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Quick Hits: Polar Bears invade Russian Town

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first_imgA remote archipelago in northern Russia has declared a state of emergency after an invasion of polar bears has sparked fear among residents. Novaya Zemlya, located in the Arctic Ocean, has been swarmed with polar bears since December. The region’s largest settlement, Belushya Guba, has reported more than 50 polar bear sightings. Local administrators say that the polar bears have attacked people and entered buildings and that parents are afraid to send their children to school. Polar bear and human interactions are increasingly likely as climate change reduces the sea-ice habitats of polar bears, forcing them onto land for longer periods of time. Maryland Land Preservation and Recreation Plan open for comment Hurricane force wind sets new record atop North Carolina’s Grandfather Mountain Residents terrified as dozens of polar bears invade Russian towncenter_img The Maryland Department of Natural Resources is seeking public comment on the draft 2019-2023 Land Preservation and Recreation Plan, which identifies essential issues impacting outdoor recreation and natural resource protection in the state. The plan represents a vision and strategy to provide public outdoor recreation opportunities in Maryland and receives federal funding from the National Park Service’s Land and Water Conservation Fund. Public input is welcome on any part of the plan and can be submitted via the online comment form. The public comment period closes on March 8. A new record has been set atop WNC’s iconic 5,946-foot Grandfather Mountain. Around 4 a.m. on Wednesday, a three-second gust of wind hit 121.3 miles per hour on top of the mountain, breaking the previous record set on December 21, 2012 of 120.7 miles per hour. In comparison, North Carolina’s Mount Mitchell, the highest peak in the eastern United States, saw a gust of wind that reached 77.6 miles per hour at the same time. Grandfather Mountain commonly sees high winds and other extreme weather events. In 2018 the mountain received 10 feet of rain. The park sustained no damage from the record-setting gust of wind.last_img read more

