Comment Advertisement Ian Wright rates Arsenal’s chances of qualifying for the Champions League after Newcastle win Arsenal have a favourably run of games and are unbeaten in 2020 so far (Picture: Getty)‘I think there’s a lot of work that needs to be done there and he [Mikel Arteta] won’t have the time or the players to do it all this season.‘They’re going to have to wait, spend a lot of money in the summer, and do a lot of things differently to what they’ve been doing, because I don’t see them being good enough to get into the top five.’On Tottenham’s chances of finishing fifth, Wright said: ‘Well they should do. I think with Jose being there, one of the things Tottenham thought they may be able to guarantee is him getting them into the top four.‘I have to say now, you look at Tottenham and this is where you have to say they can kick in and say, “right, we’re really going to cement this place”.’MORE: Graeme Souness slams Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang for comments after Arsenal’s win over NewcastleMORE: Mesut Ozil sends message to Arsenal fans after ending goalless run in win over NewcastleMore: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City Fifth place could see Arsenal get back into Europe’s top competition (Picture: Premier League)Ian Wright has played down Arsenal’s chances of finishing in the top five and potentially securing a Champions League berth and says they need to hope the teams above them drop points.The clubs chasing fourth spot in the Premier League were given a huge boost when UEFA banned Manchester City – who currently occupy second spot – from competing in the Champions League for the next two seasons.If that decision is upheld, fifth place would get a spot in the competition instead, though Wright is not convinced Arsenal can overturn the six-point gap to fifth-placed Spurs despite their big win over Newcastle. Metro Sport ReporterSunday 16 Feb 2020 11:05 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link3.1kShares Arsenal moved up to 10th place with a 4-0 win over Newcastle (Picture: Getty)Asked if Arsenal can avoid finishing outside the top six for the first time in 25 years, Wright told Premier League Productions: ‘I think they can finish in the top six, whether they can get to fifth… I think there’s teams [above them] that are going to have to drop points.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENT‘When you’re looking at Tottenham at the moment, the way they dug that out today. Sheffield United look brilliant, they look pretty good Sheffield United.‘If Sheffield United finish there [sixth] it would be a magnificent season. Wolves you feel now, with that fifth place such an important position to finish now, you feel like they’ll kick on.More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal‘I think it’s going to take a lot for Arsenal to finish in fifth now. Teams are going to have drop points and Arsenal are going to have to really kick on with a run.’Fellow pundit Alan Shearer was even more downbeat on Arsenal’s chances, adding: ‘I don’t see them being good enough to get into the top five. Advertisement
The International Accounting Standards Board’s interpretation’s committee has called a halt to efforts to come up with accounting guidance for companies with non-traditional defined benefit (DB) pension schemes.The plans – dubbed contribution-based promises, or ‘intermediate risk’ plans – have proved to be troublesome to account for under the projected unit credit model found in International Accounting Standard 19, Employee Benefits (IAS19).Since 2004, both the committee, known officially as the International Financial Reporting Standards Interpretations Committee, and the IASB have tried and failed to develop an appropriate accounting approach for this troublesome class of pension plan.The committee’s decision, which emerged during its 29 January meeting, means constituents must now wait for the IASB to add a pensions-accounting project to its work plan. Commenting on the news, Eric Steedman, a leading pensions consultant with Towers Watson, told IPE: “The Interpretations Committee has effectively said the issue is too big for them to solve expeditiously.“Unfortunately, for now at least, this leaves preparers with such plans to carry on ‘doing their best’ with a statement that does not really cater for their situation.”The IFRS IC’s predecessor, the International Financial Reporting Interpretations Committee, published the so-called IFRIC D9 approach for contribution-based promises in a consultation document back in 2004.The committee called a halt to that work, however, when, in 2006, the IASB launched its unsuccessful bid to develop a new accounting methodology to deal with intermediate-risk pensions, or contribution-based promises.But fresh life was breathed into that approach, when the IFRS IC decided to take another look at contribution-based promises accounting.Both D9, and the IASB’s contribution-based promises model, set out to address the accounting challenges that arise when IAS19’s projected unit credit measurement model and discounting approach is applied to non-traditional DB plans.One obstacle to good accounting that is often cited by critics of IAS19 is that the standard forces them to discount projected returns on a pool of equity assets using either a high-quality corporate bond or government bond discount rate.The mood around the committee table during the 29 January meeting was largely downbeat on the committee’s prospects for bringing the effort to a successful conclusion that preparers would welcome.Laurence Rivat, a senior audit partner with Deloitte in France, said she was unclear who would benefit from any guidance that the committee might come up with.Rivat reported that constituents had told her that any guidance that might emerge from the committee would not change what they “are currently doing”.She added: “What we really need is that the board take on a project to review fundamentally IAS19 to deal with those plans where there is risk-sharing between employees and employers.”Similarly, E&Y partner John O’Grady said: “I would be in favour of discontinuing this project because I don’t think we are able to control ourselves when it comes to scope. That has always been the problem with this.