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​AP7 shuns firms for drugs, environment and human rights sins

first_imgSweden’s SEK670bn (€63.4bn) state pension fund AP7 has announced it is blacklisting three companies, because of violations by the businesses of international norms and conventions.The fund, which operates the default option in the Swedish first-pillar premium pension system, said it was excluding cannabis research and development firm Cronos Group, due to its involvement in the sale and production of cannabis, which it said defied international conventions.AP7 also said it was blacklisting Egyptian electrical and engineering company Elswedy Electric, due to violations of environmental norms at the World Heritage site of the Selous Game Reserve in Tanzania.The Stockholm-based fund also said it was excluding South Korean conglomerate SK Holdings, because of involvement in the violation of human rights in a gas extraction project in Peru. The pension fund – which now has 74 companies on its blacklist – said in a statement: “AP7 invests in companies that in an acceptable way adhere to the international norms and conventions signed by Sweden.”The conventions to which it adhered were set out in the UN Global Compact’s 10 principles on human rights, labour, the environment and anti-corruption.AP7 added that it did not invest in companies involved in the development or production of nuclear weapons and, since 2016, failure to meet the goals of the Paris Agreement would also place a company on its blacklist.At the beginning of last year, Sweden’s four main national pension buffer funds – AP1, AP2, AP3 and AP4 — announced they would all be adding firms involved in the production or sale of cannabis to their lists of exclusions.The AP Funds Council on Ethics made this recommendation after the companies — Aurora Cannabis, Canopy Growth and Aphria — were all found to sell cannabis for private use, which it considered to be in violation of the UN convention on narcotic drugs.Looking for IPE’s latest magazine? Read the digital edition here.last_img read more

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Top news of the week July 8-13

first_imgLNG World News Staff Image courtesy of BW LNGTotal kicks up investment in Tellurian’s Driftwood LNGUS LNG export project developer, Tellurian signed deals with units of France’s Total for the purchase of volumes from, as well as an investment in the 27.6 mtpa Driftwood LNG project near Lake Charles, Louisiana on the U.S. Gulf Coast.IHI to build two LNG tanks in IndiaJapanese engineer IHI Corporation booked an order for an EPC of two above-ground LNG tanks for LNG receiving terminal in India, jointly with a major construction company in India, Afcons Infrastructure.SHI starts LNG system test facility constructionSouth Korean shipbuilding giant Samsung Heavy Industries started construction of an LNG system test facility as it looks to boost its market competitiveness.BW Paris FSRU conversion 95 pct doneBW LNG, a unit of the Singapore-based gas shipping giant BW Group, reached 95 percent completion on its BW Paris LNG carrier conversion project.Delfin LNG granted construction permit extensionThe United States Federal Energy Regulatory Commission has granted Delfin LNG extension to its project construction permit.last_img read more

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Ørsted’s projects on track as planned

first_imgØrsted states that its operational and financial situation remains stable and that its first priority is the health and well-being of its employees and their families, as well as the communities Ørsted is a part of. Ørsted’s construction projects are all progressing according to plans, the offshore wind developer reported on 25 March, referring to the current situation with the world fighting the COVID-19 pandemic. The company said it did not see any permits, consents, tax credits, or offtake agreements in relation to its construction projects being at risk due to delays. The company has more than DKK 30 billion (approx. EUR 4 billion) in liquidity reserves (cash, cash equivalents, and committed facilities), which can support operations and construction programmes through 2020 and 2021 without further funding.   Regarding its financial status amid the global crisis, Ørsted said that it remained largely shielded in the short to medium term from the current extreme market volatility due to its extensive hedging programme. These are mostly related to travel restrictions and quarantines that might affect employee availability, critical component suppliers, as well as permitting and consenting authorities.center_img Following the outbreak of COVID-19, the company activated its Corporate Crisis Management Organisation, headed by the Executive Committee and chaired by CEO Henrik Poulsen. While everything remains on track, for the time being, the company still sees some risks potentially impacting its activities further down the road, if the current global situation pertains. The company has implemented preventive measures in accordance with national guidelines and regulations in countries in which it operates.“We will implement further measures as deemed necessary, and in accordance with the development of local authorities’ guidelines,” the company said. “While we recognise the significantly increased global uncertainty, our business model remains resilient, our operations remain stable, and we maintain our financial guidance for 2020,” Ørsted said.last_img read more

