Friday people roundup [updated]

first_imgAP2 – The head of external equity managers at AP2 has departed the Swedish buffer fund for a US-based think tank. Mimmi Kheddache-Jendeby joined the Center for Applied Research, State Street’s think tank, earlier this month and will be vice-president and senior research strategist. Kheddache-Jendeby spent several years at the fund as portfolio manager for external mandates and was most recently head of equity for external managers.Ilmarinen – Sini Kivihuhta has been appointed deputy chief executive and “substitute” for the chief executive. Ilmarinen’s current deputy chief executive Timo Ritakallio will take on the role of president and chief executive for the company from the beginning of February. Kivihuhta will also continue to carry out her responsibilities as senior vice-president of pension insurance.Pension Insurance Corporation – Tracy Blackwell has been appointed deputy chief executive, succeeding John Coomber, who is to retire at the end of June. Blackwell, currently CIO at PIC, has been with the company since it was founded in 2006. Prior to joining PIC, she worked at Goldman Sachs, where she held a variety of roles, including head of risk management for the EMEA region at Goldman Sachs Asset Management. PIC said a search for a new CIO was underway.  Investment Company Institute Global – Patrice Bergé-Vincent has been appointed to the newly created position of managing director at ICI Global Europe. He will join in mid-April. Bergé-Vincent is currently a partner with PwC France, where he leads the asset management regulatory practice. Before then, he worked within the Department of Regulation Policy and International Affairs at the Autorité des marchés financiers (AMF), the French regulator, serving as head of the Asset Management Regulation Policy Division.Mirabaud Asset Management – André Broijl, Bert Hospers, Sai Kit Lam and George Luijkx have joined the fixed income team from Syntrus Achmea Asset Management in the Netherlands. The team will report to Andrew Lake and be in charge of various mandates and fund solutions for Mirabaud’s clients in investment-grade credit.UBS Global Asset Management – Rachel Hill has been appointed business development director, focusing on UK investment consultants and pension funds. In the past, she has worked at fiduciary manager SEI and more recently at BlackRock, in both client and consultant-focused roles.Eaton Vance Management International – Jeffrey Mueller has been appointed vice-president, portfolio manager and global high-yield analyst. Based in London, he will be responsible for leading the company’s global corporate credit operations. He will join in March from Threadneedle Asset Management, where he has been a high-yield portfolio manager and investment analyst since 2009.Aon Hewitt – Jorge Huitron has joined the manager research team as a senior consultant, with responsibility for covering European private equity. He joins after seven years with bfinance, where he was a director in private market research. Before then, he spent four years at Cambridge Associates as a senior consulting associate. Varma, AMF, Folksam, AP2, State Street, Ilmarinen, Pension Insurance Corporation, Investment Company Institute Global, PwC France, Mirabaud Asset Management, Syntrus Achmea Asset Management, UBS Global Asset Management, BlackRock, Eaton Vance Management International, Threadneedle Asset Management, Aon Hewitt, bfinanceVarma – Berndt Brunow is to succeed Kari Jordan as chairman of the supervisory board of Finnish pensions insurer Varma. Brunow is the chairman of the board of Oy Karl Fazer Oy, while Jordan is president and chief executive at Metsä Group. Jari Paasikivi, president and chief executive at Oras Invest, and Antti Palola, president of the Finnish Confederation of Professionals STTK, will continue as deputy chairmen at Varma. The company’s board of directors has also elected members of the nomination and compensation committee and the audit committee from among its members. During 2015, the audit committee will comprise Ari Kaperi (chairman), Jyri Luomakoski, Antti Palola and Kai Telanne. Members of the 2015 nomination and compensation committee are Brunow (chairman), Paasikivi and Palola.AMF – Dan Adolphson is taking over from Carina Blomberg as security economist at Sweden’s AMF. He has worked at AMF since 2006 in the pensions information department and will take up his new role at the beginning of March. AMF said the most important aspect of the role of security economist was to represent savers’ interests by working on pensions issues. Blomberg is retiring in June.Folksam – Lars Johnsson has been appointed director of real estate at Sweden’s Folksam and will start work at the pensions institution on 2 March. He has 27 years’ experience in the property industry, most recently as deputy director and head of property investments at Vasakronan. Johnsson is replacing Torbjörn Wiberg, who will leave Folksam on 28 February.last_img read more

