Climate change protesters disrupt pensions conference

first_imgIn response, Sunak said it was “not my job to tell anyone in this room how to invest their funds”. Protesters from climate change activist group Extinction Rebellion disrupted a UK pensions conference this morning and called for local authority schemes to divest from fossil fuel companies.Five protesters gained access to the Pensions and Lifetime Savings Association’s (PLSA) annual conference for local government pension schemes (LGPS), interrupting an address from local authorities minister Rishi Sunak.After unfurling a banner, the protesters were invited to stay by PLSA chair Richard Butcher.Following the minister’s speech, Extinction Rebellion’s Bill Janson demanded action from the LGPS system’s 88 funds to divest from companies involved in fossil fuels and fracking. He claimed local authority funds had £14bn (€16bn) invested in such assets. Credit: PLSA“Each [pension manager] in their own individual funds can put in environmental or responsible investing guidelines as they see fit, in consultation with their stakeholders.”Rishi Sunak, local government ministerSunak highlighted reductions in emissions across the UK, as well as the country’s growing use of renewable energy. Earlier this month it emerged that the UK had gone more than a week without using fossil fuels for the entire country’s energy needs, a new record.He added: “These things are not straightforward. They involve change for all of us in our day-to-day behaviours and lifestyles. We have to do that in a pragmatic and measured way to make sure that we actually get the benefits.”The Extinction Rebellion branch in Swindon, where the conference was held, posted on its Facebook page after the event that fossil fuel companies were “worthless ‘zero assets’ that are literally killing people right now and threaten everyone’s lives right now”.“There is no time to left to ask politely and be ignored; this has already magnified the cost of putting our mistakes right,” the group said.LGPS funds take actionA number of LGPS funds and asset pools have been taking action to prioritise environmental issues within their investment strategies.The Brunel Pension Partnership – a £28.9bn collaboration between 10 LGPS funds – has allocated to renewable energy and impact funds in recent months, as well as backing multiple global investor collaborations on climate change and other responsible investment issues.Other pools including LGPS Central and Border to Coast Pensions Partnership have also thrown their weight behind international groups and campaigns, including the Institutional Investors Group on Climate Change.Individual funds have also taken significant steps with regards to their responsible investment strategies. The £842m Waltham Forest Pension Fund became the first LGPS fund to divest from fossil fuels in 2016.More recently, the £8.6bn Merseyside Pension Fund last year reviewed its investment strategy to “appropriately” integrate climate change risks.Merseyside, Brunel and the £1.3bn Islington Pension Fund jointly pledged in October to increase their allocations to low-carbon investments such as sustainable infrastructure, and reduce their exposure to carbon-intensive assets.center_img Credit: Extinction Rebellion SwindonExtinction Rebellion campaigners outside the PLSA’s Local Authority Conference in Swindon (top) and meeting with the PLSA’s Caroline Escott (bottom)He said: “Everyone in this room represents their scheme members to the best of their ability and ensures that they’re fulfilling their fiduciary responsibilities, engaging with their various stakeholders and providing them with security in retirement.“It would not be for me to tell individual funds ‘you must do this, you must do that’. That’s not how this game works. No minister… is making individual investment decisions for 89 different pension funds.“Each [pension manager] in their own individual funds can put in environmental or responsible investing guidelines as they see fit, in consultation with their stakeholders.”Sunak was pressed by Janson on the need for “direct action” to keep global temperature increases to below 2°C above pre-industrial levels – one of the main goals of the 2015 Paris agreement.The minister said: “I don’t disagree that we require some hard action… but what I completely disagree with is that we’re not doing anything about it.”last_img read more

