Australian and Canadian pension funds join Dutch SDI platform

first_imgAustralianSuper and British Columbia Investment Management have joined the Sustainable Development Investments Asset Owner Platform announced by Dutch pension investors APG and PGGM last year.The vehicle will offer insight into how investable companies contribute to the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).The commercial launch of the project – originally foreseen for the first quarter of this year – will take place at a virtual event in September, as of when interested investors can subscribe to the standard and data provided through distribution partner Qontigo.The four pension investors are looking for “a maximum of three” additional asset owners to join the platform, Claudia Kruse, managing director global responsible investment at APG, told IPE. A larger number would hamper effective decision-making, she said, adding that conversations with other pension investors to join the platform are ongoing.Though the initiative will thus remain restricted to a maximum of seven asset owners, Kruse expressed hope the SDI platform, the first of its kind in the world, would reach “a critical mass of investors who together define the meaning of investing in the SDGs”.To reach this goal of broad adoption, the four investors have decided to now share the SDI data generated by the platform publicly.Since APG and PGGM first published an SDG taxonomy in 2017, the pair have had “many queries from fellow investors who have asked us whether they could use our taxonomy to classify their own investments”, said Kruse.These other investors can now also use the underlying data and SDI classifications for their own investments, she added. These data will be available to the broader market in September.The platform has hired data science company Entis to develop a model which feeds the participating asset owners’ policy and current investments into the assessment process.“Entis collects relevant data on what products and services of companies can be attributed to which SDG,” Kruse explained. “The model focuses on the impact the products produced by a company have on the SDGs.” It doesn’t take into account environmental, social, and governance (ESG) criteria or metrics such as a company’s carbon footprint.Kruse gave Dutch engineering company Arcadis, in which APG has a €163m stake, as an example: “According to our data, the infrastructure projects undertaken by Arcadis have an impact on SDG 6 – clean water and sanitation; SDG 9 – industry, innovation and infrastructure; SDG 11 – sustainable cities and communities; SDG 13 – climate action and SDG 15 – life on land.”The SDI classification contains more granular data too, she said, for example on the relative importance of each SDG versus total revenues, and this will be available to subscribers.The SDG taxonomy is different from the green taxonomy currently being developed by the EU, Kruse stressed. “The EU taxonomy focuses on climate change and environmental protection. That’s a very different starting point, but the EU taxonomy is still of use to us as a reference to inform our efforts.”Looking for IPE’s latest magazine? Read the digital edition here.last_img read more

Bros arrested for illegal gambling

first_imgThe suspects were detained in the lockupfacility of the San Carlos City Police station. Officers of the San Carlos City policestation served the warrant issued by Judge Jose Meno Ruiz of the Regional TrialCourt Branch 57 in San Carlos City dated Nov. 27, 2019. BACOLOD City – Charged with illegalgambling, two brothers were arrested in Barangay 5, San Carlos City, NegrosOccidental. The court recommended a P30,000 bailbond for their temporary liberty./PN The 22-year-old resident Omar Dirindigunand resident Abdul Wahed Dirindigun were caught on the strength of an arrestwarrant around 9:45 a.m. on Jan. 18, a police report showed.last_img read more

Full house greets Deery Series at CJ Speedway as Holladay motors to IMCA Late Model tour win

