Nine European asset owners among ‘most responsible’ investors [updated]

first_imgPGGMNetherlands242 Caisse de dépôt et placement du QuébecCanada235.12 Public Sector Pension Investment BoardCanada135.6 New Zealand Superannuation FundNew Zealand25.9 Khazanah Nasional BerhadMalaysia37.7 ATPDenmark118.9 Ontario Teachers’ Pension PlanCanada139.3 Adrian Orr, CEO of New Zealand’s $25.9bn Superannuation Fund and chair of the International Forum of Sovereign Wealth Funds, said: “For stewards of long-term capital, like sovereign wealth and government pension funds, the question was not whether they could afford to invest responsibly but rather, whether they could afford not to.“No sensible asset allocator would knowingly invest in companies that pollute the environment, exploit labour or operate unethically, behaviour [that is] certain to destroy value over the long term.”The Bretton Woods II concept, known as the Responsible Asset Allocator Initiative, was developed in partnership with the Global Development Incubator, Dalberg, and the Fletcher School at Tufts in the US.The funds were ranked according to 10 criteria, including disclosure of ESG and related objectives, integration of these across the portfolio, implementation of strategies and benchmarks, commitment of resources, accountability, and partnerships with other investors and businesses.Responsible Asset Allocators: Top 25 (alphabetically listed)Source: New America/Bretton Woods IIFUND NAMECOUNTRYAUM ($bn) British Columbia Investment Management CorpCanada107.5 California Public Employees’ Retirement SystemUSA331.9 APGNetherlands531.76 ERAFPFrance26 Alberta Investment Management CorpCanada95.7 Canada Pension Plan Investment BoardCanada251.3 Public Investment CorpSouth Africa137.86 Caisse des Dépôts et ConsignationsFrance231.2 Some of Europe’s largest pension funds have been included in a new list of the world’s most responsible allocators.APG from the Netherlands (the asset manager for the €356bn ABP pension fund), Denmark’s PKA, the Irish Strategic Investment Fund, and France’s ERAFP were all named on the list, produced by US think-tank New America as part of its “Bretton Woods II” work on responsible investment. Collectively, the funds on what is known as the Bretton Wood II Leaders List manage $4.9trn (€4.2trn) in assets. They were distilled from an original pool of 300 sovereign wealth funds and large pension schemes.“A 1% allocation of total assets to sustainable investments in the developing world would be equal to twice as much as all loans and financial services extended to developing countries by the International Bank of Reconstruction and Development in 2016,” said Tomicah Tillemann, director of the Bretton Woods II programme at New America. United Nations Joint Staff Pension FundGlobal60.33 Temasek HoldingsSingapore202.2 Ireland Strategic Investment FundIreland10 Government Pension Fund – GlobalNorway980.82 PKADenmark40.14 PREVIBrazil74 National Pension ServiceSouth Korea521.8 New York State Common Retirement FundUSA192 Commonwealth Superannuation CorpAustralia30.2 AP FundsSweden195last_img read more

