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Pension managers, trustees must have ‘thoughtful response’ to climate change

first_imgPension funds are ignoring the risks posed by climate change and must become “major players” in combating its impact, a new campaign backed by NGOs and unions has said.Launching a report examining how funds can limit their exposure to climate risks, campaign group ShareAction noted that the “financial and wider macroeconomic risks of climate chance” would affect younger pension savers.“Fiduciary investors will wish to ensure they are looking after these savers’ long-term best interests,” the report adds.The campaign called on investors to examine their exposure to high-carbon companies either through engagement or stock selection, and noted how oil and gas firms were increasingly investing in exploration projects to find new resource fields on the assumption that prices would continue to increase. “Yet these assumptions may no longer hold,” the report says. “Some analysts are now forecasting the price of oil to be within the range of $80-90 (€58-65) per barrel by the end of the decade, with demand to peak by 2020.”It refers back to a previous ShareAction report noting that regulatory action on climate change might mean fossil fuels could no longer be burned to the current extent.“As prudent fiduciary investors, pension funds should request that their fund managers assess the ‘stranded asset’ risk in oil and gas companies’ project line-up,” the report says. “They should support calls for reduced capital allocation to high-cost/low-return projects in favour of returning money to shareholders or reallocation to less risky projects.”Catherine Howarth, chief executive at ShareAction said: “The pensions industry is burying its head in the sand -– just as it did in the run-up to the financial crisis.”She added that there was “compelling evidence” provided by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change that the planet was warming, and that this demanded “a thoughtful response by trustees and investment professionals”.Howarth’s counterpart at WWF UK, David Nussbaum, seconded the calls for action by investors.“Investors need to play their part, recognising that continuing to invest in high-carbon assets stores up huge financial, economic and social risks,” he said.“The successful businesses of the future will be the ones that value, manage and restore natural assets and limit their exposure to risks such as those presented by a changing climate.”,WebsitesWe are not responsible for the content of external sitesShareAction’s Green Light Reportlast_img read more

Labour MP drafts medicinal cannabis Bill

first_imgNewsHub 8 April 2016Family First Comment: Not a good bill at all. Loose as a goose. The current regulations under the Act just need to be applied better. No need to change the law.A Labour MP has drafted a Bill to make it easier for patients to access medicinal cannabis products.Damien O’Connor says the current system, which is already under review, is bureaucratic and unclear.“My bill makes the approval process simpler but has appropriate safeguards,” he said.“The key change is the minister must not prevent the supply and administration of processed cannabis products to a person considered by a registered medical practitioner to be either in the final stages of a terminal illness, or have a permanent condition that causes significant pain or impairment.”Mr O’Connor’s Bill is in the members’ ballot, along with 79 others. Two or three are usually drawn every second Wednesday Parliament sits.Associate Health Minister Peter Dunne has authority to approve medical cannabis for patientsREAD MORE: Keep up with family issues in NZ. Receive our weekly emails direct to your Inbox.last_img read more

