Ten Tips for Canoeing With Kids

first_imgThe idea of taking your young kids canoeing can be a daunting proposition. There are so many factors to account for and the downside of screwing it up can be hours of crying leading to a hatred for being on the river. Whoa, why would you even do it? Because it’s awesome.Recently my wife and I hit the river with our 3 year old and our 1 year old. It would be our youngest’s first float. We were joined by some good friends of ours, Dave and Tashia, and their son Silas. Dave and Tashia are long time friends from West Virginia, transplanted to C-Ville, and this was going to be Silas’s first time in a canoe as well. It was a beautiful day on the river.Tips For A Successful Canoe Trip With Kids:Pick a short float. Both our girls have had their first canoe trip on the same section of the James River. In the James River State Park there is a 2 – 2.5 mile float from the Canoe Landing to Dixon Landing. The entire trip is within the park and the livery will even run shuttle for you for a small fee. It is the perfect river trip length for younguns. If they get to cranky, paddle fast, you’ll be at Dixon in no time.Sunscreen and hats. This is simple. Sun burning your kids will prove unpleasant for both them and you. And people will look at you funny as you carry around a screaming 14 month old tomato.unnamed (2)Pack lots of snacks. All parents know, snacks solve lots of problems. Ziplock bags or snack cups full of crackers, popcorn, etc. will keep them happy on the river. We also pack coconut water boxes for sipping on something sweet.Bathtub Chalk. Seriously. If you can handle a little mess in your life and aren’t too OCD about the appearance of your canoe, bathtub chalk will provide lots of entertainment for your kids. And comfortable seating. I’ve found that a camp chair or kayak seat is a perfect resting place for our little ones.Bubbles make everything awesome. It’s a scientifically proven fact.unnamed (3)Plan a river trip that includes a good lunch/ swimming spot. Breaking up the paddle and tiring the kids out with some good ole fashioned river play is essential. Playtime is where the real memories are made. My 3 year old will tell you, now her favorite part of the canoe trip is playing in the rapids. Make it fun.These first few trips are not about you having your perfect day. They are about setting the stage, building a foundation of recreating outside, that will plant the seeds for future trips. It’s in those future trips that the joy will come. Some of the early trips will be tough. Deal. It gets better.  Eventually you could even get to this point, sitting up front, while your wife pilots the canoe, casting for fish while your kids snack it up.Keep it calm and keep it upright. Nothing capsizes a canoe faster than erratic movements. Even if your little tyke breaks out into a fit, stay zen, and find an immediate solution that does not involve quick, unbalancing action. Most of the time, little toddlers will enjoy sitting up front in the bow, between their parent’s legs. They’re in the action and easily entertained.Screen shot 2015-08-04 at 11.42.35 AMGive your kids their own paddle as soon as they are ready. Our 3 yr. old got her first “real” canoe paddle for Christmas this past year, a Bending Branches Twig. She was psyched to get in on the action and help paddle.PFD, PFD, PFD. Make sure everyone is wearing one. If a kid goes in the drink, they need to float and if you have to go in to get them, it’s best you have one on as well. I always wear my PFD on the water. How else can I expect my kids’ to follow that rule if I do not?Taking your kids on the river can be a daunting prospect, but with a little planning and a cool head, you can have a good time. The first trip might be bumpy, but keep trying, because the payoff is a lifetime of appreciation for outdoor recreation. Our state parks are a great place to start. Every year my wife gifts me annual passes to our VA State Parks. It’s the perfect gift because I get to share it with my girls.last_img read more

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Digital payments get boost this holiday shopping season

first_img 9SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr It’s not surprising that TMG’s Thanksgiving holiday card transaction data indicate cardholders shopped both in-store and online throughout the holiday weekend. What we were surprised to discover was the significant jump in the number of card-not-present (CNP) sales compared to previous years. This year, CNP sales accounted for nearly a quarter of the total holiday weekend credit and debit card transactions TMG processed. In 2014, however, they accounted for 20 percent of all card transactions. In 2013, they accounted for 15 percent.That wasn’t the only record-breaking occurrence this holiday season. For the first time, we included both EMV and tokenized transactions in our holiday spending analysis. The objective of doing was to establish a benchmark in regard to mobile pay solutions, which continue to account for only a fraction of transactions across the industry.Here are a few of the key observations our product and digital teams made upon examination of the tokenized transaction data, which largely consisted of Apple Pay purchases.Cyber Monday was the most popular day in November for tokenized credit transactions; Black Friday for tokenized debit transactions. continue reading »last_img read more

