Freshmen to receive Thanking Father Ted e-book

first_imgEach year, the Thanking Father Ted (TFT) Foundation provides a copy the 2007 book “Thanking Father Ted” to all female Notre Dame freshmen. The Hall Presidents Council will distribute the book, which consists of a collection of letters to University President Emeritus Fr. Theodore Hesburgh, in e-book form within the next week, Michael Wajda, co-chair of Hall Presidents Council, said.The TFT Foundation was founded by a group of early women Notre Dame graduates to pass along the story of coeducation at Notre Dame, Foundation secretary Sheila O’Brien said.“The TFT Foundation was the brainchild of one of Notre Dame’s first women alumna, A.T. Palmer, who conceived the idea after we wrote the TFT book to honor Father Ted’s 90th birthday,” TFT director Tara Kenney said. “A.T. had asked me early on to contribute to the book and help solicit other letters from my ND women’s network. With the book, we wanted to thank and honor Father’s commitment to coeducation. Without his support and perseverance in the early 70s, [women] would not be here today.”The legacy of coeducation is still very strong at Notre Dame, O’Brien’s daughter sophomore M.K. Andersen said, as women are very involved on campus.“I think for coeducation purposes, Notre Dame is on the right track,” Andersen said. “If you look at the stats, it is roughly 50-50 with men and women students, in contrast to other schools … I think there are weird gender problems here, but that comes more from separate dorms.”Fr. Hesburgh still remains in support of the women of Notre Dame, Kenney’s son sophomore Jack Grassey said.“Fr. Ted, in particular, feels very strongly for the first woman classes that were here, but also is really proud of the fact that women do so well here,” Grassey said. “Every time I see him, he mentions that the last four valedictorians here have been women.”It is important to give the book to freshmen girls to let them know that they have an equal place at Notre Dame, Andersen said.“Notre Dame is a daunting place in general, and there may still be some strides to still go [in coeducation],” she said. “There has always been a bunch of things for the guys to do, while there are some girls’ dorms that are new and still don’t have their own traditions. It’s kind of nice to have that reassurance that it will be fine, it will be good, and you will have that awesome Notre Dame experience.”“The book is a way of welcoming girls and letting them know, ‘Okay, this is the history that women have here, that people before you have this great history at this school, and we want you to know you’re as much a part of the community as any guy here,’” Grassey said.The book and the Foundation both strive to remind women that they are part of a sisterhood as women of Notre Dame, Kenney said.“We have given birth to a legacy of sisterhood, inspired by Our Lady, to be the best mothers, sisters, daughters and friends to those women around us,” Kenney said. “As Fr. Ted often says, when we look up at the Golden Dome, we see Mary, the Mother of God, watching over this great University. How fitting that women now make up half of the Notre Dame student body. She would be most proud of Father, and the good work we are achieving, for God, country and Notre Dame.”Tags: Coeducation, Thanking Father Tedlast_img read more