first_imgChad Holladay led all 40 laps in winning Wednesday’s Deery Brothers Summer Series feature at CJ Speedway. The victory came in front of a packed grandstand as the IMCA Late Model tour returned to Columbus Junction for the first time since 1996. (Photo by John Vass) COLUMBUS JUNCTION, Iowa (July 18) – A very full house was on hand to welcome the Deery Brothers Summer Series back to CJ Speedway Wednesday night.Chad Holladay led all 40 laps of the main event for touring IMCA Late Models, outrunning Denny Eckrich and Darrel DeFrance for his career second Deery win and $2,000.Ryan Dolan and Nick Marolf rounded out the top five in the first series event held at Columbus Junction since 1996.“There were a couple cautions that worked in my favor and took out lapped traffic at halfway and again with five to go,” said Holladay. “You always want clean air ahead of you and we had a very good car tonight.”Holladay’s night began inauspiciously, as he drew the last starting spot in his heat.He won that race, however, and started outside DeFrance on the front row in the main event. Holladay used lower lines all the way around the oval and didn’t have any problems in traffic.“(Promoter) Larry Richardson is like a driver. Every week he wants to do better,” said Holladay, a modified winner at CJ just two weeks ago. “The track took a little rubber but it was smooth and nice.”Todd Cooney started last in the field of 25 and finished ninth; point leader Justin Kay advanced a dozen places from his original starting spot and finished 10th.Marolf was the $250 Sunoco Race Fuels feature qualifier drawing winnerKurt Kile earned $1,000 and a Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot berth for his IMCA Modified win and Damon Murty took home the top IMCA Sunoco Stock Car check of $500.Next up for the Deery Series is another $2,000 to win, minimum $300 to start event on Wednesday, July 25 at Fayette County Speedway in West Union.Feature results – 1. Chad Holladay, Muscatine; 2. Denny Eckrich, Tiffin; 3. Darrel DeFrance, Marshalltown; 4. Ryan Dolan, Lisbon; 5. Nick Marolf, Moscow; 6. Jeremiah Hurst, Dubuque; 7. Curt Martin, Independence; 8. Chuck Hanna, Port Byron, Ill.; 9. Todd Cooney; 10. Justin Kay, Wheatland; 11. Jay Johnson, West Burlington; 12. Richie Gustin, Gilman; 13. Joe Zrostlik, Long Grove; 14. Curt Schroeder, Newton; 15. Chad Coyne, Orion, Ill.; 16. Dave Wada, Wilton; 17. Andy Nezworski, Buffalo; 18. Rob Toland, Colona, Ill.; 19. Kyle Hinrichs, Swisher; 20. Gary Webb, Blue Grass; 21. Tim Simpson, Iowa City; 22. Andy Eckrich, Oxford; 23. Sam Halstead, New London; 24. Jeff Guengerich, Washington; 25. Terry Neal, Ely.last_img read more

Landrum Performance Springs awards go to IMCA Modified, Stock, SportMod drivers

first_imgMENTONE, Ind. – Regional standings for Modifieds and Stock Cars and regional standings for the two SportMod divisions determine recipients of Landrum Performance Springs contingency awards.Certificates to buy one spring and get a second of equal value free go to the top three eligible finish­ers in each of the five IMCA Xtreme Motor Sports Modified regions and both IMCA Sunoco Stock Car regions.Top three eligi­ble competitors in national Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMod and Scoggin-Dickey Parts Center Southern SportMod standings receive the same awards from the Mentone, Ind., company.In addition to competing with four Landrum-manufac­tured springs, drivers in all four divisions must display two of the 11-year IMCA marketing partner’s decals on their race car and return a sign-up form to the IMCA home office by Aug. 1.Awards will be presented during the national IMCA banquet in November or mailed from the IMCA home office beginning the following week.More information about Landrum-manufactured springs is available by calling 800 424-0244, at the web­site or on Facebook.“Some of the top performers in IMCA racing were using Landrum springs in 2014 and that may duplicate itself in our anniversary season,” IMCA Marketing Director Kevin Yoder observed. “I encourage all of our members utilizing Landrum springs to let me know through their respective contingency sign-up forms located in their driver’s packet.”last_img read more

Remains of missing Florida mother found

first_imgThe Osceola County Sheriff’s department is reporting that investigators have found the remains of a mother who was reported missing last week after she failed to pick up her son from school.35-year-old Nicole Montalvo went missing on October 21st after she dropped her 8-year-old son off to his father and grandparent’s home. Authorities were then notified about her disappearance Tuesday afternoon when she failed to pick up her son from school and no one was able to get in touch with her.Florida mother reported missing after failing to pick up son from school Authorities later discovered that Montalvo’s phone had been turned off and that her car was abandoned about 8-miles from her son’s grandparent’s home.After conducting an extensive search of the father and grandparent’s home Friday, authorities discovered Montalvo’s remains.Montalvo’s ex-husband Christopher Otero-Rivera and his father Angel Rivera were arrested Friday on unrelated charges, however, according to court records both men are now facing a premeditated murder charge and are being held without bond.last_img read more

