Danish labour-market pension funds Sampension and Lærernes Pension have announced a new investment in eucalyptus plantations in Tasmania via a consortium including an unnamed UK investment fund.The two pension funds said the consortium, led by sector specialist Global Forest Partners, has made an investment in 36,504 hectares of eucalyptus plantations in Tasmania.Between them, the Danish pension funds said they paid “a three-digit million” kroner sum for the assets.Majken Hauge Johansen, head of alternative investments at Sampension, said: “An investment like this is good for the environment and provides a stable return.” She said the labour-market pensions provider had just expanded its forestry portfolio in the US, and was now expanding in Tasmania as well.Sampension already co-owned just under 31,000 hectares of eucalyptus plantations, she said, and could achieve a number of economies of scale.“Global Forest Partners is a local manager that we know and have worked with for a number of years,” said Hauge Johansen.The two pension funds said eucalyptus was mainly used to produce pulp and that as trees were felled, the areas were replanted.The plantation just bought was FSC (Forest Stewardship Council) certified, they said, obliging the forest owner to adhere to the 10 basic principles of responsible forest management, including workers’ rights and conditions of employment, indigenous peoples’ rights, environmental values and operational planning.Helle Ærendahl Heldbo, head of the unlisted fund investments at Lærernes Pension, said the FSC certification had been an important element of the investment deal.“In addition, it is also worth noting that the total investment binds approximately 290,000 tonnes of CO2 per year, which corresponds to about 24,000 pension scheme members’ annual CO2 emissions,” she said.Danish forestry investment firm IWC was an external adviser for both Danish pension funds in connection with the investment, the funds said.Lars Holm Simonsen, head of IWC’s timberland business, said factors making the Tasmanian investment attractive included the growth rates of the eucalyptus trees, the fact that the manager had control of the supply chain from forest to consumer, and a consumer market where the need for sustainable, FSC-certified quality wood had increased in recent years and was expected to increase further.Last May, Sampension made its first direct forestry investment with a DKK500m (€67m) deal in Oregon, US.
Citing the critical danger posed by storm surge and resulting flooding, La. Gov. John Bel Edwards recently announced the Interagency Coastal Storm Surge-Based Flood Risk and Resilience Awareness Campaign, a partnership of state agencies to use “Story Maps” to promote awareness of Louisiana’s Comprehensive Coastal Master Plan.The Master Plan is the foundational document underlying the campaign, as it identifies the risk to state infrastructure such as roads and bridges; and to services, facilities and systems for health care and education.“Building knowledge and understanding of our Comprehensive Coastal Master Plan across state agencies and among our citizens, we can create a more resilient coastal Louisiana,” said Edwards.The state Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority (CPRA), developer and implementer of the state Comprehensive Coastal Master Plan, along with the Louisiana state departments of Education (LDOE), Health (LDH), and Transportation and Development (DOTD) have collaborated on the Interagency Coastal Storm Surge-Based Flood Risk and Resilience Awareness Campaign, using Story Maps to foster greater interagency coordination and public awareness of Louisiana’s future coastal challenges and to reduce risk and improve resilience.Three interactive visually-focused Story Maps were created in partnership with the Louisiana State University (LSU) Economics & Policy Research Group (EPRG) and LSU Graphic Design Student Office (GDSO).Based on data from the 2017 Coastal Master Plan, they illustrate Louisiana’s vanishing coast and the potential impacts from future land loss and coastal storm surge-based floods.
Greek shipowner Diana Shipping revealed that a time charter contract for one of its Post-Panamax bulkers has been canceled.Last month, Diana entered into the time charter deal for its ship Polymnia with Dubai-based Al Ghurair Resources International.“Charterers have exercised their right to cancel the time charter contract since the vessel was not delivered, due to unforeseen events, unrelated to the condition of the vessel, during the pre-agreed period,” the company explained.Diana is now seeking a replacement charter for the 2012-built bulker.The 98,704 dwt Polymnia is currently chartered to Geneva-incorporated Cargill International at a gross charter rate of USD 16,000 per day.Diana Shipping’s fleet currently consists of 43 dry bulk vessels with a combined carrying capacity of 5.3 million dwt and a weighted average age of 9.46 years.