Martin Quinn on Why London’s Let the Right One In Is Like Peter Pan

first_imgStage debuts don’t come much more striking than that of 19-year-old Scotsman Martin Quinn, who plays the put-upon Oskar in Let the Right One In. Helmed by Tony winner John Tiffany, the vampire thriller adapted by Jack Thorne has transferred to the Apollo Theatre after an earlier London run at the Royal Court. Based on the Swedish novel and film of the same name by John Ajvide Lindqvist, Let the Right One In pairs Quinn with Rebecca Benson as Eli, an, um, peculiar girl who becomes Oskar’s refuge against the cruel world around him. Broadway.com chatted with the endearing Quinn about his decision to act, the pull of vampires on stage and screen, and feeling just that little bit homesick. The play is quite ruthless when it comes to the trials of being a teenager. It is, but I suppose that you struggle to see things properly when you’re a teenager and feel sort of trapped, I think, and it sometimes feels like you will never grow out of this. People say “enjoy it while you’re young” but when you are young, you feel like you are young forever and you want to grow up and leave school straight away. You’re working with Tony-winning director John Tiffany (Once), who might be nominated again for The Glass Menagerie. That’s totally cool! I remember in the audition I didn’t really know who he was at all, which was quite embarrassing, and one of the others said, “You don’t know who he is? This is the guy who did Black Watch!” And I thought, “Oh my God, I feel such an idiot.” But then when you get working with him, he’s just a normal guy who’s up for a laugh and you kind of forget just how successful he is. He certainly gave you the chance of a lifetime. John took a total chance when he took me on; I’d done nothing before. I wouldn’t have given me a job, if you know what I mean! Did you know much about the material when the play first came your way? It was totally new to me, to be honest. I watched the Swedish film before the first audition, and before the recall I watched the American remake. When I got the part, I started reading the book until I got to a certain point and stopped. To this day, I’ve got the book in front of me with sticky notes in all the pages that are relevant to Jack’s play and I got halfway through the book before I thought, “What are you doing? This is a slightly different Oskar and is going to be an entirely different play, so you need to let go of it!” With you playing a character notably younger than you are—and yet it entirely works. I’m glad you think so. In the books, Oskar is 11 or 12, and during the read-through on the first day of rehearsals, it was pretty obvious that my voice had broken so that age wasn’t going to work [laughs]. So we’ve put him at 14 or 15 in the play to make it more realistic, and it feels that it wasn’t so long ago that I was his age. How does it feel to walk up Shaftesbury Avenue and see the marquee with yourself co-starring in a London show? This is the longest time I’ve been away from home without an official end date, so sometimes I do get a wee bit homesick but then I think where I’ve got to with this play and it all just seems so awesome. Were you right to worry? Andrew got on fine, actually! He’s 16 now and was captain of his football team and played in a band and got on much better than maybe even myself. The thing with Oskar is that his bullying occurs in a more horrible way than most. Did that happen to you? When I was about Oskar’s age, I stopped believing in God, which was a big deal for me because I come from an Irish-Catholic family and had been quite obsessed with religion. So for me to decide that there might possibly not be a God hit me like a ton of bricks. I kept thinking, “What is the point in life?” And being 14 or 15 didn’t really help me!center_img The play belongs to an ever-growing genre of vampire-themed culture. Why is that terrain so perennially appealing? Things like the Twilight films and The Vampire Diaries are popular because they have absolute babes in them [laughs]. But apart from all the gorgeous actors, I think the idea of immortality—of never growing up—has enormous power, too. Our play is like a Peter Pan thing in reverse, with Eli as Peter Pan and Oskar as Wendy and the degree of temptation that goes with that. It wasn’t hard to think yourself into the role? I went into playing him imagining how my little brother Andrew might be if he got bullied. I remember when he first went to school being very worried about him in that sibling, looking-out-for-each-other type way, and I had these terrible visions of Andrew getting picked on and not being able to handle himself, as happens to Oskar. I hope Andrew’s been down to see the play! He’s seen it about four times—he was just down again last week. I’ve got two brothers, Andrew and Peter, and I’m in the middle. My father used to call the three of us PMA, which he said stands for Positive Mental Attitude! And the fact that it could lead anywhere. That’s the thing: by the end of this, I could be back to my old self and out of work, or maybe not. I’m just trying to keep my feet on the ground! Congratulations on making your London stage debut, and in such an extraordinary role. Thank you! I took a year out before applying to university, which because of this play has now turned into two years. I’d been working for the Scottish Youth Theatre back home and I was six months into that when I got the audition for this, which led to a run in Scotland and then the Royal Court, and now here we are on the West End. Except that Eli turns out to be Oskar’s savior. Yes, Oskar’s got his bullies but when he’s with Eli, it doesn’t matter. 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Produce Safety

