Minding the Sustainability GAAP

first_imgLimited transparency around corporate sustainability risks can lead to investments that are bad for the environment, and investors’ bottom lines.Yesterday BP abandoned its hope of bidding on a potentially lucrative exploration license in Greenland. The implication is that its tarnished reputation is undermining its ability to compete for projects. Across the Atlantic, the Tennessee Valley Authority has lost nearly $50 million in power generation during this summer’s heatwave, because the Tennessee river is too hot for the nuclear plants’ cooling towers to function.What do these two stories have in common? They are both examples of how environmental degradation can hit home for companies. The global environmental crisis, including climate change, water scarcity and ecosystem degradation, isn’t just a problem for “greens.” It also creates significant financial risks for companies and their investors.Environmental Risks Alter Balance SheetsSuch risks vary from sector to sector but include: potential liability for environmental accidents; the physical impacts of climate change on supply chains; and growing water scarcity in many parts of the world.BP’s recent crisis generated by the mammoth Gulf of Mexico oil spill is an extreme example of environmental risk. It turned the company’s anticipated net income of $5.6 billion for the second quarter of 2010 into a record $17.1 billion loss.But in a resource-constrained and warming world, there are many other risks that may significantly alter the balance sheet. For example, research suggests that consumer goods companies could face a loss of earnings if they do not respond to environmental pressures in their supply chains, including physical climate change impacts and public policy responses to them. Specifically, the World Resources Institute (WRI) report Rattling the Supply Chains indicates that such businesses could face a 13-31 percent reduction in earnings before interest and taxes as soon as 2013, rising to 19-47 percent in 2018.Certain sectors will be heavily impacted by specific risks in vulnerable countries or regions. For example, 79% of planned new power plant capacity in India will be built in water scarce or stressed areas. Since thermal and hydroelectric power plants depend heavily on water for cooling and energy generation, uncertain water supply creates significant risks for domestic power companies.A Gap in Financial Accounting StandardsWorldwide, current financial accounting standards and generally accepted accounting principles (known as GAAP) fail explicitly to address such risks, which often derive from unsustainable business strategies. They can also miss the opportunities that such challenges create. Superior environmental performance by corporations can translate into lower costs from improved energy and resource efficiency and higher revenues from product innovation and enhanced brand recognition. General Electric’s Ecomagination™ product line is one compelling case in point. Corporate sustainability reports can help fill information gaps on some risks. But sustainability reporting standards, such as the Global Reporting Initiative, remain largely voluntary, and as a result, their uptake is limited. Another recent WRI report Undisclosed Risk, for example, found that developing markets have particularly lagged behind in producing corporate sustainability reports. What’s more, stand alone reports all but guarantee that sustainability remains at the periphery rather than the mainstream of financial and investment decisions. A 2008 KPMG International Survey of Corporate Social Responsibility, for example, found that only three percent of annual financial reports had corporate responsibility information fully integrated into them.The failure to integrate sustainability as a strategic business issue in annual financial reports means that businesses and investors continue to make investments that are bad for the environment, society and ultimately their own bottom line. As a result, environmental trends continue on a downward trajectory, creating even greater risks for companies, especially those that have not embraced sustainable business strategies.The Movement for Integrated ReportingA solution may finally be on its way. A coalition of businesses, regulators, accountants, securities exchanges and not-for-profit groups recently launched an International Integrated Reporting Committee initiative to “create a globally accepted framework for accounting for sustainability.” Jointly convened by HRH Prince Charles’s UK-based Accounting for Sustainability Project and the Global Reporting Initiative, the committee includes participants from the International Accounting Standards Board, U.S. Financial Accounting Standards Board, International Organisation of Securities Commissions, the Big Four auditors – Price Waterhouse Coopers, Deloitte, Ernst & Young and KPMG – and NGOs including the World Resources Institute. The committee intends to present a framework, which brings together financial, environmental, social and governance information in a single “integrated” reporting format, at the G20 intergovernmental summit in France in 2011. The G20 already backs the formation of a single set of reporting standards, and G20 support for broader rules will be crucial to their introduction.Moving sustainability from the periphery to mainstream investment is an essential next step in preparing the corporate sector to deal with environmental risks. The move won’t be easy. But given worsening environmental trends and the fact that today’s investment decisions will either sustain or degrade the earth’s environment, integrated reporting is both sorely needed and long overdue.Linnea Laestadius is an intern with the Office of the Vice President for Science and Research at WRI. She is a PhD student in Health and Public Policy and a CLF Farming the Future Fellow at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. Current financial accounting standards and generally accepted accounting principles fail explicitly to address environmental risks, which often derive from unsustainable business strategies.last_img read more

How will the USMNT line up against Bolivia?

