This Thursday, November 10th, Water Collective will hold their 6th Annual Gala to support clean water efforts for communities in West Africa and India. Held at the Union Square Ballroom, the event will feature music by DJ Coco Robert (MTV, VH1), an open bar, refreshments and special indoor experiences, including a look at the progress the organization has made through a photo/art gallery of images around the world. You can purchase tickets here.The event also has a silent auction planned, which has a number of exciting prizes. The Brooklyn Bowl recently contributed to the cause, offering up four tickets to any show as an item in the auction. Live For Live Music will also be donating two tickets to our Fool’s Paradise destination event in St. Augustine, FL next Spring and Brooklyn Comes Alive in Fall 2017, in addition to two tickets to any of our upcoming shows in NYC:-Kitchen Dwellers at American Beauty 11/11-Dumpstaphunk’s Phunksgiving Eve at American Beauty 11/23-Jazz is PHSH at the Cutting Room 11/26-Aqueous & Mungion at American Beauty 11/28-Spafford & the Magic Beans at American Beauty 12/30 or 12/31CEG Presents will also be offering tickets to over 50 of their upcoming shows in the NYC area, from Snarky Puppy to Marcus Kind Band. A full list of CEG offerings can be found at the bottom of this article.These tickets are just a few of many exciting options, including tickets to Hamilton the Musical, tickets to a New York Knicks game, a trip for two to Belize, a private villa for 6 in the Dominican Republic, field level New York Mets seats and a signed baseball, a Flywheel Sports package, and more.Water Collective is an international nonprofit that secures life-lasting clean water for rural communities in Africa and India. The organization was founded in 2011 to resolve the shortcomings of clean water access in the developing world, where 40% of water points are not working at any given time. 20-70% of installed handpumps in Sub-Saharan Africa are no longer functioning. In the estimated 1-4 billion people without safe drinking water, millions more have been stripped of a water source they used to have. In Africa alone it is estimated that in the past 20 years, 70 million people have lost access to safe water due to a failed source.You can find out more about this important cause here, and access the auction to Brooklyn Bowl and Live For Live Music tickets, among the many other prizes, here.1 Pair of Tickets For The Following Shows From CEG Presents:11/11 The Hip Abduction with Madaila @ Drom11/11 Reggae Night: Top Shotta Band ft. Screechy Dan, Challenger and Brother Jerome @ The Hall at MP11/12 God Street Wine @ Cutting Room Sold Out!11/15 Choir! Choir! Choir! With special guest Colin Hay @ The Hall at MP11/17 Monkey Ranch: Music of The Radiators & more “Walking to New Orleans” @ The Hall at MP11/17 Give Thanks To The Funk Darla with Yellowcake @ Drom11/18 Monkey Ranch: Music of The Radiators & more “Crawfish & Chips” @ The Hall at MP11/18 A Tribute to Bon Jovi & Journey with BonJourney @ Drom11/18 Dopapod & Pigeons Playing Ping Pong @ Irving Plaza11/19 Monkey Ranch: Music of The Radiators & more “Fish Head Soul Explosion” @ The Hall at MP11/25 Official Lotus at PlayStation Theater After-Party with Luke The Knife and Beard-o-Bees @ BB King Blues Club11/26 Cory Henry & The Funk Apostles @ Brooklyn Bowl11/26 Jazz is PHSH @ Cutting Room – 8pm & 11pm Shows12/2 Philip Lassiter ft. Jay Jennings, Justin Stanton, & Mike Maher of Snarky Puppy @ The Hall at MP12/3 Pressing Strings with Little Bird, Mo Lowda & The Humble @ Drom12/7 Street Corner Symphony with Andy Davis @ le poisson rouge12/15 Rebirth Brass Band w/ Pitchblak Brass Band @ The Hall at MP12/16 Rebirth Brass Band w/ John The Martyr, DJ Cochon de Lait @ The Hall at MP | 8pm & 11pm Shows12/17 Rebirth Brass Band with DJ Cochon de Lait @ The Hall at MP | 8pm & 10:30pm Shows12/18 Holidelic ft. Everett Bradley @ Highline Ballroom12/18 NRBQ @ The Hall at MP12/21 Boy Named Banjo with Kendall Street Company, Moose Kick and Chestnut Groove @ The Hall at MP12/22 The Last Schmaltz with The Jewbadours featuring Ari Hest, Julian Velard & Colin Smith @ Highline BallroomPre and Post-Phish at MSG | www.phishafterparties.com12/28 Thankful for Being Amy: An All-Star Tribute to Amy Winehouse ft. Elise Testone @ The Cutting Room | 8pm & 11:55pm12/28 Hayley Jane & The Primates Do BOWIE @ Lucille’s at BB King Blues Club | 11:55pm12/28 Particle @ American Beauty | 11:55pm12/29 Dead Sessions The Music of The Grateful Dead @ American Beauty | 4pm & 11:55pm12/29 Kung Fu @ The Cutting Room | 11:55pm12/29 lespecial @ Drom | 11:55pm12/30 Pink Talking Fish: Animals @ Gramercy Theatre 11:55pm12/30 Marcus King Band @ The Cutting Room | 11:55pm12/31 The Stella Blue’s Band @ American Beauty | 4pm12/31 Holly Bowling @ The Cutting Room | 3pm12/31 NYE Late Night James Brown Dance Party feat. Clyde Stubblefield of James Brown Band, Giant Country Horns, Elise Testone & more | 1:30am (Technically 1/1)12/31 NYE Late Night Snarky Puppy @ Irving Plaza | 1:30am (Technically 1/1)12/29 The Skints @ The Knitting Factory12/30 Snarky Puppy @ Irving Plaza | 8pm12/31 Snarky Puppy @ Irving Plaza | 8pm12/31 NYE with Too Many Zooz and Brasstracks @ Gramercy Theatre | 8pm1/5 Dirkschneider Back to Roots Tour – 2 Hour set with only Accept Songs @ Stage 481/21 Almost Queen- A Tribute to Queen @ Highline Ballroom2/18 Ripe, Lawrence @ Irving Plaza2/23 Lordi @ Stage 483/25 Beyond The Wall: The Complete Pink Floyd Experience Music from The Wall & Beyond @ The Hall at MP
