Oil and gas industry heeding (some) investor demands on climate risks

first_imgThe oil and gas industry is responding to demands from investors about their climate change management and disclosure, although investors still have concerns and should step up their engagement, a director of Hermes’ stewardship and engagement arm has said.Tim Goodman, director, Hermes Equity Ownership Services, made the comments in connection with a report on the impact of climate-focused investor engagement with 10 large oil and gas companies in North America and Europe. The report was published by the four investor networks in the Global Investor Coalition on Climate Change along with climate research provider CDP.According to those behind the report, investor engagement has had a discernible impact on board and executive decision-making with respect to disclosure and management of climate change risks – but there are still laggards and shortcomings that investors want addressed.One target for investors this proxy season, as it was last year, is ExxonMobil. A shareholder proposal co-filed by The Church Commissioners for England called on the company to carry out and disclose an analysis of how its portfolio would fare in a world where global warming is kept to a maximum of 2°C. Hermes’ Goodman said investors were using the 2017 proxy season to try to have their concerns addressed, but emphasised that they needed to become more ambitious about the direction of their stewardship strategies.“We need to apply significantly more pressure using all the tools available, from private dialogue about portfolio resilience and 2°C transition planning, through to more public comment on our expectations for the oil and gas industry,” he said.Shareholder resolutions requesting more company reporting in line with recommendations of the Financial Stability Board’s Task Force on Climate-related Disclosures (TCFD) could in selected cases strengthen these efforts, he added.Investors should step up engagement with oil and gas companies beyond the North American and European majors, according to Goodman.“We must also acknowledge that the oil and gas industry is responding to demand and we need to ensure that we have similar dialogue with other sectors as well about how they are responding to the recommendations of the TCFD,” he said.Earlier this month, Hermes and Wespath Investment Management withdrew a climate change-related shareholder resolution for Chevron’s 2017 AGM, which will take place on on 31 May, saying that its filing had prompted the company to publish a report on how it is managing climate change risks. Although the report didn’t fully meet the proposal’s requests, Hermes and Wespath said the company should be given time to improve its disclosure.last_img read more

James tames Willamette for career first Wild West Shootout checkers

first_imgBricen James sped to the first Wild West IMCA Modified Shootout victory of his career at Willamette Speedway. The $1,000 win also put him on the ballot for the Fast Shafts All-Star Invita­tional. (Photo by Stephanie Deatherage)By Ben DeatherageLEBANON, Ore. (June 29) – Night number seven of the Wild West IMCA Modified Shootout be­longed to Bricen James.The Albany speedster gained the lead near midway and led to the $1,000 checkers Friday at Willamette Speedway, earning his tour career first victory and a berth on the Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot.Rob Mayea made his first start with the series and got to the front on the initial green. Mayea was mighty fast while leading but unfortunately got caught up with a lapped car on the 13th circuit. Although Mayea retained the lead due to not stopping, his car was sustained enough damage to take him out of contention for the victory.On the restart, James blazed past Mayea and officially took over first place on lap 14. James tried to separate from the rest of the field but a handful of contenders gave chase.The race started intensified as lapped traffic came into the picture in the last laps. James kept all challengers in check to become the sixth different winner in seven 2018 events thus far.Jesse Williamson was second while John Campos took third. Grey Ferrando and Greg Walters completed the top five.Feature results – 1. Bricen James; 2. Jesse Williamson; 3. John Campos; 4. Grey Ferrando; 5. Greg Walters; 6. Ethan Dotson; 7. Dustin Cady; 8. Collen Winebarger; 9. Jerry Schram; 10. Brian Thompson; 11. Curtis Towns; 12. Lawrence O’Connor; 13. Jimmy Schram; 14. Sam Potter; 15. Jeff Faulkner; 16. Preston Luckman; 17. Aaron Sheelar; 18. Brian Wulfenstein; 19. Paul Rea; 20. Danny Lauer; 21. Rob Mayea; 22. Jeff Lovell.last_img read more

