Thanksgiving: Who are we fooling?

first_imgThanksgiving is upon us and with it comes an abundance of things for which to be thankful. Family and friends, health, gainful employment, a roof over our heads, and – who could forget – a scrumptious holiday feast. Just thinking about turkey and stuffing, mashed potatoes and gravy, pumpkin pie and whipped cream sends my salivary glands into overdrive, even though the big day is still a week away. I do try my best to eat well for the other 364 days of the year, but this day is special. No holds barred. Gluttony at its finest.Fortunately the Thanksgiving holiday offers more than just the opportunity to be grateful and to pig out. In addition to the traditional spectator activities that the day brings (the Macy’s parade and Lions football), the annual Turkey Trot has become a ritual for many runners across the country. Our region alone offers at least ten of them, with enticing names such as the Drumstick Dash and the Giblet Jog. What a way to begin the holiday festivities – get your workout done early in the morning, leaving plenty of time for guilt-free gorging.Only one problem – the average 160 lb. Turkey Trotter burns just under four hundred calories in a 5k race. And the average Thanksgiving dinner? Anywhere from 3000 to 4500 calories, depending on how many extra helpings of stuffing you pile on your plate. Another slice of pumpkin pie? Better lace up your shoes – you’ve got 2 ½ more miles to run.Just for fun, I went online to calculate the approximate number of calories I’ll consume this Thanksgiving. By conservative estimates (the calculator didn’t allow for the inevitable seconds of sweet potatoes, stuffing and gravy), I’ll take in 2395 calories. Yikes! I’ll need to run twenty-five miles to burn off that meal.Which brings a dilemma. Forego the seconds? Not a chance. This year, I’m proposing that we ditch the turkey trot 5k’s. Who are we fooling? Those runs don’t even put a dent in our holiday calorie consumption. What we really need are some Thanksgiving ultras. Who’s in for the Fat Turkey 50 Mile? Or maybe the Hungry Pilgrim 100k? Whatever your distance, just get out there – and be thankful for the ability to do so.last_img read more

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If your credit union died today…

first_img 11SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Bo McDonald Bo McDonald is president of Your Marketing Co. A marketing firm that started serving credit unions nearly a decade ago, offering a wide range of services including web design, branding, … Web: yourmarketing.co Details Here’s something to think about: What if your credit union died today? What if you locked your doors, shut off the lights, and just faded away? Would your members be irritated at the inconvenience of moving their accounts to another financial institution, or would they be genuinely distraught because no one else can offer you what you provide?Consider that scenario for a moment and how it frames your value proposition. Is it as solid as it should be? Are you a commodity or an experience?As we head into 2019 and you begin executing your strategic plan, your marketing plan, and various other initiatives for the coming year, what will it take for you to elevate your brand to something more than just a logo and name? Believe it or not, it may come down to whether your members consider you an acquaintance or a friend. An acquaintance is someone you run into from time to time. A friend is someone whose company you seek out on a regular basis. An acquaintance is someone you can laugh with on a surface level. A friend is someone you can cry with over matters much deeper.We tend to connect with people who interest us. We have fun with folks who know how to have fun. We bond most easily with those who share our beliefs. But when it comes to our deepest friendships, they are usually forged with people who have shared our pain. The seeds of commitment are watered by tears.Think of the people you can always count on—the ones who have your back. You know exactly who they are. If you were in jail, they would be the person on the other end of your one phone call. Why? Because if they’re not in the cell next to you, you can count on the fact that they’d be there to bail out you. The storms of adversity can tear acquaintances apart, but they can also strengthen the bonds of true friendship.So, do your members consider you an acquaintance or a friend? Will they trust you when times get tough? Would you be their first call when a financial emergency strikes? Or better yet, will they come to you during the good times when they need a trusted partner to help them buy their first home?As you enter into the coming year, look for ways to take your member relationships beyond a sales pitch or a polite, yet impersonal “hello” each time you interact with them. If your ultimate goal is member retention, spend some time brainstorming with your team and finding creative ways to develop new friendships and deepen existing relationships with each member. last_img read more

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Progressives Should Be Pleased By What Bernie Sanders Has Done So Far

