FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享North American Windpower:With the U.S.’ emerging offshore wind industry in mind, the Brayton Point Power Station site in Somerset, Mass., will be rebranded as Brayton Point Commerce Center.Once the largest coal-fired power plant in New England, the former Brayton Point Power Station will become a logistics port, manufacturing hub and support center for the offshore wind energy sector, says Commercial Development Co. Inc. (CDC), owner of the site.Brayton Point LLC, an affiliate of CDC, purchased the 308-acre property in January and is investing significant resources to transform the site.For 50 years, Brayton Point was home to a coal-fired power plant that generated 1,600 MW of electricity to homes and businesses. According to CDC, this redevelopment project will return Brayton Point to a state of productivity and growth by using many of the same attributes that made the site successful in the past – 300 acres of waterfront property, a deep-water port capable of berthing large trans-Atlantic vessels and access to a strong local talent pool. Additionally, Brayton Point is now located in close proximity to designated offshore wind areas in the Atlantic Ocean.“We believe the outstanding logistical attributes of Brayton Point, combined with public support for energy diversification, has created a historic opportunity to help advance the offshore wind energy sector with this development,” says Stephen Collins, executive vice president of CDC. “The acreage available will also give the Brayton Point Commerce Center the capacity to accommodate other industries, as well.”More: Former Massachusetts coal plant transitioning to offshore wind support center Former Massachusetts coal plant being redeveloped as offshore wind support site
Rabobank Pensioenfonds, Achmea, Storebrand Asset Management, JLT Employee Benefits, BNP Paribas, Impax Asset Management, Craigmore Sustainables, Dorsey & Whitney, NVP, UBS Global Asset ManagementRabobank Pensioenfonds – The €22bn Dutch pension fund has appointed Bernard Walschots as chief executive to succeed Jos Dirks, who has retired after nine years at the helm. Thijs Berenst, manager of the central treasury of Rabobank Netherlands, has been appointed as Walschots’s successor. Walschots, after having worked as Rabobank’s global head of financial markets research in London, had been CIO at the Rabobank scheme since 2007.Achmea – Frans van der Ent has been appointed executive chairman of the Pension & Life division of insurer Achmea, as of 15 September. He is to succeed Bianca Tetteroo, who recently joined Achmea’s executive board. Van der Ent has worked at Achmea since 2007 and served as director of income protection since 2013. He was previously chief executive of Achmea’s Romanian subsidiary for six years, until the business was sold to insurer Aegon. Achmea is the parent company of the largest insurance group in the Netherlands. Storebrand – Jan Erik Saugestad has been appointed by the Storebrand Group to the position of executive vice-president of asset management, as well as chief executive of the subsidiary Storebrand Asset Management. He succeeds Staffan Hansén, who will become executive vice-president for the customer area of Sweden, replacing Sarah McPhee, who is leaving executive management at the company before retiring in early 2016. Saugestad is currently CIO at Storebrand Asset Management and has been the acting executive vice-president for the asset management unit since July 1. JLT Employee Benefits – Kieran Harkin has been promoted to head of local government pension scheme (LGPS) investment consulting. He is already a director of the company, and previously worked at KPMG and HSBC Actuaries and Consultants, before joining JLT EB as senior consultant in 2013. At the consultancy, he manages relationships with several LGPS clients, including the Clwyd Pension Fund, Merseyside Pension Fund and Lancashire Pension Fund.BNP Paribas – Wouter Weijand has announced his departure from BNP Paribas Investment Partners. At the same time, the company announced that it would transfer its Amsterdam-registered dividend fund to its equity teams in London and Paris. Weijand started the Global High Income Fund in 2003, and had been working for BNP and its legal predecessors, Fortis Investments and ABN Amro AM, for 26 years. He declined to comment on the exact reasons for leaving. Gaetan Obert has been named head of the European team. He has been manager of a similar dividend fund at BNP. Impax Asset Management – Scott Thompson has been hired by Impax Asset Management as sales director. He will be responsible for the UK, Continental Europe and Asia, reporting to chief executive Ian Simm. Thompson comes to Impax from Craigmore Sustainables. Before then, he worked for ETF Securities. Dorsey & Whitney – Private equity lawyer Fabrizio Carpanini is joining international law firm Dorsey & Whitney as a partner in its corporate group in London at the beginning of November. He will lead the Dorsey London and European private equity practice. He joins from London-based law firm Olswang, where he worked for more than 15 years, most recently as partner and head of the corporate group. NVP – The Dutch industry association of private equity holdings companies has appointed Annemarie Jorritsma as chair. Jorritsma has served as deputy prime minister, and has been minister for several departments, for the liberal party VVD in the Netherlands. She was sworn in as a senator last June. Jorritsma succeeds Philip Houben, who served as chairman since 2010.UBS Global Asset Management – Jesús Silva Gallardo has been hired by UBS Global Asset Management as head of Iberia in its real estate business (GRE). He will be based in Madrid. Silva Gallardo has worked at UBS since 2007 and was most recently responsible for the asset management of GRE’s property investments on the Iberian Peninsula. Before joining UBS, he worked for Rodamco. He is taking over from Peter Röhrenbach, who will be taking on the new role of head of satellite countries-Europe, which includes Iberia, France, the Benelux region and the Nordics. Röhrenbach will stay in Madrid, and Silva Gallardo will continue to report to him.
