Wednesday people roundup [updated]

first_imgEsko Energy Partners, Natixis Global Asset Management, State Street Global Advisors, Delta Lloyd Life, AEW Europe, Ashmore Group, Baring Asset Management, Morningstar Investment Management Europe, Manulife Asset Management, BNY Mellon, James Hambro & Partners, CF Partners, AXA Investment ManagersEsko Energy Partners – Carsten Eckery is to join Esko as a new partner and speaker of the board in January 2014. After holding positions as managing director at HypoVereinsbank Group, Allianz Global Investors Group and most recently as chief executive at KGAL, Eckert will join the existing partners in their new venture specialising on energy infrastructure for institutional investors. He will also remain on the supervisory boards of several other companies.Natixis Global Asset Management – Alex Wharton has been appointed a manager in the UK institutional business development team, while Fred McNeill has been appointed a manager in the UK consultant relationships team. Wharton joins from Capita Employee Benefits, where he was a business development manager. Before then, he spent more than 10 years at the Financial Times Group. McNeill joins from Neptune Investment Management, where he was a manager for its institutional business team. Before then, he worked at UBS Global Asset Management.State Street Global Advisors – Susan Raynes has been appointed to the newly created role of global head of consultant relations. She will be responsible for SSgA’s consultant relationships globally. In her former role as head of SSgA UK, Middle East and Africa, she was responsible for the UK intermediary, defined contribution and defined benefit teams. Before then, she managed SSgA’s San Francisco office with a focus on some of the largest US consultants and public funds. Before joining SSgA in 1996, she was director of marketing at Cambridge Associates. Delta Lloyd Life – Christel Droogmans has been appointed head of sales, marketing and product development, as well as a member of the board committee, as of 1 January. In her new role, she will be responsible for pension solutions. Currently, Droogmans is national head of lending and professional customers at ING Belgium, responsible for the development and implementation of the cross-channel sales strategy.AEW Europe – Raphael Brault has been appointed head of separate accounts and funds in Paris. He will also be a member of the investment and executive committees. Jean Lavieille, deputy CIO, will be retiring during 2014 but will continue as a senior adviser and member of the investment committee thereafter. Brault joins from Acofi-Alms, where he launched the firm’s debt fund platform, and, prior to this, spent 12 years with Morgan Stanley in Paris.Ashmore Group – Graeme Dell has stepped down from the board of directors to pursue other business opportunities. He will remain employed by the group until 30 April 2014 to enable an orderly handover of his responsibilities. Tom Shippey, currently Ashmore’s head of corporate development, has been appointed group finance director and has joined the board to succeed Dell, pending regulator approval.Baring Asset Management – Barings, Babson Capital and OFI Global Asset Management have announced the appointment of Gary Smith as head of sovereign wealth funds and official institutions, effective immediately. In a newly created role, Smith will work across the distribution networks of the affiliated firms of Barings, Babson and OFI. He joins from BNP Paribas Investment Partners, where he was global head of official institutions. Before then, he worked at BNP Paribas Group, Morgan Stanley, Merrill Lynch and Greenwell Montagu.Morningstar Investment Management Europe – Simon Ewan has been appointed managing director. He will lead operations, client management, marketing and business development for Morningstar’s investment management and consulting operations in the UK and EMEA. He joins from MSCI in London, where he was executive director and head of EMEAI Asset Owners and Consultants. Before then, he was global head of sales at Hermes Fund Managers.Manulife Asset Management – James Wheeler has been appointed head of institutional sales for the EMEA region. He joins from Legal & General Investment Management in London, where he was a senior client sales and relationship manager focusing on European institutional clients. Before then, he worked with International Financial Data Services and the Royal Bank of Scotland.BNY Mellon – Lars Hella has been appointed head of depotbank services in Germany. He joined BNY Mellon’s German branch in July and moves into his new role from the global securities operations area. He has previously held positions with the German consulting firm itechx, CACEIS and State Street.James Hambro & Partners – Simon Brookes has been appointed a director at the private asset management partnership, which advises and manages assets on behalf of private clients and charities. Brookes was previously at Towry, where he looked after a wide portfolio of private clients for six years. CF Partners – The advisory, trading and investments firm in renewables and energy has appointed Chris Sherlock as COO. He joins from Adelante Asset Management, where he was a director and COO. In 2005, he helped to established Fenician Capital Management, where he served as partner and COO.AXA Investment Managers – John Porter has been appointed global head of fixed income, replacing Theodora Zemek, who has decided to leave the company. He will also become a member of AXA IM’s management board.last_img read more

