first_imgThe Dutch state is to issue green bonds as of 2019, Wopke Hoekstra, the finance minister has announced.This would make the Netherlands the first AAA-rated country to issue government bonds aimed at financing sustainable investments.In a letter to parliament, Hoekstra said the country could spend between €3.5bn and €5bn annually on green investments, such as railway infrastructure, energy saving projects, and the development of sustainable energy.He also cited the Delta fund, aimed at protecting the Netherlands against the effects of climate change, including flooding and the provision of fresh water. According to Hoekstra, issuing green bonds was not only feasible but also desirable, as the Dutch treasury supported the development of a solid green capital market, and institutional investors had shown a need for sustainable investment opportunities.“Investors increasingly want to take a stake in sustainable projects. But for safe green government bonds, they have to diverge to foreign players,” argued the minister.He also said that the Dutch government wanted to set an example by issuing green bonds and to be transparant about the results.Within the euro-zone, Belgium, France and Ireland have already successfully issued green government bonds, with Dutch pension funds participating in all of them.Last year, the large Dutch asset managers APG, PGGM and MN subscribed for a combined amount of €967m of French green bonds, with one-fifth of the issued bonds in total being purchased by Dutch investors.Earlier this year, the €414bn civil service scheme ABP took a €360m stake in green bonds issued by Belgium and €110m in Irish green government paper.The pension fund has targeted €58bn of sustainable investments by 2020.Dutch companies and banks have issued €15bn in total in green bonds.Hoekstra said a framework had to be designed and subsequently checked against the international standard of the Green Bond Principles.He added that he would provide details such as scale, duration and an issue date later.last_img read more

first_imgLawrenceburg, In. — Ivy Tech Community College is awarding scholarships to homeschool students for the Spring 2019 semester, giving the students an opportunity to take a class at the College’s Batesville or Lawrenceburg locations.Information sessions for homeschool families will be held from 5:30-6:30 p.m. on Monday, December 3, at Ivy Tech Lawrenceburg, 50 Walnut Street, and from 5:30-6:30 p.m. Tuesday, December 4, at Ivy Tech Batesville, 1 Ivy Tech Drive. Students and their families interested in taking a college course this spring are encouraged to attend one of the sessions.Ivy Tech is invested in providing dual-enrollment opportunities for homeschool students to assist in exploring career pathways and securing credits that could transfer to other colleges and universities.A total of 20 scholarships will be available to cover the cost of tuition for one course and technology fees. Families will be responsible for the cost of textbooks and any associated consumable fees, if applicable.The deadline to complete scholarship requirements is December 17. For more information, please contact an Ivy Tech Director of K-14 Initiatives & Recruitment: Alyssa Lay (Lawrenceburg) at [email protected] or Samantha Hardebeck (Batesville) at [email protected]last_img read more

first_imgThe Educational Testing Service’s Graduate Record Examination will now be four hours long, and there will be changes in each section to increase the accuracy of percentile rankings. The changes will affect anyone who takes the test after Aug. 1.The current test, which is three hours long, will be changed to a four hour long test to assess one’s endurance and stamina. The types of questions on the verbal and quantitative sections have changed.Lee Weiss, director of graduate programs for Kaplan Test Prep, said the new test corrects many flaws with the current version.Weiss said the biggest reason for the changes is an issue with the scoring scale. Currently, a perfect score on the math section only puts a student in the 94th percentile, while a 730 out of 800 on the verbal section puts a student in the 99th percentile.Weiss said students should sign up for the GRE soon if they wish to take the current version before the test changes.