Legislators host press conference about 2016 Hoboken train crash

first_imgHOBOKEN — On Friday, Feb. 9 at 1:30 p.m., Hoboken Mayor Ravi Bhalla and Senators Bob Menendez and Cory Booker, as well as Rep. Bill Pascrell Jr. held a press conference regarding the National Transportation Safety Board’s (NTSB) 17-month long investigation into the fatal September 2016 train crash at Hoboken Terminal.Over 100 people were injured and local mom Fabiola Bittar de Kroon was killed by falling debris.Menendez is the ranking member on the Senate’s mass transit subcommittee and Sires is a member of the House Transportation Committee.The press conference discussed efforts to improve rail safety and implement the NTSB recommendations after it determined the probable cause of the crash was the failure of the engineer to stop the train due to fatigue caused by undiagnosed obstructive sleep apnea.The federal lawmakers have introduced legislation to mandate train personnel be screened and treated for sleep apnea before returning to full duty.Last August, the NTSB issued a statement expressing its “disappointment” with the withdrawal of a Notice of Proposed Rule Making by the Federal Railroad Administration and the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration which would have considered “regulatory action to ensure consistency in addressing the risk of OSA [obstructive sleep apnea] among transportation workers with safety sensitive duties.”“The traveling public deserves alert operators,” said NTSB Chairman Robert L. Sumwalt. “That is not too much to ask.”last_img read more

Silent branding: Airport clothing ad leads to thoughts on brand culture

first_imgOn the way back home from a business trip earlier this year, I saw this advertisement on the airport wall. And while we are all bombarded daily with ads, for some reason, this one grabbed my attention long enough for me to snap a photo and think about it later.It’s a retail ad which is terrific, as all businesses (including banks and credit unions) are in the retail business, whether they know it or not. As you can see, it simply reads, “Style is a way to say who you are without having to speak.”I don’t know who penned that, but it is a terrific job of summarizing the very essence of branding in only thirteen words.Think about it for a moment — and how it applies to your business. This ad is trying to sell clothing. But style is something more ephemeral – which can just as easily be said to apply to a variety of businesses, such as your style of dining, your style of entertainment, even your style of financial institution. And it is these businesses — restaurants, entertainment venues, banks and credit unions – that seek to establish their own style via a unique brand that will resonate in the hearts and minds of consumers with very little, if any, prompting. See the swoosh? It’s Nike. Think about a smart phone? Odds are, it’s Apple. Smell a pumpkin latte? You probably thought about Starbucks.Businesses that endlessly talk about how cool they are, are rarely actually that cool. If you have to talk a lot about how great your brand is, odds are, your brand is not all that great.So, in what ways is your business looking to establish its brand without actually having to talk about it? Posters, billboards and online ads that position your brand are fine. But what is your brand culture? What are you, when you cannot actually speak (or type) about it?For many businesses, the best way to exemplify this brand culture is by the behavior of it’s staff. If your brand promise is friendliness, are your employees all that friendly? If your brand promise is speed – can your staff deliver? If your brand promise is innovation, are you really on the cutting edge and when was the last time you came up with something new and cool?The ultimate goal for any marketer guiding a brand is to reach that ultimate level of consumer awareness (such as Nike, Apple and Starbucks) in which people think about or reference your product with an almost Pavlovian demeanor. To attain this however, you actually have to talk less about your brand and live it more. Or, as the ad reminds us, to say who you are without having to speak.Is this your brand? 51SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Jeff Kjoller Jeff has extensive experience in branding, art direction and graphic design, having served employers and clients in a creative capacity for more than twenty-five years. After graduating from the University … Web: www.loudthought.biz Detailslast_img read more

