The eyes of several children went wide as Amy Gunzelmann, education specialist at the Harvard Museum of Natural History (HMNH), carried a loosely wrapped bundle to the floor of the Valente Branch of the Cambridge Public Library.“We might need to clear some space,” Gunzelmann said. “Because the snake that shed this skin was really long.”As she slowly unrolled the 12-foot skin on the library floor, kids jumped out of their chairs to run their fingers over the scales. One boy shrieked and jerked his hand away — and then immediately lunged back to touch the skin again.Gunzelmann presented a treasure trove of HMNH resources to parents and kids, challenging the standing-room-only crowd to think about the different classifications of zoology, as part of the John Harvard Book Celebration program. Celebrating Harvard’s 375th anniversary and its close ties to the Boston and Cambridge communities, the John Harvard Book Celebration has included the donation of more than 400 books to libraries, 17 lectures by Harvard faculty and members of the University’s Board of Overseers at local libraries, and 18 programs for children and youth. This particular youth-based programming reached more than 200 children in the Greater Boston area this spring, concluding with this last event in late April.“The John Harvard Book Celebration has broadened the boundaries of our campus to include all of Boston and Cambridge by reaching into every public library in those communities,” said Christine Heenan, vice president of Public Affairs & Communications. “Harvard faculty, students, and alumni welcomed the chance to share their expertise and ideas with parents and children. That kind of dialogue, which happens regularly in Harvard’s community programs, creates ties that enrich the University and cities we call home.”For Gunzelmann, who also brought fish bones, owl and turkey feathers, shark teeth, animal furs, and vertebrae replicas from HMNH to the library for the kids to examine, the program was “really kind of special.”“A lot of students come to the museum with their school classes,” said Gunzelmann. “But this brings us right into their neighborhood, right to their own backyard. What really gets students engaged is working with the real specimens up close, so that we can discuss it after they take a close look at it. We even concluded today’s programming by talking about how kids can explore the insects and animals in their own backyard, and how they can use the classification systems we learned today to better understand those animals.”For Julia Konrad ’13, vice president of the Student Advisory Committee at the Institute of Politics (IOP), participating in the John Harvard Book Celebration was a way to put her focus on politics and citizenship into real practice in the community. “We created a workshop on citizenship, which we held at the West Roxbury Branch [of the Boston Public Library],” Konrad said. “We based it on the U.S. citizenship exam questions. It was great to see these third- and fourth-graders puzzling through really challenging questions of citizenship and government, talking about freedom of speech, freedom of assembly, what qualities are important in people who are members of a president’s cabinet, and so on.”As Harvard undergraduates, Konrad said, the library workshop “was an invaluable experience. As students, we very rarely leave Cambridge, let alone Harvard Square, and it can be easy to lose sight of what’s going on outside of school — what we’re really arguing, studying, and writing about. In asking these kids questions and challenging them, it felt like we were not only inspiring a love of American politics, but also that we were helping to instill real passion in them for learning, challenging, and staking your claim in the world.”Wendy Derjue-Holzer, education director at the HMNH, said that bringing Harvard resources, researchers, and students into the libraries showed the community that Harvard is part of their lives in a way they hadn’t previously considered. “When they see us in their library, in their neighborhood, it broadens their perspective,” she said. “It gives them new and different connections. It shows that Harvard fits into their lives in another way, not just in the classroom. It’s great to be part of that bridge between the community and other parts of Harvard.”In addition to books, college readiness, and politics, the John Harvard Book Celebration’s children and youth programming also provided opportunities for cultural and artistic performances by Harvard students, including a concert performed by Mariachi Veritas de Harvard at the Boston Public Library’s Connolly Branch in Jamaica Plain. “It was a real family-oriented event,” said George Zuo ’13. “It was great to see all the kids getting excited about our sound. Some members of the audience really appreciated that we were bringing our music to the community, others liked the diversity of our group, and others enjoyed the energy of our sound, but it was great to have an experience where Harvard students and families in the Boston community all got together to celebrate culture and books.”More than 40 students volunteered as part of the program, including representatives from Harvard College Stories for Orphans, Harvard College Class Clowns, Harvard Story-Time Players, the Institute of Politics, and the Harvard Graduate School of Education’s Language and Literacy Masters program.For Konrad, the greatest impact of change may not have been experienced by the kids, but by the students who helped bring the programming to the community. “We can forget that it’s a privilege to go to Harvard,” she said. “Hanging out with those kids in the library was an extension of that privilege. It was a valuable experience for the kids and for us — maybe more for us, because we got a chance to present what we cared about, and then got to see them respond to that and see them get excited about the same things, too. I felt really lucky to be part of it.”
