Female leaders doing ‘better job’ in virus crisis, says Lagarde

first_imgFemale leaders are doing a better job handling the coronavirus crisis, European Central Bank chief Christine Lagarde said Wednesday, praising them for their honest communication and for showing they cared.The differences in policies and communication were “quite stunning” in countries led by women, she said in an online interview with The Washington Post.”I am going to be extremely biased. I’m not going to be a central banker at this very moment but I would say that for myself, I’ve learned that women tend to do a better job,” she said. Lagarde, who is the ECB’s first female president, singled out German Chancellor Angela Merkel for praise.She cited Merkel’s science-based approach as an example of how “very honest, transparent” explanations on coronavirus data and infection rates helped members of the public appreciate why masks, social distancing and confinement measures were necessary.”It became very quickly sort of a common lingua franca, common knowledge that people would understand those scientific elements,” Lagarde said.The female leaders of Taiwan, Belgium and New Zealand had also “carried the water of bad news as well as the water of clear explanation and strong recommendations”, she added. Germany has weathered the coronavirus crisis better than many of its European neighbors, while Taiwan and New Zealand are considered success stories in the fight against the pandemic.By contrast, observers have noted that male, populist leaders like US President Donald Trump, Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro and British Prime Minister Boris Johnson have struggled to contain the outbreaks in their countries.Former French finance minister Lagarde, 64, said leadership was about “being both responsible and accountable”. “It’s about caring as well… I think the caring dimension is something that [female leaders] managed to express well. And that was considered by viewers and voters probably as authentic.”center_img Topics :last_img read more

Carles inmate dies at hospital

first_imgInvestigation was still ongoing todetermine if there was a foul play in his death./PN According to the police, Ortiz complainedof abdominal pain early morning on Tuesday. He was reportedly suffering fromkidney disease. Ortiz was arrested on Feb. 18 forillegal gambling. ILOILO City – A man detained in the lockupcell of the municipal police station of Carles, Iloilo died after he complainedof stomach problem. The 57-year-old Generoso Ortiz, aresident of Barangay Poblacion, Carles, was pronounced dead by the attendingphysician at the Jesus Colmenares District Hospital after he was brought by thepolice for treatment.last_img read more

EVERQUEEN BURSTS CLEAR TO TAKE $58,000 SANTA ANITA ALLOWANCE FEATURE BY 2 ½ LENGTHS; TALAMO & ELLIS TEAM FOR SIX FURLONG WIN IN 1:09.34

first_imgARCADIA, Calif. (Feb. 19, 2016)–With favored Treasuring begging for racing room at the rail, lightly raced Everqueen, under Joe Talamo, shot clear a furlong out and took Friday’s $58,000 Santa Anita allowance feature by 2 ½ lengths, as the 3-year-old filly by Colonel John got six furlongs in 1:09.34.Breaking from post position four in a field of seven 3-year-old fillies, Everqueen showed good early speed as she sat a close second just to the outside of longshot Princess Katie around the far turn before opening up on her competition.Off at 5-1, she paid $12.60, $4.60 and $3.60. Trained by Ron Ellis and owned by McShane Racing, LLC, Everqueen was an impressive maiden $75,000 claiming winner here on Jan. 24 and was making her fourth start today. With the winner’s share of $34,800, she increased her earnings to $59,410.Trained by Bob Baffert and ridden by Victor Espinoza, Treasuring, who came off a close fourth place finish in the Grade II, 6 ½ furlong Santa Ynez Stakes Jan. 2, was full of run at the rail but by the time she was able to split horses a furlong out, the winner had all the momentum and she had to settle for second money. Off at 4-5 in her seventh career start, Treasuring paid $2.80 and $2.40.Ridden by Santiago Gonzalez, Asian’s Way raced just to the outside of the favorite around the turn and despite getting first run on her, she proved third best. Off at 9-2, Asian’s Way paid $3.20 to show.Fractions on the race were 22.65, 46.14 and 57.91.First post time on Saturday at Santa Anita is at 12:30 p.m. Admission gates will open at 10:30 a.m.last_img read more

