WhatsApp Pinterest Twitter Facebook Twitter By admin – May 1, 2018 Previous articleDAILY OIL PRICE: May 1Next articleTEA has 15 days to approve new proposal for Ector admin Linda Lynn Cravens A woman was arrested early Tuesday morning on charges related to the possession of suspected meth and suspected drug paraphernalia.Linda Lynn Cravens, 48, was arrested and charged with third-degree-felony possession of a controlled substance and on a warrant regarding an invalid driver’s license, a release from the Ector County Sheriff’s Department said Tuesday.The release states Cravens was stopped for traffic violations in the 7500 block of West 10th Street west of Odessa at around 2:30 a.m. Tuesday, when numerous baggies of suspected meth and drug paraphernalia were found inside her vehicle.Bond was set at $10,000. Cravens was still in custody as of Tuesday afternoon. Pinterest WhatsApp Facebook Woman arrested on drug charges early Tuesday Local NewsCrime
Seven UK consultancies have been appointed to a wide-ranging actuarial and governance framework agreement backed by seven English local government pension schemes (LGPS).The framework agreement, part of the National LGPS Framework project being run by Norfolk County Council, in March sought to appoint companies to advise on actuarial, governance and benefit matters, as well as consult on so-called special projects – a likely reference to work affiliated with the creation of local authority asset pools.The four-year contract, estimated to be worth up to £350m (€441m) if all LGPS availed themselves of the services of those shortlisted, saw all four applicants for the actuarial services win a space within the framework.As a result, Aon Hewitt, Barnett Waddingham, Hymans Robertson and Mercer can all be chosen for actuarial services without a fund’s administering authority having to conduct a formal tender. The same four consultancies were also shortlisted for the benefits consultancy services lot, while KPMG joined the existing list of firms for the governance consultancy services lot – out of a total seven applicants.The final lot, for supply of specialist services, saw 10 firms apply for inclusion but only seven shortlisted.In addition to the five firms already included in the three above lots, Equiniti and PwC can now also be awarded contracts by UK LGPS funds without a formal competitive tender.The framework is the latest in a number of ones tendered by Norfolk County Council in an effort to reduce the cost of procurement of the LGPS sector.The council last year announced that Nigel Keogh, formerly a pensions technical manager at the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy, would join to oversee the procurement exercises on a permanent basis.
Pension funds should start to take seriously recent data on UK life expectancy, which suggests that longevity is not improving as strongly as previously thought, according to PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC).Analysis from the Continuous Mortality Investigation (CMI) has indicated that standardised mortality rates improved by 2.6% a year on average between 2000 and 2011, but since then “have been close to zero”.Raj Mody, PwC’s global head of pensions, said: “Any given pension fund will have to think about how the national data affects their situation specifically – that will depend on the composition of their membership relative to the UK population generally. However, £310bn [€367bn] could be shaved off pension deficits if the latest life expectancy trends are assumed to continue and allowances for previous long-term improvements are removed.“That then puts a fuller funding situation within reach for many pension funds, without relying on excessive cash contributions to repair deficits in the short term. For example, if assets grew by an extra 1% a year than otherwise assumed when working out deficits in the first place, that on average would cover pension liabilities without the need for company cash contributions.”However, he emphasised that the effects would vary depending on each pension fund’s circumstances, and may not become clear for many years.FTSE 100 pension schemes face tough summerTrustee boards of one third of FTSE 100 company pension schemes will face a tough summer of negotiations with sponsors this year, consultancy firm JLT Employee Benefits has warned.This is because they will likely require higher employer contributions to fill funding shortfalls following latest triennial valuations. Schemes likely to be in this group include BAE Systems, BT, GlaxoSmithKline, Lloyds Banking Group, Standard Life, and Tesco, the consultant said.Company directors “will be stuck between a rock and a hard place”, JLT said, as they attempt to balance the interests of the scheme and the company. Uncertainty related to Brexit and the imminent UK general election was