Towers Watson appoints new head of global investments business

first_imgChris Ford (pictured), Towers Watson’s head of investments for the EMEA region, has been promoted to oversee the company’s global investment business.Ford, who has been at the firm for more than 20 years and took over the EMEA investments business in 2010, will replace Carl Hess, who is to become managing director for the Americas.Hess, who was appointed global head of investments in 2008, also joins the consultancy’s executive committee.Roger Urwin will remain as global head of investment content. Towers Watson said a decision on who would head its EMEA investment business had not yet been taken, and that the process of appointing a successor to Ford would begin shortly.He is to take on his new role with immediate effect, the company said.Hess replaces Jim Foreman as managing director of the Americas – Foreman will now lead the company’s expanded exchange solutions business.Ford was appointed head of the EMEA in November 2010 after a range of positions, and quick promotions, across Towers Watson.This included heading up the New York investment practice in 2000, after 10 years with the firm.He then became responsible for the investment strategy team in 2004, back in the UK, and joined the EMEA executive committee and the global practice management team in 2007 and 2008, respectively.Ford oversaw the separation of Towers Watson’s investment advisory arm and its fiduciary management business in 2011.On the announcement of Ford’s promotion, managing director of risk and financial services Tricia Guinn described him as an extremely talented individual well placed to succeed Hess.“Chris has proven himself to be very capable – both strategically and operationally – at propelling the business forward and delivering strong growth and excellent results for our clients,” she said.last_img read more

There’s a rainforest growing inside this Brisbane home

first_img“I tried to build it as good as I could,” Mr Donaldson said of the sprawling two level homestead with over 500sq m of internal space, not including the five patios and drying area.“I think it stood the test of time very well.”Bathrooms have been renovated to prepare the property for sale and new kitchen appliances have been installed.“There’s not one part of this house that is not my favourite,” Mr Donaldson said from the airconditioned media room.The internal courtyards, one between the entrance and dining room, and the other between the main bathroom and media room serve a practical and aesthetic purpose. THERE ARE 13 HOUSES FOR SALE IN GUMDALE. CHECK THEM OUT HERE. This indoor green room is a breath of fresh air.The building is oriented to the north with the bedrooms and kitchen all making use of the cooler aspect.It’s a house that architect Desmond Donaldson and his wife Jill will find difficult to leave but with their son and grandchildren living away, it is time to move closer. >>>FOLLOW THE COURIER-MAIL REAL ESTATE TEAM ON FACEBOOK<<< The dining room has access to an internal courtyard.More from newsCrowd expected as mega estate goes under the hammer7 Aug 2020Hard work, resourcefulness and $17k bring old Ipswich home back to life20 Apr 2020center_img Loaded with extra features like internal courtyards and lofts in the bedroom is 55 Archer St, Gumdale.THERE is architectural excellence and a few quirky twists in this 25-year-old homestead on one hectare that is on the market for the first time.In the quirky corner, 55 Archer St, Gumdale has internal courtyards filled with rainforest plants, lofts in three bedrooms, an attic above the library, and a roaring open fireplace with raked ceilings. Helping to clean the air, internal courtyards filled with tropical plants form an integral part of this architect-designed house.“My wife and I are nature lovers and the plants in the courtyards look after themselves, you just make sure they have enough water,” he said.The greenery helps to oxygenate the house, and allows for the internal bathroom to open out to a green room. Fraser Evans of RE/MAX Results will open 55 Archer St, Gumdale for inspection on Saturday, February 9 from 2pm-2.30pm.The design excellence is captured by glass walls and tiles that blend with a colour palette of crisp whites and warm creams.last_img read more

