Dutch managers join forces to measure impact of investments on climate

first_imgHe estimated it would take at least one year to develop a uniform measuring method that would enable the platform to set out its climate objectives.The PCAF said it would base its standard on the protocol of the World Resources Institute (WRI) and the World Business Council on Sustainable Development (WBCSD), the global standard for measuring greenhouse gas emissions. Meanwhile, in other news, MN, the asset manager for PMT and PME, has joined the Portfolio Decarbonization Coalition (PDC), a joint initiative by the UN Environment Programme Finance Initiative (UNEP FI), Sweden’s AP4 and Amundi. MN said it joined the PDC due to the potential for co-operation through its international network, as well as the transparency of its participants on their targets and results.Karlijn van Lierop, head of sustainable investments at MN, said: “Since this year, we have gained insight into the carbon footprint of our equity portfolios, so we know the companies responsible for the largest emissions.“We will encourage the largest ‘polluters’ to switch to sustainable technology and start using clean energy.”PMT and PME added that, in light of the “carbon-intensive” aspect of the metal industry, embracing new energy technology and sustainability could make a “real difference”.The PDC, which initially set itself a target of decarbonising $100bn (€94.3bn) of assets, recently announced it was on track for $230bn after attracting 23 signatories managing $2.2trn.The PDC’s asset-owner signatories include the UK’s Environment Agency Pension Fund, KLP of Norway, the Church of Sweden’s pension scheme and France’s ERAFP and Fonds de réserves pour les retraites. Eleven Dutch banks and asset managers including APG, PGGM and MN have established a platform to develop a standard to measure the impact of their investments on the climate.Participants in the Carbon Accounting Platform for Financial Institutions (PCAF), which also includes PMT and PME, said reaching an agreement on how best to reduce their carbon footprint would be the first step in their efforts to tackle climate change.They also called on negotiators at the UN Climate Change Conference in Paris to consider institutional investors’ potential role in achieving climate targets.Piet Sprengers, head of sustainable policy at ASN, which came up with the idea for the PCAF, has been appointed chairman of the platform.last_img read more

Fraser Coast Regional Council Seeks Input on Coastal Plan

first_imgFraser Coast Regional Council is planning for increased threats of erosion and higher storm tides along the coastline, and inviting residents to get involved in the process.Fraser Coast Councillor, David Lewis, said that the council was keen to hear from the community about what they valued about the Fraser Coast coastline to help identify priorities for the planning project.“From Burrum Heads in the north, to Tinnanbar in the south, and all areas in between, this project will determine how the council and the community can become more resilient to the effects of coastal hazards,” he said.“We know that coastal communities are already at risk from sea erosion and storm tide inundation caused by cyclones and other severe storm systems, and these will become a greater threat with rising sea levels.“The Coastal Futures: Planning Our Changing Coastline project will develop a plan to help protect our community assets and infrastructure, and maintain our unique natural environment here on the Fraser Coast.“The project is an opportunity for council and residents to get on the front foot to identify and implement cost-effective mitigation measures over the medium and long term as we plan for development and growth.”Cr Lewis added that the council was launching an online survey and a project page had been set up on Council’s Engagement Hub website.Council has been allocated $430,000 in funding from the Queensland Government and the Local Government Association of Queensland through the QCoast 2100 program to develop a Coastal Hazard Adaption Strategy by September 2020.last_img read more

State parks across Florida to reopen Monday

first_imgIn a press conference held on Friday, Gov. Ron DeSantis announced that state parks all across Florida will be allowed to reopen starting on Monday, May 4th.“Being outdoors in open air is more low risk,” DeSantis said at Little Talbot Island State Park in Jacksonville. “Today, we take a step that I think is good for the people of Florida. I think it’s gonna be good for their peace of mind because people have been cooped up.”Of course as some areas across Florida begin to reopen, social distancing measures remain in place. Those who choose to take advantage of the open areas will be required to keep 6-feet between themselves and other guest not in their same household, and to wear face mask along with other specific measures from the areas being visited.In addition to the reopening state parks, phase one of the plan to reopen Florida will go into effect on Monday. Some businesses such as restaurants and retail stores will be allowed to operate at a limited capacity. Palm Beach County, Broward County, and Miami have been excluded from phase one’s reopening, however, state parks will still be allowed to reopen in those areas.last_img read more

