first_img– Advertisement – Savchenko let slip in October that Stause was fielding DMs from interested hockey players after her breakup from the This Is Us star, 43. “Stop it! … Yes, they have,” she told Us. “But to be honest with you, I’m so busy with the show so you know, I am actually like super looking forward to that as soon as this journey’s over. I hope it’s not over soon, but conversations have been started that I’m looking forward to seeing where that goes after this is all over.”She added: “But right now, it’s too much all at once. I’m gonna focus on my contemporary and my cha-chas.”- Advertisement – Earlier in the day, the professional dancer announced their separation on her Instagram Story. “After 14 years of marriage with my deepest sadness our road is coming to an end,” she revealed.Savchenko, for his part, shared a lengthier statement with a focus on the estranged couple’s daughters, Olivia, 10, and Zlata, 3. “It is with a heavy heart that I tell you my wife and I are parting ways after 14 years of marriage,” the 37-year-old choreographer told Us Weekly. “We still intend to coparent our wonderful children together who we love so dearly, and we will strive to continue to be the best parents that we can to them. We ask that you respect our family’s need for privacy and healing during this time.”Elena Samodanova Shares Cryptic Quote After Gleb Savchenko SplitGleb Savchenko and Elena Samodanova at The iHeartRadio Music Awards on March 14, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. Broadimage/ShutterstockThe Dancing With the Stars pro and his partner, Chrishell Stause, were eliminated from the ABC reality series on Monday, November 2. The Selling Sunset star, 39, is navigating divorce herself, having split from husband Justin Hartley in November 2019.- Advertisement – Stause and Savchenko bonded during the process, but they also had their bumps in the road. She noted last month that he gave her flowers after their “first fight.”“If apologies look like THIS, I guess it’s not so bad!!” she wrote via Instagram. “We both care so much and I love the passion he brings to what he does. We are working on me picking up some of his strict Russian nature, and I am softening him up with a little southern charm.”Listen to Us Weekly’s Hot Hollywood as each week the editors of Us break down the hottest entertainment news stories! A telltale sign of a messy breakup. Elena Samodanova hinted that her split from husband Gleb Savchenko was not amicable shortly after the news broke.Samodanova, 36, shared a cryptic quote via Instagram on Friday, November 6. “I don’t hate you,” the post read. “I’m just disappointed you turned into everything you said you’d never be.” She added a lone broken-heart emoji as her caption.- Advertisement –last_img read more

first_img“Since returning home, his physical exam has remained stable and devoid of any indications to suggest progression of illness,” Conley wrote. “Saturday will be day 10 since Thursday’s diagnosis, and based on the trajectory of advanced diagnostics the team has been conducting, I fully anticipate the President’s safe return to public engagements at that time.”Trump, confined to the White House with the illness that he has sought to play down, said earlier on Thursday he did not believe he was contagious and was feeling good enough to resume campaign rallies. Such rallies, particularly held indoors, have raised concern among public health experts about spreading the virus.”I’d love to do a rally tonight. I wanted to do one last night,” Trump said, adding that “if I’m at a rally, I stand by myself very far away from everybody,” Trump told Fox Business Network.Topics : President Donald Trump’s physician said on Thursday that Trump had completed his course of therapy for the coronavirus, had remained stable since returning to the White House and could return to public engagements on Saturday.Dr. Sean Conley said in a memo released by the White House that Trump had responded “extremely well” to treatment without any evidence of adverse effects.Trump was hospitalized on Friday after he announced he had contracted the coronavirus. He returned to the White House on Monday.last_img read more