The Delivery Man: In third year leading Syracuse, Yelin looks to shape Orange players into his winning mold

first_imgLeonid Yelin looked around at the players on his roster. Some of them he would have recruited. Others were athletes the Uzbekistan native would have never considered.Yelin came to Syracuse in 2012 to change its volleyball culture. He had been a part of 14 NCAA tournaments as the head coach of Louisville. He had seen gyms packed to the point where the fire department was called. His whole career, he hadn’t just been a part of a winning culture — he had helped create it. And when he looked at the SU roster in his first season, he knew the Orange didn’t have one.Yelin took aside some players on that 2012 team and told them he wouldn’t be able to coach them.“Changing the culture, it’s just so hard,” Yelin said. “When building (a) program, the culture you’re going to change if you bring (the) right people.“I don’t know how to work with players who (I would not) have recruited.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textYelin doesn’t mince words. Not with his players, assistant coaches or the media. Seven of the nine freshmen from the 2011 season were no longer on the roster in 2013. He expects a lot and he’s honest about it. But while the methods may seem harsh, Yelin’s results are unquestionable.He’s been one of the most successful volleyball coaches in NCAA history, amassing 510 wins over 21 seasons and a .737 winning percentage that ranks among the all-time greats of Division I coaches. After winning a Division II national championship at Barry University, he developed the Louisville program into a perennial national title contender.“You’re not always gonna win,” said Stephanie Cantway, who was both a player and assistant coach under Yelin, “and you’re not always going to make him happy.”After a 12-18 record in his first season, followed by a 16-16 mark in 2013, winning is coming more slowly than it ever has for Yelin.“A lot of people (don’t) even know, in the school, in the city (that) we have (a) volleyball team here,” Yelin said. “I don’t blame them, I blame us. We’ve just got to do better so they will know.”When Yelin first came to the United States in 1989 from Uzbekistan to escape the Soviet Union with his family, he didn’t speak a word of English. He thought his life as a volleyball coach was finished.He laid tiles on the floors of hospitals. Then he was a deliveryman at Pizza Hut. His next job was a salesman of ladies fragrances.“If it’s not going to happen, if I’m never able to get back to coaching volleyball, at least I wouldn’t shoot myself,” Yelin said he thought at the time. “Worst case scenario, you’re going to be a taxi driver.”He believed that he wouldn’t be that same star volleyball coach that led the women’s national team to a Soviet Union championship in 1978.But Yelin was discovered at a local volleyball club and offered a job coaching at Barry University in Miami, Florida, a small Division II school that he said had about 1,500 undergraduate students.Yelin unknowingly accepted the head coaching position after his initial interview, but didn’t show up on the first day. His English was so poor that he never realized he’d been offered the position to begin with.“That was a different level of language I didn’t even understand,” Yelin said. “I didn’t understand 90 percent of what (they were) talking about.”Yelin excelled at Barry despite the language barrier. He said the less talking that he did, the better, and that the players were still receptive to his technical demonstrations.Five years later, in 1996, he was offered the job at Louisville. There, he made championships an expectation.“He’s very honest,” Cantway said. “He’s tough. But you know what you’re getting when you walk in and when you leave and every day in between.”Cantway said that as a freshman in 2003, she learned this the hard way. She didn’t want to follow all the rules, she didn’t want to be perfect. She didn’t want to focus.So Yelin took her into his office and laid out all the things that she needed to change, and she made adjustments.As an assistant coach to Yelin at Louisville and Syracuse, Cantway admired his seemingly impossible passion for volleyball. She remembered times when the Cardinals would get home at 2 a.m. from a road trip, only to have Yelin babble about different scores from around the country when the coaches met up again at 7 a.m.“The neat thing about working with him is that he’d go through things five or six different ways,” said Rick Nold, a former assistant with Yelin at Louisville. “There’d be different experiences with different players. It was good to learn so many different things and different ways to approach a situation.”Yelin has a certain type of player that he likes to have. One that is willing to learn and one that wants to win as much as he does.Now, 12 of the 15 players on the roster have played their entire Syracuse career for Yelin. Last season, Syracuse finished fifth in the Atlantic Coast Conference after being projected to finish twelfth.This year the Orange is picked to finish eighth, despite boasting a relatively inexperienced roster. Just two years after tearing apart and rebuilding the foundation of the Syracuse program, he’s starting to mold it into his own.“Instead of (bringing) somebody and trying to change, you better bring somebody who you need and you don’t have to change,” Yelin said. “That’s the right thing … The quantity, is not necessarily going to transfer into quality.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on September 4, 2014 at 12:11 am Contact Sam: | @SamBlum3last_img read more

