City Of Denver Approves New Large-Scale Festival Produced By Organizers Of Bonnaroo

first_imgOn Monday night, after an extensive application process Bonnaroo and Outside Lands organizers Superfly Productions have received the green light from the city of Denver, CO to launch a brand new large-scale music festival in south Denver. The new event initially received considerable pushback from the area’s residents, but the City Council eventually voted 10-3 to approve the event’s five-year deal for the Colorado capitol’s Overland Park Golf Course. According to a report in the Denver Post‘s The Know blog, the majority of the council members gave credit to the seasoned festival organizer for thoroughly addressing the community’s concerns in their plans.The approved contract allows for a three-day weekend festival at the Denver golf courseeach September, with each event staged the second or third weekend of that month beginning next Fall. For the as-of-yet unnamed event, Superfly has promised an expansive lineup of performers including local favorites and nationally touring acts, as well as heavy involvement from local food and drink purveyors. The event is expected to draw 30,000 to 40,000 people a day to the site in the first year, promoters say, with the contract capping daily attendance at 80,000 as the festival grows.In exchange for gaining control of the course for up to five weeks after Labor Day each year for set-up and tear-down, Superfly will pay a lease of $200,000. The city will pocket many times that amount thanks to a 10% “seat tax” and other considerations, including $2 per ticket for a golf fund and $1 per ticket for a community fund, expected to net “five- to six figures” each year, promoters say. City officials project the city’s profit from hosting the festival at $2 million once attendance grows to 70,000 a day, and they say a portion of that also will benefit surrounding neighborhoods.“I do believe this is a good contract,” said Councilman Jolon Clark, who has worked on the issue for nearly a year because Overland Park is in his district. “It’s a contract that protects the golf course, that protects the neighborhood … and brings revenue to the neighborhood that can be used for projects that the citizens have been asking for for years.”Supporters of the new festival play, including some prominent neighborhood advocates and voices from the Denver music scene, see the event as a big get for Denver. And together with Levitt Pavillion, recently opened at nearby Ruby Hill Park, the festival could elevate the prominence of south neighborhoods, they argued.However, there was still some understandable concern among some of the Council members. Councilman Kevin Flynn expressed concern about the chosen event site. “Just in my gut, it seems like the wrong location to me,” he said. The other two dissenters voiced concern about what they considered too few safeguards or details about logistics, which will be set out in a dozen or so plans next year.Many nearby residents and some parks advocacy groups also voiced a variety of concerns about the new fest, including the potential environmental impact, the difficulty of getting so many people to Overland Park using fee-based shuttles and public transportation, and the potential for noise to disrupt their homes. While the yea-sayers used Levitt Pavillion as an argument for the contract, detractors looked to it as a sort of cautionary tale: Last week, resident Marilyn Barela sent a letter to council members that said the new venue, in its first several concerts, had “destroyed our peace and quiet” just north of the park.While we won’t know how the new festival will play out for the residents of south Denver next year, this is undoubtedly good news for music fans virtually everywhere else. Denver is getting a major music festival. Rejoice![h/t – The Know (Denver Post)]last_img read more

