Former Taoiseach John Bruton to speak at IPE Conference & Awards

first_imgComplementing the line-up are two leading academics: Julian Franks, professor of finance at the London Business School, and Debbie Harrison, a visiting professor at the Pensions Institute at London’s Cass Business School.The IPE Conference & Awards, now in their fourteenth year, reward excellence and innovation in Europe’s diverse and dynamic pensions sector and constitute Europe’s largest annual gathering of pension funds.With three brand-new categories this year – diversification, infrastructure and credit – the Awards continue to cover the most topical and challenging areas of investment for European pension funds.The deadline for entries is 12 September.Full details can be found here or by contacting Robert Watson on +44 (0)20 3465 9327 or at robert.watson@ipe.com. John Bruton, the Irish Taoiseach between 1994 and 1997, headlines the speakers at this year’s IPE Conference & Awards, which returns to the Hofburg Palace in Vienna on 20 November.In addition to serving as Ireland’s prime minister, Bruton was leader of the Fine Gael Party and played a leading role in the Irish Peace Process, which culminated in the Good Friday Agreement.He went on to serve as the European Union’s ambassador to the US until 2009, when he became chairman of IFSC Ireland, a private-sector body set up to develop the financial services industry in Ireland.Joining Bruton among the notable speakers at this year’s event are prominent European pension fund executives, including Christian Böhm of Austria’s small but innovative multi-employer scheme APK Pensionskasse, and Stefan Dunatov, CIO at Coal Pension Trustees, the investment body managing the £20bn (€25bn) belonging to the UK Mineworkers’ Pension Scheme and British Coal Staff Superannuation Scheme.last_img read more

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KPN scheme switches European equity portfolio to best-in-class

first_imgFor now, the KPN fund has no plans to introduce a best-in-class approach for other regions in its equity portfolio, which is managed actively through multi-manager mandates.These mandates, however, already have “a focus on sustainability”, said Van Osch. “In the rest of our equity portfolio we also want to invest more sustainably than the benchmark,” he added.KPN’s fiduciary Aegon Asset Management is responsible for the monitoring of these mandates and for the implementation of the fund’s new goal to reduce the carbon footprint of its equity portfolio by 35% in 2030.Private equityThe pension fund is also working on increasing its allocation to private equity. It has a strategic allocation goal of 4.5%, but at the end of 2019 the fund invested only 1.7% of its total assets in the asset class, up from 1.2% a year earlier.“Building up this allocation, which we started in 2017, simply takes time,” according to Van Osch, who could not say when the fund expects to reach its strategic allocation goal.Increase in costsThe fund is, however, already paying fees to its private equity managers on all the capital it has committed to them. This helped drive costs up from 0.38% of assets under management in 2016 to 0.55% in 2019.“We have indeed increased our allocation to illiquid investments [the fund has also increased its investments in mortgages] and most of the portfolio is being managed actively,” said Van Osch.In 2019, the fund’s investment return totalled 18.3%. However, because interest rates declined at the same time the fund’s liabilities also increased. This explains the fund’s coverage ratio only increased modestly from 114.1% to 116.9%.To read the digital edition of IPE’s latest magazine click here. The €12bn pension fund for the phone and internet provider KPN has switched its passively managed European equity portfolio to a best-in-class mandate.The scheme now only invests in the 25% most sustainable companies in each sector, explained Jan-Maarten van Osch, president of the fund’s investment commission. “This way, our investments are a lot more sustainable, but we still have sufficient diversification,” he said.The portfolio’s benchmark is the MSCI Euro SRI index.KPN is only the latest Dutch pension fund to make the switch to a best-in-class approach for (part of) its equity portfolio. In recent years, the likes of civil servant scheme ABP, healthcare fund PFZW and the metal sector funds PMT and PME took similar steps, among others.last_img read more

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Garnet Hill in all of her glory

