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Research Affiliates launches benchmarks linked to gender diversity

first_imgShe added that cognitive diversity “has long been a driving force behind our research agenda and management practices”.“We believe this focus creates an environment that promotes collective intelligence and ultimately strengthens the foundation of our firm,” the CEO said.The new indices use a gender leadership diversity methodology developed by LeaderXXchange, an organisation promoting diversity and sustainability at companies.This methodology in turn uses publicly available data from companies as well as data from ESG information firm Vigeo Eiris.Sophie L’Helias, president of LeaderXXchange, said studies showed that companies with greater percentages of women in leadership had the potential to improve financial performance.“When women are underrepresented in leadership, the company can be less equipped to handle business challenges, understand customer needs, and approach problems from a different perspective,” she said.Research Affiliates has signed an exclusive distribution deal with BNP Paribas to market structured products linked to the new indices. Research Affiliates has created a new fundamental investment strategy based on an index that takes companies’ gender diversity into account.Announcing the launch of its RAFI Diversity & Governance strategy, the California-based investment management firm – a pioneer in smart beta investing – said the product combined gender diversity data with governance and financial discipline metrics “to seek positive investment outcomes”.Katy Sherrerd, CEO of Research Affiliates, said: “Research shows that diverse teams who embrace collective intelligence make better decisions and are more innovative. Validating this finding in investment returns is handicapped by the lack of data.“For RAFI Diversity & Governance, we combine diversity with other measures, particularly financial discipline, to create a better proxy for sound management practices, robust corporate governance, and a healthy company culture.”last_img read more

How weed destroys teenagers’ minds: The earlier you try marijuana, the lower your IQ, study claims

first_imgDailyMail 7 October 2016Family First Comment: More evidence of the harmYoung teenagers who try marijuana dramatically lower their IQ and raise their risk of developing brain dysfunction, depression, and bipolar disorder, a new study claims.The younger the brain, the weaker it is as it grows and strengthens, scientists at Canada’s Western University warn.And their research shows marijuana can have a devastating affect on that development process.According to the study, published today, cannabis severely impaired teens’ visuo-spatial processing, memory, self-referential activity and reward processing.The study found that early marijuana use was also associated with lower IQ scores.And the younger they started using the drug, the worse their impairment was.Marijuana also did nothing to alleviate symptoms of depression in teens – despite claims by pro-legalization groups that this is a key benefit.In fact, in some regions of the brain, depressive symptoms worsened.READ MORE: read more

African Migrant Crisis: Scores Die of Starvation, Thirst In Niger’s Desert

first_imgThousands of African migrants travelling through Niger’s vast desert to reach North Africa and Europe are said to be at risk. According to the International Organization for Migration, a number of them may be dying of hunger and thirst in the Sahara during the crossing. The EU recently approved tough laws to stem the migrant crisis, but migrants continue to attempt dangerous and illegal crossingslast_img

Rooney picks Messi over Ronaldo

first_imgRelatedPosts Suarez agrees Atletico terms Pirlo not out to copy anyone after Juventus’ comfortable opening win Ighalo: My best moment as ‘Red Devil’ Wayne Rooney has picked Lionel Messi over former Manchester United teammate Cristiano Ronaldo as the greatest ever because of the Barcelona forward’s ability to “torture” his opponents. Ronaldo and Rooney won eight major honours across a six-year spell together at Old Trafford, including the Champions League in 2008. The Portugal international has since enjoyed a healthy relationship with Messi, the pair sharing 11 Ballons d’Or between them. Despite winning trophies in three countries with United, Real Madrid and Juventus, however, Rooney believes that one-club man Messi edges it in terms of being the better player. “Ronaldo wasn’t as focused on goals when we started playing together but you could see that all he wanted was to be the best player in the world,” he told The Times. “He practised and practised and began to produce. Cristiano has become an incredible scorer and he and Messi are arguably the best two players the game has seen. “But despite my friendship with Cristiano, I’d go for Messi. It’s for the same reason I loved watching Xavi and [Paul] Scholes: it’s the different things in Messi’s game. “I’ve talked about composure and I can’t remember seeing Messi score when he has hit the ball as hard as he could. He just rolls them in, makes it so easy. Ronaldo is ruthless in the box, a killer. “But Messi will torture you before he kills you. With Messi you just get the impression he is having more fun. Those two have completely changed the game in terms of goalscoring numbers and I don’t think they’ll ever be matched.” Messi’s sixth Ballon d’Or triumph in December took him one ahead of Ronaldo, who last won the award in 2017.Tags: Ballon d’OrBarcelonaCristiano RonaldoJuventusLionel MessiManchester UnitedWayne Rooneylast_img read more