first_imgAn online tool developed by the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences is helping produce growers assess their water quality and prepare for increased testing requirements.Uttam Saha, a program coordinator at the UGA Agricultural and Environmental Services Labs, developed an online calculator and simulator to help educate farmers and Extension agents with necessary actions related to the water quality component of the Produce Safety Rule (PSR) in the Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA).The water quality subpart of the rule covers produce types that are frequently consumed raw to ensure growers use water that does not contribute pathogen contamination — like E. coli, norovirus or parasites — to produce so that it is ultimately safe for human consumption.“The rule requires a lot of technical knowledge to understand the water-testing needs and to determine whether a farm is in compliance,” said Saha.The PSR requires farms to establish a Microbial Water Quality Profile (MWQP) for each untreated water source used on the farm, as well as conduct annual microbial water quality surveys. This MWQP is based on the levels of generic E. coli measured in a water source over time, and testing frequency varies depending on the source of the water.The program, available at aesl.ces.uga.edu/calculators/FSMA, also provides various model situations to train users.“The biggest change for most farmers is the production (preharvest) water requirements, due in part to increased testing frequencies and the required calculations to determine water microbial quality,” said Laurel Dunn, an assistant professor of food science. “These calculations are not intuitive, so a tool was needed to assist farmers interpreting the results of their water tests.”Dunn and her colleagues produced an instructional video on preharvest sample collection available at t.uga.edu/5Zj and another on postharvest sampling at t.uga.edu/5Zi.  Requirements for the smallest and final group of farms covered by the PSR began in January 2020. However, the water requirements don’t go into effect until January 2022 for large farms (more than $500,000 in average sales), January 2023 for small farms (between $250,000 to $500,000 in average sales), and January 2024 for very small farms (between $25,000 and $250,000 in average sales).“Farms aren’t required to even begin taking water samples until 2022, but are strongly encouraged to do so, and many third-party audits require them to do it already,” said Dunn. Fruits and vegetables grown for the fresh market are Georgia’s third-largest agricultural sector, with a combined farm gate value of more than $1.8 billion, according to UGA agricultural economists.In addition to testing, at least one person on each farm covered by the PSR must have attended a Produce Safety Alliance Grower Training by the compliance date. The Georgia Department of Agriculture and UGA Department of Food Science and Technology have partnered to offer courses. Learn more about the trainings and more at agr.georgia.gov/produce-safety-program.aspx.Georgia produce growers can contact their local UGA Cooperative Extension office for more information about testing frequency and requirements, for submitting water samples for testing by UGA Agricultural and Environmental Services Labs, and for interpretation by UGA experts including Saha and Dunn.To learn more about UGA Extension food science programs, visit extension.uga.edu/programs-services/food-science.last_img read more