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Marijuana most common drug found in drivers involved in fatal Massachusetts crashes

first_imgBoston Herald 14 August 2019Family First Comment: Cannabis was found in 175 — 31% — of the 572 drivers involved in fatal crashes from 2013 to 2017, according to the Executive Office of Public Safety and Security. AAA has been warning of the dangers of driving under the influence of cannabis since Massachusetts voters legalized recreational marijuana in 2016.Marijuana was the most prevalent drug found in drivers involved in fatal Massachusetts crashes from 2013 to 2017, according to the Baker administration, which launched an impaired-driving campaign Wednesday targeted at young men.“People may think they can drive safely using cannabis, alcohol or other drugs,” said Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito, “but the research just doesn’t support it.”Cannabis was found in 175 — 31% — of the 572 drivers involved in fatal crashes from 2013 to 2017, according to the Executive Office of Public Safety and Security. Benzodiazepine was found in 49 drivers, fentanyl in 44, cocaine in 36, morphine in 25, buprenorphine in 20, and oxycodone and benzoylecgonine in 18 each.The campaign’s announcement does not address how long marijuana can remain in a person’s system, a period that can range from up to 36 hours in blood to up to 90 days in hair, according to American Addiction Centers.The number of drivers involved in a fatal crash who were both alcohol-impaired and had drugs in their system increased by 63%, from 35 to 57, over the five-year period, and 78% of impaired drivers in fatal crashes were men.“The height of the summer travel season is an opportunity for us to remind motorists about the dangers of impaired driving,” Gov. Charlie Baker said in a statement. “Research and data show that many people do not understand or believe the link between using marijuana and impaired driving, so this campaign is designed specifically to address these myths.”READ MORE: https://www.bostonherald.com/2019/08/14/marijuana-most-common-drug-found-in-drivers-involved-in-fatal-massachusetts-crashes/Keep up with family issues in NZ. Receive our weekly emails direct to your Inbox.last_img read more

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Bulldogs Girls Cross Country Team Runners Up In EIAC

first_imgThe Batesville Girls Cross Country team traveled to East Central Wednesday night after a postponement from Tuesday night to compete for the Conference Championships.The weather was much better than Tuesday night with beautiful skies and sunshine, but it also brought some wind. The girls all ran really good races and I am so proud of them all. However, they fell just 4 points shy of being crowned the Conference Champs as Connersville beat them with a score of 43 to Batesville’s 47.Kelsey Gausman was the top runner for the Dogs and was the Conference runner up at 20:21. She was followed by 5 other teammates who were also named to the All-Conference team. They were Mary Poltrack, 9th, Maria Wessel, 11th, Sarah Poltrack, 12th, Emma Gausman, 13th and Katie Baumer, 15th. Also running varsity and coming through at a strong 23rd was Kylie Lehman.The JV had a very stong showing as well with Madeleine Robben coming in as the overall winner with a time of 23:17. Other Bulledogs finishing in the top ten were Molly Weigel, 3rd, Mary Catherine Barnett, 4th, Candice Roell, 5th, Jamie Day, 6th, Sarah Canady, 7th and Heidi Shaw, 10th. Getting close to that top ten were Liz Cuttle at 13th and Bre Hartman 14th.Two Bulldogs ran a personal best for the evening as well and they were Candice Roell and Sarah Canady, both beating their old personal best by11 seconds.The girls now have only 2 days to prepare for Sectional competitiion Saturday morning at 10 AM at South Dearborn.Courtesy of Bulldogs Coach Lisa Gausman.last_img read more

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Ivy Tech Instructors Receive Siemens Training

first_imgBATESVILLE, Ind. — Twelve Ivy Tech Community College instructors from across the state graduated from a two-week training program provided by Siemens International, one of the largest high-tech manufacturing corporations in the world.Instructors who attended the Siemens Mechatronics Systems Certification Program certified as Siemens Level I instructors, and they were recognized at a graduation ceremony on October 23.The Siemens Mechatronics Systems Certification Program (SMSCP) is an international comprehensive skills certification in mechatronics systems which equips workers with the specialized skills needed in precision engineering, mechatronics, medical technology and electronics-related industry sectors.Students who are certified at Level I demonstrate that they have acquired the knowledge needed for systematic troubleshooting in an automation system and troubleshooting complex systems found in manufacturing environments. Emphasis is placed on efficiently operating complex mechatronic systems, troubleshooting and foreseeing problems.All students enrolled in Advanced Automation and Robotics Technology at Ivy Tech across the state will now have the opportunity to earn the Mechatronics/Siemens Certification.  Students who secure Level 1 certification will further equip themselves with the industry-standard system skills that will make them even more competitive in today’s job market.“This is an incredible opportunity for our faculty and students.  Certifications are essential to ensuring our students are successful in their careers, and this training will provide our students with the opportunity to show future employers that they have the knowledge needed in the high-demand field of mechatronics, advanced automation and robotics,” said Dr. Mary Ostrye, Ivy Tech Community College ProvostSix Ivy Tech instructors will travel to Germany in the spring to certify as Siemens Level II instructors, which will allow Ivy Tech to offer Level II certifications in future semesters.last_img read more

