Deaf dancer feels the beat

first_imgDeaf dancer and choreographer Antoine Hunter carries with him a joy of movement and a mission of artistic leadership. Leading dozens of students in a master class at the Harvard Dance Center, Hunter said he believes “all people are born with an element of creativity.”“Art is live, and it has the power to heal, to bring the community together, to educate,” he said.The founding artistic director of the Urban Jazz Dance Company in San Francisco and producer of the Bay Area International Deaf Dance Festival, Hunter grew up in a tough Northern California neighborhood.“Dance saved my life,” he said, recalling the isolation he experienced as a young person born deaf. “Oftentimes I felt people couldn’t understand me.”,His company incorporates many dance genres, including ballet, jazz, hip-hop, and African, as well as including sign language as part of an aesthetic that he describes as gritty and raw and “fresh with unexpected movement.”“Our goal is to bring the community together and inspire people, regardless of age or hearing levels,” he said in an email. “Most importantly, we strive to teach, present and inspire that ‘Deaf can do anything’ in art forms.”last_img read more

Shell, Eneco to build 759MW, subsidy-free hybrid offshore wind project in the Netherlands

first_imgShell, Eneco to build 759MW, subsidy-free hybrid offshore wind project in the Netherlands FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Greentech Media:Oil major Shell and Dutch utility Eneco will build a super-hybrid offshore wind farm, having won the latest Dutch tender.The pair’s CrossWind consortium was revealed on Wednesday as the winner of the subsidy-free auction for the Hollandse Kust (noord) project. CrossWind plans to have the 759-megawatt offshore wind farm up and running in 2023 with solar, storage and hydrogen elements thrown into the mix. Both companies confirmed that the final investment decision on the project has already been made.The tender for Hollandse Kust (noord) encouraged participants to incorporate green hydrogen plans. But Shell and Eneco have gone several steps further. In a statement, CrossWind said it would incorporate five technology demonstrations that could be implemented at full scale in the future, combining the various technologies to provide continuous power, regardless of whether the wind is blowing.The wind farm will be paired with a floating solar facility and a short-duration battery. It will also generate green hydrogen via an electrolyzer that CrossWind says will be used as a “further storage technique.”Shell said in May that it hopes to use Hollandse Kust (noord) to power a 200-megawatt electrolyzer for one of its own refineries. Other details on the size of the solar and battery components were not immediately available.The final innovation at Hollandse Kust (noord) will see turbines being “tuned” to ensure that they minimize the wake effects — that is, the impact of one turbine on those behind it, which ultimately reduces power generation. Ørsted last year cut its expected returns on some of its offshore projects because the wake effect had been underestimated in its models. [John Parnell]More: Super-Hybrid: Dutch offshore wind farm to include floating solar, batteries and hydrogenlast_img read more

