LGPS duo pre-declares Barclays climate resolutions voting intention

first_imgBrunel Pension Partnership and Merseyside Pension Fund have said they will vote in favour of the climate resolution proposed by Barclays, but also the one they have co-filed.In a statement, the local government pension scheme (LGPS) investors said the proposal put forward by Barclays’ board was “a significant step forward”, but that the shareholder resolution requisitioned by ShareAction, which they co-filed, would complement and strengthen the bank’s commitments.“While Barclays’ own resolution sets out an overarching 2050-ambition encompassing all financing across all sectors, the shareholder resolution ensures a greater focus on short and medium-term actions needed in order to achieve that goal,” they wrote.Owen Thorne, portfolio manager for monitoring and responsible investment at Merseyside, told IPE the pension funds wanted to pre-declare their voting intention and “to do so in a way that encourages other asset owners, especially LGPS, to vote in support of both climate resolutions ahead of the cut-off for submitting proxy voting instructions”. “The intention is to be sending the company the strongest message possible at the AGM of investor expectations on them to deliver a credible plan in November 2020 for moving the bank toward Paris alignment.”The shareholder resolution in question was led by campaign group ShareAction and co-filed by 11 institutional investors, including Brunel and Merseyside.It directs Barclays to set and disclose targets to phase out its financing of fossil fuel companies within the energy and power sector that are not aligned with the goals of the Paris climate agreement.Barclays followed the filing of the shareholder resolution with an announcement about its own proposal.As per that resolution, the bank would “set an ambition to become a net-zero bank by 2050”, covering Scopes 1, 2 and 3 emissions, and also disclose and implement a strategy, with targets, “to transition its provision of financial services across all sectors to align with the goals and timelines of the Paris Agreement”.According to Brunel and Merseyside, the shareholder resolution “gives a necessary steer to the implementation of the resolution put forward by Barclays’ board”.Barclays’ AGM is on 7 May. Because of the coronavirus situation, it is being held virtually. Brunel and Merseyside said investors would not be enabled to ask questions on the day, which led them to “question the transparency” of the planned AGM.last_img read more

Venezuelan Embassy and Stockfarm Improvement Committee hosts Christmas party for 80 children

first_img Share Share Sharing is caring! 35 Views   one comment Tweetcenter_img Share LocalNews Venezuelan Embassy and Stockfarm Improvement Committee hosts Christmas party for 80 children by: – January 4, 2012 On Monday January 2nd The Embassy of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela and the Venezuelan Institute for Culture and Cooperation (IVCC) took part and made a contribution towards a Christmas party organized by the Stockfarm Improvement Committee for more than 80 children at the Simon Bolivar Housing Scheme in Stockfarm, where Santa Claus made a special appearance delivering gifts to all theyoungsters present.Representative from the Embassy of Venezuela Charge d’Affaires a.i. Mr. Jose Antonio Olavarria, Ms Alejandra Marquez, Coordinator of the Venezuelan Institute for Culture and Cooperation and Mrs. Regina Walsh, Councillor of the Simon Bolivar Housing Scheme, witnessed the joy of the children during this fun oriented event.Press ReleaseEmbassy of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela in the Commonwealth of Dominicalast_img read more

1 killed, another hurt in Pototan road crash

first_imgTagnong sustained fractured right legand bruises on the body. Lucero’s helper, Aquino died while beingtreated at Iloilo Provincial Hospital in Pototan town. The fatality was identified as 43-year-old Wilfredo Aquino of Barangay San Gregorio, Lambunao, Iloilo. The driver of the dump truck, Randy Lucero, 35, of Barangay Poong, Lambunao was placed under detention by responding police officers. However, the truck hit the cement mixertruck driven by Ronnie Tagnong, 43, of Barangay of Barangay Cubay, San Dionisio,Iloilo. Zaragoza however was reportedlyunharmed. center_img Police reports showed the incidenthappened around 9:40 am. The dump truck driven by Randy Lucero, 35, of BarangayPoong, Lambunao, Iloilo allegedly overtook a vehicle driven by Herbert Zaragozaof Navotas. Tagnong was confined in the samehospital while Lucero, who only complained of body pains, was now detained in thelockup cell of the Pototan police station, facing charges./PN ILOILO City – One person died whileanother was injured after a dump truck and a cement mixer collided Wednesday inBarangay Casalsagan, Pototan, Iloilo. last_img read more

