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first_imgSurvey finds private equity investors looking to boost renewable holdings, cut oil and gas ties FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享S&P Global Market Intelligence ($):Roughly 40% of private equity investors say they will be reducing investments in the oil and gas sector in the next five years because of climate change concerns, according to a winter outlook survey conducted by secondary market investment firm Coller Capital Ltd.“Limited partners who do expect change to their investment strategies are broadly planning to replace oil and gas exposure with investment in renewable energy and climate-friendly products and services,” Coller said in the survey’s Nov. 28 release.While 57% of the 113 limited partner investors surveyed in Europe and Asia said they were changing energy strategies in reaction to climate change, only 30% of North American limited partners said the same, according to the survey. Just 16% of those in North America expect to need to make these modifications within the next five years, the survey found. More than one-third of those surveyed said they would be reducing investment in oil and gas, 42% said they would put more money behind climate-friendly goods and services, and 40% said more investment cash would go to renewable energy, according to the survey. [Bill Holland]More ($): Concerned over climate, PE investors looking to leave oil, gas for renewableslast_img read more

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York In a surprise move in State Supreme Court Wednesday, a lawyer representing Suffolk County Legis. Monica Martinez (D-Brentwood) withdrew her candidacy from the Democratic primary in September.That means that her would-be challenger Giovanni Mata of Central Islip has won that round without a fight. Come November, Martinez’ name will appear only on the general election ballot for two minor parties, the lines for the Frank MacKay and Gary Melius-backed Independence Party and the progressive Working Families Party.As of right now, no Republican candidate will be on the November ballot for that legislative seat.Martinez’ withdrawal came before lawyers representing Mata could present their case to Judge Joseph Santorelli that Martinez had committed fraud on her campaign petitions. Ivan Young, an attorney representing Mata, had a legal handwriting expert from Manhattan, Roger Rubin, on hand to back up his candidate’s claim that she had falsified the witness statements on four pages of her signing petition, involving 10 to 12 signatures.“They just came in and conceded the election on the Democratic line,” Young told the Press, calling the decision “very unusual.”Martinez’ lawyer, Tom Garry, could not be reached for comment. But Suffolk Democratic Chairman Rich Schaffer rushed to her defense. Her brother is a town councilman in Babylon, where Schaffer is also town supervisor. He noted that Martinez is a registered Democrat and has an important part in the Democratic caucus in the county legislature.“I personally am going to do everything I have to to make sure she’s re-elected,” Schaffer told the Press. “I’m confident that she will be overwhelmingly re-elected in November.”Her withdrawal is seen as a victory for one of Schaffer’s major political adversaries, former Suffolk County Legis. Rick Montano, who lost his seat in the Legislature to Martinez. He’s running against Thomas Licari, the candidate backed by the Islip Democratic Committee, for the Democratic line. The winner will challenge the incumbent Republican Islip Town Supervisor Angie Carpenter.“The wind’s at our back right now!” said Montano. “This is a major legal victory. This has never really been done.”Schaffer, no friend of Montano—in fact he and Suffolk County Executive Steve Bellone helped orchestrate his defeat from the Legislature—saw it differently.“It doesn’t happen often,” Schaffer said. “It’s happened before.”The next round in this increasingly contentious legal battle pitting Suffolk Democrats against themselves is set to take place Friday when challenges will be heard on campaign petitions involving Montano and his slate of town candidates and those of the Islip Town Democratic Committee.Carpenter is facing no primary opposition in her race. Who her Democratic opponent will be in November remains to be seen.last_img read more