What to do if you encounter a bear

first_imgI grew up in Montana. Bears are a reality if you venture out into the woods. Don’t be surprised if you happen upon a bear’s kitchen or living room; the wilderness is their home.When constructing strategy for a small credit union, be prepared for the day when they too encounter a “bear!” A menacing creature we should all fear: competition, and the unknown.So, what to do when we encounter Mr. Unknown Competition Grizzly? Here are a few tips:1. If you encounter a grizzly, do not run. Many small credit unions shy away from competition because they are “too small.” Hogwash. Credit unions are the dominant financial institution in their members’ lives. They are the place that members trust, not the big grizzly down the street. So, don’t run away. Assume the attitude that you are number one in your market place and defend your territory!2. If the bear charges, stand your ground (you cannot outrun it). So the competition bear (bank or credit union) offers a better rate or a new product. How can you meet this challenge? Can you lower your rate, or, even better, offer more value and better service? In any marketplace, there can only be one “best” rate. Rarely do credit unions have the cost structure to offer the lowest price on a loan. So why would anyone come to a credit union? Here are a few reasons I heard when I visited MariSol FCU in Phoenix: We have a solid history in serving this field of membership.We do not disrespect our FOM. We understand that paycheck-to-paycheck is the way most workers live.We do not believe that because you only make $14 an hour that you have poor credit.We do not believe that poor credit defines you.We do not believe that have a score below 650 means that you are “subprime.” We believe that you should underwrite the whole financial worthiness of a borrower.We do not believe that our loan should cause harm to our member.3. If you have pepper spray, prepare to use it. Tout the credit union difference. It is a powerful weapon. More so, tap into the power of your membership. Ask for their help. If your membership truly believes in why you are in business, they will volunteer to help. For example, many credit unions get involved in community activities, say building a playground. The staff all get new t-shirts and go out and help. Then, the credit union sends out a press release to CUInsight (picture of staff in new t-shirts included). But what if the credit union organized a hundred members to go out and build several playgrounds? There is power in members who believe what you believe!4. Be a big shot by association. Make yourself appear larger than you are by surrounding yourself with bigger buddies. Who in your community shares your dream? Is there an organization that supports small business? How about community development or revitalization? Low-income housing? All these organizations have the same goal in mind: eliminate poverty and lend a hand up. Be part of the team, or even better, be one of the leaders in your community devoted to that cause. A credit union by itself cannot overcome the bear.5. Get the best pepper spray (or shotgun) you can find. Pepper spray works if you are upwind of the bear, but if the bear is upwind of you, spraying it can result in you spraying yourself! Technology is the best weapon to neutralize your bear. Make sure you partner with organizations that can provide the “best of the best” when it comes to your website, home banking, and mobile applications. From a consumer’s point of view, this is how big you are, not your balance sheet.6. Get a bodyguard. To overcome the bear, hire a guide to come along with you. They know the lay of the land, and where the bear hangs out. Consultants, accountants, lawyers, and trade associations can help when necessary, and allow you to build a scalable workforce. For example, say you need to develop a new logo, or rebuild a website. There is no need to hire full-time employees to do that task. A professional on retainer can help as needed. A marketing compliance consultant can make sure your materials don’t cross into bear country. Hire great team members. They can be located anywhere and are a phone call away.7. Make your presence known. The bear will stay away if it knows you mean business. Apply for grants and awards, publish your success, make sure everyone knows that you are to be reckoned with. It is hard to bring attention to yourself, but that is how you build your brand. Members want to associate with a successful credit union. Tell your story and scare away the bears!The bears have survived for eons. Your credit union will too. Just relax, be prepared, and don’t back down! Article based on help with a real Grizzly, see Nature “The Good, the Bad, and the Grizzly: What to Do if You Encounter a Bear,” (http://www.pbs.org/wnet/nature/the-good-the-bad-and-the-grizzly-what-to-do-if-you-encounter-a-bear/117/ : accessed 25 January 2018). Produced by Moore & Moore productions, Inc. and Thirteen/WNET New York, © 2004 Educational Broadcasting Corporation. 19SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Steven L. Dahlstrom Steven L. Dahlstrom’s credit union career began in 1978 at Missoula Federal Credit Union (Montana) where, having just graduated from college, he was thrust into the manager’s position … Web: stevedahlstrom.com Detailslast_img read more

Increase in the number of passengers, voyages and days of stay of foreign cruise ships

