Women now dominate the real estate industry

first_imgSherrie Storor wants to enthuse more women to reach their best potential in the real estate industry.WHILE women account for about 65 per cent of the real estate industry you’ll find only a handful working in the top jobs.According to real estate coach Sherrie Storor, the woman behind a national series of Women in Real Estate Business Breakfasts, many can’t find female role models to aspire to imitate.In an effort to help show women that they can become the CEOs of major real estate companies or whatever position they wish to achieve, Ms Storor has gathered together some of Australia’s leading women in real estate to help them along the way.The women will speak at a Melbourne breakfast on April 11 and in Brisbane on April 18.“For me what the focus is really about this year, the theme is a celebration of women’s skill sets and achievements,’’ she said.“Typically in real estate we see a lot of speakers on stage who are male.’’More from newsNew apartments released at idyllic retirement community Samford Grove Presented by Parks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus19 hours ago“This is probably not just generic to us, but when I have a look around there are so many amazing women and I couldn’t understand why they were never on stage.’’“Everyone is seen to be so incredibly competitive but the industry is changing now and there are more and more people who want to be collaborative.’’Ms Storor hosted the first breakfast in Brisbane last year and decided to take the program national following on from its success.“I want to create a forum of open discussion where women and our male ambassadors in the industry can help each other rise to the top; it’s about celebrating achievements and learning from the industry’s best female leaders,” she said.Speakers in Melbourne include REA chief economist Nerida Conisbee and Harcourts Victoria CEO Sadhana Smiles.Brisbane speakers include REA Group industry relations manager Kylie Farr, and Coronis COO Karuna Dimelow as well as Harcourts International head of property manager Cathie Crampton.last_img read more

‘Very difficult’ for new European Commission to block revised HBS – PensionsEurope

first_imgIt will be “very difficult” for the incoming European Commission to reject revised proposals for a holistic balance sheet (HBS) approach drawn up by the European Insurance and Occupational Pensions Authority (EIOPA), the secretary general of PensionsEurope has warned at the National Association of Pension Funds conference.Matti Leppälä said it was not important to debate whether the regulator had the authority to work on further technical proposals underpinning the working of the HBS only a few months after commissioner for internal markets Michel Barnier admitted defeat and said a forthcoming IORP legislative draft would not include capital requirements. “Their goal is to present to the new European Commission a number of technical proposals for an EU risk-based pension regime that appropriately reflects the specific reality of pension funds,” Leppälä said during a panel at the National Association of Pension Funds conference in Manchester.He said the new Commission, in place following the 2014 European elections, would be presented with “a huge amount of technical work”. “It can be very difficult for the new Commission to reject these proposals,” he said. “So when EIOPA is saying it is just doing technical work, it is highly political because there is no such thing in these issues listed here that is just technical – it is very political.”He added that the potential departure of French politician Barnier, whose country has been one of the powers insisting on capital requirements, did not mean the matter of pillar I would fall off the agenda.“This is much bigger, and, of course, the real big issues are the underlying accountancy rules and global developments – how to understand and value liabilities,” he said.However, he noted that problems encountered by insurers in offering their guaranteed products, triggering a re-examination of how liabilities were valued, would potentially help the pension lobby in their work.“Maybe this is a development that will enable us to really have a new perception on long-term liabilities, whether they are with pension funds or insurers,” he said.Leppälä was also uncertain whether the blocking minority in the European Parliament would remain – a grouping of seven countries including the UK, Belgium and Germany, whose MPs would be instructed to vote down any proposals.He said the strength of the coalition could be further eroded both by the shift to defined contribution across member states and the nationalisation and part-nationalisation of mandatory second-pillar funds in Eastern European countries such as Hungary and, more recently, Poland.He told delegates: “If we end up with a major part of EU member states not having occupational pension funds, I don’t see them defending traditional defined benefit schemes in the older member states either.”last_img read more

