Norges is likely to retain its interest in the two Lenbach Gärten properties – which total 29,000sqm – for some time.The two assets are let to McKinsey & Co and Conde Nast.AM Alpha has kept a 5.1% stake in the two properties for a co-investment fund it advises.The firm will manage the co-investment vehicle, which will buy stakes in German real estate.Norway’s sovereign wealth fund began stepping up acquisitions in ‘core’ Europe in 2012, entering the German real estate market via a €784m joint venture with AXA REIM. The fund’s first German acquisitions were in Berlin and Frankfurt – a primarily retail asset in the German capital and a second combining office and retail in Frankfurt’s central business district.A spokeswoman at NBIM at the time said the German market would form an important long-term focus for its real estate portfolio, alongside the UK and France. Norges Bank Investment Management has bought its first properties in Munich on its own.The Norwegian sovereign wealth fund has paid AM Alpha €176.1m for two office assets in the centre of the German city.The deal is the fund’s first German purchase without a partner.Siegmut Boehm, managing director at AM Alpha, said: “We had overwhelming interest when we started the bidding process from both international and domestic investors, and we are glad to have chosen a top financial institution like Norges Bank Investment Management as an investor for our prime properties.”
In addition to sustainable mutual funds, EAM manages a special sustainable equity fund and a number of bond funds for VBV VK, one of Austria’s mandatory severance pay provident funds.The move to exclude investing in companies that mine coal comes after EAM and VBV VK signed the Montréal Carbon Pledge last year.The Vorsorgekasse was the first Austrian institutional investor to do so.Pledge signatories commit themselves to measuring and publishing the carbon footprint of their equity portfolios annually as part of efforts to contribute to the reduction of CO2 emissions.Heinz Behacker, chief executive of VBV VK, said that the exclusion of companies in the business of coal mining “is how the two companies emphasise their pioneering role as institutional investors in Austria in the fight against climate change”.VBV is also aiming to ramp up investment in renewable energy, it has said.Large cuts in coal mining are “an indispensable milestone” in achieving global climate targets agreed at the UN conference in Paris in December (COP21), noted EAM.A maximum of 10-20% of global coal reserves are estimated to be burnable if global warming is to be capped at 2° C, endorsed at COP21 as the largest temperature increase the planet could tolerate. With climate change having risen up the investment and policy agenda over the past few years, EAM and the Vorsorgekasse are not the first to turn their back on coal mining companies.Norway’s sovereign wealth fund, for example, already has a policy of not investing in companies that derive more than 30% of their revenue from coal-based activities. Compatriot asset owner KLP embraced the lower threshold in December, having previously applied a more lenient exclusion trigger of 50%.Sweden’s AP2, meanwhile, carried out its first climate risk assessment in 2014, which led to the pension fund selling off holdings in 12 coal producers and eight oil and gas companies. In December it announced that it is divesting its stake in 28 power utility stock because the companies were in the business of carbon-based electricity generation and did not have any convincing strategy for reducing their climate impact. Austria’s €2.4bn VBV-Vorsorgekasse (VBV VK) has become the latest asset owner to divest from coal companies on climate change grounds, working with Erste Asset Management (EAM) to exclude companies deriving 5% or more of revenues from coal mining from their responsible investment universe.The criterion captured 30 companies, of which 26 were already excluded for other reasons related to their environmental, social or governance (ESG) performance, according to a spokesperson for the company.Glencore, for example, was already blacklisted on human rights grounds. Anglo-American and South Africa’s African Rainbow Minerals are among the fresh exclusions, however.The securities of companies falling foul of this criterion were sold at the end of 2015. This only affected EAM’s sustainable equity funds, according to a statement from EAM.
Batesville, In. — A report from the U.S. Census Bureau says July building permits are up 14 percent.A total of 1,497 single-family permits were issued, up from 1,310 in July of last year. So far in 2018, single-family permits are up seven percent compared to this time last year.
