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Mossavar-Rahmani Center announces Dunlop Undergraduate Thesis Prize winner

first_imgThe Mossavar-Rahmani Center for Business and Government (M-RCBG) at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government awarded the 2019 John T. Dunlop Prize in Business and Government to Laura Nicolae ’20.Nicolae was recognized for her thesis, “The Effects of Liquidity Regulation on Bank Demand for Reserves and the Federal Reserve’s Balance Sheet Policy.” She is a senior at Harvard College and is graduating this month with an A.B. in applied math and economics.The John T. Dunlop Thesis Prize in Business and Government is awarded to graduating seniors who write the best thesis on a challenging public policy issue at the interface of business and government. Each prize carries a $1,000 award.This year’s winning thesis by Nicolae examines the effect of the Liquidity Coverage Ratio (LCR) — the first standardized minimum liquidity requirement for large U.S. banks — on banks’ reserve demand. Her research results imply that the LCR partly explains the Fed’s reduced control of interest rates but does not explain the majority of the increase in banks’ reserve demand since the financial crisis.In explaining why the center chose to award the John Dunlop Prize to Nicolae this year, John A. Haigh, co-director of M-RCBG, said that her “thesis is of significant interest to the Mossavar-Rahmani Center for Business and Government. It is ambitious and well-executed, and the results are robust and important for policy…our review committee was impressed with the sophistication of her analysis.”***John T. Dunlop, the Lamont University Professor Emeritus, was a widely respected labor economist who served as dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences from 1969 to 1973. An adviser to many U.S. presidents, beginning with Franklin D. Roosevelt, Dunlop was secretary of labor under Gerald Ford, serving from March 1975 to January 1976.In addition to serving as secretary of labor, Dunlop held many other government posts, including: director of the Cost of Living Council, (1973-74), chairman of the Construction Industry Stabilization Committee (1993-95), chair of the Massachusetts Joint Labor Management Committee for Municipal Police and Firefighters (1977-2003) and Chair of the Commission on Migratory Farm Labor (1984-2003).Dunlop served as the second director of the Center for Business and Government from 1987 to 1991. The center, renamed in 2005 as the Mossavar-Rahmani Center for Business and Government, focuses on policy issues at the intersection of business and government. Dunlop died in 2003. Read Full Storylast_img read more

