PRI in Person: The ongoing allure of the SDGs

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first_img“Sextant for the investor community”. “A gift from the UN to the world”. “A global to do list”. “A moral imperative but also an economic necessity”.It has been evident for some time already that the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) have captured the imagination of institutional investors, and this was underscored at a conference of the Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI) in Berlin this week.As well as recurring references throughout the event, the dedicated SDG panel featured a number of major globally recognised asset owners such as CalPERS from the US, ABP from the Netherlands, and Cbus, one of Australia’s largest superannuation funds.CalPERS’ investment director for sustainability, Anne Simpson, argued that the goals were not only “a moral imperative, but also an economic necessity”, while Cbus’ Alexandra West, portfolio head for strategy and innovation, said that realising the SDGs would ensure a sustainable economy, and hence economic growth. In Europe, Dutch pension fund managers APG and PGGM are arguably the forerunners when it comes to applying the SDGs. Earlier this year, they presented an SDG “taxonomy ”, the fruit of their work to assess the investability of the goals.Speaking at the PRI in Person conference, Jose Meijer, vice chair of the board of ABP (APG’s main client) said the SDGs were “a gift from the UN to the world”.They were an excellent fit for ABP, and would shape the world its beneficiaries live in, or want to live in, she added.Inspired by the Dutch pension investors’ work, CalPERS has been mapping the SDGs to its portfolio and found “a strong degree of connectivity”, said Simpson.She said what was missing was the means to measure impact, but indicated this was not yet a major concern.“Necessity is the mother of invention,” she said.There was a clear consensus among the panellists that the SDGs were a positive and useful framework for their pension funds, but Cbus’ West highlighted that integrating the goals into the fund’s investment approach was a challenging task.“It’s very difficult to come up with an investment strategy based on the SDGs,” she said. Indeed, shortly after the panel discussion, a representative of a French pension fund told IPE they wanted to align their approach with the SDGs, but were finding this difficult to do.Conversations on the sidelines of the conference revealed a slightly more reserved stance on the SDGs than that expressed by the panellists.  A representative from an Antipodean pension fund, for example, said it would feel “disingenuous” to somehow retrospectively map the goals onto a fund’s portfolio and investment strategy.The head of ESG at a UK-based asset manager, meanwhile, expressed concern that investors as well corporates were “latching on” to the SDGs too quickly.last_img read more

Kingston picks Abedi Pele as greatest African player of all-time

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first_imgFormer Ghana international, Laryea Kingston, has picked countryman Abedi Ayew ‘Pele’ as the greatest African to have ever played the beautiful game. “At the Africa Cup [of Nations] and most of the games that I saw him play, even when the team is down, he lifts everyone up and makes sure the fans and everyone are happy. “So he’s the greatest. For me, I think he did very well for himself and for the country.” It was indeed an unusual root to greatness for Abedi, who first left Ghanaian club Real Tamale United (RTU) to Qatari side Al Sadd in 1982, moved to Swiss side FC Zurich, then to Beninese side Dragons l’Oueme before returning to RTU. In the 1986-87 season, the attacker left for French side Niort, from where he crossed carpets to Mulhouse. He was then snapped up by Marseille, who he represented between 1987 and 1993. He also played for French sides Lille and Lyon, Italian fold Torino, 1860 Munich in Germany and finally Al Ain in the United Arab Emirates where he retired. read also:Abedi’s son ignores January transfer speculations Abedi also won the French league twice with Marseille as well as the UAE Pro-League and President’s Cup with Al Ain. He rated fifth in the Top 30 African Footballers in the last 50 years released by the Confederation of African Football (Caf) in 2007. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Loading… Abedi indeed has an illustrious career as he won the Africa Cup of Nations with Ghana in 1982 and the Uefa Champions League with French side Olympique Marseille in 1992-1993. At individual level, he claimed the Africa Footballer of the Year award on three occasions, one of his many personal honours. “I would say Abedi Pele is the greatest African footballer of all-time because a lot of Africans still believe in him,” Laryea, who played for Ghana at the 2006 and 2008 Afcon tournaments, told Goal. “They believe he’s one of the best players Africa has ever seen.” “In his time, he played very well and not only in Ghana. He went to France and up till today, if you go to France, especially Marseille and you mention him, he’s well known and people respect him for what he did on the field. “In Ghana too he did very well with the national team even though their time they did not qualify to be at the World Cup. Promoted Content7 Things That Actually Ruin Your Phone5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever Made5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksEveryone Was Stunned To See How Little Anakin Looks TodayBest Car Manufacturers In The World7 Mind-Boggling Facts About Black HolesBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For ThemThe Highest Paid Football Players In The World7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend BetterA Hurricane Can Be As Powerful As 10 Atomic BombsWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?last_img read more

