AXA Investment Managers, BNP Paribas Asset Management, Sycomore Asset Management and Mirova have called for investors to turn their attention to the preservation of the planet’s biodiversity in the same way they have addressed climate change.The group is looking to find a data provider capable, on a large scale, of measuring companies’ biodiversity impact. The asset managers said many tools had been developed over the past few years, but these were largely focussed on climate change.They argued it was equally important to preserve species and ecosystems. Citing a May 2019 report from the Intergovernmental Panel for Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services, the asset managers said one million species were facing extinction.“Biodiversity plays a vital role, and its collapse would jeopardise the future of humanity,” the asset managers said in the statement. “Today, AXA IM, BNP Paribas AM, Mirova, and Sycomore AM are joining forces in order to raise awareness in the financial community and develop the necessary tools for investors to respond to this threat.”Methodology requirementsAccording to the asset managers, the methodology they would like to see developed should adopt a lifecycle approach, factoring in the entire supply chain from product use to “end-of-life”.Another key requirement is that the methodology should be compatible with public taxonomies and internal environmental assessment systems already in use, and the data provided must simplify portfolio performance assessment in relation to an index.The approach must be applicable to companies active in the main market indices, and ideally also compatible with other asset classes such as unlisted equities, infrastructure and real estate.The asset managers also want the methodology to be capable of assessing how exposed companies are to “the challenges presented by biodiversity” in addition to the companies’ impact on biodiversity itself.“We hope the tool we develop will be used by all market players, and that it will become a benchmark tool,” said specialists* at the four different asset managers.The deadline for applications is 31 March.*Julien Foll, responsible investment analyst at AXA IM; Robert-Alexandre Poujade, ESG analyst at BNPP AM, Sarah Maillard, SRI analyst at Mirova, and Jean-Guillaume Péladan, head of environmental investments and research, and portfolio manager at Sycomore AM
“At 1 January 2020, KLP had an inflow of NOK3.5bn and an outflow of NOK7.4bn,” it said, but also mentioned the fact it had recently won the contract for the New Øygarden municipality.The pension provider reported an 8.5% return on capital in value-adjusted terms, and a book return on capital of 4.5%. These figures compare to 1.5% and 3.5% in 2018.Value-adjusted returns, according to KLP’s definition, include unrealised gains or losses from equities and bond investments whereas book returns do not take these changes into account.KLP’s group total assets grew to NOK763bn from NOK676bn at the end of 2018.The company posted a profit of NOK10.9bn for 2019, up from NOK5.7bn in 2018, with NOK10.8bn of this being transferred to the customers’ premium fund – the contents of which can be used for future premium payments.Investments in equities and a rise in the value of bonds and real estate had contributed to the result, KLP said.Chief executive officer Sverre Thornes said the “historically good result” meant KLP could pass on over NOK10bn to the companies, municipalities, counties and health enterprises that were its members.“The result also allows for further strengthening of our financial position,” he said, adding: “We are thus well equipped to operate in turbulent financial markets without our customers noticing it.”This was fighting talk from a company whose near monopoly of the municipal pensions market is also being threatened by the likes of Storebrand and DNB Liv, which have returned to the sector to compete for business after years of absence.On the topic of the new hybrid public sector pension scheme, which has come into effect this year, KLP said this new arrangement was technically demanding to put in place and increased the complexity for its customers and members.“KLP is continuing to invest heavily in solutions to guide both employers and their employees, making it as easy as possible for them to handle their pensions,” it said, adding that advanced systems also provided a foundation for the further streamlining of its own operations. Kommunal Landspensjonskasse (KLP), the dominant provider in Norway’s municipal pensions market, reported it lost NOK3.9bn (€388m) of pensions business in 2019 as a result of the Scandinavian country’s local government reform.The countrywide redrawing of Norway’s administrative regions, which has been underway for the last few years, has seen the number of municipalities reduced to 356 from 428.In some cases where KLP clients have merged with municipalities that run their own pension scheme, smaller local authorities have opted to join a new wider self-administered scheme rather than remain with KLP.In its annual results announcement, the Oslo-based company said: “The municipal and regional reform has so far had only a moderate effect on KLP’s customer base.
