Church of England boosts forestry stake

first_imgThe Church Commissioners have acquired a forestry portfolio for £49m (€61m) for their £6.1bn endowment fund, used to finance the Church of England’s activities, as well as some of its pension obligations.The estates were purchased from UPM Tilhill, a forestry and timber harvesting company, and are made up of 13 forests in Scotland and two in Wales, including two operating wind farms and a mountain biking visitor centre.They take the Commissioners’ total UK forestry holdings to £100m, all of which are certified to Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) standards. The Commissioners are now the largest private commercial forestry investor in the UK.The Commissioners have targeted forestry investments since 2010, and since inception these have delivered an annualised double digit return. Chris West, head of indirect property, timberland and infrastructure for the Church Commissioners said: “We are delighted to complete this acquisition which brings our total forestry portfolio to 4% of the Commissioners’ total assets. Over the past five years, the Commissioners have built a high quality diverse portfolio of forestry assets in the UK, US and Australia, which will be managed for the long term.”He added: “We believe that the acquisition should deliver attractive risk-adjusted returns in our home market and further diversify the Commissioners’ assets.“This is a low carbon investment that first and foremost stacks up on investment grounds, but additionally provides future upside from renewable energy projects.However, the purchase is not connected to the recent decision by the Diocese of Oxford to divest from fossil fuel companies and its call for the Church as a whole to do the same.There is no divestment element to the Commissioners’ climate change policy and the Commissioners are awaiting advice from the Church’s Ethical Investment Advisory Group on the next iteration of this policy.They expect to adopt an updated policy before the Church’s General Synod in July 2015.last_img read more

Women at greater danger from pokies

first_imgThe Age (Australia) 18 Feb 2012THE number of women gambling is increasing and ease of access to poker machines is a key factor in producing problem gambling in women, new government funded research has found. The new report by the Responsible Gambling Advocacy Centre, Women and Gambling: Issues of Difference found women are likely than men to become problem gamblers later in life and take longer to recover from problem gambling. ”Women are more likely to gamble in ways that are comparatively isolated, that require low or no levels of social interaction and are likely to be motivated to gamble as an escape from problems,” the research found.….. Samiro Douglas from the Women’s Information and Referral Exchange said she believed gambling problems were under-reported by women. ”Women do not disclose gambling problems easily… how would a woman balance the perception of herself as being a good mother and also a gambler? I think think there is a greater stigma for a woman to say she has got a problem with the pokies,” she said. ”It is kind of like spending your money on the pokies and being a good mother doesn’t equate, society would really judge that more.”She said this stigma may prevent some women seeking help.http://www.theage.com.au/national/women-at-greater-danger-from-pokies-report-finds-20120217-1ter6.htmllast_img read more

Meet the Dominica National Basketball Team

first_img Tweet Game 2- 9.00pm – United Insurance Sharks vs. Dragon Stout Pros. By: Mickey Joseph Dominica National Basketball Team The Dominica Amateur Basketball Association introduces the players of the Dominica National Basketball Team to Dominica, standing left to right in Front are Mickey Joseph {Coach}, Earl Mathew, Ricky Toussaint, Yamada (Mardi)Parker, Davidson(Guinee) Toulon, Simon (Toto)Joseph, Bernard Mills, Joni Riviere, Ryan Anslem (Ast, Coach). Standing Left to Right Back  are Johnny Alfred. Ramal Carbon, Joseph Hypolite, Garth Joseph, Peter Ricketts,Junior Isles, Jeffrey Joseph and Derek (Deedee)Alexander (Ast. Coach). Share The Dominica Amateur Basketball Association still waits on the position of St Vincent on their attendance to the tournament after indicating financial problems, but the association continues to train the national team and will make an official statement on the tournament on Friday. Sharing is caring! Missing in picture is Steve Hypolite of the Wesley Raptors. Share Note the National Team Uniform is sponsored by CRCC and DABA , total cost of over 7000 dollars. Meanwhile the Lime sponsored basketball playoffs will continue on Wednesday with two games at the Lindo Park. Game 1- 7.00pm – Goodwill Starz vs. Pichelin Pistons NewsSports Meet the Dominica National Basketball Team by: – August 23, 2011 Share 104 Views   no discussionslast_img read more

