The €424bn Dutch asset manager APG and the €131bn Chinese asset management company E Fund Management have agreed to explore a long-term strategic alliance.In a joint statement, they said they wanted to use each other’s expertise “by exchanging information about pensions administration, asset management and ICT to increase mutual insight into various pension systems and supporting technologies”.The partners, who signed a letter of intent, said they also sought to enhance their access to local and global investment markets.Speaking to IPE, Eduard van Gelderen, CIO at APG, said his organisation was excited about the co-operation, “given that China, as the world’s second-largest economy, is continuously opening its market – both inbound and outbound”. Although he stressed that the co-operation would focus initially on knowledge-sharing, he made clear APG wanted to be prepared for increased access to the Chinese market.“Our co-operation with E Fund, as China’s largest asset manager and local partner, will help us to get the answers we need,” he said.Van Gelderen said APG would apply for a licence to invest in China and that it was already liaising with local supervisors.He noted that Chinese equity markets could be part of the MSCI World Index within a year and that APG’s investments in the country were likely to increase quickly as a result.APG has invested more than €5bn in Chinese equity through the Hong Kong-Shanghai Connect, logistics and infrastructure, through local partners and listed companies.It might also be involved in the establishment of a second-pillar pensions system in China, according to Van Gelderen.He said China was just beginning to develop a second-pillar system as part of a new five-year development plan, approved last year.“The Chinese see us as a sounding board and have shown great interest in our experiences with the Dutch pensions system,” he said.“They want to know much more about asset-liability management and long-term investments.”Van Gelderen said both players believed there were “many initiatives” they could take together.“Because E Fund has a strategic partnership with technology-driven internet firms – such as Alibaba and Tencent, for example – it could help to employ technology for investment, communications and robo advice, as well as machine learning,” he said. APG is Europe’s largest pensions manager and one of the largest fiduciary managers worldwide.In addition to two offices in the Netherlands, it also has a presence in Hong Kong and New York.Guangzhou-based E Fund provides a “full spectrum of services” and claims to be the leader in mutual funds, pension funds and segregated-account businesses in China.It also has offices in Beijing, Shanghai and Hong Kong, as well as other major cities across the country.
WFS Technologies has appointed Jim Darroch as a new chief technology officer to drive its evolving product portfolio and software development roadmap.Jim Darroch has been appointed CTO to own the company’s product vision and roadmap, and to expand the product engineering team to meet growing client demands for its existing product range.Jim brings with him a wealth of experience in leading engineering teams and the development of Internet of Things product strategies, most recently where he was globally accountable for the delivery of an Intelligent IoT Edge ecosystem in Honeywell’s ‘Connected Enterprise’ organisation.Prior to Honeywell, Jim spent several years at Artesyn (formerly Emerson) as senior director and vice president of Engineering, leading the planning and execution of the company’s global software and product engineering strategies.“WFS impressed me as a clear thought leader in developing subsea wireless and compute technology to solve customers’ problems in some of the world’s harshest operating environments,” Jim said.“While there is a great deal of synergy with other emerging IoT use cases, Subsea IoT presents enough challenges and opportunities to make WFS a fascinating place to work.“With a solid technology foundation and a talented development team already in place, I am incredibly excited to join the team at this time to help drive, and deliver, our product vision.”
Deseret News 17 March 2018Family First Comment: “Utah lawmakers said they were prompted to pass the law after seeing other states where parents had been investigated and in some cases had their children temporarily removed when people reported seeing kids playing basketball in their yards or walking to school alone. Headline-grabbing cases have included a Maryland couple investigated after allowing their 10- and-6-year-old children to walk home alone from a park in 2015. Republican Sen. Lincoln Fillmore of South Jordan has said allowing kids to try things alone helps prepare them for the future, though some have raised concerns the law could be used as defenses in child-abuse cases if not carefully deployed.”We may need a “Let Parents Be Parents” law in NZ….So-called free-range parenting will soon be the law of the land in Utah after the governor signed what appears to be the country’s first measure to formally legalize allowing kids to do things on their own to foster self-sufficiency.The bill, which