End Third-Party Conception Arrangements

first_imgCBC Network August 2014I’m no fan of third-party reproduction. Anybody who reads my writings or who has watched any of the three documentary films I have produced on the topic knows that these arrangements in my view are fraught with medical, ethical, and legal problems that affect women and the children they produce in negative ways.Take the breaking news of Baby Gammy in Thailand: The surrogate mother was carrying twins for the intended parents and did not know until late in her pregnancy that Baby Gammy had Down syndrome; allegedly the parents did not want the disabled child and asked the surrogate mother to abort the disabled fetus; the surrogate mother refused, carried the fetus to term, and is now parenting that child. Or consider the story breaking in Italy about an embryo mix-up, in which a woman just gave birth to the twins of the wrong couple; or the case of the wealthy young Japanese businessman who has fathered 13 babies via surrogacy. These stories should wake the world up to the gross human-rights abuses of women and children in the surrogate-mother industry. Even here in America we have our own surrogacy story gone very badly wrong: The estrangement of Sherri Shepherd, a former host of The View, from her husband, Lamar Sally, has left the future of their baby, conceived using egg donation and surrogacy, very uncertain. The couple is involved in a heated dispute over whether Ms. Shepherd has a legal obligation toward the child.In the wake of the Baby Gammy scandal, industry stakeholders came forward immediately to offer their assessment of the problem as well as suggestions for its solution. To no one’s surprise, they proposed regulation as the solution to stopping these kinds of atrocities. If only Australia allowed commercial surrogacy, they say, infertile and same-sex couples would not have to go to Thailand to have a baby. Bring surrogacy home, clean it up, get rid of the extremely bad actors, and all will go well in the end. Contracts, enforceable and clearly spelled out, will deal with mix-ups and changed minds. Informed consent will be the ultimate protection. In other words, you signed up for this, so let the cards fall where they may.An Australian law professor, recognizing the unequal status of surrogates and egg donors in relation to wealthy intended parents, made this audacious statement: “Yes, there are massive disparities of wealth, and education and information, but why does that mean in a reproductive endeavour that a [third-world] woman can’t make a decision of her own?” read more

Girl, 16, claims gang rape, tags 2 classmates, 3 others

first_imgILOILO City – A Grade 10 girl claimedtwo boy classmates and three others raped her on Sept. 16 in BarangayPoblacion, Dueñas, Iloilo. One of the five suspects, a minor,surrendered to the police and was turned over to the Municipal Social Welfareand Development. Prior to the rape, the boys and thegirl had a drinking binge, said Vipinosa. Her two classmates were minors whilethe three other boys were not, the student told the Dueñas police station. “The girl became inebriated and that’swhen the rape happened,” said the police official. The rape took place in the house ofone of the suspects at around 1 p.m., according to Dueñas police chief, PoliceCaptain Samuel Vipinosa, citing statements from the girl. “A complaint for rape is beingprepared against the suspects,” said Vipinosa./PNlast_img read more

Janiuay local stabbed dead

first_imgAccording to police investigation, Barrancowas sleeping on a waiting shed in Barangay Mangil when Leo Arca – who wasbelieved to be inebriated – stabbed the victim on the chest using a bladedweapon. Barranco was rushed to Janiauy DistrictHospital but was declared dead while being treated. He was identified as 47-year-old JoseGlen Vincent Barranco of Barangay Abangay, Janiuay. ILOILO City – In Barangay Mangil,Januay, Iloilo, a man was stabbed dead. Responding police officers were able toarrest Arca. The suspect was detained in the lockup cell of the municipalpolice station, facing charges./PNlast_img read more

‘Replacing Ronaldo is impossible, nobody can do it’

first_imgBernardo Silva admits “taking Cristiano Ronaldo’s place is impossible”, with the Manchester City winger eager to point out that he has no intention of trying to emulate an iconic countryman once Portugal find themselves in need of another talisman.Advertisement A five-time Ballon d’Or winner is very much the main man for his country at present, with the Juventus superstar recording 99 goals through 164 appearances.Ronaldo has helped Portugal to Euro 2016 glory and the inaugural UEFA Nations League crown, with his standing among the all-time greats very much secure.There will, however, come a day when the 35-year-old walks away and someone else is required to step up in his place.Silva, given his ability and experience, would be among those expected to take the lead when it comes to providing inspiration.The City forward is reluctant to put himself anywhere near a category occupied by Ronaldo, with the 25-year-old aware that any efforts to follow in illustrious footsteps are likely to be thankless.Silva told AS: “Taking Cristiano’s place is impossible. Nobody is going to do that.“I’m going to try and always keep improving so I can do the best I can for Portugal and my club – helping my country and team to win everything possible.”While turning out alongside legendary figures at international level, Silva continues to do likewise with his club.Sergio Aguero remains a prolific presence for City, as the club’s all-time leading scorer, and the Argentine is being backed to chase down Alan Shearer’s Premier League benchmark of 260 goals.Aguero sits 80 efforts short of that figure at present, but Silva has said: “Kun is goals. There’s nothing more to say about him.“He hits it so hard. If you give him a bad ball, he hits it well. It’s so good to have a player who scores so easily.“That’s why he’s the player with most goals in City’s history and I think he’s close to the record for the Premier League. If he carries on like this he’ll get there.”Another distinguished team-mate that Silva gets to work with on a regular basis at present is namesake David Silva, with the World Cup-winning Spaniard expected to prolong his playing career after bidding farewell to the Etihad Stadium when his current contract expires in the summer.Read Also: Messi asked if he would pass to Ronaldo if they played together“He’s got a lot of football left in him,” said Bernardo.“With David’s style of play he can play as long as he wants. He’s really smart, he always makes the right choices and he’s physically in great shape. He can play for as long as he wants.”FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Promoted Content8 Superfoods For Growing Hair Back And Stimulating Its GrowthDid You Notice How Natural Simba’s Movements Looked In The Movie?7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend Better7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend BetterBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever MadeThe Best Cars Of All TimeNo Good Disney Role Models For Boys?7 Reasons It’s Better To Be A VeganYou’ve Only Seen Such Colorful Hairdos In A Handful Of Anime7 Non-Obvious Things That Damage Your PhoneThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read More11 Strange Facts About Your Favorite TV Showscenter_img Loading… last_img read more

