Reflections on a ‘humbling defeat’

first_imgby Paul Rainford Blues’ Football Captain The humbling defeat against Team Bath in the National BUSA knockout competition has certainly given the team much to ponder, not just in terms of what we expect to achieve for the rest of this season but also what might lie in store later. Bath finished runners up in the BUSA Premier South Division this year and they boast a team containing players on scholarships who perform a very high level, both physically and technically. They are one of the flagship football projects that Sport England has spent much time and money cultivating in order to improve the quality of football provision at British universities. If we win our playoff match next week, they will also be a team that we will have to compete with on a regular basis. On Wednesday’s showing that would present a formidable task for the Blues. Granted, we were missing four regular players from our starting line up, but the nature of our first half capitulation will certainly force Martin Keown to seriously assess our squad personnel and tamper with certain aspects of our style. We simply failed to compete in the defensive third and conceded four goals that were almost carbon copies of one another, with lofted crosses to the back post being headed home by one of either the Bath strikers or the wide players making a run inside from the wing. Going forward, we put together a few nice passages of play, and Toogood and De Walden were a constant threat to their somewhat cumbersome centre-halves. But our inability to stem the flow at the other end of the field ensured that the endeavour of our strikers counted for very little, as we went in at half time demoralised and facing up to the prospect of playing only for pride in the second half. To the team’s credit, a much more spirited performance was displayed after half time, but by that time the game was lost. We were fundamentally undone by a lack of structured team shape, a lack of a competitive spirit and a lack of concentration. This performance was totally out of character with the way we have played up until this point in the season and one must not make too many hasty decisions or changes on the basis of one result. However we will certainly be looking for a positive response from our players in training. We will not recover from this and get back to winning ways by wallowing in self pity or crumbling under self-doubt. I know that we are better than we showed today and we have to prove that in our playoff against Exeter next week.last_img read more

TORNADO RESEARCH ISN’T JUST WHISTLING DIXIE

first_imgTyrades! By Danny TyreeYou can double-check me on this — but when Phil Harris recorded “That’s What I Like About The South,” he never once made mention of tornadoes.That’s my way of introducing the fact that the tornado-chasing operation that inspired the 1996 movie “Twister” is getting a reboot. According to USA Today, 40 scientists from up to 20 organizations will fan out across the Southeast, for the first time focusing on the so-called Dixie Alley (a region with four times more annual tornado fatalities than the famed Texas/Oklahoma/Kansas “Tornado Alley”).We in the South have gotten quite used to stockpiling batteries and water, enduring radio announcer lectures on the distinction between a “tornado watch” and a “tornado warning”, listening for a sound like a freight train and seeking appropriate shelter. Unfortunately, the move toward “the internet of things” and “smart houses” will make for confusing times in the future. (“You think THIS is the sturdiest part of the house? Ha! You should’ve seen the joint the carpenter was smoking the day he installed these joists of mine!”)We’ve already gotten away from our roots enough as it is. I remember Grandpa Tyree had a storm cellar that could be used for storing preserved foods or for keeping family members safe. Now homes are more likely to have a “man cave” — where NOTHING is safe. (“Cheetos in the game console? A little Bud should wash that out. Hey, you still haven’t pulled my finger…”)I’ve had all the close shaves with twisters that I care to think about. During the “super outbreak” of April 3, 1974, a tornado ripped through my family’s front yard, throwing my mother’s rail fence into the street and twisting the tin roofs of outbuildings around utility poles. Yes, twisters could toss around garbage cans, cars — anything lighter than those &^%$# clunky platform shoes we thought we had to wear in ’74.To be fair, tornadoes have served as a sort of rudimentary GPS in small southern towns. (“You’ll want to take a left where the tornado tore up the Piggly Wiggly in ’02, then a right where Mrs. Luna’s house burned down in ’64 and a left where Stovalls’ Garage used to be and…”)Of course any discussion of tornadoes will elicit comments about mobile homes and their propensity for being demolished. There’s probably a reason that trailer parks were not the main meeting place for the grassroots movement that resulted in major gains for the gay rights movement. (“We’re queer, we’re here and we’re not going awaaaaaaaaaaayyyyyy…”)Congress has allocated $5 million for the project. It seems to be money well spent, if you compare it to the $5 million report “The Effect Of The War of 1813 On The Musical Tastes of Transylvanian Dung Beetles — Oh, Wait — There Wasn’t A War of 1813, So I Guess We’d Better Settle For $4 Million.”We are bravely trying to outwit a Force of Nature. I know of another couple of guys trying that. (“Marco and I challenge you to release your tax returns. Here are ours. And our Permanent School Records. And some tear-stained old ‘Dear John’ letters. And a picture of those irregularly shaped moles. And our DMV photos and…Aw, come on!”)I hope everyone will cooperate with the vital research. But skeptics abound.“Now if these fellers were figuring out a way to DEEP-FRY tornadoes…”*SigFOOTNOTES: Our next “IS IT TRUE” will be posted on this coming Monday?Please take time and read our newest feature article entitled “HOT JOBS”. Jobs posted in this section are from Evansville proper.If you would like to advertise in the CCO please contact us City-County [email protected] “Readers Poll” question is: Do you feel that Evansville Brownfields Corp should be considered a public or private entity?Copyright 2015 City County Observer. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributedFacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

