From genetic engineering and medicine to entrepreneurship and archaeology to art history and education, HUBweek, which kicks off on Tuesday, celebrates the Boston area’s commitment to innovation in the arts and sciences.“HUBweek offers an opportunity to showcase Boston to the wider world,” said Harvard Provost Alan M. Garber. “Harvard embraces the creative forces that enable innovation and discovery in Boston, Cambridge, and beyond. We are excited to participate once again in this unique collaboration.”Harvard, along with The Boston Globe, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and Massachusetts General Hospital, is a founding supporter of the weeklong festival, now in in its third year.Harvard programs begin on opening day with “The Organ Generation,” a session exploring the technological frontiers of gene editing, 3-D bioprinting, and xenotransplantation, among other things.Harvard Kennedy School student Rican Mohamed experiences virtual reality at the VR/AR Industry Fair in the i-lab during HUBweek 2015. File photo Rose Lincoln/Harvard Staff PhotographerCurrently, more than 100,000 children and adults await organ transplants in the U.S., but many recipients suffer when their bodies reject transplanted organs. Harald Ott, associate professor of surgery at Harvard Medical School (HMS) and a participant in “The Organ Generation,” explained why breakthroughs in this field will help address the donor shortage and improve the chances of a successful adoption of a new organ.“End organ failure is a worldwide epidemic,” he said. “Exchanging failing body parts with new ones made from your own cells will help millions of patients suffering from heart, lung, kidney, and liver failure.”George Church, the Robert Winthrop Professor of Genetics at HMS and one of the program’s organizers, added, “We see a huge societal need for organs for three uses: transplantation, for testing the impact of novel DNA variants found in genome sequencing, and for testing therapeutics.”Church will participate in “Inventing the Future,” a daylong symposium hosted by HUBweek’s Future Forum on Oct 13. Future Forums make up the festival’s marquee event series and take place at City Hall Plaza in Boston. Program topics range from the possibility of resurrecting extinct species through genetic engineering to driverless cars, cloud robotics, and global security.As part of HUBweek, Harvard Professor George Church will speak about genetic engineering at “The Organ Generation” on Oct. 10 at the Harvard Club of Boston. File photo by Stephanie Mitchell/Harvard Staff PhotographerOn Oct. 13, Atul Gawande, professor in the Department of Health Policy and Management at the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, professor of surgery at HMS, and executive director of Ariadne Labs, will be interviewed by author Malcolm Gladwell in a session titled “Saving as Many Lives as Penicillin,” which will focus on critical paths in health care system innovations.Health care delivery and the implications of new developments in precision medicine will also feature in “Deep Dive: Voices of Oncology Discovery,” a program on Oct. 12 that will bring together the perspectives of cancer patients and their physicians, as well as scientists and executives from industry and academia, to discuss targeted therapies and immune oncology drugs that have led to significant improvements in patient outcomes and quality of life.Alice Shaw, the Paula O’Keeffe Endowed Chair of Thoracic Oncology at Massachusetts General Hospital and an HMS associate professor of medicine; Arlene Sharpe, George Fabyan Professor of Comparative Pathology and co-director of the Evergrande Center for Immunologic Diseases at HMS; and Stanley M. Shaw, associate dean for executive education at HMS, will join the panel discussion.A session created by the Center for Research on Computation and Society at the Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences and Harvard Business School (HBS) will focus on digital health, precision medicine, technology, and management. The symposium, “Innovation in Healthcare,” will feature talks by researchers, and will invite attendees to participate in a health care case study led by HBS faculty.Professor Atul Gawande of Harvard Medical School and Harvard Chan School will speak on critical paths in health care system innovations. File photo by Rose Lincoln /Harvard Staff PhotographerInnovation is also at the core of Harvard’s i-lab, which will open its doors on Wednesday for a startup showcase featuring current and alumni ventures, as well as a speaker event highlighting the importance of storytelling in a successful business launch.“Success in business is often made or broken by an entrepreneur’s ability to clearly articulate ideas in a compelling way that connects to his or her audience,” said Jodi Goldstein, Bruce and Bridgitt Evans Managing Director of the i-lab. “Developing your personal brand and original story is absolutely essential, and we are very excited to share strategies for doing so with our guests.”Global supply chains, gender injustice, and climate change come together in a talk and tasting at “Coffee & Chocolate: Climate Change, Sustainability, and Gender Equity,” which takes place at Harvard’s Ed Portal in Allston on Oct. 13.