Organisation #CollateralFreedom: RSF now unblocking 21 sites in 12 countries Reporters Without Borders today called on the authorities of Turkmenistan to stop their alarming harassment of Saparmurat Ovezberdiev, the correspondent in Ashgabat of the Turkmen-language service of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty, who has been tailed, beaten, drugged and illegally detained by police in the course of the past few months.The organisation wrote to Turkmen President Saparmurat Nyazov urging him to do everything possible to ensure that Ovezberdiev is allowed to work freely as a journalist, without fear of physical or bureaucratic reprisals.”As a member of the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE), Turkmenistan has undertaken to respect press freedom, but it is the country in Europe where journalists have the most intolerable conditions of work,” the letter said.On 14 November, Ovezberdiev was forcibly taken by two men who were probably secret service agents to a cemetery in Ashgabat where he was brutally beaten, threatened and then dumped on the side of a road. The two men said: “We’ve had enough of you, we’re going to get rid of you.” Ovezberdiev sustained head injuries in this incident.Previously, on 11 September, Ovezberdiev was arrested by officers of the national security ministry and was detained for three days. They drugged him, manhandled him and threatened to imprison him for 20 years as a traitor. Ovezberdiev is in charge of two programmes, “Vox Pop” and “Open Microphone.” In the second, listeners have a opportunity to speak out when their rights are violated and to get in touch with legal experts and human rights organisations abroad. Representatives of the national security ministry have several times called for an end to these programmes. News RSF_en Coronavirus off limits in Turkmenistan March 31, 2020 Find out more to go further TurkmenistanEurope – Central Asia Help by sharing this information TurkmenistanEurope – Central Asia December 18, 2020 Find out more Four-year jail term for independent website’s correspondent in Turkmenistan Receive email alerts News News Follow the news on Turkmenistan News November 26, 2003 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Authorities harass Radio Liberty correspondent March 13, 2020 Find out more
The Civil Aviation Authority Pension Scheme (CAAPS) has appointed BlackRock as fiduciary manager handling £4bn (€4.4bn) for both its CAA and NATS – formerly known as the National Air Traffic Services – sections.After a competitive tender process, facilitated by IC Select, CAAPS selected BlackRock to plan and execute both sections’ asset allocation and manager selection decisions across all asset classes.The CAAPS trustees will also be provided with training, guidance and transition management services, an announcement disclosed.Sarah Melvin, head of UK at BlackRock, said: “A vast number of schemes are currently navigating an uncertain global environment, and more and more making the decision to outsource.” At the beginning of the year BlackRock appointed Alex Pollak as head of clients for its UK fiduciary management business as it prepared for an expected increase in new business enquiries in 2020.Following rules that came into force last December, UK pension schemes must tender any fiduciary mandate that outsources more than 20% of assets. Existing mandates must also be tendered within a set timeframe, which has led several providers and consultants to hire new staff to cope with the increased workload.The announcement said that BlackRock responded to CAAPS’ requirements for a bespoke approach and the firm was selected due to its consistent focus on partnership, risk management, and a differentiated approach to asset allocation.Joanna Matthews, independent chair for CAAPS, said that BlackRock was selected because “they were a good cultural fit and they clearly demonstrated the strength of their investment offering and the scale and depth of their resources.”BlackRock will build a custom portfolio according to each sections’ needs while aiming to build in greater portfolio resilience, which may provide less volatile results in increasingly uncertain times.Additionally, the use of Aladdin, BlackRock’s risk platform, will play a central role helping to understand the risk and return characteristics driving funding levels.The platform’s thorough analysis will assist BlackRock in building the sections’ portfolios with more stable returns, with the goal of helping CAAPS members receive their pension benefits.Sion Cole, head of UK fiduciary business at BlackRock, added: “Providing a whole portfolio approach when making asset allocation decisions allows us to create and deliver a truly tailored and innovative portfolio for CAAPS, helping them to secure the retirement benefits of their members.”Looking for IPE’s latest magazine? Read the digital edition here.
Waterford look to end a 58 year wait for All Ireland glory at Croke Park later.The Deise look horns with Galway, who are also looking to lift Liam McCarthy after a barren spell.They haven’t won in the All Ireland hurling final since 1988. Waterford boss Derek McGrath knows the Tribesmen are favourites, but he’s confident they can spring an upset.Throw in is at 3:30pm.The curtain raiser at Croke Park is the All-Ireland Minor Hurling Championship FinalGalway go head to head with Cork