New YMCA class hopes to spark interest in boxing

first_img Latest Posts Bio Mike MandellMike Mandell is the sports editor at The Ellsworth American and Mount Desert Islander. He began working for The American in August 2016. You can reach him via email at mmandell@ellsworthamerican.com. Hospice volunteers help families navigate grief and find hope – September 12, 2020 Latest posts by Mike Mandell (see all)center_img Ellsworth runners compete in virtual Boston Marathon – September 16, 2020 ELLSWORTH — With their backs facing one another, Chris Sarro and Justin Rolfe stand in the middle of a circle at the Down East Family YMCA gymnasium. More than 20 people wearing boxing gloves are rotating around them, but both men are standing still.As participants at this Friday night boxing session at DEFY begin to tire, Sarro and Rolfe urge them to keep going. The two amateur boxers watch everyone’s footwork, glove positioning and stances with great care and are quick to offer tips for each of them.Before long, a timer goes off in the corner. The drill is over, and as the participants breathe heavily and sweat profusely, Sarro steps up to offer some advice.“Boxing is about discipline,” Sarro says. “It requires you to respect your opponent’s power and counter it with your own.”This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textFor the past four months, Sarro, an artist and amateur boxer, has been helping aspiring fighters do just that at the Down East Family YMCA’s “Intro to Boxing” class. Over that span, the Ellsworth native has sought to expand the sport’s presence and appeal in Downeast Maine.“Ever since we’ve started this class, it’s gotten all this interest,” Sarro said. “With every session we’ve had, one friend will bring three more friends who want to learn. It’s just kind of snowballed.”Although the class usually brings in around 10-15 people, this special Friday session brought nearly twice as many than usual to the gym. Rolfe, a two-time Northern New England Golden Gloves champion, had traveled all the way from his home in Fairfield to be a guest host for the session, and participants were eager to hone their skills with a championship boxer.Luke Boyle (left) of Franklin throws a right-handed jab at Rolfe on Sept. 8 at the DEFY gym. More than 20 people came to DEFY for the event. ELLSWORTH AMERICAN PHOTO BY MIKE MANDELL“You don’t get that chance every day,” said Luke Boyle, a Franklin native in attendance for the session. “If you want to learn something, you might as well learn from the best.”Whether those participants threw powerful punches or softer jabs, Sarro and Rolfe were willing to help. Using handbags, they taught techniques of all kinds to men and women of various skill levels over the course of the three-hour session.Rolfe and Sarro first met when they fought on the same card in Lewiston four years ago. Since then, Rolfe has claimed Northern New England titles as a super heavyweight and even won the overall New England championship at that level in 2015.“Chris and I have been sparring partners for a while,” Rolfe said. “When he wanted me to come down for this class, I wasn’t going to turn him down. I can’t say enough good things about him.”Boxing opportunities in Downeast Maine can be hard to find. With no rings or gyms throughout Hancock County, those with passions for the sport have to travel to places such as Wyman’s Boxing Club in Stockton Springs to fight.“There used to be a small gym around here in the early ’80s, but there hasn’t really been anything since then,” Sarro said. “I come from a family of boxers, but in the past few years, I’ve been one of the only ones in the county who’s really pursued it. I’ve had to travel to do that, and that’s why it would be nice to see the sport gain more popularity out here.”With time, Sarro hopes to see that change. With big fights at the national level headlining the sport in 2017 and more people hearing about the Wednesday and Friday class, he expects it to become even bigger within the next year.“We’ve had a good attendance so far for much of the year, and I think it’s going to be even better for us in the winter months,” he said. “There’s still some work to do to grow the sport, but it’s great to see some more people passionate about boxing.” MPA approves golf, XC, field hockey, soccer; football, volleyball moved to spring – September 10, 2020last_img read more

