Presenting Your 2017 Electric Forest Festy Awards: Weekend Two

first_imgLoad remaining images Photo: Adam Straughn Photo: Adam Straughncenter_img Electric Forest boasts one of the most diverse festival lineups around, perfecting the Venn diagram model of bringing together the best in jam, electronic, funk, crossover acts, and everything in between. Beyond the music, Sherwood Forest is filled with all sorts of magical, bizarre, and unique musical experiences that one would never find anywhere else. With a little bit of something for just about everyone, we decided to break down our favorite sets from this past weekend by category. Presenting: your 2017 Electric Forest Weekend Two Festy Awards!Best Dance PartyThe String Cheese Incident graced the Ranch Area on Saturday night with a roaring dance party dubbed, “The Big Shebang.” String Cheese tore through the evening with a glistening matrimony of production and sound. The upbeat set touted both Cheese originals and covers, such as “Dear Prudence,” and spectacular collaborations. Artists Matisyahu and Dominic Lalli of Big Gigantic, to name a couple, graced the stage for soul heavy, electronic jams. The four-hour long dance party was vast and impressive, transforming the Ranch Arena into an enlivening ballroom, leaving spirits upbeat and entranced.Best Rock and RollLotus rears a sound that is instrumental based, while it yet teeters on peculiar electronic synthesis. Lotus presented a Friday night set at Sherwood Court, boasting their archetypal confidence. Their sound was profound and cumbersome, while it threw nods to traditional rock and roll. The crowd was immersed in immense instrumentals and the upbeat vibe that ensued. Lotus’ set included established songs, “Flower Sermon>,” “Greet the Mind,” and “Move Too Fast,” while they included impressive takes on non-traditional content as well.Best JamsJam-heavy powerhouse, Lettuce, consumed the Forest once again for a lively set that boasted their unique sound, filled with blissfully intoxicating beats. With psychedelic undertones, the band encompassed attendees in rhythmic groove and upbeat energy. The marriage of synthesis along with tried and true instrumentals are what construct the band’s’ signature vibe. Those in attendance were not left disappointed to say the least, as the set commenced with powerful jams led by melodic melodies.JamtronicaJam band quartet TAUK undoubtedly brings the heat when it comes to the synthesis of electronic music and sweet, organic jams. Members Isaac Teel, Matt Jalbert, Charles Dolan, and Alric “A.C.” Carter have embedded their sound into the modern, progressive jam band era. Together, band members utilize an impressive array of instrumentals while they infuse electronic elements as well. This sets the stage, quite literally, for a unique presentation of sound that is truly glorious when seen live. Here, there are soulful elements with the principal features of rock and a glistening silver lining that dances on the border of electronic music. Any set touted by TAUK transcends what can be expected of live music, and their presentation at Electric Forest was no exception to that. Each member of the audience was entranced as the group constructed organic improvisations and band classics as well.Best Group CollabAlix Perez and bass-music heavyweight, EPROM, have joined forces to present, “Shades.” Individually, the artists are deeply rooted in bass-culture. EPROM crafts a sound that is deep, dark dance music material. Production on previous EP’s play around with the depths of bass music and emulate commendable manipulation of electronic synthesis. With the newest release of the 5-track EP, “Pineapple,” the artist evinces pure skill in the intertwining of bass with a high energy vibe, The production, Shades, with the help of Perez delves deeper into the depths of bass music shining a light on the work that is true head-banging music. The artists immersed the Tripolee stage in a dub-filled, glitch-laced fog.Best ElectronicNora En Pure is a hidden gem when it comes to electronic music. The petite blonde boasts a sound that bubbles with progressive delight and delivers the euphoric bedrock that shapes electronic music as a whole. The artist decorated her set with contemporary anthems and later blessed the crowd with her remix of “Hope.” Overall, the Nora En Pure takes the cake for best electronic artist of the weekend with her beautiful, light-hearted sound that penetrates each listener with great elation.Best DowntempoWhile the weekend was anointed with a plethora of smooth instrumentals, downtempo aficionados turned their heads to Conspirator. The duo, The Disco Biscuits’ staples Marc Brownstein and Aron Magner blend groovy acoustics with smooth beats that flows into the depths of smooth rhythms. The duo undoubtedly brought the heat for weekend two, with a high-energy feel and soul soothing euphoria. The downbeat vibe in conjunction with their unique craft shrouded the audience in bliss and marked them one of the weekend’s’ best acts.Most Genre-Binding SetArtists Ott and Russell Scott of Russ Liquid both approach electronic music with a unique touch. Ott’s music generates a sound that is psychedelic and electronically oriented, and while Russ Liquid has a similar foundation, Scott integrates traditional funk. The two came together to produce one of the most genre-binding sets of the weekend with a psychedelic groove. Ott has been a long awaited artist at Electric Forest as his set was canceled in 2016, but he evidently arrived this year with a boom, leaving the audience entranced.Best Act You Might Have MissedNahko and Medicine for The People closed out the Jubilee tent on Saturday night with a set that was not to be missed. The collective, reared by Nahko Bear, presents a take on organic acoustics, intertwining multicultural roots and an uplifting sound. The crowd was graced with tracks such as “Budding Trees,” a song that touches on manifesting dreams into reality. Overall, if you were lucky enough to be in attendance for this set, your spirits were undoubtedly in high spirits. This set was truly a treasure waiting to be found.Funkiest Electro/DiscoOpiou closed out the Jubilee tent on Saturday night with a funk-filled bang. The Australian-born is no stranger to electronica and funk with his integration of bubbling synthesis and prominent horns. The artist integrates glitch, funk, and jazz with an electronic take on traditional sound. Simply put, Opiou’s sound is a marriage of transcendental funk and an electronic kick. While his music boasts funk off of the stage, his lively set took it one step further. In exploring the dimensions of funk from a modern perspective, his set was one of the weekend’s funkiest.Weirdest Thing We SawKnown for constantly reinventing the wheel, a relatively new addition to the festival is the Hangar Stage — a trippy, 1940s-style saloon complete with a beauty parlor, buffing/massage station, fake tattoo parlor, bowling alley, barber shop, and more oddities. Hidden within this magical world is a secret speakeasy, only accessible to those gifted a special dog tag by someone “in the know.” Once inside, guests are greeted by early 20th century stewardesses who remain firmly in character and guided back to a special bar and lounge where a burlesque dancer and singer exhibits her “bare” talents for an unknowing audience. Someone even proposed on stage inside this spectacular secret hideaway!Trippiest Place to SeeWhile the festival’s lineup is not to be discredited, the music alone is not what keeps guests returning to Electric Forest year after year. Attendees seek weird and wonderful experiences inside the magical, mysterious world of Sherwood Forest. One welcome newcomer to the neighborhood this year was a psychedelic church, complete with pews, an alter, and a trippy backdrop centered around a third eye. At any given time of the day or night, you could find yourself at church in the midst of a wild dance party, game show, or some bizarre form of performance art.Dirtiest House MusicBlack Tiger Sex Machine graced Sherwood Court on friday night with their trademark sound. The trio boasts a high energy vibe that defines genres and delves into the depths of bass music. Their big-room sound was laced with hefty synthesis and attracts a crowd keen to the undeniable dirty house.See below for a full gallery from both weekends by photographer Adam Straughn!Electric Forest 2017 | Photos by Adam Straughnlast_img read more