Going green at your credit union

first_imgNo wind turbines whir above its buildings, but UW Credit Union, Madison, Wis., is operating on “green power” by purchasing renewable energy credits that support Midwest wind energy production.The $2 billion, 203,000-member credit union was the first Wisconsin financial institution on the Environmental Protection Agency’s list of 100 percent Green Power Users.Supporting renewable energy by purchasing RECs is among several strategies the CU has implemented to reduce its carbon dioxide emissions by 95.3 percent, says Facilities Manager Cheryl Weisensel.Other initiatives include:installing waterless urinals in its restrooms which, according to its annual report, has contributed to an overall 8.9 percent reduction in water use; continue reading » 14SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Paul Ince praises David Luiz and claims he is playing like an impostor under Mikel Arteta

first_imgPaul Ince praises David Luiz and claims he is playing like an impostor under Mikel Arteta Metro Sport ReporterSaturday 22 Feb 2020 11:47 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link169Shares Comment Advertisement David Luiz has helped Arsenal record three consecutive clean sheets (Picture: Getty)‘You look at him now and all of a sudden leadership he’s pulling people in saying well done, well done‘He wasn’t doing that before, he looks like an impostor now.More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal‘But this is what Arteta demands from him, if you are going to be in that central role you are going to have to show leadership‘That’s what he’s doing. It’s not just the work they are doing on the pitch it’s what goes on off it too. When it all comes together you will see a proper Arsenal team. ‘MORE: Dimitar Berbatov’s Premier League predictions including Arsenal, Chelsea, Man Utd & LiverpoolMORE: Shkodran Mustafi gives update on Arsenal future after impressive Olympiacos display Advertisement Unai Emery signed David Luiz from Chelsea for Arsenal last summer (Picture: Getty)Former Manchester United star Paul Ince has praised Mikel Arteta for resurrecting the career of David Luiz.The experienced Brazil international joined Arsenal in the summer from Chelsea having been deemed surplus to requirements by Frank Lampard.Luiz started his Arsenal career with a string of error-strewn performances which appeared to vindicate Lampard’s judgement, but the appointment of Arteta, following the sacking of Unai Emery, has coincided with a return to form for the 32-year-old.Arsenal kept their third clean sheet in succession in midweek following a 1-0 win over Olympiacos and Ince has been impressed by the way in which Luiz appears to have taken on additional responsibility and become one of the leaders in Arteta’s resurgent team.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTHe said: ‘You look at David Luiz, he was terrible under Unai Emery.last_img read more

The rules every Premier League player must follow when they return to training

first_imgPremier League clubs are starting to reopen their training grounds (Getty Images)Premier League players will be told to wear masks at all times while spitting and tackling will be prohibited as part of new guidelines for clubs to follow during their training sessions.The aim is to resume the English top flight on June 8 but the Premier League’s ‘Project Restart’ plan has already faced widespread opposition.Arsenal, Tottenham, Brighton and West Ham have allowed players to return to their training grounds this week, but some clubs, including Manchester United, have no imminent plans to reopen their facilities.Premier League clubs are due to meet on Friday to discuss plans to resume the season in June.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTAnd according to documents seen by the Daily Express, the Premier League has already provided guidelines for players and clubs to follow when they resume training.Initially, players will only be allowed to work in groups of five or smaller, while physical contact including tackling and close-proximity drills are banned. Spitting is also prohibited while all equipment used during training sessions, including balls and cones, will be disinfected before and after use.Sessions will last 75 minutes in total with 15 minutes of recovery time, and players will be given 15 minutes to prepare.Players will unable to receive massages unless it is approved by the club doctor. Metro Sport ReporterThursday 30 Apr 2020 9:56 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link540Shares The rules every Premier League player must follow when they return to training Arsenal’s players returned to their training ground this week (Sky News) GUIDELINES FOR EVERY PREMIER LEAGUE CLUB Every player to be tested for Covid-19 but also potential respiratory problems associated with the virusAll footballs, GPS units, cones, corner flags, goalposts and other equipment to be disinfected before and after use by staff wearing PPEPlayers to wear masks at all timesPlayers and staff will be banned from spittingCars to be parked three spaces apartNo massages unless approved by a club doctorFluids to be left at a designated pick up pointOnly visit training block to use the toiletOnly five players per training groupTackling and close-contact training drills are prohibitedPlayers to be given designated time slots: 15 minutes to prepare, 75 minutes of small group training, 15 minutes recoverycenter_img Advertisement Arsenal’s players observed strict social distancing measures at their training ground (Sky News)The dressing rooms are also out of bounds unless a player wants to use the toilet.In their documents, the Premier League has stressed to clubs that social-distancing measures must be observed at all times and advice will continually be updated in accordance to Government guidelines.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityIt’s understood that players from several different Premier League clubs are against the idea of football returning during the coronavirus pandemic and have raised concerns over their safety if matches are allowed to take place.Meanwhile, Britain’s most senior police officer has warned that football will be cancelled if fans attempt to congregate outside stadiums and contravene social distancing guidelines.Follow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. For more stories like this, check our sport page. Advertisement Commentlast_img read more