likely to have exacerbated the problem through volatility in financial markets.Charles Cowling, director at JLT Employee Benefits, warned the period could lead to more scheme closures due to spiralling costs – Royal Mail is currently in talks over the future of its pension provision – and could also hurt shareholders. Seven FTSE 100 schemes were paying more in pension scheme contributions than in dividends, he said.Brunel LGPS pool launches search for custodian and administratorThe £25bn local government pension scheme project for south-west pension funds – Brunel Pensions Partnership – is searching for a custodian and administrator as it builds its asset pooling offering.The custodian part of the tender is for 10 separate contracts, one for each member of the Brunel Pensions Partnership. The administration contract will cover the entire Brunel project. However, the tender notice said all contracts would be awarded to one successful bidder.Brunel is inviting bids until 5 June. The tender details are available here.Monsanto offloads £100m of liabilitiesScottish Widows has backed a £100m buy-in transaction with the UK pension fund of agriculture firm Monsanto, part of the pharmaceuticals giant Pfizer.In a statement announcing the deal, Scottish Widows said the pension scheme had retained exposure to deflation risk, meaning it would pick up any shortfall incurred by the insurer if the UK enters a deflationary environment. The scheme could offload this risk in the future subject to conditions being met, Scottish Widows said.Emma Watkins, director of bulk annuities at Scottish Widows, said the Monsanto Pension Plan “has been innovative in its approach to inflation protection, leading the way for other schemes to secure different benefits with insurers than those that they are obligated to pay to members”.Matt Wiberg, specialist bulk annuity adviser at Willis Towers Watson, who worked on the deal, said: “The features of this transaction demonstrate the flexibility of the bulk annuity market as it continues to evolve to meet pension funds’ needs.”
Friday checkers flew at Dodge City Raceway Park for IMCA Modified winner Randle McRoberts. (Photo by Lonnie Wheatley)By Lonnie WheatleyDODGE CITY, Kan. (June 16) – Randle McRoberts was first to the checkers in Friday’s IMCA Modified main event at Dodge City Raceway Park.McRoberts slipped by Travis Simmons on the 12th circuit and paced the field the rest of the way.Simmons and McRoberts had started alongside each other on the front row of the main event with Simmons getting the upper hand in the early going. McRoberts chased Simmons for 11 laps before finally pouncing on the lead.Joel Lane followed McRoberts’ lead around Simmons and held second until the final round when Cole Traugott worked his way into the runner-up position after starting 12th. Lane claimed the show position with the father-son duo of Troy and Brendon Gemmill rounding out the top five.Troy Gemmill’s charge to fourth came from the 20th starting position.
SIS grows Latin American footprint through Betcris deal August 12, 2020 Submit Share Jason Ader – No Boogeyman… Activism will play a vital part in reshaping gambling August 20, 2020 Related Articles StumbleUpon SIS adds Irish Greyhound Derby to its portfolio August 13, 2020 Share Racing content and data provider Sports Information Services (SIS) has confirmed the appointment of Ian Baynes, who will drive the company’s international expansion strategy through his new role as Commercial Director. In his new role, Baynes will be responsible for SIS’s Sales function, tasked with increasing the company’s international penetration and commercial revenues, as well as maximising opportunities with existing customers.Richard Ames, CEO of SIS, said: “I am delighted to welcome Ian to the team and look forward to working with him.“The business has made great progress in the last 18 months, in expanding into new territories and online, and Ian’s international sales experience will only help us enhance our efforts in new markets over the next few years.”Baynes has previously held a number of key senior international roles and has a wealth of experience in managing and developing large international sales teams in multiple vertical markets.Prior to starting his new role, Baynes held the position of Global Commercial Director at Fluid Ads as well as working as the Regional Vice President EMEA at IGT.Ian Baynes, SIS Commercial Director, said: “I’m thrilled to have joined SIS. It’s an exciting period for the business as new products such as the 24/7 Live Channels and Competitive Gaming gain traction with operators across the globe. “I’m looking forward to helping the company achieve its ambitious plans in extending its presence across the world, as well as supporting our existing operator partners to continue to drive their betting revenues.”