Construction Starts on Amador Cruise Port

first_imgThe Panama Maritime Authority (AMP) held a kick-off ceremony for the construction of the new Amador Cruise Port on October 18.A complete new cruise terminal at the Pacific side of Panama will be built over the next 18 months, Jan De Nul informed.The design and construction of the Amador cruise terminal, at Perico Island, was awarded by the AMP to the consortium Cruceros del Pacifico, integrated by Jan De Nul Panama SA and China Harbour Engineering Company.As explained, this new cruise terminal will have two docks in which two cruise ships with a capacity of up to five thousand passengers each – Oasis class vessels – can berth simultaneously.“This infrastructure project is key to boost Panama’s economic development,” Juan Carlos Varela, President of the Republic of Panama, pointed out.As a member of the consortium Cruceros del Pacifico, Jan De Nul Panama SA will take care of all dredging and land reclamation works as required for the construction and operation of the terminal. This includes dredging the berth pocket, turning basin and access channel. A trailing suction hopper dredger will also be deployed to dredge and transport sand from a borrow area and reclaim an area of 8.3 hectares for the construction of all land-based facilities.last_img read more

Denver Lee Lauber, 82, Holton

first_imgDenver Lee Lauber, of Holton, known by his friends as “Lefty”, passed away at his home on Thursday, February 22, 2018 at 2:10pm at the age of 82. He was born December 31, 1935 on the farm where he lived his entire life. He was the son of Dennis and Madeline Daugherty Lauber. He was married to Betty Ross on June 19, 1954. He is survived by his wife of 63 years, his four children; Garry (Marcia) Lauber of Plymouth, Barry (Cynthia) Lauber of Holton, Deborah (Terry) Baker of Loveland, Colorado, and Steve (Mindy) Lauber of Dillsboro; 8 grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren. He was preceded in death by his parents and his brother Merlin Lauber. Denver was a 1953 graduate of Holton High School where he played on the Warhorse basketball team. His occupation was farming, but there were many jobs over his career which included mail carrier and township assessor. Denver was a lifelong member of the Hopewell Baptist Church and served on the South Ripley School Board. Funeral services will be held on Saturday, March 3rd at 11am at the Hopewell Baptist Church with Rev. Ty Choate officiating. Burial will be in the church cemetery immediately following the service. Visitation will be on Friday, March 2nd from 4pm to 8pm at the Hopewell Baptist Church. Memorials may be given to the Hopewell Baptist Church Building Fund or the Hopewell Cemetery Association in care of the Stratton-Karsteter Funeral Home in Versailles.last_img read more

Wade set to join Lions squad

first_img The Wasps wing, who made his Test debut in a 32-3 victory over the Pumas in Salta last weekend, is set to be the third England player to be summoned to Australia after Alex Corbisiero and Billy Twelvetrees. The Lions have concerns over the fitness of wing George North, who has a tight hamstring, while centre Jamie Roberts suffered a leg injury in their victory over the NSW Waratahs. Christian Wade is understood to have been called up by the British and Irish Lions and withdrawn from the England side to play Argentina in Buenos Aires. Press Associationlast_img read more

