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The Coming Transformation of Social Enterprise

first_imgProfessor Kash Rangan is one of the pioneers of Harvard Business School’s Social Enterprise Initiative, now 15 years old. Back in 1993, most people took a “spray and pray” approach to philanthropy—writing checks to charities and hoping something would happen. But Rangan and HBS professor Jim Austin, picked by Dean John McArthur to lead the new initiative, saw the potential for research, curriculum, and career development around the challenges of social enterprises, including both nonprofit and for-profit organizations. Over the ensuing years, the initiative flourished as did the nation’s social enterprise organizations.Today, the United States has more than 1.4 million non-profit organizations, and they account for 5 percent of GDP. Annual contributions have grown faster than the economy for years, and experts predict an avalanche of cash ahead. By 2052, an estimated $6 trillion will flow directly to social enterprise organizations. Concurrently, a new generation of business leaders and philanthropists is experimenting with hybrid forms of social enterprises while demanding more transparency and accountability from the organizations they are funding. In Rangan’s view, the sector is poised on the brink of transformation, a topic he enthusiastically expounded upon during a recent interview in his Morgan Hall office.Roger Thompson: The terms “social enterprise” and “nonprofit” seem to be used interchangeably. Are they synonymous?Kash Rangan: No. There’s an important distinction. Very early in the program we decided that we wouldn’t focus purely on nonprofits. We thought it should be about social enterprise, regardless of whether it’s for-profit or nonprofit. We defined social enterprise as an entity that’s primarily in the business of creating social value. As long as an organization creates significant social value, we don’t care how it sustains itself—with internally generated surplus or with donor funds.Americans give roughly $300 billion a year to nonprofits, yet we really don’t know much about what charitable organizations actually accomplish. Why aren’t nonprofits more accountable and transparent with all this money?That’s a very big issue in this sector because there is no common measure or framework to assess whether these organizations are accomplishing their mission. Even simple measures are not widely reported, like we got X donations, and we took care of 1,000 children at a cost of $80 a child, which is less than $120 a child spent by comparable organizations. Even that amount of reporting would be very useful, but it is not the norm.By and large the reporting focuses on the costs of raising money. The lower the better, with the logic being that more money can then go to actual programs. So an organization might report, “We spend 6 percent on fundraising, whereas the industry average is 12 to 14 percent.” That’s typical, but beyond that, we don’t know how the other 94 percent is used. How many people came into the program, and what benefits did they get? And then the even bigger question beyond cost efficiency and effectiveness is, what impact did the organization have? Granted it is very complex to get all the way to that level, but even signposts along the way could be very useful.Q: Which is harder: raising money, building a successful organization, or achieving real impact?A: They are all interrelated, but raising money is not the hardest of the three. Getting money is hard, but it is not more difficult than the other two. That’s why there are over 1.4 million nonprofits, each with some amount of funding.Putting the money to good use, building a successful organization, showing that you have a demonstrable impact in achieving your mission, and then scaling the organization are the hardest to accomplish. When you show impact, more money will flow in.Q: Given how few nonprofits can document impact, would you say these organizations suffer from a leadership deficit?No, I wouldn’t put it that way. Many nonprofit leaders are fantastic, more than is acknowledged. They work hard, and they are very passionate about what they do. So I wouldn’t call it a leadership deficit. I think there’s an imagination deficit.“I wouldn’t call it a leadership deficit. I think there’s an imagination deficit.”Leaders typically ask, “Am I accomplishing my program?” But that is too narrow a view. Nonprofit leaders need to be more visionary. They need to stretch themselves more and worry about mission impact. I believe nonprofit leaders get too bogged down in operational issues, be it fundraising, or managing the board, or program execution. They need to be more strategic.Q: What role can HBS and other business schools play in helping develop the next generation of social enterprise leaders?A: I don’t think the business schools by themselves are going to solve this problem. Whether it’s HBS or any other business school, ultimately I think students come to learn how to be leaders in the business arena. Right now 5 percent of our graduates go to work in the nonprofit sector. To expect 20 to 30 percent is asking too much. Maybe we could pump the percentage up to 7 to 10 percent. But at the end of the day, even counting graduates from other business schools, if you produce 2,000 to 3,000 MBAs a year to work in a sector with more than 1.4 million nonprofits, it’s just a drop in the bucket. There are huge salary discrepancies as well.Ultimately our impact lies beyond directly producing leaders for nonprofits. At least half of our graduates between ten and fifteen years out are quite involved with nonprofits. They might not be directly engaged as leaders, but they sit on boards, provide donations, and serve as volunteers. And they can influence and bring about change. That’s where the education we impart at HBS is so important. Our approach to social enterprise has broad appeal to students who may not even go to work directly in the sector. Without it, they would always approach nonprofits as philanthropy. I believe our curriculum conditions our graduates to ask the difficult questions on performance, and even go beyond and recall cases, frameworks, and solution approaches. It is quite a different approach to participating in the sector. In a way they become the catalysts for internal change.Q: Many alumni get involved with corporate social responsibility (CSR) initiatives. Critics of CSR often cite Milton Friedman, who famously said that “the social responsibility of business is to increase profits.” Do you agree?A: I absolutely think it’s too narrow a view. In the decade of the ’90s, maximizing shareholder value became a corporate mantra. But the notion that the corporation exists only to maximize shareholder value lasted only a decade. It was a historical anomaly. In almost every other decade business leaders have acknowledged that corporations exist within the larger fabric of society. The School’s second dean, Wallace Donham, said that the focus of a business is to make a decent profit decently.Q: Venture philanthropy, which applies principles of venture investing to social enterprises, has become a hot topic lately. Is venture philanthropy a good idea?A: The first generation of venture philanthropy had its roots in the success of venture capital. Investors were carried away by the notion of gaining economic returns on their investments, not huge returns but some returns, as a way of forcing an efficient use of their capital. The shining example was microfinance, which provided attractive returns, so why not otherforms of social enterprise?I don’t think that’s a realistic view of the work of nonprofits in general. If you look at social service organizations working at the cutting edge of where markets have failed, the idea of venture philanthropy clicking is a little hard for me to buy into. Venture philanthropy has to come of age and reorient itself by defining what measures of social return it is looking for. In some instances social and economic returns could be correlated, but in many cases they won’t. If you are looking for a social and not an economic return, then loyalty to the program rather than an exit strategy may be a better use of funds. The venture philanthropy community has some translation work to do. Right now venture philanthropy is only a small part of the landscape.Q: Another hot topic in the nonprofit world is the idea of creating a for-profit business to help underwrite the cost of operations. Is this the way to go to secure a reliable stream of funds?A: I don’t think so. There’s a lot of charitable money available. Family foundations now number more than 34,000, an increase of 22 percent between 2001 and 2005. Big foundations have more money in their endowments than they can give away. And there is an intergenerational transfer estimated at $6 trillion over the next fifty years specifically earmarked for social enterprises. None of these sources of money is actually looking for an economic return. They’re definitely looking for a social return. That being the case, I don’t think that nonprofits should quickly jump at creating for-profit enterprises. In certain segments like health care, and even arts and culture, it might make sense when the for-profit and nonprofit parts are tightly linked by a common purpose or platform. For example, in health care several very successful social entrepreneurs have created a hybrid model where paying clients subsidize the “free” clients. The whole organization, however, is doing only one thing, eye surgery or heart surgery or orthopedic surgery and so on.But to think that an environmental organization could sustain itself by selling mugs and T-shirts is a bit of a stretch. It is not that hard to put together a for-profit arm, but to have it be a significant contributor to the core mission requires considerable strategic work. It may not be possible for a vast majority of organizations in this space. It could be an unnecessary distraction.Q: Where do you see social enterprise heading over the next decade?A: I am an optimist, and I believe we will see refreshing changes in that time frame. The new cadre of donors, the new family foundations, the folks who are involved in venture philanthropy, the new generation of entrepreneurs, and business leaders engaged in corporate social responsibility initiatives all will start attacking social issues in a much more disciplined way. Nonprofits too are very adaptive organizations. I expect to see some common understanding in the sector of what performance means, and how social value creation is measured and reported. From there on it is only a matter of aligning the money with the causes they care about. Perhaps investment intermediaries will emerge to ease the introductions and connections. There may be some consolidation of nonprofits at the top, but the sector will be a lot more vibrant with many new players and actors helping to facilitate the transformation.About the authorRoger Thompson is editor of the HBS Alumni Bulletin.Copyright © 2008 President and Fellows of Harvard Collegelast_img read more

