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March 2, 2021 | |Post a Comment

first_imgDo something relevant… Please don’t speak on me bro ever again!!!— KANYE WEST (@kanyewest) February 24, 2016Bob please never speak in public again… you are everything that is wrong with the old guard …— KANYE WEST (@kanyewest) February 24, 2016 I’m tired of old people that have no connection with anything trying to comment on music!— KANYE WEST (@kanyewest) February 24, 2016 This is an interesting feud that’s developed. As Kanye points out, Bob Ezrin is a stalwart member of the “Old Guard,” a man with a decades long career who’s worked on cultural touchstones and yet has managed to stay relevant to the present day. Kanye West has shown himself to be a talented producer, a performer with aspirations to the higher levels of art and a public persona that is baffling in its complete lack of shame and nuance.  The two couldn’t be farther apart on notoriety scale, but knowing the attention Kanye’s antics bring, Ezrin is about to have his profile raised considerably. Let the good times roll. In an open letter shared by veteran music journalist Bob Lefsetz‘s blog, the Lefsetz Letter, long time record producer Bob Ezrin sharply took Kanye West to task for his over the top antics and self aggrandization. Ezrin has earned the bonafides to speak out on such matters, helping to create masterpieces such as Pink Floyd‘s legendary double album The Wall and Lou Reed’s Berlin, not to mention his recent work on the Phish album, Fuego.In the letter, Ezrin was bluntly dismissive of Kanye’s self purported “Genius,” dropping hits like “…unlike other creators in his genre like Jay-Z, Tupac, Biggie or even M.C. Hammer for that matter, it’s unlikely that we’ll be quoting too many of Kanye’s songs 20 years from now. He didn’t open up new avenues of public discourse like NWA, or introduce the world to a new art form like Grandmaster Flash, or even meaningfully and memorably address social issues through his music like Marshall, Macklemore and Kendrick.”  The letter wasn’t entirely critical, as he did give Kanye props on his production skills, saying: “In my opinion, his productions are his best work – and I admit I’m jealous of several of them…” though he went on to say “…but I don’t think he’s on quite the same level as Timbaland and Rick Rubin among several others. His song writing – meaning the stuff with melodies – is sophomoric at best.”He even took a moment to lament the recent pairing of West and music icon Paul McCartney, opining “I was embarrassed for Sir Paul – one of the greatest Artists of our era – by their collaboration, though it was pointed out to me that this got him his highest chart position in decades. So I guess he didn’t mind. But I kind of did!”Ezrin worried that people seem to be buying into the hype and equating Kanye’s body of work as “Art” with a capitol “A.”  Or as he puts it “…Kanye’s greatest achievements have been in the form of excessive behavior, egomaniacal tantrums and tasteless grandstanding. What he is a true artist at is living his life out loud – and shoving it down the throats of the rest of us whether we give a shit or not. He’s like that flasher who interrupts a critical game by running naked across the field. Is that art???” That fact that Kanye has released an album he is still tinkering with, Ezrin was found himself pondering the very nature of West. “The great musicians, writers, poets, rappers, performers, dancers, players, conductors, directors and producers work all their lives for that one moment of complete perfection – that one brilliant performance, that one perfect song, that one enduring and life-altering work. 10,000 hours is peanuts in comparison to the real amount of time spent by true artists in their lifelong pursuit of excellence. But no one else that I have seen is this happy to have the audience watching all along the way. They are working to the culmination of something; to the exquisite feeling of completion that comes from working and reworking until that moment when their creation, or their performance, is as good as it could possibly be. This guy is just feeding the media machine and I’m not even certain to what end. Maybe he JUST needs the attention, like that flasher, and isn’t happy unless he’s the center of it.”He closes a letter with a sad lament.  “I don’t even know why I’m so angry about this. Except maybe I lament for a world where being truly, world-shakingly excellent at anything – at least in the field of popular music if not elsewhere – is no longer absolutely necessary. You can be a star today just by creating a public life that people pay attention to. That’s it. All you have to do is be interesting or likable or shocking enough and you can have your 15 minutes of fame…even if that means that no one will remember you or what you’ve done in just a few years. Line ‘em up. How many “popular artists” have come and gone in just the last decades. In my mind (which is a pretty busy as often too judgmental place, I will admit) real artists make stuff that changes the world and LASTS.”Naturally, Kanye took to Twitter to reply.Has anybody ever heard of Bob Ezrin???— KANYE WEST (@kanyewest) February 24, 2016 Ezrin I truly feel sorry for your friends and family that they have had to suffer an idiot like you for so many years…— KANYE WEST (@kanyewest) February 24, 2016last_img read more

