Some people see climate change as a distant threat whose severest impacts won’t be felt for decades. But the head of one of the world’s largest consumer products companies says it’s here now, and it’s hurting business.Paul Polman, the chief executive officer of Unilever, maker of several brands familiar to American consumers, including Ragu, Hellmann’s, Ben & Jerry’s, and Q-tips, said the company is being set back between $300 million and $400 million each year because of climate change. And that’s part of the reason Unilever has begun trying to reduce carbon emissions and working with subcontractors to ensure its operations are sustainable.“Business cannot just be a bystander; you have to be an active participant,” Polman said.Polman spoke Friday at Harvard Business School’s (HBS) Spangler Center as part of a weeklong series of events focused on climate change that was organized by the Harvard University Center for the Environment. His visit was hosted by Rebecca Henderson, the John and Natty McArthur University Professor and co-director of HBS’ Business and Environment Initiative.Polman said the issue needs leadership, not because people don’t see what should be done, but because it’s hard to do. Training the next generation of leaders, he said, is a crucial role of academic institutions such as Harvard. He identified two linked problems, climate change and global poverty, that this generation has a unique opportunity to address. Poverty is related to climate change, he said, because if done improperly, the development needed to address it can increase the greenhouse-gas emissions that lead to climate change.Polman said that the situation today is similar to that at the beginning of the Industrial Revolution, when Richard Arkwright mechanized spinning fibers into thread or yarn. Arkwright, Polman said, took stock of a rapidly shifting industrial climate and created transformational change, despite resistance from people who spun thread and yarn by hand, whose livelihoods were at stake.Though fossil-fuel-based businesses have a stake in resisting a future that relies on alternative energies, Polman said young entrepreneurs “don’t see it as a challenge, they see opportunity. They don’t see threat, they see it as an imperative to change the business model.”As the impact of climate change continues to be felt, he said, even capitalists unconcerned about the environment will begin to care about its effect on the bottom line. In Brazil, for example, Unilever’s shampoo sales are down 15 percent, a drop Polman attributed to the longest drought in 80 years, which has reduced reservoirs to just 20 percent of capacity.Polman said he hopes that world leaders will take concrete steps to address the problem when they meet in Paris later this year for the latest climate-change summit. Climate-change deniers, he said, are a relatively small minority, but perhaps more dangerous are those who acknowledge the problem but say nothing can be done.Not only can something be done, it must, he said, and there are plenty of targets. Currently 30 to 40 percent of the food supply ― enough to feed 1 billion people — is wasted, and releases the greenhouse gas methane as it rots. Air pollution is so severe in India, which contains half of the 30 most polluted cities in the world, that 650,000 people die prematurely each year because of it. Steps to clean up the air can address both local particulate pollution and climate change.Polman said there are success stories to emulate. Denmark, for example, has tripled its economy since 1995 while reducing carbon emissions, showing that growth doesn’t have to mean increased release of greenhouse gases.“The cost of inaction is significantly higher than the cost of action,” Polman said.
Harvard Business School African-American Student Union. View of The Game from the seating section. The Harvard Graduate Council (HGC) led an advocacy initiative with Harvard Athletics to create a graduate seating section adjacent to the undergraduate seating section with the aim of fostering One Harvard. As a result of HGC’s advocacy efforts, the new graduate seating section was created and the section was filled to capacity with graduate students representing their respective schools. HGC will engage with the Harvard Athletics department in the future to discuss price negotiations for the next Harvard-Yale game and create events tailored to graduate students.Additionally, graduate students were excited to learn more about the Harvard Graduate Council. Harvard Law School student Titilayo Rasaki stated that she was glad to learn that HGC represents all Harvard graduate students. Similarly, Harvard Extension School graduate student Jasmine Frankel reiterated the importance of creating unity among the students and creating better visibility for the council. The presence of a media correspondent from the Harvard Graduate Council provided more visibility for the council and is one of the best ways to inform students about the initiatives of HGC. Jill Felicio, Assistant Director of Alumni Affairs for the Harvard Extension Alumni Association also echoed the importance of having an organization that represents One Harvard. Harvard Extension Student Association. Huntington D. Lambert, Dean of Division of Continuing Education and University Extension and Jill Felicio, Assistant Director of Alumni Affairs for Harvard Extension Alumni Association. Harvard Graduate School of Education Office of Affairs Harvard Business School African-American Student Union.