People moves: PenSam leadership becomes one-man show

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first_imgVarma, Swedbank Robur, KPA Pension, ABN Amro Pensioenfonds, NN Group, SRB, Hymans Robertson, MSCI, BNP Paribas, Aviva, Willis Towers Watson, Muzinich & CoPenSam – Benny Buchardt Andersen, director of DKK105bn (€14.1bn) PenSam, has decided to resign from the company at the end of September. Andersen, who is part of PenSam’s two-man leadership team alongside director Torsten Fels, said that after some very exciting and busy years at the Danish labour market pension fund, it was time for him to try something different. He has worked at PenSam for 10 years and became director a year ago. The company said that from now on, it would be led by Fels alone. Fels is now listed as chief executive of PenSam on its website. PenSam recently poached Claus Jørgensen from competitor PKA to become its new CIO.  Varma – Hanna Kaskela has been appointed to the newly-created role of director of responsible investment at Varma, with effect from 1 September. She will report to Varma’s CIO, Reima Rytsölä, and will be a member of the Finnish pension insurance company’s investment operations’ executive group. A spokeswoman for the company said the creation of the new role underlined the significance of responsible investments for the firm. Varma’s responsible investing specialist had resigned from her position earlier, she said, and the company then decided to re-evaluate the responsible investment operations as a whole. Varma plans to recruit an analyst to further boost its responsible investment resources, the spokeswoman said.Swedbank Robur – Eva Axelsson has been hired by Swedbank Robur, Swedbank’s asset management subsidiary, as its new head of sustainability research. She comes to the company from Swedish local authority pension fund KPA Pension, where she was head of sustainability. She will start her new job in mid-October this year. Axelsson is replacing Anna Nilsson, who left Swedbank Robur in June. ABN Amro Pensioenfonds – Fred Steenwinkel has been named a non-executive member of the one-tier-board of the €26bn ABN Amro Pensioenfonds, representing the scheme’s pensioners. Steenwinkel had previously been a member of the pension fund’s accountability body. He is also a board member at the €652m pension fund Equens and the Dutch association of pensioners organisations (NVOG).SRB – Joanne Kellermann is to leave the Single Resolution Board, the European body tasked with managing bank bankruptcies, where she was a director. Her announcement came as a surprise, as she was two-and-a-half years into a term that would have ended in 2020. According to an SRB spokeswoman, Kellermann wanted to “broaden her horizon”. Kellermann left Dutch supervisor De Nederlandsche Bank in 2014, having been director of pension fund supervision for seven years. She was the first female member of DNB’s executive board. Prior to her job at DNB, Kellermann worked as a lawyer at NautaDutilh. She said she would stay on at the SRB until a successor has been found.Nationale Nederlanden (NN Group) – NN Group has appointed Arthur van der Wal, its director of pensions since 2014, to the new position of chief executive of Movir, its subsidiary for labour disability insurance. He started at NN’s collective pensions business and continued at ING Investment Management, where he worked from 1999 to 2011, when he became chief executive of pensions provider and NN subsidiary AZL. Van der Wal has been a member of the executive council of the Pensions Federation and is a member of the foundation council of Netspar, the network for pensions researchers and professionals, and of the advisory board of PensioenLab, the pensions think tank for young workers.MSCI – Guido Giese has joined the company as executive director for equity research, based in London. He was previously head of environmental, social, and governance (ESG) index solutions at RobecoSAM, and before that head of product development at STOXX. Earlier this month, MSCI ESG Research announced the appointment of Mervyn Tang as head of ESG research for Asia Pacific ex-Japan, based in Hong Kong. Tang previously worked at Fitch Ratings, where he was director, Asia Pacific sovereigns, responsible for sovereign analysis and macro forecasting.BNP Paribas – Joost Höppener has started as head of institutional sales at BNP Paribas Asset Management. He has succeeded Rogier van Harten, who was head of institutional clients for continental Europe and the Netherlands. This role has been abolished following the establishment of sales positions for individual countries. Höppener was previously senior relationship manager at BNP Paribas AM. He had a similar job at Fortis Investments before joining BNP Paribas AM. He has also worked as a sales manager at ABN Amro Asset Management.Aviva Investors – The asset manager has hired Sunil Krishnan as head of multi-asset funds. He will join the company in October, from Santander Asset Management. At Santander he was a senior portfolio manager responsible for outcome-oriented funds and asset allocation strategy. Krishnan’s previous roles include head of global asset allocation at Hermes Investment Management and head of market strategy at the BT Pension Scheme, Hermes’ owner. Aviva Investors has also appointed Gavin Counsell as a manager on the Aviva Investors Multi Strategy funds. Counsell has worked at the asset manager for more than five years and replaces Nick Samouilhan, who has joined T Rowe Price.Willis Towers Watson – Paul Devitt has joined the consultancy as a director in its global services and solutions practice. He joined from Aon Risk Solutions, where he specialised in global benefits consulting for over 15 years. He has specialist expertise in employee benefit captive consulting, which aims to help companies protect themselves against the rising cost of providing employee benefits.Hymans Robertson – Tom Dunster has joined the independent pensions and benefits consultancy as a senior investment research consultant. He will lead the firm’s equity research. Before joining Hymans, Dunster was head of fund research at C Hoare & Co, where he worked for six years. He has also worked at Principal Investment Management, now Sanlam Private Wealth, and HSBC Asset Management.Muzinich & Co – The corporate credit specialist has promoted Josh Hughes, formerly managing director of marketing and client relations, to head of global distribution with a focus on key international accounts. The position is new.last_img read more

