Dublin offices: Dublin offices take a hammering

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Hong Kong bans protest anthem in schools as fears over freedoms intensify

first_imgEarlier on Wednesday, China opened its new national security office, turning a hotel near a city-center park that has been one of the most popular venues for pro-democracy protests into its new headquarters.Both Hong Kong and Chinese government officials have said the new law is vital to plug gaping holes in national security defenses exposed by the anti-government and anti-China protests that rocked the city in the past year.They have argued the city failed to pass such laws by itself as required under its mini-constitution, known as the Basic Law.Critics of the law see it as a tool to crush dissent, while supporters say it will bring stability to the city.In a statement last month, China’s Hong Kong Liaison Office, Beijing’s top representative office in the city, blamed political groups “with ulterior motives” for “shocking chaos in Hong Kong education. Authorities also banned protest slogans as the new laws came into force last week.The sweeping legislation that Beijing imposed on the former British colony punishes what China defines as secession, subversion, terrorism and collusion with foreign forces, with up to life in prison.Secretary for Education Kevin Yeung, responding to a question from a lawmaker, said students should not participate in class boycotts, chant slogans, form human chains or sing songs that contain political messages.”The song ‘Glory to Hong Kong’, originated from the social incidents since June last year, contains strong political messages and is closely related to the social and political incidents, violence and illegal incidents that have lasted for months,” Yeung said. “Schools must not allow students to play, sing or broadcast it in schools.” Hong Kong authorities on Wednesday banned school students from singing of “Glory to Hong Kong”, the unofficial anthem of the pro-democracy protest movement, just hours after Beijing set up its new national security bureau in the Chinese-ruled city.New security legislation imposed on Hong Kong by Beijing requires the Asian financial hub to “promote national security education in schools and universities and through social organizations, the media, the internet”.The school anthem ban will further stoked concerns that new security laws will crush freedoms in China’s freest city, days after public libraries removed books by some prominent pro-democracy figures from their shelves.center_img Topics :last_img read more

‘Little to no climate change strategy’ at major public pension funds

first_imgMore than 60% of the world’s largest public pension funds have “little or no strategy” on climate change, according to new research. According to the Asset Owners Disclosure Project (AODP), part of responsible investment campaign group ShareAction, 63 of the world’s 100 largest public pension funds provide very little to no information on the financial implications of climate change for their portfolios.It said this put them at risk of breaching their fiduciary duties.Only a handful of public pension funds, mostly based in Europe, were showing “true leadership on climate change, demonstrating robust approaches to aligning their investments with the low-carbon transition”, AODP said in its assessment of the funds’ response to climate-related risks and opportunities. The analysis, which it said was the first to be published about pension funds using the framework developed by the Financial Stability Board’s Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures (TCFD), formed the basis for a rating and ranking of the funds.Sweden’s AP4 and France’s Fonds de Reserve pour les Retraites (FRR) were the only funds to receive the top AAA rating.The lowest-ranked European funds, graded ‘D’, were the Railways Pension Scheme and the Electricity Supply Pension Scheme in the UK, Sampension in Denmark and BVK in Germany.The other UK pension fund captured by the research – Universities Superannuation Scheme, the country’s largest – was rated CCC, with ShareAction’s AODP noting that the UK funds were lagging some of compatriot insurance companies and smaller pension funds.Several well-known Dutch and Nordic pension funds were assigned ratings in the BBB to B and CCC to C rating brackets.Mickaël Hellier, head of responsible investment at FRR, said: “Being recognised as a leader with an AAA rating in the AODP 2018 pensions index reflects the work FRR is doing to address climate change as a long-term material financial risk.“We value this report by AODP, which highlights that the industry has a long way to go in accounting for climate change in investments and working to accelerate the transition to a low-carbon economy.”The AODP also calculated that the world’s 100 biggest public pension funds were investing $90bn (€78bn) in low-carbon technology, representing less than 1% of their combined assets of more than $11trn.Only 10% of the assessed pension funds had introduced policies to exclude coal from their investment portfolio, added the AODP.European and UK pension fund rating distributionAAA to A bracket: AP4, FRR, ABP, Varma, Government Pension Fund Global, AP3, IlmarinenBBB to B bracket: PFZW, BpfBouw, AP7, AP2, ATP, PFA Pension, Keva, AP1, PME, PMTCCC to C bracket: USS, PensionDanmark, AMF Pension, Alecta, PublicaD: Railways Pension Scheme, Sampension*, Bayerische Versorgungskammer (BVK), Electricity Supply Pension SchemeThe full report can be found here. * Sampension recently announced that it was adopting the TCFD reporting guidelines.last_img read more

