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first_imgBNP Paribas Investment Partners – David Kiddie has been named chief executive of the firm’s institutional business line, joining its executive committee. Kiddie succeeds Philippe Marchessaux, who previously balanced the role with his responsibility as company chief executive. Kiddie previously was CIO of AMP Capital Investors and worked as CIO of ABN Amro Asset Management. He has also worked at Baring Asset Management and Insight Investment.  Schroders – Alex Tedder has been named head of global equities, joining in June from American Century Investments. Tedder joined ACI in 2006, where he was co-head of global and non-US large-cap strategies, having spent 12 years at Deutsche Asset Management.Tikehau – Debra Anderson has joined the manager’s private debt business. Anderson most recently worked at Blackstone as senior managing director in charge of its customised credit strategy. She has also worked at Intermediate Capital Group as leveraged loan portfolio manager and Abbey National.2020 Trustees – Naomi L’Estrange joins the Nottingham office of the independent trustee firm as director. L’Estrange was previously director of strategy and policy at the Pension Protection Fund, beginning her time at the lifeboat scheme as its director of legal affairs. Prior to joining the PPF, she worked at Herbert Smith Freehills, from which she was seconded to work at the UK’s Department for Work & Pensions. ING, Kyrkans Pensionskassa, Aon Hewitt, BNP Paribas, Schroders, Tikehau, 2020 TrusteesING – Corné van Nijhuis has been appointed chief executive of the €19bn ING pension fund. He succeeds Albert Smolders, named interim chief executive in June 2013 following the departure of Daan Heijting, who moved to Timeos, the provider of the pension fund PGB. Van Nijhuis was previously COO and chief executive of pensions insurer Swiss Life, as well as head of asset management at the €90bn asset manager MN. Wim van Iersel has also started as director of investments at the Pensioenfonds ING, replacing Leo Rog. Previously, Van Iersel was head of equity at asset manager SPF Beheer and head of asset management at insurer DELA.Kyrkans Pensionskassa – Carl Cederberg has been appointed chief executive of the Swedish Church Pension Fund, replacing Anders Granberg, who announced his decision to step down earlier this year. Cederberg joins from Storebrand Asset Management.Aon Hewitt – Jon Bryant has joined the consultancy’s UK arm as area director for the London consulting teams, within the benefits solutions area. Bryant joins after seven years with rival JLT Benefits Solutions, in an executive director role. Meanwhile in Sweden, Aon Hewitt has increased its pensions business, hiring Oscar Alm, Jonas Gyllenkrook and Carita Opseth, all from Alecta. All three will focus on corporate clients and occupational pensions.last_img read more

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first_imgMercatorNet 20 November 2019Family First Comment: Many highly successful health education campaigns in this country have aimed at changing behaviour. Fewer people now die of smoking. Campaigns like ‘Slip, Slop, Slap’ have reduced the incidence of skin cancers in young adults. Education has reduced road injuries and deaths, gun deaths, and the prevalence of HIV and AIDS. This success over the last twenty years is due to strategic public health campaigns. The growing problem of illicit drug use extends beyond music festivals. It may be the first contact many young people have with dealers, but often it is not the last. Given the right advice, our young people are capable of making good decisions. Targeting behaviour through health promotion campaigns, not pill-testing, is the solution to this growing problem.Summer is around the corner in Australia and with the warmer weather young people will gravitate to music festivals around the country. These gatherings also draw enterprising drug dealers, eager for new customers and cash.An Australian study found that at a recent major festival, almost 75 percent of patrons interviewed reported using illicit drugs. For this reason these events are coming to be called “drug fests”, which is a shame, considering the musical talent they pull.Of the 75 percent, almost 60 percent named MDMA as their preferred party drug. Users have nicknamed methylene dioxy methamphetamine “Molly”. Molly, also called Ecstasy, induces feelings of empathy and turns everyone into a brilliant dancer, so she sounds like the perfect friend to take along to a music festival. In reality however, she is a nasty little pill and just a bit psycho. She promises to love you one minute, and tries to kill you the next.MDMA, you see, damages the heart. Specifically, it affects the left ventricle, which can cause cardiac failure. I regularly nurse cardiac failure patients in Hobart, and most of them are in their 70s and 80s. Many years of living and hard work damage the heart’s contractility and ability to pump blood. Fluid starts to fill the lungs, making breathing difficult. In an acute phase, these patients feel like they’re drowning. They struggle to breathe and need aggressive medical treatment.