Lean in, speak out

first_imgIn one of their final events together, Harvard College seniors huddled over hot beverages at Tercentenary Theatre Wednesday afternoon as they also drank in some clear-eyed wisdom about confronting hard truths, delivered by corporate executive and author Sheryl Sandberg during the annual Class Day ceremonies.The chief operating officer at Facebook, Sandberg ’91, M.B.A. ’95, is best known to the public as the author of “Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead,” an influential 2013 best-seller-turned-cultural-phenomenon that urged women to step confidently into leadership roles. The book ignited a spirited international conversation about feminism and the workplace.“We don’t always see the hard truths, and once we see them, we don’t always have the courage to speak out. When my classmates and I were in college, we thought the fight for gender equality was won … Sure, most of the leaders in every industry were men, but we thought changing that was just a matter of time. We didn’t need feminism because we were already equals,” she said. “We were wrong; I was wrong. The world was not equal then, and it is not equal now.”Sandberg is a highly visible and vocal member of a growing coterie of powerful women who head global brands in technology and manufacturing from executive suites historically reserved for men. Before joining Facebook in 2008, Sandberg was vice president of global online sales and operations at Google, and held senior positions at the U.S. Treasury Department and the World Bank.“Yes, there are women who run Fortune 500 companies — 5 percent, to be precise — but our road there is still paved with words like ‘pushy’ and ‘bossy,’ while our male peers are ‘leaders’ and ‘results-focused,” she said.Wet weather and chilly temperatures didn’t stop the cameras from clicking. Kris Snibbe/Harvard Staff PhotographerRecounting a favorite sign in the office that reads “Nothing at Facebook is someone else’s problem,” she said, “I hope you feel that way about the problems you see in the world, because they are not someone else’s problem. Gender inequality hurts men along with women. Racism hurts whites along with minorities, and the lack of equal opportunity hurts all of us from realizing our true potential.“The first time I spoke out about what it was like to be a woman in the workforce was less than five years ago. That means for 18 years, from where you sit to where I stand, my silence implied that everything was OK,” Sandberg said. “You can do better than I did.”Sandberg also urged students to be honest with themselves and each other, noting that asking for — and accepting — feedback is a critical professional skill to master. “Ask them for the truth because it will help you, and when they answer honestly, know that that is what makes them your friends.”She recalled her arrival at Harvard in the fall of 1987 as a freshman from Miami with big hair and white leg warmers. She thought she was destined for law school. “I knew exactly where I was headed; I had it all figured out,” Sandberg said, noting that less than 18 months after graduation, she ended up at Harvard Business School and never had truly envisioned where she is today.“There is no straight path from your seat today to where you are going. Don’t try to draw that line,” she said. “You will not just get it wrong, you’ll miss big opportunities, and I mean big, like the Internet.”Sheryl Sandberg Class Day Speech Facebook COO, author, and Harvard alumna Sheryl Sandberg ’91, M.B.A. ’95 addresses graduating seniors at Harvard’s Senior Class Day ceremony on May 28, 2014 at Tercentenary Theatre.In his last address to students, interim Dean Donald Pfister reflected on his time chatting with and advising students, attending their performances, firing off emails to them and, when some looked like they could use a cupcake, happily bringing them a few.Pfister laid out the sequence of Thursday’s Commencement for the students, where he will first attest to the University’s senior leadership that all have fulfilled the requirements for degrees in the Arts and Sciences — “At that point, there is no going back. We have given away your room,” he teased — before pronouncing each graduate ready “to advance knowledge, to promote understanding, and to serve society.”“What we are certifying, and my deepest hope, is that as you go out from Harvard, you will indeed advance, promote, and serve,” he said.Rakesh Khurana, the Marvin Bower Professor of Leadership Development at Harvard Business School, professor of sociology in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences and co-master of Cabot House, will become dean of Harvard College in July.Along with Sandberg, Harvard orators Adam J. Conner ’14 and Christie L. DiSilvestro ’14, and Ivy orators Zachary W. Guzman ’14 and Jenna D. Martin ’14, spoke of their Harvard experiences.Majahonkhe Shabangu and Sarah Rosenkrantz were named winners of the Ames Award, an honor given to a woman and a man in the senior class whose displays of heroic character and enthusiasm in helping others had gone unacknowledged. The award is given in memory of Richard Glover Ames and Henry Russell Ames, Harvard students and brothers who perished while trying to save their father, who had fallen overboard during a storm off the coast of Newfoundland in 1935. <a href=”https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZKII4AwLKkU” rel=”nofollow” target=”_blank”> <img src=”https://img.youtube.com/vi/ZKII4AwLKkU/0.jpg” alt=”0″ title=”How To Choose The Correct Channel Type For Your Video Content ” /> </a>last_img read more

