French insurer AXA speeds coal industry exit plans

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Reuters:France’s AXA said it was strengthening its climate strategy by committing to exit coal more quickly across a greater number of countries, as policymakers seek a faster transition to a low-carbon economy.AXA said that as an investor it would exit completely from the coal industry across countries in the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) and the European Union by 2030, and the rest of the world by 2040.In other steps announced on Wednesday, the French insurer said it will put 12 billion euros ($13.23 billion) in “green investments” between 2020-2023.AXA added that as an insurer, it would restrict coal underwriting policy and stop selling insurance contracts, apart from employee benefits offers, to clients developing new coal projects that exceed 300 MW in capacity.The moves by AXA drew praise from some environmental groups. “AXA is leading the way by driving its portfolio of coal down to zero by 2030,” said Regine Richter, Energy Campaigner at Germany-based campaign group Urgewald.More: French insurer AXA to exit coal investments in OECD states by 2030 French insurer AXA speeds coal industry exit planslast_img read more

Off the Beaten Path | Dwayne Parton

first_imgA few years ago Bryson City, North Carolina native Dwayne Parton set out to hike the entire length of the Appalachian Trail, a goal which he accomplished on his 30th birthday. The monumental feat was a dream come true, but it left him wanting for more. Soon after returning from his thru-hike, the sedentary nature of a traditional 9-5 lifestyle became too much too bear, and Dwayne set out on a cross country adventure that eventually took him to the northernmost reaches of North America.  I recently caught up with Dwayne to find out where he is now, what enabled him to realize the kind of adventure-based lifestyle that most only dream of, and to pick his brain about some of the most uplifting experiences, interesting characters, and thrilling adventures he has experienced along the way.[divider]Q & A with Dwayne[/divider]BRO: What inspired you to leave home and take up a life on the road?DP: I felt like I was waiting for life to happen. I kept catching myself coming home to a movie or a video game. I had thru hiked the AT in 2014 and was missing trail life. I liked not knowing what was going to happen, or who I was going to encounter. The newness of each day. I didn’t want to fill my time with entertainment anymore. Sure I continued to do things outside but it wasn’t the same. Being a part of Bryson City Outdoors helped, but I grew restless. After going on a cross country road trip with my friend and author Beth Hardin, I was inspired to take to the road. I’m a freelance web developer by trade, so my office is where ever I am.Sunset on Flattop in Anchorage AlaskaSunset on Flattop in Anchorage AlaskaBRO: What exactly does a freelance web developer do, and what advice would you give to someone who is actively pursuing that career path? DP: It’s really a broad category. I typically build websites for clients using WordPress or some other content management system. I also manage servers, provide maintenance, remove malicious activity(hacks,malware), and help with social media. I love solving problems and that’s my favorite part of the job. I have been building websites since 2007 and have built up a client base that I feel comfortable traveling with. On the road I’ve picked up a few clients, but it’s really hard to grow when you travel. I’m coming to terms with the fact that I can’t take every potential job. It’s hard to say no, but if you get too much work for your lifestyle it’s hard to provide the kind of work your clients deserve. It’s a hard career path to break into at first, but be diligent. Use your personal website as a testing ground. Experiment. If you find something that works well for you then you have something that may work well for a client.BRO: How do you get around? DP: I’ve been converting a Chevy Express for the last 3 months. It has been a huge upgrade from the small truck I drove up in. HWY 1 in AlaskaHWY 1 in AlaskaIt’s the difference between a home and a shelter. I use a Goal Zero Yeti 400 for power and have a small office that I work from when I can’t find a coffee shop. Coffee shops are ideal though, it’s a nice break from the silence of traveling alone.Check out a 360 degree view of Dwayne’s van below. BRO: Where are you from originally?DP: I was born and raised in Bryson City, North Carolina.BRO: Where did your journey begin, and what kinds of places have you discovered along the way?DP: I started July 2015 from Bryson City bound for Prudehoe Bay, Alaska. I didn’t have any intentions to stay there, it was just as far north as a civilian could drive, so I made that my destination. I took my time getting there staying longer in towns that really captured me. Towns like Leadville, CO and Bozeman, MT. I didn’t plan on staying in Alaska very long and then I hiked up Little O’mally Peak in Anchorage. That did it. I knew I needed to stay.Teslin in the YukonTeslin in the YukonBRO: Any favorite destinations?DP: I have so many favorite destinations. Yosemite, the PNW, Bozeman, Jackson Hole, and Leadville to name a few. I love the mountains and being in them. Whether that’s the Smokies or the Chugach. There is something special about them. They make you feel so small. I do love Alaska! It’s more beautiful than pictures can portray, and the Northern Lights will make you feel like a kid again. I stayed there for 7 months and rented a room in Anchorage.In search of the Aurora. Driving Parks HWY all night.In search of the Aurora. Driving Parks HWY all night.BRO: Tell us about your travel companion.DP: Bobby is a Pitt/Lab mix. I have had him since he was a puppy, that’s almost 9 years now. He’s quite the dog, and for me he’s perfect. Low maintenance. He’s happy