Sport court rejects appeal by disgraced ex-FIFA official Valcke

first_img0Shares0000Valcke, who served as top deputy to disgraced ex-FIFA boss Sepp Blatter, was initially banned in June 2016 and launched his appeal in February of last year.GENEVA, Switzerland, July 27 – The Court of Arbitration for Sport on Friday dismissed an appeal by former FIFA secretary general Jerome Valcke seeking to overturn his 10 year ban from football over corruption.“The panel concluded that the offences found to have been committed by Jerome Valcke were cumulatively of a serious degree of gravity and that, therefore, the sanctions of a ten-year ban and fine of CHF 100,000 were wholly proportionate,” the court said in a statement. Valcke, who served as top deputy to disgraced ex-FIFA boss Sepp Blatter, was initially banned in June 2016 and launched his appeal in February of last year.Valcke and Blatter were key figures in the massive graft scandal that rocked FIFA in 2015 and forced sweeping changes within world football’s governing body.CAS said there was evidence supporting charges that Valcke breached FIFA’s ethics rules “in the resale of FIFA World Cup tickets, in relation to his travel expenses, his involvement in a transaction between FIFA and a software development company, an offer of an improper benefit to the regional football union and his failure to cooperate with the FIFA investigation.”A French national, Valcke worked at FIFA from 2003 to January 2016, when he was sacked over his involvement in black market ticket sales and misconduct in television deals.Subsequent investigations by FIFA’s new management have also implicated Valcke in millions of dollars worth of unregulated spending, notably on private jets.Separately, he has been implicated in a Swiss criminal investigation involving the possible illegal sale of World Cup media rights to beIN media, whose chairman Nasser al-Khelaifi is also the president of Paris Saint-Germain.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today)last_img read more

Saving is a big deal

first_imgRay Maota Since July 2008 to date Teach Children to Save South Africa, through 15 banks and 28 financial sector institutions, has empowered more than 350 000 grade four to seven pupils in over 1 500 schools. (Image: Flickr) Fikile Kuhlase of Basa said that the rationale of the programme is that the earlier children learn about the importance of saving and spending money wisely, the better the chances that this culture will be engrained in them. (Image: The Banking Association South Africa) MEDIA CONTACTS • Teach Children to Save South Africa  + 27 11 645 6721/6740 RELATED ARTICLES • SA financial whiz is world’s best • Grooming future leaders: priceless • Young people: own your destiny! • All aboard the Youth ExpressThe need for a culture of saving has been reiterated countless times by financial institutions. How better to get one going than to instil it in young people who will benefit from the habit in their adult years?This is where the Teach Children to Save South Africa (TCTS SA) programme comes in. This year the initiative is celebrating five years of grooming youngsters to be savvy savers.Set up by the Banking Association South Africa (Basa), which partnered with the national Department of Education, the programme focuses mainly on primary school pupils under the age of 13 years.Basa represents local and international banks registered in South Africa, and currently has 34 members. Its fundamental mission is to provide banking services to as many South Africans as possible in the interest of developing growth in the country’s socio-economic sector.“Financial literacy is among the strategic objectives of the association,” said Fikile Kuhlase, senior GM of socio-economic growth and development at Basa.How the programme worksThis year’s edition of the programme will be rolled out nationally from 16 to 27 July, with the main event taking place on the 18th at the Booi Primary School in Port Elizabeth’s Zwide township.During the week of the campaign, pupils will participate in lessons and activities designed to create an understanding of crucial tools like budgets and savings plans.They will also be taught how to differentiate between needs and wants, track their daily expenses and learn how to make saving an integral part of their lives.“The lessons are delivered by volunteer bankers and financial sector professionals who have willingly traded the boardroom for the classroom to instil lifelong sound habits of saving,” said Kuhlase.Since July 2008 to date the programme, through 15 banks and 28 financial sector institutions, has empowered more than 350 000 grade four to seven pupils in over 1 500 schools.“The rationale is that the earlier children learn about the importance of saving and spending money wisely, the better the chances that this culture will be engrained in them,” said Kuhlase.Interested schools have to register with the South African Savings Institute (Sasi) to become part of the programme.Role modelWell-known television and radio personality Minnie Dlamini (22) has been appointed as the programme’s ambassador.“Minnie epitomises the type of behaviour we hope to instil with this programme,” said Kuhlase.“Not only is she financially savvy, but she is astute as well, and because of this, she is now financially independent.”Besides appearing in broadcaster M-Net’s popular television series The Wild, Dlamini is also the face of international hair-care brand Motions and presents a music programme on national radio station Metrofm.Financial literacy criticalFinancial literacy is critical in improving South Africa’s saving rate. According to Basa, 70% of South African adults do not save.In 2011 the country’s domestic savings rate had seen a drop of over 10% from 35% 23 years before, in 1988. The country is ranked among the lowest in the world at 20%.In contrast, consumers from developing countries such as China are saving more, with the Asian country boasting the highest rate in the world with 52% of national GDP.While the poor savings culture impacts individual households, it also affects the inclusive growth of the country’s economy, says Sasi, which celebrates national savings month every year in July.“The current domestic economic situation with slow growth and inflation at the top of its band has exposed South Africans’ vulnerabilities in terms of their income, expenditure, savings and debt,” said Sasi chairperson Prem Govender, at the launch of the campaign earlier in July.She said South Africans needed to take charge of their lives by saving.“Many South Africans still count on the state or their neighbours to bail them out of financial woes,” said Govender.last_img read more

