Friday people roundup [updated]

first_imgRobeco, AP4, SPP, MN, NN Belgium, European Insurance and Occupational Pensions Authority, PensionsEuropeRobeco – Hester Borrie and Hans Rademaker are to leave the executive board as of 1 May. Borrie has been head of global distribution and marketing since 2009. Rademaker has been CIO since he joined the €268bn global asset manager in 2010. Last year, Roderick Munsters left as chief executive after six years. Robeco was taken over by Japan’s Orix Corporation in 2013. At the moment, Robeco’s executive board (RvB) comprises David Steyn (chief executive), Leni Boeren (COO) and Roland Toppen, who is responsible for finance. The company declined to comment on the sudden departure of Borrie and Rademaker but said their responsibilities would be carried out by the remaining RvB members for the time being.AP4 – Sarah McPhee has been named chair of AP4, returning to the Swedish buffer fund she left more than a decade ago. McPhee, who until last year was chief executive of insurer SPP, replaces Monica Caneman, who has served as AP4’s chair since 2008. Prior to joining SPP in 2008, McPhee spent four years as CIO at Sweden’s largest pension provider, AMF. She also spent three years as head of ALM and compliance at AP4.MN – The €115bn asset manager and pensions provider has appointed Liesbeth Sinke as chief financial and risk officer. Effective 1 June, Sink is to become a member of the four-strong executive board, which also includes René van de Kieft (chief executive), Henri den Boer (pensions and insurance) and Gerald Cartigny (asset management). Her appointment comes in the wake of the reduction of MN’s executive team from eight members to four. Sinke is CFO at NN Belgium, a subsidiary of NN Group. Before then, she worked for insurance broker Marsh, consultancy Aon and ABN/Amro bank. European Insurance and Occupational Pensions Authority (EIOPA) – Matti Leppälä, secretary general at PensionsEurope, has been elected chair of EIOPA’s pension stakeholder group (OPSG), succeeding Philip Shier. Leppälä, who has been with the European industry group since 2011, was previously the OPSG’s deputy chair, serving under Benne van Popta and Shier, following the former’s resignation mid-term in 2015. The OPSG, which met on 28 April for the first time since 21 new members were named, also elected Bernard Delbecque as deputy chairman.last_img read more

Haiti cholera similar to South Asian strain, says UN

first_img 16 Views   no discussions Tweet Sharing is caring! Share HealthLifestyle Haiti cholera similar to South Asian strain, says UN by: – May 6, 2011center_img Before this epidemic, cholera had not been present in Haiti for nearly a 100 years, the UN report saysThe cholera strain that has claimed more than 4,500 lives in Haiti closely resembles strains currently circulating in South Asia, a UN report has found.The investigation followed accusations that UN peacekeepers from Nepal had introduced the disease into Haiti, prompting violent anti-UN riots.The accusations had been denied by UN and Nepalese officials. The UN said the report did “not present any conclusive scientific evidence” of a link to the peacekeepers.The panel said a “confluence of circumstances” were involved in the outbreak. The epidemic, which started 10 months after Haiti’s devastating earthquake in January 2010, has sickened almost 300,000 people, the report says.Antibiotics callUN investigators say the epidemic was caused by bacteria introduced to Haiti as a result of “human activity”, pointing specifically to the contamination of the Meye tributary system, near the Mirebalais camp housing Nepalese peacekeepers.The UN had previously described reports that human faecal waste from the camp had caused the outbreak by leaking into river systems as “rumours”, saying sanitary conditions for Nepalese peacekeepers were adequate.The panel now finds that sanitary conditions at the base, “were not sufficient to prevent contamination” of the river system.However, Michel Bonnardeaux, a spokesman for the UN peacekeeping department, told Reuters news agency the report “does not present any conclusive scientific evidence linking the outbreak to the Minustah peacekeepers or the Mirebalais camp”.He added: “Anyone carrying the relevant strain of the disease in the area could have introduced the bacteria into the river.”The panel experts called for UN peacekeepers travelling from cholera-endemic countries to be screened for the disease and to receive prophylactic antibiotics before their departure.The investigators also recommended UN installations worldwide treat faecal waste using on-site systems to “inactivate pathogens before disposal”.The panel concludes the epidemic “was not the fault of, or deliberate action of, a group or individual”.They say the Artibonite river’s canal system and delta “provide optimal environmental conditions for the rapid proliferation” of cholera.Experts point to deficiencies in the healthcare, water and sanitation systems in Haiti, saying without these factors “environmental contamination with faeces could not have been the source of such an outbreak”.Further, Haitians lack immunity to the disease which has been absent from the country for nearly a century, they say.The results come as medical aid groups in the country raise concerns of a new surge of the disease as the spring rainy season begins.BBC News Share Sharelast_img read more

