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‘Jesus Christ Superstar’ cast, crew keep cancelled musical alive through social media

first_imgWednesday would have been the opening night of the Film, Television and Theatre (FTT) Department’s production of “Jesus Christ Superstar,” the 1970 rock opera exploring the life of Jesus. After numerous weeks of rigorous rehearsal, the cast and crew were devastated to learn that they would not be returning to campus this semester. However, they have since resolved to keep their hard work from going to waste in the midst of the global pandemic.  Alysa Guffey | The Observer Student cast members have turned to social media sites to broadcast “Jesus Christ Superstar” clips. The musical‘s TikTok account, @jesuschristsuperstarnd, has published three videos thus far.The spring musical was expected to be a unique modern interpretation of the classic Biblical story of Jesus Christ, cast members said. “It was going to be a multimedia musical theatre show, which was super exciting for us to be able to work on,” senior cast member Teagan Earley said. “We were going to take the original score and script and set it in modern times where all of a sudden Jesus is not just the one everyone thought was going to be the Messiah, but also a social media star.” The crew was planning on supplementing the show with images of interactions between characters via Twitter and other forms of social media. “We were going to use a lot of social media to help tell the story,” Earley said. “So something would happen on stage, and then you would see screens above the stage.”The cast had worked on developing their characters, learning choreography and running the show throughout the semester up until spring break, she added, which made the abrupt change of plans even more difficult.“I spent a lot of time thinking about how I was going to bring this character to life on stage,” Earley said of her role as Judas Iscariot. “She turned into such a complex and interesting character, and I’m really sad that I didn’t get the chance to introduce her to everyone.”“We put so much time into it,” freshman cast member Kelly Harris said. “We had rehearsals from 6 to 10 [p.m.] every night, except Fridays and Saturdays.”Seniors were especially challenged with coming to terms that their last college production was canceled in such an unprecedented way, senior cast member and dance captain Rachel Thomas said.“When you’re an actor going out to the real world, your last show kind of means a lot,” Thomas said. “It’s kind of that last hurrah with the people in FTT. You can’t begin to describe the disappointment that the seniors feel right now.”The show’s director Matt Hawkins sprung into action when the bad news first reached the student body. “Our director has been such an incredible leader in this crisis,” Earley said of Hawkins. “He led the way on announcing that he was going to be releasing his directorial concepts and footage from our rehearsal process bit by bit every day.” Hawkins — an assistant professor in the FTT department — said he refused to let the show lose to the pandemic.“Once we got canceled, I had to figure out … Do we let the virus beat us? Do we make the best of it?” Hawkins said. Since March 17, Hawkins has been posting daily videos on his YouTube channel showcasing the different aspects of the show and describing how they would have played out on stage. “He has students actually submit videos talking about their favorite part of the show and who they played in the show,” Thomas said. Thomas was playing the role of Peter in the show, and Hawkins used her footage to create one of his videos showing the scene where Peter denies Jesus.“He rolled the clip of me talking and then combined it with the video of me performing [the denial scene] in the rehearsal room,” she said. “I got to talk about what that meant for me and how that developed my character of Peter more.” By featuring a combination of rehearsal videos, personal testimonies and illustrated walkthroughs of the production plan, Hawkins has created a virtual commemoration of the show. “The intention was to do my best to honor all the work we have done as a collective [team],” Hawkins said. “This was just my attempt to continue to build community and try to salvage what we had done.” Some of the cast members have also been working on their own social media campaigns to keep Jesus Christ Superstar alive. Earley has created a series of Instagram IGTV videos entitled “The Judas Diaries” about her process of becoming her character. Harris and her castmates have expanded their reach onto TikTok, creating an account dedicated to spotlighting some of the cast members’ talents.“The idea is that we’re going to put people singing and dancing just showcasing the work that we did in that short period of time and putting it into a place where multiple people can see it,” Harris said. Thomas also hopes to have a virtual compilation of one of the songs ready to share at some point.“We’re looking at having our music director send out a piano recording and have everyone sing their part,” she said, “I’d just put them all together with music and have this video of everyone singing their part and the harmonies coming out.” Though the cast members were disappointed by the cancellation of the show, Thomas said they are looking forward to bringing the performance to audiences in alternative ways.“It’s extremely devastating, but to have something like this gives you some glimmer of hope that all your hard work was not put to waste,” Thomas said. Tags: FTT, Instagram, Jesus Christ Superstar, TikTok, YouTubelast_img read more

