​Denmark’s PFA joins net-zero alliance, citing data exchange as a plus

first_imgDanish commercial mutual pensions giant PFA has become the latest member of the United Nation’s Net-Zero Asset Owner Alliance (NZAOA), citing the alliance’s potential to facilitate knowledge exchange as a key benefit for it as an investor.The DKK688bn (€92.2bn) pension fund said that apart from the commitments participants in the initiative made, PFA could also use the project to swap climate investment experiences.Kasper Ahrndt Lorenzen, PFA chief investment officer, said: “In some areas, climate-friendly investment is an immature area, and data quality, for example, can be a challenge.“By working together as some of the world’s largest investors, we can jointly find better solutions to those problems than if we work individually,” he added. NZAOA members pledge to lower greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in their investment portfolios to net-zero by 2050, to align with the Paris Agreement aim of limiting global warming to 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels.In addition to this, PFA said by signing up it had to set five-year targets outlining its projected progression towards this goal.The alliance said the addition of PFA as its 23rd member brought the initiative’s total assets under management to over $4.6trn (€4.25trn).Alan Polack, PFA’s group chief executive officer, said: “With more than 1.3 million clients, PFA has a special obligation to contribute to sustainable development of our society.“We are proud to be part of the Net-Zero Asset Owner Alliance, and we will actively contribute to the cooperation between asset owners to make the alliance stronger and its impact bigger,” he added.At the end of April, the NZAOA put out a “call for comment”, expressing the need for a robust carbon-neutrality measurement methodology, in the absence of any existing initiative fulfilling all the group’s needs.The set of requirements laid out by members was “demanding”, the alliance said, but seen as a roadmap for future progress rather than a set of criteria any one provider would satisfy.In March, the French civil servant pension fund ERAFP (Établissement de retraite additionnelle de la fonction publique) and Germany’s sovereign wealth fund KENFO also joined the alliance, becoming its 20th and 21st asset owner members.The 22nd member to join was US pension fund Wespath Benefits and Investments, a non-profit agency of the United Methodist Church, Glenview, Illinois.Looking for IPE’s latest magazine? Read the digital edition here.last_img read more

Editorial: Easter trading move adds to the muddle

first_imgNZ Herald 23 March 2017Family First Comment: NZ Herald Editorial copies our media release     https://www.familyfirst.org.nz/2017/03/easter-trading-laws-a-shambolic-mess/“What cannot be ignored is the historical significance of the day. The number who believe the date holds religious sanctity has decreased, but the devotion of those remaining has not.”Not just the historical significance but the family significance.It appeared such a pragmatic move for the Government to let local communities decide whether to relax the laws on Easter Sunday trading. The outcome is already a very mixed bag indeed.Far North District Council has voted for Easter Sunday trading, as has Kaipara. Whangarei has not, and nor has Auckland.The governing body of the Auckland Council is scheduled to debate the issue today. It is unclear why it would bother at this juncture as council officers have advised there can be no change before 2018.As of this week, about a quarter of councils have taken the chance to open on Easter Sunday. Where you find yourself in New Zealand on April 16 is likely to determine whether you can pop out to the shopping strips and malls to browse the shelves. If you are in the major centres Auckland or Whangarei, window shopping will have to do.At the time of passing, the Shop Trading Hours Amendment Act 2016 was hailed as a breakthrough in common sense.Until the amendment, the rules were standard, though the exemptions were convoluted.There were three and a half days a year when almost all shops must be closed under the Shop Trading Hours Act 1990. Christmas Day, Good Friday, Easter Sunday and Anzac Day (until 1pm).READ MORE: http://www.nzherald.co.nz/opinion/news/article.cfm?c_id=466&objectid=11823578Keep up with family issues in NZ. Receive our weekly emails direct to your Inbox.last_img read more