Yastremska downs Sabalenka to reach Adelaide finals

first_imgUkraine’s Dayana Yastremska defeated her third top 20 opponent in a row to make the Adelaide International finals with a 6-4, 7-6 (7⁄4) win over Aryna Sabalenka on Friday. Dayana Yastremska has defeated her third top 20 opponent in a row The 19-year-old’s blitzed world number 20 Donna Vekic in the quarter-finals of the Memorial Drive tournament and was a set up against former Australian Open winner Angelique Kerber when the German retired from their final 16 match with back pain. Yastremska, ranked 24th, will play for the fourth title of her career on Saturday against either Australian world number one Ashleigh Barty or American Danielle Collins. “I’m pretty happy, this new season is off to a good start,” Yastremska said after defeating Sabalenka of Belarus for their third match in as many meetings. “I’m just doing my job on court, playing my game. I do what I can on court. “I feel confidence heading to the Australian Open.” Yastremska broke once per set while losing her own service once in the 106-minute showdown. She finished on a third match point in the tiebreaker as Sabalenka hit the net on a return. Loading… Promoted ContentThe Highest Paid Football Players In The World7 Universities In The World With The Highest Market ValueThe 10 Best Secondary Education Systems In The World7 Black Hole Facts That Will Change Your View Of The Universe7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend Better7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend BetterThe Network’s Greatest Shows On HBOBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever MadeThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read More8 Superfoods For Growing Hair Back And Stimulating Its Growth10 Phones That Can Work For Weeks Without RechargingA Soviet Shot Put Thrower’s Record Hasn’t Been Beaten To This Daycenter_img Yastremska claimed two WTA trophies last season at Strasbourg and Hua Hin, Thailand. In the men’s competition, South African Lloyd Harris knocked out fellow qualifier Tommy Paul 6-4, 6-7 (3⁄7), 6-3 after coming through on his third match point. The 22-year-old will play his first ATP career final against either second seed Felix Auger-Aliassime or number three Andrey Rublev. “To be honest, it doesn’t seem real now,” Harris said. “It was a tough match for both of us, we were both nervous. Read Also: Serena Williams, back in the wins, aims to end long Slam record quest “I’m really, really happy with the win. I had to go for it when I was serving for the match, he was ready to make me play,” he added. “I knew it would be tough to serve it out, I had to put everything I had into the end.” Harris needed two hours and 11 minutes to advance over the American, firing 13 aces and breaking four times while losing his own serve twice. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 last_img read more

August 22, 2017 Police Blotter

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Chelsea’s results under Jose Mourinho this season

first_img August 8: DRAW (2-2 v Swansea, Premier League) August 16: LOSE (3-0 at Manchester City, Premier League) August 23: WIN (3-2 at West Brom, Premier League) August 29: LOSE (2-1 v Crystal Palace, Premier League) September 12: LOSE (3-1 at Everton, Premier League) September 16: WIN (4-0 v Maccabi Tel Aviv, Champions League) September 19: WIN (2-0 v Arsenal, Premier League) September 23: WIN (4-1 at Walsall, Capital One Cup) Press Association September 26: DRAW (2-2 at Newcastle, Premier League) September 29: LOSE (2-1 at Porto, Champions League) October 3: LOSE (3-1 v Southampton, Premier League) ***October 5: Mourinho given vote of confidence*** October 17: WIN (2-0 v Aston Villa, Premier League) October 20: DRAW (0-0 at Dynamo Kiev, Champions League) October 24: LOSE (2-1 at West Ham, Premier League) October 27: LOSE (on penalties after 1-1 draw at Stoke, Capital One Cup) October 31: LOSE (3-1 v Liverpool, Premier League) November 4: WIN (2-1 v Dynamo Kiev, Champions League) November 7: LOSE (1-0 at Stoke, Premier League) November 21: WIN (1-0 v Norwich, Premier League) November 24: WIN (4-0 at Maccabi Tel Aviv, Champions League) November 29: DRAW (0-0 at Tottenham, Premier League) December 5: LOSE (1-0 v Bournemouth, Premier League) Jose Mourinho was given Chelsea’s “full support” in a statement from the club on October 5, but warned “results have not been good enough and the team’s performances must improve”. Before that point, he had presided over four wins, two draws and five defeats in all competitions. Since that point, he has managed an identical record – four wins, two draws and five defeats. Here, Press Association Sport takes a look at the Blues’ season so far. last_img read more

