UK secretary confirms plan to match ambition of EU sustainable finance

first_imgJohn Glen, the economic secretary to the UK treasury, has confirmed the UK’s intent to, “at the very least”, match the ambition of the European Union’s sustainable finance action plan despite current events such as the pandemic and the state of the global economy.Addressing a conference organised by the Investment Association on Monday, he said: “Recent events have illustrated just how vital this agenda is. Although tackling COVID-19 remains the government’s priority, having thrown into sharp relief the importance of the S in ESG, the climate crisis hasn’t gone away, and it is more important than ever that we take environmental, social and governance factors into account as we rebuild our country.”He noted the UK’s “ambition for inter-operable global standards to drive forward the transition to net zero while providing the opportunity for UK asset managers to become global leaders in this field – capturing the opportunity from green finance within the UK market”.He said he would disclose more initiatives the UK is taking in order to match the ambition of the EU’s action plan “in due course”. Glen added that sustainability and responsible investment continued to be at the top of his agenda, and said the investment management sector’s work in this area would also be important as the UK “looks to deepen” its relationship with international partners.Following the Financial Reporting Council’s revised UK Stewardship Code which took effect on 1 January 2020, Glen said he would continue to encourage the asset management sector to adopt it.“We want to help asset managers become effective stewards on behalf of clients by holding the companies they invest in to account,” he said.He also highlighted the UK’s commitment to reach net zero by 2050: “The UK was the first major economy to make such a pledge, and the Treasury is now conducting a review on how best to fund the transition to net zero.”Furthermore, he called for more action from the investment management industry as it played a crucial role “in addressing these issues through the development of responsible investing”.“For our climate, there is more for you to do in making your own net zero commitments; by supporting accurate disclosures through TCFD (Task Force on Climate-Related Financial Disclosures), financing green projects, and moving away from the polluting growth models of the past,” he said.To read the digital edition of IPE’s latest magazine click here.last_img read more

NFL PICKS WK 4…Does short week help healthier Giants?

first_imgWashington Redskins’ DeAngelo Hall is helped off the field after an injury during the second half of an NFL football game against the Philadelphia Eagles, Sunday, Sept. 21, 2014, in Philadelphia. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)Nothing is worse than being hit by a slew of injuries in a Sunday game. Except, of course, having to then play on Thursday. Just ask the Washington Redskins.Washington listed nearly a dozen players on its injury report heading into the prime-time NFC East matchup with the Giants. Still, Washington, tied for No. 23 in the AP Pro32 with Cleveland, is a 3 1-2 point favorite over the No. 25 Giants.On defense alone, cornerback DeAngelo Hall went out for the season with a ruptured Achilles tendon suffered in the loss to Philadelphia. While nickel cornerback Tracy Porter (hamstring) could be back after missing the first three games, safety Duke Ihenacho broke his left foot and is done for the year.End Jason Hatcher has a hamstring injury, and linebacker Brian Orakpo will wear a large cast to protect a torn ligament in his left middle finger.The offense, of course, is without quarterback Robert Griffin III (dislocated ankle), although Kirk Cousins has stepped in and performed well. Top running back Alfred Morris missed a portion of the Eagles game with a knee issue, but returned and seems OK. Tight end Jordan Reed (hamstring) missed the Philly game, and guard Shawn Lauvao probably will sit out Thursday night, too.And now, a short week.“Now it’s a matter of getting plays installed Monday morning and getting players out there and practicing them,” coach Jay Gruden said. “We’re going through the same process, we just have got to do it a lot faster. You have got to watch film a little bit faster, you have got to go through the plays a little bit faster, you have got to write down the plays faster. Yeah, it’s tough. I’m a little jittery right now. I’ve had 17 cups of coffee.”The caffeine will keep Gruden alert, but the injuries will keep the Redskins from winning.UPSET SPECIAL: GIANTS, 30-27No. 26 Miami (minus 4 1-2) vs. No. 30 Oakland at LondonAt least Raiders collected thousands of frequent flyer miles to get beaten in Foxborough, and now at Wembley.BEST BET, DOLPHINS 20-10No. 17 Green Bay (minus 1) at No. 8 ChicagoPackers on brink of becoming irrelevant. Desperation pays off.PACKERS, 24-21No. 16 New Orleans (minus 3) at No. 19 DallasSaints, a mediocre road team, nearly won twice away from New Orleans. Third time is a charm …SAINTS, 32-31No. 13 Atlanta (minus 3) at No. 28 MinnesotaFalcons, a mediocre road team, are favorites, showing how far Vikings have tumbled.FALCONS, 28-20No. 18 Buffalo (plus 3) at No. 20 HoustonHard to believe winner of this will be 3-1.TEXANS, 21-20No. 27 Tennessee (plus 7 1-2) at No. 14 IndianapolisTime for Colts to reassert they are AFC South’s best team.COLTS, 31-13No. 32 Jacksonville (plus 13) at No. 6 San DiegoTime to start noticing what’s going on with Bolts.CHARGERS, 31-13No. 4 Philadelphia (plus 5 1-2) at No. 15 San FranciscoTwo teams headed in opposite directions. That trend ends here.49ERS, 23-21No. 7 New England (minus 3 1-2) at No. 22 Kansas City, Monday nightPatriots burned us as Best Bet last week. So avoiding such an emphatic pick now.PATRIOTS, 20-17No. 12 Carolina (plus 3) at No. 9 BaltimoreSteelers exposed Panthers’ run defense, and Ravens also can ground it out when needed.RAVENS, 20-16No. 10 Detroit (minus 1 1-2) at No. 22 New York JetsUnless Jets find a pass rush, Megatron will destroy them.LIONS, 27-22No. 31 Tampa Bay (plus 7 1-2) at No. 11 PittsburghNo way Tampa coach Lovie Smith allows another poor performance like debacle at Atlanta.STEELERS, 23-17___2014 RECORD: Against spread: This week (5-11); Season (18-26-3). Straight up: This week (10-6); Season (28-20)Best Bet: 1-2 against spread, 2-1 straight up.Upset special: 3-0 against spread, 2-1 straight up.___AP NFL website: and read more

