ESG data firm Sustainalytics takes over GES International

first_imgDutch data specialist Sustainalytics has acquired Swedish share ownership services group GES International.As a consequence, Sustainalytics now employs more than 500 staff operating from 17 offices worldwide.Stockholm-based GES International specialises in engagement and voting for institutional investors, while Sustainalytics gathers and analyses data on environmental, social and corporate governance (ESG) criteria and publishes ESG ratings.Sustainalytics said the activities of both companies were complementary to each other, with Sustainalytics providing information for investment choices and GES delivering services required by investors after buying assets. GES International has been campaigning for fairer practices in the cocoa sectorIn recent years the Swedish firm has been pressuring chocolate producers to take action against child labour on cocoa plantations in Ivory Coast and Ghana, and to ensure that plantations pay their staff decent wages.GES also publishes an annual list of cocoa processing companies and their relevant policies. Last year, it showed that Mondelez – owner of the Milka, Cadbury, Côte d’Or and Toblerone brands – and US manufacturer Hershey were the best and worst performers, respectively.Michael Jantzi, founder and director of Sustainalytics, said he expected that the merger would widen the company’s services for its 550 pension fund and asset manager clients.Sustainalytics said that almost all current 65 GES staff would continue working for the new combination.“As investors place an increasingly high value on constructive engagement with portfolio companies, we are delighted to join a firm as highly respected and like-minded as Sustainalytics,” said Hanna Roberts, GES’ chief executive.“Capitalising on Sustainalytics’ rich product portfolio and extensive global footprint, we will be able to offer our clients higher-quality products and deeper international resources.”Last year, Sustainalytics acquired Solaron Sustainability Services, a firm focusing on gathering information about controversial issues at companies in emerging markets. It also struck a partnership with FTSE Russell to allow the index provider to construct benchmarks based on Sustainalytics’ ratings. PGGM, the €215bn asset manager for the large Dutch healthcare scheme PFZW, has outsourced part of its engagement activities to GES.last_img read more

Hunt for businesses sans permits starts today

first_imgYesterday morning, Business Permitsand Licensing Office (BPLO) head Norman Tabud said some 9,000 businesses outthe target 16,391 were issued permits. According to Tabud, by noon about11,000 businesses managed to pay while the computation for 14,000 others werealready complete for the next step with was the payment. “Angmga wala maka-renew pasaraduhan ta until makakuhapermit with penalty na,” said MayorJerry Treñas. PHOTO BY GLENDA TAYONA/PN ILOILO City – The period for therenewal of business permits ended last night. Today, the city government willstart inspecting business establishments. He added: “Ang ginalagas man lang is the payment — dapat maka-pay sila. Angprinting sang permit and businesslicense plate to follow na lang afterJan. 20.” He was referring to the MalabananSiphoning Services which littered the city with stickers advertising itsservices yet the BPLO had no idea it did not have a permit. The most prevalent type of businesses in the city were inwholesale trade and merchandising, followed by the food and beverage andhospitality sectors, with real estate and leasing coming in fourth. “Nag-create na ko gani task force para mabuligan sya,” stressed the mayor.center_img BPLO’s 2018 data showed that the business sector here waspredominantly made up of microenterprises – around 90 percent of which hadasset sizes of not more than P3 million. “Walana sang extension so dapat makasulod ang application today. As long as may ara pa clients within the premisesof the one-stop shop i-accommodate gid naton,” Tabud said. As of this writing yesterdayafternoon, business owners were still crowding city hall’s one-stop shop toprocess their business permits. “So very disappointing, it should nothappen again,” Treñas stressed./PN In today’s start of inspections, theBPLO would be assisted by the Bureau of Fire Protection, City Tourism andDevelopment Office and the City Treasure’s Office. Treñas recently reprimanded Tabud forcomplaining that the latter’s office did not have enough logistics to check ifsome businesses were operating without permits. It recently came to Treñas’ attention that a septic tankdesludging company had long been operating without a business permit.last_img read more