Trail Mix – Jane Kramer

first_imgBRO – The album’s title brings to mind a stark landscape. Is that an indication of from where the inspiration for many of these songs came? I recently caught up with Jane to chat about the new record, working with songwriter Mary Gauthier, and how spirituality influences her songcraft. BRO – Did you grow up in church? If so – or even if not – do you have a favorite hymn? Kramer continues to be one of my favorite songwriters in the region. She challenges me as a listener and gets me to thinking about the songs she pens. The deeper the well, the better the song. BRO – We are featuring “Hymn” on this month’s Trail Mix. What’s this about it being a homework assignment from Mary Gauthier? Most of my favorite songwriters have the incredible ability to explore their darkest shadows, those inner nooks and crannies that most of us want hidden or shielded even from those closest to us. JK – I would definitely say yes to that. The title track to me a long time to write – four years and three different versions before this final one – and it started when I was in a really dark and depressed period of my life. I had experienced a miscarriage and I didn’t know how to move forward, but I desperately wanted to. I had a dream one night that I was sitting on my front porch drinking cheap beer with my friend Matty, who had passed away abotut eight years prior. He was giving me beautiful insight about death, loss, grief, and the afterlife. It was hugely comforting and I believed him. I woke up and started writing this song. About a year later, and feeling it wasn’t finished, I worked on it intensively during a songwriting retreat in Scotland with Mary Gauthier. Mary and I even skipped an outing to see the Queen of England at a local church so that she could help me work on it. I finally finished the last verse this past April and could tell it was an important song byy the way people cried and came up to tell me their own stories of loss and rising when I played it. So, yes, I believe that the stark landscape the title connotes was not only a description of my internal landscape of grief, but also hopefully one of transcendence and understanding. The last image is a white bird flying homeward to the valley of the bones, which I believe is hopeful and spiritual image. BRO – Can we chat about how bad ass a dobro player Billy Cardine is? But to dig deep and bare a grief or injustice or turmoil for all the world to hear? That takes a strength many cannot fathom, and – in my mind – it sets apart great songwriters from those who just write songs. JK – Mary looked me in the eye and told me that all of my self-deprecation wasn’t cute or charming and asked me when I was going to drop the bullshit and really own my power and talent. She told me that only then would I write the kind of songs that were up to my true potential. She challenged me to write a song from a perspective of self-love. Like full, real, spiritual and true self-love, and to call it “Hymn,” whatever that meant to me. I spent a few weeks after that alone, backpacking around Italy with a little travel guitar. I wrote this song in a little mountain village called Vetulonia, where I slept in a small cottage with a hammock for a bed, looking out over mountains that reminded me of home, and it sunk in then that I couldn’t really come home till I came home to myself. I remember sitting in beautiful olive grove at dusk, it was early summer, and there were fireflies all around me. It was almost too much beauty to take in. I had an epiphany right then, realizing that I did deserve to behold that beauty and that I was actually a part of all of it. That’s when the line “I am the ember of God/lights up the fireflies” came to me. And that was my way into the song. I’m learning more and more that, the older I get, the more I realize that deeper self-love and self-acceptance are inextricable with loving others. At the outset, I could tell that Valley of the Bones, the latest release from singer/songwriter Jane Kramer, came from somewhere deep. The title alone prepared me for a difficult journey, and Kramer’s songwriting proved me correct, with grief, doubt, and redemption recurring themes throughout the collection of songs that make up the new record. JK – Hah! Yes! He is a bad ass indeed! Billy’s sound is so uniquely his own and I love that there are so many diverse influences that come through in his playing that transcend just mountain or country music. It’s really a gorgeous fusion. He studied dobro under an Indian master and I love those complex, eastern flavors that come through and what his parts add to my songs. He’s a really wonderful, fun human as well. Truly, all of the guys in the band – River Guerguerian, Eliot Wadopian, and Chris Rosser – are just as spectacularly talented and amazing to work with. They are all world class instrumentalists, composers, and golden, solid souls. I feel so lucky to get to make music with this incredible group of musicians and learn so much from them. They truly elevate my songs and lift me up. And be sure to check out “Hymn,” along with great tracks from The Black Drumset, The Honey Dewdrops, and Matthew Logan Vasquez on this month’s Trail Mix. Jane is playing a couple house concerts in the coming weeks, so maybe if you know a guy who knows a guy, you can sneak in and catch her and her gorgeous songs in the comfort of someone’s living room. She’ll also be performing at a songwriters round up on Sunday in Asheville and, in early, will be at LEAF in Black Mountain. For more information on Jane, her new record, and all of her shows, surf over to her website. JK – Oh goodness, I definitely didn’t grow up in church. I am 3/4 Jewish and 1/4 Protestant, so my household was partially culturally Jewish, sometimes loosely Christian, the mostly Pagan, vegan, and all free-thinking. I feel grateful that my parents gave me the space as a young person to explore spirituality on my own terms, and it’s still a continuous journey for me. I really don’t feel at home inside of organized religion, but there are elements and ideas from many religions that resonate with me. Nature is my temple and connection to the sacred and spiritual world and you will find that imagery in many of my songs, especially “Hymn” and “Valley of the Bones.” I found myself craving deeper spiritual understanding and connection to help me cope with my grief and come to terms with my loss. I found much of that comfort and solace in nature and in the songs that I began to write about my experience. Even more than that, I felt it in the way that sharing those songs spoke to other people’s hearts and gave them permission to feel and share about their own grief. It’s powerful stuff. But I do have two favorite hymns – “Amazing Grace” and “Abide With Me” – that my mom taught me when I was young.last_img read more

