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first_imgERAFP, the French mandatory pension scheme for civil servants, has tendered two mandates for ESG rating agencies to assess the pension fund’s investments against its socially responsible investment (SRI) policy.The call for tender is a renewal of existing mandates.The €23.5bn fund is looking to hire two “extra-financial rating agencies to assess the social responsibility of ERAFP’s investments in various asset classes”.One mandate is in relation to equity and corporate bond investments made on behalf of ERAFP, which the selected rating agency would need to assess against their compliance with the pension fund’s SRI guidelines. A second mandate is for the same type of assessment but for investments mainly in sovereign, supranational and sub-sovereign bonds (SSA).The contracts will be for four years, with a possible extension of two years.Vigeo and Oekom Research – ratings agencies from France and Germany, respectively – have been responsible for this work since October 2010, when ERAFP last awarded the relevant mandates.Vigeo was selected for the equity and corporate bond assessment, while Oekom was chosen as a partner with respect to ERAFP’s SSA bond investments.Vigeo merged with EIRIS, a UK ESG agency, late last year.In other news, AFG, the French asset management association, has published a practical guide for asset managers to measure and report on their investments’ carbon footprint.In the guide (French only), the association notes that, although not all asset managers measure the carbon footprint of fund portfolios, this practice is set to spread given growing interest from clients and improvements in methodology.It also “strongly advises” asset managers to state clearly the limits of any figures reported given the wide range of calculation methods.last_img read more


first_imgSwedish national pension fund AP2 has put “special measures” in place to monitor the external asset managers it uses for Chinese investments, because of the high risk of human rights abuses in China.The Gothenburg-based fund disclosed the approach in its first report about its work on human rights issues.The SEK334bn (€30.9bn) pension fund — one of five backing Sweden’s state pension — said it has three mandates in Chinese domestic equities under external management.“There are sustainability challenges associated with investments in China as transparency of companies and markets in China is not deemed to be as good as in more well-developed markets. The fund also considers China to be a high-risk country in terms of human rights issues,” AP2 said in the report. Because of this, the pension fund maintained “close and active collaboration” with its external asset managers in China, it said, to make sure sustainability issues, including human rights, were integrated in investment decisions.This mainly took the form of a dialogue with managers, it said, adding that in 2017 and 2018, these talks focused mainly on human rights issues.“The work of these asset managers is regularly monitored on a quarterly basis, both in the form of a written report from the asset manager and through dialogue, where specific portfolio companies and the risks they or their sector may incur are discussed,” AP2 said.External managers also undergo an annual assessment, it said, which includes their sustainability performance, and a poor result may mean the end of the fund’s collaboration with that manager.AP2 said it was one of the first investors in the world to publish a report on its work with human rights, which was based on the United Nations’ Reporting Framework. “We hope [the report] will not only explain how we are working with human rights, but also contribute to a broader dialogue on human rights issues in the finance industry” Eva Halvarsson, AP2 chief executiveEva Halvarsson, AP2 chief executive, said the fund had already decided to support the UN Guiding Principles Reporting Framework in 2016.“We hope [the report] will not only explain how we are working with human rights, but also contribute to a broader dialogue on human rights issues in the finance industry,” she said.She added that AP2 was actively engaged in integrating sustainability issues, including human rights issues, as part of its asset management activities. Halvarsson noted that the report described how indices AP2 has developed in-house included a method for identifying companies involved in human rights controversies, which then allowed them to be taken out of the index.In 2018, AP2 had a 2.0% strategic asset allocation to China A-shares, and a 1.0% allocation to Chinese government bonds.last_img read more


first_imgBBC News 30 Aug 2012The more abortions a woman has before her first child, the more likely she is to give birth prematurely, a study has suggested.Data from all 300,858 first-time mothers in Finland between 1996 and 2008 was analysed.The study showed women were three times more likely to have a very premature baby, born before 28 weeks, if they had had three or more abortions.The report was published in the journal Human Reproduction.The overall risk was still low, the study suggested.Being born too soon is linked to higher risks of infection, hypothermia and death.http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/health-19409161last_img


first_imgGinny and Michaela Westerfeld, daughters of Mark and Debbie Westerfeld of Batesville, recently signed to run track at Huntington College in Indiana.  The two sisters ran sprints for Batesville High School.Ginny Westerfeld was the most successful of the two runners appearing in two straight track meets to one appearance for Michaela.  Ginny placed 8th in this year’s state 100-meter dash race.  She then was a member of the Indiana Girls All-State Track squad and competed at the Midwest Meet of Champions in Grandville, Ohio.   At the MMC, Ginny was 5th in the 100-meter dash, 8th in the 200-meter dash, and was a member of the second place 4 x 100 meter team.Michaela, slowed by injuries during 2 of her high school years, had a good senior year where she had her personal best times in the 100-meter, 200-meter, and 400-meter dashes this year.  Good luck to both of them as they begin their collegiate careers!last_img read more


