Man Collective hits the big city

first_imgThe Oxford-based Man Collective hosted an event called “The Gathering” in London last weekend. The Man Collective was founded by a student at Merton last year to enhance the status of men and celebrate masculinity. With the motto, “Men going beyond mediocrity”, the Man Collective hopes to give men the tools to “step up to their innate brilliance”.The event welcomed “any man committed to offering other men greater possibilities in the ways they live – through whatever means”. Men were asked to “bring [their] ideas, inspiration and integrity”.The Gathering was held at East House in Camberwell, London on Saturday 27th March. It began with a request that all women-haters vacate the premises.Man Collective founder, Alex Linsley (pictured), said, “We had about 25 leaders of ‘men’s work’ in the UK attend The Gathering. We took time to explore the development of ‘men’s work’ and examine the status quo for guys today. The rest of the day was given over to discussion and idea generation.”Men’s group leaders, therapists, policy makers and charity leaders attended The Gathering.Lansley commented, “the day was a great success. It has reinforced my belief that men’s groups, or any other resource, are merely a means to the end of getting people inspired by life and offering their full potential.”One attendee, Glen Poole, chairman of the Men’s Network and a former spokesperson for Fathers for Justice, said, “it was fantastic to meet people from around the UK who share our vision and are already working to make a difference in their individual fields”.When asked about The Gathering, Ceri Goddard, Chief Executive of the Fawcett Society, gave a positive response. “Gender equality is crucial to the well being of both men and women and organisations that work to break down the barriers to achieving this are important.“However, whether these organisations work on issues of particular interest to men or to women, it is critical that the focus is always placed on achieving equality and not on promoting one gender over another.”It has, however, met with some feminist backlash. Of organisations like the Man Collective, Olivia Bailey, national Women’s Officer of the NUS, commented,  “discrimination against men on the basis of gender is so unusual as to be non-existent, so what exactly will a men’s society do?”When first created in November of last year, the Man Collective received a huge amount of media attention. Since then, Linsley has been running a weekly men’s group in Oxford. He described the number of men attending these weekly sessions as “varied” but added that “with all the guys currently involved, we have a group running at about capacity.”However, a male second-year at Merton claimed that, beyond Linsley, he knows of no other person involved in the Collective, which he stated has a “negative profile” in college. “I think it’s a load of rubbish,” he said. “There’s no need for it.”The organisation’s Facebook page has just four fans.last_img read more

City Council opens emergency beds for rough sleepers

first_imgOxford has one of the highest population of rough sleepers per capita, higher only in Brighton, Bedford, Luton, Westminster and Camden. The Council has a SWEP (Severe Weather Emergency Protocol) for such conditions, activated when the Met Office predicts sub-zero temperatures and/or possible snowfall.  Due to harsh weather conditions, Oxford City Council is tonight (Tuesday 11 February) opening emergency beds for people experiencing rough sleeping.  The Council’s policy means that emergency beds are available anytime sub-zero temperatures are forecasted by the Met Office. The accommodation is available to anybody rough sleeping, including: “people who have no local connection to Oxford, no right to claim benefits or housing in the UK or who have refused offers of accommodation and support.” Councillor Linda Smith commented:  “We’re using our discretion to activate SWEP and open emergency beds because the Met Office is forecasting a sub-zero ‘feels like’ temperature and the potential for snow tonight. We will review the situation tomorrow but do not currently expect emergency beds to stay open tomorrow night.” The Council works in conjunction with OxSPOT (Oxford Street Population Outreach Team), a ST. Mungo’s outreach service for rough sleepers in Oxford. They provide accomodation at O’Hanlon House, run by Homelessness Oxfordshire, Floyds Row, run by OxSPOT, and in East Oxford, run by Aspire.  The council has recently opened new services for those who may be sleeping rough. The Somewhere Safe to Stay services offers beds for seven nights and a “right first time assessment” to try and find housing and support for those at risk of sleeping rough. They have also opened a shelter at Floyds Row running through the winter for verified rough sleepers. last_img read more

