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PKA cuts five oil firms but rejects blanket stance on fossil fuels

first_img“We want to know whether these companies have a long-term plan to be part of the renewable energy sector, benefiting from this new type of growth.“Even climate-change sceptics should recognise the broad economic move towards renewable energy sources that is going on.”PKA divested from Canadian firms Athabasca Oil, Canadian Natural Resources, Cenovus Energy, Imperial Oil, and Suncor Energy in March, and says it will look at whether to divest from a further 44 oil and gas companies.Several weeks ago, PKA’s chief executive Peter Damgaard Jensen announced the firm was broadening its climate change engagement strategy – which includes mining and utilities companies with revenue linked to coal and other high-carbon energy sources – to include the oil and gas sector.Pedersen said PKA had divested from certain coal companies after recognising that coal firms would find their business disrupted in the next decade due to new technologies.“We asked when could that happen for the rest of the oil and gas sector,” he said. “We don’t believe it will happen tomorrow, but believe it is an important question – how these companies are preparing for this low carbon future – and we believe that this transition its taking place much faster than many believe.”Pedersen cited France’s Total and Norway’s Statoil as two large oil companies that are making moves into renewable energy.“It is about seeing yourself as an energy company, and being a part of a solution rather than fighting the change,” he said. “It’s very difficult for many CEOs to accept things are changing, but the rules of the game are changing everyday.” Denmark’s PKA divested from five Canadian oil companies last month, bringing the total number of fossil fuel-related firms it has excluded from its investment universe to 53 in the past two years.“It’s very difficult for many CEOs to accept things are changing, but the rules of the game are changing everyday.”Pelle Pedersen, PKAHowever, the DKK250bn pensions administrator, which runs three social and healthcare sector pension funds, said the decisions were based on the failure of the companies to offer convincing plans about how they will deal with the issue of climate change. PKA said it did not have a blanket exclusion policy based on companies’ involvement in the fossil fuel sector.Pelle Pedersen, head of responsible investment at PKA, told IPE: “As a long term investor we have to have a nuanced approach when it comes to investment, and everything we do is combined with engagement.last_img read more

Senior players hold key to India series: head coach Reifer

first_imgLAUDERHILL, Florida (CMC) – West Indies head coach Floyd Reifer has underscored the value of experience in the Twenty20 unit, as the Caribbean side prepare to take on India in a three-match series starting here tomorrow.Selectors last month named a 14-man squad for the first two matches at the Central Broward Stadium, with seasoned campaigners Sunil Narine, Kieron Pollard and Andre Russell included in the lineup.Significantly, Narine will be appearing for West Indies for the first time in nearly two years and his presence, along with that of the senior players, has given Reifer cause for optimism.“Experience is vital. You can’t go wrong with experience,” said Reifer, who oversaw West Indies’ disastrous World Cup campaign.“We will be depending on Pollard, Narine and those guys to bring all the experience they have. They’ve been playing over 10 years in the IPL so they’ve been playing against the Indians for a long time.“In speaking to Pollard, in speaking to Narine, they are eager as well to lend all the experience they can to the team set-up. It’s just a matter of going out there and gelling together as a team and putting in good performances, and when we’re put under pressure that we band together as a team.”He added: “The team is a young team. I like to mix experience with youth – it’s a good blend. But I’m looking forward to guys like Pollard, Narine and Carlos Brathwaite sharing knowledge with the younger guys.“We have a young team with good talent. It’s just a matter of getting the guys in the right frame of mind to perform at the international standard.”Guyana Jaguars wicketkeeper/batsman Anthony Bramble has been called up for the first time while rookies, left-handed opener John Campbell and left-arm spinner Khary Pierre, have also been included.Reifer said the squad had been gelling well and creating the type of atmosphere crucial to team unity and success against India.“We have young Khary Pierre. He’s a young spinner who actually played in India last year. He bowled pretty well and is a good fielder as well,” Reifer pointed out.“We have a good blend and I like what I’m seeing here at the practice sessions. Everybody is enthusiastic, energy levels are high, and guys are pushing one another and working hard; so these are the things we’re trying to get into the team.“We’re trying to change the team culture, trying to get the work ethic to be as high as possible and we want the intensity levels to be very high every time we come to a practice session. Those are the things we are working on with the younger players to have a solid culture going forward.”Reifer also backed the uncapped Bramble to be an asset to the side when called on.“He’s been around first class cricket for a while. I saw him play a few times and he played some good innings for Guyana,” Reifer noted.“He toured with the A team last year to Canada and I think Bramble will bring some youthful experience to the team. He is willing and eager to get out there on the park and perform.”last_img read more

