Martijn Scholten, MN“MN is widely recognised for its leading role as a long-term responsible investor,” he said. “We plan to further consolidate this position by creating custom client investment solutions and expanding our data-driven IT strategy and market alliances, in order to optimise our scalability and knowledge management.”Scholten will also join MN’s executive committee, which is chaired by Norbert Hoogers.Hoogers said he was delighted to have Scholten in the driver’s seat at MN Investment Management.“He knows the rules, the tactics and the key players, and he has also gained a deep level of trust in his previous roles at MN,” he added.MN is the 21st largest manager of European institutional assets, according to IPE’s Top 400 Asset Managers survey. In his new role, Scholten said he expected to focus on securing MN’s position in international sustainable investment. MN, the €130bn asset manager for the Dutch metal sector pension funds PMT and PME, has appointed Martijn Scholten as its new chief investment officer.Scholten succeeds Gerald Cartigny, who has been appointed head of Goldman Sachs Asset Management in the Benelux region from 1 October.Currently, Scholten is director of fiduciary management at MN, where he has worked in various positions since joining the asset manager and pensions provider as a real estate investor in 2003.Before becoming director of fiduciary management in 2016, his positions included business analyst, manager of MN’s client services centre, and temporary director of client portfolio management.
September 18, 2020
Update on the latest sports Collin Morikawa, who missed a 6-foot putt in regulation for the win, missed a 3-foot par putt in the playoff.Berger closed with a 4-under 66, his 28th consecutive round at par or better dating to Oct. 11 at the Houston Open.Even over the final hour, a half-dozen players were still in the mix. All that was missing was the sound and energy of a gallery, with the PGA Tour not allowing spectators for the opening five events in its return.Commissioner Jay Monahan called it a phenomenal return because all 487 coronavirus tests at Colonial came back negative.NASCAR-HOMESTEAD-SCENE Associated Press June 14, 2020 — Louisiana Tech officials say a football player has tested positive for COVID-19 and that he and some of his teammates have been instructed to self-quarantine for two weeks. School officials say contact tracing helped officials identify additional football players who could have been exposed. Louisiana Tech has not released the names of the players being required to quarantine and has not specified how many players were identified for possible exposure. The Bulldogs reported to campus in Ruston, Louisiana, on June 1 for physicals and medical testing. They began on-field conditioning during the past week and are scheduled to begin weight training this week.— An Arizona Coyotes staff member has tested positive for COVID-19 and is isolated at home in the Phoenix area. The teams say the staffer is asymptomatic and feeling well. The team says all other staff members or players involved in phase 2 of the NHL’s testing protocol have tested negative as teams prepare to start voluntary small-group workouts on Monday. NHL mandatory training camps can open July 10, pending an agreement to returning to play later this summer.— The Spanish league says it will file criminal charges against a fan who ran onto the field during Barcelona’s match at Mallorca. Saturday’s match was played without fans but the youngster wearing an Argentina soccer jersey made it past security and took a photo of himself in front of Barcelona defender Jordi Alba. The league said the fan, who was not wearing a mask or gloves when he entered the field early in the second half, disobeyed orders from security personnel and broke health safety laws in place because of the coronavirus pandemic.AMERICA PROTESTS-NHLWhite NHL players find their voice on racism Kamara lauds Wallace’s courage after NASCAR’s trying weekHOMESTEAD, Fla. (AP) — A bit of normalcy returned to sports as a small number of fans were welcomed to Homestead-Miami Speedway. About 1,000 people, mostly military members and their families, attended Sunday’s NASCAR race.It was the first time NASCAR raced in front of fans since the coronavirus pandemic shut down sports worldwide.Bubba Wallace wore a mask in the colors of the American flag as he stood for the national anthem. Wallace is the only full-time black driver in the Cup Series and had input in NASCAR’s decision to ban the Confederate flag from its events.New Orleans Saints running back Alvin Kamara was there to support Wallace. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditGOLF-COLONIALBerger takes ColonialFORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — The PGA Tour completed a safe and successful return to competition, and so did Daniel Berger. He made a 10-foot birdie putt on the final hole and then won the Charles Schwab Challenge by saving par behind the 17th hole in a playoff. UNDATED (AP) — The predominantly white sport of hockey has a checkered history of racism and a culture of not speaking out. The death of George Floyd in Minnesota has changed that.A number of white NHL players have decided to join their black counterparts in discussing the issue. More than 100 players have posted statements on social media.Kim Davis is the NHL’s executive vice president of social impact and the highest-ranked African American in the league. She says she thinks many players are realizing the truth about what she calls “the racial pandemic.” Floyd’s death in police custody has touched off an extraordinary reckoning