first_imgCurrencies outside the local currency benchmark are also permitted, according to the search details.Though the mandate is on a long-only basis, opportunistic shorting of currencies is allowed.The mandate should be managed actively, and index products or enhanced index products are not of interest, according to Kirstein.Managers with a track record of fewer than three years, or those without an existing strategy, are welcome to participate, according to the search, provided they can clarify their skills within the asset class. The deadline for the search is 22 April.In other news, the UK’s Pension Protection Fund (PPF) has appointed six firms to its newly created Assessment Period Legal Panel (APLP).The panel is the last in a series of five panels the UK pensions lifeboat has set up to help schemes transition to the PPF, in addition to the Financial Assistance Scheme (FAS) wind-up.The firms appointed to the APLP are Burges Salmon, Clyde & Co, DWF, Eversheds, Norton Rose Fulbright and Osborne Clarke.The new panel, which started yesterday, is to focus on the tasks of admissible rules, equalisation and the benefit specification, the PPF said. The APLP will initially run for a two-year period. A Danish pension fund is looking for an asset manager to run a DKK750m (€100.4m) local currency, global emerging market debt mandate, or a broader blended mandate, using IPE-Quest.Search QN1403 is being initiated by consultancy Kirstein Finance on behalf of the unnamed pension fund.Kirstein Finance said the aim of the segregated mandate was to consistently outperform a benchmark with similar asset allocation, irrespective of style, by selecting investments across emerging debt asset classes.The investment universe can be local currency sovereign bonds, but allocations to hard currency sovereign bonds and hard currency corporate bonds are allowed, as are small allocations to local currency corporate bonds.last_img read more

first_imgBHP Petroleum, via its Mexico subsidiary, has contracted DORIS for the execution of engineer services for the SURF and export pipeline scopes of work of the Trion project in the Gulf of Mexico. The Trion field encompasses an area of 1,285 sq km (798 sq mi) and is located in the Perdido belt at a water depth of approximately 2570 meters.Christophe Debouvry, CEO of DORIS, said: “This project is a strategic win for DORIS Group. It is the recognition of our strong experience in deepwater developments, it complements our portfolio in Mexico, and it strengthens our relationship with BHP.”BHP is the operator holding a 60 percent interest in the development and PEMEX Exploration and Production is the non-operating partner with a 40 percent interest.last_img read more

first_imgBrookville, IN — On Tuesday afternoon Franklin County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to the report of a motor vehicle accident with injuries on Fairfield Causeway Road, approximately one-half mile west of Cave Road.Deputies discovered that Ethan D. Orschell, 27, of Brookville, was operating a 2014 Harley Davidson motorcycle eastbound on Fairfield Causeway Road. Orschell passed two eastbound vehicles, striking the second vehicle’s driver’s side mirror. Orschell lost control of the motorcycle, traveling off of the north side of the roadway into a ditch. The motorcycle rolled several times, ejecting Orschell from the vehicle. Lisa J. Baudendistal, 52, of Liberty, was eastbound on Fairfield Causeway Road. Baudendistal told Deputies that Orschell lost control of his motorcycle after striking the driver’s side mirror of her 2017 Jeep.Orschell was flown from the scene by U.C. Air Care medical helicopter, to University Hospital in Cincinnati, Ohio, for treatment of injuries sustained in the accident. Orschell was not wearing a helmet at the time of the accident.last_img read more

first_imgA little fish that shoots down bugs out of the air learned some tricks of optics and propulsion that impress scientists.A video clip on New Scientist shows a fish sneaking up to the air-water interface, pausing, then spitting a bug out of a bush with uncanny accuracy.  “Archer fish are expert marskmen,” the article begins.  “Now it seems they fine-tune their jets to pack an extra punch.”The article, and similar write-ups on PhysOrg, Science Daily, Nature, the BBC News and Live Science, speaks with admiration about how this little fish overcomes numerous problems of physics to do this.  Because of the air-water interface, the fish has to be able to calculate the angle correctly, taking into account the index of refraction.  The fish also has to accurately calculate the distance to the bug from beneath the water.  And now, scientists at the University of Bayreuth have learned, the fish can pack that “extra punch” by reinforcing the first spit with a rapid series of follow-up spits too quick to see except with a high-speed camera.The BBC article quotes one of the surprised scientists coming up with a “crazy idea.”  He wonders if these fish, with their “dynamic jet control,” are showing signs of cognitive evolution:Prof Schuster believes that their spitting accuracy may have evolved in a similar way to human throwing, which some theorists argue sparked an accompanying expansion of our cognitive abilities. …“People have calculated that to double [throwing] range requires roughly an 8-fold increase in the number of neurons involved in throwing,” Prof Schuster said.So are these fish evolving into the cleverest animals under water?“I don’t think they will develop into humans. [But] they have many strange abilities that you wouldn’t expect from fish.“Maybe we can show by looking more closely at the brain, that shooting might have played a similar, prominent role in driving these abilities, as it’s thought that throwing played in human evolution.“That’s just a crazy idea of mine.”None of the other articles mentioned evolution, except for a brief summary of the above by Nature: “This ability is analogous to throwing in humans and could similarly have contributed to the evolution of cognitive skills in the fish, the authors say.”So far, no Archer Fish Philosophy Clubs have been observed yet.It’s weird how we have to classify many articles as both “amazing” and “dumb”.  They’re usually accompanied by apparitions of Charlie’s Ghost. (Visited 56 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

