20 Oct

Grateful for care for husband  at Ellis

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionIt has nearly been two months since my husband experienced symptoms of a stroke. His speech was garbled and he had a headache. Other than that, he had no other symptoms. Within five minutes, we were visiting Ellis Medical Center in Clifton Park. Luckily, we live right in the neighborhood. From the time we spoke to the lovely woman at the front desk and our transfer to Ellis, we were treated with a very efficient staff.The nurse manager assessed my husband and the physician assistant (PA) was not far behind him. Both of these men were very professional and kind. They communicated with the doctor and us as the orders progressed. The neurologist and cardiologist were contacted, and plans were made for a transfer to Ellis Hospital for further observation. There were others in and out to help this all go smoothly, and each one treated my husband with the utmost respect. The guys on the ambulance were kind and reassuring and surely knew what they were doing. We were sent to C6 (Neuro Unit).His RN and his team would be taking care of him throughout the night. They were very thorough and made the both of us feel so comfortable and safe. A new team arrived and we were informed of the tests that would be done. We were kept in the loop. Each person that transported or did the test in the room was most kind and respectful. The PA worked diligently to get results back so Dave could go home that day. All we can say is a big thank you one and all at Ellis Hospital.Cass ZilcoskyDave ZilcoskyClifton ParkMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusControversial solar project goes before Clifton Park Planning BoardEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristslast_img read more

19 Oct

Germany unveils plan to boost gender equality

first_imgThe plan includes a focus on work-life balance and the fact that women are more likely to work part-time or not at all because of family commitments.It also focuses on increasing the number of women in management positions, including in the civil service, and on better representation in politics.The ruling conservative CDU party has this week already shown movement on the issue, with party leader Annegret Kramp-Karrenbauer announcing new binding quotas that will see women filling at least 50 percent of senior positions at a local level by 2025.The government is also working on a strategy to increase the number of women on executive boards so that an existing 30 percent quota will apply to 600 companies instead of 105 currently, Giffey said. Germany adopted a national strategy on Wednesday to promote gender equality for the first time in its history, aiming to put an end to years of sluggish progress on equal rights and treatment for women.The strategy sets out goals for all government departments, including closing the gender pay gap and better representation for women in business and politics, Families Minister Franziska Giffey said.”This is the first equality strategy in the history of the Federal Republic of Germany that has been coordinated and agreed across all departments,” Giffey said, describing the strategy as a “milestone”. Below European average Despite being led by a female chancellor, Germany sits below the European average when it comes to equality between men and women, according to a 2019 index from the European Institute for Gender Equality.Women earn an average 20 percent less than men and occupy only around 15 percent of executive board positions.Representation of women in the Bundestag, Germany’s lower house of parliament, is currently at its lowest for 20 years, and more than 90 percent of local mayors are male, Giffey said.Historically, gender equality was a particular sticking point in the former West Germany, where women still needed permission from their husbands to work until 1977.Shortly before reunification, just over half of women in West Germany were employed in the workforce, compared with 91 percent of women in communist East Germany.The coronavirus crisis has only exacerbated gender disparities, according to some observers.”It is quite obvious that women have borne the main burden in families,” judge Elke Buedenbender, the wife of German President Frank-Walter Steinmeier, said in an interview with the Funke media group in June.”It seems to me that in the time of coronavirus, women have been more prepared to fall back into traditional roles than men have to take a step back from their careers,” she said.Topics :last_img read more

