Parker Quartet named Blodgett Quartet-in-Residence at Harvard University Music Department

first_img Read Full Story The Harvard University Department of Music is delighted to announce that the Parker Quartet will become part of the Music Department teaching faculty at Harvard University beginning in the fall of 2014. “Thanks to the Blodgett Artists-in-Residence Program, we have been fortunate to have had a Quartet-in-Residence for four weeks a year since 1985,” said Music Department Chair Alexander Rehding. “However, the role of performance in the Music Department and the University has changed significantly, and this is the right time to bring professional musicians to campus as full-time residents. We are confident that the extended exposure to the string quartet will be highly beneficial to our students, especially our many talented undergraduate performers, allowing them to engage in the practice of chamber music on an unprecedented scale. We welcome the Parker Quartet to Harvard with immense pleasure.”The renowned Parker Quartet (Daniel Chong, Ying Xue, violin; Jessica Bodner, viola; Kee-Hyun Kim, cello) will, as part of the expanded Blodgett residency, present free concerts each year for the general public and recitals as part of the Dean’s Noontime concert series. They will teach, participate in class demonstrations, read and perform student compositions, and coach Harvard undergraduate chamber ensembles in weekly master classes for Harvard credit. The Parker Quartet’s full time presence in the program will allow for the expansion of the chamber music and performance study opportunities for students in the Harvard University Music Department.last_img read more

U.S. added 13.3GW of new solar in 2019, pushing national total to 76GW

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Greentech Media:Solar topped natural gas and wind to claim a record share of new U.S. electric generating capacity last year, at nearly 40 percent, boosted by a vibrant residential sector that looks healthier than it has in years.2019 was a landmark year for the American power sector on several fronts. Wind crossed the 100-gigawatt threshold, and it overtook hydroelectric plants in total electricity generated. But solar stole the show, with four out of every 10 megawatts of capacity built last year represented by a PV panel.All told, the country added 13.3 gigawatts of new solar last year, bringing the cumulative total to 76 gigawatts, according to the U.S. Solar Market Insight report, published quarterly by the Solar Energy Industries Association and Wood Mackenzie Power & Renewables.Solar accounted for 39.8 percent of new U.S. generating capacity brought online last year, blowing past natural gas at 32 percent and wind at 27 percent. It’s just the second time that solar was the leading source of new capacity, and the first since 2016.It’s hard to ignore the booming utility-scale market, which accounted for 8.4 gigawatts of last year’s solar additions — and where the development pipeline now stands at a record 48.1 gigawatts. The large-scale market is underpinned by the proliferation of state renewables mandates, rising corporate demand and costs that continue to drop in spite of the Trump administration’s solar import tariffs.Arguably the most exciting market segment, however, was the one centered on people’s homes. Residential solar installations have now fully recovered from the market contraction of a few years back — when then-leader SolarCity was acquired by Tesla — with a record 2.8 gigawatts added in 2019.[Karl Erik-Stromsta]More: The U.S. built 13.3GW of solar last year as the residential market regained its mojo U.S. added 13.3GW of new solar in 2019, pushing national total to 76GWlast_img read more

Toyota teams up with Chubu Electric to enter renewable energy market in Japan

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Saur Energy:Toyota Motor Corporation has announced that it has concluded an agreement to establish Toyota Green Energy LLP with Chubu Electric Power and Toyota Tsusho Corporation, for the purposes of obtaining and managing renewable energy sources in Japan and supplying electric power from renewable energy sources to the Toyota Group in the future.The automotive giant said that it aspires to move toward a society where people, automobiles, and nature can coexist in harmony. Under Toyota Environmental Challenge 2050, Toyota plans to reduce the environmental impact from automobiles to as close to zero as possible and at the same time engage in activities that contribute to the global environment and society. The clean energy to be supplied through this business is expected to reduce CO2 emissions from plants and other facilities to zero in the future and to contribute to the realisation of a low-carbon society.The investment ratio for the new firm is: Toyota Motor Corporation 50 percent, Chubu Electric Power 40 percent, Toyota Tsusho Corporation 10 percent.Chubu Electric Power has been increasing the use of renewable energy in its drive to expand the scope of ESG management and contribute to resolving issues relating to SDGs. By participating as a business partner in the activities of the Toyota Group to create a low-carbon society, the company will contribute to improving Japan’s energy self-sufficiency rate and reducing CO2 emissions.Recently, Toyota along with BYD Company had announced the launch of their new joint venture (JV) company to conduct research and development (R&D) of battery electric vehicles (BEVs). Operations are scheduled to commence in May 2020. The name of the new company is BYD Toyota EV Technology (BTET).[Ayush Verma]More: Toyota launches renewable venture with Chubu Electric in Japan Toyota teams up with Chubu Electric to enter renewable energy market in Japanlast_img read more

