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Amundi, Deutsche, ING and SSgA selected for ECB’s ABS spree

first_imgThe European Central Bank (ECB) has appointed four asset managers to execute its asset-backed securities (ABS) purchase programme – Amundi and Amundi Intermédiation, Deutsche Asset & Wealth Management International, ING Investment Management and State Street Global Advisors (SSgA). The ECB said the appointments followed a competitive negotiated tender procedure. The asset managers will conduct the ABS buying transactions on instructions from, and on behalf of, the Eurosystem, the bank said.Buying decisions will remain the sole responsibility of the Eurosystem, and it will check prices and perform due diligence before approving the deals, the bank said. The buying activity is expected to start during November, after the legal act has been published.The ECB said contracts with the executing asset managers included provisions to mitigate conflicts of interest, such as the separation of teams working for the ECB and those engaged in other activities.Stan Beckers, chief executive at ING Investment Management – soon to become NN Investment Partners – said: “This mandate (…) allows us to put all our knowledge, resources and experience to support the proactive development of European monetary policy.”He said the company was proud to have been selected for the task.last_img read more

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NZ won’t introduce euthanasia Bill, says John Key

first_imgNewsHub 8 November 2016Family First Comment: It will be difficult for Seymour to push his assisted suicide obsession when he’s voted out at the next election No amount of public support for euthanasia will prompt the National Government to put forward legislation to allow medically assisted dying, Prime Minister John Key says.But if a member’s Bill were to be drawn on the issue, it’s highly likely he and more than half the National caucus would support it, he says.Parliament’s health select committee is currently hearing more than 1800 submissions to gauge public opinion on the issue.“There’s such a wide range of views within both the Government and across Parliament that there’s no question that people want to potentially have a debate about that, there’s no question that the law might change over time – but ultimately you’re dealing with a really sensitive issue and I think the process is best handled through a member’s Bill,” Mr Key said on Tuesday.National MPs would “definitely” be granted a conscience vote on the issue, he said.Labour leader Andrew Little says he is not opposed to a Labour Government putting forward legislation, but it would not be a priority.He would support a member’s Bill provided it offered the same safeguards as those put forward by former Labour MP Maryan Street in her End of Life Choices Bill, but has not asked his caucus their views on the topic because it’s a conscience issue.ACT leader David Seymour, who has a private member’s Bill to legalise euthanasia in the ballot, said Mr Little needed to make it clear now if he’d put forward legislation in Government, or if a member’s Bill would be the only way forward.He said it was a good sign that Mr Key supported medically assisted dying and that research into the views of other MPs indicated his bill would have a “pretty decent majority in the House”.“[Mr Key] knows that two thirds to three quarters of New Zealand are in favour of a law change,” Mr Seymour said.“What frustrates me is around a quarter to a half of my parliamentary colleagues haven’t figured that out, and I just wish they’d go back and talk to their electorates and start voting in line with the people they represent,” he said.http://www.newshub.co.nz/politics/nz-wont-introduce-euthanasia-bill-says-john-key-2016110815last_img read more

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Jamaica has US$1.967 billion in net international reserves

first_img Tweet Share Flag of Jamaica. Photo credit: eclacpos.orgKINGSTON, Jamaica (JIS) — Jamaica’s net international reserves (NIR) as at the end December 2011 stood at US$1.967 billion, an increase of some US$5 million over the November 2011 figure of US$1.961 billion.According to the latest NIR update from the Bank of Jamaica (BoJ), the reserves as at December 31 represented over 19 weeks of goods and services imports, based on the estimated value of imports for the 2011/12 financial year.The country’s reserves remain comfortably above the international benchmark of 12 weeks coverage of projected imports of goods and services.During his recent presentation at the quarterly monetary policy report, Governor of the BoJ, Brian Wynter, explained the issues which determine what level of reserves could be considered adequate.“A central bank’s international reserve is considered to be adequate when it satisfies a minimum desired precautionary balance and the central bank, as in Jamaica’s case, is able to intervene in the foreign exchange market as the need arises,” he said.The literature on NIR adequacy has identified three common indicators of reserves adequacy, and according to the Central Bank Governor, these indicators compare the level of gross international reserves to imports, short-term external debt or a broad measure of money supply.However, he observed that more recent thinking suggests that the reserves should be adequate to cover potential outflows in times of stress from all three sources combined. “An assessment of the trajectory of the Bank’s reserves against all of these indicators suggests that the Bank’s reserves will be adequate into the medium term,” he asserted.The NIR is widely regarded as the “force that underwrites stability in the financial markets.”The reserves also serve to assure the convertibility of investments and the stock of blue chip assets that raises the international credit worthiness of residents, both corporate and private. The NIR is therefore seen as the “ultimate form of a contingency” arrangement for the country.Caribbean News Now Share Sharing is caring!center_img NewsRegional Jamaica has US$1.967 billion in net international reserves by: – January 11, 2012 8 Views   no discussions Sharelast_img read more

