you know, rub off too well on guys. He’s kind of like a bull in a china shop, kind of out of control sometimes. And then you do just see him flop sometimes, like how can a guy that big and strong flop that much? Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Clippers guard Chris Paul couldn’t care less about anything that has transpired before now.“It’s just good stories,” he said, when asked about the lingering animosity between the teams. “At the end of the day, it comes down to this series. Anything that happened in the past, today it doesn’t matter. It’s all about Game One.”Doc Rivers suggests it’s much to do about nothing.“I don’t buy into all that dislike stuff,” he said. “You shouldn’t like the team that you’re trying to beat and they shouldn’t like you.”As far as Griffin is concerned, Rivers’ advice for him hasn’t changed. He’s got to keep his cool and play the game.“I don’t give it enough thought,” said Rivers, when asked if the Warriors are trying to get under Griffin’s skin. “What I tell Blake and what I’ve told him all year, it’s basketball, and that’s it.”Griffin got his 16th technical of the regular season on Tuesday night against Denver, and was suspended without pay for the regular-season finale at Portland the next day.The teams split four games this season, and Rivers said he noticed that his team won both games in which it won the battle on the boards, and lost both it did not.Keeping tabs on guards Thompson (18.4-point average) and Stephen Curry (24.0) also will be paramount, especially when it comes to guarding the 3-point line.“It’s very crucial, that’s the way they get going,” Paul said. “They make a lot of 3s, they shoot a lot of 3s.”Curry and Thompson ranked Nos. 1 and 2 in the NBA with 261 and 223 made 3-pointers, respectively, during the regular season.And when the Clippers get going in their transition game, they are hard to stop as their league-leading 107.9 points-per-game average attests.Griffin isn’t certain how much any discord might play in this series.“But it’s going to be intense,” he said, “for sure.”Missing from the Warriors will be post Andrew Bogut, out with a fractured rib. That’s a big loss for Golden State. He was averaging 7.3 points. More importantly, the 7-footer he was pulling down 10 rebounds per game.On the other hand, Clippers reserve forward Danny Granger – out several games with a hamstring injury – is expected back.The Clippers lost to Memphis in the first round of the playoffs last season. The Warriors defeated Denver and lost to San Antonio in the conference semifinals.See Clippers-Warriors playoff preview | Follow the Inside the Clippers blogcenter_img “I can see how that gets under people’s skin and be frustrating to play against.”Griffin has history. In a two-point loss Christmas Day at Golden State, he was ejected after receiving two technicals, his teammates claiming the Warriors were purposely trying to goad Griffin into the technicals. Then in a victory March 13 over Golden State at Staples Center, Jermaine O’Neal got into it verbally with Griffin during a timeout, and O’Neal received a technical.After the game, O’Neal confronted Griffin outside the Clippers’ locker room. Although it did not get physical, as the story goes it was a heated discussion, yet they did shake hands.If the Clippers are still ticked, they’re not saying they are. Griffin refused to fire back.“This isn’t my thing,” he said. “I play basketball. I don’t want to get into a back and forth. I think we’re ready to play. It sounds like they are, too.”last_img read more

‘It’s going to turn’ for slumping Austin Barnes, Dodgers manager believes

first_img How Dodgers pitcher Ross Stripling topped the baseball podcast empire Dodgers’ Max Muncy trying to work his way out of slow start Barnes started the season 10 for his first 29 with two home runs. It has been all downhill offensively since — particularly after that brief trip to the Injured List with a groin injury in late May. In his first 22 games since returning, Barnes batted .150 with a miserable .424 OPS.His struggles have a familiar look. After batting .289 with an .895 OPS in 2017, he slumped through the 2018 season, batting .205 with a .619 OPS — numbers very similar to this year.Barnes acknowledged Friday that he’s “been in this situation before” but only offered “keep grinding” and focusing on the day-to-day as solutions to finding a way out of it.Barnes has still been performing at a high level defensively, Roberts said. But Smith lurks over his shoulder, a phone call away.Related Articles Dodgers hit seven home runs, sweep Colorado Rockies DERBY DAYJoc Pederson said he had no problem recovering from his epic Home Run Derby standoff with Vladimir Guerrero Jr.