Macquarie Completes Green Investment Bank Buy

first_imgA Macquarie-led consortium has completed the acquisition of the Green Investment Bank from the UK government for GBP 2.3 billion.The consortium comprises Macquarie Group Limited, Macquarie European Infrastructure Fund 5 (MEIF5) and Universities Superannuation Scheme (USS).Macquarie said that the Green Investment Bank will remain one of the leading investors in green infrastructure in the UK and Europe, with added scope to further expand internationally.Macquarie will adopt the Green Investment Bank as its primary vehicle for principal investment in green projects in the UK and Europe and will consolidate its own existing UK and European principal investment business into that vehicle.The Green Investment Bank will work together with the Green Purposes Company Trustees to ensure all investments are aligned with its green purpose, Macquarie said. This will include publishing an annual report, featuring details of its green performance, and holding an annual industry day for stakeholders; the first of which will be held prior to the end of 2017.As previously announced, Macquarie has committed to the Green Investment Bank’s target of leading GBP 3 billion of investment in green energy projects over the next three years, operating in accordance with its established green purpose.In line with these commitments and in order to pursue the Green Investment Bank’s vision to invest in green infrastructure internationally and positively contribute to the globalisation of the renewables industry, the Green Investment Bank will now operate under the name Green Investment Group. This is necessary to overcome the legal and regulatory barriers to using the term “Bank” in many international markets, Macquarie said.The team will continue to be based in Edinburgh and London.The Green Investment Group will be led by Edward Northam, working closely with Macquarie Capital’s senior leadership team. Shaun Kingsbury will now step down from his role as Chief Executive Officer and will not join Macquarie Group.The Green Investment Group will continue to collaborate with the Department of Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy in the joint venture UK Climate Investments LLP (UKCI). The Green Investment Group remains committed to UKCI and its vision to invest in green infrastructure in selected developing countries.Daniel Wong, Head of Macquarie Capital Europe, said: “Combined with Macquarie’s resources as the world’s largest infrastructure investor, the Green Investment Group will be uniquely placed to continue in its pioneering role in the world’s transition to a low-carbon economy. We look forward to growing the Green Investment Group’s capacity and its contribution to the UK and global renewables markets.”last_img

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Purdue Men’s Basketball

first_imgPurdue fans are rejoicing because Caleb Swanigan and Vince Edwards both pulled out of the NBA draft and are returning to Purdue.  With the addition of a 5th-year senior who will be a contender for a starting guard position, the Boilermakers should be able to compete for a Big Ten Title again next year.I know the lure of big money is out there, but both of these players were not nearly ready to join the NBA. Edwards especially would at best have found himself trying to play pro basketball somewhere other than the United States and getting no where close to the money he dreamed of getting in the regular NBA.  Swanigan was closer to being ready, but another year of college will probably make him a lottery pick next year, and then he will get the big bucks.  Fortunately for Purdue fans, both of these guys evidently had the right advisers.  They are back where they belong.last_img

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Man Utd press ahead with signing of Aston Villa star

first_img Loading… Grealish has been in superb form this season with seven goals and six assists in 26 Premier League starts, as he tries to keep his boyhood club in the Premier League. But despite United’s determination, Gabriel Agbonlahor reckons Grealish will stay loyal to his hometown team and says he will reject the chance to join United purely for his love of the Villans. “I think he will stay,” the former Villa striker told the Claret & Blue podcast, as relayed by the Manchester Evening News. read also:Shearer: Man Utd must sign Grealish, Sancho, Kane “I know everyone’s 50/50 but I think he will because the club’s built around him. “Villa will stay up and the club will be built around him again.” FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has been tracking the 24-year-old for 18 months and has now decided to give the green light for a move despite the player’s recent indiscretions. The England hopeful was fined £150,000 by Villa in March and forced to apologise after attending a friend’s late-night house party, crashing his motor, and breaking coronavirus lockdown restrictions. But Solskjaer has conducted detailed background checks and, according to The Sun “only heard good things about Grealish, his character and what he would bring to Old Trafford”. Villa do not want to lose Grealish but they are aware of the player’s desire to play at elite level and £70million will be enough to sign the Villa skipper. However, if the club were to be relegated there is a feeling at Old Trafford that £50million would be enough to get Grealish on board.Advertisement Promoted ContentTop 10 Enemies Turned Friends in TVWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?8 Weird Facts About Coffee That Will Surprise You7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend Better6 Extreme Facts About Hurricanes8 Superfoods For Growing Hair Back And Stimulating Its Growth10 Largest Cities In The WorldBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For Them5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksTop 7 Best Car Manufacturers Of All TimeFantastic-Looking (and Probably Delicious) Bread Art9 Facts You Should Know Before Getting A Tattoo Manchester United will press ahead with the signing of Aston Villa star Jack Grealish this summer, claims a report.last_img

