Half a billion people in northern China will likely live an average of 5.5 years less than their southern counterparts because of heavy air pollution caused by coal burning, according to a new study. Researchers from China, Israel and the United States were able to compare health effects between people in the north and south parts of China because the country had a decades-long policy of providing free coal only in the colder north.Harvard School of Public Health biostatistics professor Francesca Dominici, quoted in a July 9, 2013 Associated Press article, called the study “fascinating” because it allowed researchers to approximate a randomized experiment in a situation “where a randomized experiment is not possible.”Dominici was not involved in the study but has researched the health effects of fine particulate matter, or PM2.5—particles with diameters of 2.5 micrometers or less—in the U.S. She said she wasn’t surprised by the new findings, given China’s high pollution levels. “In the U.S. I think it’s pretty much been accepted that even small changes in PM2.5—much, much, much smaller than what they are observing in China—are affecting life expectancy,” she said. Read Full Story
The 2014 Annual Report of the Corporation Committee on Shareholder Responsibility (CCSR), a subcommittee of the President and Fellows, is now available on the Shareholder Responsibility Committees’ website.The report provides a detailed description of the CCSR’s actions on shareholder proposals regarding issues of social responsibility that came to vote during the 2014 spring proxy voting season (the period between March and June when most publicly traded corporations hold annual meetings). This year, the committees considered 56 proposals dealing with a wide range of issues of social responsibility, from company efforts to address global warming to adoption of policies for recycling; human rights; equal employment; corporate political contributions and lobbying; corporate charitable contributions; executive compensation; mortgage lending practices; and Internet policies regarding advertising, privacy, and neutrality.New topics addressed in 2014 included fast-food marketing practices and their possible connection to childhood obesity; corporate exposure to climate-change risk through lending, investing, and financing activities; and the development of principles to assess the impact of corporate tax strategies.The CCSR receives advice from the Advisory Committee on Shareholder Responsibility, a 12-member committee made up of Harvard faculty, students, and alumni.
Artist Corita Kent once more is front and center.Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh has proclaimed Friday, Nov. 20, Corita Kent Day in the city in recognition of the influential painter, educator, and nun who inspired thousands of people during the tumultuous decades of the 1960s and ’70s, and who gave Boston its own giant pop art icon.Kent lived in Boston from 1968 until her death in 1986, and in 1971 she created the bold “Rainbow Swash” design for the Boston Gas (now National Grid) storage tank on the Dorchester waterfront. The proclamation falls on what would have been her 97th birthday and is a reminder of her impact and her legacy.The Harvard Art Museums have staged an exhibition called “Corita Kent and the Language of Pop,” and have raised a probing question: Should Kent and her artwork be included in the pop art canon and among the works of her contemporaries Andy Warhol, Edward Ruscha, Roy Lichtenstein, and others?Anyone interested in the artist’s life, legacy, and local impact can hear fascinating personal stories thanks to a partnership among StoryCorps, the Harvard Art Museums, and National Grid. In September, StoryCorps, the national oral history project, recorded more than 12 hours of stories over three days in its typical fashion — personal conversations between two friends or acquaintances.StoryCorps and Corita Kent at the Harvard Art MuseumsThe Harvard Art Museums worked with the national oral history project StoryCorps and National Grid to record conversations about the artist Corita Kent in conjunction with the exhibition “Corita Kent and the Language of Pop.” This audio sampler pulls from conversations with Mary Anne Karia, John O’Connor, Harvey Cox, Susan Dackerman, and Molly Lanzarotta. Listen to the full segments at http://www.harvardartmuseums.org/tour/storycorps-and-corita-kent. Five edited interviews are now available via a digital tour on the Harvard Art Museums’ website. They include a conversation with exhibition curator Susan Dackerman; memories of Kent by Mary Anne Karia, who assisted in Kent’s workshop at Immaculate Heart in California; a conversation between a father and daughter who lived in the shadow of Kent’s rainbow design on the gas tank; thoughts from Molly Lanzarotta, who grew up surrounded by Kent’s work in her family home; and stories from a friend of Kent who worked with her during the anti-war movement of the 1960s.“Corita Kent and the Language of Pop” will be on view through Jan. 3.