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York By David SprintzenGiven the completely unpredictable nature of the current political campaign, it is probably somewhat of a fool’s errand to offer the following comments, but I’ll offer them nonetheless. U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders’ losing four of five Eastern primaries on Tuesday makes it almost certain that former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will be the Democratic presidential candidate.Having said that, from the perspective of one who shares practically all of the views expressed by Sen. Sanders (I-VT)—and thus, obviously, would love to see him elected president—I believe his total results are the best that progressives like myself could hope for. Let me briefly suggest why, knowing that there is much more that needs to be said on these matters.I sincerely doubt that Sanders could have been elected. I know that polls say differently, but I think they completely fail to take into consideration the kind of withering attack that he would face not only from Republicans, but from the mega-rich and the media, both from the mainstream and from the radical right of Talk Radio.Sanders’ campaign has laid the groundwork for the mobilization of the kind of revolution that he has called for. That is not something that can be done overnight, but will take time and expanded organizing. He has given public “mainstream” political legitimacy to the ideas of Occupy Wall Street—which they were incapable, and even uninterested, in doing. And he has mobilized vast numbers of previously “silent” citizens—particularly Millenials—who can now, hopefully, be brought into the continuing national progressive network of organizations such as MoveOn, US Action, National People’s Action, the Alliance for a Just Society, Citizen Action, the Working Families Party, Planned Parenthood, the Sierra Club, etc. These groups offer the opportunity to move the Democratic Party—and the country—in a far more progressive direction.Sanders’ campaign has already moved the Democratic Party, and its presumptive nominee, to the left. Clearly, one cannot expect Clinton to stay there without sustained pressure from this newly mobilized left—given her history and the Obama administration’s neo-liberal policies—but the groundwork and mobilization to do that is now possible.Donald Trump’s garnering the Republican nomination offers both probably the weakest possible opponent to a Democratic victory, and one whom I believe is surprisingly less dangerous than would be a U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas), U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), or Gov. John Kasich (R-Ohio) as a nominee. No doubt that last remark calls for an explanation that I cannot provide here. Simply let me assert that, terrible as Trump obviously is, he is less beholden to and captured by the full neo-liberal program of the Republican Establishment than they are.Thus, the election of New York’s former Democratic U.S. Senator is the more likely scenario. And, with all Clinton’s liabilities (see below), she will be presenting a reasonable corporate liberal agenda, including probably a few new U.S. Supreme Court justices. And hopefully, contributing to the election of a Democratic Senate with an enhanced progressive majority, plus a reasonable increase in Democratic representation in the House.But the major work will still be to build the national progressive movement state-by-state, while maintaining pressure on a Clinton administration. And if the Republican convention degenerates into a political brawl, so much the better for discrediting the radical right, and weakening its hold on what was once actually a conservative party.Having said all this, progressives, whatever their proclivities, will have to actively support Clinton’s campaign, whatever their misgivings, while building on Sanders’ momentum. This is certainly not the best of all worlds, but it’s the one we live in, and we must make our choices as effective as possible. There will be only two significant alternatives before us, and no outcome is foreordained, especially in a country in which either party begins any national election probably with more than 40 percent of the electorate committed in advance to vote for their candidate. And the possible election of a Republican is not something to take lightly.As for the politics of Clinton and President Barack Obama, let me share my personal abridgment of insightful comments by