AP funds concede defeat on Walmart engagement

first_imgThe four Swedish national buffer funds (AP1-AP4) have decided to divest their holdings in US retail giant Walmart Stores and three other companies for breach of international conventions.In addition to Walmart, the AP funds are to sell their stakes in Freeport McMoRan Copper & Gold, the mining company, and Incitec Pivot and Potash Corp, both chemical producers, as several years of talks between the Ethical Council and the companies failed to deliver the desired results.The AP funds made their decision on the advice of the Ethical Council, in which the four funds cooperate on corporate-governance issues.The Council was founded in 2007, and several of the AP funds were already in dialogue with Walmart before then. AP2 excluded Walmart from its portfolio in 2006. Christina Kusoffsky Hillesöy, chair of the Ethical Council, said that, after detailed analysis and years of dialogue, it concluded that further engagement with the companies would not be “fruitful”.She pointed out that AP funds prefer engagement as a primary tool in dealing with companies, trying to encourage them to behave in a more responsible and ethical way.Divestment is a last resort.Kusoffsky Hillesöy conceded that having to sell the share was a setback, as the AP funds failed to secure lasting improvements despite years of engagement.Walmart has been excluded due to its US business being linked the abuse of workers’ rights, in contravention of the ILO core convention on working rights.The company also denies employees their right to form and join trade unions.Freeport McMoRan has been excluded because of its mining operations in Indonesia, in violation of the UN convention on Biological Diversity.The recommendation to exclude Incitec Pivot and Potash was a result of both companies buying phosphate from a Moroccan company mining phosphate in Western Sahara.Western Sahara has been occupied by Morocco since 1975 and is on the UN list of non-self-governing territories to be decolonised.In 2002, the UN stated that mining for natural resources in the Western Sahara against local consent was a violation of the UN Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, as well as the Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural rights.last_img read more

32 ‘militants’ killed in Burkina Faso raid

first_imgThe first offensive on Friday tookplace in Yorsala forest where the military said it had killed 24 armed menduring several hours of fighting. It left one soldier dead. Many women, whowere allegedly kept as “sex slaves,” were also freed, the army added.   These two military offensives cameless than a month since nearly 40 employees of a Canadian mining company werekilled in an ambush. Soldiers patrol on the road of Gorgadji in Sahel, Burkina Faso on March 2019. REUTERS/LUC GNAGO BURKINA FASO – The army here on Sundaysaid it had killed 32 armed men – described as “terrorists” – during twooperations in the north of the country.   center_img Eight other suspected militants werekilled in Bourzanga on Saturday, it said. Hundreds of people have died andnearly half a million have fled their homes since the unrest began in 2015.(BBC)last_img read more

Man killed in ORV crash in Monroe County

first_imgBLOOMINGTON, Ind. – A Bloomington man was killed after a four-wheeler accident on Friday night.Indiana Conversation Officers say 37-year-old David Deckard was driving the off-road vehicle on private property on Cedar Bluff Road in Bloomington when he lost control and was thrown from the vehicle.Deckard was rushed to the hospital where he was pronounced dead Saturday.The cause of the crash is unknown and officers say he was not wearing a helmet or proper safety equipment.last_img

