Kelly Brush ride raises $275,000 for SCI research and prevention

first_imgThe 5th annual Kelly Brush Century Ride drew 675 riders and raised $275,000 for spinal cord injury prevention and research on Saturday.The ride, which began and ended at Middlebury College in Middlebury, Vermont, included 23 participants using hand cycles. The day was postcard perfect with clear blue skies and temperatures in the 70s. “We are absolutely thrilled to see such strong support for the foundation and our mission,” said Charlie Brush, Kelly Brush Foundation president. “Our thanks goes to each and every rider whose participation helps the Kelly Brush Foundation make a positive difference in the lives of those with SCI and raises the bar for ski racing safety.”The 100-mile ride raises money for improving ski racing safety, enhancing the quality of life for those with SCI through adaptive sports equipment grants, advancing scientific research on SCI and supporting the U.S. Adaptive Ski Team.The ride continues to grow each year. The number of participants grew by about 175 this year and fundraising increased by about 40 percent.For every $5,000 raised by a team or individual, the foundation donates adaptive sports equipment in the name of the team or individual who raised the money. In addition, funds raised support ski racing safety grants awarded to ski clubs and racing organizations across the country for safety netting to line race courses and safety gear for racers.The Kelly Brush Century Ride was started by the Middlebury College Ski Team as a way to raise money to buy an adaptive mono-ski for team member Kelly Brush, who was paralyzed as the result of a ski racing crash. Brush and her family later founded a non-profit, and the ride was opened to the public. On Saturday’s ride, participants rode distances of 28, 50 or 100 miles, with options for 65 and 85 mile loops.The Kelly Brush Century Ride is made possible thanks to the generosity of participants and sponsors including: VBT Bicycling and Walking Vacations, Sugarbush Resort, Shearer Audi, Audi of America, KeyBank, Saatchi & Saatchi and Champlain Investment Partners and others.About the foundation: The Kelly Brush Foundation is a non-profit organization dedicated to improving ski racing safety, enhancing the quality of life for those with spinal cord injury(SCI) through providing adaptive sports equipment, advancing scientific research on SCI and supporting the U.S. Adaptive Ski Team. Kelly Brush, together with her family, started the foundation in 2006 after she sustained a severe spinal cord injury while racing in NCAA Div. 1 competition as a member of the Middlebury College Ski Team in Vermont. The Kelly Brush Foundation affirms Kelly’s ongoing commitment to live life on her own terms and better the lives of others living with SCI. www.kellybrushfoundation.org(link is external)BURLINGTON, Vermont (Sept. 14, 2010)last_img read more

Statewide fund launches for business flood relief

first_imgThe devastation from Tropical Storm Irene is evident throughout Vermont, from flood-blasted bridges to wrecked roadways to mud-crusted houses. But it’s the impact on small local businesses that got Todd Bailey motivated to create a statewide relief fund. The Vermont Irene Flood Relief Fund, administered by Central Vermont Community Action, will raise funds to help affected business owners get their doors open quickly. Donations can be made online or by check (www.vtirenefund.org(link is external)) and fellow businesses in unaffected areas of the state and around country will be holding fundraising events to support the effort. Bailey, a Montpelier communications professional at KSE Partners, has partnered with local organizations to launch the Vermont Irene Flood Relief Fund. Central Vermont Community Action Council will be acting as the fiscal agent, accepting these donations and providing the grant funds to businesses. The Vermont Irene Flood Relief Fund will be focused on raising funds to support small businesses affected by the flooding. Funds raised will be disbursed as cash grants, designed to help businesses keep operating through the immediate aftermath and storm clean-up. Bailey explains the rationale: ‘ Small businesses all over the state are digging out. They are paying employees to clean up and rebuild ‘ and in the meantime, no money is coming in. A short-term grant can be a lifeline for a local store ‘ and we need our businesses ready to go for the critical tourist season.’ Bailey launched a similar effort in Montpelier after the late May flooding damaged inventory and equipment for many downtown businesses.  His grassroots fundraising effort ‘ begun with a ‘boot-filling’ on the State House lawn ‘ ultimately raised $27,000.  Hal Cohen, Executive Director of Central Vermont Community Action Council, echoed the need for these funds. ‘Many small and micro businesses do not have the ready cash to carry them through a disaster, and it can take a while before loans are made available. This kind of support can be an excellent way to fill the gaps and keep small businesses in downtowns and village centers intact. We’re proud to partner on this statewide effort.’ Donation information can be found athttp://www.vtirenefund.org/(link is external). Businesses will be able to apply for fund relief, and a statewide review team will review applications and make grants available as quickly as possible. About the Vermont Irene Flood Relief FundThe Vermont Irene Flood Relief Fund has been founded by Montpelier resident Todd Bailey to raise funds for small businesses damaged by flooding from Tropical Storm Irene in August, 2011. All funds raised will be donated to help Vermont businesses come back from damage or losses sustained. www.vtirenefund.org(link is external)About Central Vermont Community Action CouncilFounded in 1965, Central Vermont Community Action Council (CVCAC) helps people achieve economic sufficiency with dignity through individual and family development. CVCAC is part of the nationwide network of Community Action Agencies; a 501(c)3 nonprofit agency and a Community Development Corporation. The organization serves over 15,000 low-income Vermonters each year in Washington, Orange and Lamoille counties and offers a number of statewide programs. www.cvcac.org(link is external) Montpelier, VT ‘ September 1, 2011 ‘last_img read more

