Student Union Board brings back concerts, increases programming

first_imgThe Quinn XCII concert was a successful re-establishment of a major SUB event, and the group is also putting on small events for students on a more consistent basis. SUB’s presence might not always be the most noticeable on campus, but it offers a variety of programs.Grade: A-Tags: 2017 Student Government Insider, Student Union Board, SUB, SUB Talks Though the Student Union Board (SUB) is mostly known for its concerts, the group also wants to provide students with more consistent smaller events this semester, executive director Jackson Herrfeldt said.“We at SUB are more than just a concert,” Herrfeldt, a senior, said. “I do think the concerts are successful … but we are here for the student body. Everything we do is directed towards the student body. So one of the things we wanted to focus on is finding the smaller low budget events where we just bring free food.”So far, these smaller events have included recent hot cocoa giveaways, cookie decorating and berry giveaways. A particularly well received event was Cuddles and Cocoa, Herrfeldt said.“We got some of the rectors’ dogs to come out for Cuddles and Cocoa,” he said. “To see people walk by and realize this was going on and get some free hot chocolate and pet a golden retriever puppy — it makes someone’s day, and that’s what we’re trying to focus on a little bit more.”One of the most successful SUB events so far this semester was the Quinn XCII concert, which Herrfeldt said received overwhelmingly positive feedback.“I think our biggest [event this] semester has been the concert that we held Friday night,” he said. “We had over 600 people show up and the maximum capacity was 629.”Senior Samantha Meehan, a director of programming, said the group is focused on bringing entertaining performances to campus in whatever form that may take.“The first few weeks of school we had [“Saturday Night Live” cast member] Melissa Villasenor come perform at [Washington] Hall, which was a really great event,” Meehan said. “We got a lot of people out there, and I think that show was a really great opportunity especially to show us go back to our roots, which is comedy. Next year, though, we’re looking at branching a little bit away from that and trying to do different things — whether that be mind-readers or magicians or hypnotists — and trying to bring different shows to campus that are [not] necessarily just comedy.”Senior Audrey Thellman, program director, said the group is thinking of new ways to expand events.“Services started out strong when we had Fall Mall — which was the event where you bring Bed Bath and Beyond and a Carpet Depot to campus for incoming first year students, and there is a huge crowd every time,” Thellman said. “… We adhered to students’ needs more, and we planned a poster event for the first week of school rather than just at Fall Mall.”SUB also hosted a fundraising turkey trot for Fighting Irish Fighting Hunger earlier this semester, and students still have the annual finals stress relievers event — where SUB brings food to campus from different vendors — to look forward to next week, Thellman said. She also said the new SUB Talks are a way to bring speakers on a variety of topics to campus.SUB designs the wide variety of events they host in the hopes that they will appeal to students of all interests in the student body.“[We try] to provide for other people who have different interests or targeted interests,” Thellman said. “The person who wants to go to Acousticafe may not be the same person who wants to see improv comedy, so you want to incorporate all parts.”last_img read more

‘What made Exxon special is fading’

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Wall Street Journal:For decades it was the very model of a modern supermajor, but Exxon Mobil ’s edge over the rest of Big Oil is slipping and probably will continue to do so.In the past year, for example, Exxon’s shares have trailed those of each of its global peers—Shell, BP, Chevron and Total —to the tune of 27 percentage points on average. Even after that, it is valued at a 43% premium to those peers on enterprise value to projected earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization, and a 22% premium on forward earnings, according to FactSet data.In the 12 years following its merger with Mobil ending in 2012, Exxon paid out $318 billion in cash to its owners. Exxon’s market value today is just $345 billion. During those years it had an average return on invested capital of over 35%—9 percentage points higher than its Big Oil peers, on average.But the shale revolution has changed that by leveling the playing field and shortening the investment cycle. Exxon’s ROIC since 2012 has, not surprisingly, been a much lower 11.6%.There are still big rolls of the dice to be made, of course. Exxon has made a huge discovery in Guyana and is betting on conventional projects in Brazil, Papua New Guinea and elsewhere. It also is making promising energy infrastructure investments along the U.S. Gulf Coast.If history is any guide, it will manage these projects well. But, as the oil-and-gas business becomes more like manufacturing and less like wildcatting, what made Exxon special is fading. That premium it earned over the decades will keep fading, too.More: Slouching Tiger ($): Why Exxon Isn’t Worth Its Premium ‘What made Exxon special is fading’last_img read more

