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Anne Hathaway Set for Grounded Film

first_imgAnne Hathaway in ‘Grounded'(Photo: Joan Marcus) View Comments Anne Hathaway is bringing her latest stage role to the big screen. The Oscar winner will reprise her performance in George Brant’s Grounded in a film adaptation, according to Variety. Hathaway will also produce the project. No word yet on a director or production timeline.Hathaway recently won the Lucille Lortel Award for her performance in the solo show. She is also up for Drama League and Outer Critics Circle Awards.Grounded explores the consequences of war and the struggle to find a balance with home life. Hathaway plays a fighter pilot reassigned to a remote-controlled drone. She endures 12-hour shifts hunting targets from her Air Force trailer, then goes home to her family in the suburbs for another 12 hours.Prior to her stint in Grounded at the Public, Hathaway appeared on the New York stage in Twelfth Night at the Delacorte Theatre and Carnival at Encores!. She won an Oscar for playing Fantine in Les Miserables and her numerous additional screen credits include Interstellar, The Dark Knight Rises, Love & Other Drugs, Rachel Getting Married and The Devil Wears Prada.last_img read more

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Ari Graynor, Stefania LaVie Owen & Justice Smith Set for Yen

first_img Show Closed This production ended its run on March 4, 2017 Ari Graynor(Photo: Tibrina Hobson/Getty Images) View Comments Stage and screen stars Ari Graynor, Stefania LaVie Owen and Justice Smith will join the previously announced Lucas Hedges in the American premiere of Yen. Directed by Trip Cullman and penned by Anna Jordan, the MCC production will begin performances on January 12, 2017 and officially open on January 30 at the Lucille Lortel Theatre. Tickets are now on sale.Graynor has been seen on Broadway in The Little Dog Laughed, Relatively Speaking, The Performers and Brooklyn Boy; screen credits include I’m Dying Up Here and Bad Teacher. Owen is best known for her starring role as Dorrit Bradshaw on The Carrie Diaries; additional credits include Chance, Krampus and The Lovely Bones. Smith currently stars on Netflix’s The Get Down.In Yen, Bobbie (Smith) and Hench (Hedges) are home alone. Days are filled by streaming porn, playing video games, watching the world go by. Their mom (Graynor) rarely visits these days, and it’s chaos when she does. But when animal-loving neighbor Jenny (Owen) takes an interest in their dog Taliban, the boys discover a world far beyond what they know. Yen explores a childhood lived without boundaries.The limited off-Broadway engagement is scheduled to run through February 19, 2017.center_img Yen Related Showslast_img read more

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Emergency Food.

first_imgLogically, Amy Hopper doesn’t think the arrival of the newcentury is going to affect her family’s food supply. But the motherof two young children isn’t taking any chances.”Every time I go grocery shopping, I buy an extra bagof sugar, an extra bag of flour, a box of powdered milk and agallon of water,” Hopper said. “I don’t think we’llactually have to have it. But we can always use it.”University of Georgia food experts support Hopper’s logic.Storing Extra Food is a Smart Idea”We aren’t telling people to go out and stock their pantriesbecause of Y2K. But we are telling them it’s a smart idea to stockyour pantry for emergencies,” said Elizabeth Andress, anExtension Service food safety specialist with the UGA Collegeof Family and Consumer Sciences. “Every family should haveat least a three-day emergency food supply to fall back on.”Andress said having an emergency food supply cuts down on thestress level in emergencies and natural disasters.”Whether it’s a hurricane, tornado or snow storm, a naturaldisaster could prevent you from running to the grocery store topick up supplies for dinner,” Andress said.”Having an emergency food supply on hand will providepeace of mind for you and your family,” she said, “nomatter what disaster may come your way.”Select the Right Foods for Emergency ConditionsThesize of your emergency food supply depends on the size of yourfamily and home storage area. Stock only nonperishable foods.”Select foods that require no refrigeration, little orno cooking and little or no water,” Andress said. “Chancesare, if you’re in an emergency situation, you aren’t going tohave the luxuries of electricity and running water.”Stock your food supply with ready-to-eat canned meats, fruitsand vegetables. Remember to buy containers that can be used upin one meal or snack, since you will most likely be unable torefrigerate leftovers.Add canned juices and soups and canned or powdered milk. Includebottled water and extra water to mix with the powdered milk anddilute the soups.Supply enough fluids (milk, juice, water, etc.) so each familymember is allotted at least 2 quarts of fluids per day.Your supply should also include staple foods such as sugar,salt and pepper and high-energy foods like peanut butter, jelly,crackers, granola bars and trail mix.Remember the Extras”Don’t forget to throw in some comfort foods, too, likecookies, hard candy, sweetened cereals and instant coffee andtea,” Andress said.And don’t forget your vitamins. Be sure to include vitamin,mineral and protein supplements to assure proper nutrition.When stocking your emergency supply, keep in mind any specialneeds in your family. Have you included special foods for infantsor elderly family members?Don’t forget to include a hand-operated can opener, scissorsand knife for opening canned foods and foods in foil or plasticpouches. The last items in your food supply should be disposableplates, cups and utensils.Replenish Your Supply Yearly”Once you have your food supply together, make a listof dates when food items need to be inspected and possibly rotatedout. Then replace them with newly bought items,” Andresssaid. “Canned foods can last two years. But for best quality,use them within one year.”Powdered milk may be stored 12 to 24 months. Most of the otherfoods in your emergency supply should be used or rotated out withinone year. Over time, replace any food cans which may be rusty,leaky, dented or bulging.Now that your emergency food supply is intact, store it ina cool, dry place. Store dry supplies off the floor in a clean,dry, dark place away from any sources of moisture.(Photo by Sharon Omahen, University of Georgia College ofAgricultural and Environmental Sciences.)last_img read more