ESG roundup: Beware a ‘diesel moment’ for chemical sector

first_imgRegulatory pressure has been increasing for the world’s economy to become more “circular”, meaning that plastics and other materials no longer become waste but are re-incorporated into the system as a resource. Investors should be alert to the possibility of the chemical sector facing a regulatory clampdown due to its links to plastic packaging that ends up as waste, CDP has suggested.“Just as carmakers faced a regulatory backlash when the consequences of diesel on air pollution became clear, chemical companies could face a similar ‘diesel moment’ because of their links to plastic packaging,” the research provider said upon releasing a report on the chemical sector, ‘Catalyst for Change’.Some 8m tonnes of plastics end up in the oceans every year, and it is estimated that there will be one tonne of plastic for every three tonnes of fish by 2025.“Plastic packaging, which accounts for 26% of the total volume of plastics used, has come under increasing scrutiny as it clogs up our urban infrastructure and pollutes our oceans and seas,” said CDP. Credit: National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Ben MierementThere is interest in the circular economy, in particular at the level of the European Union.Plastics consume the majority of petrochemical products, using 6% of global oil consumption a year, according to CDP. MEPs urge fossil fuel divestmentA resolution passed by the European Parliament on Wednesday states that pension funds should commit to divesting from fossil fuels. The relevant passage of the resolution, which was adopted by a show of hands, states that the European Parliament: ”Calls on governments and public and private financial institutions, including banks, pension funds and insurance firms, to make an ambitious commitment to aligning lending and investment practices with the global average temperature target of well below 2°C, in line with Article 2(1)(c) of the Paris Agreement, and divesting from fossil fuels, including by phasing out export credits for fossil fuel investments; calls for specific public guarantees to promote green investment and labels and offer fiscal advantages for green investment funds and the issuing of green bonds.”Finnish first for IIGCCElo Mutual Pension Insurance Company has become the first Finnish member of the Institutional Investors Group on Climate Change (IIGCC).Hanna Hiidenpalo, Elo’s chief investment officer, said: “We recognise the importance of international collaboration with other investors and are proud to become the first Finnish investor to formally recognise the importance of IIGCC’s work.”Kirsi Keskitalo, the pension investor’s responsible investing specialist, added: “We look forward to supporting IIGCC’s efforts going forward, particularly their dialogues with policy makers and their growing programme of collaborative investor engagement to drive corporate climate action to strengthen governance, business strategy and disclosure.” Elo has €21.8bn of assets under management, according to IPE’s Top 1000 Pension Funds survey.NILGOSC voting activityThe Northern Ireland Local Government Officers’ Superannuation Committee (NILGOSC) has published figures about its shareholding voting activity. It said that during the 12 months to 30 June it cast a total of 8,143 votes, including 30.6% against management recommendation. It voted at meetings held by companies listed in various countries, voting in 30 jurisdictions in total. ‘Out of whack’ CEO payPay taken home by chief executive officers at US listed companies is just as out of line with long-term shareholder returns as awarded pay, according to MSCI.Awarded pay sets out the range of their potential earnings, while realised pay is how much the CEOs actually pocket after exercising equity grants.MSCI said it found that realised pay was just as poorly aligned with long-term performance as awarded pay.“More than 61% of the companies we studied exhibited poor alignment relative to their peers,” it said.It found little correlation overall between realised pay and long-term investment returns. ”These findings suggest that the 40-year-old approach of using equity compensation to align the interests of CEOs with shareholders may be broken,” said MSCI.Ethical funds: Not what they say on the tin?Vanguard, Aberdeen and Friends Life offer funds with holdings that are at odds with the funds being billed as sustainable, according to a review of UK ethical and environmental funds by financial adviser Castlefield.It categorised them as “spinners”, potentially misleading negatively screened funds with some investments in companies contributing to environmental and social problems.At Vanguard, Castlefield took issue with its SRI European Stock Fund because it featured British American Tobacco and Royal Dutch Shell in its top 10 holdings. In the case of the Aberdeen Ethical World Fund, it felt the inclusion of EOG Resources – a US crude oil and natural gas company that uses flaring and has faced accusations of illegally burying waste – was at odds with the fund’s ethical label.The adviser also felt the Friends Life Stewardship Fund’s holdings in mining companies Rio Tinto and BHP Billiton were misaligned with the fund’s investment remit. The Friends Life business is run by Aviva. Management of the Stewardship fund range has been outsourced to Schroder Investment Management.The WHEB Sustainability Fund, Liontrust UK Ethical Fund and Rathbone Ethical Bond Fund were Castlefield’s “winners”. The adviser saw them as organisations “demonstrating transparency whilst making a significant contribution towards the growth of the responsible investment market”.The adviser is calling on the UK’s Financial Conduct Authority to change marketing rules to stop “greenwashing”. Its report, which relays comments from some of the managers, will be publicly available on its website from Monday.last_img read more