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Tony Harris first to checkers on Fast Friday at Dixieland

first_imgBy Jim HainesELIZABETH CITY, N.C. (July 17) – Tony Harris has been struggling a little lately with handling in his IMCA Eagle Motorsports Sprint Car but on the third Fast Friday feature of the season he got everything right for his first win of the year.The Virginia Sprint Series victory came at Dixieland Speedway. Charlie Ware and Harris paced the field to green with Harris out first and Ware taking up the charge.The fast, short track suited Harris’ style as he stayed on the cushion while the challengers lined up to fight for the lead.Tom Humphries got by Ware but could only get on the leader’s bumper and never around. It went wrong for Humphries when he got together with a spun car.That incident ended his night and allowed Jerald Harris the next try for the lead. While cars sliced and diced behind him, Tony Harris stayed in the top spot to the checkers.Jerald Harris and Daren Bolac were next across the stripe.Feature results – 1. Tony Harris; 2. Jerald Harris; 3. Daren Bolac; 4. Troy Severin; 5. Kevin Fletcher; 6. French Grimes; 7. Charlie Ware; 8. Anthony Linkenhoker; 9. Glenn Worrell; 10. Eliah Omwake; 11. Chris Ware; 12. Carl Simmons; 13. Cassandra Davis; 14. Mike Leraas; 15. Brian Lawson; 16. Tom Humphries; 17. J.D. Coats.last_img read more

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FL Surgeon General Declares Public Health Emergency Over Hepatitis A

first_imgFlorida Surgeon General Dr. Scott Rivkees declared a Public Health Emergency on Thursday to address the continued increase in Hepatitis A cases.He states, “I am declaring this Public Health Emergency as a proactive step to appropriately alert the public to this serious illness and prevent further spread of Hepatitis A in our state. The best way to prevent hepatitis A is through vaccination.”Rivkees continues, “It is important that we vaccinate as many high-risk individuals as possible in order to achieve herd immunity. I will continue to work with Governor DeSantis and Lieutenant Governor Jeanette Nuñez to take proactive steps to protect the health of Florida’s residents and visitors.”The current breakdown of Hepatitis A cases is:Palm Beach: 45Martin: 32St. Lucie: 26Indian River: 4Okeechobee: 7The Florida Department of Health says that Hepatitis A is caused by a contagious virus that infects the liver and could lead to serious problems.Symptoms include fever, fatigue, loss of appetite, nausea, vomiting, and abdominal pain.Officials encourage anyone with questions or concerns to call the state’s Hepatitis A hotline at: (844) 225-5364.last_img read more

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JetBlue Passenger Tests Positive for Coronavirus at PBIA

first_imgAccording to PBC fire rescue officials, crews at PBIA are sterilizing the containment area where passengers deplaned. That area was separate from the main airport terminal.The aircrew and 114 passengers were stuck on the plane for hours.Just before 11 o’clock, the two people in masks and gloves walked off the plane.About 30 minutes later, other passengers were allowed off.Within an hour, all passengers had deplaned and were told to monitor their health over the next couple of days. They were allowed to leave the airport without seeing a doctor. A passenger on a JetBlue flight to Palm Beach International Airport from New York’s JFK has been positively diagnosed with the coronavirus, according to Palm Beach Fire Rescue.The plane landed around 8:30 p.m. last night at PBIA and sat on the runway for hours as first responders called the Department of Health of Palm Beach County.They say passengers who were near the patient were given instructions on monitoring their health at home.BREAKING NEWS: @PBFireRescue confirmed 1 man tested positive for #COVID19 #coronavirus . The man and his wife were removed from @JetBlue once it arrived at PBIA from JFK. Area was sterilized other passengers were released! @wpbf_erin @WPBF_Gianna w/ updates on @WPBF25News pic.twitter.com/MPtrUnirZi— Wakisha Bailey (@wpbf_wakisha) March 12, 2020last_img read more