Outside Lands Celebrates Its 10th Year With Gorillaz, The Who, And More [Photos]

first_imgPhoto: Dave Vann Outside Lands 2017 | Photo: Dave Vann Load remaining images Outside Lands celebrated its 10th anniversary last weekend, reaching a milestone that has become increasingly difficult to achieve as the festival landscape has gotten more and more crowded. San Francisco’s late-summer staple treated more than 200,000 people to three days of exceptional music, art, and food with a lineup more akin to its early offerings, leaning on rock, alternative, and hip-hop. It’s almost impossible to catch a bad set in the fog-filled confines of Golden Gate Park, but these were some of our favorite performances from the weekend.GorillazGorillaz probably had the widest appeal of this year’s headliners and put on a monster of a performance on the Lands End stage to cap the first night. The song selection left little to be desired, spanning the entire catalog with dance numbers like “Dirty Harry,” oldies like “M1 A1,” and standouts from their latest release Humanz in the form of “Strobelite.” The English collective commanded the attention of the packed crowd, flashing their instrumentation on each track while captivating eyes with the iconic character visuals fans have grown familiar with over the years.Fleet FoxesFleet Foxes made a long-awaited return this year and were slotted as the warm-up to Friday night’s grueling decision between the Gorillaz and Alt-J. They graced the festival airwaves as the sunset briefly broke through over the steep hills behind the Sutro stage, delivering a truly mesmerizing performance. Of course, many of their older anthems made an appearance, but it was clear the band wanted the standouts pieces from their new album Crack-Up to develop a live persona, and the sprawling crowd welcomed that mission with open arms.Real EstateThe intimacy and potential for genuine engagement makes the Sutro stage one of the favorites for Outside Lands artists and fans alike. Real Estate, like many of the artists that got to play there, found themselves humbled by its energy and embraced the opportunity to cut loose. At times, they unleashed their psychedelic side and jammed deeper into songs that usually have a sleepier personality in the studio. It was a well-placed set in the heart of Saturday afternoon and cooked up nothing but joy and elation for the fans who came for the magnetic melodies of their easy-going alternative.ThundercatAs one of the most impressive bassists in the music world, Thundercat doesn’t try to appeal to a mass audience or soften his style for a festival crowd. He put on one of the funkiest sets of the weekend and let his unique song structure and unrelenting melodies take root at Twin Peaks on Saturday. “Them Changes” was easily the biggest throwdown of the set, but listeners with sharp enough ears had plenty to lend to all of his grooves. Thundercat made it clear that it truly is cool to be a cat.Marco Benevento Anyone that made it early enough on Sunday was treated to one of many gems waiting to be uncovered on the Panhandle stage with Marco Benevento burning the fog away with a heater of a set. He opened with “The Story of Fred Short,” a seven-track psych rock dance party that pulled in festivalgoers commuting between the larger stages. Benevento promised to bring out the sun and did just that, showing mastery of both the keys and the weather as he and his trio sent waves of unrelenting joy through everyone that stopped in for a listen.KhruangbinAnother Panhandle gem Sunday came in the form of Khruangbin and their minimalist jazz and funk. Their music doesn’t seek approval but it was received tenfold as they flashed their tightness and instrumentation, playing most of the music on The Universe Smiles Upon You. The grooves were as subtle and seductive as bassist Laura Lee unhinged any stuck feet in the grass. The trio even teased A Tribe Called Quest, giving subtle nod to the hip-hop legends who were forced to cancel their Outside Lands performance.The WhoThe Sunday headliner slot at Outside Lands is always filled with musical icons, and this year the festival paid homage to one of the bands that was part of another San Francisco anniversary – the 50-year celebration of The Summer of Love – by bringing The Who back to the Bay Area. Granted, most of the crowd was full of millennials that likely only became wise to The Who if their parents put them on, but there was no way a collection of timeless ballads like theirs could fall flat. They worked through hits like “I Can’t Explain,” “The Seeker,” “Behind Blue Eyes,” and “Bargain” as thick fog draped every inch of Golden Gate Park. Familiar lyrics were met with echoes from the crowd and it was clear that fans that came to see The Who got exactly what they wanted. It was a raucous end to a weekend that will undoubtedly linger with all who attended.You can also check out photos from Outside Lands this weekend below, courtesy of photographer Dave Vann. Photo: Dave Vannlast_img read more

