​Denmark’s pension lobby rues shortfall in EU’s climate ambition

first_imgThe Danish pension sector praised plans laid out by European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen in yesterday’s annual EU State of the Union speech, but called for greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions to be cut still more rapidly.IPD, the pensions and insurance industry association, said: “We are looking towards a more digital Europe with CO2 reduction high on the agenda.”In her wide-ranging address to the European Parliament in Brussels outlining action the Commission intends to take in the next year, von der Leyen said yesterday that the Commission was proposing to increase the 2030 target for GHG emission reduction to at least 55%.“I recognise that this increase from 40% to 55% is too much for some, and not enough for others,” she said. IPD said that while this was an upgrade compared to previous targets it was still some distance from the Danish climate target.Kent Damsgaard, IPD CEO said: “Ursula Von der Leyen calls this an ambitious goal for Europe, but we would like the EU to get closer to the Danish goal of 70%.”He said the Danish insurance and pensions industry had, among other things, given an investment commitment of DKK350bn (€47bn) to the green transition up to 2030.“Our contribution in the climate area is a high priority throughout the industry,” Damsgaard said, adding that the sector would also follow the Commission’s green bonds work with interest.Von der Leyen announced that the Commission was setting a target of 30% of the EU’s €750bn COVID-19 recovery plan, NextGenerationEU, to be raised through green bonds.She also said that 37% of NextGenerationEU would be spent directly on the Commission’s “European Green Deal” environmental objectives.In her speech in Brussels, von der Leyen mentioned that the previous day she had received a letter from 170 business leaders and investors calling on Europe to set a 2030 emissions cut target of at least 55%.This letter was signed by several Nordic pension funds including Folksam, PKA and PensionDanmark, and on top of the emissions target, it also called for an “ambitious implementation” of the EU recovery package focused on achieving a green and digital transition.In other remarks about the EU plans that were unveiled yesterday, IPD’s Damsgaard also said his association saw great prospects in the Commission’s focus on creating a real computer economy in what von der Leyen called “Europe’s digital decade”.The insurance and pension industry saw industrial data as an important resource, he said.“But if the potential is to be realised, the EU must also be able to deliver on its promises and ensure good framework conditions for data use, artificial intelligence and create a digital infrastructure that enables the development of new products and services,” he said.Looking for IPE’s latest magazine? Read the digital edition here.last_img read more

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Contractors told: Ask police help for protection

first_img“Do contractors report to policestations that they have projects in certain municipalities? On the part of themayors or local chief executives, they don’t know who are the contractorsoperating in their areas. When problems arise, that’s the time they will go tolocal leaders and ask for help,” Palabrica said. Vilela refused to drop names butassured the Provincial Board members IPPO would provide security to localofficials. When he was assigned to the PoliceRegional Office 2 (Cagayan Valley), Vilela said that as directed by theircommander, the police support and cover construction companies operating in thehinterlands. Vilela advised contractors to informlocal chiefs of police of their road projects, especially in the mountains. Provincial Board members also askedupdates from the IPPO top cop on the issue of Iloilo mayors who allegedlyacceded to the rebels’ “permit to campaign scheme during the May 2019elections. Provincial Board member Matt Palabricainformed Police Colonel Roland Vilela, IPPO director, that one contractor hedid not name sought his office’s help against the New People’s Army (NPA). “We have personnel from our mobilegroup to help with this development,” he said. “The contractor asked for assistance.They want to stop paying revolutionary tax,” Palabrica said. On Sept. 11, suspected members of theNPA torched two transit mixers and one backhoe at a concrete batching plant ofWilkinson Construction in Barangay Igcocolo, Guimbal town. Wilkinson Construction undertakesgovernment road projects in the 1st District of the province. He added: “Most of the time” localleaders do not know if private companies give in to the extortion demands ofthe terrorist group.” ILOILO – The Iloilo Police ProvincialOffice (IPPO) advised contractors of government projects in the hinterlands toinform them of their operations for protection. He said the names of those who aidedthe rebels are being validated. (PNA)last_img read more

