Asset management roundup: LGIM opens Nordic office

first_imgKurr said: “LGIM has been active in the Nordics for a number of years, and our decision to open the first Nordic office in Sweden demonstrates our commitment to growing our presence in the region.“It underpins our successful European growth strategy, and will enable us to focus on a key market for us, where we already have significant assets.”‘Broad and global’ interest for new climate solutions fundAlternative Investment Partners (AIP) Private Markets, an investment team within Morgan Stanley Investment Management (MSIM), has closed a $110m (€100m) climate solutions fund, MSIM announced this week.According to MSIM, the offering was launched in a first of its kind collaboration with the US congregations of Dominican Sisters to find investment solutions that focus on climate change and aiding marginalised communities disproportionately impacted by global warming.It was also the result of collaboration across the Morgan Stanley Institute for Sustainable Investing and its investment management and wealth management divisions. AIP Private Markets launched an impact investing platform in 2014 in partnership with the Institute.Richard Lockwood, head of distribution for northern Europe at MSIM, said the fund attracted interest from “a broad and global investor group, which includes private and public pensions, faith groups, healthcare systems, foundations and endowments, family offices and high net worth individuals”.“There is a palpable need from investors for leading and innovative solutions in impact investing, and we are proud to close another successful fund raise,” he said.Absolute return fund ‘first’Ambienta, traditionally a private equity investor focussing on environmental sustainability trends, is establishing a public markets division and has launched an absolute return fund that it believes to be the world’s first long/short fund entirely focussed on environmental sustainability.According to a statement from the asset manager, the new fund – Ambienta X Alpha – will take long positions in companies that are poised to capitalise on sustainability megatrends, and short decisions based on factors including “overhyped environmental themes and whether companies feature disrupted or unproven business models”.The new fund is managed by a team led by Fabio Pecce, chief investment officer of Ambienta X, the new public markets division. Pecce and his team are new hires.Looking for IPE’s latest magazine? Read the digital edition here. Legal & General Investment Management (LGIM) has opened its first Nordic office, in Stockholm, Sweden.The €1.4trn asset manager said the Nordic region was already a key market for it in Europe, but it was aiming to strengthen its presence in the area.The office will be led by Anders Arjes, who joined LGIM today as head of Nordics institutional. LGIM said he would be supported by a dedicated sales function for the firm’s Nordic clients, based in London, and would report to Volker Kurr, head of Europe institutional.Arjes joined LGIM from Deutsche Bank, but has previously served as head of global equities at AP4, Sweden’s fourth pension buffer fund, where he was also a member of the executive management committee. At Deutsche he was director in institutional equity sales and before that he was account manager in institutional equity sales at Credit Agricole Cheuvreux Nordic.last_img read more

Florida man charged in mass shooting plot after investigators find weapons in his home

first_imgA Florida man has been charged with plotting to commit a mass shooting after authorities found that he lied about having any weapons in his apartment.Officials were alerted to 25-year-old Tristan Scott Wix, after his ex-girlfriend showed them several text messages from him where he claimed he wanted to be known as the most prolific killer in American history and that he already had a place in mind.“When you look at this kid’s background, he is the profile of a shooter,” Volusia County Sheriff Michael Chitwood said. “He lost his job, he lost his girlfriend, he’s depressed, he’s got the ammunition and he wants to become known for being the most prolific killer in American history.”When Wix was arrested on Friday, he originally told authorities that he did not have any weapons and that he was only fascinated with mass shootings, however, when investigators, searched his apartment they found a .22-caliber hunting rifle and 400 rounds of ammunition.Wix is currently being held at the Volusia County Branch Jail without bond. It is unclear if he has a lawyer.last_img read more

