Bank of the West moves forward with fossil divestment plans

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Denver Post/Associated Press:Bank of the West’s decision to divest from certain fossil fuel investments has run headlong into threats of retaliation in Colorado, Wyoming and other states that rely heavily on coal, oil and natural gas extraction for revenues.The San Francisco-based bank recently made it known that it would be “investing where we feel we can make the most impact” and withdrawing support for companies and business activities that are “detrimental to our environment and our health.”That includes no longer doing business with companies whose main activity is tied to oil and gas from shale or tar sands or financing oil and gas exploration or production projects in the Arctic. Nor will it finance coal mines or coal-fired power plants not actively involved in the energy transition. And the company also is cutting ties to tobacco-related businesses.“As the bank for a changing world, we’re continually seeking to improve the ways we help our customers, while contributing to more sustainable and equitable growth,” the company, which is a holding of French banking giant BNP Paribas, said online.The stance, which has won support from environmental groups, doesn’t sit well in places like Colorado’s Western Slope where residents rely heavily on traditional energy production for their livelihood.Bank of the West is Colorado’s fifth largest bank with $4.5 billion in deposits as of June 30, 2017. It has 75 locations in Colorado, the bank’s second largest concentration of any state after California with 235 locations, according to the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp.More: Bank of the West’s anti-fossil fuel stance sets off firestorm in Western Slope, energy states Bank of the West moves forward with fossil divestment planslast_img read more