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New ordinance imposes 7-hour liquor ban daily

first_imgAuthored by SP members Ramon Sullano, Domingo Oso and Carol Espinosa-Diaz, the ordinance’s Section 4 (Regulated Acts) mandates the following: * first violation – a fine of P1,000 or imprisonment of one day to 10 days or both, at the discretion of the court; if the offender is a corporation, partnership or other juridical entity, the president, manager, owner, supervisor or person in-charge, there’s a fine of P2,500 or imprisonment of five days to 15 days, or both at the discretion of the court. * No person or business establishments is allowed to sell, furnish, offer, buy, dispense and serve any liquor or coconut wine and other nature wine or any alcoholic beverages to minors. * No person is allowed to drink liquor, coconut wine, other nature wine, or any alcoholic beverages in public places except on occasions permitted by the mayor, during religious masses and wedding ceremonies. * second violation – a fine of P2,000 or imprisonment of five days to 15 days, or both at the discretion of the court; if the offender is a corporation, partnership, or other juridical entity, the president, manager, owners, supervisor or person in-charge, there is a fine of P5,000 or imprisonment of 10 days to 20 days, or both at the discretion of the court. ILOILO – Everyday from 9 p.m. to 4 a.m. in this province, dispensing alcoholic drinks – or consuming them in public – is prohibited. The ordinance has a penalty clause for violations of Section 4. The Sangguniang Panlalawigan (SP) approved on third and final reading Provincial Ordinance No. 2020-235 (“An ordinance regulating the selling, furnishing, offering, buying, dispensing and transporting of liquor, coconut wine, and other nature wine, and alcoholic beverages, including the selling and drinking in public places, within the province of Iloilo”). * third violation – a fine of P500 or imprisonment of 10 days to 20 days, or both at the discretion of the court; if the offender is a corporation, partnership or other juridical entity, the president, manager, owner, supervisor, or person in-charge, there is a fine of P5,000 or imprisonment of 15 days to 30 days, or both at the discretion of the court, and cancellation of business permit. * No person or business establishment is allowed to sell, furnish, offer, buy, dispense and serve any liquor or coconut wine and other nature wine, or any alcoholic beverages to any person from 9 p.m. to 4 a.m., except on occasions permitted by the mayor. If the violator is a public official or employee, any violation of the provisions of the ordinance shall be a ground for administrative sanctions. According to Sullano, the liquor ban aims to ensure that the physical distancing public health safety protocol is observed at all times while the coronavirus disease 2019 pandemic rages./PNlast_img read more

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Lady Bulldogs Win Against Lady Wildcats

first_imgThe Batesville Girls Varsity Tennis Team finished out the regular season by defeating Franklin Co. 4-1 on Monday. Batesville finished the regular season with a 10-2 duel match record while going 6-1 in the EIAC.#1 Singles- Lydia Olsen won 6-1, 6-1#2 Singles- Erin Longstreth won 6-3, 7-5#3 Singles- Julia Hunter was defeated 4-6, 4-6#1 Doubles- Brooke Bradford and Kelli Hartman won 6-1, 6-1#2 Doubles- Macy Simon and Karsen Worthington won 6-0, 6-0In JV, the Bulldogs won 6-2 which gave them a perfect 10-0 record on the season. In singles, Alana Pinckley, Rachael Rose, and Audrey Weigel were all winners. The doubles teams of Anna Kick/Grace Heppner, Magge Schwettman/Jenna Harmeyer, and Baylee Rohlfing/Jill Hartman were all winners.The Varsity will play in the EIAC tournament at Greensburg on Thursday and Saturday.Courtesy of Bulldogs Coach Mike McKinney.last_img read more