first_imgUnited States A closer look at how the USMNT could line up against Bolivia Ives Galarcep in Philadelphia 10:43 5/25/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Christian Pulisic USA 06082017 Matthew Stockman United States United States v Bolivia Bolivia Friendlies Caretaker coach Dave Sarachan has several options to turn to, many of them young ones, as he decides on the lineup he will deploy in Monday’s friendly Play all the kids. That’s the simple request many U.S. national team fans have for caretaker coach Dave Sarachan, even if that scenario isn’t exactly practical.Sarachan took plenty of flack for not finding more minutes for prospects like Tim Weah and Andrija Novakovich in the March friendly against Paraguay, choosing instead to limit his substitutions to help the U.S. earn a 1-0 win.Don’t bet on Sarachan being as stingy this time around when the U.S. faces Bolivia on Monday. The U.S. has three friendlies in a two-week span, and the Bolivia match shapes up to be the best opportunity to give some players their first starts, and his youngest players good-sized cameos. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now Based on personnel, the U.S. is likely to deploy a variation of the 4-3-3, with Novakovich up top and Julian Green and Lynden Gooch on the flanks. Teenagers Josh Sargent and Tim Weah are good bets to come off the bench. Rubio Rubin can play any of the front three spots, and should challenge Green for the left forward spot.Christian Pulisic should handle playmaker duties, assuming he shakes off the wear of playing 55 minutes in Borussia Dortmund’s friendly against Los Angeles FC on Tuesday, and then flying cross-country to Philadelphia. We should get to see the first pairing of Pulisic and McKennie in the middle as USMNT teammates, with Joe Corona joining McKennie in deeper-lying central midfield roles.Keaton Parks is one of the more intriguing prospects in camp. A skilled 6-foot-4 central midfielder who can play deeper in midfield or in an attacking role, Parks is in his first U.S. camp so minutes aren’t guaranteed but he’s a prospect who should remain with the team for all three friendlies.Defensively, veterans Jorge Villafana and Eric Lichaj are good bets to start. Sarachan could be tempted to give Antonee Robinson a start in his national team debut after failing to find him minutes in the March friendly. This wouldn’t be a bad move if Sarachan plans to start Villafana in both European friendlies. Lichaj should start at right back, though Matthew Olosunde is as close to a Philadelphia native as anyone on the squad and could make his U.S. debut as well. DeAndre Yedlin seems a good bet to join the team in Europe, and start both friendlies overseas, so Lichaj should get the nod against Bolivia to help provide some experience.It’s difficult to see the tandem of Matt Miazga and Cameron Carter-Vickers not starting in central defense. The only way it doesn’t happen is if Walker Zimmerman breaks up the partnership, which isn’t crazy to consider since it would explain why LAFC would release him for the match.The same thought leads to projecting an Alex Bono start in goal. The Toronto FC goalkeeper is enjoying an excellent season, and it’s easy to see Bill Hamid earning a start in the European friendlies (with Zack Steffen a likely call-up to replace Bono). Sarachan could have them split the match, but a full match for Bono makes sense.GFX 1 USMNT XI vs. Bolivialast_img read more


first_imgNormally when a Black Cat crosses your path there is reason to be apprehensive, bad luck and all that…However when THE Blackest Cat steps in front of you, at the X Blades National 18 Years and Under Championships you can consider yourself blessed…Chances are you’ll be learning heaps about the game of Touch and having a lot of laughs into the bargain.“The Blackest Cat” is one of Australia’s most decorated and respected Touch Football identities Tony Eltakchi.Tony, fellow World Cup winner Garry Sonda, and Australian Open Men’s Coach Tony Trad have spent the week in Coffs Harbour assisting with TID. Player mentoring, and providing spontaneous entertainment to the gathered Touch Football community.“The Blackest Cats” is the brainchild of Eltakchi and fellow Touch Football icon Jason ‘Stanto” Stanton.The two decorated World Cup champions have put their considerable knowledge, talent, skill, passion, and wide ranging abilities together to provide a catalogue of services for Touch Football participants.The Blackest Cats will work with the blessing of the ruling bodies of the game to provide development assistance to projects that enhance the profile and best interests of the sport.Touch Football Australia Chief Executive Officer Colm Maguire, and New South Wales Touch Association General Manager Dean Russell are excited by the possibilities of the concept.“It’s great to see such a high profile group of people in our sport looking to contribute to the touch football community in Australia. We have had some exciting preliminary discussions with the Blackest Cat group and we are exploring avenues of mutual support to help the game develop,” Mr. Maguire said.Dean Russell is also excited by the prospect of supporting the development endeavours of the Blackest Cats.“The NSWTA is pleased to work with the game’s elite to support development efforts that aid the sport with services and resources that compliment our efforts,” Mr. Russell said.So just what is the “Blackest Cats” all about?According to Tony Eltakchi, the Blackest Cats concept is born out of the desire to be the best of the best, to have fun, to give something back, and play the game.“It’s all about giving something back to the game. There is a niche there for a group of people who are passionate about the game and who want to contribute. We are looking at engaging people in a range of development efforts and give people opportunites to benefit from our collective knowledge,” Eltakchi said.What does it take to be a Blackest Cat?Garry “GS7” Sonda, one of a select band of 10 people in the Blackest Cat family, explains the “criteria” for inclusion as a Black Cat.“You just need to want to help people and give something back. It’s about sharing your knowledge and doing your best. We really just want to give others a chance to get something out of what we’ve learnt,” Sonda said. The origin of the name “The Blackest Cats” has stumped many casual observer who have seen the Sydney Mets Boy and Girls teams sporting hooded “Blackest Cats” jackets this week at the X Blades National 18 Years and Under Championships.The concept is based on the theory that everyone claims that their cat is the “blackest” in the neighbourhood, it’s the best of the best, and the “blackness” of the cat in question could not possibly be trumped or improved upon.The “Blackest Cats” have arrived in the Touch Football community determined to provide unsurpassed quality of knowledge, personnel, endeavour, and experience to enhance the sport in Australia.The Blackest Cats will appeal to those who want a unique mix of fun and fitness, of laughs and learning, and a heightened awareness, ability, understanding, and experience of the sport that they can’t find anywhere else.The Blackest Cats will engage themselves in activities such as Development Camps, Junior clinics, Player and Coach development sessions, On-line coaching and feedback, Concept tournaments, Game innovation and training aids, Merchandise, entertainment initiatives and much more for all levels of endeavour from grassroot to elite.Who are the Blackest Cats?The Blackest Cats brains trust have assembled a crack group of 10 of the game’s most talented, knowledgeable, and experienced touch football minds to support all levels of touch football development.These people know their sport, but more than that, they are committed to the best ideals of the sport – fun, friendship, and fitness against a supportive background that enables participants to access rare opportunities for learning and development from the most well credentialed sources available.The Blackest Cup line up includes Australian World Cup superstars Tony Eltakchi, Jason Stanton, Garry Sonda, Amanda Judd, Bo De La Cruz, Amy Fong, as well as Hall of Fame member Mark Boland, and National coaching identities Tony Trad, Karley Banks, and Ian Stanley.The Blackest Cats will launch their website in a month’s time and it will feature forums, player profiles, merchandise, tactical and technical advice for the touch community, as well as the opportunity to become fully fledged members of the Blackest Cat army.The Blackest Cats have already been enlisted to conduct a Development Camp for the Woolgoolga Touch Association on Saturday 10 November 2007, and if the interest thus far is anything to go by, the Blackest Cats will be run off their feet in the future with touch associations keen to benefit from the expertise of the elite group.The Blackest Cats website is www.blackestcat.com.aulast_img read more