RenewableUK: Global offshore wind pipeline now totals 159GW

first_imgRenewableUK: Global offshore wind pipeline now totals 159GW FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享S&P Global Market Intelligence ($):The global pipeline of offshore wind projects grew 30% over the past year to reach 159 GW, with more and more countries outside Europe seeing an influx of developers jockeying for gigawatt-scale projects.U.K.-based industry body RenewableUK said July 22 that both new and established markets have seen ballooning development activity over the past 12 months, although the U.K. will remain in pole position for quite some time. The group’s latest tally of planned projects around the world showed the country in a dominant position with a 38.9-GW pipeline, or a quarter of the global total.That compares to 19.3 GW in China, where the pipeline has swelled by 60% from 12 months ago, 17.8 GW in the U.S. and 16.5 GW in Germany. Other markets that have seen high growth over the past year include the Netherlands and Ireland, with Poland, Denmark and Vietnam rounding out the top 10.“Other countries are following [the U.K.’s] lead and catching up fast, but we remain by far the biggest market for offshore wind in the world,” Melanie Onn, RenewableUK’s deputy chief executive, said in a statement.Britain’s fourth allocation round for contracts for difference, or CfDs, will take place in 2021 and has been reopened to onshore wind and solar, although offshore wind capacity is still expected to dominate the auction.During the last U.K. auction in 2019, prices reached record lows of between £39.65/MWh and £41.61/MWh, in 2012 currency, with a total capacity of nearly 5,500 MW awarded to developers including SSE PLC, Equinor ASA and Innogy SE. The latter’s renewable energy business is now part of RWE AG.[Yannic Rack]More ($): Global offshore wind pipeline swells to 159 GW, industry body sayslast_img read more

Engaging your digital consumer

first_img 85SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Libby Wilson Libby manages SEO and Digital Marketing Strategy for many of Strum’s top clients, helping them align their business goals with their targeted marketing needs. She has a depth of … Web: Details First impressions are important. From a first date, to trying a new restaurant, one lousy encounter can be the deal breaker for a second chance. This same logic goes for a company’s online experience – a bad user experience, especially on the first engagement, can negatively impact the company’s retention rate. This is especially true for financial institutions – an industry that for the past few years has been extremely focused on providing a positive and engaging digital banking experience. Yet somehow, many credit unions are still missing the mark when it comes to providing the right online user journey. Which means they are losing a chance to grow relationships with today’s digital consumer. Mobile & online banking users are more likely than non-mobile bankers to use additional banking products. That means they expect a streamlined experience that makes it easy to bank and open accounts online. However, high abandonment rates – 40% or more – continue to be a dark cloud hanging over credit unions and it’s time to address the problem. Far too often financial institutions online account opening processes require the consumer to jump from one screen to the next and spend time on repetitive steps (not ideal in any case, but more so on mobile). This disjointed and annoying encounter breaks the expected seamless digital journey and adds to higher abandonment rates. Financial institutions need to take a step back and ask themselves, are we approaching online banking the right way? Do we know our audience? Are we thinking like digital consumers? One mistake commonly made when thinking about digital banking is that it’s only done on smart phones. Turns out practically everyone uses digital banking not just on their phone but also tablets, laptops and even PCs. Banks and credit unions need to make sure their digital platform is an intuitive, mobile-optimized applicant process that can be used across a variety of devices. Also, consumers love to save time. Credit unions need to remember this is half the attraction to online banking – the time it saves. One way to make it even easier for the user is to find ways to automate information collection, such as snapping a picture of a driver’s license to pull information via mobile capture to complete applications. Along with quick information collection, another time saver is making the application process one direct path from start to finish. Very few people are willing to spend more than 15 minutes on a digital channel to open an account or fill out any type of application. Credit unions need to set themselves up for success at the very beginning by deploying the right online consumer journey with a laser focus on user experience design – helping to lower bounce rates and attracting and retaining customers. It’s time for financial institutions to step out from under the black cloud of high abandonment rates and offer online journeys that are seamless and require little time or effort. It’s also important to think about the untapped potential of mobile users and communicate how their digital experience is as good as any name-brand organization and to differentiate themselves by highlighting how their service, pricing and value beats the competition. Today’s digital consumers refuse to settle when it comes to their online experiences and won’t hesitate to ditch one and go in search for a better one elsewhere. First impressions count. Credit unions need to make sure their digital experience is one that leads to regular engagement and deeper relationships.last_img read more

