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UK’s NEST tenders for commodities fund manager

first_imgNEST, the UK defined contribution (DC) master trust, is seeking a commodities manager to bring the asset class into its portfolio for the first time.The commodities mandate would sit within the pension scheme’s Retirement Date fund range and would also be available to scheme members as an “alternative” fund choice.In a statement, NEST said the manager would need to demonstrate an ability to “navigate the risks and opportunities” of the asset class, including taking into account environmental, social and governance risks.Its preference is for a blended strategy including commodity-related equities. NEST would consider seeding a new launch if appropriate, it said. NEST initially set out plans for investing in commodities in its annual responsible investment report, published in September last year. It also said it was considering allocations to infrastructure, global credit and private debt.John St Hill, deputy CIO at NEST, said the commodities allocation was expected to have a “moderate” correlation to equity and bond markets. “We also think that it will provide some inflation protection,” he added.St Hill said the fund’s growing portfolio had opened up opportunities to diversify its assets.“Commodities look attractive relative to their long term historic prices,” he said. “As the world’s population grows and incomes in the developing world rise, we expect increasing demand for commodities. We want our members to benefit from these long-term trends.“We’re looking to build a constructive, long-term relationship with a fund manager that can demonstrate its ability to support that goal.”NEST has its own tender website for applications, available here. The deadline for responses is midday UK time on 26 February.NEST – the National Employment Savings Trust – was set up by the UK government in 2008 to help facilitate its pension auto-enrolment policy. At the end of March 2017 the scheme had 4.5m members and £1.7bn (€1.9bn) in assets under management.The Bloomberg Commodity index lost 29.9% in euro terms over the five years to 30 January 2018, according to FE Analytics. In the same period, MSCI’s ACWI Commodity Producers index gained 12.3%.last_img read more

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Newscow weather report: 8/10ths of an inch as of noon today

first_imgSumner Newscow report — According to the Sumner Newscow weather man, Wellington has received 8/10ths of an inch as of noon today. C’mon moisture!Follow us on Twitter. Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. There are no comments posted yet. Be the first one! Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new commentslast_img read more

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England Golf names ten coaches for expanded regional roles

first_img22 Jun 2012 England Golf names ten coaches for expanded regional roles After an extensive recruitment process, England Golf has identified ten experienced golf coaches to spearhead its revamped Under 16s Boy’s Regional Coaching Programme from September 2012. Under the tenure of Nigel Edwards, England Golf’s Director of Coaching, investment in the existing Regional Coaching Programme will be increased, extending the number of contact days with the players selected to attend. The ten coaches recruited and the coaching regions they have been allocated to are as follows: – Kendal McWade – North Region Steven Robinson – Yorkshire Region Peter Barber – North West Region David Brooks – West Midlands Region Lysa Jones – East Midlands Region Chris Jenkins – East Region Rob Watts – Thames Valley Region John Jacobs – South West Region John Noble – South Region Steven Orr – South East Region On unveiling the new look line-up, Edwards commented, “I’m very pleased with the individuals selected, it was a tough recruitment process and the competition was very strong. We have the opportunity to increase our investment in regional coaching and it was imperative that we identified the right coaches to take the programme to the next level. Our national squads and England teams will prosper with more players progressing at a younger age.” The successful candidates will undergo an induction and training weekend in September at England Golf headquarters in Woodhall Spa before joining the regional management team to identify their squad for the winter training ahead. Boys demonstrating the required talent and promise will have the opportunity to apply to join the regional coaching programme over the coming weeks.last_img read more

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One Final ‘Thank You for Your Service’