Interested in speaking at a NAFCU conference?

first_imgNAFCU NAFCU is constantly seeking ways to improve as it works toward its mission of providing the best education to credit unions. As a result, NAFCU’s education team is interested in recruiting industry experts and dynamic speakers to help take the 2020 conference lineup to an even higher level.Next year, NAFCU will offer 13 conferences – among the most highly-rated and respected education opportunities in the credit union community – designed to help credit unions build more revenue, streamline costs, strategize effectively and address top compliance concerns.Hundreds of credit union professionals attend each of these learning opportunities, where they can also earn various designations and training certificates. Industry experts and leading professionals lead in-depth discussions and participate on panels to ensure attendees are getting the best value.NAFCU is looking to bring speakers’ best content to stage – not a company’s most recent marketing or public relations initiative. Member credit unions want sessions filled with fresh, innovative and cutting-edge content that are designed to educate and inspire. Data related to real-life case studies is also well received by attendees. continue reading »center_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Demonstrate EQ in your communication

first_imgAs we continue operating in and adjusting to virtual environments – and as many of our teams continue to work from home amid the coronavirus pandemic – demonstrating emotional intelligence (EQ) takes intentional effort. Not only is it more difficult to convey empathy and make personal connections via email, the stress of the world we’re currently operating can subconsciously alter our responses.My father-in-law Earle Keirstead sent me a recent article from author Justin Bariso that details how Apple CEO Tim Cook demonstrated EQ when flagging for his executive team a lengthy, concerned-filled email from a developer. Cook’s email was one word: “Thoughts?”Leaders are bombarded with requests and opinions on how to do things (solicited or not) throughout their day. The way you respond – both in your internal thought process and externally to others – reveals a lot about your character and level of EQ.Bariso breaks down how this one-word email said a lot by simply opening the door for conversation, and ways in which he could’ve responded that would’ve been less effective: continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

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Laurent Koscielny hails Napoli star Kalidou Kouliably as ‘one of the best’ in Europe

first_img Comment Advertisement Sean KearnsThursday 11 Apr 2019 6:37 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link766Shares Kalidou Koulibaly is a target for Manchester United (Picture: Getty)Arsenal captain Laurent Koscielny believes Kalidou Kouliably is ‘one of the best central defenders in Europe’ and says the Gunners will struggle to find a way past the Napoli star.The 27-year-old has attracted interest from Manchester United and is believed to be keen on a move to Old Trafford this summer.Arsenal take on Napoli at the Emirates in the first-leg of their Europa League quarter-final tonight with Koulibaly expected to start for Carlo Ancelotti’s side.Koscielny is available again after missing the last two matches and the Frenchman believes Koulibaly has emerged as one of the best in his position.ADVERTISEMENT Koulibaly is valued at around £90m (Picture: Getty)‘I really like Kalidou Kouliably at the back,’ said Koscielny.AdvertisementAdvertisement‘He’s one of the best central defenders in Europe. He is so strong physically but reads the game really well and is very comfortable on the ball.‘I like his attitude too. He is calm, respectful and with good values. It will be great to play against him and whoever plays up front for us tonight will have a big fight on his hands.’More: Manchester United FCRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseEx-Man Utd coach blasts Ed Woodward for two key transfer errorsArsenal are battling for a place in the top four to qualify for the Champions League but the Gunners know a win in the Europa League is another route back into Europe’s elite competition.Unai Emery, a three-time winner in the past, says he’s told his players they have a real opportunity to get their hands on the cup.‘I said to the players that I am excited about this competition,’ said Emery.‘It’s not just because you can get to the Champions League through it, it’s also because it’s one title and I think we can feel the possibility to win it’.MORE: Gareth Bale and Kariam Benzema snub Real Madrid team-building dinner Advertisement Laurent Koscielny hails Napoli star Kalidou Kouliably as ‘one of the best’ in Europelast_img read more