PRI in Person: Natixis IM CEO on empirical evidence in ESG investing

first_imgNatixis CEO Jean Raby addresses the PRI In Person conference“In this sense I feel, and I hope it’s not the case, that ESG has not become the means to an end but an end in itself,” he said.‘What are our objectives?’He urged investors to “go back to the basics”, adding: “Let’s ask ourselves ‘what are we trying to achieve?’, ‘what are our objectives?’, ‘are we getting any closer to these objectives?’.”Raby acknowledged that the impact of responsible investment on “real world sustainability” was difficult to assess, and that “the timeline is long”, but that it was important the industry knew by what measures of success it wanted to be judged.He argued that “collaboration and co-operation” between the financial sector, governments and regulators was “probably the most powerful tool we have to fight some of the most pressing issues of our time”.“Short-termism” also needed to be fought, said Raby.“The issues we are tackling are a long time in the making but also a long-time in resolving,” the Natixis CEO said. “Alignment is required not only on substance, but also on timeline.”He also argued that, although there were positive aspects to the plethora of initiatives that had emerged over the last few years “to mobilise our industry” over a range of environmental and social issues, “I do believe that the time has come for the industry to better channel its efforts”. ESG investing has become an empirical target for investors rather than a means to achieve other outcomes, according to the chief executive of Natixis Investment Managers.Addressing delegates at the PRI’s annual conference in Paris yesterday, Jean Raby suggested there was insufficient progress on a range of environmental and social issues despite rapid growth in funds “launched by us asset managers to fulfil demand for strategies driven by the incorporation of environmental, social and corporate governance [ESG] and non-financial factors, broadly speaking”.“Perhaps we focus too much on trying to demonstrate empirically the answer to the question of the relationship between ESG and performance,” Raby said.“I don’t need empirical evidence to convince me that if […] I make an investment in an entity that destroys the environment, doesn’t treat well its workers and has a governance that is full of conflicts of interest, then I cannot see that as a reasonable assumption of long-term sustainable performance.” After giving a few examples for where “the winds of change” were not yet visible, Raby said the question he was asking, “with no pretence of having a comprehensive answer, is why are we not making as much [of] a difference as we should given the current state of the world”.He said that “a lot of effort has been pushed on measuring what we do in terms of exclusionary approaches” – or using ESG factors as a risk management tool – “and perhaps not as much on investment that actually enables positive steps towards the goals we are pursuing”.There was a lot of focus on “headline statistics”, such as the percentage of assets under management run in accordance with ESG-related strategies, or the number of engagement instances with corporates.last_img read more

