10 Named Schwarzman Fellows

first_img Realizing dreams, Harvard’s newest scholars unveil plans for Oxford years Joining the ranks of Rhodes Related Ten Harvard students and alumni have been selected to attend Tsinghua University in Beijing as Schwarzman Scholars.The one-year master’s degree program is designed to assist future leaders who are now pursuing public policy, economics and business, or international studies and wish to tackle the many challenges facing China’s rapidly changing political, economic, and social landscape and ultimately build greater understanding and closer relationships between 21st-century China and the world.Kayla Chen, 22, received an A.B. in government in 2016. While at Harvard, she served in many leadership roles with the Phillips Brooks House Association (PBHA) and was a senior staffer for Harvard Model Congress. Chen also enjoyed participating in the Modern Company and Harvard Dance Project, taking circus classes, and singing. Following graduation, Chen served as a Fulbright teaching assistant in Yilan, Taiwan. She plans to enter public service to link resources and conversations between East and West on human rights, international law, and civil society to combat global issues of inequality.Janet Eom, 25, received an A.B. in social studies in 2014. She is currently the research manager at the China-Africa Research Initiative at Johns Hopkins University’s School of Advanced International Studies. Following graduation, she worked as a social development consultant at the World Bank before moving to Beijing to study Mandarin at Peking University and research China’s social and environmental impact in Africa at the Carnegie-Tsinghua Center for Global Policy. At Harvard, Eom was chief of the copy board of the Harvard International Review. Her own writing has been published in Foreign Policy, Forbes, and The Diplomat. She aspires to strengthen relations between the United States, China, and African countries to create new opportunities for economic development.Anatol Klass, 21, is a senior living in Mather House pursuing a joint concentration in history and East Asian studies. He has conducted research in archives from Cambridge to Shanghai to Beijing to Taipei, publishing several papers and presenting original research at graduate school conferences. At Harvard, he is an active member of the ultimate Frisbee team and the First-Year Outdoor Program.Quynh-Nhu Le, 22, is a Harvard College senior from Vietnam and the United States who studies gender and development as a social studies concentrator. She has been involved in several campus organizations, including as director of BRYE Extension, a PBHA after-school program for immigrant children, a staff writer for The Crimson on gender and sexuality, and president of the Harvard Vietnamese Association. Passionate about social justice and social impact, Le previously interned at the Fulbright Economics Teaching Program in Vietnam and founded a nonprofit summer camp there. She intends to pursue a career in academia studying social change in the Asia-Pacific.Tonatiuh Liévano, 25, graduated with an S.B. in engineering sciences and a secondary concentration in economics in 2014. During his time in College, Liévano conducted research on tissue engineering and biomedical devices at SEAS, worked with the Colombian government on policy, was vice president of Engineers without Borders, represented Adams House on the Undergraduate Council, and studied economics and business in Portugal. Following graduation, Liévano worked with Partners In Health and the Lancet Commission on Global Surgery and spent a year in Brazil and Mozambique as a Michael C. Rockefeller Memorial Fellow. As a Schwarzman Scholar, he hopes to develop perspectives that will help him become an effective contributor to the public good in a rapidly globalizing world. Sophia Lugo, 22, a senior at Lowell House, is studying history and science with a secondary concentration in global health and health policy. At Harvard, she has served in several leadership roles, including president of HACIA Democracy, vice president of the Harvard Organization for Latin America, and chief of strategy and social impact for the International Relations Council. Lugo is interested in exploring how business and politics interact with the production of knowledge in China. She will be joining the Boston Consulting Group after her Schwarzman fellowship.A senior living in Dunster House, Rhea Malik, 21, studies regenerative biology and education policy. She has established a system of virtual classrooms in rural India and directs Harvard College Alzheimer’s Buddies, which led her to help develop a national nonprofit for Alzheimer’s care. She has also served on the executive board of the Harvard Political Opinion Project and has worked at the U.S. Department of Education, the National Institutes of Health, and the Greek Institute of Preventive Medicine. An aspiring physician-economist, she works at Harvard’s Stem Cell Institute developing cellular models for schizophrenia research.A 2012 graduate of Harvard College with an A.B. in government, Jonathan Padilla, 27, is currently pursuing a master’s degree in public policy at the University of Oxford’s Blavatnik School of Government, to which he received a full scholarship as a Start-Up Nation Fellow. Prior to his time at Oxford, Padilla worked in local, state, and national politics, including in the White House and for former California controller Steve Westly. Outside of work, he is passionate about his involvement with the Hispanic Heritage Foundation and its mission to train the next generation of Latino leaders. He hopes to pursue elected office in the not-so-distant future.Senior Bo Seo, 22, from Sydney, lives in Pforzheimer House and concentrates in social studies with a secondary concentration in English. His research in political theory focuses on human rights, identity politics, and the status of migrants. A winner of both the World Universities and World Schools debating championships, Seo is currently the coach of the Australian national debating team and has also held many positions with the Australian Human Rights Commission. Elected to Phi Beta Kappa as a junior, Seo is editing an anthology of diasporic writings on North Korea and has a black belt in Tae Kwon Do. He hopes to pursue a career in Australian politics.Bob Wu, 23, is a 2015 College graduate who studied economics and lived in Winthrop House. As a student, he was a Class Marshal and the director general of the World Model United Nations conference. Following graduation, he worked for the Australian government and was a founding member of the Behavioural Economics Team of Australia. He aspires to apply the insights from behavioral economics to global economic policy. Wu grew up in Sydney.last_img read more