Clippers are at a size disadvantage without Danilo Gallinari in the lineup

first_img What the Clippers are saying the day after Luka Doncic’s game-winner tied series, 2-2 Clippers vs. Mavericks Game 5 playoff updates from NBA beat reporters The report supports the referees’ instant-replay ruling, explaining that once the review was initiated, their options were to either increase the level of the foul already called on Marjanovic, or, if they believed a hostile act had occurred that was distinct from the contact called on the play, provide a penalty for that act.Because that contact already had already been called incorrectly, there was no other contact to rule on.Related Articles The Lakers won 123-120 to improve to 27-25, climbing within a game of the Clippers (28-24), who are clinging to eighth place in the Western Conference standings.After the game, Rivers said he was baffled by the call.“Lance is not dirty, Lance didn’t do it to be dirty, he was trying to score,” Rivers said. “But why put in those rules if you’re not gonna call them? I was blown away by that.”The league regularly releases an assessment of officiated events that happen in the last two minutes of games that were within three points at any time in the last two minutes of the fourth quarter or the last two minutes of any overtime period, with reviews of all calls and notable non-calls. For Lakers’ LeBron James, Jacob Blake’s shooting is bigger issue than a big Game 4 victory “Before, I thought we had the bigger team every night, with Gal at the 4 and Tobias (Harris) at the 3,” Rivers said. “Now we move Tobias to the 4 and we’re pretty small every night.”Sign up for Home Turf and get exclusive stories every SoCal sports fan must read, sent daily. Subscribe here.At 6-8, Harris is comfortable at power forward, but among the Clippers’ most-utilized guards who fill out the lineup, only rookie Shai Gilgeous-Alexander stands taller than 6-5. Otherwise, the Clippers are asking 6-2 Avery Bradley; 6-1 Patrick Beverley and 6-1 Lou Williams to defend bigger players.“We’re throwing out a lot of matchups,” said Montrezl Harrell, who knows something about being undersized as a 6-8 center. “It’s definitely hurting us when guys are a little bigger at the 3, 4, 5 positions and we got smaller guards on ’em.”That’s not to say, Harrell insisted, that the Clippers aren’t up to the challenge.“We definitely miss (Gallinari), but we can’t really blame it on anything, we gotta keep moving forward,” Harrell said. “Every team deals with injuries, so hey, it’s just the way it is. We’ve been hit with a lot of different adversity, guys going out left and right, but every time we’ve responded well. So that’s all we gotta do here. We came off a good road trip last time, going 3-1, so hopefully, we can get back to what we did last time and keep moving forward.” Clippers hope they can play to their capabilities, quell Mavericks’ momentum LOS ANGELES — Life without Danilo Gallinari is requiring the Clippers to think small.Counting the Jan. 18 game against Golden State, when Gallinari was removed early because of the back spasms that have sidelined him for the seven games since, the Clippers are 4-4 without the 6-foot-10 forward.He is improving, Coach Doc Rivers said, and is expected to join the Clippers at an as-yet-undetermined date during their six-game, 11-day trip, which begins Saturday in Detroit.The Clippers obviously are missing Gallinari’s scoring (he was averaging 19 points per game), and his floor-stretching 3-point prowess (he was shooting a career-high 44.6 percent), and they’re also missing his height. OFFICIAL WHIFFThe league confirmed the Clippers’ complaints Friday when it acknowledged that the Lakers’ Lance Stephenson should have been called for an offensive foul when his left elbow struck Boban Marjanovic’s jaw late in Thursday’s game.Instead, with 45 seconds left in overtime and the Clippers trailing 120-118, Marjanovic was called for the defensive foul and Stephenson’s basket and free throw were allowed to stand, which increased the Lakers’ lead to 123-118.Per the NBA’s “Last Two Minute Report” released Friday, officials confirmed that the call on the court was incorrect: “Stephenson extends his left arm and makes contact with Marjanovic’s head during his drive shot attempt and an offensive foul is warranted.” Kristaps Porzingis ruled out as Clippers, Mavericks set for Game 5; Follow for game updates Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

