Weekend Picks: Spring Thaw Trail Series

first_imgThe Spring Thaw is part of a three-event series that continues on March 21 at Fountainhead Regional Park and April 11 back at Willowsford. For more information regarding the event, contact [email protected] It’s been a long winter. Time to dust off the mountain bike, pump some air in the tires, and get ready to roll. The Rev# Spring Thaw Trail Series offers rides on moderatley challenging, purpose-built singletrack at Willowsford Conservancy lands near Ashburn, Va. Rides for all ages and abilities kick off at 12:30. Bikers pass through open fields and dense forests on the rolling course. Experts ride three loops (20.8 miles); weekend warriors can choose two loops (13.8 miles); newbies ride a single 6.8-mile loop.If you prefer two feet over two wheels, the Spring Thaw 10K and 5K trail runs will keep you on your toes. Runners can expect to be mud-splattered and wet-footed after the recent rains. The trail races start at 10 a.m.last_img read more

Robeco to cease investment admin services

first_imgThe €199bn Dutch asset manager Robeco has confirmed that it will exit the investment administration sector in a bid to further focus on its core tasks.It will transfer the investment administration services of Flexioen, its defined contribution product, to ABN Amro as of 1 January.Of the 12 schemes using Flexioen for additional pensions accrual, three have already stated they accept the “pure play” asset manager concept.These include the Dutch pension fund of Hewlett-Packard, Robeco’s own company scheme, as well as the occupational pension fund for marine pilots (Loodsen). Flexioen enables pension schemes to offer an additional pension, on top of their basic pension arrangements for salaries up to the tax-facilitated maximum of €107,600.Participants invest either through a standard lifecycle in funds selected by their pension scheme, or in individually picked funds through an opt-out offering.Until now, Robeco – which had outsourced the investment administration to InAdmin-RiskCo – had been responsible for strategic asset allocation advice, portfolio construction in addition to investment administration.However, as it decided to fully focus on asset management activities, it no longer wanted responsibility for the latter services.Recently, it announced that it would cease offering fiduciary management for pension funds.It had already transferred its low-cost DC vehicle (PPI) to ABN Amro.Pensioenfonds Loodsen said it had decided to limit the number of investment funds its participants could opt for at ABN Amro, as some funds were not used at all.On its website, the Hewlett-Packard scheme said it hadn’t yet decided on major changes in the lifecycle options.It added that, as the potential benefits of scale at ABN Amro were limited, it would discuss the issues with both Robeco and the new administrator.In a response, Tom Steenkamp, chair of Robeco’s pension fund, said he regretted the employer’s decision, “as we were satisfied with the service provision”.He said ABN Amro had met Robeco’s pension scheme request to increase the number of Robeco options in the lifecycle funds on offer.The company schemes for Rabobank and clothing retailer C&A (Provisum) are among the pension funds that also use Flexioen.Robeco, which declined to provide details about Flexioen’s assets, said the product’s name would remain.last_img read more

Politically Diverse Panelists Unite for Women’s Rights, Discuss Dangers of Transgender Activism

first_imgThe Stream 16 February 2017Family First Comment: Some superb discussion from women both liberal and conservative, but united against the ‘gender agenda’ Key quotes: “Our sex is who we are. It can’t be amputated from our body like a limb” – Miriam Ben Shalom, the first person to be reinstated into the U.S. Military after she was discharged for being an open lesbian. But now, she says, she’s being silenced and “put under the bus” for speaking out against transgender activism. “Biology isn’t bigotry. Biology is the truth.” – Emily Zino “Sixty percent of abuse survivors never speak up. When they do speak up about the dangers of transgender policies, they’re often called bigots. That’s not okay.” – Triller Haver, a rape survivor and advocate for women’s privacy rights “Standing up for biological sex as opposed to gender identity is a matter of reason. As Voltaire warned, “Those who can make you believe absurdities can make you commit atrocities.” – Mary Lou Singleton, longtime leftist and women’s liberation activist “The real issue here is male violence. If “transwomen” – biological males identifying as females – were really women, they would sit down and talk civilly with women concerned about their demands. Instead, they force women to give up their private, safe spaces, all while men-only spaces are still left uncontested.” – Miriam Ben ShalomFive women formed an unlikely alliance against transgender activism at the Heritage Foundation Thursday.The panel, called “Biology Isn’t Bigotry,” zeroed in on why policies that equate gender identity with biological sex are bad for women, children and the nation — and why many women of diverse backgrounds and beliefs feel endangered or marginalized because of them.Live streamed from Heritage’s headquarters in Washington, D.C., the event featured “voices that the mainstream media has ignored,” said moderator and Heritage Senior Research Fellow Ryan Anderson.Overlooking Differences      Panelists included Miriam Ben Shalom, Kaeley Triller Haver, Kami Mueller and Mary Lou Singleton, with comments from Emily Zino.As noted on the event’s webpage, Shalom was the first person to be reinstated into the U.S. Military after she was discharged for being an open lesbian. But now, she says, she’s being silenced and “put under the bus” for speaking out against transgender activism.Triller Haver, a rape survivor and advocate for women’s privacy rights, was working as a communications director for the YMCA when it announced a new policy to let biological men into women’s locker rooms. When she tried to explain to her boss why the policy was a bad idea, he told her she was probably being close-minded. Later, she was fired.Kami Mueller is the Communications Director for the Republican Party in North Carolina. That placed her on the front lines during the HB2 battle that came after the city of Charlotte passed an open-bathroom policy.Mary Lou Singleton described herself as a longtime leftist and women’s liberation activist. “My entire life work is fighting for the class of people who are oppressed on the basis of their sex,” she said. These include women and girls around the world who are aborted, mutilated and exploited every day. Now, transgender activists tell her that it’s “transphobic” to call those people “women and girls.”Emily Zino is a stay-at-home Catholic mom of seven who fights to protect women and children’s privacy.READ MORE: https://stream.org/diverse-panelists-unify-womens-rights-discussion-dangerous-transgender-activism/?utm_source=c-internal&utm_medium=Facebook&utm_content=Transgender-2-17-2017last_img read more


first_imgJOCKEY QUOTES      JOEL ROSARIO, RAGING BULL, WINNER: “He broke well and it looked like there was a good pace, he was very controlled. He just came with his run like he does all the time. He put in a nice run.“It is beautiful, nice to be back here and be back in action.”     JOHN VELAZQUEZ, NEXT SHARES, SECOND: “The plan was to be mid-pack with this horse, but we got wiped out at the start, so we were way back.  He still ran a great race.”TRAINER QUOTES   JUAN HERNANDEZ, ASSISTANT TO CHAD BROWN, RAGING BULL, WINNER:  “He ran a super race and he always runs good.  He had trained well here and he was acting good.  He’s just a very special horse.”NOTES: The winning owner is Peter M. Brant.last_img