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_imgStudents looking for nutritional information around USC are often unable to find sodium content, which is especially problematic as many Americans already have too much in their diets.Overdose · Many restaurants on campus, including those at the Ronald Tutor Campus Center, do not display the amount of sodium in their food on their menus. – Rachel Bracker | Daily TrojanNearly 60 percent of Americans do not know how much sodium they consume each day and 88.2 percent of those who are not at risk for sodium-related health issues exceed the Food and Drug Administration’s recommended daily sodium intake of 2,300 mg, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s recent Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.USC Hospitality does not have nutritional information available for a majority of its University Park Campus dining locations. According to its website, the information was scheduled to be available in spring 2011, but it is still unavailable.It can be difficult for students eating on campus to stay under the recommended limit.Some food items available at the Ronald Tutor Campus Center, like the “Classic Burrito” with chicken from Wahoo’s Fish Tacos, are under the FDA approved mark with 1695 mg of sodium. Other options like the “Western Bacon Six Dollar Burger” from Carl’s Jr. contains 2440 mg of sodium. If one adds a medium-sized order of “Natural-Cut French Fries” and an “Oreo Cookie Hand-Scooped Ice Cream Shake,” the overall sodium intake of the meal increases to 3680 mg.Vito Campese, professor of medicine and chief of the Keck School of Medicine Division of Nephrology, said students should be wary of fast food.“Fast food is rich in salt and other spices to give it a better taste,” Campese said. “Since cheap food is less tasty, companies add salt to make it more acceptable to consumers.”People with sodium-heavy diets are prone to heart problems, according to the FDA.“The most obvious effect of high sodium is high blood pressure,” Campese said. “Studies have also found a link between high sodium and cardiomegaly, or the enlargement of the heart. In the long run, this may coincide with kidney problems.”Though many places, such as The Coffee Bean and Tea Leaf, display the calories of their items, few have the full nutritional information available on site. Other eateries, like Trojan Grounds, display the calorie amounts for their beverages, but leave muffins, bagels, scones and croissants unmarked.Hannah Getts, a sophomore majoring in critical studies, said visible nutritional labels would change her eating habits.“Seeing something or reading something relating to sodium on a label would make me think about my sodium intake before eating,” Getts said. “Otherwise I won’t think about it.”Marco Guillen, assistant kitchen manager at Everybody’s Kitchen, said EVK does what it can to keep options open for students who are looking to limit their sodium intake. He said some items, like the tri-tip, tend to have higher sodium levels and should be eaten in moderation.“Steamed vegetables are good for students who don’t want too much salt,” Guillen said.Some students said they don’t stop to consider sodium intake before grabbing a bite to eat on campus.Alexa Pace, a junior majoring in psychology, said she never thinks about sodium levels.“I haven’t really noticed [nutritional information] but I’m sure it’s somewhere,” Pace said.Marissa Honda, a graduate student studying music performance, said campus options are sparse for those trying to eat healthily.“I assume [on-campus food options] are not as healthy as the food I make at home, but there are ways you could make it healthy,” Honda said. “Students can get healthy items like salad from the Seeds Marketplace.”Honda said restaurants like Submarina, which was located in The Lot before the opening of the Ronald Tutor Campus Center, provided students with healthier options.Alicia McDonough, professor of physiology and biophysics at the USC Keck School of Medicine, said it can be hard to make healthy choices on campus when there are few low-sodium options.“Even here at the Health Sciences Campus, I’m faced with a cafeteria that has a Panda Express, which has an extremely high sodium content, a little Mexican place and counters and counters of processed food,” McDonough said. “I always think, ‘What are we trying to do here? Are we trying to give people hypertension and cardiovascular disease?’”McDonough had a few words of wisdom for students who are trying to limit their sodium intakes.“Eat a banana or a salad,” she said. “Just try to eat things that look like real food.”last_img read more

