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Pressure group criticises ABP for stakes in nuclear weapon makers

first_img“We invest, for example in US aircraft manufacturer Boeing and in US firm Honeywell, which produce climate systems but are, however, also involved in nuclear arms,” he said. He pointed out that ABP followed the Dutch government’s policy, based on the Treaty on the Non-Proliferation of Nuclear Weapons, which allows five countries, including the US, to have nuclear weapons. Speaking on a recent radio programme, ABP chair Corien Wortmann-Kool rejected PAX’s analysis, highlighting that Boeing also invested in sustainable flying.She also pointed out, however, that companies such as Boeing and Honeywell would have to apply for continued investment by ABP, as part of the review of the pension fund’s entire portfolio for sustainability. Earlier this year, ABP excluded Indian companies Walchandnagar and Larsen & Toubro from investment, divesting from the latter firm, as they were involved in the manufacturing of nuclear weapons for India.In the opinion of PAX, an entire company should be excluded from investment, even if only a small part of operations is involved in the manufacture of nuclear arms, and argued that Dutch pension funds should divest from Finmeccanica, Raytheon, Airbus, BAE Systems and Safran.According to the pressure group, among Dutch institutional investors, Aegon and ING currently have the highest exposures to nuclear weapons, at €695m and €409m, respectively. Pressure group PAX has claimed that ABP, the €345bn pension fund for Dutch civil servants, still has nearly €1bn invested in companies involved in some capacity with the making of nuclear weapons.The organisation, formerly known as Pax Christi, said ABP’s holdings were “indefensible”, as a survey in 2014 commissioned by television programme Een Vandaag suggested more than 60% of ABP’s participants had “issues” with such investments.Apart from ABP, the Shell Pensioenfonds was the only remaining Dutch scheme with a stake (€53m) in companies involved in the development, manufacture, trade or maintenance of nuclear arms or parts. A spokesman for ABP stressed that the pension fund’s exposure to nuclear weapons had not been deliberate. last_img read more

Buyers shave $200k off multimillion-dollar Brisbane apartment

first_imgThe ensuite and powder room inside one of the Emporium Residences at Southpoint.As well as the Emporium Hotel and Emporium Residences and Apartments, the Southpoint precinct comprises a ground floor pedestrian plaza, with Woolworths, boutique retail and dining options. The sale of the apartment at 1801/269 Grey Street was the biggest sale of the past week in Queensland.According to property research firm, CoreLogic, the inner Brisbane market can expect another 9,732 units to be built over the next two years — an increase of nearly 30 per cent in overall unit supply. The view from one of the Emporium Residences at Southpoint.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus16 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market16 hours agoThe new owners will also be able to access the services of the Emporium Hotel, including a personal chef, 24 hour room service, spa treatments, valet parking and cleaning services.Mr Rand said new apartments in the $1.5 million to $3.5 million range in Brisbane’s inner city were attracting strong interest from buyers demanding a five-star living experience. He said his agency had sold more than 30 new apartments priced between $1 million and $5.2 million in past 12 months.“High quality properties with incredible views are selling well,” Mr Rand said. An artist’s impression of a bedroom in the Emporium Residences at Southpoint.ONE of the newest and most luxurious apartments to hit the Brisbane market this year has sold for a whopping $5.2 million, as buyers adopt an ‘only the best will do’ approach to inner city living.But the new owners got it for a bargain, slashing $200,000 off the original sale price.The four-bedroom property, which is bigger than your average house, is in the swanky new Emporium hotel complex in Grey Street, South Bank.The apartment is one of the Emporium Residences incorporated in the $600 million Southpoint precinct developed by the Brisbane family-owned Anthony John Group.It had been listed for sale for $5.4 million. An artist’s impression of a bathroom in the Emporium Residences at Southpoint.Selling agent Phillip Rand of Bold Residential said a young family living on the Sunshine Coast had bought the apartment as a Brisbane base.The 375 sqm property has four bedrooms, three bathrooms, two studies, a media room and full chef’s kitchen with butler’s pantry and wet bar.It boasts panoramic views over the Brisbane River, CBD and beyond to Mt Coot-tha from almost every room. The Emporium Residences at Southbank.Despite the expected increase in supply, CoreLogic senior research analyst Cameron Kusher said the construction cycle peaked almost two years ago and Brisbane was already starting to see some moderate rises in apartment values and rental rates.Urbis property economics and research director Paul Riga said there was still demand in the inner Brisbane apartment market. “Resales of new product is certainly impacting the overall demand, but it also highlights that interest in Brisbane is still present, with positive investment and employment drivers giving buyers, particularly investors, added confidence.” Mr Riga said.last_img read more