The Band’s Visit Could this subject matter be any more timely? Tony nominees John Cariani and Tony Shalhoub are just some of the names tapped for the world premiere of new musical The Band’s Visit. Following an Egyptian Police Band’s unexpected experiences in Israel, the off-Broadway production will play a limited engagement November 11 through December 18. Opening night is scheduled for December 8 at the Atlantic Theater Company’s Linda Gross Theater.Originally set to be helmed by Hal Prince this past spring, as previously reported the show will now feature direction by David Cromer, a book by Itamar Moses, an original score by David Yazbek and choreography by Lee Sher.Along with Cariani (Something Rotten!) as Itzik and Shalhoub (Act One) as Tewfiq, the cast will include George Abud (The Visit) as Camal, Bill Army (Act One) as Zelger, Katrina Lenk (Once) as Dina, Erik Liberman (LoveMusik) as Telephone Guy, Andrew Polk (House of Cards) as Avrum, Rachel Prather (Once) as Julia, Jonathan Raviv (The Ragged Claws) as Sammy, Sharone Sayegh (Mamma Mia!) as Anna, Kristen Sieh (Men on Boats) as Iris and Alok Tewari (Awake and Sing!) as Simon. Additional casting will be announced later.An Egyptian Police Band arrives in Israel to play a concert. After a mix up at the border, they are sent to a remote village in the middle of the desert. With no bus until morning and no hotel in sight, these unlikely travelers are taken in by the locals. Under the spell of the desert sky, their lives become intertwined in the most unexpected ways. A new musical based on the critically acclaimed screenplay which received 36 major international awards.The Band’s Visit will feature scenic design by Scott Pask, costume design by Sarah Laux, lighting design by Tyler Micoleau, sound design by Clive Goodwin and music direction by Andrea Grody. View Comments John Cariani & Tony Shalhoub(Photos: Bruce Glikas) Related Shows Show Closed This production ended its run on April 7, 2019
Good Point Recycling of Middlebury, Vermont, has announced the recycling of its ten millionth pound of electronics. While other states debate, legislate, and ponder the safe management of used computer and TVs, Good Point has quietly established Vermont as the second highest per-capita recycler of electronics in the nation.After holding several one-day events for used electronics collections in Vermont (under the American Retroworks Inc. banner, www.retroworks.com(link is external)) beginning in 1999, Good Point contracted as an official collection agent in 2001 for ElectroniCycle, Inc. – the official Cathode Ray Tube glass recycler for Massachusetts and Maine. After its reuse-and-recycle model spread to every part of Vermont, Good Point opened its own independent operation in 2003. Through continued expansion, the company now employs 10 in Addison County, Vermont, and collects in a 300 mile radius. Good Point still delivers over 1 million pounds per year of used electronics to the Massachusetts DEP recycling contractor, while expanding its on-line reuse and scrap metal operations in Middlebury. But the company also receives over 10,000 parts requests per month through its international, online, parts listserve. The company documents hard drive destruction for commerical clients, an environmental audit trail, and documents recycling of lead glass (banned from disposal in waste facilities) into new TV and monitor tubes.Robin Ingenthron, founder of Good Point Recycling and American Retroworks Inc., attributes success to “common sense” management of used computers and TVs. “Some states, like California, require recyclers to destroy everything, and it costs 68 cents per pound. Other recyclers don’t recycle at all, but dump everything overseas, for ‘free’. We have charged a modest fee – like the toll at the Washington bridge, abd reuse the good parts to subsidize proper domestic recycling of the bad parts.” Ingenthron has been hired as a consultant to EPA (Washington), Dell Computer (Texas), Chinas EPA, and the National Recycling Coalition. Ingenthron hopes a new patent for computer gold recycling will propel the company farther, while creating a stronger domestic market for “e-waste”.Good Point Recycling operates a job training program with the Addison County Employment Services, to help train under-employed Vermonters to repair, recycle, or re-sell electronics on-line.In 2004, Good Point Recycling helped launch the international trade association WR3A (World Reuse, Repair and Recycling Association), with corporate members in several states and countries, dedicated to legitimate trade in reuse items without sending ‘toxics along for the ride’. Visit www.wr3a.org(link is external) for more information about environmentally sound, and economically fair, recycling trade worldwide.For more information about electronics recycling in Vermont, visit www.good-point.net(link is external) or www.retroworks.com(link is external)
