Marsh appoints Julie Boucher to lead US captive management operations

first_imgMarsh, the world s leading insurance broker and risk advisor, has appointed Julie S. Boucher as leader of the firm s U.S. Captive Solutions Practice, which currently manages nearly 350 captive insurance companies in seven major U.S. domiciles and has 114 employees.Ms. Boucher, a managing director of Marsh based in the Burlington, Vermont office, will be responsible for the growth and development of the U.S. captive domicile operations, including Vermont, Connecticut, New York, South Carolina, Nevada, Arizona and Hawaii. Ms. Boucher, who has been with Marsh for 21 years, has held a number of management positions with the firm.  Most recently, she was head of the firm s Captive Solutions Practice in Vermont, where she was responsible for overseeing all aspects of the firm s captive management and servicing operations in the state.  She also has been involved in establishing Marsh s operations in a number of existing U.S. captive domiciles.A certified public accountant, Ms. Boucher earned a B.S. degree in Accounting from the University of Southern Louisiana.  A member of the Vermont Society of CPAs and the AICPA, Ms. Boucher is active in the Vermont Captive Insurance Association and formerly served on the state s Captive Advisory Board.With nearly 450 employees in 31 captive insurance domiciles worldwide, Marsh s Captive Solutions Practice currently manages more than 1,100 captive insurance companies.  The Practice provides a full range of captive management services, including actuarial, auditing, benchmarking, captive assessments, and related advisory and consulting services, such as captive feasibility studies, strategic reviews, and assistance with domicile selection.Headquartered in New York, Marsh has 24,000 employees and provides advice and transactional capabilities to clients in over 100 countries. Marsh is a unit of Marsh & McLennan Companies, Inc. (MMC), a global professional services firm with more than 54,000 employees and annual revenue exceeding $11 billion. MMC also is the parent company of Guy Carpenter, the risk and reinsurance specialist; Mercer, the provider of HR and related financial advice and services; Oliver Wyman, the management consultancy; and Kroll, the risk consulting firm. MMC s stock (ticker symbol: MMC) is listed on the New York, Chicago and London stock exchanges. MMC s Web Site is is external) . Marsh s Web site is is external).Source: Marsh. BURLINGTON, Vermont, April 7, 2009last_img read more

