ESG roundup: More UK consultancies pledge ESG trustee push

first_imgFour more investment consultants have pledged to ensure UK pension scheme trustees are aware of investment guidance on environmental, social and governance (ESG) issues from the country’s pensions regulator.Sixteen investment consultancies have now signed up to an initiative of the Association of Member Nominated Trustees (AMNT) and the UK Sustainable Investment and Finance Association. It was first announced in September.Cambridge Associates, Capita Employee Benefits, P-Solve Investments and Xafinity Punter Southall are the latest signatories.Last year The Pensions Regulator issued guidance for trust-based defined contribution and defined benefit pension schemes, stating that trustees should assess the financial materiality of ESG factors and allow for them accordingly in their investment strategy. In agreeing to the AMNT’s and UKSIF’s initiative, the 16 consultancies have publicly stated that they consider the guidance to be a major development in TPR’s approach, and that it puts trustees and their advisers under an obligation to react.The consultancies will bring the guidance to the attention of UK pension fund clients through various routes, for example putting consideration of ESG issues on trustee meeting agendas.The Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI) is also seeking to harness the power of investment consultants to drive more ESG investing. It has said that most investment consultants and their asset owner clients have so far failed to consider ESG issues in investment practice, and that “the full suite of investment consultants’ service delivery should be reviewed from an ESG perspective”.It is consulting with asset owners and consultants to develop and “extend the solution set”.£28bn LGPS pool joins UK-China climate reporting pilot groupThe £28bn (€32bn) Brunel Pensions Partnership is among investors in a group of UK and Chinese financial institutions trialling reporting of climate-related financial disclosures.The group has been put together by the City of London Green Finance Initiative, China Green Finance Committee and the PRI.It will pilot reporting in accordance with the guidelines issued by the Taskforce on Climate-related Financial Disclosures (TCFD), which operates under the auspices of the Financial Stability Board.According to a statement from the City of London Green Finance Initiative, the other financial institutions participating in the pilot are Aviva, HSBC, Hermes, E-Fund, HuaXia (China Asset Management), ICBC and Industrial Bank.The People’s Bank of China and the Bank of England will provide input to the group.The PRI will co-ordinate the investors participating in the pilot and share its expertise on global good practice. The investors are understood to be participating as preparers of the climate reporting rather than as users of corporates’ disclosure.The pilot was endorsed by the UK and Chinese governments at an event held in Beijing in December.ESG fund launchesAsset managers’ recognition of the investor appetite for what could be called ESG funds shows now sign of abating, with the beginning of the new year already seeing several launches.These include:a sustainable global equity fund from Newton Investment Management;a sustainable listed infrastructure fund from First State Investments;two socially responsible exchange-traded funds listed on the London Stock Exchange, run by UBS Asset Management; anda Sustainable Development Goals equities fund, from Union Investment.last_img read more

Western Connecticut running back McKoy sets single-game rushing record

first_imgOctavias McKoy found his speed playing flag football when he was 4 years old. Even then, he was rarely stopped.He carried that with him through college and into his record-setting 455-yard day.On Saturday, McKoy, a senior running back at Division III Western Connecticut State University, broke the NCAA single-game rushing record in a 55-35 win against Worcester State. He carried the ball 43 times and scored five touchdowns on runs of 15, 1, 41, 53 and 71 yards. He couldn’t be stopped.“There won’t be another game where he doesn’t get the ball at least 25-30 times,” Western Connecticut head coach Joe Loth said.The previous mark, 441 yards, was set by Dante Brown of D-III Marietta College in 1996.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“They’ve been playing college football since 1869 and nobody in its history has rushed for more than he has in a game. No one. Not in 130 years,” Loth said.At the end of the first half at Worcester, McKoy had already rushed for more than 200 yards, exceeding his single-game numbers from earlier in the season. And he more than doubled that number by the end of the game, despite being taken out halfway through the fourth quarter.The total distance he ran on Saturday spanned four and a half lengths of the field.“No one was thinking about any records,” McKoy said. “I just focused on staying hydrated, drinking Gatorade and keeping myself fresh so I could just keep running.”McKoy came out of Stratford (Conn.) High School as an unranked recruit, but it was because of his academics, not for a lack of talent, Loth said. McKoy planned to accept a scholarship from Iowa, but he didn’t qualify academically and bounced around a couple of junior colleges before landing at Western Connecticut.Now McKoy’s team is 5-2. And with only two games left, it will have its first winning season since 2005.“There’s more that goes into it than just me,” he said. “My offensive line, my coaches, they all do a great job for me. Everyone is making great blocks.”During the third week, McKoy was splitting carries with another running back on the team. But after posting more than 150 yards on about 19 carries in back-to-back games, he saw a lot more playing time, Loth said.Since then, McKoy has averaged about 10 yards a carry and has rushed for at least 150 yards in each of the following four games.Two weeks before playing Worcester, McKoy ran for 372 yards. The week after that, he rushed for 226. He had been building up to the record-breaking game, said Eric Yates, Western Connecticut’s running backs coach. It wasn’t just a “one-game-wonder.”“This kid has a wolf mentality. He is bred for football,” Yates said. “His commitment to the game is unreal.”Since Saturday’s game, McKoy has been recognized as the Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference Offensive Player of the Week, theBeyond Sports Network Athlete of the Week and was interviewed on ESPN’s SportsCenter on Tuesday night.What he didn’t know — until being asked about it — was that he had been nominated for the network’s Capital One Cup Impact Performance of the Week award, an honor typically reserved for Division I players.“That’s an honor right there,” McKoy said. “As a child, you grow up always thinking, ‘I want to be on SportsCenter.’” Comments Published on October 31, 2013 at 1:10 am Contact Joe: [email protected] | @joeinfantino Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Five Trojans named to All-Pac-12 first team

