Engagement no longer enough for institutionals, says AP Ethical Council

first_imgInstitutional investors are coming under increasing pressure to develop a long-term investment plan rather than simply engage with companies on individual matters, according to the secretary general of the AP Fund Ethical Council.John Howchin, who heads the body charged with coordinating the engagement efforts of the SEK1trn (€112bn) Swedish buffer fund system, said questions on developing a strategy were catching many investors off-guard.Speaking at the RI Europe conference in London last week, Howchin admitted the investment community as a whole was doing too little to tackle the risks posed by climate change, but he said this was down to the nature of the industry.He said there were often hopes that, when a issue became topical, there would be a revolution led by investors. “Well, I’m sorry to say – and I’ve been saying it for 15 years on panels – that we are not very revolutionary,” he said.“We are very evolutionary. Although I agree, we have to be a rather quick evolutionary group, bordering on revolutionary maybe.”He added: “People accept what we’re doing with the assets we hold, that we are trying to change these assets, but they are more keen to know what we are doing, strategically, as investors.”He said the changed emphasis was a “fundamental shift”, leading to questions about who investors would wish to be.“Quite honestly, a lot of investors are struggling with this,” he said. “It is a long-term change that needs to be discussed, and climate change is very much a driver in that discussion.”Howchin also stressed that discussions surrounding the Norwegian Government Pension Fund Global’s exit from the oil sector should not be viewed as agreeing with the carbon divestment movement, but rather as risk diversification.Prior to joining the Ethical Council in 2010, the secretary general was in charge of environmental research and corporate dialogue at the oil fund’s manager, Norges Bank Investment Management.“Since they have such a high exposure to oil, the question was why should they have more exposure to oil in the portfolio,” he said.last_img read more