Wilma F. Allen, 77, Laurel, Indiana

first_imgWilma F. Allen, age 77, of Laurel, Indiana died Sunday, January 27, 2019 at Fayette Regional Health System in Connersville, Indiana.Born June 5, 1941 in Connersville, Indiana she was the daughter of the late Cecil & Rosella (Wyatt) Wilson. She was united in marriage on December 24, 1959 to Isham Allen, and he preceded her in death on March 22, 2003.Wilma was a member of the Alpine Trinity Holiness Church. In her leisure time she enjoyed reading her bible and spending time with her family.Survivors include three daughters, Beth (Bill) Frye of Laurel, Indiana, Michelle Allen of Laurel, Indiana and Tonya Hicks of Metamora, Indiana; two grandchildren, Brandon Hicks & Kevin Hicks; two great-grandchildren, Karlee Fuson and Blake Frye; a sister, Carol (Dean) Ison of Metamora, Indiana and a brother Daniel Wilson of Metamora, Indiana.In addition to her parents & husband Isham, she was preceded in death by three brothers, William Wilson, Samuel Wilson, and Cecil R. Wilson.Family & friends may visit from 5 until 8:00 P.M. on Thursday, January 31, 2019 at Metamora Church of God, 20124 U.S. Highway 52, Laurel, Indiana.Tony Stidham will officiate the Funeral Services on Friday, February 1, 2019 at Metamora Church of God, burial will then follow in Cupps Chapel Cemetery in Metamora, Indiana.Phillips & Meyers Funeral Home is honored to serve the Allen family, to sign the online guest book or send personal condolences please visit www.phillipsandmeyers.com .last_img read more

Senior Kendrick Castillo identified as student killed in CO shooting

first_imgWednesday, police identified the student who was killed in Tuesday’s shooting at the STEM School Highlands Ranch in Colorado as 18-year-old Kendrick Castillo.Kendrick was shot to death while attempting to stop the shooter, and eight others were injured.A female classmate told reporters Kendrick charged the shooter giving students time to hide and flee the scene.Kendrick’s parents broke their silence Wednesday confirming to reporters that he was killed in the shooting, adding, that their son was a hero and want the public to know what a great kid he was.Kendrick was a senior set to graduate at the end of the month, and Friday would have been his last day of school.He enjoyed computer information technology and was on the school’s robotics team.Douglas County Sheriff Tony Spurlock said there were “very heroic things” that took place inside the school, including students attempting to stop the shooters.last_img read more

England Favourites in Tests vs India : Chris Gayle

first_imgNew Delhi: West Indian power-hitter Chris Gayle on Friday said England are the favourites to win the ongoing five-match Test rubber but at the same time Team India are capable of pulling off a surprise, going by the way Virat Kohlis men are giving a tough fight in the first Test at the Edgbaston Cricket Ground.“I believe England are the favourites because they are playing under familiar conditions, but at the same time I would say it’s not that easy against this Indian team,” Gayle said after being unveiled as brand ambassador of Adda52 Poker gaming site here on Friday.On being probed if the current India side had in them to win the series, the Jamaican said: “Why not? Aren’t they humans?”Asked to rate India skipper Virat’s fighting century in India’s first innings, Gayle said it was one of the best of the 29-year-old who has 22 Test tons to his credit.On Thursday, Virat scored a masterly 149, his first hundred in England to rescue the visitors from a precarious position.“It’s a great start to the series for India, Virat single-handedly carried the fight to the opposition. This must surely be one of his best Test innings,” he said.“A lot has been said about Virat’s form in England but hopefully that knock will spur him and the team during the series,” he added.Gayle, who recently made his comeback to the national side, exuded confidence on his fitness and said he is ready for the 2019 World Cup.“I will have to sit with the coaches and selectors and ask them about their plan. I am confident of playing the World Cup,” Gayle said.Gayle also revealed that he had no plans of hanging his boots, saying he would like to play at least another year.“My plan is to play till the 2020 World T20 in Australia,” he said.Asked if the World Cup will lose its charm without the likes of retired South African AB de Villiers, Gayle replied in his flamboyant style: “Chris Gayle will be there. What are you worried for?”Asked about the youngsters in the West Indies side who could become the x-factor in the 2019 World Cup, Gayle pinned his hopes on Evin Lewis, Shimron Hetmyer and Shai Hope.“Evin Lewis and the former U19 captain Shimron Hetmyer are two valuable names who look good for the future of West Indies cricket with their explosive batting. Hetmyer is very talented and definitely one for the future.“I would mention Shai Hope as well, he is still young but his two centuries against England also make him an exciting prospect for West Indies going into the 2019 World Cup,” he said. IANSlast_img read more