Indiana DNR hiring conservation officers

first_imgIndianapolis, In. — The Indiana DNR Division of Law Enforcement is looking to fill Indiana Conservation Officer (ICO) positions across the state with highly motivated, outdoor-centered individuals.Anyone interested in a career as an ICO should first to go to dnr.IN.gov/lawenfor and complete the Pre-screening test. Completion of this test by midnight Feb. 4, 2019 is required to be considered for the 2019 hiring process, which starts in late February 2019.Indiana Conservation Officers are the state’s oldest law enforcement agency. ICOs are fully recognized Indiana police officers who enforce and uphold all DNR rules and regulations as well as all other Indiana state laws. ICOs  spend the majority of their time enforcing fishing and hunting regulations, conducting marine boat patrol on Indiana’s waterways, and patrolling DNR properties to keep them safe and family friendly.In addition to traditional law enforcement work, ICOs also engage in many specialty areas, including SCUBA, K-9, search and rescue, swift water rescue and many more.To be qualified to pass the pre-screening test, you must be a U.S. citizen; be 21 years old by Dec. 27, 2019; and have an associate’s degree from an accredited college or completed 60 hours toward a bachelor’s degree, or have four years full time active military service with an honorable discharge by Aug. 12, 2018. You must be able to pass minimum Indiana Law Enforcement Academy physical fitness requirements as listed are online here.If you think you have what it takes, click here, read “Becoming a Conservation Officer” and complete the Pre Screening Questionnaire.last_img read more

Pochettino to pit his wits against Harry

first_img Two years on from his sacking, the 67-year-old will on Sunday return to White Hart Lane for the first time as manager of QPR. It was an unceremonious end to what was the most successful period of Spurs’ recent history, with Redknapp still the only man to have led the club into the Champions League. “But, yes, he is fast and we need to be ready in the game on Sunday because he is a very good player.” Pochettino was similarly coy when asked the possibility of Vlad Chiriches moving to Roma and reported interest from Napoli in Sandro, although he opened up when it came to the difficulties of getting Tottenham playing the way he wants. The Argentinian takes charge of his first competitive home match fresh from wins at West Ham and AEL Limassol, yet the attractive, high-pressing football seen at Southampton has yet to replicated. “It is difficult to say how long you need, but in the beginning we try to put our style,” Pochettino said. “It is true that this was a difficult period, the start to pre-season because this year there was the World Cup and many players arrived late. “It is always difficult to put in place and develop your style when you have players away, but we are happy at the moment; we are looking forward.” Press Association Mauricio Pochettino is looking forward to pitting his wits against former Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp, who not only shares a similar managerial CV but the same birthday. Andre Villas-Boas and Tim Sherwood have since tried and failed, with former Argentina international Pochettino the latest man charged with getting the club into the top four after an impressive 18-month stint at Southampton. Redknapp also spent time at the St Mary’s helm – albeit enduring a far less successful spell – and the similarities stretch even further, with both men being born on the same day. As fate would have it, the only previous occasion the managers have met was on their birthday, March 2, when relegation-bound QPR last year ran out 2-1 victors on the south coast. “I have full respect for him,” Pochettino said of the man 25 years his senior. “He was born on the same day as me, March 2, so he is a special person too like me. “I know about Harry Redknapp, I have full respect for him and he, too, was the manager of Southampton and Tottenham.” Redknapp gave Pochettino a “very, very good” bottle of red wine as a present that day, but the Argentinian handed QPR the three points in a match which Loic Remy scored. The France international is likely to feature this weekend against a Spurs side whose interest has been widely reported, which perhaps explains why Pochettino became so uncomfortable when quizzed about the striker’s attributes. “I never talk about different players,” Pochettino said. “I know Remy because he is a good player, an international player. last_img read more

Miramar convenience store shooter turns himself in

first_imgA man involved in the early-morning fatal shooting at a Miramar store Tuesday has turned himself in, police say.28-year-old Brandon Morgan Loisy faces a manslaughter charge, according to Miramar police.The shooting took place Tuesday morning, and the store owner, Eddie Mustafa, told police that the shooting appeared to be accidental among two friends and regular customers at the Countyline Shop & Save.Mustafa said the gun went off and the shooter initially tried to help the victim, but ultimately panicked and fled the scene.Miramar police say Loisy turned himself in later Tuesday.last_img read more