New York ‘Pink Tax’ Ban Now In Effect

first_imgCropped Hannah Rosen / CC BY 2.0 ALBANY – Businesses in New York State are now prohibited from charging a ‘pink tax’ on items.In April, New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo signed the measure as part of his budget.The new law prohibits businesses from charging different prices for “substantially similar” products that are marketed to different genders.The Governor’s Office says by abolishing the ‘pink tax’, women and girls will no longer be subject to harmful and unfair price discrimination. Officials say any businesses who fails to adhere to the new rules will be held accountable. 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

Culturalist Challenge! Rank 2015 Broadway-Themed Halloween Costumes

first_imgThe Broadway.com staff is crazy for Culturalist, the website that lets you choose and create your own top 10 lists. Every week, we’re challenging you with a new Broadway-themed topic to rank. Halloween is less like a holiday and more like a religion to a lot of theater-obsessed types. We’re not sure why this is except that we are 1. really good at it and 2. fabulous and creative people. With that in mind, we’d like you to take a slight pause from sending us your #WickedDubs to rank the Broadway costumes from 2015 that would make the best Halloween costumes. Whether you grab your siblings to be the Schuyler sisters from Hamilton or Fun Home’s three Alisons or figure trick or treating is the perfect opportunity to wear a codpiece as Shakespeare from Something Rotten! or Henry VIII from Wolf Hall, it’s time to rank our favorite Broadway-themed costumes for 2015. Broadway.com Social Media Manager Caitlyn Gallip kicked off this new challenge with her list of top 10 picks. Now it’s your turn…STEP 1—SELECT: Visit Culturalist to see all of your options. Highlight your 10 favorites and click the “continue” button.STEP 2—RANK: Reorder your 10 choices by dragging them into the correct spot on your list. Click the “continue” button.STEP 3—PREVIEW: You will now see your complete top 10 list. If you like it, click the “publish” button.Once your list is published, you can see the overall rankings of everyone on the aggregate list.Pick your favorites, then tune in for the results next week on Broadway.com! View Commentslast_img read more