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Safe Eggs

first_imgThe recent recall of potentially contaminated eggs may have consumers concerned about eating their favorite egg dishes. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Food and Drug Administration are investigating an outbreak of illness caused by Salmonella and linked to cage-free large eggs from Gravel Ridge Farms in Cullman, Alabama. The potentially contaminated eggs, which were distributed between June 25 and Sept. 6, have been recalled. They were packaged in cardboard containers and sold primarily in restaurants and retail stores, including some stores in Georgia. For a complete listing of where products were sold, visit www.fda.gov.The recalled eggs were sold in single dozen and 2.5 dozen flats with the UPC code 7-06970-38444-6.  The products have “best if used by” dates listed between the dates of July 25, 2018, and Oct. 3, 2018. Consumers, retailers and restaurants that have Gravel Ridge Farm eggs in their refrigerator should check the UPC code and the “best if used by” dates to see if they match the recalled product.If you have the recalled product, do not eat, serve or sell the eggs. Instead, return them to the store or vendor where you purchased them or throw them away. Even if some of the eggs have been used and no one became ill, you should still not eat them.Eggs that are not a part of the recall can be safely used. However, eggs should always be handled with safety in mind. Follow these tips from University of Georgia Cooperative Extension to safely prepare eggs.Buy only refrigerated eggs.Always cook eggs until the yolk and white are firm. Recipes that contain eggs, like quiches or casseroles, should be cooked until they reach an internal temperature of at least 160 degrees Fahrenheit when measured with a food thermometer.  If you prepare recipes such as sauces, ice creams, dressings or desserts that contain uncooked or lightly cooked eggs, use only pasteurized eggs. Look for products labeled as “pasteurized.”Keep eggs refrigerated before cooking.  After you cook them, eat or refrigerate the cooked eggs or moist foods containing eggs within two hours or one hour if the surrounding temperature is 90 degrees Farenheit or hotter.Always wash your hands after handling raw eggs.  Wash countertops, utensils or dishes that come in contact with raw eggs.For more information on the safe handling of eggs, contact your local UGA Family and Consumer Sciences Extension agent at 1-800-Ask-UGA1.last_img read more