The mystery of the lake

first_img A fresh-caught carp gasps and blinks in a fish market in Chapala, Mexico. The study identified carp as the fish that women of childbearing age should avoid. Fourth in a series on Harvard’s deepening connections to Mexico.CHAPALA, Mexico — Juan de Dios, age 4, was playing outside when his mother, Maria Dolores León Torres, called him back into the living room of their compact stone house. Glumly, he sat on the sofa between his mother and grandmother. On the pink wall were pictures of Jesus Christ and the Virgin Mary, and another of Maria Dolores on her wedding day.Even before he was born, Juan de Dios was the subject of an important local public health study. Conducted by researchers at Harvard University and elsewhere, the survey asked a basic question: Is it safe for pregnant mothers to eat fish from nearby Lake Chapala? Earlier studies had hinted that its fish — a key source of protein for the poor — contained high levels of methyl mercury, a neurotoxin linked to long-term cognitive and behavioral deficits in children. Investigators needed to determine if that was true to safeguard public health locally.“It wasn’t easy,” said Harvard’s Enrique Cifuentes of executing the complex study, which began as a pilot in 2007 and reached full bloom between 2010 and 2013. “There were many concerns. These ‘risk communications’ are inherently volatile.”For a culinary culture in which fish are fundamental, the investigation required hurdling local fear and skepticism to recruit health workers, enlist Mexican university researchers, and survey pregnant women from communities surrounding the lake.Early outreach proved fruitful in winning local families’ trust. Leon Torres was one of 300 women recruited for a study of their first trimester of pregnancy. “All our lives we’ve eaten fish, because my father was a fisherman,” she said. “We’ve never gotten ill.”The mothers provided their medical histories and gave samples of their hair, blood, and urine. They agreed to clinic visits, and after giving birth to have their children undergo complex developmental evaluations.“We tracked their eating habits, rhythms of life, and how exposed they were to contaminants,” said Guadalajara native Sofia Reynoso Delgado, an investigator with Proyecto Chapala and chief community coordinator for collecting data from the mothers. Diving into Lake Chapala A shoreline view of Lake Chapala, the largest freshwater lake in Mexico and a breadbasket of protein in a region where 60 percent of 300,000 citizens live below the poverty line. Maria Dolores León Torres (left), at home with her family in the La Vista neighborhood of Chapala, Mexico. She and her son Juan de Dios, age 4 (center), were part of a Harvard study investigating suspected contamination in fish from Lake Chapala. “We haven’t ever gotten ill,” she said. Photos by Ned Brown/Harvard Staffcenter_img In a health clinic in Jocotepec, Mexico, 11-month-old Genesis laughs at the sound of plastic blocks — part of a test series called the Bayley Scales of Infant Development used to assess language, cognition, and motor skills in children to age 3. In the Harvard study, 167 such tests were done. Environmental mission, ethical imperativeProyecto Chapala had an environmental mission that was wrapped within an ethical imperative, said Reynoso. “From the moment a mother is giving life, [she] has the right to a healthy pregnancy,” she said. From that first study on fish, propelled in part by Harvard researchers, a constellation of projects has since grown, all centered on children and environmental conditions in the region, all pointed toward improving daily life for area inhabitants, bit by bit.In Chapala’s La Vista neighborhood, cobbled narrow streets are lined on each side with family-built houses of rough brick. Young women walk past, swinging telltale blue pails that denote a daily trip to collect free milk from a local social center. Plastic bags are nailed high on trees or hooked over fences, a way of keeping rodents away from garbage.La Vista, with its namesake beautiful views and impoverished residents, is like much of Mexico: lovely and poor. Half of all Mexicans live below the poverty line. Nationally, the median household income is about $260 a month. In the Lake Chapala region, home to 300,000 people, 60 percent are poor, and 13 percent live in extreme poverty.In the face of such economic hardship, people seem both fatalistic and big-hearted. Retired bus driver Ernesto Meza Valdivia leaned on a park balustrade at La Vista’s highest point, looking down on a picturesque tumble of pastel houses that led to the glittering lake