Solange visits as Harvard Foundation’s artist of year

first_imgHundreds of members of the Harvard community — students, faculty, staff, and others — packed Sanders Theatre on Saturday to see Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter Solange Knowles accept the Harvard Foundation’s 2018 Artist of the Year award as part of Cultural Rhythms.The annual show was the first since the death of S. Allen Counter, founding director of the foundation, and there were several tributes to him throughout the day, including a video showing highlights from his Harvard tenure.,“Today we celebrate Cultural Rhythms while at the same time we miss our dear colleague, friend and mentor to so many, Dr. Allen S. Counter,” Danoff Dean of Harvard College Rakesh Khurana said.Among the festival’s highlights were performances by numerous student groups, including the Society of Arab Students, the Harvard Philippine Forum, and the Harvard College Irish Dancers.,Accepting the award from Khurana, Solange said, “I’m so extremely humbled and honored. … I know that this is easy for me to say, with the safety net of my life, but I also do know my ancestors’ hands have built these spaces, and so I know that we belong.“I want to share this moment, especially with black women, who may feel shut out of these spaces, or feel like the doors are not open to them because of one reason or another, and let them know that I see you.”last_img read more

Odds & Ends: Viola Davis Will Present at Emmys & More

first_imgHere’s a quick roundup of stories you may have missed today. Viola Davis to Present at EmmysThe Primetime Emmy Awards will take place on September 20 and there’s a slew of Broadway faves to watch out—and root for! Tony winners Viola Davis, Mel Brooks and James Corden are just some the presenters on hand. And you’ll be crossing all fingers and toes that Davis, along with stage stars including Tituss Burgess and Uzo Aduba, as well as Tony winners Alan Cumming, Jane Krakowski and Kevin Spacey, will bring home trophies. The ceremony is scheduled to air at 8 PM ET/ 5 PM PT on FOX.Cameron Pow to Take Over for Arnie Burton in 39 StepsCameron Pow (The Lion King) will step in for original Broadway and off-Broadway cast member Arnie Burton in 39 Steps on September 30. Burton will have played 1,000 performances as Man #2/Clown #2 in Patrick Barlow’s comedic spoof. Directed by Maria Aitken, the latest off-Broadway production, which opened this spring, is currently playing at the Union Square TheatrePet Shop Boys Musical Back in LondonThey always were East End boys! Cult Pet Shop Boy musical Closer to Heaven is returning to East London’s Union Theatre this fall. Directed by Gene David Kirk, the tuner, which has a book by Jonathan Harvey, will play a limited engagement October 21 through November 28. Set against the backdrop of Soho’s pulsing clubland, Closer to Heaven tells the story of Dave, just off the boat from Ireland and determined to make something of himself. Will he truly discover himself in London, or will he fall into a labyrinth of excess, false agendas and the darker side of club life? Casting will be announced later.Watch Will Swenson & Ramin Karimloo DuetWill Swenson is currently in residence at 54 Below and his former Les Miz co-star Ramin Karimloo recently stopped by the Times Square hotspot for a cameo appearance. Naturally, the pair started off with “The Confrontation”…before unexpectedly segueing into (spoiler alert) Éponine’s death song, “A Little Fall of Rain.” Hilarity ensues, as you might expect!?! Check out the performance below and have a great weekend! View Commentslast_img read more

Adam Rothenberg & More Set for The Layover

first_img The Layover Adam Rothenberg (Ripper Street) and more have been tapped for the world premiere of Leslye Headland’s The Layover. Directed by Trip Cullman, tickets are now available for the previously announced production, which will play a limited engagement August 9 through September 18. Opening night is scheduled for August 25 at Second Stage Theatre’s Tony Kiser Theatre.Along with Rothenberg as Dex, the cast will feature Quincy Dunn-Baker (Draft Day) as Kevin/Arno/Bartender, Arica Himmel (off-Broadway debut), Annie Parisse (Vinyl) as Shellie, John Procaccino (Our Mother’s Brief Affair) as Pilot/Fred and Amelia Workman (Natasha, Pierre…) as Flight Attendant/Mya/Andrea.Ever wonder who that stranger is sitting next to you? What is their story? What are they hiding? Shellie and Dex dare to answer these questions after their flight is delayed on a snowy Thanksgiving night. What they discover about themselves, and each other, sends both of their lives into upheaval. A psychological thriller from the writer of Bachelorette, The Layover asks the question: Can you ever really get to know somebody when you’re hiding so much yourself?The production will feature scenic design by Mark Wendland, costume design by Clint Ramos, lighting design by Japhy Weideman, sound design by Fitz Patton and video design by Jeff Sugg. View Comments Adam Rothenbergcenter_img Related Shows Show Closed This production ended its run on Sept. 18, 2016last_img read more