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Notre Dame adopts saliva-based testing as part of its surveillance testing strategy

first_imgFrom the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, medical experts have been looking for inexpensive and effective ways to detect positive cases.While nasal swab and nasopharyngeal testing gained traction across the U.S., saliva-based testing is becoming more prominent, with the technology being adopted in the surveillance testing strategies of institutions like University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Yale University, University of South Carolina and Rutgers University.Here at Notre Dame, this type of test was implemented on Sept. 20 as part of the University’s large-scale surveillance testing strategy, which also includes nasal swabs.Associate vice president for research, Liz Rulli, who also leads the team that planned and implemented the University’s surveillance testing strategy, said Notre Dame adopted saliva-based testing due to its effectiveness and lower costs.“It’s self administered, so it doesn’t require nursing staff to do the test, and it’s very safe for everyone at the collection and in the lab as well,” Rulli said.Paul Bohn, a professor in the department of chemistry, who advises Rulli’s team, said saliva-based testing expedited the chemical process behind detecting the virus compared to nasal testing.“Basically if you have the virus, the virus is transferred to the swab, and then there are two separate steps that are associated with getting the virus off the swab, breaking the virus down and then transferring the virus into a solution that can turn the RNA into DNA,” Bohn said.The move towards saliva-based testing came after Bohn became aware that a long-time colleague and Notre Dame alum, Paul Hergenrother, a professor in University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign’s department of chemistry, was working on a new kind of sample collection strategy.“I thought, ‘Well, this sounds like it could really be valuable for Notre Dame,’ because if we were going to get to the point where we were going to want to do widespread testing, we would need something that would be sufficiently acceptable that students would want to or be okay with being tested on a routine basis,” Bohn said.Hergenrother began developing this type of test in late April through the Manhattan Project, which aimed to “develop a fiber based test that bypassed any sort of the need for any supply chain limiting reagents, and that could be employed at a large scale and with a high frequency, and that was inexpensive,” he said.After the experimental stage concluded, Hergenrother said the group made its manuscripts freely available in order to help other universities cope with the pandemic.“The thing that universities have is that they have the technical expertise, and they have the equipment to run these tests,” Hergenrother said. “Here at the University of Illinois, we’re doing 10,000 a day, and have really dramatically lowered our positivity in the area. It’s just a luxury to be able to go get tested whenever you want and get a result in five to 10 hours. It’s remarkable.”Contrary to the nasal tests that are also administered at Notre Dame, the saliva samples are not taken to a commercial lab, instead, they are processed on campus at the University’s Genomics and Bioinformatics Core Facility, directed by Michael Pfrender, a professor in the department of biology who was tasked with getting the laboratory ready to process samples.“For the past two months, it’s really been helping to get that lab organized and set up,” Pfrender said. “We started from scratch with all the equipment needed to run the tests, and we had to hire staff to staff it. And then we hit the setup all the computer infrastructure working with our Center for Research Computing.”Since September, around 8,000 saliva samples have been collected, Rulli said, but the University is looking to ramp up its daily testing. On Oct. 14, 827 tests were collected — the largest amount per day— according to the HERE dashboard. However, Pfrender said the laboratory has the capacity to process 1,000 samples per day.