North Carolina mountain man Eustace Conway has canoed 1,000-miles down the Mississippi River, hiked the entire Appalachian Trial, and ridden across the continental United States on horseback in 103 days. Now he must face a new type of challenge: building codes for his Blue Ridge outdoor education and retreat center, Turtle Island.Conway, who appears on the History Channel’s reality program “Mountain Men,” had a surprise visit from Watauga County officials last fall to his Turtle Island preserve. The investigation found multiple building, health, and fire infractions at Conway’s retreat, though the outdoorsman told the Wall Street Journal that such codes do not apply to what they are doing at Turtle Island, where school groups, scouts, and families have gone for more than 25 years to “rough-it” in the woods.The preserve has been shut down indefinitely, and Conway has been ordered to modernize or demolish the compound’s buildings. The battle isn’t over yet, though — Turtle Island has many supporters, and there is a petition on Change.org urging the North Carolina Building Codes Council to alter state code and exempt Turtle Island. So far the petition has 13,000 signatures and counting.
ATP, Merchant Navy Officers Pensions Fund, ESMA, Unigestion, JPMAM, MN, LOIM, Kames CapitalDanica Pension – Anders Svennsen is leaving his position as co-CIO at Danish pensions giant ATP to take up a new role as CIO of Danica Pension on 1 December. Sevennesen will replace Peter Lindegaard, the Danske Bank subsidiary’s previous CIO, who left the company in August. Svennesen will be responsible for developing Danica’s investment department.Merchant Navy Officers Pensions Fund – Rory Murphy and Mike Jess have been appointed as chairman and vice-chairman, respectively. The scheme, an industry-wide pension arrangement for shipping companies, made the appointments after the recent retirement Peter McEwen and William Everard, who left their positions earlier this year. Murphy is a former chairman of the Unite trade union, one of the UK’s largest. He joins from a consultancy specialising in employer and trade union engagement. Jess is a member-nominated trustee of the pension scheme and also a trustee director of the Merchant Navy Welfare Board.European Securities and Markets Authority (ESMA) – Cyril Roux, Gérard Rameix and Marek Szuszkiewicz have been appointed to the board of the European supervisory authority. Roux, a new member, is employed by the Central Bank of Ireland. Rameix, who works at the Autorité des marchés financiers (AMF) in France, has been re-elected to the board. Szuszkiewicz is also a new member and works at Poland’s Komisja Nadzoru Finanswego (KNF). The two new members replace Jean Guille of Luxembourg’s Commission de Surveillance du Secteur Financier (CSSF) and Julie Galbo of Denmark’s Finanstilsynet. Unigestion – Guilhem Savry and Oliver Blin have joined the French asset manager’s cross-asset solutions team as director and senior vice-president, respectively, both leaving rival manager Lombard Odier Investment Management (LOIM). Savry and Blin worked together at LOIM as senior portfolio manager and portfolio manager, respectively, but will now take up senior positions at Unigestion.JP Morgan Asset Management (JPMAM) – David Stubbs has joined the firm as a global market strategist. He is expected to provide economic insight on the UK and Europe to financial advisers and institutional investors. He joins from MRB Partners, based in New York, and has also worked at Heitman Securities in London and the United Nations.MN – Nick Clapp has joined the Dutch fiduciary manager’s UK operations as a client director. Clapp will report to head of UK clients, Donny Hay. His role will be to communicate MN’s offering to the UK pensions market. He joins from consultancy Hymans Robertson, where he was an investment consultant.Lombard Odier Investment Managers – Andrea Argenti has been appointed as the firm’s head of Italian business, based in Milan. He joins the French asset manager from BlackRock, where he was head of its Italian retail business for eight years.Kames Capital – Nadia Bucci has been appointed as a business development manager, responsible for growing the business in Spain and developing its offering in Portugal. She joins from Osmosis Investment Management, where she also worked in business development. She will be based in London, reporting to Richard Dixon, head of European wholesale.
