Brixton in Greenford Park buy-up

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ATP, PFA join forces on DKK1bn private equity fund

first_imgDenmark’s ATP and PFA have jointly invested DKK1bn (€134m) in a new private equity fund targeting Nordic technology firms.The two pension providers, Denmark’s largest, have committed the money to a fund managed by Via Venture Partners.Henrik Nøhr Poulsen, CIO of PFA’s asset manager, said PFA had previously enjoyed positive results from joint ventures with ATP.“We have conducted the usually thorough, compulsory due-diligence investigations, and Via Venture Partners has – especially with its last fund – demonstrated extraordinary performance,” he said. “The foundation, therefore, is in place for us to invest.”Managing partner of ATP Private Equity Partners, Torben Vangstrup, said he hoped Via Ventures would continue to generate returns for both pension investors, while driving growth in companies in which it buys stakes.ATP contributed DKK2bn to the first two funds launched, which generated a profit of SKK556m.The previous two funds have invested in a range of businesses, targeting commitments of €10m-100m in Nordic companies since the first fund’s launch in 2006.Previous investments on behalf of ATP include a DKK500m stake in NEAS Energy, an energy trading and asset management company, which saw the statutory pension fund acquire a 30% stake in the company.last_img read more

‘Pusher’ arrested in Silay buy-bust

first_imgBACOLOD City – Police arrested a man in a drug buy-bust operation in Barangay 1, Silay City, Negros Occidental. The suspect was detained in the lockup facility of the Silay City police station. Charges for violation of Republic Act 9165, or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of 2002 will be filed against him./PN Four sachets of suspected shabu valued at around P54,000 were seized from 53-year-old resident Jeofrey Barnuevo, a police report showed. Barnuevo was nabbed after he sold a sachet of suspected illegal drugs to an undercover officer for P4,000 around 11:a.m. on July 27, it added.last_img

CBS affiliate to televise local high school football games

first_imgELLSWORTH — Central and eastern Maine CBS affiliate WABI is planning to televise three Hancock County high school football games this season.The first televised game can be seen on WABI affiliate The CW at 7 p.m. tomorrow, Sept. 7, when Ellsworth/Sumner faces Orono on the road. The Eagles defeated the Red Riots 41-3 in Ellsworth last year.On Sept. 28, Bucksport will get its turn on The CW when it hosts Mattanawcook Academy at 7 p.m. The Golden Bucks beat the Lynx in three overtimes when the teams met in the regular season last year and earned a season sweep in October’s Class D North semifinal rematch with a 49-6 win.Mount Desert Island will appear on CBS when it plays Nokomis on the road at 1 p.m. Oct. 6. MDI won 44-22 when the teams met in last year’s regular season finale.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textOther games to be televised are Hermon at Maine Central Institute at 7 p.m. Sept. 21, Lawrence at Winslow at 1 p.m. Sept. 29 and the Class C North championship game at 1 p.m. Nov. 10 in Hampden.last_img read more

Football News Real Madrid delivered a winning response to Zinedine Zidane’s stinging criticism

