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At last, the edible science fair

first_imgIllustrating the tenacious bond between science and cooking, students used physics, chemistry, and biology to manipulate recipes and create foods that stretch the imagination.last_img

Police tighten Congress security in era of rising threats

first_imgWASHINGTON (AP) — The House’s chief law enforcement officer says he’s tightening security for traveling lawmakers. The moves come as Congress reassesses safety at a time when threats against members were surging even before Donald Trump’s supporters attacked the Capitol this month. Timothy P. Blodgett is the acting House sergeant at arms. And he says Capitol Police officers will be stationed at Washington-area airports and the city’s Union Station train depot on busy travel days. Blodgett says he’s set up an online portal so lawmakers can notify the agency about travel plans. He also wants them to coordinate trips with local police and airport officials and report suspicious activity.last_img read more

Cyclocross Nationals

first_imgPhoto courtesy of USA Cycling, picture shows Scott Paisley on the podium at 3rd place.This past weekend was Cyclocross Nationals in Wisconsin, and the best of the best from across the nation made the trip North to battle it out for the podium. If you are not familiar with this high intensity cycling sport, basically riders race a set course on road bikes with wider knobbier tires and a bit different geometry. Races usually last 45 minutes to an hour, and traverse obstacles such as barriers, sand pits, stairs, and steep hills.Three top notch riders from the Blue Ridge had performed well enough this season to earn a spot at Nationals. Fred Wittwer, Ron Huebner, and Scott Paisley battled it out and brought home the bacon. Fred was 2nd in the 60+ race, Ron was 3rd in the 50+, and Scott was 3rd in the 55+. Full USA Cycling results can be found here.These results are incredible, and show that the Virginia Cyclocross series put on by Sean Yeager packs a punch. We want to wish these riders the best of luck as they head to Louisville, Kentucky to battle it out at Cyclocross Worlds. This is a huge achievement for these riders and goes to show that the Blue Ridge is home to quite a lot of talented athletes!last_img read more

Are you prepared for your next IT security exam?

first_img 5SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr NCUA Report highlights the “Top 10” areas examiners reviewTo help you better prepare, the August edition of The NCUA Report highlights the “Top 10” areas examiners look at during an IT security exam:1. Information security policies: Do you have a board approved policy that meets the requirements of NCUA Rules and Regulations Part 748?2. IT audit: Have you developed an audit plan addressing IT-related areas appropriate to the size and complexity of the credit union, including ongoing assessments of internal and external vulnerabilities?3. Virus and malware: Is your network—and all critical components—running updated virus and malware protection soft ware?4. Risk assessments: Have you recently performed and documented an information security risk assessment to identify and assess potential threats and their probability, potential effects, controls, and risk remediation plans?5. Passwords: Do you enforce a strong password policy that meets or exceeds industry standards? continue reading »last_img read more

Know your competition in 2015

first_img 3SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr by: Shazia ManusThese days, credit unions face a number of competitors in payments and lending – from both in and outside the financial industry. There are a number of contenders to which community financial institutions (FIs) should pay particular attention in 2015:Lending Club — Lending Club uses the Internet to match investors with individual borrowers, most of whom are looking to refinance their credit card debt or other personal loans. Lending Club has facilitated more than $6 billion in loans and is the largest company performing this sort of service. Remaining competitive as a lender is more critical than ever for community FIs. Consider innovative ways to encourage consumers to seek loans in-house, and use your data to determine whether or not you can confidently assume a higher level of risk with greater credit lines. Community FIs are traditionally very conservative underwriters; are there opportunities to serve more consumers with less stringent policies? continue reading »last_img read more