March 2, 2021 | |Post a Comment

first_imgEarlier this year, jammers Twiddle made their debut at the storied Capitol Theatre in Port Chester, NY. The band put on a show for the books, debuting new music and welcoming Matisyahu for the sold out performance.On the heels of their inaugural Tumble Down festival, which starts today at Waterfront Park in Burlington, VT and features Nahko and Medicine For The People, Turkuaz Cabinet, Kitchen Dwellers, Holly Bowling and more, the Vermont jam group has shared a great pro-shot video from the Cap Theatre debut. Watch the group let loose on a great version of “Blunderbuss” from the show, streaming below.Tickets for Tumble Down are on sale now and available here![Photo by Andrew Blackstein]last_img read more

March 2, 2021 | |Post a Comment

first_imgJam Cruise 15 is shaping up to be the best yet! With sets from The Original Meters, Moe., GRiZ, Galactic, and Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe, along with Lettuce, Kamasi Washington, The Revivalists, Vulfpeck, and so many more, this round of announcements is just the icing on top of the cake. This year’s “Jam Room” will be hosted by George Porter Jr., Steve Kimock, Break Science’s Borahm Lee, The Revivalists’ Ed Williams, and DJ Williams. The “Piano Sets” will trickle through the four-day adventure with Ivan Neville, Widespread Panic’s JoJo Hermann, Percy Hill’s Nate Wilson, The Motet’s Joey Porter, and RAQ/Electric Beethoven’s Todd Stoops. They’ve also revealed a “Mad Hatter’s Ball” theme for a yet-to-be-announced day on the ship. Stay tuned for more announcements! Jam Cruise 15 full lineup is: The Original Meters, moe., GRiZ, Galactic, Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe, Benevento Russo Duo, Lettuce, Kamasi Washington, The Revivalists, The Motet, Beats Antique (Live), Break Science, JoJo’s Mardi Gras Band, The Soul Rebels, Dopapod, Vulfpeck, Turkuaz, Percy Hill, Frequinox, The Suffers, Lebo & Friends (ft. Robert Walter, Jay Lane, Garrett Sayers, Lesley Grant & The Combustible Horns), Neville Jacobs, Reed Mathis Presents Electric Beethoven (ft. Jay Lane, Todd Stoops, Clay Welch), Brothers Comatose, Earphunk, Magic Gravy, Love Canon, BIG Something, Nikki Glaspie Super Jam, Everyone Orchestra, Nathan Moore, Manic Focus, and DJ Soul Sister.last_img read more

