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Brookfield Property Partners could go private in $6B deal

first_imgEmail Address* Brookfield’s Brian Kingston and Bruce Flatt (Photos via iStock; Brookfield)After nearly eight years as a publicly traded company, Brookfield Property Partners could be going private.Brookfield Asset Management, the real estate firm’s parent company, announced a proposal to buy the shares of Brookfield Property Partners that it does not already own at a value of $16.50 per share, or $5.9 billion. The deal would be a significant discount from the company’s book value per share of $27.02 per share, according to Yahoo Finance.The deal, if approved, would represent a premium of 14 percent from its closing price on Dec. 31.Toronto-based Brookfield Asset Management already owns about 65 percent of Brookfield Property Partners’ shares, according to the latter’s third quarter earnings call.“The privatization will allow us to have greater flexibility in operating the portfolio and realizing the intrinsic value of BPY’s high-quality assets,” Nick Goodman, CFO of Brookfield Asset Management, said in a statement announcing the proposal.The company’s existing shareholders have three options. In exchange for their shares, the they could receive $16.50 in cash, 40 cents of Brookfield Asset Management’s Class A shares or 66 cents of Brookfield Property Partners’ preferred units.Brookfield Property Partners is one of the largest office landlords in New York City, with a portfolio of about 27 million square feet that includes the colossal One Manhattan West project it owns with Qatar Investment Authority.The firm reported huge losses since the pandemic hit due to challenges with its portfolio of malls — it’s sitting on about 120 million square feet in retail real estate across the country. In the third quarter, it reported a $135 million net loss, while its rent collections averaged 70 to 75 percent, up from just 34 percent in the second quarter. The company has also looked to turn over some of its struggling malls to its lenders.By taking the company private, the parent company could also keep a tighter lid on Brookfield Property Partners’ financials. Over the years, its accounting practices and valuations have come under scrutiny by financial news outlets, research firms and short sellers.Brookfield Property Partners uses an accounting practice known as IFRS, which many international firms use, rather than GAAP, which is used by its American rivals. Under IFRS, the company does not have to rely on third party appraisers for its valuations and gives management much more discretion on its valuations compared to GAAP.Brookfield Asset Management said it has presented its proposal to Brookfield Property Partners’ board of directors and general partner for review, and that it has asked the board to appoint a special committee to commission an independent valuation of the company’s shares.Contact Keith Larsen Full Name* Message* Share on FacebookShare on TwitterShare on LinkedinShare via Email Share via Shortlink Share via Shortlink Tagsbrookfield asset managementBrookfield Property PartnersCommercial Real Estatelast_img read more

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Reds fine Suarez for Ivanovic bite

first_imgLiverpool striker Luis Suarez has revealed he has been fined by the club for biting Chelsea’s Branislav Ivanovic. Suarez will be offered anger management counselling after biting Chelsea defender Ivanovic, the Professional Footballers’ Association have revealed. Suarez apologised for his “inexcusable behaviour” after the incident during the 2-2 draw at Anfield that has left the Uruguay international facing the prospect of a lengthy ban. It is the latest in a series of unsavoury incidents in Suarez’s career – including a previous biting incident in Holland and an eight-match ban for racist abuse – and PFA chief executive Gordon Taylor said the players’ union would offer the striker help to deal with his temper. However, it seems more likely Liverpool would be more likely to chose to utilise the services of their own in-house sports psychologist Dr Steve Peters. He has been working one day a week at the club’s training Melwood training ground for most of the season, having enjoyed success most notably with Great Britain’s Olympic gold medal-winning cyclists like Sir Chris Hoy and Victoria Pendleton. Former Liverpool striker Craig Bellamy has also credited Peters with helping him change his behaviour for the better. The Uruguay international has requested the money be donated to the Hillsborough Family Support Group, which marked the 24th anniversary of the tragedy with a service at Anfield last Monday at which Suarez was present with his team-mates. “For my unacceptable behaviour yesterday the club has fined me today,” the 26-year-old wrote on Twitter. “I have asked the club to donate the money to the Hillsborough Family Support Group for the inconvenience I have created to the Liverpool fans and to Ivanovic.” center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

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Amina Kajtaz is Bosnia’s most successful and most beautiful Swimmer