Beaches Are In Great Shape, But Beware Of Riptides

first_imgWilliams said organizations are also trying to tackle the stigma that only out-of-state swimmers get caught in rip currents. With the high volume of beach replenishments since Sandy, beaches that locals are historically familiar with may have drastically changed.“It takes these beaches a while to get to equilibrium,” said Williams. “Some areas are faster and some take a longer time. Always be vigilant, even if it’s not a place that you’ve ever seen rip currents at.” THE ‘FOUR’EASTER’ By Jay Cook |ASBURY PARK – New Jersey’s beaches may be in the best shape since Super Storm Sandy ravaged the coast in 2012, but a virtually invisible threat continues to kill unsuspecting and inexperienced swimmers.Last summer, a record eight people across New Jersey drowned after being swept up in rip currents – the powerful water currents pulling away from the shorelines and out into the oceans – since the National Weather Service began tracking the related deaths in 1998. About 20 more fatalities last summer were also attributed to people swimming at beaches either after hours or when lifeguards weren’t present.It’s a menacing trend one local Sandy Hook-based organization is looking to halt.“It’s a shame,” said Claire Antonucci, executive director of New Jersey Sea Grant Consortium (NJSGC). “The water quality is great, the beaches are in great shape and then you have something like that happen, and it’s tough.” Remember that stretch of March where the Shore was seemingly beaten weekly with storms one after another?That weather event has since been titled the March 2018 “Four’easter,” said Jon K. Miller, Ph.D., a NJSGC processes specialist and research associate professor at Stevens Institute of Technology. The biggest of those storms was rated as the 27th biggest storm in the last 35 years, but the cumulative four storms ranked as the fifth-highest storm in that same time frame, Miller said.“We were fortunate that the wave heights during these nor’easters were not terribly large,” added Miller. “It had to do with the nature of the storms coming more over the land than over the sea.” Other than that month of blustery winds and constant rain, New Jersey beaches fared rather well, Miller said. The Four’easter caused some late beach erosion, meaning the sandbars which typically form off the shore will stay intact until July when that sand is pushed back to the beaches. Testing the water quality at New Jersey beaches has been a common practice since 1974, and if last year’s results are any indicator, the Garden State has been a standout student, said Catherine R. McCabe, acting commissioner of the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (DEP).At the 16th annual State of the Shore event last week in Asbury Park, executive director of New Jersey Sea Grant Consortium Claire Antonucci, left, and New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection acting commissioner Catherine R. McCabe answered questions about the state of the beaches. Photo by Jay CookOf the 221 beaches tested last year from mid-May through mid-September, 97 percent of the results came back within the acceptable threshold of 104 colonies of Enterococci bacteria per 100 milliliters. That’s the same bacteria found in fecal matter.“I am proud to say and very happy to say once again, one more time, that the quality of our coastal waters is excellent,” said McCabe. “You can all feel safe going to the beach.”Locally, beaches in Highlands – Miller Street and Robert D. Wilson Community Center – and Middletown – Ideal Beach – experienced a handful of shutdowns last year. At one point, Highlands officials voluntarily closed the beaches as they investigated, and found, sources of pollution.