first_img4:30 p.m.: Hair salons, gyms, nail salons, barber shops can soon open in TexasPersonal services, like barber shops, nail salons and hair salons, can open in Texas on May 8, Gov. Greg Abbott said Tuesday.Customers and employees must wear masks, the governor said.vGyms in Texas can open on May 18, but they must limit capacity to 25%, close showers and locker rooms, and disinfect. Gymgoers should practice social distancing.Restaurants, malls and movie theaters were allowed to reopen in Texas last Friday, with restrictions.Texas has had over 33,369 people diagnosed with the virus, including 1,937 people who tested positive in the last 24 hours.At least 906 people have died. 3:15 p.m.: NYC preps for subway’s 1st overnight shutdown in at least 50 years At 1 a.m. Wednesday, all of New York City’s 472 subway stations will close for cleaning and police officers will begin removing people experiencing homelessness who have been sleeping on nearly empty trains.“There is no refusal. They’ll have to get off the subway,” said NYPD Chief of Department Terry Monahan. More than 1,000 police officers have been assigned to what is the first overnight subway shutdown in at least 50 years. Officers from the Homeless Outreach Unit, accompanied by nurses, will remove people from subway cars.Most will be offered space at shelters and in other cases the nurses will decide whether someone needs to be taken to a hospital for their own safety, Monahan said. “We are prepared for a large sum of individuals who want to accept services, but we’re not going to know until this operation,” said Monahan.2:32 p.m.: Delta limiting seating capacity through June 30 Through June 30, Delta will be limiting seating to 50% in first class and 60% in the rest of the plane.Delta has been blocking middle seats since mid-April, and the airline said now it will block certain window and aisle seats on planes that have 1×2, 2×2 and 2×3 seating. Blocked seats will show up as unavailable or not assignable when travelers book their flight online.2:15 p.m.: Maryland’s Ocean City beach to reopenIn Maryland, the Ocean City beach and boardwalk will reopen this weekend.Ocean City Mayor Richard Meehan is encouraging people to go outside and enjoy the fresh air, but still adhere to social distancing guidelines.Carry-out restaurants will open on the boardwalk but nonessential businesses along the boardwalk will stay closed until that order is lifted by the governor, Meehan said.“We want to work our way towards larger crowds and we think this will give us an opportunity to do so,” Meehan said.Police won’t be “patrolling for license plates” of out-of-towners, he added. Samara Heisz/iStockBy MORGAN WINSOR, EMILY SHAPIRO and MEREDITH DELISO, ABC News(NEW YORK) — A pandemic of the novel coronavirus has now killed more than a quarter of a million people worldwide.Over 3.6 million people across the globe have been diagnosed with COVID-19, the disease caused by the new respiratory virus, according to data compiled by the Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins University. The actual numbers are believed to be much higher due to testing shortages, many unreported cases and suspicions that some governments are hiding the scope of their nations’ outbreaks. Since the first cases were detected in China in December, the United States has become the worst-affected country, with more than 1.2 million diagnosed cases and at least 71,022 deaths. Here’s how the news developed Tuesday. All times Eastern:8:12 p.m.: Inslee responds to Republican lawsuitWashington Gov. Jay Inslee responded to a lawsuit filed Tuesday by Republican lawmakers against the state’s stay-at-home order, saying, “I think they are not only shortsighted but dangerous.”“We had hundreds of new cases as of yesterday,” Inslee said. “The measures we have taken are to preserve health and life itself. … I am very confident that Washington is on the right track. We only want to go through this once.”“I will say I think politics has come into play with some decision-making here and I think that’s disappointing,” he said.Inslee announced the formation of three advisory groups that will help in each phase of the state’s reopening.Phase one began today with the reopening of some outdoor recreation.There have been more than 15,500 cases of coronavirus and 862 deaths in Washington.7:30 p.m.: Hawaii shopping malls can reopen this weekHawaii can begin reopening businesses, including shopping malls, on Thursday, Gov. David Ige announced Monday.“We have some of the lowest cases in the country,” Ige said at a press briefing. “Now we can begin our phased reopening.”Ige signed a proclamation allowing certain businesses to reopen starting on Thursday at 12:01 a.m. In addition to shopping malls, it includes apparel and electronics retailers, car washes, pet care and grooming services, landscapers, florists and health care services, such as elective surgery.Ige had previously allowed golf courses and car dealerships to reopen.All businesses and activities must continue to follow social distancing and sanitation guidelines.According to the latest numbers from Hawaii’s health department, the state has had 625 confirmed COVID-19 cases and 17 deaths. 1:35 p.m.: NJ urges public to report any nursing home misconductIn New Jersey, where 8,244 people have died from the coronavirus, the state remains in “the fight of our lives,” Gov. Phil Murphy said at his briefing Tuesday.As pressure builds to reopen, Murphy said, “nobody is itching more to get this state back up and running than yours truly and the team up here — but we’ve got to do it right.”