Devon County Council Pension Fund has appointed Northern Trust for a global custody and securities lending mandate for the fund’s £3bn (€3.73bn) in assets.The appointment was made using the National LGPS Global Custodian Framework, Northern Trust said. Mark Gayler, assistant county treasurer at Devon County Council, said: “Northern Trust’s ability to provide high-quality tailored solutions to meet our specific requirements, combined with their leading expertise across the local government pension scheme sector, were key factors in their appointment.”On top of this, he said the custodian’s strong securities lending capabilities supported the pension fund’s aim of maximising its investment portfolio. Robert Frazer, head of Northern Trust’s institutional investor group for the US, said pension funds were increasingly looking for guidance, particularly with discussions that were now taking place about consolidation and boosting efficiency.Meanwhile, consultancy Inalytics said it has been appointed by four UK local authority pension funds, including the Cumbria and Warwickshire county council pension funds, to help them understand the level of fund managers’ investment skill.Mathew Dawson, acting treasury and pensions group manager at the Warwickshire pension fund, said the fund had chosen Inalytics’ service because it could show what was really behind a manager’s performance. “Whilst our active equity managers are both performing very well, demonstrating manager skill beyond the relative benchmark will provide clear evidence to the investment sub-committee,” he said.In other news, the London & Quadrant Housing Trust Staff Benefits Plan has put out an EU tender for pension administration and investment advisory services.The trustees of the affordable housing charity pension scheme are looking for a firm to provide pension administration, investment advice and actuarial support services for the pension plan, which has both defined benefit and defined contribution sections.The contract will potentially be for five years, including an initial three-year period, plus two one-year extensions.The 1,550-member scheme said it envisaged inviting between five and eight providers to tender or participate.Applicants will be asked to give details of technical ability, processes for ensuring quality and capacity.The applicant must also act as the scheme actuary, the pension fund said.The deadline for tenders is 22 July.
UK-based Rovco has completed a subsea cable survey and inspection for the offshore renewables test site, Wave Hub.The inspection programme included the first commercial trial of Rovco’s 3D visualisation technology to create scaled, high resolution models of subsea infrastructure with millimetre accuracy.Rovco also delivered a detailed bathymetric survey utilising a multibeam echosounder (MBES), alongside an ROV video inspection with ultra-short baseline tracking for Wave Hub’s entire offshore cable network, off the coast of Saint Ives Bay, Cornwall.The project was completed in ten days. The first phase utilised the MTS Xplorer vessel to carry out the MBES survey. The second stage saw the deployment of Rovco’s Sub-Atlantic Mojave ROV equipped with the Sonardyne Nano beacons, its own prototype hi-res camera system, and a fibre optic gyro to gather heading and point references.The final stage involved the Severn Sea vessel, which was used to complete the ROV visual and 3D survey.Brian Allen, CEO of Rovco, said: “With underwater 3D visualisation, we are improving the quality of subsea ROV inspections, identifying potential problem areas more effectively and providing a better means of communicating this information.“We were honoured to support Wave Hub on this project, utilising our now proven 3D modelling technology to provide accurate survey data and provide a clear picture of the subsea environment. There are many applications for ROV 3D visualisation however we expect it to be used most frequently for condition monitoring of subsea assets, as well as for damage, corrosion or decommissioning surveys.”Julius Besterman, head of engineering and operations at Wave Hub, stated: “Periodic subsea inspection is essential to ensuring that the cable system is well maintained to afford projects with a reliable offshore connection, and we were extremely pleased to allow Rovco to trial their 3D system on our site. The results obtained were superb and enabled a very detailed asset and seabed condition assessment as well as providing valuable information for projects intending to connect at Wave Hub. Rovco has set the benchmark very high for future surveys.”