DeVilbiss doubles up at Cortez while BSR SportMod wins go to Eddleman, Higgins

first_imgCORTEZ, Colo. (June 20-21) – Another Border States Racing Series doubleheader resulted in another sweep for IMCA Xtreme Motor Sports Modified driver Zane DeVilbiss.Jordan Eddleman and Rex Higgins, meanwhile, became the fourth and fifth IMCA SportMod driv­ers to end their night in victory lane when the tour traveled to Fairgrounds Speedway. With a pair of wins from the series’ opening twinbill already to his credit, DeVilbiss raced from ninth starting on Friday and from eighth starting Saturday to take the checkers at Cortez. He used all lines on the multi-groove oval to take the lead on the 10th of 30 circuits on Friday. Aa­ron Spangler and Eddie Farley were next across the stripe. DeVilbiss needed 21 times around the track to reel in brother Shane and Wyatt Howard. Brody Spangler caught Howard for second in the late going.Eddleman raced from eighth at the start to the front 10 laps into Friday’s SportMod main event. He negotiated lapped traffic in the late going to capture his second feature win of the season.“My dad (M.E.) set up the car pretty well. I put 100 percent faith in him and I had a really good car,” Eddleman said. “”We’re just a two man operation and all I had to do was jump in and drive. He does an awesome job.”An IMCA Sunoco Stock Car driver turned SportMod shoe, Higgins three-wheeled his way from 13th to second. Brian Carey was third. The winner of 102 feature races in his sanctioned Stock Car career, Higgins raced to SportMod win number one on Saturday at Cortez. He started inside row two, took the lead for good on lap three and won six car lengths ahead of Jesse Baldwin and Julie Boettler. “My car and I went to a counseling session together and worked some things out,” Higgins said, tongue firmly in cheek. “I’m really enjoying this class.” June 20 Feature Results Modifieds – 1. Zane DeVilbiss; 2. Aaron Spangler; 3. Eddie Farley; 4. Matt Ratzlaff; 5. Shane DeVilbiss; 6. Allen Bradley; 7. Wyatt Howard; 8. Enos Ruble; 9. Dereck Rhoden; 10. Zach Hens­ley; 11. Michael Higgins; 12. Ryan Spangler; 13. Wayne Soares. SportMods – 1. Jordan Eddleman; 2. Rex Higgins; 3. Brian Carey; 4. Luke McCormick; 5. Julie Boettler; 6. Darell Cordary; 7. John Young; 8. Robert Gallegos; 9. Clint Cressler; 10. Bill Fergson; 11. Christina Gallegos; 12. Juanita Faddis; 13. Billy Beanland; 14. Glenn Spangler; 15. Jeramy Hughes. June 21 Feature Results Modifieds – 1. Zane DeVilbiss; 2. Brody Spangler; 3. Howard; 4. Ruble; 5. Bradley; 6. Ratzlaff; 7. Da­vid Davis; 8. Rhoden; 9. Higgins; 10. Aaron Spangler; 11. Hensley; 12. Ryan Spangler; 13. Shane DeVilbiss. SportMods – 1. Higgins; 2. Jesse Baldwin; 3. Boettler; 4. Carey; 5. Faddis; 6. Eddleman; 7. Cordary; 8. McCormick; 9. Robert Gallegos; 10. Young; 11. Fergson; 12. Christina Gallegos; 13. Cressler; 14. Beanland; 15. Dylan Terry; 16. Joe Esquibel; 17. Glenn Spangler.last_img read more

Rodgers admits squad concerns

first_img Rodgers confirmed that England striker Sturridge is facing up to two months on the sidelines following an ankle injury in training and his team-mates appeared to feel the loss sharply as they struggled to test the Tigers. Steven Gerrard found the net with a fine free-kick to cancel out Jake Livermore’s opener, but a second-half strike from David Meyler and a Martin Skrtel own-goal did not flatter Hull, who were clearly superior after the interval. “We thought initially it was the toe but he went straight to the medics and was getting a scan before the end of training. “He’ll be disappointed and it is a big blow for us.” The bad news may have started with Sturridge’s injury but it did not end there, with defeat leaving Liverpool seven points shy of league pace-setters Arsenal. Rodgers could not hide his frustrations at the performance. “Disappointing is an understatement,” he said. “We went into the game with confidence and belief but we made too many mistakes with and without the ball. “We lacked quality with the ball, we never created enough and never kept the ball long enough. “I always felt we were in control of the game but we needed to show more quality and penetrate a wee bit more.” After successive defeats to Southampton and Crystal Palace, Hull boss Steve Bruce cut a contented figure at full-time. “I said last week was the most disappointing since the start of the season because the expectation was to roll over Crystal Palace and we didn’t play well at all,” he said. “It was important to get a response. I knew there would be one because it was Liverpool at home and you need a game like that sometimes. “Let’s be fair: Liverpool have better players than we have. But the big thing was the response of the team after the disappointment last week and they showed that.” As well as Sturridge’s absence, Phillipe Coutinho was restricted to 25 minutes from the bench having suffered with an ankle problem of his own all week. The stand-ins, Victor Moses and Raheem Sterling, put in unconvincing performances and left Rodgers worried about the strength of his squad coming into the busy December period. “The quality of our squad isn’t big enough to cope with two big players like that missing. No doubt it was a disruption,” he said. “Daniel is out for up to eight weeks which is a big blow for us and Phillipe didn’t train all week. He had injections just to get on the bench. “It’s difficult if you take those two out, two players who have been very efficient for us this season. “This little period will test us now but players will come in and it’s a great opportunity to a stake a claim. “We have a very busy period coming up and we’ve got a squad that needs as many of its good players as possible so it’s not ideal.” Expanding on the nature of Sturridge’s complaint, Rodgers added: “It was an ankle sprain in training. He just slipped on the surface. Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers is concerned his side do not have the depth to deal with Daniel Sturridge’s lay-off after a shock 3-1 defeat at the hands of Hull. Press Associationlast_img read more