2020 Bulkers Adds Sixth Newbuild with 3-Year Charter

first_imgNorwegian shipowner and operator 2020 Bulkers has accepted delivery of Bulk Sydney, the sixth of eight 208,000 dwt Newcastlemax newbuilds.The 224,100 cbm Capesize bulker was handed over to the company by China’s New Times Shipbuilding.The Liberia-flagged vessel will on January 23, 2020, commence a three-year index-linked time charter with Koch Shipping.As explained, the index-linked rate reflects a significant premium to a standard Capesize as a function of higher cargo intake and lower fuel consumption. The vessel will also earn an additional premium related to the fuel cost saving from the scrubber.2020 Bulkers has six vessels in operation and two Newcastlemax dry bulk vessels under construction at the abovementioned Chinese shipyard. All vessels will be fitted with exhaust scrubber systems. The remaining units are expected to be delivered by May 2020.RelatedFifth Newbuild Joins 2020 Bulkers2020 Bulkers, Koch Extend Charters for Two Shipslast_img read more

Guimbal fire leaves P1M damage

first_imgPhoto by Guimbal BFP ILOILO City – Properties estimated to beworth P1 million went up in smoke after fire charred a house in Barangay BongolSan Vicente, Guimbal, Iloilo. The blaze totally gutted the residenceof the 76-year-old Rodolfo Garalda Rodolfo Garcia around 2 p.m. on Feb. 20, apolice report showed. He also sustained burns on the shoulder. Arson investigators are looking intoshort-circuit coming from an electric fan as the cause of the incident./PN Photo by Guimbal BFPlast_img

All India Football Federation (AIFF) must respect Indian Olympic Association (IOA)’s decision of not sending teams to Asiad, says Syed Nayeemuddin

first_imgKolkata, July 26: Former Indian football team captain and Dronacharya awardee coach Syed Nayeemuddin on Thursday said the All India Football Federation (AIFF) should “respect” the Indian Olympic Association’s (IOA) decision not to allow the national football team to participate in the coming Asian Games.”They must be having some problem for that reason they are not allowing,” Nayeemuddin told IANS on the sidelines of an event at the Calcutta Sports Journalists’ Club here.The AIFF, football’s parent body in the country, has expressed resentment over IOA’s snub at its executive committee meeting in Mumbai.The IOA, earlier this month, omitted the men and women’s football teams from the Asian Games contingent, stating they don’t stand a chance to win medals in the continental event to be held in Indonesian twin cities of Jakarta and Palembang.”The IOA must be thinking differently,” Nayeemuddin said when asked about the snub, despite India’s recent good showing under coach Stephen Constantine.”They want athletes to go there and become champions. We have to respect the decision. We have to take it sportingly,” said Nayeemuddin, who also at various points of time coached city soccer heavyweights Mohun Bagan, East Bengal and Mohammedan Sporting.Nayeemuddin, who captained the Indian team to the bronze in the 1970 Asian Games, said present national squad skipper Sunil Chhetri and his boys should do well in the Asian Cup next year.”I think they will do well. We have a lot of expectations from them and I hope they will do well,” said the Arjuna awardee.Nayeemuddin, though, criticised the authorities for failing to give enough exposure to Indian coaches, and went to the extent of saying that though Constantine was good, he would like to see someone from the country guide the national team.”He is doing well and I respect him but my question is, why not our own coaches? We should give our coaches ample opportunity,” Nayeemuddin said. IANSlast_img read more

