September 29

Mandate roundup: Towers Watson, Hermes EOS, Government Pension Fund Norway

first_imgHermes EOS is wholly owned by Hermes Investment Management, the asset manager created by the £40.2bn BT Pension Scheme.Elsewhere, the Government Pension Fund Norway has begun tendering for three financial management consultancy firms to join its new four-year framework agreement.The NOK185.7bn (€21.5bn) sovereign fund said it required consultancy services in relation to the administration of the fund, with successful firms providing data and analysis for investment strategies, responsible investment practices and framework follow-ups.The fund produced an annual return of nearly 11% over 2014, with strong equity growth offsetting a decline in the oil price.The Oslo Stock Exchange was down 5.5% over the end of the fourth quarter – with energy-sector stocks falling in value by 25% – but nevertheless finished the year up by 5% due to the consumer and materials sectors. Consultancy Towers Watson has appointed stewardship overlay firm Hermes EOS to assist the company on its fiduciary management activities.Hermes EOS will engage on ESG matters on behalf of Towers Watson’s global fiduciary management business, which currently has around $75bn (€69bn) in assets under management.The stewardship firm normally engages companies on ESG matters with regards to public policy and also on social matters such as wages, health and safety and corruption.Towers Watson is its first fiduciary management client and now acts on behalf of £134bn (€183bn) of assets.last_img read more

May 31

Prem bosses like Mourinho and Klopp hungry to get back coaching in training

first_img3THE will is there from the Premier League’s managers.Many of them, indeed, are getting increasingly frustrated as the weeks and months since they were properly in their natural environment have passed.⚠️ Read our coronavirus in sport live blog for the latest news & updates3 Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp is keen to return to training with his table-topping players, such as left-back Andy RobertsonCredit: Getty Images – Getty3 Spurs chief Jose Mourionho could soon be back on the training field with Ben Davies, Harry Kane and CoCredit: Action Images – ReutersThe issue now is whether they CAN do what they want to do before the clock stops ticking.Yesterday’s video conference saw the 20 Prem bosses agreeing that, rather than the three weeks initially envisaged, they feel they need a month of training to prepare their players to perform at the highest level.The managers want to be sure their squads are truly ready, having undergone a proper intensive build-up — including contact work — before any match action.They will, remember, finally get back after three MONTHS of waiting and wondering if they would get the chance to lace up their boots for real this side of autumn. It is about mind AND body.Yet with the earliest League-wide return to the very simplest of organised and individual sessions likely to be next Tuesday, four weeks would take them BEYOND the Prem restart target date of June 12.And even that is only going to be possible if the Government gives the green light for proper contact training to begin again within a fortnight.No wonder the bosses were left somewhat confused over whether ANY of it will actually happen, no matter how much people want it to.The positive aspect from the meeting, which allowed the managers to listen to League chiefs and Prem medical advisor Mark Gillett, firing back their own questions, was that it was both constructive and positive. There was, indeed, a unity of purpose and determination.Football managers want to be football managers.They don’t like sitting around at the best of times.And these, as nobody needs telling, are a million miles away from the best of times.Yet that did not prevent some of the quibbles being articulated. As well as pointing out the understandable and genuine reluctance of some players to want to get out and play in the current situation.For some, like Jose Mourinho — who suddenly, with the returns to fitness of Harry Kane, Son Heung-min and Moussa Sissoko, believes his Spurs could still gatecrash the top four — the delays and obstructions are a source of discontent.Mourinho, along with Jurgen Klopp — all too aware his side is just two wins away from their first title since 1990 — Ralph Hasenhuttl and Roy Hodgson, is desperate to get back on the training pitch with his players.Any issues that extend his inability to do his job will see the Portuguese fume anew.But even if things progress smoothly, that may take a while.The official Government guidance, presented to the managers before being made public as it went into immediate effect yesterday afternoon, sees a “two stage” process for “elite” sportsmen.But while the Department of Culture, Media and Sport described the document as providing “a significant step towards a safe resumption of live sport behind closed doors” it was, in truth, only a baby step.Players are now allowed to “carry out individual performance training”, although only “under carefully controlled medical conditions, providing they keep two metres apart at all times from their teammates and other people outside their household”.Premier League stars must also be confirmed Covid-free before being cleared to take part and then be subjected to twice-weekly further examinations.But in the small-print were red flags that mean some Prem players may be BANNED from even the most basic of training ground drills.CORONAVIRUS CRISIS – STAY IN THE KNOWDon’t miss the latest news and figures – and essential advice for you and your family.To receive The Sun’s Coronavirus newsletter in your inbox every tea time, sign up here.To follow us on Facebook, simply ‘Like’ our Coronavirus page.Get Britain’s best-selling newspaper delivered to your smartphone or tablet each day – find out more.The Government confirmed that players who share a household with anybody deemed “clinically extremely vulnerable” are not allowed to leave their homes for organised training.That applies to those with family members undertaking chemotherapy for cancer, with leukaemia or bone-marrow disease, severe asthma or blood disorders including sickle cell disease.A 2014 scientific study featured two Prem players suffering with sickle cell, which has 15,000 current sufferers in the UK and predominantly affects people from African or Caribbean backgrounds.But the managers, to a shared sense of disappointment, were also told that there was no precise date by which they could then move to “Stage Two”, allowing contact training and intensive coaching work — the real deal for the managers.The document confirms: “Small groups of athletes and staff will be able to interact in much closer contact, for example close quarters coaching, team sports tackling, equipment sharing.”most read in footballTHROUGH ITRobbie Keane reveals Claudine’s father was ’50-50′ in coronavirus battleTOP SELLERGavin Whelan has gone from League of Ireland to David Beckham’s InstagramI SAW ROORodallega saw Rooney ‘drinking like madman’ & Gerrard ‘on bar dancing shirtless’PicturedAN EYEFULMeet Playboy model and football agent Anamaria Prodan bidding to buy her own clubExclusiveRIYAD RAIDMan City’s Riyad Mahrez has three luxury watches stolen in £500,000 raidNEXT STEPJonny Hayes set to move to English Championship having been let go by CelticWatford boss Nigel Pearson, whose club have not hidden their concerns at being railroaded back into action, will have seen that as further reason for his own sense of caution.It is still vague and woolly. Aims and ambitions, not concrete dates, which could all be overturned and sent into disarray long before that planned resumption.No wonder some of the managers are still a little jumpy. You can’t blame them.José Mourinho slammed by Sadiq Khan for ‘endangering lives’ by taking Tottenham training session during coronavirus lockdownlast_img read more

