Institutional tenders $200m Asian ex Japan equity mandate using IPE-Quest

first_imgTo tender, managers should have a minimum $2bn is assets under management for the mandate and a minimum of $5bn for the firm itself.Managers should also have a minimum track record of three years, preferably 10.Interested parties should supply performance data, gross of fees, to the end of 2013.The closing date for applications is 14 February.Meanwhile, in another search (QN1385), an undisclosed public sector pension fund in Switzerland tendered a CHF50m-75m (€41m-61m) global convertible bonds mandate.The investor requests an active strategy with a high gamma focus using the UBS Convertibles Global Focus as a benchmark.The manager should have a minimum of CHF1bn of AUM in convertibles, with a minimum fund AUM of CHF150m.Managers should have a minimum five-year track record, and performance data should be supplied, net of fees, to the end of 2013.The closing date for applications is 2 February. An undisclosed institutional investors has tendered a $200m (€146m) large-cap Asian ex Japan equity mandate using IPE-Quest.In search QN1384, the investor said it was looking for an active investment strategy and that it was agnostic towards style biases.It said strategies should not be quantitative driven and should explicitly focus on Asia ex Japan. Asia Pacific strategies will not qualify.The mandate requests the manager employ the MSCI AC Asia ex Japan index as a benchmark.last_img read more

Ex-UEFA president Johansson dies at 89

first_imgLennart Johansson said creating the Champions League to replace the European Cup was his proudest achievement at UefaStockholm, Sweden | AFP |  Lennart Johansson, who was president of European football body UEFA from 1990 to 2007, has died at the age of 89, the Swedish football federation said on Wednesday.“Swedish football is in mourning. Lennart Johansson has died. He passed away on the evening of June 4 aged 89 after a short illness,” the federation said.Johansson’s long reign at the head of UEFA coincided with a transformation in the finances of football as the game became big business and saw a huge increase in TV revenue.In 1998, he was defeated by Sepp Blatter in his bid to become head of football’s global federation FIFA. Johansson was an outspoken critic of Blatter, who was forced out of office in 2015 following accusations of corruption in the awarding of the 2018 World Cup finals to Russia and the 2022 edition to Qatar. Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more

Toy Run 2014 Parade Route Traffic Delays Expected

first_imgSubmitted by The City of OlympiaThe 37th Annual Olympia Toy Run motorcycle parade is this Saturday, December 6. Motorcyclists will assemble at South Sound Center beginning at 10:00 a.m. The Run starts at 1:00 p.m., and winds its way from South Sound Center along Pacific Avenue to State Avenue, through downtown Olympia to Deschutes Parkway, ending at Marathon Park.Sponsored by the Olympia Toy Run Coalition, the event attracts nearly ten thousand motorcyclists. Spectators are welcome to gather on sidewalks along the route. The Run may last up to two hours while motorcyclists travel from the South Sound Center to Marathon Park. Motorists should expect travel delays.  Intercity Transit has also issued a detour alert for several of its routes: http://www.intercitytransit.com.Information and the route map are posted on the Coalition’s website:  http://olytoyrun.com/. According to its website, the Olympia Toy Run “brings motorcyclists together for a very worthy purpose: the joy of a child receiving a gift at Christmas. All the toys and money are donated to the Salvation Army for distribution to needy kids through its Toy ‘n Joy Shop.” Facebook17Tweet0Pin0last_img read more

