Categories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion I usually don’t pay much attention to a lot of the political mail that comes our way. But one arrived today from the state Republican Committee that made my jaw drop. It included a photo of a rowing team and claimed that Niskayuna Supervisor Joe Landry “violated our environment and put our kids’ health at risk.” Talk about “fake news.”Well, the fact is Joe Landry was the driving force behind the town receiving a $150,000 state grant to make safety and environmental enhancements to Aqueduct Park, home to Niskayuna Rowing. This leveraged an additional $150,000 in community support to install public bathrooms, add additional dock space and construct a new retaining wall to protect the Mohawk from pollution and runoff. What’s more, the town was just awarded an additional $35,000 to make the park’s waterfront safer and more accessible for all to better enjoy the river.As a parent of a rower, I also question the appropriateness of the GOP using a photograph of children without parental permission in such an attack piece.Joe Landry has worked very hard behind the scenes to improve the quality of life we enjoy in Niskayuna. He deserves another term. Not such misleading attacks.Richard BennettNiskayunaMore from The Daily Gazette:Foss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesNiskayuna girls’ cross country wins over BethlehemEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusPuccioni’s two goals help Niskayuna boys’ soccer top Shaker, remain perfect
As paraphrased by the Commission, the HLEG recommended it “clarify that the fiduciary duties (duties of loyalty and prudence) of institutional investors and asset managers explicitly integrate material environmental, social and governance (ESG) factors and long term sustainability”.The duties of care, loyalty and prudence were embedded in the EU financial legal framework, said the Commission, but it “appears unclear” that they required institutional investors to assess the materiality of sustainability risks.“Market practices indicate that institutional investors and asset managers generally understand these duties as requiring a focus on maximising short-term financial returns and disregarding long-term effects on performance due to sustainability factors and risks,” it added.“This can lead to misallocation of capital and might give rise to concerns about financial stability since markets can be vulnerable to abrupt corrections, such as those associated with the delayed transition to low-carbon economies.”The Commission positioned the consultation in the context of its efforts to mobilise private capital towards the transition to a low-carbon economy. It said the consultation showed the EU’s strong commitment to mitigate risks posed by climate change and environmental challenges.Investor members of the HLEG welcomed the Commission’s consultation.Magnus Billing, CEO of Alecta, Sweden’s largest pension fund, said: “Clarification and enhancement of fiduciary/investor duties integrated in market participants’ investment processes has the potential of transforming in a meaningful manner the European financial markets to sustainable European financial markets.” The European Commission is considering whether to clarify that institutional investors’ duties include taking into account sustainability risks.The European Union’s executive has decided to start work on an impact assessment to assess whether and how such a clarification could contribute to a more efficient allocation of capital, and to sustainable and inclusive growth.The Commission launched a public consultation today to help it “gather and analyse the necessary evidence to determine possible action to improve the assessment and integration of sustainability factors in the relevant investment entities’ decision-making process”.The move follows up on one of the eight recommendations made by the High Level Expert Group (HLEG) on Sustainable Finance, an advisory body to the Commission, in its interim report in July. Claudia Kruse, APGClaudia Kruse, managing director for global responsible investment and governance at €456bn asset manager APG, said: “We invest on behalf of Dutch pension funds who consider it part of their fiduciary duty to take sustainability and governance factors into account, and reflect this in their investment beliefs and strategy. This contributes to risk adjusted returns and aligns with beneficiaries’ preferences.”Fiduciary duties have long been a battleground in the fight to get investors to take into account ESG factors.Some investors believe doing so would be incompatible with their fiduciary duties, while a more vocal – and increasingly large – constituency of investors and interest groups has argued that fiduciary duties are not a barrier to considering ESG issues as part of the investment decision-making process.In a 2005 report for the UN Environment Programme Finance Initiative, law firm Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer said the 1984 Cowan v Scargill court case had coloured the position in the UK on the integration of ESG issues from the perspective of fiduciary duties, but had been misunderstood. The conclusion of the law firm’s report was that integrating ESG considerations into investment analyses was permissible but in certain circumstances mandatory.In 2014 the UK’s Law Commission drafted guidance for trustees on whether they could consider factors beyond short-term investment returns. It was seen by many as arguing there were no legal barriers to considering ESG issues.The Principles for Responsible Investment, meanwhile, is working with Generation Management on a programme to get consideration of ESG factors embedded in investors’ fiduciary duties. Generation Management chairman and former US vice president Al Gore will be speaking at IPE’s annual conference in Prague later this month.