Technology group Wärtsilä has submitted its Aquarius UV ballast water management system (BWMS) for US Coastguard (USCG) Type Approval. As informed, the system has completed all the required testing procedures.This follows the International Maritime Organization’s (IMO) Type Approval for the Aquarius UV system, which was granted in 2012.The UV technology utilizes filtration and ultra-violet (UV) irradiation while maintaining a high degree of safety and operability. It ensures compliance with regulations, even with varying levels of water quality, according to Wärtsilä.The company’s alternative BWMS technology, the Wärtsilä Aquarius EC (Electro-Chlorination), was granted USCG Type Approval in August 2018, and IMO Type Approval in 2013.Craig Patrick, Sales Director, Ballast Water Management Systems at Wärtsilä, explained that the company can now offer a choice of BWMS technologies having the Aquarius EC system already approved.
Bloomington North 4 Silver Creek 11S – Anna Graves(SC) def. Joy Bhattacharya(BN) 6-2, 6-22S – Katy Rusche(BN) def. Katie Bishop(SC) 6-1, 6-03S – Kunga Llama(BN) def. Erica Hornung(SC) 7-6(7), 6-31D – Izzy Flynn/Siggy Force(BN) def. Charlie Gates/Sophie Rippel(SC) 6-0, 6-02D – Jade Vasquez/Madison Alfonso(BN) def. Mya Rayl/Ava Rippel(SC) 6-0, 6-0 Round 3Bloomington North 4 Seymour 11S – Joy Bhattacharya(BN) def. Sandra Cerino(S) 6-1, 6-22S – Katy Rusche(BN) def. Peytpn Levine(S) 4-6, 6-2, (10-5)3S – Kirby Hill(S) def. Christine Zhou(BN) 6-3, 6-41D – Izzy Flynn/Siggy Force(BN) def. Mallory Moore/Kristina Griffin(S) 7-5, 6-12D – Jade Vasquez/Madison Alfonso(BN) def. Avery Ragon/Madalyn Bourte(S) 7-5, 6-01S –Oldenburg Academy 5 Silver Creek 01S – Kathryn Wilder(OA) def. Anna Graves(SC) 7-5, 7-6(4)2S – Sarah Price(OA) def. Katie Bishop(SC) 6-0, 6-03S – Alexa Miles(OA) def. Erica Hornung(SC) 6-0, 6-21D – Hannah Hurm/Sarah Preston(OA) def. Charlie Gates/Sophie Rippel(SC) 6-0, 6-02D – GiGi Dreyer/Claire Hollingsworth(OA) def. Ava Rippel/Mya Rayl(SC) 6-0, 6-0Courtesy of Twisters Coach Mark Wilder. Seymour 4 Silver Creek 11S – Anna Graves(SC) def. Sandra Cerino(S) 6-0, 6-02S – Peyton Levine(S) def. Faith Weitzel(SC) 7-5, 5-7, (10-4)3S – Kirby Hill(S) def. Katie Bishop(SC) 6-2, 6-11D – Mallory Moore/Kristina Griffin(S) def. Charlie Gates/Sophie Rippel(SC) 6-1, 6-02D – Avery Ragon/Madalyn Bourte(S) def. Ava Rippel/Mya Rayl(SC) 6-3, 6-0 Summary:OA beat Bloomington North 3-2OA beat Seymour 3-2OA beat Silver Creek 5-0Season record: 5-0Next match: Union County, Greensburg and Connersville, 4/8-4/10Round 1Oldenburg Academy 3 Bloomington North 21S – Joy Bhattacharya(BN) def. Kathryn Wilder(OA) 6-4, 6-32S – Sarah Price(OA) def. Katy Rusche(BN) 7-5, 6-13S – Christine Zhou(BN) def. Emma Back((OA) 6-1, 6-21D – Hanna Hurm/Sarah Preston(OA) def. Izzy Flynn/Siggy Force(BN) 6-2, 6-22D – Claire Hollingsworth/Gigi Dreyer(OA) def. Jade Vasquez/Madison Alfonso(BN) 6-3, 6-4 Round 2Oldenburg Academy 3 Seymour 21S – Sandra Cerino(S) def. Emma Back(OA) 6-3, 6-42S – Sarah Price(OA) def. Peyton Levine(S) 6-4, 6-03S – Kirby Hill(S) def. Alexa Miles(OA) 7-5, 6-7(9), (10-6)1D – Hannah Hurm/Sarah Preston(OA) def. Kristina Griffin/Mallory Moore(S) 6-1, 6-12D – GiGi Dreyer/Claire Hollingsworth(OA) def. Madalyn Baurle/Valeria Ramirez(S) 7-5, 6-3
Osgood, IN—COVID-19 testing is slated to start next week at the Ripley County Fairground according to Mayor Mike Bettice. Click here for the latest map of all testing sites in the State. The locations of drive-thru clinics change frequently, so please check the map above to see if there’s a drive-thru clinic near you. One test per vehicle, Indiana residents only (please bring proof of residency). Healthcare providers may order a test for any patient who needs one based on their clinical evaluation. ISDH will continue to focus on testing our highest-risk Hoosiers so that we can continue to quickly provide results needed to protect the most vulnerable residents. Those individuals include:Anyone who is admitted to the hospital whose physician is concerned that their symptoms are consistent with COVID-19.Symptomatic healthcare workers (inpatient, outpatient, nursing home, and other long-term service