Yorkshire win 21st English men’s county championship

first_img Yorkshire won the English Men’s County Championship for the 21st time, beating Hampshire 5.5-3.5 in a final day showdown at Sandwell Park in Staffordshire.Although Yorkshire dominate the list of past winners, this is their first victory for nine years and the victory was sweet, especially after the boys’ and women’s teams narrowly lost their county finals.Team captain Darryl Berry, who has previously played in two winning sides, said: “This is great for the team and for all our supporters. It’s been a brilliant team effort, the lads have been great.”Yorkshire set up their win with a great foursomes performances, winning 2.5 of the three available points. “That was massive,” said Berry, who sent his top players out in the singles with instructions to get their points as quickly as possible. Steve Robins and Kealan Lowe, playing in the first two games, duly obliged and both won 3/2.Robins was bogey free and five-under when he finished, continuing his fine form of the championship. “I think I’ve had three bogeys in the three days,” he said. “I’ve played well this week and had six wins from six games, so I’m chuffed with that.” Yorkshire will also be pleased to hear that the 23-year-old plans to stay amateur next year.Lowe, the Yorkshire order of merit winner, sank a 4ft putt to close out his match and ensure that the team would win the title. His win gave them a total of 4.5 points and, even if they lost the remaining games, they would draw the match and become champions on a countback of points won.“It’s special to get the winning point, really good,” said Lowe, who won all his singles this week. He was playing at Men’s County Finals for the first time, having previously been in the boys’ version and he said: “This is a bit bigger and scarier with more people watching! But it’s been good.”But all of the team – and their many supporters – wanted an outright win and they were determined to get at least one more point. However, Hampshire got the momentum in the next three games with Billy McKenzie fighting back from three down at the turn to beat Bailey Gill 2 up.He was followed by Ryan Harmer who, having been up most of the way against Yorkshire champion Ben Hutchinson, was pulled back to all square with two to play but managed to win one up.Then, English champion Dan Brown was beaten 3/2 by Hampshire’s Mark Burgess and Yorkshire’s hopes of that extra point were pinned on the close match between Will Whiteoak and Hampshire captain Martin Young.Whiteoak held a one hole advantage for most of the back nine, helped by holing a monster putt for a half on 14. He held on to that slender lead, holing a good 10-footer on the last to finish 1up.“We wanted to win outright and that’s why I put Will at the back,” said Berry. “He’s a pressure man and he brings it home every time.”The result meant disappointment for Hampshire who have now come away empty-handed from seven County Finals since 2002. Team captain Martin Young said: “I’m disappointed now, but we’re getting closer and I’m proud of what the team has done and we’ve got four young lads who have never played at this level before.”The play-off for third place was won by Warwickshire who beat Cornwall 5.5-3.5. It’s the first time they’ve finished above fourth in their last five visits to County Finals and team captain Stuart Bloxham said: “Hopefully this will be good momentum to take us forward and we’ll get back to County Finals next year, when the qualifier is on home ground.“Today we played some great golf, we had a very good foursomes (winning 2.5-0.5) and we had some fantastic performances from the players in the singles. It was a hard fought and a great win, especially after the losses of the previous two days.Click here for full scoresCaption: The winning Yorkshire team (image copyright Leaderboard Photography). 25 Sep 2016 Yorkshire win 21st English men’s county championship last_img read more

