UK trade union targets LGPS with Israeli divestment campaign

first_imgOver the last two years, European institutional investors have increasingly become wary of investments in companies associated with the Israeli settlements and occupation in Palestine.This led to numerous divestments from companies directly associated with supporting the settlements, including banks and construction firms.However, this has run contrary to recent developments in the US, where the state of Illinois saw its elected chambers unanimously pass legislation requiring the five state-funded pension schemes to identify companies boycotting Israel and divest their holdings.The UK trade union said its campaign seeks to influence companies, via their pension scheme investors, that are associated with Israel’s occupation, settlements and barrier.It is a supporter of the international Boycott, Divest and Sanctions (BDS) campaign being run against Israel.“Some companies have factories located in the West Bank settlements and often employ Palestinian workers, paying them far less than they would have to pay Israeli workers, without providing them with holiday pay, sick pay or the right to join a trade union,” UNISON said.“Others provide services to the Israeli military, checkpoints or prisons.”The trade union said investment managers for UK pension funds should be put under pressure to engage with companies and stop involvement in the occupied territories, given the evidence of engagement working on other matters.It said the occupation was illegal under international law and that companies associated with it were at risk over reputational damage, not to mention litigation.“Influencing multinational companies is not easy,” it said, “but they will listen to their major investors, including our pension funds.”In the Netherlands, the €189bn pension fund manager PGGM divested from five Israeli banks involved in funding settlements in areas of Israeli-occupied Palestine.PGGM’s decision was triggered by a request from main client, healthcare worker scheme PFZW, but resulted in a political storm resulting in the Dutch ambassador’s being summoned by the Israeli government, and pro-Israel protests outside its offices.The NOK7trn (€806bn) Norwegian Pension Fund Global had previously excluded property and construction companies operating in Israel over concerns they were violating the European Convention on Human Rights. The UK’s second largest trade union, UNISON, has launched a campaign for members to lobby pension funds to divest from companies supporting the Israeli occupation of Palestine.It advises members to cite the UK Law Commission’s recent update and guidance on fiduciary duty, which it said made clear where trustees could invoke ethical concerns that were financially important.The trade union, with more than 1m members mainly in the public sector, said its campaign was primarily focused on Local Government Pension Schemes (LGPS) with more than £200bn (€275bn) in assets, and some private sector defined benefit (DB) plans.UNISON said it intended to extend the campaign to private sector defined contribution (DC) investors in due course.last_img read more

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Joe Dean

first_imgJoe Dean passed away November 7th in Louisiana at the age of 83.  For you old timers he played basketball for LSU and was elected to the National Basketball Hall of Fame in 2012.  He was a basketball legend at LSU in his heyday but is overshadowed by people like Pete Maravich and others.  He made quite a splash as a color analyst for both radio and TV broadcasts of bayou basketball collegiate games.  He had one of those melodious voices that just fit in.  You did not expect that kind of voice to come out of that large a man.  Everyone remembers his use of “string music” to describe a long jump shot that just rippled the nets.  It was always fun to hear his voice and listen to his home spun humor when ESPN started broadcasting games from all over the United States.  Color guys are supposed to just add to the game and not take over the game.  Joe was an expert on this.  He will be missed by the basketball public especially in SEC country.last_img read more

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Pardew determined to prove himself

first_imgNewcastle boss Alan Pardew is ready to come out fighting as he attempts to prove he is still the right man for the job. Pardew added: “My message to them really and truly is look, I have got a seven-year contract left to manage this football club and I am going to manage it to the best of my ability and I hope that what we wish for is what I can deliver.” Pardew went from hero to villain in the space of 12 months as a team that finished in fifth place at the end of the 2011-12 season struggled to cope with the demands of the Europa League on top of their domestic commitments in the following campaign. However, he has returned rejuvenated and confident that with January signings Mathieu Debuchy, Massadio Haidara, Mapou Yanga-Mbiwa, Moussa Sissoko and Yoan Gouffran having six months in English football under their belts, they will be more competitive this time around. He said: “Certainly since January, when we brought in the influx of Moussa and Mapou and Massadio, they have done very well for us. They have got six months under their belts, they are going to be better next year. “We have got a World Cup year. I have got, I would suggest, 10 players, maybe more than that, who could get to the World Cup, so it’s a very, very important year. “I am very confident that some of the players who I think last year were probably just a little bit below par – I’m not going to name any names – with the World Cup around the corner are going to show how good they are and that will take the team forward in itself. “But what must be remembered is we have got a good team here, good staff. We have had stability now for three years and I will protect that. I’m going to protect my staff and I’m going to protect my players and I’ll protect our fans because I want to give them the best I can.” Press Associationcenter_img The 51-year-old’s future was a topic of intense speculation as last season’s Barclays Premier League campaign drew to a close with the Magpies having only just retained their top-flight status, while the subsequent appointment of Joe Kinnear as director of football did little to solidify his position. However, Pardew is back at work and in defiant mood with the start of the new campaign a little more than five weeks away. He told BBC Radio Newcastle: “I am almost an adopted Geordie, trust me. On my travels, I have seen many fans this summer and they have all relayed to me that they really want us to do better than last year, and I do as well.” last_img read more

