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He said a helicopter flew within 50 meters at one point but failed to spot them, prompting the pair to light a fire to signal future searchers.The tactic paid off about a week later, when another chopper saw the column of smoke and found them.Reynolds said he and O’Connor, both experienced hikers, never gave up hope, although he admitted that at times during the ordeal it was difficult to remain optimistic.”It was a surreal experience, trying to keep positive and keep hope up,” he said.”Jess and I would wake up in the morning and say ‘if it’s not today [rescue], it’s tomorrow’, we were lifting each other and we’d make sure neither of us was going to break down.”He said one of the helicopter crew gave him a snack as they flew out of the wilderness, describing it as “the best chocolate bar I’ve ever had in my life”. The pair had only minor injuries suffered during falls as they desperately searched for water, with Reynolds twisting his ankle and O’Connor wrenching her back.Reynolds said they became lost in fog that lasted three days, and boiled water from “a little rocky puddle” to drink as their food supplies dwindled.”We were very lost at this point,” he told Radio New Zealand, saying they eventually decided to make camp and “wait out our injuries”.”It was 13 days with no food but the saving grace was that two minutes’ walk across the gully was a fresh mossy stream that was nice and clean for us to drink — that’s what kept up alive.” Two New Zealand hikers survived 19 days in a rugged national park home to the shooting location for the “Mines of Moria” in the Lord of the Rings films, drinking puddle water to stay alive, they said Thursday. Dion Reynolds and Jessica O’Connor, both 23, set off on a five-day camping trip in Kahurangi National Park on the South Island on May 8 but became disorientated in heavy fog.A military helicopter rescued them on Wednesday after a huge search operation in the area, which was the shooting location for Frodo and the Fellowship’s escape from the grim Mines of Moria in Peter Jackson’s blockbuster Lord of the Rings films. Topics :
The home has an attachment that’s used as a powered workshop. A land bankers dream. The workshop. Close to three acres of land come with the property.“An attached section with shower/toilet/sink, massive steel garage with powered workshop and laundry functionality, additional shed and double carport are also present. The chamferboard and corrugated iron roofed house also boasts VJ interior walls, timber breezeways, high ceilings, split system airconditioner, ceiling fans and solar panels plus electrical inverter.”It was all about the land after all. The house is circa 1920.The area is still zoned rural residential and but the “vast allotment of just under 3 acres” was close to new amenities and residential estates.“The circa 1920s home has witnessed better days but may be revived into a respectable abode again and currently accommodates two bedrooms, workable kitchen, lounge room and enclosed, front sunroom. The sleep-out looks like it hasn’t been slept in years. This is not the kitchen you’d expect in a $770,000 two bedroom home.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus22 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market22 hours agoThis one was located around 15km from the Brisbane CBD, where the median house price has been flat in the past three months on $485,000.The property was taken to auction by the Office of the Public Trustee in Brisbane which refused to accept any offers before it went under the hammer.It was marketed as a property with the “prospect to redevelop or revive in (an) emerging locale” because of its substantial land holding of 9,611sq m — more than enough to cause a twinkle in the eye of a medium term developer or land banker. 39 Fleming Road, Hemmant, Qld 4174THIS dilapidated worker’s cottage is nowhere near the inner-city and yet it has landed an eyewatering price for its condition.The rundown two bedroom, single bathroom cottage at 39 Fleming Street, Hemmant, fetched $770,000 under the hammer midweek.In the inner-city similar homes have been landing million-dollar plus prices but that’s in rapidly gentrified suburbs like New Farm and Paddington, mere strolls from the Brisbane CBD. Seems quite untouched.