below. “Panoramica Chapala,” he said, with church bells tolling behind him. “It is beautiful. God’s hand is in everything.”In towns along the lake, God’s hand has meant abundant fish. The first panel of a historical mural on a busy street in Chapala depicts early natives hauling their catches from the lake in tall baskets. Three of the mural’s eight panels are about fishing.Cifuentes, a physician who had a family practice in rural Mexico before earning a Ph.D., is principal research scientist in the Department of Environmental Health at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. Collaborating with him in the mercury study were onetime pediatrician Felipe Lozano-Kasten, now a professor of public health at the University of Guadalajara, and Leonardo Trasande of the Department of Pediatrics at the New York University School of Medicine, who tracked hair, blood, and urine samples. Over two years, HSPH neurologist David C. Bellinger, a professor of neurology at Boston Children’s Hospital, trained a cohort of Mexican psychologists to assess development in toddlers.At the heart of the investigation was a culture centered on the abundance of the 700-square-mile lake, the largest freshwater body in Mexico. For centuries, families have relied on cod, tilapia, and tiny charales as a main source of inexpensive protein.Lake Chapala’s professional fishermen, called pescadores, set out in their boats at 4 every morning to drag in a catch with nets or harvest fish from farms they block off in the 14-foot water. By 7 or 8 a.m. the fish are in local markets, so fresh they are still flopping and gasping on iced tables.Some customers prefer buying from fishermen directly, and returning home to prepare the fish for the day’s meals. On a narrow road near the town square in Jocotepec, a woman sat in the shade of a tree, filleting fish that lay wriggling in a wheelbarrow. In half an hour, the fish would be ceviche, bits of raw fillet mixed with lime, diced onion, salt, and cilantro. Or they would be breaded and fried whole.At one sitting, said boatman Jose Francisco Castro Estrada, it’s routine for him to eat three or four helpings of tilapia.Fish from the lake also supply most of the income for fish merchants in towns like Chapala, where shoppers at a second-floor fish market milled at tables heaped with the morning’s catch. On a good day, said Juan Ramon Mendoza Campos, a burly salesman, he will sell 130 pounds of local fish.So the mercury study was a concern for residents of the lake basin, possibly threatening two main engines of life: money and food.Study proved reassuringIn the end, though, the study proved reassuring. In a paper to be published in a journal this fall, Cifuentes and his co-authors aver that eating Lake Chapala white fish like tilapia and charales at least once a week is healthy for women of reproductive age and for pregnant mothers. Other people can eat fish more often than that.“That reflects a global consensus on the consumption of fish during pregnancy,” said Cifuentes, who for several years traveled to the lake region, often with Harvard and Guadalajara graduate students in tow. They helped collect fish, lake sediments, and medical samples.As for the study’s developmental testing, it revealed no negative effects on cognition, language, or motor skills among infants. That result, said University of Guadalajara psychologist Leonor Lozano, was “very positive news for the people of the communities surrounding Lake Chapala.”But the study did say that women of childbearing age should avoid eating carp, carnivorous fish, and bottom feeders that may contain elevated levels of mercury. In hundreds of fish assayed, said Cifuentes, only carp — and just a few of those — showed risky levels of mercury.“Fortunately, we have very good news,” he said of the three-year study’s bottom line. “Keep eating fish. But women of childbearing age should eat only the right ones.”The carp breed in Lake Chapala’s most polluted area, an effluvial patch near the mouth of the Rio Lerma, which exits into the lake after starting near Mexico City and coursing through 470 miles of landscape. Lining the river basin along the way are farms, but also polluting industries related to petrochemicals, meat, beverages, and leather goods. Environmentalists use a Spanish phrase for Lerma, “water for crying.”Water levels in Lake Chapala affect pollution levels and fishing. If they are low, toxins become more concentrated, and fishing is poor. The lake’s water levels are determined by the weather and by how much water the city of Guadalajara draws off. Heavy rain in September brought Chapala to about 80 percent