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Lamela vows to hit his stride

first_img Lamela was expected to be the man to fill the void left by Gareth Bale when he moved from Roma in a club-record deal this summer, but he has failed to impress so far. The excellent form of Andros Townsend has meant Lamela has played a peripheral role for the north London club, starting just five games – all of which have come in the cup competitions. “My moment will come and I will make the difference,” Lamela told the London Evening Standard. “You always train thinking that you’re going to play. Sooner or later, my moment will arrive and I have to be ready. That is the way I am looking at it. “I get on very well with Andre Villas-Boas. He is a great guy who clearly thinks about the future. Because of this, coming to Tottenham is a great step for me and in the future, we’ll see why. “Of course, it’s also important for me to get into the Argentina squad for the World Cup, but I’m confident I’ll play here. We are involved in four competitions so there are many games ahead.” Tottenham scraped past Hull for the second time in four days on Wednesday night to set up a Capital One Cup quarter-final grudge match against West Ham. Paul McShane had put the away side on course for a shock win in extra-time, but Harry Kane scored his second goal for Spurs to take the game to a penalty shoot-out, which the hosts won 8-7. Kane enjoyed an impressive loan spell at Millwall two years ago, but last term he did not fare as well while at Norwich and Leicester, scoring just three times all season. The 20-year-old was set for another loan spell this season, but Villas-Boas may end up keeping the player after being impressed by his recent efforts. “I couldn’t be happier with Harry, so that has made us delay his (loan) move,” Villas-Boas said. “He is doing extremely well in training. “We have a lot of interest for Harry but if the next loan move happens, we need 100 per cent certainty that he (plays regularly). “With the way he is training he has more of a chance of playing in those teams. But he’s doing enough to compete for his place here.” Lamela showed glimpses of his potential in Wednesday night’s Capital One Cup win over Hull – although he did miss a penalty – but the slight midfielder admits he still needs time to adjust to the rigours of the English game. “I think I need a bit of time,” Lamela said. “I feel good here, although getting used to life here in every sense is a completely different thing. I’ve barely been here two months, so time is maybe what I need. “I need training, a bit of rhythm, some games. English football is very different from the game in Italy – much more physical, whereas Serie A is more tactical. “It’s not necessarily more difficult, but it’s just different. This is a style of football I like very much, though, and I think, with the way I play, it will be very suited to my game.” Manager Andre Villas-Boas hopes the fact that Lamela’s family have recently moved to London will help the former River Plate man, who enjoyed two successful seasons at Roma after moving to Europe from Argentina. The Tottenham boss, a fluent Spanish speaker, has been trying to help Lamela break down the language barrier that he thinks has hindered the youngster’s progress since he signed for Spurs. Lamela is convinced he retains the confidence of the Spurs boss and is sure he will get enough game time for him to be considered for next year’s World Cup. Press Association Erik Lamela insists he will justify his £30million price tag once he has adjusted to life in the Barclays Premier League.last_img read more