“I felt good the next day,” Pederson said. “You definitely get gassed when you’re doing it. But I was fine the next day.”Pederson hit 60 home runs in two rounds against Alex Bregman and Guerrero then headed to Cape Cod with his family after the Derby experience and spent three days there, not picking up a bat again until Friday at Fenway Park.After hitting 20 home runs to earn an invitation into the Home Run Derby at the 2015 All-Star Game, Pederson hit just six more in 62 games, batting .178 after the All-Star break — the extension of a slump that actually started before the All-Star break.But he is not really a believer in the myth that has been created about the Derby adversely affecting the swings of hitters who participate.“I don’t think so,” he said. “(When hitters have slumped after the Derby) who’s to say that they wouldn’t have slumped anyway?’”With the Dodgers facing three left-handed starting pitchers in Boston, Pederson’s first at-bat after the All-Star break was as a pinch-hitter Saturday night. His first start will probably not come until Monday in Philadelphia.“It is what it is,” he said of the familiar platoon frustrations. “When somebody asked if the HR Derby affects your swing. I said I think not playing for 7 days probably affects your swing more.”MEASURING STICKRoberts was asked before Saturday’s game if playing the Boston Red Sox this weekend — or the New York Yankees in September — would serve as a good measure for the Dodgers to see how they stack up against potential American League postseason teams.“No,” said Roberts whose team lost four of its first five interleague games this season. “I think it’s fun to debate and to see a team you don’t see very often — and a team we lost to in the World Series. But we know the talent that we have. If there is an opportunity to go through Boston or New York down the road, I don’t think we’re too concerned about that right now as far as a bar, where we’re at, as a marker. We just need to win a baseball game, to be quite honest. I think it’s what, four (losses) in a row?“We just need to win a baseball game, against anyone.”UP NEXTDodgers (LHP Hyun-Jin Ryu 10-2, 1.73 ERA) at Red Sox (LHP David Price 7-2, 3.24 ERA) 4:05 p.m. ESPN, AM 570 Cody Bellinger homer gives Dodgers their first walkoff win of season center_img Fire danger is on Dave Roberts’ mind as Dodgers head to San Francisco BOSTON — It was bad timing.With two on and one out in a 3-1 game Friday night, Dodgers manager Dave Roberts did not pinch hit for Austin Barnes in the seventh inning. Barnes struck out, extending a 3-for-33 slump and dropping his batting average to .203.At the same time in Memphis, Will Smith was hitting two home runs for Triple-A Oklahoma City, raising his average with OKC to .282, his OPS to .989 with 16 home runs and 44 RBI in 54 games there. Smith, of course, also has two walkoff home runs with the Dodgers this season.“Austin is really working hard,” Roberts said. “The results certainly haven’t been there since he came back from the IL. But I do believe he’s taking better swings. Where I could have said before going on the IL, he was trying way too hard and pressing, I think right now, yeah, he’s frustrated that he’s not getting hits. But I still think the at-bat quality, for me — it’s getting better.” “I know the results aren’t there. I’m not blind,” Roberts said. “But I believe it’s going to turn for Austin.” Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

Bellator 222: Darrion Caldwell out to defend bantamweight title, home turf against Kyoji Horiguchi

first_imgThe first time Darrion Caldwell faced off with Kyogi Horiguchi, everything was on the Japanese standout’s terms.The fight took place in Saitama, Japan at Rizin 14 and was contested inside a ring, with the vacant Rizin bantamweight title hanging in the balance. While the rule set allowed for kicks to the head of a grounded opponent, it also limited elbow strikes, a staple of the Bellator champion’s arsenal. Join DAZN and watch Bellator 222 on June 14Despite starting well, Caldwell would fall to the former UFC flyweight, who has morphed into one of the top pound-for-pound fighters in the world since his release, as Horiguchi made him pay for leaving his neck exposed on a takedown attempt early in the third round, securing a fight-ending guillotine choke.“I think everything that could have went wrong, went wrong,” said Caldwell, reflecting on his first encounter with Horiguchi before their second meeting Friday night at Madison Square Garden. “Obviously we were fighting in a ring, as opposed to a cage, so that was definitely foreign to me.