of its optimal water level.Even when the catch is abundant, eating local white fish just once a week doesn’t sound like enough for pregnant women. But study data showed there are abundant local sources of protein beyond fish, including chicken, pork, and beans. Luckily, vegetables and fruits are also relatively cheap and abundant in the Lake Chapala watershed.Maria Clara Claro Moreno, the mother of 4-year-old Juan Pablo, lives in La Vista and also participated in the study, taking lessons from it. Like other mothers, she made adjustments in her family’s cooking and eating. Clara doesn’t make fish broth anymore, and “even though the head is our favorite, and we used to argue over who got to eat it,” she said, “we try not to eat it anymore.”But the mercury investigation was never just about suspected contamination in fish. It had a wider set of missions: to empower local citizens, share environmental lessons, and educate children to manage the future. In addition, it aimed to prepare a group of collaborators who are decision-makers, citizens, and academics, and who would share what they know and learn. The groups “discuss the realities,” said Lozano-Kasten, “and we build a better reality together.”Presentations to communitiesIn 2010, Proyecto Chapala started a weekly series of hour-long presentations in six communities along the lake, discussing environmental contaminants, strategies for minimizing exposure, and other issues related to the heart of the project: protecting children and their mothers. Few men attended. Proyecto Chapala researcher Gabriela Luna Hernandez, a master’s degree student in nutrition at the University of Guadalajara, said, “The mother is the center of food, the center of health, and the center of culture.”The classes became the foundation for Taller Medio Ambiente e Infancia, a three-month, 40-hour program in environmental health, with certificates awarded at the end. “It’s a way of empowering the mothers,” said Lozano-Kasten, who ran many of the sessions. It’s also a way of transferring academic knowledge into a practical arena, like childrearing. A scientist “has stuff published in a journal,” he said, which local people never read. “Knowledge has to be useful.”By 2011, the educational outreach had expanded to installing EcoSan dry sanitation toilets and enhanced hand-washing facilities in four area primary schools serving about 1,000 children. The effort was a way to conserve water, to teach children basic hygiene habits, and to impart environmental lessons.“Schools are a good place to build principles,” said Cifuentes, including an appreciation of sanitation systems that may protect Lake Chapala by eliminating discharges into it. “We want to teach children that water is not for conveying waste.”Instead, that waste is put to work. At the primary school in El Molino, a hillside town of 1,300 far above the lake, janitor Benjamin Delgadillo explained how solid waste in the toilets is dusted with ash or sawdust and stored for several months, and how it emerges as compost. Urine is captured too, diluted, and decanted, and finally repurposed as fertilizer.Before dry sanitation toilets were installed, the school used 3,000 liters of water a day, pumped far uphill from the lake at great cost or trucked to the site. After four Eco-San toilets were installed, said school director Mayra Berenice Garcia Ramirez, water use fell to 700 liters a day.The school also now captures rainwater in three 3,000-liter cisterns, said Ana Karina Garcia Suarez, a University of Guadalajara physician with a master’s degree in environmental health. She is chief environment educator for primary schools in the Chapala region. Her job, new since the study began, is one of the ways Proyecto Chapala continues to improve life on the lake. These are initiatives “beyond the clinic experience,” said Lozano-Kasten, and that go “deeper into the local culture.”On the scholarly side, there are other studies planned for the Chapala region, including one on exposure to pesticides, another on the long-term effects of plastic leachates, and a third on pregnancy rates among adolescents in the region. With the mercury study completed, said Lozano-Kasten, “the systems and methods are in place” for future investigations.“If you reach the children and their mothers,” said Lozano-Kasten, “the project has succeeded.”Harvard President Drew Faust, University administrators, and faculty members are in Mexico this week for a series of meetings, tours, and alumni events. Read about the trip here. Ramon Mendoza (center) with his family at the fish market stand he founded in Chapala, Mexico. last_img read more

