Dutch police uncover ‘torture’ containers used by criminals

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first_imgDutch police found an “underworld prison” with a torture chamber hidden inside seven shipping containers following a huge hack of a Europe-wide criminal phone system, officials said Tuesday.The torture cell was kitted out with a dentist’s chair along with gruesome equipment including pruning shears, a saw, scalpels and pliers, Dutch police said.Six suspects were arrested after armed police raided a warehouse with the containers using information from a Franco-Dutch operation to infiltrate the EncroChat encrypted phone system. One container, referred to as the “treatment room” by criminals in tapped conversations was kitted out “with a dentist’s chair and straps to the arm and feet rests,” police said.Police recovered pruning shears, loppers, a saw, scalpels, pliers, handcuffs, finger cuffs and masking tape, saying the implements were “to torture victims or in any case, to put them under pressure”.Dutch police chief Jannine van den Berg said the discovery of the cells came after French and Dutch police hacked the EncroChat network, which was announced last week along with the arrest of around 800 people around Europe.”We already announced then that there was more to come. The discovery of this underworld prison is an example of this,” she said.Topics : “Six served as prison cells in which people could have been tied up and one other container had the sole purpose of being a torture chamber,” said Andy Kraag, head of Dutch police’s central investigations division.A video supplied by police showed armed officers raiding the premises, situated near the southern Dutch city of Bergen op Zoom, south of Rotterdam.The containers were soundproof and covered inside with tin foil in what police believe was a bid to make them invisible to thermal imaging cameras. All had handcuffs installed to the floor and the ceiling.The kidnappings of the people destined for the cells were planned with “great precision”, police said, involving several teams, weapons, and fake police clothes, vans, stop signs and bullet proof vests.last_img read more

IPE scoops prestigious journalism award

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first_imgIPE has been awarded Publication of the Year for 2018 by the UK branch of the CFA Society. Previous winners of the publication award include The Economist and UK newspaper The Sunday Times. IPE editorial director Liam Kennedy accepts the award from Will Goodhart, UK chief executive of the CFAWill Goodhart, chief executive of CFA UK, said: “CFA UK’s mission is to make sure that the investment profession operates in its clients’ best interests. The media plays a hugely important role in helping the sector to share best practices and stay on top of developing trends.“In addition – and perhaps above all – the journalists that cover our sector perform an invaluable function in holding us to account and challenging us.“The award winners… have demonstrated a high standard of excellence in both respects. We’re grateful for the work that they do and pleased to have an opportunity to recognise their achievements.”center_img Editorial director Liam Kennedy collected the award last night at the CFA’s summer reception in London on Wednesday night.The accolade recognises the publication that has made “the most significant overall contribution to the advancement of investor education over the past 12 months”. It was decided by a 12-strong judging panel of CFA members.last_img read more

People moves: New chair at €10.5bn Dutch fund; senior ESG hires [updated]

