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‘Chicago Fire’ Season 9 Will Finally Tackle Brett, Casey’s Relationship

first_imgFor more from Haas and for even more exclusive TV news and interviews, subscribe to the “Watch With Us” podcast.Chicago Fire season 9 premieres on NBC Wednesday, November 11, at 9 p.m. ET. “I think we’ve extended the ‘will they or won’t they?’ as far as it possibly could go,” cocreator Derek Haas said during the Tuesday, November 2, episode of the “Watch With Us” podcast. “That ‘will they or won’t they?’ will be answered in the first couple of episodes.”Chicago Fire Season 9 Will Finally Give an Answer on Brett and Casey's Relationship Kara Killmer Jesse SpencerKara Killmer as Sylvie Brett and Jesse Spencer as Matthew Casey on Chicago Fire. Adrian Burrows/NBCThe characters, who are both part of Firehouse 51, have been through a lot and have grown closer through the years. Fans have wondered for quite some time if their friendship will turn into more. Whichever way it goes, Haas added, “I always want everyone to be happy,” even though he knows that doesn’t make the best TV.The showrunner also noted during the interview that romance scenes will be done “in the same way that we’ve always done them,” despite the coronavirus pandemic.- Advertisement – Listen to Watch With Us to hear more about your favorite shows and for the latest TV news!Things are heating up on Chicago Fire in more ways than one. When the NBC drama returns with its ninth season on Wednesday, November 11, the writers aren’t wasting any time before diving into Matt Casey (Jesse Spencer) and Sylvie Brett’s (Kara Killmer) relationship.- Advertisement – – Advertisement – “I’m crazy nervous about it, but we are testing like crazy, and we would never ask actors to do anything that they don’t feel comfortable with. That’s been our policy for nine years,” he told Us. “If we ever have an issue, we’ll adjust accordingly. We’re all figuring it out together, and I do trust my cast. I can’t say enough about how great our cast and crew are.”Earlier this year, Spencer, 41, revealed to Us exclusively that he hopes the Brett and Casey coworker relationship grows into something romantic.“I would like to see them get together because what they’re building right now is a friendship and it feels organic. They had different situations, but they’re quite similar, and they both have a bit of an ugly past,” the Australia native told Us in January, noting that their tough histories — his ex-wife left him and her boyfriend (his ex-wife’s brother) broke her heart — brought them closer together. “They’re healing and healing together. I think it’s an organic way for it to happen.”- Advertisement –last_img read more

 