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Duffy looking ahead after injury

first_img Press Association Shane Duffy is refusing to dwell on the football injury which almost cost him his life. He told the Irish Independent: “That could have been it for me. I can remember it like yesterday, although it’s only when I’m asked about it. I don’t think about it any more. “It’s great to be here and able to look back and talk about it, but I can’t be thinking about it either. “The kind of player I am, I have to go and attack stuff. I’ve clattered into a few keepers this year and it’s been no problem.” Duffy had been called into the senior squad by then manager Giovanni Trapattoni and had been promised a first senior cap in a friendly against Paraguay in Dublin. However, he found himself at the heart of a desperate dash to Dublin’s Mater Hospital after a collision during a match between players from Trapattoni’s squad and the country’s best amateurs. Indeed, only the prompt actions of team surgeon Professor John O’Byrne and team doctor Alan Byrne, who were in attendance, prevented a tragedy. Duffy was back on his feet within days and played again just 13 weeks later, but he admits it has taken him time to re-adjust as a result of the experience. Duffy, who spent last season on loan at Sky Bet Championship Yeovil, said: “I didn’t ever want to say it, but I just wasn’t the same player when I first came back. “I can’t quite put my finger on it, but I was just doing things differently.” Duffy was an unused substitute in Sunday evening’s 2-1 home defeat by Turkey, but will hope for a first cap as Ireland face Italy, Costa Rica and Portugal over the next two weeks. center_img The then teenager suffered a lacerated liver in a collision during a practice match with the Republic of Ireland in May 2010 which left him needing emergency surgery. Four years on, the Everton defender, now 22, is back on duty with his national squad and looking ahead, rather than backwards. last_img read more

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Media Center named following major donation

first_imgThe Media Center in Wallis Annenberg Hall will be named the Julie Chen/Leslie Moonves and CBS Media Center following a donation of an undisclosed amount to USC.Moonves, the president and CEO of CBS told the Daily Trojan that the Media Center will change the way student journalists tell their stories –but urged students to remain committed to the basic principles of journalism in the face of such technology.“As much as technology has changed, and the world and how we are receiving our information in is vastly different and will become different, learn the tools of journalism,” Moonves said. “Learn how to tell the story. Learn the who, the what, the where, the when and tell it truthfully, tell it straight ahead, tell it from your point of view, because that never changes.”The newly named 20,000-square-foot Media Center is home to Neon Tommy, Annenberg TV News and Annenberg Radio News.Ernest J. Wilson III, dean of the Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism, spoke of the Media Center’s importance in shaping a generation of students in rooms that are “connectors, not containers.”“The Annenberg center is an all-school center,” Wilson said. “This is not just a room to make the news. This a room where the next generation of newsmakers are also made.”President C. L. Max Nikias reiterated his appreciation for Wallis Annenberg’s generosity in helping to create the space that now holds the forum and Media Center possible.“For journalists, the search for truth, for the story, is never ending,” he said. “Even as we celebrate today this new center and its cutting edge technology, the values and educational beliefs about the proper training for journalism students remain.”USC alumna Julie Chen, the host of CBS’s “The Talk,” “Big Brother” and CBS Morning News, praised USC at the event and said she wished she could have taken advantage of the Media Center herself.“This school helped grow my skills as a journalist and as a broadcaster, but there was nothing like this Media Center when I was here,” she said.Willow Bay, director of the Annenberg School of Journalism, echoed Chen’s sentiments about the powerful potential of the media center for students.“I’m not sure we realized back then — I certainly didn’t — just how transformative this building and Media Center would be,” she said. “It’s reshaping our culture, changing how we teach and changing how our students learn.”Sami Goldberg, a senior studying communication, said the Media Center is one of the reasons she is excited to be a student at USC.“The Media Center that we have here at USC Annenberg is one of the reasons that this school will continue to be one of the best journalism and communication schools in the country,” she said. “The fact that we have the support of CBS, Les Moonves and Julie Chen speaks to the fact that USC Annenberg offers aspiring journalism and communication students the best opportunity for success.”Moonves reiterated that spirit to the Daily Trojan.“What the Media Center does is give you all the mechanisms for being out there,” he said. “This truly is better than any studio I have seen across the country. It really is extraordinary.”last_img read more

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Women’s golf wins Pac-12 title, men look to follow