Cricket News World Needs To Help Pakistan To Revive Cricket After Decade Of Terrorism: Misbah-ul-Haq

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first_img For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. New Delhi: The terror attacks on the Sri Lanka cricket team on March 1, 2009 in Lahore during the second Test match put Pakistan and its cricket in trouble. Following the attack, teams refused to tour Pakistan for any international games. The 2011 World Cup hosting was snatched from them. The team had to play their ‘home’ games at the UAE for close to 10 years. However, slowly, the situation has improved. Zimbabwe were the first team to travel in 2015, followed by tours from the ICC World XI, West Indies and Sri Lanka in 2017 for one Twenty20 International. With the Pakistan Super League being held without a hitch in the country, Pakistan will now host Sri Lanka for three ODIs and three Twenty20 Internationals in Karachi and Lahore respectively. The series will be the first for Pakistan under Misbah-ul-Haq, the new head coach and chief selector. Misbah captained Pakistan for close to six years and in 56 Tests but he never managed to do that at home in Pakistan. Misbah played just five Tests in Pakistan and ahead of the first match, he has urged the world to help Pakistan revive their international cricket.”Cricket world need to do more, not only for Pakistan but for any country where it is hit. Pakistan is a cricket-loving country and it would be injustice to deprive them of international cricket, so I hope that the world will support us more and more. Otherwise the survival of cricket will be difficult,” Misbah said. Also Read | No More Biryani For Pakistani Cricketers As New Coach Misbah Changes Diet PlanHowever, the tour to Pakistan was under a cloud in Sri Lanka after reports emerged that the team could be targeted in a terrorist attack. The withdrawal of 10 top players also did not help. There were allegations from Pakistan’s Science and Tenchology Minister that India was coercing the Sri Lanka players to not tour Pakistan. However, the Defence Ministry of Sri Lanka gave the go-ahead and the team arrived in the country under massive security. Misbah understood the problems faced by Sri Lanka. Also Read | Misbah-ul-Haq Highlights Key Factors Behind Pakistan Team Selection For Sri Lanka Series”I know it would have been a tough decision for Sri Lanka to tour. It’s a special moment for all of us and players are excited as well as emotional, playing before their home fans and at home ground, so it’s really special,” Misbah said. For many Pakistan players in the side, this will be their first match on home soil with the likes of Sarfaraz Ahmed, Wahab Riaz, Babar Azam and Haris Sohail all playing in front of their home fans once before. Pakistan plays the first one-day international on Friday and the remaining two matches will also be held in Karachi on Sunday and Wednesday. The three Twenty20 internationals will be in Lahore on October 5, 7 and 9.last_img read more

Guyana Amazon Warriors to begin training on July 26

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first_imgTHE Guyana Amazon Warriors’ first step to winning their maiden Hero Caribbean Premier League (CPL) will begin on July 26 when the official training camp gets underway.According to Manager Omar Khan, the squad will assemble on July 25 before getting down to serious business the day after.Khan revealed that the encampment period will run until August 1. Thereafter, the squad departs for Fort Lauderdale, Florida on August 2.The South American-based franchise have been one of the most consistent sides since the tournament’s inception, reaching the finals in 2013, 2014 and 2016. In 2015, the Guyana Amazon Warriors reached the semifinals phase.Following the draft process on March 10, all six teams opted for a large-scale retention after the cap on retention was relaxed for this season in order to keep the core of their sides intact.Such a strategy meant that big-name signings were few and far between. Teams were allowed to retain as many players as they want, and as such, the Guyana Amazon Warriors have kept nine of the men that made up the 2016 squad.The Warriors have retained Pakistani all-rounder Sohail Tanvir, New Zealand opener Martin Guptill, Australian middle-order batsman Chris Lynn, Trinidad and Tobago all-rounder Rayad Emrit, Trinidad and Tobago batsman Jason Mohammed, Guyanese trio Veerasammy Permaul, Assad Fudadin and Steven Jacobs and Trinidad and Tobago wicketkeeper-batsman Steven Katwaroo.The Guyana Amazon Warriors have raked in six newcomers in their squad; Jamaican wicketkeeper-batsman Chadwick Walton, Afghanistan all-rounder Rashid Khan, ICC Americas opener Steven Taylor, Barbados all-rounder Roshon Primus and the Guyanese pair: batsman Gajanand Singh and fast bowler Keon Joseph.In addition, the squad includes the young exciting batsman Shimron Hetmyer, who led the West Indies to the Under-19 ICC Cricket World Cup title last year.The Hero CPL is set to bowl off on August 4, and the Guyana leg will see the Warriors clash with the defending champions Jamaica Tallawahs on August 17, followed by Trinbago Knight Riders on the 19th.The three-time runners-up Warriors will then oppose Barbados Tridents the following day, after which they play St Lucia Stars on the 22nd.last_img read more