Messer names campaign leadership team

first_imgMesserIndianapolis, In. — Candidate for U.S. senate Luke Messer has announced his campaign leadership team. The campaign will be co-chaired by Jim Kittle, Greg Pence and Jennifer Hallowell. Kittle previously served as the Chairman of the Indiana Republican Party and as the Finance Chairman for Vice President Mike Pence’s gubernatorial campaign. The Vice President’s brother, Greg Pence, previously served as Messer’s Finance Committee Chairman and has taken on additional leadership responsibilities. Hallowell is a former Executive Director of the Indiana Republican Party and has worked on several local, state and national Republican campaigns.Greg Pence said, “We are growing this campaign because it is so important we send Luke Messer to the United States Senate. Luke is a proven conservative leader who can accomplish big things and that’s exactly what we need in the U.S. Senate.”The new “I Like Luke” Finance Chairman is Central Indiana business leader Doug Rose. Rose has been active in many state and national campaigns and he will lead the finance committee which includes more than forty leaders from across the state. Additionally, Jenna Knepper, who worked on the campaigns for Senator Todd Young, Secretary of State Connie Lawson and former Indianapolis Mayor Greg Ballard, will serve as the Statewide Grassroots Chair for the campaign.Messer also announced hiring Chasen Bullock as the Campaign Manager. Chasen was the Campaign Manager for Kentucky Senator Rand Paul, worked on the Rand Paul for President campaign and has managed multiple congressional races around the country.Messer stated, “Our team is going to be focused on the things that matter. Hoosiers deserve a United States Senator who will vote with them 100% of the time. I’m running for Senate because I want to advance the Trump-Pence agenda to repeal and replace Obamacare, secure our border, cut back on overly burdensome regulations, and bring jobs and investments back to America.”last_img read more

Pakistan’s Akram warns saliva ban will make bowlers ‘robots’

first_imgKarachi (AFP) – Legendary Pakistan paceman Wasim Akram warned Wednesday that bowlers would become “robots” after cricket officials temporarily banned shining the ball with saliva as a coronavirus precaution.Bowlers traditionally get the ball to move or swing in the air by applying shine to one side using sweat or saliva.The International Cricket Council, however, has temporarily banned the practise over virus transmission fears as teams prepare to return to the pitch in the coming weeks.Players can still apply sweat to the ball.“It will make bowlers robots, coming and bowling without swing,” Akram told AFP, saying they would have to be patient and wait for the ball to age naturally.“It’s a quizzical situation for me as I grew up using saliva to shine the ball and to swing it,” he added.“I am all for precautions in these tough times, so bowlers have to wait for the ball to get old and rough for them to get swing.Sweat alone was unlikely to generate swing as in some countries it was too cold, said Akram.“Sweat is just something of an add-on, a top-up. Too much use of sweat will leave the cricket ball too wet,” he said.Akram, who took 414 Test and 502 one-day international wickets in a storied career, believes artificial substance could potentially help as he encouraged officials to keep searching for alternatives.“I believe that they will need to find a reasonable solution. Artificial substances like vaseline could be used to swing the ball but how much of it?“Let’s see, we have this England versus the West Indies series to judge how it goes, because I have never experienced this thing.”International cricket resumes with England hosting the West Indies in a Test series later this month .Akram said suggestions that limited ball-tampering be allowed should also be considered by officials.“When can you tamper the ball? Right from the first over or after 20-25 overs? They will need to sit down and do brainstorming,” he added.“The game is already tilted more in favour of the batsmenlast_img read more