MPs to question FA boss over corruption claims

first_imgCHAIRMAN of the Football Association (FA) Greg Clarke has been called to face questions from MPs amid several cases of alleged corruption within the game.He will go before the Culture, Media and Sport committee after a series of claims by the Daily Telegraph.The allegations have already led to Sam Allardyce losing his job as England manager.The committee said recent events had shown “continuing major failings” in the system of football governance.The FA’s director of governance, Darren Bailey, will also give evidence at the hearing on October 17.Allardyce left his post last week after claims he told undercover reporters posing as businessmen how to “get around” player transfer rules.Among other claims reported by the Telegraph, former Premier League manager Harry Redknapp is alleged to have said his players bet on the result of one of their matches.The newspaper also claimed that eight current or ex-Premier League managers had taken bribes for player transfers.The commons committee issued a strong statement saying it had “repeatedly urged the football authorities to improve self-governance”.“Although the committee’s recommendations have been backed by successive sports ministers and progress has been promised by the FA, in practice very little has changed: the governance of football is cumbersome, and power lies with the clubs, especially in the Premier League,” the statement said.It added: “Real reform in relation to the ownership of clubs, transfers of players, the influence of fans, the role of agents and investment in the grassroots – amongst other issues – has stalled.”In the last Parliament, the committee recommended legislation to enforce good governance if no further progress had been made.Following the revelations, ex-FA executive director David Davies said the FA was “screaming out to be reformed” while former FA chief executive David Bernstein, said the organisation produced “poor results” adding “it isn’t a coincidence these things keep happening”.(BBC Sport)last_img read more

Cricket News No one can come near England currently in the ODI format: James Anderson

first_img For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. New Delhi: The England cricket team has made a remarkable recovery in their limited-overs fortunes after crashing out in the league stages of the 2015 World Cup in Australia and New Zealand. Under Eoin Morgan’s leadership, ‘new’ England has dominated the limited-overs set-up in the last couple of seasons. Since 2017, Morgan’s side has won their last nine series, excluding the one-off ODI loss against Scotland, including 3-1 recently in Sri Lanka. The recently-concluded series saw England winning all three formats against Sri Lanka, including a 3-0 whitewash in the Tests. James Anderson, England’s leading wicket-taker in tests, believes England will have to play incredibly badly if they do not win the 2019 World Cup which will be played at home this time.Speaking in an episode of Tailenders Podcast, Anderson said Virat Kohli’s Indian cricket team comes closest when it comes to matching England’s consistency. “But I think in our conditions I don’t think anyone is going to come near so I think we’ve really got to screw up if we don’t win the World Cup. There’s no-one really anywhere near [England] in the one-day form, probably India,” Anderson said.Read More | MS Dhoni is the hero of the country, learnt a lot from him: PantEngland is building solid momentum ahead of the 2019 World Cup and has been in dominant form in 2018. They hammered Australia 4-1 and secured a tense 3-2 win over New Zealand. In their first series at home, England achieved history by whitewashing Australia 5-0 for the first time ever and they topped it off with a brilliant 2-1 series win against a formidable Indian side.Read More | Virat Kohli engineered Anil Kumble’s exit, according to leaked emailsIn 2015, they were facing a must-win game against Bangladesh in their last league game in Adelaide but they lost by 15 runs to crash out of the tournament. The loss saw the exit of coach Peter Moores. In ICC events, England have only won the 2010 World T20 under the leadership of Paul Collingwood while in the World Cups, they have lost in the final three times in 1979, 1987 and 1992. They also lost in the final of the ICC Champions Trophy in 2013 while in 2017, they were knocked out by Pakistan in the semi-finals. Both the tournaments were held in England. last_img read more

