first_imgIndustry veteran Nikolaus Schmidt-Narischkin is to join Towers Watson Germany in July to help the consultancy strengthen its “holistic approach” in an environment where consultancies have to “cover the whole range of added value” for companies, according to Reiner Schwinger, managing director at Towers Watson Germany.Schwinger told IPE Schmidt-Narischkin fit the consultancy’s strategy “perfectly”, pointing out that the current head of client solutions for the EMEA region at Deutsche Asset & Wealth Management (DeAWM) had worked in a number of fields, including HR, asset management and benefits.He said Schmidt-Narischkin would be working on a “broader” basis than he had done in recent years, and that placing him solely in the investment consulting department at Towers Watson would “not have presented anything new or challenging” for the occupational pensions veteran.He will therefore be working in a more “holistic role”, Schwinger said. Schmidt-Narischkin said: “Providers now have to offer everything, including asset management, platforms like a CTA or a Pensionsfonds, and risk management, both on the active as well as the passive side. The question is whether an asset manager can still provide this, or whether it will rather be the consultancies that offer these broad services.”Having been in charge of fiduciary management at Deutsche Bank, where he has worked in a number of departments over the last 25 years, Schmidt-Narischkin said, even in Germany, clients were looking increasingly to outsource to external providers, yet without the “blackbox principle” that had been applied in the Netherlands in recent years.“German clients prefer a modular approach,” he said. “They do not want any conflict of interest, and they want a provider who takes on responsibility and can be held accountable.”He said this was easy to promise in a quiet and stable market environment and that the real test for fiduciary managers would come in the next crisis.For him, the “core problem” in German occupational pensions is that too few people are participating in the system, although he said the overall legal framework was “not bad”, with small adjustments needed here or there.Citing Pensionsfonds as an example, set up in Germany 10 years ago, Schmidt-Narischkin pointed out that a lot of the occupational pension legislation was “still unfinished” and argued that it would need a “task force” to close all the gaps in the framework.Schwinger added that German occupational pension laws had to be adapted to the ageing society and changing role models to generate more attractive pension products for clients, citing the example of a single mother who does not want to pay into her pension fund because her children cannot inherit the accrued assets.Other problems arise from high discount rates and inaccurate mortality tables, he said.last_img read more

first_img Share LocalNews ICT RoadShow gets underway in Dominica today by: – January 16, 2012 Share Tweet Sharing is caring!center_img Share 8 Views   no discussions Hon. Kelver DarrouxThe second leg of the Caribbean ICT RoadShow will get underway in Dominica today.The event is being held by the Caribbean Telecommunications Union in collaboration with the Government of Dominica.This second edition is specifically designed to raise awareness in Dominica and regionally, of the innovative approaches which are required for the effective application of Information and Communications Technologies.Junior Minister in the Prime Minister’s Office responsible for Information Technology Kevler Darroux says Dominica is leading the way in information technology.He says ICT could also play a very integral role in several other sectors in Dominica.“The roadshow is geared towards bringing about awareness of information technologies and how it can be integrated into society. Dominica is leading the way and we can see clear examples being outlined in government services,” he said.According to him, the roadshow should generate greater interest as it relates to ICT.“I am looking forward to the ICT innovative forum and that will present young persons with innovative ideas in ICT. This sector is very dynamic and it will continue to drive the economy forward,” he further explained.The theme for the Roadshow is “Harnessing the Power of Innovation-the engine for ICT-enabled Caribbean development.The event will be officially opened at the St Gerald’s Hall from 4pm today.Dominica Vibes Newslast_img read more

first_img Loading… Real Betis centre-forward Loren Moron is another being discussed inside La Masia. Read Also:Real Madrid, Barcelona battle Man Utd for £60m-rated Grealish Further motivating Barca’s directors to take this route is news this week that Barca B attacker Hiroki Abe has suffered a similar hamstring injury to Dembele. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Promoted Content9 Movie Scenes That Got Re-Shot Because Viewers Didn’t Like ThemWhat Happens When You Eat Eggs Every Single Day?The Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read More8 Superfoods For Growing Hair Back And Stimulating Its GrowthBest Car Manufacturers In The WorldThailand’s 10 Most Iconic Landmarks14 Hilarious Comics Made By Women You Need To Follow Right NowDisney Princesses Reimagined As “GoT” CharactersYou’ve Only Seen Such Colorful Hairdos In A Handful Of AnimePortuguese Street Artist Creates Hyper-Realistic 3D Graffiti6 Great Ancient Mysteries That Make China Worth VisitingCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable Way Barca are set to seek permission to sign a replacement striker for Ousmane Dembele, who is out for the season due to a serious hamstring injury. La Vanguardia says Alaves striker Lucas Perez, a former Barca player, is on their shortlist, along with Getafe veteran Angel Gonzalez. Valencia pair Rodrigo Moreno and Kevin Gameiro are being considered, as is Real Sociedad’s Willian Jose.Advertisement Barcelona have a six-man shortlist of striker transfer targets as they seek an emergency signing.last_img read more

