€177m of assets up for sale as AXA IM plans to cut coal companies

first_img“This decision is consistent with our ambitions for continued and greater ESG integration across AXA IM,” Rossi said. “It is also in line with our belief that asset managers have an important role to play in helping the global transition to a low carbon economy. We want to engage with our clients, increasing awareness about the potential long-term risks related to the production and consumption of coal at current levels and encouraging investors to fully consider the long-term benefits of low carbon portfolios.”The policy will apply to 99.5% of its €717bn of assets under management, AXA IM said. Index funds and funds-of-funds will be exempt, while clients with segregated portfolios can choose to opt out of the policy.AXA IM expects to sell €165m of fixed income assets and €12m of equities.The asset manager’s decision reflects that of a number of large asset owners across Europe in recent months.Norges Bank Investment Management (NBIM), which manages Norway’s giant sovereign wealth fund, has excluded nearly 70 coal companies from its fixed income and equity portfolios following criteria introduced in 2015. Companies with more than 30% of their activities in the coal sector are excluded by NBIM.FRR, the €37.2bn French pension reserve fund, said in December that it would exclude from its portfolios any companies deriving more than 20% of turnover from thermal coal extraction or coal-fired power generation.Denmark’s DKK250bn (€33.6bn) PKA has also excluded some coal companies it believed were at risk of having their business disrupted by the shift towards renewable energy.Switzerland’s BVK, the CHF30.6bn (€28.5bn) pension fund for the canton of Zurich, has excluded coal producers from its global equity portfolios. AXA Investment Managers (AXA IM) is to sell roughly €177m of assets as part of a policy to divest from companies heavily reliant on coal.From the end of June, the French asset manager will divest from companies that derive more than half their revenues from “coal-related activities”. This will primarily affect mining and electric utilities companies, the group said.The move comes nearly two years after its parent company, insurer AXA Group, pledged to divest roughly €500m from coal-related assets.Andrea Rossi, CEO of AXA IM, said divesting from coal would help the firm’s clients avoid “stranded” assets. Carbon-intensive industries such as coal are widely expected to be challenged as investors and corporations implement measures designed to keep global warming to the 2°C scenario as outlined in the 2015 Paris climate change agreement.last_img read more

Children struggling with eating disorders

first_imgStuff.co 29 July 2013More boys are developing eating disorders, and children as young as 9 are being admitted to hospital with anorexia.The increasing pressure on children and teens to be a certain shape and size had contributed to a rising number of young people battling eating disorders, Wellington Hospital adolescent physician Anganette Hall said.On top of striving to look like skinny celebrities on magazine covers, there was a growing fear about obesity that was impacting on relationships with food.“What’s portrayed in the media is not reality,” Hall said. Other factors, such as bullying about weight and negative comments from others about food and weight, could also play a part.“Some people are just genetically more likely to get an eating disorder and some because of their personality characteristics . . . perfectionist, obsessive and intelligent,” she said. “It is more common in the white middle-upper class, but we do see people from low socio-economic groups.” http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/health/8974708/Children-struggling-with-eating-disorderslast_img read more

Owen donating May 23 earnings to Baker family medical fund

first_imgBy Ben DeatherageCOTTAGE GROVE, Ore. – Jimmy Owen is ready for action on Saturday, May 23 at his hometown Cottage Grove Speedway. So far, Owen has finished second in both Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMod starts this year and resides second in the track point standings.“It’s been a pretty good year even though we’re dealing with some motor issues,” said Owen, “but I’m hoping to have everything fixed by this weekend to give Gene (Ashley) a run for his money.”Owen is doing something very special this week for his friend Colin Baker.  He is donating all his race earnings from the weekend to Colin’s medical fund.  Baker is currently in the hospital suffering from the genetic disorder Wilson’s disease.“I want to challenge all the drivers out there who plan on racing this weekend to donate to this great family,” he continued. “They don’t have to donate all their winnings, just something because every little bit helps.”Owen is also offering his car to be signed with messages to Colin with painting pens after the races. All he asks is for a small donation which will also be going directly to the Baker family’s medical fund.IMCA Xtreme Motor Sports Modifieds run on Sunday at Cottage Grove.last_img read more