first_imgWright Thompson sets out to answer that question in “Pappyland: A Story of Family, Fine Bourbon, and the Things That Last.” The book is a soulful journey that blends together biography, autobiography, philosophy, Kentucky history, the story of bourbon’s origins and an insider’s look at how the Van Winkle whiskey is made and marketed. The human ley-line running through all of this is Julian P. Van Winkle III, the grandson of Julian “Pappy” Van Winkle Sr., who opened the Stitzel-Weller Distillery just outside Louisville on Derby Day in 1935 and produced various brands until he died in 1965.“There was no way to separate the bourbon’s mythology from his personal history,” Thompson writes of Julian III. To get the story, the author spent part of three years following Van Winkle as he continued the family business he took over in 1981. Now made in partnership with the Buffalo Trace Distillery in Frankfort, his Pappy Van Winkle’s Family Reserve is a grandson’s liquid tribute to his ancestors. Thompson, an ESPN senior writer by way of Mississippi, comes off as the Boswell of bourbon country here — a keen literary observer and respectful fanboy with an obvious affection for his subject, even nicknaming him “Booze Yoda.” – Advertisement – “Pappyland” moves smoothly through the family lore with the subtle nuances of a well-aged bourbon; it has top notes of stoicism and melancholy and a lingering finish of pride, even when recounting the hard times. Everyone drinks a lot of really excellent whiskey and Thompson admits: “To be honest, it gets repetitive after a while, I know. I know.” But he soldiers on in order to thoroughly report what goes into each coveted bottle bearing the Van Winkle name. – Advertisement – – Advertisement – Although flecked with humor and lighthearted moments, “Pappyland” takes a critical approach to the corn-squeezing culture, busting up myth as needed to reveal lesser-known tidbits, like the fact that popular brands such as Elijah Craig and Evan Williams were actually created by Jewish distillers adept in marketing. Although it sometimes feels as if Thompson goes around the block (with a stop for pie and coffee) with some anecdotes, his ability to zoom in and out from the global to the personal level puts things in perspective, particularly with complex topics like the dynamics of the father-son relationship.Even beyond the playlist on a honky-tonk jukebox, the image of American whiskey is often linked with wistful memories and a high-lonesome longing for the past. As the novelist Walker Percy wrote in a 1975 essay for Esquire, “Bourbon does for me what the piece of cake did for Proust.” Thompson echoes this sentiment in his own way: “Vodka is for the skinny and Scotch is for the strivers and bourbon is for the homesick.”It’s no longer home to the family business, but Pappy Van Winkle’s original 1935 Stitzel-Weller Distillery is still there, now owned by a multinational beverage company and used as a tourist stop for the Bulleit Frontier Whiskey brand. A plaque bearing Pappy’s mantra remains on the grounds: “We make fine bourbon, at a profit if we can, at a loss if we must, but always fine bourbon.” As “Pappyland” makes clear, the profit and loss are part of life, and yes, the bourbon is always fine. PAPPYLANDA Story of Family, Fine Bourbon, and the Things That LastBy Wright ThompsonFor the dedicated whiskey connoisseur, getting a taste of Pappy Van Winkle’s Family Reserve bourbon is a Tolkien-worthy quest. With a small production run and a lengthy 15- to 23-year aging process that creates a limited-supply/high-demand situation, the spirit is decidedly elusive at its starting retail price of about $120. Bars that stock it can charge $75 a shot or more, and collectors’ sites list the whiskey for $5,000 a bottle. So, what is it about Pappy Van Winkle?- Advertisement –last_img read more