Pace serves as 2nd scoring option

first_imgIn a game about as attractive as his jump shot, Josh Pace provided Syracuse a much-needed second scorer in SU’s 49-46 win over Pittsburgh.Pace repeatedly backed down Pittsburgh’s smaller point guard Carl Krauser, spinning and twisting while lofting his awkward-looking floater. Pace buried 6 of 13 field goal attempts, scoring 11 points and providing Hakim Warrick an outlet from ever-present double-teams‘Josh was great,’ Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim said. ‘He’s a hard-nosed guy and he’s tough. He got those shots, the loose balls, those were all key. He’s a hard-nosed guy, he plays tough, and this is a good type of game for him.’Pace’s furious footwork and quick hands on defense helped prevent Pittsburgh from easy access to the interior of Syracuse’s zone. Pace picked up three steals as Pittsburgh eventually stopped slashing to the hoop on his side. Pace also helped prevent Pittsburgh from dominating on the boards by grabbing five rebounds from the top of SU’s 2-3 zone.‘I was just trying to be more aggressive and look for my shots,’ Pace said. ‘I’ve been trying to do that the last couple games.’AdvertisementThis is placeholder textPace knows he needs to score. In SU’s five Big East losses, he has failed to score in double figures and has averaged seven points. His newfound concentration on offense has helped.The 13 shots were a season high and took some scoring pressure off point guard Gerry McNamara, who has been saddled with both scoring and offensive set-up duties during Billy Edelin’s absence.Pace made 7 of 11 shots in SU’s last game against Villanova, netting 14 points and tallied nine points in the previous game against Georgetown.‘Josh had a fantastic game,’ McNamara said. ‘He made all the big shots when he had to.’On the reboundCraig Forth pored anxiously over the numbers before nodding his approval.‘Yeah, that’s OK,’ Forth said, after seeing that Syracuse had been outrebounded by seven against Pitt.Normally that statistic would send Forth into a series of head-shakes and a sullen announcement that he needed to improve his play, but after a hard-fought game against the No. 3 Panthers, it left a feeling of satisfaction.During the previous meeting, a 66-45 Pittsburgh win, the Panthers outrebounded Syracuse by 14. Pittsburgh’s damage on the glass was limited by a combined effort. While no Syracuse player grabbed double-digit boards, all eight players who played picked up at least one. Five Orangemen – Warrick, Forth, Pace, Jeremy McNeil and Terrence Roberts – had at least four rebounds.‘We knew we could play just as physical as them,’ Roberts said. ‘We have big guys. If they put their hands on you, you put your hands on them. If they push you, you push them. We all got out there, myself, Craig, Hakim….’As Roberts listed names, Forth walked by, still pleased with the effort.‘Josh, Jeremy, Demetris (Nichols),’ Forth continued. ‘It was a total team effort.’Crowd pleaserTerrence Roberts must have had a pretty impressive high school basketball career.Because when the freshman found himself on the floor at the end of SU’s biggest game this season, he wasn’t fazed at all. Seems St. Anthony’s High in Jersey City, N.J., had a pretty intense road schedule – enough to match the building that housed the nation’s longest winning streak.‘I like that type of crowd,’ Roberts said. ‘I’m used to situations like that, because that’s how it was in high school. I didn’t really feel any pressure at the end of the game. When you start feeling pressure, that’s when you start making mistakes.’Roberts heeded his own advice, playing 22 solid minutes, a career high, grabbing five rebounds and scoring two points. He also drew a key charge with SU up, 40-38, with 1:32 left in the second half.‘Coach (Jim Boeheim) told me that I was going to get more minutes,’ Roberts said. ‘I’ve been practicing well, coming along, playing different positions.’Boeheim used a big lineup that has seldom been used this season. For much of the game’s stretch, Boeheim teamed the 6-foot-8 Warrick and either the 6-foot-10 McNeil or 7-foot Forth with the 6-foot-9 Roberts.‘If you get bigger, you can rebound better,’ Boeheim said. ‘If they missed their perimeter shots, we knew we’d need to get the rebounds to stay in the game.‘Terrence did a good job today. He’s getting better.’This and thatSyracuse scored 19 points in the first half, its lowest total in a half this season. Syracuse’s lowest before yesterday was 21 against Pitt in their previous matchup. … How much did SU try to slow the game down? It scored just two fast break points, a thunderous dunk by Warrick on a pass from McNamara. … No Pittsburgh player scored in double digits, and Chris Taft and Carl Krauser led the Panthers with nine points each. … Late in the second half, Boeheim yelled at a trainer who was aiding Warrick while Pace shot free throws. His crime? The trainer was putting a bandage on Warrick’s hand in the corner where the 3-point line met the baseline, meaning Warrick would’ve committed a lane violation had Pace shot before Boeheim told Warrick to run past the 3-point arc. Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on February 29, 2004 at 12:00 pmcenter_img Commentslast_img read more

