Mechanism identified through which lead may harm neural cells, children’s neurodevelopment

first_imgResearchers have identified a potential molecular mechanism through which lead, a pervasive environmental toxin, may harm neural stem cells and neurodevelopment in children. The study, from Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, suggests that lead exposure can lead to oxidative stress—a process that can change cell behavior and has been linked with health problems—among certain proteins within neural stem cells.The study—one of the first to integrate genetic analysis in the lab with genomic data from participants in an epidemiological study—was published online Aug. 26, 2016 in Environmental Health Perspectives.“It is known that lead particularly affects the early stages of neurodevelopment, but the underlying molecular mechanisms remain poorly understood. Our study identified one such key mechanism and has potential implications for therapeutics to treat the neurotoxicity associated with lead exposure,” said Quan Lu, associate professor of environmental genetics and pathophysiology and senior author of the study.Numerous studies have suggested that lead exposure can be particularly dangerous for children, with the potential to harm their cognitive, language, and psychomotor development and to increase antisocial and delinquent behavior. Although limits on the use of the lead have helped reduce blood lead levels in U.S. children, there are still half a million children aged 1 to 5 with blood lead levels twice as high as those deemed safe by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control. Recent incidences of lead contamination in drinking water in Flint, Mich., and several U.S. cities highlight the continued threat. Read Full Storylast_img read more

Student government emphasizes innovation

first_imgThis year’s student government administration is focusing on highlighting a previously unexplored aspect of student life at Notre Dame: innovation and entrepreneurship.Student body president Corey Robinson said this issue first came up in discussing what the administration’s report to the University Board of Trustees should be because it applies to all areas of problem solving at Notre Dame.“Entrepreneurship is something that is very important to me,” Robinson said. “Not just because of wanting more students to get businesses started, but rather just because if you look at the problems in a new, innovative light — multidisciplinary — and current students say, ‘Look, we have the resources to do something now,’ … that’s kind of the idea.”Robinson said the history of the University also inspired the administration to examine how well the community is upholding Fr. Sorin’s original vision for Notre Dame.“We wanted to connect to our tradition of, you know, Fr. Sorin with seven Holy Cross brothers coming to the middle of Indiana in the middle of a wintery mix,” he said. “ … He said right at the beginning, ‘I believe this University has the power to be one of the greatest forces for good in our country.’ Two hundred years later, here we are. We’re doing it, and we’re trying our best to fulfill that vision.“I think that the vision is innovation.”Using innovation in the administration’s approach to running student government gives them a new perspective on student issues, Robinson said.“What we’re trying to say is, ‘Okay, well how can we look at these same tried and true issues in a new light?’” he said. “Looking at it through something no one ever thought about pursuing it before. Maybe that’s a better way if it’s different and correct; it can’t just be different for the sake of being different.”In an interview last month, Robinson said this administration has been working toward integrating this initiative into the culture of Notre Dame since the beginning of their campaign.“What we’ve been trying to do in student government … was how do we continue to push innovation and entrepreneurship to the forefront in everything that we do?” he said. “And that’s just how do we structure student government to do that? [Student body vice president Becca Blais] has been restructuring senate so we’ve been trying to change these little pieces throughout the past eight months now to get more students to be thinking about it.”Blais said the changes within student government go well beyond her restructuring of the student senate.“I would say most of the departments have really incorporated innovation as part of their drive and what they’re doing,” Blais said. “A lot have come up with these new ideas. I mean, look at community relations, for example. They’ve been next-level with the things they’ve been involved in, and they’ve reached out to the community in ways that I don’t think student government has done before.”One of the biggest examples of this administration making innovation and entrepreneurship on campus more visible, Robinson said, is the addition of an entrepreneurial space to the Duncan Student Center.“We’ve done different things like … bringing in the student perspective to the Duncan Student Center,” he said. “We said we wanted a space, and there is going to be an entrepreneurial space in the new Duncan Student Center.”Having input in the Duncan Student Center was one of the administration’s “first big successes,” Blais said.“When we looked at our platform pretty much everything — we had a very low-cost platform,” she said. “ … There were only a few big-cost items. We perceived this to be one of them — this innovation lounge — and then, I think before we even officially got into office, we started having meetings on it and they were like, ‘Done. We’ll put it in [Campus] Crossroads.’ So that was awesome.”Blais also pointed to additional forums for discussion about diverse issues on campus as more examples of the initiative’s impact on campus.“The Sexual Assault Survivor Support group — that was the first time that had ever been done,” she said. “And then ND for Syria — that was the first time. … These conversations that people have been having about race and diversity and relations on campus, [we’re] encountering them in a new way.”In last month’s interview, Blais said the administration has always and will continue to keep entrepreneurship and innovation in mind with every decision it makes.“Entrepreneurship and innovation can be integrated into everything you do,” she said. “So far in our administration we have really tried to live by that principle. Every project that we’ve done has integrated some principle of innovation, so integrating it into your life and accepting the challenges and the risk that it entails [is part of it].”Robinson said the initiative will continue to be relevant in every aspect of student government for years to come.“It’s a permeating thing,” he said. “ … It permeates every part of student government, the whole innovation endgame.”Tags: 2016 Student Government Insider, duncan student center, entrepreneurship, innovation, Start upslast_img read more

