Lancashire County Pension Fund, Irish Pensions Council, DIF, Insight Investment, Société Générale Securities ServicesLancashire County Pension Fund – George Graham, Trevor Castledine and Andrew Fox have all been promoted following an internal re-organisation that sees the local authority fund established as a standalone entity, separate from the council. Graham has been named the LCPF’s director, having previously served as Lancashire Council’s deputy treasurer, while Castledine has been promoted from portfolio manager to deputy CIO under CIO Mike Jensen. Fox has been named head of policy and compliance, a shift from his previous focus purely on investment compliance matters.Irish Pensions Council – The Irish government has named six further members of the council set up to advise on pension regulation. Jim Murray, a former director of the European Consumers Organisation, has been confirmed as chair and will be joined by Roma Burke, partner at LCP Ireland, and Kirstie Flynn, director at Trustee Principles. Sandra Rockett, director of business development at Irish Life Investment Managers, actuaries Tony Gilhawley and Shane Whelan and journalists Sinead Ryan and Brendan Keenan will also sit on the council.DIF – Fernando Moreno has joined the infrastructure manager as managing director and head of Spain. Moreno has previously worked at Globalvia Inversiones and for construction group Sacyr. Insight Investment – Shankar Athreya has been named head of farmland investments, joining after a decade at Singapore-based Olam International Development. Athreya will be based in London and report to Reza Vishkai, Insight’s head of agriculture.Société Générale Securities Services – Florence Cuenet-Soulier has been named client solutions manager for buy-side clients. Cuenet-Soulier, who previously worked in a similar role within the firm’s London hedge fund team, will report to Bertrand Blanchard, UK country manager.
77 Skyline Tce, Burleigh Heads.“We would always be looking for our daughter because the house is so big, and one day we couldn’t find her until she poked her head out from underneath the chair.”More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa15 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag2 days agoThe single-level house is on an elevated north-facing block, a prime position to watch the fireworks towards Surfers Paradise on New Year’s Eve, according to Mr Wells.“You could sit out on the back veranda and look at the view of the Gold Coast all day,” he said.“At night time it’s really pretty with all the lights and on New Year’s Eve, you can see eight sets of fireworks.“I’m going to take a photo (of the view) and put it on my wall at our new home.”The home has multiple living areas across its 627sq m of under-roof living. 77 Skyline Tce, Burleigh Heads. 77 Skyline Tce, Burleigh Heads.AFTER making memories in his 77 Skyline Tce house at Burleigh Heads for eight years, Damen Wells and his wife Shannon have now listed it for sale.Mr Wells said his recollections of living there were full of memories of their three children.“Memories that come to mind are raising the kids and the little things they got up to,” Mr Wells said.“I’ve got a funky chair that was my grandfather’s and it has a velvet skirt. 77 Skyline Tce, Burleigh Heads.It has an open-plan kitchen and family room, formal living and dining rooms, and a games room with a wet bar and its own powder room.There are four bedrooms, the main of which has an ensuite and dressing room, and the second also with an ensuite and a walk-in wardrobe.There is also a third bathroom, laundry and a triple lockup garage.It also has 11 CCTV cameras, a video intercom linked from the gatehouse to the front door, a Vacu-Maid as well as solar and electric hot water.It will go to auction at the Currumbin RSL on September 5. 77 Skyline Tce, Burleigh Heads. 77 Skyline Tce, Burleigh Heads. read more
Stuff co.nz 12 September 2018Family First Comment: Who’s the boss? God or the state? Family First, in its defence of the natural family, declares that there is an authority above the state. Which is no more than what the natural family claims in practice. As the primary institution of civil society it has its own limited area of authority into which the state should not intrude. It keeps an over-reaching state under control. Once the family is redefined by the state the game changes and citizen freedom is dramatically undermined. Hate-speech law will become normative, evolving and unstoppable. The Marxist doctrine emerges from the shadows; “It is not the consciousness of men that determines their existence, but their social existence that determines their consciousness”OPINION: We’ve