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This Playlist of Vulfpeck & Hip-Hop Mashups Will Make Your Day

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first_imgIf you’re having trouble getting through the day, worry no more. A new compilation playlist has emerged with mashups combining hip-hop tracks with instrumentals from the stellar funk band Vulfpeck. Fronting the luscious grooves of le Vulf are the voices of Kendrick Lamar, Kanye West, Chance the Rapper, Biggie, Jay-Z, and many more. Entertainment is an understatement.If you’re interested in finding out what “Beastly Freestyle”, “No First Car ‘Til Brooklyn” or “Jesus Gets Funkier” is all about, peep the playlist, dubbed VulfMatic, below. While none of the rights are owned by the user, we salute his creative efforts.<a href=”http://nickcanovas.bandcamp.com/album/vulfmatic”>VulfMatic by Nick Canovas</a>Let the Vulf be with you.VulfMatic Tracklisting1. The Real Fugue State 03:502. Beastly Freestyle 03:233. Juicier and Juiciar 02:534. Jesus Gets Funkier 03:385. Barbara of the Game 03:146. Sky Mall Angels 04:027. Good Life in L.A. 04:028. smile smile 04:219. No First Car ‘Til Brooklyn 03:5410. Dirt Off Your Outro 04:37last_img read more

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Prosecutor hands off case against Atlanta officers in death

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first_imgATLANTA (AP) — The new prosecutor in Georgia’s most populous county is removing her office from the prosecution of the police officer who shot and killed Rayshard Brooks last summer in Atlanta. Fulton County District Attorney Fani Willis cited concerns about her predecessor’s actions. She sent a letter dated Monday to state Attorney General Chris Carr asking that the cases against the two officers in the Brooks shooting and six officers in another high-profile use-of-force case be handled by another prosecutor.last_img

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Pressure Fresher

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first_img S. Omahen, UGA CAES Milk and fresh juices could soon taste better and stay fresh longer, thanks to a breakthrough pasteurization method developed at the University of Georgia. The new method uses high pressure instead of heat. HIGH-PRESSURE PASTEURIZATION keeps juice fresh without heat. Above, UGA research coordinators pour orange juice into the new device. Below, the juice is bottled for storage. “Right now, the process of heating changes the flavor of juices and milk,” said Romeo Toledo, a food scientist with the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. “The result is a cooked flavor that many people can detect.” In some cases, the current pasteurization process can even change a product’s color. “In intense cases, the product can turn brown,” Toledo said. “In mild cases, the color doesn’t change. But the flavor still does. The difference isn’t quite as detectable in milk as it is in juices.” The flavor change was just one reason UGA scientists sought a new pasteurization method. “Three or four years ago, an outbreak of E. coli was linked to unpasteurized apple juice,” Toledo said. “The processors don’t want to pasteurize their juices because it changes the flavor and people won’t buy it. But they also know people won’t buy it if it could make their families sick.” Toledo said apple and orange juices can contain E. coli and Salmonella if not properly pasteurized. “This is because the fruit sometimes comes from farms where cattle graze in the orchards,” he said. Since the E. coli outbreak, the Food and Drug Administration requires processors of unpasteurized juices to place warning labels on their products. “This isn’t a large market. It’s a specialty niche market,” Toledo said. “People who buy this juice expect the flavor to be there.” Traditional pasteurization heats the product to at least 180 degrees to kill any microorganisms. Then it’s cooled and stored. S. Omahen, UGA CAEScenter_img KEEPING OJ FRESH can be a high-pressure job for Romeo Toledo, above. He’s developed a way to pastuerize fruit juices and milk without heat that can change the drink’s flavor or color. During the process, a sudden change in pressure breaks apart and destroys the potentially dangerous microorganisms’ cells. Tests show it kills a greater percentage of microorganisms than heat pasteurization. S. Omahen, UGA CAES Toledo’s new method uses high pressure. “We subject the juice or milk to high pressure and then suddenly drop the pressure,” Toledo said. “When we drop the pressure, we pass the liquid through a small opening at a very high velocity — almost at the speed of sound.” Toledo said the pressure breaks apart and destroys the microorganisms’ cells. Tests show it kills a greater percentage of microorganisms than heat pasteurization. As if that weren’t enough, it also extends the shelf life. “Fresh-squeezed fruit juices are limited to about a 10-day shelf life now,” Toledo said. “With the new method, you could have a shelf life of up to two months.” In his Athens lab, Toledo has bottles of milk that were pasteurized four months ago and are still fresh — “as long as you don’t open the bottle,” he said. “Once you open the bottle, it will start toÿ go bad just like traditionally pasteurized milk.” Saving the product’s original flavor could also open the market for new products. “Many specialty cheeses lose their flavor as a result of heat pasteurization,” Toledo said. “They could now be processed using the high-pressure method.” Toledo has processed peaches, a fruit that historically loses flavor during processing, with great results. “Using this system, the peach juice tastes like you squeezed it right out of the fruit,” he said. “You can’t tell the difference.” Taste panelists loved the samples processed by the new method. “Most couldn’t tell the difference between our product and fresh-squeezed,” Toledo said. The new method even helps milk curdle better. “The milk produced yogurt with a firmer curd,” Toledo said. “Traditionally processed milk doesn’t produce a very firm curd. Yogurt producers have to add gums to increase the consistency.” UGA has filed for a patent on the high-pressure pasteurization method and is working closely with industries that may adopt it. “The next step will be to scale up our prototype for industrial use,” Toledo said. “We’re demonstrating the method to potential industries. We hope to see someone begin using it over the next couple of years.”last_img read more

