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Faculty studies concussions

first_imgBaraka Bouts and Bengal Bouts may be two of the most anticipated annual athletic events at Notre Dame, but for computer science faculty members Dr. Christian Poellabauer and Dr. Patrick Flynn, the fights offered a chance to put two years’ worth of concussion diagnostics research to the test. “Impacted brain function can cause slurred speech,” Poellabauer said. “Specifically, we isolate vowels in the words spoken by the athlete into a microphone and look at the different frequencies that are presented in [his] speech and see how they deviate from the norm.” The program analyzes a boxer’s voice recording after his or her match and compares it to a baseline vocal sample recorded during a pre-fight physical examination, Poellabauer said. The algorithm then “spits out” a score representing the possibility of a concussion. “If the score is above a certain threshold, then we would refer the athlete to a doctor for examination,” Poellabauer said. For Bengal and Baraka Bouts, boxers could opt into the test, which required them to speak certain words into an iPad microphone, Poellabauer said.  “We looked just a little deeper into the actual composition of the voice to see if there’s any kind of … change in the frequencies or the amplitudes,” she said. “We were focusing on the vowels because they’re the easiest to examine, to find changes. And luckily we were able to find such changes.” Poellabauer and Flynn said these indicators of a potential concussion include distorted vowels, hypernasality and imprecise consonants, but they agreed the biggest challenge for the team is collecting enough data to support effective analysis. “It turns out that a boxing tournament is almost ideal in terms of data collection,” Flynn said. “We don’t want anyone to get concussed, but they’re guaranteed to happen in a large-scale boxing tournament.” The program does not guarantee an accurate final diagnosis of potential concussions, nor is it meant to do so, Flynn said. “The idea is to make this a rapid screening tool that basically anyone can perform, and it’s intended to characterize the risk,” Flynn said. “It’s not diagnosing per se, but it is providing this score that if it has any kind of elevated level, you would probably suggest to a coach that a follow-up medical visit is necessary.” The application has the potential to be applied toward other types of brain damage, including diseases like Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s, Flynn said. There are also plans to team with the Cleveland Clinic to expand the test’s use to other sports and potentially prepare it for the commercial market. “The goal of the app is to be fairly conservative,” Flynn said. “Any commercial or widely-used version of the app would need to guard against false negatives.” The project began nearly two years ago in the fall of 2011 when Poellabauer and his team, which includes additional faculty and students, contacted University physician James Moriarty about applying their diagnostic test to athletes in danger of concussions. “We actually had some students doing a class project on using tablets for detecting brain injuries,” Poellabauer said. “After that project was over, we had the idea of trying to reach out to Dr. Moriarty … to see if we could use such a test on campus, and he offered for us to test for the boxing competitions.” With the support of Notre Dame and the Cleveland Clinic, Poellabauer and Flynn said they hope the app will be more widely tested. “It’s very preliminary, but there’s definitely interest in our work,” Flynn said.last_img read more

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4-H Gala

first_imgThe gala will benefit Georgia 4-H, which is University of Georgia Extension’s statewide youth development program. The black-tie event will be held Aug. 8 at the Loews Atlanta Hotel.Native of Douglas, Georgia For sponsorship opportunities or to purchase tickets, see www.georgia4hfoundation.org or call the Georgia 4-H Foundation at (706) 542-8914. The Georgia 4-H Foundation hosted its first gala in 2001 as a way to honor the winner of Georgia 4-H’s Lifetime Achievement Award. The event features a dinner, auctions and optional after-party. Jennifer Nettles, the Grammy-award-winning singer songwriter and Georgia 4-H alumna, will serve as honorary chair and host of the 2015 Georgia 4-H Gala. “To others, Jennifer is a superstar. To Georgia 4-H, she’s family, and we are so proud of her success.” “We are honored Jennifer is hosting the gala,” said Arch Smith, the state 4-H leader and director of Georgia 4-H. “Her dedication and commitment to the future of Georgia 4-H is incredible. 4-H continues to be an organization where youth can grow, thrive and learn. It’s our alumni like Jennifer who continue to shout our praises and offer support so that the 4-H program can continue for future generations. Her involvement and leadership in Georgia 4-H did not end on the stage. Nettles served as a camp counselor at Rock Eagle 4-H Center and as a district and state 4-H officer. “I credit 4-H with not only life skills but, definitely in Clovers and Company, the skills of performing—the amount of time I got to perform, performing in an ensemble, being able to perform with different voices and really learn about being on the stage in a different way than I ever had,” Nettles said. “I’m thrilled to celebrate this incredibly diverse program that continues to shape the lives of thousands of young people in this state and abroad.”Counselor, officer and Master 4-H’er, too Nettles has a rich history with Georgia 4-H. The Douglas native honed her talent and learned how to make the stage her home through 4-H’s state performing arts programs. For seven years, she was a member of Clovers and Company—the Georgia 4-H youth performing arts group—an experience to which she attributes her performance skills. She also achieved the title of Master 4-H’er, the highest award offered by 4-H, for her performing arts talents.last_img read more