India great Dhoni retires from international cricket

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first_img Associated Press Shortly after Dhoni’s announcement, former India all-rounder Suresh Raina also said he was retiring from international cricket “It was nothing but lovely playing with you (Dhoni),” Raina, a Chennai teammate, wrote on Instagram. “With my heart full of pride, I choose to join you in this journey. Thank you India.” As well as 18 tests and 78 T20s, the 33-year-old Raina played in 226 ODIs, where he averaged 35 with the bat, including 36 half-centuries and five 100s, and took 36 wickets. ___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports Under his stewardship, India won the T20 World Cup in 2007, the 50-over World Cup in 2011 on home soil, which he spectacularly clinched off his own bat with a six, and the Champions Trophy in 2013. The team also reached the top of the test rankings in 2009 under his leadership.Current top-ranked ODI batsman Virat Kohli, who succeeded Dhoni as India captain, paid an emotional tribute to one of the modern game’s greatest players. “Every cricketer has to end his journey one day, but still when someone you’ve gotten to know so closely announces that decision, you feel the emotion much more,” Kohli said on a social media post. “What you’ve done for the country will always remain in everyone’s heart, but the mutual respect and warmth I’ve received from you will always stay in mine. The world has seen achievements, I’ve seen the person. Thanks for everything skip. I tip my hat to you.” Fitting the impact Dhoni had on the international stage, the broader cricketing world also took to social media to praise and reflect on Dhoni’s decorated 15-year career at the highest level. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditNEW DELHI (AP) — India great Mahendra Singh Dhoni, who revolutionized limited overs cricket with his improvisation and devastating batting power, has announced his retirement from international cricket on Saturday.“Thanks a lot for your love and support throughout. From 1929 hours consider me as retired,” the 39-year-old wicketkeeper-batsman posted on his Instagram account.The news came as he joined his Chennai Super Kings teammates ahead of next month’s Indian Premier League tournament which will be held in the United Arab Emirates because of the coronavirus pandemic. India great Dhoni retires from international cricketcenter_img “Congrats on a wonderful cricketing career,” said Australian great legspinner Shane Warne. “Was a pleasure watching you play & the way you led your troops too. Good luck with everything you choose to do in the future ! Absolute legend.”Former England captain Michael Vaughan also took to Twitter saying “the 2011 World Cup win was Tendulkar’s farewell but masterminded by MS Dhoni. What an incredible international career. You could argue the greatest ever white ball captain & finisher. Cheers for all the memories MS.” In tests, Dhoni made 4,876 runs with the bat, averaging 38. He hit 33 half-centuries and six centuries, and also took 256 catches and made 38 stumpings.In ODIs, he totaled 10,773 runs, averaging 50. He hit 73 half-centuries and 10 centuries, and also took 321 catches and made 123 stumpings.In T20s, Dhoni made 1,617 runs, averaging 37. He hit two half-centuries, and also took 57 catches and made 34 stumpings. August 15, 2020 Dhoni, who played in 90 tests, 350 one-day internationals and 98 Twenty20s for his country, was dropped from India’s list of 27 centrally contracted players in January.Fellow India great S​achin Tendulkar said Dhoni’s contribution had been immense. “Winning the 2011 World Cup together has been the best moment of my life,” the 47-year-old former batting maestro tweeted. “Wishing you and your family all the very best for your 2nd innings.”Dhoni has not played international cricket since last year’s 50-over World Cup, where he scored a half-century in India’s loss to New Zealand in the semifinals.He made his test debut in 2005 and retired from the longer format of the game nine years later.Dhoni was one of his country’s most successful captains before standing down as skipper of the limited-over teams in 2017.last_img read more

Mountain to climb for the Gunners

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first_imgElsewhere, last season’s runners-up Atletico Madrid will have to overturn a 1-0 deficit when they host German side Bayer Leverkusen in their second leg. Arsenal have given themselves a lot of work to do if they’re to reach the quarter-finals of the Champions League for the first time in five seasons.They trail 3-1 after the first leg of their last-16 tie at home to Monaco last night.Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain got an injury-time goal to give Arsene Wenger’s side some hope.last_img read more

PAUL DURCAN REVEALS HOW HE GOT OVER ‘THAT’ MISTAKE IN LAST YEAR’S ALL-IRELAND FINAL

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first_imgGAA: Donegal star Paul Durcan has candidly spoke about his error in last year’s All-Ireland Final defeat to Kerry.Paul DurcanDurcan was left devastated by his mistake and contemplated walking away from the game he loves.In a candid interview with BALLS.ie – Durcan revealed how it was the support of the people around him that really helped him to get over the pain of his error. He praised the role of Donegal manager Rory Gallagher who he said ultimately convinced him to return to the squad ahead of the 2015 season.Durcan was speaking on a podcast called ‘The Hard Shoulder’ and vividly recalls the moment he botched his kickout.Durcan said, “I remember it so well, my heel didn’t hit the ground and the ball didn’t go in the direction it was supposed to.“He (Donaghey) got it and clinically dispatched it to the back of the net. “It’s amazing how such a simple mistake can cause you so much pain, but thankfully with the support of those around me I slowly started to get over it.“I did contemplate walking away but deep down I knew I couldn’t finish my Donegal career in them circumstances.“Rory was very good too. He was in touch with me since he got the job. I was kind of wondering would I go back to it and he convinced me.“And to be honest I think I had my best year for Donegal this year.Durcan is a huge fans favourite with Donegal and supporters are hoping he will return for the 2016 season. Durcan has recently moved to Qatar and that seemed to signal the end of his Donegal career.However, Durcan has dismissed those suggestions and has claimed he will return for the Ulster SFC next May.PAUL DURCAN REVEALS HOW HE GOT OVER ‘THAT’ MISTAKE IN LAST YEAR’S ALL-IRELAND FINAL was last modified: August 25th, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:donegalGAAnewsPaul DurcanSportlast_img read more