“It is alleged that the currency hedge has caused a substantial loss to the Scheme, quantified at £47,500,000, for the period August 2008 to October 2012,” the filing by the consultancy said.The manager is still employed to oversee part of the scheme’s emerging market strategy, according to an interview with Stefan Dunatov, CIO of Coal Trustees, in the November issue of IPE.Discussing the fund’s view of currency risk, he said at the time: “Our belief is that if you buy into the general thesis, then you will want to own the asset and the underlying currency exposure that comes with it.“You either have to believe that the underlying currency exposure will help your long-term total returns as exchange rates converge as consumption grows and these economies become more services-oriented than goods-oriented, or you have to accept that it’s very difficult to forecast currency returns.”Towers Watson was created in 2010 in a merger between Watson Wyatt and Towers Perrin.A spokesman for the consultancy said: “Towers Watson disputes the allegations brought by the British Coal Staff Superannuation Scheme and intends to defend the matter vigorously.”The Coal trustee body could not be reached for comment. The British Coal Staff Superannuation Scheme has lodged a legal complaint against Towers Watson, alleging precursor Watson Wyatt provided “negligent” investment advice.The scheme’s trustee body, which manages £20bn (€25bn) in assets for both the sector-wide funds for the former nationalised industry, brought a professional negligence claim against the consultancy in September 2014, according to filings with the US Securities and Exchange Commission.The claim, initiating a resolution procedure that precedes a court hearing, alleges Watson Wyatt provided “negligent” investment consulting advice relating to a currency hedge.The hedge was put in place due to the industry-wide scheme’s £250m commitment to a BlueBay Asset Management emerging market debt fund.
by Malik VincentAt season’s beginning, the Allderdice boy’s basketball team was the clear favorite to repeat in the City League.On Feb. 15, they were upset by Peabody (8-7, 9-8), 59-51, in what was the final home game in history for the Highlanders basketball program. TWO POINTS—Bruce Grover of Perry lays in two of his 12 points in the Commodores 71-69 win over Allderdice. Peabody’s coach Tim Broderick Sr. and others from the athletic department were unreachable for comment.“Peabody played a good game,” said Allderdice coach Andre McDonald. “We were without two of our starters. They simply outworked us and handed us a tough road loss.”The City League playoffs begin Wed., Feb. 23. At Courier press time there were several playoff-seeding possibilities and it was not clear who would face off and when. The second-round will commence on March 1.Allderdice still looks to be a key factor in who is crowned the City League champion on Sat. March 5 at Peabody High School.They feature two of the city’s top scorers in Justin Dobbs and Ben Mickens.Dobbs is a player whose leadership skills and uncanny scoring ability propels the Dragons’ offense. He currently averages 20.4 points per game. Mickens complements that style and his size gives him an advantage over most. He’s their second-leading scorer (15.5 per game).The top dogs, Perry (14-1, 18-3), are looking to avenge their loss to Allderdice in last year’s title game.Their point guard Marcus Smith has tremendous athletic ability and can help the Commodores bring back the title to Perry. Off-guard Bruce Grover brings a consistent jump shot to their offense and forward Greg McGhee’s solid frame and pure talent will give them an edge, as well.Schenley (11-5 14-8) may have the most prolific scorer in the City League right now in 5-foot-9 senior guard Brandon Johnson. His size is no indicator of the way he can stymie opposing defenses with his all-around scoring arsenal. He’s had multiple 40-point games for the Spartans.Peabody has one of the best players in the city in Dontae Forte. At the forward position, he’s put up 20-point performances on a consistent basis. The Highlanders could be a surprise team in this year’s playoffs.Joining Peabody, only Carrick (12-7, 10-5) and the Spartans will be legitimate challengers to Perry and Allderdice for the City League title.Guards Rasheed McKamey and Lafon Pace, as well as forward Mike Talton will lead the Raiders into the postseason, all of which have put up double-figured games throughout the season.Eight of the nine teams will be in the playoffs, with the team with the best record playing the team with the worst. Only Langley boys and Oliver girls are out.STANDINGSTeam Conf. Overall1. Perry 14-1 18-32. Allderdice 11-4 13-73. Schenley 11-4 14-84. Carrick 10-5 12-75. Peabody 8-7 9-86. Oliver 5-10 5-167. Brashear 4-11 6-158. Westinghouse 4-11 6-159. Langley 1-14 1-20GIRLSThe Allderdice girls have been the dominant force in the league. With a 15-0 mark, they look to be the favorites to capture another title this year.Led by junior guards Janay Bottoms and DaJai Beasley, the Dragons have won 14 of their last 15 games.Westinghouse comes in a close second with the experience and leadership of their long-time coach, Phyllis Jones. Guard Kayla Key has been a regular double-digit scorer for the Bulldogs.Defending champs, Perry, have two the of the best players in the city in 6-foot-2 post player, Marritta Gilcrease and her teammate Latosha Fortson. All of their wins this season have come in league play.STANDINGS1. Allderdice 15-0 17-42. Westinghouse 16-2 13-53. Brashear 11-4 13-64. Perry 10-5 10-115. Schenley 7-9 7-146. Langley 6-9 10-107. Peabody 3-12 3-158. Carrick 2-13 2-159. Oliver 1-14 2-16(Malik Vincent can be reached at [email protected])