Men’s golf team lands two top recruits

first_imgThe rich just got richer.USC’s golf coach Chris Zambri said Monday that Jeffrey Kang and Ramsey Sahyoun signed letters of intent to play with USC. Both are among the top-rated high school golfers in the country.“We are thrilled to have two phenomenal people and players coming to USC,” Zambri told usctrojans.com.According to Golfweek magazine, Kang is the No. 1-ranked high school golfer in the country. He is also a 2009 Rolex Junior All-American First Teamer and a 2008 Rolex All-American second teamer.Kang, who attends Sunny Hills High in Fullerton, Calif., was among four players who represented the United States at the Toyota Junior Golf World Cup in June. He helped guide the United States to a second-place finish and was the top US finisher.Kang also posted top five finishes in 2008 at the Polo Junior Classic, Junior PGA, HP Junior, Rolex Tournament of Champions and Dixie Amateur. He led Sunny Hills to the CIF-CGA State High School Golf Championship, earning medalist honors. Earlier this year, he tied for eighth at the HP Junior and won the 2009 West Junior Open.Sahyoun of Campbell Hall High in Van Nuys, Calif., is the 13th-ranked high school golfer in the country, according to Golfweek magazine. He won the 2009 36-hole US Junior Amateur Championship qualifying tournament. At the Emerson Junior Classic, he placed fourth out of 53 players and at the 59th LA Junior Golf Championship, Sahyoun placed in the top five out of 174 players.Zambri is already looking forward to what Kang and Sahyoun can contribute to next year’s team.“They will add so much in so many ways to our goal of winning national championships,” he said.last_img read more

Tony Parker retires: 5 Opta facts about the point guard’s legendary career

first_img“A lot of different stuff ultimately led me to this decision,” Parker told The Undefeated. “But, at the end of the day, I was like, if I can’t be Tony Parker anymore and I can’t play for a championship, I don’t want to play basketball anymore.”Aside from a long career, Parker also has four NBA championships, one NBA Finals MVP award and six All-Star nods under his belt.Here are five interesting Opta stats about the 37-year-old Frenchman’s time in the NBA. (If you like what you see here, give @OptaLarry — the official Twitter page for Opta’s NBA stats-driven coverage — a follow on Twitter.)Among international players, Parker is in good company.Parker’s stats puts him in elite standing when it comes to internationals players. He tops all in assists per game (5.6) and held his own on the court with a 49.1% field goal percentage and an average of 15.5 points per game.(All stats are from the regular season.)PlayerMPGPPGTRBAPGFG%3PM3P%FGAFT%FTASPGDirk Nowitzki33.820.77.52.447.1%1.338.0%15.687.9%5.40.8Giannis Antetokounmpo*32.718.88.34.152.1%0.527.7%13.274.2%6.21.2Pau Gasol*33.417.09.23.250.7%0.136.8%12.875.3%5.10.5Tony Parker30.515.52.75.649.1%0.432.4%12.675.1%3.60.8Vlade Divac29.811.88.23.149.5%0.123.5%9.369.2%3.71.1*ActiveWhen it comes to NBA titles, Parker is kingParker’s four NBA titles is tied with teammate Manu Ginobili for the most won by an international player. His personal accolades aren’t too shabby, either.PlayerNBA TitlesAll-Star GamesAwards/HonorsDirk Nowitzki114MVP (2006-07)Finals MVP (2011)All-NBA Team (12 times)Giannis Antetokounmpo*03Most Improved Player (2016-17)All-NBA Team (Two times)All-Defensive Team (2016-17)All-Rookie Team (2013-14)Pau Gasol*26Rookie of the Year (2001-02)All-NBA Team (Four times)All-Rookie Team (2001-02)Tony Parker46Finals MVP (2007)All-NBA Team (Four times)All-Rookie Team (2001-02)Vlade Divac01All-Rookie Team (1989-90)*Active Tony Parker announced Monday his illustrious NBA career has come to an end.After spending 17 seasons with the Spurs and one with the Hornets, Parker said it was the right time for him to walk away. Making France proudParker retires with 1,254 games played, 19,473 career points, 7,036 career assists and 1,053 career steals in his NBA career, the most of any French player. His 18 years in the NBA are tied for the second-most ever for a player born outside the United States or its territories.Better than entire franchises?In his 18-year NBA career, Parker won 892 of the 1,254 games he played in (71.1%). That’s more wins than the Grizzlies (792 wins since 1996) and the Pelicans (643 wins since 2003) have in their franchise histories, and just 10 fewer than the Raptors (902 wins since 1996).Playoff proParker made 17 trips to the NBA playoffs, all as a member of the Spurs. Seven NBA franchises have yet to make 17 trips to the NBA playoffs.last_img read more

