Switzerland’s UBS says it no longer will finance new coal-fired plants

first_imgSwitzerland’s UBS says it no longer will finance new coal-fired plants FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享S&P Global Market Intelligence ($):UBS Group AG said it will no longer provide project-level finance to new coal-fired power plants around the world, as it outlined tighter rules on funding such transactions.Switzerland-based UBS noted it will only finance existing coal-fired operators — defined as being more than 30% reliant on coal — that have a transition strategy that supports the Paris climate agreement, or transactions that are related to renewable energy.The bank also intends to source 100% of its electricity from renewable sources by 2020.UBS said its carbon-related assets amounted to $2.7 billion in 2018, down from $6.6 billion a year before. Climate-related sustainable investments totaled $87.5 billion, up from $74 billion in 2017.Additionally, UBS disclosed that its total sustainable investment assets and core sustainable investment assets stood at $1.11 trillion and $313 billion, as of Dec. 31, 2018, respectively, representing 35.8% and 10.1% of the banking group’s total invested assets.More ($): UBS further tightens rules on coal financinglast_img read more

Paid parental leave is good for mums, Australian study

first_imgHerald Sun 1 May 2017Family First Comment: Interesting survey from Australia“Better physical health was likely due to delaying putting children into childcare, which increases the “immediate likelihood of contracting infectious diseases”, the University of Melbourne study said. Reduced stress from having a secure income and less pressure to return to work may be behind the better mental health results.”… “Ten to 20 per cent of new mothers suffer depression in the first year of their baby’s life, and women who go back to work within six months have poorer mental health. Dr Hewitt said the study was likely to underestimate the total life benefits because it only focused on the first year after the policy started.”Taxpayer-funded maternity leave boosts the mental and physical health of new mothers, a study of more than 5000 Australian women has found. The introduction of the paid parental scheme of 18 weeks’ pay at minimum wage delivered significant benefits to all new mums in the first year of their baby’s life. Better physical health was likely due to delaying putting children into childcare, which increases the “immediate likelihood of contracting infectious diseases”, the University of Melbourne study said. Reduced stress from having a secure income and less pressure to return to work may be behind the better mental health results.Prior to the introduction of paid parental leave in 2011, women who worked continuously for the same employer got a period of unpaid leave for at least 12 months and the right to return to the same position. Less than half of mothers had access to paid leave from their company — usually those in the public sector or large organisations.The researchers surveyed mothers before and after the introduction of the scheme, finding small but significant improvements in their health 12 months after giving birth. “Overall, the study provides evidence that introducing paid maternity leave universally delivers health benefits to mothers,” lead author Dr Belinda Hewitt said. The World Health Organisation recommends all babies are breastfed for the first six months of their life.Writing in Social Science and Medicine, Dr Hewitt said social policies which alleviated family role stressors and pressures for women to return to work while breastfeeding could significantly improve maternal health and wellbeing. Ten to 20 per cent of new mothers suffer depression in the first year of their baby’s life, and women who go back to work within six months have poorer mental health. Dr Hewitt said the study was likely to underestimate the total life benefits because it only focused on the first year after the policy started.READ MORE: http://www.heraldsun.com.au/news/paid-parental-leave-is-good-for-mums-australian-study-shows/news-story/fe71d143dce74b6a9117ebdf2b1af662last_img read more

Historic Aurora property receives restoration grant

first_imgPhoto: Indiana LandmarksIndianapolis, In. — Lt. Gov. Suzanne Crouch along with the Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs announced today that two properties were awarded funding through the Historic Renovation Grant Program.“We have 200 years of history to celebrate, and these grants will help revitalize historic properties in our state,” Crouch said. “We want people to come out and explore their downtown spaces, and having a piece of Hoosier History to visit can help spur that movement.”Crouch said that the Historic Renovation Grant Program, in its second year, is a comprehensive grant program designed to preserve and rehabilitate historic properties in order to further incentivize downtown economic development.Mark Banschbach was awarded a $100,000 grant to preserve the Speakman House. Located in Aurora, the Greek Revival residence has 17 rooms stretching across 7,000 square feet. In 1846, Stephen Speakman built the house on the banks of Laughery Creek, overlooking the Ohio River. The property is planned to be a social gathering place to host tours, special events and possibly a bed and breakfast.Spinnaker Holdings was awarded a $63,000 grant to preserve the Sam Gilbert House/ Reitz Apartments in Evansville. There are two historic structures on this property, both which were built in 1863, and were later remodeled into four apartments named the Reitz Apartments. The four-unit apartment building is located in the main house and a duplex is in the carriage house.“Restoring and protecting these historic sites help these communities attract visitors, grow their local economy and preserve a piece of Indiana history,” said Jodi Golden, Executive Director of OCRA.Golden said both properties received a grant to fund the renovation and preservation of exterior features. Such renovations include roof replacement, masonry restoration, repair and replacement of windows, façade renovation and chimney improvements.Eligible properties for this grant program must be at least fifty years old and either listed on the register of Indiana historic sites/structures, be listed or eligible for the National Register of Historic Places or be listed as a contributing resource in a National Register District. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis and can be submitted at any time. For more information, visit www.in.gov/ocra/hrgp.last_img read more