Michael Fabiano wears many hats

first_img Fake news is giving reality a run for its money Legal, intelligence, and news analysts discuss the arrest of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange For nearly two centuries, the Associated Press (AP) has been at the forefront of delivering fair, accurate and unbiased news to the world. In today’s climate of “fake news,” the AP’s rigorous standards and fact-based journalism are more important than ever. According to a recent Pew Research poll, a majority of Americans distrust the government or each other, while nearly two-thirds have a negative view of news sources and the media. News organizations have felt these frustrations increase and many outlets, including the AP, are using new tools to combat the “fake news” outcry.Michael Fabiano, A.L.M. ’16, and newly elected president of the Harvard Extension Alumni Association (HEAA), leads the AP’s business strategy for the Americas and has witnessed massive change within the industry. Before that, Fabiano worked for NBC News as vice president and general manager of NBC Digital Publishing, where he built a company-wide digital publishing business.He spoke to the Gazette about how technology shifted his mindset toward lifelong learning, the challenges facing news organizations and what AP is doing to solidify trust in the media.Q&AMichael FabianoGazette: There has been an increased push by adults to continue their education past traditional schooling and to continue learning throughout their whole lives. How do you feel you can extend that push as new president of the HEAA?Fabiano: I have firsthand experience of proactively retooling my skillset twice since beginning my business career. When the internet enabled mass globalization and exponential technological advancement, I witnessed a significant shift in business. I wanted an edge to stay relevant.I worked full time and attended Columbia Business School’s Executive MBA program in 2005. Ten years later, I found Harvard Extension School’s journalism program. It was unique in that I was able to take classes in the law school in intellectual property, learn the latest in content management system technology, as well as explore how the internet has impacted writing and content creation.A technological tipping point is occurring in higher education, allowing us to leap well beyond the traditional classroom lecture experience. Driven by interactive classroom software and artificial intelligence, society has, for the first time in history, an educational model that is quite different from the traditional classroom lecture — and arguably much more impactful.My experiences have given me a depth of understanding of how continuing education programs are delivered to working adults and where the value is to corporations and students. Businesses can see value added immediately as experienced students bring classroom knowledge into the workplace. As a hiring manager, I want employees that have the persistence to work and attend school simultaneously.Our board needs to function at a more strategic level than ever before, working with our incredibly talented alumni, integrating across the other Harvard schools, and positioning Harvard Extension School as the premier lifetime learning community that it is.,Gazette: Your career has allowed you to view the world, and in particular the media industry, from myriad different angles.  Can you highlight some of the transformation you’ve experienced and where you think the industry is headed?Fabiano: A good part of my career has been about helping organizations transform, and then manage the resultant tremendous changes. At NBC, my role in the strategy group was centered around repositioning a $16 billion company for a digital future through large scale initiatives. … I had the opportunity to work on properties such as the “Today” show on digital rights and asset management, develop disruptive international streaming business models with NBC News, create new programming for The Weather Channel, and enable a new e-commerce purchasing platform for video and images.At the Associated Press, I am responsible for the Americas Media business. My team delivers content and technology that enable free speech globally. The way the AP works with customers is changing dramatically as massive consolidation across newspapers, television, and radio creates very large global distribution platforms. These new media organizations are operating at significant scale and are in various stages of maturity as they adjust to these new ecosystems. … For example, a single local TV station used to reach a finite demographic marketing area. Now with an app, they can reach the world. This has significant implications for how they manage technology and content. As part of a 100-member TV group for example, the complexity grows where they can offer an advertiser a large national audience.Gazette: The AP is often at the forefront of any single major news event happening around the world. How does your organization aim to “get it right” when the term “fake news” is increasingly attached to a story that a particular person or group does not agree with?Fabiano: While AP is a breaking news organization, we’d rather get it right than be first. We maintain and must keep very high standards in pursuit of the truth. Reporting objectively every day takes a special rigor that our editorial staff manages with great care. Having multiple verifiable sources, supporting data and presenting all sides of a story is the heart and soul of the AP. Many of our readers don’t realize that AP does not write any opinion pieces — it only reports the facts. Our content is licensed to 15,000 media outlets worldwide and our customers and members are authorized to write derivative intellectual property, in the spirit of progressing understanding, thinking, and democratic principles.Fact-checking is in AP’s DNA. It’s something we have been doing since the 19th century. To counter the growing amount of misinformation online, AP has created three public news feeds. The first is called “Not Real News.”  This is a roundup of some of the most popular but completely untrue stories and visuals of the week. None of these stories or visuals are legitimate, even though they may have been shared widely on social media. So AP debunks them. “A single local TV station used to reach a finite demographic marketing area. Now with an app, they can reach the world.” In an excerpt from her just-released memoir, Samantha Power recalls her experience going from Balkans war correspondent to Law School student — and her stumbles along the way Related Like a fish out of a war zone Panelists ponder the future of journalism in a click-happy, unsourced world Second, the “Fake news” topic feed is a variety of stories from around the globe that have a combination of misinformation and some truth. This mixture of fact and fiction can create powerful myths. Our journalism is intended to not only cover “fake news” as a subject but debunk these myths or correct facts.Finally, we have our fact-checking engine that delivers accountability journalism from AP journalists across the globe, holding the powerful to account for their words and actions.Gazette: What are some of the new initiatives or goals from your organization that you would like to highlight?Fabiano: We recently strengthened our news output … with [two] outside groups. We have a new relationship with the Howard Hughes Medical Institute’s [HHMI] Department of Science Educationto expand health and science journalism. When I first met with HHMI, we quickly recognized that our organizations’ mutual missions — to inform the world — were aligned. This was the anchor for all our work going forward and has resulted in a significant increase in quality science journalism.The second content expansion area centers on journalism that broadly covers religion, faith, ethics, and spirituality. So, much of our global news coverage is related to these topic areas. This is funded by a $4.9 million grant from the Lilly Endowment. It was a significant joint collaboration between our Americas Media business and editorial teams.It’s important to note that in both collaborations — and any with outside groups — AP retains full editorial control. We are and always have been a truly independent not-for-profit news organization, with no owners and no government funding.Finally, my team is managing a new programming effort. AP Productions is a new function within the business arm of The Associated Press that combines three market opportunities: programming/production, podcasts, and books. All of these produced works have a common thread that leverages AP’s brand, journalism, storytelling, content, and distribution into fully realized projects.  These projects can be executed by AP’s own growing production capability, or with third party partners, depending on the opportunity. Journalist, whistleblower, or dangerous security leak?last_img read more