Yankees losing October magic

first_imgAfter an explosive five-run inning in Game One of the ALDS, the newer version of the New York Yankees’ “Murderers Row” was anointed the best lineup ever, and the elusive 27th championship seemed all but won.Unfortunately for Yankee fans — and the Yankee players — someone forgot to tell the Detroit Tigers.Jim Leyland’s ball club dominated the series, thoroughly out-pitching and out-hitting the Bronx Bombers en route to Detroit’s first playoff series win since 1987. The Yankees, who suffered their third first-round playoff exit in the last five years, are currently in a state of turmoil, just like after every season that does not result in a championship ring.Baseball fans around the country are left scratching their heads, wondering how such a talented and explosive offensive team will not win the World Series.I, for one, am not surprised by the Yankees’ lackluster performance.The 2001 Arizona Diamondbacks, 2003 Florida Marlins, 2004 Boston Red Sox and 2005 Chicago White Sox all had one thing in common: a rotation full of big arms that carried their team to the Promised Land. I’m not telling you MLB fans out there anything you don’t already know. Good pitching always beats good hitting. And in many situations, as we saw this weekend, great pitching can shut down great hitting.The Yankees may have led the American League in wins, runs and RBIs this season, but the Tigers led the majors in pitching and finished the regular season with only two fewer wins than the Yankees.While the baseball world was in awe of the star-studded lineup that featured a nine-spot hitter who was five percentage points away from winning the AL batting title, I was wondering how the Yankees intended to win in October with Chien-Ming Wang, a slumping Mike Mussina, an over-the-hill Randy Johnson and Jaret Wright. Apparently, my fears were spot on as, once again, the Yankees’ inability to get consistent starting pitching in the postseason landed them on the outside looking in.If there ever were a lineup that could slug their way to a championship, it was the 2006 New York Yankees — but clearly that lineup was only good on paper.A championship-winning lineup is balanced, with a variety of players who all bring something different to the table. The Yankees, on the other hand, were a home-run-happy ball club who thought they could slug their way to the World Series.Johnny Damon is a prototype leadoff hitter, Derek Jeter is the best No. 2 hitter in the game and Bobby Abreu is an on-base percentage machine. But after that, the Yankee hitters are all exactly the same. A-Rod, Jason Giambi, Gary Sheffield, Hideki Matsui and Jorge Posada are all model cleanup hitters who bring the same set of skills to the table: long-ball ability, but more importantly, the tendency to strike out against good pitching. When the Yankees were in desperate need of base runners this weekend, Giambi, A-Rod and Sheffield all looked as if they were trying to hit grand slams with nobody on base.Also, fans, analysts and everybody else who prematurely deemed the Yankees World Champions ignored the fact that Matsui and Sheffield were returning from what were originally thought to be season-ending injuries. The sluggers never recaptured the consistency that made them the great players they were in years past.As long as the Yankees have a $200 million payroll, it will always be considered a disappointment if they aren’t the last team standing. But it is becoming quite clear that in today’s game, there is not a direct correlation between spending money and winning championships.Anything can happen in the postseason, especially