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JCA to Host Traders Forum

first_img The Jamaica Customs Agency (JCA) plans to further deepen its engagements with clients and stakeholders through a special traders forum that will be held annually, beginning in the 2018/19 fiscal year. “I’m really pleased about the concept. You are now charting a formal course to communicating better with your importers and all of your (other) stakeholders. I commend you on that because we need it now more than ever (based on) what (the Government has) on the drawing board,” he indicated. The strategic initiative, which was launched by Finance and Public Service Minister, Hon. Audley Shaw, on January 26, is designed to facilitate improved medium and long term efficiency within Jamaica’s trade environment through effective service delivery by the JCA. Story Highlights The Jamaica Customs Agency (JCA) plans to further deepen its engagements with clients and stakeholders through a special traders forum that will be held annually, beginning in the 2018/19 fiscal year.It will bring together interests involved in the wide spectrum of trade, inclusive of export, import, logistics, warehousing and haulage to educate, sensitize and heighten their awareness of the various processes and procedures involved along the supply chain.The strategic initiative, which was launched by Finance and Public Service Minister, Hon. Audley Shaw, on January 26, is designed to facilitate improved medium and long term efficiency within Jamaica’s trade environment through effective service delivery by the JCA.Mr. Shaw, who welcomed the forum, said it opens up a new avenue for effective communication.“I’m really pleased about the concept. You are now charting a formal course to communicating better with your importers and all of your (other) stakeholders. I commend you on that because we need it now more than ever (based on) what (the Government has) on the drawing board,” he indicated.Among these, the Minister said, are the construction of 14,000 new hotel rooms over the next four years, 3,000 of which he noted have already been built; the creation of the Caymanas Economic Zone; construction of Government Circle around National Heroes Park as part of broader plans for downtown Kingston’s redevelopment; the proposed divestment of Norman Manley International Airport; and the establishment of a logistics centre at Vernamfield in Clarendon.“All of these things (require) an efficient and well-comported customs that operates with integrity and high levels of efficiency and mobility. I therefore commend you on this initiative (which aims to) improve communication and get things done in a speedy and efficient (manner),” Mr. Shaw stated.For her part, JCA Chief Executive Officer and Commissioner of Customs, Velma Ricketts Walker, said the forum is a continuation of initiatives by the agency to better engage with its clients and stakeholders on its services.She said the others included: the Customs Business Partnership Forum, launched in January 2017, that entails the JCA’s engagement of stakeholders, particularly in the logistics; and the ‘Customs meets the Community’, which the Commissioner said took the agency’s members across the island where they engaged a wide cross section of persons in discussions on how the JCA can further improve service delivery.Mrs. Ricketts Walker said through the custom traders forum, “we want to ensure that we entertain, engage and interact with all levels of the sector so that we can show how we impact (them) and we can deliver or services better”.“The JCA continues to place emphasis on its trade facilitation mandate with the aim of further building our capacity and improving our regional and global competitiveness as a customs administration. The role we play in this area, is very critical to national development and indeed, we take it seriously,” she underscored.last_img read more

Bahamas HannaMartin dismisses PLPs unready for woman leader calls for party reform