Warning over latest phone scam in Donegal

first_imgA Donegal woman has shared a warning to others after experiencing a month of scam calls relating to her phone service.The woman, who is a customer of Eir, said she was receiving phone calls multiple times a day for four weeks from scammers claiming there was a problem with her broadband or landline.The caller then asked for credit card details but when she did not provide them the call was transferred to a premium rate international number. After four weeks of persistent calls, the local woman has finally had the problem fixed by Eir.She advised other people who are targeted to contact their provider.She said: “It started maybe one call a day from a foreign number however in the last week this has rocketed to multiple calls all day and even at 01.05am this morning.“The number is different each time but yesterday the number began with 0074915 so I automatically read it as a local number. “The scam is, if the call is answered, they tell you there is something wrong with your broadband or line and ask for card details. If the person answering doesn’t give these they then ask the person to press 1 to be directed to another team.However when the person does this they transfer the call to a premium rate international number and the landline owner receives a bill for an outrageous amount.”The Donegal woman said she had a positive experience when she contacted Eir, who changed her phone number and added extra security measures.This issue is just one such scam affecting phone customers recently. People on social media have contacted Eir about their issues, and in some cases the fraudsters are threatening to cut off a person’s broadband if they do not provide details.The Eir support site advises customers to take care with spoof callers. Customers are advised to contact their banks if they hand over credit card details to the callers. “Eir will never require access to your computer or your credit/debit card details in relation to a fault/repair,” the company said.Warning over latest phone scam in Donegal was last modified: May 21st, 2019 by Rachel McLaughlinShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:eirscam callslast_img read more

Long Life in Death Valley Claimed

first_img“34,000-Year-Old Organisms Found Buried Alive!” blares a headline at Live Science.  Reporter Andrea Mustain admitted “It’s a tale that has all the trappings of a cult 1960s sci-if movie,” but assures us this one is scientific.    Brian Schubert (U of Hawaii) dug up salt crystals in the floor of Death Valley and found bacteria at the edge of survival, doing nothing but maintaining themselves.  In five of the 900 crystals he studied, he was able to coax the microbes back to enough activity to grow and reproduce, after about two and a half months of coaxing them to wake up.  Schubert believes the presence of “fellow captives” of algae in the bubbles provided a food source for the bacteria, but the article did not explain how the algae survived that long.    Schubert and his advisor Tim Lowenstein (Binghamton University) were surprised by the age of the microbes.  “They need to be able to repair DNA, because DNA degrades with time,” Lowenstein acknowledged.  Mustain considered these some of the oldest living organisms on the planet.  Schubert exclaimed, “It’s 34,000 years old and it has a kid.”  Mustain added, “And ironically, once that happens, the new bacteria are, of course, entirely modern.”    Live Science’s coverage is based on this month’s cover story in GSA Today,1 a journal of the Geological Society of America.  In the abstract, the authors consider the possibility of discovering even older organisms in space, in “materials that potentially harbor microorganisms are millions and even billions of years old.”  In the conclusions, they said, “Although we are beginning to understand the community of microorganisms inside modern and ancient fluid inclusions, much more needs to be learned about how they survive.”1.  Lowenstein, Schubert and Timofeeff, “Microbial communities in fluid inclusions and long-term survival in halite,” GSA Today Jan 2011, DOI: 10.1130/GSATG81A.1.No one ever questions the age, even though it leads to an astonishing “tale that has all the trappings of a cult 1960s sci-if movie.”  If it has all the trappings, maybe that is exactly what it is.  The scientists had to trust dating methods that are based on many assumptions, including evolutionary time.  Evolutionary time is like deep pockets to evolutionary biologists and geologists.  They never have to provide collateral (12/22/2010) or pay up, but just indulge at will without any responsibility, and just like in the movies, nobody really gets hurt.*  So along with the sci-if, we have gamblers, con artists and dupes in the cast.  You might buy a ticket for this movie if it were advertised as fiction, but for those who buy when it is advertised as a serious scientific documentary, who is the dupe?*except for the suckers who buy the fiction as truth.(Visited 14 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Slit bike seats trigger communal tension in Assam’s Hailakandi, curfew clamped

