Chart of the Week: 2018’s most popular asset classes

first_imgUS and UK public pension funds allocated to 52% more mandates in 2018 than in the previous year, according to data from eVestment.The most popular asset class for the second year running was private equity, with 954 new mandates awarded – 27% of the total. In 2017, private equity mandates accounted for 25% of all new allocations monitored by eVestment.Public sector funds awarded 722 new listed equity mandates last year, up from 503 in 2017. Direct real estate allocations were the third most popular in both years.In the UK, public sector allocations have been driven primarily by the ongoing pooling of assets among funds in the Local Government Pension Scheme system. eVestment said the increased appetite for private equity among public sector investors could help improve transparency of costs and portfolios to levels that “may be new to many of these managers”.“Public pensions have a variety of stakeholders to whom they are accountable when making investments,” said John Molesphini, eVestment’s global director of insights.“As a result, private markets and other alternative managers looking to win public plan assets increasingly need to comply with transparency and disclosure standards they may be less familiar with to win these mandates.” New mandates in 2018New mandates by asset class (2018)Chart MakerNew mandates in 2017New mandates by asset class (2017)Chart MakerThe popularity of private equity has caused a huge build up of unspent cash, or ‘dry powder’.According to data firm Preqin, this sector accounted for more than half (58%) of the more than $2.1trn (€1.8trn) of dry powder available across private market asset classes at the end of June 2018.last_img read more

Greensburg Rotarians raise $3,000 for Special Olympics

first_imgGreensburg, Ind. — The Greensburg Rotary Club recently raised $3,000 for Decatur County Special Olympics with a euchre tournament.The money is used to provide safe transportation for about 45 special Olympians to the Indiana Special Olympics State Games in Terre Haute each year.The next euchre tournament will be held in February of 2018.last_img

Ferguson keen on rival’s return

first_imgSir Alex Ferguson cannot wait to lock horns with Jose Mourinho again in the Premier League, although the Portuguese says he has still to decide where his future lies. The Manchester United boss does not claim to have any idea whether speculation linking Mourinho with a return to Chelsea this summer will prove to be accurate, but it is widely thought that Real Madrid’s Champions League demise this week will herald Mourinho’s exit from the Bernabeu. And if the charismatic coach does return to the club he led to successive Premier League titles in 2005 and 2006, it is a competition Ferguson would relish. “Absolutely,” said the Scot. “It will get me angry again. I have no idea what Jose is doing but going back is a big attraction for him.” Press Associationcenter_img Mourinho strongly hinted after Tuesday’s Champions League exit at the hands of Borussia Dortmund that he wants to return to Chelsea by declaring that he is “loved” in England – in contrast to Spain, where he believes people “hate” him. But, speaking at his pre-match press conference on Friday ahead of the game against Real Valladolid, Mourinho claimed nothing was certain yet. “It’s not worth talking about if I go or not,” he said. “If I go, I will not give explanations. “I’m working with total professionalism and I still have the same honour and pleasure to work for this club as I did a month or two ago. “I have not taken the decision yet. First to know will be my wife and my children. Then the president (Florentino Perez) and director general (Jose Angel Sanchez). “We will speak about the future after the end of the season. I have a Copa del Rey final and La Liga matches to play.” Mourinho added: “I feel no pressure from the press. It’s not a problem for me. The only pressure I feel is the pressure I put on myself. Of the clubs I have left there were no negative words – all just the opposite. When I leave here it is not going to be any different.” last_img read more

Princess leads 10th Inspire Run and Ride

first_imgHRH Princess Bajrakitiyabha led more than 500 people in jogging and cycling to aid those suffering mental illnesses at the 10th annual Inspire Run and Ride.Cyclists cross the start line at Khao Chee Chan during the 10th annual Inspire Run and Ride, Saturday, Jan 7.The Jan. 7-8 event near Silver Lake Vineyard and Khao Chee Chan raised funds for the princess’ Funds for Health Promotion foundation, which aids those with depression or other problems, specifically women who no longer have the will to live.  The program hopes to help them bounce back and live a normal happy life.A competitor enters the finishing area after completing the testing but scenic cycle ride.On the first day, 500 men and women cycled 50 and 90-kilometers, in separate age and gender categories.  The second day saw marathons and walking event in which HRH Princess Bajrakitiyabha participated.last_img read more

