Listed companies paid a record $497.4bn (€435.1bn) in dividends in the second quarter of this year, according to Janus Henderson Investors.The asset manager’s Global Dividend Index reported record dividend totals in 12 countries in the period, including for France, Japan and the US. European companies outside the UK paid a record $176.5bn.Year-on-year growth was 12.9% in dollar terms, the company said. Although currency “exaggerated the headline performance”, Janus Henderson reported underlying growth of 9.5% – the index’s fastest increase in three years. Ben Lofthouse, head of global equity income at Janus Henderson, said the growth was mostly due to “ongoing economic and earnings growth”. He added that, despite trade tensions between governments and regions, “we are still optimistic that in aggregate corporate earnings can continue to grow next year, and payout ratios in key parts of the world like Japan have scope to rise further too”.“Dividends in any case are less volatile than profits, and we are confident that 2019 will see the global total continue to rise in underlying terms,” Lofthouse said. “The trajectory of the dollar may affect the headline growth rate next year, but exchange-rate fluctuations have little impact over the longer term.”Within Europe, total dividend payouts hit record levels in France, Germany, Switzerland, the Netherlands, Belgium, Denmark and Ireland, Janus Henderson said.The company said it expected underlying total dividend payments to increase by 7.4% in 2018, compared with 2017’s total. In dollar terms the company did not change its forecast for the year, however, as the strengthening dollar was expected to offset this improvement.Janus Henderson estimated that $1.36trn would be paid out in 2018.According to consultancy group Mercer’s latest European Asset Allocation Survey, European defined benefit pension schemes allocated an average 28% of their portfolios to equities. This ranged from 10% in Denmark to 45% in Belgium. Source: Janus Henderson Investors
John Preston at LPFAThe LPFA is a defined benefit local government pension scheme with more than 88,000 members, 142 actively contributing employers and assets of £6bn (€7bn).Together with Lancashire County Council, the organisation is also a shareholder of the Local Pensions Partnership (LPP), which manages the assets of, and administers, the LPFA scheme.He said: “We will carry on our working with LPP to ensure that we provide efficient administration services to all clients and the scheme will continue to invest prudently and be recognised for our approach to responsible investment.”The LPFA is a Tier 1 signatory to the UK’s Stewardship Code, a signatory of Climate Action 100+, a member of the Local Authority Pension Fund Forum (LAPFF) and is a participant in the C40 Cities Divest Invest Forum. John Preston, chair of the Sainsbury’s defined benefit pension scheme, has joined the London Pensions Fund Authority (LPFA) as chair. He replaces Sir Merrick Cockell, who stepped down last December after four years in the role and nine years on the LPFA board.Preston is a fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales and a council member and past president of the Chartered Institute of Taxation.He spent 23 years as a partner at PwC working on global clients within financial services and other industries.He held several management positions within PwC’s lines of service including chief operating officer, head of risk and quality, financial services market leader and global head of external relations, regulation and policy. In addition to his role as chair of the LPFA, he is also chair of the Medical Research Council pension scheme. He will continue at Sainsbury’s DB scheme.His other roles include treasurer and council member of the University of Bath.
A dream to restore the Montgomery Canal, one of Britain’s most picturesque canals, took a giant leap forward yesterday with the start of a new £4 million project, the Canal and River Trust said in its latest release. A new nature reserve is to be created next to the canal near Oswestry which, together with work along the canal itself, means boaters could soon be returning to the area for the first time in 80 years.Works covered by this scheme will include creating extensive new nature reserves in recognition of the SSSI status of part of the canal in England; relining the canal bed to Crickheath.In Wales, the work will include restoring 12 historic structures; four areas of dredging to improve the flow of the water; towpath works and community involvement.The work is being carried out by the Canal & River Trust, the charity that cares for the Montgomery Canal and 2,000 miles of waterways in England and Wales.It is being funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund (HLF) and the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) and supported by the Montgomery Canal Partnership.[mappress mapid=”24247″]
