Kenneth Chenault and Karen Gordon Mills to join Harvard Corporation

first_imgKenneth I. Chenault, J.D.’76, and Karen Gordon Mills, A.B. ’75, M.B.A. ’77, have been elected to become members of the Harvard Corporation, the University announced today.Chenault is the longtime chairman and chief executive officer of American Express Company.Mills served until recently as the administrator of the U.S. Small Business Administration, and is now a senior fellow at Harvard Business School and the Harvard Kennedy School of Government.Both will begin their service as Fellows of Harvard College on July 1, 2014, having been elected by the Corporation with the consent of the Board of Overseers, in accordance with the University’s charter. Chenault and Mills will fill the vacancies created by the planned departures of Robert D. Reischauer, A.B. ’63, and Robert E. Rubin, A.B. ’60, who both intend to step down this summer after 12 years of service. As announced in December, William F. Lee, A.B. ’72, will succeed Reischauer as the Corporation’s senior fellow.Announcing the appointments, Reischauer and President Drew G. Faust said: “Ken Chenault is one of the nation’s most respected executives, someone who’s widely engaged in civic and nonprofit pursuits and who will bring remarkable leadership qualities and a global perspective to the Corporation’s work. Karen Mills has ably led a major federal agency through a time of challenge and change, and she has served Harvard and Radcliffe with distinction and devotion in a series of important governance roles. Harvard is again fortunate to be able to turn to two such accomplished and dedicated graduates to help guide the University’s affairs and help all of us envision and embrace the possibilities ahead.”*Kenneth Chenault has served for more than a decade as the highly regarded chairman and chief executive officer of American Express Company. Under his leadership, American Express has advanced its position as one of the world’s most prominent global services companies. Chenault became chairman and CEO in 2001, 20 years after arriving at American Express. During that time, he progressed through a series of leadership roles including director of strategic planning (1981), president of the Consumer Card Group (1989), president of Travel Related Services (1993), vice chairman (1995), and president and chief operating officer (1997).“I’m honored to be returning to Harvard and joining the Corporation,” said Chenault. “The University has been an important part of my life for many years. The Harvard community represents a wide range of perspectives, beliefs, and fields of endeavor, while also remaining grounded in common core values. The faculty, students, and staff are dedicated to academic excellence and to making lasting contributions to the world in which we live. I am proud to be associated with them and look forward to working with President Faust and my colleagues in this new role.”Widely engaged in civic pursuits and broadly experienced in governance matters, Chenault serves on the boards or advisory councils of numerous nonprofit organizations, including the National Academy Foundation, the NYU Langone Medical Center, the Smithsonian Institution’s National Museum of African American History and Culture, the National September 11 Memorial & Museum at the World Trade Center, and the Bloomberg Family Foundation. He also serves on the executive committee of the Business Roundtable, as a member of the Business Council, and on the boards of both IBM and The Procter & Gamble Company.Chenault is a graduate of Bowdoin College, Class of ’73, where he served on the board of trustees from 1986 to 1993, and a graduate of Harvard Law School, Class of ’76, where he served on the visiting committee from 2006 to 2013 and is now a member of the Dean’s Advisory Board. He is a member of Harvard’s Committee on University Resources. In addition, Chenault has been the recipient of several honorary degrees from academic institutions.A native of Long Island, N.Y., Chenault lives in New York City with his wife, Kathryn Cassell Chenault, an attorney and member of numerous nonprofit and educational boards. Their son Kenneth is a graduate of Harvard College, Class of 2012, and their son Kevin is currently a senior at Harvard College.*An admired public servant with a strong commitment to innovation and entrepreneurship and extensive experience in Harvard governance, Karen Gordon Mills served in President Obama’s Cabinet from April 2009 through August 2013 as the administrator of the U.S. Small Business Administration. In that role, she was a member of the president’s National Economic Council, led a federal agency of more than 3,000 employees, and managed a loan guarantee portfolio of nearly $100 billion while also assuring that nearly a quarter of U.S. government prime contracts were awarded to small businesses. She is credited with having guided the SBA through a period of significant renewal and change in the aftermath of the global economic crisis that unfolded in 2008-09, including efforts that supported two record years for SBA-backed lending to small business.“Our Harvard community includes the most remarkable students, staff, and faculty, and together they have potential to contribute to and influence our world in so many meaningful ways. With that in mind, it is an honor to take on this important role,” Mills said. “I look forward to working with the entire leadership team and President Faust to help shape the future of this great University and its continued role as a driving force for critical thinking, innovation, and excellence.”Mills now serves as a senior fellow at both the Harvard Business School and the Harvard Kennedy School’s Mossavar-Rahmani Center for Business and Government, focusing her attention on U.S. competitiveness, entrepreneurship, and innovation. She was a resident fellow at Harvard’s Institute of Politics in fall 2013.Mills recently resumed her role as president of MMP Group, a private equity firm based in Maine, a position she held before her time at the SBA. Previously, she was a founding partner and managing director of Solera Capital, a New York-based venture capital firm. She has served on the boards of Scotts Miracle-Gro, Arrow Electronics, Guardian Insurance, Latina Media Ventures, and Annie’s Homegrown. A member of the Council on Foreign Relations, she is past chair of Maine’s Council on Competitiveness and the Economy, a past director of the Maine Technology Institute, a former member of the Maine Governor’s Council for the Redevelopment of the Brunswick Naval Air Station, and a former trustee of The Nature Conservancy of Maine. Early in her career, she was a consultant for McKinsey & Company and a product manager for General Foods.Mills graduated from Harvard College in 1975 and from Harvard Business School, where she was a Baker Scholar, in 1977. She has remained an active and dedicated alumna, including prior service in key governance roles. She served on Harvard’s Board of Overseers from 1999 to 2005, was elected by her peers as vice chair of the board’s executive committee for 2004-05, and served for two years as chair of the board’s standing committee on finance, administration, and management. She was a trustee of Radcliffe College from 1985 to 1993.A former member of the governing boards’ Joint Committee on Inspection, she is also past chair of the Committee to Visit Harvard Business School, as well as a past member of the visiting committees for the then-Division of Engineering and Applied Sciences, for the Department of Chemistry and Chemical Biology, and for Information Technology. She is a member of the Committee on University Resources, and was honored with Harvard Business School’s Alumni Achievement Award in 2011.Born in Wellesley, Mass., Mills now lives in Brunswick, Maine, with her husband, Barry Mills, president of Bowdoin College since 2001. They have three sons, William, Henry, and George, who is currently a junior at Harvard.The President and Fellows of Harvard College, also known as the Harvard Corporation, is Harvard’s principal fiduciary governing board and the smaller of Harvard’s two boards, the other being the Board of Overseers.In addition to President Faust, the current Corporation members include Lawrence S. Bacow, J.D. ’76, M.P.P. ’76, Ph.D. ’78, president emeritus of Tufts University and Visiting Professor of Education at the Harvard Graduate School of Education; James W. Breyer, M.B.A. ’87, partner in the venture capital firm Accel Partners; Paul J. Finnegan, A.B. ’75, M.B.A. ’82, co-CEO of Madison Dearborn Partners; Susan L. Graham, A.B. ’64, Pehong Chen Distinguished Professor Emerita of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, University of California, Berkeley; Nannerl O. Keohane, LL.D. (hon.) ’93, senior scholar at Princeton’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs and president emerita of Duke University and Wellesley College; William F. Lee, A.B. ’72, partner and former co-managing partner in the law firm Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale and Dorr; Jessica Tuchman Mathews, A.B. ’67, president of the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace; Joseph J. O’Donnell, A.B. ’67, M.B.A. ’71, chairman of Centerplate Inc.; Robert D. Reischauer (senior fellow), A.B. ’63, president emeritus of the Urban Institute and past director of the Congressional Budget Office; James F. Rothenberg (treasurer), A.B. ’68, M.B.A. ’70, chairman of Capital Research and Management Company; Robert E. Rubin, A.B. ’60, LL.D. (hon.) ’01, co-chairman of the Council on Foreign Relations and former U.S. Secretary of the Treasury; and Theodore V. Wells Jr., J.D. ’76, M.B.A. ’76, partner and co-chair of the litigation department in the law firm Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison.Nominations and advice regarding future Corporation appointments may be sent in confidence to [email protected]last_img read more