By Elroy StephneyTHE Essequibo T20 Big Bash League got off to a rollicking start on Sunday with emphatic wins for a number of teams along the Essequibo Coast.At the Reliance ground, Bacchus Bulls reinforced their formidable strength with a thumping 9-wicket win against the hosts.Batting first, Reliance Hustlers could muster only 143-7 from their 20 overs with Narendra Mandolall scoring a brisk 40 (3×4, 2×6) and being the top-scorer. Medium fast bowlers Punraj Singh 2-21 (4) and Neiland Cadogan 2-27 (4) were the main wicket-takers.In reply, commanding half-centuries from national Under-17 captain Sheldon Charles 52 (11×4) and an unbeaten 62 (3×4, 3×6) from former national Under-19 batsman Parmesh Parsotam rocketed the Bulls to 144-1 in 16 overs.At the same venue, Rising Stars also secured an emphatic 10-wicket win against Reliance SC, who took first strike and made 139 all out in 17 overs with Trevor Benalds blasting 59 (5×4, 4×6).They were routed by an impressive 5-wicket haul including a hat-trick from Ravie Ramdass, who claimed 5-14 from 4 overs. He was supported by Chandi Jairam 3-32 (4). It took only 10 overs for Rising Stars to seal victory with unbeaten half-centuries from former national Under-19 all-rounder Latchman Rohit 56 (8×4, 2×6) and national wicketkeeper batsman Kemol Savory 53 (7×4, 3×6) to propel Stars to 142 without loss.At the Imam Bacchus ground in Affiance, defending champions Aurora Knight Riders rode to a comfortable 63-run win against Cotton Field Strikers.After batting first, Riders strode to 150-9 from their 20 overs with former national Under-19 batsman Norman Fredericks hammering an unbeaten 63, laced with 9 fours.Extras contributed 22 as the next best score. In reply, Strikers failed to strike and were all-out for 87 in 19 overs with Carlos Yapp 25 and Eon Dookie 20 reaching double-digits.Off-spinner Garfield Phillips 3-15 (4) and Norman Fredericks 2-24(4) were the destroyers. At the Devonshire Castle ground in North, the hosts defended a meagre total to earn a slim 17-run win against Golden Fleece.Devonshire Castle posted 142-8 then restricted their opponents to 125-7 when their overs expired. At the same venue in another low-scoring encounter, Walton Hall humbled Jaguars Over-40 by 7 wickets. The ageing Jaguars reached 112-9 to which Walton Hall replied with 114-3 in 12 overs.Also in North, Lima United posted a record 317-2 from their 20 overs against the hapless Rebels XI, who meekly folded for 67 in 18 overs. The results for the other matches were not available. The competition continues on Sunday with matches billed for various venues across the Region.