Mel demands better at home

first_img Press Association “The way we’re approaching the game is to be defensively strong,” Mel said on “It’s been quite a long time since West Brom have kept a clean sheet. “We’ve been conceding some very early goals and that means we have to put a lot of effort in. “In a lot of the games at home we have gone in at half-time 1-0 down and that means we need to put in extra effort. “That’s why we have highlighted the kick-off against Hull. “If you look at the video it shows within two seconds of kick-off we lost the ball. “You simply cannot lose the ball in the first moments of the game – it was a counter-attack and a cross, which nearly produced a goal. “This is exactly why we are working hard to make sure this does not happen.” West Brom have three Premier League home wins this season – the most recent against Newcastle on New Year’s Day – and one victory since Mel’s January 9 appointment. Mel, whose side lost at Hull last weekend, hopes a stronger defensive display can provide the foundations for another win against south Wales opposition after the defeat of Swansea earlier this month. Mel has no doubts on his team’s attacking capabilities, but winning is down to a resilient rearguard. “We’re very capable of creating scoring opportunities and we’re convinced, if we don’t concede, we’ll be able to win the game,” he added. “It’s obvious if we concede fewer goals we’ll have greater opportunity because we’re a team from midfield going forward that create opportunities and are successful in that.” Striker Victor Anichebe faces a fitness test on a hamstring problem. Gareth McAuley (ankle) should feature, Morgan Amalfitano and Diego Lugano (both knee) are back in training and could play, but Claudio Yacob and Billy Jones (both hamstring) are out. Jonas Olsson completes his two-match ban, while captain Chris Brunt (knee) remains out. Cardiff hope winger Craig Noone could be available. Noone failed a fitness test ahead of last weekend’s 6-3 home defeat against Liverpool, and assistant manager Mark Dempsey says he will be “looked at” on Saturday morning. City boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer could decide to retain the team that started the Liverpool game, especially after an outstanding first-half display when they twice led the title-chasers through goals from Jordon Mutch (two) and Fraizer Campbell. Cardiff have just seven games left to plot a successful survival course and avoid an immediate return to the Championship. Even though they were beaten at home by Liverpool, there was enough quality in that performance to suggest Cardiff have a fighting chance of avoiding the drop. “It is a massive game for both clubs,” Dempsey said ahead of the Baggies clash. “The most important thing is that we concentrate on doing our job, going out there with a focus on what we need to do to get a result. “We beat Norwich, we beat Fulham, so that gives us a little bit of impetus going into this game in that we can beat those in and around us. “I think the most important thing is that even though the results haven’t gone for us in the last four games, there is a real belief in and around the football club. “That will take us into the game in a good place. We have every chance to go there, put on a performance and hopefully get the result at the end of the 90 minutes.” Manager Pepe Mel has called for West Brom to be less generous at home as the Baggies prepare to welcome fellow relegation candidates Cardiff to the Hawthorns.last_img read more