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The number of poor in Florida continues to rise

first_img The number of poor in Florida continues to rise Gary Blankenship Senior Editor Florida’s population is growing, and its number of poor people is also on the rise, which will mean The Florida Bar Foundation will face some unique challenges in the future.“We found out through the Bureau of the Census that the number of poor people in America is increasing,” Foundation President Bill Davis told The Florida Bar Board of Governors in August. “Eleven point five percent of Americans are living in poverty and 15 percent of the children are in poverty.”In his annual report to the Bar board, Davis said the poverty figures mean that from 2003 to 2004, more than one million additional people have slid into poverty, and the trend is even worse in Florida.“Florida has had a decrease in real income and an increase in the poverty rate,” he noted.Davis also reported that “there’s a category called the severely poor, whose income is less than half the poverty threshold. Five percent of Americans are in the severe poverty category, and a disproportionate proportion of those are immigrants and children of immigrants who are exploited on wages.”Recent wage trends have not helped the poor, Davis said. Statistics show that in recent years, income for the top 1 percent economically has increased 184 percent, while for the bottom 20 percent, it has only risen 6 percent. For the very poorest, it has declined, he added.On the positive side, he said the Foundation expects to improve finances in coming years, primarily from its Interest on Trust Accounts program.After several years of falling or stagnate income because of low interest rates and high bank charges, the Foundation is improving in both areas. Davis said the Foundation has negotiated with banks to cut charges and pay interest equal to other types of deposits.Interest rates have also begun to rise.The Foundation weathered the low interest rates of the past decade better than many similar organizations in other states because it set up a reserve fund when interest income was high. Davis said the Foundation had to cut funding by 25 percent to legal aid agencies and other programs, but that was less than other states.He said that clients helped by Foundation-funded agencies were reduced from 130,000 to 90,000, but he hopes that will be reversed soon.Aside from IOTA funding, the Foundation’s campaign to recruit new “fellow” members has been a success. Done in selected counties, the program allows lawyers to become a Foundation fellow for a $1,000 contribution, which can be paid over five years. The receipts go into the Foundation’s endowment fund.In the past two years, the campaign has helped bring in more than 10,000 total donors, compared to 2,500 over the previous six years. The campaign is being to expand to all parts of the state.“When people hear about your Foundation and that they can make a lifetime donation, they sign up,” Davis said.The Foundation has also benefited from the Bar’s Challenge for Children program, which allows lawyers to make a donation to the Foundation on their annual Bar membership fee statement. Proceeds from that effort have helped the Foundation fund $700,000 in special projects for children.IOTA funds, Davis said, go to 35 legal aid agencies, and also help fund summer internships for law students and two-year fellowships for recent law school graduates. The fellowships allow them to attack special, in-depth problems.The Foundation is planning for the expected increase in IOTA funds, which he said will be used both to increase funding for legal aid and also restock the Foundation’s reserve fund for the next, inevitable downturn in interest rates and income.Davis thanked the Bar and the Board of Governors for their continuing support, and the board approved a resolution encouraging all current and future Bar members to become Foundation fellows.Bar President Alan Bookman praised the Foundation for its efforts, and noted the Foundation’s 50th anniversary as well as the 25th anniversary of the IOTA program are coming up. The number of poor in Florida continues to rise October 1, 2005 Senior Editor Regular Newslast_img read more