Barcelona boss Quique Setien, meanwhile, admitted that Fati needs to be more consistent – if he is to start regularly for the club. Setien said: “We opted for Ansu because he had sessions that looked good to him, he has overcome some inconvenience from weeks ago. “He has done a good job, not only for the goal, in attack and in defence. “It is true that he still lacks things and greater consistency. “He has been very good and we did not want to put him more at risk because he had some discomfort at the break and we have to make sure that he does not go for more and take care of him.” Meanwhile, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer expects to see the best of Paul Pogba as the Manchester United midfielder looks to put a wretched campaign behind him. Having stayed at a club that the World Cup winner publicly admitted over the summer he was open to leaving, the 27-year-old has endured a season to forget at Old Trafford. read also:‘Ansu Fati is impressing everyone at Barcelona’ Pogba has managed a mere eight appearances across all competitions due to foot and ankle issues, with United’s record signing last appearing for the club in the 4-1 Boxing Day win against Newcastle. The France international could make his long-awaited return when their Premier League campaign resumes after the coronavirus suspension at Tottenham, where Pogba would face old boss, and adversary, Jose Mourinho. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Fati scored his fifth goal of the season on Tuesday night as Barca beat Leganes to maintain their lead at the top of LaLiga. Reports recently suggested that the Red Devils had a £135m bid rejected for the 17-year-old, having previously failed with a £90m offer. It’s been suggested that the Catalan giants demand Fati’s £151m release clause be paid in full, if they are to let their top starlet leave this summer. But Spanish outlet Mundo Deportivo, as cited by the Daily Star, claims Fati is focused on LaLiga and the Champions League. Adding that he is not even contemplating leaving Barca. It is reported that the left-winger will soon sign his first professional contract, with the new deal set to have a mammoth release clause of £360m. Talking about Fati’s future, Barcelona director Xavier Vilajoana recently said: “For us, there’s no story with Ansu, we have never spoken about selling him. “We won’t use players from the academy to make cash. “In principle, we have no intention of selling the players we believe will make the first team.” Barcelona star, Ansu Fati, reportedly has no interest in leaving, despite strong speculation that Manchester United want to sign the teenager. Loading…
Featured Image Credit: PAFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Loading… 4. Fabinho (Liverpool)Credit: PA3. Thomas Partey (Atletico Madrid) 9. Axel Witsel (Borussia Dortmund) 10. Fernandinho (Manchester City) 7. Sergio Busquets (Barcelona) 5. Rodri (Manchester City) Promoted Content7 Universities Where Getting An Education Costs A Hefty Penny10 Risky Jobs Some Women Do5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksA Hurricane Can Be As Powerful As 10 Atomic Bombs6 Ridiculous Health Myths That Are Actually TrueWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?8 Superfoods For Growing Hair Back And Stimulating Its Growth8 Addictive And Fun Coffee FactsYou’ve Only Seen Such Colorful Hairdos In A Handful Of Anime10 Awesome 2019 Movies You Probably Missed9 Facts You Should Know Before Getting A TattooThe Origin Story Of The Best Chocolate Thing Ever Created 8. Nemanja Matic (Manchester United) 6. N’Golo Kante (Chelsea) Read Also:Aubameyang stuns City as Arsenal reach record 21st FA Cup final2. Joshua Kimmich (Bayern Munich)Credit: PA1. Casemiro (Real Madrid) Real Madrid star Casemiro has been crowned the best holding midfielder in world football right now ahead of Bayern Munich’s Joshua Kimmich.The 28-year-old highly rated Brazilian holding midfielder arrived at Los Blancos in 2013 and has since become an integral part of the Madrid squad.Casemiro has already amassed an impressive 14-trophy haul at Madrid, which includes four Champions League titles.The Daily Star has now ranked the Brazil international top of the pile, saying he’s the “team’s most important player” ahead of Sergio Ramos and Karim Benzema.The newspaper pointed to Casemiro’s number of appearances for Zinedine Zidane’s side this season and how he “maintains the shape of midfield and adds a more robust element.”The Madrid star has made 34 appearances in La Liga this season as Los Blancos beat fierce rivals Barcelona to the league title.Credit: PAKimmich, who is also considered as one of the best right-backs in the world, has often been deployed as a holding midfielder for Bayern Munich.The Daily Star said that the 25-year-old German star has “been a victim of his own versatility” due to the fact he “excels in multiple positions.”According to the newspaper, Kimmich is “swiftly developing into one of the world’s best players.”Atletico Madrid star Thomas and Liverpool star Fabinho finished third and fourth respectively.Posted below are the top 10 holding midfielders in world football, according to The Daily Star.
