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ESG funds outperforming broader market in current volatile investment environment

first_imgESG funds outperforming broader market in current volatile investment environment FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享S&P Global Market Intelligence ($):Investment funds set up with environmental, social and governance (ESG) criteria remain relative safe havens in the economic downturn caused by the coronavirus pandemic, supporting claims by ESG investors that their focus on nontraditional risk leads to more resilient portfolios.S&P Global Market Intelligence analyzed 17 exchange-traded and mutual funds with more than $250 million in assets under management that select stocks for investment based in part on ESG criteria. Of those funds, 14 have lost less value this year than the S&P 500, up from 12 in April. The top performer in the latest analysis, the Nuveen Winslow Large-Cap Growth ESG Fund, gained 3.4% in the year through May 15 compared to an 11.4% decline in the S&P 500.“Looking forward, we expect investors to continue demonstrating an appetite to implement these kinds of long-term sustainable investing strategies,” said C.D. Baer Pettit, president and COO of research and data firm MSCI Inc., on an April 28 earnings call. “And our research indicates this has been a successful approach during the crisis so far,” he added, saying that the company’s ESG indexes “have shown resilience even more notably in the first quarter of this year.”Sustainable investment funds in the U.S. saw a record $10.5 billion of net inflows during the first quarter, according to Morningstar Inc.So far, renewable energy assets such as wind and solar plants have proven to be financially resilient since in many cases they sell electricity under fixed-price, long-term contracts that help to shelter their revenues from economic disruptions.“[The] underlying theme of investing in climate change solutions is proving a durable asset class and one that we believe will come out of this crisis even stronger,” said Jeffrey Eckel, chairman, president and CEO of renewable energy investor Hannon Armstrong Sustainable Infrastructure Capital Inc., on a May 7 earnings call.[Michael Copley, Esther Whieldon, Robert Clark]More ($): ESG funds remain relative safe havens in coronavirus downturnlast_img read more

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Assombalonga Hails Hardworking Mikel Obi at M’boro

first_img“Uncle – I call him Uncle – is a real rock in midfield,” Assombalonga told Teesside Live.“You can just see the pure quality he brings to the pitch in midfield in every game.“When you have that quality and experience on the pitch you always have an extra edge and an advantage.“He lets the other boys in midfield go out and express themselves.”Mikel has made 11 appearances for the Riverside Stadium outfit so far including an appearance in the FA Cup though with a record of three wins, five losses and three draws.However, the DR Congo international is raving about the playing style of the former Chelsea midfielder.“He is incredible. He drags players towards him and that creates time and space somewhere else and then he gets the ball, keeps the ball and threads it into those empty space for someone to pick up and use,” he continued.“You can give him the ball even when he has players on him and he always gets out of sticky situations and finds space.“You can give him the ball absolutely anywhere on the pitch and he will manoeuvre and find a space or an angle and find a way to give it to someone else in a better position. He’s awesome.”Mikel joined the Championship side as a previous winner of the Uefa Champion League, the English Premier League, FA Cup and League Cup before leaving for Chinese Super League side Tianjin Teda in 2017. And his presence and authority in Tony Pulis’ team are of importance to the rest of the squad.“It is really good for the boys to have someone with his medals and what he has achieved around the changing room,” he added.“He really has been there and done it all so he has that authority. When he talks, you listen.“And he is a nice guy to have around. He’s so funny and down to earth.”Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Middlesbrough attacker Britt Assombalonga has praised by teammate John Obi Mikel by describing him as an ‘uncle’  with awesome and incredible qualities.The 31-year-old has established his presence in Tony Pulis’ team with imperious performances in the midfield since his arrival as a free agent in January.His displays earned him a special song from the fans and Assombalonga, Boro’s leading top scorer with 10 goals this season, has lauded the Super Eagles midfielder for his exemplary role.last_img read more

