Many Dutch schemes lack concrete climate policy, says pressure group

first_imgHalf of the large Dutch pension funds have not defined specific action points on climate change, a survey by the Dutch association for investors in sustainable development (VBDO) has suggested.Of the 50 pension funds examined by the VBDO, 12% lacked an explicit policy against climate change, while 38% had only addressed the issue in general terms, the organisation found.It said that the other half had formulated action goals, often a reduction of their investment portfolio’s carbon footprint.Another step taken by pension funds was to reduce the financial risks of climate change in their portfolio – in particular the risk of loss of value of fossil fuel-related investments – by aligning them with the climate targets of the Paris Agreement. The organisation had focused on climate change for its latest annual survey because the subject posed the greatest ESG risk of the moment, said Angelique Laskewitz, VBDO’s director, during the presentation of the report earlier this month.The association emphasised that missing the target of keeping global warming to no more than two degrees above pre-industrial levels could have catastrophic consequences. VBDO found that one scheme had a policy in place to prepare investments for physical risks of climate change, such as damage to property and disruption of supply chains.It said that more than 20% of pension funds tried to actively contribute to climate solutions, for example through investment in renewable energy or green infrastructure protecting against extreme weather.PFZW drops to third in rankingThe €459bn civil service scheme ABP received the highest score in this year’s ranking, as last year. PFZW, the €238bn healthcare pension fund – which came second in the 2018 survey, and for 11 years before that top of the list – dropped to third place.BpfBouw, the €67bn pension fund for the construction sector, was ranked second in this year’s survey.Lucienne de Bakker, who contributed to the survey, said that the pension funds’ targets still fell short in terms of measurability and deadlines.No more than 32% had formulated a final date for targets, such as carbon reduction, she said.The organisation recommended pension funds to consult more with NGOs, academics, and other experts in order to keep their policy up to date. Middle and low achievers could look to the frontrunners to learn from them.It also advised schemes to improve their reporting to members on targets and results achieved.last_img read more

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Multiple healthcare workers exposed to Covid-19 after delivering babies

first_imgOfficials in New York are reporting that more than 30 healthcare workers were exposed to the coronavirus after delivering babies for two women who had the virus but had no symptoms.The incident occurred at the New York-Presbyterian/Columbia University Irving Medical Center in Manhattan.  Doctors say once the women delivered their babies, the mothers’ conditions “deteriorated very quickly.” The women were then transferred to the ICU portion of the hospital were it was discovered that the women had the virus despite not initially showing any symptoms.One of the women has been since discharged from the hospital, while the other remains under medical care. Her condition has not been released.  Medical staff have also been monitoring the babies and say that they do not seem to have the virus at this time.Over 30 health care workers, have also been forced to quarantine after being exposed to the women and their family members.The hospital has since barred all “support persons” from entering maternity rooms and waiting rooms. Dr. Mary D’Alton says the policy was a difficult decision to make:“It was not taken lightly, it was not taken by one person. It was taken by a team of us involved in multidisciplinary levels across the institution,” Dr. D’Alton said.She continued saying that the hospital must assume that each family member who accompanied the parties were also infected even if they did not know that they were.last_img read more

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Deonarine, Campbelle and Kanhai to be honoured by BCB

first_imgFORMER West Indies batsmen Rohan Kanhai and Narsingh Deonarine, along with Shemaine Campbelle, will be honoured as Berbice greatest cricketers at the senior, junior, and female levels respectively.Rohan ‘Bholalall’ Kanhai, holds the record for the most Test runs, Test appearances and most Test centuries for Berbicians.Deonarine represented Albion, Berbice, Guyana and the West Indies at the Under-15 and Under-19 levels with great success while serving as captain as well. Shemaine CampbelleCampbelle is the only Guyanese female cricketer to have centuries at the club, county, regional and international levels and has represented the West Indies at the 20/20 and ODI levels for close to a decade.A portrait of the three players will be unveiled in the Berbice Cricket Board (BCB) office on the Dr. Tulsi Dyal Singh Wall of Fame.“We strongly believe in honouring our heroes and we want to do so while they are alive. Berbice cricket has been successful over the last 80 years due to the outstanding contributions of countless work performances of countless individuals,” BCB Public Relations Officer Simon Naidu said as he unveiled the board’s plans to honour several outstanding Berbicians as part of its 80th anniversary celebrations.Rohan KanhaiFormer outstanding cricketers Leslaine Lambert, Clayton Lambert, Mahendra Nagamootoo, Deonarine and Derick Kallicharran, will also be inducted into the Berbice Hall of Fame while outstanding administrators Keith Foster, Anil Beharry, Malcolm Peters, Manohar Pooran and Carl Moore would also be inducted into the BCB Hall of Fame for administrators.The contribution of former players: Sudesh Dhaniram, Orvin Mangru, Deonarine Persaud, Andre Percival and Zaheer Moakan will be recognised under the Tribute to Retired Cricketers programme while Angela Haniff, Joseph Simon, Dennis D’Andrade and Esaun Crandon will each receive BCB’s highest individual award, The Tribute to Hero Award of Excellence. BCB president Hilbert Foster stated that every year, the board will strive to honour outstanding heroes.last_img read more

