APG acquires Deloitte data analytics team for sustainable investing

first_imgDutch asset manager APG is taking over the data analytics team for sustainable investing from Deloitte Nederland.APG – the investment manager for the €403bn Dutch civil service scheme ABP – said the takeover would significantly accelerate its use of artificial intelligence and big data for sustainable and responsible investing.Thirteen former Deloitte employees will work for APG in an independent business unit, the asset manager said. Their job will be to identify listed companies that make an important contribution to solutions for climate change, or for problems in healthcare and education.“The technical infrastructure and the team’s smart algorithms are fully operational and are a very good fit with APG’s current investing activities,” said the asset manager in a statement.   Ronald Wuijster, interim member of the executive board of APG Group, said: “We are constantly seeking out innovative and sustainable investment opportunities to achieve the highest possible return at the lowest possible costs.“Using the unique knowledge this team has in relation to big data and artificial intelligence will make us even better at that.”APG said it “invests fully in new technology”, in relation to investments and pension administration. It has a special team that develops algorithms using, among other things, contact history, personal data, pension details, and the online browsing behaviour of large groups of participants.“By combining this information for different target groups, it can be predicted with high reliability when they will contact the pension fund in relation to which topic,” said APG. “These insights are used to proactively approach the pension fund participants, but also to communicate more efficiently and effectively with the participants.”Last year APG and PGGM completed a prototype of a blockchain-driven pension administration system. ABP has aimed to allocate €58bn to sustainability investments by 2020. These are investments in companies, deals or projects that provide “solutions to sustainability challenges”, guided by the UN Sustainable Development Goals.last_img read more

Nicole Ferrara looks to continue scoring streak for Syracuse after rebounding from injury

first_imgAs Nicole Ferrara glided in front of the crease, her skate got caught at the wrong angle in the ice. Her foot went one way, while her body went another. It was Syracuse’s second practice back since holiday break two seasons ago, and the outlook of her career took a turn for the worse.“She never goes down, so I knew something was wrong,” teammate Melissa Piacentini said.Ferrara immediately realized what had happened. She tore her ACL in her left knee during a game in her junior year of high school at Rivers Academy. It was the exact same feeling she felt in the moment.Her season was over. Two ACL tears in the same knee could have put her hockey career in jeopardy.“I knew what to expect,” Ferrara said. “I knew all the stuff I’d have to do to get back.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textIn 2015, Ferrara has come back as the team’s top goal-scorer. She has scored a goal in SU’s last five games, the latest coming in a 7-1 rout over Rochester Institute of Technology on Wednesday night.She’ll have a chance to continue her streak when Syracuse (3-3, 1-0 College Hockey America) travels to St. Lawrence (2-5-1) on Saturday at 4 p.m.“I wouldn’t say she’s in midseason form, but she’s played pretty close to it,” Syracuse head coach Paul Flanagan said. “It’s been a great shot in the arm for us to have her back.”The Orange has been without one of its top offensive weapons for a season and a half. Ferrara redshirted her junior year to fully recover. She wasn’t able to skate for six months, a skill she picked up as a three-year-old.Doctors slowed down her recovery process to reduce pressure on her left knee, which forced Ferrara to become even more patient. In therapy, physical trainers would work on strengthening Ferrara’s quads in her left leg.With patience and the right therapy, Ferrara knew she’d get back on the ice. On October 6, she returned as part of Syracuse’s starting lineup in its home opener against Clarkson.“When you don’t play for a while,” Ferrara said, “it definitely makes you realize how lucky you are to be able to skate and to be able to play.”While most lose speed after ACL tears, Ferrara retained her quickness. She caught UConn goalie Annie Belanger off guard last Saturday by sneaking up behind her and putting a rebound in the net before Belanger even noticed her presence.Against Providence on Sunday, Piacentini sent Ferrara a pass from the corner. Ferrara quickly opened up toward the net and fired, scoring her fourth goal of the season.She went on a breakaway in the second period against RIT on Wednesday, beating the goalie in a one-on-one with a backhanded shot that found the top of the net.Flanagan thinks Ferrara is the perfect third piece in the first line because she can keep up with Piacentini and Stephanie Grossi’s quick movements.“They’re very fast players. [Ferrara] can step in there and play with them,” Flanagan said. “Those three seem to feed really well off one another.”The Orange’s stagnant offensive issues from last season have mainly subsided due to Ferrara’s presence on the attack. SU averages 3.7 goals per game so far, a much better average compared to its 2.5 goals per game last season.The team had its highest scoring total against RIT on Wednesday night since Jan. 19, 2013, when SU scored eight goals against Lindenwood, a game that Ferrara scored in as well.Flanagan hopes his senior captain can keep her streak going on Saturday. But he’s happy to have her back, no matter how strong her performance is.“We missed her for a year and a half,” Flanagan said. “She just has real good hockey instincts. She’s bounced back really well.” Comments Published on October 24, 2015 at 10:33 am Contact Chris: [email protected] Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