A perfectly tailored suit is an investment. It’s worth it to pay for the perfect fit, high-quality material appropriate for the occasion, and a color that makes your eyes pop.So why, when it comes to mission-critical technology solutions, are government agencies expected to buy off-the-rack?As federal agencies expand nascent AI capabilities, deploy IoT technologies, and collect infinitely more data, their missions require a customized, nuanced approach to transform edge capabilities.To combat the data deluge resulting from AI and IoT advances, the Federal Data Strategy’s first-year action plan was released in late December. It urges the launch of a federal CDO Council, establishment of a Federal Data Policy Committee, and identification of priority data assets for open data – all by the end of January 2020. These are just the first steps to prepare for what’s already underway; government’s mass migration to the edge and the resulting proliferation of data. In just five years, Gartner projects 75 percent of all enterprise-generated data will be processed outside of a traditional data center or cloud.As we work to manage, analyze, and secure data collected at the edge, we need to evaluate the solutions with the same standards we apply in our data center or cloud. To enable insights at the edge, federal teams need the same (or better) function: high compute, speed, power, storage, security, but now in a durable, portable form. This may require equipment to tolerate a higher level of vibration, withstand extreme thermal ranges, fit precise dimensions, or incorporate specialized security requirements.Partnering with Dell Technologies OEM | Embedded & Edge Solutions enables Federal SIs and agencies to integrate trusted Tier 1 infrastructure into solutions built for their specific mission requirements, or for those of their end users. For instance, working with our team, you might re-brand Dell Technologies hardware as part of your solution, leveraging specialized OEM-ready designs like our XR2 Rugged Server and Extended Life (XL) option. We also offer turnkey solutions designed by our customers and delivered through Dell Technologies, which allows us to further serve what we know are your very specific use cases.As an example, our customer Tracewell Systems worked with Dell Technologies OEM | Embedded & Edge Solutions to customize the Dell EMC PowerEdge FX architecture, creating a family of products that meets the needs of their federal customer’s server sled field dimensions. Because Tracewell’s T-FX2 solution is still interoperable with standard Dell EMC server sleds, the end customer can now plug and play powerful Dell EMC compute and storage products from the field to the data center, cutting processing time from 14 to two days.Feds at the edge need the right solution, and need that solution delivered quickly and securely. Agencies and federal systems integrators need a trusted partner that can help them compress time-to-market while ensuring regulatory compliance and providing a secure supply chain. While conducting a search for an OEM partner, agencies and systems integrators should consider vendors that will embrace challenges and engage in a deep, collaborative relationship. Moreover, dig beyond the design of the technology and ask:Does the vendor have the buying power to guarantee production consistency, so the product can continue to be delivered as designed? If necessary, consider looking for a partner that will guarantee a long-life solution.Are there lifecycle support services from problem identification, to customized design, to build and integration, to delivery, to experience?Can the potential partner supply program management to handle all regulation and compliance complications?Does the vendor have a broad portfolio for easy integration of solutions from edge to core to cloud?Does the vender have a deep focus on security – from the chip level through to delivery and support?These critical aspects will help you design those faster, smaller, smarter solutions, and get them in the field more quickly.With 900+ dedicated team members, the Dell Technologies OEM | Embedded & Edge Solutions group has embraced challenges for 20 years, creating more than 10,000 unique project designs. Read our latest issue brief, detailing how our capabilities can provide you with the tactical advantage.Read the full issue brief here.Learn more about our work in military & defense at Dell Technologies OEM | Embedded & Edge Solutions.Follow us on Twitter @delltechoem and @RonAtDell.Join our LinkedIn Dell Technologies OEM | Embedded & Edge Solutions Showcase page
The student senate gathered Thursday evening to provide updates on planning for the spring semester and winter break and to swear in a new senator.Chief of staff, senior Aaron Benavides announced the Student Advisory Group for Campus Reopening convened Wednesday evening. The group met with University President Fr. John Jenkins to discuss his appearance at the White House for the announcement of Notre Dame law professor Amy Coney Barrett’s nomination to the Supreme Court. Benavides said the discussion focused on rebuilding trust with Jenkins following his release from isolation after his diagnosis of COVID-19. “We will be continuing conversations with him as we work to rebuild trust and get on the right path again with the administration,” Benavides said. The Student Advisory Group for Campus Reopening also met with vice president of the Graduate School Dr. Laura Carlson, vice president and associate provost for undergraduate affairs Fr. Hugh Page and provost Marie Lynn Miranda to discuss the possibility of amending the spring semester to provide a break for students and faculty and to receive updates regarding programming for winter break. Ryan Peters | The Observer Chief of staff, senior Aaron Benavides addresses the student senate Thursday. The meeting touched on updates regarding spring semester and the 10 week winter break.The advisory group sent out a survey Tuesday evening to gain student feedback about how to incorporate an academic reprieve into the spring schedule. Benavides said the group received over 800 responses to the survey in fewer than 24 hours.