Province Invests in Learning Innovation

first_imgNova Scotians and tourists will have more opportunities to discover science thanks to an investment from the province. Nova Scotia will provide $700,000 to support the Discovery Centre’s move to and expansion at the new Nova Scotia Power complex on Lower Water Street, Premier Darrell Dexter announced today, March 4. “By supporting the Discovery Centre’s move, the province is helping to support innovation and hands-on learning,” said Premier Dexter. “These are key aspects of jobsHere, our plan to grow the economy, and this investment ensure that the Discovery Centre continues to promote science and inspire the minds of future generations.” The funding will be provided over three years through the Department of Economic and Rural Development and Tourism. “A new waterfront location will make the Discovery Centre one of Canada’s most unique visitor experiences and a centre of excellence for informal and experiential science education for all Nova Scotians,” said Dov Bercovici, president and CEO, Discovery Centre. “We are grateful to the province of Nova Scotia, one of our founding partners 26 years ago, for funding that will enable us to transition to the new location by 2013.” The Discovery Centre will move from Barrington Street to its new facility in 2013. The 40,000-square-foot location will allow expansion, improved layout and better visitor amenities, including accessibility. “The young minds we engage in science today will be the researchers and engineers who devise solutions for our future needs as a society, including our energy needs,” said Rob Bennett, president and CEO of Nova Scotia Power. “We want our new offices to be an active, inviting part of the community, and Discovery Centre is a perfect fit.” Nova Scotia Power is providing $8.5 million in support, including free rent space for 25 years. “The Discovery Centre provides students with invaluable learning experiences, inspiring and challenging them to participate in science through hands-on activities,” said Brian Ellenberger, principal of Southdale-North Woodside School in Dartmouth. “It’s wonderful to see government and business working together to support such a fantastic organization as it continues to foster the educational growth of youth in Nova Scotia. I am looking forward to taking my students to the new location.” More than 80,000 people visited the Discovery Centre last year, and staff visited 25,000 students in classrooms as part of its Science on the Road program. jobsHere is the provincial economic growth plan to strengthen Nova Scotia’s workforce with the right skills for good jobs, increase productivity and advance global competitiveness to grow the economy and make life better for families. Information on Nova Scotia Power’s new environmentally sustainable waterfront location can be found at www.nspower.ca/community/lowerwaterstreet .last_img read more

BlackBerry CEO John Chen sees Detroit auto show as next stop on

first_imgTORONTO – BlackBerry Ltd., a company increasingly focused on technology for the self-driving vehicle market, is making an inaugural visit to North America’s biggest auto show in Detroit, where CEO John Chen’s team says the company will debut a new product on Monday.Over the past five years, the chief executive gradually reduced the Waterloo, Ont.-based company’s dependence on smartphone sales in a crowded market and repositioned the company formerly known as Research in Motion as an innovator in cybersecurity and software.Chen sees BlackBerry’s first appearance at the North American International Auto Show (NAIAS) — one of the global industry’s major annual show-and-tell events — as the next stop on his roadmap for the company.“With cybersecurity increasingly a focus of automakers and regulators alike, our invitation to address NAIAS is a reflection of software’s primacy in vehicles and our position as a cybersecurity leader,” said Chen, who is also BlackBerry’s executive chairman.The company has a lot riding on its BlackBerry QNX division, a formerly independent Ottawa-based software developer that’s made inroads with Ford Motor Co. and automotive suppliers around the world.It’s possible that BlackBerry (TSX:BB) will be able to make a dent in the global auto industry by embedding its software into the next generations of automated vehicles, but it is still early days in that market and too soon to tell whether it will succeed.“I do think they are a top contender (in this field), especially for Canada,” said Alexandra Cutean, director of research for the Information and Communications Technology Council, an Ottawa-based think-tank.Her research shows the German and American automotive sectors are considered world leaders. Sweden, the United Kingdom, Japan, France, China, Italy and South Korea are also in the race.“By comparison, Canada’s approach to autonomous vehicle technology development, as well as progress in intelligent transport altogether, has been slow,” said Cutean, author of a recent report on Canada’s automated vehicle industry.But she did note that BlackBerry conducted Canada’s first driverless car trial in October, a significant development for the country’s field.The world’s automakers may need to work quite closely with technology companies, she said, to ensure there aren’t potential threats from having third-party parts installed in the vehicles.“We may see more collaboration, just as result of the necessity of this type of technology being integrated with vehicles.”BlackBerry is a good example of how parts makers are now creating critical components and core elements of vehicles, said Sabrina Bond, who wrote the Conference Board of Canada’s 2018 report on the auto industry.Other examples include Canada’s two largest autoparts makers Magna International (TSX:MG) and Linamar Corp. (TSX:LNR), she said.“You might see Chinese, Japanese, North American and European parts all integrated into one vehicle in a way that we may not have seen before.”In fact, BlackBerry has been busily making friends at every level of the auto industry’s food chain: electronics chip makers, Tier 1 parts suppliers and automakers — referred to as original equipment manufacturers (OEMs).Among its major partners is Ford, which agreed in October 2016 to expand the use of BlackBerry’s QNX Neutrino operating system, Certicom security technology, QNX hypervisor and QNX audio processing software.A few weeks later, BlackBerry was showing off a Jaguar XJ concept car with a new digital cockpit design that combines the infotainment and instrument cluster functionality at the 2017 Consumer Electronics.Since last fall, BlackBerry has announced various arrangements with some of the world’s most important semiconductor companies, including Delphi, Visteon, Qualcomm, Denso, and Nvidia.And two weeks ago, Chinese search engine giant Baidu Inc. chose BlackBerry’s QNX safety operating system as a foundational piece of the Apollo autonomous driving system, being developed with three Chinese OEMs.Last week, at the 2018 consumer electronics show, BlackBerry used two concept cars from Aston Martin and Range Rover as tangible illustrations of how its QNX software can be used.Note to readers: This is a corrected story. A previous version misquoted Alexandra Cutean as referring to audiovisual technology.last_img read more