“We’re considering data,” he said, and “we’re trying to learn from other places in the country and the world.”Murphy called attention to New Jersey’s long-term care facilities, where there have been 4,151 deaths from the coronavirus — more than half of the state’s total.Murphy said the number of long-term care facilities reporting COVID-19 cases is still increasing.The New Jersey attorney general’s office started investigating the state’s long-term care facilities in April.“Our investigation was prompted by both the high number of deaths we were seeing during the COVID-19 pandemic and by the disturbing reports we were receiving: reports of bodies piled up in makeshift morgues, of nurses and staff without adequate PPE,” New Jersey Attorney General Gurbir Grewal said Tuesday.“We’re not alleging any misconduct by any facility or any entity or any individual — we’ll simply follow the facts and the law wherever they lead us,” he said.The state is now asking for the public’s help and encourages residents to report anonymously through an online portal.“If you have first-hand knowledge of misconduct during the pandemic or before, please let us know,” Grewal said. “There you can share with us any evidence of misconduct that you might have. You can also upload documents, photographs or other materials.”12:30 p.m.: Cuomo says reopening poses the question, ‘how much is a human life worth?’In New York, where 230 people died Monday, Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Tuesday stressed that, “the faster we reopen the lower the economic cost — but the higher the human cost.”“How much is a human life worth? That’s the real discussion that no one has admitted openly or freely. But we should,” Cuomo said. “To me, I say the cost of human life — a human life is priceless.”Cuomo said New York’s reopening plan is monitoring the data — including the transmission rate, hospitalization rate and death rate — and if rates go up, the state will “close the valve on reopening.”Cuomo on Tuesday railed against the federal government for not providing enough funding to New York.“They have not provided any aid to state and local governments,” he said, noting the states are the ones “that fund police, fire, education, teachers, health care workers. If you starve the states, how can you expect the states to be able to fund this entire reopening plan?”Cuomo also urged the federal government to work on a bipartisan basis, stressing that is the only way legislation can be passed.“If you don’t pass legislation, the federal government does not work. If the federal government does not work it makes it virtually impossible for state governments to work. If I can’t work, then local government can’t work,” he said.11:20 a.m.: Obama to give nationwide high school commencement messageFormer President Barack Obama will deliver a nationwide commencement message to the country’s high school seniors on Saturday, May 16, at 8 p.m.The one hour event, called “Graduate Together: America Honors the High School Class of 2020,” will be aired simultaneously on ABC, CBS, FOX and NBC.Obama tweeted Tuesday, “I’ve always loved joining commencements––the culmination of years of hard work and sacrifice. Even if we can’t get together in person this year, Michelle and I are excited to celebrate the nationwide Class of 2020 and recognize this milestone with you and your loved ones.”10:12 a.m.: NYC offering antibody tests for 140,000 health care workers and first respondersNew York City is offering antibody tests for 140,000 health care workers and first responders, beginning next Monday, Mayor Bill de Blasio said.Testing identifies a likely past infection of COVID-19 and provides confidence that the individual overcame the virus.The tests will be offered at hospitals, firehouses, police stations and corrections facilities, the mayor said. New York City’s tracking indicators are a mix of positive and negative numbers.Citywide, 22% of people tested on May 3 were positive for the coronavirus — up from 17% on May 2.There were 75 people admitted to hospitals for suspected COVID-19 on May 3 — down from 88 admissions on May 2.And 596 people were in New York City ICUs with suspected coronavirus on May 3 — down from 632 on May 2.The mayor on Tuesday also blasted President Donald Trump, saying the president “seems to enjoy stabbing his hometown in the back, talking about ‘no bailout’ for New York.” Trump told The New York Post on Monday, “It’s not fair to the Republicans because all the states that need help — they’re run by Democrats in every case. Florida is doing phenomenal, Texas is doing phenomenal, the Midwest is, you know, fantastic — very little debt.”“You look at Illinois, you look at New York, look at California, you know, those three, there’s tremendous debt there, and many others,” Trump told the Post.De Blasio said at his Tuesday briefing, “These comments today show me something very cold and very unfair to the people he grew up around, the people who gave him every opportunity.”The mayor called on Trump to “act like the President of the United States and care … regardless of politics. Care about the people of this city.”10 a.m.: CT schools closed rest of academic yearConnecticut schools will be closed for the rest of the academic year, with students instead continuing with distance learning, Gov. Ned Lamont said.Schools will still provide meals to children who need them.A decision on summer school has not yet been made.9:06 a.m.: US coronavirus death toll projected to almost double by AugustA coronavirus model now forecasts that nearly 135,000 people will die of COVID-19 in the United States by early August — almost double its previous projection. The revised projections, as shown in an influential model from the University of Washington’s Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation, which is often cited by the White House, reflect increasing mobility in most U.S. states as well as the easing of social distancing measures expected in 31 states by May 11, indicating that more human-to-human contact will promote virus transmission. A rise in testing and contact tracing along with warmer weather — factors that could help slow transmission — don’t offset increasing mobility, according to a press release from the institute.