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Experts hope cities rise to the occasion

first_imgWorldwide Week at Harvard continued Wednesday with a conversation at Longfellow Hall on the future of cities. The panel, which included members of the design, planning, technology, and economic communities, took a broad approach, tackling a variety of issues facing urban leaders.Diane Davis, Charles Dyer Norton Professor of Regional Development and Urbanism and chair of the Department of Urban Planning and Design at the Graduate School of Design, began by looking at the limitations of city planning. Climate change, for example, is affecting urban growth. However, “environmental problems know no boundaries” and require resources that few municipalities can provide without help, she said. The rapid-fire growth of technology — and the shift of cities from industrial to information centers — also must factor into planning, she said.As the discussion began in earnest, panelists addressed more specific issues, drawing on their areas of expertise. Christian Irmisch, sales manager for commuter and regional trains for Siemens, talked about transportation. Irmisch, who holds a degree in electrical engineering from the Institute of Technology in Karlsruhe, Germany, acknowledged that while “trains are the most efficient use of mass transit in cities,” building a railway is a long-term investment, and new technologies may offer more viable alternatives.Harvard President Drew Faust opens the discussion. Rose Lincoln/Harvard Staff PhotographerRecapping growth in the green-building movement, MIT Professor John Fernández, who chairs the school’s Urban Metabolism Group, discussed city “metabolism,” or “what cities consume in terms of energy, food, and water.”Presenting figures that cities “consume” from a bare minimum of three to five tons of resources per capita annually to 150 tons, he illustrated the challenges ahead. The numbers are especially troubling when compared with the two to three tons consumed in agricultural areas, he said.“The goal of urban metabolism,” concluded Fernández, “is to begin to define pathways to urban sustainability.”Africa offers a microcosm for urban development in the emerging world, said Efosa Ojomo, research fellow at the Clayton Christensen Institute for Disruptive Innovation. Instead of opportunity, newcomers to cities too often find higher rents and higher prices for everything from food to healthcare. This doesn’t have to be, and Ojomo cited as an example a Nigerian noodle company that built its own infrastructure, including a power plant and distribution system, to support a big push into instant noodles. By doing so, the company created jobs, as well as serving the market. “Innovations don’t have to be high tech,” said Ojomo. “Innovations that solve problems that average people are having — that’s sustainability.”Harriet Tregoning, formerly of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, addressed the role that government can play in supporting efforts like those Ojomo described. As a case study, she brought up HUD’s National Disaster Resilience Competition, which offered $1 billion in disaster relief. The key, she explained, was not to solicit one answer — or any answers at all, at first. Instead, her office encouraged participants to find partners and to examine the distinct threats their municipalities might face, from climate change to overreliance on one employer.“The 13 winning places brought 220 partnerships” for their solutions, she said. “They had totally different approaches with co-benefits,” multiplying the reach of the prize money. “Doing it differently is hugely important,” she said. “This works at every scale.”Stefan Knupfer, a senior partner and sustainability expert at the consulting firm McKinsey, brought the conversation back to mobility and transit. Directly addressing climate change, he welcomed the rise of self-driving cars, predicting that the new technology would make cities cleaner, safer, and less congested.Efficiency, he said, will be key to these changes, which he expects will happen “significantly faster than people believe.” Major hurdles, many in public perception, remain, Knupfer noted. As with many of the innovations panelists discussed, “cities will have to take the lead.”last_img read more

