Connie Wong, founder and managing director of CWS Associates, will present on Dec. 15 “Inclusive Leadership: Managing Successful Teams,” on leading diverse teams and how to build a culture of inclusiveness. Wong’s talk is part of Diversity Dialogues, an ongoing series sponsored by the Faculty of Arts and Sciences. The event will be held in the Radcliffe Gym, 10 Garden St.All workshops are 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m. and are free and open to the Harvard community. Register.
The coalition of shareholders supporting the resolution had grown rapidly from a group with US$2trn assets under management at the start of this month to the US$10trn represented at the vote yesterday.A CEPB spokesperson told IPE: “Our success in building support for our resolution clearly shows that many of the world’s leading investors are now climate conscious in a way that is truly shaping and framing the climate debate.”He added: “The momentum of support for our resolution sends an undisputed signal to BHP’s Board that lobbying should not be used to delay, divert and disrupt the long-term interests of the company and its shareholders but for far more constructive purposes.”In 2017, BHP’s industry review said trade bodies should cease lobbying in climate and energy policy areas where their members are not aligned. The review followed a shareholder proposal on the subject, for which 8% BHP’s UK shareholders voted. The CEPB spokesperson said: “The vote yesterday lets BHP and its management know that the follow-through they promised in 2017 is of concern to a sizeable and powerful number of institutional investors.”BHP has said global warming is “a challenge that requires collaboration” and that it can have a positive influence within industry associations. It is currently carrying out a new review of its industry associations, the outcome of which is to be reported later this year. This article was amended to state that Church of England Pensions Board was a co-filer. A shareholder resolution asking mining company BHP to suspend its membership of trade associations not lobbying in line with the Paris Climate Agreement won just over 22% of the votes at the company’s London AGM yesterday.Co-filers of the resolution included Church of England Pensions Board (CEPB), MP Pension and Actiam, and backing also came from institutional investors with assets under management (AUM) of over US$10trn (€11.4trn), including AP7 and three other Swedish buffer funds, Greater Manchester Pension Fund, CalPERS, Folksam Group, AXA Investment Managers and Aberdeen Standard Investments.However, 70% of the votes went against the resolution. The BHP board recommended voting against it, and the standard voting recommendation from proxy advisers ISS and Glass Lewis was also to oppose it. The vote was indicative, and will not be finalised until BHP’s Sydney AGM on 7 November, when the Australian shareholder base – 58% of the total – votes on the same resolution. read more
Although Tufele has faced several obstacles in his short career — sitting out his freshman season, losing the coach who mentored him through his first two years of college football in Udeze and balancing the demands of sport and school — the people around him have hardly noticed. “He loves his family,” she said. “He’s very close to everybody in his family, he’s very connected to his family … he really respects his family so much.” “Tufele was a bright kid, respectful, very humble and just comes from a great family,” Udeze said. “Through the recruitment process it wasn’t just Tufele and I. It was his sister, his mother, his father [and] it was his little brother.” Since Tufele set foot on USC’s campus two years ago, he’s embodied the Trojan spirit. From participating in spirit rallies to giving his all during the final moments of nail-biting games, Tufele has worked to embed himself in the school’s culture. Even with the success his work ethic has afforded him, Tufele remains extremely humble. The 6-foot-3, 305-pound lineman is so soft-spoken that post-game reporters strain to hear him. He deflects attention to the efforts of his teammates even when he’s the hero of the day. “My goal is to make sure that on defense, we’re solid up front and my younger guys know what they’re doing,” Tufele said. “Just being able to take every game one by one … hopefully we do that and we get to the Pac-12 Championship.” As a dedicated student of the sport, Tufele wasted no time getting to know his defensive line coach at the time, Kenechi Udeze. Udeze, a former USC defensive lineman and Minnesota Vikings first-round draft pick, sat with Tufele in his office discussing everything from football technique to personal matters. Tufele’s effort serves him far beyond athletic output; his nose-to-the-grindstone attitude also extends to his academic and personal pursuits. Tufele’s family back in Utah