Proposed Tunnel Would ‘Ruin’ Stonehenge Ruins

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Stonehenge, one of the world’s oldest archaeological sites, is at the center of a heated controversy. On Thursday, transportation officials announced plans to build a tunnel underneath the popular tourist destination. Officials say it will increase traffic flow and cut down on noise pollution.

But historians don’t see it that way. They believe building a tunnel beneath the prehistoric monument is an act of vandalism. To them, Stonehenge is a sacred historical site, and they’re doing everything in their power to prevent it from being disturbed.

“Stonehenge did not exist in isolation. Stretching all around it are traces stamped, not just in the field, in the very subsoil of Salisbury Plain—the most archaeologically significant landscape anywhere in Europe. Lose it to the tunnel and you lose our beginnings,” said historian Tom Holland.

The plan, as it stands, is to reroute the A303 Highway to run underneath Stonehenge instead of alongside it. The tunnel itself would be about 3 kilometers long, or 1.8 miles. The project would cost an estimated £2 billion ($3.2 billion).

The problem is, even though the site dates back to 3100 BC, modern day discoveries are still being made. For example, in September 2015, researchers found evidence of what they believe to be the remnants of an ancient stone monument near the ruins. Historians are worried that undiscovered artifacts could be destroyed during the construction of the tunnel.

Andy Rhind-Tutt, Chairman of Amesbury Museum and Heritage Trust, related the tunnel to being a “self-destructing time bomb.” He urged members of the public to take action immediately.

The Stonehenge Alliance, an organization dedicated to protecting the site, has also spoken out against the project. On Thursday, the organization unleashed a social media campaign focused on raising awareness about the tunnel plans. So far, it’s working, seeing as #Stonehenge is currently trending on Twitter.

But even if the project were approved, construction isn’t set to begin until 2020. It’s going to be a long and tumultuous road if transportation officials really want to see this project through.

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U.S.-China Relations Organization Boasts Many High-Powered Board Members

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China has been in the news a lot lately. From naval exercises in the South China Sea to changes in the diplomatic relationship between the U.S. and China with the election of a new president, it’s clear that China, in addition to being an economic powerhouse, is landing front and center on the world diplomatic stage.

With that in mind, it’s more important than ever for businesses to be aware of the shifting political climate and to promote a good relationship between the two countries.

That’s where the National Committee on U.S.-China Relations comes in. For 50 years, the National Committee has been at the forefront in fostering constructive, beneficial relations, from ping-pong diplomacy to welcoming President Xi Jinping on his most recent visit.

Obviously, business relations are a big part of the U.S.-China equation. Thus, it stands to reason that the National Committee’s board would have among its members a good number of investment professionals and top-flight business executives.

Take, for example, Bill E. Ford, president and CEO of General Atlantic. Ford has a long history of philanthropy and community service beyond his work with the National Committee. He has served as trustee and vice chair of the board of The Rockefeller University and has also served on the boards of the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center and the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts.

National Committee Board Chair Carla A. Hills is chair and CEO of Hills & Company, a firm that provides advice to U.S. businesses on investment, trade, and risk assessment abroad, particularly in emerging market economies. She serves as a trustee to the Gerald R. Ford Presidential Foundation and the Peterson Institute for International Economics, America Abroad Media, and the Urban Institute.

Board member Elizabeth Knup is the China director of the Ford Foundation, overseeing all grantmaking in that nation. She also serves on the boards of the Institute for Sustainable Communities, the Capacity Building and Assessment Center, and the Global Environment Institute. She previously served on the Board of Trustees of the Lingnan Foundation, a supporter of education initiatives in southern China.

National Committee Board Vice Chair William R. Rhodes is president and CEO of William R. Rhodes Global Advisors, LLC. He is a governor and Life Trustee of the New York-Presbyterian Hospital and a member of the Metropolitan Museum of Art Business Committee and Chairman’s Committee. He is chairman emeritus of the Board of Trustees of the Northfield Mount Hermon School.

These business professionals ensure that the National Committee is able to continue strengthening the relationship between the U.S. and China no matter what political storms may come.

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It’s Over: Megyn Kelly Leaves Fox News for NBC

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On Tuesday night, Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly announced her departure from the conservative cable network. After working with Fox News for over a decade, she will now be embarking on a new journey with NBC News.

Her abrupt career change comes on the tail end of her infamous run-ins with President-elect Donald Trump. Kelly posed some tough questions to Trump during his campaign season. It eventually led her to write a book about how she felt threatened by his repeated outbursts and verbal attacks.

Because of this, many are speculating as to whether Kelly’s feud with Trump put her at odds with Fox’s conservative agenda. But Kelly left no evidence of hard feelings. During her nightly news segment, she reflected on all the positive aspects of her time spent at Fox News.