July 20

Baltimore Says Goodbye To Revered Irish Pub Owner

first_imgby, Kavan Peterson, Editor, ChangingAging.orgTweetShareShareEmail0 SharesThere are Irish Pubs, and then there’s J. Patrick’s Irish Pub in Baltimore, a homely, unpretentious, corner bar with the reputation as one of the best Irish pubs and Irish music venues outside the Emerald Isle. This reputation is based largely on the pub’s ever-present owner and proprietor, Joe Patrick Byrne, an avid fan of Irish music and connsumate barkeep who died this Saturday of cancer. Joe was 81.As one prominent Maryland citizen put it, J. Patrick’s was  “a real gathering place for the Irish-American community of Baltimore, and it had the feel of a rural country bar, the type you find outside of Dublin. It was both warm and inviting.”“And Joe was a very hospitable man with a big smile. For years, he cared for his sick wife and he cared for the people of the neighborhood,” said Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley.I first visited J. Patrick’s eight years ago to celebrate a friend’s birthday and I was so taken by the pub’s singular atmosphere that I have celebrated my birthday there every single year since. Part of the attraction is the free birthday shot of Midleton’s Rare Irish Whiskey, sacredly proffered from a wooden box by Joe himself. But the real reason I keep going back is the instant fellowship and welcoming atmosphere cultivated by Joe. One patron put it this way in Joe’s obituary:“He used to say, ‘If you walk in here a stranger and are one a half-hour later, it’s your own fault.’”Chatting with Joe I quickly learned that my great-great-great-grandmother shared the same name as Joe’s mother, Mary Byrne, so obviously he took me as extended family. American born, Joe had a deep affinity with his Irish heritage and was a devoted patron of “real” traditional Irish music. He allowed no other music in the bar, including famously turning away Gov. O’Malley’s Irish rock band, O’Malley’s March, for being a little too rock and roll. Joe also made a point of never installing TV’s in the bar to maintain an atmosphere dedicated to good conversation, music and dancing. In the back of the bar hangs a sign explaining the bar’s one golden rule:What I and other patrons of J. Patrick’s didn’t know was that Joe was also a dedicated caregiver to his wife, Geraldine, who lived with Parkinson’s disease the last 30 years of her life. At his funeral Joe’s family shared how he was able to be in two places at once, running the bar until closing seven days a week but also sneaking upstairs to his apartment every 45 minutes to be with Gerry.Over the years I’ve enjoyed my birthday shots, the best gravy fries ever and the ever-constant Irish music, ranging from world-renowned Irish performers to weekly open Celtic music circles.The fate of J. Patrick’s is uncertain after Joe’s death. I plan to do everything I can to support the bar but one thing is certain – the bar, and Baltimore, will not be the same without Joe Patrick Byrne.Related PostsThe Eden Alternative is Changing ‘Ageing’ in IrelandIreland is a country where the word of your mother is gospel. Every topic from whether you need to wear a coat out, to where the draft is coming from, she has an answer.Changing Aging in Maryland With the Governor’s Leadership in Aging AwardsChangingAging’s Dr. Bill Thomas was honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award by the state of Maryland at the annual Governor’s Leadership in Aging Awards. Watch the video to see performances by other award winners.12 People Who Are Changing Aging – No. 11TweetShareShareEmail0 SharesTags: elderlast_img read more