Israeli cabinet ratifies trilateral agreement on EastMed Gas Pipeline

first_img Signing of the EastMed Gas Pipeline accord in January 2020. (Credit: Haim Zah, CPO/Government of Israel) The Israeli cabinet has approved a previously signed trilateral agreement with Greece and Cyprus for the development of the €6bn Eastern Mediterranean pipeline project (EastMed Gas Pipeline) by IGI Poseidon.In January 2020, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis, and Cypriot President Nicos Anastasiades oversaw the signing of the EastMed Gas Pipeline accord at the countries’ seventh trilateral summit in Athens, Greece.As per the agreement signed by the three countries, the proposed pipeline will run from Israel’s territorial waters via Cyprus and Greece to Europe.Details of the EastMed Gas PipelineThe proposed 1,900km long offshore/onshore pipeline will deliver natural gas from Israeli and Cyprus’ Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) waters to Europe. The pipeline, which is likely to be made up of a 1,300km offshore section and a 600km onshore section, is proposed to be laid between Israel to Greece and further extended to Italy.According to IGI Poseidon, the EastMed Gas Pipeline will initially transport 10 billion cubic meters of gas per year (Bcm/y) from the gas reserves located in the Levantine Basin in Cypriot and Israeli waters. There is a possibility of increasing the capacity of the pipeline to 20Bcm/y at a later stage.The natural gas will be delivered to Greece, and in conjunction with the Poseidon and IGB pipelines, into Italy along with other southeast European nations.IGI Poseidon is a 50:50 joint venture created by the Public Gas Corporation of Greece (DEPA) and Italian energy group Edison.The joint venture is slated to take a final investment decision on the EastMed Gas Pipeline within two years with the project targeted to be completed in 2025.The pre-FEED study of the midstream project is said to have shown that it is feasible technically, economically, and also commercially. The project is backed by the European Union, which is co-financing it through the Connecting Europe Facility programme. The proposed EastMed Gas Pipeline project is a 1,900km long offshore/onshore pipeline, which will deliver natural gas from Israeli and Cyprus’ Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) waters to Europelast_img read more

Students turn to drugs for exams

first_img He added “the come down is so bad so I couldn’t do this more than once, but modafinil really is that effective. But your body aches all over and I needed to sleep for 17 hours straight afterwards.” The finalist says he was “forced to” rely on “study drugs” to do work because he “hated the degree so much.” “I hate the subject, I hate the tutorial system, and I felt my work just was never good enough. When your motivation for work collapses then you end up using these substances.” A report in the Academy of Medical Sciences, which was commissioned by the government in 2006, identified a new group of psychoactive drugs that act on the brain called ‘cognition enhancers’. The report defines ‘cognition enhancers’ as drugs used to treat attention, perception, learning, memory, language, planning and decision-making disorders, which also have the potential to enhance cognitive performance in healthy people as well as those with neurological or cognitive disorders. Sir Gabriel Horn, chair of the report, said, “Cognition enhancers can potentially enhance brain performance in a variety of ways, for instance to improve short-term memory or speed of thought.” The report called for an assessment of the long and short-term effects of using cognition enhancers and recommends ongoing monitoring of their use in non-medical contexts. The report lists six categories of drugs available on prescription, such as modafinil, which is used to treat narcolepsy, ritalin and related amphetamines for attention deficit disorder, and donepazil for Alzheimer’s disease. The student, who has now finished his finals, said he took these drugs while “actually sitting exams.” However, he denies that he had an advantage over those students who did not take drugs. “The drugs don’t help you write stuff. It motivates you to do exams and I needed them because I felt so shit I wouldn’t write anything without them,” he explained. A spokesperson for the University said, “we would strongly advise students against the practice of taking drugs that have not been specifically prescribed to them as this is dangerous and can be illegal.” The spokesperson added that students “who are struggling to cope personally or academically, or who have any kind of drug problem“ should contact one of the many support or counselling services in Oxford. However, the finalist disagreed with this advice. He said, “it takes three to four weeks to schedule a counseling session. Tutors are not easy to talk to and the peer support program – why would you want to tell your problems to people who are in the same college as you?” He added, “before coming to Oxford, I always thought of myself as someone who wouldn’t have to rely on these drugs. But, you do kind of feel helpless sometimes. “I regret that I had to rely on these drugs but I don’t regret having taken them.” An increasing number of Oxford students are putting themselves at risk by using dangerous drugs to aid their revision. A government-commissioned report, co-authored by an Oxford don, has warned students of the potential psychological disorders arising from the continued use of drugs for revision. However, students continue to ignore such warnings, putting themselves at risk. A finalist, who wished to remain anonymous, said he has been taking “study drugs” on-and-off throughout university, with the dosage and frequency of his drug taking rising dramatically in his final year. He said, “I’ve used drugs to do my work through every stage of my degree and that includes both submitted work and final examinations.” He said he started with taking ephedrine, a nasal decongestant, in a cocktail mix with caffeine and aspirin – commonly known as ‘ECA stacks’, a component found in weight loss pills, that work to speed up the metabolism and cause food energy to burn faster. It is a popular supplement also taken by body builders before workouts due to the increased amount of energy and alertness. He said “I, too, started taking it for gym work but then saw the alertness effects. I thought, ‘This is interesting,’ and started doing research on such drugs.” The student claimed that he was aware of the risks of the drugs he was taking as he researched them both online and in the drugs section of the Radcliffe Science Library. The finalist said that it was here that he learned of another drug, modafinil, which he was able to purchase online. He said, “a single box or thirty tablets of modafinil cost $125. The order was made online, processed at a very old office in London, money was sent to an account in Panama, and the drug came from Turkey.” The student admitted that he was worried that ephedrine, while legal in the UK, is banned in the US, having been blamed for a number of deaths. He said preferred modafinil over ephedrine because it was more effective, saying he was able to stay awake for five days in a row. last_img read more

