New index series targets top-ranking ESG companies

first_img A new index series from Institutional Shareholder Services Inc.’s responsible investment unit, ISS ESG, aims to give sustainability-minded investors exposure to top environmental, social and governance (ESG) performers.ISS ESG has announced the launch of its new index series, the Solactive ISS ESG Prime Index Series, which tracks companies that rate highly on its ESG criteria. Share this article and your comments with peers on social media Related news FGP launches ex-energy equities fund The indices include companies categorized as “prime” by ISS ESG, which means that they must meet or exceed sector-specific performance requirements based on the ESG risk exposure and impact of their business models, and meet certain other ESG standards.“The indices aim to align with current market and regulatory ESG frameworks and reflect better alignment than their conventional benchmark counterparts with Paris Accord climate goals,” ISS ESG said.The new series includes five indices covering certain market segments: global, developed markets, emerging markets, the U.S. and Europe.“We are pleased to announce the launch of this index series in furtherance of our aim to deliver cutting-edge and industry leading ESG solutions to institutional investors, globally,” Marija Kramer, managing director with ISS ESG, said in a statement.“With the Solactive ISS ESG Prime Index Series, investors will now be able to identify best-in-class ESG performers with both precision and efficiency,” Kramer added. ESG interest on the rise, but so is fear of greenwashing James Langton Keywords Responsible investing,  Corporate governance plant growing in savings coins solerf/123RF Fidelity Investments unveils new climate-focused fund suite Facebook LinkedIn Twitterlast_img read more

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What revelations are there in the insolvency figures?

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West Florida Falls to South Alabama 82-62 In Exhibition

first_img MOBILE, Ala. – Senior guard Amy Drake (Niceville, Fla./Winthrop) shot 9-12 from the floor and scored 25 points, but the West Florida women’s basketball team fell to Division I South Alabama 82-62 on the road in an exhibition game at the Mitchell Center on Sunday.Drake scored 25 on 9-12 from the field and 3-6 from three-point territory, and she was also a perfect 4-4 at the free throw line.  Freshman forward Emily Erland (Pegram, Tenn./Harpeth HS) also scored in double digits, adding 12 points off the bench.Drake and Erland each scored 10 points in the first half, but USA was able to open up a 10-point lead at halftime at 37-27.  The Jaguars led by as many as 17 in the first half at 33-16, but the Argonauts came storming back with an 11-4 run to close the lead to 10 at halftime.South Alabama started hot in the second half and opened up a 23-point lead at 56-33 with 13:38 to go in the game.  The Argos battled back to keep the game close, as Drake’s three-pointer at the 10:51 mark narrowed the Jaguars’ lead to 13.  South Alabama regained control and kept the Argonauts at bay, eventually picking up a 20-point victory.Three Jaguars scored in double digits, led by Shaniece Brunner with 19 on 6-10 shooting from the field and 7-10 from the line.  Brunner also added 13 rebounds, including five on the offensive side, for a double-double.  Shakira Nettles scored 16 and was 9-12 from the charity stripe.USA went to the free throw line 38 times in the game and converted 29 (76.3 percent), as the Argonauts were in foul trouble early and often.  Seniors Dominique Boykins (Houston, Texas/North Shore HS) and Tiffany Williams (St. Petersburg, Fla./North Florida) each picked up three first half fouls, while Williams ended up fouling out in the second half.USA was able to score 21 second chance points in the game compared to just four for UWF, largely due to a 49-29 rebound advantage.  The Jaguars also held the advantage in points off turnovers at 19-10, as the Argos committed 20 turnovers and USA just 14.The Argonauts will tip off the regular season at home on Monday, November 16 against Mobile at 5:00 p.m.  Fans can follow all of the action live at www.GoArgos.com.Print Friendly Version West Florida Falls to South Alabama 82-62 In Exhibition Sharecenter_img Amy Drake (Photo by Jim Hogue) last_img read more