former White House counselor to President Bill Clinton and a two-time Democratic nominee for governor of Connecticut, Bill Curry, in his widely shared March 9 Salon piece “It should be over for Hillary: Party elites and MSNBC can’t prop her up after Bernie’s Michigan miracle,” which he offered immediately after Sanders’ remarkable victory in Michigan. I excerpt them with extensive personal modifications for which he is in no way responsible:“The fault lines of the new politics are not cultural issues like guns, abortion and same-sex marriage that divide the Democratic and Republican bases. They are issues of political reform and economic justice that divide both parties’ elites from both parties’ bases, and the American people from their government. On these issues we find the elites of both parties shockingly alike. Among them: global trade; financial deregulation and non-prosecution of financial crimes; (attacks on) the social safety net including Social Security, Medicare, a living wage and health care for all; above all, (being quite comfortable with) the ‘soft corruption’ of pay-to-play politics.“There’s a name for the bipartisan consensus of party elites: neo-liberalism. It is an inconvenient name for many reasons, but mostly because it seems odd that the worldview of the Republican elite would be an ideology with the root word ‘liberal’ in its name but it is true, nonetheless. And may even shed a little light on the open, bitter breach between GOP elites and the party base. Democrats stayed loyal longer to their elites for two reasons. One is their love of two very talented politicians, Bill Clinton and Barack Obama, whose charm and verbal dexterity masked deep differences with the base. The other is their fear of Republicans.“I often talk to Democrats who don’t know Obama chose not to raise the minimum wage as president even though he had the votes for it; that he was willing to cut Medicare and Social Security and chose not to prosecute Wall Street crimes or pursue ethics reforms in government. They don’t know he dropped the public option or the aid he promised homeowners victimized by mortgage lenders. They don’t know and don’t want to know. Their affection for Bill and Barack—and their fear of Republicans—run too deep.“Hillary Clinton has neither their deft personal touch nor protean verbal skills. …Voters sense she’s just moving pawns on a chess board in part because she can never explain her change of heart and often doesn’t even try. She switched horses on global trade in a blog post, on the Keystone pipeline at a grammar school event. In a recent debate she left fracking to the GOP governors who covered themselves in glory on Obamacare, as if it were a states’ rights issue. With her Super PAC (and hers and Bill’s breathtaking haul of $153 million in mostly corporate speaking fees), she is the living avatar of pay-to-play politics.“She remains woefully out of touch with the public mood in other ways.… Clinton has been helped in her quest by her party, by big business, and by top-down endorsements from progressive lobbies many of which broke members’ hearts to deliver them. But no one’s helped her more than the media. I know full well this hasn’t always been true for the Clintons and I also know not all the help is intentional. But the media helps her, primarily by promoting the ‘conventional neo-liberal economic wisdom’ that both she and they share.”[Read Curry’s complete Salon commentary HERE]Let me conclude with a few brief comments on neo-liberalism.Neo-liberalism is clearly a set of policies essentially promoted by the corporate sector, particularly those involved with financial services. It constitutes a systematic attack on the positive role of government in regulating, coordinating and directing economic activity, while seeking to redress the tendency of unregulated capitalism to create vast economic and political inequalities. It promotes unbridled free market capitalism, prioritizing the consumer over the citizen, thus undermining democratic self-government and the collective well being of the people. Its inevitable result, as should finally be quite evident, is extraordinary wealth for the few, and increasing impoverishment for the rest. It must be exposed for what it is, and ultimately defeated.David Sprintzen is professor emeritus of philosophy at Long Island University and founder and former co-chair of the Long Island Progressive Coalition, where he continues to serve as a member of the board of directors.last_img read more