“In each state, the evolution of the epidemic depends on the balance between relaxed social distancing, increasing temperature, and rising rates of testing and contact tracing,” Dr. Christopher Murray, director of the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation at the University of Washington, said in a statement Monday. “We expect that the epidemic in many states will now extend through the summer.” Nearly 69,000 people have died from COVID-19 in the United States thus far, according to a count kept by Johns Hopkins University.8:49 a.m.: Nearly 1,300 inmates test positive for COVID-19 in Texas prisonsAt least 1,275 inmates have tested positive for the novel coronavirus, according to the Texas Department of Criminal Justice Meanwhile, 461 employees, staff or contractors of the department have also tested positive. More than 20,063 inmates across Texas are on medical restriction because they may have had contact with either an employee or another offender with a positive or pending COVID-19 test.8:05 a.m.: South Korea reports lowest daily case tally since FebruarySouth Korea on Tuesday morning reported no new locally transmitted infections of the novel coronavirus and just three imported cases over the past 24 hours — its lowest daily tally in 77 days. South Korea’s Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recorded only one new case of COVID-19 on Feb. 18. Eleven days later, the country hit a peak with more than 900 new cases registered in a single day. Since then, the country’s rate of infections has slowly declined. The worst-hit city of Daegu reported zero new cases over the past 24 hours, according to South Korea’s Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.South Korea once had the largest novel coronavirus outbreak outside China, where the virus first emerged, but appears to have brought it under control with an extensive “trace, test and treat” strategy. A total of 10,801 people in the country have been diagnosed with COVID-19, of which 9,283 have recovered and 254 have died, according to South Korea’s Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Starting Wednesday, the nation will relax its strict social-distancing measures that were put in place to curb the spread of the virus.7:16 a.m.: China marks three weeks of no reported fatalities from COVID-19China reported no new deaths from COVID-19 on Tuesday, three weeks since the country recorded its last fatality from the disease.There were also no new reported local transmissions of the novel coronavirus — just one imported case from overseas, according to China’s National Health Commission.The Chinese mainland has reported 82,881 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 4,633 total deaths since the outbreak began in the city of Wuhan back in December.The National Health Commission said 77,853 patients have recovered from the disease while 395 others remain hospitalized for treatment. Another 949 people who either have suspected cases or tested positive despite showing no symptoms remained under isolation and medical observation.6:05 a.m.: France becomes fifth country to surpass 25,000 deaths from COVID-19The novel coronavirus has now killed more than 25,000 people in France, making it the fifth country in the world to surpass that threshold.The country reported 306 new deaths from COVID-19 on Monday, bringing the nationwide tally to 25,201. Just 135 new fatalities were reported the previous day, according to government data.Over 15,000 people have succumbed to the respiratory illness in hospitals, while more than 9,000 have died in care and nursing homes. Nearly 6,500 patients remained hospitalized in intensive care on Monday.The national death tolls from COVID-19 in the United States, Italy, the United Kingdom and Spain have also surpassed the 25,000 mark, according to counts kept by Johns Hopkins University.Nearly 170,000 people in France have been diagnosed with the disease so far, according to Johns Hopkins.6:05 a.m.: Russia reports over 10,000 new cases for third straight dayRussia reported more than 10,000 new cases of COVID-19 on Tuesday for the third day in a row, with the country’s overall caseload soaring past 150,000.The country’s coronavirus response headquarters said 10,102 new infections had been registered in the past 24 hours, just under Monday’s case count of 10,581 and lower than Sunday’s daily record of 10,633 new cases.Russia now has 155,370 diagnosed cases of the disease. However, the country’s death toll remains relatively low with just 95 fatalities reported in the past 24 hours, bringing the nationwide tally to 1,451.Moscow still has the bulk of the country’s infections, with 5,714 new cases reported Tuesday, according to the coronavirus response headquarters.5:43 a.m.: US reports over 22,000 new cases on MondayThe United States reported more than 22,000 new cases of COVID-19 on Monday, according to a count kept by Johns Hopkins University.Although still high, the additional caseload is lower than the number of new cases recorded the previous day — over 25,000 — and down from a peak of around 36,300 new cases reported on April 24.Monday’s case count brings the U.S. tally to over 1.18 million. 