Students watch ‘An Inconvenient Truth’

first_imgIt’s “an inconvenient truth,” but only about 25 people showed up for a Harvard screening Sunday (Oct. 19) of a film by the same name, which earned former Vice President Al Gore ’69 both an Oscar and a Nobel Peace Prize.Apathy about Gore’s subject — the freight train of global warming — did not account for the slim crowd at Boylston Hall’s 140-seat Fong Auditorium. The Red Sox, after all, were in game six of a playoff series that night.Clad in a ball cap, jeans, and open sandals, Timothy Treuer ‘10, a volunteer with the Harvard College Environmental Action Committee (HCEAC), introduced the 2006 Gore film. Reminded afterward of the Sox game, he agreed that “people were probably in front of a big screen, watching something else.”But Gore’s message was heard at Harvard in many ways this week, including from the man himself, who spoke Wednesday (Oct. 22) to a Commencement-size crowd in the Tercentenary Theatre. His talk was the highlight of multiday celebrations this month of the University’s commitment to sustainability.Around campus, “An Inconvenient Truth” got an update too. On Tuesday night (Oct. 22), HCEAC sponsored three simultaneous screenings of Gore’s 25-minute follow-up film, based on a February talk he gave at a TED (Technology, Entertainment, Design) conference in Monterey, Calif. The coffee house-style events — at the Barker Center, and at Lowell and Currier houses — were moderated by faculty experts and drew small crowds of student discussants.Treuer was at Barker, where about 10 students watched the film. As an organic and evolutionary biology concentrator, he was familiar with the facts of global warming, but left impressed by Gore’s tone — “doggedly determined [and] forcefully optimistic,” said Treuer.At Currier House, about 20 watchers relaxed on sofas as Gore’s renewed message of horror and hope flickered on a television screen. Most had just enjoyed a House “sustainable dinner” — a meal of New England mussels, greens, squash, turnips, and cheese that was designed to illustrate the ecological advantages of eating regionally.Biologist James McCarthy, moderator of the post-film discussion, was thrilled to see mussels on the menu. “One of the most sustainable harvests,” he explained — low-cost filter feeders raised on floating coastal rafts. “Every time I see it, I’m delighted.”McCarthy is Harvard’s Alexander Agassiz Professor of Biological Oceanography and was one of the lead authors of the Arctic Climate Impact Assessment, a 2005 document that outlined the likely consequences of sustained warming in the Arctic.On screen, Gore got right to the point. “In order to solve the climate crisis, we have to solve the democracy crisis — and we have one,” he said. To arrest global warming, individual environmental action is needed, but changing the law is needed more.Gore also called for “a global transition to a low-carbon economy,” emphasizing conservation and renewable energy. Part of that is “a single, very simple solution” to the climate crisis, he said: “Put a price on carbon.”The element, trapped on Earth in vast reserves of coal, oil, and natural gas, is released as pollution when burned, filling the thin shell of the atmosphere with gases that trap heat.Gore added rapid updates of his prize-winning film — satellite images of shrinking forest cover, melting ice cover at the North Pole, and California-size snow melts in the Antarctic.But there is good news, said Gore: The technology for producing low-carbon energy already exists.And there is bad news: Developing countries are burning fossil fuel at a rate that matches the Western world in 1965; by 2025, energy-hungry emerging nations will reach 1985 levels.As one antidote, Gore likes a recent proposal floated in Europe: Set up a vast system of linked solar energy plants in developing countries, creating a product that would benefit both worlds.In the United States, 68 percent of citizens believe that human activity influences global warming, but they are tangled in “a culture of distraction,” said Gore, and put climate change way down on a list of priorities. “What’s missing,” he said, “is a sense of urgency.”To take on global climate change, Gore called for “another hero generation” like that of the Founding Fathers, or those inspired by Lincoln’s emancipation of the slaves, the triumph of women’s suffrage, or the sacrifices of World War II.Afterwards, McCarthy said Gore had found in global warming “the one issue around which civilization could rally.”Karen McKinnon ’10, an HCEAC volunteer who organized the Currier event, liked the updated film. It modified the impression in “An Inconvenient Truth” that climate change could be turned back by private action alone. Instead, Gore started to emphasize changing the behavior of world leaders.Political leaders are changing fast, and even both presidential candidates see the urgency of climate change, said McCarthy — “a truly remarkable transformation of political understanding.”last_img read more

