RPMI Railpen appoints first CIO in leadership reshuffle

first_imgWilliams joined Railpen in 2014 from BlueCrest Capital Management, where he was a portfolio manager. He also worked at BNP Paribas Asset Management – latterly as CIO – and Deutsche Bank . One of the UK’s largest pension investors has appointed its first chief investment officer as part of an ongoing restructure of its leadership team.RPMI Railpen – the £28bn (€32bn) in-house manager of the industry-wide scheme for UK railway companies – today announced Richard Williams as its CIO. In addition, Paul Bishop has been named head of private markets. Both are newly created positions.Both Williams and Bishop were previously investment directors responsible for leading the group’s investment teams. Together with outgoing investment director Ciaran Barr and ex-CEO Chris Hitchen, they led an extensive overhaul of the scheme’s investment strategy, including an insourcing programme and a strategic shift away from asset class silos.Williams said: “I am excited to have the opportunity to lead our investment team at a time when we are continuing to grow our investment capabilities. As a leading global institutional investor, we are in a strong position to use our experience to help influence positive change across the investment industry, while continuing to deliver for our members.” November 2017 Paul Sturgess Joins from Equiniti to become managing director of administration business  February 2017 Julian Cripps Chief operating officer since 2015 shifts to managing director of investment business  January 2017Anna Rule Hired from Aviva Investors as head of property  September 2017 Jocelyn Brown Joins from International Shareholder Services as senior investment manager in Railpen’s sustainable ownership team  January 2018 Ciaran Barr Railpen announces investment director will depart in first half of 2018 after nine-year tenure DateStaff Details  May 2017Chris Hitchen Railpen announces its CEO will leave after 20 years with the group, once a replacement is found April 2017 Steve Mitchell Hired as compliance and risk director for the investment business  April 2018Richard WilliamsInvestment director becomes Railpen’s first chief investment officer June 2017 Paul Nathan Appointed as chief operating officer after holding similar roles at Old Mutual Global Investors and Church Commissioners for England  September 2017 Alastair Dawson, Richard van Lente Hired as senior property asset managers from CBRE and Market Tech, respectively  January 2017 Deborah Gilshan Head of sustainable ownership exits for senior stewardship position at Standard Life  March 2017 Leo George Appointed as new head of sustainable ownership, having first joined in 2009  November 2017 David Maddison Moves from deputy CEO to managing director of Railways Pension Scheme  July 2017 Chris Hitchen Former CEO announced as chair of LGPS pooling vehicle Border to Coast  December 2017 Philip Willock New CEO appointed from Aviva – scheme says executive leadership changes are over  Paul Bishop, head of private markets, RPMI RailpenBishop joined Railpen in 2011 from insurance group Royal Liver where he worked since 2006, latterly as CIO. The appointments follow 18 months of staff changes across Railpen’s operations, including the departure of Hitchen last year, who was replaced by Philip Willcock in February.At the time of Willcock’s appointment, announced in December last year, Railpen said it had completed its executive leadership team changes.Railpen’s staff changes February 2017 Matthew Howard Joins from Market Tech as head of property asset management  April 2018Paul BishopInvestment director named head of private markets, also a new rolelast_img read more

