Mayor of Amsterdam calls on ABP to halt investment in fossil fuels

first_imgThe mayor of Amsterdam has written to Dutch pensions giant ABP calling on it to stop investing in companies with links to fossil-fuel activities.In a letter to the board of the €363bn pension fund, which covers municipal employees in the Netherlands, the city’s mayor Eberhard van der Laan wrote: “If ABP does not end investments in the fossil fuel industry within a reasonable timeframe, pensions of participants will be at serious risk.”Van der Laan said his call was a response to the campaign by the group Amsterdam Fossielvrij (Fossil Free Amsterdam) and the city’s decision to rid itself of investments incompatible with its aim of speeding up the transition to a “circular economy” to prevent irreversible climate impacts.A circular economy describes an industrial economy that produces no waste and pollution. Van der Laan acknowledged that the pension fund had already terminated some of its fossil fuel-related investments in 2015 in response to requests by ABP members.But he wrote: “Despite these positive steps, you still invest in fossil-fuel businesses.“We therefore ask you to sharpen your ambition and to evaluate the investment portfolio, considering the interests and links companies have with the fossil fuel industry, and where these links are confirmed as existing, not to invest and to put an end to existing investments in the fossil fuel industry, starting with coal, nuclear power and shale gas.”If direct divestment were not possible, the mayor asked the pension fund to establish itself as an activist shareholder and encourage companies to make sustainable investments, keeping an eye on the European ambitions to reduce CO2 emissions by 80-90% from 1990 levels by the year 2050.In response to the letter, a spokesman for ABP told IPE it was also concerned about climate change.“The fund therefore has set ambitious goals in its investment policy to contribute to a better environment and a sustainable world,” he said.For example, ABP plans to reduce CO2 emissions in its portfolio in 2020 by 25% and expand its investments in renewable energy significantly, he said.  “ABP expects a decline of fossil fuels and an increase in renewable energy in its investments in the coming decades,” he added.He said this would happen in a gradual way because, as independent surveys showed, fossil fuel would be needed in the next few decades.He said ABP believes acute divestment from fossil companies right now would not help the climate.“The fund prefers to use – during the long transition period – its role as a shareholder to influence fossil fuel businesses,” the spokesman said.Sven Jense of Amsterdam Fossielvrij said: “Cutting our financial ties to the fossil fuel industry will make our city and our pensions fit for the future.”However, he said “an ambitious timeframe” also needed to be set to drop these investments and to effect a transition of the city’s harbour activities away from fossil fuels. “We don’t want our city to make money out of climate destruction,” he said.Last October, ABP outlined its new socially responsible investment policy.Apart from its aim of shrinking the portfolio’s carbon footprint, the pension fund said it was to double investments in such things as renewable energy, clean technology and commodity recycling to more than €58bn over the next five years.It also said it aimed to increase its investments in renewable energy by five times to more than €5bn.last_img read more

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Bulldogs Freshman Team Falls Short To Panthers

first_imgThe Batesville Freshman fell to the Jennings County Monday night 40-37.Alex Roell led the Bulldogs with 13 followed by Zach Britton with 10. Peyton Meyer (7), Gunner Olsen (5), and John Harmeyer (2) also scored in the loss.“Alex Roell had a breakout game for us tonight. He battled inside all night, and finished through contact. Our guys did a good job of feeding him in the post, and he did a good job of finding scorers as the defense collapsed on him. If we continue to get post production like that, we’re far from seeing this group’s ceiling.”  Batesville Coach Ben Siefert.After a 19 point first quarter, the Bulldogs were only able to muster up 18 points over the last 3 quarters. That stalemate proved to be the difference.“We were just unable to overcome some things not going our way in the second half. We got into foul trouble, and couldn’t find our way to the line on offense. I don’t think we stopped playing hard though, so there’s a silver lining there.”  Batesville Coach Ben Siefert.With the loss, Batesville falls to 3-3. The Bulldogs host South Dearborn Tuesday night at 6:00pm.Submitted by Batesville Coach Ben Siefert.last_img read more