as long as he gets to sleep in the bed and ride in the front seat. Bobby Sleeping in the VanBobby Sleeping in the VanHe’s not big on long hikes but loves short ones. We hiked Flattop Mountain in March and glisaded down it. You’ve never seen a dog so happy and fearless. Chasing his human down a steep snowy mountain. Snowshoeing on the Williwaw Lakes Trail, Anchorage, Alaska, Chugach MountainsSnowshoeing on the Williwaw Lakes Trail, Anchorage, Alaska, Chugach MountainsThat caught me by surprise because he’s a big sissy most of the time. He loves car rides, which is good because we do that most of the time now. We have quite the relationship and lots of conversations. The conversations are one sided, but he tries to listen, cocking his head from one side to the other. This is usually due to words that rhyme with “hike,” “ride”, or “treat.”Hiked up to the Ballpark from the Williwaw Lakes Trail, Anchorage, Alaska, Chugach MoutainsHiked up to the Ballpark from the Williwaw Lakes Trail, Anchorage, Alaska, Chugach MoutainsBRO: What sort of outdoor activities have you partaken in while out on the road?DP: Hiking has been what I do most. But I’ve learned some knew skills since I started. Fly fishing has been such a joy. I don’t know why I didn’t do it before. There is great fly fishing in Bryson City. This winter I switched from snowboarding to skiing. There was quite a learning curve because for whatever reason I decided I’d start with telemark. Snowshoeing on the Williwaw Lakes Trail, Anchorage, Alaska, Chugach MountainsSnowshoeing on the Williwaw Lakes Trail, Anchorage, Alaska, Chugach MountainsThat made for lots of “fun” frustrating experiences. I thought many times, “Why did I leave my board at home?”, but by the end of the season I was doing pretty well at the ski resort. The backcountry, however, was a very different story. My lines looked a lot like exclamation points and I spent more time trying to get out of the powder than skiing down it. Parks HWY Alaska RangeParks HWY Alaska RangeOn an better note, I picked up rock climbing. What a great sport! The Alaska Rock Gym became my second home, and I met so many awesome people there. Climbing is one of my main draws to the road now. There are some many more places to go and see now.BRO: Can you tell us about some of the most interesting characters you’ve me while out on the road?DP: I’ve met so many. It’s hard to pick just a few. Some are interesting because of their quirks, and others because they are truly adventurers. One man I met has spent over 5 years of his life on Denali. Hope AlaskaHope, AlaskaEven though he’s a guide it’s hard to fathom spending that much of your life there. I also picked up 2 French hitchhikers on my way up to Alaska. They road with me for over 1,000 miles, language barrier included. I introduced them to American essentials like SPAM and 7-Eleven Slurpees. Hope AlaskaHope, AlaskaThey made sure I didn’t miss some important stops on the Alaskan Highway like Liard Hot Springs or the Sign Post Forest. A brief stop at the Bean Broker in Chadron, NE turned into a 3 day stay where the owner, Andie, convinced me to go visit her son and friends in Bozeman. It was so cool. The Bozemanites let me camp in their parking lot while I was there, took me kayaking down the Yellowstone, and even taught me to fly fish.Dwayne and Bobby hanging out at the Valdez Ice Fest with Bridalveil Falls in the backgroundDwayne and Bobby hanging out at the Valdez Ice Fest with Bridalveil Falls in the backgroundBRO: What is the most challenging or trying thing that has happened along the way?DP: I had a crazy experience this winter. The last week in January I went on a short and easy hiking trip with photographer Jackson Ursin to Thunderbird Falls. We were taking photographs of the waterfall when things went really bad. Jackson slipped and fell off a 30+ foot cliff and bounced off the ice right beside me.Camping spot outside of Hope AlaskaCamping spot outside of Hope AlaskaIt was a surreal moment I could have never expected. It was just us out there and he was broken. It was almost 3 hours before he was rescued and in the hospital. I’ll spare you all the details and let you know that after surgery, 5 weeks in the hospital, and lots of physical therapy, he can now walk. I saw him right before I left, and he ran up to me and gave me a hug. That was a huge deal! The whole incident was a serious wake up call. We weren’t out doing anything crazy and things went terribly wrong. Having a buddy with you could be the difference between life and death.View of Denali from FlattopView of Denali from FlattopBRO: Do you have your next destination planned out? DP: At the moment, I just have an area I want to explore more around Montana, Wyoming, Idaho, and Utah. It’s interesting not having a specific destination. It sometimes makes me feel like I don’t have a goal, but I just want to see where the road takes me. You never know who you’ll meet, and I want to be flexible to the possibilities. I’d like to get back up to Alaska, but don’t want to plan that far ahead yet.Buffalo in Yellostone National ParkBuffalo in Yellostone National ParkBRO: What advice would you give others who want to follow in your footsteps and take up the mobile, travel-based lifestyle?DP: It’s easy to romanticize the lifestyle. Don’t take your ideals with you but be flexible learning to love the set backs because the road is full of them. Some nights it’s hard to find a place to camp and others just feel lonely. You have to step out of your comfort zone often. Smile and talk to people. Discover rock climbing because (1) rock gyms are a great place to shower, and (2) you’ll meet some incredible people. Everyone’s journey is different and be prepared to learn a lot about yourself. Have fun!You can follow along with Dwayne’s ongoing adventures by following him on Instagram and visiting his website.[divider]More from BlueRidgeOutdoors.com[/divider]last_img read more