“This is a tough decision for me because I love this show, our staff, my crew, my colleagues here at Fox,” Kelly stated.

As to her reason for leaving, Kelly claimed that she needed more “human connection,” particularly with her children who are ages 7, 5, and 3. She didn’t comment as to whether she would be working a reduced number of hours.

She will, however, continue to host her daily news segment. The only thing that will be different is that this time, it will be hosted by NBC. She referred to it as a “new challenge,” and is excited to embark on her next adventure.

According to CNN Money, Kelly was making $20 million a year with Fox News. But as far as salaries go, Kelly’s spokeswoman, Leslee Dart, claims that money was not “the driving factor.”

This marks the end of a long, successful career with Fox News for Kelly. CNN reports that Kelly had the second-most watched news segment on cable television. Many are considering it a blow to Fox News, as her departure is likely to reduce their viewership.

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Exercise Helps Prevent Type 2 Diabetes

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Brace yourself because this is going to come as a shock: exercise is good for you. The more of it, the better.

No, but seriously, exercise is good for preventing type 2 diabetes, which has just about hit epidemic levels globally. Current estimates figure that there will be as many as 600 million cases of the disease by 2035.

For the record, type 2 is the kind that anyone can develop, and isn’t the kind you inherit (that’s type 1). The epidemic is connected to widespread obesity, both of which are linked to diet and exercise.

A recent study examined 23 studies from around the world, including over 1 million participants, and found that some pretty simple steps can help prevent the disease. For example, 150 minutes (2.5 hours a week) of “moderate to vigorous” exercise per week can reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes by 26%. “Moderate to vigorous exercise” can include a brisk walk, gentle cycling, or a variety of low impact sports.

In other words, you don’t have to become a CrossFit guru to be healthy; just go for a walk each day. Of course, if you do more exercise, that’s even better, but that’s up to you.

For the record though, as many as a third of British adults (according to a 2012 survey) weren’t even getting their 150 minutes a week. It’s kind of sad considering thirty minutes a day is not that much to commit to.

If it helps, get yourself a workout partner. They can help you to stay motivated. Another trick you can use is to reward yourself at the end of each week for meeting your exercise goals. Incentive yourself by allowing yourself to purchase an item you always wanted if you meet your goal. You’ll feel great both physically and mentally knowing that you earned it.

So do a little exercise, you won’t regret it.

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CSR Responsible 100 Honors Levy, Ackerley, Reingold

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Corporate social responsibility (CSR) is a frequently discussed topic among today’s businesses. Encompassing a variety of measures designed to contribute to sustainable development, CSR often includes addressing economic, social, and environmental issues within a business. It also often includes launching initiatives to support human rights, sustainable corporate governance, health and safety, and good working conditions.

One organization recognizing top-tier corporate social responsibility efforts is the Responsible 100. This organization encourages companies to answer a variety of questions about environmental impact, governance, and other issues, and ranks each company based on their answers. This year’s Responsible 100, including Anton Levy of General Atlantic, Anne Ackerley of BlackRock, and Daniel Reingold of RiverSpring Health, were honored with a luncheon on December 15 in New York City.

The luncheon also featured the release of Responsible 100’s special commemorative publication featuring profiles of top honorees, research and analysis on major trends in corporate social responsibility, predictions for 2017, and op-eds from thought leaders in business and government.

About the honorees:

Anton Levy, Managing Director and Global Head of Internet and Technology, has been working with General Atlantic since 1998. He currently serves on the boards of directors of Squarspace, OneCountry, Klarna, and Red Ventures. He also serves as a board observer for Airbnb, Meituan, and Uber. He is also involved with a number of educational and nonprofit organizations, serving as a trustee for WNYC (New York Public Radio) and University of Virginia’s Endowment, as well as serving as board chairman of Streetwise Partners.

Anne Ackerley has been with BlackRock since 2000. She is a Managing Director and head of the U.S. & Canada Defined Contribution (USDC) group. She serves on the Harvard-Radcliffe Alumni Schools Committee and is a trustee of the Riverdale Mental Health Association. In 2013, she was honored by the YWCA Academy of Women Leaders and was named a trailblazer by the National Council for Research on Women for her work in advancing gender equity.

Danlei Reingold is President and Chief Executive Officer of RiverSpring health, a nonprofit senior care organization. Reingold and his team opened the Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Center for Elder Abuse Prevention, the nation’s first elder abuse shelter. He serves on the board of directors of the Continuing Care Leadership Coalition, the Greater New York Hospital Association, and the Association of Jewish Aging Services.

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