“Coffee and cacao often grow close to one another,” said Carla Martin, a lecturer in Harvard’s Department of African and African American Studies. “The issues these two crops face during the cultivation process in terms of climate change, sustainability, and social justice are very similar.”Attendees should come away with a better understanding of the ethics behind these products and how they fit into the chain of social and climate justice, she said.Joseph Pope’s Grand Orrery (model of the solar system) is the largest and most celebrated scientific instrument in Harvard’s 18th-century Philosophy Chamber. Photo by Danny Hoshino © President and Fellows of Harvard CollegeAlso on Oct. 13, the Harvard Graduate School of Education’s (HGSE) Project Zero will launch its 50th anniversary celebration by hosting a special Askwith Forum. Project Zero, a research center focusing on the arts and learning, will explore major shifts over the past five decades in ideas about creativity and intelligence, and the implications of these changes for schools and society. Scheduled speakers include Harvard President Drew Faust, HGSE Dean James E. Ryan, and Project Zero co-founders Howard Gardner and David Perkins.On Oct. 13 and 14, the Harvard Art Museums will highlight the exhibition “The Philosophy Chamber” during a symposium titled “The Room Where It Happens: On the Agency of Interior Spaces.” The chamber, which was on the second floor of Harvard Hall from 1766 to 1820, was intended as a space for teaching science but evolved into a hub for artists, scientists, and intellectuals to discuss the room’s artifacts, scientific instruments, and objets d’art.“Although this collection was assembled 200 years ago, it is very much alive with questions that are not only important for us to address but also very much part of our work on this campus today,” said curator Ethan Lasser, head of the Division of European and American Art and Theodore E. Stebbins Jr. Curator of American Art at the museums.The symposium, to feature a keynote lecture by Professor Louis Nelson of the School of Architecture at the University of Virginia, will focus on the concept of rooms as generators of ideas.All Harvard-hosted HUBweek events are free and open to the public. Learn more about Harvard’s programs here. Future Forum events require a paid ticket. For more on the festival, and information on other programs throughout the week, visit hubweek.org.
ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Financial institution auto loan portfolios continue to grow annually. In fact, Experian1reported that auto loan balances climbed to $1.18 trillion in the first quarter of 2019, a 6.5% increase from 2018. And, as many lenders know, when your portfolio grows, as does the risk of delinquency.If your portfolio is expanding, you may be evaluating your internal operations and expenses to help you determine potential costs and impact to scaling your collections department versus outsourcing one or more aspects of your operation to a third party.As your financial institution undergoes the evaluation process, here are seven questions to ask yourself and your team to determine what option best fits your institution’s needs. continue reading »
CUNA wrote in support of NCUA’s proposal to raise the residential appraisal threshold earlier this month, as CUNA originally requested the rule to give credit unions parity with banks. Several credit union leagues around the country also wrote to NCUA in support of the proposal.Specifically, NCUA proposed to raise the amount for which residential appraisal threshold would be increased to $400,000 (from the current $250,000).CUNA, in its comment letter, noted the change would “reduce regulatory burden for credit unions, resulting in both transaction cost and time savings for credit unions and their members.”League comments on the proposal include: continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr CUNA
VINES will open proposals later this year for proposals on where the gardens should be put, with the hopes of starting to build them this fall. The money was distributed to 21 projects across New York that address environmental and public health concerns. BINGHAMTON (WBNG) — Earlier this month, Governor Andrew Cuomo awarded $1.9 million in Environmental Justice Community Impact Grants. The money will be used to create community gardens. Those are designated areas where people can rent out raised garden beds, giving access to healthy and locally-grown food. “It can be really difficult to have regular access to affordable fresh fruits and veggies and we know that diet is the number one preventable related cause of death and all kinds of diseases so it’s important that everyone is able to eat good fresh food,” said LoDolce. “It not only is going to help us build new community gardens, but allow us to create a new position which expands our capacity and just makes our organization more sustainable in terms of staffing,” said LoDolce. “We’ll also do some outreach into target neighborhoods where there’s a lot of need for a garden and maybe there isn’t a grocery store or things like that where having a garden would make the most impact,” said LoDolce. “It’s really significant for us. We’re a small organization that operates on a pretty small operating budget,” said executive director Amelia LoDolce. The grant also awarded money to another organization in the Southern Tier. There are already 18 community gardens in Broome county and the money will help to add five or six more. Volunteers Improving Neighborhood Environments, or VINES, was awarded $100,000. They are typically put in low-income areas. The grant money is also helping VINES grow as an organization. The Binghamton Regional Sustainability Coalition took home more than $97,000.
