By Dialogo June 16, 2009 Bogotá, June 15 (EFE).- Today the Colombian president Álvaro Uribe, together with Italian ambassador Gerolamo Schiavoni, inaugurated in Buenaventra (west) a hospital vessel that will provide medical assistance to the population of towns along the coastline of the Pacific Ocean and rivers that flow into that ocean. Initially, the San Raffaele will conduct two missions a month, 10 days each with the help of the institutions such as non-governmental organization called Italian Association for Solidarity between the People (Aispo) of San Raffaele Hospital from Milan (Italy), In Colombia, said initiative is led by the Italian-Colombian Foundation of Mount Tabor, and is also supported by several Italian enterprises, and the Colombian soccer player Iván Ramiro Córdoba, Inter Milán team’s defender. During the ship’s trip that will cover coastal areas and riversides of Cauca, Nariño, Valle, and Chocó departments, the crew will provide general and specialized medical consultations, dental care, gynaecology, minor surgeries and clinical laboratory analysis. After cutting the inaugural ribbon and naming the boat, the Colombian president announced that the ship will operate “as social enterprise of health,” and provide specialized medical attention. The ship’s mission is supported by the University of the Cauca, through an agreement for last year medical students to offer their services to society. The hospital ship is 26 metres long and 7 metres of beam (width) and it is laid out in four decks or levels: the upper deck, the main or social level, the physicians’ level, where the offices and labs are located, and another level, where the bedrooms are located. It also has a surgery and an X-Rays room.
Incorporating environmental, social and corporate governance (ESG) factors improves outcomes for corporate bond investors, according to a report from JP Morgan Asset Management.The asset manager found that ESG scores could enhance portfolio outcomes via lower drawdowns, reduced portfolio volatility and, in some cases, marginally increased risk-adjusted returns.Although its study showed that using ESG scores improved gross portfolio returns for all categories of corporate bonds, this only held true for investment grade corporate debt once transaction costs were accounted for.The study involved back-testing portfolios of investment grade, high yield and emerging market debt, comparing their benchmarks with a portfolio constructed using MSCI ESG scores. The asset manager also set out to find out whether ESG scores differed from traditional agency credit ratings, and said the study suggested that MSCI scores were “additive” to traditional credit ratings.“The contingent liabilities related to ESG issues are not necessarily factored into rating agencies’ assigned ratings,” said Lovjit Thukral, vice president for global fixed income, currency and commodities (GFICC) at the asset manager and report co-author with Bhupinder Bahra, co-head of the quantitative research group for GFICC.According to Thukral and Bahra, the study showed that MSCI’s ‘E’, ‘S’, and ‘G’ scores were generally not related to one another or to credit agency ratings. In the investment grade segment, the governance score was negatively related to credit agency ratings.Another result of the study was that ESG benchmarks (of issuers covered by MSCI) had an inherent quality bias in terms of the performance metrics.In 2017, Hermes Investment Management found that there was a significant relationship between companies’ ESG credentials and their credit spreads. It recently turned its attention to ESG risks in sovereign bond markets, as did BlueBay Asset Management.Rating agencies have moved to more clearly demonstrate how ESG considerations feed into their credit analysis in response to pressure from investors.
New Angel Shohei Ohtani is attempting to do something no one has done in nearly a century – become a truly effective two-way player in the majors. How did the 23-year-old fare in parts of five seasons in Japan’s major leagues?ON THE MOUNDA right-hander who throws 100 miles per hour, Ohtani had a 2.52 ERA with 624 strikeouts and 200 walks in 543 innings. Japanese teams favor six-man starting rotations and Monday games are rare, so that limits starters to one outing per week. Ohtani never pitched more than 160-2/3 innings (2015), but he’s been pretty consistent.His 2015 and 2016 seasons were his best on the mound. In 2015, he was 15-5 with a 2.24 ERA in 22 games (all starts). He had three shutouts among his five complete games. He had 196 strikeouts and 46 walks in his 160-2/3 innings with a 0.909 WHIP. In 2016, he was 10-4 with a 1.86 ERA in 21 games (20 starts). He had one shutout among four complete games with 174 strikeouts and 45 walks in 140 innings (.0957 WHIP).He has never allowed more than seven home runs in a season (24 total). Japanese media brace for Shohei Ohtani arrival with Angels after experiencing Ichiro madness AT THE PLATEA left-handed hitter, Ohtani batted .286 with an .859 OPS and 48 homers in 1,170 plate appearances in Japan. His best season at the plate was 2016, when he batted .322 with 18 doubles, 22 home runs, 67 RBI and 65 runs scored in 104 games. In 382 plate appearances that season, he had a .416 on-base percentage and a 1.004 OPS.He struck out 316 times in 1,035 at-bats and is not a threat to steal bases (13 total). He was only hit by a pitch four times, which some scouts have attributed to Japanese pitchers being afraid to pitch inside to him out of fear of injuring him. It’s safe to say he will see a lot more inside pitches in the U.S.Related Articles Miller: Shohei Ohtani brings a bat, an arm and much more to suddenly blessed Angels Japanese star Shohei Ohtani chooses Angels over 6 other MLB teams, including Dodgers Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Dodgers’ bid for Shohei Ohtani falls short Does Shohei Ohtani move help the Angels keep Mike Trout long term?