Beat writers all predict a low-scoring matchup between Syracuse and Connecticut

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on December 4, 2017 at 10:39 pm Syracuse (6-1) takes on Connecticut (6-2) on Tuesday night at 9 p.m. at Madison Square Garden. Last season, Syracuse dropped its matchup with UConn, 52-50. But after a loss to No. 2 Kansas in Miami on Saturday, our beat writers predict that SU will be able to rebound and pick up a win over its former Big East rival.Sam Fortier (7-0)U’connedSyracuse 66, UConn 54Connecticut is struggling right now, more the team that Arkansas blew out by 35 than the team that upset Oregon in the PK80 Invitational. Syracuse will handle the Huskies because it has a tremendous size and talent advantage on the inside that becomes problematic for a team oriented on smaller guards. To further complicate things: The UConn guards rely on dribble penetration to create, but the Orange’s rim protectors will likely force them to settle from the outside, where the Huskies are hitting 30.4 percent of their shots, among the lowest rates in the nation. Syracuse wants to win on defense this season, and it will against UConn.Matthew Gutierrez (7-0)Family, religion & Big East basketballSyracuse 60, UConn 53After watching Jim Valvano’s wonderful speech, the Orange comes out repowered after an awakening of sorts against No. 2 Kansas. Limited warm-up time on a neutral floor between a pair of so-so offenses means this will be a close one, similar to last year’s 52-50 UConn win. The Huskies needed overtime to beat both Columbia and Monmouth, which means they are vulnerable. Save for the powerful Kansas offense, the Syracuse defense has been quality this year and will hold off Connecticut for a solid win in New York.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textTomer Langer (7-0)Tri-State Area’s college teamSyracuse 68, UConn 60The Huskies just don’t shoot the ball very well, as they’ve hit at just a 41 percent clip as a team so far this year. There’s not much from deep either as Sam mentioned. Last year’s game was an ugly slugfest, and if this year’s game ends up like that, then Syracuse can be in trouble. But I think we see just enough from Frank Howard and Tyus Battle — similar to the first few minutes of the second half against Kansas — for the Orange to get the job done. Commentslast_img read more

Belief returning as Bayern climb to third in Bundesliga

first_imgBremen, Germany | AFP | Niko Kovac says the belief is starting to return to Bayern Munich after they claimed a second win this week to climb to third in the Bundesliga table after a 2-1 victory at Werder Bremen.Bayern built on their 5-1 midweek thrashing of Benfica in the Champions League with Serge Gnabry scoring twice in Bremen to end a run of woeful results after going the whole of November without a league win.Bayern lag nine points behind leaders Borussia Dortmund and will drop back to fifth if Eintracht Frankfurt earn a fifth straight win at home to Wolfsburg on Sunday and RB Leipzig beat second-placed Moenchengladbach.“The team believes in itself again and is firmly convinced that we can do it,” said Bayern head coach Kovac when asked if they can close the huge gap behind Dortmund.“When everyone’s fit and playing for each other, in defence and attack, we are hard to play against and hard to beat.”The last time Bayern were so far behind in the table was in 2010/11 and their bid for a seventh straight Bundesliga crown is in danger after only their third win in their last nine league games.– Subdued celebrations –Moreover, there is still huge room for improvement in defence as Bremen’s Japan striker Yuya Osako out-leapt Jerome Boateng to equalise before the half-time break before Gnabry’s second-half winner.“We defended too passively, especially in the 10 minutes after we took the lead,” admitted Kovac.“We have talked about things again and again, but sometimes talking isn’t enough and you have to deal with things directly – we did that today.”Gnabry, 23, has had a hand in Bayern’s goals in the last three games and was pleased with his brace, but kept the celebrations muted against his ex-club Bremen, who he joined from Arsenal in 2016.“We know about the situation in the table – every game is important to get the three points and reduce the gap,” said the Germany winger.“The victories ensure a good mood and gives us confidence for our next game (against Nuremberg next Saturday). “We didn’t give much away – that gives us confidence.“I enjoyed my goals, but I didn’t cheer much out of respect as I had a great time here in Bremen,” he added.Franck Ribery, 35, limped off with a leg injury in the first half, but there was good news for Kovac as Kingsley Coman made his first appearance after an ankle injury, while Thiago Alcantara also returned after a month sidelined.Kovac also said he was pleased with Leon Goretzka and Joshua Kimmich, who had a hand in both goals, as the pair are forging an impressive midfield partnership.– Alcacer equals record –Meanwhile, Alcacer’s phenomenal scoring run continues for Dortmund as he netted his 10th goal of the season to become the league’s top scorer in their 2-0 home win over Freiburg.The Spaniard has already now equalled the Bundesliga record for most goals by a substitute in a season with his ninth goal off the bench in his eighth league game.The ex-Barcelona forward is averaging a goal for Dortmund every 28 minutes.Ex-Germany defender Christoph Metzelder is convinced his mere presence off the bench makes teams nervous.“This has it’s own psychology, for his own team and the opposition,” said Metzelder, a Sky pundit.“He trots on the field with 20 minutes to go and everyone knows something is going to happen.”Sure enough, after Marco Reus converted a first-half penalty, Alcacer came on for the last 20 minutes at Signal Iduna Park and scored as a replacement for the third game in a row.The Spain international tapped home a minute in added time after brilliant play by Jadon Sancho and Lukasz Piszczek as Dortmund were rewarded for breaking down Freiburg’s dogged defence.Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more