In a word

first_img Notes from the new normal Dispatches from socially distancing students and faculty Bits of the socially distanced lives of staff and faculty, from a LEGO model of the Music Building to Gov. Andrew Cuomo as Henry V to cereal for dinner — in the shower A remote ‘Doctor of Philosophy Dance Party,’ laughter yoga, crowd-sourced altruism, and tweet to remember center_img Just before the start of the pandemic, Harvard juniors Suuba and Sadia Demby were in Sierra Leone, capping off a two-year project and reconnecting with their family’s roots.The twin sisters traveled there in mid-December to deliver copies of a widely-recognized sourcebook on infectious disease to some of the country’s health professionals. The gift was originally intended to support the ongoing recovery from the 2014 Ebola outbreak, which devastated the West African nation, and to be used as a tool to help control or mitigate the spread of any future outbreak.“It’s really hard to motivate people to think you need to try anticipate what’s coming next, so the fact that we were able to get people engaged during that time was really meaningful,” said Sadia, who is concentrating in social anthropology and global health and health policy. “We had no idea the next pandemic would be along right after we left.”The Demby twins were inspired by their father, a doctor and public health expert who specializes in Ebola and had made multiple trips to Sierra Leone to combat the virus. The sisters wanted to contribute to the recovery there because it’s where their family is from.They raised $10,000 over two years through crowdsourcing, social media campaigns, and going door-to-door pitching their cause. After negotiating a price with the APHA, they purchased 200 copies of the text and coordinated with the ministry of health in Sierra Leone to make sure the books would reach those who could make a difference. In December, the twins presented the ministry with the books at an event that included some of the nation’s leading medical figures, like the deputy minister of health.As part of the trip, the twins also organized a donation of 480 backpacks and three laptops to their father’s ancestral village, Gerihun, and sponsored a youth soccer match there. The young women provided the players 32 cleats donated by Harvard students and one of their uncle, Cyrus.At the end of the two-week journey, the twins spent time getting to know relatives they’d never met before and learning about their family history.“It was great to be able to do our productive and impactful service aspect of the trip, but then it was also great being able to see the place where our parents grew up and to see family members that we had heard some stories of but never had the opportunity to meet in person,” Suuba said. “It was pretty amazing to see the origins of our names.”Courtesy of Smaranda MurarusA virtual VerneUnder normal circumstances, David Damrosch would have spent this summer traveling for lectures and conferences, including the Institute for World Literature in Belgrade, Serbia, and as an invited lecturer at the University of Tokyo. His schedule looks very different now as he stays home in Brooklyn, N.Y., but Damrosch has found a unique way to share those loves on his new blog, “Around the World in 80 Books.”Damrosch, Ernest Bernbaum Professor of Comparative Literature and director of the Institute for World Literature, started the 16-week project May 10. Loosely modeled after the itinerary of Phileas Fogg, the protagonist of Jules Verne’s novel “Around the World in 80 Days,” the global journey starts and ends in London and travels through Paris, Cairo, and Rio de Janeiro, as well as more personal stops in Bar Harbor, Maine, where Damrosch was born, and New York, where he was raised and still lives.Every weekday, he writes a blog post ranging from 1,000 to 1,600 words about a book set in or associated with a particular location. Recent entries include pieces on the hyper-local appeal of Virginia Woolf’s “Mrs. Dalloway” (London) and the blend of memoir and fiction in post-Holocaust literature as seen in Primo Levi’s “The Periodic Table” (Krakow).Damrosch has read most of the books on the list, but there are some he is picking up for the first time, like Donna Leon’s 2014 Venice-set mystery novel, “By its Cover,” for Florence-Venice week. And he has changed some titles based on feedback from readers, like when a commenter from Pakistan asked him to include Rabindranath Tagore in the “Kolkata” section.“With a blog format, you do get into responses from readers, and I like this kind of interactive aspect you can get in the blogosphere,” he said, noting that he has received requests from readers to translate the posts into Arabic, Chinese, German, Romanian, Turkish, and Ukrainian.“It is just a very different mode of writing; more conversational, more informal, and an experiment for me to see what kind of balance to strike between the personal and the literary critical,” said Damrosch. “Literature shows us one way to get out of our tendency toward isolation, which is as much a national as it is a COVID-related problem today.”The pandemic may have closed Harvard’s Woodberry Poetry Room, but its curator is making sure the Greater Boston poetry community stays connected. Photo by Thomas EarleFor better, for verseHarvard Library’s Woodberry Poetry Room strives to be a space that fosters community — even now, when community must be at a distance. Its latest endeavor is a poetry exchange, pairing more than 70 Boston-area poets to create new relationships and writing partnerships.Forced to cancel public programming due to the pandemic, curator Christina Davis said the poetry room also lost the opportunity to connect with the Greater Boston poetry community. She was determined that, instead of losing connections altogether, they build new ones virtually.“We realized that many poets in our community were isolated due to COVID-19,” Davis said. “While poets are often perceived as solitary, we are also what [Romanian-French poet] Paul Celan once called solidary. Our capacity for truth and vulnerability makes us immensely sensitized to the needs and experiences of others.”Davis knew many Boston-area poets would have no outlet for their solidary selves — and perhaps less writing inspiration, as well. Her solution was the informal poetry exchange, which she announced in late May on the poetry room website. Within 24 hours, she had received dozens of responses from poets around and beyond Boston. Respondents were of all ages and backgrounds, from award-winning poets to self-described amateurs, students to retirees.In June, participants received an email introducing them to their “Boston poetry pen pal.” As for what the partnership entails, that was left open to interpretation.“We believed it was important to emphasize process over product,” Davis said. “We know that people are immensely stressed at this time (financially, medically, interpersonally) and we didn’t want to add to their burden.”They did offer the pairs suggestions, however, including: writing about a mutually inspiring quote or topic; working with a poetry form that lends itself to collaboration; and translating a poem together.Davis said the Poetry Room hopes to virtually convene participants at the end of the summer to share poems as well as experiences with the exchange.“We’ve already received a few very moving responses,” she said, “suggesting that the pairings have proved to be generative and joyful.”,Dumbarton Oaks sets stage for Renée FlemingLife under COVID-19 led to the first livestreamed event from Dumbarton Oaks in Washington, D.C.The Harvard institute, which supports research in Byzantine, Pre-Columbian, and garden and landscape studies, hosted soprano Renée Fleming for an Aug. 1 recital in the historic Music Room as part of the Metropolitan Opera’s virtual series “Met Stars Live in Concert.” The series features performances in unexpected places around the world including the Fundació Hospital de la Santa Creu i Sant Pau in Barcelona and on a mountaintop in Èze, France.Before Fleming could perform the program, which included some of her favorite arias by Puccini and Massenet, as well as pieces by Handel and Korngold, the nearly 100-year-old room had to be prepped for its digital debut.“The Music Room is not a stage set. You cannot put filters on the lights, and you cannot move the tapestries around,” said Dumbarton Oaks Executive Director Yota Batsaki, adding that entry to the building was tightly monitored and a staff member was stationed by the fire alarm in case it went off during the performance.The Music Room, one five gallery spaces in the museum, is normally the site of annual public lectures, symposia, and the Friends of Music at Dumbarton Oaks chamber music concert series. It boasts two 16th-century marble arches and a 16th-century French chimneypiece, as well as Renaissance sculptures and tapestries. All of the art had to be moved or protected while staff brought in lights, speakers, and microphones for Fleming and her accompanist, pianist Robert Ainsley.Dumbarton Oaks has been closed to the public since March due to the pandemic and normally does not host outside events, said Thomas B.F. Cummins, interim director and Dumbarton Oaks Professor of the History of Pre-Columbian and Colonial Art in the Department of the History of Art and Architecture. But the “extraordinary circumstances” of the pandemic motivated their decision to partner with the Met.“It was something that everybody willingly signed on to and they did their work extraordinarily well. It was invigorating at a time when things don’t seem very good” in the world of the arts, he said.— Compiled by Juan Siliezar, Anna Burgess, and Manisha Aggarwal-Schifellite Relatedlast_img read more