Cool properties on the market in North Queensland right now

first_img 6. MAGNETIC ISLAND: Who doesn’t love koalas? The Bungalow Bay Koala Village at Horseshoe Bay is listed for sale for the first time in 17 years. Some furry ‘housemates’ and their keepers at Bungalow Bay Koala VillageMore from newsCairns home ticks popular internet search terms2 days agoTen auction results from ‘active’ weekend in Cairns2 days agoIt comes with an award-winning eco village comprising of 37 bungalows and 35 bush camping sites, a koala park, a deck bar, reception. laundry and camping facilities. It is listed with Savills Brisbane. Bungalow Bay Koala Village is listed for the first time in 17 years 7. SOUTH MISSION BEACH: It is all about luxury at this swanky, three-level, 7-star energy efficient house. In North Queensland there is no shortage of properties with some serious wow factor – for both the kids and the kidults.Here we take a look at, arguably, some of the coolest properties on the market in North Queensland right now. The property is listed with Open Property Townsville. 1. TOWNSVILLE: A designer house on a sprawling 13 acre block hit the market this week, complete with its very own professional motocross track.Located in Alice River, the property is listed for $1.35 million and also comes with an activity room, a huge theatre, a large outdoor entertaining area complete with an outdoor kitchen and built-in gas barbecue, a gym, dam and a large in-ground swimming pool. RELATED: Designer home and acreas complete with motocross track One house comes with its own motocross track at Alligator CreekThere are homes and then there are fun houses – properties so cool they are in a league of their very own.And sometimes they can even provide an opportunity to earn a quick buck. MORE NEWS: One Nation identity’s Yeppoon property listed 2. TOWNSVILLE: The iconic Barra Fun Park – arguably Australia’s best backyard – was listed for $2.5 million earlier this year. Owner of Barra Fun Park Brent Stevenson PICTURE: MATT TAYLOR.On 25 acres, the property is currently run as a red claw and barra farm, but also boasts cable skis, an inflatable water park, a huge water slide, a jumping pillow, fishing, cafe, commercial kitchen and a modern home. The Barra Fun Park is listed for $2.5 millionDubbed the “Best Backyard in North Queensland” at the very least, it is listed with Property Now. 3. KURANDA: A treehouse set among three acres of rainforest has also just hit the market in Kuranda for offers over $399,000.Designed and built in 2004, it has Turpentine poles, Cypress walls, and mixed rainforest hardwood flooring, a handcrafted wooden kitchen and a spa on the deck. Your very own treehouse in the rainforestAlso in Kuranda is a resort-style house with a separate, self-contained granny flat on almost six acres.But it is the huge undercover deck overlooking a private lakecomplete with its own waterfall and surrounded by spectacular gardens that would make it the ultimate adults retreat. It is listed with Ray White Cairns Beaches and is on the market for offers over $839,000. Or perhaps your own lakehouse. 4. MISSION BEACH: If fishing is your thing, here is your chance to turn that hobby into a business. Catch your own dinner at this barra farmA barramundi farm has been listed for sale at Mission Beach and includes a house, a resort-style pool, a huge shed, nine aquaculture ponds, three of which are stocked, and the business, which stocks a number of local restaurants and sells direct to the public. It is listed for $1.5 million. Yes please!Also at Mission Beach is Sails, the “quintessential beach house” on a 4000sq m rainforest block. This beachhouse comes with some cool artworksThe architect-designed house has 300sq m of decks alone, and is being sold complete with its unique inventory of furniture, artworks and furnishings. Including its own whale sculptureLocated at Garners Beach, 10 minutes from Mission Beach, it is listed with Ray White Mission Beach and is on the market for $2.5 million. 9. BOWEN: If you go troppo for mangoes, this ocean frontage property could be just the right medicine.It has a fully established mango orchard, ripe for the picking, and is listed for $3.1 million.Offering eight acres with spectacular views, the architecturally-designed four bedroom house also has tropical gardens, stone terraces and its own private boat launching facilities. See the mango orchard to the left of the house …. 10. TRINITY BEACH: This award-winning residence is packed full of features, including its very own aquarium. Cattle station sold for massive $35m in online auctioncenter_img The swish house comes with its own motocross trackThe property is owned by Steve Hannah of Hannahbull Hydro Excavations and wife Sharni (nee Williams), the granddaughter of Alexander Park (AP) Williams, who founded AP Williams & Co in 1932 but passed away several years ago.The family continue to run the business today.“I designed the house and we built it in two stages, the first in 2010 and the second in 2015,” Mrs Hannah said. “It has heaps of louvres to catch the breezes, and is big and open.”Mrs Hannah said they had the motocross track professionally designed and constructed for their son Lachlan, who is now 23 and living in Brisbane. One of Ms Hannah’s nephews in actionTownsville-born world Moto-GP champion Jack Miller has taken a spin around the track, as has Mrs Hannah’s nephew Kayden Downing, who is now competing in the US.“That’s why we bought the property, really,” she said. “So we would have enough room to build the track. Our daughters (Mylee, 12, and Jordan, 9) have also enjoyed it.”But the time has come to move on, with Mrs Hannah admitting it was tough to sell the property.“It has been an awesome place to raise a family,” she said. “The open spaces, the parties with the music cranked up at 2am and no one close enough to hear it.“It gave us a great lifestyle but we still enjoyed being close to town.” 5. MAREEBA: Life could be pretty sweet if you owned Emerald Creek Ice Creamery at Mareeba. We all scream for ice cream!!!Zoned as rural residential, the 355sq m business sites on 5.31 acres and is listed for $930,000.It has operated for 12 years, but the owners are ready to retire, with the option to buy the family home, located on a separate title, also on the table. Features include glass turrets above the living area, an internal marble stairwell, an infinity pool and barbecue pavilion with ocean views, a fully self-contained second level for teens, grandparents or guests and a 5083sq m block surrounded by rainforest. This modern castle has its own turrets And some seriously spectacular views!It is listed with Andersons Real Estate for $3.55 million. 8. PINNACLES: Offering about 68,500 hectares, Springfield Station offers wide open spaces and plenty of cool “toys” to explore it . About 8500 cattle are included in the sale of the property, which includes a large, 1960s built homestead with plenty of room for guests to help you explore its vast terrain.The house has six bed quarters plus two staff cottages. Springfield Station comes with quadbikes, a truck and tractor and its own air stripThe property also has its own registered 900m airstrip and hangar, sheds, horse agistment and training facilities, huge verandas and outdoor areas for entertaining, including an outdoor kitchen and heaps of trail rides to explore, all just a short drive to the Bartlett Park Rodeo Complex.A diesel truck, a tractor, ride-on mowers and quadbikes are also included in the sale, with the property listed for $950,000 with Explore Property. Madam Butterfly’s big $3.055m payday Cooler than most nightclubs, just saying …Offering almost 850sq m of living space, the house features spectacular light features throughout, a sunken lounge, casual living and dining spaces with glass features that showcase the 20m saltwater swimming pool, a rear terrace with a built-in barbecue, landscaped tropical gardens, a media room, a fish pond feature at the entrance, internal access four car garaging, and smart home technology, all on a 1100sq m block. Just simply cool …The built-in aquarium is located in the entry foyer. On the market for $2.95 million, it is listed with FNQ Hot Property.last_img read more