first_imgThe glass in these doors is to die for.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus12 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market12 hours agoThere is a sense of grandeur about the home, with detailed leadlight french doors opening to a black and white checkered floor in the entry of the home. The house at 7 Mackay St, Coorparoo, has listed on the market.This colonial Queenslander has been part of Coorparoo for almost as long as Coorparoo has been a suburb.Built in the 1880s, Garnet Hill was originally constructed for Captain Hugh William Elder Mackay, whose occupation was listed as an accountant and the street was eventually named after. Relax in the rumpus room.Most of the residence’s living is across a single level, with the exception of two bedrooms and a walk-in wardrobe in the attic.At the front of the house is a large master bedroom, which has a walk-in wardrobe and an ensuite. Warm up by the fireplace this winter.Peter and Vicki Morrison became the sixth owners of the property when they purchased 7 Mackay St, and have loved living in the character home since.Mr Morrison said they were attracted to the convenience of the location and the size of the block.“It was a large piece of land, I subdivided it in 2000 (and) it was close to public transport, all the schools and shops,” he said.“Myer was still open then.”center_img The study is executive style.Another bedroom is also found at the front.The foyer runs through the middle of the home, with the living spaces to the right of the entry.There is a formal dining and living room — which has a fireplace, as well as a more casual living area, meals space, kitchen and walk-in pantry. The bedrooms are like you have just stepped into a period drama. Gorgeous.There is also laundry, bathroom, study and home office.Off the triple car garage is a rumpus room with a bar and bathroom.“We found it very satisfying (living here), Mr Morrison said.“All our friends and family who come here love it. We have a lot of big family lunches in the dining room.”Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:51Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:51 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD576p576p432p432p270p270pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenStarting your hunt for a dream home00:51last_img read more

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Body found at Crosley Fish and Wildlife area

first_imgJENNINGS COUNTY, Ind. — Indiana Conservation Officers are investigating the death of a missing Dupont man whose body was found yesterday on state property at the Crosley Fish and Wildlife area, south of North Vernon.Officers located the body of Donald Bladen Jr., 53, yesterday afternoon in a wooded area just north of Birch Lake on Crosley Property.The Jennings County Coroner positively identified Bladen and pronounced him deceased on the scene.The incident is still under investigation and an autopsy in scheduled for later this week.last_img

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Bulldogs Split With Tigers On The Track

first_imgThe Batesville Bulldog track team split the wins again against the Lawrenceburg Tigers. Although the temperature was much favorable for a track meet, the night started off extremely windy and made conditions for some of the field events a little difficult. But as the night went on in Lawrenceburg the wind died down and made for a very pleasant evening.  Despite the early winds, Batesville had many personal bests. Overall, however, the boys struggled a little bit and lost 73-50.  The Lady Dogs, however, took 11 of the 15 events(pole vault was not done tonight) and won 80-36.Grabbing 1st places for the Bulldogs were: Gabby Gibbs-shot put (28’6”); Morgan Meyer-high jump (5’0”)-personal best; Taylor Rowlett-long jump (13’8.5”)-personal best; Katie Bohman-discus (70’)-personal best; Stephanie Nobbe-100m dash (12.93) and 200m dash (27.06); Emma Gausman-1600m run (6:38) and 800m run (2:42); Trysta Vierling-3200m run (14:43); Jake Cruse-long jump (20’4”)-personal best; JJ Kuisel-800m run (2:15); Joshua Myers-3200m run (11:50); 4 x 100m relays of Gabby Gibbs, Taylor Rowlett, Morgan Meyer, Stephanie Nobbe (53.3)-personal best and Ian Yorn, Isaac Barker, Gavin Koester, Quinten Gowdy (47.1)-personal best; 4 x 800m relays of Shy Laker, Emma Gausman, Trysta Vierling, Haylee Harmeyer (11:47) and Joshua Myers, JJ Kuisel, James Gossmeyer, Quinten Gowdy (9:33).Red ribbon winners for the night were: High Jump-Gabby Gibbs and Kent Meyers; Long Jump-Isaac Barker; Discus-Rebecca Deputy; 100m hurdles-Roxi Hund; 100m dash-Gavin Koester; 1600m run-Trysta Vierling; 400m dash-Haylee Harmeyer and Garrett Wagner; 800m run-Christopher Laymon; 3200m run-Adam Hollowell.Finishing out the scoring taking 3rd places are: Shot Put-Georgie Doll; Discus-Georgie Doll and Eykis Fullenkamp; 110/100m hurdles-Katie Bohman and Ian Yorn; 100m dash-Kayla Meyer; 1600m run-Dillon Murray; 400m dash-Shalee Harrington and Ethan Grossman; 300m hurdles-Katie Bohman and Ian Yorn; 200m dash-Kayla Meyer and Gavin Koester.As mentioned above, there were many personal bests for the evening.  Besides the ones already listed above, other personal bests achieved were: 110/100 hurdles-Sam Robben, Ian Yorn, Roxi Hund, Shy Laker; 300m hurdles-Ian Yorn and Sam Robben; 100m dash-Isaac Barker, Sam Bedel, Jack Forbeck, Sam Sittloh, Aschton Geisen, Kayla Meyer and Taylor Townsley; 200m dash-Isaac Barker, Sam Bedel, Kayla Meyer and Taylor Townsley; 400m dash-Ethan Grossman; Discus-Rebecca Deputy and Georgie Doll; Long Jump-Isaac Barker; High Jump-Gabby Gibbs; 4 x 400 split-Ethan Grossman.The Dogs, as a team, get a week of workouts in next week as they don’t have another meet until Thursday where they will travel to South Dearborn for their Invitational.There are several individuals that will travel to Lawrence Central to their Midwest Prep meet tomorrow.  This is a qualifying only event.  Those that qualified are Haylee Harmyer, Emma Gausman, Liz Loichinger, Stephanie Nobbe, Taylor Rowlett, Morgan Meyer, Gabby Gibbs, Garrett Wagner, Joshua Myers, Quinten Gowdy, Gavin Koester, Jake Cruse and Joseph Choi.  Good Luck!Courtesy of Bulldogs Coach Lisa Gausman.last_img read more