Navarrete dominates Santisima to retain WBO super bantamweight title

first_img Read Also: BREAKING: Fury beats Wilder to become WBC heavyweight champion “I hit him weirdly with my right and I hurt my thumb,” said Navarrete, who switched to a southpaw stance a few times late in the fight. “But I had to plough through it and get the win tonight. Navarrete improved to 31-1 with 27 wins inside the distance. Santisima fell to 19-3 with 16 knockouts. The fight at the MGM Grand Garden Arena was on the undercard of the heavyweight world title rematch between Deontay Wilder and Tyson Fury. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Loading… Emanuel Navarrete dominated Jeo Santisima on the way to an 11th-round technical knockout Saturday to retain his World Boxing Organization super-bantamweight world title. Mexico’s Navarrete made his fifth defense of the crown in convincing style against the Filipino challenger, who was a heavy underdog fighting for a world title for the first time. Mexico’s Emanuel Navarrete punches Jeo Santisima of the Philippines on the way to an 11th-round technical knockout win in their bout for Navarrete’s WBO super bantamweight world title After a conservative start, Navarrete began to ramp up the pressure in the third round. Santisima managed to back Navarrete into a corner in the fourth, but the champion unloaded on him in a big fifth round, rocking Santisima with a left hook. Navarrete had Santisima in trouble again in the 10th and finally finished him the 11th with a series of unanswered blows that prompted referee Russell Mora to wave it off at 2:20 of the round.Advertisement The champion’s impressive finish came despite an apparent problem with his right hand. Promoted ContentHere Are The Top 10 Tiniest Mobile Phones On The Planet!Birds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For ThemA Hurricane Can Be As Powerful As 10 Atomic BombsBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever MadeLook At Something Beautiful That Wasn’t Made By A Human BeingWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?The Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read MoreDid You Know There’s A Black Hole In The Milky Way?The Absolute 10 Greatest Shows In HBO HistoryPlaying Games For Hours Can Do This To Your Body8 Things That Will Happen If An Asteroid Hits EarthThese Are The Best Stargazing Locations You Can Find On Earthlast_img read more