Judy Schreiner

first_imgJudy is survived by her three daughters, Jackie (John) Hausfeld, Joni (Bill) Buechler and Jill (Daniel) Coppersmith and grandchildren Katelyn Hausfeld (Mike Dance), Gabrielle Hausfeld, Katie (Trevor) Self, Chelsea (Kevin) Hart, Jack Buechler, and Megan, Julia, and Mason Coppersmith. She was also proud great-grandmother to Hudson Self, Ainsley Self, and Evelyn Dance. Judy was preceded in death by her husband, Jim, her parents, her brother Marvin, and her loving in-laws, Donald and Betty Gramman and Sister Mary Virginia (Aunt Jane) Schreiner. On May 17, 1958 she married James Schreiner at St. Michael church in Brookville.  For many years she was a mother, homemaker, and a treasured Aunt to her eleven Gramman nieces and nephews.  She was a member of community organizations Delta Theta Tau and the Lions Club, where she was also served as President.  In the mid 1980’s, with husband Jim, she purchased the Ye Olde Shack restaurant which was her passion for over 20 years.  She made many friends that included longstanding employees and loyal customers, creating countless memories shared amongst all those in Brookville. In her free time she loved to play cards and Yahtzee, and every month for over 60 years, she looked forward to card club with her closest lady friends.  She was thrilled to still be able to join them occasionally despite living the past three years at Bridgeway Pointe Assisted Living in Cincinnati. Julia Ann (Judy) Schreiner, 81, passed away April 2, 2020 surrounded by her family.  She was born April 27, 1938 in Batesville, IN to the late Francis (Nixie) and Hildreth Biltz.  She graduated from Brookville High School in 1956 while helping her parents and honing her early ironing skills in their Main Street business, Nixie’s Pool Hall & Laundromat. Visitation and service for the immediate family will be held at Cook Rosenberger Funeral Home Wednesday, April 8th. A celebration of life will be planned later in the year where we will eat her favorite foods, play Euchre and Yahtzee, and listen to her favorite music from Celine Dion, Elton John, and Billy Joel. Until then, please have a Nixie burger, play some cards, and raise a glass to celebrate Judy’s memory. Memorial donations may be directed to the following organizations: Bridgeway Pointe Activity Fund (bridgewaypoint.com/donations), Queen City Hospice (https://foundationeolc.org/donate/) and St. Michael Church and School (https://smsbrookville.weshareonline.org/).  For more information or to send memories or condolences, go to www.cookrosenberger.com.last_img read more

Dyke turns to Rio and Roy

first_img “We have been speaking to Rio and Manchester United for some time about him joining the group – before we named the other members of the commission. “However, as he is a current Manchester United player we needed to be sure that Rio had the necessary time to fully participate on the Commission and not impact on his day job. It has been agreed he does. “As a current player with forthright views and opinions on the game, we can look forward to Rio providing significant insight and experience.” FA board member Heather Rabbatts had criticised the make-up of the commission and was backed up by anti-discrimination groups, with sports and equalities minister Helen Grant also expressing concern. It led to a frantic weekend for the FA before it finally was able to announce the appointment of Manchester United defender Ferdinand and England manager Hodgson. Dyke is understood to have emailed all board members to consult them about the appointments – something he was criticised for failing to do before announcing the first eight names on his commission, none of whom were from an ethnic minority. The appointment of Ferdinand – who was an outspoken critic of the handling of the John Terry racism case – can be seen as a victory for Rabbatts, though Dyke insisted that the FA had been in talks with Ferdinand for some time. Rabbatts, who had suggested Reading striker Jason Roberts as a suitable candidate, has sought further assurances from Dyke that other people may be appointed onto the commission, but has been unable to secure any guarantees. Football Association chairman Greg Dyke insists he has been in touch with Rio Ferdinand for some time about joining his England Commission. Press Association Dyke has moved to try to end the revolt that has engulfed the FA by announcing Ferdinand and Roy Hodgson will join the commission, which had been criticised for being all-white and all-male. Dyke said: “Rio’s vast experience as a player developed through West Ham’s successful youth system, winning Premier League and European titles with Manchester United and representing England at World Cups means he has a huge amount to offer to the debate. Rabbatts said: “While I can appreciate the appointment of Roy and Rio and of course welcome a degree of diversity, there are still questions which remain about the work and role of the FA Commission. “Like many who have spoken out I want to see the commission be successful in its mission to strengthen the future talent pool for the England team. However, the issue of real diversity, and the insight that can bring, is still not fully resolved nor are the exact terms of reference of the commission and the continued absence of the Premier League from its membership.” Dyke set up the commission in order to look at ways to improve the fortunes of the men’s England team and increase the proportion of England-qualified players represented in the Premier League. last_img read more

Foster thumb injury blow

first_imgGoalkeeper Ben Foster has left England’s training camp to return to his club West Brom after sustaining a thumb injury. Press Association The 31-year-old sustained the knock on Tuesday and was sent back to the Baggies as a precaution ahead of tonight’s friendly at home to Norway “England goalkeeper Ben Foster picked up a knock in training on Tuesday and has returned to his club for treatment as a precautionary measure,” said a statement from the FA. center_img “West Bromwich Albion will provide further guidance on Ben Foster. “At this time, England manager Roy Hodgson will not call up any replacements.” West Brom said their medical team were assessing the problem. “We will spend the next few days letting it settle down and then assess it again – but at this stage we are optimistic it is not a serious problem,” director of football administration Richard Garlick told wba.co.uk. “It made sense for Ben to take no chances.” Manchester City’s Joe Hart is Hodgson’s first choice and will start against Norway, and in Monday’s opening Euro 2016 qualifier in Switzerland, with Southampton’s new signing Fraser Forster his deputy for tonight. last_img read more