LIAT fury

first_img Share 60 Views   one comment Share LifestyleNewsRegionalTravel LIAT fury by: – December 7, 2011 Simon Auguste (left) and other passengers had lengthy waits yesterday with no word on when flights would be next available. (NB)A SICK-OUT BY LIAT pilots that affected all of its morning services yesterday left many disgusted passengers at the Grantley Adams International Airport.The action resulted from Monday’s sacking of chairman of the Leeward Islands Pilots’ Association, Michael Blackburn.Chester Humphrey, chairman of the unions within LIAT system, told CMC that the unions were prepared to join the action unless Blackburn is reinstated. He claimed Blackburn’s dismissal had been done on “spurious” grounds.Last night LIAT passengers, who are to travel today, were advised to go to its website for details on flights.Yesterday travellers complained of tiredness, hunger, frustration, a lack of information and poor service from the airline’s staff.Some said they arrived at the airport as early as 5 a.m. to travel to Dominica, St Lucia, Grenada and St Vincent, and as the clock ticked closer to noon they did not know whether they would be getting a flight out or if they would have to spend the night at the airport.An advisory issued by corporate communications manager Desmond Brown said the sick-out was likely to affect the rest of yesterday’s flights.Passengers were incensed that LIAT did not offer them even “a drink of water”, or facilitate phone calls to people who would have been awaiting their arrival.They also complained that LIAT did not make any accommodations for them in any of the airport lounges or nearby facilities, forcing them to hang around in areas close to the check-in counters. (YB)Nation Newscenter_img Tweet Share Sharing is caring!last_img read more

Survey ranks most generous states

first_imgBatesville, In. — Today is “Giving Tuesday and WalletHub ® has complete a survey to determine the most and least generous states in the country. The State of Ohio made the list in the 13th position on the list while Indiana landed at 41.A link to the full survey is here.last_img

Ugbade wants Awoniyi in Eagles Qatar 2022 World Cup Squad

first_img Awoniyi became the first Nigerian player post-COVID-19 to have scored a goal for their club in a competitive game. The 22-year-old recently collided with Augsburg defender Felix Uduokhai and was carried off the pitch on a stretcher.Advertisement Loading… Speaking exclusively with brila.net, the former U17 assistant coach says ”If Kelechi Iheanacho can play the last world cup, Taiwo Awoniyi should be able to play the next one as well,” read also:Awoniyi reflects on successful time with Mouscron “A lot of others too, Nigeria at this point have a lot of young players in the game, most of them will be totally matured and very strong enough going into the next world cup,” Ugbade said. Awoniyi, who has scored one goal in 12 league appearances for Mainz this season, has never played for Liverpool and has also had loan spells at Frankfurt, NEC Nijmegen, Excelsior Mouscron and Gent. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 center_img Former Super Eagles player, Nduka Ugbade, has tipped the Mainz 05, top striker Taiwo Awoniyi to be in the Nigerian squad for Qatar 2022 W/Cup after a brilliant post COVID19 performance.last_img read more

NFF not owing Rohr salaries — Pinnick

first_imgRelatedPosts Ministry reads riot act to NFA, Clubs over resumption of league Nigeria plan Cote d’Ivoire, Tunisia friendlies Super Eagles to unveil new Nike jersey in Portugal The President of the Nigeria Football Federation, Amaju Pinnick, has denied that Super Eagles Manager, Gernot Rohr, is being owed backlog of salaries as reported by a section of the media.The NFF boss made claims this in a phone-in radio programme monitored in Lagos on Friday.Pinnick said: “Let me use this opportunity to tell Nigerians that we have paid coach Gernot Rohr till October. “We are not owing him any salary. “We are not perfect and he is not either. “He is our coach and we appreciate him.“The only money he’s being owed is the allowance for the third place in AFCON, which we have just received and I’m sure that would be paid by next week.”Speaking further, Pinnick hinted that the NFF would open negotiations with the Franco-German coach before his current contract run out in June 2020.He said: “Our negotiation team will open discuss with him (Rohr) in January and we hope both parties would agree on the new terms because we want to do things better than in the time past.”Rohr was appointed Super Eagles manager in August 2016 and qualified Nigeria for World Cup in Russia and the Nations Cup in Egypt where he won bronze. Tags: Amaju PinnickNFFlast_img read more

