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Japan’s Government Pension Investment Fund (GPIF) has announced a partnership with Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) promote and develop sustainable capital markets through a focus on social bonds.IDB’s social bonds are issued in alignment with Social Bond Principles, which are administered by the International Capital Market Association (ICMA), a statement said.GPIF last year invested in green, social and sustainability bonds totalling more than $3bn (€2.7bn).The fund tweeted this week that to further promote environmental, social and governance (ESG) integration in fixed income investments, it had over the past year entered into partnerships with 10 multilateral development banks, IDB being the latest.. It had inked partnerships with key institutions that include the Washington-based World Bank, its subsidiary, International Finance Corporation (IFC), the Asian Development Bank, Nordic Investment Bank and the European Investment Bank.GPIF said its arrangements with the various banks opened the door to asset managers investing on behalf of GPIF to access ESG bonds.These bonds provided investment opportunities for GPIF asset managers to contribute to a more sustainable society.Announcing its partnership with IDB, Hiro Mizuno, GPIF’s executive managing director and chief investment officer, spoke of IDB’s “life cycle” approach towards solving the challenges of poverty and inequality in Latin America and the Caribbean through commitments to improve the quality of child education and the provision of greater employment opportunities.Claudia Bock-Valotta, vice president for finance and administration at IDB, said the arrangement with the bank followed its initiative with the Council of Europe Development Bank (CEB).In addition to conventional bonds, GPIF has formed a partnership with the Islamic Development Bank (IsDB) to promote and develop sustainable capital markets through a focus on green and sustainable sukuk.Sukuk are the Islamic equivalent to bonds. However, unlike conventional bonds, which simply confer ownership of a debt, sukuk grant the investor a share of an asset, along with commensurate cash flows and risk.The financial instrument adheres to Islamic laws, sometimes referred to as Shariah principles.Zamir Iqbal, vice president and chief financial officer of IsDB, said at the signing of the agreement with GPIF last month that IsDB was a natural partner for GPIF in an initiative that would catalyse investments into the ESG fixed-income space and further develop socially resposible investment markets.
A crew member of a Singapore-flagged Capesize bulker was fatally injured in a gas explosion aboard the ship on October 28.The 2014-built Cape India was transiting Makassar Strait at the time of the explosion, according to local reports.The injured seafarer, reported to be of Chinese nationality, was transferred by a rescue boat to a hospital in Indonesia’s Balikpapan but was subsequently declared dead.The 187,900 dwt ship is said to have resumed its voyage to Australia on October 29. Available AIS data shows that the Cape India is underway using its own engine with an estimated time of arrival on November 1.The cause of the explosion and eventual damage it caused on the ship remain unknown.World Maritime News Staff
South won the toss and batted, scoring 137 for 8 wickets in 25 overs.Josiah Stuart – 42Shervon Bellot – 22Bernard Henry – 17 not outBowling for South West:Anakym Moreau – 3 for 11South West – 85 all out in 13.3 oversTahj Tavernier – 24Zidane Fontaine – 16Bowling for South:Jesse Benjamin – 2 for 9South won by 52 runsDominica Vibes News Share Tweet Sharing is caring! 36 Views no discussions Share Share NewsSports Poree Playing Field, Pointe Michel South vs. South West by: – June 24, 2011
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. — Students from Greensburg High School along with Shelbyville High School were awarded the best “My Community, My Vision” plan.According to the Greensburg Daily News, Greensburg agriculture students presented their plan to city officials and community members at the City Hall around two months ago.The project began in 2014 and was developed with the belief that young people should not have to leave their hometown to achieve their dreams.The students learned several things about the community and came up with a plan of things that need to be improved to bring kids back and to grow the community.Greenburg Mayor Dan Manus was in attendance at the event in Indianapolis.Manus says he is very proud of the students and thinks there is a good chance the students’ plans could be implemented.