Friday people roundup

first_imgManulife Asset Management – Marco Zanuso has been named head of distribution for the EMEA region, excluding the UK. Prior to joining Manulife, Zanuso was with Sandell Asset Management as head of business development for the EMEA. He has also held senior roles at FRM (Man Group), SEI Investments and Scottish Widows Investment Partnership.Northern Trust – Joseph Gillingwater has been appointed head of fixed income securities lending trading for the EMEA and Asia-Pacific regions. He joins from State Street Global Advisors, where he was a senior portfolio manager, responsible for the management of securities lending investments.Schroders – Courtney Waterman has been appointed head of EMEA marketing. She joins from BlackRock, where she was head of EMEA institutional marketing. Before then, she worked at Janus Capital International and Fidelity International.Syntrus Achmea Real Estate & Finance – Onno Hoff has been named director of real estate fund management. Hoff, who was previously at Pin Oak Asset Management, will also act as fund manager for the Achmea Residential Fund, the Achmea Dutch Value Added Residential Partnership and the Utrecht Residential Fund. Hoff began his career at Bouwfonds and Heijmans. From 2008 to 2014, he was managing director of residential investments and fund director of the ASR Dutch Core Residential Fund.BNP Paribas Real Estate Investment Management – Nils Hübener has been appointed European CIO, joining from SEB Investment. Hübener follows Barbara Knoflach, who 12 months ago left SEB to become global head of investment management at BNP Paribas Real Estate, following the sale of SEB to Cordea Savills, now Savills Fund Management. Prior to joining SEB Investment, Hübener worked with Deutsche Bank Real Estate. PensionDanmark, The People’s Pension, State Street Global Advisors, Legal & General Investment Management, Manulife Asset Management, Sandell Asset Management, Northern Trust, Schroders, BlackRock, Syntrus Achmea Real Estate & Finance, Pin Oak Asset Management, BNP Paribas Real Estate Investment Management, SEB InvestmentPensionDanmark – Per Christensen has been re-elected as chairman of the supervisory board at the Danish labour-market pension fund’s annual general meeting. Christensen is chairman of Denmark’s largest trade union 3F (United Federation of Danish Workers). Niels Jørgen Hansen, chief executive of TEKNIQ, the electrical, plumbing and ventilation sector employers’ association, has also been re-elected as deputy chairman. All other 14 members of PensionDanmark’s supervisory board were similarly re-elected to the board to serve a new term.The People’s Pension – Two trustee directors – Ruston Smith and Sue Lewis – have been appointed to increase The People’s Pension’s employer and member focus. Smith is a director at Tesco and a non-executive director and recent past chairman of the National Association of Pension Funds, now the Pensions and Lifetime Savings Association. Lewis is chair of the Financial Services Consumer Panel.State Street Global Advisors – Julian Harding has been appointed managing director and global head of core beta research. Prior to joining State Street, Harding worked at Legal & General Investment Management, where he was director, responsible for the index equity and fixed income portfolio management teams. He has also held positions at First Quadrant, PwC and Prolific Objective Asset Management.last_img read more

Cost of watching football busts rate of Inflation

first_imgThe average price of the cheapest tickets across English football has risen at almost twice the rate of the cost of living since 2011.According to the latest figures compiled in the BBC Sport Price of Football study the average price of the cheapest match day ticket from the Premier League to League Two has increased 13%, compared to a 6.8% increase in the cost of living during that time.In the Premier League, the cost of the cheapest match day ticket increased by 15.8%. Of the Premier League clubs, Arsenal is still the most costly with their most expensive  match day ticket costing £97, however that represents a reduction of £29 from their most expensive ticket last year at £126.In the Championship, the average price has dropped 3.2% while, in League One, clubs increased ticket prices by a whopping 31.7% and 19% in League Two.Compared to 12 months ago, the cheapest match day tickets in the top four divisions of English football is up 4.4% from 12 months, from £20.58 to £21.49, more than treble the current rate of inflation which is 1.2%.Malcolm Clarke, Chair of the Football Supporters Federation (FSF) said there was ‘no excuse’ for ticket prices to rise above the rate of inflation, especially in the Premier League. “There is no excuse for the price of tickets to rise above the rate of inflation,” he told fcbusiness. “The money from the Premier League’s new media deal needs to be shared more evenly across the pyramid and there is no reason why some of it cannot be passed onto the fans instead going straight into the pockets of club owners and players.”However, Clarke was sympathetic of the rises in Leagues One and Two, but warned that they were still unacceptable. “Matchday ticket sales represent a significant level of income for clubs at this level. I have sympathy for these clubs but the level of increases seen here is simply unacceptable.”The BBC Price of Football study is in its fourth year having begun in 2011, and is the largest of its kind in Britain, covering 176 clubs in 11 divisions across British football, including Women’s Super League One and Two.last_img read more