Congress candidates will not fill 7 seats in UP

first_imgLucknow: The Congress on Sunday announced it will not contest seven Lok Sabha seats in Uttar Pradesh to return the favour of the Samajwadi Party (SP), the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) and the Rashtriya Lok Dal (RLD) alliance, which has left two seats for the party in the state. Addressing a press conference at the Nehru Bhawan here, Congress state unit chief Raj Babbar said, “The SP-BSP-RLD have not fielded any candidates from Rae Bareli and Amethi (represented by Congress leaders Sonia Gandhi and Rahul Gandhi) and so our party has also decided not to contest seven seats.” He said the Congress will not contest in Mainpuri, the seat from which SP patriarch Mulayam Singh Yadav is contesting the polls. The Congress will also not contest in Kannauj, a seat represented by SP chief Akhilesh Yadav’s wife Dimple and Firozabad, represented by Akhilesh’s cousin Akshay Yadav. Babbar said the Congress will also not field candidates from those seats that the BSP Chief Mayawati, RLD Chief Ajit Singh and RLD Vice President Jayant Chaudhary want to contest. He, however, said the name of the seventh seat will be announced in a few days. According to party leaders, Congress may give up the Azamgarh seat, from where Akhilesh Yadav is expected to contest. The BSP is contesting 38 seats in the state, the SP 37 and the RLD three. The UP Congress chief also announced an alliance with the Jan Adhikar Party (JAP) for seven seats in the state. He said the JAP will contest five seats on its own symbol and two seats on the Congress symbol. The JAP will contest on its own symbol from Jhansi, Etah, Chandauli, Basti and one more seat, which will be decided in a day or two. It will contest on the Congress symbol from Chandauli and one more seat, which will be declared in a few days, Babbar added. The BJP-led National Democratic Alliance (NDA) won 73 of the 80 seats in Uttar Pradesh in 2014. Uttar Pradesh will vote in all seven phases of the Lok Sabha elections scheduled from April 11 to May 19. The counting of votes will take place on May 23.last_img read more

Tribute to the Three Muslim Victims of North Carolina Shooting

By Zahra El AlamiNew York – In the wake of today’s tragic event, there seems to be distress on how to react to such a horrendous act. Should we be angry? Should we be silent? Should we speak up? Does it even matter? The murder of three innocent Muslim students sends waves of fear and grief across our community.Video of Deah Shaddy Barakat raising funds for the Syrian refugee trip But today, we choose strength and love. Today, we are not going to fall victim to hate. We will not give in to the fact that we all walk in fear because of our Faith. Today, we will honor and celebrate the three incredible, loving and selfless lives that were taken away from our community way too soon. The young lives that spent their time and effort to serve their community and share pure joy and smiles across the world.”Tonight we provided free dental supplies and food to over 75 homeless people in downtown Durham! DowntownSmiles” – Deah Shaddy Barakat post from January 29, 2015.“Today we passed out dental supplies and food to over 65 homeless people in Raleigh! A big thank you to NC State MSA for sponsoring funds #DowntownSmiles.” – Deah Shaddy Barakat from October 2014.“I hope this ends very very soon,” Deah Shaddy Barakat’s September Facebook post said about a YouTube video on people’s perception of Islam vs. terrorism. A little over four months later, he fell victim to a hate crime.Although he was your everyday 23-year-old student who was obsessed with basketball and funny YouTube videos, he was also an exemplary individual, son, brother, husband and friend. His concerns for the well-being of others were very clear across all of his social media pages. The UNC dental student served his community in any way he could.“Dancing with Daddy.” – Yussor Abu-Salha’s Facebook post of her wedding day in December 2014.As of yesterday, he helped raise over $44,000 for his trip to Turkey this summer to help Syrian refugees with their dental needs. His social media posts show pictures and posts of him constantly helping the homeless by passing out food and dental supplies.Deah’s newly-wed was also one of the victims. Yusor Mohammad was a 21-year-old senior at North Carolina State University and future dental student. She and Deah had just gotten married a little over a month before this tragic incident took place. She was a loving daughter and big sister to the third victim, Razan Mohammed Abu-Salha who was only 19. While they both shared their experiences in NCSU as students, the sisters also shared the love of giving back to the community and being involved on campus.Although we may never understand the motive behind this heinous act , today we can look back and celebrate the students’ lives and the good they have done in the short time they had here. read more

Expert panel for Sri Lanka will not infringe on sovereignty – Ban

Mr. Ban told journalists that the establishment of the panel is in line with a joint statement he issued with Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa during his visit to the country last May after Government forces defeated the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE).“This joint statement contained a commitment related to ensuring an accountability process for addressing violations of international humanitarian and human rights laws,” he said in response to questions from reporters at his monthly press conference at UN Headquarters in New York.“The panel I am establishing will advise me on the standards, benchmarks and parameters, based on international experience, that must guide any accountability process such as the one mentioned in the joint statement. Now this panel will report to me directly and not to another body.”Mr. Ban said a recent letter on the subject he received from the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) indicated “there is a misunderstanding on the nature and purpose” of the experts’ panel.“I am convinced that it is well within my power as Secretary-General of the United Nations to ask such a body to furnish me with their advice of this nature. This does not in any way infringe on the sovereignty of Sri Lanka.”Last week the UN chief voiced concern about the lack of progress on political reconciliation, the treatment of internally displaced persons (IDPs) and the setting up of an accountability process since he reached the joint statement with Mr. Rajapaksa.Earlier this month Mr. Ban had what he described as “a frank and honest exchange of views” by telephone with Mr. Rajapaksa, who was re-elected President in an election in late January. Since the ballot was held the runner-up candidate, General Sarath Fonseka, has been arrested and faces trial.B. Lynn Pascoe, the Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs, is slated to soon head to Sri Lanka for talks with senior officials in the Government. 16 March 2010The panel of experts being set up by the United Nations as part of an accountability process following the end of the civil war in Sri Lanka will not infringe on the country’s sovereignty, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today. read more

