Broadway Balances America Introduces You to the An American in Paris Tour Cast

first_imgGaren Scribner & Sara Esty Can we have this dance? Broadway Balances America, the special six-part series airing on The Balancing Act on Lifetime Television, continued its third season on November 7 with a special look at the smash hit Broadway musical An American in Paris. Correspondent Amber Milt chats with the show’s Tony-winning choreographer and director Christopher Wheeldon and stars Garen Scribner and Sara Esty, who are leading the must-see musical across the country. Click play! View Commentscenter_img Broadway Balances Americalast_img read more

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Delancey bets on Midtown rent rises

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First Lady, Agriculture Secretary: Every Pennsylvanian Deserves Access to Fresh, Local Food

first_img Economy,  First Lady Frances Wolf,  Press Release First Lady Frances Wolf and Agriculture Secretary Russell Redding will be joined by Congressman Dwight Evans and food industry leaders to discuss how Pennsylvania’s $10 million Fresh Food Financing Initiative aims to address hunger, food insecurity and food apartheid in the commonwealth while simultaneously increasing market opportunities for Pennsylvania’s agriculture producers. The discussion will be livestreamed on Facebook at 2:00 PM.“The Wolf administration continues to work to ensure that all Pennsylvanians have equal access to fresh, healthy food, because your zip code should not predetermine the quality of food on your dinner table,” said First Lady Frances Wolf. “The Fresh Food Financing Initiative COVID-19 Relief Fund is one of the many tools we have to combat food insecurity, and it is an exciting step in our fight for food equity across the state.”In Pennsylvania, approximately 2.04 million Pennsylvanians experience chronic hunger and food insecurity every day during the COVID-19 pandemic. Food insecurity means not having access to reliable and nutritious meals. Since hunger and health are deeply connected, the effects of inadequate food are profound, including increased risks for chronic diseases, higher chances of hospitalization, poorer overall health and increased health care costs. Chronic hunger also affects cognitive function and our ability to learn and retain information.The Fresh Food Financing Initiative COVID-19 Relief Fund — championed by Congressman Evans and funded through the CARES Act — is available to for-profit, nonprofit or cooperative entities impacted by COVID-19, including grocery stores, corner stores, convenience stores, neighborhood markets, bodegas, food hubs, mobile markets, farmers markets, on-farm markets, urban farms and food aggregation centers with a direct connection to direct-to-consumer retail outlets.“Is food available? Is it safe, affordable, nutritious? This is food security. Food insecurity, a food apartheid, is what systemic racism has tragically created for many Pennsylvanians,” said Secretary Redding. “Corner stores in inner cities have candy bars, not fresh produce. I’m pleased that we are able to work to address this apartheid through the Fresh Food Financing Initiative by prioritizing Black, Indigenous, and People of Color communities and incentivizing retailers to provide fresh, local food. The program is stimulating economies, increasing market opportunities for farmers and improving local health.”The goal of the FFFI COVID-19 Relief Fund is to provide grant support to food retailing businesses impacted by COVID-19 to ensure that amidst the pandemic, communities can maintain healthy food access. In recognition of the disproportionate impacts of both COVID-19 and food apartheid on communities made up of Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC), and especially Black and African American communities, prioritization will be given to those businesses that are owned by and serve low-income BIPOC communities. Additional prioritization will be given to applicants with supplier diversity and increase business opportunities for Minority Business Enterprises, Women Business Enterprises, Service-Disabled Veteran Business Enterprises, Veteran Business Enterprises, Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Business Enterprises; and Disability-Owned Business Enterprises.“I appreciate the Wolf Administration’s continued strong support for the Fresh Food Financing Initiative, including this opportunity to bring stakeholders together to discuss how we can sustain and build on the program’s success,” said Congressman Dwight Evans (D-PA).The live, virtual panel is an opportunity to highlight the Fresh Food Financing Initiative, build on the work of Governor Wolf’s Food Security Partnership, and discuss the interconnectedness of Pennsylvania’s robust agriculture industry and its ability to break down walls of inequity in Pennsylvania.For more information on food security in Pennsylvania including information about resources and actions taken by the Wolf Administration and guidelines for the Fresh Food Financing Initiative COVID-19 Relief Fund, visit information as it relates to agriculture during COVID-19 mitigation in Pennsylvania visit esta página en español. August 06, 2020 First Lady, Agriculture Secretary: Every Pennsylvanian Deserves Access to Fresh, Local Foodcenter_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

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What kind of ESG investor are you?