of race and race relations, and sports have been part of it, from European soccer to the NFL. It has also made ripples in NASCAR, which like the NHL has predominately white athletes and, by most accounts, a largely white fan base.NASCAR-HOMESTEAD-XFINITY VIRUS OUTBREAK-SPORTSBaseball players say talks futile, tell MLB to order returnUNDATED (AP) — Major League Baseball appears headed to its shortest season since the 1870s.Baseball players have told the commissioner’s office that any more talks on starting the season would be pointless, and that owners should order a return to work.Union head Tony Clark said in a statement Saturday that “It’s time to get back to work. Tell us when and where.” Briscoe finds a way, wins Xfinity race at HomesteadHOMESTEAD, Fla. (AP) — Chase Briscoe lost much of his team and got a win for them. Briscoe survived two late cautions and a frantic overtime finish to prevail in the Xfinity Series race at Homestead-Miami Speedway.The result added to a nightmarish weekend for Noah Gragson, who saw a huge lead slip away in the final laps for the second consecutive day. Gragson led late in Saturday’s race, also at Miami, before a caution tightened the field and gave Harrison Burton the chance to grab the win on the final lap.On Sunday, Briscoe was without crew chief Richard Boswell, car chief Nick Hutchins and engineer DJ Vanderley, all of whom began serving four-race suspensions for a safety violation that happened Saturday. So Briscoe — a big Tony Stewart fan growing up — got Stewart-Haas Racing competition director Greg Zipadelli to fill in as his crew chief and prevailed.COLLEGE FOOTBALL-IOWA-KOERNER HURT Iowa defensive back Jack Koerner hurt in jet ski accidentIOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — Iowa defensive back Jack Koerner (KOHR’-ner) has been injured in a jet ski collision on the Lake of the Ozarks in Missouri.According to a police report, Koerner and his passenger, Cole Coffin, were hurt on Friday when their watercraft crashed into the side of a boat. Coffin was taken to a hospital by aircraft. There was no immediate word on his injuries or condition. Koerner was taken to a hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. The union’s action might lead to a season of about 50 games rather than the 82 initially proposed by MLB. The Major League Baseball Players Association could respond by filing a grievance that would be heard by arbitrator Mark Irvings, arguing players are owed hundreds of millions of dollars in damages due to a shorter season.MLB responded with a statement accusing the union of not negotiating in good faith and cited the March agreement that called for prorated salaries but did not obligate teams to play in empty ballparks. Clubs could file a grievance claiming the union did not meet its “good faith” obligation.Overall, this could spark lengthy litigation and could even prompt some star players to sit out.In other developments related to the COVID-19 pandemic:— College officials haven’t come up with a consensus opinion on whether to announce how many of their athletes test positive for the coronavirus. Nearly half of the 66 Football Bowl Subdivision members that responded to an Associated Press inquiry said they were still deciding whether to announce the number of athletes with positive tests. Just over half of the schools will not release any numbers to the general public. Schools are trying to balance the public’s right to know during a pandemic against student privacy rights.
September 17, 2020
Boketto Cold Brew Maurice Harris The owner of Cultural Interiors, Gail Hawkins, curates multicultural items from around the world for your interior and exterior design needs. Their shopping categories online range from “Cultural Body Treasures,” which includes all sorts of vibrant beaded jewelry pieces, to “Heart of Africa,” in which many decor items have been imported straight from Africa or are African-inspired. They currently take online orders for delivery and phone-in orders for curbside pickup. Fashion ComfortLA Craving comfort food? Look no further. Jeremy McBryde and Mark E. Walker’s ComfortLA uses locally sourced ingredients to create healthy versions of classic Southern foods, such as “Clean Mean Greens” and “Organic Not Your Average Fried Chicken.” They currently offer delivery and curbside pickup orders. Burkinabaé Accessories If you’re looking for a mixture of style, comedy and empowerment, consider shopping at Stuzo Clothing, an L.A.-based brand created by Stoney Michelli and Uzo Ejikeme. With a mission of fostering a nonjudgmental space in fashion, this versatile brand sells clothing and accessories with phrases such as “Black AF” and “Yup, still gay” printed on them. Their merchandise is genderless and, in their words, “for the non-conforming and bold at heart.” And, for your coronavirus needs, they sell face masks for $12-20 online. Distinct, forward-thinking and extravagant — these are all words that describe the merchandise of Burkinabaé, an L.A. accessory brand that sells pieces such as statement jewelry, couture eyewear, head wraps and more. Created by West African designer Karen Emilienne Chatelain, the brand encourages customers to form a sense of style individual to themselves through their unique and lively pieces. Discover a new definition of your own style as well as what a fringe neck-piece looks like at their website. With their motto “coffee first, mischief later,” Harry Potter-themed Nimbus Coffee is advertised as a haven for all types of mystical beings. Co-owned by mother and daughter Shawn and Eviana Farrar, they serve everything from “Witches Cold Brew’’ to “Dragon’s