AP PHOTOS: Designer Julien Fournie’s showcase is a movie

first_imgPARIS (AP) — The new face of Paris Fashion Week is digital.  With shows taking place behind closed doors due to the virus pandemic, some designers such as Julien Fournie are becoming versatile: getting their designs out to the public by making a film of their collection and streaming it online. The designer says he started out learning how to draw, but now he realizes he also needs to learn how to become a filmmaker. He was speaking at a behind-the-scenes preview of his spring-summer 2021 couture movie filming. The fashion industry — along with the retail industry in general — has been hard-hit by pandemic restrictions.last_img read more

Keeping up with the “Mother of the Huddle”

first_imgIf you’ve ever been to the Huddle during the weekday lunch rush, you’ve probably seen Helen Hiatt restocking napkins with a smile on her face. The 89-year-old Hiatt is considered the “mother of the Huddle” and is arguably the best-loved employee at the LaFortune Student Center’s grocery store. Hiatt has watched over the Huddle since 1967, working her way from the old cigarette counter to the cash register over the past 44 years, during which she became acquainted with many varsity football players, including former quarterbacks Joe Theismann and Joe Montana, as they frequented the Huddle after practice. “They’d come in and talk to me about their problems and different things, and they started calling me their second mother,” Hiatt said. “It continued on and I got to be ‘The Mother of the Huddle’ after so many years.” ND Minute recently caught up with Hiatt, who shared her experience working at the Huddle and explained why she still loves her job.last_img read more

Joseph Mariathasan: ESG investing – beyond virtue signalling

first_imgSource: IcelandAn Iceland store in Fulham, LondonIt was certainly successful as an ad campaign, as by early December 2018 figures from industry newswire PRWeek showed that the advert had been viewed 65m times across social media and Iceland’s own channels, making it “one of the most viewed Christmas campaigns of all time”, according to PRWeek’s report. Moreover, it appears its success helped to shift the dial in how consumers perceive the brand, as well as providing an uplift to sales.Banning palm oil completely, however, is actually quite bizarre. Making supply chains sustainable is the key to ending large-scale tropical deforestation, declares lobby group Global Canopy, and even Greenpeace declares that palm oil can be grown without destroying rainforests.Palm oil itself is the most efficient source of vegetable oil, providing – according to some estimates – a third of the world’s vegetable oils from just 10% of the land used for all oil crops. Replacing palm oil with other edible oil sources may require five times the land currently being used for palm oil, according to this column from the Oxford Student newspaper. It is five times more efficient than both rapeseed sunflower oils and up to nine times more efficient than corn and soya.Banning widely used commodities altogether is a nuclear option that should only be undertaken when strictly necessary. What matters is that commodities are sourced from ethically aware companies that produce them in a sustainable and responsible manner. One investment theme that will only grow stronger in 2019 is that of incorporating environmental, social and governance (ESG) criteria.Few fund managers are willing to stand up and declare that they do not take ESG criteria into account, but how many actually move beyond ‘virtue signalling’?ESG advocates often argue that such investment policies and approaches make sense because ESG-focused funds outperform – but proving those results may be a red herring. Companies themselves are under increasing pressure – and rightly so – to take ESG issues seriously, but to do so may require a more detailed approach to analysing supply chains than headline-grabbing actions with questionable motivations. Frozen food company Iceland made headlines in April 2018 when it announced a ban on the use of all palm oil in its products by the end of 2018. It also produced an advertisement based on a shortened film from campaign group Greenpeace highlighting the detrimental impact of palm oil plantations on the environment, closing with the emotive phrase: “Dedicated to the 25 orang-utans we lose every day.”Was this the actions of an enlightened firm driven by the desire to ensure impeccable ESG credentials? Or was this just a cynical marketing strategy of virtue signalling guaranteed to hit the headlines and encourage the ethically minded to switch their weekly shopping to Iceland?center_img Credit: Bishnu SarangiA palm oil plantation in Karnataka, IndiaNot only does that provide valuable income to, in many cases, poor communities across the globe, it also encourages the growth of sustainable and ethical practices in agriculture and mining through the pressure that global consumer companies can apply to the companies in their supply chains.Ensuring that commodities are obtained from acceptable sources, not banning them, must be the key. Determining the nature of the sourcing of products may have been a problem in the past but is certainly not the case now.There are many organisations that have focused on looking at supply chains in detail and the required information is available online. Trase, for example, uses publicly available data to map the links between consumer countries via trading companies to the places of production in unprecedented detail. The results can be quite surprising.For ESG investing to succeed as a strategy, what is required is less of the virtue signalling and public posturing, and more real analysis of supply chains and decision-making based on encouraging behaviour by companies that is ethical, sustainable and fair to all their stakeholders.Rather than banning the use of palm oil – or, indeed, any other agricultural produce – the world would be better off if more attention was paid to global supply chains with entities involved in every step sharing the responsibility for placing commodity production on a more sustainable footing.last_img read more