first_imgPhoto: FacebookBatesville, In. — Batesville-based “Eureka Band” will perform at Liberty Park tonight in the bandstand from 8 to 9 p.m. Residents are urged to bring blankets and lawn chairs because seating is limited.The band is often referred to as the “the oldest continuous all-volunteer community band west of the Allegheny Mountains” by its members and was formed in 1887. The band performed several times at the Indianapolis 500 in the 1920’s and in 2009 the band released a CD.last_img read more

first_imgPANAMA CITY, Panama — Jamaica surrendered meekly in a 0-2 defeat to Group B rivals Panama Friday night here inside Estadio Rommel Fernandez and were sent packing from CONCACAF World Cup qualifying.Panama’s goals came from Gabriel Torres in the 28th minute and substitute Abdiel Arroyo in the second minute of second-half stoppage time.Panama, who have 10 points, join group leaders Costa Rica (13 points) as the two teams to advance from the group to the final round of CONCACAF qualifying.Jamaica, who have one game remaining against Haiti on Tuesday, have only four points and cannot progress. Haiti, who lost 0-1 at home to Costa Rica in the day’s earlier game, have one point.But Friday night, in Panama, the visitors began in aggressive fashion.And they were almost rewarded in the sixth minute when Kemar Lawrence’s corner kick glanced off the head of an under-pressure defender and the ball hit the upright only to fall into the grateful grasp of Panama goalkeeper Jaime Penedo.However, by the 10th minute, Panama settled and started to spray short passes all around the Jamaicans.There were a few warning shots before they took the lead.When they did, it was after Torres had sneaked behind right-back Je-Vaughn Watson to fire a left footer high past Jamaican custodian Andre Blake.The rest of the match belonged to the skilful and athletic home side.They finesse d the underwhelming Jamaicans and sealed the deal seconds before the final whistle.Defender Jermaine Taylor gave away possession to Blas Perez for the striker to lay a pass onto Arroyo to blast a low right-footed effort into the corner of the goal.And that was dream over for the Reggae Boyz. For Panama, it was the start of celebrations as they step to the next stage of their World Cup quest.From the CONCACAF final round, which will consist of six teams, the top three countries will earn direct places to the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia.The fourth-placed team gets a second chance for a place to the global football showpiece via an intercontinental play-off. (Extracted from Jamaica Observer).last_img read more

