Obama Presidential Center project clears federal review

first_imgShare on FacebookShare on TwitterShare on LinkedinShare via Email Share via Shortlink Former President Barack Obama and a rendering of the Obama Presidential Center (Getty)More than four years after plans were unveiled to build the Obama Presidential Center in Jackson Park, a federal review of the project has been completed, paving the way for a groundbreaking later this year.The years-long environmental review found the $500 million construction and surrounding road repairs would not have a significant impact on the area, the Chicago Tribune reported, citing city officials and the Obama Foundation. A groundbreaking could happen in August, and initial work could start as early as April, according to the report.Former President Barack Obama announced the news in a video posted to his Twitter account Wednesday, saying “the center will create jobs and economic opportunity, especially for South Side residents.”“We know that by working together, we can unlock the South Side’s fullest potential,” he added.I’m proud to announce that the Obama Presidential Center will officially break ground in 2021. Our hope is that the center will breathe new life into historic Jackson Park while delivering jobs, growth, and much more to the South Side.Let’s get to work. pic.twitter.com/cOqoPmaLkf— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) February 3, 2021The project has served as a source of pride for Chicago with the promise of drawing thousands of visitors each year. It could also open up opportunities for multifamily investors and developers to build in the area.But it has also received pushback from residents in surrounding Woodlawn, who fear it will contribute to gentrification, with rising home prices making the neighborhood increasingly unaffordable. In July, city officials negotiated a deal that will require developers to include affordable housing for projects on city-owned property in Woodlawn. The agreement, worked out with residents and the local alderman, will also provide up to $20,000 in funding for home improvement work to some homeowners.The city hailed Wednesday’s announcement as a “major milestone,” according to the report, and touted the investments that would follow, leading to more jobs and improved infrastructure. Mayor Lori Lightfoot said the center will “distinguish our city’s historic South Side as a world-class economic and cultural hub.”The federal reviews were conducted through the National Environmental Policy Act and are related to a process to measure the center’s effect on protected parkland. Jackson Park is on the National Register of Historic Places.In an interview with Crain’s, Obama Foundation chief engagement officer Michael Strautmanis responded to the timing of the review’s completion, coming two weeks after former President Donald Trump left office and President Joe Biden was sworn in.“I am not going to look to see why we got this now, at this point,” he told the publication. “I just know that we’re here, and it’s been a long road to get here, and I’m ready to get started.” [Tribune, Crain’s] — Alexi Friedman Share via Shortlinkcenter_img [email protected] TrumpPoliticsResidential Real Estatelast_img read more

Oxford students working with community

first_imgThe Student Consultancy and Community Action Groups Oxfordshire are working together to get students involved in the local community. The programme lasts 8 weeks, pairing students with local Small and Medium Enterprises, charities or community organisations.Jon Williams, a team leader and Medicinal Chemistry DPhil candidate at Jesus, described the current student contribution, saying “there are seven teams of students working on different Community Action Group projects, including stock management at Sandford Farmer’s market and developing marketing strategy at Dean Court Community Centre.”Williams explained the benefits brought by the programme as “mutual, in that we are able to contribute positively to the local community, whilst also developing key employability skills, such as market research, data analysis and presentation skills.“Working with a small community organisation means there is real potential for tangible impact.” At the moment, Williams’ team is working on funding and market research at the Barracks Lane Community Garden, hoping to boost involvement in the garden.Jonathan Black, a director at the Careers Service described the projects to assist local organisations as “ a progressive and value adding link between ‘town and gown’” that will “undoubtedly build a positive image of the university and its students within these groups.”Black further stated that the programme attracts students from across the range of colleges, year-groups and subjects and provides an opportunity “to break out of the ‘bubble’ and engage with the local community, while learning useful consulting skills, experiencing team work and developing business awareness.“Most students do not want to be consultants in their future, but see this as a way to learn what consulting is about, in a successful and supportive programme.”The students are expected to add value to the organisations with which they work; Black expressed that the Careers Service hopes for students to come up with “well-researched and useable suggestions to the strategic problems facing these groups.”When asked for comment on the new projects, the University press office agreed that “this community engagement has benefits not only for the individuals concerned but also for the University as a whole, deepening the University’s relationship with the city and the region.”Moreover, the press office reiterated its goal “to make a major contribution to improving the quality of life of people in the region”, and cited the great works done by Oxford students dating back centuries: “Oxford students pioneered student volunteering in the 19th century, and the student body today is heavily involved in voluntary community activity of every kind.”The Student Consultancy has been swiftly expanding and will have co-ordinated 47 projects and nearly 200 students over the 2011-12 academic year. The Careers Service hopes to further grow this figure to around 25 projects per term, it has recently received a grant from HEIF enabling the project to grow to 100 students a term.last_img read more