Women’s hockey: No. 1 Badgers roll past Bemidji for 500th win in program history

first_imgThe University of Wisconsin women’s hockey team steamrolled past the Bemidji State University Beavers 6-1, 4-2 for UW’s 500th win in program history.The No. 1 Badgers (26-2-1-0, 21-2-1-0 WCHA) stunned the Beavers (9-16-3, 5-16-3 WCHA) Friday afternoon after junior Emily Clark found the back of the net for the Badgers less than 45 seconds after the puck dropped.Within 10 minutes of her first, Clark doubled up with another strike for a pair of scores before the end of the first period.Women’s hockey: Badgers will have to adjust without veteran ChannellAfter a difficult contest against the University of North Dakota, the future of the University of Wisconsin women’s hockey team Read…With only four penalties the entire game — the fewest this team has seen in a long time — it was just a matter of the Badgers getting the right momentum and producing quality shots at the net.With both Clark and Abby Roque garnering two points in the first night, and Sydney McKibbon executing on a power-play goal from one of the two Wisconsin penalty opportunities, UW finally found its rhythm.With a 6-1 final score, the Badgers headed into Saturday’s matchup confident they could gain yet another sweep this weekend. Even though Bemidji came out with a bang, scoring a goal in the first and second period, UW kept its composure and collected four goals to seal the Beavers’ fate.Yet again, Clark contributed two of the Badgers’ four points that night, and Wisconsin’s starting line claimed five of the 10 total goals on the weekend. With Sarah Nurse switching places with Sam Cogan, Nurse, Clark and forward Annie Pankowski managed to adjust and establish a dynamic rhythm on offense.Friday also saw yet another milestone for this decorated Badger team. With the victory against Bemidji, the Badgers totaled their 500th win in school history. While Wisconsin is only the 10th women’s program in NCAA history to achieve this mark, the UW women’s hockey program is less than 20 years old.Women’s hockey: Badgers set NCAA attendance record at Kohl Center amid three-game homesteadWisconsin routed Minnesota State University, Mankato to cap off a three-week homestead that featured an NCAA record-setting attendance for a women’s Read…One of the reasons for this level of success is the man at the helm, UW head coach Mark Johnson. Johnson, who has led the Badgers to four NCAA Championship titles, six WCHA playoff titles and five WCHA regular season titles credits this success to everybody, from the players all the way to the fans.“It’s a reflection of what’s gone on for a long period of time,” Johnson told UW Athletics. “We have good support from our fans, good players, good commitment from a lot of different people and it’s something to be very proud of as a group.”The Badgers come back home next weekend for their final home contest during the regular season. Wisconsin takes on No. 3 University of Minnesota Duluth Saturday and Sunday afternoon.last_img read more

Scott Sanderson, former MLB All-Star pitcher, dies at 62

first_imgScott Sanderson, a rangy right-hander who helped his hometown Cubs end an almost four-decade postseason drought during a 19-year MLB career, died Thursday in the Chicago area. He was 62.Conway Farms Golf Club, where Sanderson was a longtime member, confirmed the news (via the Chicago Tribune). A cause of death was not immediately known. We are saddened by the passing of former #Cubs pitcher Scott Sanderson and share our deepest condolences with his family and friends. pic.twitter.com/OcOFdMJijx— Chicago Cubs (@Cubs) April 11, 2019MORE: Watch ‘ChangeUp,’ a new MLB live whiparound show on DAZNThough only 8-5 (3.14 ERA) in 1984, Sanderson was part of a Cubs team that won the NL East, ending a 38-year playoff absence. Five years later, he went 11-9 in 23 starts as the Cubs won their second NL East title in six seasons.“Scotty was such a good guy,” Cubs manager Joe Maddon, who spent three seasons with Sanderson in Anaheim when Maddon was an Angels coach, told the Chicago Sun-Times. “Really thoughtful, kind — oh man, just a wonderful man.”Drafted by the Montreal Expos out of Vanderbilt in 1977, the 6-foot-5 Sanderson made his way to the majors as a 21-year-old with only 28 minor-league starts. He spent his first six seasons with Montreal before the Cubs acquired him in a three-team trade in December 1983, and he would spend the next six seasons with Chicago. From 1978-96, he was 163-143 with a 3.84 ERA in 472 appearances (407 starts) with the Expos, Cubs, Athletics, Yankees, Giants, White Sox and Angels.He made his lone All-Star appearance while with the Yankees in 1991, a season in which he finished a career best 16-10 (3.81 ERA) as part of a run of five consecutive seasons of double-digit victory totals. He made two postseason appearances — with the Expos in 1981 and the A’s in 1990, appearing in the 1990 World Series in relief as Oakland was swept by the Reds.After his retirement following the 1996 season, he worked as an agent, his most high-profile clients including Josh Beckett, Josh Hamilton and Todd Helton.last_img read more