first_imgMan of the Year · Freshman linebacker Cameron Smith was named the Pac-12 Defensive Freshman of the Year Tuesday night. Five other Men of Troy were named to the All-Pac-12 first team Tuesday. – Mariya Dondonyan | Daily TrojanJust one day after Athletic Director Pat Haden announced that interim head coach Clay Helton would take over head coaching duties permanently, five Trojans were named to the All-Pac-12 first team. Sophomore wide receiver JuJu Smith-Schuster, sophomore cornerback Adoree’ Jackson, junior linebacker Su’a Cravens, redshirt junior offensive tackle Zach Banner and senior defensive tackle Antwaun Woods all received first team honors. Freshman linebacker Cameron Smith was named Pac-12 Defensive Freshman of the Year.This is Cravens’s second-straight year receiving first team recognition. In addition to making the first team as a defensive back, Jackson also made the second team as a return specialist.Three more Men of Troy joined Jackson on the All-Pac-12 second team. Senior defensive tackle Delvon Simmons, junior offensive tackle Chad Wheeler and senior fullback Soma Vainuku were all recognized.Redshirt senior quarterback Cody Kessler and four others received honorable mentions. Kessler, along with junior tailback Justin Davis, freshman tailback Ronald Jones II, sophomore offensive guard Damien Mama and freshman inside linebacker Cameron Smith, earned this honor.The Trojans will travel to Santa Clara to take on Stanford in the Pac-12 Championship game on Saturday.last_img read more

Water resources agency for SA

first_img15 August 2005The Cabinet has approved the establishment of a National Water Resource Infrastructure Agency (NWRIA) by April 2008 to ensure long-term water security for South Africa.The agency will take responsibility for developing and operating South Africa’s major national dams and water transfer schemes that are currently managed directly by the Department of Water Affairs and Forestry.These include the Vaal Dam, the Tugela-Vaal transfer system, the Orange River Scheme and the Western Cape system.The agency will also integrate the TCTA, the parastatal organisation responsible for funding the Lesotho Highlands Water Project.However, it will not be responsible for domestic water supplies that remain the responsibility of municipalities and regional water boards.The Department of Water Affairs and Forestry said in a statement earlier this month that the organisation would be a “major” business in its own right, with its assets currently valued at nearly R40-billion and bulk water sales bringing in more than R2-billion annually.The decision to establish the agency resulted from studies on the management of national water resources infrastructure going back to the 1998 White Paper on a National Water Policy.“The studies noted that water is a strategic resource for South Africa that faces many water-related challenges, notably extreme rainfall variability that is being aggravated by climate change as well as growing demands from all sectors of the economy and society,” the department said.This required both close oversight by government of decisions related to the development and allocation of water, as well as effective management of the country’s infrastructure.“A need was also identified to enable funds to be raised for development projects to serve large users from commercial sources in a manner which allows government’s limited finances to be focused on meeting social needs.”The Ministry of Water Affairs and Forestry will still be responsible for deciding what projects need to be built, in terms of the National Water Resource Strategy.The agency will be required to make funding arrangements, ensure that projects are designed and built according to appropriate technical, social and environmental standards, and ensure that they are operated effectively and efficiently.The establishment of the agency will see a phased integration of the department’s water resource infrastructure branch and TCTA.The TCTA has already been tasked to finance and implement projects such as the Berg Water Project in the Western Cape and a new R2-billion pipeline from Vaal Dam to assure supplies to Eskom and Sasol.The department said the integration of TCTA into the new agency would be done in a manner that would not to affect its obligations to the financial markets, its project credit ratings, or explicit government guarantees relating to the Lesotho Highlands Water project.Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

