TCU rowing program strengthens after facing COVID-19 setbacks

first_imgWelcome TCU Class of 2025 Ryann Boothhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/ryann-booth/ World Oceans Day shines spotlight on marine plastic pollution Academics at TCU Ryann Boothhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/ryann-booth/ Linkedin Facebook Pliska competes in a virtual regatta while his teammate cheers him on. (Video Courtesy Samuel Barnes)This was the first time rowers were able to feel the true excitement of fans and coaches who would normally be waves away, he said.Although restrictions might have changed the way their season functioned, many of the rowers on the team insisted that the pros of the season outweighed the cons.Claire Dobbs, a senior history and political science dual major, joined the team as a first-year student and now serves as the president of the program.“The effects of the pandemic forced us to take charge of the club and implement things into the program that we have been wanting to do for years,” said Dobbs.Now, Dobbs said, the TCU Rowing Team is a true student-led organization.Adjusting to the new normalA normal season would have had team members rowing in unison on the waters of Marine Creek Lake multiple times per week. However, COVID-19 restrictions held the team back from practicing as a large group.At the beginning of the season, rules were put into place about which boats could be used and which teammates could row together.Racich rows with her sister in a two-person boat. (Photo courtesy of Michaela Anne Racich)Michaela Anne Racich, a first-year nursing major, recalls how the pandemic affected her experience as a rower at the beginning of the academic year.“We were only allowed to row in the boats with a roommate or family member,” said Racich. “Luckily, I was able to row with my sister in a two-person boat, but I personally prefer being in the four-person boats.”With roughly 30 members, the team had to make drastic changes to practice schedules because few rowers were allowed to practice in the University Recreation Center at one time.Coaches had to make more than six practice time slots per day so everyone could practice during the week while following social distance safety measures.Virtual rowing regattas After USRowing canceled all in-person regattas, TCU’s team participated in its first virtual regatta in the fall. A socially distant version of the Head of the Oklahoma Regatta, a 5K that takes place annually in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, was held in October.This competition was made possible through updated erg technology and the app Here Now VR.According to its description on the AppStore, “HereNow VR allows you to race and train for rowing events in a 3D environment.” A screenshot of what the app looks like when it is being used. (Photo courtesy of https://appadvice.com/app/herenow-vr/1528100125)Schools with the latest version of the erg monitor were able to connect the monitors to their phones or tablets with the app open. “It was kind of neat because we could have four people rowing at the exact same time and the app would mimic a crew,” said Samuel Barnes, a senior accounting major and the team’s outgoing student head coach.However, rowing on an erg is a much different experience than rowing on the water, said Pliska.“The technique that you use on an erg is slightly different from the technique that you use on the water,” he said. “Essentially, it takes more skills like balance and timing to win a competition on the water, but on the erg, you don’t need to worry about those things since you’re on land.”Someone who is really strong and who can lift heavy weight would do better on the erg than on the water, according to Pliska. Pandemic grows programTCU rowers gather for a socially distant practice. (Photo courtesy of TCU Rowing Team website)The TCU Rowing Team has been steadily growing for the past seven years.The program went from having an executive board, which took on multiple roles, to having both an executive board and a coaching staff.This school year saw their growth go to another level. “Usually we have about 15 students who are interested in competing at a high level,” said Dobbs. “This year we have almost 30 students stepping into the boats as serious competitors.”Although this was a good problem to have, it raised concerns with having COVID-19-friendly practices and group activities, she said.Dobbs said it also raised safety concerns because there are so many new rowers that need supervision when it comes to physically getting into the water and dealing with the logistics of the boats.These safety precautions are especially important as most of these new members join without a lot of prior experience in rowing. Younger members expressed gratitude for the student-led coaching staff. “For someone who has no prior experience in rowing, it was so easy to learn the sport,” said Racich. “The coaches invest so much time into each team member and into making sure they feel comfortable both in the boat and on the machines.”The program started to train students as qualified coaches, so that this level of intimacy with novice rowers would be possible.