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ESG investing does not cost more, research shows

first_imgThe consultant said the results didn’t need to be adjusted for a pension fund’s scale “as the largest schemes were always high on the VBDO list”.“Earlier research has shown that there is no link between scale and costs,” Siegelaer said. “Large schemes do have benefits of scale, but usually have larger investments in expensive asset classes, such as private equity and infrastructure.”An improved ESG score based on governance, policy, implementation and accountability didn’t lead to higher costs, he argued.Siegelaer found that, for example, the pension funds Detailhandel (€21bn), Hoogovens (€8.7bn) and ABN Amro (€26.5bn) had all improved their ESG scores in recent years, while only Hoogovens experienced higher costs – up by just one basis point. Costs at Detailhandel and ABN Amro fell by the same amount.According to Siegelaer, the cost level at all three schemes was below average.He said that smaller schemes in particular were concerned about increasing costs when adopting an ESG approach: “They don’t know where to start and aren’t keen to spend days formulating ESG policy.”He added that pension funds could start ESG investing without overhauling their investment policy in three ways.“Pension funds with an active investment policy could, for example, switch from a traditional approach to active investing tasking the asset manager with specifically factoring in ESG considerations,” Siegelaer said. “They could also use indices that take ESG criteria into account.”A third way of improving ESG performance without additional costs was to combine engagement with a passive investment strategy, according to the consultant.“A pension fund can compensate the additional costs of engagement through increasing its passively managed mandates based on ESG indices,” Siegelaer said. Pension funds performing well on environmental, social and corporate governance (ESG) factors don’t incur higher asset management costs, according to research.Research by Dutch consultant Gaston Siegelaer indicated that improvements to investors’ ESG policies did not increase costs either.Siegelaer analysed cost data from 2016 and 2017 at the 50 largest Dutch schemes monitored by the Association of Investors for Sustainable Development (VBDO), and found no correlation between the level of asset management costs – including transaction costs – and their VBDO ranking.“Schemes with a high ESG score didn’t incur higher costs than pension funds at the bottom of the list,” he said, adding that spikes in costs couldn’t be explained by ESG efforts.last_img read more

The Lone Ranger vs the Big Science Consensus

first_imgNational Geographic retells the lonely battle of J Harlen Bretz against the scientific establishment, and what made them so pig-headed.Glenn Hodges tells in bold narrative how one man, not even trained in geology, figured out the Channeled Scablands in eastern Washington state. It’s a story we’ve told before, but this article in National Geographic, with Michael Melford’s stunning photographs, is a keeper. The headline and subtitle give a flavor of what’s below:Formed by Megafloods, This Place Fooled Scientists for DecadesGeologists couldn’t account for the strange landforms of eastern Washington State. Then a high school teacher dared to question the scientific dogma of his day.“Harley Bretz” was so intrigued by the odd landforms he saw, the idea of a megaflood struck him as the explanation. It was after his insight that he decided to learn geology. Excited with his hypothesis, and now armed with a PhD (and a more-dignified name ‘J Harlen Bretz’), he expected the rational, fair-minded scientific community to share his excitement. He published his theory in 1923. Boy, was he in for a shock!It was geological heresy. For almost a century, ever since Charles Lyell’s 1830 text Principles of Geology set the standards for the field, it had been assumed that geological change was gradual and uniform—always the product of, as Lyell put it, “causes now in operation.” And floods of quasi-Biblical proportions certainly did not meet that standard.So were they convinced by the evidence? Were they open to following the evidence where it led? Were they free of anti-religious bias?It didn’t matter how meticulous Bretz’s research was, or how sound his reasoning might be; he seemed to be advocating a return to geology’s dark ages, when “scientists” used catastrophic explanations for the Earth’s features to buttress theological presumptions about the age of a Creator’s divine handiwork. It was unacceptable. How did canyons and cataracts form? By rivers, of course, over millions of years. Not gigantic floods. Period.Wow. This is not only shocking true history, but shocking that National Geographic would print it. The scandal is as bad as the Piltdown Hoax in anthropology, smearing egg all over the faces of the so-called ‘experts’ in science. Hodges doesn’t let up. He uses the occasion to show that die-hard critics stick to their consensus, sometimes to the death.Of course, for some of Bretz’s most stubborn critics, even eyewitness experience wasn’t enough. Bretz’s arch-adversary, Richard Foster Flint, a Yale geologist who remained a premier authority in the field until the 1970s, spent years studying the scablands and resisted Bretz’s theory until he was virtually the only one left who did. He finally acknowledged the scablands flooding (grudgingly, with a single sentence in a textbook in 1971), but as philosopher Thomas Kuhn observed, new scientific truths often win the day not so much because opponents change their minds, but because they die off. By the time the Geological Society of America finally recognized Bretz’s work with the Penrose Medal, the field’s highest honor, it was 1979 and Bretz was 96 years old. He joked to his son, “All my enemies are dead, so I have no one to gloat over.”And now, the rest of the story. Hodges brings the Scablands story up to date, saying that today’s geologists invoke several floods, not just one. But does that show science’s march of progress toward the truth? If Bretz had taught a sequence of floods, would that have muted the opposition?Perhaps it’s just as well that he didn’t. That sort of neat resolution might obscure what’s arguably the most important lesson of the scablands’ story—the caution that “nature has the answers, not us.” Just when we think we’ve got nature figured out, we find that among her many powers is the power to confound us, again and again and again.But you can trust the geologists today. Now they know.Hodges’ article triggered a mini-flood of comments.Hold this article up to school boards! When they discuss science standards, and present their simplistic views of “the scientific method” and the march of scientific progress, and the dangers of ‘creationist pseudoscience’, make them read this. A catastrophic flood theory was right! This is no creationist writing this: it is National Geographic, one of the chief mockers of Biblical creation. This is HISTORY. It is recent history. Science teachers, science reporters and professional geologists caught in the ‘web of belief’ of scientism need you to help extricate them.After looking at what happened in the Bretz case, you need to follow up with the question, “What scientific consensus today results from anti-Biblical bias?” The answers are obvious. Darwinian evolution, and the moyboy addiction. Charlie & Charlie & Co. (Lyell, Darwin) pulled the wool over scientists’ eyes with visions of endless ages of gradual processes. The Channeled Scablands are only a tiny remnant of world-wide evidences of global catastrophe. But the consensus cannot see it, and will not see it, because Lyell and Darwin have blinded their minds.The die-hards may have to kick the bucket before Big Science reforms. That means that creation ministries to youth who are not yet addicted have profound significance. (Visited 133 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

