Harvard’s Glaeser welcomes global shift to cities

first_imgFor the first time in human history, city dwellers make up the majority of the world population, a trend that Professor Edward Glaeser examined in a talk at the Harvard Ed Portal in Allston earlier this spring.Glaeser, the Fred and Eleanor Glimp Professor of Economics in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, is the creator of CitiesX, a free course on the EdX platform. Before an in-person crowd of 60 and a live-stream audience of 8,700, he made the case for the benefits of urbanization, and outlined how urban leaders in the U.S. and around the globe can learn from one another. He was joined by Brian Golden ’87, director of the Boston Planning and Development Agency (BPDA), who discussed how the city is aiming to make the most of lessons learned in the face of ongoing challenges.The shift to cities has been “an incredibly good thing,” Glaeser said.“If you compare those countries that are more than 50 percent urban to those that aren’t, the more urban countries have an average income that is five times as high and an infant mortality level that is less than one-third,” he said. “The success of cities in the 21st century — the urbanization of the world — reflects a very deep connection between urban density and what it means to be human … Miraculous things happen when human beings learn from one another. That’s what cities do.”He acknowledged that urban living can come with downsides, such as overcrowding, health issues, traffic, housing challenges.“But I’m convinced that the right response to this is not to say that people should stop moving in, but instead to make sure that our governments are able to deal with the downsides — to promote free-flowing traffic, to build enough to allow middle-income people to move in, to have public health policies that fight against contagious disease.”,Golden, a lifelong Allston-Brighton resident who has headed the BPDA since 2014 and served the neighborhood as a state representative from 1999 to 2005, said Boston is making progress by addressing challenges head-on.“We often use a quote at the BPDA: ‘Great cities are not born, they’re made.’ They’re the product of actual choices,” he said.The pair discussed the need for housing stock that is diverse in cost, size, type, and location.“We at the BPDA, as well as the mayor, are pro-growth, pro-development, as long as it continues to support the needs of Bostonians all along the socioeconomic spectrum,” Golden said. “Growth is important for all Bostonians. This city is having an unprecedented population growth. … A lot of people want to live here. That’s a good thing, a vote of confidence and something we should be proud of. People want to live here because it’s a great place to live. But we need more housing stock, and if we don’t build more housing stock, there becomes an even more acute bidding war for rentals and ownership opportunities.”The event included a Q&A session in which concerns were raised about the impact of climate change and sea level on coastal cities. Leaders in Boston have maintained a steady focus on climate issues, Golden said.“We’re thinking of everything from building berms along the water’s edge, or even sea walls that can form a barrier against rising tides and storm surge,” he said. “Some fixes will come sooner than others, but we know that the health and well-being of the people of Boston and the region depend on us making really smart choices.”Adaptability is critical to the future of cities, Glaeser said. Different situations call for different approaches — Boston’s challenges are different from Houston’s — but the need for cities to remain centers of opportunity for all residents is what will ensure their individual successes, he added.The discussion in its entirety can be found here.last_img read more

The Roots Tapped for Hamilton’s Cast Album

first_img Star Files View Comments The founding members of the Roots are teaming up with the founding fathers! The much-buzzed about Hamilton’s cast album will be executive produced by the Roots’ Black Thought and Questlove. According to the tuner’s creator Lin-Manuel Miranda, the record will drop in September. The off-Broadway hit will begin previews on July 13 at the Great White Way’s Richard Rodgers Theatre, with opening night set for August 6.Directed by Thomas Kail and featuring a book, music and lyrics by Miranda, Hamilton is inspired by the book Alexander Hamilton by Ron Chernow. The new musical follows the scrappy young immigrant who forever changed America, from bastard orphan to Washington’s right hand man, rebel to war hero, loving husband caught in the country’s first sex scandal to Treasury head who made an untrusting world believe in the American economy. George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Eliza Hamilton and lifelong Hamilton friend and foe, Aaron Burr, all make appearances in the tuner about America’s fiery past.Starring Miranda in the title role, the cast will also include Jonathan Groff as King George III, Christopher Jackson as George Washington, Leslie Odom Jr. as Aaron Burr, Phillipa Soo as Eliza Hamilton, Anthony Ramos as John Laurens/Phillip Hamilton, Daveed Diggs as Marquis De Lafayette/Thomas Jefferson, Renée Elise Goldsberry as Angelica Schuyler and Javier Muñoz as Hamilton alternate. The company will additionally include Jasmine Cephas Jones, Okieriete Onaodowan, Carleigh Bettiol, Andrew Chappelle, Ariana DeBose, Alysha Deslorieux, Sydney James Harcourt, Neil Haskell, Sasha Hutchings, Thayne Jasperson, Stephanie Klemons, Morgan Marcell, Emmy Raver-Lampan, Jon Rua, Austin Smith, Seth Stewart, Betsy Struxness, Ephraim Sykes and Voltaire Wade-Greene.center_img Lin-Manuel Mirandalast_img read more