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Topics : The mayor subsequently ordered the markets to close for two weeks.”The process [closure] is still ongoing,” he said on Tuesday as quoted by kompas.com.Read also: Survey finds Bandung residents more afraid of job loss than COVID-19City officials are currently informing merchants of each market about the plan. Oded announced on Monday that new clusters of COVID-19 transmission had emerged across Bandung with the discovery of 10 new infections in the past few days. They are the “market cluster, medical personnel cluster and online motorcycle taxi cluster”.However, the mayor claimed that all of the infected individuals had been isolated to prevent the further spread of the disease. According to the city administration’s official website for COVID-19 information, covid19.bandung.go.id, Bandung has recorded 344 positive COVID-19 cases as of Monday, with 40 fatalities. (vny) The Bandung administration in West Java will temporarily close three traditional markets in the city after several sellers were found to have contracted COVID-19.The three markets are Leuwipanjang, Sadang Serang and Haur Pancuh, said Bandung Mayor Oded M. Danial.At least four sellers in these markets tested positive for COVID-19 after undergoing polymerase chain reaction (PCR) tests provided by the city administration.
Alexandre Lacazette admits Arsenal are lacking confidence and need a break after poor results Unai Emery suffered another tough night out on Saturday (Picture: Getty Images)‘We have to work again and keep working everyday. But I think we didn’t play so bad, we just missed our chances in the first half.’Lacazette has not given up on making a return to the Champions League through their Premier League finishing position, but knows that they have already left themselves an awful lot of work to do.‘We want to be top four of course,’ he continued. ‘Now we are nine points behind Chelsea and Leicester and it is going to be hard but everything is possible in football.‘We still have time until the end of the season. We are going to work to come back.’Due to the international break, Arsenal are not back in action until 23 November at home to Southampton.Failure to get a result against the struggling Saints, who are 19th in the division after defeat to Everton on Saturday, could be one disaster too far for Emery in north London.MORE: Andrew Robertson sends brilliant messages to Mo Salah and Roberto Firmino after Liverpool win over Man CityMORE: Pep Guardiola lacked innovation and creativity in Man City loss to Liverpool, says Gary Neville Advertisement Advertisement Alexandre Lacazette admits that Arsenal are lacking confidence (Picture: Getty Images)Alexandre Lacazette admits that the Arsenal squad is lacking in confidence and that they are very glad for the international break after a poor run of results.The Gunners were beaten 2-0 by Leicester City on Saturday evening in the Premier League, making it five games without a win in all competitions.Pressure is mounting on manager Unai Emery after picking up just four wins from 12 league matches so far this campaign and already languishing eight points off the Champions League places.Arsenal’s last Premier League win came on 6 October and the shoddy string of scorelines has left the squad struggling for morale, despite a reasonable performance in defeat to the Foxes.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENT‘We miss confidence and we need the international break,’ the French striker admitted. ‘I hope we are going to come back well. We need to work more than we do now to find confidence.‘We are very disappointed, we had chances in the first half. We couldn’t score and you need to take your chances in this type of game. Metro Sport ReporterMonday 11 Nov 2019 12:00 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link785Shares Comment
NZ Herald 23 May 2018Family First Comment: The ‘social engineering’ train is on a roll!New Zealanders may get the opportunity to vote on legalising cannabis and voluntary euthanasia at the same time, possibly as early as next year.Labour agreed to hold a public referendum on legalising cannabis for personal use at or before the 2020 general election as part of its confidence and supply agreement with the Greens.The Government now says it could be held ahead of the election to make sure it did not overshadow the election campaign.Parliament is also considering a bill to legalise voluntary euthanasia, and NZ First has said its support is conditional on a binding referendum on the law change.The bill’s sponsor, Act Party leader David Seymour, has agreed to that proposal, though it will still need majority support in Parliament to proceed.Justice Minister Andrew Little said there could be some benefits to holding two referenda at the same time.“If you’re going to do one, you might as well do a job lot,” he said.“It would make sense to not have to spend a lot of money on a succession of referenda.”There could also be some value in holding a referendum outside the election period, Little said.Cabinet had not yet considered the cannabis referendum, but when it did the date would be one of its considerations.https://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=12057182