Chenango Valley creates a digital hall pass for the pandemic era

first_img“It’s just a way for us to know where the kids are in the building,” said Jennifer Ostrander, the high school principal. “If there’s an emergency for example, if we’re doing an evacuation of some sort, I can go in real-time and say this kid is in the restroom, this kid is at the guidance office, this kid is in the main office, so we don’t have to spend the time tracking down where these kids are.” The Chenango Valley Central School District is using students’ phones and computers in a new way this year. FENTON (WBNG) — A new piece of technology is keeping students safe in-person and in the classroom this fall. This new hall pass doesn’t apply to students in virtual learning, only in the physical classroom setting. The QR code brings students to a form where they fill out where they’re going. The district said the technology does not track students like a GPS, but rather tells staff where they are going. If a student needs to use the bathroom, instead of signing out on paper, they use the internet. With their phone or computer, the student scans a QR code which allows them to fill out a digital hall pass. Staff said not only does it limit physical contact, but it’s also helpful in an emergency.last_img read more

People moves: Sampension’s new risk chief; APG names managing director

first_imgSampension, APG, TPR, Border to Coast PP, Hymans Robertson, TPT, SPK, HSBC GAM, Pensionsmyndigheten, Edmond de Rothschild, MSIM, Isio, Netspar, ITS, INDOS, LGIM, Aon, WTW, Mercer, Premier, NIkko AM, AlvariumSampension – Thomas Toft Brock-Jacobsen has been appointed as chief risk officer at Danish pension fund Sampension; he started hie new role on 1 May. He previously worked at banking group Nordea, where he was head of framework implementation and transformation risk control. At Sampension he is replacing Pernille Vastrup, whose promotion was recently announced in a series of management changes at the Copenhagen-headquartered fund. Vastrup is now chief financial officer.Reporting to Vastrup, Toft Brock-Jacobsen has managerial responsibility for the risk management department’s nine employees including the compliance officer and data protection officer. As well as heading the department, as chief risk officer he is also part of two of Sampension’s financial management forums, and is responsible for reviewing the annual risk reporting to the supervisory board, a spokesman for the fund said. Helena Dumycz at TPTTPT Retirement Solutions (TPT) – The UK-based provider of workplace pension solutions has appointed Helena Dumycz as head of employer relationships. She joins a well-established and experienced team focussed on supporting TPT’s 52 defined benefit and defined contribution schemes and 2,600 employers.Dumycz has 18 years of experience in the pensions sector. She joins TPT from BT having worked as head of technical services. She is a qualified actuary and has previously worked in actuarial consulting and client relationship roles at LCP, Deloitte and Aon before moving into in-house pension management roles at ITV, Grafton Group and GSK.SPK — Norway’s public service pension fund Statens Pensjonskasse (SPK) has appointed Tomas Berg as its new CEO. He replaces Finn Melbø, who is retiring after heading up the fund for the last 12 years. Berg joins SPK from his current role as head of the pension department of Norway’s Ministry of Labour and Social Affairs, which he joined in 1998. The NOK551bn (€49bn) Oslo-based pension fund manages pensions for 1,415 companies and a million government employees. Berg started work his new role on 1 May.HSBC Global Asset Management – Michael Ridley has been appointed as senior responsible investment specialist at HSBC GAM. He will report to Melissa McDonald, head of responsible investment. In this new role, Ridley will be responsible for further building and driving the firm’s sustainable impact proposition. This will include developing an impact investing capability within the overall responsible investment strategy. As part of this, he will contribute to the development of sustainable investment criteria and market standards for sustainable infrastructure.Ridley will also lead the engagement with partners in the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) and development finance institutions in establishing the Principles for Sustainable Infrastructure as an asset class.Ridley brings more than 20 years of experience; most recently, he was global head of ESG fixed income research for HSBC’s Global Banking and Markets business. Prior to this, he held various roles at German development agency GIZ, Mizuho International, Amias Berman, The Carbon Trust and Citigroup.Swedish Pensions Agency – Ingrid Burman has been appointed as the new chair of the Swedish Pensions Agency’s (Pensionsmyndigheten) supervisory board, the Ministry of Health and Social Affairs announced. She is taking over from Kerstin Wigzell, who has been the board’s acting chair since replacing Göran Hägglund – the agency’s last permanent chair – in 2018.The ministry said Burman most recently worked as governor of Sweden’s Kronoberg County until October 2019. Before that, she was a member of parliament from 1994 to 2006, during which time she was chair of the Social Committee, from 1998 to 2006. Burman chaired Sweden’s Disability Association from 2009 to 2015, and also worked with the Rheumatic Society, according to the ministry. Her tenure as chair of the Swedish Pensions Agency is set to run until 30 April 2023.Morgan Stanley Investment Management (MSIM) – Emily Chew has joined the US asset manager from Manulife as global head of sustainability, while Navindu Katugampola has joined MSIM as head of sustainability for fixed income.Based in New York, Chew will lead a centralised team that will develop MSIM’s ESG investment integration standards, help to launch ESG thematic products, construct a branding and marketing strategy, advise sales professionals and clients on sustainability matters, and produce sustainability data, tools and research in support of the asset manager’s investment teams. She will also oversee MSIM’s stewardship and investee engagement agenda.Most recently, Chew was global head of ESG for Manulife Investment Management. She previously served the chair of the steering committee for the Climate Action 100+ global investor engagement initiative and is a member of PRI’s listed equities integration subcommittee.Katugampola joined MSIM from Morgan Stanley, where he worked since 2004, most recently as head of green and sustainability bonds within the bank’s global capital markets. According to MSIM, he was a pioneer in establishing the market for green, social and sustainability bonds.Isio – The UK pensions advisory firm has appointed Nick Johnson as a partner to lead its pension insurance, de-risking and settlement team, effective from 1 May 2020. Johnson is a highly respected industry leader with 25 years of experience in advisory, insurance and most recently emerging superfund markets. He has a strong track record of building businesses, leading teams and delivering mutually beneficial outcomes for pension scheme members, sponsors, trustees and solution providers.He will build on Isio’s established market reputation for delivering great member outcomes through insurance and settlement transactions.Johnson led the bulk annuity team at Aviva for over 10 years, responsible for developing, managing and delivering all aspects of Aviva’s bulk annuity and de-risking proposition through more than 400 scheme transactions. He spent the last two years as chief actuarial officer at Clara-Pensions, where he was instrumental in the development and establishment of their financial consolidation proposition.Netspar – The Dutch think tank for pensions, ageing and retirement has appointed Marike Knoef as trustee in a part-time role as of 1 September. She is to succeed executive board member Casper van Ewijk, who is to retire but will continue as a researcher. Knoef is a professor of empirical micro-economy at Leiden University, and has been on Netspar’s executive board since 2017. She has been focusing on adequacy of pensions for households as well as pension communication and was the main initiator for Netspar’s research agenda for the period 2019-2023. APG – The largest Dutch pension provider has appointed René Steenhart as its new managing director in charge of business improvement and change. He is responsible for managing the total and integrated change organisation for APG for the benefit of member and employer services, pension fund services and staff departments. APG said Steenhart would be involved in the further implementation of value streams within teh firm and lead the transformation to a new way of working.APG said that over a period of more than 20 years, Steenhart has held various senior management positions at Rabobank in complex, international environments. At the pension provider he replaces Theo Van Kessel, who has moved to become managing director for new business development and alliances at APG.The Pensions Regulator (TPR) – Mel Charles has been promoted to the role of director of automatic enrolment at the UK pensions regulator, replacing Darren Ryder. Charles joined TPR in 2011 from the civil service and had a central role in the design and delivery of auto-enrolment. He then led the ‘TPR Future’ programme that re-designed the organisation’s approach to regulation, challenging it to become ‘clearer, quicker and tougher’.As director for auto-enrolment, he will be responsible for leading TPR’s work to ensure the continued long-term success of the policy. His work