first_imgFocusing on precise measurements may be missing the point. Behaving ethically and responsibly should not be a choice for companies or for investors. But attempting to collate data for how well companies adhere to ESG criteria produces figures that are as much artefacts of the measurement algorithms as they are any underlying scale of ‘goodness’.Seeking absolute proof when it comes to the benefits of concepts such as ESG may be misguided in any case. Economics is not a science, but a methodology and framework for analysis. It is ultimately dependent on explaining human behaviour rather than absolute facts. Does adopting an ‘ESG’ (environmental, social, corporate governance) focused approach to investment give higher returns?The jury is still out, but trying to prove or disprove the hypothesis may be a pointless task. The answers will vary depending on the time period chosen, while the unknown error margins in any analysis as a result of varying ESG screening methodologies are too large for any conclusive statements to be made in any case.Kate Allen, capital markets correspondent at the Financial Times, made that point emphatically in an article on 6 December, quoting a recent report from Asian investment bank CLSA and the Asian Corporate Governance Association. This report noted the lack of consistency between different ESG scoring methods.The most pronounced example was Tesla, which FTSE rated last whilst MSCI rated first in the ESG listings. “Just because you can measure this stuff doesn’t mean that you necessarily should,” declared Allen. Perhaps there should be a greater appreciation of the error margins in such measurements . Source: R W Rynerson Robert F Kennedy on the presidential campaign trail in 1968Economic growth rates lie at the heart of government policy. Yet “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.”“Gross national happiness is more important than gross national product,” said Jigme Singye Wangchuck, the king of Bhutan, in 1972. That is true even if happiness is not easy to measure.Managing the measuresThe phrase ‘you can only manage what you can measure’ may carry a lot of wisdom but it also has inherent dangers.“The financial system equates human values with financial value, and measures value as the market price. This is proving catastrophic for the economy, society and the planet”Goodhart’s Law – named after economist Charles Goodhart – states that “when a measure becomes a target, it ceases to be a good measure”. The law is implicit in the economic idea of rational expectations: entities that are aware of a system of rewards and punishments will game the system to achieve their objectives. Perhaps applying ESG scores to companies may come into that category if companies end up gaming the system to generate higher ESG scores.Mathematical approaches to economics have dominated economic thinking and formed the basis of economics applied to investments. The finance system allocates our capital – can it be used to solve this measurement problem? Or is it the cause of the problem, asks Nick Silver, in his book Finance, Society and Sustainability .Silver argues that the financial framework behind the Anglo-Saxon economies of the US and the UK in particular is the construct of flawed economic theories, which purport to efficiently allocate society’s capital. Instead, he says, the finance sector allocates savings and investment to maximise its own revenues, with a resulting collateral damage to the economy, society and the environment. Seeking mathematical proof of ESG concepts may be misguidedMathematical simplifications of real behaviour can be useful, but the dangers exist when they are taken too far and purport to emulate science in their immutability. The laws of physics are absolute through time and space, even if physicists seek further refinements to their precision and struggle to reconcile general relativity with quantum theory – the physics of the very large and the physics of the very small.Physics envy has created a misunderstanding of what can be achieved in economics. Economies may be modelled by ideas such as Adam Smith’s famous invisible hand of self-interest, but human beings are driven also by ideas of altruism, and by timescales that may often be way beyond the horizons of any individual life. Enjoying the beauty of a forest is something that we would like to believe our descendants would also be able to do. But any positive discount rate will attribute little value to such benefits that may occur 100, 200 or even 1,000 years into the future.Even ideas that form the basis of classical economics – such as the idea of a risk-free interest rate – were overturned by the global financial crisis when risk-free rates turned negative.  Can traditional economic measurements capture ESG principles?The financial framework is, as Silver describes, based around a few key theories, namely: the capital asset pricing model (CAPM), which postulates relationships between risk and return; the efficient market hypothesis, which argues that securities are usually fairly priced reflecting the information available; and the Black-Scholes option pricing model, the most widely used general model for pricing options.However, Silver argues, the financial system operates on a set of norms that equate all human values with financial value, and measures value as the market price. This is proving catastrophic for the economy, society and the planet.The idea that companies should only be run to maximise value for shareholders has been a cornerstone of modern finance. It is also now increasingly recognised as a pernicious, flawed idea that has encouraged behaviour that can be at the opposite extreme to what ESG principles should encourage.The philosophical debate as to whether management should run companies ‘to maximise shareholder value’ versus operating companies for the benefit of all stakeholders is essential to understanding how the principles of ESG should fit in.What should drive ESG investing should not be attempts to prove returns are higher but a reformulation of economic theory that recognises the real world inhabited by human beings, whose behaviour includes concepts such as altruism and time horizons that can extend many generations into the future.last_img read more

first_imgFrench container shipping company CMA CGM is implementing low sulphur surcharge from/to the ports of Shanghai and Ningbo in China.Since October 1, 2018, the 0.5% sulphur limit is applicable to the abovementioned ports.As informed, the company will impose the new surcharge as from November 15, 2018 (date of loading in the origin ports).According to CMA CGM, the move comes in an effort “to ensure the sustainability and reliability of our (CMA CGM’s) services in a challenging environment.”For the other ports of the People’s Republic of China, the 0.5% sulphur limit will be applicable as from January 1, 2019, the company added.A few years ago, Chinese authorities decided to introduce sulphur limit for ships operating within three domestic emission control areas (ECAs). The country has been implementing in phases the low sulphur requirement for ships calling at its eleven core ports.The International Maritime Organization’s (IMO) Marine Environment Protection Committee (MEPC 73) adopted last week the MARPOL amendment to prohibit the carriage of non-compliant fuel oil on board ships. As of January 1, 2020, ships will be banned from burning any marine fuel with a sulphur content above 0.5 pct. The exception will be ships fitted with exhaust cleaning technology, the so-called scrubbers.Related: MSC, CMA CGM Present Plans for Fuel Surchargeslast_img read more