Morey Publishing Helps Launch Mayava Capital Small Business Lending Platform

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Morey Publishing, parent company of the Long Island Press, recently added another client to its roster. Mayava Capital is a premium alternative lending brokerage platform that matches small businesses seeking financing with high-quality lenders in the United States. Alternative lending has grown exponentially over the past several years to meet a growing demand for small business financing in America. Known also as marketplace, or peer-to-peer lending, alternative funding’s impressive growth can be attributed in large part to the congressional restrictions put in place following the global financial collapse of 2008 and 2009. Many are familiar with some of the larger players in the alternative financing arena, such as Prosper, Lending Club and OnDeck; the latter two companies recently went public, and Prosper is likely to do the same in 2016. The staggering growth and success of these companies has led to an explosion of new entrants into the marketplace lending industry. As a result, the face of small business and consumer lending has changed dramatically in the past five years, with automated application and credit decision tools taking the place of traditional underwriting and human interaction. Mayava Capital was founded to assist borrowers who have been frustrated by red tape and higher borrowing criteria thresholds. The website mayavacapitalfunding.com was established to provide useful information to prospective borrowers, and help them navigate the sometimes-confusing world of online lending and alternative finance. The core of the platform is based on complete and total transparency with respect to borrowing online. There is no cost to apply for funding, and the commission structure is clearly and plainly stated. Morey Publishing is a digital marketing and strategic advisory firm based on Long Island. Its clients include Competition BMW, Bethpage Federal Credit Union, Hofstra University, American Organic Energy, Pieper Bar Review, A-1 First Class Moving & Storage, MerchantPro Express and Alure Home Improvements, among others. Morey Publishing was founded in 2002 when it launched the Long Island Press, an award-winning alternative news publication that went strictly digital in 2014.last_img read more