Victim finds courage as leader

first_imgDaisy Hernandez, author of “Colonize This!: Young Women of Color on Today’s Feminism,” kicked off Saint Mary’s Student Diversity Board’s (SDB) 8th annual leadership conference “From Awareness to Action,” on Tuesday, March 19 in Carroll Auditorium. Her broad “view of what leadership should be or can look like” set the stage for this year’s Student’s Diverse Leadership Conference (DSLC), the largest student-led conference in the Midwest. The keynote speaker was 11 years old when she had her first encounter with leadership. Her elementary school teacher prompted an argument on extraterrestrial existence on Neptune. Hernandez, cognizant of the fact she belonged to one of the few Latin American families in her New Jersey community, identified with the outsider and chose to affirm the E.T.’s presence. “My uncle – my favorite uncle – actually had Resident Alien written on his ID,” said Hernandez. Brought up in a Cuban-Colombian household, Hernandez belonged to a family of mixed immigration status. “I was always aware of the challenges. There is a lot of fear that comes with being undocumented,” said Hernandez. “It took me a while to piece together who in my own family had “papeles” and who didn’t.” After her teacher read the budding writer’s essay aloud, her classmates were in ascension -aliens must reside on Neptune. Although amused by her success, Hernandez realized the power of her essay “I realized that if I could convince those kids that aliens existed, I could convince people of anything,” said Hernandez. Hernandez acknowledged that her growth was facilitated by many of her open-minded teachers. They made the subject matter fascinating by establishing connections and making the material relatable, she said. The Catholic grammar school she attended had sex education classes in which concerned educators discussed HIV and AIDS in spite of the stigma that still existed in the 80s. She was exposed to the story of Ryan White, a teenager infected with HIV and barred from attending his high school as a result. “Who hasn’t been excluded at one time or another?” Hernandez said. Her all-girls high school showed her the value of creating a safe space by its support group for students who underwent abortions, she said. “Seeing what my teachers did outside of the classroom was inspiring.” In college, Hernandez began to identify herself as a feminist. “I think most people feel they’re beyond the ‘personal is political’ phrase, but I love it, and will always love it,” she said. Hernandez said she participated in “Taking Back the Night” and joined a march through her college. Once the group’s protest concluded and they returned to the student center to discuss, Hernandez recalled that a young man in the back stood up and said his girlfriend was a victim of sexual abuse and asked what he could do to fix it. “He had a very conventional idea of leadership. Very ‘I can solve this. I can do something about it,’” she said. “Of course, there was no solution. People told him he could not do anything but support her. In a way, get in touch with his own feelings.” Hernandez also referenced the first congressional Senate meeting in 10 years that took place last week to address sexual violence in the military. “A male survivor spoke before the Senate for the first time. He acknowledged he did not just speak for himself, other men had been abused,” she said. “That’s the kind of leadership in which survivors exist.” Hernandez, a bisexual woman and victim of sexual abuse, said she found herself through his courage, attributing her success as a leader to the idea of “engaged empathy.” “It is not pity,” said Hernandez. “It’s an appeal to our own sense of possibility. It unites us and then calls us to action. If we focus on the core of the issues, connections start to happen and changes made.” It was this potential that inspired “Colonize This!: Young Women of Color on Today’s Feminism.” The collection of carefully selected stories coedited by Hernandez includes pieces by people living incredibly diverse lives that encompass universal truths. “The feedback is shocking to me,” she said. “It created a sensation of connectedness with people who had completely different backgrounds. Hernandez stressed that its contributors were not bean-picked by race. “‘Curandera’ is Spanish for healer,” she said. “Books are ‘curanderas’ because of their healing force, their ability to create empathy.” Hernandez closed her speech by encouraging the audience to write their own book. “Art is such a great vehicle for social change,” Hernandez said.last_img read more