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Terry happy to bide time on subs bench

first_img Terry suffered a knee injury prior to Benitez’s appointment and a setback saw him miss the defeat of Wigan before he was an unused substitute, for a fifth time under the Spaniard, in the Europa League win at Sparta Prague. The former England captain could yet return to the bench for Thursday’s second leg with Sparta, with Sunday’s Barclays Premier League clash at Manchester City the priority as Benitez bids to fulfil his brief of Champions League football next term. Benitez, with a third successive win, continued to turn the momentum following three wins in the previous 10 games. Due to the Spaniard’s association with Liverpool, he will likely never be a popular appointment – be it on his current caretaker basis or permanently – but Benitez has Terry’s support. “If you are losing games, the pressure is on the manager,” Terry said. “He has to take responsibility because he is the one who picks the team. So if we are not [winning], as with all managers, it falls on his head, unfortunately. But if we are winning games, and hopefully we can do that, it takes the pressure off him.” Terry hopes to play his part in the season run-in, but knows he cannot demand a place in the side, given the form of Gary Cahill and Branislav Ivanovic, plus the option of David Luiz, who Benitez appears to view more as a defensive midfielder. “I’m not silly,” Terry added. “I’ve been out for four months – the other two guys have been playing really well, so it is going to be difficult for me to get back in. Naturally I want to play games; the manager doesn’t need to ask me that question to know what answer he is going to get. “I am not one to go in and knock the manager’s door down. I respect the other players. I have to fight for my place, the same as everyone. I think it is important that comes across from me directly.” Chelsea captain John Terry is adamant he is happy to sit on the substitutes’ bench, if it is what is best for the team. The 32-year-old defender on Sunday made just his third start under interim boss Rafael Benitez and scored the fourth goal as the FA Cup holders claimed a 4-0 win over Brentford to set up a fifth-round clash at Middlesbrough a week on Wednesday. “It is not about Rafa, me or Frank Lampard, it is not about anybody,” said Terry, who denied a report of a bust-up with Benitez. “It is about this football club winning games and if that’s with me in the side, great. If not, then I will be their biggest supporter and I’ll sit there and support the team like the fans will.” center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

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No Short cuts in Sunderland manager hunt

first_img Almost a fortnight on from the Italian’s departure, the Black Cats are yet to appoint a replacement, with Short still considering his options after speaking to a series of candidates. However, the Texan businessman is determined to get it right and as a result, will take his time. Sunderland owner Ellis Short has insisted he will make the best decision for the club as he attempts to find a successor to Paolo Di Canio. Press Associationcenter_img Writing in his programme notes ahead of Saturday evening’s Barclays Premier League clash with Manchester United, Short said: “We now have a very important decision to make. “Our only consideration in making that decision is what is best for the club. “In doing so, we feel the weight of the entire city and beyond, along with the history of this massive football club. “The appointment of a replacement head coach is our priority and I urge you to ignore the speculation in the media about the selection process, because most of it is completely wrong.” Gus Poyet has been the bookmakers’ favourite to get the job since it emerged that Roberto Di Matteo had distanced himself from the vacancy, but Rene Meulesteen, Gianfranco Zola, Tony Pulis and Alex McLeish have all been linked with the Black Cats in recent days. Interim head coach Kevin Ball, who has expressed his own interest in the post, remained at the helm for the United game with the Black Cats still looking for their first league win of the season. Short admitted: “It has been a terrible start to the season and we are now living with the inevitable disruption related to parting company with our head coach. “We owe great thanks to Paolo Di Canio for keeping us up last season. He came in and provided the fire that we needed to fight for the points necessary to stay in the league. “I appreciate that opinions are mixed amongst our fans over whether he should have been replaced. Again, this decision was based on what we felt was best for the club. “We wish Paolo the best in his future managerial career.” last_img read more

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Mahan cruises to victory

first_img “It’s such a great competition that everyone loves to play against one another. It brings out the best in everyone. It’d be a huge bonus to be a part of the team.” Mahan started brightly with two birdies in his opening five holes but a run of five successive pars left his chances of glory floundering. He exploded into life from the 11th, however, with a run of five birdies in seven holes, and his putt on the 17th, 21ft from the pin, brought the crowd to their feet. A poor tee off shot at his final hole kept them on the edge of their seats and he was lucky to avoid a bunker on his approach, with the ball nestling in the rough just above the sand. While he was unable to save par, he did hold his nerve to hole a tricky putt. Day needed an eagle on the last to enforce a play-off but he too found the rough with his tee shot and with that his hopes vanished, settling for joint second after a closing 68. Fellow Australian Appleby also finished on 12 under for the tournament after matching Mahan’s round, with Tringale carding a closing 66. World number one Rory McIlroy finished in a tie for 22nd after a one-under 70, while England’s Lee Westwood was among the 25 players to fail to qualify for the second play-off event at the Deutsche Bank Championship, despite finishing level par for the tournament after a closing 70. Hunter Mahan produced a near flawless final round to clinch a two-shot victory in the opening FedEx Cup play-off at The Barclays in New Jersey. It was Mahan’s sixth victory on the PGA Tour, and his first since April 2012, and puts him in an enviable position to claim the 10 million US dollars (£6million) bonus that comes with winning the FedEx Cup. “This is a FedEx Cup play-off event, this is where all the best players are. You need to peak your game and play some great golf and to do it on a Sunday like I did and hit some great shots and big putts down the end feels great,” he said. “I felt good in the last few weeks. I felt like I turned a corner from myself and refocused myself on doing the right things. “It feels great to get a ‘W’.” With nine players having already qualified for America’s Ryder Cup team, Mahan’s effort this weekend may go a long way to earning a wildcard spot in Tom Watson’s team for the event in Gleneagles next month. The 32-year-old from California has made two appearances for the United States but missed out on selection two years ago. However, he made it clear he would welcome a wildcard spot. “It’s the goal of every American and European player to play in the Ryder Cup. It means so much to us on both sides,” he added on Sky Sports 4. Mahan rose to the occasion on the back nine, with five birdies moving him steadily up the leaderboard and he could even afford to bogey the last, his only blemish of an otherwise fantastic display. A closing six-under 65 saw him finish comfortably ahead of American compatriot Cameron Tringale and Australian duo Stuart Appleby and Jason Day, who was joint overnight leader. Press Associationlast_img read more