Student wins million-dollar screenplay competition

first_imgStanley Kalu, a senior majoring in writing for film and television, won The LAUNCH Million Dollar Screenplay Competition for his screenplay “The Obituary of Tunde Johnson.” His film explores the life of a wealthy, black high school senior who continually faces the obstacle of police brutality. (Emily Smith | Daily Trojan)The LAUNCH, an international screenplay competition, puts the question of “what would you do if you had a million dollars” to rest.Late last year, writer and producer — and USC alumnus — Jason Shuman approached his colleague Zachary Green with a proposition from philanthropists Chuck and Marni Bond: a screenwriting competition for college students that would give them the means to bring their film ideas to life. Green and Shuman brainstormed the best use of the money and came up with The LAUNCH Million Dollar Screenplay Competition. Students over the age of 18 and enrolled in a two-year, four-year or graduate school program are eligible to submit their screenplays for a $1 million prize to go toward production costs.“We thought that if we had the ability to try to give back just a little bit and to have this screenplay competition for college students to be able to find new, undiscovered talents and be able to help them break in the business as well as pay for the rising cost of college would be an amazing thing to do,” Green said.According to Green, hundreds of screenplays were submitted from 208 colleges and universities in 37 countries and 33 states from the United States. The submissions were evaluated by the LAUNCH Board of Advisors, ScreenCraft and technology platform Coverfly.Out of those hundreds, USC student Stanley Kalu’s was chosen.“Everyone read the top 25, and we all met for a meeting and it was a pretty wonderful discussion of how touched and impressed and moved everyone was by Stanley’s screenplay,” Shuman said. “We talked for a long time about which one should win and when it came down to it, it was pretty unanimous that everyone was excited to help Stanley tell his story.”Kalu, a senior majoring in writing for film and television, was born in Nigeria and has lived all over sub-Saharan Africa. He came to the United States to attend USC and began writing “The Obituary of Tunde Johnson” in his screenwriting class as a sophomore.“I wrote it in one draft and had been sending it out places. It did pretty well last year … but I didn’t win anything,” Kalu said. “This year I still had it and I just kept sending it out and I finally won something.”“The Obituary of Tunde Johnson” tells the story of a wealthy, black high school senior who is subjected to an endless loop of police brutality. “I moved a lot in my life,” Kalu said of his inspiration for the screenplay. “I moved all over Africa, and what that does to a person and their perspective is you’re constantly being introduced to new spaces.”  Kalu was shocked by American culture and institutionalized racism when he arrived. He came to America during a time when police brutality was prevalent, following the deaths of Michael Brown and Eric Garner. But he was also surprised at how accepting American culture is to the LGBTQ community.“Where I’m from, our queer culture is really subjugated rather violently,” Kalu said. “I thought it was really, really, really beautiful to see the culture embrace … the idea of homosexuality and being queer and being proud of [that] fact.”It was experiencing and interacting with these elements of American culture that inspired Kalu’s script.In addition to winning the $1 million to produce his film, Kalu is receiving a $50,000 educational grant. The remaining seven finalists will also be receiving education grants, and second- and third-place winners will be landing representation. Production for “The Obituary of Tunde Johnson” is set to start  this October.last_img read more