The case for the $1,000,000 credit union website

first_img 9SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,James Robert Lay JAMES ROBERT LAY is one of the world’s leading digital marketing authors, speakers, and advisors for financial brands. As the founder and CEO of the Digital Growth Institute, he … Web: https://www.digitalgrowth.com Details Last month, we received numerous RFPs for new credit union websites.They came from credit unions ranging from $150 million to $1.2 billion in assets. But all they were really looking for at the time was simply a quote. As I’ve noted in the past, I have never been a fan of RFPs. That’s because many RFPs are nothing more than a laundry list of self-diagnosed tactical features that most likely have not been vetted in any real world setting.When asking for the amount budget for their upcoming website project, I have received  following responses:“We have $15,000 for this project.”“We are still working on [a budget].”“We have $35,000.”“We budgeted $25,000.”“We’re not sure yet.”“I am hoping your RFP can help us figure this out.”To be fair, they would most likely get a beautiful responsive driven website for $25,000. But in reality, what they really end up with is just an updated version of a glorified online brochure.So How Much Should Your Website Cost?Before I directly answer this question, let’s consider the impact your website has now and will continue to have in the coming years. Let’s also consider how the role of your website will continue to change.As branch traffic will continue to decline, where will you sell your financial products and services? How will you open accounts, fund loans and grow share of wallet?Your website will be your number one sells channel.And I am willing to bet that your website gets more traffic than all of your physical branches combined.During a recent Digital Marketing Blueprint engagement, we uncovered that one credit union’s website traffic outnumbered their branch traffic by a ratio of 8:1. Put another way, eight people visited the website for everyone one person who visited one of their four branch locations.But up to this point, your website has mostly been neglected. It is still just a glorified online brochure reserved for marketing to manage.And for a channel that will have such a big impact on your bottom line, I believe you should invest accordingly.Let’s acknowledge the fact that you invest on average $1,000,000 to $2,000,000 to build a physical branch. And then it costs a least another $250,000 to $500,000 a year to staff and operate that branch.I challenge you to consider making that same kind of investment in the branch of the future: your website.Because what would you get if you spent $25,000 to build a physical branch?last_img read more

Becca Kufrin’s Season 14 of ‘The Bachelorette’: Where Are They Now?

first_imgBachelor Nation has been following Becca Kufrin’s journey to find love since 2018.The former publicist was named the season 14 Bachelorette after Arie Luyendyk Jr. broke her heart on season 22 of The Bachelor. After proposing to Becca during the 2018 finale, the former race car driver broke up with the Minnesota native because he was still in love with runner-up Lauren Burnham. While Arie and Lauren went on to tie the knot, Becca searched for love with 28 men on The Bachelorette.- Advertisement – In the end, Becca’s final four were Garrett Yrigoyen, Blake Horstmann, Jason Tartick and Colton Underwood. She accepted a proposal from Garrett, a medical sales rep from California, in August 2018. While the twosome were hot and heavy for two years, their relationship hit a rough patch in June 2020 when he expressed his support for the police amid the Black Lives Matter protests. Garrett’s social media activity initiated an emotional conversation between Becca and her “Bachelor Happy Hour” podcast cohost Rachel Lindsay, who made history as the first Black Bachelorette.While Garrett initially praised Becca for how she handled the episode, the twosome sparked split speculation as she traveled home without him for several weeks. After months of keeping fans questioning, Becca confirmed in September 2020 that she moved out of their San Diego home and the engagement was off.- Advertisement – “I don’t think it’s going to come as a shock to anyone, but Garrett and I have decided to end our engagement,” she began on her “Bachelor Happy Hour” podcast. “After many conversations, we came to this decision. It wasn’t something that we just arrived at one night. It wasn’t based solely off of one Instagram post or somebody else’s opinions or comments. There’s much more to it. To any relationship, there’s a lot of layers, and it’s not for me to divulge details.”The twosome have since unfollowed each other on Instagram. Scroll through for an update on the most memorable names from Becca’s season:center_img – Advertisement –last_img read more