“We’re so happy to see people filling that out, and we are so grateful to get students’ perspectives on how difficult this semester has been,” he said.The survey feedback was sent to Miranda, who is hoping to finalize her plans for the schedule for next semester by the end of the month, according to Benavides.Benavides added that Page said the courses and programming that will be offered during the winter session are expected to be finalized and sent out by the end of the month.Following Benavides’ announcement, Rachel Ingal, senior student body president, announced that the Campus Life Council (CLC) held its first meeting Thursday morning. Ingal, who serves as chair of the CLC, said the council had a productive dialogue about student behavior and the need for an academic break in the spring.“We talked about weekend behavior and heard from the rector as to what they saw going on on campus and in the residence halls and … just how they think their residents are feeling. And [the rector was] taught from a student perspective as to kind of why we’re backsliding a little bit in terms of our behavior,” Ingal said.Ingal said the meeting served as a unique opportunity to provide updates from the student perspective directly to Student Affairs about the stress students are experiencing from a semester with no breaks. After the executive announcements, Dan Law took an oath of office to be instated as Dillion Hall senator. Law was sworn in following the resignation of senior Michael Dugan. (Editor’s Note: Dugan is a former News Writer and Systems Administrator at The Observer.) Dugan resigned following controversy surrounding a Letter to the Editor he and other Dillon officials submitted in September. Tags: Campus Life Council, campus reopening, Rose garden, student senate
The Federal Reserve Federal Reserve Gov. Lael Brainard warned against raising the federal funds target rate “prematurely” during a speech at a National Association for Business Economics conference in Washington.“There is a risk that the intensification of international cross currents could weigh more heavily on U.S. demand directly, or that the anticipation of a sharper divergence in U.S. policy could impose restraint through additional tightening of financial conditions,” Brainard said.She continued, “For these reasons, I view the risks to the economic outlook as tilted to the downside. The downside risks make a strong case for continuing to carefully nurture the U.S. recovery – and argue against prematurely taking away the support that has been so critical to its vitality.”Instead, Brainard said she is arguing in favor of “watching and waiting.” She also noted that she does not consider improvement in the labor market “a sufficient statistic” for judging inflation. continue reading » 8SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr
“In setting the standard price, we don’t want private laboratories to experience losses, but we also don’t want the public to spend that much for PCR tests. So, we will also involve the BPKP [Development Finance Comptroller] in doing this,” Doni said.He went on to say that the BNPB had distributed millions of reagents for PCR tests across the country so that they could provide swab testing for free. “We’ve provided free tests to 51 percent of the people who have taken swab tests,” he said.As of Sept. 9, Indonesia has tested a total of 2.5 million swab samples from 1.4 million people. The country has recorded 203,342 confirmed COVID-19 cases, with 8,336 deaths so far.Topics : “It’s very expensive in private laboratories because they are commercial and they have set their margins too high. We’re currently preparing a standard price. The BNPB head will recommend the maximum price to the Health Minister,” Dody told lawmakers in the hearing.Dody said the BNPB would recommend that private laboratories and hospitals follow the agency’s baseline price of below Rp 500,000 and add it to a reasonable profit margin.National COVID-19 task force chief Doni Monardo, who also chairs the BNPB, said during a hearing with the commission on Sept. 3 that several hospitals charged more than Rp 2.5 million for PCR tests. Therefore, he said, it was important to set a price ceiling for such tests. The National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) will assist the Health Ministry in setting a price ceiling for COVID-19 swab tests following numerous complaints over the high prices set for the tests in many private facilities.BNPB acting deputy for emergency response Dody Ruswandi said on Wednesday that private health facilities had set considerably high prices to profit from polymerase chain reaction (PCR) tests.The price for the agency’s PCR tests has been set at a maximum Rp 500,000 (US$ 33.7) in some 300 state-owned laboratories, Dody said in a hearing with the House of Representatives Commission VIII overseeing disasters and social affairs.