Full Casting Set for Martha Clarke & Alfred Uhry’s Angel Reapers

first_img Show Closed This production ended its run on March 20, 2016 View Comments Angel Reapers The devil’s in the details! Full casting has been announced for Martha Clarke and Alfred Uhry’s previously reported Angel Reapers off-Broadway. Sophie Bortolussi, Nicholas Bruder, Asli Bulbul, Lindsey Dietz Marchant, Ingrid Kapteyn, Rico Lebron, Gabrielle Malone, Sally Murphy, Matthew Oaks, Andrew Robinson and yon tande will all appear in the production, which is set to begin previews on February 2.Directed and choreographed by Clarke, the show will feature traditional Shaker songs and a mix of modern dance and actual Shaker movements. Angel Reapers follows the Shakers, an early American religious sect, which sought to connect with God through ecstatic ritual and strict celibacy. While the congregants strive desperately to maintain divine purity, the needs of the flesh threaten to take hold.The production will feature scenic design by Marsha Ginsberg, costume design by Donna Zakowska, lighting design by Christopher Akerlind, sound design by Samuel Crawford and Arthur Solari, and music direction by Arthur Solari.Angel Reapers is scheduled to play a limited engagement through March 13; opening night is set for February 22 in The Romulus Linney Courtyard Theatre at The Pershing Square Signature Center. Related Showslast_img read more

Roots, shoots, trees

first_imgUniversity of GeorgiaGardeners often get dirt under their fingernails. On “Gardening in Georgia with Walter Reeves” Sept. 5, Reeves gets mud up to his armpits, tames bamboo and grows mimosas. “Gardening in Georgia” airs on Georgia Public Broadcasting stations across the state each Saturdays at 12:30 p.m. and 6 p.m.Elizabeth Dean of Wilkerson Mill Gardens shows Reeves a muddy method to pot bare root magnolia trees. It proves clay isn’t always bad for plant roots and can leave them prepared for a healthy life. Bamboo can be a serious landscape pest. Once it escapes, it’s hard to get the roots and stems back into their designated spot. Reeves shows the difference between running bamboo and clumping bamboo.The flowers are attractive, and the trees are easy to grow. What’s not to like about mimosa? Well, it grows too easily, and it readily gets diseased. Walter highlights this common Southern plant.The show is produced by the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, and is supported by a gift from McCorkle Nurseries. Learn more about the show and download useful publications at the Web site www.gardeningingeorgia.com.last_img read more