“We are trying to solve some fundamental problems with IAS19, which to me is a board project to sort out IAS19 to deal with the modern types of plans that are out there.”As for the long-term outlook for an IASB-level pensions project, IASB director Alan Teixeira said now might be a good time to accelerate the board’s apparent research project on pensions accounting.Speaking during a 16 September 2013 IASB meeting, Teixeira said the pensions research effort was “on the longer-term research plan” but had no staff allocated to it.He also noted that no standard setters had “expressed an interest in the project.”According to information posted on the IASB’s website, the board expects to hold a consultation on the shape of its future agenda in 2015.A feedback statement on the IASB’s 2011 agenda consultation bracket pensions accounting, share-based payments and income taxes together as longer-term priorities.
Human capital in terms of the total earnings over a person’s lifetime is, as the World Bank states, clearly the most important component of wealth globally. The World Bank analysis finds that human wealth on a per capita basis is typically increasing in low and middle-income countries. But in some upper-middle and high income countries, stagnant wages are reducing the share of human capital. This has hollowed out middle classes and lies behind the rise of populist parties in Europe and Trump’s rise to power in the US.Women, meanwhile, account for less than 40% of human capital wealth, according to the report, because of lower earnings, lower labour force participation and fewer average hours of work.Whilst the report states that achieving higher gender parity in earnings could generate an 18 per cent increase in human capital wealth, such a statement is misrepresentative. It assumes firstly that women who choose to stay at home to raise families have no value, and secondly that increasing their participation in the labour force would not be at the expense of reducing male participation.The report concludes that growth is about more efficient use of natural capital and through investing the earnings from it into infrastructure and educationBoth assumptions probably merit further thought. For example, a simple thought experiment would consist of two mothers who each employ the other to look after their children. If they pay each other the same amount, there would be no net change in the economic circumstances of each family. However, the World Bank analysis would suggest that each has now accumulated human capital that they otherwise would not have had! This thought experiment suggests that work that contributes to society that is unpaid should still be regarded as contributing to human capital.For low income countries, natural capital accounts for the largest component of wealth. But the World Bank argues that getting rich is not about liquidating natural capital to build other assets – natural capital per person in OECD countries was three times that in low income countries even though the share of natural capital for OECD countries was only 3%.Understanding the drivers of wealthThe report concludes that growth is about more efficient use of natural capital and through investing the earnings from it into infrastructure and education.Sustainably managed, renewable resources in the form of agriculture or forestry can produce benefits in perpetuity. In contrast, non-renewables such as fossil fuels and minerals can offer a one-off opportunity to finance development. But, as the report points out, nearly two thirds of countries that have remained in the low income category since 1995 are resource rich, or fragile and conflict states or both.What is clear is that resources alone cannot guarantee development – strong institutions and governance are needed. Clearly the private sector can play a critical role, particularly if a strong stance is taken on ESG issues.Assessing the value of natural resources raises many philosophical challenges, but the debate needs to be had. By doing so the methodology can only improve, while losing biodiversity and the services it underpins is irreversible. Moreover, Europe faces the challenge of coping with refugees and migrants dying in their thousands attempting to gain entry to its shores.Understanding and encouraging the drivers of wealth outside its borders is a matter of self-interest as well as morality. No single metric is ever ideal for assessing progress.For countries, it is very clear that GDP is a poor metric to use for determining long term policies. GDP is a measure of activity rather than wealth creation. That means that it can give very misleading signals about the health of an economy. An obvious case is where natural resources are depleted which may give rise to a