Capital Dynamics, Tenaska to jointly develop 4.8GW of solar in U.S. Southeast, Midwest

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Greentech Media:Capital Dynamics, the Swiss asset manager that is now a heavyweight solar investor, will partner with energy developer Tenaska on a 4.8-gigawatt solar portfolio in the Midwest and the Southeast, the companies announced Wednesday.The two will work together on developing 24 solar projects expected to come online by 2023, building on a 2018 partnership to cooperatively develop another 14 projects in six Midwestern states.In February, Tenaska and Capital Dynamics unveiled one offtake contract associated with the previous group of projects, with the Indiana Municipal Power Agency. Tenaska declined to comment on whether the new round of projects has found offtakers.Neither Nebraska-based Tenaska nor Capital Dynamics focuses solely on clean energy; Tenaska develops renewables and natural gas and Capital Dynamics invests and develops solar, wind and storage through its Clean Energy Infrastructure arm. But despite describing itself as “technology-agnostic,” Capital Dynamics told Greentech Media earlier this year that solar is likely to become increasingly significant for the company due to its stability and economic competitiveness. In 2020 alone, Capital Dynamics has bought up 353 megawatts of solar from Coronal Energy, invested in 8minute Solar energy’s 400-megawatt Eland solar-plus-storage project, and partnered with 8minute on another 387-megawatt solar-plus-storage plant. Capital Dynamics told Greentech Media that some projects of its newest solar portfolio with Tenaska may wind up with storage attached.Solar accounts for a growing portion of new generation in the Midwest, where wind turbines have long been the dominant form of renewable power. Solar will make up half or more of new capacity additions through 2025, according to Wood Mackenzie Power & Renewables. “Solar is expected to see 58 percent compound annual growth rate in [Midcontinent Independent System Operator territory] from 2020 to 2025,” said Colin Smith, a senior solar analyst at WoodMac. “Capital Dynamics is moving into a market [where] they think they can be successful and see a lot of growth.”[Emma Foehringer Merchant]More: Capital Dynamics and Tenaska Partner on 4.8 gigawatts of solar development Capital Dynamics, Tenaska to jointly develop 4.8GW of solar in U.S. Southeast, Midwestlast_img read more

