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Director of Innovation Lab named

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first_imgGordon S. Jones has been named the inaugural director of the Harvard Innovation Lab, a new and innovative initiative set to launch in late 2011 that will foster team-based and entrepreneurial activities, and provide a forum, both physically and virtually, for interactions among students, faculty, alumni, and the surrounding community. Located at 125 Western Ave. in Allston, which formerly housed the WGBH-TV offices and studios, the Innovation Lab will complement Boston Mayor Thomas M. Menino’s innovation agenda and help revitalize Western Avenue.Jones, who will officially assume his duties on May 9, will serve as a key part of the lab’s planning and design team, helping to define and develop programs, build relationships within and beyond campus, and create an environment that will attract and support student innovators and enhance team activity. Additionally, he will develop and manage the operations of the lab and design programs to link thought leaders together with Innovation Lab occupants.In addition to 15 years of marketing and sales experience with Fortune 500, mid-size, and start-up companies in the consumer goods industry, Jones has both an impressive history of entrepreneurial activity and academic experience mentoring up-and-coming entrepreneurs. “With his extensive background helping undergraduate and graduate students, as well as his work with entrepreneurial ventures and his strong ties to Harvard University, Gordon is a superb choice for this new and important position,” said Joseph Lassiter, professor of management practice at Harvard Business School and faculty co-chair of the Harvard Innovation Lab. “He has the skills to build relationships between students and local entrepreneurs, create partnerships with area small business organizations, and develop a center of innovation that fully brings to life the spirit of innovation present throughout the wider University and community.”Read the full announcement.last_img read more

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CDC Issues Travel Advisory For New York Tri-State Area

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first_imgCutout Photo: chensiyuan / Wikipedia / CC BY-SA 4.0NEW YORK – New York, New Jersey and Connecticut have been placed under a 14-day travel advisory in the latest effort by United States officials to slow down the rapid spread of the deadly coronavirus.More than 121,000 coronavirus cases have been reported in the US and more than half are in those states, according to a tally of cases reported by health officials.The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced the new travel advisory Saturday night, urging people in those states to “refrain from non-essential domestic travel” after President Donald Trump announced on Twitter he had asked for it.The CDC said this advisory does not apply to employees of critical infrastructure industries, including but not limited to trucking, public health professionals, financial services and food supply. Trump also said a quarantine would not be necessary in those states. Earlier on Saturday, Trump tweeted that he was considering a two-week quarantine due to the pandemic, even though the governors of New York Connecticut and New Jersey were unaware of the possibility.In an interview over the weekend, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said a quarantine “would be chaos and mayhem.”“It’s totally opposite everything he’s been saying. I don’t think it is plausible. I don’t think it is legal.”In the past days, federal and state authorities have been scrambling to slow down the spread of the deadly virus. The US surpassed Italy and China this week to become the country with the most coronavirus cases in the world.At least 121,285 people in the US have contracted the virus since the first case was reported in late January. The death toll has reached 2,043, doubling in the last two days. Share:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Benefit

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first_imgShe has also penned hits for Martina McBride, Sara Evans, Tim McGraw, Keith Urban, Trisha Yearwood, Lee Ann Womack and Faith Hill, among others. Clovers & Co. is composed of 42 vocalists, dancers, instrumentalists and production crewmembers ranging in ages from 11 to 19 from across the state. Their 45-minute show features music from the present and the past.For 28 years, Clovers & Co. has helped more than 600 4-H’ers develop their performing-arts skills. Another famous alumna is country singer Jennifer Nettles of Sugarland. Lindsay and Nettles, who is from Douglas, Ga., were roommates on Clovers & Co. trips, Varnadoe said.After the show, Lindsay and Huckaby will sign autographs. Copies of the 4-H Clover Country CD, which features a few songs written by Lindsay, will be available for purchase.Tickets range from $15 to $25 and can be purchased by calling (706) 542-4444 or online at www.georgia4h.org/public/edops/cloversandcompany/default.htm. Tickets will also be available at the door, but advanced purchase is encouraged for best seating. By Stephanie SchupskaUniversity of GeorgiaCountry songwriter Hillary Lindsey is best known for composing award-winning songs for other singers. But on Saturday, March 21, at the first Georgia 4-H Clovers & Co. Benefit, she’ll be singing the songs she’s penned. The show starts at 7:30 p.m. at the Rock Eagle 4-H Center in Eatonton, Ga.She’ll be joined by humorist, author and syndicated columnist Darrell Huckaby, who will be the master of ceremonies and witty entertainment. The Georgia 4-H performing arts group Clovers & Co. will also present their show “Turn up the Music.” “We’d love to have people come and support Georgia 4-H and Clovers and Co.,” said Cheryl Varnadoe, a University of Georgia Cooperative Extension 4-H specialist and Clovers leader. “This is the first benefit we’ve ever had like this.”The benefit came about when Huckaby saw Clovers & Co. perform at a national convention. “He was very impressed with us and wrote an article about us,” Varnadoe said. “He said that he didn’t know if we put on shows for public, but he was going to become our biggest fan.”That’s how the idea for the benefit started.“It’s kind of neat that some of our alumni have come back to give back to Clovers & Co.,” she said.Lindsey, a native of Washington, Ga., is a former member of Clovers & Co. and a Georgia Master 4-H’er in the performing arts vocal project. She’ll perform several of the hits she has written, which include Carrie Underwood’s No. 1 hit “Jesus, Take the Wheel,” which won Lindsey a Grammy for best country song.last_img read more

