first_imgOne conservative MP criticized the step, saying only the return should be considered for investments of pension money. He said he wanted to put forward a motion banning Swiss Pensionskassen from becoming members of SVVK-ASIR and applying ethical or sustainable criteria to their investments.German civil servants’ scheme to exit energy firmsMeanwhile in Germany, the local government pension fund for the civil servants of North Rhine-Westphalia announced it would divest from energy producers EDF and ENGIE.This is part of a new sustainability strategy for the €10.4bn portfolio, which was created last year.Beginning this month, investments are to be screened under a new set of criteria. These have not been published in detail, but include a ‘best-in-class’ approach. Where necessary, divestments are made.The regional finance ministry confirmed in a statement the ENGIE corporate bonds had been sold the same day the divestment decision was made.  ENGIE runs nuclear power plants via its Belgium subsidiary. These plants have been criticized for security failures and other potential risks. One of the largest critics was the German province of North Rhine-Westphalia, which borders Belgium. AP2 invests in Dutch-issued affordable housing bondSwedish national pensions buffer fund AP2 has invested an undisclosed amount in a social bond issued by NWB Bank in the Netherlands to finance affordable housing in the country.In a statement, the Swedish fund said: “Social bonds fit well into the AP2’s global interest rate portfolio as it broadens the fund’s ESG work and provides opportunities for further diversification and is a way to combine good return on capital with allocation of investments in important and good social project.”The pension fund said it made its first social bond investment in 2014, and has put money into a number of such bonds since.“The return needs to be similar to other fixed income investments with similar credit risk,” it said.NWB Bank launched the Affordable Housing Bond at the beginning of this month in two tranches, a seven-year €1.5bn issue and a 15-year €500m issue.The proceeds are to finance lending to social housing associations in the Netherlands in accordance with the bank’s Affordable Housing Bond Framework, the bank said. The seven-year bond carries a 0.25% annual coupon, and the re-offer price is 99.799%, while the 15-year bond has a 1.25% annual coupon and a re-offer price of 99.946%. The notes will be listed on the Luxembourg Stock Exchange, NWB Bank said. The largest Swiss Pensionskasse, the CHF38bn (€34.9bn) Publica, is to divest from five unnamed arms manufacturers.Patrick Uelfeti, CIO at Publica, confirmed the decision on Swiss national radio.It follows the recommendations by the SVVK-ASIR sustainable investment platform that Publica co-founded in 2015.In March, the analysts issued a list of 15 arms companies producing either cluster ammunition, nuclear weapons in countries without a nuclear weapons arsenal, or anti-personnel-mines.last_img read more

first_imgRelatedPosts Kidnappers free Enyimba midfielder, Abia Comets player NPFL: Olisema shines as Enyimba tame Adamawa United Enyimba crash out CAF Confederation Cup Martins Usule scored on his first Nigeria Professional Football League start for Enyimba Football Club since December to pave the way for a 3-0 win against Sunshine Stars at the Enyimba Stadium on Sunday Usule’s twelfth-minute opener – a glancing header from Olisema’s corner – was the fitting start Fatai Osho’s men deserved after delivering an electric start that called the Sunshine goalkeeper, Olorunleke Ojo, into three saves in the opening nine minutes. The rampaging young winger, Anayo Iwuala, Stanley Dimgba and Usule had openings to widen Enyimba’s lead before the break but fell short as the People’s Elephant pinned the visitors to their half almost for the entirety of the first period. Enyimba’s second arrived 13 minutes into the restart when Dimgba received Olisema’s through ball to dribble past Ojo and fire into the top corner. With barely 60 seconds left in added time, Dare Olatunji tapped home the rebound from substitute Jean-Marie Guera’s strike to add glamour to a magnificent display by the eight-times champions. Up next for Enyimba is a midweek trip to Gombe to face bottom-placed Adamawa United in a Week 25 fixture.All the results for Sunday: Kwara United 1-0 Wikki Tourists Kano Pillars 2-0 Jigawa Golden Stars Heartland FC 2-0 Lobi Stars FC IfeanyiUbah 2-1 Dakkada FC Rangers International 1-0 Rivers United Warri Wolves 2-0 MFM FC Abia Warriors 2-1 Adamawa United Enyimba International 3-0 Sunshine Stars Katsina United 1-1 Akwa United Plateau United 2-1 Nasarawa United. —Tags: Dare OlatunjiEnyimba FCfatai oshoMartins UsuleStanley DimgbaSunshine Starslast_img read more

