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Todd Mattina returns to Mackenzie Investments

first_img CETFA elects new board leader IE Staff TD getting new head of private wealth, financial planning Toronto-based Mackenzie Investments has appointed Todd Mattina chief economist and senior vice president, effective Jan. 6, 2020. Mattina will also co-lead the firm’s multi-asset strategy team alongside Nelson Arruda, and will be listed as portfolio manager on all Symmetry portfolios, according to a release. Related news Mattina previously worked for Mackenzie as chief economist and strategist from 2014 to 2018, and returns to the firm after serving as chief strategist and chief economist at the Investment Management Corporation of Ontario. In addition to his time at Mackenzie, Mattina previously held senior roles at the International Monetary Fund and the Canada Pension Plan Investment Board.  Share this article and your comments with peers on social media PenderFund names new SVP for investments Keywords Appointments Facebook LinkedIn Twitter Businessman at an exhibition or conference wearing a blank security identity name card or tag 123RFlast_img read more

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News / UK regional airports could play a major cargo role after a no-deal Brexit

first_img“Only a third of freight actually originates in the south-east, with the rest coming from the wider country – and we represent gateways within 60 minutes of everywhere in the UK.”However, more than half the UK’s air freight flies in and out of Heathrow, which is already at capacity. Although a new runway will boost available capacity, this could take up to a decade to be built and ready for use.“There is huge capacity and opportunities at these small, regional airports with strong transport links and fewer environmental restraints upon them,” said Mr Cain.“As an example of willingness, Cardiff and Exeter are both looking at becoming larger players in freight, but they need some government support and the industry must become more creative.”In particular, he called for the DfT to provide a clear pathway for smaller airports to secure the type of status that would make them attractive to forwarders and airlines. And he suggested that by opening up regional gateways as freighter hubs, regional businesses could become more profitable.“Does a lack of regional air freight connectivity negatively impact the smaller, regional businesses that do not currently have affordable access to global markets?” he asked.“We are willing but believe that there is a need for government policy initiatives to make this a realistic option.”To find out more about Brexit and its effects, come to The Loadstar Live Brexit Breakdown in Rotterdam, on June 19. By Alexander Whiteman 27/02/2019 © Photographerlondon center_img Enfranchising regional UK gateways as air freight hubs will be pivotal to relieving the potential pressures of a no-deal Brexit on the country’s transport sector.As Liverpool and Doncaster move to secure air freight capacity in the event of supply chain disruption, other airports are looking for government support to become freight players, to boost local economies and relieve pressure on Heathrow.Expectations are that in a no-deal scenario, shippers will turn to markets outside Europe to import and export goods, in turn generating greater air freight volumes in the UK.During the FTA’s Aviation Strategy – Ready For Take Off? event in London today, Chris Cain, of the Regional and Business Airports Group, said: “If we are expanding our import and export markets post-Brexit, business is going to be increasingly reliant on Heathrow, unless changes are made.last_img read more

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Mini-grids to disrupt the energy storage market

first_img AFD and Eskom commit to a competitive electricity sector UNDP China, CCIEE launch report to facilitate low-carbon development Image source: Rubitec A consultancy specialising in off-grid power generation, THEnergy, highlights that new investments from companies such as Shell, Engie, Mitsui, Total, and Caterpillar will boost the energy storage market in the rural electrification segment up to 50 MWh annually. In the long-term, 1 GWh per year will be possible, this is according to THEnergy new research analysis performed across Africa and Asia.Until recently, development finance institutes (DFIs) and impact investors had invested in renewable energy based rural electrification. This has changed with the recent investments of Shell, Engie, Total, Mitsui, and Caterpillar, which have also turned the segment into a serious business opportunity for energy storage providers.Battery storage techIn rural electrification applications, lead-acid batteries were traditionally used. The objective was to first build mini-grids at the lowest total cost to demonstrate the viability of the business model to potential investors. Additional risks such as from new lithium-ion storage technology also were to be avoided.The decreases in cost of lithium-ion batteries are changing the situation. The difference regarding the total cost of ownership is tightening. The gap is often sufficiently small to swap to superior lithium-ion technology.In many cases, only capital constraints make private mini-grid developers opt for low CAPEX lead-acid batteries.Most of the mini-grid developers interviewed for this study, expect to pursue the technology shift within the next two years. Many also have stated that they would be interested in training from storage manufacturers.It can also be observed that many developing target countries of rural electrification have, so far, no experience with lithium-ion batteries.This could lead to unexpected costs regarding export or transport. For example, in Kenya and Tanzania, lithium-ion batteries are subject to PVoC (Pre-Export Verification of Conformity) procedures.First developers already use lithium-ion batteries to ensure that the plants they are building right now will still be viable in the future when the full cost degression potential of the new technology will have been realised.Other energy storage technologies such as flow-batteries so far do not play an important role in this segment. Despite a good fit from a technical point of view, further cost cuts are needed to make flow technology economically viable in rural electrification.Key markets for storage solutionsAmongst the main markets for energy storage solutions in the mini-grid segment are India, Nigeria, Tanzania, Kenya, Uganda, Mali, Ghana, Indonesia, Bangladesh, the Philippines, and Haiti.Dr. Thomas Hillig, managing director of THEnergy, predicts: “The recent investments in rural electrification will enable the construction of several hundred mini-grids per year. The market segment will finally come to life – also from a commercial perspective.”“In the short-term we will see an annual market potential of 50 MWh – in the long-term this could raise to 1 GWh. Storage manufacturers should consider entering this market early.” TAGSFuture Energy Nigeria Previous articleSolar power continues trajectoryNext articleKenya: Wanjii hydro undergoes modernisation works Ashley TheronAshley Theron-Ord is based in Cape Town, South Africa at Clarion Events-Africa. She is the Senior Content Producer across media brands including ESI Africa, Smart Energy International, Power Engineering International and Mining Review Africa. BRICS Generation RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Low carbon, solar future could increase jobs in the future – SAPVIA Finance and Policylast_img read more

