Despite Hershey the dog’s day in the spotlight, Lincoln lab mix remains up for adoption – KMTV – 3 News Now

LINCOLN, Neb. (KMTV) — Hershey the dog looks just like any other chocolate lab mix. He’s not overweight, or diseased, or showing any traces of scars from a past rough-and-tumble life. He looks like a pretty standard lab with a goofy smile, and his eyes and coat are the same color as a Hershey’s chocolate bar, hence the name.

So what is setting him apart?

Nothing that is a fault of his own. Hershey has been available for adoption for two straight years as of Tuesday at Dolly’s Legacy Animal Rescue in Lincoln, but has actually been experiencing shelter life longer than that. Dolly’s rescued him from a shelter in rural Southeast Missouri in order to bring him to Nebraska’s capital city.

That means he has spent over one-third of his life up for adoption, because he is only just over six years old.

The nonprofit animal rescue posted about Hershey on Facebook Tuesday to draw attention to the 62-pound sweetie. The post was shared nearly 1,000 times and got people talking, but still did not result in his adoption.

As of Wednesday night, Executive Director Kerri Kelly of Dolly’s Legacy Animal Rescue confirmed that Hershey “Hershey is still in need of a home and has no pending applications or interest for adoption,” but that he “deserves his happily ever after.”

Hershey’s doggy profile page still reflects that he is available as of Thursday afternoon. He is neutered, microchipped, and free to adopt for whoever wants to be his forever home, since a donor already sponsored the $50 adoption fee.

If you think you could be the parent for this pup, adoption applications are available on Dolly’s Legacy Animal Rescue page linked above, and other inquiries can be sent to [email protected]

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Company-Specific ESG Adoption Pushes Leaders to Dig Deeper – Sustainable Brands

The rise of company-specific materiality assessments will require companies to undertake substantial organizational and behavioral adjustments, reduce their reliance on standardized metrics, and incent investors to dig more deeply into the inner workings of individual portfolio companies.

The emergence of ESG issues has generated a wholesale reevaluation of
corporations’ so-called social compact. It has upended the concept of
and raised questions about traditional methods of auditing and evaluating
companies. Corporate externalities, intangibles, purpose, culture, values and
other qualitative factors — formerly characterized as non-financial — are now
recognized as integral to a company’s risk profile, financial health and
long-term value. Accordingly, corporate executives and boards of directors are
expected to attend to an expanding list of ESG topics including climate change,
human capital management, pay equity, gender and ethnic diversity and justice,
the wealth gap, human rights, immigration, gun control, domestic terrorism,
voting rights, political contributions and more.

Simultaneously with their impact on corporations, ESG issues are having a
transformative effect on institutional investors and shareholders. Giant
financial institutions such as
State Street,
Fidelity and many other asset owners and managers around the globe, are
waking up to the need to include ESG factors in their investment decision-making
and stewardship of portfolio companies — and millennial and Gen Z investors are
bringing their personal concerns about the environment, society and politics
into their selection of asset managers, their choice of asset classes and
directly into their engagement with the companies they own. ESG issues have
become a dominant focus for shareholder
and have contributed to their growing record of success. Social media is further
accelerating the process by which corporations are linked to ESG issues in the

E and S versus G

The transition to ESG engagement presents company managers with substantial new
challenges. In particular, the monitoring of environmental and social policies
cannot rely on the compliance methodology used for corporate governance. While
governance can be evaluated across different companies using a standardized
checklist of best practices (albeit often with a comply-or-explain option), a
prescriptive, one-size-fits-all approach does not work for environmental and
social issues. E and S factors vary widely at individual companies — depending
on their industry, size, location, competitive standing and a variety of other
considerations. This problem of variability is apparent in the proliferation of
competing global standards that have been developed to measure climate risk and
assess responses to climate change across different industries and in different
markets. The Sustainability Accounting Standards Board (SASB)’s 77
industry standards are a case in

However, global E and S standardization remains an important goal. Companies,
investors, NGOs and regulators deem standardization essential to achieve
comparability and ensure fair valuation of both listed and private companies. An
important move toward standardization is the recent creation of the
International Sustainability Standards
(ISSB) — a consolidation of the International Financial Reporting
Standards Foundation, the Climate Disclosure Standards Board and the
Value Reporting Foundation (which in turn combines SASB and the
International Integrated Reporting Council).

Despite the push for standardization — and even if ISSB does achieve its
objective of providing “a comprehensive global baseline of sustainability
disclosures” — bespoke analysis of individual companies on E and S issues will
continue to be necessary.