Victor “Pete” Back – Sunman, Indiana

first_imgVictor “Pete” Back, of Sunman, was born on March 21, 1939 in St. Peters, a son to Charles A. and Clara A. Scherger Back.  He was a graduate of Brookville High School, class of 1958. On June 25, 1960, Pete married Virginia Schantz at St. Paul’s Catholic Church in New Alsace.  He worked at Fernald from 1959-1964 and then Monsanto for 33 years.  Pete was a member of All Saints Parish-St. Paul Campus, the Batesville K of C Council 1461, and the North Dearborn Conservation Club.  He enjoyed making wine, playing cards, dancing, watching sports and attending church festivals.  On Saturday, January 25, 2020 at the age of 80, he passed away at his residence with loved ones by his side.Those surviving who will cherish Pete’s memory include his loving wife of almost 60 years, Virginia Back; one son, Kevin (Kevin) Back of Lakeland, FL; three daughters, Karen Lozier of Fishers, Kaye Johnson of Burlington, KY, and Kristie (Scott) Gabbard of West Harrison; grandchildren, Brittany (Jason) Moon, Victoria (Coty) Williamson, Bradley Lozier, Vanessa Johnson, and Marissa Gabbard, and two great-grandsons, Vincent and Lincoln Moon.  Also surviving are four brothers, Paul (Ruth) Back, Harold (Donna) Back, David Back, and Charles Back, Jr., all of Brookville, and one sister, Marlene (Art) Hoog of St. Leon.  Besides his parents, he was preceded in death by three sisters, Marjorie Lehane, Dorothy Giesting, and Virginia Huff, and four brothers, Jerome, Albert, John and Clarence Back.Friends may visit with the family on Tuesday, January 28, 2020 from 4 until 8 p.m. at Cook Rosenberger Funeral Home, 107 W. Vine Street, Sunman with Rosary beginning at 3:30 p.m.    Fr. Jonathan Meyer will officiate a Mass of Christian burial on Wednesday at 10 a.m. at All Saints Parish-St. Paul Campus, New Alsace with burial following in the church cemetery.In lieu of flowers memorial donations can be directed to the Batesville K of C Patio Roof Fund, St. Paul Campus Cemetery, or to the Clara A. Back Memorial Scholarship Fund c/o the Franklin County Community Foundation.   To sign the online guestbook or to leave personal memories please visit www.cookrosenberger.com.  The staff of Cook Rosenberger Funeral Home is honored to care for the family of Victor “Pete” Back.last_img read more

Bucksport Wallops MDI

first_img Latest Posts House fire in Winter Harbor – October 27, 2014 Bio admin Hancock County Court News Nov. 3 thorugh Dec. 11 – January 22, 2015 Latest posts by admin (see all) State budget vs. job creation – January 22, 2015 BUCKSPORT — On May 6, the Bucksport Bucks easily outpaced the Trojans for a 21-0 win. Buck Abby Yeo chucked a one-hitter and got six strikeouts to anchor the Bucks defense. Baily Blair tagged two doubles, a triple, a single and six RBIs to lead the Bucks’ offensive attack. Bucksport’s Emily Lenore got five hits, including a home run, and Katlynn Williams hit two doubles and two singles. The Bucks got a total of 26 hits against the TrojansThe sole hit for MDI came from Taylor Walls. For more sports stories, pick up a copy of the Mount Desert Islander. This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textlast_img read more