Net new money from institutional clients slowed a bit last year from CHF8bn in 2012 to CHF7.2bn, yet overall assets under management continued grow to CHF109.6bn, an increase of 11% year on year.In the first half of 2014, however, Vontobel saw an “anticipated” slowdown in net new money, with inflows and outflows also from institutional investors balancing themselves out.In its half-year report, it said: “Some global investors have reduced their allocation to the emerging markets – the impact of which was felt in the asset management industry.”With the realignment of the business model, the bank said Vontobel Asset Management’s “efficient and modern” organisational structure would “take account of global competition”.The new division will operate under the name Vontobel Asset Management AG, pending the approval of the Swiss regulator and Bank Vontobel shareholders. Swiss bank Vontobel is spinning off its asset management business into a separate legal entity to increase its international competitiveness.It pointed out that the independence of asset managers was assigned “high importance” in most asset management markets and a “key selection criterion” applied by international consultants and clients.Asset management is one of the major contributors to Vontobel’s bottom line and has been growing in importance for the bank in recent years.As of the end of 2013, profits from this segment of the business stood at CHF103.3m (€84.3m), a 37% year-on-year increase, while overall group net profit amounted to CHF122.3m.
Liability management deals for mid-sized UK private sector defined benefit (DB) pension schemes are becoming more viable and may very well contribute to what is anticipated to be a strong year for de-risking transactions, according to Barnett Waddingham, an actuarial and consultancy services provider.The company published the findings of its fourth annual survey* of DB schemes in the UK with more than £1bn (€1.3bn) in assets, noting that only 3% remained open to new members.Fewer schemes have a deficit on a company accounting basis, down to 67% from 75%, Barnett Waddingham said, noting that schemes with a lower or no deficit “may be more able to secure their liabilities with an insurance company”.Andrew Vaughan, partner at the consultancy, said activity among the largest private sector schemes, such as the removal of longevity risk and liability-driven investment strategies, “will inevitability work its way down to smaller schemes”. He added: “Only a handful of big defined benefits schemes remain open to new members, and the number closed to future pension accrual is increasing year on year.“Many of these will ultimately be looking to the insurance market to transfer risk through buyouts or buy-ins, medical underwriting and longevity risk transfers.“We have seen a significant amount of activity in these markets in the last year, and we expect this to continue.”Barnett Waddingham expects more than £20bn in longevity risk transfer deals this year.Longevity swaps have in the past been the preserve of the largest pension schemes, but they are becoming more accessible to mid-sized schemes due to “growth in reinsurer appetite, efficiencies and innovative structures”.Aon Hewitt has said this year is likely to bring another record for bulk annuity and longevity swap deals.Releasing its 2016 risk settlement market report, the company noted that risk settlement transactions exceeded £30bn last year compared with £22bn in 2014.Martin Bird, senior partner and head of the risk settlement group, said Aon Hewitt was “confident 2016 will again be a bumper year for the risk settlement market”.He added: “Volatility in stock markets in 2015 and continued low yields posed challenges to funding levels, but once market conditions improve, pension schemes will start de-risking, and there will be a market of £20bn or more required for bulk annuity transactions alone.”*The survey covers 160 schemes and is based on publicly available data up to 31 October 2015
Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on September 7, 2011 at 12:00 pm Contact Rachel: [email protected] Mark Brode shakes his head when asked about the Orange and Blue game from Aug. 12. He wants to erase the scrimmage between Syracuse’s returning players and its newcomers from his memory. Brode and the returners were embarrassed, losing 5-1.‘I think at the time it represented something,’ Brode, a junior midfielder said. ‘There’s definitely a little rivalry between us and them and practices got a little intense.’That intensity can be traced to the team’s 13 freshmen, a huge incoming class. This year’s men’s soccer squad has 19 new players that make up more than half the team. Many of the newcomers are expected to play critical roles in getting SU (1-2, 0-0 Big East) back on track following last season’s 2-10-5 record. And after their performance in that intrasquad exhibition game, it became evident that they would be crucial to determining the fate of the team in 2011.The chemistry between the returning players and newcomers will be key for Syracuse as it tries to reach the lofty goal put forth by head coach Ian McIntyre. He wants to make the Big East tournament, a feat the Orange hasn’t accomplished since 2005. But following two straight losing seasons, including one under his watch, the second-year head coach just wants to see his team compete more than anything.‘He can really show what he can do as a coach,’ said former SU defender Dan McGowan, who graduated in May. ‘I definitely think the team has a better chance this year.’AdvertisementThis is placeholder textAnd playing the newcomers will be a part of building that competitive mentality. The Orange has found success with new players stepping up early on.Senior forward Dan Summers, who transferred from Hartwick, has provided the Orange with an experienced playmaker on offense. He hasn’t scored through three regular-season games, but he has been a revelation in moving the ball offensively for a unit that struggled to find the back of the net throughout 2010 and early in 2011.And then there’s the back four on defense. Three are freshmen, yet they’ve combined to make the defense a strength of the team in the early part of the season.‘With all of the new players, many of them young, he will continue to test them and get a feel for what they are ready for and capable of,’ former SU goalkeeper Jeremy Vuolo said in an email to The Daily Orange. ‘Those that are ready and capable will be the players Mac relies on.’One of those freshmen defenders is Skylar Thomas, who has scored two goals in three games to lead the Orange offensively.But even one of Thomas’ goals, his tally against Canisius, was a stroke of luck. A corner kick took a fortunate bounce his way, and he headed it in for SU’s first goal of the season.In that same game, Summers was all over the field, aiding the aerial attack from an offensive standpoint. He used his body like a weapon, throwing it at the ball and fighting to gain possession.McIntyre has seen that relentless style of play in the freshman class, too. Perhaps it’s rubbed off on them from the experienced Summers.‘That freshness, that energy and enthusiasm has been great,’ McIntyre said. ‘It’s been contagious, and there’s been a good vibe in practice.’That vibe has continued from practice to games so far, even if the team has only won once in three tries. The players are starting to get comfortable with each other on and off the field.Just one month ago hardly anyone knew each other. At the beginning of the preseason, new goalkeeper Phil Boerger said everyone arrived in Syracuse and met pretty much for the first time.There was no key nucleus returning from last year. Newcomers and veterans alike fought for starting spots.Boerger, another new senior, was one of the first newcomers to arrive at Syracuse when he came last spring. Then there were roughly a dozen players left on the team after transfers and graduation. Now there are 31.‘The whole team is new and everyone’s getting used to it,’ Boerger said. ‘It was a quick adjustment. But I think we’ve done well.’Boerger’s assessment rings true now. The team has come a long way since that Orange and Blue game in August when the sides were four goals apart. The blowout set the tone for competition this season.‘It breeds a competitive environment,’ the former defender McGowan said. ‘It’s good for the team.’With the large group of newcomers, McIntyre has players that fit his system as he moves through the second year of his tenure. There won’t be as much of a retraining process that the 2010 team went through with some of its players used to former SU head coach Dean Foti’s system.The newcomers give the team a better chance at a winning record, but it’s important to remember that they’re still freshmen. The veteran presence of the returning players remains crucial as the first-year players adjust to the college game.Vuolo knows the valuable dynamic the veterans bring to the team. As last year’s starting goalkeeper for the Orange, Vuolo dealt with a similar amount of turnovers at the beginning of last season. He himself was a transfer from Hartwick.‘The majority of the returning players have been in high-profile games before,’ Vuolo said. ‘So when the pressure begins to build and as the season progresses, the younger players will be able to look to them as examples.’And Vuolo said McIntyre understands each player’s abilities and how to use them, new or old.In addition to Thomas, freshman forward Grant Chong seems to be one player McIntyre will rely on heavily. Chong admitted he was both excited and nervous before the exhibition, the first collegiate game of any kind for him.He didn’t think the new guys had a chance to win, that they would instead be ‘pounded’ by the returnees. But in a match filled with tangled feet, head bumping and sliding battles, Chong scored two goals and the newcomers were the ones that provided the pounding.