in a five-game series. The Tigers were a better team than the Yankees for the majority of the season, so it shouldn’t be such a shock that they were the superior team in October.Say it ain’t JoeThe most unfortunate part about the Yankees’ embarrassing postseason performance is that reports are surfacing that Joe Torre could feel the wrath of impatient owner George Steinbrenner by week’s end.If the Boss lets emotion get the best of him, Steinbrenner will be ignoring the Yankees’ improbable regular season run to their ninth straight division title and arguably Torre’s greatest managerial season of his storied career. After both Sheffield and Matsui went down for the majority of the season, Torre was able to lead the Yankees to the most wins in the American League.After losing a projected 60 home runs and 240 RBIs, the Yanks didn’t lose a step despite playing with the likes of second-year man Melky Cabrera, ageless wonder Bernie Williams, journeyman infielder Miguel Cairo and utility infielder Andy Phillips for most of the summer.Following another injury, this time to all-star second baseman Robinson Cano, the Yankees were pronounced dead in the highly-competitive American League East.But the Yankees persevered and, after a five-game sweep against the Red Sox in Beantown, the Yankees were on cruise control to the postseason.I can’t say this any clearer: Firing Joe Torre would be the most ignorant and egotistical decision the Yankees front office could make.Torre has won four World Series titles and more than 1,000 games as manager of the Yankees, while keeping the biggest egos in the game in check.Torre does not decide which overpriced free agents don the pinstripes, nor should he be held accountable when so-called “proven commodities” don’t show up on the biggest stage. Torre did not throw a pitch or swing a bat this postseason and Jeter, Damon, Mariano Rivera and Scott Proctor have all publicly defended Torre, endorsing his return for the 2007 campaign.A-BombI have been defending Alex Rodriguez for months now and I will never condone the harsh treatment he receives at Yankee Stadium, but it seems that operation A-Rod in New York is never going to yield positive results.The two-time MVP went 1-for-14 during the four-game loss to the Tigers and Saturday Rodriguez was dropped to eighth in the batting order for the first time in a decade.A-Rod is 3-for-29 (.103) in his past two playoff series and 4-for-41 (.098) without an RBI in his last 12 postseason games.I’m not saying A-Rod will never be a clutch postseason performer or that he is solely responsible for the disappearance of the Yankee bats, but for the time being, it seems like the big-hit Yankee fans and Rodriguez are waiting for is never going to happen. A-Rod’s struggles, though blown out of proportion, undoubtedly affected the chemistry and performance of the team down the stretch. Unfortunately for A-Rod, he will never be embraced by the fans and, as a result, will never be able to exercise his October demons.There are plenty of teams out there that would love to have the most talented player in the game, and it’s time Yankees GM Brian Cashman starts to entertain the notion of departing with the bewildered slugger.If 20 years of following Yankee baseball has taught me anything, it’s that when the Yankees take the field in 2007, they are going look drastically different. But hopefully, for New York’s sake, they will have the same manager and a new third baseman.Andrew is a junior majoring in journalism. If you are a disgruntled Yankee fan who is having trouble sleeping at night, contact him at akluger@badgerherald.com.last_img read more