GOtv Boxing Night:   How Best Boxer Emerged, Explain Organisers

first_imgAlumona explained that since the first edition of the event in November 2014, it had been the exclusive duty of sports journalists to rate participating boxers.“Flykite has no input into who emerges the best boxer. Sports journalists do the rating based on their assessment of boxers’ performances. The points are collated at the end and any boxer who gets the highest number wins the title.“We have done this to ensure transparency. Without transparency, the growth of the sport, which is the aim of the sponsors, will not be achieved,” he explained.The best boxer award attracts a cash prize of N1miillion and the Mojisola Ogunsanya Memorial Trophy. Olaide “Fijaborn” Fijabi, new West African light welterweight champion and winner of the award at GOtv Boxing Night on 25 March, is winning for the second time.The first winner of the award was Abolaji “Afonja Warrior” Rasheed.But at the time he won, there was no cash reward for doing so. Since then, winners have been rewarded with N1million. Oto ” Joe Boy” Joseph won at GOtv Boxing Night 4, while Stanley “Edo Boy” won at GOtv Boxing Night 5.The next edition of the event will hold at the Indoor Sports Hall of the National Stadium on May 1.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Flykite Promotions, organisers of the GOtv Boxing Night, have explained how the best boxer at the event is chosen.According to Jenkins Alumona, Managing Director of Flykite Promotions, the decision on who emerged the best boxer at GOtv Boxing Night was made by journalists.last_img read more

Despite Hurricane Dorian, Bahamas Records Historic Tourist Arrivals in 2019

first_imgNASSAU, Bahamas – Despite several islands being battered by Hurricane Dorian in September 2019, A resilient Bahamas still managed to record the highest number of stopover visitors ever from the United States, and a whopping 7.2 million in total arrivals.Following the devastating category five hurricane that wrecked much of the archipelago, tourism was expected to slow down as the island, and the rest of the world, sprung into action to assist in recovery. But the Bahamas government recently announced that, surprisingly, that was not the case.In January, the country’s tourism and aviation minister, Dionisio D’Aguilar, said some 1.78 million stopover visitors vacationed on the islands of The Bahamas in 2019 while more than five million cruise ship passengers visited the ports.With a population of merely 400,000 persons, the country is boasting its strongest recorded numbers in history.“This is a tremendous accomplishment, particularly in light of the challenging year that we as a country just endured,” D’Aguilar stated, reminiscing on the September hurricane that ravaged two of its islands, Freeport and Abaco.He attributed the immediate rebound to solidarity of the workers at all levels in the archipelago’s tourism industry as well as the robust marketing efforts led by the tourism ministry, media partners, and “friends of The Bahamas”.D’Aguilar credited the coming together of the nation, combined with data-driven, agile marketing and airlift strategies, as the key components of the country’s compelling success.“We are in awe of our country and deeply grateful for the outpouring of support from friends, partners, and even strangers from around the world.”In detailing the strategies, D’Aguilar noted that the Ministry of Tourism had moved with alacrity to get the word out that the country was open for business, a sentiment he said that was embraced wholeheartedly, sparking international headlines and encouraging travel to the islands.“We began our campaign in the days immediately following Hurricane Dorian and have remained diligently aggressive ever since. Ministry executives have travelled to New York, Miami, Canada, London, Paris, and even Australia, speaking at top tourism conferences and dealing with travel partners, media, and influencers to spread the message that The Bahamas is open, beautiful, and ready to welcome all with open arms,” he explained.The tourism minister said The Bahamas was looking forward to continuing the momentum of its $US35 million per year marketing efforts throughout 2020 and pointed out that before Hurricane Dorian, the country’s tourism was already thriving at a record level.“Last year, we saw many accomplishments. We hosted 41 media and influencers across several islands to generate compelling stories about The Bahamas. Together, with our industry partners, the Ministry of Tourism hosted sales and media missions in many of our key designated marketing areas,” he said.“We hosted a very successful marketing campaign with the legendary rock star Lenny Kravitz, graced the cover and pages of Sports Illustrated’s highly anticipated swimsuit issue, and witnessed the production of a prime time television show, ‘Come to Life in Nassau’, on screens across the US – the main goal: inspire travel to our remarkable country,” he added.last_img read more

