Italy’s Fonchim awards €260m to Credit Suisse AM

first_imgFonchim, the €6.8bn pension fund for  the Italian chemical sector, has awarded €260m to Credit Suisse Asset Management, to be managed through a balanced passive strategy in the fund’s growth segment.The mandate will be managed by Credit Suisse AM’s Milan balanced solutions team, which specialises in multi-asset strategies, the fund said.The appointment follows the fund’s move last summer to retender assets worth €1.75bn.The manager has previously managed assets for Italy’s second largest pension fund.  Separately, the Ente Nazionale di Previdenza e Assistenza per i Consulenti del Lavoro (ENPACL), the Italian pension fund for labour consultants, has tendered a mandate for investment consulting services.The scheme is looking to appoint a firm that will provide integrated analysis between assets and liabilities for the specification of a strategic allocation, and the identification of an optimal tactical allocation.The appointed consultant is also expected to offer support monitoring results, and risks and sustainability of investments, for a period of three years.Any requests for clarification must be made exclusively in writing and must be received by 27 February 2020, 12pm CET, through ENPACL’s platform. The deadline to participate is 6 March.last_img read more

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Difficult conditions for the Training of Footballers of B&H in Dublin

first_imgDespite the difficult conditions for training, rain and strong wind did not prevent the coach Mehmed Baždarević and his assistants to have training last night on the field of the local club Wayside Celtic.Medunjanin, Salihović, Šehić, Burić, Hajrović, Sušić- Hodžić, Hadžić, Đurić, Bičakčić, Kolašinac, Grahovac and Bešić have been working under very difficult conditions. Although they are used to it, everyone was surprised when the wind knocked down one of the goals. Soon after that, the coach decided to stop the training, stated the Football Federation of B&H.Second group of football players had a training based on recovery and preparations for today’s training, which is also the last training before the rematch against Ireland.Due to injury from the first match, Mujdža was not training, but undergoing a medical treatment.The official training of the BH team will be held today at Aviva Stadium starting from 7:30 p.m. local time.(Source: klix.ba)last_img read more

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Kurtenbach: We’ll find out if the Raiders are for real in Week 2

first_imgLet’s see if Jon Gruden’s team is one the rest of the NFL needs to take seriously this season.(Nhat V. Meyer/Bay Area News Group) I’ve heard it said that the Raiders’ Week 2 game is a must-win contest.And no, it isn’t that.But Sunday’s game at the Coliseum is a must-impress contest.Let’s see if the Raiders can keep up with one of the best teams in the NFL. Let’s see if Monday’s win over the Broncos — and all the surprising positives that made it happen — were merely mirages. To …last_img read more

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Media Club South Africa top 10 photos of the week

