PRI signatories elect new board members

first_imgLaetitia Tankwe, adviser to the president of Ircantec’s board of trustees, has become the first representative of a French asset owner to be elected to the current board of directors of the Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI).She beat Renato Proença Lopes, equity director at Brazilian pension fund Previ, by three votes to one of four asset owner positions in the 2018 election, for which voting closed last Friday.Tankwe has been an adviser to Ircantec president Jean-Pierre Costes since June 2018. Ircantec runs €11bn of pension assets for public sector workers.Asset owner PRI signatories also re-elected two incumbent directors: Angela Emslie, independent chair of the board at Australia’s HESTA superannuation fund, and Xander den Uyl, trustee at ABP in the Netherlands. There is also a new investment manager director on the PRI board, after incumbent Sandra Carlisle, senior responsible investment specialist at HSBC Global Asset Management, was defeated by Wendy Cromwell, director of sustainable investment, senior managing director and portfolio manager at Wellington Management. Carlisle was seeking a further term on the board.Runa Alam, co-founding partner and CEO of Development Partners International, also ran for the investment manager position, and was second to Cromwell. Investment manager signatories vote for investment manager candidates, and had one vote each.last_img read more

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ABP, PGGM call for improved carbon pricing

first_imgAccording to PGGM, the price of carbon hasn’t risen sufficiently during the past years, said Eloy Lindeijer, head of investments.Under the European emission trading system (ETS) the price of carbon is approximately €25 per ton.PGGM noted that less than half of emissions in Europe are subject to the ETS because several sectors, including international aviation, are excluded.The asset manager fears that, as a result of such a low target, carbon intensive companies won’t disappear, but could simply be taken over by investors that don’t follow sustainable benchmarks.ABP and PGGM further propose that the government creates investment opportunities that contribute to the energy transition, for example through Invest-NL, the government-established agency tasked with supporting innovative companies and projects aimed at an economic and social impact.According to both players, Invest-NL could play a crucial role by covering the riks-baring part of projects. The current carbon emissions trading system is too limited and should be replaced with an extended economy-wide European levy, the Dutch civil service scheme ABP and PGGM, the asset manager for Dutch healthcare pension fund PFZW, have stated.In a roundtable discussion in parliament today, they will argue that extending the system would encourage both consumers and companies to adopt sustainability policies, which would make sustainable investment much more attractive.Geraldine Leegwater, trustee at ABP, is expected to highlight that an improved pricing mechanism is the “most effective way to encourage companies to enhance their efforts for sustainability”.PGGM is to suggest that the Dutch government could counter undesired effects of companies’ dilemmas of having to choose between sustainability targets and shareholders’ pressure for profit, by pricing carbon emissions and other greenhouse gases.last_img read more

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Govt database to track 30,000 at-risk kids