We’ve got a sweet tooth for John Cameron Mitchell! The Hedwig and the Angry Inch book writer and original star will light up Broadway as the East German transgender rock goddess at the Belasco Theatre. He takes over for current Hedwig Michael C. Hall beginning January 21, 2015 for an eight-week engagement; Hall will play his last performance on January 18. The news follows the previously reported speculation that the Hedwig star of off-Broadway and screen would put on some makeup once more on the Great White Way.Tony winner Lena Hall continues with the production as Yitzhak. View Comments Related Shows Mitchell wrote the book for Hedwig alongside composer Stephen Trask, and the stars performed early versions of the musical at Don Hill’s and the Westbeth Theatre Center. Mitchell later starred in the off-Broadway incarnation of the hit musical at the Jane Street Theatre in 1998. He directed, wrote and starred in the 2001 film adaptation of Hedwig, garnering a Golden Globe nomination for his performance. Mitchell has appeared on Broadway in The Secret Garden, Big River and Six Degrees of Separation, and was most recently seen on the small screen in Girls, playing David Pressler-Goings, Hannah’s book publisher. Show Closed This production ended its run on Sept. 13, 2015 Directed by Michael Mayer, the Tony-winning Broadway production of Hedwig and the Angry Inch opened April 22, 2014, starring Neil Patrick Harris and Lena Hall. Andrew Rannells subsequently stepped into Harris’ heels. The musical tells the story of a fictional rock ‘n’ roll band, fronted by Hedwig, a transgender woman from communist East Berlin. Between rock songs, Hedwig regales the audience with both humorous and painful stories about her life, including her botched sex change operation. Hedwig and the Angry Inch “I am in equal parts thrilled and terrified to be returning to Hedwig. 15 years ago she kicked my butt so hard that I quit acting,” said Mitchell in a statement. “But like an expertly face-lifted ex-wife, she’s lured me back. The killer new work by Neil Patrick Harris, Andrew Rannells, and Michael C. Hall have left much larger pumps to fill. Here’s hoping I don’t need a walker by the end of the run.”
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45SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Nick Davis Nick Davis is a Business Psychologist and Director at Davis Associates, a Surrey-based HR consultancy in the UK. Davis Associates works with companies of all sizes to inspire greater individual, … Web: davisassociates.co.uk Details How much time do you spend reading in your spare time? Does it matter? If you are a business leader, the literature you read in your free moments could make all the difference and catapult you to greater executive heights.It has been shown time and again that the best leaders in the world are prolific readers. They immerse themselves in nonfiction, using books as a means to improve on existing skills and develop their knowledge base. In fact, 85% of successful people read two or more books per month and their preferred genre is, for obvious reasons, self-improvement. The most effective executives know that leadership development is always a priority. No matter how much you improve, there is always more to learn and more to experience.As a business psychologist and executive coach, I have read a number of leadership books over the years and learned that some books are far more effective than others when attempting to up your leadership game. Below, I’ve listed three top books which all executives should read, each one offering unique and exciting lessons to be learned. The Chimp Paradox by Dr. Steve PetersLeaders are human beings, just like everyone else. As such, we are often prey to our own emotions. It can be hard to battle what this book refers to as our “inner chimp” and to let logic prevail. This is exactly what this book, by Dr. Steve Peters, explores. With The Chimp Paradox, Peters combines the worlds of psychology and neuroscience and explains, in a compelling way, how we can recognize the inner functions of our minds so that we can stop sabotaging our own success by succumbing to our base emotions. It is only by employing this technique and keeping our inner chimp at bay that we can really excel and achieve beyond our own expectations. The Inner Winner: Performance Psychology Tactics That Give You an Unfair Advantage by Simon HazeldineFrom time to time, we all doubt ourselves, and this also holds true for business leaders. Leaders often have self-limiting beliefs that hold them back and impede their potential. This is something The Inner Winner addresses, using performance psychology tactics. This book works as a guide to achieving success, providing methods to cope with stress while helping leaders to focus on — and achieve — desired goals. This is a highly recommended book in terms of encouraging introspection and improving self-awareness.3.Thinking, Fast and Slow by Daniel KahnemanAs a business leader, you will more than likely have heard about this book and seen it in your local bookshop. It is an international bestseller, inspiring countless people to analyze the way they think and examine how they make day-to-day choices — something we don’t often spend a lot of time considering. Thinking, Fast and Slow is a gem that provides critical insight into the human mind and honestly explores how we think, react and make mistakes. From a business psychology point of view, this book is invaluable when it comes to improving an executive’s awareness of their own cognitive biases. Like The Chimp Paradox, this book supports the theory that, in essence, we’re all emotional, irrational beings and it takes a great deal of conscious effort to go against our instincts to make decisions that are best for us, our team and our company.As each year goes by, more and more books are published that address leadership development, leadership assessment, and self-improvement. If I could give any aspiring or existing leader one tip, it would be to reserve time each night to relax, unwind and open a book that could change the way you live and work forever.