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DAC Beachcroft opens up in France

first_imgInternational firm DAC Beachcroft is to open its first French office on Monday, but insists the move is not related to Brexit. The Paris office will have eight lawyers led by partners Vladimir Rostan d’Ancezune and Christophe Wucher North and will focus on the insurance and industrial risks sector.The firm already has offices in Spain and Ireland.Paris is one of several European cities aiming to market itself as an attractive forum for international dispute resolution post Brexit.Earlier this year the Paris Commercial Court (PCC) became the latest in a clutch of common-law forums aiming to erode London’s dominance.In a letter to the Gazette last month Jean Messinesi, president of the PCC, said Brexiters ‘underplay or seek to ignore’ the fact that, from next March, judgments by the London Commercial Court will no longer enjoy automatic enforceability in EU member states. Multinationals will need to seek exequatur [sovereign recognition] in each of these countries, a strong incentive to elect a jurisdiction elsewhere, he said.A DAC Beachcroft spokesperson said the firm had no specific plans to make use of the Paris Commercial Court but that it has a growing international arbitration practice and see Paris as an important centre.David Pollitt, managing partner, said, ‘Paris is an important hub for international insurance work, as well as gateway into the strong domestic market. Our ambition is to be the leading provider of insurance legal advice in France.’D’Ancezune said: ‘Opening a DAC Beachcroft office in Paris is such an exciting step which is a natural and complementary addition to DAC Beachcroft’s existing offering. It will enable us to provide a wide range of services to the French market, which is one of the most active in Europe.’last_img read more

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Double play comeback

first_imgBy JARROD POTTER ONE state-level baseballer is usually all you would find at most, in any one school. Gleneagles Secondary…[To read the rest of this story Subscribe or Login to the Gazette Access Pass] Thanks for reading the Pakenham Berwick Gazette. Subscribe or Login to read the rest of this content with the Gazette Digital Access Pass subscription.last_img

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Burning desire

first_imgBy LIA SPENCER AFTER suffering a devastating miscarriage, Emily Trotter and her husband Matt were nervous when they found out…[To read the rest of this story Subscribe or Login to the Gazette Access Pass] Thanks for reading the Pakenham Berwick Gazette. Subscribe or Login to read the rest of this content with the Gazette Digital Access Pass subscription.last_img

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Martin Luther King weekend events

first_imgThe Museum of Tolerance, 9786 W. Pico Blvd., Los Angeles, will host several events. The influence of Martin Luther King Jr. on the lives of sports figures, jazz musicians and educators, 2 p.m. today. For reservations, call (310) 772-2526. “Citizen King,” a 2004 documentary on King’s life, wil be shown, 2 p.m. Monday. For reservations, call (310) 772-2527. An exhibit by the Los Angeles Ribet Academy depicting King’s contributions will be on display through Jan. 20. For more information, see www.museumoftolerance.com. Yolanda King, daughter of Martin Luther King Jr., will be the keynote speaker at a ceremony honoring her father’s legacy, 9 a.m. Monday at the Soka Gakai International auditorium, 525 Wilshire Blvd., Los Angeles. Kingdom Day Parade will begin at 10:30 a.m. Monday on Martin Luther King Boulevard, from Crenshaw Boulevard to Western Avenue. The two-mile parade, hosted by the Council on Racial Equality, will include numerous floats, marching bands, drill teams and local dignitaries. Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa will serve as grand marshal. “The Road to Civil Rights,” featuring a screening of “Negroes with Guns,” 4 p.m. Monday, West Hollywood Community Center at Plummer Park, 7377 Santa Monica Blvd. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREGift Box shows no rust in San Antonio Stakes win at Santa Anita 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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Security: Antivirus Software Can’t Keep Up with Next-Generation Malware