first_imgIndianapolis, In. — Walmart has announced a new program to give hiring preference to military spouses, now the largest company in the country to make such a commitment. “The Military Spouse Career Connection” will recruit and hire military spouses, complements the 2013 Veterans Welcome Home commitment, enhanced in 2015, to hire 250,000 military veterans by 2020, a goal it is on track to surpass next year.To date, Walmart has hired more than 5,600 veterans in Indiana. Nationwide Walmart has hired more than 212,000* and promoted over 32,000 veteran associates.“I’m proud to work for Walmart, a company that continues to support veterans and their families,” said Indiana Walmart Market Manager and veteran Nick Hess. “The work and expanding programs that Walmart offers veterans and their spouses show they understand and appreciate servicemen and women here in Indiana and across the country.”Walmart honored veterans, their spouses and families across the country with dozens of in-store ceremonies and events. Nationally, Walmart associates and local stores shared Facebook “thank you” messages to veterans and their families.“Military spouses are unsung heroes,” said Walmart President and CEO, Doug McMillon, today during a Veterans Day ceremony at the company’s headquarters in Bentonville. “They serve in partnership with their uniformed spouses, and we want to honor them and help them find a job or build an amazing career. To military spouses: You’ve got a home at Walmart!”There are more than 500,000 active duty military spouses nationwide. While the U.S. jobless rate hovers at four percent nationally, military spouses face a 26 percent unemployment rate and a 25 percent wage gap compared to their civilian counterparts. A full 77 percent of these spouses want or need work, yet frequent relocation is often a barrier to finding and maintaining a rewarding career, according to the Department of Defense Military Spouse Employment Partnership.Military spouses are diverse, entrepreneurial, adaptable, educated, team-oriented and civically engaged, according to Syracuse University’s Institute for Veterans and Military Families. Nearly 85 percent have some college education or higher. A quarter have a bachelor’s degree and 10 percent have an advanced degree.“We have a duty to honor veterans and military families,” said Retired Brig. Gen. Gary Profit, senior director of military programs for Walmart. “But, more importantly, they are tremendous assets to our business. Military spouses bring many of the same leadership qualities we see in veterans, yet they are disproportionately unemployed. We welcome them to Walmart and hope they will consider us for the next step on their career journey.”Through the Military Family Promise, Walmart has long offered military spouses and veterans the ability to transfer from one Walmart or Sam’s Club location to another when a spouse is transferred because of the military. The Military Spouse Career Connection takes the company’s commitment one step further by offering any military spouse with a current Uniformed Services Identification Card hiring preference when they apply for a job with the company beginning on November 12, 2018. All candidates must meet the standard hiring criteria, and available positions can be found at walmartspouseswithamission.com.For more information about Walmart’s Veterans Welcome Home Commitment and overall support to veterans, service members and military families, click here.last_img read more


first_imgRead Also: No excuse for Lampard at Chelsea after spending spree“See you soon Chelsea fans, I look forward to playing at Stamford Bridge very soon.”The former AC Milan defender has signed an initial one-year contract with Chelsea. There is the option to extend the deal by a further year.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Loading… Chelsea have confirmed the signing of Thiago Silva on a one-year contract. Silva captained PSG to the Champions League final last season, but the French side did not renew his contract. Hence, he was able to look for a new club as a free agent.Advertisement Now, they have made taken their backline to the next level by confirming a deal for Silva, who has won 28 honours in his career to date.The 35-year-old underwent a medical on Thursday, and has now put pen to paper on his contract.Upon the announcement of his move to Stamford Bridge, Silva said: “I am so happy to be joining Chelsea.“I am delighted to be a part of Frank Lampard’s exciting squad for next season and I’m here to challenge for honours.center_img Chelsea have been one of the busiest clubs in the transfer market recently, confirming deals for Timo Werner and Hakim Ziyech before the window even opened. They have since strengthened their defence with the additions of Ben Chilwell from Leicester and Malang Sarr, also as a free agent. Promoted ContentThe Models Of Paintings Whom The Artists Were Madly In Love WithCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable WayRyan Reynolds Does The Bottle Cup Challenge (You Better See This)The Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read MoreThis Is The First Meme Ever, According To The InternetWho Earns More Than Ronaldo?Mind-Bending Technology That Was Predicted Before It AppearedWhat Is A Black Hole In Simple Terms?6 Interesting Ways To Make Money With A Drone20 Celebs With Bizarre Hidden Talents And SkillsThe Highest Paid Football Players In The World10 Extremely Dirty Seas In The Worldlast_img read more