first_img“It went really well even though the course was really tough and tricky,” Silverstein said. “We limited bogeys, got a lot of pars and did a really good job playing consistently.” As in the past, the team will rely on Suh to carry them in the postseason.  He is still the world’s top-ranked amateur and in the team’s one tournament without him this season, the squad suffered a rough 10th place finish. For the men to succeed next week, the rest of the team will have to step up their game.   If rankings hold USC in the No. 1 spot, the women will head up to Cle Elum, Wash. and the Tumble Creek Golf Course for regionals in just a couple weeks.   The men will enter the Pac-12 tournament play April 22 and will most likely face stiffer competition than the women. Although the men won the Pac-12 title in 2018, this year they will have to deal with No. 2-ranked Arizona State, who have won their last three tournaments. Overall, the team did not perform terribly, but with both Arizona State and now Stanford heating up as the postseason approaches, USC’s title defense is in danger. Next week, the golf postseason will start for the No. 6-ranked USC men’s squad as they enter the Pac-12 tournament Monday. They hope to achieve the same level of success as the women’s team did this past week at the women’s Pac-12 championship. Sophomore Gabriela Ruffels led the way for the Trojans, finishing at 3 under for the tournament, which was good for a third place finish individually. Ruffels’ outstanding performance through the first two days culminated in a score of 68 on the third day. That score was the second lowest overall in the entire tournament, setting her apart from the rest of the field. Junior Allisen Corpuz, sophomore Jennifer Chang and sophomore Alyaa Abdulghany also finished in the top seven individually. Corpuz, who had one of her best outings of the season at the tournament, will look to continue her success as the postseason progresses at regionals. Four of the women were also named to the All-Pac-12 First Team, including Chang, Ruffels, sophomore Amelia Garvey and freshman Malia Nam. Even though the program is already dominating the NCAA, these underclassmen show that the team will only improve. The road to Arkansas and the NCAA championships appears to be very tough for the men’s squad, but it has both the talent and the skills to pull it off. First, however, the Trojans must try to defend their Pac-12 title against a very competitive field next week. “I think all five of us [starters] are really good players, and we prepared the right way so that we could put out a good performance,” Corpuz said. Sophomore Jennifer Chang was named to the All-Pac-12 Team and finished in the top seven at conference championships. “The course at Cle Elum is really hard and tough but suits us well,” Silverstein said. “The conditions will be tough because it will be windier than usual.” Head coach Justin Silverstein was happy with the team’s outing. The Trojans just competed in the Western Intercollegiate tournament, finishing fourth overall in the field behind the aforementioned Cal and first place Stanford.   “Stanford has two of the best four players in the world, which is always huge,” Silverstein said. “And Arizona played really well this past week at the Pac-12 tourney.”   Their outing was definitely not what the team was looking for as a rough second day of play hindered them from hanging onto the third place spot. The women hope to continue their elite play at regionals, where they seek to earn a spot in the NCAA championships, which will be held in May at the University of Arkansas. In the Pac-12 tournament, the No. 1-ranked Women of Troy dominated the competition, winning the conference championship by a resounding 11 strokes over No. 2 Arizona. The Trojans were the only team to finish under par overall and showed the conference why they are the top-ranked team in the nation. The win was the women’s sixth Pac-12 title and the sixth win of the season overall.   As for other dangerous teams, Silverstein will be looking out for Texas, which has been on USC’s tail for the No. 1 spot the whole season along with Florida, Wake Forest and Duke. For No. 1-ranked amateur senior Justin Suh, the tournament was also not his best performance, finishing in seventh after he couldn’t recover from a 74 on the second day of play.  Although sophomore Kaito Onishi and freshman Cameron Henry finished in the top five, Suh ended up in seventh after he couldn’t recover from a 74 on the second day of play. last_img read more

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GNPC congratulates Black Stars for defeating Zambia

first_imgThe Ghana National Petroleum Corporation (GNPC) headline sponsor of the senior national football team, the Black Stars, has commended the team for their 2-1 victory over the Chipolopolo of Zambia, to emerge tops in their Group D qualifiers on Friday at the Baba Yara Stadium. “We recognize that qualifying for the 2014 World Cup is not an easy task, and therefore appreciate the professionalism, teamwork, dedication and resilience that you have demonstrated so far,” Nana Boakye Asafu- Adjaye, CEO of GNPC stated.Continuing he said: “We at GNPC appreciate your efforts in chalking this important and critical victory and believe that you will continue to be a dependable partner as we both aspire to succeed at the global level.”To the players, the technical team, management, the many supporters unions and teeming Ghanaians who supported from far and near.“We congratulate and salute you and hope that united as one, this partnership will continue as the Black Stars enter the final playoff towards the Brazil 2014 World Cup, which beckons.”Finally, he assured the team of GNPC’s continued support to lift the Stars to the skies where they belong. Ghana is among the ten countries to have sealed their places in Africa’s final qualifying round for the 2014 World Cup.last_img read more

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