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Berbatov: Man Utd  have found their new Ronaldo in Greenwood

first_img “They need to be really classy players to make the difference, someone who is going to be better than the current squad of players.” Greenwood has already made 40 appearances across all competitions for United this season, starting the last two. And it’s not just Berbatov he is impressing, with Solskjaer laying on the praise recently. “He’s getting better,” said the United boss. “You can see clearly that he’s maturing and improving, he’s only 18 still so we will see more from him. read also:Fortune amazed at Greenwood’s ability to use both feet “I’ve said it throughout the year that as long as we can get him faced up in and around the box he’ll create chances for us but in this game his hold-up play and his link-up play and general movement was fantastic as well. “It’s great when he can go inside and outside, both to his left and right. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 That’s according to former United frontman Dimitar Berbatov, who believes Solskjaer will find it difficult to improve on the likes of Greenwood even if the Norwegian boss is armed with a war chest heading into the summer transfer window. Greenwood started and scored in United’s last outing, a 3-0 win over Brighton on Tuesday, taking his tally to 13 across all competitions this season. And Berbatov saw a glimpse of superstar Ronaldo in the 18-year-old’s display. “Greenwood, against Brighton, was like Ronaldo,” the Bulgarian told Mirror Sport. “His left foot is unbelievable along with his vision, I don’t think many signings are needed to take United to that next level.Advertisement Ole Gunnar Solskjaer might have found Manchester United’s next Cristiano Ronaldo in Mason Greenwood.center_img Loading…last_img read more

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Trojans stay undefeated in dominant fashion

first_imgRemaining undefeated early in the regular season, the men’s volleyball team took down Mountain Pacific Sports Federation rival Long Beach State in straight sets Wednesday at the Galen Center.The No. 2 Trojans (6-0, 5-0 MPSF) maintain their spot atop the conference standings and trail only defending national champions No. 1 Loyola-Chicago in the American Volleyball Coaches Association national poll.The Trojans  took down the No.11 ranked 49ers by a final score of 25-17, 25-18, 25-19, and finished the match swinging just under 35 percent.Senior middle blocker Robert Feathers led the team with eight kills, while redshirt sophomore  outside hitter Christopher Orenic added seven kills on the night and senior setter Micah Christenson orchestrated the attack with 27  assists. The team, which has put an emphasis on aggressive serving throughout the season, recorded six aces.Senior Cristian Rivera got the start at opposite in place of junior opposite Josh Kirchner, who had started the last two matches.USC began last weekend with a three-set win at UC San Diego by a score of 25-14, 25-16, 25-19 on Thursday, Jan. 22. The following night, USC pulled out a five-set win at UC Irvine by a score of 28-30,      25-17, 21-25, 25-23, 15-13.Kirchner led the way against UC San Diego with 12 kills, then also led the team in kills against UC Irvine with 15. Rivera was recovering from a sprained ankle from earlier in the season.Kirchner, who grew up in Sussex, Wisconsin, converted to an opposite after playing as a middle blocker most of his career.He started 13 matches as a middle blocker his freshman year in 2013, appeared in only one match last year as a middle blocker, but should factor into the rotation much more at opposite this season.In an interview with the Athletic Department after the UC Irvine win, Christenson said the team’s deep bench is a real strength of the team. He noted Kirchner as well as freshman outside hitter Larry Tuileta as key pieces to the team outside of the usual starting rotation.“We’ve had some injuries,” Christenson said. “Tuileta came in and really swung strongly, and [Kirchner] replacing the injured [Rivera] didn’t miss a beat. It’s really nice knowing we have that team depth. There really is no step down, they can come in and raise the level.”Tuileta recorded six kills off the bench against UC Irvine but did not make an appearance against Long Beach State.Tuileta, a Honolulu native, is also a member of the football team.In head coach Bill Ferguson’s weekly video recap with the Athletic Department, he likened the squad’s depth, resilience and team-oriented style of play to that of the San Antonio Spurs, the defending champions and            five-time winners of the NBA title.“They understand the greater concept of team,” he said. “I’d like to think of us, if things are going well, like the San Antonio Spurs where sure everybody in the world knows who Tim Duncan is but by and large, their concept of team and ‘next guy up’ […] is what I think this team can be.”While Rivera is the more experienced of the two at the position, having started at opposite frequently last season, Ferguson referred to the two as a “1a and 1b” at the position.The Trojans will next host Cal State Northridge in another MPSF match on Friday Jan. 30 at 7 p.m. in the Galen Center.The match will feature the jersey retirements of former USC National Players of the Year Tom Duke (1988) and Bryan Ivie (1990, 1991).last_img read more