ICC World Cup Pressure will be more on England: New Zealand coach Gary Stead ahead of ICC Cricket World Cup final

first_imgEngland has reached the final in 1979, 1987 and 1992.New Zealand reached the final for the first time in 2015.England defeated New Zealand in the league stages in Durham. New Delhi: England and New Zealand are on the cusp of something special in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019. This is the fourth time England have reached the final while New Zealand is in this stage for the second time after the 2015 World Cup. The team that wins at Lord’s on Sunday will be crowned world champions for the first time. There will be immense pressure on both England and New Zealand but Gary Stead, the Kiwi head coach has said there will be no underdogs in this match but admitted the pressure will be a lot more on England as they were deemed the favourites at the start of the tournament.“There is pressure on both teams. The exciting thing is that both teams have not won the World Cup and both have experience of finals. But since England and India were looked at as winners, maybe there is more pressure on them. I don’t know who the underdog here is. That is for the media to say. We are going in with a 50-50 chance and we need to be a little bit better than England on Sunday,” Stead said in a media interaction before the final at Lord’s.England and New Zealand both endured a roller-coaster journey in their path to the finals. England suffered losses to Sri Lanka and Australia in the league stages while New Zealand lost three games before the semi-final. Stead said whoever held their nerve in the final will emerge the victors.“We don’t have to play the perfect game. What we have to do is to be able to adapt to conditions in front of us. Working out that 240 (vs India) is a good score is the strength the guys have, especially the middle order. Guys like Kane, Ross, Tom Latham, they have a lot of experience,” Stead said.New Zealand is making their second straight final while England is reaching the final after 27 years. Seven members of the New Zealand team played the final against Australia at Melbourne while none from the England team featured in the final in 1992. Stead reiterated the team knew how to avoid making the mistakes which cost them the final.“What have we learnt from that experience … there are a lot of similarities between the two occasions. We have seven guys who had experience of being part of that squad playing then. But at the end of the day, it’s a game of cricket — there will be one team which will be happy and one team which will be disappointed. We are trying to keep it as realistic as we can,” Stead said. highlightscenter_img For all the Latest Sports News News, ICC World Cup News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more

Cricket News Sachin Tendulkar, Allan Donald inducted into ICC Hall of Fame

first_img For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. New Delhi: Indian batting icon Sachin Tendulkar has been inducted into the International Cricket Council’s Hall of Fame alongside South African pace legend Allan Donald.Joining Tendulkar and Donald in the Hall of Fame was two-time World Cup-winning Australian woman cricketer Cathryn Fitzpatrick.”It is an honour to be inducted into the ICC Cricket Hall of Fame, which cherishes the contribution of cricketers over generations. They have all contributed to the growth and popularity of the game and I am happy to have done my bit,” Tendulkar said at the induction ceremony held here on Sunday night.He thanked his family and coach, who has supported him in his journey in international cricket for close to two and half decades.”On this occasion, I would like to thank all of those who were by my side over a long international career. My parents, brother Ajit and wife Anjali have been pillars of strength while I was lucky to have someone like coach Ramakant Achrekar as an early guide and mentor,” the maestro said.Tendulkar, the most prolific batsman in history, was inducted immediately after becoming eligible for induction, which requires that a player should have played his last international match at least five years before.The 46-year-old former right-hand batsman is regarded the greatest to have played the game along with Sir Donald Bradman and remains the top run-accumulator in both Tests and ODIs.Tendulkar, who retired in November 2013, tallied 15,921 runs in Tests and 18,426 in ODIs, both of which remain records. He is the sixth Indian to be inducted into the ICC Cricket Hall of Fame.”I am also thankful to all my captains, fellow players and the BCCI and the MCA administrators over the years for their support and for making me enjoy the game so much and for so long. I thank the ICC for this appreciation of my cricket career and I am happy to note that cricket continues to grow with three popular formats.”The 52-year-old Donald is one of the finest bowlers to have played the game and had 330 Test and 272 ODI wickets to his credit before calling it quits in 2003.Fitzpatrick is the second highest wicket-taker of all time in women’s cricket with 180 ODI scalps and 60 in Tests. As a coach, she guided the Australian women’s team to three World Cup titles. Donald, known as the ‘White Lightening’, was arguably South Africa’s fastest bowler ever and finished with 330 Test and 272 ODI wickets. He is one of the players credited with South Africa’s success in the game after their return to international cricket in 1991.Fitzpatrick, the eighth woman to win the award, was the fastest bowler in women’s cricket for a period of 16 years, ending her career with 180 wickets in 109 matches, a record then. She helped Australia win two ICC Women’s Cricket World Cups and finished with 60 wickets in 13 Tests.”The biggest shock when you open an e-mail like that – it says congratulations Allan Donald, you have been inducted in the ICC Cricket Hall of Fame! It hits you, it hits you quite hard because it is a prestigious award and something that you can’t take lightly. I thank the ICC for the huge honour,” Donald said on his induction.”It all immediately takes you back to where you started. The reflection is of such a nature that everything that you have done in your career since you were a little boy starts to creep into your head. There are so many people to thank who have influenced my life “as mentors, as coaches,” he said.Donald didn’t forget one of his earlier coaches Ewie Cronje, disgraced former South Africa skipper late Hansie Cronje’s father. Cronje and Donald were very close during their playing days.”If I start with Free State cricket back in the day, then the legendary Hansie Cronje’s dad Mr Ewie Cronje, helped me through school and college cricket and then there was my uncle Des Donald who was very hard on me. Bob Woolmer was a mentor, we clicked in international cricket and he showed me the road to success.”   Fitzpatrick on her part recollected the golden moments of her career on receiving the honour.”Looking back, I can think of many highlights, which include winning the World Cup in 1997 and 2005, but it is a tour of England in 1998 where the Women’s Ashes was conceived that stands out,” she said.”Playing five ODIs followed by three Test Matches on a tour lasting six weeks was a time that I felt I was just a cricketer and didn’t have to combine work alongside playing. I have had many people over the journey who have guided me as coaches, team-mates, administrators and friends and I would like to thank them all.”ICC Chief Executive Manu Sawhney said: “It is a great honour for us to announce the 2019 inductees into the ICC Cricket Hall of Fame. Sachin, Allan and Cathryn are three of the finest players to ever grace our game and are deserved additions to the Hall of Fame.”On behalf of the ICC, I would like to congratulate all three players, who enrich the list of all-time greats already members of this select club.” last_img read more