Defending champion Ian Attoe takes an three-shot lead into tomorrow’s final round of the English Senior Men’s Open at Holme Hall Golf Club, Lincolnshire.He’s five-under for the championship, having played today’s second round at the companion course, Elsham, where he added one-over 72 to his opening 65.His closest challengers are the Yorkshire pair of Richard Norton and Ian Clarke who are both two-under par after they returned 69s at Holme Hall.One shot further back is Richard Elmes from Hampshire, whose 68 at Holme Hall tied the low score of the day.Behind them is a chasing pack of six players grouped on level par which includes 2018 runner-up Rich Jones, senior international Rupert Kellock and Bob Florence, who also shot 68.Attoe, from Worplesdon in Surrey, was out in two-under 34, having birdied both par fives. He dropped a couple of shots on the tougher back nine, but after holing a 33ft putt for birdie on 16 he was still on course to finish under par for the second successive round.However, his hopes were thwarted by a double bogey on the 17th, where his approach went through the green into an unplayable position and he had to take a drop.“I was slightly disappointed with the 17th, I would have liked to have finished under par, but overall the round was relatively pleasing,” he said.Attoe, who is bidding for his third championship win, added: “I’m very pleased to be in the position I am and I’m looking forward to tomorrow.”Norton (Beverley & East Riding) was one of only five players to beat par today after driving the ball well and avoiding any three-putts. “The most pleasing thing is that we have had the worst of the weather both days,” he said.Norton, a senior international, has already won once this season, at the West of England Senior Open, and is keen for another victory. “That’s the idea! You wouldn’t be here for nothing,” he said.Clarke, the new Lindrick club champion, was playing in the final group at Holme Hale and commented: “I’ve found something with my iron play in the last week or so and my putts have dropped.” In both rounds so far he’s set off at a great rate; his aim tomorrow will be to match it on the homeward half.Elmes (Stoneham) put together a very tidy round with four birdies and just one bogey on the 16th. His 68 was matched by Kent’s Bob Florence (Rochester & Cobham Park) who started with an eagle two on the first and finished with three birdies in the last five holes.Florence is joined on level par by Rich Jones (Rotherham), Rupert Kellock (Sunningdale), John Coupe (Canterbury), Paul Wharton (Woodhall Spa) and Tim Whittaker (Beaconsfield).After today’s round the field was cut to the leading 80 players and ties with 85 players making the cut.Click here for full scores Tags: Elsham Golf Club, English Senior Men’s Open Amateur Championship, Holme Hall Golf Club 6 Jun 2019 Attoe leads by three with a round to play
Facebook0Tweet0Pin0Submitted by Washington State Department of TransportationCommuters, residents and local businesses that rely on Interstate 5 between Tumwater and Nisqually are encouraged to offer ideas to help improve travel on this busy corridor.The Washington State Department of Transportation invites all users of the highway to participate in an online survey as part of a study to identify and develop strategies to help improve traffic flow.The survey will help WSDOT better understand how people use the corridor, their perceptions of transportation needs and which transportation issues matter most to them.“This study will help us determine the best strategies to address the needs of this critical corridor over the next 20 years,” said Dennis Engel, WSDOT multimodal planning manager.The survey is open until 11:59 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 27. The public will have additional opportunities to offer input about transportation needs along the corridor at public open houses planned next summer.The resulting report will summarize and rank transportation strategies that could include:Operational improvementsIntelligent Transportation Systems improvementsTransportation demand management – Using transportation alternatives for commute trip reduction like ridesharing, telework, public transportation, etc.Transit, freight, bicycle or pedestrian improvementsEnhancements to the highwayUse of other tools such as education and enforcementFeatured photo credit: Dr Attila Talaber
Sunil Narine. It’s a household name in India and it has little to do with his exploits for the West Indies. The 28-year-old debuted for Kolkata Knight Riders in 2012 and made an immediate impact, picking up 24 wickets in 15 matches as they went on to win the IPL.For the next two years, Narine continued to bamboozle batsmen with his guile, snaring 22 wickets in 2013 and 21 in 2014. Narine was a big hit in Kolkata even though his form plummeted in 2015 when he pocketed only seven wickets. In 2016, coming from a suspension over his bowling action, Narine was a shadow of his old self and managed only 11 wickets.This year, Narine has bowled as he ever has but he still does not have enough wickets to show for. But Gautam Gambhir would be happy with his economy rate of 5.60, his best since 2013.Gambhir’s admiration for Narine is no different and he refused to let go of his Caribbean talisman even when he clearly looked rattled and uncomfortable with his new bowling action. In fact, Narine was entrusted with extra responsibility – he was asked to open with the captain after Chris Lynn injured himself in the early days of IPL 10.When he walked out with Gambhir at the top of KKR’s chase, KXIP were caught by surprise. The surprise factor worked for the Knight Riders as Narine hammered 37 off 18 balls. KKR won the game easily. But he failed to take off in the tie against Sunrisers Hyderabad and was demoted for the very next game vs Deli Daredevils at the Feroz Shah Kotla.advertisementNarine was back as an opener for KKR’s clash against Gujarat Lions. Narine immediately went to work, first dealing with Praveen Kumar before attacking James Faulkner.Boundaries and sixes put the Eden Gardens crowd its feet and Narine was enjoying the adulation. However, it was short-lived as Gujarat skipper Suresh Raina brought himself in, slowed down the pace and outwitted the foxy Narine.But his job was already done – 42 off 15. That gave Gambhir and Robin Uthappa the perfect opportunity to launch into the Gujarat bowlers as KKR eyed a big total to go top.
