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Swiss investors add CHF50bn of sustainable investments in a year

first_imgThe increased sustainable investment activity mainly fed into increased inflows to sustainable investment funds (+59%), while the assets in directly awarded mandates gained 2%.Many pension funds only started to use sustainability strategies last year, while others have only just started talking about doing so.Overall, the FNG survey found most asset owners were using exclusion criteria, norm-based screenings, and engagement in their sustainability strategies.One of the main drivers of the increased activity in sustainable investments was the establishment of the SVVK-ASIR platform in 2015 by seven major Swiss asset owners – many of which chose to join the FNG survey this year for the first time. Founding member Suva, the accident insurance fund, was the only one of the seven to already take part in 2016.The FNG report also gave an update on the SVVK-ASIR platform, confirming there was “a lot of interest” from pension funds wanting to join. The platform’s role includes developing strategies for its members, discussing exclusion lists, and helping with engagement.Asset owner respondents to the survey included heavyweights such as the public pension fund Publica, Pensionskasse Post, BVK, and the pension fund for the city of Zurich.French-speaking asset owners included the pension fund for the Red Cross and Red Crescent, and Geneva public pension fund Caisse de prévoyance de l’État de Genève (CPEG).See the survey in English here. The value of sustainable investments held by Swiss asset owners almost doubled in the past year, according to a survey by Forum Nachhaltige Geldanlagen (FNG).FNG – the association for sustainable investments in Germany, Switzerland, and Austria – reported that sustainable investments grew to CHF104bn (€95.8bn) as of year-end 2016, compared to CHF55bn a year earlier.The increase was in part due to Swiss asset owners being more willing to open up about their sustainable investment strategies: The number of asset owners taking part in the annual survey of the Swiss sustainability investment market rose from four to 14.FNG has been looking into sustainable investments in the region since 2005. However, it was only last year that Swiss asset owners began to take part in the survey.last_img read more

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Los Angeles River Channel Wall Repairs Underway

first_imgU.S. Army Corps of Engineers recently awarded a contract for like-for-like repair of damaged embankment and levee toe within the Glendale Narrows section of the Los Angeles River Flood Control Channel at Reach 4D.In order to conduct the repair, a limited portion of the channel will be dewatered. Approximately 3,000 square feet of vegetation and sediment will be removed to facilitate the dewatering process. A temporary access ramp into the channel will also be installed.This week the contractor, JF Engineering, was able to mobilize into the lot off of Rigali Ave. Security fencing was set up on top of the levee, Conex boxes were placed in the staging area, and HESCOs were opened up to allow for access ramp construction.Also, the access ramp was constructed this week and the excavator has begun to remove derrick stone located along the levee toe to allow for the dewatering barriers to be installed.The Corps biologist also completed the pre-construction surveys for Endangered Species Act-listed wildlife species in the project area.According to the Corps, the construction period will last approximately 5 months.[mappress mapid=”24214″]last_img read more

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Marriage is the most effective weapon to fight child poverty

first_imgLifesite News 13 Sep 2012A new study shows marriage is good for children’s material prosperity, as well as their emotional and spiritual growth.“The U.S. is steadily separating into a two-caste system with marriage and education as the dividing line,” Heritage Foundation researcher Robert Rector wrote in the study, “Marriage: America’s Greatest Weapon Against Child Poverty.”Being in an intact home reduces a child’s chances of living in poverty by 82 percent. While 37 percent of children in unmarried families were below the poverty level, less than seven percent of children in  homes with both a mother and a father suffered the same fate.Even when comparing equally well-educated families, marriage boosted a child’s chance of living above the poverty line by 75 percent. The income gap held true among all ethnic groups.….“Being married has roughly the same effect in reducing poverty that adding five to six years to a parent’s education has,” wrote Rector, who is a senior research fellow at the D.C.-based conservative think tank.His findings challenge dominant stereotypes about illegitimacy. Although 40 percent of births now take place outside wedlock, only 7.7 percent occurred to girls under age 18. The vast majority of such children are born to women in their 20s.“In the high-income third of the population, children are raised by married parents with a college education,” Rector found, but “in the bottom-income third, children are raised by single parents with a high school degree or less.”The nation’s fractured marriage cost all Americans, with welfare programs to single-parent homes costing taxpayers $330 billion annually – $30,000 for each American.Rector’s findings confirm a host of social science data reported by experts ranging from Dr. Brad Wilcox at the University of Virginia, to Charles Murray of the American Enterprise Institute, to a recent article published in the New York Times.http://www.lifesitenews.com/news/marriage-is-the-most-effective-weapon-to-fight-child-poverty-study-findslast_img read more

