€1.3bn engineering scheme outsources fixed income to BMO

first_imgThis also applied to monitoring and reporting. The latter task had been carried out in part by the pension fund and in part by consultancy Sprenkels & Verschuren.Marsha van Beusekom, board member of Waterbouw tasked with investments, said that the scheme had recently outsourced its pensions administration to IT firm Centric and that it expected cost savings as a result.Waterbouw previously carried out administration in-house. In 2017, it reported costs per participant of €220.Van Beusekom said that the pension fund had already outsourced management of its 40% equity holdings to Vanguard.The scheme’s 10% stake in property was invested in real estate funds and monitored by engineering firm Sweco.Van Beusekom added that Waterbouw would continue to carry out board support itself, and had hired two extra staff for the job.The industry-wide pension fund has approximately 2,740 active participants, 3,300 deferred members and 5,720 pensioners, affiliated with 74 employers.At November-end, its funding stood at 117%. Waterbouw, the €1.3bn Dutch sector scheme for hydraulic engineering, has outsourced management of its €600m fixed income portfolio to BMO Global Asset Management.The scheme said BMO would also be tasked with monitoring and reporting on its entire investment portfolio.The decision comes in the wake of the scheme’s decision in 2017 to continue independently.According to Kitty Roozemond, Waterbouw’s independent chair, a survey of the robustness and cost efficiency of pension provision had made it clear that the in-house management of fixed income holdings had to be contracted out.last_img read more

No fatality recorded as MOH announces 241 new cases

first_imgAt the same time, the Ministry of Health has recorded 66 recoveries, bringing the total number of recoveries so far to 19,434.Also Read  Uhuru calls for rebuilding of the UN to better address emerging challengesNo fatality has been recorded in the last 24 hours due to COVID-19 for the first time in weeks.The cases are distributed across the counties as follows; Nairobi 113, Mombasa 14, Kiambu 10, Taita Taveta 10 Kirinyaga 9, Narok 9, Kajiado 8, Uasin Gishu 6, Laikipia 7, Nakuru 7, Turkana 6, Busia 5, Lamu 5, Trans Nzoia 4, Kilifi and Kericho 4 cases each, Kisumu 3, Nyeri, Machakos, Makueni and Bomet Counties recorded 2 cases each.Also Read  SRC moves to address pay disparities  However, The Ministry of Health has called on Kenyans to embrace healthy dieting to boost immunity during the COVID-19 period.Health Chief Administrative Secretary Rashid Aman said that good nutrition is important for growth and development throughout one’s life course.“It boosts immunity, improves response to treatment, speeds up recovery, reduces the risk of getting other infections thus prevents disability and death,” he said.Also Read  Relief for families as MOH revises Covid-19 burial protocols“On the other hand, overnutrition results in overweight and obesity, conditions that present serious health risks. 28% of adults aged between 18–69 years are either overweight or obese,” he added.He said that the Health Ministry is collaborating with the Ministry of Agriculture to promote good nutrition by enhancing access to safe, nutritious and affordable foods, through the “One million kitchen gardens initiative”. They include 192 males and 89 females.Get breaking news on your Mobile as-it-happens. SMS ‘NEWS’ to 20153 Kenya has recorded 241 positive cases on Friday from 4,520 samples tested bringing the number of cases in the country to 33,630. Out of the 241, 228 are Kenyan citizens while 47 are foreignersIn terms of age, the youngest is a one-year-old while the oldest is 89.last_img read more