“The sample part is easy and quick,” Pfrender said. “We can do a lot of people and generate or collect a lot of samples. Having a facility on campus allows us to do that high throughput, and we can get the results very quickly. So if we do find individuals that we think warrant further testing, or that we should be following, we can do that. So that’s the big advantage of having a facility like that.”Surveillance testing at Notre DameThe University’s reopening of campus for the fall semester was possible in large part due to its establishment of a large scale testing strategy, which includes three types of tests: rapid antigen, commercial nasal PCR and saliva-based testing.The rapid antigen test results are delivered in a matter of 15 to 20 minutes and are administered to people who receive a red pass from their daily health check, or are presenting symptoms. The commercial nasal swabs and the saliva-based samples — which are both PCR tests — are part of Notre Dame’s surveillance testing strategy.Another key difference between the three is that, at Notre Dome, only the rapid antigen tests and nasal swabs can be utilized as diagnostic test, as the university is still working on obtaining the Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments (CLIA) certification for saliva-based testing.“You have to have your lab CLIA certified in order to give a result to a patient,” Rulli said. “So we’re unable to say you’re positive or you’re negative. With those tests out of those saliva lab, we’re able to say, there’s nothing further you need to do, or we need you to go get a diagnostic test.”Since saliva-based tests are currently exclusively used in a surveillance fashion, instead of having the samples traced back to individuals, they are aggregated into a pool of people.“If everybody in the pool is negative, the whole pool tests negative, but if the if one of the people is positive then the whole pool is asked to go and get a diagnostic test,” Bohn explained.Pfrender said that having a robust surveillance testing strategy provides the benefit of early detection, something that can help mitigate the spread.“What we know now about the virus is that actually, you’re shedding the virus, typically for a few days before you show any symptoms. So, it you randomly test everybody, you have a much better chance of catching people early on before they start to show symptoms,” Pfrender said.Another advantage, Pfrender explained, was that surveillance testing enables the identification of asymptomatic people.“Many people, especially in the demographic age group that’s in college and undergrads and early 20s, have a large portion of asymptomatic cases. They never show the symptoms, but yet they can still transmit the virus. And so if we can catch those people, then we can also further prevent the spread to people who may be more susceptible to the symptoms,” he said.In order to carry out this surveillance strategy, 50 students have been employed to collect the saliva samples. Their tasks include ushering, aiding and checking-in people inside the Joyce Center — where Notre Dame’s testing facility is located. They also scan, label and collect the testing tubes, senior Haley Rague said.One of their main goals is to provide an accommodating and calm space, Rague said.“It’s a stressful time, and we just wanted to not make going into surveillance testing seem scary and remind people of how scary the whole situation could be,” she said. “We play music throughout the whole day, and we try to be as friendly as we can with people.”Senior Katelyn Steenvoorden said she has felt safe working with potentially COVID-19 positive tests, as the students are given with protective equipment and underwent BSL2 training before starting their job.“We’re very careful as workers, we’re never actually touching the person coming in to do the test nor their sample. So I would say it’s a pretty safe process,” Steenvoorden said. “I’m always wearing gloves, I wear glasses to protect my eyes and we’re distancing ourselves.”For Steenvoorden, carrying out tests has proved to be a learning curve. The team constantly makes changes to the process in order to make it more efficient, she said.“Our supervisors encouraged us to come to them with any feedback that we had about the process and what was working and what wasn’t working. This process has been evolving, just like our school has been adapting to the whole situation. So we’re pioneering it and making the most efficient changes we can,“ she said.The students are not only working to expand saliva-based testing on-campus, but are also helping in the efforts to cross-reference nasal and saliva samples to measure their effectiveness, senior Riley Wester said.We have been cross referencing our test with diagnostic tests. Since saliva tests are faster, we want to switch over to them. So we’re making sure that the two tests are synced up — that people test the same way in the two — and, if they are not, to dig deeper into why that is,” Wester said.The three students made the same plea to the Notre Dame community: “Please show up for surveillance testing.”“I know it can be an inconvenience, but just remembering why it’s important for us to stay here on campus and showing up if you’re called for testing is extremely important,” Steenvoorden said. “We have to just accept it as the new normal. It’s going to be here at least through next semester.”Tags: COVID-19, saliva testing, surveillance testinglast_img read more