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Have you employed the right team?

first_imgWith 2015 behind us, now is a good time to analyze our performance and our staff’s performance. Is there room for improvement? More than that, do we have the right team on board to meet our long-term goals and strategies?Paul Mandell, CEO of Consero Group and contributor to Entrepreneur, offers some questions we can ask ourselves as we consider whether we have the right team of employees:1. Are you inspired by the person? Whether in a small or large way, Mandell says each employee should inspire you and make you proud to be in your organization.2. Do you spend a disproportionate amount of time boosting their morale? Despite an employee’s performance, “lengthy talks about how to keep an employee happy and repeated requests for promotions or increased compensation are sure signs that the fit is wrong,” writes Mandell. continue reading » 17SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

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Getting to “Yes”- How to convince members to approve a credit union merger

first_imgSuccessful credit union mergers share a common theme: The credit unions increase their market share without incurring the expense of investing in new branch offices. However, realizing this andother benefits won’t occur until the two credit unions surmount one critical hurdle—getting a “yes” vote from the membership. Without it, a merger is doomed.Getting the Membership Vote from CEO Advisory Group on Vimeo.The way in which the entities communicate their merger plans to their communities is critical both for a positive vote on the merger and to retain the members and valued employees. Getting a “yes”hinges on creating and executing a communication plan that includes specific messaging to members, employees, and the media. Credit unions that have launched well-planned mergercommunications initiatives have received “yes” votes from 80 to 90 percent of their membership.Understanding the Fear of Merger Factor Understanding the expectations and concerns of their communities—and their passion for the existing entities—is critical to communicating the right message in the right way about a merger. Acredit union evokes strong emotions, unlike your average bank. People are attached to their credit union community. This is why the notice of a big change like a merger will elicit shock and fear atfirst. The very word “merger” often invokes powerful emotions and images of big, unfriendly Wall-Street type mergers that result in slashed jobs, major undesirable changes, and even businessclosures.Members will be worried about losing the banking services they’ve come to expect, as well as potential job losses in their community. Members will also be afraid of losing the “small andfriendly” local branch office they love and the relationships with the employees they’ve forged over years. They may resist changes, including everything from new bank account numbers to learningnew technologies. As a result, they might fiercely support the status quo. The best way to address these concerns is to be upfront and honest, and to educate the community with an abundance of information about the facts of the merger. Show them their fears areunwarranted. Tell them what they stand to gain. The best central message to drive home is that the two combined credit unions will be better together than they were separately. The more theyunderstand the upside, the more certain credit unions will be of getting a positive vote. Develop a Multi-Faceted Communications PlanFor maximum impact, communication initiatives should be carried out through multiple channels simultaneously, including email campaigns, online, in the physical branches, in “town hall”meetings, and in the media. Some credit unions go out into the community to meet members and potential members at events like farmers’ markets to spread the news.Many credit union members report after a merger that they felt rushed during the process. They felt they didn’t have adequate time to fully consider what the merger would mean to them. Credit unionsshould consider the merger from the members’ perspective, so they feel good about the merger, too. The time is worth the effort, because the downside of bad communication is that the members couldvote “no” on the merger. Along with delivering the right message, allowing people to voice their concerns and be heard is one of the most powerful aspects of communicating controversial news. This could occur in a “townhall” meeting, where members can hear from and ask questions of the CEO and board members. Some supportive members can even be recruited as spokespeople, talking to other members aboutwhat they stand to gain from the merger. Before questions start pouring in, the credit unions should proactively craft messages that answer the most common questions. Member-facing employees can also be trained to answer such questions,because well-educated employees will become the biggest spokespeople in support of the merger. Add an Expert to Your Support TeamThe communication and approvals stage—and member vote—can be successfully executed with the help of a third-party advisor who’s been through the process repeatedly. A seasoned advisor will ensure that the merging credit unions’ communication campaigns are substantial enough and sufficiently on-point to support a successful member vote, as well as transition into the newly merged entity. Look for an advisor who offers a blend of merger experience, cultural sensitivity, and financial industry operations experience. In particular, look for someone who has worked successfully with boards and CEOs and possesses the insight and compassion to understand the many issues around credit union mergers, as well as the obstacles that may hinder the process.  Finally, consider an advisor who embraces technology platforms to streamline the project management, document exchange, and collaborative processes during the merger. With the expert guidance of an advisor with these qualities, the chance of a successful merger outcome is greatly improved. 4SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Glenn Christensen Glenn Christensen is Founder and President of CEO Advisory Group the first Merger and Acquisitions consultancy focusing on the credit union industry.As a visionary and entrepreneurial leader with 25 … Web: www.ceoadvisory.com Detailslast_img read more