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York This past weekend, hundred of Long Island kids and parents turned out to The Space at Westbury for the 2014 edition of the Kidz Bop tour. Fun fact: In 2013, KIDZ BOP outsold some of today’s biggest artists including Miley Cyrus, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Kanye West, Justin Bieber and Lady Gaga. They have 18 Billboard Top 10 debuts. Only 8 artists in history – such as Elvis, The Beatles, The Rolling Stones and Madonna – have had more. The KIDZ BOP Kids perform kid-friendly versions of today’s biggest hits in a high-energy and interactive show, complete with live tweeting on a screen behind the band as they play. The “Dream Big, Sing Loud!” live show is the ultimate family concert experience that guarantees to get everyone singing and dancing along, and the Space was moving to the beat all afternoon. Ashley is from California, Bredia is from Illinois, Grant from Texas, Matt is from New Jersey and Jayna is from Maryland. These five extremely talented kids were chosen out of thousands who auditioned to sing on albums, appear in commercials and music videos, interact with members on KIDZBOP.COM and perform live on tour, year-round – and they really pulled it off in person at the show. KIDZ BOP is a perennial best seller with more than 14 million albums sold, and their most recent album KIDZ BOP 25 debuted at #3 on the Billboard Top 200 (and as the #1 Kid Album) and has remained in top 5 since its release. Their next music release, KB 26, is set to be out on July 15, 2014 Recently named Billboard’s #1 kids artists for the fourth consecutive year, the KIDZ BOP Kids are bringing their nationwide “Dream Big, Sing Loud!” Tour across the country and this was a stop along the way. This year’s group featured Ashlynn Chong, Bredia Santoro, Grant Knoche, Matt Martinez, and Jayna Brown; who are all between the ages of 10 and 12; these kidz can really sing, dance, and play Instruments! Watch the Safe and Sound Music Video from KB 25 – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E3N5gYH6moc For more information about the “Sing Loud, Dream Big!” Tour, visit: www.kidzbop.com/tour
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According to the Zagreb Tourist Board, for the period of Advent and New Year’s events (November 30.11.2018, 06.01.2019 – January 11, 140.663) the number of arrivals is higher by 15% (271.244), and the number of overnight stays by 2017% (01.12.2017) compared to Advent and New Year’s events in 07.01.2018 (December XNUMX, XNUMX – January XNUMX, XNUMX). Namely, in the mentioned period there were 45.349 arrivals of domestic tourists (growth 10%) and foreign 95.314 (growth 12%), and, out of the total recorded overnight stays, domestic guests realized 82.402 (growth 14%) and foreign 188.842 (growth of 16 %). Most arrivals were from Bosnia and Herzegovina, Italy, Slovenia, Austria and Germany; while most overnight stays were recorded from: Italy, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Germany, Austria and Slovenia. Source: TZGZ / Advent on Zrinjevac / Author: I. Nobilo Cover photo: TZGZ / Klovićevi dvori / Author: I. Alerić In December, 10% more guests stayed in Zagreb (122.489), and 15% more overnight stays (232.057) were realized compared to December 2017. These are excellent statistical indicators, all thanks to Advent in Zagreb, which generated growth this year as well. “Zagreb is an attractive destination all year round, and Advent in Zagreb and New Year’s events are the most demanding project that we are implementing in cooperation with the City of Zagreb and our public and private partners. The results we have recorded give us an incentive to make the next Advent in Zagreb even better, and we will continue to place emphasis on culture and cultural events that create a festive atmosphere and mood in the most beautiful way possible. “Said the director of the Tourist Board, Martina Bienenfeld.
