Press release: Foreign Secretary statement on the Republic of North Macedonia

first_img Media enquiries Both sides have now taken the necessary steps to make the Prespa Agreement effective. Her Majesty’s Government congratulates the Governments of the Hellenic Republic and Republic of North Macedonia on their courage and determination in ending this long-standing bilateral dispute. This is an historic moment for both countries.We look forward to working with North Macedonia and Greece both bilaterally and through the North Atlantic Alliance in the interests of European security. Following ratification of the Prespa Agreement, the Secretary General of the United Nations has been informed by the governments of Greece and Macedonia that the Prespa Agreement is now effective.The UK Government has received a request from the Government of the Republic of North Macedonia to adopt and use the name and terminologies referred to in Article 1 (3) of the Prespa Agreement.The UK Government will henceforth refer to Macedonia as the Republic of North Macedonia.Following the conclusion of this historic agreement, Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt said: Follow the Foreign Office on Instagram, YouTube and LinkedIn Email [email protected] Follow the Foreign Office on Twitter and Facebookcenter_img Newsdesk For journalists Follow the Foreign Secretary on Twitter @Jeremy_Hunt and Facebook All the latest news is available on the Foreign Office page of the gov.uk website at: www.gov.uk/fcoSubscribe to the announcements feed or email alerts to get our latest news and announcementslast_img read more

Campus leaders

first_imgU.S. Navy Captain Curtis R. Stevens, Midshipman 1st class Evan Roth ’12, and Midshipman 3rd class Catherine Philbin ’14 discuss the demands and rewards of life in the Naval Reserve Officers Training Corps at Harvard University.last_img

Original Pippin Star John Rubinstein Celebrates First Performance in the Revival

first_img Pippin Over 40 years later, and he still has magic to do! Tony winner John Rubinstein, who originated the title role in the original 1972 production of Pippin, revisits Stephen Schwartz and Roger O. Hirson’s tuner in the Tony-winning revival helmed by Diane Paulus. This time, though, he’s dishing out some warfare advice as Pippin’s father, Charles. Rubinstein stuck around after taking his first bow on June 19 (a day earlier than expected) to take some goofy pics with his co-stars. Check out these pics of Rubinstein with his Pippin stars Kyle Dean Massey and  Ciara Renee, shot by Broadway.com photographer Bruce Glikas. Come see Rubinstein for yourself in the Broadway big top at the Music Box Theatre! Related Shows Show Closed This production ended its run on Jan. 4, 2015 View Commentslast_img read more