Calling all backcountry skiers and snowboarders

first_imgKootenay Coldsmoke Powder Festival returns to Whitewater Ski Resort this month. What is Coldsmoke? Super light, fluffy, powder puff snow that skiers passionately pursue each winter.

 What is the Kootenay Coldsmoke Powder Festival? A four-day (Feb. 25–28) grassroots gathering of backcountry skiers, snowboarders and telemarkers from all over British Columbia and the Pacific Northwest at Whitewater Ski Resort. Now in its fifth year, the Coldsmoke Powder Festival (presented by Arc’teryx, Whitewater Ski Resort and Mountain Gear) draws dedicated, die hard and enthusiasts, as well as neophyte backcountry skiers and snowboarders who want to give off-piste adventures a try.

 Highlights include:
 • Three full days of clinics for skiers, snowboarders, and telemarkers of all ability levels. Learn about free-heel skiing skills, the basics of tree skiing, taming wild snow, route-finding and track-setting, and mountain medical skills. 
 • Parties get rolling with the Coldsmoke Opener at the Capital Theater on Friday evening, with screenings of ski films from around the world. To keep things interesting, local microbrews from Nelson Brewing Company will be on tap. On Saturday, don’t miss the Buff-Eh dinner and the Cold Shot Multimedia Face Off. 
 • Sign up and participate in one of several super-sweet contests – you can even enter the G3 ski-graphiks competition in advance. More energetic types can enter the Valhalla Pure Powderkeg Slopestyle competition, the Scarpa Poker Run, Gerick’s Dually Slalom and the ROAM Randonee Rally. It’s not called the Kootenay Coldsmoke Powder Fest for nothing. As of Jan. 30, Whitewater is boasting a base of just over 220 centimeters. For our American attendees, that is over seven feet of snow. There’s always powder at Whitewater. You just might have to earn your turns to find it.

 Check out the Coldsmoke website on your mobile phone, join their Facebook and Twitter groups, and sign up on-line for money-saving packages on courses, accommodations, lift tickets and more.last_img read more