Cuomo’s Energy Plan Draws Heat on Long Island

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s proposed energy plan came under fire Monday at a public hearing in Farmingdale from environmental activists who say the draft they’ve seen of his proposal doesn’t go far enough toward reducing climate change and lessening our dependence on dirty fossil fuels—and may actually do more harm than good.“Though it calls for reductions in greenhouse gas emissions, it conversely includes a greater reliance on natural gas obtained through fracking, a dangerous and destructive method that contributes to climate change,” said Eric Weltman, senior organizer with Food & Water Watch, a nonprofit environmental group based in Brooklyn.Weighing on activists’ concerns is the fate of the natural gas-rich Marcellus Shale deposit upstate, which has become the latest front in the battle over fracking. So far, Cuomo has put off making a decision on whether to allow industry to gain access to this resource, in part because environmentalists argue that fracking could pollute New York’s fresh water supply for generations to come.Held in Roosevelt Hall on the campus of SUNY Farmingdale College, the hearing on the New York State Energy Plan was one of six that the State Energy Planning Board, comprised of appointees picked by the governor, the state Senate and the Assembly, has been conducting around the state. The public comment period concludes on April 30.About 70 people attended the hearing chaired by John B. Rhodes, the head of the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority, and more than three dozen testified, including representatives from the Citizens Campaign for the Environment, the Sustainability Institute at Molloy College, MoveOn.org, the Sane Energy Project, Renewable Energy Long Island and the Sierra Club, to name a few.Cuomo has said that he wants New York to cut greenhouse gas emissions 80 percent by the year 2050 from 1990 levels—and achieve a 50 percent cut by 2030. Critics of the proposal, who were on hand at the public hearing, applaud the idea but point out that the interim step only pertains to carbon dioxide “whereas the 2050 goal properly applies to all greenhouse gas pollutants,” according to Food & Water Watch’s Weltman.Methane, a byproduct of fracking, is 86 times more potent to global warming than carbon dioxide over a 20-year time frame and 34 times more destructive over a century, he says, citing figures from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, a global scientific organization set up the United Nations.“We can’t frack and burn our way to healthier communities and a cleaner environment,” said Jessica Reid, regional campus supervisor for the New York Public Interest Research Group.“The plan as it stands clearly supports expanded fossil fuel infrastructure,” says David Alicea, an organizer with the Sierra Club.  “If the governor is serious about acting on climate change, he must reject any new fossil fuel infrastructure and direct our resources to renewable energy, like wind. Further investments in fossil fuel will only lock us into a dirty energy future when we could be making investments this year on offshore wind.”His group is among those hoping the governor will commit the state to purchasing power from a wind project slated for east of Montauk and move forward on a proposal to build a site many miles off Long Beach.“The Sierra Club and others really think that properly sited wind power is the best way we can address the issues of climate change,” Alicea said. “The projects proposed right now are new, second-generation wind, unlike past proposals. That means they are further out, produce more power, and have less of an impact on wildlife.”Roger Clayman, executive director of the Long Island Federation of Labor, said that making investments in offshore wind energy now would reap economic benefits in the future.“By planning now for the transmission and generation of offshore wind energy, New York can be sure that this great resource will provide reliable clean energy to the public and substantial job opportunities for decades,” Clayman said.“We recognize the necessity of developing wind and solar power as well as rebuilding the electrical grid,” Clayman said. “Utilizing American-made steel and glass and manufacturing wind turbines in this country could produce hundreds of thousands of jobs.”Clayman said that in the United Kingdom, which started building its offshore wind industry in 2001, thousands of people are already employed and 45,000 more are estimated to be working on wind power in the UK over the next decade.“We believe Long Island is ideally placed to become a hub for offshore wind development considering its geography, access to skilled trades, manufacturing and the potential to develop port facilities,” Clayman testified.What Cuomo thinks the Island’s energy future shall be remains to be seen. But as Superstorm Sandy showed, LI is already reeling from the long-term effects of climate change.last_img read more

Credit unions can lead the way

first_imgAfter the recent terrorist attack conducted on the people of Paris, France by the despicable ISIS forces, individuals are left wondering what the world has come to. The United States on September 11, 2001 experienced first-hand the trauma caused by a terrorist attack when four hijacked airplanes filled with passengers slammed into the World Trade Center, the Pentagon and an open field in Pennsylvania. Life, as Americans knew it, changed forever.The citizens of France have rallied and united together as did everyone in our country following the attacks on our Homeland. In the free world when one country is subjected to such cowardly acts, all others are quick to offer every type of help and support needed to show concern and solidarity. Hopefully, the combined efforts of all these countries, led by the United States, will destroy and eliminate ISIS.While the effort to stop ISIS is everyone’s concern, the ability to get it done lies with our elected officials and military leaders. While that is being accomplished, life must go on. People need to work, shop, go to church, and continue to enjoy their favorite places to eat breakfast, lunch or dinner. Students need to go to school. Children have to go out and play. We do these things because we need to and because we must show those that would try to harm and change our way of life that it’s not going to happen.The credit union industry is in a unique position. They not only have the ability to continue providing financial products to their members but also to be pro-active in showing our country’s solidarity and our individual concern for each other.Credit unions are known for outstanding member service as well as a genuine interest in the well-being of those who are a part of the credit union family. Because of that they are looked upon as a calming and reassuring influence on their members.As they have in other instances, credit unions are able to lead the way in what needs to be done to get people through a troubling time. Much like they did during the financial crisis that began in 2008.Credit unions can and must assume the leadership role in reassuring their members with exceptional service, attention and a friendly smile. They need to engage their members in conversation and if they show concern or apprehension, remind them of the leadership role and strength of our nation. Tell them that credit unions stand with their members and are there for them every way. It must be business and life as usual.It’s really all about the credit union philosophy. One for all and all for one. People helping people. It has made credit unions great just as it has made our country the greatest in the world. 28SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Michael Fryzel Michael Fryzel is the former Chairman of the National Credit Union Administration and is now a financial services consultant and government affairs attorney in Chicago. He can be reached at … Detailslast_img read more