Arsenal teenager Bukayo Saka looks better than £72m signing Nicolas Pepe, reckons Martin Keown

first_imgArsenal teenager Bukayo Saka looks better than £72m signing Nicolas Pepe, reckons Martin Keown Comment Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang celebrates with Bukayo Saka in Frankfurt (Picture: Getty Images)Martin Keown believes that Arsenal teenager Bukayo Saka looks a better player than £72m summer signing Nicolas Pepe after his superb display in the Europa League against Frankfurt.The Gunners secured a remarkable 3-0 victory away in Frankfurt on Thursday night and the 18-year-old Saka caught the eye with a sparkling performance.It was the young forward’s first appearance of the season as he produced two assists and a tremendous goal of his own to guide his team to the commanding win.Keown compared Saka’s performance to those of Pepe who arrived from Lille this summer and has failed to make such an impact as yet.ADVERTISEMENTBukayo Saka strikes! 🔴He becomes the youngest Arsenal player to score in the Europa League with a great finish to cap a fantastic display!— Football on BT Sport (@btsportfootball) September 19, 2019 Advertisement AdvertisementAdvertisementThe 24-year-old Ivory Coast international has appeared in all five of Arsenal’s Premier League games so far this campaign and came off the bench in Frankfurt but is yet to score and has provided just one assist.‘They toil away, trying to get young players in and they’ve found one in Saka,’ Keown told BT Sport. ‘You think of the way Pepe is playing at the minute, they paid £72m for him and this kid looked better than him tonight.‘By the way, [Joe] Willock as well, he’s got his reward, this has been a breakthrough moment for him. He got a little bit lucky, but that’s all 100% the academy, that first goal for Arsenal.‘When Saka gets the ball [for the second goal], it shows composure, he’s passing it into the goal, it’s a beautiful finish. To think he’s 18 years of age.’More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityJoe Willock opened the scoring for Arsenal in Germany with a deflected finish 38 minutes into the game as his impressive progression continues.Keown said of the 20-year-old: ‘I think this is the exuberance of young players. I think this is a breakthrough moment for Willock.‘He’s been a bit rushed, lacks a little bit of composure, but I love his energy and he gets his reward tonight to put Arsenal in front.’MORE: Joe Willock and Bukayo Saka shine as Arsenal take control of Europa League group with 3-0 win against FrankfurtMORE: Arsenal are ‘going to turn into Everton’ unless Unai Emery fixes the defence, believes Darren Bent Phil HaighThursday 19 Sep 2019 8:17 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link2.2kShares Advertisementlast_img read more

People moves: Australian pensions giant sets up European office [updated]

