Corporate governance group adds members, targets Vodafone

first_imgInvestor body Shareholders for Change (SfC) has criticised telecoms giant Vodafone for its tax policy, in one of the group’s first actions since launching last year.True to SfC’s promise to “name and shame” one large company on tax policy, the collaboration of small European institutions published a report on the European telecommunication industry at its winter meeting in Paris.In the aptly named Bad Connection report, Vodafone was lauded for reporting country-specific data on its profit sources. Such a regional breakdown has been recommended by the OECD to counteract multi-national corporations minimising their taxable base and shifting profits between jurisdictions.While Vodafone’s transparency on that front was welcomed by the shareholder engagement group, it criticised the company for reporting most of its profits in Malta and Luxembourg, low-tax countries where Vodafone has the fewest employees. “A lack of transparency and shifting profits are a risk for all investors as this puts companies at risk of fines and investigations by tax authorities,” said Rainer Ladentrog, engagement manager at the Fair-Finance Vorsorgekasse, the Austrian founding member of SfC.He added that these tax policies had “deeper ethical repercussions” as they “often drastically reduced tax income both for emerging markets as well as developed countries”.Ethos joins SfCTwo new members were welcomed by SfC: Switzerland’s Ethos Foundation and the Friends Provident Foundation from the UK.Ethos is itself a shareholder engagement platform for around 230 Swiss pension funds with combined assets under management of CHF260bn (€231bn).In a statement Ethos, which was founded by pension funds in 1997, said joining SfC was an opportunity to “increase engagement activities with European companies on topics important to Swiss Pensionskassen” in their investments in international equities.The other new joiner was the Friends Provident Foundation with £33m (€36.6m) in assets under management and a 15-year track record of engaging with UK companies.SfC was founded in 2017 by seven smaller institutional investors from Germany, Italy, France, Spain and Austria, with around €22bn of assets under management in total.The platform wants to help smaller investors to be heard at annual general meetings or other engagement forums.last_img read more

Ighalo listed in Europa League team of the week

first_img Loading… The Europa Team of the Week was announced on UEFA’s official website on Friday. Ighalo was included as a result of his superb goal which put United 1-0 up in the game which ended 5-0. After receiving a pass from Bruno Fernandes Ighalo juggled the ball twice in front of his marker before volleying a left-foot strike into the top corner. He also provided the assist for United’s second goal scored by Daniel James. Other United players who made the Europa list with Ighalo are Fred, Eric Bailly, Luke Shaw, Brandon Williams and James. It was Ighalo’s third goal in his third start for United and has now scored four goals in eight games in all competitions. Europa League Team of the Week: Nigeria and Manchester United forward, Odion Ighalo has been included in the UEFA Europa League first leg round of 16 Team of the Week, following his impressive performance for his club against Austrian club LASK. Goalkeeper Jonas Omlin (Basel) Defenders Brandon Williams (Man. United)Eray Cömert (Basel)Eric Bailly (Man. United)Luke Shaw (Man. United) Read Also:Coronavirus: Ighalo arrives Man Utd training wearing mask, gloves Midfielders Fred (Man. United)Charles Aránguiz (Leverkusen)Kevin Bua (Basel)Samuel Campo (Basel)Daniel James (Man. United) Forwards Odion Ighalo (Man. United) FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Promoted Content7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend BetterWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksThe Best Cars Of All TimeWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksCan Playing Too Many Video Games Hurt Your Body?Cristiano Ronaldo Turns His Hotels Into Coronavirus Hospitals?7 Truly Incredible Facts About Black Holes7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend BetterCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable WayPlaying Games For Hours Can Do This To Your Bodylast_img read more

