Global Empowerment Meeting brings international development leaders together

first_img Read Full Story Keynote sessions will include the 2019 Nobel Laureates in Economics, Abhijit Banerjee, Esther Duflo, and Michael Kremer, along with prominent social psychologists, Michele Gelfand and Hugo Mercier, and many other distinguished speakers including Nobel Peace Prize-winning activist Tawakkol Karman. The Global Empowerment Meeting (GEM) is the annual flagship event offering of Harvard’s Center for International Development. GEM is a thought-provoking, invitation-only conference that brings together the top business leaders, policymakers, and academics to engage around the most cutting-edge work in international development.GEM20 will be the 12th annual installment of an event that distinguishes itself by the clarity of its content, the originality of its ideas, the caliber of its speakers, and the engagement of its high-level attendees.This year, GEM will be hosted virtually over the course of one GEM week where it will bring together leading international policymakers, CEOs, entrepreneurs, heads of foundations, and development experts.center_img Participants recognize GEM as the must-attend event to engage with leading voices in international development.last_img read more

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Frankfurt-based index provider Solactive backs UK proxy voting firm

first_imgThe deal comes shortly before the deadline for EU member states to transpose the revised Shareholder Rights Directive (SRD II), which aims to promote engagement by introducing new reporting requirements for institutional investors. The EU legislation has also introduced new requirements for proxy advisers.Solactive said SRD II and other “regulatory shifts” were increasing demand for “customised sustainable stewardship strategies”.According to the text of Solactive’s announcement, Minerva planned to expand its research and client service capability through Solactive’s offices in Frankfurt, Hong Kong and Toronto. It would also broaden its product offering by taking advantage of the German firm’s expertise in natural language processing.Minerva said the founder and CEO of Solactive, Steffen Scheuble, and his chief of staff, Roger-Marc Noirot, were to join the company’s board as non-executive directors. A worker director from Minerva’s team would also be appointed to the main board and an independent stakeholder advisory board would also be created, it said. Scheuble said the investment in Minerva was “an important step for us in ensuring that we stay relevant to the entire asset management ecosystem”.Sarah Wilson, chief executive of Minerva and co-founder of its predecessor firm Manifest, said Minerva was “delighted to become part of the Solactive group of companies”. Incorporated last March and based in Essex, eastern England, Minerva was the result of a management buyout of Manifest by Wilson and co-founder and IT director Tim Clarke. In addition to providing a shareholder voting platform, it also provides data and research on voting results, corporate governance, remuneration and sustainability.As at January, around $200bn (€176bn) was invested in products linked to indices calculated by Solactive. Frankfurt-based index provider Solactive has made a “significant strategic” investment in Minerva Analytics, a UK proxy voting firm. According to Minerva, Solactive made the investment “to support the development of a Europe-based global shareholder voting and stewardship service”.“At this time of increased regulatory and asset owner scrutiny on shareholder voting and stewardship, we are confident that Solactive will be a strong and trusted partner and we are looking forward to the next stage in Minerva’s development,” it added.No further details about Solactive’s investment were provided. last_img read more

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Windies target execution for series-levelling win

first_img… Tropical wave threatensPORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad (CMC) – West Indies will focus on their execution of plans as they go in search of a series-levelling win against power-house India but the passage of a strong tropical wave could ruin the crucial final One-Day International at Queen’s Park Oval here today.Weather authorities yesterday forecast strong winds, heavy showers and thunderstorms between 10:00hrs today and tomorrow afternoon – along with the possibility of flash flooding – putting in danger the contest set to bowl off at 09:30hrs (Eastern Caribbean time).The three-match series has been dogged by rain which forced a reduction of overs during the West Indies run chase in last Sunday’s second ODI, as the hosts fell to a 59-run defeat under Duckworth Lewis Stern.And heavy rain in Guyana last week also led to the abandonment of the opener at the National Stadium after just 13 overs.Once the rain stays away, however, West Indies will target massive improvement in an attempt to break a wretched run that has seen them win just six of 21 ODIs this year.And all-rounder Carlos Brathwaite believes the hosts are not far away from pulling together the complete performance and putting a win under their belts.“I don’t think we’re doing that badly or as badly as the results show,” Brathwaite told media here yesterday ahead of the game.“I think we’re just missing a few key points or moments which could turn one or two losses into wins, and which would make us look a little better, give us a little momentum and then you can push to start to win series more consistently.”He added: “I don’t think it’s (a lack of) belief per se because if you ask the guys in the dressing room if they believe we can win, I think they do believe we can win; but the know-how and the execution of that belief is where we have been lacking, especially in key moments.“But I don’t think it is a lack of belief, I don’t think it is a lack of passion and in most cases not even a lack of skill but we just haven’t been executing what we wanted to execute in key moments of the game and it has hampered us for the majority of the World Cup and then in this last game.”West Indies squandered the ideal opportunity to take the series lead, after being asked to chase a revised total of 270 off 46 overs.They were cruising on 148 for three in the 28th over before suffering a dramatic middle and lower collapse and losing their last seven wickets for 62 runs.Despite the defeat, Brathwaite said confidence was high they could steal a share of the series, but the batting needed to improve considerably.“(The mood) is good. Obviously we drew the last series against England at home as well and then going into the last game (on Wednesday), I think it is just for us to get the batting right in both parts,” he pointed out.“If we could divide the batting in half – we either get good starts, and then throw it away at the back end, or we don’t get good starts and then run it close because of a rearguard effort.“I think the batting has been much improved from the T20 (series) especially from the overall batting performance in the World Cup as well but we didn’t close it off (in the last game).“So it’s for the batting to get us into a position similar to the second game more often than not – hopefully that happens tomorrow as well – and for the lower half to close out the game.”last_img read more