first_img Metro Sport ReporterFriday 27 Mar 2020 10:00 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link2.9kShares Advertisement Arsenal legend Lee Dixon jokes Gary Neville is lucky to have a career after Thierry Henry tore him to shreds Comment Dixon and Henry spent three seasons together at Highbury (Picture: Getty Images)Dixon feels a lot of people focus on Henry’s speed as his best asset, but don’t pay enough attention to his technical ability.He added: ‘I always used to test him out in games, I used to hit balls at him on purpose really hard just to see [if he could control it].‘He was that good of a touch, him and Dennis [Bergkamp], you could try passes out you wouldn’t pass to another player because you know his first touch was magnetic. Even if he’s stretching for it he’d make one of your pretty terrible balls into a good one.More: Manchester United FCRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseEx-Man Utd coach blasts Ed Woodward for two key transfer errors‘He had that ability to put a bit of velvet on the end of his foot to just cushion it into the right position in order to then extend his stride and go into a run or immediately pass it to somebody else.‘If you’ve got that ability to create your own time and space by your own brilliant touch then you can get away with not being that quick, but he was blisteringly quick, so he was an unfair player.’MORE: Arsenal handed transfer boost in bid to keep hold of Gabriel MartinelliMORE: Henrikh Mkhitaryan takes swipe at Unai Emery’s playing style and opens door to Arsenal returnFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page. Henry is now the manager of Montreal Impact in the MLS (Picture: Getty Images)Lee Dixon has joked that his former Arsenal teammate Thierry Henry’s ‘unfair’ ability almost caused ex-Manchester United full-back Gary Neville to call it quits on his career.The Frenchman is considered to be one of the greatest strikers of the Premier League era, boasting a sublime record of 175 goals in 258 league appearances. Henry formed part of a devastating attack under Arsene Wenger, including Marc Overmars and Robert Pires – which Gunners legend Dixon claims was too much to handle for Neville down the left flank.Speaking to the Handbrake Off podcast, the ex-England defender said: ‘He [Henry] was an unfair player, it was unfair to the opposition, you felt a little bit sorry for them, especially Gary Neville.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENT‘He used to hate playing against our three left-sided players, Marc Overmars, Robert Pires and then Thierry coming out.‘To be fair to Gary, he’s done well to have a career after facing them lot.’Read the latest updates: Coronavirus news live Advertisementlast_img read more

first_imgBILL NEAL :10 I guess we can now put to rest those on going rumors and myths about “Kobe” being a selfish player. He passed up the opportunity to score a mere 40 points to win the NBA scoring title for a 4th time. Kevin Durrant you can now exhale…the rest of you…just shut up!!!:09 Holy Jesus, Holy Jesus, Holy Jesus…alright Rev. Mike, you of the fabulous and ever growing church on Lemington Ave., oh you know the one. C’mon man! Anyway your voice has been heard. No man, not like a voice from heaven…more like a voice from across the parking lot in Monroeville. Your quality and highly competitive time spent in the early days of the Connie Hawkins League, your legendary skills on the pool table back in the day at Raiford’s house and most importantly your marriage to one of my favorite all time ladies now puts you “In The Locker Room.” Now go forward my son, part the waters and set my people free…my bad that’s asking a lot…just get more wings for the picnic this year. Me and the Corvette boys came up a little short. You know what I am saying?:08 If you had money on the Chicago Bulls to win the NBA title or for that matter the NBA East title, by now you know Derek Rose is done for the playoffs with a torn ACL, and your money my friend is in some mobsters bank account in Vegas.:07 Speaking of the NBA East, and I was. Ya’ll know I can’t stand “LeBron” but man…“He Is A Beast”…I am just saying!:06 The Steelers got it done in the draft, but what else is new. They always get it done. They got a steal in the first round when they picked up Stanford’s David DeCastro. He is already a projected as a 6-8 time pro bowler, compared to Alan Faneca and on top of all that he’s got a bad attitude!! Are you ready for some football?:05 Here’s all you need to know. Eddie Jefferies is all-right man! I sat down and talked with him for a couple of hours the other day and was quickly reminded of what I’ve