Building Inclusivity Through Culture, Community and Commitment

first_imgInclusivity has never been more important to the workplace of today — or tomorrow. It has also never been more important to Dell. We are proud of our culture of inclusion and committed to ensure that our workplace reflects the diversity of all the customers we serve.The millennial generation — already the largest demographic of today’s global workforce — expects to be part of a global team made up of different races, ethnicities, gender identifications and ages. According to a study by Deloitte, they’re now thinking of diversity and inclusion in a cognitive context – focusing on how the workforce encourages collaboration between people with different experiences, ideas and skill sets.Not only is this good business sense — a diverse range of ideas and experience drives innovation — but it is the right thing to do. And it is something that we believe in deeply.I was proud to read an article last week in The Tennessean by Dell team member and co-lead for our North American PRIDE Employee Resource Group, Nikki Gibson, about the importance of an inclusive culture in the workplace. It’s an absolute given that when team members feel valued, engaged and inspired, they do their best work for our customers and communities. That’s why our leadership team is committed to creating an inclusive culture for all team members, all around the world, all year round. Inclusion is a leadership imperative and, as Nikki points out, takes intention and structure.At Dell, we have been focused on three imperatives: Culture, Communities and Commitment.We recognized early on that culture is critical to enabling inclusivity. Dell was the first IT company to participate in an initiative called Men Advocating Real Change (MARC), led by global non-profit organization Catalyst. This training engages leaders in candid conversations about the role of gender and diversity in the workplace as well as topics such as unconscious bias. We are committed to 100 percent executive participation in this initiative.In addition, our global Employee Resource Group (ERG) community provides opportunities for personal and professional development by connecting team members around areas such as gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation and background. Because these groups are so powerful in shaping our culture and positively contributing to our business through increased employee engagement, we actively encourage all of our team members to participate. We currently have 14 ERGs in 60 countries consisting of 32,000 members and 300 chapters, and were recognized last month by DiversityInc for the strength of this program. And we are dedicated to continue to increase our participation levels in the coming years.With regard to community, at Dell, we are committed to being great role models for each other and the industry. After all, you can’t be what you can’t see. Through partnerships with agents of change, like the Human Rights Campaign, the Anita Borg Institute (ABI), the Society for Women Engineers and The Partnership, we reach beyond the borders of our organization to share and gain insight into best practices for cultivating and promoting a culture of equality and inclusion.We are very proud of the supportive and inclusive culture we have built at Dell, but great is never good enough. We must continue to raise the bar and hold ourselves accountable for creating welcoming workplaces for everyone. Our leaders are committed to growing a diverse workforce, starting with our Chairman and CEO, Michael Dell, who chairs our Global Diversity Council.I am a woman, a partner, a mother and a business leader — and I intend to live each facet of what makes me “me” to the fullest. I know I can do that at Dell, a company that believes in harnessing the power of the best and brightest talent – regardless of gender, work style or country of origin.last_img read more

Helen Mirren Reigns Supreme; The Audience Recoups on B’way

first_imgLong may she reign over the Great White Way! Broadway.com has confirmed that the Helen Mirren-led The Audience has recouped its $3.4 million production costs on the Main Stem. Directed by Stephen Daldry, Peter Morgan’s play began previews on February 17 and officially opened on March 8 at the Gerald Schoenfeld Theatre. The show’s limited engagement will run through June 28.For sixty years Elizabeth II has met each of her twelve Prime Ministers in a weekly audience at Buckingham Palace. Both parties have an unspoken agreement never to repeat what is said, not even to their spouses. The Audience imagines a series of pivotal meetings between the Downing Street incumbents and their Queen. From Churchill to Cameron, each Prime Minister uses these private conversations as a sounding board and a confessional—sometimes intimate, sometimes explosive. In turn, the Queen can’t help but reveal her own self as she advises, consoles and, on occasion, teases. These private audiences chart the arc of the second Elizabethan Age, from the beginning of Elizabeth II’s reign to today.The production will also star Geoffrey Beevers as the Queen’s equerry, with Michael Elwyn as Anthony Eden, Richard McCabe as Harold Wilson and Rufus Wright as David Cameron. All are reprising their roles from the acclaimed London production. Show Closed This production ended its run on June 28, 2015 Related Shows The Audience View Commentslast_img read more