The Floozies Hold “Funk Court” With Medeski, Skerik, Zoidis & Jesus [Watch]

first_imgThe debut edition of the Bear Creek Bayou Festival took place last weekend, bringing a glorious day of funk to New Orleans music lovers. After hours, fans made their way over to The Republic, for a special “Funk Court” late night hosted by electrofunk duo, The Floozies.New Orleans is one of the world’s music meccas, and brothers Matt and Mark Hill welcomed a number of special guest performers for the show. Keyboard legend John Medeski, sax demon Skerik, and Lettuce’s Jesus Coomes and Ryan Zoidis all joined in the party for a packed house celebration. The Flooizes Live Band had the walls shaking and the dance floor packed, as the laser lit spectacle shined from the stage.Our own Rex Thomson was on hand to film the festivities, giving us an unique look into this special collaboration. Enjoy!Here’s the full band closing down the first set with an down and dirty jam:After the set break, The Floozies started things off jamming and slowly reintroduced their guests. Here’s Skerik and Ryan Zoidis joining them for some looping jams that had the crowd raging:We can’t wait to catch these musicians at Brooklyn Comes Alive festival on October 22nd, with 50+ musicians spanning three venues in the heart of Williamsburg. All four of the live band members from this show, including John Medeski, Jesus Coomes, Skerik, and Ryan Zoidis, are featured players on the BCA lineup! Between the DRKWAV set to some of the funky tributes and jams that are scheduled throughout the day, this is going to be one seriously fun day of music! Check out more information here.last_img read more

Tensions rise as AstraZeneca, EU spar over vaccine delays

first_imgBRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union and drugmaker AstraZeneca sparred Wednesday over a delay in coronavirus vaccine deliveries as the deepening dispute raises concerns about the increasing competition for limited supplies of shots needed to end the pandemic. AstraZeneca Chief Executive Pascal Soriot addressed the dispute for the first time, rejecting the EU’s assertion that the company was failing to honor its commitments. Soriot said vaccine delivery figures in AstraZeneca’s contract with the 27-nation bloc were targets, not firm commitments, and they couldn’t be met because of problems in rapidly expanding production capacity.last_img read more

Shadow Productions wins six VAB awards

first_imgShadow Productions,At a recent awards show, Burlington-based multimedia marketing company Shadow Productions received six Vermont Association of Broadcasters Commercial of the Year prizes. The awards were given at the Vermont Association of Broadcasters (VAB) conference, held at the Capitol Plaza Hotel in Montpelier in May.  Among the awards Shadow took home were BEST PRODUCED RADIO COMMERCIAL, AGENCY-PRODUCED; FUNNIEST RADIO COMERCIAL, AGENCY PRODUCED; and FUNNIEST TV COMMERCIAL, AGENCY PRODUCED.  Each member of the Shadow Team took home at least one award for writing or production, including producer Rob Ostrander, whose material was entered in the show for the first time this year.Managing Partner Matt Dugan said: Even after almost two decades in business, we get great satisfaction out of producing creative and fun ads for our clients.  364 days of the year, we re busy strategizing, producing, monitoring and assessing and radio, TV and web campaigns. But the other day of the year the VAB awards show we sit back and enjoy it.  There were over 160 contest entries from radio stations, television stations and advertising agencies from around Vermont.  Shadow Productions producer Alex Ball said, We re really proud to win these awards, but it is an even greater honor to be at the show with other professionals from the broadcast industry.  When you hear all the award-winning commercials and meet the people who produced them, it s exciting to think about how much talent we have right here in this state.The complete list of award winners, along with pictures from the event can be found on the VAB website.  http://www.vab.org/awards.htm(link is external)About Shadow Productions:  Founded in 1990, Burlington s Shadow Productions offers the full range of multimedia electronic marketing services, including animation, TV and radio ads, music, copywriting, and web production.   Shadow Productions can be reached at (802) 863-2076 or www.shadowprod.com(link is external)last_img read more