The Muddler Minnow Miracle

first_imgThere comes a time in life when you question everything. What is the meaning of life? What’s my purpose? Where am I going? Why do I suck at fishing all of a sudden?That last one has been creeping up in my conscious for the past few months. Following a series of disastrous fly fishing outings – no fish, broken rods, lost fly boxes, ripped waders, shattered dreams, and soggy undies – I began to doubt not only my ability to catch fish, but my ability to go fishing without hurting myself and/or others. From river stripers, to smallmouth, to trout, I repeatedly came home with my tail between my legs and having to search for a warranty card. I’ve been fishing long enough that being skunked and alone is nothing new for me, but this was an unprecedented string of miscues and miscalculations that had me at rock bottom with no felt and a dam release on its way.At its core, fly fishing is an exercise in frustration. There are way easier and more effective ways of catching a fish. For me, and most fly fishermen, the point is not to catch as many fish as possible. No, the point is to get out on the water, cast the fly, watch the drift, see the take. Bringing a fish to hand and safely releasing it is the bonus, like hiking to the top of a mountain AND catching the sunset. Heck, I’ll usually take time to just sit on a rock and take in the beauty of the river, even if the bite is hot. That being said, there is only so much disappointment a man can take, and going fishing without catching fish, while that may not be the whole point, is certainly disappointing. Not because of the lack of fish, but the lack of skill to fool the fish. Fly fishing technique is rooted in experience and skill with enough variables to drive a person insane. The mistakes to be made are virtually endless, and you usually only get one shot at it. That is usually why the best fishermen are older and have a patience that can only be accumulated from a lifetime of missed takes, spooked fish, and tangled leaders.My lifetime of patience was being tested; so much so that I almost lost interest in fishing in general…almost.I had the chance to fish the upper Jackson River outside Warm Springs, Virginia, and reluctantly packed the car in the chilly autumn pre-dawn. The Jackson River below Lake Moomaw is well known as the best, albeit controversial, trophy trout tailwater in Virginia. The river above the lake is a glorious fishery in its own right with beautiful water, easy access and careful management. I’d fished there several times with marginal luck, so I was not expecting much on that fall morning. As I pulled on my waders and rigged up, I thought about what useless fly I was going to snag in the bushes first – yes, this was my mindset, as I said, rock bottom. I had recently come across a wayward box of about 15 muddler minnows of various design, and vaguely remembered reading somewhere – probably on the internet – it was a solid fall trout fly, so I started there. I had never fished a muddler minnow because a) I didn’t have any and b) despite their versatility, I thought they looked stupid and would never work. So I hit the water with an obsolete fly and no expectations of success, but at least I had good scenery and a backup plan: a morning beer I was saving for when things got really bad. This is pretty much my backup plan for everything.But then something unexpected happened. I caught a fish.Not just any fish. This was a nice, colorful 14-inch brown out of the first riffle I came to. Not only that, he took the fly on top like it was spring instead of fall.IT WAS A MUDDLER MINNOW MIRACLE!All of a sudden, my entire outlook changed. What was once a barren river lined with fly-craving bushes and trees became a sparkling, fish filled paradise with plenty of room to cast. What was once a silly looking attractor pattern, became the best fly of all time. What was once the worst fisherman in the world, became a mediocre angler. That last one was about me.Isn’t it surprising how things can turn around in life? Month’s worth of frustration wiped away in 10 minutes. I spent the next three hours stalking browns, bringing a few more to the net on topwater muddlers, and one on a dropper nymph. By most accounts, this would be a so-so morning of fishing, but on this day it was life changing. I lost zero flies in the brush, didn’t break a rod, and that if-all-else-fails morning beer turned into refreshing victory ale. Although, I guess any cold beer consumed before 10 am is a victory. At least in my book.More importantly, I once again believed that if there are fish in the river, I can catch them.last_img read more

