Fossil fuel divestment effort slowly picking up steam

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Bloomberg:Earlier this year, one of Meryam Omi’s deputies at Legal & General Investment Management sat down with board members and managers from Exxon Mobil Corp. to discuss how the oil giant could address climate change. LGIM, which manages about $1.3 trillion, is one of Exxon’s top 20 shareholders.The Exxon delegation listened, but it didn’t accept the suggestions, says Omi, LGIM’s head of sustainability and responsible investment strategy. Around the same time, Exxon persuaded the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission to block a shareholder resolution that pushed the oil giant to do more to address climate risks.So, in June, London-based LGIM announced that it had dumped about $300 million worth of its Exxon shares and would use its remaining stake to vote against the reappointment of Exxon Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Darren Woods. “There’s got to be an escalation,” Omi says.As the risks of climate change have become more pronounced, so have efforts by major investment firms to push companies in greener directions. They tried talking. Then they started backing shareholder resolutions. Now, LGIM is at the forefront of a more aggressive, and controversial, tactic: divesting. “You cannot have the same conversation for 15 years with no results,” Omi explains. (Exxon responded to LGIM’s announcement by saying that it publishes an annual tally of emissions from its operations and is on track to meet targets for reducing methane emissions.)Momentum is gathering, says Mark Lewis, who leads climate change investment research for Paris-based BNP Paribas Asset Management. He likens it to the divestment campaign that forced companies participating in apartheid-era South Africa to change course, and he invokes the spirit of Gandhi: “They’ve ignored us and laughed at us. I think now they’re fighting us. So next we win.”But he knows it won’t be easy. In March, as he helped the BNP Paribas press team put the finishing touches on an announcement that its actively managed funds would exit  almost €1 billion ($1.1 billion) of coal stocks as early as next year, he thought the news might cause a few “ripples” and not much more. In fact, Lewis was bombarded with emails and calls, not all of them polite. “It surprised me how big the reaction was,” he says.More: Big money starts to dump stocks that pose climate risks Fossil fuel divestment effort slowly picking up steamlast_img read more

Famous Bandit Butch Cassidy’s Adventures in Bolivia Being Filmed

first_imgBy Dialogo April 05, 2010 Spanish director Mateo Gil will bring to the movie screen the early-twentieth-century Bolivian adventures of famous American bandit Butch Cassidy, who will be played by actor Sam Shepard, in a mixture of real events and historical interpretation, the movie’s co-producer, Paolo Agazzi, told AFP. The film Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, starring Paul Newman and Robert Redford, was shot in 1969, but the new film, which will start shooting in mid-April, “is not a second part,” explained Agazzi, the movie’s co-producer and one of the most prominent directors in Bolivian film. The new version will be called Blackthorn, the name Cassidy used in Bolivia, where he arrived after robbing banks in the United States and Argentina and being hunted by the U.S.-based Pinkerton detective agency, Agazzi said. “The movie shows real and fictional events,” according to the co-producer, who affirmed that the film “will be shot 100% in Bolivia, in the cities of La Paz and Potosí and their outskirts, and in the Salar de Uyuni (the largest salt desert in the world), where Cassidy fled to Chile.” In the new cinematographic work, Cassidy succeeds in fleeing from a confrontation with the Bolivian military and spends fifteen years raising horses, under the name of Blackthorn. Sundance, on the other hand, dies early in the first part of the film, after being wounded in the clash with the military. Cassidy then returns to the United States, by way of Chile, where he meets another local outlaw. “A bit of the legendary duo” Cassidy-Kid “gets restored,” Agazzi indicated.last_img read more