Awaziem savours goal feast as Leganes rattles Real Murcia

first_imgSuper Eagles Centre-back Chidozie Awaziem had a lot to cheer about on Saturday as Leganes grabbed massive 4-0 away win, at the expense of second division side Real Murcia in the second round of Copa del Rey. The Porto ace on loan to Leganes was in action for the entire duration of the match. Argentine Guido Carrillo opened the floodgate of goals for Leganes in the 36minute of the match as the hosts soaked the pressure and held their own till the end of the first half. The cookie however crumbled as the second 45 minutes progressed with Leganes late substitute Braithwaite grabbing a brace in seven minutes before Carrillo also scored another to equally record a brace. It was a match in which Awaziem and his teammates completely outplayed the hosts dominating proceedings and getting the needed reward for their hard work. Leganes players celebrate after their 4-0 victory SaturdayAdvertisement Loading… The impressive run on Saturday could best be regarded as a breather for Leganes who are glued to the bottom of the ladder on the La liga table. The Javier Aguirre tutored side have so far performed below par in the La liga with analysts convinced that surviving relegation will be a miracle. The side have only managed to gather 14 points in 19 matches and perhaps doing well in the Copa del Rey will be the only consolation. Read AlsoConfederation Cup: Austin Amutu seeks to consolidate on goals Valencia are current champions of the championship after beating Barcelona 2-1 in 2018–19 edition.  Barcelona however hold the record of the highest wins of the championship that was founded in 1903 having claimed the trophy a record  30 times. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 center_img Promoted ContentBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever MadeFantastic-Looking (and Probably Delicious) Bread Art10 Of The Best Places Around The World To Go StargazingA Soviet Shot Put Thrower’s Record Hasn’t Been Beaten To This Day8 Best 1980s High Tech GadgetsTop 10 Most Romantic Nations In The World10 Phones That Can Work For Weeks Without RechargingWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?7 Reasons It’s Better To Be A VeganThe Highest Paid Football Players In The WorldThe Funniest Prankster Grandma And Her GrandsonWhat Happens To Your Brain When You Play Too Much Video Games?last_img read more

Air pollution, CO2 fall rapidly as virus spreads

first_imgScientists say that by May, when CO2 emissions are at their peak thanks to the decomposition of leaves, the levels recorded might be the lowest since the financial crisis over a decade ago. GETTY IMAGES “It will depend on how long the pandemiclasts, and how widespread the slowdown is in the economy particularly in theUS. But most likely I think we will see something in the global emissions thisyear,” said Prof Corinne Le Quéré from the University of East Anglia. While people working from home willlikely increase the use of home heating and electricity, the curbing ofcommuting and the general slowdown in economies will likely have an impact onoverall emissions. With aviation grinding to a halt andmillions of people working from home, a range of emissions across manycountries are likely following the same downward path. Scientists say that by May, when CO2emissions are at their peak thanks to the decomposition of leaves, the levelsrecorded might be the lowest since the financial crisis over a decade ago. While it is early days, data collectedin New York this week suggests that instructions to curb unnecessary travel arehaving a significant impact. Both China and Northern Italy have also recorded significant falls in nitrogen dioxide, which is related to reduced car journeys and industrial activity. The gas is both a serious air pollutant and a powerful warming chemical. Traffic levels in the city were estimated to be down 35 percent compared with a year ago. Emissions of carbon monoxide, mainly due to cars and trucks, have fallen by around 50 percent for a couple of days this week according to researchers at Columbia University. WITH global economic activity rampingdown as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, it is hardly surprising thatemissions of a variety of gases related to energy and transport would bereduced. “If it lasts another three of fourmonths, certainly we could see some reduction.” An analysis carried out for the climate website Carbon Brief suggested there had been a 25 percent drop in energy use and emissions in China over a two week period. This is likely to lead to an overall fall of about one percent in China’s carbon emissions this year, experts believe. What’s likely to make a major differenceto the scale of carbon emissions and air pollution is how governments decide tore-stimulate their economies once the pandemic eases. However, some argue that if the pandemicgoes on a long time, any stimulus would more likely focus on promoting anyeconomic growth regardless of the impact on the environment. (BBC)last_img read more

