Arnold Arboretum announces T-shirt contest

first_imgThe Arnold Arboretum invites artists of all ages to submit their T-shirt designs for Lilac Sunday 2011. Lilac-themed T-shirts have been a tradition at Lilac Sunday for many years, and continue to be a highly anticipated and popular memento of this event.Designs must be original artwork for the front of a T-shirt, suitable for men and women. The competition is open to all ages, and each artist may submit up to three designs. The deadline for all submissions is Jan. 31.For the complete guidelines, visit the arboretum’s website.last_img read more

Women who lead

first_imgHarvard President Drew Faust will host a panel discussion on Monday at Sanders Theatre to consider the changing roles of women, as well as the challenges and opportunities they face, in the fields of business, education, and politics. The talk, “When Women Lead: Insights and Experience from Women in Power,” features Jill Abramson ’76, executive editor of The New York Times; Edith Cooper ’83, executive vice president and global head of human capital management at Goldman Sachs; and former secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano, now president of the University of California. The moderator will be Karen Gordon Mills ’75, M.B.A. ’77, former administrator of the U.S. Small Business Administration and currently a senior fellow at Harvard Business School and Harvard Kennedy School.last_img read more

Swiss multi-employer schemes criticise regulator over risk proposals

first_imgHowever, Sergio Bortolin, president of the association of collective pension funds in Switzerland, the Inter-Pension, said this policy “cannot be executed”.  Bertolin – who is also managing director of the CHF16bn (€14bn) Asga multi-employer pension fund – argued that the regulation was “completely superfluous” as local authorities already had the means to assess the risks related to collective pension plans.“The OAK is exceeding its authority with this directive,” he added. Asga is the largest independent Gemeinschaftseinrichtung in Switzerland, serving over 12,000 companies, mostly SMEs. It would not fall under the new regulation as companies joining with their pension plans are integrated into the overall risk and return structure.In Sammelstiftungen, however, each client – whether a one-person business or one with 1,000 employees – has a separate pension plan within the collective.In the note published with its draft proposal, the OAK said the current legal framework only included very few special regulations for collective pension plans.The regulator cited such Sammelstiftungen’s “complex structures” and the fact that multi-employer pension plans operated in competition with other providers.“Compared to company pension plans these characteristics provide additional requirements particularly regarding governance, transparency and security of funding,” the OAK stated.Swiss stakeholders have until mid-January 2019 to comment on the draft during the consultation phase. The top Swiss pension supervisor Oberaufsichtskommission (OAK) wants to give local regulators more power over multi-employer schemes, as more pension plans are being transferred.With increasing regulatory demands and a continued low interest rate environment, many smaller company pension plans have been joining so-called Sammelstiftungen – collective foundations – or other Gemeinschaftseinrichtungen, which are multi-employer plans organised in a vehicle other than a foundation.Additionally, Axa Winterthur – a major pension provider to small and medium-sized businesses – announced earlier this year that it would no longer offer full insurance cover for its 40,000 clients but instead offer them individual pension plans, transferring some of the risk to these businesses.Under the amended regulatory framework proposed by the OAK, each of these individual plans would have to be assessed by an expert who would look at longevity risk, investments and other parameters.last_img read more

Boxing: Emmanuel Tagoe beats George Ashie

first_imgBoxer Emmanuel Tagoe, who is trained by legend Azumah Nelson defeated his long-time rival George Ashie to win the WBA International lightweight title.The bout staged at the Accra Sports Stadium which headlined Asamoah Gyan’s maiden boxing promotion, saw Ashie approach with more aggression early in the bout.But Tagoe, popularly known as the Game Boy, later warmed himself into the bout and was able to counter with his speed.Eventually the score-cards read 114-114, 113-115 and 112-116 in Tagoe’s favour.In other bouts, Raymond Commey won the West African and National super bantamweight title after defeating Emmanuel Quartey, while Abraham Osei Bonsu defeated Michael Pappoe in a featherweight contest.last_img read more

Lakers players symptom-free after two-week COVID-19 quarantine

first_imgThe Lakers announced Tuesday that their players are symptom-free two weeks after two of them tested positive for the novel coronavirus.On March 19, the NBA franchise said two unnamed players had contracted COVID-19 amid the global pandemic. After a 14-day home isolation prescribed by team physicians, no players are showing symptoms. CORONAVIRUS: Sports figures who have tested positive for COVID-19The Lakers players today completed the 14-day home isolation that was prescribed by team physicians, and the players are all currently symptom-free of COVID-19.The health and safety guidelines set by government officials will continue to be followed by the Lakers.— Mike Trudell (@LakersReporter) March 31, 2020The coronavirus continues to disrupt sports — including the NBA, which is on hiatus — across the globe as countries try to contain COVID-19.Deaths have exceeded 42,000 globally, with more than 856,800 confirmed cases.last_img read more