Montpelier, VT USA Risk Group announced today its expansion of its Burlington offices. They have recently hired two experienced captive insurance account managers, Jenny Denison and Judy McNally to assist in the continued captive growth of the Group.With the two new hires, the Burlington office will be taking new office space in the Gateway Plaza office building at 30 Main Street, Suite 450 in Burlington effective December 12th.USA Risk Group is a leading alternative risk service provider with offices in Arizona, Bermuda, BVI, Cayman Islands, New York, South Carolina, Vermont, and USVI. Business Insurance recently named USA Risk Group the 2nd largest independent captive manager and 7th largest in the world. Further details on USA Risk Group are available at www.usarisk.com(link is external).
FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Bloomberg:Life insurer Storebrand ASA has scrubbed all funds managed by its Swedish unit clean of fossil-fuel producers.It’s the latest example of money managers responding to client concerns about climate change. Storebrand, which is the biggest listed life insurer in Norway, had already promised to exit coal completely, and is part of a group of capital managers that have pledged to become carbon neutral by 2050.This latest move means SPP Fonder AB, which manages 230 billion kronor ($24 billion), no longer owns stakes in firms that produce or distribute fossil energy sources or companies related directly to these industries, such as oil-service suppliers, Storebrand said in an emailed statement. It exited 9 billion kronor in such entities over the past weeks to comply with the new rules, it said.As a result of the divestments, Storebrand as a whole now has about a third of its assets, or roughly $29 billion, in fossil-free investments.The Nordics have been at the forefront of the finance industry’s adjustments to climate risk. Norway this year tightened restrictions on coal investments for its $1.1 trillion sovereign wealth fund and decided to exclude pure oil producers. Though that move was driven by financial risk exposure rather than climate considerations, it was touted by activists as another sign that fossil fuels are losing appeal.Storebrand has seen most interest for fossil-free funds from institutional investors, with the strongest demand so far coming from the Swedish market, Chief Executive Officer Odd Arild Grefstad said in the statement. “The growth in our fossil-free funds is a result of strong customer demand,” he said. “There is a rising global demand for action on climate change. Countries, municipalities and cities are increasingly asking for different investment solutions to align their capital with their overall climate commitments.” [Mikael Holter]More: Nordic money manager pulls $24 billion funds out of fossil fuel Insurer Storebrand says $24 billion managed by its Swedish unit is now fossil-free
… Barbados played Canada twice this yearBy Rawle ToneyGUYANA will face Barbados in March in the CONCACAF 2021 Gold Cup Qualifier but to date Guyana Football Federation (GFF) is yet to make public its plans to ensure the Golden Jaguars make their second appearance at the confederation’s marquee tournament. With former Trinidad and Tobago International Russell Latapy at the helm of the Barbados team, the men from Land of the Flying Fish have already begun their preparation, playing Canada twice (January 7 and 10), as well as lining up a few more friendlies before their clash with Guyana in March (at a date to be announced by CONCACAF).As announced in March of 2018, the 2019-2020 CONCACAF Nations League kicked off the road to 2021 CONCACAF Gold Cup.After group stage play, the top two finishers in each of the League A groups and the top finishers in each of the League B groups secured their participation in the 16th edition of the Confederation’s premier tournament for men’s national teams.The 12 teams already qualified for the 2021 Gold Cup are Canada, Costa Rica, Curacao, El Salvador, Grenada, Honduras, Jamaica, Martinique, Mexico, Panama, Suriname and the United States.The road to the 2021 CONCACAF Gold Cup will continue next year with a two-round qualifier, to be played in a direct elimination format beginning in March of 2020, the second-place finishers of League B (French Guiana, Guyana, Montserrat and St Vincent and the Grenadines) will face the first-place finishers of League C (Bahamas, Barbados, Guadeloupe and Guatemala).Apart from the Guyana vs Barbados clash, Guadeloupe will take on St Vincent and the Grenadines, Bahamas will collide with French Guiana and Guatemala will take on Montserrat.After home-and-away play, the four round-one matchup winners will advance to the second round, where they will face the third-place finishers of League A. The second round will take place during the FIFA window of June 2020.Should Guyana overcome Barbados, they will face long-time regional rivals Trinidad & Tobago and a victory over Soca Warriors in the home-and-away play will see the Golden Jaguars head to the 2021 Gold Cup.
The smile on Byron Scott’s face widened as he gushed about Brandon Bass’ hustle. Scott chuckled when he recalled Bass’ refusal to wear a mask to protect his recently poked eye. So it seemed expected when Scott earlier told Bass four words that conveyed how he hopes his NBA future unfolds.“‘I love you here,’” Scott recalled telling Bass. With a player option next season worth $3.1 million, Bass can avoid much attention as he has all season by exercising it. Or Bass can open opt out in hopes for a longer deal either with the Lakers or elsewhere. As Scott predicted, “I’m sure he’ll get a bunch of offers.” “I don’t know what I’m going to do,” Bass told Los Angeles News Group. “I’m a special type of player and person to be around this type of group. I think I can help develop these young guys. I want them to be successful. I would love to see them grow and would love it to be here. But you never know what happens.”Bass has averaged a modest 7.0 points and 4.3 rebounds. But after nursing an eye injury that kept him out of Tuesday’s contest against Sacramento, Bass returned on Friday against Phoenix off of a recent tear. In the previous 11 contests, Bass has averaged 10.2 points on 60.7 percent shooting and 5.0 rebounds. “I just try to go out there and play the right way,” Bass said. “I let things happen instead of trying to force the issue.” That might have gone unnoticed amid Kobe Bryant’s farewell and the development of D’Angelo Russell, Julius Randle and Jordan Clarkson. But not to Scott. “I love Brandon Bass,” said Scott, who coached him in New Orleans during his rookie season (2005-06). “I love his work ethic. I love his professionalism. I love his attitude. I love that you know when you put him in the game, you know what you’re going to get.” The Lakers are going to get a rebounder. The Lakers are going to get a undersized, 6’8, 250-pound forward who makes up for his height disadvantage with quickness. The Lakers are going to get a 10-year veteran eager to mentor his younger teammates more with actions than with words. “I feel like doing all the right things defensively and offensively,” Bass said. “With moving the ball, communicating with them and doing little things, they can put in the back of their head, ‘This is how we’re going to play. That’s how we’re going to succeed.’” After playing with Chris Paul in New Orleans, Bass has recently told Lakers rookie point guard D’Angelo Russell to emulate how he runs the Clippers’ offense.“‘Control the game and make everybody better,’” Bass recalled saying. “‘Its’ your responsibility as a point guard to know where everybody is good at and how to get everybody involved.”Memory laneWhile former UCLA standouts Earl Watson and Baron Davis struggled to pay attention in class, Kobe Bryant spent all of that time working. Watson, the Suns’ coach, frequently saw Bryant report to the Wooden Center before Lakers training camp for a workout beginning at 7:45 a.m. Watson would then see Bryant leave the gym around 1:45 p.m. only to return for pick-up scrimmages at 3 p.m. “Kobe set the tone for Baron and I to work hard, stay focused, be extreme and be an addict to our game,” Watson said. “The game of basketball became his addiction.” Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error