3:36 a.m.: 15 children hospitalized in NYC with mysterious syndrome possibly linked to COVID-19Fifteen children, many of whom tested positive for or had previously been exposed to the novel coronavirus, have recently been admitted to New York City hospitals with a mysterious illness possibly linked to COVID-19, health officials said in an alert Monday night.The patients, aged 2 to 15, had been hospitalized in intensive care from April 17 to May 1 with various symptoms associated with toxic shock or Kawasaki disease, a rare inflammatory syndrome typically affecting children under the age of 5. None of the reported patients have died, though more than half required blood pressure support and five needed mechanical ventilation, according to the bulletin posted by the New York City Health Department.“Clinical features vary, depending on the affected organ system, but have been noted to include features of Kawasaki disease or features of shock,” Dr. Demetre Daskalakis, deputy city health commissioner for disease control, said in the alert Monday night. “However, the full spectrum of disease is not yet known.”All 15 patients had subjective or measured fever while more than half reported rash, abdominal pain, vomiting or diarrhea. Less than half of those patients reported respiratory symptoms, according to the city health department, which described the mystery ailment as a “multi-system inflammatory syndrome potentially associated with COVID-19.”Molecular diagnostic testing showed four of the patients were positive for the virus strain that causes COVID-19, while antibody testing revealed that six who had tested negative were likely previously infected with the virus.The New York City Health Department had identified the 15 patients by contacting pediatric intensive care units in hospitals across the city over the past week.“Only severe cases may have been recognized at this time,” Daskalakis said.A growing number of hospitals in the United States and Europe have reported similar cases, raising concerns of a new global pattern emerging of critically ill children with COVID-19.Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

first_imgInspired by the novel by Russian author Sergei Lukyanenko, Day Watch is a fantasy horror epic in which the supernatural beings Dark and Light battle each other for supremacy on the streets of contemporary Moscow. The Day Watch are a team of Light beings who monitor the Dark Ones in order to protect mortals. After a member of the Day Watch (played by Konstantin Khabensky) is accused of killing one of the Dark Ones, the fragile truce between the forces of darkness and the forces of light is left hanging in the balance. In order to clear his name and prevent an open war, Anton embarks on a journey to find the ancient Chalk of Fate which, according to legend, can correct all mistakes. When initially released in Russia, Day Watch became a major hit grossing over $30 million. It is partially easy to understand why it was so popular, for one thing, the effects are very impressive; being at once visceral and fantastic. Director Timur Bekmambetov says that the key to the look of the film was juxtaposing reality and fantasy; “The Russian audience doesn’t have any experience of this kind of film, because we’ve never had any fantasy movies or comic books…So the only way for me to begin was to make everything very realistic, so the audience would believe in it enough to accept the fantasy”. Bekmambetov thus creates a world in which a run-down appartment block is the home of an evil sorceress and an ordinary repair man is a powerful wizard.Despite a promising start however, the flaws came thick and fast until by the end of the film I was literally aching to escape. Firstly, Bekmambetov somehow managed to make a relatively simple plot so unecessarily convoluted that the main thread of the narrative was irretrievably lost by the second half of the film. On top of this at 140 minutes Day Watch is just too long – by about 120 minutes. In other words, most of the film is a collection of gratuitous, utterly irrelevant, shots set to a pounding heavy metal soundtrack that left me feeling like I was watching an extended music video rather than a film. It’s almost as if the editors were so impressed with their own work that they couldn’t quite bring themselves to cut the film properly. All this leaves me to conclude that Day Watch was made for two specific groups of people; fans of the book and people who enjoy watching films in which narrative and character development are substituted with bright colours and dazzling effects. If you feel you don’t belong to either of these groups, I’d give Day Watch a wide berth.last_img read more