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The Elephant Man Cancels Shows So Bradley Cooper Can Make Oscars

first_img The performances on February 7 at 8PM and February 8 at 3PM are also canceled to allow Cooper to attend the 67th Annual DGA Awards in L.A. where he will be presenting to American Sniper’s director Clint Eastwood. Show Closed This production ended its run on Feb. 21, 2015 The Elephant Man Bernard Pomerance’s The Elephant Man revolves around the real-life John Merrick (Cooper), a severely disfigured 19th-century Englishman who struggles to live with dignity. The revival, which premiered at the Williamstown Theatre Festival in 2012, is helmed by Scott Ellis. The cast also includes Alessandro Nivola, Patricia Clarkson, Anthony Heald, Scott Lowell, Kathryn Meisle, Henry Stram, Chris Bannow, Peter Bradbury, Lucas Calhoun, Eric Clem, Amanda Lea Mason, Marguerite Stimpson and Emma Thorne.center_img View Comments The Elephant Man’s Bradley Cooper recently garnered Oscar nods for producing and starring in American Sniper, so totally understandably the Great White Way production’s schedule has changed so he can now go to the ball (the Academy Awards!). To allow Broadway.com Choice Award Winner Cooper to attend the award ceremony in L.A. on February 22, The Elephant Man will now play its final Main Stem performance on February 21 at the Booth Theatre. Related Showslast_img read more

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Mountain Mama: How to Get Back on River Time

first_imgDear Mountain Mama,The government shut downs cost my friend a month-long rafting trip down the Grand Canyon. I can barely mention anything west of the Mississippi without him looking a bit teary-eyed. He worked hard all summer to save money and looked forward experiencing a new river with new friends.Any ideas on how to cheer him up?Yours,Caring Friend————————————————————————–Dear Caring Friend,Quick, get that man on the river. It sounds like your friend got trapped in to-do lists for too long, a world where external measures of success like paychecks, promotions, first descents, and PRs can define who we are.Spending time on the river reminds us that we are greater than the sum of our accomplishments. We are creatures of nature, and the river brings us back into the flow of the outdoors. The simplicity of the routine of morning chores, day-long paddles, and communal meal preparation help us become present in the day unfolding in front of us.Settling into river time means allowing ourselves to drift with the current. When we sit by the side of the river and simply marvel at the light dancing from one wave to the next, we allow our minds to slow down. Giving ourselves permission to do nothing at all stirs our imaginations. The irony is that we live in a world that values an eternally jam-packed calendar, but truly unwinding can we expand ourselves in new directions.Caring Friend, you don’t have to take your friend to an exotic river to experience the magic of the water. Just get him wet. We’re lucky to live in a place where spending the night riverside is accessible.Two local options to check out are the Chattooga River’s 19-mile long water trail and the French Broad River Paddle Trail. Camping is allowed anywhere along the Chattooga River as long as campsites are 50 feet from any streams or trails and at least a quarter-mile from any road. The are several designated campsites with fire rings located riverside. The paddle-in campsites along the French Broad River can be reserved online, the campsites clearly marked with signs along the paddle trail.Caring Friend, plan an overnight river trip. Get you and your friend off the digital treadmill and back to nature.Paddle On,Mountain Mamalast_img read more

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Passwords are terrible – and these companies want to kill them

first_imgby: Timothy StenovecImagine sitting down in front of your computer or grabbing your smartphone and being able to seamlessly log in to every account you need. Maybe your device recognizes your fingerprint, your eyes or your heartbeat. It just knows it’s you, and not an impostor.That’s the password-free future that many tech companies envision. It just may take them a while to get there.Passwords have long been the gold standard in online and device security, and we’ve been using them for as long as we’ve had to log in to computers and accounts.The trouble is, passwords are horrible. Many people don’t use them properly. While security experts recommend using a strong, unique password for every service, most users don’t do that, leaving them vulnerable to hacking. And many of us regularly forget our passwords and have to reset them frequently.But take heart: The race to kill the dreaded password is on. Tech giants are battling to replace it with biometric technology — using your face, eyes, fingerprint or heartbeat to identify you — which could mean more security and convenience for consumers. continue reading » 3SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

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Is your credit union aware of the recent HMDA announcements?