Third and final Test :Rain, Azhar keep Windies at bay on opening day

first_imgROSEAU, Dominica (CMC) – West Indies were frustrated by rainy weather along with half-centuries from Azhar Ali and Babar Azam, as Pakistan got the better of the exchanges on the opening day of the decisive third Test here yesterday.Rain, which savaged the post-lunch session, allowed for only 69 overs at Windsor Park, but Pakistan kept their wits about them to navigate the interruptions and reach 169 for two at the close.Azhar was eyeing his second century of the series unbeaten on 85 while veteran outstanding right-hander Younis Khan, in his final match in international cricket, was on 10 not out.Babar Azam struck a solid 55 but perished in the final session to be just one of two wickets to fall in the truncated day’s play.He and Azhar added 120 for the second wicket after left-handed opener Shan Masood fell cheaply in the opening session for just nine.The right-handed Azhar, who struck a century in the Kensington Oval Test last week, has faced 219 balls in a patient knock and struck seven fours and two sixes.He now also requires 77 more runs to pass 5 000 runs in his 60th Test.It was his enterprise which ensured Pakistan a productive first session after they were sent in by West Indies on a sluggish pitch offering precious little to the faster bowlers.He and Masood looked at ease against new-ball bowlers Shannon Gabriel and Alzarri Joseph and West Indies turned to spin from as early as the ninth over, with the move paying dividends.Chase, who beat Masood a couple of times with ones that spun, struck on the stroke of the first hour when he had the batsman edging a defensive prod low to captain Jason Holder at second slip with the score on 19.However, Azhar and Azam then denied West Indies any further success, batting purposefully to guide Pakistan safely to lunch at 70 for one.Azhar, in particular, showed positive intent, twice depositing Chase over the ropes – first over long on and then over mid-wicket – in successive overs.Rain delayed the resumption by nearly 40 minutes and when play finally got underway, only two overs were sent down before the adverse weather returned to drive players from the field again, with Pakistan on 75 without further loss.When play finally got underway again under clearer skies following the scheduled tea break, the Windies missed a chance to put Pakistan on the back foot when wicketkeeper Shane Dowrich dropped a chance off Azam on 28 after the right-hander edged leg-spinner Devendra Bishoo behind, in the third over after the resumption.He made the most of the opportunity, gathering his fourth Test half-century in his ninth outing, all told spending 124 balls at the crease and striking three fours.Operating in the fourth over of a new spell, Joseph got the breakthrough when he had Azam caught at first slip by Kieran Powell after the 22-year-old batsman tried to pull out of a stroke but managed instead to nick the ball into the cordon, leaving Pakistan on 139 for two.Azhar, unbeaten on 36 at lunch, had earlier brought up his 26th half-century in Tests, an hour after tea when he stroked Bishoo through point for a couple.He then cashed in on loose balls from Holder, clipping the lanky seamer to the fine leg boundary and steering him over slips for another four, in an over that leaked 10 runs.Azhar also slapped Gabriel behind point for his fifth four to move into the 70s before slog-sweeping Chase to the ropes at mid-wicket to ease into the 80s.He has so far put on 30 with Younis who is yet to register a boundary in 44 balls at the crease.The three-match series is tied 1-1.PAKISTAN 1st inningsAzhar Ali not out 85Shan Masood c Holder b Chase 9Babar Azam c K. Powell b Joseph 55Younis Khan not out 10Extras: (b-1, lb-4, nb-3, w-2) 10Total: (for 2 wickets, 69 overs) 169Fall of wickets: 1-19, 2-139.Bowling: S. Gabriel 19-6-32-0 (nb-3, w-1), A. Joseph 14-4-39-1, R. Chase 10-3-27-1, J. Holder 14-4-30-0 (w-1), D. Bishoo 12-0-36-0.last_img read more