‘A safe party drug doesn’t exist’As every festival season rolls around the subject of pill testing comes up. We debate the pros and cons with very little real data. We now know more about the damage MDMA does to the heart, but it also has a potentially catastrophic effect on mental health.Molly causes the excessive release of serotonin, “the happy hormone,” in the brain. This is what gives users the mood-elevating effects, but it leaves the brain significantly depleted of serotonin, resulting in negative psychological effects that lasts for days. Basically, it leaves you depressed. We need to look closely at youth suicide rates linked to MDMA use, particularly, in the period after big multi-day music festivals. There is much more research to be done about this.In bioethics we weigh up beneficence and non-maleficence. We want to benefit people, or at least “do no harm”. Pill testing is a harm reduction strategy, premised on the belief that, “Kids will do drugs anyway, so let’s help them do drugs in a safer way.”The Drugs and Information Monitoring System (DIMS) in the Netherlands is commonly regarded as the world’s best drug early warning system. It is operated by the Trimbos Institute, whose Dr Daan van der Guow told the ABC last summer that festival drug testing is “not really a bad thing”. But he also pointed out that “a safe drug doesn’t exist”. He went on to say that, like the DIMS-model of drug-checking, the model being proposed in Australia, will not entirely prevent deaths.Over two years of trials in the UK some 2000 pills have been tested. About eight in ten festival-goers were getting the drug they expected. About one in ten chose to bin their pills.Andrew Leibie, a scientist at Safework Laboratories, criticises the program, noting that on-site drug testing is technologically limited and cannot detect new designer drugs such as N-Bomb, linked to three deaths in Melbourne. It also does not test for concentration and high doses of Methamphetamine, which can be fatal on its own.Why not behaviour change?When smoking was found to cause lung and other cancers, as well as heart disease and stroke, we did not invest heavily in harm-reduction strategies. Smoking was and is a huge burden on our health system and budget. It has taken serious targeted and consistent health promotion strategies to address this. Health departments produce educational material and use media and school-based Health education to inform people that smoking causes disease.Many highly successful health education campaigns in this country have aimed at changing behaviour. Fewer people now die of smoking. Campaigns like ‘Slip, Slop, Slap’ have reduced the incidence of skin cancers in young adults. Education has reduced road injuries and deaths, gun deaths, and the prevalence of HIV and AIDS. This success over the last twenty years is due to strategic public health campaigns.The growing problem of illicit drug use extends beyond music festivals. It may be the first contact many young people have with dealers, but often it is not the last. Given the right advice, our young people are capable of making good decisions. Targeting behaviour through health promotion campaigns, not pill-testing, is the solution to this growing problem.We want to protect the lives of our young people and reduce harm. Let’s get to work on a strategic health promotion plan to keep our young people safe and healthy. While I can’t support pill-testing, sitting back is not an option.READ MORE: https://www.mercatornet.com/features/view/molly-is-a-nasty-little-pill-and-festival-testing-wont-make-it-safe/23076last_img read more