Carl Eugene Jackson Sr., 92

first_imgCarl Eugene Jackson Sr., 92 of Greensburg, passed away on Monday, June 29, 2020 at the IU University Hospital in Indianapolis. Eugene was born in Cynthiana, KY on March 1, 1928, the son of John and Rada (Sipple) Jackson. He married Marilyn (Merwin) Randolph on March 1, 1997 in Ft. Myers, FL and she survives.Other survivors include his son – Carl (Rhonda) Jackson Jr. of Greensburg; his daughters – Shirley (Rex) Hutchcraft of Grapevine, TX and Linda Gilbert of Greensburg; six grandchildren – Neil Jackson, Gene Jackson, John Cruz, Michael Cruz, Amy Miller and Carrie Briggs; and ten great grandchildren.He was preceded in death by his parents, and his four siblings Anna Smith, Roberta Redington, Marvin Reed and Harry Jackson.Eugene was the founder of Jackson’s Nursery near Lake Santee. He owned and operated his nursery for nearly 40 years before retiring. He was a hard worker and a man of faith. He was a former member of the Pilgrim Holiness Church in Clarksburg.A visitation will be held for family and friends on Friday, July 3, 2020 from 10am – 11am at the Gilliland-Howe Funeral Home. A funeral service will be held, following the visitation, for the family. Memorial contributions may be made to the First Baptist Church in Greensburg. Online condolences may be made to the family at www.gilliland-howe.com.last_img read more

12 medical officers infected with COVID-19 in Bauchi – Commissioner

first_imgRelatedPosts ‘Army Officer’ in EFCC net for alleged multiple fraud COVID-19: NCAA to revoke erring airlines licence over non-compliance FRSC to Schools: We’ll arrest, prosecute drivers who flout COVID-19 rules The Bauchi State Commissioner for Health, Dr. Aliyu Maigoro, says 12 medical officers in the state have been infected with coronavirus.Maigoro made the disclosure at a news conference on Saturday in Bauchi. He, however, said no death had been recorded so far amongst all the affected medical officers.He said: “As at today, we have 12 medical officers in the whole of Bauchi state who have been infected with COVID-19.“Six of them are in Azare, headquarters of Katagum Local Government Council of the state, while others are here in Bauchi.“Let me, however, tell you that we have not recorded any death among these medical workers.”While speaking on patients fleeing isolation centres in some states, Maigoro said the state’s surveillance team had a link with other states, adding that this would make it easier to trace and take such people back to isolation centres. Maigoro said: “We have a link between Bauchi and other states.“Our surveillance team has a link.“If you escape, they will give us your contact, which we will use to trace you.“There is inter-state synergy; we have just apprehended a contact from Taraba State, who came to Bauchi and he is being isolated.“Wherever you are, once we have your address, we are going to get you, because if we don’t, you are going to infect other people in the community.” The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the state has 117 confirmed cases, with six discharged and 111 active cases.Tags: Aliyu MaigoroBauchi StateCOVID-19last_img read more

Allam was misinterpreted – Bruce

first_img Allam has been the target of strong criticism from supporters ever since he announced his intention to ditch the 109-year-old title of Hull City AFC in favour of his preferred Hull Tigers. He has been dismissive of those who oppose the move and, in an interview with a Sunday newspaper, told his detractors they could “die as soon as they want” – a reference to the ‘City Till We Die’ movement. “We should be enjoying the Premier League rather than talking about a badge or a name change.” He added: “I’ve got to have a conversation with him. I don’t think he understands quite what it means to the history and the tradition. “But if he wants us to play in pink fairy dresses then he is entitled to that view.” Speaking to BBC Radio Five on Monday evening, Bruce sought to take the heat out of the situation. “I think what he was saying was he needs the situation to die, not the supporters to go away and die,” he told BBC Radio Five. “I think there’s a misinterpretation.” He continued: “The owner’s been (in Hull) 45 years, and I’m not making excuses here, but if you speak to him he still hasn’t quite grasped the English language.” Bruce said after Sunday’s 3-1 Barclays Premier League win over Liverpool that he intended to speak to Allam about his proposal to rebrand the club after claiming the Egyptian “does not understand” the tradition that goes with the name of the team. The home faithful displayed banners and protested against the proposed rebranding during Sunday’s triumph, which lifted the Tigers to 10th in the Premier League, and Bruce is hopeful Allam will take their feelings on board. “I think the chairman has put something like £70million into this club, so without him there wouldn’t be a club or a ‘Hull City’ – it would be down the tubes,” said the 52-year-old, who took over as Hull manager in June 2012. “We have to respect his wishes, but on the other hand he has to understand too that a lot of people feel very, very strongly about this. “The last thing we need in our first year back in the Premier League is any distractions, because it’s hard enough. At times, when things aren’t going so well, it can create an atmosphere that no-one wants. Hull manager Steve Bruce believes club owner Assem Allam was misinterpreted when he said fans opposed to his plan to rename the club Hull Tigers can “die as soon as they want”. Press Associationlast_img read more

