Harvard’s Institute of Politics announces fall fellows

first_imgHarvard’s Institute of Politics (IOP) has announced its fall resident and visiting fellows. Resident fellows lead weekly study groups during an academic semester; visiting fellows join the institute for a shorter period and meet with students and faculty.IOP fall resident fellows include: Mo Cowan, U.S. senator (D-MA; Feb. 2013-July 2013) and former senior adviser, chief of staff and chief legal counsel to Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick; Ginny Hunt, Google strategy principal and founder of the company’s public sector product and engineering team; Sasha Issenberg, Slate columnist, Washington correspondent and former Americas editor at Monocle, and author of The Victory Lab: The Secret Science of Winning Campaigns and The Sushi Economy: Globalization and the Making of a Modern Delicacy; Karen Mills, U.S. Small Business Administration administrator (2009-present) and member of President Obama’s cabinet and economic leadership team; Beth Myers, adviser for Mitt Romney’s 2012 presidential campaign, campaign manager for Romney’s 2008 presidential campaign and chief of staff to Romney (2002-06); and Ana Navarro, CNN/CNN Español political commentator, National Hispanic co-chair for Jon Huntsman’s 2012 presidential campaign and Hispanic Advisory Council national co-chair and national surrogate for John McCain’s 2008 presidential campaign.IOP fall visiting fellows include Hilda L. Solis, former U.S. labor secretary (2009-13) and U.S. representative (CA-32nd, D; 2001-09) and Antonio Villaraigosa, two-term mayor of Los Angeles (2005-13). Visiting fellows traditionally meet with student groups; lead discussion groups on topical issues and their experiences in public and political service; and participate in public policy classes. Read Full Storylast_img read more