first_imgA motion in favour of divestment from fos- sil fuels was passed by Trinity College JCR last Sunday, with a 51-15 majority and five absten- tions. The motion mandates the JCR President to support OUSU’s Environment and Ethics campaign to request the divestment of college investments from fossil fuel companies. The motion was proposed by Rosemary Leech and seconded by Alice Jones, the JCR’s Environment and Ethics Reps. The motion stated, “Investment made by the University into unethical fossil fuel companies is socially irresponsible and inconsistent with the educa- tional objectives of the University”. 15 other JCRs have pledged to support the Oxford University Fossil Free Divestment Campaign, including Balliol, Keble, University and Exeter. A further fourteen MCRs have also pledged support for the campaign, and this in total represents over 8,200 students. Oxford University’s Socially Responsible Investment Review Committee (SRIRC) has stated that it “has decided to canvass the opinions of stakeholders. We are therefore requesting evidence and opinions from relevant bodies in the collegiate University, and through the publication of this statement invite interested parties to submit evidence or views that might inform the committee’s consideration of the question of possible divestment from companies ‘that participate in exploration for and/or extraction of fossil fuel reserves’ as per the OUSU representation.” Leech commented, “Essentially, we passed the motion to support the wider OUSU divestment campaign, which is bigger than anything we could do as a single college. So while other colleges passing the motion did influence me in proposing it in a way, this was something Alice and I wanted the support of the JCR in anyway. Personally, I think divestment is hugely important for large bodies like Oxford University. We hold significant investing power, and by divesting from a fuel source which damages the planet and makes life harder for the world’s most vulnerable people, we would send a strong message about the need to care for the future.” The University Council will meet on 18th May to make a decision on divestment after deferring their decision at the first meeting. Trinity College has not replied to Cherwell’s request for comment.last_img read more

first_img“Oxford is a microcosm of the deep structural issues embedded in the British educational system”. They emphasised that the data fails to show “how many young black students are actively discouraged from applying to Oxford by their teachers, despite achieving the grades, because ‘Oxford isn’t for them’”.In order to boost application rates from the Afro-Caribbean community, ACS “developed an independent access framework” to help young black students. They have three main access initiatives – an Annual Access Conference (AAC), the Visions Programme workshops, and a shadowing scheme.Speaking to Cherwell, JCR BME representative Isabella Rooney agreed that student-led equality and diversity organisations are not given enough attention. In response to Lammy’s publication, she said: “While these statistics do convey that the reality of the diversity in Oxford needs urgent work, it also puts prospective students off applying.”Among other initiatives put in place by students is Common Ground – an organisation which aims to analyse and tackle present day inequalities through investigating Oxford’s colonial past. Last term, they held a symposium that featured over thirty events.Speaking to Cherwell about their progress so far and plans for the future, they said: “Now we have almost 1,500 followers on our Facebook page, and want to continue the discussion interrogating Oxford’s racist, classist, and colonial past. Not only continuing the discussion, but working with the University to make structural changes. ”Neha Shah, co-chair for Oxford SU’s Campaign for Racial Awareness and Equality (Crae) also responded to Lammy’s research into diversity at Oxford. Shah said there is an “entrenched systematic bias” which “persists at all levels of the university, especially with regard to racial and ethnic diversity”.Shah also condemned the University’s reluctance to fully publish the ethnicity data, which Lammy referred to as ‘defensive’ and ‘evasive’, according to The Guardian. CRAE also criticised the University’s response that they couldn’t release the data on the grounds of the Data Protection Act.Shah said that this “tells us all we need to know about the number of ethnic minority students at Oxford”.Hertford BME representative Aisha Nado told Cherwell: “More can be done by Oxford in terms of progress and access.” Echoing the sentiment expressed by many other students, she added that changes at Oxford need “to be backed up by a change to a system where socio-economic factors determine where you end up in life”. According to David Lammy, Oxford needs to stop “hiding under the bushels” and “instinctively blaming schools and educational inequality for the problem that they have”. But the extent of student activism aimed at reducing inequality suggests that Oxford students at least are not shying away from the problem.Students and societies have spoken out in response to criticisms made against the University last week. Speaking to Cherwell, Lammy emphasised the “important role” of students in forcing change.Last week’s report made national headlines for its exposure of racial inequalities at Oxbridge. Following a series of Freedom of Information requests, data was released revealing that ten out of 32 colleges failed to admit any black British A-level students in 2015. The data also showed that Oriel did not admit a single black British A-levels student from 2009-2015. In light of these findings, Lammy accused the University of “social apartheid”.When Cherwell asked Lammy about how to change the University, he said: “Students play a really, really important role.”He went on to state that colleges that have “have consistently been very progressive in how they have gone about trying to get a diverse intake” are often those where “work has been led by student officers really obsessed with the issue of getting access to these young people”.Several JCR representatives, as well as Oxford’s African and Caribbean Society (ACS), the Campaign for Racial Awareness and Equality, and Common Ground have