Oxford Union cuts standing committee to five officers

first_imgPoints in favour of the motion largely included the manageability of such a large committee and a desire to stray away from a lot of the bureaucracy currently present. There was also the concern of costs as Union committee members who work over the vacation are compensated with £8 per day, a figure that is set to rise to £12, and members are usually expected to commit to 10 vacation days. Today’s meeting was extremely well-attended with 87 people present at its height and many ex-officers coming back to make speeches both for and against the motion.  A Union spokesperson told Cherwell: “The decision to reduce the number of members of The Standing Committee was taken at a meeting of all members. It is hoped that this decision will make the Committee more efficient. This is also part of a wider group of reforms intended to improve the accessibility of the Union’s Committee.” An Oxford Union public business meeting on 11th February passed a motion for the “reduction in the Number of Elected Members of Standing Committee” from its current seven officers down to five. The Standing Committee is the Union’s governing body, which makes all major decisions concerning the running of the Society, and oversees the work of all committees. It is also a requirement to be an officer of the Standing Committee prior to running for the office of President. This comes as a direct overturn of the decision in Trinity 2017 where it was voted for the Standing Committee to be expanded from 5 members to 7. The policy which was implemented in Michaelmas 2017 caused controversy and led to an investigation as the then-president added two previously un-elected Standing Committee candidates as officers. However, his decision was later cleared and the seven-member Standing Committee has since been instituted.  This motion, proposed by the President James Price, Worcester College, passed 41-34 and is set to be implemented at the end of 8th Week of Hillary term 2021. However, those against the motion were concerned that this was an access issue, with a lack of opportunity especially for those who choose to run in the election independently without a slate. Image Credit: Topper the Wombat. License: CC BY-SA 4.0.last_img read more

Elkhart Mayor Rod Roberson to host coronavirus town hall meeting

first_img Google+ Pinterest By Jon Zimney – April 28, 2020 2 523 Twitter Pinterest CoronavirusIndianaLocalNews WhatsApp Elkhart Mayor Rod Roberson to host coronavirus town hall meeting Google+ Facebook Facebook WhatsApp (Photo supplied/Rod Roberson for Mayor) Elkhart Mayor Roberson will hold his first press conference and town hall event to talk about COVID-19 in Elkhart.The address is set for 6 p.m. on Wednesday, April 29, and  is an opportunity for the press and the public to hear about Elkhart’s efforts to address the COVID-19 crisis and to ask questions of Mayor Roberson and his guests.By following the link below, anyone can view the event, and during the Q & A portion can “raise their hand” to ask a question of the mayor and his guest(s).http://coei.webex.comMeeting number: 478 174 188When you go to the meeting, you will enter your name and email address and you will be joined into the meeting. Twitter Previous articleIndiana reports 1st death of prison guard with coronavirusNext articleWidespread COVID-19 testing coming to South Bend, Elkhart Jon ZimneyJon Zimney is the News and Programming Director for News/Talk 95.3 Michiana’s News Channel and host of the Fries With That podcast. Follow him on Twitter @jzimney.last_img read more

