first_imgAs plans for Harvard’s Allston campus continue to take shape, the University is working to ensure that the future hub for experimentation and innovation in the sciences, business, and entrepreneurship also becomes home to a boundary-breaking arts space, which will have its opening celebration this fall.The ArtLab, a 9,000-square-foot structure on North Harvard Street in Barry’s Corner, is undergoing final preparations to host faculty, artists, and students in an interdisciplinary laboratory devoted to creativity, innovation, collaboration, and connection. The building was designed by the German architect Barkow Leibinger in partnership with Watertown’s Sasaki.The structure has a pinwheel configuration, with studio spaces, sound and recording rooms, a small exhibit area, and a workshop arranged around a 1,600-square-foot multipurpose, open-space hub that can be used for collaboration, gatherings, exhibitions, film screenings, dance rehearsals, and more. The ArtLab will be overseen by the Office of the Provost, and used by artists University-wide.The building’s name is a nod to the collection of innovation labs already in place in Allston: the Harvard i-lab, the Launch Lab X, and the Pagliuca Harvard Life Lab. The arts space also builds on Harvard’s longstanding embrace of interdisciplinary work and scholarship, and the influx in recent years of faculty who are accomplished artists and performers, among them dancer Jill Johnson, pianist Vijay Iyer, jazz singer and bassist Esperanza Spalding, writer Teju Cole, A.R.T. artistic director Diane Paulus, and flutist Claire Chase.,The ArtLab will underscore the importance of offering skilled creators a place where they can connect with other artists in various fields to reinvent and reimagine, and to conduct the research their respective crafts demand. It also helps show that the laboratory — a place for experimentation, observation, and practice in a field of study — is not the domain of the sciences alone.“People often do not understand that artists actually do research,” said Lori Gross, associate provost for arts and culture, “and that is an incredibly important message to convey to the Harvard community and beyond. The ArtLab can become a place for exploration and experimentation.”In a sense, the building was also made for Bree Edwards, the ArtLab’s new director. Edwards, who is well versed in artistic collaboration, was director of the Northeastern Center for the Arts and held positions at the Asheville Art Museum in North Carolina and the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Center at the University of Houston. Trained as a contemporary-art curator, Edwards said her professional life has almost entirely focused on the development of interdisciplinary programs and the creation of new work. Her new Harvard role aligns perfectly with her interests and experience, she said.“Throughout my career I’ve been seeking to be involved in the process of making new work with a range of artists working in different media,” Edwards said. “There are so few places to show works in progress at Harvard and in Boston in general, which makes the ArtLab truly unique and exciting. It’s about making the hidden process visible.”In the next several months, the building will host open rehearsals, workshops, and classes led by Harvard professors as well as a number of visiting artists, including the internationally acclaimed tap dancer Ayodele Casel, who will be in residence and working with students at the ArtLab through March 1.Future projects will engage faculty such as Chase, a professor of practice in the Music Department, who tries to cultivate in her students the notion of “a shared space for those early experiments that are often performed in isolation.”“For me, as an artist and as a teacher and as a community-builder who is very interested in the natural intersection of communities as they come together to make something new, this is such an important contribution to the Harvard community,” she said, and also “to the art-making community at large.”last_img read more

first_imgMendoza College of Business class of 2013 graduate Konrad Billetz earned a spot on the 2015 Forbes 30 under 30 Manufacturing and Industry list. Billetz founded Frameri, the world’s first interchangeable eyewear company. He is the second Notre Dame graduate to make the Forbes 30 under 30 list.“I started working on Frameri while I was getting my MBA at Notre Dame,” Billetz said. “While a lot of my classmates were interviewing, I knew I wanted to go into entrepreneurship and start my own company, so I spent most of my time taking advantage of all the awesome resources and programs the school has to offer.”Billetz said he worked closely with professors and mentors from Mendoza to lay the groundwork for Frameri, including Karen Slaggert, associate director of the Gigot Center for Entrepreneurship.“Konrad took advantage of all of the resources available to all aspiring Notre Dame student entrepreneurs,” Slaggert said. “He was president of the MBA entrepreneurship club. He participated in a very cool experiential learning program – the Venture Capital Immersion Program – and shadowed an angel investor in Washington D.C. He participated in the McCloskey Business Plan Competition (on 3 teams) while an MBA student – this is where he really put the tremendous work necessary into moving Frameri to market.”Billetz also credited the time he spent participating in extra-curricular activities with his success.“Getting my business degree from Notre Dame gave me that foundation of business education, but it was really what I did outside of the classroom that prepared me for the big adventure of starting a company,” Billetz said.Slaggert said the opportunities that were available to Billetz showcase the value of an education from and the resources provided by the Mendoza College of Business.“The education and the opportunities provided by the Mendoza College of Business and the Gigot Center for Entrepreneurship are definitely helping set our students, both graduate and undergraduate students, up for success in launching their ventures,” Slaggert said.Moving forward, the Forbes list means great things for Frameri and its team.“The award is a huge reflection of how awesome our team is – while my name was attached to it, it’s really a team award,” Billetz said. “It also helps legitimize the business and our expertise in the eyewear industry. This makes recruiting a team with great culture so much easier as we grow.”As for the University, the list means a chance to share the talent of students and graduates of the Mendoza College of Business, as well as an opportunity to help future entrepreneurs.“Our desire is to help students who have a passion for startups; stories like these, successes by our students, simply help get word out about resources available to all students and serves to encourage other student entrepreneurs,” Slaggert said.Since graduating, Billetz has returned to Mendoza several times to speak with entrepreneur hopefuls. His advice for launching a business is simple.“Go and do it,” Billetz said. “There’s never a better time in your life to start a company than when you leave school. If it’s something you’re passionate about, go all in and never look back.”Tags: entrepreneur, entrepreneurship, frameri, konrad billetz, MBA, mendoza college of businesslast_img read more