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Bulldogs Volleyball Team Defeated By Panthers

first_imgPanthers sweep Bulldogs.JV: Panthers 21-25, 25-22, 15-11Varsity: Panthers 25-17, 25-22, 25-21Batesville vs. JC Varsity VB (9-10)Batesville vs. JC JV VB (9-10)Bulldogs travel to South Ripley for the Ripley County Tourney this Saturday (9/12). JV will play first @ 9:00am.Courtesy of Bulldogs Coach Jody Thomas.last_img

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Lady Bulldogs Weekend Volleyball Results

first_imgC Team vs RushvilleBatesville C Team hosted their first home game 8/24 against Rushville.  We were able to win in 2 games.  Game one ended 25-15 serving for us were Kennedy Westrick with 4 pats, Bella Shields with 4pts, and Faith Tekulve with 4pts and 1 ace.  Tiffany Hawkers served us 3pts, and Belle Westerfeld gave us 2pts.  We played very well by moving and talking!  Game 2 was a 25-16 victory.  Serving this game was Kennedy Westrick with 5pts 1 ace, Faith Tekulve with 3pts 1ace, Tiffany Hawker with 2pts 1ace, and both Belle Westerfeld and Megan Raab with 1pt each.  Another scrappy game where we hit well from the front and covered out hitters well!  Nice win ladies!    Varsity & JV played a home match against ShelbyvilleThe Batesville Bulldog JV Volleyball team lost a hard-fought battle vs. Shelbyville on Saturday. Scores were 15-25; 25-22; 11-15. After a slow start, the girls rebounded nicely with more aggressive service and netplay to seal game 2. Game 3 was a battle of service runs in which we fell just short. Sophie Lee and Shelby Westerfeld led the front line attack with 3 kills each vs. Shelbyville’s scrappy defense. Westerfeld had 3 stuff blocks, while Sydnee Schaefer and Regina Gerstbauer were the top passers on defense with 9 and 7 digs respectively. The team is now 3-1 and will travel to play conference rival, Greensburg on Monday. The Varsity Lady Bulldogs lost their first match of the season against Shelbyville on Saturday. The dogs were without starting middle Kerigan Haskamp who went down Friday with an ankle injury. The dogs started out strong with the new line-up and won the first set. Shelbyville quickly adjusted and took the next 3 sets. Batesville was led in defense by Regina Gerstbauer and in serving with 3 aces and 21 for 22 in attempts. Macy Prickel and Cayman Werner led the team at the net. Macy had 8 kills on the day while Cayman led in kill percentage. The Dogs hope to get their first conference win Monday night as they travel to Greensburg to take on the Pirates.  Courtesy of Bulldogs Coach Kateri Paul.last_img read more

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Newcastle boss Steve McClaren backs under-fire keeper Karl Darlow

first_img Darlow made his league debut for the club at West Brom on Monday after Republic of Ireland international Elliot went down with a stomach bug, and he was at fault for the game’s only goal as he allowed Darren Fletcher’s effort to squirm from his grasp. Elliot was sent home from the club’s training ground once again on Wednesday and is a doubt for the trip to the Emirates Stadium, but head coach McClaren insists he would have no qualms about turning to his understudy once again. Steve McClaren will keep faith with under-fire keeper Karl Darlow if Rob Elliot does not recover from illness in time to line up against Barclays Premier League leaders Arsenal on Saturday. Press Associationcenter_img The 54-year-old, who will be without midfielder Vurnon Anita and striker Papiss Cisse through injury, said: “We have just shown a review of the game and there were some defining moments in the game. “In the first half, he made a terrific save from James Morrison low to his right which kept the score at 0-0. We had a thousand set-plays against us, he dealt with that very well and it’s just one of those things that happen. “Karl Darlow is a very good goalkeeper and I have every confidence in him.” If Newcastle have problems in their goalkeeping department, they were put into perspective on Tuesday when it emerged that former keeper Pavel Srnicek, who had been in an induced coma since suffering a cardiac arrest before Christmas, had died at the age of 47 after his life support machine was switched off. McClaren said: “Always at this time of year, Christmas, New Year, you always reflect and look back and be grateful for what you have got, and when you see the sad news of Pav, you think how life can be just a second away from ending. “It’s really sad. It puts everything into perspective. Sport and football are terrific events, great theatre, there’s great debating, it’s great on a Saturday, but when things like that happen to Pav, it puts it really into perspective. “We talked a lot about it last week when he was in a coma and unfortunately, he’s not come through. It’s absolutely devastating to lose anybody, but especially a character like Pav at that age is really, really sad. “Our condolences go to his family and everybody who has been around him, friends. It’s really a sad time at Newcastle at the end of this year.” last_img read more