Tottenham set for free run at £18m star

first_img Vecino, who moved to Inter in 2017, has been heavily linked with Everton and Chelsea, as well as Arsenal, in the past. The Daily Star claims that the 28-year-old – rated at £18million – was up for sale in January and linked with Tottenham as part of the deal that took Christian Eriksen to the Serie A. After a move failed to be done, however, the newspaper says that Inter are again prepare to sell him when the transfer window re-opens. Everton and Arsenal’s interest remains concrete but they are reportedly focusing on other targets, with Vecino down the pecking order in priority as it stands. Tottenham have also been contacted by the player’s representatives to see whether their interest is also concrete. Spurs boss Jose Mourinho and the club are weighing up a move, given that they could be undisturbed in their approach due to the reluctance from Arsenal and Everton. Tottenham could get a “free run” at a move for Inter Milan midfielder Matias Vecino with Arsenal among the other interested clubs focusing on other targets, according to a report. Indeed, Vecino, who has 41 caps for Uruguay, reportedly indicated in January that he would be interested in a move to Spurs. The midfielder has made 23 appearances for Inter this season, chipping in with three goals and one assist. Mourinho said last week that Spurs would not be spending vast sums on new players given the financial instabilities of the transfer market. He said: “My club, if you ask me what I want, I know it’s going to be sensible. read also:Levy tells Mourinho £20m Tottenham star must go to fund Willian move “It’s going to be balanced, it’s not going to spend rivers of money and we’re trying to respect the situation not just of football but in the world and society overall.” In other news, Tottenham have been told that they would be wise to sign Philippe Coutinho from Barcelona when his loan move from Bayern Munich expires at the end of the season. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Promoted Content5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme Parks6 Ridiculous Health Myths That Are Actually TrueBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For Them6 Incredibly Strange Facts About HurricanesWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?10 Stargazing Locations To ‘Connect With Nature’7 Black Hole Facts That Will Change Your View Of The UniverseThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read MoreTarantino’s Latest Effort Will Probably Be His Best To DateThe Highest Paid Football Players In The World6 Extreme Facts About Hurricanes13 kids at weddings who just don’t give a hoot Loading… last_img read more

VIDEO: Tyler Adams’ goal sends RB Leipzig to UCL semifinal

first_img To be fair to Atleti, it wasn’t any better for Leipzig — in fact, it was worse in the opening 45 minutes. To illustrate their inability to create scoring chances, let alone shots, a stat: despite holding more than 62 percent of possession at halftime, their four shots were taken by their defensive midfielder (1), a center back (1) and another center back (2). Atleti’s first chance of the game came in the 10th minute. Stefan Savic rose above the crowd to get his head to Renan Lodi’s floated free kick, but Peter Gulacsi managed to get both hands on the ball and keep it from crossing the goal line despite backpedaling and falling to the ground. Atleti’s best chance of the first half came when Yannick Carrasco went dangerously close to putting Atleti ahead in the 13th minute, but Gulacsi was quick to cover his near post and palm the ball wide. After starting brightly, it was virtual radio silence from Los Rojiblancos after that. Promoted ContentIs This The Most Delicious Food In The World?7 Universities In The World Where Education Costs Too MuchWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?9 Facts You Should Know Before Getting A TattooWorld’s Most Delicious FoodsA Guy Turns Gray Walls And Simple Bricks Into Works Of ArtThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read More7 Of The Wealthiest Universities In The World6 Most Breathtaking Bridges In The WorldIs This 1921 Cartoon The First Ever Meme?What Happens When You Eat Eggs Every Single Day?10 Risky Jobs Some Women Do Read Also: UCL: Atletico boss Simeone reveals what matters against Leipzig Coincidentally enough, it was Felix’s introduction — and immediate impact on the game — which appeared to necessitate Adams’ introduction to stifle the Portuguese’s threat. The rest, as they say, is history. Up next for Leipzig is a semifinal clash with Paris Saint-Germain, who needed a stoppage-time comeback to knock off Atalanta and advance from Thursday’s quarterfinal. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Tyler Adams’ 88th-minute goal proved to be the game-winner, to send RB Leipzig to its first-ever UEFA Champions League semifinal appearance on Thursday night, knocking off Atletico Madrid 2-1 in the process. All three goals were scored in the second half after a forgettable first half was short on scoring chances, and it was Adams, who came into the game as a 72nd-minute substitute who delivered the decisive blow.center_img Atleti were handed a lifeline in the 70th minute, though, as Lukas Klostermann was badly beaten by Joao Felix as he made a diagonal run into the penalty area and received the ball near the penalty spot. Klostermann cut him down from behind and gave away a penalty kick. It was Felix, who only entered the game as a substitute in the 58th minute who stepped up and converted past Gulacsi, with ice in his veins. Loading… Leipzig’s first shot taken by an attacking player came in the 51st minute, and it resulted in the game’s opening goal. It began with a prolonged period of possession to free Marcel Sabitzer down the right side of Atleti’s penatly area. The Austrian cross into the box floated ever so dangerously toward the penalty spot, and Dani Olmo arrive just in the nick of time to glance it past Jan Oblak.last_img read more