Beat writers unanimously predict No. 7 Syracuse beats slumping North Carolina

first_img Comments No. 7 Syracuse (6-4, 3-0 Atlantic Coast) struggled to score on Tuesday in Ithaca in a 13-8 loss to No. 9 Cornell. The Orange will look to bounce back on Saturday against North Carolina (6-6, 0-2). The Tar Heels have lost six games in a row heading into the meeting in the Carrier Dome.Here’s what our beat writers think will happen.Charlie DiSturcoUnlike basketball…Syracuse 12, North Carolina 9Syracuse seemed to have found a groove before its offense struggled mightily in a loss to Cornell on Tuesday night. Though the Orange has a 2-4 record in nonconference play, it is undefeated in the Atlantic Coast Conference with strong wins over Top 10 teams in Duke and Notre Dame.The hardest conference games are behind SU, as it faces a North Carolina team plagued by injuries and in the middle of a six-game skid. Syracuse’s defense has yet to slow down and Saturday will be no different, as the Orange will finish with a perfect ACC record yet again.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textMatt LibermanUNC needs a doctorSyracuse 13, North Carolina 10Few teams have been plagued by injuries as badly as the Tar Heels have been this season. Carolina has lost 13 players, including its starting goalie, top defender and arguably the team’s top midfielder, Justin Anderson. North Carolina opened the season 6-0 before losing six straight as the injuries piled on.Entering Saturday’s contest, UNC will be without 13 players. Plus, the Tar Heels have just one win on the road. Yes, Syracuse struggled offensively against Cornell, but that was because the Big Red’s top-ranked offense dominated possession. UNC will struggle to follow suit, and Syracuse will finish the regular season undefeated in ACC play for the second straight season.Josh SchaferAnotha oneSyracuse 12 North Carolina 8Another year brings another undefeated regular season conference record for Syracuse. North Carolina has lost six straight games and there’s no reason to believe UNC won’t lose a seventh. As Matt said, UNC is without 13 players entering Saturday’s game, so there doesn’t appear to be a solution to its problem. The Tar Heels have scored more as of late, including double digits against both Duke and Virginia. But without a dominant faceoff man, North Carolina won’t control the game teams need to against Syracuse to win. Facebook Twitter Google+center_img Published on April 11, 2018 at 9:50 pmlast_img read more

Search on for Donegal and Dublin managers

first_imgRory Gallagher, assistant during the 2012 All Ireland-winning season, is the favourite to succeed McGuinness.Meanwhile, Ger Cunningham is the favourite to succeed Anthony Daly as Dublin hurling manager. It’s been reported in this morning’s Examiner that the former Cork goalkeeper is the preferred choice of county board officials, and could be confirmed in the job by the week’s end.last_img

Brewers prospect Corey Ray discusses why he’s not superstitious, PlayStation and ‘A Different World’

first_imgUp now: Brewers outfield prospect Corey RayWhat’s your first baseball memory?RAY: My first baseball memory was the hardest ball I had hit to that point. Had to be like 5 years old. We’re playing at this park, and I hit the ball to the street. I’m running and the third-base coach gives me a stop sign rounding third, but I run the stop sign and the catcher just trucks me. Absolutely demolishes me. He was really big. Really, really big. I tried to slide and he put the tag down and I stopped sliding. After that, if the coach gave me a stop sign, I stopped. What’s the last show you binge-watched?RAY: Different World. I watch it almost every year. It’s one of my favorites. I used to get up early, it would come on at like 6 am, and I’d watch it every single day. And the fact that I can binge-watch every single season, that’s really good. Any superstitions? RAY: I try not to be really superstitious. I used to be really, really superstitious. But I do the same thing every day, and in baseball, you fail so much, so it’s like, are you doing the same thing every day to fail? So I don’t think it matters. You put in the work you need to put in and whatever happens, happens. It’s not because you wore the same socks or because you didn’t cut your hair or cut your nails. It’s because you put the work in.MORE: 19 questions for the 2019 seasonWhat’s your favorite free-time activity? RAY: Video games. I’m a PlayStation guy — 2K every single day. And if I’m not playing PlayStation, I’m reading. I try to switch up what I’m reading, fiction, non-fiction. Whatever I hear that’s a good book, if I can get my hands on it, I read it. What’s one talent you’d most like to have?RAY: Sing. I wish I could sing. Like, really, really sing.  Sporting News writer Ryan Fagan is traveling through Florida and Arizona this spring, stopping at camps and chatting with the players. One of his side projects is a quick-hitter Q/A we’re calling “Two minutes with …”Previous editions: Anthony Rizzo | Max Muncy | Touki Toussaint | Clint Frazier | Pat Neshek | Chris Iannetta | Ben Gamel  What was your first job?RAY: Only baseball.What’s your most embarrassing injury. RAY: I ran into a brick wall and busted my face open in high school, trying to catch a fly ball. I went back on it and tried to catch it. I jumped, and when I came down I just blew my whole face open. I stayed in the game and hit a home run like three innings later, though. So, that’s embarrassing but it’s kind of a cool story. What’s the best purchase you’ve ever made?RAY: My house.last_img read more