A doctor to heal the earth

first_img“The participants made an effort to inspire and educate individuals, schools, communities, corporate South Africa and policymakers to consider the environment and the challenges that we face as a nation and indeed as a continent,” says Ella Bella Constantinides Leite, director of Miss Earth South Africa. (Image: Miss Earth South Africa)With a passion for people, planet and health, it is no surprise that Nozipho Magagula was announced as the 2016 Miss Earth South Africa at a gala dinner at Montecasino, that honoured the finalists and ambassadors for the environmental and community work done over this year.The 4th year Medicine student has been hard at work balancing her studies and responsibilities as a finalist and has proven that if you want something done, giving it to a busy person, is a good idea.Announced as the 2016 ambassador, she will go on to represent South Africa at the international Miss Earth event next month in the Philippines, as the focus turns to Eco Tourism.The gala evening was attended by Minister of Tourism, Derek Hanekom who has been an avid supporter of the community work done by the Miss Earth South Africa leadership programme.This young woman is set for an exciting year of work and community engagement across the country and globe. Born in Atteridgeville, West of Pretoria, Magagula is determined to use the year that lies ahead as an opportunity to make an impact, not only on schools and communities, but within the medical sphere as well.She says her long term plan is to go into public health and family healthcare as these have a deep sense of community and the social impact that can be made is huge and she is resolute on using her love for medicine and her platform as Miss Earth South Africa 2016, to leave a legacy.Ella Bella Constantinides Leite, Director of the programme said; “It’s rewarding to see the growth and influence of the Miss Earth South Africa programme, over a period of more than twelve years.“We aim to continue to empower young women with the knowledge and platform to create a sustainable difference in our plight to combat the destruction of our natural heritage.”It has been an intense few months for the finalists who have been hard at work, with a mission to change the perception and understanding of waste through the 2016 campaign #WasteStopsWithME which was launched earlier this year with partners Pikitup and the City of Johannesburg.#WasteStopsWithME was executed through many different kinds of projects, campaigns and events.These young women met with pickers in their communities, the staff working at landfill sites and those that depend on sorting recyclables from landfills just to survive.The challenges we face on waste are immense and these young women took up the challenge and working closely with the Pikitup teams on the ground they moved across the breadth and width of this sprawling city of Johannesburg to talk to people, influence behaviour change and to start conversations and discussions with corporate partners and stakeholders alike.Finalists have been staying at the Tsogo Sun, Palazzo Hotel, in Johannesburg for the past week where they got to share their community work with an esteemed panel of judges, unpacking their commitment and hunger to leave green footprints in their cities across the country.Finalists were joined by the Tsogo Sun team in Diepsloot last week as they installed a Vegetable Tunnel with Nedbank, for student at Muzomuhle Primary School and did a clean-up around the school as part of their #WasteStopsWithME campaign.Ella Bella also said, “The finalists demonstrated clear leadership qualities, creative thinking, strength of mind and of character, and most importantly, a passion for making a sustainable difference in their communities.“The programme has been exciting and challenging and, whilst ensuring that these young women have made an impact on the communities around them, they have also delivered a service and compassion.“The participants made an effort to inspire and educate individuals, schools, communities, corporate South Africa and policymakers to consider the environment and the challenges that we face as a nation and indeed as a continent.”The evening was hosted by young up and coming South African comedian, Lihle Msimang, who added her comic flavour to the evening featuring an impressive guest list including UN dignitaries, South African actresses such as Kgomotso Christopher, Khabonina, Maps Maponyane and Yvonne Chaka amongst others.The group of winners included Jeanine Keet, as first runner up, second runner up Elne Coller, and third runner up Mireesha Narsai.The four winners are joined by their official ambassadors for the year, Mandisa Mqolombeni, Hasesha Naidu and Annie Kirsten.The organisation is endorsed by the Department of Environmental Affairs and Department of Tourism with Minister Molewa stating that; “Through your work locally and internationally, you continue to make our country proud.“I wish you success in the future and thank you for partnering with government and business, to make a better world.”Executive Director of Miss Earth South Africa, Catherine Constantinides said; “Climate Change will be the biggest challenge we face in our lifetimes, and it’s up to us to realize that we will be the catalysts for change that will push our countries towards a greener tomorrow.“Planting a tree might seem like a simple act, but in effect it’s about being part of a global movement to secure a future for the generations to come.”SA’s green girl goes home with a very special prize package including a fully paid for international trip to the Philippines next month where she will represent the country and the work of the organisation.The programme is proud to work throughout the year with Pikitup and the City of Johannesburg alongside Tsogo Sun, the official home and venue partner of Miss Earth South Africa, and strategic partners SAPPI and Newsclip Media Monitoring.last_img read more