Pakistan Players Want To Play Like Virat Kohli: Younis Khan

first_imgLondon: They might be arch-rivals on the field, but the relationship between Indian and Pakistani players is no different than that of other international players and that was highlighted once again by former Pakistan skipper Younis Khan on Sunday. A backbone of the Pakistan middle-order during his playing days, Younis even went a step further and said that there are many budding cricketers in his country who even look to emulate the India captain.“Virat Kohli is also loved by Pakistanis. Today, many Pakistan players want to play like Kohli and be fit like him and have his body language. Even in the Asia Cup where he did not play, the stadiums weren’t jampacked. He is a big factor for India in the World Cup,” Younis Khan said at the India Today show Salaam Cricket 2019. Earlier, speaking on the much spoken about rivalry, Kohli had said: “I think India-Pakistan is always a much anticipated match. We keep saying again and again. If you ask the players, it’s very different from how the fans feel. Yes, we feel the anticipation and excitement when we enter the stadium. But as soon as you enter the field, it’s very professional.” IANSAlso Read: SPORTS NEWSlast_img read more

‘The Avenue’ Central London announced as new home for William Hill Tech & Marketing

first_imgShare SBC Magazine Issue 10: Kaizen Gaming rebrand and focus for William Hill CEO August 25, 2020 Share FTSE-listed bookmaker William Hill is set to open its new technology and marketing dedicated office at ‘The Avenue’ on Tottenham Court Road in Central London.The bookmaker will move its technology development and online marketing operations within the new building operated by commercial real-estate developer Exemplar and property investment firm Ashby Capital.The Avenue a 30,000 sq ft office building, finished its completion last March, William Hill technology and marketing divisions will be sharing the building space with international flights and holiday comparison website SkyScanner.A William Hill statement detailed “The Avenue is an exceptional building in an area with a strong and growing appeal, and we look forward to moving the relevant online marketing and technology teams to the new London hub.”Following a review of its operations, William Hill announced last June that it would be shutting down its Tel Aviv technology division, making approximately 200 staff members redundant.At the time, William Hill governance detailed that it was seeking a new direction for its development and product arms, with the bookmaker further stating that its technology operations would be split between a new Central London office and cost effective technology hub in Krakow (Poland). Related Articles William Hill accelerates transformation agenda to overcome COVID realities August 5, 2020 StumbleUpon Submit Gamesys tops list for GambleAware Q1 donations July 10, 2020last_img read more

Klopp wins Premier League Manager of the season award

first_imgLiverpool manager, Jurgen Klopp, has won the 2019/20 Barclays Manager of the Season award after guiding Liverpool to their first top-flight title in 30 years. Klopp is the first German to win the award after a record-breaking campaign in which the Reds amassed 99 points.The 53-year-old won the Manager of the Month prize an unprecedented five times last season, surpassing Pep Guardiola’s four from 2017/18.Liverpool equalled a number of records last term, including winning 18 successive matches, claiming 32 victories overall and amassing 55 points from a possible 57 at home.Klopp beat fellow nominees Frank Lampard, Brendan Rodgers and Chris Wilder after votes from the public were combined with those of a panel of football experts to decide the winner. He becomes the third 2019/20 season awards winner from Liverpool, after Trent Alexander-Arnold received the Young Player of the Season award and Curtis Jones was named Premier League 2 Player of the Season. Source: Premier Leaguelast_img read more