Trask hoping for improved offense

first_imgAfter finishing the regular season, Wisconsin men’s soccer head coach John Trask remained optimistic at his weekly press conference Monday about his team’s chances heading into the Big Ten Tournament.Wisconsin (6-7-5, 1-3-2 Big Ten) left Columbus, Ohio, with a scoreless draw Sunday, tying Ohio State 0-0. Although a win was preferred, a tie was enough to earn them the six seed in the conference tournament. The Badgers face third-seeded Michigan (8-8-1, 3-2-1) Wednesday in Evanston, Ill.“Looking forward to playing against a Michigan team that we’ve competed well against over the last couple of years,” Trask said. “While the sixth seed playing the third seed is never easy, we feel pretty good this week going into the Big Ten Tournament.”The Badgers have a history with the Wolverines in the Big Ten Tournament, beating them last year in the first round 2-0 after losing to the Wolverines 1-0 in the semifinal the year before.One important factor in the success Wisconsin has had this season has been a stingy defensive effort, led by the last line of defense – freshman goalkeeper Chase Rau. Rau was named Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week for the second week in a row Monday, and the third time this season – a Wisconsin record.Rau has posted four shutouts in the last five games, culminating in a six-save effort Sunday against Ohio State. Trask praised Rau ahead of the game on Wednesday.“He’s playing very well,” Trask said. “He’s making the big saves for us, but he’s also playing with a lot of moxie for a freshman.”Rau has not allowed a goal over his last 261 minutes in goal, and he is third in the Big Ten in saves, tallying 56 in 15 games.The defense has been very reliable. The offense, however, has been more unstable. The Badgers are scoreless in their last two games – Sunday against the Buckeyes, and Oct. 28 at home to Northwestern in another scoreless tie. If Wisconsin beats Michigan Wednesday, it would face either the Buckeyes or the Wildcats Friday.UW has a better recent history against Michigan, beating them 2-1 at home Oct. 13. Midfielder Nick Janus and forward Chris Prince each netted a goal that day, twice beating Wolverine goalkeeper Adam Grinwis, who leads the Big Ten in saves with 78.“If we get one [goal], who knows. We might be able to start rolling,” Trask said. “If we can nip a goal and start to really believe, really good things can happen for this group; we’ve got a lot of experience out there.”While Wisconsin has shown it may have what it takes to produce enough offense in the tournament, it will face a Michigan team that has won four of its last five games. The Wolverines have only given up four goals in that period, and a single goal in the last three.Trask maintained if his team wants to succeed in this year’s tournament, the offense must build some kind of rhythm. To put it simply, goals are a necessity.“We need to find a goal or two,” Trask said. “There’s no way we are going to continue to go through on penalty kicks or not scoring.”Trask remained positive, however, continually citing the quality play of the defense and how crucial it is at this time of year to play great defense against the best teams the Big Ten has to offer. “We really preach defense this time of year. As it gets colder and teams get stingier you want to be one of those teams [that play good defense],” Trask said. “You don’t want to be a team that leaks goals.”The Badgers have looked good against quality opponents the last few weeks and have lost only one in their last six, with two of those matches ending in draws.Trask made it seem there is an air of positivity and optimism surrounding the men’s soccer team, that UW believes it can make an impact in a challenging path through the Big Ten Tournament.“Hopefully we can find a goal and continue to play some quality defense, and move on,” Trask said. “We’d like to be in Chicago through next Sunday.”last_img read more

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Officials confirm COVID-19 outbreak at Eldora Boys Training School

first_imgELDORA — State officials say testing has confirmed a dozen juveniles and five staff members at the Boys State Training School in Eldora have tested positive for COVID-19.As The Des Moines Register first reported, a staff member tested positive last week, prompting tests for all the boys and staff at the facility. A spokesman for the Department of Human Services says some of those who’ve tested positive are showing symptoms, but no one has had to be hospitalized for treatment.DHS director Kelly Garcia spoke with reporters in May after a coronavirus outbreak was confirmed at another facility the agency manages.“With the highly contagious nature of COVID-19, we knew it would be a matter when, not if we had a confirmed positive in any of our six facilities,” Garcia said during one of the governor’s daily news conferences. “We’re doing everything we can to protect our team and those we serve.”The Boys State Training School in Eldora normally has about 70 residents. They are juveniles who’ve been declared delinquents by a judge. Visitors have been barred from the state training home for juvenile offenders since March 13.“And effective April 25, all staff at all facilities wear masks at all times,” Garcia said.Since the pandemic began in March, 85 residents and staff at DHS facilities have tested positive for the virus; 69 percent of them have recovered.last_img read more