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Australian Open: Kerber outclasses Keys to reach semi-finals

first_imgRevitalised 2016 champion Angelique Kerber made a major statement of intent as she stormed into the semi-finals of the Australian Open with a dominant 6-1 6-2 victory over Madison Keys on Wednesday.Making a mockery of the 21st seeding she landed after a miserable 2017, the former world number one outplayed Keys in almost every facet of the 51-minute match to seal a semi-final date with Simona Halep or Karolina Pliskova.”I was just playing my game, I was not thinking a lot about winners or errors, I was staying in the moment and trying to play every single point,” a beaming Kerber said on Rod Laver Arena.”I just went out and played like I’ve been playing all week. Just playing my game and enjoying it. I’m just happy to get through and be here in the semis.”In an echo of her loss to compatriot Sloane Stephens in the final of last year’s U.S. Open final, Keys appeared to be struck by stagefright and offered none of the power and accuracy that got her to the last eight without losing a set.Keys started the match with three unforced errors and a netted backhand to lose her first service game and barely 15 minutes were on the clock before the German had another break in the bank and a 4-0 lead.The 22-year-old tried charging the net in a desperate attempt to kickstart her game but a brilliant backhand pass from Kerber brought up two set points and the stanza was hers in 22 minutes when the 17th seed sent a forehand long.advertisementThe American briefly came to life to hold for 3-1 in the second set and then unleashed a couple of bombs to put the set back on serve on a Kerber error after a lengthy rally.A 21st unforced error from the racket of Keys gave Kerber the break straight back, however, and the 30-year-old sealed her place in the last four with a third of the set when the American netted a backhand.It has been quite a return to form for Kerber in Australia this year after she broke a 27-tournament title drought going back to her 2016 U.S. Open triumph in the Sydney International warm-up.Kerber, who celebrated her 30th birthday last week, is now guaranteed to return to the top 10 in the rankings even if she goes no further at Melbourne Park.”I’m really enjoying my tennis, I’m really enjoying being on court,” she added.”I am just happy actually.”(Source: Reuters)last_img read more