first_img Related Items:#bravenewleader, #GlenysHannaMartin, #plpneedsreform Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppNassau, Bahamas – October 31, 2017 –  Glenys Hanna-Martin is speaking to media following her loss in her leadership bid for the Progressive Liberal Party and she is saying that the fact that she is a woman may have played a role in her defeat, but the MP for Englerston is convinced that it was not a major reason for the loss.Hanna-Martin, in the unofficial results published on the day after the vote at the PLPs 53rd National Convention managed to secure only 20% of the vote from some 1,600 delegates reported to be a part of the convention.The MP for Englerston said her big take away is the desperate need for reform and she pointed specifically to the democratic process within the party which suffered a botched voting process; riddled with scandalous accusations, delay in starting, delaying in ending, delay in hearing the ultimate selections by the party voters and even had Royal Bahamas Police guard.Glenys Hanna-Martin said:  “One is we need reform on money, how money plays out in these electoral processes and secondly we have to find a way to facilitate, especially for important votes like the next leader of your party, first time in 20 years that we’ve done this, to facilitate stalwarts who are able to participate even if they are not physically present at the convention hall, if only for pivotal votes of this nature.”In the interim, Hanna-Martin explained that she is prepared to work shoulder to shoulder with the newly elected leader, Philip Davis who also spoke of reform during his victory speech in the final hours of the PLP Convention.Hanna-Martin has also resigned as Government Leader of Business in the House of Assembly.  Hon Hanna-Martin shared with media it is in accordance with tradition; that as she opposed the party leader and lost it is conventional for one to withdraw from certain posts, hence her decision to vacate the Leader role in the House.  Picewell Forbes, the MP for Mangrove Cay and South Andros now holds the post. Recommended for you Woman bids for PLP Leadership, Hanna-Martin steps up for the job Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more

Klopp understands defeat in UCL was bad for the club

first_imgFor the Liverpool manager, the lost in Belgrade in the Champions League will surely be analyzed by everybody; the Gunners play the Wolves todayLiverpool is currently sitting in the third position in the 2018-2019 English Premier League standings with 27 points, two points behind leader Manchester City.And manager Jurgen Klopp knows that his decisions are being analyzed every day by every fan and pundit in England.“We come into today’s game in a very healthy position in our domestic campaign, albeit I am not immune to some of the debate and discussion surrounding our current form or level of performance,” Klopp wrote on the Liverpool’s official website ahead of today’s match against Fulham.divock origi, liverpoolReport: Origi cause Klopp injury concerns George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Divock Origi injury in today’s game against Newcastle is a cause for concern for Jurgen Klopp.Perhaps with one eye on Tuesday’s trip to Italy…“I’ve been at this club and in this country long enough now to understand that a result like the one in Belgrade on Tuesday will lead to a lot of analysis, opinions offered and conclusions being drawn.”“This is absolutely fine of course and I understand that it even comes from those who genuinely care about our situation and have a desire to see us succeed,” he added.“To be clear: the performance against Red Star wasn’t at the levels we expect of ourselves. End of story.”last_img read more

Plasmonic quantum size effects in silver nanoparticles are dominated by interfaces and