Jenkins comments on sex abuse scandal at opening mass

first_imgAnna Mason | The Observer University President Fr. John Jenkins welcomed the campus community to the 2018-2019 academic year with Tuesday’s opening mass in Purcell Pavilion. Mass was followed by a picnic in the Notre Dame Stadium Concourse.Jenkins, himself a priest, expressed disgust that some clerics would take advantage of their position to carry out evil.“The stories in that report and in other reports are appalling in themselves, but are made much more so because the offenders were priests, called to be examples and pastors to those they exploited,” he said. “Such stories are painful to all, but they are particularly searing to me and the other priests with me today, whose commitment can seem so tarnished, so soaked in filth, by those who so badly abused it.”Jenkins further elaborated on this theme with a discussion of the betrayal at the heart of the scandal. The University President said Catholic institutions which should protect those who cannot help themselves, were guilty of “perversely exploiting the vulnerable and corrupting the young.” Specifically referencing the various cover-ups carried out by bishops in Pennsylvania, Jenkins said that bishops who should have been “shepherds” had in many situations “done more to protect the wolves than the sheep.”“For all these reasons, I — and many — feel deep sadness and shame,” Jenkins said.Quoting a letter published Monday from Pope Francis to the world’s Catholics regarding the abuse scandal, Jenkins said the University will do everything in its power to combat abuse.“As Pope Francis wrote on Monday, ‘Today we are challenged as the People of God to take on the pain of our brothers and sisters wounded in their flesh and in their spirit . . . Today we want solidarity, in the deepest and most challenging sense, to become our way of forging present and future history.’ I know Bishop Rhoades is committed to this path in this diocese, and Notre Dame is as well. We will do all we can to create a safe, nurturing environment everywhere,” he said.Jenkins expressed a hope for a better future and dedicated the mass to the victims of abuse.“‘Where sin abounds,’ writes St. Paul, ‘there grace abounds all the more,’” he said. “Let us pray that, though shaken by these stories of sin and exploitation, we may find the grace to help heal wounds and protect the vulnerable and young. I ask you to join me in offering this Mass for victims of abuse in Pennsylvania and elsewhere, and asking God’s help to prevent it in the future.  Let us ask for God’s mercy, and for the Holy Spirit to come among us.”Later in the mass, in his homily, Jenkins reflected on a passage from 1 Corinthians in which St. Paul comments on the prideful practices and habits of the early Christian community in Corinth.“In this passage I just read, Paul addresses their practice of boasting about their spiritual gifts, claiming superiority for their gifts over those of others,” he said. “That pride, that need to raise oneself over others, led them to disparage what others bring. That, of course, is the zero-sum logic of human pride: ‘my light shines brighter if I can dim the lights of others in people’s eyes.’”Rather than focus selfishly on individual talents, Jenkins implored the congregation to use their gifts in the service of the larger community.“The antidote to that poison, Paul suggests, is for people to see their skills and abilities do not rise from themselves and they are not their individual possessions,” he said. “They are, rather, gifts from God distributed freely for the good of the community, so that the community may be enriched by them. They are gifts to the individual, for the community.”Tags: Catholic Church abuse scandal, Community, Fr. John Jenkins, opening mass Speaking at the opening mass of the academic year Tuesday, University President Fr. John Jenkins commented on the clerical sex abuse scandal within the Catholic Church following a Pennsylvania grand jury report on the widespread prevalence of abusive priests and the various cover-ups Church leaders utilized to protect these abusers. Jenkins also delivered a homily about the importance of community and using individual skills for the betterment of a larger group.In his opening remarks at the service, Jenkins said the mass should be a day of “anticipation” for the new school year. However, he said that the abuse scandal had “cast a pall” over what should have otherwise been a joyous occasion.last_img read more