was a driving force throughout his college recruitment process. Udeze worked closely with the recruit’s parents and siblings to ensure USC would be a good fit and, subsequently, to smooth his freshman-year transition. As for the current moment, Tufele is focusing on putting his team in the right position to win games. His meticulous attention to detail lends itself to impressive individual stats, but he’s more focused on what he can contribute to the team as a whole. “When we got that sack-fumble in Utah and I took it to the house, that was probably the most fun [play],” he said. “I was back home, and all my family was there … it was just very exciting.” Last year, he blocked what would have been a game-winning field goal for Washington State and ran back a fumble from Utah quarterback Tyler Huntley for a touchdown. “If Jay had a bad day, I could never tell,” Udeze said. “Jay always had a great spirit about himself … and if you meet his family, you know exactly why Jay is more special than just another young man in a jersey. Jay has so many great skills that are going to help him when he’s done playing the game of football.” Behind the No. 78 on Jay Tufele’s chest lies a heart for football, family and tradition. “There are some kids who are just empty vessels in the learning environment, and then there are some kids who just shine, and they’re really bright because it means something to them,” Udeze said. “Working with Jay was always a privilege because he always gave you what he had. It was never about effort with Jay Tufele.” Tufele’s deep sense of family — whether by blood or by choice — has shaped his identity as a player and as a person. He protects those he cares about off the field and on. For him, those connections are more important than any athletic achievement. From watching from the sidelines his first year to becoming a defensive powerhouse for the Trojans, Tufele’s humility and work ethic allow him to constantly sharpen his skills. Mimi Butler, who has been Tufele’s learning specialist since he arrived at USC two years ago, sees a kind, selfless spirit behind the lineman’s daunting figure. “I came on my visit [to USC] with [redshirt sophomore defensive lineman Marlon Tuipulotu], and … the setting, the campus, walking down the All-American Walk just felt like something special,” Tufele said. “I felt like I wanted to be here, and I wanted to be part of it, to be part of this great legacy and school. It’s rich with tradition, and I love it.” Tufele certainly paid his dues before earning a chance on the front lines. The highly sought-after four-star recruit from Salt Lake City, Utah, spent his first year at USC learning the team’s sophisticated defense from the sidelines. He put in countless hours mastering the playbook with his head down, spirits up and attention focused. “I’m close with everyone, mostly, [but] probably the D-line [the most],” he said. “They’re the first guys I ever got to know [at USC]. We’ve been together for a while, so we’re just like a bunch of adopted brothers.” For Tufele and his family, the decision to commit to USC wasn’t a difficult one. The legacy of success and tradition in both the academic and athletic arenas spoke for itself. Redshirt sophomore Jay Tufele gets in his stance before a play. Tufele has upped his production this season with 32 tackles and 3.5 sacks through 10 games. (Daily Trojan File Photo) Butler echoed that sentiment. The redshirt sophomore defensive lineman demonstrates his talent every time he steps on the football field. A reliable force on the Trojans’ front, Tufele has appeared in all 22 games since becoming eligible. This season alone, he’s garnered 32 tackles, 17 solo and five for a loss. “Nowadays, everyone always [asks], ‘What’s in it for me?’ and ‘What am I going to get out of this?’ and Jay doesn’t look at life like that,” she said. “It’s like, ‘How can I help my family?’ And I just think that’s cool.” “If Tufele were to go out there and become President of the United States, or the CEO of a Fortune 500 company … it would not be a surprise to me,” Udeze said. “[He] is one of the greatest workers I’ve ever seen at his age. It’s hard not to stare at him and watch him work.” With two years left of eligibility left at USC before he makes his NFL push, it remains to be seen how much Tufele can accomplish with his positive attitude and love for the game. read more