first_imgMadrid: Real Madrid delivered a winning response to Zinedine Zidane’s stinging criticism as Mariano Diaz scored twice in a 3-2 victory over Villarreal on Sunday. An angry Zidane questioned the attitude of his players after last week’s 1-0 loss to Rayo Vallecano and reacted by making more changes, with Luka Modric and Gareth Bale not even included in the squad.”I am the coach,” Zidane said. “I pick the squad and that’s it.” Instead, youngsters like Jesus Vallejo, Brahim Diaz and Federico Valverde were given chances to impress, along with Mariano, who has barely been used since joining from Lyon last summer.His two goals, either side of Vallejo scoring his first for the club, were enough, despite Jaume Costa pulling a late goal back for Villarreal to set up an unexpectedly nervy finish.”We played better than against Rayo,” Zidane said.”We needed that and the players needed it. We played well, no more, we’re not throwing flowers into the air. We did the job and we won.” The result leaves third-placed Madrid six points behind Atletico Madrid in La Liga with two games left. Villarreal stay five points above 18th-placed Real Valladolid, who play at home to Athletic Bilbao later on Sunday. Madrid would need to win both of their remaining matches and Atletico lose both of theirs to prevent Diego Simeone’s side finishing as the top team in the capital for the second year running.But more of a concern for Zidane will be the 15-point gap behind Barcelona, which would likely be even bigger had the already-crowned champions not rested players for the Champions League in recent weeks. Zidane warned Madrid’s expectant fans on Saturday that much of his current squad will still be at the club next season but this felt like another exercise in experimentation, inside a Santiago Bernabeu that looked only a little over half full.Mariano’s display begs the question whether he could have been more useful during a campaign where his team have struggled for goals. In that regard, the sight of Vinicius Junior coming off the bench here and making his first appearance in two months after recovering from injury will also have been a welcome boost.Mariano had scored inside two minutes, prodding in after Santi Cazorla had been robbed in midfield by the energetic Brahim. The advantage lasted only nine minutes as this time Casemiro was caught napping in his own half, allowing Gerard Moreno the chance to fire past Thibaut Courtois at the near post.Madrid settled as Dani Carvajal hit the post from distance before Vallejo put them back in front shortly before half-time. Marcelo weaved in from the left and his blocked shot fell at Vallejo’s feet, the 22-year-old finishing from four yards. Madrid made it three early in the second half, Mariano tapping in Carvajal’s cross before Vinicius came on to a warm reception with 16 minutes left.An otherwise comfortable afternoon ended frantically as Costa, on off the bench planted the ball past Courtois, and there was still time for one more Villarreal attack. Xavi Quintilla might even have snatched an unlikely draw but, free at the back post, he skewed his finish wide. Madrid held on.Earlier, Getafe took another step closer to sealing fourth place and Champions League qualification as they beat Girona 2-0.Goals from Jorge Molina and Rodriguez Diaz leave Getafe three points ahead of Sevilla with two games left. Defeat for Girona means they drop into the bottom three, one point beneath Real Valladolid, who edged to a 1-0 victory over Athletic Bilbao. Huesca’s stay in the top flight lasted just one season as a 6-2 rout at home to Valencia meant they were relegated as were Rayo Vallecano whose fate was sealed by Vallodolid’s win. For all the Latest Sports News News, Football News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more

PwC Chess4Change Mentorship Ends in Lagos

first_img“Before the mini chess challenge, students were taught by PwC representatives on how to set your goals, choosing a career path, believe in yourself and learning from mistakes. All sessions were inspiring and also created a closer touch point between the PwC brand and the students.“After the mentorship session, the mini challenge commenced with representatives from the participating schools.“The mini challenge aims to assess the students’ abilities in the game of chess as well as prepare for the Grand Slam tournament in March,” the organisers informed.The schools that took part in the programme  are; Eva Adelaja Girls Senior Secondary School,, Bariga, Immaculate Heart Comprehensive Senior School, Maryland, CMS Girls Senior Secondary, Bariga, Ireti Senior Grammar School, Ikoyi, Eko Akete Grammar, Lagos Island, Wahab Folawiyo Senior High School, Osborne, Kuramo Senior Secondary School, Victoria Island, Falomo High School, Ikoyi, Birrel Avenue Senior High School, Sabo.Others are; Lagos City College, Yaba, New Era Senior Secondary School, Surulere, Government Senior College, Eric Moore, St. Timothy College, Onike,Yaba, Jubilee Model Senior Grammar School, Orile Iganmu, Sari Iganmu Senior Secondary School, Orile, EUBA Junior Secondary School, Mushin, Unity Junior High School, Oshodi, and Eko Boys High School, Mushin.The initiative sponsored by PricewaterhouseCoopers(PwC); one of the world’s leading audit and advisory firms was supporters by the Lagos State Ministry of Education and Nigeria Chess FederationShare this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram The curtains have been drawn on this year’s edition of the PwC Chess4Change mentorship programme and mini challenge championship in Lagos.The two-day programme,  according to the organisers, is aimed at tutoring secondary school students the game of chess as well as enlightening the students on skill sets and tenets that will help them thrive in school and in life.The programme was hosted in Akande Dahusi Memorial Junior High School and Immaculate Heart Comprehensive High School, Maryland, Lagos.last_img read more