Whicker: Kawhi Leonard, Paul George land with Clippers, make L.A. the NBA’s vortex

first_imgJust this once, Leonard had a chance to set the agenda, to find a Sundance Kid and ride with him. When Harris re-signed with Philly, the plan seemed doomed. But the Clippers kept playing for time. Thanks to those draft-pick acquisitions that seem like such faint footnotes at the time, they could give Oklahoma City a future and get their man as well. Remember, George, not Leonard, was a league MVP finalist this season.Expect the Staples Center garages to ask for an extra $20. Expect anyone who’s ever amassed 5 million clicks to gather at courtside. Don’t expect a Clippers-Lakers Western Conference finals, not with Portland, Denver and Utah around, but anticipate it.And let’s see if the Clippers can maintain the 155-game edge they’ve held over the Lakers the past six years. Amid all this re-positioning, and while the Lakers were dog-paddling in a septic tank, the Clippers missed the playoffs just once and never had a losing season.The Lakers will always have more banners. What we might see, more than once, are dueling parades. Suddenly the Lakers aren’t even the leading basketball brand in their own zip code.Suddenly the NBA’s Christmas Night menu has a main event for at least the next four years.Suddenly the Clippers’ plans for a new arena look perfectly logical and strategic.But the events that led to Friday Night Live, the late-evening announcement that Kawhi Leonard is coming to the Clippers and bringing Paul George with him, were not sudden at all. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error The Clippers have the impossibly rich and undeniably supportive Steve Ballmer as their owner, a shoot-for-Mars thinker who has assembled an actual basketball staff. West, General Manager Michael Winger and basketball ops director Lawrence Frank tore down a high-50-win team with clashing personalities and slow basketball movement, found underrated players with a Navy Seal mentality, then blew a hole in that model and started again.The presence of former Orange County Register scribe Lee Jenkins probably should not be underrated. Heads were scratched when Jenkins was hired as the Executive Director of Research and Identity, but he has an engaging way with players and had gotten to know Leonard and George on a deeper level. At the very least he was another consistent, friendly face.The Clippers still have three top players who experienced two wins over Golden State in a best-of-seven first-round playoff series: Lou Williams, Montrezl Harrell and Patrick Beverley. All of them came from Houston in a trade for Chris Paul that could warrant hard time for extortion.They still grasp Ivica Zubac, their gift from the Lakers. They picked up Moe Harkless and Rodney Magruder, two more unspoiled veterans.Their margin for error is narrower because George isn’t always healthy and Leonard will probably turn in the same 60 games he did in Toronto. But last season’s Clippers were busting it to get into the playoffs. These Clippers will call the meeting to order in April.But this all started when new Commissioner Adam Silver cut out the cancer that was former owner Donald T. Sterling, thus winning the players’ confidence and giving the Clippers a magic slate.They traded Blake Griffin and his contract to Detroit for Tobias Harris, freeing up the basketball.They let go of the expensive DeAndre Jordan and his stagnant game, and Jordan has been on three teams since.They traded Harris to Philadelphia, much to the gap-mouthed wonderment of their fans, but they picked up more salary cap space and also Landry Shamet.And all along they signaled to Leonard, in a world where tampering is tolerated like traveling, that this was the place.Leonard had no bad options. Re-signing with Toronto would have been a punishing tax decision, but he is, or was, a national hero and could have won at least one more championship. Signing with the Lakers would have created a Blind Faith-style supergroup and, just with Leonard, Davis and James, a team of historic defensive possibilities.And who can psychoanalyze Leonard? But the Clippers offered something he’d never had: Control.He was under-recruited in Riverside and wound up at San Diego State, in the Sweet 16 of the NCAA Tournament. He was under-drafted, going No. 15 to San Antonio, which traded George Hill for the pick, and was an NBA Finals MVP. He was under-valued when he and the Spurs clashed over his quadriceps injury, and most of the intelligentsia thought Toronto gave up too much, in DeMar DeRozan, to get him for potentially one season. Then he won another NBA Finals MVP.Related Articles Clippers vs. Mavericks Game 5 playoff updates from NBA beat reporters For Lakers’ LeBron James, Jacob Blake’s shooting is bigger issue than a big Game 4 victory center_img What the Clippers are saying the day after Luka Doncic’s game-winner tied series, 2-2 This night has been percolating for at least five years now, with all kinds of chutes-and-ladders turns that were unconnected but then got synched-up.It also bypassed the consciousness of the social media punditocracy, which filled Leonard’s news vacuum with forceful predictions that had no better than a 33 percent chance. None of them had the George corollary, with the Clippers sending Danilo Gallinari and Shai Gilgeous-Alexander and a CVS receipt full of future draft picks to the salary-strangled Oklahoma City Thunder.It was Fake News at its loudest, fiction that fell pitifully short of truth.The Lakers and Clippers finally have basketball’s best rivalry. Don’t grieve for the Purple and Gold. They still have LeBron James and Anthony Davis, as far as their ligaments can carry them, and now they have the salary wherewithal to sign Danny Green and perhaps Marcus Morris, another Rich Paul client. Maybe they’ll stumble into better chemistry. They didn’t lose Leonard because they never had him.But it does expose the utter lunacy of failing to bring home Jerry West. The Lakers bollixed James’ first year and now they find nothing will be guaranteed in his second. Kristaps Porzingis ruled out as Clippers, Mavericks set for Game 5; Follow for game updates Clippers hope they can play to their capabilities, quell Mavericks’ momentum last_img read more

”Spin 2012” won the first place in the half-season of table tennis Premier League of BiH

first_imgTable-tennis club ”Spin 2012” from Sarajevo, which was founded by sisters Amela Hadžiahmetović-Mujezinović and Emina Hadžiahmetović, in its debut season won first place in half-season of Premier League of BiH.Sisters Hadžiahmetović continued their dominance on BiH table-tennis scene, because previously when they played for other clubs, that club usually won the champion title.On Sunday, Spin 2012 defeated the team of ”Bugojno” with 4:0.”We are glad that we made excellent results in the first season of Premier League of BiH. There are more and more members in club. I believe that we promote table-tennis in the best possible way”, said Amela Hadžiahmetović-Mujezinović.last_img