Copper Plants

first_imgThis morning in Savannah, Georgia, the heat and humidity were simply staggering. But, as I drove into the Coastal Georgia Botanical Gardens at the Historic Bamboo Farm, there they were, two acalypha plants, the tropical troopers of the landscape. I was looking at ‘Java White’ and the bright red, cattail-like blooms of the chenille plant.When it comes to August temperatures, we gardeners need some tough tropicals to help the landscape dazzle until cool-season planting time arrives. When you think of the dog days of summer, the copper plant is one that comes to mind.Calling ‘Java White’ “copper” is certainly a misnomer. It’s funny that it’s in the same genus and species, which is Acalypha wilkesiana, where you find plants with foliage that is truly copper, many as showy as a new penny. But, the foliage of ‘Java White’ appears as though it has been kissed by snow. It features various patterns and variegations of green, white and cream, with leaves that are like snowflakes in that no two are alike. Like the others, it too maintains a shrub-like habit in sun to partial sun, and certainly offers an exotic appeal all its own.The copper plant, or copperleaf, has its origins in the Pacific islands. It is in the Euphorbia family, making it related to the poinsettia, croton and chenille plant, the latter of which is known botanically as Acalypha hispida. In the South Pacific, copper plants may reach 10 to 15 feet in height, a stunning sight.In addition to the ‘Java White,’ keep your eyes open for ‘Beyond Paradise.’ The name is well suited as this plant thrills with its brilliantly variegated leaves in shades of copper and rose. That is its full-sun color. In the shade it is not quite so bright, but is equally stunning as the leaves feature various blends of copper, green, cream and rose red variegation. ‘Beyond Paradise’ reaches 36 inches in height and will be a beacon in the garden, mesmerizing all who pass by it. It also makes a visually stimulating companion in mixed containers.A fairly new introduction called ‘Jungle Cloak’ has a unique camouflage pattern featuring green, cream, red and copper. It too reaches about 36 inches in height and spreads to 24 inches. But I also mentioned the chenille plant, which, by the way, is officially red hot cat’s tail. This pendulous, blooming jewel is from Malaysia and New Guinea. There and in similar tropical climates it grows to be a 6-foot-tall shrub adorned with 18-inch long, drooping, tail-like structures of deep red. In the Savannah sun, it seems to glisten. At the garden, we grow ours in a planter box-like setting that allows the flowers to cascade over the edge.Whether you choose a variety of copperleaf or the chenille plant, well-drained soil will be your friend. If the soil’s drainage is the least bit suspect, incorporate several inches of organic matter while preparing the bed. These plants grow quite large, so space them adequately. At 18 inches, they will quickly form a hedge-like look. Depending on the variety, you will want to space them 24 to 36 inches apart.They are incredible in mixed containers with both flowers and foliage. The copper partners well with blue flowers, whether salvias or my favorite, the light blue plumbago. Create thrilling partnerships with soft orange and apricot. Copper plants were sold generically for years, but that is now passé thanks to varieties like ‘Beyond Paradise,’ ‘Bourbon Street,’ ‘Ceylon,’ ‘Tricolor’ and ‘Jungle Cloak.’ The chenille plant, on the other hand, is still pretty much generic, but wonderful nonetheless.Unless you live in zone 9 or warmer, these plants will be grown as an annual, but are worth every penny. Certain gardeners take them inside for the winter to bring a touch of the tropics indoors. Because of their rugged nature, many garden centers bring them in for a late summer landscape pickup. You could hardly do better.Follow me on Twitter @CGBGgardenguru. For more information about the University of Georgia Coastal Botanical Gardens, go to coastalgeorgiabg.org.last_img read more