Professors react to midterm elections

first_imgAfter Republicans won big in midterm elections last week, Notre Dame professors said the party’s gains could lead to a stronger sense of party division in the coming term. “The Republicans won big, so they have no need to compromise,” said Jack Colwell, adjunct professor of American Studies and South Bend Tribune columnist. “With Democrats, the more liberal Democrats won — it was the more moderate Democrats that lost.” The House of Representatives currently has 256 Democratic seats and 179 Republican seats. When the new Representatives take office, 239 Republicans and 188 Democrats will take the floor, with eight seats still pending, according to USA Today’s website. The Senate will go from its current 57 Democrats, 41 Republicans and two Independents to 51 Democrats, 46 Republicans and two Independents, with one seat still pending. Colwell said Indiana’s 2nd Congressional District, in which Notre Dame is located, had an interesting race. Incumbent Democrat Joe Donnelly narrowly defeated Republican Jackie Walorski for the spot in the House of Representatives. “It was amazing Donnelly could survive in such a Republican year in a Republican state,” he said. “One of the problems for the next session is that Donnelly is one of the more moderate Democrats, and one of the few left.” In the races for governor, Republicans also took the majority. Currently there are 26 Democratic governors and 24 Republican governors. After the new ones are sworn in, there will be 29 Republican governors, 18 Democratic governors and one Independent governor, with two races still pending results, according to USA Today’s website. When it comes to legislation, Colwell said he predicts problems between party lines. “There will be stalemate,” he said. “The Republicans in the House of Representatives have had great success with just saying no.” He also said he sees trouble for President Barack Obama. “[Obama] will try to work with them — but it takes two to tango,” Colwell said. “I don’t see why Republicans would work with him … I doubt they will work with him.” The repeal of healthcare reform was on the campaign promise list of many candidates, but Colwell said this would be impossible. However, the newly elected officials could still do some damage. “Opponents will try to starve it,” he said. “They will try to sabotage it.” He said this could come in the form of redirecting funds away from programming. “The only thing that could help end the [partisan] stalemate is that both parties love their country,” he said. “If things started to get bad with something like the economy, you might see politicians on either side work with each other.” Some have called the Republican victory a “tsunami” or a “hurricane,” Colwell said, but he also said the landslide could have been larger. “It was a big Republican year,” he said. “They probably would have won the Senate if the Tea Party didn’t nominate so many questionable candidates.” The Tea Party, a right-wing faction of the Republican Party, received a lot of media attention during the elections. Michael Desch, chair in the Political Science department, said the Tea Party created problems for the two-party political system. “There is grounds for optimism for the Obama administration,” he said. “The rise of the Tea Party is not just a problem for the Democrats but also for the Republican Party. There is a lot of anger directed at the Republican establishment.” Desch, who has a specialty in international politics and foreign policy, said some foreign policy issues were in the background of the midterm election. “China and trade [was an issue],” he said. “The overarching issue was the economy and unemployment. China was important with these persistent fears. We have an imbalance in trade with China.” Desch said what seemed to determine the midterm election results was not a great support for the Republican Party, but a general sense of unhappiness with the current government. “The problems with the economy are long-term and structural,” he said. “The problem is that there are no easy solutions. The American public doesn’t have the stomach for the solutions now.”last_img read more

Ben & Jerry’s founder reflects on company, socially conscious business mission

first_imgJerry Greenfield, co-founder of Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream, discussed the history of his company and ethical business practices in a lecture Tuesday evening in the Mendoza College of Business as part of the College of Arts and Letters Dean’s Fellows speaker series. Greenfield gave the audience a detailed account of how Ben & Jerry’s was founded. Greenfield and his childhood friend, Ben Cohen, were at a standstill in their lives, he said. Both in their twenties, Greenfield had been rejected from medical school twice and Cohen was working a series of odd jobs in New York before they both decided it was time for a change. Chris Collins | The Observer Jerry Greenfield, co-founder of Ben & Jerry’s, explores the history of his company and emphasizes the importance of a socially conscious business mission during a lecture Tuesday in the Mendoza College of Business.“Ben and I were failing at everything we tried to do, so we thought, why don’t we get together and do something that’s fun — be our own bosses,” Greenfield said. “And because we had always liked to eat, we thought we would do something with food, so we just picked homemade ice cream.”Greenfield and Cohen opened their first ice cream parlor in an abandoned gas station in Burlington, Vermont in May 1978, and sales went well during their first summer of operation, Greenfield said. However, the winters came, bitterly so, and people naturally decided to buy less ice cream so the pair decided to start selling tubs of it; first sales were to local restaurants, then to restaurants all around the state to stay in business. Little did they know, Greenfield said, that this practice would give way to the Ben & Jerry’s pint. “Ben thought that if he could start packaging the ice cream into pint containers, he could stop off at mom-and-pop grocery stores that he was passing by from one restaurant to another,” Greenfield said. “So we started packaging ice cream into pints … and that is how Ben & Jerry’s stumbled into manufacturing ice cream and delivering it.”But making and selling ice cream is just one aspect of the Ben & Jerry’s business. In the second part of his lecture, Greenfield discussed the company’s deep-rooted dedication to social responsibility and honest business practices. It started with their public campaign against Pillsbury because of their refusal to let two large ice cream distributors carry Ben & Jerry’s — they feared it would detract from sales of Haagen Dazs, a Pillsbury company. So, Greenfield and Cohen started a campaign entitled “What’s the doughboy afraid of?” and sought support from their loyal customers, the media and the general public, eventually winning their case. After that, though, Greenfield and Cohen began to feel that they had stepped away from the original mission of their company.“We were kids of the sixties, and we had a really negative opinion of business,” Greenfield said. “We felt like our business was just becoming another cog in the economic machine.”Just when Greenfield and Cohen were considering getting out of the business, they received some wisdom from an old friend, Maurice Perper. He gave them the advice that made Ben & Jerry’s what it is today, Greenfield said. “If there is something you don’t like about the way that business is done, why don’t you just change it,” Greenfield said. Thus began Ben & Jerry’s mission to make their business different. Instead of pulling in venture capital — a small number of elite investors — when they needed economic support, Cohen and Greenfield held the first ever public stock offer in the state of Vermont, giving the community control over part of their business. Greenfield said they also began the Ben & Jerry’s Foundation to grant money to nonprofit organizations, but were overwhelmed by the sheer number of worthy causes that needed help. “As we thought about it, all the foundations in the country are in the same situation,” Greenfield said. “There are these tremendous unmet human needs and not enough money to fulfill them. We started to wonder both why that is and what more business could do.”Greenfield and Cohen decided that business and improving the community did not necessarily have to be two separate entities. “The solution to the dilemma is to find those courses of action that have a positive impact on both of the bottom lines — making money and giving back to the community,” Greenfield said.They decided to find ways to help others and their business at the same time, he said, such as buying brownies for their popular chocolate fudge brownie flavor from a bakery run by a religious community that supports people who have fallen on hard times economically. The company also has about a dozen “partner shops” — stores owned by non-profit social service agencies who work with at-risk youth. The money the shops make funds their programs and provides jobs for these adolescents. Greenfield said he and Cohen believe that Ben & Jerry’s socially conscious mission is part of what makes their business work so well. “Just because the idea that the good you do comes back to you is written in the Bible and not in some business textbook does not mean that it is any less valid,” he said. “We are all interconnected, and as we help others, we cannot help but be helped in return. For businesses and people, it is all exactly the same.”Tags: Ben & Jerry’s, Ben Cohen, ethical business, Jerry Greenfieldlast_img read more