Saga LNG Shipping’s 45,000-cbm liquefied natural gas carrier named Saga Dawn has completed sea trials in the East China Sea.As reported by LNG World News, the LNG vessel left China Merchants Heavy Industry’s (CMHI) shipyard in Jiangsu last Thursday.Saga Dawn has returned from a 5-day trial where the vessel showed “great performance,” FKAB, that developed the mid-sized vessel together with LNT New Technologies, said in a statement on Tuesday.“The speed and manoeuvring tests showed very good result, and the speed of 17 knots is well above both contracted speed and model test results,” FKAB said.This vessel is the first LNG carrier in the world using the LNT A-Box LNG containment system developed by LNT Marine.It has a deadweight of 24,500 tons at design draught and 29,500 tons at freeboard draught.Saga Dawn is powered by a four-stroke dual fuel engine and auxiliary engines capable of running on natural gas.Saga LNG’s chief David Wu said last week that following sea trials the company would work towards to the gas trails in February or March 2019. After that, the vessel would start its operations.This is the first LNG carrier for Singapore-based Saga LNG Shipping with the company planning to expand its fleet with additional small and mid-sized carriers. LNG World News Staff
Share Tweet Share EducationLocalNewsPrimarySecondary Annual DAT summer workshop presently underway at Convent High School by: – July 11, 2011 31 Views no discussions Teachers at this morning’s opening ceremony. The annual summer teachers workshop organized by the Dominica Association of Teachers in collaboration with the Ministry of Education and the Canadian Teachers’ Federation commenced this morning with an opening ceremony which was well attended by several teachers, prinicpals and officials of the Ministry of Education .The theme for this year’s workshop is “Teachers, teaching teachers” and is expected to continue for the two weeks at the Convent High School.The teachers will be exposed to training in several areas for example mathematics, Early Childhood Education, classroom management, and administration to name a few.Chief Education Officer in the Ministry of Education Mr. Stephenson Hyacinth reminded participants of the Ministry’s vision for high quality education which he says should inspire them to do well.“Your presence here today is so significant because we are charged with a responibility to ensure that all students who are placed in our care receive a high quality education, and in order to do this we need to remain current. Things are changing daily, as we speak at this time there are new changes in education and we must keep abreast if we are to meet the needs and meet the challenges of all our students in the classroom. And hence we have a responsibility to ensure that every child who enters our school obtain a high quality education” he said.He emphasized that the onus is on the teachers to remain current in order to provide quality education to students islandwide.“So the onus is on us to remain current and the Ministry of Education has been working with you, working with the Dominica Association of Teachers to ensure that we meet those goals that will shape the broad vision that we have outlined for ourselves the provision for high quality education for all.”Mr. Hyacinth also reiterated the belief held by the Ministry of Education that every child can learn and succeed and deserves access to high quality education.Dominica Vibes News Sharing is caring! Share
According to police investigators,Mayang shot Layaog around 6:30 a.m. on Friday. The motive in the shooting was notimmediately established. Police identified the suspect as 43-year-oldresident Herman Mayang. The 44-year-old resident GabrielLayaog sustained gunshot wound on the wrist, a police report showed. Layaog was brought to the Dr.Gumersindo Garcia Sr. Memorial Hospital in Kabankalan City for medicaltreatment. BACOLOD City – A man was shot inBarangay Hilamonan, Kabankalan City, Negros Occidental. Officers of the Kabankalan City policestation conducted a manhunt operation against Mayang, who fled after theincident./PN
Bacolod City – A man was shot in Barangay Granada. According to police investigators,Medel shot Langote around 11:30 p.m. on Feb. 1. But the motive in shooting wasnot immediately established. Resident Reynante Langote sustained agunshot wound on the body, a police report showed. Reynante Langote receives medical treatment at a hospital after he was shot in Barangay Granada, Bacolod City on Feb. 1. POLICE STATION 5/BCPO Officers of Police Station 5 conducteda manhunt operation against Medel, who fled after the incident./PN Tagged suspect was resident JeycerelMedel, the report added. Langote was brought to the CorazonLocsin Montelibano Memorial Regional Hospital here for medical treatment.