Gardaí are investigating a criminal damage incident where the front window of a Letterkenny home was smashed in with a stone.The incident occurred between 11.30 am on the 2nd of June and 2 pm on the 3rd of June.If anyone has any information about the incident, please contact the Gardaí in Letterkenny on 074-9167100 or the Garda Confidential line on 1800 666 111. Gardaí probe criminal damage in Letterkenny estate was last modified: June 5th, 2019 by Caitlin LairdShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)
Click here if you’re unable to view the gallery on your mobile device. Join us for live news and analysis Thursday at 7:30 p.m. when the Warriors face Oakland’s Damian Lillard and the Trail Blazers at Oracle.The Warriors are looking to atone for a rough Christmas night performance against the Lakers when they were humbled in a 127-101 loss. Golden State (23-12) is hoping things go as well against Portland (19-15) as they did last month when the Warriors rolled to a 125-97 victory …
Guide to Performing Bulk Email Verification Just ask Instagram, which saw Twitter cut off access to its list of friends, and retaliated by requiring an extra click to see images. Or Path, which lets photos flow to Facebook but had the return flow abruptly (and quietly) cut off earlier this year. Or how, last year, Twitter snubbed Linkedin, a longtime partner, restricting access to the tweets that used to show up on users’ online resumes.To begin to understand these conflicts, it helps to start with a map. For that, we’re borrowing a concept from hydrology—that of sources and sinks.Sources And Sinks On The Social WebContent must begin somewhere. These points of creation, like the upload of a YouTube video or the snapping of an Instagram photo, are sources.It must likewise end up somewhere. The nexus of creation is not always the natural place of consumption. For example, on Path, the mobile-focused social network, a substantial number of users opt to share moments on Twitter, CEO Dave Morin recently told me. That may seem odd, considering Path’s limitations on the number of friends you can add, but it allows users to reach more people with updates that aren’t especially private. The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videos Related Posts Tags:#Conflicts#Facebook#Foursquare#infographic#Instagram#LinkedIn#Path#Pinterest#social networks#Sources And Sinks#Tumblr#twitter owen thomas (Click on the image for a larger version.)Photo by Saad Faruque; infographic by Madeleine Weiss for ReadWrite Civilization began with a dam. By controlling the flow of water, rulers rose to power in ancient Egypt and China.Just as water was the lifeblood of agriculture, content—photos, videos, links, status updates, and check-ins—is the lifeblood of the social Web. And those who would rule our digital worlds seek to have content pool up and flow at their command.(Yes, in most cases, “content” is a loathsomely generic term. But it’s hard to think of a better catch-all description that embraces all the varied material that flows between the Web’s social services.)Like water, the torrents of data generated by the billions of people online can never be fully controlled. But they can certainly be harnessed. And every node of connectivity between these networks is a potential flashpoint for border skirmishes.Looked at in this light, it makes perfect sense that Tumblr went to Yahoo for $1.1 billion. Thanks to years of neglect of properties like Flickr, Yahoo was a social backwater. Without a pool of social updates to call its own, Yahoo would always be subject to the whims of Twitter, Facebook, and the rest. Now it is part of the flow.Battle LinesJust like water in the physical world—a scarce, well-guarded resource—these flows of content can turn contentious. And a large reason why Instagram became so big so fast—and was courted by Twitter before it was bought by Facebook for a billion dollars—was that it was so easy to share photos not just on Instagram but on those larger social networks. By establishing itself as a source to those sinks, Instagram emerged as a powerful pool of visuals in its own right. Foursquare, which began as a source for location check-ins posted out to Twitter and Facebook, may now be more important as a sink for other apps’ check-ins—in particular, Instagram, where many photos are tagged with a location derived from Foursquare’s vast database.Precisely because these flows have value, they are points of leverage and vulnerability. Yet they also show the social Web’s fragile interdependence.Twitter And Facebook: A Sinking Feeling Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… The