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A closer look at the OSU offensive line

first_imgPositionStarterBackup CenterPaul LewisZac Veatch DK1Since 2005 when Joe Wickline assumed the role of offensive line coach at Oklahoma State the Cowboys have run the ball 4,547 times. On Saturday against Florida State the first rush will be the 4,548th of the Mike Gundy Era but the first without Wickline overseeing it.There have only been nine teams that have averaged 5+ yards per rush in that time period and OSU is one of them. Here’s a look:Screen Shot 2014-08-28 at 9.10.34 AMAll that to say Bob Connelly — OSU’s new offensive line coach — has some Shaq-sizes shoes to fill with this offensive line and he doesn’t exactly have all the experience in the world coming back.Here’s a look at what the two deep will probably look like: Koenig has 22 starts, Grigsby has eight, and yeah, that’s about it.As was pointed out in the Tulsa World today OSU could really use the injured Devin Davis:Devin Davis should be the starting left tackle — and possibly an All-Big 12 left tackle — but it is believed he remains inactive while recovering from a knee injury sustained a year ago.But he’s not. Still, despite some early concern in camp about how the line was coming together, everybody seems optimistic about another dominant performance from the big boys in orange.Zac Veatch thinks so, anyway:“At first, it was kind of rocky with the new coach and new system, but we’ve spent all of our time in the offseason and in the summer working on it. We’ve really groomed together as a team.”Connelly, who I really like, has taken what his players thought was a “bizarre approach” to coaching them:“I told them the first time I met them I don’t expect them to respect me. That comes in time. I want to get to know them outside of the football setting. I want them to know that I’m a family man, I want them to know my wife, I want them to know my children. I’m an open-door policy guy.” The result has been an offensive line that has seemed to meld in the way you need offensive lines to meld to be an elite running team in college football.Connelly again:“You know, I think that we’re a very good run team right now. We’ve got to continue to grow and develop, and we’re young, as we stated. We’re going to continue to get better each and every day. Right now, there’s still a little too much thinking going on.”“As they learn and the concept gets better, we’re going to be able to increase our level of play because less thinking allows us to play faster. I really do expect, each and every day, to see progression as we move forward toward our first game.”So maybe this won’t be as heralded an offensive line as years gone by and maybe it won’t be quite as good but with a trio of running backs like Tyreek Hill, Des Roland, and Rennie Childs, maybe it won’t have to be.Maybe all it will need to be is good enough.Totally Tickets is your source for Oklahoma State football tickets. Right guardZac VeatchJesse Robinson Right tackleZach CrabtreeBrandon Garrett Left tackleDaniel KoenigMichael Wilson Left guardChris GrigsbyColby Hegwood If you’re looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you’re wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!last_img read more

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NATIONAL CAMP KICKSTARTS YOUTH WORLD CUP CAMPAIGN

first_img93 of Australia’s best Youth Touch Footballers took their first steps towards selection for the Federation of International Touch 2009 Youth World Cup after a comprehensive training camp at the Currimundi Fitness Centre at Currimundi on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast from Thursday 29 June to Sunday 1 July 2007.Players in National squads in the six FIT Youth World Cup age divisions – 20 Years Men’s, Women’s, and Mixed, and 18 Years Men’s, Women’s, and Mixed, were put through their paces by National Youth Coaches, National Open Coaches, and National Open players.Some of the sport’s biggest names gathered to provide support to help educate and guide the new breed of up and coming stars of the sport over a demanding weekend that included a variety of activities to develop the on and off field skills of Australia’s best youth talent.Touch Football Hall of Fame members Peter Mc Neven and Scott Notley joined current World Cup Open representatives Peta Rogerson, Gary Sonda, Tony Eltakchi, and Australian Open Women’s Captain Sharyn Williams as mentors at the camp.2007 Australian Open Men’s and Women’s World Cup winning coaches Tony Trad and Kerry Norman were also on hand to assist coach and player development.TFA’s High Performance Coordinator Wayne Grant, Elite Programs Director, Cathy Gray, and High Performance Coaching Director Ian Stanley, also attended to drive their respective areas of expertise to ensure the camp was successful in achieving numerous outcomes for participants, the program, and the sport itself.Players participated in a range of activities including fitness assessments, skills sessions, game play, mixed games, video analysis, recovery sessions, nutrition lectures, media engagements, and individual player debriefs.All Youth National squad members adapted to life well as Elite representatives of their chosen sport and trained and played with a high level of effort, endeavour, and effectiveness commiserate with players of the highest standard. It wasn’t all hard work for the Youth squads, with off the field fun that included a ropes course and an impromptu skit night organized by “The Blackest Cat” Entertainment Group.Tony Trad, Gary Sonda, Dean Russell, and Tony Eltakchi provided a great night of entertainment for the squads with a games night featuring special guest interviews and challenges.The Australian Youth squads contributed themselves with National 18 Years Girls representative Laura Chivers (the sport’s nomination for the next “Australian Idol”) stealing the show and earning a standing ovation from the crowd with her moving solo version of the Missy Higgins hit, “They weren’t there”.The Boys were not to be outdone with Jordan Marshall, Tyson Brough, and Nicholas Sword proving their footwork was just as good on the dance floor as it is on the touch field, and Jess Shaw and Genevieve La Caze did their best to “step up” and match the boys in an impromptu “dance off”.Players knuckled down well and impressed their coaches with their willingness to learn, eagerness to work, and their passion for wearing the green and gold.National High Performance Coordinator Wayne Grant was pleased with the outcomes of the camp and believes the tone for future set camps has been established.“Everyone deserves congratulations on a job well done this weekend. Player effort and behaviour was beyond reproach, and our Coaches planned and ran appropriate and valuable sessions for the camp’s duration. The input of our mentor players and coaches was fantastic and the venue staff and TFA staff worked well together to support what turned out to be an extremely successful camp. We are well positioned to mount a very strong challenge to regain the FIT World Youth Cup in Auckland in 2009,” Mr. Grant said.National Youth Squad members will be monitored in coming months at various TID tournaments and squads will be reviewed at the National 18 Years Championships to be played in Coffs Harbour from 18-22 September 2007.last_img read more

