Mandate roundup: European Parliament, SAUL Trustee Company, Aon Hewitt

first_imgFirms tendering will have to provide a number of documents the authority will use to assess their economic, financial and technical capability.These include financial statements, information on academic and professional qualifications of the provider and its staff and a list of the main services for providing actuarial studies the firm has carried out over the past three years.Firms should have a team of actuarial experts numbering at least three with two or more years’ proven experience in the actuarial evaluation of pension systems, the tender stated.The deadline for receipt of tenders or requests to participate is 14 August.Meanwhile, the trustee of the pension scheme for non-academic staff at the University of London has appointed consultancy Aon Hewitt to give covenant advice.The SAUL Trustee Company, trustee of the Superannuation Arrangements of the University of London (SAUL), has hired Aon Hewitt for a six-year period, covering two valuation cycles, the consultancy said.Penny Green, chief executive of SAUL Trustee Company, said: “As part of our ongoing commitment to the highest standards of governance, the SAUL Trustee sought specialist advice to further develop our comprehensive covenant review programme.”She said Aon Hewitt’s team had impressed the trustee company with their breadth of experience, appreciation of the specific issues facing the scheme as well as their knowledge of pension schemes in its sector.Aidan O’Mahony, partner at Aon Hewitt, said the consultancy was increasingly active with clients in higher education.SAUL covers non-academic employees of more than 50 colleges and institutions with links with higher education, including most of the University of London, Imperial College and the University of Kent.It has more than 38,000 members and assets worth £2bn (€2.5bn). The European Parliament is looking for a firm to produce an actuarial study on various pension schemes for members of the European Parliament (MEPs), according to the official EU contract tenders service TED.The parliament’s directorate-general for finance in Luxembourg said the study would cover the provisional French and Italian retirement pension schemes, the supplementary pension scheme, and the invalidity and survivor’s pension scheme — all for MEPs, the TED entry showed.The contract is divided into lots – one for each of the pension schemes – but respondents can submit tenders for one or more of these, according to the contract tender.The contracts are set to last for 48 months.last_img read more

Fernandinho Close to Extending Man City Contract

first_imgBrazilian Fernandinho has confirmed that he is close The arrival of Rodri in the summer – who operates in a similar role – seemed to signal the beginning of the end of Fernandinho’s Premier League career. However, reports have emerged recently suggesting that the 34-year-old would soon be extending his stay at the Etihad Stadium.The player has now confirmed this in an interview with ESPN Brazil, revealing that he is close to signing a new deal with the Citizens.” When I renewed at the end of 2018, we put a clause that if I reached certain goals, my contract would be renewed automatically,” Fernandinho said after his side’s 3-1 Carabao Cup victory over city rivals Manchester United.” Conversations have already started, we talked about it last month. I am close to reaching those goals and renewing the contract, but we can only confirm it after signing.“The club have already shown interest in me staying, I have also shown (my interest) in staying.”Due to an injury to Aymeric Laporte and the indifferent form of Nicolas Otamendi, Fernandinho has largely been deployed as a centre back this season, in a move mimicking the transformations made by the likes of Javier Mascherano and Javi Martinez under Pep Guardiola.The Brazilian has claimed that he is thankful of the positional change as it has allowed him to extend his career at the top level.” It’s good as long as you can be at the highest level,” Fernandinho said when asked if he enjoyed playing in defence. “Playing in a different position opens up the range of learning.“In defence, I see the game in a different way. It has been very cool and the guidance I have received from Pep has been very good.“At 34, playing in the Premier League is a source of pride. Many, many players wanted to be experiencing what I am experiencing.”Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram WINTER TRANSFERFernandinho has confirmed that he is close to extending his contract at Manchester City, which expires at the end of the season.The Brazilian has been a vital player for City since joining from Shakhtar Donetsk in 2013, making close to 300 appearances and winning a number of trophies, including three Premier League titles.last_img read more

Children orgs team up for first time

first_imgThe Community Health Involvement Project joined the Asian American Tutorial Project for the first time Saturday to teach elementary school students about health issues in addition to offering academic assistance.Teaching moments · About 200 USC students visit Chinatown every Saturday to tutor elementary school students in English and math. – Photo courtesy of USC Asian American Tutorial ProjectAbout 200 AATP members tutor students at Castelar Elementary School in math and English one-on-one every Saturday. CHIP runs children’s health sites to educate a wide range of students about health topics such as nutrition, exercise and the body.Jean Doh, the co-coordinator of one of CHIP’s health sites, said the collaboration started because some students are members of both organizations.“AATP and CHIP are very similar organizations and many students from each organization already knew each other,” Doh said.After the morning lessons with the AATP members, 12 students from CHIP tutored the kids on a variety of health issues, such as good eating habits and the importance of vitamins.“We tried to make it a more fun type of learning through a variety of games and drawing exercises,” Doh said. “The main point we tried to communicate to the kids was the importance of a well-balanced diet, which includes a variety of different foods like meat, dairy products, vegetables and fruits.”Doh said she was surprised at the scale of the event organized by AATP and at the diversity of the AATP’s team, which included students from USC, UCLA and Occidental College.“It was a fun experience,” Doh said. “I had no idea that AATP had so many members, but it’s awesome to see volunteers from so many different schools working towards a single goal.”AATP Administrative Director Peony Khoo said AATP would definitely like to have CHIP come back to coordinate with them each semester or each year.“The event went really well and the kids learned a lot from the CHIP team,” Khoo said. “It’s important for them to learn about health and good nutrition because these are not things that they learn in school.”AATP has been traveling to Chinatown to tutoring children from Castelar for about 41 years.last_img read more