ABILENE, Texas (May 7) – Abilene Speedway continued to be very good to defending Sprint Series of Texas champion Dustin Woods.Woods led the last 19 of 20 circuits in winning Saturday’s main event for touring IMCA EMI RaceSaver Sprint Cars.“It’s always fun to race at Abilene,” said Woods, the fourth different winner in as many SST events so far this season. “I started outside the front row, which was a first at Abilene. The track changed from real fast to slick in just a handful of laps so it was a pretty nice win.”Cody Whitworth was scored first on the opening lap. Early cautions gave way to a long green flag run but none of his 23 IMCA EMI RaceSaver Sprint Car foes could lasso Woods.Justin Melton, Woods’ teammate Jason Howell, Whitworth and Kenny Elwood comprised the rest of the top five.Feature results – 1. Dustin Woods; 2. Justin Melton; 3. Jason Howell; 4. Cody Whitworth; 5. Kenny Elwood; 6. Jeff Day; 7. Michelle Melton; 8. Reagan Reed; 9. Shawn Mize; 10. Chad Koch; 11. Kenny Venable; 12. J.D. Fry; 13. David Munden; 14. Russ Fletcher; 15. Chase Brewer; 16. Gary Floyd; 17. Matt Holt; 18. Johnny Miller; 19. Sterling Hoff; 20. Michael Day; 21. Bob Odom; 22. Chase Parson; 23. Steve Elliott; 24. Carl Large.
Fort Smith City Director Neal Martin said ” FTO Martin is a wonderful example of what we all strive for,”…” Thank you FTO Martin for setting the example for each and every one of us! Let’s use his example of kindness to treat each other better in 2020. An officer in the City of Fort Smith, Arkansas, was handed an Employee of the Month award after he helped a family who allegedly tried to steal groceries.Officer Kenneth Martin was with a training officer at a Walmart on Nov. 30 when he detained a mother and father who got caught attempting to steal groceries with their kids.The father was arrested, but the mother was let go because she was with their two kids. Officer Martin ended up paying for the stolen food items.
New Delhi: The Kyrgyz Republic Under-19 pipped India in the 9-12th place play-off decider of the Granatkin Memorial Tournament in a penalty shoot-out at the Turbostroitel, St. Petersburg on Tuesday.After going down to 10 men in the second minute, India came out bravely to keep the scoreline unscathed in the first half. Akash Mishra (74′) opened the scoreline for India before Emir (88′) restored the parity two minutes to the end of the regulation time. In the penalty shoot-out, Harmanpreet Singh, Sailo Lalchhanhima and Jitendra Singh missed the target while the Kyrgyz shooters were spot on to seal the fate of the game.Now, India will face the losers of the play-off match between Armenia and Tajikistan in their final play-off match to decide the 11th and 12th position in the competition. IANS Also Read: SPORTS NEWS
Through the center, Noguera led his team in conducting case studies on funding distribution, social and emotional learning and new discipline policies for school districts including the Pomona Unified School District and the San Diego Unified School District. Noguera’s successor as director of the center, Howard, who witnessed the impact of Noguera’s research on policy. However, the center’s work doesn’t end at the district level. As an undergraduate student, Noguera also earned his teaching credential in social studies to fall back on teaching jobs, though he didn’t intend to pursue a career in education at the time. Later, as a doctoral student studying sociology at UC Berkeley, Noguera became a substitute teacher for public schools in Oakland, where he lived in a storefront apartment. As he spent more time in K-12 education, he found a connection between his studies in sociology and education. “As an undergrad, the main issues were feeling as though I didn’t fit in, feeling as though I didn’t fully belong,” Noguera said. “Over time, even during my first year, I started to feel more comfortable. I started to see how my background provides me with strength like knowing how to work hard and deal with people, so I was able to overcome my feelings of intimidation.” “My work-from-home experience is probably just like everybody else’s,” Noguera said. “Both my wife and I work from home, and we keep [our daughter] busy with work and do things with her, but there are a lot of Zoom meetings.” A New York native, Noguera’s parents did not graduate high school. As a first-generation college student at Brown University, Pedro Noguera earned his bachelor’s degrees in sociology and American history, later completing a master’s degree in sociology from Brown University and a doctorate in sociology from the University of California, Berkeley. However, his academic accomplishments came with obstacles along the way. While school systems could not have foreseen the necessity for remote learning, Noguera said he believes more progress should be made to ensure that students are offered a stimulating environment similar to what they would have had in an in-person classroom — starting with providing internet access for students in need. After more than 30 years working in education — from professorships at prestigious institutions, including Harvard University and New York University, to teaching at public schools in Rhode Island and California — Noguera will join USC July 1 as the Rossier dean. Drawing from his personal experience as a student, teacher and researcher, Noguera looks to solve inequalities in classrooms by advancing scholarship that not only examines the social causes of these gaps but also enacts solutions to close them. “I thought substitute teaching was a very good way to