Tottenham Showed REAL Maturity – Kane

first_imgStar striker Harry Kane was very delighted after he helped his team to an impressive 1-1 draw with champions Real Madrid in their UEFA Champions League (UCL) clash at the Santiago Bernebeu on Tuesday night.While speaking after the game, Kane was quick to point out that Spurs showed real maturity to get a point in the Group D clash. In his words,  he said:“A point at the Bernabeu, you would take that every day of the week. It shows how far we have come as a team.”“We are happy. Of course they are going to have chances but we played well and made it tough for them.” he added.Portuguese superstar Cristiano Ronaldo equalised for Real Madrid from the penalty spot just before halftime after Serge Aurier had been adjudged to have fouled Toni Kroos. Spurs had earlier taken the lead through a Raphael Varane OG off a Kane shot.Both teams will meet again in the reverse leg at the Wembley Stadium on November 1.RelatedUCL Wrap: Holders Real Finally Beat Dortmund At Home; City, Spurs Win While Liverpool Record Another DrawSeptember 27, 2017In “UEFA”Big Boost! Tottenham Star Is Back In Training And Ready To Face MadridOctober 31, 2017In “England”Pochettino’s Joke Backfires as Real Madrid Release Damning StatementMay 25, 2019In “Europe”last_img read more

Nelson skaters look to sharpen routines in Rossland

first_imgSTAR 4 13&O – Courtney Shrieves, Morgan SaboSTAR 5 U13 – Charly DeFouwSTAR 5 13&O – Breanna TomilinInterpretive Events:Pre-Introductory Interpretive – Charly DeFouwIntroductory Interpretive – Morgan SaboBronze Interpretive – Breanna TomilinDance Solo Events:Jr. Bronze Dance Solo – Lila McKechnieSr. Bronze Dance Solo – Courtney ShrievesSr. Silver Dance Solo – Christina Champlin, Breanna TomilinElements Events:Elements 1 – Helena Keating, Isabella Kroker-Kimber, Morgan SaboElements 2 – Charly DeFouw, Breanna TomilinFor more info and photos visit Free Skate Events:STAR 1 – Aurora Panko-Dool, Lulu Nyiti, Courtney DonaldsonSTAR 2-Tia Berens, Leo Measures, Lila McKechnie, Helena Keating, Hannah CorvenSTAR 3 – Isabella Kroker-Kimber A slate 14 of competitors the Nelson Figure Skating Club will test their mettle this weekend at the West Kootenay Invitational in Rossland.The meet marks the second major competition in the Kootenay Region giving skaters another opportunity to have their performances rated by a team of judges. In addition many skaters will be attempting to pass Dance and Elements Test.“Our senior skaters are looking to improve on their scores from the East Kootenay Invitational in Kimberley this past November,” said coach Sarah Gower.“They’re building towards hitting their peaks for the STARSkate Super Senior Series Final in Kelowna this March where provincial champions at all levels will be crowned.”For those skaters competing at STAR 4 and over their marks will also count towards qualifying for the Provincial Development Camp later this year.“The is the busiest time of the season,” adds coach Yoshie Measures.  “We have kids working on freeskate and interpretive programs as well as taking tests. For our younger skaters Rossland will be their first taste of what a competition is like.”last_img read more

Mallard’s Team of the Week – Nelson Toyota

first_imgNelson Toyota rans the table to capture the 2017 West Kootenay Men’s Basketball League Championship with a convincing win over Northport, Wash., in the final. Nelson Toyota, which defeated city rival Kootenay Lake Electric and Empire Coffee during preliminary playoff round action, scored early and often en route to dominating Northport 75-38.Mallard’s Source for sports would like to honour the lads with Team of the Week status.The team includes, Amos Tanguay, Brody Blair, Andre LaPlante, Derek Youngblutt, Adrian Ramos, Jeremy Phelan, Jon Ramos and Mike Vance.last_img read more

West Ham ‘mole’ once leaked team news EIGHT hours before crucial London derby

first_img A Tweet from @ExWHUemployee showing the exact West Ham United team before a game with Tottenham The West Ham line up from the day, identical to the ‘predicted’ XI on Twitter Social media account @ExWHUemployee has correctly ‘predicted’ the Hammers’ starting XI for several months, but told Jim White on talkSPORT there was no foul play involved – he was a fan using his common sense to piece together the teams.He said: “I put it [the ‘predicted’ team] out at half one – the team sheets have already been exchanged at half one anyway so it’s not as if the opposition manager says ‘I can’t name my team just yet, I’m waiting for that Ex bloke to Tweet something then I’m going to start to consider my selection.’“And what are all these clubs paying scouts for then if my Tweets are this important? I think the whole thing is ludicrous.”However, a Tweet from October 2017 shows how the social media account correctly revealed the West Ham United team news eight hours before a Carabao Cup clash with Tottenham Hotspur. 3 The Hammers were due to face London rivals Spurs at Wembley on October 25 at 8pm in the last 16 of the competition.With boss Slaven Bilic feeling the heat, the chance to get a cup victory to boost morale was desperately needed at the London Stadium.Despite claiming to release team news an hour and a half before the game itself kicks off, @ExWHUemployee clearly released the exact team news eight hours before the Hammers were due to kick off. 3center_img Pellegrini admitted he is not angry, but perhaps he should be 3 The individual behind the alleged West Ham United Twitter leaks once revealed the correct team EIGHT hours before a crucial London derby with Tottenham Hotspur.New boss Manuel Pellegrini denied he was ‘incredibly frustrated’ at the apparent ‘mole’, despite a report published in The Times claiming the contrary. After falling behind to goals from Moussa Sissoko and Dele Alli, a double from Andre Ayew and a late winner from Angelo Ogbona secured a famous win over their north London rivals.last_img read more