boost to GDP but could result in a long-term degradation of wealth and hence future income for that country.Incorporating the value of natural resources as well as human capital is a key requirement for assessing the health of a nation. At the end of January the World Bank released a fascinating analysis of the changing wealth of nations. Promoting an analysis of changing wealth both in absolute terms and on a per capita basis, as the World Bank argues for, provides a forward-looking analysis of the health of nations. It also emphasises the need for sustainability in the exploitation of natural resources. For investors, it is worth noting that environmental, social and governance (ESG) issues underpin many of the conclusions.How the wealth of a nation should be assessed is both controversial and subject to many assumptions. But just because measurement is difficult does not mean that it should not be attempted. The World Bank’s approach measures wealth in the form of four types of assets: Produced capital and urban land : machinery, buildings, equipment and urban land, measured at market prices;Natural capital : natural resources of all types including energy, minerals, agricultural land and forests;Human capital : measured as the discounted value of earnings over a person’s lifetime; andNet foreign assets : the sum of a country’s external assets and liabilitiesThe key findings are perhaps as would be expected, although the value is very much in the detailed figures for each country.Global wealth grew significantly between 1995 and 2014. Rapid growth in Asia that has enabled middle-income countries to catch up, but inequality persists.Per capita wealth changes show a significantly different picture. Low income countries showed a deterioration primarily driven by population growth outstripping investment, especially in sub-Saharan Africa.
LocalNews Contracts to be signed for NEW water project for Bense, Ans-de-Mai and Ans-sol-Dat by: – July 5, 2012 Tweet Share 8 Views no discussions Share Sharing is caring! Share Prime Minister Roosevelt SkerritPrime Minister Hon. Roosevelt Skerrit has announced that on July 9th 2012, contracts will be signed for a new water system that will supply the communities of Bense, Ans-de-Mai and Ans-sol-Dat.He was speaking to residents at the 2012 reunion launch this past Sunday.The Prime Minister noted that he is cognizant of the community’s needs.“I recognize that the most important project in Bense, Ans-de-Mai, Ans-sol-Dat is the completion of the water project. On July 9th, the Cabinet and myself will be back here with you to speak about how we can work together, [to find out] the plans and programs you would like to[indicate] to the Government for consideration in advancing development of Bense, Ans-de-Mai and Ans-sol-Dat. I will say to you that on that day we shall sign the contracts to begin work on the water project in Bense, Ans-de-Mai and Ans-sol-Dat.”The Prime Minister also made reference to land issues within the community.“I know that you have been having some land issues, rest assured that we will find ways of [dealing with] those land issues in the interest of all the residents of Bense, Ans-de-Mai and Ans-sol-Dat.”Government Information Service
Kammuri is moving slowly to the westnorthwest at 10 kilometer per hour. Local government units (LGUs) werealso told to review their contingency plans. Other weather agencies such as theJapan Meteorological Agency and the US Navy Joint Typhoon Warning Center inGuam forecast the storm hitting the Bicol region or Central Luzon area. In its latest bulletin last night, thePhilippine Atmospheric, Geophysical, and Astronomical Services Administrationwarned of potential hazards as Kammuri strengthened from a severe tropicalstorm into a typhoon outside the Philippine Area of Responsibility. Provincial Disaster Risk Reduction andManagement Office head Zeaphard Caelian said Lacson wanted to heightenpreparedness for possible flooding or landslides. BACOLOD City – Gov. Eugenio JoseLacson ordered all disaster risk reduction and management offices (DRRMO) inNegros Occidental to be on “blue alert” beginning due to the threat of typhoonKammuri. Kammuri is expected to enter thecountry on Sunday morning and will be given the local name “Tisoy.” Courtesy of PAGASA website The Philippine Atmospheric Geophysicaland Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) said the storm is threateningnorthern Luzon. However, the typhoon may still affect Negros Occidental,bringing light to at time heavy rains and thunderstorms. Kammuri is also threatening theSoutheast Asian Games, which will open tomorrow in Bulacan./PN
East Central Swim Team NewsDonners Winter invitational January 19-21 at the Charles “Chick” Newell Natatorium in Columbus, Indiana. There were 18 swim teams competing with ECST having 31 swimmers competing.Local swimmers Nash King and Santiago Schutte both made Indiana State swim times. Both are in the Boys 9-10 year old age group.Nash King (9)50 yard Fly with a time of 34:74100 yard Fly a time of 1:22.29Santiago Schutte (10)200 yard IM a time of 2:51.65200 yard Free a time of 2:27.86100 yard Breast a time of 1:31.39100 yard Free a time of 1:07.05Both will be competing at the Indiana Swimming Age Group State Championship at the IUPUI Natatorium in Indianapolis March 16-18.Also from ECST Reagan Reany made two divisional swim times in the Girls 9-10 age group in the 100 Yard Free and 50 Yard Back. She will be competing at the Indiana Swimming Divisionals in Columbus, Indiana March 2-4.