first_img , Physical Review A When metallic dimensions are reduced to the nanoscale, a phenomenon termed localized surface-plasmon resonance (LSPR) appears due to electron oscillations, resulting in distinct optical properties suited for advanced imaging and sensing technologies. As particles approach the quantum regime with dimensions less than 10 nm in diameter, however, the existing knowledge of their properties becomes quite hazy. The plasmonic character depends on the collective electronic excitation that can be tuned across a large spectral range by adjusting the material’s size and shape. Size dependent spectral shifts of the LSPR in small metal nanoparticles are induced by quantum effects, but the existing literature on the subject is quite controversial due to inconsistencies. In a new study, Alfredo Campos and colleagues similarly report complementary experiments on size-selected small silver nanoparticles embedded in silica that yield inconsistent results on the same system. The quantitative interpretation offered by Campos et al. in the study was based on a mixed classical/quantum model that resolved apparent contradictions in the experimental data and in the literature. In the experiments, the scientists used optical and electron spectroscopy to investigate plasmonic properties of individual silver nanoparticles with dimensions reaching the quantum regime. The comprehensive model described the local environment as a crucial parameter that controlled the manifestation or the absence of quantum size effects. The results are now published in Nature Physics.Understanding the electronic structure and optical properties of metal nanoparticles is an extremely fruitful playground to develop quantum theories for metal nanostructures. Such systems have applications in catalysis, imaging and biosensing as well as in quantum optics for quantum information transfer. Improved single-particle experimental techniques have recently revitalized the interest in size-dependent plasmonic resonances in nanoparticles (NPs). For instance, electron energy loss spectroscopy in a scanning transmission electron microscope (STEM-EELS) is a particularly powerful technique that allows the mapping of spatial and spectral variations of different plasmon types at sub-nanometer resolution, where quantum effects can make the optical response more complex even for the simplest geometry. The technique can allow direct correlation between a particle’s geometry and its plasmon resonance. The experimental trends were reproduced in calculations to provide a theoretical model that could quantitatively and consistently interpret the plasmonic response of free and embedded silver NPs. Using the theoretical model, Campos et al. were also able to explain the size-dependent spectral shifts observed in several previous experiments of embedded silver NPs as well, to resolve apparent contradictions in the literature. The scientists emphasized the importance of implementing all relevant contributions of quantum-plasmonic systems as detailed in the study, paving the way for further studies of different plasmonic effects such as volume plasmons and in different systems such as nanoalloys. More information: Alfredo Campos et al. Plasmonic quantum size effects in silver nanoparticles are dominated by interfaces and local environments, Nature Physics (2018). DOI: 10.1038/s41567-018-0345-z Josef Tiggesbäumker et al. Blue shift of the Mie plasma frequency in Ag clusters and particles, Physical Review A (2002). DOI: 10.1103/PhysRevA.48.R1749 A. Hilger et al. Surface and interface effects in the optical properties of silver nanoparticles, The European Physical Journal D (2002). DOI: 10.1007/s100530050531 Matthias Hillenkamp et al. Instability of Ag nanoparticles in SiO2at ambient conditions, Nanotechnology (2006). DOI: 10.1088/0957-4484/18/1/015702 © 2018 Science X Network The authors first defined open questions linked to interpretations of the size-dependent shift of LSPR in small silver NPs. Then they used new, complementary experimental data to discuss experimental considerations in the study and proposed an interpretation using a quantitative theory. On this basis, they briefly addressed existing contradictions in the literature and focused on localized surface plasmons and not on the likewise observable – volume plasmons. In the study, the authors used a theory of a sophisticated electronic model in a dielectric environment to explain the trade-off that led to a red shift and a blue shift to establish a unifying approach for the optical and electronic properties of the unique system. Previous studies showed a strong blue shift of the LSPR for silver nanoparticles fabricated with decreasing size using wet-chemical methods, in which the quantum plasmonic resonances were interpreted via semiclassical methods. Such interpretations remain controversial since the fundamental aspects of electronic spill-out (leading to a red shift) or influence of the surrounding matrix substrate were not considered. The similarity between electronic and optical observations were also only assumed but never derived for such small particles. As a result, the existing literature for small metal particles and their size-dependent plasmonic properties show large discrepancies that require clarification. Journal information: Nature Physics Optical spectroscopy. Optical absorption spectra for silver NPs of varying size, embedded in silica matrices. The topmost blue curve is for a non-mass-selected ensemble centered on a dimeter of d=2.7 nm, the other curves are for mass selected distributions. The minimal and maximal number of atoms per article transmitted through the mass spectrometer and the corresponding diameters are indicated. The broad signal around 2 eV for the smallest size is an artefact due to imperfect correction of Fabry- Pérot interference. The atomic peak at 3.75 eV for small sizes was attributed to fragmentation upon deposition. Credit: Nature Physics, doi: https://doi.org/10.1038/s41567-018-0345-z To overcome physical challenges that were previously observed with a chemically stabilized substrate and matrix effect, Campos et al. used physically prepared and size-selected pure silver particles and embedded them in a homogenous silica matrix. As a unifying approach, the researchers compared single-particle STEM-EELS measurements to ensemble-averaged optical microscopy experiments of the same system. In the study, experimental samples used for optical spectroscopy were approximately 1 µm in thickness, differing from samples used for electronic spectroscopy, approximating 30 nm in thickness. Aside from the size variation, the scientists conducted single particle STEM-EELS experiments across a large range of thin samples fabricated under identical conditions as those used for optical spectroscopy. In the STEM-EELS experiments, images of silver NPs of 6.5 and 2.0 nm diameter were viewed alongside their corresponding EEL spectra for clearly visible strong dipolar surface-plasmon peaks at the particle surface combined with blue shifts between the spectra. Closer inspection of the data revealed greater complexity as the majority of NPs did not exhibit LSPR at the start of each