Marketing beyond the member data

first_img 16SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,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 Details While content marketing is not a new concept, it seems credit unions are just now beginning to see how beneficial developing a long-term content marketing strategy can be.Content Marketing, defined as a type pf marketing that involves the creation and sharing of online material (such as videos, blogs, and social media posts) that does not explicitly promote a brand but is intended to stimulate interest in its products and services.For some, it’s hard to think in terms of spending time on creating content that does not result in short-term gains. But in today’s digital world, content marketing needs to be part of a well-rounded strategy to reach your consumers and it’s also proving to be more effective in building brand awareness.It builds trust. Consumers, especially the sought-after millennial market, distrust traditional marketing. No one likes to feel like they are being sold to. So stop with the hard sell and start to story-tell instead. Content marketing allows you to draw a member in by giving them relevant information intended to guide and inform them in their decision-making. When you take your product out of it, and simply educate your consumer in a way that puts their interest above your own, you are building a rapport with them and setting yourself up as someone they can trust.It’s Personal. Consumers today want to be able to connect to a brand on a personal level. Where traditional marketing is often impersonal and disruptive, content marketing, especially custom content honed to address your member’s biggest hurdles and challenges can help build loyal and lasting relationships with your members.You become the expert. By consistently providing custom content that is timely, relevant and informative your members will begin to see you as the expert in all things financial.It’s easy to see why a content marketing strategy makes sense, but it’s not as simple as creating some blog articles or social media posts. Simply providing good content is not enough. The content you create needs to not only align with your brand message or objective, it needs to engage the right audience. And to do that you have to spend some time researching who your target audiences are and then developing personas for those groups that will guide your content.Persona DevelopmentFiguring out WHO you are talking to is vital. Do you really know who your members are? First, you need to understand that personas are not demographics. A marketing persona is a composite sketch of a key segment of your audience. For content marketing purposes, personas will help you deliver content that will be most relevant and useful to your specific audience.  Instead of identifying your members by their demographics (age, race, gender, etc.) start thinking about them as people. Then separate these individuals by their behaviors and find out what drives those behaviors. Bottom line: better understand who your members are and what questions they have.Here is what you need to ask: Who is this person? What is their need? (Not why they need your product.) What are their goals and challenges? What are their values and fears? Why should they care about you? And, what unique value proposition can you offer this persona? Other important information you could gather is what hobbies do they have? Where do they get their news and what blogs to they read? All this information can help you create a persona for the each key segments of your membership.So where do you get all this information? There are many sources to pull data, from the details in your website statistics to conversations with your own members.Look at your site analytics. This information can tell you where your visitors are coming from, what keywords they are using to find you and how long they are spending on your site. This is key data for personas as it can tell you the desires that led someone to your site, and what tools they used to get there.Do social media research. Actively listening on social media can help with persona development as well. What kind of questions are your potential members asking? Or what problems are they venting about and how can your products and services solve those issues?Ask Your Members. No one knows your members better than themselves. Using customer service interactions to “interview” your members can provide deep insight into what it is that drives their buying decisions. Then follow up with the goals, values and pain points that will resonate most with them.Make it a team effort. Develop a team of anyone who has interactions with your members, and your members’ data and share perspectives on what is driving their behaviors.Once you truly understand your audience, you can better plan your communication strategy and make content marketing work for you. Just understand that in today’s environment, simple demographics are not enough. By developing marketing personas you can better identify with your audience and better solve their problems. The end result is a more engaged member.last_img read more