New Large Study: Hydroxychloroquine Saves Lives of COVID-19 Patients

first_imgHydroxychloroquine cut the death rate significantly in sick patients hospitalized with COVID-19, without heart-related side-effects, according to a new study published by Henry Ford Health System. The large study involved 25-hundred patients and found 13% of those treated with hydroxychloroquine alone died compared with 26.4% not treated with hydroxychloroquine. The study was published in the peer-reviewed International Journal of Infectious Diseases. “The findings have been highly analyzed and peer-reviewed,” said Dr. Marcus Zervos, division head of Infectious Disease for Henry Ford Health System, who co-authored the study with Henry Ford epidemiologist Samia Arshad. “We attribute our findings that differ from other studies to early treatment, and part of a combination of interventions that were done in supportive care of patients, including careful cardiac monitoring. Our dosing also differed from other studies not showing a benefit of the drug. And other studies are either not peer reviewed, have limited numbers of patients, different patient populations or other differences from our patients.”Zervos said the potential for a surge in the fall or sooner, and infections continuing worldwide, show an urgency to identifying inexpensive and effective therapies and preventions.“We’re glad to add to the scientific knowledge base on the role and how best to use therapies as we work around the world to provide insight,” he said. “Considered in the context of current studies on the use of hydroxychloroquine for COVID-19, our results suggest that the drug may have an important role to play in reducing COVID-19 mortality.”The study also found those treated with azithromycin alone or a combination of hydroxychloroquine and azithromycin also fared slightly better than those not treated with the drugs, according to the Henry Ford data. The analysis found 22.4% of those treated only with azithromycin died, and 20.1% treated with a combination of azithromycin and hydroxychloroquine died, compared to 26.4% of patients dying who were not treated with either medication.“Our analysis shows that using hydroxychloroquine helped saves lives,” said neurosurgeon Dr. Steven Kalkanis, CEO, Henry Ford Medical Group and Senior Vice President and Chief Academic Officer of Henry Ford Health System. “As doctors and scientists, we look to the data for insight. And the data here is clear that there was benefit to using the drug as a treatment for sick, hospitalized patients.”last_img read more

New approach brings surge in golfers and club members

first_img England Golf’s work to support grass roots golf is leading to a surge in new players and club members.A new report highlights over 8500 new club memberships in the year to March 2015 – which could equal £7.2m in annual subscriptions.It also shows large increases in the number of people taking structured golf coaching (up 43% on the previous year) and those playing weekly (up 48%).The results follow a year of changed focus in county activity to grow the game. There have been fewer one-off taster sessions and more emphasis on structured coaching courses and regular playing opportunities which lead to club membership.This new approach supports the England Golf Strategic Plan for 2014-17 which has seven key aims, including creating more players, more members and stronger clubs.Claire Roberts, England Golf’s Head of Participation, said: “Research tells us that golf club members play golf most often and our county network has, therefore, concentrated on creating more regular players and more members.“The past year has been very encouraging and England Golf will continue to work with counties and clubs to promote regular coaching and ways to recruit and retain club members.”The Impact Report on county activity has been prepared by England Golf’s Participation and Club Support Department and highlights:• The Get into golf campaign which now gives all clubs the opportunity to upload their activities onto the website.  England Golf has invested significantly in digital advertising during summer 2015 to increase awareness of golf and drive traffic to the website.• The pilot project running in Staffordshire, Warwickshire and Northamptonshire to trial new ways of increasing participation and membership. These include free golf coaching at pitch and putt courses, promotion of nine-hole golf and after-work roll-ups, and a junior retention project.• Increased capacity for county development officers to strengthen local activities.The results, from 33 counties, are beating internal targets set by the England Golf Partnership (EGP) to achieve the aims of its Whole Sport Plan by 2017. The activity is also by measured by Sport England’s Active People Survey.The report details:44,071 people aged 14-plus took part in structured coaching (up 43%)25,606 people aged 14-plus took part in once a week activity (up 48%)Overall, 39% of participants were femaleOver 36,000 people took follow-up activitiesA total of 8,539 new club memberships were reported – an average of 259 per county. This could equal more than £7.2million in subscriptions, based on an average full playing adult golf club membership fee of £846.11% of participants declared themselves as having a disability, impairment or long term limiting condition and 29 counties have run specific projects for disabled golfers. 15 Jun 2015 New approach brings surge in golfers and club members last_img read more

