For years, Taco Bell has been a staple of late-night grub runs across the country, offering up a lengthy menu of quick, easy, and contained Mexican(ish) food items that lend themselves to chowing down in the car and getting back on the road.Taco Bell realized long ago that their particular model frequently fits in with the lives of touring musicians, who work late into the night and often need to hit the road toward their next stop soon after they step offstage. That’s why they founded the Feed The Beat program in 2006 to help support more than 1500 artists and bands making their way on the road, helping fans discover new bands and bands discover new fans in the process.The Taco Bell Feed The Beat initiative starts in the form of feeding touring musicians with $500 in Taco Bell gift cards—no strings attached—helping fuel the artists and keep their road costs down. After adding 100 new acts to their Feed The Beat roster in the spring of this year, Taco Bell is seeking a new crop of bands to feed for the fall 2018 touring season.If your band is hitting the road this fall, you can fill out this submission form to throw your hat in the ring for consideration for the big gift/Taco Grant/Chalupa Fellowship/Cheesy Gordita Endowment/Cruchwrap Scholarship Supreme. All you need is some basic info about your band and a two-sentence testimonial about why Taco Bell should give you free food. Or, if you don’t have a band, but you want to hook up your favorite group with Cheesy Fiesta Potatoes for days, you can nominate them for the $500 gift. What better way to say “I appreciate your band” than with hundreds of free Chalupas. Now that’s love.For more information about Feed the Beat, head here.[H/T The Takeout]
PGGM’s assets increased to almost €170bn over the first six months of 2014, as a result of an average return of 8%, the addition of €500m pension fund Smurfit Kappa Netherlands and net contributions of €1.7bn.Meanwhile, APG’s assets rose by €19bn to €343bn over 2013, almost entirely due to “solid” returns on investments, according to spokesman Harmen Geers.ABP reported a net return of 6.2% over 2013. As of the end of 2013, it was Europe’s fourth-largest asset manager, with PGGM taking ninth place.Over the first five months of 2014, APG’s assets increased by €26bn to €369bn, thanks to average returns of 7.5% for its clients, as well as interest hedges.Robeco attributed the €16bn increase in its AUM to a strong investment result, supported by the continuing recovery of financial markets.It also cited considerable investor interest in its equity and hedge funds capabilities, adding that inflows in the US came mainly from retail clients.According to the Rotterdam-based asset manager, 47% of its assets are from institutional investors.It added that this share had hardly changed last year.The former Rabobank subsidiary was taken over by Japanese financial services group Orix Corporation, which said it was committed to supporting Robeco’s current strategies and processes.It left Robeco’s managing board, including its chief executive Roderick Munsters, in place, and said it would keep its Rotterdam-based head office.Meanwhile, Robeco has indicated that it plans to set up a London sales office within four years.MN, provider for the large metal schemes PMT and PME, saw assets increase by €1.9bn to more than €92bn.It cited a return of approximately 1% at both schemes, as well as net contributions of €900m from PMT.PME’s assets also saw a boost from the addition of pension funds Poseidon (€119m) and Voestalpine (€89m).Assets under management at ING Investment Management dropped by €8.5bn to €174bn.The asset manager did not respond to IPE’s repeated requests for additional information.After a recent IPO, the asset manager is now – together with ING’s former insurance subsidiary Nationale Nederlanden – part of NN Group.ING IM is to continue its activities under the name NN Investment Partners.The European Commission recently ordered ING to offload its insurance and asset management subsidiaries, as the company received financial support from the Dutch government during the financial crisis.Aegon attributed the drop in its AUM to a decrease in revenue-generating investments during the second quarter of 2013. It said the decrease was mainly driven by “negative market effects”, resulting from higher interest rates. SNS Asset Management44,20044,000 Company2014 Total2013 Total ING Investment Management International174,124182,826 It attributed the increase mainly to the addition of two new clients – the €8.5bn scheme for general practitioners (SPH) and the €5bn pension fund for painters and decorators (Schilders).The remaining growth was due to returns on investments, as well as a net inflow of contributions of at least €2.5bn from the predominantly young participants of the healthcare scheme, according to spokesman Maurice Wilbrink. APG, asset manager for the €309bn Dutch civil service scheme ABP, has again topped the ranking of asset managers in the Netherlands, according to IPE’s 2014 Top 400 Asset Managers survey. Aegon Asset Management and Robeco group came second and third, respectively – with assets under management (AUM) of €239bn and €205bn, respectively – while ING Investment Management International came in fourth place.With assets of almost €155bn at year-end, PGGM, the asset manager for the €140bn healthcare scheme PFZW, came fifth.PGGM also saw the steepest rise – of nearly €22bn – in AUM. Aegon Asset Management239,739244,842 Robeco Group205,230189,310 Kempen Capital Management31,43028,460 SPF Beheer16,30015,750 APG343,000324,000 Syntrus Achmea Asset Management69,73066,220 31/12/13 (€m)31/12/12 (€m) PGGM154,898133,081 TKP Investments17,26116,584 MN92,23890,464 Theodoor Gilissen Bankiers10,00010,000 Altera Vastgoed1,8391,708 BNG Vermongensbeheer5,1006,400 Delta Lloyd Asset Management48,80051,400 Bouwinest Real Estate Management6,0605,800