learn about the community that I was living in,” Noguera said. “It was also a great way to do something that I felt was practical and impactful. Grad school didn’t feel like that at all, at times it felt very alienating. Being in schools and teaching had the opposite effect.” Coming from a working class family, Noguera knew the importance of education but never thought he’d work in it. “So many times, especially for first generation college students, college is a big mystery, like what opportunities are available for funding, but he played that role [as a mentor] and then encouraged me to apply to graduate school,” Noguera said. “Research can sometimes be helpful in provoking change,” Noguera said. “For example, we released a study on homeless students in California [where we] wanted to really show how so many kids were rendered invisible because no one was even aware that they were homeless, and a lot of times, those kids don’t have adequate services. So, doing work like that is a way to draw attention to problems.” “[It’s] a difficult time for someone to come on and take on leadership in a new way,” Marsh said. “I think he brings skills and experience that can lead us during this difficult time … You can tell that he’s someone who values relationships, human capital and building values. People [at Rossier] are really excited about him coming.” Coming into his own These experiences not only motivated Noguera’s research on equity in education but it also helped him in his role as an educator to not only deal with issues concerning student safety but also understanding the factors contributing to that lack of safety. The principal and Noguera spent several hours explaining to the student why retaliation was not the best course of action. Afterwards, they realized that if the student did not retaliate, he would likely face more danger. From there, they helped the student enroll into the military. When Noguera isn’t on Zoom, he and his spouse are homeschooling their 8-year-old daughter, making home-cooked meals or working on a podcast with longtime friends. Despite the coronavirus pandemic imposing changes to his personal and professional life, Noguera is making the most of his circumstances to prepare to take office across town by transitioning his projects at UCLA — calling attention to student homelessness and the school-to-prison pipeline — while learning the ropes of USC and coming up with solutions to safely bring students back to campus. Although the transition has proven to be challenging, one silver lining in working remotely is that there is no traffic, Noguera said. “He is, in many people’s eyes, the foremost thinker on issues tied to education today,” Howard said. “He is someone who’s deeply committed to equity and access in schools for all children, someone who’s a tireless advocate for marginalized, Black, brown, poor children. He’s well respected internationally. He’s a consensus builder … He’s a visionary but he doesn’t stay at the visionary stage. He puts in the time to execute plans of action to help those ideas come to fruition.” “At UCLA, he’s been an exemplary citizen of the university, willing to step in, roll up his sleeves and get to work, Suárez-Orozco said. “He’s a fine, fine teacher. He has been a trusted friend in the long run … The word we use in Brooklyn, New York is he’s an all purpose mensch … it’s a very New York term for a very wonderful person.” As a frequent adviser to the superintendent of the Los Angeles Unified School District since his time at UCLA, Noguera also said that Rossier should act as a thought partner for school systems and strengthen the relationship between USC and the local community. As primary and secondary schools approach the challenge of reopening while maintaining modifications for social distancing, Noguera intends for Rossier to be an ally to local schools by using the school’s research capabilities and implementing programs. “He’s a world-class scholar … Not only does he do work at the highest level of pure scholarship, but he also has a tremendous understanding and impact in practice,” said John Matsusaka, Marshall School of Business professor and executive director of the Initiative and Referendum Institute. “He’s really an electrifying candidate for a school that’s been at state leadership for 20 years. It’s going to be fantastic to see what energy he brings on the next page.” When then-Harvard professor of education Suárez-Orozco was giving guest lectures at UC Berkeley, he was asked by a Harvard committee to look into recruiting Noguera, teaching at UC Berkeley at the time, to join the Harvard education faculty. From there, the two colleagues would continue to work together at Harvard, New York University and UCLA. A journey in academia Noguera began his career in academia at UC Berkeley as a professor of education and director of the Institute for the Study of Social Change. From there, he became a professor of communities and schools at Harvard University before accepting a position as a professor of education at New York University, where he also served as executive director of the Metropolitan Center for Research on Equity and Transformation of Schools. Pedro Noguera’s plans for the Rossier School of Education is based on his past research on equity in education and the school-to-prison pipeline. (Photo courtesy of Pedro Noguera) One policy recommendation Noguera has championed is the adoption of restorative practices in school districts. In an effort to reduce student suspensions, discipline policies have altered from banning