Polhemus provides scanning tools to Champlain

first_imgPolhemus of Colchester, the industry leader in 3D position tracking and digitizing systems, eye-tracking systems and handheld 3D scanners, has recently provided state-of-the-art motion tracking and scanning tools to Champlain College in Burlington.Champlain students will learn to use the LIBERTY” and PATRIOT” Motion Tracking Systems, and two FastSCAN” 3D scanners as part of the Colleges innovative, high-tech degree programs. These products are invaluable tools in complementing the offered courseware.In the Electronic Game & Interactive Design and Multimedia & Graphic Design programs, faculty members will integrate this equipment into a lab where students will use it to create high-end 3D animations. These tools have been used in blockbuster movies such as “The Lord of the Rings” and “Harry Potter III.” Meanwhile, Computer & Digital Forensics and Criminal Justice students will learn to use FastSCAN to capture three-dimensional crime scene evidence for analysis.”These tools will inspire students and encourage creative and critical thinking skills, as well as their technology skills,” said Ann DeMarle, director of the new Electronic Game & Interactive Design and Multimedia & Graphic Design programs. Our students will make use of industry-leading equipment, and they will carry these skills and experiences forward into their careers. Champlains new program is one of the few bachelors degrees in the nation modeled after the team-based game development industry, and students learn to work in development teams to create a game from start to finish.Polhemus equipment is in wide use in areas such as the entertainment industry, medical applications, research, forensics, military training and simulation, and computer-aided design. FastSCAN has been employed in the entertainment industry for character animation, toys, computer games, and feature films. For example, filmmakers used the scanning wand system on large-scale models to create highly detailed mesh models for The Lord of the Rings. On the set of Harry Potter III, filmmakers scanned an eight-foot-tall werewolf, among other items on the set.The tool is a lightweight, handheld laser scanner, which is swept over an object–much like spray painting. The 3D image appears on the computer screen in real time. The finished scan is then processed to combine any overlapping sweeps–significantly reducing the time to develop surface models.Polhemus equipment was used to create Woody and Hamm in Toy Story, the Statue of Liberty in Home Alone 2, the Penguins in Batman Returns, and the Chandelier in Beauty and the Beast.The LIBERTY system also provides efficient solutions for full-body character animation for film and computer games. LIBERTY performs electromagnetic tracking, with an unprecedented speed of 240 updates per second per sensor, up to 16 sensors, and incredible accuracy.FastSCAN has also been introduced into the forensic market to keep pace with the vast growth in that discipline. FastSCAN is a portable, lightweight, cost-effective scanning solution, which allows professionals to bring the scanner to the scene. FastSCAN can help improve accuracy and efficiency by providing a 3D representation of skull trauma, and it can provide position and orientation markers for complete measurement details.For over 35 years Polhemus has been providing the absolute best in time proven 6 DOF systems. Since then they have expanded their technology into eye tracking, and handheld three-dimensional scanners. These products are already in wide use in such areas as medical applications, university research, military training and simulation, and computer-aided design. Please contact [email protected](link sends e-mail) for additional information.Founded in 1878, Champlain College is a private, career-oriented college offering professional certificates, associates, bachelors and masters degrees in 26 fields. Champlain is known for its quality business, technology and human services programs. The College reacts quickly to trends in the marketplace to offer degrees in the latest specialties, including Electronic Game & Interactive Design, Computer & Digital Forensics, and Software Engineering.last_img read more

Feeding consumers’ appetite for awareness

first_imgPromotional events at co-hosted conference in Denver spread the CU message.Credit unions aim to win the hearts and minds—as well as the stomachs—of consumers in Denver this month through a pair of promotional efforts during the America’s Credit Union/World Credit Union Conference.The theme of these events is “People Helping People,” which aligns with this year’s theme for International Credit Union Day, Oct. 15.Feeding Consumers’ Appetite for AwarenessFirst, CUNA will mail attendees a deck of dual-purpose tear-off cards they can distribute to people on their way to the July 12-15 event.On one side, the cards feature credit union awareness factoids such as the roughly $7.1 billion credit unions saved consumers in 2014 through lower fees and better rates, as well as competition in the marketplace that also translates to savings for bank customers. continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

PREMIUMStocks near 3-year low as foreign investors post huge sell-off amid virus fears

first_imgLog in with your social account LOG INDon’t have an account? Register here Linkedin Foreign investors sold Rp 1.05 trillion (US$75.8 million) more in Indonesian stocks than they bought on Thursday, as selling sprees hit markets across Asia and Europe, fueled by spooked investors and economic uncertainties over the spreading coronavirus outbreak.The selling spree caused Indonesia’s benchmark stock index, the Jakarta Composite Index (JCI), to drop by 2.69 percent on Thursday to 5,535.69, a level unseen since March 2017, according to data from the Indonesia Stock Exchange (IDX).IDX president director Inarno Djajadi attributed the rout to panicking stock market investors around the globe as the number of new COVID-19 coronavirus cases outside China for the first time exceeded the number of new cases where the outbreak began.“This had quite a significant impact on our market,” Inarno told The Jakarta Post over the phone.According t… Forgot Password ? Google Facebook Topics : stock-market jakarta-composite-index JCI IDX foreign-investors coronavirus COVID-19last_img read more