Imprisoned Steelers fan sues NFL for blown Succop call

first_imgKansas City Chiefs kicker Ryan Succop misses the possible game-winning field goal against the San Diego Chargers during the closing seconds of regulation of an NFL football game, Sunday, Dec. 29, 2013, in San Diego. The Chargers eventually won the game 27-24 in overtime. (AP Photo/Lenny Ignelzi)PITTSBURGH (AP) – A Pittsburgh Steelers fan imprisoned for murder has sued the National Football League and wants a federal judge to delay the remainder of the playoffs so the Steelers can have another chance to qualify for them.The Steelers were denied a sixth and final playoff seed in the AFC when the San Diego Chargers beat the Kansas City Chief, 27-24, in overtime in their final regular season game.The Dec. 29th game went into overtime after Kansas City kicker Ryan Succop missed a last-second 41-yard field goal try that would have won the game. The NFL has since acknowledged San Diego should have been penalized for lining up too many players on one side of Kansas City’s center, meaning Succop should have gotten another chance to make the kick from 5 yards closer.Daniel Spuck, 45, who’s serving an 11 to 22 year sentence for third-degree murder at a state prison in Mercer, about 60 miles north of Pittsburgh, filed a hand-printed federal lawsuit on Jan. 2, against the NFL and Commissioner Roger Goodell.Spuck argues that the Steelers were eliminated from the playoffs “because the defendants through their employees (game official and instant replay booth) were negligent and fraudulent when they missed an illegal alignment by the Chargers …”Chiefs coach Andy Reid called timeout after the missed field goal to argue with officials about the illegal formation. But illegal formations are not reviewable under the NFL’s instant replay policy, so the play stood.Spuck’s complaint seeks a court order for relief “on behalf of Plaintiff, Pittsburgh Steelers players, coaches and fans.”Among other things, he wanted the playoffs delayed for seven to 10 days to allow time for a re-kick by Succop, a coin toss, or a neutral site game between Pittsburgh and San Diego to determine a sixth seed in the AFC playoffs.The NFL isn’t commenting on the lawsuit and, so far, federal judges in Pittsburgh have not scheduled a hearing on it.Since it was filed, the sixth-seeded Chargers won their wild card playoff game against the Cincinnati Bengals last week and face the Broncos Sunday afternoon in Denver.Spuck isn’t represented by an attorney and filed the lawsuit himself. Federal court records indicate he frequently files lawsuits – most often habeas corpus petitions seeking to overturn his conviction or related appeals – or otherwise claiming his civil rights have been violated while incarcerated.He was convicted in March 1996 and sentenced a month later for the February 1995 stabbing death of his estranged wife’s ex-husband. He was also convicted of endangering his wife, who survived, by stabbing her until she uttered the words “I love you.”last_img read more

Local Ford dealership helps raise cash for local schools, youth

first_imgFord Motor Company of Canada, Limited concluded a very successful first year of its Drive One 4 UR School and Drive One 4 UR Community programs in Canada. The programs, which began in April, raised a total of $460,180 to date benefitting more than 158 schools and community organizations across Canada. Through this initiative, B.C. community members had the opportunity to raise up to $6,000 for each local school and community organization that participated by test driving a Ford or Lincoln vehicle during 25 one-day events across the region in 2010. Ford of Canada and B.C. dealerships, who pledged $20 for every person from a unique household who test drove a 2010 Ford or Lincoln vehicle at Drive One 4 UR School and Community events, donated a total of $52,620 for local schools and community organizations this year.“We are very proud of the impact that this program has had in communities across British Columbia,” said Gerald Wood, general manager, Ford of Canada Western Region. “We were able to help a number of schools and community organizations in 2010, and based on the terrific response and positive outcomes for these groups, we’re pleased to continue this program in 2011.”Local participants in 2010 included the Castlegar Rebels hockey team, which raised $6,000, the Beaver Valley Nitehawks, which raised $6,000 for youth hockey, and the Trail Smoke Eaters, which raised $4,000. Ford and Lincoln dealers across B.C. are looking forward to building on this success in 2011 for local schools and organizations in need.“During a tough economy, school and community fundraising is hit particularly hard,” said Herb Amaral, Crewchief for AM Ford. “Our dealership held five events this year and we were thrilled and touched to see so many people come out and support each event.”Ford of Canada’s Drive One 4 UR School and Community programs, in conjunction with local dealerships, will continue to partner with eligible schools and community organizations to raise money in 2011.This article is a press release from Ford Canada.last_img read more