Togetherness key to Commercials’ fantastic run

first_imgThat’s according to manager Charlie McGeever, who believes the connections forged between the players over the past year or so have helped to get them out of a number of tight situations.The Tipperary and Munster champions take on Ballyboden St Enda’s of Dublin in the All-Ireland Semi-Final in Portlaoise on Saturday – both clubs are looking to reach the Croke Park showpiece for the first time.Charlie says success breeds confidence and togetherness.last_img

Giants’ Daniel Jones challenges doubters with perfect preseason debut

first_img2019 NFL PREDICTIONS:Standings, playoff projections, Super Bowl pickJones also managed a perfect QB rating on his drive, but he did not miss a throw. The 22-year-old completed all five of his passes for 67 yards and a touchdown on what was his team’s second possession after Eli Manning started and the Giants’ offense went three-and-out earlier in the first quarter.After an hour-long weather delay on the heels of Jones’ TD drive, the game resumed with the rookie passer parked on the sideline for the night. It signaled the accomplishment of Jones’ first NFL mission.We’ll spare you the overreaction to a single drive in a Week 1 preseason game. This is not sudden validation for Giants general manager Dave Gettleman, who selected Jones with the sixth overall pick in the 2019 NFL Draft. For now, Manning is safe as the starter. This is nothing more than a step for Jones in his NFL development.But it’s not insignificant. Jones did everything he needed to do and more Thursday. His performance was something of a dare. Go ahead, keep doubting me.Drive 1: Every single Daniel Jones pass-5/5, 67 yds and a TD 👀Say goodbye, Eli pic.twitter.com/MURmdOceVD— Warren Sharp (@SharpFootball) August 8, 2019In the preseason, which is defined by basic schemes and random mixtures of first-, second- and third-team offenses and defenses, we can’t draw real conclusions about any QB’s play. It’s also worth noting that Jones faced a grand total of zero pressure while slinging the ball around with ease.But we can at least reference the realistic goals for Jones cited by ESPN Giants reporter Jordan Raanan hours before kickoff.”1. Move the offense and score points.” That’s a big check. With Jones at QB, the Giants needed only eight plays and 4:23 to get into the end zone.”2. Execute consistently.” Another big check. All five of Jones’ passes were thrown perfectly.”3. No negative plays (take care of the ball).” The only negative play on Jones’ drive was Wayne Gallman’s three-yard loss on a run up the middle.More impressive than Jones checking off those objectives, though, was the way in which he did it.He showed timing with his throw on a slant pattern to Golden Tate. He showed his ability to read coverage when he found Cody Latimer slipping behind the Jets’ zone defense. He showed arm strength when he roped a pass to Bennie Fowler on an out route. He showed all of the above, plus some touch, when he hit Fowler for the 12-yard touchdown.DAAAAAAAMN Daniel! 👀 pic.twitter.com/y916nWoLqO— New York Giants (@Giants) August 8, 2019″I think he did an unbelievable job, understanding the offense, reading the defense, putting the ball where it needed to be,” said Giants running back Saquon Barkey, who did not play Thursday, of Jones. The best way to illustrate the unofficial beginning of Daniel Jones’ career with the Giants is to compare the rookie quarterback’s one and only drive of Thursday night’s preseason opener to that of Sam Darnold, who started for the opposing Jets. In the opening series of the game, Darnold completed four of five passes for 68 yards and a touchdown. His passer rating was a perfect 158.3.And yet, Jones was better. These kinds of attributes are vital for a quarterback to succeed in the NFL, and they make themselves evident (or not) even in an otherwise meaningless preseason game.Jones’ numbers on his lone drive were great, but they don’t mean anything. His poise and apparent comfort at this stage of his career, on the other hand, were telling.We’re months away from finding out whether Jones is worthy of his status as a top-10 pick, but it took only five throws for many to realize he is not the joke they thought he was.last_img read more

Wellington Police Notes: Tuesday, Dec. 1, 2015

first_imgWellington Police Notes for Tuesday, December 1, 2015•12:34 a.m. Melissa J. Hauser, WF, 40, Wellington was issued a notice to appear for driving while license is suspended and defective tail lights.•11:39 a.m. Officers took a report of a mental subject in the 2600 block N. A, Wellington.•1:42 p.m. Officers took a report of suspicious activity in the 2000 block N. H, Wellington.•2:34 p.m. Officers took a report of a noise complaint by known subject in the 500 block N. Poplar, Wellington.•4 p.m. Officers investigated criminal damage to mailbox in the 1300 block Michigan, Wellington.•4:08 p.m. Officers investigated a minor in consumption of alcohol in the 200 block N. Ash, Wellington.•4:16 p.m. Juvenile male, 16, Wellington was referred to juvenile court.•6 p.m. Officers took a report of a domestic family dispute by a known subject(s) in the 600 block E. Harvey, Wellington.last_img read more