first_imgThe Believer: “Executes ESG integration in a manner that is clearly structured and consistent throughout an organisation. Integral to this approach is a top-down application of general (i.e. not based on security-specific fundamental analysis) assumptions about how certain ESG factors may affect value. It usually focuses on security-level ESG considerations as opposed to macro ESG trends.”The Cautionary: “Seeks to ensure that investment teams consider ESG factors in order to improve risk management, focusing on company-specific research rather than broad ESG trends.”The Statistician: “Uses statistical analysis to identify correlations between historical ESG performance and historical financial performance with the aim of identifying material factors that are likely to generate alpha. This analysis is built into models that are applied to passive or smart beta strategies.”The Discretionary: “Considers ESG factors on an optional basis as a supplement to traditional financial analysis, usually with a focus on idiosyncratic risk management.”The Transition-Focused: “Regards ESG factors as central research inputs, and concentrates to a significant degree on risks and opportunities associated with broad ESG-related economic shifts, ESG thematics and sustainability challenges.”The Fundamentalist: “Aims to integrate ESG factors thoroughly into bottom-up analysis and decision-making by considering company-specific ESG factors as well as macro ESG trends that may affect company’s performance over short- and long-term time horizons.”To define these six ESG personalities, Sustainalytics classified ESG integration approaches along three dimensions:management (for the who of integration);research (what is being integrated); andapplication (how the integration is taking place)Under the management heading, one differentiating factor the research highlighted was the degree of centralisation of ESG functions within an organisation, i.e. whether ESG responsibilities were assigned to dedicated ESG personnel or carried out by portfolio managers and analysts in portfolio management teams.Under ‘research’ were those integrating macro-level sustainability trends and themes, such as climate change and water scarcity, as opposed to certain ESG-relevant characteristics of individual companies and securities.‘Actual’ integration questionableHowever, the actual state of ESG integration was unclear, according to the researchers.“The analysis of investors’ management of ESG integration suggests that there may be less actual integration taking place than expected by the market,” the report authors wrote.  For example, some of the investors interviewed were “candid” about their organisations lacking an information trail or reporting system to demonstrate how frontline investment decision-makers use ESG research.“This might mean that portfolio managers are not fully utilising the ESG research that they have access to, even at organisations that have publicly expressed support for ESG integration,” the authors said. It could also be the case, however, that organisations that have not made public commitments to ESG could be implementing “genuine” integration, they added.Investors interviewed for the report also suggested that meaningful integration of ESG information remained fundamentally challenging. Mandate design, meanwhile, could constrain ESG integration, for example if tracking error limits are imposed. The authors expressed hope that these and other findings would “stimulate discussion about the state of the industry and some of the challenges and opportunities associated with ESG integration”. The full report can be found here. The typology generated 64 different types of approaches, but the Sustainalytics researchers narrowed these down to six prevailing approaches to ESG integration, based on a dataset of 70 investors.In Sustainalytics’ words, they are: Are you a Believer, a Fundamentalist, or a Statistician when it comes to environmental, social, and governance (ESG) investing?Understanding the types of ESG investor there are can improve your matchmaking with managers or clients, according to research by Sustainalytics, an ESG research provider.The research – commissioned by the Investor Responsibility Research Center Institute – presented six typologies summarising the approaches to ESG issues across the investment sector.The research could help asset owners better discern and distinguish between asset managers’ approach to ESG integration, and which characteristics are the best fit for them, Sustainalytics said. Asset managers, meanwhile, could use it to review their approaches and decide whether they want to make changes.last_img read more

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IMCA to honor 21 sponsors at national awards banquet

first_imgLINCOLN, Neb. – Twenty-one marketing partners will be recognized with well-deserved special awards during the national IMCA banquet on Saturday, Nov. 25 in Lincoln, Neb.Performance Bodies will receive a 35-year sponsor award while Sunoco Race Fuels receives a 25-year plaque.Twenty-year sponsors are Edelbrock, Hypercoils, Jet Racing and KRC.Axle Exchange and Brinn Transmissions are 15-year recipients while Classic Trophy, Dakota Track Side, Flow Design and Larry Shaw Race Cars all get 10-year awards.Casey’s General Store, Champ Pans, EMI, Kupper Chevrolet, Leary Racing Products, Penske Shocks, QuickCar Products, RAM Clutches and Scoggin-Dickey Parts Center all will be recognized for five years of support for IMCA drivers.The awards banquet will be held at the Cornhusker Marriott Hotel in down­town Lincoln. Drivers winning champion­ships and rookie of the year awards will also be honored and track sanction awards will be presented during the evening.Cocktails are at 5 p.m. with dinner at 6 p.m. and the awards ceremony to follow.  Tickets are $35 each and available by calling the IMCA home office at 319 472-2201.An order form is published on page A3 of the October newsletter and a list of names of those attending should accom­pany each ticket order.Banquet goers should call 866 706-7706 and request the IMCA group rate regarding over­night accommodations. RSVPs are also requested from those planning to attend the Friday, Nov. 24 open house at the Smith Collection of American Speed, on the Speedway Motors campus in Lincoln.last_img read more