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Jusuf Nurkic injury update: Trail Blazers C has no nerve, muscle damage in leg, report says

first_imgPortland’s Jusuf Nurkic underwent season-ending surgery today on compound fractures, and some positive news: No nerve or muscle damage in his leg, league sources said. He is out indefinitely.— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) March 26, 2019Nurkic recorded 32 points, 16 rebounds and five assists in the contest, which Portland won 148-144.He averaged 15.6 points, 10.4 rebounds and 3.2 assists in 72 games this season. Jusuf Nurkic is done for the season after suffering a gruesome leg injury against the Nets on Monday.The Trail Blazers center went up for a rebound in the second overtime of his team’s matchup with Brooklyn before coming down awkwardly and collapsing to the floor. Nurkic left the court on a stretcher and did not return. Portland fans gave the 24-year-old a standing ovation as he was taken back to the locker room.The Trail Blazers announced Tuesday morning Nurkic had sustained a compound fracture of his left tibia and fibula and “there is no timetable for his return to basketball activity.”We love you, @bosnianbeast27 ❤ pic.twitter.com/x7JRRtsR7I— Trail Blazers (@trailblazers) March 26, 2019Later in the day, The Athletic reported Nurkic had undergone surgery and there was no nerve or muscle damage in the center’s leg.last_img read more

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Round Table on “Violence Prevention During Sports Events in B&H”

first_imgThe B&H Ministry of Security in collaboration with the Football Alliance of B&H and Psychologists Association of FB&H organized a round table on the topic: “Violence prevention at sports events in B&H”. This activity is organized with the aim of creating a better and efficient framework of cooperation on the prevention of violence at sports events”, announced the Ministry of Security of B&H.Representatives of Slovenian Police and Ministry of Internal Affairs of Canton Sarajevo shared their experiences on organizing sports events.B&H Deputy Minister of Security Mladen Ćavar opened today the round table and he pointed out that hooliganism at sports events is more pronounced recently and that more attention should be devoted to the problem.“Our goal is to coordinate with the state level organization and harmonization of activities of the Ministries of Internal Affairs of entities and Brčko District in achieving this important safety task”, said Ćavar.(Source: Fena)last_img read more

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Salah voted BBC African Footballer of the Year

first_img0Shares0000Mohammed Salah poses with his BBC AFOTY award at Liverpool’s training ground in Melwood. PHOTO/BBCLIVERPOOL, United Kingdom, Dec 11- Egypt and Liverpool forward Mohamed Salah has been voted the overall winner of this year’s BBC African Footballer of the Year Award, the first time he has been shortlisted.Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp joined presenter Mimi Fawaz at the club’s Melwood training academy to present Salah with the coveted trophy. Fans voted online at BBC.com/AfricanFootball in record numbers this year for their favourites on the five-man shortlist.The 25-year-old Liverpool star beat Gabon’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Guinean Naby Keita, Sadio Mané of Senegal and Nigeria’s Victor Moses.Mohamed Salah says: “I am very happy to win this award. It’s always a special feeling when you win something. You feel like you did a great year, so I’m very happy. I would also like to win it next year!”Salah, this season’s Premier League top scorer with 13 goals, has enjoyed a stellar year for both club and country.In early 2017, he was the central figure for Egypt as they finished runners-up at the Africa Cup of Nations.Later in the year, the pacey forward had a hand in all seven of the goals that took the Pharaohs to their first World Cup since 1990 – assisting two and scoring five, including the stoppage-time penalty against Congo that qualified them for Russia.“I want to be the best Egyptian ever so I work hard,” added Salah, who has become the third Egyptian to win the award, and first since 2008.After joining Liverpool from Roma in June, the start to his Anfield career could scarcely have gone better as he was named the club’s player of the month in August and September.A goal on his debut helped him rack up seven goals in his first 11 Premier League games, and he has fared even better in the Champions League, with five goals in six group games.“It’s well deserved,” said Liverpool coach Jurgen Klopp, who handed the trophy to the player at the club’s Melwood training academy.“I am a really lucky person. I had the opportunity to work with a few outstanding players and I am happy that it is now with Mo. The good thing is that he is still young, there is a lot of space for improvement, a lot of potential still that we can work on, but that’s how it should be. It’s a big pleasure, to be honest, to work with him.”Salah now adds his name to a list of African legends, including Abedi Pele, George Weah, Jay-Jay Okocha and Didier Drogba, to have won the BBC African Footballer of the Year prize.“I am very happy to be like them in winning this award,” said the Egyptian, who follows compatriots Mohamed Barakat (2005) and the legendary Aboutreika (2008) in receiving the trophy.Previous winners of the award include:Riyad Mahrez (2016)Yaya Touré (2013 & 2015)Yacine Brahimi (2014)0Shares0000(Visited 4 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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