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first_imgBettys Café Tea Rooms has been named the best place to enjoy afternoon tea in the UK.The ‘Top Tea Place 2012’ accolade was awarded to the North Yorkshire business by The Tea Guild, after it received a near-perfect score from the Guild’s inspectors.As well as the Top Tea Place award, the Guild also presented a number of other special awards of excellence to tea rooms across the UK, in recognition of their quality and consistently high standards in tea service.The anonymous judges award points for the variety, flavour, knowledge and service of the teas offered, together with the quality and service of food, décor, ambience and presentation.Bettys was praised for “its delightful surroundings, affable staff, and the ‘quietly efficient’ service that guests enjoyed”. The judges were also impressed by the variety and amount of sandwiches, scones and cakes on offer.Irene Gorman, head of The Tea Guild, said: “Bettys Café Tea Rooms in Northallerton offers a truly special tea experience and this award is very well-deserved. The attention to detail, quality of food, lovingly prepared by their team, who strive to ensure, where possible, that all food is sourced locally, and whose excellent knowledge and service of teas served, is second to none.”She added: “The tradition of afternoon tea has never been stronger, with Tea Guild members busier than ever. More and more people are taking time out to enjoy afternoon tea.”Lindsay Judd, manager, Bettys Tea Rooms, said: “We’re very proud to be members of The Tea Guild, and to be given The Tea Guild’s Top Tea Place 2012 Award is a huge honour – we’re absolutely delighted.”London’s Top Afternoon Tea Award went to the The Athenaeum Hotel, while the The Tea Guild’s Top City and Country Hotel Tea Award 2012 was awarded to Pennyhill Park Hotel & Spa in Surrey.The Tea Guild Awards are now in their 27th year.last_img read more

first_imgGreat Britain: Westcode Inc and Sabre Rail Services Ltd have formed Westcode (UK) Ltd as a joint venture to produce air-conditioning and automatic doors.On August 8 GATX Capital Corp and Lombard North Central plc set up GL Railease Ltd as a joint venture offering lease financing to the privatised domestic passenger businesses.Japan: SKF AB has announced plans to establish a research centre in Japan to help increase its local market share.Switzerland: FIAT-SIG Schienenfahrzeuge AG has sold its passenger coach gangway business to German manufacturer Hübner Gummi & Kunststoffe GmbH in Kassel.USA: GEC Alsthom Transportation Inc is to take over the Hornell plant formerly owned by American Passenger Rail Car Co, and previously Morrison Knudsen; after modernisation, GEC Alsthom plans to produce signalling equipment.Bombardier Transit Corp is to invest $18m to double the capacity of its Plattsburgh works, following orders for 680 R-142 metro cars for New York and American Flyer trains for the Northeast Corridor; a development centre will be set up at a local former Air Force base, with a 64 km/h test track.Standard Car Truck Co has bought Durox Co; Standard Car subsidiary J & D Supply will be merged into its new acquisition.last_img read more

first_imgBefore MN, Cartigny worked in various investment roles at ABN AMRO Asset Management. He currently also serves as a board member of DUFAS, the Dutch fund association, and as vice chairman of the Institutional Investors Group on Climate Change.  Vækstfonden — The DKK9.6bn (€1.3bn) Danish Growth Fund has appointed Rolf Kjærgaard as its new chief executive. He was previously the state financing fund’s CIO and, as of 2 July, has replaced its most recent chief executive Christian Motzfeldt, who announced in February he wanted to step down after working for the fund for 18 years.Kjærgaard has worked at Vækstfonden for almost 18 years, as CIO for the last four. Prior to this, his professional roles included that of national expert for the EU Commission and special consultant for the Danish Ministry of Industry, Business and Financial Affairs.State Street Corporation – Jörg Ambrosius has been promoted to head of the asset manager’s UK, Europe, Middle East and Africa business, succeeding Liz Nolan, who earlier this year became head of State Street’s global delivery team. Ambrosius was most recently co-head of State Street’s global services business in EMEA and head of its global sovereign wealth servicing business. In his new role he will also serve on the asset manager’s management committee. Ontario Teachers’ Pension Plan – Jo Taylor has been named the Canadian pension fund’s new president and CEO, effective 1 January next year. Currently executive managing director, global development, he will succeed