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first_img 35 Views   no discussions NewsRegional Police names Bird, Michael and Sanders as persons of interest in multimillion dollar fraud probe by: – January 6, 2012 Sharing is caring! Share Sharecenter_img Share Tweet Former Antigua Prime Minister Lester Bird and former Antigua and Barbuda Government Ambassador to the United Kingdom Sir Ronald SandersFormer Antigua Prime Minister Lester Bird, Member of Parliament Asot Michael and former Antigua and Barbuda Government Ambassador to the United Kingdom Sir Ronald Sanders, among others, have been named as persons of interest in Antigua and Barbuda’s probe into a multimillion dollar fraud probe in the twin-island nation.The investigation concerns a US$29.7 million loan with interest from Ishikawajima-Harima Heavy Industries Company (IHI Japan) to the Antigua Public Utilities Authority (APUA.)The Antigua and Barbuda government of Prime Minister Baldwin Spencer wants to know to what extent repayment monies intended for IHI were allegedly diverted into the possession or for the benefit of other people or corporations and to trace the whereabouts of these monies.The full text of the statement by the Antigua and Barbuda Police Force follows:Criminal Investigations into the multi-million dollar (IHI) fraud case are progressing at a steady pace; notwithstanding the recent break in and theft of sensitive documents, at the office that housed the detectives who are working on the said case.Based on the contents of a report, that was done by Financial Forensic Investigator Mr. Robert Lindquist, which was corroborated by preliminary police enquiries, the “persons of interest” in this case are, former Prime Minister, and member of parliament, Mr. Lester Bird, Member of Parliament, Mr. Asot Michael, Patrick. A. Michael & co. ltd. Mrs. Gesel Michael, Sir. Ronald Sanders (a former Antigua and Barbuda Government Ambassador to the United Kingdom) and others.Currently, most of the “significant persons” or “individuals of interest,” have already assisted the investigations and presented themselves to the police to be interviewed, against such a back drop and in the police’s quest, to advance this gigantic multi-million dollar criminal conspiracy.The police are making a specific public appeal to Sir Ronald Saunders and requests that he presents himself to the (IHI) detectives to be interviewed; hence his full co-operation for the duration of this criminal enquiry will be appreciated.All efforts to privately contact Sir Ronald Sanders, have proven futile. Therefore Sir Ronald Saunders, is being asked to urgently get in touch with commissioner of police Mr. Vere Browne, at 268-764-6323 or by email, (cop@ab.gov.ag). Additionally, he can contact detective superintendent Mr. Nuffield Burnette, at 268-764-2285 as soon as possible.Additionally, any member of the public who may know how the police can contact Sir Ronald Saunders, are kindly ask to get in touch with the criminal investigation department, at 462-3913 or 462-3914.Caricom Network Newslast_img read more

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first_imgVINTON, Iowa – Four of the five IMCA Xtreme Motor Sports Modified regional champions crowned this season are additions to the Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot. National and BillsBuilt South Central Region king William Gould, Larry Shaw Racing Western Region champion Zane DeVilbiss, Belleville Motorsports North Central Region champion Jesse Sobbing and Dirt Works Eastern Region champion Chris Fleming are now vote-eligible for 2014. Jet Racing Central Region titleist Jeremy Frenier was already qualified. DeVilbiss had won both Castle Country Clash features at Desert Thunder Raceway and Frenier won a Flatlander feature at Sherman County Speedway before the point season ended; Gould paced the Showdown main event at Kennedale Speedway Park afterwards. Winner of the Turbo Blue Pistol Chassis 40 at Skyline Raceway was Matt Roberts. Johnny Saathoff swept September Fest features at Beatrice Speedway. Cody Gearhart was also a winner during the Flatlander and Vince Ogle topped the Blake Raulston Memorial at Cardinal Speedway. Kelly Shryock scored the Jackson Nationals checkers at Jackson Speedway. Jordan Grabouski was the Mid-America Clash winner at Salina Speedway and John Hansen was first at RPM Speedway’s Fall Nationals. The big check at Boyd Raceway’s Grand Nationals went to Chad Melton.Already on the ballot was Richie Gustin, who won Hamilton County Speedway’s Hubbard Memorial Fall Challenge. By home region, the 48 drivers on the 2014 Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot now include: Larry Shaw Racing Western Region – Ricky Alvarado, Mark Carrell, Brian Cass, Zane DeVilbiss, Dustin Hansen, Bobby Hogge IV, David Karst, Eddie Kirchoff, Jeremy Shank, Brody Spangler, Zachary Thorp, Jesse Williamson and Justen Yeager.BillsBuilt South Central Region – Neal Flowers, William Gould, Chad Melton and Vince Ogle.Jet Racing Central Region – Jeremy Frenier, Cody Gearhart, Jordan Grabouski, John Hansen, Jared Landers, Bill Leighton, David Murray Jr., Johnny Saathoff and Dylan Smith. Belleville Motorsports North Central Region – Chris Abelson, Ray Cox Jr., Eric Dailey, Todd Dart, Darin Duffy, Richie Gustin, Robert Hellebust, Sean Jerovetz, Benji LaCrosse, Tyler Limoges, Josh Meyer, Jason Schueller, Kelly Shryock, Todd Shute, Dustin Smith, Jesse Sobbing, Jim Thies and Luke Wanninger.Dirt Works Eastern Region – Myron DeYoung, Chris Fleming, Matt Roberts and Kyle Strickler.last_img read more