Meeting between Lionel Messi’s father Jorge and Barcelona president Josep Bartomeu ended without an agreement on Wednesday night and the Manchester City target will remain on strike. The meeting lasted for one and a half hours but Bartomeu remains determined to not let Messi go without a huge transfer fee and Messi’s father remains adamant that his son is a free agent. Diario Sport reported that Bartomeu attended the meeting with director Javier Bordas and Messi was accompanied by son Rodrigo and lawyer Jorge Pecourt. With no softening in the position of either party Messi will not return to training under new coach Ronald Koeman, underlining his emphatic insistence that he is no longer a Barcelona player after sending the club a burofax last week. Jorge had earlier been pictured getting out of a taxi having jetted in on Wednesday morning for the crunch talks to clarify Messi’s future. But it appears that both the club and Messi are no closer to reaching a resolution after Wednesday’s showdown concluded in a stalemate. Manchester City remains the most likely destination if Messi does sensationally depart the Nou Camp. However there is still some way to go before that move materialises, with Jorge saying: ‘I don’t know, there’s nothing yet’, when quizzed about his son’s future on Wednesday before the meeting. The face-to-face talks with Bartomeu were the first between both parties since Messi sent a burofax to the club, informing them he wants to leave this summer after spending the majority of his lifetime at the club having joined back in 2001. Even if, as seems inevitable, the divorce is acrimonious, many want Messi to remain part of the club even after he retires. Presidential candidate Victor Font told talkSPORT: ‘I’m truly hoping reason prevails and as soon as the club and Messi’s father sit down and talk, that the interest of both Messi and Barca will be taken into account and properly protected. ‘Even if that’s the case [Messi leaving], the ties between Messi and Barcelona are very deep; he came to the city 20 years ago, he’s been playing for this club all his life. ‘Messi is Barcelona, Barcelona is Messi, and what we need to ensure is that even if he leaves now these ties between Messi and Barcelona prevail,’ he added. The fans are understandably furious at how the situation has unravelled with their favourite son pushing to leave. And they were even more incensed with the forward’s image being used to promote the kits for the new season, one he may never wear competitively. The other Barcelona players recognise what a chaotic situation it has become with Messi still in the team Whatsapp group and Frenkie de Jong admitting to NOS: ‘Currently it’s a mess at Barcelona, so many strange things happening. It’s chaos. ‘I haven’t talked to him (Messi) about this myself. Nor the club. So I honestly do not know how it‘But if Messi really leaves, it will be a huge blow to the team and the club.’ read also:Don’t leave Barcelona bitter–T.B. Joshua warns Messi Jorge met with Bartomeu to convey his son’s interests, which those close to the Messi camp insist is a strong will to cut ties. Club legends Carlos Puyol, Xavi and Andres Iniesta were all given the opportunity to depart on their own terms. Bartomeu himself even said last year that Messi could leave this summer. The footballing world is following every detail of the saga and those at the Etihad are no doubt taking a keener interest than anyone. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Loading… Promoted Content7 Mind-Boggling Facts About Black Holes8 Superfoods For Growing Hair Back And Stimulating Its GrowthThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read MoreWorld’s Most Delicious FoodsCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable Way7 Of The Most Incredible Antarctica Conspiracy TheoriesPlaying Games For Hours Can Do This To Your BodyYou’ve Only Seen Such Colorful Hairdos In A Handful Of AnimeBest Car Manufacturers In The World7 Black Hole Facts That Will Change Your View Of The UniverseThis Guy Photoshopped Himself Into Celeb Pics And It’s HystericalTop 10 TV Friends Who Used To Be Enemies