Jennifer Nierva still learning to keep emotions in check

first_imgPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Jennifer Nierva. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMANILA, Philippines—Jennifer Nierva had herself one heck of a turnaround.National University’s rookie libero was downtrodden when the Lady Bulldogs lost to Far Eastern University, 25-21, 25-19, 25-22, in their previous game in the UAAP Season 81 women’s volleyball tournament.ADVERTISEMENT Nierva tallied 30 excellent digs and 27 successful receptions in the game that ultimately eliminated the Lady Maroons from Final Four contention.NU, which was officially eliminated from the semifinal race several weeks prior, improved to a 4-9 record while the Lady Maroons dropped to 6-7 making way for University of Santo Tomas and Far Eastern University to lock up the last two Final Four spots.“When you’re a libero, you shouldn’t be emotional, you have to be steady always,” said Nierva. “Your attitude should always be straightforward to your teammates so you can always motivate them.”ADVERTISEMENT SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte MOST READ LATEST STORIES Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles01:19Magalong: Albayalde also got SUV out of ‘agaw bato’ operation in 201302:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anewcenter_img View comments Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated PBA fines Christian Standhardinger, Calvin Abueva, Doug Kramer for Game 2 antics Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue Nierva tallied just 12 excellent digs and 13 successful receptions and those numbers did not go well with the freshman as she left Filoil Flying V Center in tears.Just three days later, Nierva got back on the UAAP playing floor and completely showed University a defensive masterpiece in NU’s 25-21, 26-24, 17-25, 23-25, 17-15 victory Sunday at Mall of Asia Arena.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsNierva said it was unbecoming of her when she broke down after NU’s loss to FEU and that, as the team’s libero, she should always remain composed for her teammates.“I shouldn’t be like that,” said Nierva in Filipino. “As a libero you should always play with consistency especially I’m the only libero in the team. Even if I commit an error or if I did something wrong, I should be composed as possible.”last_img read more

