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first_imgThe campaign group argued that the funds, through their large holdings in coal, oil and gas companies, were acting against the Paris agreement on climate change as well as certain national laws and agreements. A Greenpeace banner outside AP3’s office last weekA spokeswoman for AP3 said: “Greenpeace haven’t had an honest intent and therefore the prerequisites for a dialogue do not exist.”AP1, AP2 and AP4 did not comment.The AP funds are well-known for their emphasis on environmental issues and sustainability within their investment activities, as well as taking a leading international role in ESG campaigns.Their mandate is currently in the process of being reformed, and includes new legal requirements for the funds to be managed in an “exemplary manner” with regard to responsible investment and responsible ownership.In February 2017, AP3 reported that it had doubled its holdings in green bonds in 2016 SEK9.5bn, and is one of the largest Nordic investors in the instruments.In March this year, AP3 and AP4 were among the backers of a $1.42bn green bond fund, which was said to be the largest such fund launch up to that point. AP2, AP3 and AP4 were also among 60 investors earlier this year to support an engagement project to push international food companies to use more non-meat-based proteins.AP1, AP2, AP3, AP4 and AP7 are all members of the Institutional Investors Group on Climate Change, while all six funds in the AP system – including private equity specialist AP6 – have all signed up to the UN’s Principles for Responsible Investment.Note: This story was updated to include a comment from AP3. One of Sweden’s state pension buffer funds was targeted by activists from campaign group Greenpeace last week in a protest which included the occupation of a meeting room.The Swedish branch of the environmental organisation is currently conducting a campaign aimed at persuading the four main AP funds to divest from their coal, oil and gas stocks.AP3’s central Stockholm offices were invaded by the activists early on Wednesday morning, who then locked themselves in a meeting room and hung up paintings “to remind the AP funds that they, as state authorities, must live up to the laws and objectives decided by the Swedish Parliament”, according to a Greenpeace press release.Meanwhile, other protestors from the group went onto the roof and hung a large banner on the front of the building with the slogans “lyd lagen” (obey the law), and ”flytta pengarna” (move the money).last_img read more

first_imgThe home at 19 Portwine St, Murarrie, is spread across three levels. Picture: supplied.WITH city views, plenty of space over three levels, a swimming pool and an elevator, this Murarrie home is sure to impress. Current owners Scot and Andrea Williams bought the six-bedroom property at 19 Portwine St, Murarrie with their three older children in mind.“We love the city views and the sheer size of the home,” Mr Williams said. “We have older teenage children and with the massive proportions of the home and the separation, they can have their own space. The home at 19 Portwine St, Murarrie, includes an inground swimming pool. Picture: Supplied.Mr Williams said the home was perfect for families of any size or age, as well as being great for those who like to entertain. “It’s in a very quiet neighbourhood,” he said. “It’s close to Cannon Hill Anglican College and we’re only a few hundred meters from the train station.” The property is on the market through Meagan Muir of Place Bulimba. The kitchen at 19 Portwine St, Murarrie. Picture: Supplied.The large living area flows out past a bar area to the large poolside entertaining space. The saltwater pool is solar heated and has a waterfall feature.The open-plan kitchen, dining and living area is on the top floor, with a terrace off the kitchen and a balcony off the living area. “I’ll probably miss sitting out on the balcony with that beautiful city view the most,” Mr Williams said. There is also a separate dining area while the master suite includes a walk-in wardrobe and ensuite. center_img The view from the dining area 19 Portwine St, Murarrie“Our kids are at the car age so having room for four cars plus a horse float is also great.” On the ground floor of the tri-level home there is a four-car garage, a workshop, a bathroom and a carport with a 2.9m clearance — perfect for a motorhome or boat. There is also an elevator that services all three levels. More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus12 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market12 hours agoOn the second floor there are five bedrooms, with an ensuite to one, a family bathroom, a media room and a storage space. last_img read more

first_img0Shares0000Pep Guardiola saw his Manchester City side thrash Schalke 7-0 on TuesdaySWANSEA, United Kingdom, Mar 15 – Pep Guardiola remains coy about Manchester City’s chances of winning the quadruple, but his side face Swansea in the FA Cup quarter-finals on Saturday standing just 16 games away from a clean sweep of all four major trophies.Guardiola’s team moved closer to the unprecedented silverware haul on Tuesday as they advanced to the Champions League quarter-finals with a 7-0 demolition of Schalke in the last 16, second leg. City have already won the League Cup, beating Chelsea in last month’s final, but that has not quenched Guardiola’s thirst for more success.A victory at second-tier Swansea would see City move into the FA Cup semi-finals, with the Premier League title race set to go down to the wire.City are one point clear of second-placed Liverpool and although the reigning champions would be knocked off top spot if the Reds win at Fulham on Sunday, they will have a game in hand.In a bid to keep the pressure off his players, Guardiola has tried to talk down the possibility of City winning all four trophies, something that no team in the history of the English game has managed.“I said so many times, and I know you are generous and thank you so much guys, but every time you make that comment we lose a competition, so I think you provoke me in that way so, the next one we will see,” joked Guardiola recently when asked about the prospect of a quadruple.Swansea, currently mid-table in the Championship, are not expected to pose a major threat to City, but sterner tests lie in wait in what promises to a be a dramatic finale to the season.The Champions League has provided some painful moments for Guardiola, who won the tournament twice as Barcelona boss but has not lifted the trophy since 2011.– Traditional powers –Pep Guardiola celebrates as goal hero Riyad Mahrez looks onYet with English clubs constituting half of the eight teams in the Champions League quarter-finals, there are few opponents remaining who can intimidate City, especially with traditional powers such as Real Madrid and Bayern Munich having already exited the competition.Even so, given the magnitude of the achievement City are chasing, the hype surrounding his team at present appears muted.The last — and, so far, only — English club to win the treble of Premier League, FA Cup and Champions League was Manchester United under Alex Ferguson in 1999.Guardiola himself achieved the equivalent in Spain with Barcelona in 2008-09.Yet, Guardiola has done such a good job of playing down expectations in almost every scenario in which City have found themselves this season that the issue of a possible quadruple has barely been on the news agenda.On the occasions that he has been asked about such a possibility, Guardiola has claimed that, to be considered among Europe’s elite, City first have to ensure they are regularly competing in the latter stages of the big competitions.“The big clubs, that is the big difference, as I said many times –- what is the best clubs in the last decade? Juventus, Bayern Munich, Barcelona — these are the best three teams in the last decade in Europe,” said the Spaniard.“Why? Because every season they win the league, every season they win the cups, every season they are there, because they are the best.“It’s difficult to imitate them, being in the competition, it doesn’t matter which one –- until the last stages.”0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

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