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Sunman Man Arrested for Child Molesting

first_imgDearborn County-Earlier this week, the Indiana State Police arrested a Sunman, Indiana man on multiple counts of child molesting after a six month long investigation.The investigation began in October 2017 after Indiana State Police Detectives were notified that Dickie D. Gould, age 84, Sunman, Indiana had allegedly molested a female juvenile two or three years prior on multiple occasions at his residence in Ripley County and another residence in Dearborn County.  Gould was also alleged to have showed the juvenile pornographic images while they were at his residence.As a result of the investigation, a warrant was issued out of Ripley County, Indiana for the arrest of Dickie Gould on one felony count of Dissemination of Harmful Material to a Minor.  He was arrested on that charge earlier this month.  The investigation then led to a warrant being issued out of Dearborn County for the arrest of Gould on four felony counts of Child Molesting.Gould was arrested on April 24th, 2018 on the Dearborn County warrant.  He was taken into custody at his residence without incident.  He was incarcerated at the Dearborn County Jail pending his initial appearance in the Dearborn Circuit Court.The investigation is ongoing.last_img read more

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VIDEO: Lyon beats Wolfsburg for fifth straight Women’s UCL

first_imgOlympique Lyonnais Feminin maintained its dominance of Europe beating German power Wolfsburg 3-1 in Spain on Sunday in the UEFA Women’s Champions League final for its fifth consecutive continental title. Lyon, which has won seven of the last 10 Champions League crowns, also beat Wolfsburg in the finale in 2016 and 2018. Veteran French World Cup striker Eugénie Le Sommer opened the scoring for Lyon Sunday in the 25 minute, slotting her own rebound past Friederike Abt after the Wolfsburg keeper saved Le Sommer’s initial shot: Loading… Wolfsburg made it interesting, though, cutting Lyon’s advantage in half on a goal by Alexandra Popp with more than a half-hour left to play. The Japanese midfielder got a little fortunate when Wolfsburg’s Ingrid Syrstad Engen poked the ball off the foot of teammate Amel Majri and directly to her, but there was nothing lucky about Kumagai’s long-range, left-footed effort:center_img Lyon looked as though it would roll to victory when it doubled its advantage on the stroke of halftime through Saki Kumagai. Promoted ContentThe Best Cars Of All Time8 Superfoods For Growing Hair Back And Stimulating Its GrowthHere Are The Best Movies Since 1982 You Should Definitely See7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend BetterMeghan And Harry’s Royal Baby: Everything You Need To KnowBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever Made7 Facts About Black Holes That Will Blow Your MindFascinating Ceilings From Different CountriesEverything You Need To Know About Asteroid Armageddon11 Most Immersive Game To Play On Your Table TopBeautiful Mutations: 15 Staggering Photos Of HeterochromiaTop 10 Most Populated Cities In The World Read Also: Wantaway Messi shuns pre-season Coronavirus  test The two-time European champions never got any closer than that, though, with Lyon substitute Sara Björk Gunnarsdóttir putting the match out of reach with just two minutes of regular time to go. Following a failed clearance off a Lyon corner kick, the Iceland international and former Wolfsburg player stayed onside, extended her leg and redirected Le Sommer’s wicked shot past Abt to clinch the trophy: FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 last_img read more