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UCL: Chelsea come back to draw 4-4 at home with Ajax

first_imgChelsea mounted a stirring fightback from 4-1 down to earn a crucial Champions League point as Ajax ended with nine men on a night of high drama at Stamford Bridge.The Dutch champions, semi-finalists last season, were in calm control and looked on course for victory when Donny van de Beek gave them a three-goal lead 10 minutes after the break – but in a chaotic closing period Chelsea completed a remarkable recovery as the visitors lost their discipline.Having pulled one back through Cesar Azpilicueta’s close-range finish to make it 4-2, the game turned on its head in 60 seconds of high drama in the 68th minute.Daley Blind fouled Blues striker Tammy Abraham, referee Gianluca Rocchi allowed play to continue and a shot then hit Joel Veltman’s arm in the 18-yard box. Rocchi awarded a penalty, went back and showed Blind a second yellow card, with fellow centre-back Veltman also sent off seconds later for the handball.Jorginho scored from the spot for the second time in the game to set up a frantic finale.Substitute Reece James, 19, pulled Chelsea level and became the club’s youngest Champions League goalscorer with a low strike from a rebound after Kurt Zouma had headed against the bar.With the hosts pushing for a winner and backed by a buoyant crowd, Azpilicueta thought he had scored their fifth goal, only for the video assistant referee to intervene and detect a handball by Abraham.It was an ending to match the game’s opening, which featured two goals in the first four minutes, Abraham flicking Quincy Promes’ free-kick into his own net before Jorginho equalised with his first penalty after Christian Pulisic was fouled.Ajax retook the lead when Promes headed in a brilliant cross from Hakim Ziyech, whose free-kick from a tight angle led to the third goal as the ball came back off the post and went in after hitting home keeper Kepa Arrizabalaga in the face.Van de Beek looked to have settled matters, finishing off from 12 yards when unmarked, only for Chelsea to rally in stunning style.Both sides had chances in the closing moments but in the end settled for a draw which leaves them both level on seven points with Valencia, who beat Lille 4-1 in this extremely tight Group H. Source: BBClast_img read more

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Wellington council discusses bulldozer, problem with fungus growing on golf course