STABLE NOTES BY ED GOLDEN – SUNDAY FEBRUARY 22, 2015

first_imgDrayden Van Dyke12815151812%$812,716 Joseph Talamo14917152411%$1,162,402 Corey Nakatani831481217%$708,118 Felipe Valdez3066520%$146,548 TrainerSts1st2nd3rdWin%Money Won Kent Desormeaux11623221320%$1,322,730 Jeff Bonde2370330%$257,280 Gary Stevens651191217%$914,820 Tiago Pereira79971111%$299,584 Carla Gaines3054217%$316,855 Rafael Bejarano16139252124%$1,816,124 Doug O’Neill100910139%$543,626 Peter Miller981820818%$1,030,208 Victor Espinoza11421231418%$1,350,010 Santiago Gonzalez5755109%$181,174 Winner of the Grade I Eddie Read at Del Mar last year, Tom’s Tribute won six of 16 starts and earned $634,880 for owner Marilyn Braly . . . On the good news front, Cassidy said unbeaten Delta Jackpot winner Ocho Ocho Ocho is scheduled to work Thursday for the Grade II, $400,000 San Felipe Stakes on March 7 . . . San Felipe candidate Lord Nelson, who held off onrushing Texas Red by a neck to win the San Vicente Stakes, worked six furlongs for Bob Baffert in 1:13.40, while Bolo, also considered for the San Felipe, went five furlongs for Carla Gaines in 59.60 . . . Trainer George Papaprodromou said bargain claim Imperative could make his next start in either the Santa Anita Handicap or the $1.5 million Charles Town Classic, a race he won last April, upsetting odds-on favorite Game On Dude. Claimed for 50,000 on Dec. 21, 2013, Imperative earned a cool $1 million in winning the Classic, which will be run this year on April 18 . . . Big ‘Cap candidate Cool Samurai worked five furlongs for John Shirreffs in 1:00.40 . . . Kalookan Queen winner Harlington’s Rose, ticketed for the Grade III Las Flores Stakes at 6 ½ furlongs on March 8, breezed three furlongs for Steve Knapp in 35.80. Bob Baffert641314920%$1,230,898 Mike Smith7215141121%$1,337,491 Elvis Trujillo13814171110%$929,392 FINISH LINES: Jim Cassidy is still mulling plans on where Tom’s Tribute will stand as a stallion after the retirement Friday of the multiple graded stakes winner due to an ankle injury. “We’re working on it right now,” the trainer said Sunday morning. SOLIS HOPES TO FILL IN DERBY VOID WITH METABOSSHall of Fame, 5,000 victories, Breeders’ Cup successes. The only thing missing from theresume of Alex Solis is one every jockey savors: a Kentucky Derby triumph.The native of Panama has been second the Kentucky Derby three times: on Captain Bodgit in 1997; Victory Gallop in 1998; and Aptitude in 2000. Solis has ridden in the world’s most famous horse race 14 times, but not since 2006 when he finished in a dead-heat for fourth aboard Santa Anita Derby winner Brother Derek.It’s still two months-plus from the Run for the Roses–light years in horse racing time–but Solis maintains a positive outlook after winning the mile and an eighth El Camino Real Derby by 2 ½ lengths aboard Metaboss last Saturday for trainer Jeff Bonde in a $15.20 upset. The win was worth 10 qualifying points to the May 2 Derby.“That’s what inspires you to get up every day,” said Solis, who turns 51 on March 25. “Horses like Metaboss make it exciting. You want to be on them. We’re out here every day, but a Derby horse is exactly what we’re looking for. I was very impressed with his race.“It was the first time I had ridden him, so I studied his form. He was nice and relaxed in the race. They went slow the first part, but when they got to the backside they started marching a little bit early and it helped my horse.