been at war over marriage and family for some time. Are we approaching the last battle?In a High Court judgment on Family First’s charitable status, Justice Simon France declared that Family First’s promotion of the “traditional family cannot be shown to be in the public benefit”. This decision is the opposite of the same court’s judgment in 2015.The Family First model runs counter to human rights law, says Justice France. So what has happened?Human rights were originally conceived to protect people from an oppressive state. Their purpose was to prevent arbitrary arrest and detention, torture, and censorship, by placing restraints on government. The state’s responsibility to protect these “negative rights” was assumed, since they required only that people be protected from over-reaching state power. They were the consequence of the belief that human dignity found its genesis in our creation by God and not in the state.The Magna Carta is helpful. For example, the idea of a just and reasonable tax was only possible if the king could be called to account by a higher law. It was the state’s legal function to understand that higher law and give it positive expression. Law was discovered, not invented.Modern human rights are about entitlement manipulated by the ideology of equality, diversity and the new affirming tolerance. Increasing positive rights law allows the unimpeded state to decide what we are entitled to and what we are not. Consequently, we are in the middle of a spiritual and culture war over the control of the private and public conscience. Human rights have become a weapon to normalise social justice values of identity politics and to delegitimise traditional belief.These new rights limit our long-standing freedoms.We used to believe that human beings had inalienable rights. For example, a man and a woman have a right to marry, start and educate a family; not because the state or the church says so, but because they possess the unique dignity of male and female. Until recently nearly everyone believed that.However, with the increasing imposition of group equality, same-sex marriage for example, and most recently transgender rights, it doesn’t matter what people might have believed about marriage or individual rights. Marriage is now what the state says it is. The state has become a surrogate deity turning its own positive law into an absolute which determines the constitution of family.Who’s the boss? God or the state? Family First, in its defence of the natural family, declares that there is an authority above the state. Which is no more than what the natural family claims in practice. As the primary institution of civil society it has its own limited area of authority into which the state should not intrude. It keeps an over-reaching state under control.Once the family is redefined by the state the game changes and citizen freedom is dramatically undermined. Hate-speech law will become normative, evolving and unstoppable. The Marxist doctrine emerges from the shadows; “It is not the consciousness of men that determines their existence, but their social existence that determines their consciousness”We’re told we are a secular society. Just what that might mean is difficult to ascertain, but one thing a secular society does not have is a new moral vision. At best all it can do is to distort the old narrative by emphasising one traditional virtue above the rest; tolerance at the expense of truth or courage, for example.Human Rights, disconnected from their roots, have become parasitic. They chomp through the old notion of freedom and virtue, proclaiming their dismemberment will nourish the utopia the progressives keep promising us.https://www.stuff.co.nz/life-style/parenting/106936533/new-social-justice-rights-limit-longstanding-freedomsKeep up with family issues in NZ. Receive our weekly emails direct to your Inbox. read more
ORVC Weekly Report Summary (August 24 – August 29).Players of the Week.Volleyball: Brittney Ralston-SouthwesternGirls Cross Country: Megan Cole-South RipleyBoys Cross Country: Zach Martini-Rising SunGirls Golf: Megan Hensler-Shawe MemorialBoys Soccer: Maverick Dwenger-Jac-Cen-DelGirls Soccer: Taylor Jordan-Switzerland CountyORVC Report (August 24-August 29)Courtesy of ORVC Recorder Travis Calvert.
The Jac-Cen-Del Junior High Cross Country teams hosted a three way meet with Sunman Dearborn and Milan last night (Thursday, 8/17).The JCD girls’ team finished second. Cloey Simon (JCD) was the individual winner of the girls’ race. The JCD boys’ team was incomplete but Kameron Darnold (JCD) was the individual winner of the boys’ race.JCD, Milan, & SD CC (8-17)Courtesy of Eagles Coach Steve Narwold.