spoken out following the publication of Lammy’s report.While last week’s report provides a damning criticism of the University, it did not acknowledge the access programmes and initiatives being championed by student activists to counter these inequalities. Earlier this week in a statement, ACS said: “Attempting to reduce such a complex issue to a series of political soundbites only serves to obscure the depth of the problem and can often do harm to the progress being made in the area of changing perceptions and breaking down barriers to the students at the very heart of this discussion…last_img read more and British Baker would like to wish you a fantastic Christmas and a very prosperous new year!The last year has been a very difficult time for everyone in the industry, and while some companies have thrived, we appreciate that times have been tough for many.For those companies that are facing up to challenging times ahead, critical business information will be more vital than ever, and the team will continue to support the industry by bringing you all the latest news, trends and insider knowledge in the new year.Normal service on resumes 4 January 2010, and the first issue of British Baker will appear 15 January.Merry Christmas and a happy new year.last_img read more

first_imgHarvard President Larry Bacow stressed the importance of research partnerships between universities and municipalities during a roundtable discussion last week with Phoenix Mayor Kate Gallego ’04 and other city officials. Such partnerships, he said, can help to solve real-world problems.The meeting between Bacow and Phoenix’s top officials, including city manager Ed Zuercher and deputy city manager Karen Peters, took place Wednesday at Phoenix City Hall.Harvard’s relationship with Phoenix, the country’s fifth-largest city, began in 2017, when city officials were part of the inaugural cohort of the Bloomberg Harvard City Leadership Initiative, a collaboration among Harvard Kennedy School (HKS), Harvard Business School, and Bloomberg Philanthropies.The initiative offers leadership and management training to 40 mayors from across the nation and around the world to help them find innovative solutions to some of the most urgent problems facing their cities. In Phoenix, whose weather includes some of the nation’s hottest temperatures, the partnership’s efforts included finding ways to help mitigate the effects of the oppressive heat, including an innovative proposal to install misters at bus stops.“My recent visit to Arizona was especially wonderful because I was able to learn about the good work being done in Phoenix by Mayor Gallego and her team,” said Bacow. “Harvard alumni like Kate are making major contributions to the public good, and I am always interested to hear how the University might enhance or establish partnerships that put more of the knowledge we generate on campus to use in communities across the country.”“As someone who was fortunate enough to go to college and even graduate school, I know the important role higher education plays in a person’s life,” Gallego said. “Not only can it expand professional horizons, but it provides a greater understanding as to our own place in the world and how we can do the most good for those around us. At Harvard, I was able to develop my passion for policy, and I took this passion into my role as mayor. For many residents, city government is the most tangible form of democracy, and I want to ensure that relationship is a positive one. It was wonderful to discuss my vision for the city with Dr. Bacow and learn more about how Harvard is investing in cities across the nation.”With temperatures that often surpass 100 degrees, heat is a pressing, ongoing concern in Phoenix. In 2017, then-Mayor Greg Stanton and Peters took advantage of the Harvard Bloomberg program to explore strategies to tackle the issue.According to Gallego, last year, 181 people died due to heat-related incidents, and city officials are committed to finding new strategies for collaborating to mitigate that.Located in the Sonoran Desert, Phoenix is besieged by the “urban island effect,” a phenomenon that makes many metropolitan areas experience unusually higher temperatures due to the ubiquitous asphalt and concrete, which tend to retain heat.As part of the collaboration between the Bloomberg Harvard program and Phoenix, last spring HKS Professor Linda Bilmes, the Daniel Patrick Moynihan Senior Lecturer in Public Policy and an expert on public finance, led a city field project.“Phoenix is facing an existential crisis due to climate change and extreme heat,” said Bilmes.Under Bilmes’ guidance, a group of students from HKS and the Graduate School of Design (GSD) analyzed the impact of heat on bus use and the costs and benefits of heat interventions. The students were struck by their findings.,“It was clear that the people who were suffering from the extreme heat were the poorest residents of the city, because they don’t own cars and depend on the buses,” said Bilmes, “They have to walk long distances to get to the bus stop and wait in very hot places.”In their final presentation, students made several recommendations ranging from increasing the buses’ frequency to planting more trees to building more bus stops and water fountains. City officials have adopted some of the recommendations, said Bilmes.