Full Circle Expands Its Service to Thurston County

first_imgFacebook6Tweet0Pin0Pioneering “Farm-to-Table” Food Company Broadens Washington Reach Bringing Organic Produce and Artisan Goods to Thurston County ConsumersCARNATION, WA (February 16, 2011) – Full Circle, a regional organic farm and leading organic produce and artisan food provider, today announced it is expanding its service to include Thurston County. Full Circle will bring fresh, organic produce and artisan goods to convenient pick-up locations throughout Olympia, Lacey and Tumwater.“We are excited to expand our business and provide nutritious food to more people throughout the Northwest,” said Andrew Stout, Full Circle’s founder and owner. “Communities in Thurston County will now have fresh, organic produce delivered to their neighborhoods with the added convenience of customizing each box to their specific needs and directly connecting them to the people who grow their food.”Full Circle subscribers in Thurston County can schedule weekly or bi-weekly deliveries of Farm-to-Table boxes to one of 9 different pick-up sites close to home or work. Through the Full Circle website (www.fullcirclefarm.com) customers are provided with a selection of fresh produce items that they can accept as is, or customize to their specific preferences. Additionally, customers can add organic and artisan grocery items from local partners such as The Essential Baking Company, Mt. Townsend Creamery, Fresh Breeze Dairy, Quillisascut Cheese Company, Theo Chocolate Company, Grounds for Change (coffee), Choice Organic Teas, Blue Bird Grains and Moon Valley Honey.“Our farm boxes provide a wider selection of organic produce and artisan goods, offer the option to fully customize your box, and bring farm-to-table values directly to your neighborhood year-round,” stated Stout.Full Circle celebrates the many ways to “live the good food life” and believes in the value of nurturing both the land and the community, as both are essential in cultivating a healthy food system. Currently, Full Circle cultivates over 50 crops and 200 varieties of produce on 400 acres in the picturesque Snoqualmie Valley. Rooted in the importance of growing organically, both its crops and community have enabled the company to explore unique avenues in providing robust Farm-to-Table boxes to customers throughout Washington and Alaska year-round.About Full Circle FarmsEstablished in 1996 by Andrew Stout and Wendy Munroe, Full Circle is a fast-growing Pacific Northwest company and national leader of the good food movement.  Full Circle provides healthy and organically grown food — including growing more than 200 varieties of certified organic, fruits, vegetables and herbs — to a broad base of retail and commercial customers throughout Western Washington and across Alaska. For information visit: www.fullcirclefarm.com.last_img read more

Small fire quickly extinguished at Bert Bowes

first_imgBy Jon ZacksFort St. John’s Assistant Fire Chief, Curtis Redpath, has confirmed there was a small fire at Bert Bowes school on Friday.Redpath says the fire was in the lobby of the school, and had been put out with a fire extinguisher by the time crews arrived.- Advertisement -He says there were no injuries, and only minor damage.  The school was briefly evacuated as a precaution.Redpath says the investigation into the blaze is still underway.This story was submitted via a newstip, to energeticcity-beta.mystagingwebsite.comAdvertisementlast_img

Couture captures heavyweight title

first_imgAs he stood in the center of the Octagon, chest heaving and sweat dripping from his brow, all Randy Couture could do was smile and offer one simple sentence. “Not bad for an old man, huh?” Few outside of Couture’s camp believed it could happen. Couture, 43, had been retired since losing the light heavyweight title to Chuck Liddell in February of 2006. In coming back to fight, he was taking on Sylvia, a 6-foot-8, 260-pound giant of a champion who possesses one-punch knockout power. If Couture was to have a chance, he would have to take Sylvia to the mat where his superior wrestling skills could be put to use. Instead, Couture showed off his striking ability early, landing a solid overhand right to the jaw of Sylvia, who was immediately staggered. Though Sylvia survived the round, it seemed he never recovered from that opening punch. “I didn’t think he’d try to strike with me,” Sylvia admitted in the post-fight interview. “He kept me off balance the entire fight.” Not bad for any man. Couture had just become, once again, the UFC heavyweight champion thanks to a unanimous victory over Tim Sylvia in Saturday’s main event of UFC 68 in Columbus, Ohio. center_img Couture continued to control the pace of the fight, getting the better of the exchanges when the fighters were standing, and controlling the ground game, as expected. It was UFC’s debut in the midwest, and the crowd of approximately 19,000 at Nationwide Arena saw two fighters begin their quest regain their championship status. Rich Franklin, who lost his middleweight title to Anderson Silva last October, scored an impressive TKO victory over Jason McDonald. Franklin looked like his old self against McDonald, showing off his well-rounded style. Near the end of the second round, Franklin gained full-mount position and pounded his opponent until the bell rang to end the round. McDonald could not answer the bell for the third round. Also, former welterweight champ Matt Hughes, coming off a loss to Georges St. Pierre, earned a unanimous decision over Chris Lytle. For more on this event, visit James Melroy’s MMA blog at www.insidesocal.com/inthering 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more