“I did a few mitt sessions inside a ring leading up to that fight, but no wrestling, no grappling, but not really anything where I got used to it and got the feel of it,” continued Caldwell, who carries a 13-2 matchup into the Bellator 222 main card opener. “The rules in general (were a challenge). You see me early on in a kimura and then in the course of action, we had to break and start again and break, so there was a lot going on there.”Now, just shy of six months since their first encounter, Caldwell gets the opportunity to avenge his loss — only this time, he’ll be the one with the home field advantage.Although he now trains and resides in California, Friday’s event at MSG is like a homecoming for the 31-year-old titleholder, who was born and raised in Rahway, New Jersey.From the high school where Caldwell was a three-sport athlete and a three-time state champion on the wrestling mats to “The Mecca” in Manhattan takes about 40 minutes on the Garden State Parkway, give or take, depending on traffic.And as meaningful as it is to Caldwell to compete inside the venerable old barn situated atop Penn Station, it’s the fact that it’s his belt on the line this time that has him even more fired up for Friday.“(This fight) means everything,” said Caldwell, who won the Bellator bantamweight title from Eduardo Dantas in October 2017. “He’s coming on my home turf and he’s coming to fight for my belt. He’s essentially coming to where I was born and raised, so for him to come on this side and try to take what’s mine, there is a lot more on the table here for me.“It’s a cool experience to be able to fight at Madison Square Garden, but more importantly, it’s a better feeling knowing that I’m going out there to fight for a world championship,” he continued. “Doesn’t matter if I’m fighting in Madison Square Garden or Thackerville, Oklahoma — to defend that Bellator banner and my world championship belt means more to me than anything.”While Caldwell has been out of action since New Year’s Eve in Saitama, Horiguchi returned to action towards the end of April, collecting his ninth consecutive victory under the Rizin banner and pushing his winning streak to 12 in the process.The 28-year-old, who trains out of American Top Team in Coconut Creek, FL., is 27-2 overall and 21-1 over his last 22 fights, with his lone loss coming in a “sooner- than-anticipated” UFC flyweight title fight against Demetrious Johnson at UFC 186 in Montreal.Since then, he’s beaten a number of veteran talents and a host of champions from other promotions, including Caldwell, to emerge as one of the top fighters in the sport and a burgeoning superstar in his native Japan.“I think it was more important for him to get another fight in before he fought me again,” Caldwell said when asked about facing Horiguchi in back-to-back fights. “As we see, he felt it was necessary to go out and fight some chump that just got booted from the UFC and make it seem like it was a big dal.”Though he was dismissive of Horiguchi’s bout with Ben Nguyen, a catchweight affair at 132 pounds the Rizin champion won by technical knockout in under three minutes, Caldwell does acknowledge the skill his adversary on Friday brings to the table and believes he’s a welcomed addition to the Bellator MMA roster.MORE: Join DAZN and watch more than 100 fight nights a yearHe simply believes Horiguchi has bitten off more than he can chew for his promotional debut. “I think Horiguchi is a great addition to the Bellator bantamweight division and he’s going to come in here and mix things up,” said Caldwell, who acknowledged that he was eager for a new threat to be added to the 135-pound ranks after ostensibly cleaning out the division on the way to winning and defending his title. “But I think he bit off a little more than he can chew in his first go-round.“I’m going to go out there and strangle this guy. I’m going to put my hands and elbows on him,” he continued. “When I say ‘everything went wrong,’ those are things I couldn’t do — I couldn’t put my elbows on this guy. These are rules that don’t favor me. Sure, it’s cool to be able to soccer kick somebody in the face while they’re grounded, but that’s not my game. I like to apply pressure, throw elbows, land solid strikes on the ground and take the will out of my opponent.“I know to break Horiguchi mentally is going to be a task,” Caldwell added. “So, June 14, I’m going to go out there and shut his body off.”last_img read more