first_imgThis year’s SA Sports Awards took place in Bloemfontein on Sunday evening. The awards acknowledge local sporting heroes who have excelled in their respective sporting fields.Olympic champion Caster Semenya scooped a number of awards in her absence, bagging Sports Star of the Year, Sportswoman of the Year and People’s Choice awards.SA’s golden girl has experienced win after win in 2018. She reached an 800m personal best of 1:54.25 in the Paris Diamond League that took place in June this year, followed by another seven Diamond League wins, and her most recent wins at the IAAF Continental Cup, claiming the 800m title and the silver medal in the 400m, where she set a new South African record of 49.62.Swimming star, Tatjana Schoenmaker won New Comer of the Year for her wins at the Commonwealth Games earlier this year, while Banyana Banyana were voted as the National Team of the Year, following their Cosafa Women’s Championship win in Port Elizabeth this year.Winners of the night include:Sports star of the year: Caster SemenyaSportsman of the year: Chad le ClosSportswoman of the Year: Caster SemenyaSportsman of the year with disability: Mdodozi NtutuSportswoman of the year with disability: Anrune LiebenbergTeam of the year: Banyana BanyanaNewcomer of the year: Tatjana SchoenmakerCoach of the year: Samuel SepengVolunteer of the year: Linda HlopheIndigenous games team of the year: Morabaraba TeamThe Recreation body of the year: Mavu Sport DevelopmentNational Federation of the year: SoftballSchool team of the year: St Benedict’s CollegeDeveloping school of the year: Machakela-Mamodibo Secondary SchoolSport Administrator of the Year: Virginia MabasoPeople’s Choice Award: Caster SemenyaThe country’s excellence in sports contributes to building a competitive and competent Nation Brand. Brand South Africa congratulates all the winners and nominees of the night.last_img read more

first_imgThese are just a few of the gazillions of geocaching acronyms out there. Have you come across lingo not listed in this log book? Tell us about it in the comments below.Share with your Friends:More You’re.Almost.There.The answers revealed! Are you a geocaching super spy? Sometimes reading geocache logs can be as tricky as deciphering top secret super spy codes. Check the geocaching acronyms in the log book below. Can you decrypt this geocaching lingo?To reveal the answers…Just.Scroll.Down.…center_img SharePrint RelatedGeocaching Quick Quiz: Geocache or Log?October 15, 2013In “Community”Introducing 3, 2, 1 Go!November 12, 2019In “News”7 Souvenirs of August FAQJuly 8, 2014In “7 Souvenirs of August”last_img read more