first_imgBy Rick Geffken |As we mourn the passing of former Vietnam prisoner of war and U.S. Sen. John S. McCain, lesser-known heroes are also being put to their final rest. Were it not for the dedication of Jersey Shore members of the Vietnam Veterans of America (VVA), the cremains of veterans of World War I and subsequent conflicts might still lie unclaimed in our Two River area funeral parlors.The “Forgotten” project was initiated by the New Jersey Shore Area Chapter 12 of VVA. Its mission is “to identify those cremated remains of honorable discharged veterans which have been abandoned and left “on a shelf in a funeral home.” Chapter 12, with almost 400 members, seeks to claim these cremains and provide proper military interment.Startling as it is, “There must be thousands of unclaimed cremains sitting in funeral parlors,” according to Ernie Diorio, Chapter 12 first vice president. Several years ago, members of his group decided to do something about this and began a painstaking and deliberate process of identifying cremains.New Jersey Shore Area Chapter 12 of the Vietnam Veterans of America members Rich Gough (left) and Ernie Diorio. Photo by Rick GeffkenDiorio is especially keen on burying veterans who were denied this honor. He served in the U.S. Army and was a mechanized infantryman stationed at Cu Chi in South Vietnam during that war (as was this writer). Once identified, the former servicemen and women are interred at the Brigadier General William C. Doyle Memorial Cemetery, Arneytown, New Jersey, the first state-operated veterans’ cemetery, dedicated in 1986.For a variety of reasons – no known next of kin, neglect, death of closest relatives – the cremains of veterans are sometimes, well, forgotten. When Chapter 12 started to identify veteran cremains in 2012, Diorio said, undertakers were skeptical at first. “It took us over a year to get just three funeral parlors to let us help,” he said.Chapter 12 VVA member Richard Gough, from Port Monmouth, served as an inventory management specialist in the U.S. Air Force during the Vietnam era. “There are almost 120 funeral homes in Monmouth County and anywhere from 50 to 100 unclaimed cremains at each,” he said. “We’re finding that about 20 percent are veterans or their spouse.”The four or five Chapter 12 members actively involved in the project face the continual challenge of convincing funeral parlor directors of their sincerity and ability.One of the first successes the group had was with the Ely Funeral Home. “Director Mike Ely was great,” said Diorio who lives now in Manalapan. “We developed a trust with him and he called one day telling us he had over a hundred cremains at his Neptune funeral home.” The John F. Pfleger Funeral Home in Middletown and Timothy Ryan’s in Toms River have also cooperated.Chapter members carefully placing recently identified cremains of a veteran into a funeral urn. Photo courtesy Tom PhillipsOnce they are allowed to access the containers, Chapter 12 volunteers do the tedious research work, much of it online looking for old records. They’re interested in identifying veterans of any war, not just Vietnam. They chase down leads to any remaining living relatives before presenting the funeral directors with a list of all the cremains identified.One such surviving relative is Audrey Sutton of Keyport. “I was just so thrilled that my brother Don, a Korean War vet, was being honored after all these years,” she said. “I just couldn’t take it in.”While that can take months, there are several important legal steps in the process. For burial in Arneytown, the State of New Jersey requires a death certificate (DC), a cremains document, proof of active military service an honorable discharge document, and proof of New Jersey residency. After Chapter 12 secures these, they contact Arneytown to schedule a burial ceremony. “We try to get 10 to 12 eligible veterans at a time before we can have a proper interment ceremony with military honors,” said Gough. “This makes it easier on the cemetery staff and the dozen or so members of Chapter 12 we muster for the solemn interments.”In 1982 Bob Hopkins of West Allenhurst was a charter member of Chapter 12, the first incorporated in New Jersey. During his time in Vietnam he served as an artillery officer and was awarded the Purple Heart for wounds sustained at his fire support base. Hopkins, also the first president of the New Jersey State Council, VVA, describes the common theme of the “Forgotten” endeavor: “(It’s) the emotional connection to the deceased veterans and the desire to see them buried with respect and honor. Funeral parlor operators, veterans’ advocates, legislators (and) directors of state veteran’s agencies – everyone expressed a visceral connection to the deceased.”Diorio (left) and Rich Gough examine boxes of cremains stored in the basement of a funeral parlor. Photo courtesy Tom PhillipsThe veteran volunteers show up for the funeral service attired in jackets and ties and military-style berets.  Many wear their insignia and medals earned during their time in service. Taps, a few prayers, perhaps a word or two from family precede the burials. Tom Phillips, a Holmdel film producer who works in television, created a video featuring clips from a Chapter 12 interment ceremony.Not all cremains rest in fancy urns; some are in simple cardboard boxes. “To keep expenses down, we work with Home Depot in Freehold,” Gough noted. “We volunteer time with them at their Saturday morning kids’ workshops and they donate lumber for urns. The residents of the Covered Bridge retirement community in Manalapan build the urns in their woodshop.”Besides welcome donations to keep this important project going, Chapter 12 hopes that funeral directors reading this article will welcome these volunteers to begin identifying the people who gave so much for the country.The New Jersey Shore Vietnam Veterans working the “Forgotten” project clearly exemplify what the late Sen. McCain once said in a speech to Annapolis graduates: “You will know where your duty lies. You will know.”The New Jersey Shore Area Chapter 12 of the Vietnam Veterans of America can be reached at PO Box #276, Allenhurst, NJ 07711 or via the email: [email protected] tribute video “Forgotten” can be seen here. This article was first published in the August 30-Sept. 6, 2018 print edition of The Two River Times.last_img read more