Why leaders should ask for employee feedback

first_img 20SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr A big component to being a successful leader is the ability to accept and appropriately act on feedback received from others – whether positive or negative. With this in mind, how many of us directly encourage our employees to provide us feedback or suggestions for improvement?A recent study that involved 27,048 executives, managers and employees found that only 24 percent of people say their leaders encourage and recognize suggestions for improvement; 16 percent say their leader never does so.Soliciting employee feedback goes beyond improving ourselves as leaders. Not listening, or not even asking employees for feedback, can have a large impact on employee engagement. Another part of the study found that 62 percent of “employees who say their leader always encourages and recognizes suggestions for improvement will strongly recommend it as a great organization to work for.” continue reading »last_img read more

FDA joins probe as E coli outbreak widens

first_imgDec 7, 2006 (CIDRAP News) – The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced yesterday it was joining the probe of a growing Escherichia coli O157:H7 outbreak associated with Taco Bell restaurants in the Northeast. The outbreak, which involved Salmonella enterica serotype Newport, occurred over the summer and early fall, sickened 106 people in 19 states and was first reported in late November. Most of the cases occurred on the East Coast. Taco Bell Corp announced yesterday it was removing green onions from all of its 5,800 restaurants after its own preliminary tests indicated E coli O157:H7 in some samples. However, the company has not confirmed the results. “In view of this, FDA is continuing to explore the possibility of other food commodities being the source of the E coli,” the FDA said. The agency, in a press release, said 43 probable cases were linked to the outbreak, in which green onions are a suspected cause. Cases include 20 in New Jersey, 15 in New York, 7 in Pennsylvania, and 1 in Connecticut. Additional cases are suspected in all four states, officials said. Thirty five people have been hospitalized, including three with hemolytic uremic syndrome, a type of kidney failure, which can be fatal, the FDA said. Herndon said the FDA decided not to do a traceback on the smaller outbreak because it lacked a well-defined cluster of cases. “Given the serotype and PFGE [pulsed-field gel electrophoresis] type and time frame and distribution, we are going to assume the tomatoes are from the eastern shore of Virginia,” he said by e-mail. A larger Salmonella outbreak linked to restaurant tomatoes, which occurred in early November, involved S enterica serotype Typhimurium and sickened 183 Americans in 21 states, plus two Canadians. Meanwhile in New York, a Suffolk County laboratory confirmed the outbreak strain in 3 of 4 green onions from a previously unopened package from a Taco Bell restaurant in Deer Park, the Times reported. Suffolk County’s acting health commissioner, David Graham, told the Times that the testing suggests the product was contaminated before it arrived at the restaurant. The FDA advised consumers who are concerned that they may have contracted an E coli infection to seek medical attention. In other food contamination news, FDA spokesperson Michael Herndon told CIDRAP News that the agency would not be conducting a traceback investigation regarding a recent Salmonella outbreak linked to restaurant tomatoes. The Times story said Ready Pac bought the onions from Boskovich Farms, a California producer. A spokesperson for Boskovich told the Times it was working closely with Taco Bell during the investigation.center_img Taco Bell has had problems with contaminated green onions before, the Times report said. In 2000, 23 Florida residents fell ill with hepatitis A after eating green onions in Taco Bell restaurants. Andrew Weisbecker, a Seattle attorney who represented plaintiffs in the Florida outbreak, told the newspaper that similar outbreaks occurred around the same time in Nevada and Kentucky. See also: Dec 6 FDA press release on E coli outbreakhttp://www.fda.gov/bbs/topics/NEWS/2006/NEW01517.html Federal and state officials are also investigating a food processor, Ready Pac Produce in Florence, N.Y., that cuts, washes, and sanitizes green onions that are sent to some distributors that service Taco Bell outlets in the Northeast, the Times reported. The New York Times reported today that the number of cases has grown to 99 and that the outbreak involves additional restaurants, a second food distributor, and a food processing plant that supplied green onions to at least one of the two distributors that supplied the implicated Taco Bell restaurants with produce, including green onions. E coli O157:H7, which often causes bloody diarrhea but no fever, was also blamed for an outbreak earlier this fall that was traced to eating fresh spinach. That outbreak sickened 200 people and resulted in 3 deaths. The FDA said it was testing samples of all nonmeat items served at Taco Bell that could carry E coli O157:H7, including cilantro, cheddar cheese, blended cheese, green onions, yellow onions, tomatoes, and lettuce. “At this time, the agency does not have data implicating or ruling out any of these items,” the agency said. Media outlets reported yesterday that state and federal investigators toured a Burlington, N.J., warehouse of Texas-based McLane Co., which supplies 8 of the implicated Taco Bell stores. Today the Times said a distributor in Albany, N.Y., supplies some upstate New York Taco Bells that are linked to the outbreak. Dec 1 CIDRAP News article “Second Salmonella outbreak linked to tomatoes”last_img read more