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first_imgSwiss Association for Responsible Investments (SVVK-ASIR) – Jacqueline Oh will be stepping down as managing director of SVVK-ASIR in June, with a successor to be announced “in due course”, the organisation has announced. SVVK-ASIR was established in December 2015 by a group of Swiss institutional investors, including some of the country’s largest pension funds. In a recent engagement report, Hubert Niggli, head of asset management at workplace accident insurer Suva, said its greatest achievement so far was that “we as an association are now perceived as experts in responsible investing across Switzerland”.In a statement, Oh said: “Now that the key development goals have been achieved, it’s time for a change of leadership.”Sustainability Accounting Standards Board (SASB) – Else Bos, supervisory director at De Nederlandsche Bank, has been elected a board member of SASB Foundation, which oversees the sustainability reporting standard-setting organisation. Bos is a former chief executive and chief investment officer at PGGM, the €215bn asset manager and pensions provider for the Dutch healthcare scheme PFZW.The foundation said Bos was joining at a critical time for the standards, which were recently codified.Bos said they were the world’s first set of industry-specific sustainability accounting reporting standards and would have “a significant impact on global sustainability reporting, corporate disclosure and performance in the European and global capital markets in the years to come”.LCP – The UK consultancy has hired Dan Mikulskis as a partner in its investment team. He joins from rival consulting firm Redington where he worked since 2012, latterly as head of defined benefit (DB) pensions. He previously worked at Macquarie and Deutsche Bank, and currently contributes to an industry working group on self-sufficiency, buyout and consolidation, as well as the UK Pensions Regulator’s funding and investment working group. Mikulskis said the DB sector was “at an inflection point” with “still a lot of work to be done to define things like ‘self-sufficiency’ and to support schemes to define and achieve their endgame”.As well as expanding LCP’s DB client base, the company indicated that it wanted to add other long-term investment clients.Schroders – The UK-listed asset manager has hired Stephanie Chang as environmental, social and governance (ESG) integration manager, a newly-created role. She joins from PwC, where she was an assistant director for sustainability and climate change.Jessica Ground, global head of stewardship at Schroders, said: “Our clients are increasingly asking for ESG to be embedded into their portfolios and, in turn, we are also constantly seeking to improve how effectively we integrate ESG across Schroders’ investment desks.” Schroders has also announced the appointment of a global head of private assets. Georg Wunderlin will assume the role in May. He was most recently chief executive of alternatives manager HQ Capital, having been at one of the alternative manager’s predecessor firms, Audi International, since 2012. Wells Fargo Asset Management (WFAM) – Hannah Skeates has been appointed global head of ESG for the US manager. She is based in London and joined WFAM in January from S&P Dow Jones Indices, where she was head of global ESG strategy. Before that she served in various roles at BlackRock and Barclays Global Investors in the US and Europe, including as iShares global head of sustainable investments. She is a senior associate at the University of Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership.The asset manager has also established a head of stewardship role, which Jessica Mann is taking on in addition to her role as a senior ESG adviser.EB-Sustainable Investment Management (EB-SIM) – The newly established sustainability asset management arm of Germany’s Evangelische Bank has expanded its portfolio management team. Ralf Müller-Rehbehn has been hired as head of portfolio management for equities. He was most recently co-CIO at an investment boutique focusing on high net worth private clients. He has also worked at Lazard Asset Management Germany, Union Investment and Deka Investment. Frank Laufenburg joins the €3.8bn investment house as senior portfolio manager for fixed income. He was most recently at SEB Asset Management in Frankfurt, and before that at Julius Baer Asset Management in Zurich. AXA Investment Managers (AXA IM) – Xavier Lattaignant will join AXA IM as head of its convertible bonds strategy in March. Based in Paris, he will also co-manage the Framlington Global Convertibles fund with Alexandre Fade. He joins AXA IM from SCOR Investment Partners where he was head of convertible bonds funds since 2011.Willis Towers Watson  – Anne Pullum has been named head of western Europe at the consultancy, taking over from Paul Morris. Pullum was previously chief administrative officer and head of strategy and innovation at Willis Towers Watson. Prior to this, she worked at McKinsey, Greenspan Associates and Goldman Sachs.Aviva Investors – The asset manager has created the role of global head of institutional marketing, appointing Micheal Ramirez as its first incumbent. He was most recently head of US iShares institutional marketing at BlackRock and has also spent eight years at Allianz Global Investors. SPH, SVVK-ASIR, SASB, LCP, DNB, Schroders, Wells Fargo, EB-Sustainable Investment Management, AXA IM, Willis Towers Watson, Aviva InvestorsSPH – Bram Stegeman has started as chairman of the €10.5bn Dutch occupational pension fund for general practitioners (SPH). He succeeded Johan Reesink, who had been at the helm for six years.Stegeman – a GP himself – has been treasurer at SPH since 2016. His former role has been taken over by Edwin de Vaal, also a GP. Before he joined the SPH board, Stegeman was trustee at SHV, the lobbying organisation for GPs.last_img read more