DStv, GOtv Thrill Fans with LIVE Serie A and LaLiga Matches …

first_imgFranck Kessie’s Milan will look to keep up their form when they host Chievo at the San Siro in one of three afternoon matches on Sunday (the others being Atalanta v Sampdoria and Lazio v Fiorentina) before Napoli play host to Sassuolo at Stadio San Paolo. And the African theme is set to continue into the last match of the weekend, as goalkeeper Alfred Gomis turns out between the posts for SPAL in their home clash with Kwadwo Asamoah and Keita Balde’s Internazionale. The Nerazzurri are fresh from three straight wins in Serie A and looking to underline their credentials as challengers to Juventus and Napoli.Fans are in for front row fiery La Liga action as Valencia and log leaders Barcelona battle it out, while Mubaraka Wakaso’s Deportivo Alaves will test themselves against Real Madrid. The weekend’s action begins at San Mames when Athletic Bilbao look to break a five-game winless streak in the league when they host a Real Sociedad side which has lost three of their last five outings.Alaves host Real Madrid in what promises to be a thrilling clash on Saturday. Featuring Ghanaian winger Wakaso as a regular, the Babazorros have been one of the surprise packages of the Spanish top flight thus far. However, after picking up just one point from their last two outings, there is a sense that their early-season momentum is running out, and the visit of Los Blancos may be coming at just the wrong time for coach Abelardo and his team.Karl Toko Ekambi will look for another La Liga goal for Villarreal when they head to Espanyol, before Sevilla – who are on a four-game winning streak across all competitions and have scored a whopping 17 goals in the sequence – welcome Sofiane Boufal’s Celta de Vigo to Estadio Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan. The round wraps up on Sunday night with the marquee match between Valencia and Barcelona at Estadio de Mestalla. The hosts shrugged off a run of four winless games across all competitions when they defeated Real Sociedad 1-0 away from last week, with a goal from Kevin Gameiro.Barcelona, meanwhile, have picked up just two points from the last nine up for grabs in La Liga. Last weekend they could only manage a 1-1 draw at home to Athletic Bilbao, needing a late equaliser from Munir El Haddadi – a Spanish-born forward of Moroccan descent.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram The eighth round of matches in the Italian top flight season of 2018/19 opens tonight when Torino, who are likely to feature Ola Aina and Nicholas N’Koulou in defence, host Raman Chisbah’s Frosinone at Stadio Olimpico Grande Torino.Saturday’s action kicks off at the Sardegna Arena with Cagliari at home to Orji Okonkwo’s Bologna (who are chasing a third win from their last four Serie A matches), before moving on to the Dacia Arena where William Troost-Ekong and Seko Fofana’s Udinese will welcome Juventus for an 5 pm.The Old Lady boast a 100 percent record thus far and will be targeting an eighth straight win to ensure they head into the upcoming international break safe in the knowledge that they have laid the perfect platform for the defence of their championship. last_img read more

The Final Word: Beat writers discuss Syracuse’s 76-72 overtime loss to No. 8 Louisville

first_img AdvertisementThis is placeholder text Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on February 14, 2017 at 12:23 am MORE COVERAGE What we learned after Syracuse’s 76-72 overtime loss to No. 8 LouisvilleSyracuse can’t complete third upset of Top 10 opponent in 76-72 loss to LouisvilleAndrew White’s 12 missed 3s overshadow 22-point night in loss to No. 8 LouisvilleGallery: Syracuse falls to No. 8 Louisville 76-72 in overtimeFan reactions from Syracuse’s loss to Louisville Syracuse (16-11, 8-6 Atlantic Coast) failed to knock off No. 8 Louisville (21-5, 9-4) Monday night in the Carrier Dome, falling 76-72 in overtime. SU overcame a 14-point deficit but could not defeat its third straight Top 10 opponent at home. Andrew White led all scorers with 22 points but the Orange shot an abysmal 8-34 (23.5%) from deep. Tyler Roberson missed two free throws that would’ve tied the game in overtime.Our beat writers Connor Grossman and Matt Schneidman discuss the defeat.last_img read more