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25-year sponsor Intercomp gives IMCA Modified awards, continues Stock Car decal program role

first_img“Chassis set up equipment has continued to become a critical element of every racer’s program, and Intercomp makes some of the highest quality and most accurate pieces on the market. Their quarter century of support makes them far and away the leader in measuring technology for IMCA racers.”  MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. – A year after celebrating its 40th year in business, Intercomp marks its milestone 25th season as an IMCA sponsor. Designated place finishers at 30 selected Modified specials and top 10 drivers in EQ Cylinder Heads Northern and Southern regions for the Stock Cars all receive $100 certificates applicable toward the purchase of RFX wireless scales or Intercomp digital chassis setup equip­ment. “We are proud to celebrate the 25th anniversary of partnership with IMCA,” Intercomp Racing Market Specialist Chris Berg said. “We feel very strongly about supporting the grassroots level of racing. The weekly programs running at dirt tracks around the country are the lifeblood of racing in the United States. We see great value in continuing as the manufacturer of the Official Scales of IMCA.”  Information about the complete line of Intercomp products is available at www.IntercompRacing.com, on Facebook and by calling 800 328-3336.center_img Stock Car drivers are also required to display two Intercomp decals on their race car to become eligible for na­tional and regional point fund shares. Modified certifi­cates will be mailed after special events results are received at the IMCA home office. Stock Car certificates will be presented during the national awards banquet in November. Manufacturer of the Official Scales of IMCA, the Minneapolis, Minn., company has renewed a program of awards benefitting IMCA Modified and IMCA Sunoco Stock Car competitors.last_img read more

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Amapakabo says preparations for U-23 AFCON in top gear

first_imgRelatedPosts Abia Warriors appoint new head coach Yobo doesn’t need coaching experience to be on Eagles bench — Bosso Imama Amapakabo picks Nwakali, Awoniyi, 19 others for U23 AFCON Imama Amapakabo, Head Coach of the national under-23 male football team, on Friday assured that his team’s preparations for the Under-23 Africa Cup of Nations were in top gear.Amapakabo told newsmen after the team’s training session in Abuja that all efforts were being made to ensure the team evolves as necessary.While admitting that having with him in camp only one foreign-based player could be a drawback, the coach expressed the hope that more players would soon be joining the camp.“Right now, we have in camp with us one (Kelechi Nwakali) out of the three foreign-based players invited and we are hopefully expecting the others to arrive at the camp within the next few days.“But their early arrival will enable us to get a clearer picture of our preparations for the competition,’’ he said.Amapakabo said he and his technical crew colleagues were not unaware of the nature of opposition ahead of them at the Under-23 AFCON in Egypt in November.“We know the kind of games we are preparing for, and we believe that it is going to be tough, but we have been preparing as we should,’’ he said.The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the Under-23 AFCON, now in its third edition, is scheduled for November 8 to November 22 in Egypt.The top three teams at the event will qualify for the Men’s Olympic Football Tournament at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo.Nigeria will open their campaign against Cote d’Ivoire on November 9 in Cairo, before taking on Zambia on Nov. 12 and South Africa on November 15.All the matches are expected to hold at the Al Salam Stadium.The Super Eagles assistant coach acknowledged that there were no longer easy teams in football and neither of the groups at the competition was also not difficult.Tags: Imama AmapakaboU-23 AFCONlast_img read more