Prepping for Summer Salads

first_imgBy Gretchen Van BenthuysenLocal garden centers have begun stocking flats of lettuce and vegetables that do well in cool weather and taste so delicious when you cut, wash and serve them all within a few minutes.Four-packs of Red Sail and Iceberg lettuce, escarole, kale, Bright Lights Swiss chard and spinach, for example, could be found at Sickles Market, 1 Harrison Ave, Little Silver and planted in pots by the end of March.Although they don’t mind cool weather, when the temperature starts flirting with 32 degrees it’s time to cover your plants or risk losing them. With our ever-changing weather these days you’re often wearing boots and the next flip-flops.In that case you may need to bring pots inside – a garage usually is fine – and cover plants in the ground. A floating row cover is designed to trap heat inside during the day so at night there’s enough warmth to prevent wilted mush. Burpee sells a 72-inch by 50-feet row cover for $20. It also sells the TunLcover which is 18-feet long, consists of a 2-layer UV protected cover with thick gauge wire hoops every two feet that stick into the ground and extends like an accordion.It is designed to act like a greenhouse protecting plants from frost, wind chill and garden pests and sells for $25. Search the internet for more products or visit area garden centers for other options.If you are really caught off guard, use layers of newspapers or a shower curtain liner weighted down around the edges with rocks, bricks or whatever you can find. Remove the covering during the day when temperatures climb. A sheltered area and southern exposure also are helpful. Besides patience, gardeners need to cultivate a willingness to do what it tales to adapt to the weather.Lettuces and mixed greens do best in temperatures between 45 and 80 degrees. Once the heat and humidity hit in July plants generally bolt, which means they send up flower stalks to produce seeds and develop a bitter taste. It’s time to pull them up at this point.But before then, extend your growing season by either harvesting the plants’ outer leaves or cut just above the growing point in the cut-and-come-again method and see new growth emerge for your salad bowl.Flashy Trout Back lettuce is an Austrian heirloom variety that dates to 1793. Allegedly its ancestors can be traced back to the kitchen gardens of ancient Mesopotamia.Most garden centers buy from suppliers that specialize in mass production and your choices at the local level will be limited. The greens will taste great, but probably you won’t find many heirloom varieties such as Flashy Trout Back. It looks good and tastes great but you have to start it from seed, which is not all that hard to do.If you grow and harvest lettuce this spring you will want to do it again in the fall, but you won’t be able to find any transplants in the garden centers then. They all are focused on pumpkins and mums after Labor Day.So take advantage now of materials on sale in stores and online for seed starter kits. Seedlings need two- to three-inches of soil so you can grow them in yogurt or paper cups, but trays are more convenient.If you plan to start from seed this spring inside — it’s not too late —you will need lights designed for that purpose. It’s the best way to guarantee consistent, abundant light. Set the timer for 15 hours a day and water regularly. Start with the light about two inches above the seeds and raise it as the seedlings grow. If the light is too far away the seedlings will stretch toward it becoming leggy and weak. Let the top of the soil dry out a bit between watering. Soggy is not good.Do not use just any soil. Seedlings, like babies, are tender and need extra special food — a sterile seed starting mix that will ensure healthy, disease-free seedlings. Jiffy’s Natural & Organic Seed Starting Mix works great. Follow the directions — do not skip the pre-moistened part — and do not, use soil from your garden. You will be doomed to seedling failure.You will need to use a liquid fertilizer after a couple of weeks. Lettuce loves nitrogen so choose a well-balanced fertilizer with equal parts nitrogen, potassium and phosphate such as 10-10-10 or 5-5-5 mixtures, which all garden centers carry. Ask for help if you are confused.You could have the somewhat pedestrian garden center varieties with Burpee seedlings — Looseleaf Blend lettuce (Black Seeded Simpson, Lollo Rossa, Red Salad Bowl and Royal Oak Leaf); heirloom Tom Thumb, Four Seasons and Heatwave Blend lettuces; Flashy Trout Back, and A La Carte Spinach under a light inside.When it’s time to transfer indoor seedlings outside they need to be hardened off. Here’s where a cold frame comes in handy. It also helps extend your growing season. Pampered plants need to be introduced slowly to wind and intense sun. You can also put the plants outside for a few hours at a time, or move to the shade before bringing them back inside for a week or so.To learn more about spring gardening, the Rutgers Master Gardeners of Monmouth County, 4000 Kozlowski Road, Freehold, are hosting “Celebrate Spring! … a Symposium” from 8:45 to 4 p.m. April 16. Topics include container gardens, spring lawn maintenance, organic vegetable gardening, perennials, butterfly/pollinator gardening, and raised bed gardening. Best of all — it’s free.To register, or for more information, call 732-303-7614 or visit www.visitmonmouth.com.More From The Two River Times Home & Garden Special SectionApril 14, 2016 Two River TimesHummingbird Mania by David SaidnawayPrepping For Summer Salads by Gretchen Van BenthuysenHow to Guarantee Your Garden Starts Off On the Right FootClippings: Gardening Events Around TownAtlantic Highlands Looking for Favorite Treeslast_img read more