Webworms

first_imgBy Bob Westerfield University of GeorgiaSpiders aren’t the only web-weavers. Fall webworms weave webs, too. Their webs, spun in shade trees and ornamentals, leave plants defoliated and landscapes unsightly.Webworms enclose leaves and small branches in their light gray, silken webs. Persistent infestations of individual trees may cause limb and branch dieback.Native to North American and Mexico, fall webworms feed on more than 100 species of forest and shade trees. In the eastern U.S., pecan, walnut, American elm, hickory, fruit trees and some maples are preferred hosts. In some areas, persimmon and sweetgum are favored, too. In the west, alder, willow, cottonwood and fruit trees are commonly attacked.Newly hatched larvae immediately spin a silken web over the foliage on which they feed. As larvae grow, they enlarge the web to enclose more foliage. On heavily infested trees, webs may enclose several branches. Full-grown larvae may reach 1 inch or more in length. Larvae are covered with long, silky gray hairs arising in tufts from orange-yellow or black tubercles. Their head color varies from red to black. This pest overwinters in the pupal stage. Pupae are usually in the ground but can be found in old nest remains, under loose bark and in leaf litter. The adults emerge from late May into July. Adult moths have wingspans between 1.4–1.7 inches. The bases of the front legs are orange or bright yellow. In the southern part of its range, the moth is white with dark wing spots. Those in the northern range are usually pure white and were once thought to be a separate species. Adults appear in most areas from May to August and deposit their eggs in hair-covered masses of several hundred each, usually on the underside of host leaves. In southern states, adults can emerge as early as mid-March and produce up to four generations in a year.Eggs are usually deposited in single or double layers on the undersurface of leaves. The mass is lightly covered with scales from the female’s abdomen. The eggs hatch in about a week and the small mass of caterpillars cover single leaves and strip them clean. As the caterpillars grow, they web over more leaves and eat the entire leaf. The larvae mature in about six weeks. Then they drop to the ground to pupate. Moths emerge over an extended period in two generations. Though the webs are very ugly, most trees damage is insignificant. However, in southern states multiple generations of attack can severely defoliate trees, so control measures are needed. Small nests can be pruned out of small to medium trees. Monitor trees early to find nests when only a few leaves are affected. These small nests are easily crushed. Don’t burn or touch the nests in trees. That can cause tree damage. Bacterial insecticide Bt (Bacillus thuringiensis) is quite effective against fall webworms. Apply it to the nest. Thoroughly cover leaves next to nests. When worms eat sprayed leaves, they ingest the Bt.Most standard insecticide spray applicators blow nests out of trees with a strong jet of insecticide mix. While this generally works, often more spray is used than is needed. Find nests early, wet the nest and cover nearby foliage. Extensive nests in tall trees are hard to spray with ground equipment. Treat these with an injection or a translocated systemic applied to the soil for root uptake.(Bob Westerfield is the consumer horticulturist with University of Georgia Cooperative Extension.)last_img read more

Brazil Creates an Anti-Piracy Force Following Attacks on the Amazonas River

first_img Brazilian authorities have created an anti-piracy unit targeting attacks on the Amazonas River in the northern state of Pará. The unit will begin to operate in June in the strategic area of Belém’s Guajará Bay and will enable the security forces to respond to these criminal actions more quickly. The unit is composed of eight vessels and fifty police officers, according to the daily The Guardian. This unit became public knowledge after the most recent attack last week, in which eleven heavily armed robbers assaulted a passenger ship en route to the city of Belém. Joao Bosco Rodrigues, head of the specialist police division in Pará, affirmed that the unit is another tool with which to “combat and prevent” pirate activity in the Amazon region. “This group will be there to react to any kind of demand on our rivers,” he declared to the British daily. Witnesses to the most recent attack affirmed that the robbers traveled in small motorboats, firing into the air. Once on board, they threatened to shoot the 140 passengers, who included adults and children. “They humiliated everybody,” passenger Artur Cesar affirmed to the Diário do Pará [Pará Daily]. “They put guns to the children’s heads and even said they would cut the fingers off those who didn’t hand over their rings. There were pistols, revolvers, lots of weapons.” Benivaldo Carvalho said that he was struck on the head by the pirates. “It was two hours of terror, humiliation, and powerlessness. They pointed their guns at us and said they were going to kill us.” The targeting of the Brazilian Amazon by pirates already made headlines in 2001 with the murder of Sir Peter Blake, a famous sailor and ecologist who was shot by a gang known as ‘the water rats.’ In March of this year, a young sailor was murdered when two boatloads of pirates boarded his vessel. By Dialogo June 22, 2011last_img read more