Odds & Ends: John Stamos Set for Scream Queens & More

first_img View Comments Here’s a quick roundup of stories you may have missed today. Broadway Alum John Stamos Set for Scream QueensBroadway alum John Stamos (Gore Vidal’s The Best Man, Bye Bye Birdie) has boarded the second season of Fox’s Scream Queens. PEOPLE reports that the Fuller House star will be a series regular; he is set to join Lea Michele, Keke Palmer, Jamie Lee Curtis, Emma Roberts and more in the show. Stamos of course previously collaborated with Scream Queens’ creator Ryan Murphy (and Michele!) on Glee.Spamilton to Blow Off-Broadway AwayDare we say that this will make those feeling somewhat jaded by Hamilton hysteria…satisfied?! Gerard Alessandrini, creator of Forbidden Broadway, has come up with Spamilton. The affectionate 80-minute parody of the Tony-winning tuner will play a limited engagement July 13 through August 18 at off-Broadway’s The Triad. A young “virtuoso” cast will star, and audiences can expect special appearances from Christine Pedi and other Forbidden Broadway divas.Emma Stone & Ryan Gosling Musical to Land in VeniceWe can’t wait to see this tribute to Hollywood’s golden age of musicals! According to The Wrap, the Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling-led tuner La La Land is scheduled to open the 2016 Venice Film Festival. As previously reported, the film, which is the brainchild of Whiplash’s Damian Chazelle, is set to hit movie theaters on December 16.BBC One Casting Show for Take That Musical ConfirmedCould it be magic? Back in September, Take That frontman Gary Barlow exclusively revealed to Broadway.com that he’d love to write a musical using the back catalogue of the internationally successful boy man band. And now it’s been confirmed that the Finding Neverland scribe will search for talent for his new jukebox musical, The Band, on a BBC One reality casting show. Let It Shine will be hosted by Graham Norton and The Great British Baking Show’s Mel Giedroyc, and just because it’s Friday, we’ve a sweet treat for you below. John Stamos(Photo: Jason Kempin/Getty Images)last_img read more

Honduras Will Finance the Purchase of Super Tucanos with the New Security Tax

first_imgBy Dialogo July 11, 2011 He gave as another example the need to purchase at least one ten-foot coast guard launch that can maneuver and overtake speedboats, at a cost of between ten and twelve million dollars, while a “piranha,” another kind of boat, which is faster and has up to four motors, in addition to the necessary technological equipment, is much more expensive. The Honduran government is expected to finance the purchase of its new Super Tucano planes, as well as other kinds of equipment for the fight against drug trafficking, through its security tax. The head of the Armed Forces affirmed that a “Technical Committee,” made up of members of the executive branch, the National Convergence Forum (Fonac), and representatives from the Honduran Private Enterprise Council (Cohep), as well as a representative of the Defense Ministry responsible for security, the Public Prosecutor’s Office, and the Supreme Court of Justice (CSJ), will be in charge of administering the funds obtained. “It’s necessary that we have that equipment, because for more than thirty years now, the Armed Forces haven’t had equipment, and everything has deteriorated now,” he noted. This was confirmed on a Honduran radio program in early July by the head of the Joint General Staff of the Honduran Armed Forces, Gen. René Osorio Canales, who indicated that the Central American country’s aerial hardware has not been renewed for approximately three decades. center_img Aside from the Brazilian-made aircraft, the extensive plan to renew the Honduran military’s equipment also includes ships and helicopters, among other items of military hardware. According to General Osorio, a fleet of at least four Super Tucano planes is expected to be acquired for the fight against drug-trafficking activities, the same planes that countries such as the Dominican Republic already “have on order.” Speaking to Radio HRN, Osorio Canales affirmed that the Army has a series of needs, such as the equipment required for the objective of responding positively to the population in the security and defense area. For Osorio Canales, it is also urgent to purchase bulletproof vests, infrared equipment for conducting operations at night, and uniforms, among other items, taking into consideration that “resources are minimal” and have been “optimized as much as possible.”last_img read more