UEFA relaxes financial fair play rules amid coronavirus crisis

first_imgMeanwhile, UEFA has said it wants a harmonised European transfer window this summer closing on October 5, ahead of next season’s Champions League and Europa League group stages.Following its latest executive committee meeting held via videoconference, UEFA said clubs would have until October 6 to register players for the group stage of next season’s European club competitions.On Wednesday it was announced that the 2020-21 Champions League would start on October 20, with the Europa League group stage starting two days later.The summer transfer window in Europe usually closes at the start of September, although individual countries do not all follow the same dates.Football is still adapting after the current season was interrupted in mid-March because of the coronavirus pandemic.FIFA has already permitted countries to open their transfer windows up to four weeks before the delayed season has been completed, although any new signings would not be eligible until next season.Several countries are only just resuming competitions, with the seasons in the English Premier League and Spain’s La Liga not set to finish until late July. Italy’s Serie A will not now finish until early August.On Wednesday UEFA announced that this season’s Champions League would be completed with a “final eight” straight knock-out format in Lisbon from August 12 to 23.Similar formats have been adopted for the latter stages of the Europa League, in Germany, and the women’s Champions League, in Spain.Share on: WhatsApp UEFA wants the transfer window across Europe to close on October 5Lausanne, Switzerland | AFP | UEFA has opted to temporarily soften its financial fair play (FFP) rules to help clubs impacted by the economic fall-out of the coronavirus crisis, European football’s governing body announced on Thursday.FFP rules mean that, over a three-year period, clubs competing in European competition are not permitted to lose more than 30 million euros ($33.7m).However, given the damage done to the footballing economy by the interruption to the sport caused by the pandemic, UEFA has agreed to a loosening of the rules which, it says, “aim at addressing the actual problem which is revenue shortfall due to COVID-19 and not financial mismanagement”.It means that clubs will be given longer than usual to show they have met payments owed on transfers and salaries, while “the assessment of financial year 2020 is postponed for one season, and will be assessed together with the financial year 2021”.These measures do not impact on decisions already taken before the crisis, so for example French club Marseille are still set to be punished after they were referred in March to the adjudicatory chamber of UEFA’s Club Financial Control Body for not complying with an agreement to balance their books.Manchester City have been banned from Europe for two years and handed a 30 million-euro fine for serious breaches of FFP regulations between 2012 and 2016.The English club have appealed to the Court of Arbitration for Sport in Switzerland, which will announce its judgement on the case in July.The FFP rules were brought in to combat growing debt in European football.Assessments began in 2011 when European clubs reported overall losses of 1.7 billion euros. In contrast, according to UEFA’s most recent annual “benchmarking” report, the 700 top-tier clubs across the continent made a combined profit of 140 million euros in 2018.– ‘Harmonised’ transfer window –last_img read more

Basketball Africa League (BAL): Transcripts of All Star 2020 Game Players (Sunday February 16,…

first_imgAdvertisement lz83NBA Finals | Brooklyn Vs69bx5mWingsuit rodeo📽Sindre Eds( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) 55b8Would you ever consider trying this?😱hr2Can your students do this? 🌚9aoRoller skating! Powered by Firework . Giannis, why was it important for you to have your brothers, Pascal Siakam and Joel Embiid on this team and picking them, given your African heritage, and what was it like to share the floor with them and what message does it send to the world about the talent from that continent?Advertisement GIANNIS ANTETOKOUNMPO: Obviously, it meant a lot to me. Obviously they’re from Africa. Bam Adebayo also. I don’t know if he claims his African side. He says he’s half African, but okay. It’s really important. Obviously, Africans are really hardworking people. I’ve played with Joel in the past. I love playing with him. Siakam, I’ve never had the chance to play with; that’s why I picked him. Obviously it can send a message that Africans unite, we have one another’s back.Advertisement Q. With all the global success of the NBA, I mean, this year we’ve been 400 or more foreign journalists, do you think with the launching of the African league, the NBA African league, don’t you think NBA should also organize an NBA All-Star in Africa? And would you be interested in taking part in such an event? African FRANK VOGEL: Well, it’s a great idea. I don’t know if it’s been discussed or not with our League Office. I’m sure it has. They think of everything. If that were to take place, it would be great for the global nature of our game, and I would be first in line to sign up for something like that. That would be pretty awesome.Advertisement Advertisementlast_img read more