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Racing returns to Clonmel

first_imgThursday’s action gets underway at 12.50. Clonmel Racecourse plays host to one of its biggest events of the year later this week.The Clonmel Oil Steeplechase is the feature race on the cards this Thursday.Trainer Gordon Elliott plans to run up to three of his top chasers in Grade 2 event: Photo: © pixabay.comlast_img

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Hazard Brothers Help Belgium Beat Russia

first_imgEden Hazard scored twice saturday as Belgium continued their perfect record in Euro 2020 qualifying with a thumping win over Russia. The Red Devils, who had already qualified, were three goals up by half-time through Eden Hazard’s double and a strike by his brother Thorgan.Romelu Lukaku then added a fourth before Georgi Dzhikiya netted a late consolation for the hosts.Belgium will play their final Group I qualifier at home to Cyprus on Tuesday. Hazard scored his 31st and 32nd Belgium goals in Saint Petersburg Russia, who had also already booked their place at the finals, were blown away in the first half following a scintillating attacking display from Roberto Martinez’s side.The away side took the lead midway through the first half when Thorgan Hazard picked up his brother’s pass, cut inside and fired into the top corner.Real Madrid forward Eden Hazard then fired home Lukaku’s knock-down to double their lead before slotting home to make it 3-0 on 40 minutes.Russia did improve after the break, but their shaky backline was unable to stop Lukaku scoring his 54th international goal when he drove infield and fired past Guilherme Marinato with 18 minutes left.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegramlast_img read more

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Brian Sieman living his dream as Clippers’ new TV play-by-play broadcaster