Sean Hayes Set to Headline New Oscar Levant Play

first_imgEmmy winner and Tony nominee Sean Hayes is on board to star in a new play based on the life of the legendary performer Oscar Levant. Developed by Grove Entertainment, Barbara Whitman Productions and Hazy Mills Productions, the creative time and timeline for the project will be announced later.Levant was known for his roles in films such as An American in Paris and The Band Wagon as well as for his virtuosic skills as a composer and concert pianist. “I’ve been wanting to play Oscar Levant for over 10 years and this partnership is a dream come true,” said Hayes in a statement. “I have a deep passion for this project and an enduring love for my dear, Oscar.”Hayes will next be seen back on the boards with the L.A. transfer of Broadway hit An Act of God. He won an Emmy in 2000 for his performance as Jack McFarland on the NBC sitcom Will & Grace and earned additional nods for the role for the following six years. Hayes’ other small screen credits include Sean Saves the World, Smash and The Millers. He received a Tony nomination in 2010 for his Broadway debut in Promises, Promises, and later took home an Emmy for hosting that year’s ceremony. Hayes also appeared on the New York stage in Damn Yankees at City Center’s Encores!.Check out the video below from An American in Paris of Levant in the role of a jobless concertmaster dreaming about performing Gershwin’s “Concerto for Piano and Orchestra in F Major.” It’s quite extraordinary. Star Files Sean Hayescenter_img View Commentslast_img read more

Go Outside and Play: Martinsville-Henry County, Virginia

first_imgAFTERNOON Pick up a meal to take with you for lunch from Hamlet Kitchen, a locally owned and operated wine bar and gourmet-to-go shop. Spend the afternoon on the water, exploring hidden waterfalls and rock outcrops as you paddle Philpott Lake. Anglers will enjoy fishing for walleye, bass, and catfish. Then make your way to the Smith River. With eleven public canoe ramps, you can customize your river trip with ease.  A DAYTRIP TO… Explore and relax among the rolling foothills of Virginia’s Blue Ridge when you visit Martinsville-Henry County. From state parks and waterways to local eateries and an artisan trail, there’s something for everyone. Let your imagination run wild with theatrical performances, museums, and live music. Go for a scavenger hunt to find the public art murals throughout the community.  Did You Know? Camp on Deer Island, a remote island on Philpott Lake that is only accessible by boat!  Feature Image: Let the good times flow. Photo courtesy of Martinsville-Henry County, Virginia. MORNING Slow down in the evening, exploring the shops, art galleries, and restaurants in the Historic District of Uptown Martinsville. Or check out the farm-to-table brewery or award-winning winery in the area for a refreshing drink with unbelievable views. Cozy up for a night at The Simmons House Bed & Breakfast for easy access to Uptown and the Silverbell Trail.  center_img Get your day started with a walk, run, or bike ride on the Dick and Willie Passage Rail Trail. Read about the history of the Danville and Western Railroad along the way. Mountain bikers of all abilities can enjoy ten miles of looping singletrack at the Mountain Laurel Trails. Earn your Dirty Dozen patch when you hike, bike, and/or paddle 12 miles of trail in the area. Photo courtesy of Martinsville-Henry County, Virginia. EVENING Martinsville-Henry County, Virginia Facebook & Instagram: VISITMARTINSVILLEVISITMARTINSVILLE.COM last_img read more

UN Human Rights Chief Cites Continued Abuses in Venezuela

first_imgBy VOA September 23, 2019 The United Nations’ chief human rights official said September 9 that millions of Venezuelans continue to suffer rights violations, including dozens of possible extrajudicial killings carried out by a special police force.Nongovernmental organizations report that the Special Action police force carried out 57 suspected extrajudicial killings in July alone within Caracas, Michelle Bachelet said in an oral presentation on Venezuela to the U.N. Human Rights Council in Geneva.Bachelet’s presentation followed a scathing written report issued in early July that found a “pattern of torture” under the regime of Nicolás Maduro and cited violations like arbitrary detention, extrajudicial killings, sexual violence, and enforced disappearances.Bachelet’s latest presentation noted some areas of progress, while pointing to more cases of human rights violations and declining conditions, as more than 4 million Venezuelans have fled a country beset by hyperinflation that leaves monthly minimum wages equal to $2.While Bachelet said she had called for officials to dismantle the feared Special Action police force, the unit, she added, has actually received ongoing support from the highest levels of the government.Bachelet raised concern that groups that collaborated with her in the earlier report have since come under criticism and threats by senior officials.“Reprisals for having cooperated with the United Nations are unacceptable,” she said. “I urge the authorities to take preventative measures.”Bachelet said she worried about a proposed law criminalizing the activities of human rights organizations that receive money from abroad, which could further erode democracy in Venezuela.Highlighting advances, Bachelet said a member of her team recently was allowed to visit the Ramo Verde Military Center — a prison commonly used to hold what opposition leaders consider political prisoners — with an agreement for visits to come. The government also has released 83 people whose arrests human rights observers considered arbitrary, she said, adding that officials have agreed to consider another 27 cases, expecting action soon.last_img read more