Saint Mary’s names comedian as in-residence visiting artist

first_imgWriter, comedian and actress Casey Whitaker is this year’s Margaret M. Hill visiting artist in residence, an annual series made possible by a gift from Hill, an alumna and Broadway producer, according to a College press release.“Saint Mary’s is forever grateful to Peggy Hill for her gift to the College which allows us to, year after year, host artists who coach and instruct our students,” professor of theater Katie Sullivan said in the release. “The students receive advice about how to make their way in the professional theater world. They also have the opportunity to ask the artists various questions about their technique, particular roles or scripts or shows, how to balance career and personal life and how to take the first steps after college.”According to the release, Whitaker trained with Second City in Chicago and has toured with Second City’s Shred Co. for the past three years. In addition to her work as a performer, Whitaker is a freelance comedy writer for the card game, Utter Nonsense: an Inappropriate Accent Game.Currently, Whitaker is directing Saint Mary’s theater students in their spring production, a play she wrote called “Lucky, Liar, Loser.”  The play will run from April 27-30 in Little Theater.“Lucky, Liar, Loser” tells the story of the aftermath abuse takes on nine women, according to the press release. The play includes sketches, shadow puppetry and modern dance and includes choreography by Hannah Fischer, a 2011 alumna.“The play presents a uniquely complex mix of the serious and the comic that is always unexpected, creative and highly theatrical,” Mark Abram-Copenhaver, associate professor of theater, said in the release. “‘Lucky, Liar, Loser’ is a sophisticated treatment of this emotionally charged and current subject matter.” Tags: Casey Whitaker, Margaret M. Hill Visiting Artist, Second Citylast_img read more

Broadway.com Again Named #1 Theater Source in Broadway League Report

first_img View Comments Thanks to you, we’re the top again! For the sixth year in a row, Broadway.com is the number one source for theater fans to find out information about the Great White Way, according to an independent report by The Broadway League that analyzes the habits of theatergoers. Broadway.com outranks other sources such as television, The New York Times.com, Facebook, Twitter and all the other theater-related websites out there.Every year, the League surveys theatergoers to create an extensive report titled The Demographics of the Broadway Audience. In the just-released 2014-15 report, which was based on the completed questionnaires of 9,732 responders, when asked the question “Where do you look for theater information?” 36.1% (up 3% from last year!) chose Broadway.com. The closest behind us came in at 23.2%—check out below for the complete list.Broadway.com was the clear frontrunner of online resources, receiving at least double the responses of any other website. In other interesting stats, the use of the Internet was up all around, with 74.6% of all theatergoers turning to the web to look for theater information (up from 70%). 64% of seniors looked online, an increase from 60% in the 2013-14 season and 37% in the 2012-13 season.So click here, and we’ll see you at the theater! Broadway.comlast_img read more