Corentyne cattle owners concerned over pastures being offered to investors

first_imgCattle owners on the Corentyne, in Berbice, have raised concerns over efforts by persons, who are reportedly closely connected with the current Government to give out sections of a communal cattle pasture.The 52/66 Cattle Pasture, which consists of 17,000 acres was leased to a co-op in 1997 for the purpose of cattle rearing and targeted the small cattle farmers, is now being offered to investors.Guyana Times understands that applicants are being told that they can have a portion of the pasture for $800,000 and that the Lands and Surveys Department isA section of the 52/66 Cattle Pasturecurrently entertaining applications for leases of portions of the 52/66 cattle Pasture.Recently the issue was discussed at the regional level.The Prime Minister’s Regional Representative, Gobin Harbhajan, explained that rice farmers are taking up the cattle pastures, hence there is less space for the animals to graze.Harbhajan also confirmed that persons have been applying for portions of the 52/66 Communal Cattle pasture and on those applications sent to the Commissioner, the applicant has indicated that they have no intention of rearing cattle.“If we allow that to happen then the poor cattle farmers with four or five heads of cows will not be able to have their cows there because people will fence that area.”Harbhajan said already some persons have fenced sections of the pasture. In addition, others have dug canals marking off their claim. He said also being affected are those who fish in the swamps which exist in the pasture. Many of those fisherfolk are confronted with ‘Do Not Trespass’ signs thus they cannot fish.Meanwhile, Regional Chairman David Armogan says he had high-level discussions on the issue and is assuring that cattle farmers need not worry. According to Armogan, the Lands Commission has not made a decision on the issue as yet and will not be doing so until the completion of a land use policy.“He (Lands and Survey Commissioner) told me that all of the land use policy has to be revisited. We have to know where cattle should be, we have to know where rice should be, we have to know where dairy should be; you have to know where you should plant plantain and cassava; that is a part of the land use policy and that has to be put in place,” the Regional chairman said.The Chairman added that senior officials from the Lands and Survey Department acknowledged that they have been entertaining applications for leases but until the land use policy comes into place, the 52/66 Cattle Pasture will remain as it is and available to cattle farmers. (Andrew Carmichael)last_img read more

Irresponsible Reporters Push Evolution With Silly Notions

first_imgThe silliest news reports in the science genre usually concern evolution. Immune from serious criticism, Darwinism should be a laughingstock, but is the darling of secular reporters.[Note: CEH is taking a break this week. These news items are presented for those interested.]What we inherited from our bug-eating ancestors (Phys.org). A secular version of the Diet of Worms.What gorilla poop tells us about evolution and human health (Phys.org). Our microbiota is different; therefore we evolved. Logic?New research offers evidence that humans — and the rest of life on Earth — may have been able to form with the right combination of star dust and radiation (Science Daily). More building blocks of lie.Molecular atlases of turtle and lizard brains shed light on the evolution of the human brain (Phys.org). These scientists are thinking like lizards. Or maybe turtles.Can chimpanzee vocalizations reveal the origins of human language? (Science Daily). Short answer: no. Media answer: perhapsimaybecould.In Cities, Wildlife Evolves Astonishingly Fast (National Geographic). Note to editor: the crows are still crows.New take on early evolution of photosynthesis (Science Daily). Why does it always have to be “the evolution of” everything?Does evolution make us or are we just drifting that way? (University of Queensland, via Phys.org). It starts with the March of Man, so you know it’s going to be another Darwin worship service.Practice being a CEH reporter! Pick an article above and critique it. (Visited 431 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Get set for a National Arts Fest feast