Japan’s August factory activity shrinks at slowest pace in six months: PMI

first_img“The easing of restrictions related to COVID-19 around the world helped to soften falls in key metrics such as production and new work,” said Annabel Fiddes, economics associate director at IHS Markit, which compiles the survey.But the pandemic continued to limit the performance of the sector as a whole, with firms feeling pressured to cut their prices due to relatively weak demand.Another month of shrinkage in overall output and new orders held the headline index below the 50.0 threshold that separates contraction from expansion for a 16th month, matching a similar run through June 2009.Many analysts expect only a modest third-quarter rebound, while a firmer recovery is expected to take time as a resurgence in global infections and uncertainty over the outlook for US-China trade threaten overseas demand.Japan is also dealing with a leadership issue after Prime Minister Shinzo Abe announced his resignation Friday due to the worsening of a chronic illness, stirring doubts about future fiscal and monetary stimulus policies.Economy Minister Yasutoshi Nishimura last week said he hoped the economy will recover to levels seen before the coronavirus around the first quarter of 2022.“It is hoped that as economies around the world reopen and business operations normalise, this will feed through to… a recovery of Japanese manufacturing activity in the months ahead,” said Fiddes.Topics : Japan’s factory activity contracted at the slowest pace in six months in August, reducing some of the heat on policymakers pressured to take more radical steps to prevent the economy from sliding deeper into recession.The world’s third-largest economy is expected to see a modest bounce in the current quarter after a record slump in April-June as new coronavirus cases keep a lid on consumer sentiment and slow the overall recovery.Tuesday’s final au Jibun Bank Manufacturing Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI) rose to a seasonally adjusted 47.2 in August from 45.2 in July. It marked the slowest contraction since February, and also eclipsed a preliminary reading of 46.6.last_img read more

Russian pensions sector faces further regulatory threats

first_imgIf correct, the decision would mean a victory for the so-called ‘social bloc’ in the government, headed by Olga Golodets, deputy prime minister for social affairs, which remains hostile to the funded part of the Russian pensions system.Golodets recently claimed the second-pillar system lost RUB200bn (€2.6bn) in 2015, a charge denied by the CBR, a strong supporter of the privately managed system.Since 2014 the Russian pension fund sector has faced an undeniably challenging period, including the obligation to convert to joint-stock status, receive CBR authorisation to sign up to the Deposit Insurance Agency (DIA) guarantee scheme, implement risk-management systems, generate returns in an investment-unfriendly climate and compete for new clients.For many pension fund members themselves, the changes have proved confusing, as shown by the results of last year’s NPF campaign to win new clients from each other, and from the PFR – those whose contributions were being managed by state-owned Vnesheconombank (VEB) or private asset managers.The campaign targets included the molchani – ‘silent ones’ who failed to choose an NPF or asset manager themselves and thus defaulted to VEB’s management.The molchani had been given until the end of 2015 to switch or remain with VEB.According to the PFR, in total, 13.42m fund-switching statements were sent, of which 5.48m were rejected.Of these, 2.46m were multiple applications from individual citizens.A further 1.3m applied to switch to an NPF not registered with the DIA.The number of DIA-registered funds, the only ones allowed to accept new members and also receive contributions frozen for the second half of 2013, grew to 33 by the end of 2015.A further four have signed up since.In addition, some 1.1m applied to join a fund that ended up being liquidated by the CBR for regulatory violations.Of the successful applications, 4.09m moved from the PFR system to an NPF, while 149,100 did the reverse.Some 3.14m switched from one fund to another, while 201,200 switched asset management companies.As of the end of 2015, VEB still acted for the largest share of insured (49.3m), while the number of NPF clients had grown by some 8.8m to 30.9m.A relatively small number – 460,000 – were signed up with private asset managers. Russia’s second-pillar pension funds (NPFs) may be facing another year of reduced inflows.In March, the Russian news daily Vedomosti reported that the finance ministry planned to extend the contributions moratorium, in place since 2014, into 2017.As in the case of the previous moratoria, the contributions will be diverted into the first-pillar Pension Fund of the Russian Federation (PFR) to help finance existing pensions benefits.Separately, Reuters reported that Bank of Russia (CBR) – the pensions regulator – and the finance ministry were now considering making the mandatory system voluntary.last_img read more