PensionDanmark sees business swell on transfers from other schemes

first_imgPension payments rose slightly to DKK3.7bn in the period from DKK3.5bn.Torben Möger Pedersen, PensionDanmark’s chief executive, said: “We are very pleased with the year’s provisional results, which are not a one-off.”He said the fund had managed to make a good, stable return for its members for a number of years.“This is particularly because of active management of the equity and bond risk, combined with the fact our investments in stable alternatives such as property and infrastructure are making a solid contribution to the total return,” Möger Pedersen said.The investment return corresponded to a percentage return on members’ savings of between 8.9% and 9.2%, depending on their age.In the same period last year, the return had been between 1.5% and 5.6%.Returns have increased further since the end of the third quarter, to between 10% and 10.2%.Total assets grew by 16% to DKK170bn at the end of September from DKK146bn at the same point in 2013.Membership increased to around 660,000 from 642,500. Danish labour-market pension fund PensionDanmark has reported a 23% increase in contributions in the first nine months of this year and a 184% rise in investment returns.Publishing interim financial figures for January to September, the pension fund cited active risk management and stable alternative investments as factors behind the investment return, which rose to DKK13.7bn (€1.8bn) before tax, up from DKK4.8bn in the same period last year.Pension contributions, meanwhile, rose to DKK9.7bn from DKK7.9bn over the same timeframe.It said the increase in pension contributions compared with the previous year was particularly due to the growth in transfers from other pension schemes.last_img read more

Nord Stream 2 Advances with Pipelay Ops in Russian Waters

first_imgAllseas pipelay vessel Solitaire recently started laying the first line of the Nord Stream 2 twin gas pipeline in Russian waters.Solitaire will spend about a month constructing one of the two approximately 100-kilometres-long sections in the Russian territorial sea.Solitaire is a 300-metres-long and 41-metres-wide dynamically positioned vessel that will lay pipes around the clock seven days a week. It accommodates up to 420 people on board. A vessel that is positioned using thrusters instead of anchors helps to minimise the impact on the environment and marine traffic, as only the pipeline itself touches the seabed along the pipeline route.The activities are performed in accordance with the national permits granted by responsible authorities. During operations, a safety zone of 1.85 kilometres (1 nautical mile) is applied around the working vessel.Pipe supply vessels will deliver the 12-metre, 24-tonne concrete weight coated steel pipes from the project’s nearest logistics hub in Kotka, Finland.Construction works are said to be proceeding well and according to plans also at the Russian and German landfalls, the entry and exit points of the pipeline system. In addition, offshore pipelay is on-going in the Swedish Exclusive Economic Zone by Pioneering Spirit. Over 1,100 kilometres of the Nord Stream 2 Pipeline have been laid in total so far.last_img read more

‘Uniform coastal policies to make Panay Gulf sustainable’

