AP1 invests $100m in bespoke BlackRock EM impact fund

first_imgThe investment strategy was devised by BlackRock’s Systematic Active Equity (SAE) division, which manages more than $100bn of assets.AP1 said the fund was designed for clients wanting to invest in a way that takes measurable social and environmental impacts into account without compromising on financial returns or the need for benchmark awareness.AP1’s Majdi Chammas, head of external asset management, and Tina Rönnholm, portfolio manager for external management, said in a statement: “As an asset owner, we are constantly looking at how we can improve our portfolio from a sustainability point of view while targeting the returns we need for the pension system.”The pension fund preferred to integrate environmental, social and governance factors into investment processes, the pair said, adding that the use of differentiated sustainability insights was no longer an obstacle in emerging markets. BlackRock has made the new fund available to other investors“We are therefore very pleased to see that our discussions with BlackRock have evolved into the development of this innovative new fund, open to other professional investors as well, where technology can help improve not only investment but also sustainability insights,” Chammas and Rönnholm said. Debbie McCoy, managing director and head of sustainable investments in the BlackRock SAE team, said the company saw strong interest from clients who wanted to incorporate sustainability into portfolios alongside traditional financial return targets in all areas including emerging markets. “We are pleased to have the capabilities to deliver this solution for AP1, and respond to the sentiment being expressed by investors, especially in the Nordic region, to expand the sustainable investment universe,” McCoy said. Sweden’s AP1 has put $100m (€83.5m) into a new emerging markets equity fund created by BlackRock at the fund’s request.The BlackRock Emerging Markets Equity Impact fund was launched by the investment giant in response to AP1’s desire to invest with sustainability considerations in emerging markets, the Swedish pension fund said.A spokeswoman for AP1 told IPE the pension fund had invested $100m in the new fund initially, but planned to put more into it over time.The product – which is a UCITS fund and available to other investors – uses data on returns and sustainability to put together a “highly diversified” portfolio.last_img read more

Cannabis referendum: What Rotorua locals think of legalising the drug

first_imgNZ Herald 14 June 2020Family First Comment: Great stuff from TDDA who are part of the SAM-NZ coalition…“The Drug Detection Agency’s chief operating officer Glenn Dobson has some major concerns about cannabis becoming legal, especially for workers in the Rotorua area who could find themselves impaired to the point where they could be seriously hurt or killed. He said THC – the psychoactive compound in cannabis – was proven to affect a person’s ability to concentrate, their mental awareness, ability to multi-task and their time perception. He wasn’t convinced that wasn’t just immediately after smoking the drug when users felt “stoned”. He said from the Drug Detection Agency’s point of view any legalising of cannabis was going to create safety “headaches” for employers.”Should New Zealanders be allowed to smoke and grow cannabis legally for themselves? Journalist Kelly Makiha takes a look at the controversial issue and explains this year’s referendum while also finding out which way some locals will vote.“Dak heads” and “stoners” or just a harmless way of winding down that’s become socially acceptable?In just over three months New Zealanders get to choose whether it will become legal to grow and use cannabis for recreational purposes.Depending on which side of the argument you’re on, there are plenty of pros and cons.The Drug Detection Agency’s chief operating officer Glenn Dobson has some major concerns about cannabis becoming legal, especially for workers in the Rotorua area who could find themselves impaired to the point where they could be seriously hurt or killed.He said THC – the psychoactive compound in cannabis – was proven to affect a person’s ability to concentrate, their mental awareness, ability to multi-task and their time perception.He wasn’t convinced that wasn’t just immediately after smoking the drug when users felt “stoned”.He pointed to the Yesavage study, which showed 10 experienced licensed private pilots were impaired while flying 24 hours after smoking cannabis.He said despite failing in areas including judging the wings, elevation and landing, the pilots reported not feeling impaired at the time.He said from the Drug Detection Agency’s point of view any legalising of cannabis was going to create safety “headaches” for employers.”“We are about workplace safety and any legislation that legalises the usage is going to have a negative impact on safety and for that reason, we have some concerns.”He said potency was also a factor as cannabis nowadays was a completely different drug to what it was decades ago. He said if the Government’s cannabis wasn’t as strong and was more expensive than what could be found on the black market, nothing would change in terms of stamping out criminal growers.“Users will look to get better bang for their buck.”READ MORE: https://www.nzherald.co.nz/rotorua-daily-post/news/article.cfm?c_id=1503438&objectid=12338579Keep up with family issues in NZ. Receive our weekly emails direct to your Inbox.last_img read more