Ron Mock, who retires at the end of 2019 after almost two decades at the now $191bn (€167bn) pension fund.Taylor joined Ontario Teachers’ in 2012, and in his current role is responsible for overseeing the investment teams operating in its international offices, setting strategy, and reviewing investment proposals, among other tasks.Dalriada Trustees – Judith Fish, formerly head of pension risk at Santander UK, has joined the firm as a professional trustee. Fish left Santander at the end of June and has previously also worked at HSBC Actuaries and Consultants, which was acquired by JLT, and Deloitte. She has more than 25 years of experience in pensions, serving as a trustee, scheme actuary, corporate adviser and employer.Insight Investment  – Andrew Stephens is the asset manager’s new head of distribution for EMEA. He joined from BlackRock, where he spent 19 years, most recently as head of UK institutional client business.Gresham House – The specialist alternative asset manager has hired Catriona Buckley as institutional business development director. She joined from Fidelity International, where she was responsible for manager research and field consultant engagement with global and domestic investment consultants in the UK, and for direct client relationships in Ireland. Before joining Fidelity she was client director at Pioneer Investments, now Amundi.  Osmosis Investment Management – The sustainable investment specialist has announced three new appointments, including Anthony Chisnall as product distribution manager and Susan Hunnisett as a new member of the investor relations team, with a focus on European business development. Chisnall’s previous roles include head of marketing and investor relations for Gulf International Bank Asset Management while Hunnisett worked for European equities specialist SW Mitchell Capital before joining Osmosis.Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) –  An organisation providing a framework for sustainability reporting, GRI has recruited Marco van der Ree for the new position of chief development officer, which he will take up on 15 July. According to the GRI, he will lead work to diversify and implement the organisation’s fundraising strategy and oversee outreach to institutional, foundation and public donors. Van der Ree was previously director for  business development and fundraising for the European Institute of Innovation and Technology’s Climate Knowledge Innovation Community. Swiss Life Asset Managers  – Nelufer Ansari has been named head of ESG, a new role in which she will be responsible for extending the company’s sustainable investment approach to all asset classes and countries in which it operates. She will assume the task in her role as head of strategic and special tasks, which she has held since March, and will also be responsible for developing a cross-border ESG strategy spanning all products for the manager. Ansari started her career at BEOS, which has been part of Swiss Life Asset Managers since 2018. MN, GSAM, Vækstfonden, State Street, Ontario Teachers’, Dalriada Trustees, Insight Investment, Gresham House, Osmosis IM, GRI, Swiss Life Asset ManagersGoldman Sachs Asset Management (GSAM) – Gerald Cartigny is set to leave MN, the €135bn asset manager for Dutch sector pension schemes PMT and PME, to become head of GSAM’s client business in Belgium, the Netherlands and Luxembourg as of the beginning of October.Cartigny will have spent seven years at MN, becoming its chief investment officer in 2014. In a statement about his time at MN, Cartigny highlighted the manager’s work on socially responsible investing, saying that this had been fully integrated into the investment approach and that MN was “internationally recognised as a leader in ESG integration”.At MN Cartigny also oversaw the merger of its individual asset management and fiduciary management groups into a single unit.  last_img read more

first_imgThe Daily OrangeThat world is something of a foreign idea to much of a Syracuse roster that hails from the Northeast. Alamo Heights High School in San Antonio isn’t quite of the same quality as some schools near Dallas, but the town still shuts down on Friday nights and high school games are treated like college ones.“It’s huge,” Allen said. “The high school revolves around their football team and kind of the success of their football team.”They are, he said, like the movies portray them. There are some players who get caught up in the attention, but he’s tried to stay away from that. The spotlight, however, shines especially brightly upon a high school quarterback in the state of Texas.It already gives him a leg up on his competition. Even if Allen has never started a game in college, his years of playing ball at a near-college level taught him the rigors of high-level competition.