The Final Word: Beat writers talk Syracuse’s 81-63 win over Boston College

first_imgSyracuse ( 14-6, 3-4 Atlantic Coast) returned from an eight day break and played its best offensive game of the season. Behind five scorers in double digits the Orange drubbed Boston College 81-63. Tyus Battle led all scorers with 24 points while Frank Howard added 18. On the The Final Word, our three beat writers discuss Syracuse’s Wednesday night win, Matthew Moyer’s injury and the next two games to follow.Listen to The Final Word here: Comments Facebook Twitter Google+center_img Published on January 24, 2018 at 11:13 pmlast_img

“Educating our community about the opioid epidemic”

first_imgInformation provided by health and medical experts In keeping with JWOF’s mission of personal development and healthy lifestyles, JWOF President, Ms. Camille Edwards is encouraging the public to “come out and benefit from a wealth of information to be provided by health and medical experts and law enforcement and legal professionals across South Florida.”The forum will also include a question and answer period.  Information booths will provide clinical and legal advice and guidelines on all aspects of care and prevention of the damages associated with this epidemic. “Educating Our Community about the Opioid Epidemic” will be the topic of discussion at the Annual Jamaican Women of Florida (JWOF) Health and Wellness Forum to be held on Saturday, September 30, starting at 2:00 p.m. at the South Regional Broward College Library located at 7300 Pines Boulevard, Pembroke Pines, Florida 33024. Special guests  Special guests will include the Forum moderator Winston Barnes, Vice Mayor, City of Miramar ;  Paul Jaquith, President/CEO, Mental Health Association of South East Florida; Captain Andrew Dunbar, Chief of the Broward Sheriff’s Office Central Broward/ Lauderdale Lakes region; State Attorney Michael J. Satz; Gordon Weekes, Chief Assistant Public Defender; Ms. Michaelle Pope, Executive Director Student Support Initiatives, Broward County Public Schools; Ms. Melba Pearson, Deputy Director of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), Dale V.C. Holness, Commissioner, Broward County and Rev. Horace D. Ward, Senior Pastor, Holy Family Episcopal Church, Miami Gardens.Information regarding the Health and Wellness Forum is available at www.cbajwofhealthandwellnessseminar.eventbrite.com; www.jamaicanwomenofflorida.com or by calling (954)783-9737; the CBA www.caribbeanbar.org  or (954) 344-8060.center_img Free forum The Forum is free to the public, and is hosted jointly by JWOF, and the Caribbean Bar Association (CBA), South Florida chapter.Attendees will engage in discussions led by community stakeholders on the rapid increase in the opioid epidemic affecting communities nationwide.An Executive Order recently issued by Florida’s Governor, Rick Scott in May, 2017, stated, “…..the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has declared a national opioid epidemic which poses a severe threat to the State of Florida and requires that measures are taken to protect the communities and the general welfare of this State….”  Attendees at the seminar will hear from those community leaders who are at the forefront of identifying the impact of the epidemic, and also leaders involved in providing solutions, and resources to those who are or may be affected by the epidemic.last_img read more