By Glenis Rose, JIS Regional Office Reporter MONTEGO BAY: The Jamaica Social Investment Fund (JSIF) has completed renovation of the Wilsons Run Primary School in Trelawny, at a cost of approximately $31.4 million. The development, executed under JSIF’s Community Investment Project (CIP), entailed construction of a new sanitary block to replace pit latrines, and a multi-purpose court; expansion of the kitchen, which has been equipped with a new stove and refrigerator; erection of a perimeter fence; paving of the driveway; and extensive renovation of the school building. Most of the project’s financing was provided by the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB), with residents contributing just under $1 million. JSIF’s representatives formally handed over the refurbished school to Principal, Sandor Morris, during a ceremony at the institution on Friday (April 26). Speaking at the function, JSIF’s General Manager for Human Resource and Communications, Rhonda Lumsden-Lue, noted that the project represents a “real transformation” for the students and teachers. “I am extremely happy to…have seen the job that has been done here. I want to thank the contractor for a job well done. JSIF staff, I thank you all very much. This is a job well done,” she said. Member of Parliament for South Trelawny, where the school is situated, Marissa Dalrymple-Phillibert, in thanking JSIF, commended the institution’s efforts to improve the infrastructure of educational institutions islandwide. “The environs of a beautiful building and all the wonderful conditions (accompanying it) will help to make our children do well; (and) our teachers, committed and dedicated as they are, will help to make our children do well,” Mrs. Dalrymple-Phillibert pointed out. President of the school’s Parent/Teachers Association (PTA), Ainsley Thompson, told JIS News that the improvements have lifted the morale of the community. “We want to thank JSIF very much for the total reconstruction of the school. Wilsons Run really needed this,” he said.