Spanish coalition pact outlines gambling reform as a ‘concrete directive’

first_img StumbleUpon Spanish news sources report that gambling incumbents are set to be hit with further restrictions and reforms as the PSOE minority government agrees to a ‘governing pact’, forming a socialist coalition with minority partner Podemos.This weekend, Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez (PSOE) negotiated coalition terms with Podemos counterpart Pablo Iglesias, seeking to break through a political impasse which saw Spain hold two separate General Elections during 2019.Despite Sanchez and Iglesias’ agreement, PSOE and Podemos will need to secure the support of pro-Catalan independence party Esquerra Republicana to form a majority in government. On Monday, Esquerra published a statement, detailing that coalition terms are being reviewed in the interest of ‘forming a pathway towards independence’.Awaiting Esquerra’s decision, PSOE states that it has held back publishing full details of its agreed ‘coalition programme’ with Podemos, in which a new government will confirm tax increases on Spain’s highest earners, capital gains and corporate taxation, alongside an increase in workers minimum wage as the socialist coalition’s lead policies.Having viewed PSOE and Podemos planned programme, Spanish newspaper El Pais reports that both parties have agreed to implement new ‘urgent measures’ governing the gambling sector, which will impact both retail and digital incumbents.Detailed as one of the coalition programme’s ‘concrete directives’, PSOE and Podemos underline that they will introduce comprehensive monitoring of gambling interactions within Spain’s regulatory framework seeking to reduce gambling engagements across land-based and digital verticals.Sanctioned as a federal enforcement, the coalition will instruct Spain’s autonomous communities to prevent gambling establishments from opening before 10pm. Furthermore, the government will seek for greater federal control on the opening of new gambling venues across Spanish communities.As anticipated, PSOE and Podemos will sign-off on a decree reforming Spain’s advertising code, which will see the introduction of gambling specific measures bringing gambling marketing regulations in line with those imposed on the tobacco industry.The coalition will sign-off on its advertising decree despite Spanish gambling incumbents agreeing to adhere to a new self-enforced ‘code-of-conduct’ introducing new marketing standards and lowering the volume of betting/gambling advertising.Mirroring UK policies, El Pais reports that PSOE and Podemos are considering introducing a ‘management fee’ on online gambling operators to fund problem gambling support and treatment by Spanish health networks and further ‘repairing the damaging social effects produced by gambling’.Closing Thursday, Esquerra issued a formal communication confirming that the party members would abstain from voting in Parliament, allowing Sanchez and Iglesias to take government. Andrea Vota – Jdigital’s challenge of Spanish restrictions is led by logic and rationale August 13, 2020 Share Winamax maintains Granada CF sponsorship despite bleak Spanish outlook August 19, 2020 Submit Related Articles Martin Lycka – Regulatory high temperatures cancel industry’s ‘silly season’ August 11, 2020 Sharelast_img read more

Spring clean-up day scheduled for may in Alpena County

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisAlpena, Mich. — Alpena County’s spring clean up day has been announced.Folks can get rid large scale items like tires, refrigerators, water heaters, mattresses, and other appliances at the Alpena County Resource Recovery Facility. You can’t get rid of  regular garbage and hazardous waste like cleaners. aerosol, solvents, and other similar items.Spring clean up day will take place on May 4th from 8:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. People with smaller loads are asked to come before 11:00 a.m. The facility requests that larger loads come after 11:00 a.m.AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThis Tags: alpena county, Alpena County Resource Recovery Facility, Spring Cleaning, Trash, WasteContinue ReadingPrevious Photo of the Day for Wednesday April 10Next Boys & Girls Club ‘Youth of the Year’ dedicated to volunteeringlast_img read more

Athletic: Alić and Mešić at the World Championship in Moscow

first_imgB&H will be represented by Hamza Alić and Kemal Mešić at the 14th World Championship in Athletics, which will be held from 10th to 18th August in Moscow. Hamza Alić in June won the bronze medal at the Mediterranean Games in Mersin, Turkey and his perfect shape he achieved with the personal record of 20.73 m at the International meeting in Zenica. With this result, 34-year-old member of the Athletic Club Zenica achieved the A-standard to perform in Moscow.Kemal Mešić, member of the AK Sarajevo, this season, won the bronze medal at the Balkan Championship in Istanbul. Also, he will perform for the World Cup since he achieved the A-standard. His best result during this season is 20.37 mQualifications for throwing balls at the World Championship in Moscow are on 15th August, and the next day will be held the finals.(Source: Fena)last_img read more