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Arsenal should replace Mesut Ozil with Gareth Bale, says Paul Merson

first_imgAdvertisement Advertisement Comment Metro Sport ReporterSaturday 23 Mar 2019 10:02 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link1.3kShares Ozil has only made 15 league starts this term (Picture: Getty)If Bale doesn’t end up at United this summer, Merson believes either Chelsea or Arsenal would suit the forward ‘down to the ground’.‘Bale would be brilliant at Chelsea as well but that all depends on their transfer embargo. If it’s delayed could they do some kind of swap with Eden Hazard?More: FootballBruno Fernandes responds to Man Utd bust-up rumours with Ole Gunnar SolskjaerNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira moves‘I think Hazard is going to Real Madrid. He would have signed a new contract by now otherwise. But Bale would not be a bad replacement, would he?‘I think he suits Arsenal down to the ground as well. If they could get him in and get Mesut Ozil out they’ve had a big result.’MORE: Barcelona provide Lionel Messi update after injury in Argentina’s defeat to Venezuelacenter_img Zinedine Zidane’s return to Real Madrid could see Gareth Bale leave the club this summer (Picture: Getty)Arsenal legend Paul Merson has urged Unai Emery to replace Mesut Ozil with Gareth Bale in the summer transfer window.Ozil became Arsenal’s top earner when he signed a bumper £350,000-a-week contract in north London last January but the 30-year-old has struggled to nail down a place in Emery’s starting XI this season.While Ozil has started Arsenal’s last three matches, reports last month claimed the German playmaker was being offered to other clubs by intermediaries with strong links to China and Italy.Zinedine Zidane’s return as manager of Real Madrid has cast serious doubt over Bale’s future at the Bernabeu and Merson believes the Welshman could be the ideal replacement for Ozil.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTMore: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityHowever, the former Arsenal midfielder admits that Manchester United is the most likely destination for Bale.‘Manchester City and Liverpool don’t need him and for them it would be a lot of money to invest in someone of his age and with his injury record,’ Merson said in his Daily Star column.‘But most of the clubs below them would love to take the risk if they could afford the transfer fee and wages. Arsenal should replace Mesut Ozil with Gareth Bale, says Paul Merson Merson thinks Bale would be the ideal replacement for Ozil (Picture: Getty)‘Manchester United looks like the best fit for him. They’ve tried to sign him before and it didn’t come off, but he’s always felt like their kind of player.‘They will be on a rebuild next season and there could be lots of ins and outs at Old Trafford. They are also one of the only teams who could afford him.’last_img read more

