Kaitlyn, Artem Receive Perfect Score, Hug Carrie Ann Inaba

first_imgIt’s getting down to the wire on Dancing With the Stars! During the Monday, November 9, episode, the remaining contestants had the chance to pay tribute to one of their favorite musicians during Icons Night. However, many of the stars became icons of the ballroom!Kaitlyn Bristowe and Artem Chigvintsev performed on a very dramatic Argentine tango to Britney Spears‘ “Toxic” that wowed the judges. Derek Hough, Bruno Tonioli and even Carrie Ann Inaba — who has been very tough on Kaitlyn and Artem — raved over the routine.- Advertisement – Justina won the first matchup, earning two extra points. Skai won the second and AJ won the last. Unfortunately, AJ and Johnny landed in the bottom in the two. Bruno chose to save Johnny, Derek chose to save AJ. Ultimately, it came down to Carrie Ann, who chose to save Johnny.Scroll through the gallery below to find out all the scores from Monday’s show. – Advertisement – Another powerful dance was done by Skai Jackson and Alan Bersten. The duo performed a strong paso doble for her tribute to Janet Jackson. In addition to being a huge fan of her music, Skai revealed that she wanted to honor the icon because of her activism. During her package, the Disney Channel alum detailed the racism she’s experienced during her life and revealed she has missed out on roles due to the color of her skin. At the end of her paso doble, “use your voice” was written on the back wall of the ballroom.In the second round, each duo competed in a dance-off challenge with another pair. Justina and Sasha danced the cha-cha to Lady Gaga and Beyonce‘s “Telephone” against Kaitlyn and Artem; AJ and Cheryl danced the jive to Ricky Martin‘s “Cup of Life” against Johnny and Britt; and Nelly and Daniella danced the salsa to Wham‘s “Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go” against Skai and Alan. (Nev and Jenna earned immunity based on last week’s leaderboard.)- Advertisement – “I know it’s been a rough couple of weeks, but I have to say, I have to give you a standing ovation. That was incredible. We push you because we want you to reach your ultimate,” the judge told the pair. “Every line was amazing. Every lift. … Everything about it was amazing. Everything that we’ve been wanting from you was in this routine.”After her comments, Artem and Katilyn ran over to embrace Carrie Ann in a hug. The former Bachelorette also noted that even when the Hawaii native was a tough critic, she “knew it came from that place” of love, “even if it was hard to hear.”Kaitlyn Bristowe Artem Chigvintsev Receive Perfect Score DWTSKaitlyn Bristowe and Artem Chigvintsev perform on ‘Dancing With the Stars.’ ABCThe pair received a perfect 30 — their first of the season — and it wasn’t the only perfect score given on Monday night. Johnny Weir and Britt Stewart earned a perfect 30 for their quickstep to Amy Winehouse‘s “Valerie.”- Advertisement –last_img read more


Mandate roundup: Cornwall, FRR, AP2, APUC

first_imgThe £1.3bn (€1.5bn) Cornwall Pension Fund has appointed two managers to a £60m global frontier-market equity mandate.The local authority fund launched the tender in May and saw interest from 17 applicants, reduced to a shortlist of 16 with the help of bfinance.HSBC Global Asset Mangement and Advance Emerging Capital have both been appointed, with the £60m funding split equally between the firms.In other news, France’s Fonds de réserve pour les retraites (FRR) is seeking a provider to evaluate the risks inherent in its €36.6bn portfolio. The reserve fund said the successful applicant would be appointed for four years, with the potential for a further one-year extension of the contract.Applicants have until 23 December to apply.The FRR has further concluded several other procurement exercises, reappointing Russell Investments to a panel of transition managers, alongside Goldman Sachs and BlackRock Advisors.The fund has also appointed two further asset managers to socially responsible equity mandates worth €150m, bringing to a close a nearly two-year process.BNP Paribas Asset Management and Kleinwort Benson Investors will be required to invest in thematic mutual funds, and the FRR said the approach would allow it to seek exposure to water, eco-technologies, waste management and renewable energy.Meanwhile, four of Sweden’s AP funds have appointed two companies to handle global voting services for the buffer funds.Institutional Shareholders Services (ISS) and Nordic Investment Services (NIS) were chosen for the high quality of their analysis, according to a statement by AP2.The joint tender by AP1-4 will see both companies working across all four funds’ portfolios.Finally, APUC, the body responsible for procurement of more than 50 of Scotland’s universities and colleges, is seeking to launch a defined contribution supplier framework for the higher education sector.According to the tender, the framework would accessible to higher education procurement services for London and other English regions, as well as Wales.Applicants, which are welcome to contact APUC until 9 January, must have an S&P credit rating of BBB or higher to qualify.last_img read more