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We bring you a list of which tourist boards in underdeveloped areas and DMK companies have received support from the CNTB for 2019.

first_imgIn addition, higher scores were given to programs that will be implemented in the pre- and post-season and those lasting more than seven days, all with the aim of strengthening tourist traffic outside the peak months of the tourist season and extending the stay of tourists which are one of the key goals. development of Croatia as a year-round tourist destination and increase in tourist consumption.  A total of HRK 1.970.000 in support was awarded by the Decision on the award of grants for 36 programs of destination management companies / / / RELATED NEWS:  For programs and projects in underdeveloped tourist areas, the Tourist Board approved support for a total of 135 programs and projects, of which 108 programs / projects of local tourist boards and 27 programs / projects of county tourist boards in the total amount of HRK 3.951.083.  Criteria for selecting projects nominated by destination management companies included innovative package deals, inclusion of unused tourist resources, importance of the candidate program in strengthening Croatia’s image as a destination of special interest tourism, harmonization of programs with the Tourism Development Strategy of the Republic of Croatia and inclusion of underdeveloped areas.  Attachment: DECISION on granting aid to tourist boards in underdeveloped tourist areas Attachment: DECISION on granting grants to programs of destination management companies SELECTED DIRECTORS OF THE CNTB REPRESENTATIVE OFFICE IN SEUL AND LOS ANGELES At the recent 51st session of the Tourist Council, decisions on the award of grants were made tourist communities in underdeveloped areas and support programs of destination management companies, and now the results of both tenders have been announced. last_img read more

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Girls don’t need Boy Scouts’ approval for validation

first_imgBut the solution to that imbalance shouldn’t be telling girls to abandon their Girl Scout troops to go after the boys’ honor.It should be giving the girls’ achievement — which requires working hard to build the same skills we celebrate so publicly in Eagle Scouts — the respect it deserves.By telling young women that they need to earn Eagle Scout rank to get the recognition and benefits it conveys, we are sending a crystal-clear message:To get the respect you deserve for your achievements, you have to join a historically male-oriented organization and meet that group’s definition of success.Putting in the hard work to make a difference in your community as part of a girl-centered organization just isn’t enough.I recognize that there are girls and families for whom the Girl Scouting programs in their communities don’t meet their needs.For older girls, existing coed Boy Scout programs can and do help address those shortfalls. Even for girls who aren’t currently participating in Girl Scouts, the move sends a troubling message: You can do more as a girl in a boys’ organization than you can as a girl in a girls’ organization.We already use what boys achieve in Boy Scouts as our point of reference for what girls accomplish in Girl Scouts because the former is more familiar to the broader public than the latter. Nowhere is this clearer than in the case of the Girl Scouts’ highest honor, the Gold Award.Proponents of the Boy Scouts’ policy change have emphasized girls’ newfound ability to earn Eagle Scout rank as one of the most exciting things about opening up aspects of Boy Scouting to girls.Colleges and prospective employers, they argue, understand the work it takes to become an Eagle Scout and see young men who have earned the Eagle Scout rank as attractive candidates. They’re not wrong.Achieving Eagle Scout status is a significant accomplishment, and the young men who earn it deserve the respect they get.And yes, the Eagle Scout rank is far more familiar to many Americans than the Gold Award.Indeed, I’ve spent the last 15 years explaining my Girl Scout Gold Award to friends, colleagues and prospective employers as the “Girl Scout version” of the Eagle Scout rank. Categories: Editorial, OpinionIn the latest of high-profile moves to open up its membership, the Boy Scouts of America announced last week that it would allow girls and young women to participate in more of its programming.Many see this as a big step forward for girls; another wall keeping young women from certain opportunities has fallen.And for some young women, the chance to participate in Boy Scouting programs will give them a chance to pursue their goals in exciting ways. But the new policy isn’t a straightforward win for girls.Initial reports on the Boy Scouts’ policy indicate that small groups for young members (known in the Boy Scouts as Cub Scout dens) will continue to be single gender, so girls will still have access to leadership opportunities in a single-gender environment.But there’s a difference between being in a girl-led group within a larger entity whose entire history and mission has been about serving boys and being part of an organization like the Girl Scouts whose central focus has always been on building “girls of courage, confidence, and character, who make the world a better place.”Even with careful research and preparation, Boy Scouts’ efforts to serve girls in single-gender groups will still be built on a long legacy of focusing on boys’ needs.Everything meant to serve girls specifically will be an adjustment, not the default, central focus.Will a Boy Scouts’ program meant to introduce girls to public service, for example, take the same careful steps to make sure young women meet female elected officials, like one in which I participated as a Girl Scout in high school?It’s not just that opening up the Boy Scouts to girls has the potential to move girls out of a girl-led, girl-centered organization. I know, because I also participated in one of those programs, Venturing, as a high school student in part to pursue activities beyond what my Girl Scout troop was offering.I applaud the activism of the young women who have been pushing for the policy change.Even if they find that Girl Scouts don’t meet their needs, identifying what you see as a problem in the world and working to change it is exactly what Girl Scouting teaches, and I hope they find fulfilling experiences in the new Boy Scouting programs.But the Boy Scouts’ policy change isn’t just about the opportunities it creates for individual girls.It’s about what we convey to young women about their achievements and the context in which they pursue them — that they are less valuable, simply because they weren’t designed by men.Molly E. Reynolds is a fellow in the Governance Studies program at the Brookings Institution. She is a lifetime member of the Girl Scouts of the USA and a recipient of the Girl Scout Gold Award.More from The Daily Gazette:Foss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristslast_img read more