“We don’t expect right now nor are aware of any situations of any infrastructure issues, but that’s why we do the testing every Monday,” Bruce Friedman, director of water monitoring and standards with the DEP, said of Highlands’ situation.This article was first published in the May 31-June 7, 2018 print edition of The Two River Times. “I think a lot of it is common sense,” said Williams, who works with NJSGC. “Be aware that rip currents exist, be aware that they’re out there. Swim with the lifeguard because they’re going to save you.” WATER QUALITY GETS AN ‘A’ After last summer’s high number of beach-related deaths, Antonucci and her team decided to broaden their awareness and education campaigns. For the past 20 years, NJSGC has used grants to supply every municipality along the coast from Sandy Hook to Cape May with rip current awareness signs, posted at all open beaches. This year, for the first time, those signs have been translated to Spanish, said Amy Williams, a post-doctoral associate and coastal ecologist at Davidson Laboratory at Stevens Institute of Technology.Williams has also traveled the state, visiting classrooms and libraries to educate elementary aged beachgoers about the dangers associated with rip currents.last_img read more

Kootenay Wildcats waste opportunity as Cougars grab three of four road points

first_imgThe Kootenay Wildcats just saw a perfect opportunity to climb up the B.C. Hockey Female Midget AAA standings slip through their fingers.The Prince George Cougars rallied from two deficits to steal three points from the Wildcats during the two-game B.C. Hockey Female Midget AAA League series in Nelson.Sunday, the Cougars fought back from a 1-0 third-period deficit to tie the Cats 1-1 at the NDCC Arena.Saturday, Prince George climbed out of the gutter to outscore the host club 5-1 en route to a 5-4 victory at the Civic Centre Arena.The three points moves Prince George one point ahead of Kootenay in league standings.Prince George started the weekend in last place in the league, a point in front of the fourth-place Wildcats.“Of course this is frustrating, but you don’t win that long to win a hockey game,” said Kootenay head coach Carey Fisher after the game.The Cats’ skipper was talking about the buzzer beater that Kootenay was denied in the final seconds of the game.A shot by Kootenay forward Kira Streliev rang off the crossbar before bouncing down into the goal crease a second before the game ended.Fisher and most of the Cats thought puck bounced across the goal line but the referee ruled no goal. Later, fans told Fisher the Prince George goalie smothered the puck in the goal crease.“We had tons of chances in this game but we hit their goalie in the chest with most of our shots,” Fisher lamented.“I don’t what the final shot count was, even though we had way more penalties then them I pretty sure we outshot them.”The game was scoreless through two periods before Kootenay got on the board.Adrianne Erichsen pounced on a loose puck in front of the Kootenay goal before drilling a low shot into the Prince George net past goalie Kourtney Trudeau.However, seconds after the celebration ended, Prince George tied the game up when team leading scorer Madison Fjellstrom was left all alone in front of the Kootenay goal before burying a top-shelf shot past Castlegar’s Morgan Flynn.Saturday, Kootenay held a 3-0 lead in the second period before Prince George stormed back.Krysten Franz put the dagger into the backs of the Wildcats, scoring the winner in the third period.Streliev of Nakusp, Trail’s Mckayla Yuris, Jenna Wheeldon of Nelson and Denomie Vockeroth-Fisher of Rossland scored for the Wildcats.Lauren Biggs of Salmo took the loss in goal for Kootenay.“I hugely disappointed in the outcome of both games,” Fisher lamented. “I mean you go up 3-0 and let them claw their way back into it and all of a sudden you losing 5-4 and have to scrambled to try to tie the game. . .. That’s really disappointing.”The Wildcats have a few off weeks to lick their wounds before making the long trek to Prince George February 16-17 to face the Cougars.last_img read more