Share HealthLifestyle St Kitts-Nevis PM urges international support for regional public health agency by: – June 17, 2011 Tweet Share Share Sharing is caring! 12 Views no discussions Prime Minister of St Kitts and Nevis, Dr Denzil Douglas GEORGETOWN, Guyana — The prime minister of St Kitts and Nevis, Dr Denzil Douglas, on Monday made a strong call for international development partners to throw their support behind the new Caribbean Regional Public Health Agency (CARPHA) which the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) will legally establish by July of this year.Douglas, who has lead responsibility for Human Resources Development, Health and HIV and AIDS in CARICOM’s quasi-Cabinet of the Conference of Heads of Government, was delivering the feature address to an audience of international development partners and other key stakeholders at CARPHA’s second annual partners’ conference held in Washington under the theme: Charting the Future in Health and Development in the Caribbean.The one-day conference, which was held at the headquarters of the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO), sought to update stakeholders on the progress towards the regional public health agency and to cement further support for the agency.In acknowledging the support of key partners, including the Pan-American Health Organisation (PAHO), the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom and France, Douglas pointed to the pivotal role that the regional public health agency would play in pooling much needed resources to bolster the fight against both HIV and AIDS and chronic non-communicable diseases in the Caribbean.He explained that the role of public health in reducing the impact of the communicable and non-communicable diseases is being identified as “a critical component of sustaining economic development” and pointed out that the costs of responding adequately to both HIV and NCDs were enormous.CARPHA, he stated, would be the bridge for “channeling scarce resources and fostering shared responsibility and institutionalizing effective management within the Community’s public health sector.”Underscoring the importance of collaboration in sustaining CARPHA, the St Kitts and Nevis prime minister also stressed the need to adopt a more forward-thinking approach to partnerships, which he said, was driven by a shifting economic and political paradigm brought about by global crises.“The leaders of our region are quite aware that the global economic crisis has engendered a new economic order and escalated a changed political landscape, with deep structural barriers and access to overseas development assistance (ODA). Hence there is need to revisit our approach to partnership and resource mobilization.”He added that this recognition had prompted the Community to develop a resource mobilization and sustainability plan that illustrated the commitment of its member states to maintain their quota contributions.“This together with PAHO’s pledge to maintain the level of its support to the regional institutions would no doubt guarantee the delivery of basic public health functions during CARPHA’s transitional period between now and 2014, and set the stage for a solid foundation in the periods to follow,” he explained.It was against this background that Douglas appealed to the more than thirty partners at the conference to collaborate in accelerating CARPHA’s implementation plan.In this regard he noted that the immediate tasks which needed their full support included building up the laboratory facilities, strengthening its surveillance capabilities, increasing the cadre of public health professionals, enhancing public health leadership, supporting research and development and investing in social marketing techniques to broaden the understanding of the public health mission and generally set the stage for enhanced public/private sector partnership.“Let us use this occasion to rewrite Caribbean public health history,” he concluded.Caribbean News Now
ILOILO City – A 42-year old woman who gave birth at the Western Visayas Medical Center (WVMC) in Mandurriao district on July 31 tested positive for coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). By afternoon, the WVMC management locked down its OB-Emergency Room, OB-Ward, delivery room and GEO (Gyne, ENT and Opta) ward. Her test result was released on Sunday morning, Aug. 2. He added: “Probably within two to three days maka-resume na kami operation.” The woman, a resident of Mandurriao, was asymptomatic. She was rushed to the delivery room because she was already about to give birth. “Temporarily waay kami anay ‘gabaton OB patients unless extreme emergency,” said Nicolo. The lockdown was for 48 hours during which these areas were decontaminated, according to Dr. Joseph Dean Nicolo, medical center chief.
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Porter, In. — Celebrate the migration of birdlife through the Indiana Dunes region this May 16-19 at the fifth annual Indiana Dunes Birding Festival. This year’s event features nearly 150 individual trips, programs, and workshops. The event is organized by the Indiana Audubon Society and includes both the Indiana Dunes National Park and Indiana Dunes State Park as site hosts.The four-day festival features guided field trips and car pool tours to view migrating birds within the dunes area, bird and nature related programs and workshops, live bird of prey talks, a native plant sale, and art instructional workshops for both new bird watchers and nature enthusiasts. Evening events include special excursions for night birds, an art exhibition open house, and a family friendly “birds and brews” social event. Saturday night will feature famed bird writer Laura Erickson who serves as contributing editor and columnist for Bird Watching magazine.Early Bird registration began March 3 and offers basic registration for as low as $42 for the four days. Daily and youth rates are also available. To register, go to the festival website at:indunesbirdingfestival.com.In addition to the festival website, more information can be obtained at the Indiana Dunes Visitor Center, located at 1215 N. State Road 49, just south of the intersection of 49 and US 20 in Porter, Indiana. Interested participants can also contact the center’s information desk at 219-395-1882 or the Indiana Audubon at 219-928-6905.