UK stewardship watchdog floats ‘section 172’ for asset managers

first_imgIn its suggested revised form, the corporate governance code would acknowledge the importance of boards considering the way their companies interact with the workforce, customers, suppliers and wider stakeholders. Should the Stewardship Code more explicitly refer to ESG factors and broader social impact? If so, how should these be integrated and are there any specific areas of focus that should be addressed? The FRC noted there had been more focus on section 172 duties as part of recent corporate governance reform discussions. The accounting watchdog said it had been suggested that, if boards were to be required to report on the way in which they have carried out these duties, investors should also be encouraged to monitor and engage on these issues. Luke Hildyard, PLSALuke Hildyard, policy lead for stewardship and corporate governance at the pension fund trade body, said: “Despite the reduced length, the proposed [Corporate Governance Code] contains many positive new measures, particularly the recognition of the importance of corporate culture and employee voice. However, monitoring and enforcement of these provisions will be critical. PLSA research found that most companies already pay lip service to these issues in annual reports, but provide little concrete data demonstrating the strength of their relations with the workforce. “The proposals to require long-term incentive plans to be at least five years in length is welcome and will accelerate existing progress in this direction. However, the changes are unlikely to reduce levels of executive pay or address societal concern about gaps between executives and the wider workforce.” The Investment AssociationAndrew Ninian, director of corporate governance at the asset management industry body, said: “The launch of the revised UK Corporate Governance Code is a welcome step in the evolution of our corporate governance system. The government’s Green Paper [released in November 2016] set out important challenges to the UK corporate governance system, particularly on stakeholder voice and executive pay. It is important that the governance code responds to these challenges so that the UK remains globally competitive and that investor stewardship continues as a key tenet.”ShareActionBethan Livesey, head of policy at the responsible investment campaign organisation, said: “The FRC shows that it is willing to amend the Corporate Governance and Stewardship Codes to ensure that both can help engender trust and long-termism in business. The onus is now on the corporate and investment sectors to press the FRC to be ambitious in taking this agenda forward to build a sustainable UK economy.” The UK’s Financial Reporting Council (FRC) has set out an initial line of inquiry about the future of the country’s Stewardship Code, including a focus on the roles of different organisations in the investment chain.  Comments and questions relating to responsible investment, long-term investment, sustainability, and environmental, social and governance (ESG) factors pervaded the stewardship section of the watchdog’s consultation document regarding the UK Corporate Governance Code.Within the consultation, the FRC asked respondents whether the Stewardship Code should set out expectations for asset managers to consider a wider group of stakeholders as part of their engagement.This would reflect the aim of section 172 of the Companies Act, according to which a director of a company is required to act in the way s/he considers, in good faith, would be most likely to promote the success of the company for the benefit of its members as a whole, and in doing so have regard to a range of matters.center_img The FRC does not have a mandate to impose duties on asset managers – this falls under the remit of the Financial Conduct Authority – but said it believed “a greater focus on how investors assist companies to build long-term success would be helpful”.It was therefore seeking views about how this could be better reflected in the Stewardship Code, “including through the use of a ‘section 172’ for asset managers”.The FRC asked:How could an investor’s role in building a company’s long-term success be further encouraged through the Stewardship Code?Would it be appropriate to incorporate ‘wider stakeholders’ into the areas of suggested focus for monitoring and engagement by investors? Should the Stewardship Code more explicitly refer to ESG factors and broader social impact? If so, how should these be integrated and are there any specific areas of focus that should be addressed? The watchdog’s view was that the Stewardship Code should not only be relevant for ESG decision-making, but it said it was interested in views about how it could be amended to refer more effectively to ESG factors and integration.It has also asked whether the stewardship code should be amended to ask investors to consider company performance and reporting on adapting to climate change – a suggestion made by the UK Committee on Climate Change in June – and whether board and executive pipeline diversity should be included as an explicit expectation of investor engagement.The FRC also called for views on whether the code should support disclosure of a manager’s approach to directed voting in pooled funds, given that some asset owners have questioned their ability to do so.As signatories to the current Stewardship Code, asset managers, asset owners and service providers are expected to provide a public statement about their approach to stewardship, using the code as a framework. The FRC is considering revising the code to provide more specific expectations about best practice more in line with the ‘comply or explain’ format of the corporate governance code.It also asked for views on the idea of separate codes for different signatory categories, either by type of organisation or according to whether they invest directly or indirectly.The FRC also noted that some signatories “consider themselves responsible investors, as opposed to responsible shareholders” and that it was therefore interested in how it could addressed the fact that investors view their responsibilities in different ways.A detailed consultation on specific changes to the stewardship code is slated for late 2018.Trimmed corp gov code ’about purpose’ The watchdog today also launched a formal consultation on changes to the UK’s Corporate Governance Code.The FRC said changes would make the code “shorter and sharper” – down from around 11,000 words to under 5,000, the Pensions and Lifetime Savings Association noted.The accounting body said the revised code would focus “on the importance of long-term success and sustainability”, while addressing “issues of public trust in business” and ensuring the attractiveness of the UK post-Brexit.The corporate governance consultation closes on 28 February 2018.Industry reactionsThe Pensions and Lifetime Savings Associationlast_img read more

 

