Governments urged to provide long-term decarbonisation clarity

first_imgEU leaders are meeting in Sibiu, Romania on 9 May“As business and investor leaders who aspire to build the climate neutral economy of the future, we urge you agree the necessary policy foundations and set the direction of travel that will provide us with the clarity and confidence to act.”The letter is understood to be the result of an initiative instigated by the Corporate Leaders Group, a group of European industry executives working together under the patronage of the Prince of Wales, but it also received backing from investors.These include the chief executives of Nordic pension investors such as Alecta, Folksam and Ilmarinen, and those of asset managers Aegon, DWS, Earth Capital and Impax.Alex Wynaendts, CEO at Aegon Asset Management, said: “As a signatory to the Paris Pledge for Action and considering our strategic focus on supporting the energy transition, we ask EU leaders to urgently execute on the measures against climate change as agreed upon in Paris.”The Institutional Investors Group on Climate Change (IIGCC) put its name to the letter as a “supporter”, and Rachel Ward, head of policy at the group, explained that the letter was “a clear marker of the significance of climate change in the context of wider EU priorities that will be discussed during the Sibiu Summit next week”.Today’s letter is not the first time the private sector has called for heads of government to do more to facilitate the transition to low carbon energy. The IIGCC’s Ward told IPE there was “certainly an awareness of the risk of ‘statement fatigue’, which is why timing is so important”.“[Statements] will only be produced at key milestones where there is a clear window of opportunity to influence discussions and decisions,” she added. “The EU Sibiu Summit is certainly a moment to remind policy makers that climate change remains a priority.”A copy of the letter can be found here. Investors and corporates have joined forces to call for EU political leaders to endorse a long-term decarbonisation strategy to achieve climate neutrality by 2050.This would provide businesses with the “confidence and clarity” needed to make investments that could help bring about a European economy with net zero emissions, the groups said in an open letter.The letter was addressed to EU heads of state ahead of a gathering of national leaders in Sibiu, Romania next week.In the letter, the signatories explained that they had already invested in the energy transition because it made “business sense”, but that “businesses and investors cannot do this alone”. “A clear, coherent vision from European governments and institutions for climate neutrality by 2050 at the latest will give us the long-term guidance we need to invest,” the letter stated.last_img read more

Guyana’s cricket has not suffered despite the off-field predicaments, says Sanasie

first_imgSECRETARY of the Guyana Cricket Board (GCB) Anand Sanasie says that cricket has not suffered despite the numerous court actions, which are yet to be resolved. The administration of the game locally has been locked in a series of court battles over the years, and not even Cricket West Indies formerly the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) or successive Guyanese governments have mustered the courage to settle the impasse, which would ultimately see the image of the game return to some normalcy.“As I said almost four years ago cricket has not suffered as a result of all of this. We, the executives, have suffered and we have had our names brandished all over the place,” Sanasie said, after the GCB annual general meeting last Sunday.He added “On the field of play Guyana’s cricket has been going places. It has been doing well, so we have been insulating the players, the coaches, and everything that is going on in cricket … the cricket competitions have been going on, and so what is transpiring in the boardroom or at the courts we have been dealing with.“The GCB in the region had some issues, but we are represented in all forms of West Indies cricket, and locally we still continue to have our competitions played … in fact there is more cricket being played now than four/five years ago,” Sanaise concluded.The cricket impasse all started after they were allegations of illegal elections back in 2011.last_img read more