Pellegrini ‘can plug Kompany gap’

first_img City’s defence has been one of their weaknesses all season and they looked particularly vulnerable when Kompany endured an injury-hit first three months of the campaign. But Pellegrini said of the Belgian: “He is the captain of the team, he is a very important player but we have had so many injuries during the whole year from different players and always we have managed to play well. “I am sure the players who will play instead of Vincent will play well.” Pellegrini also admits to having fitness concerns about Nastasic, who has missed the last eight games in all competitions with a knee injury and has been out much longer than initially anticipated. The Chilean said: “He continues with some pain in his knee. He has at least a couple more weeks to recover. “Of course we are concerned because the doctor doesn’t know what happened with him. He made all the exams that he needs but we don’t know what happened with him. “We are taking other opinions. The doctor is in charge of that. “The player feels a pain inside the knee but nobody knows what the pain is.” City have a tough week ahead, with the Fulham clash followed by the derby at champions Manchester United next Tuesday and then a trip to title rivals Arsenal. Pellegrini’s men also have a trip to Liverpool, another side in the title race, to come. Yet for now his only focus is bottom side Fulham and what he believes could be a tricky contest. He said: “I think it is just a very tough game. All the teams in the last position – not only in the relegation positions but in the last position in the table in the second round (of fixtures) – try to add points everywhere. “A team like Fulham are used to defending and with Felix Magath – he always plays his teams with a lot of intensity – I am sure we need to work very hard during the 95 minutes if we want to win. “That is why we start a very important week, but the most important game in this week is Fulham. “I am talking to the players, trying to convince all of them it is always a difficult game. “Maybe for important games, with the most important teams, the motivation is alone – you don’t need to talk too much. “But in these kind of games, it is very important to play from the beginning as a final.” Fulham winger Ashkan Dejagah has been ruled out with a muscle problem. Striker Kostas Mitroglou is missing with a knee problem sustained last week but is expected to return against Everton on March 30. Midfielder Scott Parker remains in the treatment room with his knee injury, while winger Damien Duff is out for the rest of the season, also because of a knee issue. Fulham are four points adrift of safety with eight matches remaining, their victory over Newcastle a first Premier League win since January 14 against Norwich. Magath insists the Cottagers can return from Manchester with some reward, but refuses to set a points target for survival. “I don’t count points because I have no influence on what the other teams will do. I don’t care, I only look at the next game,” he said. “I’m looking to take a point at Man City, so we’ll see. We want to win our home games and we did well against Newcastle. “We’re developing step by step and I was very satisfied with the game against Newcastle over 90 minutes because we didn’t concede. “There is always a chance, even in difficult games like Manchester City. Now we know that we must not concede. We can defend very well. “If we make it difficult for Man City to score, we’ll have a chance to score for ourselves. I hope we’ll create more chances.” City’s influential captain is suspended for the visit of struggling Fulham in the Barclays Premier League after his sending off at Hull last Saturday. With Matija Nastasic nursing a knee injury, that could mean the much-maligned Martin Demichelis and Joleon Lescott, who endured a torrid time at Barcelona last week, are again partnered at the back. Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini is confident his defence will stand up to the test in the absence of captain Vincent Kompany this weekend. Press Associationlast_img read more