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Gold Coast real estate agents spreading Easter cheer

first_imgRay White Broadbeach agent Jamie Harrison gives out hot cross buns to his clients. Ray White Broadbeach agent Jamie Harrison gave out 130 hot cross buns to his clients today.A GOLD Coast real estate agent is spreading Easter cheer in the form of hot cross buns.More from news02:37Purchasers snap up every residence in the $40 million Siarn Palm Beach North9 hours ago02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa1 day agoRay White Broadbeach agent Jamie Harrison delivered 130 “special Ray White coloured” hot cross buns to his clients today.“Everyone loves them as it’s so unique and they have a yellow cross on top,” he said.“It’s just a fantastic relationship builder.“I’m always looking for innovative ways to stand out within the market.”last_img

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Post-war home ideal for renovation lures keen buyers at auction

first_img17 Walkers Drive, BalmoralThe property was marketed by Place – Bulimba agent Brenton Faehrmann, who said there were seven registered bidders interested in the property.The starting bid was $700,000. More from newsCrowd expected as mega estate goes under the hammer7 Aug 2020Hard work, resourcefulness and $17k bring old Ipswich home back to life20 Apr 2020 17 Walkers Drive, BalmoralThe home features a mixture of polished timber flooring and ornate ceilings.Cleverly updated, the traditional sunroom was recreated into a functional family space.Mr Faehrmann said a young couple from the area bought the property. “They are going to renovate and stay there long term,” he said. “They loved that it was elevated.” The agent said the drawcard was the price range. “People thought it was going to be in the $700,000-$800,000 price range,” he said. “The fact it was elevated, on a big block, with some views and a good outlook, was a big plus. “The home could be renovated, knocked down or lived in as is.” 17 Walkers Drive, BalmoralA large crowd of almost 40 people watched on as a three-bedroom Balmoral home sold under the hammer for $776,000 recently.The May 13 auction of 17 Walkers Drive was a popular one, with the post-war home sitting on a large 607sq m block.last_img read more