Greensburg, IN—Sheriff Dave Durant of the Decatur County Sheriff’s Department took to social media to announce his support of the 2nd amendment rights of citizens. Durant stated that he is and always has been an unwavering 2nd Amendment supporter. “36 years ago, I swore an oath to uphold the Constitution of the United States and the State of Indiana. That has not changed upon being elected your Decatur County Sheriff. I work only for the citizens of Decatur County Indiana. MY WORD IS BOND!” stated Sherrif Durant. Jennings County Sheriff Kenny Freeman and North Vernon Mayor Mike Ochs signed a resolution during a press conference on Friday at the county jail stating that Jennings COunty is 2nd Amendment Sanctuary County though there was no immediate need for this action.These actions and others around the US are due to a gun-rights rally in Richmond, VA that brought thousands of people from across the country to protest a push by Virginia Democrats for comprehensive gun control ended peacefully without any major incidents.Threats of violence had escalated in the days leading up to Monday’s demonstration following reports that white supremacists, armed militia and other extremist groups were planning to attend.Virginana Gov. Ralph Northam, a Democrat, had declared a state of emergency late last week and beefed up security around the Capitol. The event ended peacefully yesterday.
Lampard: Why it didn’t work at Chelsea for Salahby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea boss Frank Lampard admits he knew Liverpool striker Mohamed Salah was destined for bigger things when they played together.Salah moved to Stamford Bridge in 2014 but struggled for game time under Jose Mourinho and made just 19 appearances for the club before joining Roma.Lampard was a team-mate of the Egyptian for six months before his own Chelsea career came to an end that summer.”Unfortunately for Mo, it didn’t work out here but it is great credit to him. He went to Italy and then came back and now he’s a superstar,” said Lampard.”As for his path, it’s hard to compare what might have been. The talent was obviously there.”At the time, I think we had a lot of options in attacking areas. Number 10s, wingers, and he didn’t get as many opportunities for whatever reason, but yes, you could see the talent was there.”But the player that he is now, or that came back to Liverpool, I think you have to say huge credit is due. You don’t have to search for anything more than look at Mo himself.”You have to say what professionalism and work ethic, to leave a club like Chelsea is not easy.”People then cast you aside and say you won’t make it there. He went on to be the superstar he is now. It is completely credit to Mo himself.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
OTTAWA – Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says the government is figuring out how to ensure the proposed small business tax changes will make the tax code fair without stifling growth for small businesses and start-ups.The Liberals have been saying for weeks the proposals circulated in a discussion paper by Finance Minister Bill Morneau in July were meant for discussion and the final legislation will take into account feedback from Canadians.The consultation period on the proposals ends next week and how soon after the extent of the changes will be known is causing anxiety for business and for politicians getting an earful.Two new reports released on the matter Monday show how varied the reaction has been.The Canadian Taxpayers Federation notes people who make more than $100,000 account for just 8.4 per cent of taxpayers but pay 52 per cent of the total tax bill.On the other hand, the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives says just 0.7 per cent of Canadian families are going to be impacted by the government proposal to not allow businesses to sprinkle income to other family members.
TORONTO – The Toronto home that Meghan Markle rented while dating Prince Harry sold for $1.6 million in January 2018.The Seaton Village property was snatched up by an unidentified buyer for more than its $1.39 million asking price, according to sales data from property website geowarehouse and seen by The Canadian Press.“Suits” star Markle is believed to have lived at the property for at least two years before getting engaged to the prince on Nov. 27 and moving to the U.K.She rented the two-storey house near Bathurst and Dupont Streets from former Flare magazine fashion director Elizabeth Cabral and her husband Kevin O’Neill.The Yarmouth Road home with a deep plum exterior was listed in December and advertised as having three bedrooms, two washrooms, hardwood and marble floors, a fully-finished basement and a two-car garage.At the time, Freeman Real Estate Ltd. said it attracted three registered offers.