How the 49ers built a Super Bowl team in 3 years, from winning Jimmy Garoppolo trade to acing NFL drafts

first_img (SN/Getty) https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/2c/ca/emmanuel-sanders-102819-getty-ftr_1pk0atmns3vlz1govtsohxfnfb.jpg?t=329183454&w=500&quality=80 (Getty Images) https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/4a/8b/lynch-garoppolo-122717-getty-ftrjpg_7uhsbz9delro1r6lhl4540eq2.jpg?t=-1724129712&w=500&quality=80 The 49ers were coming off a 2-14 season when they hired the combination of general manager John Lynch and coach Kyle Shanahan in 2017. Three years later, they continue to build on a 13-3 season by advancing to play the Chiefs in Super Bowl 54.San Francisco can’t be called an overnight rebuilding success, as the team didn’t make the playoffs in either of the first two seasons with Lynch or Shanahan. But knocking off Minnesota and Green Bay with Kansas City only standing in the way of an NFL championship was a product of their methodical personnel overhaul. (Getty Images) https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/83/c8/nick-bosa-10072019-getty-ftr_edn306sn9pvj1dsadl391ahql.jpg?t=-1457268483&w=500&quality=80 (Getty Images) https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/4e/d7/jimmy-garoppolo-012019-getty-ftrjpg_1mrig1a4xcm91mrli21ao41b3.jpg?t=-1050788153&w=500&quality=80 1. 49ers trade for QB Jimmy GaroppoloGaroppolo has lived up to being the team’s franchise quarterback, fully worth giving up a second-round pick for him at the 2017 October midseason trade deadline and then signing him a five-year, $137 million deal. Including playoffs, Garoppolo is now 21-5 as the 49ers’ starter, recovering well from last September’s torn ACL to have a stellar, super-efficient season spreading the ball around in a balanced, explosive offense.Don’t confuse Garoppolo with a “caretaker” for San Francisco’s strengths with the running game and defense. He’s been an all-out playmaker, proven by his 102.0 rating and 8.4 yards per attempt. It’s easy to forget Lynch almost aggressively went after Kirk Cousins to become Shanahan’s quarterback. Landing Jimmy G instead has exceeded expectations.2. 49ers sign CB Richard ShermanThe 49ers’ Super Bowl-caliber defense wouldn’t have been possible without the former Seahawk coming in to lead Robert Saleh’s secondary. Sherman was released by Seattle in March 2018 after a season cut short by a ruptured Achilles’. Sherman believed that he could be an elite corner and wanted to play for a potential contender. Lynch believed in Sherman enough to give him a three-year, $39 million contract.At 31, when most corners fade as coverage assets, Sherman had one of his best shutdown-style seasons. He intercepted both Cousins and Aaron Rodgers in the playoffs. He’s raised the play of the team’s younger defensive backs. The 49ers absolutely stole a key member of their archrivals and you can bet it feels just as good for Sherman getting to his third Super Bowl with them. 3. 49ers draft DE Nick Bosa, WR Deebo Samuel, OLB Dre Greenlaw and P Mitch WishnowskyConsider this 2019 NFL Draft haul the finishing touch on Lynch’s paint-by-numbers masterpiece. Thanks to the rival Cardinals locking in on QB Kyler Murray, the 49ers were fortunate to land the elite edge pass-rushing talent of Bosa at No. 2 overall. He will be the runaway Defensive Rookie of the Year for making a ton of plays, adding plenty of energy to the entire defense and putting a strong line rotation over the top.Samuel, with his quickness, toughness and speed, emerged as the 49ers’ go-to wideout in the second half. Greenlaw keeps improving on the second level. Wishnowsky has proven to be a solid punter but just as important as a kickoff man for one of the NFL’s best special teams units.4. 