Monk: Gomis tribute a nice touch

first_img Press Association “I thought that was a really nice touch,” Monk said after the Barclays Premier League spoils were shared. “He is very passionate about his country and where he is from and that showed in his celebration and why he got the flag.” Gomis was deputising for top scorer Bony, who is away on international duty with the Ivory Coast at the African Nations Cup and on the verge of completing a £30million move to Premier League champions Manchester City. The 29-year-old has himself been linked with a move away in the January transfer window after failing to secure a regular first-team place at Swansea since his summer move from Lyon, but Monk insists Gomis is very much part of his plans. “I brought Bafi in the summer and he has worked very well,” Monk said. “He has been frustrated with his game time but the games he has played he has shown his quality. “Now he has the perfect run and you saw against West Ham the quality he has, and in the coming weeks he will be an even better player. “I would give him the goal, it was a great delivery in and a fantastic header which created the situation. “He deserved it for his sheer work. He covered every blade of grass and was determined to help the team. “West Ham always make it a hard game physically but apart from 10 minutes in the first half I thought we controlled the game. “We made the substitutions which gave us a bit more cutting edge and managed to get the well deserved goal.” West Ham assistant Neil McDonald stood in for Sam Allardyce as the Hammers manager was unable to travel to South Wales due to a chest infection. But McDonald revealed that Allardyce had watched the game at home and was in constant contact with the West Ham coaching staff. “He watched the stream on a computer and gave us some tips on the phone,” McDonald said. “He has taken time off to recover and he should be fine for next week.” McDonald felt West Ham deserved more than a point after taking the lead through Andy Carroll’s superb 43rd-minute strike and going close several times in the last 10 minutes following Gomis’ equaliser. “I think we should have won as we created some really good chances,” McDonald said. “Andy’s goal set us up and it was a very pleasing goal because we have worked on his movement in the box. “The first touch was great, he showed fast feet to get half a yard and he sticks it in. “People think he is just a lump but he has more to his game. He has great touch and is a goalscorer with his head or feet.” Gomis rose highest at a 74th-minute corner with his header striking a post and going in off Hammers captain Kevin Nolan for what will probably go down as an own goal. But Gomis wheeled away in delight and ran to the Swansea bench where he was handed a French flag, holding it aloft in respect of the 17 people who lost their lives in the Paris terrorist attacks this week. Swansea manager Garry Monk praised Bafetimbi Gomis for his goal celebration after he rescued a point for his side in a 1-1 home draw with West Ham.last_img read more

CDC: Less than 6% of COVID-19 Deaths were Healthy People

first_imgA new report from the Centers for Disease Control shows a vast majority of people who have died from COVID-19 were sick with something else. In only six percent of cases was coronavirus the actual cause of death according to the CDC. The leading underlying conditions related to death from COVID are the flu and pneumonia, respiratory failure, hypertensive disease, diabetes, and vascular and unspecified dementia. The CDC said: Table 3 shows the types of health conditions and contributing causes mentioned in conjunction with deaths involving coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). For 6% of the deaths, COVID-19 was the only cause mentioned. For deaths with conditions or causes in addition to COVID-19, on average, there were 2.6 additional conditions or causes per death. The CDC says people need to always social distance and perform best practices when it comes to staying safe during the COVID-19 pandemic.Click here to read best practices on how to stay safe during COVID-19.The following are the top underlying medical conditions linked with COVID-19 deaths.* Influenza and pneumonia* Respiratory failure* Hypertensive disease* Diabetes* Vascular and unspecified dementia* Cardiac Arrest* Heart failure* Renal failure* Intentional and unintentional injury, poisoning and other adverse events* Other medical conditionslast_img read more