The UK government has introduced legislation that stands to provide legal certainty to companies about annual general meetings (AGMs) and shareholder communication in light of social distancing needs linked to the coronavirus, it has been said.Introduced in parliament yesterday, the bill consists of insolvency and corporate governance measures to address challenges faced by companies resulting from the impact of the coronavirus.One of the measures, which is temporary, is to allow businesses to hold closed AGMs and conduct business and communicate with members electronically; filing deadlines have also been extended. The bill provides for the temporary measures to be retrospective.Andrew Ninian, director of stewardship and corporate governance at the Investment Association, said: “AGMs provide a vital forum for shareholders to hold companies to account and for companies to get the required approvals from their shareholders. “This bill will provide legal certainty to companies that have held or are due to hold their AGMs allowing them to respect the social distancing measures currently in place.“We would continue to encourage all companies to consider how they can engage with their retail and institutional shareholders in lieu of the physical AGM,” he added.Simon Rawson, director of corporate engagement at responsible investment campaign group ShareAction, said the bill was helpful in that it clarified that companies could lawfully hold virtual AGMs even if their articles of association didn’t permit them, but “unhelpful in that it doesn’t discourage ‘closed door’ AGMs”.According to Gareth Sykes, lawyer at Herbert Smith Freehills, the legislation would allow companies to hold fully virtual AGMs via an app but also puts “on a firmer footing” the approach that most companies have been taking in the past couple of months of discharging the AGM business with the minimum number of shareholders required to make up the quorum.This can be only two or three directors, with the bill making clear that they could discharge the AGM business over the telephone or via Skype rather than having to meet at a physical venue.Sykes said the legislation made it very clear that shareholders do not have a right to attend the AGM in person and are only entitled to participate in voting.The article was updated to add comments from Gareth SykesMSCI makes more ESG metrics publicMSCI has made public more environmental, social and governance (ESG) information, having today announced it has done so for ESG fund ratings for 36,000 mutual funds and ETFs, and ESG metrics for all of MSCI Limited’s EU-regulated equity and blended indices covered by the EU Benchmark Regulation.The ratings and metrics are available as part of two new search tools available to anyone on the MSCI website.The index-level search tool was launched to comply with a new EU regulatory requirement for benchmark administrators, also providing information about whether the EU-regulated equity and blended indices include ESG metrics. It said it would disclose ESG metrics for its fixed income indices in the coming weeks.The index-level metrics being provided are based on recommendations in the final report of the technical expert group advising the European Commission on sustainable finance, as the relevant final regulations have not been implemented.In November MSCI released ESG ratings of over 2,800 issuers.Remy Briand, head of ESG at MSCI, said: “We are proud to provide investors and industry stakeholders with publicly available ESG metrics for tens of thousands of funds, companies and indexes, helping to drive awareness, educate the market and raise ESG disclosure standards.”Folksam pumps SEK2.5bn into municipal green bondsSweden’s Folksam invested SEK2.5bn (€237m) in a SEK5bn green bond issue from Swedish local government debt agency Kommuninvest, it has announced.The SEK442bn pensions and insurance group said that after buying the bond, which has three years to maturity, it now has a total of around SEK30bn of its assets invested in green bonds.Michael Kjeller, Folksam Group deputy chief executive officer and head of asset management and sustainability, said: “This investment contributes to pension money providing double benefits to savers, by allowing the local transition to continue while pension money grows.”The firm said Kommuninvest issued green bonds to finance schemes by Swedish municipalities that contributed to climate mitigation, adding that the tally of such green projects had increased significantly to number 329 at the end of last year.Folksam said it was dividing the investment across its subsidiaries, with municipal pensions subsidiary KPA Pension taking SEK1.2bn of the issue, the group’s life insurance arm investing SEK1.1bn and general insurance division Folksam Sak investing SEK200m.According to Kommuninvest, the green bond issue 1.6 times oversubscribed, with 15 investors participating.LAPFF lays down COVID-19 corporate governance expectationsThe UK’s Local Authority Pension Fund Forum (LAPFF) has said it will “demand the highest standards of corporate governance from company boards as they tackle the fallout from COVID-19”.Councillor Doug McMurdo, chair of the LAPFF, said: “Responsible investors always need to be sensitive to the varied and variable operating markets that companies inhabit.