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Uruguay and Chile Boost Cooperation against Terrorism and Organized Crime

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first_imgHeld every two years, FIDAE is a Chilean Air Force (FACh)-sponsored exhibition aimed at promoting development in the aerospace, defense, and security industries. Chilean and Uruguayan officials agreed to update the scope of the Defense Cooperation Agreement, which the countries executed in 2007, to assist each other in achieving their national defense goals and creating a functional mechanism to advance initiatives within that framework. By Dialogo May 19, 2016 As part of the cooperation agreement, Chilean and Uruguayan authorities conducted a thorough bilateral evaluation of the region as well as the entities that are part of it. They also discussed their world vision and addressed the existing threats and vulnerabilities facing the region, primarily in the sub-region formed by Chile and Uruguay. “Updating the cooperation agreement consists of exchanging experiences, such as how we organize our defense structure, the relationship between the civilian and military spheres from a defense perspective, and the participation of women in defense,” Undersecretary Menéndez told Diálogo. “All our work in defense confirms the good relations between the two countries.” “Thanks to the intimate relationship we have with Chile, we have refurbished a series of combat items which, essentially, are armored personnel transport vehicles. Chile’s defense industry has refurbished these units. In the Air Force, our Hercules planes have been handled by the Chilean Air Force,” he added. Uruguay is not a large drug-producing nation, but narcotraffickers exploit the country’s porous borders with Argentina and Brazil. The Port of Montevideo sees numerous containers to smuggle narcotics including cocaine – the main drug trafficked through the country – Uruguayan daily El Observador reported. Chile chairs CICTE On March 4th, Chile assumed the chair of the Inter-American Committee against Terrorism (CICTE), which was created in 1999 with the primary goal of fostering and promoting cooperation among members of the Organization of American States, especially when it comes to preventing, combating, and eliminating terrorism. During its term as CICTE chair, Chile intends to promote boosting cooperation and development in security throughout the region, according to Chile’s Ministry of Foreign Relations. In February 2015, a bomb exploded in front of a church in Santiago, but no one was injured. However, in September 2014, an explosion on the Metro left 14 wounded and, a few days later, a homeless person died after handling a bomb. Approximately 200 bombs have exploded in the Chilean capital over the last few years, reported Perú’s daily El Comercio. Chilean Minister of Foreign Affairs Heraldo Muñoz called upon the international community to take united, pragmatic action to fight drug trafficking while respecting human rights. Muñoz made his remarks during the United Nations General Assembly Special Session on the Global Drug Problem. At the meeting’s end, Menéndez and Robledo Hoecker specifically mentioned their countries’ significant Military participation in the United Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti. They also discussed the women’s involvement across disciplines in the Armed Forces under different scenarios initiated by each Ministry of Defense, according to the Chilean Office of the Undersecretary of Defense. The Chilean and Uruguayan militaries will work together closely by exchanging intelligence and personnel, in addition to carrying out joint exercises. In addition to exchanging their experiences about how their countries can bolster their wars on terrorism, Chile and Uruguay will work together to fight money laundering, which is a precursor to terrorist activities, and human trafficking, which often is linked to organized crime and drug trafficking. “Chile and Uruguay have very porous coasts by virtue of being located on the Pacific and Atlantic Oceans,” Undersecretary Menéndez said. “We have a constant flow of information about certain factors that represent a risk to our countries, such as drug trafficking. Chile, Uruguay fight narco-trafficking “Terrorism is one of the existing threats that is of concern to all countries and institutions in the world,” Undersecretary Menéndez said. “Terrorism knows no borders. We cannot confront terrorism alone; we must face it through recognized actions and other actions that must take place within a United Nations framework. Uruguay rejects and repudiates any type of violence or terrorism. Uruguay supports solutions that are reached through international law. Chile and [Uruguay] are of the same opinion on this sort of threat.” “Relations with Chile are at an optimal point, from a defense perspective,” Undersecretary Menéndez said. “Our governments are governments that are on the same page from a multilateral point of view and their mutual respect for each country’s internal decisions. “Today we share missions. We are both in Haiti,” Undersecretary Menéndez said. “We are trying to participate in the mission that will begin in Colombia, once the peace agreements are signed.” Uruguay and Chile are working together to reach their national defense goals within the context of the 2016 International Air and Space Fair (FIDAE). Uruguayan Vice Minister of Defense Jorge Menéndez Corte met with his Chilean counterpart, Undersecretary of Defense Marcos Robledo Hoecker, on March 31st in Santiago, Chile, for the first political and strategic dialogue between the nations’ undersecretaries of Defense. last_img read more