Youth can elevate Saints – Chambers

first_imgCalum Chambers hopes Southampton can capitalise on a nucleus of home-grown talents to mount a long-term challenge for Champions League football. The 18-year-old defender is expected to maintain his right-back berth for Sunday’s Barclays Premier League clash with Tottenham at St Mary’s Stadium. Nathaniel Clyne is still struggling with a hamstring problem, and if he fails a late fitness test then Chambers will continue at full-back. “It betters everything you think of to be honest. “Playing in front of everyone and playing for the club I’ve wanted to since I was a young boy, it’s a dream come true, there’s no other way to describe that feeling. “The manager believes in the young players and thankfully for us they are giving us opportunities. “The gaffer’s given me my opportunity to play in the Premier League and I can’t thank him enough for that.” Southampton sit ninth in the Premier League table with six wins from 16 games in their first campaign under former Argentina defender Pochettino. Hard-fought draws against Manchester City and Newcastle are the latest results to boost Southampton’s confidence. And Chambers has refused to limit the club’s potential. He said: “I think we’re good enough to do it, and if we can play the way we can there’s nothing stopping us. “If we play the best we can we’re better than most teams in the Premier League. “And I think we can get the results we need.” Chambers graduated from Saints’ academy at the same time as first-team peers Luke Shaw, James Ward-Prowse and Harrison Reed. All four teenagers tasted Premier League action in Saints’ 1-1 home draw with Manchester City on December 7. Chambers believes manager Mauricio Pochettino’s faith in youth can help Southampton make tangible top-flight progress, without having to rely simply on big-money imports. And he sees no reason why Saints cannot eventually use those foundations to break into the all but ring-fenced Premier League top four. “The academy has got such good coaching and grounding, anyone coming through it is brought up the Southampton way,” Chambers said. “Against Manchester City we had three people I’ve been with at the club since I was seven years old on the pitch with me at the same time. “That’s fantastic, it’s what we’d dreamed of since I was young. “To play in the Premier League is a dream come true, so to fulfil it is fantastic. Press Associationlast_img read more

Monk miffed by Dean penalty verdict

first_img “One hundred per cent, outside the area,” Monk said. “For me, why is the referee making a decision from 60 yards away that he clearly has no view of being able to tell that? “I looked straight at him and he didn’t confer with his assistant, or his linesman, and the linesman’s not flagging for anything. He’s not flagging for a penalty, so he (Dean) has decided to make a bizarre decision. “The lead-up to that incident, we should have dealt with better. We caused our own mistake. “It was like he (Dean) couldn’t wait to give the penalty and he couldn’t wait to give the red card. The red card I’m not so sure – maybe it was, maybe it wasn’t – but the penalty is not a penalty.” Jonathan de Guzman gave Swansea a first-half lead, as they bossed possession. The late penalty came from a mix-up between goalkeeper Michel Vorm and his defence. They failed to clear a ball over the top, allowing replacement striker Murray to toe-poke it past the goalkeeper, 20 yards out. With an open goal beckoning Murray was brought down and Flores saw red. Murray cracked the penalty into the top-right corner. Palace manager Tony Pulis saw the incident differently to Monk. Their disappointing draw at the Liberty Stadium hinged on an 81st-minute incident, when Dean awarded the spot-kick and sent off Swansea defender Chico Flores, even though his foul on replacement striker Glenn Murray appeared to happen outside the penalty area. Dean may well have still sent off the Spaniard, penalty or not, but given that he pointed to the spot while running more than 35 yards behind play, Monk was surprised he gave it. Murray converted to give Palace a share of the points in a 1-1 draw. Press Association “I think the first touch is outside, but if you have a look again – only from a Crystal Palace point of view – he does touch him again inside the box,” Pulis said. “In the second half we played a little bit more on the front foot, we turned their midfield players around and made them defend a bit more and I think the longer the game went on in the second half, the more dominant we became.” Pulis announced he will fine substitute Jerome Thomas – who apologised to the referee after the game for diving – and Marouane Chamakh, who also dived in the first half. “I just don’t have it at football clubs I manage,” Pulis said. Swansea’s bad luck was not confined to the penalty decision. Their captain Ashley Williams was up all night with sickness and was even sick on the pitch, before being replaced in the second half. Striker Wilfried Bony had also been sick before the game and was taken off in the second half. In-form midfielder Pablo Hernandez had to be withdrawn in the first half, suffering a hamstring injury. Monk added: “In terms of what we’ve been through, I couldn’t have asked for any more from them.” He was proud at how his side dug deep during the latter stages and held on to a point, adding: “If you can’t win a game the next best thing is not to lose it and if we had lost that game it would have been an injustice, but we didn’t which is great from my perspective.” Having seen his charges dominate the first half, but fade badly in the second, Monk said everyone is now glad of a break before taking on West Brom on March 15. Pulis felt his side deserved to take something from the game after their second-half performance and was delighted for goalscorer Murray, who he said has been working seven or eight hours a day to get fit after a long-term injury. “It’s a great result,” Pulis said. “We’re delighted to pick up a point at Swansea.” Swansea boss Garry Monk felt his side were victims of a “bizarre” penalty decision by referee Mike Dean as they surrendered a 1-0 lead to draw with Crystal Palace in the Barclays Premier League.last_img read more

