​Head of investment at Mercer Switzerland to leave consultancy

first_imgMercer, in a surprise announcement, has confirmed that Christian Bodmer will no longer be the consultancy’s head of investment in Switzerland.Bodmer is to be replaced by Philippe Lüthy, senior investment consultant and principal in Mercer’s Swiss office, from the beginning of August. Mercer provided no reason for Bodmer’s sudden departure, although a spokeswoman confirmed to IPE that he would leave the company to take on a job “within the financial industry in Zurich”.She said she did not know which company he was joining. Bodmer took the reins at Mercer Switzerland’s investment division in 2011 after his predecessor, Sven Ebeling, decamped for UBS.He was promoted from deputy head of investment at the time.Lüthy has been with Mercer since 2012, when he joined from Swiss consultancy Complementa after it was sold to State Street.In an initial statement, Lüthy noted the “increasingly complex challenges for institutional investors” due to globalisation and regulation.He also cited the merits of “fat tail-modelling within ALM”.last_img read more

How does a polyamorous relationship work

first_imgBBC News Magazine 19 August 2013Charlie is talking excitedly about a first date she went on the night before.Next to her on the sofa is her husband of six years, Tom. And on the other side of him is Sarah, who’s been in a relationship with Tom for the last five years. Sarah’s fiance, Chris, is in the kitchen making a cup of tea.The two women are also in a full-blown relationship, while the two men are just good friends. Together, they make a polyamorous family and share a house in Sheffield.“We’re planning to grow old together,” says Charlie.Polyamory is the practice of having simultaneous intimate relationships with more than one person at a time, with the knowledge and consent of all partners. The term entered the Oxford English Dictionary only in 2006, and such relationships are rare enough that Tom finds himself having to account for his personal situation time and time again.“The number of conversations I’ve had with peers where I’ve started to explain it and they’ve got as far as, ‘so, you all cheat on each other’ and not been able to get past that. I’ve said no, everybody’s cool with it, everybody knows what’s happening, no one’s deceiving each other.”http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-23726120last_img read more

Rich Chinese shopping for surrogate mums in US

first_imgNZ Herald 25 Sept 2013Wealthy Chinese couples are paying up to US$200,000 ($239,850) for American women to become surrogate mothers as they try to circumvent their own country’s one-child policy and obtain United States citizenship for their offspring.In a reversal of the traditional flow of adopted babies from China to America, surrogacy agencies in the US are reporting a sharp rise in requests from would-be parents in China.Agencies have appointed Chinese-speaking agents and their clients have included Chinese government officials. There are no official figures on how many Chinese couples are seeking babies through surrogacy in the US, but several agencies report that about half their clients are from China.By contrast, the number of American couples adopting children from China has fallen as Beijing made procedures for doing so lengthier and more complicated. Surrogacy is illegal in China, but having a baby through a surrogate abroad is not.In most cases the children born to surrogates will return to China with their parents, but may go to college in the US.http://www.nzherald.co.nz/lifestyle/news/article.cfm?c_id=6&objectid=11129543last_img read more

Cech still hungry for success

first_img Cech ended a trophy-laden 11-year association with Chelsea on Monday after finally completing a long anticipated move to their London neighbours Arsenal. While Arsenal have not disclosed the length of the contract or fee, Press Association Sport understands Cech has been signed for £10million and has penned a four-year deal. Petr Cech’s overwhelming desire to remain in the Premier League and Arsene Wenger’s persuasiveness were the motivating factors in the Czech goalkeeper’s move to Arsenal. Press Association That in itself highlights the regard in which Arsenal boss Wenger holds the 33-year-old, who found himself behind Thibaut Courtois in the pecking order at Stamford Bridge last season. Cech made just 16 of his 494 total appearances in all competitions in the Blues’ 2014/15 campaign, so the offer of first-team football at a successful Premier League club proved too strong to reject. And even though he won 13 trophies at Stamford Bridge, including four Premier League titles and the 2012/13 Champions League, Cech insisted his ambition had not been blunted. He told the club’s YouTube channel: “It is exciting. I first came to the Premier League a long time ago and I still love playing in the Premier League and the challenges it poses with the great players and great teams you have to face every week. “Arsenal are a team that challenge for the top and definitely matches my ambitions and personal motivation. “I spoke to the manager Arsene Wenger and it was a big difference as I am hungry as ever and I have the same commitment and motivation to win trophies as I did 10 years ago or as a kid.” Wenger himself revealed his delight at his latest acquisition, Arsenal’s first signing of the summer, who will face competition from Wojciech Szczesny and David Ospina for the number one jersey. “Petr Cech is a player that I have admired for a long time and I am very pleased that he has decided to join us,” said Wenger. “He has proven over many seasons that he is one of the outstanding keepers in the world and he will add great strength to our squad.” Chelsea described the departing custodian as an “icon” on their official website, with Cech himself posting a lengthy letter to their supporters on his Twitter page. “I thought this would never happen but it is time for me to say goodbye to Chelsea Football Club,” he wrote. “The club I have lived every single minute for since joining July 2004, the club in which I thought I’d hang my gloves and boots one day and finish my career. But life doesn’t always turn out the way you think it will. “Last summer, things changed and I understood I was no longer the first choice keeper but I felt it was not the right time for me to go. “During the season it became clear that my situation would not improve and as I know I am not at the stage of my career where I want to be on the bench, I made my decision to move on and look for new challenges.” Cech expressed his gratitude towards Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich for allowing him to remain in England, even though it meant selling him to a potential title rival this season. He said: “I spoke to Mr Abramovich about me staying in the Premier League and I’d like to thank him from the bottom of my heart for his support in this matter. It means so much to me because without him Chelsea Football Club would not be where it is now. “He deserves huge credit for what he has done for the club and for all of us.” Cech, who joined Chelsea from Rennes in July 2004 for £7million then hailed the Blues supporters, adding: “I did everything for you and you gave me your love back. I’ll never forget it. It will stay with me forever. “We will meet again but this time I will be in the other goal – I hope you will remember our history and understand it is time for me to begin a new adventure.” last_img read more