5 Adventure Rigs and the People Behind Them

first_imgWanderers, nomads, vagabonds, van dwellers; the names for the lifestyle are as diverse as the means by which it is accomplished. However, there is only one qualifying factor: your home has wheels and it follows you wherever the road may lead. For this growing group of travelers, home is where you park it. Take a cost cutting lifestyle, mix in a little creativity, ingenuity and a need for adventure – and you get the modern day nomad, living perhaps the most epic road trip. The kind that never seems to end. But exactly how is it done? Here are the stories of five adventure rigs and the folks behind them, each with a different answer to the question.Vantastic VibesScreen Shot 2016-07-28 at 3.07.34 PMChelsea and Ryan of @Vantasticvibes, a van-life couple rambling their way up the U.S East Coast, are living and traveling in their Mercedes Sprinter Van along with their pup, Luna. After getting their feet wet with short road trips spent sleeping out of their ’95 Ford Aerostar (complete with a wood framed bed in the trunk), they decided to dive fully into van-life.  A short peruse of Craigslist landed them their stealthy diesel Sprinter Van. From the outside, this mobile home appears to be a simple cargo van – perfect for blending in when your campsite looks more like a city street. But slide open its side doors and you’ll be met with the homey smell of wood paneling that fills their self-customized home on wheels. Their Sprinter Van is built-out for their life on wheels and their love of the outdoors.  Everything they own is within the metal frames of their mobile home. And though their travels are currently fueled by their savings account, they intend to indefinitely call this Sprinter Van home. Chelsea, Ryan and Luna have spent the past few months in the company of good friends and great mountain biking trails along the Blue Ridge Region.Our Streamlined LifeScreen Shot 2016-07-28 at 3.07.59 PMOne common story seems to rise from the community of modern day nomads. Each individual, in their own way seemed to notice a rhythm in life that they found unsatisfactory. From that realization sparked a need for change. Instead of racking up the score on their personal collection of materialistic things, they wanted a lifestyle rich in time and experience. How do you spend more time enjoying life and less time working just to pay the bills? You cut the costs.This was the story for Rebecca and Ryan of Our Streamlined Life. In July, 2015 they purchased their 26’ Holiday Rambler and became full-time travelers. When they moved into their house on wheels, their trip had an unclear expiration date.  How long would this lifestyle be sustainable or even enjoyable? Now a year in, this dynamic duo has no intention of turning back. They have found freedom on the road and are now blurring the lines between hobbies and work. Rather than planning trips around work, they plan work around their trips. Rebecca uses her talent and passion for writing to work on the road. While Ryan finds jobs doing what he loves when they decide to park their home in a new place. Currently, Rebecca and Ryan are camping out in Northern Virginia while Ryan works as a whitewater rafting guide. Come mid-August they will be traveling from Maine to Tennessee. Their trip through the Appalachian Mountains will be timed perfectly with the dam release season on the Gauley River – a whitewater rafter’s dream. Ira WolfScreen Shot 2016-07-28 at 3.08.11 PMIra Wolf is a solo traveler, roaming around as she pursues her passion for music. As a free spirit with a beautiful voice, Ira shares her journeys through folk-filled melodies. Based in Nashville, Tennessee; Ira tours the country in her burgundy red VolksWagon van – “Ruby.” Currently, the release of her latest album, “Honest,” has her touring the states as she hops from show to show. She rides in one of the most iconic vans of van-life, a 1988 Vanagon Camper, with GoWesty helping sponsor her travels.  For Ira, the last five months have been filled with a seemingly endless outreach of people welcoming her with open arms, meals, and places to sleep. She deemed them her “wolf pack.”Currently WanderingScreen Shot 2016-07-28 at 3.08.21 PMThe adventurous family of five behind Currently Wandering has been on the road since 2013. Their journey began when the family uprooted themselves from Utah for a house-swap opportunity in Virginia. A short time later, they were on a six-month road trip through the Carolinas, Georgia, Florida and around the countries perimeter landing back in Utah. Now, a few years down the road, their trip has yet to end. For Sam, Jess, Rachel, Andrew and Cara; home is their decked-out 2008 International CCD 27FB Airstream. This dream machine is rigged with solar panels, a full kitchen, wifi and lots of creatively used spacing for a family of five. How do they make it work? – Creative budgeting, remote jobs, homeschooling, acceptance of simplicity and a passion for the outdoors.  The Van With No PlanScreen Shot 2016-07-28 at 4.35.53 PMBig dreams, board sports and brotherhood are what fuel this fifth road dwelling crew. Matt and Josh, two van-life brothers, began their journey on a whim. After a spontaneous camping trip spent sleeping in their company van, the brothers decided “why not?” and headed off on a road trip. Unsure of how long they would be gone or where they would travel, Matt and Josh truly were “The Van With No Plan.” Now three years later and counting, the pair has been to 44+ states. Today, with a growing crew, each brother has an Astro Van home of his own. Matt – a 1990 Tiger Provan and Josh – a 1987 Allegro Adventure-Mobile. These Astro Vans can be found roaming down the road in search of odd jobs and skate parks.   Both brothers make a point to work hard for their traveling lifestyle. Funding for their trip comes from work they find along the way through Facebook or job listings. Though they don’t often stop in one place for more than a month, they have spent their last eight weeks working on a dam in New York.—Words by Grace Brookshire@gracemarie_blast_img read more