Miami-Dade County: 18,456 cases-722 deaths-Men: 9,176, Women: 9,083-3,085 hospitalizations-232 new reported cases since Tuesday-9 new reported deaths since TuesdayTesting in Florida:-Total Tests: 1,081,825-Positive: 58,764-Negative: 1,022,149-Overall Percentage of Positive Cases: 5.4%In the three weeks since Palm Beach County reopened, COVID-19 cases have risen.The county was adding about 68 positive cases per day before reopening May 11, whereas the number now averages about 100. Patients ages 25 to 44 account for most of the new cases, according to Dr. Alina Alonso, Palm Beach County director for the Florida Department of Health. According to the Department of Health, there were 58,764 total cases of COVID-19 in Florida as of Wednesday. That’s 1,317 more cases than the previous day.At least 2,566 Florida residents have died from COVID-19, as 36 new deaths were reported.Palm Beach County: 6,477 cases-359 deaths-Men: 3,238; Women: 3,129-1,237 hospitalizations-84 new reported cases since Tuesday-8 new reported deaths since TuesdayBroward County: 7,339 cases-317 deaths-Men: 3,526, Women: 3,638-1,575 hospitalizations-91 new reported cases since Tuesday-1 new reported death since TuesdayAs stated in Executive Orders 20-80 and 20-86, travelers entering the state of Florida from Connecticut, Louisiana, New Jersey, or New York must self-isolate for 14 days from their entry into Florida or the duration of their stay. Visit https://t.co/E7UM7vX9fk for more. pic.twitter.com/c0vc8OKH0X— Florida Dept. Health (@HealthyFla) June 3, 2020
The Italian sports minister says it is increasingly unlikely the soccer season will resume.Italian Premier Giuseppe Conte announced Sunday that professional sports teams can resume training on May 18. That means Serie A could resume playing games in June.But Vincenzo Spadafora tells Italian television channel LA7 that “resuming training absolutely does not mean resuming the season.”He adds that he sees “the path to restarting Serie A getting ever narrower” and that if he was among the presidents of soccer teams “I would be thinking about next season.”The French government called off the season in that country on Tuesday and Spadafora says that could push Italy to do the same. April 29, 2020 This year’s Vuelta was set to start on Aug. 14. New dates have not been announced.___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6 The Latest: Bach says future may see fewer sports events Bach cited “financial pressure” on organizers and the need to address climate change and says “we may also have to look more closely into the proliferation of sports events.”The IOC president cautions in a letter to Olympic officials and athletes worldwide “the current health crisis will lead to a long and deep economic crisis” which will affect sports.Bach says “governments must include sport in their economic support programs” so it can be part of a worldwide recovery.The IOC has proposed saving money on staging the Tokyo Olympics in 2021 to help offset the Olympic body’s extra costs of hundreds of millions of dollars because of the postponement.___ Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___IOC President Thomas Bach says the future of sports after the coronavirus pandemic might mean fewer international events. ___The Spanish Vuelta cycling race will not start in the Netherlands as originally planned.This year’s race was set to begin in the Dutch regions of Utrecht and North Brabant but the changes in the cycling calendar because of the coronavirus pandemic forced organizers in the Netherlands to cancel the country’s participation.Dutch organizers say the project “had been designed as a big summer party” which would not be able to happen because of the changes in the Vuelta’s original dates. They say they “preferred to request the official departure’s cancellation.”Spanish organizers say they hope to plan a new start in the Netherlands “in the very near future.” Associated Press
Did you find yourself waiting for the BCS standings to come out Sunday night?Are you scavenging through the interwebs trying to find every scenario that ends with you drinking in sunny California on New Years Day? Are you already weighing which other BCS bowl would be most appealing if the Badgers get an at-large bid?Don’t be shy; I bet you have done at least one of those things.And why not? Fingers crossed, the Badgers should finish the regular season 11-1, with a possible share of the Big Ten title. Those big wins over Ohio State and Iowa have the pundits guessing UW will be heading south or west come January 1.A lot was expected of this Wisconsin team and so far, a lot has been delivered. I never imagined realistically UW would dominate Ohio State and then win in Iowa City. But it happened, and Wisconsin is No. 9 in the BCS standings, the highest of any Big Ten team.So what’s wrong with the picture?Nothing – and that’s what’s weird.When’s the last time you remember actually caring when the BCS standings were revealed each week? For