first_imgInstead of rust following a two-week layoff, the Lakers got a goal from Charlie Major 37 seconds into the game, added a goal by Charlie Russell and then scored twice in the last 1:02 of the period thanks to Major and Garrett Krieger.It continued from there, Krieger finishing with three goals and two assists. Cole Heintz and Cam Lowe would add goals as Ben Clymer, Drew Henderson, Drew Jensen and Curran McGowan each got assists.Now, in Saturday’s final, the Lakers faced Williamsville South, who had toppled Baldwinsville 5-3, but the Billies, like Pelham before them, could not keep up with Skaneateles, who roared to an 8-2 victory and the tournament title. Tags: ice hockeyskaneatelesWest Genesee Here, the big outburst came in the second period. Already with a 2-0 lead, the Lakers got away from Williamsville South with five goals in that frame.Russell and Heintz matched each other with hat tricks, each scoring three times and getting an assist, with Krieger piling up four assists.Lowe had one goal and two assists. Major earned three assists and Brendan Powers had two assists. Pelham beat Baldwinsville 3-2 in the consolation game.Back on Dec. 27 and 28, West Genesee, holding the no. 7 spot in the state Division I rankings, hosted its annual Wildcat Classic at Shove Park, conducting it later in December than in seasons past.But the same high-quality field was on hand, starting with Massena, whom the Wildcats faced in the opening round and, helped by a mid-game scoring burst, defeated by a 6-2 margin.WG clung to a 1-0 advantage on Massena when,in the second period, it scored four times, its most productive period so far this season.Ultimately, six different players – Jake Kopek, Jeremy Keyes, Max Hahn, Ryan Kemp, Liam Sexton and Andrew Schneid – earned the Wildcats’ six goals.Anthony Felix chimed in with a pair of assists, while Joe McLaughlin, Will Shields, Michael Bergan and Colton Rahner had one assist apiece.This put WG in the final against Fairport, who entered the game 8-1 and no. 4 in the state Division I rankings. And the Red Raiders would back up that ranking by defeating the Wildcats 4-0.It was a steady effort on Fairport’s part, finding the net at least once in each period to overcome the 24 saves from WG goaltender David Myers.Playing again last Monday, the Wildcats hosted Pittsford, and like so many other times in December a lack of firepower hurt WG in a 3-1 loss to the Panthers.Neither side got on the board until the second period, when the Wildcats had Fisher get a goal, assisted by Bergan and Patrick Quinn.Even with that, the game was 1-1 going to the third period, where Pittsford twice converted against Myers, who totaled 26 saves.Share this:FacebookTwitterLinkedInRedditComment on this Story center_img Still planted atop the state Division II rankings at the outset of 2020, the Skaneateles boys ice hockey team held its annual Duke Schneider Memorial Tournament on the first weekend of the new year.And it proved to be another showcase for the Lakers, who by a combined margin of 16-3 brushed past Pelham and Williamsville South to move its overall record to 8-0-1.Pelham went first in last Friday’s opening round, and it was settled in the first period as a trademark scoring burst propelled Skaneateles to an 8-1 win.last_img read more

first_imgMINNEAPOLIS — In his two games against Wisconsin this season, Minnesota junior guard Lawrence Westbrook has done everything he could to help the Gophers sweep the Badgers in the season series.In Madison on Jan. 15, Westbrook put up 29 points on 10-of-16 shooting to help the Golden Gophers overcome a late deficit to beat the Badgers 78-74 in overtime. Last night at Williams Arena in Minneapolis, it was more of the same down the stretch.“A guy like Lawrence had another good game against a very good team,” Minnesota head coach Tubby Smith said. “Wisconsin is probably the hottest team in the Big Ten over the last month.”Westbrook, who usually starts for the Golden Gophers, came off the bench because of poor performance against the Fighting Illini last week when he went 2-for-10 and only had four points. But he used the rest he had off the bench to lead his team to a comeback victory at home.“He was struggling (with) shooting well and that can effect other parts of the game,” Smith said. “I thought that’s what was happening after watching tapes and going into things. Again, tonight, you can tell he had more energy than anyone else at the end because he was rested and he was fresh and he attacked. He’s a little pit bull. I’m glad he’s on my team.”In the first half, Westbrook, who was guarded mostly by Wisconsin guard Jason Bohannon, was held without a score in nine minutes of play. He went 0-for-2 from the field and missed on his only three-point attempt.Bohannon played well against Westbrook until 8:53 left in the game, when he scored his first basket. From there, he scored five straight points to help fend off the Badgers’ comeback and keep a 38-35 lead with 7:43 left to go in the game.“He’s tough — he’s proven that,” Wisconsin junior guard Tr?von Hughes said. “He took over when he needed to and got the ‘W.’”But, it wasn’t until the last 1:53 left to go in the game Westbrook began to shine. With his team down 46-43, Westbrook began to drive the lane and had two straight baskets to bring his team to within one with the score 46-45.A foul by Wisconsin guard Jordan Taylor with 29 seconds left in the game put Westbrook on the line, and after sinking both shots, he put Minnesota up for good with a 47-46 lead.He hit two more sets of free throws, making him 7-of-7 for the night. Against the Badgers at the Kohl Center, he found the same success, going 7-for-7 from the charity stripe as well.“[It’s] because he’s such a good free throw shooter, too,” Smith said. “You gotta back off because he is going to make his free throws. … He’s shooting 90 percent. He is one of the best free throw shooters in the league. He just hasn’t been getting to the line and that’s another thing that he hasn’t been doing in the last month.”While Westbrook was able to carry Minnesota over the last two minutes of the game, Hughes fumbled an inbounds pass with less than 10 seconds remaining, allowing the Gophers to secure the victory.Overall, Westbrook scored the last ten points of the game. He was single-handedly able to bring the Golden Gophers back from a five-point deficit to a five-point victory in a matter of two minutes.“Westbrook blows by Bohannon, blows by Jordan [Taylor],” UW head coach Bo Ryan said. “[He] was the guy that got the ball and he made the free throws. So he got the last 10 points because he was the guy that was going to carry you at the free throw line, and he did.”last_img read more