will include supporting employers as they navigate the current COVID-19 challenges.Charles said: “Despite the current challenges, we must not lose sight of the fact that automatic enrolment is a long-term commitment to savers that has required the combined effort of government, employers, pension schemes and a range of other service providers to deliver.”Border to Coast Pensions Partnership – The UK public sector pension pool has made five new appointments across its investment and research teams. Three have joined the investment team: Daniel Loughney has been hired as fixed income portfolio manager, James Thewell as portfolio manager, alternatives, and Luc Pascal as assistant portfolio manager.Loughney is a global multi-sector fixed income portfolio manager with more than 25 years of experience. He has held positions at major global asset managers including as head of institutional sovereign fixed income at Legal & General, head of emerging market debt at WestLB and most recently senior vice president, head of EMEA rates and currency at AllianceBernstein.Thelwell joins from Greater Manchester Pension Fund, where he spent five years focused on infrastructure with GLIL Infrastructure. Pascal joins from Lane Clark & Peacock, where he provided investment advice to pension schemes and charities and conducted investment research. Before that he was an investment consultant at KPMG.Border to Coast has also hired two research managers: Hernan Enriquez  joins from the asset manager IFDC, where he was a senior research analyst for 13 years covering Japan and emerging markets. Before that he worked for Mitsubishi UJF Securities International as an emerging market economist. Guy Norman was most recently at Aberdeen Standard Investments, where he was an equity analyst for four years focused on emerging markets. Prior to this he worked for Accenture.Rachel Elwell, CEO at Border to Coast, said: “We were established by our partner funds with a clear vision and purpose and I am delighted at the high calibre of talent joining Border to Coast to support us deliver on them.”Hymans Robertson – The consultancy has promoted three partners to the role of equity partner and nine colleagues to partner. This is the largest partner intake in its almost 100 years history. The firm has promoted Anthony Ellis (head of investment consultancy), Catherine McFadyen (head of LGPS), Gill Tait (people director) to equity partners. Its nine promotions to partner are Clive Moorhead, Elaine Torry, Gary Evans, Heather Meighan, Laura Andrikopoulos, Michael Ambery, Richard Allen, Ross Fleming and Steven Law.Commenting on the range of promotions across the firm, John Dickson, senior partner at Hymans Robertson said: “As a firm, our strength lies in our diversity and depth of expertise and I’m thrilled to see this reflected in each of our promotions to partner and equity partner, with representation from our more traditional TPA and LGPS businesses to our newer digital and API-led services.” Akash Rooprai at ITSIndependent Trustee Services (ITS) – The firm has appointed Akash Rooprai as a director, as the company continues to deliver on its ambitious growth plans. Rooprai is a qualified actuary with more than 25 years of experience in the pensions industry. His previous roles include scheme actuary and corporate actuary at Mercer, as well as head of pensions risk management and bulk annuity roles at major consultancies and an insurer.He has expertise in all aspects of pensions risk management, and has been involved in several sector firsts, including arranging the first ever £1bn buy-out, for the Thorn pension scheme, in 2008. He also chairs two industry groups – the Institute and Faculty of Actuaries’ Bulk Annuity Group and the Data sub-group of the industry-wide GMP Equalisation Working Group.His appointment marks the fourth major hire of 2020 for ITS, which announced the appointment of Ian Terry as sales and marketing director, John Lovell as director of governance services, and Tegs Harding as director earlier this year.INDOS – Elaine Breen has been appointed by INDOS Financial, an independent fund depositary and oversight business, as head of legal and compliance of its Irish operations. She was formerly the general counsel at BlackBee Investments, an investment firm in Cork City, Ireland and prior to this, held senior roles at IFG Group PLC and Willis.Breen is a member of the judging panel for the global Women in Compliance Awards, the Early Irish Career Awards and is an assessor for the Good Governance Awards for the not-for-profit sector. She was also recognised in the 2019 Ireland General Counsel Powerlist.Breen is qualified as a solicitor in Ireland with the Law Society of Ireland and is also a qualified solicitor under the Solicitors Regulation Authority in England and Wales. She will be based at INDOS