US LNG landing in Portugal

first_imgLNG receiving terminal at the port of Sines owned and operated by Portugal’s electricity and natural gas infrastructure operator REN is set to receive a US cargo.According to the shipping data by the Port of Sines, Rioja Knutsen capable of transporting 176,300 cubic meters of natural gas, is scheduled to arrive at the facility on February 7.The vessel is carrying a cargo loaded at Cheniere’s Sabine Pass LNG export facility in Louisiana.It is a second consecutive cargo of liquefied natural gas from the United States, as the 150,200-cbm Seri Camellia is currently unloading a Sabine Pass cargo at the facility.The facility can accommodate vessels with capacities between 40,000 and 216,000 cubic meters of LNG, three storage tanks with a commercial capacity of 390,000 cubic meters and seven vaporizers for the regasification of LNG.The LNG terminal has a nominal emission capacity of 900,000 cubic meters/hour and a maximum of 1,350,000 cubic meters/hour and can load up to 36 tanker trucks per day. LNG World News Stafflast_img read more

Ivy Tech Leads Nation In Associate Degrees Awarded

first_imgIvy Tech’s campus in Batesville.INDIANAPOLIS – Ivy Tech Community College ranks among two-year institutions nationwide for the number of associate degrees awarded. This is the second year in a row Ivy Tech has topped the list.In a report entitled “2014 Top 100 Associate Degree Producers” released last week by Community College Week, Ivy Tech tops the national list with 9,265 associate degrees conferred, an increase of nearly four percent from 2013. The college also ranked seventh in the number of certificates the granted, totaling 3,090.“The fact that the number of degrees earned at Ivy Tech continues to grow is a testament to how hard our students, faculty and staff work every day,” said Ivy Tech President Thomas J. Snyder said.“As an open-access institution, we are in a unique position to serve a complex and diverse student body. We strive to continue to provide access to affordable education that will assist students looking to find an in-demand job in Indiana, looking to grow in a current career, or looking to save money on a bachelor’s degree by transferring to a four-year institution. Our students and our mission are what set us apart from other higher education institutions in Indiana.”Ivy Tech Community College is the state’s largest public postsecondary institution and the nation’s largest singly accredited statewide community college system serving nearly 200,000 students annually.last_img read more

Bulldogs CC Team Places 3rd At Rushville

first_imgThe Batesville Boys Cross Country Team Traveled to Rushville to compete Saturday.  They competed against 20 teams in their division and came away with the third spot.Finishing first for Batesville was Caleb Moster. He set a personal record with a time of 17:35. Not only did he finish first for his team, he won the overall. Coming in second for Batesville and sixth overall and also setting a personal record was Conner Bell, with a time of 18:01. Third for Batesville and fifteenth overall was Cole Nuhring, with a time of 18:22. Scoring fourth for Batesville and coming in 38th overall was Clay Yeaton, his time of 19:04 was also a personal record. Rounding out the scoring for Batesville was Elliot Main, who come in with a time of 19:45, which was 59th overall. Also running for Batesville’s boys were Chris Riffle, with a time of 20:21 and Garrett Yorn with a time of 21:08.Batesville came away with 121 points, which followed Indianapolis Scecina Memorial, the second place team with 102. The winning team was South Dearborn, who scored 80.‘Batesville’s boys have been working hard all summer and this hard work is paying off. With three of the top 5 runners setting personal records, they are definitely headed in the right direction. ‘ Batesville Coach Ben Pierson.They will be competing again this Thursday at South Ripley for the County Tourney.Courtesy of Bulldogs Coach Ben Pierson.last_img read more