Remember when Jameis Winston and Marcus Mariota formed a strong 1-2 quarterback punch to open the 2015 NFL Draft? When Winston (Florida State) and Mariota (Oregon) entered the league after accomplished, Heisman Trohpy-winning college careers, many thought both would be franchise starting QBs in the NFL for a long time.Five years later, Winston remains a free agent upon the expiration of his rookie contract, replaced by Tom Brady in Tampa Bay. Mariota, who lost his No. 1 job to Ryan Tannehill in Tennessee in the middle of last season, is now Derek Carr’s backup in Las Vegas. (Getty Images) https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/a1/a4/jameis-winston-062118-getty-ftr_1cimgm4gkas0c1ogzrcoy8x2dx.jpg?t=619151468&w=500&quality=80 2. Titans draft WR Amari Cooper The Titans made a horrendous second-round pick after Mariota with their selection of Missouri’s Dorial Green-Beckham at No. 40 overall. That also indicated they were focused on wide receiver help, confirmed by their also taking then-William & Mary sleeper Tre McBride in the seventh round.Logic suggests the Titans would have landed Cooper, who had immediate success with the Raiders before exploding into a well-compensated No. 1 target for the Cowboys. Cooper would have complemented tight end Delanie Walker well, and the Titans also wouldn’t have used the No. 5 overall pick in 2017 on Corey Davis.The Titans still had the worst record in the NFL in 2015 with a rookie Mariota, finishing 3-13. That would not have changed with more of Zach Mettenberger or a veteran bridge. They would have kept their 2016 No. 1 pick instead of trading it to the Rams, and they would have taken either Goff or Wentz to be their franchise QB.Offensive tackle Jack Conklin, who left for the Browns in 2020 free agency, also would have never been a Titan in this scenario.2020 NFL DRAFT BIG BOARD:The top 100 prospects in this year’s draft class3. Jaguars draft DT Leonard WilliamsWith Fowler gone, the Jaguars wouldn’t have taken Winston or Mariota because they used the No. 3 pick on Blake Bortles in 2014. They also wouldn’t have gone wide receiver after landing Allen Robinson in the second round in 2014 and signing Allen Hurns as an undrafted free agent that same year.The Jaguars would have still addressed the defensive line with Williams, who was taken by the Jets and later traded to the Giants. In addition to being a massive versatile upgrade up front, Williams would have set the tone for the Jaguars to make a lot of plays on the second level.Imagine Williams being an initial building block for that elite Jaguars defense in 2017 that carried them to the AFC championship game. He likely would have kept the team from signing former Bronco and future Eagle Malik Jackson in free agency.4. Raiders draft WR Kevin WhiteThe Raiders also wouldn’t have gone for Winston or Mariota after using a second-round pick on Derek Carr in 2014. They would have still gone wide receiver had Cooper been off the board, only with disastrous results.White shot up board because of his dazzling athleticism to go with prolific college production. There were strong feelings the Raiders preferred him over Cooper, but they wisely went the other way. Cooper made the Pro Bowl with 72 catches for 1,070 yards and 6 TDs as a rookie catching passes from Carr in 2015. Unfortunately for White, drafted by the Bears three picks later, he suffered a shin injury that wiped out his entire rookie season.That began a serious of injury issues, including a season-ending fractured fibula in 2016 and a season-ending fractured shoulder blade in 2017. White played only five games for the Bears in four seasons before landing with the Cardinals in 2019. 7. Bears draft RB Todd GurleyA running back was on the Bears’ radar in the 2015 NFL Draft, as they took Michigan State’s Jeremy Langford in the fourth round. Although Matt Forte was coming off a seventh consecutive productive season for the team, his sudden decline in 2015 was expected given his mileage and the fact that he was nearing 30.Gurley was dynamic for the Rams before his knee injury issues kept him from living up to production expectations in relation to his lucrative second contract. He is still only 25, and there’s hope he can have a rebound season with his new team, the Falcons, in 2020.Gurley would have replaced Forte as the featured, three-down back in Chicago and carried on an elite running back tradition. A Forte-Langford committee pounded out 2,103 scrimmage yards and 14 TDs in 2015. Jordan Howard, a fourth-round pick of the Bears, made the Pro Bowl as a rookie in 2016, followed by two solid seasons before being traded to the Eagles.Gurley would have had the opportunity, support and commitment to be the same explosive, all-purpose runner he was early in his career. With him on the roster, Langford, Howard and 2019 third-rounder David Montgomery would not have been drafted by the Bears. And Gurley definitely would have given them more offensively than White did.8. Falcons still draft DE Vic Beasley Jr.The Falcons probably would have stuck with his pick with all of those players gone ahead of them. At the time, Beasley, a Clemson product, was expected to be a dominant, quick-twitch pass rusher in the NFL. He also exploded for a monster second season in 2016, leading the league with 15.5 sacks and 6 forced fumbles.Beasley transitioned to outside