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British Steel wins IPE’s Best European Pension Fund Award

first_imgThe British Steel Pension Fund was the big winner at this year’s IPE Awards, held at the Hotel Arts in Barcelona, taking home three trophies.In addition to winning the coveted Best European Pension Fund Award, the €19.3bn defined benefit scheme also won the Best Pension Fund in the United Kingdom and In-house Investment Team awards.Theo Kocken, founder and chief executive of Cardano, won the Outstanding Industry Contribution Award for his influence in the pensions industry with regard to risk management and preparing for future financial crises.PenSam’s Helen Kobæk walked away with the Pension Fund Achievement of the Year Award for her commitment to the development of social welfare benefits in Denmark. SILVER AWARDS    Active Management: PenSamPassive Management: West Midlands Pension FundBest Corporate Pension Fund: Santander UK Group Pension Scheme Common FundBest Industry-Wide Pension Fund: Pension Protection FundBest Public Pension Fund: The Church CommissionersBest Small European Pension Fund: Frjálsi Pension FundBest Sovereign Reserve Fund: FRR and NLB Penziski Fond BRONZE AWARDS Alternatives: Merchant Navy Officers’ Pension FundEquities: SEB PensionFixed Income: Bosch Pensionsfonds AG COUNTRY AWARDSBest Pension Fund in Austria: Allianz Pensionskasse (Pensionskasse) and VBV – Vorsorgekasse (Vorsorgekasse)Best Pension Fund in Belgium: IntegraleBest Pension Fund in Central & Eastern Europe: KB First Pension CompanyBest Pension Fund in Denmark: PFA PensionBest Pension Fund in Finland: Elo Mutual Pension Insurance CompanyBest Pension Fund in France: IrcantecBest Pension Fund in Germany: Deutsche Telekom Pensionswerke (bAV) and Ärzteversorgung Westfalen-Lippe (Versorgungswerk)     Best Pension Fund in Ireland: Construction Workers’ Pension SchemeBest Pension Fund in Italy: Fondo Pensione LaborfondsBest Pension Fund in The Netherlands: Nedlloyd PensioenfondsBest Pension Fund in Portugal: Fundo de Pensões Aberto BPI ValorizaçãoBest Pension Fund in Small Countries: Almenni Pension FundBest Pension Fund in Spain: Pensions Caixa 30Best Pension Fund in Sweden: SPKBest Pension Fund in Switzerland: Pension Fund SBBBest Pension Fund in the UK: British Steel Pension Fund The full list of winners GOLD AWARDS    Best European Pension Fund: British Steel Pension FundOutstanding Industry Contribution: Theo Kocken, CardanoPension Fund Achievement of the Year: Helen Kobæk, PenSamLong-Term Investment Strategy: Trafalgar House Pension Trust PenSam picked up two further awards for Active Management and Specialist Investment Managers.The fourth Gold Award – for Long-Term Investment Strategy – went to the UK’s Trafalgar House Pension Trust.Other notable winners included the UK’s Merchant Navy Officers’ Pension Fund (MNOPF), SEB Pension of Denmark and Germany’s Bosch Pensionsfonds, which each won two awards.The MNOPF won the Alternatives and Innovation awards, while SEB Pension took home the Equities and Smart Beta trophies.Bosch Pensionsfonds came out best in the Fixed Income and Diversification awards.Altogether, there were 43 awards from a record number of entries. THEMED AWARDSClimate-Related Risk Management: Environment Agency Pension FundDC/Hybrid Strategy: NESTDiversification: Bosch Pensionsfonds AGEmerging Markets: Royal County of Berkshire Pension FundESG: ERAFPInfrastructure: PensionDanmarkIn-house Investment Team: British Steel Pension FundInnovation: Merchant Navy Officers’ Pension FundPortfolio Construction: FRRReal Estate: Merseyside Pension FundRisk Management: Superannuation Arrangements of the University of London (SAUL)Smart Beta: SEB PensionSpecialist Investment Managers: PenSamlast_img read more

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Jeremy Woolfe: Through the glass, brightly

first_imgEIOPA offers a few tasty morsels on transparency, Jeremy Woolfe writesWhen it came to the appetizer for the PensionsEurope ‘Making Pension Work’ annual conference in Brussels, surprise, surprise, there were no surprises. But there were tasty morsels on transparency.Speaking at a reception the evening before the main conference, Fausto Parente, executive director at EIOPA, led with comments on IORPs (Institutions for Occupational Retirement Provision). The need, he said, is to be realistic: “It will do harm if we pretend everything is fine and ignore the existing challenges.”Parente then referred to his authority’s two important recent steps. First was its EU-wide stress test for occupational pensions, and second was its issuing of an opinion to the EU institutions on a common framework for risk assessment and transparency. Appropriately, perhaps, he was speaking in the luxurious foyer, where the glass ceiling looked up to the sky, and where the floor beneath his feet was also glass. He was standing with his back to a wall, about three generous storeys high, also entirely made of glass panels. Parente pointed out EIOPA had already recommended that policymakers base their work on not hiding behind “jargon”. Funds should present information in a simple and standardised manner, he said. And there should be a common structure in place to help pension beneficiaries to compare different schemes when, for example, a worker wishes to change jobs.No doubt, he would have been aware that, not far across town, IORP rules might just be in the final stages of clearing through the Brussels legislative machinery. It is regretful, Parente commented, that EIOPA’s work has shown that even pension supervisors – “too many of them”, he said – simply do not know what the operating costs of schemes come to.last_img read more

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Fugro nets Hollandse Kust (noord) site survey work