Syracuse to adjust tackling techniques under new targeting rule

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first_img Published on August 4, 2013 at 5:41 pm Contact Trevor: tbhass@syr.edu | @TrevorHass Syracuse head coach Scott Shafer discussed the new NCAA targeting rule at a press conference at Manley Field House Sunday afternoon. The rule, which states that officials can eject players who target and contact defenseless players above the shoulders, is effective starting this season.Shafer said he plans on teaching his team new tackling techniques in a meeting on Monday. One key point, guided especially toward new players, will be keeping their “eyes to the sky” while making contact.He supports the rule and added that the purpose behind it is to “protect the kids,” which is his primary objective.“It’s going to be inevitable that there’ll be some helmet-to-helmet contact,” Shafer said, “but the biggest thing is just teaching the kids what targeting is and making sure they understand the parameters and such.”However, one of his main points of emphasis was to avoid being overly cautious. He thinks players get hurt more when they back off and play with hesitation than they do when going at full throttle.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“There’s that fine line that all of us coaches around the country will be dealing with this targeting rule,” Shafer said, “but at the end of the day I think it will sort itself out to be just fine.”Shafer to implement split-field repsShafer said he plans to use split-field reps as a way to get his players more time on the field.By dividing the field in half, it gives players twice the reps and twice the time to look at tape between practices.“The tough thing about that is they’re going to wear down when they’re getting five, six, seven, eight reps in a row,” Shafer said, “which is a good thing, but you’ve got to be smart.”He said he’ll closely monitor the number of reps each player gets and splitting the field will ensure that the coaching staff gets a sufficient look at each player.“Reps are an interesting thing,” Shafer said. “For us we just have to be diligent. Some of the guys have been in the program for a few years so we have a good feel of what their strengths are.”Howard academically ineligibleOutside linebacker Malcolm Howard is academically ineligible this season, Shafer said at the team’s annual media day Sunday.“He came up short academically, so unfortunately for him he won’t be part of the program,” Shafer said.Howard, a 6-foot-3, 210-pound linebacker, transferred to Syracuse from Navarro Community College in late March and would have had two years of eligibility and the option to use a redshirt year. He was slotted behind junior Cameron Lynch and senior Lewellyn Coker at outside linebacker on the Orange’s preseason depth chart.Other than that, Shafer said everyone is healthy and cleared academically heading into training camp. He said the last injury and medical checkups were going on “as we speak,” around 1:17 p.m. Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Women of Troy open against North Carolina