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first_imgBrenten DeYoung returns to the IMCA Speedway Motors Super Nationals fueled by Casey’s look­ing for new accomplishments. BOONE, Iowa – He’s already got six feature wins and a track championship on his 2019 resume. His father Myron is the winner of more than 100 Modified features, a two-time Super Nationals qualifier and an invaluable source of information for DeYoung. DeYoung topped IMCA Modified track point standings at I-96 Speedway and sits in second at hometown Crystal Motor Speedway. He also comes to Boone Speedway with the slightest of ad­vantages over friendly foe Mitchell Hunt in the race for the Dirt Works Eastern Region prize. Brenten DeYoung and girlfriend/crew chief Briana Maddox were enjoying the friendly atmosphere and looking forward to the start of Modified qualifying at the IMCA Speedway Motors Super Nation­als fueled by Casey’s. (IMCA Photo)center_img DeYoung made his latest Super Nationals trip with girlfriend/crew chief Briana Maddox. Uncle Dave DeYoung and cousin Shane Wiggins will join them in Boone later this week. “I grew up going to the races with him and came to Super Nationals with him,” said DeYoung, now in his fifth Modified season. “Dad has given me a helping hand with setup and support to be competitive.” “I love racing here. It’s awesome to be in this atmosphere,” DeYoung said. “My goal at Boone is the same as everyone else’s. I want to compete in every race I’m in and make the show.”last_img read more

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first_img Press Association Giroud took his tally to the season to 20 goals with a superb strike in the 3-1 win over West Ham on Tuesday night, when he held off two players to collect a high ball with one deadly touch on his left foot and then slotted between the goalkeeper’s legs with his right. Details of Giroud’s personal life were reported by the media earlier this season, but his compatriot Wenger has been impressed by how he has managed to get his focus back on football. “It was a bit physical and mental as well with what happened to him, but Olivier is a strong lad with a strong mentality and he is a strong, positive guy,” said Wenger, whose side travel to East Yorkshire on Sunday for an FA Cup final dress rehearsal against Hull looking to consolidate their place in the Barclays Premier League’s top four. “He has a great mentality which is what I think got him back (on form). “He has scored 20 goals – that is a great record and he is working very hard for the team. “The quality of the goal (against West Ham) gives him confidence again, and it gives him credibility again for people who questioned his ability, so that is important,” said Wenger. “He has improved his finishing, but there is still some room for improvement, for example you expect him to score more headers.” The 27-year-old has made 46 appearances this season, including 32 starts in the Premier League, as he shoulders the burden of Arsenal’s attack. Wenger continued: “Up front it is difficult because every challenge he goes into is physical. “Olivier is not a guy who moves away from people to get the ball, he is a guy who fights with people to get the ball. “When he comes out of the game he has 50 fights behind him. That is more demanding than the guy who just runs away.” Wenger has little back up for Giroud, with the jury still out on France Under-21 forward Yaya Sanogo who started in attack for the FA Cup semi-final against Wigan. The Gunners boss accepts there has to be a balance between consistency in front of goal and over-reliance on any one player. “It is difficult for a striker because you need confidence and because you see it also with a goalkeeper,” he said. “You need to be challenged, but not too much because if you know the first mistake you make you are out, then you are not good. “If you know you do not score for one game then another player comes in, you are not confident enough. “It is difficult to find the right balance, (but) if you look across Europe all the big teams they play basically with the same striker.” France forward Olivier Giroud has shown great determination to shut out media scrutiny of his private life and lead the line for Arsenal, according to manager Arsene Wenger. last_img read more

