Hymans Robertson – Board chairman John Dickson is to become senior partner at the UK pension consultancy from 1 April. He takes on the position from Ronnie Bowie. Dickson joined Hymans Robertson in 2003, going on to lead its investment consulting business. He became chair of the company’s board at the start of 2014. Bowie will continue as a partner, working with several of Hymans Robertson’s major clients, the company said in a statement. Bowie joined Hymans Robertson in 1980.Dickson said: “Ronnie’s incredible commitment and dedication to our firm has played a huge role getting us to where we are today. For almost 40 years he has been, and will continue to be, a universally respected leading figure both within our business and the wider industry. Over that time our markets have changed dramatically and have become vastly more complex. Ronnie has continually adapted to, and led us through, much of that change.”Cindu – The Dutch company pension fund of Cindu International has appointed Jacco Heemskerk as its independent chairman. He succeeded Rob van Pernis, a former chief executive of Cindu, who had been at the helm of the scheme since 2007. Heemskerk was previously an executive trustee at the Dutch pension fund of Royal Bank of Scotland, which has merged with the general pension fund (APF) of insurer Centraal Beheer, part of Achmea Group.NN IP – The Dutch asset manager NN Investment Partners has named Hester Borrie as head of strategic business development and integrated client solutions as of 1 April. This will be in addition to her position as head of the client group. She will replace Martin Nijkamp, who is to leave NN IP after 30 years. Nijkamp is to stay on until 1 November to assist with a smooth transition, the company said.bfinance – The UK consultancy has hired Paul Doyle as a director in its client consulting team. He joins from Kempen Capital Management where he oversaw client relationships for the Dutch firm’s UK fiduciary clients. bfinance has also hired Chelsie Doyle as senior associate within the client consulting team. The pair will work with head of consulting Sam Gervaise-Jones to expand the group’s client base in the UK and Ireland.De Nationale APF – Matthijs Swarts has been named secretary of De Nationale APF, the general pension fund (APF) of Nationale Nederlanden. Swarts joins from pensions provider and NN subsidiary AZL, where he was an adviser to the board. He is a certified pension executive.GAM – The Swiss asset manager has appointed Ben Edwards as head of its institutional sales in the UK and Ireland. He previously held a similar role at PIMCO, leading institutional distribution for the US bond fund manager.AXA IM – Julien Fourtou, global head of multi-asset client solutions and trading and securities finance at AXA Investment Managers, will leave the firm after 17 years. He plans to pursue a “new entrepreneurial project”, according to a statement from the France-headquartered asset manager. His responsibilities will be taken on by Laurence Boone, in addition to her role as global head of research and investment strategy, from 3 April.Axioma – Jacqueline Gaillard has joined Axioma as managing director for people and talent, responsible for recruitment strategy at the portfolio software provider. She was previously senior vice president for human resources and talent management at International Securities Exchange.FundRock Management Company – Louise Harris has joined the Luxembourg-based fund services company to lead its legal and compliance team in Ireland. She joins from Abbey Capital, an Irish alternative investment management firm, where she was general counsel. The company said the appointment would help grow its services for Dublin-domiciled funds. Altis IM – Martin Sanders and Kees Verbaas have been appointed as the new management team for Altis Investment Management, the €50bn fiduciary management subsidiary of NN Investment Partners.Sanders is to start as managing director on 1 May. He joins from Univest Company, the provider for the pension funds of Unilever, where he was chief investment officer for several of the company’s European funds.Verbaas is to join as director of investments on 1 June, heading the team of senior portfolio managers and analysts. Currently, he is head of fund management at the €20bn asset manager Blue Sky Group, responsible for multi-manager funds. Previously he has worked at Robeco, ABN AMRO Asset Management, and Hermes.Last month, Kempen Capital Management poached four staff from Altis IM: Richard Jacobs, Sven Smeets, Edzard Potgieser, and Bram Bikker.