France, Spain move toward reopening as global virus cases top 4 million

first_imgFrench health officials have warned that “the epidemic remains active and is evolving”, and that social distancing must be kept up even as restrictions are eased.In Spain, about half the population will be allowed out on Monday for limited socialization, and restaurants will be able to offer some outdoor service as the country begins a phased transition set to last through June.Fears lingered, however, of a resurgence, and authorities excluded Madrid and Barcelona — two COVID-19 hotspots — from the first phase.Belgium is also easing some restrictions on Monday, and in some parts of Germany, bars and restaurants reopened on Saturday with further easing set for Monday.Overall, the situation in Europe was still far from normal.Britain is reportedly planning to announce on Sunday that all overseas visitors will face a mandatory two-week quarantine, and the European Union warned against opening borders to travelers from outside the bloc.Across Europe, commemorations marking 75 years since Nazi Germany’s surrender were cancelled or scaled down.And Poland’s election on Sunday will be one for the history books as polling stations remain closed and turnout will clock in at zero due to a political crisis set off by the pandemic — the presidential ballot is formally neither postponed nor cancelled because the government and opposition were unable to agree on a constitutional and safe solution.’Phenomenal’ recovery? South Korea’s capital Seoul shut all bars and clubs on Saturday after a burst of cases were tracked to one of the city’s busiest nightlife districts.Even as the country eased virus restrictions, officials warned against carelessness after the new cluster of infections, highlighting the challenge of containing the spread of the deadly disease while pursuing an economic revival.Global economic figures are pointing to the most acute downturn in nearly a century with businesses forced to shut and supply lines badly disrupted, and pressure is growing on leaders around the world to find a way out.In the United States, the country with the world’s highest death toll, President Donald Trump faced sharp criticism from his predecessor Barack Obama, who said on a leaked tape that Trump’s handling of the crisis was an “absolute chaotic disaster”.Facing re-election in November, Trump has insisted that next year would be “phenomenal” for the US economy, urging reopening in a country where the virus continues to claim well over 1,000 lives daily.The United States lost an unprecedented 20.5 million jobs in April, driving the unemployment rate to 14.7 percent — the highest level since the Great Depression.’Life costs money’ Health experts have cautioned that while the growth of cases may be slowing in some European and Asian countries, other nations — many of them impoverished — are only in the first phases of their outbreaks.In Iran, the Middle East’s virus epicenter, many were taking advantage of loosened restrictions despite worries about a spike in infections.”Life costs money,” said Hamed, a 22-year-old out on the streets of the capital Tehran without a mask. “People have to go to work since this virus has been with us for about three months now.”And in neighboring Pakistan, the world’s fifth most-populous country, the government ended the lockdown on Saturday and locals streamed into markets and shops, despite still-high infection rates.Tehmina Sattar, shopping with her sister and sons in Rawalpindi, said: “We are happy with this decision, but at the same time I have a fear in my heart that if this disease spreads it could be devastating.”Topics : Amid the barrage of deaths, some European countries have cited signs of progress that they said justified cautious steps towards a sense of normality.Officials in France on Saturday said the day’s death toll of 80 was the lowest since early April, while nursing home fatalities also fell sharply as the nation prepared to relax curbs on public movement imposed eight weeks ago.The easing, to begin Monday, has brought mixed reactions.”I’ve been scared to death” about the reopening, said Maya Flandin, a bookshop manager from Lyon. “It’s a big responsibility to have to protect my staff and my customers.” The number of coronavirus cases worldwide topped four million as some of the hardest-hit countries readied Sunday to lift lockdown restrictions, despite concerns about a second wave of infections.Governments around the world are trying to stop the spread of the disease while scrambling for ways to relieve pressure on their economies, which are facing a historic downturn with millions pushed into unemployment.But with the death toll already past 277,000, nations are keen to avoid second waves of infections that could overwhelm their healthcare systems, with a new cluster of cases in South Korea raising fears about the virus hitting back rapidly.last_img read more