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first_imgThe USC women’s volleyball team will be put to the test early as they host two of the nation’s finest teams at the Women of Troy Baden Invitational this Friday and Saturday.The No. 22-ranked Women of Troy will open the 2015 regular season with matches against No. 7-ranked North Carolina and No. 11-ranked BYU at the Galen Center.In addition, USC will be meeting Chicago State for the first time in the program’s history.With two national powerhouses coming to Troy, head coach Mick Haley knows that his team has their work cut out for them.“We’ve got two great tests ahead of us so it’s a heck of a weekend for us to start out this way but everybody’s really excited for the season to start,” Haley said. “There’s some apprehension in that this is a completely different team from last year, and we really haven’t played anybody yet so we’re in some uncharted waters right now, but I really like our players.”As always, USC will be led by senior captain and two-time AVCA All-American outside hitter Samantha Bricio.Bricio has been a mainstay in the USC lineup since she first came to Los Angeles as a freshman in 2012, and she hopes to leave her mark in her final season donning the cardinal and gold.There’s a number of other returning players who will need to step up this year as well, according to Haley.“Our sophomore Brittany Abercrombie on the right side is really ready to come into her own and we need Alicia Ogoms to be a shutdown middle blocker,” Haley said. “Junior setter Alice Pizzasegola needs to come into her own too this year, and Taylor Whittingham has demonstrated that she can be one of the better liberos, so we have the pieces, we just need to put them together.”One of those pieces mentioned is junior libero Taylor Whittingham, who earned AVCA All-America Honorable Mention last season in her first year as a starter.Like Haley, Whittingham is anxious for the season to start, noting that the culture in the gym is much different compared to last year.“We’re really excited to get started, it’s a new season, a new team, a new system,” Whittingham said. “We have some fresh faces coming in, we’re really physical, we’re tall and our athleticism is really helping us in this new system, so we want to go out there and do our best to win every single game.”Haley will also be showcasing a revamped lineup with a number of different players inserted into starting roles. Two of the newcomers making their Trojan debuts are freshmen Alyse Ford and Baylee Johnson.Ford, an athletic 5’10” outside hitter with a big vertical leap, and Johnson, a physical 6’0” setter and hitter combo at the net, will both see significant playing time to start their USC careers.USC will open up its season by taking on ACC powerhouse North Carolina on Friday at           8 p.m.The Tarheels eliminated the Women of Troy in the second round of last year’s NCAA tournament with a 3-1 win in Chapel Hill, but now that USC will be at home in the friendly confines of the Galen Center, the Women of Troy are looking to avenge that season-ending loss.On Saturday, USC will face off against two Cougar teams. The first match of the day will be against Chicago State at 10 a.m.The  Cougars are coming off a 2014 season in which they finished with a 6-24 overall record, and it will be the first ever meeting between the two teams.Later that night, USC will wrap up the Baden Invitational with a match against 2014 NCAA runner-up and current No. 11-ranked BYU.The last time these two teams met, USC eliminated the Cougars in the 2013 NCAA regional semifinal held at the Galen Center.Bricio had a season high of 30.0 points in the 3-1 win as USC improved to 11-5 all-time against BYU and 6-1 in postseason matches against the Cougars.BYU , however, is coming off a 2014 season in which they pulled off an improbable run, being the first unseeded team to make it all the way to the national championship game before they fell to Penn State.The BYU Cougars and Women of Troy face off at 8 p.m. and the match will broadcast on the  Pac-12 Networks.It will be a challenging weekend for the Women of Troy with a tough slate of competitors ahead, but a good showing against two of the nation’s most accomplished programs could provide some early season confidence for Mick Haley and his new squad.“This type of competition we have is competition that we expect to beat if we want to do anything in the NCAA tournament come December, so this is a true test,” Haley said. “We have good players, and if we can get them to play together and trust each other, they’re good enough to beat anyone in the country on any given night.”last_img read more

Beat writers predict Syracuse’s win streak comes to an end against No. 2 Kansas

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first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on December 1, 2017 at 4:53 pm Syracuse (6-0) walked away with a 72-70 win against Maryland on Monday night, a game where Tyus Battle was “50 percent,” SU head coach Jim Boeheim said. Battle finished the game with 18 points including the Orange’s last nine while Frank Howard added 15 points and 10 assists. Syracuse’s biggest test, however, comes Saturday night as it will take on No. 2 Kansas in Miami, Florida. The Orange will be without backup point guard Geno Thorpe, who has left the team, in part, for lack of playing time.Here are our three beat writers’ thoughts on the upcoming matchup.Sam Fortier (6-0)Rocked ChalkKansas 75, Syracuse 61Well, Syracuse will face Kansas in its first game without Thorpe, who SU Athletics announced left the program on Friday afternoon. This means when either point Howard or shooting guard Battle needs to leave the game, it’s likely freshman point guard Howard Washington will be called upon to play valuable minutes against Kenpom.com’s top-ranked team in the Jayhawks. Syracuse’s disadvantages, though, are much larger than that. Kansas is an elite shooting team that Syracuse’s stingy defense still won’t be able to quite contain, and the Jayhawks roll in Miami.Matthew Gutierrez (6-0)Self evidentKansas 85, Syracuse 75AdvertisementThis is placeholder textLet’s take time to get nostalgic about the 2003 national championship, when the Orange beat Kansas, 81-78. Almost nine years ago exactly, Syracuse again beat Kansas, this time 89-81, in overtime. Saturday night in Miami, however, Bill Self’s Jayhawks get revenge against the unranked Orange. Kansas may be the most complete team in the country, alongside Duke, giving Syracuse a tough task ahead.Tomer Langer (6-0)All good thingsKansas 81, Syracuse 69I think it’s fair to say that the Orange has been a pleasant surprise so far. It hasn’t slipped up in any of its easier nonconference games, and came out with a really nice win over Maryland on Monday. The defense has been solid and the offense has done enough in spurts. I’m not sure that’ll be enough against arguably the best team in the country, though. Kansas has the size and strength at center, with 7-foot, 280-pound center Udoka Azubuike able to negate the advantage that Paschal Chukwu gives SU over most teams. Factor in the myriad of shooters Kansas has, and it might be a little bit too much for Syracuse to overcome. Commentslast_img read more

