The future is here, and it’s pretty weird. Hologram versions of early rock and roll stars Buddy Holly and Roy Orbison will hit the road for a joint run of shows dubbed the Rock N’ Roll Dream Tour. The announcement of the new joint hologram tour comes in the wake of a lengthy Roy Orbison hologram tour last fall.Notes Brian Becker, Chairman and CEO of BASE Hologram, the company behind the tour, “These two men…defined the genre of rock and roll, from writing to recording to the standard band configuration, and they influenced everyone from Elvis to The Beatles.” As the tour website notes, “Accompanied by a live band and back-up singers, this cutting edge holographic performance and remastered audio will transport audiences back in time for an evening of Roy Orbison and Buddy Holly’s greatest hits onstage.”“THESE TWO MEN…DEFINED THE GENRE OF ROCK AND ROLL, FROM WRITING TO RECORDING TO THE STANDARD BAND CONFIGURATION, AND THEY INFLUENCED EVERYONE FROM ELVIS TO THE BEATLES.In a statement announcing the tour, Roy Orbison, Jr., President of Roy Orbison Music, references the two songwriters’ history of in-person collaboration. As Orbison notes,My father’s music meant the world to not just to us Orbisons but to millions of fans worldwide. Being able to reopen his legendary songbook and again hear his voice bounce off great concert hall walls is both a transcendent and cathartic experience. Dad jammed with Buddy in Lubbock Texas and helped change music history by turning Buddy on to Norman Petty Studios; Buddy later returned the favor by recording two of Dad’s songs on his first Cricket’s album. How beyond cool and special that these two great friends, now get to tour the world together.Buddy Holly’s wife, Maria Elena Holly, also notes in a statement that both her late husband and the late Orbison were “Texans who shared a mutual respect and admiration for each other’s creative musical genius and brilliant songwriting abilities. I am proud to work with a company like BASE Hologram. Their long-time fans and a new generation of fans will now have the opportunity to see these great legends perform together in a unique setting, showcasing two of the finest, most influential, and beloved artists in music history.”For more information on the Roy Orbison/Buddy Holly hologram tour, head here.[H/T Rolling Stone]
The Graduate School of Arts and Sciences (GSAS) on May 25 awarded the Centennial Medal to four alumni who have made extraordinary contributions to society.The medal, GSAS’s highest honor, was first awarded in 1989 on the occasion of the 100th anniversary of the School’s founding. Since that time, 108 accomplished alumni have received the medal, which is awarded at a celebratory luncheon the day before Commencement.Francis FukuyamaFew political scientists loom quite as large as Francis Fukuyama, Ph.D. ’81, and few can boast such a rich educational background. As an undergraduate, he studied classics with Allan Bloom at Cornell University. As a graduate student, he spent time with Roland Barthes and Jacques Derrida in Paris. At Harvard, he completed the final year of his Ph.D. in government on a fellowship he received through Samuel Huntington, a leading figure in comparative politics and international relations. Fukuyama began his career at the RAND Corp. in California and was a deputy director of policy planning in the U.S. Department of State. He is currently based at Stanford University, where he is the Olivier Nomellini Senior Fellow at the Freeman Spogli Institute for International Studies and director of the Center on Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law.“Intellectually I think he’s the student that Sam would be the proudest of,” said Graham Allison, director of the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs and Douglas Dillon Professor of Government at the Harvard Kennedy School. “Like his teacher, Fukuyama asks fundamental questions about where political order comes from, and how it evolves, and the pros and cons of various forms. He does so with a commitment to scholarship and a courageous independence that never ducks uncomfortable and challenging conclusions.”David MumfordMathematicians work in a world that many people find inaccessible, but David Mumford ’57, Ph.D. ’61, has a genius for building disciplinary bridges. His career has encompassed both pure and applied mathematics; he has made advances not only in the abstract world of proofs and theorems but also in the psychology of vision and the scientific modeling of thought. Mumford taught on the Harvard faculty for 35 years, from 1961, when he earned his Ph.D., until his appointment in 1996 as University Professor in the Division of Applied Math at Brown, where he is now emeritus. After leading the field of algebraic geometry for two decades, he made a remarkable transition to applied mathematics. He is particularly interested in pattern theory, visual perception, and the