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Cheri Bustos, who leads House Democrats’ campaign arm, says she won’t seek another term as chairwoman.

Cheri Bustos, who leads House Democrats’ campaign arm, says she won’t seek another term as chairwoman.

first_imgThe outcome was a painful and embarrassing turn for Ms. Bustos, 59, who was considered a rising star in the party who was particularly adept at devising strategies for Democrats running in conservative-leaning districts.Her departure will clear the way for others competing for the campaign committee position. Already some Democrats are pitching Representative Tony Cárdenas of California for the post. Mr. Cárdenas, who represents the Los Angeles area, could potentially help the party reorient after losing significant ground to Republicans among Latino voters in Florida, Texas and some other states.Representative Sean Patrick Maloney of New York, who is expected to win his district in the heart of Hudson Valley though it has not yet been called, formally announced his candidacy for the position, according to a letter obtained by The New York Times. – Advertisement – Ms. Bustos will remain in her position in the coming weeks, as Democrats continue to battle for a dozen or so seats where vote-counting continues. But she said she would not seek any other leadership post days after Democrats from the party’s moderate and progressive wings traded blame over the losses on a caucus conference call.“Instead, I will focus my efforts legislatively to help President-elect Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris as we build back better for the people,” Ms. Bustos said. Representative Cheri Bustos of Illinois, the leader of the House Democrats’ campaign arm, told colleagues on Monday that she would not seek another term as chairwoman after she led her party to unexpected losses last week and only narrowly won her own re-election race.In a letter to colleagues, Ms. Bustos conceded she had “hoped for better results” and was “gutted at the losses we sustained” even as she noted that she had delivered on “job No. 1,” maintaining the majority.- Advertisement – Democrats had entered the election on the offensive, predicting they would grow their majority and protect all but a handful of incumbents in red-leaning districts. Instead, Democrats are on track to lose six to 10 seats and failed to capture almost every pickup opportunity.- Advertisement – “My experience will allow me to better support our vulnerable members — especially our historically diverse group of frontline members — without sacrificing our shared principles,” Mr. Maloney wrote, citing his fund-raising, professional background and the makeup of his district as part of his pitch. Ms. Bustos was still expected to convene a briefing for Democratic lawmakers on Tuesday to discuss the election results. In her letter, she said the campaign committee would conduct a review “to better understand why the national polling and modeling environment failed to materialize.”In a statement, Speaker Nancy Pelosi praised Ms. Bustos as “a leader of great integrity and inspiration” and thanked her for her service. – Advertisement –last_img read more

