Friday people roundup

first_imgNow Pensions, Schneider Electric, SEI, Credit Suisse, Syntrus Achmea, INREV, Milestone Group, BNP ParibasSchneider Electric – Jerry Gandhi, former COO at the UK’s Now Pensions, has been hired by French energy firm Schneider Electric to oversee its UK and Irish pension activities. Gandhi, who stood down as Now’s COO last summer, will now be in charge of the Invensys Pension Scheme, he told IPE. Prior to joining Now in 2011, Gandhi was group pensions director at RSA Insurance Group and in 1999 founded consultancy CAP Services. He also spent nearly a decade at Inchcape as group pensions director.SEI – Paul Nevin has been appointed director in SEI’s institutional group, based in London. He will be responsible for servicing defined benefit clients in the UK. He joins from Credit Suisse, where he was managing director of Structured Solutions. Before then, he worked at Towers Watson as a senior investment consultant.Syntrus Achmea Real Estate & Finance – Casper Hesp has been appointed head of the portfolio management team. He joins from the European Association for Investors in Non-Listed Real Estate Vehicles (INREV), where he worked for seven years and was director of research and market information for the past two years. He will focus on client portfolio management, institutional client relationships and business development. Milestone Group – Enrique Gonzalez has been appointed as head of product management for the APAC region. He joins from BNP Paribas, where he helped develop and expand the bank’s global custody offering. Before then, he held senior positions at JP Morgan, Citibank, Chase Manhattan Bank, State Street and Westpac Financial Services.last_img read more

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PIMCO hires chief executive of Man Group as Hodge steps down

first_imgRoman comes to PIMCO from Man Group, which he joined when the firm acquired GLG Group in 2010.He went from being GLG’s co-chief executive, a role he held for five years, to COO of Man, and in 2013 was named Man’s chief executive.For its part, Man announced Luke Ellis, since 2012 the firm’s president, as Roman’s replacement.In his nearly 30 years’ experience in the financial sector, Roman also worked for Goldman Sachs, spending 18 years at the firm and acting as its co-head of global securities and co-head of its European services division.He has further served as a trustee of the Hedge Fund Standards Board, in addition to a number of trustee roles at museums and universities.Ivascyn added that he was pleased Hodge would stay with the firm to provide council during the period of transition.Hodge has been with PIMCO since 1989, holding a number of senior roles, including seven years as head of Asia-Pacific and five as COO, after which he was named chief executive. Emmanuel Roman, former chief executive of Man Group, has been hired to lead US asset manager PIMCO.Roman will take over as PIMCO’s chief executive from Douglas Hodge, who will become managing director and senior adviser from 1 November. Daniel Ivascyn, managing director of the firm’s group CIO, praised Roman’s understanding of global markets.“Manny’s skills and experience include all of the attributes key to delivering value to PIMCO’s clients – investment acumen, intellectual capacity and thought leadership, broad industry experience, executive leadership and an excellent fit with PIMCO’s cultural values,” he said. last_img read more

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PLSA supports auto-enrolment, discrepancies review in Parties’ manifestos

first_imgThe UK’s Pensions and Lifetime Savings Association (PLSA) has stated it supports the pension pledges in relation to expanding auto-enrolment to low-income and self-employed workers in the Labour Party manifesto.Nigel Peaple, director of policy and research, said the PLSA is also “very strong supporters of the creation of a publically run, non-commercial dashboard, although we are open-minded to others being created in the future provided a comprehensive consumer protection regime is in place”.According to PLSA research, less than 50% of all savers are on track to achieve an adequate income in retirement, and for those that only have a defined contribution pension plan, only 3% of savers are likely to achieve this outcome. Just 23% of people are confident they know how much they need to save for retirement, an issue the new PLSA Retirement Living Standards seeks to address by starting a national conversation about saving.“Our Hitting the Target report (2018) recommended raising minimum automatic enrolment contributions to 12% by 2030 with consideration given to moving to a 50/50 employer/employee split. This will improve pension adequacy and help more people achieve a better income in retirement,” said Peaple. Nigel Peaple at PLSA: ”More must be done to encourage further saving in workplace pensions”Conservative Party on pensionsIn contrast, Peaple supports the Conservative Party’s manifesto commitment to conduct a review into the discrepancies between net pay arrangements and tax relief at source for pensions.He said: “The discrepancy means automatic enrolment contributions for savers who earn between £10,000 and £12,500 are more expensive for those on net pay arrangements. It is our view that this can be fixed by adjusting the data gathering system used by HMRC.”He was pleased with the Conservatives’ pledge to reintroduce the Pension Schemes Bill, which includes important measures to discourage reckless behaviour by a small minority of scheme sponsors, as well as a provision for the creation of a consumer-focused pensions dashboard.Peaple stressed that the initial dashboard must be non-commercial and no others should be introduced until a rigorous consumer protection regime is in place.However, he was disappointed that the manifesto did not include any commitments to extend the scope of pension automatic enrolment to include younger workers, or lower paid workers with multiple jobs, and the self-employed, which the Labour manifesto does.“The manifesto also fails to commit to raising the minimum contribution levels for automatic enrolment from the current level of 8%,” Peaple said. “More must be done to encourage further saving in workplace pensions, which represent very good value for money for savers versus other types of savings vehicles,” he added.However, Peaple said that he was “extremely concerned by the significant negative implications Labour’s plans to nationalise water and energy utilities, train companies, Royal Mail and parts of BT Group could have on the value of UK savers’ pensions and the wider longer-term impact on the private sector’s willingness to invest in the UK infrastructure and economy”.“Nationalisation is a complicated and cumbersome process, and would have a significant impact on UK pension funds and the savers they have a fiduciary duty to serve,” he continued.last_img read more