The Jamaica Promotions Corporation (JAMPRO) is forecasting expansion in business and investment opportunities for the country as a result of increased interest and scouting of key sectors by potential investors. President of the agency, Diane Edwards, who spoke with JIS News, said that Jamaica continues to attract significant interest and attention as a tourist destination, which is evident in the various projects that have been recently completed, others under way and initiatives in the pipeline. These include agri-business, business process outsourcing (BPO), energy, logistics, manufacturing and tourism, which were the focus areas at the recently held Jamaica Investment Forum (JIF). Story Highlights The Jamaica Promotions Corporation (JAMPRO) is forecasting expansion in business and investment opportunities for the country as a result of increased interest and scouting of key sectors by potential investors.These include agri-business, business process outsourcing (BPO), energy, logistics, manufacturing and tourism, which were the focus areas at the recently held Jamaica Investment Forum (JIF).President of the agency, Diane Edwards, who spoke with JIS News, said that Jamaica continues to attract significant interest and attention as a tourist destination, which is evident in the various projects that have been recently completed, others under way and initiatives in the pipeline.She noted that there is heightened interest from investors in Mexico and Spain, who are looking for sites and locations for new hotels or to expand existing properties.She said that companies from the Middle and Far East are also looking at hotel opportunities here in Jamaica, so “tourism is thriving and alive and attracting new interests”.Turning to BPO, the JAMPRO president noted that the industry will see even further growth, with major expansions and initiatives in progress.BPO has evolved into a robust sector that continues to drive growth and job creation, with some 26,000 persons currently employed.“Our future in outsourcing is pretty bright. We are embarking on a huge upskilling programme for our young people in the skills that are necessary, not just customer service and technology support but all types of digitally based services, such as healthcare, accounting, finance, legal. There are a range of services in the outsourcing arena that we have not touched,” Ms. Edwards pointed out.JAMPRO is currently promoting Jamaica as a destination for outsourcing investments through partnerships with local and international organisations, international BPO conferences and targeted inward missions.“We have been marketing Jamaica as an outsourcing centre for the past eight years, and we have been successful in building the whole outsourcing value proposition for Jamaica,” Ms. Edwards told JIS News.On the matter of energy, she informed that the Government is developing an integrated resource plan from which a slew of investment projects will be created in renewables.“In terms of logistics, we saw a lot of interest at JIF in this area because the message that Jamaica is the business hub of the Caribbean is getting through, so we are seeing investors coming in looking for those opportunities, which is a plus for the special economic zones,” Ms. Edwards informed.Other investments in this sector include bunkering projects being executed by West Indies Petroleum; Kingston Wharves Limited’s thrust in warehousing and logistics; and initiatives by the Government such as implementation of the Automated System for Customs Data (ASYCUDA), which has significantly improved the effectiveness and efficiency of operations within the customs and port communities.The JAMPRO president cited agriculture as “another huge opportunity” noting that “what we are seeing are big local and foreign companies now interested in looking at agriculture”.“We are in big discussion with some companies out of the Middle and Far East for some big agricultural projects in the very near future,” she disclosed.Ms. Edwards told JIS News that there is also interest in manufacturing and assembly. She informed that JAMPRO has employed a broker/consultant who will assist in attracting investments from the USA, Canada and Europe for this sector.“The whole opportunity in manufacturing is pretty broad… . We have one project that we are talking about regarding recycling of plastic bottles, and although we haven’t got into this area sufficiently in Jamaica, people are starting to think about it,” she expressed.Ms. Edwards pointed out that there is also renewed interest in bauxite and alumina, while consideration must be given to investment opportunities in limestone, which remains underutilised.
Anantara Hotels, Resorts & Spas has revealed an ambitious 5-year plan to expand its portfolio across Asia, the Indian Ocean and the Middle East from 12 to 50 properties.The Anantara group currently operates 12 resorts in Thailand, the Maldives, Bali and Middle East.Last year, the group debuted the Anantara Baan Rajprasong in Bangkok (April), the Qasr al Sarab Desert Resort by Anantara in the Liwa Desert, Abu Dhabi (October) and the Anantara Lawana in Koh Samui, Thailand (November).Marion Walsh-Hédouin, Group Director of Public Relations for Anantara Hotels, Resorts and Spas told e-Travel Blackboard that the group expects to launch seven new resorts by the end of 2011.Scheduled to open in January 2011, the Anantara Kihavah Villas, Maldives will feature 78 spacious over-water and beach suites and an underwater dining experience showcasing the idyllic location of the Indian Ocean.Next year will also herald the launch of the Anantara brand in China with the opening of Anantara Sanya Resort & Spa and Anantara Xishuangbanna Resort & Spa. Also opening in 2011 will be the Anantara Uluwatu Resort & Spa in Bali, Anantara Al Madina A’Zarqa Resort & Spa in Oman, Al Barari by Anantara, Sir Bani Yas Island in Abu Dhabi and Al Yamm by Anantara, Sir Bani Yas Island.Ms. Walsh-Hédouin also revealed the hotels openings which are in the pipeline for 2012 these incude: the Anantara Mahabalipuram in Chenai, India, Anantara Emei Mountain, Anantara Marrakech in Morocco and Anantara Mogador, Morocco. Qasr al Sarab Desert Resort by Anantara Source = e-Travel Blackboard: C.F Anantara Kihavah Villas, Maldives