The Golden State Warriors beat the brakes off of the Cleveland Cavaliers on Monday in a 126-91 win. Basketball fans are fairly well trained not to extrapolate too much of the regular season to what will happen in the postseason, but with a walloping this thorough it’s natural to wonder if the Cavs have any chance in the Finals.But after two Warriors-Cavs games this season, we likely still haven’t seen what the teams will look like if they meet for the third Finals in a row this June.Basketball matchups aren’t really between teams, they’re between lineups. Fans are familiar with the famous five-man units, like the Warriors’ Death Lineup of Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, Draymond Green, Andre Iguodala and Harrison Barnes, or the Megadeath Lineup, which swaps out Barnes for Kevin Durant. But the ramifications of more minor adjustments can be profound: In last season’s Finals, LeBron James, Kyrie Irving, Richard Jefferson, J.R. Smith and Tristan Thompson outscored opponents by 26.9 points per 100 possessions in 66 minutes; but when they swapped out Thompson for Iman Shumpert for 14 minutes, the Cavs were outscored by 16 points, or 56.6 points per 100 possessions.So lineups matter. And during the regular season, the Cavs’ and Warriors’ Finals lineups don’t play each other very much.The Cavs’ five most-favored lineups against the Warriors during the regular season have played a combined two minutes against them in the Finals. Two minutes! Obviously, injuries have been a factor: Kevin Love missed all the 2015 Finals, and Kyrie Irving was injured in Game 1 and did not play again in the series. But considering the most-played lineup against Golden State in 2016-17 includes DeAndre Liggins, and neither J.R. Smith nor Kyle Korver appears in a top-5 lineup, it’s a safe bet that we haven’t seen Cleveland’s preferred lineups against Golden State.The Warriors haven’t been much more consistent. In 2014-15, the five lineups that played most161 percent of available minutes. against the Cavs in the Warriors’ regular season games played 45 percent of available minutes in the Finals, anchored largely by the Death Lineup, which played 24 percent of the minutes (most of any lineup in that Finals) and outscored the Cavs by 21.8 points per 100 possessions.Last season, however, an injury to Bogut and a slump from Barnes threw the Warriors into disarray, as their five most favored lineups against the Cavs from the regular season played just 15 percent of available minutes in the Finals. Plus, the Death lineup didn’t play the Cavs enough during the regular season to crack the top five (and it was outscored by 12 per 100 possessions in 53 minutes anyway).All of which is to say that while the Warriors have reconstituted their roster since blowing a 3-1 lead to the Cavs in the Finals, it’s likely both teams will shuffle things again between now and June.Check out our latest NBA predictions.
Ohio State senior defensive tackle Tracy Sprinkle (93) waits for a USC snap in the second quarter of the 2017 Cotton Bowl against University of Southern USC: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorThe Carolina Panthers signed former Ohio State defensive tackle Tracy Sprinkle as an undrafted free agent, Ohio State announced Saturday evening following the conclusion of the 2018 NFL Draft. Sprinkle played at Ohio State for four seasons, ending his college career with 20 tackles in 28 games. He was on a Buckeye defensive line that held teams to fewer than three yards per rush last season, giving up an average of just 2.94 yards per carry. Only five teams in the nation held opponents to fewer than three yards per carry.He also helped an Ohio State defense that finished last season with the sixth-fewest rushing yards allowed per game in the country.Sprinkle was not invited to the NFL combine, but participated in Ohio State’s pro day on March 22.
Liverpool goalkeeper Alisson Becker says he is finding it difficult to understand some of his team-mates who have different accents.The Brazilian says he struggles to understand teammate Trent Alexander-Arnold and also has to contend with Mackem Henderson, Glaswegian Robertson and Yorkshireman Milner.The shot-stopper who arrived Anfield from Roma last summer says he finds it easier to understand his foreign team-mates when they speak English than the native Brits.Allison says it is very difficult for him to understand Brummie and Yorkshire accents and also the scouse twang of Trent Alexander-Arnold and some other training staffAlisson told the Daily Star via The Mirror: Crouch: Liverpool could beat Man United to Jadon Sancho Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Peter Crouch wouldn’t be surprised to see Jadon Sancho end up at Liverpool one day instead of his long-term pursuers Manchester United.“The British accent is hard for me to understand. In Brazil, we’re used to hearing American-English.“It’s been easier to understand my non-English teammates speaking English than the local ones.“Hopefully, I can improve my vocabulary.”Alisson has had a brilliant season so far.
In November, the Kenai Senior Center Administrative staff, prepared and submitted a grant application to the “Subaru 50 Cars for 50 Years Vehicle Donation” and along with Homer Senior Citizens, Inc., were both awarded a 2018 Subaru Outback. Meals on Wheels is a program that delivers meals to individuals on the Kenai Peninsula at home who are unable to purchase or prepare their own meals. According to a release, the new vehicle in Kenai, will provide the program the ability to deliver an approximate 30 additional meals per month to its current 1,980 monthly meal deliveries. All of the proceeds from March for Meals go to benefit the Kenai Senior Center Meals on Wheels program. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Kenai Senior Connections presented a $50,000 check at the Kenai City Council meeting on Wednesday, January 3, to benefit the Senior Meals on Wheels program. The $50,000 was funds obtained during the March for Meals fundraiser put on by the Kenai Senior Connection partnered with Kenai Senior Services to raise funds for the “Meals on Wheels” program locally. Story as aired: Audio PlayerJennifer-on-meals-on-wheels-money.mp3VmJennifer-on-meals-on-wheels-money.mp300:00RPd