“Rowing is a sport that comes with a high level of liability, so we needed more people who were trained coaches that could implement safe procedures in practice,” said Dobbs.Pliska’s job as intermin student head coach was among one of the roles that served a more important purpose this season.“The role of interim student head coach comes with a lot of responsibilities,” said Pliska. “Not only do you coach students to learn how to row properly with good form, but you also lead practices and coordinate the logistics of practices on the water.”More coaches allows for more one-on-one student help, he said.The team poses for a photo after a successful regatta before the pandemic. (Photo Courtesy of TCU Rowing Team website)“Expanding the student coaching crew has allowed myself and our coaches to help more students at a singular time rather than having one coach help everyone,” said Pliska. “This season we were able to focus on improving many students’ skills through having more experienced coaches available at once.”Having students mentor other students has also created a sense of family among the team. Barnes said the program has grown closer this season than ever before.“I would describe the team as a resilient family with big aspirations of future growth,” said Barnes.The sport is centered around unity and in order for the team to succeed, it is important that all team members are on the same page at all times. “Having that sense of unity on and off the water is how we have built a family within the program,” Barnes said.Looking aheadVan Haaster poses in a practice boat on the water. (Photo courtesy Faith Van Haaster)Faith Van Haaster, a sophomore nursing major, will serve as the team’s president next academic year.“I’m hoping that the program will continue to grow and that we keep recruiting more members while attending in-person regattas next season,” said Van Haaster.She predicts the team will be ahead of the game come August because of the new members’ additional year of training.“I expect that we will have a lot of success in the Men and Women’s Novice divisions, as well as the Men and Women’s Varsity divisions,” she said. Rowers who qualified for the novice division this academic year will be able to compete in the novice division for next season.“Normally, those in the novice division would step into the boat with no prior experience,” said Van Haaster. “Now, our novice rowers will have had a year of experience under their belts before their first real, in-person regatta.”Van Haaster said she is excited to finally be able to compete in in-person competition.“Although the pandemic brought us many blessings, like program growth and heightened skill set for our new rowers, we are extremely excited to get back on the water and come back to a normal season next year,” she said. Ryann Booth Twitter ReddIt Ryann Boothhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/ryann-booth/ Ryann Boothhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/ryann-booth/ Class of 1971 celebrates 50 year graduation anniversary and reflects on time at TCU Posting with a passion: TCU student builds loyal following with Instagram blog ReddIt The TCU rowing team at a sunset practice (Photo courtesy of TCU rowing Instagram) What we’re reading: Chauvin found guilty in Floyd case, Xi to attend Biden’s climate change summit Twitter Linkedin Facebook Previous articleCampus food drive asks students to use campus cash to help those in needNext articleClass of 1971 celebrates 50 year graduation anniversary and reflects on time at TCU Ryann Booth RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR printOne TCU club team has managed to grow and come together amid an unprecedented year. The TCU Rowing Team grew in size and became one “resilient family” as they adapted to the COVID-19 pandemic while still competing. Among the challenges they faced were restrictions from using certain boats, limits on who could practice together, and changes to their normal competition schedule and environment.These strict rules led to a new norm in the world of college rowing: virtual competition.Ergometers, or “ergs,” were used for all rowing competitions this year for the first time in college rowing history.An erg is a work-out machine that measures work done through exercising. Luke Pliska, the incoming student head coach and a business major at TCU, competed virtually this season.“The best part about the virtual competition was that I was able to have an interaction with the audience that I’ve never experienced before,” said Pliska. “When you’re out on the water you can’t really hear the cheers coming from your coaches or teammates.” TCU places second in the National Student Advertising Competition, the highest in school history + posts last_img read more

O.C. Resident Pens Book About Dad, Alzheimer’s Care

first_imgMaryanne Scott, at right, with her late father, Sam Valenti, the subject of her book, “An Eight Year Goodbye,” and her children, Katelyn and Jim. (Photos courtesy of Maryanne Scott) By TIM KELLYSaying goodbye to a friend or loved one can be a journey. And sometimes the navigation of that journey requires a team effort to get through.That was certainly the case of the farewell to Samuel Valenti, a former South Jersey resident who passed away in 2014 at the age of 93, following a gallant eight-year battle with Alzheimer’s disease.Along the way, Sam’s friends, family and extended family dealt with the realities of caregiving, medical red tape and the slow loss of Sam, in addition to the normal grieving process.Much of the journey is documented in a wise and touching memoir, “An Eight Year Goodbye,” by Sam’s daughter, Maryanne V. Scott, a part-time Ocean City resident who also has a home in Doylestown, Pa.“Before my father passed, I wrote some things down, and decided to turn it into a book afterward,” said Scott, a fourth grade teacher. “I’m not a writer, but I thought that if someone could benefit from reading about our experiences, it could help them.”Scott underestimates herself. She is certainly a writer, despite a previous lack of experience.In “An Eight Year Goodbye,” Scott weaves a gripping story of Sam’s life, including some humorous anecdotes along with the jarring aspects of caring for an Alzheimer’s patient and finally, the sad outcome.The title reflects Scott’s and the other caregivers’ selfless efforts, and the literal sense of what was happening on a daily basis, she said.“Every day, as dad’s condition progressed, we slowly said goodbye to a piece of the man we all knew. A humble, healthy, independent guy and a hard worker, was losing a bit every day. And we were losing a part of him, too,” Scott said. “We were seeing a man who always did for himself and did for others, who could no longer do for himself.”Maryanne with her father on her wedding day.Though an undeniably sad narrative, the book also is a hopeful one. It provides the reader with an intimate look at the sacrifices and travails of Sam’s caregiving team, and puts a name and a face on one of the thousands who die from the disease each year.According to the Alzheimer’s Association website, more than 122,000 people died from Alzheimer’s in 2018, the most recent year of available statistics.However, the toll could be much higher because of deaths attributed to other symptoms or so-called “natural causes.”The Alzheimer’s Association website estimates 5.8 million Americans age 65 and above currently battle the condition.Whatever the true number, “An Eight Year Goodbye” is unflinching in its telling of Sam’s backstory and his illness, from the perspective of those whose boots were on the ground during his fight.Anyone caring for an Alzheimer’s patient, or wanting to learn more about the disease for which there is currently no cure, would benefit from reading it.It begins telling the story of South Philly native Sam, who dropped out of high school to join the Army and serve in the European theater of operations. Without a formal education, he took up tomato farming in the 1930s to provide for his wife, Mary, and eventually for Scott and her brother, also named Sam.“When people talk about my dad, the word that keeps coming up is ‘kindness,’” Scott said. “He was involved in the lives of our family members.”That included his first cousin, Oscar winner Katharine Hepburn.“(Hepburn) always told us she wanted to be an actress, and that’s exactly what she did,” Sam would say to the family, showing his understated wit.The book was published recently by Page Publishing and is available at Barnes and Noble, Amazon.com and as an e-book.In addition to wit, Scott’s dad also had a knack for mechanics.“My dad was mechanically inclined and could pretty much fix anything,” Scott recalled. “If somebody told him they needed their car repaired, Dad could look at it, take it apart and put it back together running perfectly.”Sam bought a farm in Mount Holly, Burlington County, and became a tomato farmer.“He would raise his tomatoes, and drive truckloads to Camden and sell them to the Campbell Soup company,” she said.He was successful in providing for his wife and family.He was always there, “writing checks to help us with tuition bills,” Scott noted.“When I was thinking about becoming a lawyer, he said, ‘Go to law school. Tell me how much it is,’” she said.Years later, things began to change. “There was the forgetfulness, the repetition,” Scott explained.And eventually, there was the grim diagnosis.At that point, the family and extended family began their long goodbye.Maryanne Scott with her father, Sam Valenti, and her brother, also named Sam.Alzheimer’s is a neurodegenerative illness that usually starts slowly. The symptoms worsen and accelerate as it progresses.The book was published recently by Page Publishing and is available at Barnes and Noble, Amazon.com and as an e-book.Currently, several book-signing events are in the works and will be announced shortly.Scott said she is proud of the cover. It features a photo of a South Jersey farm and a spectacular sundown to symbolize Sam’s later years, as well as his career in farming.  She said the design team at Page Publishing morphed a photo of a sundown over a second picture of a farm taken by her.“We drove all over South Jersey to find the perfect farm,” she said of herself and husband, Jim. “He has been my rock through all of this and my number one cheerleader for the book.”The couple has two adult children, Jim and Katelyn. Scott said her family helped with caregiving.Throughout, humor has always been a part of the formula for getting through the ordeal, she said.One time, Sam said something that the family took as funny, she said, even though the comment was directly related to his illness.“I said that I felt bad to be laughing more or less at the expense of dad’s disease,” she said. “But my brother made a good point. Sometimes when caring for an Alzheimer’s patient you have to laugh or you will cry.”Maryanne Scott, a part-time Ocean City resident, chronicles her family’s challenges in caring for a loved one suffering from Alzheimer’s disease.last_img read more

Golden Radish

first_imgThe traditional thinking about farm-to-school programs is that they only thrive in suburban or urban school districts with plenty of money and resources.But the Warren County School System proves once that farm-to-school programs are for everyone, no matter what their school system looks like.This week the Warren County School System, which has a total enrollment of around 640 students from kindergarten through 12th grade — and only one school building between them — was recognized for its Farm to School program’s pioneering work bringing fresh produce and agricultural awareness to the students.The school system received both the Georgia Organics Golden Radish Organic Radish Award for excellence in organic production methods and the inaugural Outstanding Extension Farm to School Program Award from Golden Radish partner University of Georgia Cooperative Extension.UGA Extension established the new award to honor the teaching of cutting-edge agricultural techniques that prepare future farmers for leadership and prosperity. “UGA Extension is proud to be a partner in the Golden Radish program to promote healthy eating, ag literacy and the entire farm-to-school concept,” said Laura Perry Johnson, associate dean and director for UGA Extension.“I was particularly excited to present the inaugural Outstanding Extension Farm to School Program Award to Warren County. It epitomizes what a vital and integral part of the local community Extension is designed to be. This is a perfect example of Extension providing expertise and partnering at the local level to make positive change.”The award also recognizes an exemplary partnership between an outstanding Georgia farm-to-school program and county Extension staff.Warren County Extension Coordinator Tammy Cheely and Scott Richardson, technical education and nutrition director for Warren County Schools, accepted the award at the 2018 Golden Radish ceremony at Atlanta’s Georgia Freight Depot on Oct. 22.“This is such a wonderful opportunity for our students to learn valuable job skills while also learning about how to eat fresh and eat healthy,” Richardson said. “We are so honored to win these awards. Our school system values hard work, dedication, and healthy living … Our partnership with UGA Extension has allowed our students to see the real-world applications of the lessons they are learning in the classroom and on the school farm.” The Warren County School System stood out among the 84 applicants because of what they’ve been able to accomplish by building partnerships in the school system, with UGA Extension and throughout the community.“Partnerships multiply our efforts,” Cheely said. “We always accomplish more together.”The program started in 2015 with an initial grant from the Georgia Soil and Water Commission. Since then, students and staff have built 26 raised beds and expanded the program onto a 3-acre production garden.The school system has integrated farm-to-school curriculum into every grade level at the school, and the technical education program has partnered with the schools’ food service team to grow commonly used ingredients for the cafeteria.The result is that every Warren County student eats something that was grown on the school campus at least three times a week.In the coming years, Richardson hopes to expand the system’s traditional agricultural education to sixth through eighth grades and add fruit trees to the school’s property.“When other schools look at Warren County, I think they can learn a lot about being efficient with school garden plans,” said Becky Griffin, UGA Extension school and community garden coordinator and Golden Radish board member. “They are putting food on the table for students during the lunch period; they’re not just taste testing. Warren County shows that it’s a doable system. You can actually supply your lunchroom from the garden.”Across the state, there are about 1,000 school gardens and hundreds of farm-to-school programs. The growth of these programs is a testament to their impact on students’ diets and their understanding of the natural world, Griffin said.The Golden Radish Awards recognized a total of 84 school systems across the state, up from the 75 school systems recognized in 2017 and the 30 school systems recognized in 2014, according to Georgia Organics.The Golden Radish Awards honor Georgia school districts for best practices in farm to school programs. Best practices include local food procurement, exposing students to new foods through taste tests and incorporating cooking and gardening activities into class curriculums. This year, Golden Radish Partners included Georgia Organics, and the Georgia departments of agriculture, education, public health, early care and learning and UGA Extension.For a full list of school districts that were recognized, visit GeorgiaOrganics.org. For more information about the school and community programs offered through UGA Extension, visit ugaurbanag.com/gardens.last_img read more

How to reduce member churn in 6 days

first_img 15SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Chris Hall Chris Hall is very fond of the Internet and enjoys all aspects of digital marketing. He leads the inbound marketing and customer development efforts at Onovative, a company that believes … Web: www.onovativebanking.com Details One of the best ways to grow faster is to slow the rate at which you’re losing members, or slow your product churn. Churn is the percentage of members who leave a product or service over a given period of time. The end result is a percentage, so a low number is better. 100% churn would mean that you’re losing 100% of your members from a given product or service in a given timeframe. And that would be bad.Here is how to calculate basic churn at the product level for a given period of time:# Existing Accounts Closed During Period / # Accounts at Beginning of PeriodThink of product churn as a hole in your boat. When you calculate the rate of churn on each of your products, it will become painfully obvious where the biggest holes are in your boat. Depending on your overall strategy, the biggest holes can be a great place to start. Once you’ve identified a product or service to begin with, you’re going to want to start communicating with people. And if you’re able to communicate over these six, distinct days after account opening, you should be able to learn what you need to do to reduce your product churn for that product.So without further ado, here are the six days of communications you need in order to begin reducing product churn:Day 1 –  Account Opening SurveySending out a survey the day after account opening is probably the single most important thing you can do to start reducing churn. That’s why we’re doing it on day one of the product relationship. Surveying allows you to gain an understanding of your account opening process from the eyes of the member and catch problems early. This knowledge will ultimately help you streamline the account opening process, so this day one survey is critical.Day 2 – Account SpecificsPack everything the member needs to know about the account into this communication. And make sure that every detail is accessible. A great way to structure this communication is with an automated email that links out to key pages on your website with product details. But you can also pack everything into the communication for the member to save and reference over time.Day 14 – The Follow-UpYou should be thinking about following up two weeks into the product relationship. This can be over email or direct mail…but you just can’t beat the follow-up phone call for one big reason. The personal touch. Hearing the tone and inflection of the member’s voice on the other end of the phone as they talk through issues or needs is extremely important. Schedule a follow-up phone call and start grabbing all of that context, while further strengthening the bond between the member and their personal banker.Day 30 – What’s Next?We’re now a month into the product relationship and there are a number of “go-with” products that can and should be promoted. Be smart here. An auto loan is not necessarily a “go-with” product for a new checking account. But direct deposit, online banking, and bill pay are. Think of products that can enhance the member’s overall experience and only show them offers to products they don’t already have set up at this point in time.This is an easy level of personalization that shows you know and value each of your relationships.Day 60 – Ask for a ReferralIt never hurts to ask, and it’s a great time to ask for a referral after you’ve taken care of the member’s needs. It’s also a nice way to know where you stand with your members…getting a lot or very few referrals is telling, in and of itself.Throw an incentive for referrals into the mix and keep track of your conversion percentage over time. Similar to the survey after account opening, you can use referral percentages as a proxy to learn if you have deeper problems.Day 90 – First Cross-SellThis is the transition point into a perpetual, quarterly, or bi-annual cross-sell campaign. Keep in mind that your members are probably looking at your financial institution through a specific lens. If their primary relationship with you is through a loan, then they’re looking at you through a lending lens. Great cross-sell offers would be other lending products.However, if the member’s relationship is primarily deposit focused, like with a checking account, then other deposit products make great cross-sell offers. Feel free to mix and match your cross-sell offers throughout the year, but work to make them timely and relevant to each individual member.Start Reducing Churn TodayThese six days worth of communications over the first 90 days of the product relationship are crucial for reducing churn. We’ve built some best practice product onboarding schedules along with sample messaging that you’re free to download here.You can definitely send these communications out manually, or enlist the help of an automated communication platform to do your dirty work for you.Either way, here’s to a future with less product churn and more growth.last_img read more

WHO confirms two H5N1 cases in Egypt

first_imgMar 5, 2008 (CIDRAP News) – The World Health Organization (WHO) today reported that an 11-year-old Egyptian boy is hospitalized in critical condition with an H5N1 avian influenza infection, a day after the agency announced the death of a 25-year-old Egyptian woman from the virus.The boy is from Menofia governorate, north of Cairo, according to a WHO statement. He was hospitalized with influenza symptoms on Feb 25, and his samples were positive for the H5N1 virus in tests by Egypt’s Central Public Health Laboratory and the Cairo-based US Naval Medical Research Unit 3 (NAMRU-3).The WHO said an investigation into the source of the boy’s infection revealed that he had contact with sick and dead poultry.Yesterday the WHO reported that a 25-year-old woman from Fayoum governorate, about 53 miles south of Cairo, died of an H5N1 infection. In its statement, the WHO said she got sick on Feb 24 and was hospitalized 3 days later; the date of her death was not listed. Egypt’s health ministry had announced the confirmation of her case on Mar 1, according to earlier media reports.An investigation into the woman’s illness indicated she had contact with sick and dead poultry before she got sick, the WHO reported.With the two latest cases, Egypt has had 46 H5N1 cases and 20 deaths, including 3 cases and 1 death this year. The WHO’s global total is 371 cases and 235 deaths.See also:Mar 5 WHO statementMar 4 WHO statementMar 3 CIDRAP News story “New case raises Egypt’s H5N1 count to 45”last_img read more

TEG member sees Scientific Beta criticism revealing net zero laggard

first_imgScientific Beta is lagging behind on one of the most important green finance developments in recent years, an independent member of the technical expert group (TEG) whose EU climate benchmark proposals were scathingly criticised by the smart beta index provider last week has said.One of a barrage of criticisms made by Scientific Beta was of the carbon exposure metric proposed by the TEG, whereby carbon intensity is calculated on the basis of a company’s Scope 1, 2 and 3 emissions divided by its enterprise value, including cash (EVIC).Criticisms of the metric included that it creates sector biases, is volatile and may render unworkable the self-decarbonisation requirement TEG has proposed for the climate benchmarks, and “does not do justice to issuer-level climate change efforts”.Describing the metric as “exotic”, Scientific Beta argued there was “no scientific or business basis” to use it instead of a widely-used version of weighted average carbon intensity (WACI) based on Scope 1 and 2 emissions and using revenues as the denominator. Scientific Beta said self-reported Scope 3 emissions data is too scarce and lacking in quality and consistency to support portfolio decision-making and that requiring Scope 3 emissions to be included in the carbon intensity calculation could lead to “disregarding the efforts made by companies to mitigate their greenhouse gas emissions”.Scope 3 emissions are all of an entity’s indirect emissions except those from purchased energy – for example, in the case of fossil fuel companies they include emissions produced when an individual drives an internal combustion engine car.‘Commercial self-interest’Andreas Hoepner, professor of operational risk, banking and finance at University College Dublin, is one of two members of the European Commission’s sustainable finance TEG who was appointed in a personal capacity and the only such individual on the benchmarks sub-group.Hoepner said: “It is stunning that Scientific Beta can write over 70 pages with 99 footnotes on EU green finance policy and fail to even mention the EU’s net zero 2050 aim, which was adopted last year.”“If they had taken the EU’s net zero 2050 aim as their starting point instead of their commercial self-interest, they might have come to a different conclusion on crucial aspects such as the Scope 3 emissions of the fossil fuel sector.”Asked what the TEG’s starting point was with regard to its work on the EU climate benchmark categories, Hoepner told IPE it was the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change’s 1.5°C warming trajectory with no or limited overshoot, which effectively meant carbon neutrality by 2050.The European Commission agreed on a 2050 net zero ambition in November 2018, with EU member states, except Poland, endorsing this goal late last year.  “It is crucial for Scientific Beta and others to understand that fossil fuel Scope 3 emissions are the primary cause of climate change.”Andreas Hoepner, professor of operational risk, banking and finance at University College Dublin and member of the TEG Hoepner said: “Given the EU’s aim of achieving net zero by 2050, it is crucial for Scientific Beta and others to understand that fossil fuel Scope 3 emissions are the primary cause of climate change. They are the patient zero, to use a coronavirus metaphor.“Hence,” he continued, “fossil fuel scope 3 emissions have to be downsized significantly for the EU to achieve net zero by 2050. Repsol and possibly also BP seem to understand this, as do many asset owners and asset managers.“Scientific Beta has to understand this scientific reality too, if they want to gradually transform themselves into a leader in environmentally responsible investing.”EVIC denominatorHoepner said using revenue as the denominator for greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions biases the GHG intensity figure in favour of sectors such as coal, which are exposed to stranded assets when compared with market valuation-based denominators.“In my personal view, this can be considered greenwashing in favour of polluting sectors and is not aligned with the EU’s net zero 2050 objective,” he said.“The recent launches of EU Climate Transition or EU Paris-Aligned Benchmark concepts by index providers that were not part of TEG, such as Dow Jones S&P or Solactive, show that many of Scientific Beta’s competitors can work with our proposed denominator of EVIC.”“Scientific Beta appear rather desperate to avoid the costs of switching from revenue to EVIC,” he continued.The TEG’s final report on benchmarks is meant to provide the basis for the European Commission’s drafting of delegated acts specifying more detailed requirements in relation to the EU climate benchmark categories.Scientific Beta’s report can be downloaded here.GHG emission scopesThe GHG Protocol Corporate Standard classifies a company’s GHG emissions into three scopes:1. Direct emissions from owned or controlled sources2. Indirect emissions from the generation of purchased energy3. All indirect emissions not included in scope 2 that occur in the value chain of the reporting company, including both upstream and downstream emissionslast_img read more

Paul John Wiegand

first_imgPaul John Wiegand was the youngest of three children born to the late Rev. J.C. Wiegand and his wife Laura. Paul was born on Nov. 16, 1921 in Celina, Ohio. In 1926 the Wiegand family moved from Ohio to Dillsboro, Indiana. Paul attended and graduated from Dillsboro High School in 1939. After High School he attended Barber College in Indianapolis. From 1942 to 1946 he served his Country in the U.S. Navy. Most of his service time was spent in the Pacific theatre. After returning home from the war he continued his Barber skills working in Aurora, Indiana. Paul was employed at Indiana Michigan Electric Co. from 1955 until he retired in 1983. He remained a part time Barber until he closed his shop in 2005. Paul has been a member of St. John Lutheran Church in Aurora since the 1950’s. He also served as a board member for River View Cemetery Association for a number of years.On April 26, 1950 Paul married Adelyn Lorraine Brauer, she precedes him in death. Surviving sons, Terry Wiegand (Tammy) of Osgood, IN; John Wiegand (Kristy) of Newburgh, IN; Vance Wiegand (Connie) of Taylor Mill, KY; Paul also has five grandchildren, Kimberly (David) Penrod, Nicholas Wiegand, Noelle Wiegand, Corey Green, Alison Wiegand, and great grandson, Robert Green.He was preceded in death by parents, John Christian Wiegand, Laura Wiegand.Friends will be received Tuesday, August 30, 2016, 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm at the Rullman Hunger Funeral Home, Aurora, Indiana.Services will be held at St. John Lutheran Church Aurora, 223 Mechanic Street, Aurora, IN., Wednesday at 11:00 am with Pastor Edward Davis, officiating.Interment will follow in the Riverview Cemetery, Aurora, IN. Military graveside services will be conducted by members of local Veterans Service Organizations.Contributions may be made to the Aurora Life Squad, St Johns Lutheran Church or Our Hospice of South Central Indiana. If unable to attend, please call the funeral home office at (812) 926-1450 and we will notify the family of your donation with a card.Our family would like to thank the staff of Ridgewood Health Campus, and Our Hospice of South Central Indiana for the care and compassion they have given Paul.Visit: www.rullmans.comlast_img read more

Update: Letterkenny teen found ‘safe and well’

first_imgGardaí have officially called off an appeal for missing Letterkenny teenager Jamie O’Neill.The 17-year-old, who had been missing from his home at Bonagee since Wednesday, has been found safe and well.Mr O’Neill was located soon after an appeal was launched on Friday evening seeking information on his whereabouts. A Garda spokesperson confirmed: “Jamie O’Neill has been located safe and well. We would like to thank the public and the media for their assistance in this matter.”Update: Letterkenny teen found ‘safe and well’ was last modified: April 29th, 2019 by Staff WriterShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Kyle Shanahan: ‘Outside chance’ OL Joe Staley returns on Sunday

first_imgSANTA CLARA — 49ers head coach Kyle Shanahan doesn’t think too much about the weather on game day, typically. Why get concerned over elements not under his control? But the sounds of Saturday’s torrential downpour in Washington were hard to ignore.“When I heard it raining all night, waking up I didn’t feel all that great about it and went to the stadium and saw exactly what the game was going to be like,” Shanahan said on Monday, saying Sunday’s win included some of the worst conditions he’s …last_img