continue reading » Inspiring trends were presented at CUNA’s CDFI Roundtable by Chief Economist, Mike Schenk.CDFI certified credit unions had the direct benefit of $874 million in the communities they serve, equalling $250 per family.The credit unions certified as CDFIs additionally created 82,391 jobs and spurred $18.1 billion in economic impact. This was determined through economic forecasting of (Jobs, Earnings, Operating Expenses + Purchase of Intermediate Goods & Services + Household Spending) following the model of (Direct Effects + Indirect Affects + Induced Effects). ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr
How much to spend?The key sticking point, he said, remained how much to spend in total.”We don’t all know exactly where the economy is going… The most important thing is we give some relief quickly to the industries that are being impacted” by the downturn, Mnuchin said.The comments from Brainard echoed those made repeatedly by Fed Chair Jerome Powell and other central bankers, who have warned that monetary policy cannot address all the problems posed by the severe economic downturn.While the housing market is booming thanks to low interest rates, she noted that the recovery in employment – after tens of millions of jobs were lost in the early weeks of the pandemic – has stalled.”The longer COVID-19-related uncertainty persists, the greater the risk of shuttered businesses and permanent layoffs in some sectors,” she said in the event that featured the past two Fed chairs, Janet Yellen and Ben Bernanke.She said the new Fed policy that Powell unveiled last week, which shifts emphasis towards holding interest rates lower for longer and tolerating higher inflation in order to boost employment “will strengthen our support for the recovery.”The new policy is especially important for Black and Hispanic workers who tend to be the first laid off in a downturn and the last hired in a recovery, Brainard said.Topics : The White House and Congress have been deadlocked for weeks over a successor to the US$2.2 trillion CARES Act passed as the pandemic struck in March, and key provisions of the law including extra jobless payments and aid to small businesses expired at the end of July.President Donald Trump’s administration has balked at proposals from Democrats, who in May passed a $3 trillion spending package in the House of Representatives that remains in limbo in the Republican-controlled Senate.US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin on Monday said Republicans will soon unveil a new spending bill to aid the coronavirus-battered economy.And on Tuesday, he told House lawmakers that negotiators from both parties were in agreement on where more aid could go, including to the Paycheck Protection Program that provides loans and grants to small businesses, and for the cash-strapped US Postal Service. Government spending will be “essential” to help struggling Americans weather the downturn caused by the coronavirus pandemic, Federal Reserve Governor Lael Brainard said Tuesday.With the White House and Congress still at an impasse over a new emergency relief package, Brainard warned that “the economy continues to face considerable uncertainty associated with the vagaries of the COVID-19 pandemic” and business shutdowns risk becoming permanent.Amid the uncertainty, “fiscal support will remain essential to sustaining many families and businesses” and in fact that support is “key” to the economic outlook, she said in speech to the Brookings Institution.
10/680 Jesmond Road, Indooroopilly.Mr Jordan said the palatial five-bedroom, four-bathroom Tak-designed home was on a 703sq m riverfront allotment.More from newsDigital inspection tool proves a property boon for REA website3 Apr 2020The Camira homestead where kids roamed free28 May 2019 10/680 Jesmond Road, Indooroopilly.A Brisbane riverside sanctuary has sold for more than $3 million.The property at 10/680 Jesmond Rd, Fig Tree Pocket, was sold on April 6 for $3.31 million by McGrath Estate Agents – Paddington’s Alex Jordan. 10/680 Jesmond Road, Indooroopilly.Mr Jordan said a Brisbane-based family bought the multistorey home with maximised views and privacy.“The quality of build is a standout feature of this home,” Mr Jordan said.“Rarely would you see this level of finish on a house in Brisbane. It is also facing the river and in an elevated position; the outlook is very impressive.” Mr Jordan said the pool was definitely another standout feature.“It wraps around the living and dining areas, which feature floor-to-ceiling glass. It also features an ‘island’ formal dining room, which is surrounded by the pool,” he said. 10/680 Jesmond Road, Indooroopilly. 10/680 Jesmond Road, Indooroopilly. 10/680 Jesmond Road, Indooroopilly.Other features within the home include a sunlit entertaining terrace to admire the wide river vistas, a deluxe cinema, 3000-bottle wine cellar, four-car garage and a parents’ retreat.