COVID-19: Textile factories face hurdles as they switch to producing medical gear

first_imgThere is a global shortage of PPE, test kits and ventilators, all of which are crucial in slowing the spread of COVID-19. The Indonesian Medical Association (IDI) announced on March 23 that five doctors had died of the illness, in addition to a nurse who died of COVID-19 on March 12.Read also: COVID-19: West Java medical personnel forced to use raincoats in lieu of hazmat suitsAs a result of the quick changes in its factories’ production line, the PPE made by Pan Brothers is not officially medical grade as the company does not have a license to test for biocompatibility.“There is not enough time for us to obtain medical-grade status as we are in an emergency,” Anne said, giving assurances that their masks and coveralls had the same specifications as medical-grade products. Indonesia was identifying companies that had the capacity to produce PPE, test kits and ventilators to help the nation’s health workers, who had been treating COVID-19 cases since mid-February with inadequate protection, Finance Minister Sri Mulyani Indrawati said on March 26.“In Indonesia we are taking steps to support companies that produce healthcare equipment. We will list them and see to their needs in increasing their production capacity,” Sri Mulyani told a teleconferenced media briefing after a virtual extraordinary G20 Leaders’ Summit.Textile company PT Sri Rejeki Isman (Sritex) had been producing coveralls for medical workers since late January and began to deliver the products in the first week of February, the company’s spokesperson Joy Citra Dewi said.“We use a specified waterproof and anti-microbial material that we developed for the PPE,” Joy told the Post in a written statement without disclosing the number of coveralls produced by the company.Read also: Indonesian fashion designers help sew, donate protective gear for medical workersBoth Sritex and Pan Brothers are facing shortages for medical-grade raw materials, as local producers have been overwhelmed by demands. A limited number of companies can produce medical-grade materials as they require strict standards and certification, Joy said.“The challenges that are being faced by other companies are the scarcity of materials to produce safe PPE. There is PPE currently circulating in the market that lacks the proper specifications, which could endanger medical personnel,” Joy said.While basic PPE can be quickly produced by textile companies, local industries are still unable to produce more complex medical equipment such as ventilators and hospital beds.A lack of technological capability in producing complex medical equipment had become a major hurdle for factories looking to shift their production line, Indonesian Chamber of Commerce (Kadin) deputy chairwoman Shinta Kamdani told the Post in a separate interview.A mother comforts her daughter, who is undergoing a rapid test for COVID-19 at the Abadijaya community health center in Depok, West Java, on Friday. COVID-19 tests are being held in a number of community health centers in Depok. (JP/Riand Alfiandy)Shinta said factories across Indonesia faced a decline in production capacity by an average of 30 percent due to disruptions to their supply chains as a result of the coronavirus.“There are not many industries that are ready to produce medical equipment, especially in this kind of situation. Maybe big corporations have better technology that could be used to produce ventilators or hospital beds, but it’s unattainable for mid-sized companies,” she said.Carmakers around the world are also shifting gear, producing hospital ventilators and respirators using 3D printing. Ford, General Motors, Ferrari and Nissan, alongside General Electrics and 3M Co., are among the companies that have switched focus.In Indonesia, PT Toyota Motor Manufacturing Indonesia, a subsidiary of Toyota Indonesia, which manufactures and exports Toyota products, is in talks with the government to produce ventilators.Meanwhile, Indonesia-based start-up Nusantics is preparing to make 100,000 COVID-19 test kits, in partnership with state pharmaceutical company Biofarma, the Agency for the Assessment and Application of Technology (BPPT) and the Indonesia International Institute for Life Sciences (i3L).Read also: Indonesian medical workers threaten to stop COVID-19 treatment if protective gear not providedA prototype will be complete within three weeks, according to the company’s investor East Ventures, which will lead crowdfunding with a target of Rp 10 billion (US$ 620,155) to produce the test kits and finance a genome sequencing project. The public can join by accessing indonesiapastibisa.com to donate money or equipment starting March 30.“Right now, it is difficult to get tested for the coronavirus as it keeps spreading throughout the nation,” East Ventures cofounder and managing partner Willson Cuaca told the Post. “That is why we want to help the start-up achieve this goal.”Nusantics, a technology company established in 2019, focuses on advancements in genomics and microbiome research. Microbiomes are complex ecosystems of microorganisms, such as bacteria, viruses and fungi.The number of COVID-19 cases in Indonesia topped 1,000 on Sunday with 1,285 cases and 114 deaths, and the disease spreading to at least 30 of the country’s 34 provinces. Globally, the pneumonia-like illness has infected more than 575,000 people with over 31,000 deaths. (mpr) Indonesian textile factories are making changes to their production line by producing protective gear for medical personnel and a local start-up is producing test kits to support the nation’s battle against the COVID-19 pandemic. However, producing medical-grade supplies comes with major challenges.Textile companies were racing to mass-produce masks and protective coveralls for medical workers, said PT Pan Brothers deputy CEO Anne Patricia Sutanto. The company agreed to produce 20 million washable masks and 100,000 jumpsuits by April, as ordered by the government and retailers as demand for personal protective equipment (PPE) skyrockets.“The workers were initially flabbergasted by our decision. They asked me, ‘Bu, we are a garment exporting company, so how can we produce masks and coveralls?’ but I told them this is a humanitarian emergency and we did it,” she told The Jakarta Post on Thursday. Pan Brothers ordered nine of its factories to produce the equipment.center_img Topics :last_img read more

