Three quarters of German investors ‘consider sustainability criteria’

first_imgMore than half (57%) of those taking into account sustainability criteria stated being satisfied or extremely satisfied with doing so.Of those that stated they did not consider sustainability criteria, 57% cited the absence of specific requirements as the main reason, according to Union.The manager noted that only one third of the surveyed investors indicated being aware of the European Commission’s sustainable finance action plan.An investor’s company values was mentioned by 83% of those surveyed as being an important or very important motivation for considering sustainable investment criteria.Union also highlighted that, although two-thirds of respondents were “convinced” that sustainable investments could have a decisive impact on the global climate, only a minority (39%) had information about the climate impact of their own portfolio.Union also asked investors about their views of how a low-carbon transition could impact employment, with 55% indicating they did not expect Germany’s goal of becoming carbon neutral by 2050 to threaten jobs.The surveyed investors had around €6.5trn of assets under management between them. Respondent groups included insurance providers (18%), large companies (12%), pension providers/pension funds (13%), charitable foundations/church organisations (18%), credit institutions (21%), and investment management companies (18%). The share of German institutional investors taking into account sustainability criteria in their investment decisions has reached an 11-year high, according to a survey by Union Investment.Nearly three quarters (72%) of 201 surveyed institutional investors indicated doing so, a year-on-year increase of seven percentage points and the highest level since the survey was first conducted in 2009.Investment management companies were most likely to state that they factored sustainability criteria into their investment decisions (92%), followed by churches and charitable foundations (86%).last_img read more

Marriage Makes for Happier People, Study Says

first_imgThe Wall Street Journal 5 January 2015Marriage may help people navigate a midlife crisis.A new paper by Shawn Grover, a policy analyst at Canada’s Department of Finance, and John Helliwell, professor emeritus at the University of British Columbia, finds that married people are generally happier than unmarried people.It’s a well-researched area and typically opens up debate over whether the effect is one of correlation or causation–are generally happier people simply more likely to get married in the first place?Messrs. Grover and Helliwell delve into data from three separate surveys and conclude married individuals are “more satisfied, suggesting a causal effect, even after full allowance is made for selection effects.”The benefits may be greatest immediately after marriage but aren’t fleeting and appear to have the most important impact in middle age. And the effect is especially strong for close couples.“The well-being benefits of marriage are on average about twice as large for those…whose spouse is also their best friend,” the study adds.The study’s findings could be depressing for Americans who appear to be giving up on marriage.The authors use the United Kingdom’s Annual Population Survey, the British Household Panel Survey and the Gallup World Poll in their research. The data allows them to gauge life satisfaction of individuals before and after marriage and, indeed, those more satisfied with life are also more likely to get married.http://www.wsj.com/articles/BL-REB-29912last_img read more

Tokyo Olympic organising members tests COVID-19 positive

first_imgTOKYO: A member of the Tokyo Olympics organising committee has tested positive for COVID-19. The committee said in a statement on Friday that the female staffer has been working from home since July 30 and her last day working on-site at any Tokyo 2020 facility was on July 29. “The Tokyo Organising Committee of the Olympic and Paralympic Games (Tokyo 2020) confirmed this morning that a female employee in her 30s employed at a Tokyo 2020 office in Harumi in Tokyo’s Chuo ward tested positive for COVID-19. This is the second recorded case of infection in this organisation,” said the organising committee in its statement. “Tokyo 2020 will continue to work with relevant organisations to prevent the spread of COVID-19 and take all necessary measures to maintain a safe and secure working environment for our staff.” Earlier in April, Tokyo 2020 had said that a male employee had tested positive for the pandemic that has forced an unprecedented postponement of the Games itself. He had been working at the Tokyo 2020 main office in Harumi, Chuo-ku, in east Tokyo. Tokyo 2020 employees had prior to that been asked to work from home after Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe declared a state of emergency in the capital, Osaka and five other prefectures in early April. IANS Also Watch: AASU, AJYCP, Gorkha Union Join Against CAA, EIA in Digboilast_img read more