Liverpool Breeze Past Arsenal to Stay Top

first_imgLiverpool manager Jurgen Klopp says his side “do not need to excite everyone in every second” after a comfortable victory over Arsenal maintained their place at the top of the Premier League.The Reds also preserved their 100% start to the Premier League season as Mohamed Salah scored twice to add to Joel Matip’s first-half header in a dominant performance at Anfield.“It was a performance full of power, energy, greed and passion, which I think you need against a team like Arsenal.” Klopp told Sky Sports. Salah (middle) scored a brace against Arsenal saturday “The last 10 minutes I saw the possession – 53 to 47% or something like that – but over 80 minutes it must have been completely different. We were completely in charge of the game.“We are not Disneyland, we do not need to excite everyone in every second.”The Gunners, the only other side in the top flight to win their first two games, had opportunities to shock Liverpool in a tight first half, especially when record £72m signing Nicolas Pepe shot straight at keeper Adrian after running clear.Liverpool took control when Matip put them ahead with a powerful header from Trent Alexander-Arnold’s corner four minutes before the interval.And any hopes manager Unai Emery had of watching his side mount a recovery were snuffed out in the 49th minute after a moment of madness from new signing David Luiz, who needlessly dragged Salah back in the area.Liverpool’s Egyptian attacker drilled home the penalty and then embarrassed Luiz again out on the touchline at the start of a dazzling run that ended with a low, curling finish into the bottom corner just before the hour.Arsenal substitute Lucas Torreira pulled one back late on, but nothing was getting in the way of Liverpool’s 12th successive league victory, equalling their best sequence in the top flight under Kenny Dalglish between April and October 1990.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Caz girls ousted by Lowville; Chittenango eliminated by VVS

first_imgOne more time, senior Lindsey Lawson tried to bring her team back. The Harvard-bound forward led a late charge as she worked her total to 32 points, with Carleigh Szalach adding nine points and Julia Bauder getting seven points.Lowville held on by having four players score in double figures. Sara Wood led with 17 points and Anna Wood had 12 points, with Brown getting 10 points and Emma Dening earning 11 points.Chittenango, holding the no. 12 seed, did have to play on Thursday in the opening round against no. 21 seed Canastota, and had little trouble topping the Raiders 80-27.After a relatively close first quarter, the Bears went on a 40-10 run over the course of the second and third periods, ultimately getting five players to score in double figures.Ally Shoemaker led with 14 points, but Cassidy Kelly and Emily Moon were right behind her, each getting 13 points as Avree Salce produced 11 points, a number that Sarah Lanphear matched.This led to a second-round match Saturday between Chittenango and no. 5 seed Vernon-Verona-Sherrill, and despite a ferocious late comeback, the Bears’ season ended with a 55-51 defeat to the Red Devils.A whistle-plagued first half included Kelly and Moon both picking up three fouls. VVS had those issues, too (Morgan Brewer picked up four fouls), but still handled the situation better and Chittenango trailed 30-19 at halftime.Things hadn’t changed much until early in the fourth quarter when the Bears, down 42-33, picked up pressure and rattled off 10 unanswered points, Mekenzie Dahlin’s basket and free throw inching Chittenango in front 43-42.It went back and forth from there, Mia McReynolds hitting a pair of late 3-pointers that kept the Bears tied, 51-51, but VVS regained the lead with a pair of free throws.Then, trailing 53-51 and with a chance to tie or win it, Chittenango saw VVS’s Anna Rossi make a steal, get fouled and hit the clinching free throws with 2.9 seconds left. Brewer, despite her foul trouble, led the Red Devils with 16 points.Before all this, Cazenovia closed its regular season last Tuesday by defeating Port Byron 46-29, an impressive effort, given that the Panthers were 13-6 going into the game.Up 12-4 through one period, the Lakers surrendered that edge as Port Byron seized an 18-16 halftime lead, but Cazenovia’s defense controlled matters in the second half, rarely letting the Panthers get an open shot.Lawson produced 27 points, helped by Szalach, who had 12 points. Together, they were responsible for 15 of the Lakers’ 17 field goals.Share this:FacebookTwitterLinkedInRedditComment on this Story Tags: CazenoviaChittenangogirls basketball Never before had so many teams qualified for the girls basketball Section III Class B playoffs – 23 in all. Now the trick, for the likes of Cazenovia and Chittenango, was to try and make it through the early rounds.The Lakers had the better short-term situation, holding the no. 9 seed, so it didn’t have to play in Thursday’s opening round, instead skipping ahead to the second round and a trip north to face no. 8 seed Lowville.Yet even this could not keep Cazenovia from falling victim to a slow start that it would spend the rest of the night trying to recover from, not quite able to pull it off as the Red Raiders prevailed 58-51.center_img Whether it was the long road trip or the hard work done by a tough Lowville defense, the Lakers were cold from the field throughout the first half.Meanwhile, Red Raiders guard Sara Wood put her team in charge with four 3-pointers, one that came at the end of the first quarter, and helped her side take a 25-14 lead to the break.Then it was Sydney Brown’s turn to boost Lowville with outside shots in the third quarter, and she beat the buzzer with one of them that left Cazenovia trailing 44-28 with one period left.last_img read more