first_imgThe USC Schwarzenegger Institute unveiled Wednesday evening a new program called the “Be the Change” to recognize USC students working for change on campus. The award will be given to students each month.Students can submit nominations online for peers who they believe are inspiring leaders. Winners receive a $250 gift certificate to the USC Bookstore, a certificate of recognition and VIP seating to the “Be the Change” Supper Speaker Series. Nominators are also awarded with Supper Speaker Series tickets.The announcement was made at a Council of Presidents dinner in the Ronald Tutor Campus Center, with about 70 student leaders attendence.The Council of Presidents, which is hosted annually by the Undergraduate Student Government, informed student leaders about the new award and  gave an attendees the opportunity to network.The Undergraduate Student Government Director of Communications Kelly Hann helped organize the event, to which much of her department’s budget goes. Fittingly, Hann considers it one of their most important events.The student organization presidents were contacted using lists from Student Affairs and USG Campus Affairs.“So there’s Greek presidents and there’s philanthropy presidents, and there’s ethnicity or minority group presidents,” Hann said.There were approximately 200 event attendees. A few of the groups represented were the Helenes, the co-ed fraternity for leaders Delta Omicron Zeta, the hip-hop dance team Chaotic 3 and the USC Pakistani Students Association.Leaders were also able to interact and network with each other, and USG strategically placed students at tables with organizations with which they might be able to work in the future.“I think it’s a great way to get different student organizations working together, mingling, maybe we can talk about different problems that we’re having,” said Helenes President Chelsey Christensen.The event also hosted speakers from the USC Schwarzenegger Institute. Bonnie Reiss, the global director of the USC Schwarzenegger Institute, spoke to students about the new award.“This award recognizes that many USC students, like many of you here tonight, [who] are already committed to civic engagement,” Reiss said. “The [Be the Change] Spotlight Award is an opportunity for people at USC to nominate a USC student who is an inspiring example of the power one person can have to make a difference.”USC Alumni Association President Mitchell Lew gave the keynote speech of the night. Lew, who met his wife in Doheny Memorial Library while attending USC, emphasized how much USC has influenced his life, and is now part of students’ destinies.“You had choices. You had choices and you could’ve gone somewhere else, but you’re here at USC. It is your destiny to be at USC … and especially to be part of the Trojan Family,” Lew said.Lew also stressed the university’s role as a source of leaders and gave advice to the leaders in the room.“You want to be leader and you want to do leader,” Lew said. “You represent an organization, but to do leader is to do the things that true leaders do, and that’s being special, building and raising the profile of your organization, motivating and inspiring other students.”last_img read more

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisAlpena — District Health Department #4 has some tips for cooking and cleaning on Thanksgiving Day.With so many moving parts, it can be hard to keep track of what’s clean or what has been sitting out for a long time. Kevin Prevost has been working with the health department for over 25 years. He provided some insight into some of the important tips on the most delicious day of the year.Properly thawing a turkey sits at the top of that list which means keeping it refrigerated and not on the counter top.“I worked in food service when I was youngsters, and I saw it happen in food service at that time all those years ago,” said Prevost. “But it’s a bad idea because then that process encourages the growth of bacteria while it’s thawing over at that time period.”Food poisoning is a serious public health threat, so the health department wants to make sure all steps are taken to diminish the possibility.20 seconds of hand washing with soap usually does the trick. Do not rinse or wash your turkey. Cooking the bird generally removes all bacteria if cooked to the proper temperature. Use a thermometer to gauge proper cooking. Take measurements from the thigh, innermost part of the breast, and innermost part of the wing. All three parts should reach 165 degrees.Stuffing should also reach 165 degrees. Under cooking stuffing is a common cause of food poisoning. Use the two-hour rule in terms of perishable food items that are left out.If you have any questions or concerns, you can always call the USDA Meat and Poultry Hotline at 1-888-674-6854. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThis Tags: Cleaning, district health department #4, Sanitary, Sanitation, thanksgiving, Thermometer, TurkeyContinue ReadingPrevious State Christmas tree from Alpena illuminates from capitalNext Family one step closer to finding ‘Justice for Asher’last_img read more