Overtime 10-22-14

first_imgFollow @NewPghCourier on Twitter  https://twitter.com/NewPghCourierLike us at https://www.facebook.com/pages/New-Pittsburgh-Courier/143866755628836?ref=hlDownload our mobile app at http://www.appshopper.com/news/new-pittsburgh-courier BILL NEAL:10—Pretty good times around the local football fields. Here’s a little update:•Penn Hills wins again and continues to maintain the comeback to where they once belonged.•Woodland Hills keeps their winning tradition alive once again.•Clearly you can see how the Penn Hills/Woodland Hills game coming up on Friday at Woodland Hills makes for a great football night!!!BILLY KISNER Penn Hills quarterback rushed for two touchdowns and threw a touchdown pass in the Indians 55-28 win over Seneca Valley, The Indians will have a showdown against rival Woodland Hills on Friday, Oct. 24. (Courier Photo by William McBride):09—By now even you strong WVU haters have to give props to the Mountaineers.  Their upset win over No. 4 Baylor this past weekend puts them in the conversation with the nation’s elite teams.:08—Unfortunately, I can’t put Pitt in that conversation…not just yet anyway. I know you’re still excited with their win over Virginia Tech last week, but keep in mind that was a team that limped into Heinz Field with multiple key injuries. A win over 5 and 1 Georgia Tech will go a long way.:07—Is it me or is there no longer a heavyweight division in boxing.  What do I mean you ask? Well, do these names ring a bell? Muhammad Ali, “Smokin” Joe Frazier, Larry Holmes, Ken Norton, George Foreman, Evander Holyfield…just to name a few.  Man those were the days. They may be gone forever!:06—I know you count on me for help in this area so here we go. Apparently you’ve forgotten the impact that “SOS” had on the music world. Well get reminded and pull out the  sounds of “Just Be Good to Me”, “Weekend Girl” and “No. 1” and be reminded of the power of that sound…go ahead. Do it…no, really, do it now!  Feels good huh?!?!:05—Need some direction for Monday night?  Steelers 31, Houston Texans 14.  J.J. Watts not a factor. And that my friends, you can take to the bank!:04—High school football is coming down the stretch. Now is the time for every…and I do mean every Black parent in the nation to act like an adult and not the kid you wanted to be and respect your child, the game and yourself.:03—NBA basketball is here!  For all of you that had to pay up last year, load up your pockets     again.  I’ve got the Spurs repeating…yeah, I know, but you doubted me last year too. Didn’t you sucker?:02—Movie to see in a hurry…“Gone Girl” is excellent, brutal, shocking and must see. That’s all I can tell you or I might get killed too. Four basketballs.:01—Here’s the first of many health tips I’m learning cause I gotta lose 50 pounds ASAP. That’s right Fit-y! Deviled eggs for a snack offer some of the most easily absorbed protein in nature.:00—DOUBLE OVERTIMEThanks to the hundred plus “friends” that showed up for the Champion Enterprises Farewell Par-Tay. To those who didn’t show up…well, I guess it’s true what they say…you find out who your real friends are!~ GAME OVER ~last_img read more

Tumwater Firefighters Engage Community to Warm the Hearts of Children

first_imgSubmitted by Tumwater FirefightersOn November 21, the Tumwater Firefighters, IAFF Local 2409, will provide brand-new winter coats to children attending Tumwater Hill Elementary School in partnership with Operation Warm, a national non-profit dedicated to warming the hearts, minds, and bodies of children living in need across North America. This is the second year Tumwater Firefighters have participated in the “Firefighters for Operation Warm” program. Last year, Tumwater Firefighters distributed nearly 200 American-made coats to students attending Peter G. Schmidt Elementary School.This year, Local 2409 hope to raise enough money to distribute coats to 400 children attending Tumwater Hill Elementary School. They are asking the community to support their efforts through monetary donations— an event will be held Saturday, October 25 from 5:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. at Pint’s Barn located in Tumwater. The event will feature a silent auction, food, and music provided by Ethan Tucker. “With our poverty levels reaching 11%, our children and schools benefit from this program in more ways than one,” stated Donovan Cathey, Local 2409 President. “By nature of our service to the community, we’re able to see the harsh effects poverty has on these children first hand.” Tumwater Firefighters will arrive at Tumwater Hill Elementary, personally fitting each child with a new coat, and helping them to write their name in the interior tag which reads, “Made Just for You.”Specifically for their Firefighter program, Operation Warm has been able to manufacture 60,000 100% American-made coats, supporting over 200 jobs. These children will receive bright, new coats made with American pride. “This is so much more than a coat,” said Cathey, “beyond warmth and dignity for children, American coat production targets a root cause of poverty for so many families.”“This is a program that strengthens communities and the overall well-being of children,” stated Rich Lally, Executive Director of Operation Warm. “A new coat boosts a child’s self-esteem and allows families to stretch limited financial resources to other basic necessities, such as food and shelter.”To donate to Tumwater Firefighters click on www.operationwarm.org/tumwater or for more information visit Firefighters for Operation Warm. Facebook79Tweet0Pin0last_img read more