“Why are we welcoming UNIGAMES?Because it is one of the eight institutional advocacies of the university –sports advocacy,” he added. Quoting MICE center executive directorSalvador D. Sarabia Jr., Tan said they will be showcasing to the delegates the“historical and cultural values of Ilonggos”. “We would like to congratulate thehost; you are helping the Iloilo community in terms of sports tourism and thebusiness sector of Iloilo,” Banzuela said. He shared that proper coordination hasbeen made with the Philippine National Police, accredited hospitals, emergencyresponders and other concerned sectors. The athletes will be billeted in themain campus of the university, where the majority of the classrooms areair-conditioned and the Sambag campus in Jaro district. If they could not beaccommodated in the two campuses, the university is partnering with the IloiloDoctors’ College. ILOILO City – The staging of the 24thPhilippine University Games (UNIGAMES) here, which will gather more than 2,500delegates from colleges and universities in the Philippines, is expected toboost this city’s sports tourism. The opening program for the UNIGAMESwill be held in the afternoon of Oct. 20 after the 2 p.m. Eucharisticcelebration at the USA gymnasium. Last year, around 30 colleges anduniversities joined the 23rd edition in Dumaguete City. Fray Stephen Ong Tan, OSA, overallchair of the USA’s steering committee, said they are giving security, in termsof preparations, an utmost priority. Roger Banzuela, president and chairmanof UNIGAMES, said they are expecting 40 colleges and universities to join thetournament from Oct. 19 to 27 and hosted by the University of San Agustin(USA). Banzuela said this year’s number ofparticipating schools is higher because of the involvement of the 2019Collegiate Grand Slam in conjunction with the women’s volleyball championshipsof the UNIGAMES. He added the city government’sMeetings, Incentives, Travel, Conference, Convention, Exhibitions, Events(MICE) Center has been lending them a hand in the preparations. If each of the delegates will justspend P300 a day for their meals, excluding snacks, transportation andsouvenirs, then it means some P750,000 circulating in the city for food alone,he said. In 10 days that is equivalent to some P7.5 million. However, athletes from Manila could bestaying in hotels, too. “We are almost 85 to 90 percent ready in terms ofbilleting venues,” he said. Among the events are athletics,basketball, football, volleyball, and beach volleyball to be held in variousplaying venues in Iloilo City. The women’s volleyball indoorcompetition will be called the 2019 UNIGAMES-Collegiate Grand Slam 2nd DominicSytin Cup. “We are in the stage of already implementingour security measures. We’ve already done our orientation,” Tan added, statingthat USA also hosted the UNIGAMES in 2014. This year’s edition of the UNIGAMES isthemed “The Games that Bring Us Together for Unity and Peace.” (PNA)
Many of our area Cross Country teams participated at The Rushville Invitationals on Saturday (8-26).Division 2 results: Girls-Greensburg 1st, Batesville 2nd, Rushville 3rd, Franklin County 11th, North Decatur 13th.Boys: Batesville 1st, Franklin County 13th.Division 3 results: Girls-Randolph Central 1st, Jac-Cen-Del 2nd, Oldenburg Academy 4th, South Ripley 6th.Boys: Wapahani 1st, Oldenburg Academy 9th, Jac-Cen-Del 11th, North Decatur 17th.JCD @ Rushville CC Invite (8-26)North Decatur Girls Runners: 27. Brianna Snider 23:14, 61. Bailey Tomson 25:11, 87. Bobbie Bialk 27:35, 109. Cheyenne Wolter 33:59, 110. Ember Burford 24:22.ND Boys Runners: 34. Daniel Dollinger 18:52, 67. Craig Adams 20:04, 79. Logan Kramer 20:25, 124. Tristan Ingmire 22:25, 132. Andrew Holloway 23:24.“Today each of our runners set a season PR. I think it was a combination of excellent running conditions and also the fact we had a great week of practice. It is nice to see their hard work paying off in the form of lower times.” Chargers Coach Scott Johnson.Next meet: Tuesday, August 29th vs Jac-Cen-Del (at North Branch Golf Course)The Lady FC Wildcat Cross Country team gave an excellent performance at the Rushville Invitational on Saturday, August 26th. Franklin County freshman, Lauren Kelley, placed 10th out of 101 competitors. Her time of 20:57 is only 8 seconds away from breaking the Franklin County women’s cross country record. Junior, Taylor Stewart, had the second best Franklin County time with 23:58. Sophomores, Kairee Hodapp and Katelyn Meyer were only seconds behind her. The whole team performed exceptionally well at this meet, especially when compared to last year’s results at the Rushville Invite. They are starting the year with faster times than ever.The Wildcat boys’ cross country team had a very successful Rushville Invitational meet. Senior, Cody Moore was the top runner for Franklin County. His time of 18:21 earned him 17th place, out of 118 competitors. He is only 14 seconds off of his all time PR. Senior, Evan Apsley, the second best finisher for Franklin County is also keeping hit time under 19 minutes. His time of 18:40 earned him 24th place, less than 20 seconds from a top 20 finish. Freshman, Drew Grant, is making an impressive start to the season. His time of 20:35 is closing in on a 19 minute finishing time. The FC boys cross country team is starting off with most members of the team already closing in on breaking their own personal records.Courtesy of Eagles Coach David Bradshaw and Wildcats Coach Stacey Nobbe.The Batesville Bulldogs traveled to Rushville for their annual Cross Country Classic Invitational where the Lions host more than 50 teams. This competition is split up into 3 different divisions depending on school enrollment numbers.Batesville competed in the Division II race with 18 teams in their division. The weather was pretty much perfect, much better than the week before, with literally no humidity and the temperature in the low 70’s. The Bulldogs took advantage of these weather conditions as the boys put their top 5 in the top 20 of the race, scoring just 61 points to bring home the championship trophy, beating the next team by over 40 points. Top runners for the dogs were, Joshua Myers, 