world’s most important social networks have long battled over their lists of friends. Early on, Facebook invited Twitter to be one of the first apps on its platform. But in 2010, when Twitter added a feature to let people find their Facebook friends on its information network, Facebook abruptly cut it off. Since then, the two services have engaged in a tit-for-tat sparring.After Facebook bought Instagram, Twitter cut off the ability to find friends on Instagram. Facebook did the same when Twitter launched Vine, its short-video app.Yet while they fought over friends’ lists, they never cut off a mutual flow of status updates. You can use Twitter to update Facebook—and, confusingly, you can opt to automatically send your public Facebook statuses out on Twitter, too. That’s because while each service prefers to be the ultimate sink for content, it doesn’t want its rival to become a more powerful source.LinkedIn, lacking the leverage over Twitter that Facebook holds, went from being what Twitter called “the perfect combination” in 2009 to something incompatible with “delivering a consistent Twitter experience.” After some worries that LinkedIn would feel less lively without tweets, the rift actually worked out for its media ambitions. It turns out that many tweets weren’t that professional in nature, and LinkedIn has moved from being a sink for tweets to a purer source of work-related information. Which, of course, it is now trying to have flow to more sinks.There are more twists and turns and intriguing dead ends in these flows of content. Did you know, for example, that you can’t pin updates from Facebook to Pinterest—even if they’re posted publicly on a brand’s Facebook Page? Or that Google+ is a virtual island, rejecting crossposted material as “social spam”?Here’s where the Web’s content flows stand as of 2013. For simplicity, we haven’t shown every possible connection. And events may swiftly make this map outdated. Last year, it certainly looked different. Next year, we’ll see new linkages and blockages. Like a fast-moving river cutting through the landscape and reshaping it as it goes, the only constant we can expect is change. A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Audit
Industry news: Canon has recently announced their latest release — the EOS M50, the company’s first 4K mirrorless camera.Image via Canon.Coming in at the low price of $780, Canon’s latest M-series release is the company’s first foray into 4K territory. Canon has employed their new DIGIC 8 image processor, enabling the new camera to capture raw 4K video. However, while this camera is an improvement over the M5, which lacked 4K capabilities, the M50 can only shoot 24p in 4K. Let’s take a look at some of the camera’s other features.Though the 4K capability is nice, there is a 1.6X APS-C crop factor, and the dual-pixel auto-focus is limited to 1080p. Given the previous M-series cameras, one can’t help but ask what the point is? If this is a cheaper, entry-level camera, then what incentive do users have for buying the more expensive M5 and M6 models?With a 24.1 megapixel APS-C CMOS sensor, the DIGIC 8 Image Processor and a variety of brilliant interchangeable lens options, the EOS M50 camera can help you get photos and videos with incredible color, sharp and clear details and stunning dynamic range.This camera will appeal to vloggers and daily content creators. There’s built-in WiFi, Bluetooth, and a flippable touch screen perfect for turning the camera on yourself. The M50 also features improved 143 autofocus points — but apparently only 99 autofocus points will work with certain lenses. However, on a brighter note, there is a new eye-detection focusing feature that focuses on your subject’s eyes with a simple tap of the touchscreen.The camera allows you to shoot with EF lenses, but you’ll need the EF-EOS M adapter. Unlike other mirrorless cameras currently on the market, the M50 does not feature in-body optical stabilization.Specs:4K Recording at 24p.Dual Pixel CMOS AF (Face+Tracking AF, Zone AF, 1-point AF).AF Points — 143/99 points.EF-M lens (and EF/EF-S lenses when using Mount Adapter EF-EOS M).Image Format — Approx. 22.3 x 14.9mm (APS-C Size).24.1 Megapixel (APS-C) sensor.12.4 oz. / 351g (body only).Recording Format — EXIF 2.31 (DCF2.0).If you’re interested in what else we might see in 2018, check out our camera rumors coverage.Looking for more information on video gear? Check out these articles.Illuminate Shortcuts with logickeyboard’s Cinema 4D Backlit KeyboardWhy Cinema Lenses Will Improve Your Next Film ProjectWhat’s the Difference Between a Cheap Microphone and an Expensive One?ARRI Delivers a Knockout With Its First Large Format Camera SystemA Look at the ARRI/Zeiss Master and Ultra Prime Lenses