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Gold Coast real estate: Luxury oasis a real slice of paradise on Sovereign Islands

first_img61 Knightsbridge Pde East, Sovereign Islands. Picture: Realestate.com.au“The block of land is just beautiful as it has Broadwater views plus views up to Mt Tamborine, so we watch the sun rise and set,” Ms Feenstra says.“It’s just so peaceful and lovely.”More from news02:37Purchasers snap up every residence in the $40 million Siarn Palm Beach North4 hours ago02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa1 day agoVideo Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 1:24Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -1:24 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD540p540p360p360p270p270pAutoA, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenA city made of sand!01:24 Related videos 01:24A city made of sand!01:44Summer Dream Home: Burleigh Heads00:42Soul of Gerringong00:39luxury with a beach view01:48Best beach house bargains01:30Inside a Brighton beach boxThe couple were already living on the island when the land, on one of Queensland’s most exclusive streets, became available to the market. The home is on the market at $2.98 million. Picture: Realestate.com.auYou know you’re living in paradise when the locals are dolphins, dugongs and turtles.Sue and Willem Feenstra fell in love with their property’s location before commissioning David Radic to build a two-storey oasis.The 726sq m land has 30m of deepwater frontage and is on a point. The home has stunning views. Picture: Realestate.com.au“We get dolphins and even dugong here coming through looking for food,” she says.“A sea turtle lives near our pontoon and pops up to say hi every few days.”Construction of the four-bedroom stone and timber house took around a year.Spanning the rear of the property is also a heated pool and spa, and covered entertaining terrace and deck.The home has an entertaining deck. Picture: Realestate.com.auFind your inner Zen in the yoga room which overlooks the pool and has infra-red heat pads on the ceiling to increase sweat levels during a class.There is space for a gym. Picture: Realestate.com.auThe kitchen has Bosch appliances, two self-cleaning ovens, a built-in fridge and freezer, three dishwashers, a wine fridge and butler’s pantry.last_img read more

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Our love of reality TV reno shows means renovations are on the rise

first_imgPlenty of homeowners have decided to try their hand at renovating.OUR love of reality TV reno shows means renovations are on the rise, with one in three homeowners having undertaken some work.A survey by finder.com.au found more homeowners were renovating for a variety of reasons.More from newsNew apartments released at idyllic retirement community Samford Grove Presented by Parks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus21 hours agoSome thought it was too expensive to move, while others were making much needed repairs.With the survey finding 34 per cent of homeowners had renovated, that equated to more than 3 million homes having a makeover.Half of those who had renovated said it was something they had always wanted to do, while about 12 per cent said they did the work because their home was dilapidated.About a quarter of these getting out the hammer and nails said they were wanting to try and boost their home’s long term value.Only about 9 per cent of Queensland homeowners renovated to improve value, which was fewer than Finder insights manager, Graham Cooke, expected.He warned those wanting to do a renovations to set themselves a strict budget before they started and always seek plenty of quotes.last_img read more

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People moves: New chief for Swedish government pension board

