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IPE Views: Should sustainable investment be seen as separate but equal?

first_img“The only difference for a targeted ESG investment is that I want to know what is your impact strategy and how are you going to reach those goals,” Koelewijn said. “What problems are you solving?”His view is seemingly shared by royalty. In a pre-recorded speech at the NAPF in Manchester, Prince Charles once again waded into the debate.The Prince of Wales insisted that, in light of growing pension liabilities, the focus on “quarterly capitalism” – a problem highlighted by John Kay in his recent review of long-term investing – was becoming “increasingly unfit for purpose”.“Now, I know old habits die hard and that it is difficult to make the first move,” the heir to the British throne told delegates, “but is there not a case for ensuring your portfolios are resilient in the long term? Could you do so by incorporating sustainability into your mainstream strategy, rather than having it sit in a subordinate silo?”In the ongoing debate on ESG investing and its place in the investment universe of pension funds, it is questionable if this seemingly artificial divide should remain. Others point that the divide in place could also be a danger to sustainable investment taking hold.Addressing the PRI in Person conference in South Africa earlier in the month, Erika Karp of Cornerstone Capital insisted that the surrounding debate should no longer be about ideals, but rather pragmatism.“The language of sustainability – whether it is SRI, sustainable investment, the double or triple bottom line, impact investing, values-based investing – they all are good, […] and the opposite is implied to be bad,” she said.“This is where it gets divisive,” she added, countering that the debate was not one of values, but creating value.All this would point to the idea of a separate but equal portfolio for long-term, sustainable investment being a concept no longer fit for purpose. Investors must abolish the silo, and begin viewing sustainable investing as part and parcel of everyday activities. Conduct a quick straw poll of pension investors, such as the one conducted at the National Association of Pension Funds (NAPF) annual conference, on whether they are sold on the idea of sustainable investing offering returns above that of the regular portfolio, and you will often be met with a wave of scepticism.The scepticism comes despite outspoken support for sustainable, or impact, or targeted environmental, social and governance (ESG) investing, to name but three nom de plumes bestowed to an approach that, essentially, asks if the investment is as beneficial to the here and now as it is to the future.Mainstream support for a sustainable approach to investing has been growing steadily ever since the UN published its Principles for Responsible Investment in 2005, and it has attracted support from a number of large pension investors over the years.PGGM’s corporate strategy and innovations manager Wouter Koelewijn recently said any such investment should be viewed as part of the “same game” as any other commitment, and was backed by a counterpart at the Norwegian local government pension fund KLP.last_img read more

Inzaghi frustrated by Atalanta’s defeat

first_img Lazio had taken a 2-0 lead in Bergamo after 11 minutes through a Marten de Roon own goal and Sergej Milinkovic-Savic rocket, but Robin Gosens, Ruslan Malinovskyi and Jose Luis Palomino turned it around. “It was our first game in three and a half months, we had a strong start to go 2-0 up and had the opportunities to add a third,” Inzaghi told Sky Sport Italia.Advertisement “It’s disappointing that we allowed the comeback, especially the first and third goals, which were entirely avoidable. A team like ours cannot concede goals like that. read also:Ronaldo, Messi slammed by Italy legend Inzaghi “This is a very important match, we lost, so there are regrets. I asked the team to take the right approach from the start and I cannot complain about that. If we’d scored a third, the match would’ve gone differently. “We already had some injuries, Luis Alberto couldn’t play more than 70 minutes, Danilo Cataldi and Tucu Correa asked to come off. We didn’t have the options on the bench to rotate towards the end and take some of the heat off.” FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Lazio coach, Simone Inzaghi, was frustrated after their 3-2 defeat at Atalanta.center_img Loading…last_img read more

Trump at Mar-a-lago for Easter but remains focused on Mueller report

first_imgBefore leaving Washington, Trump said he felt vindicated by the report.However, Democrats are now demanding access to the full, unredacted version of the report amid calls for impeachment. President Trump is in Florida for the holiday Easter weekend, but he remains focused on the Mueller report.Saturday morning, in a series tweets, Trump said the special counsel probe should never have been authorized in the first place and was written “as nastily as possible” by “Angry Democrats who were true Trump Haters.”Despite the fact that the Mueller Report should not have been authorized in the first place & was written as nastily as possible by 13 (18) Angry Democrats who were true Trump Haters, including highly conflicted Bob Mueller himself, the end result is No Collusion, No Obstruction!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 20, 2019 He also tweeted that the “Fake News Media is doing everything possible” to anger” as many people as possible.”Trump later Tweeted the following video:pic.twitter.com/yoWCQLuxbD— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) April 20, 2019last_img read more