first_img24 May 2011A spirit of artistic innovation with a range of national, continental and world premieres in theatre, dance, music and visual art will be celebrated at this year’s National Arts Festival, taking place in Grahamstown from 30 June to 10 July.“The artists come from everywhere, all disciplines, and are amongst the most excellent, courageous, thoughtful, provocative and iconic,” says National Arts Festival committee chairman Jay Pather.“The festival attracts the best administrators and production crew that help mirror a complex and vast nation on many fronts. From jazz to drama, installation art to comedy, we draw innovation and excellence from a variety of cultures. So we attract the most discerning, wide cross-section of audiences.”DanceThe main programme dance stage welcomes Standard Bank Young Artist for Dance Mamela Nyamza with Isingqala and amaFongkong. This double-bill features a solo work by Nyamza and a collaborative production with the Adugna Dance Theatre Company from Ethiopia.In creating Amafongkong, Mamela says that her intention was to hold an open space to explore the notion of “collaboration” in all its complexities, to see how and where similar and different bodies could meet in movement.The South African premiere of Desert Crossings is a cross-cultural collaboration between UK-based producers State of Emergency and South African choreographer Gregory Maqoma of Vuyani Dance Theatre, performed by a company of five dancers from different cultural backgrounds, with an original score by Steve Marshall.Batsumi is the lyrical new work integrating songs, dance, acting and live music by Thabo Rapoo. Presented by Moving Into Dance Mophatong, Batsumi celebrates the hopes, joys and struggles in the stories of Africa’s hunter-gatherers.The Baxter Theatre will present the Remix Dance Company’s Lovaffair as a celebration of bodies and love, turning perceptions of gender and disability on its head. The company was founded in 2000 with the aim of bringing differently-abled performers together on South African stages, and developing integrated dance locally.The Cape Town City Ballet brings Swan Lake to the festival. This version of the timeless classic is based on that of Vladimir Bourmeister and was first taught to the Capab Ballet Company, now the Cape Town City Ballet, by Frenchman Attilio Labis in 1971. Labis had danced as a guest in Russia in several different productions, and it was from these that he chose the elements to make it one of the most eclectic productions of Swan Lake in the world.The Rajastani Folk Dance Troupe will make their South African premiere at the National Arts Festival, using amazingly rich music and dance to describe the legendary battles of the Rajput rulers.In the SA premiere of Madam Silk, Ireland’s foremost aerial dance theatre company, Fidget Feet, presents a visually stunning show featuring spectacular aerialists, beautiful choreography and multimedia magic. Graceful aerialists Lindsey Butcher, Chantal McCormick and Jennifer Patterson dance, sweep and spin both across the stage and through the air in a universe of veils and drapes, using dance and circus skills on fabric and hoops, with choreography by Fred Deb.Twirling, twisting and arching her body up and around ropes, the Spanish artist who goes by the name FURA will perform two of her choreographed pieces at the National Arts Festival. Angel Heart is danced on a fixed trapeze, while Fourteen, inspired by the story of Argentine writer Jorge Luis Borges’ novel The House of Asterion, is a choreographed work on vertical cloths.TheatreHeadlining the main theatre menu at this year’s festival is Standard Bank Young Artists Ward winner for Drama, Neil Coppen, with his latest play Abnormal Loads. It is set in a fictional battle-field town known as Bashford, nestled in the once war-ravaged valleys of northern KwaZulu-Natal. With a narrative that whisks audiences through two centuries of South African history, Abnormal Loads presents a theatrical universe where the past runs in tandem with the present and events shift seamlessly from the grandeur of a battle-field in 1879 to the intimacy of the bedroom in 2011. Movement, sound, music, multimedia and shadows combine to create a breathtakingly original theatrical experience.The Table is created by Sylvaine Strike and presented by the Fortune Cookie Theatre Company in association with the Market Theatre and the Aardklop Festival. In this cutting-edge theatre production, Strike collaborates with an electrifying cast and acclaimed writer/dramaturge Craig Higginson to bring an enticing slice of a family dinner for audiences.Four children re-unite with their mother over a Friday night meal where a world of love, sibling rivalry, confused genetics, domesticity, tradition and, of course, food, is unveiled. Funny and moving, this is a journey into the heart of a family redefined by the South African experience.The Baxter Theatre brings Ariel Dorfman’s riveting play Purgatorio directed by Clare Stopford to the festival. Performed by celebrated actors Dawid Minnaar and Terry Norton, Purgatorio deals with a Man and a Woman in purgatory, a stark and soulless waiting room. Their identities are fluid, and as the drama unfolds it emerges that they are each other’s interrogators, searching for clemency and contrition. Their fates are bound together by a horrific past, and freedom depends on their willingness to sacrifice themselves, each for the other.Created by Rob Murray and presented by FTK:K and Conspiracy of Clowns, Benchmarks is a small story of great hope and rebirth. In the Mother City, three desperate and lonely individuals – a middle-aged clerk, a reclusive widow and a Zimbabwean refugee – get drawn into an unlikely relationship that will lead them on a journey of discovery, companionship, tragedy, and reconciliation.Benchmarks is a poetic celebration of the human spirit told by three performers in full character mask, by the crew that birthed Pictures of You, Womb Tide, QUACK!, and GUMBO.Billed as one of the finest plays ever written by Alan Bennet, The History Boys, presented by Peter Toerien and directed by Alan Swerdlow, is packed with superb one-liners is about a group of mostly working-class boys preparing for the entrance exams that will determine whether or not they will gain entrance to the elite world of Oxford and Cambridge.The last pro in Yeoville, written by Martin Kobokae and presented by Utlwanang Theatre Company, is the witty and compassionately told story of the 45-year old Camellia, an ageing white prostitute who loses her sex appeal in an upmarket brothel in Rosebank. She is forced to migrate to the less illustrious streets of Yeoville to retire ungracefully. Entwined in the tale is a 26-year-old mystery in the form of a coloured boy’s picture which elicits conflicting paths that have crossed in the past.Written by Joe Carlaco and presented by Redcan Productions, the South African premiere of Shakespeare’s R&J is set at an exclusive boarding school in the 1950s. Four pupils run into the chapel late one night in a bid to escape from their repressive school routines. One of them brings a copy of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet and they start acting pieces out. Shakespeare’s R&J ran for a year Off-Broadway, becoming the longest-running version of Romeo and Juliet in New York history and earning the play the Lucille Lortel Award.Sadako presented by Hearts & Eyes Theatre Collective makes use of video projection, puppets and live actors to tell the story of Sadako Sasaki and the legend of one thousand paper cranes. Sadako was two years old on 6 August 1945 when the atom bomb was dropped on her hometown, Hiroshima. She survived only to die 10 years later from “the atom bomb disease”, leukaemia.Death of a Colonialist, presented by the Market Theatre, deals with history, emigration, crime, national identity and family as it moves between a high school teacher’s bold perceptions of Xhosa history, the inter-personal relations within his family, and his wife’s quiet acceptance of her imminent death.Award-winning director Lara Bye is bringing Night, Mother to the Festival. This Pulitzer Prize-winning play by Marsha Norman gives Sandra Prinsloo and Annette Louw the opportunity to showcase their talents in the broken and beautiful love story about a mother and daughter in crises.The restaging of Anthony Akerman’s play Somewhere on the Border marks the 25th anniversary since it was first staged. After two decades of silence, the role of the military during the years of apartheid has found its way back into public discourse. Many conscripts who went through harrowing experiences as teenagers are looking back as adults and trying to make sense of it. Somewhere on the Border participates in this conversation.Using starkly elegant imagery, tender camaraderie and a dense and elegiac sound score, Melanie Wilson’s Iris Brunette delicately uncoils the remembrance of a friendship destroyed by the outbreak of war and the unfathomable demise of lost kinship and love. This is a warmly mournful and disarmingly engaging piece inspired by Chris Marker’s film La Jetee, and the 2009 winner of the Absolut Dublin Fringe Best Production.Mark Banks Live will provide laughter in large dollops in the festival’s popular stand-up comedy programme. Mark Banks is one of South Africa’s most respected comedians, digging in to all and sundry with his potent brand of humour.MusicOn the score sheet for the main programme music line-up, Standard Bank Young Artists Award winner for Music Ben Schoeman presents two piano recitals celebrating the bicentenary of the birth of Hungarian composer Franz Liszt (1811) and the pianist and composer Australian Percy Grainger, who died 50 years ago.The KwaZulu-Natal Philharmonic Orchestra will present two programmes. The Symphony Concert under the baton of Tibor Boganyi with soloist Jerome Pernoo (piano) includes works by Offenbach and Brahms. Richard Cock will conduct the Gala Concert with soloists Ben Schoeman (piano) and Magdalene Minnaar (soprano). The programme comprises fascinating and charming works including Liszt’s Hungarian March, MacDowell’s To a Wild Rose, Grainger’s Country Garden and Ambroise Thomas’ Mad Scene from Hamlet, to name but a few.In two separate concerts, The Goldberg Trio and Diamond Ensemble bring renditions of some of the most remarkable works in the chamber music oeuvre. Mozart’s Divertimento in E Flat, K. 563 performed by the Goldberg Trio – Zanta Hofmeyr (violin), Morkel Combrink (viola) and Wessel Beukes (cello). Samson Diamond, winner of the 2010 Standard Bank Young Artist Award for Music, has chosen two contrasting works, Franz Schubert’s deeply sublime String Quintet in C major, D. 956 and Tchaikovsky’s celebrated String Sextet in D minor “Souvenir de Florence” Op. 70 performed by the Diamond Quartet and two guest artists.The Westhuizen Duo presents a programme which includes the staple of the duo-piano repertoire: Rachmaninoff’s monumental Suite No. 2, Op. 17 for Two Pianos together with works by Schumann and Poulenc. They will also perform the world premiere of Jeanne Zaidel-Rudolph’s It Takes Two to Tango and the South African premiere of American Groove for Two Pianos by Evan Mack (USA).Inspired by text from the Book of Revelation, Quartet to the End of Time (Quatuor pour la fin du temps) scored for clarinet, violin, cello and piano is a piece by French composer Olivier Messiaen. Written while a prisoner of war, this major work of the twentieth century premiered in Germany in 1941 to an audience of fellow prisoners and prison guards. Performed by Samson Diamond (violin), Alan Thompson (clarinet), Anna Wilshire Jones (piano) and Wessel Beukes (cello).Take one portion of Beethoven’s Kreutzer Sonata for piano and violin, saute thoroughly and add four delicious tangos by Astor Piazzolla plus five well-known swing melodies and mix briskly until the consistency is almost that of jazz. Beethoven Tango is brought to you by Charl du Plessis (piano) and Zanta Hofmeyr (violin). This is music that you can taste!Come and hear such favourites as Don’t cry for me Argentina (Evita), Memory (Cats), Music of the Night and All I ask of you (Phantom of the Opera), Love changes everything (Aspects of Love) and a host of other famous and popular songs in Lloyd Webber & Friends. Veramarie Meyer (mezzo soprano) and Nicholas Nicolaidis (tenor) are joined by members of the KwaZulu-Natal Philharmonic Orchestra with narration by Richard Cock, who conducts.Auriol Hays Behind Closed Doors features her mature, classy, alternative pop songs fused with jazzy soul wedged between some darker powerful ballads will, at one moment, have you dancing, and in the next, holding your heart heavily in its musical hands. Songwriter/producer extraordinaire Andre Scheepers leads the band on keyboards. The programme will feature hit songs Take it Slow and Turn Up the Volume, both of which received massive commercial radio success.Ever since its debut, the Luca Ciarla Quartet has been appreciated by audiences and critics for its highly original tunes and arrangements, in which contemporary jazz and ethnic music happily blend together, creating an irresistible Mediterranean jazz sound. Presented by Violipiano Arts supported by the Italian Institute of Culture, the quartet is sure to wow festival audiences.Boo! was born in 1997 in the backstreets of Brixton, Johannesburg. Within seven years they acquired an enormous cult following worldwide, brandishing their self-styled genre of “monkipunk”. After breaking up in 2004, Chris Chameleon surprised his punk pundits and cohorts by becoming one of the best-selling artists in Afrikaans music. In 2010, Boo! emerged again and soon won Suckfree Radio’s “Greatest unsigned Band in the World” competition with their remixed and re-mastered album The Three of Us, which has already spawned two hit singles The Three of Us and To Do Today. 