Eight-year-old Yoyoka Soma’s favorite drummer is Led Zeppelin’s beloved John Bonham, so for her entry into the 2018 Hit Like A Girl drum contest, she covered the drum part on Led Zeppelin’s “Good Times Bad Times”.The video, which features Soma shedding skins on the 1969 hit off Led Zep’s debut album, earned her a spot in the international competition’s final round. She didn’t take home the gold, but the secret is out, and the world now knows to watch out!Soma has Bonham’s triple-kick-drum beats down perfectly, and she nails the double bass towards the end of her exquisite performance. Her smile and enthusiasm are infectious, but her technique and skills behind the kit are what’s truly special about this eight-year-old. The way she effortlessly nails such an iconic song would be a huge feat for any drummer, and this young rockstar clearly has a bright future on her horizon. Check out the video below.[Video: よよかPLUS]
Communities are continually challenged to find ways to care for those on the margins of society. While we are all capable of improving our own conditions, we are also capable of improving the conditions of others. Credit unions, especially, play a vital role in this philosophy. If we consider that “people helping people” is the foundation upon which credit unions were built, we quickly realize that our role in community is vital, and the desire for our presence is growing stronger.For all that has changed in today’s financial landscape, human nature remains much the same; people and their communities are at their best when they exist to help one another. While serving your community, you will meet your neighbors, who will then become personally familiar with your credit union. The strong bonds built with the public will have incredible benefits for your organization.So how can you initiate or reignite passion for your credit union’s role in neighborly enrichment? First, begin by asking yourself, “What will benefit my community the most?” Find an approach that will make a positive and noticeable difference, as well as fulfill local needs. Whether you’re raising money for green-space improvements or sponsoring a seniors program, make sure that your outreach aligns with employees’ interests and your mission. Not only will this help solidify lasting relationships, it will give credence to your brand both internally and externally. 8SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading »
Australian asset owners and some of Europe’s largest institutional investors have put their names to a statement supporting better disclosure of non-financial information.The statement seeks to counter an increasingly common narrative that investors do not care about information that may not appear explicitly financially relevant, despite frequent calls for better disclosure of such information.“We have made this statement to help companies understand that, if they deliver relevant and useful information, we will use it,” the statement reads.Signatories include Aberdeen Standard Investments, Hermes, Martin Currie, NN, and PGGM, plus Australian pension funds Cbus Super and VicSuper. The statement was brokered by the International Integrated Reporting Council, which seeks to improve reporting in the public and private sectors.The full statement is available here.Rise in corporates pricing carbon The number of companies using an internal carbon price in their business plans has grown eight-fold in the last four years, according to CDP, a research firm.However, CDP said it found that up to 800 companies might be vulnerable to the effects of carbon pricing regulation, as they disclosed that they were not using an internal carbon price. As of this year, over 40 national and 25 regional governments have put a price on carbon, the non-profit environmental disclosure platform said. This covered about 15% of global greenhouse emissions.CDP’s research found that only 15% of companies using an internal carbon price to stress test their investments said they thought prices would rise in the future. This might concern some investors, CDP said.Mark Lewis, head of European utilities equity research at Barclays, said: “The key question for investors should be: how can we know that companies are actually factoring environmental risk into their mainstream business strategies?“Pricing carbon should play a vital role in helping companies do this – the price level, while important, is not the only key aspect. There needs to be more transparency as to how a company actually uses the price and whether it is seen as an important part of business decision-making and forecasting.”Lewis is a member of the Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures, the body created under the auspices of the Financial Stability Board on instruction from the G20. PRI’s US first, SDG argumentsBloomberg has become the first US-domiciled corporate retirement plan sponsor to join the UN’s Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI).It said one of the main reasons for joining the organisation was “to enable its employees to proactively integrate ESG-themed funds into their own retirement investment strategies”.“This is really exciting – not many companies offer ESG-themed funds, as of yet, to their employees through their corporate retirement plans,” said Cathy Bolz, head of global benefits at Bloomberg.“By signing, we are saying that we think the investment world has matured to the point where organisations like ours can think about integrating ESG issues into their investment policy considerations.”In its capacity as a service provider, Bloomberg has been a PRI signatory since 2009.Separately, the PRI and PwC have produced a report on why institutional investors should become more engaged with the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).The report presents five overarching reasons for this, including that the SDGs represent the “most pressing environmental, social and economic issues and as such serve as a list of the material ESG factors that should be considered as part of an investor’s fiduciary duty”.The report can be found here.European Commission SDG ‘platform’The European Commission has appointed 30 members to a new high-level multi-stakeholder platform to support and advise the Commission on delivering the SDGs at the EU level. Christian Thimann, who is chair of the High-Level Expert Group on Sustainable Finance, is one of the members of the SDG group. The other members can be found here. Candriam’s SRI investment academyCandriam Investors Group has launched an online training platform for ”sustainable and responsible investing” (SRI). The Candriam Academy aims to raise awareness, promote education and improve knowledge of financial intermediaries on the topic of SRI.Although conceived with intermediaries in mind, the platform is free and open to all. The academy has received accreditation by the Chartered Institute of Securities and Investment and is requesting further local accreditations.