Vermont ranks among lowest in obesity rate

first_imgAdult obesity rates increased in 28 states in the past year, and declined only in the District of Columbia, according to F as in Fat: How Obesity Threatens America’s Future 2010, a report from the Trust for America’s Health (TFAH) and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF). More than two-thirds of states (38) have adult obesity rates above 25 percent. In 1991, no state had an obesity rate above 20 percent. Vermont had one of lowest rates at 22.8 percent to rank 46th.The report highlights troubling racial, ethnic, regional and income disparities in the nation’s obesity epidemic. For instance, adult obesity rates for Blacks and Latinos were higher than for Whites in at least 40 states and the District of Columbia; 10 out of the 11 states with the highest rates of obesity were in the South – with Mississippi weighing in with highest rates for all adults (33.8 percent) for the sixth year in a row; and 35.3 percent of adults earning less than $15,000 per year were obese compared with 24.5 percent of adults earning $50,000 or more per year.”Obesity is one of the biggest public health challenges the country has ever faced, and troubling disparities exist based on race, ethnicity, region, and income,” said Jeffrey Levi, PhD, executive director of TFAH.  “This report shows that the country has taken bold steps to address the obesity crisis in recent years, but the nation’s response has yet to fully match the magnitude of the problem. Millions of Americans still face barriers – like the high cost of healthy foods and lack of access to safe places to be physically active – that make healthy choices challenging.”    The report also includes obesity rates among youths ages 10-17, and the results of a new poll on childhood obesity conducted by Greenberg Quinlan Rosner Research and American Viewpoint. The poll shows that 80 percent of Americans recognize that childhood obesity is a significant and growing challenge for the country, and 50 percent of Americans believe childhood obesity is such an important issue that we need to invest more to prevent it immediately. The survey also found that 84 percent of parents believe their children are at a healthy weight, but research shows nearly one-third of children and teens are obese or overweight. Obesity rates among youths ages 10-17 from the 2007 National Survey of Children’s Health (NSCH) also were included in the 2009 F as in Fat report. Data collection for the next NSCH will begin in 2011. Currently, more than 12 million children and adolescents are considered obese.”Obesity rates among the current generation of young people are unacceptably high and a very serious problem,” said Risa Lavizzo-Mourey, M.D., M.B.A., RWJF president and CEO. “To reverse this national epidemic, we have to make every community a healthy community. Americans are increasingly ready and willing to make that investment.”Additional key findings include:Adult obesity rates for Blacks topped 40 percent in nine states, 35 percent in 34 states, and 30 percent in 43 states and D.C.Rates of adult obesity for Latinos were above 35 percent in two states (North Dakota and Tennessee) and at 30 percent and above in 19 states.Ten of the 11 states with the highest rates of diabetes are in the South, as are the 10 states with the highest rates of hypertension.No state had rates of adult obesity above 35 percent for Whites. Only one state—West Virginia—had an adult obesity rate for Whites greater than 30 percent.The number of states where adult obesity rates exceed 30 percent doubled in the past year, from four to eight—Alabama,Arkansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Mississippi, Oklahoma, Tennessee and West Virginia.  Northeastern and Western states had the lowest adult obesity rates; Colorado remained the lowest at 19.1 percent.The report found that the federal government and many states are undertaking a wide range of policy initiatives to address the obesity crisis.  Some key findings include that:At the federal level:The new health reform law, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act of 2010, has the potential to address the obesity epidemic through a number of prevention and wellness provisions, expand coverage to millions of uninsured Americans, and create a reliable funding stream through the creation of the Prevention and Public Health Fund;Community Transformation grants have the potential to help leverage the success of existing evidence-based disease prevention programs;President Barack Obama created a White House Task Force on Childhood Obesity,  which issued a new national obesity strategy that contained concrete measures and roles for every agency in the federal government; andFirst Lady Michelle Obama launched the “Let’s Move” initiative to solve childhood obesity within a generation.And at the state level:  Twenty states and D.C. set nutritional standards for school lunches, breakfasts and snacks that are stricter than current United States Department of Agriculture requirements.  