COVID-19: ‘Mudik’ ban catches travelers flat-footed

first_imgIn East Java – another province hit hard by the virus, with at least 785 confirmed cases – the provincial administration has set up eight checkpoints to monitor people who leave or enter the province.Seven checkpoints have been established along its western border with Central Java, located in Tuban, Bojonegoro, Ngawi, Magetan, Ponorogo, Pacitan and in a toll road in Mantingan district, Ngawi. On its eastern border, a checkpoint has been set set up at Ketapang Port in Banyuwangi regency, the main access point to East Java from the neighboring island of Bali. East Java Governor Khofifah Indar Parawansa, however, said the checkpoints were not aimed at preventing people from participating in mudik, but to check people’s travel documents, body temperature, and to make sure they obeyed the physical distancing policy during their journey.  In Surabaya, East Java, a husband and wife were stranded at Juanda International Airport on Friday following the suspension of domestic and overseas flights – commercial and chartered – from and to airports managed by Angkasa Pura I.”I already bought the tickets, but I just recently found out about the ban. My wife and I don’t know what to do as we couldn’t fly home,” Andro Liem, a resident of Batam, Riau province, said on Friday as quoted by Tribunnews. The couple, who came to East Java for business matters, were offered a refund or reschedule by the airlines. However, with no relatives in East Java, both are anxious about the financial cost of staying longer in the province.”I have a 10-month-old child at home in Batam. I will be very worried if I can’t go home. The regulation to curb COVID-19 shouldn’t be like this,” Andro Liem’s wife, who refused to be identified, said.In East Kotawaringin, Central Kalimantan, some travelers were surprised to find that all commercial voyages to and from Sampit Port had been stopped.”I thought the mudik ban would be implemented later,” said Yogi, a resident of Temanggung, Central Java, as quoted by Antara news agency.Yogi said he arrived in East Kotawaringin two months ago for business matters and had planned to come back to his hometown for Idul Fitri. The father of two now has to spend Ramadan and Idul Fitri away from his family as Sampit Airport has been closed as well.In Bali, however, some West Nusa Tenggara residents were allowed to leave the province via Padangbai Port and return to their hometowns, under certain conditions.”West Nusa Tenggara residents with ID who have been terminated from their jobs and have nowhere else to go are still permitted to come back to West Nusa Tenggara,” Padangbai Port Authority head Ni Luh Putu Eka Suyasmin said on Saturday as quoted by Antara News Agency.Annually, some 20 million people from Greater Jakarta travel to their hometowns to celebrate Idul Fitri with their families.President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo earlier announced his decision to ban mudik after reviewing a Transportation Ministry survey showing that 24 percent of respondents had plans to travel home.The same survey indicated that around 7 percent of respondents had already left on mudik trips.Asip Hasani contributed to the article from Blitar, East Java.Topics : Thousands of travelers across the country have been stopped, turned back, or otherwise stranded as the government’s mudik (Idul Fitri exodus) ban comes into effect. The Transportation Ministry restricted all passenger travel starting on Friday as the government attempts to prevent citizens from participating in mudik to curb the spread of COVID-19.Within the first five hours after the Transportation Ministry’s travel restrictions were officially enacted, the Jakarta Police had stopped over 1,000 motorists attempting to leave Greater Jakarta. “From 12 a.m to 5 a.m, a total of 1,181 motorists were asked to turn around,” Jakarta Police traffic director Sr. Comr. Sambodo Purnomo Yogo said in a written statement on Friday.Some 498 motorists were stopped at the Bitung tollgate heading toward Merak, Banten, while 683 motorists were stopped at the Cikarang tollgate heading toward West Java.Sambodo said vehicle checkpoints had been set up in 18 posts around Jakarta’s border and that police would start issuing fines to motorists who persisted in trying to leave the city starting on May 8.Jakarta is considered the epicenter of the COVID-19 outbreak in the country, with at least 3,798 confirmed cases and 353 deaths as of Sunday. last_img read more