Syracuse looks for improved pitching after struggling on mound last season

first_imgIn 2013, pitching was a glaring weakness for Syracuse.But that’s no longer the case, as the Orange’s pitching staff has potential to carry the team this year. With the return of junior Lindsay Taylor and the addition of freshmen Christina Clermont and Jordyn White, head coach Leigh Ross has several arms she can trust.“We have depth on the mound and coming off last year when we were thin, that’s really nice,” Ross said. “We have three No. 1s and can throw different kids depending on the strengths of the opponent.”The Orange will need all the help it can get on the mound, as its move to the Atlantic Coast Conference will result in much tougher competition day in and day out.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textSyracuse won’t take long to test its pitching against ranked opponents, as Syracuse takes on No. 22 South Alabama twice this weekend, and will also face No. 25 Alabama-Birmingham. Both games are part of the Mardi Gras Invitational in Mobile, Ala.“I think it’s really big to prove to everyone that we’re the same as one of those big name teams,” senior first baseman Jasmine Watson said. “In the past, we haven’t made it very far, but it’s really important to prove that we’re coming out and winning.”The Orange will need pitching to do so.With more flexibility on the hill, Ross isn’t pressed to force one pitcher to go an entire game if she doesn’t need to.Having four games in the first two days of the season, the Orange will want to use more than one arm. With that said, there likely won’t be any drop-off in production from starters to relievers.“We can change things up in the middle of the game and still be strong,” Ross said. “That will keep us in every game.”It’s a luxury the Orange wasn’t afforded with last year. Its two primary pitchers, graduated Stacy Kuwik and Taylor, amassed a combined 304 innings compared to the 40.2 innings pitched by the other three pitchers on the roster.Not only is this year’s staff a deeper unit, but it has also demonstrated great cohesiveness throughout the preseason.“We have great chemistry, and we all work really well together,” Clermont said. “If we need a pitcher to open or close, we don’t have a problem, so that’s really important especially as a pitching staff.”Clermont will be thrust into a significant role as a freshman, and Ross said to expect her to see significant innings as a starter.Watson mentioned how it will be the responsibility of her and the other upperclassmen to make sure that the freshmen playing big roles are prepared mentally and emotionally.“Our weakness is that we have a lot of young girls, so it’s going to be a little tough to keep their mindset focused,” Watson said. “It’s a different environment, but the biggest thing is for the upperclassmen to keep them focused on our end goal.”The journey to that end goal starts Friday, and the team’s biggest strength is ready to try and be the catalyst of a Syracuse softball success story.Said Ross: “We have pitching.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on February 6, 2014 at 12:50 am Contact Matt: mcschnei@syr.edu | @matt_schneidmanlast_img read more

Governor Ambode Of Lagos State Approves The Reconstruction Of Onikan Stadium

first_imgHis Excellency, Governor Akinwunmi Ambode of Lagos State has approved the reconstruction of the Onikan Stadium.In a tweet by the Chairman of Lagos State Sports Commission, Mr. Deji Tinubu, contractors that will carry out the reconstruction “have moved to site” and will commence work immediately over “12 months”.H.E.@AkinwunmiAmbode has approved the reconstruction of the Onikan Stadium. Contractors have moved to site. Brand new stadium in 12 months !— deji Tinubu (@dejitinubu) September 19, 2017The Onikan Stadium, which hosted NPFL games two season’s ago when Ikorodu United adopted it as their home ground, have been home to various Lagos teams like Stationery Stores F.C., First Bank, and Julius Berger FC.Built in 1930 and with 5,000 capacity, Onikan stadium is also the oldest stadium in Nigeria. RelatedLASG SA On Sports Deji Tinubu Inspects Ongoing Agege Stadium Renovation (Video)December 27, 2017In “CAF”Pinnick Gives Lagos Thumbs Up For 2020 FIFA U20 Women’s World Cup (AUDIO)August 6, 2019In “FIFA”Russia 2018: Governor Ambode Appointed As Part Of FG’s DelegationJune 8, 2018In “World Cup”last_img read more