Fernandinho plays down incident

first_img But the midfielder told the Manchester Evening News that was because he had a calf injury and was unwell, and insisted the incident had been blown out of all proportion. He said: “I have seen a few things about this, and people are creating and telling stories, even though it didn’t happen that way “Every player in every team speaks to each other in order to improve the quality on the pitch – that communication is necessary. You have to talk, and that is what happened. “There was a conversation, and not much more than that. I don’t know why people actually thought there was a fight – we spoke about how we could improve things in that match. “I don’t have anything bad to say about Vinny – he is a great player, a great team member, and I have always liked him. It’s very weird that this story actually came up, for something so small to suddenly become so big. “It was nothing major. There were other people around us, and you have to raise your voice a little bit. There was no fight, just a conversation. “Myself and Vinny spoke about it that day, and everything was settled on that day, finished.” Kompany and Fernandinho could both be in the side for Saturday’s Premier League trip to Burnley. Press Association Fernandinho has insisted his alleged bust-up with Manchester City captain Vincent Kompany was nothing more than a conversation.center_img The pair were rumoured to have had a row at half-time during the defeat by Liverpool last month. City were this week forced to deny that was the reason neither was in the starting line-up against Leicester three days later, with Kompany on the bench and Fernandinho not in the squad. last_img read more