“Liverpool are an important team and one that will be fighting for the title. “We have had a hard start to the season so it is important for us to win the second game.” Liverpool failed to make the most of having the better of the opening 35 minutes and the hope must be new £16million signing Mario Balotelli, watching from the directors’ box after finalising his move from AC Milan, will give them an extra spark up front. “I think that in the market to get someone in at that quality, the deal for us was very good,” said manager Brendan Rodgers, who is not worried about the Italian’s reputation for getting into trouble on and off the pitch. “He is a world-class talent and it is an area we need to strengthen. “It is a calculated risk but on where we believe can help him as a player and to mature as a young man. “I don’t have any concerns at all to be honest. It’s that culture that has allowed me to have confidence that if he comes in it won’t be affected. “He comes in with a reputation but we hope at our club we can curb that behaviour. He knows he is part of a team. “There are no egos and ‘big time Charlies’ in our squad. This is a group that’s got to the Champions League because they are a team. “I think there’s excitement with them (about him) coming in. I’m certainly looking forward to it. “One thing he doesn’t lack is confidence. He has that belief and football arrogance and the best teams have that.” Rodgers has spent about £115million this summer, much of which came from the sale of Luis Suarez to Barcelona, but he knows that will count for nothing if they cannot turn it into points on the pitch. “The goals we’re disappointed with of course,” he added on the game. “The first goal we were not alert in the box so that was disappointing. The second goal they have worked quite well but sometimes you have to compliment the quality. “If you buy players it doesn’t guarantee you anything. You can spend as much money as you want but it doesn’t guarantee you anything. “I’m only confident that they are going to get better.” Press Association Asked whether the striker had finally started to deliver Pellegrini said: “Yes and not only on his goals. “He was working the whole game, without the ball too. He was very unlucky last season but we never had any doubt about this quality. “To start the season in this way after an unlucky new season is good but I don’t think it is like a new signing. “We need four strikers. At this moment Stevan is doing very well but you cannot forget Negredo is injured. “Edin Dzeko and Jovetic and Aguero are working well. It is important that they continue playing the way they did.” Last season Liverpool ran City a very close second in a nail-biting title race which went down to the final week of the season. However, the way in which Pellegrini’s side clinically dispatched their opponents suggested the gap may be wider this time around. “For me these are games of six points – especially when you play at home,” he added. The Montenegro international endured a miserable maiden campaign dogged by injury and illness but after a full pre-season he is firing on all cylinders again and scored twice in the 3-1 win over Liverpool. He has seized the opportunity presented by injuries to Alvaro Negredo and Sergio Aguero, who came off the bench to score City’s third before Rickie Lambert forced Pablo Zabaleta into a late own goal. Manchester City manager Manuel Pellegrini is delighted to see striker Stevan Jovetic make the most of his fresh start at the club.
