Missouri bill would allow deadly force against demonstrators

first_imgCOLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — A Missouri senator is trying to pass a bill that would allow the use of deadly force against protesters on private property. Members of a state Senate committee on Monday debated the change. The legislation also would give immunity to people who run over protesters blocking traffic. It would make demonstrations blocking traffic a felony crime. Republican supporters of the bill said blocking traffic can be dangerous if it blocks ambulances or police from responding to emergencies. Activists said enacting the bill would encourage vigilantism.last_img read more

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People moves: SEB taps €59bn pension provider’s investment boss for CEO

first_imgAMF/SEB – Javiera Ragnartz (pictured), chief investment officer at the SEK619bn (€59.3bn) Swedish pension provider AMF , is leaving for a new job as chief executive of SEB’s subsidiary SEB Investment Management , as well as overseeing the bank’s investment activities.Ragnartz has been CIO at AMF since the spring of 2017. Before this she worked at Riksbanken, the Swedish central bank, and has also led the fund management company at Handelsbanken.  In her new role at SEB, she will report to the board of SEB Investment Management as well as Johan Torgeby, SEB’s president and chief executive. AMF said it had already started the process of recruiting a replacement for Ragnartz, who was to stay at the Stockholm-based organisation for the time being to ensure an orderly handover. SEB said she would take up her new role at the bank this summer.Mercer – Andrew Kirton , Mercer’s chief investment officer, is to exit the consultancy giant at the end of March after more than 20 years at the firm. He has held a variety of roles at Mercer during that period, including head of investment consulting for the company’s UK, Europe, and global operations.Most recently Kirton has been working on the consultancy’s responses to the UK Competition and Markets Authority’s investigation into the investment consulting and fiduciary management sectors.Mercer said Kirton’s responsibilities would be shared between four senior staff: Hooman Kaveh, global CIO for delegated investment solutions; Bill Muysken, global CIO for alternatives; Deb Clarke, global head of investment research; and Donn Cox, alternatives business leader. Cox joined Mercer last year through its acquisition of Pavilion, a US consultant.Meanwhile, Mercer has also made a number of additional appointments following the acquisitions of Pavilion and Summit Strategies Group last year, as well as its strategic partnership with Morningstar. Graham Pearce has been appointed global segment leader for Mercer’s defined benefit (DB) client group, responsible for actuarial and investment advice strategy for this sector. He replaces Benoit Hudon , who recently took on the role of UK wealth leader for the company. Bruce Cadenhead is Mercer’s new global chief actuary, while Troy Saharic has been appointed global segment leader for defined contribution (DC) and master trusts.Redington – The UK consultancy group has hired Carolyn Schuster-Woldan from LCP . In her new role she will be a managing director in Redington’s investment consulting team. At LCP Schuster-Woldan was a lead consultant to a range of defined benefit schemes, advising on objectives, strategy and implementation. She previously worked at Mercer and Hewitt Bacon & Woodrow (now part of Aon).Robeco – The €171bn Dutch asset management group has hired Andrew Knell as director of business development for its UK institutional team. He joins from Northern Trust Asset Management where he was senior investment strategist for the global equity team. He previously worked at Russell Investments for eight years, latterly as client executive for Russell Indexes.Robeco said Knell would be responsible for growing Robeco’s institutional client base. The firm already runs roughly £7bn for UK clients, including insurers, pension funds and fiduciary managers.In addition, Robeco has hired Connor Murphy from Fidelity International as a business development analyst in the UK institutional team.XPS Pensions Group – Robert Evans has joined the UK consultant as a principal. He was previously at Mercer where he provided strategic advice to pension fund trustees.Paul Cuff, CEO at XPS Pensions Group, said Evans would “further strengthen our actuarial consulting team and demonstrates our commitment to growing the business”. “Pension schemes are going through a huge volume of change and need the right support, expertise and advice,” Cuff added.Morningstar – The investment research provider has appointed Paul Malone as CEO for its UK operations and regional leader for “west EMEA”. He has worked at Morningstar for 10 years, most recently as head of UK sales and business development. Universal-Investment – The German asset management giant has hired Sean O’Driscoll as its new country head for Luxembourg. He joins from AXA Funds Management in Luxembourg, where he also served as country head. He has also lead Luxembourg and Irish operations at BlackRock and helped expand State Street’s Irish business.O’Driscoll will be responsible for growing Universal’s platform for third-party asset managers in the Grand Duchy. Universal has more than €50bn in assets under administration in Luxembourg, the company said in a statement.Morgan Stanley Investment Management (MSIM)  – Portfolio manager Vladimir Demine  has been appointed to the newly created role of head of ESG research in MSIM’s international equity team. The asset manager said he would be analysing thematic environmental, social and governance (ESG) issues and liaising with its global stewardship team and Morgan Stanley’s Institute for Sustainable Investing and global sustainable finance team. Demine joined Morgan Stanley in 2009 from UBS Global Asset Management. SEB Investment Management, AMF, Mercer, Redington, Robeco, XPS Pensions Group, Morningstar, Universal-Investment, Morgan Stanleylast_img read more