Herald Sun (Aust) 13 June 2012YOUNG parents are putting on weight at dangerous levels and are fatter than their childless peers. Almost two in three parents under 40 are overweight, compared with two in five young couples and 45 per cent of singles. Dads had the biggest weight problem, a survey of more than 1180 Australians has found. Three-quarters of dads were overweight or obese, based on their self-reported body mass index. This compared to 57-60 per cent of young and older mums, data compiled by health fund Bupa found. Bupa’s chief medical officer Dr Paul Bates said the challenges of balancing work and family could often come at the cost of parents’ health. But this can flow to children, who pick up their bad eating habitshttp://www.heraldsun.com.au/news/more-news/kids-make-you-fat-survey/story-fn7x8me2-1226393503463
An Australian Open that has been hit by weather extremes faced a new challenge on Thursday: dirty rain, after overnight downpours left courts muddy and unplayable. Workers armed with squeegees and high-pressure hoses rushed to clean the surfaces, delaying matches on most of the courts. Loading… The Australian Open has been hit by a variety of weather extremes Promoted Content7 Black Hole Facts That Will Change Your View Of The Universe15 Extremely Surprising Facts About Disney PrincessesWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?A Soviet Shot Put Thrower’s Record Hasn’t Been Beaten To This DayCan You Recognize These Cute Celeb Baby Faces?8 Superfoods For Growing Hair Back And Stimulating Its Growth7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend Better10 Extremely Dirty Seas In The World5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme Parks8 Ways Drones Will Automate Our FutureMind-Bending Technology That Was Predicted Before It AppearedBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For Them – Earth, wind and fire – The year’s opening Grand Slam is more accustomed to a different kind of problem: extreme heat, which frequently causes players to don ice towels and occasionally halts matches. Switzerland’s Belinda Bencic was one of the few who were able to play on Thursday, as she beat Jelena Ostapenko on Margaret Court Arena, one of three stadiums with a retractable roof. “I’m super-happy to get the match out of the way. I didn’t know the (other) courts were, like, wet and dirty and all that. But for sure it was difficult today,” Bencic said. “It was sometimes sunny and then suddenly was almost raining. Then windy. Yeah, you just kind of have to accept it and go with it and try your best.” Matteo Berrettini of Italy was one of the players who had to contend with strong winds on Wednesday Men’s champion Novak Djokovic, after contending with strong winds in his second-round win on Tuesday, said it was anyone’s guess what the weather would serve up next. “I don’t know, you tell me,” he said. “It’s never pleasant to play in these kind of conditions when you have such a strong wind. Hopefully we won’t be affected here in Melbourne by the quality of air.” Read Also:Aussie Open: Medvedev battles nosebleed, resistance to progress Melbourne, on Australia’s southern coast, has a well-earned reputation for changeable weather, as it is prone to both cold Antarctic winds blowing across the Southern Ocean, and hot Outback breezes. Extreme weather is a growing concern in Australia after the bushfire emergency of recent months, which has left 29 dead and ravaged vast swathes of the country, torching thousands of homes. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 The dirty rain, blamed on smoke hanging in the air from Australia’s raging bushfires, is just the latest hazard at a tournament that has been beset by meteorological mishaps. Further rain set back Thursday’s start still further, with most courts out of action until 3:00 pm (0400 GMT), four hours after they were due to begin. “Due to the rain and dust overnight the outside courts need high pressure cleaning,” organisers tweeted. “Our team is working across Melbourne Park to prepare the outside courts for play,” they added. Smog from the deadly wildfires hit hazardous levels during qualifying, leaving players with coughing fits and breathing problems and triggering a rash of complaints. Although the haze cleared before the tournament’s start on Monday it was replaced by torrential rain, which wiped out half of the day’s schedule and caused a backlog of matches. Strong winds then buffeted Melbourne Park on Wednesday, giving players further problems as balls blew off-course and wobbled in the air.