Dine with the fishes at this quirky kitchen in Surfers Paradise

first_img33 Sunrise Blvd, Surfers Paradise.The bought the property at 33 Sunrise Blvd in 2015 and renovated it to create a luxury home with unique features. A vertical garden wall in the bathroom, a 60-bottle wine cellar and a 2.7m aquarium-style splash back are a few of the fancier touches the pair made to the property. Property hits the market with an aquarium as a splashback in the kitchen. Emma Hoger-Jefferies is the owner. She is also a real estate agent. She renovated the property and is sad to be selling it. Picture: Richard GoslingBut Mrs Hoger-Jefferies said the home isn’t easy to spot from the street front. More from news02:37Purchasers snap up every residence in the $40 million Siarn Palm Beach North8 hours ago02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa1 day ago“It’s originally a 1980s home that we have completely gutted,” Mrs Hoger-Jefferies said. 33 Sunrise Blvd, Surfers Paradise.“The kitchen is really special and we wanted to create a calming style throughout the house and thought there was nothing more relaxing than watching fish.“Glen’s style is very black and white and mine is to use lots of different shades of colour and our design has really captured that.” 33 Sunrise Blvd, Surfers Paradise.IT’S the house that puts a splash in splashback. Welcome to the unique aquarium-kitchen home in Surfers Paradise that offers underwater views right at the kitchen sink.Homeowners Emma Hoger-Jefferies and her partner Glen Dobson share their four-bedroom home with dozens of tropical fish and blue claw crayfish. 33 Sunrise Blvd, Surfers Paradise.“It was a really small space with lots of stuffy rooms and peeling wallpaper, but my husband Glen was sold on the potential and the challenge of doing it up.“Glen could really visualise transforming it into a luxury home, it was a solid house and you can’t go wrong with concrete.”Mrs Hoger-Jefferies said the transformation was completed in eight months after the couple bought the home. 33 Sunrise Blvd, Surfers Paradise.“Glen took out 12 walls and we changed the kitchen design five times even after we had finished it we ended up ripping it up again and trying to perfect it.“What we came up with was better than what we ever imagined. Emma Hoger-Jefferies is property owner and real estate agent. She recently renovated a property in Surfers Paradise with an aquarium kitchen splashback. Picture: Jerad WilliamsThe kitchen has Tasmanian oak finishes, ultra-modern pedant lighting and matt black tap ware.A blue and white LED light is featured throughout the living room and brings the space to life.Mrs Hoger-Jefferies describes the duplex as a penthouse. “We are yet to renovate the front of the house and because it’s a duplex, it’s a bit tricker to renovate the top floor,” she said.last_img read more