The potential of the North Coast Section following the lead of other high school governing bodies and implementing a pitch count rule didn’t necessarily sneak up on anybody.But there’s going to be something a little different during the 2017 high school baseball season on the North Coast nonetheless.High school baseball in California is following the lead of Little League, as the NCS’ Board of Managers has officially voted to use a pitch count rule that is aimed to protect and limit …
Google SMS suite Internet giant Google is targeting Africa’s mobile phone users with the introduction, starting in Uganda, of Google SMS, a suite of mobile applications which will allow people to access news, information and advice on health, agriculture, weather, sport and more via SMS (text). Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material Google SMS is a suite of mobile applications that will allow people to access news and information via SMS. “This is especially true in Africa, which has the world’s highest mobile growth rate and where mobile phone penetration is six times internet penetration,” Google says. “One-third of the [world’s] population owns a mobile phone, and many more have access to one. The service is currently supported through MTN in Uganda only. It also includes Google Trader, a SMS-based marketplace application that helps buyers and sellers find each other. People can use the application to find, sell or buy any type of product or service, from used cars and mobile phones to crops, livestock and jobs. According to a post on googleblog.blogspot.com this week, Google is aiming to reach a broader base of people, not only those who can afford to access the internet via computer from the convenience of their workplace or home. In many places around the world, people are looking to their phones to find the information they need in their daily lives, says Google. “We worked closely together as part of Grameen Foundation’s Application Laboratory to understand information needs and gaps, develop locally relevant and actionable content, rapidly test prototypes, and conduct multi-month pilots with the people who will eventually use the applications have truly been a global effort, and created with Ugandans, for Ugandans,” says Google. SAinfo reporter Both Google SMS Tips and Google Trader represent the fruits of unique partnerships among Google, the Grameen Foundation, MTN Uganda and other local organisations. Then there’s Google SMS Tips, an SMS-based query-and-answer service that enables a mobile phone user to have a web search-like experience: “You enter a free form text query, and Google’s algorithms restructure the query to identify keywords, search a database to identify relevant answers, and return the most relevant answer,” Google explains. However, most mobile devices in Africa only have voice and SMS, or text, capabilities, and so Google has decided to focus its technological efforts on the continent on SMS. 30 June 2009 Unique partnerships “We’re just beginning. We can do a lot more to improve search quality and the breadth – and depth – of content on Google SMS, especially on Tips and Trader. Google SMS is by no means a finished product, but that’s what’s both exciting and challenging about this endeavour.”
8 December 2010A group of internationally acclaimed South African musicians have come together to form a Quartet of Peace that is using classical music to promote worldwide the ideals of reconciliation, freedom and hope represented by South Africa’s four Nobel Peace laureates.Chief Albert Luthuli, Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu, and former presidents Nelson Mandela and FW de Klerk are the inspiration behind the quartet’s formation.The Quartet of Peace consists of David Juritz, also leader of the London Mozart Players; Suzanne Martens, previous concert master of the Cape Philharmonic Orchestra and a lecturer in the University of Stellenbosch’s music faculty; Gareth Lubbe, principal violist of the Gewandhaus Orchestra in Leipzig, Germany; and Peter Martens, former principal cellist of the Cape Philharmonic Orchestra and currently artistic administrator and director of the Stellenbosch International Chamber Music Festival.Juritz is first violin and Suzanne Martens is second violin, while Lubbe is the violist and Peter Martens plays the cello.The quartet kicked off its international tour with a debut concert in Stellenbosch University’s Endler Hall on 15 October 2010. Its official launch concert took place at the Kings Place recital hall in London on 5 December, and raised money for children affected by poverty and war.The event was held with the support of the London Chamber Music Society and featured the UK premiere of composer Eugene Skeef’s new work Uxolo (an Nguni word meaning “forgiveness”).Skeef, who also works in conflict resolution, composed the piece especially for the quartet’s performances.Besides Skeef’s Uxolo, the quartet also performed works by JS Bach, Mozart, Ravel and Bach.Music fosters reconciliationThe remarkable project is the realisation of world-renowned luthier Brian Lisus’ dream – held since Mandela’s inauguration