Alisher Usmanov secures naming rights option for Everton’s new stadium

first_imgUSM, the holding company belonging to Russian billionaire Alisher Usmanov, has purchased a UK£30 million (US$39 million) naming rights option for Everton’s new stadium. Usmanov has already agreed to an annual value and term to sponsor the Premier Leagueside’s 52,000-seater venue at Bramley-Moore Dock, which is scheduled for completionin 2023.Advertisement Everton did not reveal how much the naming rights will be worth per season, although the Telegraph reports that it is below the annual UK£25 million (US$32.5 million)  Tottenham Hotspur are reportedly seeking a sponsor of their new ground. Read Also:Everton to avoid punishment despite eye-watering £111.8m loss Everton’s deal with USM, which has sponsored the club’s Finch Farm training ground since 2017, does not guarantee that the holding company’s name will be attached to the new stadium, but it does give Usmanov an exclusive first option ahead of other potential suitors. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Loading… Promoted Content14 Hilarious Comics Made By Women You Need To Follow Right NowCan Playing Too Many Video Games Hurt Your Body?A Soviet Shot Put Thrower’s Record Hasn’t Been Beaten To This DayFascinating Ceilings From Different CountriesWho Earns More Than Ronaldo?2020 Tattoo Trends: Here’s What You’ll See This YearWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?8 Superfoods For Growing Hair Back And Stimulating Its GrowthBoys Deserve More Than Action-Hero Role Models6 Great Ancient Mysteries That Make China Worth Visiting12 Marvel Superheroes Before The FameWho’s The Best Car Manufacturer Of All Time?last_img read more

Brookville Foundation awards $132,000 in grants

first_imgBROOKVILLE, Ind. — In October the Brookville Foundation celebrated 60 years of charitable service to the community by awarding over $132,000 in grants to several community organizations:Safe Passage Inc.Bernard Hurst Post 77 American LegionFranklin County BaseballFranklin County Youth FootballTown of Brookville (Feasibility study and E 10th & Mill Street Landscaping)Franklin County Public TranspositionFranklin County Citizens for Historical PreservationFranklin County Arts CouncilSpecial Olympics IndianaFC CAN Inc.Hope Over HeroinUnited Way of Franklin CountyStayin AliveFranklin County Health DepartmentIf you would like to know more about the Brookville Foundation or if you would like to make a donation to the foundation so that you can help make a difference you can reach them by mail.Brookville FoundationPO Box 184Brookville, IN 47012last_img read more