first_imgThe third phase of the Port of Everett’s Central Marina Improvements is well underway, reports the Port.Earlier this month, American Construction began dredging the waterway to authorized depths in the Central Marina.The public works contract to complete the Central Marina Improvements, was awarded to American Construction on September 11, 2018.When complete, the Central Marina will feature a new Guest Dock 5, K-Dock and L-Dock as part of the improvements.The Port expects that the work on Central Marina Improvements will be finished in mid-2019.BackgroundThe Central Marina Improvements project is intended to provide upgrades to the Port’s in-water infrastructure, and maintenance dredging to allow adequate draft for marina boaters.In detail, Guest Dock 5 will parallel the Port’s new bulkheads and Fisherman’s Harbor esplanade, tying into the existing K-Dock gatehouse. Current P dock will be relocated and placed on the south side of Seiner Wharf and will be called L-Dock.A work float currently in the North Marina will be re-purposed as an activity float, and tied next to Guest Dock 5.  New K-Dock will have 70-foot finger floats on the east side of the dock, and side-tie berths on the west.Marina basin maintenance dredging will also take place, ensuring adequate draft depths for the Port’s docks and fairway depths for boaters.last_img read more

first_imgLocalNews Haitian nationals residing in Dominica to celebrate inauguration of President Michel Martelly by: – May 13, 2011 17 Views   no discussions Share President of Haiti Mr. Michel Martelly. Photo credit: caribbeannewsnow.comHaitians in Dominica will begin celebrating the inauguration of their new President Michel Martelly tonight.The Dominica Haiti Friendship Association will be staging a compa music festival at the Krazy Koconuts from 8:30 pm.President of the Dominica Haiti Friendship Association Ronald Desir says Martelly represents a symbol of hope for the development of their country.Martelly or Sweet Mickey seen first as an artist, not a member of the political arena, will be believed by the people. We know he will approach the task of rebuilding in a different way and we feel he deserve a chance,” he said.There is also another celebration carded for the Anchorage Hotel tomorrow night.Dominica Vibes News Sharecenter_img Share Tweet Sharing is caring!last_img read more

first_imgDEARBORN CO., Ind. – One man is dead following a single-vehicle crash near Dover Monday morning.Police say the crash occurred around 8:30 a.m. in the 26000 block of Ennis Ridge Road, which is located between St. Leon and Dover.“Upon arrival, Sheriff’s Deputies learned that the male and only occupant of the vehicle was travelling north on Ennis Ridge Road when the vehicle left the west side of the roadway and crashed into a group of trees,” according to a press release from the Dearborn County Sheriff’s Office.The identity of the man has not been released. Authorities believe speed was a factor in the crash. The sheriff’s office was assisted on the scene by St. Leon Fire Department, Sunman EMS and the Indiana State Police.last_img read more