experiment, as they were instead surrounded by a diffuse layer of silver oxide. The diffuse layer disappeared with knock-on collisions during continuous electron irradiation, leading to the observed LSPR peak and blue shifts. Under continuous energetic electron irradiation with increasing electron dose, lighter atoms were preferably displaced from the matrix and from additional oxygen at the particle interface. More and more matrix atoms were removed at higher electron doses under the beam leading to increased local porosity in the matrix and at the interface, observed as a trend with time in the study. Values of the dose-dependent peak positions were obtained as a function of size, the LSPR data ranged between 3 eV to 3.6 eV. The results also showed consistent red shifts due to the homogenous high-index silica environment, in agreement with previous results. The evolution of the size-dependent spectral position of the LSPR thus appeared contradictory for optical and electronic spectroscopy in the study. Theoretical and experimental size dependencies. Size-dependent shift of the LSPR energy of Ag NPs in different environments. The solid squares are the calculated responses for particles in vacuum without (black) and with (red) the layer of reduced polarizability of thickness d (in bohr), compared to experimental values for bare silver clusters and silver cluster ions in the gas phase (open squares). The magenta solid circles show the theoretical values for silica-embedded Ag particles with the same layer of reduced polarization and a perfect interface (dm = 0). The intercepts at 1/R→ 0 correspond to the classical values of the dipolar mode for a sphere in the quasistatic limit. Open circles depict experimental values from optical spectroscopy for free and silica-embedded Ag particles. Dashed lines are guides to the eye. The insert at the right shows the concentric geometry used for the simulations of matrix-embedded NPs. For free particles, dielectric constant εm = 1 and thickness dm = 0. Credit: Nature Physics, doi: https://doi.org/10.1038/s41567-018-0345-zcenter_img Explore further Plasmon peak shift. a) Experimental shift of the LSPR as a function of electron dose for a 6.5 nm particle. The shaded area corresponds to doses where no unambiguous LSPR signal was detectable in EEL spectra. After a minimal dose necessary for plasmonic activation, the peak blue-shifts by ~200 meV. The thickness of the initial oxide layer was ~1 nm. b) A qualitatively similar LSPR shift is observed in simulations as a function of vacuum layer thickness dm, here for a slightly smaller particle diameter. A value of thickness dm ≈ 5 Å results in a ~200 meV shift. c) Size dependence of the LSPR energy at high dose (like the saturated value in a), as dark blue open diamonds. For comparison are shown the calculated values for free (red) and for silica-embedded particles with either a perfect interface (dm = 0 bohr, pink) or a porous interface layer (mimicked through a vacuum layer of dm = 10 bohr (5.3 Å), light blue). Also shown are some of the data from optical spectroscopy of this work as open green circles. Dashed lines are guides to the eye. Credit: Nature Physics, doi: https://doi.org/10.1038/s41567-018-0345-z Campos et al. resolved the apparent contradiction between optical and electronic spectroscopy to offer a comprehensive classical/quantum model framework that also clarified existing literature. The observed contradictions in the literature and in the study were not due to different experimental methods but due to different particle environments. The scientists introduced a self-consistent model to resolve existing theoretical and experimental contradictions in the study by accounting for all the important contributions in the system. These included 1) the electronic spill-out, i.e. extension of electronic density beyond particle radius in a non-infinite potential well, 2) the silver surface layer of silver nanoparticles with reduced polarizability, 3) the surrounding dielectric matrix including possible local porosity and 4) relevant finite-size quantum effects including non-locality of the electronic response.The scientists showed that the spectral position of the LSPR (red and blue shift) resulted from a delicate balance between two counteracting quantum size effects (electronic spill-out and layer reduced polarizability). They observed that embedding the NPs in silica red shifted the LSPR due to the increased refractive index of the surrounding medium. The absence of any localized chemical covalent bonds between the metal and matrix were also noted, allowing the phases to retain their intrinsic properties without interference. The scientists formed a theoretical description which correctly reproduced optical experiments that included the matrix-induced effects. They found that the different sample thickness used for optical and electronic experiments that was expected to be a minor variation dominated the spectral response instead, changing the level of protection against oxidation and responses to irradiation – leading to the observed experimental discrepancies. Researchers develop process to measure nanorods quickly and accurately , European Physical Journal D Electron spectroscopy and electron-beam-induced interface reduction. a) STEM images in high-angle annular dark-field (HAADF) mode of a 6.5 nm and a b) 2.0 nm particle embedded in silica. Bottom: EEL spectra associated with the surface signal (region of interest is between the blue circles). The contribution of the zero-loss peak is subtracted in the EEL spectra. c) STEM-HAADF images of a 7.2 nm silver particle embedded in silica at low and high electron doses. A diffuse layer related to silver oxide is visible at low electron dose and disappears at a high electron dose. The diameter of the particle remains unchanged. d) Surface plasmon evolution with the electron dose. The curves have been shifted along the y axis for clarity. The contributions of the zero-loss peak and other background contributions to the EEL spectra are in dashed lines. Credit: Nature Physics, doi: https://doi.org/10.1038/s41567-018-0345-z Electron-dose-dependent LSPR shift. Evolution of the localized surface-plasmon peak position of silica-embedded Ag NPs as a function of exposure time, indicated in a color code. The interaction with the high energy electron beam systematically shifts the plasmon to higher energies, the values for each particle being connected by a dotted line. The central and right vertical lines depict the classical (size-independent) values for the Mie plasmon of silica-embedded and free Ag NPs, respectively, in the quasi-static limit and calculated using previously reported values. The leftmost vertical line was obtained for the Mie plasmon of the core-shell and Ag-AgxO NPs at 75% oxidation ratio. Credit: Nature Physics, doi: https://doi.org/10.1038/s41567-018-0345-z , Nanotechnology Citation: Plasmonic quantum size effects in silver nanoparticles are dominated by interfaces and local environments (2018, December 5) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-12-plasmonic-quantum-size-effects-silver.html This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more

