Former UN weapons inspector Blix, Stanford academic Admati to speak at IPE Awards

first_imgHans Blix (pictured), formerly the UN’s most senior weapons inspector in the lead-up to the Iraq War, and Anat Admati, author and professor at Stanford University, are two of the keynote speakers at the 13th IPE Awards seminar in the Netherlands this November.Blix, the highly respected professor of international law and former Swedish foreign minister, will discuss recent global security issues and their impact on global financial markets during his keynote in Noordwijk on 21 November.Admati will be sharing her insights into financial markets regulation in the wake of the crisis, a topic she has written about extensively.Blix was named director general of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) in 1981, a position he held until 1997, after spending two decades as part of Sweden’s delegation to the UN General Assembly. It was following his 16 years at the IAEA, upon being named executive chairman of the UN Monitoring, Verification and Inspection Commission (UNMOVIC) by UN secretary general Kofi Annan in 2000, that Blix became a household name as a result of his status as the UN’s chief weapons inspector.After stepping aside as head of UNMOVIC in June 2003 in the wake of the Iraq War, Blix spent five years as chair of the Weapons of Mass Destruction Commission.Blix, born in Uppsala, studied at the university of his home town, as well as at Columbia University, and received a PhD in law from Cambridge.He spent time as a professor of international law before joining the Swedish Foreign Affairs Ministry in 1963, eventually being named under-secretary in 1976 and minister for foreign affairs in 1978.Admati’s latest book, ‘The Bankers’ New Clothes’, examines the structural problems facing the global banking system and proposes reforms to increase the percentage of equity banks must hold to 30% of the balance sheet.Co-written by Martin Hellwig, director of the Max Planck Institute for Research on Collective Goods, the book was widely praised, including by then-Bank of England governor Mervyn King.In addition to Admati’s academic work, she is also a member of the Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation’s Systemic Resolution Advisory Committee.Admati is currently the George GC Parker professor of finance and economics at Stanford Graduate School of Business.Completing her undergraduate studies at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, she went on to complete her masters and doctorate at Yale University.Register for the IPE European Pension Fund Awards here to hear Dr Blix’s views on global security and the impact on financial markets, and Dr Admati’s latest views on corporate governance and the way forward for the banking industry.For further information, please contact Yvonne Cooke.last_img read more


Raiders Notch ORVC Win Over Rebels

first_imgThe South Ripley Raiders defeated The Southwestern Rebels 9-8.Down 8-1 in the 4th, the South Ripley Raiders mounted an epic comeback, highlighted by Lane Sparks’ walk-off base hit in the bottom of the sixth, to defeat the previously undefeated Southwestern Rebels 9-8.In their last at-bat, down 8-4, two outs and nobody on, the Raiders started their rally: Jon Adkins singled; Cody Samples walked, Eric Vickers reached on a error – Adkins scored; Brady Linkel singled – Samples and Vickers scored; Aaron Greiwe and Dillon Binion drew back to back walks; that set the stage for birthday boy Sparks, who lined a hit over third, allowing Binion and Greiwe to score and setting off a celebration for the home team.Sparks was also the winning pitcher, coming on in relief to pitch three and one-third innings.  Adkins paced the offense with three hits and a run scored; Greiwe was on base all four times with two hits and two walks, scoring three times; Linkel had a base hit, 2 RBI, and a run scored; and Sparks finished with a hit, walk, and 2 RBI.  The Rebels were 11-0 coming into the game.The 3-1 Raiders next play at home Thursday, May 19 against the Greensburg Titans.Courtesy of Raiders Coach Jeff Greiwe.last_img read more


Bees through after penalty shoot-out

first_imgMK Dons 3 Brentford 3 (Brentford won 4-3 on penalties)Goalkeeper Richard Lee was Brentford’s hero as they reached the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy southern section second round by yet again prevailing in a penalty shoot-out.They looked set for a miserable night when Charlie MacDonald scored against his former team-mates to open the scoring for MK Dons, who played the second half with 10 men after Shaun Williams was sent off shortly before the interval.AdChoices广告On-loan defender Adam Thompson marked his debut with a 28th-minute equaliser, before Luke Chadwick quickly restored the home team’s lead.Alexander netted twice in the second half to put Brentford ahead, only for Jonathan Douglas’ late own goal to rescue the hosts.But in the shoot-out, Alexander, Douglas, Jake Reeves and Mike Grella all converted their penalties for the Bees, while Lee saved from Darren Potter.And when Stephen Gleeson blazed MK Dons’ final kick over the bar, their fate was sealed.It continued a remarkable run for Brentford, who reached the final of last season’s tournament via shoot-out victories against Leyton Orient, Swindon and Charlton, and also knocked Everton out of the Carling Cup on penalties.MacDonald, who made 111 starts during three years at Griffin Park, showed respect for his old club by not celebrating after he headed in Jay O’Shea’s corner.Brentford hit back with a corner of their own eight minutes later, when Thompson met Harry Forrester’s left-wing delivery with a fine downward header that levelled the score.Forrester was handed his full debut by boss Uwe Rosler, who left out Sam Saunders and Clayton Donaldson, and replaced injured-centre-back Leon Legge with Marcel Eger while Marcus Bean started on the right flank.Rosler will have enjoyed his recent signings combining to cancel out MacDonald’s opener, but within two minutes his team were behind again.Former Manchester United midfielder Chadwick has been in fine form and looked like a player full of confidence when he pounced on a defensive mix-up and rode two challenges before firing in his fourth goal of the season.But Brentford were given a boost in first-half injury time when Myles Weston raced onto Bean’s pass and was brought down by Williams, who was deemed to have denied the Bees forward a clear goalscoring opportunity and was shown the red card.Alexander capitalised by shooting home following Forrester’s left-wing cross to net the visitors’ second equaliser, and must have thought he had scored the winner when he bundled in Craig Woodman’s 82nd-minute free-kick.Again, though, Brentford switched off and conceded. Chadwick’s clever pass caught out Woodman and gave George Baldock time and space to send in a driven cross which Douglas diverted into his own net.Goalkeeper David Martin brilliantly tipped away Bean’s last-gasp header, but it was his opposite number who had the last laugh.Dons duo Adam Smith and Dean Lewington scored with their penalties, before Lee dived to his right to save from Potter.That put pressure on Dean Bowditch who was able to hold his nerve and slot past Lee. Gleeson never looked like following suit.last_img read more