Student reunion

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Asset managers ‘could push back on reform’ due to Brexit

first_imgUK-based asset managers could cite Brexit-related uncertainty when lobbying for delays or changes to forthcoming rules, according to a consumer advocate.Mick McAteer, a former board member of the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA), voiced concern that the regulator would come under pressure from fund management firms to delay or soften measures emanating from its review of the sector.McAteer told IPE: “If access to the European market is hit, it would have an impact on the financial sector, and firms would turn to cutting costs. One obvious way to do that is to lobby for deregulation.”This would be a “false economy”, he argued, as there was still a significant lack of consumer trust and confidence in the financial services sector, and deregulation would undermine any progress made. The FCA last year published a damning report into the asset management sector, describing competition as “weak”, criticising transparency and proposing new rules regarding value for money.It has invited responses to the interim report and will publish a follow-up later this year.In an article for his consumer-focused think-tank, the Financial Inclusion Centre, McAteer wrote last week: “Far-reaching interventions are needed to tackle the embedded conflicts of interests and structural flaws in the [asset management] sector.“But the asset managers will fight tooth and nail to prevent structural interventions, no doubt arguing that serious reform is not advisable given the potential impact of Brexit on the sector.“Consumer and civil society groups scored great successes in cleaning up the banking and insurance sectors…. They will now need to turn their attention to the asset management sector and maintain pressure on the regulator in 2017 if the necessary reform is to happen.”Prime minister Theresa May has vowed to give more details by the end of March of her government’s plans for negotiating the UK’s exit from the European Union.However, much uncertainty remains regarding aspects such as access to the single market, seen as crucial to the financial services sector.Francois Barker, partner and head of pensions at Eversheds, said: “I can see asset managers saying Brexit gives another load of uncertainty, so now is not the time for more rules. I can see that is a plausible argument, but whether it would cut the ice with the FCA remains to be seen.”European rulesAt the same time as the UK will be negotiating Brexit, Europe-wide directives and regulations will be coming into force.The FCA is preparing to implement the Markets in Financial Instruments Directive, while the European Markets Infrastructure Regulation – including requirements for pension funds to use central clearing houses for their derivatives trades – is due to be rolled out over the next two years.The fifth iteration of the UCITS rules for pooled funds is also scheduled for implementation over the next two years.Barker said the UK was unlikely to back out of any of these existing directives, as it will still be an EU member until exit negotiations are concluded.“I don’t think we can get rid of everything – politically, that’s very difficult,” he said. “If we do want to be in the club at all, we will have to have some form of [regulatory] equivalence.”However, if any new rules are to be proposed during the negotiation period, Barker said the government may “soft-pedal”, delaying input or implementation until the UK is out of the EU.last_img read more

Spotted: Madrid Maersk Giant Visits Felixstowe

first_imgImage Courtesy: Port of FelixstoweThe 20,568 TEU Madrid Maersk, the largest container ship to call in North Europe so far, has made its maiden call at the UK’s Port of Felixstowe.Operated on the 2M NEU2 Asia to Europe service, the giant has arrived at the port with over 6,000 TEU for the UK loaded in China and Malaysia.“The Port of Felixstowe is firmly established as the port of first-choice in the UK for the largest mega ships. We were the first in the UK to handle this latest class of vessel and continue to offer the widest and most frequent range of services on the major Asia – Europe trade,” Clemence Cheng, Chief Executive Officer of the Port of Felixstowe and Managing Director of Hutchison Ports Europe, said.Built by South Korea’s Daewoo Shipbuilding & Marine Engineering (DSME), the Madrid Maersk is 399 metres long, has a beam of 58.6 metres and is the first of Maersk Line’s 2nd generation Triple-Es, known officially as the EEE Mark II.Delivery of the remaining ten Triple-E Mark II’s is expected to take place between now and the middle of 2018.The 2M service has called at Felixstowe since its inception in January 2015. In addition to its core members, Maersk Line and Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC), capacity is also now offered on 2M sailings by Hamburg Süd and Hyundai Merchant Marine.last_img read more