He added: “Smart beta is no panacea, but it does have the potential to help with [these] major and emerging challenges.”The report said that the persistent low interest rate environment had it made it tough for many investors to achieve low-risk returns, leading to shorter investment time horizons.More than three-quarters of respondents (78%) said they felt under pressure to deliver portfolios with strong performance in a shorter timeframe, Invesco said.The report – Smart beta strategies: more bricks for portfolio building – examined the drivers of smart beta adoption, the implementation challenges faced by current users, and the expectations for future allocation.Well over half of institutional investors said they would be interested in smart beta in the fixed-income space with credit, corporate bonds and high-yield corporate bonds areas investors would consider investing in.Paul added: “Attention must therefore be paid to further education, further product innovation, and – especially in the fixed income space – building partnerships with fund providers, if [investors’] expectations are not to be disappointed.”In equities, Invesco said there were still plenty of opportunities with more than half of users saying they would consider smart beta exposure for Asia Pacific and emerging market equities.Quality, momentum and multi-factor were the current leading strategies, with usage of these three strategies doubling from 2016 to 2017, particularly amongst retail investors.Invesco said it had also noted increasing sophistication among smart beta users, with investors’ knowledge increasing in direct proportion to the length of their investment in smart beta.There was also a noticeable shift from traditional, asset-based allocation to more risk-based allocation as knowledge increases.Although smart beta was growing, there was entrenched scepticism amongst non-users in Invesco’s survey, over half of whom explained their reluctance as coming from a firm belief in active management.However, some 42% of non-users said that they would consider deploying smart beta in the future, with traditional strategies their most likely route into the strategy. Faced with an increasingly difficult investment environment, a growing number of investors are looking to significantly increase allocations to smart beta strategies, according to a survey conducted by Invesco PowerShares.The exchanged-traded fund provider spoke to 435 institutional and retail investors in six European markets, and found that allocation to smart beta strategies was expected to rise to 23% (from the current 13%) over the next three years.The rise was linked to investors dealing with the challenges posed by low yields, scarce value and shorter investment horizons, the report said.Mike Paul, head of Invesco PowerShares in Europe, the Middle East and Africa, said: “Smart beta has been one of the definitive market trends of the past decade with expectations for further strong growth driven by innovative approaches to challenges faced by investors such as low yields and finding value.”
French geophysical company CGG has completed the seismic acquisition across FAR Limited’s permit WA-458-P located in the Dampier basin offshore Australia. Geo Coral; Source: SkipstekniskLate last quarter FAR concluded stakeholder engagements with CGG to join in the much anticipated Davros Extension Multiclient 3D Survey.FAR received a notice of start of acquisition from CGG in mid-December as the MV Geo Coral began its mobilization from southeast Asia. After a brief port call in Broome, the vessel started deployment of in-water equipment whilst on route to the survey area. Post end of the quarter, seismic acquisition across permit WA-458-P began.The survey was completed in mid-January and FAR anticipates receiving the final processed data in H2 2019, FAR said on Thursday.FAR also said that this new data will be used for detailed mapping of the prospects which have been identified, leading to selection of potential candidates for drilling.FAR added it intends to farm down its high interest in WA-458-P after completing its evaluation of the permit using this new seismic data.FAR managing director, Cath Norman, said, “It is great to finally complete the seismic over the WA-458- P permit. Offshore Western Australia has seen a resurgence of activity following the Dorado discovery and FAR looks forward to completing this work on the block, aimed at identifying a drillable prospect, and then bringing in a partner for the drilling.”Location of WA-458-P and Davros 3D seismic survey. Source: FAR