Spring Time Means Allergy Season For Some

first_imgThe late winter in Indiana delayed the start of pollen season, which experts say could mean a harsh allergy season. Photo credit: M. KuhlmanThe spring blooms may be pretty, but they are not always a welcome sight for Hoosiers who suffer from seasonal allergies. Some experts predict a rough allergy season because the harsh winter delayed tree pollination and now everything is blooming at once. According to allergist Dr. Douglas Neeld with Lutheran Medical Group in Ft. Wayne, an estimated 25 percent of the population suffers from seasonal allergies, and the number seems to be rising.“Asthma can also be triggered by allergies, eczema can also be triggered by allergies, and in children they suffer especially,” he said. “Rates for these diseases can be as high as 40 percent in the pediatric population.”Neeld said the first line of defense should be avoidance measures, including closing windows in your car and house. He said saline sprays or a neti pot are helpful, but most allergy sufferers will also need medication.“Antihistamines, they treat symptoms, the sneezing itching and runny nose: the nasal steroids, that gets more to the root of the problem, but it still doesn’t treat the cause,” he cautioned. “The only things that will typically shut off an allergy are the allergy shots or immunotherapy.”Neeld said allergy shots are very effective, and Hoosiers whose seasonal allergies seem to be getting worse each year should talk to their doctors.“If you think you are allergic and you need help, you really need to be tested,” he said. “And then we have a lot better idea of whether it’s the allergy season that’s causing you the trouble, or is it an infection, or is it possibly an infection on top of allergies?”Neeld said those allergic to tree pollen and grasses will likely experience symptoms until the end of July. According to the website Pollen.com, on Sunday, the pollen count in Indianapolis was 11.5, the upper end of the high range.News Servicelast_img read more

Modified Madness 50 at Davenport Speedway set for May 23

first_imgDAVENPORT, Iowa – Fifty laps will be the distance and $2,000 is the winner’s share of the purse for Davenport Speedway’s Friday, May 23 IMCA Xtreme Motor Sports Modified Madness special.Pit gates open at 4:30 p.m., the grandstand opens at 5 p.m., the drivers’ meeting is at 6 p.m. and hot laps are at 6:30 p.m. Racing on the ¼-mile oval starts at 7 p.m.IMCA Speedway Motors Weekly Racing National, Belleville Motorsports North Central Region and Allstar Performance State, but no local track points will be awarded for the draw/redraw show.The $50 entry fee can be paid at the gate.Pit passes are $25. All other weekly divisions, including the IMCA Late Models and Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMods, are on the evening’s card and race for all applicable points. Spectator admission will be $16 for adults and $14 for seniors and students, with kids ages 11 and under free when accompanying a paid adult. More information is available from promoter Bob Wagener at 563 652-5302 and at the new DavenportSpeedway.com website.last_img read more

Mbappe wants to share Golden Boot

first_imgRelatedPosts Neymar, four others sent off as Marseille grab rare win at PSG Mbappe tests positive for coronavirus Three more PSG players test positive for coronavirus Ligue 1 Golden Boot winner Kylian Mbappe has said the award should be shared between him and Monaco’s Wissam Ben Yedder as both finished on 18 goals this season.The Paris Saint-Germain striker was deemed the sole top scorer on Thursday after the league was ended prematurely as he had more goals from open play. Three of Ben Yedder’s goals came from penalties.Taking to Twitter, Mbappe thanked fans for their messages of support, but said his international teammate should also have received an award.“Thank you for all your messages. I think that Wissam also deserves a trophy, like the Premier League did last season, to reward his year,” he tweeted.Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane were all awarded the 2018-19 Golden Boot in the Premier League for finishing the season with 22 goals each.Ben Yedder responded to Mbappe on Twitter and thanked him for his support. “Thank you bro, congratulations to you… We can alternate if you want,” he said.Mbappe also won the league’s Golden Boot last year, scoring 33 goals.PSG were awarded the Ligue 1 title after the season was cancelled.They were 12 points ahead of Marseille when the season was initially suspended in March.Tags: Kylian MbappeLigue 1PSGWissam Ben Yedderlast_img read more

Drying spell would suit Memories

first_img Press Association The ground is currently soft to heavy at Fairyhouse but the forecast is good for the weekend and Fahey would like to see conditions continue to improve. “He’s great. He’s been very well since his last run,” said Fahey. “He’ll have a nice weight and I don’t think the trip will be a problem. “Ideally, I don’t want the word heavy in the ground. Good to yielding would be his ideal ground over that trip. Deep winter ground just catches him out. “It’s to pick up after today and a couple of dry days make a big difference at this time of year. They don’t race on that track at Fairyhouse much and I’m hoping for a good covering of grass. “He won around there last year and also ran well in a bumper there, so has good form at the track. “He’s going to be in around 10st 10lb or 10st 11lb after the weights go up. Paul Townend has first choice on him, but it depends whether he is going to be claimed for one of Willie’s (Mullins). “If he can’t ride I’ll use Paddy Kennedy and take off the 3lb.” The eight-year-old has held his own in top novice company this season and finished third behind Don Poli in the Topaz Novice Chase at Leopardstown over Christmas. The Nurney handler believes his charge has a nice weight in the 275,000 euro contest and is looking forward to having a crack at the big prize. center_img Paul Fahey is hoping the ground dries up at Fairyhouse over the weekend as he prepares to saddle Lots Of Memories in the BoyleSports Irish Grand National on Easter Monday.last_img read more