as President of South Africa in 1994 – to use music to foster peace and reconciliation in the world.His vision has become a reality as friends with a passion for classical music and string instruments have rallied around him. offering their assistance to get the Quartet of Peace project off the ground.And since the eminent musicians have volunteered their talents at no cost, the project has developed into a large initiative receiving interest and support from the French minister of arts and culture and the London Chamber Music Society, among others.Lisus hand-crafted brand new string instruments for members of the quartet. The four instruments carry the inscriptions of peace, reconciliation, hope and freedom on the back – the Mandela cello is named Hope, the Luthuli violin is Freedom, the Tutu violin is Peace, and the De Klerk viola is Reconciliation.Message of peaceFurthermore, the musicians are taking the message of peace to local and international audiences with the music of accomplished South African-born composer, percussionist and poet Skeef, now resident in London.Skeef’s involvement in the initiative is interesting, as he was a young activist during apartheid who co-led literacy campaigns in schools and communities across South Africa. He currently serves on the board of directors of the London Philharmonic Orchestra, among many other commitments.The prominent artists were all inspired by the idea of taking the ideals of Mandela, Tutu, De Klerk and Luthuli to the world.They were also motivated by the fact that concert proceeds go towards Musequality projects that uplift and heal children who are disadvantaged and at risk. One of these, the Hout Bay Music Project, teaches 60 children to play string instruments and drums and also offers lessons in life skills. Another, Melodi Music in Soweto, starts children off on the recorder before they advance to other woodwind instruments.The intention is also to help disadvantaged children and child refugees on the African continent, as music is proving to facilitate healing in youngsters who have experienced hardships early in life.Lisus worked around the clock to complete the cello, the last instrument made for the quartet. He said it had been a long journey to see the initiative come to fruition, but the involvement of “wonderful people” was overwhelming.The violinmaker added that he looked forward to hear the musicians play on his handcrafted instruments and to see the concerts supporting music projects for children around the world.“The Quartet of Peace must make everybody aware of the South African ideals; we want to inspire the world to peace and reconciliation – to walk in the footsteps of Mandela, Tutu, Luthuli and De Klerk.”Concert scheduleThe quartet’s inaugural concert in Stellenbosch on 15 October was followed by a performance at the Sans Souci High School in Cape Town on the next day and then the first international concert in Leipzig, Germany, in St Thomas church where Johann Sebastian Bach is buried.They moved on to London’s Kings Place for the 5 December performance, before travelling to Ljubljana in Slovenia for a 7 December concert.They will give an intimate performance in the L’Atelier de Picasso in Paris, France on 13 and 14 December.According to Skeef’s website, the quartet is awaiting confirmation from the Nobel Peace Prize committee of an 11 December performance at the Peace Prize ceremony in Oslo. The composer is also currently organising a special performance of the Quartet of Peace at the home of Nelson Mandela.A special fundraising concert will take place on 16 December, South Africa’s Day of Reconciliation.First published by MediaClubSouthAfrica.com – get free high-resolution photos and professional feature articles from Brand South Africa’s media service.
The CSIR, the Agricultural Research Council and Nestlé, together have launched a new range of noodles made from the nutritious indigenous vegetable morogo. It is an innovative commercial product that is expected to benefit local farming, particularly small-scale farmers. A morogo two-minute noodles product line is launched by Nestlé brand Maggi in October 2015, utilising the “proven health benefits of the leafy vegetable and, at the same time, helping (to) develop small-scale farming in South Africa”. (Image: Nestlé) A new locally grown and manufactured consumer product, Maggi 2-Minute Morogo Noodles, is the result of a three-year collaborative research project between South Africa’s Department of Science and Technology (DST), Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) and Agricultural Research Council (ARC), and multinational food group Nestlé to develop the commercial potential of the popular vegetable staple and its farmers.This latest development falls in line with the vision of the National Development Plan, which has a particular focus on key areas such as rural development, skills development and job creation.An added benefit is the export possibilities for the product to the rest of the world. This would give South African small-scale agriculture a competitive jumpstart in those markets.The partners researched South