Indonesia to push sustainable peace agenda during second UNSC presidency in August

first_imgIndonesia is scheduled to host three events during its second presidency. The first meeting on Aug. 6 will discuss the UN Secretary General’s inaugural report on combating terrorism and cross-border crime.The second meeting on Aug. 12 will discuss challenges to achieving sustainable peace and seek to unify efforts to attain it during the pandemic. Meanwhile, the third meeting, scheduled for Aug. 26, will focus on protecting civilians from cyberattacks.Authorities have recorded an increase in cyberattacks against public facilities, including hospitals and airports, during the COVID-19 pandemic.Read also: Indonesia renews call to maintain UN peacekeeping operations during COVID-19 Indonesia will also run at least 14 meetings to discuss peace efforts in various parts of the world, including a strategic report on the Islamic State (IS) as well as the extended mandate of the UN Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) and the UN Assistance Mission in Somalia (UNSOM)Retno said Indonesia would strive to issue two documents during the presidency.The first document will focus on adjusting approaches to handling people allegedly involved with terror groups through the Prosecution, Rehabilitation and Reintegration approach.“The UNSC won’t only focus on law enforcement, but also attempts to rehabilitate and reintegrate former terrorists into society,” said Retno.The second document will focus on women peacekeepers, as Indonesia seeks to encourage greater participation of women in peacekeeping efforts as well as the integration of gender perspectives into the UN’s peacekeeping missions. (dis)Topics : Indonesia will begin its rotating presidency of the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) in August amid the coronavirus pandemic that poses challenges to world peace.Foreign Minister Retno LP Marsudi said Indonesia would raise the theme of “Advancing Sustainable Peace”, which is in line with the previous year’s theme of “Investing in Peace”. The minister said the advancement of peace needed constant effort and attention.“Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, which has taken up most of our energy and attention, let’s not forget to continue advancing peace because peace remains essential to our success in handling the pandemic and accelerating economic recovery,” Retno said during a press briefing on Thursday.last_img read more

Mapping environmental crime seen as key to slowing Amazon forest losses

first_img“This includes shining a light not just on crime groups and shady business but also the corrupt government officials – including police, notary clerks, customs officials, and politicians – who facilitate the business,” Szabó said in an interview with the Thomson Reuters Foundation.To track the regional and national networks that drive environmental crime across the Amazon, researchers have teamed up with Interpol, InSight Crime – a non-profit journalism and investigation organization – and other partners, Szabó said.The effort looked first at Brazil, Colombia and Peru, and was later extended to Bolivia, Ecuador, Guyana, Suriname and Venezuela, the study noted.What researchers found is that illegal activities in the Amazon basin often interact in problematic ways and can have multiple environmental impacts. A share of the cattle supplied to Brazil’s markets are fattened on illegally deforested Amazon land. To conceal that fact from buyers, the animals often are passed through many hands and holdings before being sold, Brazilian researchers said.That process of “regularizing” beef makes it hard for buyers to ensure their supply chains are deforestation-free – one reason widespread forest loss continues, researchers said in a study looking at how environmental crimes in the Amazon basin are often inter-related.To disrupt the activities of such networks, and prevent illegally sourced products flooding global markets, making the connections clear is vital, said Ilona Szabó, executive director of the Igarapé Institute, a Brazilian think-think that published the study this week. Small-scale gold mining, for instance, can drive deforestation, contamination of soils and waterways, land tenure violations and violence.As part of the effort to better track and respond to such illegal activity in the Amazon, researchers are creating a live digital map of incidents, to try to better identify patterns and overlaps.The tool, which will rely on remote sensing as well as field visits, should be ready next July, they said.”The end goal is to create a publicly available tool that can shine a light on crime in the supply chain, targeting asset managers, investment banks, ESG [environmental, social and corporate governance] investors, pensions funds, and consumers who are demanding action,” Szabó said.Lack of cooperationFighting environmental crime in the Amazon basin – spread across a range of countries – can be difficult because of a lack of international cooperation, said Adriana Abdenur, one author of the study.”The Amazon is a profoundly international space,” said Abdenur, co-founder of Plataforma Cipó, an laboratory of climate and governance ideas.An Amazon Cooperation Treaty between eight Amazonian countries, which dates back to 1978, aims to promote “harmonious” development of the region and human well-being.But it and other agreements “are not being used effectively to promote international cooperation for the region”, Abdenur said.According to MapBiomas, an organization that investigates and validates deforestation alerts in Brazil, more than 90% of all forest loss in the Amazon basin is illegal.And the situation is worsening, the group said, with deforestation in Brazil rising more than 34% in the 12 months through July, compared to a year earlier.In Bolivia, fires in 2019 created a rate of forest loss 80% higher than in any previous year, according to the World Resources Institute (WRI).Colombia similarly saw high rates of deforestation last year, and has lost hundreds of thousands of hectares of forest over the past decade, WRI noted.Such rapid loss of carbon-absorbing forests is helping drive worsening climate impacts that threaten hundreds of millions of people in South America who rely on the forest to produce rainfall that supports the region’s food security, Szabó said.”Put simply, environmental crime is not just aggravated by climate change – it drives climate change”, she said.Low levels of regional cooperation in addressing environmental crime are the result of a lack of trust among governments in the region – and the fact that some officials benefit for illegal activities, Szabó said.Even within countries, “public agencies rarely coordinate effectively to locate, investigate, prosecute and penalize environmental crimes – which explains sky-high impunity,” she said.Topics :last_img read more