Second Arrest Made in Ohio County Shooting Investigation

first_imgRising Sun, IN—Late Wednesday night, a second suspect was arrested on Robbery charges related to the shooting that occurred in Ohio County on March 3.Shortly after 6 am, on March 3,  Indiana State Police Detectives began the investigation into the shooting that occurred outside of a residence on State Road 262 near Rising Sun. The investigation determined that three men approached a 22-year-old Rising Sun man, who lives at the residence and attempted to rob him.  The 22-year-old man displayed a gun and fired at the suspects.  The three suspects fled the scene.  A 20-year-old man from Ohio was soon found walking in the area, suffering from a gunshot wound to his abdomen.  The 20-year-old suspect was transported to a Cincinnati area hospital for treatment of serious injuries. Later in the day, Marcus Donald, 34, was found walking in the area.  He was soon arrested on charges of Conspiracy to Commit Robbery and incarcerated in the Dearborn County Jail.  A third suspect, Jesse J. Michel, 24, Cincinnati, Ohio was soon identified but not located that day.Wednesday, Indiana State Police Detectives obtained an arrest warrant for Michel out of Ohio County on a charge of Conspiracy to Commit Robbery.  Late that night, Michel was located in Cincinnati by Hamilton County Law Enforcement.  He was incarcerated in Hamilton County, Ohio pending extradition back to Indiana. The investigation is ongoing.  Additional charges and arrests are possible.last_img read more

Contractors set to hand over projects at Real Madrid Academy to Rivers

first_imgRelatedPosts Bring oil thieves to justice, Gov. Wike urges security agencies Edo 2020: Gov. Wike lauds INEC, Police, commends Edo for ending godfatherism Wike to INEC on Edo poll: Whether it’s APC or PDP that wins, just don’t change people’s will Contractors handling the construction of projects at Real Madrid Football Academy in Port Harcourt will hand them over to the Rivers State Government by the end of this month, an official says.Chris Green, Special Adviser on the Academy to Nyesom Wike, the Governor of Rivers, disclosed this to the News Agency of Nigeria on Tuesday.Green said while things had been gradually taking shape at the academy, full academic activities would only begin after the projects must have been handed over to the state government.“We will talk more by the end of this month when the building and other facilities will be handed over to us by the contractors.“But right now, people can only see our activities on our website,’’ Green, who is a former Executive Committee member of Nigeria Football Federation (NFF), said.NAN reports that Governor Wike had given the contractors an August 2020 deadline to complete the projects.This was to enable the government get the academy ready for full academic activities by the end of this month, since its unveiling on Sept. 21, 2019.The COVID-19 pandemic has however affected the August delivery date.NAN reports that the academy is expected to admit in first stage 150 students whose ages range from six to 17 years at the beginning of the academic session.The academy is located at the Yakubu Gowon Stadium in Elekahia, Port Harcourt.Tags: Nyesom WikeReal Madrid AcademyRiverslast_img read more

World champion Mary Kom joins Boxing Federation of India’s interactive session

first_imgNew Delhi: Continuing the effort to enlighten boxers, coaches and officials during lockdown as the world battles the COVID-19 pandemic by staying at home, the Boxing Federation of India (BFI) conducted an interactive boxing education programme on Tuesday that busted the myths regarding injuries.Six-time world champion Mary Kom joined Karanjeet Singh, Team Physician, Elite Men Boxing Team, Amol Patil, Team Physician, Elite Women Boxing Team, Aayush Yekhande (PT) and Shikha Kedia (PT), Team Physiotherapists, Elite Women Boxing Team in a special address that was watched by close to 300 participants.In an attempt to boost youngsters, the London Olympic bronze medallist shared her personal experiences of her growing up years and explained how she lacked the awareness or the facilities for the best exercises and their benefits, something that every boxer must know.”I started getting exposed to the team of physios and doctors and interacting with them helped me understand the importance of being aware of the body. How doing exercises can prevent so many injuries and surgery is not always the only answer, I understood much later,” said the legend.The session was intended to give an opportunity to the young boxers to understand the difference between myth and reality and help them avoid making mistakes. The doctors and physiotherapists spoke extensively on some of the most common beliefs — “I am already flexible, so no need to stretch”, “training with weights will aggravate my injuries”, “taping will protect me from injuries” to name a few. IANSAlso Read: Excellent and right decision: Ace boxer Mary Kom on postponement of Tokyo OlympicsAlso Watch: East Siang District Administration in Arunachal Pradesh cautious over coronaviruslast_img read more