“This is the only time in the history of the test where you have an option between which version you want to take, so we want to make sure students know about that,” Weiss said. “If they want to take the current test, time is running out to do so.”The verbal section will include in-context vocabulary questions to test reasoning as opposed to questions on analogies and antonyms. The quantitative section will include less geometry, but more data analysis and a short answer section.Students will also be allowed to skip questions and return to them later on during the test. Cara Murayama, a senior majoring in public policy, planning and management who took the GREs in November 2010, said she wished she had this option.“Sometimes I would just guess because I would think I didn’t have enough time,” Murayama said.  “You never know if the next ones were going to be harder and if I needed to spend more time on them.”Currently, the test is set on a 200- to 800-point scoring scale in 10-point increments. The revised test will be on a 130- to 170-point scale in one-point increments.According to Shayna Kessel, a pre-graduate school adviser at the USC Office of College Advising, graduate schools are relying on test scores for admission more than ever.“It concerns me that the days of being able to seriously consider and admit the total student seem to be coming to an end in many programs,” Kessel wrote in an e-mail. “I’m also concerned that genuinely talented, qualified students will find themselves essentially locked out of good graduate programs if they can’t manage to do very well on the GRE.”Robert Rueda, a professor at the Rossier School of Education, said he does not think standardized tests evaluate everyone fairly.“We get some people whose first language isn’t English that are otherwise competent students, and they tend not to do as well on standardized tests,” Rueda said. “In general, it’s just not predictive.”Instead, Rueda said he would be in favor of tests that evaluate writing ability like reacting to research articles.According to Weiss, many schools do not yet have a transition plan for comparing scores of the new test to the old one. When the new test scores are released in November 2011, ETS will provide a concordance table to compare the scores between both versions.There will be a free version of the current GRE offered online at today at 4 p.m. Anyone who takes this will be e-mailed links to practice for the new GRE.last_img read more

first_imgby Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow — The Wellington girls softball team finished the regular season with a 15-5 record after splitting with Clearwater Thursday. The girls won game one 6-3, but lost the second 8-6 on the road.The Wellington baseball team got swept by the Indians 7-6 and 3-4. The Gentlemen Dukes are heading to Kansas City to play Ark City and Kansas City Turner to wrap up the 2016 regular season on Saturday.Wellington, which hosts the regional post-season tournament next week at Worden Park, defeated Clearwater 6-3 smack out 10 hits to win by three in the first contest.The game started out as an offensive free-for-all as Wellington took a 3-2 lead in the first inning. The Lady Dukes scored on an RBI single by Ryleigh Buck, an RBI single by Brooke McCorkle, and an error.Wellington would add a run in the the third and was leading 4-3 going into the seventh. Erin Goodrum would add two insurance runs when she smacked a 2RBI homer over the left field fence.The Crusaders had 10 hits to Clearwater’s eight. Wellington was flawless defensively while Clearwater had three errors.Madi Lewellen was the winning pitcher striking out nine batters and allowing no hits.Ryleigh Buck was again solid at the plate going 3-of-3 with an RBI.In game two, Clearwater avenged the loss with a two-run victory. Wellington had one disastrous inning in which seven Indian runs were scored in the fourth.Wellington opened with a 3-0 lead in the first when Avery Rusk, Bailey DeJarnett and R. Buck all singled and eventually reached home. Then in the third, a Buck double and McCorkle RBI single upped the lead to 4-0.But in the bottom of the fourth, disaster stuck. Clearwater opened with a home run. Then two girls reached base on errors. Oberlechner would single the two girls home. Warren would double and then Weese hit the inning’s second home run. Going into the fifth, Clearwater led 7-4.It was a deficit Wellington could not recover from, but came close. Madi Adams singled on and came home on a Rusk 2RBI double. DeJarnett then doubled but was left stranded.Clearwater scored an insurance run in the bottom of the sixth. Erin Goodrum was left stranded on third to end the game in the top of