Wenger keeps Suarez hunt ‘amicable’

first_img The Gunners head into this weekend’s Emirates Cup without a marquee summer signing, despite chief executive Ivan Gazidis having talked up the club’s new “financial firepower” at the end of last season. A move for Gonzalo Higuain from Real Madrid never materialised as the Argentina striker eventually signed for Napoli, whom Arsenal will play on Saturday afternoon, while the Gunners’ pursuit of wantaway striker Suarez looked to have stalled following a second improved bid of £40million plus £1, which had been intended to trigger a clause that would allow them to discuss terms with the Uruguayan. The Gunners boss said: “We have values that we want our players to respect. No matter where they come from, we will be very touchy on that of course. “This club has built a reputation, not only during my period here but over 127 years, and the values that are very important for this club have to be respected by every player, no matter where he comes from. That will be with every potential signing.” Despite reports Wenger had plenty of players on his radar – from Brazil goalkeeper Julio Cesar to Swansea defender Ashley Williams and Everton midfielder Marouane Fellaini, not to mention England frontman Wayne Rooney – so far France under-20 forward Yaya Sanogo is the only confirmed new recruit and that on a free transfer from Auxerre. Wenger, however, insisted that signing could yet prove a shrewd move. “We have signed Sanogo, he has not made the headlines. Why? Because he is not £50m to £100million, but I am quite confident he will make them soon on the pitch, and that for me is the most important,” the Arsenal boss said. “We can still strengthen the squad, there is one month to go. We are at the beginning of August, the transfer window finishes on August 31 (Sept 2). “We are working very hard to strengthen our squad.” Wenger added: “I am confident. You look at many teams around us. Nothing has happened until now. This team with financial potential as well. “At the moment the market hasn’t moved a lot. Apart from Man City, nobody has done anything.” Liverpool managing director Ian Ayre has insisted the Anfield club have no intention of selling their key man, who joined up with Brendan Rodgers’ squad on the tour of Australia. Wenger, though, indicated Arsenal remained hopeful of eventually negotiating a deal before the end of the summer transfer window. “I don’t want to speak about Suarez, because that is between Liverpool and Arsenal. We will completely respect what Liverpool wants to do. We want to (sign the player) if it is feasible in an amicable way,” Wenger said. “I am a great believer you have to keep as much confidentiality as possible, which is quite difficult in the modern world. “But we work very hard, not only on the case you name, but on other different cases.” Suarez is currently serving a domestic 10-game ban imposed by the Football Association for biting Chelsea’s Branislav Ivanovic at the end of last season. The Uruguay international had previously received an eight-match suspension and £40,000 fine from the FA for racially abusing Manchester United left-back Patrice Evra in December 2011. Wenger indicated, should the striker become an Arsenal player, such future behaviour would not be tolerated. Arsene Wenger has confirmed Arsenal are still keen to sign Luis Suarez but insisted negotiations with Liverpool would remain “amicable”. Press Associationlast_img read more

American Airlines to start booking full capacity flights

first_imgAmerican Airlines has announced that it will begin booking flights at full capacity starting next week.The announcement was made on Friday stating the the airline will began selling every seat on it’s flights beginning on Wednesday.The move follows United Airlines’ decision to offer every available seat to passengers.In April, American Airlines limited bookings to about 85% of a plane’s capacity by  blocking the middle seats on each of their flights to encourage social distancing.Delta, Southwest, Alaska, and JetBlue also blocked the middle seat and even went as far as limiting the amount of tickets that could be sold on each flight.American and United argue that with stepped up sanitation measures, customers being subjected to a temperature check, and required to wear a face mask while onboard, there is no need to space out the customers.In addition to selling every available seat, American Airlines says it will continue to notify customers about flights that are filling up and let them change flights at no extra cost. Passengers will also be able to change seats on the plane if there is room within the cabin.Delta, Southwest, Alaska and JetBlue say they will continue social distancing practices through September.last_img read more

