Isle of Dogs’ new tricks

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Dual investment objective a ‘big challenge’ for Ireland’s reformed NPRF

first_img“The concept of impact investing is emerging, but, for sovereign funds to have both return objectives and to support economic activity is quite a new development,” O’Callaghan said“We will need to find ways to estimate in advance and monitor the economic impact our investments are having and to report this to the trustees.”The NPRF has been split into two discrete portfolios since the Irish government used its capital to bail out Allied Irish Banks and Bank of Ireland.Since the current government announced its intention to reorientate the discretionary portfolio, still controlled by the NPRF Commission and invested in global equities, fixed income, property, commodities and infrastructure, the fund has been gradually selling off overseas holdings – recently resulting in the sale of €800m in private equity fund holdings and commitments to Lexington Partners.It has already allocated significant capital to projects targeting Ireland, including a €500m commitment to three funds offering assistance to the country’s SMEs and a $100m joint venture with China’s CIC.For more on the Ireland Strategic Investment Fund’s future strategy, see How We Run Our Money in the current issue of IPE The Irish National Pensions Reserve Fund’s (NPRF) imminent reorientation into the Ireland Strategic Investment Fund (ISIF) poses significant challenges, both in the shape of ensuring independent governance and meeting its new dual investment target, the fund’s investment director has said.Eugene O’Callaghan, who since 2010 has overseen the NPRF’s investment activities, said the proposed ISIF would have “no hope” of attracting matching co-investments unless it were able to demonstrate the independence of its governance arrangements.The former executive director of Irish Life Investment Managers told IPE’s How We Run Our Money that the ISIF, to be funded with the €6.8bn currently held within the NPRF’s discretionary portfolio once the Irish government passes the required legislation, would face further hurdles due to its dual investment objectives of encouraging domestic growth while producing positive returns.He said this “double bottom line” would prove a significant challenge.last_img read more

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Americans warm to gay marriage, sour on marriage – Huh?

first_imgThe Washington Post 16 March 2016Family First Comment: How does gay marriage affect anybody, they ask? Here’s the evidence. It weakens the purpose and important role of marriage, and drives the ‘disassociation of marriage from family life’. Ironically, the survey shows ‘attitudes toward divorce have soured’. It only took 45 years to start seeing sense!Gay marriage? Great. Marriage? Meh.According to findings released Thursday by the federal government, Americans are warming to the idea of same-sex marriage even as they grow more apathetic about the role marriage, of any sort, should play in regulating family and behavior.Newly released data from the National Survey of Family Growth, conducted from 2011 to 2013 by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, show a decided increase in support of same-sex adoption and relations, but ambivalence about the sexual mores that once governed marriage.Among women ages 15 to 44, those who agree or strongly agree that same-sex relations are “all right” has increased from 42 percent in 2002 to 60 percent in 2011-13. Men of that age cohort are evenly split on the question — with 49 percent for and 50 percent against — but the numbers are rapidly trending in the same direction.The survey shows an even more striking shift in attitudes over the past decade on whether same-sex couples should have the right to adopt children. While 55 percent of women in 2002 said they were in favor of such a right, that number ballooned to more than 75 percent. Among men, support for same-sex adoption has swelled to 68 percent, up from 47 percent in 2002.Even though marriage is no longer seen as tied to sex and child-rearing, the survey shows attitudes toward divorce have soured. While 47 percent of women and 44 percent of men in 2002 said divorce is “usually the best option” for couples struggling to get by, those numbers have dropped to 38 percent and 39 percent, respectively.Mr. Sprigg speculated that attitudes toward divorce have been shaped by Americans who have grown up in broken households.“People have seen the wreckage of families that have been devastated by divorce and the lie that this is somehow better for adults and their children,” he said.READ MORE: http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2016/mar/16/americans-warm-to-gay-marriage-sour-on-marriage-st/?utm_source=RSS_Feed&utm_medium=RSSlast_img read more

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NFHS releases guidelines for return to high school sports