March 1, 2021 | |Post a Comment

first_imgIn politics and business, the best-laid plans can go astray instantly when mismanaged trouble spirals into full-blown crisis.A current case in point: N.J. Gov. Chris Christie, after denying that the September shuttering of traffic lanes on the George Washington Bridge in Fort Lee was orchestrated by his office as political retribution, had to confront damaging reports last week that the closures were ordered by a top aide, and were known by others. The revelations came with the release of emails from high-level Christie advisers and appointees at the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey.During a Jan. 9 news conference, Christie apologized but denied knowing of or being involved in the traffic scheme. Christie said he had severed ties with his campaign manager and deputy chief of staff, who were implicated in the emails. Two Port Authority executives, who also knew of and appear to have assisted in the lane closures, abruptly resigned last month.In another crisis-management case in the news, the massive Minneapolis-based retailer Target announced last month that hackers had stolen credit and debit card numbers from 40 million customers between Nov. 27 and Dec. 15. Since then, the company has twice revised that figure upward, acknowledging now that financial and personal data, such as phone numbers and addresses, from as many as 110 million customers were taken during the security breach. Herman B. “Dutch” Leonard, the George F. Baker, Jr. Professor of Public Sector Management at Harvard Kennedy School and the Eliot I. Snider and Family Professor of Business Administration at Harvard Business School, studies crisis management and leadership. He spoke with the Gazette about the challenges facing Christie and Target and their performances to date.GAZETTE: How would you rate Gov. Christie’s handling of the bridge scandal and Target’s handling of the data breach thus far?LEONARD: In both cases, I would say so far as we know, they’ve done pretty well. The reason I would say “so far as we know” is that how well they are doing depends on facts which we can’t be certain of at this point. If all of what Gov. Christie knows has been revealed, then I think he’s done a very good job of recognizing that this was a very substantial problem, getting on top of it, and trying to figure out a way to manage it truthfully and forthrightly and successfully. If it turns out subsequently that he knew a lot more about this or he could easily have found out and just basically wasn’t paying attention, then that’s an entirely different matter. If all of this story is as Gov. Christie presents it, then I think his press conference was quite remarkable and will be a model for how to take blame and how to model the acceptance of some bad event having happened even while you’re saying that you personally didn’t know more about it.It’s very hard to tell often, when you had a cyber attack, just how widespread the damage was and how many people’s information might have been breached, so if Target gave its best good-faith estimates, then sometimes it just turns out worse than you thought. But you want to be very careful when you revise it once that you’re not going to have to revise it again.I think the fundamental driving force in how well these events go is how well they are being handled from a substantive perspective. The critical question to ask is: How well have these officials at Target and in Gov. Christie’s office — and the governor himself — gotten on top of the actual substantive event? If, in hindsight, we say, “That was about as good a job as they reasonably could have done,” then I think they’ve done a good job both from a substantive perspective and from a process or public-relations perspective.Good risk management doesn’t begin when the event has already broken on you. You have to ask the question: “How did the event happen, and could things have been done ahead of time that would have changed it?” That being said, once we look at the prevention and it hasn’t been prevented, then you can and need to ask, “So how are they handling it, given that it took place?” How accurate was Target’s information at the beginning, and how effectively did they assess how accurate it was? It’s one thing not to know exactly what the number is, it’s another thing to think you know when you don’t and to behave as if you are certain when there are indications that you shouldn’t be certain.GAZETTE: By laying out a very specific timeline of what he knew when, did Christie paint himself into a corner?LEONARD: There’s no problem with being specific as long as you’re right. It’s one thing to be confused in your memory about “was that a Wednesday or a Thursday?” It’s another, though, to lay out a timeline, and then somebody says, “There was an earlier briefing in which it was said to the governor that there might be some substance to this.” There’s no problem of saying what happened as long as you describe it to the best of your ability, and you leave yourself appropriate hedges for where your memory might be faulty.GAZETTE: With probes by federal and state authorities into the bridge matter under way, and another into the possible misuse of Hurricane Sandy relief funds, the full scope of Christie’s problems is still unclear. How should he manage a multidimensional crisis with a number of actors moving forward?LEONARD: The question is: Are there just two [issues being investigated], or is every other allegation that’s ever been made going to turn into a full-blown investigation too? If it looks like one or another of these is mushrooming, then that would invite all kinds of other clamor for other investigations. In an event like this, the people who are watching it have two different scripts in their hands about who Chris Christie really is. There’s the good-guy version and the not-so-good-guy version. And obviously, depending on who you are, you favor one of these versus another. The question is how the unfolding of the facts plays against those different narratives.GAZETTE: Messaging, optics, tone, controlling the narrative — what’s the most important to master as a crisis is unfolding?LEONARD: Again, substance first, then message and tone. And he did the substance first: He fired his aides. Then, the key elements flow from the confidence of the governor himself. In his press conference, he looked confident that he was on top of this situation, that he now knew what the issues were, that he had dealt with the issues, that he’s not vulnerable from having had been exposed to this before, or been implicit or complicit in it. He looked confident that there isn’t some huge iceberg under the water here that we’re going to discover. I think to the extent to which he is seen as confident, seen as taking the hit but telling the truth, then I think the story doesn’t go on very much longer unless new, damaging facts emerge.GAZETTE: Christie did, however, express brash confidence early on, when first questioned, that the lane closures were not engineered to cause political harm to the mayor of Fort Lee.LEONARD: Doing that is a bad strategy if you don’t think it’s true. It makes me feel like he really didn’t have any information at that point because ridiculing it is basically an invitation for people to dig further into it. You wouldn’t do that if you thought you were