In her remarks, the Senior Client Service Manager, Mercy Ukpai Uma, said that the event was also an empowerment programme where ladies receive cash prizes and build their future. “I am excited to be associated with the maiden edition of 4 inch heel race competition. We intend to take this concept to a higher level beyond Nigeria,” she stated.The 19 years old SSCE student, Emmanuel Francisca who emerged as the winner of the maiden edition won a cash prize of N100,000, while Unaigwe Nkiruka Jennifer won the second prize with a cash prize of N50,000 and Azide JudÃa clinched the third prize, and won for herself N30,000. Other participants went home with consolation prizes.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram The maiden edition of the much anticipated 4-inch high-heel race came to an exciting end last Saturday with Emmanuel Francesca, a 19-year old secondary school student, as the champion.The unique event which was a mixture of entertainment, leisure and sport attracted 50 ladies between the ages of 18-28 years held in Lagos.Speaking during the event, the organiser and the Chief Executive Officer/Managing Director, DAK Marketing Services Limited, Elder Dede Kalu, expressed enthusiasm and excitement about the event. According to him, “we are concerned about the numerous injuries ladies encounter on a daily basis while walking on heels. We have provided this platform to inculcate smartness and build confidence in them while wearing heels,” he pointed out.
Published on September 5, 2011 at 12:00 pm Contact Michael: email@example.com | @Michael_Cohen13 Comments I won’t let Syracuse get away with this one. It wouldn’t be fair. It wouldn’t be right.To sit here and say the Orange deserved that season-opening win Thursday night against Wake Forest simply isn’t true.Would you disagree?Well, consider this: The team that racked up 406 yards of offense (or 107 more than its opponent), ran 26 more offensive plays and forced six three-and-outs in the first half alone left the Carrier Dome 0-1.That team which was forced to finish the game without its starting quarterback looked up at the scoreboard in disbelief as it read Syracuse 36, Wake Forest 29. SU was nothing but lucky to steal that win away from the Demon Deacons on a night when the visitors were far and away the better side.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text‘Honestly, I do not know,’ Wake Forest nose guard Nikita Whitlock said of the fourth quarter. ‘All I know is there was a lot of ‘ifs,’ ‘ands,’ and ‘buts,’ and ‘shouldas,’ ‘couldas,’ ‘wouldas’ that were not to our advantage late in the game.’In Whitlock’s list, the ‘ifs’ and the ‘wouldas’ are the most relevant. If starting quarterback Tanner Price hadn’t gotten hurt, Wake Forest woulda won.Plain and simple.Price crumpled to the Carrier Dome turf after Orange defensive end Chandler Jones rolled up onto his knees, forcing redshirt junior Ted Stachitas into duty.The fact that Stachitas is most famous for being the quarterback to succeed Tim Tebow at Nease High School in Florida puts the magnitude of the change into context.When Price left the game on his team’s opening drive of the fourth quarter, everything changed.The previously unstoppable Wake Forest offense sputtered with Stachitas under center. His four possessions at quarterback resulted in a punt, an interception, the end of regulation and a turnover on downs to end the game in overtime. Sixteen total plays with 29 net yards and zero points on the scoreboard.‘I think it was a big momentum shift, it was hard to get the momentum to slow down at all,’ Whitlock said of the injury to Price. ‘I think it was a big part of the game.’Prior to the injury, Price abused the Syracuse defense to the tune of 289 yards and three touchdowns through three quarters and three minutes. He and wide receiver Chris Givens toyed with the Orange secondary, hooking up six times for 162 yards and two scores.The shortest reception was 13 yards, and every single one resulted in a first down or touchdown for the Demon Deacons. Givens finished the game with 170 receiving yards — he later caught an eight-yard pass from Stachitas — good enough for fifth-highest total in the country among wide receivers for Week One.Both of his touchdowns exposed flaws in the Orange defense. The first — a 60-yard bomb in which he beat the double coverage of Phillip Thomas and Keon Lyn. The second — a quick pass out to the left sideline that he took 22 yards to the end zone after running right by SU cornerback Kevyn Scott.‘I think the coaches did a great job preparing me for this game with film study, and I was really comfortable with what we were doing offensively,’ Price said.It showed as he picked apart a defense that ranked No. 7 in the country a season ago.But Stachitas was visibly uncomfortable. As the momentum began to swing in SU’s favor, he looked rushed in the pocket. He forced his second pass to Givens, and it was picked off.On the final play of the game, he flung a desperation heave toward Givens in the back right corner of the end zone, but Scott’s provided good coverage and Givens couldn’t haul it in, giving Syracuse the win.SU head coach Doug Marrone will tell you the team ‘accomplished a lot in this game.’ He said as much in his postgame press conference.It was the first time the Orange won back-to-back season openers since the 1999 and 2000 seasons. And the first win over an Atlantic Coast Conference opponent since 2003.Yet Marrone also points out how easily the game could have gone the other way.‘We didn’t make plays early in the game, and we were very fortunate to win that game,’ he said.If Price stays in, the Demon Deacons probably keep rolling, and the SU head coach is suddenly forced to explain why his team can’t win at home for a second consecutive year.But it didn’t happen like that. Somehow, Syracuse won when it shouldn’t have.I’m left wondering just how much a team can accomplish in a game it was lucky to winMichael Cohen is the sports editor at The Daily Orange, where his column appears occasionally. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or on Twitter at @Michael_Cohen13. Facebook Twitter Google+
Photo courtesy of USC School of Cinematic ArtsRoad to the red carpet · Halima Lucas, a third-year Masters of Fine Arts student in the production program at the School of Cinematic Arts, works with actress Kira Jane Pinkney on the set of Amelia’s Closet.Two graduate students from the School of Cinematic Arts received nominations earlier this month for Student Academy Awards from the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.Halima Lucas, a student pursuing an MFA within the production department, worked on her film, Amelia’s Closet, for her Thesis 581 class. Lucas did everything herself, from developing ideas to post-production. She credits her success to her team’s cohesiveness. “It has been an amazing collaborative effort from an amazing team,” Lucas said in an interview with the Cinematic Arts department. “We made the film on God’s grace and gaff tape.”Lucas’ story of an 11-year-old girl learning how to face harsh words received recognition under the Narrative category. She is one of seven finalists.“I was stunned and humbled,” Lucas said. “I couldn’t wait to tell the team what we had accomplished. Truly it came together with a team of people who were passionate about the story and deeply committed to the project no matter what we were facing or resources we had.”Lucas worked closely with Helaine Head, an associate professor at SCA. Head mentored Lucas, offering advice and strengthening her direction. According to Head, Lucas’ story captured a perspective not commonly told.“I thought her ideas were great,” Head said. “She had a very personal and unique point of view and experiences not everybody had. She’s a really talented filmmaker who has some interesting ideas and more stories to tell that we would be interested in seeing.”But Head didn’t overwhelm Lucas with guidance. He let her have her own artistic direction to enhance her learning experience.“She can address the problems the way she wants, as opposed to saying, ‘You should put this here,’” Head said, “The object of this exercise was so that people can make a film that reflects their point of view. That will make them stronger when they leave here.”Head felt that Lucas’ production style aligned with the school’s stance on diversity. The school’s admissions team has tried to foster diversity by hiring faculty from different backgrounds and expanding academic opportunities, according to an SCA statement.“This is a place that tries to foster the vision of the students who come here, and we get students that come from a lot of different places and points of view within the United States,” Head said. “Hopefully, they’ll be part of a new wave. Halima will be one of the people who will change the stories that are told and how they will be told.”The Student Academy Awards were established in 1972, and its awardees have included industry giants such as Robert Zemeckis, Spike Lee and Trey Parker, according to the Academy. Student candidates cannot apply individually, but need the endorsement of a faculty adviser in their film school to be considered for an award.Alicja Jasina, a master’s student from the John C. Hench Division of Animation & Digital Arts, created the short film Once Upon a Line. Her story features how a man escapes his dull life by falling in love. She was nominated under the Animation category.The awards ceremony will take place Sept. 22. The University has had long-standing success with Student Academy Awards, with their first victory dating back to 1975. Last year, then-graduate student Alexandre Peralta won the gold medal in the Documentary category for his film Looking at the Stars.