What channel is Cowboys vs. 49ers on today? Time, TV schedule for 2019 NFL preseason

first_imgWe know Ezekiel Elliott won’t be playing as his holdout from Dallas’ training camp continues. And we know Week 1 of the NFL preseason schedule is hardly grounds for legitimate intrigue and/or entertainment value in terms of a TV product for the league. But this is Cowboys vs. 49ers.Even if it’s based solely on nostalgia, this matchup will garner at least some level of national attention every time. That’s why NFL Network is the TV channel on which Cowboys vs. 49ers can be watched. This is one of the few games on the NFL preseason schedule that warrants a national TV presentation. MORE: Watch Cowboys vs. 49ers live with fuboTV (7-day free trial)Even though it’s just the preseason opener for both teams, Sporting News is curious to see how the Cowboys look in their new offense under first-year coordinator Kellen Moore. His impact is one of the reasons SN predicted a Dallas Super Bowl championship at the end of the 2019 season.As for the 49ers, the 2019 season figures to be an effort in redemption after a year lost to injuries. Quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo and running back Jerick McKinnon are back as centerpieces of San Francisco’s offense, and the reset button on the expectations that were tied to this team a year ago has been pressed.Below is all the info you need to watch Cowboys vs. 49ers on Saturday, including the TV channels nationally, in Dallas and in San Francisco.What channel is Cowboys vs. 49ers on today?TV channel (National): NFL NetworkTV channel (San Francisco): KPIXTV channel (Dallas): KTVTLive stream: fuboTVFitting for a matchup between two of the NFL’s most storied franchises, Cowboys vs. 49ers will be the exclamation point at the end of the first full week of preseason action. Not counting last week’s Hall of Fame Game, Cowboys vs. 49ers will be the fourth preseason game to be shown on national TV this season.Locally, the TV channel for Cowboys vs. 49ers in Dallas will be KTVT. In San Francisco, the game can be seen on KPIX. Both TV stations are CBS affiliates. As for a live-stream presentation, Cowboys vs. 49ers can be seen on fuboTV. New fubo TV users can sign up with a seven-day free trial. All nationally televised NFL preseason games will be available on fuboTV.Cowboys vs. 49ers: What time is kickoff?Date: Saturday, Aug. 10Start time: 9 p.m. ETThe 9 p.m. ET kickoff time for Cowboys vs. 49ers on Saturday night is not the latest kickoff time of the week — there are a couple 10 p.m. ET kickoffs on Thursday night — but it’s close.Cowboys and 49ers fans who live on the east coast (and there are plenty) will have a late night. Such is life for the NFL fan dedicated enough to consume preseason football in early- to mid-August.Cowboys preseason schedule 2019DateOpponentTimeAug. 10at 49ers9 p.m. ETAug. 17at Rams (Hawaii)10 p.m. ETAug. 24vs. Texans7 p.m. ETAug. 29vs. Buccaneers8 p.m. ET49ers preseason schedule 2019DateOpponentTimeAug. 10vs. Cowboys9 p.m. ETAug. 19at Broncos8 p.m. ETAug. 24at Chiefs8 p.m. ETAug. 29vs. Chargers10 p.m. ETlast_img read more