Norwegian oil fund sees double-digit property returns as oil revenue slumps

first_imgNorway’s sovereign wealth fund saw double-digit property returns for the second year running, as investments overall grew by 7.6% and the largest European asset owner continued to gradually rebalance holdings away from the Continent.At the end of 2014, the Government Pension Fund Global said assets stood at NOK6.4trn (€706bn), up by NOK1.4trn over the course of the year.However, changes in the value of the kroner accounted for around half of the increase, and investment returns for only NOK544bn, according to the fund’s annual report.Additionally, on the back of a sharp decline in oil prices over the second half of 2014, the fund was only paid NOK151bn in oil revenue. The amount of revenue was significantly down compared with 2013’s transfer of NOK241bn and is the least money paid into the fund by the government since 2004, when a payment of NOK138bn accounted for two-thirds of the year’s revenue.When measured in international currency, Norges Bank Investment Management (NBIM) said the fund returned 7.6% over the course of 2014.The figure increased dramatically when measured in kroner, with asset returns rising to 24.3%.Real estate returns, which stood at 10.4% last year, rose to 27.5% when measured in kroner – the fund’s single-best performance measured in either kroner or international currency in five years – while equities returned 7.9%.The increased kroner volatility came as the fund grew its exposure to emerging markets and their currencies.Compared with five years ago, the fund’s exposure to European equity and fixed income had fallen from more than 52% of assets to just 37.7%.The volatility boosted returns in fixed income, which overall stood at 6.9%.However, its largest single exposure, to US Treasuries, returned 7.3% when measured in international currency, growing to nearly 15% in kroner.According to the report, the fund increased the number of currencies in which it was invested by three to 47 – adding Ghanaian cedi, Mauritian rupee and Nigerian naira to its currency basket after both Ghana and Mauritius were added to the fund’s universe.Slovenia, in which NBIM also only began investing in 2014, accounted for the fund’s largest frontier-market holding by the end of the year, worth NOK4.8bn, while investments in Mauritius and Ghana were valued at NOK82m and NOK15m, respectively.Since the end of 2012, NBIM’s share of investments in Asia grew from 12.9% to 15.5% and exposure to Oceania and the Middle East rose by 0.2 and 0.1 percentage points to 2.3% and 0.3%, respectively.While NBIM’s holdings in Africa remained steady at 0.7% of total assets since 2012, the fund’s overall value increased by NOK2.6trn over the same period.The fund also continued to grow its property portfolio, increasing nearly threefold in size to NOK141bn and now accounting for 2.2% of assets, up from 1%.Yngve Slyngstad, chief executive at NBIM, said: “Never before have we made as many property investments as we did last year, and we will continue to step up these investments in the coming years.”A large part of the asset growth came from acquisitions in the US, which now accounted for 35% of the property portfolio, up from 18.7%.The UK also remained an important country, accounting for 28.4%, up by 1.4 percentage points.The fund transferred ownership of 11 listed real estate holdings from the equity team to the property team over the course of 2014, with the NOK33bn in holdings returning 6%.Read Yngve Slyngstad’s thoughts on NBIM’s approach to investments in a recent issue of IPElast_img read more


Lambert sees Sinclair ‘potential’

first_img Villa have completed the protracted signing of the winger until the end of the season with a view to signing him permanently in the summer. The 25-year-old has made just 12 appearances for City since joining them back in 2012, with an inauspicious loan stint at West Brom last season. Aston Villa manager Paul Lambert is ready to tap into Scott Sinclair’s “unfulfilled potential” after landing the winger on loan from Manchester City. Press Association “It’s nice to be able to get settled somewhere and be a part of something going forward. “It feels great to be here and that the deal is finally done. “I spoke to the manager (Paul Lambert) and he gave me his views on what he wants from me here at Villa. “I’m still hungry to play football, that’s what I told him, and I’m looking forward to getting started, hopefully playing every week and enjoying my football.” Earlier City boss Manuel Pellegrini said: “I am very happy for the player because it is an important chance to return in his career. “Maybe here he didn’t have too many chances here in Manchester City because we have important and top players in his position, but I am sure if he starts playing there he will demonstrate what a good player he is.” “I’m thankful we got the deal done because I think he’s a player with great unfulfilled potential,” Lambert said. “In hindsight, maybe for his own playing career, the Manchester City move was not a good one for him. But the opportunity to play for a club like that hardly ever comes to you and when it does, it’s very hard to turn it down. “I’m pretty sure he will have learned a lot in football terms from it, whether he realises it yet or not. “It will have been a great experience for him but now’s the time he can kick on and get his career up and running.” Sinclair, meanwhile, is ready to make up for lost time. “I believe I have my best years ahead of me,” he said. “This is a new challenge, a new chapter in my life, and hopefully I can settle in as quickly as possible, have a good start and go from there.” The former Chelsea youngster is eager to hit the ground running. “It’s taken a few weeks but I’m happy to be here, to be in the building and to be signing for the club and ready to play some football. last_img read more