Purdue University Northwest recently received designation as a StormReady university.
The certification applies to both PNW’s Hammond and Westville campuses, as well as the university’s Gabis Arboretum.
The National Weather Service and the Northern Indiana and Chicago StormReady Advisory Boards awards the recognition given to government organizations, schools and cities that demonstrate a proactive approach to preparing for severe weather events, according to a PNW news release.
The university has been recognized as a StormReady university for more than eight year with certifications given every three years, according to the release.
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“We are proud to have earned this designation,” PNW Public Safety Director Brian Miller said in the release. “We have worked hard to develop a program and keep it updated so that PNW continues to meet the criteria of the National Weather Service’s StormReady program. This is one of many ways we protect the members of our university and surrounding communities.”
University officials work with the National Weather Service, the Indiana Department of Homeland Security and county officials in ensuring campus safety.
PNW’s plan for severe weather includes detailed plans for faculty, staff and visitors to follow in the event of an emergency.
Cryptocurrency prices and market share continue to increase, but the accounting and reporting remain inconsistent and a headwind to wider adoption.
Even as the blockchain and cryptoasset sectors continue to increase, both in terms of retail awareness and institutional support, guidance related to reporting and valuation remains ambiguous. While conversations around the accounting and reporting for various cryptoassets might not make the headlines that price volatility does, it is critically important for the further maturation of crypto.
Accounting and valuation rules, for lack of a better phrase, set the ground rules for how individuals and institutions should value, handle, and report these different cryptoassets. Without consistent and market-oriented rules, continued development of this sector will face substantial headwinds.
Rules and reporting frameworks, again, might not drive headlines, but taking a bigger picture perspective illustrates just how important these concepts are. The substantial price increases that have occurred in 2020 are due, at least in some part, to the increased institutional acceptance and support of cryptoassets. These large institutions, acting on behalf of clients, retirement plans, or foundation endowments as financial fiduciaries, expect and will require rules that are practical and reflective of reality.
This is not to say that there are no rules or guidelines for how individuals and institutions should treat various cryptoassets. Despite the fact that accounting standard setting bodies such as the Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) have not issued new rules or guidance, there is a consensus that seems to have been reached. For lack of a better or more appropriate methodology a classification of cryptoassets as intangible assets seems to have been reached; this is a stopgap approach at best.
Let’s take a look at a few of the issues and considerations that still need to be addressed with crypto accounting.
Generalizing as intangible is a stopgap. There are various opinions on this issue, but looking at it from a high level perspective, classifying all cryptoassets as intangible assets is not an ideal situation. It is true that cryptoassets are, in fact, intangible in nature, but that is where the similarities end. Cryptoassets do not have a finite economic life (like copyrights), nor are holders expecting a gradual degradation in value over time, so classifying them as a finite lived intangible asset does not work.
Conversely, testing these cryptoassets for impairment periodically might sound reasonable in theory, but in practice is unwieldy. First, cryptoassets often trade like equities or commodities, so the frequency of fair value testing becomes more akin to equity securities rather than intangible assets. Secondly, and more importantly, if an asset is indeed written down (impaired) that means it cannot be written back above its previous high.
In other words, if a cryptoasset is valued at $100 USD per unit, and is impaired to $80 per unit, it cannot be written back up above $100, even if the fair market value is above that level. It is hard to argue this is reflective of reality.
ST. LOUIS (KMOV.com) — Saint Louis University is participating in clinical trials of Moderna’s vaccine, and Monday, St. Louis Mayor Lyda Krewson was inside the SLU Center for Vaccine Development taking a tour of the facility.
The building is where the trial for the Moderna vaccine is being held, which SLU announced in August.
The process is part of Moderna’s plan to study the effectiveness and safety of the vaccine on 30,000 people.
Researchers were looking to vaccinate anyone 18 or older who has no known history of COVID-19 infection.
Participants were given two injections, 28 days apart and randomly selected to receive the actual vaccine or a placebo.
According to SLU, participants were not able to contract COVID-19 from the vaccine and were not deliberately exposed to the virus.
There is still no approved vaccine, though Moderna’s researchers say preliminary results show their iteration is 95 percent effective.
A recent Gallup poll found if a COVID-19 vaccine were available right now for free, 58 percent of people say they would take it.
Enrollment for the Moderna trial has ended.
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(KMOV.com) — Though Cardinals Nation holds its collective breath hoping the team figures out a way to bring back its franchise cornerstone for next season, Wednesday’s MLB transaction cycle presented an uncomfortable reality of the times.
With the World Series ending Tuesday night, this year’s class of expiring contracts across the league officially became free agents as of noon Eastern on Wednesday. For the first time in his illustrious big-league career, Yadier Molina is included on that list.
Officially, the Cardinals’ catcher since 2004 is not currently a Cardinal.
The three-year contract extension Molina signed with the Cardinals in March 2017–with the intention it would be his last deal as a player–ran through the end of the 2020 season. Although the contract has expired, his desire to keep playing has not.
Molina told reporters in January that he sought to play two more seasons in MLB after 2020. He also said he would only play those seasons with St. Louis. If the two sides couldn’t work out another contract, he said at the time, he would retire a Cardinal. Case closed.
During MLB’s COVID shutdown, however, Molina changed his mind. He said the pandemic forced him to reconsider his priorities. Molina still intended to play two more years, but added that if the Cardinals weren’t willing to keep him, he would take his talents elsewhere. That declaration from earlier this year carries more weight now that the 38-year-old catcher has been officially declared a free agent.