IBB Club Hosts Captain’s Cup, Plans Ryder Themed Tourney

first_imgAbout 256 golfers will compete in the stroke-play event over the par 72 IBB golf course.In addition there will be the past captains and other serving club captains’ competition billed for Friday, April 22.It will feature the past lady captains of IBB and former captains of the club to be joined by invited captains from Ghana and across Nigeria.The event will allow the captains to discuss the modalities for the creation of an African version of the acclaimed Ryder Cup played every two years between Europe and USA. It will be competed between West Africa and South Africa.Fifteen serving captains from golf clubs have indicated their intension to attend and show their skills ahead of today’s deadline when those interested must confirm their interest.Abbo noted that there was a marked improvement in the interclub match-play involving Abuja and Accra as golfers from the club travelled to Achimota as well as Rwanda and Uganda this year for competitions under his watch.“The visit to Achimota for Ghana’s 59th independence anniversary was a spectacle as 54 golfers and 30 tennis players embarked on the trip to Ghana. It also informed why the President of Ghana, John Dramani Mahama, wrote a letter of gratitude to IBB Club for the visit,” Abbo said.Abbo, who offered to pass some invaluable advice to some of the candidates likely to succeed him at the club’s AGM billed for April 30, said apart from Ghana, Abuja has already instituted matches with East Africa nations.“We have been to Kenya, Rwanda and Uganda. The Ugandans are coming to Abuja on May 29 for the Democracy Day. But we want to expand this event to ensure it involves the whole of Africa,’’ Abba said.Chairman of the Organising Committee, Chief Samuel Anyamele, said the committee would leave a legacy at the club that people will remember for many years to come.From early results at the ladies event in honour of Lady Captain Mrs A. Usman, Amina Wilfred shot 72 nett to win the handicap 0-18 event by nine shots. Sandra Haruna came second while Rachel Danjuma was a further three shots off the pace to wound up in third place.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Olawale Ajimotokan in AbujaThe IBB International Golf and Country Club, Abuja has unfolded series of activities that will formally terminate the tenure of the executive committee headed by Hamid Abbo.The programme, dubbed the Captain’s Cup, started at the weekend with the Lady Captain version and continued on Monday with caddies /workers competition.A special kitty holds today ahead of the official climax on Saturday with the main Captain’s Cup that will incorporate the presentation of prizes and a gala night.last_img read more

Crystal Palace manager sacked

first_imgNeil Warnock has been sacked as manager of Crystal Palace.Warnock’s second spell in charge of the Eagles has lasted just 4 months, and the club sit third from bottom in the Premier League and without a league win since November’s defeat of Liverpool.Keith Millen will take caretaker charge of the team against QPR tomorrow.last_img

Half-time: Chelsea 3 Villa 0

first_imgChelsea are on course for a resounding victory at Stamford Bridge.Fernando Torres’ third-minute opener and David Luiz’s free-kick put them firmly in command before Branislav Ivanovic headed in from close range.Torres found the top corner with a cracking 15-yard header from Cesar Azpilicueta’s right-wing cross – his seventh goal in six games.Chelsea then thought they should have been awarded a penalty when Nathan Baker grappled with Torres as the striker attempted to meet a cross from Ashley Cole.It mattered little, as by the 35th minute the Blues were 3-0 up.The free-kick from Luiz was a beauty which gave keeper Brad Guzan no chance, and Ivanovic netted from the rebound after Gary Cahill’s effort had been parried.Luiz is playing in midfield alongside Frank Lampard, who is making his 500th Premier League start.Chelsea: Cech, Azpilicueta, Ivanovic, Cahill, Cole, Luiz, Lampard, Moses, Mata, Hazard, Torres.Subs: Turnbull, Ramires, Oscar, Ferreira, Marin, Piazon, Ake.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 Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Final whistle for winning Team SA?