first_imgIPD, Finance Denmark, SPV, L&G, Achmea, Eurizon, Northern Trust Asset Management, Aviva Investors, PensioenFederatie, CFA Institute, PMI, Alcentra, Dufas, EY, M&G, Groupama, Adams Street Partners, Vontobel, InsightNational Government Employee Pensions Board (SPV) – Maria Humla has been appointed by the Swedish government as the new director general and head of the country’s National Government Employee Pensions Board. She took up the role on 6 July. Previously, Humla was deputy director general of the government agency, having held various executive positions at the SPV from 2009 onwards. Before joining the agency – which carries out the administration of the government employee pension for around 800,000 employees and pensioners and 400 employers – Humla worked at the Swedish Social Insurance Agency (Forsakringskassan) and one of its predecessor organisations, the Swedish National Insurance Administration (Riksförsäkringsverket). Insurance & Pension Denmark/Finance Denmark – Jesper Rangvid, professor at Copenhagen Business School, has been appointed as the chair of a new panel of independent experts tasked with establishing assumptions for determining pension forecasts in Denmark. The commission was set up by industry associations Insurance & Pension Denmark and banking body Finance Denmark. Since 2005, assumptions for pension calculations have been laid down by the two associations with reference to the Danish financial regulator, Finanstilsynet. The new commission will determine the pension calculation assumptions from 2019. Torben Andersen , professor at Aarhus University and chairman of the board of ATP, and Peter Engberg Jensen, chairman of the board of state-owned company Finansiel Stabilitet and former chief executive of Nykredit, have been named as the other members of the panel. Legal & General Group – The company has created a new direct investment and real assets business within its retirement institutional arm. Eleanor Bucks will lead the new business as managing director. Laura Mason, CEO of Legal & General Retirement Institutional, said: “It’s clear to me that we can make a real difference in the way we source our direct investments and real assets, by working closely with Legal & General Investment Management and Legal & General Capital more, to increase investment opportunities along with the effective restructuring and re-profiling of our increasingly diverse range of assets.”Achmea – Roelof Konterman, vice-chairman of the executive board of Dutch pension insurer Achmea, has announced that he will leave at the end of this year after 36 years of service, of which more than five years was as a member of the executive board. He said he would step down to increase his focus on other supervisory positions. Achmea said the timing of his departure followed constructive talks with Achmea’s supervisory board as well as with the chief executive.Meanwhile, Erik van Houwelingen has stepped down as chairman of the supervisory board (RvC) of Achmea’s asset management subsidiary, Achmea IM, as of 1 July. It follows his appointment as European sales manager at the €476bn global asset manager Dimensional Fund Advisors. Van Houwelingen had chaired the RvC since January 2016.In the wake of his move, he will also step down as employer representative on the board of civil service scheme ABP. Van Houwelingen has previously been chairman of ABP’s investment committee and is a former chief executive of Aegon Asset Management.Eurizon – Eurizon has made hires to expand its presence in Germany, Austria and Switzerland. Jörg Ahlheid joined on 2 July as senior sales manager for Germany and Austria, based in Frankfurt. He was previously country manager for Germany and Austria at French fund manager La Financière de l’Echiquier.Manuel Dalla Corte has been hired as country head for Switzerland, where Eurizon has opened a new office. Dalla Corte has 14 years of experience in investment management distribution, most recently as business development director at Aviva Investors in Zurich.Marco Bus was appointed CEO of Eurizon Capital in Luxembourg on 2 July, and the group has begun the authorisation process for opening a distribution office in Spain.Northern Trust Asset Management – Marie Dzanis has been appointed to lead the $1.2trn asset manager’s business across Europe, the Middle East and Africa (EMEA).In this newly created role, Dzanis will be responsible for governance, business management, business development and talent management. She was previously head of intermediary distribution at Northern Trust Asset Management in Chicago. She has also worked at iShares, BlackRock, JP Morgan Asset Management and Smith Barney.Aviva Investors  – Aviva has expanded its global responsible investment team with several hires. Rick Stathers will join in August as a senior ESG analyst alongside Sora Utzinger, who joined recently in the same position. They were previously both at CDP, formerly the Carbon Disclosure Project.In addition, Nathan Lerclerc is returning to Aviva Investors from proxy voting agency ISS. He will be a senior analyst, succeeding Anita Skipper, who recently retired. Leclerc’s role will focus on delivering the business’s responsible ownership obligations, including