Powerful voices

first_imgWhen Oprah Winfrey came to Harvard last year, the talk show host and philanthropist received not only an honorary degree of laws, but also served as Commencement speaker. Winfrey added a W.E.B. Du Bois Medal to those distinctions during a ceremony at Sanders Theatre on Tuesday night.The annual medals recognize outstanding contributions to African-American culture, and Winfrey’s company included architect David Adjaye, singer Harry Belafonte, Congressman John Lewis, “12 Years a Slave” director Steve McQueen, screenwriter Shonda Rhimes, and film producer Harvey Weinstein. Also honored was the poet Maya Angelou, who died in May.“Seven of this year’s recipients embody excellence in the arts, and there’s a reason we’re focused on the arts,” said Henry Louis Gates Jr., the Alphonse Fletcher University Professor.The celebration included a ribbon-cutting for the Ethelbert Cooper Gallery of African and African American Art at the Hutchins Center for African and African American Research, which Gates helms. Designed by Adjaye, the gallery is slated to open this fall.The non-arts recipient was Rep. John Lewis of Georgia — absent from last year’s ceremony due to the government shutdown.Yet politics and art are not so disparate, observed Gates. Throughout history, art has been a means of political expression for African-Americans.In introducing Lewis, Gov. Deval Patrick praised the Civil Rights pioneer’s moral leadership, welcoming him onstage to thunderous applause.“The only thing I just try to do — I just try to help out,” said Lewis.A friend of Martin Luther King Jr. and one of the original 13 Freedom Riders, Lewis recalled that as a young boy he questioned white authority and was compelled to ignore his parents’ reprimands to just accept it, and not cause trouble.Setting the tone for an emotional event, Lewis said: “I got in trouble. Good trouble. Necessary trouble.”Professor of African and African American Studies in Residence Jamaica Kincaid, in praising Angelou, recited passages from her classic poem “Still I Rise.”“Laws cannot make poets, but poets can and do make laws,” and Angelou “devoted her life to making justice as normal as oxygen,” said Kincaid.Graduate School of Design Dean Mohsen Mostafavi introduced Adjaye, the John C. Portman Design Critic in Architecture at Harvard.Born in Tanzania to Ghanaian parents and raised in the United Kingdom, Adjaye is a true citizen of the world, noted Mostafavi. Among the architect’s current projects is the design of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture in Washington, D.C.Edgerley Family Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences Michael D. Smith praised Belafonte as the artist “who introduced calypso to a broad American audience,” and one whose songs have often carried serious messages on injustice.Belafonte spoke of the hardships of black veterans at the end of World War II. Belafonte had served in the Navy and said upon his return how “fortune fell so heavily my way” — the way it didn’t for most. That fortune was a life in the arts.Recalling the death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo., Lewis F. and Linda L. Geyser University Professor William Julius Wilson said that McQueen’s films address contemporary questions of “How does a black person move through the world when that world is predisposed to prejudice?”“For me, art has always been about creating debate,” said McQueen, who said he wants his work to resonate with audiences, for his films to be conversations.“The experience has to linger,” he said. “My only commitment — my only doctrine — is to not let the dust settle.”Lawrence Bobo, the W.E.B. Du Bois Professor of the Social Sciences, introduced screenwriter and producer Rhimes, known for “Grey’s Anatomy,” the wildly popular “Scandal,” and her latest venture, “How to Get Away with Murder.”Bobo pointed to Rhimes’ breadth in writing and her commitment to authentic characters.“I wish it wasn’t so remarkable that I thought that television should look like the rest of the world,” said Rhimes, who was greeted by an enthusiastic “We love you, Shonda!” from a group in the audience.“I love you, too,” she shot back, ending her remarks with, “And I’m just getting started.”Weinstein was saluted by Diane Paulus, artistic director of the American Repertory Theater (A.R.T.), for his support and guidance of some of the most acclaimed films of the past two decades. The duo recently collaborated for the A.R.T.’s production of “Finding Neverland,” which just ended its Cambridge run and is now headed to Broadway.Capping off the evening was Winfrey, of course.“She is an American phenomenon,” said President Drew Faust. “Her good works are the stuff of legend at this point.”Winfrey revealed an important lesson that came in her early days on television.“I quickly learned that television was a platform I can use and not be used by,” she said. “I could inform people, engage them, bring little pieces of light into their lives. My constant prayer is: How can I be used? How can I use my life as an expression of art? This medal means I’m on the right path, and I thank you.”For additional coverage, visit the Hutchins Center website.last_img read more

2006 Garden Packet

first_imgHere is the 31st annual spring Garden Packet from the Universityof Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.Written by 16 CAES faculty members and graduate students, these29 features are provided to help you give your readers thetimely, valuable gardening information they want. Your UGACooperative Extension county agent (just call 1-800-ASK-UGA1) canhelp you localize these features. The stories are available onthe Georgia FACES Web site at georgiafaces.com.The 2006 Garden Packet stories are: 1 Addmagic of homegrown herbs to garden Bob Westerfield 2 Don’tlet bitter cucumbers ruin garden harvest Westerfield 3 TSWV-resistantplants may aid gardeners Terry Kelley 4 Transplantsgive you early start in summer garden Kelley 5 Planta little garden variety for your salad Kelley 6 Pollinationcritical in vegetable gardens George Boyhan 7 Fightharvest-robbing diseases in garden BradHaire 8 Howto control garden bugs is up to you AltonSparks 9 Techniquemakes peaches bigger, sweeter Kathy Taylor10 Don’tlet fear cause ‘killer’ bee mistakes Keith Delaplane11 Enjoyyour food, give honeybees respect Amanda Ellis12 Compostpile can attract stable flies Nancy Hinkle13 Goldengarden spiders trap insects Hinkle, Aubree Roche14 Shovel-headedgarden worms harmless oddities Hinkle15 Housefliespresent never-ending control challenge Hinkle16 Housecentipede are allies in home pest control Hinkle17 GeorgiaGold Medals give quality plants leg up Dan Rahn18 Cupheaannual plants provide nonstop color Gary Wade19 GeorgiaGold Medal winner offers warm ‘snowballs’ Wade20 Wisteria?A Gold Medal winner? Get serious Wade21 Award-winninggroundcover offers true-blue flowers Wade22 Overcupoak a ‘bulletproof’ Gold Medal winner Wade23 ‘Angeltrumpets’ signaling soaring popularity Paul Thomas24 ‘Angeltrumpets’ easy to propagate Thomas25 Controlweeds to protect beauty of irises Mark Czarnota26 Gocreative with yard art, theme gardens Sharon Omahen27 Lookout for alien invaders in Georgia woodlands Wade28 Keeppoison ivy out of landscape Czarnota, Tim Murphy29 Springlandscape chores, beautiful summer WesterfieldHere are all of the annual UGA garden packet articles for thepast five years:2006 Garden Packet Articles2005 Garden Packet Articles2004 Garden Packet Articles 2003 Garden Packet Articles 2002 Garden Packet Articles(Dan Rahn is the principal editor of the annual gardenpacket and a news editor with the University of Georgia Collegeof Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.) Volume XXXINumber 1Page ilast_img read more