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WATCH: Like father, like son – A heartwarming interview with the Ntinis

first_imgDomestic cricket is excited at the emergence of 19-year-old Thando Ntini, who made an excellent white-ball debut for the Cape Cobras last weekend.Son of Proteas legend Makhaya, the seamer took 4/36 in the victory over the Warriors in Oudtshoorn in a One-day Cup fixture.Cobras coach and former national stalwart Ashwell Prince, a hard-nosed yet fair manager, praised the youngster’s work ethic, noting that it was exactly like his fathers’.“It is really exciting for him to be able to make his debut, and having his father there on commentary,” he said.“A lot of credit must go to him because he works hard and he has something that he definitely has taken from his father, which is his work ethic, he has a great work ethic. He trains hard, he works on his batting, bowling, fielding and everything. He deserves the rewards that he is getting.”Poignantly, Ntini senior was doing commentary on the match and was ecstatic when the wickets started tumbling.Watch this heartwarming interview the two men gave SuperSport afterwards. For more sport your way, download The Citizen’s app for iOS and Android.last_img read more

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England star Dier raked in £1million in commercial income last year

first_imgERIC DIER raked in nearly £1m in commercial income last year, new figures reveal.The Tottenham and England star owns the single share in Ted Leonard Ltd, the company which manages some of his off-field activity.4 Eric Dier, centre, and fellow midfielder Ross Barkley, left, focus during England session at Ciudad Deportiva Luis del Sol, Seville, ahead of the Spain clashCredit: PA:Press AssociationAnd documents filed at Companies House show that the firm had £1,783,368 in cash in the bank at the end of 2017, compared to £795,710 a year earlier.Including creditors and other assets, Ted Leonard’s net assets rose from £895,897 to £1,799,835.Dier is thought to earn close to £70,000 per week from a contract extension with Spurs that he signed two years ago and will pay UK income tax, mostly at the top rate of 45 per cent, on his basic wages.But like many players, he set up a separate company to take care of income from image rights, sponsorship deals and other sources because such firms pay corporation tax at a rate of 19 per cent if they make profits over a certain amount.4 Versatile Spurs star Eric Dier has stepped up his game financially on the back of his success with EnglandCredit: EPA4 Midfield anchorman Eric Dier has won 36 England caps since his full debut in 2015Credit: ReutersTed Leonard was founded in December 2014. Dier and dad Jeremy are the two directors.Former Sporting CB star Dier, 24, has risen swiftly since moving to England with Spurs in 2014.And after making his full international debut the following year he now has 36 caps, including his appearance against Spain in Seville.He and Tottenham team-mate Harry Kane hit the woodwork as the Three Lions had the better of a dull 0-0 draw away to Croatia in the empty Stadion Rujevica stadium on Saturday.England manager Gareth Southgate blames Premier League bosses for leaving England stars knackered 4 Eric Dier is up for taking on Spain after the goalless 0-0 draw away to CroatiaCredit: AP:Associated Pressmost read in footballRETRACING STEPSJack Charlton’s granddaughter Emma Wilkinson ‘would love’ to visit IrelandROY RAGEFurious Roy Keane launched foul-mouthed rant at Pique over Fabregas friendshipPicturedTOP FORMBrazil icon Ronaldo soaks up sun with partner Celina Locks on yacht in FormenteraPicturedON THE PAOLPaolo Maldini shows off shredded physique at 52 while on holiday with wifeExclusiveLOCK CLOWNPaul Scholes flouts local lockdown rules by throwing huge 7-hour birthday bashLive Bloggunners newsArsenal transfer news LIVE – Latest updates from the Emirateslast_img read more

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Villaraigosa wants credit for what he is trying to accomplish