Dutch managers join forces to measure impact of investments on climate

first_imgHe estimated it would take at least one year to develop a uniform measuring method that would enable the platform to set out its climate objectives.The PCAF said it would base its standard on the protocol of the World Resources Institute (WRI) and the World Business Council on Sustainable Development (WBCSD), the global standard for measuring greenhouse gas emissions. Meanwhile, in other news, MN, the asset manager for PMT and PME, has joined the Portfolio Decarbonization Coalition (PDC), a joint initiative by the UN Environment Programme Finance Initiative (UNEP FI), Sweden’s AP4 and Amundi. MN said it joined the PDC due to the potential for co-operation through its international network, as well as the transparency of its participants on their targets and results.Karlijn van Lierop, head of sustainable investments at MN, said: “Since this year, we have gained insight into the carbon footprint of our equity portfolios, so we know the companies responsible for the largest emissions.“We will encourage the largest ‘polluters’ to switch to sustainable technology and start using clean energy.”PMT and PME added that, in light of the “carbon-intensive” aspect of the metal industry, embracing new energy technology and sustainability could make a “real difference”.The PDC, which initially set itself a target of decarbonising $100bn (€94.3bn) of assets, recently announced it was on track for $230bn after attracting 23 signatories managing $2.2trn.The PDC’s asset-owner signatories include the UK’s Environment Agency Pension Fund, KLP of Norway, the Church of Sweden’s pension scheme and France’s ERAFP and Fonds de réserves pour les retraites. Eleven Dutch banks and asset managers including APG, PGGM and MN have established a platform to develop a standard to measure the impact of their investments on the climate.Participants in the Carbon Accounting Platform for Financial Institutions (PCAF), which also includes PMT and PME, said reaching an agreement on how best to reduce their carbon footprint would be the first step in their efforts to tackle climate change.They also called on negotiators at the UN Climate Change Conference in Paris to consider institutional investors’ potential role in achieving climate targets.Piet Sprengers, head of sustainable policy at ASN, which came up with the idea for the PCAF, has been appointed chairman of the platform.last_img read more

Fraser Coast Regional Council Seeks Input on Coastal Plan

first_imgFraser Coast Regional Council is planning for increased threats of erosion and higher storm tides along the coastline, and inviting residents to get involved in the process.Fraser Coast Councillor, David Lewis, said that the council was keen to hear from the community about what they valued about the Fraser Coast coastline to help identify priorities for the planning project.“From Burrum Heads in the north, to Tinnanbar in the south, and all areas in between, this project will determine how the council and the community can become more resilient to the effects of coastal hazards,” he said.“We know that coastal communities are already at risk from sea erosion and storm tide inundation caused by cyclones and other severe storm systems, and these will become a greater threat with rising sea levels.“The Coastal Futures: Planning Our Changing Coastline project will develop a plan to help protect our community assets and infrastructure, and maintain our unique natural environment here on the Fraser Coast.“The project is an opportunity for council and residents to get on the front foot to identify and implement cost-effective mitigation measures over the medium and long term as we plan for development and growth.”Cr Lewis added that the council was launching an online survey and a project page had been set up on Council’s Engagement Hub website.Council has been allocated $430,000 in funding from the Queensland Government and the Local Government Association of Queensland through the QCoast 2100 program to develop a Coastal Hazard Adaption Strategy by September 2020.last_img read more

State parks across Florida to reopen Monday

first_imgIn a press conference held on Friday, Gov. Ron DeSantis announced that state parks all across Florida will be allowed to reopen starting on Monday, May 4th.“Being outdoors in open air is more low risk,” DeSantis said at Little Talbot Island State Park in Jacksonville. “Today, we take a step that I think is good for the people of Florida. I think it’s gonna be good for their peace of mind because people have been cooped up.”Of course as some areas across Florida begin to reopen, social distancing measures remain in place. Those who choose to take advantage of the open areas will be required to keep 6-feet between themselves and other guest not in their same household, and to wear face mask along with other specific measures from the areas being visited.In addition to the reopening state parks, phase one of the plan to reopen Florida will go into effect on Monday. Some businesses such as restaurants and retail stores will be allowed to operate at a limited capacity. Palm Beach County, Broward County, and Miami have been excluded from phase one’s reopening, however, state parks will still be allowed to reopen in those areas.last_img read more