Joseph Mariathasan: Climate change and central banks

first_imgThe debate over climate change is certainly heating up – both metaphorically and literally. Record temperatures were reported across the globe last month and the UK’s Met Office stated that the top 10 warmest years on record in the UK have all occurred since 2002.Even central banks are taking it seriously. Gary Smith, managing director at Barings Investment Institute, argues that under the extreme scenarios we appear to be experiencing, the traditional central banker’s focus on a 2% CPI forecast might become meaningless.“The 2°C target – the threshold an increase in the average global temperature is believed to yield catastrophic results if crossed – might become a target that overwhelms all others,” he says.Just how central banks will ultimately incorporate concerns about climate change into their mandates remains to be seen, says Barings’ Smith. Capitalism, according to Bank of England governor Mark Carney, is part of the solution to tackling climate change. Mark CarneyMacro-prudential risk – payouts triggered by climate catastrophes could destroy current insurance business models, which could in turn result in taxpayers becoming the ultimate backstop for this industry;Monetary policy – extreme weather events will have a direct impact on variables that the central bank is charged with targeting, such as the local inflation rate;Reserves management – central banks can loosen rules governing their investable universe to be able to diversify more into green assets.Radical rethinking is required across a whole range of issues, of which energy policy is the most important. There has been a great deal of talk about replacing fossil fuel-based energy sources with alternative energy in the forms of water, wind and solar power. Such energy sources clearly have their place, and as prices reduce and can be set free from government subsidies, their importance rises.However, to assume that they alone can replace fossil fuels in a modern economy seems fantasy. Wade Allison, emeritus professor of physics at Oxford University, pointed out in a newsletter in 2018 that one kilogramme of water behind a dam that is 100 metres high could provide just 1/3,600 kilowatt hours (kWh) of energy. One kilogramme of coal, on the other hand, provides about 7kWh of energy – 20,000 times more. Smith argues this increased focus from central banks on climate change has implications for investors in three areas:center_img The Three Gorges Dam across the Yangtze river in ChinaAs a result, hydroelectric schemes have to be enormous to generate the same amount of energy as a coal-fired equivalent. The environmental and human costs of such schemes are themselves controversial. China’s Three Gorges reservoir on the Yangtze River, which stretches for 600km and is the largest such project in the world, required the relocation of 1.3m people.Wind power also suffers from a low energy density. At their peak, wind turbines can produce as little as nine megawatts per square kilometre. As Allison points out, to match a one-gigawatt coal-fired plant requires several hundred turbines. The same goes for solar energy, which requires covering vast areas of hillside and meadow.The economics of the energy industry are heavily influenced by direct and indirect government subsidies – so much so that it can be difficult to extricate fundamental economics of different choices. The situation becomes even more confused when the risks associated with nuclear power have been historically misrepresented.If central bankers are also now joining in the debate over climate change, there may be more chance that countries like the UK start looking at energy policy with a fresh perspective.Further readingCorporate climate-related financial information ‘still insufficient’: TCFDStrong support for the recommendations of the Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures has not yet translated into a satisfactory state of play as regards actual disclosures, according to a stocktaking exercise carried out earlier this yearDutch regulator’s pension fund aims for outperformance on ESG targetsDe Nederlandsche Bank’s €2bn pension scheme plans to fine-tune its responsible investment policy, excluding controversial weapons and tobacco from its investment universeCarbon: Taskforce sets the tone on reportingThe TCFD’s recommendations for a standardised reporting framework for climate-related financial risks are gaining tractionlast_img read more

Interior designer Anna Spiro to team up with buyer of $8 million penthouse

first_img SUSTAINABLE HOMES A BUYER DESIRE Interior designer Anna Spiro’s creation of the master bedroom in the last penthouse released at 443 Queen St.Colours used within the penthouse include layered greens and blues, and pink.With expensive fabrics and wallpapers from around the world incorporated in the design, and a range of art work, some from Edwina Corlette Gallery at New Farm, Ms Spiro said a luxurious feel throughout was important.She said the penthouse would appeal to an older couple, a young family or young successful couple.“It’s so broad, that’s the joy of it,” she said.Ms Spiro reconfigured the lounge area, making two areas.“I joined them together and moved the dining room. I felt the layout was better that way as people do a lot of lounging and living in those areas,” she said.“The dining area has an amazing floor to ceiling bookcase with art hanging above and is in an open-plan space. Buyers making a purchase like this would want to feel at home, that was my main thing.” Interior designer Anna Spiro will help design the final penthouse at 443 Queen St in Brisbane’s CBD.Brisbane interior designer Anna Spiro has ensured no plain or “safe’’ designs have been incorporated in styling an $8 million penthouse in the heart of the CBD.Developer Cbus Property has released the last penthouse at 443 Queen St with Ms Spiro aiming to do “something a bit different”. MORE QLD REAL ESTATE NEWS:center_img One of the renders of the final penthouse at 443 Queen St, designed by Anna Spiro.She has designed five elegant and striking renders, heavily influenced by her love of textiles, patterns and colour to help buyers visualise what life could be like at the top of the 47-storey building. More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus11 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market11 hours agoWhen sold, the buyer will be given the option to have Mr Spiro design the penthouse throughout.“Being part of the development of such an iconic landmark in my home city of Brisbane, is truly exciting. I wanted to bring to life the subtropical nature of the building in my designs to take prospective penthouse buyers on a journey of what life could be like in a ‘never to be built again’, building,” Ms Spiro said.“I wanted to create a skyhome that has lots of interesting things. There’s art, sculptures and colour patterns that are reflective of Brisbane. It’s a warm city and my design reflects this.“The whole building is designed with a subtropical nature and with sustainability and greenery in mind. The wallpaper and patterns internally reflect that.” HERITAGE HOME PART OF NEW PROJECTlast_img read more