Ellsworth girls bounce back, hand GSA 1st loss

first_img MPA approves golf, XC, field hockey, soccer; football, volleyball moved to spring – September 10, 2020 Hospice volunteers help families navigate grief and find hope – September 12, 2020 Latest posts by Mike Mandell (see all) Mike MandellMike Mandell is the sports editor at The Ellsworth American and Mount Desert Islander. He began working for The American in August 2016. You can reach him via email at mmandell@ellsworthamerican.com. Latest Postscenter_img Ellsworth runners compete in virtual Boston Marathon – September 16, 2020 Bio BLUE HILL — With every passing possession, Andy Pooler couldn’t stop himself from looking up at the clock.Pooler’s Ellsworth girls’ basketball team had built a double-digit lead over George Stevens Academy, but that advantage had dwindled. With 13 seconds left, GSA had the ball down just five — not a likely scenario for the home team to mount a comeback, but far from an impossible one.GSA inbounded the ball, and Pooler held his head in his hands. Two passes later, though, Ellsworth’s Katelynn Bagley had the ball in hers. By the time GSA got it back with three seconds to go, Pooler was doing a Tiger Woods-esque fist pump as Ellsworth’s Sammy Mason and Trinity Montigny celebrated.“We did it,” Mason said to Montigny. “What a win.”This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textThe Ellsworth girls won for the second time in three games by defeating GSA 38-33 on the road Monday night. The result sent GSA to its first defeat of the year and gave Ellsworth revenge for a 51-37 loss to the Class C North leaders earlier this season.“This whole season, we’ve been looking for that one win we can really hang our hats on, and this was it,” Pooler said. “We had to run them out of time, and we got it done.”Right from the opening tipoff, Ellsworth’s focus was on stopping GSA’s 6-foot forward, Morgan Dauk. Dauk had scored 29 points in the previous matchup between the two teams on Dec. 27, and the Eagles were determined not to let that happen again. With Ellsworth double- and triple-teaming her on every possession, Dauk scored just two points in the first quarter.“She’s just so good, and you have to plan everything around how you’re going to stop her,” Mason said. “When we played them a little while ago, we weren’t able to do that. This time, we had to make it our No. 1 goal.”Ellsworth led 14-8 after the first quarter, but GSA’s tight defense kept the game within five points throughout most the second. With the visitors possessing the ball and a 20-17 lead with 1.8 seconds left in the half, Pooler called timeout and drew up a play that would get the ball to Mason, one of his best shooters.As Bagley looked to inbound the ball under the basket, Montigny set a screen for Mason just beyond the 3-point line. Mason caught a clean pass, spotted up to shoot and drained a 3-pointer to put her team up six heading into halftime. The senior smiled, and Ellsworth went to the locker room with momentum.“At halftime, our team was very loose, and Sammy’s 3 was 99 percent of that,” Pooler said. “We needed that extra bit of a boost going into the half because we knew a good team like George Stevens was going to come out and adjust.”Ellsworth (3-6) rode its momentum into the second half and didn’t allow GSA to score for the first 5:42. Ellsworth entered the final eight minutes with a 30-19 lead. Montigny had five of Ellsworth’s seven points in the third quarter.GSA (9-1) rallied in the fourth and finally started to make shots from beyond the arc, but it was too late. The home team managed just one shot once it cut the Ellsworth lead to five late in the game. By the time it was in the air, the Ellsworth players were celebrating a win at midcourt.“We knew they were going to start making shots at some point, but we made it difficult for them and didn’t allow any big ones until the very end,” Montigny said. “It’s been hard with some of our struggles lately, but a win like this makes us confident because it tells us we can compete with some good teams.”Mason led Ellsworth with 15 points, and Montigny added 11. Hannah Sargent was the team’s No. 3 scorer with nine, and Bagley had the remaining three. Ellsworth committed just seven fouls as a team.Despite dealing with various double- and triple-teams throughout the game, Dauk still led GSA with 16 points. Elsewhere for GSA, Emma Crosby scored eight, Mazie Smallidge and Dawn Hutchinson had four and Julianna Allen had two.Ellsworth’s next game will be on the road against the Orono Red Riots (2-6) at 7 p.m. today, Jan. 12. GSA will head on the road to face the Piscataquis Pirates (7-2) at 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 14.last_img read more

Athleticism needed to drive in circles?