With chance to win division title, Dodgers will hand ball to veteran Rich Hill

first_imgThe Nationals routed the Rockies, 12-2, dropping them from sole possession of first place in the NL West. The Dodgers and Rockies will go into the final day of the regular season tied atop the division.If the Dodgers and Rockies both win or both lose Sunday, they will play a Game 163 in Los Angeles on Monday.Related Articles How Dodgers pitcher Ross Stripling topped the baseball podcast empire Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error “We made the playoffs. We’re one of 10 teams in the playoffs right now so we’re celebrating,” Dodgers ace Clayton Kershaw said in the post-game locker room Saturday.“Unfortunately, it’s not in our own hands (to win the division). We’ve got to root on the Nationals. They’ve got their two horses going in Stras (Stephen Strasburg who started Saturday) and (Max) Scherzer and we’ve got to do our part tomorrow. You never know. It’s fun to have something to root for.”The Nationals took some of the fun out of it when manager Dave Martinez announced after Saturday’s game that Scherzer would not start Sunday. Instead, the Rockies will face 2014 first-round draft pick Erick Fedde, a 25-year-old right-hander with a 2-4 record and 6.28 ERA in 13 career big-league starts.That unexpected change by the Nationals no doubt factored into the Dodgers’ decision to start Hill on Sunday and hold Buehler back for a possible one-game playoff with the Rockies on Monday — or a wild-card game on Tuesday.Buehler has been the Dodgers’ best starter for the past two months. Over his past 11 starts, Buehler has a 1.70 ERA, a 0.92 WHIP and 84 strikeouts in 68 2/3 innings while holding opposing hitters to a .167 batting average.While Hill has a good record against the Giants (6-2, 2.47), he has not finished strong this season. Over his past five starts, he has a 5.14 ERA with 23 hits including six home runs allowed in 28 innings.UP NEXTDodgers LHP Rich Hill (10-5, 3.87 ERA) at Giants LHP Andrew Suarez (7-12, 4.22 ERA), Sunday, 12:05 p.m., SportsNet LA (where available) For the Dodgers, finishing on top of the division means the significant difference between traveling to Chicago or Milwaukee (the NL Central leaders are also deadlocked heading into Sunday) in an elimination-game scenario immediately (a one-game, wild-card playoff) on Tuesday or possibly hosting the Atlanta Braves in an NL Division Series beginning Thursday — the expected outcome when the Dodgers left LA on this season-ending road trip a whipsaw week of twists and turns ago.“You’re talking about workload, rest, less travel, setting up a rotation — things we’ve had the luxury of havng the last few years,” Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said of the difference between starting the playoffs as a wild card or division winner. “Teams have done it (won a championship) through the wild card. With the depth we have, it keeps coming back to that word, but it rings true with our club.”A wild-card team hasn’t made it to the World Series since 2014 when both the Giants and Royals did. They are the only wild-card teams to advance that far since the format was changed in 2012 to add a second wild card and make it a one-game playoff. Dodgers’ Max Muncy trying to work his way out of slow start center_img Dodgers hit seven home runs, sweep Colorado Rockies Cody Bellinger homer gives Dodgers their first walkoff win of season Fire danger is on Dave Roberts’ mind as Dodgers head to San Francisco SAN FRANCISCO — The last time the Dodgers failed to win the National League West division title, Walker Buehler was starting his freshman year at Vanderbilt.He will still be on the sidelines Sunday at AT&T Park. The Dodgers debated the decision deep into the evening Sunday before announcing they would start veteran Rich Hill with a chance to pitch them to their sixth consecutive division title.As the Dodgers sprayed champagne and beer over each other following Saturday’s win — assuring they will play in the postseason as a division winner or wild-card team — Buehler and Hill were both possible starters for Sunday’s series finale in San Francisco.The decision, Dodgers manager Dave Roberts said, would be “contingent on the night game” between the Colorado Rockies and Washington Nationals.last_img read more

Unions: 43,000 Additional Disney Workers Being Furloughed

first_imgApproximately 43,000 additional Disney employees will be furloughed due to ongoing coronavirus closures, after an agreement was reached over the weekend with the unions that represent the workers.The agreement with the Service Trades Council, a coalition of six unions, was announced Saturday on Facebook Live. It is the largest number of furloughs since the theme park resort closed in mid-March.The workers will be out of the job beginning on April 19. Under the agreements, the workers will continue to receive health and educational benefits during furloughs scheduled to start on the day.According to the unions, impacted workers will be immediately eligible to enroll in unemployment benefits through the state.In addition, health care benefits will be available free of cost to workers for a year.Meanwhile, as those affected at Disney join the unemployment ranks, Gov. Ron DeSantis says he has hired 2,000 additional workers to sort through claims.He says the Department of Economic Opportunity is also working to increase its website’s capacity.Disney World and other theme parks across the country have been closed since mid-March, social distancing measures and stay-at-home orders have taken effect.last_img read more