first_img Latest Posts Ellsworth runners compete in virtual Boston Marathon – September 16, 2020 MPA approves golf, XC, field hockey, soccer; football, volleyball moved to spring – September 10, 2020 Hospice volunteers help families navigate grief and find hope – September 12, 2020 Biocenter_img Mike MandellMike Mandell is the sports editor at The Ellsworth American and Mount Desert Islander. He began working for The American in August 2016. You can reach him via email at mmandell@ellsworthamerican.com. Latest posts by Mike Mandell (see all) ELLSWORTH — It’s now been three months since the last high school sporting event took place in the state of Maine. Three months from now, players, fans and coaches around the state are hoping a new season can provide much-needed cheer and relief to their communities.In a normal year, such a wait entails a relatively short offseason, a two-week “hands-off” period, two and a half weeks of practice and, then, the first games, matches and meets. Yet the novel coronavirus pandemic has made 2020 anything but a “normal year,” and with efforts being made to limit gatherings and human contact, a return to sports will require a more extensive approach.The template for that return was laid out Wednesday as the National Federation of High Schools unveiled suggested guidelines for the resumption of high school athletics in the fall. The 16-page document provides a three-phase plan for said resumption and assesses some of the risk factors associated with individual sports and athletics in general in the age of COVID-19.“Looking through it, the document itself is so detailed that it’s almost overwhelming, but it’s good to have that sort of guidance as we go forward,” Ellsworth Athletic Director Josh Frost said. “Getting back to sports in the fall is something we’d all like to see, and any plan you can put in place is going to be very helpful.”This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textThe first phase of a return to high school sports would require screenings for COVID-19 symptoms, a ban on locker room usage, an adherence to detailed hygiene standards and a 10-person limit on gatherings. Group workouts would be permitted, though said workouts would be limited to “pods” of 5-10 people to limit exposure.The opening phase would allow the resumption of individual running events, throwing events, individual swimming events, golf, weightlifting, alpine skiing, sideline cheer and cross-country, which the NFHS has designated as “lower-risk” activities. In cross-country, where late-season meets often see hundreds to thousands of runners, events would be staggered to limit the number of competitors on trails at a given time.“I think the lack of equipment and the ability to practice 6 feet apart while running along trails naturally makes cross-country a lower-risk sport,” said Mount Desert Island head cross-country coach Desiree Sirois. “I think we will be open-minded and appreciative to what the new structure will be.”Phase 2 of the return process would maintain the screening, pod workout and 10-person-gathering provisions from Phase 1 but would permit locker room usage and relax gathering restrictions to 50 people for outdoor events. It also would allow “moderate-risk” activities, basketball, volleyball, baseball, soccer, water polo, gymnastics, ice and field hockey, tennis, swim relays, girls’ lacrosse, pole vault, high jump and long jump, to return.The use of masks, which the NFHS is recommending for athletes in all Phase 1 and Phase 2 events aside from swimming and distance running, could allow volleyball, baseball, softball, gymnastics, tennis and the three moderate-risk track and field events to resume in Phase 1. Some coaches, including Ellsworth head volleyball coach Jamie Calandro, are already preparing for the possibility of a masked environment.Bucksport’s David Hileman (left) and Christian Winslow and George Stevens Academy’s Oliver Wilson compete in the 2019 state championship cross-country meet at Twin Brook Recreation Area in Cumberland. Cross-country is designated as a “lower-risk” sport under NFHS guidelines, which encourage the use of staggered starts to races next season. FILE PHOTO“It’s certainly not ideal since verbal communication and eye contact are such an important part of volleyball, but it can be worked around; I’ve already been formulating different communication styles to account for this,” Calandro said. “This virus is no joke, and my players’ safety is my only concern.”Phase 3 would lift restrictions on screenings and pod workouts and allow gatherings of up to 50 people for all competitions. The remaining sports, wrestling, football, boys’ lacrosse, competition cheer and dance, would be allowed to resume during this stage of the process.The resumption of different sports in separate phases could force schools to make the difficult choice of whether to offer limited sporting opportunities or none at all. Although decisions are far from being made, Frost said a scenario could arise in which cross-country and golf are permitted in the fall while football, soccer and volleyball are not.“We’ve had those conversations in our early communications in the MPA of what we might do if we can provide one sport but not another,” Frost said. “It’s too early to say, but if we’re in school and have a situation where we can have cross-country or golf but not the others, I would rather provide our students with something rather than nothing at all.”In regards to who might be allowed at sporting events, the NFHS has devised a tier list of “essential,” “preferred” and “nonessential” personnel. The list places athletes, coaches, event staff and medical staff into Tier 1 (essential), media members into Tier 2 (preferred) and spectators and vendors into Tier 3 (non-essential).Until local and state health departments relax gathering limitations, only Tier 1 and Tier 2 personnel will be permitted at sporting events. Depending on where matters stand in the weeks or months ahead, that could mean lost viewing opportunities for parents and community members.“So many of these games and events are chances for entire communities to get together and bond,” Frost said. “Sports provide great opportunities for kids, but they’re also entertainment for us. People look forward to them.”The guidelines were issued by the NFHS Sports Medicine Advisory Committee, which employed recommendations from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as well as the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee. Although the MPA is not required to abide by such guidelines, Executive Director Mike Burnham confirmed to the Portland Press Herald that the governing body would do so.Any return to high school sports, of course, must also adhere to state and local guidelines on activities and gatherings. There will be risks to any return as long as no known treatment or vaccine exists, but with a plan to minimize those risks in place, a path toward a 2020-21 season is there for those craving to see sports return.“No matter what level of risk is ultimately determined, I do feel that there will be people who will be happy with the safety standards and some who will feel that not enough precaution is being taken and not participate because of it,” said MDI head track coach Aaron Long. “It’s a tough spot for all of us.”last_img read more