Alex Rodriguez, the New York Yankees’ injured third-baseman, said he looks forward to left hip surgery and a healthy return to the lineup.“I’m not concerned,” Rodriguez told The Associated Press. “I’m actually, in many ways, relieved that there’s something tangible that we can go fix.”Rodriguez had surgery on his right hip in 2009, missed about the first month of the season and still finished with 30 home runs and 100 RBIs — plus helped the Yankees win the World Series.This surgery, however, is not the same as the other one. It reportedly will be more complex, since it’ll repair not only a torn labrum but also a bone impingement and a cyst. The surgery is next month because it was determined he needed some time to strengthen the hip first.“I am fully committed to a very hard road back,” Rodriguez said. “We’ve done it before in ’09 and it was a great result, both on a personal level and on a team level, more importantly. I take it as a great challenge and I’m excited for the challenge.”A 14-time All-Star and baseball’s priciest player at $275 million, Rodriguez plans to further discuss the hip situation at a news conference later Saturday afternoon.He batted .120 (3 for 25) with no RBIs in last season’s playoffs, including 0 for 18 with 12 strikeouts against right-handed pitchers. He originally thought he was having issues with the right hip again — he wasn’t — and it wasn’t until November that the issues within the left hip were detected.Rodriguez finished this past regular season batting .272 with 18 home runs and 57 RBIs. He now has 647 career homers, fifth-most in baseball history and 13 shy of the No. 4 player on that list, Willie Mays.
You’re reading Significant Digits, a daily digest of the telling numbers tucked inside the news.1 coachThat’s the number of female coaches in the NFL after Jen Welter was hired by the Arizona Cardinals as an assistant coaching intern. The NBA also has one female assistant coach, while MLB and MLS have no female coaches. As my colleague Leah Libresco tweeted: “We were going to graph the share of female coaches in men’s sports, but the bars were too small to see.” [FiveThirtyEight]4 jokesConan O’Brien is being sued for stealing jokes from Twitter. A man who says he was a longtime writer for Jay Leno claims an airline joke (wow, I’m laughing already) as well as jokes about Tom Brady, Caitlyn Jenner and the Washington Monument were pilfered from his feed and used on O’Brien’s show. Conan’s production company believes the suit is without merit. Coco, I’m gonna do you a solid: I’m tweeting a joke right now, just for you. I waive all rights, please feel free to use it in tonight’s monologue. [The Hollywood Reporter]8 farmsI’ve got my tent firmly pitched in the pro-cilantro camp, but my allegiance is being tested. The FDA has banned some cilantro imported from Mexico after investigators discovered “human feces and toilet paper in and around growing fields.” Eight of the 11 farms and packing houses investigated in the Mexican state of Puebla had “objectionable conditions” and five were linked to hundreds of outbreaks in the U.S. of cyclosporiasis. [CNN]15 percentShare of Americans who do not use the Internet. They must be so happy. [Pew Research Center]63.5 percentHomeownership in the U.S. is at a 48-year low. The seasonally adjusted homeownership rate is now 63.5 percent, down from pre-recession highs of above 69 percent. Both the homeowner and rental vacancy rates, however, have also fallen. This means a tight housing market — to which I can anecdotally attest, having recently hunted for an apartment — and a possible boon to the economy in ensuing construction. [The Wall Street Journal]200 to 400 feetAmazon has proposed that some prime (get it?) airspace, from 200 to 400 feet off the ground, be reserved for high-speed drones. The company has visions of one day delivering its packages by drone. [The Guardian]10,000 textsTom Brady’s four-game “Deflate-gate” suspension has been upheld by the NFL. In a statement on the decision, the league said Brady had destroyed his cellphone, despite investigators’ requests to access it. The phone had been used to exchange 10,000 text messages over four months — or just more than 80 texts a day. Even still, Brady’s got nothing on the 18 to 24 set — those kids send and receive more than 125 texts a day! [The Washington Post]$50,000 in bunny careAfter 103 rabbits were seized from her home, a Brooklyn woman has been ordered to pay $50,000 for their care. The bunnies had become celebrities in their neighborhood. [New York Post]$2 million a yearYou have to pay about $1,500 to license the song “Happy Birthday.” Yeah, that “Happy Birthday.” Two filmmakers upset by that fact have uncovered evidence that they say negates Warner/Chappell Music’s 1935 copyright and puts the song in the public domain. The copyright has at some points netted its owners about $2 million a year. [Ars Technica]304 million core usersTwitter’s stock price slumped more than 11 percent Tuesday, after slower than expected growth in its average monthly users. The company said it now has 304 million “core users.” That’s up from 302 million last quarter, but the growth was the slowest since the company went public. [Reuters]Don’t worry, Walt Hickey’s return is nigh. But today, for those of you who a) use the Internet and b) are on Twitter, if the significance of a digit moves you, please tweet it to me @Ollie. And have a super Wednesday!If you haven’t already, you really need to sign up for the Significant Digits newsletter — be the first to learn about the numbers behind the news.