The sprawling and densely populated working-class neighborhoods of Mexico City have been among the hardest hit in the region by the virus and the ensuing economic pain.Alejandro Castillo, 68, never stopped selling colorful women’s leggings at his stall in Mexico City’s outdoor Tepito market during the pandemic, but sales have dropped to a third of what he is used to.”It’s like a nightmare, because you can’t see when it’s going to end,” Castillo said.Still, Castillo considers himself lucky. One fellow vendor and his son recently tested positive for COVID-19, two weeks after a nephew died of the disease. Another nephew of his colleague was so weakened by the virus that he can barely speak. Latin America remains the epicenter of the coronavirus pandemic, even as infections spike again in Europe and the global death toll is likely to surpass 1 million this weekend.In Mexico, numbers have remained stubbornly high for months even after coming off summer peaks, as the government prioritized increasing hospital capacity over tests and contact tracing.The confirmed coronavirus caseload rose to 710,049 on Wednesday, according to updated data from the health ministry, along with a reported death toll of 74,949.With the testing rate far below most other large countries, Mexican officials recognize the true numbers are much higher.President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador on Thursday reiterated that infections and deaths were declining.”In Mexico we haven’t had – knock on wood – a new outbreak, we’re trending downwards in general,” he said in his morning news conference.But for stall-holder Castillo the danger still feels uncomfortably present.”Cases have been growing closer recently. And there’s still not really a policy to deal with the pandemic, at least that’s what we see,” Castillo said. Topics : Mexico was set to surpass 75,000 confirmed coronavirus deaths on Thursday, as the pandemic ravages Latin American nations with large informal economies where workers have grappled with the twin threats of hunger and contagion.Mexico has the world’s fourth-highest coronavirus death toll, according to a Reuters tally, behind the United States, Brazil, and India. Despite closing schools and offices six months ago, the Mexican government has struggled to contain the virus’ spread.More than half of Latin America’s active population have informal jobs in areas such as street commerce and domestic labor. In Mexico, working from home or strict social distancing measures can mean no income, since the welfare safety net is small.
Comment Advertisement Chelsea beat Malmo on Thursday night (Picture: Getty Images)‘They’re on the same points in the Premier League, on the same goal difference in the Premier League, and in the same round of the Europa League. It’s pretty much a level playing field, but which team would you prefer to play for?‘Which team do you look at and go, wow what player, good team? Everyone says Chelsea are under a big cloud, but I’d prefer Chelsea every day of the week over Arsenal.’Cole believes the higher levels of expectation is a major draw at Stamford Bridge, with prospective signings not convinced they would lift trophies at the Emirates. Would players rather play under Sarri or Emery? (Picture: Getty Images)Michael Owen and Joe Cole are both in agreement that players would favour a move to Chelsea over Arsenal because of a greater chance of silverware.The two Premier League giants are on the same number of points after 26 games in the Premier League this season, winning, drawing and losing the same number of matches while also sat on exactly the same goal difference.Both clubs are just a point behind Manchester United who currently occupy the fourth and final Champions League spot, with both desperately hoping to play top-tier European football again next season.Unai Emery and Maurizio Sarri have been under pressure in recent weeks, in what is their first seasons in charge, but despite Chelsea’s recent struggles, including a 6-0 defeat to Manchester City on Sunday, former Liverpool and Manchester United striker Owen believes players would choose the Blues over their London rivals ‘every day of the week’.AdvertisementAdvertisement‘Chelsea and Arsenal are virtually mirror image,’ Owen told BT Sport. Metro Sport ReporterFriday 15 Feb 2019 8:02 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link43Shares Arsenal or Chelsea? Michael Owen and Joe Cole reveal who players would prefer to join Arsenal were beaten by BATE Borisov (Picture: Getty Images)‘Because the expectation is that they (Chelsea) have always got to be there (competing for titles), which Chelsea have been for the last 20 years, it becomes a crisis quicker than it does at Arsenal,’ Cole added.‘With Arsenal, they’re probably not going to win anything, they’re in a ten year transitional period. Chelsea demand to win things.‘If you’re a player, you’d much rather move to Chelsea than Arsenal, there’s a better quality of player there and you’ve got more chance of winning things.’More: Manchester United FCRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseEx-Man Utd coach blasts Ed Woodward for two key transfer errorsWho would players rather join?Arsenal0%Chelsea0%Share your resultsShare your resultsTweet your results Advertisement