6th, followed closely by just two seconds, teammate Adam Moster in 7th. Freshman Dillan Murray placed 13th with teammate Quinten Gowdy just two seconds behind in 15th place. Finishing the top 5 for Batesville was Christopher Laymon coming in 20th. The other two varsity runners for the Bulldogs for the morning were Joseph Choi (35th) and John Thompson (44th).The girls also had some great performances with 3 in the top 20 and claiming their division’s runner up spot as Greensburg took home the championship with 66 points to Batesville’s 88. Top runners scoring for Batesville and award winners were, Liz Loichinger in 5th, Emma Gausman 8th, closely followed by teammate Haylee Harmeyer in 9th. Finishing out the top 5 for the Bulldogs were Audrey Weigel in 33rd and Cheyenne Laker coming in 38th. The other two varsity runners for the morning were freshmen Trysta Vierling (41st) and Ava Ralston (54th).After all three division races were over, an open race for all JV runners was held and many great performances were shown during this race by the Bulldogs. Although there were not any awards or team scores, the Bulldogs still competed their best posting some great times. Leading the way for the boys was Nathan Eckstein and for the girls, Kate Poltrack. When all was said and done for the day, I am excited to report that the Batesville Cross Country squad posted 15 overall personal bests. These personal records went to: Joshua Myers, Dillon Murray, Chris Laymon, John Thompson, Nathan Eckstein, Kaleb McBeath, Luke Esser, Adam Hollowell, Alex Livers, Luke Nuhring, Nathan Villani, Landon Gutzwiller, Cheyenne Laker, Trysta Vierling and Ava Ralston. Congratulations to all!This week’s schedule will take the Bulldogs to Milan on Thursday to compete in the County meet.Courtesy of Bulldogs Coach Lisa Gausman.
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Published on October 30, 2013 at 12:05 am Contact David: firstname.lastname@example.org | @DBWilson2 Terrel Hunt knows he needs to trust his receivers.During the bye week he talked with Ashton Broyld the NFL’s premier receiver. Megatron.The trust between Calvin Johnson and Matthew Stafford is what makes them so good.“Some of his passes,” Hunt said, “he’s just throwing it knowing that Megatron’s going to get it.”None of Syracuse’s wide receivers is Megatron. Not even close. But Hunt is still gaining trust in them. The bye week came at a perfect time for the quarterback to regroup from a disastrous three-game stretch as the Orange (3-4, 1-2 Atlantic Coast) heads into the final month of the season.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“They gave me the keys to drive the car and I crashed,” Hunt said. “It’s just really how you bounce back.”After the game, Hunt’s confidence was sapped. His confidence in his weapons, but also his confidence in himself. The bye week gave him a chance to step back.After torching Wagner and Tulane, Hunt was rendered inept against Clemson, North Carolina State and Georgia Tech. He’s still adjusting to the speed of college football, and the ACC especially, so an extra week off gives him a time to study film.There’s no replacement for live reps, but Hunt now has two weeks to study Wake Forest, and two weeks to look back at what went wrong.“Everything happens faster,” offensive coordinator George McDonald said, “so I think that’s the one thing with any young quarterback, whether you’re in high school, college or a rookie in the NFL, the speed of the game changes.”Quarterbacks coach Tim Lester said Hunt has been good in practice since the 56-0 loss to Georgia Tech. His footwork is improving each week.Backup quarterback Drew Allen is once again getting some first-team reps, but Hunt has performed at his best when under pressure. He got complacent during training camp and it wasn’t until the season that he made a push for the starting job. As he’s solidified the job, he’s slipped. The bye week was a chance to go back to the drawing board.“He’s been up here a ton studying all the offensive plays, especially with Coach Lester,” head coach Scott Shafer said during his weekly teleconference on Tuesday. “I think it does come at a good time. A chance to kind of settle it down, look at it and show him just how close he is to making a handful of throws that could be good plays for us.“It’s a good time to sit back and reassess where he is.”SU tries not to dwell on the loss to the Yellow Jackets, but inevitably comes back to gnaw at the players. Backup quarterback Drew Allen said it came up as recently as Tuesday.“You go through a game like that, you get back to the drawing board real quick,” McDonald said. “That’s coaches, players, janitors—everybody.”Hunt said he’s left it behind him, but he’s watched the film from the game twice.He’s yet to find a true No. 1 receiving threat, but he can’t keep trying to make plays himself.There are several ways to look at a devastating loss and one that’s followed by a bye week. Lester hates the extra week for the loss to fester. Most like having the time to regroup.For all, the blowout is devastating, but for some it can be motivation.“It got us closer,” Hunt said. “We finally got to hit on the moments that we didn’t hit on before.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+