Georgia announces recount as Biden leads Trump

first_imgRaffensperger, a Republican, said the state will work with county officials to complete the recount in time to meet its Nov. 20 deadline for certifying statewide election results.“It’ll take every bit of the time we have left, for sure,” he said.Biden’s lead over Trump in Georgia has grown to more than 14,000 votes among nearly 5 million cast, according to NBC News, which has not a projected winner in the Peach State.- Advertisement – Georgia will conduct a statewide recount of ballots cast in the election between President Donald Trump and President-elect Joe Biden, Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger said Wednesday.“With the margin being so close, it will require a full, by-hand recount in each county,” Raffensperger said at a press conference.- Advertisement – – Advertisement – Raffensperger had previously telegraphed that a recount was likely in the state, which has traditionally voted for Republican presidential nominees. Trump’s supporters, including GOP Rep. Doug Collins, asked the Georgia official earlier this week for a hand recount.“This will help build confidence. It will be an audit, a recount and a recanvass all at once,” Raffensperger said. “It will be a heavy lift but we will work with the counties to get this done in time for our state certification.”Trump, on the day after the Nov. 3 election, falsely asserted that his campaign had “claimed, for Electoral Vote purposes,” Georgia and other states. With Biden now projected to secure more than the 270 electoral votes required to clinch the presidency, Trump and his surrogates have already demanded recounts in states including Georgia and Wisconsin.- Advertisement – They have also launched a flurry of accusations of electoral fraud, without citing evidence. Trump campaign lawyers have filed lawsuits in multiple key states related to those claims. Many of those cases have already been thrown out by judges.Trump has refused to concede to Biden and is falsely claiming he won the election. The transition of power to a Biden administration cannot formally begin until the General Services Administration makes an “ascertainment” of the winner, which it has so far refused to do.Raffensperger said at the press conference that at 1 p.m. ET, he will declare the presidential race in his state is subject to a “risk-limiting audit.”“We’ll be counting every single piece of paper, every single ballot. every single lawfully cast, legal ballot,” he said.When a reporter noted that such an audit usually involves just a sample of the ballots, rather than the entire body of votes, Raffensperger said, “you actually have to do a full hand-by-hand recount of all [ballots] because the margin is so close.”last_img read more

Come on down to Mar a Lago, the White-House-in-Exile

first_imgMemberships are now open for Tom the Dancing Bug’s INNER HIVE. Join the team that makes Tom the Dancing Bug a reality, and get exclusive access to comics before they’re published, sneak peeks, insider scoops, and lots of other stuff. JOIN TODAY.FOLLOW @RubenBolling on the Twitters and a Facebook, perhaps some Instagrams, and even my/our MeWe. The two Tom the Dancing Bug books, Tom the Dancing Bug: Into the Trumpverse, and The Super-Fun-Pak Comix Reader, are now available. Information about the books, including how to order, and special offers can be found here.“Like a warm pet that leaps and rolls over before delivering a satiric bite.”– The Washington Post on Into the Trumpverse- Advertisement – – Advertisement –last_img read more

One year ago, Trump promised Carrier workers help. We’re still waiting.