Two incidents of fire reported in state none injured

first_imgKolkata: Two separate incidents of fire took place in the state on Sunday. No casualty or injuries have been reported in the incidents.A fire broke out inside a plastic godown in Bamanghata area of Bantala leather complex on Sunday afternoon triggering tension among locals. The other fire incident took place at a house at Ekdalia Park. According to the preliminary investigation, the city police suspect that the house might have caught fire after being struck by lightning. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsIn the first incident, locals spotted smoke coming out from the godown situated on the ground floor of a building at Bantala. Locals spotted smoke billowing out of the godown at around 2 pm and reported the matter to the fire brigade.Locals took part in the rescue operation before the fire officials reached the spot. They failed to reach the sources of the fire as the entire area soon got covered with thick black smoke. As many as ten fire tenders were pressed into action to douse the flames. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedAccording to the preliminary investigation, the fire officials suspect that a huge amount of inflammable materials were stored inside the godown that aggravated the situation.The fire officials faced difficulties to identify the source of the fire. It is suspected that an electrical short circuit might have caused the fire.Immediately after the incident, police rushed to the spot and cordoned off the entire area to check any untoward incident. The fire officials brought the situation under control within two hours. Police and the fire officials evacuated the surrounding areas to prevent any mishap. The preliminary investigation also suggests that there was no adequate fire fighting mechanism inside the godown. The exact cause of the fire and the extent of the damage are yet to be ascertained. A detailed probe has been initiated in this regard.In the other incident, a house situated at Ekdalia Park caught fire on Monday morning.Fire tenders reached the spot and douse the flames.According to the preliminary investigation, police and fire officials suspect that an air-conditioning machine might have caught fire when lightning struck the house. None was reportedly injured in the incident.The incident also triggered tension among locals. State Panchayat and rural development minister Subrata Mukherjee, who is the local MLA, reached the spot after he came to know about the incident.last_img read more

