SUNY Broome prepares for students return to campus

first_img“When you think of a college environment, it’s more than academics, it’s about social engagement. Students are used to being able to engage, and you can still engage, but you have to keep in mind that there is a pandemic,” said SUNY Broome Vice President of Student Development Carol Ross-Scott. SUNY Broome says they are not too concerned about enrollment with more than 4,000 students expected to return during the fall semester. (WBNG) — Classes for SUNY Broome students start Aug.31, but life on campus will look a lot different this year. Entrances and exits in buildings have been modified to manage traffic flow on campus, and students will be required to wear masks at all times. School officials hope that despite the pandemic, students can still have a collegiate experience. All students will be tested for COVID-19, and those who test negative will be allowed to move in. SUNY Broome is expecting about 240 students on campus this year, with room capacities reduced for social distancing. Those living on campus can expect to share a bathroom with only one other student. last_img read more

GAM confirms liquidation plans for absolute return funds

first_imgIt expected to make another payment to investors later in September and further distributions “in the coming months” as less liquid assets were sold, GAM said.“GAM’s priority is to maximise value for the fund investors throughout the liquidation process, while ensuring equal and fair treatment to all,” the company’s statement said.“Because these funds have a mix of mainly liquid assets and some less liquid assets, GAM is focused on ensuring balance between value maximisation with speed of liquidation.”For investors wishing to remain invested in the strategy, GAM said it would launch a new UCITS fund “in the coming weeks”, while a new Cayman Islands-based fund was also in the pipeline.Investors have been queuing up to take their money out of the fund range after lead manager Tim Haywood was suspended on 31 July. Dealing in the funds was subsequently halted after a large number of investors attempted to pull out of the strategies.An internal investigation had identified problems with Haywood’s risk management and record keeping. No other strategies or funds were affected, GAM said.GAM chief executive Alexander Friedman said: “The suspension and the subsequent decision to liquidate the funds has been a difficult process, but necessary to ensure that we deliver on our principles of acting in the best interests of all fund investors and treating them equally and fairly. This does not take away from the fundamental strength of GAM as a diversified asset manager. “We have spent the past few years restructuring GAM into a more efficient business with a less volatile earnings profile, while continuing to build out high performing, specialist strategies that are relevant for our clients. This has made GAM better positioned to weather a challenging environment, and we believe we will continue to attract clients to our platform and deliver value to our investors in the years to come.” Swiss asset manager GAM is to restructure its absolute return bond funds, liquidating the majority of assets in the CHF7.3bn (€6.3bn) strategy in the wake of a wave of redemption requests.The company said in a statement this morning that it expected to begin meeting withdrawal requests from “early September”.GAM said it expected to realise between 74% and 87% of the assets in its Luxembourg- and Ireland-domiciled UCITS unconstrained and absolute return bond funds.Between 60% and 66% of a Cayman Islands-based fund and its related Cayman and Australian feeder funds would be realised in early September, it added.last_img read more