first_imgCape Town was the host city for theHomeless World Cup in 2006. Gerald Bez shoots for goal during theHomeless World Cup match between SAand Australia, held at the Grand Paradein Cape Town, South Africa, in 2006.(Images: Flickr)MEDIA CONTACTS• Clifford MartinusSAHSS: Director+27 21 704 6815 / +27 82 945 4812Ray MaotaThe South African Homeless Street Soccer (SAHSS) initiative teaches young people life skills for handling issues such as HIV/Aids, crime and substance abuse.This they do by using soccer as a tool to keep them off the streets and opening them up to opportunities outside their normal environment.The initiative is part of Oasis: “Reach for your dreams”, which was started in 2000 by director Clifford Martinus and his friends as an informal soccer team for youngsters living in the streets of Cape Town, but grew bigger and was formally registered as a non-profit organisation (NPO) in 2002. Oasis Soccer Club still exists today and takes part in local tournaments.Established in 2006, the SAHSS became part of a worldwide network known as the Homeless World Cup Foundation, which includes 94 international partner organisations whose goal is to improve the lives of homeless people through soccer.The foundation is the brainchild of Mel Young, the co-founder of The Big Issue, a weekly magazine sold by homeless people in Scotland. He is also responsible for setting up the International Network of Street Papers (INSP), a global network of street papers sold worldwide.It was in Cape Town, at the end of the annual INSP conference in 2001, that Young and Austrian Harald Schmied, who is also involved in issues relating to homeless people, came up with the concept of the Homeless World Cup Foundation.“When we started out it was just to get the youth busy with soccer,” said Martinus.“Never did we realise that this was the beginning of a way of reaching more people and become a sense of opportunity for others less fortunate than ourselves.”He added that they are looking to expand their soccer programmes to more provinces and in future host a national street soccer tournament.Team SA is ranked 20th out of 56 nations involved in the international tournament. This year’s event takes place in Mexico in October and will host a record 72 countries, with 56 taking part in the men’s event and 16 in the women’s.The tournament started in Graz, Austria in 2003, and has been to four continents.National teams send different members every year, so as to give as many of their incumbents exposure to travelling and learning about new cultures as possible.“People tend to think this is just a joyous trip, but for these youngsters, meeting people with similar situations – whether it is drug abuse of being considered anti-social – is an eye-opener,” said Martinus.“They are boarding a plane for the first time to another country, and when they get there they realise that some of the people they meet are going through the same situation and there is a way out of it.”Not only for the homelessMartinus said although it’s named homeless street soccer, it does not include only the homeless and destitute.“Most of the participants live in places of safety and are from the streets, while others live in informal settlements,” he said.The team taking part in this year’s event will consist of eight players, four technical staff members and two social workers. It is in need of funds to help cover travelling costs.Mobile phone company Cell C, which was team sponsor for the 2010 and 2011 competitions, has had to restructure its sponsorship responsibilities this year.“Unfortunately our funding this year has gone to women and children initiatives and we could not carry on with the sponsorship,” confirmed Mag Pillay, Cell C public relations manager.The issue is uppermost on Martinus’s mind.“We need to get funds for flight tickets, the kit and a stipend for the players so they can feel comfortable among their counterparts at the tournament.”The cost of the trip is likely to exceed R200 000 (US$24 000) due to the airfares.Success stories of the initiativeAyanda Nqkayi (35) is a former captain of the team. Before joining the initiative he used to sell dagga as a means of survival, but through the SAHSS programme has become involved with the Cape Town Young Men’s Christian Association (YMCA).Nqkayi participates in YMCA projects such as the After School Programme, where youngsters are motivated to develop their education, confidence, leadership, and social skills in a safe environment.Martinus said they also recently had the Western Cape Street Soccer finals and called on previous players to facilitate with the proceedings so they can earn some money.Thulisile Bolana (24) from Khayelitsha is also a member of the SAHSS team. He will be going to Germany in June to a leadership camp organised by the UN Sport for Development and Peace. He is one of only three from Africa who were invited to represent the projects to which they belong and share ideas with others from around the world.He will be representing Oasis and speaking on how youth from around the world use soccer and sports in general to develop themselves.Lukhanyo Mdokwa, who was captain of the team in 2010, was taken in as assistant coach for South Africa at last year’s event. While there he was asked by the director of Paris-based Saint-Germain soccer club, who is Brazilian, to assist with the Brazil homeless team.“Lukhanyo will this year go again as assistant coach if we do get the funds to go to Mexico, but he will not come back to South Africa as he will join the Brazilian team and work at an NGO in Brazil,” said Martinus.last_img read more