Judicial candidates can’t comment on pending cases

first_img Judicial candidates can’t comment on pending cases The canons already prohibit sitting judges from commenting, but now apply to all judicial candidates Mark D. Killian Managing EditorThe Florida Supreme Court has amended the judicial canons to prohibit judicial candidates from commenting on pending cases where such comments could affect their future outcomes.Acting on a recommendation from the Judicial Ethics Advisory Committee in case no. SC03-1904, the court amended Canon 7A(3)(d) to add a provision that states that a judicial candidate shall not: “while a proceeding is pending or impending in any court, make any public comment that might reasonably be expected to affect its outcome or impair its fairness or make any nonpublic comment that might substantially interfere with a fair trial or hearing.”The March 10 per curiam opinion also makes clear that the canon does not apply to proceedings in which the judicial candidate is a litigant in a personal capacity.The court had asked the Judicial Ethics Advisory Committee to study the issue after the court expressed concern over whether it is appropriate for a judicial candidate to make public comments on pending cases in In re Kinsey, 842 So. 2d 77 (Fla. 2003).The canons already prohibited judges from commenting on pending cases but did not apply to judicial candidates.“The effect of this addition to the code is to hold both judges and nonjudge judicial candidates to the same standard in regard to commenting on pending or impending cases,” the court said, adding the amendment is effective immediately.The court also has asked the Judicial Ethics Advisory Committee to consider whether there are provisions of Canon 3 that should apply to all judicial candidates. All the justices concurred in the opinion. Justice Fred Lewis, however, concurred in result only.“Although I. . . recognize and applaud that today the majority makes a step in the proper direction with regard to comments about pending or impending cases, I cannot agree with the majority that applicable provisions of Canon 3 of the Code of Judicial Conduct should not also apply to those individuals seeking to become members of the judiciary,” Justice Lewis said. “I again write to voice my concern with the majority’s view that non-incumbent candidates for judicial office remain only subject to Canon 7 of the Code of Judicial Conduct, the catchall provision that applies to everyone, but these same individuals, once they are elected and hold judicial office, are not subject to all provisions of Canon 3 for prohibited pre-judicial conduct.”Lewis said that “logic is unsound” and the similarity in the prohibition on public comment between the current amendment to Canon 7A(3)(d), prohibiting public comment by judicial candidates, and Canon 3B(9), prohibiting public comment by judges, is striking.“Yet, prior to this amendment a judicial candidate and an incumbent judge running for reelection, notwithstanding that both may have been running for the same judicial position, were judged by two different standards,” Lewis said. “If the judicial candidate happened to partake in prohibited public comment with regard to pending cases, the non-incumbent judicial candidate once in a judicial position was subject only to Canon 7. However, if the judicial candidate that happened to partake in the identical prohibited public comment was an incumbent judge running for reelection, that judicial candidate if reelected was subject to violating both Canon 3 and Canon 7.”Lewis said the sanction imposed has traditionally been assessed with regard to the number of canon violations found to exist and even after this amendment, not all provisions of Canon 3 which may have application to subjects judicial candidates may address while campaigning operate with regard to the conduct of non-incumbent candidates.Lewis said individuals seeking to become members of the judiciary, just as those who currently hold judicial office, should be subject to Canon 3.“For example, comments with regard to the performance of jurors are now impacted for incumbent judicial candidates but not for identical comments by non-incumbent candidates,” he said. “Currently, the dichotomy which has been established continues in which two distinct standards exist, one for a judicial candidate and another for an incumbent judge seeking reelection, notwithstanding that both may be competing for the same judicial position.”Lewis said when Canon 3 is juxtaposed with Canon 7 “one does not find these two different standards nor can one interpret two distinct standards applicable to candidates for the same judicial position. The amendment today simply does not extend far enough to place all judicial candidates under identical rules for election type activity.” Judicial candidates can’t comment on pending cases April 1, 2005 Managing Editor Regular Newslast_img read more

Law enforcement to crack down on drunk, reckless driving this Memorial Day Weekend

first_imgThe department announced it will increase patrols to “combat” drunk and reckless driving. (WBNG) — The New York State Police Department says it will be cracking down on impaired driving this Memorial Day Weekend. “As we take time this Memorial Day to honor those who died in service to our country, we remind motorists to make safety the top priority,” says State Police Superintendent Keith M. Corlett. Local law enforcement will assist with the crackdown, the department noted.center_img The enforcement period ends May 26. “If your holiday plans include alcohol, please arrange for a safe ride home. Driving impaired is a choice that often has serious and even deadly consequences. State Troopers will be highly visible this weekend, and will have zero tolerance for impaired, reckless and distracted drivers,” he says.last_img read more