“I kind of wish I played somewhere else,” said Terrel Hunt, who played in New York, “because you get more publicity and not only that, you actually have better coaching and people that live for that job.”Of course, a quarterback like the ones painted in the movies needs a big arm, and that’s the first thing that stands out about Allen to his teammates.“I’ll just sum it up in one word: cannon,” defensive tackle Eric Crume said. “He’s going to let it rip.”“In practice we see it and he’ll throw the deep ball,” linebacker Cameron Lynch said, “and we’re like, ‘Whoa.’”It’s his hallmark. Even head coach Scott Shafer tells stories of Allen whizzing the ball 70 yards through the air. The long ball was actually one of the few areas in which Ryan Nassib struggled. He had the arm strength, without a doubt, but the bombs weren’t always on target. That’s not to say Allen’s arm is a proven commodity. In the Orange’s scrimmage in Fort Drum, N.Y., Allen connected on just two passes that traveled for more than 10 yards through the air. But when his deep ball impresses his competition, it’s almost definitely an indication his arm strength is something.“Sometimes he just chucks it and it feels like the ball just never comes down,” Hunt said.But in the limited opportunities he’s had since joining the Orange, Allen has proven to be more than a statuesque presence behind the line of scrimmage. He darted downfield for the only substantial run in SU’s Fort Drum scrimmage.“At first I was like, ‘He’s a little stiff,’” Hunt said, “but once he started moving, I was like, ‘OK, he’s got a little moves.’”Either option could give Syracuse a bit more of a hybrid look. Hunt said the two are probably more similar than most would expect.But this is something expected of Allen. A three-star recruit from Texas, a Big 12 talent, should be able to start at quarterback for an Orange team that has struggled for the better part of the last decade.His world is foreign. His practices started at the crack of dawn. It was too hot to start in the afternoon like SU does now. In his apartment he shares with, among others, center Macky MacPherson, there is a pair of mounted deer antlers and a bobcat pelt placed there by the avid hunter, and a picture of family friend and former Houston Astros star Lance Berkman.Allen is a long way from home now, but it just so happens that Syracuse is the final checkpoint he must cross to achieve his ultimate dream.“Just the opportunity,” Allen said. “The opportunity to compete. They didn’t promise me anything, but they promised that I’d have the opportunity to compete for the starting job.” Comments There’s a certain persona expected of a Texas high school quarterback. It accompanies the almost surreal world that is Texas during football season.In Drew Allen’s world, football – even of the high school variety – is a way of life. One that captures the heart and attention of a town once every week during the fall.The dream is to be a quarterback, play in a big-time conference — perhaps the Big 12 — and one day, if it all goes right, to become a superstar.For Allen, step one is done. Step two is in his past. A detour to Syracuse is what could make step three a reality.“I have one year,” Allen said, “so I’ve got to do everything in my power to get up here as early as possible, leave here late, so I’m prepared for every single day.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textEach step of Allen’s football life was taken with the intention of achieving the dream that many a young boy in Texas possess.They start playing football early there. Some strap on pads as young as 5 years old. The Tiny-Mite division in San Antonio’s Pop Warner league requires players ages 5-7 to weigh no more than 75 pounds and allows players as light as 35.Down South, quarterbacks are groomed. Allen’s father, Andy, played football at Texas for Hall of Fame head coach Darrell Royal. Drew Allen’s become the idealist portrait of a Texas starting quarterback. Six feet 5 inches, 226 pounds, a “cannon” arm and a rugged look to go with a clean-cut attitude — he’s achieved an Eagle Scout ranking. He is, in many ways, the picturesque gunslinger, almost something of myth.From a distance, he was more a work of fiction than a real person.“When you see him you’re like, ‘That’s a quarterback,’” SU running back Jerome Smith said.What did it matter that he sat on the bench for three years? He was behind Sam Bradford and Landry Jones. Syracuse doesn’t get talents like that.He had it all: the physique, the talent, the look of a quarterback — including the pedigree of a Texas state champion.last_img read more