“Only electricity wires, eitherdamaged or overloaded, can cause fire, not telephone or cable televisionwires,” BFP told ERC during a recent hearing. PECO is operating in the city only byvirtue of a CPCN. Its franchise expired on Jan. 19, 2019 yet. She thencommended the city government of Iloilo for proactively addressing the problemon pole fires. Mayor Jerry Treñas recently sought the help of ERC andMalacañang. The ERC immediately commenced an investigation. The P106.8million covers the P97 million real estate tax arrears, documentary stamp taxand the registration fees, the city treasurer added. The HouseCommittee on Energy will spearhead the congressional inquiry; the date is yetto be set though. These leaning poles and dangling wires are found along Timawa Street in Molo, Iloilo City. Cong. Julienne Baronda says this is a serious public safety matter that should be addressed promptly. The House of Representatives will conduct an investigation on the series of pole fires in the city. These fires are endangering the lives of city residents, according to Baronda. Under ERC Resolution No. 5, Series of2008, any power distribution utility granted a Certificate of PublicConvenience and Necessity (CPCN) to operate a distribution system in any areamust comply with standards set under the Philippine Distribution Code,especially those that concern public safety. Baronda revealedshe had actually written DOE seeking an explanation for the pole fires. Shewanted to be clarified how safe the electricity posts in the city were. “DOE and PECO owethe public an explanation,” said the neophyte congresswoman. “If theirexplanations are wanting, we will exercise the congressional oversight power ofthe House Committee on Energy.” ILOILO City – TheHouse of Representatives will conduct an investigation on the series of polefires in this city. These fires are endangering the lives of city residents,according to Cong. Julienne Baronda, and the Department of Energy (DOE) andPanay Electric Co. (PECO) have a lot of explaining to do. The commission isexpected to release the result of its probe anytime soon. Ladrillo said theP106.8-million floor price was computed based on PECO’s total tax liabilitysince 2006 amounting to P97,164,438.81, the cost of the sale includingdocumentary stamp tax estimated at P9,716,443. 88 and a registration fee ofP802.64.He said the Dec. 12 auction is open to everyone./PN The total marketvalue of PECO’s posts and the land where they stand on is estimated at P214.9million, according to the City Treasurer’s Office’s Tax Enforcement Divisionchief John Ladrillo. Hermano said theDec. 12 auction of PECO’s power distribution assets, including its 30,000 agedelectricity poles and the land where they stand on, would proceed as approvedby Treñas. PECO would only be able to cancel the auction if it pays the P106.8 millionfloor price set by the city government for the auction, said Hermano. Iloilo CityTreasurer Jinny Hermano said he could not recommend to Mayor Treñas to agree tosuch arrangement as it would mean losing P38 million in penalties. CITY REFUSES PECO TAX PAYMENT OFFERIna related development, the City Treasurer’s Office rejected the offer of PECOto settle its P97-million realty tax obligation in two tranches in two years aslong as the city government waives all penalties and fees. But pole firedata that the Bureau of Fire Protection (BFP) recently submitted to the EnergyRegulatory Commission (ERC) was more damning, she said. From January 2014to October 29, 2019, BFP recorded a total of 2,887 fire incidents in IloiloCity and of these, 1,464 were pole fires. Between Oct. 19to 21 alone, according to Baronda, nine pole fires were reported. An average of 28 pole fires take placein Iloilo City every month, or almost 300 incidents every year, according tothe BFP. “Due to thenonpayment of taxes, the business permits of PECO have not been issued by theBusiness Permits and Licensing Office and when I came in (as city mayor) Idiscovered (the details) about it. We gave PECO time because they told ourlawyers they were going to make an offer. But the offer was not acceptable sothe City Treasurer proceeded with the (option of) auction sale,” Treñas saidwhen he announced the auction last week. The congresswomanalso urged ERC chief Agnes Devanadera to support the House probe. PECO had notsettled its real estate tax to the city government since 2006.