STAG Elite League integral to football development,- GFF president

first_img“WE’VE seen the results of it in our international performance as a National team. Guyana have had a total of six international engagements and I think we have been successful at four,” were the words of Guyana Football Federation (GFF) president Wayne Forde. Forde was speaking yesterday at the presentation of accolades for the Finale stage of the recently concluded STAG Elite League football tournament.He continued, “In October, we are going to be coming up against Jamaica and Suriname in round three of the CFU Scotiabank Cup tournament and I think the STAG Elite League has provided the platform for the player development that we have been clamouring for over the past couple years.”He dished out a heaping serving of praise on the fans who turned out to support the league, saying, “Without the fans we simply do not have the kind of incentive that we think the players need to play and to put their best efforts out on the field. Notwithstanding a few challenges during both phases of the League, I think it was an exceptionally good league.”Meanwhile, STAG Beer Brand coordinator Linden Henry contended, “We will obviously be sponsoring this league again with no regrets. I’d like to remind the teams that though this a presentation for the close of this round, I don’t want the football arena out there to believe that this is the end of the Elite League. We have the league continuing.”He, however, urged that more teams should be involved in the 2016/2017 edition of the tournament, calling for ‘new faces’ in the competition and stating that the tournament must become countrywide.Meanwhile Slingerz FC carted off the lion’s share of the accolades, taking the Most Points for the Finale.Slingerz’ Trayon Bobb was also named the tournament’s Most Valuable Player (MVP) while his teammate Julian Wade collected the tournament’s Highest Scorer award (14 goals), Winslow McDowall (Best Goalkeeper) and Best Coach (Joseph ‘Bill’ Wilson).Buxton United were adjudged the Most Disciplined team of the tournament.last_img read more

The Latest: 2nd-tier soccer set to resume June 20 in England

first_img Associated Press ___The coach of Italian soccer club Atalanta says he acquired COVID-19 and was concerned for his life in mid-March.Gian Piero Gasperini tells the Gazzetta dello Sport that he started feeling sick on March 9, a day before Atalanta played at Valencia in the second leg of the Champions League round of 16.He says that when he returned to Bergamo, which was quickly becoming the epicenter of the pandemic, “I didn’t have a fever but I felt destroyed and as if I had a 40-degree (Celsius, or 104 Fahrenheit) fever.”He adds, “Every two minutes an ambulance passed by as there’s a hospital nearby. It seemed like a war. At night, I would think, ‘If go in (the hospital), what will happen to me?’” The Latest: 2nd-tier soccer set to resume June 20 in England Sri Lanka’s national cricket squad will start training from Monday after more than two months of restrictions.Sri Lanka Cricket announced Sunday that 13 players for the men’s team — selected across the three formats of the game — will undergo a 12-day residential training camp at Colombo Cricket Club.Bowlers dominate the squad. They will need more time for conditioning before going into matches, the cricket board said.The training camp will be conducted under strict health guidelines and the players will not be allowed to venture out of the training venue or their hotel for personal purposes during the camp, the board said.There are 1,630 COVID-19 cases reported from Sri Lanka so far with 10 deaths. Authorities say these come from identifiable clusters and from among those returning from overseas. May 31, 2020 The Premier League announced Thursday that play is due to return on June 17 following the coronavirus suspension that began mid-March.The EFL followed suit on Sunday evening, announcing that the Championship is set to restart around the same time.In a statement, the EFL says: “Following Saturday’s announcement by the government to allow elite sporting events to return behind closed doors, the EFL has this weekend agreed to a provisional restart date of the weekend of 20 June 2020 for matches in the Sky Bet Championship.”The date was “subject to the strict proviso that all safety requirements and government guidance is met; and that clubs receive clearance from their local authorities in order to stage matches at their home grounds.”The aim is to end the season with the Championship playoff final “on or around 30 July” with details of games still to be confirmed.center_img Leeds and West Bromwich Albion currently sit in the automatic promotion spots.___Liverpool manager Juergen Klopp says having the squad back together is a “massive, massive lift” as his team prepares to wrap up a first league title in 30 years.English football has been on hold since mid-March due to the coronavirus pandemic but “Project Restart” is well underway and the Premier League is set resume on June 17.Liverpool has a massive 25-point lead over nearest rivals Manchester City. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___The English Football League says the second-tier Championship is set to resume on June 20. Liverpool stepped up preparations by resuming contact training in recent days, with Klopp looking to hit the ground running in the postponed Merseyside derby.“We don’t have to be match-fit now,” he told Liverpoolfc.com. “We try it with increasing intensity, day by day, but we have to be fit on the 19th or 20th, whichever day they will give us against Everton, I think. That’s the moment when we want to be at 100%.”Klopp noted the length of the break was unprecedented.“We never had nine weeks without football training in our lives – since we played football, pretty much,” Klopp said.___ Gasperini said he quickly recovered without checking into the hospital and didn’t confirm he had the virus until the entire Atalanta team was tested 10 days ago. ___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6last_img read more