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Saints, Hikers register wins in GHB’s indoor tournament

first_imgSAINT Stanislaus and Hikers registered victories when the Guyana Hockey Board’s (GHB) Lucozade indoor tournament continued on Tuesday evening at the National Gymnasium with a double-header.According to a press release, Saints blanked Old Fort Knockers 4-0, while Hikers secured a 7-4 win against Georgetown Cricket Club’s Vintage.In the opening game, Yonnick Peters netted a double for Saints in the 29th and 32nd minutes, while Joel Hunte opened the scoring with a field goal in the 10th minute. This was followed by a penalty corner goal off the stick of Hilton Charles in the 19th minute.Tuesdays 23rdIn the second game, the score was tied at 1-1 at the end of the first half after Aroydy Branford opened the scoring for Hikers in the 3rd minute, but this score was levelled by Vintage’s Alan Fernandes who registered a field goal in the 20th minute.On resumption for the second half, Eric Hing sent Vintage into the lead with a 21st minute field goal, but Branford levelled the score for Hikers with a 23rd minute field goal.Two minutes later, Randy Hope sent Hikers back into the lead with a field goal and Michael Harding extended the lead for the Hikers side with a 28th minute field goal.Fernandes then responded for Vintage with a 31st minute field goal and in the same minute, Harding netted a field goal for Hikers.GHB president Philip Fernandes subsequently netted Vintage’s final goal in the 33rd minute but Hikers were not to be outdone as Hope and Jamari Assanah found the back of the opposition’s net in the 35th and 37th minute respectively.The tournament will continue this weekend at the same venue with six more matches.last_img read more

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Roach’s strikes give Pride the edge after defiant Windwards batting

first_imgBRIDGETOWN, Barbados (CMC) – Half-centuries from Kavem Hodge and Roland Cato led defiant batting from Windward Islands Volcanoes, but West Indies fast bowler Kemar Roach bowled with purpose to keep Barbados Pride in the hunt in the Regional 4-Day Championship yesterday here.Hodge hit the top score of 63 and Cato made 56, but Roach grabbed 3-45 from 16 overs, including the prized scalp of Devon Smith, the season’s most prolific batsman, as Volcanoes reached 241 for six, replying to Barbados Pride’s first-innings total of 316, on the second day of their eighth-round match at Kensington Oval.Kyle Mayers was not out on 30 and Shane Shillingford was not out on seven.Hodge and Cato are the future of the Volcanoes’ batting and they gave a glimpse of what might be possible with the right work and encouragement, sharing 68 for the fourth wicket to bring a bit of stability back to the visitors’ batting, after they were wobbling on 96 for three.Hodge was at the crease for 157 minutes, faced 137 balls and hit six fours, and Cato batted for 154 minutes, received 116 balls and struck eight fours.Hodge has benefited from being a student over the past few years on the Cave Hill campus of the University of the West Indies, a few kilometres north of this venue.He would be very familiar with many of his opponents, having played for the university’s championship-winning side in the top division of the domestic club competition.Hodge played some handsome strokes on either side of the wicket and reached his 50 from 97 balls, when he drove leg-spinner Hayden Walsh, Jr to deep cover and scrambled for two.But he once again frustrated his supporters, when he played an ill-advised cross-batted stroke and was caught at deep backward square leg off Roston Chase’s uncomplicated off-spin.Cato, similarly diminutive, is very easy on the eyes, playing with a very languid style. He, too, delighted with an array of crisp strokes, reaching his 50 from 91 balls, when he drove left-arm spinner Jomel Warrican through mid-on crisply for his seventh four.He, however, was run-out by Shamarh Brooks’ direct hit at the bowler’s end in the closing stages of the day, when he was left stranded in mid-pitch, after he needlessly tried to steal a single and failed to get a positive response from striker Kyle Mayers.Earlier, Smith, whose 873 runs is the highest aggregate for the season, and regular opening partner Tyron Theophile, the Volcanoes’ captain, appeared to be giving their side a solid start before Roach bowled the visitors’ veteran left-handed opener for 26, leaving him one short of the 900-run mark.Volcanoes reached 47 for one at lunch, but suffered a further setback, when Theophile was caught behind off Kevin Stoute for 18.Barbados-born, discarded West Indies batsman Kirk Edwards showed intent, reaching 16, before Roach, his former schoolmate, found the edge of his defensive bat and wicketkeeper Tevyn Walcott pouched his second victim.Volcanoes were 95 for three, but Cato came to the crease and with Hodge carried the visitors to 134 without further loss at tea.After the break, Hodge collected the two required for his 50 and was looking solid before he fell, and Roach bowled Denis Smith, Devon’s nephew, for eight before Cato’s misjudgement.Pride, starting the day on 296 for nine off 90 overs, were bowled out after the first half-hour’s play, when Jomel Warrican, who resumed on four, was caught behind off Kyle Mayers for 11 – but not before the home team had collected another batting point.Pride – second in the table on 75.2 points before the match – have so far gained three batting points, two bowling points and 0.8 pace bowling point.Volcanoes – last on 52.2 points entering the match – have so far earned three bowling points, plus one pace bowling point and one batting point.BARBADOS PRIDE 1st innings (o/n 296 for nine)A. Alleyne c Cato b Lewis 7S. Moseley c Cato b Johnson 2S. Brooks c Cato b Johnson 10J. Carter b Lewis 0R. Chase c Hodge b Edwards 114K. Stoute c Johnson b Shillingford 4J Greaves c Hodge b Shillingford 60T. Walcott c (sub.) Thomas b Edward 49K. Roach not out 32H. Walsh c wkp. DDH Smith b Edward 1J. Warrican c wkp. DDH Smith b Mayers 11Extras (b6, lb10, w6, nb4) 26Total: (all out, 96.1 overs) 316Fall of wickets: 1-3, 2-15, 3-15, 4-25, 5-31, 6-161, 7-258, 8-279, 9-281.Bowling: Johnson 11-5-21-2, Lewis 15-2-43-2 (nb-1, w-6), Mayers 23.1-5-62-1 (nb-3), Shillingford 22-1-92-2, Edward 20-3-71-3, Theophile 2-0-9-0, Hodge 3-2-2-0.WINDWARD ISLANDS VOLCANOES 1st inningsDS Smith b Roach 26T. Theophile c wkp. Walcott b Stoute 18K. Edwards c Walcott b Roach 16K. Hodge c Moseley b Chase 63R. Cato run-out 56DDH Smith b Roach 8K. Mayers not out 30S. Shillingford not out 7Extras: (b-4, lb-9, nb-4) 17Total: (6 wkts, 81 overs) 241Fall of wickets: 1-40, 2-50, 3-95, 4-164, 5-199, 6-220.Bowling: Roach 16-4-45-3 (nb-4), Greaves 16-7-40-0, Warrican 18-5-30-1, Stoute 11-0-42-0, Chase 14-3-49-1, Walsh 6-0-22-0.Position: Volcanoes trail by 75 with four first-innings wickets intact.last_img read more

