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ND Dance Company hosts its annual Spring Showcase

first_imgPhoto courtesy of Amy Ackerman The Notre Dame Dance Company will host its annual Spring Showcase on Thursday and Friday at 7:30 p.m. in Washington Hall.The show consists of 24 student-choreographed dances by 111 dancers from the Notre Dame and Saint Mary’s student body.Sophomore Maura Doré, the public relations executive officer of the Dance Company, said the rehearsals for the Spring Showcase began in February.“We kind of jump right into preparing through rehearsals once we get back from winter break,” she said. “We have many different rehearsal times and have about 10 official hours of rehearsal time allotted for our dancers each week, but then the choreographers can also choose to find more rehearsal time.”The showcase is unique because it is entirely student-run, Doré said.“All the students and the choreographers have a lot of power,” she said. “They get to decide how many people are in their dances and if they want to practice even more outside the allotted hour per week.”At the beginning of the semester, any member in the Dance Company who wants to choreograph a dance shows a little piece of their dance. The dancers then sign up for the dances of their choosing, Doré said.Doré named the burlesque piece, as well as a Beyoncé mix, as certain crowd pleasers.New to the Showcase this year is a dance performed only by the seniors, Doré said.“The seniors are all doing a little bit of their favorite style one last time,” Doré said.The annual showcases that occur once a semester are what the dancers prepare for all year, she said.“Throughout the year, the Dance Company participates in some smaller events, like the Dance-A-Thon, but the annual spring show is our time to shine,” she said. “We all just look forward to show week and to finally get on stage and put on stage everything that we have worked for.”Tickets are $5 and are sold at the door.Tags: ND dance company, spring showcase, Washington Halllast_img read more

PensionsEurope: ‘Commission should not dictate ESG rules’

first_imgMatti Leppälä, PensionsEuropeIn accordance with the notion that pension funds should only be subject to minimum harmonisation, it was left to member states to further specify the rules as part of their implementation of the legislation. The deadline is January 2019, although some countries have already drafted legislation.Now, however, the Commission has proposed to amend IORP II to empower it “to adopt delegated acts specifying the ‘prudent person’ rule with respect to the consideration of ESG risks and the inclusion of ESG factors in internal investment decisions and risk management processes”.Leppälä said the Commission’s plan “would fundamentally change the IORP II as adopted by the co-legislators”.“Risk management was specifically and deliberately left outside the competence of EIOPA and the European Commission to regulate it with delegated acts,” he said.He told IPE the association would need to examine the Commission’s proposal with its members, but that the view was generally that it should be up to member states to decide on the specifics of the rule.The Commission also referred to the need for delegated acts in IORP II to “provide for means to equally safeguard consumer protection and a level playing field between IORPs and other financial market participants”.The Commission’s legislative proposal on investors’ disclosure of sustainable investments and sustainability risks also concerns legislation covering asset managers and insurers.Leppälä said he disagreed with the Commission’s thinking about placing pension funds on a level playing field, saying that they did not operate across borders.“It gives the wrong perception of what IORPs are,” he said.PensionsEurope was otherwise positive about the Commission’s proposals.“[The] measures are an important step towards creating clarity on which investments can be considered environmentally sustainable,” said Leppälä in a statement. “Pension funds will be able to better understand and measure how green assets and funds are, which helps to improve their communication with members and beneficiaries.” A proposal from the European Commission on sustainable investing rules would subject European pension funds to an unprecedented level of prescriptiveness, according to PensionsEurope.The proposed regulation would allow the Commission to create Europe-wide requirements within the new EU pension fund legislation – the IORP II Directive – by way of a delegated act.Matti Leppälä, secretary general/CEO of PensionsEurope, said: “Pension funds have not yet been subject to such a level of prescriptiveness.“We have always believed national supervisors are best equipped to oversee how pension funds manage ESG risks, in order to take account of local governance structures and sustainability preferences.” Delegated acts allow the Commission to set out the details of a law instead of leaving more detailed regulation to individual member states. They were kept out of the final IORP II Directive by the European Parliament and the European Council following lobbying from occupational pension associations.The IORP II Directive, which came into force in January 2017, was generally seen as placing consideration of environmental, social and corporate governance (ESG) matters more firmly on pension funds’ agenda.It included provisions on ESG, such as requiring pension schemes to have a risk management system that covers, among other things, “environmental, social and governance risks relating to the investment portfolio and the management thereof”.last_img read more