Top 400 Asset Managers: AUM grows 1% amid market volatility

first_imgPIMCO 1,451.71,462.4-0.7% Further readingTop 400 Asset Managers 2019: Cultures Change Is asset management a tech business, a people business, or both?Artificial intelligence: Let me tell you what you really think How are managers deploying natural language processing to analyse management sentiment in earnings calls? BlackRock5,251.25,315.4-1.2% Vanguard4,257.24,090.0+4.1% SSGA2,196.82,316.5-5.2% Fidelity Investments2.096.62,003.3+4.7% JP Morgan AM1,486.01,471.2+1% Most of the top 10 managers retained their ranking from last year’s survey. Only JP Morgan Asset Management managed to climb one spot to sixth place, overtaking Capital Group.Figures for the fiduciary AUM of both Mercer and Willis Towers Watson were included in IPE’s survey for the first time this year. Mercer was listed as the 82nd largest firm by assets, with €199.7bn under management, while Willis Towers Watson ranked 163rd with €77.5bn.The overall AUM of global managers grew by just over 1% to €66.4trn. The pace of growth is slowed significantly compared with the past three years: AUM grew by nearly 4% in 2018 and and more than 12% in 2017.  Total global assets under managementChart MakerThis contrasts with the growth of assets managed on behalf of European institutional investors. European institutional assets grew 12% to €10.2trn in a significant reversal from last year’s survey, which reported a 2.2% fall in AUM.Total European institutional assets under managementChart MakerThe 2019 ranking of the 10 largest managers of European institutional assets is strikingly different from last year’s. BlackRock and Legal & General Investment Management maintained the top two spots, with €902bn and €808bn of AUM respectively.However, BNY Mellon IM replaced its subsidiary company Insight Investment in third place, having failed to report the figure in 2018 – although BNY’s €679bn figure includes Insight’s assets. PIMCO took fifth place, pushing APG Asset Management down one spot. Affiliated Managers Group entered the top 10, having reported European institutional assets as a separate figure for the first time.This article was updated on 6 June to clarify the relationship between Insight Investment and BNY Mellon IM.Click here to download the complete Top 400 table Capital Group1,467.31,504.4-2.5% Amundi 1,425.11,426.1-0.1% IPE Top 400 Asset Managers: Your source for institutional market intelligenceIPE offers unrivalled intelligence on over 400 global asset managers covering over 100 categories of products, strategies, asset classes, and key data areas. The data set is available to buy with a variety of purchase options.For more information please contact [email protected] . BNY Mellon IM1,498.21,585.9-5.5% Top 10 global asset managersIPE Top 400 Asset Managers survey 2019Company 2019 AUM (€bn)2018 AUM (€bn)Change Market volatility took a toll on several global asset managers last year, according to IPE’s Top 400 survey for 2019, with six of the top 10 groups reporting a lower AUM figure for 2019 compared with the previous year.BlackRock, State Street Global Advisors (SSGA), BNY Mellon Investment Management, Capital Group, PIMCO and Amundi all reported lower AUM at the end of 2018. Last year, four of the top 10 reported a year-on-year fall in AUM.However, the total AUM of the top 10 global asset managers in IPE’s annual ranking was roughly stable at €22.3trn. The share of assets managed by the top 10 managers was also stable compared with last year, at 33.7%.For the sixth year running, the top five biggest managers are BlackRock, with €5.3trn under management, Vanguard (€4.3trn), SSGA (€2.2trn), Fidelity Investments (€2.1trn) and BNY Mellon Investment Management (€1.5trn). BlackRock experienced the largest inflows out of the overall ranking during 2018, raising more than €100bn in assets. PGIM 1,204.81,160.6+3.8%last_img read more