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10 months agoAtalanta coach Gasperini: Lazio top four contender

first_imgAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Atalanta coach Gasperini: Lazio top four contenderby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveAtalanta coach Gian Piero Gasperini has no doubts about the quality of Lazio.Lazio meet Atalanta on Monday.”Lazio’s level makes them a legitimate contender for a Champions League spot,” said Gasperini. “I’m expecting a hard-fought and challenging game.”Winning matches like these boosts self-esteem. [Coach Simone] Inzaghi’s team is strong and they certainly don’t look like they’re in any sorts of crisis to me. After all, they just qualified for the Round of the Last Sixteen in the Europa League and they are fifth in Serie A.”Some of their recent results may have been a bit disappointing, but that doesn’t mean anything. It’s a team that has everything it takes to trouble us, although we have resources of our own as well.” last_img read more

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Nick Saban, Dabo Swinney Want NFL Draft Evaluations, Declaration Date Moved Back

first_imgDabo Swinney and Nick Saban pose with the College Football Playoff national title trophy.Twitter/@jasongayRedshirt sophomores and juniors on Alabama and Clemson will only have a few days between tomorrow night’s National Championship and the January 15 NFL Draft declaration deadline. During today’s press conference, the head coaches of both teams said that they would like to see that deadline, as well as the evaluations handed down to interested players, pushed back. Dabo Swinney asked about his juniors weighing NFL decisions. “I pretty much know what everybody’s going to do already.”— Aaron Brenner (@Aaron_Brenner) January 10, 2016Swinney said he expects announcements to be made fairly quickly after the game Monday night.— TigerNet.com (@ClemsonTigerNet) January 10, 2016abo answers question abt underclassmen/NFL> Nick Saban: “Can I make a comment about that? I wish the NFL would move the declare date back.— Bruce Feldman (@BruceFeldmanCFB) January 10, 2016Saban: ‘I wish they moved the declare (for the draft) date back.’ Also calls to move back the date NFL evaluations for players are delivered— Ralph D. Russo (@ralphDrussoAP) January 10, 2016Swinney, responding, says he would “support that 100 percent.” Says the process is a distraction.— Stewart Mandel (@slmandel) January 10, 2016Clearly this is a big issue for Saban. He mentioned it in the summer, and he made a point of bringing it up today.— Stewart Mandel (@slmandel) January 10, 2016Nick Saban says NFL shouldn’t give players grades before end of year. ESPN reported Bama players voted to withhold info until after Mon.— Joe Schad (@schadjoe) January 10, 2016Obviously, the coaches are the ones who have to keep players focused, and naturally, players are going to only take three or four days to evaluate the huge decision of whether to stay in school or declare. There may be some self-interest at play here, but it does make sense to give the players more time, considering the draft is later than it used to be.last_img read more

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Don Bradman, Viv Richards, Sunil Gavaskar and himself: All in danger of being beaten by Steve Smith

first_img Next Ajay Tiwari LondonSeptember 12, 2019UPDATED: September 13, 2019 11:07 IST Steve Smith is eyeing a plethora of records at The Oval against England (Reuters)HIGHLIGHTSSteve Smith has scored 671 runs in the Ashes 2019 in just 3 matchesSmith needs 304 runs to break Don Bradman’s record of most runs scored in a Test seriesSmith could also break his own record of most runs scored in a 4-Test seriesAs England battled hard to survive the 1st day of the 5th Ashes Test at The Oval, opposition batsman Steve Smith’s hands must’ve been itching to hold the bat once again and start doing what he does best: score runs and repeat. With England finishing at 271/8 at Stumps on Day 1, there is a high chance that fans will get to see the run-machine bat early on the 2nd day if Australia are able to pick up the last 2 English wickets cheaply. Once that happens, Smith will be eyeing to gun down some of the oldest Test records from some of the greatest batsmen to have ever played the sport.After his 211 and 82 at Old Trafford, Steve Smith now boasts of 671 runs in the ongoing series, having missed one of the matches. Many experts and fans alike have started comparing the freak batsman with Australian legend Don Bradman. While one may think that such comparisons are a bit of a stretch at the moment, Smith currently stands with a great chance to emulate some of cricket’s biggest and oldest run-making records – including that of the Don himself! Smith also needs 127 runs to surpass overall Test runs tally of Bradman. That should be quite something.Smith needs to score 304 runs at The Oval to break the record of most runs in a series which is currently held by Bradman since he scored an astonishing 974 runs during the 1930 Ashes in England. Smith, is in a bit of a disadvantage here as he missed the 3rd Ashes Test owing to a concussion, but the fact that he still stands a chance to break Bradman’s record despite playing one match less, is quite ‘freak-worthy’ in itself.advertisementAnother more realistic target for Smith is scoring 159 runs over the next 5 days to set a new record. By doing this, he will leave behind Viv Richards, who made 829 in four Tests for West Indies in England in 1976. Like Smith, Richards had also missed 1 out of 5 matches in that series, albeit due to illness.Just below Richards on this list is Indian great Sunil Gavaskar, whose tally of 774 runs during the last 4 Tests of India’s tour to the West Indies in 1970-71 is just 103 runs away for Smith. Given his batting average during the ongoing Ashes is above 134, Smith would certainly be fancying his chances to at least beat the legendary Indian opener.Smith also has a great chance to beat his own record for the most runs scored in a 4-Test series: he scored 769 runs vs India in Australia in 2014-15 Border-Gavaskar Trophy. Smith can accomplish this even without scoring a century at The Oval.Also, depending upon how many runs England skipper Joe Root scores at The Oval, Smith has a chance of becoming the highest run-scorer in Tests among active players. Root, who is currently leading the list with 7022 runs (including his 57 on Thursday) in 86 matches is just 152 runs ahead of Smith who has played 18 Tests lesser. Given both Root and Smith’s current form, one shouldn’t be shocked if we have a new leader on this particular list over the next few days.Also Read | Ashes: James Anderson has restarted the cycle of excuses, says Michael VaughanAlso Read | 2019 a success for England despite missing out on the Ashes: Joe RootFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAjay Tiwari Tags :Follow Steve SmithFollow Ashes 2019Follow Don Bradman Don Bradman, Viv Richards, Sunil Gavaskar and himself: All in danger of being beaten by Steve SmithAs Steve Smith gears up to help win the Ashes for Australia on English soil for the 1st time in 18 years, a number of records currently owned by some of the game’s greats are in danger of being broken at The Oval during the 5th Test.advertisementlast_img read more