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Mammoet-Giant joint venture joins Greater Changhua foundation ops

first_imgA joint venture of Mammoet and Giant Heavy Machinery Services has started working with Sing Da Marine Structure Corporation (SDMS) on the locally-produced jacket foundations for the Greater Changhua offshore wind project in Taiwan. The joint venture will be performing the assembly, transportation and load-out of the jackets, each weighing approximately 1,200t. At the end of 2018, Ørsted signed a contract with SDMS to supply 56 jacket foundations for the 900 MW Greater Changhua 1&2a project. Four jackets are expected to be simultaneously assembled. Seventy-two axle lines of SPMT will then transport each jacket up to 1,200m from the fabrication line to a storage area, Mammoet said.center_img The PTC200-DS Ring Crane will assemble the jackets by first upending the lower jacket structure before installing both the upper structure and transition pieces at a single location. South Korea’s Samkang M&T will deliver 28 foundations and Hyundai Steel Industries the remaining 27 units. The wind farm will feature 111 Siemens Gamesa 8 MW turbines installed some 35 to 50km off the coast.last_img read more

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Never mind bombs or tobacco: pornography is what Kiwisavers are most worried about

first_imgNZ Herald 14 May 2018Family First Comment: Good! And for good reason…www.porninquiry.nzInvesting in the pornography industry is the biggest worry for KiwiSaver members concerned about where their money is going – ranking ahead of weapons, gambling and tobacco, according to Consumer New Zealand research.Consumer’s annual KiwiSaver survey asked people where they stand on certain industries and whether they knew if their KiwiSaver fund was invested in them.While 77 per cent of those surveyed were concerned about their fund investing in the pornography industry, nearly two-thirds (64 per cent) said they had no idea if their fund did invest money in it.Weapons (73%), gambling (70%) and tobacco (69%) were the next three largest areas of concern but people were similarly unsure as to whether their fund invested in these industries.In 2016 a raft of KiwiSaver providers pulled out of investments in weapons makers including cluster bombs, landmines and nuclear weapons as well as tobacco after the New Zealand Herald and Radio New Zealand revealed the industry had millions of dollars invested in the controversial investments.READ MORE: https://www.nzherald.co.nz/personal-finance/news/article.cfm?c_id=12&objectid=12050904last_img read more

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Suspected NPA rebels torch heavy equipment in Antique

first_img“The police are investigating into thepossibility that the burning of the heavy equipment could be due to theextortion activity of the NPA when the contractor did not give in,” Escobarsaid. The heavy equipment burned down by suspected communist rebels in Barangay Luyang, Sibalom, Antique on Nov. 15. These construction equipment are still operational as these were only partially burned, according to the province’s top cop Lieutenant Colonel Norby Escobar. SIBALOM MPS He added the heavy equipment units arestill operational as these were only partially burned. Escobar said the equipment are ownedby F and T Construction, which is handling a P2-million road construction inthe town. He urged other contractors who haveinfrastructure projects in the province to coordinate with the police if theyhave received extortion feelers so authorities could patrol their projectsites. “Prior to the incident, two men wentinside the bunker of the contractor and introduced themselves as NPAs,” Escobaradded.   According to Escobar, the foreman and alaborer who were inside the bunker were awakened when the suspects stormedtheir sleeping quarter. They immediately reported to the incident to police, hesaid.    Lieutenant Colonel Norby Escobar,deputy director for operations of the Provincial Police Office, said at least30 men who identified themselves as NPAs poured gasoline on a road roller, ahydraulic excavator and a road grader – and set the equipment on fire.  Escobar also believed the attack wasstaged to ambush responding members of the Sibalom municipal police station. SAN JOSE, Antique – Armed men believedto be members of the New People’s Army (NPA) burned heavy equipment in BarangayLuyang, Sibalom, Antique. The Bureau of Fire Protection in theprovince has yet to determine the total cost of damage. (With a report from PNA/PN)last_img read more