“However, this does not mean giving companies a free pass in hard times, which would be self-defeating. It is time now to double down to protect sustainable business practices and long-term shareholder returns in the downturn and lay the foundations for their growth in the recovery.”LAPFF is an association of 82 UK public sector pension funds and six asset pooling vehicles iwth combined assets of around £300bn.S&P Global launches ESG scoresS&P Global has followed up its acquisition of the SAM ESG ratings and benchmarking business units from RobecoSAM in January with the launch of proprietary ESG scores for more than 7,300 companies, representing 95% of market capitalisation.The scores are based on the SAM Corporate Sustainability Assessment (CSA), a widely recognised annual evaluation of companies’ sustainability practices that came with the acquisition of SAM earlier this year.The scores will be made available to investors through S&P Global’s flagship data feed management solution.Martina Cheung, president of S&P Global Market Intelligence, said: “We are seeing more and more decision-makers across all segments leverage the benefits of Xpressfeed to accelerate data integration and analysis for their business strategy.“The S&P Global ESG Scores are backed by 20 years of SAM’s comprehensive assessments enabling market participants to optimize their portfolios and allocate capital towards positive ESG performance.”“Simply asking companies questions without providing feedback and encouraging improvements would not be classified as an engagement”UBS Asset ManagementUBS engagement trackingUBS Asset Management has published a new metric to keep track of progress made during meetings with companies that meet its definition of engagement.Last year the asset manager introduced an “enhanced” internal tracking system to assess progress against defined engagement objectives, and in its recent stewardship report it disclosed the metric resulting from that for the first time.It said that since introducing the system, 23% of engagements it has undertaken “showed progress against identified areas for improvements to manage risks and take advantage of new opportunities”.“As this is a new metric and for some of our engagements formalised engagement objectives have only recently been introduced, we expect future reporting to record increased numbers in terms of engagement progress,” it said.The asset manager held more than 1,400 meetings with prospective or investee companies last year, but only counts a quarter (358) of them as amounting to engagements.“Corporate engagement implies a two-way dialogue between investors and companies,” it said. “Simply asking companies questions without providing feedback and encouraging improvements would not be classified as an engagement.”UBS asset revealed that from this AGM season, its proxy voting policy allows it to vote against the board of directors of a company due to poor dialogue and progress on climate change risks and opportunities.To read the digital edition of IPE’s latest magazine click here.
LONDON – Prince Harry and his wifeMeghan will no longer be working members of Britain’s monarchy and they willpay their own way in life as they embark on an independent future, BuckinghamPalace said on Saturday. Britain’s Prince Harry and his wife Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, leave Canada House in London, Britain on Jan. 7. REUTERS/TOBY MELVILLE/FILE PHOTO “Harry, Meghan and Archie will alwaysbe much loved members of my family,” Queen Elizabeth said in a statement issuedby the palace, referring to the couple’s baby son. They will also no longer use their“Royal Highness” titles, the palace said in an announcement that sought to endturmoil in the monarchy sparked earlier this month when the couple announcedthey wanted to reduce their official duties and spend more time in NorthAmerica. Harry will remain a prince and thecouple will keep their titles of Duke and Duchess of Sussex as they begin a newlife split between North America and Britain, but they will not take part inany future ceremonial events or royal tours.(Reuters)
SULLIVAN — The Sumner boys’ basketball team moved up to seventh place in the Class C North standings Tuesday with a 67-61 win over visiting Bucksport.Colby McLean had a game-high 21 points for Sumner (5-4), which avenged a 49-point loss to the Golden Bucks on Dec. 27. Ethan Young added 11 points for the Tigers, and Kyle Brooks and Kayden Quinn provided 10 apiece.For Bucksport (6-2), Tyson Gray scored a team-high 20 points. Tanner Stegner provided 17 points for the Golden Bucks, and Chase Carmichael added 15.Sumner’s next game is on the road against Deer Isle-Stonington (1-7) at 7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 12. Bucksport battles Searsport (4-4) at home at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 11.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder text