Thinking differently about materiality

Experts and regulators pondering the growing need for customized treatment of E
and S factors have suggested that the traditional concept of “financial
materiality” should be supplemented with alternative definitions — such as
“double materiality,” “dynamic
and “pre-financial materiality.” It is important to carefully consider whether
the financial materiality standard is sufficiently comprehensive to embrace ESG
issues. If so, alternative definitions may confuse materiality analysis rather
than clarifying it.

In an April 27, 2021, comment letter to the Securities and Exchange
Commission on the subject of “Climate Change Disclosures,” Uber
Technologies, Inc. recommended an expanded approach to materiality that would
not require a redefinition. While endorsing an ISSB-type “harmonized climate
change disclosure framework” that “… would not only provide the
standardization, comparability and reliability sought by investors and other
stakeholders, but would allow … companies to streamline reporting and
communications on climate change,” Uber encouraged the Commission to consider
requiring that companies perform a company-specific materiality assessment to
identify the ESG issues most relevant to their businesses.

Uber’s “company-specific materiality assessment” contemplates a two-step
analytical process that, in addition to determining what an average investor
would want to know, asks additional questions:

What issues do we, the people running the business, think are strategically important
What do our stakeholders want?
To what degree are third-party standards applicable to our business?
What are peer companies doing?
What do our statement of corporate purpose, our company values, our culture, our reputation, our branding and our public image require?

These are important business questions whose answers are contextual and specific
to individual companies. They in no way depart from the traditional standard of
financial materiality. In fact, they rely on it. A company’s determination as to
whether an ESG issue is
ultimately turns on whether the issue has an actual or potential financial
impact on the business. Once the financial materiality determination has been
made, the ESG issue is no longer theoretical; it is redefined as a business
issue grounded in the company’s specific activities and circumstances.

While Uber’s company-specific materiality assessment rests on traditional
financial criteria, the approach will over the long term require companies to
undertake substantial organizational and behavioral adjustments. ISSB standards
will provide helpful guidance for companies willing to adopt reforms such as
holistic management, stakeholder engagement and greater Board transparency as a
means to achieve ESG integration.

The concept of company-specific materiality assessments also impacts
institutional investors. It will require them to dig more deeply into the inner
workings of individual portfolio companies and to engage with their managements
systematically — and will further reduce their reliance on standardized metrics,
regulatory guidelines and wholesale recommendations from outside advisors and
service providers.

Published Feb 18, 2022 7am EST / 4am PST / 12pm GMT / 1pm CET

John C. Wilcox

John Wilcox is founding chairman of Morrow Sodali, an international consultancy providing strategic advice and shareholder services to corporate clients around the world. During a career spanning more than four decades, John has specialized in corporate governance, capital markets, securities regulation, board accountability, shareholder activism, corporate control transactions and investor communication. He brings knowledge of both business and investor perspectives to help issuers deal with the challenges they face because they are answerable to shareholders. He has degrees from Harvard College, Harvard Law School, UC Berkeley, and New York University Graduate School of Law.



Bill Text – AB-2353 Guardian adoption. – California Legislative Information

 5.5. Guardian Adoption

9025. (a) A legal guardian who has been the child’s legal guardian for more than one year desiring to adopt the child may for that purpose file a petition in the county in which the petitioner resides.

(b) The caption of the adoption petition shall contain the names of the petitioners, but not the child’s name. The petition shall state the child’s sex and date of birth and the name the child had before adoption.

(c) The order of adoption shall contain the child’s adopted name, but not the name the child had before adoption.

(d) If the petitioner has entered into a postadoption contact agreement with the birth parent as set
forth in Section 8616.5, the agreement, signed by the participating parties, shall be attached to and filed with the petition for adoption.

9025.5. (a) For a guardian adoption filed under this section, a copy of the child’s birth certificate shall be filed with the petition for adoption.

(b) The court may order a hearing to ascertain whether there are additional persons who require notice of, or who is required to consent to, the adoption if it appears from the face of the pleadings and the evidence that proper notice or consent have not been provided.

(c) The court shall grant the guardian adoption under this section upon finding that the parent who gave birth and any other person with a claim to parentage of the child who is required to be provided notice of, or who is required to consent to, the adoption has been noticed
or provided consent to the adoption.

9026. (a) Before granting or denying a guardian adoption request, the court shall review and consider a written investigative report. The report in a guardian adoption case shall not require a home study unless so ordered by the court upon request of an investigator or interested person, or on the court’s own motion. “Home study” as used …….

Statehouse roundup, 2.15.22: Curriculum adoption could change under new bills – Idaho EdNews

Pressed up against a deadline to introduce new legislation, the House Education Committee printed eight new bills in short order Tuesday.

The proposals touch on a diverse mix of education issues, from curriculum adoption to mandatory drug tests for substitute teachers to publicizing school levy spending.