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AAG Awards Ceremony set for Saturday

first_imgCOMING as no surprise, Upper Demerara’s Daniel Williams and Chantoba Bright, along with Christianburg’s Compton Caesar, and US-based athletes Winston George and Troy Doris are among some of the names nominated for awards at the Athletics Association of Guyana (AAG) Awards Ceremony which will be held at the Umana Yana, come Saturday.The award ceremony will feature six categories – male and female youth, junior and senior athletes based on their performances at local, regional and international meets throughout last year.Williams who has been dominating headlines throughout 2017, should have no problem renewing his last year’s Youth Male Athlete-of-the-Year award.Williams is pitted against jumper Inter-Guiana Games gold medallist Tortque Boyce and South American Youth Games 100m silver medallist Jermaine King. However with his World Youth 400m silver medal, Williams still has the edge over the other two.For his historic Boys’ Under-20 100m win at the CARIFTA Games last year, Caesar leads the list of nominees in the Junior Male category, which he was also awarded last year. Also in the category are CARIFTA Games silver medallist Anfernee Headecker and Samuel Lynch.2016 Senior Male Athlete-of-the-Year, Winston George is also a returning candidate. He comes up against Troy Doris, men’s javelin record-holder Leslain Baird and distance runner Cleveland Forde.The Senior Female Athlete-of-the-Year category is being contested by Penn Relays silver medallist Natrena Hooper, Police’s Alita Moore and Tenisha Cort.Junior Female category has four nominees, namely Joanna Archer, Toyan Raymond, Natricia Hooper and Onasha Rogers.The Youth Female might just be the only closely contested race. Chantoba Bright heads the Youth Female list, which includes South American Youth Games silver medallist Kenisha Phillips, CARIFTA Games gold medallist Claudrice McKoy and South American Youth Games gold medallist, Deshanna Skeete.last_img read more

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Assistant coach Jennifer Meredith brings high energy, passion to SU