Iran renews coronavirus warning as ‘low risk’ activities re-start

first_imgPresident Hassan Rouhani urged Iranians to continue to respect measures to guard against the new coronavirus as “low-risk” business activities resumed in most of the country on Saturday, state news agency IRNA reported.So-called low-risk businesses – including many shops, factories and workshops – resumed operations across the country, with the exception of the capital Tehran, where they will re-open from April 18.”Easing restrictions does not mean ignoring health protocols … Social distancing and other health protocols should be respected seriously by people,” Rouhani was quoted saying. Topics : Schools and universities remain closed, and a ban on cultural, religious and sports gatherings has been imposed. Iran is also likely to ban all public events marking the holy Muslim fasting month of Ramadan which starts in late April.Yet health authorities have repeatedly complained that many Iranians have ignored appeals to stay at home, warning of a second wave of the outbreak. The death toll in Iran has reached 4,357 with 70,029 infected cases.”If people become arrogant over the relatively better situation now and disregard anti-corona health measures … we will surely face a hard and heavy phase [of the disease],” Health Minister Saeed Namaki said on state TV.News agencies carried pictures showing heavy traffic on inner-city freeways in Tehran and crowded buses and subway cars, despite warnings by officials that public transport was behind more than 20% of the spread of the coronavirus.Meanwhile, Iran executed a death-row prisoner who had allegedly led a mass prison escape, IRNA reported, after fears of a coronavirus outbreak led to riots in several institutions.IRNA said the man, Mostafa Salimi, had been sentenced to death over security offences including involvement in a clash that killed two security officers some 16 years ago. Salimi’s name has long featured on lists of Kurdish political prisoners facing execution issued by rights group Amnesty International.Iran has temporarily freed about 85,000 people from jail, including political prisoners, in response to the coronavirus pandemic, officials have said.IRNA reported government spokesman Ali Rabiei as saying on Saturday: “In case of a long-term shutdown, some 4 million people could be out of work … Four million non-state employees face stoppage or reduction in activities, reduction of salaries and expulsion.” center_img Many government offices also re-opened, with two-thirds of their staff to reduce crowding. In Qom, a city of 1.2 million, which was the early epicenter of Iran’s coronavirus outbreak, some 24,000 businesses were expected to re-open, state TV said.”We have disinfected the shop and are providing gloves for customers,” a bookseller in Qom told state television.The Islamic Republic is the Middle Eastern country worst-affected by the COVID-19 respiratory disease and has been struggling to curb the spread of the infection. But the government is also concerned that measures to limit public activities could wreck an economy which has already been battered by sanctions.High-risk businesses including theatres, swimming pools, saunas, beauty salons, schools, shopping centers and restaurants have yet to re-open.last_img read more