A son of Kentucky Derby hero Big Brown, Darwin looked smart when winning a three-runner race on his Irish debut last month and confirmed that promise with victory in this Grade Three event. Joseph O’Brien got the 8-11 favourite organised two and a half furlongs out as he reeled in leader Leitir Mor and began to hit full stride shortly afterwards. Aidan O’Brien completed a Curragh treble with a most impressive success for American import Darwin in the Invesco Pension Consultants Minstrel Stakes. Gordon Lord Byron, a Group One winner in his own right, tried to throw down a challenge, but Darwin looked better the further he went and had a comfortable length and three-quarters in hand. O’Brien, who had already won with Wilshire Boulevard and Australia, said: “We’re delighted with that. He came to us with a massive reputation and you can see why. He’s an unbelievable cruiser and Joseph said he felt like they were hacking. “When he asked him to quicken, Joseph said he quickened and the race was over and when he went to the front he was very idle. He obviously gives Joseph a very good feel. “He’s not short of pace, but you’d think he’d get a mile well anyway. When he won his maiden Todd Pletcher was jumping around the place about him and you can see why he was. He was doing the times in America as well. “He only won a conditions race a few weeks ago and is still a baby. We were very lucky to get him and he’s something to look forward to. He has plenty of options and he could go to Deauville.” Press Association read more
The German playmaker has polarised opinion following an indifferent spell after showing initial promise when he signed from Real Madrid for £42.5million at the end of the summer transfer window. That frustrating inconsistency was epitomised by a costly early penalty miss in the Champions League last-16 first-leg tie against Bayern Munich on Wednesday night, which Arsenal would go on to lose 2-0 as their European dreams were all but ended for another season. Wenger indicated he is set to “freshen up” the starting XI for Saturday’s Barclays Premier League visit of Sunderland, which is likely to see Olivier Giroud restored to the side having been benched against Munich in favour of rookie forward Yaya Sanogo. The Gunners boss maintains the collective good must always come before any individual. He said: “What is important is always the team and you never want to hurt any player, but you don’t want to give him any favour. You have to pick the team who can win the next game. “It is our job and the players’ job to adapt to that and not to think too much about individual cases. What is important is the team and to win the next game.” Wenger continued: “You have to rotate until the end of the season when you look at the challenges we have in front of us, it is vital. “We have played at Liverpool, against Man United, against Liverpool (in the FA Cup), against Bayern Munich, against Sunderland. The players are only human beings.” France international Giroud was in the headlines for some personal issues in the past couple of weeks, but Wenger insists the 27-year-old is in the right frame of mind to tackle the challenges ahead. “Recently he has been a bit less fresh and it has shown a little bit in his game, but he is a great fighter as well, and has been successful until now,” Wenger said. Manager Arsene Wenger says he would not be afraid to pull Mesut Ozil out of the firing line if it was for the good of the team. “The same people who asked me why didn’t he play are now asking me now why I rested Giroud. “It is part of the job to decide who plays, it’s debatable every time. “I have to live with that and I have to make my decisions with my conscience and I just make my decision based on who can help us win the next game.” The jury is still out on Sanogo, with the 21-year-old free transfer from Auxerre having limited impact because of a back injury. However, Wenger feels the French forward – who recovered from the setback of a broken leg earlier in his career and was part of the France squad which won the Under-20 World Cup in 2013 – has the attributes needed to make it at the highest level. “In pre-season I saw he was under-strength and not ready muscularly,” Wenger said. “We decided to take him completely out and try to build him up for four months – two months in France and two months with us. “When he came back on January 1, I saw he was a different animal. He is ready for a fight. “When you look at his stature, he is a similar shape to Giroud, but you feel there is a lot more to come out of him.” Wenger added: “Up front it is an instinctive job, experience helps a little bit, but the belief, the confidence, is more important up front than the experience. “When I started to play (Nicolas) Anelka, everybody said: ‘why do you start Anelka, why not buy a striker?’ We won a championship with him. “It is just like that – if we feel they are ready then they play. “There is a potential there. This boy is world champion of the under-20s, if he was an English centre-forward and was world champion of the under-20s, you would not ask me these questions. It is as simple as that.” Press Association read more