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Indian Premier League (IPL) will be as scheduled

first_imgNEW DELHI: Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) treasurer Arun Dhumal on Wednesday made it clear that the Indian Premier League (IPL) would begin on September 19 in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) as scheduled.Doubts about the 2020 IPL had arisen after 13 members of the Chennai Super Kings (CSK) tested positive for Coronavirus last month, and that led to speculation that the tournament might be postponed, depending on the COVID-19 situation in the UAE. However, Dhumal said that everything was fine now in the UAE and the event would take place as planned. “They all [CSK members] have come negative now. And the IPL will take place as scheduled; there is no doubt about that. Don’t worry, players are following the COVID-19 protocols and matches will be played without spectators. So, I don’t think there will be any problem with that,” Dhumal told IANS. The BCCI has also put on hold the release of the tournament schedule. Asked about it, the BCCI treasurer said the Board is in talks with the Emirates Cricket Board (ECB), “and hopefully the announcement will be made soon”. “IPL Chairman Brijesh Patel is also there in the UAE and he is working on it. The ECB is helping us in all the way possible. Just hope for the best,” he added. It is also learnt that the BCCI could go for a change in the schedule it has reportedly prepared if it goes ahead with the already decided dates. In that case, the opening encounter of the tournament could be held between champions Mumbai Indians and the runners-up of 2018 edition, Sunrisers Hyderabad. It was expected the opening game would be between Mumbai Indians and 2019 runners-up CSK. All eight teams have resumed training in the UAE, but CSK is yet to hit the ground running. They were quarantined after 13 members of the squad tested positive. They are likely to start training from September 4. (IANS) Also Watch: Watch: Patient Being Taken to Hospital in Hand Cartlast_img read more

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The Latest: English club Everton puts squad in quarantine

first_imgEverton has become the third Premier League soccer club to put its entire playing squad in quarantine after a player reported symptoms consistent with coronavirus.Arsenal and Chelsea announced similar measures on Thursday.Everton says the club is in regular contact with the player in question and is monitoring the wellbeing of all players and staff. Its training complex has been closed down along with its stadium, Goodison Park.Everton is scheduled to play Liverpool in the Merseyside derby on Monday.However, it is increasingly likely all Premier League matches will be suspended. League officials are holding an emergency meeting to discuss future steps. March 13, 2020 Borussia Mönchengladbach played Cologne on Wednesday and although there were no fans in the stadium, hundreds assembled outside.The league asked fans “not to gather in front of the stadiums and to do their part to protect the population.”Second-division club Hannover has put its players into self-isolation after two tested positive for the coronavirus. Hannover’s game against Dynamo Dresden on Sunday has been called off.___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports ___10:40 a.m.The German soccer league says it will play this weekend’s games as planned without spectators but may suspend the league as of Tuesday.The league board says it will propose a suspension through April 2, to be voted on by member clubs on Monday.All of this weekend’s games are due to be played in empty stadiums. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditWhatsappThe Latest on the coronavirus outbreak’s affect on sports around the world (all times local):___9:55 a.m. Associated Press The Latest: English club Everton puts squad in quarantinelast_img read more

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GINSENG gives one year sponsorship boost to Team Evolution

first_imgANSA McAl Trading under their GINSENG brand on Friday last announced that it has renewed its sponsorship of Team Evolution and will be partnering with the club for another year.This agreement will see GINSENG, a carbonated flavoured beverage with natural ginseng fruit, lending support to Guyana’s leading cycling club until March 2018.GINSENG Brand Coordinator, Sean Abel, said, “GINSENG looks forward to building a winning partnership with Team Evolution in the coming year. These cyclists make up a group that is energetic, health conscious and victorious;which makes them a perfect combination for GINSENG.“This beverage is known for its herbal benefits that enhance the performance of the human body, and for these cyclists the product helps as a fatigue fighter as well as a muscle relaxer,”Abel added.President of Team Evolution, Keith Fernandes, pointed out that the top cycling club includes a number of talented senior and veteran cyclists who are passionate about the sport.”I would like to thank GINSENG for their support and for recognising our talent and supporting our passion. We are very honoured to be able to represent GINSENG and I can assure you that we will carry the name with pride.”last_img read more