2011 is set be the “Year of the Boo!”François Sarhan will present a programme of two works: Lectures of Professor Glaçon performed in English with three French musicians from the collective vocal-instrumental ensemble crWth; and Telegrams from the Nose, created by François Sarhan and William Kentridge, which he performs with four South African musicians including Jill Richards with videos by Catherine Meyburgh.Visual artsOn the visual arts front, Standard Bank Young Artist Award winner Nandipha Mntambo will be presenting her exhibition Faena which is the most beautiful and skilful section of a bullfight. It refers to a dance with death, where the matador must prove his courage and artistry. In this work, Mntambo presents an extension of her interest in the sport of bullfighting. Using the media of painting, drawing, video and sculpture, she creates an experience/encounter that interrogates the viewer’s sense of sight, hearing, smell and touch.The Johannesburg Art Gallery’s retrospective exhibition celebrates the life and work of Alan Crump (1949-2009), entitled Alan Crump: A Fearless Visionary. This memorial exhibition celebrates the extraordinary depth and integrity of his artistic vision by bringing together for the first time a comprehensive retrospective of his work.An innovative group exhibition featuring 26 South Africans and four international artists, each involved in some aspect of comic art and sculpture will collaborate in the CO/MIX Pavilion 2011. Drawing inspiration from the Beautiful Losers DIY street art movement, CO/MIX conjoins expressionist comic art with political and underground cartooning and the contemporary visual subcultures of skate, surf, street, hip hop, Indie craft & graffiti, overlaying it all with a passionate concern for aesthetic integrity in the creation of unique art objects.An exhibition presented by the Caversham Centre will feature works from the major portfolios printed by the Caversham Press, including well-known artists such as William Kentridge, Magkabo Helen Sebidi and the late Robert Hodgins and Gabisile Nkosi. The exhibition will offer a comprehensive history of personal visual concepts and observations mediated by experiencing life in pre- and post-apartheid South Africa. After two and a half decades, Caversham’s contribution to the story of South African printmaking reveals a complex dialogue of many voices and the evidence of many visions embedded in a rich diversity of imagery.… and walk in my shoes, presented by Brodie Stevenson Gallery, is an experiential installation that blurs the distinction between the roles of viewer and performer by Burundi-born artist Serge Nitegeka. As an installation, the sculpture is incomplete without viewer interaction and it gets completed by the viewer’s experience.For future generations is presented in association with the Albany History Museum and the International Library of African Music, and features instruments and artefacts from its vast collection. The exhibition is the outreach and education component of a two year cataloguing and digitizing project (2008-09) and it displays a selection of African musical instruments from the Hugh Tracey instrument collection and numerous features on Tracey’s field research, publications, films and audio recordings. Video stations offer footage of South African mine dancing, Chopi xylophone orchestras, Shona music and story-telling, and on ILAM’s history and current projects.Public performance artThe streets of Grahamstown will again comer alive with spectacular PUBLIC ART performances and exhibitions in public spaces. Following the success of the 2010 festival, this year’s festival will once again open and close with Move Your Mind, a street parade featuring a spectacle of enthusiastic giant puppets, the Phezulu Stilt walkers, the drumbeats of the Sakhaluntu dancers and drummers and physically trained and acrobatic artists from the Oddbody Collective.Members of the public are invited to join in with enthusiasm and a keen sense of frivolity as the throng of giant puppets, stilt-walkers, street acrobats and youth theatre projects parade down the streets of Grahamstown.The South African premiere of Machitun, devised as an outdoor spectacle for the whole family, will wow with flying bouncing acrobats, ethereal dance, aerial battles, the beat of many drums and the soaring harmonies of feminine voices, set against a dramatic backdrop of shadow and light, rain and fire. With direction by Argentine Javier Drucaroff, creator of the shows Doble Banda and Ritual, choreography and performance by Cirque du Soleil selected acrobat Pablo Descoubes, musical direction and score by the renowned Ernesto Romeo and guest-starring some of SA’s top musicians. Machitun has been designed and created for the National Arts Festival by Proyecto 34°S, with a team of professionals artists from Argentina and South Africa, with support from the Argentine Foreign Office.Funded by Culture Ireland, A Fairies Tale is a promenade theatrical performance pieces suitable for the entire family. Set in the idyllic Makana Botanical Garden, it is an adventure about finding out who or what is hiding out in some of the best-known children’s stories of all time. This show depends on the walk, and the audience follows the characters through the garden dancing, running and walking.Loosely adapted from the Antoine De Saint Exupery’s The Little Prince, Tshini Kwedini! takes the audience on a journey of a local herdboy who, tired of living in his tiny village and wanting to make a difference in the world, sets out on an adventure to far-away places in search of his destiny. With song, dance, clowning, music, stilts, juggling, acrobatics, and other circus tricks, this family event has something in it for everyone. Tshini Kwedini! is a local development initiative of the National Arts Festival and OddBody Theatre.Commissioned by the Johannesburg Arts Alive International Festival, the 7x14m Bottle Top Mosaic is a public artwork conceptualized by Hannelie Coetzee and Usha Seejarim of Such Initiative, made up of over 90 000 discarded plastic bottle tops. The work took 10 weeks to produce. At its peak there were 8 community centres, 140 children, 30 disabled adults, 31 crafters and the Such Initiative management team actively cleaning and weaving the bottle tops into a cohesive artwork.Eastern Cape ShowcaseThe Eastern Cape Showcase is a dynamic revitalisation of which positions the East Cape Department of Sports, Recreation, Arts and Culture not only as a major sponsor of the festival but also as the most important player in the preservation and promotion of arts and culture in the province.The provincial showcase will feature theatre, indigenous music and dance, exhibitions, a youth film projects and performances by independent theatre companies who are contributed to growing an arts economy in the province.Two Women, Two Worlds devised by UK actress Val McLane and Nomhle Nkonyeni, a veteran South African actress from the Eastern Cape, comparing and contrasting their lives in the two different countries on two different continents. Together they tell each other and the audience about their customs and their rituals from the choosing of a name to their chosen career paths. In the course of these stories they question each other and the audience; sometimes arguing over their lack of understanding of each other’s culture. They tell stories of determination and resourcefulness from their own family backgrounds, interspersed with songs and poems and dramatic episodes.A Century of Fallen Eastern Cape Artists pays tribute to those who fearlessly used their creative skills in speaking out against the ills of oppression. Their heroic roles in resisting socio-political atrocities contributed to the downfall of the apartheid ideology. The exhibition further highlights the Department of Sport, Recreation, Arts and Culture’s commitment to social cohesion and nation building through the visual arts. Talented young artists express themselves highlighting the elusive economic freedom so desperately needed in a developing country.In the Crafter’s Exhibition, authentic craft art from a province unique in style, design and production techniques have been sourced from urban areas and the most rural villages in the province to create an all-inclusive array of diverse products. Visitors to the Crafter’s Exhibition are guaranteed to have access to craft art that have already made their mark on the global market. Festival visitors will also have an opportunity to interact with crafters who will demonstrate their skills. They will highlight the production process from conceptualisation to design, production and finished product.Rhythms of the Eastern Cape highlight the vibrancy of the sub-tribes of the Eastern Cape – amaBhaca, abaThembu, amaKhoisan, abeSuthu and amaMpondo. Drawn from the various districts of the province, the Eastern Cape Department of Sports, Recreation, Arts and Culture acts as a custodian of preserving and promoting indigenous knowledge systems and indigenous culture. Rhythms of the Eastern Cape, a fascinating display of the province’s rich music and dance heritage, is a potpourri of traditional dance and music ranging from the vibrant foot-stomping of the amaBhaca dance to the delicately refined animal movement of the Khoisan. In an extravaganza of five lunchtime concerts, audiences will be introduced to the sub-tribes or clans who will mesmerise with their indigenous music and dance. Artists will also be drawn from the newly-formed Indigenous Music Orchestra and Eastern Cape Cultural Ensemble.The Village Green Fair and Fiddler’s Green will offer festival goers enough space to take a break away from the performances and exhibitions and to indulge in the extravaganzas of strolling through busy festival markets to purchase from the spoils of hundreds of craft and food stalls.Festivals within the FestivalIn addition to the productions on the main programme, the National Arts Festival effectively runs seven festivals with the festival, including:The Arena programme, featuring productions by some of the winners of last year’s Standard Bank Fringe Ovation Award.The esoteric and eccentric Fringe programme, which often holds some unique theatrical gems and surprises.Think!Fest with its provocative and engaging conversations and debate.The Student Theatre programme showcasing work from the country’s leading university drama departments.The Standard Bank Jazz Festival, with Standard bank Young Artist Bokani Dyer.The Film festival, which will showcase, among others, films by festival guest Richard Stanley.Spiritfest and Wordfest, which also run alongside the National Arts Festival programme.The Festival will again run the Hands On! Masks Off! programme supported by Business and Arts South Africa, featuring a series of workshops and seminars on arts entrepreneurship.The Remix Laboratory, supported by various Embassies, funds community-based artists to attend the festival as a residency programme, allowing them to gain maximum benefit from presenting their own shows and by attending professional performances. Participants are also provided with a series of of creative skills capacity-building workshops with professionals.The festival’s Writer development laboratories allow emerging writers to be mentored by professional writers at the festival, and to have at least one work each year culminate in a full staged reading during the festival. The following writer development laboratories will be resident at the festival this year: Novel Script Project (funded by the Royal Netherlands Embassy), Playwright Development Project (funded by the British Council) and the Theatre in Translation Project (funded by the Argentinean Foreign Office).The ARTReach Project, Arts Encounter Project, Art Factory and the Phezulu Project continue to demonstrate the festival’s commitment to providing access to the arts and artistic development to all communities in Grahamstown.The South African Post Office will be on board this year as a new sponsor of local initiatives to promote indigenous music, coinciding with the launch of a new South African postage stamp featuring African indigenous musical instruments.Now in its 36th year, South Africa’s National Arts Festival is one of the leading arts festivals in southern Africa. Tickets for all shows are available through Computicket.The National Arts Festival is supported by Standard Bank, the Eastern Cape Government, the National Arts Council, the National Lottery Distribution Trust Fund, the Sunday Independent and M-Net.For more information, visit www.nationalartsfestival.co.za.Source: National Arts Festivallast_img read more