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Meeting focuses on efficiency

first_imgLast night’s USG meeting featured presentations from incoming Chief of Staff Hassaan Ebrahim and President Elect Andrew Menard, as well as a presentation on behalf of USG’s latest program board organization, the Environmental Student Assembly.Menard announced the appointment of new executive officers to assist in the direction of USG.“It was extremely competitive this year; we had a ton of outstanding applications. I’m totally confident in their ability,” said Menard.These new executives are resolved to help Menard in his plan to improve the efficiency of USG and its member organizations.“We really want to push the internal efficiency of USG,” Ebrahim said.To this effect, Ebrahim and Menard proposed a variety of amendments to USG’s bylaws. These various amendments deal with reducing the working hours of USG positions, such as Parliamentarian, and restructuring USG organizations for greater efficiency within  student government.The Senate will discuss and vote on the proposed amendments next week.Vice President Ryan Park gave a presentation on behalf of the Environmental Student Assembly, the newest organization to join USG’s Program Board.ESA was established in the spring of 2013 to promote sustainability and environmental awareness on campus.“We found there was a huge need among students for environmentally friendly practices that wasn’t necessarily being met,” Park said.Since then, ESA has become a permanent member of USG’s Program Board and has grown in terms of its membership and outreach.“They’ve built attendance and gotten students out for their events. They also have nine new member organizations,” Park said.The nine member organizations within ESA have diverse emphases, but are united by a common concern for environmental sustainability.Park believes that ESA’s upcoming Earth Month will illustrate the organization’s growth and success.“Even with the limited budget they have, they have an awesome program lined up,” Park said.last_img read more

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Coaches don’t deserve all scrutiny, blame

first_imgUSC-Notre Dame just doesn’t have the same kick to it anymore.With both teams at relative low points, the bad blood in the rivalry doesn’t quite boil like it used to (at least on the West Coast, anyway — South Bend might be a different story).Sure, the game will receive plenty of attention with its primetime spot on NBC, and the coverage of the rivalry would have you believe it’s as intense as it has ever been.But that’s not the case.Even USC Athletic Director Pat Haden, who you’d expect to sing out about the majesty and tradition of the game, realizes the stakes are unusually low.“[To the kids], if you talk to them, this is just another game in a series of 12,” Haden told ESPN this week. “I think all of us — you, me, the old-timers — feel differently than the players do.”It’s a little disheartening to take stock of the declining value of this once-historic matchup, and as fans continue to come to grips with the reality, they’re going to look for a scapegoat.In Kelly’s case, the blow is somewhat softened by general mediocrity among the Fighting Irish’s coaches since Lou Holtz moved out. In fact, Charlie Weis’ disappointing tenure preceding Kelly had most calling for any type of change.And Kelly helped his case by going into the Los Angeles Coliseum last November and downing the Trojans in the rain to end an eight-year USC winning streak — with a little help from a slippery field and then-senior wide receiver Ronald Johnson’s cleats.But for the most part, these coaches are subject to widespread scrutiny and expected to right their respective ships, returning them to the glory they once shared.In Kiffin’s case, the pressure has to be palpable.Losing to Notre Dame was not a good mark on Kiffin’s first season at USC, especially for a guy who just can’t seem to do right by anybody. If he goes for it on fourth down twice in a game, converting one, few are going to remember the make. Everyone’s going to remember the failure and chide his decision-making for the next week. Even I’m guilty of it.College coaches have to deal with hopelessly irrational critics, and these two in particular deal with masses that have sky-high standards and paper-thin leniency.It might be fair to evaluate these coaches based solely on their performance, but to judge them based on how they stack up to predecessors and how well they preserve a legacy?That’s just wrong.Kiffin is not Pete Carroll. Kelly is not Holtz. The 2011 Trojans are not the 2004 Trojans, and the 2011 Irish aren’t the 1988 Irish.There’s no way to compare teams across these eras when competition, recruiting, motivation, training and so many other variables are just that — variables.Let them shape their own programs and get off their backs about the past.For whatever reason we tend to concentrate the blame on the one person who has absolutely no reason to do any less than his best — when you work for one of these programs, you tend to like your job.We act like Kiffin and Kelly walk out on the field every week, pull off their blindfolds and coach a game. They’ve studied the film. They’ve evaluated the players. They’ve made painstaking preparations.But all they hear is how they aren’t as good as the people who did it at an elite level before them.Maybe it is a matter of talent — and not just preparation — that makes a good coach.Maybe Kiffin isn’t as talented as Carroll, and maybe Kelly isn’t as talented as Holtz.But why should a lower level of talent give fans an excuse to vilify these figures?It’s wrong to trash a player just because he doesn’t excel at the level we want. It’s widely done, but it’s wrong.Often players’ success or failure is largely dependent on how they fared in the genetic lottery. The same goes for coaches.So if we’re going to continue to treat Kiffin and Kelly as unfairly as we do now, let’s call this game what it really is.The Scapegoat Bowl. “Suicide Blitz” runs Thursdays. To comment on this article, visit dailytrojan.com or email Danny at savitzky@usc.edu.last_img read more