Wisconsin softball splits doubleheader with border rival Minnesota

first_imgAfter snow earlier in the week forced Saturday’s doubleheader to move back 24 hours, the Wisconsin softball team split the series with a ranked No. 15 Minnesota Sunday afternoon, each adding a win to their records.Wisconsin came away victorious in the first game of the doubleheader, knocking off the Gophers in a 2-1 defensive battle.The first half of the first game proved to be a pitcher’s duel, with the only two hits coming in the first and third inning for Wisconsin until the Badgers finally landed on the scoreboard in the top of the fourth. Junior Marissa Mersch singled to left field, found her way around the bases on a couple groundouts and finally made it home as teammate Ashley Van Zeeland reached first on an error by Minnesota shortstop Tyler Walker.Minnesota responded in the next half inning with a pair of hits of its own but was unable to get any runners across home plate.However, the next inning the Minnesota defense was able to keep the Badgers’ bats at bay, and finally earned a run of its own when catcher Taylor LeMay homered over the left field wall, tying up the score at one with her team’s sole run of the game.Wisconsin didn’t waste any time in pulling ahead again, as third baseman Michelle Mueller reached first on a second error by Walker in the top of the sixth. Sophomore Katie Christner pinch ran for Mueller, eventually finding her way home on yet another Minnesota error.The bottom of the final inning saw Minnesota load the bases with two outs, making it look like the Gophers might make a last-minute comeback, only to have No. 3 batter Kaitlyn Richardson fly out to left field and leave all three on base, leaving the score at 2-1.On the mound for Wisconsin, Taylor-Paige Stewart allowed six hits and four free passes on a walk, three hit batsmen and threw two strikeouts. Minnesota’s Sara Moulton fanned four batters, did not walk a single one and allowed for six hits.After a short break the Big Ten rivals were back at it, starting off the second game at a much different pace with Minnesota pitcher Sara Groenewegen striking out all three Wisconsin batters she faced in the first inning.In the bottom of the fist inning, the Minnesota offense began hot as well, hitting two infield singles off of UW pitcher Cassandra Darrah.The Gophers finally found their way onto the scoreboard in the bottom of the third when LeMay batted in two RBIs on a single up the middle, her second and third of the day. An inning later, Richardson picked up the final RBI of the game when she doubled to left field.Wisconsin didn’t go down without a fight though, seeing two more hits in the bottom of the seventh coming from fifth and sixth hitters Van Zeeland and Chloe Miller. In the end though, the Badgers closed out the inning with a runner left on base and no runs, allowing the Gophers to shut them out 3-0 and split the series.But no one can say the Minnesota win wasn’t earned. Groenewegen struck out nine batters as opposed to Darrah’s total of five and allowed only two hits. Meanwhile Darrah surrendered a total of nine hits to the Minnesota offensive attack.The Badgers will play again this Wednesday afternoon when North Dakota (8-24) comes to town.last_img read more