The Latest: PGA’s 3M Open is on but won’t have any fans

first_img Associated Press June 15, 2020 More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports Tournament officials announced Monday that the state’s health guidelines currently in place for public gatherings during the COVID-19 pandemic will keep the galleries empty throughout the weekend of July 23-26. Attendance at the TPC Twin Cities course in Blaine, a suburb north of Minneapolis, will be limited to players, caddies, staff, media and other personnel deemed essential to the operation.The PGA Tour resumed last week after a three-month hiatus because of the virus outbreak. No spectators were admitted at the Charles Schwab Challenge in Texas, and the next three events will also be held without fans. The Memorial tournament in Ohio, rescheduled for mid-July right before the 3M Open, has received state approval for a limited amount of spectators.___The New York Racing Association and the City of Saratoga Springs unveiled a limited edition set of Saratoga Race Course-branded face masks on Monday as part of an effort to raise funds for two local non-profit organizations. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus pandemic on sports around the world (all times local):___The PGA Tour will keep the 3M Open in Minnesota on schedule, but the second-year event will be played without spectators on site. The reusable cloth face masks come in a variety pack and feature three individual designs with Saratoga logos. The masks, to be used to help stop the spread of the new coronavirus, include stretchable elastic ear straps with an interior pocket for a replaceable filter.A portion of the proceeds will be donated to support Franklin Community Center and Shelters of Saratoga, which provide food, shelter and other critical resources to the community.___A football player at West Virginia has tested positive for the coronavirus, the school said Monday on the first day of voluntary workouts.The school’s athletic department said in a statement that contact tracing identified other football players who could have been exposed to the athlete. Both the player who tested positive and the others he may have been in contact with will isolate themselves for 14 days, the statement said. The Austrian Open will be July 9-12 at Diamond Country Club. It will be followed by the Euram Bank Open at Golf Club Adamstal, which will be July 15-18.Both tournaments will have a purse of 500,000 euros and count toward both tours.The full European Tour schedule starts a week later with the British Masters. That kicks off a stretch of six tournaments in England and Wales, each with a prize fund of 1 million euros ($1.1 million).The European Tour was last held March 8 at the Qatar Masters when the COVID-19 pandemic led to a shutdown. The Challenge Tour was last played Feb. 16 in South Africa, though it was not scheduled to resume until May.___ Voluntary workouts will continue for players who have tested negative for the virus, the statement said.When West Virginia begins its fall semester on Aug. 19, students must wear masks on campus, including in class. Students, faculty and staff must be tested for the virus before they return to campus and complete a coronavirus education course.___European Tour members would be able to play again two weeks earlier than originally planned with the announcement Monday of the consecutive golf tournaments in Austria.Both will be dual ranking events for the European Tour and its developmental Challenge Tour. The Latest: PGA’s 3M Open is on but won’t have any fanslast_img read more

USC to control parking under amended lease

first_imgThe Coliseum Commission released Tuesday a proposed amended lease with USC, which would give the university operational control of the 88-year-old Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, Sports Arena and adjacent parking lots over the next 42 years.In return, USC would pay $1 million in annual rent for the management rights to the Coliseum, which has played host to the Trojans’ football team since 1923.The school has been in negotiations with the commission since September in the hope of obtaining the master lease, which would give it the opportunity to manage the property. A terms sheet was released in January.The amended lease, which runs through 2054, would be subject to a vote at the commission’s next meeting on May 2 or at a later date. It was originally enacted in 2008.Under the provisions outlined in the 92-page document, USC would be responsible for funding various improvements and restorations in time for the stadium’s 100-year anniversary in 2021. Those costs are expected to total $70 million.In recent years, the commission had trouble affording renovations, which are required under the original lease. Over the last 12 months it has lost roughly $1.4 million, according to financial statements obtained last week by the Los Angeles Times.To fund some of the upgrades, USC would, as a result, have the option to sell the naming rights of the stadium.The lease also includes a provision that would allow the temporary use of the Coliseum by an NFL team, should one relocate to Southern California.last_img read more

Riley Dixon named to All-ACC 1st team, Brisly Estime and Ron Thompson to 3rd

first_imgSyracuse punter Riley Dixon has been named to the All-Atlantic Coast Conference first team, SU announced Monday afternoon. He is the first player in the program’s three-year tenure in the conference to receive first-team honors.Dixon received 77 votes compared to 75 garnered by Wake Forest punter Alex Kinal, who was placed on the second team. Dixon averaged 43.7 yards per punt this season, with more than 43 percent of them downed inside the 20-yard line. He only tallied five touchbacks and logged a long of 64 yards and 18 punts that went at least 50. Dixon was one of 10 semifinalists for the Ray Guy Award given to the nation’s top punter but didn’t make the list of three finalists.Wide receiver and return specialist Brisly Estime and defensive end Ron Thompson were named to the third team. Estime received the honors as a return specialist, ranking second in the country and first in the ACC with 18.1 yards per punt return. He was the first SU player since 1997 to return two punts for touchdowns in a season and ranked seventh nationally in combined kick return yards. Those two scores came in the season-opener against Rhode Island and on Oct. 31 against Florida State.Thomspon led the conference with four forced fumbles and recorded seven sacks. He led all Syracuse defensive linemen with 35 tackles and had six tackles, a forced fumble, a fumble recovery and two pass breakups against No. 1 Clemson on Nov. 14.Syracuse’s season ended Saturday with a 20-17 win against Boston College. The Orange finished at 4-8 and 2-6 in the ACC. Scott Shafer was fired as head coach last Monday along with his assistants and the Orange is still looking for replacements.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text Comments Published on November 30, 2015 at 3:17 pm Contact Matt: mcschnei@syr.edu | @matt_schneidman Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more