The comments led to backlash from several and calls — including trending Twitter hashtags — on Sportsnet to fire Cherry for his remarks.In response, Ron MacLean apologized, and Sportsnet and the NHL also issued statements on the matter, condemning Cherry’s comments. However, Don Cherry did not apologize — and still hasn’t.”I know what I said and I meant it. Everybody in Canada should wear a poppy to honor our fallen soldiers,” Cherry told the Toronto Sun on Monday, adding, “I speak the truth and I walk the walk. … I would have liked to continue doing Coach’s Corner. The problem is if I have to watch everything I say, it isn’t Coach’s Corner.” While Saturday’s “Coach’s Corner” segment on “Hockey Night in Canada” signaled the end of host Don Cherry’s tenure, leading to his firing from Sportsnet on Monday, it wasn’t the first time that he has found himself in hot water.Over four decades with HNIC, Cherry had become known for his flashy, abstract suits, outlandish opinions and controversial comments, surrounding topics from European players to on-ice celebrations to immigrants. Here’s a brief history of just some of his controversial comments over his time on the CBC program.MORE: Why was Don Cherry fired from Sportsnet?Calling out European playersThe longtime TV personality was known for controversial comments surrounding Russian players over the course of his broadcast career. That included during an intermission of the 1996 World Cup of Hockey game between Canada and Russia.”I’m sick and tired of hearing how great they are,” Cherry yelled on TV. “They’re down 3-1. The fabulous five died. They sucked and they always have sucked.”In another undated clip, Cherry can be seen calling Russian players “nothing” when mentioning how some say the Russians have “amazing upper body strength.””They’re nothing. N-O-T-H-I-N-G. Nothing,” Cherry said on air.In 2018, he said that he believes European players should not be allowed to play in the CHL.”I’m not happy for that, to be truthful. Here, yes, we’re a wonderful country and accept everybody here,” Cherry said at a 2018 CHL Showcase event, via Sportsnet. “What happens is, if you look at it, there’s a Canadian kid not playing. No matter how you cut the mustard, I said this a long time ago, and we have it now in bantam, we have them coming over in bantams, if you can believe it. We have them in minor midget as I go all the time and they’re very rich when they come over and you’re asking me, ‘Do I believe in Europeans playing in [the] Canadian Hockey League?’ No, I don’t.”Criticizing celebrationsCherry made it clear he was not a fan of exaggerated, staged celebrations from players. Over the course of his career, he criticized several given the way they’d let loose after goals, wins or milestones.One of the first was Alex Ovechkin. A younger player at the time, Cherry was less than thrilled with the way the Russian winger presented himself with “goofy” celebrations.”This guy, he’s got a free ride. . . I’m predicting someone’s gonna get him and someone’s gonna get him good,” Cherry said on Coach’s Corner of the Capitals captain, adding, “You don’t act like this. This is goofy stuff. … Don’t you Canadian kids act like it.”Soon after, Cherry was back at it again, this time condemning Ovechkin’s “hot stick” celebration when he scored his 50th goal of the 2008-09 campaign.”Guys right now got you on a list. You’re going to be very, very sorry because somebody’s going to cut you in half,” Cherry said on Coach’s Corner. “And I hope it doesn’t happen. … He’s going to get it and when he gets it, it’s going to be a goodie.”More recently, Cherry’s comments about the Carolina Hurricanes’ “storm surge” celebrations became something of a team motto and tagline for the hockey club when he called them “a bunch of jerks” on the air. He also called Evgeny Kuznetsov a “jerk” for his “birdman” celebration, which the 26-year-old said he does for his daughter.’Why aren’t men in women’s dressing rooms?’During the 2013 Stanley Cup playoffs, Cherry and Ron MacLean were discussing Duncan Keith’s comments toward a female reporter in which he dismissed her question by asking her if she was a referee. The comment was considered sexist by some and received backlash, leading Cherry to step up and say that women shouldn’t be allowed in NHL locker rooms or any male locker rooms at all. “I don’t believe women should be in the male dressing room. I remember the first time it happened to me. Guys are walking around naked, I hear this woman’s voice, I turn around, she’s asking me about the power play, I said let’s go outside. She said, ‘I’m not embarrassed.’ I said, ‘I am,'” Cherry said on an April 27, 2013 segment.When MacLean argued back that there’s no reason female reporters shouldn’t receive equal opportunity, Cherry laughed.”Equal opportunity? Then why aren’t men in women’s dressing rooms?” Cherry questioned.MacLean welcomed the idea, to which Cherry gave him a hypothetical and asked how MacLean would feel if his wife, Cari, is in the locker room taking a shower and a reporter is standing there.”I don’t feel women are equal. I feel they’re above us. I think they’re on a pedestal. They should not be walking in when naked guys are walking in,” Cherry said to end his rant.’Left-wing kooks’On two occasions, Cherry has used the term “left-wing kooks” to describe some who disagree with his point of view.In 2010, Cherry criticized newspapers that “ripped [him] to shreds” while attending an inaugural