Outdoor Updates: Global Climate Strike Happening TODAY

first_imgA yak named Meteor escaped its owner on the way to the butcher this week and is on the loose somewhere in central Virginia. Meteor’s owner told Nelson County animal control that the yak had kicked off the back door of a livestock trailer about 10 a.m. Tuesday at a stop sign in Lovingston, Va., about 40 miles southwest of Charlottesville. Some of the readings show that the dragonflies are around 10,000ft in the air. Sally Entrekin, an aquatic entomologist at Virginia Tech said that they are migrating when they are up that high. While it’s impossible to say if the dragonflies picked up on local radar are indeed local or just passing through, they’re all heading south ahead of winter, taking advantage of lofty winds that have recently shifted to blow that way. Charlottesville Youth Climate Strike Find a march near you HERE: https://globalclimatestrike.net/ A yak named Meteor escaped on the way to the butcher in Virginia “This is how we make our living,” he said. “Unfortunately, for me, it’s not the cute animal story everyone thinks.” Join in the global climate strike movement on Friday, September 20 at noon on the Downtown Mall. Charlottesville area youth and their allies will be speaking out and marching to demand a local response to the global climate emergency. The Charlottesville march is being led by 11-year-old Gudrun Campbell. Join Campbell on today’s march for the environment and sign up with the link: https://actionnetwork.org/events/charlottesville-youth-climate-strike-2 Lovely weather we’re having- blue skies, crisp air, and massive clusters of dragonflies! So much so that experts believe they are to blame for strange radar readings at the National Weather Service office in Wakefield. Have you noticed a lot of dragonflies this week? There are marches happening across the globe from September 20th-27th. Find one near you and join the fight! “If they’re up that high, they’re on the move,” Entrekin said, searching for warmer places to lay eggs. Nelson County Animal Control Officer Kevin Wright said Friday that the search for Meteor continues. The animal initially retreated to the mountains but has since been seen on both sides of Route 29 near Lovingston. Meteor’s owner Robert Cissell said yaks are able to survive for long periods without human supervision and that Meteor is worth more than $1,000 at the market. As Wakefield meteorologist Mike Montefusco explained to The Virginian Pilot: “Obviously we’re not bug experts on our end, but there was a case like this in the Cleveland office last week where they did determine it was dragonflies. So that’s our running theory at this point.”last_img read more

5 things to know about the mobile transformation of payments

first_img 6SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Mobile technology enables members to make faster and more convenient payments than ever before.Consumers can pay for monthly expenses—or even pay the babysitter—from a mobile device when and where it is most convenient for them.These transactions are processed securely and instantly, freeing up valuable time for people to focus on other important things.For younger generations, particularly millennials (those ages 18 to 35), mobile payments are becoming a bigger part of everyday life, including at the point-of-sale. With a simple scan of a smartphone or wearable device, the payment process is made quicker and easier for everyone involved.Older generations have also taken notice of this and are adopting mobile payments, albeit at a more leisurely pace.With technology playing an increasingly vital role in our daily lives, credit unions are transforming to serve their members in line with new expectations. continue reading »last_img read more