Mens Soccer Ohio States record shutout streak ends as Buckeyes tie Detroit

Ohio State freshman forward Joshua Jackson-Ketchup (9) takes the ball downfield during the Ohio State- BGSU game on Sep. 22. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorTwo goals proved insufficient for both teams as the No. 16 Ohio State men’s soccer team (7-1-1, 3-0-0 Big Ten) tied Detroit Mercy (5-2-2, 2-1 Horizon) 2-2 Tuesday night at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium.The tie ends the Buckeyes’ win streak at six games and their consecutive shutout streak, which now is the all-time school record at six games. Bluem said he wasn’t overly concerned about the shutout streak coming to an end.“Maybe we were a little too uptight about that,” Bluem said. “Well we don’t have to worry about that now. Now we start a new streak.”The team may have avoided a loss, but Ohio State head coach John Bluem was not happy with the team’s effort.“For me it wasn’t a good soccer game,” Bluem said. “There wasn’t really much soccer played, it was up and down, way too many fouls, I think there was 36 fouls in the game. It’s difficult to play in an environment like that. I think that’s how Detroit wanted the game to be and for us we weren’t able to control the game.”The Buckeyes scored their two goals before the 20th minute, the first coming in the 10th minute off the foot of junior midfielder Abdi Mohamed, assisted on by forward Nate Kohl and defender Kevin Blackwood. The next goal came eight minutes later in the 18th minutes as midfielder Brady Blackwell buried the ball in the net with assists from Kohl and forward Joshua Jackson-Ketchup to give the Buckeyes the 2-0 lead.It was during the 33rd minute when the Buckeyes started to lose their momentum as the Titans’ leading scorer Spiro Pliakos buried his seventh goal of the season, jump-starting the comeback.The tying goal came on a rebound off goalie Parker Siegfried’s hands into the foot of forward Aleks Vushaj in the 64th minute.Bluem took some of the responsibility for the loss of momentum, but also acknowledged that his team lacked consistency throughout the game.“I substituted a little bit too early maybe, when we had the 2-0 lead maybe I should’ve kept that first group on the field that was playing well and see if we could push and get a third goal, so I’ll take responsibility for that,” Bluem said. “But what I think happened their team outcompeted us during stretches of the game and that hasn’t happened to us too much this year. We really have been a team that fights hard for 90 minutes and it wasn’t there tonight. It’s been a long stretch and we’ve played very well over that stretch and today we didn’t have our best game.”The game lasted through two overtimes, but the teams managed only two shots apiece over the combined 20 minutes of play, ending the game in a tie.Though his team saw both the win and shutout streak go by the wayside, Mohamed said a tie should not distract them from the upcoming schedule that includes Big Ten opponents in four of the next six games.“Eventually we were going to get scored on, it’s good to do it now and see how we react to it, so we’ll be ready for October and the challenges to come ahead,” Mohamed said. “We were looking to win, keep the streak going, but now it’s time to regroup and turn our heads to Michigan State.”The Buckeyes will travel to East Lansing, Michigan, to take on conference opponent Michigan State Sunday at 3 p.m. read more

Beverley Knight defends being cast as Emmeline Pankhurst She would like it

Beverley KnightCredit:Karwai Tang/WireImage Beverley Knight has defended her casting as Emmeline Pankhurst in a new musical, saying there should be no issue with a black performer ­playing someone white.The singer is one of the stars of Sylvia, which opens at the Old Vic next month and tells the story of the Suffragette movement through a variety of musical styles, including R&B and hip-hop.Responding on social media to criticism of her casting, Knight told one detractor: “You mean like the hundreds of years of white actors ­playing Othello, Cleopatra, any number of Asian characters… like that? Sometimes it’s better to keep quiet, eh?”Appearing on BBC One’s The One Show, Knight said she felt a “huge responsibility” in playing Pankhurst, mother of Sylvia and a leading light in the fight for women’s rights.“This was a woman who was so ­important, not just to British history but world history, because her actions sparked the worldwide movement for direct action for women’s suffrage,” she said. Beverley Knight “And it’s just interesting that 100 years later, here’s me as a black woman playing the role of someone who was white. It’s just kind of marking the direction of where theatre is going – the diversity, the inclusivity, and the fact that the music is much more street and modern and contemporary. I think Emmeline would like it.” The musical has the backing of Dr Helen Pankhurst, Sylvia Pankhurst’s granddaughter, who has acted as ­historical adviser on the project.Knight said Dr Pankhurst was “cool” with the hip-hop element. She ­explained: “Most of the show is sung. It’s at the Old Vic so people who go and see shows at the Old Vic would ­expect something a little more ­traditional. This is anything but. I’m not rapping but I am speaking rhythmically as well as ­singing the way that people know me to sing.“There’s a lot of hip-hop, there’s a lot of R&B, there’s a lot of funk. It’s telling this seismic story in a really fresh way. It’s glorious, it really is.” Lin-Manuel Miranda, Hamilton’s creator, has explained: “This is a story about America then, told by America now.” Thomas Kail, its director, said: “We never imagined casting the show in any other way – never for one second. We are very conscious of what we are doing here. This is not colour-blind casting.” Emmeline Pankhurst The musical charts the sometimes difficult relationship between Emmeline and her daughter. “They were two very strong women who had very ­different views about reaching the same goal,” Knight said.She has ­appeared in several West End musicals, including The Bodyguard and Cats. She has ­spoken previously of wanting to play more diverse roles, saying: “I don’t know if it’s direct racism so much as people expecting a certain stereotype from you, and that has been a ­hindrance in my career.”The casting for Sylvia echoes that of Hamilton, the hit Broadway and West End musical, in which a racially ­diverse cast plays white figures from history including Thomas Jefferson and George Washington. Emmeline PankhurstCredit:Topical Press Agency Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. read more