first_img Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments (17) Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings Sort by: Date Rating Last Activity Loading comments… You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. +9 Vote up Vote down Fred · 248 weeks ago Weren’t we just talking about the city becoming bankrupt? Now we’re talking about greens that will cost 350,000 WTH IS GOING ON HERE!! I think I’ve missed something, unless we have that money tree somewhere that my parents used to tell me about!! SMH but then again it couldn’t be more important then putting a concrete slab out at Worden park for people to drive down a DIRT road to park on concrete, let’s handle the things that really matter PLEASE COUNCIL! not parking lots and greens Report Reply 6 replies · active 248 weeks ago +16 Vote up Vote down Just me · 248 weeks ago At best, the out of town golfers buy a hamburger somewhere and maybe a six pack of beer. Not much revenue and/or taxes go into the Wellington coffers. Mr. Butts, as President of the WGA, should exclude himself from discussions and voting on golf course issues but that won’t happen because that is why he got himself appointed on the council in the first place. Next up will be a new clubhouse. Report Reply 4 replies · active 247 weeks ago +5 Vote up Vote down randy · 248 weeks ago So what if there is a fungus, if its not a hazard to the health of people. Let the golf course raise its prices to pay for it, not the tax payers. If they cant afford it oh well, we dont get that much traffic to omg come wellington to play a golf. So where does it end. It would be different if our golf course was packed all the time but it is not. Report Reply 0 replies · active 248 weeks ago +3 Vote up Vote down no name · 248 weeks ago Just me if we are going to talk conflicts holy cow. Green has rental houses etter has a bar complaining about unfair business practices with the vfw and legion. Everyone has an agenda. How about the city learn to address the issues as they arise instead of putting it off until it is to late. I only wish the city council had used the we shouldn’t be hiring people when Roy’s boy was being promoted with a huge raise and they hired additional staff to compensate for that. Take care of the golf course now and it won’t cost that much. Report Reply 0 replies · active 247 weeks ago +2 Vote up Vote down no name · 248 weeks ago Fred the 350,000 is for a bulldozer not the golf course. Report Reply 1 reply · active 248 weeks ago +5 Vote up Vote down Sue · 248 weeks ago Why can the City of Ark City be able to buy a used dozer for their landfill for around $129,000? Why do we have to have one that costs $350,000?? Is this a “keeping up with the Joneses”? If this council is so concerned with saving money then figure out how to cut costs where we can. Hiring an expert to take care of the fungus on the golf course is ridiculous. Have the current employees learn about it. So if you hire this expert then we will keep adding payroll costs, benefits and expenses to an already in trouble city coffers. I have said this before STOP spending money and cut some costs!!! Because the more you raise prices on utilities and all taxes people will keep moving out and then where will this town be?? Drive down any road here in town you will find more and more houses for sale. Is this what we want? Another thing that is being brought up is automation for trash service. If you haven’t read the budget report it is brought up in there how the city wants to add this “expense”. The cost is overwhelming to say the least. The alleys will go away and new trash containers will have to be purchased and new trucks at a cost of $500,000 for each truck. We cannot afford to have this happen. We need to stand together and tell the council to stop with the spending of the money. Yes there are some expenses that have to be paid but unnecessary spending doesn’t have to happen. Worden Park was not a necessity. Automated trash service is not a necessity right now. A golf course green expert is not a necessity either. Channel 55 aired an episode on the bonds being purchased. Did anyone watch this? The gentleman that was talking about it said the reason the bonds were being purchased was to build substation north of town. When asked about the cost the gentleman stated with the 30% rate increase for the utilities it will pay for the bonds. Hmmmm thought the rate increase was to help put money back in the reserve. So which is it?? If the substation wasn’t approved then the rate increase should go back down. So I ask again which is it?? Report Reply 0 replies · active 248 weeks ago Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments by James Jordan, Sumner Newscow — The city of Wellington has had its share of financial issues recently. But it still has to run the city, and two big expenses were the issues Monday at a work session meeting.The city is still considering whether to buy or lease a bulldozer, while it is currently paying rent on a machine after the one they had stopped working. The golf course was the other issue with a problem of fungus growing on the greens that is causing some severe problems. No solutions were suggested on the golf course issue, but it will be taken up at future meetings.The bulldozer was discussed at the last meeting, but the council wanted to get more information on leasing and financing before making a decision.Public Works director Jeremy Jones presented figures showing a lease option would be cheaper initially, but if the lease went five or 10 years, they would end up spending more money over the longer period of time.He wants to buy a Caterpillar, which has technology specifically designed for landfill usage, and is configured in a way he thinks will work better in that environment. They have money set aside in reserve for a $150,000 down payment, and the total cost is about $350,000. The remaining $200,000 would be financed with a monthly payment of around $4,000 for five years.Jones said they would have the option of purchasing at the end of the lease, but the lease still costs more in the long run.City council members did not come to agreement, but said they hope to come to a decision at the next meeting. They had an older machine that finally broke down and is not worth fixing, Jones said. It is in such bad shape none of the dealers were interested in taking it as a trade in. They can sell the old one at auction, and someone who just wants to use it on a farm could rebuild it and use it, Jones said.Dealers from Wichita were at the meeting.Steve Wagoner with the Wichita Case dealer said he had not bid on the contract but said he had some used bulldozers that could be considered.The Caterpillar dealer said there are several cities in Kansas that use their products in landfills, and they keep a supply on hand, so repairs could be done quickly.On the golf course issue, the problem is a fungus that grows in a circle on the course. It cannot be treated. The dirt has to be taken away and re-sod, which is becoming a major problem for the course.The council discussed the city’s relationship with the course and what the course means to the city.City officials believe the course is a quality of life issue, and that it brings people into the city. Those people spend money at area businesses, and pay sales tax, which also provides revenue for the city as well as local merchants.Derek Harrison, who manages the course, said the course has a very good reputation, and people often come from Wichita and other cities to play here. He said the greens virus is a problem that could affect that reputation.Council member Bill Butts suggested the city consider hiring a turf manager, someone with more scientific knowledge about golf courses.Other council members said they did not want to hire another employee because of budget consideration. However, if an employee left or retired, there might be room for a conversation.Wellington City Manager Roy Eckert and the staff intend to start working on a plan, and will present it to the council at a future meeting.Follow us on Twitter.last_img read more