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McManaman wants to win over critics

first_imgCallum McManaman has vowed to be remembered for all the right reasons after joining West Brom to finally remove a two-year-old stigma that continues to hang over him. There is one major blot on his copybook, however, as there are many who have not forgotten McManaman’s first Premier League start for Wigan in March 2013 at home to Newcastle. McManaman perpetrated a horror tackle on Massadio Haidara that was fortunate not to break the left leg of the Frenchman. It was a challenge missed by referee Mark Halsey, whilst the Football Association were powerless to act at the time due to FIFA-enforced regulations that prevented a retrospective three-game ban. “There are some people that still go on about that tackle,” said McManaman. “It was my first start, I was just excited. I’d waited for my chance for so long and I felt I was ready, and then that happened. “It’s nothing to be proud of, but it was one of those things. “Now I just want to be talked about for the good things I do, and hopefully I can do that and change people’s minds.” Pulis has challenged McManaman to prove he is one of the best wingers in the country, particularly now he again has the right stage on which to perform with the Premier League. Following boss Tony Pulis’ arrival at The Hawthorns earlier this month, talented winger McManaman became the Welshman’s first signing on Wednesday for £4.75million from Wigan. Pulis has hailed the 23-year-old as a player with “so much talent”, and who “on his day is unplayable”, ensuring McManaman has plenty to live up to. McManaman certainly feels he can showcase his talents, adding: “Once the chance came to return to the Premier League then I had to go for it. It’s exciting. “I have to admit it was hard to leave Wigan after being there for eight years because I liked the club, fans, everything. “But joining up with Tony was a pull, he’s someone who gets results and he seems like a top bloke as well. “The Premier League, though, was the main factor for me. I’ve missed it a lot to be honest. “It’s massive because everyone wants to play in the Premier League, so I’m looking forward to getting going again.” McManaman is unlikely to be Pulis’ only transfer before the window closes on Monday at 11pm as he has other irons in the fire. Pulis said: “If the window closed now we’d be a little bit disappointed, so we are still looking to strengthen a few other areas if we can.” Press Associationlast_img read more

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USC captures titles across the track at Pomona-Pitzer

first_imgA small group of USC track and field athletes competed solidly at this weekend’s Pomona-Pitzer Invitational, with Trojans on both the men’s and women’s team scoring first place finishes.Leaper · Sophomore Dalilah Muhammad won the high jump. – Tim Tran | Daily Trojan USC also posted collegiate-best marks in seven events at the meet in Claremont, Calif.Especially impressive was the performance of USC’s field athletes. Senior Colin Campbell won the men’s discus competition, and redshirt sophomore Lauren Guerrieri won the same event for the women.Sophomore Dalilah Muhammad, usually one of USC’s best hurdlers, competed in Saturday’s high jump competition and came away with first place, clearing a season-best 5-8 3/4 inches.Despite the late scratch of sophomore Duane Walker in the men’s 400-meter hurdles, the USC track athletes also had a memorable day at Pomona-Pitzer. Junior Brendan Ames honored his No. 1 seed in the men’s 110-meter hurdles by winning with a final time of 13.81 with a 2.1 meters per second backwind. The time was Ames’ best of the 2010 season.A pieced-together 4×100-meter relay team took home the gold for the Trojans, as the team of junior Sean Jackson, sophomores Scott DeYoung and Tony Burnett, and freshman Farzad Bozorgzad finished with a time of 41.72.Several Trojans fell just short of finishing first overall in their respective events. Junior Christine Cortez had a strong showing for the women’s distance team, coming in second overall in the 800-meter run with a time of 2:11.91, which was still good enough for the best collegiate time in the race.For the men, senior Jason Price also finished second overall but first collegiately in the 400-meter dash with a season-best 48.16.Next up for the Trojans are the Mount Sac Relays, a competition-heavy meet in Walnut, Calif., that earlier this week USC coach Ron Allice said was “one of the higher-profile meets on [the Trojans’] schedule.”last_img read more