proxy voting, company engagement and integrating ESG into investment.Pensions Federation – The Dutch Pensions Federation has appointed Edith Maat as co-director, effective from 1 October in a dual role with current director Gerard Riemen. Maat has been deputy director and head of policy at the industry organisation since 2012. She joined from the Dutch ministry of social affairs, where she was department head.CFA Institute – Heather Brilliant and Diane Nordin have been elected chair and vice chair, respectively, of the board of governors of the CFA Institute. It is the first time the top two leadership positions at the global investment management organisation have been held by women.Brilliant will take up her role on 1 September and succeeds Robert Jenkins. She is currently managing director for the Americas at First State Investments, and was previously CEO of Morningstar Australia. Nordin is a director of US mortgage giant Fannie Mae, and has previously worked at Wellington Management.“Building a better world for investors involves challenging industry norms and closing the gender gap, as well as raising standards in our profession,” said Paul Smith, president and CEO of the institute. “That sounds like a tall order but with Heather at the helm of our board, supported by Diane Nordin as vice chair and the rest of the Board, I am confident that we will continue to make meaningful progress.”The Pensions Management Institute (PMI) – Lesley Carline has been elected as the organisation’s new president with effect from its annual general meeting on 11 July. She succeeds Robert Branagh, whose tenure began in August 2017.Carline was previously vice president of the PMI, serving on the advisory council and its board. She has been involved in numerous consultations with the Pensions Regulator, the Department for Work and Pensions and has recently worked with the regulator on trustee and scheme business plans. She is also currently a director at KGC Associates. Lesley Alexander is now a vice president alongside Lorraine Harper.  Dufas – Roelie van Wijk has been appointed as chair of Dufas, the lobbying organisation for asset managers and custodians operating in the Netherlands. She succeeds Toine van der Stee, chief executive of Blue Sky Group. Her appointment is for a two-year term.Until 2018, Van Wijk had been chief executive of Aegon subsidiary TKP Investments for the past 10 years. At the start of 2018 she became head of responsible business and public affairs at Aegon Asset Management.EY – Rob Ekkebus has joined the board of the €1.3bn Dutch pension fund of Ernst & Young, representing pensioners and deferred members. He succeeds Bert Koekkoek, who left after completing his maximum statutory term. The pension fund seeking a replacement for employer representative Lorenco van Wieringen, who stepped down in June.M&G – Asset manager M&G has appointed Sander van der Wel as senior institutional business development manager. He joins from Aegon Asset Management, where he worked in a similar role for a three-year period. Prior to this, he worked in London for Citigroup and Barclays where he was director of fixed income sales for EMEA for Dutch and Belgian institutional investors. Van der Wel succeeds Luuk Veenstra, who is to continue in a senior role elsewhere in M&G.Alcentra – The fixed income manager has hired Sarah Madore and Maria Garcia Diego as associates in its European direct lending team. Joanna Layton was hired internally and promoted to head of European direct lending portfolio monitoring. She is also deputy head of European credit. Madore joins from UniCredit in Milan and Garcia Diego previously worked in the financial sponsors team at Citi. Groupama Asset Management – The €103bn French asset manager has appointed Servane Duforest as head of multi-asset management, reporting to Gaëlle Malléjac, director of investments, active management. Duforest has worked at Groupama since 2008, when she joined as senior analyst and manager. She participated in the development of the multi-management expertise of Groupama Funds Pickers and Groupama AM. Since 2011, she has been in charge of directional multi-management.Adams Street Partners – The private equity specialist has appointed Steve Landau to the newly created role of head of product strategy. He was previously head of product development at alternatives manager FS Investments, and has also worked at New York Life Investment Management, Morgan Stanley Investment Management, and UBS Global Asset Management. Insight Investment – The UK-based fund manager has appointed Marc Pautz as a client director. He was previously a defined benefits strategist within the investment business of Mercer, where he worked with a number of the consultancy’s largest pension clients on investment policy and implementation. At Insight, he will lead the firm’s relationships and engagements with a number of clients.Vontobel AM – The Swiss asset manager has hired Yann Lepape to its bond team, specialising in global flexible bonds. He joins from Oddo BHF AM, where he was a member of the group’s investment committee and was responsible for global macro analysis. He was previously an adviser to the French treasury department.last_img read more