Naples bank waives service charges on IOTA accounts

first_imgNaples bank waives service charges on IOTA accounts Associate Editor Citizens Community Bank in Naples apparently believes that the “community” in its title is more than a word.And that’s good news for Florida lawyers looking to boost the returns on their IOTA accounts.The bank is offering its “Escrow Management Account Service” and “IOTA Plus Program” to law firms, according to bank Vice President Ray Schwedhelm.The premise is simple. At a time when most banks are paying well under one percent on IOTA accounts and then deducting from that service charges, and at least one major bank charges more for services than earned by interest, the Naples bank plans to do better.Citizens Community Bank, Schwedhelm said, is waiving all service charges for its trust fund deposits. And it will pay 2.5 percent interest — almost three times the state average. And as an additional bonus, the bank is making a separate contribution to Florida Rural Legal Services, Inc., and the Legal Aid Society of Collier County. Both those organizations are beneficiaries of The Florida Bar Foundation’s legal aid to the poor grants through its IOTA program.“As an independent community bank in Collier County, we are concerned about our neighbors in more ways than just one,” Schwedhelm said. “The Golden Rule is very important to us in building long-term relationships that are truly win-win for all parties.”The win for the law firms, he said, is not only will the program boost income for the Foundation’s IOTA program and directly provide funds for Florida Rural Legal Services and Collier County Legal Aid, but the Escrow Management Account Service takes over much of the paperwork lawyers face in managing their trust accounts. (If the interest generated can be economically attributed to clients and therefore is not part of the IOTA program, then the account will boost their interest earnings.)The Foundation, supported by the Bar Board of Governors and the Young Lawyers Division, has embarked on a campaign to encourage lawyers with trust accounts exceeding $100,000 to invest in sweep accounts, which currently earn four to six percent returns, but also have higher expenses.The CCB program, however, is open to all trust accounts, regardless of size.Aside from the better interest, Schwedhelm said, the bank is trying to make the administration and paperwork of trust accounting easier for lawyers.“The escrow management service simplifies the back office record keeping of escrow accounts,” he said. “There is one master account and under that one master account, an attorney can establish a variety of subaccounts for individual clients. On a monthly basis, Citizens Community Bank provides the attorney with a statement that shows interest earned for each subaccount, not only for the month, but for the life of the account.”Frequently, attorneys open a new trust account for each client, with the resulting necessity for a trip to the bank, signing signature cards and other paperwork avoided with the CCB plan, he said.The bank also prepares 1099 forms at the end of the year and has a courier service to pick up deposits, which are posted to the subaccounts on the same day, Schwedhelm said, and checks can be cut or wire transfers made on instructions from the attorney.The IOTA program is not the first effort of the bank to tie banking services to a charity. The bank continues to offer customers a nine-month certificate of deposit. Those taking advantage get a higher, one-year interest rate and free checking. In addition, the bank donates an additional 0.25 percent to the March of Dimes.So far, there has been considerable interest in the new IOTA account program, Schwedhelm said, and he added that the bank can work with interested law firms and lawyers anywhere in the state.Schwedhelm can be contacted by calling (941) 430-1773 or by writing him at Citizens Community Bank, 2373 Tamiami Trail North, Suite 100, Naples 34103. Naples bank waives service charges on IOTA accounts September 1, 2000 Gary Blankenship Associate Editor Regular Newslast_img read more

2020 DE Day of Service recap

first_imgOn June 10, Credit Union Development Educators (DEs) from around the globe came together to make an incredible impact in their communities in celebration of the 5th annual DE Day of Service.Each year on Day of Service, credit union leaders who graduate from the Foundation’s Credit Union Development Education (DE) Program are encouraged to complete projects, volunteer, and commit to acts of kindness within our credit unions and communities. These activities address the 12 Development Issues or challenges that serve as barriers to financial well-being. The Development Issues include credit, diversity & equity, education, employment, environment, health, housing, hunger, inclusion, savings, technology, and transportation.We know that this year’s service in our communities and DE Day of Service look very different than years past. While many things are being canceled or rescheduled due to COVID, DEs felt it was important to be creative in order to help our colleagues, members and communities that need us now more than ever. In preparation for this year’s Day of Service, the Foundation prepared a list of ways for DEs to participate in our new socially distanced world.DEs from 14 states participated in the 2020 DE of Service. Thank you to all who participated and showcased the power of the credit union difference! We would also like to say a big thank you to those who donated to the Foundation on Day of Service. Your support helps to continue the growth of the DE Program, and our work in empathy and Financial Democracy. continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

New awards for the Dubrovnik Gardens of the Sun.