All eyes on Warburton in Tuesday’s Lions game

first_imgPhoto: © lionsrugby.com Former British and Irish Lion Stuart Barnes says all the attention will be on captain Sam Warburton in Tuesday’s game with the Highlanders in New Zealand.The flanker’s not played since the opening match of the tour.The Lions impressed without him in yesterday’s win over the Crusaders. Barnes says it very much looks like a second-string side – but Warburton needs to impress ahead of Tests against the All Blacks.last_img

Wikki Vow to Stay Firm on NPFL Summit

first_imgWikki Tourists captain and right back, Mustapha Ibrahim has said his side will not relinquish their top-flight summit position.The Bauchi outfit climbed to the summit after an emphatic 3-1 win against the champions, Enyimba in Wednesday’s top-flight make-up matchday 11 clash in Bauchi. Ibrahim said his side understand the difficulties ahead and will work even harder to maintain the status quo in the second stanza of the ongoing season.“We have actually surpassed our target in the first stanza of the league by climbing to the top after the superb win against champions, Enyimba.“Our main target for the first stanza is to finish either second or third but here we are at the summit. “Right now we have set another target for the second term of the season and that’s to finish the campaign at the summit.“We know it won’t be an easy task as we have suddenly become the team to beat in the top-flight at the moment but we have steeled ourselves to go the extra mile to maintain the momentum.“We approached the clash against Enyimba as Cup final and we are going to replicate the approach in all our matches.“Enyimba can attest that we completely outplayed them as the goal margin could have been up to five nil.“We are coming to Lagos at the weekend to confront Ikorodu United aimed at continuing the winning aura.“We are damn ready and prepared for the challenges to become the champions at the end of the league season,” said the Wikki Tourists strongman to supersport.com.Wikki Tourists sit pretty atop of the top-flight on 31 points same as second-placed, Rivers United although third-placed and champions, Enyimba could upset the chart with a win at sister side, Abia Warriors.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

Genting begins £1.6m upgrade of Glasgow property

first_imgShare UK betting commits to new ‘five core’ safer gambling measures November 6, 2019 Genting UK has sanctioned a  £1.6 million renovation of its Glasgow Sauchiehall Street casino property, which it is said will see a “complete revamp of one of the city’s most popular gaming venues”.Work on Genting Casino Glasgow is currently underway with the entity to continue to operate as normal during the refurbishment, as a completion date towards the end of next month is stipulated by the firm.A complete overhaul of the casino’s gaming facilities is to take place, with an additional, smaller gaming room added to the facility. The extra space will see the casino add a further 20 “top of the range” slot machines and ten electronic gaming terminals to its offering.In addition, the existing larger gaming area and mahjong room will be given a makeover intended to create a more welcoming environment for guests.Furthermore, as part of the refurbishment, there will also be a Chinese theme incorporated throughout the facility.As the venue gets set to boast traditional oriental décor represented by paintings, graphic wallpapers and light fixtures, a number of relaunch event are also planned at Chinese New Year in January 2020.Food and beverage outlets are to introduce an oriental themed revamp, from furniture and decor to menus, with three karaoke rooms to also be updated in the same Asian-style.The property will also see the addition of a new city centre meeting room, with general maintenance to also take place throughout Genting Casino Glasgow as external signage and lights get improved.Iain Gardiner, general manager at Genting Casino Glasgow, stated: “We’re making a significant investment in the Glasgow casino to ensure our customers can enjoy the best gaming experience available.“We have an extremely strong relationship with the Chinese community in the city and it’s great to acknowledge those links as part of the refurbishment.” Share GentingBet signs football expert Balague September 17, 2019 Submit GentingBet secures North American racing boost with XB Net July 22, 2020 Related Articles StumbleUponlast_img read more