neurophysiology of vision, and has used statistical approaches to advance the field of computer vision and study some of the most puzzling mysteries of cognition.One of the undergraduates in Mumford’s Harvard classroom was Joseph Harris, now Higgins Professor of Mathematics — a chair that Mumford himself held for 20 years. “It would be hard to overstate Mumford’s impact on mathematics,” said Harris. “The subject of algebraic geometry, which had been studied intensively for almost two centuries and which occupies a central place in mathematics, was completely transformed, largely as a result of his work.”John O’MalleyProfessor and priest, historian and Jesuit, John O’Malley, Ph.D. ’65, is that rare scholar who has emerged as both an academic and spiritual leader. He taught for several years at the University of Detroit before returning to Cambridge to serve for nearly three decades as a distinguished professor of church history at the former Weston Jesuit School of Theology. He is now University Professor in the Department of Theology at Georgetown. He began his career as a scholar of Italian Renaissance intellectual history and went on to become a leading authority on early modern Catholicism. His religious dedication and passion for the study of history have encouraged countless others to follow in his footsteps.“John is like the Pied Piper,” said Mark Massa, Th.D. ’87, professor of church history and dean of the Boston College School of Theology and Ministry, who studied history with O’Malley both as an undergraduate and as a graduate student. “A lot of my friends were inspired to go into history because of John’s ability to make it interesting, relevant, alive. He connected all the dots for us. William Faulkner once said that the past is not really dead, in fact it’s not even past — and I think John has the ability to make us see how that is true.”Cecilia RouseA leading scholar of the economics of education, Cecilia Rouse ’86, Ph.D. ’92, completed a dissertation in economics that tackled a previously unexplored topic: the economic effects of attending community college rather than a traditional four-year college. “She opened a completely new research area,” said Lawrence Katz, Elisabeth Allison Professor of Economics and one of her primary advisors. “Almost all research on the economics of higher education focused on four-year schools, and in her dissertation, she broke new ground in trying to understand the increasingly important role community colleges have played, particularly for disadvantaged and minority students.”Rouse went on to become co-chair of the American Economic Association’s Committee on the Status of Minority Groups in the Economics Profession, where she has championed a summer program that increases diversity in academia by preparing undergraduates for doctoral study. She also served as an economic advisor to the Clinton administration and on President Obama’s three-member Council of Economic Advisers. In 2012, she was named dean of the Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs at Princeton University, whose faculty she had joined in 1992. “There are economists who choose problems merely because they’re intellectually interesting,” said Lawrence Summers, Charles W. Eliot University Professor. “Ceci chooses problems because they are the real problems of our society. She is a model of the socially committed intellectual.”
More than 400 plant breeders convened at the Callaway Gardens conference center in Pine Mountain, Georgia, as part of the National Association of Plant Breeders (NAPB) annual meeting hosted by the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences (CAES).International scientists, including breeders and geneticists from universities across the U.S. and Canada, gathered to share the latest advances in breeding sustainable and efficient crops that will meet the needs of a growing world. “When I was born in 1955, there were 3 billion people on the planet; if I live to be 95, I will have seen a tripling of the population of this planet,” CAES Dean Sam Pardue told the scientists gathered this week. “So, the things that you do here matter. It has a huge impact on all our lives.” Over the course of the four-day conference, researchers discussed ways of tapping the biodiversity of the wild ancestors of cultivated crops to make tomorrow’s crops more resilient. They also discussed priorities for the next 20 years of breeding, breakthroughs in molecular biology and how more work will be needed to continue to feed the world’s growing population.Peggy Ozias-Akins, director of the UGA Institute of Plant Breeding, Genetics and Genomics, considered the meeting a success due to the large number of scientists and graduate students who attended.For more information about NAPB, visit plantbreeding.org. For more information about the UGA Institute of Plant Breeding, Genetics and Genomics, visit the institute’s website.
5SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr A measure of credit union social media sentiment finds that credit unions have maintained much of the popularity they gained during the Great Recession.A recent article in The Financial Brand, Noah Echols — who is Director of Strategy at the IQ Agency – chronicles how strong this sentiment remains.Echols’ company used Crimson Hexagon, leader in consumer insights from social media data, and studied online conversations taking place from 2008 through 2015.In Hard Times, Americans Turned to Credit UnionsIt’s no secret that trust in big banks plummeted in the wake of the financial crisis. Many Americans turned to not-for-profit credit unions, and found “small banking” virtues, lower rates and personalized service. continue reading »
As for Chigvintsev’s fiancée, Nikki Bella, the former professional wrestler, 36, watched the ABC show with their son, Matteo, 2 months, her twin sister, Brie Bella, and her nephew, Buddy, also 2 months.Judge Carrie Ann Inaba praised Bristowe and the Russian dancer’s routine on Monday, giving them a standing ovation. “That was incredible. We push you because we want you to reach your ultimate,” the Hawaii native, 52, told the pair. “Every line was amazing. Every lift. … Everything about it was amazing. Everything that we’ve been wanting from you was in this routine.”- Advertisement – In the social media upload, the banker pumped his fist while the Canadian star cheered in the same sparkly outfit she danced with Artem Chigvintsev in. (She and the DWTS pro, 38, earned a 30 for their Argentine tango to Britney Spears’ “Toxic” for Icons Night.)Later that same night, the Bachelor alum joked with Us Weekly that she was “concerned about the veins popping out of [Tartick’s] neck and head.”Jason Tartick and Kaitlyn Bristowe. AFF-USA/ShutterstockThe “Off the Vine” podcast host gushed, “He was so excited. I, like, quickly FaceTimed him on my outfit change for our second dance, and he was like ‘Yes!’ So excited. I was like, ‘OK, we have neighbors, calm down.’ He was so thrilled. So proud of us.”- Advertisement – Proud of his partner! Jason Tartick celebrated Kaitlyn Bristowe’s perfect Dancing With the Stars score over FaceTime.“You fought, battled, and grinded with class and you freakin did it!” the New York native, 32, captioned a Monday, November 9, Instagram screenshot with the former Bachelorette, 35. “10’s across the board! Let’s goo!!!”- Advertisement – After hugging Inaba, Bristowe said that she knew her previous criticism had come from a place of love, even though it was “hard to hear.”Competing was “so much hard work,” the former spin class instructor went on to say on her Instagram Story. “It’s seven days a week, hours and hours every day,” she explained. “Everyone puts their life on hold to be laser focused on this show and pout your body through crazy amounts of work. It’s a lot. … I just feel so proud of myself, and I’m proud of Artem.”The season 29 contestants weren’t the only couple in the competition to earn a perfect score. Johnny Weir and Britt Stewart also stunned with their performance to Amy Winehouse’s “Valerie.”With reporting by Kayley StumpeListen to Watch With Us to hear more about your favorite shows and for the latest TV news! – Advertisement –
Editor’s note: This story was revised on Jan 23 to correct errors regarding the numbers of clinical specimens and H5N1 viruses submitted by Indonesia to the World Health Organization in 2007. Jan 22, 2008 (CIDRAP News) – Countries affected by H5N1 avian influenza have sent material containing 734 H5N1 virus isolates to the World Health Organization (WHO) over the past 5 years, and from now on the public will be able to track particular isolates that have been submitted and what is being done with them, according to the WHO.An online chart published by the WHO yesterday shows that countries submitted 8,763 samples from humans and animals from 2003 through 2007, and 734 H5N1 viruses were isolated from those samples. The WHO needs the isolates so it can monitor the virus’s evolution, potential for human transmissibility, and susceptibility to antiviral drugs.Vietnam contributed the most H5N1 isolates—375, derived from 1,199 samples. But Indonesia provided the second most: 171 isolates derived from 4,774 submitted samples. This despite the fact that the country stopped sending H5N1 samples for several months last year because of concern that vaccines derived from such samples are too expensive for developing countries.In 2007 Indonesia sent the WHO 65 clinical samples, from which 13 viruses were isolated, the WHO chart shows. The country had withheld H5N1 samples from the WHO for about 5 months starting at the beginning of the year, according to previous reports.Tracking system announcedOn the heels of the report on H5N1 specimens submitted, the WHO today unveiled an online system to provide information on H5N1 specimens shared with the WHO through its Global Influenza Surveillance Network. The system permits anyone to search for particular isolates by date of submission, source country, host species, and several other variables. The system provides a page of detailed information for each isolate, including a list of all the laboratories to which the virus has been distributed, including pharmaceutical companies.The WHO describes the current system as an interim version. At this point it