first_imgDubrovnik Gardens of the Sun once again won international awards this year, which is the best indicator of excellence, as well as confirmation of the leading position in the field of family and wellness tourism in Europe.As part of the renowned 2017 World Luxury Spa Awards, the Dubrovnik Gardens of the Sun resort won the award for the best luxury spa resort in Croatia (Best Luxury Resort Spa), and the best spa in the destination (Luxury Destination Spa). The World Luxury Spa awards are given for high quality standards within the luxury wellness segment, and are part of the world-renowned organization World Luxury Awards, which awards prizes for impeccable service and facilities in the hotel industry.”In recent years, we have invested a lot in the development of the spa concept, as well as the improvement of the overall wellness experience in order to exceed the expectations of our guests and maintain the position of the best SPA resort in the region. These awards are a confirmation that we are on the right path, and I congratulate my staff on their success and continuous work and effort.”Said on this occasion the general manager of the resort, Christian Larss Kreković and adds that the Resort for the second year in a row won recognition in the prestigious competition 2017 Junior Design Awards – a silver award for best family hotel (Best Family Hotel, UK & Worldwide).By the way, Dubrovnik Gardens of the Sun, a luxury five-star resort, is located on the coast in Orašac near Dubrovnik and is part of the prestigious group The Leading Hotels of the World. In addition to luxury accommodation in 201 rooms within the hotel and 207 residences, the resort offers an award-winning spa, sports center, 16 different bars and restaurants, a beach and three outdoor pools, and one of the best conference centers in the region.Related news:Dubrovnik Gardens of the Sun has joined The Leading Hotels of the Worldlast_img read more