New YMCA class hopes to spark interest in boxing

first_img Latest Posts Bio Mike MandellMike Mandell is the sports editor at The Ellsworth American and Mount Desert Islander. He began working for The American in August 2016. You can reach him via email at Hospice volunteers help families navigate grief and find hope – September 12, 2020 Latest posts by Mike Mandell (see all)center_img Ellsworth runners compete in virtual Boston Marathon – September 16, 2020 ELLSWORTH — With their backs facing one another, Chris Sarro and Justin Rolfe stand in the middle of a circle at the Down East Family YMCA gymnasium. More than 20 people wearing boxing gloves are rotating around them, but both men are standing still.As participants at this Friday night boxing session at DEFY begin to tire, Sarro and Rolfe urge them to keep going. The two amateur boxers watch everyone’s footwork, glove positioning and stances with great care and are quick to offer tips for each of them.Before long, a timer goes off in the corner. The drill is over, and as the participants breathe heavily and sweat profusely, Sarro steps up to offer some advice.“Boxing is about discipline,” Sarro says. “It requires you to respect your opponent’s power and counter it with your own.”This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textFor the past four months, Sarro, an artist and amateur boxer, has been helping aspiring fighters do just that at the Down East Family YMCA’s “Intro to Boxing” class. Over that span, the Ellsworth native has sought to expand the sport’s presence and appeal in Downeast Maine.“Ever since we’ve started this class, it’s gotten all this interest,” Sarro said. “With every session we’ve had, one friend will bring three more friends who want to learn. It’s just kind of snowballed.”Although the class usually brings in around 10-15 people, this special Friday session brought nearly twice as many than usual to the gym. Rolfe, a two-time Northern New England Golden Gloves champion, had traveled all the way from his home in Fairfield to be a guest host for the session, and participants were eager to hone their skills with a championship boxer.Luke Boyle (left) of Franklin throws a right-handed jab at Rolfe on Sept. 8 at the DEFY gym. More than 20 people came to DEFY for the event. ELLSWORTH AMERICAN PHOTO BY MIKE MANDELL“You don’t get that chance every day,” said Luke Boyle, a Franklin native in attendance for the session. “If you want to learn something, you might as well learn from the best.”Whether those participants threw powerful punches or softer jabs, Sarro and Rolfe were willing to help. Using handbags, they taught techniques of all kinds to men and women of various skill levels over the course of the three-hour session.Rolfe and Sarro first met when they fought on the same card in Lewiston four years ago. Since then, Rolfe has claimed Northern New England titles as a super heavyweight and even won the overall New England championship at that level in 2015.“Chris and I have been sparring partners for a while,” Rolfe said. “When he wanted me to come down for this class, I wasn’t going to turn him down. I can’t say enough good things about him.”Boxing opportunities in Downeast Maine can be hard to find. With no rings or gyms throughout Hancock County, those with passions for the sport have to travel to places such as Wyman’s Boxing Club in Stockton Springs to fight.“There used to be a small gym around here in the early ’80s, but there hasn’t really been anything since then,” Sarro said. “I come from a family of boxers, but in the past few years, I’ve been one of the only ones in the county who’s really pursued it. I’ve had to travel to do that, and that’s why it would be nice to see the sport gain more popularity out here.”With time, Sarro hopes to see that change. With big fights at the national level headlining the sport in 2017 and more people hearing about the Wednesday and Friday class, he expects it to become even bigger within the next year.“We’ve had a good attendance so far for much of the year, and I think it’s going to be even better for us in the winter months,” he said. “There’s still some work to do to grow the sport, but it’s great to see some more people passionate about boxing.” MPA approves golf, XC, field hockey, soccer; football, volleyball moved to spring – September 10, 2020last_img read more