Hardide-MFV Develop New HT/HP Subsea Valve Coating

first_imgHardide Coatings and Master Flo Valve (MFV) have developed a new solution to protect high temperature, high pressure (HT/HP) subsea choke valves.The valves are the first of their kind to feature the Hardide-T coating, which can be applied to choke valve stems so they can withstand temperatures up to 400°F and pressures of 20,000 psi.Canada-headquartered MFV found that alternative hard coatings previously applied to the stem assembly were not rated to sufficiently high temperatures. The challenge was to have a durable coating with a completely smooth finish to form a tight metal to metal seal.The two companies worked together to engineer a solution and develop a manufacturing process plan.Philip Kirkham, CEO of Hardide Coatings, said: “The subsea market is constantly evolving and we must react to the changes. Developments in coating technology for HT/HP applications were essential and we have worked with MFV to create the right solution for them. Its success has been demonstrated by qualification to all API requirements and deployment deepwater for a major oil and gas operator.“Hardide-T is one of our toughest coatings and has overcome a key challenge for MFV. It is used on two of their product lines and has the potential to expand into other subsea choke valve sizes and models with HT/HP requirements.”Hardide Coatings and MFV oversaw the manufacturing process and fine-tuned it to ensure specific surface finish and geometrical tolerance requirements were met.The coating has been applied to MFV’s P4-15K choke valve, which is rated from -20°F to 400°F and 15,000psi, and the P4-20K choke valve, which is rated to the same temperatures but a greater pressure of 20,000psi.They are typically installed on subsea production trees and are used for single/multi-phase production or water/chemical/gas injection. There is also an application for use on a capping stack, designed to be deployed in the event of a blow-out situation.last_img read more

Father’s presence cuts delinquency rates

first_imgHerald Sun 26 Nov 2011TEENAGE boys without a father figure are more likely to go off the rails and turn to crime. But the chance of girls becoming delinquents was not affected by the absence of a dad or a stepdad, a study has found. The presence of a father figure can have a “preventive effect” on young males engaging in risk-taking and deviant behaviour, according to the study by the Melbourne Institute of Applied Economic and Social Research. While the father’s involvement in a son’s life was beneficial, it was the mere presence of a dad that affected delinquency rates. “The sense of security generated by the presence of a male role model has protective effects for a child, regardless of the degree of interaction between the child and father,” said Melbourne Institute director Deborah Cobb-Clark.The report, using American data from the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health, said the difference in males and females was not surprising, as risk-taking varied according to gender. “Females may be less sensitive to the increasing trend towards non-marital childbearing, divorce and remarriage,” said the report, co-authored with Erdal Tekin from Georgia State University.http://www.heraldsun.com.au/news/more-news/boys-need-their-dads-study-shows/story-fn7x8me2-1226206475028last_img read more

Awoniyi: Why Mainz lost against Hoffenhelm

first_imgMainz 05 forward Taiwo Awoniyi has disclosed that the entire team is disappointed with their recent poor form and is called for a quick response from everyone. Loading… Mainz remains winless in their last seven-game league matches and the team dropped to relegation zone following their 1-0 home defeat to Hoffenheim on Saturday. Awoniyi played the entire duration of the game, but it was Ihlas Bebou who made the difference by scoring the all-important winner for the visitors. The on-loan Liverpool forward however told reporters after the game that his side let themselves down once more after failing to convert any of the chances they created.Advertisementcenter_img “This is a huge disappointment for all of us,” Awoniyi said after the game. ” We should have decided the outcome of the game in the first half but we didn’t take our chances.” He said. read also:It’s no retreat, no surrender for Liverpool loanee Awoniyi Mainz 05 are currently 16th on the table, the team only won eight from 29 Bundesliga games this season. The Opel Arena landlords have gathered 28 points so far this season. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 last_img read more