first_imgMalware is becoming more sophisticated and capable of evading standard antivirus software.  A survey from Minerva Labs found that antivirus software can protect only against about 70 percent of newer types of malware.  While the suggestion here is not to remove your antivirus software, it is a reminder that securing computers can be challenging. The Minerva survey found a majority of businesses worry that they might become victims of a data breach in the coming year.Today’s threats include worms, trojans, spyware and ransomeware.  Antivirus software examines files and websites and checks them against a list of known vulnerabilities and problems.  The problem is sophisticated malware can create signatures that morph quickly.  In order to avoid detection, malware authors create code that automorphs or is frequently updated by the author so that it avoids detection.  A study by Verizon found that nearly 99 percent of malware is  frequently altered or retuned by hackers to cloak the danger and avoid detection.Eddy Bobritsky, CEO of Minerva Labs, said that “we continue to see more complex and sophisticated threats, where traditional blocking and prevention mechanisms, such as antivirus, are no longer enough to keep endpoints safe. Beyond merely relying on baseline anti-malware solutions to protect endpoints, companies should strengthen their endpoint security architecture to get ahead of adversaries, such as blocking off attempts to get around existing security tools.”last_img read more

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e-Reader Price War Could Slow – Sony Hints It Won’t Play That Game

first_imgImage from Sony’s e-book websiteAmazon announced the Kindle Wi-Fi, which has a 6″ display, will retail for $139 in August, making it the cheapest e-reader yet. The Wall Street Journal reported this morning that a lesser-known manufacturer is coming out with a 5″ screen e-reader for $99 later this year. Sony’s least-expensive e-reader, the 5″ screen Sony Reader Pocket Edition, was $149.99 at the time of this post.So does this mean Sony won’t lower the price of the Sony Reader anytime soon? It would seem so, but the company isn’t ready to box itself in.“Nothing to announce at this time regarding a price move,” said Leanne Drown of Racepoint Group, which represents Sony. “The quote reflects broader thinking around strategy moving forward.” Tags:#E-Books#NYT#web Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Related Posts A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… adrianne jeffries We posted yesterday about the price war that’s currently raging between Barnes & Noble, Amazon and Sony, makers of some of the top-selling e-readers in the U.S. Today a public relations representative sent us a statement on behalf of Sony that suggests the company may be pulling out of the race to the bottom.“Pricing is one consideration in the dedicated reading device marketplace, but Sony won’t sacrifice the quality and design we’re bringing book lovers to lay claim to the cheapest eReader,” said Phil Lubell, VP of digital reading at Sony Electronics. “Our global customers expect to get the best digital book reading experience and we’re concentrated on delivering that by investing in Sony’s award-winning design and original digital reading enhancements, such as eBook library borrowing and the only full touch screen on the market.” 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

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3 signs your landing page copy is leaving your visitors high and dry

first_imgThere are few things more important for conversion rate optimization than your landing page copy. If your landing pages are struggling to turn visitors into leads, there’s a very good chance it’s because of your copy. More often than not, marketers are guilty of making several copywriting mistakes, and they don’t even know it.In this post, I’ll show you three copywriting mistakes you are probably making on your landing pages — and how to correct them.1. Your copy focuses on features, not benefitsFeatures tell your audience what your product is about.Benefits tell them what your product can do for them.Although features are important — they educate customers about your product’s specifications — they are purely informational. They don’t really persuade users or tell them how their lives will change by buying your product.To understand why this works, you need to understand how your customers make purchase decisions. While we’d like to assume that we make rational decisions after careful analysis, the truth is that for most of us, purchase decisions are driven by emotion, not logic. Humans make decisions emotionally, then look for logical reasons to back these decisions up.For example, a customer might decide to buy an iPhone because its design appeals to him emotionally. But to justify his decision, the customer might look at the iPhone’s features — the battery life, camera quality, processor speed and so on.This is why, rather than telling your customer what they can have, tell them why they need it and how it can help make their world better.[Read the full article on Search Engine Land.]From our sponsors: 3 signs your landing page copy is leaving your visitors high and dry 3 signs your landing page copy is leaving your visitors high and dryYou are here: Posted on 23rd July 2016Digital Marketing FacebookshareTwittertweetGoogle+share HomeDigital Marketing3 signs your landing page copy is leaving your visitors high and dry Related postsLytics now integrates with Google Marketing Platform to enable customer data-informed campaigns14th December 2019The California Consumer Privacy Act goes live in a few short weeks — Are you ready?14th December 2019ML 2019121313th December 2019Global email benchmark report finds email isn’t dead – it’s essential13th December 2019Keep your LinkedIn advertising strategy focused in 202012th December 20192019 benchmark report: brand vs. non-brand traffic in Google Shopping12th December 2019last_img read more