first_imgCrossWind also recently selected Van Oord as the Balance of Plant contractor for the Hollandse Kust (noord) offshore wind project. CrossWind plans to have the 759 MW Hollandse Kust (noord) operational by 2023, generating at least 3.3 TWh per year. “With a signed contract in place and the site investigation team mobilising, the work is progressing well to deliver clean energy by 2023.” The CPT survey will see Fugro utilise its seabed SEACALF MkV DeepDrive CPT system. Previously deployed on North Sea projects, the SEACALF acquires data over the full foundation depth of wind turbines. For the UXO clearance job, Fugro will mobilise its multipurpose vessel Atlantis Dweller. Vessels According to Fugro, the work will begin this month and should complete by the end of September. As the Balance of Plant contractor, Van Oord’s activities encompass the engineering, procurement, construction, and installation of the foundations, the inter-array cables, and transportation and installation of the wind turbines. The CrossWind consortium of Shell and Eneco has awarded Fugro a geotechnical site investigation contract for the Hollandse Kust (noord) offshore wind farm. The wind farm will be located 18.5 kilometres off the Dutch coast near the town of Egmond aan Zee. Van Oord to build Hollandse Kust (noord) Categories: Tjalling de Bruin, project director for CrossWind, said: The work will comprise an unexploded ordnance (UXO) site clearance survey followed by a seabed cone penetration test (CPT) investigation. Posted: about 1 month ago Posted: about 1 month agolast_img read more

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Laudrup unhappy with late penalty

first_img However, the Swans, who had let leads slip in the dying moments of both Europa League meetings with Kuban Krasnodar, were denied again when Madley, taking charge of only his third Premier League game, decided Wayne Routledge had handled after Steven Nzonzi flicked on a Robert Huth header. Substitute Charlie Adam made no mistake from the spot as the Potters snatched a point. Laudrup conceded the ball had “maybe” struck Routledge on the arm, but he was deeply unhappy with the decision despite attempting to be careful with his words in order to avoid any action from the Football Association. He said: “In every game there are talking points over decisions, but when I saw it again, or even out there, there are seven Stoke players in the box and none were asking for a penalty, apart from Peter Crouch, who was appealing for a corner. “So there was only one man in the stadium who thought it was a penalty, and unfortunately that was the referee. “But the referees are not allowed to say anything and I have to be careful what I say otherwise I will get a fine or a sanction. “Of course we can all make mistakes and say we are sorry, the players can do the same. But we have to leave the referees, it would be nice if the referee said ‘sorry, it was a mistake’.” When it was put to him that the ball had struck Routledge’s arm, Laudrup said: “Maybe, but it is not always handball if it touches you. A thrilling Liberty Stadium encounter ended in a 3-3 draw, a result which had looked unlikely when Stoke roared into a 2-0 first-half lead as Jonathan Walters and Stephen Ireland produced composed finishes. But Wilfried Bony got one back early in the second half, before Nathan Dyer levelled and the Ivorian struck his 10th goal of the season to put Swansea ahead with four minutes to go. Press Association Swansea manager Michael Laudrup felt referee Robert Madley owed him and his players an apology after seeing his side suffer stoppage-time agony for the third time in four games against Stoke. “Whenever there is a handball there are players trying to do something to make the referee give handball. “But there were seven Stoke players in the box, none of them asking for the penalty. “It was in the last minute, if Stoke thought it was handball I am sure they would try to ask for it. So why give it? “It would have been a fantastic win and it is all away because of a very, very bad decision.” He added: “I have not spoken to the referee, I do not know the rules on that so I have to be careful. I have heard you cannot even say a referee is good before the game or you can get fined, so I can’t say much more as I don’t have £10,000 to waste.” But Laudrup did praise his side’s fightback after a poor first-half display. “I just feel so sorry for my players given how they performed after a difficult start to the game, 2-0 down after 20 or so minutes,” he said. “We couldn’t believe it but we continued to play in a difficult situation. We came out in the second half and kept Stoke in their box for the entire second half. “We scored one, then the second and what should have been the winner, and then this happens in the last minute.” Stoke boss Mark Hughes saw his side’s winless run extend to eight league games, but was happy to take a point, although he did have sympathy for Laudrup. He said: “I have seen it and I can understand why Swansea are aggrieved about it, but those things can go for you or go against you and we are grateful we got a break. “It still had to be dispatched and Charlie did well as he had not been on long and showed good mental strength to get us a point, which at that stage it looked like we were not going to get. “In the first half we were excellent, we came with a gameplan and executed it. “We knew there would be a response, we knew they would put us under pressure, and we could have handled it better. “To concede three goals in the manner we did was not what we have been about this season.” last_img read more