Great new sport takes over Nelson — Pickleball

first_imgThere a great new sport in Nelson — and it’s called Pickleball. Nelson pickleball has taken over Selkirk College’s Mary Hall gym on Sunday for an afternoon of continuous play on five courts.For people unaware of the sport, pickleball is the fastest growing game in North America, especially with the 55-plus crowd.But anyone is welcome to join the players who can usually be found playing at Mary Hall (10th Avenue campus) Monday to Thursday 10:15 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and on Fridays and Sundays at 1:30, p.m. as long as the gym is free.Selkirk students often join the regular players, notably several students from India who are enrolled in the Hospitality and Tourism program.It’s an easy-to-learn sport which is played on a badminton-sized court with a hard paddle (often graphite) and a wiffle ball. For more information visit Pickleball Canada or this link.last_img read more

SANTA ANITA’S 2016 SPRING STAKES SCHEDULE TO INCLUDE 16 GRADED STAKES & WILL BE HIGHLIGHTED BY FIVE GRADE I EVENTS

first_imgSanta Anita’s complete 2016 Spring Stakes schedule is attached and can be viewed at santaanita.com View the Stakes Schedule.MEET TO RUN FROM MAY 5 THROUGH JULY 10, WITH GRADE I, $500,000 GOLD CUP AT SANTA ANITA TO BE CONTESTED AT A MILE AND A QUARTER ON JUNE 25 ARCADIA, Calif. (March 6, 2016)–With the Grade I, $500,000 Gold Cup at Santa Anita poised to serve as its highlight, Santa Anita’s 2016 Spring Meeting, which begins May 5 and runs through July 10, will offer fans and horsemen 34 stakes, with 16 graded events that include five Grade I races.The Spring Meet will begin with the Grade II, $200,000 Royal Heroine Stakes for older fillies and mares at one mile on turf May 5, and will be followed on Kentucky Oaks Day, Friday, May 6, by the Grade III, one mile turf American Stakes for 3-year-olds and up.On Kentucky Derby Day, May 7, Santa Anita will card the Grade III, one mile turf Senorita Stakes for 3-year-old fillies and the $75,000 Desert Code Stakes for 3-year-olds at 6 ½ furlongs down the hillside turf course.The first of five Grade I stakes will be run on Memorial Day, May 30: –Monday, May 30           $300,000 Gamely Stakes, for fillies and mares three and up, at 1 1/8 miles on turf.–Saturday, June 4           $400,000 Vanity Stakes, for fillies and mares three and up, at one mile.–Saturday, June 4           $400,000 Shoemaker Mile (turf), for three year olds and up.–Saturday, June 25         $300,000 Triple Bend Stakes, three year olds and up at seven furlongs.–Saturday, June 25         $500,000 Gold Cup at Santa Anita, three year olds and up at 1 ¼ miles.last_img read more