Two tornadoes confirmed in Monday’s storms in Michiana

first_img Google+ Two tornadoes confirmed in Monday’s storms in Michiana WhatsApp Pinterest (Photo supplied/ABC 57) The National Weather Service says two EF-1 tornadoes touched down in Michiana during the fierce windstorm that swept through the region Monday.One was confirmed to have touched down six miles southwest of Wakarusa, which packed maximum winds of 110 miles per hour. Several miles of damage were reported in that area.The other was less than a mile north of North Webster, with maximum winds of 90 miles per hour. Facebook WhatsApp By Tommie Lee – August 11, 2020 0 352 Facebook Previous articleRespected Plymouth business owner succumbs to COVID-19Next articleBiden selects Sen. Kamala Harris as running mate Tommie Lee Twitter Pinterest Twitter Google+ IndianaLocalNewsSouth Bend Marketlast_img read more

Incoming Editor-in-Chief names new supporting staff

first_imgJack Rooney, Lesley Stevenson, Mary Green and Wei Lin will help oversee The Observer’s Editorial Board operations in 2015-2016, incoming Editor-in-Chief Greg Hadley announced Sunday night.Rooney will take on the Managing Editor position, the paper’s No. 2 spot, while Stevenson, Green and Lin will all serve as Assistant Managing Editors. They officially begin their new roles March 15.Rooney, a junior political science and American studies double major and journalism, ethics and democracy minor, has worked in The Observer’s news and viewpoint departments, most recently serving as Associate News Editor.The Chicago native is currently studying abroad in Dublin and lives in Alumni Hall on campus. During his time at The Observer, Rooney has reported on Ann Coulter’s visit to campus, changes to the Student International Business Council (SIBC) and various student government issues. This summer, he will intern at The Concord Monitor in Concord, New Hampshire.“I consider The Observer an indispensable part of the Notre Dame and Saint Mary’s community, and I will work to make sure it continues to provide relevant, impactful stories about issues that matter to my fellow students,” Rooney said.Stevenson, The Observer’s current News Editor, is pursuing a double major in film, television and theatre and American studies. She hails from Memphis, Tennessee, and lives in Breen-Phillips Hall. With Rooney, she spearheaded coverage of the 2014 Mental Illness Awareness Week and expanded the News department’s corps of writers in addition to writing on Notre Dame admissions and the Irish Guard.“The Observer exists to serve Notre Dame and Saint Mary’s in a way no other group can,” Stevenson said. “With this team in place, I know we will maintain top-quality coverage and find innovative ways to increase our readership in the coming term.”Green currently serves as The Observer’s Sports Editor and is majoring in English and film, television and theatre with a minor in journalism, ethics and democracy. The Tampa, Florida, native and Pangborn Hall resident has covered Notre Dame football, baseball, women’s soccer and men’s swimming and was part of the paper’s coverage of the Notre Dame women’s basketball team’s tournament run in 2014.“While we have always offered strong reporting and coverage in recent years, I’m excited to see the new lengths we can go to with more multimedia and social media incorporation,” Green said.Born and raised in New York City, Lin is a junior majoring in accountancy, economics and Chinese. A resident of Knott Hall, Lin currently serves the 2014-2015 Editorial Board as the Photo Editor. He has worked on the Irish Insider covers during the past football season. Lin occasionally travels to provide photo coverage for away games and also writes for the news department.“When I first joined The Observer, I never imagined I’d be where I am today,” Lin said. “I’m thankful to have such great mentors and really excited to continue working with such a talented group of friends to provide the best experience for our readers.”Tags: Editorial Board, new positions, Observer stafflast_img read more