first_imgWHEN it’s nice in Donegal, it’s glorious.Photographer Gerry Murphy captured just how glorious with these stunning pictures taken at Dooey Beach last night.Send your pictures to [email protected] Gerry Murphy Photography IrelandWOW! AMAZING WEST DONEGAL SUNSET PIX was last modified: April 21st, 2016 by John2Share this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:donegaldonegal daily picturessunsetlast_img read more

Outrage as €3M spent on Agency Staff at LUH in first five months of year

first_imgDeputy Pearse Doherty has slammed recent HSE figures which reveal that close to €3 million was spent on agency staff at Letterkenny University Hospital during the first five months of this year.The figures were provided to Sinn Féin following a request from the party’s Health Spokesperson Deputy Louise O’Reilly.They reveal that the large sum was spent to fill a number of positions at the hospital including medical and paramedical roles, nursing staff as well as support workers. It also represented the highest amount spent by any single hospital across the entire SAOLTA University Healthcare Group of hospitals.Reacting to the revelation, Deputy Doherty said “Yet again Letterkenny University Hospital tops the ranking when it comes to spending on recruiting agency staff.“The figures show that between January and May of this year alone over €2.9M was spent by the hospital on recruiting temporary agency workers to fill vital hospital positions.“And agency workers were used by the hospital to fill a whole range of different roles with close to €2M spent on doctors and consultants, €283,000 went towards hiring nurses, €13,000 was spent on paramedics, with the remainder or just over €650,000 having gone towards hiring support service personnel. “In fact, one of the few categories of worker for which agency staff hadn’t been utilised in order to fill vacancies were Management roles within the hospital.“The reason why this data is so noteworthy is because it shows just how rampant hospital spending on temporary agency staff has become and it illustrates a clear preference on the part of both the HSE and Government to hire costly temporary workers to fill staffing gaps instead of directly employing staff.“The reliance on agency staff at the hospital has gotten out of hand, and the fact that this spend relates to just the first five months of the year and that already LUH tops the table with respect to the sums spent on temporary workers across the entire SAOLTA group is real cause for concern.“Since Fine Gael came to government in 2011 the health service as a whole has spent over €2.1 billion on temporary agency staff – this is financially crippling the system with agency staff for more senior positions costing multiple times more than those directly employed by the HSE.“Sinn Féin has repeatedly raised this matter with the Minister for Health and we’ve told him that huge sums of money could be saved each year by properly addressing the recruitment and retention crisis and instead directly employ HSE staff which are significantly less expensive than agency providers. “This practice is not good value for money in the first instance, and it is not good for patients or other full-time staff yet the government continues to oversee a recruitment embargo and there is no doubt that this policy is only further adding to the ongoing recruitment and retention crisis across our hospitals.”Outrage as €3M spent on Agency Staff at LUH in first five months of year was last modified: August 2nd, 2019 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:agency staffdonegalletterkennyluh€3 millionlast_img read more