Munday’s approach a breath of fresh air

first_img“The 19th Hole” runs Mondays.  To comment on this story, email Joey at or visit Lindsey Munday made her point clear Saturday afternoon.She was concise.During a two-minute video played during halftime of USC’s inaugural women’s lacrosse game at the historic Coliseum, the Women of Troy’s first-year coach appeared on the video board on the west end of the stadium and stated plainly toward the end of the clip: “Our goal is to win a national championship.”Eyes on the prize · USC head coach Lindsey Munday has offered no excuses and has the women’s lacrosse team aiming high in its first season. — William Ehart | Daily TrojanNot bad, huh? She didn’t, in the recorded video, exactly shy away from the declaration. No apologies. No nonsense. Her remark was refreshing. It was honest. It was simple.Look, the excuses for Munday and her new program are built in. They’re easy to spot, and you would have a tough time faulting her for citing any of them. One, the women’s lacrosse program is playing its first season as a varsity sport at USC. Two, her team is incredibly young: Of the 26 players on the roster, 17 are freshmen and seven are sophomores. There are no seniors and just two are juniors. And to fill those spots — to build her team — she gets to use just 12 scholarships. It isn’t like football recruiting. You don’t get to offer everyone full rides.She didn’t mention any of those things following Saturday’s opener.Munday, 28, is keeping with her basic approach. For the program’s first game, she scheduled No. 1 Northwestern University, where she played from 2003-06 and served as an assistant from 2007-10, and then No. 6 Massachusetts on Sunday. Mind you, the Wildcats have won seven NCAA championships in the last eight seasons.“They’re the top in women’s lacrosse right now, and to be able to show our girls where that is and to show them at times we can compete with [Northwestern] gives them confidence we can get there,” Munday said.“There” is the pinnacle of the sport. Of course, USC still has a ways to go. Against Northwestern, the Women of Troy fell by a final score of 18-5 in front of a crowd of 2,890. They trailed the entire game and were down 11-2 by halftime. A day later, they led Massachusetts 6-4 early, but again fell, 18-9. They’re now 0-2.But give Munday and her upstart program credit: They’re gunning for No. 1. They’re looking to make a splash. They sure aren’t sucking their thumbs, if you will. They want to win the NCAA championship.“It’s something that is there for us and we’re not scared to go out and say it,” Munday said.For whatever reason, USC, as a whole, has gone soft in the last couple years. The excuses have consistently trickled out of Heritage Hall. For football, it’s been the postseason ban and scholarship reductions, the “10 fewer guys,” as USC head coach Lane Kiffin so often puts it. For men’s basketball, it too was scholarship reductions and injuries, former coach Kevin O’Neill was quick to point out. For baseball, it’s been the school’s status as a private school, seemingly a limitation when it comes to recruiting and signing high school athletes.Not that these circumstances aren’t valid, but the frequency gives off a sort of “woe is me” sound bite. And, really, for USC, with its 96 NCAA championships and all the tradition, isn’t that kind of talk beneath the school’s athletic programs?Which is why listening to Munday on Saturday was so refreshing. She talked about the process, about learning from the matchup against Northwestern, about improving each week, about doing well in conference play (the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation) and about winning NCAA titles, at least eventually. There wasn’t a litany of excuses offered. She kept it simple. She kept it direct. After all, she’s won before under Kelly Hiller at Northwestern.And the hope stands that that success can translate to USC. Her mentor, at least, appeared optimistic.“I have a lot of respect for Lindsey,” said Hiller, who took over the Wildcats’ program in 2002. “She’s an amazing role model for her student athletes and a good friend.”Munday hopes to follow that success of winning and winning championships. She brought it up in the first team meeting in the fall.“In general, when you set goals, it’s important to reach for the stars,” Munday said. “To put out there what you want, so you know it’s there and not this vague idea of success or what you want to be — We know that’s it for us.”Well put. That’s the end game.last_img read more