All we wanted was replay – O’Shea

first_img “That’s what I’m looking at and that’s what I want to do. I haven’t had any discussions on the political side with John or the FAI board at any given stage.” O’Neill, of course, was not employed by the FAI at the time of the game in France – Giovanni Trapattoni was the manager – and he admitted he had little knowledge of the agreement other than what he had read when the story first emerged last year. He said: “Not really. It had been made public knowledge, I think, about six or eight or 12 months ago, or something like that. It was out there in the public domain at the time, so I wasn’t any more aware than anybody else and it has all come to a head just at this moment. “But I haven’t had time myself to study it in any sort of depth and I am certainly not a European lawyer, so I won’t be taking any of that into consideration. “It’s come up here at a stage where you really do want to concentrate on what we are here about, myself as the manager, John as a player, and I think that is pretty important. “What I could say, I suppose, is that the FAI board gave me this opportunity to come and manage the team, I was delighted to take it and obviously wan to try to push that forward on the footballing side as much as I possibly can. “Naturally, this game and the Scotland game are taking my almost undivided attention.” Assistant boss Roy Keane insisted on Friday that the issue had barely been raised within the camp, although striker Jon Walters alluded to the situation in humorous fashion in a tweet after the players were allowed to leave their Portmarnock base to go out for dinner later that night. Walters tweeted: “Meal in Howth with the boys. What a view! The waiter was happy with the €5,000,000 tip.” O’Neill was in lighter mood when asked about Walters’ contribution to the debate. He said: “If Jon Walters has tweeted that, I wouldn’t mind being in that restaurant last night. I wouldn’t mind washing the dishes. “The players went out – I gave them the time to go out because they were bored with my company. They wanted to head out and they headed to, apparently, a very nice restaurant. “Well, if they got a 5million euros tip, well done to them. They should be closing tomorrow and opening up in Spain, I think.” Indeed, the 34-year-old defender insists all he and his team-mates would have asked for in the wake of their Thierry Henry-inspired exit at the hands of France in November 2009 was a replay. The suggestion, as the Football Association of Ireland’s deal with the game’s governing body was made public this week, came from then France coach Raymond Domenech, but cut little ice with O’Shea, who played in the Stade de France that night. John O’Shea has described as “ridiculous” claims that the Republic of Ireland’s players should have been handed a share of FIFA’s 5million euros loan in compensation for their World Cup play-off heartache. He said: “For the French manager from that time to come out and say that now, it’s easy from his point of view. To come out and say that the players [should claim a share], it’s ridiculous. “You are talking about what the players would have been looking for from that point of view. Ultimately, it was done and dusted, the game was over, but if there was going to be anything from it, it would have been, say, a replay. “It wouldn’t have been a case of monetary benefits from that point of view. But look, the game was done and dusted and these things happen, as they say.” O’Shea’s comments came after the FAI published a copy of the confidentiality agreement it signed with FIFA, which describes the cash payment as an “inducement”. The document includes the paragraph: “On or before January 15, 2010, FIFA and FAI have entered into a loan agreement over 5million euros as an inducement for the FAI to enter into this agreement. Further, the FAI will receive an additional Goal Project in the amount of 400,000 US dollars than the one executed in 2009.” Details of the arrangement have simply added to the furore surrounding FIFA in the wake of president Sepp Blatter’s re-election and subsequent announcement of his resignation, with the FAI and, in particular, chief executive John Delaney finding himself cast into the limelight. However, within the Irish camp, there has been a concerted effort to circle the wagons with manager Martin O’Neill and his players, who face England in a friendly at the Aviva Stadium on Sunday and Scotland in a crucial Euro 2016 qualifier on June 13, refusing to be drawn into the brewing row. Asked if Delaney enjoyed his full support, O’Neill said: “John Delaney brought me into the FAI. He brought me in, wanted me to manage the side – I was delighted to do so, delighted to have the opportunity, and I would like to see that through. Press Associationlast_img read more

Claudio Ranieri places high price on striker Jamie Vardy

first_imgClaudio Ranieri has refused to rule out selling Jamie Vardy but insisted it would take megabucks to tempt Leicester. The Foxes boss also admitted he would be powerless to stop any player leaving the King Power Stadium if they wanted to quit. Vardy is the Barclays Premier League’s seven-goal top scorer and started England’s final Euro 2016 qualifier, a 3-0 win in Lithuania, on Monday. Press Associationcenter_img He cost Leicester £1million from Fleetwood in 2012 but is now hot property after his dramatic rise from non league to the top flight. Ranieri insisted the 28-year-old is happy at the club but conceded they may not turn down a huge offer. “If I am the owner, a lot, a lot, a lot,” he said, when asked how much Vardy would cost. “Do you want Jamie? Give me a lot of money. “We want to keep him and we want to keep hold of all our best players but if there are some teams who want to spend money ‘Ok’, we’ll re-start and we’ll see another good player. At this moment we’ll enjoy with Jamie. “Our project is very, very good. I understand players want to achieve something early. “I think for Jamie, not only for Jamie but all of the players, it’s important to do what they feel, what their heart, soul and brain says. “I can say ‘you stay here’ or ‘you go’ – no. I want only happy players, that is my philosophy. I don’t want to keep somebody who doesn’t want to stay. Jamie is so happy.” Vardy is contracted to the club until 2018 after signing a four-year deal last year and has scored five goals in his last four Foxes games. Leicester go to Southampton on Saturday with in-form Vardy expected to lead the line and Nathan Dyer (knee) fit again but Ranieri admitted Vardy’s form cannot continue forever. He said: “At this moment he is scoring goals and for him it’s a great moment. It’s not possible for him to continue it for 10 months, it’s not possible. I hope (he can) but for now he continues and when we arrive at that moment we’ll keep calm and continue to fight.” last_img read more