Want to lose weight Listen to the sound of chewing

first_imgIf you want to eat less, pull out your earbuds, stop the music system and switch off the television before heading to the dining table, and tune into the sweet sound of your food while it is being chewed.Researchers have found that the noise your food makes while you are eating can have a significant effect on how much food you eat.Therefore, watching loud TV or listening to loud music while eating can mask eating sounds that keep you in check.“If people are more focused on the sound the food makes, it could reduce consumption,” said one of the researchers Ryan Elder, assistant professor of marketing at Brigham Young University in Utah, US. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The study was published in the journal Food Quality and Preference.The researchers carried out three separate experiments on the effect of that “food sound salience”.In one of the experiments, the researchers discovered that people eat less when the sound of the food is more intense. In that study, the researchers compared how much participants ate while listening to loud music to those who were not disturbed by music while eating their snacks. They found that the louder noise masked the sound of chewing and that group ate more — four pretzels compared to 2.75 pretzels for the “quiet” group.The findings suggest that being more mindful of not just the taste and physical appearance of food, but also of the sound it makes can help in “nudge” consumers to eat less.last_img read more

Skype Is the Latest HighProfile Web Outage

first_img 1 min read This story originally appeared on Engadget September 21, 2015 Register Now » Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. The last 24 hours have served as a reminder of just how precarious the strands that connect us to the internet can be. Skype is reporting that some its services have fallen over after a bug was found that’s preventing users from being seen as visible, rendering them incapable of making any voice or video calls.The news comes just a few short hours after The Next Web reported that an Amazon Web Services location in Virginia broke down, forcing some of the world’s most popular services, including Netflix, AirBnB and Viber, offline.The Amazon outage has been mostly fixed by now, and Skype is pledging to get its own issues shorted post-haste, but if any rival video call providers wanted to take advantage of the situation, now would be the time. Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Globallast_img read more