Batesville, IN— If you or a loved one are at risk of losing independence, Sen. Jean Leising says there are a number of resources in our community that offer assistance. Established by the Indiana General Assembly, the Community and Home Options to Institutional Care for the Elderly and Disabled Board, known as the CHOICE Board, is charged with providing care resources for the elderly and individuals with disabilities.There are 16 area-based locations across Indiana that offer a continuum of care resources. The locations are individually tasked with fulfilling the requirements of the CHOICE Board. The requirements include, but are not limited to, in-home care and options counseling, caregiver support, State Health Insurance Assistance Program (SHIP) counselors, legal services, meal-prep, and transportation.The following resource areas are available to residents living in Senate District 42:Area 6 and 9 LifeStream Services, Inc.(Fayette, Franklin, Henry and Rush counties)1701 Pilgrim Blvd., Suite 175Yorktown, IN 46240Phone: 765-759-1121Area 8 CICOA Aging and In-Home Solutions(Shelby County)8440 Woodfield Crossing Blvd.Indianapolis, IN 46240Phone: 317-254-5465Area 11 Thrive Alliance(Decatur County)1531 13th St., Suite G900Columbus, IN 47201Phone: 812-372-7846Area 12 LifeTime Resources, Inc.(Ripley County)13091 Benedict Dr.Dillsboro, IN 47018Phone: 812-432-6200
GREGORY DIXON/Herald photoWith Tuesday’s victory over visiting University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, the Wisconsin women’s basketball team has a two-game win streak going as they look ahead to Saturday’s matchup against Air Force in the third game of a five-game homestand at the friendly confines of the Kohl Center.Although the Badgers won their last two games by comfortable margins, both were close throughout the first half. The Badgers closed out both first halves with big offensive runs, which allowed them to regain control and momentum before the break, before ultimately crushing the opposition in the second half.Turnovers and missed field goals contributed greatly to Wisconsin’s problems, but thus far the Badgers have managed to find the basket and cut their turnovers in half in the second period.”It is just a matter of trying to get a feel for the game,” UW sophomore Rae Lin D’Alie said. “It’s definitely something we need to work on, and we’ve been talking all year about putting two halves together.”Head coach Lisa Stone plans to use the remaining nonconference games to solidify her team’s intangibles.”Confidence, momentum, continued chemistry, reducing turnovers, commitment to the boards, defense and stepping it up a notch are all things I [look for],” Stone said. “We traveled all November, and now it is time for us to be home for a bit where I’m sure we will do very, very well.”Against UWM, UW senior Jolene Anderson had one of the lowest scoring outputs of her career, scoring 11 points, with only three coming in the first half. Fellow seniors Janese Banks and Danielle Ward each scored season highs with 23 and 10 points, respectively. The importance of the senior presence on a team with twice as many underclassmen as upperclassmen doesn’t escape Stone.”You can’t think anything but positive about [the seniors’] efforts, their want, and their will; they know their careers are winding down just a bit,” the head coach said. “I don’t know that they’re feeling pressure, but I think that the expectation sometimes makes it hurried.”The bulk of the scoring and offensive output has stemmed from the more experienced seniors, but each game has had a different star, ranging from freshman to senior.”I think that is huge, I think that [depth] is our strength compared to last year,” D’Alie said. “When teams come in to play us, they will realize they have to stop more than just one person.”Visiting from Colorado, the Falcons will enter Saturday’s game looking to improve their .500 nonconference record.Falcon senior forward Alecia Steele averages just more than 16 points and 9.4 rebounds per game, leading the team. Averaging three players in double figures each game, the balanced Air Force attack brings more than what shows up on the court. Attending college at the Air Force Academy, the off-the-court life of the players contributes to their play during the game.Reminiscing to last year’s matchup against Air Force, when Wisconsin won 91-58, D’Alie remembers how disciplined Air Force played.”[Air Force] works hard, and they are in the Air Force Academy so they are very disciplined,” D’Alie said. “The thing that’s dangerous about them is they’ll come out and work hard for 40 minutes, and if we don’t put two halves together that’s where we’ll get in trouble.”D’Alie and the Badgers’ focus this year has been trying to play the entire game, and not having to resort to late runs and spurts. With three nonconference games left before the first conference game, Wisconsin will get a shot to do so in the Kohl Center.