DEGI joins German spending spree in City

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Attorney General, former Supreme Court chief mentioned in indictment against Pinangki

first_imgIn the indictment letter, prosecutors said that Burhanuddin and Hatta were listed in Pinangki’s action plan to secure the acquittal for Djoko, who was then on the run.“The defendant [Pinangki] and [another suspect] Andi Irfan Jaya drafted an action plan that would be shown to Djoko Tjandra,” prosecutors said during a hearing on Wednesday, as quoted by tempo.co.Andi was a NasDem politician who was named a suspect for allegedly being a middleman in Pinangki’s case. The political party revoked his membership following his being named a suspect.Pinangki and Andi allegedly showed Djoko the plan at a meeting with the convict in Malaysia in November 2019. The defendant initially demanded $100 million for the plan, but Djoko only agreed to pay her and Andi $10 million. Read also: Djoko Tjandra allegedly prepared $10m to bribe Supreme Court, AGO officialsPart of the plan was to send a plea for the acquittal to Burhanuddin by Feb. 25. The attorney general was later expected to deliver the plea to Hatta, who was still serving as the Supreme Court chief justice, by March 1.Should Burhanuddin deliver the plea to the Supreme Court, Pinangki would receive a commitment fee amounting to $250,000, from Djoko by March 5According to the action plan, Hatta was expected to approve the acquittal plea from Burhanuddin by March 16. The move would be followed up with the Attorney General issuing an instruction to hand down the acquittal against Djoko.If the plan went accordingly, Djoko would have to pay $10 million by putting the money into a bank security deposit box by April. Djoko was expected to return to Indonesia by the next month and pay an additional $250,000 as “consultation fee” to Pinangki.However, prosecutors said Djoko later called off the plan despite already paying Pinangki $500,000 upfront, because neither step of the action plan was realized by December last year.The Attorney General’s Office previously found Pinangki guilty of an ethics violation for going to Singapore and Malaysia in 2019, reportedly to meet with Djoko while he was still at large.Djoko spent more than a decade on the run after evading imprisonment in 2009. He was arrested in Malaysia and deported to Indonesia in late July. (mfp) Topics :center_img Prosecutors mentioned the names of Attorney General ST Burhanuddin and former Supreme Court chief justice Hatta Ali on Wednesday in their indictment against prosecutor Pinangki Sirna Malasari, who is accused of assisting graft convict Djoko Soegiarto Tjandra during his time as a fugitive from the law.Pinangki is standing trial at the Jakarta Corruption Court on charges of money laundering and bribery after allegedly agreeing to accept bribes amounting to US$500,000 from Djoko for conspiring to secure an acquittal for him from the Supreme Court.The court found Djoko guilty in 2009 for his involvement in the high-profile Bank Bali corruption case.last_img read more