first_imgLondon, United Kingdom | AFP | Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino dismissed claims by former Spurs boss Andre Villas-Boas that prolific striker Harry Kane needs to leave the club if he wants to win trophies.Villas-Boas gave Kane his Premier League debut in 2012, but the England striker’s career only took off once the Portuguese coach departed in December 2013.Kane has now scored 30-plus goals in the past four seasons, but Tottenham’s failure to win a trophy in that time has seen the England striker constantly linked with European champions Real Madrid.“If he has a hunger for trophies and for notoriety he would have to leave Spurs, if he has no hunger for that, but recognition and stability, he would stay at Spurs,” said Villas-Boas this week.However, ahead of Spurs’ FA Cup fifth round replay at home to Rochdale on Wednesday, Pochettino insisted Kane can fulfil his ambitions by staying at his boyhood club.“We are here to develop, to help the club achieve and win titles,” said the Argentine.“Harry is happy here and of course he wants to win titles here like all of us do, but I respect all opinions.” Kane scored his 35th goal of the season two minutes from time to beat Crystal Palace 1-0 on Sunday.But Spurs’ victory was overshadowed by more accusations of diving by Dele Alli as the midfielder twice saw claims for a penalty waved away in quick succession at Selhurst Park.Pochettino reaffirmed his support for the player, but admitted he had spoken to Alli, who has twice been booked for simulation this season, about the criticism he has received.“He’s very competitive and he wants to win in every action. Of course, he wants to improve,” added Pochettino.“I am not worried about this situation. He’s a clever player and he knows what he needs to do.“Every day we have conversations and meetings about everything. After the game we had a short chat about the situation. It’s our responsibility to help the players with everything.”Pochettino confirmed injured defenders Jan Vertonghen and Toby Alderweireld will again sit out against Rochdale, and that he will rotate his side with one eye on next week’s Champions League last 16, second leg against Juventus at Wembley.Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more

first_img Team UgandaAthletics: Ayikoru Scovia, Leni Shida, Nanziri Emily, Nakaayi Halima, Nannyondo Winnie, Ajok Dorcus, Juliet Chekwel, Chelangat Mercyline, Chesang Stella, Lalam Josephine, Adome Pius, Alli Ngaimoko, Opiny Leonard, Musagala Ronald, Chemutai Albert, Kipyeko Phillip, Cheptegei Joshua, Thomas Ayeko, Toroitich Timothy, Kiplimo Jacob, Chesakit Alex, Chemonges Robert, Mutai Munyo Solomon.Badminton: Bangi Shamim Bridget, Nakiyemba Aisha, Kasirye Brian, Ekiring EdwinBoxing: Bwogi Musa, Kiiza Joshua, Muwonge Latibu, Nasir Bashir, Simbwa RegarnCycling: Kagimu Charles, Sekanga ViennaNetball team: Lilian Ajio, Irene Akello, Kizza Betty, Birungi Conchepta, Nanyonga Florence, Nakabuye Hadijah, Nakacwa Halima, Achan Jesca, Nampungu Joan, Procovia Peace, Nanyonga Racheal, Meme Ruth, Nanfuka Stella, Oyella Stella, Namuwaya MuhayiminaRugby team: Ijongat James, Kasiita Eric, Kasito Adrian, Kermundu Kevin, Kisiga Timonty, Manano Achaji, Odongo Marvin, Ogena Pius, Oketayot Byron, Okia Solomon, Okorach Michael, Wokorach Phillip, Sebuliba Kayiwa, Ruhweza-Ayera Desire, Magowu Ivan, Muwumba Timothy Mudoola, Jadwong Joseph, Ofoyrwoth AaronSquash: Rukunya Ivan, Kawooya MichaelSwimming: Meya Avice (women) and Tibatemwa Ekirikubinza Elisha (men)Weightlifting: Irene Kasubo, Kalidi Batuusa, Julius Ssekitoleko, Ssempereza HakimTable Tennis: Nyaika Ronald (men), Nambozo Halima (women)Shooting: Mungoma CleopatraTweets about #GC2018 uganda **** Ugandan netballers celebrate. PHOTO via @waihue Uganda ?? 54 Malawi  ?? 52Gold Coast, Australia | THE INDEPENDENT | Captain Peace Proscovia was the star with 35 goals as Uganda’s netballers snatched a first win in their tough Group B at the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games on Saturday.Ugandan netballers, competing at their first Commonwealth Games, recovered from Thursday’s opening day 64-51 defeat by New Zealand to tame Malawi 54-52 in a thrilling game. Uganda’s She Cranes are African champions while Malawi are the continent’s top ranked team in the world, one ahead of Proscovia’s team at 6th.In the second straight game, the tall and agile Proscovia remained a model of consistency under the Uganda hoop while receiving solid support from goal attack Rachel Nanyonga. The defeated Malawians were left in tears at the final whistle.center_img Nanyonga grabbed 19 goals as Uganda got off to an early lead, 18-10 in first quarter, 30-25 in quarter 2, 42-39 in quarter 3 before holding on to win 54-52 after a late surge by Malawi.No 7-ranked Uganda return to action on Sunday against another fancied side, England ranked 3, on Sunday.Uganda is represented at the Commonwealth Games by teams in netball, swimming, rugby, squash, athletics, shooting, badminton, boxing and cycling.Athletics remains Uganda’s main hope for medals, and the tone of the country’s performance at this Commonwealth Games will be set in the event’s day-one when Joshua Cheptegei runs in the 5000m final on Sunday.Cheptegei came close to gold at the World Championships 10,000m race last year, edged by Mo Farah in a tough final. He skipped his favourite 5000m race due to fatigue at the World Championships, and the schedule this time makes him a firm bet to do the double.The double was achieved by Moses Kipsiro in Delhi in 2010, winning the 5000 and 10,000m gold.Uganda has taken part in every Games since 1954 (with exception of 1978) and has this time sent a team of 69 to compete.SATURDAY RESULTS  netball Uganda 54 Malawi 52 swimming Women 50m butterfly Meya 27th of 29 boxing #bantam Dlamini(SWZ) 4 Nasir 1 weightlifting # Kasuubo 9th out of 12 1pm #welterW Bwogi v Clair (MRI) Share on: WhatsApplast_img read more