known since the Connie Hawkins League days back at the “Y”…you can’t take a “Gangster” out…“A Rankin Gangster” that is! (God Bless you Willa!):04 This just in. The Pittsburgh Bullets Pittsburgh based semi-pro basketball team is the real deal. They have to be if they beat my Champions’ All-Stars. We dropped a close one 85-77 at the Champions All-Star Classic at Penn Hills YMCA on Sunday. (Yea you missed it.) But here’s the update: Gerald Warrick lead all scorers with 24 points; Devon Knight is still a basketball phenom; Lawrence “L.B.” Baker should be playing pro ball somewhere; Griffin Able is truly the ageless wonder. He just knows how to play; “J” Hood remains one of Pittsburgh’s greatest ever shooters; Deio Daniels aka “Big Tone” still brings the thunder; Marcus Robinson still has game even on one leg; And if you play them you better design a defense that includes 2×4’s cause that’s the only way you’re going to stop Amir Johnsom and Josh Trocchio from shooting them 3’s. The Penn Hills Police fought a tough battle but lost a good one to the A.K. Valley Police Officers and their Ringers… what? Hey fellas just kidding! But the hit of the day was the Homewood YMCA defeating the Rise High boys in a great…great…great middle school boys tournament.Well played everybody…well played.:03 Let me just say this…Alia’s mom is tough, I mean tough. She just had about 20 reconstructions and transplants and controlled the admission door like a pit-bull. No not one of those TV pit-bulls. I am talking about one of those Homewood pit-bulls that ain’t been fed in six days. Hey, she wouldn’t give me my own money! C’mon Mom!:02 Here’s a Two-Fer-One for ya. (1) “Safe”, starring Jason Stathan. All you can ask for and more. Cars, guns, “fight-in” and lots of dead bad guys. I give it 3 Basketballs. (2) “Act Like a Lady, Think Like a Man” from the Steve Harvey book. Was fantastic. Kevin Hart as you know is crazy and the women are ffffiiiinnnneeee!! I give it 3 1/2 Basketballs.:01 Alright let’s wrap this up…At The Buzzer: The Fantastic Voyage starts now. “Come Along Drop Your Bags Get On Up and Jam Now”…May 4 the Old School Par-Tay’s start the road trips at the Comfort Inn on Rodi Road in Penn Hills. Don’t forget it’s a Happy Hour early start at 7 p.m. The first 25 people between 7 & 8 p.m. get in for 1/2 price only $5—for the rest $10—Cash Bar, light buffet, D.J. Mean Gee, The Fabulous Diamond Models, free parking, fantastic vendors and yes, eatin’ drinkin’ and dancin’ Old School Style…The beat goes on…“You can’t stop me… you can only hope to contain me”!! Oh yea, the Pittsburgh Corvette Club will be there with their cars.Coming May 19 to the new magnificent Thelma Lovette aka Centre Avenue YMCA the game of the year. The Savoy Restaurant basketball team will take on the Champion All-Stars in the game you all have been waiting for—along with Pittsburgh Job Corps playing the Pittsburgh All-Stars and the main event The Pittsburgh Bullets Semi-Pro team takes on the Ohio Pro League All-Stars.Jazz on the Green starring National Recording Artist Kevin Howard at the 3 Lakes Golf Course in Penn Hills formerly the Alcoma Country Club 8-Midnight, free parking—$10 at the door—limited seating only 150 seats. Go to https://www.facebook.com/pages/Five-Starr-Corporation for more information.~ This Game Is Over ~last_img read more

first_imgThe Bombers played Vernon close through the next 20 minutes of play but the Panthers put the game away by outscoring LVR 22-10 in the final period.Josh Matosevic scored 11 points to lead the Bomber attack with Robbie Dixon and Darian Johnson each adding eight points.Vinnie Watson had six points and Eamon Studer five.LVR shot 23 percent from the field and struggled from the three-point line, finishing the game with a six percent average.The Bombers now meet Mark Isfeld of Courtney Friday at 6:45 p.m.LVR lost the opener of the tournament 68-36 to top-ranked Sir Charles Tupper Tigers of Vancouver. The Vernon Panthers shot 36 percent from the field to defeat the L.V. Rogers Bombers 65-40 in consolation round action at the BC High School AAA Boy’s Basketball Tournament Thursday at the Events Centre in Langley.Ben Hladik scored a game high 18 points in a contest the Panthers took control early, building a 22-10 lead after one quarter.last_img read more