Norway’s Ada Hegerberg wins inaugural women’s Ballon d’Or

first_imgParis, France | AFP |  Norway striker Ada Hegerberg was rewarded for her prolific form with Champions League winners Lyon as she took the first ever women’s Ballon d’Or prize at a ceremony in Paris on Monday.The 23-year-old saw off competition from the likes of Danish star Pernille Harder, of German club VfL Wolfsburg, and Brazil’s Marta to take the prize following a vote by journalists from around the world. *****Kylian Mbappe wins best young player prize at Ballon d’Or ceremonyKylian Mbappe was named winner of the Kopa Trophy for young player of the year at the Ballon d’Or ceremony in Paris on Monday. The Paris Saint-Germain forward, who does not turn 20 until later this month, starred as France won the World Cup and also won the best young player award in Russia.The new award — named after French former Ballon d’Or winner Raymond Kopa — was voted for by 33 living former winners of the main Ballon d’Or prize. Mbappe was also among the 30 nominees to win that award.Mbappe — who was accompanied at the ceremony by his father and his younger brother Ethan — scored four goals at the World Cup, including one in the final as France beat Croatia 4-2 in Moscow.In doing so he became just the second teenager to score in a World Cup final after Brazilian great Pele, who achieved the feat in 1958.A French champion last season with PSG following a 180 million-euro ($204m) move from Monaco, Mbappe is the top scorer in Ligue 1 this season with 12 goals in 10 appearances.He has scored 32 goals in 56 games for club and country in the calendar year.center_img Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more

Southland Adds Home Run Derby to Baseball Tournament Week

first_imgIt was the home of the 2013 and 2015-17 Southland tournaments and will serve as the host site through 2019. Fireworks will accompany each home run and the final trophy presentation. The home run derby will feature one select player from each of the eight participating tournament teams. Doors will open at 6 p.m. with the No. 8 seed team’s batter beginning at 6:35 p.m. SUGAR LAND, Texas – The Southland Conference will host its inaugural home run derby at Constellation Field to kick off the 2018 Southland Baseball Tournament in Sugar Land, Texas. The event, which will include fireworks displays, is free to the public and will take place on Tuesday, May 22, beginning at 6:30 p.m. CT. The head coach of each tournament qualifier will select one hitter to represent his squad in the Southland home run derby. Sam Houston (21-7, 9-0 SLC) currently leads the league standings with Southeastern Louisiana (22-10, 9-3 SLC) and Central Arkansas (17-11, 9-3 SLC) tied for second. The Bearkats’ Blake Chisolm and Hunter Hearn, McNeese’s Shane Selman, Houston Baptist’s Spencer Halloran and Stephen F. Austin’s Josh Evans each have six home runs on the season to lead the Southland.center_img This event is scheduled for the eve of the 2018 Southland Conference Baseball Tournament, which returns to Constellation Field for the third consecutive year and fourth overall. Sam Houston State won the 2017 tournament with a 9-4 win over Central Arkansas in the championship game, sparking an NCAA Tournament run which saw the team advance to the league’s first ever Super Regional appearance. Constellation Field, home of the Atlantic League’s Sugar Land Skeeters, is a 7,500-seat park which opened in 2012. The dimensions are 325 feet to left field, 348 feet to right field and 405 feet to center. The home run derby will provide opportunities for local youth players to participate and interact with college student-athletes, as teams will be allowed on the field to shag balls. Youth baseball groups interested in being a part of the event may contact Emily Honeycutt in the Southland Conference office (972-422-9500, ext. 100).last_img read more