Web Apps Are One Thing But What About Security on the Smart Grid?

first_imgWeb apps are not exactly secure. IBM tracks 9 billion events per day. They see 150 million intrusion attempts on a daily basis.Of the vulnerabilities they see, 49% come from web apps. Of the 49%, about 67% of those vulnerabilities never get patched.So, what happens when the physical world is controlled by networks that connect with on-premise and cloud environments? We’ve spent the past two days at IBM Innovate where the discussion is about the development of systems and the increasing complexity of interconnecting network. IBM calls it the complexity of “systems of systems,” a term that is redundant and a bit confusing but we’ll work with it.The security issues get increasingly complex in these systems that connect devices to networks and multiple other connected systems.Take Babcock Ranch, the 90,000 acre smart development that is using IBM Rational to plan its network of instruments that will be integrated into all manners of physical devices.Fo instance, Babcock will put instruments on sprinkler heads throughout the community. They will be networked to pull in weather data so the sprinklers can water certain areas. Houses will be solar powered. When clouds move over, the smart grid will know to compensate.Jack Danahy is a security executive in the office of the CTO at IBM Software. He preaches the concept of designing security from the start of development, not as an add on as is often the practice with Web apps. From the blog he writes with Andy Bochman, a fellow security executive at IBM:“Threats from bad guys are one thing; threats from poor coding, configuration errors and other unintentional companions of complexity are likely a bigger challenge in the near term. Nevertheless, could an attacker work his/her way through less-than-secure automotive communications networks to put drivers in harm’s way or adversely impact a utility? Sounds exotic, but when Vehicle-to-Grid (V2G) dreams start becoming reality, and electric cars draw their power from the grid while fulfilling important energy storage functions upon which we come to rely, this is one area we want to make sure doesn’t get overlooked. In fact, just like in everything else, we’d recommend minimizing the drama and designing security in from the word go.”Danahan is the founder of Ounce Labs, the company he sold to IBM last year. Today, IBM announced the integration of Ounce Labs with Rational’s security technology. The result is AppScan Source Edition, a new addition to its Web application security and compliance portfolio. AppScan helps companies correct security vulnerabilities before the app goes live.Security issues are a problem with Web apps. But if nothing else, the security problems that have been on the Web may be a learning lesson as we enter this new age of the Internet of Things. But, still, even if security is built into the technology, the smart grid is not guaranteed to be any more secure than a Web app.From EcoSeed:“According to a study by systems engineer Mohit Arora, the future smart grid’s use of communication technologies implies an increase in computer-controlled electronics and software, which might increase the probability of a potential cyber attack.Mr. Arora says the danger in a cyber attack is the element of uncertainty. A cyber attack can strike through the public network from a remote location virtually anywhere in the world.Successful cyber attacks could lead to power outages, destruction of generators and even grid instability. Hackers can also steal data from the memory of these devices and insert malicious software instead.” Designing with security in mind will be essential in the new smart world. Especially considering that the criminal networks will surely be getting smarter, too. Related Posts A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… alex williams Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic…center_img Tags:#cloud#security Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