The first amateur SUP race in Šibenik-Knin County

first_imgThe first amateur SUP race for children and adults in Šibenik-Knin County will be held this Saturday, September 08.09.2018, 10. from 00:XNUMX am in Rogoznica, all with the motto: “Summer is not over yet! ”. We want to show that the “small towns” in the off-season have something to offer their guests despite the rain and the beginning of the school year, says the organizer of the SUP race Petra Režić from the company Active Rogoznica. The goal of the SUP race is to encourage local schoolchildren to become active in a new sport and influence a change in thinking about active tourism in the destination.The competition program starts at 9:00 am with registration and introduction to the equipment and free training for all interested. At 10:30  getting started  a race for adults, followed by a race for children at 11:30, and the most fun part of the race program at the big SUP eights at 12:30. At 14:00, the prizes will be handed out and the winners will be announced.Stand Up Paddleboard is one of the fastest growing sports in the world. Regardless of age and physical condition, SUP is a sport for everyone. It is fun, requires a lot of energy, and yet easy to master and allows you to spend time outdoors, in nature and at sea. It is an ideal group activity and is easy to share with friends and family.Content, content and only quality, diverse and authentic content must be an imperative of every tourist destination.Find out more about the SUP race HERElast_img read more

West Java monitors 13 residents among Wuhan evacuees quarantined in Natuna

first_imgCiting procedures set by the Health Ministry, West Java Governor Ridwan Kamil explained that the patients returning from Hubei were still undergoing their two-week observation in Natuna.If they are healthy, they would soon return to their families after the period was over. However, Ridwan said that the provincial administration would further coordinate with the ministry should any of the 13 West Java people under quarantine be found to have contracted the virus.”After 14 days of observation in Natuna, the patient’s observation could be extended or they could be sent back to [West Java] to receive maximum treatment and I think our teams in West Java are ready for it,” Ridwan said.Read also: Indonesia readies plans for post-quarantine period: Health Ministry Authorities in West Java are closely monitoring the health of 13 people from the province who are currently undergoing observation among some 242 Indonesian citizens in Natuna, Riau Islands, after being evacuated from coronavirus-stricken Hubei province in China.West Java Health Agency head Berli Hamdani said the 13 have been reported to be healthy.“Based on the information that we received from the Health Ministry, they will go home on Feb. 16,” Berli said on Thursday. “But the ministry will contact the West Java administration if there is any further information about their return.” The governor added that local authorities have put type-A hospitals in West Java on standby to handle any suspected coronavirus cases.“We asked the community to be proactive in reporting the cases but also to not share any fake news related to the new coronavirus,” Ridwan said. “If there are reports related to the new coronavirus, we must be proactive without being judgmental.” The government airlifted on Sunday 243 people – comprising 237 Indonesian nationals, five Indonesian diplomats and a foreigner and spouse of an Indonesian citizen – from cities in Hubei, including Wuhan, the epicenter of the coronavirus outbreak.Medical examinations found that all of the evacuees and members of the team involved in the evacuation were in good health and did not show symptoms of the coronavirus, the Health Ministry confirmed on Monday.The death toll from the coronavirus hit 636 as of Friday, with Chinese authorities confirming that more than 30,000 people on the mainland had been infected, AFP reported. The fast-spreading virus has spread to more than 20 countries, with two deaths confirmed in the Philippines and Hong Kong. (hol)center_img Editor’s note: Paragraph one of this article has been corrected.Topics :last_img read more