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Big name recruits join USC on early signing day

first_imgAs the players and coaching staff walked off the field in Arlington, Tex., after a disappointing loss to Ohio State in the Cotton Bowl, their focus was already beginning to shift to next season. Head coach Clay Helton and his coaching staff signed 10 recruits on Dec. 20 with more top-recruits to come in February. Photo by Tucker Judkins | Daily Trojan“Now, it’s trying to make it to the playoff and win a national championship,” head coach Clay Helton said after the game. “We won’t be satisfied until that happens.” Though the season has ended, the next two months present an incredibly important challenge for USC football, as they must fight to bring in recruits who will shape the foundation of the team for years to come. This year, the college football recruiting process looks different from previous years, as there are now two signing periods, as opposed to just one. The first chance players have to sign with a school, dubbed the “early signing period,” took place from Dec. 20-22. USC’s class ranked 13th in the nation coming out of this early signing period, according to Rivals. They signed 10 players, but have several more hard commitments from players expected to sign on National Signing Day in February.Headlining USC’s signed commits in the 2018 class are inside linebacker Palaie Gaoteote, the highest-ranked linebacker in ESPN’s ratings, and athlete Talanoa Hufanga, the top-rated prospect from the state of Oregon. Gaoteote, who played in  high school at national powerhouse, Bishop Gorman in Las Vegas, chose USC though many experts believed he would sign with Ohio State. Hufanga is listed as an athlete, though he will likely play as a safety at USC due to his range and ball skills. Though they have not signed yet, two of USC’s top recruits have made hard commitments to play for the Trojans in 2018. Quarterback JT Daniels, the reigning Gatorade and Maxpreps National Football Player of the Year, and his high school teammate Amon-Ra St. Brown, the consensus top receiver from California, both intend to sign with USC in February. Daniels, who just finished his junior year of high school, is reclassifying to enroll early, and is expected to compete for the starting job next year with Sam Darnold declaring for the NFL Draft. Daniels comes from Mater Dei High School, where former USC greats Matt Leinart and Matt Barkley also played, but there is speculation from some scouts that Daniels could be the best of the group. In 2017, he accounted for more than 4,500 yards and 61 touchdowns, while only throwing four interceptions and leading his team to a perfect 15-0 season, all while holding the No. 1 ranking nationally. St. Brown, the 10th-ranked player and second-rated receiver in the nation, according to ESPN, committed to USC on Jan. 6 during the Army All-American Football game. St. Brown has one brother, Orisis, who plays for Stanford, and another, Equanimeous, who just completed his career at Notre Dame. Both schools heavily recruited the five-star talent, but ultimately, he chose to carve his own path and announce his intent to sign with the Trojans. He was named offensive MVP of the Army All-American game for his four catch, 93-yard performance. Other notable signings for USC include Markese Stepp from Indianapolis, the 13th-rated running back in the nation, Chase Williams, an athlete from Corona, Calif., Justin Dedich, the second highest-rated center in the country and Raymond Scott, a top-5 outside linebacker.last_img read more

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