vulnerable. That suggests he had no real inkling that his aides were involved. It really is hard to imagine people deliberately setting up something that’s going to tie up traffic and tie up schoolchildren on school buses for hours. It is a startling idea, and perhaps the governor can be forgiven, at least at the beginning, for not giving much credence to such an outlandish possibility.GAZETTE: Both Christie and Target seemed to have been caught unprepared. Target took weeks to determine how the breach was conducted and the true number of affected customers. In Christie’s case, he trumpeted his lack of awareness, both about the actions of his staffers and appointees and the Jan. 8 release of damaging emails, as proof of his innocence. Is not knowing, or professing to not know what’s going on, the basis of an effective strategy?LEONARD: First of all, that strategy will only work if it’s true — if he really didn’t know and he hasn’t encouraged his aides to play dirty tricks on opponents. Because if he has, there will be enough intense scrutiny here that facts about that will be found out. Can that strategy work? It depends on how close to his office the actual issue is. Nothing would have suggested that he should be involved in finding out about what’s going on with a traffic tie-up in Fort Lee. It doesn’t seem like that is a kind of issue that would naturally attract his attention, or that he would have any involvement with. So in that sense, it is plausible that this could be other people acting on their own sense of empowerment, that it does have nothing to do with him, and that he can then push it away by saying: “I had nothing to do with this, and there’s no reason why it would have called upon me to be involved.”Neither Target nor Gov. Christie seems unprepared to me. I think Christie handled this basically according to a script for how you handle breaking events. In that sense, he was ready. It’s always possible you can be blindsided by an issue. Being unprepared means to me that you don’t know what to do when that happens. I think he was very well prepared to deal with that. What he wasn’t was aware earlier of this event. So you have to judge, should he have been? Is there reasonable cause for suspicion or further investigation on his part that would have led a reasonable person to have found out more earlier? That’s still an open question.I think that Target should have been more careful not to say things it could not be certain of. The nature of the kind of event that they had makes it very difficult to know what the extent of it is. So I’m not surprised they didn’t initially know and that it’s taking them a long time to figure out. I’m a little surprised they weren’t more circumspect at the outset about the uncertainty of their knowledge about that, precisely because it’s so difficult to be certain of how big a breach is. The flip side of that is, they have to maintain some degree of confidence among their customers. I think the ways they tried to do that, while maybe not perfectly designed, made a good deal of sense.GAZETTE: Does a political crisis differ from a corporate crisis in terms of strategy and management?LEONARD: There are two different things that you’re managing. One is the actual realities. You can’t get very far away from the realities and sustain that. So if you’re not handling them well, that will eventually be obvious to everybody. Even if you are managing them well, there’s a separate set of issues about how it is being perceived to be managed, and those perceptions are not necessarily very directly hooked to the realities. A good example of that is the BP oil spill. Both the government and BP, to a certain extent, did a better job than they were given credit for. But the PR side was miserable. If you think about the amount of oil that went into the water and the limited amount of damage that was ultimately done on the beaches of the Gulf Coast, the perceptions were pretty far away from the underlying realities. I think BP and the federal government lost control of that story, lost influence in that story, and that’s a situation where even doing a good substantive job wasn’t by itself enough.GAZETTE: How does one accurately measure whether they’ve successfully weathered the storm?LEONARD: Every one of these events is different, and so it’s very hard to specify. If something bad happened, we shouldn’t assume that you can come out of that without any damage at all. So the question is really: Relative to what a good performance would have looked like, how did they actually do? And that’s a very hard standard to set. I tend to look at it procedurally and to say: Given the resources available, how effectively were people able to mobilize, and did they do what you reasonably could have hoped for? As a Wall Street analyst, you would look at the change in the value of the company. What happened to its market capitalization? What happened to its revenues and earnings going forward as a result of this event? But the problem is, compared to what? Obviously, what you’d like to do is to compare it to a good performance. You don’t want to compare implicitly to “there never was an event.” I think you have to say, once that unexpected event breaks on you, how effective, how nimble were people at being able to keep the damage from spiraling?GAZETTE: What are the best practices in preparing for, handling, and dealing with the aftermath of a crisis?LEONARD: One thing you can do is try to prevent them. A second thing you can do is to be prepared to respond to them. A third thing you can do is to respond when they actually happen. The fourth thing you can do is to recover after you’re finished with your response. The question of how good a risk-management job a company is doing is how well it has distributed its time and attention over those four different aspects of managing its risks. How well is it looking after them ahead of time and preventing those that it can foresee and do something about? How much has it got a response process that allows it to be nimble and adaptive when things happen? How effectively did it use that process once the thing broke on it? And how well-configured was it, and how rapidly did it mobilize itself to recover swiftly in the aftermath?One of the frameworks that we teach both to businesses and government organizations is something called the “incident management system,” which is a way of organizing the people who are trying to manage different elements of an event. Working with places like Harvard University, we urge them to use the incident management system for things like Move-In Day. It’s not a crisis, it’s not an emergency, it’s just a major organizational activity that has to take place. But if you practice [using] the system in that circumstance, then when you do have the [Boston] Marathon bombing, and you have a police chase that runs past your campus, and you have an order to lock down, you have a structure that you can dial up to manage and communicate across the Schools, and be able to mobilize the things you need to do in order to keep a University that’s in lockdown safe over the course of a day. We urge people to practice in every way they reasonably can the kinds of structures that are useful for prevention and for response and for recovery.The interview has been edited for length and clarity.last_img read more