Price Expectation Report reveals the happiest places in Queensland

first_imgSea changers are looking to Moreton Bay for inspiration. Perhaps 77-79 Prince Edward Pde, Redcliffe would put a smile on your face.It also found one in four Sunshine Coast sellers received above what they were expecting for their properties.The Top 10 results are listed below, but Brisbane, Ipswich and the Gold Coast reported almost one in five sellers exceeded their expectations when selling property in the last eight months.“People are looking for affordability and looking for a tree change or a sea change, as prices become less affordable, people move away from metropolitan areas,” RateMyAgency founder Mark Armstrong said.In Brisbane, 10 per cent of property prices fell below expectations. Properties in the Scenic Rim are selling for more than expected prices. Follow the March 29 auction of this 10 hectare property at 200B Mount Flinders Rd, Peak Crossing.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus14 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market14 hours agoThe net results showed a steady decline in sales satisfaction over 2018, from a national average of 42 per cent in April, to 29 per cent in December.The lowest net satisfaction in Queensland was reported in Gladstone (3 per cent), followed by Cairns (4 per cent).The survey found regional sellers were the best at pitching their prices to the market and homeowners with properties over $1.5 million were the most likely to be unhappy with their sales results.Mr Armstrong said looking at the market from a consumer angle rather than the movement of median property prices was the best way to gauge what consumers were thinking about the current property market.Nationally, Tasmania was the happiest state overall, with 44 per cent of sellers reporting above expectation property prices. Could be a sea change, a tree change or a search for more affordable housing, but people are paying above expected prices for properties in regional areas like the Scenic Rim. This property at 210 Beechmont Rd, Beechmont is currently for sale for $729,000. Anyone care to offer more?Are you living on happy street? A national survey of seller satisfaction has found that our happiest property owners live in suburbs where a third of them regularly got more than they asked for off their homes sales.The Scenic Rim and Moreton Bay were the happiest places in Queensland to sell a house, according to the national survey of sellers’ expectations by real estate agent rating agency, ratemyagent.com.au – with almost a third of sellers receiving more than they were expecting for their homes.The Price Expectation Report’s net results are taken from a survey of over 36,000 house sellers who logged in to the website over the past eight months, asking if their house sale was above, in-line, or below expectation. MORE REAL ESTATE STORIES 1: Scenic Rim (32 per cent)2: Moreton Bay (31 per cent)3: Sunshine Coast (25 per cent)4: Somerset (20 per cent)5: Gold Coast (19 per cent)6: Ipswich (19 per cent)7: Brisbane (19 per cent)8: Logan (17 per cent)9: Mackay (15 per cent)10: Rockhampton (13 per cent) Source: Price Expectation Report, Feb. 2019. Prepared by ratemyagent.com.au The sleepy fishing town of Bicheno on Tasmania’s east coast, where 2 Jetty Rd (highlighted in green), is on the market for $1.79 million. A 1091sq m parcel of land next door was listed for $510,000 and sold for an undisclosed amount on January 31.Mr Armstrong said the message to homeowners thinking of selling their homes this year was to be more realistic about their property prices.“In Queensland it appears there’s a greater alignment of expectation to sale price than other states,” he said.“It does take a little while to adjust to the new reality; lending practices have been really tightened.” THE TOP SPOTS WHERE SELLERS GET MORE FOR THEIR PROPERTYcenter_img For something set back from the waterfront, try 18 Prince St, Clontarf. It’s currently on the market for offers over $419,000. (percentages are the net above price expectation results based on a survey of 36,128 sellers) >>>FOLLOW THE COURIER-MAIL REAL ESTATE TEAM ON FACEBOOK<<<last_img read more

O’Connell hails Schmidt impact

first_img “It gives the younger guys in the squad a winning habit, and that’s important with the challenges ahead, especially leading into the World Cup. “We’ve got to harness that confidence and belief in that build-up now, to give ourselves every chance.” Ireland’s 2009 Grand Slam, their first in 48 years, was meant to be the watershed moment for a golden generation. Instead stalwarts like O’Driscoll, Gordon D’Arcy and O’Connell had to endure a barren five-year run, as Wales wrestled European dominance. Ireland’s 13-10 Twickenham defeat this term dashed dreams of another Grand Slam, but O’Connell does not believe that dilutes the achievement of winning the championship. O’Connell believes Ireland have won the Six Nations the hard way, with trips to England and France, and now hopes that winning feeling will permeate deep into the squad’s roots. “We made real progress in the autumn; we took a step backwards against England but learned a lot from it,” said O’Connell. “It’s very important to win a second championship in my career, every time you start a Six Nations you want to achieve something. “Historically this is always our toughest Six Nations, with England and France away from home. “To be able to win the championship with those two fixtures is a great achievement. “There’s a measure of satisfaction certainly, there’s been an awful lot of close calls in the past. “We’ve achieved a lot of provincial success, with Munster and Leinster, but this is where you really want to achieve it as an Irishman. “To have made the progress we have in a year is great, but also have that progress endorsed with a trophy is a great feeling.” And O’Connell was keen to hail Schmidt’s methods after celebrating his first international victory on French soil, believing the New Zealander’s relentless attention to detail frees up Ireland’s stars to perform, no matter what pressure. “I’ve been going to Paris since I was 22 and that’s my first win,” said O’Connell, already eyeing next autumn’s World Cup in England. “Joe’s had a massive impact, no doubt. “It was a poor, disappointing, frustrating season last year, albeit injury-plagued as well. “He’s brought what you’d hear Leinster players saying for the last few years. “He’s brought real clarity, a very effective way of rucking, and people are in no doubt of their role. “I just think when you have a good team and you can give players that kind of clarity, it allows them to be good players. “He instils a lot of confidence in those around him with his philosophy, his strategy and his detail. Joe Schmidt’s crucial “clarity” will allow Ireland to realise their Rugby World Cup 2015 potential after landing the RBS 6 Nations title, according to captain Paul O’Connell. Press Association Talismanic lock O’Connell said head coach Schmidt’s visionary management was pivotal to Ireland turning their fifth-place Six Nations finish in 2013 on its head. Ireland clinched this year’s title with Saturday’s 22-20 triumph over France in Paris and is the latest in a string of notable successes on Schmidt’s coaching CV, which also includes one Ranfurly Shield win, two Heineken Cups, the PRO12 league title, an Amlin Challenge Cup and a French Top 14. last_img read more