Andrew Stewart Tamale; East Africa’s freestyle football champion

first_imgHis brother Isaac Mwesigwa who also doubles as his manager took on to pushing the passion and prides in Tamale’s achievements. He boasts in his favourite skill, ‘around the world’ trick which he uses to balance the ball on the bridge of the foot, flick it up to knee-level, loop the leg round the ball as it falls, and allow it to land back on the bridge.To him, freestyle football is more of a talent which is largely self-taught and grasped out of passion.Tamale is the last born of his parents. He went to Kiwatule Parents School for primary education. He joined Kyambogo College School where he completed ordinary level but the environment couldn’t allow him explore his talent.“Fellow students and teachers only got to know about my skill in the media like newspapers and TV,” he says.It was during his advanced education at Rise and Shine High School that he had greater opportunity to explore his skill. During advanced level, he started signing contracts for the game including with soda giants Crown Beverages and the latest being digital TV service provider GOtv. Tamale has participated in several national and international tournaments and received his first award three years ago as Talented Youth Star of the year for two consecutive counts. He is also a two time champion for East Africa; a title that he holds to date.In Uganda, Tamale says that the sport is less developed and lacks competitions to up the skills and interest more people. He, however, has plans of rolling out competitions locally so that more young people can get to know about the sport.Tamale has plans of keeping within the sport for the next five years and quit at a time when more young people have taken it up.Share on: WhatsApp Pages: 1 2 3 Andrew Stewart TamaleKampala, Uganda | AGNES E NANTABA | Andrew Stewart Tamale, also known as Andy Skillz, is a 22 year old freestyle footballer who reigns as two time East African free style champion. Freestyle football is a sport in which athletes compete to perform various tricks using a football.The game remains a rare and unique sport although it’s growing worldwide. This explains why Tamale is the only known Ugandan who plays the juggles the ball left right and centre.Tamale says that the sport involves doing short performances of about three 30-second performances or a single minute-long performance depending on the stage of competition and the competition’s structure. In other countries, it’s played in teams but not in Uganda or east Africa because it’s very hard since it’s largely self-taught.“Evaluation is based on difficulty, originality, all round skills, trick execution, mistakes, and variety,” says Tamale,“Players are not allowed to touch the ball with the hands or arms”.For the last four years, Tamale has been performing for crowds and has starred in company advertisements, opening school games, and entertaining guests at corporate parties and weddings.Tamale initially played ordinary soccer in 11 and seven positions until he chose to specialise in freestyle. For him, watching Youtube videos featuring famous soccer players like Cristiano Ronaldo, Lionel Messi and Zinedine Zidane sparked off his love and training for the game. The videos showcased players performing tricks that Tamale never believed would be possible to pull off but was pushed to replicate. And so during his primary seven vacation, his mother Josephine Kirabo (RIP) bought his first ball and boots. Even when his father, Prosperous Ssentongo (RIP) never believed that he would craft a career out of the game, he still pushed on and has since never looked back.“My father wanted me to focus on pursuing formal education,” he says,“I stumbled a lot trying to replicate the tricks for a long time until I grasped.”last_img read more

Nottinghamshire golfer honoured as England’s Young Ambassador of the Year

first_img15 Mar 2017 Nottinghamshire golfer honoured as England’s Young Ambassador of the Year Nottinghamshire’s Emma Anderson, who inspires new players to take up the game, has been honoured as England Golf’s Young Ambassador of the Year. Emma, of Sherwood Forest Golf Club received the award, presented in association with the Golf Foundation, at a glittering ceremony last night at Lord’s Cricket Ground. The runner-up Dualle Dabayl, a golf activator with Community Golf, Surrey Emma was honoured alongside Olympic champion Justin Rose, Masters champion Danny Willett and Solheim Cup player Charley Hull as well as other players and heroes from the grass roots game. The England Golf Awards shone a spotlight on great moments and achievement at all levels of English golf – and Emma’s enthusiasm to get more people playing, especially girls, was highlighted to the audience in a video. “I was really surprised and really proud,” she said of her award. “It’s nice to be recognised, although it’s not what you do it for.” She added: “I’ve been given a lot of opportunities through golf and it’s nice to repay a little bit – plus I enjoy being around golf and seeing the faces of the kids as they are introduced to the game.”  The 20-year-old university student has been the Nottinghamshire girls’ captain and encourages new young players with a prominent role in the county’s Girls Golf Rocks project, which shows youngsters that golf is fun and friendly game. She helped at the inaugural Midland Girls’ Festival of Golf, the Nottinghamshire School Games, the Nottinghamshire City Golf project which showcased golf at major community events and she’s on the England Golf Youth Panel. Emma is also involved in all aspects of golf at the club and PGA professional John Vaughan commented: “Emma’s name is always first down on the list, there’s never an excuse, it’s always ‘When do you need me, what time and I’ll try and bring some friends along as well.’” Emma was introduced to golf by her parents when she was a youngster and she loves the family aspect of the game and the friendships she’s made: “I’ve got a lot of mums at the club,” she laughed. She’s also a regular golfer, keeping playing while studying for a degree in sports marketing. Her current ambition is to cut her 10 handicap down into single figures – and keep her places in the Nottinghamshire ladies’ second team. Click here to read more about the England Golf Awards Caption: Emma Anderson receives her award from Brendon Pyle, Chief Executive of the Golf Foundationlast_img read more