Arsenal legend Thierry Henry lifts lid on screaming matches with ‘father figure’ Arsene Wenger

first_imgArsenal legend Thierry Henry lifts lid on screaming matches with ‘father figure’ Arsene Wenger Henry is adored by Arsenal fans (Picture: Getty Images)‘But I’ll tell you, there are two guys – since we’re mentioning Arsene. ‘Arsene triggered my brain, and every day, it was something about my brain, about asking myself the right questions. ‘And then you have Pep [Guardiola], who tactically triggered my brain. More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal‘So those two guys had a massive impact on me, but I cannot, obviously, talk about my career without Arsene, because I think one of the most important things in the world, not only in sport, is to trigger the brain of someone, to stimulate the brain of someone every single day. ‘If not, it’s close to dying, if your brain is not functioning properly.’MORE: Bernd Leno insists Arsenal can spring a surprise against Manchester CityMORE: Arsene Wenger responds to calls for him to become Arsenal chairmanFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page. Henry became the Premier League’s most feared striker under Wenger (Picture: Getty Images)Arsenal legend Thierry Henry has opened up on his relationship with mentor Arsene Wenger which produced fireworks on and off the pitch.The French boss recruited a talented young winger from Monaco in 1999 and transformed him into one of the league’s greatest ever strikers.In his first stint in north London, Henry scored 226 goals in 369 games and after spells at Barcelona and New York Red Bulls, returned as a hero to the Emirates for another short stint in 2012.But while Wenger and Henry appeared to hit it off in front of the cameras, it wasn’t always the case behind the scenes, but regardless of their squabbles, it always came from a place of love and mutual respect.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTSpeaking for the A Fresh Perspective with Thierry Henry and Heineken campaign, the former striker said: ‘He was like a father figure for me. So, as you can imagine, with your dad, you argue, you scream, he punishes you. ‘Then, I want to show him the same relationship that you have with a dad: it’s complicated at times, sometimes it’s the best, sometimes we’re best friends, sometimes we’re worst enemies and we argue. ‘But that’s what happens when you love someone. Because you care, that’s why you argue. Metro Sport ReporterSaturday 13 Jun 2020 6:52 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link1.1kShares Advertisement Comment Advertisementlast_img read more

Inner Brisbane federation stunner fails to sell despite interstate interest

first_imgMore from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus19 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market19 hours agoAuctioneer Paul Curtain at the morning auction. Pic Mark Cranitch.The home had style. It was originally built back in 1896, but had recently been significantly renovated and modernised by the current owners into a double storey, modern Queenslanders.Agent Shane Hicks from Place Bulimba said although the original homes in the area were small, working class cottages, there were a handful of “grand old ladies” like this one that were perfect for a modern renovation. 4 Didsbury St, East Brisbane has been recently renovated.“This one had been lovingly restored, the home was literally half this size. So now you have with a fantastic four-bedroom, three-bathroom home,” Mr Hicks said. And it had the potential buyers were looking for, with several local bidders and two interstate bidders flying in to Brisbane to take part in the auction.Bidding quickly got the price up to $1.6 million, but the home was passed in after no-one jumped above a vendor bid of $1.65 million.Mr Hicks said discussions were continuing with a number of people interested in the home.Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 3:17Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -3:17 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels576p576p480p480p256p256p228p228pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenMichelle Hele’s May market wrap03:17 The auction at 4 Didsbury St East Brisbane did not get over the line. Pic Mark Cranitch.Over in East Brisbane a Federation era Queenslander at 4 Didsbury St seemingly had all the right things going for it for a high priced sale when it went to auction yesterday.It was in a good location in a prime East Brisbane street that was only three kilometres from the CBD and only a handful of blocks from The Gabba.last_img read more