January 18, 2021 | |Post a Comment

first_imgPhoto: USDANEW YORK – State attorneys general are finding a national settlement over the toll of opioids to be elusive, as some lawyers for state and local governments are renewing public criticism of the proposed deal with a group of companies led by the nation’s largest drug distributors.A group of top state lawyers in October announced the framework for a deal that they said would be worth about $48 billion in cash, treatment drugs and services over time.Some state attorneys general and lawyers for local governments criticized it at the time. They’re speaking up anew as the push continues to reach a deal, with a trial over opioids scheduled to start next month in New York .In a statement Friday, Patrick Morrisey, the attorney general in West Virginia, one of the states hit hardest by the opioid crisis, said the $22 billion in cash being offered by distributors AmerisourceBergen, Cardinal Health and McKesson plus drugmaker Johnson & Johnson “is way too low.” Under terms previously announced, Teva Pharmaceuticals would also provide a free addiction treatment drug, and the other companies would distribute it.Morrisey also said that the money would not be allocated fairly under the plan as it stood because states’ shares would be based too much on population and not enough on the impact of the crisis.“When addressing a national public health crisis, a global settlement shouldn’t be about a pure money grab for the states,” he said. “Monies should be targeted to those who need it most and spent on abatement.”His statement showed that at least some attorneys general remain resolute not to accept the offer a week after 21 of them signed a letter saying they opposed the deal as offered.Lead lawyers for more than 2,500 local governments suing the drug industry said Friday that the companies have offered an additional $1.2 billion in cash over 18 years. The lawyers said that’s not enough: “Concerns remain that the total value being proposed is not adequate nor does it provide any degree of assurance that resources will reach communities.”The attorneys general from North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Tennessee and Texas who championed the settlement in October said it was better to have a national deal than see money go out piecemeal — while it lasts — through trial judgments.Prescription and illicit painkillers have been linked to more than 430,000 deaths in the U.S. in the past two decades, and they’ve created financial burdens for families who have lost incomes and governments who have seen public service expenses rise as they’ve tried to deal with the crisis.The offices of several attorneys general who have supported the deal have declined comment or not returned messages.The companies also did not respond to messages or did not comment on Friday night.Earlier in the week, McKesson said in a statement that it was trying to finalize a settlement settlement “that would serve as the best path forward to provide billions of dollars in immediate funding and relief to states and local communities.” Share:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)last_img read more

January 18, 2021 | |Post a Comment

first_img Additional cast members include Ernest Abuba, Joel de la Fuente, Tsering Dorjee, Takemi Kitamura, James Saito, Jon Norman Schneider and Nami Yamamoto. The Oldest Boy In The Oldest Boy, Tenzin, the toddler son of an American woman (Keenan-Bolger) and a Tibetan man (de la Fuente), is recognized as the reincarnation of a high Buddhist teacher. Differing cultures contend with competing ideas of faith and love when two monks seek permission to take Tenzin to a monastery in India to begin his training as a spiritual master. His parents must decide whether to send their young son away or keep him home. Show Closed This production ended its run on Dec. 28, 2014 Three-time Tony nominee Celia Keenan-Bolger will star in the world premiere of Sarah Ruhl’s The Oldest Boy at Lincoln Center. Under the direction of Rebecca Taichman, the off-Broadway play will begin previews on October 9 prior to a November 3 opening at the Mitzi E. Newhouse Theater.center_img Related Shows Keenan-Bolger recently earned her third Tony nomination for her performance in The Glass Menagerie. She garnered additional nods for Peter and the Starcatcher and The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. She also appeared on Broadway in Les Miserables. Abuba has appeared on Broadway in Pacific Overtures, Loose Ends, Zoya’s Apartment and Shimada. De la Fuente’s stage credits include Hold These Truths and Round and Round. Dorjee has appeared on screen in Himalaya. Kitamura’s theater credits include Gekiryu and The Red Shadow. Saito has appeared on Broadway in shows including Flower Drum Song, Golden Child and The King and I and in films including Life of Pi and Pearl Harbor. Schneider’s stage credits include The Architecture of Becoming and House of No More. Yamamoto has appeared in numerous dance performances, including Headless Wolf and the last word was PAPIREPOSE. View Commentslast_img read more