facilities) and first responders who provide direct care to at-risk patients. Symptomatic long-term care facility residents or staff who have direct contact with patients.Persons experiencing homelessness.Patients who expire with suspected COVID-19 symptoms.Patients and staff at correctional facilitiesPatients age 65 and older with symptoms consistent with COVID-19.Patients with underlying health conditions with symptoms of COVID-19, including lung or heart disease, or who are immunocompromised, obese or pregnant women.If you think you have been exposed to COVID-19 and develop a fever and symptoms, such as cough or difficulty breathing, call your healthcare provider for medical advice. If you have a medical appointment, call your doctor’s office or emergency department, and tell them you have or may have COVID-19. This will help the office protect themselves and other patients. You can also consult a healthcare provider through telehealth if that is an option.
The Latest: Dallas CB Canady and rookie WR Guidry opt out — John Wawrow reporting from Buffalo. New York.___Iowa has paused its men’s basketball workouts for 14 days after two players tested positive for COVID-19, the school announced Tuesday.Iowa’s protocol requires individuals who test positive to be in isolation and for people who might have been exposed to someone with the virus to be quarantined.Last week, Michigan State suspended football workouts and players began a 14-day quarantine after a staff member and player tested positive. Tuesday’s announcement follows news last week that 11 men’s and women’s tournaments planned for later this year in China were scrapped.That included the WTA Finals.As of now, women’s tennis is scheduled to resume next week in Palermo, Italy.___The Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference has moved most fall sports until the spring, including football. ___A person familiar with the situation says New England Patriots linebacker Dont’a Hightower has decided to opt out of the 2020 season. Hightower’s decision was made out of concern for the health of his fiancée and child, who was born earlier this month, the person said. The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the Patriots have not announced the decision. ESPN was the first to report the move. Two other people told the AP that starting right tackle Marcus Cannon and fullback Danny Vitale have also chosen to sit out the season, citing health concerns. French sports minister Roxana Maracineanu says the decision was taken because France has seen an increase in coronavirus cases recently.But Maracineanu adds that local officials will have the authority to increase the capacity at some events from Aug. 15 if they can obtain special dispensation and observe strict health and safety protocol.Only 2,805 fans attended the French Cup final between Paris Saint-Germain and Saint-Etienne last Friday but the number was low because Saint-Etienne fans did not use their allocation of 900 seats at Stade de France.PSG faces Lyon in the League Cup final at the same stadium on Friday.___ ___ Ohio State will limit home crowds to about 20,000 and prohibit tailgating if the football season is played this fall.Fans inside Ohio Stadium will be required to wear masks and observe social distancing to help stem the spread of the coronavirus pandemic. Concessions will be limited.The traditional “Skull Session” pregame pep rallies at St. John’s Arena will not be held.Athletic director Gene Smith informed season-ticket holders of the new rules in a letter Tuesday, first reported by Cleveland.com. Soccer and volleyball will have conference-only schedules.___A women’s professional tennis tournament that was supposed to be played in Tokyo in November has been canceled because of the coronavirus pandemic, the latest event scratched from the sport’s calendar.The Toray Pan Pacific Open already had been postponed from September because of the COVID-19 outbreak that has put the WTA and ATP tours on hold since March.Two-time Grand Slam champion Naomi Osaka won that title last year. The game replaces a previously scheduled date for the Cardinals at Michigan and the annual rivalry game at Iowa for the Cyclones. Both games were wiped out when Big Ten officials said they would play a conference-only schedule.Ball State also had its Sept. 3 season opener against Maine and a Sept. 19 trip to Indiana canceled earlier this month. The Big Ten games reportedly cost the Cardinals about $1.7 million in guaranteed money.Ball State is still scheduled to host Wyoming on Sept. 26 in its second game of the season before heading into Mid-American Conference play.