contains most of the viruses and clinical specimens that have been submitted to the WHO since Nov 24, 2007, plus all H5N1 viruses that have been developed into vaccine viruses, according to a WHO statement. Information on the remaining viruses submitted since Nov 24 is being added to the system.Both the tracking system and the country-by-country report are results, at least in part, of Indonesia’s concerns about the fairness and openness of the WHO system for the sharing, monitoring, and use of influenza viruses.A WHO statement today said the tracking system was developed following the intergovernmental meeting on flu virus sharing that was held Nov 21-23 in Geneva. At the meeting, a WHO working group tried unsuccessfully to resolve Indonesia’s concerns about sending H5N1 specimens to the WHO. The country pushed for rules forbidding the commercial use of H5N1 samples, such as for vaccine development, without the source country’s permission. But no agreement was reached.The November meeting and other discussions in 2007 were held in response to a resolution passed at the WHO’s World Health Assembly last May. The resolution called on the WHO director-general to come up with a system for equitable sharing of the benefits of flu-virus sharing, to set up an international stockpile of vaccines for H5N1 and other potential pandemic viruses, and to revise the “terms of reference” for international sharing of flu viruses.Viruses chosen for vaccinesThe WHO chart of H5N1 viruses submitted in the past 5 years says 13 isolates were selected for development into vaccines. So far, eight engineered viruses derived from these isolates, “suitable for vaccine development and production, are available for distribution,” the WHO reports.The agency says 292 institutions have received one or more copies of the eight engineered viruses, and 46 institutions have received “wild-type” vaccine viruses.Numerous other countries besides Vietnam and Indonesia have submitted samples that yielded H5N1 isolates over the years, according to the WHO. For example, Hong Kong submitted 380 specimens that yielded 4 isolates, China (other than Hong Kong) submitted 26 samples with 22 isolates, Egypt sent 758 specimens with 26 isolates, and Turkey provided 335 specimens with 6 isolates.See also: WHO’s chart of H5N1 virus specimens and isolates submitted by countrieshttp://www.who.int/influenza/resources/documents/TrackingHistoryH5N1_20080131.pdfWHO tracking system search pagehttps://extranet.who.int/ivtm/Search.aspxResolution passed at WHO’s World Health Assembly in May 2007http://www.who.int/csr/don/archive/disease/influenza/A60_R28-en.pdfNov 26, 2007, CIDRAP News story about outcome of November 2007 Geneva meeting on virus sharinghttp://www.cidrap.umn.edu/cidrap/content/influenza/avianflu/news/nov2607pact.htmlMay 23, 2007, CIDRAP News story about World Health Assembly resolutionhttp://www.cidrap.umn.edu/cidrap/content/influenza/panflu/news/may2307who.html
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Arsenal are struggling to match Crystal Palace’s valuation of Wilfried Zaha (Picture: Getty)Arsenal risk missing out on signing Wilfried Zaha with the Crystal Palace star warming to the idea of a move to Everton.The Eagles dismissed Arsenal’s opening £40million offer earlier this month and value the 26-year-old at double that price.Palace are under little pressure to sell having recently banked £50m from the sale of Aaron Wan-Bissaka to Manchester United and manager Roy Hodgson expects Zaha to return to pre-season training imminently, despite claims he has already handed in a transfer request.‘He has not spoken to me,’ he said after Friday’s 1-0 defeat at Nottingham Forest. ‘I don’t know if he’s spoken to the club [asking to leave].AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTMore: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City‘As far as I’m concerned, he is coming back, he is our player and I’ve been given no information that the club is interested in selling him at the moment.‘I’m just expecting him back, looking forward to working with him and seeing some of the things he can do for us.‘I think he has got another 10 days or another week of holiday. I think he is back after we play Bristol City and before we play Hertha Berlin – that gives him his three weeks off. If he wants to come back earlier we will be very happy to see him.’Arsenal are struggling to raise the money that would tempt Palace into selling and appear to have been banking on Zaha’s ambition to play for the club he supported as a youngster.Everton, however, are emerging as serious candidates to sign the Manchester United star and, according to the Evening Standard, Zaha has indicated he would not be averse to a move to Goodison Park.More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal Advertisement Metro Sport ReporterThursday 25 Jul 2019 10:42 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link619Shares Advertisement Comment Wilfried Zaha keen on Everton transfer as dream Arsenal move begins to fade