first_imgIt was a low-key trip for Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa to Washington, D.C., last week, with no major announcements – just a series of meetings that he said laid the groundwork for the future. “You aren’t going to have a blockbuster from every trip,” Villaraigosa said after he returned to Los Angeles. “Sometimes you have to go just to remind them that Los Angeles has needs, too.” But the mayor also appeared to be somewhat in a pique – particularly with the press – about what he sees as a failure to give him credit for what he is trying to do. During a summit on affordable housing, Villaraigosa had his audience buzzing with his repeated references to “these guys always second-guessing. They are going to second guess because … that’s the role of the media. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREThe joys and headaches of holiday travel: John Phillips“(But) I didn’t get elected to take up space. So let them second guess, let them say we thought too big, let them say we dreamt too big. These guys in the back, they get their opportunity to kind of hit, and I get my opportunity to hit back.” One of Villaraigosa’s dreams-come-true could happen as soon as today when Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger is expected to sign Assembly Bill 1381, giving the mayor greater control over the Los Angeles Unified School District. The event, delayed from last week when the school board refused to allow the governor to sign the bill at Roosevelt High School, has been moved to the Los Angeles Central Library in the children’s literature room. You can be sure it will be filled with children and their parents standing in the background. What is less certain is whether any members of the LAUSD board will be on hand to witness the historic moment – after which their roles are to be reduced. Each of the seven board members was invited to attend, as well as Superintendent Roy Romer and members of the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors. The location was selected partly because of its educational significance but also for a more practical reason: No bullhorns or signs are allowed inside. Also on the school front, the Board of Education and its special panel to find a superintendent to replace Romer are facing tactics similar to those used by the National Football League. As the search has narrowed to about a dozen candidates, the panel is finding finalists are using their interviews as leverage to get higher salaries back in their home districts. NFL teams, for years, have used the threat of moving to Los Angeles as a way to win concessions – such as stadium improvements or additional revenue – from their home cities. “We had the same thing when we ended up hiring Romer,” board member David Tokofsky said. “It’s just a fact of life.” Despite the problems facing the district – and the fact that a new superintendent will be dealing with the mayor after Jan.1 – it still represents a major opportunity for an educator. Then, too, there’s the annual salary of about $250,000. Former City Councilman Nate Holden denied for years that he resided in Marina Del Rey, outside his South Los Angeles district. But Betty Pleasant of the Southwest Wave blew his cover last week. Pleasant reported that Holden finally admitted his Marina Del Rey address – in unincorporated county territory – when he was elected to his condominium association’s board of directors and acknowledged he had bought the condo in 1988. Yes, that was when he served on the council. Daily News staff writer Kerry Cavanaugh contributed to this report. [email protected] (213) 978-0390160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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Sasol, Aus firm in Botswana energy JV

first_imgThe transaction is subject to final approval by the Botswana government. Coal bed methane is a clean natural gas by-product of ancient plant matter, trapped in underground coal seams. It is produced through a process of desorbing natural gas from coal using wells drilled for that purpose – similar to the mine safety processes used in degassing coal mines. 3 November 2011 Early stage of development The three prospecting licences cover an area of approximately 3 000km² and are located in the central province of Botswana. “The joint venture partners plan to conduct a number of exploration activities in the licence area during the next two years to determine the quantity of natural gas available and the feasibility for future commercial development,” Sasol said in a statement this week. Clean natural gas by-product SAinfo reporter Coal bed methane exploration is still in the early stages of development in southern Africa. However, coal bed methane accounts for approximately 10% of total natural gas produced in the United States, and makes up most of Australia’s natural gas supply.center_img Although coal bed methane is produced by unconventional means, it is sold and used in the same manner as conventional natural gas. South African petrochemical giant Sasol has entered into a joint venture with Australia’s Origin Energy, forming a new company called Kubu Energy Resources that has acquired three licences to explore for coal bed methane gas in Botswana. If the first exploration phase proves successful, the joint venture partners will consider committing to a more extensive exploration programme in Botswana. The water that is produced during the production process is pumped to the surface and treated so it can be disposed of or recycled for beneficial purposes such as agriculture. “A discovery of large volumes of coal bed methane in Botswana could be used to generate power and liquid fuels in southern Africa,” said Sasol. “The need to decrease greenhouse gas emissions also favours the increased use of natural gas as an alternative to coal.” “The first phase of the exploration will include an airborne magnetic survey, sampling of borehole cores and the drilling of test wells.” Would you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