first_imgNZ Herald 11 Oct 2012Social Development Minister Paula Bennett Bennett has rejected criticism that the newly released White Paper on Vulnerable Children falls short because it does not address child poverty, saying “poverty is not an excuse to abuse children.”Speaking after launching the White Paper at the Jigsaw Conference in Wellington this morning, Ms Bennett said many people lived in financial hardship who did not abuse their children.“Poverty is not an excuse to abuse your children. This paper was always about the most complex and hardest to reach kids. They need us more than any other children in this country.”Her comments were in response to comments by Labour’s social development spokeswoman Jacinda Ardern and Green Party co-leader Metiria Turei that poverty was the most significant factor in child abuseAbuse forecasterThe Vulnerable Kids Information System will be developed from a “risk predictor” which can assess a child’s chances of abuse before they are even born based on their home life and parental history.It was developed by a team of ethicists, social workers and economists at Auckland University.Associate Professor Rhema Vaithianathan said about 57,000 children were scored to see whether abuse before the age of 5 could be predicted. The results gave the researchers about 131 assessment variables, such as whether the parent was abused, the type of benefit, the partner’s background, and prison history.The plan Database of 30,000 “at-risk” children Who sees it Teachers, social workers, doctors and health workers Criteria 130 risk factors, including whether they live with a known abuser Aim To act as an early alert system to prevent abusehttp://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10839604Groups have say on child abuse white paperDominion PostNew measures to reduce New Zealand’s appalling rate of child abuse are being welcomed by child advocates but Opposition parties say the Government has failed to address poverty which can exacerbate the risk. Social Development Minister Paula Bennett today launched the White Paper for Vulnerable Children, which is the culmination of four years’ work and consultation with thousands of community groups and parents. The Government plans to establish a database for at-risk children, set up a Child Protect phone line for concerned family, neighbours and friends, and trained professions such as teachers and doctors to recognised the signs of child abuse. The measures stop short of mandatory reporting of suspected child abuse which raised concerns at-risk children would drop out of the system and services would be over-run with notifications. Child advocacy group Jigsaw’s co-chief executives Sally Christie said the measures would help stop children slipping through the net because Government agencies were not sharing information. “The new system will be secure, with passwords and monitoring built in, which will be reassuring for families.”http://www.stuff.co.nz/dominion-post/news/politics/7801752/Groups-have-say-on-child-abuse-white-paperAdults who pose risk to kids face bansNZ HeraldAdults who have never been convicted of any crime may soon be banned from living or associating with children on the “balance of probabilities” that they may pose a threat. Today’s White Paper on Vulnerable Children says this will be one of “a range of tough new measures targeting people who present a high risk of continuing to hurt children”. A background document says courts will be given powers to impose new “child abuse prevention orders” regulating a wide range of associations with children. “There might also be a condition available to the court to apply a presumption that any future children of the person be removed, if the court is satisfied that the risk posed by the person justifies such a presumption.” The radical change comes in response to frustrations that the current system can remove particular children from an abusive or neglectful parent, but cannot do anything if that parent later has further children or moves into a new relationship unless a new complaint is received.http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=10839713Child abuse phone line slammed by Greens3 NewsA new phone line for reporting suspected cases of child  abuse and neglect is among the proposals in the Government’s white paper on  vulnerable children. The line will be run independently from Child, Youth  and Family as a one-stop point to triage calls. “Many people are concerned about children but don’t  want to call Child, Youth and Family (CYF). This new line will be the first  point of contact and ensure the right response,” Social Development Minister  Paula Bennett said on Thursday. She said the line would encourage people to seek help  for children without feeling they’re creating trouble or bringing authorities  into the home.=”_blank” href=”http://ad.nz.doubleclick.net/click%3Bh%3Dv8/3d0b/3/0/%2a/j%3B263510387%3B0-0%3B1%3B25591721%3B4307-300/250%3B50734753/50706621/1%3B%3B%7Esscs%3D%3fhttp://www.four.co.nz/The-Simpsons-Sunday-730pm/tabid/1486/articleID/76273/Default.aspx”><img src=”http://s0.2mdn.net/2784773/SUN_GEN_300X250.gif” width=”300″ height=”250″ border=”0″ galleryimg=”no”></a><a rel=”nofollow” href=”http://ad.nz.doubleclick.net/jump/3news.co.nz/homepage;sz=300×250;ord=123456789?” target=”_blank”><img src=”http://ad.nz.doubleclick.net/ad/3news.co.nz/homepage;sz=300×250;ord=123456789?” width=”300″ height=”250″ border=”0″ alt=”Ad” /></a>Serious reports of concern about the safety of  children would still be referred to CYF, but less serious concerns could be  triaged and referred to community groups like Barnados.http://www.3news.co.nz/Child-abuse-phone-line-slammed-by-Greens/tabid/1607/articleID/272327/Default.aspxlast_img read more