A Palace revolution

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Ain’t no stopping US now

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Belgium Euthanasia – Unhappy with sex change

first_imgDaily Mail 1 October 2013A Belgian transsexual has chosen to die by  euthanasia after a botched sex change operation to complete his transformation  into a man left him a ‘monster’.Nathan Verhelst, 44, died  yesterday afternoon after being allowed have his life ended on the grounds of  ‘unbearable psychological suffering’.It is understood to be the  first time someone in Belgium has chosen euthanasia after a sex-change, and  comes soon after it emerged that it is now the cause of nearly one in 50 deaths  in the country.Mr Verhelst died after a lethal injection  administered by the same doctor who last year ended the lives of congenitally  deaf twins who were also going blind.http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2440086/Belgian-elects-die-euthanasia-botched-sex-change-operation-left-monster.htmllast_img read more

6 sachets of ‘shabu’ seized in buy-bust

first_imgThe suspect was detained in thecustodial facility of the Pontevedra municipal police station, facing chargesfor violation of Republic Act 9165, or the Comprehensive Dangerous Drugs Act of2002./PN The 41-year-old Jerry Diaz of BarangayCubay, La Carlota City, Negros Occidental yielded the suspected illegal drugsvalued around P6,000, a police report showed. Diaz was nabbed after he soldsuspected shabu to an undercover officer for P500 around 8:30 p.m. on Monday,the report added.center_img BACOLOD City – Six sachets ofsuspected shabu were seized in a buy-bust operation in Barangay 1 Poblacion,Pontevedra, Negros Occidental. last_img

Rennes president determined not to lose Real Madrid target

first_img Loading… Rennes president, Nicolas Holveck, has said they’re determined not to lose Edourdo Camavinga this summer. Promoted ContentBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever MadeWhy Do So Many Digital Assistants Have Feminine Names & Voices?7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend Better9 Talented Actors Who Are Only Associated With One RoleThe Best Cars Of All TimeCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable WayTop 10 Tiniest Phones Ever MadeWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?Top Tastiest Foods From All Over The WorldTop 10 Most Romantic Nations In The World14 Hilarious Comics Made By Women You Need To Follow Right NowGreatest Movies In History Since 1982 The 17 year-old midfielder is a target for Real Madrid. “The priority will be to keep our team, which has shown all its talent in this fantastic season,” Holveck told L’Equipe.Advertisement “We’ll have to be smart in the transfer market to improve the team and make it the best we possibly can in order to pass this qualifying round.” read also:Rennes to block Madrid move for Camavinga Rennes are owned by the Pinault family who are billionaires meaning they are under no pressure to sell their best players. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 last_img read more