Angels win behind Tyler Skaggs’ gem, get back to .500

first_img Angels’ Shohei Ohtani spending downtime working in outfield Angels’ poor pitching spoils an Albert Pujols milestone Ever since he took a 2.57 ERA into the All-Star break last year, only to see injuries spoil the second half and inconsistency spoil the first half of this season, Skaggs has been trying to get back there.He started Tuesday’s game looking sharp, retiring the first 11 hitters before allowing a homer to Lourdes Gurriel Jr. in the fourth. One of those outs was a diving catch by Goodwin in left field.In the top of the fifth, Calhoun and Goodwin each hit solo homers against Marcus Stroman, putting the Angels ahead 2-1.Then in the bottom of the inning, after Skaggs had given up back-to-back singles, Calhoun fired a perfect strike to third, nailing Randal Grichuk as he tried to take an extra base.“That was huge, actually,” Ausmus said. “It could be a potentially game-changing play.”Skaggs escaped that inning when shortstop Luís Rengifo snagged a line drive and doubled off Rowdy Tellez.Related Articles Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error PreviousLos Angeles Angels’ Mike Trout (27) celebrates with teammates after the Angels defeated the Toronto Blue Jays 3-1 in a baseball game in Toronto on Tuesday, June 18, 2019. (Nathan Denette/The Canadian Press via AP)Angels shortstop Luis Rengifo throws to first to retire the Blue Jays’ Freddy Galvis in the third inning of Tuesday’s game in Toronto. (Photo by Vaughn Ridley/Getty Images)Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Tyler Skaggs throws to a Toronto Blue Jays batter during the first inning of a baseball game in Toronto on Tuesday, June 18, 2019. (Nathan Denette/The Canadian Press via AP) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsToronto Blue Jays’ Danny Jansen flies out to right during the third inning of the team’s baseball game against the Los Angeles Angels in Toronto on Tuesday, June 18, 2019. (Nathan Denette/The Canadian Press via AP)Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Tyler Skaggs winds up during the first inning of the team’s baseball game against the Toronto Blue Jays in Toronto on Tuesday, June 18, 2019. (Nathan Denette/The Canadian Press via AP)Toronto Blue Jays starting pitcher Marcus Stroman throws to a Los Angeles Angels batter during the first inning of a baseball game in Toronto on Tuesday, June 18, 2019. (Nathan Denette/The Canadian Press via AP)TORONTO, ON – JUNE 18: Shohei Ohtani #17 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim reacts as a foul ball goes into the crowd in the first inning during a MLB game against the Toronto Blue Jays at Rogers Centre on June 18, 2019 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by Vaughn Ridley/Getty Images)Los Angeles Angels’ Mike Trout (27) is out at second as Toronto Blue Jays shortstop Freddy Galvis throws to first for the double play on Shohei Ohtani during the fourth inning of a baseball game in Toronto on Tuesday, June 18, 2019. (Nathan Denette/The Canadian Press via AP)TORONTO, ON – JUNE 18: Brian Goodwin #18 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim looks on after striking out in the third inning during a MLB game against the Toronto Blue Jays at Rogers Centre on June 18, 2019 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by Vaughn Ridley/Getty Images)Toronto Blue Jays’ Vladimir Guerrero Jr. grounds out to second against Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Tyler Skaggs during the fourth inning of a baseball game in Toronto on Tuesday, June 18, 2019. (Nathan Denette/The Canadian Press via AP)Toronto Blue Jays’ Lourdes Gurriel Jr. celebrates after hitting a home run off Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Tyler Skaggs during the fourth inning of a baseball game in Toronto on Tuesday, June 18, 2019. (Nathan Denette/The Canadian Press via AP)TORONTO, ON – JUNE 18: Justin Upton #8 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim and teammates react after Kole Calhoun #56 hits a home run in the fifth inning during a MLB game against the Toronto Blue Jays at Rogers Centre on June 18, 2019 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by Vaughn Ridley/Getty Images)TORONTO, ON – JUNE 18: Kole Calhoun #56 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim runs home after hitting a home run in the fifth inning during a MLB game against the Toronto Blue Jays at Rogers Centre on June 18, 2019 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by Vaughn Ridley/Getty Images)TORONTO, ON – JUNE 18: Brian Goodwin #18 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim hits a home run in the fifth inning during a MLB game against the Toronto Blue Jays at Rogers Centre on June 18, 2019 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by Vaughn Ridley/Getty Images)Los Angeles Angels’ Brian Goodwin watches his home run off Toronto Blue Jays pitcher Marcus Stroman during the fifth inning of a baseball game in Toronto on Tuesday, June 18, 2019. (Nathan Denette/The Canadian Press via AP)Los Angeles Angels’ Brian Goodwin (18) celebrates his home run off Toronto Blue Jays starting pitcher Marcus Stroman pitch with Luis Rengifo (4) as Blue Jays catcher Danny Jansen (9) stands at home plate during the fifth inning of a baseball game in Toronto on Tuesday, June 18, 2019. (Nathan Denette/The Canadian Press via AP)TORONTO, ON – JUNE 18: Brian Goodwin #18 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim celebrates a home run with teammate Luis Rengifo #4 in the fifth inning during a MLB game against the Toronto Blue Jays at Rogers Centre on June 18, 2019 