first_img “Today (Friday), a few local people protested after some two-wheelers were parked haphazardly because it could lead to a traffic snarl. The argument went out of control when someone threw a stone,” a local resident said.The police soon swung into action and the fire brigade was summoned as some shops went up in flames.“A couple of people have been injured and they are undergoing treatment at the local hospital. We have imposed night curfew and strengthened vigil to maintain peace and tranquillity,” Hailakandi district’s Deputy Commissioner Keerthi Jalli said, adding the situation has been brought under control.The curfew, she said, had to be clamped as “there exists strange relation between groups who are trying to indulge in violence and create communal violence”. Stringent action would be taken against anyone moving around, she warned.Officials said the paramilitary Assam Rifles and Central Reserve Police Force personnel have been deployed in the trouble-torn and sensitive areas. The administration has also sought the help of the Army. Curfew extended in Assam town Simmering tension over the slitting of motorcycle seats parked outside a mosque in a crowded area snowballed into communal violence in southern Assam’s Hailakandi town on Friday.The administration in Hailakandi clamped curfew at around 1:00 p.m. after two groups clashed resulting in a few vehicles and shops being set on fire and vandalised. The violence also left two people injured.Officials said trouble in the mixed-population part of the town began two days ago when some miscreants slashed the seats of more than a dozen two-wheelers outside the mosque before the start of prayers. Local organisations met and condemned the incident and demanded action against the culprits involved.Also Readlast_img read more