People moves: Compenswiss, LGPS Central seeking senior staff

first_imgPensioenfonds Wonen – The €3.7bn pension fund for the furnishing sector in the Netherlands has appointed Guus Wouters as its new independent chairman. Wouters has been director of PMT, the €68bn scheme for metalworking and mechanical engineering, for the past seven years. He retired last October. At Wonen, Wouters is to succeed Pieter Verhoog.Aon Hewitt – Pascal Hogenboom has announced that he will step down as chief executive of Aon Hewitt Netherlands as of 1 April. Hogenboom, who said he will leave of his own initiative, has been CEO of Aon Hewitt since 2013. Marc van Nuland, country manager for the Netherlands, said that the company had successfully repositioned itself under Hogenboom. Last year, the consultancy said it wanted to refocus on fiduciary management and investment advice as part of a strategic re-orientation.Union Investment – Frank Engels is to take over as head of portfolio management at the German asset manager from 1 January. He will succeed Björn Jesch, who is leaving Union Investment at the end of the year at his own request. Engels joined Union Investment Privatfonds as managing director in January 2012 and was appointed to the unit’s board of managing directors in August 2014. He has been responsible for the multi-asset business within portfolio management since the beginning of this year. Before joining Union Investment, Engels worked for organisations including the IMF and Barclays Capital.  Stap – Huub Popping is to succeed Erno Kleijnenberg as chairman of Stap, the general pension fund (APF) set up by insurer Aegon and its subsidiary TKP Investments. Kleijnenberg stepped down in October. Popping has been a trustee at Stap since July 2016. In 2006, he became chairman of the €8.2bn pension fund PostNL as well as company scheme TNT, which liquidated in 2015. In 2014, when the PostNL scheme was divided, Popping continued as chairman of the €700m pension fund of TNT Express.Franklin Templeton – The US asset management giant has appointed CalPERS’ chief operating investment officer Wylie Tollette as head of client investment solutions, a newly created role within its Multi-Asset Solutions business. He rejoins the firm in January, having left in 2014. At this time he was head of Franklin Templeton’s performance analytics and investment risk group. Tollette is currently responsible for investment performance and policy, risk analytics, manager engagement and operations, among other areas, at CalPERS, the $345bn US public pension fund.Lombard Odier Investment Managers – Velida Jahic, a former Swedish pension fund CIO, has been appointed head of Nordics. She joins from Nomura Asset Management in London where she was business development director for the Nordics. Before joining Nomura in 2011, she spent three years as a senior investment manager for alternative investments at Nordea Bank in Denmark. She was formerly chief investment officer of Gävleborg pension fund, a Swedish local authority fund.BNP Paribas Asset Management – Elodie Lelief has joined the manager’s ETF and indexed fund solutions sales team within its new multi-asset, quantitative and solutions investment group and will focus on French-speaking clients (France, Monaco, Belgium, Luxembourg and Switzerland). Assets under management in ETFs at BNP Paribas have risen by 76% in just over a year following the introduction of a new strategy. Lelief began her career at BNP Paribas CIB in 2006 as a financial analyst for key corporate accounts. NN Group – Nationale-Nederlanden has appointed Robin Buijs as director of new pensions business. He will join on 1 January and succeeds Diederik Schouten, who is to continue his career outside NN. Schouten – a former director of Business Life Delta Lloyd – took up his position last April after the merger between the two companies. Currently, Buijs is head of integration at NN Group. Between 2012 and 2016 he was NN’s chief executive for Spain. Tjeerd Bosklopper is to succeed Buijs.Law Debenture Pension Trustees – The trustee company has made two new hires for its secretarial and trustee governance team. Saadiyya Ahmed joined this week and Kathy Turpin last month. Turpin joined LawDeb from National Grid where she was a defined contribution (DC) scheme pension adviser. Ahmed was previously at Lloyds Banking Group, where she  spent the last four years in the pensions executive unit working on governance and scheme secretarial duties for numerous pension schemes.Metro Pensioenfonds – Ronald Doornbos, consultant at pensions adviser Focus Orange, has been appointed as trustee at the €536m Metro Pensioenfonds. Currently, he is a member of the investment committee of the pension fund for wholesale firm Makro.Barnett Waddingham – The UK consultant and actuarial firm has hired Andy Parker as a