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Update: Freshman water polo player Jon Walters dies at 19

first_imgJon Walters, a freshman water polo player who contributed to USC’s record sixth straight NCAA title, died of a heart attack on Wednesday, the Orange County Register reported. He was 19.Freshman two-meter Jon Walters, who contributed to USC’s record sixth straight NCAA title, died Wednesday. – Corey Marquetti | Daily TrojanWalters fell into a coma on Jan. 1 and suffered a heart attack, his father told the Orange County Register.“Jon was a great Trojan, and an outstanding young man from a wonderful family,” USC water polo head coach Jovan Vavic said in a statement. “He and his family were loved by all of us on the USC water polo team. I am deeply saddened, and I speak for our team in saying that this is a terrible loss of a friend and teammate. Our prayers go out to Jon’s family in hopes that they find comfort.”The true freshman two-meter man contributed to USC’s title run this past season, with 17 goals on the season including two goals in a 10-3 win over St. Francis Brooklyn in the NCAA semifinal game last month. The Trojans captured their record sixth straight NCAA title on Dec. 8.Prior to entering USC, Walters led Mater Dei High School in Santa Ana, Calif. to the 2012 CIF-Southern Section Division 1 title, was named the 2012 Player of the Year by the Orange County Register, a first team All-American and the 2012 CIF Player of the Year.Larry Esslinger of the Orange County Sheriff’s Coroner Division told the Daily Trojan that the death certificate has yet to be signed so a cause of death cannot be determined.“There probably won’t be an autopsy that will be done, just the doctor treating [Walters] will probably sign the death certificate,” Esslinger said.Editor’s Note: The post has been updated to include a statement by the Orange County Sheriff’s Coroner Division.Kate Guarino contributed to this report.last_img

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USC quickly decimated by the Utah Utes