meeting of Toronto’s city council and discussing mayor Rob Ford.”As far as I’m concerned, you can put that in your pipe, you left-wing kooks.”Exit stage left (-wing kooks). pic.twitter.com/363KlpGiWP— Gil Meslin (@g_meslin) November 12, 2019Cherry used the term again in regards to David Suzuki, a Canadian environmentalist when debating climate change.”David Suzuki, left-wing kook, you’re in Vancouver, it’s warm out there. Why don’t you come to Toronto, we’ve been freezing for two months. … What is this, warming trends? We’re all dying of cold, and he’s talking warming trend. What?” Cherry said in another “Coach’s Corner” segment.First Nations nativesOn Christmas Eve 2007, HNIC tension was high between MacLean and Cherry, who were going back and forth over Chris Simon and a 25-game suspension he received in December.MacLean led with the fact that Simon, who is Ojibwa, believed that the suspension was unjust and that in a way, his upbringing could have had an effect on why he felt he was being treated unfairly.”A lot of First Nations kids go to bed at night and wake up in the morning thinking they won’t get a fair shake,” MacLean said on the segment. “Until Chris accepts that he’s getting a fair shake, the message won’t sink in.”That’s when Cherry chimed in.”What? You’re saying that natives have an inferiority complex when something happens to them?” Cherry asked his co-host.After MacLean responded that sometimes natives are not treated fairly, Cherry continued the debate.”Fair shake in life? Go out and get your own fair shake in life and work for it. Don’t give me that stuff,” Cherry said back.Reaction to Scott Sabourin injuryJust a week prior to his remarks about immigrants that led to his dismissal, Cherry had found himself under the microscope for his reaction and comments surrounding Scott Sabourin in a Nov. 2 game between the Ottawa Senators and Boston Bruins.Sabourin had been going in for a hit on David Backes, whose head collided with his. The Senators forward then fell face-first into the ice, appearing to lose consciousness and lied motionless for several minutes before he was stretchered off and admitted to a local hospital.After looking at the hit, Cherry mentioned on the air that Sabourin “just got knocked out, that’s all.” MacLean then mentioned that Sabourin was moving all of his extremities, and when Cherry asked for clarification, he then laughed.’You people’On “Coach’s Corner,” Cherry was discussing Remembrance Day and how, living in Mississauga, Ont., and visiting downtown Toronto, he doesn’t see a lot of people wearing the poppy, a flower pin worn in the two weeks leading up to Remembrance Day on Nov. 11 to pay tribute to veterans and those who served in times of war.Cherry then went on to say that it’s because immigrants are not buying enough poppies.”You people, you love — they come here, whatever it is. You love our way of life, you love our milk and honey, the least you could pay [is] a couple of bucks for a poppy or something like that,” Cherry said during the segment. “These guys pay for your way of life that you enjoy in Canada. These guys pay the biggest price.”
As school children return to their respective classrooms this week following seven months of Ebola-related school closure, Touching Humanity In Need of Kindness (THINK) and its partners, Global Fund for Children and the Cornerstone Community Church in USA, have provided over USD2,000 worth of school materials to assist them. The items included copybooks, crayons, sharpeners, erasers geometry sets and book-bags. Donating the items on behalf of her partners last Thursday, the executive director of THINK-Liberia, Mrs. Rosana Schaak, said the program started three years ago, when Global Fund for Children visited Liberia to see what THINK was involved in. According to her, while in Liberia they found out that many children were not in school and parents also complained about tuition fees. Based on this need, THINK and partners decided to help enable children of low income families to attend school. “Right now, we are paying tuition in private and government schools for 50 students and an additional 57 are on our scholarships,” she said. Ms. Schaak acknowledged donors that have come to the rescue of the Liberian children. Moreover, she said, in the near future THINK WILL also assist children that are affected by Ebola. The THINK executive director then urged the students to study hard and make good grades so that they would remain on the scholarship. “No going to video club, no walking about; you study hard so that when we receive your report cards and forward them to our partners they will be happy to continue supporting you,” she told them. Receiving the gesture, student Rachel Johnson extended gratitude to the organization and its partners for the gifts. THINK is a faith-based, Liberian non-governmental organization established in 2003. The organization focuses on the rights and well-being of women and children, notably ‘war wives’ of fighting forces, other victims of sexual violence and child mothers. Since 2003, Think-Liberia has provided the following services to Liberians: safe homes where victims of sexual violence are given psychological support; rehabilitation homes in Paynesville, Monrovia and Buchanan; a learning enrichment program where children are tutored and a participatory action research program focusing on the reintegration of girl mothers.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)