Editorial: Thank you for sharing your voice

first_imgThis is the place where we learn what our readers think about Donald Trump or the national anthem protesters or climate change or the casino or Congress or other public servants. It’s where people can write what they know and like about political candidates. It’s a forum for them to lobby their fellow readers on issues of local importance like library votes and land sales or zoning decisions. It’s a place where people can share their experiences with the care they received, good or bad, at a hospital or a nursing home, where they can say thank-you to the good Samaritan who didn’t leave a name, where they can rave about that great local production or the volunteers who put on an event. It’s where they can take issue with the opinions expressed in our columns and editorials. This is where the discussion can be as individual as the fear of cars speeding on a neighborhood street or as collective as the threat of nuclear war.Our letters run the gamut of the political and societal spectrum. No letter is rejected or edited because it takes a particular point of view on any issue. We believe our society benefits from exposure to all points of view, even those points some might find disagreeable.As 2017 edges to a close, The Gazette has received letters from more than 1,135 separate individuals and published nearly 1,400 letters overall. The writers’ names are listed below.Many readers write only once, while others use the opportunity to speak their minds regularly throughout the year. We get most of our letters by email these days. But a surprising number of readers still write their letters by hand and mail or fax them in.We’re pleased to be able to provide this community forum for our readers, and we want to thank each and every one of you for sharing your voice.CONTRIBUTORS TO YOUR VOICEJeanne AbernathyEddy AbrahamRobert AbramsCarol AccorsiKermit Ackley Sr.Fred AcuntoMarcia AdamsRonald AdamsWilliam AikenWilliam AlbersJonathan AlbertNicholas AlejandroVince AlescioAl AlexanderPatty AlheimEric AlmondJeff AltamariStephen B. AmesStephen AndersonRichard AngelloLinda AngelloJohn AngillettaBetty ApkarianMichael AragosaMike AragosaPaul J. ArcieroMichael ArmstrongJeff ArnowEleanor AronsteinPhil AronyDeborah AshlineMaureen AumandBrian BackusJohn BaetaniJames BaileyBrian BaldwinKaren BallesterDeb BallietStephanie BandosikAnne BarkelyLyle BarlynDave BarnesSamantha BarnesDiane BarneySara BaronJohn BaroneBruce Barringer Sr.Charles BaryanyaiBenjamin BaskinPeter BauerJudy BeckSharon BeckerGlenn BeckerVincent BelardoBob BeliveRon BelliAndy BelniksTammy BemisNeufeldRuth BenacquistaJuliet BenaquistoJohn BennetRichard BennettKenneth BensonRoger BensonStephen BentonBeth BergmanFrank BerlinEdward BernierJoe BialekAnthony BiscottiChristine BishopMary BlaauboerFrank BlairShelia BlaschKen BlattSteve BloodGloria BlumAndrew BlumbergMike BlyskalMick BlyskelCaroline BoardmanJohn BoardmanGlenn BoldDiane BollingerJoni BonillaSander BonvellStacey L. BormanDennis BouchardAshley Jeffrey BouckLiz BourgestAllison BoyajianAllison BoyajianPeter BoydLauren BoydGordan BoydKathleen BoyleBeverly BoyleHerbert BoytonEd BradtClayton BradtDon BraimRobert BramskiIrene BrazelleWalter “Neal” BrazelleJordon BreaneauHelen BreckerDenis BrennanKen BressDavid BrinkmanMaxine BrisportJames BrodieAlbert BrombertJames BrophyGeorge BroughamMichael BrownArlene