first_imgGet a taste of what’s on offer when you register with Media Club South Africa, with our weekly photo essay on the best photography from the site’s free image library.The image library is a free public service provided by Brand South Africa – there’s no catch. To view the library, and download photos in high resolution, all you need to do is register with the site. Registration is quick and easy, and gives you immediate access to the photos.But remember you can only republish images if you credit Media Club South Africa, including a hyperlink to the site if they’re published on the web. If you don’t credit the site you are liable for financial damages as set out in the image library terms and conditions of use.Here are our top 10 photos of the week, and where they can be found in the library.ABOVE: Phakisa shaft headgear catches the sun at Harmony Gold Mine in the town of Welkom in Free State province. Gold mining is one of the generally rural province’s main industrial activities.Photo: Graeme Williams Find this photo in the image library at Business & Industry 20. (Register and log in first.)ABOVE: A summer thunderstorm brews over the Maluti Mountains in the east of Free State province. The landscape is marked by flat agricultural plains rising to sandstone mountains on the border of the Kingdom of Lesotho, a high and remote mountainous country entirely surrounded by South African territory.Photo: Graeme Williams Find this photo at Countryside 19.ABOVE: Cape Town, Western Cape province: Fisherman use handlines to catch bottom fish off Cape Point south of Cape Town in Western Cape province. The fish they catch is mainly of a species known as hottentot, or black bream, as well as panga.The tip of Cape Point, the southernmost end of the Cape Peninsula, can be seen rising above the ocean in the top left of the photo, with its lighthouse just visible. False Bay lies between Cape Point and the promontory to the right, behind the back of the boat. Photo: Rodger Bosch Find this photo at South Africa at Work 20.LEFT: Cattle graze outside the village of Qunu in the Eastern Cape province, watched by Vuyani Sidubule, a young man wearing the clothes and white body paint of manhood initiation according to Xhosa tradition.Qunu is the home of Nelson Mandela, South Africa’s first democratically elected president, international statesman, and symbol of peace and reconciliation worldwide.Mandela grew up and went to school in Qunu, and tells in his autobiography Long Walk to Freedom how during his childhood in the village he looked after his uncle’s cattle, played with friends, splashed about in swimming holes, and slid down the “sliding stone”. This land still belongs to the Mandela clan.In the village of Qunu you can find the second Nelson Mandela Museum (the first is in the Eastern Cape city of Mthatha) and Mandela’s Eastern Cape home. You can view photos of both at Buildings & Structures 12. Photo: Rodger Bosch Find this photo at People 14.ABOVE: Loftus Versfeld Stadium in Pretoria, Gauteng province. Photo: Chris Kirchhoff Find this photo at 2010 Fifa World Cup 9.LEFT: Vines in close focus in the richly biodiverse indigenous forest of the Tsitsikamma National Park on the border of the provinces of Eastern Cape and KwaZulu-Natal.Tsitsikamma is a a subtropical rainforest bisected by the Storms River, which breaks into the sea at the Storms River Mouth. Photo: Rodger Bosch Find this photo at Nature 12.ABOVE: A bakkie – a South African pickup truck – speeds along one of the the straight and seemingly endless roads of the Northern Cape.The Northern Cape is South Africa’s largest province, taking up a good third of the country’s land area. But it is generally arid and uninhabitable, with a population of some 2% of the national total. It is a starkly beautiful part of the country, and well worth a visit.The roads stretch out as far as the eye can see, with a flat landscape giving way to the ragged Richtersveld Mountains in the north – an area that has been named a World Heritage Site.Photo: Graeme Williams Find this photo at Infrastructure 19.ABOVE: The suburb of Sea Point in Cape Town, with the Lion’s Head mountain peak seen in the background, and a summer sky above.Lion’s Head is to the right of Table Mountain, when viewed from the Cape Town harbour. To the left of Table Mountain is Devil’s Peak.Photo: Jeffrey Barbee Find this photo at Cities 3.LEFT: Sitting alone at the top of a hill outside the Northern Cape town of Sutherland, the Southern African Large Telescope, or SALT, is the largest optical telescope of its kind in the world.The telescope forms part of the Southern African Astronomical Observatory installation in Sutherland, a town chosen by astronomers for its high elevation, clear skies, and remote night skies unpolluted by any lights from human development.Photo: Graeme Williams Find this photo at Buildings & Structures 11.LEFT: After South Africa’s first democratic elections in 1994, the new government went on a concerted drive to build cheap and affordable housing for the country’s poor, under its Reconstruction and Development Programme (RDP).Small, packed in straight rows and painted a rainbow of colours, these “RDP houses”, as they have come to be known, are a distinctive feature across the South African landscape. These RDP houses are on the KwaZulu-Natal North Coast.Photo: Hannelie Coetzee Find this photo at Development 7.To download these and some 2 000 other free high-resolution photos, register with Media Club South Africa. And don’t forget to read the Media Club South Africa image library terms and conditions of use.If you have queries or comments about the image library, or need help, don’t hesitate to contact us at [email protected]last_img read more

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Relationships and Competitive Threats

first_imgI just received a note from a client with whom I have a great relationship. It reminded me of these stories, all true.The salesperson had a great relationship with her client. They spent a lot of time together, and they worked very closely setting up a solution that really worked. When the client got in trouble with a messy legal issue, the salesperson’s advice helped the company out of a seriously complex issue. This salesperson’s competitor dropped off doughnuts and other treats to her client each week, attempting to open the relationship and make a play to displace her. When the competitor left the food stuff at the client’s office, the client called the salesperson to come over so she could share the competitor’s snacks.Another salesperson with a strong relationship had competitor’s who would drop off their pricing and competitive proposals with his client almost weekly. The client saved all of their proposals and prices. Then, when his salesperson showed up to visit, the client handed the salesperson all of his competitor’s proposals, including their pricing.A salesperson had pursued a client for seven years. Over that time, they developed a relationship. When the prospective client decided to make a change, she had three meetings with the salesperson before she met with her internal team to discuss putting the business out to bid. She worked with the salesperson to develop her needs. The salesperson was the most expensive of the four potential partners. All four presented, and the prospective client’s cohorts liked a lower-priced provider. She brought the salesperson into meet with her team a second time. They bought from the salesperson at the higher price.I could write dozens more stories where the salesperson’s relationship helped them win or retain business at a higher price because they had a relationship of value. The relationship either allowed them to win or to avoid competitive threats.What the ROI on relationships of value?last_img read more

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Aishwarya Rai Bachchan encourages differently-abled kids

first_imgMumbai, Dec 18 (IANS) Actress Aishwarya Rai Bachchan says every person is differently-abled because everyone has different abilities and gifts.Aishwarya addressed students, teachers and parents at the Annual Function of Special Kids, hosted by Narsee Monjee Educational Trust, here on Tuesday.”I feel everyone who is present here is differently-abled because we all have different abilities, different gifts but we have the blessing to realise our potential… That is, by far, the best medal we all can give to ourselves and we all can experience. So, kudos to all the participants. May God bless you,” the actress said. Aishwarya thanked the teachers and trainers who worked with the children.The mother of one of them said extra-curricular activities give students an opportunity to realise their potential.She said: “It gives an opportunity to these beautiful kids to participate and realise their potential, dream and more than anything else to build friendship that sports encourages you to experience.”Aishwarya Rai Bachchan next will be seen on-screen along with her actor husband Abhishek Bachchan in Anurag Kashyap’s “Gulab Jamun”.–IANSiv/rb/sedlast_img read more