How Blockchain Technology Is Helping Remodel the Private Equity Industry

first_imgMay 25, 2018 Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global Private equity investment funds have made many people and institutional investors billions. However, structural issues prevent all parties from experiencing the full benefits of this powerful investment vehicle.Real estate investment has proven inaccessible to many investors across the marketplace. It has required massive initial buy-ins and/or intimate market knowledge for profitable participation.Private equity todayHistorically, private equity funds have been a reliable and steady source of income for investors and fund managers. Unlike public companies, a limited number of in-the-know partners hold private equity. Shares can’t be bought and sold on the stock market. Now, this is where shareholder governance and reporting are significantly easier. Unlike venture capital, private equity is traditionally used to invest in established businesses seeking to expand or restructure.Therefore, a growth-oriented private equity fund invests the capital it raises in companies seeking growth capital to facilitate expansion, an acquisition strategy, and/or restructuring.  In addition to providing capital, the fund’s investment team will use its expertise to assist a portfolio company in achieving its growth goal.After a prescribed amount of time, the fund divests its interests in the portfolio companies. Hence, this provides a return to the fund’s investors.  After divesting its holdings, the fund will be wound down. Then, the private equity firm will start a follow-on fund and repeat the cycle.Stiff structureIn the past, this investment model has been successful. However, it also has struggled with several inefficiencies.Private equity fund managers have sought to work with a relatively limited number of investors to minimize shareholder reporting needs. Hence, the amount of cash typically required for participation means only large institutional investors like pensions or wealthy individual investors can buy in. A huge portion of the investing world simply isn’t able to participate in this profitable investment structure.Furthermore, private equity fund structures have defined liquidation deadlines. These deadlines drive certain behavior that isn’t always in the best interest of maximizing underlying asset value.  After the downturn, many funds liquidated their holdings. And, as a result, suffered tremendous losses. These structural deadline elements oftentimes constrain the investment manager from generating the best returns for their investors.Blockchain token solutionsBlockchain’s immutable ledger can be used to tie real-world assets to tokens. This strategy combines the benefits of blockchain — its transparency, accessibility and security — with the reliability of real-world investments. Smart contracts and an immutable ledger means ownership of those real investments can be secured within the blockchain itself.Cryptocurrency has made a few people very rich over the past six months. Yet, many tokens have experienced price drops almost as dramatic as their price increases.People who need lower-risk investment opportunities have been shut out of the cryptocurrency boom. No one wants to sink a large portion of their kids’ college fund into a cryptocurrency that might be worthless tomorrow. This is where asset-backed blockchain tokens come into the picture.A secure option for investment: Asset-backed tokensFounded in 2012, Muirfield Investment Partners is a private equity firm. It will launch a TAO for a new generation of private equity investment. Murfield built MIF, a security asset token. And, a private equity real estate investment portfolio managed by the private equity real estate firm will back the token.Initially, a limited number of U.S. accredited investors and non-U.S. approved parties will receive tokens. Then, public exchanges buy and sell MIF tokens. This can happen after a lock-out period of 90 days to a year. This groundbreaking model presents several opportunities.Breaking the rigid structure of private equity investmentTokenization allows a lower barrier of entry to participation. Anyone who owns just one token is participating in the fund.Furthermore, tokenization allows liquidity that was previously impossible in private equity fund structuring. As a result, this helps optimize the private equity fund structure. Investors in need of redemptions can sell their tokens in exchanges. Someone else acquires the token.  Fund managers face far lighter redemption burdens under the tokenization model. Plus, the fund doesn’t have a liquidation deadline. Therefore, they can manage the fund far more efficiently and drive greater economic returns for their investors.In fact, tokenization means no fund liquidation. Instead, managers can focus on maximizing the fund’s long-term net asset value rather than reaching a target exit date.Now, Muirfield wants to improve the traditional private equity fund world. Tokenization opens this world up to a larger participant pool. As Thomas Zaccagnino, Founder of Muirfield Investment Partners, explained, “We are very excited to bring a new and much improved private equity investment structure to the market. A structure offering better alignment between the investors and investment manager, improved ability to maximize assets values, and enhanced liquidity allowing investors the ability to control how long they participate in the growth of the underlying real estate portfolio.”(By Peter Daisyme) Register Now » 5 min read Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. This story originally appeared on Duelast_img read more

STAR SPECIALS Football fans unite against ticket prices

first_imgStar Sports expects Premier League Ticket Prices To Increase AgainStar Sports have unleashed betting on Premier League clubs increasing the average ticket price next season, from a current average of £43.65Luke Tarr Head of PR, commented:Next year’s TV deal is the biggest in the history of the game and the clubs will be in an incredible financial position. Despite this, we’re strong odds-on that average ticket prices will still increase next season. It’s the top clubs that are most guilty of exploiting their fans, basically holding them to ransom, safe in the knowledge that if they choose to boycott matches, their seats can easily be filled with overseas tourists. Clubs continue to neglect the fans who have carried their clubs for the past hundred years and who will be there long after the TV bubble bursts. I hope I am wrong but I fear we will inevitably be paying out on ‘yes’ there will be an increase in average price, despite this clear opportunity to reward and subsidise their local followings.Average Premier League Ticket Prices To Increase Next Season?Yes 2/5 No 7/4Source for bet settlement is the BBC Price Football study, specifically a mean average of the average cheapest Premier League matchday ticket £30.68 and the most expensive average of £56.63. The mean average of these figures is £43.65. 2016/2017 study expected in Autumn 2016. Star Sports’ decision is final.last_img read more