Bernanke wanted Wall Street’s worst in jail

first_img 9SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Bernanke advocated for Wall Street’s bailout in 2008 during the financial crisis when he led the Federal Reserve.He still thinks the bailout was the right call, but looking back he wishes more corrupt Wall Street bankers who helped bring on the crisis went to jail.“You can’t put a financial firm in jail,” Bernanke told USA Today in an interview Sunday. “Everything that went wrong or was illegal was done by some individual, not by an abstract firm…there should have been more accountability at the individual level.”Bernanke left the Fed more than a year ago and his memoir, The Courage to Act, comes out this week. It is supposed to detail life inside the Fed during the worst crisis since the Great Depression.Bernanke and the Fed drew lots of criticism from the media and general public for bailing out Wall Street at a time of great income inequality, rising unemployment and a collapsed housing market.On Sunday, Bernanke defended his bail out decision. He also said he wished Lehman Brothers, which collapsed into bankruptcy and was portrayed as a poster child of Wall Street corruption, could have been saved. continue reading »last_img read more

Kopernik Observatory encourages using quarantine to learn from home

first_img“There’s actually a comet now, called Comet Atlas, that is visible most likely with a modest telescope or even binoculars. It’s up sort of near the North Pole,” says Deskur. Above all else though, Deskur hopes kids and parents alike are continuing to learn, whether it be online or outside in the yard. “We really want to work with them to help the community out in the short term but also then look in the long term to see what we would do and how we might partner with them. So that’s still a work in progress,” says Deskur. Along with adjusting events and camps, the Kopernik Observatory is also shifting funding resources to help in any way they can. (WBNG) — With the calendar turned over to April, many families usually begin planning time at summer camps, like the one at Kopernik Observatory, for their kids. He even recommends peeking into the sky if you have the proper tools. “Our summer camps, again we don’t know how this thing is going to play out. The summer camps will often have 180 to 250 students over the summer will come up. That, at this point, is in jeopardy of not happening,” says Kopernik Observatory Executive Director Drew Deskur. “Look at what new bugs are presenting themselves. Are the trees starting to bud out now,” says Deskur. This year, those plans may not be possible. So whether you’re peeking into the northern sky or exploring through nature, Deskur encourages everyone to escape if they can and dive into a new topic that interests them. “Start poking around, be curious. Do a combination of online stuff. But also I do think you need to get out and explore with your own eyes, safely as it were,” he says.last_img read more

Home truths about Paris

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Astra Financial restructures US$1.48 billion in loans

first_imgAccording to Astra Financial, OJK data on May 17 showed that financing firms had restructured Rp 52.9 trillion in loans to some 1.79 million borrowers, meaning that the value of credit restructuring by ACC, TAF and FIFGROUP accounted for 41 percent of all loans restructured by Indonesia’s financing industry.Most customers covered by the restructuring program had borrowed through FIFGROUP, which has restructured loans for some 683,000 people with a total value Rp 6.7 trillion since the OJK instructed financial institutions to provide relief for borrowers affected by the COVID-19 pandemic in late March.The ACC and TAF have restructured loans for some 78,000 and 30,993 customers, respectively, for loans totaling Rp 11 trillion and Rp 4.2 trillion. The two companies provided an online platform for borrowers to request for loan relief.”We have been actively offering customers affected [by COVID-19 crisis the opportunity] to take our restructuring programs to help them get through the pandemic,” TAF president director Agus Prayitno said. (afr)Topics : Astra Financial, a lending consortium under diversified conglomerate Astra International, has restructured loans to some 792,000 customers – worth a total of Rp 21.9 trillion (US$1.48 billion) – as part of the loan-relaxation program introduced by the government in March, this year.Three subsidiaries of Astra Financial, namely automobile financing businesses Astra Credit Companies (ACC) and Toyota Astra Finance and motorcycle financing business Federal International Finance (FIFGROUP), restructured the loans in compliance with a Financial Services Authority (OJK) regulation on easing loan repayment.”We are thankful that as of May 17, or within 1.5 months since the program was launched, the total [value] of restructured loans approved by ACC, TAF and FIFGROUP has reached Rp 21.9 trillion for 792,000 customers throughout all provinces in Indonesia,” Astra Financial director Suparno Djasmin said in a statement on Wednesday.last_img read more