first_imgBrookville, IN—Join the Franklin County Chamber for their member meeting this month on Wednesday, December 4th starting at 11:30 at Skyline Chili in their front room to listen to John Weisman of ColorWorks Greenhouse discuss “All Things Hemp”.  This is free for all members and is a one-hour long lunch and learn session.last_img


first_imgShocking details are emerging about Sol Pais; the Columbine-obsessed high school teenager found dead Wednesday as police closed in after a massive manhunt.“There is no longer a threat to the community,” the FBI said Wednesday afternoon.Police found Pais dead with a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the face at Echo Lake campground in the foothills of Mount Evans outside Denver, Colorado.A website linked to the 18-year-old shows disturbing hand-drawn images of guns, a bloody knife, and a skull.Pais was a senior at Miami Beach Senior High School, and her classmates say she was “very introverted and by herself a lot.”Pais father spoke out about his family’s grief saying “it’s like a bad dream.”Related content:South Florida woman ‘obsessed with Columbine’ deadlast_img


first_imgUpdate on the latest sports April 4, 2020 — Researchers have determined that the late Cleveland Browns linebacker and Ohio State two-way star Jim Houston had Stage 3 chronic traumatic encephalopathy. Donna Houston says her husband donated his brain to Boston University to be studied because he was concerned about his sons and grandchildren, who also played football. Jim Houston won a state championship at Ohio powerhouse Massillon (MAS’-ih-luhn), led the Buckeyes to a Rose Bowl victory and was a member of the Cleveland Browns team that won the NFL title in 1964 — the last for the franchise. He died in 2018.NHL-RANGERS-RACIST HACKERHacker posts racial slur on fan chat with black NHL playerNEW YORK (AP) — A hacker posted a racial slur 45 times in an online fan video chat Friday with a black New York Rangers prospect.The NHL team scrambled to disable the hacker it called “a vile individual” on the Zoom chat with K’Andre Miller, the 20-year-old former Wisconsin defenseman drafted No. 22 overall in 2018. Miller recently signed with the Rangers after completing his sophomore season at Wisconsin. The 6-foot-5 defender is from St. Paul, Minnesota. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditVIRUS OUTBREAK-SPORTSWarning from NFL medical officerUNDATED (AP) — Days after the NFL revealed its hopes of conducting a normal regular season and playoffs, its chief medical officer is warning that nothing is a certainty during the coronavirus pandemic. Dr. Allen Sills, a neurosurgeon who has been with the NFL since 2017, says he and other league and team medical personnel have been in constant communication with health officials throughout the country, looking at the same data they are using to make public recommendations. The NFL also has consulted with the other major sports leagues and the players’ union.In other developments related to the pandemic:— The Preakness is looking for a new date for the Triple Crown race normally held on the third Saturday in May. The owners of Pimlico Race Course and the Maryland Jockey Club have also decided to cancel the infield party on race day. The Preakness usually draws more than 100,000 fans, most of whom gather on the infield. The Kentucky Derby was previously postponed from May 2 to Sept. 5.— The U.S. Tennis Association says it’s best not to play the sport right now because of the coronavirus pandemic. The USTA called it “in the best interest of society to take a collective pause” from tennis. The statement from the organization that runs the U.S. Open Grand Slam tournament said there is “the possibility” that the virus could be transferred among people via sharing and touching of tennis balls, net posts, court surfaces, benches or gate handles.— The U.S. Women’s Open is moving from the end of spring to the middle of December. The USGA says the Women’s Open at Champions Golf Club in Houston is moving from June 4-7 to Dec. 10-13. The LPGA has also postponed or canceled the next five events on its schedule. All but the Pure Silk Championship are getting new dates later in the year. MLB-ASTROS FAN-LAWSUITFederal judge tosses fan lawsuit vs. MLB, Astros, Red SoxNEW YORK (AP) — A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit by fantasy sports contestants who claimed they were damaged by sign stealing in Major League Baseball.Five men had sued MLB, MLB Advanced Media, the Houston Astros and the Boston Red Sox in federal court in Manhattan, claiming fraud, violation of consumer-protection laws, negligence, unjust enrichment and deceptive trade practices by teams that violated MLB’s rules against the use of electronics to steal catchers’ signs. The five participated in fantasy contests hosted by DraftKings from 2017-19.Judge Jed S. Rakoff wrote that the lawsuit had no legal basis.,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6 Roberts has started 10 games in each of the past two seasons. The Lions also acquired cornerback Desmond Trufant this offseason.In other NFL