first_img Published on February 18, 2020 at 10:08 pm Contact Christopher: cscargla@syr.edu | @chrisscargs Comments When Jennifer Meredith walked into a bathroom at Georgia’s Dan Magill Tennis Complex, she looked in the mirror and then punched the wall. Meredith had just lost her first set to Michigan’s Rika Tatsuno, 6-4, in the 2010 NCAA tournament’s third round — threatening to erase momentum No. 16 Tennessee had gained.Meredith, then a junior with the Volunteers, calmed herself down and went back to the court revitalized. She stormed past Tatsuno 6-0 in the second set. Even though the match went unfinished because Tennessee’s Rosalía Alda had already clinched, the same intensity that’s followed her to Syracuse a decade later took over.“I went into the bathroom and came out a different player,” Meredith said. “I’ve been known to be a little hot and cold in my life.”Stops at Connecticut and Missouri paved the path that brought Meredith to Syracuse when Shelley George retired last August. In a Feb. 15 match against Boston College, Syracuse’s new assistant coach screamed encouragement and advice at Guzal Yusupova as the Orange’s top singles player erased a 5-1 deficit and clinched the final point. Because of her prior NCAA experience, Meredith’s played a pivotal role in Syracuse’s 6-0 start to the 2020 season, head coach Younes Limam said, as the Orange aim for their fourth NCAA tournament in five years.“You would have to cut off her leg to take her off the court,” said Natalie Pluskota, Meredith’s teammate at Tennessee.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textMeredith grew up in Georgia and was ranked as high as the nation’s 17th-best recruit in 2005 by TennisRecruiting.net. She attended the University of Tennessee and over the next four years became known for her scrappiness, her teammate said. A heavy use of low slices, drop shots and high lobs made “her opponents miserable,” Pluskota said.I’m always going to talk to the girls, and be like ‘hey, I think I can still beat you.’ Keep them on their toes a little bit.- Assistant coach Jennifer MeredithAfter graduation, Meredith taught privately on Martha’s Vineyard, Mass; Key Largo, Florida; and Chicago, Illinois. However, the Georgia-native wanted to be with like-minded people who also are passionate about the sport.“I was working at these clubs and I felt like I cared if they got better more than they did,” Meredith said. “I wasn’t sure too much about college coaching and I just loved every aspect of it, of playing something bigger than yourself.”So, she became an assistant coach at UConn in 2014 and helped the Huskies earn their first American Athletic Conference tournament victory in program history. While at UConn, she also recruited the first international commits in program history, a tactic that meshes with Syracuse head coach Limam’s. After Syracuse had zero active international players when Limam took over, six of seven are now from countries outside the United States.Still, Meredith wanted that “bigger conference feel” that UConn didn’t have and left for Missouri after two years with the Huskies.Jordan Smith, then Kansas State’s assistant and associate head coach, remembered Meredith jumping off the bench in joy after Missouri clinched a doubles point against Kansas State, despite it only accounting for one point for the match. Meredith coached Missouri’s former ITA’s No. 10 doubles pairing Amina Ismail and Bea Machado Santos in 2017 and brings that doubles experience to Syracuse — an area it dropped 13 of a possible 23 points last regular season.“(In) assistant coaches coming out you don’t see that … The ones that are bringing that fire,” said Smith. “You get that a lot more in head coaches.”Almost 24 hours before SU’s match against Boston University on Feb. 1, Meredith held a racket behind her back and strolled around Drumlins during team practice. She grabbed Yusupova by the hand, guided her through back swings with her own racket and demonstrated spacing after a few net hits. Then, Meredith let out a booming “Let’s go Z” when freshman Zeynep Erman knocked a backhand winner past senior Miranda Ramirez.Despite being nearly 10 years apart from the players on the team, Meredith jumped into practice volleys and swatted at balls that neared her. She was the only coach with a racket.“I’m always going to talk to the girls, and be like ‘hey, I think I can still beat you,’” Meredith said. “Keep them on their toes a little bit.”center_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

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OneBet’s Shannon defends Tipster Challenge title at Hamilton

first_img Better Collective moves fast to mitigate COVID-19 as esports journey begins May 15, 2020 StumbleUpon Share ‘Better for Bettors’: Better Collective’s formalised approach to sustainable development June 15, 2020 1bettingexpert2.2512.83 2Steven Mullington – 888sport24.57 3Charlie McCann – BetVictor12.25 4Alex Donohue – ODDSbible12.00 5Rupert Adams – William Hill10.50 Submit In a new role as horse racing tipster for OneBet, Sarah Shannon is back to defend her Tipster Challenge title in the seven-race meet at Hamilton.Shannon has taken a chance with second favourite Gulf Of Poets (4:10) for her Nap of the Day, which can score double points for the Betting Gods sponsored competition.By contrast, bettingexpert’s Stephen Harris has been more conservative by promoting the chances of odds-on Amy Blair (3:40), who won on this course just five days ago.____________________________________2:10bettingexpert: Lina’s StarComes from a yard with a very strong hand with juveniles and can make a winning debut if the market vibes are strong.OneBet: Miss Bar BeachIt’s hard to pick a winner in a race of two-year-old’s, but Keith Dalgleish’s Miss Bar Beach looks to have the best form, with the filly finishing second her last outing at Beverley.____________________________________2:40bettingexpert: Souls In The WindDrops right down in class after showing some ability in Eire for his astute new yard.OneBet: Don ValentinoThree-year-old Don Valentino has had a strong start to the season, with a fourth and third place finished and will be looking to add to trainer David O’Meara’s win record for June when he takes to the track at Hamilton.____________________________________3:10bettingexpert: Ted’s BrotherHad an excuse last time but had been running well in defeat previously on the AW and he has plenty of soft ground form in the book.OneBet: High ExpectationsGordon Elliott has made the move to flat training this summer, and it’s his charge High Expectations who looks the one to beat in this race. Winning his first outing of the season at Ayr, he is only upped 5lbs for his run here.____________________________________3:40bettingexpert: Amy Blair (Nap of the Day)Made all to win over a furlong further here last week and is expected to follow up despite a 6lb penalty.OneBet: Amy BlairFavourite Amy Blair has already had a successful start to the season at Hamilton, having won his last outing here just five days ago. The distance of the race is slightly shorter this time round, but it should be another victory here.____________________________________4:10bettingexpert: Archie’s AdviceCaught the eye from a poor position last time out and has been given a chance by the handicapper.OneBet: Gulf Of Poets (Nap of the Day)Trained by Mark Easterby, the five-year-old comes into this race and should pick up his hat-trick this afternoon.____________________________________4:40bettingexpert: Honeysuckle LilWon on soft ground the last time she came to Hamilton and has been running herself fit in three starts so far at Ripon this season.OneBet: Ancient AstronautThe four-year-old has had a strong start to the season with a strong six-furlong win at Thirsk, and despite finishing second last time out at Newmarket, he should be able to pick up a victory here.____________________________________5:15bettingexpert: Perfect WordsIs now back below his last winning mark and shaped better than the bare result last time out.OneBet: Roy’s LegacyWith eleven runs under his belt this year, he has already picked up three victories, his last coming at Chester over a similar distance to this. He should be able to cope with the going at Hamilton and is the one to watch here.____________________________________ Better Collective secures esports vision by acquiring HLTV.org for €35m February 28, 2020 RankTipsterRace WinsPoints Share Related Articleslast_img read more