Super Bowl’s 5 greatest upsets

first_imgAppalachian State started it all back in September when theDivision 1-AA team went into the Big House and upset Michigan to start thecollege football season.Since then, we have seen more upsets in sports in the lastfive months than we probably have seen in the last five years.We saw a 41-point favored USC team lose to Stanford, theColorado Rockies improbable run and their winning 21 of 22 to make it to theWorld Series, and Maryland top college basketball powerhouse North Carolina.Then Sunday came.The New York Giants pulled off one of the biggest upsets ofall time by beating the undefeated New England Patriots 17-14 in Super BowlXLII.How could a Giant team, which many doubted would even make theplayoffs, knock off the heavily favored Patriots?How did they hold the most prolific scoring offense in NFLhistory to just 14 points?And who would have ever thought Eli Manning could outplayNFL poster child Tom Brady on the biggest stage?But now that the Super Bowl is over, the question now is,?Did the Giants pull off the biggest upset in Super Bowl history??While I?m sure there will be many takes on this topic overthe course of the coming days, here is my top five Super Bowl upsets of alltime:No. 5: Super BowlIV: Kansas City Chiefs 23, Minnesota Vikings 7Despite the Jets? surprising upset the year before, mostpeople still didn?t respect the AFL and listed the Vikings as 13-pointfavorites. Besides being underdogs, the Chiefs also had to deal with theaccusation that quarterback Len Dawson was involved in a gambling scandal.However, the Chiefs jumped out to a 16-point halftime leadand never looked back, giving the AFL its second consecutive upset in the SuperBowl. Dawson threw for 142 yards and a touchdown in winning game MVP honors.No. 4: Super BowlXXXII: Denver Broncos 31, Green Bay Packers 24The Packers had everything going for them entering SuperBowl XXXII, just like the Patriots did this year. They were led by the NFL?sonly three-time MVP, Brett Favre, had one of the best defenses in the leagueled by Reggie White and were the defending Super Bowl champions.With all that on the Packers? side, Green Bay was favored by12 points over Denver.The Packers got off to a fast start as well, taking theopening kickoff down the field for a touchdown. However, from then on theBroncos just kept handing the ball off to Terrell Davis, who rushed for 157yards and scored a Super Bowl record three times. With the win, John Elway andthe Broncos won their first Super Bowl and ended the NFC?s winning streak inthe big game at 12.No. 3: Super BowlXXXVI: New England Patriots 20, St. Louis Rams 17Heading into Super Bowl XXXVI, not many people gave thePatriots a chance against the Rams and in the ?Greatest Show on Turf,? as theRams were favored by two touchdowns.In the game, the Patriots jumped out to a 17-3 lead, but NFLMVP Kurt Warner led the Rams on two late scoring drives to tie the game at 17with 1:30 left on the clock. With no timeouts left for the Patriots, manyfigured we would witness the first overtime game in Super Bowl history, but TomBrady led his team down the field to set up a game-winning field goal by AdamVinatieri. And the rest is history. The Patriots went on to win three SuperBowls in four years, and Brady established himself as one of the bestquarterbacks in football history.No. 2: Super BowlXLII: New York Giants 17, New England Patriots 14Entering this year?s Super Bowl, many considered thePatriots a team of destiny that would not be denied their undefeated season.The Giants, on the other hand, had an up-and-down season but had played thePatriots close in the regular season finale. Even though New York played NewEngland close the first time they met, the Patriots were still favored by 12points.From the opening kickoff, the Giants? defense gave Brady allhe could handle, sacking him five times and knocking him down countless ofother times. Still, Brady led his team the length of the field for a go-aheadtouchdown, seeming to seal the game and the perfect season for the Pats.However, Manning got the ball back with just under three minutes left in thegame and had a Brady-esque performance, throwing the game-winning touchdownwith 30 seconds left to pull off the second greatest Super Bowl upset ever.No. 1: Super BowlIII: New York Jets 16, Baltimore Colts 7The Jets pulled off the biggest Super Bowl upset ever bybeating the NFL?s Colts. At the time the AFL was still considered an upstartleague that couldn?t match the talent level of the NFL. The first two SuperBowls gave support to that claim as the Packers beat the Chiefs and Raiders bya combined score of 68-24.Despite being 18-point underdogs, Broadway Joe guaranteed aJets victory and then came out and backed up his guarantee with hisperformance. The Jets never trailed in the game, as Namath threw for 206 yardson his way to being named Super Bowl MVP. The upset also gave the AFL its firstof two Super Bowl victories before merging with the NFL and becoming the AFC in1970. While the Jets might have pulled off the greatest Super Bowlupset of all time, the Giants gave them a run for their money. But the Giantsstill did one thing Sunday with the win: The G-Men pulled off the biggest upsetin my lifetime.Greg Schmitz is a senior majoring in communication arts.Let him know what you think is the biggest upset in Super Bowl history at [email protected]?last_img read more

Today’s Under 21 local action….

first_imgIn the Mid Tipp football U21 A football championship Semi final JK Brackens face Moycarkey Borris in Templemore at 2pm.In the South Tipp U21 A football league Clonmel Commercials take on Moyle Rovers in Kilsheelan at 2pmIn the West Tipp U21 A football championship Cashel King Cormacs play Galtee Rovers in Leahy Park, Cashel at 12 noon. And in the West U21 B football championship Golden Kilfeacle face Emly/Treacys in Emly at 11.30.last_img

Chelsea sack Conte after two years in charge

first_imgConte won the Premier League in his first season and the FA Cup in May, but the team finished fifth in the league last season, missing out on Champions League qualification.Ex-Napoli manager Maurizio Sarri is expected to succeed his compatriot at Stamford Bridge.Should Sarri be appointed, he would be Chelsea’s ninth full-time manager since Roman Abramovich bought the club in 2003.During three years with Napoli, Sarri did not won a major honour but guided the club to second, third and second again – behind Juventus in 2017-18. The former Empoli manager was named Serie A Coach of the Year in 2016-17.Chelsea announced on Friday that Conte had “parted company” with the club, with a two-line statement that ended: “We wish Antonio every success in his future career.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000Conte sacked as Chelsea managerLONDON, United Kingdom, July 13 – Chelsea have sacked manager Antonio Conte after two years in charge.The 48-year-old Italian, who returned to pre-season training this week, had one year remaining on his contract.last_img read more

Ensuring that Your SelfService Processes are Functional

first_imgWhile a self-service checkout and customer service process can be a competitive advantage for many businesses, they can also be a source of frustration when they don’t work smoothly.A self-service checkout will only be useful when it’s functioning properly. If a customer is unable to proceed through the process without seeking additional help, then that is a failure in functionality. The additional time necessary to resolve the issue is negating the benefit of having a self-service process in the first place.To overcome these obvious issues, it’s imperative that the self-checkout process is free of hurdles and confusion. Additionally, all of the features need to be working.When an automated checkout does work, however, it’s really a thing of beauty. The time it saves can quickly add up. For more information on this subject, watch the video from OpenView Labs featuring Bill Price.AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to PrintPrintShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThislast_img read more