1 hand or 2, hype of freshman Oden legit

first_imgSay you broke the wrist of your writing hand and had an essay exam the next day. No worries, right? Well, at least not for Ohio State’s Greg Oden.Oden, the nation’s most hyped high school graduate since LeBron James, was supposed to be out until January with a broken right wrist, the wrist of his shooting hand. However, the diaper dandy made an early return this past weekend against Valparaiso, playing with a cast on his right hand and all.Why Ohio State head coach Thad Matta would play Oden against a school only known for Bryce Drew is beyond me, but the fact of the matter is that Oden’s back, and he’s good.Practically playing with just his off hand, Oden made a resounding statement in his first collegiate game with 14 points, 11 rebounds and five blocks. He even made eight of 14 free throws shooting with his left hand.All the doubters and naysayers? Gone. Oden is as good as advertised.Prior to the season, Oden was named to the All-Big Ten team, a high honor for a player who had yet to play in a single game. While it may have been questionable to some, coaches across the conference didn’t think twice about it as they all knew just how good Oden would be.”Greg Oden’s got the whole package, that’s why he was such a coveted recruit,” then-Minnesota head coach Dan Monson said at Big Ten Media Day. “You don’t have a lot of 7-foot guys come along with the athleticism that he has, the strength, the basketball skill-package coupled with the kind of person he is.””[Oden’s] pretty good, because they kept asking me who was the best freshman you ever saw or had the most prolific impact, [and] I said Magic Johnson since I’ve been in the league as an assistant or a head coach,” Wisconsin head coach Bo Ryan said. “Can you think of anybody else?”Now if Oden is being compared to the likes of Magic by coaches such as Ryan, you know he’s going to be the real deal.After all, if Oden was projected to be the NBA’s top pick last year before the league’s age restrictions, he should be pretty good. However, it’s always hard to make an impact at the next level right away, especially for a big man who is still growing. (Then again, is it just me or does Oden look like he’s 30-something and not 19? Just throwing it out there… )Just ask Wisconsin’s own Brian Butch.Butch came to Wisconsin four years ago with high expectations as a McDonald’s All-American, and while he’s found his niche as a starter, averaging 10.3 points and 6.1 rebounds per game this year, it took a great amount of work for the forward/center to adjust to the collegiate level of play.”It’s definitely hard,” Butch said of coming in as a freshman. “You just have to know what you got to do for yourself to get better. I took the redshirt to put the extra weight on and hopefully become a better player at the end of my career.”But Oden’s something else; he’s one of those players who come around once in a lifetime, like the aforementioned Magic and Jordan. One game may be too early to judge the freshman and herald him as one of the best, but if all the hype is true — and judging by Saturday’s game — then Oden has the potential to be a very special player.And it’s scary to think Oden’s broken wrist may actually make him better in the long run, forcing him to use his off hand for the time being.”In the long run, it probably helps him,” Illinois head coach Bruce Weber said. “If he’s doing it right, and I’ve heard from some people he’s really working on his other hand so now you add that to the mix, it could be a benefit for him to go both ways.”Whether it’s with one hand or two, Badger fans will have the chance to see just how good Oden is when the No. 1 Ohio State Buckeyes visit the Kohl Center Jan. 9, 2007.Michael is a senior double majoring in communication arts and journalism. He will be returning to Madison early over winter break just to get a glimpse of Oden himself. For any questions or comments, you can reach Michael at mpoppy@badgerherald.comlast_img read more

