At least two dead, 15 injured in Kansas City shooting

first_imgEvgen_Prozhyrko/iStock(KANSAS CITY, Mo.) — At least two people are dead and 15 people have been injured in a shooting in Kansas City, Missouri, according to the Kansas City Police. Officers were dispatched to the 4800 block of Noland Road in the southeastern part of the city at about 11:30 p.m. Sunday when they received reports of a shooting. They arrived to a chaotic scene outside of a crowded bar where they say one adult female was shot and killed in the parking lot. No shots were fired by any of the responding officers. Up to 15 people self-transported to area hospitals and three of them are currently in critical condition. According to police, a line had formed to get into the bar when the suspect started shooting into the line of people. Police say they do not know why the suspect did this and are currently investigating what started the incident. Police believe the shooter is also dead after engaging with an armed security guard from the bar stopped the shooter. Authorities said Monday morning in a statement that there is no more information about the case at this time and no additional media briefings planned at this time. “The next anticipated information release will most likely be the ID of deceased victims once the next of kin have been notified,” said the Kansas City Police Department.Kansas City Mayor Quinton Lucas tweeted a statement thanking security as well as responding officers for their quick actions.“Our greatest challenges remain even this morning in our community. My thoughts are with the families and friends of those whose lives were lost or impacted by last night’s mass shooting,” he said in a social media statement posted online. “Thankful security appears to have kept the situation from being even worse.”Our greatest challenges remain even this morning in our community. My thoughts are with the families and friends of those whose lives were lost or impacted by last night’s mass shooting. Thankful security appears to have kept the situation from being even worse.— Mayor Q (@QuintonLucasKC) January 20, 2020Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Dutch pension funds ‘falling short’ on board diversity

first_imgState Street’s ‘Fearless Girl’ statue was moved this week from Wall Street in New York to Paternoster Square in London, close to the London Stock ExchangeNordea launches gender diversity investment fundNordea Asset Management has added a Global Gender Diversity Fund to its product range, coinciding with International Women’s Day.The strategy aims to “capitalise on research revealing higher equity market returns are being achieved by companies at the forefront of gender diversity”, Nordea said.The fund has a universe of 1,700 companies from which to select based just on “fair gender diversity representation”, the asset manager said. These will then be screened for liquidity, ESG and financial qualities to come up with a smaller group of roughly 350 stocks, which will in turn be assigned a gender diversity score.Fund managers Julie Bech and Audhild Asheim Aabø will then select roughly 80-100 stocks for their portfolio.Nordea also linked the fund to one of the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals, which aims to “achieve gender equality and empower all women and girls”.“Investors are beginning to note the effects of gender diversity on corporate performance, with improved gender diversity being linked to broadened perspectives and improved decision making,” Nordea said. It cited data from the DDI Global Leadership Forecast 2018, which reported that better gender diversity resulted in improved sustained profitable growth, corporate culture and leadership strength. However, the number of schemes with female board members increased by 5 percentage points to 63%.That said, a large majority (73%) of pension funds with an all-male board filled vacancies with another male in 2017.The committee said it regretted this development, adding that these decisions lacked a proper explanation.“Pension funds deny themselves the advantage of a diverse board,” it said.Investors targeting diversityAs listed companies begin holding their annual general meetings this month, investors have vowed to put boards under pressure to address diversity issues.The Investment Association, the trade body for the UK’s £7.7trn (€9bn) asset management industry, said last month that its Institutional Voting Information Service would focus on board diversity alongside remuneration when engaging with companies this year.Andrew Ninian, the association’s director of stewardship and corporate governance, said: “Evidence clearly shows that more diverse boardrooms make better decisions. Investors want to see greater diversity in the companies they invest in to ensure our savers and investors are getting the best returns possible.”In addition, the Church Investors Group – which represents investment entities for UK church groups – has also vowed to put pressure on listed companies to improve diversity.The £21bn group said it would vote against the chairs of nomination committees at companies listed on main indices in Europe, the US, Australia and New Zealand if they do not have at least one female director. It previously only focused on UK companies. Dutch pension funds implementing the country’s code of conduct are falling short on improving diversity, according to the code’s dedicated monitoring committee.In its annual report, Margot Scheltema, the committee’s chair, said that despite overall adherence to the code continuing to improve, pension funds missed chances to appoint women and younger participants.The committee found that, in 2017, 82% of schemes without people aged under 40 on their board failed to appoint a younger trustee when filling vacancies.As a consequence, the proportion of pension funds with younger participants on their board – 38% – remained unchanged.last_img read more