first_imgAlso suspended were backup offensive linemen Zach Davis and Tairiq Stewart, backup wide receiver Zack Dobson and long snapper JP Hadley. Freshman cornerback Vincent Okloli was the lone suspended player on defense. NFL-NEWSMayfield now says he’ll stand for the anthemUNDATED (AP) — Browns quarterback Baker Mayfield has changed plans and will stand for the national anthem.Mayfield had said during the offseason he intended to kneel in protest of racial injustice, but Saturday announced on Twitter that he intends to stand for both the “The Star-Spangled Banner” and “Lift Every Voice and Sing,” which will be played before every NFL game this season. Update on the latest sports — The Minnesota Vikings have signed running back Dalvin Cook to a five-year, $63 million contract extension. The deal gives their dual-threat star some security the day before the season opener. Cook was picked for the Pro Bowl last year after becoming the eighth different Vikings player to reach 1,000 rushing yards. Since he was drafted in the second round in 2017, Cook has missed 21 of a possible 52 games to injury. In 2019, he came the closest to a full season. He sat out twice with shoulder trouble, still finishing seventh in the league with 1,654 yards from scrimmage.—The Tennessee Titans will be without starting cornerback Adoree’ Jackson and outside linebacker Vic Beasley Jr. on Monday night when they visit Denver for their season opener. The Titans announced Saturday they’ll be without five players due to injuries. Jackson is one of their starting cornerbacks and was added to the report Friday with an injured knee. Beasley is expected to back up Jadeveon Clowney Jr. and Harold Landry III. He just passed his physical a week ago and was limited when he practiced. Outside linebacker Derick Roberson also will be out along with rookie running back Darrynton Evans.— Tennessee Titans rookie Isaiah Wilson has been arrested and charged with drunken driving after authorities say he was spotted doing “donuts” in an intersection before crashing into a concrete wall. The offensive lineman was arrested Friday night and released Saturday morning. According to the arrest warrant, Wilson told the officer he was having issues with a back tire, but he struggled with the field sobriety tests. The No. 29 pick overall in April out of Georgia currently is on the reserve-COVID list for the second time. He started training camp on the list before being removed Aug. 3 and was placed on the list again on Sept. 6. MLB-NEWSA’s 3B Chapman needs hip surgery, to miss rest of season September 12, 2020 UNDATED (AP) — All-Star third baseman Matt Chapman is expected to miss the rest of the season for the Oakland Athletics. He was placed on the injured list Saturday because of a strained right hip. He is scheduled to have surgery Monday in Vail, Colorado. Chapman hasn’t played since leaving hurt in the fifth inning of Oakland’s game last Sunday against San Diego. He was a first-time All-Star last season, when he a Gold Glove for the second year in a row. In 37 games overall this season, Chapman hit .232 with 10 home runs with 25 RBIs. In other baseball news:— Mark Newman, a key front office executive for the New York Yankees during their run of five World Series titles from 1996 through 2009, was found dead Saturday at his home in Tampa, Florida. He was 71. The Yankees said it was not clear whether he died Friday or Saturday. The team was not sure of the cause. A moment of silence was observed before Saturday’s game against the Baltimore Orioles.US OPEN Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditT25 FOOTBALL-SCHEDULEWilliams’ 3 TDs help No. 18 UNC pull away from Syracuse 31-6UNDATED (AP) — Javonte Williams ran for three fourth-quarter touchdowns and No. 18 North Carolina overcame a mistake-filled performance to beat Syracuse 31-6 on Saturday in the season opener for both teams. Virginia, suddenly faced with not opening its season until Oct. 3 at No. 1 Clemson, announced it has moved its home game against Duke to Sept. 26. The game was originally scheduled for Nov. 14. Meanwhile, coach Gus Malzahn says No. 11 Auburn had five starters out of practice this week because of COVID-19-related issues. Malzahn said Saturday the Tigers had two new positive tests this week and 10 total players are sidelined from practice because of the virus or close contact. He didn’t identify the players and declined to say if a particular position group had been hit hardest.Auburn opens the season Sept. 26 against Kentucky and is set to begin specific game preparation on Sunday.In other college sports news:—Notre Dame and coach Brian Kelly have agreed to terms on a contract extension that runs through the 2024 season. The deal was announced between the first and second quarters of the Fighting Irish’s home game against Duke. Kelly is entering his 11th season as Notre Dame coach. The Irish are 92-37 under Kelly, including 33-6 record with a playoff appearance in the last three seasons. Kelly is approaching Lou Holtz’s Notre Dame record for most games coached in program history. Serena Williams withdraws from Rome with Achilles injuryROME (AP) — Four-time champion Serena Williams has withdrawn from the upcoming Italian Open, citing the Achilles issue that bothered her in a loss to Victoria Azarenka in the U.S. Open semifinals.Williams took a medical timeout for a tape job on her Achilles during her three-set loss on Thursday.Azarenka faces Naomi Osaka in Saturday’s final. The Italian Open, which was rescheduled from May due to the coronavirus pandemic, begins Monday. Michael Carter added 138 yards of total offense for the Tar Heels, who won in an empty home stadium after the school opted to open with no fans in attendance due to the coronavirus pandemic. Williams’ three touchdown runs in the fourth quarter helped UNC blow the game open after leading just 10-6 entering the fourth. Tommy DeVito threw for 112 yards but took seven sacks for the Orange, who had 202 total yards.In other Top 25 football:— Louisiana-Lafayette got kick and punt returns for touchdowns to help secure one of its biggest wins in program history, 31-14 win over No. 23 Iowa State. On a day when both offenses seemed overmatched, the Ragin’ Cajuns were ignited by Chris Smith’s 95-yard kickoff return