January 18, 2021 | |Post a Comment

first_imgThe sequel to the longest-running show on the Great White Way will finally land in the U.S.! has confirmed that Love Never Dies, the follow-up to Andrew Lloyd Webber’s The Phantom of the Opera, will tour North America in the 2017-18 season. The production is based on the Australian reworked incarnation of the musical, directed by Simon Phillips, which was later filmed and will bow in Hamburg, Germany, this fall.”There is no official announcement at this time, but after the success of the show in Sydney and Melbourne and subsequent DVD, Andrew Lloyd Webber is delighted by the interest and looks forward to American audiences seeing this Australian production,” said a spokesperson for the composer in a statement.Love Never Dies follows the Phantom to Coney Island, New York, where he begins a new life among the side shows, but still pines over Christine. When the Phantom lures Christine and her family across the world, their love story continues. The tuner features music by Lloyd Webber, lyrics by Glenn Slater, a book by Lloyd Webber, Slater and Ben Elton, and additional lyrics by Charles Hart.The original West End production of Love Never Dies opened in March 2010, directed by Jack O’Brien and starring Broadway faves Les Miz’s Ramin Karimloo and It Shoulda Been You’s Sierra Boggess. The show closed after a year’s run and Main Stem plans were officially scrapped, although Lloyd Webber later said he was “sure” the subsequent revamped Australian version would hit the Great White Way.Watch’s exclusive interview with Lloyd Webber and Phillips below, as they discuss the 2014 Japanese production. View Commentslast_img read more

October 19, 2020 | |Post a Comment

first_imgTopics : A baby was among seven people who died as torrential rains and floods swept the Greek island of Evia, damaging dozens of houses and blocking roads, authorities said Sunday.The eight-month-old baby was found dead in a house in the village of Politika on Sunday, said a spokesman for firefighters involved in rescue efforts. The baby’s parents were unharmed.Hours earlier, a man and woman in their 80s were found unconscious by firefighters in two houses in the same village, the spokesman said. They were confirmed as dead at the hospital. The ANA news agency said a helicopter had spotted the missing woman, who had been swept away by the floodwaters from her home in Bourtsi.Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis voiced his “profound pain for the loss of lives” and said he would visit Evia, Greece’s second largest island after Crete, on Monday. ‘A nightmare’ Torrents of water blocked roads in the west of Evia, which lies about 100 kilometers (60 miles) northeast of Athens. Some tourists were unable to leave one campsite on the island, ANA reported.”We are experiencing a nightmare, we are using every possible means” to combat the floods, said Ana Fanis Spanos, a lawmaker from the central Greece region.Storm Thalia battered several regions of mainland Greece Saturday, though the weather was improving on Sunday.Hundreds of homes were flooded in Politika and several surrounding villages. Blocked roads prevented fire trucks from reaching the affected sites.Two rivers burst their banks and filled roads with mud, local authorities said. The ground floors of many houses were flooded.Manos Anastasiou, a hotel employee in Politika, told AFP how astonished he was at seeing so much rain in such a short time.”I’m 51 years old and it’s the first time I have seen something like this,” Anastasiou said.About 100 firefighters and two helicopters as well as the coastguard were deployed to rescue those trapped.Deputy minister for civil protection Nikos Hardalias, who visited Politika Sunday morning, said more than 350 millimeters (13.8 inches) of rain fell in six hours. “Everything happened so suddenly. It’s a disaster,” he said while expressing concern about climate change.Flooded homes are a frequent occurrence in Greece due to a lack of adequate controls over construction and planning.In November 2017, floods killed 24 people in Mandra, a village in an industrial region 30 kilometers west of Athens. Torrents of mud poured down over thousands of buildings, homes, shops and factories. Two other people who died, a 74-year-old man and a 73-year-old woman, were from the village of Bourtsi, the ANA news agency reported.The five dead were among an earlier official toll, which also listed one person as missing, following torrential rains late Saturday and early Sunday.In a new toll, firefighters said seven people had died — but gave no immediate details of who they were — and that one person remained missing.One woman was found after being reported missing.last_img read more