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Ighalo reveals who he will dedicate every goal scored at Man United

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This Guy Will Show You Devout Christian Ighalo completed his loan from Chinese Super League club Shanghai Shenhua on deadline day last month.Despite interest from other Premier League and European clubs he was only interested in signing for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer — even if it meant taking a pay-cut on his £300,000-a-week Chinese wages.However, the player who scored 46 goals during his three seasons in China feared the deal could be wrecked by the coronavirus crisis.He admitted: “Yeah, I was a bit scared.“My agent, Atta Aneke, called me from Norway and said United wanted me, but were looking at another striker because I was in China and there was the coronavirus.“I wanted it to happen, to fulfil a lifetime dream, so joining United was more important to me than money.“Of course having money is good, but playing for Man United is a dream I have had since I was little.“I wanted it to happen but I was relaxed. People starting sending me messages, my children were telling me ‘Hey, Papa, I hope it’s going to happen’.“But I told them ‘If it is the will of God, it will happen, if it is not, then it won’t’.“I was calm until Atta called me and said ‘Man U have decided they want you’. Then I told him to make it happen.“I had been playing in China for three years and was OK there. I had some offers from Premier League clubs and from Europe.“But I told my agent ‘If it is not Manchester United I am not coming’, even if it meant taking a pay cut to play for them.“Some other Premier League club came and offered more money, but I said ‘No, if it is not United, don’t speak to them. Let’s do the deal with United, I don’t mind a pay cut’.“Achieving it makes me even more grateful and to become the first Nigerian to play for United is an honour I will cherish for the rest of my life.”After the loan transfer was agreed, Ighalo flew from Shanghai to Dubai then on to Manchester, as his new team-mates departed for their warm weather training camp in Spain. Odion Ighalo has his beloved sister Mary’s name inscribed on his football boots.Advertisement It is also etched into a white T-shirt he will wear under the Manchester United jersey he will proudly don for the first time at Chelsea on Monday. Mary was a Man Utd fan, just like Odion, and always hoped he would join themOdion Ighalo, seen visiting Mary at her home in Canada, is still trying to come to terms with his sister’s deathBut United’s new loan signing admits he is struggling to come to terms with her sudden death, breaking down in tears when he is on his own.Speaking for the first time about the December tragedy, Ighalo revealed: “I feel very emotional because it has not really struck me that my sister is gone forever and I am never going to see her again.“Sometimes when I am alone and I just remember her, I have one sharp pain in my heart.“My twin sister, Akhere, will call me, crying, saying she misses her and, sometimes when I am alone, I cry too.“It is a very painful loss but I am trying to be strong as a man.”The Nigerian striker, 30, posted a poignant picture of himself with Mary on Instagram, announcing her shock death, accompanied by the words “RIP sister” together with a broken heart emoji.Mary loved United, while her husband followed Chelsea, and their children supported Man City and LiverpoolMarried Mary Atole collapsed at her home in Canada on the morning of December 12, just as she was getting her children ready for school. She was only 43.Ighalo added: “It was a very painful moment.“She just collapsed and died before the kids could even call for an ambulance. When the medics arrived they tried to revive her but she was already gone.”His heartache is shared by Akhere, elder sister Beatrice, brothers Austin and Moses and mother Martina.Ighalo said: “Although she was my older sister, Mary was like a mother to all of us.“Even when I was young she would look after me. She tried to make everybody happy, make sure everyone was OK.”Mary was such a passionate United fan a framed picture of her in a Red Devils shirt, with her name on the back, hung on the wall of her home.They had grown up together in Ajegunle, a district in the heart of Nigeria’s capital city Lagos.Ighalo added: “My sister was a strong United fan. All of us grew up watching Manchester United, we all supported them.“Mary’s husband followed Chelsea, while their children were Manchester City and Liverpool fans, but she stayed loyal to United.“She always prayed I would sign for United. Even when she came to watch me in the Premier League playing for Watford she hoped I would join United.“The painful part for me is that I now have signed for United, but she is not here to see it.“However, I know she is up there watching me.“That is why I am going to play with her name on my boots, so she is always with me at Old Trafford or in any game for Manchester United.“Every goal I score from now until I finish my career will be dedicated to God and to her.“I have written her name on my special white T-shirt and put her name on my boots. I want to show the world she is always with me.“It means she can feel me playing at Old Trafford, feel that dream we all prayed for, even though she is not here to see it.“But she will be on my feet, assisting me on the pitch.” Read Also: EPL: Man United fans demand Ighalo start against ChelseaSince then, Ighalo has been working with a personal trainer at the Great Britain taekwondo centre near his Lowry Hotel base in Manchester.But he will join up with his new team-mates tomorrow and is expected to play some part in Monday’s clash at Chelsea.Ighalo added: “I want to thank the fans for all the messages of support since the day I arrived in Manchester.“This is the biggest club in the world. I know it’s a new team and a big challenge, but I am going to give my best in every game to make sure we accomplish what we want. God bless all the United fans.”FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 last_img read more

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