Korab Syla’s injury stalls Syracuse offense in 1-1 tie with Louisville

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on September 12, 2015 at 12:17 am Contact Jon: | @jmettus Korab Syla sat on the field with his knees to his chest, eight minutes left in the first half. He shifted onto his back and trainers examined his leg. After a few minutes, Syla limped from the far side of the field to the sideline, grimacing slightly with a hamstring injury.“It’s a very big loss,” Syracuse defender Liam Callahan said. “… For him to go out was a little bit of a shot to us.”Syla was playing the most aggressive he had all season, pushing the ball down the sideline and stretching the field for an Orange team that was running a 4-3-3 formation instead of its normal 3-5-2. After Syla’s injury, however, the offense stalled and could never find the back of the net as the Orange tied No. 23 Louisville, 1-1, at SU Soccer Stadium on Friday.“You can’t explain to a new guy what an ACC game is,” head coach Ian McIntyre said. “It’s an absolute war. It’s a battle. … We’ll be a better team because of tonight.“That’s a point won tonight, not two points lost.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textPlaying with four defenders matches up better with Louisville’s three forwards than Syracuse’s usual backline of three players, McIntyre said. With Louisville expecting a 3-5-2, Syracuse was hoping to catch it off guard, defender Louis Cross said.Just eight minutes into the game, Oyvind Alseth poked the ball forward past a defender to Julian Buescher, who one touched it back to Alseth as he ran into the box. Alseth fired a low shot to the right of that net that tipped off Louisville goalie Nick Jeffs’ gloves and found the back of the net.Alseth held his right fist in the air as he ran up to the fans sitting to the right of the net on the hill.“When you get that goal early in the game you get a little momentum,” Callahan said.Syla was carrying the ball through the midfield and pushing it forward down the sideline, using his speed to run past defenders. He sent crosses into the box and was able to set up offensive chances.But then he went down near the end of the first half and minutes later Louisville tied the game.Cardinals midfielder Tim Kubel sent a corner kick into the box from the left side. A crowd of players, including SU goalie Austin Aviza, knocked the ball into the air and right to Louisville midfielder Daniel Johnson. He kicked a bouncing shot to the right side of the net that beat a sliding Callahan with just 1:03 left in the half.“We played a very average game,” Alseth said. “We started off well, but weren’t able to keep it up after the goal so that’s disappointing.”Before the start of the second half, Syla jogged along the sideline, testing his leg. But he didn’t come back out to start the half or come in for the rest of the game.Without Syla to move the ball down the sideline, the Orange chipped through balls down the field and constantly sent passes for Ben Polk, Chris Nanco or Noah Rhynhart. Andreas Jenssen even came in, moving Alseth over to right wing.Without Syla to dribble the ball down the field, the Orange launched through balls for the forwards to run to, occasionally leading to corner kicks.“Both teams were not really playing good soccer,” Alseth said. “A lot of long balls. Pretty much just a big fight out there.”The crowd stomped on the bleachers with every Syracuse corner kick. And when Juuso Pasanen’s shot scraped the netting the 2,237-person crowd erupted into cheers. They thought he had scored, but Pasanen’s shot hit the outside of the net.He and Alseth put their heads in their hands.For the last 65 minutes of the game, no one scored. Syracuse managed the lone shot of the two overtime periods. The Orange lacked the spark that Syla was providing early in the game and could never find the game-winning goal. Commentslast_img read more