Impeachment of Donald J. Trump Could End Today

first_imgThis could be the final day of the impeachment saga. Florida Senator Rick Scott said last night that he believes the senate will vote by tonight to acquit President Trump. The Florida Republican says people are tired and ready to get this over with and do something positive. He also says if the senate agreed to call more witnesses, this will never, ever end.So what about witnesses? It appears likely Senators will vote against calling additional witnesses at the impeachment trial of President Trump.Democrats needed four Republicans to join them to ensure they could issue subpoenas for additional evidence.So far, they have two.Utah’s Mitt Romney will vote for witnesses, a member of his staff confirmed this morning.Maine’s Susan Collins said yesterday she would vote for witnesses.Alaska’s Lisa Murkowski is expected to announce her decision this morning.Tennessee’s Lamar Alexander announced last night that he thought the House managers proved their case, but says he will not vote for witnesses.If the vote ends in a 50-50 tie, Chief Justice John Roberts could cast a deciding vote, but most expect him to decline to do so.last_img read more

Leewards whip Jamaica in CWI U-17 tournament

first_imgLEEWARD Islands upstaged Jamaica and registered an emphatic five-wicket victory in their Cricket West Indies (CWI) Under-17 50-Overs competition first round encounter at the National Cricket Centre, Balmain, Couva om Tuesday.Jamaica batted first and were bundled out for 96 in 31.4 overs. Ricardo McIntosh hit four fours off 3 balls and emerged as the top scorer with 24. Michael Thompson and Roberto Simpson scored 17 (3×4 off 46 balls) and 11 respectively.Zawandi White (3 wickets for 18 runs), Elroy Francis (2 for 18) and Michael James (2 for 20) were the main wicket-takers for Leewards.Leewards raced to a commanding victory when they replied with 97 for 5 in 27.5 overs.Uri Smith led the way with an attractive 36 that was decorated with five fours off 56 deliveries. Elroy Francis hastened the triumph with three fours off 10 balls and was undefeated on 17 when they celebrated an important milestone.Summarised Scores:At National Cricket Centre, Balmain, Couva: Jamaica 96 all out in 31.4 overs (Ricardo McIntosh 24, Michael Thompson 17, Roberto Simpson 11; Zawandi White 3 for 18, Elroy Francis 2 for 18, Mandre James 2 for 20) lost to Leeward Islands 97 for 5 in 27.5 overs (Uri Smith 36, Elroy Francis 17 n.o., Carlon Tuckett 10; Romaine Jacobs 2 for 31). (Brij Parasnath)last_img read more