Cameroon Seals Title against Egypt

first_imgAFCON 2017 FINAL MATCHVincent Aboubakar was the hero of the night with a brilliant late goal, firing Cameroon to a dramatic 2-1 victory over Egypt in Libreville and their fifth Africa Cup of Nations title.Aboubakar replaced Robert Ndip Tambe at half-time, with Hugo Broos’ side a goal down, and went on to secure the Indomitable Lions’ first championship since 2002 with a brilliant individual effort in the 88th minute.The triumph will be made all the sweeter after seven players, including Liverpool and West Brom defenders Joel Matip and Allan Nyom, snubbed the chance to represent their country in Gabon.Egypt took the lead in the first half when Mohamed Elneny, back in the starting line-up after missing the last two matches with a calf injury, was the beneficiary of some woeful goalkeeping from Fabrice Ondoa.However, Cameroon showed renewed vigour after the restart and they were rewarded when substitute Nicolas N’Koulou headed home in the 59th minute.Broos’ men continued to push and Aboubakar popped up with the winner in the 88th minute, ending seven-time champions Egypt’s 24-match unbeaten AFCON run and securing Cameroon a place at the 2017 Confederations Cup in Russia.Egypt took less than two minutes to get in behind the Cameroon defence, but Abdallah El Said fired Mohamed Salah’s cushioned pass too close to Ondoa.Sebastien Siani sent a tame effort at Egypt’s veteran goalkeeper Essam El-Hadary from 20 yards, and the breakthrough came at the other end in the 22nd minute.Salah found Elneny unmarked on the right-hand side of the box and he guided a shot beyond Ondoa, who seemed to duck out the way at his near post.Cameroon suffered another blow when central defender Adolphe Teikeu was forced off through injury, N’Koulou replacing him in the 31st minute.Broos sent experienced striker Aboubakar on in place of Tambe for the second half and Cameroon were far more positive as a result.Their improved attacking efforts were rewarded in the 59th minute when N’Koulou towered over Ahmed Hegazy to head Benjamin Moukandjo’s cross into the back of the net.Cameroon continued to push for a winner but captain Moukandjo wasted a great opportunity when he blazed Christian Bassogog’s pass over the crossbar from just inside the box.However, Broos’ side snatched a late lead when Aboubakar brought down Siani’s long pass on his chest, looped the ball over Ali Gabr and fired a volley into the bottom-right corner.Elneny was unable to force extra time when he sent a wild free-kick off target in the 93rd minute, easing Cameroon’s route to becoming the second most successful nation in the competition’s history, behind their beaten opponents.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Akwa Utd Defeats Tornadoes to Win Maiden Aiteo Cup Â