2008 crop outlook

first_imgBy Brad HaireUniversity of GeorgiaGeorgia farmers can expect good prices next year for many of the crops they grow. Unfortunately, it will cost more to grow them, say University of Georgia agricultural economists.“Commodity prices across the board will be favorable next year,” said Nathan Smith, an economist with UGA Cooperative Extension. Smith and other economists with the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences recently compiled an annual report to help Georgia farmers pick the most profitable crops to grow next year.“We’re looking at a rare situation this coming year that will bring some good opportunities for farmers,” Smith said.Corn prices skyrocketed this year to $4.50 or more per bushel, as much as double the price from a few years ago. The price increase came from a surge in U.S. demand for ethanol, an alternative fuel for gasoline. Corn is used to make ethanol. Corn prices this year will lower to $4 or less per bushel, Smith said. That’s still a good deal.The demand for corn has forced the buyers of peanuts, wheat, soybeans and cotton to offer farmers more money to make sure they grow their crops, too, Smith said.Peanuts are expected to sell for $500 per ton. That’s the highest price since 2001, the last year of the federal government’s peanut quota system, which guaranteed farmers $610 per ton. Soybean and wheat prices next year will be the highest in a decade, he said. Soybeans that sold for $9 a bushel this year will likely sell for $10.50 a bushel in 2008. Wheat that sold for $5 a bushel will likely sell for $6 or more a bushel.Cotton prices should be higher, too, said UGA Extension economist Don Shurley. Steady demand coupled with fewer planted acres this year will increase prices to around 70 cents per pound, or 10 cents higher than the same time last year.Fuel and fertilizer will cost 30 percent more in 2008, Smith said. This will increase the cost of production for many farmers. Diesel, which farmers use to fuel tractors and irrigation systems, will cost $3 or more per gallon. This time last year, a gallon was closer to $2.25.Due to the added cost, peanuts and wheat each will cost 10 percent more per acre to grow next year. Soybeans and corn each will cost 20 percent more per acre. It will cost 10 percent more per acre to grow cotton under irrigation.Though things look good economically, Smith said, Georgia’s extended drought could put a damper on the party. The Southeast suffered under drought this summer, but many crops did surprisingly well. They may not do as well next summer if the drought continues.“Next spring, we’ll likely be planting into a drought,” Smith said. “You can’t say whether we’ll get the rain needed to ensure good crops.”The United States should have a new farm bill by springtime. Congress is in the process of passing one now. It will guide the country’s agricultural and environmental policies for the next five years, particularly those related to farm subsidies, conservation, rural development and nutrition. The current farm bill was passed in 2002.When commodity prices are high, Shurley said, little thought is given to the farm economic safety net. But prices will not always be high like they are now. Things change and can often change quickly. “It is important that the farm bill provide a safety net that is adequate to meet the needs of diversified agriculture like that found in Georgia,” Shurley said.The proposed farm bill has some changes, but is very similar to the current bill, he said, which has been a good one for Southeastern farmers.last_img read more