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Irrigation Maintenance

first_imgIrrigation systems are one the most essential components of a farmer’s toolbox. After sitting idle during the winter, now is the time farmers should check their systems before the spring growing season.According to University of Georgia Assistant Professor Wes Porter, UGA Cooperative Extension precision agriculture and irrigation specialist, the average irrigation system is not used for at least six months between fall harvest and the next production season. This lack of usage can result in leaks, dry rot, and animals and insects nesting within the machine.“I wouldn’t say just sitting causes all the problems, but we don’t take or have the time to service them throughout the year. When we are in production mode, it’s nearly impossible to do preventative maintenance during that time,” Porter said. “Now is a good time of year for preventative maintenance.”Porter offers these tips for producers to assess the status of their irrigation equipment:Make sure to do an electrical system shutoff beforehand or risk electrocution. You’re working with 480 volts, so make sure the power is turned off in your work area. Proceed with electrical safety in mind.Check the power unit, especially the main control panel, for any issues. Make sure all fuses are in working order and that no animals have chewed on wires or built nests in the electrical control box.Check the pumping system to see if pressure and flow are optimized. If pressure has been lost from last year or the pressure spikes, there’s more than likely a leak or possibly a clog. Check the sprinkler systems to make sure they are functional and properly applying irrigation.Perform a uniformity check on the pivot to determine any nonvisual application issues.Check the pivot point as it could contain leaks, loosened bolts, bad fittings and improperly greased joints.Check the drain valves to see if they’re in proper working order. When the system shuts off, the valves should drain water out of the pipe and should prevent leaks at the drain areas when the system is full of water.Make sure that the auto-stop and reverse are working.If chemigation or fertigation are being used, check their respective pumps.Check to see if the drive motors at each tower are in proper working order and that there is nothing nesting on the inside.Check the tires to make sure none have leaks, cracks or are flat.“The last thing you want to do is go out in the summer while in the middle of a corn field or cotton field and have to change a tire or a drive motor. It’s pretty hard to get to,” Porter said.Porter assures that using this checklist will provide farmers with the preventative maintenance needed for their irrigation equipment’s survival. For a more thorough checklist, read UGA Extension Bulletin 1452, “Spring Center Pivot and Lateral Irrigation System Preparation,” at extension.uga.edu/publications.last_img read more

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November 1, 2004 Disciplinary Actions