Trojans prepare for final two regular season games

first_imgThe two cellar dwellers have yet to meet this season, but matched up twice last season. The first meeting resulted in a tense four-point USC win at the Galen Center. Later in the year, the Cougars recorded one of their four conference wins with a 76-51 thrashing of the Trojans at Washington State’s Beasley Coliseum.USC’s offense looked anemic  in that contest, with then-junior guard J.T. Terrell being the only Trojan to get into double figures.  This year has been more of the same for first-year head coach Andy Enfield’s squad.Luckily for USC (10-19, 1-15 Pac-12), the Trojans will be matched up with the only Pac-12 team that has been as bad this season. Washington State (9-19, 2-14 Pac-12) is coming into the matchup against the Trojans following a 23-point rout at the hands of its in-state rival Washington Huskies, and is in the midst of a seven-game losing streak.This seems to be the last winnable game for Enfield’s team, with a game against Washington (16-13, 8-8) just around the corner to finish up the regular season. The Trojans have lost 10 games in a row — their worst streak since 2012.Shockingly, USC has actually led in the second half of six of the last 10 contests, and has been within five points in the second half of the other four games. The Trojans have been coming out of the gates strong, but have  struggled near the end of games where the outcome is usually decided by half-court offensive execution and free throw shooting.Acquiring an elusive second Pac-12 win will require that the Trojans stop Washington State’s dynamic guard DaVonte Lacy. The Tacoma, Wash. native  averages 19.6 points per game for the Cougars, and is the only player on his team averaging double figures. Forward D.J. Shelton leads the team with 9.3 rebounds per game.Meanwhile, Washington is led by a trio of dangerous guards in Andrew Andrews, C.J. Wilcox and Nigel Williams-Goss. Wilcox is the team’s leading scorer at 18.2 points per game. Williams-Goss,  Washington’s leading assist man at 4.1 per game, has come on strong in the last few games — the freshman dropped 17 points in the squad’s win over Washington State last week.Following this road trip against the Washington schools, the Trojans will prepare for the Pac-12 Tournament in Las Vegas next week. Presumably entering as the 12th (and last) seed, the Trojans will most likely be matched up with the highest-seeded team that does not have a first-day bye (the top four teams do not play until the second day).Interestingly enough, this means that the Trojans could be matched up with either Cal or Stanford — both teams they have competed very well against this season.Their only conference win, in fact, was a 77-69 triumph over the then-unbeaten in conference Cal Golden Bears.USC took Stanford to overtime in the second game of that road trip, with just eight points separating the team from a Bay Area sweep. The close loss represented the beginning of the current 10-game slide for the Trojans.Though the wins have been sparse, those inside the USC locker room genuinely believe that the Trojans have been improving steadily during Enfield’s tenure.“I think we’re getting better,” junior guard and leading scorer Byron Wesley said. “We’re playing free and enjoying ourselves.”The fans certainly are not enjoying the mounting losses, but at least this year’s basketball team can be credited with playing hard game in and game out.One of the major criticisms of Kevin O’Neill during his tenure as USC’s head coach was the overwhelming apathy that seemed to engulf the entire program. The Trojans this year have a pitiful record, but their coach believes they are playing hard.“I’m proud of our players,” Enfield said. “They’ve had great attitudes and they’ve been very enthusiastic.”Hopefully that enthusiasm will manifest itself into a pair of wins this week, just in time for a potential Pac-12 Tournament run. USC’s men’s basketball team is in Pullman, Wash. today, playing its second to last game of the season against the Washington State Cougars.Insufficient · Junior guard Byron Wesley averages 17.0 points per game but hasn’t been able to guide the Trojans to a victory in the past 10 contests. – Tucker McWhirter | Daily Trojanlast_img read more