Marriott gets redemption, wins Night of 10,000 Stars

first_imgHunter Marriott earned $7,000 for his third Xtreme Motor Sports IMCA Modified Speedweek feature win, Sunday at Hancock County Speedway’s Night of 10,000 Stars. (Photo by Ryan Clark)By Ryan ClarkBRITT, Iowa (Aug. 14) – One night after an unexpected early exit during the Night of 1,000 Stars, Hunter Marriott stood in victory lane following the Night of 10,000 Stars at Hancock County Speedway.Marriott, who was sidelined late in Saturday’s 50-lapper after contact while battling for the lead, outran Ryan Ruter to earn the win Sunday night, his third of the week as part of Iowa Modified Speedweek.Already on the 2017 Fast Shafts All Star Invitational ballot, Marriott earned $7,000 for his Xtreme Motor Sports IMCA Modified efforts Sunday.The main event was split into two 25-lap segments, which were separated by a 10-minute pit stop on the front stretch.Cody Laney drove into the lead at the onset and led the entirety of the first segment. From the middle of row one of the three-wide starting formation, Laney was pressured constantly by Marriott, who held the runner-up spot throughout the first 25 laps.Marriott restarted alongside the leader in the middle of row one.A caution flag on the initial start of the second segment saved the day for Marriott, who opted for the high side and lost a couple positions before yellow quickly slowed action.On the second restart, Marriott dropped to the low side of the speedway and found room beneath the leader exiting turn four. He worked past Laney and into the lead at the completion of lap 26.Ruter, who restarted fifth, made his way into second with 16 laps to go. Although he was able to close late, Marriott escaped with the win.“I didn’t even know he was there,” Marriott said of Ruter. “I was focused on what I was doing. I knew if anyone was going to get by me, they’d probably have to move me to do it.”Marriott also won the final two Hawkeye Dirt Tour events of the season last week at Clay County Fair Speedway and Buena Vista Raceway, both part of the inaugural Iowa Modified Speedweek.Forty-two Modifieds signed in Sunday night.In other action, David Smith beat Dan Mackenthun to the checkers in the IMCA Sunoco Stock Car feature.Shane Swanson was first across the stripe in the Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMod main while August Bach held off Cody Nielsen to take the win in the IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks.Joel Rust and Doug Smith had the top Modified and SportMod point totals during Speedweek and received $1,000 and $500, respectively, from IMCA.TV. Each driver also received a custom IMCA.TV race suit from Velocita.The Night of All Stars was bumped from the three day Stars weekend at Hancock County due to weather. It has been rescheduled for Sat., Aug. 20 as part of the track’s season championship format.The revised purse structure for that event will still pay the Modified winner $1,000 and be a qualifier for the 2017 Fast Shafts All Star Invitational ballot.More information on the Aug. 20 season finale is available by calling the track office at 641 843-9080 or 515 320-0066.Modified Results Feature – 1. Hunter Marriott, Brookfield, Mo.; 2. Ryan Ruter, Kanawha; 3. Ethan Dotson, Bakersfield, Calif.; 4. Kelly Shryock, Fertile; 5. Kyle Brown, State Center; 6. Cody Laney, Torrance, Calif.; 7. Austin Wolf, Algona; 8. Joel Rust, Grundy Center; 9. Josh Ruby, Lakota; 10. Benji LaCrosse, Green Bay, Wis.; 11. Jason Fisher, Lakefield, Minn.; 12. Clint Wendel, Mason City; 13. Tom Berry Jr., Boone; 14. Ben Kraus, Britt; 15. Jesse Hoeft, Forest City; 16. Tad Reutzel, Burt; 17. Scott Olson, Blairsburg; 18. Jon Snyder, Ames; 19. Ricky Thornton Jr., Harcourt; 20. Richie Gustin, Gilman; 21. Corey Dripps, Reinbeck; 22. Mike Hansen, Dickinson, N.D.; 23. Troy Swearingen, Forest City; 24. Josh Rogotzke, Sanborn, Minn.; 25. Jimmy Gustin, Marshalltown; 26. Jeremy Mills, Garner; 27. Mark Noble, Bloomington Prairie, Minn.; 28. Racer Hulin, Laurel; 29. David Brown, Kellogg.First heat (top three) – 1. Laney; 2. Ruby; 3. Ruter; 4. Kraus; 5. Kyle Brown; 6. Rust; 7. Aaron Krohn, Slayton, Minn.; 8. Ryan Maitland, Waterloo; 9. Steve Reynolds, Springfield, S.D.Second heat – 1. Noble; 2. Fisher; 3. Swearingen; 4. Reutzel; 5. Hulin; 6. Snyder; 7. Rogotzke; 8. Jason Briese, Cleghorn; 9. Jim Mathieson, Sioux City.Third heat – 1. Dotson; 2. Jimmy Gustin; 3. Hansen; 4. Wendel; 5. Hoeft; 6. Wolf; 7. David Brown; 8. Mark Elliott, Webster City.Fourth heat – 1. Thornton; 2. Olson; 3. LaCrosse; 4. Mills; 5. Lance Mari, Imperial, Calif.; 6. Berry; 7. Shawn Bearce, Hinton; 8. Devon Havlik, Iowa Falls.Fifth heat – 1. Shryock; 2. Marriott; 3. Dripps; 4. Richie Gustin; 5. Cody Knecht, Whittemore; 6. Kyle Strickler, Mooresville, N.C.; 7. Eric Dailey, Armstrong; 8. Shawn Ritter, Keystone.First “B” feature (top seven) – 1. Richie Gustin; 2. Kraus; 3. Wendel; 4. Wolf; 5. Rogotzke; 6. Hulin; 7. Rust; 8. Strickler; 9. Elliott; 10. Maitland; 11. Ritter; 12. Mathieson; 13. Bearce; 14. Mari.Second “B” feature – 1. Kyle Brown; 2. Reutzel; 3. Hoeft; 4. Berry; 5. Mills; 6. Snyder; 7. David Brown; 8. Dailey; 9. Knecht; 10. Reynolds; 11. Havlik; 12. Krohn; 13. Briese.last_img read more