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Emma Lamison emerging as late-season point producer for Syracuse field hockey

first_imgEmma Lamison lifted the ball into the air and continued to juggle it with her stick above the turf. A Duke defender tripped Lamison, leading to a SU penalty corner. Following her insertion, Lamison hugged the back post and tapped in a rebound goal.Emma Lamison is improving her play at the right time for No. 2 Syracuse (12-1, 4-1 Atlantic Coast). In her last three games, the senior forward recorded 10 points on three goals and four assists, doubling her point total on the season. She was named the ACC offensive player of the week for her performances in the team’s last two games.Lamison led Northeastern in scoring her sophomore year with 26 points before transferring to Syracuse. But a year ago, she finished the season with 22 points and 37 shots. Only 13 games into this season, she has tallied 20 points and 33 shots. Her four assists this weekend matched her 2015 total.“Last year, I obviously dribbled a lot and tried to get the perfect shot,” Lamison said. “This year I really focused on trying to just hit it at the top of the circle.”But it is not just the statistics that show how Lamison is stepping up her game in her second season at Syracuse.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textAfter not starting the season as the team’s inserter on penalty corners, Lamison earned her way to the top spot. She was more consistent with her hit speed and accuracy than the other two players battling for the position — Nijsje Venrooy and Jennifer Bleakney — head coach Ange Bradley said.Lamison has played a key role in a SU corner attack that has scored six goals on penalty corners in the last two games.“She’s always down the other end working on it,” Bradley said. “She’s been patient through the process and growing at a skill she needed to get better at.”For many players, it is either their breakaway speed or dominating size that defines their style of play. For Lamison, it’s her crafty stick handling.Against then-No. 2 Duke on Friday, Lamison showed special technical skills as she evaded Duke defenders on several occasions. Cornered by three defenders, Lamison spun around, split the defenders with a swift move from right to left and continued down the field with the ball.Lamison also keeps good positioning in the front line. She notched two rebound goals against Duke.“We all just have our specific position areas we gotta be in,” Lamison said. “You just hope the ball comes to you and you get it in when you get the chance.”Lamison has three two-goal games on the year. One of them came against then-No. 11 Wake Forest on Sept. 18. Just two minutes into the game, she scooped up a bouncing ball in front of the net, possessed it, then carefully placed it in the back left corner of the net. Later on, Lamison raced to a loose ball and finished with a reverse goal to give Syracuse an early two-goal advantage.Lamison started the season slow. She struggled to tally points. She was stuck in the back line on penalty corners.But now she is the lead inserter for a powerful Syracuse penalty corner attack. She leads the team in points over the last three games and is emerging as a top offensive threat for the Orange as the regular season winds down. Comments Published on October 11, 2016 at 10:01 pm Contact Josh: jlschafe@syr.edu | @Schafer_44 Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

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Medics hope Kvitova will return to tennis

first_imgShe had four hours of surgery on her racket-holding left hand after being injured during an attempted burglary. It will rule the Czech player out of action for at least three months.last_img

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