× COLLECTING COSTUMES — The Horace Mann Cleaner and Greener Club is off to a great start collecting children’s Halloween costumes for JerseyCares. This is the first of many projects to promote kindness and respect, not only in our school, but also in our community! In December we will be collecting gently used winter coats to help keep everyone warm this winter.
The American Medical Association (AMA) Foundation welcomed four new members to the national philanthropic organization’s board of directors, including Harvard Medical School (HMS) student Benjamin Schanker. As elected members of the board, these individuals will contribute their expertise to advance the mission of the AMA Foundation by ensuring that the organization successfully raises, stewards, and administers funds for high-impact public health programs.Schanker previously served as an AMA Foundation Student Ambassador to the Board of Directors. Schanker is expected to graduate from HMS in 2014. He recently completed a fellowship in the Health Resources and Services Administration of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, and he has been a consultant for the World Health Organization.Schanker currently serves as a student representative on the Massachusetts Medical Society board of trustees, and he is the president-elect of the American College of Medical Quality Student and Resident Section. Additionally, he has been published in the American Journal of Medical Quality, Neurosurgical Focus, and the American Journal of Bioethics.The AMA Foundation advances public health and medical scholarship by raising philanthropic support for physician-directed initiatives.
The Coordination welcomes the media’s efforts to expose the fact that some caterers continue to serve their fingers while clearly enjoying a degree of protection from state institutions. “Such a practice sheds an ugly light on the entire hospitality profession, where the majority respects the law and really tries to survive in the market despite the hitherto difficult conditions for dealing with catering. ” emphasize the Croatian Coordination of Caterers and add that the State should ensure equal market competition and severely punish those caterers who break the law in the middle of Zagreb, while not caring about the Adriatic coast, which suffers unforeseeable consequences due to fingerprinting. This law was passed for a very good reason, and the fishing of fingerlings results in the inadmissible ecological destruction of the Adriatic coast. We demand that the owners of such catering facilities be punished in accordance with the applicable law, and that inspections and other competent services thoroughly check which facilities are in question, the caterers point out in their statement. See more about the topic and initiative of the Index.hr portal HERE The Coordination of Croatian Caterers strongly condemns the practice of some caterers to secretly offer guests fingertips on their menus, despite the fact that this is strictly prohibited by law. The whole story was started by the Index.hr portal after the revelation of restaurants that serve fingers, although this is strictly forbidden by law. The last two restaurants that have fingers in their pockets, which were discovered by Index.hr, are the Zagreb restaurant Bonaca and Laganini. The most diligent workers and the most honest caterers should prosper and survive on the market, not hunters in the dark who are not afraid of anything, said Vedran Jakominić, president of the Association of Caterers of Primorje-Gorski Kotar County, on behalf of the Croatian Caterers’ Coordination, adding: “We are asking the state to regulate business in the hospitality industry, the only thing we want is to give us a realistic legislative and tax framework within which we will be able to do business and survive on the market. I think that we are engaged in an extremely useful activity for Croatia, but I also do not think that we are above the law. I consider serving fingers in some restaurants shameful both as a man and as a caterer, and I demand that it be severely punished. It is unacceptable to destroy the only coast we have for the benefit of individuals. In the long run, that way we all cut the branch we are sitting on”
VBV Group – Andreas Zakostelsky is to join the occupational pension provider as group chief executive, a move first reported by IPE earlier this week. Zakostelsky, an Austrian MP and former head of Valida Group, will assume the new position in April, replacing Karl Timmel, who is retiring after 26 years in the role. Timmel will be replaced as head of VBV Pensionskasse by Gernot Heschl, who joined the board at the beginning of the year, and previously worked for Erste Group Bank and UniCredit/Bank Austria Group.Erste Asset Management – Robert Senz has been appointed head of fixed income. Senz has more than 25 years of experience in fixed income and has worked at Raiffeisen Capital Management, where he was CIO for bonds. The current head, Alexander Fleischer, will take an educational leave at his own request.Pictet Asset Management – Simon Gottelier joins as senior investment manager for the Water strategy from Impax Asset Management, while Peter Lingen joins as senior investment manager to co-manage the Robotics strategy from Swedbank Robur. Christian Roessing joins the thematic equities team from Vontobel Asset Management, and Cyril Benier has been appointed as a senior investment manager in the small-cap equities team, joining from AXA Investment Managers.AXA Investment Managers – The Duy Nguyen has been appointed as a senior portfolio manager. Nguyen will be responsible for managing multi-asset class portfolios within AXA IM’s structured finance team. He joins from Natixis, where he spent five years in the European asset-backed securities and collateralised loan obligations trading team.Sacker & Partners LLP – The UK law firm for pension scheme trustees, employers and providers has strengthened its defined contribution offering with the appointment of Jacqui Reid as an associate director. Reid was previously at Linklaters for 15 years, where she advised trustee and employer clients on defined benefit, DC and hybrid schemes. ATP, PensionDanmark, Skandia, Achmea Investment Management, Actiam, VBV Group, Erste Asset Management, Raiffeisen Capital Management, Pictet Asset Management, AXA Investment Managers, Natixis, Sacker & Partners LLP, LinklatersATP – Lars Gjørret started work on 1 January as property investment manager at ATP Real Estate, within its investment & portfolio unit. He comes to ATP from an eight-year stretch at PensionDanmark, where he was most recently project director specialising in residential developments. ATP said Gjørret’s main responsibility at its property investment division would be to execute the new strategy within residential investments, and that he would also take part in property development generally.Skandia – Per Wahlström, one of the two head directors of Skandia in Denmark, is taking over sole responsibility for the company’s Danish business. The current co-head, Charsten Christensen, is to leave the company in the summer, when he has completed a big strategic project. Wahlström will take on the role of chief executive of Skandia Link Livsforsikring (Life Insurance). Skandia said the change in management was result of its efforts to reduce the number of its Danish legal business entities to two from six. It said the changes it has made in the last three years meant it could now focus on offering unit-link pension products and health-related products.Achmea Investment Management – Jacob de Wit has been appointed chairman of the new asset management division as of 1 February. He is to succeed Hans Snijders, who has been holding the position on an interim basis. De Wit has been executive chairman at asset manager Actiam. Prior to this, he was a member of the executive committee at F&C Asset Management. Achmea Investment Management was established on 1 January after Syntrus Achmea Vermogensbeheer and Achmea Beleggingsfondsen Beheer merged.