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Darren Bent ‘surprised’ Arsenal have not launched summer move for former Chelsea captain Gary Cahill

first_imgAdvertisement Ivory Coast international Nicolas Pepe became Arsenal’s third signing of the summer last week following the deals for Daniel Ceballos and William Saliba.Reacting to Pepe’s arrival at the Emirates, Gunners boss Unai Emery said: ‘Nicolas is a highly-rated and talented winger who was wanted by many of the top teams in Europe.‘Signing a top-class winger has been one of our key objectives in this transfer window and I’m delighted he’s joining.‘He will add pace, power and creativity, with the aim of bringing more goals to our team.’More: FootballBruno Fernandes responds to Man Utd bust-up rumours with Ole Gunnar SolskjaerNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira moves Darren Bent ‘surprised’ Arsenal have not launched summer move for former Chelsea captain Gary Cahill Metro Sport ReporterSaturday 3 Aug 2019 5:56 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link1.1kShares Comment Arsenal should look to sign former Chelsea defender Gary Cahill, according to Darren Bent (Picture: Getty)Darren Bent says he is ‘surprised’ Arsenal have not attempted to sign former Chelsea captain Gary Cahill this summer.Ex-England defender Cahill played almost 300 games for Chelsea during a seven-year spell at Stamford Bridge which saw him replace John Terry as club captain.Cahill only made nine appearances last season, however, and the club confirmed midway through the campaign that he would leave in the summer.The 33-year-old remains a free agent and former Premier League star Bent is ‘surprised’ that Arsenal are not seeking to secure his signature.ADVERTISEMENTMore: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City‘It’s quite surprising not more people have moved for him, even someone like an Arsenal,’ Bent told Football Insider.AdvertisementAdvertisement‘As a defender, as an out-and-out defender, he’s good Cahill, he’s one of the best.‘He’s experienced, he’s won the biggest trophies in the game – Champions League, Europa League – played for England.‘He’s slightly older, so maybe that’s the reason.’Welcome to The Arsenal, Nicolas Pepe 🤩🇨🇮 #PepeIsHere ⚡️ pic.twitter.com/nXJIB9XdLW— Arsenal (@Arsenal) August 1, 2019 Advertisementlast_img read more

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The city views from this Paddington home have generated strong interest

first_img37 View St, Paddington.ALREADY generating extensive interest, this four-bedroom home at37 View St, Paddington is on a 785sq m block oriented towards an impressive Brisbane CBD skyline panorama.ALREADY generating extensive interest, this four-bedroom home at37 View St, Paddington is on a 785sq m block oriented towards an impressive Brisbane CBD skyline panorama.Marketing agent Gabrielle Trickey described the residence as an “extraordinary” property for city views, while its position is close to the suburb’s vibrant cafe, dining and shopping culture.“The property is located in a really prestigious part of Paddington – there’s walkway access to Enoggera Tce and the views of the city are just extraordinary,” she said.“Locals enjoy a casual lifestyle here – fine dining, shopping, cafes, restaurants and bars. They stroll past the boutique stores on Latrobe Tce, and watch Brisbane’s best sport and music events at Suncorp Stadium.“The owner wanted to live in a lively, walk-anywhere area and enjoy a view – and now it’s available for someone else to love.”More from newsDigital inspection tool proves a property boon for REA website3 Apr 2020The Camira homestead where kids roamed free28 May 2019There’s a four-bedroom house on the block in original condition, and featuring an open-plan living and dining area looking towards the vistas. Neutral tones and timber floors make up the decor, while the kitchen is large and bright. A bathroom with a separate shower and bathtub services the living hub, which is set on the upper level, while underneath the house offers space for car parking, storage and entertaining.Ms Trickey said the property had been tightly held within the family for many years and the auction day would thus be a celebration of family.“The property means a lot to the owner – it has been a very family-oriented residence and so we’re making the auction day a celebration with a coffee van and sandwiches,” she said.With recent Development Approval for two separate lots providing the opportunity to subdivide the land, the recent open homes have stirred plenty of interest, and there’s a list of bidders already awaiting the auction day.“There are people interested in subdividing the land and building two houses, and there are also people looking to build one amazing house looking to the views,” Ms Trickey said.“We’re looking forward to a successful auction day.”The residence sits about 2km from Brisbane city.last_img read more

