Night for Newtown at Fenway Park 

Sheena singing at a fundraiser this Saturday at Fenway Park to help bring a children's museum to the Newtown community. All proceeds will go to the EverWonder Children's Museum

If you are in the Boston area and would like to attend, I would love to see you there! Please note that if you are unable to attend but would like to support this cause, you are welcome to donate to this cause directly through the website.

Venue:
Fenway Park’s State Street Pavilion

Date & Time:
Saturday March 23rd at 7:00 pm

Special guests:
EverWonder Children's Museum, Governor Deval Patrick, Boston Mayor
Thomas Menino, Senate President Therese Murray, Speaker Robert DeLeo
and Attorney General Martha Coakley

Tickets:
$65 with 100% of proceeds going to the EverWonder Children’s Museum

Visit http://www.newtowninboston.com for more information and to buy your tickets. 
Hurry! Tickets selling out quickly!

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  • aARTI

    aARTI NEW DELHI,INDIA

    PETITION TO The > World Bank President, Dr.Jim Kim, can save us if he hears from YOU and us. We are Fisher-Women, from GUJARAT, INDIA and We depend on the sea for our livelihood. Our life along with ten thousands of others is at stake. One of the biggest reasons is the Tata Mundra project, financed by the World Bank & Policy violations are there in the TATA Mundra plant. The power plant has blocked our traditional route between the shore and the market; lobster and turtle breeding grounds are flattened. Effluence from the power plant has depleted fish catch. Coal dust falling on fish out in the sun for drying makes it toxic and non-marketable. To make things worse, coal dust from the coal conveyer belt affects the health of our children, the elderly and even animals. Based on a complaint from us, International Finance Corporation (IFC - private sector arm of World Bank Group), did a scientific investigation of this project. They concluded that this project has gone all wrong, right from the time of planning and at every stage of its execution. The project has not complied with any of their own policies which has caused this damage to our lives Despite such evidence of non-compliance, the World Bank president, Dr. Jim Kim, refuses to take any adequate action. Rather, he supported the management, who defended their financing and their client. As the head of a development bank like World Bank, we expect more responsible action from Dr.Kim Jim. We have started this petition urging him to: 1. Recognize IFC policy violations and the serious impacts of its financing after CAO audit reconfirmed community’s complaint; 2. Develop remedial action plan that has clear timeline, specific targets and monitorable indicators that address restoration and reparation needs; and 3. Withdraw IFC funding immediately from the Tata coal plant and do not consider funding for project expansion. World Bank President, Dr.Jim Kim, can save us if he hears from you and us. Coal dust falling on fish out in the sun for drying makes it toxic and non-marketable. To make things worse, coal dust from the coal conveyer belt affects the health of our children, the elderly and even animals. Based on a complaint from us, International Finance Corporation (IFC - private sector arm of World Bank Group), did a scientific investigation of this project. They concluded that this project has gone all wrong, right from the time of planning and at every stage of its execution. The project has not complied with any of their own policies which has caused this damage to our lives. The findings of the report makes it very clear that IFC’s continued engagement with the project will negatively impact the people and environment. The person who has to make a final decision on this is the President of the World Bank, Dr.Jim Kim. THANKS & Please Do Share -- >> To: President of World Bank, Dr.Jim Kim Ronke Ogunsulire, Executive Assistant to the EVP Nicolas Peltier, President’s Liaison on IFC Laura Frigenti, Chief of Staff Karin Finkelston, Vice President, Asia Pacific Anita George, Regional Industry Director, Asia Infrastructure and Natural Resources Serge Devieux, Director, South Asia Jin-Yong Cai, Executive Vice President & CEO International Finance Corporatioon Dear Dr. Kim, It’s over four months since your accountability mechanism – Compliance Advisor Ombudsman (CAO) – published its report on Tata Mundra power project in Gujarat, India. The report unambiguously pointed at serious violations committed by International Finance Corporation (IFC) while financing the project. To quote CAO: “IFC’s review of its client’s E&S assessments was not commensurate with the risk involved. IFC paid insufficient attention to the requirements of the Performance Standards. IFC should have required that its client commission additional E&S assessment in order to ensure compliance. IFC did not pay adequate attention to verifying whether pre-project consultation requirements were met. “IFC failed to assure itself that directly affected fishing communities were engaged in effective consultation. IFC’s E&S review regarding marine impact did not meet the due diligence requirements set out in the Sustainability Policy. IFC has failed to ensure that its client has correctly applied the requirements of the Thermal Power Guidelines. “IFC failed to meet the requirements of the Sustainability Policy despite sufficient indications of project-related displacement (both physical and economic) as to require objective assessment. IFC should have advised that CGPL’s consideration of cumulative impact needed to go beyond that contained in the SEIA. IFC is unable to demonstrate either that its client’s monitoring is commensurate to risk.” Despite such a scathing report, we are disappointed that you have not taken any action. By not acknowledging the violations committed by IFC, and by not taking any immediate corrective actions, you are letting the violations to continue. By IFC failing in complying its own policies, it lets the company continue with gross violations, negatively impacting thousands of people and the fragile ecosystem of Kutch. As the head of a development bank like World Bank, we expect a more responsible action from you. We urge you to: 1. Recognize IFC policy violations and the serious impacts of its financing after CAO audit reconfirmed community’s complaint; 2. Develop remedial action plan that has clear timeline, specific targets and monitorable indicators that address restoration and reparation needs; and 3. Withdraw IFC funding immediately from the Tata coal plant and do not consider funding for project expansion. Sincerely,
    PETITION TO The > World Bank President, Dr.Jim Kim, can save us if he hears from YOU and us. We are Fisher-Women, from GUJARAT, INDIA and We depend on the sea for our livelihood. Our life along with ten thousands of others is at stake. One of the biggest reasons is the Tata Mundra project, financed by the World Bank & Policy violations are there in the TATA Mundra plant. The power plant has blocked our traditional route between the shore and the market; lobster and turtle breeding grounds are flattened. Effluence from the power plant has depleted fish catch. Coal dust falling on fish out in the sun for drying makes it toxic and non-marketable. To make things worse, coal dust from the coal conveyer belt affects the health of our children, the elderly and even animals.
    Based on a complaint from us, International Finance Corporation (IFC - private sector arm of World Bank Group), did a scientific investigation of this project.
    They concluded that this project has gone all wrong, right from the time of planning and at every stage of its execution. The project has not complied with any of their own policies which has caused this damage to our lives
    Despite such evidence of non-compliance, the World Bank president, Dr. Jim Kim, refuses to take any adequate action. Rather, he supported the management, who defended their financing and their client.
    As the head of a development bank like World Bank, we expect more responsible action from Dr.Kim Jim.
    We have started this petition urging him to:
    1. Recognize IFC policy violations and the serious impacts of its financing after CAO audit reconfirmed community’s complaint;
    2. Develop remedial action plan that has clear timeline, specific targets and monitorable indicators that address restoration and reparation needs; and
    3. Withdraw IFC funding immediately from the Tata coal plant and do not consider funding for project expansion.
    World Bank President, Dr.Jim Kim, can save us if he hears from you and us.
    Coal dust falling on fish out in the sun for drying makes it toxic and non-marketable. To make things worse, coal dust from the coal conveyer belt affects the health of our children, the elderly and even animals.
    Based on a complaint from us, International Finance Corporation (IFC - private sector arm of World Bank Group), did a scientific investigation of this project.
    They concluded that this project has gone all wrong, right from the time of planning and at every stage of its execution. The project has not complied with any of their own policies which has caused this damage to our lives.
    The findings of the report makes it very clear that IFC’s continued engagement with the project will negatively impact the people and environment. The person who has to make a final decision on this is the President of the World Bank, Dr.Jim Kim.
    THANKS & Please Do Share -- >>