Neymar’s penalty wins Olympic gold for Brazil

first_imgBy Michael EmonsNEYMAR scored the winning penalty as hosts Brazil beat Germany 5-4 on penalties in Rio to win their first men’s Olympic football gold medal.The game finished 1-1 after extra time, with Neymar’s first-half free-kick cancelled out by Max Meyer’s strike.In the shootout, Germany’s Nils Petersen had his penalty saved by Weverton before Neymar won it.It comes two years after Germany thrashed Brazil 7-1 in the 2014 World Cup semi-finals in Belo Horizonte.In front of 78,000 at the Maracana, Brazil got a measure of revenge as they finally won the Olympic title after losing in the finals in 1984, 1988 and 2012.Barcelona forward Neymar, who missed the World Cup semi-final through injury, opened the scoring with a fine 25-yard free-kick, but the hosts were lucky to go in at half-time with the lead.Germany hit the woodwork three times in the first half – through Julian Brandt’s 25-yard effort, a deflection off a Brazilian defender and Sven Bender’s header – before they scored a deserved equaliser shortly after the restart.Bender passed to the overlapping Jeremy Toljan and he found the unmarked Meyer, who arrowed a low shot into the net.Neither side could find a winner before the drama of the penalty shootout gave Brazil the gold.Goalkeeper Weverton said: “The gold is ours, but it belongs to God. God loves Neymar like he loves all this team.”Neymar added: “This is one of the best things that has happened in my life. That’s it.”(BBC Sport)last_img read more

Natural selection: Donahue’s shot selection helps him become NCAA’s most efficient scorer

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on April 1, 2014 at 2:00 am Contact Jesse: | @dougherty_jesse The anatomy of a prolific scorer is interchangeable.Some rely on a powerful shot. Others depend on quick feet. A handful possess a rare combination of strength and speed, defined by one and buoyed by the other.But Dylan Donahue’s makeup exceeds what the eye can see.The Syracuse attack was once an undersized transfer with an innate scoring ability that his body couldn’t support. Now his remarkably lean diet of shots has resulted in the seventh most goals in the country’s best conference, and the best shot percentage in the nation.“I look for the best shot,” Donahue said. “I’ve always been very particular about when to shoot, that’s all it is.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textBut Donahue’s not just picky. He’s a marriage of natural ability and natural progression, evidenced by the 21 goals he’s netted on 32 shots as Syracuse’s (5-3, 1-3 Atlantic Coast) leading scorer this season. The sophomore has always known how to put the ball in the net — even as a slight attack at West Genesee (N.Y.) High School — but it wasn’t until he grew into his body and refined his build in the weight room that he took shape as a weapon on the Orange’s front line.And for a team that has enjoyed minimal possessions in a less-than-stellar first year in the ACC, Donahue’s scoring touch — accented by shot selection and physical strength — is as indicative of his development as it is necessary to his team’s success.“He was frankly a small player coming out of high school,” SU head coach John Desko said. “He’s just a kid who works on everything that he can work on. He had to get in the weight room and get stronger, especially in the lower body, and he did that and continues to do so.”Before practices at West Genesee, Donahue would put a bucket of balls in the attacking third. He’d work on his shooting and stick work, dodge imaginary defenders and put shot after shot into the back of the net.And after practice when his teammates left for the night, he’d grab another bucket and do it all again, his jersey now soaked in sweat and the daylight dwindling.Yet even with a tireless work ethic, Donahue faced a steep physical disadvantage.“He was a little kid,” said his father Kevin Donahue, who is also an SU assistant coach. “I mean little. He was 135 pounds in his senior year in high school, and he had to make up for that.”To do so, Donahue developed what West Genesee head coach Mike Messere called a “sixth sense” that he never saw before, and hasn’t seen since.He turned down good shots for great ones, and compensated for his inability to size up opponents physically by edging them mentally. Messere described Donahue’s sixth sense as an awareness of where his opponents and teammates are on the field, as well as being able to locate the net from any angle and at any time.Donahue was named a U.S. Lacrosse All-American as a senior after leading West Genesee in points, and led the Wildcats to three straight Section III titles.“He had no other choice but to be selective because of his size,” said SU attack Kevin Rice, who went to Skaneateles High School and played with Donahue in the Empire State games. “As he’s gotten older, it’s stuck. It comes from him being one of the smaller guys and it hasn’t changed.”After Donahue redshirted in 2012, he played in 20 games, starting in 10, for the Orange last season. He finished third on the team in goals and had the best shot percentage of any player who attempted at least 10 shots.But while he had developed into a slightly bigger player in three years since high school, he still wasn’t strong enough to be an elite attack. So he went to Matt Mancz — a strength and conditioning coach for football and lacrosse who is better known among student-athletes as “Muscle Matt” — and laid out a summer workout plan that would lead him into this year.“He wanted to get stronger so that’s what we did,” Mancz said. “It was nonstop, every day, and with a guy with his ability, he gained the strength to really tie it all together.”Mancz put him on a regimen similar to Syracuse’s running backs, which developed his core and legs to simultaneously build speed and strength.Days started early in the morning and ended late at night. They started in the weight room, where Donahue did everything he could to keep up with Mancz, whether they were working legs or upper body. Then he’d fire shots into the cage with Rice before the two played in leagues at night.“I don’t think he had a job,” said Kevin Donahue while scratching his head. “I’m still paying for that.”Now Donahue’s the consummate scorer — a combination of intrinsic ability, selectivity and strength that heads an attack unit the Orange has leaned on this season.As a team, Syracuse has the worst faceoff percentage in the ACC and in turn, takes the fewest number of shots per game. Yet the Orange has maximized its scant number of possessions with the conference’s best shooting percentage, led by Donahue’s efficient approach.In addition to Donahue’s NCAA-leading shooting percentage of 65.6, 81.2 percent of his shots are on goal and he’s shot more than five times just twice this season. In the first, he netted eight goals in eight shots in a season-opening win over Siena. In the second, he collected a hat trick in seven attempts in an overtime win over then-No. 11 Albany.“It’s about making the most of possessions and that’s what I try to do,” Donahue said. “We have to make good decisions as an offense, and I can control my shooting.”Kevin Donahue, Desko and Messere described Donahue the same way: a natural.But the sophomore took his natural skill set and blended it with a longstanding mind-set and off-field workout, and the product is supplying tangible results.Each one of Donahue’s powerful strides is drawn from mornings in the weight room, going rep for rep with Mancz. Each dodge past a defender mimics a move made to shed an invisible competitor with no one around. Each temptation to shoot reminds him of a time when he could count his scoring opportunities on two hands.And shots remain scarce and in a way, sacred. Because if the chance isn’t perfect, Donahue moves on and waits until another one is. Commentslast_img read more