first_imgAlong the identification of fishingzones, the SICRMC also addressed problems of illegal fishing activities in thePanay Gulf. This year, the neighboring municipalities agreed to reactivate thecouncil to better manage the area through uniform policies and identifyspecific fishing zones. The partnership with the coastguard was stopped, however, because fundswere lacking for the operation. The municipal agriculturists pushedfor the reactivation of the Southern Iloilo Coastal Resource Management Council(SICRMC) to oversee the implementation of ordinances and the management of the coast “consistent with thegoals of sustainable development.” INTEGRATEDZONING In defining the areas in the gulf, different zones for specific fishinggears, mariculture areas, fishpond areas, shell collection, and fish santuarieswere also identified. Without a uniform policy to govern thefive municipalities’ resource management programs, towns would not be obligedto follow their neighboring municipalities’ ordinances, leading to conflict intheir common fishing grounds, he explained. BY ANGELIKA N. BUERGO Expounding his point further, Monroysaid, “If San Joaquin ceases all fishing activities in a certain month whileMiag-ao declares an open season for fishing at the same time, there would be aproblem since none of them are actually required to follow the other town’spolicy.” To sort out these issues, the local government units partnered with theUniversity of the Philippines Visayas’ Institute of Fisheries Policy and Development Studies (IFPDS)to act as an advisory body for the council. University Extension Specialist ofIFPDS Gena Serofia narrated that during theactive years of the council, a partnership with the coastguard was formed tomonitor the coastal activities which resulted to the diminished number ofillegal fishers in the Panay Gulf. “With the reactivation of the SICRMC,part of the plan is also the rehabilitation of the resources and providingtraining for the fisher folk,” said Nequia “Once your resources are good, thereare enough fishes nga mabuol ang fisherfolks,therefore, ma-increase man andang income to be provided fortheir family. So connected gid ang pag-rehabsa resources sa livelihood,” she added./PN ILOILO – Municipal agriculturists inthe southern towns of Miag-ao, Oton, Tigbauan, Guimbal, and San Joaquin havecalled for uniformity and synchronization in the implementation of policiesregarding their common coast, the Panay Gulf. “The council was not able to sustain the monitoring of the coastbecause gasoline for boats and payment for labor for those who will monitorwere very expensive,” Serofia explained. Agricultural Technologist Eden Nequia espoused that the integrated zoningplan serves as a spatial plan or map that indicates different zones fordifferent fishing gears. “Ang goal niya is to avoid multiple use [of fishing gears] conflicts,” shesaid.center_img “One of the accomplishments [of the council], ang illegal fishing activities naghagan-hagan,” she said. REHABILITATION ANDLIVELIHOOD Rehabilitation of coastal resources such as mangroves and livelihoodprograms for fishermen will also be one of the primary goals for there-establishment of the SICRMC. The reactivation of the SICRMC wasrequested in a meeting attended by representatives from the five municipalitiesin August. The SICRMC aims to address this by employing “other means” of incomefor the fishermen and conducting programs for the rehabilitation of the coast. Panay Gulf or the Southern Iloilo Coast spans 60 kilometers and covers73 coastal barangays. It is also a source of livelihood for 73,000 residents. Nequia explained that the the zoning plan regulates the use of fishinggears by assigning a specific zone in the shared coast depending on the fishinggear used. The council was established in 2002with Miag-ao as the first host municipality, and went on hiatus duringTigbauan’s turn. ILLEGALFISHING The officials are hoping for additional support from the provincialgovernment and Bureau of Fisheries and Aquatic Resources for the reactivationof the project. The council noted significant decline in the productivity of thecoastal waters in the Panay Gulf due to illegal fishing activities anddestruction of coral reefs and mangroves. An integrated zoning plan was adopted by the council to define themunicipal terriotorial waters. Miag-ao municipal agriculturist Raymundo Monroy, also one of theSICRMC’s Board of Trustees, said the reactivation of the council will enableuniformity and synchronization of ordinances in the five municipalities. “Nakitanamin na kailangan uniform ang intervention na gagawin ng five municipalities para maging successful ang coastal resource managementprogram,” said Monroy. Due to disagreements between thetown’s heads during the early years of the council, SICRMC ceased to functionand the five municipalities decided to create their respective coastalmanagement plans and fishing ordinances.last_img read more

INDOT mowing crew crash on U.S. 50 injures three

first_imgAurora, Ind. — At 11:30 a.m. Tuesday a three-vehicle crash involving an Indiana Department of Transportation mowing crew injured three people.A report from the Indiana State Police says a bush hog operated by Justin White, 22, of Dillsboro, was westbound on State Road 50 near Marsh Road, in the right lane with an escort pickup truck driven by Kyle McIntosh, 34, of Versailles, behind. McIntosh’s pickup truck was being operated with an amber strobe light. A semi truck driven by Tony Littleton, 47, of Milan, did not slow and struck the escort truck. The collision pushed the truck into the tractor causing all three vehicles to leave the roadway and the pickup truck to overturn.McIntosh and Littleton were flown from the scene to a Cincinnati area hospital with serious injuries. White was transported by ambulance to the Dearborn County Hospital for treatment.Toxicology tests are being conducted as the investigation continues. All lanes of U.S. 50 were closed for about one hour.last_img read more

Toure wants long City stay

first_img Press Association “It was not a case of leaving the club. It was difficult because my situation was quite difficult,” he told the club’s official website. “For me I was always quiet and my decision, if you want to say it like that, is that I will stay at Manchester City for as long as possible.” Given he was the linchpin in City’s title winning midfield last year that will be music to the ears of their fans who are hoping they can do it all again and also push on in Europe. Toure, who signed a new four-year deal last season, is also targeting more trophies and wants to see reinforcements arrive in the next few weeks to make it easier to fight on multiple fronts. “I hope a couple of players sign in because we need to try to build a massive club because if we want to be the best we need to win every trophy possible,” he added. “We are looking for the Champions League – that is an important title this year and the Premier League is going to be a battle as well between Chelsea, United, Arsenal, Tottenham and Liverpool too. “I think it’s going to be very open. We know we are the team to beat but we have the confidence and we have the fantastic players coming and I hope this year’s going to be the same.” The Ivory Coast international has been persistently linked with a move away from Eastlands this summer after his agent Dimitry Seluk suggested the 31-year-old felt he had been treated disrespectfully by the club. Toure then suffered the heartache of losing his younger brother Ibrahim to cancer, while his country’s World Cup campaign floundered, but the former Barcelona midfielder now feels composed and ready to focus on City again. center_img Yaya Toure has reaffirmed his commitment to Manchester City and said he wants to stay at the club for “as long as possible”.last_img read more