I Gave Up Social Media For 30 Days… This Is What Happened

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York By Danielle EspositoSo I decided to give up social media for 30 days.I arrived at this decision after coming across a series of photos from photographer Eric Pickersgill titled “Removed.” In it, Pickersgill showcases photos of people—families, couples, friends and children—in everyday scenarios, with one minor adjustment: All electronic devices have been removed.The images hit me right in the feels. As I scrolled through and saw black-and-white snapshots of families at a dinner table all staring down at their claw-like hands, or gazed at three children on a couch focused on their laps, or a couple in bed, back-to-back, looking to their hands for engaging conversation, I couldn’t help but feel sad and guilty about my own actions.I started to see the real world differently. I began to watch people and how they lived their everyday lives. How we are all so glued to our phones that we don’t have time to look up and see a sunset.And then I was out one day before a New York Ranger’s game with my boyfriend. We stopped by a local bar to grab a bite to eat when I noticed something disturbing.Now, the two of us are pretty good with keeping our phones at bay when we’re out, but there was a young couple sitting next to us, meals in front of them, who were both so individually lost in their phones that I wondered if they even knew the color of their date’s eyes.It was really, really sad to see.I started doing some more research into the effects of our phones, and mainly social media, to see what the world was saying. I stumbled across a bunch of articles on the negative mental effects that it can have on us and our relationships, so I decided the next step would be to witness these effects for myself.Below are my findings of 30 consecutive days sans my personal Facebook or Instagram. I SLEPT BETTER.This is probably one of my favorite findings, because who doesn’t love a more consistent, balanced sleep? What I noticed was that because I wasn’t lying in my bed scrolling through my phone each night letting all of this nonsense build up in my brain, I not only fell asleep faster, but I wasn’t tossing and turning all night.Before this experiment, I would stay up scrolling through Instagram or Facebook, put my phone down to try to fall asleep, and then when I didn’t, I would grab my phone again “for just a few minutes” and find myself wasting another half hour letting unimportant images and fluffy articles like “5 Signs You Went to a Catholic High School” seep into my brain. Before I knew it, it would be 2 a.m., and I’d only be further away from letting my brain shut down properly. I HUNG OUT WITH MY DOG MORE.I have a super lovey, mushy, sweet pitbull named Nala. She’s such a good dog. In the warmer months it’s easier to dedicate time to hanging out with her because I take her along on my runs, or to explore a nearby park, but in the winter I will admit that we spend a lot more time lying around and a lot less time playing. She’s really good at being down to do whatever I feel like doing.“Oh, mom wants to lie around on her phone all day? DOWN!”“Mom wants to go for a random midnight run? DOWN!”She’s the coolest, but I realized how much I was taking advantage of her well-tempered, “Please, Mom” nature. I noticed that without social media to distract me and cause me to lay around for long bouts of time, I engaged with Nala more. Whether it was throwing a ball around the house (not recommended), snugglin’ up with her to a movie (she thinks she’s a lap dog), or teaching her some fun tricks (playing dead is our favorite), we spent more quality time together, and I could tell how happy it made her.I READ MORE.I used to read constantly. Any chance I could get. When social media emerged, I found myself leaning less toward stories and more toward status updates.When I really think about it, it makes me crazy to realize that that happened. Where any extra time was once spent lost in love stories or murder mysteries, I was somehow sucked into reading Facebook debates on every topic imaginable (because something I’ve been realizing lately is that Facebook really is just a place for egos and people screaming to have their opinions heard). Without all of that extra clutter taking up my time and my mind, I was able to pick up a book again.And it felt really nice.I SPENT MORE QUALITY TIME WITH MY BOYFRIEND.Though we are good at keeping our phones away when we’re out, I will admit that I was very guilty of editing, composing and posting my Instagram posts while he would try to talk to me during a car ride, or while lying in bed while he waited patiently for me to finish so that we could start a movie.I have a fitness account in the Instagram community where I’ve begun to feel obligated to post a certain amount of inspirational and motivational posts per day for my followers—and don’t get me wrong, I absolutely love doing it and connecting with the people there—but I do realize how it cut into time with my most important person, especially when we both have crazy schedules and our time together should be more precious. Without the daily pressure of finding good quotes, writing inspirational messages or perfectly editing my images, we were able to get our time together started immediately, and without me constantly monitoring my phone.I FELT A LOT LESS ANXIOUS.I have a hard time dealing with negativity. I’ll admit that my heart is easily crushed by too many pessimistic outlooks or angry words. Seriously—I feel like negative people, words and opinions, weigh very heavily on me. Even if it has nothing to do with me, it shakes me to my core.Facebook, I’ve noticed, has increasingly become a place for everything negative. Just a few minutes scrolling through my Facebook feed and I’ll feel like I just emerged from a war, constantly getting bashed over the head with negative opinions, snarky comments, rude images and just plain ole mean people. It’s as if humans use Facebook as a platform where the loudest and most obnoxious person is the most respected. It’s a place where anybody who disagrees with you will jump down your throat and spit venom in some of the most malicious ways I’ve ever seen, slapping labels on anybody who has a different viewpoint. It can get very toxic, very quickly.Getting all of that shoved in my face on a consistent basis was beginning to give me anxiety, and without it, I just felt lighter, happier and more like myself. It felt really, really nice to be away from all of that.I TOOK LESS PICTURES…Interesting one, right? But I did notice that I didn’t take nearly as many pictures over the past 30 days as I typically would.BUT I BUILT STRONGER FRIENDSHIPS.It’s really exciting how much you have to talk about with your friends when you aren’t constantly plugged into their lives. The human connection of friendships is one of my favorite parts about them, and being able to go back to basics and genuinely mean it when I asked “What did you do today?” made for a more engaging conversation.I LOVED THE WORLD AGAIN.You see the world differently when your nose isn’t down in a phone the entire day. Without the need to constantly check in and announce my every move to the world, to stop a meal to snap a picture of my food, or to halt a “Cheers” in order to record it, I was able to actually live in those moments and soak them in through their organic, real beauty.MOVING FORWARD…So I’m back on social media now, but I just don’t feel the same way about it as I once did. Those 30 days without it were some of the most productive, happy and all-encompassing that I’ve had since social media exploded onto the scene and digitally connected us 24/7.I can resoundingly say that I refuse to go back to my old routine. That first morning check-in, that final scroll at night, and all those wasted moments in between—I can use all of that time for creativity, for true human connection, for playing with my dog and reading a book.I will say, however, that Facebook is taking most of the heat from me in regards to the social platform that has historically dragged me down the most. Where Instagram, for me, is an inspiring epicenter where I go to converse, motivate and be motivated by other like-minded fitness-centered individuals, Facebook is more of a kindergarten sandbox with a bunch of bullies running around kicking sand and pulling pigtails looking for attention.My plan is to keep the Facebook app deleted so as to not: 1) Get bombarded with notifications, or 2) Mindlessly click it and scroll through when I’m bored. I can instead log in consciously and on my own terms, rather than letting it dictate my every move.But I have a feeling that I won’t be logging in very often.last_img read more