Inquirer 7 top UAAP 80 women’s volleyball players: Week 1

first_imgDon’t miss out on the latest news and information. With all that diving and playing without having the opportunity to score, it’s a job that hardly draws attention.And yet Dawn Macandili showed that the defensive position is a post that turns coal to diamonds.Asia’s second best libero showed her worth for the Lady Spikers when she anchored the defense of the defending champions and cleaned up when her taller teammates found difficulty against the monstrosity that Baron described.Macandili, who stands at exactly five feet, recorded 19 excellent receptions 35 excellent digs as she dueled with the no.7 player on this list.7. Cherry Rondina (University of Santo Tomas, outside hitter)She’s the monster that pushed La Salle to its limit.Cherry Rondina was hell bent on showing the entire UAAP community that she’s a force to be reckoned with and she will stop at nothing to prove her devotion to UST.The Golden Tigress scored 28 points, the most in the opening weekend of Season 80, as she continually punished La Salle despite UST losing the game in five sets.This offensive display left La Salle bamboozled and the team’s figureheads were in unison that Rondina has been unleashed. Enter another clutch lady.University of the Philippines squandered a two-set advantage over Season 79 pawn University of the East in the two teams’ first match of 2018.The Lady Maroons were up two sets to nothing and just needed to close things out in the third set, but the final chapter just had to be written in the fifth and deciding period.UP could’ve ultimately lost its first game had it not for Molde’s heroic to lift the Lady Maroons 25-19, 25-13, 21-25, 16-25, 15-8.Molde first sent the ball down UE’s sideline to give UP the 13-8 lead in the fifth, and after Roselle Baliton hit net that put the Lady Maroons at match point, the former Rookie of the Year sent another one towards the Lady Warriors’ way to finish the deal.UP’s hitter finished with 20 points, two less than what captain Diana Carlos did, but Molde did show the guts in the end game.6. Dawn Macandili (De La Salle University, libero)The libero position was never considered the glamour spot in volleyball. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netThe OG stat sheet stuffer hasn’t lost a beat since filling up every conceivable numerical category back in Season 79.And Bernadeth Pons once again displayed her versatility in Far Eastern University’s season opener win against Ateneo, 19-25, 25-21, 18-25, 25-20, 15-9.Her 14 total points comprised of 12 spikes and two blocks but it wasn’t just in the offensive side of things that Pons made an impact.The FEU captain had 13 excellent digs, the same as Ateneo’s libero Jenelle Lo, and 16 excellent receptions and that mark was four more than what Lo recorded.3. Jaja Santiago (National University, middle blocker)Let’s head into the “if” part of this list.Back in Season 79, this list contained several “what ifs” and that won’t go anywhere this Season 80 as Jaja Santiago had the first “if” performance this year.Santiago had 16 points in National University’s victory over Adamson University, 25-15, 25-23, 16-25, 25-13, in what turned out to be the only match in the opening weekend that didn’t go to the fifth set.Now, Santiago is a consistent 20-point scorer and she did win the Best Attacker, Best Blocker, and Best Scorer awards in Season 79 and that is where the “if” suddenly gets its footing. “When the game was over I told her ‘you’re a monster,’” said La Salle’s Kianna Dy.“I think Rondina’s aggressiveness sometimes takes away our confidence when we prepare for a block,” said Baron.“Before there was [three-time MVP] Alyssa [Valdez], but now there’s Rondina. “We don’t have someone like Rondina, UST has, she will do whatever it takes to lift her team up.” Globe Business launches leading cloud-enabled and hardware-agnostic conferencing platform in PH Slow and steady hope for near-extinct Bangladesh tortoises John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding She’s the defending MVP and she rightfully held fort for her queendom.Mary Joy Baron showed the poise in leading defending champion De La Salle over University of Santo Tomas in five sets, 25-20, 17-25, 25-22, 15-25, 15-8.Baron’s name was in every scoring category for the Lady Spikers as her 19 total points composed of 12 spikes, five blocks, and two service aces.That quiet production perfectly exemplified her equally silent approach to UAAP royalty in Season 79.2. Bernadeth Pons (Far Eastern University, outside hitter)ADVERTISEMENT Volleyball fever has finally struck and with three of the first four games ending in five sets, the mercury just went haywire.The eight teams of the UAAP all had their first taste of the competition and here are the best seven players from the first week of Season 80 volleyball.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSLillard, Anthony lead Blazers over ThunderSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout1. Mary Joy Baron (De La Salle University, middle blocker) View comments Every week, INQUIRER Sports will be ranking the seven best performers in the UAAP Season 80 women’s volleyball tournament. The author will base the rankings on the players’ team standings, statistics, and the intangibles that don’t appear on the stat sheets.ADVERTISEMENT 2 ‘newbie’ drug pushers fall in Lucena sting If Santiago scored upwards of 20 points against the Lady Falcons, she could’ve been at the top of the list but with her 16 points considered subpar to her standards she dropped to third.4. Toni Rose Basas (Far Eastern University, opposite hitter)Pons’ partner in crime makes an appearance on this list for one defining factor.Toni Rose Basas is clutch.She and Pons both had 14 points against Ateneo but Basas scored her last three points in the most crucial of times and in the uncommon of ways.With the fifth set tied at 9-9, Basas was tasked to get the ball over the net from the service line.Basas would not only serve the ball, but she scored three straight times with FEU not having to defend.Her three straight service aces decked out Ateneo in the unlikeliest of methods as the Lady Tamaraws eventually held on to win.5. Isa Molde (University of the Philippines, outside hitter) Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC AFP official booed out of forum MOST READ NEXT BLOCK ASIA 2.0 introduces GURUS AWARDS to recognize and reward industry influencers Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Read Next Fajardo, Gilas brace for bigger, stronger Australian side LATEST STORIES PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd PLAY LIST 02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd00:50Trending Articles00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon Citylast_img read more