Too much LVR as Bombers retain Kootenay High School Soccer Crown

first_imgJesemyn Vandonselasr, Emma Wheeldon and Riley Zondervan each added a pair of goals while Emily Taylor and Matteah Lorenzo each scored singles.Against the Prince Charles, it was the Laurel Halleran, Wheeldon and Maya Ida each scoring three times to lead the Bombers.Michalchuk added a pair while Jesemyn Vandonselasr netted a single.Keeper Hannah Quinn was in goal for both games, surrendering a pair of goals.LVR enters the 16-team provincial tournament next month as the defending champion, having won the title in 2016 in Campbell River with a 2-1 shootout victory over St. Thomas Moore of Vancouver.J. Lloyd Crowe, posting a come-from-behind 4-3 win over David Thompson of Invermere, is the second Kootenay team entered in the provincial tournament. The Hawks scored twice on penalty kicks in the final 10 minutes of the game to steal the win.The Bombers opened the season winning the Immaculata Tournament in Kelowna. LVR then finished with a 2-3 record at the high-calibre University of Victoria High School Girl’s Soccer Tournament in Victoria.The Bombers posted wins over Glenlyon Norfork and Royal Bay, both Victoria teams.Laurel Halleran was named LVR Tournament MVP. The L.V. Rogers Bombers left no doubt in anyone’s mind who the better team is in the Kootenays.The Bombers rang up 25 goals in two games en route to capturing the Kootenay High School AA Girls’ Soccer Championship Saturday in Creston.LVR claimed the title with a 12-1 romp over J. Lloyd Crowe Hawks of Trail.The Bombers earlier blasted Prince Charles of Creston 13-1 in the tournament semifinal.LVR now advances to the BC High School Girls’ Soccer Championship June 1-3 in Nelson.Shianne Michalchuk led the Bomber offensive attack against the Hawks, scoring four times in the contest as LVR took control of the contest early and never looked back.last_img read more