City of Olympia Partners with REI on New Priest Point Park…

first_imgFacebook0Tweet0Pin0Submitted by City of OlympiaIn partnership with REI Co-op and community volunteers, the City of Olympia Parks, Arts and Recreation has just finished installing a new trail at Priest Point Park. The new trail provides access to the southern beach and striking panoramic views of Olympia, including the State Capitol building.Parks and Recreation Advisory Committee chair member, Jim Nieland is a regular volunteer on the trail project. Photo courtesy: City of OlympiaThe trail is approximately 720 feet long and construction began in June. It has taken approximately three and a half months to build. The City of Olympia received a grant from REI Co-op for $20,000 to build the new trail and decommission a social trail, approximately 500 feet long, which was causing erosion to a bluff and was unsafe to park visitors. The grant has funded a City of Olympia staff member to lead volunteer work parties and build the trail, as well as cover materials such as gravel, plants, lumber and signage.Volunteers from the community have come out to build the trail and support the project regularly, often assisting on the trail three to four times per week. The Washington Trails Association, local churches and businesses have also been a part of the trail building. Washington Conservation Corps has provided much needed restoration in the area. Removing hundreds of yards of English Ivy, Laurel and Holly. The project is near competition. Trail crews will wait until the weather turns wet to complete the planting portion of the plan, ensuring successful rooting of new native plants.A group from the Washington Trails Association group came out to help build the trail and are gathered at the trail’s end on the shores of Puget Sound. Photo courtesy: City of OlympiaThe community is invited to celebrate the grand opening of this new trail on Thursday, September 29 at 3:00 p.m. Meet at kitchen shelter #4 at Priest Point Park, 2600 East Bay Dr. NE. Guests will have an opportunity to vote on a name for the new pathway at the celebration.last_img read more

Pedestrians Find it Tough Going on Shrewsbury Ave.