first_img November 1, 2004 Disciplinary Actions Disciplinary Actions November 1, 2004 Disciplinary Actionscenter_img The Florida Supreme Court in recent court orders suspended 11 attorneys, reprimanded two, disbarred two, and accepted the resignation of one attorney.The following lawyers are disciplined: Burton Louis Bruggeman III, 311 E. Morse Blvd., Apt. 4-3, Winter Park, suspended from practicing law in Florida for 90 days, effective Oct. 1, following an Aug. 19 court order. Upon reinstatement, Bruggeman is further placed on probation for one year. ( Admitted to practice: 1972) Among several Bar violations, Bruggeman failed to keep a client reasonably informed about the status of a matter and promptly comply with reasonable requests for information; failed to respond, in writing, to an official inquiry by Bar counsel or a disciplinary agency, when conducting an investigation into his conduct; and neglected to follow minimum trust account records for a minimum period of six years. (Case no. SC03-2185) Randall J. Cohen, 6064 Shallows Way, Naples, reprimanded for professional misconduct following an Aug. 26 court order. Cohen is further placed on probation, effective immediately, and must contact Florida Lawyers Assistance, Inc., within 30 days of the order and attend a continuing legal education approved seminar on the subject of gender bias/gender sensitivity within 90 days of the order. ( Admitted to practice: 2000) Among several Bar violations, Cohen engaged in conduct in connection with the practice of law that is prejudicial to the administration of justice and filed nonmeritorious claims and contentions. (Case no. SC03-153) Raul Javier Sanchez De Varona, 1320 S. Dixie Hwy., Ste. 280, Coral Gables, resigned in lieu of disciplinary proceedings, with leave to seek readmission after 10 years, effective 30 days following an Aug. 17 court order. ( Admitted to practice: 1990) De Varona was convicted on April 6 for Conspiracy to Commit Medicare Fraud and was sentenced to 15 months incarceration. (Case no. SC04-951) Jason Alexander Diamond, 4421 Hollywood Blvd., Hollywood, reprimanded for professional misconduct following an Aug. 26 court order. Diamond is further placed on probation for two years and must attend and complete The Florida Bar’s Advertising Workshop held in his geographical area. ( Admitted to practice: 1995) Diamond failed to comply with Florida Bar Advertising Rules. (Case nos. SC04-72 and SC04-864) Joseph A. Ferrara, 3121 Ponce de Leon Blvd., Coral Gables, suspended from practicing law in Florida for 30 days, effective 30 days following a July 1 court order. ( Admitted to practice: 1956) Among several Bar violations, Ferrara failed to comply with responsibilities regarding nonlawyer assistants; assisted a person who is not a member of the Bar in the performance of activity that constitutes the unlicensed practice of law; and violated or attempt to violate the Rules of Professional Conduct, knowingly assisted or induced another to do so, or did so through the acts of another. (Case no. SC04-982) Richard Louis Glachman, 3700 S. Ocean Blvd., Apt. 309, Highland Beach, suspended on an emergency basis, effective 30 days following a July 2 court order. ( Admitted to practice: 1980) A review of Glachman’s trust account revealed that there is clear and convincing evidence that he misappropriated client funds. (Case no. SC04-1066) Julio Gutierrez, 1351 N.W. 16th St., Miami, suspended from practicing law in Florida for three years, effective 30 days following an Aug. 26 court order. Gutierrez is further placed on probation for three years and must attend the next scheduled session of Ethics School held in his geographical area. ( Admitted to practice: 1986) Among several Bar violations, Gutierrez committed a criminal act that reflects adversely on his honesty, trustworthiness, or fitness as a lawyer in other respects; engaged in conduct involving dishonesty, fraud, deceit, or misrepresentation; and violated or attempted to violate the Rules of Professional Conduct. (Case no. SC04-44) William S. Hunter, P.O. Box 1199, Boynton Beach, suspended from practicing law in Florida, effective 30 days following an Aug. 20 court order. ( Admitted to practice: 1994) On or about July 1, Hunter pleaded guilty to one count of grand theft over $20,000, a second degree felony, and was sentenced to 15 years probation and ordered to pay restitution in the amount of $77, 289. (Case no. SC04-1463) Paul Anthony Levine, 1401 Brickell Ave., Ste. 700, Miami, suspended from practicing law in Florida, effective immediately following an Aug. 10 court order. ( Admitted to practice: 1996) On or about June 30, Levine plead guilty to one count of aggravated stalking, a third degree felony. (Case no. SC04-1323) Jorge Enrique Luna Jr., P.O. Box 3663, Orlando, suspended from practicing law in Florida for one year, effective immediately following an Aug. 19 court order. Upon reinstatement, Luna is further placed on probation for three years. ( Admitted to practice: 1996) Among several Bar violations, Luna violated rules regulating trust accounts and failed to respond, in writing, to an official inquiry by Bar counsel or a disciplinary agency, when conducting an investigation into his conduct. (Case no. SC03-2146) Robert R. Morris, 685 Royal Palm Beach Blvd., Ste. 205, Royal Palm Beach, suspended from practicing law in Florida for 30 days, effective 30 days following an Aug. 26 court order. Upon automatic reinstatement, Morris shall be placed on probation for six months and must attend the next scheduled session of Ethics School held in his geographical area. ( Admitted to practice: 1987) Among several Bar violations, Morris violated or attempted to violate the Rules of Professional Conduct, knowingly assisted or induced another to do so, or did so through the acts of another. (Case no. SC03-1865) Wayne Thomas Phillips, 2744 Summerdale Drive, Clearwater, disbarred from practicing law in Florida, effective immediately following Aug. 19 court orders. ( Admitted to practice: 1974) Among several Bar violations, Phillips violated Rules Regulating Trust Accounts; engaged in conduct involving dishonesty, fraud, deceit, or misrepresentation; and committed a criminal act that reflects adversely on his honesty, trustworthiness, or fitness as a lawyer in other respects. (Case nos. SC03-1720 and SC03-2176) Michael Richard Pinter, 4328 Corporate Square, Ste. C, Naples, suspended on an emergency basis from practicing law in Florida, effective 30 days following an Aug. 19 court order. ( Admitted to practice: 1992) A review of Pinter’s trust account revealed that there is clear and convincing evidence that he misappropriated client funds. (Case no. SC04-1577) James Sweeting III, 323 E. Church St., Orlando, suspended from practicing law in Florida for 30 days, effective 30 days following an Aug. 19 court order and reprimanded for professional misconduct. Sweeting is further placed on probation for two years. ( Admitted to practice: 1987) Among several Bar violations, Sweeting failed to keep a client reasonably informed about the status of a matter and promptly comply with reasonable requests for information; violated or attempted to violate the Rules of Professional Conduct, knowingly assisted or induced another to do so, or did so through the acts of another; and knowingly disobeyed an obligation under the rules of a tribunal. (Case no. SC03-1694) Elizabeth Ann Wolfe, 2170 Ibis Isle Road, Apt. 3, Palm Beach, disbarred from practicing law in Florida, with leave to apply after five years, effective immediately following an Aug. 19 court order. ( Admitted to practice : 1982) Wolfe allegedly misappropriated client funds. (Case no. SC04-1034) Lorn Francis Woodward, 1527 S. Flagler Drive, Apt. 115, West Palm Beach, suspended from practicing law in Florida for one year, effective 30 days following an August 26 court order. Woodward’s reinstatement is conditional on his passing the ethics portion of the Florida bar exam. ( Admitted to practice: 2000) Among several Bar violations, Woodward knowingly made a false statement of material fact or law to a tribunal; committed a criminal act that reflects adversely on his honesty, trustworthiness, or fitness as a lawyer in other respects; and engaged in conduct involving dishonesty, fraud, deceit, or misrepresentation. (Case no. SC04-180) Court orders are not final until time expires to file a rehearing motion and, if filed, determined. The filing of such a motion does not alter the effective date of the discipline.last_img read more