U-23 AFCON: Tanko hanging on to “hope” after Egypt defeat

first_imgBlack Meteors head coach, Ibrahim Tanko, seems to have placed his team’s dreams of making it to the 2020 Olympic Games in the hands of non-footballing elements like hope after losing 3-2 to Egypt on Monday.The Meteors threw away two leads on the night after Yaw Yeboah and Samuel Obeng put Ghana 1-0 and 2-1 up respectively.The result leaves the Meteors on one point after two matches and they will have to get a result against Mali on Thursday if the Olympic dream will come to fruition and Tanko says that the trip to Japan is now not in their hands but they will need to rely on Egypt for some help and hope.“We played a great game but lost in the end, this is football. I congratulate Egypt on qualifying. We will play to win against Mali and hope for a favorable result from Egypt match against Cameroon.”For Ghana to qualify from the group, they will have to beat Mali by a good scoreline to get a positive goal difference while hoping for Egypt to beat Cameroon by a scoreline that leaves the Cameroonians on a negative goal difference.Should that happen, Ghana will get the edge on two grounds:1- goal difference after all their group matches2- total number of goals in all group matcheslast_img read more

Larry Nance Jr. considers Brandon Ingram the “real deal”

first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error “He’s the real deal,” Nance said of Ingram. Ingram hopes to cast that impression more when the Lakers open summer-league play against the New Orleans Pelicans on Friday at Thomas and Mack Center in Las Vegas. Ingram’s teammates, however, only needed a handful of practices before glowing about the Lakers’ No. 2 pick. “It gives me motivation,” Ingram said. “But I always go back to that quote, ‘You’ve never arrived,’” Ingram said. “It’s a good compliment. But I’ll have to keep working.”So Ingram wasted little time during Wednesday’s practice trying to cast a favorable impression on Lakers coach Luke Walton, who had considered Ingram his preferred choice in the 2016 NBA draft. As he has strived to reduce turnovers, Ingram still left Walton “very excited about what he can do” with his ball-handling skills, post presence and defensive aggressiveness. Ingram amazed Nance enough with his quickness that he said Ingram “runs like a deer.” “He has the whole skill-set,” Walton said. “He’s going to have to get stronger and learn the NBA game. But he’s got a great feel for how to get open and what’s happening on the court. For me, that’s huge.”It also became huge during Wednesday’s practice, the majority of which was closed to the media. During one of their scrimmages, Lakers point guard D’Angelo Russell took a jumpshot that unexpectedly was an airball. He openly wondered if Ingram somehow blocked his shot despite not seeing it. After all, Ingram’s 7-foot-3 wingspan allows him to cover parts of the court no one else can reach. When Ingram confirmed he blocked the shot, Russell recalled saying, “‘You were nowhere near me.’”“He’s a mismatch all over the floor,” Russell said of Ingram. “He can run the floor. He has God-given talent that you can’t really teach with his length, height and skill. Everything about him, I feel like the sky is the limit.” The Lakers feel the same way about themselves. Russell wants to establish both more of his post-game and playmaking after averaging only 11.8 points on 37.7 percent shooting, 3.5 turnovers and 3.2 assists at last year’s summer league. Nance plans to attempt more 3-pointers and hopes to “see myself on SportsCenter a few times” for his signature dunks. Walton hopes the Lakers progress with their ball movement. Yet, most of the focus will center on Ingram, who enters summer league play with one objective. “To win, of course,” Ingram said. “If you’re not trying to win, there’s no point in playing.”Ingram hopes to do that by involving his teammates and compensate any shooting struggles with defensive hustle. He will also strive to offer the same physical presence that changed Nance’s sentiments. “I just use my toughness,” Ingram said. “If you can play the basketball and score the ball, it really doesn’t matter how big or small you are. Of course the weight is going to go up and help me out a lot. But I’m doing what I can right now to score the ball.”And Ingram is doing what he can right now to leave his teammates even more intrigued about his potential. center_img EL SEGUNDO >> The skeletal, 195-pound frame of Brandon Ingram prompted a knee-jerk reaction from a Lakers teammate.“This kid is real skinny,” Larry Nance Jr. recalled thinking. “He can play, but it’ll take a while.”Then, Nance Jr. experienced Ingram defending him with force. He became physical when he fought through screens. He did not shy away from contact when he fought for rebounds. Nance Jr. soon phoned his father, a former 13-year NBA player and delivered a message that he has repeated to anyone else who has asked.last_img read more

Hasan Sejdinovic won Gold at World Special Olympics in Abu Dhabi!

first_imgSportsmen of the Special Olympics of Bosnia and Herzegovina continued their great performances at the World Special Olympics in Abu Dhabi.After yesterday’s first bronze medal at the Olympic games, BiH team has won gold in today’s performances as well.Namely, athlete Hasan Sejdinovic won gold in the 200 meters race and won the first gold for our country this summer.Participants competing in the table tennis also had a great performance, third place and bronze medal for Milada Elez in singles.Tomorrow, performances of our athletes, tennis players will continue, where we expect new medals and, of course, an inclusive football game where BiH will play for the first time in the group against the Finnish team, Klix.ba news portal reports.last_img read more