Sharp growth in number of pension funds weighing financial climate risks

first_img“We expect the industry-led approach of the TCFD to continue to drive awareness of the issue,” Edwards said.Kate Brett, principal in Mercer’s responsible investment team, said a proactive approach to consideration of environmental issues could “open up investment opportunities in the green fields of the low carbon economy”.Inactivity on the part of pension schemes, however, brought risks from stranded assets and physical climate risks, as well as reputational risk, she said.“Given increasing regulatory involvement and public concern about climate change, it may be that in time a lack of consideration of ESG risks will be seen as a breach of fiduciary duty,” Brett warned.In the Mercer study, 34% of survey participants said regulation was the main factor in encouraging them to consider ESG risks, while 25% cited the financial materiality of ESG risks, and 18% put it down to the views of individual trustees and reputational risks.One in 10 of those polled cited the need to align investment strategy with their sponsor’s corporate social responsibility strategy, Mercer said. The number of pension funds considering the financial risks of climate change has more than tripled in a year, according to a new study.In its 2018 European Allocation Report, consultancy group Mercer reported 17% of European pension schemes were now thinking about the financial impact of climate change – up from 5% in the firm’s 2017 survey and 4% in 2016.Phil Edwards, Mercer’s global director of strategic research, said: “Nudges by the UK’s Pensions Regulator, the European Commission and the Financial Stability Board’s Task Force on Climate-Related Financial Disclosures [TCFD] are driving increased engagement.”However, at 17% of respondents, there was still further to go in terms of serious investor engagement here, he added.last_img read more

Cricket News All-round India pound New Zealand, take unassailable lead in series

first_imghighlights Taylor, who had gotten starts in Napier and in the previous game, dug in and he got good support from Tom Latham. After being troubled by Pandya and Shami’s bouncer barrage and by the guile of Chahal, both batsmen made confident progress. Taylor cracked two fours off Pandya and notched up his 46th fifty with two fours off Kedar Jadhav. Latham grew in confidence and slogged Chahal for a six over long leg but the partnership of 119 was broken when Latham (51) holed out to deep midwicket.The partnership ended at the wrong time as New Zealand struggled for death overs momentum. Pandya got rid of Mitchell Santner (3) and Henry Nicholls (6) while Shami ensured Taylor (93) would not get to his century as he steered a length ball to Karthik. New Zealand failed to bat out the 50 overs and they were bowled out for 243.India too strongIn response, Dhawan and Rohit started brilliantly and the run-rate was over six. However, Dhawan (28) played a loose shot to be caught by Taylor at slip off Trent Boult. From that point on, it was one-way traffic. Rohit and Kohli found the gaps on a regular basis and New Zealand ran out of ideas. Rohit launched Santner over deep midwicket and Kohli got going with two boundaries off Ish Sodhi. The partnership between the duo went past 100, the 16th time they had achieved this feat. Rohit and Kohli notched up their 39th and 49th fifty respectively but Santner broke the stand as Rohit fell for 62, stumped only for the second time in his career.New Zealand had some hope when Kohli drove a full ball from Boult to Nicholls at cover but Karthik and Rayudu ensured there would be no further hiccups as they steered India to a comprehensive win. It was the ideal way for Kohli to end his sojourn in the Southern Hemisphere and India will now be aiming to dish out more pain to New Zealand. India won a series in New Zealand for the first time since 2009.Kohli and Rohit hit their 49th and 39th fifty respectively.India lost 0-4 to New Zealand in their last meeting here in 2014. New Delhi: After conquering Australia, Virat Kohli’s Indian cricket team has destroyed New Zealand in style. Rohit Sharma’s 39th fifty, the skipper’s 49th fifty and yet another clinical performance by the bowlers gave the Indian cricket team a thumping seven-wicket win in the third ODI at The Bay Oval against New Zealand on Monday. The win ensured an unassailable 3-0 lead in the five-match series and it gave India their first series win in New Zealand since 2009. In 2014, India was undone by some inspired performances from New Zealand’s batsmen and bowlers as they were hammered 0-4. Five years later, New Zealand was at the receiving end of yet another display of clinical batting and bowling from a side that is on top in all departments.New Zealand chose to bat while Kohli made two changes. MS Dhoni was rested after he was diagnosed with a sore hamstring while Hardik Pandya, who was suspended for his comments on the show Koffee With Karan, was included in place of Vijay Shankar. Martin Guptill and Colin Munro, who have often provided fast starts to the team in the powerplay stages have struggled in this series. The failures of Guptill and Munro at the top have put pressure on the rest of the New Zealand batting, who have struggled for momentum.Mohammed Shami should have had Munro but Dinesh Karthik spilled the chance but the bowler had the last laugh, luring the left-hander into the drive and edging to Rohit at slip. Guptill slammed a six and four off Bhuvneshwar but he drove at a full ball and edged to Karthik who made no mistake. Williamson, the skipper, looked good and he set about rebuilding the innings with Ross Taylor. However, on 28, Williamson danced down the track to Yuzvendra Chahal to whip it to midwicket but Pandya, on return, dived to his left to take a stunning catch. For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more

STORY REMOVED: Sports-Virus Outbreak-The Latest

first_imgSTORY REMOVED: Sports-Virus Outbreak-The Latest Associated Press April 1, 2020center_img Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Associated Press has withdrawn its story about the Euro 2020 playoffs.,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6last_img