WBB : SU rides strong defense to win over Pittsburgh

first_imgThe first 38 seconds foreshadowed Syracuse’s offensive struggles. One possession. Four missed shots. All from within six feet.Chance after chance was squandered by a lack of execution around the rim.‘The putbacks aren’t really working,’ SU forward Carmen Tyson-Thomas said.Added guard Elashier Hall, ‘Layups are definitely something we need to work on.’But nothing else really worked, either.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textIn a game in which the Orange (15-4, 3-3 Big East) offense missed 41 shots, it was the defense that carried Syracuse to a 69-60 win over Pittsburgh Wednesday in front of 1,076 inside the Carrier Dome. An inability to put the ball in the basket on one end of the floor was erased by the aggressive 2-3 zone. Pittsburgh connected on just 37.5 percent of its shots and finished the game with more turnovers than assists.Syracuse began the game hitting only one of its first 11 shots and 3-of-19 field goals overall. A seven-point deficit followed.But the defense never allowed the Panthers to distance themselves. Pitt’s two best 3-point shooters — Shayla Scott and Taneisha Harrison — were just 1-of-8 combined in the first half. An active 2-3 zone prevented them from getting open looks.‘We just wanted to make sure that they didn’t make a ton of 3s on us,’ SU head coach Quentin Hillsman said. ‘And I thought that, in this game, we did a good job of getting out on their shooters.’But it was in the second half that Syracuse’s defense saved the game.A pair of free throws by Orange center Shakeya Leary gave the team a 52-44 advantage with 13:47 to play. More than four minutes of scoreless basketball followed for both teams.Syracuse missed six consecutive attempts, including two missed layups by sophomore center Kayla Alexander.It was in this stretch, Hillsman said, that the defense made the biggest difference. If the offense couldn’t put points on the board, the zone would have to keep the Panthers scoreless. And it did.‘There was a stretch where nobody scored,’ Hillsman said. ‘We were up eight, and I remember that moment. I just said, ‘Hey, if nobody scores the rest of the game, we’re in good shape.”In all, the Panthers’ scoreless drought lasted more than five minutes. There was even an 11-minute segment during which Pittsburgh managed only six total points.‘We were all over the place on defense,’ Tyson-Thomas said. ‘Hands active. Feet moving. And we were working hard.’So perhaps it was fitting that as the Panthers attempted to mount a late-game comeback, the Orange defense played spoiler.With its once 13-point lead down to just six with 2:22 to play, SU dug in. Syracuse forced back-to-back missed shots and then a turnover on Pittsburgh’s next three possessions to put the game out of reach.And with a minute and change remaining, Alexander put a stamp on the victory with an emphatic block of Pittsburgh center Leeza Burdgess that drew a chorus of cheers from the SU bench.‘We really did a good job, for the first time this year, of not being in a position where we had to weather the storm,’ Hillsman said. ‘Our defense just did a good job keeping it even.’The zone, which forced 18 turnovers, even drew the attention of Panthers head coach Agnus Berenato. It was aggressive and dominant without fouling, as the Orange committed just 11 total fouls to Pitt’s 24.‘I think they have a really nice 2-3 zone,’ she said. ‘All the credit to Syracuse.’And for the Orange, being able to rely on that zone to get stops has become a luxury. For a team that ranks 65th in the country in field-goal percentage, it needs to have another way to win.Pittsburgh, despite the loss, finished with more made field goals (24) than the Orange (22). Nearly 29 percent of SU’s points came from the free-throw line, where it shot 20-of-29.Hillsman admitted this was a game in which the defense bailed out the offense, and Hall and Tyson-Thomas agreed. Two players who combined to hit just 6-of-17 shots recognized that without the defense, Syracuse probably wouldn’t have won.‘When we’re not scoring, that’s what you have to rely on: the defense,’ Tyson-Thomas said. ‘You’ve got to have something else to go to.’ Published on January 26, 2011 at 12:00 pm Contact Michael: | @Michael_Cohen13 Facebook Twitter Google+center_img Commentslast_img read more

Offensive struggles cost Syracuse in 17-10 loss to Minnesota

first_imgMINNEAPOLIS — Penalties and miscues by the Syracuse offense were too much for the team to overcome Saturday night.Syracuse (1-3) committed 10 penalties, many coming on the offensive line to stall drives, and allowed three sacks as quarterback Ryan Nassib never got comfortable in the pocket during the Orange’s 17-10 loss to Minnesota (4-0) in front of a capacity-crowd of 40,805 at TCF Bank Stadium.The SU offense that piled up yards and points in its first three games was shut down by an aggressive Minnesota defensive front that repeatedly beat the SU offensive line and got to Nassib. The SU quarterback finished 21-for-31 for 228 yards and two interceptions, and Marcus Sales, the team’s leading receiver, had just two catches in the game. And the Minnesota offense did just enough to overcome its own mistakes to get the win.The miscues started on the Orange’s first play from scrimmage when Nassib’s pass to Jarrod West was deflected in the air and landed in the arms of Minnesota’s Cedric Thompson. SU got away with the early mistake, though, after Gophers kicker Jordan Wettstein pushed a 44-yard attempt wide right.Still, the offensive troubles continued for Syracuse. Nassib was forced to scramble around early to avoid pressure, and a sack by Minnesota’s D.L. Wilhite on third-and-20 following a penalty served as a catalyst for the Gophers’ first score.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe scoring drive was aided by a pass interference call on Shamarko Thomas, giving Minnesota first-and-goal on the 2-yard line. Running Back Donnell Kirkwood easily walked into the end zone and Minnesota had the early lead.Syracuse put together a drive and marched into the red zone late in the first quarter. But a false start penalty on Alec Lemon turned a third-and-1 into third-and-6 and Jerome Smith couldn’t get the edge to convert the first down.Ross Krautman came on for a 33-yard field goal and the lead was cut to four.The end result was a 7-3 first-half lead for the Minnesota over Syracuse. The teams committed a combined 11 penalties and struggled to finish off drives due to the mental mistakes. The Syracuse offense couldn’t get going as quarterback Ryan Nassib struggled to find a comfort zone in a constantly collapsing pocket.After the break, it was more of the same for the Syracuse offense.The Gophers opened with a beautiful 12-play, 87-yard drive to go up 14-3, and the Orange couldn’t answer despite having multiple opportunities deep in the zone. An Ashton Broyld fumble ended one drive in the red zone early in the fourth quarter and Syracuse never threatened again, falling for a third time this season.A late 13-yard touchdown pass from Nassib to Sales pulled the Orange to 17-10 with 46 seconds left in the game, but it was too little too late. Comments Published on September 22, 2012 at 11:14 pm Contact Ryne: Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more