Gov. Gary Herbert announced Friday that he’d signed, specifies that it isn’t neglectful to let kids do things alone like travel to school, explore a playground or stay in the car. The law takes effect May 8.Utah’s law is the first in the country, said Lenore Skenazy, who coined the term free-range parent. A records search by the National Conference of State Legislatures didn’t turn up any similar legislation in other states.Utah lawmakers said they were prompted to pass the law after seeing other states where parents had been investigated and in some cases had their children temporarily removed when people reported seeing kids playing basketball in their yards or walking to school alone.Headline-grabbing cases have included a Maryland couple investigated after allowing their 10- and-6-year-old children to walk home alone from a park in 2015.Republican Sen. Lincoln Fillmore of South Jordan has said allowing kids to try things alone helps prepare them for the future, though some have raised concerns the law could be used as defenses in child-abuse cases if not carefully deployed.The law states the child must be mature enough to handle those things but leaves the age purposely open-ended so police and prosecutors can work on a case-by-case basis, Fillmore has said.READ MORE: https://www.deseretnews.com/article/900013224/utah-governor-signs-law-legalizing-free-range-parenting.html
Loading… FIFA is considering postponing the Asian World Cup qualifiers due to be played this month because of the coronavirus outbreak, the global football body said on Thursday China’s matches against Maldives at home and Guam away have already been moved Buriram, Thailand, and will be played behind closed doors FIFA said it would provide an update following consultations with the national associations and would continue to monitor the situation in co-operation with the World Health Organisation However, more than two dozen other matches are scheduled to be played around the continent over two match days on 26 and 31 March.Advertisement “A formal proposal to postpone upcoming matches in the Asian FIFA World Cup 2022 and the Asian Cup 2023 qualifiers will now be shared with the relevant member associations,” said FIFA in a statement. “For both FIFA and the Asian Football Confederation (AFC), the well-being and health of all individuals involved in football matches remains the highest priority,” it added. read also: Top Swiss prosecutor has salary cut over FIFA case lies FIFA said it would provide an update following consultations with the national associations and would continue to monitor the situation in co-operation with the World Health Organisation (WHO). FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Promoted ContentCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable Way10 Risky Jobs Some Women DoWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?Top 7 Best Car Manufacturers Of All TimeThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read MoreBest Car Manufacturers In The World7 Black Hole Facts That Will Change Your View Of The Universe6 Extreme Facts About HurricanesHere Are The Top 10 Tiniest Mobile Phones On The Planet!Wondering What And When Will Finally Be The Undoing Of Us?8 Superfoods For Growing Hair Back And Stimulating Its GrowthWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?
By Scott OwenSHAWANO, Wis. (July 16) – Mark Weisnicht scored his first Xtreme Motor Sports IMCA Modified win of the season Saturday at Shawano Speedway.Shawn Frelich jumped into the lead on the opening lap and was immediately pressured by Jim Zdroik. Weisnicht raced his way past Zdroik for the second position on lap seven. Zdroik, Jerry Wilinski, and Lance Arneson completed the top five on ten.As Wilinski’s machine drifted up the track he made contact with the Frelich. Frelich’s car got into the wall, ending his night. Wilinski was charged with the caution and sent to the rear of the field. Weisnicht, who had been running third, inherited the lead and was able to hold off Zdroik and Arneson for the victory.Joe White had the car to beat early on in the IMCA Sunoco Stock Car feature. White, who had been pressured by B.J. Giese for numerous laps, led the first eight laps before 10th starting Travis Van Straten made an inside pass for the lead.Giese followed Van Straten past White for second as White coasted to the pit area with mechanical woes. As Van Straten began to pull away, Giese ran second while Mike Schmidt and Dan Michonski battled for third. At the end it was Van Straten scoring the win over Giese, Michonski, Schmidt and Luke Uttecht.In Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMod action, Brian Besaw led the first four laps before Jordan Barkholtz took the top spot away on lap five. Behind Barkholtz, Colten VanHierden and Lucas Lamberies moved to second and third on lap seven.On lap nine, Lamberies used a slide job to take second from VanHierden and then set out to run down the leader. On lap 11, Lamberies unleashed another slide job to take the lead from Barkholtz. Lamberies went on to win the race. VanHierden made a last-lap pass to take second. Barkholtz, Kyle Raddant, and Besaw completed the top five.