29 Sep

Wednesday people roundup

first_imgNetspar, DNB, Tilburg University, Philips Pension Fund, AP3, Hermes Investment Management, Odey Asset Management, Aviva Investors, MN, Legal & General Investment Management, AllianceBernstein, Franklin Templeton, Kames Capital, Beroepspensioenfonds Loodsen (BPL), ASR, Vesteda, MAN Group, SackersNetspar – Industry veteran Jean Frijns has left Netspar as supervisory chairman. Job Swank, director of monetary affairs and financial stability at regulator De Nederlandsche Bank (DNB), is to succeed him. Between 1993 and 2005, Frijns was CIO at the €345bn civil service scheme ABP. Last year, he resigned as supervisory chairman at Delta Lloyd. In 2010, he chaired a committee tasked with identifying weaknesses in the Dutch pensions system. Separately, Casper van Ewijk, director at Netspar, has been appointed as part-time professor of capital-funded pensions at Tilburg University. He succeeds economist Lans Bovenberg, who is to become professor of economics at the same university. Van Ewijk is already professor of macroeconomics at both Tilburg University and Amsterdam University.Philips Pension Fund – Anita Joosten has started as director of investments, as well as a member of the executive board, at the €17.3bn Philips Pensioenfonds. She has been tasked with strategic investment, risk management and asset-liability management, as well as managing outsourced investments. She succeeds Rob Schreurs, who became chief executive at the National Grid UK Pension Scheme in November 2015. Joosten has been working for the Philips scheme for a long period, closely involved in establishing the pension fund’s targets and the introduction of its new investment policy.AP3 – Sandra Blomgren has been named the Swedish buffer fund’s head of risk control and yield analysis, assuming the role from March this year. Blomgren, who currently works as a risk management analyst at If P&C Insurance, replaces Marcus Nilsson, who has been part of AP3’s risk management team since October 2013. In addition to working at If, Blomgren also spent nearly four years at Folksam and has worked as a non-life actuary for consultancy PwC. Hermes Investment Management – David Stewart has been appointed chairman of the board, succeeding Paul Spencer, who has been chairman since 2011. Stewart previously spent nine years at Odey Asset Management, initially as chief executive and latterly as a non-executive director. He is chairman of IMM Associates and a non-executive director of the Caledonia Investment Trust. He also sits on the investment committee of MacMillan Cancer Care.Aviva Investors – Mike Craston has been appointed global head of business development. He joins from Legal & General Investment Management, where he was head of distribution. The appointment comes as the asset manager grows its senior management team, also naming David Clayton as CFO.MN – The €113bn asset manager and pensions provider has appointed Sandra Spek and Hanny Kemna as members of the supervisory board (RvC). According to MN, Spek, a corporate economist, has ample experience in international finance and governance on pensions and insurance, in part accrued at insurance group Achmea. Kemna has expertise on IT, innovation, management and finances. She has been a partner at Ernst & Young, responsible for Europe-wide auditing at large financial institutions.AllianceBernstein – Jamie Hammond has been appointed head of the EMEA Client Group and chief executive of AllianceBernstein in London. He joins from Franklin Templeton, where he was managing director of Europe, heading its retail and institutional efforts across the region. Before then, he was sales and marketing director for Europe at Fiduciary Trust International, having previously served as the national sales manager at Hill Samuel Asset Management.Kames Capital – Andy Kelly has been appointed business development manager. He joins from Legal & General Investment Management (LGIM), where he was head of corporate and financial institutions. Before that, he was head of liquidity distribution at LGIM. He has also held roles at Fidelity International, RBC Dexia Investor Services, JP Morgan, Morgan Stanley and Barclays.KAS Bank – The supervisory board of the custodian bank is to appoint Mark Stoffels as a member of the executive board, as well as chief financial and risk officer. Stoffels is a member of the company’s management committee. He will be responsible for strategic and tactical reporting. He is also chairman of the pension fund of KAS Bank.Beroepspensioenfonds Loodsen (BPL) – Robert de Jonge has been named chairman of the occupational pension funds for maritime pilots as of 1 January. He is to succeed Jan Willem Duyzer, who has been chairman since 2008. De Jonge has been a trustee at BPL since 2008 and the scheme’s secretary and treasurer over the last three years. Pieter Bas Schoe, trustee since 2012, will take over De Jonge’s current positions on the board.ASR – Pensions insurer ASR Nederland has appointed Herman Hintzen as a member of its supervisory board (RvC). Hintzen has been in several management, advisory and supervisory roles at internal financial institutions. Most recently, he was senior adviser at UBS Investment Bank in London. Before then, he worked at JP Morgan, Morgan Stanley, Credit Suisse and APG Investments. Currently, Hintzen is chairman of the RvC of insurer Amlin Europe.Vesteda – Hélène Pragt is to step down “by mutual agreement” as CFO at the €3.7bn property investor Vesteda after 15 months in the job. Vesteda attributed her early departure to “differing views” on managing the company. It acknowledged Pragt’s contribution to the firm, such as an improved financing structure and investor relations, as well as organisational and IT development. Vesteda focuses on investments in Dutch residential property for institutional investors. Its clients include APG and PGGM, the asset managers for the €345bn civil service scheme ABP and the €161bn healthcare pension fund PFZW.Man Group – Lord Livingston of Parkhead has been appointed as a non-executive director. He will succeed Jon Aisbitt as chairman following the company’s next AGM. Lord Livingston has been a serving member of the UK House of Lords since 2013 and was previously minister of State for Trade and Investment for the UK government from December 2013 to May 2015. In the corporate world, he most recently served as chief executive at BT Group.Sackers – Philippa Connaughton has joined the UK law firm for pension scheme employers, trustees and providers as a partner. She was a partner at RPC and head of pensions from 2013 to 2015.last_img read more

14 Aug

Why Virginia’s upset of Virginia Tech was a big deal, even for the average fan

first_imgIt doesn’t matter whether you’re a fan of Virginia or Virginia Tech. It doesn’t even matter whether you watched the game. You can still appreciate what happened and what it meant to hundreds of thousands of people around the country. Though these moments are not supposed to be universal in their appeal, the euphoria they provide is relatable across ages, fan bases, even across sports themselves. We root for laundry, yes, but we also root for the joy and sense of community that these events inspire, the minutes and hours of togetherness we share with our friends and our families when nothing else seems to matter. We know that’s not true, of course. But for those fleeting ticks of our life clocks, everything seems right — as we root with the hope of new memories that will carry us until something else is able to top them.Today, that feeling belongs to Virginia and its fans. The president was George W. Bush.The iPhone was still more than three years away.NBC was still making “Friends” episodes.The top movie in the country was “The Cat in the Hat.”Facebook, Twitter and YouTube didn’t exist.We could go on, but you get the idea. MORE: Auburn-Alabama rivalry is alive in Titans’ locker roomThat’s why Virginia’s 39-27 upset of its rival Friday was such a big deal — not just for the players, but for the fans who’ve put so much emotion into a rivalry that spans generations, as most great rivalries do.Not only does Friday’s win send Virginia to its first ACC Championship Game, it ended an era of 15 straight losses for the Cavaliers and 15 straight years of trolling for the Hokies. Pick your cliche: The shoe’s on the other foot. The tables have turned. A taste of their own medicine. They’re all true, at least for one day of one year, and they all carry real emotions. BALL GAME!Virginia snaps a 15-game losing streak to Virginia Tech to advance to its first ACC Championship Game! pic.twitter.com/oFRoQZMSPB— ESPN (@espn) November 29, 2019Friday’s game is one of those moments that will no doubt be used to mark time in the minds of folks in Charlottesville: Before The Win vs. After The Win.For some young fans, this was the first such win of their lifetimes. For older fans, who were single and/or childless in 2003, it was a moment to share with their Cavalier-obsessed children. But these moments are often more than just a big win. The world was a different place the last time Virginia beat Virginia Tech in football. That was in 2003. last_img read more