Since the 2001 season, all other QBs have combined for 20 playoff games where they took 50 or more dropbacks and trailed by 10 points or more. They won only twice. The only other quarterback with more than two double-digit comebacks is Russell Wilson, who has won three of the six playoff games where he was down by 10 or more. Also notable on the chart above: Brady’s Super Bowl LI win was the second-largest playoff comeback since 2001, behind only Andrew Luck and the Colts’ 28-point comeback against the Chiefs in a 2014 Wild Card game.It may not settle the issue, but when it comes to questions of Brady’s GOAT-ness — or even questions of his responsibility for the Patriots’ long-running dominance — it’s worth keeping in mind that he isn’t just the most successful postseason quarterback of this millennium, he’s also the most leaned-upon. Whether he was throwing daggers or throwing the occasional pick six, he has ultimately gotten the job done. Tom Brady made a number of great plays in one of the greatest games in NFL history Sunday night, but my favorite by far happened with 2:35 to go in the first half. The Patriots were already in dire straits, down 14 against the Falcons. Brady dropped back on 3rd and 6 and fired low into traffic near the first-down line … into the hands of the Falcons’ Robert Alford, who returned it 82 yards for a pick six. That was a straight-up gunslinger throw — reckless and inaccurate, yes, but trying so hard. The Patriots weren’t going to go down without a fight; Brady would desperately try to throw them out of trouble.Brady ended up taking 67 dropbacks (on 62 passes and five sacks) — the third-highest total in NFL playoff history and the highest since Steve Young had 68 (on 65 passes and three sacks) in a losing effort against Green Bay in 1996. Even for Brady, 67 is a frenzy of passes, but the Patriots have built their playoff dynasty on Brady passing them out of tough spots.The Patriots may never have faced longer odds in a Super Bowl than they did when down 25 in the third quarter last night, but they’ve followed the same formula of having Brady throw, throw and throw them out of trouble many times before. This was the third Super Bowl in which he had more than 50 dropbacks and his second double-digit comeback victory. Since 2001, only three non-Brady Super Bowls have seen a quarterback drop back at least 50 times. Note that Brady has trailed at some point in all seven of his Super Bowl appearances and has won three of the five in which he had more than 40 dropbacks (all other quarterbacks have won three of 12 Super Bowls in which they had more than 40 dropbacks, and all three wins came on fewer than 45 dropbacks). The only other double-digit Super Bowl comeback since 2001 was by Drew Brees, who came back from a 10-point first-quarter deficit to win Super Bowl XLIV in 2010.If Julian Edelman doesn’t make that miracle catch,1Announcers: “That’s a catch.” “My God.” “That’s incredible!” today’s conversation might be a little different, though the Patriots have benefited and suffered from miracles before. Plus, Brady and the Patriots have been hard to put down in any game, not just Super Bowls. Brady has a 5-5 record in all playoff games where he has trailed by double digits — with all 5 wins coming in games he had to pass his way out of2Games where he had more than 50 dropbacks.: read more

first_imgEpic Games CEO, Tim Sweeney has accused Google of being “irresponsible” for disclosing a major security flaw in the Fortnite Android Installer to the public eye before patch of this game was widely available. After the Fortnite installer went live, Google security engineers pointed out a security bug. This showed that installing the file (with .apk extension) shared by Epic Games, enabled the hackers to push malicious apps that could take over a user’s device. To make things even worse, the .apk file shared by Epic Games is the first step to follow while installing the Fortnite game. As mentioned in the Google thread, “Any app with the WRITE_EXTERNAL_STORAGE permission can substitute the APK immediately after the download is completed and the fingerprint is verified. This is easily done using a FileObserver. The Fortnite Installer will proceed to install the substituted (fake) APK”. Epic was quick to respond to this and took appropriate action to secure the newer Android devices from being vulnerable to the attacks. Additionally, Epic had asked Google for 90 days before making the security issue public as it would provide users with enough time to update the installers. However, last Friday, Google released a thread titled “Fortnite Installer downloads are vulnerable to hijacking” that talks about the vulnerability issues in the installer, clearly not granting Epic the requested 90 days. Google proceeded to “unrestrict the issue in line with Google’s standard disclosure practices”. Google spokesperson said that “User security is our top priority, and as part of our proactive monitoring for malware we identified a vulnerability in the Fortnite installer. We immediately notified Epic Games and they fixed the issue”. Epic games didn’t appreciate the move, and its CEO Tim Sweeney released a statement saying how “Epic genuinely appreciated Google’s effort to perform an in-depth security audit of Fortnite immediately following our release on Android, and share the results with Epic so we could speedily issue an update to fix the flaw they discovered. However, it was irresponsible of Google to publicly disclose the technical details of the flaw so quickly, while many installations had not yet been updated and were still vulnerable.” Sweeney also took to Twitter to express his disapproval regarding the situation. He even went ahead to say that this was Google’s attempt to “score cheap PR points” against Epic as they decided to release Fortnite via their own website instead of Google Play Store. This would have left Google out of the 30% cut it would’ve received with in-app purchases made on Fortnite Android. “Google’s security analysis efforts are appreciated and benefit the Android platform, however a company as powerful as Google should practice more responsible disclosure timing than this, and not endanger users in the course of its counter-PR efforts against Epic’s distribution of Fortnite outside of Google Play” as mentioned on the Fortnite blog. This is not the first time that Google has been criticized, Microsoft also accused it of disclosing its vulnerabilities before patches were made widely available. Now, whether this was really a PR move by Google against Epic cannot be verified. Epic games have now come out with a 2FA or two-factor authentication to “ help protect user accounts from unauthorized access by requiring them to enter an additional code when they sign in”. Read Next Google’s incognito location tracking scandal could be the first real test of GDPR 1k+ Google employees frustrated with continued betrayal, protest against Censored Search engine project for China Google gives Artificial Intelligence full control over cooling its data centerslast_img read more