first_imgAustralianSuper, Euronext, FRC, ASR, Robeco, PIMCO, Smart Pension, MJ Hudson Allenbridge, JPMAM, NNIP, Triodos IM, KPMG, Investec, Azimut, BNP Paribas, Kempen, MontaeAustralianSuper – The AUD120bn (€75.3bn) Australian pension fund has strengthened its European presence, appointing Damien Moloney to head a newly-created position of head of investments for Europe. He joins from Frontier Advisors where he has been CEO since 2011. He will lead the pension fund’s investment programme in the UK from its London office and oversee the pension fund’s offshore investments platform.AustralianSuper CIO Mark Delaney said that with nearly half of AustralianSuper’s member assets now invested overseas “it is very important that we have a local presence in markets where we are investing”.Moloney’s recruitment is also part of the fund’s strategy to bring management of its investments in-house and save an estimated AUD100m a year in costs. It is on target to manage 50% of member assets internally within five years – it currently runs roughly 30% of its portfolio in-house. AustralianSuper is the largest industry superannuation fund in Australia. Euronext – The multinational stock exchange firm Euronext has elected Dick Sluimers as chairman of its supervisory board. He succeeds Rijnhard van Tets, who has chaired the board for the past 11 years and will leave on 15 May. Sluimers, who retired in 2016 as chief executive of the €456bn asset manager APG, was already vice chair of the supervisory board.Financial Reporting Council – The UK audit and accounting watchdog has appointed Julia Unwin and Jenny Watson to its board with effect from 1 April. Unwin is a former chief executive of the Joseph Rowntree Foundation and currently chairs an independent inquiry into the “Future of Civil Society in England”. Watson is chair of the independent complaints council at Portman Group, the oversight body for UK drinks producers, and is also a non-executive director of the Financial Ombudsman Service. ASR – Insurer ASR Netherlands plans to nominate Sonja Barendregt and Stephanie Hottenhuis as members of its supervisory board (RvC). Hottenhuis has been a member of the executive board of engineering firm Arcadis since 2012. Prior to this, she was responsible for the European activities of the company. Since 2013, Hottenhuis has been an RvC member at power grid operator TenneT. Robeco – Separately, Sonja Barendregt has also been appointed to the supervisory board of €161bn asset manager Robeco, effective 1 April. She succeeds Jan Nooitgedagt, who is to step down after four years. Barendregt started her career at one of the legal predecessors of PwC and was a partner there between 1998 and 2017, chairing its international pensions group.PIMCO – The major fixed income investment manager has hired Gavin Power as executive vice president and head of international affairs and sustainable development. The hire is part of the firm’s efforts to grow its environmental, social and governance platform, which it launched last year. Before joining PIMCO, Power was the deputy executive director of the United Nations Global Compact, the platform used to advance sustainability efforts and responsible investment in more than 160 countries. He was also a co-founder of the Principles for Responsible Investment (PRI) and served on the PRI’s primary governance body from 2006 to 2018. Power will be based in California and report to Libby Cantrill, managing director and head of public policy. Smart Pension – The UK defined contribution pension provider has appointed Martin Freeman to lead its technology product development division. He joins from Capita where he was a senior consultant responsible for online engagement. He has also worked at JLT. His appointment follows other recent senior hires for the company, including Jamie Fiveash from The People’s Pension and Paul Budgen from NEST.MJ Hudson Allenbridge – The UK investment adviser has appointed Cameron McMullen as a director. McMullen was previously at rival investment consultancy JLT where he led the promotion of the company’s services to the private and public sector, with a focus on local authority pension funds. Before that he was at Standard Life.  JP Morgan Asset Management – Claude Kurzo has been appointed country head for Switzerland. He has worked at JPMAM since 2012, having previously worked at consultancy McKinsey & Company. He moves from New York to Zurich to succeed the departing Patrick Beuret.NN Investment Partners – The €246bn asset manager has named Lewis Jones as lead portfolio manager for its local currency emerging market debt (EMD) strategies. Based in New York, he becomes reponsible for daily management of all EMD local currency portfolios and is to report to Marcelo Assalin, the company’s head of EMD.Jones started as senior portfolio manager EMD local currency in New York in 2016 and has 13 years of EMD experience, largely gained at BNP Paribas IP and Fisher Francis Trees & Watts in Boston. He has also worked at State Street Global Advisors in London and at Aviva in Boston. NN IP’s EMD team comprises of 19 investment professionals and has approximately $10bn under management.Triodos IM – Kor Bosscher has been appointed managing director for risk and finance as well as a member of the executive board of the €3.5bn Triodos Investment Management. Until recently, he was chief executive and chief financial and risk officer at i-PensionSolutions, the low-cost DC vehicle (PPI), which has recently been taken over by ABN Amro PPI. Between 2008 and 2016, Bosscher was financial director at the €123bn asset manager and pensions provider MN.KPMG  – Dave Lyons has joined the consultancy as head of investment advice to UK public sector pension funds. Lyons was previously at Aon Hewitt, where he was head of public sector investment consulting.  Investec Asset Management – Alastair Leather has been hired as UK institutional sales director, reporting to Edward Evers, head of global consultants. Leather previously at Goldman Sachs Asset Management, where he was most recently vice president of institutional sales, and a member of the strategic client group responsible for developing relationships with UK pension schemes. He was at Goldman Sachs for 10 years. Azimut – The Italian fund manager has hired Nicolò Bocchin as head of fixed income. He joins from Aletti Gestielle SGR where he was portfolio manager and responsible for the credit desk. Azimut is Italy’s biggest independent fund manager, running €51bn.BNP Paribas AM – Michiel Koudijs has started as business development manager at BNP Paribas AM, and is to become a member of the institutional sales team for the Netherlands. He joins from KAS Bank where he worked for 12 years, responsible for sales and client management for pension funds. He was also a member of the accountability body of his employer’s pension fund.Kempen – Kempen Capital Management has appointed Mark Vreeswijk as client manager, tasked with extending the company’s relationships with pension funds and insurers. During the past three years Vreeswijk worked at Goldman Sachs in London, liaising with Dutch institutional investors. Prior to this, he sold fixed income products to Dutch pension funds and insurers at Barclays Capital.Montae – Menko Nieland has joined Dutch pensions adviser Montae as consultant for balance and risk management. Nieland came from pensions supervisor De Nederlandsche Bank where he was supervisor on the on-site team for pension funds and insurers.last_img read more