LEWISTON — The Ellsworth boys’ indoor track team earned a third-place finish in Saturday’s Class B championship meet at Bates College.The Eagles recorded 41 points to finish behind first-place York (51 points) and second-place Greely (46 points) in the 30-team field. The result followed Ellsworth’s first-place finish in the Penobscot Valley Conference Small-School championships a week earlier.Ellsworth got an individual state title from Beck Deeny, who recorded a distance of 42 feet, 5 1/4 inches to win the triple jump. His winning mark was 2 inches farther than that of the second-place finisher, Jon Duso of Belfast.Prior to battling for the title in the triple jump, Deeny and Duso had fought for first in the long jump. Deeny’s distance of 20 feet, 4 1/4 inches was just 3/4 of an inch shy of Duso’s winning mark.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textThe Ellsworth boys also got third-place finishes from Henry Scheff (55-meter hurdles) and Tulas Weaver (200-meter dash). For Mount Desert Island, Stephen Grierson took second in the 800-meter run with a time of 2 minutes, 5.80 seconds.On the girls’ side, Bucksport got a second-place finish from Addie Morrison (400-meter dash) and a fourth-place finish from Johanna Stiles (200-meter dash). MDI’s Zoe Olson placed third in the 400-meter dash with a time of 1:02.41.Qualified athletes will compete in the New England championships Feb. 29, at Roxbury Community College’s Reggie Lewis Track and Athletic Center in Boston.
JEFF SCHORFHEIDE/Herald file photoWisconsin’s softball team began their doubleheader against Ohio State Saturday with a chance to make the Big Ten postseason tournament. But like they have done so many times this season, the Badgers lost it in the seventh inning.UW lost the first game 6-3, but came back to win the second game 4-3. In both games the seventh inning played a critical role.In the second game, the Badgers rebounded from a tough loss to steal a win in the seventh inning.“It was nice to get a win, but it is kind of bittersweet,” freshman Livi Abney said. “As a team, we are glad that we can pull out a win in the seventh inning, but it is hard to enjoy it knowing we can’t go to the Big Ten tournament anymore. I feel really bad for our seniors because all they wanted was to make the tournament.”The Buckeyes scored a run in the first inning, and through the first three frames, it didn’t appear as if the Badgers had recovered mentally from losing the series opener. UW loaded the bases three times in the first three innings, and three times they failed to score a run. For the game, the Badgers left thirteen runners on base.“We had been swinging the bats really well, but when the bases were loaded we failed to execute,” sophomore Letty Olivarez said. “I don’t know if we were still thinking of the other game, but we definitely didn’t do what we were supposed to.”The Badgers managed to score one run in the fifth inning, evening the score at 1-1 heading into the seventh. The Buckeyes then took the lead back, however, with some timely hitting and defensive miscues by the Badgers. Although there were no errors in the inning, there were several plays that UW could have made to keep OSU from scoring, most notably a dropped fly ball from freshman center fielder Jennifer Krueger.“I wouldn’t say it was frustrating that Krueger dropped the ball because she did give it all her effort,” Olivarez said. “It was a bit of a downer, though, to have worked so hard and left the inning two runs down.”Three outs away from losing their second game in the seventh inning, the Badgers responded in a big way. Senior Lynn Anderson led off the inning with a single, and Abney followed with a monstrous two-run home run to tie the game 3-3. After a Krueger walk and a Joey Daniels double, there were runners on second and third with junior Theresa Boruta coming to the plate. Boruta — a left-handed slap hitter — grounded the ball down the third baseline and managed to leg out a single as the OSU third baseman’s throw was late. On the throw to first, Krueger made a break for home, knocking the ball from the catcher’s glove with an aggressive slide and giving the Badgers a come-from-behind win.“I managed to turn around right as the play at the plate was happening,” Boruta said. “Jennifer [Krueger] was late, but she had made up her mind and was aggressive so it worked out. That is the type of play where you can’t think, you just have to react, which she did.”In the first game Saturday, the Badgers were playing for their postseason life. If UW won their next four games they would still be in the running for a berth in the Big Ten postseason tournament.Things started off well for UW as they scored one run in the fourth and two runs in the sixth frame to take a 3-0 lead heading into the seventh inning. Sophomore Katie Soderberg and freshman Livi Abney — the seventh and eighth hitters in the order — each contributed an RBI in the sixth inning.“As a team we have been putting together some really good at-bats lately,” Olivarez said. “Every player on our team has been hitting well, so we don’t have to just depend on the middle of the order to score some runs. We have been more aggressive at the plate, and it has paid off these last few games.”In the seventh inning, however, everything unraveled for the Badgers. Junior pitcher Leah Vanevenhoven pitched six scoreless innings, but appeared to have run out of gas in the seventh. Vanevenhoven hit two batters, walked another and gave up two singles to leave the bases loaded with the Badgers leading 3-2. Wisconsin lost the lead and, consequently, lost a chance to go to the Big Ten tournament when Ohio State first baseman Tory Haddad cleared the bases with a three-run triple.“I felt really bad for Leah [Vanevenhoven],” Olivarez said. “She had pitched really well all game, but maybe she was out there for one inning too many. Her control had been really good all game, but she started to miss her spots in the seventh.”