Bellew: Joshua will knock-out Fury early

first_img Joshua faces mandatory challenger Kubrat Pulev, 39, while Fury rematches 34-year-old Deontay Wilder, the man he dethroned in February. But further complications lie for the pair, as their respected mandatories threaten to scupper the mega-money unification. Oleksandr Usyk is next in line for AJ’s WBO belt while Dillian Whyte is still waiting for his shot at the WBC belt. And promoter Eddie Hearn believes Whyte should take priority over Joshua in the pursuit for Fury’s title read also:Joshua,Fury warned: Oleksandr intends to enforce his mandatory opportunity Hearn told Boxing Social: “We don’t want the WBC to make Fury ‘franchise’ champion. Let him take care of his mandatory just like Joshua’s taking care of his. “We don’t want to be elevated from ‘interim’ champ. He wants to fight the champion, he wants to fight Fury. “Dillian Whyte actually has to take priority, in my opinion, over Anthony Joshua, to get that shot. We will do everything we can to deliver that.” FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Anthony Joshua has been backed to beat Tyson Fury – but only if he catches the Gypsy King cold. Unified champion AJ, 30, and WBC king Fury, 31, have verbally agreed to a two-fight deal next year to secure a historic undisputed title decider. And former world champion Tony Bellew has backed pal Joshua to win the Battle of Britain by early stoppage, but warns it is Fury’s game if the fight reaches the second half. Bellew told told The Gary Newbon Sports Show: “I think he would jump on Tyson Fury and I think he would catch him pretty quickly. “But don’t get me wrong, if that fight was to go past four or five rounds, I think Anthony Joshua would find himself in an awful lot of trouble. “He has to get rid of someone like Tyson Fury and solve that puzzle and enigma that is Tyson Fury quickly because the more fights go on against him the harder it becomes.” Despite the doubler header agreement, it is subject to both champions winning their next fights.Advertisementcenter_img Loading…last_img read more

Smith wins a thriller at Marshalltown

first_imgBy Jeremy Fox MARSHALLTOWN, Iowa (May 16) – Donavon Smith was the seventh different leader and won a thriller Friday on Casey’s General Stores and Old Timers Lounge Night at Marshalltown Speedway. Nate Thelen and then Robbie Merkle were early leaders in the IMCA Sunoco Stock Car main. Don Vis inherited the lead but Steve Meyer took the lead away on lap three. Meyer bobbled and that allowed Michael Jaennette to sneak by. Jaennette began to pull away only to see the caution come out just after the completion of lap nine. Jaennette had to contend with Brian Irvine and Meyer but it was Smith taking the lead away on lap 13. Smith led until lap 16 when Irvine got by, but then Irvine slipped up and let Smith get back by to take the win.Meyer also got by Irvine for second at the line. Richie Gustin Jr. was the IMCA Xtreme Motor Sports Modified feature winner. Clint Luellen captured the Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMod checkers and Austin Luellen’s lap 10 pass paved the way for his IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stock victory. John Gill started right where he left off the week before in the Mach-1 Sport Compact feature and that was out front. Gill would lead all eight laps to take his second win of the season.Next Friday Night, Marshalltown Speedway kick off the Memorial Day Weekend with Midwest Liquid Systems and Salute to Military Night at the Races. It all gets underway with hot laps at 6:45 p.m. and racing at 7:30 p.m.last_img read more

Jerovetz Shock Service gives special events prizes to IMCA Modifieds, Northern SportMods

first_imgSUAMICO, Wis. – Special events competitors in both the IMCA Modified and Karl Chevrolet North­ern SportMod divisions receive awards from Jerovetz Motorsports Shock Service again in 2017.Select top five finishers in 30 designated Modified and 15 Northern SportMod specials get gift certificates good for two free shock rebuilds from the Suamico, Wis., company, owned by Sean Jerovetz and managed by Ryan Rosenow.Jerovetz Motorsports Shock Service sells Afco, Bilstein, Fox, Integra, QA1, Penske and JRI shocks, repairs and services shocks of all makes and consults on shock packages for high perfor­mance use. The company also carries full lines of Afco and QA1 products and is a Wehrs Ma­chine and Racing Products dealer.“We look forward to another great year with IMCA and its drivers!” said Rosenow. “The IMCA racers are the backbone of our company and we enjoy giving back to them through our partnership with IMCA.”More information about shocks, shock services and high performance products is available from the fourth-year IMCA marketing sponsor by calling 920 265-2068 or 920 615-2508, at the www.jmshocks.com website and on Facebook.“JMSS is a growing entity in the shock world and we’ve been impressed with their professionalism and dedication to IMCA racing,” said Kevin Yoder, director of marketing for IMCA. “There are lots of options for this type of service today, but we’d endorse them to anyone without hesitation.”last_img read more