___Real Madrid says forward Mariano has tested positive for the coronavirus. Chato Hendrix, director of the cheerleaders, said the group was disheartened at first to have to go completely virtual, but like the rest of the world had to adapt.Hendrix says the virtual tryouts made it possible for out-of-state applicants to compete for spots without having to travel to Atlanta. This is the first time since 1989 the Falcons have had male cheerleaders.___Ball State has filled one of three open dates on its football schedule by announcing plans to open the season Sept. 12 at Iowa State of the Big 12. Cannon is a cancer survivor and Vitale has a young family and doesn’t want to risk exposing them, according to the sources. ___Two people with direct knowledge of the decision have confirmed to The Associated Press that Buffalo Bills starting defensive tackle Star Lotulelei is voluntarily opting out from playing this season.The people spoke to The AP on the condition of anonymity because the team has not revealed this information as players reported for the start of training camp Tuesday. The NFL Network first reported Lotulelei’s decision earlier in the day.The 30-year-old Lotulelei has seven years of NFL experience and was entering his third season with the Bills. He has two years remaining on his contract, which will now run through 2022. The guidelines limit capacity of the 105,000-seat stadium to 20%.-Mitch Stacy reporting from Columbus, Ohio___The New Jersey Athletic Conference announced the suspension of all fall sports because of the coronavirus pandemic. The conference of Division III schools will explore the possibility of playing fall sports in the spring. The fall sports include football, women’s soccer, men’s soccer, field hockey, women’s volleyball, women’s tennis, women’s cross country, and men’s cross country. July 28, 2020 The official start of the season had been Labor Day weekend, with a few games scheduled for Aug. 29. That was before the coronavirus pandemic put the season in peril and schedules were remade to deal with potential disruptions of COVID-19. Some schools and conferences are working on delaying the start of their football seasons while others are trying to get a head start. Kansas and Oklahoma from the Big 12 have both recently moved up their opening games against FCS opponents to Aug. 29.___The Summit League is pushing back the start of fall sports to Sept. 23 due to concerns about the coronavirus pandemic.The conference’s president’s council agreed to delay championship seasons for men’s and women’s soccer, volleyball and cross country. Non-championship segments for golf and tennis, along with non-traditional seasons for softball and baseball also were pushed back. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___Veteran cornerback Maurice Canady and undrafted rookie receiver Stephen Guidry have opted out of playing for the Dallas Cowboys this season because of the coronavirus pandemic. The COVID-19 list is for a player who tests positive for coronavirus or has been quarantined after being in close contact with someone infected. NFL teams are not allowed to disclose whether the player is in quarantine or is positive for COVID-19.Jacksonville also removed rookie fullback Connor Slomka from the team’s active/non-football injury list after he passed his physical.