first_imgUnited Technologies, Carrier’s parent company, is laying off another 700 workers right up the road from the Carrier plant in Huntington. And Rexnord, another plant in Indianapolis, just closed its doors, too.Workers at both plants hoped that Trump would come to the rescue, but he never showed up.Beyond Indiana, workers across the country feel like they too are victims of a false Trumpian bargain, in which they were invited to trade their votes to keep their jobs.In fact, according to new research conducted by Good Jobs Nation, more than 91,000 jobs have been sent overseas since Trump was elected, the highest rate of jobs lost to outsourcing in five years.This summer, I traveled across the Midwest, from Indianapolis to Kalamazoo to Racine, to talk with hundreds of manufacturing workers who lost their jobs to foreign countries. Many of them (some wearing “Make AmericaGreat Again” hats) agreed that Trump hasn’t lived up to his end of the deal.“I don’t think he’s really going to come through, even though I hoped he would,” one laid-off worker told me. Last year, after Trump announced his Carrier “victory,”I decided that I had to speak out.I said that “Trump was lying his a– off” about saving all the Carrier jobs: We had met with Carrier hours before Trump’s speech, and they gave us the job numbers they expected to preserve, but when Trump got on stage, he gave wildly inflated numbers.Trump took to Twitter to attack me, claiming that I’m terrible at my job and that the loss of jobs in Indiana is my fault.But I stand by my words: A year after his election, Trump continues to lie about his commitment to saving jobs at Carrier or anywhere else.And workers are taking note.Chuck Jones was formerly the president of United Steelworkers 1999.More from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homes It was a symbolic moment that cemented Trump’s campaign image as a working-class champion – a blue-collar billionaire who would stand with workers, not CEOs.I have been a worker at the Rexnord plant in Indianapolis for 48 years, and president of United Steel Workers Local 1999 for more than 30.As the leader of the union representing the Carrier workers, I was part of the negotiations with the company regarding the coming layoffs when Trump intervened.Standing in front of the president-elect at Carrier during Trump’s first victory rally after the 2016 election, I realized that he was delivering a powerful message of hope not only to Carrier workers, but also to all working people in America: You finally have a president who will fight for the interests of ordinary workers, Trump seemed to say.A year later, we feel betrayed.Carrier has announced that more than 600 workers are being laid off, with the last line scheduled to work their final shift right after the holidays.The workers at Carrier aren’t the only ones who feel victimized by Trump’s false promises. Categories: Editorial, OpinionAt the Carrier plant on the west side of Indianapolis, we’re coming up on a bitter anniversary.One year ago this week, President-elect Donald Trump stood before hundreds of cheering workers and declared that he had saved our jobs from moving to Mexico. “He pulled a bait-and-switch on us,” another said.Workers know that Trump has the power to stop offshoring. His victory lap in Indianapolis said as much.As president of the United States, he can tell federal contractors like United Technologies that our tax dollars will not fund corporations that continue to offshore jobs.But Trump has failed to take action.In fact, the new report by Good Jobs Nation shows that the pace of offshoring by major federal contractors is accelerating under Trump.Since Trump moved into the White House, corporations that offshore American jobs have received $21 billion in lucrative federal contracts, meaning that the federal government is rewarding companies that send jobs overseas.The truth is that even though Trump has signed more than 100 executive orders since he took office, he has yet to sign a single one to stop offshoring by federal contractors.last_img read more

Celebrations Down Under after successful World Cup bid

first_imgAustralian and New Zealand’s women soccer players let out almighty roars, burst into applause and pumped their fists in celebration in the early hours of Friday after their countries’ joint bid for the 2023 Women’s World Cup was confirmed.FIFA President Gianni Infantino made the announcement at about 3.45 a.m. NZT (1545 GMT) on Friday.Football Ferns Erin Nayler, Hannah Wilkinson and Annalie Longo erupted with joy as they crowded around a laptop watching the video stream, while Matildas players sitting with the “As One” bid team also jumped up in celebration. “It was a long wait,” Wilkinson told TVNZ. “All of this anticipation was filling the room.”The second he said it, I completely blacked out for a second. Honestly, it was just total joy. This is going to be absolutely amazing and I’m a bit speechless.”There will be millions watching this. It’s huge.”The decision continues a strong run for New Zealand securing hosting rights for women’s global sporting events, with the women’s Rugby World Cup and Cricket World Cup scheduled to be held in the country in 2021.”The tournament aligns perfectly with our strategy for Women and Girls in Sport and Active Recreation,” Sports Minister Grant Robertson said in a statement.Both Football Federation Australia (FFA) and New Zealand Football (NZF) had emphasized the boost that hosting the tournament would provide for the development of the game in the Asian and Oceania Confederations.”It’s quite incredible for women’s football in our region to secure the Women’s World Cup,” Ros Moriarty, the chair of FFA’s Women’s Football Council told Reuters.”Asia’s definitely a developmental region for FIFA. There hasn’t been a women’s World Cup in this region or in the southern hemisphere so there’s new ground to be developed here.”And I think the co-confederation aspect is a big plus. It allows us to reach out to friends in Asia and as well as in Oceania.”  “That process was so stressful, but I can’t believe it,” Matildas defender Steph Catley said.”I’m so excited. I’m now starting to think about what it will be like to be a player at a home World Cup, it is just surreal.”It’s giving me goosebumps.”The Football Ferns also experienced a similar long vigil overnight with players sitting in an Auckland hotel room.center_img Topics :last_img read more