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Women’s Super League, Championship seasons ended immediately

first_img Loading… The joint WSL and Women’s Championship board has sent various recommendations to the Football Association board to “determine the most appropriate sporting outcome for the season”. An FA statement said the decision came after “overwhelming feedback from clubs” and was made “in the best interest of the women’s game”. It continued: “This will also enable clubs, the Women’s Super League and Women’s Championship board and the FA to plan, prepare and focus on next season when football returns for the 2020-21 campaign.” It means all divisions of women’s football in England have now been cancelled for the 2019-20 campaign. Clubs had been assuming their season would not resume, several sources had told BBC Sport, leaving the 45 remaining fixtures in the WSL WSL – and 36 in the Championship – outstanding. Monday’s joint leagues board meeting came after a formal consultation process with clubs last week. The FA wrote to clubs on Wednesday to seek their formal views on whether to end the season and how to do so. What is still to be decided? Read Also: Ighalo to pen massive deal at Shenhua after Man Utd exit Aston Villa are six points clear of Sheffield United at the top of the second-tier Championship. It is understood no decision has yet been made regarding the conclusion of the Women’s FA Cup, which had reached the quarter-final stage before March’s suspension of elite football in England. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Promoted ContentBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For Them5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme Parks6 Incredibly Strange Facts About Hurricanes7 Of The Wealthiest Universities In The WorldThis Happy Shiba Inu Pics Will Overwhelm You With CutenessThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read MoreA Soviet Shot Put Thrower’s Record Hasn’t Been Beaten To This Day6 Unusual Facts About Bollywood, Pollywood And Tollywood7 Universities In The World Where Education Costs Too MuchWhy Do So Many Digital Assistants Have Feminine Names & Voices?Which Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?11 Most Immersive Game To Play On Your Table Topcenter_img The Women’s Super League and Women’s Championship seasons have been ended immediately, with the outcome of the WSL title and promotion and relegation issues still to be decided. Manchester City took 40 points from their 16 matches in this season’s Women’s Super League Manchester City were top of the table when the season was suspended in March because of the coronavirus pandemic, although second-placed Chelsea had a game in hand on the leaders. Reigning champions Arsenal were three points further back in third place. Should final places in the Women’s Super League be decided by an unweighted points-per-game ratio, Chelsea would climb above City to go top. Also still to be confirmed are England’s two representatives to take part in next season’s Women’s Champions League, which, the FA said in their statement, “would be based on sporting merit” from the WSL season. At the foot of the WSL, Liverpool remain in danger of being relegated. The Reds are a point below second-from-bottom Birmingham and have played a game more.last_img read more

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Schmuhl is outstanding in Oshkosh Stocks

first_imgOSHKOSH, Wis. (June 2) – Jeff Schmuhl, in his second full night in the Outlaw Chassis IMCA Stock Car division, started the main event from outside pole and led every lap to record his first career feature win Friday at Oshkosh SpeedZone Raceway.A late race caution with two laps left bunched the field but Schmuhl held off defending champion, Travis Van Straten, David Hoerning, Jeremy Christians, Aaron Stolp and Joe White to seal the deal.Other winners of scheduled features were Tony Wedelstadt in the Automotive Supply Co. IMCA Modifieds, Lucas Lamberies in the Don Herman Auto Repair IMCA Northern SportMods and Chris Maas, who topped the Lynn’s Service Center IMCA Sport Compact main with a last-lap pass.Winning make-up features were Eric Scribner in a caution-free Modified contest and Kevin Bethke in the Northern SportMods.The event had 120 cars entered for the evening.last_img read more

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Tomkins signs new West Ham deal