Howard Eugene Miller

first_imgHoward Eugene Miller, 81, of Aurora, Indiana, passed away Tuesday April 7, 2020 in Cincinnati, Ohio.He was born May 14, 1938 in Cleves, Ohio, son of the late Charles Miller and Jenny (Abdon) Miller.Howard served his country as a member of the United States Army.He worked in the Lab, on the Bottling Floor and as a Fork Lift operator for Seagrams, retiring after over 38 years of service.After his retirement, Howard kept busy taking care of his 8 acres of land and going to auctions. He enjoyed spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren.Howard is survived by his loving spouse of 59 years, Joyce Miller (Woods), daughters, Lana (Robert) Woodring of Destin, FL, Lisha (Coy Manning) Seibert of Cincinnati, OH; brother, Dennis (Janet) Miller; grandchildren, Taylor Woodring, Ryan (Areli) Seibert, Annie Seibert, Lucas Seibert; great-grandchildren, Ava Osborne, Jace Runyon, Hannah Seibert.He was preceded in death by his parents, 4 brothers, 3 sisters and a great-granddaughter, Anay Mari Seibert.There will be no formal arrangements. A Celebration of Life will be held later at the discretion of the family.Contributions may be made to the St. John Lutheran School. Please call the funeral home office at (812) 926-1450 and we will notify the family of your donation with a card.Due to the current situation dealing with COVID-19, we are following the directives from Governor Holcomb and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention concerning large events and mass gatherings. The family deeply appreciates the support and love shown from friends, but the health and well being of everyone in our community is of top priority.Alternative ways to express your condolences can be done by going online at our website and leaving the family a message, sending a card, flowers, or making a donation in memory of their loved one.Our prayers go out to all of the health care community and those affected by COVID-19.Visit: www.rullmans.comlast_img read more

Remi Garde has gambled with Aston Villa job says Arsene Wenger

first_imgArsene Wenger believes Remi Garde has taken a gamble by going to Aston Villa – but believes it was an opportunity his fellow Frenchman could not turn down. “That is why I say it is important we focus straight away on the Premier League after Wednesday night and that we recover physically and mentally. “We have showed we have the maturity to focus on both competitions. They need the points, we need the points. So that means it will be again a physical battle. “The luck we had last week, first of all we won a game that could have gone the other way and that all the results went for us. “We need now consistency in results because the three games before we took two points out of nine without being away from people – if you want to stay up there you have to take points.” Wenger spoke to Garde recommending he took the hot-seat but admits the 49-year-old has rolled the dice on his managerial career in England. “I think, in his position when you have an opportunity you take it,” he said. “At his age, do you want the ideal opportunity? You might never get it so you have to take a gamble and what you want is to have chance to show you have the quality at his age, so you don’t think too much. “In the Premier League you make a phone call now and in an hour I’d have 500 candidates so when you have an opportunity, take it. “It is a big club, it is a big potential and at the moment expectation is not too high, they do not want him to win the Premier League, so he might be given time to show he has the quality and that is most important.” While Arsenal look to build on their unexpected progress to the Champions League last 16 after winning away to Olympiacos on Wednesday, Wenger’s side have won just one of their last four leagues games. Despite that, they remain in the hunt for the title and Wenger knows the importance of three points on Sunday to both sides. “It will be a tough game at Villa,” he added. Former Lyon coach Garde took over at Villa Park in November after the sacking of Tim Sherwood but has so far been unable to guide them off the foot of the Barclays Premier League table. They welcome title-chasing Arsenal to Birmingham on Sunday as Wenger comes up against the first player he signed after taking charge of the Gunners in 1996. Press Associationlast_img read more

GSA on Top in Class C Baseball

first_img Latest Posts Bio admin House fire in Winter Harbor – October 27, 2014 Latest posts by admin (see all)center_img ELLSWORTH — The Bucksport Golden Bucks have climbed to third place in the Maine Principals’ Association Eastern Maine Class B standings, trailing only Waterville and Rockland.John Carlin of the Ellsworth Eagles delivers a pitch during his two-hit shutout of the Caribou Vikings on Saturday at Ellsworth.—HUGH BOWDENBucksport improved its record to 6-1 on Tuesday with a 4-0 shutout of the Old Town CoyotesOn the field, the Ellsworth Eagles also have established themselves as one of the better teams in Eastern Maine Class B with a record of 6-2 as the baseball season nears the midway point.But one would never know it from the MPA’s Heal point standings this week.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textThe standings, supposedly including games through Saturday, placed the Eagles 16th among 21 teams with only a 3-1 record and did not include Ellsworth’s doubleheader win over previously undefeated Caribou on Saturday. The hard-luck Mount Desert Island Trojans, ranked 13th, are just 2-5 so far, but four of those five losses have been by either one or two runs.In Class C, the George Stevens Academy Eagles — after losing their first two games — have reeled off six straight wins and sit atop the Class C standings.That’s due in part to standout senior righthanded pitcher Peter Dickinson.In three complete game efforts so far on the mound, Dickinson has gone 2-1, allowing just seven hits and striking out a whopping 38 batters.Also in Class C, the struggling Sumner Tigers are now 1-6 and are ranked 13th. And in Class D, the 3-2 Deer Isle-Stonington Mariners are ranked sixth. For more sports stories, pick up a copy of The Ellsworth American. Hancock County Court News Nov. 3 thorugh Dec. 11 – January 22, 2015 State budget vs. job creation – January 22, 2015last_img read more