New schools plan will reflect more diversity in 21st century Ireland

first_imgWhile this may not be a direct proxy for choice of schooling, it is clear that there are many more parents seeking multi-denominational education for their children than there are places in multi-denominational schools.Education and Training Boards Ireland, who will be responsible for establishing the demand for switches to multi-denominational schools at local level, has said that Bruton’s announcement was the State’s attempt to “sensibly and rationally” address the issue in Ireland.ETBI General Secretary Michael Moriarty said: ”I hope that, where demand for multi-denominational education is proven, the ETB and the diocese, or other current patron, can engage constructively to provide and reflect more diversity in school patronage which will provide for the needs of 21st Century Ireland.Educate Together, who act as patron for a number of multi-denominational schools in Ireland, fear that Bruton’s proposals contain “no robust process” to determine the wishes of parents in this matter.Its CEO Paul Rowe said: “There appears to be no robust process whereby the wishes of parents define the choice of school.“The wishes of parents must be central to any new approach to addressing the need for change – their wishes cannot be ignored or sidelined.”Read: Catholic group says 95% of their schools don’t have a baptism barrierRead: “It’s not something that should be up for vote” – can the problem with religion in Irish schools be solved? By Sean Murray Monday 30 Jan 2017, 9:52 AM Jan 30th 2017, 9:52 AM Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article 75 Comments Minister for Education Richard Bruton Source: Sam Boal/Rollingnews.ieUnder this new process, Education and Training Boards will identify towns or areas where there is likely to be significant demand from parents for greater diversity.They will then discuss with existing landowners the possible transfer of existing schools into a new patronage to accommodate this demonstrated demand for diversity.The individual Education and Training Board will then prepare a report for the Department of Education, outlining the levels of demand and the responses from existing patrons on how this could transfer could be accommodated. This will be made publicly available on the department’s website.Secondly, the implementation phase will involve the “live transfer”, agreed by the local community, of a denominational school to a multi-denominational one.Speaking to Pat Kenny, Bruton added that while the “patron had to be willing” for a transfer to occur, it may be the case that an unwilling patron would need to be “confronted” with the “reality of the choice of parents”.Meeting demandMinister Bruton believes that this step towards more diverse schools in Ireland is one that will be welcomed by parents.He said in a statement: “Ireland has changed and continues to change. 96% of our primary schools are under religious patronage; only 66% of marriages last year were in religious ceremonies. 13,702 Views Image: Shutterstock/Rawpixel.com RICHARD BRUTON WILL unveil plans to accelerate the provision of multi-denominational schools in Ireland this morning.According to the Minister of Education, a new method will streamline the process for a school to be transferred from a denominational, or religious, school into a multi-denominational one.Instead of schools being shut down and then reopened under a new patron, Bruton has outlined a “live-transfer” approach, whereby existing staff will remain in place, where this is the wish of the parties involved.In most cases, the new patron of the school will lease the building from the existing landowner.Under the plans outlined today, the government intend to increase the number of multi-denominational and non-denominational schools to 400 by 2030.Education and Training Boards Ireland, the body who will be responsible for implementing the changes, has welcomed the move, saying that the “changing face of Irish society should be reflected in the types of schools available to local communities”.“Lessons learned”While a process under former Minister for Education Ruairí Quinn identified 28 areas where schools should be transferred through amalgamations and closures into multi-denominational schools, only ten of these have been delivered to date.A statement from the department said that lessons been learned from this failure to convert these schools into multi-denominational ones.These lessons included the downsides of amalgamation, closure and opening a new school as a model to be followed, given the legal complexities that can be involved.Speaking on the Pat Kenny Show on Newstalk, Richard Bruton admitted that the current process is “too slow”. Image: Shutterstock/Rawpixel.com New schools plan ‘will reflect more diversity in 21st century Ireland’ The government want to have 400 multi-denominational schools in place by 2030. Share168 Tweet Email17 Short URL https://jrnl.ie/3212288 last_img read more

Black day on Greek stock market

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram Greek stocks suffered their worst day in decades on Tuesday as fears of a snap poll that could stall reforms and bring the country back to the brink of default resurfaced after the government brought forward the presidential election. Bond prices also declined considerably on the day.Fears of a bank run in case of a poll win by the leftist SYRIZA party, highlighted by domestic and foreign commentators, sent most foreign investors dashing to exit the Athens market, even though neither a government failure to elect a new Greek president by the end of the month nor SYRIZA’s rise to government if indeed snap polls are called are certain.The Athens Exchange (ATHEX) general index closed at 902.84 points, shedding 12.78 per cent from Monday’s 1,035.08 points. The large-cap FTSE/ATHEX 25 index contracted 12.93 per cent to 292.16 points.Just under 8 billion euros was wiped off the market’s capitalization.Trading volume reached 212 million euros.Observers had to reach for the record books to find that the biggest one-day Greek benchmark decline of all time was 27 years ago, as on December 7, 1987 the general index plunged 15.03 per cent.In more recent times the biggest drop had been recorded on October 24, 2008 when the benchmark fell 9.71 per cent, but that was dwarfed by yesterday’s crash.MIG and PPC fell by more than 23 per cent, while banks gave up 16.62 per cent.Losses grew following the announcement of the government’s candidate for the presidency, as the index was only 8 percent down at the time of Prime Minister Antonis Samaras’s statement proposing Stavros Dimas for the post. This suggests that the markets may have perceived Dimas’s candidacy as rather weak.The benchmark 10-year bond yield had climbed 94 basis points, or 0.94 percentage point, to 8.18 per cent by 7 pm. on Tuesday, which was the biggest one-day jump since mid-October.The five-year rate surged as much as 145 basis points to 7.89 per cent, which was the highest level since October 17.Nevertheless Tuesday’s statement by EU economic affairs chief Pierre Moscovici regarding his confidence in the government’s political calculations, and the assurance by German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble that no third bailout will be needed for Greece, may serve to stem the flow of stock sales from today. When fear eventually gives way to relief, the profits will be handsome.Source: Kathimerinilast_img read more