first_img Former England Under-21 international Tomkins made his West Ham debut as an 18-year-old in 2008 after a short loan spell at Derby and has been in the first-team fold at Upton Park ever since. “I think it’s brilliant that the club has shown faith in me and offered me this deal and I’m delighted to sign it,” Tomkins told the club’s official website upon penning his new deal. “I’ve been here since I was seven and this is a long-term deal which is going to take me up until I’m in my thirties, so it’s nice to commit my future here. “It’s been a good season, but it’s still got a little way to go yet and the job is not done. We’ve had a good year so far and we want to continue it. I feel like my performances have come along a lot this year and I am just enjoying playing really.” Despite his broken nose, Tomkins is expected to start at Southampton on Wednesday evening as he is Allardyce’s only fit, experienced centre-half – with stand-in Cheikhou Kouyate likely to be his partner again on the south coast. The deal means Tomkins will remain at the club well beyond their move to the Olympic Stadium – something the Basildon-born defender is relishing. “Being a West Ham fan, I want to spend my future here as it is exciting times with the Olympic Stadium move coming up in 2016,” said the man who made two appearances for Great Britain at the London 2012 Olympics. “The club is going in the direction I wanted it to go and I want to be involved in. It’s exciting all-round, for the club and for me. “It’s a good time and this year has been a great step forward. Now we just need to see it out. “I look back at all the times I’ve been in the team, from when I made my debut at 18 years old, and this is as well as we’ve done.” Press Association The 25-year-old, who suffered a broken nose in Sunday’s 1-1 draw with Manchester United, is a graduate of the fabled West Ham academy and has already made more than 150 appearances for the club. The Hammers confirmed Tomkins’ new contract on Tuesday afternoon, hours after manager Sam Allardyce had hit out at United striker Robin van Persie for elbowing the defender during the weekend’s clash. center_img West Ham defender James Tomkins has signed a new deal with the club that will keep him with the Hammers until 2020, it has been announced.last_img read more

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Ming misses out SKUSA double podium

first_imgMechanical failure curtailed a possible second podium of the weekend for overseas-based Guyanese, Calvin Ming.Ming, who is competing in the pro two class of the Super Karts America (SKUSA) third round in Utah, finished in third in Saturday’s race and was on course for a second place finish on Sunday.Calvin Ming (204) in action in Salt Lake City, UtahAccording to Ming, he finished fourth in the pre-final and worked his way up to second before a bent caused him to retire with a puncture.“We definitely had the pace yesterday to win and (must) thank the Musgrave Race Team again for all their hard work. Special thanks to my mechanic for such a great kart all weekend.On Saturday, Ming finished the final in P3.last_img read more

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MBB : Emotional Murphy bids farewell to Boeheim, Syracuse

first_imgFormer Syracuse assistant coach Rob Murphy bid farewell to SU on Tuesday, five days after being introduced as the new head coach at Eastern Michigan.In a press conference inside the Carmelo K. Anthony Basketball Center, Murphy expressed appreciation for the opportunity he was given at SU.‘I just want to thank (head) coach (Jim) Boeheim personally. I’ve had a great…’ Murphy said before pausing for 33 seconds while holding back tears. ‘I’ve had a great, great seven years.’Murphy was introduced as the new head coach at Eastern Michigan last Thursday, after a seven-year stint on Boeheim’s staff. The 38-year-old leaves for his first Division I head coaching position, just 35 miles from his hometown of Detroit.Murphy reflected on his time in Syracuse while at the podium. Not just his time with SU, but also in the community. Syracuse is where he met his wife, TeNesha, and it’s where his two children were born.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textAs he fought back his emotions, he discussed how his time at Syracuse shaped both his personal and professional life.‘Seven years ago in 2004, when I was awarded this opportunity to take over this assistant coaching position, vacated by Troy Weaver, I didn’t have a lot of experience at the high major level,’ Murphy said. ‘I was a young coach trying to find my way. Coach Boeheim gave me the opportunity of a lifetime.‘I’m extremely, extremely happy where my career has gone, and a big part of my career has come from Syracuse and head coach Jim Boeheim.’Murphy now takes on the difficult task of turning things around at Eastern Michigan, a school that has not made an NCAA Tournament appearance since 1998. The Eagles finished with a record of just 9-22 this past season.Boeheim said he has no doubt Murphy is ready for the challenge.‘This is a sad day for me,’ Boeheim said at the press conference. ‘Rob has been just an unbelievable coach here for us. What he’s done is as good as anything anybody’s ever done here, and we’ve had a lot of great assistant coaches. He’s ready to be a head coach.‘He’s going to be a tremendous head coach.’In his only other experience as a head coach, albeit at the high school level, Murphy led Detroit’s Crockett Technical to the Class B state title in 2001. From there, he spent two seasons as an assistant at Kent State before coming to Syracuse.During his time at Syracuse, Murphy played a big role in the recruitment of several key players, such as Donte Greene, Wes Johnson and Kris Joseph.Joseph and teammate C.J. Fair attended the press conference in support of their former coach. When it was all over, Joseph took to Twitter to publicly thank the man who played perhaps the biggest role in his recruitment.Former Syracuse point guard Adrian Autry, an assistant at Virginia Tech, is expected to replace Murphy. An official announcement is expected sometime this week.Murphy said he and Boeheim have already had discussions about setting up a game inside the Carrier Dome between SU and Eastern Michigan. It could happen as soon as this season, Murphy said.Boeheim joked that the matchup between the two teams will happen early in Murphy’s career, before Murphy is able to work his magic at his new program.But until then, Murphy’s focus will be on getting things in order at Eastern Michigan. He acknowledged he has some work to do and is eager to dive right in.‘Get that program back to winning and what’s expected,’ Murphy said. ‘That’s my focus now.’aljohn@syr.edu Published on April 26, 2011 at 12:00 pm Facebook Twitter Google+center_img Commentslast_img read more