Watch Aaron Tveit Play Ball in Undrafted

first_img View Comments We finally have the first trailer for Undrafted, headlined by your Broadway boyfriend Aaron Tveit. The dramedy about a college baseball star forced to find a fresh start will head to movie theaters on July 15. “It’s a combination of the two things I like to do: Play baseball and act,” the Grease: Live star told Broadway.com back when he wrapped filming in 2013. The movie also features Chace Crawford, Tyler Hoechlin and Joseph Mazzello, and we’ve got chills, they’re multiplying, about the thought that we’ll soon be able to watch them all play ball. Obviously. Aaron Tveit in ‘Undrafted’last_img

Governor Douglas Announces Downtown Tax Credits

first_imgFor Immediate ReleaseDecember 30, 2005Contact: David MaceVermont Agency of Commerce and Community Development(802) 828-5229GOVERNOR DOUGLAS ANNOUNCES TAX CREDITS FOR BUILDING REPAIRS IN BRATTLEBORO, BENNINGTONMONTPELIER Governor Jim Douglas announced today that the Vermont Downtown Development Board has awarded $265,000 in tax credits to make building improvements in Brattleboro and Bennington.”These tax credits will help support new investment in our historic downtown properties, provide crucial affordable housing, and bring businesses and life to our downtowns,” Gov. Douglas said. “We are pleased to help these downtowns – which have seen so much improvement over the past few years – in their ongoing revitalization efforts.”The awards were made at a meeting last week of the Vermont Downtown Development Board, which is chaired by Kevin Dorn, Secretary of the Agency of Commerce and Community Development.The Wilder Block in downtown Brattleboro suffered major damage on Dec. 5, 2004 when a fire destroyed the fourth story and damaged the rest of the building.It helps define the southern gateway to the downtown, and features one of the very few cast iron facades in the state. The $250,000 tax credit will be used to repair and rebuild damaged parts of the building. When finished, it will include retail and office space on the lower floors and affordable housing on the upper stories.The second credit will be used in downtown Bennington for the reuse of the old fire station at 219 River Street. The $15,000 tax credit will support the installation of a sprinkler system, helping bring the Bennington Furniture store to this new location, and protecting the building from future fires.These tax credits were created by the legislature to support building rehabilitation projects within designated downtowns and village centers. More information can be found at the Vermont Downtown Program’s website, www.HistoricVermont.org(link is external).last_img read more

Dominican Republic: Cocaine laboratory dismantled

first_imgBy Dialogo September 04, 2013 SANTO DOMINGO, Dominican Republic – Dominican authorities for the first time discovered and dismantled a clandestine cocaine processing laboratory, providing fresh evidence that international drug trafficking rings are establishing themselves in the Caribbean country. The laboratory was found on a farm near a small town 40 kilometers west of the capital, Santo Domingo, where two Colombians were arrested recently, the National Police said on Sept. 3. The laboratory was similar to processing facilities found in the Colombian jungle, where authorities periodically discover large labs capable of producing thousands of kilograms of cocaine. Police allege the Colombians, John Jairo Roldán Estrada and Ángel Fernando Vargas, built the facility, part of which was below ground. At the time of the raid, police found seven microwave ovens, a press, scales, more than 100 plastic bags and a four-gallon tank of ammonia, among other paraphernalia. Police said they seized 225 kilograms of cocaine paste, the base used to produce powder cocaine for consumption. The paste could have been turned into as much as 2,000 kilograms of cocaine, police said. The National Police, which led the operation, called the seizure an “unprecedented blow against organized crime” in a prepared statement. The Dominican Republic has long been one of the favored transshipment points in the Caribbean, with an estimated 6% of cocaine bound for the U.S. traveling through the country. As much as 11% of cocaine bound for Europe also passes through the island, as traffickers have infiltrated shipping containers and airports to move small and large shipments abroad. However, in recent years authorities have seen arms of international criminal groups establishing operations in the country. With an increased presence, authorities have also witnessed increased consumption in the Dominican Republic. National Police Chief Maj. Gen. Manuel Castro Castillo said the discovery of the lab “shows how international drug trafficking is advancing in the Dominican Republic.” As evidence of the presence of international criminal organizations, authorities have arrested several alleged drug smugglers from Colombia, Venezuela, Mexico and elsewhere during the past year. At the site of the lab seizure, heads of Dominican agencies, including the Attorney General’s Office, the National Police, the National Department of Investigations and the National Drug Control Directorate (DNCD), gathered and pledged to coordinate their efforts in the counter-narcotics fight. “We will continue to fight tirelessly, chasing [drug trafficking] in all its forms, by air, by sea and by land,” said Attorney General Francisco Domínguez Brito. He vowed to “arrest and prosecute all those responsible … and we will continue investigating this case and all cases.” [Infosurhoy.com (Dominican Republic), 03/09/2013; Procuraduría General de la República (Dominican Republic), 30/08/2013]last_img read more