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German pension fund tenders €100m alternative strategies mandate

first_imgThe investor said the product should be in a UCITS format or non-UCITS AIF, in addition to being investable via a German Spezial AIF.Knowledge of German Spezial AIFs would be an advantage.Liquidity should be at least monthly – daily or weekly is preferred – and the product should be euro denominated.The target return will be three months Euribor plus 4-6% per annum, while the target volatility will be 3-7%.Applicants must have a minimum of €500m in assets under management (AUM) for the mandate itself and €5bn in AUM as a company.The client also requires a track record of at least three years, preferably five.Interested parties should state performance, net of fees, to the end of 2014.The deadline for applications is 18 February.The IPE news team is unable to answer any further questions about IPE-Quest tender notices to protect the interests of clients conducting the search. To obtain information directly from IPE-Quest, please contact Jayna Vishram on +44 (0) 20 7261 4630 or email jayna.vishram@ipe-quest.com. An undisclosed corporate pension fund in Germany has tendered a €100m liquid alternative strategies mandate using IPE-Quest.According to search QN1488, the client is looking for a multi-strategy fund (single or multi-manager) that is absolute return-orientated and uses liquid alternative strategies.The product should be broadly diversified over strategies and/or asset classes and/or countries/regions.The correlation of the asset manager’s offering to equity markets and the euro bond market should be low, according to the search.last_img read more

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Norway’s SWF: no to private equity, yes to green infrastructure

first_imgCredit: Rachel FixsenNorges Bank’s office in Oslo, Norway“At the same time, unlisted equity investments may affect the reputation of the fund and challenge key characteristics of the current management model,” the ministry added.It also cited the lack of transparency of private equity funds and their relatively high costs.“The ministry is also taking into account that the equity share is now being increased to a level where it may be inappropriate to expose the GPFG to other types of risk,” it said.The finance ministry also rejected allowing the GPFG to allocate to unlisted infrastructure.However, it indicated that it was open to investments in renewable energy infrastructure, saying it would follow up on a comment from the Standing Committee on Finance and Economic Affairs about expanding the fund’s investment universe in the near future.The ministry said it would assess “whether unlisted renewable energy infrastructure investments can be effected within the scope of the special environment-related mandates, with the same transparency, return and risk requirements as apply to the other investments in the GPFG”.GPFG to cut fixed income?The sovereign wealth fund could also remove corporate bonds and exposure to 20 currencies from its portfolio. The ministry said it was taking more time to decide whether to make a big reduction to its bond allocation.Last autumn, Norges Bank recommended narrowing the fixed-income benchmark index to comprise solely nominal government bonds with duration of less than 10.5 years, and issued only by the US, the UK or euro-zone countries.“The ministry finds that additional analyses are needed and has therefore appointed an expert group to assess the fixed income investments in the GPFG,” it said. The ministry planned to present its assessment in next year’s annual report.The finance ministry has yet to make a decision on three other ongoing issues for the GPFG. It said it was still considering:whether the fund should cut the oil and gas sector out of its investment universe;the Gjedrem Commission’s proposals on changes to the management of the GPFG; andNorges Bank’s idea of using Norwegian rather than foreign holding companies for its unlisted real estate investments. “Whether to allow unlisted equity investments in the GPFG is a matter of weighing advantages and disadvantages,” the ministry said in its report.Even though the GPFG’s large size and liquidity could give grounds for expecting a somewhat higher return on private equity than that of the average investor, it said such advantages were uncertain. It also argued that the contribution to the fund’s overall risk and return would be limited. Norway’s giant sovereign wealth fund has been denied permission to invest in private equity – but the country’s government has opened the door to an allocation to green energy infrastructure.In the report published yesterday, the Norwegian Finance Ministry said it would discuss with Norges Bank – which runs the NOK8.1trn (€842bn) Government Pension Fund Global (GPFG) – the possibility of investing in privately held companies intending to seek a listing.However, the ministry said: “Based on an overall assessment, the Ministry of Finance does not propose that investments in unlisted equities should be allowed in the GPFG on a general basis.”The decision went against Norges Bank’s recommendation made in January that the fund be allowed to extend its investment universe to include unlisted equities.last_img read more

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