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USC graduate students organize, participate in national walkout

first_imgGraduate students participating in a national walkout gathered at Tommy Trojan on Wednesday to protest a provision that would raise taxes on graduate students by almost 400 percent. Kyle Kawaguchi | Daily TrojanGathering around Tommy Trojan on Wednesday morning, hundreds of graduate students and professors rallied to oppose provisions in the House of Representatives’ Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. Some held signs demonstrating their opposition, while others chanted “Kill this bill!” and “Fight on!” in Hahn Plaza. The provisions the crowd opposed would raise taxes on graduate students by almost 400 percent, according to the Grad Tax Walkout website. The Grad Tax Walkout, a national protest, was planned and organized by five USC graduate students: Hannah Khoddam, Nina Jhaveri, Marie Gillespie, Hannah Rasmussen and Miriam Rubenson. They are all clinical psychology students pursuing doctorate degrees.Since the USC students put the plan into action, hundreds of students attending 50 universities spanning 32 states registered to participate. The proposed tax bill, which passed the House of Representatives two weeks ago with only Republican support, would change the current law that allows graduate students to receive free tuition without being taxed. The new bill, if signed into law, would reclassify free tuition as income, which can be taxed.    This prospect has left many graduate students, who often earn little income on top of receiving free tuition, worried about not being able to afford to continue their higher education. “If this bill passes, I don’t know if I will continue my [doctorate degree] — and this is my dream,” said Mariel Bello, a first-generation college student studying in the clinical science program. Bello ran a photo campaign table during the Grad Tax Walkout at Tommy Trojan on Wednesday.  Bello sat behind a foldable table ,helping students, faculty and general passers-by fill out signs explaining why their tuition waiver was important.The table was filled with write-in signs with examples of what graduate students do: provide free services to veterans, work to cure cancer and provide therapy to low-income children in the community.“Ultimately, I’m here to provide an avenue for students to fight against this bill,” Bello said of the rally’s photo campaign, which helped gain social media traction for the movement.Stanley Huey, an associate professor of psychology and American studies and ethnicity, was one of the first speakers to kick off the event. He spoke to the crowd about his own experience as a graduate student. “I got a very modest stipend because the government was investing in me,” Huey said. “Debates at the time were how you opened up access, how you increased opportunities for students to get a good education. But the House bill is the inverse of that.”Following Huey, her adviser, Gillespie marched up to the steps of Tommy Trojan with a bullhorn and instructed protesters to pull out their cell phones. Several hundred protesters pulled phones out of pockets and backpacks, as she instructed everyone to take a picture or video of the event. “I need you to post [that] on social media,” Gillespie said. “Do it loudly, do it proudly. We are higher education and we will not be taken away from America!”Gillespie encouraged rally participants to approach the surrounding tables, which were organized around different themes to help individuals get involved. One table hosted a phone bank and laid out step-by-step instructions about how to call state senators and representatives, as well as a word-for-word script on what to say. Graduate students also circled the crowd with clipboards and laptops, aiming to get signatures on appropriate petitions. “I think this is hopefully the beginning of something,” Lyden said of the event. “Graduate students across the nation, I think, are a great group. If we can come together to fight something so absurd, we should keep going.”last_img read more

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Over? Gerard Pique and Shakira reportedly split.

first_imgAccording to various reports from Spanish and Colombian media, Barcelona defender, Gerard Pique(30) and Colombian pop singer, Shakira(40) have ended their seven-year relationship.Sources claim the relationship had been going through a rough patch for months and Shakira recently moved out of their home in Barcelona. Neither Pique nor Shakira have confirmed the widespread reports.The footballer and pop star were last seen together in public at Lionel Messi’s wedding to childhood sweetheart Antonella Roccuzzo in Argentina on the 30th of June.The couple met during the video filming of Shakira’s single “Waka Waka” (This Time for Africa), the theme song of the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa and have two children, Milan(4) and Sasha(2).It has been a difficult week for Pique. The Barcelona defender was booed by fans of the Spanish national team on Monday for supporting Catalonia’s wish to secede from the rest of Spain.RelatedGerard Piqué: Five Things You Might Not Know About Barca StarJune 18, 2020In “Featured”Pique Extends Barcelona Contract Until 2022January 30, 2018In “Europe”Barcelona Star Reiterates Commitment To Spain Despite Catalan Independence SupportOctober 5, 2017In “Europe”last_img read more

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