“I had to be patient and wait inside for a while. When I got to the 5/16ths (pole) I got him out in the clear and he finished like a good horse and galloped out strong past the wire, so that’s a good indication, especially going a mile and an eighth this early.”Said Bonde: “Alex rode a good race. He’ll stay on the horse.”Next up: the Spiral Stakes on March 27 at Turfway Park, which, like Golden Gate, has a synthetic main track.HOLLENDORFER HAS THREE FOR THE MONEY IN SANTA YSABELJerry Hollendorfer trains seven of the 21 horses nominated to Saturday’s Grade III, $100,000 Santa Ysabel Stakes for 3-year-old fillies at 1 1/16 miles and plans to enter three of them: Achiever’s Legacy, Glory and Light the City.“All of them have been running very well,” said the meet’s leading trainer with 21 victories through 35 racing days. True enough. Achiever’s Legacy has two wins from seven starts, with a third last out in the Grade I Las Virgenes Stakes on Jan. 31.Glory was second by a neck in the California Oaks at Golden Gate Fields on Feb. 7 after breaking her maiden at Santa Anita by two lengths on Jan. 10; and Light the City was a closing second by a half-length in the Las Virgenes.As for Santa Anita Handicap favorite Shared Belief, Hollendorfer plans to breeze the once-beaten male 2-year-old champion of 2013 Tuesday at Golden Gate as is his wont en route to the $1 million, Grade I Big ‘Cap at 1 ¼ miles on March 7.Probable for the Santa Ysabel: Achiever’s Legacy, no rider; Curlin’s Fox, Mike Smith; Enchanting Lady, no rider; Glory, no rider; Light the City, Kent Desormeaux; Rattataptap, Rafael Bejarano; and Stellar Wind, Victor Espinoza. Michael Pender2964221%$155,720 James Cassidy4475816%$263,330 Brice Blanc3162319%$239,262 Mike Puype615988%$275,096 Mark Glatt4678715%$371,324 Edwin Maldonado76941012%$333,346center_img John Sadler748131211%$577,406 Jerry Hollendorfer10621141620%$2,074,158 Brandon Boulanger885586%$162,336 2/2/2/2 Flavien Prat74109614%$501,466 -more- Thomas Proctor3264319%$461,850 Martin Pedroza11211171310%$493,398 Hector Palma2363126%$129,150 Peter Eurton55118720%$546,828 Ron Ellis3883621%$303,180 Martin Garcia9016131218%$1,250,950 Richard Mandella3986721%$406,016 Fernando Perez1121012109%$497,222 Philip D’Amato46108722%$472,410 JockeyMts1st2nd3rdWin%Money Won Tyler Baze17623181813%$1,342,234 $1 MILLION LATE PICK 4 GUARTANTEE ON BIG ‘CAP DAYShared Belief is expected to rule a prohibitive favorite in the $1 million Santa Anita Handicap on March 7, but that won’t prevent fans from trying to land a game-changing score.There will be huge guaranteed pools that day, including a $1 million Late Pick 4 and a $150,000 Pick 6, in addition to three other graded stakes besides the Big ‘Cap, with Triple Crown hopefuls spotlighted in the Grade II, $400,000 San Felipe Stakes.Also, there will be a Beerfest and live music in the infield. First post time will be 12 noon; gates open at 10 a.m. (Current Through Saturday, Feb. 21) SANTA ANITA STATISTICS Richard Baltas4487318%$335,038 A. C. Avila2261327%$149,974 IT’S NEVER TOO SOON FOR DERBY FEVER: SOLISHOLLENDORFER TO ENTER TRIO IN SANTA YSABELPOTENTIALLY BIG PAY DAYS LOOM ON BIG ‘CAP DAY Mark Casse4275517%$599,998 -30-last_img read more