first_imgHe remembers that his second-grade teacher had her sports anchor boyfriend come to class to talk about his job, a presentation that blew young Sieman’s mind: “I was like, ‘Wait a minute! Can you talk about basketball the whole time? That’s what I want to do!’ And every decision I made … everything has led me to here.”Sieman’s wife, Amy, has known him since they were in elementary school, so she remembers Lakers pictures posted all over his walls, the trunk full of newspaper clippings, how wins and losses would make or ruin his day.The Sieman family — from left, Finnegan, Brian, Henry and Amy — are seen before a Clippers game last season at Staples Center. (Photo courtesy of Amy Sieman)She recalls, too, that he ceased playing basketball in high school to start broadcasting that team’s games, and how hard he worked to gain entry into the University of Kansas’ broadcasting program, which was headed by Tom Hedrick, the Simon Cowell of sports broadcast training for his blunt, honest analysis.That, along with reps, reps and more reps – Sieman used to go to Jawhawks football games and sit in the stands with a tape recorder, calling the action just for practice – helped him begin to develop his delivery, fact-fueled, fast-paced, honest and often funny.He kept grinding, handling play-by-play for the International Basketball Association’s Des Moines Dragons and Continental Basketball Association’s Quad City Thunder. He called Minnesota Lynx games from 2002 through 2007, spending his first few WNBA offseasons bartending and playing poker, waiting for a rare NBA opening.And he dealt with rejection along the way, including in 2005, when the Clippers passed on him for the radio position: “I said, ‘I’m done, I’m gonna go into financial planning. If I can’t do what I love, I just want to make a lot of money.’”But then the Minnesota Timberwolves called, and, in 2007, the Clippers invited him aboard to do radio play-by-play.“He got the job and I saw him for the first time at the broadcasters’ meetings in New York,” said Lawler, who was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame last month, his first offseason of retirement following 40 years as the beloved TV voice of the Clippers.“Brian came over and said, ‘Mr. Lawler, I’m so glad to get a chance to work with you.’ I said, ‘No.  1, forget the Mr. Lawler stuff, you’ll be calling me ‘bleep bleep’ in a week,’ and that loosened things up.“He was like a sponge, wanting advice and counsel and direction, until it got to the point – as it should – where he didn’t need that anymore.”“Ralph broke all the rules,” Sieman said. “Tom Hedrick at Kansas … he would always have his standard line: ‘The most popular announcer is the guy with the best team.’ And it makes total sense. But Ralph shattered those (expectations). There will never be another Ralph, no one will ever endure what he did. The league is too competitive these days for a team to be a bottom feeder for as long as they were, so it aids the process for me.“But listen, whenever you take over for somebody, whether they’re (in the job) four years or four decades, it’s a challenge because people are familiar with that personality.“To have a team that is, we all think, going to be successful helps … but that doesn’t mean I can just show up. I’ve still got to work hard and I’ve still got to earn the trust of the fans.”Corey Maggette – who will join a color commentary rotation this season that also includes Chauncy Billups and Mike Fratello – said he thinks Sieman will catch on because, like Lawler, he works too hard not to.“My first trip on the road (as a broadcaster) was a four-hour flight,” said Maggette, who played eight seasons for the Clippers. “Brian and Ralph pull out their computers, and I’m watching. So I’m doing it on my phone, and after about an hour, I’m like, ‘I’m gonna take a nap because we got another three hours of the flight.’ When I wake up having to use the restroom, Ralph is still on his computer. Brian is still on his computer. They were on their computers the entire time.”Related Articles Clippers hope they can play to their capabilities, quell Mavericks’ momentum PLAYA VISTA — Ralph Lawler wanted very much to hand off the mic to his friend Brian Sieman when he retired. Even so, Sieman, previously the Clippers’ radio play-by-play man, had to interview for the team’s TV position, a vetting process that culminated in a meeting with Steve Ballmer.In it, the Clippers’ bombastic, spirited owner asked Sieman for a self-critique.“I get too excited in the first quarter,” said Sieman, who, as an NBA player might, reviews film after every game, taking copious notes in an effort to ward off bad habits, such as, say, too-swift pacing.“I want that!,” Ballmer countered, Sieman recalls. “I want excitement! I want energy! I want buzz!” What the Clippers are saying the day after Luka Doncic’s game-winner tied series, 2-2 Sieman asked Ballmer to think back to the Clippers’ first-round playoff series in 2015: “Think of Chris Paul’s game-winner in Game 7 against San Antonio – and put that in the first quarter.”“‘OK,” Ballmer said, “but I want energy.”“That,” Sieman replied, “is not a problem.”No, because Sieman is living his dream. He’ll call his first regular-season game as the team’s TV play-by-play announcer on Fox Sports West/Prime Ticket on Saturday night when the 2-0 Clippers face the Phoenix Suns.“Since I was 8 years old, this is what I wanted to do,” said Sieman, who grew up a Lakers fan in Iowa. “I saw Magic Johnson play and it changed my DNA right on the spot.” Kristaps Porzingis ruled out as Clippers, Mavericks set for Game 5; Follow for game updates center_img Clippers vs. Mavericks Game 5 playoff updates from NBA beat reporters That time and every time, said Maggette, who learned last season that the veteran broadcasters spent hours boning up on stats, and more importantly, researching the people playing the game, hunting for fresh stories to share with viewers and listeners.“You want to be a better shooter? There’s countless hours you spend putting time in to get better at your craft,” Maggette said. “It’s the same thing.”That, Sieman said, is what he hopes his sons, 11-year-old Finnegan and 9-year-old Henry, take from what their dad does.Not everyone is fortunate enough to find a calling, nor is there always a realistic path for those who do – but working hard will always pay off, Sieman said.“I just really admire his sticking with it and believing in it,” Amy Sieman said. “He works really hard, he’s really humble … and somehow, he always knew, in the back of his mind, he could do this.”Brian Sieman is the new television voice of the Clippers, succeeding recently retired Hall of Famer Ralph Lawler in the play-by-play role. Their former radio play-by-play man, he will call his first game in his new role on Saturday night when the Clippers face the Phoenix Suns. (Photo courtesy of NBA.com) For Lakers’ LeBron James, Jacob Blake’s shooting is bigger issue than a big Game 4 victory Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