TALENTED SOPHOMORES PROSPECT PARK, OM & GIMME DA LUTE HEAD GRADE III, $100,000 AFFIRMED STAKES AT 1 1/16 MILES SUNDAY

first_imgARCADIA, Calif. (June 4, 2015)–Idle since running fourth at 3-1 in the Grade I Santa Anita Derby, Pamela and Martin Wygod’s homebred Prospect Park heads a talented field of five 3-year-olds going 1 1/16 miles in Sunday’s Grade III, $100,000 Affirmed Stakes at Santa Anita.Trained by Clifford Sise, Prospect Park was a dazzling 5 ¼ length allowance winner at a flat mile three starts back on Jan. 30 and was subsequently second, beaten 1 ¼ lengths by eventual Santa Anita Derby winner Dortmund in the prestigious Grade II San Felipe Stakes on March 7.Although he had accumulated a sufficient amount of qualifying points, Sise withdrew Prospect Park from Kentucky Derby consideration shortly after the Santa Anita Derby, citing a fever and an irregular blood count. A Kentucky-bred colt by Tapit out of the Bertrando mare Quiet Romance, Prospect Park was returned to his base at San Luis Rey Downs, where he has had five recorded works. Shipped to Santa Anita last week, Prospect Park drilled five furlongs here in 1:01.60 on May 31.“It was a little slow,” said Sise this past Sunday. “But he came home the last three eighths in 36. He had some kind of viral thing going on in the Santa Anita Derby. Two days later, he popped a temperature…This will be a good starting point back. He’s doing great, fantastic.”With an overall mark of 7-2-2-1, Prospect Park has earnings of $216,570.Trainer Dan Hendricks’ Om, who has the distinction of handing American Pharoah his only loss, a 9 ¼ length maiden drubbing last August at Del Mar, comes off a dominating 2 ¼ allowance win on turf May 10 and may merit second billing in the Affirmed.In explaining the return to the main track this Sunday, Hendricks said “We thought he would be a good grass horse, and he might be, but this time of the year I wanted to try the dirt and either get another option for him, or go back to the turf if he doesn’t like it…It’s a good time to try him, before Del Mar.”Owned by the Sareen Family Trust, Om, a Kentucky-bred colt by Munnings, will try a route of ground on dirt for the first time. With two wins from four starts, he has earnings of $82,500.California-bred Gimme Da Lute, who ran a disappointing third as the 9-5 favorite in Pimlico’s six furlong Chick Lang Stakes May 16, returns to his home base where he annihilated eight state-bred rivals in the 6 ½ furlong Echo Eddie Stakes three starts back on April 4.Owned by his breeders, Mike Pegram, Karl Watson and Paul Weitman, the bay colt by Midnight Lute was third, beaten six lengths, two races back in the Grade III, Pat Day Mile on May 2 at Churchill Downs. With two sprint wins at Santa Anita, Gimme Da Lute could be winging up front along with speedy Om. Gimme Da Lute is 5-2-1-2 overall with earnings of $187,560.A bona fide router, trainer Jerry Hollendorfer is well represented by Cyrus Alexander, who comes off a 2 ½ length allowance win at a flat mile April 16 and is a neck away from being unbeaten in his last three starts. Owned by Spendthrift Farm, LLC and Stonestreet Farm, the Kentucky-bred colt by Medaglia d’Oro will be ridden back by Rafael Bejarano. “Cy” has a win and a second at the Affirmed distance and with an overall mark of 7-2-3-2, he has earnings of $115,840.Hollendorfer will also be represented by Cross the Line, who was a well beaten fifth in the Grade III, 1 1/8 miles Illinois Derby April 18. A Kentucky-bred colt by Line of David, Cross the Line is winless since taking the 1 1/16 miles California Derby four starts back on Jan. 17 at Golden Gate Fields and will hope to get a stalking trip in the Affirmed. Owned by Red Cap Thoroughbreds, LLC, Michael Sigband, George Todaro and partners, Cross the Line is 7-2-2-1 with earnings of $155,920.With all horses assigned 118 pounds, here is the complete field for the Grade III Affirmed Stakes, to be run Sunday as the third race on a nine-race card, with jockeys in post position order: Gimme Da Lute, Martin Garcia; Cyrus Alexander, Rafael Bejarano; Cross the Line, Corey Nakatani; Om, Fernando Perez, and Prospect Park, Kent Desormeaux.                First post time on Sunday is at 12:30 p.m. Admission gates open at 10:30 a.m. –30–last_img read more

East Berbice residents demand potable water

first_img…block roadway, prevent Minister, Police from passingA team of high level officials, led by Public Affairs Minister Dawn Hastings-Williams, was intercepted by protesting residents on the East Bank of Berbice, demanding access to potable water.The team, which included Managing Director of the Guyana Water Incorporated (GWI) Dr Richard Van West Charles, was on its way to re-commission a water system in Mara, EBB, on Thursday.However, from Hiburry and Light Town, residents used barrels and water tanks to block the roadway. The residents, which included uniformed children, held up placards and demanded a solution from the relevant authorities.The Police Force was called in to address the situation, but the protesters were resolute in their stance and wanted assurances from the officials.In doing so, Minister Hastings-Williams committed to the residents that she would ensure they received potable water as soon as practicable. She pointed out to the crowd that they are not alone their in plight since many other communities across the country are facing the same situation.On this note, she asserted that the administration is working on ensuring that that all Guyanese have access to potable in their homes.Meanwhile, the GWI head also gave assurances to the protestors that he will do everything he can so that they can get potable water in those villages. He explained that the water company is currently looking at the Well at Sisters Village, EBB, as well as other Wells that are down. He added, however, this would require them to transport the necessary equipment to carry out these rehabilitative works, which takes time.Moreover, Van West-Charles told the angry residents that in the meantime, GWI will continue to take in water into the area via trucks.The residents, however, complained to the officials that the truck would usually provide one barrel of water to each household once per month.Nevertheless, the GWI boss assured that a solution will be in place by the first quarter of next year, further disclosing that he will engage the Regional Democratic Council (RDC) to decide on the location of a new Well for the area.last_img read more