Wisconsin upended for second-straight time, falls to Michigan 77-70

first_imgAfter starting the week undefeated, the Wisconsin basketball team has quickly lost twice in a row following a 77-70 loss to Michigan Saturday evening.It was almost as if that once-undefeated squad got a late start out of Bloomington and failed to arrive at the Kohl Center until well into the second half.The defensive struggles that plagued the No. 3 Badgers (16-2, 3-2) against Indiana continued as the Wolverines (13-4, 5-0) netted 43 points by halftime, the second-most of any Wisconsin opponent this season. Add in a slow start for Wisconsin in the second half and it was the perfect recipe for a Michigan blowout.With just more than 10 minutes remaining, the blowout was in the oven and baking.But then that Badgers defense that has become noteworthy for all the wrong reasons flipped the switch. Wisconsin forced Michigan away from the lane and into contested jump shots; shots that fell in the first 30 minutes but clanked for most of the final 10.A 10-0 run that featured three-pointers from center Frank Kaminsky and guard Josh Gasser narrowed the Michigan lead to just three at 68-65. Four minutes remained, and the Kohl Center had awoken from its quiet nap.Ben Brust’s layup with just less than two minutes left made it a one-point game. That pressuring Badgers defense looked like it had another important stop ready for the next possession as Michigan guard Nik Stauskas rose up for a 26-foot three-point try, barely beating the shot clock.The shot missed the rim, but the referees didn’t miss the physical play beneath the hoop as Gasser tried to box out Michigan big man Jordan Morgan. Gasser’s foul gave the Wolverines another full possession, which they seemed to desperately need.“When [Wisconsin] made that run, I saw a couple of heads go down,” Michigan coach John Beilein said. “We had to challenge them to say, ‘We’re going to win this game … by being aggressive.’”Sophomore guard Stauskas took that to heart.With the ball on the left wing, a screen had switched Wisconsin freshman forward Nigel Hayes onto Stauskas. The Michigan guard took one attacking dribble to his right, then another moving him inside the arc. His next dribble was bounced behind his body and through his legs as he stepped back beyond the three-point line, now with plenty of separation, enough to trigger and make his third three-pointer of the game.“My teammates and coaches … gave me a lot of confidence. They just told me to keep shooting the ball and eventually it was going to go in,” Stauskas said. “When I get that kind of confidence, I just let it fly.”It was a less-than-ideal situation for Hayes, guarding the quicker guard during the last-minute play.“Anytime a guy steps back like that — you try to cover that type of ground on that quick of a release,” Wisconsin coach Bo Ryan said, likening Stauskas’ quickness to that of a feline. “That step back is so fast and that release is so fast, you’re not going to.”Michigan was up four and while Wisconsin failed to convert buckets on either of its next two possessions, Stauskas made all six of his free throw tries in the waning moments to ice the game.His game-high 23 points were complemented by 20 from guard Caris LeVert and 14 from Glenn Robinson III. The trio — the top three scorers on the season for Michigan — used an array of ball screens throughout the night to open up jump shots, many of which they hit in streaks.“Think back, how many games, how many years did people hit jump shots like that against us?” Ryan pondered. “Sometimes teams are going to get hot and you try to take them off of it.”Wisconsin sliced the number of points surrendered in the paint by half (26) from its defeat on Tuesday, but 60 percent shooting from Michigan still allowed the Wolverines to score 70-plus points, the fourth-straight Wisconsin opponent to do so.When Indiana made it three in a row, Ben Brust tweeted after the game, “Is it Saturday yet???,” anxious to get back on the court after their first loss. Staring at some glaring defensive issues and now with a pair of conference losses, they’ll head to Minnesota Wednesday night, looking to right the ship. It’s been a week they’d like to forget, to say the least.“You can’t look back. You just have to keep moving forward,” Gasser said. “We’re in the Big Ten. It’s the toughest conference for a reason.”last_img read more

Sports section says: Are international basketball trips necessary?