first_imgTraditionally, in the Dubrovnik-Neretva County, the most cruises of foreign ships have been realizedIn the period from January to June 2018, 54 foreign cruise ships sailed into Croatian seaports, making 246 cruises. There were 357 thousand passengers on these ships, who stayed in Croatia for 522 days, according to data from the Central Bureau of Statistics (CBS).The largest number of voyages was made by ships flying the flags of the Bahamas and Malta (55 voyages each), while the largest number of passengers arrived by ships flying the flags of Panama (103 thousand passengers) and Italy (91 thousand passengers).Out of a total of 246 cruises, most trips were realized in the Dubrovnik-Neretva County (56,5%) and the Split-Dalmatia County (23,6%), which is a total of 80,1%. The remaining 19,9% ​​of trips were realized in the following counties: Istria and Zadar (6,5% each), Šibenik-Knin (4,9%) and Primorje-Gorski Kotar (2,0%).The most visited port is Dubrovnik, followed by the ports of Split and KorculaSource: CBSThe port of Dubrovnik (189 visits) had the most visits of foreign cruise ships, followed by the ports of Split (100 visits) and Korčula (48 visits).Increase in the number of passengers, voyages and days of stay of foreign cruise shipsIn the period from January to June 2018, the number of trips of foreign ships for cruises increased by 4,2%, and the total number of days of stay of ships increased by 0,6% compared to the same period in 2017. In the mentioned period 2018, the number of passengers on these ships is higher by 12,6% compared to the same period in 2017.last_img read more

Explainer: What you need to know about Trump’s battle with New York over his financial record

first_imgThe case concerns a subpoena issued to Trump’s longtime accounting firm Mazars LLP for the president’s financial records, including tax returns. It was issued as part of a grand jury investigation into the Republican Trump carried out by the office of Manhattan District Attorney Cy Vance Jr, a Democrat.Unlike other recent presidents, Trump has refused to disclose his tax returns and other materials that would shed light on the scope of his wealth. The content of these records has remained a persistent mystery even as he seeks re-election.What is the New York prosecutor investigating?In September 2019 Vance sought nearly a decade of tax returns, part of a criminal investigation that began in 2018 into Trump and the Trump Organization, the president’s family real estate business. It was prompted by disclosures of hush payments made to two women who said they had past sexual relationships with him – pornographic film actress Stormy Daniels and former Playboy model Karen McDougal. Trump and his aides have denied the relationships. A US Supreme Court ruling on Thursday allowed the chief Manhattan prosecutor to obtain the financial records of President Donald Trump from third parties.Here is what you need to know:What is the case? What did the court rule?In a 7-2 opinion authored by conservative Chief Justice John Roberts, the court ruled that the subpoena asking Mazars LLP to turn over financial records to a grand jury as part of a criminal investigation can be enforced.The ruling does not mean the documents will be handed over immediately because of expected wrangling in lower courts. A final outcome could be delayed until after the Nov. 3 election in which Trump is seeking a second term in office.Trump’s argument that he was immune from any criminal process “runs up against the 200 years of precedent establishing that Presidents, and their official communications, are subject to judicial process,” Roberts wrote.”We affirm that principle today and hold that the president is neither absolutely immune from state criminal subpoenas seeking his private papers nor entitled to a heightened standard of need,” Roberts added.Roberts also rejected the suggestion that the decision would subject future presidents to harassment by local prosecutors, noting that the court in 1997 rejected a similar argument made by President Bill Clinton when he faced a civil lawsuit brought by Paula Jones, a woman who accused him of making unwanted sexual advances.”Given these safeguards and the court’s precedents, we cannot conclude that absolute immunity is necessary or appropriate,” Roberts wrote.center_img Topics :last_img read more

UPDATE: Wolf Administration Reaction to Submission from Speaker and Senate President