Other Sports Union Cabinet approves setting up of Centre for Disability Sports in Gwalior

first_imghighlights The union cabinet has approved the setting up of a Centre for Disability Sports in Gwalior.The government of India will spend over 170 crores on the project. The project is expected to complete within five years.  Section 30 of the Rights of Persons with Disabilities (RPwD) Act, 2016, requires the government to take measures to ensure “effective participation of Persons with Disabilities in sports activities which includes the provision of infrastructural facilities for sports activities for them”.The upcoming centre was proposed in the budget of 2014-15.”At present, no specialised sports training facilities for Divyangjan are available in the Country,” the government statement read. The initiative by the government of India will help the specially abled people to express themselves even better and take sports seriously. We have already seen what the India Cricket team has produced, and it’s just a matter of time when other sports will also flourish. (With Inputs: PTI) New Delhi: The union cabinet has approved the setting up of a Centre for Disability Sports in Gwalior, a move which is likely to benefit para-sports in the country. The centre will be built at an estimated cost of Rs 170.99 crore, spread over a period of five years. “Setting up of the Centre will develop a sense of belonging in Divyangjan to facilitate their integration in society,” an official statement read after the cabinet meeting here on Thursday evening. The centre will have a Governing Body comprising a maximum of 12 members, some of the experts from “National Level Sports Federations apart from experts in para games”. For all the Latest Sports News News, Other Sports News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more

Larry Catron, 66, Arkansas City: Dec. 30, 1946 – Nov. 7, 2013

first_imgLarry K. Catron, 66, of Arkansas City, died on Thursday afternoon, November 7th, 2013 at South Central Kansas Medical Center.Cremation has taken place.  Graveside Inurnment Services will be held on at 2:30 P.M.  Tuesday, November 12, 2013 at Prairie Lawn Cemetery in Wellington, KS.  Friends may call or stop by Larry’s home to visit with the family.   Shelley Family Funeral Home of Arkansas City has been entrusted with the arrangements.  A memorial has been established with the Cowley County Humane Society.  Contributions may be left with the funeral home. To send a condolence, please visit, www.hawksfuneralhome.com.Larry was born December 30, 1946 in Miller, Missouri to Carrol L. and Della Mae (Brunner) Catron.  He graduated from Arkansas City High School and from Pittsburg Vocational School.  Larry worked at Skyline Corporation from 1966 to 1967.  Larry then joined the Oklahoma National Guard in 1967 and received basic training at Fort Ord, California.  He was honorable discharged in 1973.  He was hired at General Electric, Strother Field Industrial Park, as a mechanic in 1967.  Then in 1972, he went to work for Santa Fe Railroad until 1972.  He then returned to General Electric where he retired in 2009.  Larry married Cathy (Pearson) Glasgow on June 26, 1993.  The couple made their home in Arkansas City.  Larry has two sons, Lance Lee Catron and Casey Lane Catron, by a previous marriage.  Larry was an avid G.E. Union member at Local 1004.  He was also a member of the G.E. Employee Activities Association.  Larry also enjoyed fishing, bowling, baseball, drag racing and casino slot tournaments.Survivors are his wife of 20 years, Cathy of the home; his son Lance L. Catron and wife Tonnie of Arkansas City, KS ; his son, Casey L. Catron and wife Alysha of Arkansas City, KS; his mother, Della Mae Catron of Arkansas City, KS; his sister; Wanda West of Wichita, KS; his grandson, Ryker; his 5 step-grandchildren and 3 step great-grandchildren and a niece Kimberly Spunaugle of Wichita, KS.  He was preceded in death by his father, Carrol L. Catron, his brother-in-law, Jim West and his niece, Robin Kilpatrick.last_img read more