Maryland Sets Aside USD 2 Million for Offshore Wind Grants

first_imgThe Maryland Energy Administration (MEA) has made available Offshore Wind Business and Workforce Development Grant Programs for the Fiscal Year 2019.A total of USD 2 million is now available in grants through the OSW Business Program and the OSW Workforce Program.The deadline to apply is 1 August 2018 at 11:59 PM local time.Under the OSW Business Program, MEA will provide grant funding on a competitive basis to help defray barrier entry costs of Maryland’s emerging businesses; including minority-owned emerging businesses entering the global offshore wind industry. The program has a budget of USD 1.2 million for FY 2019. MEA will initially reserve USD 200,000 of total grant funding for AOI 1 and USD 1 million of total grant funding for AOI 2.Under the Offshore Wind Workforce Development Grant Program, MEA will consider applications for new or existing workforce development training centers utilized by the offshore wind industry. Training centers must provide education of a technical trade skill(s) and safety standards utilized for the development, manufacturing, construction, installation, and operations & maintenance of an offshore wind energy project. Applicants must demonstrate how project proposals will benefit Maryland’s Emerging Businesses, including minority-owned Emerging Businesses.The program has a budget of USD 800,000 for FY 2019. Grants are calculated as 50 percent of total project costs up to USD 200,000, whichever is the lower amount. Applicants must contribute at least 50 percent of the total project costs.last_img read more

Gomis: I’m not leaving Swansea

first_img The 12-times capped France striker had appeared to agitate for a transfer in recent weeks despite the sale of Wilfried Bony to Manchester City undoubtedly making him the number one striker at the Liberty Stadium. Crystal Palace reportedly lodged a £9million club record bid and Swansea also confirmed to Press Association Sport that West Ham had made an offer for Gomis during the January transfer window. Bafetimbi Gomis has ended uncertainty over his future by declaring he will stay at Swansea. But Gomis ended weeks of speculation about his future on Monday when he tweeted: “I have decided to stay With Swansea. I wanted to share this With you before the end of the transferts (sic) Windows. It’s the best choice for me. “Even if i was sad before Because i didn’t play a lot. Now everything is différent.I believe in this team and his project. “I have spoken With the coach and I have his confident (sic) and he have mine. I am lucky to play and live to Swansea. “Everybody are very Kind and helpful With me. I’ll do all my best to help the team 2 catch his goal.To all Swans fans i am jack!” Gomis raised doubts of his future in an interview he gave to French television on January 18, accusing Swansea of reneging on promises they made to him when he signed from Lyon on a free transfer last summer. The 29-year-old said he had grown frustrated over his lack of game-time and said he had been promised he would play alongside Bony rather than be second fiddle to the Ivorian. “When Bony was here, it was expected that I would also play in a certain number of games, but that was not the case,” Gomis told Canal Plus. “At my age, it is difficult to spend my time sitting on the bench. Me leaving? It is possible.” But Swansea manager Garry Monk had insisted Gomis would not be sold in this transfer window after the initial £25million departure of Bony left him short of attacking options. Monk brought in Benfica striker Nelson Oliveira on loan at the start of January but Gomis is the only other recognised centre-forward at the club. “I’m confident Bafe will stay here,” Monk said last week. “I understand from a player’s perspective how he’s been frustrated. “He’s not a young player who’s up and coming, he has pedigree as he’s a top performer who’s performed his whole career. “But it’s his shirt to lose now and it’s proved in the past that strikers who have come in and done well for Swansea obviously create a lot of interest in themselves and go on to bigger and better things.” Press Associationlast_img read more