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Vestal school employee creates over-the-top videos to educate and make students smile

first_imgSome students at Vestal Hills Elementary, like Natalie Purdy who is in the fourth grade, say it’s a lot of fun to learn about the topics she’s covering. Natalie’s mother, Miriam, says parents love seeing them, too. “If I can make them laugh, or make the parents laugh, and maybe break the tension, then I feel like my job is done,” said Willis. Cathy Willis was used to doing the morning announcements at Vestal Hills Elementary before schools shutdown due to the pandemic. Now that everyone’s not in school, she says she wanted to make them feel special. “I think parents and teachers have something in common right now, which is that we’re really being challenged to do things differently,” said Miriam. “So, when we see teachers reaching out in a very different way like this, it’s not just academic, but it’s something that’s giving the kids hope and that things are okay.” (WBNG) — Vestal Hills Elementary speech pathologist, Cathy Willis, misses her students and has been going the extra mile to make sure they feel special. From dressing up as works of art like the Mona Lisa to doing magic tricks with her dog, Willis says her daughter helped her make the pieces to give her students something to look forward to, saying, “I like to jump in 100 percent… I act like a fool [in videos] and I love it!” What started out as a birthday shout out, quickly turned to a video here and there to her students, Willis then decided to put together educational and entertaining videos out there every week. Willis says after 21 years working at the school where both she and her children attended, she just wants to make the kids happy. You can check some of Willis’s videos out on YouTube here.last_img read more

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H1N1 FLU BREAKING NEWS: Bombay schools closed, Costa Rica’s president, TV lessons for students in France, ‘confusing clues’ in past pandemics

first_imgOfficials close schools in BombayGovernment officials in India’s Maharashtra state have ordered all schools and colleges in Bombay to close for a week to slow the spread of novel flu, Agence France-Presse (AFP) reported today. The state has the country’s highest number of confirmed pandemic H1N1 cases and has reported four deaths over the past 10 days. India’s cable news channels are reportedly devoting hours to novel flu coverage, but the health minister told reporters this week other diseases are more serious and costly. Costa Rica’s president has novel fluCosta Rica’s president, Oscar Arias, said in a statement yesterday that he was sick with the pandemic H1N1 flu, AFP reported today. He is the first world leader known to have been sickened by the virus. His brother said the 67-year-old president has asthma and had flulike symptoms for days. Tests yesterday confirmed that he had the novel flu virus. Arias is in home isolation but has not delegated power.France prepares TV lessons for school shutdownsFrance’s education minister said officials have prepared lessons that can be broadcast on state television and radio if novel flu outbreaks spark flu closures after classes resume this fall, the Associated Press (AP) reported today. Schools in France resume in late August and September. The minister said the country’s national distance learning agency developed the lessons. He said school-closure decisions will be made on a case-by-case basis.Researchers question predictive value of past pandemic wavesHealth officials are being prudent to plan for a more severe second pandemic wave, but a historical review of previous pandemics offers confusing clues about patterns with no evidence that virus mutations led to increased transmissibility, two federal researchers wrote today in a commentary appearing in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA). The authors are Dr David Morens and Dr Jeffrey Taubenberger from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases.http://jama.ama-assn.org/cgi/content/short/302/6/679?homeAug 12 JAMA commentary extractlast_img read more

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Army of women health workers on India’s virus front line