Passivhaus Buildings Don’t Heat Themselves

first_img This article is only available to GBA Prime Members Start Free Trial Already a member? Log in Sign up for a free trial and get instant access to this article as well as GBA’s complete library of premium articles and construction details.center_img For years, the English-language website of the Passivhaus Institut in Germany provided this definition: “A passive house is a building in which a comfortable interior climate can be maintained without active heating and cooling systems. The house heats and cools itself, hence ‘passive.’”The idea of a house that “heats and cools itself” has a certain PR value, of course. The only problem is that it doesn’t exist. Excluding a few buildings in areas with a very mild climate (for example, in San Diego or Honolulu), no one has yet managed to build a house that heats and cools itself. That’s why Passivhaus buildings always need an active heating system, an active cooling system, or both.Until recently, most of the people complaining about exaggerations from the Passivhaus Institut were cynics and curmudgeons like me. Now, however, even Passivhaus fans have begun grumbling about the fallout from the false claim that Passivhaus buildings don’t need heating or cooling systems.The myth is responsible for a great many misunderstandings — misunderstandings that can in some cases lead to bad building designs.Allen Gilliland is the founder of One Sky Homes, a design/build firm in San Jose, California. His company specializes in Passivhaus construction, and Gilliland designs all of his projects’ HVAC systems. In a recent PowerPoint presentation that he shared with a monthly meeting of a group called Passive House California, Gilliland expressed his frustration with the idea that a Passivhaus building “heats and cools itself.” In one of his slides, Gilliland warned, “Beware the Passivhaus Kool Aid: Hyperbole, careless references, and hearsay are everywhere.”It is often said that a building with a low rate of air leakage and above-average amounts of insulation is inherently more comfortable for occupants than an average building. While this is usually… last_img read more

Harvey Norman Promotion

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Video: Clemson Defensive Tackle Christian Wilkins Shows Off His Impressive Athleticism

first_imgClemson Memorial Stadium during a Tigers game against Syracuse.CLEMSON, SC – OCTOBER 25: A general view of Memorial Stadium prior to the game between the Clemson Tigers and Syracuse Orange on October 25, 2014 in Clemson, South Carolina. (Photo by Tyler Smith/Getty Images)Christian Wilkins is a defensive tackle by trade, but the 300-pound Clemson Tiger is a spectacular all-around athlete. During spring practice, Wilkins has tried his hand at a number of skills that aren’t usually part of being an interior lineman, like making one-handed catches and kicking field goals.Of course, Wilkins is also pretty good at playing his position. As a true freshman, he racked up 33 tackles, 4.5 tackles for loss, and two sacks for the Tigers this season. More: The 10 CFB Teams That Could Go Undefeated In 2016 >>>last_img read more