BrownGeorge BrownDale M. BrownCharles BrownDavid BrownMaggie BrownJudith BrownAlex BrownsteinPatricia BruschettiNathan BruschiSean BryantAndrea BryneScott BrysonJerry BubniakGary BuczkowskiRalf BuengenerJohn A. BulgaroSteve BulgerSteven BulgerAnn BullockFrank  BurckerKathleen BurkeSophia BurnettBernard BurnsDiane Chignon BurnsSusan BurtonEmily BushBruce BussetPeter ButrynAlan BuzanowskiBonita CadeHelena CalvanoBruce CampbellKristin CanjuraConcetta CannizzanoJames CapassoJane CapelloGail CapobiancoFrank CaponeRon CapulloAngela CapulloEdward A. CarangeloFred CardLauri CardinaliVincent CarelliEd CareyRobert CarlosMarica CarlsonPeter J.B. CarmanPeter CarmenFlorene CarnahanRobert CarneyAnthony CarotaRenee CarrLivia CarrollMike CarrollBruce CastkaMargaret CatellierMary CaterMelvin CaterCorinne CazerDon CazerPhyllis ChapmanBob ChaseJim ChatfieldWilliam CherryBarbara ChesnutDavid ChildsThomas A. ChiltonLaura ChodosReba ChristieJames Cimino Jr.Jackie ClarkNicole ClarkeJamin ClementeDiane ClementsJoe ClevelandJoanne CloughJoyce M. CockerhamGrace CoddJohn CoffenburgDoug CohenDon ConleyMark ConnollyTim ConnollyCathy ConroyLaura ConstableChris CookWilliam CookMaureen CooleyDon CooperCharron CoppolaChristopher CorbettJeff CorginRobert CorlissLinda CortesLinda CorteseNancy CouseColleen CozzolinoTodd CramerDenise CrisciMichael Croce Sr.John CromieLaura CrounseMichael CrowleyMichael CuevasMatthew CuevasTerry CuomoDorothy CurleyDan CurranRob CurtissNicholas D’AllesandroVince DacquistoMike DaileyJoe DaltonMaureen DaunoMichael DaviJeanette DavidsonLale DavidsonKernan DavisTom DavisMitch DavisEdmond DayK. Dan DaytonNancy De KorpJoe DeBlaseStacy DeBritzPhyllis DeckerMichael DeckerMichael DeckerCarole DeForestSandy DeGraffPaul DeierleinDaniel Del NegroDevin Del PosVincent DeluciaChristina DeMariaLeonard DeMasiCarolyn DemkowskiEd DempseyGeraldine DeneckeTom DennyKathleen DeSalvatoreFrank DeSantisRalph DeSorboSimon DeutscheRobert DevriesJerome DewaldAngie DiacovoLewis DiCaterinoTheodore DickAllen DickinsonBeryl DicksonHerg DieckTerence DiggoryGary DiLalloEllie DillonDan DixonShelly DodsonPaul DonahueFrank DoneganPatricia DonnellyRon DravesGeraldine DrawitzVan DressenJohn DrislaneJoe DruzbaSandy DruzbaCarol DucheseneKevin DuggyMark DuquetteBruce DuxburyJohn DworkJanine DykemanRoger A. DziengeleskiArt EdelsteinDavid EdwardsDave EdwardsJohn EkmanFrank ElflandLewis EliaTom EllisJack M. EllisBernie ElwoodDawn EngelDanielle EptingFrederick W. ErlichBette ErrigRichard EvansJessica Hornik EvansJohn EverstonBill FargonTim FarleyWilliam FarmerJohn FasoGeorge FerroSanford FialkoffS.F. Fiminski Jr.Jerry FioreJack Fitch Sr.James FlackeDennis FlanaganTom FlanaginSandra FlintMike FoleyMichael FonacaroKate ForerJames ForgertyAndy FosterJohn FosterMichael FosterMarion FosterRemigia FoyRuth FranciscoAnthony FrankJeanne FrankMeagan FranzLance FrasierLance FrasierJo FreedmanAimee FrenchCharles FrenchRebecca FrettoAnne FringoJane FringoBaruch Frydman-KohlGordon FurlaniMike FuscoDavid GadeJohn GaetaniTim Gaffney Sr.Norlene GagewayLinda GaidaTom GallantElisa GallaroDavid GallupJoseph GarciaKaren GarofalluDaniel GarrowCarol GarryBob GattaJohn GentileDavid GerhanWilliam GettmanDavid GiacaloneSusan GibsonJoseph GibsonDavid GibsonRalph GielloEdward GiffordRay GillenDavid GillikinPatricia M. 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Seven managers set to lose major LGPS mandates as pooling continues