Syracuse (19-7, 7-6 Atlantic Coast) shot 11-of-19 from 3 in the first half on Thursday. The second half didn’t come as easily though. The Orange scored just 25 points in the final 20 minutes. But when it mattered, Tiana Mangakahia knocked down her fifth 3 and SU got a key stop. It was enough to upset No. 17 Duke (20-7, 9-5), 68-65, in a crucial win as the regular season winds down. Comments Published on February 15, 2018 at 11:13 pm Facebook Twitter Google+
The loss dropped Philadelphia’s record to 12-10 and in a tie with the Mets for the lead in the National League East. This was an odd game as it didn’t start until 8:45 p.m. ET due to a weather delay, but the Phillies never got going at the plate, scoring just one run on three hits mostly against starter Steven Matz, who had allowed eight runs (six earned) without recording an out in his last time out.Arrieta wasn’t bad as he allowed four runs (three earned) in six innings of work in the loss, but he was also critical of how he and the team came out for a game they really wanted to win, even if it is early in the season.”We were flat from start to finish. Two-hour delay, it doesn’t matter. We have to be ready to play. We weren’t, and it showed,” he said. “The dugout was flat. The defense wasn’t good. Didn’t throw the ball well as a staff overall. We got beat. We started at 8:45. I don’t think our guys were ready to play. We’ve got to come out (Tuesday) ready to play.” Jake Arrieta knows what it takes to win a championship. In 2016, he helped the Cubs win their first World Series since 1908.When a guy experiences something like that, he comes to understand that every game matters — even ones in April — and every player has to be on the field. So when the Phillies lost to the Mets 5-1 on Monday and Bryce Harper was ejected in the fourth inning, he noticed, and he let his right fielder know it. MORE: Watch ‘ChangeUp,’ a new MLB live whiparound show on DAZN”Look, I mean, (Harper’s) got to understand we need him in right field,” Arrieta said, via the Philadelphia Inquirer. “I don’t care how bad the umpire is. He wasn’t great for either side. I’m out there trying to make pitches, and he misses some calls. So what? We need him out there. I need him in right field, I need him at the plate, and he wasn’t there. So that hurts.”Harper wasn’t even ejected after arguing his own balls and strikes. He was tossed during a Cesar Hernandez at-bat when he yelled from the dugout and was subsequently run by home plate umpire Mark Carlson.Carlson later told pool reporters he heard comments from the dugout “that were inappropriate” and tossed Harper soon after.There were some on-field fireworks at Citi Field as both Gabe Kapler and Bryce Harper argue with home plate umpire Mark Carlson.Bryce Harper has been ejected from the game. pic.twitter.com/KyM0M8GsMB— NBC Sports Philadelphia (@NBCSPhilly) April 23, 2019Harper was honest after the game, saying he has to be more in control even when he gets emotional.“It just can’t happen from my side,” Harper said. “In a game like that against the Mets, division rival, it just can’t happen, for me, myself and this team as well. We’re a better team with me in the lineup, and I’ve got to stay in there.”