first_img National Issues,  Press Release,  Redistricting,  Statement,  Voting & Elections Statement from J.J. Abbott, Press Secretary for Governor Tom Wolf:“The court asked the General Assembly to submit a new map to the governor by February 9th.“While the Court’s order did not appear to allow for two individuals to draw a map on behalf of the entire General Assembly, Governor Wolf will review Speaker Turzai and President Scarnati’s submission in consultation with the experts retained by the administration to determine his next course of action.“The original map was fundamentally unfair in a multitude of ways and, from the court’s orders and majority opinion, it is clear the gerrymandering of the current map went beyond manipulating the shape of the districts.”# # # #​​Earlier Statement:Governor Tom Wolf Releases Statement on Redistricting ProcessHarrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf released the following statement on the court-ordered redistricting process:“Over the last three weeks, empowered by the Supreme Court’s initial order striking down the current map, I worked to build a team and knowledge base to make sure Pennsylvania can get a fair map. In that time, I have heard personally from voters in three townhall meetings across the state that drew hundreds of attendees and nearly a thousand citizens through our online feedback form.“The consensus is clear that Pennsylvanians are fed up with gerrymandering – and the gridlock and lack of reform that it breeds. Gerrymandering means politicians choose their voters instead of voters choosing their politicians, which undermines citizens’ role in our democracy. The Pennsylvania Supreme Court was right on the mark: Pennsylvanians deserve fair maps, rather than those drawn solely to benefit a particular political party. I intend to do my part to implement the Court’s order and ensure that fair maps become Pennsylvania’s new reality.“I have enlisted an esteemed mathematician, who has done extensive work on determining fairness in mapmaking, to provide non-partisan analysis of maps to determine their fairness. While an ideal scenario would be a consensus map that can garner the support of both chambers in the General Assembly and that meets standards for fairness, it remains unclear, at this time, if the entire General Assembly will be engaged in such a bipartisan process. If not, I will evaluate what options are at my disposal to ensure Pennsylvanians get the fair map they deserve under our constitution.”Background:The Pennsylvania Supreme Court’s Jan. 22nd order, which dictates the process to remedy the current gerrymandered map, clearly states that if the General Assembly wants to submit a map that meets the requirements of the Pennsylvania Constitution, the General Assembly must send it for review by the governor by today, February 9th. Any change or new interpretation of that order and the schedule laid out is at the sole discretion of the court and no other party, including the governor.Jan. 22: Pennsylvania Governor Wolf Statement on Supreme Court Order on 2011 Congressional MapsJan. 26: Governor Wolf to Enlist Non-Partisan Mathematician to Evaluate Fairness of Redistricting MapsJan. 30: Governor Wolf Hosts Non-Partisan Redistricting Listening Session with State College ResidentsJan. 31: Governor Wolf Hosts Non-Partisan Redistricting Listening Session with Philadelphia ResidentsFeb. 1: Governor Wolf Holds Non-Partisan Redistricting Listening Session in Western PennsylvaniaFeb. 1: Governor Wolf Invites Public to Comment on Gerrymandering and Congressional Redistricting UPDATE: Wolf Administration Reaction to Submission from Speaker and Senate President SHARE Email Facebook Twittercenter_img February 09, 2018last_img read more