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Balanced scoring attack propels Orange to victory over Ohio

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Standing in a straight line and swinging clasped hands to the tune of the national anthem, the Syracuse Orange prepared for its home opener against Ohio.United on the field before the game, the team connection translated to the field as five different Orange players found the back of the net in the team’s victory.“Everybody is just happy for each other’s success. There’s not a real greed factor and you can see that in our scoring,” SU head coach Ange Bradley said. “We’re balanced in the way we attack, finish, and we play really good team hockey.”That style of play led to an easy 6-0 win over the Bobcats at J.S. Coyne Stadium on Sunday. Freshman midfielder Gillian Pinder scored the first two goals of her collegiate career in the second half to seal the win for the Orange.The Syracuse offense outshot Ohio 27-4 total as it won its first two games of the season. SU took a 3-0 lead into halftime and went ahead by five goals just five minutes into the second half.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textPinder, an Ireland native, played with poise in her second collegiate game and benefited from the SU offense’s crisp performance.With two unassisted goals in the second half, Pinder’s shots came from the center of the attacking circle and off of a blocked shot.She is one of seven freshmen to join the lineup this fall and one of eight players born outside of the United States. Aside from a balance scoring effort, Syracuse’s roster is filled with players from five different countries who all bring unique skillsets to the Orange’s offense. Freshman Emma Russell, who is also from Ireland, said the wide range of backgrounds increases Syracuse’s pace of play.“It just brings the whole team into better shape and makes our game better,” Russell said. “It’s a strong point of Syracuse.”Using that chemistry and conditioning, the Orange dominated a Bobcats team it expected to put up a fight against. Ohio went 19-5 and won the Mid-American Conference in 2011.But the team was no match for the Orange on Sunday.“From what the other girls were saying, they are a tough team, they are physical, and they are going to make it difficult for us,” Pinder said. “So, I mean, having such a convincing victory … makes it easier to move on throughout the season.”The Orange plays No. 2 North Carolina on Saturday. The Tar Heels fell in the NCAA championship game to Maryland last season, and it will be SU’s first big test of the season.“I think UNC next weekend is going to be a huge thing for the team, to be able to build from today up to next week,” Russell said. “I think it is going to be a great experience for all the new girls to be able to play such a big game.”The team will also face eight regular-season opponents ranked in the Top 25 of the National Field Hockey Coaches Association preseason poll as well as other adjustments as a team.“Learning what each individual player around me likes to do and be able to work off them would be the biggest adjustment, but the heat still tops it,” Pinder said.The contribution of the group and the benefits of its diversity were on display Sunday. And it will likely be crucial to the Orange’s success the rest of the season.Said Bradley: “We’re global, we’re a diverse organization, and it’s really fun to put individual differences together to become one strong unit.” Comments Published on August 27, 2012 at 1:27 am Contact Adelyn: albieden@syr.edulast_img read more