Betting on Esports 2017 dissected

first_imgShare Related Articles Submit GVC hires ‘comms pro’ Tessa Curtis to re-energise media profile  August 25, 2020 StumbleUpon Share Premier League looks to broadcast every behind-closed-door fixture August 28, 2020 Senet Australia appoints Paul Newsom as new client advisory lead  August 27, 2020 “There is no ‘esports consumer.’  It’s much wider than that, with there being CS:GO consumers, DOTA consumers and so on” stated Adam Savinson of Win Technologies – Betway Group as Betting on Esports 2017 got underway.Discussing who an esport consumer is Mr Savinson added:  “You need to know to cater for their own communities, with esports being different to how traditional sports are treated. They’re used to having dedicated news portals, unlike football fans who’d look on the BBC where it’s listed alongside basketball.”With a distinct disparity between esports and traditional sports highlighted, Rahul Sood from Unikrn elaborated:  “Working with Tabcorp they bring in the traditional sport experience to us.” “We see esports has a much younger median age compared to the average MLB consumer, which is 51, and the average PGA consumer, 64.  Every day one MLB or PGA punter dies and two esports ones are born”Growth is also key in any sector and Michael Doyle of PVP.me explained the necessity from which it is to do so in the correct manner:  “A lot of companies come in wanting to make a quick buck. “The esports audience can see that a mile off and will avoid it. You need to build with the community, show them you’re here to grow with them. Unikrn and Betway have done this well through their content. The consumers always want more.”Another way with which to grow could be through the use of ambassadors and sponsorships, with Scott Burton of ESP saying:  “There are some people we wouldn’t touch.  You need to do research to determine who’s right for your brand before just jumping in based on follower numbers. “I don’t see much difference between esports and traditional sports ambassadors though”. Something Viktor Wanli of Kinguin didn’t wholeheartedly agree with, before explaining his own approach: “We look to see how we can work with their audience after a sponsorship, with constant community engagement”.Cycling became the focus of a sponsorship based discussion; the advantages of aligning yourself with a current team or creating your own organisation the focal point.Malph Minns, of Strive Sponsorship, has previously worked with Team Sky and on the issue he had this to say: “With Team Sky, it was difficult to for some brands to understand how they might get cut through in a relationship with us, having a media owner and big brand like Sky also sponsoring the team.“We worked hard to show how this could be done and how they would actually benefit from this relationship, not hinder their return on investment and we were keen for brands to be involved, not just for the sponsorship income, but for their related activations to help grow the media footprint and profile of the team – thus increasing value further.”Wanli offered a different perspective, however, with his Kinguin company instead running their own team:  “We see it better to run our own brand, as the community connect better that way.” There are of course difficulties with esports, something Suraj Gosai of Blinkpool explained:  “We’ve been working with the UK Gambling Commission closely in order to get our license, as it’s a different format to most other bookmakers.  We have to explain in detail to them because we’re first to the market.”Adding about how his company’s model differs:  “After listening to those coming from a traditional background and losing money, we felt it was better to develop a way for people to bet against each other, rather than the house.”Building on this through his cycling experience, Minns said:  “Lots of money came into cycling after Team Sky’s success and the resultant growth of the sport in the UK, but a number of companies made poor sponsorship decisions on the basis of not understanding the sport and audience, not getting great advice and some rights holders not having the right experience in place to service them adequately. “Their pull out came alongside a ‘Cycling doesn’t work’ tag when in fact a confluence of failures was to blame.“Esports rights holders need to take time to properly understand non-endemics requirements and what success looks like, as well as have the team capable of delivering this, to ensure something similar doesn’t occur.”Whereas Mr Savinson simply stated:  “Throwing money at esports is bad. You need to develop what works and what doesn’t, and that includes working with communities to come in”. In spite of this panellists were asked for their opinion on the growth of esports in the next five years, with estimates ranging from anything between double to ten times.last_img read more