SU begins ‘unfinished business’ at Midnight Madness

first_imgThe past and present members of the Syracuse men’s basketball team filed up one by one on the stage to get their introductions. Among the last up were Scoop Jardine, Kris Joseph and Rick Jackson, key returnees who will determine the fate of this version of the Orange. And then, the past strolled up. The past was Arinze Onuaku, whose career at SU was cut short when he suffered a right quadriceps injury in last season’s Big East tournament. Partially as a result of Onuaku’s injury, the Orange’s season was cut short against Butler in the Sweet 16. Remembering both his personal situation and the situation of last year’s team, Onuaku passed the baton using two recurring words throughout his speech: Unfinished business. ‘Unfinished business’ is the theme of the 2010 version of Syracuse basketball. It was seen in both the past and present during Midnight Madness on Friday inside the Carrier Dome. It is seen in the T-shirts the players wore Friday, with the two words front and center. And it is seen in SU head coach Jim Boeheim, who told each one of his players a different two words after the introductions.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text ‘Two lines,’ Boeheim said, ushering the Orange into layup drills. Unfinished business started Friday, when SU split into two ‘Blue’ and ‘Orange’ intrasquad teams. The ‘Blue’ squad was made up of Jackson, Jardine, Joseph and two freshmen expected to play significant roles on this season’s team — guard Dion Waiters and center Fab Melo. The ‘Orange’ squad consisted of returning starting point guard Brandon Triche, sophomores Mookie Jones and James Southerland, and freshmen C.J. Fair and Baye Moussa Keita. Flashy dunks that drew ‘oohs’ from the crowd ensued, including one in which Triche bounced an alley-oop to Southerland. But Friday was about getting back to business. ‘Obviously, everyone is excited every year,’ Boeheim said at the Orange’s media day on Oct. 15. ‘We have a nucleus of guys who played big roles for us last year. It’s a talented group. We’ll see what they do in the next couple weeks. We’ll see how they fit in. But it’s a good blend of veteran guys. You win in this league by having veteran guys, and we have some young guys who we think are really good.’ SU women start up Last year, the Syracuse women’s basketball team entered Midnight Madness in a Syracuse city fire truck. This year, the team’s entrance was a bit more played down — albeit with lightsabers. One by one, the SU women entered to each one of their introductions with an accompanying glow stick. After the introductions and warm-ups, the Orange split up into two intrasquad teams as well. One was led by senior point guard Erica Morrow, and the other by sophomore center Kayla Alexander. At his team’s media day on Oct. 18, SU head coach Quentin Hillsman said despite the loss of the program’s all-time leading scorer in Nicole Michael, he feels he has one of his deepest rosters in his fifth season at the helm. ‘Obviously I feel good about all of them because I recruited them,’ Hillsman said. ‘We are very talented from top to bottom. Every player on our roster will have the opportunity to contribute when they’re on the floor. From top to bottom, we have a very good roster. We have good balance.’ This and that It appeared as if SU sophomore center DaShonte Riley had surgery on his ailing right foot this week. He was at Midnight Madness, walking with the aid of crutches. … Triche won the dunk contest at the end of the night, with the loudest applause from the Carrier Dome crowd. The contest was held among six players: Triche, Joseph, Waiters, Southerland, Fair and Jones. … Grammy Award-winning hip-hop group Naughty by Nature performed before the teams were introduced. The group led its set with ‘O.P.P.,’ its smash hit that was released in 1991. — Asst. Copy Editors Michael Cohen and Mark Cooper contributed reporting to this article Comments Facebook Twitter Google+center_img Published on October 24, 2010 at 12:00 pmlast_img read more

Conquest aims to unite Trojans before UCLA game

first_imgThe Undergraduate Student Government, the USC Concerts Committee and the Conquest Committee organized USC’s 2016 Conquest Thursday in McCarthy Quad. The event featured a Ferris wheel, food trucks, a Bruin bonfire and a concert, among other attractions.Before the concert, headlined by artists AlunaGeorge and Majid Jordan, student groups like the Trojan Marching Band and dance teams performed on stage as part of the rally. Trojan Pride conducted the traditional burning of a UCLA sign and Bruin bear in preparation for USC’s football game against UCLA in the upcoming weekend. “The activity that I’m most excited about by far is the Ferris wheel,” said Jacob Lester, a freshman majoring in English. “I expected all other aspects of Conquest, but the Ferris wheel adds an interesting flair to the whole event, and I’m interested to see what else Conquest has to offer.” Food trucks included Farmer’s Belly, The Boba Truck, Sweet E’s Bake Shop, Made in Brooklyn NY Pizza, Jogasaki Sushi Burrito and Wings N’ Waffles. The Conquest Committee spent about a year organizing logistics and designing Conquest 2016 to be distinct from other previous years’ events. According to the event’s marketing chair Eshaya Siriwardane and graphics design chair Emily Lu, organizing the event required much communication with both school authorities and outside organizations to become a success.“We really tried to make this year’s Conquest different by rebranding it,” said Ruwandi Siriwardane, a sophomore majoring in business administration. “We really wanted this event to be about all of us coming together as a Trojan family to feel the USC spirit before we head into our big game against UCLA.” Lu said that the Conquest Committee added several activities this year to increase spirit even before the day of the event. “We tried to imitate Ellen [Degeneres]’s 12 Days of Giveaways before Christmas with Conquest this year,” Lu said. “We gave out freebies such as food items and merchandise over the course of the week to pump everyone up for Conquest, and we’ll be announcing the winner of two VIP tickets to an upcoming concert as well. Beyond our week before Conquest, however, we also had an overall change of image — in our Facebook event and posts — we’ve incorporated a special theme for this year with the Victory sign in a glitch-style video.” The Conquest Committee’s efforts have not only been to increase student participation and spirit for the USC-UCLA rivalry, but also to give students a greater sense of unity as active members of the Trojan Family. Joshua Chang, a senior majoring in business administration and an organizer of Conquest, added that one of the most important goals of Conquest is to increase student energy.“At the end of the day, we want the Trojans to feel part of a bigger movement,” Chang said. “I think Conquest offers that energy to make us feel more as a team and more excited about the upcoming game.”last_img read more