Badgers freeze Boilermakers, look ahead to grueling road schedule

first_imgIn its first match in a string of four consecutive road matches, the Wisconsin volleyball team defeated No. 13 Purdue (18-5, 8-3 Big Ten) Wednesday night in three sets.The No. 4 Badgers (19-2, 9-1) fell behind early in the first set and were down to 21-14 at one point. UW battled back though, rattling off six points in a row to cut the Boilermaker lead to one. Wisconsin staved off four Purdue set points, and eventually tied it up at 26.Sophomore setter Lauren Carlini ended the set with two straight kills, catching the Boilermaker defense out of position. Carlini, who was named Big Ten Player of the Week Monday, leads the Big Ten in assists per set (11.4) and maintained that pace with 42 assists Wednesday.The Badgers handily took the second set 25-16. The third set was more tightly contested. With the Boilermakers up 18-17, the Badgers went on a 8-1 run to take the set and the match, en route to its tenth straight victory.Senior outside hitter Ellen Chapman led the way for the Badger offense with a match-high 16 kills. She leads Wisconsin in kills per set, averaging 3.05 kills per set before Wednesday’s match.Dominique Thompson led the Badger block with seven total blocks. She added 11 kills and hit at a .786 percentage. The senior middle blocker went into the match ranked sixth in the Big Ten in hitting percentage at a .356 clip.Reigning Co-Defensive Player of the Week, Taylor Morey, had a team-high digs against Purdue. The junior libero averaged 5.52 digs per set entering Wednesday’s match.The victory over Purdue distances the Badgers’ lead over the Boilermakers in the conference standings, as they now lead them by two games in conference play.Penn State defeated Ohio State Tuesday night, keeping themselves within a game of the Badgers.Carlini said her team relishes having the target on their backs.“I think we’re embracing that. We’re not shying away from it and getting nervous about games,” Carlini said. “We’re just going into every game and focusing on the other side of the net. We’re not looking ahead; we’re not looking in the past.”Being at the top of the conference halfway through Big Ten play is something Chapman didn’t experience her first three seasons at Wisconsin, but doesn’t mean anything just yet.“Even though we are at the top of the Big Ten I don’t think that’s something we spend time thinking about,” Chapman said. “I think it’s just staying competitive and staying hungry to beat our next opponent.”Looking AheadThe Badgers haven’t just been squeaking by in their wins. They’ve been dominating. Since losing to Penn State Sept. 24, not only has Wisconsin not lost, but they’ve won 33 of their last 34 sets. The last time they lost a set was the third frame Oct. 4 at Illinois, meaning they’ve won 22 sets in a row.UW head coach Kelly Sheffield said he has no trouble keeping his team grounded throughout their torrent stretch.“Our [strategy] is trying to play the game the right way and trying to get really, really good at the game,” Sheffield said. “So we’re constantly finding things we just gotta get better at and we gotta fix.”Sheffield said one thing the team has been working on is adding a variety of shots, trying different servicing patterns (as well as defending serves) and perfecting the timing of the block.In the first half of conference play, seven of Wisconsin’s 10 matches were played at home. The schedule flops for the second half, as the Badgers play seven road matches in the next 10 to close out the regular season.“We know that the second half of this conference is gonna be more challenging than what the first part of it was,” Sheffield said. “We’re on the road a lot more. That’s going to make it a heck of a lot tougher.Sheffield said that while match preparation slightly varies, there are components other than volleyball that arise with frequent travel.“I think a big part of it is taking care of the rest of the stuff in your life,” Sheffield said. “Managing your time because you’re gonna be missing more school, you’re gonna be missing more things here. You got to take care of stuff outside volleyball.”One of the primary points of emphasis is making sure his players are healthy, Sheffield said, citing the importance to keep the teams immune system strong as the weather gets colder and the team travels.Carlini voiced the team’s commitment to staying healthy and efficient time management.“It’s hard combining school, travel, games, all of these things,” Carlini said. “You gotta be great at time management and knowing how to get things done … planning ahead and knowing we gotta take care of our bodies and getting things done in a timely manner is going to be super important.”Chapman said that even thought the team faces a strenuous road schedule ahead, the team employs a one-match-at-a-time mentality to make it easier on them.“I think that’s one huge way that we keep our focus,” Chapman said. “Just learning the tendencies and everything of our opponent and just trying to get the next win is what we’re doing.”Other than a pair of tournaments to start the season, Wisconsin is amidst its longest road-trip of the season. The team will head back to the Hoosier state Saturday to take on Indiana. With no weekday game next week, the squad will do a Michigan-swing next weekend to take on Michigan and Michigan State.For Sheffield and the Badgers, it’s a one-game-at-a-time approach.“You just take every match that’s in front of you and you prepare like crazy,” Sheffield said. “You get ready to play the match of your life each and every time you take the court.”last_img read more