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Syracuse puts on full pads and other observations from Day 5 of training camp

first_img Related Stories Video: Knapp runs offensive linemen through hands drill Published on August 6, 2014 at 8:23 pm Contact Phil: pmdabbra@syr.edu | @PhilDAbb Facebook Twitter Google+center_img OffenseLeading the offense to the line against a non-existent defense, the Syracuse quarterbacks practiced zone reads with assistant coaches Joe Adam and DeAndre Smith serving as the left defensive end.Sophomore Mitch Kimble again commanded the second-team’s reps while sophomore Austin Wilson and freshman A.J. Long split the third-string offense, on which the assistant coaches yelled “Run!” during the first rep.Before one snap, wide receiver Brisly Estime appeared to move too early in motion. Starter Terrel Hunt paused his calls from the shotgun to look at Estime and instruct him. As the unit moved downfield after Hunt handed off to Prince-Tyson Gulley, offensive coordinator George McDonald yelled to them, “If you don’t know what you’re doing, know what you’re doing!”After working together as a unit, the offensive players split back into their positional groups. The tight ends worked on stopping, redirecting, turning and catching passes in route running, as they have all week.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe Orange’s running backs took carries from Smith and followed lanes, sometimes redirecting quickly off the handoff.Special teamsThe Orange’s field-goal units were on display early in the open part of practice Wednesday, as junior Ryan Norton took the first reps of field goals.Punter Riley Dixon held down the snaps for Norton, while safety Darius Kelly set the holds for kickers Alex Hodgkinson and Cole Murphy a few snaps later. Kelly and Dixon are competing for the starting holder spot, left vacated by the graduated Charley Loeb.Offensive lineAdam, SU’s offensive line coach, worked with his guards, instructing them through footwork drills. When moving to their right off the snap, the guards took a step back with their right foot, ran about five yards out and made a block leading with their right shoulders. They then reversed the drill, going to their left and switching to their left feet and shoulders. The tackles worked separately.Later on, the linemen worked on blocking with one hand and then split into groups — the left and right sides of the line — for more footwork drills as practice was closed to the media. Commentslast_img read more

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Beat writers unanimously pick Buffalo to beat Syracuse

first_img Published on December 17, 2018 at 2:09 pm Comments Facebook Twitter Google+center_img Syracuse (7-3) and No. 14 Buffalo (10-0) enter Tuesday’s game in the Carrier Dome moving in different directions. The Orange were just upset by Old Dominion on Saturday, while the Bulls are off to their best start since 1930-31. The Interstate 90 battle will tip off at 8 p.m. on Tuesday and be televised on ESPN2.Here’s what our beat writers expect to happen.Billy Heyen (8-2)A new New York’s college teamBuffalo 74, Syracuse 67This Buffalo team is no fluke. The Bulls proved that with an overtime win in a then-ranked West Virginia’s building behind CJ Massinburg’s 43 points. They gave Syracuse all the Orange could handle last year in the Dome, and if anything, UB has gotten better. Even though this game is a must-win for SU, that won’t matter. The Bulls are too hot as a team and too sound defensively to let Syracuse get any sort of edge, and they’ll hand the Orange a second-straight loss.Charlie DiSturco (7-3)Mess with the Bulls … Buffalo 80, Syracuse 66AdvertisementThis is placeholder textSyracuse’s second-half collapse against Old Dominion proved that SU’s offense is mediocre, and they rely on the 3 ball too heavily. Buffalo is not an easy win by any means. In fact, the Bulls may be the best team the Orange has faced all season. UB is a team that is as experienced as it gets, smart with the ball and defensively sound. Expect a big road win for Buffalo, which will hand Syracuse its fourth nonconference loss.Matthew Gutierrez (6-4)Western New York reignsBuffalo 68, Syracuse 58It’s easy to get carried away and overreact after an upset loss — see: fire Boeheim tweets, etc. — but Saturday’s loss to Old Dominion underscored an issue. Even at Ohio State and home against Georgetown, SU played several bouts of inefficient, poor basketball. That may or may not continue Tuesday. What’s probable to continue is this identity-less brand of hoops.last_img read more

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Tipp expecting tough test from Deise forward line

first_imgThe Premier County are up against their neighbours and fierce rivals in Semple Stadium on Sunday afternoon.Tickets for the provincial decider are in short supply at this late stage and a bumper crowd is expected in Thurles for the clash.Upperchurch-Drombane clubman James Barry is hoping to line out on Sunday as part of the Tipperary defence – he says the Waterford forward line is not predictable as they constantly change formation. Throw-in is at 4 o’clock on Sunday afternoon with live coverage here on Tipp FM in association with Mulcahy Car Sales, Ardcroney, Nenagh.last_img read more

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