“For the most part, I think it’s just going to take some time to police that, just like the home-plate collision rule. We’re three years removed from that rule, and there’s still some gray area there, which I think there’ll be some gray area with this one too, as expected. When a rule change happens in a sport that’s been around for centuries, it’s going to take a while to get adjusted to,” he said.Takeout slides and neighborhood plays will be subject to video review. In the past, the neighborhood play wasn’t subject to review.“A shortstop will drag his right foot across the back corner of the base. I don’t think that will ever change,” said Colorado manager Walt Weiss, a former All-Star shortstop. “The second baseman, I think, is more affected by this rule, because sometimes they leave the base before the ball gets there.”Said Asche: “I don’t think you can define a takeout slide. Because I think when those things happen, both parties have probably done something to put themselves in that situation.”Baseball and the union also agreed to limit mound visits by managers and pitching coaches to 30 seconds and to cut the countdown clock for between-innings breaks by 20 seconds, to 2:05 for most games and 2:25 for nationally televised matchups. A runner who makes a permissible slide cannot be charged with interference, even if he makes contact with a fielder.“Our goal in amending the slide rule was to enhance player safety, reduce incidents of injury and to do it in a way that respects and preserves the bona-fide hustle plays that are integral to our game,” union head Tony Clark said in a statement. “I am optimistic that this new rule will accomplish those goals.”Utley barreled into Tejada at Dodger Stadium in the NL division series last year. Tejada missed the World Series and Utley was suspended for two games, which is still under appeal.Chances are, fans will call this the Chase Utley Rule.“Did Chase catch him good? Yeah. Could Tejada have maybe done a couple things to get out of the way? Yeah. Neither of those things happened, so now we have something to talk about,” said Philadelphia infielder-outfielder Cody Asche, a former Utley teammate. NEW YORK — Baseball made its call on the Chase Utley slide: out.Major League Baseball and the players’ union have banned rolling block slides to break up potential double plays, hoping to prevent a repeat of the takeout by Utley that broke the leg of New York Mets shortstop Ruben Tejada in last year’s playoffs.Under the rules change announced Thursday, a runner must attempt a “bona fide slide,” defined as making contact with the ground ahead of the base, being in position to reach the base with a hand or foot and to remain on it, and sliding within reach of the base without changing his path to initiate contact with a fielder.An umpire can call both the runner and batter out for a violation. Baserunners may not elevate or kick a leg above the fielder’s knee or throw his arm or upper body. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error
– Chief of Staff continues to remain mum on matters involving ranks’ crimesAnother military official is now in hot water after he was caught with an unlicensed .32 Taurus pistol with magazine, a quantity of ammunition, and a quantity of cannabis in the motor vehicle he was driving along Avenue of the Republic on Monday.The motor vehicle (PXX 94) that the firearm, rounds and suspected cannabis were found in.Three other men were arrested including a pork knocker, who was the lone passenger in the army rank’s car at the time of the discovery and arrest.The other two – a farmer and a carpenter – were also taken into custody after they were spotted exiting the vehicle moments before Police swooped down on the car.The Guyana Defence Force (GDF) rank has been identified as a 30-year-old Coast Guard Captain who was on detachment in New Amsterdam, Berbice.Reports are that around 14:00h on Monday at Avenue of the Republic and Croal Street, Georgetown, Police ranks attached to the Brickdam Police Station received information about the military official and the vehicle he was operating.The suspected cannabis along with the .32 Taurus firearm, magazine and live rounds discovered in the motorcar that the GDF Captain was driving on Monday.The police managed to intercept the car (PXX 94) and escort the driver and the lone occupant to the police station where a search was conducted.In the middle pocket of the car, the .32 Taurus pistol with magazine and two live .32 rounds of ammunition were found and a bulky parcel wrapped with transparent plastic containing suspected cannabis was discovered in the trunk of the vehicle.The Coast Guard Captain was grilled about the firearm since he was not the owner but he reportedly related that the weapon belongs to his father-in-law, who is a businessman in East Bank Essequibo (EBE).He told the police that he would usually have his father-in-law’s firearm in his possession.According to a police source, the parcel with the suspected cannabis and firearm were dusted for latent prints but none were uplifted.However, when this publication contacted the GDF’s Chief of Staff, Brigadier Patrick West, for a comment on the issue and update on the military rank, he once again rudely redirected the newspaper to make contact with the army’s Public Relations Office.“This is the office of the Chief of Staff. If it [is] a public relations matter, call the public relations department. Is it a personal matter or a public relations matter? Please exercise the protocol if it is public relations”, West told Guyana Times before disconnecting the call. This was not the first time the military personnel was rude to the media house.