Five English players in Curtis Cup team

first_img6 May 2014 Five English players in Curtis Cup team Five English players have been selected for the GB&I team which will defend the Curtis Cup at St Louis Country Club, Missouri from June 6-8, 2014.They include Bronte Law, (image © Leaderboard Photography) who was a member of the 2012 team which won at Nairn in Scotland. She will be joined by Gabriella Cowley, Annabel Dimmock, Georgia Hall and Charlotte Thomas.The eight-strong team will be completed by Ireland’s Stephanie Meadow, who scored the winning point in 2012, giving GB&I their first victory since 1996; and the Scottish pair of Eilidh Briggs and Gemma Dryburgh.The team is made up of:–    The top four GB&I players on the world rankings: Meadow, Hall, Dimmock and Law–    The top two players on the LGU Order of Merit not already selected from the world ranking: Cowley and Briggs–    Two selected players: Thomas and DryburghThe team will again be captained by Tegwen Matthews who said: “I am thrilled and excited with this team and genuinely believe it has the perfect mix to retain the Curtis Cup. Each and every member of this team has fought hard for their place and I know they all have the desire, talent and passion to bring the cup back home.” Anna Hubbard will return as Team Manager.GB&I’s victory at Nairn in 2012 halted a run of seven consecutive victories by the United States.The Nairn contest, which GB&I won by a single point over three days, was the closest since a 9-9 draw in 1994 at the Honors Course, Chattanooga in Tennessee. GB&I, as holders, retained the trophy that year. GB&I’s only victory when the Curtis Cup match has been played in America occurred in 1986 at Prairie Dunes, Kansas where GB&I won 13-5.United States leads the series with 27 wins to GB&I’s seven. Three matches have been drawn.The England players:Gabriella Cowley, 18, (Hanbury Manor, Hertfordshire) was runner-up in this year’s Portuguese amateur championship, teamed up with Annabel Dimmock to win the Nations Cup for England at the Helen Holm Scottish stroke play championship, and was eighth in the Welsh open stroke play.  She won the England Golf girls’ order of merit for 2013, when her achievements included qualifying for the Women’s British Open, winning the Critchley Salver, representing GB&I in the Vagliano Trophy, representing England and helping to successfully defend the Girls’ Home Internationals.Annabel Dimmock, 17, (Wentworth, Surrey) has soared up the world rankings with a string of excellent results this season. She won the Helen Holm Scottish open stroke play title just over a week ago and followed up as runner-up in last weekend’s Welsh open stroke play. Earlier in the season she won the matchplay Jones Doherty Cup in the USA, where she was also runner-up in the South Atlantic ladies’ amateur. She was runner-up in the Spanish amateur, fifth in the European Nations Cup and won the Sunningdale Foursomes. She is an England international and was a member of the winning team at the Girls’ Home Internationals.Georgia Hall, 18, (Parkstone, Dorset) is the British women’s amateur champion and a past winner of the British girls’ title. She shared low-amateur honours at last year’s Ricoh Women’s British Open, won two gold medals at the 2013 Australian Youth Olympic Festival, represented Europe in the Junior Solheim Cup and won the LGU order of merit. She was Europe’s number one woman golfer for 2012, has previously represented GB&I in the Vagliano Trophy and is an England international.Bronte Law, 19, (Bramhall, Cheshire) was a member of the winning GB&I team at the 2012 Curtis Cup. The England international is a student at the University of California, Los Angeles, and has won on the US women’s college circuit. She has represented GB&I in the Vagliano Trophy and Europe in both the Junior Solheim Cup and Junior Ryder Cup matches. Bronte won the Cartier Trophy at the 2013 French Lady Junior Championship and was runner-up in the Esmond Trophy the previous year, when she tied 33rd in the Ricoh Women’s British Open.Charlotte Thomas, 21, is based in Singapore but makes an annual golfing trip back to England. Last summer she won the English mid-amateur championship, one week after losing a play-off for the English stroke play title. She is a student at the University of Washington in Seattle and has won on the US college circuit. Earlier this season she reached the matchplay stages of the Australian women’s amateur and tied third in the Lake Macquarie ladies’ championship, also in Australia.last_img read more

Plan Launched to Rename Richmond’s Boulevard for Tennis Great Arthur Ashe Jr.