first_img Published on April 10, 2011 at 12:00 pm Contact Michael: | @Michael_Cohen13 Comments Facebook Twitter Google+center_img Finding Refuge: Part 1 of 3Outside the terminal were seven beacons of hope. Clinging firmly and steadfastly to the light blue blankets they had received on the airplane, the Agbossoumonde family cowered in the frigid February temperatures of Syracuse.Minutes earlier, the youngest boy, Gale, couldn’t withstand the cold. He turned and climbed back up the stairs of the plane, trying to get back onboard. A flight attendant stopped him. The 8-year-old turned to his mother and told her they must be in the wrong place.But in their flip-flops, shorts and T-shirts, the seven weary travelers had reached their destination. Owning nothing but the clothes they had on and a few small bags that comprised the entirety of the family’s possessions, they were about to begin a new life.‘I’ll never forget picking them up at the airport,’ said Guy Hart, the family’s sponsor. ‘And they’re standing there with sandals on and just very light clothing. … That’s it. That’s all they had on.’AdvertisementThis is placeholder textAdjo LeMou and six of her children completed a journey that covered 5,344 miles from the African country of Benin to Central New York.But to those people they met here in the United States, everything the Agbossoumonde family encountered before arriving on Feb. 24, 2000, was unimaginable.Mawuena, the third youngest child and currently a sophomore on the Syracuse men’s soccer team, was 10 years old. He remembers only ‘clicks’ of what his family’s life was like in Africa and relies on his siblings and mother to fill in the blanks.He barely recalls when his family fled its home in Atakpame, Togo, following a military upheaval. He has a vague recollection of crossing the border into Benin, where he spent the next seven years of his life.As the years went by, images from spending the better part of a decade in refugee camps became more vivid.Still, he questions the reality of those events. The dichotomy troubles him. He finds himself pondering the fissure in his life as he now attends Syracuse and plays Division I soccer.‘It seemed like it was fake,’ Mawuena said. ‘Did I really live that life, you know. Was it really like that?’***Seated on her couch, Adjo falls over onto her side, smiling as she recalls meeting her husband, Koku Agbossoumonde. With a hint of embarrassment, she says they met at a bar in Togo in the late 1970s.Several months passed, and the two became a couple. Shortly thereafter, Adjo was pregnant with Yaovi, the first of their eight children.The family of 10 lived in a two-bedroom house in Atakpame, a city in the southern half of Togo. Adjo cared for the children while Koku ascended to the rank of commander in the military, said his daughter Dovenin.But on March 25, 1993, a group of armed Togolese dissidents based out of Ghana staged an attempt to kill the nation’s president, Gnassingbe Eyadema. The attack spurred distrust throughout the military. Soldiers thought to be involved with the attackers were hunted.In the months that followed, Koku received a brief leave from duty in another part of the country. He became a target.‘The government said that because he left, they told me that he was a terrorist in Ghana,’ said Adjo, as translated by Dovenin. ‘So they sent other soldiers to come and arrest me and my oldest son.’Upon release, Adjo called her husband and told him not to return home. He went to Benin.Three months later, he sent his best friend to gather his family and transport them via boat across the Mono River into Togo’s eastern neighbor.‘As soon as we were on the other side of the river, he was there,’ Adjo said. ‘I was very happy and happy to be safe.’Two months passed living in the house of one of Koku’s friends. It was then the family entered a refugee camp in hopes of one day making it out of Africa.***For a full year, the 10 Agbossoumondes lived in tents. Their first of two stops at refugee camps put them in an unofficial community of displaced persons.After that, they upgraded to a single room the size of a Syracuse dorm room. It would be home for the next six years. The family made its way to Porto-Novo, the capital of Benin, and entered an officially recognized refugee camp.More than 1,000 people lived in the circular village. Walls enclosed the camp and ensured security for the camp’s inhabitants.‘The majority of the people that lived there were people from the military that are trying to get away from the government,’ Mawuena said.The family hoped for a chance to be relocated. But it would take years.Each day, Mawuena and his siblings left the camp and walked to the nearby grammar and middle schools.After classes ended, the hours from 6 p.m. on were reserved for soccer.‘(The boys) would come home, and instead of doing their homework, they would play soccer with all the other kids,’ Dovenin, his youngest sister, said. ‘And our dad didn’t like that.’Koku had been an aspiring soccer player prior to being drafted. The army selected anyone who appeared fit or strong. He didn’t want his boys harboring similar dreams, only to have them shattered as his were.But the boys played anyway.Mawuena recalls playing during the lunch break and almost every night of the week until it was too dark to see the ball. The ball that changed form almost daily.Without a true soccer ball to use, the kids constructed their own out of socks, paper or tennis balls. Sometimes, they purchased hard plastic balls from the nearby market. If they were lucky, they might be able to borrow a real ball from one of the more wealthy adults.The field was packed-down dirt that turned to mud in the rain. The goals were sticks jammed into the ground. The game remained the same.‘Koku preferred for them to come home, work in the garden,’ Adjo said. ‘After finishing their work in the garden, take a shower, do their homework and go to sleep.‘But all they wanted to do was play soccer.’When he wasn’t playing soccer, Mawuena worked on weekends at the port on the coast of Benin. He traveled to and from the refugee camp and worked a full day for less than an American dollar. His job: watch over a stockpile of gasoline and be sure it wasn’t stolen.The gas was used to fuel new cars coming off the ships. Mawuena was 8 years old.‘There weren’t a lot of kids that did that. It was very rare,’ he said. ‘I just did it for some money, you know. … I just felt like that was my life.’***The interview process was terrifying. The representatives from the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) took each individual family member aside and questioned him or her.‘They would divide you up to see if there was the same story of how you got to the refugee camp,’ Dovenin said. ‘And if there was a difference … they would fail you.’Failure meant an inability to leave the camp. It meant waiting for another cycle of relocation.But prior to the interview sessions, the family was ripped apart by the death of Koku. He battled cancer for two years but was unable to receive treatment. His involvement in the Togolese military prevented him from going to France and getting an operation from Doctors Without Borders, said Hart, the sponsor.‘He saved his life by getting out of Togo and getting into Benin,’ Hart said. ‘But the politics followed him.’And as a result, the family was nearly left out of the relocation process. Only military families were being considered to be moved, and with Koku’s death, the Agbossoumondes weren’t qualified.Luckily, a friend of Koku’s talked the people from the USCIS into granting them interviews.Everyone passed — except Djordina, Mawuena’s sister, who had interviewed separately with her husband. So for the second time in less than a year, the Agbossoumonde family was torn. Adjo made the horrifying decision to leave her daughter behind.‘I was going crazy,’ she said. ‘I was very sad. She’s still living over there today.’But the rest of the family was leaving. They knew they were headed to Syracuse, but that name was as foreign as the country they were about to enter.Between 300 to 500 people, all from the refugee camp, shared a plane from Benin to John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York City. There, each family went its separate way.Unsure of what would come next, Mawuena and his mother and siblings transferred onto a flight to Syracuse. All they knew was that the city was in the United States.So as they stepped off the plane and into the cold that midmorning in February, they weren’t even expecting the change in climate.‘We didn’t know it was going to be cold here,’ Mawuena said. ‘It was snowing when we got off the plane. So we were all freezing. It was the first time we’d ever seen snow.’mjcohe02@syr.eduFind Part 2 of Mawuena Agbossoumonde’s story in tomorrow’s edition of The Daily Orange. last_img read more