linebacker, and although he was still somewhat productive in getting to the quarterback, he didn’t expand his pass-rush moves and didn’t deliver as much as expected as a versatile playmaker. The Falcons got what they could out of him in five seasons before he signed with the Titans in 2020, replaced by Fowler.MORE: SN’s latest 2020 NFL mock draft9. Giants draft G Brandon ScherffThe Giants in reality took offensive tackle Ereck Flowers, who never lived up to his athletic expectations on the left side. Flowers revived his career playing inside at left guard with the rival Redskins in 2019 — where Scherff, the Redskins’ actual No. 5 overall pick in 2015, remains one of the game’s top right guards.Scherff got franchise-tagged this offseason on the heels of three Pro Bowl trips, while Flowers cashed in with the Dolphins in free agency. The Giants recovered by trading for Kevin Zeitler to play right guard in 2019 after drafting Will Hernandez in the second round to play left guard in 2018.But had the Giants had taken Scherff, he would have immediately started on the right side, flanking 2013 first-round left guard Justin Pugh. Strangely, without Scherff, the need for Zeitler made it easier to execute the Odell Beckham Jr.-Olivier Vernon trade with the Browns, which also brought the Giants safety Jabrill Peppers. Flowers did start for three seasons on the left side for the Giants, but his ineffectiveness prompted their signing of former Patriot Nate Solder to a big deal in 2018.So much for Flowers being a decade-long rock in front of Eli Manning and Daniel Jones. Now the Giants are back to having offensive tackle as a high priority for the 2020 NFL Draft, with a shaky right side and Solder turning 32. 10. Rams draft RB Melvin GordonGordon went No. 15 to the other eventual Los Angeles team, the Chargers. Even though that was five picks later — with the Vikings (CB Trae Waynes), Browns (DT Danny Shelton), Saints (G Andrus Peat) and Dolphins (WR DeVante Parker) following the Rams’ real pick of Gurley — it’s reasonable to suggest the Rams would have taken Gordon out of Wisconsin with Gurley off the board.Gordon’s five seasons with the Chargers can be described as a roller-coaster. He failed to score a touchdown and averaged only 3.5 yards per carry as a rookie. He then averaged 1,457 yards from scrimmage with 38 total TDs his next three years, establishing himself as a strong scoring and receiving back. But there also was a combination of injuries that cut short a couple of a seasons, plus an ill-advised holdout to begin the 2019 season. 5. Redskins draft QB Jameis WinstonThe Redskins did use the No. 2 pick on Robert Griffin III in 2012, a year in which they also took Kirk Cousins in the fourth round. But by 2014, Griffin’s durability issues were in full force, and Cousins looked rather shaky filling in for him before settling in as a solid replacement starter in 2015.Doug Williams, who went from Washington’s Super Bowl 22 MVP QB to a key personnel role in the front office, was an early NFL mentor to Winston. In his five seasons in Tampa Bay, where Williams also used to play, Winston was rather durable and had shown steady improvement, save for the interceptions that caused his efficiency regression in 2019.Had the Redskins taken Winston, Griffin’s fate wouldn’t have changed too much given they released him in March of 2016. Cousins was open to a trade ahead of the 2014 season, which Colt McCoy finished as Washington’s best QB option. There’s a good chance he would have landed back with offensive coordinator Kyle Shanahan in Atlanta to back up Matt Ryan before getting his starting shot with Shanahan in San Francisco in 2017, instead of the 49ers trading for Jimmy Garoppolo.Given Cousins’ resurgence as a pocket passer in Jay Gruden’s offense, perhaps Winston would have put together three strong seasons to start his career, too, and still be in Washington as the starter. The Redskins then wouldn’t have traded for Alex Smith in 2018 or drafted Dwayne Haskins in the first round in 2019.MORE NFL DRAFT:Ranking every first-round QB of Super Bowl era6. Jets draft QB Marcus MariotaThe Jets traded for Ryan Fitzpatrick to be their bridge QB in 2015 and also drafted Petty. With Williams and the those other players off the board, there’s a good chance they would have taken Mariota. They failed miserably by using a second-rounder on Christian Hackenberg in 2016, which ensured their need to take Sam Darnold at No. 3 in 2018.Although a big knock on Mariota was durability during his time with the Titans, he also had three head coaches and four offensive coordinators in five seasons. A lack of continuity is a good way to limit the growth of a talented QB.Mariota would have been a better fit with Chan Gailey, a veteran coach known for adjusting his schemes to QBs. Gailey is now back with Fitzpatrick in Miami and is likely to be charged