first_imgNASCAR’s biggest race of the season ? the Daytona 500 ? took place Sunday.Big whoop.I’ve grown sick of ESPN’s obnoxious coverage of the racing world, particularly NASCAR, as I’m sure others have as well. Whether it be on the cable channel itself or on its website, there are days like Sunday where you simply can’t escape images of the races or commentaries by former drivers who dissect current drivers’ performances. What makes it even more unbearable is that the Daytona 500 wasn’t even broadcasted on ESPN ? the race was on FOX. That, and there’s already an entire channel ? the SPEED Channel ? devoted to auto racing.To be fair, the ?Worldwide Leader in Sports? has strayed quite a bit from its humble roots.Back in the day, you could flip on ESPN and actually find live games, sports highlights and analysis. While the network still has these things, you often have to dig deeper to find it; it seems too much emphasis these days is placed on the ?E? in the name ? entertainment ? and not enough on the ?S.?So am I contradicting myself by saying ESPN is increasing its coverage of NASCAR but decreasing its overall coverage of sports? No. The reason? NASCAR is not a sport.There, I said it.I’ve had this debate before, and I always am glad to play devil’s advocate on the issue. I fail to see how driving a car around in circles for 200 laps and 500 miles ? as was the case for this weekend’s Daytona 500 and many other races ? could be in any way constituted as athletic.One challenger in an argument I had regarding the validity of the ?sport? argued that the drivers sweat a lot during the race and can lose several pounds of water weight as a result. While that may be true, perspiration doesn’t necessarily equal athleticism. I sweat during finals week. Does that make me an athlete as I fill in bubble after bubble on a Scantron or tirelessly scribble out an essay? I wish. Heck, if that was the case, I’d be on full scholarship.Of all the drivers in today’s NASCAR world, Tony Stewart ? who finished third Sunday ? is among the most popular and successful. But when you look at the guy, there’s no way you would ever confuse him with an Olympian or marathon runner. He’s up there with John Daly ? the same John Daly that smokes while golfing ? as one of the most out-of-shape ?athletes? today.I’m not trying to take away from the skill of drivers such as Stewart or Sunday’s winner, Ryan Newman. I give them credit for being able to keep their cars under control at speeds of over 150 miles per hour without (usually) crashing into the wall or other drivers. But the athletic ability needed to do such a task is minimal at best. Hold wheel. Push foot on gas. Turn wheel. Millions of Americans do this every day on their way to work; I’m not sure how many of them would consider their daily commute a sport.I realize NASCAR is much more popular in other parts of the country than it is here in the Midwest. Look outside and you’ll see it’s difficult enough to drive down the streets of Madison at 30 miles per hour this time of year. It’s unreasonable for NASCAR events to hold much water up here.But down South, NASCAR isn’t just a sport; it’s a way of life. There’s even fantasy NASCAR leagues, suggesting that it is becoming as big as the NFL. It even made its way into pop culture in 2006, with Will Ferrell starring as a fictitious driver in the movie ?Talladega Nights.?With that said, I’ll refrain from any judgments of the auto racing industry’s culture. As for the races themselves, I just can’t justify putting them on the same network as football, basketball and baseball. The accomplishments of Jeff Gordon and Dale Earnhardt Jr. can’t compare to those of LeBron James and Tom Brady.The wise Ricky Bobby once said, ?If you ain’t first, you’re last.?I hate to break it to you, NASCAR, but in my book, you ain’t first.Tyler is a junior majoring in journalism. Disagree with him? Tell him why you think NASCAR is a sport at tmason@badgerherald.com.last_img read more

GAME announce fourth UK Masters season with £30,000 in prizes

first_imgThe video game retailer GAME, who bought esports event company Multiplay in 2015, have announced the fourth season of their UK Masters esports tournament. This time they’re offering £30,000 in prizes split over two games.The Summer 2017 season as it’s being stylised, offers £15,000 in prizes for competing teams in CS:GO and League of Legends. With CS:GO being the staple title throughout the previous three seasons, and with League of Legends making its return since its only appearance in Season 2. This is also the first time the tournament is designating the Republic of Ireland as a competing country, therefore allowing teams with a majority Irish contingent to compete.The Champions of the Spring 2017 Season of UK Masters (Credit – Katy Eyre/iEventMedia)The new season also ushers in a redesigned look for the league, bringing in a purple colour scheme alongside a new logo. This brings it more in-line with the GAME camp as they intend to centralise more of their esports offering under one roof. This comes after the retailer started focusing their esports properties into their “Belong by GAME” brand, by creating a tournament system alongside their new stores.The competitions are set to face eight teams in each title’s league, with qualifiers starting from the 15th May. Each qualifier is set to have the top two teams secure a spot to their respective league. CS:GO is set for three qualifiers and two invited teams, and LoL is set for four qualifier tournaments. The online league is set to be broadcast over a Monday to Thursday window each week, broadcast from the Multiplay studios in Basingstoke. The finals for both titles will be set for Insomnia i61.More information, including on how to get involved with the tournament, is available on the UK Masters website.Esports Insider says: Nice to see this regular commitment coming from the GAME camp and their attempts to keep the UK competitive. The addition of Ireland to the league is also a recognition of how closely linked the two scenes are.last_img read more