The Wait for National Code Will Likely Get Longer

first_imgPolitics is such a slippery business it would be foolhardy to count on the American Clean Energy and Security Act – more commonly known as the Waxman-Markey bill, or H.R. 2454 – finding its way into law in anything other than diminished form. By the time it was approved by the House in June, a key mandate of the legislation was weakened to require a 17% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 2020 (the original target was 20%) and 83% by 2050 from 2005 levels through a cap-and-trade system.More pertinent to the homebuilding industry, though, is Section 201 of the 1,200-page bill, which establishes a policy and schedule for the development and nationwide implementation of improved building energy codes. The provision gives code bodies, states, and localities a timetable for proposing and adopting residential and commercial codes on their own that meet or exceed the minimum requirements identified in the bill. The bill also gives the Department of Energy the power to enforce federal code in states that fail to comply. The states would have a year to develop their own codes and two years to demonstrate compliance.National code targetsAs the energy-efficiency advocacy group Alliance to Save Energy points out, Waxman-Markey, as passed by the House, would require the DOE to establish codes that achieve 30% savings within one year of enactment, 50% savings by the end of 2014 for homes and 2015 for commercial buildings, and an additional 5% savings every three years until 2030. DOE would also be required to give technical and financial assistance to the International Code Council and the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers to develop the codes, but would step in if the independent organizations did not meet the targets.Committees in the Senate are now working on versions of climate-change legislation that likely will hew even more to the interests of the utilities and industry groups – which include the National Association of Home Builders – that oppose H.R. 2454 and its substitute amendment, H.R. 2998. Given Capitol Hill’s current focus on health care reform, however, it’s unlikely any of the Senate measures, much less a bill hammered out by the Senate and House, will be brought to a vote anytime soon.As a recent analysis by corporate consultancy Gerson Lehrman Group points out, further action on climate-change legislation could easily get pushed into 2010, although those who oppose the Waxman-Markey bill should by no means consider the battle won.Sources of confusionOne byproduct of the debate about H.R. 2454 has been misinformation about its provisions for energy efficiency in homes. The Daily Green, a consumer-oriented site for green products and policies, asked FactCheck.org, a nonpartisan nonprofit project of the Annenberg Public Policy Center, to address claims that the bill would require energy audits of all new and existing residential and commercial structures that go up for sale.For example, the House Minority Leader, John Boehner of Ohio, says On his website that should the bill become law, “your home will be subjected to a new energy rating assessment and energy labeling program that will penalize you for older windows, original fixtures, and dated appliances.”FactCheck points out that there is no such provision in the bill. The group does note, however, that, in its original form, the bill would have authorized the DOE to create a building energy labeling program to “enable and encourage knowledge about building energy performance by owners and occupants and to inform efforts to reduce energy consumption nationwide.” The National Association of Realtors objected to the program, saying it would unfairly devalue older homes. NAR collaborated on a reworking of that provision, which now says a state “shall seek to ensure that labeled information be made accessible to the public in a manner so that owners, lenders, tenants, occupants, or other relevant parties can utilize it.”In his June 29 broadcast, radio host Rush Limbaugh went a bit beyond Boehner’s claims about audit requirements to say that “when you sell your house, environmental experts have to come in and do a survey to find out if you’ve got leaky windows, if all the environmental systems are correct, if you have relatively new appliances, and until you modernize in the way they say, you can’t sell – that’s in the bill.”FactCheck notes that the bill contains no point-of-sale upgrade requirement. The legislation does, however, provide funding for states “to offer financial incentives, such as loans or grants, for property owners to voluntarily decide to improve energy efficiency.” Since taxpayer money would support such a program, the state would have to verify that all upgrades were made according to program guidelines.It remains to be seen whether the building code provisions will attract quite the same level of politically charged attention. Seems unlikely. But the provisions are nonetheless under scrutiny, and it could be a while before we know their fate.last_img read more