Moto X 2016 fresh images leaked, show full redesign

first_imgJust two days after we saw the possible Motorola’s new Moto X in actual images, a Hong Kong-based website has revealed the renders of the actual phone. The renders show all the features of the Moto X 2016 that we saw in the actual image, but in more clarity. If accurate, it is clear that the new Moto X has been redesigned by Motorola.The renders show that the usual Motorola design that used a curved back cover and a body that was thicker in the middle and thinner on the edges is now gone. Instead, the Moto X 2016 has a design that is more regular and overall much slimmer. Although, it retains the incredibly rounded edges that we usually see on the Moto phones. It also sports a metal body, albeit with the plastic at the bottom and top areas of the back cover.Another big design change seems to be the inclusion of the physical button on the phone. Even in the upcoming Moto G4 there is a button below the screen to house a fingerprint scanner and it is likely that Moto X 2016 too has the same feature. Although, from the renders it seems that the Moto X also has physical navigation button, which would be a huge change compared to the existing Moto phones that use on-screen navigation buttons.Finally, we see the camera hump more prominently in the Moto X 2016 renders. It looks somewhat similar to the protruding camera module that we saw on the Samsung Galaxy S6, although it is larger due to its big Lumia-style glass cover on the lens.advertisementNot much is known about the Moto X 2016 hardware. Although, a Moto phone codenamed XT1650 was leaked last month on GeekBench, a website where GeekBench scores are submitted. According to the score on the website, the XT1650 – and it is likely to be the Moto X – was faster than the HTC 10 but slower than the Galaxy S7 in pure theoretically speed. It was sporting a Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor, although its clock speed of around 1.6GHz was actually lower than the specified speed of the processor. It also had 4GB RAM.It is possible that we will see the Moto X 2016 in the market in June. However, before that on May 17 Motorola will launch the Moto G4.Also read: Moto G4 is coming: Launch date, price, top features and everything else you should knowlast_img read more

Duchene, Columbus beat Bruins 3-2 in 2 OT, Tie Series 1-1 (Vid)

first_imgBOSTON — Sergei Bobrovsky stopped Patrice Bergeron at point-blank range in overtime. He also made an acrobatic save to stop a 90-foot dump-inthat took a bad hop straight toward the net.Whatever the shot, the Blue Jackets goalie was ready.“There’s not many goalies that stop that puck,” said Matt Duchene, who scored at 3:42 of the second overtime to give the Blue Jackets a 3-2 victory over the Boston Bruins early Sunday morning and tie the series at one game apiece.“It should’ve been over right there. Honestly, on a dump-in, which is insane,” Duchene said. “That guy — anything’s possible. He’s something else.”Bobrovsky stopped 29 shots — 10 of them to hold off the Bruins in a frantic first overtime — and Artemi Panarin had two goals and an assist on the game-winner for Columbus, which fell behind twice.Matt Grzelcyk and David Pastrnak scored for Boston, which won the opener 3-2 — also in overtime. Tuukka Rask made 36 saves.“We’re so evenly matched, I find, with the way we both play and there’s not much room out there. There’s no one really taking over the game,” Duchene said. “It’s such a stalemate out there and I’m not surprised it went to overtime back-to-back games.”And now the Blue Jackets are heading back to Columbus, where they have already finished off the No. 1 team in the NHL this season. Games 3 and 4 are Tuesday and Thursday nights.“I hope they have a ball tonight,” Columbus coach John Tortorella said. “And they should, they should feel really good about themselves.”Panarin’s second goal made it 2-2 with 12 minutes left in the second period, and it stayed that way through a scoreless third and a first overtime in which the Bruins killed off one penalty. But when Bergeron was sent off for tripping in the second OT, the Blue Jackets made them pay.Less than a minute later, Duchene kicked the puck onto his stick and slid it through Rask’s legs. As the Columbus players celebrated against the boards, the Bruins filed off the ice and many fans threw the giveaway yellow towels onto the ice.“You work hard to put yourself in a good position. Tie game. It’s on me, obviously,” Bergeron said. “The stick got caught. It’s one of those plays that you make many times and it’s not going to happen, but my stick shouldn’t be there at this point in the game.”The Bruins took the lead about eight minutes into the game with a power-play goal by Grzelcyk . It was still 1-0 at the end of the first, when Brad Marchand was called for cross-checking after the first-period buzzer.Sixty-three seconds into the power play to begin the second period, Panarin tied it on a one-timer from Seth Jones. But less than a minute later, Game 1 hero Charlie Coyle went behind the Columbus net and backhanded it off Pastrnak’s skate into the net.Then things started getting really physical.Bruins defenseman Zdeno Chara was off for cross-checking when Columbus forward Josh Anderson, whose interference penalty led to the first Boston goal, was called for a high stick that left a bleeding gash under Sean Kuraly’s left eye.Anderson was given a four-minute minor, but there was still a minute left on Chara’s penalty and during the four-on-four Panarin tied it with a perfectly aimed, top-shelf wrist shot from the right side.“Their best player, Panarin, basically beat us twice on a power play. That shouldn’t happen,” Bruins coach Bruce Cassidy said. “That’s one thing we wanted to take away.”Columbus then killed off the last three minutes of the Boston power play.“It could have gotten away from us there,” Tortorella said. “I just liked our desperation.”NOTES: The Bruins honored Boston Celtics Hall of Famer John Havlicek before the game. Rather than a moment of silence in memory of the Celtics’ career scoring leader, the Bruins played a highlight video and asked fans to stand and applaud. A spotlight shone on his No. 17 on a banner hanging from the TD Garden rafters. Havlicek died Thursday at the age of 79, and news broke during Game 1 of the Bruins series. … Coyle has five goals in nine playoff games with Boston after scoring seven in 44 postseason games (six seasons) with the Minnesota Wild. … Panarin has a point in all six playoff games this year, a franchise record that surpasses the five straight by Boone Jenner in 2014. … Bruins forward David Krejci, a game-time decision, took regular shifts. … It was the seventh straight day there was an overtime game in the NHL playoffs.UP NEXTGame 3 is Tuesday night in Columbus.By: Jimmy Golen, AP Sports WriterTweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