Asset management roundup: Asset managers seek to improve industry culture

first_imgThe IA said its framework would help firms address cultural issues “in a meaningful and holistic manner”, including by:defining culture using a set of values that support the overall business strategy;measuring culture in a qualitative and quantitative way, including factors such as diversity and inclusion, effective leadership and psychological wellbeing;benchmarking existing culture and conduct risk and assessing this at division, department and desk level; andmonitoring cultural direction over time through surveys and reviews.Pauline Hawkes-Bunyan, director of business, risk, culture and resilience at the IA, said: “Culture is the central ingredient that creates a positive environment where people look forward to coming to work, feel valued and do their best work.“Although we know a healthy culture when we see one, it is important that we are able to define, measure and evaluate it over time as creating a healthy culture is not a one-off project, but a central plank to business’ productivity and success.”Manulife opens Ireland office Dublin, IrelandCanadian asset manager Manulife Investment Management has opened an office in Dublin as part of a planned expansion in Europe, as well as a means of mitigating Brexit-related risks.In a statement this week Manulife said it had appointed Angela Billick as chief operating officer and head of the Ireland office. She is currently head of European investment product for Manulife Wealth & Asset Management, a role she will continue to hold.The asset manager – which runs €318.2bn according to IPE’s 2019 Top 400 Asset Managers survey – has also brought in Mary Cahill as investment officer and Fergal McIntyre as financial controller.Cahill was previously head of global investment selection at Davy Asset Management, while McIntyre was most recently financial controller at Anima Asset Management.Manulife said the Dublin office would help provide oversight for the company’s UCITS fund platform as well as help mitigate the risks associated with Brexit. A number of asset managers with operations in the UK have set up new offices in other EU states ahead of the UK’s expected departure from the bloc.Andrew Arnott, head of Manulife Investment Management in the US and Europe, said: “Growing our European presence to meet the potential of the market continues to be a priority, and the establishment of our Dublin office will better serve the needs of our customers at a global scale.”Billick added: “This strategic location will enhance our ability to engage with our partners across multiple geographies. I look forward to collaborating with our dedicated global team to deliver our diverse investment solutions to investors.”EU financial centres’ share of post-Brexit relocations (%)Chart Maker The UK asset manager trade body has launched a self-assessment framework for its members in an effort to improve workplace culture within the investment industry.The Investment Association (IA) – the lobby group for the UK’s £7.7trn (€8.7trn) asset management industry – teamed up with law firm Latham & Watkins to produce the ‘Culture Framework’, involving a “comprehensive tool kit” to help companies monitor factors that influence corporate culture.The report follows the expansion of the Senior Managers and Certification Regime (SMCR), a regulatory drive by UK regulators to address cultural issues within financial services firms that could lead to rule breaches.The Financial Conduct Authority and Prudential Regulatory Authority brought in the SMCR last year for banks and insurers. Other areas – including asset managers – will be subject to the new rulebook from 9 December this year.last_img read more

World facing cancer ‘tidal wave’

first_imgHealthInternationalLifestylePrint World facing cancer ‘tidal wave’ by: – February 4, 2014 Share Sharing is caring! 24 Views   no discussions Sharecenter_img MammogramsLarge numbers of people do not know there is a lot they can do to reduce their exposure to riskThe globe is facing a “tidal wave” of cancer, and restrictions on alcohol and sugar need to be considered, say World Health Organization scientists.It predicts the number of cancer cases will reach 24 million a year by 2035, but half could be prevented.The WHO said there was now a “real need” to focus on cancer prevention by tackling smoking, obesity and drinking.The World Cancer Research Fund said there was an “alarming” level of naivety about diet’s role in cancer.Fourteen million people a year are diagnosed with cancer, but that is predicted to increase to 19 million by 2025, 22 million by 2030 and 24 million by 2035.The developing world will bear the brunt of the extra cases.Dr Chris Wild, the director of the WHO’s International Agency for Research on Cancer, told the BBC: “The global cancer burden is increasing and quite markedly, due predominately to the ageing of the populations and population growth.“If we look at the cost of treatment of cancers, it is spiralling out of control, even for the high-income countries. Prevention is absolutely critical and it’s been somewhat neglected.”The WHO’s World Cancer Report 2014 said the major sources of preventable cancer included:• Smoking• Infections• Alcohol• Obesity and inactivity• Radiation, both from the sun and medical scans• Air pollution and other environmental factors• Delayed parenthood, having fewer children and not breastfeedingFor most countries, breast cancer is the most common cancer in women. However, cervical cancer dominates in large parts of Africa.The human papillomavirus (HPV) is a major cause. It is thought wider use of the HPV and other vaccines could prevent hundreds of thousands of cancers.One of the report’s editors, Dr Bernard Stewart from the University of New South Wales in Australia, said prevention had a “crucial role in combating the tidal wave of cancer which we see coming across the world”.Dr Stewart said human behaviour was behind many cancers such as the sunbathe “until you’re cooked evenly on both sides” approach in his native Australia.He said it was not the role of the International Agency for Research on Cancer to dictate what should be done.But he added: “In relation to alcohol, for example, we’re all aware of the acute effects, whether it’s car accidents or assaults, but there’s a burden of disease that’s not talked about because it’s simply not recognised, specifically involving cancer.“The extent to which we modify the availability of alcohol, the labelling of alcohol, the promotion of alcohol and the price of alcohol – those things should be on the agenda.”He said there was a similar argument to be had with sugar fuelling obesity, which in turn affected cancer risk.Meanwhile, a survey of 2,046 people in the UK by the World Cancer Research Fund (WCRF) suggested 49% do not know that diet increases the risk of developing cancer.A third of people said cancer was mainly due to family history, but the charity said no more than 10% of cancers were down to inherited genes.Amanda McLean, general manager for the WCRF, said: “It’s very alarming to see that such a large number of people don’t know that there’s a lot they can do to significantly reduce their risk of getting cancer.For most countries, breast cancer is the most common cancer in women“In the UK, about a third of the most common cancers could be prevented through being a healthy weight, eating a healthy diet and being regularly physically active.“These results show that many people still seem to mistakenly accept their chances of getting cancer as a throw of the dice, but by making lifestyle changes today, we can help prevent cancer tomorrow.”It advises a diet packed with vegetables, fruit, and wholegrains; cutting down on alcohol and red meat; and junking processed meat completely.Annual figures include donations by private donors and governments for prevention and treatment. Spending by recipient countries not included. More than 90% of cancer funding is spent on anti-tobacco campaigns.Jean King, Cancer Research UK’s director of tobacco control, said: “The most shocking thing about this report’s prediction that 14 million cancer cases a year will rise to 22 million globally in the next 20 years is that up to half of all cases could be prevented.“People can cut their risk of cancer by making healthy lifestyle choices, but it’s important to remember that the government and society are also responsible for creating an environment that supports healthy lifestyles.“It’s clear that if we don’t act now to curb the number of people getting cancer, we will be at the heart of a global crisis in cancer care within the next two decades.”BBC News Tweet Sharelast_img read more