first_imgHMDA compliance has been looming over credit unions for many years. It was actually enacted by Congress in 1975 but wasn’t transferred to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau until 2011. The financial industry has been revamping their loan processes in order to ensure compliance with recent and more rigorous adjustments to the regulation, but what exactly does that entail? Here is the download on recent HMDA announcements and how your credit union can remain compliant.First things first, what is the HMDA (Home Mortgage Disclosure Act)? The HMDA rule was set forth back in 1975 and implemented by the Federal Reserve Board’s Regulation C, thus requiring financial institutions to collect, report and disclose data about their mortgage lending activity.Most recently, a final rule declared that borrower privacy interests arise if the disclosure of unmodified HMDA loan-level data either ”substantially facilitate the identification of an applicant or borrower, or disclose information about an applicant or borrower that is not otherwise public and that may be harmful or sensitive.” Regulation C currently mandates that credit unions make available a written notice advising that the credit union’s loan and application register might be obtained from the Bureau’s website and modified by the Bureau to address privacy concerns. ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading »last_img read more

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Winners of the Golden Goat – Capra d’oro 2019 awards announced

first_imgVALAMAR RIVIERA DD POREČ was awarded for the best tourist product for the VALAMAR COLLECTION MAREA SUITES CAPITAL INVESTMENT PROJECT, as well as for visual communications for the visual identity of BALANCE MEDITERRANEAN SPA BY VALAMAR In the category of events / events, Maistra was awarded for entertainment and cultural event – opening of MONTE MULINI ZONE AND GRAND PARK HOTEL ROVINJ, while Medulinska Rivijera doo received recognition in the category of events / attractions for FESTIVAL ROCKS & STARS @ CAVE ROMANE A special award was given to the CITY OF POREČ, VALAMAR RIVIERA DD POREČ, PLAVA LAGUNA DD POREČ and the Tourist Board of the CITY OF POREČ for a successful partnership in the realization of the most beautiful Istrian Advent – Advent Poreč. Photo: Manuel Paljuh This year’s winners of the Golden Goat – Capra d’oro award for 2019 are: In the category Awards to individuals, MILENA PERKOVIĆ and SVEMIR RADMILO received recognition for outstanding contribution to the development and promotion of tourism in Istria, and special recognition for a foreign partner went to LUIGI COSTA for outstanding contribution to the promotion of tourism in Istria.center_img At the end of each year, the Istria County Tourist Board awards the winners who applied for the Golden Goat – Capra d’oro award, the end result of which is an exceptional tourist product full of new, always different, attractive tourist stories. The Municipality of TINJAN was awarded for the 13th gourmet event ISAP – INTERNATIONAL PROSCIUTTO FAIR IN TINJAN, and the ZAGREB DANCE ENSEMBLE for the 20th FESTIVAL OF DANCE AND NON-VERBAL THEATER, SVETVINČENAT. Also, in the category of sports event, Plava Laguna doo received recognition for the 30th ATP tournament – PLAVA LAGUNA CROATIA OPEN UMAG. They were awarded in the categories: Innovative products, Tourist products, Visual communications, Events, which consists of five subcategories: culture and entertainment, attractions, gourmet, culture, sports; as well as rewarding deserving individuals. In the category Innovative product, the Municipality of KRŠAN was awarded for the INTERPRETATION CENTER VLAŠKI PUTI, in the category Tourist productthe award was given to the MUNICIPALITY OF RAŠA for the SMALL MUSEUM OF MINING KOVARSKA KUĆA ARSIA. last_img read more

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China’s imported coronavirus cases jump as students, expats flock home

first_imgAlso returning in a flight to safety were China-based expats, as businesses begin to reopen.The total number of confirmed cases in mainland China stood at 81,008 at the end of Friday, the health authority said. The death toll was 3,255, up by seven, a much slower rate than at the height of the crisis.The lack of locally transmitted cases for the third day running underscored a recovery that has prompted officials to relax restrictions, even in the virus epicentre of Wuhan, which was responsible for all seven new deaths.City officials said last week that residents could walk around their compounds, loosening restrictions that had kept them to their personal living areas.On Saturday, the official Xinhua news agency said commercial outlets in residential communities and villages without existing cases of virus can resume business, citing the municipal bureau of commerce.As well as Beijing and Shanghai, the major transport hub of Shenzen, near Hong Kong, has facilitated infected returnees. The southern provinces of Guangdong, Fujian, and the eastern provinces of Shandong and Zhejiang, as well as Shaanxi and Sichuan have also all reported cases.Topics : China reported a record rise in imported coronavirus cases on Friday as expatriates returned home from the United States and Europe, sparking fears of a second wave of infections just as the country recovers from the initial outbreak.All 41 of the new confirmed cases in China were imported from abroad, the country’s National Health Commission said on Saturday, bringing the total number of such cases to 269.Beijing and Shanghai were the main entry points for the returnees, many of whom are students who were studying abroad, according to official reports. They have come back after many education campuses in the United States and Europe shut down to stem rapidly rising infection rates there.last_img read more