Five years ago, only four states had legislation requiring stricter standards.Twenty-eight states and D.C. have nutritional standards for competitive foods sold in schools on a la carte lines, in vending machines, in school stores, or through school bake sales.  Five years ago, only six states had nutritional standards for competitive foods.Every state has some form of physical education requirement for schools, but these requirements are often limited, not enforced or do not meet adequate quality standards.Twenty states have passed requirements for body mass index screenings of children and adolescents or have passed legislation requiring other forms of weight and/or fitness related assessments in schools.  Five years ago, only four states had passed screening requirements.To enhance the prevention of obesity and related diseases, TFAH and RWJF provide a list of recommended actions in the report. Some key policy recommendations include:Support obesity- and disease-prevention programs through the new health reform law’s Prevention and Public Health Fund, which provides $15 billion in mandatory appropriations for public health and prevention programs over the next 10 years.Align federal policies and legislation with the goals of the forthcoming National Prevention and Health Promotion Strategy.  Opportunities to do this can be found through key pieces of federal legislation that are up for reauthorization in the next few years, including the Child Nutrition and WIC Reauthorization Act; the Elementary and Secondary Education Act; and the Surface Transportation Authorization Act.Expand the commitment to community-based prevention programs initiated under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 through new provisions in the health reform law, such as Community Transformation grants and the National Diabetes Prevention Program.Continue to invest in research and evaluation on nutrition, physical activity, obesity and obesity-related health outcomes and associated interventions.  The full report with state rankings in all categories is available on TFAH’s Web site at www.healthyamericans.org(link is external) and RWJF’s Web site at www.rwjf.org(link is external). The report was supported by a grant from RWJF.STATE-BY-STATE ADULT OBESITY RANKINGSNote: 1 = Highest rate of adult obesity, 51 = lowest rate of adult obesity. Rankings are based on combining three years of data (2007-2009) from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System to “stabilize” data for comparison purposes. This methodology, recommended by the CDC, compensates for any potential anomalies or usual changes due to the specific sample in any given year in any given state.  States with statistically significant (p1. Mississippi*** (33.8%);2. (tie) Alabama (31.6%); and Tennessee*** (31.6%);4. West Virginia (31.3%);5. Louisiana* (31.2%);6. Oklahoma*** (30.6%);7. Kentucky* (30.5%);8. Arkansas* (30.1%);9. South Carolina (29.9%);10. (tie) Michigan(29.4%); and North Carolina*** (29.4%);12. Missouri* (29.3%); 13. (tie) Ohio (29.0%); and  Texas* (29.0%);15. South Dakota*** (28.5%);16. Kansas*** (28.2%);17. (tie) Georgia (28.1%); Indiana* (28.1%); and Pennsylvania*** (28.1%);20. Delaware(27.9%);21. North Dakota** (27.7%);22. Iowa* (27.6%);23. Nebraska (27.3%);24. (tie) Alaska (26.9%); and Wisconsin(26.9%);26. (tie) Illinois* (26.6%); and Maryland (26.6%);28. Washington*** (26.3%);29. (tie) Arizona (25.8%); and Maine** (25.8%);31. Nevada (25.6%);32. (tie) Minnesota (25.5%); New Mexico*** (25.5%); and Virginia (25.5%);35. New Hampshire* (25.4%); 36. (tie) Florida** (25.1%); Idaho (25.1%); and New York (25.1%);39. (tie) Oregon (25.0%); and Wyoming (25.0%);41.California* (24.4%);42. New Jersey (23.9%);43. Montana*** (23.5%);44. Utah* (23.2%);45. Rhode Island* (22.9%);46.Vermont*** (22.8%);47. Hawaii** (22.6%);48. Massachusetts* (21.7%);49. District of Columbia. (21.5%);50. Connecticut(21.4%);51. Colorado (19.1%).Source: WASHINGTON, June 29, 2010 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ —last_img read more