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Derby Dream Premier League with David Okereke

first_imgEven though they still have one big game to play this weekend- Championship play-off final against Aston Villa in which only a win would confirm their Premier League status, Derby County are already projecting for the future as The Rams are hoping to bolster their team with Nigerian Spezia of Italy sensation, David OkerekeDerby County are having a great season and it could get even better this weekend and have made it to the Sky Bet Championship play-off final after a dramatic comeback victory over Leeds United and one win against Midlands rivals Aston Villa would see them return to the Premier League. Even though their status for next season is not confirmed, the club is looking for new signings and have found a player they hope to bring to the iPro Stadium.The Rams are therefore fighting numerous other teams in an attempt to sign Spezia’s David Okereke according to a report from Italian publication Calcio Mercato. Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Little known Okereke, who currently plays for Spezia in Serie B, the second tier of Italian football has been impressing so far this season. As a striker, he has shown he is great at both scoring and creating this season, scoring 10 goals for the Little Eagles but even more impressively also making 12 assists. This has led Derby to be interested in signing him though this may end up changing depending on if they get promoted or stay in the Championship.However, the East Midlands side are facing a lot of competition for Okereke’s signature. The other teams are said to be interested in signing the 21-year-old striker Atalanta, Cagliari, Sassuolo, Genk, Standard Liege and Dinamo Zagreb. That’s a lot of very reputable teams also looking to sign this player and Derby may struggle to be the best option for him.From Italian giants-Juventus and Inter Milan to Premier League sides- Crystal Palace and Wolverhampton Wanderers names that have been linked is the product of the Football College, Abuja.After scoring his 10th Serie B goal of the season, Premier League strugglers, Crystal Palace who had had goalscoring challenge from the beginning of the season is turning their direction of Spezia striker.Palace have been looking to add goals to their squad, with Roy Hodgson’s men among the lowest scorers in the Premier League.Crystal Palace have identified a new striker target in Okerere and are interested in the 21-year-old forward who has lit up Serie B this season with Spezia after The Eagles hover above the relegation zone.Okereke has scored 10 goals for a team appropriately nicknamed The Little Eagles while producing another 12 assists. That is a fine tally for a player who continues to go from strength to strength in the Italian lower leagues.Palace were said to have sent scouts to watch Okereke in action during Spezia’s thrilling 4-4 draw away at Brescia and Nigerian forward did not disappoint as he scored one and set up another at the Mario Rigamonti Stadium.It is not certain how much Crystal Palace would be willing to pay for Okereke but they are likely to face competition from several clubs.Serie A side Inter Milan are also already looking at the prospect of Okereke coming to San Siro in the summer.Linked with a move to Standard Liege of Belgium last summer, he decided to extend his contract with Spezia till 2022 upon his return from a productive loan spell from Serie C side Cosenza, where he spent last season on loan.Inter Milan had been tracking the 21-year-old in view of signing him last January with the option of leaving him at Spezia on loan till the end of the season before a decision will be made on his involvement with them in pre-season next summer.No bid has been tabled yet but it’s believed that Inter are confident of their strong relationship with Spezia and a deal could be done if all goes according to plan.According to Italian outlet Il Secolo XIX, as cited on Inside Futbol, Turin giants, Juventus are also keeping a close eye on Okereke’s development. The report claims a number of top-flight Italian teams have also registered an interest.The 21-year-old signed a two-year contract extension with Spezia last season before he was farmed out on loan to Società Cosenza Calcio.Born in Lagos, Okereke began his career in Italy with Lavagnese before his shift to Spezia in 2016, he rose through the ranks before making his professional debut against Novara on April 9, 2016.He has played 36 games in total for Spezia across all levels, scoring eight goals while providing one assist.Okereke is a product of Football College Abuja, the academy that produced AS Roma young duo Sadiq Umar and Nura Abdullahi.Nicknamed “Sadiq Umar II” by fans of Spezia due to the fact that he passed through same route before arriving at the team like former forward Sadiq Umar, who is now at Bologna after a short stint at Roma.last_img read more

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