Airline group slams inconsistent electronics ban

first_imgThe US and UK governments have been urged to find an alternative to the recent ban on large electronic devices in aircraft cabins and slammed for the “woefully lacking’’ way in which the measures were introduced.The comments from International Air transport Association director general Alexandre de Juniac came in a highly critical speech in Montreal which also questioned the effectiveness of the measures to ban devices such as laptops and tablets in carry-on baggage on some flights to the two countries from North Africa and the Middle East.“The current measures are not an acceptable long-term solution to whatever threat they are trying to mitigate. Even in the short term it is difficult to understand their effectiveness,’’ de Juniac said.“And the commercial distortions they create are severe. We call on governments to work with the industry to find a way to keep flying secure without separating passengers from their personal electronics.’’The IATA boss said passengers and member airlines were asking valid questions such as why the US and UK did not have a common list of airports, referring to a decision by the UK not to follow the US move to include Gulf carriers Etihad, Qatar and Emirates.They were also wondering how laptops could be secure on some flights but not others, including flights departing from the same airport.“And surely there must be a way to screen electronic equipment effectively?’’ he said. “The current situation is not acceptable and will not maintain the all-important confidence of the industry or of travelers. We must find a better way. And Governments must act quickly.’’There was also frustration about the hasty way in which the ban, which became public only after airlines tweeted about it, was implemented.De Juniac described the way in which the measures were introduced as “woefully lacking” with no prior consultation with the industry and little coordination by governments.He renewed IATA’s long-standing call for better information sharing and coordination on security measures among governments and with the industry.Airlines did not want access to state secrets but could help deliver better results if they understood the outcomes governments wanted, he said.“While governments have the primary responsibility for security, we share the priority of keeping passengers, crew and aircraft secure,’’ he said. “To do that effectively intelligence is king. And it needs to be shared amongst governments and with the industry. It’s the only way to stop terrorists before they get near an airport, let alone aircraft.’’IATA has been pushing governments to follow through on a UN Security Council resolution calling on the International Civil Aviation organisation to develop a global aviation security plan.The “very wide gaps’’ in the recent measures taken by governments had highlighted the need for such a plan, de Juniac said.last_img read more

Achieving MDG 5: More Health Workers Needed to Find Solutions for Vulnerable Women

first_img ShareEmailPrint To learn more, read: Posted on September 21, 2010June 20, 2017By: Maureen Corbett, Vice President of Programs, IntraHealth InternationalClick to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)The MHTF is soliciting reactions from the maternal health community to the newly released UN MMR data. Our hope is that, together, these comments will serve as a springboard for discussion and provide momentum towards MDG5.Last week, the United Nations released the newest estimate of maternal mortality, which shows an important 34% decline in the last two decades. More than 220,000 fewer women died of pregnancy-related causes in 2008 when compared to 1990. These new estimates reinforce the good news reported earlier this year by The Lancet, further confirming that maternal death and disability are not intractable problems.  Progress is possible. However, the new numbers also bring sharp focus to the global inequities, which for too many of the world’s girls and women mean they do not get the high-quality health care they need before, during, and after a pregnancy. This inequity is clear in the fact that the lifetime risk that a 15-year old young woman  in sub-Saharan Africa will eventually die of a pregnancy-related cause (1 in 31) is more than 1000 times that of a young woman in some developed countries (1 in 4,300). These wide disparities between developing and developed regions are unacceptable. If we are serious about achieving Millennium Development Goal 5, a 75% drop in maternal mortality by 2015, we need to more than double our efforts in the next five years.The UN press release accompanying the new report highlighted the four main causes of maternal death—postpartum hemorrhage, infections, hypertensive disorders, and unsafe abortion. Each is preventable, treatable, or both. We know the technical interventions that are needed, including modern contraception, safe abortion, antenatal care, skilled attendance for labor and delivery, and postpartum care. We also know that strong health systems are essential for improving availability, quality, and access to these services. And, essential to the health system is the health workforce. Without increased attention and innovation around solving the problem of the critical shortage of skilled health workers, continued progress in reducing maternal mortality and morbidity will not be possible. The UN report sends a clear message.  Progress in reducing maternal mortality will only be achieved with increased national ownership, strong health systems, and a global commitment to recruiting, training, equipping, deploying and retaining, and supporting more motivated and productive health workers.During a recent trip to India, I learned more about India’s ASHA (accredited social health activist) program. This innovative program recruits female health workers from the communities they serve, and trains them to educate community members and serve as a liaison between the community and the health system. The program offers these women incentives through a “pay for performance” system. Colleagues pointed out, however, that in some of the most marginalized and isolated communities in India there are no ASHA workers because in some villages there are no women who meet the basic selection criteria for being an ASHA, which includes basic literacy. Because of this, these already marginalized communities do not have community health workers to offer even the most basic health care. Continuing to make progress in these communities and the many others that are isolated or marginalized requires us to get creative about how to reach all women with the package of services they need. Doing this starts with a global commitment to value all women’s lives—only then will we be able to galvanize the resources necessary to prevent their deaths.Share this:last_img read more