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Young Scholars 2016

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first_imgMore than 60 Georgia teenagers spent the better part of their summer working in some of the most prestigious research laboratories at the University of Georgia.For more than two decades, the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences’ Young Scholars’ Program has paired researchers in CAES, the College of Pharmacy, the Warnell School of Forestry and the College of Veterinary Medicine with high school students to foster their love of science and introduce them to the breadth of science that is the foundation of agriculture — Georgia’s largest industry.“We have students representing high schools from all over the state, including 20 different counties and 34 high schools,” said Victoria David, director of the CAES Office of Diversity Relations. “These students really are the cream of the crop.”The students worked in some of the most advanced laboratories at UGA in Griffin, Tifton and Athens during the six-week program. They assisted with actual research projects led by UGA faculty, and at the end of the program they presented their findings in a research symposium. Some students may be listed as coauthors on these studies when they are published in academic journals, which is rare for students who have not completed high school.“The science that underlies everything that we do in the college requires that we have the best and brightest study in our area whether it’s animal and dairy science, agricultural and applied economics, food science, education and leadership — those are the areas that are going to impact our state, but also, quite frankly, our nation and our world,” CAES Dean Sam Pardue told this year’s Young Scholars at the 2016 closing ceremony on July 8.“Many of you in this room may have aspirations to be physicians or lawyers or engineers,” he said. “I hope you will take at least a few seconds to consider the great career you can have in the disciplines that are involved in food production and agriculture.”Of the 16 past or current Young Scholars who will come to UGA in the fall, seven will be joining CAES.A complete list of this year’s Young Scholars cohort is below. More photos from this year’s Young Scholars Program can be found at http://tinyurl.com/CAESYoungScholars2016.Promoting Science for 27 YearsThe Young Scholars Program began on the UGA Griffin Campus in 1989 and was originally intended to provide a collegiate experience to students who were not planning to attend college.Since then, the program has expanded to include scientists at the UGA Athens campus and the UGA Tifton campus. The program strives to select students that are truly ready to engage in real-world research and match them to projects of potential interest. Because of this experience, many Young Scholars continue their research careers when attending UGA as students through the college’s undergraduate research program.For more information about the Young Scholars Program, visit www.ysp.caes.uga.edu or email Victoria David, director of the CAES Office of Diversity and the Young Scholars Program at vdavid@uga.edu.The application period for next year’s Young Scholars Program will run from October 2016 to January 2017. Those who participated in this year’s CAES Young Scholars program include: Athens CampusAmaja Andrews, Houston County High SchoolKayla Braggs, Dutchtown High SchoolCamille Evans, Oconee County High SchoolMichael Gabriels, Cedar Shoals High SchoolMelissa Gilpin, Peachtree Ridge High SchoolJala Johnston, Newton High School Dong Kyun Kim, Cedar Shoals High School Sierra King, Mill Creek High SchoolXavier Latore, Eagles Landing High SchoolAnsley Lockett, Arabia Mountain High SchoolJames Michael Loggins, Oglethorpe County High School Alexandria Maddox, Westside High SchoolKarlin McGhee, Woodland High SchoolJeeten Mistry, Douglas County High SchoolGary Nicholas Moon, Cedar Shoals High SchoolRashidatu Olorunsola, Mundy’s Mill High SchoolIsaac Powell, Cedar Shoals High SchoolQuentin Reeves, Northgate High SchoolKentrell Richardson, Dutchtown High SchoolEduardo Ricome, Cedar Shoals High SchoolPayton Rutland, Tift County High SchoolMark Swain, Oconee County High SchoolCiara Thomas, Eagle’s Landing High SchoolHenry Vencil, Cedar Shoals High School Anne Whatley, Oconee County High SchoolMalcolm Williams-Green, St. Andrews on the Marsh Griffin Campus Jatoria Beckham, Griffin High SchoolIan Binek, Northgate High SchoolCourtney Britt, Northgate High School Moriah Byrd, Whitewater High SchoolVictor Cama, McIntosh High SchoolDaniel Deluzio, Pike County High SchoolRiti Desai, Eagle’s Landing High SchoolZabeena Dharani, McIntosh High SchoolAkiel Etienne, Union Grove High SchoolKaren Ezenn, Jonesboro High SchoolCierrah Guerrero, Pike County High SchoolKatie Gwaltney, Union Grove High SchoolElizabeth Hanson, Pike County High SchoolJohn Marsh Hollberg, Spalding High SchoolXavier Jones, Luella High SchoolTurner Jordan, Spalding High SchoolSara Reeves, Skipstone AcademyKayla Rice, Union Grove High SchoolIyanla Smith, Spalding High SchoolElizabeth Smyly, Spalding High SchoolWilliam Cole Stansell, Griffin High SchoolTaylor Thomas, Pike County High SchoolFrancisco Zepeda, Splading High Schoolcenter_img Tifton CampusLauren Asbell, John Milledge AcademyMackenzie Brown, Crisp Academy Zoya Day, Tift County High SchoolSelyna Gant, Colquitt County High SchoolJulie Jernigan, Forest High SchoolCatherine Kemeness, Tift County High SchoolSarah King, Tift County High SchoolMichaela Lubbers, Tift County High School Michael Pannell, Lowndes High SchoolReaiah Tyson, Irwin County High SchoolBailey Veeder, Clarke Central High Schoollast_img read more