first_imgBy Duro IkhazuagbeAkwa United and Niger Tornadoes exhibited the worst of Nigeria’s club football before new Confederation of African Football (CAF) President, Ahmad, yesterday in the final of the maiden AITEO Cup at the Agege Stadium.At the end of a drab 90 minutes, Akwa United won the ensuing penalty kicks 3-2 to pocket the sponsor’s N25million while Tornadoes got N10million. Gabriel Okechukwu scored the winning last spot kick for the Uyo team.Although Akwa United bagged the right to represent Nigeria at the next CAF Confederation Cup, the 2017 final of the previous Federation Cup was not a worthy advertisement for Nigerian club football.  There certainly was nothing to cheer all through the clash of the oldest football competition in the country.On a day football fans in Lagos had looked forward to seeing those skills and enthralling moments that the former Challenge Cup was known for, what both NPFL clubs displayed sent most fans into sleep mode inside the Agege Stadium.In the first half, there were no clear-cut chances created by both teams. Friday Ubong was denied a clear sight on goal by a timely header by Niger Tornadoes defender Reuben Ogbonnaya.Akwa United striker Musa Newman was let down by a poor first touch right inside the box late in the first 45 minutes. The second half was equally not better than the first before the spot kicks.Interestingly, substitute Okechukwu who converted the last kick, failed to convert the biggest chance of the day in the 85th minute when he was clear on goal with only goalkeeper Mustapha Aliko to beat but.Akwa United’s goalkeeper Olorunleke Ojo won both the Best Goalkeeper and Most Valuable Player awards while his Coach, Abdu Maikaba, was adjudged the Best Coach. Akwa United’s forward Christian Pyagbara also claimed the Top Scorer’s award with his seven goals in this year’s competition.This win is Akwa United’s second Federation Cup triumph after the Uyo club first won the competition two years ago.Meanwhile, sponsor of the Federation Cup, Nigerian oil company, AITEO Group, has taken over the sponsorship of the annual CAF Awards organised by the CAF.Telecommunications company Globacom has been sponsoring the awards since 2005 but AITEO announced yesterday that it has taken over the role.The CAF Awards recognise the best players, coaches, administrators and teams in Africa annually.“We are now proud to take our corporate social investments in developing African football by sponsoring @CAF Online award… More to follow,” AITEO tweeted on Sunday along with a picture of CAF President Ahmad in Lagos.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Oil firm takes over sponsorship of CAF awardslast_img read more

Size matters in UW-OSU rematch

first_imgGREGORY DIXON/Herald photoWith the WCHA title already clinched and four more games remaining in the regular season, it would be very easy for the Wisconsin women’s hockey team to coast into the postseason.That’s far from the case, however.UW head coach Mark Johnson knows how important the last two series of the regular season will be in order for his team to head into the postseason strong. With the Badgers (25-1-4) looking for back-to-back national championships, the team can’t afford to get complacent.And step one is getting past WCHA opponent Ohio State this weekend.The Badgers and Buckeyes haven’t met since mid-October when Wisconsin swept Ohio State (16-10-4) on the road. Back then, the game was played on a smaller ice rink–something normally advantageous to Ohio State. However, the home ice didn’t make a difference as Wisconsin prevailed 3-2 both nights.Now, the Buckeyes have to face the Badgers on a regulation-sized rink at the Kohl Center. UW hopes to reap the benefits of the extra space.”The Kohl Center is a lot bigger,” team captain Bobbi-Jo Slusar said. “We just have to move the puck, we’ve got to out-skate them and I think we’ll tire them out, and that’s something we’re going to concentrate on.”Several other factors stack the deck in Wisconsin’s favor as well. The Badgers have a long history of dominance over Ohio State, boasting a 25-3-5 all-time record. Recently, UW has done even better. The last eight games played between the teams have all ended in Wisconsin victories.Offensively, the Badgers cannot be beat. They are averaging more than four goals per game, while the Buckeyes’ offense is averaging a little more than three.Of the top five point scorers in the conference, four of them belong to Wisconsin — Sara Bauer, Meghan Duggan, Meaghan Mikkelson and Jinelle Zaugg have combined for 164 points thus far this season.The only player in the top five who isn’t a Badger is the Buckeyes’ leading scorer Erin Keys, who has 37 points.Bauer, who leads the WCHA with 52 points, was unable to pick up any points last weekend keeping her two points shy of 200 for her career. Once she reaches that milestone, Bauer will become just the seventh player in NCAA history to achieve that feat.Freshman forward Duggan has been spectacular as well. For three straight weeks she has been awarded WCHA rookie of the week, making her the first Badger to win a conference award in three consecutive weeks. In six games over that span, she has scored 4 goals and recorded 11 points. On the year, Duggan has five weekly conference honors, the most in a season for any UW player.And while the Badgers’ offense gets all the recognition, the defense and goaltending has quietly had an incredible season, allowing just one goal per game. Both Wisconsin’s offensive and defensive production are tops in the conference.The numbers put up by the Badgers goaltending duo of Christine Dufour and Jessie Vetter say it all. They have the best goals against average and two of the best save percentages in the conference. Ohio State’s senior goalie Erika Vanderveer has very solid numbers in both categories, as well as three shutouts this season, but pales in comparison.Wisconsin’s special teams have been equally impressive. The power play is converting almost a third of all opportunities, while the penalty kill is stopping more than 92 percent of opposing power plays.Finally, one facet of Wisconsin’s success that hasn’t been touched on this season is its discipline. All season long the Badgers have committed the fewest penalties, giving the opposition few opportunities to score with the man advantage.Going into this series with a 15-game unbeaten streak, advantages in most statistical categories and the confidence they’ve displayed all season long, the Badgers will look to continue their march toward the postseason while Ohio State will be looking to build some momentum going into the playoffs.”Ohio State is playing for home-ice advantage in the playoffs,” Johnson said. “With four games left … they’re battling for that last home-ice position. They’re 10th in the polls, they’re ninth or 10th in the power rankings, so they have a lot to play for. So if we don’t come ready to play, then it’s not going to be a very successful weekend.”last_img read more