Plant Brains Solve Problems

first_imgWithout a physical brain or nervous system, plants know how to get about in place.Shade sensor (PhysOrg): How do you find light without eyes? And without skin, how do you sense that someone’s shadow is getting in your light’s way? Plants solve these and other problems.  “Despite seeming passive, plants wage wars with each other to outgrow and absorb sunlight. If a plant is shaded by another, it becomes cut off from essential sunlight it needs to survive,” this article says.To escape this deadly shade, plants have light sensors that can set off an internal alarm when threatened by the shade of other plants. Their sensors can detect depletion of red and blue light (wavelengths absorbed by vegetation) to distinguish between an aggressive nearby plant from a passing cloud.Scientists at the Salk Institute have discovered a way by which plants assess the quality of shade to outgrow menacing neighbors, a finding that could be used to improve the productivity of crops. The new work, published Dec. 24, 2015 in Cell, shows how the depletion of blue light detected by molecular sensors in plants triggers accelerated growth to overcome a competing plant.Their secret lies in light-sensitive organelles called cryptochromes. When activated, they turn on epigenetic controls to switch on genes for growth. “We found that cryptochromes contact these transcription factors on DNA, activating genes completely different than what other photoreceptors activate,” the Salk scientists said. It’s a short pathway so that the plant can respond quickly, but not too quickly.Latex survival: The milky-white sap in dandelions is there for a reason. It repels bug larvae in the soil that might munch on the roots. “Dandelions are survival experts,” Science Daily says, pointing out two other amazing feats for the tender-looking little herb. It’s cosmopolitan and has muscle!Dandelions (Taraxacum officinale agg.) are well-known plants of European and Asian origin that have spread around most of the temperate world. Children love their yellow flowers and even more the fluffy seed heads with their parachute-like seeds that can travel long distances by wind. Young plants grow with such force that they can penetrate even asphalt. Therefore dandelions have become a symbol for survival in modern cities.Geological instrumentation: You’re a seedling in the soil. You have sensors telling you to move upward, but how do you know how far it is to get into the air? This could be crucial to survival. You have to conserve resources before sunlight can help your developing shoots to grow leaves. Seedlings have special equipment to measure the depth and mechanical pressure of the soil above them, report scientists in Current Biology. The instrumentation involves a protein, COP1, that responds to light to adjust the transcription factors for ethylene production, a chemical that mediates seedling emergence. Did you have any idea a little bean seedling you grew in science class has the equivalent of a PhD in mechanical engineering and organic chemistry? Here’s a taste of what happens as the little seedling grows through that heavy soil toward the light:We show that COP1 directly targets the F box proteins EBF1 and EBF2 for ubiquitination and degradation, thus stabilizing EIN3. As seedlings grow toward the surface, the depth of soil overlay decreases, resulting in a gradual increase of light fluences. COP1 channels the light signals, while ethylene transduces the information on soil mechanical conditions, which cooperatively control EIN3 protein levels to promote seedling emergence from the soil. The COP1-EBF1/2-EIN3 module reveals a mechanism by which plants sense the depth to surface and uncovers a novel regulatory paradigm of an ubiquitin E3 ligase cascade.Plants are so beautiful and smart, don’t you just want to hug them sometimes? Just don’t reach for the ragweed or poison oak. They’ll perceive you as a threat and call their defense agency. If a dandelion can punch through asphalt, imagine what it could do to you if it operated at high speed. (Visited 131 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Hamilton wins Belgian GP to trim Vettel’s lead to 7 points