The Latest: FBS final rankings to be released on Dec. 20

first_imgCleveland Browns center and NFLPA president JC Tretter said he’ll push for daily testing for the COVID-19 virus during training camp while the NFL ramps up for the season.Tretter said Wednesday on a Zoom call that he’s been satisfied with the protocols agreed to by the league and players’ union. Tretter said those guidelines will need to continue to evolve and change as more is learned about the virus.Players are currently being tested each day, but that was supposed to change in two weeks to every other day if teams stayed below a certain percentage of positive cases. Tretter believes daily testing is necessary to avoid the “lag time” that has led to problems in Major League Baseball.Tretter has chosen to play this season while knowing he’s putting himself and his pregnant wife at risk. He’s currently staying in a hotel and not at home to minimize any chance of getting sick.___ The Latest: FBS final rankings to be released on Dec. 20 Eastern Kentucky kicker Landon White has quit the football team in a social media post that accuses the FCS program of being lax in coronavirus testing and following protocols.White says on Instagram that the team’s last test was July 6 and that symptomatic players were still in the building and around other teammates. The junior adds that meeting rooms have had “100+ players and staff crammed into it with zero space and no social distancing rules in sight.”The 6-foot-1, 192-pound White also says first-year Colonels coach Walt Wells knows and “does nothing,” adding that he only cares about EKU earning a big payout from West Virginia for playing in Morgantown on Sept. 12.Athletic director Matt Roan said in a statement the department is aware of White’s post. He says “egregiously or willfully ignoring safety guidelines” by staff or students will not be tolerated. Moan also says weekly testing will be done consistent with re-socialization requirements and anyone reporting symptoms will be tested, monitored and quarantined if necessary.___ Miami Marlins outfielder Matt Joyce, who missed all of summer camp with the coronavirus, says his antibodies tests have come back negative and he continues to observe protocols for COVID-19.“I’m like: ‘OK, I already had it. Do I really have to wear the mask all the time?’” Joyce said. “But I still want to be mindful and careful, because there’s still so much unknown.”Joyce said he had mild symptoms for six days, and he was frustrated that it took him a month to test negative for the virus. Eighteen of his teammates are now infected following a recent outbreak that halted the Marlins’ season for a week.“Hopefully they have a much better experience than I did with the testing results,” Joyce said.___ The College Football Playoff semifinals are still scheduled to be played Jan. 1 at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, California, and the Sugar Bowl in New Orleans. The national championship game is set for Jan. 11 in Miami Gardens, Florida.___Indiana University anticipates having fans at football games this fall though it has not yet determined at what capacity. A final policy is expected in mid-August.Athletic director Scott Dolson says the expectation is to play in front of smaller crowds. The announcement came just hours after the Big Ten released its revised 10-game schedule and one day before the Hoosiers open fall practice. Dolson says the athletic department will continue to follow the advice of the school’s Athletics Medical Advisory Group as well as guidelines from state and local leaders, the CDC and university officials.One thing that already is clear: face coverings must be worn in and around Memorial Stadium. Wilson announced his decision Wednesday on Twitter. Allen Hurns made a similar announcement Tuesday.“It was a very tough choice,” Wilson wrote, “but since the day I started playing the game it’s always been Faith Family Football. Because of this crazy time I choose to put my family in the best situation I see fit.”Coach Brian Flores said he supported both players in their decisions.Wilson made four starts and had 43 receptions for 351 yards and one touchdown last season.___ The Detroit Lions have activated wide receiver Kenny Golladay from the reserve/COVID-19 list.The list was created for players who either test positive for COVID-19 or have been in close contact with an infected person. The Lions put Golladay on it last week.Golladay was Detroit’s leading receiver last season with 65 catches for 1,190 yards and 11 touchdowns.___Albert Wilson became the second Miami Dolphins player — and their second receiver — to opt out of playing this year because of the coronavirus. ___The Atlanta Falcons have activated linebacker Foye Oluokun, quarterback Danny Etling and rookie safety Jaylinn Hawkins from the team’s COVID-19 reserve list.They were among six players placed on the list in the early days of training camp.Defensive tackle Tyeler Davison, fullback Keith Smith and safety Jamal Carter have yet to be cleared to rejoin the team.Oluokun is expected to take over a full-time starting role this season, while Etling is in the mix to serve as the team’s third quarterback. Hawkins is a fourth-round pick out of California. ___Cleveland Browns guard Colby Gossett has opted out of the 2020 season, becoming the fourth player on the team — and third offensive lineman — to decide not play because of the coronavirus pandemic.Gossett qualifies for the high-risk opt-out agreed to by the NFLPA and will receive a $350,000 stipend for not playing. He was due to make $675,00 this season.He is the second Browns guard to opt out, following Drew Forbes. The team also will be without offensive tackle Drake Dorbeck and defensive tackle Andrew Billings.The Browns promoted Gossett from the practice squad late last season. His loss will hurt Cleveland’s depth and likely force general manager Andrew Berry to look for free agents. ___Michigan State defensive end Jacub Panasiuk says he’s redshirting this season because of concerns about COVID-19.Panasiuk said on his Twitter account that he intends to come back and finish his senior year at Michigan State.