Breathe,” which is a type of compote infused with fairy dust. Choose whichever magical drink catches your eye for pickup or for delivery through DoorDash. Maurice Harris is not your ordinary florist. Rather, he expresses his individuality with magnificent floral sculptures that he says embody “chaos and balance.” He also owns both a flower and coffee shop in L.A. named Bloom & Plume and Bloom & Plume Coffee, respectively. Bouquets and centerpieces are available at the flower shop, and you can order his coffee, tea and colorful merchandise online. Umar Rashid is a man of many talents. He is an artist, poet, musician and history fanatic. His work has been exhibited across the world and in the United States in spaces such as the Museum of Contemporary Art and the Santa Barbara Museum of Art. He uses ink, acrylic, tea and coffee to illuminate alternative tellings of people of color’s histories in the colonial world. Eso Won Books Cultural Interiors Oh My Burger A self-described “soul seductress,” Sanura’s smooth vocals are both powerful and soothing. Her style is a blend of R&B, jazz and house, and she has been singing professionally for more than 10 years. Her most recent single, titled “Don’t Ever Talk To Me Again,” boasts beautiful harmonies and a story about getting over a past lover. You can listen to her discography on Spotify or on her website. Artists During this time, many are asking how they can best be involved. And while there are many paths to allyship, such as joining in the protests, spreading resources, educating oneself, donating and signing petitions, one contribution method that should not be overlooked is supporting Black businesses and creatives. The present economy does not favor Black-owned businesses, as they continuously experience underinvestment, even when the economy is flourishing. Therefore, collectively dedicating spending power to support these individuals and groups can be incredibly impactful. While there are far too many to list, here are 15 businesses and creatives in Los Angeles you can assist through your time, money and dedication. Cross Colours is a streetwear brand defined by bold colors, Pan-African flag influences and its motto, “Clothing Without Prejudice.” Launched in L.A. in 1989 by Carl Jones and T.J. Walker, this progressive brand draws inspiration from Black nationalist ideologies in an effort to bring the Black community closer together. They sell their colorful merchandise for all genders online including hoodies, shirts, underwear, hats and even air freshener. Based in downtown L.A., Benjamin Westley’s Boketto Cold Brew sources its premium ingredients from sustainably farmed products around the world. Their cold brew espresso comes in 1.5-liter pouches that’ll last for over a month, and they offer automatic replenishment services to keep you sufficiently caffeinated. You can order online for delivery. (Shideh Ghandeharizadeh | Daily Trojan) Lot XI Patrons of L.A.’s Eso Won Books will find an extensive literature collection tailored to Black culture and history. Co-owners James Fugate and Thomas Hamilton list a variety of genres for sale on their website, such as books on the Black Panther Party and the National Museum of African American History and Culture, which are great to purchase if you’re looking to educate yourself on the history of racial injustice. They also host book signing events for authors, and past guests have included Ta-Nehisi Coates and Maya Angelou. Nimbus Coffee Stuzo Clothing Abeautifullife Bohemian House of Espresso + Chai Umar Rashid Restaurants Cross Colours Almost every burger on the menu at Oh My Burger has a name inspired by music-related backstories from owners Danielle and Brandyn Powell, like the Big Homie, whose name derives from a Tyga song. They created this burger joint to serve fresh-tasting burgers without sacrificing quality or service. You can order their “Pandemic Box,” peach cobbler shake and more online. Coffee Shops Sanura Lot XI, a Compton-based urban apothecary, was founded by clinical psychotherapist Krystyl Wright and her mother with the mission of encouraging self-care and community wellness. Their products range from candles to facemasks and more and are all handcrafted from environmentally safe and organic fair trade ingredients. They keep 11 core principles in mind when formulating their products, including social justice, self-investment and growth. Shops As a nation, we are at a pivotal moment in history. George Floyd’s death at the hands of police officers in Minneapolis, along with other recent killings of Black individuals — Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, Tony McDade and many, many more — have sparked nationwide and global outrage over a longstanding pattern of brutality against Black people, particularly at the hands of the police. More than 700 protests and counting have erupted across the country in recent weeks, and the rallying cry for justice and change continues to echo across social media. Head downtown to receive an unconventional coffee experience at Bohemian House of Espresso + Chai, which doubles as an innovative creative space for its patrons. The shop sells artisanal chai, rich espresso drinks, snacks and pastries. You can access its menu for in-store pickup or delivery online. Abeautifullife is a cafe and food truck created by mother-and-daughter duo Barbara and Aja Dawson that serves family-style cooking and desserts, such as jerk chicken and kale berry smoothies. Although their food truck is currently closed, you can order food online for pickup at their Spring Street cafe or order delivery through Postmates, Ubereats, Caviar and DoorDash.