NBA Athletes Support Truth Racial Healing And Transformation Nationally

first_imgThrough their work to improve communities across the country, four NBA players and their family foundations are coming together as committed participants in the W.K. Kellogg Foundation’s Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation (TRHT) national effort.The Chris Paul Family Foundation, The Carmelo Anthony Foundation, Wade’s World Foundation, and LeBron James Family Foundation will continue to use their voices, influence and work to bridge divides in communities and ultimately create better opportunities for children and families. Their efforts are supported by a $1 million grant from the Kellogg Foundation.TRHT is a comprehensive, national and community-based process focused on transformational and sustainable change that addresses the historic and contemporary effects of racism. Its primary focus is jettisoning the deeply held, and often unconscious, beliefs that undergird racism – the main one being the belief in a hierarchy of human value. This belief, which has fueled racism and conscious and unconscious bias throughout American culture, is the perception of a person’s or group’s inferiority or superiority based on physical characteristics, race, ethnicity or place of origin.The WKKF grant supports the players’ continued efforts to implement and expand the work they do in communities across the country by implementing the TRHT framework within their programs for children and youth, thus making a difference in the lives of children for years to come.“These athletes’ voices and community-based work speaks truth to the inequities facing children and families. Their efforts and involvement can contribute to healing and transformation in communities,” said La June Montgomery Tabron, president and CEO of the W.K. Kellogg Foundation. “We are eager to see the positive change that emerges from our shared commitment to the Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation effort.”The Chris Paul Family Foundation convened this group initially based on their mutual passions and because of the alignment of their work to the TRHT goals and framework. In the past, Chris Paul, Carmelo Anthony, Dwyane Wade and LeBron James have used their voices to promote positive social change. They teamed up to deliver a powerful speech during the 2016 ESPY Awards, in which they called for fellow athletes to use their platform to help heal a country divided by racism, injustice and gun violence. Within that speech, LeBron James said, “We all feel helpless and frustrated by the violence. We do. But that’s not acceptable. It’s time to look in the mirror and ask ourselves what are we doing to create change.”The Chris Paul Family Foundation will use WKKF’s grant investment to continue its work to expose youth to technology advancements in underserved communities while focusing their efforts within the key TRHT priority areas of employment, education, workforce development and safety.“I feel compelled to help bridge the gap that has been the center of division. We must incite positive change in our communities by embracing each other and creating opportunities for children and I look forward to the conversation happening on the National Day of Racial Healing on Jan. 16 when these issues are on the forefront of a national conversation,” said Chris Paul.For Dwyane Wade, this work truly hits home. “My family and I have been personally affected by gun violence. I am committed to continuing my efforts in the Chicago community by providing kids with exposure, access and hope for a better future with supporting programs.”Wade feels that it is time to change that narrative – not through fear – but by shining a positive light on youth in Chicago, empowering them to achieve their dreams. His foundation’s signature program, Spotlight On, provides kids with hope for a better future and gives young thriving leaders the resources to engage in meaningful and impactful work in their communities while supporting the TRHT framework on narrative change.“Last year, I brought attention to the injustice, distrust and anger of people of color that plague this country day in and day out. Facing a broken system, systematic violence and racial inequalities, there is an urgency to create change,” said Carmelo Anthony. “My participation in TRHT and support of community outreach programs for underserved children and families is one of the ways I will work to empower our communities to be hopeful in the future we are creating together. The Kellogg Foundation grant provides additional resources needed to increase our capacity and expand our pivotal work in education within all five boroughs in New York City.”The LeBron James Family Foundation’s (LJFF) efforts to assist and support at-risk students in James’ hometown of Akron, Ohio, have continued to evolve and expand since his “I Promise” program began to tackle the high school dropout crisis in 2011. The program has now grown to provide resources, mentorship, interventions and guaranteed college scholarships for more than 1,200 inner-city students who need it most, all with a mission to keep kids in school and on the right path to achieve their dreams through education.The TRHT grant will assist LJFF in creating a brand new public school in Akron that will provide complete wraparound supports for its students and their families. The school will help hundreds of children mitigate the challenges they are faced with in the classroom and at home and create a safe, supportive learning environment conducive to life-long learning and future success.“Real change starts at home in our communities. If we all do our part to strengthen and build up our communities, we can really start to make a difference,” said LeBron James. “Through my foundation, we’ve been able to get to kids at an early age and get them the support they need before they go down the wrong path. I’m humbled to be in a position to help provide a life-changing education not only for these students but for their families as well. This grant will help us continue to make a difference and ultimately create a better future for our community and beyond.”Learn more about TRHT here.last_img read more

Aurora Cannabis buying Whistler Medical Marijuana in deal worth up to 175M

first_imgCompanies in this story: (TSX:ACB) EDMONTON — Aurora Cannabis Inc. has signed a deal to buy Whistler Medical Marijuana Corp. in an all-stock deal worth up to $175 million, including certain milestone payments.Edmonton-based Aurora says the acquisition of the privately held company is expected to provide it with a suite of premium and organic certified products.Whistler operates two indoor licensed production facilities, include one in Whistler, B.C.,  and another a short drive from the resort town.Once the second location reaches full capacity, the facilities are expected to have a combined production capacity of over 5,000 kilograms per year.The deal is subject to customary closing conditions, as well as third party and regulatory approvals.Shares in Aurora closed at $8.47 on the Toronto Stock Exchange on Friday. The Canadian Presslast_img read more