People moves: UK railways scheme completes internal property team

People moves: UK railways scheme completes internal property team

first_imgRPMI Railpen – The investment manager for the UK’s £27bn (€30bn) railways industry pension scheme has completed its internal property investment team with the appointments of Alastair Dawson and Richard van Lente. Dawson joins as senior property asset manager from CBRE, where he was responsible for management of Harbert Management Corporation’s industrial assets. At Railpen he will be responsible for the day to day asset management of office and industrial assets. Van Lente joins as senior property asset and development manager from Market Tech, and will be responsible for the day-to-day asset management of a number of Railpen’s retail property assets. Rabobank Pensioenfonds – Theo Camps has been appointed independent chairman of the €24.9bn pension fund of Rabobank, which has recently switched from a paritarian board to a one-tier board. Camps takes over from deputy chairman Antoon de Hoon, who had chaired the pension fund since 1 May 2016, when Bert Bruggink, the former chief finance and risk officer of Rabobank, stepped down.Camps – a professor of organisational science and governance at the TIAS School for Business and Society at Tilburg University – had been executive chairman of consultancy Berenschot. He has also been supervisory chair of one of Rabobank’s regional branches and has co-chaired Rabobank’s governance committee, which unified Rabobank into a single Co-operative. AFM – Femke de Vries is to leave Dutch communication watchdog Autoriteit Financiële Markten (AFM) and join consultancy &samhoud as a senior partner as of 1 January. She said she wanted to broaden her experience to a more entrepreneurial role. De Vries, who joined the AFM in 2015, has been active in financial supervision for the past 15 years. Prior to her role at the AFM, she was secretary-director at supervisor De Nederlandsche Bank. De Vries is to stay on as extraordinary professor of supervision at Rijksuniversiteit Groningen.TOBAM – The “anti-benchmark” asset manager has appointed Frédéric Jamet as head of trading and co-head of research. Jamet is based in Paris, managing TOBAM’s teams across Paris and Dublin. He is a renowned academic in the field of factor and smart beta investment, with 28 years of asset management industry experience. He joins TOBAM from State Street Global Advisors France, where he had served as head of investments for eleven years. Before that he was head of the index equity unit for State Street.P-Solve – The fiduciary manager and investment consultant has poached Damon Hopkins from Willis Towers Watson, appointing him as associate director in its defined contribution investment consulting practice. Before Willis Towers Watson, Hopkins worked for companies including Mercer and JLT Benefits Solutions.Lazard Asset Management London – Lisa O’Connor has joined the firm as head of consultant relations for the UK. She was previously at AXA Investment Managers for around six years, as both European head and global head of consultant relations. AXA has appointed Manisha Patel to replace O’Connor as head of global consultant relations. She was previously head of UK consultant relations. She joined AXA IM in 2004, having  previously worked at the Government of Singapore Investment Corporation as an equity researcher.Legal & General Investment Management – Volker Kurr has been appointed head of Europe, institutional for LGIM. He has worked at the asset manager for the past four years as head of Germany, Austria and Switzerland. Sarah Aitken, head of distribution EMEA at LGIM, said his appointment would help drive the next phase of growth in institutional Europe, which includes establishing a small office in Frankfurt.Capzanine – The French private debt manager is opening an office in Munich in an effort to capture the momentum in the European direct lending market. Bertram Schütz has been appointed to lead its business in Germany. After 20 years at HVB/UniCredit Schütz switched to Avenue Capital Group in 2007, where he set up a direct lending strategy. Old Mutual Global Investors – Benjamin Hügli joined the asset manager this month as sales director for the DACH region (Germany, Austria and Switzerland). He is based in OMGI’s Zurich office, having previously been head of Switzerland at Foord Asset Management.ALFI Partners – Patrick Kern joined third party asset manager marketer ALFI Partners in late August. He will cover Austria, German-speaking Switzerland and Liechtenstein. He has previously held positions at Lazard Asset Management, REYL Asset Management, Bank Sarasin and ING Investment Management.Penfida – The corporate finance advice firm has appointed Deborah Gudgeon as a senior adviser. She joins Penfida from Gazelle Corporate Finance, where she was a managing director and provided independent advice to some of the largest UK and multinational defined benefit schemes. Gudgeon will advise pension fund trustees on all aspects of the employer covenant, corporate transactions, scheme funding negotiations and integrated risk management. She was the founding director of the special situations advisory team at BDO and a director in the corporate finance advisory business at Deloitte.Harvest Global Investments – The $114bn Asian specialist asset manager has made three senior appointments for its Hong Kong office. Winnie Wong is a fixed income portfolio manager at Harvest, having previously held roles at Royal Bank of Canada, Warburg Pincus, and Credit Suisse. Kathy Zhang was previously at Credit Suisse, and joins Harvest as China equity strategist. Kenn An will oversee product development at Harvest in his role as head of product. Kenn was previously head of product and marketing at UBS Asset Management in Hong Kong. FCA, RPMI Railpen, Rabobank Pensioenfonds, Autoriteit Financiële Markten, TOBAM, P-Solve, Penfida, Harvest, Lazard, AXA, Legal & General, Capzanine, OMGI, ALFI PartnersFinancial Conduct Authority – The UK regulator has unveiled the full membership of its new working group on institutional costs disclosure, led by Chris Sier.It comprises asset manager, institutional investor and consumer representatives, including: Stewart Bevan, cost transparency specialist at KAS Bank; Richard Butcher, managing director at professional trustee firm PTL and incoming chair of the Pensions and Lifetime Savings Association; Iain Clacher, associate professor in accounting and finance at Leeds University Business School, and Ralph Frank, head of DC at consultancy Cardano and leader of campaign group the Transparency Task Force’s costs and charges section. Former shadow minister of state for pensions Gregg McClymont was unveiled as deputy co-chairman of the group last week, as was Jeff Houston, head of pensions at the Local Government Association. The group has been charged with developing a new framework for standardised asset manager disclosure of costs and charges to institutional investors. The full list of members can be found here.last_img read more