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Beat writers predict No. 2 Syracuse to handle Miami in team’s 1st ACC contest

first_img Published on January 4, 2014 at 10:00 am Facebook Twitter Google+ Stephen Bailey: Syracuse 77, Miami 62Welcome to the showSyracuse rolls in its Atlantic Coast Conference opener as C.J. Fair catches fire and the Hurricanes’ defense is unable to find an answer. Jerami Grant shines in his second start of the season and delivers the posterizing dunk he’s due for. But the biggest question will be whether or not Rakeem Christmas gets out of Jim Boeheim’s doghouse. If DaJuan Coleman’s left leg contusion continues to hamper him, Christmas will be relied on for stronger defense. And Miami’s Donnavan Kirk isn’t a bad test.Trevor Hass: Syracuse 83, Miami 60No storm a comin’Syracuse doesn’t need to worry about the Hurricanes too much in its first-ever ACC game. Shane Larkin, Kenny Kadji and Durand Scott are all gone, and Miami is younger and less talented this season. The Hurricanes keep it relatively close for a while, but Grant and Trevor Cooney have big games and Miami struggles offensively against the zone. SU puts together a strong performance and bumps its record to 14-0.David Wilson: Syracuse 83, Miami 50Welcome to the ACCI was wrong. The ACC isn’t that good. There are some good teams, but Miami (Fla.) isn’t one of them. The Orange takes care of business in the Carrier Dome and asserts itself as the best team in its new conference. Commentslast_img read more

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Chelsea beat Barcelona 2-1 in Japan friendly

first_imgGoals from Tammy Abraham and Ross Barkley gave Frank Lampard’s Chelsea an impressive 2-1 win against Barcelona in a pre-season friendly in Japan.Abraham opened the scoring with a neat first-half finish after rounding the goalkeeper, and substitute Barkley curled in a second late on.Ivan Rakitic struck in injury time for Barcelona with powerful drive.The game saw £107m signing Antoine Griezmann make his debut for the Spanish giants.The former Atletico Madrid striker showed some good touches and linked up well with Ousmane Dembele, who is reportedly set to leave Barcelona this summer, but never really troubled Kepa in the Chelsea goal.Pulisic puts on a show as Blues youngsters impressPulisic joined Chelsea from Borussia Dortmund in January (Image credit: Getty Images)Lampard gave Christian Pulisic a first start for the Blues and the 20-year-old American forward caught the eye with his pace and trickery.He got the better of the Barcelona backline on a number of occasions, breezing past defenders to set up a couple of chances, although his finishing failed to match the rest of his game.But he was not the only one of Chelsea’s young players to impress.Abraham recovered from a shocking miss at the start of the game, when he fired over from four yards, by showing a striker’s instinct for the opener, reacting quickly to a deflected clearance and then rounding Barcelona’s experienced keeper Marc-Andre ter Stegen.Meanwhile, Mason Mount, who played under Lampard on loan at Derby last season where he scored 14 goals, did not look out of place.Playing just behind Abraham, Mount linked up play well and showed he was not afraid to shoot against illustrious opposition with a decent drive that flew just over.last_img read more

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NBA playoffs 2019: Warriors’ Stephen Curry OK after rolling ankle vs. Clippers

first_imgCurry rolled his right ankle with 4:16 left in the first quarter after chasing Clippers guard Landry Shamet and he ended up landing on it awkwardly. Curry came up with a noticeable limp but stayed in the game until there were 29.2 seconds left in the quarter. He was then taken to the locker room for further evaluation before reentering the game with 8:06 remaining in the second quarter.Uh oh. Steph Curry rolled his right ankle— Drew Shiller (@DrewShiller) April 27, 2019“It’s fine. Stuff happens,” Curry told reporters. “Anytime it’s me and an ankle, it’s a different kind of conversation.” Related News Curry still managed to play 37 minutes and finished the night with 24 points while shooting 8 of 14 from the field. He insisted his ankle won’t affect him going forward. “I’m feeling good and ready for Sunday,” Curry said.  As for the quick turnaround for the Warriors, who will play the Rockets in the Western Conference semifinals on Sunday? Curry said the Warriors aren’t concerned. “We’re not that old,” Curry, 31, said. “Quick turnarounds, we should be all right. Obviously it’s not ideal after the opportunity we had in Game 5, but we came out here and took care of business. We have a pretty good sense of what Houston likes to do. … Like the momentum we created tonight. Hopefully that’ll carry over to Sunday.”The Rockets, who won their series 4-1 against the Jazz, will travel to Oracle Arena to face the Warriors in Game 1 with tipoff set for 3:30 p.m. ET Sunday (ABC). NBA playoffs 2019: Steve Kerr hails ‘ultimate weapon’ Kevin Durant after monster Game 6center_img Stephen Curry says his ankle is “fine” and that he’s going to be ready for the Warriors’ next series against the Rockets, despite rolling his ankle late in the first quarter of Friday’s game. He played through the pain for most of his team’s 129-110 Game 6 victory over the Clippers to end the first-round series, but he left the game for a brief period of time to have his ankle taped. NBA playoffs wrap 2019: Kevin Durant scores 50 to power Warriors to series win over Clipperslast_img read more