Sophomore guard Taylor Wurtz had a big freshman season and is continuing to produce for the women’s basketball team this season, playing both guard spots and providing bigtime leadership.[/media-credit]Hard work often comes up as an issue with today’s overpaid and self-concerned athletes.For Wisconsin women’s basketball forward Taylor Wurtz, though, hard work is something that teammates and coaches collectively agree defines her as a player. A sophomore guard out of Brandon, Wis., Wurtz can often be found in the Kohl Center doing anything she can to improve her game. Coaches are quick to point out Wurtz’s relentless work ethic as something that allowed her to be successful early in her career.“She’s got a tremendous work ethic, and I think because of that she’s able to take on a bit of responsibility for the team,” Wisconsin assistant coach Oties Epps said. “She’s in the gym every day working on her skills, her ball handling, watching film, her decision making. And she wants to do it, that’s the biggest thing.”Teammates have also noticed the sophomore’s incredible work ethic, as she has built a reputation as being one of the hardest workers on the team.“She spends all her free time here, I mean she would live here if she had the opportunity to,” junior guard Jade Davis joked. “[Her work ethic] makes us want to be better as well, makes us want to get in here and work on our game.”With the Badgers battling some early injuries this year, Wurtz has been called upon to step in for missing players. A player who has taken the court as both a point guard and a shooting guard, Wurtz’s versatility has been very useful this season.With star senior point guard Alyssa Karel out with an injury, Wurtz has found herself taking Karel’s usual spot.“The point guard or the shooting guard, I feel comfortable with both of them, and I’m willing to step up and be put in a position wherever the team needs me most,” Wurtz said. “I think it’s made me more versatile…the more positions you know, the more familiar you are with the offense.”Wurtz’s dedication to becoming a better basketball player has certainly paid dividends, as the guard was able to make an immediate impact as a freshman. Wurtz averaged over six points and three rebounds per game last year, playing in every one of the Badgers’ games.Known mostly for being an accurate shooter behind the arc, Wurtz showed she was much more than a three-point shooter when she exploded for 27 points and nine rebounds against Big Ten rival Michigan last year.Despite her great natural ability and skill, Wurtz remains very humble and is quick to point out aspects of her game she hopes to show improvement in this season.“I needed to make an improvement on defense and I worked really hard in preseason and stuff on making that emphasis,” Wurtz said. “Not just being a three-point threat but also being able to take it to the basket and stuff is something that I worked on.”In what could be her breakout year, Wurtz has already looked like a more complete player in Wisconsin’s first non-conference games, racking up eight points and eight rebounds against St. Louis and 14 points against William & Mary.Part of this development involves taking more of a leadership role for the Badgers, and her teammates have recognized her effort to step into that role this year.“She’s definitely more vocal, she’s really coming around as a leader…especially with injuries and things like that,” Davis said. “But I mean overall I think she’s just really coming into her game and really ready to play this year.”Coaches have also noticed significant improvements in Wurtz’s play, whether during practice or in games. The multi-dimensional guard continues to impress them not just with her work ethic, but also with her endless potential.In the freshman to sophomore jump that is often viewed as a telling sign of how well a player is developing, Wurtz seems to be right on track.“I think she’s a lot more poised, where as a freshman she was a little sporadic, but I think the game was really fast for her as a freshman,” Epps said. “Now I think things are starting to slow down. She’s starting to understand where she can get shots, how she can set up her teammates to be successful, those kinds of things.”Above all, Wurtz is a team player, one who truly believes that the good of the team supersedes any personal statistics or career-high performances if the team doesn’t come away with a win.“I don’t have any milestones…personally I just want to help my team get better,” Wurtz said. “I see our team making the NCAA Tournament and winning a Big Ten Championship.”
Wisconsin men’s hockey’s first recruit since Tony Granato’s hiring was named Wednesday.Adding to the budding excitement surrounding the 2016-17 season following Tony Granato’s hiring, Trent Frederic, a forward, signed a National Letter of Intent to come play under the first-year head coach next season.Men’s hockey: Alvarez describes newest coaching staff as ‘dream team’New Wisconsin men’s hockey coach Tony Granato, alongside Athletic Director Barry Alvarez, made his first appearance if front of the Read…Frederic has been a member of the U.S. National Team Development Program for the past two seasons and tallied 38 points in 58 games during 2015-16. The St. Louis native is currently playing in the IIHF U-18 Championships with the team, where he has three goals and two assists.Associate head coach Don Granato has had his eye on the standout for quite some time.“I’ve been able to watch him for a couple of years with the national team,” Don Granato said. “He is a very skilled player and a great teammate. He makes players around him better. He is a reliable guy because he knows the game very well. At a young age, he has a lot of structure to his game, which gives him a great base.”Frederic tallied a hat-trick as well as an assist during a 12-1 win over Latvia Sunday, and Team USA will play the Czech Republic in the IIHF quarterfinal Thursday. The lefty will join two current Badgers who were former USNTDP team members in Luke Kunin and Ryan Wagner.Prior to his time in the USNTDP, Frederic played for the St. Louis Jr. Blues U16 team where he had 11 goals and 19 assists and also played in the 2015 All-American Prospects Game, where he scored this goal.Frederic is also ranked the No. 47 skater by NHL Central Scouting for the upcoming 2016 NHL Draft, which he is eligible for.