___The NCAA is allowing all major college football teams to begin their seasons as early as Aug. 29. The association confirmed that the football oversight committee had requested a blanket waiver to permit any school to push up the start of its season to the so-called Week Zero. Canady signed a one-year contract with the Cowboys after splitting the 2019 season between the New York Jets and Baltimore. The Ravens drafted Canady in the sixth round in 2016.Guidry had 827 yards receiving and eight touchdowns in two seasons at Mississippi State after playing two years of junior college. He faced long adds to make the roster at a position that includes Amari Cooper, who signed a $100 million contract in the offseason, third-year man Michael Gallup and first-round pick CeeDee Lamb.___The Jacksonville Jaguars have placed starting right tackle Jawaan Taylor and first-year offensive lineman Ryan Pope on the team’s reserve/COVID-19 list.Taylor, a second-round pick from Florida last year, started all 16 games as a rookie. The member schools are Kean, Montclair State, New Jersey City, Ramapo, Rowan, Rutgers-Camden, Rutgers-Newark, Stockton, The College of New Jersey, and William Paterson.___Brazilian TV host Rodrigo Rodrigues has died at age 45, two weeks after contracting COVID-19. A fan favorite for his humorous style leading sports programs, Rodrigues was hospitalized on Saturday in Rio de Janeiro after feeling nausea and disorientation. Doctors found he had a cerebral venous blood clot, one of the possible bodily responses to an infection by the new coronavirus. Rodrigues had surgery on Sunday and was in an induced coma. He worked at TV Globo and its cable channel Sportv, which confirmed his death during one of the programs he hosted. Rodrigues also worked in several other Brazilian networks, including ESPN.___The Atlanta Falcons have selected their 40-member cheerleaders squad following their first virtual tryouts.Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the 38 women and two men earned their spots in online tryouts. The results were announced on Monday night on a livestream on the Falcons website. The MIAC joined the majority of its NCAA Division III peers, postponing competition in cross country, football, soccer and volleyball. Tennis teams will be permitted to compete against conference opponents this fall in accordance with campus, state, NCAA and MIAC health directives. That sport is deemed low risk for coronavirus transmission.Training, practice and other team activities will be permitted in the postponed sports, in compliance with the virus-related guidelines.The biggest impact of the MIAC’s move will be on the football game between league powers St. John’s and St. Thomas, rivals who first played in 1901 and have faced off 89 times in the sport. This year’s game, which was scheduled for early November at U.S. Bank Stadium, the NFL home of the Vikings, could be the last ever with the impending move by St. Thomas to the FCS level after being booted from the MIAC for competitive reasons.___The Tennessee Titans have placed their top draft pick on the COVID-19/reserve list. Coach Mike Vrabel announced that move Tuesday at the end of a 40-minute video conference call with reporters. The Titans drafted offensive lineman Isaiah Wilson with the No. 29 pick overall out of Georgia, and Wilson remains the one member of their six-man draft class that has yet to agree to a contract. Wilson is expected to compete for the right tackle job that came open when Jack Conklin signed with Cleveland in free agency.Vrabel also said linebacker Jayon Brown will start training camp on the physically unable to perform list.The Titans so far have had one player opt out. Undrafted rookie free agent Anthony McKinney is an offensive lineman out of Texas Christian. Vrabel confirmed McKinney informed the coach and general manager Jon Robinson of his decision. Vrabel says he has not heard nor talked to other Titans who might choose to opt out and is waiting until players make the best decision in the interest of themselves and their families. The announcement came as the team returned to practice ahead of its Champions League match against Manchester City on Aug. 7. Real Madrid lost at home 2-1 in the first leg of the round-of-16 series.Madrid says Mariano was in “perfect health condition” and was following health protocols.The entire Madrid squad was tested for COVID-19 on Monday. The players had been on a break of almost 10 days after winning the Spanish league title.___The French government has maintained a maximum capacity of 5,000 fans in stadiums until the end of August amid the coronavirus pandemic. Associated Press More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports
By Martyn HermanLONDON, England (Reuters) – Sergio Aguero’s second-half goal proved enough for holders Manchester City to beat second-tier Sheffield Wednesday 1-0 and reach the FA Cup quarter-finals yesterday, but Pep Guardiola’s side made hard work of it.It looked like a practice game at times for City, who won the League Cup last weekend, but they failed to convert their overwhelming superiority into goals.Nicolas Otamendi headed on to the crossbar and Benjamin Mendy thumped a shot against the woodwork, before Aguero made the breakthrough in the 53rd minute courtesy of an unfortunate error by keeper Joe Wildsmith.City’s reward was a trip to Newcastle United in the last eight.Tottenham Hotspur’s season continued to unravel as they lost a penalty shootout against the Premier League’s bottom club Norwich City, after the tie ended 1-1 after extra time.Jan Vertonghen headed Tottenham into an early lead but a mistake by home keeper Michel Vorm allowed Josip Drmic to bundle in a late leveller for Norwich.Tottenham failed to score three of their shootout penalties with Tim Krul’s save from Gedson Fernandes sending a 9 000-strong away following wild at the other end as their team reached their first FA Cup quarter-final for 28 years.“That’s what it’s all about, that’s why we do all the hard work,” said Krul, who also saved one from Tottenham’s teenaged substitute Troy Parrott.“As a little boy you want to save penalties to get your team through to the next round.”Norwich will host Derby County or Manchester United in the quarter-finals and Arsenal will travel to Sheffield United.Leicester City set up a home last-eight tie against Chelsea after beating Birmingham City 1-0, Ricardo Pereira’s late header sealing a tight Midlands derby.
By Clifton Ross DEFENDING 4-Day champions Guyana Jaguars will be seeking to play some ultra-aggressive cricket, starting from today when Round 7 bowls off at Providence against bottom-of-the-table Leeward Hurricanes. The champions handed Hurricanes a 10-wicket thrashing a few rounds ago when the two sides met and with the hunt for points now more crucial than ever, Guyana will be seeking to win the remaining rounds in grand fashion.In-form opener Chandrapaul Hemraj was among the stars in that encounter, hitting 52 while rookie pacer Niall Smith bagged 8 wickets to help the Jags cap off a resounding performance.Guyana, with a slightly tweaked team will want to replicate their win from a few rounds ago which will earn them extra points. Currently, Jaguars are in second place with 79 points while table-leaders Barbados Pride have amassed a whopping 108.2 points, following the end of the sixth round.The Hurricanes continue to play competitive cricket despite their pole-position. Middle-order batsman Amir Jangoo is fresh off a 90 in the Hurricanes’ last drawn match against his countrymen and powerhouse franchise Trinidad Red Force.Throw the in-form skipper Jahmar Hamilton, Kaveem Hodge, Kieran Powell and boogeyman Rakeem Cornwall into the mix and Jaguars will need to play as aggressively as they did in the last round when they beat the Jamaica Scorpions by 7 wickets in 3 days.Cornwall, the West Indies all-rounder and one of Jaguars’ key tormentors in Regional 4-Day cricket over the seasons, was player-of-the-match bagging 10 wickets and clobbering 48 off 44 in the second innings to help set up a draw for his team against Red Force and could be one to watch out for.On the other hand, Guyana who held their usual preparatory practice session yesterday at the Providence stadium, seemed full of confidence as their deficit of 30-odd points could easily be wiped off over the next 3 rounds and counting, should they play well or/if the Pride encounters hiccups along the way.The key to a comprehensive win could be the Jags bowling department, led by the wizard Veerasammy Permaul, coming off a 15-wicket haul and currently sitting on 45 wickets as the tournament’s leading wicket-taker to date.Smith, who was fresh into his 4-day