Wijnaldum to bring fighting spirit

first_img The 24-year-old Netherlands international midfielder has become Steve McClaren’s first signing as Newcastle boss for a fee understood to be in the region of 20 million euros, around £14.4million. Wijnaldum, who has signed a five-year deal at St James’ Park, is the third most expensive player in Newcastle history after Michael Owen and Alan Shearer and plans to show that his transfer from Dutch champions PSV Eindhoven represents value for money. “I’m feeling great because when I came to the club everyone was really kind, beautiful people and I’m already feeling at home,” Wijnaldum told Press Association Sport. “I have a lot of confidence that I can make the fans happy and that’s what I want to do. “I think I can bring goals and passion also, as I work hard and always want to do my best. “Even if it looks like we’re not going to win I always try to find a solution to win games. I’m a fighter.” Everton were also keen on the former Feyenoord player who has won 19 caps for his country and impressed as the Netherlands finished third at the 2014 World Cup in Brazil. But Wijnaldum said that his mind was made up as Newcastle expressed their interest in him at an early stage and he even admitted to picking up on the local lingo already. “Newcastle showed very early they were interested in me,” Wijnaldum said. “In the negotiations they showed good things and that’s why I chose them. Georginio Wijnaldum has promised Newcastle fans he is a “fighter” after completing his move to Tyneside. “I’ve spoken to someone who speaks a little bit of Geordie – but I must learn more!” Wijnaldum said McClaren had tried to sign him when he was the coach of Twente in the Dutch Eredivise between 2008 and 2010 and the former England manager feels the Dutchman’s versatility will suit Newcastle down to the ground. “It’s difficult coming to the Premier League from any other league, you have to get used to the tempo and the physicality,” McClaren said. “But Georginio has got physique, he’s played football at the highest level and he’s played in the Champions League so he should adapt quickly. “When I first came across him at Feyenoord he was a number 10 who scored goals. At PSV he’s moved further back to a six but he’s a box-to-box player. “He’s got the capacity for that. He can play in all positions and he can create and score, so I think Georginio will add quality to the squad and is the perfect midfield player for us.” Newcastle head out to the United States on Sunday for fixtures against Club Atlas, Sacramento Republic and the Portland Timbers and McClaren hopes Wijnaldum is the first of a series of signings as he seeks to bolster a squad which struggled to retain its Barclays Premier League status last season. Anderlecht striker Aleksandar Mitrovic is a serious target with efforts to land QPR’s Charlie Austin having so far come to nothing, while Wolfsburg frontman Bas Dost has also been in their sights for some time. “We like to think there will be more signings,” McClaren said. “We can’t say when but getting the first one through the door is always the best. “We’ve done it this time and we’re working behind the scenes now in anticipation that more will come through the door.” Press Associationlast_img read more

APC Chieftain Urges Sanwo-Olu to Appoint Seasoned Sports Administrator

first_img“We all know serious sports administrators; we don’t need to put politics in everything; the rest is left for the governor to make the right decision that will move Lagos State forward in sports,” he said.Salvador said that Gov. Sanwo-Olu needed to appoint those that would move the state forward in sports by reporting directly to him and updating him on current happenings in the sporting world.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Babajide-Sanwo-olu A chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Lagos State, Hon. Moshood Salvador, has called on Gov. Babajide Sanwo-Olu to appoint ‘seasoned and tested’ sports administrators to move forward sporting activities in the state.Salvador made the call during his courtesy visit to the Lagos Office of the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) yesterday.He said that for Lagos State to excel in the sports sector, notable sports administrators should be placed in charge.“Sport is a serious matter unfortunately, many people are not taking it serious but we need to take sports serious in Lagos State meaning the sector should be given to best hands.last_img read more