SIS reintroduces Towcester service as it resumes full greyhound schedule

first_img SIS grows Latin American footprint through Betcris deal August 12, 2020 Submit Share SIS adds Irish Greyhound Derby to its portfolio August 13, 2020 Sports Information Services (SIS) has confirmed that it will be resuming a full greyhound schedule of 42 fixtures per week from 1 June.The resumption of its schedule will cover races from eight UK greyhound tracks, including Central Park, Crayford, Doncaster, Harlow, Henlow, Hove, Monmore and Romford. In addition, SIS will reintroduce its service to Towcester.Paul Witten, Product Director of SIS, said: “Our UK tracks have been undergoing trials for the last week and will continue through this week to ensure that all racing greyhounds will have completed at least two trials before racing resumes on 1st June. We’re very pleased to see a return to racing and would like to pay thanks to our tracks who have been very supportive of these new measures.“We continue to liaise very closely also with the Irish Greyhound Board and are confident that we will be able to extend our service in due course to include Irish fixtures sometime in June.”Fixtures will be held behind closed doors, and initially be limited to 10 races per fixture to comply with GBGB guidance on social distancing and ensure the safety of all participants.It is expected that the number of fixtures will increase in due course, eventually returning back to normal service.Initially, the fixtures will be spaced two in the morning, two in the afternoon and two in the evening which SIS emphasised will ‘satisfy the needs of digital customers’.UK greyhound racing has been postponed since 18 March, following the UK government’s decision to implement Phase 1 of national lockdown procedures.Earlier this month, the Greyhound Board of Great Britain (GBGB) published a five-phase approach to restarting the sport, which included the steps being taken to move from hosting trial meetings behind closed doors towards the sport returning to normality, subject to government guidance on social distancing and public gatherings.Reviews of both social distancing and hygiene measures are also being carried out to ensure they remain in compliance with the most up to date government guidelines. Share Related Articles Mark Moisley joins GBGB as Executive Commercial Director August 6, 2020 StumbleUponlast_img read more

Suarez embarrasses Luiz in Barcelona demolition of PSG

first_imgIt was a relaxed day at the office for Barcelona who romped past PSG 3-1 at the Parc des Princes in Paris in the first leg of the one sixteenth stage of the UEFA Champions League encounter.Spectacular Luis Suarez on two occasions and rather embarrassingly nutmegged his namesake- David Luiz-before hitting a brace.Neymar had opened the Barcelona account in the first half as the Blaugrana took a commanding 3-0 lead in a game that was expected to be feisty.Mathiu came on for Rakitic late on and horribly cleared a shot into his own net to give the French side a deserved a consolation.The two teams were no strangers at all and with Barcelona losing their first leg encounter 3-2 against the PSG in the group stage of the same competition, pundits had predicted a cliffhanger of an encounter. But it turned out to be a Wednesday evening stroll on the park for the Spanish side who were quite ruthless in attack.Lionel Messi in the 18th minute breached the PSG defence before setting up Neymar who made no mistake with a cool finish from close range.The goal turned out to be a double blow for the host who had to substitute its dependable defender Thiago Silva after he got injured in a desperate effort to prevent the goal.His replacement David Luiz would always look back at this game with some level of embarrassment after  he was run down and over by Luis Suarez.The Uruguan early in the second half cheekily passed the ball through the legs of Luiz, beat two others, shoved off a challenge from the third before hitting low but hard to beat Sirigu in post for PSG. It was Barcas second goal, Suarez first on the night but fifth goal in the 2014-15 Champions league season.Luis Suarez again and in similar fashion passed the ball through the legs of David Luiz and struck a curvy shot which hit the roof of the net for Barca’s third goal and his second on the night.PSG got a consolation from an own goal from Mathiu.The French side would need everything, including a miracle to make it through to the last four.last_img read more