O’Brien leads Murtagh praise

first_imgAidan O’Brien and Frankie Dettori were among those to pay tribute to Johnny Murtagh after the multiple Group One-winning jockey announced his retirement from the saddle to concentrate on his training career. While he enjoyed a fantastic campaign in what turned out to be his final season as a jockey, riding five Group One winners, he feels the time is now right to bring his illustrious riding career to an end. Murtagh told Press Association Sport: “The training side of things is getting bigger all the time and I wasn’t happy giving the riding 50 per cent and the training 50 per cent. “It’s the right time to call it a day with the riding and put everything into the training side of things.” Murtagh was successful in each of the five Irish Classics at least once, riding four Irish Derby winners and six Irish Oaks winners, including last year’s French-trained Oaks heroine Chicquita. He also rode three winners of the Epsom Derby in Sinndar (2000), High Chaparral (2002) and Motivator and was successful in the 2000 Guineas twice, aboard the brilliant Rock Of Gibraltar (2002) and Henrythenavigator (2008). Murtagh’s other British Classic victory came with a brilliant front-running ride aboard 2011 Oaks scorer Dancing Rain. The jockey also had a great affinity with Royal Ascot, taking the leading rider award at the summer showpiece meeting for a fifth time last year. “I’ve done extremely well and when you look at the list of horses I’ve ridden, there have been some brilliant horses,” said Murtagh Press Association Murtagh, 43, is widely regarded as one of the greatest riders of the modern era and partnered over 100 top-level winners at home and abroad during a stellar career. In May of last year Murtagh took out his training licence, taking over the reins from Tommy Carmody at Fox Covert Stables in County Kildare. “My first Derby win aboard Sinndar was obviously a huge thing and then Yeats was an incredible horse to be associated with. “Riding and training Royal Diamond to win on Champions Day last year at Ascot (in the Long Distance Cup), that was something very special as well. “I was very lucky to ride for some great people. I got along with them all and still do. It’s been brilliant. “When you are riding you can take all the big winners for granted, but when you sit back and think about it, I’ve been very lucky. “I’m coming up 44 this year and my first Group One was on Manntari for Mr (John) Oxx in 1993 (National Stakes). Someone texted me earlier saying I had 105 Group One winners, but my wife thinks it’s 107. “I didn’t ride a horse until I was 15 and it’s been fantastic, but it’s now time to move on to the next chapter in my life. “We have 45 horses in training at the moment, including 20 two-year-olds and we have a few new owners. “I have the same expectations as when I was riding – the standards are still the same. “If we get a bit of luck and a good horse comes along, we’ll get there.” Murtagh enjoyed great associations with some of the biggest stables in the sport, riding as stable jockey for the likes of John Oxx and O’Brien. He was stable jockey to O’Brien’s powerful Ballydoyle operation between 2008 and 2010, riding such greats as Henrythenavigator, Duke Of Marmalade and incredible four-time Gold Cup hero Yeats. O’Brien said: “Johnny was a wonderful rider and we had great years together when he rode for us. “He will be a great trainer and we would like to wish him, Orla (Murtagh’s wife) and all the family every success in the future.” The rider also had a successful spell with Sir Michael Stoute, while Jeremy Noseda, James Fanshawe and Motivator’s trainer Michael Bell were others to call upon his services. Bell said: “He was a very gifted jockey. I’ll be forever grateful to him for his input – not only on the racecourse but his advice having ridden work which played a huge part in Motivator’s three-year-old career. “It was very hard for him to combine both jobs (riding and training), so I’m sure it was the sensible thing to do.” Murtagh also enjoyed a fruitful association with the Aga Khan, riding as his retained jockey until August 2012. The owner’s stud manager Pat Downes said: “He was one of the great, great jockeys and he had some fabulous days with the Aga Khan. “He was a great man for the big occasion and a great man for the small occasion too. He was good at bringing young horses along and identifying horses he liked particularly at an early stage. “He was an all-round jockey. We all know what Ascot brought out in him, but he was just a great man to have on your side on a big day “He knew how to make a plan on how to ride a horse to big effect on a big day and was a great person too. “He’ll probably have it a little easier now. It wasn’t easy for him riding way below what was his natural weight. He found it tough going, but he was very dedicated and I think he’s going to have a great training career now. “He’s made such a wonderful start and I look forward to seeing the next chapter.” Frankie Dettori, who like Murtagh has been in the upper echelon of Flat jockeys for a number of years, paid tribute to his great friend and former colleague. Dettori said: “Johnny is probably one of the best judges of pace I’ve ever come across and one of the most hard working and talented jockeys I’ve ever ridden against. “I’m genuinely upset that he will no longer be in the weighing room when I go in there.” Eddie Lynam provided Murtagh with a number of big-race victories, with the jockey producing a typically brilliantly judged ride to get Sole Power up in the last stride of last summer’s King’s Stand at Royal Ascot. The jockey’s last ride was on the same horse in the Hong Kong Sprint at Sha Tin in December. “He’s been a great jockey. It’s a big loss to me, but we’ll have to get on with it,” said the County Meath handler. “I was talking to him on Monday and wished him a happy retirement. He’s going to be a good trainer now, so we will have to compete against him. “He gave Sole Power a fantastic ride in the King’s Stand. It was best summed up by James Willoughby that day. He said Johnny sold lengths when they were expensive and bought them when they were cheap. “A top man, a very good jockey and I wish him well in his retirement.” last_img read more

Alexander: Is Pat Riley in the Lakers’ future? Should he be?