Tim Duncan beast on court, if not in press

Tim Duncan beast on court, if not in press

first_imgSan Antonio Spurs forward Tim Duncan (21) drives while fouled by Memphis Grizzlies center Marc Gasol (33), of Spain, in the second half of an NBA basketball game on Monday, Jan. 30, 2012, in Memphis, Tenn. The Spurs won 83-73. (AP Photo/Jim Weber) by Eliott C. McLaughlin(CNN) — OK, readers, let’s have a debate, one of sports talk’s favorites. Who is the best player in the NBA? Is it Kevin Durant, LeBron James or Kobe Bryant?Scroll down to the comments and sound off. Go, now. I’ll wait.…All done? Good. Now, how many of you called me short-sighted (or “an Obama-loving imbecile,” if you’re a troll) for neglecting to include the San Antonio Spurs’ Tim Duncan?Not many, I venture, at least not if you’re outside the Greater Alamo Area. But how can he objectively be omitted from the debate?“His game is shrouded in fundamentals and not athleticism,” said former NBA sharpshooter Steve Kerr, a TNT analyst who will call Saturday’s Game 6 between James’ Heat and the Indiana Pacers. “What he does isn’t flashy, isn’t explosive. He prefers the shadow. He doesn’t want to be in the spotlight.”Yet he’s a winner. That can’t be argued, and with his résumé, it’s curious he doesn’t get more credit — and that less-talented fellows like Metta World Peace get more press, even if it’s because of their antics.Fans profess to yearn for good guys, yet when presented with a stalwart, they yawn or change the channel. Last week’s news of Duncan’s possible divorce from his wife of 11 years is one of the few, maybe only, instances of off-court negative press in his career.Kerr said he can’t explain it.“Why do people watch reality TV? Why do people watch the Kardashians? Just consider your audience,” he said. “It’s true that there’s a fairly hypocritical nature, not just to sports fans but human beings. It’s human nature to be fascinated by the bizarre or the crazy or the flashy and not the mundane.”last_img read more

Toys for the Littlest Sandy Victims

Toys for the Littlest Sandy Victims

first_imgBy Michele J. KuhnFAIR HAVEN – Margaret Spicer is working to ensure a happy holiday season for children whose lives have been disrupted by Super Storm Sandy.Spicer, owner of Distinc­tive Toys, and a group of volunteers are collecting toys and donations of money and gift cards to purchase toys to stock a space where parents can come, select gifts for their children and have them wrapped, tagged and bagged in time for Hanukkah and Christmas. They are calling the project Sandy’s Toy Shoppe.The grassroots effort was begun by Spicer a few weeks ago. She has been soliciting donations from the specialty toy companies she deals with for her shop but is specifically looking for mass-market toys that many children want.“The big need that we have,” she said, is for toys like “the Barbies and the Legos and Hot Wheels and things like that. We are also looking for sponsors financially so that we can go get those toys … Those companies have such huge minimum orders that I can’t even buy them wholesale because I can’t meet the minimum.”Sandy’s Toy Shoppe is expected to be open during the weekends of Dec. 8-9 and Dec. 15-16 but Spicer won’t say where or when the event will take place to discourage those who are not eligible. Volunteers will pick up participants who do not have transportation. “It will be set up … as much like a toy store as I can do it,” Spicer said. “The parents will go through and pick and choose things for their children.” The number of toys a family will get will depend on the donations of toys and funds to buy additional toys.Young students who volunteer will be dressed as elves during the event and high-schoolers will help wrap gifts.Those coordinating the effort will get names of participants from churches, schools, community centers, social service agencies and other relief organizations. The agencies will reach out to those they know need some assistance, tell them about Sandy’s Toy Shoppe and invite them to participate.“If they say yes, their name gets put on a list. If they are hesitant, because they are embarrassed, those families can feed information to their churches or their organization of what they would like and those things will be given to them,” Spicer said. “These are people who have never had to ask for anything before. We don’t want to embarrass them. We just want them to receive the toys so the children can have them.”Individuals and families can approach those agencies and ask to be placed on the list. They may also contact Spicer at Distinctive Toys, 595 River Road, Fair Haven, or call the store at 732-747-8080, ask for her or leave a message if she is unavailable and she will return the call in short order. The store is open 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday and most of the day on Sunday.“If somebody knows a family and they want to get them on the list, all they have to do is call,” she said. Those whose names are not on lists provided by reputable agencies will be asked for documentation from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) showing they have registered with the agency to prove they have been impacted by the storm.Spicer has teamed up with the Knights of Columbus Council No. 3187, Life Guard Ecumenical Foundation, and RecoverRebuild of Red Bank.The Junior League of Monmouth County will accept new unwrapped toys for Sandy’s Toy Shoppe during its Home for the Holidays shopping event from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 1, and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 2, at Rumson Country Day School, 35 Bellevue Ave., Rumson.Spicer also is getting great assistance from the American Specialty Toy Retailing Associ­ation (ASTRA), a nonprofit specialty toy trade group.Those who wish to donate may drop off toys, gift cards or checks at Spicer’s store or go online and donate via PayPal through Life Guard Ecumenical Foundation website at www.LGEF.net. Life Guard is a nonprofit, tax-deductible charity and all money donated to that foundation through Dec. 24 will go to fund Sandy’s Toy Shoppe.“I’m hoping this will be a wonderful event and people will be happy,” she said.last_img read more