first_imgThe USC Trojans (9-12, 1-8 Pac-12) were blown out by the No. 11 Utah Utes (17-4, 7-2) by a score of 67-39.The Utes dominated from start to finish, jumping out to an early 20-point first-half lead and never looking back. The Trojans, who entered the game fresh off a heartbreaking triple-overtime loss to the Colorado Buffaloes last Thursday, came out sluggish and never got their offense going.Utah played spectacular defense in the first half, holding the Trojans to 12 points on 19 percent shooting from the field. Led by 7-foot-one Austrian center Jakob Poeltl, the Utes dominated in the paint, bullying their way to 22 points in the paint and 19 first-half rebounds.While USC has been inconsistent with their offense throughout the season, their defense has been able keep them competitive. The Utes were able to shoot 45 percent from the field and had 9 second-chance points, however, which brought them to a 32-12 first-half lead.“We didn’t play well in the first half. A lot had to do with what Utah was doing and a lot to do with what we weren’t doing,” head coach Andy Enfield said. “We missed some shots. I thought our defense played not [terribly].”After his starters fell behind by as much as 29 points in the second half, Enfield decided to give his bench a chance to make something happen with 16 minutes left in the game.Over the next six minutes, the Trojan bench would lead a spirited 13-1 run that saw USC climb to just a 17-point deficit, sparking Utah to return their starters to the game.“I was very proud of our bench coming in and increasing the energy and increasing the productivity. Really proud of those guys. They came in and did what we needed to do,” Enfield said.Unfortunately, a quick 12-2 run by the Utes all but sealed a victory with just five minutes to play.Just one game after combining for over 65 point, redshirt sophomore guard Katin Reinhardt and sophomore forward Nikola Jovanovic really struggled to find their shot against a stout Utah defense. Jovanovic was held under double digits for the first time in over 10 games and Reinhardt had one of his worst games in recent memory with just 6 points and one assist.Freshman point guard Jordan McLaughlin’s struggles continued. The guard has yet to put together a solid game since returning from an ugly elbow injury. McLaughlin was held scoreless on 0-7 shooting and recorded his first game without an assist. Enfield also held his star guard to just six minutes in the second half.“We have extreme confidence in Jordan. I’m sure he will start making a higher percentage of his shots. Unfortunately he’s just had a hard time getting some shots in,” Enfield said. “We’re not down on him at all. He’s going to be a special player in this league. He’s just going through a slump right now.”Forward Malik Martin led the Trojans with 11 points, two rebounds, two steals and a block. Martin had arguably his best game as a Trojan and was a main component of USC’s second-half comeback push.The Utes had 11 players score, including three in double digits. Poeltl led Utah with 14 points and nine rebounds. Leading scorer Delon Wright chipped in 11 points, five rebounds and three steals, rounding out a great         all-around performance from the Utes.USC had a hard time dealing with Utah’s size advantage. The Trojans were held to 27 percent shooting from the field, were outscored in the paint 38-18 and out-rebounded 39-26. With a lack of size down low, the Trojans have been exposed by numerous Pac-12 teams, Utah being the latest.USC has lost six straight games and sits last in the      Pac-12 standings. The Trojans will make the short trip up to the Bay Area this week to take on the Cal and Stanford. The Trojans tip off against the Bears this Thursday, Feb. 5 at 8 p.m. USC’s last win came against the Bears almost a month ago on Jan. 7.last_img

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Hailie Deegan, Brehanna Daniels, Breanna O’Leary carrying the torch for women in motorsports