national DC consultant, following a 10-year career at Mercer where he was principal in the company’s DC and Financial Wellness business. Mark Futcher, head of DC consultancy at Barnett Waddingham, said the hire was the first of two senior appointments, the second of which would be announced in the coming weeks.Carbon Tracker – CEO of Hermes Investment Management Saker Nusseibeh has been appointed non-executive chair of Carbon Tracker, the think tank behind the promotion of the term ‘stranded assets’. Nusseibeh succeeds Jeremy Leggett, who has held the position since 2011 and is stepping down to focus on his solar portfolio. Three new non-executive directors also join the board: Meg Brown, director and head of sales outside of North America at Impax Asset Management; Paul Bodnar, managing director of the Rocky Mountain Institute and a key architect of the Obama administration’s international climate policies; and Emma Hunt, an independent director and adviser who was most recently co-head of Hermes EOS.Imperial College Centre for Climate Finance and Investment – Jason Mitchell, sustainability strategist at Man Group and portfolio manager at GLG Partners, is joining the centre’s advisory board. He said he was excited to help “bridge the divide between science/engineering and finance in order to solve one of the world’s biggest issues”. The centre’s goal is to help investors and policymakers “overcome the current lack of clarity about risk and return in emerging clean technology sectors”. Kempen Capital Management – Charlotte Tyrwhitt Drake is to join Kempen’s fiduciary management arm as business development director for the UK. She was previously an associate director at Cambridge Associates.T Rowe Price – Nick Samouilhan has joined the asset manager’s multi-asset division as a solutions strategist for Europe, Middle East, and Africa (EMEA). He joins from Aviva Investors where he was a senior fund manager in its multi-asset team.BlackRock – Geert-Jan Troost has been appointed as relationship manager for institutional investors at BlackRock. Troost joins from Willis Towers Watson, where he was head of structured solutions for nine years. Prior to this, he worked in London for Citigroup and JPMorgan, focusing on structured fixed income markets.TKP Investments – The €28bn Aegon subsidiary TKPI has appointed Rik Verhoeven in the new position of head of international new business as of 1 December. He is responsible for the firm’s international fiduciary services within the European institutional market, and will also focus on the international positioning and marketing of other asset management solutions. Verhoeven joined from Delta Lloyd Asset Management, where he was head of international sales and marketing for German-speaking countries as well as head of Delta Lloyd AM’s sales team for the Netherlands.Netspar – Marike Knoef, member of the executive board of pensions think-tank Netspar, has been named as professor of empirical micro economics at Leiden University. At Netspar, Knoef researches pensions accrual, pension needs and the shaping of freedom of choice. She is already head tutor at Leiden University. compenswiss, LGPS Central, Wonen, Aon Hewitt, Union Investment, Stap, Franklin Templeton, Lombard Odier, BNP Paribas AM, NN Group, Law Debenture Pension Trustees, Metro Pensioenfonds, Barnett Waddingham, Carbon Tracker, Hermes, Man Group, Imperial College Centre for Climate Finance and Investment, Kempen, T Rowe Price, BlackRock, TKP Investments, Netsparcompenswiss – The CHF37bn (€32bn) manager of Switzerland’s first-pillar buffer fund is looking for a chief risk officer as a result of an internal reorganisation. The current chief risk officer at the Geneva-based fund, Marc Pfenniger, is to take over the operations department as chief operations and finance officer, leaving his role to fill. The deadline for applications is 5 January. LGPS Central – The asset manager set up to run roughly £40bn (€45bn) of consolidated assets of nine local authority pension funds is searching for a head of investment operations. The window for applications closed yesterday and interviews commence next week, according to a job notice. It describes the role as having ”significant influence in shaping the nature of the operational infrastructure of LGPS Central and will be able to make a substantial contribution to ensuring that the financial objectives of the company are met”.The head of investment operations will report to the chief operating and financial officer, John Burns, one of a few key senior appointments LGPS Central has made in recent months. Others include the appointment of Andrew Warwick-Thompson as CEO and Jason Fletcher as CIO. Joanne Segars, former chair of the UK pension fund association, was appointed non-executive chair of the asset pool in May. last_img read more