New 330 and 330 GC Excavators from CAT

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first_imgImage source: CATCaterpillar has just introduced the Next Generation 30-ton size class excavators – the 330 and 330 GC.According to the Illinois headquartered manufacturer of construction and mining equipment, the new excavators will increase operating efficiency, lower fuel and maintenance costs, and improve operator comfort compared to previous models.“Integrated Cat Connect Technology increases operating efficiency by up to 45 percent over traditional grading operations,” said Caterpillar.“The standard Cat GRADE with 2D system provides guidance for depth, slope, and horizontal distance to grade through the standard touchscreen monitor, making operators more accurate. The system is readily upgradable to Cat GRADE with Advanced 2D or Cat GRADE with 3D. Standard Grade Assist automates boom, stick, and bucket movements so operators can effortlessly stay on grade with single-lever digging.”By design, Cat Next Generation excavators consume less fuel per unit of work than the models they are replacing — up to 20 percent for the 330 compared to the 330F and as much as 15 percent for the 330 compared to the 330D2.The Cat 330 has a larger, 6700-kg (14,770-lb) counterweight, which enables the excavator to lift nearly 10 percent more than the 330F and up to 15 percent more than the 330D2. With increased swing pressure, a larger swing drive, and larger swing bearing, the Cat 330 delivers five percent more swing torque over the previous series, making backfilling and lifting on slopes easier.last_img read more

Acting police chief wants to build on image of police force

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first_img Share Tweet Sharing is caring! Acting Chief of Police, Daniel CarbonDaniel Carbon of Vieille Case who was promoted to the position of acting chief of police recently, hopes to build on the image of that organization during his stint at the helm.Carbon, who has been a police officer for twenty-six years, was promoted to this position on July 7th, 2012.He was enlisted into the force on 16th January, 1985 and has worked in several divisions of the service, however investigative and prosecutorial work are his forte.Carbon was promoted to the rank of corporal in 1992 after being “very successful” at the constable’s qualifying course and was transferred to the Grand Bay police station where he worked for seven years.In 1998, he was appointed to the rank of sergeant, promoted to inspector in 200, and was also a police prosecutor at the Roseau Magistrate’s Court, which did for “about seventeen years”.He was promoted to the rank of assistant superintendant of police in 2008, where he headed the traffic department, was promoted to acting deputy commissioner of police in 2010, and appointed to the rank of superintendant in 2011.He describes himself as a “well rounded police man” who enjoys performing his duties, and does so with “passion”.He anticipates that under his leadership, police officers will be motivated to perform their duties with a great sense of pride and professionalism.“I would like to, under my leadership, build on the image of the police force. I would like to know that under my leadership the force is very professional, invariably so, that they perform their duty constantly and consistently with professionalism”.Carbon explained that this position will be a challenging one; however he anticipates the support of the entire force.“It is a challenge for me I must say; I know what the challenges are, I have to hit the ground running. I pray and look forward to the support of all my staff. I am looking forward to very good relations with all of my officers; every single one of them from the last recruit to my deputy”.He also highlighted the importance of working as a unit with his staff.“We have to be united here; there is the old saying that you have to be a man in your yard before you are a man abroad, so I am looking forward to building a core unit and then tackle the challenges that are outside of the police force”. “I am not an island by myself alone, I am not infallible, but I have a job to do and a job I will do,” he emphasized.The fact that he is in an acting position until September 30, 2012 is not a deterrent; in fact, it is motivation to keep him focused on the task at hand.“I take it a day at a time and by that I mean everything that comes across in a day, I deal with it. I will not stay back and ponder on the fact that I am in an acting position. I have a job to do and it is a job I will do”.Carbon replaces Cyril Carette who retired from the police force on July 6th, 2012.Dominica Vibes News Sharecenter_img LocalNews Acting police chief wants to build on image of police force by: – July 11, 2012 Share 22 Views   no discussionslast_img read more

Tickets Available For Greensburg State Game

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first_imgGreensburg Community Schools have announced ticket opportunities for the state championship game on Saturday.Tickets can be purchased this week at the Greensburg athletic office from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.Tickets for Greensburg students and family of basketball players and cheerleaders are being sold Tuesday.On Wednesday, season ticket holders can purchase championship game tickets for each season ticket they have.General public ticket sales will be held on Thursday. Tickets are $15 each.The Pirates will face Bowman Academy (Gary) at Bankers Life Fieldhouse on Saturday at 6 p.m.last_img

Hill-Rom to acquire Mortara Instrument Inc.