October 18, 2020 | |Post a Comment

first_img Metro Sport ReporterTuesday 15 Sep 2020 2:28 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link787Shares West Ham are preparing a move for Arsenal’s Rob Holding (Getty Images)West Ham are planning a £5 million bid to sign Rob Holding on loan from Arsenal, according to reports.The 24-year-old started at the heart of Arsenal’s defence for their Premier League opener on Saturday as the Gunners sealed a 3-0 win over Fulham.Holding has already attracted from Newcastle United this summer but Arsenal pulled the plug on his loan move to St James’ Park earlier this month.But according to The Sun, West Ham are planning to better Newcastle’s proposal by offering Arsenal a £5m fee to sign Holding on loan for the remainder of the campaign.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTThe report also claims that West Ham are willing to cover Holding’s wages, which would then free up space for Arsenal to make new signings.West Ham have submitted a £30m bid for James Tarkowski but Burnley are holding out for a £50m fee. Comment West Ham plan £5m bid to sign Rob Holding on loan from Arsenal Rob Holding helped Arsenal keep a clean sheet in their win over Fulham (Getty Images)Meanwhile, Mikel Arteta said after Arsenal’s win over Fulham that he plans to keep Holding at the club this season.‘I said to him, change your mind because you are not going anywhere,’ Arteta told BT Sport.‘Now why would I have to let him go? You are already playing so what else do you want?’Follow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page. Advertisement Advertisementlast_img read more

September 29, 2020 | |Post a Comment

first_imgShell will also incorporate a link between energy transition and long-term executive remuneration as part of its revised remuneration policy, engaging with shareholders and other relevant stakeholders. This will be subject to a shareholder vote at the 2020 annual general meeting.Other commitments include:Publication of an annual update on Shell’s progress towards lowering its carbon footprint;Third-party assessments of its net carbon footprint to be published on its website;A five-yearly review of updated “nationally determined contributions” and other developments, to calibrate its own pace of change in line with society;A review of Shell’s memberships of trade associations to assess alignment with its stated positions, to be published in the first quarter of 2019.Adam Matthews, director of ethics and engagement for the Church of England Pensions Board and co-lead of the investors’ dialogue with Shell, said: “This joint statement is the first of its kind, sets a benchmark for the rest of the oil and gas sector, and shows the benefit of engagement – aligning institutional investors’ long-term interests with Shell’s desire to be at the forefront of the energy transition.”He added that investors would be able to track Shell’s performance through the Transition Pathway Initiative, an independent academic tool hosted by the London School of Economics, which assesses companies’ preparedness for transition to low-carbon economy. Last year , Church Commissioners for England succeeded in lobbying ExxonMobil to provide information to shareholders on “energy demand sensitivities, implications of 2ºC scenarios, and positioning for a lower-carbon future”.The resolution – which called on the company to report on how its portfolio of reserves and resources would be affected by efforts to limit the average rise in global temperatures – was passed by shareholders in defiance of the ExxonMobil board’s recommendation to vote against. A similar resolution was defeated in 2016. In a groundbreaking joint statement with investors, the company said it would start setting specific targets for shorter-term periods – three or five years – to be set each year. This process would run from 2020 to 2050, the statement said.The proposals are subject to shareholder approval.center_img Royal Dutch Shell has announced plans to set short-term targets to reduce the net carbon footprint of its energy products and link them to executive remuneration, after years of investor pressure.The plans were developed with institutional investors on behalf of Climate Action 100+, the global investor initiative with members running more than $32trn (€28.2trn) in assets under management.Investor engagement was led by asset manager Robeco and the Church of England Pensions Board, and included representatives of Eumedion – the Dutch platform for institutional investors – and the Institutional Investors Group on Climate Change. Other active participants were Dutch pension manager APG, the Environment Agency Pension Fund and the Universities Superannuation Scheme.Shell had previously stated a long-term ambition to reduce its net carbon by about 20% by 2035, and around half by 2050.last_img read more