first_imgUnprotected and poorly paid, an all-women army of health workers confront suspicion, anger and the threat of infection as they go door to door searching for coronavirus sufferers in India’s poor communities.About a million accredited social health activists, or ASHAs, are deployed in cities and villages to administer basic medical care such as vaccinations and delivering babies.But as the number of confirmed infections in India soars past 500,000, the women find themselves on the front line of the battle against the contagion, identifying potential cases and educating locals in the hope of slowing its spread.  Topics : If someone looks like a potential case, the ASHAs report them to authorities. Some ASHAS have been physically attacked by villagers who fear they are carrying the virus or are government spies. During a recent doorknock in a village in the northern state of Uttar Pradesh, Alka and her two colleagues were spotted by eight men in a store who came out and surrounded them.The men shouted at the women about the shortage of basic food and protection against the virus.Standing her ground, Alka said she told the men: “Even we don’t get gear and grains. Where will we get it for you?”Such harassment is bearable, she told AFP. “Recently some locals tore the clothes on one woman while she was working.”Given the lack of contact tracing in India, the ASHAs were “critical elements” in India’s fight against COVID-19, said Anant Bhan, a leading public health expert.The women know their communities well, Bhan said. But their work is difficult and poorly paid despite a 1,000 rupee ($13) coronavirus bonus. ‘We are the heroes’ Alka supports her husband — who does not approve of her work and often calls her names — and three children with a monthly salary of 6,000 rupees.But she has to pay for her own transport to and from the communities she is helping.Sometimes she has to walk home because she has run out of money or there are virus restrictions affecting public transport.Alka and her team say they have formed a “sisterhood” that keeps them going.”Our supervisors give us orders over the phone from the comfort of their offices or homes. We sacrifice our family lives and take daily risks to educate and help people,” said Alka.”We are the heroes.” During a recent visit to the village of Bahadarpur, Alka used a homemade flour-based glue to stick up a poster outside a home explaining the need to wash hands and take other precautions against the virus.”The glue on the poster is not strong enough,” she said. “But if I have to use even a rupee from my salary for glue, it’s a huge dent in my budget.”The women’s pleas for people to wear face masks and self-isolate if they have symptoms are often not welcomed, especially in impoverished communities where many are day laborers. “I’ll stay home if you guarantee me that my kids won’t die of hunger,” a man told the ASHAs during a visit accompanied by AFP.Alka said it was not easy to get people to heed their advice. “People are struggling to feed their families,” she said. “What can we do?”   ASHA workers told AFP they had nothing except their headscarves to protect them from the virus and were often abused by people angry about the government’s handling of the outbreak, which is one of the worst in the world.”I have been an ASHA for 14 years now and never have I been as scared to knock on a door with my bare hands. We don’t have gloves, not even masks,” said Alka, who asked AFP not to use her surname.Alka and her colleagues visit households and ask the occupants to fill out a questionnaire on any virus symptoms they might have and their recent travel histories.Many of the residents are among the millions of migrant workers left jobless and destitute by the months-long virus lockdown imposed by the government in March.last_img read more

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UK public sector funds back climate change policies

first_imgA trio of Local Government Pension Schemes (LGPS) have pledged to align their investment portfolios with the goals of the Paris Climate agreement.The pension funds for Merseyside, Islington, and the Environment Agency – which run more than £13.5bn (€15.4bn) between them – were joined by the Brunel Pension Partnership, one of the LGPS asset pools. The funds said they would work to increase their allocations to low-carbon investments such as sustainable infrastructure, and reduce their exposure to carbon-intensive assets.Paul Doughty, chair of Merseyside Pension Fund, said his scheme would shift a third of its passive UK and US equity allocation to low-carbon benchmarks by the end of the year. “We also plan to continue to increase our significant investment in infrastructure, with an expected £250m investment in renewables by 2020,” he added. Some investors are reducing their exposure to industries that produce carbon as a byproduct LGPS funds are aiming to put more money into renewable energyIslington Pension Fund chairman David Poyser said his scheme had cut its passive portfolio’s carbon footprint by 45% and would seek to carry out similar reductions in other areas.The Environment Agency Pension Fund has been a leading global advocate of sustainable investing for more than a decade, and Brunel has embraced this effort since setting up last year. Several former Environment Agency staff now hold senior positions at the pool. The investors worked with campaign group ShareAction on the announcement, which was made during Green GB week.ShareAction said the moves were “all the more urgent” given the findings of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, which reported last week that limiting global warming to 1.5°C above pre-industrial levels “would require rapid, far-reaching and unprecedented changes in all aspects of society” over the next 12 years. Claire PerryClaire Perry, UK minister for energy and clean growth, said: “The UK has led the world in cutting emissions whilst growing our economy, with clean growth driving incredible innovation and creating hundreds of thousands of high quality jobs.“Ten years on from the Climate Change Act, the first ever Green GB week is a time to build on our successes and explain the huge opportunities for business and young people of a cleaner economy. “I’m delighted to see how many more businesses and organisations such as ShareAction are seizing this multi-billion pound opportunity to energise their communities to tackle the very serious threat of climate change.” Brunel has been set up to run £28.9bn of assets on behalf of 10 LGPS funds, including the Environment Agency.last_img read more