Bombers glide to third Kootenay Zone Soccer Title

first_imgLVR opened the tournament by bouncing host Prince Charles Comets of Creston 6-1.Emma Wheeldon led the Bombers with three goals whiile sister Jena added one. Allie Zondervan also scored twice.Keegan Patterson was in goal for both wins.LVR now advances to the BC High School AA Girl’s Soccer Tournament May 29-31 in Penticton.”We are looking forward to it and wanting to improve on our fourth place finish from last year,” said head coach Jamie Spendlove, in his third season a skipper of the Bombers.Spendlove is also a part of the Soccer Quest Coaches.This is the third year in a row we’ve won the Kootenay’s with the Soccer Quest coaches. The L.V. Rogers Bombers outscored the opposition 11-2 en route to capturing its third consecutive Kootenay High School AA Girl’s Soccer Zone Championship Wednesday in Creston.Noa Butterfield scored three times to lead the Bombers past David Thompson Lakers of Invermere 5-1 in the tournament final.Darian Voisard and Hailee Gerun also scored for the number one seeded Bombers.David Thompson edged out J. Lloyd Crowe Hawks of Trail in the other semi final to advance.last_img read more

Zuma announces changes to Cabinet

first_img13 June 2012President Jacob Zuma announced several changes to his Cabinet on Tuesday, with a new minister and deputy for the transport portfolio underlining its importance in South Africa’s state-led infrastructure drive.Addressing journalists in Pretoria on Tuesday, Zuma said that Sbu Ndebele had been moved from transport to correctional services, while his deputy, Jeremy Cronin, had been moved to public works, also as deputy minister.Ben Martins, who was deputy minister of public enterprises, taking over as transport minister, with Sindisiwe Chikunga coming in as deputy transport minister.Correctional Services Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula moves over to defence, while Defence Minister Lindiwe Sisulu takes over the portfolio of public service and administration, following the recent death of Roy Padayachie.Zuma appointed three other new deputy ministers in Gratitude Magwanishe (public enterprises), Hlengiwe Mkhize (economic development), and Mduduzi Manana (higher education and training).The changes, Zuma said, come in the wake of three vacancies in the national executive, due to Padayachie’s death, the resignation of Economic Development Deputy Minister Enoch Godongwana, and the shifting of former Deputy Minister of Public Works Hendrietta Bogopane-Zulu to the ministry of women, children and people with disabilities.The President welcomed the new Cabinet members and wished them well in their new positions.Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

Gad-Zookz! WTO to Allow Copyright Infringement?

first_imgdana oshiro Zookz founder Hugh Marshall launched the site in the belief that the Antigua-based company is not subject to US copyright law until those within the space reach a profit of $21 million dollars. Nevertheless, it’s unlikely that this is the case as it would mean that the WTO would allow Antigua-based websites to simply give away files or sell them at rock bottom prices in order to stay below the limit. While the actual terms of the WTO’s sanction is blurry, John Healey of the LA Times suggests that the annual value limit is likely to represent the loss to US industries rather than the profit yielded. As well, the fact that the site is accessible by global audiences outside of Antigua makes this a particularly suspicious venture. While the site’s 1,500 movies and 50,000 songs represent a relatively small catalogue, it appears that for now, for the price of a Netflix monthly account, Zookz users can access unlimited downloads. Obviously this is tempting. Dubious legality aside, and regardless of how you perceive the RIAA and MPAA, please remember that in this case neither starving musicians nor billionaire record labels receive payment for the downloaded works. If you’re still curious about the service, you can register at Zookz.com. Related Posts 9 Books That Make Perfect Gifts for Industry Ex… Tags:#music#web As reported in the LA Times’ technology blog, the launch of Antigua-based media download site Zookz has raised the ire of the US trade commission as well as the RIAA and MPAA. However, according to the company, Zookz is permitted by the World Trade Organization under a loophole copyright sanction. You read that correctly. The US trade commission and the RIAA / MPAA is challenging Zookz the pirate with the WTO in its corner. Imagine the cage match.Zookz is offering unlimited movie or music downloads for $10 per month (or $18 for both). The company’s low prices can be attributed to the fact that it is not paying licensing fees to copyright owners. The justification as to why Zookz can ignore US claims to intellectual copyrights is a long and complicated one. It seems the WTO ruled with Antigua after a long series of battles over the fact that US restrictions on online gambling were found to violate free trade agreements. Despite the decision, no new forms of offshore online betting were allowed in the US. In retaliation, Antigua received permission from the WTO to suspend US copyright obligations up to a value of $21 million dollars annually. 4 Keys to a Kid-Safe App 5 Outdoor Activities for Beating Office Burnout 12 Unique Gifts for the Hard-to-Shop-for People…last_img read more