first_imgRED BANK – Recently repaved and restriped, Shrewsbury Avenue looks nice and is great for traffic, but for pedestrians crossing the busy thoroughfare, things are as tough as ever.“It’s still impossible to get across the street,” said Amy Goldsmith, a Locust Avenue resident and president of the West Side Community Group, an advocacy organization for residents and businesses.A customer at the Shrewsbury Avenue post office makes her way across that busy street.Shrewsbury Avenue is a heavily traveled traffic artery, running north-south through the borough, with motorists regularly using it as an alternative to Maple Avenue/Route 35. The west side thoroughfare, lined with a patchwork quilt of residences and retail and commercial businesses, has a considerable amount of foot traffic with area residents walking or riding bikes around the neighborhoods.Business owners and residents have long voiced concerns about the safety, specifically complaining that motorists regularly scoff at the state law requiring them to yield to pedestrians looking to cross.“If you’re going to step off the curb you better watch what you’re doing,” said Mariana Fernandez, a borough resident, as she contemplated crossing last week.The street, a Monmouth County road, was recently repaved but there are no specific plans to improve the lot for pedestrians – except to ask local officials to look into it, Freeholder Director Thomas A. Arnone said.Residents say people don’t stop when they are in the crosswalks and when they do, “they are rude,” said Tricia Nelson, owner of British Cottage furniture, 126 Shrews­bury Ave. Impolite hand gestures often accompany the stop, she said.Nelson and others suggested that plastic signs used elsewhere, including on East Front Street by Riverview Medical Center, that remind motorists of the law be installed. “They could help, don’t you think?” Nelson asked.“They put them on the east side, they should put them here,” said Glenn Piscitelli, an employee of Strokers pizza and deli, 124 Shrewsbury Ave.There have been discussions about various traffic calming proposals, most unrealized, Goldsmith said, such as talk of sidewalk bump-outs, redoing traffic signals and she has even suggested using the large, portable, illuminated signs, to remind motorists to stop for pedestrians.Red Bank Police Captain Darren McConnell said county engineers and officials don’t like the small signs placed in the street for Shrewsbury Avenue because of the street’s relative narrowness. He said, while the signs are used on other roads, “we’re getting away from them. They’re a maintenance issue because cars hit them so often.”Police have been addressing the issue by conducting an ongoing sting operation of sorts on that roadway and others. A plainclothes officer crosses the street and notifies a nearby officer in a patrol vehicle of motorists and pedestrians not adhering to the law.“In a matter of a few hours we give out close to 50 tickets,” McConnell said. The tickets could mean a $200 fine and two moving violation points to the offender, he said.Compliance is not just a problem in the borough.“It’s all over the state,” McConnell said. It’s “more an educational thing than an enforcement thing.”Goldsmith said she is concerned that when she stops her car at a crosswalk, the car following her won’t.“I fear for my life and for the people walking in front of me that the people behind won’t stop,” she said.“My biggest fear is getting squished on Shrewsbury Avenue,” Nelson of British Cottage agreed. She hopes more attention will be paid to the issue before someone is hurt or killed.Shrewsbury Avenue was among road projects, totaling about 20 miles, that the county worked on this year, Arnone said. The project repaved and restriped the road, including crosswalks.Still to be completed is the replacement of the traffic light at the Drs. James Parker Boulevard intersection where a light with a countdown clock will be installed and curb cuts will make the crosswalk handicap accessible, Arnone said. By John Burtonlast_img read more

You can smell that home cooking, and the Leafs like it a lot after sweeping three NDCC games against Grand Forks, Creston and Osoyoos

first_imgBy Bruce FuhrThe Nelson Daily SportsJust think what might happen if the Nelson Leafs played all of their Kootenay International Junior Hockey League games at home?Can you say victory party down Baker Street?I knew you could.The Leafs continue to take care of business at the NDCC Arena, using two-goal performances by Nik Newman and Brent Norman to edge the defending KIJHL Champion Osoyoos Coyotes 5-3 Sunday afternoon in the Heritage City.The win increases the lead for Nelson in the Murdoch Division to three points over idle Beaver Valley and five over third place Castlegar.“I’d say we had a good (three games) with great (contributions) from everyone all weekend,” said Leaf head coach Frank Maida when asked if the teams like its home cooking.Nelson’s secret to its early success has been to get off to a good start.The Leafs employed the strategy Friday against Grand Forks, out scoring the Bruins 4-1 during the opening frame.Saturday against Creston, two goals in the first period stake the home side to a 2-1 lead.Sunday Norman scored twice while Newman and Colton Malmsten added singles around goals by Zach Lindsay and Thierry Martine of the Coyotes to give the Leafs the two-goal advantage.After a scoreless second period Newman gave Nelson a three-goal lead with his sixth goal of the season.Lindsay, with his second of the game, cut the margin to two less than a minute later on the power play.But Leaf goalie Andrew Walton slammed the door on the Coyote shooters to register his third win of the season.“Everyone is buying into the program . . . they’re buying into the systems and working hard in every game,” Maida said about the key to the early season success.Nelson, improving to 4-1-0-1 at home, out shot the Coyotes 34-31.And the home stand continues Tuesday when the Leafs face Murdoch rival Beaver Valley at 7 p.m. in the NDCC Arena.“It’s very important to establish a good home record,” Maida said. “It helps the players gain confidence.”“We’ve got a lot of rookies on this team so having them play well helps them gain that confidence,” Maida added.Sprinkled amongst the rookies are a few seasoned veterans. The Leafs added another veteran to the mix when the team acquired Jonathan Petrash via the free agent marker.The 20-year-old defenceman had been released by the Calgary Canucks of the Alberta Junior Hockey League.Once Maida got wind of the news, he quickly put in a call to the 6-foot, 192-pound red head.“I calledl Jonathan and told him we’d like him to come to Nelson and be one of our leaders,” Maida said. “Jon’s played for Simon (Wheeldon) and I so he knows our systems and it’s the same system that Calgary plays and has played excellent since he arrived.”EXTRA TIME: The Leafs played the game with only five defencemen after roster players Patrick Martens and Colton Schell were game-time scratches due to injury. The result saw Cameron Dobransky move up to the forward line. . . .Leaf winger Brett Norman moved up to second in Nelson scoring with his three-point game Sunday.sports@thenelsondaily.comlast_img read more