New vision… NetEnt AB promotes Therese Hillman to Group CEO

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first_img Swedish leadership hits back at Shekarabi’s ‘torpedo orders’ May 1, 2020 StumbleUpon Swedish CEOs challenge ‘unrealistic demands’ against threat of igaming becoming obsolete June 8, 2020 Swedish leaders warn Minister Shekarabi of channelisation consequences   May 6, 2020 Related Articles Submit Share Share The governance of Stockholm-listed industry games developer NetEnt AB, has this morning confirmed the promotion of Therese Hillman as new Group Chief Executive Officer.Since March 2018, Hillman has served as ‘acting CEO’ of NetEnt’s group enterprise, following the departure of former incumbent Per Eriksson.A leadership executive in sports, media and finance, Hillman has formerly served NetEnt AB as Group CFO since January 2017.The appointment of Therese Hillman as new corporate leader, was confirmed by NetEnt’s Chairman of the Board Fredrik Erbing, who last April was appointed as new governance lead for the Stockholm enterprise.“We are pleased to appoint Therese Hillman as new Group CEO. Therese has a clear business focus and is an appreciated leader with great energy. NetEnt is pioneering the online gaming industry and is taking the next step to be at the forefront of business focus and innovation. With Therese’s abilities, we get the right person to lead the company in the next growth phase” Erbing commented on the appointment.Following years of consecutive growth, Hillman takes leadership of NetEnt’s as the company has ‘lagged behind market expectations’ in 2017, faced with tougher regulatory conditions and extensive games saturation within its client portfolios.Taking on full NetEnt AB leadership duties Hillman commented: It is with great enthusiasm, but also humility, that I am taking on the role as Group CEO of NetEnt. I look forward to driving the development of the industry together with our customers and employees and to deliver the best player experiences. This is how we can continue to create value for our customers, shareholders, players and employees”last_img read more

Severe online restrictions see change at Norwegian regulator

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first_img Share StumbleUpon Submit Lotteritilsynet raises NOK 30m for Norway’s distressed non-profits August 6, 2020 Related Articles Norway’s Ministry of Culture seeks to end gambling’s triple guardianship  June 30, 2020 Share Norsk charities launch study on ‘sensitive area’ of market models May 11, 2020 Norwegian gambling regulator Lotteri- og Stiftelsestilsynet has reappointed Gunn Merete Paulsen as its Director General, as pressure increases on the government to further restrict remote online gambling services.Paulsen retakes leadership of the regulator, replacing former incumbent Atle Hamar who has been repositioned as Norway’s Environment Secretary. A former PWC executive, Paulsen had served as Deputy Director General of Lotteri- og stiftelsestilsynet from 2011-2015.At present, Norwegian gambling policy is facing an extensive shake-up demanded by a coalition of political parties which has secured a mandate to implement severe restrictions on foreign online gambling services targeting national consumers.Last April, the joint online gambling mandate developed by the coalition of Norway’s Labour, Christian Peoples, Socialist Left and Centrist Parties’ was approved by Storting (Norway’s legislative assembly).Critical of the government’s stance on unlicensed remote gambling operators being able to service Norwegian consumers, the coalition has put forward severe restrictions on banking transactions, advertising services, stiffer penalties and IP blocks.The supporting parties have detailed that the provisions aim to tighten Norway’s gambling framework, whilst further supporting state-owned gambling operator Norsk Tipping’s charitable contributions.Furthermore, management of Norway’s Sovereign Wealth Fund has been criticised for investing in foreign online gambling operators, a move deemed to have undermined Norsk Tipping’s position as a state-owned charitable enterprise.This Tuesday Norway’s parliament referred its pending industry changes to the European Commission, seeking approval to implement the restrictions on European licensed operators.As a member of the European Economic Area (EEA), Norway will have to adhere to European Union legislation on digital services.However, in December 2017 the European Union announced that it would no longer allow its legal courts to adjudicate online gambling disputes within member states.Following the EC’s pending review, Norwegian policy stakeholders believe that the new restrictions will be implemented by January 2019.last_img read more

King Faisal to change home venue

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first_imgKumasi King Faisal say there is growing motivation to move their home venue from the Baba Yara Stadium due to the never improving financial constraints of the Club.Owner Alhaji Karim Grunsah has proposed to his management team to consider the Anane Boateng Park in Abrankese as the team’s new home venue when the league resumes on March 2.When considered and approved by the GFA and PLB, King Faisal will join Medeama and Mighty Jets who have all changed home venue in this year’s Premier league.Alhaji Karim Grunzah told Joy Sports King Faisal must move on after fifteen years of playing in Kumasi.He said the club had been playing in Kumasi all those years and was not making any money as people were not attending the matches.Source: Joy Sports/Ghanalast_img read more