first_img“I appreciate Amel Tuka, Damir Dzumhur, and Larisa Ceric. They are professional athletes. I appreciate Amel Tuka very much because I know how hard it is to be such an individual. Swimming and athletics are very similar and being the third in the world is really impressive,” concluded young Amina.(Source: akta.ba) A blue sky is visible in its most beautiful splendor. Just such a sunny idyll of early Saturday morning our beautiful interlocutor left behind in her native Mostar. Nineteen-year-old Amina Kajtaz, the most beautiful swimmer that our country has ever had.Although she has never been engaged in modeling, because she devoted her life to swimming, Amina is excellent in this role as well. With a height of 1.73 meters and a weight of 62 kg, she could compete on fashion runways with attractive blonde models like Heidi Klum or Claudia Schiffer.”Going to the Olympics is something that every serious athlete, who devoted his lifetime to the sport, wishes for. This is the crown of everything. For me, it was special, difficult to describe with words. I was persistent and I invested a lot in myself to succeed.  I haven’t had a social life for 2 years. I stopped going out, I had to even give up on friendships. I went to school only part-time. These were not small sacrifices,” said Amina, remembering the event that marked this year, and possibly her entire life.“I wanted to go to the opening because it was a unique opportunity. Imagine, you come to the Olympics and have the opportunity to experience the grandeur. My coach was not exactly in the mood for it, because I had a competition the next day and I needed to prepare. But he let me go. At first, it was funny to me that they wrote about my beauty. For me, however, more important was swimming, because that’s why I came there,” said Amina.Amina returned to her home in Mostar, where she attends the University of Modern Sciences (CKM) and she is currently in the second year in the Department of Nutrition and Health. Although she is looking modestly at her results, professors praise her work. She is swimming twice a day and regularly working out in the gym.As a sportsman who won 33 Olympic medals, Amina’s role model is American swimmer Michael Phelps. She does not like to talk about her personal goals, but she would like to improve her current results.“Now that I have reached this level, it will go a little harder. But I hope that with intensive training, I will achieve the desired results. It is my wish to swim 100-meter butterfly for 57 seconds at least once in my life, and that is certainly for the World Cup finals,” says Amina, and we wish her to realize this plan in the following year.last_img read more

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FIFA’s Infantino suspected of intervening to stop probe: report

first_imgFIFA said later on Monday “the email referred to in the article was obviously obtained by hacking, which is an illegal and criminal act.”“Not only Mr Infantino had no reason to lie in that email, the email never said Mr Infantino wanted to ‘clear his name’,” FIFA added.The Zurich-based federation has always indicated that the meetings between Infantino and the OAG were intended to show that FIFA was “ready to engage with the Swiss justice system”.In November 2017, “after a third informal meeting” between Infantino and Lauber, the OAG closed the investigation into the contract signed by Infantino at UEFA, European football’s governing body.The Tribune de Geneve also indicated that between July and September 2016, there were more than 20 calls between Swiss prosecutors and FIFA lawyers.“Prosecutors have apparently helped FIFA formulate its requests” as a plaintiff so that they could be “accepted by the OAG” — an attitude which “seems incompatible with the OAG’s duty of impartiality”, the daily said. Share on: WhatsApp Gianni Infantino was elected FIFA president in 2016center_img Lausanne, Switzerland | AFP | FIFA president Gianni Infantino is suspected of having intervened with Switzerland’s attorney general to try to get an investigation dropped, a Swiss newspaper alleged on Monday.The Office of the Attorney General (OAG) launched an investigation in early 2016, shortly after Infantino was elected president of world football’s governing body, about his awarding of a television rights contract to an offshore company in his previous role as UEFA’s legal affairs director.According to the Tribune de Geneve newspaper, Infantino was “worried” about this investigation and wrote to his childhood friend, Rinaldo Arnold, who had become a senior prosecutor in Switzerland’s Haut-Valais region where they grew up.“I will try to explain to the OAG that it is in my interests that everything should be cleared up as soon as possible, that it be clearly stated that I have nothing to do with this matter,” he wrote in an email cited by the newspaper.Arnold, who had helped to set up a first meeting between Infantino and Attorney General Michael Lauber, replied: “What is important is the meeting in two weeks’ time. If you like, I can come with you again.”The meeting took place on April 22, 2016, the newspaper said, adding that what happened during it remains “a mystery”, and the OAG “refuses to speak about it”.The OAG declined to comment on the Tribune de Geneve article when contacted by AFP.last_img read more

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‘Thank You, Kobe’: Howard University student tells how Kobe Bryant impacted him, Los Angeles, and the world