Malaysia suspected MH370 downed in murder-suicide: Aussie ex-PM

first_img“I’m not going to say who said what to whom but let me reiterate, I want to be absolutely crystal clear, it was understood at the highest levels that this was almost certainly murder-suicide by the pilot – mass murder-suicide by the pilot.”Zaharie’s family and friends have long strongly rejected such claims as baseless.In 2016, Malaysian officials revealed he had plotted a path over the Indian Ocean on a home flight simulator but stressed this did not prove he deliberately crashed the plane.A final report into the tragedy released in 2018 pointed to failings by air traffic control and said the course of the plane was changed manually.But they failed to come up with any firm conclusions, leaving relatives angry and disappointed.Six passengers were Australian, including four from Queensland state, where Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk this week suggested authorities may pursue an inquest into their deaths.Topics : Former Australian prime minister Tony Abbott has claimed “very top” level Malaysian officials believed vanished Flight MH370 was deliberated downed by the captain in a mass murder-suicide.The Malaysia Airlines jet vanished on March 8, 2014 carrying 239 people – mostly from China – en route from Kuala Lumpur to Beijing.No sign of the plane was found in a 120,000-square kilometer (46,000-square mile) Indian Ocean search zone and the Australian-led search, the largest in aviation history, was suspended in January 2017. A US exploration firm launched a private hunt in 2018 but it ended after several months of scouring the seabed without success.The disappearance of the plane has long been the subject of a host of theories – ranging from the credible to outlandish – including that veteran pilot Zaharie Ahmad Shah had gone rogue.In an excerpt from a Sky News documentary airing Wednesday, Abbott claims he was told within a week of it vanishing that Malaysia believed the captain had intentionally downed the jet.”My very clear understanding from the very top levels of the Malaysian government is that from very, very early on here, they thought it was murder-suicide by the pilot,” he said.last_img read more

Dutch watchdog calls for mandatory ‘pensions MOT’

first_imgVan Vroonhoven announced that the AFM and Dutch pensions regulator DNB would investigate another 137 pension funds to check whether their communication on indexation and rights discount matched their financial set-up.As a next step, the schemes will be expected to transform participants’ overly optimistic expectations into “oversight and insight”, she said.Van Vroonhoven said a recent Leiden University survey had found that one-third of workers would receive a pension that fell short of their expected spending needs, and that only 35% were addressing the problem through additional saving.The AFM chair concluded that additional behavioural research, as well as financial education for children, would be necessary.Also at the congress, Kick van der Pol, chairman of the Dutch Pensions Federation, cited a survey by Motivaction to illustrate the dilemma pension funds are facing when designing a communication campaign.The survey suggests half of pension fund participants, including many young workers, would prefer a guaranteed pension of 50% of their last earned salary.The other half, however, including many older employees, prefer an uncertain pension of 70%.Van der Pol said the biggest challenge was explaining to participants that taking investment risk was crucial for a higher pension, but that full certainty of a higher pension did not existThe federation’s chairman announced a new information campaign targeting pensions awareness of workers between the ages of 30 and 40.“We will invite them through all social media to visit our dedicated website www.detijdvanjeleven.nl,” he said. The Dutch regulator for pensions communications (AFM) has called for a mandatory periodical check that must provide insight into workers’ expected financial position at retirement.Speaking at the Dutch Pensions Federation’s congress, AFM chair Merel van Vroonhoven said the “pensions MOT” would encourage people facing a shortfall to take additional measures.She said a recent pilot study of five industry-wide pension funds had shown how difficult it was to adjust schemes’ pensions targets to more “realistic” levels and convey this message to participants.“The participants are angry, as pension funds no longer live up to their initial promise of a guaranteed pension,” she added.last_img read more