students from attending school to instead keeping them in school. The time wasted by going home and learning nothing is used for students to take responsibility and repair relationships with peers and staff, addressing behavioral problems directly rather than hoping that students will change their behavior by themselves. Later, after joining UCLA’s faculty as a professor at the Graduate School of Education and Information Studies in 2015, Noguera founded UCLA’s Center for the Transformation of Schools, an education research center of UCLA professors and doctoral students primarily dedicated to studying the effect of the school-to-prison pipeline on Black students. From his experiences growing up, Noguera was determined to help marginalized students in his career. The search process for a new Rossier dean began in August, with hundreds of candidates applying to the position. From his experience as a teacher in addition to his membership of various school boards and board of trustees and advising government officials on school system policies, Noguera seemed like the perfect choice. “We should first of all acknowledge that there were problems with the way we were doing things, especially in education before, and this should give us a chance to do things differently,” Noguera said. “I would like to see Rossier become a leading center for innovation in education where people could get support in thinking through these new approaches.” “[The pandemic] has exposed our inequities in societies — there are so many families that are struggling now financially … that weighs on me,” Noguera said. “But on top of that, from an education standpoint, we know there are a lot of kids who haven’t been able to participate in distance learning because they don’t have internet access.” With the possibility of classes continuing online in some form in the fall, Julia Marsh, a professor of education at Rossier and one of several faculty members on the search committee for the dean position, said Noguera may face technical challenges coming into the position during the coronavirus pandemic, such as balancing the Rossier budget or phasing students into campus physically. However, she remains optimistic that he will be able to overcome the obstacles with his experience. Adapting to crisis “It reinforced my sense that for schools to make a difference for kids, schools have to understand what was happening in the lives of kids, they had to be responsive to their needs,” Noguera said. “And to the degree that they could do that, then schools could become powerful.” “I had a student who was kind of a leader among his peers and who was very smart, but he was involved in some criminal activity,” Noguera said. “And one day, he came to see me and the principal and told us that he had been shot at and that his brother’s been hit by bullets, and that he wanted to get revenge … He was going to go and get the people who shot them.” “I’m excited about the potential collaboration between USC and UCLA,” Howard said. “I think there’s always room for that. I think his being [at USC], that’s only going to be a win for Los Angeles schools, children and families.” Fortunately, he found a mentor, sociologist Martin Martel, who appreciated his tenacity for asking questions in class. Noguera often joined Martel during his office hours to read advanced sociology material. Martel helped Noguera turn adversity into opportunity by notifying him of grants and scholarships and encouraging him to pursue graduate studies in sociology. Despite having taught thousands of students from preschool through high school, there is one student Noguera will never forget. While a professor of education at UC Berkeley, Noguera volunteered to teach at a continuation school for students who had been expelled from their original schools. One day, one of the students showed Noguera and the principal his car. The trunk was filled with weapons. UCLA professor of education Tyrone Howard, one of Noguera’s friends involved in the education podcast focused on the effects social and economic conditions may have on schools, can attest to both Noguera’s lighthearted personality and his tireless work ethic. Twenty years prior, a nervous Howard approached Noguera at an American Educational Research Association conference to express his admiration for Noguera’s work. After Noguera’s warm response, the two have stayed in touch since then and now work together at UCLA, where Howard has witnessed Noguera’s growth throughout his career as an educator, researcher and leader. Instead of looking out the window of his new office in Waite Phillips Hall, incoming Rossier School of Education dean Pedro Noguera looks at the windows of Zoom calls on his computer screen. His days are full of virtual meetings rather than ones he can stroll to on the 229-acre University Park Campus, normally full of students whizzing by on bikes or eating lunch on McCarthy Quad. Though the future of education at USC is uncertain due to the pandemic, Howard, Marsh, Matsusaka and Suárez-Orozco said they are certain about Noguera’s capabilities to lead Rossier moving forward. “The irony was, he’d be safer in the military, even at a time when we were going to war — the first Iraq War — than he would be living on the streets of Oakland,” Noguera said. “Those were the kind of difficult issues that many of our students were dealing with. To be a teacher in that context meant you had to deal with those issues, you couldn’t just tell a student to be safe, you had to understand what contributed to their lack of safety.”