first_imgby Arthur Cribbs (TriceEdneyWire.com) When I heard of the passing of Kobe Bryant and his daughter, Gianna, along with seven others in a helicopter crash in Calabasas, California, I had an initial feeling of shock, disbelief and numbness. And in the hours since hearing the news, that feeling has not gone away. For a lot of us in this world, this feeling isn’t going away anytime soon. It truly felt like losing someone close.In this time of mourning, I just want to say thank you, Kobe.Growing up in Los Angeles, you were everything for me. You introduced me to winning at an extremely young age. When I was born in 1999, you were a three-year veteran in the NBA and in my first three years of life, you helped the Lakers win three straight league finals. Although I was too young to remember those championship years, I do remember you leading the Lakers to two more NBA finals in 2009 and 2010.Your ability to be a winner inspired my interest in sports and competition, and it has been a passion of mine ever since. And while winning is great, it was the way you won that stuck with me.Your “Mamba Mentality” of being your best self and making sure nobody worked harder than you is a work ethic you consistently lived by, and I have been aiming to emulate you in that regard.You also had infectious confidence in your game that gave viewers confidence in themselves. I remember when you played your final game on April 13, 2016. Everyone remembers the 60-point performance, but people may forget that you struggled early on in that game, going just 7-20 from the field in the first half. Several players would have just stopped shooting at that point, but you remained confident in your training and took 30 more shot attempts.Your confidence influenced a generation of kids who watched you play. When I started playing organized basketball, you were in the midst of your MVP season and all I could hear at practice was “Kobe!” every time someone attempted a shot. When it came to shooting a fadeaway jumper or having a pre-free throw ritual, every kid tried to emulate your style.You also were a symbol that brought unity in the city of Los Angeles. When the Lakers won their championships, you brought the city together at the championship parades. I personally remember waiting for several hours just to see a glimpse of you.When you played your final game, the country was heading into a heated presidential election. Watching you play though, people were able to detach from the stress of the real world and enjoy your play. Whether it was your first game or your last, you always put on a show and you gave your fans everything you could offer.As someone who uses sports to connect with people, you helped me find the confidence to have conversations. With you being such a global figure, it didn’t matter how much the other person was invested in sports. We could always have a conversation about Kobe. With deeply rooted sports fans, I have formed so many close relationships that started by debating where Kobe stands as the greatest of all time (GOAT).Beyond my life though, you meant so much more to the world. You helped globalize the game of basketball, making the NBA popular in China. At a time when WNBA players struggle to receive support, you served as an advocate for the league. As a family man, you showed what it means to be a father, taking interest in your daughters’ passions and putting them in positions to succeed. When Gianna’s favorite player was Atlanta Hawks guard Trae Young, you took her to Hawks games to watch Young firsthand.Thank you, Kobe, for all the memories. You, Gianna and the seven others were taken way too soon, and this world will never be the same.Arthur Cribbs is a junior journalism major from Los Angeles. He is a Rhoden Fellow at ESPN for TheUndefeated.com. He also works with the Department of Athletics at Howard University and was a production manager for WHUT’s Spotlight Network.Special to the Trice Edney News Wire from 101Magazine.Netlast_img read more

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Actor Pat Morita dies at 73
first_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! LOS ANGELES (AP) — Actor Pat Morita, whose portrayal of the wise and dry-witted Mr. Miyagi in “The Karate Kid” earned him an Oscar nomination, has died. He was 73. Morita died Thursday at his home in Las Vegas of natural causes, said his wife of 12 years, Evelyn. She said in a statement that her husband, who first rose to fame with a role on “Happy Days,” had “dedicated his entire life to acting and comedy.” In 1984, he appeared in the role that would define his career and spawn countless affectionate imitations. As Kesuke Miyagi, the mentor to Ralph Macchio’s “Daniel-san,” he taught karate while trying to catch flies with chopsticks and offering such advice as “wax on, wax off” to guide Daniel through chores to improve his skills. Morita said in a 1986 interview with The Associated Press he was billed as Noriyuki “Pat” Morita in the film because producer Jerry Weintraub wanted him to sound more ethnic. He said he used the billing because it was “the only name my parents gave me.” He lost the 1984 best supporting actor award to Haing S. Ngor, who appeared in “The Killing Fields.” For years, Morita played small and sometimes demeaning roles in such films as “Thoroughly Modern Millie” and TV series such as “The Odd Couple” and “Green Acres.” His first breakthrough came with “Happy Days,” and he followed with his own brief series, “Mr. T and Tina.” “The Karate Kid,” led to three sequels, the last of which, 1994’s “The Next Karate Kid,” paired him with a young Hilary Swank. Morita was prolific outside of the “Karate Kid” series as well, appearing in “Honeymoon in Vegas,” “Spy Hard,” “Even Cowgirls Get the Blues” and “The Center of the World.” He also provided the voice for a character in the Disney movie “Mulan” in 1998. Morita said co-starring in `The Karate Kid’ made him what he was. Born in northern California on June 28, 1932, the son of migrant fruit pickers, Morita spent most of his early years in the hospital with spinal tuberculosis. He later recovered only to be sent to a Japanese-American internment camp in Arizona during World War II. “One day I was an invalid,” he recalled in a 1989 AP interview. “The next day I was public enemy No. 1 being escorted to an internment camp by an FBI agent wearing a piece.” After the war, Morita’s family tried to repair their finances by operating a Sacramento restaurant. It was there that Morita first tried his comedy on patrons. Because prospects for a Japanese-American standup comic seemed poor, Morita found steady work in computers at Aerojet General. But at age 30 he entered show business full time. “Only in America could you get away with the kind of comedy I did,” he commented. “If I tried it in Japan before the war, it would have been considered blasphemy, and I would have ended in leg irons. “ Morita was to be buried at Palm Green Valley Mortuary and Cemetery. He is survived by his wife and three daughters from a previous marriage.last_img
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