Police defeat Everest in NBS Cricket to stay unbeaten

first_imgA patient half century by Andrew Lyght Jr. propelled the Police Sports Club to a 14-run victory against home team, the Everest Cricket Club, one of their strongest opponents in Group B, in the New Building Society (NBS) 40-Over Second Division Cricket tournament on Saturday.Both teams had stamped their authority on the competition, the week prior, with emphatic victories which had seen four centuries (two from each side) scored.Replicating that feat against better bowling was near impossible in their second clash; Lyght, however, managed to hold down his end and work his way up to a match-winning 91 (2x4s, 3x6s) after Police had batted first in a 35-over affair.The right-handed opener had five different partners. But only fellow century maker in Police’s opening clash, Kemol Savory (26 2x4s) and Pernell London were able to lend valuable support.London was key towards the end as his positive strokeplay propelled him to a quick 23 (2x4s) not out.Although Lyght played a few shots in the latter stages of his innings, it was not enough to carry him to three figures.His wicket fell off the last ball of the innings, caught at midwicket after he had skied a ball attempting a big hit, which left Police on 189-5 from their allotted overs.Everest needed to score under 5.5 runs per over to win the clash. However, except for a fighting 55 (5x4s, 2x6s) from the in-form Amir Khan, 38 from opener Saheed Mohamed (3x4s, 1×6) and 27 (2x4s, 1×6) from middle-order batsman, Ronaldo Renee, none of the other batsmen were able to weather the storm, which resulted in them succumbing for 175 in 33.1 overs.Leg-spinner Vishal Jaigobin, who had Mohamed caught and bowled, finished with 3-47 from seven overs, while D. LaRose and Savory finished with two wickets each.last_img read more

Pinnick Vows Not to Cave-in to People Trying to Force Regime…

first_imgIn a 17-count charge filed before the Federal High Court in Abuja, the money was said to have been paid by FIFA to the NFF as appearance fees during the Russia 2018 World Cup.Named with Pinnick and a vice-president of the Confederation of African Football –  in the charge, were NFF Secretary Sunusi Mohammed, 1st Vice-President Seyi Akinwumi, 2nd Vice-President, Shehu Dikko and an Executive member, Yusuff Fresh.The defendants were also accused of “moving dishonestly and intentionally the sum of about N4bn ($11.1 million)” belonging to the NFF without the consent of the federation.Despite the court ruling, Pinnick was a conspicuous figure at last week’s FIFA Congress in Paris and at a CAF summit which preceded it.Pinnick’s own case has been largely pushed into the background amid ongoing coverage of Ahmad’s conduct as CAF leader which came under a barrage of scrutiny in Paris when he was questioned by French authorities over a contract allegedly broken with Puma in December 2017 and placed with French company Tactical Steel.Ahmad was released without charge but should he at any stage be removed from his position as CAF president, Pinnick, as the next most powerful CAF official, would almost certainly step into the role on an interim basis.Yet there are reservations about his own credentials after being charged at home with criminal conspiracy, criminal breach of trust, theft and criminal misappropriation.Pinnick says the charges are completely unfounded“This is about certain individuals who are sociopaths and you can quote me on that,” Pinnick told Insideworldfootball. “They just want me to lose my credibility. That’s the A to Z of what is going on. They don’t want us to be independent, simply as that.”Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram The President of the Nigeria Football Federation, NFF, Amaju Pinnick has blasted Nigerian authorities for attempting to push him out of office, insisting he will stand his ground and not give in to “sociopaths”.Last month, in the midst of a period of intense unrest within the leadership of African football, Pinnick, a strong ally of FIFA president Gianni Infantino and a constant figure of controversy, was charged along with four others by a federal court on allegations of corruption and suspended.The five were apparently arraigned for alleged mismanagement of an $8,400 grant from FIFA. Amaju Pinnicklast_img read more