Arsene Wenger reveals why he’s ‘scared’ for Liverpool in Premier League title race

first_imgArsene Wenger reveals why he’s ‘scared’ for Liverpool in Premier League title race Advertisement Comment Manchester City leapfrogged Liverpool back into top spot today (Picture: Getty)Arsene Wenger admits he’s ‘scared’ for Liverpool as the Reds look set to miss out on the Premier League title to Manchester City.Sergio Aguero’s single goal at Burnley restored City’s lead at the top and they will be champions again with two wins in their final two games.Liverpool haven’t won the title since 1989 and are yet to win the championship in the Premier League era.Should they come second this term, they’ll have amassed the most points of any runner-up in a 38-game season.ADVERTISEMENT“I’m scared for Liverpool…it looks like there is destiny that is against Liverpool.”“From 1989-90 until today they cannot win the championship anymore and every time there is small things against them.”#beINPL #beINWenger— beIN SPORTS (@beINSPORTS) April 28, 2019And Wenger says it’s almost ‘destiny’ now for Liverpool to continue their run without a league title.AdvertisementAdvertisement‘There’s still hope but they go to Newcastle. Newcastle is not an easy place for liverpool. I’m scared for Liverpool even with one game to go that Manchester City will already have won it but they will fight until the end.‘It looks like there’s a destiny that is against Liverpool. They dominated for such a long period in English football and suddenly from 89-90 until today they cannot win the Premier League. Every time there is small things against them.’More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing ArsenalLiverpool go to the north-east before Manchester City welcome Leicester City to the Etihad next Monday.The Reds will be hoping former boss Brendan Rodgers can help swing the title race back in their favour.MORE: Gary Neville urges Manchester United and Arsenal to sign Youri Tielemans ahead of Leicester Citycenter_img Advertisement Metro Sport ReporterSunday 28 Apr 2019 5:21 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link377Shareslast_img read more

ILO: Women, Young Seafarers to Gain More Access to Industry

first_imgThe International Labour Organization (ILO) unveiled a plan to make the maritime profession more attractive and accessible to young and women seafarers only days ahead of the International Women’s Day 2019.In a roadmap that was agreed at the event in Geneva, Switzerland, which took place from February 25 to March 1, representatives from more than 40 countries in addition to social partners further identified ways of addressing the gap in recruitment and retention of seafarers.As noted by the International Transport Workers’ Federation (ITF), this was the first time ever at an ILO meeting the three spokespeople representing the ship owners, the seafarers and the governments were all women, namely, Kathy Metcalf, President & CEO of the Chamber of Shipping of America, Lena Dyring, ITF Seafarers’ Section Women Transport Workers’ Representative and Mayte Medina, Chief, Office of Merchant Mariner Credential, US Coast Guard.The three days of discussion addressed a number of topics, including those facing cadets, trainees and women in gaining access to the industry, automation and digitalisation, recruitment and placement, abandonment, shore leaves, mental distress and many more.The meeting concluded that the roadmap ahead would include stakeholders taking a proactive role in ensuring facilitation of shore leave and the establishment of seafarers’ welfare committees. Allowing cadets, trainees, young seafarers and women to gain the necessary sea time for licencing was included.What is more, the roadmap calls for the repatriation of abandoned seafarers and discharge their obligations in timely manner toward seafarers in case of criminalisation piracy and armed robbery.In addition, the meeting recommended that the ILO convene a tripartite meeting with the International Maritime Organization (IMO) to consider issues common to seafarers including training and certification, the promotion of the ratification of MLC 2006 and the effective implementation of its provisions, and mapping out the number of women and their distribution in the industry the provision by the ship owner of internet access for seafarers at no or reasonable costs.The meeting also addressed the major issues young seafarers face when joining the industry which include social communication, shore leave, training and sea time.“We have asked for a structured campaign to be launched by the ILO with the support of the social partners, and we have looked at the alignment of school and training curriculum to provide the right skills necessary to be the seafarers of the future,” Dorotea Zec, ITF Seafarers’ Section Young Transport Workers’ representative, said.last_img read more