Claudio Ranieri has hailed the addition of Daniel Amartey to his squad as he believes the versatility of the Ghana international will be vital for the Foxes as they head into the second half of the Premier League.Amartey completed a move to the King Power Stadium last week, enhancing the options available at Ranieri’s disposal.The former Inter Allies defender is adept at playing at center back, right back and central midfield.Ranieri believes these assets will make Amartey an important addition to his squad“It’s good to have one player that can permit me to change something during the match,” Ranieri told Leicester’s official website.“He’s a good player, strong, with good quality, a hard worker and he has our spirit. “He is a strong man and he can play in a lot of positions. He can play centre-back, right-back, central midfield and right midfield.“It’s important for me to have another very good young player.”Amartey’s debut could come next week Tuesday when the Foxes host Liverpool.–Follow Joy Sports on Twitter: @JoyFMSports. Our hashtag is #JoySports
Another prominent person besides LaMarcus Aldridge felt unimpressed with the Lakers’ first free agency meeting with him.“We accomplished the part about how much we wanted this player,” Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak said in a conference call on Thursday. “But I don’t feel the basketball component of it was covered in depth.”Kupchak contended “we didn’t have as much time to talk basketball as we would have liked to” in a two-hour meeting that preceded the Houston Rockets’ presentation. Kupchak added the meeting “wasn’t as intimate a setting as I would have liked.” Aldridge met with a wide range of Lakers’ representatives, including Kupchak, Kobe Bryant, coach Byron Scott, president Jeanie Buss, executive Jim Buss and former Showtime Laker James Worthy. Other front office, business and publicity officials attended as well as representatives with Time Warner Cable SportsNet and AEG. Aldridge had felt the Lakers placed too much focus on branding over X’s and O’s. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error “I don’t think the meeting was as bad as people heard it was, nor do I think it was as good as we hoped it would be,” Kupchak said. “I would say, ‘Live and learn.’”• Related: Bass, Williams agree to deals with L.A.The Lakers learned their follow-up attempts did little.Kupchak and Scott met with Aldridge again two days later and talked basketball. But Aldridge still left the Portland Trail Blazers for the San Antonio Spurs. The Lakers also whiffed on their other targets in free agency. Greg Monroe chose Milwaukee over the Lakers. DeAndre Jordan initially selected Dallas before returning back to the Clippers. Kupchak conceded it felt “a little unsettling” the Mavericks could then pursue center Roy Hibbert, whom the Lakers agreed to acquire last week from Indiana for a future second-round pick. Kupchak argued the incident set “an uncomfortable precedent” before adding, “I want nothing but the best for DeAndre Jordan.” Kupchak also deferred to the NBA on whether it should reduce the moratorium period before free agents can sign their contracts. Kupchak had other things on his mind. • Related: Lakers summer league: Five things to watchThe Lakers have failed to retain or attract marquee free agents for three consecutive years, including Dwight Howard, LeBron James, Carmelo Anthony and Pau Gasol. Yet, Kupchak dismissed how much the Lakers’ presentations played any role.“Your roster has a lot to do with your ability to recruit free agents that are established and maybe looking for a team that can win right away,” Kupchak said. “This is not a roster that an established player would say, ‘I can go there and win a championship next year.”The Lakers finished last season with their worst record in franchise history amid an injury-laden roster, most notably to Bryant. He played 35 games before needing right shoulder surgery in what marked his third consecutive season-ending injury. Although Scott estimated Bryant remains a month away from any shooting or any upper body exercises, the Lakers expect their star player to return for his 20th NBA season fully healthy. The Lakers have three rookies (D’Angelo Russell, Larry Nance Jr., Anthony Brown) and two emerging talents (Julius Randle, Jordan Clarkson). • Related: Lakers Q&A with Mark MedinaKupchak said Hibbert partially waived his trade kicker initially worth $2.8 million to accommodate Indiana’s to clear his $15.5 million salary amid a diminished role. The Lakers signed Lou Williams to a three-year, $21 million deal a year after winning the NBA’s Sixth Man of the Year award in Toronto. They also acquired 10-year NBA veteran forward Brandon Bass. Kupchak added he still has a room exception worth $2.8 million and that Nick Young could still have a role if he follows Scott’s instruction to improve on defense.Kupchak conceded “it’s not a perfect roster,” but can the Lakers make the postseason?“I would say yes,” Kupchak said. “I don’t see why we don’t contend for a playoff spot. But our young players have to grow beyond our years and we have to stay healthy.”That mostly involves Bryant, whom Scott said will meet with him and the Lakers’ training staff in either three or four weeks on how to reduce his workload. Last year, Bryant averaged 22.3 points on a career-low 37.3 percent clip in 36.4 minutes.“We added some veterans that I think will make him happy and some young players that will frustrate him,” Kupchak said of Bryant. “His focal point going into the season is his own conditioning and his own health. I think that has a potential to frustrate him.”Kupchak still expressed optimism about Bryant’s play, though he reiterated his belief Bryant will retire after this season. Then, the Lakers could offer a max contract to two free agents. “We’ll get better at it,” Kupchak said. “Our team will get better. We’ll be more attractive.”