Selkirk College Saints Eye Third Straight BCIHL Title

first_img“They are a hard working team and definitely had their moments to keep the game within reach. Fortunately for us our special teams were clutch and out goaltender was sharp or it would have been a lot closer.”The Saints have a 4-0-0 record against the Vikes this season, but every contest has been hard fought and intense. Back in late-November, the Saints came from behind to win in a shootout 5-4.The following afternoon they needed late game heroics to tie the game in the final minute before Lucas Hildebrand scored the winner in overtime, completing back-to-back come from behind wins.“We understand as a group that this series will be tight and whichever team makes the greater sacrifices will hopefully advance to the finals.”Advanced tickets will be available at Mallard’s in Castlegar. Adults $10, seniors and Selkirk staff $7, youth $5, children under 6 free. For the first time ever free tickets will be available for Selkirk College Students. They can be picked up at the Castlegar Gym with college ID. General admission tickets will also be available at the door on game night.SERIES NOTESSELKIRK COLLEGE (13-8-0-3) vs UVIC (11-10-0-3)SEASON SERIES: Selkirk College won 4-0, outscoring the Vikes 20-8. Early in their last meeting on February 21 at the Ian Stewart Complex in Victoria, the Saints exploded for four goals in the first four minutes on their first four shots of the game and went on to clinch home ice in the first round of the BCIHL Playoffs.STORY LINE: The Saints look to capture their third title in as many years, a rare feat for any franchise. Battling through many injuries and inconsistent play early on this season, the Saints have won six of their last eight games and are the hottest team heading into the playoffs. Rookie Vikes forwards Carsen Willans and Linden Horswill return to the Kootenays for their first BCIHL playoff action. Both are Nelson residents who used to play for their hometown Leafs in the KIJHL. SAINTS KEY PLAYERS: Logan Proulx (28 points), Ryan Edwards (33 points), and Darnell Dyck (36 points) all sit in the top ten in league scoring. The line has proven to be a threat to score every shift and is the nucleus to the recent explosive Saints offense that we are all used to. The Saints also have six healthy veteran defensemen who were all part of the 2014 championship team. Goaltender James Prigione led the BCIHL in Goals Against Average (2.33).VIKES KEY PLAYERS: Adam Klein led the team in goals (17) and points (30). Other key veteran forwards include former BCIHL all-star Shawn Mueller (26 points) and Evan Warner (26 points). There is no question that the Vikes are a talented, hard-working, offensive team but allowed 106 goals in the regular season to finish second to last in this category. Dylan Hykawy led the BCIHL in goals by a defenseman with 10 and is a big threat to score from the point. The Selkirk College Saints begin their quest for a third straight British Columbia Intercollegiate Hockey League (BCIHL) championship this weekend as they take on University of Victoria Vikes in a best-of-three series beginning Friday.Faceoff for Game One is scheduled for 8 p.m. at the Castlegar Recreation Center.The Saints clinched home ice in the first round by defeating University of Victoria by scores of 7-1 and 6-2 two weeks ago on Vancouver Island.However, those games appeared closer than the final outcome.“Those victories over the Vikes this month were not easy,” says Saints Head Coach Alex Evin.last_img read more