‘We really didn’t have any pressure on us,’ Chong said. ‘We just can’t stop running. We’re always looking to get better because we know we don’t have our spots.’As the younger players solidify their roles on the team, the two sides will merge. There’s leadership coming from the returning members of last year’s team and from a new player in Summers, a senior offensive leader. Plus there’s a huge talent pool to choose from with the 18 other new faces.A few weeks into the season, the Orange and Blue game is close to being erased from the players’ minds. Even for Brode. Any semblance of a rivalry has been tabled as the 2011 squad begins to gel.But coming together as a unit is only half the battle. The team still needs to go out and produce on the field — something last year’s team couldn’t do. SU won’t make it to the Big East tournament without getting results.‘Now it doesn’t matter what year you are or how long you’ve been here,’ McIntyre said. ‘As soon as we pull on that Orange jersey we’re one team. We’re the Syracuse team.’[email protected]
Clubs in Tipperary have again expressed frustration at the interruptions to the championship caused by inter-county games.Ballingarry are involved in the Seamus O’Riain round robin series as they bid to avoid relegation to Intermediate level.However manager James Ivors says their efforts this season like many others has been impacted on by Tipperary’s involvement in the various intercounty competitions. Photo © Tipp FM
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RELATED ARTICLES Burning wood safelyHaving used a wood stove as a primary heating source for over 30 years, I’m pleased to report that I have never had problem, though evidence in both the house we’re moving out of and our new (old) house shows that other occupants have dealt with fires on multiple occasions. In fact, based on extensive charred wood I’ve found around the chimneys, it’s very lucky that either house is still standing.There’s a reason that building codes call for specific set-backs from combustible materials and require insulated flue pipe wherever it extends through building components. With any installation of a wood stove, pellet stove, or any other wood-burning equipment, follow manufacturer recommendations carefully to ensure safe operation. The morning paper had yet another story about a destructive house fire — fortunately no fatalities (this time*), but the total loss of another home and another family’s belongings. And like many others, the culprit appears to have been the wood stove.So many of the home fires we experience in Vermont result from trying to keep warm. Some have to do with faulty installation of wood heating equipment; many others result from improper operation of that equipment or management of the ash. * The morning this article came out in our local paper, the front page of that paper had a story of a tragic house fire in my home town of Dummerston in which two people died. No word yet on the cause, but I suspect it will be related to heating. All About Wood StovesWood Stoves: Safety FirstHeating With Wood Safely and Efficiently Managing ashesMost of the wood-heat-related fires that friends of mine have dealt with have to do not with the wood stove itself, but with ashes. My wife and I store the ashes that we remove from our wood stove in several metal trash cans, and then periodically we scatter those ashes on our garden and fields. We have enough storage that we typically spread the ashes only once a year — in the spring or fall.An experience last year showed me just how risky spreading ashes can be. I must have run out of ash storage capacity so had to spread some ashes in the spring when we were still using the wood stove. I spread ashes that I had removed from the wood stove weeks earlier, so I hadn’t thought there could possibly be hot coals, but after scattering a number of shovelfuls I noticed some threads of smoke from the grass where ashes had been spread.I was easily able to deal with the few hot embers using patches of snow that remained on the ground, but it reminded me just how long coals can stay hot when buried in ashes. I’m almost sure those ashes had been in the ash can for at least two weeks. Other fire risks in cold weatherIt isn’t only wood heat that creates a fire risk. Gas- and oil-fired furnaces and boilers can also malfunction, and that happens more commonly in the coldest weather when they are working the hardest.Cold weather is also when homeowners are likely to use portable electric space heaters. These can overload electrical circuits or result in shorts in the power cord, particularly if the cords are very old or damaged by pets or abrasion. Every year I hear about