me, it was… well, before I was a student here.Let’s go back the last four or five years and see where Wisconsin sat after playing four conference games.In 2009, the Badgers were just 2-2 to begin Big Ten play, with losses to OSU and UI eliminating any hopes of a championship. The year before, Wisconsin dropped consecutive games to Michigan, Ohio State, Penn State and Iowa to start 0-4 in the conference, almost eliminating any chance the Badgers would make it to a bowl game, let alone the Grandaddy of Them All. 2007, another 2-2 start, another non-BCS bowl. Even going 3-1 to begin the 2006 Big Ten schedule wasn’t enough, as the Wolverines and Buckeyes were locked in a battle atop the polls that the Badgers couldn’t overcome.So realistically, nobody who cares about Wisconsin football has cared about the BCS standings since the 2006 season. Recently, by the time the standings were released, UW had already dug a grave for its BCS hopes.There have been so many seasons beginning with big expectations, and in three out of the last five years, the Badgers crapped the bed before they even got to see where they stood in comparison to the nation’s other teams.Even the 2006 season is kind of moot, because UW lost its only marquee matchup to Michigan and had too much ground to try to make up in the polls after starting unranked. Going 11-1 and ending up in the Capital One Bowl is disappointing, unless you’re 11-1 and playing a Boise State-like schedule.So really, this is the only season since the Badgers’ last trip to the Rose Bowl that they’ve managed to balance expectations with execution on the field. It’s great. It’s exciting.It’s different.When was the last time Badger fans got to meaningfully watch the scoreboard in November? Bret Bielema could get his chance to sit at the grown ups table this bowl season.And this should just be the beginning.The stage is set for UW to get to a BCS bowl for the first time in Bielema’s tenure. Anything less would be a disappointment, a setback in a program that looks like it’s ready to “get over the hump,” so to speak, to go from wannabe contender to actual contender on a yearly basis.UW got a signature, earth-shaking win at home last month, with some of its top potential recruits in attendance. Then it got an even better win on the road the following week. Then the assistants got to go recruiting.Wisconsin likely won’t be challenging OSU and PSU for the top recruiting classes in the conference. But seasons like this only help recruiting, which only helps your eventual on-field product.In the coming years, there’s no reason UW shouldn’t challenge OSU for the divisional crown every single season. The Badgers have played the Buckeyes tough for the last decade, and there’s no reason that should change.As for Penn State, who knows how the situation in Happy Valley plays out? When will JoePa retire? How does the transition after he retires go? Consider that program in a state of flux for a year or two.This truly seems to be the year Wisconsin finally becomes a perennial Big Ten power. The Badgers should be on (as much as they ever will be) even ground with the other heavyweights in the conference.A few weeks ago, I said to savor the experience when Ohio State came to town. This excitement, this anticipation of each release of the latest BCS standings? Don’t savor it; from now on, you should be able to expect it, year in and year out.Adam is a senior majoring in journalism. Is he too early to proclaim UW made the jump to the big time? Email him at email@example.com or tweet at him @adamjsholt
Diehard sports fans are irrational. There is some unquantifiable and illogical aspect of sports that makes every passionate fan value sports way more than we probably should. Admittedly, I made my decision to attend USC partially based on the fact that I needed to be at the Coliseum on Saturdays in the fall. While the logical reason for choosing a college is academics, which USC has in spades, I simply couldn’t stomach the idea of putting on any other colors besides the cardinal and gold. I’ve been a Trojan fan since I was six years old. While other kids would choose school-recommended books for summer reading, I plowed through Athlon, Phil Steele and Street and Smith’s college football guides, memorizing the USC offensive and defensive lines before I learned my times tables. My introduction to the world of Trojan football came at a good time. Former head football coach Pete Carroll’s first year was not great, but in year two, the first season I truly remember, the Trojans took off.Most of my favorite memories from elementary school have to do with USC. I watched Carson Palmer absolutely torch the Fighting Irish and cement his Heisman Trophy candidacy with my dad on a Friday night from the basement of a synagogue because we were out of town for a family friend’s bar mitzvah (this really added meaning to the whole football as a religion concept). I vividly remember Mike Williams’ touchdown pass to Matt Leinart in the 