To Reopen or Not: One Hell of a Conundrum

first_imgProtestors, some obviously politically mobilized, are taking to the streets demanding their rights to go about their regular routine, notwithstanding the fact that the US has approximately 800,000 cased of COVID-19, and over 41,000 deaths, and rising. The main problem is, according to the scientists, there are many people who have contracted COVID-19 are walking around asymptomatic, not showing symptoms of the virus. As a result, the scientists have been saying, but in America, few seem to be listening, that the safest way to reopen businesses and relinquish stay-at-home orders is to significantly test people for the virus. These tests will separate the infected from the uninfected and offer some guidance of who can return to normal activities. Now, less than six weeks after most US states have locked down all but essential businesses and ordered residents to stay-at-home, increasingly residents are protesting the measures. Every day governors and mayors across America have been appealing to the federal government to assist with more testing, but there’s no real federal plan to increase testing. Herein lies the core of the conundrum. Unless there’s a profound national plan to test Americans, significantly increasing testing is unlikely. The less people tested, the greater will be the risk of the resurgence of COVID-19 contamination nationally should stay-at-home orders are lifted, America, like the rest of the world, is faced with a very elusive new virus, the treatment and cure of which is baffling the most learned scientists. One thing, most of these scientists agree on, and proving effective is that social distancing, including stay-at-home and business closure orders, are effective in controlling the viral spread. But, the COVID-19 pandemic is far from over, and while protests also take place in other countries, there have been several instances, for example in Singapore, where attempts to lift stay-at-home measures have been followed by a resurgence of spikes in the virus. The solution is obvious. If the nation’s leaders want to open the nation, prevent further spread of COVID-19 and significant social upheaval they must step up testing for the virus immediately! While this works, it’s simply not normal to expect people, especially young, energetic and passionate people, to be deprived of socially acceptable norms indefinitely. People are going to continue to protest at an increasing rate, and social upheaval become a real risk, the longer they are mandated to stay-at-home. There are plenty of recommendations of what can be done to protect residents if they are to return to normalcy. These include people spacing at the workplace, making wearing masks and gloves mandatory in public and at work; increasing personal, equipment, furnishing, transportation and building sanitization, etc. But there is no guarantee these measures will prevent contamination when the general public leave their homes. Although it’s obvious some of the protests have a political bias, encouraged by political leaders, some of whom called for states like Michigan, Minnesota and Virginia with strict stay-at-home measures to be “liberated.” It’s also obvious economic challenges are fostering the growing protests.Conservatively, it’s estimated some 22-million Americans are currently unemployed because hundreds of businesses are closed. In most communities, people are growing desperate for money to buy food. Despite the federal government’s initiative in helping residents and businesses with financial relief, it is yet to reach many of those it’s supposed to help. The adage “a hungry man, is an angry man” is proving incredibly true as hungry Americans continue to stay-at-home. When states around the country began issuing stay-at-home orders to stem the spread of the coronavirus (COVID-19) in mid-March a South Florida psychiatrist told this newspaper if these orders exceeded one month there would be a “great risk of social disorder.” In Florida, where cases of COVID-19 contamination and related deaths have been increasing exponentially daily, the South Florida Tri-County Car Caravan have been publicly protesting, calling for the lifting of restrictions on businesses and the reopening public spaces. Here in America, only 4 million people, less than 2 percent of the population, have been tested for COVID-19, despite boasts of America having conducted more tests than any other country. The psychiatrist argued that forcing people to be locked in their homes, away from normal ways of life including, work, school, recreation, and the church is “against modern social norms.” For most people home is a place of refuge and rest, the place to recharge one’s energy after outdoor activities, not to be locked in for weeks. It is now incumbent on elected officials from the American President down to city mayors to adapt a unified approach to see how, and if, some businesses and public places can be opened, and residents eased out of their homes. In a startling Harvard University report titled, “Roadmap to Pandemic Resilience” released on Monday, a group of scientists, social scientist, economists and others concluded for the country to safely open and be fully economically mobilized by late July, “Test producers will need to deliver at least 5 million tests daily by early June.”last_img read more

Lydia Barbara – Microgaming – What 2016 meant to me

first_imgShare Gamesys tops list for GambleAware Q1 donations July 10, 2020 Submit Related Articles Delasport elevates online casino offering with Betsoft deal June 3, 2020 Lydia Barbara, MicrogamingAs the sports betting and gaming industry gets back down to business in 2017, SBC News caught up with Lydia Barbara, Head of Pegasus Gaming Solutions at Microgaming, to reflect on a successful 2016 for the company.Favourite Memory of 2016  I’ve been running an internal challenge/innovation incubator at Microgaming throughout the year. My favourite memory is announcing our winners at the company-wide Christmas party, and having everyone applaud these fantastic people whose brilliant ideas will be built and implemented in 2017.The inaugural contest was a great success with a wide range of ideas submitted, and I’m excited to be running Round 2 from January 2017.Worst MemoryFor me and for many others, this year was horrific for deaths of personal heroes and family.Most Important Industry DevelopmentIt’s difficult to pinpoint a specific development, but what I do get excited about is new technology. And this year I watched the developments in VR and AR very carefully. I think we’re still a way off in terms of these technologies becoming mainstream, but I believe we are a few steps closer.At ICE every year, our research and development team showcase a series of product innovations using the latest headsets and technologies that have the potential to impact not only on our industry, but our daily lives. Having unveiled some seriously cool prototypes in the past, such as VR Roulette, I’m keen to see what they will be presenting at February’s show.Favourite Industry EventAlways ICE. Everyone who is anyone is there. I love catching up with old friends and colleagues, and meeting new ones! I expect ICE 2017 will be bigger and better and I’m eager to see what companies will be promoting at the show.One to watch for 2017I’m intrigued by what’s going on in the world of mobile-only soft games. This is an area with huge potential, and I’m keen to see where companies take it. StumbleUpon Share Soft2Bet: Why diversification of white label products is essential in complex times May 28, 2020last_img read more