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BUDDING SUPERSTAR UNIQUE BELLA DRILLS FIVE FURLONGS EARLY THURSDAY IN 1:00.20 ‘BREEZING’ FOR HOLLENDORFER IN PREPARATION FOR THE GRADE III SANTA YSABEL STAKES AT SANTA ANITA MARCH 4

first_imgARCADIA, Calif. (Feb. 23, 2016)–Trainer Jerry Hollendorfer’s budding superstar filly Unique Bella was sent out for an impressive five furlong breeze in 1:00.20 “breezing” early Thursday morning as she prepares for what her connections hope will be her fourth consecutive win in the Grade III Santa Ysabel Stakes at 1 1/16 miles on March 4.A 3-year-old Kentucky-bred daughter of Tapit, Unique Bella came onto Santa Anita’s main track at 5:30 a.m. and went about her five furlong assignment without a hitch as she seeks to follow-up on a dazzling 8 ¾ length win here going a flat mile in the Grade II Las Virgenes Stakes on Feb. 5–which came on the heels of a 7 ½ length triumph in the Grade II Santa Ynez Stakes at seven furlongs Jan. 8.“She went very easy,” said Dan Ward, assistant to Hollendorfer.  “It was an easy work, like always.  She was nice and smooth and very relaxed.  Edgar (Rodriguez, regular exercise rider) has got her going off slow and coming home fast.  I see her getting more and more relaxed as time goes by.  We had her getting her last eighth in 11 and 4/5s.”Owned by Don Alberto Stable and ridden in all four of her career starts by Mike Smith, Unique Bella, who broke her maiden going 6 ½ furlongs in her second start on Nov. 26 at Del Mar, has won her last three races by a combined 16 ½ lengths and thus has many observers comparing her to her multiple Eclipse Award winning stablemate, Songbird, who lost by a nose to Beholder in an epic running of the Grade I Breeders’ Cup Distaff here on Nov. 4 and was subsequently named America’s Champion 3-year-old Filly.Although long range plans for Unique Bella have not been announced, Hollendorfer said following her win in the Las Virgenes that short range objectives call for her to stay with her gender and run in the Grade I Santa Anita Oaks on April 8 and in the Grade I Kentucky Oaks on May 5.XBTV VIDEO LINK: http://www.xbtv.com/video/workout/unique-bella-worked-5-furlongs-in-100-20-at-santa-anita-park-on-february-23th-2017/last_img read more

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3 Sentenced in 2016 Ecobank Robberies

first_img(L-R) Samuel Davis, Alex Yarkpawulo andAbraham DoeBy Abednego DavisThe 13th Judicial Circuit Court in Kakata, Margibi County yesterday sentenced three of the ten armed men that attacked the Ecobank-Liberia branch in Kakata to ten and five-year terms of imprisonment.Co-defendant Samuel N. Davis was sentenced to ten years, while co-defendants Alex Yarkpawulo and Abraham Doe received five years each.They were charged with criminal conspiracy and armed robbery.Sentencing the three yesterday in Margibi County, Judge Yamie Quiqui Gbeisay declared that “based on the fact as established during the trial and the applicable law, we have no alternative but to affirm the unanimous guilty verdict of the jury.“Co-defendant Samuel N. Davis being the ringleader is hereby sentenced to an imprisonment for a period of ten years effective today’s date (June 13, 2017), while co-defendants Alex Yarkpawulo and Abraham Doe are sentenced to five years each.”Before yesterday’s sentence, prosecution said one of the defendants, Dennis Dioh, had died in prison during pre-trial detention.Initially, Davis, Yarkpawulo and Doe pleaded guilty to the commission of the crimes when the indictment was read to them.However, because armed robbery is a criminal offense, their respective guilty pleas were set aside by the court, which entered a not guilty plea on their behalf, shifting the burden of proof on the state.They also waived the production of evidence on their behalf.The court document alleged that last year, the three along with other suspects, including the gang’s ringleader, only identified as Akin, a Nigerian national, were reportedly armed with a single barrel gun and other deadly weapons, and shot at police officers, who returned fire on the attackers.The shootout, the record claimed, resulted in Akin’s death.The incident with LNP officers also left Davis, Yarkpawulo, Doe and Dioh (now deceased) wounded.The robbers, according to police, entered the bank by cutting the bars of one of the windows near the generator room using an oxygen tank and a saw blade.Akin, according to the record, was on a police wanted list for several months for his alleged involvement in several armed robberies on banking institutions in Monrovia and its environs.In line with their plan, the robbers damaged the bank’s Close Circuit Television (CCTV) camera, and the automated teller machine (ATM) server.Meanwhile, the other five members of the group are still at large.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Trainer says DeGale is ‘a million per cent ready’ for world title challenge