10 charts explaining UK attitudes to hot beverages

first_imgBrits still love a cuppa, and black tea remains the hot favourite across all age groups. But what do consumers make of fruity blends and iced tea? Do they feel there’s enough choice in the aisles? And where do they stand on matters of ethics and sustainability?This research was commissioned by The Grocer and carried out by HIM independently from PG Tips 1. More than one in 10 consumers drink tea at least six times a day Tea has always been a focal point for ethical trading efforts. And consumers seem to genuinely care about how their tea is sourced. For proof, just look at the furore over Sainsbury’s moving away from Fairtrade tea.But does this really influence buying habits? Consumers think the answer is yes. Nearly eight in 10 said it was either very or quite important to buy a tea that has been certified by an ethical trading body. According to Unilever’s Hazel Detsiny, that number is only going one way. “Ethical spending is continuing to rise as consumers become more selective with their purchases,” she says. The figures back up her point. For younger consumers are leading the way with an increasing focus on ethical trading. Among the 25 to 34-year-old age group, 35% said it was very important to buy a tea with ethical certification. That number declined to just 12% of 65-plus consumers.There was also some regional variation. In London, 38% considered an ethical trading body very important when choosing a tea, compared with just 12% in Yorkshire.10. Younger consumers are more concerned about sustainability From modern and fruity blends to traditional black teabags, the tea aisles are home to plenty of variety. That seems to have hit home with shoppers, who largely feel there is plenty of choice. That doesn’t necessarily mean they are excited by what’s on offer, though. Only a quarter of consumers described the teas on the market as modern, and one in five described them as innovative. It suggests there is room for a little more excitement. The oldest demographic is most critical in this aspect. Only 10% of the 65-plus demographic felt the teas on the market were innovative and 11% felt they were modern. That contrasted with the 25 to 34-year-old age group, of which 33% felt the selection was innovative and modern. This may have something to do with what these age groups are drinking, though. The younger age group is more likely to experiment with fruity and herbal blends, while older consumers tend to stick with black tea.8. Iced tea is still affected by seasonality It may not come as a surprise that fruity tea appeals most to women. In terms of packaging and marketing, these blends lean towards the female market. It appears to be paying off. Roughly a third of female shoppers buy into fruity tea, compared with less than a fifth of men. It’s not just fruity tea that has a gender split, though. Women tend to drink a wider array of tea as a whole. Herbal tea reaches 35% of women, compared with 25% of men. Similarly, 19% of women drink decaf tea, a figure that falls to 15% of men.And female respondents are also slightly more likely to drink iced tea. However, black tea reigns across both genders. It is the most frequently consumed type of tea among 35% of women and 32% of men.4. Breakfast is the most popular black tea blend  Free download: 10 charts explaining UK attitudes to hot beverages If there’s one thing Brits won’t sacrifice, it’s the quality of their cuppa. Even as consumer confidence falls, price is still only the third most important factor in tea choices, named by 37% of consumers. By contrast, a whopping seven in 10 consumers said taste was important, and nearly half cited quality as a critical factor in their choice.Price sensitivity does vary with age, however. Younger consumers tend to be the most sensitive. Four in 10 18 to 24-year-olds named cost as an important factor, a figure that rose to 47% of 25 to 34-year-olds. By contrast, just 29% of 55 to 64-year-olds said they were concerned about the price of tea. Among this age group, taste was even more of a consideration, cited by 75% of respondents. In terms of regions, Scotland is the most price-sensitive. There, 44% of shoppers said price was a motivation in their tea choices, compared with just 20% in the north east.6. Tea addiction is highest in the capital The capital is home to the highest number of tea addicts. There, nearly a quarter of consumers describe themselves as dependent on a cuppa. That compares with just 18% of the total sample. And only 12% in the West Midlands, where tea addiction is at its lowest. Still, it’s not just Londoners who find themselves