first_imgBaillie Gifford, JP Morgan Asset Management (JPMAM) and Investec Asset Management all stand to lose UK local authority pension scheme mandates as the sector’s asset pool continues.LGPS Central, one of the eight asset pools formed by Local Government Pension Scheme (LGPS) funds in England and Wales, this morning named Harris Associates (part of Natixis Investment Managers), Schroders and Union Investment to run an active global equity pooled fund for its clients.The pool said it expected the new Global Active Equity Multi-Manager fund to attract more than £2bn (€2.3bn) in investments when it launches later this year.However, the transition means at least seven asset managers stand to lose mandates worth hundreds of millions of pounds for some of LGPS Central’s founder members, according to data from the schemes’ 2017-18 annual reports. Several of LGPS Central’s clients are set to cut managers as they transition assets to the pool.Baillie Gifford ran a significant proportion of the Cheshire pension scheme’s estimated £775m global equity allocation as of 31 March 2018, while JPMAM managed £415m for the Staffordshire pension fund. Investec had a mandate worth £150m with the Shropshire pension fund at the end of March. Credit: Paul CosminLGPS Central’s office is in Wolverhampton, EnglandOther managers that are expected to be cut include Kempen and KBI Global Investors (both managing money for Leicestershire’s scheme), MFS (Shropshire), and Longview (Staffordshire).Harris Associates already runs money for the Shropshire Pension Fund, while Schroders has a number of equity mandates for the Nottinghamshire Pension Fund.LGPS Central said 150 fund managers from around the world “expressed an initial interest” in the Global Active Equity Multi-Manager fund.Jason Fletcher, CIO at LGPS Central, said: “After a rigorous international due diligence and selection process, we are confident that the combined blend and style of these three particular managers will assist us in meeting the investment objectives of our partner funds. We look forward to building a long-term relationship with all three of them.”The Global Active Equity Multi-Manager fund is available to LGPS Central’s nine founder members, the local authority pension funds for Cheshire, Derbyshire, Leicestershire, Nottinghamshire, Shropshire, Staffordshire, Worcestershire, West Midlands, and the West Midlands Integrated Transport Authority.LGPS Central has £14bn under management and could run in excess of £43bn once all nine schemes’ assets are pooled.At the start of this year the company laid out plans to launch 10 funds by the end of 2018, including passive and active UK and global equity funds, and a global emerging markets fund. Next year it plans to roll out a number of pooled fixed income funds.Last week, LGPS Central chief executive Andrew Warwick-Thompson announced he was stepping down from his role after just over a year at the helm. Joanne Segars, chair of the pool, praised the work he had done to steer the company through to its launch earlier this year.last_img read more