“It is work that is valuable to the city and an opportunity for students to do very challenging work in a complex, real-world environment with city officials,” she said. “It also provides a direct pipeline for students who want to work in state and local government jobs.”The work with Phoenix city leaders continued last summer as Firas Suqi, a former student of Bilmes who is pursuing a master’s in urban planning at the GSD, spent the summer as a Bloomberg Harvard City Leadership Fellow.While there, Suqi helped pilot the concept of a transit stop enhanced with misters, a heat-mitigation intervention that had been analyzed by the students, to help bus riders keep cool. He also developed a model designed to predict and quantify pedestrian routes to transit stops, to provide help in places that most need it.For Suqi, working in Phoenix was rewarding. Not only did he get to work on an important, complex problem, but he also grappled with data and collaborated with city officials, who appreciated his efforts.“It was amazing to see that something that started in a class could have an impact on real people on the ground,” said Suqi. “It was a great partnership, in which I was able to apply what I learned in class, and city officials were able to benefit from it.”A few years ago, Phoenix received a $100,000 grant from Bloomberg Philanthropies to paint municipal rooftops with reflective paint and help reduce and shed heat. Last year, it was named one of 35 Champion Cities for its broad work on heat preparedness.Capping his Phoenix visit, Bacow and Gallego attended a reception hosted by the Harvard Club of Phoenix, the Harvard Club of Southern Arizona, and the Harvard Alumni Association, held at the Heard Museum. Bacow visited with nearly 200 alumni from around the region and took part in an on-stage conversation with Leslie P. Tolbert ’73, Ph.D. ’78, a member of the Board of Overseers and Regents’ Professor Emerita in the Department of Neuroscience at the University of Arizona. On Friday, Bacow traveled to Houston to meet with more than 300 alumni from the region at an event hosted by the Harvard Club of Houston, the Harvard Clubs of Austin, Dallas, San Antonio, the Rio Grande Valley, and the Harvard Alumni Association. Bacow participated in a Q&A session with Stephanie Wilson ’88, a NASA astronaut and engineer, and the second African American woman to travel into space.Earlier in the day, Bacow met with teachers and administrators from the T.H. Rogers School who have participated in professional education courses at the Harvard Graduate School of Education’s Project Zero. Since 2012, dozens of Rogers teachers have taken part in the project, supported by Houston area Harvard alumni through the H2H Initiative. This summer, the alumni group will send 22 Houston educators, three from the Rogers School, to Harvard. Looking to China for lessons on helping the poor Related Harvard’s many research ties to that nation reflect broad engagement, as President Bacow visits Bacow addresses universities’ role in tackling inequality and declining social mobility Bringing back hopelast_img read more

first_imgWednesday evening, the Saint Mary’s Moreau Art Galleries welcomed two new spring exhibits, “Touristic Intents” by Mat Rappaport and “Homeland: Chicago & Belgrade Diasporas,” a collaborative project by Melissa Potter and Mat Rappaport. The exhibits will run from Wednesday through March 6. Monica Villagomez Mendez Artists Melissa Potter, left, and Mat Rappaport presented two next exhibits to the Saint Mary’s community in the Moreau Galleries, titled “Touristic Intents” and “Homeland: Chicago & Belgrade Diasporas.”“Touristic Intents” was created using photographs, single channel video, silk screened cardboard boxes, rubber, surveyor’s poles and audio. The exhibit explores a three mile-long building that was constructed in the 1930s to be a Nazi resort that was unfinished in Prora, Germany. Rappaport said he started his research for this project in 2008.Rappaport said the purpose of the site was to house 20,000 vacationing working class Germans after the destruction of the trade unions.“What struck me was that this building was designed by the Nazis started being built in 1936, and the architect of this building’s main objectives was to create a resort for the working class, for the German workers, where everyone had a sea side view,” Rappaport said.The exhibit consists of 135 images, with each image showing the views from windows that were taken within one block of one building section.According to a description of “Touristic Intents” as provided by a brochure at the event, each image “depicts only the space of a window’s opening, its ‘view’ floating on a white background.” In order to “reinforce the initial promise of an ocean view for all, the obscured view is mirrored on the page with a reconstruction of an ocean view pushing through the same shape.”The site was sold and intended to be converted into condominiums, rental apartments and hotels by private developers in the 1990s after it was used as secret military site during the German Democratic Republic. During that time, it was used as a German military training school, barracks and officers’ resort.Rappaport said the building he explored is one of the five that the Nazis had planned to build as a part of their “strength through joy” program.”I was fascinated by this idea that this fascistic government wants to do something that seems, at least in my mind, very, very progressive by giving access to leisure time, which at that time [leisure time] was a construct that only upper class people got to experience,” Rappaport said. Monica Villagomez Mendez Visitors to the Moreau Galleries examine the new exhibits, which showcase themes surrounding diaspora, architecture and travel.Also on display was Potter and Rappaport’s “Homeland: Chicago and Belgrade Diaspora,” which uses interviews with multi-generational artists and curators to explore the Serbian experience of moving to the United States and establishing a post-Yugoslavian society.Some of the images presented in the exhibit are taken from Chicago, which is known as the Serbian center of the United States, having a population of roughly 400,000 Serbian people. The exhibit displays quotes from the interviews on images of a Chicago Serbian neighborhood and of Belgrade.