Natural Power Supports AQUIND Interconnector Project

first_imgNatural Power has assisted AQUIND with the application for development consent for the AQUIND Interconnector. The application to the Planning Inspectorate was accepted on 12th December 2019.The AQUIND Interconnector is a new 2,000 MW subsea and underground high voltage direct current bi-directional electric power transmission link between the south coast of England and Normandy in France.Jane Lancaster, Offshore Associate Technical Director at Natural Power, said: “The acceptance of the submission of the AQUIND Interconnector is excellent news, both for AQUIND and Natural Power. It has been a challenging and rewarding project thus far and we have been instrumental in the preparation of the submission of the application to the Planning Inspectorate. The broad spectrum of work that we carried out highlights our capabilities when it comes to offshore projects. It has been a successful team effort between many organisations making up the AQUIND project team and we look forward to the next phase of development.”Natural Power was appointed by AQUIND in the early stages of the project, working with the AQUIND project team to undertake marine cable route feasibility work to optimise the marine cable route across the Channel, undertaking scoping exercises, co-ordinating the marine environmental impact assessment (EIA) process and environmental statement (ES) production, as well as attending public consultations.Natural Power also acted as advisor to the marine aspects of the project through liaison with marine stakeholders including the Marine Management Organisation as part of pre-application process.The AQUIND Interconnector will have the capacity to transmit up to 16 million MWh of electricity per annum, which equates to approximately 5% and 3% of total consumption of the UK and France respectively.Richard Glasspool, director of AQUIND, said: “Amongst other things, this project is an opportunity to integrate a greater proportion of non-fossil fuel energy sources into the British energy mix and in turn reduce CO2 emissions from the burning of such fuels. We are pleased to have reached this milestone in the planning of this development. Natural Power’s hard work and expertise in marine ecology and EIA management services was a major factor in the preparation of this submission. They were a highly experienced and professional team.”last_img read more

Boko Haram swears formal allegiance to ISIS

first_imgA message allegedly from the head of Nigeria’s Boko Haram terror group Saturday pledged his group’s allegiance to Islamic State.The pledge to IS came in an Arabic audio message with English subtitles alleged to have come from Boko Haram leader Abubakar Shekau and posted Saturday on Twitter, according to the SITE Intelligence monitoring service.“We announce our allegiance to the Caliph of the Muslims … and will hear and obey in times of difficulty and prosperity, in hardship and ease, and to endure being discriminated against, and not to dispute about rule with those in power, except in case of evident infidelity regarding that which there is a proof from Allah,” said the message. IS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi has declared himself the caliph.The message was posted on Twitter, hours after Boko Haram was blamed for four suicide bomb attacks in northeastern Nigeria that killed at least 54 people and wounded more than 140 people.The pledge comes as the Nigerian militants reportedly are massing in a northeastern town for a showdown with a multinational force that has dislodged them from a score of towns in recent weeks.last_img read more

Beijing expands lockdowns as cases top 100 in new outbreak

first_imgResidents line up to get tested at a coronavirus testing center set up outside a sports facility in Beijing, Tuesday, June 16, 2020. The resurgence in China highlighted public health expert calls for vigilance as many nations move forward with easing virus restrictions to revive their economies. BEIJING – Chinese authorities locked down a third neighborhood in Beijing on Tuesday as they rushed to prevent the spread of a new coronavirus outbreak that has infected more than 100 people in a country that appeared to have largely contained the virus.center_img New Zealand, which hadn’t seen a new case in three weeks, said it is investigating a case in which two women who flew in from London to see a dying parent were allowed to leave quarantine and drive halfway across the country before they were tested and found to be positive. And the Philippines reimposed a strict lockdown on the city of Cebu after a rise in cases. (AP)last_img read more