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Jordan Clarkson steps into Lakers’ sixth man role with confidence

first_imgLOS ANGELES — Through three games, the most experienced of the players drafted and developed by the Lakers has also been their most consistent performer.The Lakers lost, 119-112, on Sunday to New Orleans, but it was Jordan Clarkson who instigated a 29-5 run while Lonzo Ball rested. Clarkson scored 11 of his team-high 24 points in that stretch, added four assists and won a jump ball against the taller Dante Cunningham.Clarkson has been the Lakers’ top scorer with 19.7 points per game, although technically, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope leads in that category after scoring 20 points in his debut Sunday.“It is nice to see him start to come out of the other side of the struggles he was having in the preseason,” Coach Luke Walton said Sunday. RANDLE REBOUNDSJulius Randle’s frustration was apparent and his confidence seemed shaken. On the frequent occasions he committed a miscue in the Lakers’ first two games, he would nervously cast his eyes toward the bench to gauge Walton’s reaction.He was rattled by losing his starting job to Larry Nance Jr. He had not received the validation of an extension to his rookie contract.Before Sunday’s game, Walton sensed Randle needed some encouragement.He said he told the fourth-year power forward, “You not starting, that’s our (the coaching staff’s) decision so don’t let those things weigh you down. When you play is our call, so try to do your best even when you’re angry to try to go in with a clear mind.”That message corresponded with what Walton called Randle’s “best game so far.”Randle shot 5 for 6 from the field against the Pelicans, finishing with 11 points. He was on the floor for the big run spanning the third and fourth quarters that gave the Lakers (1-2) a lead with as little as 4:16 left in the game, when he cut to the basket for a dunk.“Like any player in this league I think he’s been a little frustrated that he wasn’t starting,” Walton said. “His energy level just seemed right tonight.”POWDER BLUE POWERThe Lakers will sport vintage Minneapolis Lakers jerseys when they face the Washington Wizards on Wednesday. The team’s “Classic Edition” Nike jersey will make five appearances this season.The powder blue uniform features gold lettering and piping and “MPLS.” across the front. The Lakers busted out a similar throwback design in the 2000s when Kobe Bryant played. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersThe heir apparent of the Lakers’ sixth man title following the midseason departure of Lou Williams last season, Clarkson disappeared for long stretches of games, and had a tough time getting going in practices, as well. Those frustrations came on the heels of Magic Johnson challenging Clarkson to make himself a Sixth Man of the Year candidate.“What I’m most proud about with Jordan is he’s sticking with it,” Walton said. “He was struggling in training camp and he was struggling in the preseason. He’s just kept working and working, he just keeps working. He’s had some nice successful nights so far since the season’s started.”Clarkson opened the season with 18 points in the loss to the Clippers, and added 17 the next night in a win over Phoenix. He’s found his success despite playing just 21.7 minutes per game and adjusting to a mandate from the coaching staff that he break out of being an isolation player on offense, something he struggled to do his first three seasons with the team.Asked why he was finding so many scoring opportunities, Clarkson replied, “Just knowing my role, knowing what I got to do when I come off the bench in terms of being aggressive, being a playmaker and scoring the ball for us.”So far in this young season, Clarkson has shot 51.1 percent from the field and 50 percent from 3-point range. He finished with five assists on Sunday, a number he exceeded only five times last season.center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more

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