The Composition of Oils

first_imgNutritionally you should look for oils that are low in saturated fats and high in mono and polyunsaturated fats. Saturated fats are solid at room temperature, including butter, red meat, whole milk cheese, and coconut oil. A diet high in saturated fat tends to raise the “bad” LDL cholesterol, which can cause blockages in your arteries.1 Foods that are high in mono and polyunsaturated fats include, olive oil, canola oil, avocados, nuts, salmon, and mackerel. A diet high in mono and polyunsaturated fats can help reduce the harmful LDL cholesterol and lowers triglycerides.1 These healthy fats can also treat heart disease and stroke. As far as calories go, oils tend to be similar as 1 tbsp of oil is about 120 calories.What oils do you like to use in cooking, salad dressings, and toppings? Flaxseed OilSaturated fats: low (1.2 g)Mono and polyunsaturated fats: high with omega 6 and omega 9 essential fatty acidsMonounsat Fat: 9.2 gPolyunsat Fat: 2.5 g Smoke point: highIdeal for cooking: sautéing, frying foods, but also good for toppings and salad dressings Vegetable OilSaturated fats: low (1.5 g)Mono and polyunsaturated fats: high, rich in both mono and polyunsaturated fatsMonounsat Fat: 5 gPolyunsat Fat: 6 g Smoke point: highAll purpose oil is best for baking and sautéing References:https://www.health.harvard.edu/staying-healthy/the-truth-ahttps://www.health.harvard.edu/staying-healthy/the-truth-about-fats-bad-and-goodbout-fats-bad-and-good. Published 2019. Accessed April 25, 2019.Moore M. All About Oils – Food & Nutrition Magazine. Food & Nutrition Magazine. https://foodandnutrition.org/january-february-2014/all-about-oils/. Published 2019. Accessed April 25, 2019.Nutrients and health benefits. Choose MyPlate. https://www.choosemyplate.gov/oils-nutrients-health. Published 2019. Accessed April 25, 2019. Smoke point: highGreat for stir frying and sautéing, also good as a topping over an Asian slaw Smoke point: highCan use in dressings, dips, sautéing, and frying2 Sesame OilSaturated fats: low (2 g)Mono and polyunsaturated fats: highMonounsat Fat: 7 gPolyunsat Fat: 6 gcenter_img Smoke point: lowNot suitable for high-temperature cooking Smoke point: highIdeal for cooking: sautéing, stir frying and preventing food from sticking to pans Smoke point: lowNot ideal for cooking: better for salad dressings and as a topping Avocado OilSaturated fats: low (2 g)Mono and polyunsaturated fats: high; 70% monounsaturated fatMonounsat Fat: 10 gPolyunsat Fat: 2 g Olive OilSaturated fats: low (2 g)Mono and polyunsaturated fats: high in monounsaturated fatsMonounsat Fat: 10 gPolyunsat Fat: 1 g by Sarah Pittman, B.S., Dietetics studentAlthough oils are NOT a food group they still play a very important part in a healthy diet because of the essential nutrients they provide.3 Many people ask, what is the BEST oil to use? Well, that is not such an easy question to answer. There are many benefits and uses to the wide range of oils on the market today. Lets break it down. (Nutrition based on 1 tbsp of each).Canola OilSaturated fats: low (1 g)Mono and polyunsaturated fats: high with omega 3 fatty acidsMonounsat Fat: 8gPolyunsat Fat: 4 g Coconut OilSaturated fats: HIGH (13 g)Mono and polyunsaturated fats: lowMonounsat Fat: 1 gPolyunsat Fat: 0 glast_img read more