first_imgJames DeGale’s trainer Jim McDonnell insists his fighter is ready for a world title shot. Harlesden super-middleweight DeGale has promised an “explosive” victory against experienced American Dyah Davis at Glow, Bluewater, on Saturday night.Video courtesy of iFL TVTickets for DeGale v Davis at Glow, Bluewater, on 16 November are priced from £40 and are available from the Hennessy Sports Box Office on 01925 755 222, at http://hennessy.ticketline.co.uk or alternatively by contacting Tickeline.co.uk or by phone on 0844 888 4402 or via Ticketmaster.co.uk or by phone on 0844 847 2500.  See also:DeGale wants Groves clash at Loftus RoadDeGale out to prove a point against DavisInjury-free DeGale determined to impressDeGale given warning by opponent Davis American Davis arrives for DeGale clashDeGale must prove he is ready for world title shot, says promoterConfident DeGale predicts ‘explosive’ winDeGale weighs in ahead of Davis clashUnderdog Davis is determined to cause an upset against DeGalePromoter will not ‘buckle to pressure’ as DeGale eyes title shotDeGale tells promoter to deliver title fightPromoter vows to deliver DeGale title fightDeGale in line for world title eliminator James DeGale v Dyah Davis as it 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 Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

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NBA suspends Portland’s CJ McCollum for a game

first_imgLATEST STORIES FILE – In this Oct. 9, 2017, file photo, Portland Trail Blazers guard CJ McCollum, right, is fouled by Sacramento Kings defender Matt Jones during the first half of an NBA preseason basketball game in Sacramento, Calif. Portland didn’t make a lot of changes in the offseason as the team remains anchored by the backcourt duo of Damian Lillard and McColllum. (AP Photo/Steve Yeater, File)cNEW YORK — The NBA has handed Portland guard CJ McCollum a one-game suspension for leaving the bench area during an altercation.McCollum took several steps onto the floor when Portland’s Caleb Swanigan and Phoenix’s Alex Len tussled in the fourth quarter of the teams’ preseason game Wednesday night. McCollum did not engage anyone, but leaving the bench area merited the penalty under NBA rules.ADVERTISEMENT He will have to miss the first game he is physically able to play, meaning he will likely sit Portland’s opener on Wednesday — coincidentally, back in Phoenix.McCollum has missed only four games in the past two seasons. He averaged a career-best 23 points per game on 48 percent shooting last season.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout Frontrow holds fun run to raise funds for young cancer patients  Makabayan bloc: Duterte suspension order on rice importation only a ‘media stunt’ PLAY LIST 02:46Makabayan bloc: Duterte suspension order on rice importation only a ‘media stunt’00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games View comments BSP sees higher prices in November, but expects stronger peso, low rice costs to put up fight Fire hits houses in Mandaluyong City LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary Read Next Nonong Araneta re-elected as PFF president MOST READ Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Cavaliers deal two, drop two as roster takes shape Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMClast_img read more

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9 months agoCrystal Palace boss Hodgson baffled by Defoe claims

first_imgCrystal Palace boss Hodgson baffled by Defoe claimsby Paul Vegas9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveCrystal Palace boss Roy Hodgson has denied claims of new Rangers signing Jermain Defoe.Hodgson has dismissed Defoe’s claim that he rejected Crystal Palace.The former England striker revealed he said no to staying in the Premier League club as he signed for Rangers.But Eagles boss Hodgson ‘categorically denies’ that he was a target of theirs.Defoe is now on an 18 month loan at Ibrox from Bournemouth. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img

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Check Out This Custom “Black Cherry” Chrome Louisville Helmet

first_imgLouisville's football team runs out onto the field.LOUISVILLE, KY – SEPTEMBER 3: The Louisville Cardinals run onto the field before the game against the Kentucky Wildcats during the NCAA game on September 3, 2006 at Papa John’s Stadium in Louisville, Kentucky. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)Louisville has released a number of interesting helmet designs over the last few years, but perhaps no lid was better received than the red-on-black chrome version that debuted in 2013. Since it’s the offseason (and we have to pass the time in some way), we figured we’d show you a custom helmet recently made by the guys over at JVince Custom Lids. It’s the same design, but it instead features a black cherry base. Needless to say, it’s clean. Check it out:Louisville fans – would you support the team wearing these at some point in 2015?last_img read more

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