April 15, 2021

LCD Soundsystem Announces Tropical Destination Event With Awesome Lineup

first_imgWith LCD Soundsystem back in action, it only makes sense that the beloved electronica-influenced band would want to bring their loyal fans to new places. Enter Beach Vibes, the band’s first ever destination event. Taking place at Riviera Maya, MX from January 26-28, 2017, LCD Soundsystem will play for two nights and host fans for three nights of tropical jams.LCD Soundsystem will play two nights, and feature a great lineup of artists for the festival experience. Hot Chip, Run The Jewels, Carl Craig, DJ Harvey, Holy Ghost!, The Black Madonna, Horse Meat Disco, Poolside, Museum of Love, Eric Duncan, Juan Maclean (DJ), Shit Robot, Tim Sweeney, Felix Dickinson, Lovefingers, Heidi Lawden and more TBA will all be performing!Ticket packages go on sale on July 11th, and all information can be found here. Check out the lineup poster below.last_img read more

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Harvard establishes strategic research alliance with Servier

first_imgAgreement supports collaborative advancement of research in a range of therapeutic areas by researchers from across HarvardHarvard University has established a 3-year strategic research alliance with Servier to support multiple, multi-year research projects that will focus on the development of innovative therapeutics across disease areas of mutual interest.Under the new research alliance, coordinated by Harvard’s Office of Technology Development, Servier will support a number of faculty-initiated research projects at Harvard, identifying these projects through a request for proposals in two funding cycles. Harvard and Servier anticipate a range of projects spanning exploratory investigations of biological mechanisms, to identification of possible targets, or to preclinical validation of targets and leads.Visiting scientists from Servier will also have the opportunity to collaborate directly with Harvard researchers, gaining new expertise in areas of biomedical science and enriching the academic perspective with their experience in drug development.“Collaborations between academic scientists and our colleagues in industry are crucial to advance discovery in areas of therapeutic relevance and to speed the adoption of promising new therapies,” said Isaac T. Kohlberg, Harvard’s Senior Associate Provost and Chief Technology Development Officer. “Investigations by Harvard researchers can lay the groundwork for life-changing medical advances. We are pleased to embark on this strategic alliance to identify and support research of great importance to the battle against chronic diseases.”For Servier, the alliance represents a major milestone in the international pharmaceutical company’s ambition to build a footprint in the research hub of Boston and Cambridge.“Access to cutting-edge science is fundamental to the growth of Servier’s R&D portfolio. We are delighted to build on our existing good relations with Harvard University and excited at the prospect of identifying new collaboration opportunities,” said Claude Bertrand, Servier’s General Director of Research and Development, CSO.Projects may be selected from labs across Harvard University, including in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, Harvard Medical School, the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering, or the Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences.###About Harvard University’s Office of Technology DevelopmentHarvard’s Office of Technology Development (OTD) promotes the public good by fostering innovation and translating new inventions made at Harvard University into useful products that are available and beneficial to society. Our integrated approach to technology development comprises sponsored research and corporate alliances, intellectual property management, and technology commercialization through venture creation and licensing. To bridge the academic-industry development gap, Harvard OTD also manages the Blavatnik Biomedical Accelerator and the Physical Sciences & Engineering Accelerator. For more information, please visit http://otd.harvard.edu. Read Full Storylast_img read more

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SSGA presents ‘game-changing’ ESG scoring system