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Rowing : Macpherson overcomes 2 leg surgeries to row for 5th year

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Chelsea Macpherson still remembers the feeling like it was yesterday. She was racing indoors in the fall of her sophomore year when she suddenly felt a numbness shooting down her leg. She kept feeling popping and clicking in her leg. The pain was unavoidable. She doesn’t forget it.Macpherson has been with the SU women’s rowing team since 2006. That injury, a torn labrum, occurred in 2007. Since then, Macpherson has battled through multiple injuries to come back for a fifth year. Now in the twilight of her career, she has persevered for one reason: a passion for the sport.‘Rowing is the type of sport you can do forever,’ Macpherson said. ‘I’m completely in love with it.’Macpherson underwent hip surgery twice after tearing both labrums. One surgery came after that sophomore year. The second followed her junior year. Sometimes she rowed through the pain, but eventually she learned when to take a break. Macpherson remains a constant presence in the water for the Orange despite the setbacks. She is the longest-tenured member on the Orange.Macpherson’s commitment to the program is even more impressive considering the potential she showed coming into college. Her freshman year, she was rowing on a varsity boat. When she suffered her first hip injury, she was rowing for the Canadian national team.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textMacpherson’s progress was rapid, but the pain evolved to the point where she had no choice but to take a break.‘My dreams were right there,’ Macpherson said. ‘I could almost taste them. But the pain would get worse every time I rowed.’Macpherson decided that if she wanted to continue rowing, she needed to make sacrifices. She missed the entire 2009-10 season after her second surgery. But Macpherson remained with the Orange after being persuaded by her teammates to come back for a final season.Aside from rowing as the No. 6 seat in a varsity boat, an essential spot in supporting the rhythm of the boat, Macpherson contributes to the team in both tangible and intangible ways, first-year SU head coach Justin Moore said. As the oldest member of such a young team, Macpherson leads by example, Moore said.‘She knows rowing shouldn’t be taken for granted,’ Moore said. ‘She’s just happy to be there.’Macpherson’s parents understand her commitment to the sport. Holly and Iain Macpherson have attended all their daughter’s races this season, including three trips to Boston. Since they are from southern Ontario, that’s no easy feat. Even though the team has struggled this season, finishing last in many of its races this spring, Holly feels the adversity has strengthened the team in preparation for the future.‘Losing, even losing badly, creates character and determination,’ Holly said. ‘We don’t come to see results. We come to see the courage.’And courage is what Macpherson has demonstrated repeatedly throughout her career. Aside from this courage, she brings a true commitment to Syracuse and her team, demonstrated by her decision to come back for a fifth year despite a coaching change and a daunting rebuilding process.‘A lot of the girls that she knew had graduated, but she was devoted to her crew,’ Holly said. ‘Syracuse was good to her, and she wanted to show loyalty.’Despite the grueling surgeries, the five trips to Colorado to see a hip surgeon and the eight-month recovery from each surgery, Macpherson remained. After college, she would like to continue rowing, but she knows she has to be careful about her health.She said even though she loves the sport so much, she must be smart when the pain reoccurs to avoid continued injury.Macpherson vows to stay in touch with the program after she moves onto graduate school at Columbia, and she is ultimately comfortable with the direction the program is heading in as she prepares to depart. Under Moore, Macpherson thinks the program could be ranked in the top 20 nationally within two or three years.Moore said this potential for growth can be attributed in large part to Macpherson, whose actions and attitudes have helped shape the mentality of his young team.‘She has a tremendous appreciation for being able to row, period,’ Moore said. ‘She’s not going to complain when it’s cold or rainy or windy. And it seeps to other members (of the team).’kmprisei@syr.edu Published on April 27, 2011 at 12:00 pm Contact Kevin: kmprisei@syr.educenter_img Commentslast_img read more

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