​Kempen, Ambachtsheer back long-term investment content hub

first_img“The shift to long-term investment is not just possible, not just essential, but profitable,” he said.“However, making the shift requires both novel thinking and daring action.”Lars Dijkstra, CIO at KCM, added: “As a long-term, engaged shareholder, Kempen would like to contribute by giving that last little push needed to bring about a shift in the financial sector.”Dominic Barton, global managing director at McKinsey & Company and a member of the editorial board, called for a shift away from “quarterly capitalism”.“This shift is not just about persistently thinking and acting with a next-generation view, although that’s a key part of it,” he said.“It’s about rewiring the fundamental ways we govern, manage and lead corporations. It’s also about changing how we view a business’s value and its role in society.”McKinsey is also involved in the Focusing Capital on The Long-Term (FCLT) initiative, a group of some of the world’s largest pension investors wishing to bring about a change in behaviour.The FCLT was behind the recent design and launch of a long-term equity index by S&P, supported by Denmark’s ATP and several large Canadian pension investors.,WebsitesWe are not responsible for the content of external sitesLink to ‘Shift To’ Kempen Capital Management (KCM) is to work with the Dutch pensions industry to raise awareness of long-term investment matters, launching a website to educate the sector.The site, Shift To, hopes to educate all those involved in pension investment about the need for greater focus on the long term, Kempen said in a statement.The venture will be supported by a thirteen-strong editorial board, including Dutch academic Lieke van der Lecq of the Free University Amsterdam and Keith Ambachtsheer of the Rotman School of Management, as well as union and pension fund representatives.Ambachtsheer cited the importance of the pensions industry shifting to a more long-term view.last_img read more

Boycott – Me Before You – “disability death porn.”

first_imgAlex Schadenberg – Euthanasia Prevention Coalition 26 May 2016The movie – Me Before You will be released in theatres across North America on June 3.The Euthanasia Prevention Coalition is urging its supporters to boycott Me Before You to not give any money to the production of movies that perpetuate the ideology that death is better than living with a disability.We also urge our supporters to donate the admission price to either: Not Dead Yet (donation), Not Dead Yet UK (donation), Toujours Vivant – Not Dead Yet (donate through the Council of Canadians with Disabilities) or the Euthanasia Prevention Coalition (donation).This is not a campaign to obstruct free speech, this is a campaign to oppose the “disability death porn” that this movie promotes.In the Me Before You plot (Will Traynor) a man who was paralysed in an accident, decides to die by assisted suicide at a Swiss suicide clinic. His family, who are incredibly wealthy, hire Louisa Clark, as his care-giver. As the story progresses, Clark falls in love with Traynor, but Traynor has decided that death is better than living with a disability. Traynor dies by assisted suicide in Switzerland and of course he loves Clark so much, that he leaves her an inheritance.What is most insidious about the movie is that Traynor’s suicide is sold as an act of love. For me that borders on what I call “disability death porn.”People with disabilities are fighting for social and attitudinal change. Me Before You perpetuates the idea, that death is better than living with a disability.To understand the disability perspective, I urge you to read the comments by people with disabilities concerning Me Before You.William Peace, a Syracuse University professor, known as Bad Cripple, wrote an excellent article: A Second Class Existence: Me Before You Gets It All Wrong.READ MORE: http://alexschadenberg.blogspot.co.nz/2016/05/boycott-me-before-you-disability-death.html?utm_source=Euthanasia+Prevention+Coalition+Newsletter&utm_campaign=3cca35e0cf-Me_Before_You_Movie_Protests5_31_2016&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_105a5cdd2d-3cca35e0cf-157142057last_img read more

Walsh plumps for Faugheen

first_imgRuby Walsh has opted to ride Faugheen in Tuesday’s Stan James Champion Hurdle at Cheltenham. Walsh was in the enviable position of having to choose between Hurricane Fly, who has won more Grade Ones than any other National Hunt horse, or the red-hot favourite Faugheen. Hurricane Fly has already won the Champion Hurdle twice, but has also been beaten in the race twice. Faugheen is unbeaten to date, including point-to-points and bumpers, and ran away with the Neptune Investment Management Novices’ Hurdle 12 months ago. Trainer Willie Mullins told Press Association Sport: “Ruby has decided to ride Faugheen.” Walsh said: “You can only ride one in the Champion Hurdle and I think Faugheen is the one that is going to win. “I think his younger legs might be the difference, but there is every chance I might be wrong. “Their last bits of work were very good, but I have just come down in favour of Faugheen.” Mullins also confirmed that Annie Power will take her chance in the OLBG Mares’ Hurdle rather than the Ladbrokes World Hurdle. center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