LANCASTER – A man gunned down Sunday while waving an advertising in Quartz Hill was identified today as 22-year-old Derel Smith of Lancaster, a sheriff’s official said. Smith was killed in broad daylight on a busy Lancaster street. “It was a brutal shooting,” homicide detective Jim Gates said. “The guy was shot while he was out there trying to make a living. “It’s a tragedy.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Smith was carrying a sign advertising a nearby housing development when he was shot at 12:04 p.m., a coroner’s office official said. He was pronounced dead a short time later at a local hospital. His body was found on the southeast corner of 45th Street West and Avenue K. Gates said the investigation has produced several leads, but that no suspects or motives have been established. “It’s a complete who-done-it,” Gates said. [email protected] (661) 267-7802
Aodh Máirtín Ó Fearraigh makes sure Rory has a ticket for the Big One!WE knew The Revs were good.In case you’d forgotten, Rory Gallagher (last known address Lanzarote) really got the crowd going on his homecoming gig in Dunlewey last night.The GAA fundraiser pulled in a huge crowd. And they were all most there to hear the Kilcar man belt out ‘Jimmy’s Winning Matches’.But they also heard him play some fantastic numbers; with excellent support.Pictures from Brid Sweeney for donegaldaily.com! PICTURE SPECIAL: RORY GETS DUNLEWEY ROCKING TO ‘JIMMY’S WINNING MATCHES’ was last modified: September 19th, 2012 by BrendaShare 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) Tags:PICTURE SPECIAL: RORY GETS DUNLEWEY ROCKING TO ‘JIMMY’S WINNING MATCHES’
Cllr Jimmy KavanaghCounty Councillor Jimmy Kavanagh has welcomed correspondence informing him that work is to commence soon on providing accessible bus bays in Letterkenny. The Minister for transport Paschal Donohue informed Kavanagh that work will begin shortly on the accessible bus routes.They will help improve the routes from Letterkenny to Dublin and Letterkenny to Sligo. Cllr. Kavanagh told Donegal Daily, “I am delighted that progress is being made on this issue.“I have been working hard on this for a long time, on behalf of the local branch of the Irish Wheelchair Association and the Donegal Centre for Independent living, and for all people with a physical disability.“Many people with disabilities depend on public transport, and the routes to Dublin and Sligo are particularly important to them from the point of view of access to services, health care facilities and also for social reasons.“It is not acceptable in a county that has no rail service, that accessible coaches are not available. “Their absence makes it very difficult for people with disabilities to make these journeys and those that are brave enough to do so, must stay on a bus for the four hour duration of the journey.“As it is too difficult to make use of the comfort break at half way on the journey, as getting off and back on the bus is such an ordeal.In correspondence to Cllr. Kavanagh, Minister Paschal Donohue said:“Thank you for your correspondence seeking an update on accessible buses on the Letterkenny to Dublin Route.“I have been in touch directly with Bus Éireann on the matter and the company have informed me that they have been allocated funding by the National Transport Authority (NTA) for an accessibility bus bay development at Bus Station which will facilitate an accessible coach service on Letterkenny/Dublin and Letterkenny/Sligo routes. ” It is expected that this work will start before the end of the year.Cllr. Kavanagh concluded by saying, “I will be contacting Bus Eireann in the near future for a further update on the commencement of the work to the bus bays in Letterkenny and I would like to thank them, and the Minister for their help with this issue.COUNCILLOR WELCOMES PROGRESS ON ACCESSIBLE BUS SERVICES IN LETTERKENNY was last modified: November 13th, 2014 by Mark ForkerShare 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)Tags:newsPolitics
The Odisha government has sought early release of ₹5,200 crore from the National Disaster Response Fund for carrying out rehabilitation in areas ravaged by Cyclone Fani.A State government team, led by Chief Secretary Aditya Prasad Padhi, on Thursday held a meeting with a National Disaster Management Authority delegation which had toured the cyclone-affected districts. “We are now in the phase of rehabilitation. The ₹1,000 crore released after Prime Minister’s announcement has been exhausted and we request for early release of ₹5,200 crore from the NDRF,” said Mr. Padhi.The State government has requested the NDMA to direct the telecom companies to have a definite standard operating procedure and preparedness for dealing with disaster situations as communication and data transfer is of crucial importance in relief work.“The disbursement of compensation also suffers due to lack of data connectivity,” said the Chief Secretary.
About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Emery admits top-four finish ‘difficult’ for Arsenalby Freddie Taylor9 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveUnai Emery admits consistency is jeopardising Arsenal’s top-four chances. The Gunners’ loss to West Ham United on Sunday saw them drop three points behind fourth-placed Chelsea.And Emery thinks it will be difficult for his team to qualify for the Champions League if they continue to drop points.”Now it’s more difficult, it’s clear,” he told reporters. “I think the most important thing for us is to recover our confidence and be more competitive. We need consistency over 38 matches.”Now it isn’t enough at the moment. It’s a bad result. If we can win we are playing against Chelsea [on Saturday] with a three-point maximum distance.”The big opportunity for us is that we can take in our hands the possibility to be closer to them. This result makes that more difficult.”