Cavs-Warriors Part III joins past championship trilogies

first_imgLATEST STORIES BSP survey: PH banks see bright horizon amid dark global recession clouds New York Yankees vs. New York Giants 1921-23In his second season in New York, Babe Ruth led the Yankees to their first World Series berth in 1921 against the Giants. The entire series was played at the Polo Grounds, home to both teams that season. The Giants won the Series 5-3 in the final best-of-nine matchup as a banged-up Ruth got just one plate appearance during the final three games, all won by the Giants.John McGraw’s Giants won the rematch the following year 4-0 with one tie before Ruth gave the Yankees their first title the following year to cap the first season at Yankee Stadium. Ruth had three homers in the Series, including one in the decisive sixth game. The big star for the Giants that year was future Yankees manager Casey Stengel, who hit an inside-the-park homer in the ninth inning to win Game 1 and drove in the only run in Game 3 with another homer.Cleveland Browns vs. Detroit Lions (1952-54)These teams that have spent much of the post-merger days near the bottom of the standings were the cream of the crop in the 1950s led by star quarterback Graham and innovative coach Paul Brown in Cleveland and Lions Hall of Fame passer Layne and running back Doak Walker.In the first championship meeting in 1952, Layne and Walker ran for TDs to give the Lions a 17-7 win and their first championship since 1935.ADVERTISEMENT Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blast Cayetano dares Lacson, Drilon to take lie-detector test: Wala akong kinita sa SEA Games Detroit became the league’s third repeat winner in the championship game the following season when Layne threw a 33-yard TD pass to Jim Doran with just over 2 minutes remaining for a 17-16 victory.The Browns came out on top the following year, ending a run of three straight title game losses (they also lost to the Rams in 1951). The Lions won the regular-season finale the week before the title game and scored first on a field goal by Walker.But it was all Browns after that with Graham throwing three TD passes and running for three more in a 56-10 win.Montreal Canadiens vs. Detroit Red Wings (1954-56)The first matchup of this trilogy started with one of the most memorable in 1954. In a series full of megastars like Howe, Terry Sawchuk, Ted Lindsay and Red Kelly in Detroit and Richard, Jean Beliveau, Doug Harvey and Boom Boom Geoffrion in Montreal, it was an unsung player who became the hero.In overtime in Game 7, Red Wings forward Tony Leswick got credit for the series-clinching goal when his innocent looking shot from the point was deflected by Harvey past Gerry McNeil for a 2-1 win 4:29 into OT. There hasn’t been a Game 7 overtime since in the Final.The Red Wings won the rematch in an all home team seven-game series the following year. Howe set a record with 12 points in the round and Lindsay scored four goals in a Game 2 win. Richard missed the series because of a suspension for slashing Boston’s Hal Laycoe in the head and punching linesman Cliff Thompson. Detroit didn’t win another Stanley Cup for 41 years.With Richard back, the Canadiens won the following year in five games with the Rocket getting the game-winning goal in the clincher. That was the first of a record five straight titles for the Canadiens.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Palace: Duterte to hear out security execs on alleged China control of NGCP FILE – In this June 14, 2015, file photo, Golden State Warriors guard Stephen Curry, left, shakes hands with Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James before Game 5 of basketball’s NBA Finals in Oakland, Calif. While there have been 14 rematches in NBA Finals history, this year’s meeting between LeBron James’ Cleveland Cavaliers and Stephen Curry’s Golden State Warriors will be the first trilogy in league history. (AP Photo/Eric Risberg)It never happened between Magic Johnson’s Lakers and Larry Bird’s Celtics. Same for Michael Jordan and Karl Malone or Jerry West and Bill Russell.While there have been 14 rematches in NBA Finals history, this year’s meeting between LeBron James’ Cleveland Cavaliers and Stephen Curry’s Golden State Warriors will be the first trilogy in league history.ADVERTISEMENT MOST READcenter_img View comments Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students PLAY LIST 01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes Every 18 seconds someone is diagnosed with HIV Draymond Green not bored by another Cavs-Dubs finals match up Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR After the Warriors beat the Cavs for their first title in 40 years in 2015, Cleveland got revenge last season with a comeback from 3-1 down to give the city its first major championship since 1964. Now they meet for the rubber match starting June 1 in Oakland.While this may be unprecedented in the NBA, it has happened once before in the NFL, NHL and Major League Baseball with matchups that included some of those sports’ biggest stars.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingThere was Babe Ruth vs. Frankie Frisch in the 1920s and then a pair of memorable three-peat matchups in the 1950s featuring Otto Graham against Bobby Layne in the NFL and Gordie Howe against Maurice Richard in the NHL.Here is a look at other major pro sports championship trilogies: Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. BREAKING: Cop killed, 11 hurt in Misamis Oriental grenade blastlast_img read more