WEST FLORIDA VOLLEYBALL SWEEPS GULF SOUTH CONFERENCE WEEKLY HONORS

first_imgWEST FLORIDA VOLLEYBALL SWEEPS GULF SOUTH CONFERENCE WEEKLY HONORS Sept. 26, 2007BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – Senior Middle Hitter Danielle Spitzer (Birmingham, Ala.) was named the offensive player of the week, while Junior Outside Hitter Kimberly Clark (St. Petersburg, Fla.) was the defensive player of the week in the Gulf South Conference. Clark and Spitzer lead the Argos to three wins this past week, including a five set match at West Georgia.Spitzer stepped up big for UWF this week, leading the offensive charge during the three wins. The Senior hit an amazing .433 on the week, including a .476 effort in a 3-2 win over West Georgia. That win ended the Wolves 17-game winning streak and put UWF 2-0 in GSC play. She had 37 kills on the week. Danielle was a pre-season GSC 1st team selection, and lead the Argos last year with 124 blocks. She is hitting .239 with 87 kills this season, and is currently second in the GSC with 1.23 blocks per game.West Florida Outside hitter Kimberly Clark was named the Gulf South Conference East Division Defensive Player of the Week. Clark, normally known for her offensive prowess, provided big “D” during West Florida’s successful week. The junior was a force, picking up both digs and blocks for her squad. She posted double-digit digs in two of her matches, while notching a block in every contest. Against West Georgia, she had a team-high 18 digs to go along with 8 total blocks. Kimberly does a little bit of every thing for the Argos, and she was previously named to the Comfort Inn-vitational All Tournament team. This is her first GSC player of the week nomination, and she has 185 kills, 172 digs, and 37 blocks thru the first 18 matches this year for UWF.West Florida is now 16-2 on the season, and 2-0 in conference play. The Argos host the defending GSC Champion North Alabama (9-9, 2-1) Lions, this Saturday in the UWF Fieldhouse at 5:00 pm. North Alabama won both meetings with the Argos last year, and did not lose a single conference match the entire 2006 season. The match up will include a total of seven player of the week honors as North Alabama has received four so far this year, and the Argos Setter Madeline Gonzalez (Jr. / Puerto Rico) won the award September 4th, following her tournament MVP performance in the Nanook Classic in Fairbanks, Alaska. Print Friendly Version Sharelast_img read more

Lady Bulldogs Defeated By Lady Trojans

first_imgThe Lady Bulldogs traveled to St. Leon to take on the Trojans in a Conference match- up. The Bulldogs were defeated in 3 sets. 25-13, 21-25, 25-20.We gave them a much better match this time around. We still aren’t healthy and you have to be on your A-game when you play EC.  We are getting better but had a few unforced errors in set 1 that really took us out of our game. We bounced back and played much better in sets 2 & 3. Leading us statistically on the night were Kylie Laker and Regina Gerstbauer serving both 12 for 13. Katie Bedel had 9 kills followed by Macy Prickel with 7. Our defense was led by freshman Laney Walsman with 19 digs and Kylie Laker with 13. Kylie also had 20 assists on the night.Courtesy of Bulldogs Coach Kateri Paul.The Batesville JV Volleyball team traveled to East Central falling just short on Tuesday evening in the conference match. Scores were 25-22, 23-25, 15-8.The team rallied to get the win in set 2 after losing starter Sophie Lee to an ankle injury. Shelby Westerfeld scores 8 service points and continued her dominance at the net pounding 8 kills on 28 spiking attempts. Naia Bustinza earned 4 kills in 16 swings. Sydnee Schaefer led the defense with 17 digs. Regina Gerstbauer handled all setting duties in the 5-1 offense picking up 15 assists.Courtesy of Bulldogs Coach Shelly Prickel.   ECVB hosted Batesville yesterday for the conference match-up. We came out on top in three straight sets. ECVB vs Batesville 9-17-19We broke the mold with this game- we started strong. We came out firing and pushed from the start. Our serving and defense led the way. We kept them out of system with our serving and frustrated Batesville’s hitters with our block and backcourt.  Set two and three we just let off the gas. We settled for “good enough” instead of pushing ourselves. We seemed to be going through the motions instead of attacking the way we did in the first set. We played just good enough to win.   Varsity is now 12-6 on the season and 4-0 in the EIAC. Next up: at Lawrenceburg on Tuesday. Courtesy of Trojans Coach Cassie Laker. EC JV winning against Batesville 25-22  23-25  15-8Tonight against the Batesville Bulldogs ECVB had another great start to a match. With intensity and knowledge the girls were able to hold off the Bulldogs in the first set. Once again, come second set, the girls became way too comfortable with a 1-0 lead that they did not play to the caliber they should. Like I have said in recent matches, this group has grit. To walk away with positives on the night, they never gave up and they showed hustle and heart in another close match. Their efforts landed them another conference win, onward! JV is now 11-3 on the season and 5-0 in the EIAC. Next up, Lawerence North Invitational on Saturday starting at 8:30 am. Courtesy of Trojans Coach Josie Andres.last_img read more