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It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year… for Hackers

first_imgThere are so many ways for the holidays to turn sour for an online retailer. Gift cards and loyalty points, not subject to the same type of verification as credit cards, are stolen from customer accounts and used for fraudulent purposes. Compromised corporate credit cards are used to make high-volume purchases in the thousands of dollars and shipped to multiple locations… activity that might raise flags for a consumer card, but pass as business as usual during business gift season. Customer credentials and payment information are hacked from one retailer’s site, then reused far and wide to victimize more secure, but unsuspecting merchants. These are all real examples we hear too often from retailers.With annual sales projected to reach over $630 billion by 2020, online retailers are a rich target for hackers, so much so that annual losses are estimated at $12 billion. And with holiday sales representing nearly 20 percent of the year’s sales for retailers, hacks and breaches can be especially painful during this time of year when businesses are… TotalRetail Stay UpdatedGet critical information for loss prevention professionals, security and retail management delivered right to your inbox.  Sign up nowlast_img read more

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Rajiv Gandhi National Institute of Youth Development invites applications for admission

first_imgThe Rajiv Gandhi National Institute of Youth Development (RGNIYD), Sriperumbudur has invited applications for admission to Master of Arts (M.A) in Development Policy and Practice, Social Innovations and Entrepreneurship, Local Governance and Development and Gender Studies, Master of Science (M.Sc) in Counselling Psychology programs for the commencing session 2015 to 16.Eligibility criteria:Educational qualification:Admissions to M.A Programs: The candidates should have a bachelor’s degree in any field with a minimum of 45 percent marks in any discipline from a recognised university.Admissions to For M.Sc Program: The applicants should have studied a minimum of 2 papers related to Psychology published at the undergraduate (UG) level.Selection procedure: The candidate will be done on the basis of the marks secured in the qualifying examinations and performance in the interview conducted. Application procedure: The candidate may apply online at www.reg.rgniyd.gov.in. For more details and information on the application procedure, please visit the official website.Important dates: Last date of submission of the application form:  July 15About the institute: The Rajiv Gandhi National Institute of Youth Development (RGNIYD), Sriperumbudur, Tamil Nadu, under the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports, Government of India is an institute of National Importance by an Act of Parliament No. 35/2012.last_img read more

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IPL 2018: Kings XI Punjab had almost missed out on Chris Gayle during auction

first_imgThe Universe Boss, Chris Gayle has proved to be quite a bargain buy for Kings XI Punjab in the ongoing Indian Premier League but co-owner Ness Wadia revealed that the team almost lost the destructive opener at the auction, thinking it had run out of cash.Gayle had unexpectedly gone unsold twice before KXIP bought him for his base price of Rs 2 crore. Wadia explained how the franchise got lucky with the Jamaican.”We had only Rs 2.1 crore left and if we had bid for Chris earlier (at the auction) and another team came up with a counter bid, we did not have the money to buy him. Luckily, no other team bid for him and we were more than happy to get third time lucky,” Wadia told PTI.Yuvraj may not be in the best of form but the big bucks spent at the auction seem to have paid-off with the team doing well in the first half of the season under new captain Ravichandran Ashwin. Besides Gayle, performances from K L Rahul, Ankit Rajpoot and young Afghanistan spinner Mujeeb Zadran have stood out.Watch: Chris Gayle dances to Sapna Chaudhary’s hit Haryanvi songWadia too is pleased with the performance so far after disappointment in the previous three seasons.”We wanted to build a team for the long term. We wanted to spend more money. We wanted an Indian captain and to be honest we wanted Ashwin at any cost. He is a genius and knows what it takes to win (having won IPL at CSK).advertisementChris Gayle pulls off the Indian ethnic look with panache. Is there anything Universe Boss can’t do?”We were very clear that if we spent the money we would get what we were looking for. That was the difference with the old strategy. Bringing an Indian captain also brings in a lot of flexibility,” said Nadia adding that going for Afghan spin sensation Zadran as very much Ashwins idea.Talking about the evolution of IPL over the last decade, Wadia is relieved that being part of the tournament was finally making financial sense.”Finally, it is making sense (financially) after 10 years. It has been a long wait. The most important thing is when we got into the IPL the focus was on to promote sport. IPL has led to the emergence of cricket leagues around the county. I am so glad about that.”It has given the players a career option. It has led to leagues in other sports too.”Where does IPL go from here on?”There has to be more international matches (for the teams), more exposure. If you include the pre-season camp, we get about an eight week period in one year.”A second tournament or a smaller tournament outside India would be very beneficial for everyone,” he added.(With inputs from PTI)last_img read more

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