RelatedPosts Neuer crowned Player of the Month for August Castagne signs Leicester City deal Budapest to host Bayern-Sevilla Super Cup final Dinamo Zagreb made a perfect start to their Champions League Group C campaign when a majestic performance gave the Croatian side a 4-0 home win over Italian rivals Atalanta on Wednesday. Midfielder Marin Leovac fired Dinamo ahead in the 10th minute before a Mislav Orsic hat-trick sent Atalanta reeling on their debut in Europe’s premier club competition. Dinamo coach Nenad Bjelica, whose adventurous yet unfamiliar 4-3-3 formation turned out to be a masterstroke as it kept Atalanta on the back foot throughout, was delighted. “I had a gut feeling it would bear fruit and it did thanks to a perfect first half,” Bjelica told a news conference. “We were tight at the back and pressed their midfield hard, which in turn enabled us to create a lot of chances. They didn’t expect that because we’d never played in this formation before.” The score did not flatter the home side, though, as they missed several chances to win by a bigger margin, having ripped into the visitors with crisp one-touch passing and darting raids down both flanks. Atalanta barely threatened and missed their best chance after the damage had already been done, as Dinamo keeper Dominik Livakovic pulled off a magnificent save to deny Duvan Zapata. Leovac opened the floodgates when he slid in to meet a perfect Petar Stojanovic pass from the right and blasted it into the roof of the net from close range, with Atalanta keeper Pierluigi Gollini a mere bystander. Leovac turned provider in the 31st minute after he left his marker for dead on the left flank and squared the ball back to Orsic, who side-footed it sweetly into the bottom left corner of the net from the edge of the penalty area. Another raid by Stojanovic produced the third goal in the 42nd minute, as Arijan Ademi met the right back’s deep cross at the far post and headed it back for Orsic to nod in the ball from two metres. Livewire Orsic completed a memorable night with a superb finish from 16 metres in the 68th minute, applying a perfect first touch to control a lofted pass into his stride before driving an unstoppable shot past Gollini. Orsic credited his brilliant individual performance to selfless teamwork. “I am happy about the hat-trick of course but the team did a great job tonight,” he said. “It was our best performance in the last two years and we are now in a good position to reach the knockout rounds.” In the group’s other fixture, Manchester City romped to a 3-0 win at Shakhtar Donetsk. City are at home to Dinamo in the next round while Shakhtar visit Atalanta. Reuters/NAN.Tags: AtalantaChampions LeagueDinamo ZagrebMislav OrsicNenad Bielica
RelatedPosts Gundogan tests positive for coronavirus Super Eagles stars model new national team jersey EPL: Vardy primed for another prolific season after brace at West Brom Leicester midfielder Wilfred Ndidi could be ruled out for several weeks after Foxes boss Brendan Rodgers revealed he may need surgery. Nigeria international Ndidi was missing from Leicester’s squad for their League Cup semi-final first leg against Aston Villa on Wednesday. Rodgers said Ndidi suffered an injury in Tuesday’s training session and may face an operation, although he did not specify what the problem is. “Wilf took a knock in training yesterday, which unfortunately means he might need a slight operation tomorrow,” Rodgers said. “That’ll put him out for a few weeks, but it’s not overly serious, so hopefully, going into February, he’ll be fit and ready to go again.” If Ndidi misses the rest of the month, he will sit out five Leicester games, including their semi-final second leg at Villa on January 28.Tags: Brendan RodgersLeicesterWilfred Ndidi
Press Association Rule 6-3a states that if a player arrives at his starting point, within five minutes after his starting time, he is given a two-shot penalty. Otherwise, the penalty for a breach of the rule is disqualification. The story took another twist when it later emerged that Jeppe Huldahl was about to tee off in Granberg’s place, only to be told that he was only first reserve if a European Tour member pulled out. As Granberg is an Asian Tour member, his place should have gone to first reserve Anthony Kang, but Kang had given up hope of getting a place and withdrawn to caddie for his friend Uhno Park instead. That meant Singapore’s Chih-Bing Lam, who was originally second reserve, took up the place and had to sprint to the 11th tee, where he joined Park’s group and proceeded to shoot a four-under-par 66 to lie joint third. Lam told European Tour Radio: “We were sitting having lunch and I was nudging Anthony to go and caddie because we just didn’t think we had a chance. You couldn’t script it any better and to get paired together, that was just hilarious. “When I got the call to go to the 11th tee I was just waiting for Anthony to be on the other end and say ‘Gotcha’ but somehow it worked out pretty well today.” Kang added: “I felt really bad for Joonas being in that situation and felt bad for me not getting a spot, but I’m glad Chih-Bing got a spot and played a fantastic round today.” Sweden’s Joel Sjoholm almost got disqualified as well, arriving on the first tee with moments to spare and having to play the first hole without his golf shoes. “I set six alarm clocks this morning and woke up in desperation at 7:58am, tee time was 8:30am and we live a good 25 minutes from here so I was panicking to the tee box,” Sjoholm told European Tour Radio. “I was lucky to get a taxi pretty quickly and the European Tour helped me out big time because I showed up without any golf shoes on because they were in the locker. They went to the locker for me and I played the first hole in sneakers until I came up to the green when they were standing nicely there with two pairs of shoes so I could pick. It was the royal treatment! “It felt quite awkward and when I was standing over the first tee shot I realised I hadn’t even tied the laces on my sneakers, which are a half size too big as well. “I managed to scramble a four on the first; the whole day I have just been waiting to make a bogey and it happened on the last hole. I am happy I shot minus two, I should not even be here. I am really happy at the moment. Maybe I should do it more often because it’s a long time since I started that good.” Sjoholm’s round of 68 left him four behind Higgins, who carded nine birdies and three bogeys in his six-under-par 64 to finish one ahead of Italy’s Andrea Pavan. Higgins, who lost his European Tour card by less than 20,000 euros at the end of the season, said: “It was great. I just played good solid golf from tee to green, holed some lovely putts and had a chip in; if you’re going to shoot a low score like that you’ve got to do some good stuff. “If you drive it well here you’ve got a lot of short irons into the greens and that’s a strong part of my game so I’m comfortable on that. It has quite a linksy feel with the firm conditions and I grew up on Waterville, one of the best courses in Ireland, so that suits me. “I played quite well towards the end of the season so I have been coming into some form, been working hard and it’s time to push on and have a good week here.” Pavan dropped just one shot, at his penultimate hole, in his 65, with English duo Adam Gee and Seve Benson among a seven-strong group a shot further back on four under. Defending champion Miguel Angel Jimenez, seeking a record-equalling fourth win in the event, three-putted the last and had to settle for a level-par 70. Granberg was due to tee off at 11:50am local time from the 11th hole at Hong Kong Golf Club, but initially went to the first tee before realising his mistake. The 26-year-old then dashed to the 11th tee only to find his caddie had gone to the 10th tee – the more usual starting place for a two-tee start – instead. Ireland’s David Higgins claimed a one-shot lead after the first round of the Hong Kong Open that saw Finland’s Joonas Granberg suffer a bizarre disqualification and massive confusion over his replacement.