District Six make successful defence of championship title

first_img… Hicks, Teixeira are champion cyclistsBy Mike DaSilvaDISTRICT SIX (Corentyne) made a successful defence of the Ministry of Education/Guyana Teachers Union’s National Cycling Championship title they won last year, through outstanding performances from Andrew Hicks and Shenika Teixeira yesterday when the road race aspect of the championship was held.Hicks, a seasoned national cyclist, made light work of the opposition in the Boys’ Open 40K road race, while Teixeira was unchallenged in winning the Girls’ Open 25K race.The win for Hicks and Teixeira gave District Six a massive 20 points and when added to the seven points of third-place finisher Curtis Dey for the District Six, the lead was unattainable for District 10 (Upper Damerara/Kwakwani) who, like last year, had to settle for second.Apart from winning yesterday’s road race, Hicks, who is in tremendous form at the moment, having just completed the 2016 Guyana Cycling Federation-approved cycling season, also won the 1 000, 2 000, 3 000 and 5 000-metre track races which were staged around the inner circuit of the National Park on Tuesday. Therefore, he is undoubtedly the Champion cyclist for the 56th annual event.Last year, Hicks was also crowned Champion cyclist after winning the 1 000, 3 000 and 5 000-metre races as well as the `Devil Takes the Hindmost event and placed third in the 40K road race which was won by Akeem Agard.Like Hicks, Teixeira who won yesterday’s 25K road race will undoubtedly be crowned Champion female cyclist after winning the Girls’ open 1500, 2 000 and 3 000-metre track races on Tuesday also. The four victories earned the District 40 valuable points.According to Hicks, after being sent on their way from outside the Ocean View International Hotel yesterday morning for the road race, everyone was fighting for position while he sat calmly in the midst of the bunch biding his time to make a move.As the bunch passed through Sparendaam, he jumped the pack and, as no one responded, he just powered away at a moderate pace. But after turning back at Belfield, East Coast Demerara, he changed gears and built up his pace and crossed the finish line more than one minute ahead of the second-place finisher Adelie Hodge of District 11 (North Georgetown).Dey was a short distance away in third, then came District 10’s Jernel Yearwood.In the Girls’ event, the race went off at a snail’s pace judging from national standards and while on the upward journey to the turn-back point at Strathspey, pre-race favourite Whitney Poyer (District Six) fell off her cycle and failed to reconnect to the leading group that was headed by Teixeira. She failed to finish among the top four finishers.She, however, secured a valuable five points in finishing fourth overall.last_img