Financial’s offices in Enniscorthy, County Wexford. Brenda Sklar at LGIMLegal & General Investment Management – Brenda Sklar has been lured to the UK’s biggest asset manager from BlackRock to take on the role of global chief operating officer. At BlackRock she was most recently head of global client services and global COO of business operations.At LGIM she will be based out of Chicago and will report directly to CEO Michelle Scrimgeour.Sklar said: “I am excited to be joining LGIM at this critical point as we help our clients through these unprecedented times. This role gives me the opportunity to leverage my experience in driving transformation, improving the client experience, delivering operational excellence and shaping great teams.”LGIM is a firm I have long respected, with a strong reputation for putting clients first, as well as an inclusive and collegiate culture.”Aon – Virginia Burke has joined the consultancy as a senior public sector pensions consultant. She will lead the delivery of Aon’s McCloud implementation services for clients, particularly the local government pension scheme (LGPS).She was previously at ITM, working on the firm’s services and client base in the LGPS. She had previously spent five years with Equiniti, and before that five years as a senior consultant at Hymans Robertson.Willis Towers Watson –  Helen Gilchrist and Jayesh Patel have been appointed to co-lead WTW’s DC+ consulting business in the UK, reporting to Rash Bhabra, teh firm’s UK head of retirement.Gilchrist’s initial focus will be on people and operations, while Patel will focus on services provided to clients. They started in these new leadership roles in April, taking over from Kevin Stratford, who has moved to a role focussing on the development of key business initiatives after leading the DC+ business for 12 years.Gilchrist has been with the company since 2007 and was most recently “National People & Operations Leader” for the DC+ business. Patel joined the company in 2006 and was most recently a senior director in the business, leading the London DC+ team.Mercer – Ben Stone, formerly lead of the pension risk transfer team at PwC, has joined Mercer as a partner in the risk transfer team. He has advised trustee and corporate clients on 30 buy-in, buy-out and longevity swap transactions, including the Lehman Brothers Pension Scheme buy-out in 2015, the £4.4bn British Airways Pension Scheme buy-in in 2019 and last year’s £3.8bn full-scheme buy-in transaction for the ASDA Group Pension Scheme.Premier – Alastair Aird has moved from non-executive director at the pensions, employee benefits and wealth management business to become its CEO. Executive chair Dai Smith has become non-executive chair.Nikko AM – Davina Goodall-Smith has been appointed chief operating officer of Nikko Asset Management Europe, joining from BNP Paribas Securities Services where she was most recent role head of senior relationship management, asset managers and asset owners UK.In recent years, Nikko AM has expanded its delivery of investment solutions in Europe through the opening of a new office in Frankfurt and the expansion of existing offices in Luxembourg, London and Edinburgh.Alvarium Investments – The independent advisory, investment management firm and multi-family office has named Nancy Curtin as group CIO, partner and head of investment advisory. She will also join the company’s operational and executive boards. At Alvarium she succeeds Neil Beaton, who served as CIO since 2011, when he led a management buyout of Deloitte’s investment advisory business, of which he was the partner in charge. Beaton will remain in a full-time position as a partner of Alvarium, client relationship manager and member of the investment committee.Curtin has more than 20 years of experience holding senior roles in wealth and institutional asset management, private equity and hedge fund investing. She was formerly CIO and head of investments at Close Brothers Asset Management. She has also been managing partner and independent investment adviser of Internet Finance Partners, a specialist venture capital business of Schroders. She is also a non-executive director of a US public board focused on private equity real estate with an increasing focus on digital infrastructure.Edmond de Rothschild – Lars Kalbreier has been named global CIO of private banking effective 1 October 2020. He will be based in Switzerland and, as a member of the asset management and private banking executive committees, will report to Christophe Caspar, head of asset management.Kalbreier spent most of his professional life at Credit Suisse, but joins Edmond de Rothschild from Vontobel, where he had been global CIO wealth management and head of group thematic investments since 2017.To read the digital edition of IPE’s latest magazine click here.last_img read more