first_imgDrivers worry that their tires lose heat if they stay behind the car too long.But Vettel failed to capitalize.“Maybe that was the problem, my restart was too good,” Vettel said. “I was too close.” SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief On a track more suited to Mercedes than Ferrari, Hamilton felt Vettel got “way too close” for comfort.“This weekend we definitely didn’t have the race pace. The car is not quite where we need it,” Hamilton said. “It was only just enough to stay ahead.”Red Bull’s Daniel Ricciardo was third — for his sixth podium of the season — finishing ahead of Ferrari’s Kimi Raikkonen, with Hamilton’s teammate Valtteri Bottas fifth.Ricciardo showed great race intelligence and opportunism to pass Bottas after the safety car incident.After 12 races, four-time F1 champion Vettel has 220 points to three-time champion Hamilton’s 213 heading into next weekend’s Italian GP in Monza.“The positive thing is that we had really good race pace,” Vettel said. “I’m looking forward to next week.”Hamilton made a good start to the race on the long climb up to Eau Rouge, with Vettel on his tail.But Max Verstappen’s hopes of a first win this season ended on lap 8 when his Red Bull lost power.“I can’t believe this,” Verstappen said. His exasperation was understandable — it is the sixth time this season he has failed to finish the race, and some 80,000 Dutch fans had crossed the border to cheer him on.“I’m not happy at all,” Verstappen said. “I am very disappointed for the fans who buy an expensive ticket to watch and I retire after eight laps. No words.” WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH MOST READ Read Next View comments Chief Justice Peralta vows to lead by example, bares 10-point program PLAY LIST 02:02Chief Justice Peralta vows to lead by example, bares 10-point program00:50Trending Articles01:31Go: Search for ‘perfect, honest man’ to lead PNP still on01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension Although it was a comfortable win for the British driver, it got a bit tense toward the end.“I was waiting for Lewis to make a mistake and he didn’t,” Vettel said.With about 10 laps left, Vettel almost overtook his challenger as they emerged from behind the safety car.Vettel got his Ferrari alongside Hamilton on a long straight, but Hamilton edged his Mercedes into the corner just in time.“I’m not entirely happy,” said Vettel, adding that he got his approach slightly wrong.ADVERTISEMENT Vettel finished second, about 2 seconds behind Hamilton.“Sebastian was very, very close. He was very consistent throughout,” said Hamilton, after his 200th GP. “That’s what racing’s about.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutHamilton was in good form all weekend, topping every part of qualifying.“Really brilliant,” Mercedes head of motorsport Toto Wolff said. “Hamilton’s drive was really fantastic.” Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Mercedes driver Lewis Hamilton of Britain (right) raises his trophy in the air on the podium after winning the Belgian Formula One Grand Prix in Spa-Francorchamps, Belgium, Sunday, Aug. 27, 2017. Ferrari driver Sebastian Vettel of Germany placed second and Red Bull driver Daniel Ricciardo of Australia (left) placed third. (Photo by OLIVIER MATTHYS / AP)SPA-FRANORCHAMPS, Belgium — Lewis Hamilton celebrated his record-equaling 68th pole position with victory at the Belgian Grand Prix on Sunday, trimming championship leader Sebastian Vettel’s lead to seven points.Hamilton clinched his fifth win of the season and 58th overall, having equaled Michael Schumacher’s pole record.ADVERTISEMENT Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses Guiao focused on winning, not securing top draft pick LATEST STORIES The 19-year-old Verstappen secured a podium with third place in China but has been hit with reliability issues since.Two-time F1 champion Fernando Alonso retired on lap 27 — the latest setback as McLaren continues to struggle with Honda engines. The Spanish driver has completed only three races so far.The Spa track, nestled in the Ardennes forest, is the longest in F1 at 7 kilometers (4.3 miles) and the race is often full of incident, especially when it rains.It stayed dry, but there was one heated clash between Force India drivers Sergio Perez and Esteban Ocon, prompting the safety car to come out after they made contact with each other on lap 30, sending debris onto the track.Their tense relationship is degrading fast.After bumping on the track at the Azerbaijan GP in June, they did it again when they touched wheels as Ocon moved on the outside of the track shortly after the start, with Perez responding by squeezing the Frenchman against the barrier.Later the pair came into contact again with Ocon’s front wing flying away and a tire dropping off Perez’s car as a result.This prompted a furious, expletive-laced outburst from Ocon, who was already unhappy that his team had pitted Perez for new tires ahead of him. After both cars pitted for repairs, Ocon finished ninth but Perez had to retire just before the end.The safety car stayed out for four laps, which was too long for Hamilton’s liking, and he used an expletive of his own to complain.“There was hardly any debris about,” Hamilton said afterward. “They did a good job cleaning the track.” Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Gameslast_img read more

a month agoEmerson Palmieri set to land a contract with Chelsea

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Emerson Palmieri set to land a contract with Chelseaby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveEmerson Palmieri is set to land a new contract with Chelsea.TMW says now a regular starter under manager Frank Lampard’s training, Palmieri is very close to penning a contract renewal. It will be an upgrade that will lead him to receiving €5m-a-year, plus an extension until June 30, 2024. Emerson’s form has also seen him force his way into Italy coach Roberto Mancini’s plans.The fullback is in his third season with the Blues. last_img

Fifth Harmony Named As Cybersmile Ambassadors

first_imgFifth Harmony have been named as ambassadors for Cybersmile.The Cybersmile Foundation will actively encourage a safe and positive environment for children as well as adults with the support of Fifth Harmony, helping people online affected by cyberbullying and digital abuse.“Cybersmile are immensely proud to welcome Fifth Harmony on board as official Cybersmile ambassadors,” said Scott Freeman, CEO, The Cybersmile Foundation. “It’s wonderful that the girls will be using their position as role models to encourage internet users to spread positivity to others. Their support will enable us to promote positive digital citizenship to more people and look forward to working with them to tackle cyberbullying.”Fifth Harmony are an American girl group formed on the second season of the X Factor USA. The group consists of members Ally Brooke Hernandez, Normani Kordei, Dinah Jane Hansen, Camila Cabello, and Lauren Jauregui. They signed a joint deal with Syco Music, owned by Simon Cowell, and Epic Records, L.A. Reid’s record label, after finishing in third place on the show.The band won MTV’s Artist To Watch award at the 2014 MTV Video Music Awards and recently performed at the Radio Disney Music Awards, where they were triple nominated. On June 6th they will perform at Capital FM’s Summertime Ball alongside Ariana Grande, Nick Jonas, Rita Ora, Jason Derulo and a host of international music stars!Find out more about Cybersmile here.last_img read more