in the second quarter and Eric Garror’s 83-yard punt return in the third. Levi Lewis also threw a 78-yard scoring pass to Peter LeBlanc to give Louisiana-Lafayette a 17-14 lead late in the third quarter. Louisiana-Lafayette beat a Top 25 opponent for the first time, having gone 0-26 against ranked foes away from home. COLLEGE SPORTS NBA PLAYOFFSLakers can eliminate Rockets in Game 5 LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla. (AP) — The Houston Rockets didn’t show up for Game 4 against the Los Angeles Lakers until it was too late. They can’t do that again Saturday in Game 5. For the second time in these playoffs, the Rockets’ season is on the line. The Lakers lead Houston 3-1 in their Western Conference semifinal series and could clinch their spot in the West finals with a win on Saturday night at Walt Disney World.NHL-STANLEY CUP PLAYOFFS Mayfield said he’ll respect whatever decisions his teammates make as far as protesting during the anthems.The Browns open the season Sunday in Baltimore.In other NFL news:— Receiver Cooper Kupp has agreed to a three-year contract extension through 2023 with the Los Angeles Rams. Neither the team nor Kupp’s management immediately disclosed the financial terms of the deal reached Saturday, a day before the Rams’ season opener against the Dallas Cowboys in brand-new SoFi Stadium. Kupp has been a steady, productive receiver since the Rams chose him in the third round of the 2017 draft. He was Los Angeles’ top pass-catcher last season, leading the team with 94 receptions for 1,161 yards and 10 touchdowns.— The New Orleans Saints say running back Alvin Kamara has agreed to a five-year extension. A person familiar with the contract says it is worth up to $75 million but that the final season includes a large non-guaranteed payment. The person says that effectively limits the team’s obligation to $50 million from 2021 to 2024. The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because financial details have not been released. Kamara has surpassed 1,300 yards from scrimmage in each of his first three seasons. RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Denny Hamlin, disgusted with his performance in the opening playoff race, gets another chance Saturday night on his home track, Richmond Raceway. Kevin Harvick won the first round. Hamlin once held a clear advantage over his rivals at home track Richmond Raceway. He’s won three races and has 17 top-10 finishes in 27 career starts at the Virginia track. He’s only finished lower than sixth once in the last nine races at Richmond yet believes he long ago lost the edge he held over his competitors on the 0.75-miles, D-shaped oval. Hamlin believes data sharing has allowed his rivals to catch him at his favorite track. Osaka hopes to stay perfect in U.S. Open finalNEW YORK (AP) — Naomi Osaka is trying to keep her perfect record in Grand Slam championship matches intact as she faces Victoria Azarenka in the U.S. Open women’s final. Osaka is 2 for 2 in the major finals, beating Serena Williams to win the 2018 U.S. Open title and following that by winning the Australian Open title to open the 2019 season. Azarenka has also won two majors but is winless in her two U.S. Open finals, falling to Williams in 2012 and 2013. Osaka walked onto the court wearing a mask with the name of Tamir Rice, a 12-year-old Black boy who was killed by police in Cleveland in 2014.ITALIAN OPEN-SERENA WITHDRAWS Associated Press COLLEGE FOOTBALL-WEST VIRGINIA-SUSPENSIONSWest Virginia suspends 11 for opener; bans not tied to virusMORGANTOWN, W.Va. (AP) — West Virginia suspended 11 players for its season opener Saturday for an undisclosed violation of team rules. Coach Neal Brown announced the suspensions Saturday before the Mountaineers played at home against Eastern Kentucky. The school would not specify what the players did, except to say this is not related to the coronavirus.Among them were slot wide receivers T.J. Simmons and Isaiah Esdale, tight ends T.J. Banks and Mike O’Laughlin, and two starting offensive linemen, center Chase Behrndt and left tackle Junior Uzebu. Vegas tries to even series in Game 4EDMONTON, Alberta (AP) — The Dallas Stars and the Vegas Golden Knights meet in Game 4 of the Western Conference final Saturday. Dallas leads the series 2-1 after winning Game 3 in overtime on the strength of 38 saves from goalie Anton Khudobin.The Knights and Stars became the first teams in the modern era (since 1943-44) to exchange shutouts in the first two games of a conference semifinal of final series. Game 3 was scoreless until the closing seconds of the second period.NASCAR-RICHMONDHamlin seeks to regain mojo at Richmond in home track race Pandemic affects more college sportsUNDATED (AP) — The coronavirus pandemic continues to disrupt college sports. Virginia and Virginia Tech have postponed their Sept. 19 football opener because of COVID-19 issues at Virginia Tech. The schools say this was a mutual agreement. Virginia Tech also will not hold football practice for four days. Virginia Tech said Friday it has had 219 positive tests for the coronavirus in the previous seven days, putting its total infections at 633 since testing began Aug. 3. The numbers have risen steadily since students returned to campus Aug. 24.The postponement is the second for the Hokies since the Atlantic Coast Conference released a revised schedule. Their original opening game, slated for Sept. 12 against North Carolina State, was pushed back two weeks after a COVID-19 outbreak at N.C. State.last_img read more