Rowan states his case

first_imgOver the course of his career at the University of Wisconsin, running back Dywon Rowan has garnered the dubious distinction of being a very good practice player. That label pretty much goes hand-in-hand with his being little-used in games. Rowan took the first step toward changing that reputation Saturday, as he was the star of the show in the UW spring football game. “He was a guy who even a year ago at this time had begun to show some signs,” Wisconsin head coach Bret Bielema said. Before this spring, Rowan, a transfer walk-on from Madison Area Technical College, was probably best known for his seven kick returns last season, as he was the beneficiary of teams refusing to kick to All-American return-man Brandon Williams. Rowan also managed to pick up 34 yards on 13 carries last season and even found paydirt against Temple, busting through from two yards out. When the spring season began and the question of who would replace tailback Brian Calhoun in the fall became the hot topic, many names were discussed, including P.J. Hill, Jerry Butler, Jamil Walker and Dion Foster, along with incoming freshman Lance Smith. Nowhere to be found in the chatter, however, was Rowan. “I’ve just been waiting for a chance,” Rowan said. “I hope that today I proved that I should get a shot at starting.”That he certainly did. Rowan averaged more than 10 yards a touch on the day, picking up 50 yards on the ground on six carries and 46 yards receiving on three receptions.”It’s a confidence booster,” a beaming Rowan said of his performance. “I think there are some things I could’ve done better, but we’re not going to talk about them.”The spring game capped off an outstanding spring session for Rowan, who along with cornerback Shane Carter and wide receiver Paul Hubbard, is in the mix as the player who had the most impressive spring. Not only was Rowan able to show big play capability, but he also showed consistency, something he said he has focused on intently.”Coach always stresses being consistent,” Rowan said. “I just tried to come in every day and be that.”Rowan might have made himself the front-runner for the starting tailback position on Saturday. At the least, he ensured that he would no longer be left out of the conversation when the competition resumes in the fall.”I don’t see why people underestimate him,” said Rowan’s lead blocker Chris Pressley. “He’s one of the best overall backs that we have. His vision is the best, I think. He has power, he has size, he has pretty good speed. I don’t think he is going to continue to be underestimated for that long. He’s going to change that around.”At 5-foot-9 and 243 pounds, Rowan more resembles a wrecking ball than a running back. He showed a surprising evasive quality while also displaying the sheer power to leave potential tacklers in his wake. “He’s been real good for us,” Stocco said. “He’s kind of a power guy, but has definitely showed some versatility.”Rowan also showcased a killer stiff-arm — just ask cornerback Allen Langford, who is still probably coughing up rubber chips from Camp Randall’s artificial turf after getting caught up in Rowan’s self-proclaimed “danger zone” and receiving a ferocious stiff-arm. “Personally, I think he’s a great running back,” Pressley said. “He shows it all.”Showing a diverse skill set is something that Rowan has made a priority, believing that it could be the little things that help get him the position of starting running back.”Catching the ball, blocking, knowing your assignments … that all helps you separate yourself so that you can put yourself in position to get that starting spot,” Rowan said. While Rowan made his case Saturday, Bielema reiterated that the spot will remain wide open when fall practices resume, adding he is excited to see what the full talents of “Mr. Smith” will be when he arrives on campus. “I honestly believe in competition,” Bielema said. “We’ll see how it plays out.”last_img read more

Amuneke Optimistic of F’Eagles’ Chances against Burundi

first_img“They (players) know what is expected of them and collectively as a team, we are looking forward to the match with optimism.“Individually and collectively, we are doing everything in order to be on the same page and when we get to Burundi, we are going to give a very good account of ourselves as a team.”He is aware of Nigeria’s status as defending champions plus a record seven titles, saying he has set both short and long term goals for the Flying Eagles.“I’m not under any pressure but our business now is qualification for the Under-20 AFCON in Zambia,” he continued.“I’m not going to discuss what I know about Burundi here but what I know is that we are going to face a formidable team; and I’m confident we would be ready to play them in their home and when they come here for the return match.“Though there are factors like high altitude as well as the timing of the match to deal with, we are preparing our players psychologically to be ready for these challenges,” he concluded.Meanwhile, Amuneke has cast his lot with his FIFA U-17 World Cup winners, with about 15 of them making the list of 18 players of the U-20 squad.Kelechi Nwakali, named the Player of the Tournament at the FIFA U-17 World Cup finals in Chile, where Nigeria scooped a fifth title, is joined by tournament best scorer Victor Osimhen and Bronze Boot winner Samuel Chukwueze.There are also goalkeeper Akpan Udoh, defenders Ejike Ikwu, John Lazarus and Udochukwu Anumudu, midfielders Orji Okonkwo and Kingsley Michael and forwards Chukwudi Agor and Chinedu Madueke.Nigeria and Burundi clash in a second round, first leg qualifying tie at the Prince Louis Stadium in Bujumbura on Saturday, starting from 3pm Burundi time (1pm Nigeria time). The winner of this fixture will confront Sudan in the final qualifying round.THE SQUAD: Kelechi Nwakali, Akpan Udoh, Chukwudi Agor, Ejike Ikwu, Anas Mohammed, Chinedu Madueke, Tobechukwu Ibe, Gavi Thompson, Samuel Chukwueze, Kehinde Ayinde, Orji Okonkwo, Victor Osimhen, Halilu Zakari, Udochukwu Anumudu, Kingsley Michael, Douglas Uzama, Chiaha Chisom, John LazarusShare this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram * Picks Nwakali, Osimhen, 16 others for Battle of BujumburaFemi SolajaAhead of Saturday’s AFCON Under -20 qualifying match against the Young Swallows of Burundi, Flying Eagles coach Emmanuel Amuneke is confident of his side chances of qualifying for the 2017 African Cup of Nations U-20 championship billed for Zambia.The Flying Eagles face Burundi in the first leg, second qualifying round. And the former Nigeria international believes his youngsters would be ready for the arduous task that awaits them in Bujumbura.“We are preparing, and have been working pretty hard for the match against Burundi,” Amuneke noted ahead of the team’s departure today via Ethiopian Airline.last_img read more