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Algeria are African football champions

first_imgFor Senegal, who lost to Algeria by the same scoreline in the group stage, the long wait for a first continental crown goes on as coach Aliou Cisse, the captain of the 2002 runners-up, again fell short in the final.It was the first title-decider to feature two African coaches since 1998, with Algeria boss Djamel Belmadi completing a whirlwind 12 months at the helm after inheriting a side that failed to make it out of the group stage two years ago.“Without the players I am nothing. They are the main ones. I suppose the staff played its part in guiding the players but they applied the instructions incredibly well,” said Belmadi.With defensive rock Kalidou Koulibaly suspended for Senegal, Salif Sane deputised at the back and Ismaila Sarr was recalled in attack, while Belmadi kept faith in the same side that overcame Nigeria with an injury-time free-kick from Riyad Mahrez.Senegal had understandably feared the absence of Napoli star Koulibaly, banned after two bookings in the knockout rounds, although the towering Sane was desperately unlucky as Algeria grabbed the lead with scarcely a minute played.As Bounedjah took aim from 20 yards his effort smacked off Sane and arced high into the air before dropping underneath the crossbar and beyond a static Gomis, sparking delirious celebrations from both players and fans, some of whom arrived for the final on military planes provided by the Algerian government.– Half-time skirmish –It was the first time Gomis had conceded in almost 400 minutes in Egypt having replaced the injured Edouard Mendy ahead of Senegal’s final group game.Henri Saivet, who missed a penalty in the 1-0 victory over Tunisia, tried to catch Mbohli out with a free-kick while Mbaye Niang fizzed a powerful drive just over as Senegal gradually showed signs of life before the half ended with both sets of players embroiled in a scuffle as they headed for the tunnel.Senegal thought they had won a penalty on the hour when Cameroonian referee Alioum Alioum pointed to the spot for a suspected handball by Adlene Guedioura, but the official reversed his decision after a VAR review.Niang rounded an advancing Mbohli after a searching ball through from Cheikhou Kouyate but the forward sliced wide of the target from a tough angle, with the Algeria ‘keeper then acrobatically tipping over a rasping drive from Youssouf Sabaly.The Desert Foxes started to look jaded as Senegal brought on fresh legs in Krepin Diatta and Mbaye Diagne, but Youcef Belaili nearly made it 2-0 when his cross brushed the head of a defender and skimmed the roof of the net.Sarr blazed over on the volley as Algeria clung on to their advantage in the closing minutes, the final whistle greeted by an outpouring of raw emotion as the North Africans emerged worthy winners of the expanded 24-team event.Senegal (4-3-3)Alfred Gomis; Lamine Gassama, Cheikhou Kouyate (capt), Salif Sane, Youssouf Sabaly; Idrissa Gueye, Badou Ndiaye, Henri Saivet; Ismaila Sarr, Sadio Mane, Mbaye NiangCoach: Aliou Cisse (SEN)Algeria (4-4-2)Rais Mbolhi; Mehdi Zeffane, Aissa Mandi, Djamel Benlamri, Ramy Bensebaini; Adlene Guedioura, Sofiane Feghouli, Ismael Bennacer, Riyad Mahrez (capt); Youcef Belaili, Baghdad BounedjahCoach: Djamel Belmadi (ALG)Referee: Alioum Alioum (CMR)Complete list of coaches who have won the Africa Cup of Nations:1957 Egypt Mourad Fahmy1959 Egypt Pal Titkos (HUN)1962 Ethiopia Ydnekatchew Tessema1963 Ghana Charles Gyamfi Algeria’s forward Baghdad Bounedjah (1st-L) celebrates after scoring. PHOTO AFPFULL TIME: Algeria  1 (Baghdad Bounedja 2′)  Senegal  0Cairo, Egypt | AFP | Baghdad Bounedjah’s early goal propelled Algeria to a first Africa Cup of Nations title in 29 years after a fiery 1-0 victory over Sadio Mane’s Senegal in Friday’s final in Cairo.Bounedjah gave Algeria a dream start in the second minute when his deflected shot looped over Senegal goalkeeper Alfred Gomis, and it proved enough for the 1990 champions to lift the trophy on foreign soil for the first time.“It’s incredible. The win is for the whole country,” Algeria goalkeeper Rais Mbohli told beIN Sports. “We have to thank (coach) Djamel Belmadi. The situation was tricky in the past before he arrived.”“It’s a bit hard to soak in right now but I think we’ll realise what we’ve done when we return home,” he added. 1965 Ghana Charles Gyamfi1968 Zaire Ferenc Csanadi (HUN)1970 Sudan Jirí Starosta (CZE)1972 Congo Adolphe Bibanzoulou1974 Zaire Blagoje Vidinic (SRB)1976 Morocco Gheorghe Mardarescu (ROM)1978 Ghana Fred Osam-Duodu1980 Nigeria Otto Gloria (BRA)1982 Ghana Charles Gyamfi1984 Cameroon Radivoje Ognjanovic (SRB)1986 Egypt Mike Smith (WAL)1988 Cameroon Claude le Roy (FRA)1990 Algeria Abdelhamid Kermali1992 I. Coast Yeo Martial1994 Nigeria Clemens Westerhof (NED)1996 S. Africa Clive Barker1998 Egypt Mahmoud el-Gohary2000 Cameroon Pierre Lechantre (FRA)2002 Cameroon Winfried Schaefer (GER)2004 Tunisia Roger Lemerre (FRA)2006 Egypt Hassan Shehata2008 Egypt Hassan Shehata2010 Egypt Hassan Shehata2012 Zambia Herve Renard (FRA)2013 Nigeria Stephen Keshi2015 I. Coast Herve Renard (FRA)2017 Cameroon Hugo Broos (BEL)2019: Algeria Djamel Belmadicenter_img Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more