UW wears down ‘The U’ in Orlando

first_imgSophomore running back John Clay\’s game MVP performance led the Wisconsin Badgers to a 20-14 victory over the Miami Hurricanes in Orlando.[/media-credit]ORLANDO, Fla. — The game plan was simple: play tough physical football, control the clock and leave the Champs Sports Bowl with a win and a 10-3 season.That’s exactly what the Wisconsin Badgers did Tuesday night, dominating the No. 14 Miami Hurricanes 20-14 at the Florida Citrus Bowl. Considering it was essentially home game for Miami, the result was especially impressive on a cold night in Orlando.“What you have to understand a little bit with Wisconsin is we kind of take a boxer’s mentality offensively,” head coach Bret Bielema said. “Wear you out, wear you out, throw the body punches. Eventually that cumulative effect will be a ‘W,’ and that was what was able to happen.”After just 23 seconds, however, the game appeared to be headed in a different direction.On the game’s opening kickoff, Miami’s Graig Cooper took the ball back 84 yards to the Wisconsin 6-yard line. Following a 10-yard penalty for an illegal block in the back, Cooper took the ball outside for 16 yards and the score, putting the Hurricanes up 7-0 early.The game’s final 59:37 was all Wisconsin, though.Behind quarterback Scott Tolzien and running back John Clay, the Badgers did exactly what Bielema wanted them to do: they wore Miami down until they were unable to stop the UW rushing attack.Clay, who was named the game’s MVP by the media, finished with 121 yards rushing on 22 carries and a pair of touchdowns despite missing significant portions of the second half due to injury.Tolzien, a junior who surprised many people when he earned the starting role in fall camp, was poised and effective, passing for 260 yards while completing 19 of 26 attempts. He did have one turnover, an interception in the second quarter, but the Wisconsin defense backed him up as Miami lost 19 yards on the drive and punted after going three-and-out.After the game, Tolzien credited his strong performance to his development throughout the 2009 season.“There’s no substitute for game experience,” Tolzien said. “One thing I’ve tried to do for ever since coming into the program was stick to the plan and trust the coaches, trust the system and work hard.“That combined with all the talent we have on our offense has really made my job come along real smoothly throughout the year.”Aside from the usual star performers, junior tight end Lance Kendricks showed what the Wisconsin coaches knew about him all along: he has the ability to be a major playmaker in the Badgers’ offense.With the Miami corners effectively shutting down the UW receivers, Kendricks and Tolzien exploited the coverage of the Hurricanes’ linebackers over the middle, as they connected seven times for 128 yards in the game.“We had a long preparation, I put a lot of time into it, our scheme was well thought out and whenever the ball came to me, I took advantage of it,” Kendricks said. “I was the open guy, so that’s just how it came out.”Defensively, the Badgers made things difficult for Miami all night, holding them to just 188 yards through the air and 61 yards on the ground, the 10th straight opponent to rush for fewer than 100 yards against the UW defense.The result was just 14 points for an explosive Miami offense as quarterback Jacory Harris struggled to find a rhythm, completing just 16-of-29 passes for 188 yards and a touchdown while taking five sacks.With seniors O’Brien Schofield and Chris Maragos on their side of the ball, the performance by the UW defense came as little surprise.“After they got that onside kick, and I had to go back out there for defense, I was really excited,” Schofield said. “I knew, you know, being on the field, I had a chance to win this game. So, it really meant a lot.”Wisconsin’s final defensive stand, which lasted just 39 seconds and featured four plays for a loss of three yards by the Hurricanes, was the final statement made by a team that came to central Florida looking to show the nation what it could do.After leaving the same stadium with an embarrassing 42-13 loss a year ago against another Florida team in Florida State, the Badgers’ 20-14 victory over Miami showed a marked difference in the 2009 version of the Wisconsin football team from that of 2008.According to junior defensive end J.J. Watt, the Badgers’ dominating performance in Hawaii earlier this month played a huge role in that difference.“This makes a big statement,” Watt said. “It was prime time television, a lot of people were watching and we’re really excited about the statement we sent today. Wisconsin football is back to where it belongs, Wisconsin football is power football, tough football and it’s going to be a tough team to beat.“We’re really excited about what we did today.”With a Champs Sports Bowl victory under their belts, Watt and several other Badgers plan to stay in the Sunshine State a few extra days to celebrate.“I’m going down to Miami to hang out with a couple of my teammates for a few days, then my family’s coming down and we’re going on a cruise,” Watt said. “It’s safe to assume that I’ll be wearing red all over Miami.“I saw the “U” a lot today, so I’m excited to throw up the “W” all over down there.”View more photos from the game.last_img read more