first_img(TriceEdneyWire.com) – A new effort is underway to rename Richmond, Virginia’s Boulevard in honor of Richmond-born humanitarian and tennis great Arthur Ashe Jr.Richmond City Councilwoman Kim B. Gray says she plans to introduce legislation in September to change the street’s name to Arthur Ashe Boulevard.“I think it would be very appropriate to honor Arthur Ashe this way,” the 2nd District councilwoman said. “This could a first step in renaming streets in honor of other Richmond greats like civil rights icon [Dr.] Dorothy Height and [Black newspaper giant] John Mitchell whom the city has yet to recognize.”Gray said she is submitting the name change proposal at the request of the Ashe family. David Harris, nephew of the late Mr. Ashe, broached the idea at a recent civic group meeting in Scott’s Addition. The idea already has received significant attention. This would be the second time such a proposal has been before City Council.In 2003, 6th District Councilman Walter T. Kenney Sr.’s proposal to rename the Boulevard in honor of Mr. Ashe was rejected on a 7-2 vote. Ms. Gray is taking on the issue because a major portion of the Boulevard is in the 2nd District. She believes the proposal has a greater chance of success this time.She said she has heard from businesses and museums along the Boulevard that support the renaming. Gray also said she hopes Councilman Andreas Addison, whose 1st District borders a portion of the Boulevard, will join her in supporting the proposal. “I am open to exploring any and every opportunity to celebrate and remember Richmond’s historic leaders,” Mr. Addison stated Wednesday in a response to a Free Press query.“I support the public process to explore this renaming of Boulevard. I have not received any formal information or inquiry about this name change as of yet.” Fifth District Councilman Parker C. Agelasto did not respond to a request for comment by Free Press deadline. A small section of the Boulevard around Byrd Park falls into that district.Mr. Ashe, who is buried in a Henrico County cemetery, is honored with a statue on Monument Avenue, the first non-Confederate to have a monument on the street.He is the only Black man to win the singles title at the U.S. Open, Wimbledon and the Australian Open. Outside the sport, Mr. Ashe was an activist and humanitarian, winning recognition for his opposition to apartheid in South Africa and for opposing a U.S. crackdown against refugees from Haiti. He helped launch Virginia Heroes, a mentoring program for Richmond area youths, and started the Arthur Ashe Foundation for the Defeat of AIDS and the Arthur Ashe Institute for Urban Health before his death on Feb. 6, 1993.Special to the Trice Edney News Wire from the Richmond Free Press Arthur Ashe Jr. last_img read more

World Cup Diary: A’ja Wilson talks playing in the World Cup

first_imgJulie Allemand of the Belgian jumps to basket against A’Ja Wilson of the United States during the Women’s basketball World Cup semi final match between Belgium and the U.S.A. in Tenerife, Spain, Saturday Sept. 29, 2018. (AP Photo Andres Gutierrez) SAN CRISTOBAL DE LA LAGUNA, Spain (AP) — Here we are on the morning of the gold medal game and it’s been quite the experience so far. It’s been a joy to have the opportunity to play and compete against the best in the world and I’ve been capitalizing on every moment I’ve had here. I’ve enjoyed watching the games and playing in them and being with my teammates. You get a real appreciation for how good the players are throughout the world.One special moment for me was playing Nigeria in the quarterfinals and going against my former South Carolina teammate Sarah Imovbioh. She was a teammate I really loved with the Gamecocks. She’s always been herself and brought a lot of energy every time she played. Seeing her playing for her country and making history made my heart smile, to see how much fun she was having and how much pride she has for her country. I know it made coach Staley and I very, very, happy.We took a photo together after the game and I can’t wait to see it.Playing around some of the best ever to play has been a lot of fun, seeing their basketball IQ and their knowledge. The stories they have from being in the league so long. I was talking with my Las Vegas Aces teammate Kelsey Plum and we hope we can be in the game long enough to build stories like that. I’m trying to take it all in.One thing I’ve learned being on this team is to not do anything out of your role just because you’re on a different team. I come from teams where they expect me to do a lot. Here I don’t have to do that. Here I can just be myself and play a certain amount and know someone else is coming in to pick it up.It definitely helps since the other day I got a little bit of food poisoning and was feeling under the weather. Fortunately, we have great doctors with us and they got me back on track and being the A’ja I’m used to being.It’s not been all basketball here. My mom and I found this really great manicure spot so I got my nails done. Then of course we went souvenir shopping a bit. No, I didn’t get a flamingo to bring back, but we got scarves, clothes, jackets, shot glasses and bracelets. Out of our friends we travel the most, so we always try to get them things from every country we go to.And now I hope to bring home one more thing, and that’s a gold medal.___Las Vegas Aces star A’ja Wilson is checking in periodically from the FIBA Women’s Basketball World Cup. It’s been a busy few weeks with USA training camp, winning Rookie of the Year and finally making the team.last_img read more