ESG – What is it and how does it pertain to me?

first_imgESG – Environmental, Social, and Governance: These are the three central pillars utilized by investors on measuring the social and sustainability (non-financial) factors of entities in which they invest. Investors who focus on ESG incorporate these social and sustainability factors, along with financial factors, to assess risk and performance. Until recently, ESG has been implemented mainly by investors, but recently has moved more into the main stream with attention both at the state and federal level.    On September 20, 2019, the U.S. House Financial Services Committee passed H.R. 4329, the ESG Disclosure Simplification Act of 2019.  The bill addresses environmental, social and governance (ESG) disclosures and would require issuers to describe the link between ESG metrics and long term strategy, in which ESG metrics would be included in disclosures. The bill does not seem to have momentum to become law under the current administration, but is being addressed at the state level.  While the Federal government is remaining on the sidelines, states are embracing and passing ESG laws. Rather than a single Federal approach like in Europe and Japan, the U.S. approach is being determined at the state and local level.  The approach is expanding beyond Congress’ bill which pertains to issuers to include all institutions in which pensions or political subdivisions are investing. The individual approach leads to each state and locality having individual requirements, creating an endless set of rules and regulations.  This approach is going to be more expensive and less efficient to manage, but that is the direction at this point.  California, amongst other states, has embraced ESG into regulations into the investing of pension funds.  Other states include Connecticut, Illinois, New Jersey, New York, Oregon and Washington; not to mention localities such as Boston, Chicago, New York City and Seattle.Illinois is among the leaders to sign into law the Sustainable Investing Act, also known as HB 2460, which became effective in January 2020. The biggest difference from the others is that the new law requires all public or government agencies involved in managing public funds to “develop, publish, and implement sustainable investment policies applicable to the management of all public funds under its control.”This is the point at which to question, how does it pertain to my financial institution? Governmental entities are now required to implement sustainable investment policies in which anyone participating in the investment of public funds (which includes financial institutions) will need to address. Financial institutions, in addition to issuers, will need to consider ESG criteria and be able to defend when soliciting funds that fall under the ESG requirements. SourcesINSIGHT: States Take Lead on ESG Investment Regulations While Feds Stand StillBloomberg law, Ali ZaidiPending Federal ESG Legislation Could Yield Significant and Step-wise ChangeBloomberg law, Ali ZaidiEnvironmental, Social, and Governance (ESG) CriteriaBy JAMES CHENReviewed By GORDON SCOTTUpdated Feb 25, 2020ESG Disclosure Simplification Act of 2019Congress.gov 1SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,James Lutter D. James (Jim) Lutter is the Senior Vice President of Trading and Operations at PMA Financial Network and PMA Securities where he oversees PMA Funding, a service of both companies … Web: pmafunding.com Detailscenter_img Co-author: Todd A. Terrazaslast_img read more

Imagination knows no bounds

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Frost appears on Mount Bromo as temperature drops

first_imgOfficials of Bromo Tengger Semeru National Park (TNBTS) have reported extreme cold weather on Mount Bromo, where the temperature has dropped to minus 3 degrees Celsius.The park recorded the temperature drop on Sunday, national park spokesman Syarif Hidayat said. He said frost and frozen dew were detected in one area in Cemorolawang. “We have yet to see much frost around here but there are many signs that the situation will lead to that,” he said as quoted by kompas.com on Wednesday.Read also: BMKG predicts droughts in several regions across IndonesiaHe explained that the frost appeared due to extreme weather in the current dry season.Unlike in previous years, tourists are unable to witness the frost this year as the national park remains closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.“The park is still restricted for tourists,” Syarif said. (dpk)Topics :last_img read more

Shaw sticks with Saints

first_img “Lloyd has shown a great deal of potential during his early years with the club, and he deserves this new contract in recognition of the hard work he puts in,” manager Mauricio Pochettino told Southampton’s official website. “He has impressed me in his performances for the Under-21s and with his attitude on the training ground, having taken part in first-team sessions regularly last season. “He now has the chance to demonstrate at senior level the qualities he has shown during his time with the academy and development squad.” A breakthrough season last time out earned him many plaudits and a call-up to the Under-21 European Championship, although injury ruled him out. He was linked with a move away as a result of his form, but the club celebrated Shaw’s 18th birthday by announcing the deal with 29 first-team appearances already to his name. “I’m very pleased to have finally signed it,” Shaw told his club’s official website tonight. “I committed myself back in January, and I’m glad everything has been sorted out. “I’ve been getting a lot of questions about my future, but all of the Saints fans will have known that I committed my future in January. “I’ve been here since I was eight and I’ve loved every single moment of it. I want to stay at this club, and signing this contract means I’m here for another five years.” Like Shaw, Isgrove also broke through last season after making his debut in the Capital One Cup at Leeds. The 20-year-old was named in the squad for the final two Barclays Premier League games of last season and has today signed a fresh contract. Saints have announced the news on their official Twitter feed, making the 18-year-old the second of their players to pen a new deal on Friday. Lloyd Isgrove earlier signed a one-year extension, but it is the renewal of Shaw which will please the club’s fans all the more. Southampton’s highly-rated full-back Luke Shaw has signed a new five-year deal with the club. Press Associationlast_img read more