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McNabb and Vick could play together

first_imgDOUBLE TROUBLE—Philadelphia Eagles quarterbacks Donovan McNabb, left, and Michael Vick are seen during afternoon practice at NFL football training camp in Philadelphia, Aug. 17. “I believe in second chances and I have strong faith in God that he forgives our sins,” said McNabb, a dog lover who owns two American bulldogs and a Belgian Malinois. “Yes, it was a bad thing and a malicious act, but somewhere in your heart, you have to have forgiveness.”So far, McNabb has been impressed with what he’s seen from Vick on the practice field and in the film room.“He’s done a great job. You have to be excited about his work ethic and attitude,” McNabb said. “I see a guy doing whatever it takes to turn his life around. He’s going through the proper channels.”McNabb isn’t concerned that Vick’s presence ultimately will create a quarterback controversy. When McNabb went down with a season-ending knee injury in 2006, Jeff Garcia stepped in and led the Eagles to a division title and a playoff victory.But the Eagles didn’t re-sign Garcia after that season, and McNabb regained his starting spot once he was healthy.“I’ve been through many situations here throughout my career when they’ve cheered for the backup,” McNabb said. “It happened with Garcia. It happened with (Kevin) Kolb. It happened with A.J. (Feeley). I’m used to that.”McNabb, a five-time Pro Bowl pick, has led the Eagles to five NFC championship games and one Super Bowl appearance in 10 seasons in Philadelphia. He was rewarded with a $5.3 million raise in the offseason when the Eagles tore up his old contract with two years remaining, and gave him a new deal worth $24.5 million over the next two seasons.McNabb doesn’t consider Vick a threat to his job.“I kind of can be a mentor to him, give him an opportunity to get his feet under him, get his life together,” McNabb said. PHILADELPHIA (AP)—Donovan McNabb says he has no problem with Michael Vick taking some of his snaps and warns opponents that the two quarterbacks could be on the field together at times.Vick was signed by the Philadelphia Eagles last week to add a different dimension to the team’s offense, not to push McNabb for a starting job. It’s likely that Vick, a three-time Pro Bowl quarterback in six seasons with the Atlanta Falcons, will be used in a variation of the Wildcat formation. But even in that scenario, McNabb won’t necessarily be watching from the sideline.“I’ll be a receiver. I might be a tight end,” he said with a smile Monday. “You never know where I’ll be.”It’s uncertain whether the Eagles would risk putting McNabb at an unfamiliar position and expose him to the defense. Coach Andy Reid isn’t revealing any secrets.McNabb said he first lobbied the Eagles to sign Vick a month ago. He said he approached Reid with the suggestion even before Vick was released from federal custody after serving 18 months of a 23-month sentence for his role in a dogfighting operation. The two have been friends since McNabb escorted Vick on a campus visit to Syracuse a decade ago—Vick chose Virginia Tech.last_img read more