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Santi Cazorla proves he still loves Arsenal with message to club after FA Cup win against Chelsea

first_imgCazorla twice won the FA Cup at Arsenal (Picture: Getty)Former Arsenal midfielder Santi Cazorla showed he still has a place in his heart for the Gunners after the side’s 2-1 win against Chelsea in the FA Cup final.The Gunners secured their first piece of silverware under Mikel Arteta by coming back from a goal down against Frank Lampard’s side to claim their 14th FA Cup victory.Cazorla won the cup twice during his time in north London and supporters have not forgotten the part the Spainard played under Arsene Wenger.The 35-year-old made just 33 appearances in his final three seasons at Arsenal and was told by a series of medical officials that his career was over after a number of ankle and foot injuries. ADVERTISEMENT Full Screen Rio Ferdinand tells Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop struggling Comment And Cazorla has shown he’s lost little of the love he had for Arsenal by sending a message of congratulations to his former side. ‘Well done boys one more for all of you!❤️🏆👏😘,’ said Cazorla.MORE: Wayne Rooney accuses Sir Alex Ferguson of ‘suicidal’ tactics in Champions League finals against Barcelona by Metro Coming Next Metro Sport ReporterSunday 2 Aug 2020 10:22 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link2.2kShares SPONSORED Manchester United captain Harry Maguire Santi Cazorla proves he still loves Arsenal with message to club after FA Cup win against Chelsea Read More Visit Advertiser website GO TO PAGE Read More Arsenal battled back from a goal down (Credits: AP)Cazorla dumbfounded the doubters by returning to full fitness and he’s spent the last two seasons at Villarreal, where he’s scored 25 goals.AdvertisementAdvertisementThe Spaniard was released at the end of the season and has been heavily linked with a return to the Emirates, where Arteta is keen to have his former team-mate as part of his backroom staff. Read More PLAY Advertisement Read More Skip Ad Read More Skip / 1/1 Top articles Video Settings About Connatix V67539 1 min. story Advertisementlast_img read more

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People moves: UK trade body names DB policy chief