The Role of God in Science and Life

first_imgBig science today may seem to be controlled by atheists, but that’s clearly not the case for many involved in science.  Here are two unrelated stories from unexpected quarters expressing support for belief in God:No God, No Scientific Laws:  Noted philosopher of science Nancy Cartwright has a new paper coming out that argues that one cannot have the concept of scientific laws without God.  The full paper, that begins as follows, is available on her personal website.My thesis is summarized in my title, ‘No God, No Laws’: the concept of a law of Nature cannot be made sense of without God.  It is not as dramatic a thesis as it might look, however.  I do not mean to argue that the enterprise of modern science cannot be made sense of without God.  Rather, if you want to make sense of it you had better not think of science as discovering laws of Nature, for there cannot be any of these without God.Cartwright, a philosophy professor at LSE and UCSD, won the McArthur prize in 1993.  She has previously argued that science gives us a dappled picture of the world, not a progressive, exact, certain image of reality.    Speaking of God and philosophy, another philosopher of science, Del Ratzsch, was interviewed by Galilean Library.  He talked about God-of-the-gaps, front-loading, intelligent design, scientific motivations and other issues related to science and theology.  He said he has been influenced by a third philosopher of science, Alvin Plantinga – another who has made a case for God in scientific endeavor.No God, No Career:  Shuttle astronaut Jack Lousma said his faith led him to his career in space and gave the program success, reported Petoskey News.  Speaking at a church in Michigan, the 70-year-old veteran of 17 years as an astronaut spoke of his faith that began at age 9.It was that belief in God that led him to his career with NASA and helped him through his 17 years as an astronaut.    “I believe my relationship with Jesus Christ and my decision to do so was the best decision I ever made,” Lousma said during the “Dinner with an Astronaut” evening hosted by the Liberty Baptist Church of Alanson.  “At every juncture … we noted that whenever there was a change it was God directed.  God helped us prosper.” Cartwright did not argue that one cannot do science without God, and we do not mean to imply she is a believer (which she is not), but rather that it is nonsensical to speak of laws of nature without reference to God.  The word “law” implies an edict that is prescriptive in nature, rather than descriptive.  Maybe scientists and textbook writers not wishing to acknowledge God will have to change their terminology.  It is clear that many scientists in history did not have that decision to make (see online book).  Speaking warmly to his audience after a long and successful career, Jack Lousma held the Bible he had carried with him into space.Lousma’s testimony recalls Solomon’s wisdom in Proverbs 3:5-6 – “Trust in the Lord with all thine heart, and lean not unto thine own understanding.  In all thy ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct thy paths.”  Maybe that’s why the Darwinists are in such a hopeless muddle of dogmatism on the one hand, and despair on the other: they do not acknowledge God.    Great Christians scientists have been known to stop and pray for wisdom and guidance in the lab during their work.  They were not asking for miracles, but for Divine guidance and providence, knowing their own limitations, and acknowledging the wisdom of the Maker of Nature.  That’s perfectly natural.    Are you reading this and missing out on the vast, spiritual dimension of reality?  Are you adrift with a world view lacking purpose and direction?  Faith in God is not antithetical to science: look at Newton, Faraday, Pasteur, von Braun and so many other scientific heroes outlined in our online book.  They believed, like astronaut Lousma, that God directed them into science and gave them success; Newton said, “All my discoveries have been made in answer to prayer.”  Read the wise words of Boyle, Joule and von Braun about science and God.    If you are not ready for this, do a controlled experiment.  Live like a consistent Darwinist.  Don’t use the phrase scientific law.  Purge your mind of all thoughts of purpose, beauty, direction, goals and morality (if you can do this for more than a few seconds without pain), and imagine a world where everyone felt the same.  Ask yourself: can I live with this belief?    That’s one half the experiment.  Now try out Proverbs 3:5-6 on yourself.  It must be sincere, though; no scientific fraud gets past the Ultimate Reviewer.(Visited 69 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

a month agoSevilla sporting director Monchi admits Real Madrid deserved win

first_imgAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Sevilla sporting director Monchi admits Real Madrid deserved winby Carlos Volcanoa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveSevilla sporting director Monchi admits Real Madrid deserved their 1-0 win at the Estadio Ramon Sanchez Pizjuan on Sunday.Karim Benzema’s second half header made sure that Zinedine Zidane’s side responded in the right way after their 3-0 defeat in Paris on Wednesday.”Today we saw a good Real Madrid team,” Monchi said.”They were a team that performed at a very high level, nothing like the level of Wednesday.”They were a team made to win and at this level it’s not easy.” last_img

