O’FALLON, Mo. (AP) — Killings rose dramatically across the U.S. last year, and a study suggests that the coronavirus pandemic and racial injustice unrest were factors. The study released Monday by the National Commission on COVID-19 and Criminal Justice, along with Arnold Ventures, looked at crime rates in 34 cities. It found a 30% spike in homicides in 2020 compared to 2019. Study leaders called for urgent action to improve relations with police and expand anti-violence initiatives. A study author says many officers were forced to quarantine last year, and maintaining social distancing kept them from the sort of community outreach needed to help stop violence before it happens.
The UK asset management association has defended itself against accusations the departure of its chief executive would weaken its resolve to tackle fee transparency.Helena Morrissey, chair at the Investment Association, argued that the industry body had “always been conscious” of its duty to look after client assets, and said recent events – a likely allusion to the departure of Daniel Godfrey earlier this week – should not put its commitment in doubt.“Nothing has changed our collective commitment to putting customers first and, as part of that, to effective, transparent and competitive delivery to the millions of savers who depend upon the services we provide,” she said.Godfrey’s departure from the £532,000 (€680,000) a year role came amid concerns within the industry about the body’s direction of travel, and reports that several of its members would be letting their membership lapse at the end of the year. Guy Sears, currently director of risk, compliance and legal, has been named the association’s interim chief executive.IPE understands that some of the dissatisfaction stemmed from the 10 principles governing the conduct of the asset management industry, drafted during Godfrey’s tenure and published in August.The principles called for greater clarity on management fees and asked asset managers to agree that client interests always came first.Only 25 of the association’s 204 members, representing £1.8trn of its £5.5trn in assets, backed the principles when they were released.Godfrey had previously spoken of the need to view an asset manager’s fiduciary responsibility as a “moral code, a way of behaving” at a time when there was debate around enshrining the fiduciary responsibilities of providers into law.His departure earlier this week led responsible investment charity ShareAction to question whether industry concerns were being put ahead of the best interest of clients.Morrissey added: “The board and the industry remain committed to the values captured in the Statement of Principles, but we are listening to members with regard to how it is implemented.“There is no intention to make any changes to the ongoing executive pay project.”
Indianapolis, In. — Lt. Governor Suzanne Crouch and the Indiana State Department of Agriculture announced today the winners of the 2018 Indiana Agriculture photo contest. The winning photographs will be displayed in the offices of the Lt. Governor’s Family of Business in Indianapolis.“I want to congratulate this year’s winning photographers, who did an amazing job capturing the beauty of Indiana and our state’s agricultural industry,” Lt. Gov. Crouch said. “It’s an honor to display their photos in my offices, and I look forward to showcasing them throughout the year.”The winning photos were chosen from hundreds of entries in the following four categories: Agritourism, Conservation, Faces of Agriculture and On the Farm. Two winners were selected from each category, along with two winners overall.To be considered, the photo had to be taken in the state by an Indiana resident. They were evaluated based on several elements of photography and how well they characterized their respective category.“From families working on the farm to livestock grazing on a hillside, these photos really capture the essence of Indiana agriculture,” said Bruce Kettler, ISDA director. “Each photographer did a tremendous job this year, and it was a privilege to recognize these talented individuals at the Indiana State Fair.”The following list includes the photo contest winners for 2018:Overall Category“Milky Way Harvest” by Tom Jones from Star City, Ind.“All in” by Sean Brescher from Jasper, Ind.Agritourism Category“Farm Market” by Steve Bensing from Valparaiso, Ind.“Bowsher Ford Bridge” by Peggy Carter from Chesterton, Ind.Conservation Category“Black Swallowtail Caterpillar” by Rebecca Cohrs from New Palestine, Ind.“All Your Ducks in a Row” by Ryan Jeske from Carmel, Ind.Faces of Agriculture Category“Preparing for planting” by Kristen Daily from Elizabethtown, Ind.“If you give a bunny a strawberry” by Jacqueline Johnson from Frankfort, Ind.On the Farm Category“Soybean Harvest” by Luke Schnitker from Seymour, Ind.“Just another day at the office” by Jacqueline Johnson from Frankfort, Ind.To view the winning photos, click here. Visit www.isda.in.gov to learn more about ISDA.