career when he bagged 8 wickets in the match, has since sharpened his skills and could add further impetus to the stacked unit which features seamers; Raymon Reifer, Chris Barnwell, Keon Joseph, off-break spinner Kevin Sinclair and left-arm spinner Gudakesh Motie.Batting-wise, the Jags are without two big players in Hemraj and Shimron Hetmyer who was recalled to the West Indies T20 team for the Sri Lanka series. World-Cup winning Under-19 wicketkeeper/batsman Tevin Imlach could get his first knock of the season while Akshaya Persaud who has played a few 1st class games is also a good option.Given the form of Leon Johnson, who hit 189 not out a few rounds ago, Barnwell who hit a ton in that same match along with the likes of Tagenarine Chanderpaul, Vishaul Singh, Anthony Bramble and Reifer, all have been in good batting form; Guyana will be looking to pile on the runs or chase a big total over the next few days.Also, in Round 7 Pride will be seeking to add to their points tally when they battle Red Force at Brian Lara Cricket Academy in Trinidad and Tobago. Windward Volcanoes will be seeking to take advantage of Scorpions who were humbled in the last round, when the two sides collide at the National Cricket Stadium in St George’s, Grenada.Guyana Jaguar Team Round 7Tagenarine Chanderpaul, Tevin Imlach, Vishaul Singh, Leon Johnson (capt.), Christopher Barnwell, Raymon Reifer, Anthony Bramble, Kevin Sinclair, Gudakesh Motie, Akshaya Persaud, Veerasammy Permaul, Keon Joseph, Niall SmithJulian Moore – manager/assistant coach Esuan Crandon – coach Neil Barry Jr – physiotherapist
In honor of GIS Day, a celebration dedicated to geographic information sciences, students enrolled in SSCI 301: “Maps and Spatial Reasoning,” launched a 5-foot weather balloon in Alumni Park with an infrared camera to demonstrate aerial mapping technology.Up in the air · Robert Abugel, a junior majoring in policy, planning and development, prepares the weather balloon in Alumni Park. – Jessica Zhou | Daily TrojanThis semester, the course is taught by Darren Ruddell, an assistant professor and the director of undergraduate studies for the Spatial Sciences Institute.Once the helium-filled weather balloon was launched into the air, the mounted GoPro camera captured photos every couple of seconds. After enough photos were captured, the individual images were stitched together using MapKnitter, an open-source mapping tool, to form one large geospatial image.“One of the key features of this technology is the application of layering features,” Ruddell said.Students then analyzed the map that they have created in terms of geospatial decisions and land use.“I wanted to create a good balance of assignments and hands-on activities,” Ruddell said. “This project is all about integrating hardware and software platforms and doing field work.”Yvette Ximenez, a sophomore majoring in policy, planning and development, is in the course and helped launch the weather balloon.“We have been learning how to make maps. We take geospatial data, make maps of it and interpret it,” Ximenez said. “This technology of aerial photography can be used for anything, such as finding a specific store in South Los Angeles.”Some students were surprised by how popular the activity is.“The most interesting part of the project is seeing how many people are interested in doing [do-it-yourself] mapping and seeing that there is a community for DIY mapping,” said Matthew Del Muro, a junior majoring in environmental studies and earth sciences.Brigid Kelly, a sophomore majoring in policy, planning and development, was also enthusiastic about the launch.“I am fascinated with why the built environment impacts social and spatial experiences,” Kelly said. “This is a great opportunity for me to learn about it in an academic setting.”Kelly and other students in the course are learning computer programming that involves the ArcGIS software, a platform that allows users to design solutions by utilizing geographic knowledge.“This course has been teaching me design planning, which requires geospatial information such as statics and thinking geospatially,” said Haijing Lin, a senior majoring in policy, planning and development. “What’s exciting is that everything makes sense and it ties everything you think about in regards to urban and rural natural environment.”As a participant of GIS Day, Ruddell hoped to raise awareness about geospatial literacy and the programs that are offered at USC in regards to geodesign.“This course is all about map design, cartography, map interpretation, GIS software and spatial literacy, which is all the skills required by students who want to pursue careers in water resource management or forest management,” Ruddell said. Follow us on Twitter @dailytrojan