All teams have a five-day exclusive negotiating window with their departing free agents before the players are free to sign with new teams. For the Cardinals, Molina’s longtime batterymate Adam Wainwright is a free agent, as well. The team has gone year-to-year with the 39-year-old pitcher each of the last two seasons, but this year could also be different for Wainwright. Some have speculated that both Molina and Wainwright could relocate from the Cardinals, joining a new franchise as a package deal. A reunion with Albert Pujols in Los Angeles would be a tough image to stomach.
Other free agents for St. Louis include Brad Miller and Matt Wieters. Miller was an effective bat for the Cardinals in 2020, a savvy signing in February for just $2 million. A reunion at a similar price point shouldn’t be out of the question. That’s what happened between the Cardinals and Wieters, who signed a pair of one-year deals with St. Louis before 2019 and 2020. For next season, though, it’s possible the Cardinals shift to up-and-coming catcher Andrew Knizner for full-time backup duties–unless, of course, the Cardinals find themselves in need of a primary starter at the position.
That all depends what happens with Molina. While it would be a stain on the reputation of the Cardinals to let their star catcher–a member of the organization since he was drafted in 2000–end his career elsewhere, it’s unclear how far the team is willing to go financially to avoid that scenario. Molina’s previous contract put his annual
USA TODAY Sports’ Paul Myerberg breaks down the latest Amway Coaches Poll.
The Big Ten and Mountain West are joining college football party this week. And while they’re both fashionably late – but not as late as the MAC or Pac-12 – their arrival means the volume of games increases and story lines get more intriguing.
Ohio State, Michigan, Penn State and Wisconsin are all harboring thoughts of reaching the College Football Playoff. They’ll be looking to get their season’s off on the right foot. As other leagues have shown, there should be some bumps in the road with an unprecedented preparation for the season and the lack of non-conference matchups allowing a smooth segue into conference play.
For those almost at the midpoints of their season, there’s still games with conference championship an playoff implications on the line, meaning there’s something for everyone in Week 8.
Here are the five biggest questions for Saturday:
What would be a positive for Michigan?
A win, first of all, for the No. 17 Wolverines against No. 21 Minnesota. But there are certain markers beyond the final score that might suggest that Michigan is capable of winning the Big Ten title. One would be the play of new quarterback Joe Milton, who oozes talent but has made 11 pass attempts across his first two seasons. Another is how the secondary fares against a Minnesota passing game that finished second in the conference last season in efficiency. The Wolverines closed last season allowing a combined seven touchdowns on 12.3 yards per attempt in losses to Ohio State and Alabama. Saturday’s prime-time matchup against a trendy program would show progress and set up Michigan as a contender in the East division.
Michigan running back Zach Charbonnet carries the ball during his team’s 2019 game against Michigan State at Michigan Stadium. (Photo: Rick Osentoski, USA TODAY Sports)
Is this the Big 12 game of the year?
It’s hard to conceive that the conference won by Oklahoma for the past five seasons will have its showcase game without the Sooners. That’s what Saturday’s clash between No. 6 Oklahoma State and No. 18 Iowa State in Stillwater looks like. The Cowboys and Cyclones are two of three teams – along with Kansas State – unbeaten in Big 12 play. Oklahoma already has losses to the latter two, putting it on the outside of the race. OSU quarterback Spencer Sanders is healthy after being injured in the first quarter of the season opener. True freshman Shane Illingworth has filled in admirably. Both could play. Iowa State’s tandem of quarterback Brock Purdy and running back Breece Hall will carry the team’s hopes of road upset that puts them in the driver’s seat for a spot in the conference championship game. Should be a fun shootout with plenty of drama.
Stacey Bendet’s new job platform Creatively is now offering free educational programming.
Celebrity fashion designer Zac Posen headlines the series, which kicks off on Oct. 19, with a class in draping on Oct. 27.
Creatively, which is free, allows members to use its portfolio tools to showcase their work and find jobs and internships. The membership includes people in marketing, advertising, photography, graphic design, filmmaking, fashion, beauty and more.
Bendet and Creatively’s CEO Greg Gittrich and chief product officer Joe Indriolo launched the platform in May. There are currently 40,000 members.
Bendet, who co-founded alice+olivia in 2002 and now serves as the fashion brand’s CEO, started Creatively out of frustration at how hard it could be to find the right creatives for her company. She went looking for a LinkedIn-like platform that caters to the more artistic set, but she couldn’t find anything.
“If I was hiring like someone in sales, you use LinkedIn, you find out where they worked and what they did,” Bendet told Variety. “When you’re hiring someone who’s creative, it doesn’t matter what their resume says, you need to see their actual work. So then you end up in this deep dive of their Instagram and their website before you hire them for a project. I couldn’t believe that there’s no other place to recruit talent that allows you to do it in a more sort of collaborative way. I kept thinking there needs to be a LinkedIn for the creative world.”
Along with Posen’s class, the education series also includes:
Hairstylist Danielle Priano, hairstyling
Fashion director Rajni Jacques, creative direction
Baker and entrepreneur, Amirah Kassem, cake decorating
Dancer and choreographer Galen Hooks, dance and movement
Illustrator and artist Amber Vittoria, abstract portraiture
Creative director Kameron Mack, video storytelling
British Vogue contributing editor Susan Bender, creating a moodboard
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