Former Syracuse forward James Southerland to play in NBA Summer League with Utah Jazz

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on June 27, 2017 at 5:36 pm Contact Charlie: csdistur@syr.edu | @charliedisturco UPDATED: June 28, 2017 at 9:05 a.m.Former Syracuse forward James Southerland, who went undrafted in 2013, will play for the Utah Jazz in the 2017 NBA Summer League.Southerland is one of nine former Syracuse players on a Summer League roster this year. The 6-foot-8 forward joins Tyler Roberson, Tyler Lydon, Rakeem Christmas, Michael Gbinije, Chris McCullough, Malachi Richardson, Andrew White and Kris Joseph.This past season, Southerland played on the Santa Cruz Warriors in the G-League. He averaged 13.7 points and 6.2 rebounds per game while shooting 46.5 percent from the field and 39.2 percent from 3.After the 2013 Final Four run with SU, Southerland has struggled to find himself a consistent role. He went undrafted in 2013 before joining the Philadelphia 76ers in the Orlando Summer League. He’d join the Golden State Warriors for the Las Vegas Summer League the same year. From then to now, Southerland has bounced around both the NBA and overseas leagues.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textAt Syracuse, Southerland was a solid off-the-bench scorer, even earning 11 starts his senior year. He averaged 13.3 points and 5.2 rebounds per game his last year, shooting nearly 40 percent from 3. The Orange’s deep NCAA Tournament run ended after Michigan handed SU a 61-56 loss. Southerland struggled that game, scoring just five points on 2-of-9 shooting.Southerland and the Jazz begin Summer League play July 3.CORRECTION: In a previous version of this post, Tyler Cavanaugh was misstated as a former Syracuse player. Cavanaugh played for George Washington, not Syracuse. The Daily Orange regrets this error. Commentslast_img read more

Australian boxer Dwight Ritchie dies in sparring accident

first_imgLast Updated: 10th November, 2019 10:44 IST Australian Boxer Dwight Ritchie Dies In Sparring Accident Australia’s boxing community was in shock Sunday after middleweight Dwight Ritchie collapsed and died aged just 27, reportedly while sparring Australia’s boxing community was in shock Sunday after middleweight Dwight Ritchie collapsed and died aged just 27, reportedly while sparring. Sydney’s Daily Telegraph said he took a body shot on Saturday, walked back to his corner and collapsed. He could not be revived. It said he was sparring in Melbourne with Michael Zerefa, who is preparing for a rematch with Jeff Horn, a former WBO welterweight champion. Ritchie’s promoter Jake Ellis confirmed the news on Facebook.READ | Shooting: Tejaswini Sawant Wins India’s 12th Olympic Quota Place Press Trust Of India Ritchie’s death comes less than a month after American boxer Patrick Day died after suffering a serious brain injury during his knockout defeat to Charles Conwell in Chicago. He was the third boxer to die from injuries sustained in the ring this year. Argentina’s Hugo Santillan died in July following a bout in San Nicolas, just north of Buenos Aires. His death came just two days after Russian fighter Maxim Dadashev died from brain injuries sustained in a fight in Maryland.READ | Conor McGregor’s DNA Tests Prove Allegations Against Him Were FalseREAD | UFC: Khabib Nurmagomedov Says McGregor Needs 10 Wins Before Rematch He last fought in August, losing to Tim Tszyu by a unanimous decision for the IBF Australasian super welterweight title. 10 months ago Brett Lee turns 43: Relive Australian pacer’s great accolades WE RECOMMEND First Published: 10th November, 2019 10:44 IST “I am truly saddened by the passing of Dwight Richie,” Tszyu said on Instagram. “Only fighters understand the bond shared between them, especially those who shared a ring together. Rest In Peace to a true champion.”  READ | Tokyo Olympics 2020: Nikhat Zareen Wants To Fight Mary Kom In Trial 10 months ago Mass slaughter of Australian racehorses prompts investigation “It is with great sadness and shock to announce that the fighting cowboy Dwight Ritchie sadly passed away today doing what he loved,” he said. “As Dwight’s promoter and friend it’s unbearable to accept the tragic news that’s just surfaced.” Richie, nicknamed “The Fighting Cowboy”, held a 19-2 record. COMMENT 10 months ago US boxer Patrick Day ‘extremely critical’ after match with Cornwall WATCH US LIVE LIVE TV Written By SUBSCRIBE TO US 10 months ago PM Narendra Modi has wonderful gesture for Australian PM Morrison 9 months ago Australia-Chile women’s friendly attracts record 20,029 fans FOLLOW USlast_img read more