Ref Ricci to Handle Nigeria/Croatia Duel

first_imgA day after the fourth anniversary of the record-setting occasion, he has been assigned the Group D Russia 2018 match.His first major assignment was in the 2014 World Cup qualifying series when he officiated the Ecuador-Paraguay match in 2013.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Sandro Meira Ricci, a Brazilian civil servant has been assigned to handle the Group D encounter of Nigeria with Croatia in Kaliningrad tomorrow.He will be assisted by compatriots, Emerson De Carvalho and Mercelo Van Gasse. Ricci entered record books as the first referee in the world to validate a goal by means of the newly introduced goal line technology.That happened on June 15, 2014 during his debut World Cup refereeing as he handled the France-Honduras match.last_img read more

SU athletes speak on sexual violence at Monday panel

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Mikela Almeida, a junior on the rowing team, was at a party one weekend night when she felt violated.The boy she danced with was drunk and made her feel uncomfortable. So she asked one of her male athlete friends to help her out, and he took care of the situation.“It was a situation I was never put in before, so I commend (my friend),” she said. Nearly 50 students gathered at Goldstein Student Center on Monday night to discuss sexual assault on campus with a panel of nine Syracuse University athletes. The discussion became heated when the members of the panel discussed their experiences with how their coaches’ languages related to the way they viewed women. Other topics addressed included negative stereotypes of athletes, friendships among teammates and respecting female athletes.“Often, there is a view of student-athletes that isn’t always positive,” said Jessica Henry, a junior marketing major who led the discussion. “But we need to show that student-athletes are student leaders.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textHenry started the discussion, titled “SU Athletes against Sexual Violence,” by asking the audience to list stereotypes about student-athletes. Among some of the responses were unfair privileges, such as getting to miss certain classes or assignments and being offered money to play for the university.But Lucy Schoedel, a member of the women’s hockey team, said not all athletes follow the stereotypes. Negative characteristics in athletes are merely more noticed than average, she said.The discussion then turned to the language coaches use when addressing athletes. Almeida, the member of the rowing team, said her coaches often told her to “man up” or “play like a man.”“If I was more aggressive, I was playing like a man, acting like a man,” she said.Amadou Gueye, a freshman track member on the panel, said he has as much respect for female athletes as he does for male athletes. “For people who actually see how hard that women work, we have a high respect for them,” he said.Just because there may be degrading language on the field does not mean that will occur off the field, Gueye said. Athletes know how to differentiate between the life on and off the field, he said. And his teammates, especially those he respects, help to keep him in check, he said.When you spend that much time with your teammates, they become your friends and your brothers, said Josh White, a junior football player.“You don’t spend as much time with your coach as you do with your friends,” he said. “They’ve been through the battle with me. They even shed blood with me.”But even teammates cannot always stop each other from doing something wrong, said Shamel Lewis, a member of the track team. A female member of the audience challenged his statement. She said if teammates respect one another, they will listen to what they have to say. Athletes are leaders and many students look up to them, White said. They should be responsible for creating awareness of situations like sexual violence, he said. But he also said non-athletes should take the initiative to educate athletes as well.Tiffany Viruet, a sophomore social work major, said the panel helped to maintain a riveting discussion with the audience.“It was a necessary dialogue between role models and normal, everyday students,” she said. Comments Published on April 26, 2010 at 12:00 pmlast_img read more