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Cricket News We made mistakes under challenging conditions, says Rahane

first_imgLondon: India vice-captain Ajinkya Rahane has admitted that the visiting batsmen committed mistakes under challenging conditions as his side were bowled out for just 107 runs in the first innings of the rain-affected second Test against England at Lord’s.  The inept technique coupled with fragile temperament of Indian batting was thoroughly exposed as they crumbled to 107 all out against a top quality England seam attack on a rain-hit second day on Friday.“I don’t think you can get any more challenging conditions than this (in Test cricket) especially with Duke ball in these weather conditions. But as a batsman you have to back your ability. It is all about intent out there, of not only scoring runs but also leaving the ball and defending well. As a batsman it is always a challenge to come here and play against this kind of attack,” Rahane said.“You have to accept your mistake. Acceptance is the key, I think, when you play in England. It’s not about getting caught behind, even run out, but you have got to accept your mistake and move on. The quicker we learn from our mistakes, the better for us. I am sure everyone will learn from this innings and there is a long way to go in this match as well as the series,” he said.Pacer James Anderson took 5/20 as only two Indian batsmen crossed the 20-run mark. The Dukes ball swung prodigiously as rain interrupted India’s first innings thrice on day two.“These were definitely challenging conditions. Anderson did not bowl a short ball. He was just bowling at same spot—four or five metre length—and that is really crucial on this wicket. If you are bowling that length, you got to bowl consistently, then as a batsman you have to leave the ball or back your methods consistently. It is all about patience on these conditions and trusting your methods and backing your ability,” said the visiting team vice-captain.“Anderson was really good. He bowled in the right areas. Bowling 13-14 overs for 20 overs and getting five wickets is really good, and that’s why he is a quality bowler.”India were not helped by the fact that Cheteshwar Pujara was run out for the third time this year after a horrendous mix up with skipper Virat Kohli.“It definitely hurts as a teammates, and I am sure even Pujara will be upset about his run out. The run out definitely hurt us and the weather after that too. I think we did not get to play for 3-4 hours, so definitely as a team you feel really bad,” said Rahane who could contribute just 18 from 44 balls.Rahane, who himself found it tough to contend with Anderson and Chris Woakes, said his side’s batting line-up would do well by learning from their counterparts on how to play on these conditions.“You have to conquer every situation. May be we will need to learn from their batting unit how to bat in such conditions, which shots are important, which shots you can play, etc. Many times in England you cannot only stay defensive. You need to understand which shots you can play—may be the cut shot or the late cut. So the earlier you learn all that the better it would be for you,” he said.Asked about his own batting, he said, “Before I got out today I was thinking about my innings at Lord’s in 2014. I think we had less time to bat out, about 25-30 minutes to bat out this evening. In my head I only had one thought if we could bat out today then tomorrow it could be totally different.”Despite a low total, Rahane tried to put up a brave face for his side and said they cannot make excuses for another poor batting effort overall. He added that the team would continue fighting in this game with three days still left to play.“They used the conditions really well. I thought the wicket, because of the weather we cannot control. First half, when the game was on and off, it was difficult for batting team to switch on and off. But when you play at the highest level, no excuses. I would like to give credit to English bowling team—Anderson, Stuart Broad and others—they bowled really well as a unit.“You cannot be too harsh on yourself as an individual and team when you get conditions like this. You have to back yourself as a player and team. I felt we were right there skill wise. There is still a long way to go in this match. We have to bowl well, and our bowling unit is doing well. If weather permits, I am sure our bowlers will bowl in the right areas well. Cricket is a funny game, we still have to back ourselves and get positive mind set back,” he said.Asked if the Indian line-up is too dependent on Kohli, Rahane said, “I don’t think there is anything wrong. Just because you don’t get any runs or any start, that does not mean your methods are wrong. It is a five-match series and it is a long way to go.“It is important that you back yourself in English conditions and trust your methods. I think still you need luck in these conditions. But there are no complaints at all, we have to bowl and field well.”India also lack a third full-time pacer. Instead, they have opted for two spinners, with Kuldeep Yadav included ahead of Umesh Yadav.The vice-captain said that in drier conditions, Kuldeep could wreak havoc. For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more

