Coal Pension Trustees hires Unilever CIO

first_imgWalker and Dunatov are both members of the 300 Club think-tank. Dunatov is currently the chair of the group, which consists of leading pensions and investment professionals from Europe and North America. The UK’s Coal Pension Trustees has hired the global chief investment officer of Unilever’s pension funds as its new CIO, IPE understands.Mark Walker is to take over from Stefan Dunatov, who resigned from Coal in the summer to take up a role at British Columbia Investment Management Company in Canada.Walker has been global CIO for Unilever’s pension funds since joining from Mercer in 2010.At Coal, Walker will take responsibility for more than €23bn in assets, according to IPE’s Top 1000 Pension Funds survey. These are the assets of two pension funds: the British Coal Staff Superannuation Scheme and the Mineworkers’ Pension Scheme. Mark WalkerDunatov spoke to IPE at the start of this year about Coal Pension Trustees’ investment strategy. Read the full interview here.Unilever’s UK scheme is one of the group’s biggest pension arrangements. Jayne Atkinson joined earlier this year as UK pension CIO. She was previously on the investment team at Nestlé, which has shut down much of its internal operations.last_img read more

Ledley adds to Leicester worries

first_img That was followed by Foxes skipper Wes Morgan blocking a goal-bound drive from James McArthur and Paul Konchesky clearing from underneath his own bar after a cross from Wilfried Zaha had spun off Danny Simpson. Just before the break Morgan was involved in a nasty clash of heads with Scott Dann, who had been a tower of strength in the Palace back four. It resulted in Dann’s withdrawal at the interval and the introduction of Brede Hangeland, who played a key role in Palace taking the lead. It was Hangeland at the far post who knocked a Dwight Gayle corner back into the heart of the six-yard box for Ledley to head home his fourth goal in Palace colours. Inside two minutes, though, Ledley came close to going from hero to villain as his woeful back-pass allowed Ulloa to steal in. With the angle too tight for him to tuck home, he instead pulled the ball back for fellow Argentinian Esteban Cambiasso. But the former Inter Milan star fluffed his lines, failing to even get a shot away, to the despair of his team-mates and the agonised cries of the City fans inside the stadium. City then dominated the remainder of the game, with Pearson throwing on Marc Albrighton, Kramaric and Jamie Vardy in search of a crucial equaliser. The best chance arrived in the 82nd minute, with Mahrez whipping a free-kick into the near post for Vardy to glance goalwards, only for Speroni to again save his side before Kelly hacked clear. And it was Speroni who had the last word, again proving defiant in the 89th minute with another superb stop after Vardy had run on to a through-ball from Mahrez. Ledley’s second goal of the season in the 55th minute was enough to give Palace their fifth victory in six matches since Pardew took up the reins and move them six points clear of the relegation zone in the Barclays Premier League. For City manager Nigel Pearson’s side, defeat was a blow to their survival hopes and in fairness they had their chances to either have taken the lead or salvaged an equaliser. The Crystal Palace revival under Alan Pardew rolled on as Joe Ledley’s winner sunk rock-bottom Leicester. But, in falling to a third successive league defeat, their top-flight status is looking in increasing peril unless they conjure a revival of their own. In terms of entertainment the first half was end to end, with City enjoying the better of the opportunities. David Nugent, recalled to the side for £9million record buy Andrej Kramaric, who was one of five players dropped to the bench after last weekend’s 3-1 defeat at Manchester United, was involved in most. He should certainly have done better when presented with a 16th-minute chance carved out by Leonardo Ulloa and Riyadh Mahrez, opting for a hopelessly misplaced cross to the former when a shot on goal seemed the better option. Nine minutes later Mahrez forced the first save of the game from Julian Speroni, the Palace number one smartly down to a low-angled drive from the Algerian after he had turned inside Martin Kelly. Mahrez, back from African Nations Cup duty, was the supplier again in the 27th minute with an inswinging corner that Nugent smacked against the angle of bar and post from 10 yards, much to his frustration. A purple patch for City concluded eight minutes later, with Nugent dinking a cross to the awaiting Jeff Schlupp, who took the ball on his chest before hammering a shot into the turf that Speroni beat away Palace’s best efforts were all half-chances, with Jordon Mutch volleying comfortably wide from a Jason Puncheon corner in the first minute. Press Associationlast_img read more