Men’s golf team lands two top recruits

first_imgThe rich just got richer.USC’s golf coach Chris Zambri said Monday that Jeffrey Kang and Ramsey Sahyoun signed letters of intent to play with USC. Both are among the top-rated high school golfers in the country.“We are thrilled to have two phenomenal people and players coming to USC,” Zambri told to Golfweek magazine, Kang is the No. 1-ranked high school golfer in the country. He is also a 2009 Rolex Junior All-American First Teamer and a 2008 Rolex All-American second teamer.Kang, who attends Sunny Hills High in Fullerton, Calif., was among four players who represented the United States at the Toyota Junior Golf World Cup in June. He helped guide the United States to a second-place finish and was the top US finisher.Kang also posted top five finishes in 2008 at the Polo Junior Classic, Junior PGA, HP Junior, Rolex Tournament of Champions and Dixie Amateur. He led Sunny Hills to the CIF-CGA State High School Golf Championship, earning medalist honors. Earlier this year, he tied for eighth at the HP Junior and won the 2009 West Junior Open.Sahyoun of Campbell Hall High in Van Nuys, Calif., is the 13th-ranked high school golfer in the country, according to Golfweek magazine. He won the 2009 36-hole US Junior Amateur Championship qualifying tournament. At the Emerson Junior Classic, he placed fourth out of 53 players and at the 59th LA Junior Golf Championship, Sahyoun placed in the top five out of 174 players.Zambri is already looking forward to what Kang and Sahyoun can contribute to next year’s team.“They will add so much in so many ways to our goal of winning national championships,” he said.last_img read more

Tony Parker retires: 5 Opta facts about the point guard’s legendary career

first_img“A lot of different stuff ultimately led me to this decision,” Parker told The Undefeated. “But, at the end of the day, I was like, if I can’t be Tony Parker anymore and I can’t play for a championship, I don’t want to play basketball anymore.”Aside from a long career, Parker also has four NBA championships, one NBA Finals MVP award and six All-Star nods under his belt.Here are five interesting Opta stats about the 37-year-old Frenchman’s time in the NBA. (If you like what you see here, give @OptaLarry — the official Twitter page for Opta’s NBA stats-driven coverage — a follow on Twitter.)Among international players, Parker is in good company.Parker’s stats puts him in elite standing when it comes to internationals players. He tops all in assists per game (5.6) and held his own on the court with a 49.1% field goal percentage and an average of 15.5 points per game.(All stats are from the regular season.)PlayerMPGPPGTRBAPGFG%3PM3P%FGAFT%FTASPGDirk Nowitzki33.820.77.52.447.1%1.338.0%15.687.9%5.40.8Giannis Antetokounmpo*32.718. Gasol*33.417. Parker30.515.52.75.649.1%0.432.4%12.675.1%3.60.8Vlade Divac29.811.*ActiveWhen it comes to NBA titles, Parker is kingParker’s four NBA titles is tied with teammate Manu Ginobili for the most won by an international player. His personal accolades aren’t too shabby, either.PlayerNBA TitlesAll-Star GamesAwards/HonorsDirk Nowitzki114MVP (2006-07)Finals MVP (2011)All-NBA Team (12 times)Giannis Antetokounmpo*03Most Improved Player (2016-17)All-NBA Team (Two times)All-Defensive Team (2016-17)All-Rookie Team (2013-14)Pau Gasol*26Rookie of the Year (2001-02)All-NBA Team (Four times)All-Rookie Team (2001-02)Tony Parker46Finals MVP (2007)All-NBA Team (Four times)All-Rookie Team (2001-02)Vlade Divac01All-Rookie Team (1989-90)*Active Tony Parker announced Monday his illustrious NBA career has come to an end.After spending 17 seasons with the Spurs and one with the Hornets, Parker said it was the right time for him to walk away. Making France proudParker retires with 1,254 games played, 19,473 career points, 7,036 career assists and 1,053 career steals in his NBA career, the most of any French player. His 18 years in the NBA are tied for the second-most ever for a player born outside the United States or its territories.Better than entire franchises?In his 18-year NBA career, Parker won 892 of the 1,254 games he played in (71.1%). That’s more wins than the Grizzlies (792 wins since 1996) and the Pelicans (643 wins since 2003) have in their franchise histories, and just 10 fewer than the Raptors (902 wins since 1996).Playoff proParker made 17 trips to the NBA playoffs, all as a member of the Spurs. Seven NBA franchises have yet to make 17 trips to the NBA playoffs.last_img read more