‘Four’tune smiles on QSST girls

first_imgQSST went into the final as favourite after taking out the previous three NYC titles, while NSWCCC went into the final after causing an upset over New South Wales Combined High Schools in the semi final. The opening five minutes was tight, with both teams showing great talent and intensity. But it was the Queensland girls that impressed early and it didn’t take long for that to show on the scoreboard. Captain Emily Reed led by example in the 8th minute, when she crossed for her team after a CCC error, to score the first touchdown of the match. CCC was quick to hit back however, with Sinead Bailey scoring in the next set of six to level the game at one touchdown a piece. Emilee Cherry scored over in the far corner after she was set up by Kate McCarthy following a penalty to take the lead for QSST again. NSW captain Alicia Quirk was dangerous in attack throughout the first half but the team was unable to capitalize on their opportunities, to trail at the half-time break, 2-1.Strong defence by CCC kept them in the game early in the second half, but it was QSST that made their mark on the scoreboard, when Kate McCarthy crossed to give her side some breathing space.Anna Hicks was over for QSST not long after off the back of some great attacking play by QSST, to take their lead out to three touchdowns. Lauren Rynehart hit back for CCC two minutes later, after a great run by Quirk, to bring the NSW side back within two. It was short lived however, with Alysha Tupua scoring in the next set of six to take QSST’s lead out to 5-2. The NSW girls didn’t give up, scoring with just under two minutes remaining to bring the deficit back to two touchdowns. It was too little too late, however, with QSST taking back to back titles and going through the championships undefeated. McCarthy was rewarded for her strong game, being named Player of the Match, while Quirk was named Player of the Series. The two captains were full of praise for their respective team’s performances over the past week.“I couldn’t be more proud you, you are a good bunch and you did amazing all carnival, to Peta (Rogerson – QSST coach) you’re a deadest inspiration to all of us, I couldn’t ask for a better coach,” Reed said. “To my girls, I couldn’t be more proud of you, to make the grand final was such an awesome effort and you did yourselves so proud all week,” Quirk said.last_img read more

10 months agoCardiff boss Warnock: Poor start handed Spurs win

first_imgCardiff boss Warnock: Poor start handed Spurs winby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveCardiff City boss Neil Warnock admits they were never in the game for defeat to Tottenham.Cardiff lost 3-0 at home via goals to Harry Kane, Christian Eriksen and Son Heung-min.Warnock said: “When we start off like that we shoot ourselves in the foot. All the planning goes out of the window. The goals were disappointing but they were too good for us in the first half. But that’s life and you move on.”I was pleased we hung in there because it’s easy to throw the towel in when you’re 3-0 down to a team like this. Four points in three games over a difficult period is good really.”We have had a great season so far. Players were told what they were doing and two or three let me down a little in that respect defensively today. We were playing for pride in the end.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

WestJet reviewing baggage policy after customer calls it discriminatory

first_imgTORONTO – WestJet says it is reviewing its baggage policy after a customer complained that it discriminated against travellers from certain countries.At issue is an airline policy that prevents travellers to Jamaica and Trinidad and Tobago from checking in more than two bags, unless the extra luggage is “a golf bag containing golf clubs.”Jared Walker tweeted about the policy after his 62-year-old mother was prevented from bringing an oversized bag on a trip to Jamaica to attend a funeral.Walker says the policy is “absurd” and shows preferential treatment to tourists, as opposed to travellers returning to their country of origin.WestJet says the baggage policy was in place for Jamaica and Trinidad and Tobago “due to the amount of access checked baggage brought by guests travelling to these particular destinations.”The company says it’s reviewing the rules related to golf bags, recognizing that “the optics are poor.”last_img read more

SC seeks EC response on Oppn leaders plea on VVPATs

first_imgNew Delhi: The Supreme Court Friday sought the Election Commission’s response on a plea by Opposition leaders seeking the counting of Voter Verifiable Paper Audit Trail (VVPAT) slips of 50 per cent of EVMs in each constituency before the Lok Sabha results are declared.A bench comprising Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi and justices Deepak Gupta and Sanjiv Khanna listed the plea of the opposition leaders for March 25 and asked the EC to depute an officer to assist the court. Several opposition leaders, including Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Chandrababu Naidu, Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal and others, had moved the apex court, seeking the verification of 50 per cent of votes by paper trail before announcing the results of the upcoming Lok Sabha polls. Naidu, the lead petitioner, had declared in February that the parties will be moving the apex court against the use of EVMs. The application has been moved by 21 Opposition parties, including the Congress, Nationalist Congress Party, Aam Aadmi Party, CPI(Marxist), CPI, Trinamool Congress, Samajwadi Party, Bahujan Samaj Party, Rashtriya Lok Dal, Loktantrik Janata Dal and the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK). The move comes after the Opposition parties met at NCP chief Sharad Pawar’s residence. The parties had raised apprehensions in a meeting with the EC in February about the credibility of EVMs, although the poll panel has denied allegations of machines being tampered with. The EC, while announcing the Lok Sabha election schedule, had said that mandatory checking of EVMs and VVPAT will be done on the basis of one polling station for each Lok Sabha constituency. See P5last_img read more