Joseph Mariathasan: The mismeasure of human welfare

first_imgWe now live in a topsy-turvy world, where risk-free interest rates can be negative, and where Alice in Wonderland would have felt very much at home. It was not the White Rabbit who declared that “Gross National Happiness is more important than Gross National Product”, but Jigme Singye Wangchuck, the king of Bhutan, during the 1970s. US representative Hansen Clarke of Michigan commissioned a report a few years ago seeking to answer the overarching question: How should the US government institute supplemental national accounts that better reflect the welfare of the nation’s people? As the report points out, the US Department of Commerce has described GDP as “the crowning achievement” of 20th century US economic policy. In the eight decades since the introduction of US national income accounts, GDP has become the official barometer of business cycles, an indispensable measure of government performance and a leading benchmark of living standards. It has, in other words, become a de facto headline indicator of economic, political and social progress.Yet GDP was never intended for such a role. Economists dating back to Simon Kuznets, the father of US national accounting systems, have warned that GDP is a specialised tool for measuring market activity rather than national welfare. The by-products of unrestrained growth in the pollution of the air we breath and the food we eat, and the difficulties in finding clean water supplies, are a testament to that. The fastest-growing megacities in emerging markets such as Beijing and Delhi are also the most afflicted by smog. China’s astounding double-digit rates of GDP growth seen in the past are not only very difficult to sustain but also entail sacrifices in the quality of life that are increasingly seen as unacceptable.While GDP growth as currently measured may conceivably slow down in many countries to levels barely above zero, it does not mean human welfare – however it is measured – need do so. While there may be limits to GDP growth, that does not mean the welfare of any nation’s people cannot be continuously improved. Conversely, the era of zero and negative interest rates has led to owners of capital benefiting enormously at the expense of wage earners, whose incomes have not seen real increases despite GDP growth.But, if GDP alone is the measure by which governments define their objectives, it is unsurprising that the negative externalities of misplaced GDP growth in the form of pollution, increased social inequalities, the destruction of the natural environment and so on become issues governments cannot ignore. The challenge is to find an acceptable set of measures of human welfare that can provide guidelines for government policies, irrespective of economic growth. That is not just an issue for the UK but for the whole world.Joseph Mariathasan is a contributing editor at IPE Now is the time for governments to find an acceptable set of measures of human welfare, writes Joseph Mariathasan‘You can only manage what you measure’ is a self-evident axiom. But while gross domestic produce (GDP) may be easily measurable – and therefore held up as something to be managed – what the post-financial-crisis world has revealed is that, even when GDP growth has returned (albeit at low levels), it can hardly be argued that human welfare has increased.The popularity of US presidential candidate Donald Trump among working and middle-class Americans is testimony to their having seen no increase in their own circumstances despite GDP growth. In the UK, the Brexit vote was, again, a protest against the fact large sections of the population have seen no increase in perceived living standards, irrespective of GDP growth figures. For governments and political parties, focusing on GDP growth as a primary measure of success has proved to be misleading and a political failure.As the UK begins an existential debate over its long-term relationship with the European Union and its own future prospects in the wider world, it may be timely to widen the debate on the most appropriate set of metrics to measure society’s success. “GDP measures everything, in short, except that which makes life worthwhile” declared Robert F Kennedy in a famous speech given at the University of Kansas in 1968. “It can tell us everything about America except why we are proud we are Americans,” he added. “If this is true here at home, so it is true elsewhere in world.”last_img read more

EnBW Renewables branch sees 62.2% EBITDA boost in 2019

first_imgThe company said it expects significant earnings growth for the current financial year, most of all in Renewables Energies thanks to its new projects Hohe See and Albatros. Adjusted group net profit increased by EUR 348.5 million, or 79.5%, in 2019 relative to the previous year. The Hohe See offshore wind farm, commissioned in October 2019, contributed to earnings from the fourth quarter of the year. In the renewables segment, earnings between EUR 825 million and EUR 925 million are anticipated. This year, adjusted EBITDA is expected to be in a range between EUR 2.75 billion and EUR 2.9 billion, an increase of 13% to 19%. EnBW reported an adjusted EBITDA of EUR 482.8 million in the Renewable Energies division in 2019, a 62.2% rise compared to the previous year.center_img “We have once again delivered what we set out to achieve,” said EnBW CEO Frank Mastiaux. “This also means we have met our 2020 earnings target of €2.4 billion, which we set back in 2013, one year ahead of plan. We are pleased to report that all segments contributed to this success.” EnBW stated that it had met its transformation target ahead of time with a total earnings growth of 12.7% to EUR 2.43 billion adjusted EBITDA. According to EnBW, the growth is due to the overall improvement in wind conditions at offshore and onshore wind farms in Germany, as well as due to earnings contributions from onshore wind farms in Sweden. EnBW concluded that until today the corona crisis had not yet had any significant impact on its operating business.last_img read more