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a month ago​Man City midfielder Fernandinho: Let’s see how I perform against attacking teams

first_img​Man City midfielder Fernandinho: Let’s see how I perform against attacking teamsby Ansser Sadiqa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester City midfielder Fernandinho is not getting carried away regarding his centre-back performances.The defensive midfielder has needed to move further back in the starting lineup, given injuries to Aymeric Laporte and John Stones.But he knows that despite two wins and clean sheets against Shakhtar Donetsk and Watford, there are many tougher tests to come.”I’m still in an adaptation process,” he said to reporters.”It’s something new for me although I did know since the end of last season that playing as a centre-back was a possibility.”I’ve started training it from the beginning of this season so it’s still new, but I’m trying to learn from that experience.”The way we play makes it a bit easier because we keep the ball with us most minutes.”But when an opponent attacks more through crosses or behind-the-line runs… let’s see how I’m going to perform.” About the authorAnsser SadiqShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

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Fracking returning to NB after firing of top doctor says provincial NDP

first_img(Elsipogtog First Nation resident Amanda Polchies kneels with an eagle feather in front of a line of RCMP officers on Oct. 17, 2013. The iconic image received international recognition. APTN/Ossie Michelin)APTN National NewsNew Brunswick’s top doctor was fired by the provincial Liberal government to clear the way for the lifting of a moratorium on shale gas exploration this spring, according to the leader of the provincial NDP.Provincial NDP leader Dominic Cardy says a senior government source told him Eilish Cleary, New Brunswick’s now-fired chief medical officer, would stand in the way of a government decision to lift the moratorium.A lifting of the moratorium would likely trigger a replay of the intense, Mi’kmaq-led protests that rocked the eastern part of the province throughout 2013. The demonstrations were centered around the Mi’kmaq community of Elsipogtog which was adamantly opposed to shale gas exploration in its claimed territory over fears it would lead to hydraulic fracturing, also known as fracking, and eventually poison the water.As news spread of Cleary’s firing, a Facebook posting appeared calling on people to “warrior up.”During the 2014 provincial election, the victorious Liberal party campaigned on a promise to impose a moratorium on shale gas exploration. Once in government, the Liberals created a commission to study the issue and give the government recommendations, expected in early 2016.Cardy said Monday that the firing of Cleary was connected to the eventual lifting of the shale gas moratorium.“I was told by a person in the bureaucracy today that Dr. Cleary would stand in the way of the report recommending that the moratorium be lifted,” said Cardy, in a Facebook message to APTN National News.APTN contacted Premier Brian Gallant’s office seeking comment, but has yet not received a response. While in Ottawa for a premiers meeting with the prime minister in November, Gallant said consultation with First Nations was necessary on resource development projects.Cleary had been the province’s chief medical officer since 2008 and in 2012 issued a report raised concerns about the health impacts of fracking.She was also in the midst of conducting research into the use of glyphosate—a herbicide widely used on Crown land in the province—when she was put on leave several weeks ago.Cleary announced Monday that she had been fired.Cardy said there needs to be an independent investigation into why she was let go.The NDP leader, who doesn’t have a seat in New Brunswick’s legislature, took to Facebook earlier Monday to criticize the Liberal government over the firing and linked it to the shale gas exploration moratorium.“A senior source has told me Dr. Cleary had to be cleared away before the Liberals overturn their shale gas moratorium next spring,” wrote Cardy. “The Liberals used Dr. Cleary’s work to justify their first flip-flop on fracking. Now, with none of her recommendations having been acted upon, the Liberals need to make sure the Chief Medical Officer of Health is not around to point out their hypocrisy.”The previous Tory provincial government was stuck with an about $10 million bill from the RCMP as a result of anti-fracking demonstrations. The demonstrations hit their apex on Oct. 17, 2013, when a heavily armed RCMP tactical unit raided an anti-fracking camp that had trapped shale gas exploration trucks.The raid, which resulted in about 40 arrests, did not stop the demonstrations and they continued throughout November of that year and featured confrontations with the RCMP and burning tires on a provincial highway.New Brunswick is also the end-point for the Energy East pipeline which faces grassroots opposition in the province and across the country.TransCanada’s Energy East pipeline proposal would carry Alberta mined bitumen across the country to the Irving Oil refining compound in Saint John, [email protected]@APTNNewslast_img read more

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