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Governor Douglas, Treasurer Spaulding Announce Triple-A Bond Rating

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first_imgFor Immediate Release:Monday, February 05, 2007 Jason GibbsGovernor’sCommunications Director109 State Street ¨ The Pavilion ¨ Montpelier,VT 05609-0101 ¨ www.vermont.gov/governor(link is external)Telephone: 802.828.3333 ¨ Fax: 802.828.3339 ¨ TDD: 802.828.3345 Governor Douglas said Vermont,which has not had a triple-A rating from Moody’s since 1972, is now oneof only 11 states with a triple-A rating by one or more of the major creditrating agencies.  ### GovernorDouglas, Treasurer Spaulding Announce Triple-A Bond Rating Contacts:  Treasurer Jeb Spaulding, (802)828–1452Jason Gibbs, Office of the Governor, (802) 828-3333 Moody’s draft statement announcing the upgrade credited Vermont’s historyof financial management, our manageable debt profile – including ongoingefforts to properly fund our pension systems – and a stable, diversifyingeconomy. According to State Treasurer Spaulding, “The triple-A rating canbe expected to reduce the State’s borrowing costs and, over the years,save taxpayers millions of dollars in interest costs that can be better spenton pressing needs or returned to taxpayers.  In addition, this will enhance oureconomic development efforts because companies are attracted to states with areputation for solid and stable financial management.” “While we celebrate this important milestone, we must remindourselves what it took to get here and what it will take to stay here,”the Governor added.  “We must continue to maintain our commitment tofiscal responsibility and conservative debt management.” v\:* {behavior:url(#default#VML);}o\:* {behavior:url(#default#VML);}w\:* {behavior:url(#default#VML);}.shape {behavior:url(#default#VML);}st1\:*{behavior:url(#default#ieooui) }JAMES H. DOUGLAS            GOVERNOR Montpelier, Vt. – Governor Jim Douglas and State Treasurer JebSpaulding today announced Moody’s Investor Services has upgraded Vermont’s bond ratingto triple-A, the highest credit worthiness rating available. “A higher rating makes our bonds more attractive to investors,lowers our costs and saves taxpayer money,” the Governor said. “Gettingto this point has required a tremendous amount of cooperation and planning by boththe executive and legislative branches.  It also required a healthy dose ofgood old-fashioned Vermontfrugality.” State of VermontOFFICE OF THE GOVERNORlast_img read more

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Rock this Way: Paraguayan Music Trying to Hit High Note