Chenango Valley swim team diving back into practice

first_imgTOWN OF FENTON (WBNG) — The Chenango Valley girls swim and dive team is back in the water, training to get back in competition shape by March. “I haven’t been in the pool since February,” said Potenziano. State officials recently confirmed with the New York State Public High School Athletic Association that low and moderate risk winter sports are allowed to begin November 30. With Section IV pushing all competition to 2021, the boys season is set to begin January 4. “Do like some drill work, conditioning stuff they haven’t really done like they would’ve done in our August session with preseason,” he said. “Some of them did dry land training, some had their own in-ground pools at home and did little mini workouts, so yeah it was different,” said Frayer. After the girls swim season was postponed multiple times, the Warriors were unsure if they would get the chance to defend their Section IV Class B title. With the season now set to begin in March, Frayer said the focus is on getting his team back in shape. “They’re very happy to be back in the water and to get going, and get started again,” said coach Charles Frayer. “Even something small is better than nothing,” said Potenziano. Frayer said there will not be a state meet, but they are aiming to have sectional championships. With many locations shut down this spring and summer, some of the girls had to go months without stepping foot in a pool. While they get back into their best swim shape, the girls are looking forward to whatever type of season they’re given. “Memories were popping up on my phone from pictures from last year and it was really just sad to look back and be like ‘oh that didn’t happen this year,'” said senior Kendra Potenziano. “Swim is good for us,” said Rogers. “It’s a good way to take away the stress of school and everything else.” Chenango Valley will look to defend its back-to-back Class B titles. With practices split into two sessions and each one limited to an hour, there’s less time for the girls to hone their skills. “We can’t hit everything in one practice so we’ve been doing stroke specific practices,” said senior Miranda Rogers. last_img read more

WHO gives advice for pandemic aid to refugees

first_imgApr 10, 2006 (CIDRAP News) – Recognizing that an influenza pandemic may disproportionately affect refugees and internally displaced people, the World Health Organization (WHO) has issued guidelines for humanitarian organizations working with such populations.The April 7 guidance document, “Pandemic influenza preparedness and mitigation in refugee and displaced populations,” recommends that each humanitarian agency develop a locally relevant pandemic preparedness plan that addresses current capacity and anticipated needs. The efforts should be linked with national government plans as well.The WHO notes that internally displaced people and refugees may be especially at risk for several reasons, including:OvercrowdingPoor healthcare accessHigh prevalence of malnutritionHigh incidence or prevalence of communicable diseaseRemote or conflict-prone locationsInsufficient surveillancePossible exclusion from a nation’s flu planning and responseUnder-trained or ill-equipped staffThe health woes one might find among people forced from their homes include malnutrition and co-infection with illnesses such as HIV or malaria, but WHO said it is not clear what impact such conditions would have on a pandemic virus.WHO also calls on humanitarian organizations to help in its mission to identify clusters of flu cases and contain them quickly. The document contains details on how to detect cases and report them. It also offers tips on how to collect, store, and transport samples, including suggestions that may be beyond the capability of some humanitarian groups or some locales. For example, the agency says workers should wear full personal protective equipment (PPE) and should store and transport samples in dry ice, using specialized shipping containers and protocols.In addition, the WHO document provides suggestions for early-warning surveillance and response, social mobilization to improve risk communication and health education, health facility planning, and protection of staff. Annexes include checklists, sample messages, infection control procedures, and advice on using antiviral drugs.See also:WHO’s “Pandemic influenza preparedness and mitigation in refugee and displaced populations”http://www.who.int/diseasecontrol_emergencies/HSE_EPR_DCE_2008_3rweb.pdflast_img read more