Syracuse heads to Georgetown looking to avenge Carrier Dome loss, end regular season on high note

first_img Published on March 9, 2013 at 12:42 am Contact Chris: cjiseman@syr.edu | @chris_iseman Facebook Twitter Google+ The emotions and hype surrounding Syracuse’s final Big East regular season game at Georgetown could be exactly what the Orange needs. It’s the final chance to hit the outside shots that SU has routinely missed in recent games. It’s the final chance to find some momentum heading into the postseason. And it’s the final chance to exact revenge against Georgetown on the Hoyas’ home court.All of it puts the onus on Syracuse to play well.“I think the good thing is, we’ve got a couple of days and we’ve got a very difficult game with Georgetown that I think is what we need,” head coach Jim Boeheim said after Syracuse’s 78-57 win over DePaul on Wednesday. “We need to play that kind of game and try to get better.”Not a whole lot has gone well for the Orange in the final stretch of the season. Syracuse has lost three of its last four games, and its latest win came over a DePaul team that’s a nonfactor in the Big East. Even then, the Orange shot only 38.8 percent from the field. To beat No. 5 Georgetown (23-5, 13-4 Big East) on Saturday at the Verizon Center in Washington, D.C., No. 17 Syracuse is going to have find some rhythm from the perimeter, crash the offensive glass and find a way to slow down Otto Porter. If the Orange does all of that, it can be in good position to beat Georgetown in the final Big East regular season game between the two teams.The Hoyas are on a roll, and have lost only one of their last 12 games, though that did come against unranked Villanova on Saturday. Still, Georgetown has surged up the rankings after beginning the season unranked.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe one constant for the Hoyas has been Porter, who dropped 33 points and hit five 3-pointers in Georgetown’s win over Syracuse on Feb. 23 in the Carrier Dome. Porter simply dominated that game, stunning the record crowd of 35,012 and silencing it with jaw-dropping shots from all over the floor.So the Orange’s defense has to close out on Porter. He’s difficult to defend because he can hit shots from the paint, the high post or out on the arc. Porter’s active and sneaks behind defenders to work for open looks, giving defenses headaches in the process.“In a couple situations we had a defensive breakdown, we didn’t find him,” Boeheim said after Porter lit up the Carrier Dome court on Feb. 23.Georgetown’s offense revolves around Porter, who’s averaging 16.6 points per game. The second-leading scorer is Markel Starks with 12.2 points per game.Four of Syracuse’s five starters score more than Starks. So Georgetown’s offense, which ranks second to last in the Big East in scoring at 65.1 points per game, is not dominant. But when Porter’s hitting his shots, he can singlehandedly lead the Hoyas to a victory. They only shot 35.2 percent against SU, but still managed to win the game.The Orange’s offense, though, hasn’t been much better. Syracuse’s shooting woes have continued on in this most recent stretch that’s seen the Orange go 1-3 in its last four games.Shots from the perimeter aren’t falling with nearly enough consistency, and SU still isn’t getting much production from its centers at the offensive end of the floor. Syracuse crashed the offensive glass hard against DePaul on Wednesday, which gave it plenty of opportunities for second-chance points.Boeheim said Wednesday it’s a case of good news, bad news. The good news for the Orange is that it’s been getting offensive rebounds. The bad news is that’s getting them because so many shots are clanking off the rim. Still, it could be a winning formula for Syracuse as its offense struggles.“It’s just about having the mentality of getting every rebound,” forward James Southerland said. “If we do that, and crash the offensive boards, we’re going to get a lot more possessions out of it.”Syracuse has the chance to end its regular season on a winning note by correcting everything that’s gone wrong in recent games.Hit shots, grab rebounds, and close out on shooters – especially Porter.In its final game of the regular season, in its final chance to avenge its Feb. 23 loss to the Hoyas, Syracuse can still manage to head into the postseason on a high note.“If we make the extra effort every play though,” guard Brandon Triche said, “then we are going to be in a good position.” Commentslast_img read more