Web resource to improve maths, science

first_img21 November 2012The world’s largest privately held software company, SAS, has developed an online educational resource to support maths and science teaching and learning in South Africa, the company announced on Tuesday.The World Economic Forum’s annual report on financial development, released at the beginning of November, placed South Africa 62nd out of 62 countries assessed for the quality of their maths and science education.As a result, the Basic Education Department is looking for solutions to address this problem that has the potential to hold back the economic development of the country.‘Interactive, standards-based resources’“SAS Curriculum Pathways provides interactive, standards-based resources in English, arts, maths, science, social studies and Spanish for Grades 6 to 12,” SAS said in a statement.The resource comes in two versions – one for teachers and the other for students. It provides students with access to web-based learning environments using proven instructional strategies and techniques.“SAS Curriculum Pathways is also modular by topic, so that it doesn’t have to map to a particular curriculum to provide insights into any area,” said SAS vice-president for the Middle East and Africa, Riad Gydien.“Because of this, it also automatically differentiates between users so that faster students can progress while slower ones get the repetition that they need.”They learn by using various resources, such as visual models, images, virtual labs, diagrams, graphic organisers, audio recordings of literary excerpts, poetry, dialogues, historical documents and narrated and captioned videos.The simulations and learning activities incorporate real data so that students can experience and understand real-world applications.It also lets students test a hypothesis and validate conclusions, construct their understanding using interactive websites, apply learning in other contexts and bring external learning into the classroom, according to SAS.SAS has spent US$75-million developing the product drawing from the talent of its own technical experts and consulting educators.The company has made the decision to make the product available for free in South Africa as part of its Corporate Social Investment (CSI) activities.Forming partnerships to overcome challenges“In South Africa, there are certain challenges to implementation that we are addressing,” says Gydien.“Teachers need to be trained in the use of the resource, and are in some cases resistant to change, and of course there are connectivity and hardware problems in certain areas.”SAS is currently training the teachers through train-the-trainer sessions, so that the solution can be rolled out in each province.The company is also forming partnerships with NGOs to provide the hardware and connectivity that will enable the use of this online tool.Institutions like the University of the North West, Rhodes University and Stellenbosch have registered for their free licence to use Curriculum Pathways in their previously disadvantaged individual (PDI) teacher development programmes or in their bridging courses for students who don’t fulfill all the requirements in maths and science.“In South Africa, where there are significant problems in the education system, especially with maths and science, SAS Curriculum pathways offers a solution that supports and augments the education system to address those gaps,” says Gydien.“We are currently looking at ways to expand the reach of this programme, as we are committed to improving the education system today, to develop the IT and financial leaders of tomorrow.”SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