Hotel Kurija Janković with EU funds to the new wellness and wine bar

first_imgEV13 GAP is a continuation of the project “Drava4Enjoy” which began the construction of cycling infrastructure in Virovitica-Podravina County and the creation of the image of a cycling destination. Kroz Drava4Enjoy rekonstruirana je Kurija Janković, koja je zatim pretvorena u heritage hotel, koji za cilj ima osigurati smještaj u rangu bike & bed standarda. Da bi to bilo moguće potrebno je dograditi dodatne sadržaje, što će se realizirati kroz projekt EV13 Gap.- The total value of this project is 1.982.494,18 euros, and the value of the equipment itself is 247.187,50 kuna. Completion of this project is planned for June 30, 2019. Hotel Kurija Janković iz Virovitice, heritage hotel s četiri zvjezdice u novu turističku godinu ulazi s novim sadržajima – wellness-om i vinskim barom. INTERVIEW / SANJA SUDAR, KURIJA JANKOVIĆ: HOTEL IS NOT THE EXCLUSIVE REASON FOR THE ARRIVAL OF THE GUEST, IT IS THE DESTINATION IN WHICH IT IS ACCOMMODATED ” Veseli nas realizacija projekta EV 13 GAP jer ćemo dobiti dodatan sadržaj u našoj cikloturističkoj ponudi i tako ostvariti potpun standard bike&bed smještaja. S obzirom na broj gostiju koji nas posjećuje, a koji je u stalnom porastu, po završetku ovog projekta osjetit će se direktan pozitivan utjecaj na našu turističku ponudu” pointed out Sanja Sudar, the manager of the Hotel Kurija Janković in Kapela Dvor, which this year, from January 1 to December 17, had 3.917 overnight stays, and among them there are many cyclists.center_img RELATED NEWS: “Cikloturisti su redoviti gosti Kurije Janković. Uz one koji dolaze u Kuriju vlastitim biciklima tu si i turisti koji iznajmljuju naše bicikle koje imamo u ponudi hotela, kako one brdske, tako i one električne. Ove godine biciklisti su nam dolazili ponajviše iz Njemačke, Austrije i Italije” concluded Sanja Sudar. “Ovim projektom će se rekonstruirati bivša gospodarska zgrada Kurije Janković te izgraditi jedna nova, a koje će imati sadržaje koji su izravno usmjereni na cikloturiste te one sadržaje koji mogu obogatiti njihov boravak, a ovdje je riječ o wellnessu i vinskom baru. Osim toga, bit će tu i spremištu za bicikle, svlačionicama za bicikliste, dodatnim svlačionicama s tuševima, zatim tematskom odmorištu „vrt leptira“. Od lokacije projekta do granice s Mađarskom predviđeno je označavanje sigurne rute koja ide makadamskim putevima od igrališta preko polja. Također će se postaviti 4 samostalne stanice za popravak bicikla” Virovitica-Podravina County Prefect Igor Andrović pointed out. Namely, Virovitica-Podravina County Prefect Igor Andrović and Darko Braica, director of DB oprema from Velika Gorica, in the presence of the head of the Hotel Kurija Janković Sanja Sudar, signed a contract for equipping the wellness and wine bar located at Kurija Janković in Kapela Dvor. as part of the European project EV 13 GAP project “Filling the gap – completion of the cross-border section of EuroVelo 13 between Dravatamasi and Virovitica. last_img read more

Belgian regulator praises buffers, sponsor strength in wake of stress tests

first_img“That is the message of the results of the European stress test for occupational pension funds.”It said the results were positive when examining the outcome under the Belgian National Balance Sheet (NBS) and the holistic balance sheet (HBS), the common methodology devised by EIOPA to enable a cross-border comparison of IORPs.The FMSA attributed the positive outcome principally to the large buffers maintained by the pension funds tested but also the presence of strong sponsors.“Belgium is thus one of the top five states able to maintain full coverage of their commitments in all stress scenarios,” it said.The Belgian pension fund association, recently renamed from the Belgian Association of Pension Institutions (BAPI) to PensioPlus, was also pleased with the stress test results.It said the outcome demonstrated the resilience and sustainability of Belgian IORPs in unfavourable economic conditions.It stressed, however, that the results were based on general scenarios and models, and that every pension fund should carry out its own risk management and asset-liability management study, or conduct its own stress tests.“Indeed,” said Philip Neyt, president of PensioPlus, “this is a fundamental part of good governance of every pension fund.” Substantial buffers and solid sponsors are the main reasons Belgian occupational pension funds fared well in the stress tests conducted by the European Insurance and Occupational Pensions Authority (EIOPA), the Belgian regulator has said.Sixteen Belgian occupational pension funds participated in the stress tests, accounting for 57% of the total assets under management by Belgian IORPs, according to the Belgian Financial Services and Markets Authority (FSMA).The results, published earlier this week, concluded that the pensions sector posed only a limited risk to financial stability.“The Belgian pension fund sector is highly resilient, even under extremely stressful economic circumstances,” said FSMA, echoing similar statements by its Dutch and UK counterparts.last_img read more