Related Premier League club Leicester City on Tuesday parted company with manager Craig Shakespeare-that’s putting it nicely. The English coach who replaced erstwhile manager Claudio Ranieri in interim capacity in February was handed a three-year deal in May, but not surprisingly was sacked just ten games into the new contract.It brings to three the number of managers the Foxes have parted company with in the past 27 months, inclusive of Nigel Pearson-who impressively kept them up on their return to the topflight, and Ranieri-a league champion against all odds.By the time Leicester City expectedly appoint a new manager in the next couple of days, Thomas Tuchel top of the wanted list; it will bring to four the number of managers on the clubs payroll by the Thai led-management in four seasons in the Premier League, provided they do not end up appointing a third manager before the end of the season.That surely dwarfs the figures of even the trigger happy Roman Abramovich, but only surpassed by five managerial appointments made by the Steve Parish owned Crystal Palace who have employed five coaches-Tony Pulis, Alan Pardew, Sam Allardyce, Frank De Boer and Roy Hodgson- since the start of the 2014/15 season.What possibly went wrong with Shakespeare? who at some point was seen as the messiah and best thing to have happened to the Foxes last season, following a disastrous campaign which saw them struggle at the bottom end of the table, creating unpleasant records as defending league champions and majority of their key players from the title winning campaign suddenly going AWOL on the pitch, only experiencing a revival with the coming of the English manager.Shakespeare’s record in reality wasn’t totally bad. He managed 26 games, won 11 games, drew six and lost nine, and averaged a win percent of 42.3 in the period under review. The management funded his transfer shortlist during the summer window, recruiting the likes of Kelechi Iheanacho, Harry Maguire, Vicente Iborra and a few others, but in reality the English manager at 53 was never good enough for a permanent coaching gig, the damage control role which he executed to perfection, perhaps his best coaching strength in the topflight.Curiously, like it was the case the previous season, the new recruits save for Wilfred Ndidi and Maguire all struggled to earn starting places in the lineup, which throws-up the question: Are Leicester City too complex, compact, and superior for new signings to earn a starting shirt?The wide players-Marc Albrighton and Riyad Mahrez- have consistently proven to be untouchable, hence limiting the game time of superb talents and options such as Demarai Gray and Ahmed Musa. Upfront, Jamie Vardy and Shinji Okazaki remain favourites to bang in the goals as a striking pair, thereby condemning the duo of Iheanacho and Islam Slimani, who both possess individual specialist goal scoring attributes largely underutilised.Leicester City fans and management might argue they have a competitive squad, which only two seasons ago were league champions, but in reality they remain hung-over from the victory and success of that campaign, making them find it impossible to improve a very average squad.Ranieri, Shakespeare and the incoming manager might not necessarily have the antidote to the recent alarming slump and decline in fortunes. What the club have to do together in unity is agree to parade only the best at every given time, eliminate squad mutiny and forge ahead from the tag of 2016 champions, a rare modern day miracle which obviously is the Foxes greatest undoing after two seasons.