In fall, the buck stops on the gridiron

first_imgThe never-ending sports cycle that is USC athletics is back for another fall semester — a period of time that never seems to lack excitement.Football, of course, takes the cake. You may remember a year ago — not more than a week into the semester — when a horde of news trucks and cameras swarmed the practice field after head coach Steve Sarkisian went rogue at the annual Salute of Troy event.The scandal followed the team for much of the season, as Sarkisian took a leave of absence and was promptly fired after his problems with alcohol came to light. They lost to Stanford and Washington at home and to Notre Dame on the road (where then-Athletic Director Pat Haden collapsed on the sideline). And yet, a team mired in controversy and negative attention — seemingly bound for a lost season — won five of its final six games and ended up four quarters away from an improbable trip to the Rose Bowl.But the Trojans were literally run out of Levi’s Stadium by Christian McCaffrey and Stanford in the Pac-12 Championship Game and their season ended with a loss to Wisconsin in the Holiday Bowl, a game that was just as bitter as the cold winter night at Qualcomm Stadium.Assuming they make it past Salute to Troy on Aug. 19 without incident, the Trojans will already be in better shape than they were last year entering the season. But — unexpected controversy aside — criticism could still be quick to rain down on the No. 17 ranked team in the nation in the preseason coaches’ poll.There will be a new quarterback — either the redshirt junior Max Browne or unexpected challenger redshirt freshman Sam Darnold — and whomever is chosen will be thrown into the fire quickly. The man who picks him will be Clay Helton, entering his first full season at the helm, feted with a long-term contract and a plate full of expectations to restore USC football to national prominence.For a rookie head coach with an unproven quarterback, an easy schedule to begin the season would be beneficial — maybe games against Arkansas State or Fresno State. Um, how about facing Alabama, Stanford and Utah in three of their first four games, all away from the Coliseum?The task ahead is daunting, but it wouldn’t be Trojan football without it. The program is no stranger to adversity in recent years, from the crippling sanctions to the Lane Kiffin era to the Sarkisian fiasco.This year, it’s a story that could end in any number of ways, and it will be under a new Athletic Director in Lynn Swann. Much like Helton will seek to calm the waters on the sidelines, Swann will look to provide stability at the top after Haden’s up-and-down tenure.Fair or unfair, athletic directors at USC are ultimately judged by the accomplishments of the football team, but Swann could extend a positive first impression if other fall sports succeed as well.He has some good cards to play right away. Men’s water polo is a perennial lock to make the NCAA title match, and the legendary Jovan Vavic and new co-head coach Marko Pintaric will be hungry to avenge last season’s championship defeat to UCLA. Women’s volleyball is also a national powerhouse, going 33-3 last season and appearing in the NCAA Regional Championship match for the fifth time in six years. Women’s soccer is a program on the rise. Fresh off a deep postseason run, the Women of Troy will return most of their starters and are projected to finish second in the Pac-12 in the preseason coaches’ poll.But, like it or not, those three programs could each have unbeaten seasons and it wouldn’t mitigate the backlash that would come with a mediocre football campaign. The buck stops (and starts) with Helton and who he picks to be his quarterback. And when kickoff happens against defending national champion Alabama — as someone once wrote in a book — let the games begin, and may the odds be ever in their favor. Eric He is a sophomore majoring in print and digital journalism. He is also the sports editor of the Daily Trojan. His column, “Grinding Gears,” will run Fridays.last_img read more

‘Amazing’ Kieran’s life celebrated by family and friends

first_imgThere were tears of joy mixed with sadness today as the friends and family of late Buncrana man Kieran Henderson gathered at a special event to remember him.Kieran, who passed away last year, was a founding member of the Amazing Grace Initiative on the Inishowen Peninsula.His wife Marie and three children were joined by a huge crowd for a coffee-morning at Letterkenny’s CoLab Building to celebrate Kieran’s life. Kieran was a proud member of the team at Druva CloudRanger and was hugely admired by all his colleagues and colleagues at the CoLab.However, it was in a previous life that he first began an active supporter of the Amazing Grace Initiative.Kieran had worked at the Tourism Office in Buncrana and recognised founding member Mike Mullins’ initiative to celebrate the time John Newtown who wrote the iconic hymn.Members of Druva CloudRanger present Kieran’s family and friends with a cheque for €1,000 for the Amazing Grace Initiative.Newtown was a slave master whose boat shipwrecked on the shores of Lough Swilly only to receive a welcome by the local people whom he said saved his life. He denounced his previous life, became a cleric and then wrote the hymn ‘Amazing Grace.’Friends and family members of Kieran have continued his work with the Amazing Grace Initiative in his honour.There are currently plans to carry out a feasibility study to build a bridge between the local park and the shorefront in Buncrana.Although it is very early days yet, the plans will hopefully culminate in the construction of the Kieran Henderson Bridge.Kieran is already remembered with a bench in his honour locally with his favourite quote engraved on it – “Don’t cry because it’s over, smile because it happened.” Kieran’s wife Marie said she was just overcome with the outpouring of goodness and generosity show towards Kieran’s memory.“It was such a lovely morning and we will remember it forever,” she said.Ruth Garvey-Williams of the Amazing Grace Initiative said the group will continue to honour Kieran and his dream of attracting more and more people to Buncrana through the initiative.“Kieran was a very special man, a very modest man who did so much work for his area but who refused to take any credit. “It’s great to see so many people here today remembering Kieran’s life and how much he did for Buncrana through the Amazing Grace Initiative. The sheer number of people here today reflects how loved Kieran was by his family and friends,” she said.General Manager of Druva CloudRanger David Gildea thanked all those who came along and said Kieran was a very special member of staff who was deeply missed by all his colleagues.A cheque for €1,000 was presented to the Amazing Grace Initiative by the company and a further €1,000 was raised during the coffee morning.The money will go directly into the plans to have a Kieran Henderson Bridge in Buncrana someday so that Kieran’s memory and gentle life will be remembered by others for generations to come.‘Amazing’ Kieran’s life celebrated by family and friends was last modified: June 3rd, 2019 by StephenShare 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:Amazing GraceCloudRangerKieran Hendersonlast_img read more