Roy Thomas, age 53, of Osgood passed away at his home early Saturday morning, April 6, 2019. He was surrounded by those he loved most. Roy was born on August 20, 1965 in Batesville, the son of William and Patricia (Landes) Thomas. He grew up and spent his entire life in the Osgood community.Roy was a graduate of Jac-Cen-Del class of 1983, where he enjoyed playing basketball, baseball, and golf. Shortly after finishing high school he met Jan (Dixon) of Milan, and the two of them were united in marriage on June 21, 1986 at the Osgood United Methodist Church. They have spent the last 30 plus years in Osgood raising their children, Paige and Riley.Roy had various jobs throughout life. He did sales and estimation, for the past 5 plus years, working for Four Seasons in Osgood. Early on in his career, he worked for Halcomb Home Center in sales and estimation, worked various carpentry jobs, and had completed numerous projects. Although he was a hard and dedicated worker, his favorite job was simply being Dad. If you were lucky enough to spend five minutes with him, you knew he was proud of his kids. He took pride in taking Paige to horse shows on the weekends, and coaching Riley in numerous sports. He truly fed off their success and happiness. He was passionate about helping kids learn and develop. Roy spent 15 years coaching different sports, at various levels for Jac-Cen-Del.To simply relax and enjoy life, Roy enjoyed fishing trips in Canada with his dad, going on weekend Jeep trips with Jan, spending time at the family’s pond, taking care of the farm, and spending the day with his family.He will be deeply missed by wife Jan, daughter Paige, son Riley all of Osgood, his mother Patricia, and dear family friends Tom and Gloria Borgman, Ellen (Bill) Davis, and Cory Stine.A private family Celebration of Life will be held at a later date. Memorials can be given to the Osgood Volunteer Fire Department in care of Neal’s Funeral Home.
For all the Latest Sports News News, Other Sports News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. Ahmedabad: Bengal Warriors and Telugu Titans played out an exciting 29-29 draw in a Pro Kabaddi League match here on Monday.This was the fifth tie between these two sides, making this as the most drawn fixture in the history of the league.Telugu Titans, courtesy of their defence and the Desai brothers—Suraj and Siddharth—got off to a strong start and took an early two-point lead in the contest.They maintained the lead till midway in the first half, but a run of unanswered points from Bengal Warriors levelled the scores at 7-7.Amit Kumar and Suraj helped Telugu Titans reduce Bengal Warriors to just three men on the mat, but a picture-perfect thigh hold from Mohammad Nabibakhsh on Siddharth levelled the scores yet again. Telugu Titans’ Farhad Milaghardan put his team back up by one with a tackle on Maninder Singh, but Nabibakhsh showcased his all-round ability and levelled the scores with a touch point on Amit Kumar.In the final moments of the half, Suraj was dashed out, but a review from Telugu Titans revealed that the raider had stepped out of bounds before getting a touch on a defender.This meant that Suraj, alongwith three defenders that entered the lobby, were rendered self-out and the two teams headed into the half-time break with the southerners leading 13-11.Mohammad Nabibakhsh was Bengal Warriors’ leading scorer with eight points. Telugu Titans inflicted an all-out and took a five-point lead at the start of the second half. But Bengal Warriors responded swiftly by scoring three unanswered points to get some momentum on their side.A couple of minutes later, Rinku Narwal’s brilliant back hold on Siddharth followed by a Nabibakhshtwo-point raid not only levelled the scores but reduced Telugu Titans to just a lone man.Baldev Singh tackled the raider and inflicted an all-out as Bengal Warriors took the lead for the first time in the contest.That lead, however, did not last long as Telugu Titans’ defence levelled the scores and Siddharth put them up by one point with seven minutes left in the contest.K Prapanjan and Nabibakhshthen scored a raid point each to put Bengal Warriors in the lead, but Telugu Titans’ defence came up with a clutch yet again, tackling the latter in his subsequent raid to level the scores. In the final minute of the contest, Armaan came in to raid and successfully scored a bonus before being tackled by Rinku Narwal as each team earned a point and the scores remained level.
ABOSAIDE Cadogan and Daniel Islam were winners on Thursday evening as the Guyana Squash Association held the Ansa McAl Lucozade Handicap Squash Tournament.The GSA’s third senior tournament for 2017 was played at the Georgetown Club Squash Courts and featured several of the top players on the second night.In the Open category Regan Pollard -12 could not overcome his handicap of 20 points in his match against Theron Mohabeer +8 and lost in straight games 15-1, 15-12.Javid Rahaman -2 had to work hard to defeat Lloyd Fung-A-Fat +8, 6-15, 15-11, 15-12 while Taylor Fernandes 0 showed her experience with a come-from-behind victory over Adam Alves +5, 11-5, 15-12, 15-11.Daniel Islam -5 proved to be too tough for Ryan Rahaman +7, winning 15-10, 8-15, 15-12.In category A defending champion Abosaide Cadogan 0 had a comfortable win against Zachary Persaud +7, 15-13, 15-9 while Gianni Carpenter -8 beat Jahcinta Adams +10, 15-10, 15-12.Kirsten Gomes 0 had to hold her nerve to overcome Paige Fernandes +8, 15-13, 15-13 while Demetrius De Abreu -2 had no room for error but still managed to overpower Christiana Fernandes +13, 15-13, 15-14.All matches are best-of-three and action continues each evening at 18:00hrs at the Georgetown Club courts.The finals of all the categories are set for Sunday November 19 starting at 11:00hrs.