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Leicester City striker Jamie Vardy wins Premier League Golden Boot Award

first_imgLONDON: Leicester City striker Jamie Vardy bagged the Premier Leagues Golden Boot award after netting 23 goals across the 2019/20 season. Vardy beat Arsenal striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (22), Southamptons Danny Ings (22) and Manchester City forward Raheem Sterling (20) to scoop the prestigious individual award.The 33-year-old is the first Leicester City player to claim the award and is only the second Englishman after Harry Kane to take the crown in the last 20 years. “Jamie’s been outstanding for us – our Player of the Season,” Leicester manager Brendan Rodgers told the club’s official website. “He knows he can’t do it without his team-mates, but he also knows, and the team know, that they couldn’t have done it without him and challenge.” Manchester City’s Brazilian keeper Ederson won the Golden Glove award after keeping his 16th clean sheet of the season against Norwich City to beat Burnley’s Nick Pope to the award. IANS Also watch: Anti-CAA Protest in Naharkatialast_img read more

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Langer: Syracuse football has set the bar for itself and its fans to compete the rest of the season

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Last year, three 5-7 teams made it to bowl games, and they all won. From a mathematical perspective, the third win for SU this season puts the team within striking distance of a game.Win totals aside, it’s the kind of win Syracuse got that sets the bar for itself. Beating Wake Forest last week to get that third win wouldn’t have shifted the forecast of this season. SU beat WFU on its way to three straight wins to start the season last year. Nobody was rushing the field.MORE COVERAGE:Syracuse football stock watch: Whose trending up and down after win over VTPhilips on Dungey: ‘He’s fighting. Why can’t we fight with him?’What we learned from Syracuse’s upset win over Virginia Tech Published on October 16, 2016 at 9:58 pm But for the first time in a while, the Orange has pulled off a signature regular season win. The only Power 5 teams that SU beat in each of the last two seasons were Wake Forest and Boston College, with neither team finishing with winning records in the years SU won. On Saturday, Syracuse beat the 17th-best team in the country.“A lot of people doubted us about this game,” running back Dontae Strickland said. “You saw it in the crowd, you saw it on the sideline, even on the field. It was just electrifying.”The Orange flirted with big wins last season, playing tight games when No. 8 Louisiana State came to the Carrier Dome and when No. 1 Clemson made an appearance. The Orange failed to close out those games, though, and failed to give fans much to be excited about.Jessica Sheldon | Photo EditorBut after VT, fans on the field started a “Dino Babers” chant. He’s the man who pleaded for faith — “belief without evidence” — since the moment he was hired. He told them they deserved better and it was just a matter of time until he’d deliver. Ten months later, Babers gave them the first bit of evidence they needed.The Syracuse head coach also got his team to believe in what he said. In a postgame locker room speech, he talked about the “Kumbaya meetings” they had earlier in the week. Ishmael said that Babers’s uplifting words of encouragement are what helped the Orange win the game.“Just by winning this game … we can beat anybody and we can compete with anybody,” Ishmael said. “We can win any game. Any game for the rest of the season. We can win anything.”As he was leaving the press conference area, Director of Athletics John Wildhack’s 13-year-old son, Tommy, gave Ishmael a thumbs up and walked out. A few seconds later, Wildhack did the same.Babers promised to make the future of this program bright, to eventually return SU football to its successful days. And he still has a long way to go. But with the win over Virginia Tech, he ensured a real buzz, and real hopes, would return to Syracuse this year.Tomer Langer is an Asst. Copy Editor at The Daily Orange, where his column appears occasionally. He can be reached at tdlanger@syr.edu or @tomer_langer. Comments The Syracuse Marching Band started playing the school’s alma mater with very few students left in the student section, just like at the end of most football games over the last few years.In most previous games, it’s been because fans have left before the game ended, frustrated with a team that won just seven games over the last two seasons. On Saturday, though, it was because the fans stormed the field after SU’s first win against a ranked opponent since Nov. 10, 2012.“It’s so exciting man. I never experienced this a day in my life,” wide receiver Steve Ishmael said.“It’s most definitely a great experience. Just seeing all the joy and happiness on the field it was so amazing.”Since the arrival of head coach Dino Babers last December, the motto for the team, and the program, has been about patience, about how it takes time to enact change.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textBabers had frequently mentioned that his system would really begin to flourish in the middle of his second year. After a loss to Notre Dame, he said his team “wasn’t fighting fair” yet because of all the injuries and the newness of the system. At his press conference the following Monday, he said his team was the batter and the cake hadn’t yet baked.But the outlook for the rest of this season has changed. Syracuse (3-4, 1-2 Atlantic Coast) played its most complete game of the season in a shocking 31-17 win over No. 17 Virginia Tech (4-2, 2-1). With the win, the Orange has set the expectation to compete for a bowl game this season, rather than wait until next year.After the game, Babers talked about how any time a new coach takes over a program, it’s critical to get that one big win to validate all the reasons you’ve told people to buy in and to bring the team closer.That’s what happened against VT.“We’re now a family. We’re an ohana. We’re a la familia,” Babers said. “Now we’re five fingers that are a fist.”last_img read more