(REUTERS)-Germany’s record goalscorer Miroslav Klose is starting a traineeship with the national team as the retired striker looks to kick off his coaching career, the German Football Association said yesterday.Klose, who helped his country win the 2014 World Cup and became the all-time top scorer at the tournament with 16 goals, ended his playing career last season at Lazio.“He will undergoing an individual training and trainee programme with the clear aim of starting a coaching career,” the FA said in a statement.The 38-year-old, who also played for Kaiserslautern, Bayern Munich and Werder Bremen, is Germany’s leading scorer with 71 goals in 137 matches.“In the past months the thought has matured in me to remain on the pitch with the perspective of the coach,” Klose said. “I would like to thank (Germany coach) Joachim Loew and (sports director) Hansi Flick for the chance to sharpen my perspective in a practical environment.”He will be part of Germany’s coaching team for their World Cup qualifier in San Marino and a friendly against Italy this month.
– Lady Jags playing for pride“WE are Cubans, we will fight to the end and we will beat Guyana because we’re Cubans” Cuba’s Head Coach Lazra Ruiz Alfonso told reporters following his team’s scoreless draw against Barbados on Friday at the Leonora Track and Field Facility.The result meant that today’s clash between Cuba and Guyana in the final Group D match of the CONCACAF Women’s U-17 Caribbean Qualifiers will be more than intriguing considering the narrative.Barbados defeated Guyana 5 – 1 in their opening game and the draw against the Cubans meant that the ‘Bajans’ are on four points and holding a superior goal difference (+4) over the competition.For Cuba to advance to the final stage of the Caribbean Qualifiers in Haiti, they will have to defeat Guyana by more than five goals. Simply put, the Cubans will have to finish the match with a superior goal difference than Barbados to advance.“We have to be careful going into this final game because no game is equal to the other. I’m going to work on a structure going into the game because we didn’t score against Barbados and in football, especially a match like this, you win it with goals” Alphonso said.According to the Cuban Coach, “I normally speak with the players, let them be organised and just look forward to scoring and that’s what we’re going to do.”Meanwhile, Akilha Castello, head coach for the Lady Jags, believes that they’ve done their part and irrespective of today’s outcome, she’s happy with the progress made by the girls over the past couple of months.Guyana, by virtue of their defeat against Barbados, is out of the tournament, but Castello said the ladies will be playing for more than pride, since a win will boost their morale going ahead in the GFF’s Women’s programme.The 2018 CONCACAF Women’s U-17 Championship qualification is a women’s Under-17 football competition which decides the participating teams of the 2018 CONCACAF Women’s U-17 Championship. A total of eight teams will play in the final tournament.The 2018 CONCACAF Women’s U-17 Championship will be the 6th edition of the CONCACAF Women’s U-17 Championship, the biennial international youth football championship, organised by CONCACAF for the women’s Under-17 national teams of the North, Central American and Caribbean region.The top three teams of the tournament will qualify for the 2018 FIFA U-17 Women’s World Cup in Uruguay as the CONCACAF representatives.In the Caribbean Zone, 19 Caribbean Football Union (CFU) member national teams have entered the qualifying competition, consisting of two stages.Apart from Haiti, who received a bye as hosts of the final round, the remaining 18 teams entered the first round and were divided into three groups of four teams and two groups of three teams.The winners of each group advance to the final round to join Haiti, where they will be divided into two groups of three teams, with the top three teams qualifying for the final tournament as the CFU representatives.Trinidad and Tobago, Puerto Rico, Saint Lucia, Guyana, and St Vincent and the Grenadines were automatically seeded in Groups A–E respectively as hosts of each first round group, while the remaining 14 teams were seeded based on the results of the previous two editions of the qualifying competition.