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New Zealand Debuts World’s Most Extreme Catapult (and You Can Ride It)

first_img James Morgan Photography James Morgan Photography James Morgan Photography 1 of 10 North Canon Drive Residence Is Worth Every Penny of Its $45 Million Price Tag James Morgan Photography James Morgan Photography By now, you’d think humans would be running out of new ways to cheat death. Yet, it seems every year, someone (usually New Zealanders) finds an even more extreme method of upping the adrenaline rush for adventure tourists. This month, the country debuted the Nevis Catapult, the biggest, most extreme experience of its kind in the world.Based near Queenstown in the remote and beautiful Nevis Valley, the Nevis Catapult is accessible only via four-wheel-drive bus. Imagine a human slingshot — equal parts canyon swing and bungee jump. Visitors trek to the Nevis Swing pod to prepare for launch. The process is a bit like old-school bungee jumping, which only drops you once then lets you haphazardly bounce up and down. The catapult instead uses a high-tech winch system to propel victims nearly 500 feet up and out over the valley floor. The ride tops 60 miles per hour in just 1.5 seconds with 3Gs of force. This is all followed by a series of gut-wrenching bounces and drops. The entire experience lasts less than four minutes. James Morgan Photography James Morgan Photography Editors’ Recommendations Next Previous The Best Binoculars for Birding, Backpacking, and Beyond James Morgan Photography The Opus OP15′ Is a Tricked-Out, Off-Road-Ready Travel Trailer James Morgan Photography It’s no surprise the Nevis Catapult was born in New Zealand, the self-proclaimed “Adventure Capital of the World.” The Kiwis are notoriously fun and fearless, bordering on crazy. Queenstown was and still is home to the world’s first bungee jumping site, but that’s so early-2000s. In the decades since, the country has debuted canyoning (a sport that combines hiking and abseiling through waterfalls), a one-of-a-kind wildwire Lord of the Rungs experience (an exhilarating blend of via ferrata, scrambling behind a waterfall, and a helicopter descent), and OGO (picture tumbling downhill in a giant inflatable hamster ball).Requirements to ride the Nevis Catapult are minimal. As long as you’re over 13 years old, under 280 pounds (127 kilograms), and reasonably fit, you’re in. The price tag is a reasonable NZD $255 (approximately USD $170).There is, of course, much more to New Zealand than Instagram-worthy bucket list thrills. For something a touch less heart-pounding, but no less adventurous, hardcore hikers will love the Te Araroa Trail, New Zealand’s greatest thru-hike. The country is also home to a burgeoning craft beer scene, world-class beaches, delicious sauvignon blanc and pinot noir, and incredible stargazing opportunities. The Best Podcasts to Listen to in 2019 James Morgan Photography 7 Fall Cocktail Recipes to Enjoy With Cooler Weatherlast_img read more

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Angelina Jolie Visits West Mosul

first_imgUNHCR Special Envoy Angelina Jolie last week visited West Mosul, less than a year after the city’s liberation in June and July 2017. Angelina Jolie visits the Old City in West Mosul during a visit to IraqCredit/Copyright: UNHCR/Andrew McConnellThe visit marked Jolie’s 61st mission – and her fifth visit to Iraq – with the UN Refugee Agency since 2001. She arrived in the city on the second day of Eid al-Fitr, the Muslim holiday marking the end of Ramadan.Jolie walked among the bombed-out buildings that line the narrow streets of the Old City and met displaced families to discuss efforts to rebuild the city and the needs of the returning population.West Mosul was held captive by ISIS for three years. The combat operation to re-take the city was the largest and longest urban battle since World War II, and the wreckage reminiscent of Dresden. Civilians faced aerial bombardment, artillery barrage, cross-fire, snipers, and unexploded ordnance. Hundreds of thousands of people were subjected to siege-like conditions, used as human shields or targeted as they fled the city. Large swathes of West Mosul were flattened. Many residents are now slowly returning, to scenes of complete destruction. Like residents of other former ISIS strongholds, they have suffered nearly unprecedented levels of psychological trauma.UNHCR is helping many returning families, with programs including cash assistance to rebuild their homes, legal representation for family members who have been arbitrarily detained because of mistaken identity, and help to obtain essential legal documents that were confiscated, destroyed or denied during the occupation.Speaking in front of the ruins of al-Nuri Mosque, Special Envoy Angelina Jolie said:“This is the worst devastation I have seen in all my years working with UNHCR. People here have lost everything: their homes are destroyed. They are destitute. They have no medicine for their children, and many have no running water or basic services. They are still surrounded by bodies in the rubble. After the unimaginable trauma of the occupation, they are now trying to rebuild their homes, often with little or no assistance.“I have no words for the strength it must take to rebuild after loss like this. But that is what the people of this city are doing. They are grief-stricken and traumatized, but they are also hopeful. They are clearing their homes with their own hands, and volunteering and helping each other. But they need our assistance.“We often tend to assume, as an international community, that when the fighting is over, the work is done. But the conditions I observed here in West Mosul are appalling. Displacement is still happening. The camps near the city are still full. Whole areas of West Mosul remain flattened. Enabling people to return and stabilizing the city is essential for the future stability of Iraq and the region.“I recognize the great sacrifices made in the liberation of Mosul. I hope there will be a continued commitment to rebuilding and stabilizing the whole of the city. And I call on the international community not to forget Mosul, and not to turn their attention away from its people. We have learnt in Iraq before and elsewhere in the region the dangers of leaving a void. It is also what the families and survivors deserve.“I met parents whose 17-year-old daughter lost her legs in a mortar-strike. When they carried her to get medical treatment they were turned away, and she bled to death.“Every man I met talked about the lashes and punishments inflicted by the extremists. The girls I met talked about the years of not being able to go to school, and of seeing people killed, and of feeling too afraid to leave their houses. It is deeply upsetting that people who have endured unparalleled brutality have so little as they try, somehow, to rebuild the lives they once had.”last_img read more