Africa’s biodiversity to confirm morogo’s nutritional and pharmaceutical benefits, as well as its functional food applications. The Nestlé @CSIR and @ARCSouthAfrica teams who made the creation & production of the Morogo Noodles possible #CSIR70 pic.twitter.com/LFBX45naW1— Nestlé South Africa (@NestleSA) October 8, 2015 Science and Technology Minister Naledi Pandor made the breakthrough announcement on 8 October at the fifth CSIR Conference. The department “is proud of this key milestone where we successfully translated academic research into an innovative commercial product, which will be enjoyed by South African consumers,” she said.Dr Rachel Chikwamba, the CSIR’s group executive for strategic alliances and communication, added: “We provided our expertise in the processing of indigenous products to jointly develop this innovative product with Nestlé that will benefit the people of our country.” How Nestlé is turning South Africa’s traditional leafy greens to gold – AFKInsider http://t.co/2vuZDY3Yaq pic.twitter.com/kOeeZMInHK— Leona Ungerer (@ungerlm) October 11, 2015 This is the first time that morogo, also known as amaranthus, has been used in large-scale processed food production. Nestlé’s long-term stated goal is to help local small-scale farmers boost their income by producing morogo on a commercial scale.Various other leafy greens, including cleome and cow pea, were considered and assessed by Nestlé and the CSIR and ARC research teams for nutrient bioavailability during digestion. After extensive study and consumer research, morogo was ultimately chosen for its versatility and abundance. The Morogo Noodles are available at Shoprite for now. To know more about it: http://t.co/cCEpCl9Wyu. pic.twitter.com/tfKynU3HO0— Nestlé South Africa (@NestleSA) October 9, 2015 Nestlé, the company said, was using morogo for a new line of Maggi two-minute noodles “because of its proven health benefits, particularly the presence of beta carotene, minerals and protein”.Morogo, with its distinctive leaves and taste, is extremely adaptable. It grows easily in various weather and soil conditions.“In South Africa, indigenous knowledge has massive potential for research, development and innovation,” said Pandor. “We successfully translated academic research into an innovative commercial product which will be enjoyed by South African consumers.”Nestlé’s collaboration with the South African government demonstrated the company’s commitment to communities in which it did business, said Ravi Pillay, its South African director of corporate affairs. It was a way of “leveraging global expertise for local preference”.It was also an opportunity for South Africa’s small-scale farmers, said Chikwamba.“We also evaluated the commercial viability of producing African leafy vegetables in a sustainable manner for commercial and smallholder farmers,” said Shadrack Moephuli, the chief executive of the ARC.Sources:AFKInsiderCSIRNestlé
AFC CUP PHOTOPhilippines Football League club Global Cebu starts its uphill climb to qualify out of its group in the AFC Cup on Saturday when it battles FLC Thanh Hoa of Vietnam at My Dinh Stadium in Hanoi.Following the departure of skipper Misagh Bahadoran, midfielder Dennis Villanueva and defender Amani Aguinaldo, Global is faced with a tough task of getting its act together quickly with new signings Daniel Gadia, Jinggoy Valmayor, Curt Dizon and Ian Lee expected to play key roles.ADVERTISEMENT Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City “I’ve seen watching some of their games to see their strengths and weaknesses,” said Allado. “I believe the team had a good run last year. They also trained in South Korea which is colder than here so they are ready.”With Bahadoran’s departure, goalkeeper Patrick Deyto has been elevated to captain the side.Deyto said starting their campaign on the wrong foot in a group that also includes Bali United of Indonesia and Yangon United of Myanmar will be one of the keys to surviving the group stage.“I agree with our coach that playing away from home is always hard but we will do everything to get the full three points,” said Deyto.ADVERTISEMENT With extraordinary political theater, Winter Olympics begin Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises LATEST STORIES Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers Read Next 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting MOST READ John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Coach Marjo Allado’s charges will be up against a Thanh Hoa side that reached the final round of qualifying in the AFC Champions League a few weeks ago. Kickoff for the match is set at 5:30 p.m.The Filipino mentor admitted kicking off their campaign on the road makes their path to the knockout stages even more difficult.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“An away game is always tough to start a tournament but we will give our best to have a good result ,” said Allado.Allado is aware of the threat posed by Thanh Hoa, which finished second in the Vietnamese top flight last season. AFP official booed out of forum Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments