ESPN And NFL Network Will Combine For NFL Draft Telecast

first_imgPhoto: NFLNEW YORK — ESPN and NFL Network will join forces for this year’s NFL draft. They will produce a broadcast that will air on both networks over all three days.The April 23-25 draft was originally scheduled to be in Las Vegas but has been moved due to the coronavirus pandemic. It will now originate from ESPN’s headquarters in Bristol, Connecticut.Draft hosts and a limited number of commentators will be in-studio but will adhere to social distancing guidelines. Other reporters and analysts will report remotely from home. Commissioner Roger Goodell will introduce first-round picks from his home in Bronxville, New York.ABC will air a separate draft broadcast on Thursday and Friday before simulcasting the ESPN/NFL Network feed on Saturday. The league previously announced that the draft will serve as a “Draft-A-Thon,” which will pay tribute to health care workers and first responders. Funds raised will help support six national nonprofits and their relief efforts.ESPN has broadcast the draft since 1980. NFL Network launched in the fall of 2003. Their first two drafts were done remotely from Los Angeles before they started reporting on site in 2006. Share:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Bianca Marroquin Returns to Chicago During Mel B’s Scheduled Absence

first_img View Comments Related Shows from $49.50 A Chicago veteran is back to rake in the chips for a week. Bianca Marroquín will assume the role of Roxie Hart in the Tony-winning revival from January 5 through January 10, taking over during current headliner Mel B’s scheduled absence. The Spice Girl and TV personality is set to take her final bow in the Tony-winning revival on February 19.Marroquín has become a familiar face at the Ambassador Theatre, having celebrated over a dozen stints as Roxie in the Broadway mainstay. Upon returning to the role in July 2016, she and long-time friend Jaime Camil made history as the first two Mexican-born actors to lead a Broadway musical together.She has also appeared on Broadway in In the Heights and The Pajama Game. Marroquín’s additional credits include Carnegie Hall’s 2016 warehouse presentation of West Side Story and Mexican productions of Rent, Mary Poppins, The Phantom of the Opera and The Sound of Music.The current cast of Chicago also includes Amra-Faye Wright as Velma Kelly, Christopher Sieber as Billy Flynn, Raymond Bokhour as Amos Hart, NaTasha Yvette Williams as Matron “Mama” Morton and R. Lowe as Mary Sunshine. Chicagocenter_img Bianca Marroquín in ‘Chicago'(Photo: Jeremy Daniel) Star Files Bianca Marroquínlast_img read more

Another law firm files class action lawsuit against GMCR

first_imgLaw Offices of Howard G. Smith, representing investors of Green Mountain Coffee Roasters Inc, has filed a class action lawsuit in United States District Court on behalf of a class consisting of all persons or entities who purchased the securities of Green Mountain between July 28, 2010 and September 29, 2010, inclusive. The class action lawsuit was filed in the United States District Court for the District of Vermont. The firm had previously indicated it was investigating whether it would take such action.The complaint charges Green Mountain and certain of the Company’s executive officers with violations of federal securities laws. Green Mountain operates in the specialty coffee industry in the United States and internationally. The Company sells whole bean and ground coffee selections, cocoa, teas and coffees in K-Cup portion packs, and also manufactures and markets gourmet single-cup brewing systems under the Keurig brand name. The Complaint alleges that throughout the Class Period defendants issued false and/or misleading statements and/or failed to disclose that: (1) Green Mountain was improperly recognizing revenue; (2) the Company was using an incorrect gross margin percentage to eliminate the inter-company markup for certain products at its Keurig business, which was decreasing cost of sales; (3) as a result, Green Mountain’s financial results were overstated; (4) the Company’s financial results were not prepared in accordance with Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (“GAAP”); (5) the Company lacked adequate internal and financial controls; (6) as a result of the above, Green Mountain’s financial statements were materially false and misleading at all relevant times; and (7), as a result of the foregoing, the defendants lacked a reasonable basis for their positive statements about the Company, its business, operations and prospects.On September 28, 2010, Green Mountain disclosed that the US Securities and Exchange Commission was conducting an inquiry related to certain of the Company’s revenue recognition practices and that the Company had been using an incorrect gross margin percentage to eliminate the inter-company markup in its K-Cup inventory balance residing at its Keurig business unit, which had resulted in a lower margin applied to the Keurig ending inventory balance effectively overstating consolidated inventory and understating cost of sales. As a result of this news, in after-hours trading on September 28, 2010, Green Mountain’s stock price declined $5.09 per share, or 13.75%, on unusually heavy volume.No class has yet been certified in the above action. Until a class is certified, shareholders are not represented by counsel unless they retain one. This case involves Green Mountain securities purchased between July 28, 2010 and September 29, 2010. Interested parties have until November 29, 2010, to move for lead plaintiff status.Source: BENSALEM, Pa.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–10.12.2010 is external).last_img read more

In Memoriam

first_img U.N. Mourns staff members killed in Haiti Below is a list of the men and women from around the world who were on a mission of peace, stationed with the United Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti, and who died in the January 12, 2010 earthquake. Lt. Col. Kenneth Bourland from the United States Southern Command, who was in Haiti for official meetings with Haitian defense counterparts at the time of the tragedy, also died in the earthquake. Their service will not be forgotten. Margareth Alexandre (Haiti) – Administrative Assistant, World Bank Cabo Raed Faraj Alkhwaldeh (Jordania) Major Ata Issa Almanasir (Jordania) Lionel Amar (França) – U.N. Police Terceiro-sargento Antônio José Anacleto (Brasil) Hédi Annabi (Tunísia) – Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Head of Mission Pierrena Annilus (Haiti) – Administrative Assistant Mesonne Antoine (Haiti) – Security Guard Sargento Janice Dorado Arocena (Filipinas) Mamadou Bah (França) – Public Information Officer Nicole Lola Bahaya (República Democrática do Congo) – U.N. Volunteer Ann Barnes (Reino Unido) – Personal Assistant to the Police Commissioner Subtenente Raniel Batista de Camargos (Brasil) Jerry Bazile (Haiti) – Interpreter Mario Bazile (Haiti) – Public Information Assistant Parnel Beauvoir (Haiti) – Public Information Officer Boucif Belhachemi (Argélia e Canadá) – World Bank Sargento Eustacio Cajucom Bermudez Jr. (Filipinas) Farah Boereau (Haiti) – Interpreter Kai Buchholz (Alemanha) – Special Assistant to the Principal Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary-General Cheick Boundou Camara (Guiné) – U.N. Police Chrystel Cancel (França) – World Bank Renée Carrier (Canadá) – Personal Assistant to the Special Representative Primeiro-sargento Leonardo de Castro Carvalho (Brasil) María Antonieta Castillo Santa María (México) – Administrative Assistant Ericka Chambers Norman (EUA) – Board of Inquiry Officer Douglas Coates (Canadá) – Acting Police Commissioner James Coates (Canadá) – Administrative Assistant Mamadi Conde (Guiné) – U.N. Volunteer Cecilia Corneo (Itália) – Program Officer Luiz Carlos da Costa (Brasil) – Deputy Special Representative to Haiti Rosa Crespo-Biel (Espanha) – U.N. Police Junior Délinois (Haiti) – Language Teacher Terceiro-sargento Tiago Anaya Detimermani (Brasil) Philippe Dewez (Bélgica) – Special Advisor Varnel Dimanche (Haiti) – Language Assistant Alexandra Duguay (Canadá) – Public Information Assistant Dede Yebovi Fadairo (Nigéria) – Associate Report Writing Officer Cabo Ari Dirceu Fernandes Júnior (Brasil) Mark Gallagher (Canadá) – U.N. Police Guido Galli (Itália) – Senior Political Affairs Officer Gerthy Germain (Haiti) – Janitor Gustavo Ariel Gómez (Argentina) – U.N. Police Terceiro-sargento Felipe Gonçalves Júlio (Brasil) Andrew Grene (EUA) – Special Assistant to the Special Representative Tenente-coronel Márcio Guimarães Martins (Brasil) Jan Olaf Hausotter (Alemanha) – Political Affairs Officer He Zhihong (China) – U.N. Police Karimou Ide (Níger) – Security Officer Salifou Imorou (Benin) – U.N. Police Major Ashraf Ali Mohammad Jayousi (Jordânia) Stevenson Jean-Louis (Haiti) – Driver Marie Renée Joseph (Haiti) – Security Guard Frantoumani Kourouma (Guiné) – U.N. Police Batipa Agnes Koura (Benin) – U.N. Police Jean-Philippe Laberge (Canadá) – Civil-Military Coordination Officer Rachelle Laime (Haiti) – Security Guard Yves Mery Bertline Laroque (Haiti) – World Food Programme Laurent Le Briero (França) – U.N. Police Gerard Le Chevallier (El Salvador) – Chief, Political Affairs and Planning Section Li Qin (China) – U.N. Police Bhojraj Luchmun (Ilhas Maurício) – U.N. Development Programme Watanga “Didier” Lwango (República Democrática do Congo) – Audit Assistant Coronel Marcus Vinícius Macedo Cysneiros (Brasil) Isa Mairigia (Níger) – U.N. Police Tenente-Coronel Gonzalo Daniel Martirene Ruibal (Uruguai) Lisa Mbele-Mbong (EUA) – Human Rights Officer Riquet Michel (Haiti) – Radio Producer Hebert Moise (Haiti) – Driver Josseline Nguekeu (Camarões) – Administrative Assistant Cleiton Neiva (Brasil) – Associate Security Officer Nivah Odwori (Quênia) – U.N. Volunteer, Electoral District Coordinator Affis Okoro (Benin) – U.N. Police Tadia Roger Onadja (Burkina Faso) – U.N. Police Sargento Pearlie Taub Panangui (Filipinas) Terceiro-sargento Douglas Pedrotti Neckel (Brasil) Frednel Pierre (Haiti) Pedreiro Mason Ronald Pierre (Haiti) – Driver for Political Affairs Section Marc Plum (França) – Chief, Electoral Assistance Section Primeiro-sargento Davi Ramos de Lima (Brasil) Capitão Bruno Ribeiro Mário (Brasil) Mirna Patrícia Rodas Arreola (Guatemala) – Administrative Assistant Philippe Charles Claude Rouzier (Haiti) – Civil Affairs Officer Stanley Sainte Rose (Haiti) – Driver for Political Affairs Section Guillaume Siemienski (Canadá) – Political Affairs Officer Terceiro-sargento Rodrigo Augusto da Silva (Brasil) Terceiro-sargento Kleber da Silva Santos (Brasil) Satnam Singh (Índia) – IT Technician, International Contractor Segundo-sargento Rodrigo de Souza Lima (Brasil) Terceiro-sargento Washington Luis de Souza Seraphim (Brasil) Adamou Biga Souley (Níger) – U.N. Police General Emílio Carlos Torres dos Santos (Brasil) Simone Rita Trudo (França) – Personal Assistant to the Principal Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary-General Nicole Valenta (Alemanha) – Best Practices Officer Andrea Loi Valenzuela (Chile) – Human Rights Officer Coronel Francisco Adolfo Vianna Martins Filho (Brasil) Frederick Woolridge (Reino Unido) – Political Affairs Officer Jerome Yap (Filipinas) – Personal Assistant to the Principal Deputy Special Representative of the Secretary-General General João Eliseu Souza Zanin (Brasil) Zhao Huayu (China) U.N. Police Zhao Jianqin (China) U.N. Police By Dialogo April 01, 2010last_img read more

Top 3 open source Cryptocurrencies (that aren’t bitcoin)

first_img 61SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Mary Ann Callahan As an expert on Bitcoin-related topics, I’ve found myself as a Journalist at – cryptocurrency exchange. I’m working on articles related to blockchain security, bitcoin purchase guides or … Web: Details The term open source gets thrown around a lot, and most of the time, the people saying it don’t even know what it means. The best way to think of it like a book everyone can edit and make their own version of it. The source code is available to all, which creates the option for developers to look at the code and come up with their own modifications. These modifications won’t necessarily be adopted, but they are at least out there for the community to consider and vote upon. Bitcoin is the most well-known example of this in the cryptocurrency world. As the website states, the currency is all about making the design public and allowing everyone to take part in its development. What makes the open source protocols in the cryptocurrency world unique is the fact that the users must all be in agreement about the protocols to follow, otherwise no consensus is reached in the ledger. This is where the presence of hard and soft forks comes up. These forks occur when a cryptocurrency community makes changes to the open source protocol. With a soft fork, these changes are backwards compatible and older versions of the software will recognize future versions. Hard forks take things way farther and make it so the software is not backwards compatible and all nodes must upgrade to the new software. This essentially makes it so all who are non-compliant are now operating on a different chain. Thus, a hard fork. Besides Bitcoin, there are many cryptocurrencies that run using open source protocols. The three we are going to talk about today are Litecoin, Monero, and Zcash.Litecoin Litecoin was launched in 2011, which is not long after Bitcoin was launched. For a long time, it has been seen as prime competition for Bitcoin in regards to the space it would fill in users’ lives. The coin gets its name from the fact that it operates similarly to Bitcoin, but generates blocks more quickly and can therefore perform transactions more quickly. It runs on an open source global payment network and is not controlled by any single entity. The developer of the cryptocurrency, Charlie Lee, foresaw potential scaling issues with Bitcoin and thought that eventually Litecoin could act as a spillover protection for the network. In this sense he always foresaw them trading in tandem, much like silver and gold do. ZcashZcash and Monero are both based around the idea of having superior levels of privacy, but do it in different ways. A major point to make is when there is a coin that has privacy as a major benefit that is being promoted, it is key to make sure it is open source so outside parties can examine and verify this. This strengthens security and proves privacy. Zcash takes Bitcoin and adds in an additional ability to shield your transactions. Right now it is all too easy for the flow of funds to be tracked through the Bitcoin ecosystem. There are no safeguards in place to protect users from having their financial history available to all. This has been developed through an open source protocol that makes all currency fungible. What this means is every coin is treated as equal and there is no differentiating them, so no one can ever track or discriminate against a certain coin. This solves a lot of problems for people who inadvertently end up with Zcash coins that were stolen, but also makes the cryptocurrency act a lot more like cash. Despite being one of the youngest cryptocurrency representatives, Zcash is steadily growing in popularity. Zcash was introduced only a year ago, but it has already made the top 10 cryptocurrencies by the market capitalization and gained interest of the major exchanges.MoneroMonero was launched in 2014 in much the same way as Bitcoin. The lead developer has never come forward, just like with Bitcoin, which creates a solid mythology around the coin’s invention and emphasis on privacy. This is one of the most popular cryptocurrencies in the sector due to the high level of interest in the protocols that guide it. The development of this cryptocurrency is based on donations, and the community is very good at driving advancement forward. The currency depends on the use of “ring signatures”, which are signatures that can be given by any member of a group without identifying which member authorized it. This makes it impossible to track the flow of funds and adds significantly more privacy to the network. Cryptocurrencies grow strongerWith all three of these cryptocurrencies being open source, there are constant developments in the frameworks and protocols that form the software. Bitcoin recently went through a hard fork, and there will likely be more forks in the future of all these coins. This comes from the evolutionary aspects of blockchain technology. What that means is when you have communities forming and different opinions going against each other, certain opinions have to win over others. The result of this is that the currency grows stronger and stronger as the weak ideas are tested out and cast off. This is just one aspect of the open source protocol that makes working with and developing cryptocurrencies exciting. Many see it as an additional risk, but it is actually the opposite since in the long-run it means that poor ideas are being filtered out rather than being forced into the system by a small group of people. In terms of governance, being open source is anathema to the idea of a centralized management. This is why decentralized currencies are almost all open source in nature. One person or group did the initial work with the hopes that the protocol would be able to operate autonomously with the occasional upgrade and expansion to the protocol that comes from developers working together. With all the scaling and security issues that need to be solved for these currencies to reach mass adoption, it is a good thing they are open source, because that allows so many good developers to participate in making each coin great. last_img read more

PREMIUMActivists to protest systematic violence against women on Women’s March

first_imgForgot Password ? More than 60 civil society groups under the Women’s Movement against Violence Alliance (Gerak Perempuan) plan to take to the streets on the International Women’s Day on Sunday to demand the government to stop its systematic violence against women including transgender women.The groups believe violence against women has rooted from the patriarchal values embedded through the government, the legislative, the cultural, religion and even educational institutions.“Violence is not only promoted but rather executed by the state,” Indonesian Legal Aid Institute (YLBHI) chair Asfinawati said in a press conference Thursday.She cited unresolved rape cases in which rape was an ancient way to show domination and almost always used in many conflicts like those taking place during the May 1998 riot. Furthermore, she also said women are susceptible to v… Facebook Google Topics : Log in with your social account LOG INDon’t have an account? Register here Linkedin Women womens-march womens-march-jakarta violence violence-against-women violence-against-women-in-Indonesialast_img read more

Merseyside, People’s Pension allocate to ESG smart beta funds

first_imgNico Aspinall, CIO, The People’s PensionNico Aspinall, chief investment officer of the master trust, said the motivation for investing in the fund was to improve risk-adjusted returns for its members.“We think this fund offers the same – if not better – returns at lower risk compared with market-cap-weighted approaches,” he told IPE.“The fundamental question is: are we going to be emitting more or less carbon dioxide? This is a portfolio that is on the other side of that.”The fund targets five established equity factors – value, quality, low volatility, momentum and size – and a reduction in carbon emissions and reserves intensity. The worst 20% of companies are also excluded on the basis of MSCI’s environmental, social and corporate governance (ESG) scores.Guido Giese, executive director of MSCI, said: “Institutional investors are increasingly seeking to incorporate ESG considerations into factors. This index aims to incorporate ESG-based and carbon-based constraints in a bottom-up index construction approach.” Credit: timajoLiverpool’s River MerseyThe parameters for climate change considerations would be carbon efficiency, fossil fuel reserves and the green revenues of investments, assessed using FTSE Russell’s green revenues data model.Owen Thorne, investment manager at Merseyside, said that the new fund would provide “an investable, risk-efficient means of achieving the scheme’s goals for decarbonisation”.Aled Jones, head of sustainable investing Europe for FTSE Russell added that the index provided “a transparent means of integrating climate considerations into a passive equity portfolio and also aligned with investor stewardship objectives”.Peter Wallach, Merseyside’s director of pensions, told IPE that the scheme expected returns at least in line with a market-cap-weighted index from the new fund, adding that it would also be open to investment by other institutional players.Although no pension funds had shown a concrete interest yet, Merseyside was discussing the issue with at least two other schemes, he said. The scheme has formed an asset pooling partnership with the Greater Manchester Pension Fund and the West Yorkshire Pension Fund, known as Northern LGPS.Wallach added that further investments in the new fund by Merseyside would depend on the outcome of a wide-ranging review of the scheme’s investment strategy.The £400m represented one-third of the scheme’s investments in passive equity strategies, according to Wallach.People’s Pension adds ESG multi-factor fund to default optionMPF’s move comes after The People’s Pension, a £5bn multi-employer defined contribution scheme, in December began investing in a new multi-factor fund that aims to reduce exposure to fossil fuels. Over the next 12 months it expects to invest £1bn in the smart beta equity index fund, which it developed with State Street Global Advisors and MSCI.The State Street ACS Multi-Factor Global ESG Equity Index fund forms part of the master trust’s default option, so the vast majority of its 4m members will have savings allocated to it. The £9bn (€10.1bn) Merseyside Pension Fund has invested £400m in a new worldwide equity climate fund, run by State Street Global Advisors.The All World Equity Climate Balanced Multi-Factor Index fund was designed to align Merseyside’s responsible investment policy and activities with the goals of the 2015 Paris climate accord, the pension fund said.As part of this, the fund had considered the options for capturing both the risks and opportunities arising from climate change, it added.The new fund tracked the FTSE All-World Climate Balanced Comprehensive Factor index, designed by FTSE Russell.center_img Last year, Merseyside – the fifth largest in the Local Government Pension Scheme (LGPS) system in the UK – announced that it had selected a smart sustainability index from FTSE Russell, to support its climate risk strategy within the fund’s listed equity portfolio.The pension fund said that the index provided broad exposure to the target equity universe, and was constructed using Russell’s “innovative and transparent” multi-factor weighting methodology. This approach would increase exposure to low volatility, momentum, quality, size and value factors, it said.last_img read more

Turkish Government Announces Kanal Istanbul Final Route

first_imgImage source: The MinistryThe Turkish Government yesterday announced the final route of a new waterway aimed to reduce shipping traffic on the busy Bosphorus Strait – the Kanal Istanbul Project.According to Ahmet Arslan, the Transport and Communications Minister, the canal would begin in the Istanbul district of Kucukcekmece on the Sea of Marmara, where there is already an inland lake.The new waterway will then head north toward the Sazlidere reservoir before emerging into the Black Sea just north of Durusu.Documents from Turkey’s Environment Ministry showed that the 45 kilometer canal will be 25 meters deep and 250-1,000 meters wide, depending on where the docks are located.“We intend to complete the bidding process with a mixed model, including a build-operate-transfer model, and other public-private partnership alternatives, and to launch the project this year,” Arslan said.The Turkish President, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, announced the project to the public in 2011, while he was the prime minister.The new canal is expected to have capacity for 160 vessels a day and is scheduled to be completed by 2023.[mappress mapid=”24769″]last_img read more

Push for alcohol health warnings in Australia

first_imgThe Canberra Times 9 Nov 2011The results of an opinion poll will be used to pressure Australia’s health ministers to quickly introduce mandatory health warnings on alcohol containers. Fifty-eight per cent of Australians support the introduction of health warnings on alcoholic beverages, according to a Galaxy survey commissioned by the Foundation for Alcohol Research and Education. More than 70 per cent supported government regulation of warning labels and 52 per cent said the government should be directly involved in the development of the labels. More than two-thirds believed that a pregnancy health warning would be effective in reducing alcohol consumption. The survey results are being issued ahead of a meeting of federal, state and territory health minister tomorrow. read more

Suicide a calm and beautiful ending, says witness

first_imgThe Age (Australia) 3 April 2013A friend of Beverley Broadbent has revealed she sat with the 83-year-old when she took her own life at her home in February. The nurse, who wants to be known only as Amanda, contacted The Age yesterday to say that she comforted Ms Broadbent as she died on February 11, but did not assist her in any way. Amanda said Ms Broadbent drank a lethal dose of xxxxxx – the barbiturate euthanasia advocates call the ”peaceful pill” – about 7.30pm on February 11. She died serenely in her bed about 30 minutes later. Amanda said when Ms Broadbent was waiting for the drug to put her to sleep, she said: ”You know I could do this on my own, but I am so grateful that you’re here with me.”