disproportionately attached to their brew. In terms of age groups, 25 to 34-year-olds are most dependent on their cuppa. Among this demographic, 29% describe themselves as tea addicts, compared with just 7% of 65-plus consumers. Morning seems to be the most common  time for consumers to need a fix. A sizeable 32% of consumers say they don’t feel able to start their day without tea. Meanwhile, 29% say they like to drink 7. Six in 10 believe there is plenty of choice in the tea aisles Fruity, herbal and decaf brews may be driving growth in the tea market, but traditional black tea is still Britain’s go-to cuppa. A third of consumers say they consume black tea more often than any other type.Herbal tea pales by comparison, named by only 9% of consumers as their most frequent brew. “Black tea currently accounts for 85% of the total tea category, and we believe the opportunity in the sector is huge,” says Unilever’s Detsiny. However, there is some variation across the generations. Black tea is the most regular brew among 30% of the youngest age group, compared with 36% of the oldest. That’s partly because younger consumers more adventurous in their tea choices.Among the 18 to 24-year-old age group, 39% drink herbal tea and 26% drink fruity brews. Those figures fall dramatically among the 65-plus age group, of which just 14% have a herbal cuppa and 10% drink fruity infusions.3. There is a gender split in fruity tea consumption When it comes to black tea choices, consumers are a pretty traditional bunch. Breakfast is by far the most popular blend going, favoured by 45% of consumers. That number falls sharply to 19% for Earl Grey, and further still to just 4% for Darjeeling and Assam blends.The love for breakfast tea is pretty universal across the demographics. In terms of regions, breakfast has its strongest foothold in the East Midlands and Yorkshire, where 53% of consumers name it their favourite black tea blend. Londoners tend to be a bit more experimental in their tea choices. Breakfast is still the leading brew – favoured by 42% of consumers in the capital – but other blends also have a strong following. Just over a quarter of Londoners named Earl Grey as their preferred black tea blend, and 8% came out in favour of Darjeeling.5. Quality is more important than price to tea consumers Iced tea is still far from being a universal proposition. Only half of consumers said they drank an iced brew. And of those consumers, more than half were swayed by weather conditions. A substantial 55% of iced tea consumers said they upped their consumption in the summer. Which poses obvious limitations for the market potential. However, there is some good news. Four in 10 iced tea consumers said their consumptions was unaffected by levels of sunshine. Plus, iced tea is proving more popular among younger shoppers. Among the 18 to 24-year-old age group, an encouraging 62% said they drunk iced tea.That compared with 31% of the 65-plus age group. In terms of regions, consumption is highest in London, where 66% drink iced tea.9. The majority of consumers think ethical tea is important  So much for Brits dumping tea in favour of coffee. Britain remains a nation of loyal tea drinkers, according to our research. Three quarters of consumers drink a cuppa at least once a day. And a sizeable 13% drink at least six cups daily.PG Tips owner Unilever can confirm tea isn’t going anywhere. “Tea remains an iconic part of British culture, with 50 billion cups drunk a year on average,” says Hazel Detsiny, VP of marketing at Unilever UK & Ireland. Consumption is highest among 35 to 44-year-olds, of whom 17% drink a daily minimum of six cuppas. That figure falls to just 5% among 18 to 24-year-olds.2. Black tea is most frequently drunk across all age groups It’s not just ethical trading that has got younger consumers hot under the collar. The younger generation is also more concerned about sustainability than their older counterparts. More than a third of consumers aged between 18 and 34 believe it is very important to buy tea that is sourced sustainably. That number gradually declines with age to 23% of over-55s. Considering Londoners are the most ethically minded, you might expect them to lead the way in sustainability too. However, that’s not entirely true. The most ecoconscious tea drinkers are in the north east, where 42% describe sustainability as a very important factor in their tea purchases.That figure falls marginally to 39% in London. The lowest figure was in the East of England, where just 14% of consumers described sustainable sourcing as very important.,Downloads10 Charts Hot Beverages PDFPDF, Size 2.26 mb,PG Tipslast_img read more