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Freeport Dad Arrested for DWI After Daughter Calls 911

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first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A Freeport man facing driving while intoxicated charges was arrested Wednesday night after his teenage daughter alerted police that her father was “possibly drunk,” while driving on the Long Island Expressway, Nassau County police said.The 14-year-old was riding in the car with her father and her 12-year-old sister when the teen dialed 911, police said. Responding officers spotted 37-year-old Ja Mail Lewis’ car stopped on the shoulder near Exit 39 on the LIE and investigated the call, police said.The officers, police said, determined that he was intoxicated and placed him under arrest.Lewis was charged under Leandra’s Law for aggravated driving while intoxicated. He was also charged with driving while ability impaired combined influence, driving while ability impaired by drugs and driving while intoxicated.Jeffrey Reynolds, the executive director of Long Island Council on Alcoholism & Drug Dependence (LICADD), credited the teen for taking initiative and calling police.“Each and every day there are countless young people on Long Island who cower in the back seats of cars unsure about what to do when a parent or family member is driving under the influence,” he said in an email.“Leandra’s Law was a great step in the right direction,” he added, “but we need to do a better job of educating young people about how to handle those situations and empower more of them to speak up for their safety.”Lewis will be arraigned at First District Court in Hempstead on Thursday.last_img read more

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Leaders as stewards of human capital