Avoid NH3 Mishaps

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest By Russ QuinnDTN Staff ReporterOMAHA (DTN) — A recent incident in suburban Chicago involving an anhydrous ammonia leak that injured several people, including first responders, underscores the dangers the nitrogen fertilizer can present in both transportation and application.Despite its dangers, anhydrous ammonia is the least-expensive form of nitrogen fertilizer and remains the form of choice for many farmers. Following all safety procedures and using personal protective equipment when handling anhydrous can prevent issues like the one in Chicago.VITAL FORM OF NITROGENTo many farmers, anhydrous is a reliable, efficient and cost-effective source of nitrogen if handled safely, according to John Rebholz, director of safety and education for the Illinois Fertilizer and Chemical Association (IFCA). In Illinois, farmers use approximately 670,000 tons annually of anhydrous, and the number of incidents are fairly low.Rebholz said if ag was solely reliant on the other forms of nitrogen (liquid and dry), the fertilizer would not only be more expensive but supply issues would arise with one less form available, he said. Farmers always need to follow safety reminders when handling or transporting anhydrous, whether it be a normal or condensed growing season like this spring has been, he said.Growers in the state are encouraged to go through training, but currently, the state of Illinois does not require training for farmers. However, ag retail employees who handle and transport ammonia are required to go through safety training.IFCA offers a free online training program specifically for farmers at their website: http://learning.ifca.com/…“IFCA’s position is that anyone who handles or transports anhydrous ammonia should go through anhydrous ammonia training,” Rebholz told DTN. “We would definitely support a training program for our farmer customers, as most of the incidents occur when the farmers are in possession of the ammonia.”Rebholz said if a farmer is in possession of anhydrous ammonia and a reportable release of 18 gallons or 100 pounds occurs, it is the grower’s responsibility to immediately notify the proper emergency personnel. Although they may not want to make the calls, it is their responsibility per federal and state regulations to contact these agencies if the release occurs while they are in possession of the anhydrous, he said.It’s necessary to provide emergency responders with specific information about the ammonia release, which allows them to prepare and act accordingly, he said. A written follow-up report is also required and must be sent to the Illinois Emergence Management Agency (IEMA) and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).Ammonia release contact information can be found here: https://ifca.com/…PROPER HANDLING IMPORTANTHandling and transporting anhydrous ammonia in a professional manner is important to assuring nitrogen is properly applied in a safe manner, said Mark Hanna, retired Iowa State University Extension ag engineer. The fact that so much anhydrous has been — and will be — applied in such a small window leads him to believe incidents like the one in suburban Chicago happen because people get in a hurry and disregard safety rules.“I wouldn’t say it is everyone, but it is only human nature to cut corners when it comes to anhydrous safety during busy times,” Hanna said.Hanna estimated about half of the state of Iowa’s nitrogen is applied in the anhydrous ammonia form. He said that, during his lengthy Extension career, he was asked whether anhydrous is too dangerous to work with.His said his opinion is that farmers have made their nitrogen form decision, and for many, especially in the Western Corn Belt, the form they want to use is anhydrous. The cost and density of the fertilizer is extremely appealing to many, he said.While anhydrous may pose some safety hazards, those that use the product can remain safe if they pay attention to safety details, he said.When working with anhydrous application equipment, it is important to know wind direction and stay upwind when operating valves, he said. When working with this equipment, it is also important to make sure all equipment is well maintained and in proper working order, including hoses, valves and hitches with safety chains.With much of the preplant anhydrous already on in Iowa, Hanna said a rainy-day project might be to inspect the anhydrous applicator before the heart of sidedressing season. A quick run-through of the equipment might revel some different components that may need to be addressed.Another important safety measure when it comes to anhydrous is to make sure personal protective equipment is present and in good shape. This would include unvented goggles, long sleeves, anhydrous gloves and a properly fitted respirator with ammonia-approved cartridges.Also, make sure the 5-gallon emergency water supply attached to the nurse tank has water and that it is clean water. Often, dust and dirt get into the small water tank and make the water dirty, he said.Iowa State Extension had an article titled, “Equipment Considerations for Anhydrous Ammonia Application,” written by Hanna in the Integrated Crop Management (ICM) News segment on March 19. Click on the following link to read the article: https://crops.extension.iastate.edu/…The Minnesota Department of Agriculture also has anhydrous ammonia safety training online. You can find this information by clicking on the following link: https://www.mda.state.mn.us/…Russ Quinn can be reached at [email protected] him on Twitter @RussQuinnDTN(AG/ES)© Copyright 2019 DTN/The Progressive Farmer. All rights reserved.last_img read more