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Iovine-Young Academy opens for classes

first_imgThe Jimmy Iovine and Andre Young Academy officially opens this semester, and its newly-built student workspace reflects the Academy’s focus on innovation.The Recipe · The Academy brings together professors from USC Annenberg, Marshall, Viterbi and Roski in a new, innovative space. – Min Haeng Cho | Daily TrojanInside the Academy on the fourth floor of the Tutor Campus Center, the 31 students of the Academy’s inaugural class have made their mark with their signatures on the central column. These students will begin the program this fall to achieve a degree in Arts, Technology and the Business of Innovation or, as the university has referred to it, a “degree in disruption.”The Academy, created by a $70 million donation from Iovine and Young that was announced in May  2013, was inspired in part by the success the duo had when they fused pop culture with innovation in founding Beats Electronics, maker of the hugely successful audio device Beats by Dr. Dre. The academy’s mission is to encourage 25 to 30 students each year to replicate and even outdo that work.“Many of the students had seen the space when it was raw, when they came in February for the interview weekend,” Jessica Vernon, senior advisor and recruiter for the Academy said. “For them to come in and see the finished product … The idea that I’ve got from the students is that it is even better than they had imagined,” she said.The Academy’s entrance is “the Garage,” a spacious open workspace whose name pays homage to the ideas that were cultivated in garages across America by innovators such as Steve Jobs. Inside is the necessary equipment: several 3-D printers sit along a wall, next to display cases ready to showcase the prototypes and concepts that can be printed in plastic from digital or hard designs. Digital workstations complete with large TV screens, laptop plugins and speakers sit around the edges of the room.Doors from the Garage lead to two classrooms and the Shop, a room full of wood and metal working tools and a sandblaster that Vernon affectionately refers to as “the dirty space.” Down the hall from the dirty space is the Fab Room, which contains a refrigerator-sized 3-D printer and an industrial laser cutter and engraver. In the Shop and the Fab Room, Vernon says, students will do everything from building drones to using the printers to materialize their ideas via rapid prototyping.The Academy’s facilities will be used in conjunction with an exclusive curriculum developed by professors from the Marshall School of Business, the Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism, the Roski School of Art and Design and the Viterbi School of Engineering. Students will pick two of five areas of “emphasis” that include venture management, audio design, communication, visual design and technology.“I just can’t wait to see what they do,” Vernon said. “I’m excited to see how they really bond together and the type of team projects they work on together.”One of those students is freshman Luke McGartland, who knew he’d find a home at the Academy from the moment he received his acceptance letter in the form of a personalized YouTube message from Iovine and Young.“I watched it about 50 times,” McGartland said.For McGartland, the best thing about the Academy is the sense of finding a group of individuals similar to him.“We all have the same sort of strain of DNA,” he said. “No else quite got what we were thinking of back in high school. You can have a great idea, but without a great team you aren’t going to be able to do as well as you could.”Luke, who filled a 240-page notebook in high school with ideas for everything from app designs to inventions, now has that team at the Academy.Students are challenged to continuously innovate as seen in a picture of Jimmy Iovine that sits on the wall just next to the Academy’s conference room, which is equipped to host digital lectures with high-profile industry leaders.“Think you’re as innovative as this guy?” the poster asks. “He’s betting on it.”UPDATE, Aug. 26, 10:35 p.m.: This article has been updated to reflect factual changes and minor edits. The Thornton School of Music is no longer affiliated with the Iovine and Young Academy.last_img read more

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IOC Boss Tasks Nigeria to Develop Fencing

first_imgInternational Olympic Committee (IOC) President, Thomas Bach (left), displaying fencing skills in a demonstration practice with a student from the Aduvie International School in Jabi, Abuja …..thursday “He commended Nigeria for showing commitment to the sport noting that the country’s hosting of the African Championship should serve as a foundation for the growth of the sport in the country,” Nigerian fencing boss Adeyinka Samuel said.Oguneye was so elated about the privilege saying she dreamt to fence for Nigeria at the Olympics in the near future.“This is a rare privilege for me to have a friendly contest with the IOC President. I am determined to use this opportunity to pursue my dream of fencing for Nigeria at the Olympics,” she said.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram International Olympic Committee (IOC) president, Thomas Bach,has called on Nigeria to embrace fencing saying the country can excel in the sport if it gets adequate support.Bach, who featured in a fencing display at Aduvie International School, Jabi District, Abuja on Thursday said the nation has the wherewithal to be a force in the sport.The display which lasted for roughly three minutes saw the former Olympic champion in took on a young Nigerian fencer Mariah Oguneye in a foil encounter as part of his itinerary for his visit to Nigeria of which highpoint was the commissioning of Association of National Olympic Committees of Africa (ANOCA) Headquarters in the Nigerian capital.last_img read more

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