TORONTO, Canada – Only two positions were up for grabs when the Scarborough Umpires Cricket Association (SCUA) held its Annual General Meeting (AGM) at the Twilight Family Restaurant, Scarborough here on Sunday. And both incumbents, Albert Ramcharran and Azad Khan were returned unopposed as president and secretary respectively, a clear show of confidence in their leadership abilities.Based on the constitution of the SCUA, the other posts, those of vice-president, treasurer and assistant secretary, were not contested, meaning that Bisham Singh remained the vice-president while Mathew Francis and Nazaam Ali are the treasurer and assistant secretary respectively.The SCUA also took the opportunity to hand out certificates and extend congratulations to several of its members who were successful at various levels of the Canadian Cricket Umpires Association (CCUA) examinations over the past year.Vish JadunauthTopping the list of successful candidates was Vish Jadunauth, who excelled at the West Indies Cricket Umpires Association (WICUA) examinations and is now a fully qualified First Class umpire.Jadunauth gained 94 marks at the WICUA exams, having completed the written category in 2015 and the practical and theory in November 2016. He was the only Canadian candidate during that period and his marks were only bettered by former Leeward Islands and West Indies player Sylvester ‘Bouncing’ Joseph and a Barbadian, both of whom tallied 96.Apart from being an umpire, Jadunauth is also a long-standing executive member of the Scarborough Cricket Association (SCA) and a founding-member of the Ontario Softball Cricket League (OSCL).SCUA secretary Khan, who also serves in a similar capacity in the CCUA, expressed delight in Jadunauth’s performance and urged him not to rest on his laurels. Jadunauth will receive his certificate at the upcoming WICUA convention scheduled for Jamaica from July 1-7, 2017.Former Guyana Chronicle senior reporter and current representative in Toronto, Frederick Halley and Waheed Ali also received their Level One certificates.Meanwhile, a specially arranged meeting will be held on Sunday, May 7 next at the Agincourt Community Centre in Scarborough to discuss playing conditions for the upcoming season and all captains and umpires are asked to make a special effort to attend. The meeting is scheduled to run from noon to 17:00hrs,Among the resource personnel are umpires Azad Khan, Bisham Singh, Vish Jadunauth, Farouk Ali and OSCL vice-president Terry Mathura. read more
VICTORIA and New South Wales (NSW) shared the honours at stumps on Day 1 of their Sheffield Shield final in Melbourne.Marcus Harris’ impressive 229-ball 141 piloted Victoria to 266 for 6 at close of play. For the visitors, Trent Copeland and Sean Abbott shared four spoils between them.Victoria, who opted to bat, made a solid start with the duo of Harris and skipper Travis Dean sharing a stand of 63. At that stage, Harry Conway, the pacer, made the crucial breakthrough when he lured Dean to drive on the up with Copeland plucking the catch in the slip cordon.Will Pucovski, at No. 3, began his innings on a bright note, essaying a punchy drive off Sean Abbott.However, after the lunch break, he played around a nip-backer from Copeland and was trapped in front. Copeland and Abbott then combined to send the duo of Seb Gotch and Cameron White back to the hut. Jack Edwards also played his part in Gotch’s dismissal by pouching a sharp catch in the slip cordon.With Victoria in a spot of bother, Harris combined with Matthew Short (34) to string together an alliance of 80 for the fifth wicket. Harris also compiled his third century of the Shield season by jabbing Moises Henriques through the midwicket region for a single.NSW needed a breakthrough and it was Henriques who lifted the side by dismissing Short. The all-rounder got one to jag off the seam and forced Short to edge one behind, where Peter Nevill dived to his left and plucked an excellent catch.At the end of the day, Abbott struck with the second new ball to remove the centurion Harris to ensure parity was restored. The NSW camp would rue the fact that Harris got a couple of reprieves. Abbott and Edwards were the unlucky bowlers.NSW, who have won a record 46 Shield titles, last hoisted the trophy in 2013-14 under the leadership of Steven Smith. Meanwhile, the Dean-led Victorian side would be eyeing their 32nd Shield title.Brief scores: Victoria 266-6 (Marcus Harris 141; Trent Copeland 2-66, Sean Abbott 2-77) v New South Wales. (Cricbuzz.com) read more