The Latest: MAAC canceling fall sports competition

first_img Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___The Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference has decided to cancel fall sports competition due to continuing health and safety concerns surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic. The Latest: MAAC canceling fall sports competition July 27, 2020 Some conferences, like the Big Ten and Pac-12, have already announced they will play nothing but conference schedules in their fall sports.The oversight committee also agreed to suspend the criterion requiring teams to have at least a .500 record to be considered for at-large selections into a championship field. A previous decision by the Division I Council allows conferences to determine how their automatic qualifiers are chosen for NCAA championship events up to two weeks prior to selections.___The National Hockey League reported zero players tested positive for the coronavirus last week.The league says it administered a total of 4,256 tests to more than 800 players from July 18-25. Two players tested positive during the first week of training camps July 13-17. MAAC Commissioner Rich Ensor says there are simply too many factors that prohibit the conference from safely delivering a competitive atmosphere. A decision on whether fall sports competition would be feasible in the spring will be determined by the conference presidents at a later date. MAAC student-athletes whose seasons have been canceled will still be permitted to train when they return to campus, and institutions will be responsible for implementing their own training guidelines in accordance with state and local COVID-19 regulations and guidance provided by the NCAA.The Collegiate Commissioners Association is working with the NCAA on a series of waivers related to fall sports eligibility and competition.___IndyCar is set for another schedule revamp, with races scheduled for Portland International Raceway and a doubleheader weekend at Laguna Seca in California both canceled. The series will now run doubleheaders at Mid-Ohio, in the St. Louis area, and at Indianapolis Motor Speedway. The series will run Aug. 8-9 at Mid-Ohio; Aug. 29-30 at World Wide Technology Raceway; and Oct. 2-3 at the IMS road course.IndyCar is still scheduled to run 14 races this season.___The NCAA has reduced the minimum number of contests required of Division I fall sports teams, excluding football, by 50% this season.The decision by the Division I Council coordination committee to grant a blanket waiver for any school that needs it affects men’s and women’s cross country, men’s and women’s soccer, field hockey, men’s water polo and women’s volleyball teams. Associated Press ___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports Players and staff from the 24 teams participating in the expanded Stanley Cup playoffs traveled to the hub cities of Toronto and Edmonton, Alberta, on Sunday. They’re now in a quarantined bubble and will be tested daily after every other day testing during camp.___The NASCAR weekend in late August at Dover International Speedway will take place without fans.Delaware state officials denied the track’s request to host a limited number of fans Aug. 21-23 in the interest of public health and safety. The track is to host a NASCAR Xfinity Series and NASCAR Cup Series on Saturday and Sunday of that weekend.NASCAR has run race weekends without fans with limited exceptions, notably at tracks in Tennessee and Texas.last_img read more

CEO discusses innovation, gaming industry

first_imgWhile the video game industry has expanded in recent years, its growth has been met with some challenges, according to Jack Tretton, the president and chief executive officer of Sony Computer Entertainment, at an address at the School of the Cinematic Arts on Thursday.Executive · Jack Tretton, president and chief executive officer of Sony, spoke about the changing technology business in his Thursday keynote. – Ricardo Galvez | Daily TrojanTretton delivered the keynote speech during a two-day event sponsored by Playstation. The event offered a variety of activities for students interested in the gaming industry as well as those simply passing by.During the event, Chris Kroger, tool manager for Playstation, said students could use the company’s new move motion controller to play unreleased games or play on handheld consoles. In addition, students interested in owning PlayStation products could also enter into raffles and contests to win PlayStation Vista packs and PlayStation 3s.Tretton spoke about his own journey through the industry. He offered some information on declining business models and explained how the original PlayStation console revitalized the industry but also how new gamers are continuing to. As gaming continues to expand, Tretton said, it is becoming harder and harder to find someone who has never played a game.“The gaming industry has never been more fertile, but it has never been more complicated,” Tretton said.Though Tretton is unsure about what lies ahead for Sony’s gaming endeavors, he said there are many opportunities for independent gamers around the world. Similar to the iOS and Android platforms on mobile devices, Sony manages the PlayStation Network, which provides some of these opportunities.“[It] allows independent developers to self publish over 300 titles,” Tretton said.One independent publishing company, thatgamecompany, created and managed by USC alumni, launched a game in March of this year that has since become the best selling game on the network.Getting an inside look into how PlayStation operates was very valuable, said Michael Francisco, a sophomore majoring in critical studies.“It was really great getting inside knowledge of PlayStations’ philosophy,” Francisco said. “It also solidified that I would minor in interactive media at the SCA.”In addition to his work to help independent gamers, Tretton said he has assisted numerous students with the internships available through his company. To date, PlayStation has had about 70 different universities participate in the internship program.Some students, such as Kyle Grayson, a junior majoring in architecture, said they were excited that Tretton had come to speak on campus.“I love PlayStation and [when I] heard Jack was coming…[I] had to be there,” Grayson said.Tretton emphasized the importance of having a vision and committing to it.“You are the most important product you’ll ever be involved with…. I have a vision and stick to it,” Tretton said.last_img read more