Brandon Jones blasts past Hamlin-Chastain tangle for Darlington Xfinity win

first_imgIt was a fitting race finish for a track known as being “Too Tough To Tame.” The two front-running cars tangled with two laps remaining and Brandon Jones dove low to take the lead and the victory in Saturday’s Sport Clips Haircuts VFW 200 Xfinity Series race at Darlington Raceway.An intense, exciting and suspenseful battle for the lead in the final 10 laps between Xfinity Series regular Ross Chastain and this year’s Daytona 500 winner Denny Hamlin gave NASCAR fans all they could ask for, but ultimately, contact between the two in Turn 3 with two laps remaining allowed then-third place Jones, 23, of Atlanta, to get around the pair and capture his third checkered flag of the season.RELATED: Race results | Darlington weekend scheduleChastain recovered from the contact with Hamlin to earn his fourth runner-up finish of the season — crossing the line 3.363-seconds behind Jones. Ryan Sieg, rookie Riley Herbst and Hamlin rounded out the top five. Rookie Harrison Burton, Noah Gragson, Michael Annett, Austin Hill and rookie Myatt Snider completed the top 10.“This is a tough place to get around and man, just smart in the head I think today, I think that’s what got ’em,” said Jones, driver of the No. 19 Joe Gibbs Racing Toyota. “I saw they were really racing hard and I knew I was catching them and we knew he (Hamlin) was gonna pull that big slider.“That’s what you gotta do sometimes to get yourself in position.”RELATED: Brandon Jones reacts to wild finish at DarlingtonChastain, whose finish formally secured a berth in the 12-driver Xfinity Series Playoffs, seemed both frustrated and encouraged by the late-race duel with Hamlin, who has five Xfinity Series wins at Darlington. Chastain is the highest ranked driver still without a win on the year.“Denny was faster, I knew that, everybody watching NBC knew that. I just kept gripping the top best I could, probably hit (the wall) 25 times,” Chastain said.“To be able to be up against a guy like Denny Hamlin, a future Cup champion and go to the end like that with him, I’m proud of this group, proud of the effort,” Chastain said. “It’s another heartbreak, but we man, we finished and we still finished second with a beat-up race car.”RELATED: Ross Chastain proud to battle Denny Hamlin despite finishHamlin, who started last in the 37-car field, won both stages and essentially put on a Darlington driving clinic all afternoon, rebounding from a weak starting position, a slow pit stop, whatever was thrown at him.“He was running his line, I was running my line and I thought we had a great race going there,” Hamlin said. “I saw an opportunity to clear and once I did I just carried a little too much speed up into (Turn) 3 and obviously he got in back of us and allowed the 19 (Jones) to catch up to both of us.“It was fun, just didn’t work out.”RELATED: Denny Hamlin reacts to his move being called a “Hail Mary”It was actually Chase Briscoe who looked ready to give Hamlin the best challenge for the trophy. Briscoe led a race-best 55 laps on the afternoon, but he spun out and hit the wall while leading with 30 laps remaining — running over fluid on track left by Brett Moffitt’s damaged Chevrolet.The Stewart-Haas Racing driver still rallied to an 11th-place finish, one position ahead of the Xfinity Series championship leader Austin Cindric in 12th.RELATED: Chase Briscoe spins after contact with fluid while leading lateThere was also plenty of significant action among those vying for the 12th and final playoff position based on point standings. At the green flag, Brandon Brown held a 32-point advantage over Jeremy Clements and even after both suffered bad luck on Saturday, Brown was able to pull out to a 45-point hold on the final playoff transfer position.Brown’s No. 68 Chevrolet suffered collateral damage in a Lap 2 collision between Sieg and Daniel Hemric, and he had to make multiple pit stops for the team to keep the car running, if no longer competitive for a win.The work paid off because Clements ultimately had problems as well, his car stopping on track with 37 laps remaining.Brown rallied to a 17th-place finish while Clements was scored 32nd. The difference between them now is 45 points and rookie Snider, who earned his sixth top 10 of the season is now only six points behind Clements; 51 behind Brown.Three races remain to set the 2020 playoff field as the series moves to Richmond Raceway for a Friday-Saturday doubleheader next weekend starting with the Go Bowling 250 Friday (7 p.m. ET, NBCSN, MRN, SiriusXM NASCAR Radio).Notes: Post-race inspection in the NASCAR Xfinity Series garage revealed no issues. NASCAR will bring the Nos. 9, 18, 19 and 98 cars back to the R&D Center this week.last_img read more

Hydrogen highway opens with rally in Norway

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Tony Kenny – William Hill – BOS Speaker – The importance of a broad sponsorship mix

first_img StumbleUpon Share William Hill accelerates transformation agenda to overcome COVID realities August 5, 2020 Submit Share SBC Magazine Issue 10: Kaizen Gaming rebrand and focus for William Hill CEO August 25, 2020 Related Articles Gamesys tops list for GambleAware Q1 donations July 10, 2020 Tony Kenny looks after the PR/Communication and activation of William Hill’s sponsorship portfolio, which includes the Scottish Cup, Premier League and World Darts Championship.Kenny will be on our ‘Different Ball Game’ panel at Betting on Sports 2016 (September 15-16), speaking about how betting companies can reach new audiences via sports partnerships.SBC: William Hill has always had a broad sponsorship portfolio; as an organisation, how do you think you’ve benefited from this?TK: I think we’ve moved with the times and used our sponsorship mix effectively across our business both internally and externally. The industry’s current situation with Horse Racing shows the importance of not having a reliance on one sport.SBC: In its current context, do you think betting is too entwined with football marketing? Does the industry require fresh thinking?TK: For us, football sponsorship and partnerships remains an important part of our mix. It’s a competitive marketplace and it’s important to be front of mind when it comes to football betting – however there are emerging crossover sports where you can indirectly engage with a similar audience.SBC: Do you think that the marketing and communications for sports partnerships within the industry have become too formulaic? How do industry stakeholders create fresh and appealing campaigns?TK: I think betting companies need to look at their overall business objectives and strategy before jumping into football sponsorship. Then generate their campaigns based on their target audiences rather than going for the global 3.6 billion audience. They also need to engage more with fans through interactive content and stop thinking about supporters as numbers on their PowerPoint presentations.SBC: How can smaller sports with a unique audience make themselves more appealing to sports betting operators?TK: I think it’s really making themselves more appealing to the wider world. The UFC, Boxing and Darts are sports have revamped their images and have now become aspirational events to watch and attend.SBC: You are speaking at BOS on extending the betting industry’s reach within wider sports; what do you want delegates to take away from your session?TK: I hope they will get an insight into the importance of having a broad sponsorship mix and our successes both inside and outside of football sponsorship.____________________________________Are you interested in how betting companies can reach new audiences via sports partnerships?Make sure you’re at the largest sports betting industry conference of the year, Betting on Sports!#bettingonsports #BIGnBOSlast_img read more