Basketball Hall of Famer Elgin Baylor on the team he would take over the Warriors

first_imgIf you’re just getting acquainted with the legend of Elgin Baylor, you may be disappointed.The jump shot? You see dozens during a modern-day NBA game. The dunk? It has been an artistic statement for nigh on 50 years. So what’s the big deal with Baylor?He did it first. He took the NBA vertical. He got the game off the floor.What he did was so remarkable for its time, that people asked him how he could hang in midair the way he did. “I told them I take helium before every game,” …last_img

NAB 2017: Aputure’s New 300D LED Light

first_imgAputure’s latest LED light is wildly practical, surprisingly affordable, and extremely effective.All images via No Film School.Aputure’s announcement of the COB 300D is big news for video production houses and DPs alike. The single-source LED is their biggest yet, at three times as powerful as their previous light, the COB 120D. Not only is the light powerful, but it is also extremely compatible with their other products and extremely easy to use. No Film School caught up with Ted Sim from Aputure to talk about the new light.The light contains a magenta glass filter, which bumps the TLCI from 94 to over 98. On top of being an all around powerful light, the 300D no longer wastes energy. Instead of bringing a generator out to set, you will now be able to run the light off its two 30-watt batteries for over an hour and a half. This portability is a game changer if you need to shoot in remote locations with limited crew.One of the best features of the light is the remote. If you’ve owned Aputure products in the past, you’ll be able to use the remote for the 300D as well as other Aputure lights.The 300D is a single-source LED, not a panel, which means you will get a hard shadow, unlike panels that usually create multiple little shadows.Also announced with the 300D is the Mini Dome, which is less than half as thick as their previous Light Dome. At 24 inches across, the dome comes with a grid made of parachute fabric. This durable fabric is perfect for a soft box — the unit costs less than $100.The ultimate goal with this light is to replace your HMI lights or 800 Joker with a durable, dependable solution for any lighting problem. The COB 300D is said to be priced somewhere below $1,000. Be sure to check out the rest of our NAB 2017 coverage on the blog, and stay tuned for more updates.,Be sure to check out the rest of our NAB 2017 coverage on the blog, and stay tuned for more updates.last_img read more

Bangladesh beat Zimbabwe in 3rd ODI

first_imgAbdur Razzak and Shafiul Islam claimed four wickets each to help Bangladesh beat Zimbabwe by 65 runs on Monday in their third one-day international.Zimbabwe was dismissed for 181 in 48.1 overs as it chased Bangladesh’s 246-7 at Dhaka’s Sher-e-Bangla National stadium. Bangladesh now leads the five-game series 2-1.Zimbabwe’s Prosper Utseya scored 67 to get his third ODI fifty, before being caught off a Shafiul delivery, but his teammates failed to meet the challenge.Razzak removed both the openers – Brendan Taylor (15), caught by Zunaed Siddique, and Chamu Chibhabha, who was trapped lbw for seven. He also had Hamilton Masakadza stumped by Mushfiqur Rahim for three and trapped Regis Chakabva (5) lbw.Shafiul had Craig Ervine caught by Rahim for five and removed Shingi Masakadza (14) and Raymond Price (14).last_img read more

Rhodes wants Beermen’s pride to show after ‘disappointing’ blowout

first_imgMunzon now 89th in the world in 3×3 For a club of San Miguel’s caliber, 26 overall championships and fresh from winning its fifth straight Philippine Cup, a 33-point loss was just unacceptable.Big man Charles Rhodes, who also played for the club in 2017, said the defeat was an insult to them and that they should immediately bounce back to leave the loss behind.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logistics“It was just very disappointing, it’s my first game back and we get blown out like that,” said Rhodes Wednesday at Smart Araneta Coliseum. “It’s probably my worst loss ever as a pro, it has to be. It was just embarrassing just to see everybody not playing hard.”“I think this is a slap in everybody’s face that we got to better in practice and in the game and just to be into it more.” In the five years that Leo Austria coached the team, the Beermen went 2-4 in their corresponding conference openers after winning the championship in the previous one.The Beermen had an average losing margin of eight points in the first three losses following a title, but the 33-point loss to the Batang Pier blew that stat line out of the water.Rhodes, who finished with 27 points and 12 rebounds, said even though they lost in one horrendous way that there’s no need for them to panic.“It’s just our first game, I don’t make excuses but they [the Batang Pier] they already played like four games and we didn’t have our legs, so there’s no need to panic,” said Rhodes.“We have to do better than what we did. We got to have more pride, we’re the San Miguel Beermen so we got to be better than this.”ADVERTISEMENT Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:30’Excited’ Terrence Romeo out to cherish first PBA finals appearance00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Catholic schools seek legislated pay hike, too ‘Rebel attack’ no cause for concern-PNP, AFP DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew MOST READcenter_img LATEST STORIES Two-day strike in Bicol fails to cripple transport Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess MANILA, Philippines—There’s no two ways around it, San Miguel’s 121-88 loss to NorthPort in the PBA Commissioner’s Cup was downright embarrassing.ADVERTISEMENT Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Duterte wants probe of SEA Games mess Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting View commentslast_img read more