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Childcare costs set to soar following Government proposals to raise registration costs

He said: “If the government can admit that Ofsted need a fee increase to keep pace with inflation then it’s beyond time they looked again at early years funding. That means not only an urgent increase in funding levels but also a commitment to review them annually – anything less would reek of double standards and consign many more providers to closure.”Purnima Tanuku, chief executive of National Day Nurseries Association, said that she can understand why ministers have raised the Ofsted fee, but added that “we could well apply the same logic to childcare funding”.She said: “Any increase in fees is just one too many for childcare providers who are already staggering under the heavy burdens of staffing salary and pension cost increases, stagnating funding rates over the past few years for funded places and business rates.” Childcare costs are set to soar for parents, following Government plans to raise registration costs by 20 per cent.The annual fee to register with Ofsted will rise from £35 to £43 for childminders and from £220 to £269 for nurseries from next April, according to proposals published by the Department for Education (DfE) in a consultation document.Government officials point out that the registration fee has remained the same for the past decade, and that the “cost of inspection and regulation continues to be heavily subsidised”.But nursery leaders have criticised the move as “reeking of double standards” as they warn that this could lead to an increase is fees for parents.Francesca Chong, manager of the childcare app Yoopies UK, said: “You could describe this as a stealth tax on nurseries. It’s a bit of a kick in the teeth to childcare provides which are already struggling.“This could lead to a rise in prices for parents. A lot of childcare businesses wouldn’t have any other choice but to pass on the extra cost to parents.”Neil Leitch, chief executive of the Early Years Alliance, said that there is “no doubt” that running costs have increased in line with inflation, but accused ministers of employing “double standards”. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. read more

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FLSmidth to help expand Utkal Alumina Internationals refinery

first_imgFLSmidth will supply machinery and equipment for the 500,000 t/y extension of Utkal Alumina International’s (UAI) refinery in Odisha, India, it has confirmed.UAI is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Hindalco Industries, an industry leader in aluminium and copper, and is the flagship metals company of the Aditya Birla Group, the world’s largest aluminium rolling company and one of the biggest producers of primary aluminium.When finalising the contract during a recent meeting of Hindalco and FLSmidth top management, Rakesh Mohan, Vertical Head Projects, MCoE, Hindalco, Mumbai, said he was very pleased and proud to be continuing Hindalco’s partnership with FLSmidth and with the decision to choose FLSmidth for all the critical parts of the project.Anders Bech, Regional President for FLSmidth, said: “Hindalco is a global major in the field of aluminium with world-class operating facilities. We are therefore very proud to continue partnering with Hindalco in their expansion programme in which safety and productivity are key.“Because we cover the entire flowsheet of mining and minerals processing, we can provide a strong solution that gives our customers the best return on their investment when looking at the total cost of ownership. All of this with a minimal impact on the environment.”The scope of this contract includes bauxite grinding, handling, mud washing, hydrate filtration and gas suspension calcination packages on an engineering, procurement and construction basis (excluding civil works). Design, engineering, manufacturing, supply and erection of these units will be carried out by FLSmidth.The project is to be completed by the June quarter of 2020 and, once operational, this plant will augment the alumina capacity by 500,000 t/y.FLSmidth said: “FLSmidth’s state of the art products will reduce the energy consumption, minimise the environmental impact, thanks to greater caustic recovery, and will also reduce planned and unplanned equipment downtime by predictive and prescriptive maintenance.”Utkal comprises a 1.5 Mt/y refinery, bauxite mines with reserves lasting for over 25 years and a captive co-generation power plant of 90 MW.last_img read more

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Google Street View driveby prompts man to lose 100 pounds

first_imgPerhaps you’re one of the lucky beautiful people in the audience who has never seen a photo of himself, wondered who the disgusting lardo is and then — with a horrifying rush of realization — suddenly understood that he was seeing himself as he appeared to others in all his corporeal corpulence. If so, I envy you… and so does Bob Mewse. Bob was accidentally captured in a Google Street View drive-by last year, and when he saw himself, he was mortified by what he saw. In fact, he was so disgusted by his appearance that he immediately undertook a massive lifestyle change, put himself on a strict diet and exercise regimen, and proceeded to lose over 100 pounds in the course of the next 12 months.AdChoices广告According to Mewse:I was horrified when I saw that photo. I was massive. My belly was sticking out and I looked huge. I’d been thinking about losing weight for some time but after seeing that picture, I knew that I actually had to do something about it. I was in such bad condition that I was unable to walk and talk at the same time. My blood pressure was sky-high and I was getting back problems due to the excess weight I was carrying around. Google Street View has been getting a lot of criticism lately for the threats some think it poses to privacy, but here’s one example, at least, of Street View radically changing a person’s life for the better. Congratulations, Bob, you’re a better man than I am: seeing my own Google Street View picture just prompted a shrug and the consumption of another belly-inflating beer.Read more at Telegraphlast_img read more