first_img“I receive messages, pictures and videos on a daily basis of parents showing me their little girls trying to change a tire,” Daniels said. “Young people, old people, everyone reaching out.”And, she happily reminds us, her ability to achieve this goal is also a reminder for others what devotion and pursuit can achieve no matter the hurdles you must overcome.Holly Cain writes for the NASCAR Wire Service. Friday, March 8, marked International Women’s Day — and in the sporting world, in particular, it’s appropriate to look at how women’s roles have changed with a concept so basic as opportunity.Deegan and many women involved in the competition side of NASCAR continue to carry the torch forward.MORE: Deegan wins again in K&N Pro Series”I think that’s the great thing about NASCAR,” Deegan said. “There’s so much room for a girl to come in and take over the sport, do things no one else has done. In the world now, there’s not a lot of areas to do that and I think NASCAR presents a lot of opportunities for a girl to come in and to really do that.”That certainly has been the case in ways both ordinary and high-profile. The NASCAR industry has women in major leadership positions — from Lesa France Kennedy, who is CEO of the International Motorsports Corporation and vice chairperson of the NASCAR Board of Directors, to Julie Giese, who oversees this week’s race venue, ISM Raceway outside Phoenix, to Jill Gregory, who serves as NASCAR’s executive vice president and chief marketing officer.But the sport also has women working hard on race day in other varied and innovative ways — driving cars like Deegan, working on pit crews like Brehanna Daniels and Breanna O’Leary, and serving as race engineers such as Angela Ashmore and Andrea Mueller — all roles that even recent generations didn’t necessarily foresee. Ashley Partlett Malec was among the pioneers who worked in the garage for Chip Ganassi Racing for years.Both Deegan and Giese were just named to Forbes Magazine’s prestigious Women to Watch in 2019 list. The recognition is well-deserved and something these women are glad to embrace. Best of all, they aren’t alone in their endeavors.MORE: Alba Colon brings world of experience to Hendrick Motorsports”Everything I’ve worked for and everything I’ve planned to accomplish, I’ve wanted this all to happen,” Deegan said of her increasing success in NASCAR.”I think I just put the most pressure on myself. There is other pressure, but mostly from me wanting to perform the best I can, not just going out there and being the best of a couple girls. I want to be the best driver out there.”Daniels and O’Leary share the same kind of sentiment in terms of working hard. Both were college athletes, however, and neither says they had even considered working in the NASCAR industry until rather unlikely paths were established.Daniels still laughs telling the story of when the game announcer for the Norfolk State University women’s basketball team she played for, stopped her one day at lunch — mid-bite — to encourage her to attend an on-campus tryout for the NASCAR Drive for Diversity Pit Crew Development program.”She told me, ‘I feel like you’ll do a really good job because you do good at anything you put your mind to,'” Daniels recalled.”She pulled out her phone and showed me a video of a pit stop and my reaction was, ‘Dang, that’s fast.’ Not knowing much about anything, I was just fascinated by it all.”Daniels vividly remembers an unlikely source of motivation she gained while attending the tryout. She was the only woman among four men at this particular stop and one of the other male students participating told her, “Girls don’t really make it in this” — that this line of work was not for women.”That just gave me that extra motivation to make this happen,” Daniels said. “I’m going to score, I’m going to be that change, that difference.”And she has been. The rest of the story is both “history,” as the saying goes, and the future.O’Leary shares a similar NASCAR origin story. Like Daniels, she hadn’t been a particularly robust fan of the sport. She was a college softball player at Alcorn State University in Mississippi and working a job as a graduate assistant in the school’s strength and training program.She tried out for NASCAR Drive for Diversity in 2016 and, following a national combine, was selected for the program and began working with race teams. O’Leary credits the hard work and mental strength she developed as a college athlete to help her in this completely new venture. It was admittedly outside her comfort zone and a personal challenge.”Everybody is shocked at first, then thinks it’s just the coolest thing ever,” O’Leary says of read more

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How many championships did Michael Jordan win? Breaking down his NBA Finals runs