Playtech BGT Sports revels in record-breaking World Cup

first_imgShare Playtech BGT Sports (PBS) has a announced a record breaking World Cup, with its self service betting terminals (SSBTs) continuing to drive growth and increase revenues across the retail space. Introducing a variety of new products and features, including enhanced goals scorer options and cash-out tool and a more streamlined in-play user experience, a greater share of overall in-shop turnover than ever before has been enjoyed.Processing 3.5m tickets thus far, a 400 per cent increase of the Brazil World Cup in 2014, in-play has been particularly praised for its role in aiding growth.Accounting for 34 per cent of SSBT World Cup business, as opposed to just 12 per cent four year ago, it’s also not just the so-called ‘big matches’ that have been driving the highest revenue figures.Highlighting that lower profile games broadcast at the right time can also be a catalyst for growth, the round of 16 game contested by Croatia and Denmark is credited with generating the most in-play turnover of any match thus far in Russia.John Pettit, Managing Director for UK, Ireland, Asia, and Australia at Playtech BGT Sports, explained: “We are delighted with the numbers to date and are pleased to have helped generate so much extra revenue for our betting shop partners in the UK and Ireland.“We have undoubtedly benefited from the live World Cup TV pictures available in every shop, which have encouraged in-play betting.“This World Cup has definitely shattered the old cliché that customers are only interested in betting on England, or the so called ‘big matches’.“Croatia versus Denmark smashed records and the message to operators is crystal clear: if you combine pictures with data at the right time the revenues will flow.“It’s a simple message and one we’re excited to be helping deliver as we continue to innovate in this space.” StumbleUpon Related Articles Brazil appoints agencies to accelerate Sports Betting launch August 21, 2020 IMG Arena nets major media extension with Brazil’s Liga Nacional de Basquete August 19, 2020 Belgian Pro League live betting streaming deal for Stats Perform August 21, 2020 Submit Sharelast_img read more

Microgaming unites with Lisa Lowe Centre to boost wellbeing

first_img Related Articles In a bid to boost workplace wellbeing, Microgaming has partnered with The Lisa Lowe Centre to deliver mental health awareness training.It comes as part of the supplier’s pledge via its Time to Change commitment, a campaign that aims to end mental health discrimination. The Isle of Man developer has also affirmed its commitment to mental health aiming to introduce fully trained mental health first aiders.Gareth Nicholson from the Lisa Lowe Centre, commented on the new partnership: “We are pleased to see local companies recognising that supporting the mental health of their employees is as important as the usual physical health support, as one supports the other.“As a charity working to increase our remit in this area we are delighted to be working with Microgaming, who are also at the forefront in recognising the need to change.”Via its work with the centre, a number of bespoke wellbeing and mental health awareness training sessions are to be delivered to line managers, designed to teach how to recognise the signs and symptoms of mental health issues, as well as practical strategies to support team members and colleagues.Staff are to also have access to sessions, focusing upon mental health disorder awareness, common stressors and coping tools, with the aim of erasing the stigma around mental health.Jean-Luc Ferriere, CCO of Microgaming, added: “We strive to maintain a culture where everyone feels comfortable to speak up about any problems they may have.“With The Lisa Lowe Centre we can train our managers to better recognise the signs of potential mental health issues, and be well equipped to help their team and colleagues.“Most importantly, it helps strengthen our commitment to erasing the stigma by encouraging an open environment where people can talk about their mental health, and know that they are always supported.” Soft2Bet: Why diversification of white label products is essential in complex times May 28, 2020 Share Share StumbleUpon Delasport elevates online casino offering with Betsoft deal June 3, 2020 Gamesys tops list for GambleAware Q1 donations July 10, 2020 Submitlast_img read more