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first_imgBy Dialogo April 30, 2010 Rolando Chaparro grimaces as he whips the crowd into a frenzy with the powerful sounds created by furiously flicking his pick across the strings of his electric guitar during the song “Kamba King.” But as Chaparro whips out chord after chord with stunning clarity, this much is clear: If Chaparro isn’t the biggest driving force behind the emergence of Paraguayan rock, he’s definitely in the discussion. Why? Because he constantly incorporates his country’s musical roots into his records and concerts. His 2005 live album “Afropolca” put a contemporary spin on old classics to keep them relevant. Chaparro, however, also is a realist. He knows Paraguayan rock is going through a rebuilding process and it could take years – maybe even decades – for the country’s music to infiltrate foreign markets. “National rock is going through a good musical moment; I can see it quite clearly,” he said. “Unfortunately, during the last few years there has not been an important festival to help the growth of groups. At one time, Pilsen Rock was able to gather about 80,000 people at its annual music festival.” Chaparro said his country lacks the abundance of record labels and producers prevalent in other countries. “The public is there,” he said. “But a greater structure is what’s missing. Quality is optimal, excellent, and the professionalism is higher now. One can see an evolution in musicians.” The sweet sounds of rock bands such as Pro Rock Ensamble, Kaos, Faro Callejero, Skoff, Ni los perros, Deliverans, Enemigos de la Klase and Funeral fueled the country’s music scene in the 1980s and 1990s. But at the turn of the century, a movement that began in Asunción began to spread its heavy metal and pop rock wings. Bands such as Área 69, Revólber, Pipa para tabaco, Flou, Gaia, Paiko, La Secreta, Orcháblex, Vecindad Autopsia, Gent, Peter Punk, The Profane and Slow Agony have tried to put their country on the musical map. But Paiko is leading the way. The group has toured South America several times and played in Europe. Last December, Paiko will celebrate ten years of infusing Latin American pop rock with its harmonies. “Before, national rock was very under and then it turned massive,” said Enrique Zayas, lead singer for Paiko. “Now, there are tours around the country’s cities, more songs are played on the radio, and there is a bigger movement as far as the public is concerned.” Crowds are flocking to concerts and instead of creating fan clubs to cheer for artists such as Nickelback or Linkin Park, they are worshipping their homegrown idols by wearing their merchandise – an act unthinkable just a few years ago. “Before, there was a certain disdain for national rock and now that has changed,” said Felipe Vallejos, who plays guitar for the band El Tiempo. “On the contrary, young people feel proud of what is ours, and the public identifies so much with their favorite band.” The emergence of local record label “Kamikaze” has played an important role in expanding the country’s rock scene. It’s provided a place where aspiring – and proven – artists can make music and make sure their compact discs reach the masses. “We made local media cover our concerts, but it would be nice if radios would provide more information, explanations of which national group the song they are broadcasting belongs to,” Vallejos said. “In television, there is almost no space for Paraguayan rock.” Still, Paraguayan music has to experience a tremendous growth if it’s to be mentioned in the same breath as the music of Brazil, Argentina and Chile. “There are a lot of promising groups and everything is getting better,” Zayas said. “To continue working and improving is what we need to cross beyond our borders. I am sure that any time now there will be a breaking opportunity for Paraguayan rock groups to become known throughout the world.”last_img read more

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Tower FCU’s Stafford testifies for NAFCU Wednesday on housing finance

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first_img continue reading » Rick Stafford, president and CEO of Tower Federal Credit Union (Laurel, Md.), will testify on NAFCU’s behalf Wednesday delivering the credit union perspective on housing finance reform during a hearing held by a House Financial Services subcommittee.The hearing, entitled “Sustainable Housing Finance: Private Sector Perspectives on Housing Finance Reform,” is being held by the Subcommittee on Housing and Insurance, and is slated to begin at 10 a.m. Eastern.Stafford will testify before the panel on NAFCU’s core principles for housing finance reform and on ways such reform could affect credit unions and their members’ access to mortgage credit. NAFCU is working to ensure that any housing finance reform plan includes unfettered access to the secondary mortgage market for credit unions, with fair pricing based on loan quality rather than volume. 11SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

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Sony A8H 4K HDR OLED TV Launched in India, Priced at Rs. 2,79,990