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first_img 21SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Stuart R. Levine Founded in 1996, Stuart Levine & Associates LLC is an international strategic planning and leadership development company with focus on adding member value by strengthening corporate culture.SL&A … Web: www.Stuartlevine.com Details In a healthy culture, leaders at all levels of the organization become stewards of human capital. Leadership becomes the single most important human-capital issue, as good leadership drives organizational health, which in turn drives profitability. It requires a commitment from the top, starting with the CEO, and must permeate every level of the organization.It is essential that leadership development programs be seamlessly integrated into an organization’s culture. Too often, however, this is not the case. They frequently are short-term, sporadically funded and viewed as non-critical expenditures. U.S. companies spend plenty on these programs (about $14 billion annually), however, what is often referred to as “leadership development” is simply the purchase of “one-off” solutions” that do not help in the creation of an organizational culture of continuous learning and leadership development.Adding to this challenge, succession planning and the building of leadership pipelines, key responsibilities of management and boards, is in short supply in most organizations, often to the point of negatively impacting strategy implementation. According to a recent Deloitte survey, only 32% of organizations have succession planning for top level employees, and an unacceptably low 18% consistently hold their leaders accountable for recognizing and developing successors. Just 6% of respondents feel they have “excellent” programs for Millennial leadership development (employees in their 20’s and 30’s), despite the fact that 53% of Millennials strive for leadership positions.In a healthy culture of organizational learning and leadership development, leaders at all levels must continuously focus on recruiting, identifying and developing future leaders. It is no longer just the responsibility of HR or senior management. It becomes ingrained in the fabric of the organization, and leaders are held accountable for this responsibility, and rewarded for its success. This involves the delegation and support of effective learning by serving as coaches and mentors to increase the leadership capacity of their team. In this “leader as teacher” model, they make sure their team members gain relevant experience by providing challenging stretch assignments designed to help them grow and gain the competencies necessary for success in their current and future roles within the organization. Through introspection and emotional intelligence, leaders examine their own behaviors and belief system to assure that their mindsets are not inhibiting the growth of their direct reports. For example, some managers may believe in “command and control leadership”, which results in counter-productive behaviors such as a reluctance to delegate, or an avoidance of providing challenging stretch assignments, resulting in a failure to develop leadership capacity within an organization.Millennials represent a particularly important group. They are the next generation of leaders, requiring the knowledge, tools and experiences to develop the competencies necessary for effective leadership. The most effective development methods combine structured classes (e.g., in-person, on-line and webinars) with real life projects and regular feedback. Adults typically retain only 10% of what they hear in a classroom, while learning through real-life work experience has about a 60% retention rate. Organizations maximize learning when structured classes that teach theory and best practices are applied to stretch assignments involving actual projects that must be delivered on time and on budget, while being coached and mentored by experienced leaders. It seems that 20% classroom learning combined with 80% real world experience tends to be the ideal blend. This mix of multiple method competency development results in engaged performance, lower turnover, improved effectiveness and increased job satisfaction.Measuring the effectiveness of leadership programs is analogous to accounting for any business investment. The organization must appreciate the value of investing in people, often referred to as their greatest asset, and arguably the largest differentiator between organizations. Data-driven assessments can help evaluate a program’s effectiveness by measuring leadership qualities and competencies before and after these ongoing programs.  Since leadership development is not a “one size fits all” and must be carefully integrated into the organizational culture, there must be a continuous evaluation of what works best and what changes are needed for continuous improvement. What is painfully clear is that an organizational focus on leadership is directly linked to long-term success, where the organizational culture drives higher productivity and the organization becomes more effective in achieving strategic objectives and delivering increasingly positive resultslast_img read more

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H1N1 FLU BREAKING NEWS: Global tally tops 50K, novel H1N1 preponderance, quarantine risk in China, young as vaccine priority, grant to develop flu drug