USC tackles homelessness in LA and on campus

first_imgBrenda Wiewel, director of the initiative, was appointed by Quick at the initiative’s launch. The program aims to develop a way in which USC could contribute to the government, non-profit and business worlds in order to eliminate homelessness at a local level.   Wiewel said the ultimate goal is to make sure that each student is fully aware of the issue and can find some way to address it, no matter what field they are studying.  Wiewel emphasized the importance of active engagement from the USC community, whether they are educated on the issue or not. She said community members across the University can help in the initiative’s efforts. “The more people are talking about the issue really helps in terms of decreasing stigma and proliferating resources and breaking down this barrier so that more people can access the resources,” Vandenberg said. “Homelessness and hunger are real on every college campus, especially [at USC], despite the inceptions of what students go here.” While this number increased in the past year, Wiewel said she hopes to ensure that the University remains a source of problem solving during this crisis. She said that at first, the initiative faced challenges regarding the services the University would be able to provide. However, she emphasized the importance of a united community and interdisciplinary collaboration to find solutions to homelessness.  Max Prosser, a sophomore majoring in dance, said while he has heard of the initiative, he believes that increased engagement on campus would encourage students to become more involved. “The vision is that anyone that graduates from USC should have an educated view on why there is homelessness, who people are that are homeless,” Wiewel said. “They shouldn’t be the ones frightened or stigmatizing or stereotyping, we would want them to understand the complexities, to have compassion, and to find some way to make a contribution.” California’s homelessness problem is receiving federal attention. Two weeks ago, President Donald Trump sent multiple administrative officials to Los Angeles  to assess the city’s homelessness crisis and earlier this week, L.A. City Councilman Joe Busciana asked Gov. Gavin Newsom to declare a state of emergency on homelessness.  Alec Vandenberg, a senior majoring in public policy, has been actively engaged in tackling the issue of homelessness at the University, focusing primarily on USC students who face food insecurity. While Vandenberg believes that homelessness in the city is a dire issue that needs to be addressed, he said Trump has yet to take action on the issue. While federal and local leaders have been debating solutions and devising policy recommendations, USC’s own Homelessness Initiative has been actively working to address the issue in the surrounding university community.  “USC began to look at [the issue] and say maybe we can help,”  Wiewel said. “We have a lot of resources here, how can we use our resources, how can we partner, collaborate, come together and be a part of the solution because [the USC community] is not an island … we have some responsibility to help.” The initiative plans to host many events this year, beginning with a homelessness awareness week in November. The committee planning the event meets every Monday, and Vandenberg said that more engagement and conversation about the issue among students will allow more people to access resources. The USC Initiative to End Homelessness launched in spring 2016 as part of Provost Michael Quick’s university-wide plan to tackle “wicked problems,” or challenges in the 21st century.  The Initiative has partnered with many resources such as the Trojan Food Pantry, located at Parkside Apartments. The pantry, which was established in 2018, was created to address the needs of students who might be facing homelessness and food insecurity. center_img In early June, L.A. city officials reported that homelessness in the county, which counts the number of people living on the streets, in vehicles and in shelters, increased by 12%. The same report found that within the city, the number of homeless individuals increased to more than 36,000, a 16% increase from 2018. Over the past academic year, the initiative had over 1,500 student volunteers, who completed over 132,000 hours of service. This year, the initiative is also encouraging students to work on the research team, led by the Dworak-Peck School of Social Work, starting in December as part of its annual effort with the L.A. homelessness count.  “We need a group of people who are at a place where they can really understand [the issue] at a much more sophisticated level,” Wiewel said. “To be able to actually use their knowledge and intelligence to help solve it.” Along with creating on campus resources, the initiative has been successful in launching outreach programs. A new program with the Keck School of Medicine and the Los Angeles County Hospital was developed to address the medical needs of homeless people. The program, called the Street Medicine Institute, trains health care providers in treating those on the streets and develops a way of helping homeless individuals who were admitted into hospitals. “I don’t know a whole lot about it … but I feel like [the issue of homelessness] is important, and we need to do more about it,” Prosser said. “I should be better, and I feel like I should get more involved with it.” This year, Wiewel hopes to develop more meaningful relationships with the L.A. community. She also hopes that the leadership of Carol Folt as USC president will help expand the initiative’s efforts.  “I felt like the focus that [the president] wanted to do was to criminalize the people who are homeless, and in essence get the police involved,” Wiewel said. “What they end up doing is just filling the jails with people who are homeless, and it isn’t effective.” “A lot of people agree that there’s a housing shortage, there’s a housing affordability issue and all that ties in together, and there’s got to be a lot of tools in the toolbox to deal with that,” Vandenberg said. “But if the federal government is serious about tackling homelessness and housing security, we know the resources it’s going to take, we know what policies and programs work. It’s ultimately putting the money where your mouth is.” The USC Homelessness Initiative has made various efforts since its launch in 2016 to address homelessness in Los Angeles County, including helping with the annual citywide homelessness count. ( Emily Smith | Daily Trojan) The initiative has also encouraged students to engage in problem solving in the classroom, partnering with the School of Architecture to challenge students to create affordable and implementable housing projects.  Wiewel, who works with a steering committee comprising 12 USC deans, believes that federal attention on the issue will be beneficial, even though the differing perspectives voiced from the White House might fail to address homelessness in a constructive way.  “The deans are still in place, and they still care, and each of the schools are doing interesting things,” Wiewel said. “But, I have a feeling that because [Folt] really wants to see [USC] be a partner in the community and contribute, this is such a perfect opportunity because we have already established a foundation for it, and we have a lot of expertise and a lot of interest from students.”last_img read more