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first_imgThe Sony A8H TV has an Ultra-HD (3840×2160-pixel) OLED display, which support HDR up to the Dolby Vision format. The TV also supports various audio formats up to Dolby Atmos, with sound output using Sony’s Acoustic Surface Audio technology. In this television, the screen itself is the speaker, using four drivers for a total sound output of 30W.The television runs Android TV, with 16GB of internal storage for apps and app data. Apart from built-in Chromecast, Google Assistant, and Google Play Store for apps, Apple AirPlay 2 is also supported on the Sony A8H. The TV uses Sony’s X1 Ultimate picture processor, along with the company’s Triluminos picture enhancement technology. The TV has a maximum refresh rate of 120Hz at Full-HD resolution and 60Hz at 4K.Mi TV Stick vs Fire TV Stick Lite vs Mi Box 4K vs Fire TV Stick 4K: Which is the best budget streaming device for TVs in India? We discussed this on Orbital, our weekly technology podcast, which you can subscribe to via Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, or RSS, download the episode, or just hit the play button below.- Advertisement – – Advertisement – Sony A8H Ultra-HD HDR OLED TV has been launched in India, priced at Rs. 2,79,990 for the 65-inch version. The new OLED TV is the latest in Sony’s premium television range, and has an Ultra-HD (3840×2160-pixel) OLED display, with support for HDR up to the Dolby Vision format. The TV is available now through Sony offline retail stores, major electronics stores, Sony’s online portal shopatsc.com, and Amazon. Although only available in a single 65-inch screen size for now, Sony has mentioned that a 55-inch variant will also be going on sale soon.Sony A8H OLED TV price vs competitionThe Sony A8H OLED TV is priced at Rs. 2,79,990 for the 65-inch version, placing it in the premium segment for televisions in India. The Sony TV goes up against premium competition from brands such as Samsung and LG. In the OLED segment, Sony’s new televisions specifically go up against competition from LG, which has a range of OLED TVs available in India at around the Rs. 3,00,000 price mark.Sony A8H OLED TV specifications and features- Advertisement –last_img read more

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PREMIUMTourism, ‘green fuel’ top Jokowi development agenda

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first_imgGoogle From smelters and tourist hotspots to “green fuel” and high-speed railways, the government has set its sights on completing 41 priority projects estimated to cost a combined Rp 7.4 quadrillion (US$540 billion) between 2020 and 2024, an official document shows.According to the 2020-2024 National Medium-Term Development Plan (RPJMN) signed by President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo on Jan. 20, Indonesia’s development programs are aimed at achieving three goals: independence, justice and sustainability. The priority projects are also aimed at boosting economic growth, human capital development and disaster mitigation.“We hope that by 2045, our gross domestic product [GDP] per capita will reach US$23,199. Therefore, an economic transformation needs to begin in 2020 to build a strong foundation for our growth,” National Development Planning Minister Su… Forgot Password ? Log in with your social account Linkedin Facebook RPJMN-2020-2024 development-plan bappenas high-speed-railway Jokowi green-fuel palm-oil pertamina infrastructure-development Public-Works-and-Public-Housing-Ministry transportation-ministry super-priority-destinations LOG INDon’t have an account? Register here Topics :last_img read more

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South Korea declares ‘war’ on coronavirus as cases approach 5,000

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first_imgTopics : Moon said the government will inject more than 30 trillion won (US$25 billion) into the economy to address the “grave” situation brought on by the outbreak.”The entire country has entered a war with the infectious disease,” Moon said, ordering all government agencies to operate around the clock.South Korea confirmed 477 new cases Tuesday, with two more deaths taking the toll to 28, the Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said in a statement.More than half of the cases have been linked to the Shincheonji Church of Jesus, a secretive religious group often described as a cult. A 61-year-old female Shincheonji member developed a fever on February 10 but attended at least four services in Daegu — the country’s fourth-largest city with a population of 2.5 million and the center of the outbreak — before being diagnosed.Authorities said more than 190,000 members had been checked as of Tuesday.Lee Man-hee, the 88-year-old founder of the sect, apologized for the outbreak on Monday — twice bowing his head to the ground at a televised press conference — insisting his organization was cooperating with the government’s containment efforts.Seoul city authorities have filed a complaint with prosecutors seeking to have him and other Shincheonji leaders charged with murder and other offences.Of the 4,812 cases nationwide, nearly 90 percent were in Daegu and the neighboring province of North Gyeongsang, the KCDC said.center_img South Korean President Moon Jae-in declared “war” against the coronavirus on Tuesday, placing all government agencies on a 24-hour emergency footing as the country’s total cases — the largest in the world outside China — approached 5,000.South Korea has seen a rapid rise in infections in recent days and scores of events — from K-pop concerts to sports seasons — have been cancelled or postponed over the contagion, with school and kindergarten breaks extended by three weeks nationwide.The central bank has warned of negative growth in the first quarter for the world’s 12th-largest economy, noting the epidemic will hit both consumption and exports.last_img read more

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