Marlboro owner Altria invests $1.8 billion in cannabis company Cronos

first_imgTobacco giant Altira is investing $1.8 billion in Canadian cannabis company Cronos Group. That will give Altria a 45% stake in the company, with an option for Altria to increase its stake to 55% over the next five years.Reports of an Altria-Cronos deal first surfaced earlier this week. The decision by Altria to go ahead with an investment in Cronos shows that Altria is serious about investing in marijuana as a new growth area as sales of traditional cigarettes slow.Altria’s stock has fallen nearly 25% this year and the company is expected to report revenue growth of only about 1% this year and in 2019.“Investing in Cronos Group as our exclusive partner in the emerging global cannabis category represents an exciting new growth opportunity for Altria,” said Howard Willard, Altria’s CEO, in a statement.READ MORE: https://edition.cnn.com/2018/12/07/investing/altria-cronos-investment-marijuana/index.html CNN 7 December 2018Family First Comment:  Big Tobacco = Big Marijuana  We shouldn’t be sucked in twice. #SayNopeToDope www.VoteNo.nzAltria hopes pot is the key to help it grow beyond its stagnant cigarette business.last_img read more

Tourism Industry accounts for 3,500 direct jobs says DDA official.

first_img Tweet Share It is said that Tourism contributed $243 million dollars to the Dominican economy last year. Chief Executive Officer of the Discover Dominica Authority Mr. Colin Piper told participants of the  Tourism Youth Congress to consider employment in Tourism which accounts for 3,500 direct jobs.“When speaking I always try to take the opportunity to communicate how meaningful the Tourism Industry is to our national economy. Last year the Tourism Industry contributed some $243 million dollars to the national economy. It was responsible for up to 3500 direct jobs. So I mention these facts in this contest in speaking to our youth to let them know that if you are considering a life of contributing meaningfully to society, that you could look to the Tourism Industry as a potential employer. But I want to make the point that your success in it will depend on how well you apply yourself.”Mr. Piper also impressed upon the students that it is encumbent upon students to develop thier skills, work ethics and attitudes towards service, as quality service will always be a key ingredient to success in life.Dominica Vibes News Share LocalNews Tourism Industry accounts for 3,500 direct jobs says DDA official. by: – May 6, 2011center_img 14 Views   no discussions Share Sharing is caring!last_img read more

Dearborn County Convention, Visitor & Tourism Bureau unveils multiple prize packages

first_imgPhoto courtesy of the Dearborn County Convention, Visitor & Tourism BureauLawrenceburg, Ind. — The Dearborn County Convention, Visitor & Tourism Bureau has announced five weeks of giveaways as part of the ,”Super Summer Giveaway.” The free Facebook-based promotion offers everything that’s good in southeast Indiana and it all begins on Wednesday, June 7 and runs through July 12.“Southeast Indiana is a great destination at any time of year, but this area really comes alive in the summer,” said Debbie Smith, Executive Director of the Dearborn County Convention, Visitor & Tourism Bureau.  “Our Super Summer Giveaway is a fun way to showcase the many attractions, restaurants, and activities we have taking place in this corner of the state.”Here is a schedule of giveaways:WEEK 1 – “Aurora Summer Nights”June 7-June 13Four Hillforest Museum tour admissions (Value, $40)Great Crescent Brewery Tour & Tasting for Four ($40 gift card)Dinner for four at Third and Main Historic Restaurant ($100 gift card) WEEK 4 – “Night at the Races” – Lawrenceburg Speedway GiveawayJune 28-July 4Four General Admissions (Value $60)$25 Speedway Gift Card WEEK 2 – “From Our Farms to Your Table”June 14-June 20$30 gift card to Holtkamp Winery$30 gift card to Greystone Farm$30 gift card to Salatin’s Orchard$30 gift card to At the Barn Winery WEEK 3 – “Shop Southeast Indiana”June 21-June 27$20 gift card/certificate to Adam’s Art & Supply (Lawrenceburg)$20 gift card/certificate to Blue Willow House (Dillsboro)$20 gift card/certificate to The Greenbriar Shop (Guilford)$20 gift card/certificate to The White Swan (Moores Hill)$20 gift card/certificate to Distinctive Knits (Aurora)Two adult admissions to the Tri-State Antique Market (value $6) WEEK 5 – “Roll the Dice” Grand Prize PackageJuly 5-July 11Overnight accommodations for two at Hollywood Casino HotelBreakfast for two$165 gift card to Final Cut SteakhouseContestants can enter once per week and must at least 21-years-old.Get more information online at facebook.com/VisitSoutheastIndiana/.last_img read more