People moves: Danish regulator replaces ATP-poached Parner

first_imgStiftung Auffangeinrichtung BVG – Frank Rietmann has become head of the finance and risk management division at the Swiss substitute occupational pension scheme. He worked at Basler Versicherung, an insurer, from 2004 to 2014 and subsequently joined Nationale Suisse, where he was chief risk officer.Stiftung Auffangeinrichtung BVG, or Fondation Institution Suppletive LPP in French, is a Swiss federal government organisation that acts as a second pillar safety net. It accepts any employer and any individual that wants to join its benefits scheme, subject to statutory requirements being met. The foundation had CHF13bn (€12bn) of assets under management as at the end of 2016. Pensioenfonds Notariaat – The new €2.7bn Dutch pension fund for notaries and notary staff has appointed actuary and consultant Adri Jansen as board member, representing employees. Jansen had already been a member of the board for the notaries’ staff scheme, which merged with the pension fund for notaries last year. He will also become a member of the pension fund’s committee for asset management and balance management.Jansen is to succeed Jan Loof, who has been involved in the pensions provision for notaries and their staff during the past 23 years. Niko van Niekerk has left Pensioenfonds Notariaat, having been the chairman of its supervisory board (RvT). He had chaired the RvT of the former pension fund for notaries during the past five years.Pensioenfonds Medewerkers Apotheken – Huub Overgaag has been elected to the board of the €2.8bn Dutch sector scheme for pharmacies’ staff, representing pensioners. His appointment is waiting for approval by supervisor De Nederlandsche Bank. Overgaag has been co-ordinator for labour matters at the pharmacies lobbying organisation KNMP.BNY Mellon – Dennis Presburg has joined the comapny as head of asset servicing business development for northern Europe, a newly created role. He will also lead asset servicing sales in Germany. Presburg was previously at State Street for 10 years, and before that he worked at Northern Trust and KAS Bank. Calvert – Anne Richardson has been appointed to the new role of chief operating officer at the responsible investment specialist and Eaton Vance subsidiary. She joined Calvert from Cambridge Associates, where she was chief operating officer, global investment research. She was previously associated with The Brookings Institution and The George Washington University, according to a statement from Calvert. Richardson will report to Calvert’s president and CEO, John Streur.Smith & Williamson – Nick Murphy has been promoted to head of charities for the company’s investment management and banking division. He joined Smith & Williamson as a partner in the investment management team in 2012. The group had more than £1.9bn (€2.1bn) in charitable assets at the end of September, up from around £400m at the end of 2006.Pensions Administration Standards Association (PASA) – The UK body dedicated to improving standards in pensions administration has created a working group focused on transfers. It is chaired by Gary Evans, board director at PASA, and counts 22 other members. The group’s creation comes as transfer requests have surged. Evans said: ”Our working group will be looking closely at all aspects of the supply chain to work through issues and produce solutions, as well as guidance to act as a reference point and create a smoother, more positive experience for all involved.”TPT Retirement Solutions – The £9bn (€10bn) UK workplace pension scheme has appointed three new directors to its trustee board: Andrew Newberry, Thomas Hague and Paul Oldroyd. hree directors are stepping down from the TPT trustee board: Colin Small, Richard Stroud and Maggie Roger.Newberry and Hague join as member-nominated directors. Newbury is a recently retired chartered accountant. Hague is currently employed by Procure Plus Holdings, a consortia that serves the social housing market and has been a director for the £1.5bn Pilkington Superannuation Scheme. Oldroyd joined TPT’s board as an employer-nominated director, nominated by Guinness Partnership, one of the largest affordable housing and care providers in the UK, where he was a director until his retirement in April 2017. Oldroyd is currently a trustee of Tandem Group Pension Plan. T Finanstilsynet, Stiftung Auffangeinrichtung BVG, Basler, Pensioenfonds Notariaat and Medewerkers Apotheken, BNY Mellon, State Street, Calvert, Cambridge Associates, Smith & Williamson, PASA, TPTDanish FSA (Finanstilsynet) — Carsten Brogaard has been promoted to become one of the regulator’s four deputy director generals under the FSA’s director general Jesper Berg.Effective 1 January, Brogaard is the deputy director general in charge of non-life and life insurance companies and labour-market pension funds. He has been head of the unit for supervision of labour-market pension funds, corporate pension funds and ATP, LD and Labour Market Insurance (Arbejdsmarkedets Erhvervssikring), having joined the FSA in 2011. In his new job, Brogaard replaces Jan Parner, who left to become senior vice president and head of the actuarial office at ATP. Meanwhile, Per Plougmand Bærtelsen, who has been head of the FSA’s unit for supervision of life insurance companies since 2008, has been promoted to the position of assistant director. He will continue working in his current area at the regulator. Two of the FSA’s four deputy director positions remain vacant.last_img read more