After loss of Weaver for season, SU receiving corps steps up in win

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Comments Jose Cruz called his mother before Syracuse’s game against Maine on Saturday. Without a touchdown all season, Cruz told her his first touchdown would be dedicated to an injured teammate. And he wanted that touchdown to come on Saturday. ‘I told my mom that I was going to dedicate my first touchdown to Aaron Weaver,’ Cruz said. ‘We’ve gone through a lot, transferring together, and we’re both seniors. Transferring is really tough. It’s been hard for me, watching him go down. I did do that for him.’ Cruz caught a momentous touchdown pass from Ryan Nassib to give Syracuse the lead heading into the locker room at halftime on Saturday. Cruz provided the momentum, and other receivers subsequently provided the flash as SU piled on and cruised to a 38-14 victory. With the play of Van Chew, Alec Lemon, Nick Provo and Cruz, the receiving corps alleviated, at least for one game, the loss of Aaron Weaver, who suffered a torn ACL earlier this week during practice and will be out for the season. Provo, a receiving threat at tight end, gave signs that he could step in and be the Orange’s No. 3 receiver out of the slot and replace Weaver. He had five catches for 85 yards, the highlight of which was a 20-yard touchdown pass from Nassib late in the third quarter.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text ‘That’s his game,’ Cruz said. ‘That’s what he does. I’m more of a blocker who catches the tiny passes. Tonight, that’s what we did, and we came out and played a great game.’ Moving past two drops early in the game, Lemon busted out with touchdown catches in the second and third quarters, the latter of which gave SU a comfortable 24-14 lead and spurred the onslaught. And for the third consecutive game, the much improved Chew looked like the big-play, go-to downfield threat, finishing the day with seven catches for 113 yards and a touchdown. It was a cohesive performance from the unit that had Lemon confident in the receiving corps moving forward, even without Weaver. ‘Tonight showed that we have a lot of options,’ Lemon said. ‘We’re not relying on just one receiver. We can spread the ball around and make the defense look at all the players. Not just one option.’ Holmes sparks comeback Every time the other team punts the ball his way and gives him a chance to run, Mike Holmes takes it as a sign of disrespect. ‘Any time I catch a punt, it’s an opportunity to score a touchdown,’ Holmes said. ‘It’s disrespectful any time they kick it to you.’ No touchdown this time. But what resulted from that second-quarter punt to Holmes was a shot of life into the Orange, which had so far looked punchless in falling seven points behind at that point. Holmes caught Jordan Waxman’s punt at SU’s 11-yard line, a spot at which he later admitted he probably should have let it bounce behind him. He ran back and right, appearing to have nowhere to go. So he went even farther back to the left, picking up blocking and steam along the way and scampering to an eventual 62-yard return that put Syracuse on Maine’s 27-yard line. Three plays later, Nassib found Alec Lemon for a three-yard touchdown connection, and the Orange had some life. ‘I don’t think I was supposed to catch it that deep,’ Holmes said. ‘So I knew I had to make a play or I would get yelled at on the sideline. I went to one side of the field and then reversed, and I saw a wall of blockers so I went from there.’ Added Holmes: ‘I was a little winded after that one.’ This and that Nassib recorded personal bests on the day for completions (19), yards (260) and touchdowns (five), setting the program touchdown record in the process. ‘I love this quarterback,’ Marrone said. ‘I think he is someone special.’ … With the victory over Maine, Syracuse improved to 7-0 against current members of the FCS at the Carrier Dome. … This is the first time since 2004 the Orange has been 2-1. … SU’s 38 points were, coincidentally, the most it has had in a game since last season’s 41-point showing against the Black Bears. … At halftime, SU honored legendary running back Floyd Little, who was recently enshrined into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. bplogiur@syr.educenter_img Published on September 19, 2010 at 12:00 pmlast_img read more