2004 Rose Bowl. I remember eating a taquito every time the Trojans scored against Oklahoma in their route to their sole BCS national title. I was for two days after that, and I haven’t eaten a taquito since. I remember Dwayne Jarrett’s blurry-eyed catch on fourth-and-nine and the roller coaster of emotions as time expired and the few precious seconds that were added back to make way for the Bush Push against Notre Dame. I remember the feeling of Trojan superiority when November hit because no one was beating Carroll.It wasn’t just the championships and the Rose Bowls and the legendary moments. It was coming back against Arizona State from a 21-3 deficit behind Lendale White overpowering an overmatched Sun Devils defense. It was thoroughly dominating Oregon with Dennis Dixon and Jonathan Stewart and forcing Nebraska and Bill Callahan to play keep-away and still lose by a lot. It was always being confident USC would find a way to win, no matter the score or the situation.I remember thinking that USC was always going to be this good, even after the Texas loss (which still ranks as one of the worst days of my life). Then the dominoes started to fall. It was small things at first: roadblocks that kept the team out of National Title games and instead restricted USC to vying for consolation Rose Bowls. Then came John David Booty’s broken finger and an upset Thursday night loss in Corvallis, when the Rodgers brothers and the Beavers shocked the Trojans.Then it was bigger things, like Mark Sanchez leaving too early and Jim Harbaugh thinking it was OK to go for two and Carroll jumping ship before the sanctions hit. Even sadder than this slow demise was that it wasn’t just football that fell. The basketball team was probably an even bigger passion for me. I thought when Daniel Hackett shut down Kevin Durant and the Trojans beat the Longhorns in the 2007 NCAA Tournament, USC basketball was going to be a power. Then Taj Gibson picked up his fourth foul while the team was up 12 points against North Carolina in the Sweet 16, and Trojan basketball was never quite the same. High school, unfortunately, was a wasteland of sorts when it came to rooting for USC. In football, there was the upset win against a top-ranked Oregon team in Eugene and the 50-0 beat down of UCLA, and in basketball, there was the occasional big win over the Bruins. However, I came to college hoping that USC’s fortunes would turn and somehow there would be a national title in there for football or a Final Four berth for basketball.While we didn’t quite have that the last four years, I did become an even bigger Trojan fan. Dealing with former head football coaches Lane Kiffin and Steve Sarkisian taught me what it was like to root for an underachieving program. Sitting through a too-close-for-comfort basketball game between USC and Northern Arizona taught patience. I was also lucky to be a columnist for the Daily Trojan for four years and sit in the press box for some games. As just a fan with zero professional sports journalism aspirations, it was such a privilege to go down on the field for the final five minutes of games. I’ll never forget when USC played Cal in 2015, and I was right there when Justin Davis bounced it outside to get the game-clinching first down. The speed with which he moved was truly astounding and will stick with me forever.It wasn’t just that, though. Sitting in class and making friends with members of the teams and working on exceptionally difficult Asian art history projects together gives you a different rooting interest when its people you know on the field. You root a little harder and have a bit more compassion when they get burned on a deep route or drop a catchable pass.I would argue that there is no better place to go to college than USC even if you aren’t a sports fan, but being a diehard Trojan makes it even better. Sitting through miserable football losses to Washington State and Washington makes redshirt sophomore quarterback Sam Darnold’s emergence and USC’s Rose Bowl victory that much sweeter. Watching blowout defeat after blowout defeat for two years at the Galen Center makes a quadruple-overtime conquest against Arizona or a buzzer-beater against SMU in the NCAA Tournament that much better.Growing up, I had the luck of becoming a Trojan football and basketball fan just as the first became a dynasty and the second gained respectability. It gave me confidence that USC would always win, no matter the score. There was a time in recent years that that unwavering confidence was lost, but thanks to Darnold, Helton and Enfield, it is back. It remains to be seen whether or not this will be the start of another dynasty or a brief resurgence, but either way, I’ll be there, hoping for another 34-game win streak or Sweet 16 berth.There is nothing quite as satisfying as being a college sports fan, especially when you are rooting for the Trojans. Jake Davidson is a senior majoring in accounting. His column, “Davidson’s Direction,” ran on Mondays.