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first_imgLONDON: England pace spearhead James Anderson feels fellow paceman Jofra Archer will want to be part of the third and final #raisethebat Test against the West Indies, which will decide the fate of the three-match series currently locked 1-1.Archer was subject to heavy criticism after he broke the bio-secure bubble following the conclusion of Southampton Test and was subsequently axed from the squad for the Manchester Test. Archer had revealed facing racist abuse on social media in the aftermath of the mistake he committed. Following the second negative Covid-19 test, Archer was allowed to rejoin the squad for the final Test of the series starting Friday. “Over the last few days, I have unfollowed and muted a lot of social media profiles to get away from it. I won’t be going back on it. I find it unnecessary noise. Take two wickets and everyone is back on the bandwagon again. It’s a fickle, fickle world we live in,” Archer wrote in his column for the Daily Mail. “We’ve not seen much of Jofra because he’s obviously been in isolation for a few days but, knowing him as I do, I’m sure he’ll want to play in this game, with it being so crucial and the series resting on it,” Anderson was quoted as saying by Sky Sports. “Over the next few days, he’s going to have to sit down with the captain (Joe Root) and coach (Chris Silverwood) and figure out if he is in the right place to play. The scrutiny is always something that can be difficult for guys coming into the international set-up because it is very different; you do feel more under the spotlight and it’s just finding coping methods for that, finding ways of dealing with the extra attention. “I was fortunate when I came into the England team that there was no social media back then. But the ways that people can get their opinions out there is quite visible. It’s about finding methods as a player to deal with that — I think using the team around him, whether that’s family, friends, management and the players and coaches here. I think it’s important that everyone does that — not just Jofra,” Anderson added. Anderson did not play the second Test which England won to level the series. The veteran pacer said that competition for a place in the team has never been as fierce in his career with the likes of Chris Woakes and Sam Curran all impressing in the second game and Stuart Broad always being in the mix. Besides Archer, Mark Wood also played in the first Test but missed out on the second. (IANS) Also watch: #NewsMakers: Youth sensation Ashish Chanchlani in an exclusive conversation with Oineetom Ojahlast_img read more

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first_imgKaz Grala will drive the No. 3 Chevrolet at Daytona. Dillon is the third Cup Series drive to test positive for the coronavirus, joining seven-time champion Jimmie Johnson and part-timer Brendan Gaughan. ___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports The move affects men’s and women’s cross country, men’s and women’s soccer and volleyball. Schedules for those sports will be reduced so those athletes don’t lose a year of eligibility, under NCAA guidelines. The league said in July it intended to go through with fall sports. But commissioner Chris Colvin said the COVID-19 situation “evolved to the point where this decision had to be made.”—NASCAR driver Austin Dillon has tested positive for COVID-19 and will not compete in Sunday’s Cup Series race at Daytona International Speedway’s road course. Richard Childress Racing says Dillon tested positive Saturday morning. He is now self-quarantining away from the team. His wife and son remain healthy and symptom-free, the team added. Associated Press Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___A tennis player has tested positive for the coronavirus ahead of an ATP Challenger event in Prague. The ATP tour tweeted that “the player has entered mandatory quarantine” at his home in line with ATP and Czech health protocols.It did not identify the player but said he was locally based and “was not a direct acceptance into either the main draw or qualifying events” of the tournament, scheduled to last until Aug. 22.___The NCAA Division II Conference Carolinas has pushed its fall sports competitions to the spring due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. The league’s board of directors announced the decision Saturday. The conference is made up of 11 schools spread throughout Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina and Tennessee. The Latest: Tennis player tests positive in Prague August 15, 2020last_img read more