SCALE launched its campaign in consistency with a national movement by United Students Against Sweatshops after the Rana Plaza factory collapse in April 2013, which was one of the largest industrial disasters in the history of the garment industry.Participants of the sit-in entered Bovard at approximately 3:30 p.m. and were locked out of President Nikias’ office, sitting in the hallway near the office doors. The students remained within Bovard for three hours until 6:30 p.m when they filed out of the hallway chanting, “Whose university? Our university.”SCALE members inside did not reach a resolution with administration, claiming that USC officials refused to speak with the students and did not allow them to use a restroom.“[USC administration] made it clear [they didn’t want to negotiate] by leaving the room and did not return for three hours; they instead decided to wait us out by refusing to allow students to access a restroom,” said one SCALE member to those outside. “When I spoke with someone from DPS, they told me they weren’t sure bathrooms were a health and safety right that we were entitled to.”SCALE members Lorelei Christie and Julia Wang told the Daily Trojan that during the sit-in, students were threatened with phone calls to parents, revoking of financial aid and suspension.“[USC administration] did exactly what they’ve been doing to us in the past eight months, which is threaten us and ignore us,” Christie said. “Administration came down and issued a bunch of threats [to] take away our scholarships, suspend us, call our parents.”During the sit-in, Wang said that Dr. Ainsley Carry, the vice provost of student affairs, had contacted the students directly with the threats.In an email to the Daily Trojan, Carry clarified that the students were notified they would be suspended if they continued to “disrupt university business,” but no official suspensions were given.“No letters of interim suspension were handed out … the students were informed that if they chose to continue to disrupt university business with loud protests inside the building or by staying inside the building after the hours of operation that they would be given a letter of interim suspension,” Carry wrote.Carry also noted that if a student were to be suspended, they “would likely face the loss of any university scholarships.”The vice provost went on to mention that USC does not work with vendors whose apparel is produced within Bangladesh.“The standards and requirements of USC licensed vendors are among the most stringent in higher education,” Carry wrote. “USC has a long history of making dedicated efforts to help ensure that USC-branded merchandise is manufactured under safe and fair working conditions. No USC licensed vendor is producing USC merchandise in Bangladesh … We will continue to require that all licensees producing products for USC manufacture those items only in factories that ensure safe working conditions for their workers.”During the sit-in, SCALE members held an additional protest outside of Bovard, circling near the front gates chanting slogans such as “USC you can’t keep hiding, we the students are united” and “Hey Nikias prove your creed, don’t give into corporate greed.”“United we have the power, we have the skill, to bend their will,” said Faiz Jaspar Abu-Jaber, a junior majoring in neuroscience. “We will not take no for an answer until the contract with JanSport has been destroyed.”Seven DPS cars were parked outside of Bovard by the time the protest began, and DPS officers surrounded the entrance to Nikias office, not permitting access to any students. Additionally, many of the administrators working inside left the building at that time.DPS Deputy Chief David Carlisle noted that officers were not previously notified of the SCALE protest, and said upon arrival, they kept a steady presence while student affairs talked with SCALE representatives.“We monitored the situation while Student Affairs dealt with the student representatives from [SCALE] and there was no unfortunate action necessary,“ Carlisle said. “I have to defer to Student Affairs about if there were violations of university policies on campus for failing to move out of Bovard Auditorium.”Throughout the protest, SCALE members outside Bovard stood up and explained their reasoning for the organization’s presence. Liz Fernandez was one of those members, and beckoned USC to hear the organizations pleas.“[The SCALE members inside Bovard have] been threatened with suspension and they’ve been told that USC won’t speak to them,” Fernandez said. “To us that’s unacceptable, we’re your students, why won’t you hear our voices?”Fellow member Ryan Hauck reiterated Fernandez’s sentiments, asserting that administration cannot ignore the organization’s presence.“Human life is more valuable than however much money [the university] is saving,” Hauck said. “We are here to tell USC you can’t ignore the students without the students coming to you … our voice will never be silenced.”Following the sit-in, SCALE members declared that they will continue their campaign to end USC relations with JanSport, and hopefully reach a resolution with university administration.“All we can say is we will be back,” Christie said. “I think we showed them were willing to do whatever it takes to win this campaign.” On Tuesday afternoon, the Student Coalition Against Labor Exploitation held an 18-student sit-in outside of President C. L. Max Nikias’ office at Bovard Auditorium in protest to the university’s business relations with JanSport, an apparel brand whose parent company, the VF Corporation, SCALE claims has been directly linked to the deaths of numerous workers in factory collapses.Sit-in for justice · Eighteen students from SCALE waited outside Nikias’ office on Tuesday to negotiate ending business relations with JanSport. – Austin Vogel | Daily Trojan