Intl Tiger Day Measures in place to augment tiger population says CM

first_imgKolkata: The tiger population in the Sunderbans have gone up to 88 from 76 in 2014. The tiger census for the entire country that was released by the Union Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change on Monday to mark the occasion of International Tiger Day has pointed out this rise in tiger count much to the delight of the state Forest department. The count in the year 2010 was 70. The data has been compiled by the National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA). Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari Puja”Today is #InternationalTigerDay. The tiger is an endangered species. We must save our tigers. In #Bangla, augmentation of tiger population in Buxa Tiger Reserve has been initiated. In Sunderbans Tiger Reserve, radio collaring and monitoring of tiger is continuing,” Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee tweeted. State Forest minister Bratya Basu said: “The growth of tigers in the Sunderbans is encouraging. We are constantly striving towards creating an ecosystem which is friendly for both man and animal in the forests.” Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayA senior official of the state Forest department credited the rise in the count to public cooperation. “The incidence of tiger straying in human territory and vice versa has also been kept in check by putting up of nylon nets at different strategic locations,” the official added. There are also certain restrictions imposed on trawlers and mechanized boats used by fishermen for venturing into the core forest areas for catching fishes. “Fishing is one of the prime activities of the villagers inhabiting the islands of the Sunderbans and we have to maintain a balance between allowing them to catch fish and at the same time prevent man-animal conflict in the process,” the official added. It may be mentioned that the tiger census in the Sunderbans was undertaken in October-November 2018. The camera traps at the Buxa Tiger Reserve in Alipurduar have captured the presence of tiger on more than one occasions in 2018-19 but during the counting exercise that lasted for eight days, the presence of the animal was not found. Photographs of the big cat have also been captured from Neora Valley, the only virgin forest in the state situated at Kalimpong district. Three photographs of the animal have been found since January 2017. “Neora Valley could not be brought under the census exercise as there was some disturbance in the Hills when the count was held on March 2018,” the official added. It may be mentioned that the 2018 census has been the most technologically intensive wildlife enumeration exercise ever undertaken in the country. Android phone applications of M-STrIPES (Monitoring System for Tigers-Intensive Protection and Ecological Status) — a software introduced in 2010 by the NTCA was used extensively. The software enables both data collection and analysis. The application logs earlier findings in an area, authenticate the findings through geo-tagging of photos, and this results in more accurate assessment of tiger numbers.last_img read more

Duchess Of Cornwall Visits Montenegro With UNICEF

first_imgHer Royal Highness The Duchess of Cornwall last week visited Montenegro to see how UNICEF is using a new digital application to help children stay safe on the internet and protect themselves from online sexual exploitation.The app was developed through UNICEF’s work with #WeProtect – a global initiative created by the UK government to tackle online child sexual abuse and exploitation that includes UNICEF’s programme to address the issue in 17 countries.The Duchess of Cornwall met with teams to see an exclusive preview of the new app and to discuss how it will protect children online. On her visit The Duchess of Cornwall also met with a classroom of children to find out how UNICEF is supporting them develop essential skills and competencies so they can thrive in school and their future careers. The programme, developed and conducted in partnership with the Jubilee Center and University of Birmingham, aims to help children grow into well-rounded human beings with strong social and emotional skills as well as a formal education.The Duchess of Cornwall also met children in foster care and their foster families as part of UNICEF Montenegro’s Every child needs a family campaign. The initiative aims to encourage more people to become foster parents so that vulnerable children are not placed in institutions.Actor Nicholas Lyndhurst, a long term supporter of the Unicef work in Montenegro, was also at the event to meet The Duchess of Cornwall.Unicef UK Executive Director David Bull, said: “We are delighted that The Duchess of Cornwall spent time with UNICEF in Montenegro to understand how we are protecting children from danger. Online sexual exploitation of children is a huge and deeply disturbing issue that needs urgent attention and we are working with #WeProtect to keep more children safe online.”last_img read more

4 die in crash of Portuguese medical emergency helicopter

first_imgLISBON, Portugal — Portuguese authorities say four people have died when a helicopter in the country’s medical emergency service crashed.Portugal’s National Institute of Medical Emergencies says Sunday that the helicopter went down Saturday in the Serra de Pias hills east of Porto while it was returning to base after transporting a patient. The two pilots, a doctor and a nurse died in the crash.The service says the cause of the crash is under investigation, but added it came as the area experienced “adverse weather.”The service did not reveal the identities of the four victims. Spanish media reported that the doctor was a Spaniard.The Associated Presslast_img