RelatedPosts Napoli Coach: Osimhen young lad with old brain Super Eagles stars model new national team jersey Everton invite offers for Iwobi, others In-form Super Eagles’ forward, Victor Osimhen, has boasted that he would beat his best friend and teammate, Samuel Cghukwueze, to the CAF Young Player of the Year award. Osimhen, who is currently holidaying in Nigeria for the mid season’s break in Europe, stated this in a chat in Lagos on Tuesday. His words: “The chance of winning it again is really high. I tip myself to be the winner of the award. Of course, I’m happy for my best pal in camp, Chukwueze (smiles) for making the nomination list. I think he had a good 2019 also. We would all be happy for each others on whoever wins it. I wish ourselves the very best of luck.” Asked how soon a Nigerian player would win the prestigious African Footballer of the Year crown, Osimhen believes Nigeria is close to winning the award after it has eluded the country’s players for a long time. He said: “I think we are really close to bringing the award back to Nigeria. We have a group of players that can do that for us. We have the likes of Ndidi (Wilfried), Chukwueze (Samuel), myself, Iwobi (Alex) and the rest of the players. “We are really working hard to get there and bring the award to Nigeria. It won’t be easy but with time, we would bring back the award.” Former Super Eagles’ captain, Kanu Nwankwo, was the last Nigerian to have won the award in 1999, beating Ghanian defender, Samuel Osei Kuffor, and Ivorian star Ibrahima Bakayoko to the crown. Other Nigerian players that have won the award are late Rashidi Yekini, Emmanuel Amuneke and Victor Ikpeba. The 28th edition of the annual football awards is slated for January 7, 2020, at Albatros Citadel Sahl Hasheesh, Hurghada, Egypt. Players would be honoured in several categories, which include the African Player of the Year, Coach of the Year, Youth Player of the Year, National Team of the Year, Goal of the Year, Africa Finest XI, Federation of the Year and several new award categories which will recognise exceptional contributions to African football and inspiring individuals. The Interclubs Player of the Year Award has been reintroduced and will be dedicated to honouring key actors in CAF’s club competitions.Tags: alex iwobiCAF AwardSamuel ChukwuezeVictor OsimhenWilfried Ndidi
The USC International Genetically Engineered Machine team recently had its project sing its way to an award at the iGEM 2012 Americas West Jamboree hosted at Stanford University in Palo Alto, Calif.In the project, titled E. Musici, the team stimulated E. coli bacteria with different environmental conditions to move its flagella (whip-like tails) at a rate that translated into an audible frequency. The rate of flagella movement corresponds with the bacteria’s level of distress, which gave the bacteria the ability to respond to the scientists’ stimulation.These sound waves created “music.” The team even created a music video that can be viewed on the iGEM website.The team is composed of undergraduate students Megan Bernstein, Rachel Kohan, Ellen Park, Stephen Genyk, Eric Siryj, Luke Quinto, Kevin Le and Rebecca Gao. The students are studying a variety of different subjects related to biology, from biomedical engineering to biological sciences. Percy Genyk of the USC Viterbi School of Engineering served as a graduate student advisor, and Professor Sean Curran of the USC Davis School of Gerontology and the Dornsife College of Letters, Arts, and Sciences served as faculty advisor for the team.“iGEM is basically an undergraduate synthetic biology team,” Bernstein, a junior majoring in biological sciences, said.Percy Genyk said he decided to become an advisor to continue participating in iGEM in a different role.“The year before I was part of the team and so I figured, especially since the team only had one veteran, it would be a great idea if I would step in as an advisor and show them all the ropes,” Genyk said.The idea of having bacteria make music came about during a brainstorming session when students were encouraged to suggest any crazy but cool topics they thought up.“As exciting as a project can be, it also has to be feasible,” Genyk said. “At first I didn’t know how they were going to do it, but they did it.”Bernstein admitted that translating this idea into action wasn’t always easy.“It took us a really long time in order to get these functioning parts, but we kind of pulled through in the last month and a half,” she said.Colleges from all around the western United States, including Harvey Mudd College, University of Texas Austin, Colorado State, Colorado University Boulder, Arizona State, UC Davis and UC Berkeley, attended the competition. The event had two types of awards. The USC team won a gold medal, indicating that they achieved certain benchmarks specified in the judging criteria. These include creating a new BioBrick and improving the function of an additional BioBrick, helping another team and discussing a new approach to synthetic biology.Bernstein believes that the team’s research can be useful to scientists in the future, as bacteria’s frequencies are based off of how they respond to their environment.“If a researcher knows the type of bacteria they are using and they want to know if it’s happy, they can know the different frequencies,” Bernstein said.