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GameArt content now available via iSoftBet

first_img Share StumbleUpon Submit Share Romania’s ONJN adds 20 sites to blacklist August 14, 2020 Related Articles CT Gaming bolsters Italian profile with The Betting Coach  August 27, 2020 TVBET passes GLI test for five live games in Malta and Italy August 25, 2020 GameArt, the slot game developer for the online and land-based gaming industry, has announced that its slots content is now available via iSoftBet’s Game Aggregation Platform (GAP), with Italian and Romanian brand Netbet already live with its games.Longstanding partners, iSoftBet and GameArt have agreed for GameArt content to be made available through GAP, which boasts more than 1500 slots from over 35 suppliers, and features a powerful back office where operators can handle all marketing activity in one place.Maja Lozej, CEO of GameArt, said: “iSoftBet supplies some of the world’s largest and most successful gaming operators, and we are excited that GameArt’s portfolio will be available to iSoftBet’s network of operators to enter new jurisdictions in the coming months.”Michael Probert, Head of Business Development at iSoftBet, added: “GAP has emerged as a market-leading aggregation platform due to the variety and quality of games offered and the markets we can take Partners into, and this partnership with GameArt strengthens this position.“iSoftBet holds licences for the UK, Alderney and Romania, and offers certified content to multiple regulated markets which is why we have been able to open the door for GameArt into new markets such as Romania and Italy.”last_img read more

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Gfinity to continue as Forza tournament partner throughout 2018

first_imgLast year it was revealed that Gfinity would be the official global tournament partner for the Forza Racing Championship, and now it has been announced that Microsoft has extended its partnership with the tournament organiser for 2018.Gfinity will manage all league operations for the 2018 season of Forza esports, including the online qualifiers and any local events. This includes the live playoffs in both Seattle and Mexico City, which will see players battle it out for the $75,000 (£53718.75) prize pool.Neville Upton, Chief Executive, Gfinity discussed the extended partnership in a statement.”Our partnership with Microsoft goes from strength to strength and this is further proof of the quality of our team and services we provide that we have been appointed as the global operator for the Forza Racing Championship 2018.”“Forza Motorsport 7 has such a passionate following and we can’t wait to host the best drivers at our Gfinity Esports Arena in October,” Upton continued. “The award-winning Forza Motorsport 7 is the most beautiful, authentic and comprehensive racing game Turn 10 Studios has made, featuring over 700 cars and showcasing 60 frames per section racing on the Xbox family of devices and native 4K on Xbox One X.”The regular season for Forza will commence on April 2nd, and culminates with the Forza Racing World Championship 2018 at the Gfinity Esports Arena in October. 24 top players from around the globe will compete for the lion share of the $100,000 (£71,623) prize pool.Esports Insider says: Upton sounds pleased that Microsoft decided to continue their partnership for the upcoming season, and fans should be too. This is some more good news from the Gfinity camp which will soon see the kick off of its third Elite Series season in its expanded format with a number of big names involved including Fnatic, Team Vitality and UNILAD.last_img read more

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