first_imgState Street Global Advisors (SSGA) has developed a system for scoring companies on their environmental, social and governance (ESG) practices that it believes will help unlock a shift towards sustainable capital markets.R-Factor, according to the $2.8trn (€2.5trn) asset manager, is “the change needed for ESG to become an integral part of the financial system”.Rakhi Kumar, head of ESG investments and asset stewardship at SSGA, said the system was the first “that puts companies in the driver’s seat and allows them to take the action needed to enhance their scores”.“It is built to address the current challenges with ESG data by removing opaqueness around ESG materiality in the scoring process,” she said. Rakhi Kumar, head of ESG investments and asset stewardship at SSGA“We had the vision that, as an asset manager, just coming up with products was not enough,” she added. “We actually had to do something to engage, to be transparent with companies – and this was the only way we saw of actually helping create sustainable capital markets.”The score is integrated into SSGA’s stewardship process, with the manager screening companies for voting and engagement based on their scores. SSGA discloses the score and the basis for it during engagements with companies.“This gives boards and management teams a roadmap for the specific dimensions that investors are evaluating to assess a company’s sustainability efforts,” SSGA stated. “It also helps companies identify which metrics to disclose and manage to improve future scores, creating a positive feedback loop in the market.”According to Kumar, the benefit of the scoring system’s transparency was with respect to companies and clients.“There is a lot of concern that what is going into an ESG product may conflict with returns, but with this we can explain to clients the financial materiality of the factors we’re considering,” she said.Corporate appreciation“[Companies] are very grateful for the transparency and feel they can actually understand what we’re doing,” she said. “Many of them are saying ‘this is really good, this we can work with’.”She added that SSGA made it clear to companies that the requirements were a minimum, and that they could continue to provide other information if they felt this was necessary for other stakeholders.SSGA worked on the scoring system for about 18 months and went public with it at the end of April.“People are actually starting to realise this is a game changer,” Kumar said, “particularly if you’re really trying to move the needle in terms of getting more financially material data available in the capital markets, and to make it as accessible as financial data.”How it works In building the R-Factor system, SSGA differentiated between environmental and social issues on the one hand, and governance issues on the other.For the environmental and social side, the asset manager turned to the materiality framework provided by the Sustainability Accounting Standards Board (SASB). SSGA noted that other reporting frameworks that pre-dated SASB left it up to companies to define what was material by sector, which had led to inconsistencies in company reporting.Kumar said SSGA wanted to use a commonly accepted transparent framework and not “build a new black box”.Because companies have “yet to fully align their disclosure practices” with SASB – the framework is voluntary and the standards were only recently codified – SSGA takes raw metrics from three different environmental and social data providers.“We have to leverage multiple sources of data to improve coverage but also to take out any variations or noise that comes from the low correlation between the different data providers,” said Kumar.For the governance component of the R-Factor score, SSGA drew from 16 national corporate governance codes, which it said were “transparent and supported by a large number of investors”. For the remaining countries the International Corporate Governance Network code is used.More concretely, this aspect of the score construction involves SSGA’s stewardship team taking metrics supplied by another data provider, ISS-Governance, and mapping those seen as relevant in a given market to the principles articulated in the corresponding governance code. Kumar told IPE that investors had not been giving enough guidance to companies about the information they wanted and that “the whole purpose [of R-Factor] is to bring transparency to the scoring process, especially around the financial materiality of ESG”.last_img read more

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Will regret when I watch a video of my dismissal: Navdeep Saini

first_imgAuckland: Navdeep Saini and Ravindra Jadeja’s 76-run stand for the eighth wicket took India tantalizingly close to an unlikely win. Saini was the aggressor in the partnership, scoring 45 off 49 balls and seemed to be turning the tables in India’s favor after they were 153/7 at one point chasing 275 at Eden Park in Auckland.However, he ended up losing his wicket while going for a big shot to debutant and man of the match Kyle Jamieson on 45. “I will regret it when I go back and see the video,” said Saini at the post-match press conference. “If I hadn’t got out, maybe the result could have been different. I will regret that I took it so close and maybe could have gotten closer.”We felt the wicket was flat and if we could stay till the end, the match could go close. So we were trying to contribute as much as possible and take the match to the end. Jadeja had told me that if you get a boundary ball hit it. Otherwise, take singles or doubles, try to keep patience and we can take the game to the end.” IANSAlso Read: East Bengal lose to Aizawl at Kalyani Municipality StadiumAlso Watch: Kokrajhar District BJP workers carried out cleanliness drivelast_img read more

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Eskridge stands out with 2 interceptions on Day 5 of camp

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on August 6, 2014 at 10:05 pm Contact Jesse: [email protected] | @dougherty_jesse Scott Shafer was pleased with how the play was unfolding. After practice on Wednesday, he couldn’t remember if it was an over or corner rout. But he did recall a receiver being open and the throw coming on time, all before senior free safety Durell Eskridge hauled in one of his two interceptions on the day. “From a coach’s point of view, schematically, you say ‘OK, it looks like a pretty good offensive scheme,’” Shafer, Syracuse’s head coach, said. “The throw really wasn’t late. It was just a really nice play by a damn good safety.”Eskridge was one of the Orange’s defensive leaders last season despite missing time down the stretch. He led SU in tackles and interceptions in 12 games, and was named to the All-Atlantic Coast Conference third team at year’s end. He also moonlighted as a wide receiver and had a 19-yard reception against Boston College. He had to think a moment before describing his two interceptions on Day 5 of training camp, before attributing both to his leaping ability. AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“A guy tried to run a bender behind me and I used my length and went up and got the ball,” he said. “The other one I had man-to-man and I ran with it and the quarterback just put the ball up there and I snatched it out of the air at the highest point.”After a great junior season, it was a finger injury that kept Eskridge out of Syracuse’s Texas Bowl win over Minnesota on Dec. 27. He was in full pads for the first time in awhile on Wednesday — he said probably November — but that didn’t show. Said Eskridge: “It felt a little different but you know I snagged two interceptions, made a couple good plays.” Commentslast_img read more

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