“Our country is facing difficult times with many unanswered questions regarding COVID-19,” Panasiuk said. “Unfortunately, with the uncertainty of the effects of COVID-19, I cannot risk my health and safety in order to play football this season.”Michigan State’s football team just finished a 14-day quarantine period based on testing that took place last month. Team activities resumed Wednesday, and practice is scheduled to start Friday. ___The South Carolina High School League has pushed back its start date for football practices and games.The governing body decided to delay workouts until Sept. 8, three weeks later than the previously planned start of Aug. 17.A seven-game schedule will start Sept. 25, according to the latest plan. The playoffs will conclude in December. Those teams that don’t make the playoffs will have the option of scheduling an extra game, as long as it happens before Nov. 20. High school stadiums will be limited to no more than 250 people in the stands with social distancing measures in place. Fans will also be required to wear a mask or face covering.___center_img Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___The College Football Playoff announced the selection committee’s final rankings, which determine the four teams that will play for the national championship, will be released Dec. 20. College Football’s version of selection Sunday was pushed back two weeks to accommodate the changing schedules of FBS conferences. All the conferences have either rescheduled their conference championship games for Dec. 19 or said that they might move them off their originally planned date of Dec. 5. In May, Rivers announced he would become the head coach at St. Michael Catholic High School in Fairhope, Alabama, when he retires. There, Rivers plans to coach his children — like his father did. He says the family has not decided yet whether the children would be home-schooled this fall.Rivers’ comment comes the same day two more Colts said they would not play this season, safety Rolan Milligan and cornerback Marvell Tell III. They joined linebacker Skai Moore, who announced his decision Tuesday.“These guys are family to us – we respect their decisions, personally support them, want them and their families to stay safe and healthy,” coach Frank Reich said. “We’ll maintain contact with all of them, but also understand their decision.”Noah Trister 5:16 [email protected] August 5, 2020 Associated Press Louisville has paused workouts for men’s and women’s soccer, field hockey and volleyball after 29 members of those programs tested positive for COVID-19.The school said in a statement the positive tests and exposure were primarily traced to an off-campus party. Teammates and student-athletes from other sports were potentially exposed to the virus and remain quarantined due to contact tracing, the statement said.“We’ve talked about other schools, we’ve used those examples to educate,” athletic director Vince Tyra said in virtual news conference. “And unfortunately, we fell into the same trap here this past weekend.”Tyra also said the code of conduct within the teams, department and school are being stressed, and repeat violators could face disciplinary options up to dismissal.Suspension of activities began Monday. Team members who have not tested positive or been identified through contract tracing may be permitted to return to on-campus workouts on Aug. 10. The deadline for players opting out is Thursday at 4 p.m.___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports Indiana also announced season-ticket holders can opt out of this season, donate ticket payments to the Varsity Club, apply the money toward 2021 tickets or receive a refund. Those options will also apply if games are postponed or canceled.Ticket holders who opt out or cancel a purchase will be given the opportunity to buy the same seats next without losing their status for consecutive years.___The Detroit Lions have put center Russell Bodine on the reserve/opt-out list.The Lions announced earlier Wednesday they had activated receiver Kenny Golladay off the reserve/COVID-19 list. ___The American Athletic Conference says it will keep its eight-game conference football schedule in place and allow its 11 schools to play up to four nonconference games.The AAC also announced it could move the date of its football championship game, scheduled for Dec. 5 at the home stadium of the top-seeded team, back to Dec. 12 or Dec. 19 if needed, due to COVID-19 disruptions.The conference championship game could also be moved to accommodate Navy’s annual game with Army, scheduled for Dec. 12. The conference said it hoped to make a determination on the date of the championship game no earlier than Nov. 1.The AAC has lost at least eight games against Power Five conference opponents that have altered schedules to play all or mostly within their league. More cancellations could come. The conference is allowing its members to find replacement games if possible. Conference play begins Sept. 19 as previously planned. Bodine played 10 games last season for the Buffalo Bills. Prior to that, he spent four seasons with the Cincinnati Bengals.___New Indianapolis Colts quarterback Philip Rivers says he never considered opting out of this season because it probably would have ended his career.The 38-year-old, eight-time Pro Bowler signed a one-year, $25 million contract in March with Indy after spending his first 16 seasons with the San Diego and Los Angeles Chargers.“Obviously, you try to be smart. I think that’s really kind of where we are from a family standpoint,” said Rivers, who has nine children. “But deciding not to play, we never got there. I also think making that decision, for me, would have been making the decision to be done and I’m not there yet.”last_img read more