Grab a piece of history

first_img275-277 Stanley St, Townsville City“They are so close to the city and so close to the Strand so you’re in walking distance to everything.“You could also renovate them instead of demolishing them because they are quite solid inside.”The homes are located in a character precinct so if they were demolished they would have to be rebuilt in the traditional Queenslander style. Both properties have had long-term tenants until recently, while 275 Stanley St is still rented for $225 a week. Each cottage has two bedrooms, a sleep-out and functional kitchen. Some rooms still have original timber floors. 275-277 Stanley St is open for inspection from 10am-10.30am and Wednesday 5pm-5.30pm. Call Malcolm Thomson on 0400 545 664. 275-277 Stanley St, Townsville CityTWO historic cottages positioned on prime on land on the fringes of the CBD will be sold under the hammer.On site, 275-277 Stanley St, Townsville, will go to auction on August 25 at 11am.The cottages are on 738sq m of land and have separate titles but will be sold together.Harcourts Kingsberry Townsville agent Malcolm Thomson said the two cottages offered endless possibilities for redevelopment and were located in a sought-after location.“Theoretically you could reconfigure the boundaries so you had two long boundaries,” he said,More from news01:21Buyer demand explodes in Townsville’s 2019 flood-affected suburbs12 Sep 202001:21‘Giant surge’ in new home sales lifts Townsville property market10 Sep 2020“Because one is on 180sq m and the other is on 558sq m you just wouldn’t sell them separately.last_img read more

Ramirez, Cook talk playoffs

first_imgPut Manny Ramirez and Dane Cook in a room together, and you’ll get more than just the greatest idea for a reality show ever assembled. No, it’s not just “Cookin’ with Manny” that you’d get, but instead two viewpoints that couldn’t be more opposite from each other and couldn’t be more perfect for each other. Major League Baseball’s playoffs, about to start World Series play, can best be characterized from a combination of two quotations, one from Cook and one from Ramirez. Cook, in those ridiculously cheesy and omnipresent TBS commercials, has quite emphatically informed fans, “There’s only one postseason. There’s only one October.” And though the rest of this column could easily be spent pointing out the flaws in everything else the comedian has ever said, that’s one sentiment that’s tough to disagree with. It’s not exactly the most motivational or inspirational or insightful statement ever spoken, but the message is correct. Baseball has reached the time where teams must win or go home, and it’s the most exciting time of the season. Still, though, the counterpoint to Cook’s statement is a valid one too, and it came from perhaps the most unlikely of sources, Manny Ramirez. “There’s always next year,” the Red Sox slugger told reporters before playing Game 5 of the ALCS with Boston facing elimination. “It’s not like it’s the end of the world.” Though the reaction to Ramirez’s comments was initially harsh, especially from Red Sox fans hoping to see a little more sense of urgency in their star, fans and media members alike have begun to understand the truth in his comment after the dust settled. Obviously, Ramirez wants to win. His performance in that game, 2-4 and the game-winning RBI, made that pretty clear. What the outfielder understood, however, and tried to convey, is that there will always be a next season, meaning a loss does not mean the end of the world. This postseason, probably unlike any other in recent memory, proves that it’s not always Cook’s viewpoint nor Ramirez’s, but rather one of the two, depending on the situation, that best describes the driving force behind playoff baseball. This postseason’s biggest story lines are a mix of events and actions that follow either Cook’s or Ramirez’s statements. Playing in his 17th season at the age of 40, Kenny Lofton made his mark on the playoffs. Ramirez’s quote doesn’t make too much sense in describing the old-timer though, because there isn’t always going to be another season for the center fielder. It is hard to imagine Lofton playing in another postseason when he’s 41 years old. In this situation, there is only one postseason for Lofton; there is only one (last) October. Finishing the regular season on an incredible win streak before rolling past their first two playoff opponents, the Colorado Rockies are the team to beat in the World Series. With a corps of players who are young, cheap and talented, there’s no reason to think next season won’t be another good one for the Rockies. There isn’t only one postseason or October in the future for this team. Though losing would probably hurt the squad considering the amazing streak it’s been on, for the Rockies it’s just like Ramirez said, there’s always next year, and judging by the team’s roster, there’s always the year after that and the year after that too. Following the Yankees first-round playoff elimination at the hands of the Indians, manager Joe Torre was offered a contract he called “insulting” and promptly rejected. After 12 seasons and four World Series wins with the New York Yankees, the team decided Torre wasn’t the same skipper he’d been in the past because he hadn’t been getting the job done in the postseason. In this situation, it’s a perfect combination of Cook and Ramirez that can describe what happened. Because the Yankees were so concerned with winning now, they offered a contract to Torre that would require immediate success in order to be lucrative. It really was the end of the world for New York after seven seasons in a row without a World Series ring. They acted on Cook’s way of thinking only because they’d gone by Ramirez’s long enough. Maybe it’s wrong to analyze the playoffs using quotations from two people who won’t be forever remembered as the scholars of our generation. For my money, though, putting what the two of them said together makes a pretty strong definition about playoff baseball. And yes, you can quote me on that. Mike is a sophomore majoring in being undecided. If you think that someone other than Cook or Ramirez had something insightful to say about the post-season you should keep it to yourself;, the column’s already been written. If you can”t resist the urge, however, he can still be reached at mackerstein@badgerherald.com.last_img read more