Immigration admits underreporting migrant sex work complaints

first_imgNewsHub 1 May 2018Family First Comment: Disturbing…The sex industry is struggling with an influx of migrants engaging in sex work…Immigration New Zealand (INZ) has admitted to providing inaccurate information about the number of complaints they’ve received about illegal migrant sex work.The sex industry is struggling with an influx of migrants engaging in sex work, putting Kiwis out of work. People on a temporary or student visa are not legally allowed to engage in paid sex work in New Zealand.Last week an INZ spokesperson told NZME that they’ve only received eight complaints in relation to migrant workers illegally advertising sex work online.Newshub has been given a spreadsheet showing 34 complaints made by one person alone via Crimestoppers in August 2017 about suspected migrants advertising sexual services on lists the names, locations and ages of the women suspected to be working illegally, as well as including a link to each woman’s ad on information seems to contradict INZ’s claim that they have only received eight complaints about migrant sex work.READ MORE: up with family issues in NZ. Receive our weekly emails direct to your Inbox.last_img read more

Mourinho considering £40m Tottenham sale to Man City

first_img Loading… What’s more, the Spanish boss is aware that Winks’ qualities in possession mean he could slot in well at City. In contrast, Mourinho reportedly knows Winks could struggle to fit his style of play going forwards and is “desperate” to assert his personality into the team. As such, the Portuguese manager is willing to let Winks go if City – or another club – come up with bids of at least £40million. read also:Mourinho delighted to add King to backroom team Additionally, raising such funds would allow Spurs to spend, with the club operating on a reduced budget this summer. Spurs achieved a cut-price deal for Hojbjerg due to the financial effects of the coronavirus pandemic and his contractual situation. The sale of Kyle Walker-Peters to the Saints also provided a safety net. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Tottenham boss, Jose Mourinho, is reportedly considering selling midfielder Harry Winks, with Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola eyeing up a raid. Winks only signed a new five-year deal last summer and had an important role to play for Spurs this season. The England international, 24, was a key figure for Mourinho after his arrival in November. Indeed, he played the full 90 minutes in 13 of his side’s final 17 Premier League games. However, according to The Sun, Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg’s arrival from Southampton has cast doubt on Winks’ future. The report claims the Dane’s arrival has increased the uncertainty over his future and could reduce his game time. Alongside that, the newspaper adds City boss Guardiola is a “serious admirer” of Winks. Guardiola is keen to see how good the midfielder can become with a key role at the Etihad Stadium.Advertisementcenter_img Promoted ContentThe Best Cars Of All TimeCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable WayThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read MoreThe Most Influential Countries In The History Of The World6 Best ’90s Action Movies To Watch Today2020 Tattoo Trends: Here’s What You’ll See This YearThe Models Of Paintings Whom The Artists Were Madly In Love With14 Hilarious Comics Made By Women You Need To Follow Right Now7 Non-Obvious Things That Damage Your PhoneWhat Are The Chances Of An Apocalypse Happening This Century?7 Universities In The World With The Highest Market Value5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme Parkslast_img read more

NBBF mourns former NBA Commissioner, Stern

first_imgRelatedPosts Why it’s uncharitable to crucify Malami for ‘amending’ NBA rules, by Kayode Ajulo NBA vs. Nasir El-Rufai, by Reuben Abati Shari’ah Council berates NBA for allegedly taking side in Southern Kaduna crisis The Nigeria Basketball Federation has joined the global community in mourning the demise of former NBA Commissioner, David Stern, who died on January 1, 2020. The NBBF described the death of the 77-year-old who revolutionised the NBA as a sad event, which was not the perfect way to usher in the new decade. In a statement by its President, Engr. Musa Kida, the federation said the global community will forever remain grateful for the revolution he brought to the NBA while serving as Commissioner. Kida said: “I have met him on few occasions and I must say that he was a highly industrious man who knew what he wanted out of life. “He masterminded the revolution and evolution of the NBA which turned it into the biggest basketball franchise in the world. “We are saddened by his death but consoled that he lived a fulfilled life while with us. “Any time we watch or hear the NBA, there is no way we won’t remember David Stern.” Stern became commissioner in 1984 and stepped down 30 years later as the longest serving commissioner in the history of major North American sports leagues.Tags: David SternMusa KidaNBANBBFlast_img read more

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