first_imgPLSA, NN Group, IASB, Legg Mason, JP Morgan Asset Management, Union Investment, Natixis, UBS, Deutsche Asset Management, First State, RobecoSAM, Hermes Investment Management, Fidante, Barnett Waddingham, FundRockPensions and Lifetime Savings Association (PLSA) – The UK occupational pensions trade body has appointed Caroline Escott as defined benefit and investment policy lead. She will lead the PLSA’s investment related public policy, research and publication work. Before joining the PLSA Escott worked as a senior policy adviser for the Personal Investment Management & Financial Advice Association (formerly APFA). She has also worked at Hume Brophy, the UK Sustainable Investment & Finance Association, and as a parliamentary researcher.NN Group – Satish Bapat has been appointed chairman of the new executive board of NN Group for NN Investment Partners and Delta Lloyd Asset Management, part of the recently acquired insurer and asset manager Delta Lloyd. Bapat has been chief executive of NN Investment Partners since 1 April, taking over from Stan Beckers, who has retired. The board now comprises Valentijn van Nieuwenhuijzen (CIO), Hester Borrie (CCO) and Martijn Canisius (CFRO). The latter has joined from Delta Lloyd. The other board members originate from NN IP. The board still has a vacancy for chief human relations officer.International Accounting Standards Board (IASB) – Nick Anderson and Ann Tarca have been appointed members, taking the board to its full capacity of 14. Anderson joins from Janus Henderson Investors in the UK, where he served as global equity portfolio manager and head of equity research in the group’s socially responsible investment team. He will join the IASB at the end of August. Tarca joins from the University of Western Australia’s Business School, where she has been an accounting teacher and researcher since 1996 and a professor since 2011. Legg Mason – Victoria Rock has been appointed head of alternatives product to head up a newly established global alternatives team from the company’s London office. She previously acted as consultant to the Baltimore-based asset manager’s international product team. She has also been global head of the hedge fund platform at Citigroup Global Private Bank. Chris Larsen has also been appointed to the global alternatives team.JP Morgan Asset Management – The asset manager has created a new global special situations group as part of its alternatives business. Brad Demong and Leander Christofides, who left JP Morgan’s corporate and investment bank last year, have been appointed co-chief investment officers to run the new group. Anton Pil, managing partner of JP Morgan Global Alternatives, said the move “represents an immediate, significant expansion” of the firm’s existing private credit offering in its alternatives business.Union Investment – Christian Kopf will take over from Frank Engels as head of fixed income fund management in September. Kopf was most recently a partner at Spinnaker Capital in London, an investment management company specialising in investments in emerging markets. He held joint responsibility for the macro segment, which covers investments in government bonds, interest-rate products and foreign exchange, and was fund manager of the Spinnaker Emerging Markets Macro fund. He was also head of the global investment committee. Engels became head of multi asset portfolio management at the start of this year.Natixis Global Asset Management – Oliver Bilal has been hired as head of international sales and marketing, overseeing all related distribution and institutional activities across Europe, Asia, Latin American and the Middle East. Bilal was previously head of EMEA at UBS Asset Management. Natixis has also made several internal appointments, such as giving Beverly Bearden, executive vice president of human resources, the additional role of deputy chief executive.Deutsche Asset Management – Arjen Jonk has been named as head of passive investments for Benelux at Deutsche Asset Management. He will be tasked with relationship management for important Dutch clients and will be also responsible for passive products in the Benelux. Jonk joined  Deutsche AM in 2012 as a sales manager at its Benelux team. The asset manager is looking to appoint additional passive investment specialists, who are to report to Jonk.First State Investments – Todd Warren will succeed Joanne Warner as head of global resources, effective 1 July. Warner will retire from fund management in August after 20 years as portfolio manager within the global resources team. Warren has been at First State for over 15 years, and is being promoted from global resources portfolio manager. Tai Lomnitzer will become deputy head of global resources.RobecoSAM – The investment specialist focused on sustainability investing has made four client relations appointments. Stéphane Matile was appointed head of wholesale clients/country head for Switzerland and Rüdiger Zeppenfeld was named head of institutional clients. Johannes Weisser and Susanne Linhardt were appointed senior client portfolio manager and client portfolio manager. All four started on 1 May.Hermes Investment Management – The asset manager wholly owned by the BT Pension Scheme has made four appointments to its sales and client relationship teams. Antoinette Eltz joins from Twelve Capital and will be responsible for strengthening support for Hermes’ European clients. Thomas Shuttlewood joins as a client service manager from Fidelity Worldwide Investment. Dan Churchouse and Siman Thind have been appointed associate directors within the UK wholesale and UK institutional teams respectively. Churchouse joins from Kames Capital, while Thind moved to Hermes earlier this year from Morgan Stanley.Fidante Partners Europe – The multi-boutique investment firm has hired James Munce as chief operating officer. He will start his role on 24 July. His most recent role was as a director and chief operating officer of the Fund Solutions Group at Bank of America Merrill Lynch.Barnett Waddingham – Jane Ralph has been appointed corporate actuary, with responsibility for leading the firm’s expansion of its corporate client base in the Midlands. She spent the last 25 years at Mercer in a variety of roles. Most recently her role was to identify and then manage or transfer pension risk for a range of UK and multinational corporate clients.FundRock Management Company – The Luxembourg-based fund services company has appointed Enda Fahy as head of its illiquid alternatives function. The intention is that he will build out the company’s real estate, private equity and private debt offering. He relocates to Luxembourg from London, where he was head of the Cosgrave Group family office.last_img read more

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