Patient transferred to Fort Nelson Hospital after airplane crash

first_imgFORT NELSON, B.C. – CHEK-TV in Victoria is reporting that Comox’s 442 Transport and Rescue Squadron was called out to help with a small plane crash near Liard River in the Yukon.The crash happened 20 nautical miles northeast of Liard River in the Yukon, near the B.C. – Yukon Border.Search and rescue crews were sent out Friday evening and were able to rescue the pilot and stabilize the patient.  The patient was then transported to Fort Nelson for further care. What was supposed to be your average day out doing compliance and enforcement over the long weekend quickly went into full gear as the Fort Nelson BCCOS are called in by the RCMP to assist with the search and rescue of a downed small aircraft last night. pic.twitter.com/oq5qQSvJVy— BC CO Service (@_BCCOS) May 19, 2018Rescue crews were dispatched out of Victoria after the Cessna 206’s emergency locator signal was received.last_img read more

Fort St John North Peace Museum and Alaska Highway Community Society release new

first_imgThe book is described as “a beautifully designed and lavishly illustrated large-format book that celebrates the Alaska Highway’s extraordinary natural and cultural landscape.”Signposts and Promises is available at the Fort St. John North Peace Museum for $29.95.The Museum says this book is a great way to commemorate this engineering marvel and learn more about local history.For more information, you can call the Fort St. John North Peace Museum at 250-787-0430. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Fort St. John North Peace Museum and the Alaska Highway Community Society have recently released a new book.The book, ‘Signposts and Promises – Canada and the Alaska Highway’, compiles research and stories collected during the process to nominate sites along the Alaska Highway Corridor as a National Historic Site.Julie Harris and Frank Edwards are the authors of the book.last_img read more

Students ask drivers to slow down in school zones

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – With school now back in session, students are asking drivers to slow down when driving in school zones.As part of Spring Break activities, Fort St. John RCMP frontline officer Constable Cory Dumont, in partnership with the Pomeroy Sports Centre Spring Break Camp, worked with students to have them create various posters encouraging the public to slow down and obey all stop signs in school zones for the safety of all students.RCMP are reminding drivers that the fines for speeding are higher in school zones in efforts to deter speeders from putting the lives of children, parents, and other motorists at risk. When a driver is exceeding the regular speed limit by less than 21 km a violation ticket can be issued for $138 but in a school zone that fine is $196.When a driver is exceeding the regular speed limit by 21 to 40 km/h a violation ticket can be issued for $196 but in a school zone, it is $253.Traffic fines for Failing to Yield to a Pedestrian can be issued for $167.Constable Dumont and the students of Fort St. John wants to remind drivers to take extra care when getting back into the school routine to ensure that everyone makes it to their destinations safely.last_img read more

120 startups receive patents under faster process DPIIT

first_imgNew Delhi: As many as 120 start-ups have been granted patents under the expedited examination process for applications since 2016 when the facility was introduced, a top official said Friday. A total of 450 start-ups have filed applications under this facility. Secretary in the Department for Promotion of Industry and Internal Trade (DPIIT) Ramesh Abhishek said that the government is taking several steps such as hiring more manpower to reduce the time for examination of IPR (intellectual property rights) applications. Under the expedited examination facility, a total of 1,021 applications were received and 351 patents were granted by the Indian IP Office. The facility can be availed by start-ups that meet stated criteria on payment of stipulated fees. “We have taken several steps but we need to do more on strengthening the start-up ecosystem in the country,” Abhishek said here at CII’s India Intellectual Property Convention here.last_img read more