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first_imgJun 22, 2009Global tally of novel H1N1 cases exceeds 50,000The World Health Organization’s (WHO’s) count of novel H1N1 influenza cases today reached 52,160, nearly 8,000 more than the last count on Jun 19. The WHO listed the death toll as 231, up from 180 as of 3 days ago. Five countries are new to the list today: Algeria, Bangladesh, Brunei Darussalam, Fiji, and Slovenia. Media reports said that Ethiopia and Iran also have reported their first cases, all in people who were recently in the United States.[WHO update 52]Nearly all influenza A viruses in US are novel H1N1The novel H1N1 influenza virus accounted for 98% of all influenza A viruses that were subtyped in the United States in the week of Jun 6-13, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported on Jun 19. Only 0.2% of isolates were influenza B. The CDC said overall flu activity declined but remained above normal for this time of year, with 11 states reporting widespread activity. The death of one child was linked to the novel virus.[CDC flu surveillance report]US warns travelers of risk of quarantine in ChinaThe US State Department warned on Jun 19 that travelers to China may be quarantined for 7 days if they arrive with a fever or flu-like symptoms. Chinese authorities target travelers with even slightly elevated temperatures if they come from areas with novel H1N1 cases, plus people sitting near them, the statement said. It also said the US has received reports of children being separated from parents and travelers being held in unsuitable quarantine conditions with poor drinking water and food.Flu cases shutter muscular dystrophy group’s summer campsThe Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) has canceled its remaining summer camps after 11 children at camps in two states got sick with novel H1N1 infections, the group said in a Jun 19 statement. The MDA said children who attend the camps have weakened respiratory muscles, which puts them in a high-risk flu group. The CDC consulted on and agreed with the cancellation of the MDA’s remaining 47 camps, which were set to host 2,500 children.[Jun 19 MDA press release]Canada sets vaccine priority sights on younger peopleAs the Public Health Agency of Canada works on its priority list for the novel H1N1 vaccine, people aged 5 to 40 and those living in aboriginal communities may be at the top of the list, Canwest News Service (CNS) reported today. Officials said the pandemic strain, unlike seasonal flu, is striking mainly children and young adults. Though older people appear to have some immunity to the virus, immunizing their grandchildren may provide an extra measure of protection, an expert said.[Jun 22 CNS story]Company wins grant to develop RNA-based novel flu treatmentAVI Biopharma, based in Portland, Ore., announced yesterday that it has received a contract of up to $5.1 million from the US Department of Defense to develop one or more RNA-based drugs to treat novel H1N1 flu. In addition to identifying potential drug targets and lead and backup drug candidates, the contract supports the production of testing material for animal studies. The company said its RNA-based drugs use proprietary technology that targets messenger and premessenger RNA.last_img read more

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Minister Yasonna claims no trace of Djoko Tjandra in immigration system

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first_imgSix years later, the National Central Bureau (NCB) Interpol Indonesia put Djoko, who had reportedly changed his name to Joe Chan upon applying for citizenship in Papua New Guinea (PNG), on its most-wanted list in February 2015.“We responded by sending a circular regarding the most wanted list to immigration offices across the country,” Arvin wrote in a statement.Interpol notified the Immigration Office on May 5 that the red notice against Djoko was revoked in 2014 as the AGO had not extended its request against the fugitive. The Immigration responded by removing Djoko from its border crossing detection system on May 13.The AGO only requested the immigration to put Djoko on its most-wanted list on June 27.Read also: Activists demand Yasonna be held accountable for false information regarding Harun’s whereaboutsIt previously received information that the fugitive had been spotted in Malaysia and Singapore.Djoko was found guilty of being involved in the so-called Bank Bali scandal, win which hundreds of billions of rupiah was embezzled from state bailout funds for the 1998 Asian financial crisis.He was acquitted in 2000 but sentenced to two years’ imprisonment and ordered to pay Rp 546 billion (US$54 million) in restitution by the Supreme Court in 2009 after the AGO requested a review.However, Djoko had fled Indonesia on a chartered flight from Jakarta to Port Moresby on June 10, 2009, a day before the Supreme Court issued its verdict. Indonesia does not have an extradition treaty with the PNG, which later confirmed that Djoko had obtained PNG citizenship.Djoko failed to show up for his case review hearing at the Jakarta District Court on Monday, with court officials claiming he was sick.Topics : “As of now, there is no [record of his return] in our system. The ministry doesn’t know where Djoko Tjandra is,” Yasonna said as quoted in a statement on Tuesday.Read also: Fugitive Djoko Tjandra returns, files case review without AGO’s knowledgeImmigration Office spokesperson Arvin Gumilang said the office had received two requests for a travel ban on Djoko, from the Corruption Eradication Commission (KPK) in April 2008 and from the AGO in March 2012.Interpol issued a red notice against Djoko in July 2009, requesting law enforcers worldwide to locate and arrest him. Contradicting claims made by the Attorney General’s Office (AGO), Law and Human Rights Minister Yasonna Laoly has said there was no indication that Djoko Soegiarto Tjandra, a longtime fugitive in the high-profile Bank Bali corruption case, has returned to the country.Attorney General ST Burhanuddin announced on Monday that Djoko had been in the country for the past three months, after escaping to Papua New Guinea in 2009, and had also filed a case review against his conviction on June 8.However, Yasonna refuted the claim, saying a thorough examination of immigration data showed no record of him returning to the country.last_img read more