Ohio Ag Weather and Forecast, June 28, 2019

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Our weather forecast is a little simpler this morning, as we seem to want to make swings back and forth in the pattern. We are starting off drier in our thoughts, as we are taking out significant moisture from our forecast this morning through the weekend and early next week in most areas. That’s not to say there won’t be any threat of action; with the warm air that is surging in, we won’t rule out some heat based instability at times, which would trigger a shower or two. Also, we see scattered showers holding over the eastern third of Ohio tomorrow, and they will be difficult to get out of here until mid to later afternoon. But, outside of that, we really are not looking for anything well organized through the next 4 days, and outside of NE Ohio, we should see partly to mostly sunny skies with warmer afternoons.  From today through next Monday we should average about 3-6 degrees above normal. The pattern swings back wetter on Tuesday of next week, and we have rain chances in the forecast for the following 5 days from there. We can see up to .4″ Tuesday and up to .25″ Wednesday before we get rains of at least a half an inch or more each day Thursday through Saturday. Initial coverage will be around 60% Tuesday and Wednesday before jumping to 80-90% for Thursday through Saturday statewide. Saturday will be the wettest, and may have the best chance of thunderstorms. That means we can see some significant moisture stack up next week. We do get a mix of clouds and sun in for the afternoon of Sunday the 7th , but only after showers leave early Sunday morning. The map at right shows rain through the 10 day period, most of which comes next Tuesday through Saturday. For the extended period, we continue with a relatively active pattern, as rains are expected at least 3 out of 6 days. A few showers come up across southern and western parts of the state Monday the 8th, perhaps up to .3”. However, the rest of the state stays dry and sunny. Tuesday and the first part of Wednesday also will turn out partly to mostly sunny. Clouds increase next Wednesday afternoon, and then we see showers return overnight Wednesday night in the south and west. From there action expands and thunderstorms develop for Thursday the 11th. We can see a tenth to half an inch with 80% coverage. After about a 12 hour pause in action through the first part of Friday, shower and storms are back overnight Friday night and Saturday the 12th and 13th. Rains there can be from .2”-.8” with coverage at 80%.last_img read more

How to Interview for Hunters

first_imgWhen I started working in staffing, I interviewed thirty to forty people a day. I did this for almost five years. After a while, I could tell within minutes if a candidate was going to show up to work, whether or not they would succeed, or if they would accept a job and not show up at all. My intuition became very highly tuned.Hiring salespeople turned out to be more difficult. Some of my “sure bets” turned out to be duds. The worst performer I ever hired had the highest score on a fancy hiring assessment. Some I took chances on turned out to be stars. Some of the best resumes with the best pedigrees did terribly, and some hires with little to no experience crushed it. Many of the people I hired would have done incredible things if they would have worked as hard to win business and they did to win the job.Over time, I learned a very easy way to tell a hunter from the rest of the pack. I simply asked them to role play a cold call with me. I would say, “Okay, role play a cold call with me, I answer the phone and say, ‘Hello, it’s Anthony Iannarino.” The response is a clue as to whether or not the person is a hunter.Non-hunters will intellectualize the answer. They’ll describe a cold call to you. They’ll say, “Well, first I would research you to see what I could learn about your personally . . . then I’d probably connect with you on LinkedIn . . .” There is nothing wrong with doing your homework. You should look up your prospects on LinkedIn, and you should connect with them.Or they say, “When I make a cold call, what I want to do is . . . “ Most salespeople know what they should do before they make calls, even if they overdo it on the research and emails they believe “warm up” the prospect. It’s not the knowledge of how to pick up the phone and book an appointment that worries me; it’s the unwillingness.When you start a role play in an interview with a hunter, they say, “Good morning, this is . . . I am calling you today . . .” This is one way to know that the person sitting in front of you is a hunter. It doesn’t mean that you should automatically hire them, but it does give you faith that they have the confidence to prospect, and that they aren’t likely to be opportunity-starved while working for you. Essential Reading! Get my first book: The Only Sale Guide You’ll Ever Need “The USA Today bestseller by the star sales speaker and author of The Sales Blog that reveals how all salespeople can attain huge sales success through strategies backed by extensive research and experience.” Buy Nowlast_img read more