news:— The lawyer representing retired NFL players alleges the players’ union stonewalled his clients when confronted with questions whether their Social Security disability payments would be affected before the labor agreement was narrowly ratified last month. Attorney Ben Meiselas told the AP that email exchanges between his clients and the NFLPA show the union refusing to provide responses to direct questions regarding the status of their disability benefits before and after the CBA was presented to its players for a vote on March 5. — The NFC champion San Francisco 49ers have signed two ninth-year pros to one-year deals in free agency. One of them is Travis Benjamin. He’s a wide receiver and punt returner who played the last four seasons with the Chargers. The Niners also signed offensive lineman Tom Compton, who was with the Jets last season. — The Chicago Bears declared a quarterback competition between Mitchell Trubisky and newcomer Nick Foles. General manager Ryan Pace says both players are “embracing” the battle that will play out whenever offseason workouts begin. Associated Press — The WNBA has postponed the start of its season because of the coronavirus pandemic. The league was set to open training camps on April 26 and the regular season was to begin on May 15. The WNBA will still hold a “virtual” draft on April 17. Two WNBA cities are major hot spots for the virus: New York and Seattle. The WNBA, which was set to begin its 24th season, is the longest running professional women’s sports league.— Major League Soccer has extended its training moratorium through April 24 because of the coronavirus outbreak. Team facilities are closed to players and staff — except for players requiring treatment that cannot be administered at their homes. Players are expected to remain in market with their teams during the moratorium to avoid the spread of the virus.COLLEGE CORRUPTION-NC STATERALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina State’s NCAA case involving recruiting violations tied to former Wolfpack one-and-done star Dennis Smith Jr. has been recommended to go through an independent investigation process created for complex cases.The process includes independent investigators and decision-makers with no direct ties to NCAA member schools, and rulings cannot be appealed. The selections are typically revealed at college basketball’s Final Four. But with sports shut down because of the global coronavirus pandemic, the announcement will be televised from ESPN’s studios in Bristol, Connecticut.Bryant, Duncan and Garnett, with a combined 11 championships and 48 All-Star seasons between them, are all first-time finalists and locks to be in this class. There are five additional finalists alongside Bryant, Duncan and Garnett: Tamika Catchings, Rudy Tomjanovich (tahm-JAHN’-oh-vich), Eddie Sutton, Barbara Stevens and Kim Mulkey.NFL-NEWSLions agree to deal with CB Darryl RobertsUNDATED (AP) — The Detroit Lions have agreed to terms with free agent cornerback Darryl Roberts. Roberts spent the past four seasons with the New York Jets. The NCAA has alleged ex-assistant Orlando Early provided Smith and his associates approximately $46,700 in impermissible benefits – including $40,000 that a government witness testified he delivered to Early intended for Smith’s family in 2015.BASKETBALL HALL OF FAMEBasketball Hall of Fame set to announce 2020 classUNDATED (AP) — A unique Hall of Fame class will be announced Saturday in a unique way.Kobe Bryant, Tim Duncan and Kevin Garnett are all expected to be officially announced as part of the 2020 class of enshrinees by the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.last_img read more


first_imgTHE Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) has given its backing to the continuation of five-day Test matches, amid debate over whether cricket’s longest format could be shortened.The International Cricket Council (ICC) has raised the possibility that Tests after 2023 could be cut to four days.The MCC’s cricket committee and world cricket committee have discussed the issue.A statement said: “Both committees believe that Test cricket should continue to be played over five days.”However, the statement did acknowledge the “benefits that four-day Test cricket could bring”.MCC remains the guardian of the laws and spirit of cricket, while its world cricket committee is an influential independent panel of former and current players and umpires, which meets twice a year to discuss cricketing issues.Test cricket has been standardised at five days since 1979, though in 2017 the ICC did permit for certain matches to be played over four days, such as England’s Test against Ireland at Lord’s last summer.Since the prospect of all matches becoming four days was raised, a number of international players, including England Test captain Joe Root, have spoken out in support of the five-day game – although the England and Wales Cricket Board said it “cautiously” supported a switch to four days as a possible way of easing the strain on players and the international schedule. (BBC Sport)last_img read more