UK sponsors will be unable to claim back tax for asset management costs paid on behalf of pension funds, according to the country’s tax office.The clarification comes in a policy paper by HM Revenue & Customs (HMRC) in response to a 2013 European Court of Justice (ECJ) ruling following a case brought by Dutch engineering firm PPG Holdings.The HMRC said tripartite agreements – between sponsors, service providers and UK trustees – could still be subject to VAT rebates but would be ineligible for corporation-tax deductions.“In this context,” it said, “only costs recognised in the profit and loss account and contributions to pension schemes may attract a deduction for corporation tax purposes. “Direct payment by an employer of asset management costs does not clearly fall into either of these categories.”In a separate note by Linklaters, the law firm said the PPG ruling resulted in European tax offices no longer being able to distinguish between the treatment of administration costs and those incurred as a result of investment activities.“This ruling raised issues for HMRC, whose practice has been to let employers recover VAT incurred on scheme administration costs but not on investment costs,” it said. In 2014, in the wake of the PPG case, HMRC was forced to update its guidance.As a result, the tax office said its current approach to taxation would remain in place until the end of 2015 – a practice that has been extended for a further 12 months.PensionDanmark last year won a separate ECJ court case, brought by its service provider ATP, which saw defined contribution (DC) funds put on par with special investment vehicles.The ruling allowed PensionDanmark to reclaim DKK200m (€26m) in VAT charges levied against it due to its administration and investment management services.
A celebration ceremony for the completion of the Tule Red Restoration Project – one of the most significant tidal wetland rehabilitation efforts in California’s recent history – took place recently at the edge of the Suisun Marsh in Solano County’s Grizzly Bay region.The Suisun Marsh is the largest brackish water marsh on the west coast and part of the San Francisco Bay tidal estuary. As a landscape subject to tidal ebb and flood, a section of marsh was diked off in the early 1900’s by duck club enthusiasts to create freshwater habitats for game.In August 2019, Dutra was contracted by the State and Federal Contractors Water Agency (SFCWA) and the California Department of Water Resources to begin excavation work so that tidal water could flow back into the southern Suisun Marsh and effectively restore 400 acres of wetlands.“Projects like Tule Red and the Winter Island Habitat Restoration project we completed earlier this year really showcase Dutra’s skills in performing effectively among difficult marsh environments,” said Ryan Abood, project manager for Dutra. “Even with unforeseen timeline setbacks, our team performed expertly to get the job done.” The Tule Red Restoration Project is part of a larger, multi-phased effort to meet a requirement set forth by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to rehabilitate 8,000 acres in the Delta region for native fish and plant species to thrive.The $1.8 million project required strategic channel excavation, demolition of existing water control structures– including lowering of the outer dike – and the relocation of 15,000 cubic yards of earth among the murky terrain.
The Ecobunker Tokyo Bay is a multi-bunkering vessel capable of both ship-to-ship LNG and VLSFO (very low sulphur fuel oil) bunkering. The company, a joint venture between Uyeno Transtech, Sumitomo, Yokohama Kawasaki International Port Corporation and the Development Bank of Japan said it held a naming and launching ceremony on Tuesday. The 95.5 meter-long vessel is capable of holding 2.500 cubic meters of the chilled fuel. It also has a 1,500-cbm VLFSO tank capacity. Ecobunker Shipping, a Japanese owner and operator of LNG bunkering vessels, launched its first ship at the Fukuoka Shipbuilding yard. The company has also pledged to continue promoting eco-friendly bunker fuel, also aiming to contribute in developing Tokyo Bay as one of the world’s leading LNG bunkering hubs. Courtesy of Ecobunker Shipping Ecobunker Shipping said it will further work on outfitting the vessel including installation of equipment and tanks. With the consideration of COVID-19 pandemic, the naming & launching ceremony was held with a limited number of attendees.