Eastwood is a not-so-hidden weapon for Syracuse on offense

first_imgIn an exhibition game against the University of Ottawa on Sept. 24, the puck found its way to Syracuse defender Lindsay Eastwood at the blueline. Eastwood drew back her stick and fired toward the net. Though the puck went wide, a thunderous thud echoed throughout Tennity Ice Pavilion.As Syracuse’s offense struggles, scoring just one goal per game this year, versus 2.5 goals per game last season, contributions from Eastwood become more vital. The Orange (1-4-1) needs to improve its offensive output. Eastwood’s slap shot is just one instrument in a substantial offensive toolbox that helped her finish eighth in points last season among CHA rookies. Towering over her competition at 6-foot-1, Eastwood understands the main source of the power behind her shot.“I’m bigger than a lot of the other girls,” Eastwood said, “so I can put a lot of weight behind it.”SU head coach Paul Flanagan recognizes that Eastwood complements the natural size advantage with her technique.“She gets really low,” Flanagan said. “Kind of like a homerun hitter gets low and uses his lower body, she uses her legs and her midsection really well to step into it.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textEastwood works on this part of her game as often as she can in practice, working on one-timers in various skills sessions.Hard slap shots are not the extent of Eastwood’s offensive repertoire. Though all defenders must have stick skills to clear pucks, Eastwood possesses soft hands that few expect at first glance.For most players of Eastwood’s stature playing defense, their job is to have the long reach to prevent opponents from gaining possession. However, Eastwood’s stick work, in combination with her size, allows her the ability to contribute more than the average defender.“She’s just really smooth,” senior defender Megan Quinn said. “She’s mesmerizing. Her stick is so long and you don’t expect (such good hands) from someone her size.”Flanagan also noted that it’s unusual to see someone of Eastwood’s size with such good hands. With 28 games left on the regular season slate, Flanagan knows how important it will be to keep Eastwood involved.“I would anticipate as the year goes on that Lindsay’s going to get better and better in terms of her offensive flare,” Flanagan said. “She’s really good down low and as we get into it I expect more and more from her.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on October 15, 2017 at 10:52 pm Contact Brandon: bross02@syr.edulast_img read more