‘Arjun Reddy’ Hindi remake titled ‘Kabir Singh’, will release in June 2019

first_imgMumbai, Oct 26 (PTI) The Hindi remake of Telugu blockbuster “Arjun Reddy” is titled “Kabir Singh”.Starring Shahid Kapoor in the titular role, the film will hit the theatres on June 21, 2019.The film is directed by Sandeep Vanga who was also the director of the Telugu version. Kiara Advani plays the female lead.T-Series and Cine1 Studios are producing the project.”When we started work on the Hindi script, it was a very exciting journey. ‘Kabir Singh’, as the protagonist’s name, came naturally, considering the character’s graph. Kabir Singh has the same punch and madness of Arjun Reddy,” Vanga said in a statement.The film will be shot extensively in Mumbai, Delhi and Musoorie.Shahid will sport four different looks in the movie and has been preparing for it over the last three months. PTI SHDSHDlast_img read more

Amanda Judd Named in NSWTA Hall of Fame

first_imgFormer Australian and New South Wales Women’s Open representative, Amanda Judd, has been named as the 24th inductee into the New South Wales Touch Association Hall of Fame. “(Amanda was a) Pure attacking genius whose step was equally devastating off either foot while dummying and not losing pace, often having both the defence and spectators looking the wrong way. Arguably the best female hole runner to play the game, she had the uncanny ability to place her body in positions thought to be impossible to get the ball down, often leaving all of us watching her in amazement of what had just occurred. She, like her sister, was always at her best when the game was on the biggest stage and the mind meld that she and Kristy possessed when on the field left all in awe of the her talent.”Australian Women’s Open captain and good friend, Louise Winchester accepted the award on Amanda’s behalf. Related LinksNSWTA Hall of Fame Amanda and her twin sister Kristy, who is still playing and in 2011 played in her fifth World Cup, changed the way the Women’s game was played. New South Wales Touch Association General Manager, Dean Russell announced the induction, praising her creativity in attack. center_img Amanda Judd has had a stellar Touch Football career, with 62 caps for Australia, as well as a seven year representation for New South Wales in the State of Origin series. Along with this, Judd has won six State Cup titles, 11 Vawdon Cup titles and five National Touch League titles. She was also the winner of back-to-back Smith Medals in 2005 and 2006 and the sixth all time vote getter in the Smith Medal. last_img read more

10 months agoNewcastle boss Benitez: Even if we buy in January it’ll be miracle if we stay up

first_imgNewcastle boss Benitez: Even if we buy in January it’ll be miracle if we stay upby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveNewcastle United boss Rafa Benitez admits he fears for their survival chances ahead of the January market.The Magpies boss has let owner Mike Ashley know his side are struggling for inspiration and in danger of going down.The Spaniard said: “Even if we strengthen in January it will be a miracle if we stay up. I think everyone knows what we have to do.“Does Mike Ashley know? I hope so. We are doing what we have to do and now we wait to see what will happen.“We have the targets, the names, so we have to do what we have to do.“I am trying to tell everyone, realise where we are. Realise what we have to do and if we do well, fine we can finish 10th or whatever.”In a reference to big spending rivals Fulham and Wolves, Benitez said: “If we think we can beat these teams that have spent £100 million, every one of them, every game, there is no chance. We are wrong, 100 per cent.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

10 months agoSolskjaer: Man Utd players must embrace Old Trafford expectations

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Solskjaer: Man Utd players must embrace Old Trafford expectationsby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United caretaker boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer says home players should always embrace the expectations of the Old Trafford crowd.Solskjaer – who was at the Reds for 11 years as a player – accepted Old Trafford can be an intimidating arena, but believes the team should be able to cope.“That comes when you sign for Man United,” he said. “You know you’re going to play in front of the best fans in the world. Confidence is not something you store in the fridge and pick out.“You earn it by your performances, by your training, how you feel. Hopefully this gave them a boost, so I’m happy and looking forward to Boxing Day.“You can never set the bar too high. They’re setting the standard. The players who play for this club have high ­standards to live up to.” last_img read more

10 months agoReal Betis coach Setien responds to Barcelona rumours

first_imgTagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Real Betis coach Setien responds to Barcelona rumoursby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveQuique Setien insists he’s happy in his job at Real Betis.Setien has been linked with Barcelona.”I have a contract with Beris, I’m doing really well here and we keep working hard with enthusiasm,” he said. “[Barca links] flatter me but I would be flattered to be linked with any other team, because I am very respectful of every side.” Setien has a contract with the Seville-based club until 2020. last_img