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Mururoa pourrait provoquer un tsunami dans le Pacifique

first_imgMururoa pourrait provoquer un tsunami dans le PacifiqueAprès avoir été le théâtre d’essais nucléaires français pendant des années, l’atoll de Mururoa, en Polynésie française, pourrait bien s’effondrer et provoquer un tsunami.Les 137 essais nucléaires réalisés entre 1975 et 1996 sous Mururoa ont incontestablement fragilisé l’atoll, où se trouvent encore des militaires aujourd’hui. Si bien que 670 millions de mètres cubes de sa falaise nord-est pourraient s’écrouler, d’un coup, dans la mer. Un événement dramatique qui serait suivi de vagues océaniques pouvant atteindre 2 à 3 mètres d’altitude. C’est ce que révèle un rapport de surveillance géomécanique de l’atoll, remis aux autorités et associations polynésiennes par Marcel Jurien de la Gravière, délégué à la sûreté nucléaire et à la radioprotection pour les activités et installations intéressant la défense (DSND).À lire aussiLe pied d’éléphant, cette effrayante masse radioactive cachée dans les entrailles de TchernobylSon rapport fait trembler les 227 habitants de l’atoll de Tureia, situé à 105 kilomètres de Mururoa. Ces derniers vivent dans la crainte d’être engloutis par les vagues. Selon des simulations, dix minutes suffiraient pour que celles-ci parcourent la distance séparant les deux atoll ! Heureusement, pour les habitants, les zones peuplées sont situées au-dessus de 3 mètres d’altitude et pourraient échapper à cette catastrophe, estime Marcel Jurien de la Gravière.Risques géologiques et radiologiques Pourtant, cela n’empêche pas le rapport de susciter une vive émotion en Polynésie, en particulier sur cet atoll. Une pétition signée par la population de Tureia a été remise au DSND “exigeant des explications, la mise en place de mesures de protection de leur atoll et l’envoi en Polynésie d’une mission d’experts indépendants du Commissariat à l’énergie atomique et des armées pour évaluer les risques géologiques et radiologiques et leurs conséquences et pour proposer des mesures de protection des habitants de l’atoll de Tureia”, rapporte Le Monde.En effet, la question radiologique alimente également les inquiétudes. La radioactivité emprisonnée dans la roche va-t-elle polluer les alentours si Mururoa s’écroule ? Quelles seront les véritables conséquences environnementales de ce glissement de terrain ? Bruno Barrillot, de l’association des vétérans des essais Mururoa E Tatou, cité par le journal, est indigné. Selon lui, les autorités admettent un éventuel effondrement “mais minimisent les risques”.Depuis le début des années 1980, le sous-sol de Mururoa est appareillé d’un système de surveillance géomécanique (Telsite) pour alerter ses occupants d’un glissement de terrain plusieurs jours à plusieurs semaines à l’avance. Mais ce n’est pas suffisant. Les habitants de ce bout de Pacifique sont excédés : “Tout ce qu’on nous a envoyé, ce sont des sirènes pour nous prévenir que la vague arrive et qu’on va crever” le jour où Mururoa s’effondrera.Le 11 février 2011 à 10:54 • Emmanuel Perrinlast_img read more

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Morelos must make amends – Johnstone

first_imgFormer Rangers Football Club player Derek Johnstone says the club’s Alfredo Morelos must make amends after picking up another red card this season on Thursday night.The Colombia international was sent off for after he was shown a second yellow card for kicking the ball away during Rangers 1-1 draw with Russian side FC UFA in the second-leg of their UEFA Europa League playoff tie.“Alfredo Morelos’s red card against Ufa was so stupid. It’s different if you are going into a challenge and mistime it, these things happen, but to get sent off like that in such an important game is almost unforgivable.” Johnstone said, according to EveningTimes.Rangers is still behind Celtic: John Hartson Manuel R. Medina – September 3, 2019 According to the former Celtic player, there’s still a massive gap between his ex-club and Rangers in the Scottish Premier League.“No matter the level of football you are playing at, you know that booting the ball away is an automatic yellow card. For a man that is easily roused by the opposition, I immediately thought he was putting himself under real pressure, but I couldn’t believe what happened next.”“To have a go at the referee in the same minute was unbelievably daft, and the official had no option. You are simply not going to get away with that in European competition. We don’t think that referees take any nonsense in Scotland, but in Europe they are even stricter.”“Everything would be forgotten if he can get his first goal against Celtic, and he has to show how determined he is to get it this Sunday to make amends to his teammates, manager and the fans.”last_img read more

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Preliminary hearing takes place in National Gallery employment status case