Nigeria’s Quadri, Edem through to ITTF Top 16 Cup final

first_imgRelatedPosts Aruna Quadri’s uncommon qualities stand him out, says Oshodi Quadri Aruna leads Africa to World Cup Aruna’s arrival attracted interest in Germany — TTBL For the first time in the last two editions, the defending champion of the men’s singles will not be playing in the final of the 2020 ITTF Africa Top 16 Cup after Nigeria’s Aruna Quadri beat defending champion, Egypt’s Omar Assar, 4-3 in the semifinal on Tuesday in Tunis. The tie between the two best players in Africa had all the elements of world class match and the fans at the Rades Multi-Purpose Hall were not disappointed with the display by the two Africans. It was Assar who first drew the first blood with a 2-0 (11-6, 11-5) lead over the Nigerian, but the tide changed when Quadri worked back into the game with two successive wins of 11-4, 14-12 to put the tie at 2-2. For the spectators, there was no dull moment in the encounter and again Assar took charge of the game with another 11-7 win to put the match at 3-2 and in his usual element Quadri fought back again to level with 11-5 win to put the tie at 3-3. The deciding game was as if the Egyptian would leave the table on time, but Quadri again extended the match to 7-7. But three consecutive unforced errors gave Assar a 10-8 lead as the Egyptian needed one point to hit the final. Quadri had a lot in his sleeve as he wriggled his way back into the game to put the tie at deuce (10-10). Even when the Nigerian led at 11-10, a crucial time-out was what he needed to calm the match. To put the match beyond the Egyptian, an unforced error from Assar handed Quadri a 4-3 win being his second consecutive win over the Egyptian in any major competitions. In their last meeting at the 2019 African Games, it was Quadri who won at 4-2. Nigeria’s Offiong Edem and defending champion, Egypt’s Dina Meshref, will battle for the title in the women’s final. The winners of the tournament are expected to represent Africa at the 2020 ITTF World Cups.Tags: 2020 ITTF Africa Top 16aruna quadriOmar Assarlast_img read more

Keith Lambert thriving in second chance for Syracuse club ice hockey after quitting team

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on February 15, 2017 at 11:14 pm Contact Eric: erblack@syr.edu | @esblack34 A few weeks after he quit the Syracuse club hockey team in fall 2015, Keith Lambert begged for his spot back. He phoned head coach Nick Pierandri. But the coach said the Orange didn’t need him.“We could use you,” Pierandri told him, “but we’ll win without you.”The next day, Lambert showed up at the team’s lift session anyway. He felt unwelcome and struggled to keep up with his teammates. But the team thought he earned a second chance.After playing five years at The Harvey (New York) School, Lambert’s career had seemingly ended when he quit. But quickly, he found that he missed the sport he’d been playing since he turned 5. He wanted to get back on the ice. And this season, after re-joining the team last fall, the 6-foot sophomore forward is the third-leading scorer for Syracuse (23-7), which leads all of ACHA Division I teams in goals.“This season’s been great,” Lambert said. “It’s good to be back.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textRobbie VanRaamsdonk, a junior forward on the team and friend of Lambert’s, explained that he tried to convince him not to quit, but he was “pretty much done,” so there wasn’t much of a discussion.“I tried to encourage him that he wasn’t making the right decision,” Pierandri said. “And that he would do better in school if he stayed with hockey … I told him I was disappointed.”Two weeks into his hiatus, Lambert knew he had made a mistake. In mid-November, he made the call to Pierandri. During his first workout, Lambert “huffed and puffed” while his teammates “didn’t break a sweat.” He had hardly skated or lifted, and it showed. Lambert had only played in two intramural games during the break, but over the next few weeks he worked back to his previous level of play.Despite coming back to the ice, he didn’t receive significant playing time until last February. Lambert had returned to the team during a dry spell for the Syracuse offense. To earn playing time, he needed to produce offensively. He did. His rhythm returned when beating defenders one-on-one became regular again.“Once I started gelling … making some plays with the older guys,” Lambert said, “I started to feel more comfortable, realizing the guys wanted me on the ice.”During Syracuse’s game against SUNY Oswego, Lambert regained the same confidence that made him a five-year varsity letter-winner in high school. He had 4 points against the Lakers and, on back-to-back weekends, he totaled nine points in two games. In the national championships, Lambert scored four goals in two games for the Orange and earned a spot on the Honorable Mention All-Tournament team.As Lambert’s time on the ice increased, so did his teammates’ respect and confidence.“When he got his shot to get back in the lineup, he ran with it,” VanRaamsdonk said. “At the end of last year, he was probably one of our best players.“He’s a core part of our team.” Commentslast_img read more