Rain brings recovery from snow ice

first_imgOvernight rain and above-freezing temperatures brought most of Clark County to the brink of normalcy this morning for the first time in 2017.Most public schools planned to open, though Vancouver and Camas schools are two hours late and Washougal schools are closed. Government and business offices are planning to be open as usual, and freeways and many arterial streets are bare and wet. Local surface streets are slushy; motorists should be wary of hydroplaning in puddles.Of course, the morning commute may prove challenging as people get back on the wet roads after spending extra time at home.Only the easternmost portions of the Columbia River Gorge are still in winter’s icy grip today. Highway 14 and Interstate 84 in Oregon are closed through the gorge, with no reopening time set yet.In Vancouver, the temperature was about 35 degrees at approximately 6 a.m. For the first time in days, there are no storm advisories or flood watches in effect, though lingering snow and ice may create standing water and localized flooding.Meanwhile, only rain showers are in the forecast for the next two days, with high temperatures near 47 degrees. That would make the next two days the warmest of 2017 thus far.Portland International Airport is reporting only a handful of flight delays and cancellations.last_img read more

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Cricket Wireless delivers hundreds of toys to Salvation Army in Hialeah

first_imgHIALEAH, FLA. (WSVN) – A wireless company is ensuring the holidays remain a season of smiles for South Florida children.Cricket Wireless delivered hundreds of toys to the Salvation Army in Hialeah, Thursday.The cellphone service provider raised funds through its “Likes for Tikes” holiday campaign. One dollar was donated for each “like” on a Cricket Wireless retail store’s Facebook page.“Being able to help the children, the kids in need, it’s just an amazing feeling to be able to give back to the community,” said Cricket Wireless spokesperson Crystal Thompson.“It’s amazing, because it’s the opportunity that the Salvation Army has to be a bridge in between donors and our community,” said Salvation Army spokesperson Nancy Azuaje.More than $300,000 were raised, with all of the proceeds going toward buying toys for more than 700 families.Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.last_img read more

First Alaska Native Superior Court Judge passes away

first_imgRoy Madsen. (Photo courtesy of Roy Madsen,Joint Archives of the Alaska Court System and the Alaska Bar Association)The Honorable Judge Roy Harding Madsen passed away peacefully in his home in Kodiak on Tuesday, December 26th. He was 94. Madsen was born in the village of Kanatak on the Alaska Peninsula in 1923.Listen nowAs a child, he began working at his father’s hunting camp, scraping the flesh off bear skulls — and he retired in 1990 as the first Alaska Native to be a Superior Court Judge. Madsen also served in the Navy during WWII, helped create the Kodiak Area Native Association, and was a part of the movement to pass the Alaska Native Claims Settlement Act.Madsen lived a life that touched many in the Kodiak region and across Alaska. He saw many of his accomplishments honored in his later years. The Kodiak courthouse was named after him. He was awarded an honorary doctorate from the University of Alaska Anchorage. And recently, a documentary focused on his life premiered in Kodiak.A private prayer session will be held for his family and there will be a community potluck held next summer to celebrate the beloved elder’s life. In a press release, the Madsen Family says they’d like to thank the people of Kodiak for the love, honor and affection extended to Judge Madsen over the years.Judge Madsen is survived by his wife Linda, his children, and many grandchildren.last_img read more

Over 50 Afghan troops killed in Taliban attack

first_imgAfghan security personnel keep watch near the site of an ongoing attack on an army compound in Dihdadi District of Balkh province. Photo: AFPTaliban militants wearing Afghan army uniforms killed at least 50 soldiers in a gun and suicide attack at a base in northern Afghanistan, the US military said, as the extremists ramp up their campaign against beleaguered government forces.Two of the attackers blew themselves up and seven were killed in the assault near Mazar-i-Sharif city on Friday which lasted several hours and targeted soldiers at a mosque and dining facility, the Afghan defence ministry said.One of the assailants was detained.A US military spokesman said “more than 50” Afghan soldiers were killed in the attack claimed by the Taliban, while Afghan officials put the death toll at eight with 11 wounded.General John Nicholson, the top US commander in Afghanistan, praised Afghan commandos for bringing the “atrocity to an end”.The latest deadly attack against an Afghan military site underscores rising insecurity in the war-torn country as it braces for an intense fighting season in the spring.Afghan security forces, beset by killings, desertions and non-existent “ghost soldiers” on the payroll, have been struggling to beat back insurgents since US-led NATO troops ended their combat mission in December 2014.According to US watchdog SIGAR, casualties among Afghan security forces soared by 35 percent in 2016, with 6,800 soldiers and police killed.Nicholson in February told the US Senate Armed Services Committee in Washington that he needed “a few thousand” more troops to help train and assist the Afghan forces.The US has around 8,400 troops in the country with about another 5,000 from NATO allies assisting a much larger Afghan force in the war against the Taliban and other Islamist militants.Military sites targetedSeveral military helicopters hovered over the base during Friday’s attack and ambulances later took away the bodies of the victims, an AFP correspondent said.The facility in Balkh province is home to the Afghan army’s 209th Corps.The last major attack against a military site was in early March when gunmen disguised as doctors stormed the Sardar Daud Khan hospital—the country’s largest military hospital—in Kabul, killing dozens.Afghan officials put the death toll at 50, but security sources and survivors told AFP more than 100 were killed in the brazen and savage attack.The Islamic State group claimed it was behind the operation—hours after the more powerful Taliban denied responsibility for the raid.That assault came a week after 16 people were killed in simultaneous Taliban suicide assaults on two security compounds in the capital.More than a third of Afghanistan is outside government control and many regions are fiercely contested by various insurgent groups, as Kabul’s repeated bids to launch peace negotiations with the Taliban have failed.Earlier this month the US military dropped its largest non-nuclear bomb on Islamic State group hideouts in eastern Afghanistan, killing nearly a hundred militants.The attack triggered global shockwaves, with some condemning the use of Afghanistan as what they called a testing ground for the weapon, and against a militant group that is not considered as big a threat as the resurgent Taliban.last_img read more