first_imgHow many championships did Michael Jordan win?  ESPN’s 10-part documentary, “The Last Dance,” concludes Sunday, chronicling the Chicago Bulls’ dynasty in the 1990s and detailing the franchise’s NBA championship runs with Michael Jordan.   How does Jordan’s NBA Finals record compare to LeBron?  Jordan comparisons always lead to LeBron James, who has nine NBA Finals appearances and three NBA championships.  Jordan and James both have lengthy statistical resumes, but that six-championship trump card gets played the most in the debate.  James had the Lakers at the top of the Western Conference before the season was suspended because of the outbreak of COVID-19. James turns 36 in December. Jordan retired from basketball for good when he was 40 years old after two seasons with the Washington Wizards. The focus is on Jordan, who pushed the Bulls to those championship runs.  The full clip from #LastDanceMichael Jordan on Leadership. pic.twitter.com/vsQJpCnhfK— Yonathan Seleshi (@yonathanseleshi) May 13, 2020MORE: Michael Jordan’s six championship Bulls teams, rankedHow many NBA championships did Michael Jordan win?  Jordan led the Bulls to six NBA championships from 1991-98. The Bulls won three straight NBA championships from 1991-93 and three more from 1996-98.  Jordan was the NBA Finals MVP in all six NBA championship runs.  Who did Jordan’s Bulls beat in the NBA Finals?  Here is a look at the NBA Finals runs Jordan led with Chicago  1991 NBA Finals Chicago beat the Los Angeles Lakers — led by Magic Johnson — in five games. Jordan averaged 31.2 points per game, 11.4 assists and 6.6 rebounds in the series – which he highlighted with the iconic “switch hands” layup.  1992 NBA Finals  Chicago beat Portland in six games for its second NBA championship. Jordan scored 35 of his 39 points in Game 1 – which is best remembered for “The Shrug.” Jordan averaged 35.8 points, 6.5 assists and 4.8 rebounds for the series.  1993 NBA Finals  Phoenix had NBA MVP Charles Barkley, but the Bulls won the series in six games behind Jordan, who averaged 41 points, 8.5 rebounds and 6.3 assists for the series.  1996 NBA Finals  The Bulls won 72 games in the regular season, and they beat Seattle in six games for their fourth NBA championship. Jordan led Chicago with 27.3 points, 5.3 rebounds and 4.2 assists. The Bulls clinched the series on Father’s Day, which was especially meaningful for Jordan because it was first championship since his father James died.  1997 NBA Finals  The Jazz had NBA MVP Karl Malone, but the Bulls won the series in six games behind Jordan, who averaged 32.3 points, seven rebounds and six assists. This series featured the famous “Flu Game” in Game 5 where Jordan scored 38 points despite battling flu-like symptoms.   1998 NBA Finals  Jordan led the final NBA championship run that is being chronicled in “The Last Dance.” Chicago beat Utah in six games, and Jordan closed the series in Game 6 with “The Shot” over Byron Russell. Jordan averaged 33.5 points, four rebounds and 2.3 assists in the series.  MORE: Ranking Michael Jordan’s Bulls championship teammatesCould Jordan have more titles?  Jordan retired after the 1993 season and missed most of the next two seasons, and the Bulls reached the Eastern Conference semifinals each of those two seasons. Perhaps they make a deeper run with Jordan and face the Houston Rockets – who won back-to-back NBA championships in those two seasons.  The Bulls also reached the Eastern Conference finals in 1989 and 1990 before being eliminated by the eventual champion Detroit Pistons. Detroit also eliminated Chicago in the Eastern Conference semifinals in 1988.  Chicago was swept in the first round by Boston in 1986 and 1987, and those Celtics teams – led by Larry Bird – reached the NBA Finals.  Those are the teams that stood in the way the most against Jordan in the postseason.  What other championships did Jordan win?  Jordan’s success wasn’t limited to the NBA. He made the game-winning shot in the 1982 NCAA men’s basketball national championship game.  Jordan also won gold medals in the Olympics with Team USA basketball in 1984 and 1992.  Jordan is one of seven basketball players to win a NCAA championship, gold medal and NBA championship.The others are Clyde Lovellette, Bill Russell, K.C. Jones, Jerry Lucas, Quinn Buckner and Magic Johnson.  MORE: The key stats you need to know in the MJ vs. LeBron debateWhich player has the most NBA championships?  Boston’s Bill Russell has 11 championships, the most of any player in NBA history. Seven of Russell’s teammates in Boston have seven or more championships. That list includes Same Jones (10), Tom Heinsohn (9), K.C. Jones (8), Satch Sanders (8), John Havlicek (8), Jim Loscutoff read more

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HALL OF FAME JOCKEY RUSSELL BAZE ANNOUNCES RETIREMENT BAZE, 57, WON 12,842 RACES DURING STELLAR CAREER