New skipper Shakava vows to steer Gor to bigger heights

first_img0Shares0000The 25-year old, four years later has now risen to be the captain of the record 16-time league champions, taking over from Musa Mohammed who has since joined Albanian side KF Tirana. Photo/FILENAIROBI, Kenya, Jan 25- Harun who? Everyone asked when a then little known Harun Shakava was linked, and ultimately penned an initial two-year contract with Gor Mahia from Kakamega Homeboyz back in 2014.Though having played sparingly for Homeboyz under coach Fred Serenge as they were relegated from the Kenyan Premier League, Shakava had done just but enough to attract K’Ogalo’s attention. The 25-year old, four years later has now risen to be the captain of the record 16-time league champions, taking over from Musa Mohammed who has since joined Albanian side KF Tirana.“It is a big challenge because Gor Mahia is a big club and as a leader, you have to be on the right way so as to make a good example for the others. As much as it is an enormous challenge, it is a motivation for me that the club and coach have seen something positive in me,” Shakava told Capital Sport.“I like central defenders as captains and I really like Shakava. He is a tall, young centre half, with a good career ahead of him and I really like his potential,” Kerr said.Gor head coach Dylan Kerr has disclosed that with merely six months at the club, he had already fallen in love with Shakava and for him, the soft-spoken defender was a natural pick to succeed Mohammed.“I like central defenders as captains and I really like Shakava. He is a tall, young centre half, with a good career ahead of him and I really like his potential,” Kerr said.The tactician further says the opportunity will give Shakava who he describes as shy and quiet to burst out of his potential and show what he is really made of to open up doors for the opportunity to sign for a bigger club.“He needs to come out of his shell abit. I am hoping this will give him the opportunity… that’s the big thing for him, he has responsibility for team, technical bench and a bigger one for the fans. He has a big strong character; he has a chance to play out of Kenya. As captain this will set him in a very good standard to go to Europe,” the coach further states.Gor Mahia defender Harun Shakava (centre) celebrates his goal against Kariobangi Sharks with team mate Timothy Otieno at the Thika Sub-County Stadium on March 12, 2017. PHOTO/Timothy OlobuluShakava picks up from Mohammed, a player he has partnered with at the centre of the Gor defense for the last two seasons consistently, their highlight being winning the league title unbeaten in 2015.The defender admits it will be a big blow to be without the centreback, but reckons he will have to get used to a new partner quick enough as he looks to help Gor scale more heights than his predecessor.“Our combination was great. We played together for long in comparison to other clubs which change their centre backs often and brought in very many trophies,” Shakava says.“We were used to each other because apart from being partners in defence, we were friends, roommates and to find a new person with whom you have to start from the bottom is a challenge. We haven’t had a lot of time to gel together but I am hopeful we will click in as soon as possible,” the defender further stated.Gor Mahia have been crowned the 2017 KPL champions. Photo /RAYMOND MAKHAYAHis first assignment with the band around his left arm will be the KPL Super Cup against arch-rivals AFC Leopards on Sunday in Nakuru and he hopes this will provide a positive start as he plans to lift his first piece of silverware as skipper.“It is a very big match because it is against our arch rivals and of course being my first match as captain it is a benchmarking venture for me. I am confident with the quality of players we have, we will start off the season with a trophy,” he added.Top on his agenda ahead of the New Year is to guide the club to the group stages of the CAF Champions League, something that no Gor Mahia captain has done since the 1987 Mandela Cup winning squad.The new skipper is also confident the team will defend their KPL title as well as sweep the entire local scene with the KPL Top 8 and the FKF Cup also on the plate for contention.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Costa Rica EU and Latam contact group on Venezuela will meet Thursday

first_imgEuropean and Latin American countries that form an “international contact group” hoping to end Venezuela’s political crisis will hold their first meeting in Montevideo on Thursday, the joint hosts announced Sunday.The meeting will be at the ministerial level, said a statement from EU diplomatic chief Federica Mogherini and Uruguayan President Tabare Vazquez.“The IGC aims at contributing to creating conditions for a political and peaceful process to emerge, enabling Venezuelans to determine their own future, through the holding of free, transparent and credible elections, in line with the country’s Constitution,” said the statement.The contact group comprises the EU and eight of its member states — France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Portugal, Spain, Sweden and the United Kingdom — and four Latin American countries: Bolivia, Costa Rica, Ecuador and Uruguay.The EU announced its creation last Thursday, giving itself a 90-day timetable to resolve the crisis in Venezuela.Mogherini said then that its aim was to enable the holding of new elections under democratic conditions — not to mediate with the government of President Nicolas Maduro.The United States and a dozen Latin American countries have already recognized opposition leader Juan Guaidó as Venezuela’s acting head of state — as has the European Parliament.France, Britain, Germany, and Spain are among the EU countries that have told Maduro to call elections by the weekend or they will recognize the opposition-backed parliamentary speaker.France European Affairs Minister Nathalie Loiseau said Sunday that if Maduro had not called a fresh presidential election by Sunday evening, France would consider Guaidó interim president with the right to organize them in his place.She denounced Maduro’s election victory last May as a “tragic farce” in comments to French radio RTL.This story was made possible thanks to The Tico Times 5 % Club. If only 5 percent our readers donated at least $2 a month, we’d have our operating costs covered and could focus on bringing you more original reporting from around Costa Rica. We work hard to keep our reporting independent and groundbreaking, but we can only do it with your help. Join The Tico Times 5% Club and help make stories like this one possible.Support the Tico Times Facebook Comments Related posts:Europeans, Latin Americans to meet on Venezuela crisis The Tico Times Weekly Digest: Jan. 28, 2019 Who is Juan Guaidó Costa Rica again voices support for new elections, peaceful transition in Venezuelalast_img read more