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first_imgCHICAGO, Ill. — Hill-Rom announced that it is acquiring Mortara Instrument, for $330 million in cash.The Milwaukee-based company is a leader in diagnostic cardiology and patient monitoring solutions, technologies, and devices.Mortara operates under three brands, Mortara, Quinton, and Burdick, and makes devices to serve from acute to primary care and clinical research.Mortara has over 400 employees globally and generated approximately $115 million in revenue in 2016.Mortara’s CEO, Dr. Justin Mortara, intends to join Hill-Rom and continue in his leadership capacity.last_img

Scoggin-Dickey Parts Center in fifth season of IMCA Southern SportMod title sponsorship

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first_imgLUBBOCK, Texas – Scoggin-Dickey Parts Center marks a milestone in 2017, its fifth consecutive season as title sponsor of IMCA’s Southern SportMod division.The Lubbock, Texas, GM parts retailer, Chevrolet engine dealer and certified engine rebuilder provides a portion of the $9,500 point fund to be paid to top 15 drivers in na­tional stand­ings for the division.Southern SportMods see action this season at tracks in Colorado, Kansas, Idaho, Nevada, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas, Utah and Wyoming.Scoggin-Dickey Parts Center also returns to the national decal program for IMCA’s Southern and Northern SportMods. Driv­ers in both divisions must display two Scoggin-Dickey Parts Center decals on their race car to be eligible for point fund shares.Point fund checks are to be presented during the national awards banquet in Novem­ber or mailed beginning the following week from the IMCA home office.More information about parts and engines available from fourth generation and family-owned SDPC is available by calling 800 456-0211, on Facebook and at the www.sdparts.com website.Southern SportMods made their debut at the IMCA Speedway Motors Super Nationals fueled by Casey’s last September. Jeffrey Abbey reigned at Super Nationals and in the national points race, while Kamera McDonald raced to national rookie of the year honors.“Scoggin-Dickey Parts Center is the longest-running title sponsor the IMCA Southern SportMod division has ever known and we’re proud to be associated with such a fine organization,” commented IMCA Marketing Director Kevin Yoder. “The folks at SDPC really believe in the IMCA model and their support means a great deal to the stability of racing in the southern part of the United States.”last_img read more

Lukaku would welcome Rooney arrival

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first_img Press Association “It is the manager’s choice. You have to accept that you have to work hard to make it a successful squad. “If he is part of our team I will welcome him with open arms.” There is still some way to go for Rooney to swap the red of United for the blue of Chelsea and, whether the 27-year-old moves to Stamford Bridge or not this summer, Lukaku is determined to make an impression in the forthcoming campaign. “I feel I am making an impact,” he said. “This pre-season it is important for us to get some performances under our belts. “I am confident in my qualities and I am just keeping going like I have been doing. Hopefully I will continue to do so. “I can score more goals, I can get more assists. I can do more for the team. “I can score with both feet and with my head. I am very quick and skilful. “I can do a bit of everything but I can improve on things as well. “I have to keep improving. Training is going well as well so hopefully I will improve much more by working hard there.” In appraising the strikers currently at his disposal – Lukaku, Demba Ba and Fernando Torres, who is not on the Asia tour due to a break following the Confederations Cup – Mourinho spoke of the need for a player who can operate in close quarters in a reminder of why Rooney is his sole transfer target. Lukaku is confident of developing that skill. “He is the manager and he has a vision of the way he wants to play,” Lukaku said. “The players have to improve to do that. I certainly have it in me. “He is very direct – and I love that. It is important. If he has something to say to you, he says it. That is a good thing. “He is very direct and in your face.” Mourinho is building towards the first competitive game of the season, against Hull on the opening weekend of the Barclays Premier League campaign. His selection hinges on internationals the previous week – Spain travel to Ecuador and Torres, Juan Mata and Cesar Azpilicueta may return just 24 hours before the August 18 fixture with Hull. Chelsea’s involvement against Pep Guardiola’s Bayern Munich in the UEFA Super Cup on August 30 necessitates that the Aston Villa match is moved, but a date is still to be confirmed. “The team will be decided game after game and week after week,” Mourinho added. “I will have to think about two or three matches at the same time.” In a World Cup year, international fixtures have an added importance and Mourinho hopes to support Roy Hodgson’s England. “I will be very happy if England can succeed and my English players; I know there are not many,” Mourinho added. “I will do with my English players everything I can to support them.” One English player Mourinho rates highly is Nathaniel Chalobah, who spent last season on loan at Watford, where he was deployed in midfield. Chalobah has played in the centre of defence under Mourinho, but will be allowed to go out on loan for one final season before challenging for a place in the Blues’ first-team squad. “We are thinking of letting him go on loan for a last season,” the Portuguese said. “That is our intention. He knows. We have discussed that with him. “He is a very, very good player. I like him very much – very, very much. I am very impressed. “For sure, a Chelsea player (in future), for sure. We think he is there. “He could be in our squad already. But we think one more season and it will be his last one out on loan. “We will see whether or not it is a Premier League club.” Mourinho also intends to send Josh McEachran, Lucas Piazon and his fellow Brazilian Wallace out on loan for the forthcoming campaign. Romelu Lukaku would welcome the competition provided by Wayne Rooney if Chelsea can persuade Manchester United to sell them the England striker. After impressing on loan at West Brom last term, Belgium forward Lukaku has scored in each game of Chelsea’s pre-season tour of Asia, during which Jose Mourinho’s bid to land Rooney has been made public. Lukaku said: “You know when you are playing for a team like Chelsea, there is going to be competition. last_img read more