Dodgers’ Julio Urias suspended 20 games for alleged domestic incident

first_imgDodgers left-handed pitcher Julio Urias has accepted a 20-game suspension for an alleged incident in May when he was arrested for a domestic dispute with his girlfriend.MLB announced the decision Saturday. “My office has completed its investigation into the allegations that Julio Urías violated Major League Baseball’s Joint Domestic Violence, Sexual Assault and Child Abuse Policy,” commissioner Rob Manfred wrote in a press release. “Mr. Urías cooperated fully with my office’s investigation.  Having reviewed all of the available evidence, I have concluded that Mr. Urías violated our Policy and that discipline is appropriate.”In the alleged incident, Urias was reportedly seen shoving his girlfriend in public following an argument. Related News He denies having done so, but witnesses stated they saw the alleged contact occur.Urias was arrested and taken to a nearby police station, where he was charged with one count of misdemeanor domestic battery and later released on a $20,000 bond. The Los Angeles City Attorney’s office ultimately decided not to prosecute Urias on the condition that he participates in a 52-week domestic counseling program and commits no acts of violence for the next year.Urias was initially placed on seven-day administrative leave after his arrest but MLB declined to extend his absence as the pitcher reportedly would not have consented to it.The 23-year-old joins several players who have been suspended for such incidents including Astros reliever Roberto Osuna, who was with the Blue Jays at the time, and Cubs shortstop Addison Russell, who was recently reinstated.MLB has declined to give suspensions to Reds outfielder Yasiel Puig and Twins infielder Miguel Sano following investigations into each of their alleged incidents. Puig was involved in an alleged domestic violence incident in 2016 and Sano was accused of sexual assault by a photographer in 2017.Urias was once MLB’s top left-handed pitching prospect and made his debut with the Dodgers at 19 years old. Dodgers’ Julio Urias won’t be charged from domestic violence arrest He is 4-3 with a 2.53 ERA in 27 games (six starts) for Los Angeles this season.Urias will be allowed to participate in the postseason despite his suspension. MLB players are not allowed to participate in the playoffs if they have tested positive for performance-enhancing drugs, but they are allowed if they have been involved in a domestic incident. Osuna pitched for the Astros last year in the postseason after his alleged incident.last_img read more

Fantasy Football Injury Updates: Is Julian Edelman playing Saturday?

first_imgOn the bright side, Edelman’s work out of the slot should keep him mostly away from Buffalo’s stud cornerback, Tre’Davioius White, who works almost exclusively on the outside this season. And the reality is that if you own Edelman, especially in PPR formats, you’re probably going to rely on him in your fantasy championship. His upside just may be capped if he needs to be on a pitch count due to the injury.MORE WEEK 16: Sleepers | Busts | Start ’em, sit ’emTom Brady should probably not be a fantasy consideration against the Bills, and that’s especially true with Edelman hurting. Brady will be a low-upside QB2 this week. If Edelman were to be held out entirely, expect Mohamed Sanu to lead the Pats with double-digit targets, while both rookies N’Keal Harry and Jakobi Meyers would play more than half the offensive snaps and each see about five targets. Julian Edelman has been playing through knee and shoulder injuries, and he’s once again “questionable” heading into the Patriots’ Saturday game against the Bills in Week 16. He played through the ailments in Week 15, although his performance probably didn’t boost many owners to fantasy football title games. If you made it through and have Edelman, especially in PPR leagues, his injuiry status for Week 16 will be very important to determining fantasy championships. We have the latest updates below. For injury news on Carlos Hyde and Will Fuller, click here; for the latest on Jameis Winston, go here; for Greg Zuerlein news, go here. For more news and fantasy advice, follow us on Twitter @SN_Fantasy. WEEK 16 NON-PPR RANKINGS:Quarterback | Running back | Wide receiver | Tight end | D/ST | KickerIs Julian Edelman playing Saturday in Week 16?UPDATE 12/21: Edelman is officially ACTIVE for Week 16.UPDATE 12/20: NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reported Edelman is fully expected to play in Week 16.Edelman has seemingly been injured all year, but it showed up more than usual in Week 15. Edelman is playing through a “tendon issue in his left leg,” according to NFL Network’s Mike Giardi. This week, Edelman has been listed on the New England injury report with both a knee and a shoulder injury.SATURDAY DFS: DraftKings main slate lineup | Showdown lineupsIn both Tuesday and Wednesday’s practices, Edelman was listed as a limited participant. It’s likely he’ll play Saturday since New England has a first-round bye to play for, along with an outside shot at the AFC’s No. 1 seed.It’s concerning that the leg issue seemed to slow Edelman down a week ago, though. He caught two passes for nine yards on five targets while playing his lowest snap total in 11 weeks. He was on the field for 62 percent of plays, fewer than Mohamed Sanu and N’Keal Harry.WEEK 16 PPR RANKINGS: Running back | Wide receiver | Tight endlast_img read more