49ers sign RB Tevin Coleman and re-sign RB Raheem MostertLynch’s first big addition at the position was former Viking Jerick McKinnon, but his major knee injury quickly derailed his promise in Shanahan’s offense. Adding Coleman and extending Mostert for three years — both in March 2019 free agency — ended up being the right, necessary moves for San Francisco backfield.Coleman was a natural target for a post-Falcons reunion with Shanahan because of his explosive work as a runner and receiver. Mostert, brought in for his speed by former coach Chip Kelly, maintained his spot on the team despite some injury issues because he was a core special teamer. He had flashed before as a busy runner when needed, but he took his burst to a whole new level this season while filling in often or an ailing Coleman. That happened again when Mostert exploded for 220 yards and 4 TDs on 29 carries when Coleman exited the NFC championship game with a shoulder injury. Coleman (6-1, 210 pounds) and Mostert (5-11, 183 pounds) are interchangeable big backs ideal for the 49ers’ zone-blocking scheme, also equipped with good receiving skills. They’ve now become more dangerous than the dynamic duo Shanahan had in Atlanta — Coleman and Devonta Freeman.MORE: Six facts to know about Raheem Mostert — one for each NFL team that cut him5. 49ers draft TE George Kittle and DT D.J Jones, sign RB Matt Breida and WR Kendrick BourneThe 49ers’ first draft with Lynch in 2017 was all about Day 3, starting with stealing Kittle out of Iowa in the fifth round to become a dominant blocking and receiving force. Jones, before landing on IR, was thriving as the team’s run-stuffing nose tackle. Breida, before ceding his work to Mostert and Coleman, served as a good undrafted bridge running back for Shanahan without McKinnon. Bourne has kept sticking with the team as an underrated performer in three-receiver sets with a knack for scoring in the red zone.6. 49ers trade No. 2 overall pick to BearsThe biggest thing about this move was avoiding Mitchell Trubisky on Day 1 of the 2017 draft. San Francisco’s eventual No. 3 overall pick, defensive end Solomon Thomas, has been disappointing, now demoted to rotational work. Because of the trade, however, the 49ers were able to land starting middle linebacker Fred Warner out of BYU in the 2018 draft.center_img Lynch, a nine-time Pro Bowl safety who won Super Bowl 37 with Jon Gruden and the Buccaneers, followed the familiar blueprint of matching an offensive-minded coach with an elite defense on every level.From free agency and NFL draft in 2017 through the 37-20 rout of the Packers in Sunday’s NFC championship game, here’s a quick look back on the 15 key moves that have the 49ers on the brink of their franchise’s sixth Super Bowl ring.MORE: Everything you need to know about Super Bowl 54 in Miami 11. 49ers trade for WR Emmanuel SandersSan Francisco had a midseason crisis at wide receiver in ’19 with Dante Pettis not coming through on his promise and Samuel still coming into his own. Enter Sanders, who was acquired from the Broncos at the October trade for the net cost of a third-round draft pick. The 32-year-old two-time Pro Bowler has lost a few steps from his speedy two-time Super Bowl self, but he was a great versatile fit in Shanahan’s offense. He had only two big games (at Cardinals, at Saints) but he was a stabalizing force for an inexperienced group once Goodwin landed on IR. You can bet Sanders’ Super Bowl experience (losing and winning) will come into play against the Chiefs, a team against which he produced well during his AFC West days.12. 49ers sign C Weston Richburg, G/C Ben GarlandRichburg was a worthy free-agent priority in ’18, coming over from the Giants on a five-year, $47.5 million deal. Unfortunately, Richburg won’t be playing as the anchor of the 49ers’ fine line after tearing his patella tendon in Week 14. Fortunately, they signed Garland, who played in Shanahan’s offense with the Falcons, in March ’19. Garland was added as a backup guard, but he’s been a solid next man up in the scheme to hold down the middle after Richburg went down.13. 49ers re-sign S Jimmie WardWard, the team’s first-rounder in 2014, was brought back on a one-year deal in ’19. The 49ers wanted to keep him playing with Sherman and strong safety Jaquiski Tartt, where his inside coverage could remain a good complement. Lynch did a great job to know which inherited assets could be part of a championship team, such as Ward and two more previous first-rounders, defensive linemen DeForest Bucker and Arik Armstead. 14. 