Trojan tennis takes on ITA National Indoors

first_imgThe biggest tournament of the fall season is just around the corner, and USC’s men’s and women’s tennis teams are looking to take a bite out of the Big Apple.Second the best · Senior Yannick Hanfmann is currently ranked No. 2 in the nation by the Intercollegiate Tennis Association and earned the second seed at the ITA National Indoor Tournament in New York this week. – Ralf Cheung | Daily TrojanOn Thursday, play kicks off at the USTA/ITA National Indoor Intercollegiate Championship in Flushing, New York, and six players will represent Troy.On the women’s side, senior co-captain Zoë Scandalis and junior Giuliana Olmos will compete in the singles draw. Scandalis, who is ranked No. 15 in the ITA’s preseason singles rankings, will meet Houston’s No. 68 Despoina Vogasari in the first round, while 38th-ranked Olmos will clash with UNC’s 35th-ranked Caroline Price.Scandalis punched her ticket to New York by taking home the singles crown at the ITA Southwest Regional Championship. The San Diego native looked dominant throughout, not dropping a single set. Last year, Scandalis went 23-11 overall and made a trip to the ITA National Indoors with Olmos to compete in doubles. The duo made it to the semifinals but fell in a tough three-setter.Olmos will appear in both doubles and singles this year, after receiving an at-large berth for singles. Despite enjoying success with Scandalis in doubles last season (the duo went 22-8 and finished the season ranked No. 11 in the ITA poll), Olmos is now teaming up with freshman Gabby Smith. This pairing of youth and experience won the doubles title at the ITA Southwest Regionals to earn their spot at National Indoors.Olmos said that despite it being Smith’s first collegiate season, the two are a great match.“We have really good chemistry on the court, and that’s really important,” Olmos said. “We’re just getting used to playing aggressive and trying to take the net away from our opponents.”Their win at the regional tournament earned the squad a first-round bye, but in the second round, they’ll face Texas A&M’s Ines Dehaza and Rachel Pierson.The men’s team is also sending one doubles squad and two singles players to New York.Senior Yannick Hanfmann, who made the trip the last two years, headlines the group this week. The Karlsruhe, Germany, native is ranked No. 2 in the nation and earned the No. 2 seed in the tournament, behind only Louisville’s Sebastian Stiefelmeyer, who beat Hanfmann in the finals of the ITA All-American Championships last month.Last year, Hanfmann fell in the first round of ITA Indoors to Oklahoma’s Guillermo Alcorta, who he later beat in the Trojans’ victory over the Sooners in the NCAA Championship. This year, his first-round opponent is Ohio State’s Mikael Torpegaard, a freshman who earned a berth to the tournament by winning the ITA Midwest Regional championship. Torpegaard showed his ability to upset higher-ranked players, as he beat Illinois’ 6th-ranked Jared Hiltzik in the title match.Hanfmann will need to overcome his persistent knee injuries and stay on his toes to make a run in the tournament.He’ll also be pulling double duty, competing alongside senior Roberto Quiroz in the doubles draw. This international pairing (Quiroz hails from Guayaquil, Ecuador) has earned the No. 19 slot in the nation this preseason.“Roberto hasn’t played a ton this fall, which I would have liked for him to have done,” said USC men’s tennis head coach Peter Smith.Quiroz’s only action this season came at the ITA All-American tournament, where he and Hanfmann fell in the title match to the top-ranked team in the nation, Tennessee’s Mikelis Libietis and Hunter Reese.The team will aim for similar success this week, as they face the winner of the matchup between Columbia’s Richard Pham and Mike Vermeer, and NC State’s Ian Dempster and Robbie Mudge after their first round bye.Play kicks off in New York on Thursday morning and the tournament runs until Nov. 9.last_img read more