fires caused by electric space heaters. Examine the cords to those heaters carefully and replace as needed.In very cold weather we also sometimes hear about homeowners who use a kitchen oven for heat. Whether gas or electric, ovens should never be used for space heating; they aren’t designed for it. When gas ovens (propane or natural gas) are used for space heat, they also introduce combustion products to the house — and all open combustion of gas introduces a lot of water vapor, which can be a problem in some situations. (I actually discourage all open combustion in houses — i.e., gas ranges, cooktops, and ovens — but the indoor air quality issues are much greater when those appliances are used for heating.) On the safe-operation front, a good starting point is to burn only well-seasoned wood. (I admit to a track record that hasn’t always been great in this department.) With dry wood, there will be less need to operate the wood stove with the door ajar an less need to open it up to adjust the logs during operation — both potential risks.A big part of burning wood is about storing firewood. If, like a lot of people, you have a wood shed for storing the bulk of your wood outdoors and bring in smaller amounts for storage near the wood stove, pay attention to setback from the stove and excessive accumulation of bark and detritus near the wood stove that could catch fire from a wayward ember. Alex is founder of BuildingGreen, Inc. and executive editor of Environmental Building News. In 2012 he founded the Resilient Design Institute. To keep up with Alex’s latest articles and musings, you can sign up for his Twitter feed. Energy conservation is always safeGenerating heat to create warmth nearly always carries some risk. But reducing the need for supplemental almost never does.Improved insulation, plugging holes in the heated envelope, tightening up leaky windows, and other energy conservation improvements are the best strategies for ensuring safety in houses in cold weather.Not only are superinsulated houses safer from fire because they require less heat to keep warm, but they are also safer in the event of power outages or interruptions in heating fuel — the resilience argument I’m always making. You’ll remain comfortable longer if you can’t operate your heating system, and if you do need to operate a separate space heater, it will be for a shorter period of time.Safe is good. And conserving energy is the best way to achieve that safety.
Fireworks light up the Jawaharlal Nehry Stadium at the CWG opening ceremony on Sunday evening.Putting behind months of controversies, New Delhi put together a spectacular opening ceremony for the 19th Commonwealth Games, which received the approval of all watching.The show of colour, light, music and dance at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium left the 65,000-plus present there screaming in delight as the 12-day sporting extravaganza kicked off with participating teams from 71 members of the Commonwealth.Prince Charles, filling in for Queen Elizabeth II, declared the Games open after which President Pratibha Patil, making a short speech, said, “Let the Games begin!”AR Rahman capped the evening with his CWG anthem, Jeeyo Utho Badho, followed by Jai Ho, which the crowd gladly sung along.Among those attending the grand opening were Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, Congress president Sonia Gandhi and general secretary Rahul Gandhi, and Patil’s husband Devi Singh Shekhawat.Manmohan said: “Welcome to India, welcome to these Games. It is a proud moment for the country. We invite all our guests to enjoy our hospitality.”CWG chief Michael Fennell, who was critical of the Games preparations, acknowledged the big, through belated, turnaround. “Congratulations to the Organising Committee. Let us join hands in celebrating the glorious opening ceremony,” he said.Abhinav Bindra leads the Indian contingent at the Commonwealth Games opening ceremony at the Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium in New Delhi.The Delhi Games organising committee chief Suresh Kalmadi was initially welcomed by the large crowd here, but later booed by it. advertisement”India is ready to host the games,” Kalmadi said, reading out from a prepared speech, sounding confident and not a man whose career in sports administration nearly came to an end because of the problems leading up to this day.Kalmadi also mentioned AB Vajpayee in his speech as he brought the Games to India. At the parade of the participating contingents, the Pakistan team received loud cheers. But the roof was brought down the moment ace marksman and Olympic hero Abhinav Bindra led the Indian contingent on to the park.Patil, Manmohan and Sonia all stood up to applaud the Indian team, which aims to finish with a best ever CWG rank of No. 2.The day’s festivities were marred a little by official broadcaster Doordarshan’s deferred live coverage of the event.Rahman’s act was broadcast only after 10.30 pm, nearly an hour after the opening ceremony had already concluded.