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Beat writers predict Syracuse to smother Boston College

first_img Related Stories Syracuse basketball opponent preview: What to know about Boston CollegeSyracuse snaps 4-game losing streak, crushes Boston College in 62-40 win Syracuse (17-8, 7-5 Atlantic Coast) visits Boston College (7-17, 0-11) on Sunday at 1 p.m. The Orange went 4-0 on its last four games and has turned its season around after starting conference play 0-4. The last time SU and the Eagles played, Syracuse won 62-40 about a month ago.Here’s how beat writers Sam Blum, Jesse Dougherty and Matt Schneidman predict the game:Sam Blum (17-8)Syracuse 83, Boston College 58Lazy SundayBoston College has lost its conference games by an average of 19.7 points. Only one of those losses was by fewer than 10 points. Syracuse, playing its best basketball of the past two seasons, should be able to steamroll past the Eagles, the same team it started its improbable run against. Boston College features little more than graduate transfer Eli Carter, so unless he goes off for 35 points, the Eagles will not soar to their first win of the calendar year.Jesse Dougherty (17-8)Syracuse 74, Boston College 60Public ForumAdvertisementThis is placeholder textIt’s not a win that does all that much for Syracuse’s brewing tournament resume, but beating Boston College at Conte Forum to improve to 8-2 in the last 10 games has to count for something, right? The Eagles are 0-11 in ACC play which, in layman’s terms, means they flat-out stink. But they did push North Carolina to the brink of a shocking upset at home on Tuesday, so SU can’t play around too much. Control Carter and you control the Eagles, and that should be a manageable task for an SU zone that has only gotten stingier as conference play rolls along.Matt Schneidman (17-8)Syracuse 68, Boston College 52Shipping up to BostonLast time these two teams played Syracuse allowed the fewest points it has surrendered all season. That same Syracuse team is on a defensive tear right now and the Eagles, winless in conference play, have no chance to break SU’s stride. This is the kind of game that won’t mean much if Syracuse wins but it’s one the Orange can’t lose. It won’t be an offensive exposé like SU had against Florida State, but it’s more than enough to get the job done for a fifth straight win. Comments Published on February 13, 2016 at 12:22 pmcenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

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Newcastle Appoint Steve Bruce as Manager

first_imgNewcastle United have appointed Steve Bruce as their head coach on a three-year contract.Former Sunderland manager Bruce, 58, resigned as Sheffield Wednesday boss on Monday following talks with the Magpies at the weekend.Newcastle have been without a manager since Rafael Benitez left when his contract expired in June, saying the club “did not share his vision”. Bruce was born near Newcastle and was a boyhood Magpies fan.“There is a huge challenge ahead of us, but it’s one that my staff and I are ready for,” said Bruce. “This is my boyhood club and it was my dad’s club, so this is a very special moment for me and my family.”Bruce will be joined by coaches Steve Agnew and Stephen Clemence, who have been part of his team at a number of his previous clubs.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Steve Bruce last_img read more

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Five women to challenge reigning Calypso Monarch title

first_imgFour former calypso monarchs and five women are among 15 artistes selected to challenge reigning Calypso Monarch and nine-time title holder Dr. Hollis “Chalkdust” Liverpool as the Carnival celebrations heads towards the climax in Trinidad and Tobago next week.The 15 contestants were chosen following Saturday’s “Calypso Fiesta” held at Skinner Park in the southern town of San Fernando.Among the artistes making it to the final on Sunday at the Queen’s Park Savannah are former monarchs, Kurt Allen, Michael “Sugar Aloes” Osouna, Karene Asche and Sandra “Singing Sandra” Des Vignes-Millington.The other finalists are Aron St. Louis, Alana “Lady Watchman” Sinnette-Khan, Carlos “Skatie” James, Dexter “The Stinger” Parsons, Helon Francis, Joanne “Tigress” Rowley, Michael “Protector” Legerton, Myron “Myron B” Bruce, Rondell Donawa, Selvon “Mistah Shak” and Stacey Sobers.The judges have also named former monarch Roderick “Chuck Gordon” Gordon, as a reserve.Among those not making the final cut is Weston “Cro Cro” Rawlins, whose tune” Belated’ takes a jab at members of the Trinidad and Tobago government, for turning their backs on him, was a crowd pleaser.last_img read more

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