first_imgA preliminary hearing regarding an employment status case against The National Gallery will be heard today (16 July 2018), at The London Central Employment Tribunal.The case concerns 27 artists and art lecturers, who are arguing that they should be recognised as either employees or workers.The claimants contend that they were dismissed by the gallery without recognition of history of employment in October 2017. While employed, they state that they were paid through National Gallery payroll, taxed at source and required to attend staff training and receive formal reviews.A crowdfunding appeal has been launched to cover the legal costs of the full hearing, which will take place over an eight-day period, beginning 26 November 2018.James Heard, a claimant who worked for The National Gallery for 45 years, said: “We are standing up for fair treatment for staff in the arts, and to protect the teaching expertise at the heart of our museums. Our national galleries are something the UK is extremely proud of and it is vital that the educators who hold the collective knowledge of these places are properly protected.”Jo Lewis, a claimant who worked for the National Gallery for 16 years, said: “We are asking for our longstanding contribution to the National Gallery to be recognised and valued. We are asserting our rights as employees, and at a minimum ‘workers’. Until our recent unfair dismissal we worked regularly for decades, with commitment to the Gallery’s learning programmes.”Marie-Therese Ross, a claimant who worked for the National Gallery for 22 years said: “We have been educators at the gallery for anywhere between [10] and over 40 years. We love the gallery and recognise its importance in artistic and cultural education.“However, despite our attempts to raise our concerns with the Gallery, we as a group have not been given the rights to which we believe we are entitled. For example, we have been given no holiday or holiday pay and have been subjected to unfair dismissal, failure to consult and discrimination on the grounds of age, gender and trade union membership.”Marie van der Zyl, partner at Gordon Dadds, the firm representing the claimants, said: “Individuals working in the arts are in need of certainty surrounding their employment rights and it’s essential to ensure they are categorised correctly.“The legal basis for this claim is similar to the recent status cases in the private sector – notable examples being the cases against Uber and Deliveroo.“The legal question for the [employment tribunal] is one of the status of the individuals: employee, worker or self-employed. The rights to which the individuals are entitled, such as holiday pay, sick pay and the right not to be unfairly dismissed, will flow from that decision.”A spokesperson from The National Gallery said: “The gallery has been issued with a number of different claims from a number of freelance workers who have been providing a range of different services for the gallery (and other museums and galleries across London) on an ad hoc basis for a number of years.“It is our understanding that the claims have arisen out of the gallery’s wish to change from offering ad hoc work to offering more secure employment, with additional pension and worker benefits. This change reflects the gallery’s strategy to develop our programmes to increasingly reach new audiences and make the most of digital technology to widen our engagement.“The entire group were consulted for their views together and individually over the change for a period of three months between October 2017 and January 2018. These jobs were offered to all of our existing freelance service providers last year. We still have vacancies which are available, although unfortunately not all of the group have expressed an interest in these.“At the present time, it is our understanding that the tribunal is actually scheduled for the end of the year. The session on Monday 16 July is an administrative session to discuss process.“The Gallery is not yet in receipt of the details of each complaint, but believes that [it has] acted both lawfully and fairly in changing [its] service provision to one of secure employment.”last_img read more

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At least 14 killed 79 injured in Pakistan train collision

first_imgLahore: At least 14 passengers were killed and 79 others injured on Thursday when an express train rammed into a stationery freight train in Pakistan’s Punjab province, officials said. The Quetta bound Akbar Express collided with the stationary freight train at the Walhar Railway Station in Sadiqabad Tehsil of the province, Dawn quoted officials as saying. The freight train was on the loop line when the speeding passenger train instead of running on the main line entered the wrong track. Also Read – EAM Jaishankar calls on European Parliament President David Sassoli Advertise With Us At least 14 people were killed while 79 others were injured when the passenger train, the Akbar Express, collided with the freight train, rescue officials told DawnNewsTV. All passengers, onboard the train headed to Quetta, have been removed from the train and track clearance operations were underway, Deputy Commissioner Rahim Yar Khan, Jamil Ahmed Jamil said. He said that heavy machinery was being used to rescue passengers who were stuck in the train, adding that they were being provided with food and water. Also Read – This is why Denmark, Sweden and Germany are considering a meat tax Advertise With Us Authorities said the Pakistan Army was also taking part in the rescue efforts. The engine of the Akbar Express was completely destroyed in the accident while three compartments were also damaged, police said. The injured have been shifted to nearby hospitals of Sadiqabad and Rahim Yar Khan for treatment where an emergency has been declared, Geo news reported. Advertise With Us A child and a man have been rescued from the train, the report said. Officials say they fear more casualties in the accident. Prime Minister Imran Khan and President Arif Alvi have expressed deep sorrow over the loss of lives in the train accident. In a tweet, Prime Minister Khan said he has asked Railways Minister to take emergency steps to counter decades of neglect of railway infrastructure and ensure safety standards. Railways Minister Sheikh Rasheed Ahmed has ordered an investigation into the accident. He said that the accident appeared to have occurred due to human negligence. He announced compensation of Rs 1.5 million for the families of the deceased and Rs 0.5 million each for the injured, Dawn newspaper reported.last_img read more

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Woman delivers in front of Hospital in Hyderabad as staff denies

first_imgIn a heart-wrenching incident, a woman delivered in front of a hospital at Borabanda after the staff allegedly denied to admit her. It is learned that the woman who had gone to the government hospital in Parvatanagar was denied entry by the staff who closed the gates and sent her away. The woman who experienced extreme pain delivered a baby in front of the hospital. Meanwhile, the family members of the woman staged a protest demanding action against the staff. In a similar case, a woman delivered on the roadside at LB Nagar a week ago while heading to the hospital for a check-up. The ambulance staff who rushed the spot assisted her in delivering the baby on the roadside and shifted her to a hospital.last_img read more

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Research team proves you can teach bumblebees new tricks

first_imgWe’ve all seen the videos demonstrating how intelligent crows can be, using multiple tools in order to recover a piece of tasty food. Well, it turns out bumblebees are also intelligent and can be taught to carry out new tasks and acquire new skills. But not only that, once they’ve learned a new skill they go on to teach other bees!The research has been carried out by a team at Queen Mary University of London. They placed food at the center of a blue disc meant to represent a flower, which was then placed under a clear barrier. Each disc has a string attached and the bees had to learn to pull the string in order to get the food from beneath the barrier.From a group of 40 bees 23 managed to learn the process. Then bees who hadn’t been trained were added into the mix. 60% of those who observed the trained bees also managed to learn the process and recover the food themselves. So not only are bees intelligent, they can also pass on their knowledge. In a real-world setting it wouldn’t take long before a whole hive of bees learned a new skill only a few had initially picked up.The research team class this process as “culture spread.” It’s clear that humans aren’t the only ones that can learn new skills and then pass on this new knowledge to other people. Other mammals and even insects can do the same thing, making them more able to adjust to a changing environment as long as it doesn’t change too quickly.The next question to answer is: how do they do it? That will apparently require understanding how a bee’s brain processes work, so we could be waiting some time to find out.last_img read more