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Goodell: ‘Same mistakes can never be repeated’

first_imgNFL Commissioner Roger Goodell speaks during a news conference Friday, Sept. 19, 2014, in New York. (AP Photo/Jason DeCrow)NEW YORK (AP) — Commissioner Roger Goodell says the NFL wants to implement new personal conduct policies by the Super Bowl.Goodell was short on specifics at a news conference Friday, his first public statements in more than a week about the rash of NFL players involved in domestic violence. More defiant than contrite as he was hammered with questions, Goodell said he has not considered resigning.“Unfortunately, over the past several weeks, we have seen all too much of the NFL doing wrong,” he said in his opening statement. “That starts with me.”The league has faced increasing criticism that it has not acted quickly or emphatically enough. The commissioner reiterated that he botched the handling of the Ray Rice case.“The same mistakes can never be repeated,” he said.Goodell said he would meet with NFL Players Association chief DeMaurice Smith next week, and they would work with outside experts to evaluate the league’s policies.Among the areas that will be examined is Goodell’s role in discipline. The commissioner now oversees all personal conduct cases, deciding guilt and penalties.“Nothing is off the table,” he said.Goodell said he believes he has the support of the NFL’s owners, his bosses.“That has been clear to me,” he said.The commissioner and some NFL teams have been heavily criticized for lenient or delayed punishment of Rice, Adrian Peterson and other players involved in recent domestic violence cases. Less than three weeks into the season, five such cases have made headlines.Vikings star running back Peterson and Carolina defensive end Greg Hardy are on a special commissioner’s exemption list and are being paid while they go through the legal process. Arizona running back Jonathan Dwyer was placed on the reserve/non-football illness list, meaning he can’t play for the team again this season. Ray McDonald, a defensive end for San Francisco, continues to practice and play while being investigated on suspicion of domestic violence.As these cases have come to light, such groups as the National Organization of Women and league partners and sponsors have come down hard on the NFL to be more responsive in dealing with them. Congress also is watching to see how the NFL reacts.Rice was initially suspended for two games. After defending the punishment at first, Goodell admitted more than a month later that he “didn’t get it right” and announced tougher penalties for future domestic violent incidents.Then when a video emerged of the assault on his then-fiancee, the Baltimore Ravens cut the star running back and the league banned him indefinitely.Goodell reiterated Friday that he didn’t believe anybody at the NFL had seen the video before it was published by TMZ. The Associated Press reported last week that a law enforcement official says he sent the video to a league executive five months ago.Citing Rice’s appeal of his indefinite suspension, Goodell declined to specify Friday how the player’s description of what happened was “inconsistent” with what the video showed — the commissioner’s reason for changing his punishment.The NFL asked former FBI director Robert Mueller to conduct an investigation into the league’s handling of the Rice case. The law firm where Mueller is now a partner, WilmerHale, has connections to the NFL. Goodell insisted Friday that it wasn’t a conflict of interest because Mueller himself has not previously worked with the league.Goodell acknowledged he has learned that interviewing Rice and his now-wife together is an inappropriate way to handle a domestic violence case.The commissioner declined to address whether any women were involved in the decision to suspend Rice for two games, but conceded that’s “exactly what we’re concerned about.”“We didn’t have the right voices at the table,” he added.The NFL has since added domestic violence experts as consultants. It also announced it is partnering with a domestic violence hotline and a sexual violence resource center.Goodell said Friday that he will establish a conduct committee. One of the key questions is how to balance the league’s desire to take a stance against violent acts with the due process of the legal system.In a memo to the clubs late Thursday, Goodell said that within the next 30 days, all NFL and team personnel will participate in education sessions on domestic violence and sexual assault. The memo said the league will work with the union in providing the “information and tools to understand and recognize domestic violence and sexual assault.”The league will provide financial, operational and promotional support to the National Domestic Violence Hotline and the National Sexual Violence Resource Center.___AP NFL website: www.pro32.ap.org and www.twitter.com/AP_NFLlast_img read more