Universoul Circus

first_imgFor some good family fun and fresh entertainment, the Universoul Circus is in town now through June 18 at Security Square Mall. For more information  visit universoulcircus.com.last_img

Humorous ads may hurt brand name

first_imgAdvertisements that make people laugh are not always in the best interest of brands and can prove to be harmful, warns a study that has cautioned ad makers.The findings showed that people find humour in “benign violations” – things that somehow threatens their sense of well-being, personal identity or beliefs – only if they are harmless or inconsequential. “Different ads can be equally humorous to consumers but have very different effects on brand attitudes, depending on the type of humour used,” said lead author Caleb Warren, Assistant Professor at the University of Arizona in the US. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfPeople’s attitudes toward brands are important, as they ultimately influence purchasing decisions. Thus, advertisers should stay away from ads that feature highly inappropriate humour, humour with a specific target or “butt of the joke,” and humour that prompts avoidance by eliciting feelings such as disgust in addition to laughter.”When there’s a more severe violation, even though people find it funny, they like the brand or the retailer selling it less,” Warren added. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveIn one of the experiments conducted, the researchers looked at the effects of humour targeting a single person or group of people. They created two versions of an insurance company ad showing a car crashed into the side of a house. One had the caption “Everyone drives like an idiot sometimes,” while the other said “Everyone drives like a woman,…” A control ad merely showed a truck with a smashed front end and the words “Accidents happen sometimes.” The “inclusive” ad, which, was shown only to male participants, mocked bad drivers in general, improved brand attitudes relative to the control ad, while the “exclusive” ad, mocking only women drivers, did not. Testing audience before launching an ad is a good idea to gauge whether something will be perceived as funny, the researchers suggested. The study was published in the Journal of Marketing Behaviour.last_img read more

The World of Big Data Is Now Open to Small Companies

first_imgOctober 7, 2014 Register Now » Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals When you think of business intelligence, do you think about huge multinational companies tracking millions of rows of sales and revenue data? Or do you think about that small mom and pop deli down the street, keeping track of which menu items are selling best on a certain day? In the past, the business-intelligence industry was built to primarily serve large firms that could afford a full suite of software and teams of number-crunching analysts. But in the last decade, the industry has evolved, technology has improved and software has become more lightweight and powerful. The results are business-intelligence solutions that are more accessible to small and medium-size firms. Here are some pointers for small and medium-size businesses seeking ways to become more data driven:Related: Don’t Drive Your Business Without Data1. Seek a solution that can turn anyone into a data analyst.Increasingly, good business-intelligence tools are being created that bring high-powered, in-depth analytics capabilities to the layperson. This data democratization lets anyone see, explore and ask questions of the information. For small businesses where one person wears many hats, it’s about making data analytics easy enough to fit into his or her job. Historically, and to a degree today, these tools have required some programming knowledge to use, serving as a barrier to their adoption by small businesses. It’s not realistic to ask all entrepreneurs or small business owners to learn to code. They are, after all, worrying about attending tocustomers, managing staff and fixing the cash register.Advancements in the power of business-intelligence software have made a huge difference. The best business intelligence solutions for small businesses are usually those that do not require any coding knowledge for building dashboards and exploring data. Find a business solution that has analytical functions and best practices built in, so that you can spend your time examining the data that matters. 2. Speedy analysis is critical.With the old model of business intelligence, companies often relied on IT teams to crunch data and generate reports. Coupled with slower, less-powerful software, this meant that the data analytics process could take weeks. This is no longer the case.Take marketing strategy firm Audience Audit, which conducts in-depth market research and delivers reports to customers. Like many small businesses, its owner, Susan Baier, performs many roles, from researcher and analyst to presenter. Baier turned to my company, Tableau Software, for data-visualization software and it completely changed the way she ran her business. Because Baier can now analyze the data she gathers quickly and easily, Audience Audit has lowered its fees two-thirds, reduced project timelines 50 percent and freed up her time to work on other tasks. Related: How Small Businesses Can Embrace Big Data3. Get visual.The human brain is wired to process information visually, making visualization one of the best ways to explore and understand data, particularly when presenting data to customers, investors or other stakeholders.Find a solution that makes visualizations simple and that has best design practices built in so that you can focus on your data instead of formatting a chart or selecting a color for a trend line. 4. Rely on the cloud but not exclusively.Small-business owners should seek out a solution that’s flexible, letting them work in the cloud and with data on premises or a combination of the two. Working in the cloud has major benefits for small businesses: There is less infrastructure to deploy, accessibility is near universal and the security is top-notch. Yet at other times, an on-premises solution may make more sense.Look for a solution that doesn’t restrict you from relying fully on cloud computing and that also allows for storing data on premises. Many businesses pursue a hybrid of a cloud and on-premises setup to support a variety of needs. Small businesses need to make data-driven decisions all the time and the solution should be flexible enough to allow that. Big data is all the buzz now but don’t be fooled into thinking it’s is only for big business. Often data-driven insights can have a great impact at smaller companies.Related: How Big Data Helps Us Keep Pace (Infographic) 4 min read Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right.last_img read more