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B.C. pension fund manager pouring billions of public workers’ retirement dollars into fossil fuels, report finds E-mail
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Tuesday, 26 June 2018 08:46
B.C. pension fund manager pouring billions of public workers’ retirement dollars into fossil fuels, report finds
By JENNY PENGStarMetro Vancouver
https://www.thestar.com/vancouver/2018/06/25/bc-investment-management-corporation-still-betting-on-fossil-fuels.htmlMon., June 25, 2018
 
A new report outlines how many pension plans from B.C.’s public sector are invested in the fossil fuel industry through the B.C. Investment Management Corporation.
 
VANCOUVER—Policy analysts and researchers are calling out a large, but low-profile, pension fund manager for pooling billions of dollars worth of public workers’ retirement plans into the fossil fuel industry.
 
 
The findings come in a report by the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives and University of Victoria, which examines where British Columbian public servant pension funds are invested.
 
 
An examination of the B.C. Investment Management Corporation’s investment portfolio, the fourth largest such fund manager in Canada, found it invested $3 billion in the top 200 public fossil fuel companies.
 
The BCI oversees pensions funds for 500,000 people through 11 provincial government plans, including WorkSafe BC and the teachers’ pension plan.
 
Critics say investing in oil and gas hinders Canada’s ability to meet its Paris Agreement commitments signed in April 2016, which seeks to limit the rise in Earth’s average temperature to 2 C.
 
“You see the BCI calling themselves ‘responsible investors’ throughout much of their publications but we find that really, in the context of climate change, this is absolutely misinformation,” said Zoë Yunker, University of Victoria graduate and co-author of the report released Monday.
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As Trump tightens asylum rules, thousands of Venezuelans find a warm welcome in Miami E-mail
Posted by Joan Russow   
Sunday, 24 June 2018 12:08
 
 
Venezuelan citizens living in Miami line up last year to vote in a nonbinding referendum against the Venezuelan government. The vote was organized by groups seeking to undermine Venezuela’s unpopular president, Nicolás Maduro. (Rhona Wise/AFP/Getty Images)
By Anthony Faiola and Nick Miroff
 
https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/even-as-trump-tightens-asylum-rules-thousands-of-venezuelans-find-a-warm-welcome-in-miami/2018/05/15/5e747fec-52cf-11e8-a551-5b648abe29ef_story.html?utm_term=.357892d28b78May 18
 
 
 
Venezuelan citizens living in Miami line up last year to vote in a nonbinding referendum against the Venezuelan government. The vote was organized by groups seeking to undermine Venezuela’s unpopular president, Nicolás Maduro. (Rhona Wise/AFP/Getty Images)

 Venezuelans seeking asylum in the United States are arriving to this city in soaring numbers — and receiving a far warmer welcome than the Central American migrants President Trump wants to block at the Mexican border.

Last year, 27,629 Venezuelans petitioned U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services for asylum, an 88 percent increase from 2016 and up from 2,181 in 2014. So far this year, the number of Venezuelans who have applied — nearly all of them in Miami — is almost three times as great as any other nationality, according to the latest USCIS asylum data.

Unlike the Central Americans who wade illegally across the Rio Grande and turn themselves in to U.S. border guards, the Venezuelans typically land at the Miami airport with tourist and business visas.

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How low can the US stoop in Nicaragua Election? E-mail
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PEJ News - Joan Russow - It has been reported in Reuters that “Grim television images from Nicaragua's 1980s civil war are being used by conservatives to scare people who would vote for left-wing former rebel and president Daniel Ortega in the Nov. 5 election.
 
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How low can the US stoop in Nicaragua Election
 
It has been reported in Reuters that “Grim television images from Nicaragua's 1980s civil war are being used by conservatives to scare people who would vote for left-wing former rebel and president Daniel Ortega in the Nov. 5 election.TV ads by center-right candidate Eduardo Montealegre and the Liberal Party's Jose Rizo show presidential front-runner Ortega in military garb and, in a separate shot, corpses being loaded onto a truck during the war between Ortega's Sandinista government and U.S.-backed Contra rebels.
 
"With this past, they won't fool you with polls," says Rizo's ad, over shots of fighting and corpses and accounts of Sandinista government troops killing indigenous people and raping women. He's a danger for Nicaragua," booms Montealegre's ad.” (Reuters, October 30, 06).
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