When I was a kid, I wanted to be a professional athlete. Not just any athlete, but a basketball player. Think about it: playing a sport you love in front of thousands of fans. Racking up millions of dollars through either a long-term contract or endorsements — athletes, I’m told, have it made. For some reason or another, however, sometimes something happens to these athletes along the way. Someone who once had so much potential and showed so much promise fades into a maximum-security prison or an emergency room following a drug overdose. These are the cruel realities a few athletes face. Certainly they are probably the most extreme cases. However, many athletes boast lengthy criminal records and multiple fines. Some are able to recover; some aren’t so fortunate. For those who don’t, we as a society say, “Why did they throw it all away? What right did they have to toss aside something so glorious — a dream I once had — for drugs? Or guns?” Or whatever it may be. Pending the decision made by Gonzaga’s athletic department, that’s exactly what Josh Heytvelt and Theo Davis did Friday night. The two Bulldogs had in their possession marijuana and psychedelic mushrooms. Although the amount of marijuana wasn’t enough for more than a misdemeanor, possession of ‘shrooms is a felony in the state of Washington. For now, the two are suspended indefinitely. Poor decision-making by the sophomore Heytvelt, one of the key contributors to the Bulldogs with averages of 15.5 points, 7.7 rebounds and 1.7 blocks, has now put Gonzaga’s tournament hopes in jeopardy, and more importantly, his own dreams have been put on hold. These two young guys made a choice worse than Grady Little’s to send Pedro Martinez out for the eighth inning against the Yankees in Game 7 of the 2003 ALCS. They screwed up real bad, and now they will likely pay the price. This is, by no means, an isolated trend. In fact, a bountiful number of athletes have taken this route. Chicago defensive tackle Tank Johnson recently pleaded guilty to violating probation in a gun case from 2005. He was arrested in December 2006 for possessing several unregistered firearms. After seemingly having it all himself, Baltimore Ravens running back Jamal Lewis was convicted in 2005 of using a cell phone to try and set up a drug deal just months after being drafted fifth overall in 2000. He was sentenced to four months in prison and 500 hours of community service. His road to recovery was a long one. It was not until the second half of 2006 that Lewis returned to the form that made him the NFL’s single-game rushing leader earlier in his career. Some have never recovered. Ugueth Urbina, a World Champion with the Florida Marlins, may never pitch in baseball again for allegedly attempting to murder five workers at his ranch in Venezuela in October 2005 — with a machete, no less. Alcoholism and weight problems shattered Vin Baker’s career while cocaine and weight problems tarnished former teammate the Rain Man, Shawn Kemp’s. And don’t forget Ricky Williams. He was at the top of his game, rushing for 1,853 yards and 16 touchdowns in 2002. But the victim of a social anxiety disorder decided that becoming spiritual through pot and other drugs in India was more appealing than making millions of dollars at a sport he dominated. Although he un-retired months later, Williams faced a suspension for violating the league’s substance abuse policy. Prior to 2006, he violated it again and had to sit out the entire season. It remains uncertain where the former Heisman Trophy winner will end up, but his poor decisions have certainly led to wasted talent. There have been countless more.Of course these athletes made mistakes and of course they, for the most part, are guilty of wrongdoing. Yet I find it kind of hard to be so critical of them when you take the time to understand where they’ve come from. Now, if Urbina really tried to kill some of his employees, that’s pretty bad. In no way am I condoning that. But I still find it tough to condemn and shame these athletes for bad decisions.Consider the circumstances first. Many of these players come from gang-torn projects where they see more bullets than books, more drug-dealers than teachers. Few grow up in privileged environments. Put yourself in their shoes if you can. If this is the life they know, it can be extremely difficult to get away from those attitudes developed even when they’re long gone from it. Add in millions of dollars, an amount that these 19, 20 and 21-year-olds have never seen, and temptation is great. Some athletes just aren’t role models. Charles Barkley even admitted to that. They have a difficult time taking care of themselves, let alone keeping an upstanding reputation. While we cannot put what these troubled athletes have done aside or give them the impression they’re above the law — Gonzaga should cut Davis and Heytvelt — we need to reach out and try to understand, try to empathize with their needs. After all, they are human. They too suffer and bleed and can be victimized by mental disorders, temptations or addictions. We all are on a level playing field in that respect. So even though I don’t have it made, I can relate to someone who does. Kevin Hagstrom is double-majoring in economics and journalism. If you think he’s on a high horse regarding his empathy toward bad-apple athletes and should get down, he can be reached at email@example.com. read more