first_imgFor example, take the University of Michigan’s football team earlier this year in Spring 2017. Jim Harbaugh’s pack of Wolverines traveled across the Atlantic to Italy as part of a “bonding trip” for new and returning players.From outsiders looking in, such as fans, this may seem like an excessive luxury to a silly degree, but to a player stuck between two schools who can’t figure out where to commit, the one offering an all-expense paid trip to a place such as Italy or Australia/New Zealand could very well tip the scale.Schreter:We tend to view our student athletes, especially our basketball and football players, as more or less professional athletes. That being said, we must remember they are still students first, looking to get the most they can out of their college experience. Unlike many students, players on the basketball team don’t usually get the opportunity to study abroad for any length of time.For our UW players and players on other teams throughout the country, preseason trips abroad not only help athletes grow as a team but also cultivate their individual understanding of global culture. While the importance of this trip for the teams success this season is unclear, what is clear is that it provides our student athletes a valuable opportunity to travel and see places in the world that they may never otherwise visit. The fact that these also happen once every four years seems weird to me. Again, I would understand it if we were an Olympic team and this were an Olympic year, but we’re not, and it’s not.It would be better if Wisconsin participated in a scrimmage against more collegiate teams, or if they perhaps hosted a tournament in September instead. I could see those being more beneficial in the long run.Browne: The Wisconsin men’s basketball team traveled to Australia and New Zealand from Aug. 12-24 for a 12-day, five-game road trip as part of a strategy to instill new skills in a host of players lacking game experience.Following the Badgers’ departure of four starting senior players a season ago, Wisconsin’s new starting five is in dire need of exposure to top talent, whether that’s abroad or here at home in the states. While many believe the debate here may be whether this trip was worth the trouble of traveling across the world for practice, it’s also important to recognize the recruiting implications of a trip as incredible as this one. With the University of Wisconsin men’s basketball team returning from Australia, many are beginning to question whether or not international tournaments like this are necessary in collegiate sports.On one hand, as the NCAA only allows each team to travel abroad once every four years, international tournaments can be a good time for new teams to gain experience against some of the best teams internationally.However, many are wondering exactly why the Badgers decided to go to Australia instead of choosing a location like Spain or France. Here are our editors’ takes on whether or not tournaments like these are necessary for collegiate athletes.Larson:Tournaments like these seem like a waste of time for college athletes. These are teams I don’t see any of our athletes competing against for the rest of their careers.I would understand these games more if we were competing against teams of major concern to the Badgers. Scrimmaging against a Kentucky or Duke, who we need to gain experience against before March Madness comes around, would be valuable.last_img read more

Several Caribbean nationals held in detention in Trinidad

first_imgCaribbean nationals from Jamaica, Cuba and Guyana are among scores of foreigners being held at the Aripo Immigration Detention Centre in Trinidad and Tobago.Some 200 foreign nationals were detained from June after they were deemed to be entering the country illegally. Some of the detainees have been deported and others have been released, but the majority of detainees are being held indefinitely.Suicide attemptA video has been posted on social media which suggested that a Chinese national had attempted suicide by cutting his wrist.The video shows a large number of foreign inmates surrounding the man and enquiring what happened as he was wheeled out, with one asking: “What he do? He cut he hand?”The majority of the detainees being held at the detention center are men.Some of the detainees also come from, Nigeria and Venezuela and have reportedly been held there for years.Forced to sleep on small mattressesThe inmates are forced to sleep on small mattresses, a number crammed into one holding bay.The treatment of some Jamaican who were detained and subsequently deported back to Jamaica threatened to sour relations between the two CARICOM countries. Officials in the land of the hummingbird have claimed Jamaicans were entering their country and becoming a burden on the state in addition to committing serious crimes.Jamaica has countered by claiming that the detention and deportation of its nationals is a violation of the revised Treaty of Chaguramas. The treaty allows for free travel between CARICOM nations by nationals who have no criminal record.Things came to head when a Trinidad and Tobago politician Ayanna Webster-Roy, was frisked by private security guards as she boarded a flight in Jamaica earlier this year.The Trinidad government complained bitterly about the incident which the Jamaican government claimed was not done by a state employee, but that of a private firm.last_img read more

See how Kwabena Owusu’s goals helped Ghana beat Mali to qualify for U-23 AFCON semis [VIDEO]

first_imgKwabena Owusu turned from much-maligned villain to a national hero on Thursday night as his brace gave Ghana a 2-0 win over Mali.The result, coupled with Egypt’s 2-1 win over Cameroon in the other Group A game, sent Ghana through to the semi-finals of the U-23 AFCON tournament.Following a goalless first half and a nervy look over at the Egypt-Cameroon game in which the later at one point had scored an equaliser, Kwabena Owusu came up big, scoring in the 74th and 85th minutes to give the Black Meteors a crucial win.The goals, aside from taking Ghana level with Cameroon, gave the Meteors a better goal difference.After the score from the other game was confirmed, it was party time for the Meteors who are one win away from an Olympics spot.Take a look at the highlights from tonight’s matchlast_img read more