Curriculum adoption. This bill would change Idaho law from saying school districts “may” adopt their own curricular materials to saying they “shall” do so. Bill sponsor Rep. Judy Boyle told the committee not all school districts adopt curricular materials, necessitating the change.

The bill would also mandate that school boards approve all “supplemental curriculum.” Boyle cited an incident that drew the ire of a parent group last fall in calling for greater curriculum oversight.

The Power2Parent Union, a group that organizes against masks, alleged leftist indoctrination and other issues it describes as “parental rights,” went to media outlets and the Weiser School District in October to decry one teacher’s assignment of the Allen Ginsberg poem “Howl.” Boyle, R-Midvale, repeated the parents’ claims that the poem is “pornographic” Tuesday, but stopped short of echoing allegations that the assignment was “criminal.”

Committee members on both sides of the aisle questioned the bill’s lack of a definition for “supplemental curriculum,” but ultimately introduced it. Only Rep. Steve Berch, D-Boise, opposed printing the bill on a voice vote, pointing to the same issue.

Curriculum committees. Districts would be forced to establish committees to inform their adoption of curriculum — something they have the option of doing now — under another new bill from Boyle.

The 12-member committees would have to be comprised of six parents, three teachers, one administrator, one school board member and one community member.

The proposal comes on the heels of a school board election cycle…….

Mardi Paws: Adoption event planned at Marshall Pet Adoption Center – Marshall News Messenger

The Marshall Pet Adoption Center will host the Mardi Paws Clear the Shelters event from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 22. at the center at 2502 E. Travis St. next door to the Marshall Junior High School.

All adoptions during this event will cost patrons just $22, with Patterson Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram of Marshall covering the rest of the normal adoption fee.

“Patterson Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram of Marshall is honored to once again partner with the Marshall Pet Adoption Center and the Marshall Police Department to find forever homes for the pets in our shelter and foster care with this sponsored adoption event,” Richard Traweek, Patterson’s managing partner, said, “As a local business, we strive to contribute to efforts that enhance the lives of local children, community members, and animals.”

The dealership has been partnering with the Friends of Marshall Animals, and the Marshall Pet Adoption Center for years, sponsoring adoption events which allow community members to forgo high adoption fees and take home a new pet.

“This event is another example of the public/private partnerships that have made Marshall an animal care leader in East Texas. We encourage anyone looking for a new pet to take advantage of this generous opportunity Patterson is providing for our community. Join us for our Mardi Paws adoption event,” Chief of Police Cliff Carruth said.



Court: Dad can fight adoption of kids whose mother he killed – New Canaan Advertiser

COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — An Ohio father can fight the adoption of the children whose mother he killed, after a divided state Supreme Court said there was a good reason he hadn’t been in touch with them since the slaying: He was following a judge’s order not to contact them.

Under Ohio law, parental consent is not required for adoptions if proof exists that a parent had little or no contact with the child for at least one year before the filing of adoption papers.

In the current case, the father had previously lost his attempts to block the adoption of his daughters by the girls’ maternal grandparents, who took custody of the children after their mother was killed. An appeals court agreed the father couldn’t use his imprisonment to justify his failure to contact the children, since his actions led to the prison sentence.

Then in 2019, the state Supreme Court ruled in a different case that a woman couldn’t stop the father of their child, who was not paying child support, from objecting to the child’s adoption by her new husband. The reason: The father was following a court order that eliminated his responsibility for support payments, an order requested by the mother.

“Every day, families rely on court orders to define parents’ lawful obligations,” said Justice Sharon Kennedy in the majority opinion in that 2019 case. “Our decision today ensures that the judgment of the court with the jurisdiction to set child-support levels can be relied upon.”

Based on that 2019 decision, the man who killed his wife petitioned for a new hearing, and the 8th Ohio District Court of Appeals ruled in his favor. The grandparents appealed, and the state Supreme Court agreed to hear the case.

Court records, which do not identify any of the parties, indicate the killing happened in Summit County in 2006, …….

Adoption date extended for abused rescue horses in Taoyuan – Focus Taiwan News Channel

Taoyuan, Feb. 13 (CNA) Due to a lack of prospective candidates, the deadline to apply to adopt four rescue horses has been extended until Feb. 28, the Animal Protection Office in Taoyuan revealed Saturday.

The four horses were rescued in August 2021 from a tourist farm located in Taoyuan’s Guishan District and have been listed for adoption since Jan. 7 after being nursed back to health.

Since no interested party had come forward to adopt the horses by the original adoption deadline on Jan. 28, the adoption date has been extended by a month until Feb. 28.

As three of the horses are from the same biological line, the office mandated that all four horses must be adopted together.

The case marks the first time that the city has put horses up for adoption, the office said.

The office added that those interested in throwing their hat into the ring must either be a legitimate exhibition center or an equestrian facility, and must also submit an adoption proposal.