The event’s panel of speakers included Billy Bean, former MLB center fielder; Wade Davis, former NFL player and executive director of the “You Can Play Project” focusing on the LGBT youth and sports; Lauren Lappin, 2008 Olympic softball player and Esera Tuaolo, former NFL defensive tackle. All shared stories of their experiences being gay in a professional sports environment in a discussion moderated by Kate Fagan of ESPN.“We are hosting this program to bring together scholars, athletes and media to discuss the gay sports intersection,” said Adam Rogers, the conference’s co-director and coordinator. “We hope to achieve a greater understanding of how to overcome barriers to athletes and coaches being able to live openly and honestly about their sexual orientation and gender identity.”Panelists shared personal stories of how they came out and how it affected their lives and the sports world in general. Since the panelists differed in age, their experiences varied accordingly.“My experience in the NFL back then was horrible,” Tuaolo, one of the older athletes, said. “I would hear homophobic statements from my teammates all the time in the locker room, which just pushed me further and further into the closet. Now, though, we are making progress and there is more support now, at least more than there was back when I was an athlete.”Both Bean and Davis are involved in foundations that work to combat bullying. They said they now rely on LGBT youth to pave the way for athletes at different levels of competition.“Shifting consciousness requires us to target the youth,” Davis said.Some pointed out the role the media plays in sports and LGBT experiences.“We have a media that really doesn’t want to address these issues,” said Cyd Zeigler, co-founder of Outsports.com and an expert in the field of sexuality and sports. “They shove the issues under the rug to avoid conflict.”Another issue presented was stereotypes around homosexuality and particular sports.“Throughout my softball career, the protocol of appearance was hugely important. People would say, ‘Make sure you wear a ribbon in your hair so that people don’t think you’re gay,’ and that goes to show that it’s important to get rid of this stereotype,” said Lappin, the only woman on the panel.The panelists also discussed a few of the main reasons why athletes choose to stay in the closet.“Society has created these ideas of masculinity that make it impossible for gay people to play sports,” Wade said. “However, if we redefine these ideas of masculinity, it would be easier for society to accept that you can be gay and still be a man.”Bean spoke about different barriers regarding coming out, explaining that job security often is a big factor in athletes’ decisions.“Athletes have this fear that if you take on the reality of telling the truth about yourself, you will not get the same opportunities as others,” Bean said. “The sports world is so competitive that you don’t want to give anyone a reason, such as being gay or lesbian, to not pick you to be on a team.”Rogers, a project specialist at the Norman Lear Center, also spoke about the culture for gay athletes specifically at USC.“The collegiate panel showed that many strides have been made in making USC Athletics an inclusive space,” Rogers said. “The leadership of Athletic Director Pat Haden has ensured that LGBT athletes have a safe and welcome place in the USC athletic culture.”Many students found the panel members’ openness to be meaningful.“I like how they spoke about the importance of professional athletes coming out because of its inspiration and its ability to save thousands of lives, especially the LGBT youth,” said Alex Yessayan, a sophomore majoring in policy, planning and development.Others said the panel helped them better understand the plight of gay athletes.“I have lots of friends from high school who are gay athletes,” Sarah Krenik, an undecided sophomore, said. “I think this panel has opened my eyes further as to what my friends might have experienced.” The USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism held an event Thursday afternoon called “Professional Sports and the LGBT Experience” as part of its weeklong awareness conference on sports and the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender experience.Speaking out · Olympic softball player Lauren Lappin explains her experiences as a lesbian and former athlete on Thursday. – Joseph Chen | Daily Trojan This post has been updated from the original report to reflect the correction of the spelling of Billy Bean’s name. He is not associated with Billy Beane, the subject of Moneyball. The Daily Trojan regrets the error.