Round-up: Jokanovic confirms tensions, Conte wants defender and backs Fabregas, QPR boss blames fatigue

first_imgFulham head coach Slavisa Jokanovic has criticised the club’s transfer policy, confirming there are differences of opinion behind the scenes at Craven Cottage.West London Sport revealed this week that Jovanovic is at odds with the Fulham hierarchy over the club’s transfer policy.He feels he has missed out on a number of players and that the club are being slow to pursue his more recent recommendations.The Serb was speaking after Fulham’s draw with Cardiff at the Cottage, where 16-year-old Whites full-back Ryan Sessegnon scored.Ryan Sessegnon scored in Fulham’s drawMeanwhile, Chelsea came from behind to win 2-1 at Watford with goals from Michy Batshuayi and Diego Costa.Cesc Fabregas came on as a substitute for the Blues and was praised afterwards by boss Antonio Conte.Conte also confirmed after the game that he is keen to sign a defender before the end of the transfer window.Earlier, Chelsea’s Under-18s lost 3-2 at Southampton.Michy Batshuayi scored for Chelsea at Vicarage RpadThere were defeats today for QPR and Brentford, who lost to Preston and Rotherham respectively.It was a second away loss out of two for the Bees, who paid the price for missing early chances.And Rangers went down 2-0 to Preston at Loftus Road, where skipper Nedum Onuoha scored an own goal.Manager Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink suggested tiredness was a factor in his team’s below-par display. Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

REAP AND RBDG grant funding meetings coming up

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest The USDA, Rural Development will be holding three free Rural Business Development Grant and Rural Energy for America Program information sessions and application workshops in Reynoldsburg, Nelsonville, and Findlay.  The first hour will be for anyone interested in RBDG and the second hour will be on REAP.  You are invited to come and learn about the programs, receive information on the application processes, and ask questions.  Both programs have an upcoming deadline of May 2, 2016.Here is the information:WHEN:                     March 15th from 9:30 – 10:30 RBDG                                    March 15th from 10:45 – 11:45 REAPWHERE:                  Wayne National Forest Headquarters                                    13700 US Hwy 33, Nelsonville, OH 45764Conference Room                                   WHEN:                     March 17th from 9:30 – 10:30 RBDG                                    March 17th from 10:45 – 11:45 REAPWHERE:                  USDA, Rural Development                                    7868 County Road 140, Findlay, Ohio 45840Conference Room                     All are welcome.  Reservations are not required. If you have any questions or would like additional information, for REAP please call Christie Hooks at (614) 255-2397 or email at [email protected]; for RBDG please call Cindy Musshel at (614) 255-2427 or email at [email protected]last_img read more

Production area does not affect phosphorus digestibility in soybean meal fed to pigs

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Research at the University of Illinois is helping to determine the effect of growing conditions on the nutritional value of soybean meal.“The digestibility of phosphorus is the same in soybean meal grown in various regions in the United States,” said Hans Stein, professor of animal sciences at Illinois.“The chemical composition of soybean meal is somewhat dependent on the area in which soybeans are grown, but it was not known if there are differences in the concentration of phytate among soybeans grown in different areas,” Stein said.He and Kelly Sotak-Peper, then a doctoral candidate, set out to determine whether any differences existed.They sourced soybean meal from crushing plants in three different areas within the United States: the northern growing area (comprising Michigan, Minnesota, and South Dakota), eastern growing area (Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, and Ohio), and western growing area (Iowa, Missouri, and Nebraska).They measured no statistically significant differences in concentrations of phosphorus, or in the percentage of phosphorus bound to phytate, among soybean meal from the different regions. There were also no differences in apparent total tract digestibility (ATTD) or standardized total tract digestibility (STTD) among pigs fed soybean meal from the three growing areas.When microbial phytase was added to the diets to break down phytate, the ATTD and STTD of phosphorus for soybean meal from all growing areas increased by 24% and 22%, respectively.“When you have ingredients that come from a wide variety of growing conditions, there’s a risk that using book values for nutritional information will not give you accurate information for a given batch,” Stein said. “What these data indicate is that an average value for ATTD and STTD of phosphorus may be used regardless of the area in which the soybeans are grown.”The research was supported by funding from the USDA National Institute of Food and Agriculture. Soybean meal was donated by AG Processing Inc., Omaha, NE; Archer Daniels Midland Company, Decatur, Ill; Bunge North America, St. Louis, Mo.; and Cargill Inc., Elk River, Minn.The paper, “Effects of production area and microbial phytase on the apparent and standardized total tract digestibility of phosphorus in soybean meal fed to growing pigs,” was published in the June 2016 issue of the Journal of Animal Science. The full text can be found at read more