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Women of Troy dethrone rival Bruins

first_imgIn a battle for L.A. supremacy, No. 2 USC women’s volleyball took down No. 1 UCLA 3-1 at the Galen Center on Wednesday night. Though the Women of Troy started slow out of the gate, they more than made up for it with a blistering fourth set in which they outscored a talented Bruins team 25-17.Rivalry debut · Freshman Samantha Bricio is officially a veteran after squaring off against No. 1 UCLA and delivering 19 kills on .260 hitting. The 6-foot-2 outside hitter has a wealth of international experience, having competed for Mexico’s Senior National Team. at age 16. – Chris Pham | Daily TrojanLed by freshman outside hitter Samantha Bricio, who finished with a career-high 19 kills to go along with seven aces, USC dominated every facet of the match. The Women of Troy shined at the net where freshman Alicia Ogoms and sophomore Alexis Olgard used their superior height to control the battle upfront, posting four combined blocks.“That’s why we inserted [Ogoms] into the lineup,” USC coach Mick Haley said. “I knew we needed size against the Bruins to slow down their big girls — and when I say slow down, I mean that’s all we could do. They’ll be ready next time when we go over there and it should be fun.”Bricio started out a little cold in the first set with only four kills, but broke out in the second set and stayed hot after that. Whether she was hitting from the outside or from the back row, the Mexico native looked and played like a veteran.“I was a little nervous, but then I just went out there and starting playing, “ Bricio said. “I felt good because I had the support of my teammates around me.”Setting her the ball was sophomore Hayley Crone, who did an outstanding job distributing the ball with 53 assists on the night. Like any great setter, Crone fed the hot hand all night, whether it was Bricio, senior Katie Fuller or junior Sara Shaw, and even displayed great court awareness with four dinks for points.“We played awesome defense, and you really have to give credit to Natalie [Hagglund] for digging all those balls down the line,” Crone said. ”I was able to read the blocks and just put the ball in the spots I needed to.”USC fell down 12-15 early in the first set, but Crone fed Olgard for an easy kill and the comeback was on. Behind senior opposite Katie Fuller, who had seven kills in the match, the Women of Troy refused to yield and Olgard came away with another big kill to tie the match at 23 apiece. After the two teams traded kills, USC would capitalize on UCLA’s missed opportunities including a hit out of bounds to take the set 28-26.Maintaining the momentum from the last set, USC jumped out to an early 6-1 lead. Following a UCLA timeout, it turned into the Samantha Bricio show, as the freshman had four kills in a span of seven points to put the Women of Troy up 14-9.UCLA outside hitter Tabi Love, who was a force all day, took hold of the set with back-to-back kills to keep the Bruins’ hopes alive.But, Bricio put USC up for good with three successive kills. A Crone-to-Fuller connection ended the set with USC coming out on top 25-20.“Katie [Fuller] is our workhorse, and if you look it up she actually had more kills than Bricio [she had 21 tying a career high]. Even though she got tired at the end, any time we needed a big hit she was there, “ Haley said.In the third set, Bricio continued to dominate from the back row early on, but with the score knotted at seven, UCLA seized control of the momentum. Behind the stellar play of Love and fellow senior Rachael Kidder, who had a team-high 18 kills, the Bruins kept a one-point lead all the way to the finish. With USC and UCLA trading kills, mostly from Bricio and Fuller, the momentum stayed with the Bruins. Even after Hayley Crone set a winner over on two to pull USC into a 21-all tie, UCLA’s Love hit three kills in the last six points to push the Bruins to a 26-24 victory.In the fourth and final set, both teams came out strong with the score tied at five apiece. With Bricio in full force and Fuller starting to heat up again, the Women of Troy forced UCLA to start pressing and the game turned after an early stalemate. Once USC went up 12-7 in the middle of the set, the Bruins couldn’t overcome several unforced errors and the outstanding serves by USC proved too much to handle. A block by Olgard fittingly sealed the match at 25-17.last_img read more

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