Wenger keeping loss in perspective

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first_img “This team is an absolute credit to the club with their attitude. They deserve success and therefore I hope that our crowd will be behind our team (on Tuesday). “The season is always decided by how well you finish, so at the most important moment of the season it is vital that we stick together.” Wenger indicated there would “some refreshment” in the Arsenal squad, which will be without defender Laurent Koscielny because of a calf injury, and so 19-year-old Spaniard Hector Bellerin, who was on loan at Watford, has been drafted in as cover. Arsenal will have both defender Kieran Gibbs and midfielder Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain available against Swansea. The Football Association on Monday night dismissed Gibbs’ red card against Chelsea, given in a case of mistaken identity by referee Andre Marriner, and instead transferred the one-match suspension to Oxlade-Chamberlain – who had committed the handball in the six-yard box and indeed admitted his guilt at the time, but was waved away. Arsenal then moved to have that offence downgraded on appeal, claiming the England midfielder had not in fact technically prevented a clear goalscoring opportunity as the shot from Chelsea’s Eden Hazard looked to be going just wide. That claim was also upheld. The Gunners boss remains at a loss to explain just why his men imploded on Saturday lunchtime at Stamford Bridge in what turned out to be a nightmare 1,000th match in charge for the Frenchman. It was not only Arsenal’s pride which took a massive hit – m idfielder Mikel Arteta issuing a public apology on behalf of the players for the ”unacceptable” and ”embarrassing” capitulation – but they are also now down in fourth place, although could be back within four points of the leaders come full-time on Tuesday. Wenger, who cancelled Monday morning’s scheduled pre-match press conference, knows if his men are to stand any chance of salvaging what has largely been a promising campaign, then they must not lose focus again. Speaking to the in-house Arsenal Media channel, Wenger said: “You need to analyse as well the fact that we were down to 10 men and the offensive quality of Chelsea on the counter-attack is very good. You have to put that into perspective. “We just came out of two convincing results at Bayern Munich and at Tottenham with a very solid defensive performance, so you have to think that was an accident. How do you deal with the accident? You repair them, you repair the damage and you go for the next one. “Of course (it is) back to basics. An accident has happened – that doesn’t mean that you are not a good driver. It just means that we have played about 40 games this season and it’s not what happened on Saturday that reflects the quality of this team. “We have 62 points that we earned hard with quality games and that is what we want to focus on – to get back to that quality. “The response has always been very strong and I am convinced it will be again (on Tuesday).” Wenger, whose side are in the FA Cup semi-finals, maintains his current Arsenal squad have the desire to succeed and called on everyone at the club to provide a united front. “You cannot fault this team for not wanting to do well. If we missed a game on Saturday I believe that (still) over the season we played difficult (FA) Cup games, we had difficult games in the Champions League, (and) this team has turned up with complete focus,” Wenger said. Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has vowed his side can quickly recover from the “accident” of being thrashed 6-0 at Barclays Premier League title rivals Chelsea as they look to go “back to basics” against Swansea on Tuesday. Press Associationlast_img read more