Plateau Remains Unbeaten, Retains Pole Position

first_imgFisayo DairoLeague leaders Plateau United continued the unbeaten start to the season as the Jos club held Gombe United to a goalless draw in Gombe in one of the five Match-day 4 matches to end deadlocked yesterday.The Tin City outfit is now two points clear of second placed Rivers United that also remained unbeaten following a thoroughly earned goalless draw against FC Ifeanyiubah in Nnewi.The biggest winner on Match-day 4 was Lobi Stars of Makurdi notching its second win in as many home games in a comprehensive 3-0 bashing of newly promoted ABS FC at the Aper Aku Stadium. Striker Kingsley Eduwo’s first half goal put Lobi en route to victory before the former Sunshine striker completed his brace on the dot of 90 minutes. There was still time however for Nwangwa Nyima to open his Lobi account in stoppage time.In nearby Lafia, Nasarawa United thrashed another newly promoted side, Remo Stars 3-1. Abdulrahman Bashir scored first for the Solid Miners before Awoyemi Abiodun briefly restored parity for the visitors just after the hour mark. Douglas Achiv’s long-range strike restored Nasarawa’s lead before captain Emmanuel Makama sealed the win with a stoppage time penalty.In Akure, Sikiru Alimi’s late penalty was all Sunshine Stars required to edge out Kano Pillars in a tight contest. Pillars’ former Sunshine goalkeeper Danladi Isah had kept out a first half penalty by Peter Iyamu but could do nothing to keep out Alimi’s effort.In Ibadan, Shooting Stars also required a last gasp penalty to avoid a home loss to MFM FC of Lagos in a South West derby.Sikiru Olatunbosun’s first half goal had put the Lagosians on the verge of their first away win since last season’s Match Day 1 but Adebayo Abayomi’s stoppage time penalty rescued the day for Shooting, who are now winless in their last three games.The Abia Derby between Abia Warriors and Enyimba ended goalless in Umuahia with Godwin Zaki and Ifeanyi Anaemena missing gilt edge chances for both team respectively.In Maiduguri, El-Kanemi Warriors left it late before stealing a lone goal victory over Katsina United. Substitute Sunday Anthony’s acrobatic finish in stoppage time ensured El-Kanemi win for the 11th time in a row since returning to Maiduguri last season.In Lokoja, Niger Tornadoes secured their first win of the season at the 4th attempt. Winger Chidiebere Ajoku scored both goals as they ran out 2-0 winners over Wikki Tourists of Bauchi.Akwa United however remained winless after four games as the Promise Keepers were held to a goalless draw by reigning Champions Enugu Rangers who have now secured two important points on the road after the opening day reversal against Abia Warriors.MATCH DAY 4Lobi Stars 3-0 ABSNasarawa 3-1 RemoTornadoes 2- 0 WikkiEl-Kanemi 1-0 KatsinaSunshine 1-0 PillarsShooting 1-1 MFMGombe 0-0 PlateauAkwa 0-0 RangersIfeanyiUbah 0-0 RiversAbia Warriors 0-0 EnyimbaShare this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more