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Christmas Tree Recycling Info From Thurston County Solid Waste

first_imgRochester: Take your tree to the drop box at 16500 Sargent Road, Dec. 26 – Jan. 13, Tuesdays, Saturdays and Sundays, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Submitted by Thurston County Solid WasteGo green this holiday with tips for gifts, parties, decorationsAll across America, people typically throw away 25 percent more trash between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day than usual. All of the food waste, shopping bags, packaging, wrappings, trees and decorations quickly turn into tons of waste after the holiday season.This year, go green for the holidays with waste free tips from Thurston County Solid Waste. Go to www.ThurstonSolidWaste.org and click on “Waste Free Holidays” for creative ideas for garbage-free gifts, party tips that reduce the trash, and thoughtful wrapping and decorations you don’t have to throw away.When the holidays are over, think twice about what is actually trash. Our database at www.WhereDoITakeMy.org lists locations to take hard-to-recycle things like styrofoam, as well as where to take items for reuse. And don’t forget www.2good2toss.com to see or give away used items.When it is time to take the Christmas tree down, don’t trash it—recycle it! Thurston County residents can get their tree picked up for recycling, or drop it off at several locations:Free Christmas Tree Recycling Pick-up:LeMay compost and yard waste customers: Cut trees into three-foot sections and place them in or near your compost cart on your regular collection day. Call (360) 923-0111 for more information. Yelm: Take trees to Yelm City Park anytime, Dec. 26 – Jan. 10. Tenino residents: Take your tree to 418 Wichman St S, Dec. 25 – Jan. 15. Rainier: Take your tree to the drop box at 13010 Rainier Acres Road, Dec. 26 – Jan. 12, Fridays and Saturdays, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. City of Tumwater residents: Place your tree at the nearest street corner by 8 a.m. on Monday, Jan. 7. Call (360) 754-4150 for more information.Christmas Tree Drop-off Locations:All Thurston County residents: Take your tree to the Waste and Recovery Center at 2418 Hogum Bay Road NE in Lacey between Dec. 26 and Jan. 13 (closed Jan. 1), Monday – Friday from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Saturdays and Sundays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.center_img City of Olympia garbage customers: Place your tree in your regular pick-up spot by 6 a.m. on the following collection days. Call (360) 753-8368 for more information.Thursday and Friday customers—tree pick-up is Saturday, Jan. 5Tuesday and Wednesday customers—tree pick-up is Saturday, Jan. 12 Facebook0Tweet0Pin0 Shelton: Take your tree to Bill McTurnal Enterprises at 721 Kamilche Lane from Dec. 28 – Jan. 9 during daylight hours. On weekends, leave trees by closed gate.Flocked trees are accepted. Please remove all ornaments, lights, tinsel, stands, and nails from trees prior to recycling. Multi-family complex residents should check with their property manager for tree placement locations. City of Lacey residents: City crews will pick up trees. Place your tree at the curb by 8 a.m. on Monday, Jan. 7.Local Boy Scout troops will also offer donation-based pick-up service in some neighborhoods on Saturday, Jan. 5. Call (360) 491-3214 for more information.last_img read more