the seventh.Game 1: Wellington 6 Clearwater 3.WHS  3 0 1 0 0 0 2     6 10 0CHS  2 0 0 0 1 0 0     3  8  3WP Lewellen 7I 8H 3R 3ER 9K 0BB 1HBPLP TeufelRusk 2/4 1R 1ROEB DeJarnett 1/4 1RR Buck 3/3 3R 1RBI 1HBP 2SBMcCorkle 2/4 2RBIE Goodrum 1/4 1R 1RBI 1HRJ Buck 1/4 1RBI 1ROEA Goodrum 0/3Lewellen 0/3Adams 0/3Game 2: Clearwater 8 Wellington 6WHS  3 0 1 0 0 2 0     6 12 5CHS  0 0 0 7 0 1 X     8  9  4WP JacobsLP McCorkle 6I 9H 8R 2ER 3K 2BB 1HBPRusk 2/4 2R 1DBLB DeJarnett 2/4 1R 2RBI 1DBL 1ROER Buck 2/4 2R 1RBI 1DBL 1SBMcCorkle 1/4 1RBI 1ROEE Goodrum 2/3 1RBI 1BBJ Buck 0/4Zimmerman 1/4Lewellen 0/3Adams 2/3. ———The Crusader boys would take a 6-0 lead after a tremendous fourth inning, but could not hold onto it thereafter. Clearwater scored four runs in the sixth and three runs in the seventh to win.Neither team reached home plate in the first three innings, but the Crusaders got hot in the top of the fourth. Adam Hilt, Jared Shields, Skyler Struble, Connor Phelps, Arlis Troutman and Cade Phelps all reached base thanks in part to RBI singles by Ca. Phelps and Chevy Nuss and RBI double by Struble.That 6-0 advantage would remain so until the bottom of the sixth when Clearwater scored three runs. Then in the bottom of the seventh, Clearwater scored three runs on three singles.The loss was frustrating by the fact that Wellington would out-hit Clearwater 7-6 and the Indians committed five errors to Wellington’s two.Wellington’s Therin Frame would pitch six innings and would get six strikeouts, while allowing just three hits and one walk.He was relieved in the bottom of the seventh with Wellington leading 6-4. Noah Rinehart allowed two walks and two runs and the game was tied.Then Adam Hilt came in and allowed three hits and the winning run.“It was the timing of walks and errors and a couple of weak bloopers,” said Jeff Frazee, Wellington baseball coach. “That’s baseball.”In game two, Clearwater opened a 3-0 lead in the bottom of the second. Wellington got on board with run in the top of the fourth, but Clearwater responded in the bottom half to maintain a three-run advantage. In the top of the sixth, Wellington added two more runs, but couldn’t get a game-tying run.Wellington is 6-12 for the season and wraps up with a triangular with Ark City and Kansas City Turner in Kansas City Saturday. Follow us on Twitter. Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! 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first_img0Shares0000Nakumatt FC head coach Mwangi named May Fidelity Insurance Coach of the MonthNAIROBI, Kenya, July 3 – Demoted Nakumatt FC tactician Anthony Mwangi has been named the Fidelity Insurance Coach of the Month for May.With his fete Nakumatt became the 1st team to scoop both player and coach’s gong in a single month following Boniface Mukhekhe’s crowning last week. The 33-year-old Mwangi was in charge of Nakumatt’s technical bench when they recorded three victories and a draw to claim the most number of league points in May.Ten points garnered in their best run of the season also lifted Nakumatt from relegation zone to mid table comfort. Sofapaka also recorded three victories and a draw but Batoto Ba Mungu tactician John Baraza lost out to Mwangi on superior goal count.In spite of the stellar performance in May, Mwangi has since been redeployed to the role of assistant coach with American Melis Medo taking over as the head coach.Nakumatt launched their May campaign with a hard-fought 3-2 win over Zoo FC in Kericho followed by a 2-2 draw against AFC Leopards in Machakos.They then defeated Tusker FC 2-1 in Machakos before beating Posta Rangers 2-0 in the last match of the month at Camp Toyoyo Grounds. The good run saw them move from the foot of the Kenyan Premier League table to 12th position.Mwangi, a former Liberty Academy, and Mathare Youth coach took home with Sh75,000 courtesy of sponsors, Fidelity Insurance, and personalized trophy. He attributed the fine run on financial incentives brought in by new owners and paid tribute to Melis who had just joined the team in a consultancy capacity then.“The injection of financial investment by new owners helped transform the team during that month but I must give credit to the players for rising to the occasion. We previously went into games without proper training but since finance was availed preparations were better. The players did their part and I’m grateful it won me this award,” The soft spoken Mwangi remarked0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more