Syracuse’s balanced attack too much for St. John’s in 13-11 Orange victory

first_imgCHESTER, Pa. — Kevin Rice and JoJo Marasco had nearly unlimited options.The duo combined for seven assists, pacing No. 10 Syracuse (3-1, 1-0 Big East) to a 13-11 win over St. John’s (3-2, 0-1 Big East). SU’s crisp passing and balanced attack doomed the Red Storm on Saturday afternoon at PPL Park in Chester, Pa. in the Whitman’s Sampler Independence Classic.“We have a whole bunch of guys that are putting the ball in the back of the net and shooting pretty well,” Marasco said. “I just like to dodge and hopefully I can find someone open, and it’s been working pretty well so far.”Nine different players scored for SU, as Rice and Marasco’s passing and Derek Maltz’ goal scoring propelled the Orange to victory in its first Big East contest of the season.The duo of Marasco and Maltz was explosive from the get-go.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textWith the score tied at 1 eight minutes in, Marasco found Maltz bustling through the St. John’s zone. Maltz caught the pass and converted on a turnaround shot, fading away from goal.Marasco finished with four assists, while Rice tallied three and Luke Cometti and Steve Ianzito added one apiece.After Kieran McArdle fueled a 3-0 Red Storm spurt to tie the game at 4, Marasco and Maltz teamed up again. This time, Maltz beat goaltender Jeff Lowman up top, putting the Orange ahead of St. John’s once again.“They do a really good job of getting (Maltz) in the spot where he’s most dangerous,” St. John’s head coach Jason Miller said. “… I thought our guys did a pretty good job of handling it, but if you give him that many opportunities he’s going to score.”While Maltz and Marasco paced Syracuse early on, St. John’s offense ran through McArdle. Every time he had the ball, he threatened to score. McArdle received the ball in isolation situations, lurking around the net on his go-to left side. He finished with four goals, but SJU relied on the Big East’s leader in points per game too frequently and its offense stagnated.Syracuse, though, had an unpredictable attack. Eight different players scored for the Orange against Virginia on March 1. Against SJU, Maltz scored three, Cometti and Scott Loy contributed with two and six other players chipped in with one.The scoring came from a hodgepodge of sources. Late in the third quarter, with the game tied at nine, it came from one of the least likely sources: defender Brian Megill.When Megill’s shot went in, it was as if he didn’t even know how to react. He was shocked. He jumped up with two feet and pumped his fist. The strike marked his first of the season and just the second of his career.“I’ve got to work on my celebration,” Megill said. “But, no, I think we needed it. I think we were tied up at that point. I was just trying to spark something for the team.”That’s exactly what he did. Off an unselfish pass from Cometti – who could have easily ripped a contested shot – Megill’s goal gave the Orange momentum heading into the final quarter.Goals from Cometti, Derek DeJoe – on Rice’s pass from his customary spot behind the net – and Loy iced the game for SU, as the Orange outscored the Red Storm 3-2 in the final frame and crept away with a conference-opening win.SU outshot SJU 47-32, showcasing its ability to penetrate the zone and work the ball around the attack. Syracuse constantly bombarded Lowman in net thanks to its fluid passing and sharp offensive execution.McArdle’s four goals and Kevin Cernuto’s hat trick helped SJU hang around, but SU was too much to handle. The balance that’s defined Syracuse’s season so far was on display yet again, as the Orange fended off the Red Storm.“We knew it was going to be a tough game,” SU head coach John Desko said. “We just went out and rolled up our sleeves and took it one goal at a time.” Comments Published on March 9, 2013 at 5:14 pm Contact Trevor: | @TrevorHass Related Stories After committing ample penalties, Syracuse limits Red Storm’s man-up opportunities late in gamecenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more