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Cloud9 Vainglory – Unified Western Champions

first_imgCloud9 lifting the Unified Western Championship trophy (Credit: Ravi Lakhani/Super Evil Mega Co)Cloud9 were victorious at the Vainglory Unified Western Championships last weekend, showing sheer dominance throughout the competition; even knocking out pre-tournament favourites TSM. After the tournament was done and dusted, we sat down with two of the three Cloud9 squad: Captain Gabe “gabevizzle” Villarin and Carry Gabriel “Oldskool” Villamariona.Esports Insider: Congratulations for winning the Unified Western Championship. How long of a road has it been to get here as a fairly new team?Gabevizzle: In some people’s eyes it’s probably been really quick for us to get to the top this fast. But in my eyes, it has been a fairly long road. Being together for five months there’s been a lot of conflict between school and I. We’ve always had good mechanics, but we haven’t meshed too well as a team until now. Coming to the live championships, we’ve slowly started breaking it down and making sure we’re on the same page.ESI: You’ve been extremely solid throughout this tournament – only dropping two maps this weekend. Was that a surprise or did you know you could do it?Oldskool: I expected a really strong finish. I didn’t expect us to only drop two maps, but we definitely expected to come out on top.Gabevizzle: I’d probably say that the expectations from each of us were really high, I don’t think we wanted anything lower than top three. Coming into the semis, we were both confident and nervous at the same time. We were so close to getting to the finals and lifting up that trophy, we didn’t want to miss out.ESI: After beating TSM, who were this weekend’s favourites, what were you feeling after that semi-final?Oldskool: We knew that after we took down TSM, we had won the trophy. In our eyes, that was our finals match. That was more important to us.Gabevizzle: Yeah. That definitely felt like it was our finals match. I was actually more hyped winning against TSM over beating Gankstars.ESI: Is that down to how you see the quality of Gankstars play, or the rivalry between you and TSM?Gabevizzle: Since TSM are our primary scrim partners, I’d say they knew a lot about us and we knew a lot about them. But we’ve never been able to pull off a strong series against them. I just think it meant a lot to us to beat them 3-1.Oldskool: In the regular season we matched up against TSM four times. One of the times we beat them 2-0, another time they beat us 2-0, the other two games we lost 2-1. We knew it was going to be our hardest match of the tournament.ESI: Now that you have the trophy, what’s your attention going to be on for the rest of the year?Gabevizzle: Right now, we’re going to take a small break. Once Summer kicks off we’re going to go hard again. It’ll be a little bit different to how we were coming into this tournament, as we won’t be practising in the same place. Now that we know how we play when we’re together our shot-calls and our synergy will be much higher.Oldskool: I completely agree. After meeting in person, we were able to resolve our internal conflicts, and now we have that in mind and know what’s best for the team.ESI: Vainglory as an esport isn’t one of the major esports, especially as it sits on mobile. Where do you see it grow in the near future?Gabevizzle: I don’t believe Europe is where the fan-base is the strongest. North America, Korea, and the rest of Asia, are definitely the strongest places right now. I definitely hope Vainglory grows, and I think that the 5v5 mode coming within the next year will definitely help push it’s numbers up.last_img read more

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