S. Korea says daily coronavirus cases may top 100, driven by imported infections

first_imgMeanwhile, two South Korean military aircraft arrived from Iraq on Friday, carrying 293 workers who were evacuated as cases swelled in that country. At least 89 of the workers were showing symptoms, Kwon said.”We might see more than 100 total daily cases announced at tomorrow’s briefing,” he said. “There is a high possibility we will see a three-digit figure.”As of midnight Thursday, South Korea reported 41 new cases, for a total of 13,979. One more person died, the KCDC reported, putting total virus-related deaths at 298.Widespread testing, intensive contact tracing and tracking apps have enabled South Korea to limit the impact of the coronavirus and it has been held up as a mitigation success story.But health authorities have battled a small but steady number of flare-ups.As the coronavirus spread around the world, a significant number of South Korea’s infections have been found in people arriving from overseas, with nearly 70% of the imported cases South Korean nationals.After a large number of crewmembers of Russian ships tested positive in June, South Korea began an extensive testing program on crews from at least 13 ships. Topics : South Korean health authorities said novel coronavirus infections among people arriving from abroad could drive the number of new cases on Friday to more than 100, the first time since the beginning of April that daily cases hit triple digits.The numbers for Friday will not be announced until Saturday, but Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (KCDC) deputy director Kwon Jun-wook told a briefing a large number of crewmembers on a Russian ship had tested positive, as had a number of South Korean workers brought home on military flights from Iraq.So far, 32 members of the ship’s crew, along with five people who had been in contact with them, had tested positive, Kwon said.last_img read more

Principles for Responsible Investment hires first head of China

first_imgThe Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI) have appointed the investor organisation’s first head of China, Nan Luo.According to the PRI, Luo will work closely with Chinese institutional investors on responsible investment initiatives, including green finance, and continuing to raise awareness of the PRI and its activities.She will also work with a number of external bodies, such as the Asset Management Association of China and the Green Finance Committee, which is chaired by Ma Jun, formerly chief economist of the People’s Bank of China.Luo will be part of the PRI’s global networks and outreach team, and report to that team’s head and co-director, Lorenzo Saa. Luo’s most recent role recent role was with the Department of International Trade at the British Embassy in Beijing, where she was head of institutional infrastructure investment, leading on attracting Chinese capital investment into UK energy and infrastructure activities, with particular focus on renewable energy.Before that she spent five years working in the climate change and energy section of the British Embassy in Beijing, focusing on green finance strategies and policy-oriented projects to address global climate change and support China’s low carbon transition.The PRI’s Saa said: “Obviously, China is of huge strategic importance with considerable institutional investor clout. But in order to maximise our existing relationships in China and to continue building awareness of the importance of ESG issues, we have realised that we need a presence on the ground.“This appointment also aligns to our three-year strategic plan of having a greater presence in Asia.”South Korea, Malaysia and Singapore are priority countries in Asia for the PRI in addition to China.Commenting on her new role, Luo said: “Working with a large global organisation like the PRI will provide a unique opportunity to engage with Chinese asset owners and investment managers on ESG issues and for expanding PRI’s signatory base across China.”Nan Luo will start at the PRI on 9 October and will be based in Beijing.last_img read more