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first_imgIreland internationals Andrew Trimble, Stuart McCloskey and Chris Henry are the only new faces to the Ulster team which defeated Zebre 17-47 last time out.Meanwhile, Munster and Connacht are in action this evening.Munster must beat Edinburgh in Cork to keep alive their hopes of reaching next seasons Champions cup while Connacht will go top with a win or even losing bonus point in Treviso. Johnny Sexton returns to the team at out half while Luke McGrath continues at scrum half.Ben Te’o switches to inside centre with Garry Ringrose at outside centre.Jack Mc Grath, Richardt Strauss and Tadhg Furlong man the front row while Mike Ross is on the bench.last_img read more

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first_imgMikel Arteta’s penalty secured a third consecutive Premier League victory for Arsenal for the first time since March.Arouna Kone wasted the Latics’ best chance when he broke clear but failed to hit the target in the first-half.Arteta scored from the spot just before the hour after Jean Beausejour was penalised for a challenge on Theo Walcott, who again played as a striker.Wigan have lost six of their last eight games and are in the bottom three at Christmas for the third straight year. Gunners boss Arsene Wenger joked about coming through a “super crisis” after the 5-2 win at Reading on Monday.And the Frenchman will take a large measure of satisfaction with the way his team, who were unspectacular but efficient, dealt with a difficult afternoon at the DW Stadium. With festive matches against Newcastle and Southampton to come, Wenger will be confident that his team can enter the new year with a tight grip on a top-four spot.Although he earned the penalty, Walcott, whose future remains uncertain, was deprived of service for much of the game and the closest he came to scoring himself was a second-half free-kick.But his contribution was enough to provide yet more frustration for Wigan.The absence of four of his centre-backs forced Wigan manager Roberto Martinez to employ a back four rather than his favoured three-man defence.With Antonio Lopez out for 10 weeks, he will be desperate for Gary Caldwell, Ivan Ramis and Antolin Alcaraz to return to action over the festive period. Martinez did cause Arsenal uncertainty when James McCarthy lined up as a third centre-back at the kick off only to take up his usual position in midfield seconds later.But Arsenal began well and after Arteta was allowed to carry the ball from halfway, he fed Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, whose drive was pushed past the post by Ali Al Habsi.For all of their selection issues, Wigan played with purpose and Kone should have done better when he beat Jack Wilshere and Thomas Vermaelen before hitting a tame shot straight at Wojciech Szczesny.The Ivory Coast striker threatened again when he was played through by Franco Di Santo and tore away from Per Mertesacker but his shot squirmed wide.Wigan full-backs Ronnie Stam and Jean Beausejour were still getting forward at every opportunity despite only having two centre-backs behind them. And after the interval, Arsenal began to exploit the space behind Beausejour, with Oxlade-Chamberlain having one cross cut out and then picking out Walcott, who was denied from close-range by Al Habsi.It was a policy that paid off just before the hour when Walcott dropped wide and swapped passes with Santi Cazorla before going down under Beausejour’s challenge.Arteta waited for Al Habsi to dive and stroked in his third successful penalty of the season.Wigan responded with Kone cutting in from the left and forcing a save from Szczesny and Maynor Figueroa had a drive held by the goalkeeper.David Jones thumped a shot narrowly wide from just outside the area but Arsenal came through a nervous finish to take the points. Wigan boss Roberto Martinez: “That first goal was going to be crucial. The penalty was very soft. Theo was very clever.“At the other end, it was a clear penalty [for a handball against Kieran Gibbs] because the hands were not in a natural position.“We are going through a spell where the calls are not going for us, but I am proud of the players. Once all the players are back we will get the rewards.”Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger: “It was hard-fought. Wigan are a good side. We were not as good, sharp and fluent as Monday [when beating Reading].“It was a tough game and Wigan can surprise a lot of teams. Once we were 1-0 up it was all Wigan but we were well organised. It looked like from outside [that it was a penalty for us].” Asked if Theo can play up front, he added: “I am convinced he can do that. Today he didn’t get that much service but he worked hard and got us the penalty.”last_img read more