first_img Published on July 9, 2013 at 2:38 pm Contact Jacob: | @Jacob_Klinger_ Facebook Twitter Google+ Beckett Wales is one of 37 tight ends on the John Mackey Award Preseason Watch List.The award, named for former Syracuse tight end and Hall of Famer John Mackey, has been given to the best tight end each season since 2000. Wales started every game for SU last season and caught 35 passes for 389 yards and two touchdowns, including one in the Pinstripe Bowl.No Orange player has ever won the award, though former Syracuse tight end Nick Provo was a semi-finalist in 2011.Behind Jarrod West, the 6-foot-2 203-pound junior, Wales is SU’s second-leading returning receiver. Wales is joined on the list by five fellow Atlantic Coast Conference tight ends. Comments AdvertisementThis is placeholder textlast_img read more

first_imgSenior All-American outside hitter Samantha Bricio earned her third consecutive Pac-12 Offensive Player of the Week honors for the week of Sept. 7-13 after her stellar play propelled the women’s volleyball team to an undefeated record and a newly minted No. 3 national ranking.The Guadalajara, Mexico, native is just the second player in Pac-12 history to receive the award three times in a row in one season since Stanford’s Logan Tom did it in 2001. This is Bricio’s sixth all-time weekly conference award and USC’s 62nd all-time weekly honor.This week, the Women of Troy played host to four teams at the Galen Center as part of the 2015 USC Classic tournament. Led by Bricio, USC swept Utah State, Pepperdine, Idaho State and New Mexico to push their record to a perfect 10-0 on the season.Against the Aggies of Utah State, Bricio tied her own  career-high and the USC single-match record with eight service aces. Later that day, Bricio served up five more aces against Pepperdine to mark the 15th time in her career that she served five or more aces in the a match. She also hit at an impressive .404 clip in those four matches, tallying 67 kills to average 5.58 kills per set.In the process, the Women of Troy collected their 29th straight set win with those four sweeps. Bricio was named tournament MVP for the eighth time in her career for a pre-conference tournament, and it was the 13th time she was chosen to be on an all-tournament team.Furthermore, the senior moved up the record books for career kills after the USC Classic, surpassing three former Trojan legends, Katie Haller (ninth), Nancy Hillman (eighth) and April Ross (seventh), to now sit at sixth all-time in USC history with 1,586 career kills.With the help of Bricio’s near unstoppable play this week, USC moved up three spots in the AVCA poll and now sits at No. 3 overall in the nation. It took just 10 games and three weeks for the Women of Troy to jump 19 spots from their preseason ranking of No. 22 overall.Ahead of USC in the poll is   No. 1 Penn State, followed by   No. 2 Texas and rounding out the top five are Nebraska at No. 4 and Florida at No. 5 overall.Around the Pac-12 conference, five more teams are ranked in this week’s AVCA poll, led by   No. 7 Washington, No. 8 Stanford and No. 10 Arizona State. Crosstown rival UCLA is ranked No. 14 overall and Oregon sits at No. 19 in the polls. Lastly, fellow conference member Colorado is also receiving votes.Bricio and the Women of Troy will now prepare for their final week of non-conference play with a trip to Norman, Oklahoma, to partake in the Oklahoma Nike Invitational on Sept. 17-18.last_img read more