A committee will then review the qualifications of prospective groups or individuals interested in adopting the horses.

Last August, the office investigated Taoyuan’s Spring Farm after receiving an anonymous tip that the farm was in violation of the Animal Protection Act.

Subsequently, the office discovered that the farm was keeping horses under poor conditions, with visible signs of neglect and malnutrition.

While the office had ordered the farm to correct the situation, two foals perished shortly after the investigation began, which prompted the office to rescue and relocate the four surviving adult horses to Qingjing Farm in Nantou County.

The party which gets chosen to adopt the horses will also need to pay for the fee charged by Qingjing Farm to take care of the four equines since Aug. 15, 2021, which is NT$1,200 (US$43) per day, said the office.

The four horses are a 16 year-old female miniature horse, an 8 year-old female pony, and two male…….

P2P payments spurred crypto adoption across Venezuela in 2021 – Cointelegraph

For Venezuela, 2021 has been a year of considerable changes at the microeconomic level, where even more than in 2020, the results of powerful catalysts for change such as COVID-19 were clearly visible. 

In a more dynamic economy with a higher volume of operations with foreign currencies, cryptocurrencies played a key role during this year for the South American country. 

In this review, we’ll take a look at the highlights of the Venezuelan crypto ecosystem in 2021 including related areas such as trading, play-to-earn (P2E) games, fintech, mining, regulation and nonfungible tokens (NFTs). 

More people accepting cryptocurrencies

According to blockchain analysis firm Chainalysis, Venezuela ranks seventh in the Global Cryptocurrency Adoption Index 2021 thanks in large part to peer-to-peer (P2P) trading activity.

A noticeable trend in 2021 was the growing number of people and businesses in Venezuela accepting cryptocurrencies as a form of payment to circumvent the hyperinflation and devaluation of the national currency, the bolivar — a trend that has plagued the South American nation for the last few years. 

In some of the main cities of the country such as the capital Caracas and Puerto La Cruz, it is increasingly normal to see people or merchants using cryptocurrencies as a form of payment.

The appearance and adoption of crypto payment platforms such as Binance Pay, Reserve or even Valiú have accelerated the adoption of a more digital economy based on cryptocurrencies without the need for users to have extensive knowledge of the subject.

Notable businesses accepting cryptocurrencies in Venezuela include the Simón Bolívar International Airport, supermarket chain Bio Mercados, several casinos and even the largest cable TV operator in the country. Fast food chain Church’s Chicken also began paying bonuses to its employees in Dash (DASH).

Support for legal mining

According to a report by the Univ…….

Humane Society 50% off adoption fees on adult dogs – FOX 6 Milwaukee


File photo: Wisconsin Humane Society (2020)

MILWAUKEE – Looking for unconditional love this Valentine’s Day? The Wisconsin Humane Society (WHS) has reduced adoption fees for adult dogs by 50% through Feb. 18. 

Dogs who have been available for adoption for 10 days or longer, dubbed “Benchwarmers,” have fees of just $25.

Across the organization’s five campuses, there are nearly 40 dogs available for adoption, including several dogs who have unique behavioral or medical conditions that make finding a good match a bit more challenging, a release said. WHS hopes that this special promotion will inspire potential adopters to consider taking the leap and bringing home a new companion.

Adoptions at WHS are first-come, first-served, as long as it’s a good fit. As part of the adoption fee, dogs available for adoption have been spayed or neutered, microchipped, and have received initial vaccinations. Adopters also go home with a certificate for a free vet exam and a starter bag of food. For information about available animals and the adoption process at each location, please visit

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Mardi Gras horses available for adoption –

Volunteers post current photos of the available horses, a short profile, and the adoption fee.

NEW ORLEANS — Homes are needed for horses that march in Mardi Gras parades.

For the past five years the Humane Society of Louisiana has teamed up with Cascade Stables to  make sure the 15-20 horses are placed.

According to a release, before the Humane Society got involved, Cascades would sell the horses back to the same broker after the parade season, and many were lost in the system.  They suspect many were likely sold at sale barns or even sold for slaughter.

Now they run a formal adoption program.  You can see which horses are available on a Facebook page called the Humane Society of Louisiana’s Mardi Gras Horse Adoption Program. 

Volunteers post current photos of the available horses, a short profile, and the adoption fee. Those interested in adopting a horse must submit an adoption application online; the adoption fees range from $200 to $900. 

“This has proven to be a lifesaver for the 77 horses we have adopted since we started this program in 2017,” HSLA Director Jeff Dorson said. “We are grateful to the volunteers who man this program and to the public who have embraced it. We owe it to these majestic horses to find them great homes instead of selling them at a sale barn.”

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