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Watch: Arsene Wenger has his say on Paul Pogba’s bad form for Manchester United

first_imgAdvertisement cfNBA Finals | Brooklyn Vsb3tl0Wingsuit rodeo📽Sindre Ekk9s3z( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) ft85Would you ever consider trying this?😱9vtlCan your students do this? 🌚1bjfRoller skating! Powered by Firework Former Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger, reckons that Paul Pogba is lacking both the fitness and mindset necessary to be successful at Manchester United. The French midfielder has had a difficult time since re-joining United from Juventus in 2016. He missed last Thursday’s 0-0 draw in the Europa League to AZ Alkmaar and Sunday’s 1-0 loss to Newcastle in the Premier League due to an ankle injury. And Wenger, suggests that until Pogba is fully fit he will never be able to recapture his best form.Advertisement “First of all, I think Paul Pogba since the start of the season has never been completely fit injury wise,” Wenger told beIN Sports.Advertisement “He doesn’t look completely confident physically and he’s the type of player who has a huge physical power. He needs to be perfectly fit physically.”At the end of last season, the 26-year-old Pogba admitted his interest in a “new challenge”, and Wenger emphasized on that, saying,Advertisement “When a player wants to leave and you stop him from leaving, you know you go through a process of rebuilding the relationship that the first thing that suffers is the performances.”“I personally think he behaves as well like he knows that Man United at the moment is not the team to compete for the championship. And, plus the fact that he was stopped from going away, it looks like the two together a bit tarnish his performances” he said.Watch Wenger’s interview here:Manchester United have won just two out of their eight Premier League games and currently sit in 12th place, just two points off the relegation zone. Meanwhile, United fans are hoping for Pogba’s early return from injury as they face fierce rivals Liverpool after the international break, in Old Trafford on 20 October.  Advertisementlast_img read more

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Six Pack for Selkirk — BCCAA denies college application

first_imgBy Bruce Fuhr,The Nelson Daily SportsIt’s definitely a step back for the athletic program at Selkirk College.The Castlegar campus athletic department has had its application for dispensation denied by the British Columbia Colleges’ Athletic Association (BCCAA) Executive.The college wanted the BCCAA executive to allow only the women’s volleyball team to participate during the 2010-11 season.The application was made after it was realized that the men’s team could not fulfill its league requirements as some of the men’s student athletes could not fully commit to the BCCAA league schedule. However, the request was denied due to the fact that league schedules are based on both genders traveling and competing at the same time. “This was a tough decision for all parties,” said Athletic Director Kim Verigin. “The good side to all of this is that Selkirk College is still a member of the BCCAA and the Executive is very supportive of our situation.” The BCCAA league Executive Committee recommended that Selkirk College play an exhibition season and use the year to rebuild the program. “The men’s and women’s teams will continue to operate with regular weekly practices,” explained Verigin. “We are currently working to confirm a competitive exhibition schedule for 2010-11 and we will continue to support the student-athletes and coaches who have committed to both programs.” Overlaying this issue, declining enrolment in volleyball programs in the West Kootenay and Boundary regions and a changing dynamic within the BCCAA league has made it difficult for smaller colleges like Selkirk to recruit student-athletes and stay competitive. Many BCCAA institutions are in transition to make the jump to Canada West (Canadian Interuniversity Sport)—the highest level of intercollegiate sport available in Canada. “We are hopeful that this year will be a positive turning point for the volleyball program,” said Verigin.  “But, we are not certain. We are going to have to work hard and see what the future will bring.”Currently there is no senior boy’s team at L.V. Rogers in Nelson.The only real volleyball program is run at Mount Sentinel where the South Slocan school continually puts competitive teams on the floor that competes not only locally but [email protected]last_img read more