President Cyril Ramaphosa officially opens the ITU World conference 2018

first_imgPresident of the Republic of South Africa – Cyril Ramaphosa officially opens the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) World conference hosted by South Africa “The International Telecommunication Union (ITU) World provides a guide and compass to the future, as it enables us to navigate a new bright and brave world that many countries are traversing. The deliberations that will take place here concern the economies and societies of tomorrow that we are building today,” said Cyril Ramaphosa, the President of the Republic of South Africa at the official opening ceremony of the ITU Telecom World Conference 2018.Hosted by South Africa at the iNkosi Albert Luthuli International Convention Centre (ICC) in Durban, from 10-13 September 2018 the ITU Telecom World under the theme “Innovation for a Smarter Digital Development” the annual exhibition and forum organised by the ITU aims to deliver economic development and foster social good through its exhibition for digital solutions, and forum for sharing knowledge and networking.President Ramaphosa adds that it is a great privilege and honour for the government and the people of South Africa to host this event for the first time on the African continent.  “This is a gathering of people who are involved in one of the most important sectors of various economies in the world. It is through bodies like the ITU that a digital agenda for inclusivity, sustainable and development can be crafted. We have the means and responsibility to direct the evolution of information and communication technologies (ICTs) for the advancement of a better life for all the people of the world.“It is therefore our task to ensure that this digital revolution responds to the needs of the developing world and its economies. It must contribute in overcoming some of the challenges that the world faces today which include unemployment, inequality and poverty. It must also bridge the digital divide and not widen it. And as such, as we develop technologies we must bear in mind that these technologies must not be the preserve of elite areas, but must be technologies that can be utilised by all,” said President Ramaphosa yesterday.Secretary-General of the ITU which is the United Nations agency for information and ICT, Mr Houlin Zhao paid tribute to the late statesman, former President Nelson Mandela. Mandela who in 1995, as the first democratically elected president of South Africa, addressed the 7th World Telecommunications Conference and Exhibition (ITU event) in Geneva and led South Africa’s participation at the global ICT event as a full member of the ITU, post-apartheid.“I wish to pay my respect to Mr Nelson Mandela, a global icon, a son of the African soil and a strong supporter of ITU. He reminded us that Information Communication Technologies (ICT) have the potential to solve many of the critical challenges facing society. Mr Mandela once said that ICT is one of the most powerful tools for human progress.“ITU is honoured and proud today to bring one of its flagship events to a continent on the cusp of a new digital era. Over the next four days we are going to have the opportunity to put investment, innovation and inclusivity in the spotlight. These areas are critical to bridging the digital divide and achieving the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Let us use ITU Telecom World conference for smart digital development, let us all work together to ensure a smart and inclusive digital future for all — for Africa and for our world,” said Zhao in his address at the opening ceremony.The ITU and the Telecom World Exhibition and Forum supports the African Union Agenda 2063 call to support Africa‘s accelerated growth, technological transformation, and for the attainment of a well-developed ICT and digital economy. This goal, is aligned to South Africa’s National Development Plan (NDP) 2030 of transforming South Africa into an inclusive and innovative digital and knowledge society, through the promotion of leadership and partnership to tackle the triple challenges of unemployment, poverty and inequality.President Ramaphosa stressed the important role of women, young people and Small, Medium and Micro-sized Enterprises (SMMEs) in driving the agenda for technological advancements.  “We need to use the three pillars to enable technological advancement to gain traction and if we are talking about the 4th industrial revolution – we need to ensure that it is supported by these three pillars.“As our economies become increasingly dependent on ICT it is critical that government work more closely with industry to maximise the value of digital innovations. It is equally critical that we develop effective collaborative relationships with the communities we are expected to serve. Let us be guided by the vision that Nelson Mandela had – of a world in which everyone is connected, not only by tech but also by a common humanity,” concluded President Ramaphosa.It is anticipated that there will be significant and long term multiplier effects from hosting the event, in sectors such as  tourism and the hospitality industries, as well as for a number of export products. Immediate economic benefits could amount to approximately R60 million in the area of accommodation for the host city, and approximately R80 million to the industry on exhibition and local procurement, in addition to the direct benefits to the venue.–       Tsabeng NthiteWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See Using Brand South Africa material.last_img read more

Bell Rogers CBC join group seeking to have CRTC find and block

first_imgTORONTO – Prominent members of Canada’s entertainment industry are calling for a new federal agency to locate and shut down websites that are portals for illegally obtained video and audio content.Bell Canada, Rogers Communications Inc., Quebecor Inc., Cineplex Inc., the Canadian Broadcasting Corp. and several other organizations have banded together to create FairPlay Canada.They argue that Canadian jobs are at risk because consumers can get access to TV shows, movies and music from websites that don’t pay for the content that they stream to consumers.They want the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission to use its power as a regulator to require Canadian internet service providers to shut down access to the pirated material.They also want the CRTC to set up an independent agency to help locate the pirate websites.The CRTC is in the final weeks of public consultations about the distribution of music, TV and other content via the internet.The agency has set Feb. 13 as a deadline for final comments in order to submit its report to the federal cabinet by June 1.Companies in this story: (TSX:BCE, TSX:RCI.B, TSX:QBR.B, TSX:CGX,last_img read more

Nissans Ghosn From auto industry icon to scandal

first_imgPARIS — A trailblazer and visionary in the auto industry, Carlos Ghosn is also a highflyer prone to excesses that may have contributed to his surprise downfall as head of the world’s leading auto group.Ghosn was arrested last week in Japan for allegedly falsifying financial reports and misusing funds at Nissan Motor Co. It was a stunning reversal for the industry icon.Ghosn turned around France’s Renault SA and then Japan’s Nissan Motor Co., eventually linking them in an alliance with Mitsubishi Motor Corp. in their top-selling venture.But while renowned as an industry cost cutter, he spent lavishly on himself. Prosecutors say he is suspected of underreporting his income by $44 million over five years.The Mitsubishi Motors board was meeting Monday to consider whether to dismiss him as chairman.The Associated Presslast_img read more