Protecting The LI Sound, Plum Island and Our Way of Life

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Long Islanders understand that our waterways are more than just a summer weekend destination; our waterways are directly connected to our way of life. As the longest and largest island in the contiguous United States, our more than 600 miles of coastline have been ingrained in our culture and economy since our nation’s founding. However, with our waterways plagued by pollution and overdevelopment, our generation faces unique challenges.With the Long Island Sound supporting tens of billions of dollars in economic value annually, the coastal economy is in many respects our economy. Protecting our environment goes hand in hand with protecting commerce in our region where so many jobs and small businesses depend on scenic beaches, parks and clean water to attract visitors. For me, growing up on LI, enjoying the beauty of Wertheim National Wildlife Refuge, Smith Point County Park and so many other natural treasures in our area, I am constantly reminded that in order to provide each generation with that same privilege, we must be good stewards of our environment.Last month, I was joined by environmentalists, business leaders and local elected officials to present a united front in opposition to offshore drilling off the coast of the Island. A few months ago, I announced $2.04 million in EPA grants for local governments and community groups to protect and restore the Sound, improve its water quality, enhance living resources and educate and involve the public in revitalizing our waterways. Furthermore, last year, as co-chair of the Long Island Sound Caucus and a founding member of the Congressional Estuary Caucus, I supported full funding of the National Estuary Program at $26.7 million and doubled Long Island Sound Program funding to $8 million.On LI, the issue of protecting our natural resources is personal, and protecting Plum  Island is a perfect example. Situated off the coast of Orient Point, Plum Island is a beloved part of our local community known not only for its world-renowned hub of research, but also its pristine protected lands that cover 90 percent of the island. It is home to diverse wildlife and ecosystems including critical habitats for migratory birds, marine mammals and rare plants. This one-of-a-kind island is also an essential cultural and historical resource.Protecting Plum Island has been one of my top priorities since coming to Congress. That is why I reintroduced the Plum Island Preservation Act, which passed the House during the last two Congresses, to stop the sale of Plum Island and to formulate a comprehensive plan for its future. The state-of-the-art research facility at Plum Island must not go to waste, and preserving this island’s natural beauty while maintaininga research mission will continue to provide important economic and environmental benefits to Long Island.When it comes to safeguarding our environment, improving water quality, protecting our natural resources and preserving our way of life, there is still so much work to be done. I will continue to do everything in my power to protect the Sound, Plum Island, and, the communities we are proud to call home.Congressman Lee Zeldin (R-Shirley) is co-chair of the Long Island Sound Caucus and member of the bipartisan Climate Solutions Caucus and Congressional Shellfish Caucus in the House of Representatives.last_img read more