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Trash the negativity; Lakers are finally poised to take a big step forward

first_imgThree years ago a national basketball writer came to the Lakers’ practice facility in El Segundo to get a glimpse of a team that had won 27 games the year before and was universally expected to finish at the bottom of the Western Conference.After a few minutes of watching the team in a preseason scrimmage, he turned to me and offered a brief assessment. The team was flawed, but the players seemed to play hard and looked better than he expected. With some surprise, he added, “They won’t be garbage.”Steve Nash, 40 by then, was moving painlessly around screens and attacking the rim, delivering passes that made Robert Sacre and Ryan Kelly look like superstars. Kobe Bryant swished shot after shot. Expectations were low, but they looked primed to overachieve.Those 2014-15 Lakers promptly went out and won just 21 games. A throw-away year worthy of the landfill. I don’t know what other conclusion to draw after watching Lonzo Ball turn the Las Vegas Summer League into his personal 10-day highlight reel. Ball is worth fans getting excited about, as is the anticipated natural development of Brandon Ingram and Julius Randle.Yes, the Western Conference is as competitive as ever. No, they won’t be feared. But I am certain this is the year the Lakers return to relevance on the floor. Well, maybe not certain. Reasonably confident? Enough that I’m putting it in writing.“I’ll tell you what,” Magic Johnson said Tuesday, “I would not want to miss a Laker game. Because it’s going to be exciting every single night.”Johnson and Rob Pelinka, by the way, have nimbly navigated their maiden offseason.The pair of new executives not only preserved cap space to chase LeBron James and Paul George next summer, but acquired actual NBA players in Brook Lopez and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope.“It’s not just who you say yes to,” Pelinka said. “It’s also what you say no to.”The Lakers entered the offseason with cap space to burn but committed only to one-year contracts“A lot of stuff is being presented and flashed to you that at the time might look alluring,” Pelinka said, “but you have to have patience.”In other words, you can’t panic. Panicking leads to Luol Deng and Timofey Mozgov. Lopez remains a highly capable offensive center, who can hold on to the starter’s job while Ivica Zubac continues to develop, and Caldwell-Pope is the excellent defender the team needed to take pressure off Ball in the backcourt.And the Lakers can afford to be as good as possible, even if that means being mediocre.The franchise has been weighed down by the lingering first-round draft pick sent to Phoenix in the Nash deal. After five years, that pick will finally be conveyed to Philadelphia or Boston after the 76ers sent it on to the Celtics with added protections.In the four years leading to this one, the Lakers had every incentive to lose. They rested veterans late in seasons and accelerated the schedule of players such as Jordan Clarkson in the name of development. They acquired Carlos Boozer.In a sense, it worked. Thanks to the losing and lottery luck, the Lakers held off handing over a first-rounder as long as possible and collected Randle, D’Angelo Russell, Ingram and Ball.The draft portion of the Lakers rebuild, for all intents and purposes, is over. They now have every incentive to be competitive.That’s what James, George and Russell Westbrook will be looking for. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorcenter_img AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersNo good has ever come from making predictions based on intrasquad scrimmages and even less can come of a declaration made without the benefit of even that much evidence. I really should know better.Maybe the late July heat is getting to me. Which would make this a different kind of hot take: the Lakers won’t be garbage.The opinion may be recycled, but this time it’s real.Luke Walton’s Lakers aren’t contenders in the Western Conference or anything. Won’t make the playoffs. Doubtful they’ll sniff a .500 record. The roster is populated with 19- and 20-year-olds. Three players 22 or younger will likely start on opening night.But after averaging fewer than 23 wins in the past four seasons, the Lakers should make their first meaningful step forward in years.last_img read more

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