49ers trade for LG Laken TomllinsonLynch made this sneaky move for a starter after training camp in August ’17. Tomlinson, a talented blocker who fell short of 2015 first-round expectations with the Lions, was given up for a fifth-round pick. Tomlinson started immediately for his new team and the 49ers ended up giving him a three-year, $18 million deal as a free agent in ‘18.15. 49ers sign RG Mike PersonPerson was another former Falcon who ended up starting for Shanahan again in San Francisco. The 49ers signed him once in May ’18, and liked him enough to give the 31-year-old a 3-year, $9 million deal last March. 7. 49ers sign OLB Kwon Alexander, trade for DE Dee FordThe 49ers gambled big on Alexander in 2019 free agency, despite the fact his time with the Bucs ended with a torn ACL last October. Lynch saw he could be the well-rounded playmaker he was early in his Tampa Bay career, much like his Bucs had Derrick Brooks. The result was a four-year, $54 million contract with half of it guaranteed. Alexander delivered those big plays again in the first half of the season before his pectoral injury, and has come back to fly all over the field in the playoffs.Before putting Bosa on the edge, San Francisco preemptively got him a bookend in Ford, who had 13 sacks in a breakout Pro Bowl season as a 3-4 outside linebacker for the Chiefs. Ford missed five games with quad and hamstring issues, but when he was on the field, he continued to wreak havoc on QBs (6.5 sacks) and set the edge against the run. With Ford, Lynch knew it would be hard for offensive lines to focus blocking on Bosa. The money and assets were there to get Ford, and now he gets to play against his old team in Super Bowl 54.8. 49ers draft RT Mike McGlincheyWith Joe Staley going strong at left tackle, now through his 13th season, Lynch recognized the need to take care of the other edge of his offensive line at the top of the 2018 NFL Draft. McGlinchey, the Notre Dame product, was seen as one of the class’ safest picks, right there with college teammate Quenton Nelson. McGlinchey has had some growing pains through Year 2, but he’s solidified the position for many years.NFL MOCK DRAFT 202049ers, Packers bolster defenses; Chiefs, Titans get playmakers on offense9. 49ers sign FB Kyle Juszczyk and K Robbie GouldAlong with wide receivers Pierre Garcon (since retired) and Marquise Goodwin, these were Lynch’s initial additions during his first free agency run in March ’17. They immediately showed the 49ers were willing to spend good money and be an attractive destination for veterans in various stages of their career. With not many teams investing aggressively in either a fullback or a kicker, Lynch went a little against the grain. Juszczyk’s blocking is indispensable to the 49ers’ offense. Gould was valuable enough to be designated a franchise player in ’19 and get a sizable second deal (4 years, $19 million) after holding out.10. 49ers sign CB Emmanuel MoseleyMoseley was signed as an undrafted free agent following the 2018 draft and despite multiple chances to cut him, the 49ers held on to his potential. Moseley ended up starting nine games in ’19, becoming the preferred No. 2 cover man opposite Sherman and also proving to be a strong tackler. He aptly joined Sherman in intercepting Rodgers in the NFC championship game. (SN/Getty) https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/e3/63/deebo-samuel-082619-getty-ftr_1082dc9ppi95i1asrr8w0rfd33.jpg?t=-837339884&w=500&quality=80 ConclusionWhile the franchise quarterback and flashy offensive skill players are big reasons for the 49ers playing in Super Bowl 54, Lynch’s dedication to making the offensive and defensive lines strong and deep is the foundation of everything they do to make big plays on both sides of the ball.Consider Staley and Mostert were the only current vital offensive pieces in place in San Francisco before Lynch and Shanahan arrived. Counting up Bosa, Ford, Greenlaw, Warner, Alexander, Sherman and Moseley, that’s seven essential defensive pieces added in three years.Lynch was considered a smart personnel man when analyzing players as Fox’s No. 2 color commentator behind Troy Aikman. He’s taken his astute understanding of what makes up a championship team and made it one of the greatest three-year turnarounds in NFL history.last_img read more