Indy Named Finalist For ’18 NFL Championship

first_imgOver 1 million people visited downtown Indianapolis during Super Bowl festivities in 2012.UpdateWed., Oct. 9The Super Bowl could be back in the Hoosier State.  Indianapolis and New Orleans, the sites of the past two Super Bowls, and Minneapolis are the three finalists to host the NFL championship game in 2018The announcement was made yesterday and the final decision will come in May.Original PostTuesday, October 8 @ 7:40 a.m.The NFL will announce whether Indianapolis is a finalist to host the 2018 Super Bowl on Tuesday afternoon.An advisory committee narrows down the list of contenders, then the winner is selected by NFL owners during their spring meeting in May.Indianapolis is up against New Orleans, Tampa, Denver, Minneapolis, and possibly Miami.City leaders announced intentions to bid for another Super Bowl after the 2012 event brought over 1 million visitors to downtown Indianapolis.last_img read more

Kaymer one shot clear in Abu Dhabi

first_img He saved par on the 16th despite finding a greenside bunker with his approach and then overcame an errant tee shot into the rough to take four on the par-five 18th. Another wayward approach at the start of the front nine left him in another bunker, but he magnificently chipped in to move to 12 under overall. Kaymer was struggling to make further inroads, although it looked like he would end a run of four successive pars when he was left a birdie putt from a few feet on the sixth. The chance went begging, though, and he also missed another birdie opportunity on his next hole, albeit from a greater distance, when his putt drifted to the right. Kaymer ended his run of pars on his penultimate hole but missed another birdie chance on the ninth when his putt from the edge of the green went right. Nevertheless, it meant he enjoyed a bogey-free round as he signed for a 67 that moved him clear of the chasing pack. Pieters, who started on the back nine, gradually clawed back the ground to Kaymer and scored six birdies, but a bogey on the last meant he ended the second day one shot off the lead. McIlroy also found himself in a good position after his first ever hole in one from 177 yards on the 15th was added to his five birdies, with a bogey on the sixth the only blot on his copybook. “I felt really good. I went to the range yesterday and worked on a couple of things and drove the ball much better today, which you need to round here,” he said. “Ball-striking wise, I couldn’t really fault it. “I was playing really well from tee to green. I felt like I was hitting some good putts as well, but they just weren’t dropping. “Overall I’m not going to complain with a 66 as it’s a great position to be in going into the weekend.” Speaking about the hole in one, McIlroy added: “It definitely made up for the previous two holes. It was a perfect number, a straight downwind 177. As soon as it left the bat it looked like it had a chance. It’s my first one ever in competition as a pro, and obviously beers are on me tonight.” American Peter Uihlein finished tied for fourth with Morrison on nine under par after a flawless round which contained four birdies. Press Association World number one McIlroy climbed five places to third, thanks in part to the first tournament hole in one of his professional career on the par-three 15th. The Northern Irishman also carded five birdies and a bogey to register 66 and go 11 under for the event. McIlroy’s playing partner Rickie Fowler did not enjoy as much luck as the reigning Open and PGA champion. The American had a triple bogey after finding the deep rough on the eighth before two more bogeys on the back nine left him on two under, just above the projected cut. England’s James Morrison was in fourth place on nine under following his second round of 67, while France’s Alexander Levy and Australia’s Richard Green were a stroke further back in a tie for fifth. “I guess the greens, I can read them very well and my stroke always feels well when I come here,” Kaymer told Sky Sports 4 after completing his round. “Again, today, I didn’t miss many fairways, which gives you the opportunity to go for a lot of flags, and to be honest I really believe the golf course plays two or three shots tougher in the morning than in the afternoon, because once you miss the fairway, you’re in that thick, wet grass and then it’s almost impossible to get home in two on the par fours. “So therefore, I was very happy to shoot five under today.” Starting on the back nine, US Open champion Kaymer superbly putted from the edge of the green on the 12th and then made another birdie at the 13th. Martin Kaymer held a one-shot lead in the Abu Dhabi HSBC Golf Championship after carding a five-under-par 67 on Friday, with Rory McIlroy two shots off the pace after a 66 which included a first career hole in one. Kaymer, winner of this tournament in 2008, 2010 and 2011, made 10 birdies and a couple of bogeys on Thursday to surge to the summit, and he continued his fine form on day two. The German was one shot clear of Belgium’s Thomas Pieters, who missed the chance to stay tied for first place after a bogey on his final hole of the day. last_img read more