3 fall ill after nitrogen leak at ice cream shop in Weston

first_imgThree people were taking to the hospital after being exposed to large amounts of nitrogen gas at an ice cream shop in Weston, Florida.The incident occurred just after 4:00 pm Thursday at the Chill-N Nitrogen Ice Cream shop on the 2200 block of Weston Road.Officials say they were called to the scene by several employees who complained of dizziness and shortness of breath. When they arrived, they found one employee unresponsive and another in medical distress.The employees and at least one police officer was transported to an area hospital where they were listed in stable condition.The officer and one of the employees have since been released from the hospital, while the second employee was kept overnight for monitoring.Battalion Chief Michael Kane told reporters that when fire rescue officials arrived on the scene, the windows of the store were frozen due to the nitrogen leak. Kane also reported that the release of nitrogen likely happened so quickly that the employees would have had little time to exit the store without ingesting it.Neighboring businesses were evacuated as a precaution but have since been allowed to reopen.Chill-N, however, has decided to remain closed as they investigate what caused the leak. They have also released a statement about the incident:“Chill-N is committed to the safety of everyone in our restaurants. Nitrogen is a naturally occurring element found in our atmosphere and the air we breathe, and has been traditionally used in the culinary world to freeze foods. The nitrogen tank in each restaurant is enclosed in glass, and we have strict policies and procedures in place to monitor for leaks, which are extremely rare and, in small doses, unharmful.“Unfortunately, the tank malfunctioned and the store manager did not follow the appropriate protocol to stop the leak. Due to the volume of nitrogen that was released two employees became ill. Each employee is in stable condition and expected to make a full recovery. Despite the rarity of this occurrence, Chill-N will be retraining all employees on our policies and procedures for monitoring leaks immediately to avoid this from occurring in the future.”last_img read more

Ex-Udoji Utd FC Players Reunite for Late Colleagues, Coach

first_imgA novelty match to raise funds for these families has been scheduled for July 30 at the Nnamdi Azikiwe Stadium in Enugu.Former Udoji United stars are scheduled to face Enugu-based ex-internationals in the novelty game.United States of America-based ex Udoji forward, Ikem ‘Potential’ Udeh, along with Dele Bob-Manuel and Robert ‘Hagler’ Iweha who addressed the media in Lagos at the weekend, expressed their desire to ensure success for the reunion aimed at putting smiles on the faces of their departed colleagues and coach.“We have lost such illustrious colleagues as Coach Willy Bazuaye, Charles ‘Charlie Parker’ Nduka, Kalu Umah, Herbert Anijekwu and trainer, Eddie Anyaegbulam. I have spoken to late Herbert Anijekwu’s wife and she expressed her happiness that at last some people want to look into her situation.“I have spoken to the owners of the club, Oscar and Goddy Udoji, and they are well disposed to the idea of a reunion of ex-Udoji players,” observed Udeh who also revealed some other ex-Udoji to be behind the project to also include Raphael Chukwu Ndukwe, Precious Monye and Ifeanyi Aghenu. Jude Agada is also in on the project.“Before anything, we want to thank Oscar Udoji for giving us the platform to become what we are today. He is the head of the Udoji United family and we, as members, are grateful to him.”Udeh also admitted that the project is not only about giving support to the families of the deceased but also help others who have quit football without any quality life.“We will also help some of our members secure jobs so that they can take care of their families,” he emphasized.A planning committee for the projected is headed by a former Nitel Vasco of Enugu Team Manager and Nollywood star, Diewatt Ikpechukwu. Also in the committee is former international, Emma Okocha, Enugu State Commissioner for Sports, Ofor Okenwa, Coach John Obuh, Akonam Obiefuna, Norbert Okolie and Ikem Udeh. By Duro IkhazuagbeIn a display of uncommon kindness, some former players of defunct Udoji United FC, have come together to offer support for the families of their colleagues and coach at the Awka. Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more