Barkley’s future hangs in the balance

first_imgLogically, junior quarterback Matt Barkley’s pending decision is a no-brainer. Even USC coach Lane Kiffin cannot delude himself with the notion that Barkley has anything left to learn at USC under his tutelage.“I’m probably not supposed to say this but unless he just wants to do it to be a special Trojan, he ain’t coming back,” Kiffin said. “Who’s playing better than Matt in the country? How do you not draft that kid, knowing the player he is and knowing what the kid is?”Record setting · USC junior quarterback Matt Barkley threw 39 touchdown passes this season, breaking Matt Leinart’s previous 2003 USC record of 38. – Chris Pham | Daily TrojanPer NFL rules, NCAA student-athletes can declare for the NFL draft three years after graduating from high school.As a junior, Barkley meets this minimum condition after posting perhaps the greatest single statistical season of any USC quarterback — without the benefit of a Pac-12 championship rematch against Oregon and an additional bowl game to pad his statistics.“It’s not a deal where he’s going in the late first [round],” Kiffin said. “He’s every bit ready to go to the NFL.”Before the season, Kiffin indicated that for Barkley to emerge as an elite quarterback, the junior’s final statistical line should feature 30 or more touchdown passes, fewer than 10 interceptions and a minimum 70 percent completion percentage.Barkley posted a 39-to-7 touchdown-to-interception ratio while completing 69.1 percent of his passes.In other words, Barkley shattered Kiffin’s loftiest expectations that were meant mostly to ensure the unquestioned team leader did not become complacent after his successful sophomore campaign.Entering the season with three new starters on the offensive line and junior Khaled Holmes shifting from guard to center, there was concern as to whether Barkley would have enough time in the pocket to throw before pass rushers bore down on him.But with his pocket awareness and elusiveness, Barkley was sacked just eight times — a new USC record.Yet, Barkley, nonetheless, might op to head toward the professional ranks.“I haven’t given up [on Barkley staying],” Kiffin said. “It’s just going to be a decision … does he want to do something that’s really unique, and he might be the kid to do that. I think 90 percent of kids would not.”Perhaps the only precedent at USC for an underclassman quarterback as talented and accomplished as Barkley staying for his final year of eligibility is former quarterback Matt Leinart, who stayed for his redshirt senior season in 2005 after winning a BCS National Championship and Heisman Trophy.Barkley broke Leinart’s single-season school and conference record of 38 passing touchdowns after connecting with sophomore wide receiver Robert Woods for his sixth touchdown during  the 50-0 rout of UCLA.But for all of Leinart’s impressive accolades, Kiffin maintains the comparison between Barkley and Leinart is not all that instructive because Barkley is a better professional prospect than Leinart was at the same stage of their USC careers.“Whenever people discuss guys staying and losing money, I think you can’t do that,” Kiffin said. “Nobody said Matt Leinart was going in the top-three picks.”In the summer 2010, Barkley faced the media once news of the sanctions reverberated across the college football landscape, hoping to communicate USC’s intent to persevere. His leadership earned him the distinction of becoming USC’s first sophomore captain. With all he has sacrificed to navigate USC through its draconian sanctions, there is no question that Barkley deserves to make his decision unencumbered by a belief that he owes USC anything.“I know it sounds weird, but I look up to Matt Barkley,” Kiffin said.last_img read more