“Doing the interviews has been so amazing because there is no way that, even a student of international news and international history, that you could get these kind of personal stories without sitting down with people,” Rappaport said. “As an artist, I think we get to have permission to ask people personal questions and intimate questions, and for whatever reason, they open up to us really nicely.“It has been a real privilege and an incredible answer to my own curiosity about certain issues.”Potter spoke for both herself and Rappaport when she said this work has affected the way that they both see certain parts of the world.“Sometimes you make work and then you leave it behind, but this work has made me think a lot. I really learned from these interviewees, and this project has changed a lot of my opinions and attitudes about social situations,” Potter said.Tags: art opening, mat rappaport, melissa potter, moreau art galleries opening, moreau art gallery, spring exhibitionslast_img read more

first_imgEvery week stage favorites step up to the mic at 54 Below, Broadway’s supper club. Check out just a sampling of the hotspot’s recently-announced sets—we’re looking forward to some amazing nights at the intimate venue. View All (6) Star Files JARROD SPECTOR “A Little Help From My Friends” with Barry Mann – 4/9 at 10:00PM Barry, meet Barry! Jarrod Spector, currently playing Barry Mann in Beautiful, will welcome a very special guest at the added April 9 performance of his cabaret show: the legendary songwriter himself. They will perform songs that made superstars out of many famous tenors—from Freddie Mercury to Michael Jackson. GET TICKETS Kate Baldwin Jarrod Spector Steve Kazee View Comments KATIE FINNERAN “It Might Be You – A Funny Lady’s Search for Home” – 5/28 & 5/29 at 7:00PM, 5/30 at 8:00PM & 11:00PM Is that floor shining like the top of the Chrysler, yet?! The Annie meanie and two-time Tony winner will make her nightclub debut at 54 Below. Directed by Andréa Burns, the night will feature a mix of songs from Sondheim to Ingrid Michaelson. GET TICKETS ZANNA, DON’T! CLASS REUNION 6/30 at 7:00PM & 9:30PM “Hold on, the evening’s not quite through!” The 2003 cult musical Zanna, Don’t! will return to New York for one-night-only. Original off-Broadway cast members Anika Larsen, Jai Rodriguez, Robb Sapp and more will reunite for the concert staging of the musical, set in a world where gay is the norm, the chess team is cool and the football players are dorks. GET TICKETS STEVE KAZEE 4/11 at 8:00PM & 12 at 8:00PM & 11:00PM After two sold-out gigs last year, the crooner returns, guitar in tow. Steve Kazee will perform original alt-country tunes in addition to the songs that brought him a Tony for his performance in Once. His last engagements were peppered with intimate stories, so here’s your chance get the scoop from his own lips. GET TICKETS BRETT RYBACK “Songs I Wrote” featuring Lesli Margherita, Justin Matthew Sargent and More – 4/19 at 11:00PM He solves crimes AND writes musicals! Off-Broadway’s Murder for Two star and composer/lyricist Brett Ryback will team up with a host of Broadway talents, including Matilda mom Lesli Margherita, If/Then’s Janet Krupin and more for a night of some of his original works.  GET TICKETS Lesli Margherita HUNTER FOSTER AND BETH LEAVEL “If It Only Even Runs a Minute”  – 4/21 at 9:30PM Hunter Foster, Beth Leavel and more will take part in the 12th edition of “If It Only Even Runs a Minute,” celebrating songs and tales from Broadway’s under-appreciated shows. The night will be a throwback for Chess, Ruthless! and more. Their marquees may not have been lit for long, but the songs will live on! GET TICKETS Justin Matthew Sargent KATE BALDWIN “Sing Pretty, Don’t Fall Down” – 5/15 at 7:00PM, 5/16 & 5/17 at 8:00PM Advice to live by, Kate Baldwin! The star of Big Fish, Giant and Finian’s Rainbow will offer her first solo show in the Big Apple for the first time in three years at 54 Below. Expect to hear her soaring voice tackle beloved musical theater staples and her stories from college student to Broadway leading lady. GET TICKETS  Beth Leavellast_img read more

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享WYMT:An eastern Kentucky utility says it is looking to add up to 20 megawatts of solar energy to meet growing customer interest in solar options.Kentucky Power says it’s also looking to diversify its electric generation mix.The company is seeking bids for solar resources to be purchased. As part of the process, Kentucky Power says it may buy solar facilities from winning bidders meeting certain economic and operational criteria.To qualify for consideration, projects must be located within Kentucky Power’s service territory. Qualifying projects must be operational by Dec. 31, 2021.Currently, Kentucky Power generates about 81 percent of 2,240 megawatts of electricity supplied to its customers using coal and about 19 percent with natural gas. Kentucky Power provides electric service to about 168,000 customers in 20 eastern Kentucky counties.More: Eastern Kentucky power company adding solar energy to the mix Coal-dominated Kentucky Power seeks solar bidslast_img read more