Premier League facing at least £750million bill if season is not completed

first_imgAdvertisement Comment Arteta’s diagnosis shifted the Premier League’s attitude towards the coronavirus outbreak (Getty)It was decided that the competition – as well as the Football League, Women’s Super League and Women’s Championship – would be put on hold until Friday April 3 at the earliest, with England’s upcoming friendlies also cancelled.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENT Visit our live blog for the latest updates Coronavirus news liveHowever, that date looks increasingly optimistic, with the government set to do a U-turn on their earlier advice and now ban large public gatherings including concerts and sports matches starting from next weekend.It has been suggested that the season could be finished off in the summer – replacing Euro 2020, which is set to be pushed back a year when UEFA meet on Tuesday – or voided entirely, though Liverpool could still be crowned champions.The desire to play out the remaining games – most clubs havenine games left, though four teams have 10 matches left to play – becomes clearwhen the numbers involved are revealed.More: Manchester United FCRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseEx-Man Utd coach blasts Ed Woodward for two key transfer errorsAccording to The Times, the Premier League could have to fork out in excess of £750million should they fail to deliver on the full 38-game season, with a cancellation of the season breaching their many broadcasting deals.A source told the newspaper: ‘The commercial reality for the Premier League and UEFA is that if they don’t complete their seasons then they are in breach of their broadcasting contracts. Metro Sport ReporterSaturday 14 Mar 2020 12:22 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link832Shares FA chairman Greg Clarke does not believe the season can be completed (Picture: Getty)‘You would have broadcasters from all around the worldsaying, “In that case we are not paying for the season.”‘For the Premier League you are talking around £3billionincome a year from overseas and domestic TV rights. There would also befinancial implications if the competitions were squeezed, so fewer matches wereplayed.’The Times also report that FA chairman Greg Clarke, who waspresent at the meeting of the 20 Premier League clubs on Friday, made it clear hedid not believe it would be feasible for the season to be completed.MORE: Marcelo Bielsa refuses to give Leeds players time off amid coronavirus pandemicMORE: World Health Organisation questions UK’s ‘herd immunity’ approach to coronavirusFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page.center_img Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta tested positive for coronavirus, triggering a shutdown (Picture: Reuters)The Premier League is facing a mammoth bill if the seasoncannot be completed after the decision was made for all professional footballin England to be suspended until at least April due to the coronavirusoutbreak.As recently as Thursday evening, the Premier League wereprepared to go ahead as planned with this weekend’s action as per government guidelines,but the situation changed when Arsenal head coach Mikel Arteta tested positivefor Covid-19.Chelsea winger Callum Hudson-Odoi also returned a positiveresult, with seven clubs affected by coronavirus in some capacity before thePremier League called an emergency meeting on Friday morning. Advertisement Premier League facing at least £750million bill if season is not completedlast_img read more

Leicester City defender Caglar Soyuncu responds to Man City and Arsenal transfer links

first_imgLeicester City defender Caglar Soyuncu has been linked with Man City and Arsenal (Picture: Getty)Caglar Soyuncu has ruled out a move away from Leicester City during the upcoming summer transfer window.The Turkish defender arrived at the King Power Stadium in the summer of 2018 and emerged as Harry Maguire’s replacement after he completed a £80million move to Manchester United last year.Soyuncu had enjoyed a superb spell for Leicester before the 2019-20 season was suspended due to the coronavirus outbreak, with Brendan Rodgers’ side third in the Premier League.Manchester City expressed interest in signing the 23-year-old in January, while Arsenal have been persistently linked with a move for Soyuncu.ADVERTISEMENTBut the Turkey international told Fotomac: ‘I don’t think it would be right to go somewhere right now.AdvertisementAdvertisement‘I’m having a good season. Above all, I still have a lot to learn.‘He [Maguire] is the most expensive defender in the world and your team does not buy another because it trusts you.More: 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‘You play instead of someone who transferred for 80 million pounds. We’re going well now, but the important thing is to keep it going.‘I played 30 matches, but it’s important to increase this to three-digit numbers. It is very important to be at the same level throughout your career.’Soyuncu has made 43 appearances for Leicester City since arriving in the Premier League from Freiburg.MORE: Arsenal and Man City in race with Real Madrid and Juventus for Houssem AouarMORE: Daniel James names the three fastest players at Manchester United Metro Sport ReporterTuesday 7 Apr 2020 11:07 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link24Shares Advertisement Commentcenter_img Leicester City defender Caglar Soyuncu responds to Man City and Arsenal transfer links Advertisementlast_img read more