Enzo “Timado” Gianoli – Infamous – “It’s way more cool than playing pub games”

first_imgThe International 7 is done and dusted. 18 teams battled it out across the space of two weeks for the chance to write Dota 2 history, have their name engraved upon the coveted Aegis of Champions and take home no less than $10,000,000. After a simply epic week at Key Arena, Team Liquid emerged victorious after an unstoppable run through the lower bracket. There’s still no two-time TI winner, the cycle of East and West winning on alternate years continues but the live and online crowd were treated to some of the best gameplay in the game’s history. Enzo “Timado” Gianoli is just 16 years of age. The young Peruvian player has watched every iteration of The International and even emerged onto the main stage with his lucky Natus Vincere shirt from tournaments gone by. After getting through the group stage, Infamous were handed four time major champion OG in a best of one. They never really got going and left the tournament in 12th-16th position. The new Dota major/minor system should provide ample opportunity for the South American scene to grow and players to gain more tournament experience. ESI caught up with Timado just before the main event got underway in Seattle to find out what he thinks lies ahead for the SA scene.  Credit: ValveESI: Your play at the group stage impressed a lot of people. Many would have had you down as being knocked out. How did you feel after it?Timado: If I’m honest, we aimed at getting a top five. Not quite the winners bracket but a bit closer than we went. We ideally wanted to be able to choose our opponent rather than ending up being first choice for the other group. We had some really rough games though. One day we went zero and six and just lost everything. We lost to LGD and TNC, even though the match was really close. When we got beaten in that specific match it was super demoralising. We picked ourselves up after the iG.Vitality game and just went back to our old play style. We showed the world that when we play our style we can take games off some of the best teams.ESI: It was really fun to watch, as too was the whole of the TI group stages. Did you find it almost confusing that every team seems to have its own style and there’s nothing that stands out as completely broken? Is that what makes this tournament so compelling?Timado: I definitely think that Dota is in a really nice place right now. Every strategy out there is doable, it’s viable. If you’re a good team and you’ve practiced your own strategy well, you can beat anyone. In my opinion that’s why Chinese teams have impressed so much in Seattle.“At the end of the day, in Dota 2, players want to play with and against the best players.”They have been known for practicing the same thing over and over and over again until they perfect it. When we played against LGD you can just tell that they play their strategy so well. They beat us really really hard. By the tenth minute we were losing by about 10,000 gold and it was awful. It was actually insane, and it’s all because we let them do their stuff. I think that’s pretty much what Dota is at the moment. ESI: Looking past The International and the news of Valve’s Majors and Minor system is going to provide so much opportunity for the South American scene. Take ESL One Hamburg, the first Major for example. Eight slots and one is an SA slot. Will it improve the scene?Timado: I think it should definitely improve the scene. Most people in the SA region just look at Dota 2 as a form of entertainment. They still play for many, many hours and they are actually really good players. They have talent but they don’t really acknowledge the competitive aspect of Dota. They just see Dota as playing any other game, but I don’t speak in terms of myself.They don’t realise that if you go to tournaments, it’s a whole different experience and it’s way more cool than playing pub games. That’s the main thing that needs to change. A lot of the guys that I play with thought they couldn’t learn anything and already knew it all and were pretty good at the game. Yes, they were fine on their own but their eyes have opened here at TI. They are all like “oh my god, these players are just so so good”. It has changed their perspective a lot. ESI: What was your preparation like ahead of undoubtedly the biggest tournament of your life? Timado: We improved a lot before the Major, and we had our own boot camp in the Infamous gaming house. We live there everytime we need to compete in something important, like a tournament or a qualifier. We are all there, we have our beds and then we train the entire week. ESI: We saw the SEA region start to disperse, and players move to compete in North America and Europe. Do you think we will see that with South American players?Timado: I think it’s always possible that things like that could happen. The main issue at the moment is definitely the language though. If I look at my team, none of them speak English besides Accel and he only speaks a tiny bit. If they could learn Englsh then I am sure they could if they wanted to. They could go and play for any team. At the end of the day, in Dota 2, players want to play with and against the best players.last_img read more