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by Vaughn Ridley/Getty Images)Los Angeles Angels third baseman Tommy La Stella tags out Toronto Blue Jays’ Randal Grichuk during the fifth inning of a baseball game in Toronto on Tuesday, June 18, 2019. (Nathan Denette/The Canadian Press via AP)TORONTO, ON – JUNE 18: Mike Trout #27 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim reacts after walking in the fourth inning during a MLB game against the Toronto Blue Jays at Rogers Centre on June 18, 2019 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by Vaughn Ridley/Getty Images)Toronto Blue Jays catcher Danny Jansen catches a foul ball by Los Angeles Angels’ Luis Rengifo during the fifth inning of a baseball game in Toronto on Tuesday, June 18, 2019. (Nathan Denette/The Canadian Press via AP)TORONTO, ON – JUNE 18: Tyler Skaggs #45 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim delivers a pitch in the first inning during a MLB game against the Toronto Blue Jays at Rogers Centre on June 18, 2019 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by Vaughn Ridley/Getty Images)Toronto Blue Jays third baseman Vladimir Guerrero Jr. reacts after striking out against Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Tyler Skaggs during the sixth inning of a baseball game in Toronto on Tuesday, June 18, 2019. (Nathan Denette/The Canadian Press via AP)Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Tyler Skaggs (45) is taken out of the baseball game by manager Brad Ausmus during the eighth inning against the Toronto Blue Jays on Tuesday, June 18, 2019. (Nathan Denette/The Canadian Press via AP)Los Angeles Angels’ Mike Trout gets hit by a pitch from Toronto Blue Jays reliever Tim Mayza during the eighth inning of a baseball game in Toronto on Tuesday, June 18, 2019. (Nathan Denette/The Canadian Press via AP)Los Angeles Angels’ Luis Rengifo hits a single off Toronto Blue Jays relief pitcher Tim Mayza during the eighth inning of a baseball game in Toronto on Tuesday, June 18, 2019. (Nathan Denette/The Canadian Press via AP)TORONTO, ON – JUNE 18: Albert Pujols #5 of the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim singles in the ninth inning during a MLB game against the Toronto Blue Jays at Rogers Centre on June 18, 2019 in Toronto, Canada. (Photo by Vaughn Ridley/Getty Images)Los Angeles Angels’ Mike Trout (27) celebrates with teammates after the Angels defeated the Toronto Blue Jays 3-1 in a baseball game in Toronto on Tuesday, June 18, 2019. (Nathan Denette/The Canadian Press via AP)Angels shortstop Luis Rengifo throws to first to retire the Blue Jays’ Freddy Galvis in the third inning of Tuesday’s game in Toronto. (Photo by Vaughn Ridley/Getty Images)NextShow Caption1 of 26Angels shortstop Luis Rengifo throws to first to retire the Blue Jays’ Freddy Galvis in the third inning of Tuesday’s game in Toronto. (Photo by Vaughn Ridley/Getty Images)ExpandTORONTO — In the sixth inning of the Angels’ 3-1 victory over the Toronto Blue Jays on Tuesday night, Tyler Skaggs looked down to the bullpen and saw Cam Bedrosian warming up.Skaggs, who had allowed just one run and had a pitch count under 70, seethed.After he completed the 12-pitch inning, ending it by striking out Vladimir Guerrero Jr. with a 95 mph fastball that was his hardest pitch of the year, Skaggs returned to the dugout with a message for Manager Brad Ausmus.“Why is someone warming up?” Skaggs said, recalling his words to Ausmus. “This is my game. That shouldn’t happen. I told him to hang up the phone.” Skaggs retired all seven hitters he faced after Bedrosian started warming, getting through 7-1/3 innings in what was arguably the best outing by an Angels starter this season.He gave up just one run and did not walk a batter, striking out six. He needed just 87 pitches to get 22 outs, which was one more than any Angels pitcher had gotten this season.His best outing of the season, along with homers by Kole Calhoun and Brian Goodwin and brilliant defensive plays by each, lifted the Angels (37-37) back to .500 for the first time since they were 8-8.“I’m happy we got to .500,” Skaggs said. “That’s a huge hurdle for this team, and we can keep rolling.”If the Angels are going to get on a roll and make a run at the postseason, they’ll need more pitching like the effort they got from Skaggs, who finally had the type of outing he believed was possible.center_img Jose Suarez’s rocky start sinks Angels in loss to Astros Angels offense breaks out to split doubleheader with Astros But when he took the mound in the sixth, he saw Bedrosian warming. Ausmus said it was a precaution because the third and fourth hitters of the inning were right-handers Guerrero and Gurriel. If Skaggs got in trouble within the first two batters, he wanted to be ready with a righty.After seeing Skaggs respond with a dominant 1-2-3 inning, Ausmus said: “Good. I hope he got mad at me.”Skaggs then gave Ausmus his message, and Ausmus let Skaggs face the next four batters, through the left-handed hitting Tellez. He retired them all, before turning the game over to Ty Buttrey and Hansel Robles.They finished off the Angels’ sixth victory in their last eight games, protecting the victory for a dominant Skaggs.“He seemed to be able to use all three pitches,” Ausmus said. “His curveball he seemed to be getting chases on or strikes, whether swinging or called. He used the changeup, even to lefties. He used the fastball up, especially on the inner half against right-handed hitters. He jammed a number of guys. Weak pop-ups, weak ground balls. He was really good.” Angels’ Mike Trout working on his defense, thanks to Twitter last_img read more