first_imgCalifornia Derby: 2014 Exit Stage Left; 2013 Zeewat; 2009 Chocolate Candy; 2006 Cause to Believe; 2004 Trieste’s Honor; 1999 Red Sky’s; 1981 Always a Cinch Baze’s top mounts include Hawkster, Itsallgreektome, Soviet Problem, Event of the Year, Lost in the Fog, Bold Chieftain, Smiling Tiger and Shared Belief. Baze’s 54 riding titles at Golden Gate Fields include the championship he won during the recently concluded 2015-16 Winter/Spring Meet. The 57-year-old won a total of 5,765 races at Golden Gate Fields during his career. RUSSELL BAZE’S MILESTONE VICTORIESVictory Number; Date; Track; Winning Mount12,000; July 7, 2013; Pleasanton; Handful of Pearls11,000; Aug. 14, 2010; Santa Rosa; Separate Forest10,000; Feb. 1, 2008; Golden Gate Fields; Two Step Cat9,000; June 2, 2005; Golden Gate Fields; Queen of the Hunt8,000; Oct. 26, 2002; Bay Meadows; Ourwhistlebritches7,000; July 4, 2000; Pleasanton; This Is the Moment6,000; Dec. 3, 1997; Golden Gate Fields; Clover Hunter5,000; July 29, 1995; Santa Rosa; Cyrus Says4,000; March 3, 1993; Golden Gate Fields; Frank Musso3,000; Dec. 9, 1988; Hollywood Park; Hagley’s Lyon1: Oct. 28, 1974; Yakima Meadows; Oregon WarriorCONTACT: Sam Spearsamspear48@yahoo.com Baze overtook Laffit Pincay, Jr. as North America’s top rider by wins when he recorded career victory No. 9,531 on Dec. 1, 2006 at Bay Meadows. He is the only jockey to win 400 or more races for seven straight years (1992-1998). According to Equibase statistics, Baze won 12,842 races in North America, more than any other jockey. A native of Vancouver, B.C., Baze began his career in the Pacific Northwest, winning his first race Oct. 28, 1974 at Yakima Meadows. He posted his final win Saturday in the 10th race at Golden Gate Fields. Golden Gate Handicap/Turf Stakes: 2009 Spring House; 2005 Adreamisborn; 2000 Deploy Venture; 1982 Regal BearingSan Francisco Mile: 2010 Bold Chieftain Russell Baze’s career statistics at Golden Gate FieldsStarts: 21,983Wins: 5,765Seconds: 4,267Thirds: 3,383Earnings: $88,975,792 ALBANY, CALIF. – Hall of Fame jockey Russell Baze has announced his retirement, effective immediately. King’s Bishop: 2005 Lost in the Fogcenter_img “All of us at The Stronach Group would like to congratulate Russell Baze on his stellar career and offer our best wishes as he begins his retirement,” said Joe Morris, Senior Vice President of West Coast Operations. “For decades Russell dominated the jockey standings at Golden Gate Fields and other Northern California tracks. His 12,842 wins in North America is a record that may never be broken.” Baze was inducted into the National Museum of Racing’s Hall of Fame in 1999 and the Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame in 2012. His fellow jockeys honored him with the George Woolf Memorial Award in 2002. Oak Tree Inv.: 1989 Hawkster; 1984 Both Ends Burning El Camino Real Derby: 2014 Tamarando; 2011 Silver Medallion; 2010 Connemara; 2009 Chocolate Candy; 2007 Bwana Bull; 2006 Cause to Believe; 2005 Uncle Denny; 1998 Event of the Year; 1984 French Legionaire Grade 1 Stakes Wins:Ancient Title: 2010 Smiling Tiger Notable Northern California Stakes Wins:Bay Meadows H.: 2008 Bold Chieftain; 2005 Adreamisborn; 2001 Super Quercus; 1995 Caesour; 1982 Super Moment Russell Baze’s career statisticsBirthdate: August 7, 1958Birthplace: Vancouver, B.C.Starts: 53,578Wins: 12,842Seconds: 9,600Thirds: 7,855Earnings: $199,334,219 Santa Monica: 1991 Devil’s Orchidlast_img

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​Hekari United continuous winning streak

first_imgThey defeated newcomers Erema Gulf FC 3-0 in round three of the southern conference competition at Port Moresby’s Bisini Soccer grounds today.Hekari wasted no time scoring the first goal just two minutes into the game through youngster Papalau Awele who was recruited from PNG’s development team Besta United FC.Erema had a strong backline with national representative Cyril Muta who stopped few attempts from top striker Koriak Upaiga.At three minutes to half time, Willie Gia managed to sneak Hekari’s second goal past Erema’s backline through the net from the five meter line taking the score up 2-0 at half time.Erema struggled in the second half as Hekari continued to rule the pitch but failed to score after several attempts by Upaiga and Vanuatu recruit Elkington Molivegaru.At last, Molivegaru’s fast play and great foot work helped to secure another brilliant goal for Hekari striking the ball straight past two players and the goalie into the net 10 minutes to full time.Hekari remains unbeaten in the southern conference while Erema is slowly picking up momentum.last_img

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