Investors should divest fossil fuel-intensive assets to mitigate or eliminate risks related to carbon, Generation Investment Management has suggested.Al Gore, chairman at Generation IM and former US vice-president, said: “We recognise that can be complex and difficult for some asset owners, and we recommend that, for such owners, they can consider phasing in a transition over a period of time and focusing first of all on the most carbon-intensive forms of energy like tar sands and coal.”This is one of the four actions the firm recommends investors implement, arguing that carbon-related risks significantly threaten valuations in fossil fuel-based industries, and that ”stranded” carbon assets are therefore a risk to investors. The four steps are to: Identify the extent to which carbon risks are embedded in current and future investments across all asset classesEngage corporate boards and executives on plans to mitigate and disclose carbon risksDiversify investments into opportunities positioned to succeed in a low-carbon economyDivest fossil fuel-intensive assets to mitigate or eliminate risks related to carbonThe paper entitled ‘Stranded Carbon Assets – Why and How Carbon Risks Should Be Incorporated in Investment Analysis’ says that, as the case for curbing carbon emissions continues to gain support on economic and scientific grounds, the commercial viability of carbon-intensive assets – particularly fossil fuels – will be increasingly threatened, creating stranded carbon assets.The paper says regulation, market forces such as lower renewable prices and socio-political pressures such as divestment campaigns could drive stranding.Gore added: “Investors have an independent responsibility, and, as they assess the risk involved in carbon-intensive investments, they should look at what they believe is likely in the way of government action. [The removal of government subsidies] is yet another risk. Today, the estimates are that there is about $500bn (€363.5bn) annual subsidy by governments around the world […]. But there are increasing pressures in many countries, including in the US, for the removal of those subsidies. But, regardless of what governments do or don’t do, investors have an independent responsibility to be prudent in analysing the risk in their portfolios, and the risk of a sub-prime carbon asset bubble is very, very high, and it is being missed by many investors today who should recognise a responsibility to take the steps we recommend in this paper.”The paper states: “Maintaining the status quo, whereby investors fail to properly account for the risks inherent in owning carbon-intensive assets, will cause the ‘carbon asset bubble’ to grow until the artificially high valuations for these assets can no longer be sustained. The presence of a bubble is often not recognised by the market due to classic behavioural finance decision-making biases, such as endowment bias and system justification theory.””However,” it adds, ”the carbon asset bubble presents not only risks but also opportunities. In particular, investors have the chance to strategically reallocate their capital in advance of these risks materialising sooner than anticipated and irreversibly impairing the value of carbon assets.”Stranded carbon assets are defined as assets, which would likely absorb the majority of losses associated with carbon risks given the intensity of their CO2 emissions.This term includes fossil fuels, as well as those assets which, given their dependence on fossil fuels and subsequent carbon-emissions intensity, would be stranded in the event fossil fuel valuations plummeted.Given this definition, the paper’s focus is on the impact carbon stranding would have on those industries primarily driven by fossil fuels, such as non-renewable energy, mining, utilities, industrials, materials and transportation.But it admits that, within this group, there are differing levels of vulnerability to stranding.
Additionally, the fund switched from periodic to generation tables to calculate longevity risk.The Credit Suisse Pensionskasse also announced plans to introduce individual investment choices for pension fund members with contributions above a certain threshold.Under these so-called 1e-plans, named after the relevant paragraph in the BVV2 investment regulations, pension funds can introduce up to three different risk profiles for people with higher income.However, Martin Wagner, managing director at the Credit Suisse Pensionskasse, said at a recent conference in Zurich that it was a “shame we are only allowed to offer three different choices”.He added: “People want to individualise themselves and their financial matters”.Also speaking at the conference, organised by supervisor BVS, Willi Thurnherr, chief executive at Aon Hewitt in Switzerland, said 1e legislation was still under review and in need of a number of amendments. The government, he said, has yet to define the “risk-free investments” to be used in at least one of the choices.Thurnherr said these individual choices for members could “help ease the burden on companies’ balance sheets”, but he warned they might also be “the beginning of the end of guarantees for members”.He said this was “certainly not where we want to get to” in Switzerland. The CHF14bn (€11.4bn) pension fund for Swiss bank Credit Suisse has reported a return of more than 1.6% for 2015, well above the market average of just under 1%.As per December 2015, the Credit Suisse Pensionskasse’s funding level stood at 110%.To ensure the sustainability of its funding, the scheme adjusted its technical parameters from 2016, as many other funds have done over the past year.The discount rate, or technischer Zins, applied to active members’ liabilities was reduced from 3% to 2%.