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Local buyers lead the way at Gold Coast real estate bonanza

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first_imgThe Event 2018. Supplied.ONE of Australia’s biggest real estate auction events is underway on the Gold Coast.Up to $40 million of property from entry-level residences to multimillion-dollar addresses are going under the hammer at Ray White Surfers Paradise Group’s auction bonanza ‘The Event’.RWSP Group CEO Andrew Bell said 90 per cent of properties were predicted to sell.“We’ve had over 2000 inspections on properties over the last four weeks,” Mr Bell said.Mr Bell tipped interest from southern buyers to lead sales.“If you had to use one word to sum up this year, it would be Sydney.”More from news02:37Purchasers snap up every residence in the $40 million Siarn Palm Beach Northless than 1 hour ago02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa20 hours agoMinutes after bidding began, the first property on the auction block changed hands for $850,000.The three-bedroom, two-bathroom waterfront house in Southport sold quickly after a series of bids.Early on, local buyers were leading the way with 70 per cent of bidding coming from Gold Coasters, followed by New South Wales.Mr Bell said buyers would be under pressure to secure a property as supply in the local market was tightening, particularly ahead of the Commonwealth Games. Today’s event is widely said to set the tone for the market in 2018.“We’re not too far off saying full house,” said Mr Bell.“We have a wider range of properties from the cheapest at $100,000 to one that sold for $5 million prior to auction.”It’s estimated about 450 people have flocked to today’s event at Royal Pines Resort.last_img read more

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Swedbank exits from Lithuanian third-pillar provision

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first_imgINVL Asset Management is taking over the management of Swedbank Investicijų Valdymas’s only Lithuanian third-pillar pension fund.According to INVL Asset Management’s website, the transaction has been cleared by the Bank of Lithuania, the pension sector’s regulator, and is expected to be completed in three months’ time.Swedbank acquired the since-renamed Swedbank Supplementary Pension Fund from Danske Bank last year, along with the Danish bank’s three second-pillar funds.It sold the supplementary fund business to concentrate on the second pillar, where it is currently the market leader. Swedbank accounts for more than 40% of the system’s 1.27m members and 37% of the total net assets of €2.7bn as of end-June. INVL provides asset management and pension services to Lithuanian and Latvian clients. It entered the Lithuanian pension fund management market in 2014 when it acquired the funds previously run by MP Pension Funds Baltic. It also bought funds run by Finasta, which have since been merged and rebranded.It currently manages four second-pillar funds with €278.8m of assets and four third-pillar funds with €18.4m assets at the end of June.Earlier this month two of its second-pillar funds, the high-equity INVL Extremo II 16+ and the medium-equity INVL Medio II 47+, acquired 10% of the Lithuanian SME Fund, making INVL Asset Management its second biggest investor after the European Investment Fund (EIF). It also acquired 4.9% of BaltCap Latvia Venture Capital Fund.Both fund acquisitions were established by the private equity and venture capital firm BaltCap as part of the European Commission and EIF’s Joint European Resources for Micro to Medium Enterprises (JEREMIE) initiative.On INVL Asset Management’s website, CIO Vaidotas Rūkas explained: “Our strategy is to steadily increase our pension funds’ investments in Lithuania and the other Baltic states, thereby contributing to these countries’ economic growth and seeking to earn an attractive return for the clients of the pension funds.”High-equity funds top performance chartsLithuanian pension fund results, the higher-risk vehicles have continued to generate the best returns.As of the end of June, according to the Bank of Lithuania, the highest average year-to-date return came from the high-equity funds (3.27%).Medium-equity funds gained an average 1.78%, low-equity funds gained 0.55%, and conservative funds lost 0.49% on average.In the case of third-pillar funds, equity vehicles returned 3.4%, followed by bond funds (1.29%) and mixed investment (1.25%).last_img read more

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