Norton suspended for spring due to violation of team rules

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ In his final media availability of the spring, Syracuse head coach Scott Shafer explained Ryan Norton’s conspicuous absence from the Orange’s Spring Game on Saturday.The kicker, who missed a game due to suspension during the regular season, was suspended again due to a violation of team rules.“He’s done a nice job taking ownership,” Shafer said on the Atlantic Coast Conference coaches’ teleconference Wednesday. “It’s between Ryan and I.”Norton was suspended for SU’s win against Wake Forest in early November after being charged with resisting arrest and underage drinking. Punter Riley Dixon took over kicking duties for that game. Norton returned for Syracuse the following week for a win against Maryland and played the remainder of the season.Norton began last season as Syracuse’s kickoff specialist, but took over full-time kicking duties when Ross Krautman suffered a season-ending injury in a loss to Northwestern in September.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textNorton was successful on 10-of-15 field-goal tries and his only missed extra point came when ACC Defensive Player of the Year Aaron Donald blocked Norton’s kick during the Orange’s loss to Pittsburgh in the penultimate week of the regular season.With Krautman back for a fifth season, he and Norton are expected to compete for the starting kicker job, and rising senior walk-on Alex Hodgkinson kicked both of SU’s field goals in its Spring Game.Shafer said he expects Norton to return for the start of summer camp.“He’ll be back with us shortly,” Shafer said, “and we look forward to that.” Comments Published on April 23, 2014 at 12:29 pm Contact David: | @DBWilson2last_img read more

Maria Tritou builds on foreign experience to improve as singles player

first_imgZach Barlow | Asst. Photo Editor Tritou left everything behind when moving to Holland. Because of her decision to move, she went to all her matches alone. No coach. No family on the sideline rooting her on. Just her, her tennis bag and her racket.“The only thing I was doing was practice,” she said. “I’m really glad my parents actually let me to do that.”Tritou now dons an orange and white outfit on a college team. During her games, there are seven teammates, three coaches and fans on the sidelines rooting her on. She does not have to face each match alone like she used to. She finally has a team to rely on, rather than being independent.“Living by yourself at 15 years old isn’t easy,” Tritou said. “(Living away from family) had some ups and downs, but at the end, it’s all worth it.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Related Stories How Maria Tritou’s height helps freshman to 6-2 singles recordMaria Tritou wins singles and doubles match to lead Syracuse to 4-3 victory over Notre Damecenter_img Published on April 10, 2016 at 10:36 pm Contact Charlie: | @charliedisturco Maria Tritou ran to the right corner of the court and set her feet. Her right hand gripped the racket ever so tightly. Her left hand was held out as if she was ready to strike a Heisman pose. She reached back and swung with force, hitting the ball past her opponent.A few plays later, a long rally ensued in which Tritou added a mixture of forehands and backhands before her opponent hit the ball out of bounds.“Point!” Tritou yelled out, as she began to walk to the center of the court to shake hands with her opponent. Another point. Another game. Another win in singles.Tritou’s game has strengthened over the past few years, and it’s culminated in a 9-8 singles record as a freshman at Syracuse this season. When she was 15, Tritou moved from Greece to Holland. She was alone, leaving her family back home with one goal: to improve her tennis game and compete at a top level.“On my island, Rhodes, nobody else plays tennis,” Tritou said. “So if I wanted to play at a high level, I had to go away and play tennis or stay home, study and just try to get into a university.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe 6-foot freshman has seen improvements in her game with her ground strokes. Her backhand has become more of a power move, which she attributed to her strength from practicing often and hard.That, mixed with her height, has made her tough competition for opponents. Tritou is often slated at No. 4 singles. Though she is 8-8 there (and 1-0 in No. 3 singles), she has rarely been easily defeated. Most sets are dragged out and long.“I am playing stronger,” Tritou said. “I feel much better in my physical condition.”The one thing that Tritou cites as a piece of her game that remains unchanged is her style, saying, “In tennis, you learn how to play and then practice other things.”last_img read more