with developing either Alabama’s Tua Tagovailoa or Oregon’s Justin Herbert in 2020.The Titans did their best to get the best out of Mariota with his athleticism and spread offense sensibilities, but their supporting personnel and mostly conservative nature hurt him, as he also missed a lot of chances to make big plays passing and running. We don’t know if it would have worked out better for Mariota with the Jets, but it would have been fun to find out. (Getty Images) https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/44/14/todd-gurley-090819-getty-ftrjpg_1syxshifx3kj01t948qn2cvu7b.jpg?t=331492117&w=500&quality=80 (Getty Images) https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/e0/5a/melvin-gordon-101217-getty-ftrjpg_1qxmq3ry3a1ja1jwq1ty50keil.jpg?t=282343327&w=500&quality=80 MORE NFL DRAFT:Read the latest NFL Draft news at SN’s draft HQThe QB class wasn’t all that strong in 2015. Winston and Mariota were the only two first-rounders among seven QBs selected. After they went off the board, in order, it was Garrett Grayson (third round), Sean Mannion (third round), Bryce Petty (fourth round), Brett Hundley (fifth round) and Trevor Siemian (seventh round).Now imagine the Bucs and Titans going in other directions at No. 1 and No. 2, respectively, and creating ripple effects throughout the league.Here’s playing “what if” and revisiting what could have happened differently in the top 10 of the 2015 NFL Draft — based on who were considered the best first-round prospects then, and not on what we know now.1. Buccaneers draft EDGE Dante Fowler Jr.The Bucs had a pretty good draft after Winston, landing left tackle Donovan Smith, left guard Ali Marpet and linebacker Kwon Alexander. They also signed wide receiver Adam Humphries as an undrafted free agent.Had they not taken Winston, they likely would have passed on one of the consensus top two wide recevers, Alabama’s Amari Cooper and West Virginia’s Kevin White, because they had Mike Evans and Vincent Jackson.The logical choice, then, would have been Fowler, who would have boosted their middling pass rush for defensive-minded coach Lovie Smith. Fowler, the Florida product, went No. 3 to the Jaguars, but the St. Petersburg native would have been much closer to home to fill a void with the Bucs.MORE: Each team’s biggest NFL Draft regretAs a situational player in Jacksonville, Fowler had limited production early in his career, but after getting traded to the Rams in 2018, he blossomed into a 11.5-sack producer in 2019 before signing a lucrative deal to join the Falcons in 2020.Mike Glennon, who didn’t see any action during Winston’s rookie season, would have been Tampa Bay’s starter in 2015 in the wake of Josh McCown’s release. The Bucs finished 6-10. Had they finished three games worse without Winston, they could have been in the top two again to get either Jared Goff or Carson Wentz.Had the Bucs stayed at No. 11, they might have fallen into the trap of reaching for massive bust Paxton Lynch. (Getty Images) https://images.daznservices.com/di/library/sporting_news/0/80/amari-cooper-092315-getty-ftrjpg_ej3aksrkhqly1omm0u6a8f71c.jpg?t=-78331761&w=500&quality=80 Although Gordon put up some numbers with the Chargers, he didn’t stand out as a special, take-over-games type of back that Gurley has been when healthy. In the end, Austin Ekeler was the preferred dynamic back for the Chargers with Gordon settling for a lesser free-agent deal than expected with the Broncos in 2020.Had the Rams taken Gordon in 2015, the Chargers could have recovered by taking David Johnson in the third round at No. 83, three spots before he really did go to the Cardinals. The Rams’ offense wouldn’t have hit the same gear with Gordon instead of Gurley.Even though Gurley is now with the Falcons, the Rams can’t have any regrets about drafting the straw who stirred their explosive offense with Sean McVay to get to a Super Bowl. read more
Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram The Hellenic Community of Moorabbin is hosting their 13th Annual Carnival this Sunday. The Carnival is proudly sponsored by the City of Kingston. There will be entertainment and an assortment of food for the whole family including children’s rides, face painting, souvlakia, and loukoumades. At 1:00 pm dancing groups will be gracing the stage for the crowd and at 3:30pm as always the Big Carnival Parade will throw lollies and prizes to the crowd. Lastly the Carnival holds a Best Dressed awards, which anyone can enter and 1st, 2nd and 3rd placed prizes can be won for best carnival outfit. The Greek Carnival has been successful in past years due to the tireless individuals who come together every year and volunteer their time to celebrate the Greek way of life in a family friendly environment. The Greek Carnival will be held on Sunday 12 February starting at 11:00 am at Lot 1 Madden Road Heatherton. read more