Barça DNA conquers India

first_imgThe Hindu Super League welcomed 2020 by celebrating its first coaches forum in Mumbai, which was attended by the technicians of the 10 teams that make up the most media football competition in India. Half, Lopez Beans (ATK), Antonio Iriondo (Jamshedpur), Carles Cuadrat (Bengaluru), Sergio Lobera (FC Goa) and Josep Gombau (Odisha), they are Spanish. “The Spanish coach assures you maximum professionalism and modern football. We have an excellent training and, compared to other countries, we have seen a lot of football with very flexible tactical solutions and adaptable to different situations,” says Cuadrat, current champion of the tournament with Bengaluru.The five Spanish coaches who make the Indian Super League an Eden of associative football will join next season Albert Roca, European champion with Barça in 2006, when he was part of Frank Rijkaard’s coaching staff, and finalist of the AFC Cup with Bengaluru. In his second experience in Asia, Catalan will lead Hyderabad, which could raise the number of Spanish technicians in the ISL to six. “The presidents sign what they think is going to give them better performance. After several years of experience they decide to continue signing both Spanish soccer players and coaches, they speak very well about our football,” says Sergio Lobera, who considers it essential that, in a country where the one that the king sport is cricket, “the viewer has fun during the 90 minutes“.” I am proud that people talk about the football proposal of FC Goa. Enjoy watching the team is wonderful, “adds Zaragoza.It is no coincidence, therefore, that three of the five Spanish technicians of the Indian Super League have passed in FC Barcelona, ​​recognizable by their associative and aesthetic football. “They want to have the ball and always attack. I am one of those who think that everything is football, that it is very important that each coach has his way of doing, but the other, direct football, of second plays and low block, have already lived it “, analyzes Josep Gombau, coach of Odisha. Cuadrat, for his part, believes that “the global success he has had Barça de Messi For so long, together with a way to compete and live the sport, it has made our methodology highly valued. The culé coach is appreciated because he wins and how he wins. “ The ISL clubs have focused on Spanish coaches, but two do not get together if one does not want to. “It is a league that has a lot of appeal. It is young and very well organized. Every major city has its club, there is no big difference between the teams and the stadiums are top notch. There is a lot of hobby, too. In Goa you can reach to have 25,000 people at the stadium and we, who are a small team, gather 10,000. All these factors make you want to come, “says Gombau.” In Spain there are many coaches and a limited number of teams. It is not easy to train professionally and Going outside and living these kinds of experiences help you grow as a coach“, completes the Odisha preparer. “The culé coach is appreciated because he wins and how he wins” Improving in each and every one of the aspects surrounding the ball will be much easier with the collaboration of the Spanish coaches of the competition. “It’s the idea we come with,” reveals Lobera. “Investing to win titles is important, but leaving a better competition than we are in is the best trophy we can get,” completes the former UD Las Palmas. “It is very nice to help develop football in other countries. Seeing how players grow up who have no knowledge of football from the base is very rewarding,” adds Gombau, which chains 11 consecutive seasons abroad.Barça from a distanceCarles Cuadrat, Sergio Lobera and Josep Gombau share the past at FC Barcelona and, although from India, they follow the current news of the Blaugrana club. The first understands the recent change in the bench as “a motivation for the decisive of the season.” “That Ernesto Valverde is the first coach stopped in 17 years says a lot about the stability that has surrounded the club in recent years. Signing Quique Setién seemed an intelligent decision“, completes the coach of Bengaluru. Gombau, meanwhile, is critical of Barça and the way in which the operation was carried out:” I found it unpleasant. The fact seemed wrong and the ridiculous forms. Valverde did not deserve a way out like the one he had. He is an excellent person and the way the board was acting was embarrassing. “Lobera, meanwhile, is delighted that it is Quique Setién who currently occupies the bench of FC Barcelona: “I know him personally and I am very happy that the work, the effort, the years of dedication and the commitment to an idea lead to a person from Quique’s profile to train a team like FC Barcelona. ” The style, not negotiable even in India.center_img Carles Cuadrat Times of changeIn addition to bringing together all the coaches of the competition, the forum held in Mumbai served the ISL to know what are the points to improve to grow in Asia. “We talked about different formats of League and Cup, the number of foreigners allowed per team and the arbitration problem and the possible application of the VAR,” says Cuadrat. “The referees do not have the best means to work. They need training courses and greater dedication. Arbitration is not their main job and that shows in the field,” Lobera values, while Gombau locates the problem in which the members “they haven’t played football “. “When the ISL was born, they were taught the rules, but to make certain kinds of decisions you have to have been there. The Federation will seek to improve it by bringing outside referees to ring matches and help the locals to place themselves and improve in decision-making,” Add.ISL ‘); return false; “class =” item-multimedia “>Carles Cuadrat (center) and Sergio Lobera (right) during the Indian Super League coaches forum.ISLlast_img read more