first_img Lakers practice early hoping to answer all questions AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with Packers• A week ago, shortly after Johnson quit, the 74-year-old Riley, president of the Miami Heat for the last 23 years, was asked about it and shot the possibility down.“No doubt, I have a history with that team,” he told reporters in Miami. “I was there 20 years, and I have a lot of friends still in the organization. I had a good conversation with Magic after he stepped down, and I’m sure they’re gonna work it out. But I’m not gonna be a part of that. That’s not what I want to do.”But Stephen A. Smith tossed it back out there Friday morning, and it again had the fan base buzzing. And it would be so Lakers: Bring in a big name, and bring in someone with Lakers ties.• The more I think about it, the more convinced I am that the Lakers are the NBA’s version of the Raiders. Long after the run of championships has ended, there persists an organizational attitude that stunts growth and impedes progress: “The same old ways worked just fine then, they should work now, and anyway, we’re the Lakers (or Raiders) and you’re not.” The row of Larry O’Brien Trophies in the window overlooking the practice courts is not indicative of future success. A superstar hire, or a superstar signing, might get the fan base energized but does not by itself counterbalance a sharp, savvy collection of basketball minds … like the one the other NBA team in town has assembled. • And for those Lakers fans who hope against hope that Jerry West would bolt his consultant’s role with the Clippers and return to their team? Don’t hold your breath. You might turn purple.• We look at fan interest in L.A. now and we assume that it will always be thus, Lakers No. 1 in the hearts and minds of Angelenos, Clippers a distant No. 2.Do not assume.Keep this in mind: There are a lot of 7- and 8-year-old kids in L.A. who have never seen a Lakers championship, and who might be starting to get interested in sports and basketball and the NBA in a landscape where the Clippers are the superior team. Habits formed now tend to last.Consider the Clippers’ youth initiatives: A growing Jr. Clippers program, and the organization’s ambition of refurbishing indoor and outdoor basketball courts throughout L.A. Add the potential of their own arena and the ability to forge their own distinct identity, and an organization not wed to the past, the way the Lakers seem to be.Related Articles Trail Blazers beat Grizzlies in play-in, earn first-round series with the Lakers How athletes protesting the national anthem has evolved over 17 years This is a long play for the Clippers, and when all those kids grow up it’s going to be a far fairer fight. (Until then, just imagine dinner table conversations in those households where the parents are Lakers fans and the kids adopt the Clippers.)• There is, by the way, another pecking order that we just assume will continue: Dodgers No. 1, Angels No. 2. And yet we are into the sixth season in which a good chunk of Southern California can’t watch Dodgers games on TV regularly, thanks to the spat between Spectrum, which owns the exclusive rights, and DirecTV, Dish and the non-Spectrum cable services that decline to pay what Spectrum is asking per subscriber.Again, if you’re a kid growing up in SoCal and you can see Mike Trout on TV every night and Cody Bellinger hardly at all until the postseason, who might you pay more attention to?• Of course, this assumes that regional sports networks remain our main vehicle for following our teams. Again, don’t assume. The smart people in various teams and leagues are already paying attention to streaming, pay-per-view, and presumably technologies that we probably can’t even imagine yet.The Dodgers’ $8.35 billion contract with Spectrum runs through 2038. How do you think we’ll be consuming our games by then?jalexander@scng.com@Jim_Alexander on Twittercenter_img The world according to Jim:• At the moment, Lakers general manager Rob Pelinka appears to be permanently ensconced at the top of the team’s basketball operations organizational chart. He seems to have Jeanie Buss’ ear, and her trust – or at least they both have Kobe Bryant in common – and he’s the one handling the search for a new coach.But this is basketball’s preeminent reality show, with apologies to LaVar Ball. Last week’s episode? Earvin Johnson’s stunning and sudden departure as the overall basketball boss (reportedly, just before he was ready to fire Pelinka). This week’s storyline: Pat Riley as Magic’s replacement?ESPN, also known as the Worldwide Leader in Speculation And Filling Dead Air, dropped that one back into the hopper Friday. It would be intriguing, and it checks two boxes with Riles’ history with both the Lakers and with LeBron James. But is it feasible? 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Abortion foes cheer changes for Iowa courts

first_imgDES MOINES — Abortion opponents rallied at the statehouse Thursday in support of new efforts to ban abortion in Iowa.Republican Governor Kim Reynolds announced this week she had determined there was no way to successfully appeal a district court ruling that nullified a ban on abortions after a fetal heartbeat can be detected. The governor told the group she and other Republicans who were elected in November now aim to change the judges making the decisions.“We are appointing judges to the bench that will apply the law and adhere to the constitution of Iowa and the constitution of the United States,” Reynolds said, to cheers and a standing ovation.Reynolds touted GOP plans to change who appoints half the members of a commission that nominates Iowa judges and justices for the Iowa Supreme Court. Republican Representative Sandy Salmon of Janesville, another speaker at the rally, amplified that message.“It’s time for the legislature to take back its power from the court,” Salmon said, to applause.Senators convened a hearing right after the rally on a proposal that would grant citizenship rights at the moment of conception. Another hearing was held in a HOUSE subcommittee on a plan to cut off federal funds for sex ed and pregnancy prevention programs at any organization that performs abortions or refers patients to abortion providers,last_img read more