Ohio State senior Andrew Rickly competes on the parallel bars against Michigan on Feb. 4 at St. John Arena. Credit: Walt Middleton, Courtesy of OSU AthleticsAfter recovering from a loss against the No. 1 Oklahoma Sooners, the Buckeyes are ready to take on the floor once again at their last meet of the season on Friday against No. 4 Illinois. The Buckeyes will enter the competition ranked No. 3 in the nation with a score average of 417.333 and a No. 2 ranking on pommel horse with an average score of 70.350.The Buckeyes took last meet’s loss against Oklahoma, their toughest competitor yet, as a way to build up their confidence and prepare for the challenges to come with the rest of the season.“Oklahoma is the No. 1 team, so even comparing ourselves to who was number one gave us a bit of confidence going into this week. Oklahoma was our biggest competition in the Big Ten, so we’re looking to take a lot of confidence from this meet (against Illinois) going into Big Ten,” said sophomore Joey Bonnano. “We’re looking for a successful performance that will drive us for the rest of the season.” Illinois is ranked No. 4 in the nation with a score average of 415.233 and No. 3 on the high bar (70.517) and floor (70.817). Illinois is the only Big Ten opponent to register a win against Ohio State this season. The Fighting Illini and the Buckeyes met at the Windy City Invitational on Jan. 14, their first meet of the season. Illinois won with a score of 412.150 and OSU placed second with a tally of 403.450.The Buckeyes take on their last meet of the season with four athletes ranked in the top 10 nationally. Sophomore Alec Yoder has the best pommel horse individual routine in the nation, scoring a personal best of 15.400 at the meet against No.1 Oklahoma. Redshirt senior Jake Martin is ranked No. 4 in the all-around and high bar and redshirt junior Jake Dastrup is ranked No. 4 on the parallel bars. Redshirt junior Sean Melton has a season-best score of 15.050 on floor from the Winter Cup on Feb. 18, ranked as the second-best in the NCAA. Melton was also named a member of the 2017 U.S. National Team after his performance at the Winter Cup, placing in the top six spots of each of the four events he competed in. The Buckeyes are prepared to take on their final meet of the season and are striving for the win.“The past couple weeks have been really good for us as a team in terms of practice, getting our minds ready and recovering a bit from Oklahoma … but I think we are ready, I think we’re hungry, I think we’re motivated, and we’re energetic,” said junior David Szarvas. The meet will be televised on the Big Ten Network at 8 p.m.
Barcelona can win the title the next weekend in the match against Real Madrid but Zidane confirmed that they are not going to give their opponent the guard of honour – but Valverde insisted that at least Iniesta would deserve it…Andrés Iniesta revealed that he will leave Barcelona at the end of the season and it is going to be his last El Clasico as a player for him – and his coach admitted that he is irreplaceable.The Spanish manager spoke about the midfielder as he said, according to Football Espana:“He deserves the whole stadium to give him a guard of honour.”Zidane reveals Sergio Ramos injury concern for Real Madrid Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Zinedine Zidane has put Sergio Ramos’ availability for Real Madrid’s trip to Sevilla next weekend in doubt after withdrawing him against Levante.“We’re very excited and we’re going to give it our all. We want to be the best. We’ve been working since our first day together.”“It’s been very difficult. When you win a trophy, everything seems simple, but there are many games and months behind you.”“I didn’t expect us to win it by such a big margin, I thought it would be tighter, but the players have been extraordinary.”“What I’ve learned from Iniesta? The decisions he makes at each moment of a game, how he positions himself before receiving the ball and how he already knows where he’s going to play it.”