    To:
    President of World Bank, Dr.Jim Kim
    Ronke Ogunsulire, Executive Assistant to the EVP
    Nicolas Peltier, President’s Liaison on IFC
    Laura Frigenti, Chief of Staff
    Karin Finkelston, Vice President, Asia Pacific
    Anita George, Regional Industry Director, Asia Infrastructure and Natural Resources
    Serge Devieux, Director, South Asia
    Jin-Yong Cai, Executive Vice President & CEO International Finance Corporatioon
    Dear Dr. Kim,

    It’s over four months since your accountability mechanism – Compliance Advisor Ombudsman (CAO) – published its report on Tata Mundra power project in Gujarat, India. The report unambiguously pointed at serious violations committed by International Finance Corporation (IFC) while financing the project. To quote CAO:

    “IFC’s review of its client’s E&S assessments was not commensurate with the risk involved. IFC paid insufficient attention to the requirements of the Performance Standards. IFC should have required that its client commission additional E&S assessment in order to ensure compliance. IFC did not pay adequate attention to verifying whether pre-project consultation requirements were met.

    “IFC failed to assure itself that directly affected fishing communities were engaged in effective consultation. IFC’s E&S review regarding marine impact did not meet the due diligence requirements set out in the Sustainability Policy. IFC has failed to ensure that its client has correctly applied the requirements of the Thermal Power Guidelines.

    “IFC failed to meet the requirements of the Sustainability Policy despite sufficient indications of project-related displacement (both physical and economic) as to require objective assessment. IFC should have advised that CGPL’s consideration of cumulative impact needed to go beyond that contained in the SEIA. IFC is unable to demonstrate either that its client’s monitoring is commensurate to risk.”

    Despite such a scathing report, we are disappointed that you have not taken any action. By not acknowledging the violations committed by IFC, and by not taking any immediate corrective actions, you are letting the violations to continue. By IFC failing in complying its own policies, it lets the company continue with gross violations, negatively impacting thousands of people and the fragile ecosystem of Kutch.

    As the head of a development bank like World Bank, we expect a more responsible action from you.

    We urge you to:

    1. Recognize IFC policy violations and the serious impacts of its financing after CAO audit reconfirmed community’s complaint;
    2. Develop remedial action plan that has clear timeline, specific targets and monitorable indicators that address restoration and reparation needs; and
    3. Withdraw IFC funding immediately from the Tata coal plant and do not consider funding for project expansion.

    Sincerely,