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Reuters:Britain will on Wednesday reach two months in a row without using electricity from coal fired power stations for the first time since its 19th century industrial revolution, according to the country’s National Grid.Britain was home to the world’s first coal-fueled power plant in the 1880s, and coal was its dominant electric source and a major economic driver for the next century.Britain plans to close coal plants by 2024 as part of efforts to reach its net zero emissions goal by 2050.“The exact two month mark is midnight tonight (00:00 on Wednesday 10 June), which will mark 61 days (or 1,464 hours) since the last coal generator came off the system,” a spokesman for National Grid’s ESO (Electricity System Operator) said via email on Tuesday.Low power prices amid weak industrial demand due to measures to contain the novel coronavirus, and levies on carbon emissions, have made it increasingly unprofitable to run coal plants. Use of renewable power, such as wind and solar, has soared over the lockdown period, helped by lower running costs than fossil fuel producers and favourable weather conditions.May saw the greenest ever month for electricity production in Britain, with the lowest average carbon intensity on record at 143 grams of CO2 per kilowatt hour, National Grid said. Carbon intensity is a measure of how much carbon dioxide is emitted for each kilowatt hour of electricity produced.[Susanna Twidale]More: Britain poised to hit two months without power from coal plants Britain closing in on second straight month without any coal-fired generation in its electricity mixlast_img read more

first_imgBy Dialogo May 15, 2009 Today the United States Southern Command in El Salvador introduced an unmanned aircraft that could help combat drug trafficking in Central America, and which will be tested in a surveillance center for two weeks. The “Heron” plane, manufactured by the company Israel Aerospace Industries, was presented to Salvadoran authorities by the U.S. Southern Command at a special ceremony in El Salvador. Among those present at the ceremony were Defense Minister of El Salvador Jorge Alberto Molina and the Director of the National Civil Police (PNC), Jose Luis Tobar, along with General Glenn Spears, Deputy Commander, and Ambassador Paul Trivelli, both of U.S. Southern Command. Molina said that drug dealers “are using technology,” and recommended that countries take advantage of technological advances “to carry out the role of protecting the citizenry.” The aircraft will stay for two weeks in the drug surveillance center at the Comalapa military airbase, 44 kilometers south of San Salvador. The monitoring center is operated by the U.S., and has uncovered drug shipments being transported by boat in the Pacific Ocean. U.S. Southern Command Deputy Commander General Glenn Spears said that this plane can be used as a tool against drug trafficking, but its technology also allows it to “assist people in times of natural disaster and rescue missions.” He said tests will be conducted by Salvadoran authorities on “the technical capability of the unmanned system and aircraft sensors” in order to make a decision on this equipment’s usefulness to the surveillance center. The “Heron” belongs to a series of unmanned aircraft possessing video systems and infrared detectors, and is capable of high performance in monitoring missions, according to Ted Venable, U.S. Southern Command. “This is the first deployment of this sort of technology to be used to combat illicit drug trafficking, and this is a unique opportunity to verify with certainty if it is reliable,” said Venable. He explained that the findings will be used to “demonstrate the ability to integrate this technology into normal air traffic” since the military base is located near the El Salvador International Airport, which has the most air traffic in that region. The aircraft, which is operated from a remote station installed on land, may cost between $100,000 and $1 million (USD), depending on the equipment to be included in its manufacture.last_img read more

first_img 78SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Yahoo on Tuesday said that all 3 billion of its accounts were hacked in a 2013 data theft, tripling its earlier estimate of the size of the largest breach in history, in a disclosure that attorneys said sharply increased the legal exposure of its new owner, Verizon Communications Inc (VZ.N).The news expands the likely number and claims of class action lawsuits by shareholders and Yahoo account holders, they said. Yahoo, the early face of the internet for many in the world, already faced at least 41 consumer class-action lawsuits in U.S. federal and state courts, according to company securities filing in May.John Yanchunis, a lawyer representing some of the affected Yahoo users, said a federal judge who allowed the case to go forward still had asked for more information to justify his clients’ claims. continue reading »last_img read more

first_imgThis came six months after Hudson announced that she and Fujikawa were expecting their first child together. “We have been trying to keep this pregnancy under the radar for as long as possible but I’m a poppin now!” the Los Angeles native wrote on Instagram in April 2018. “And it’s too darn challenging to hide, and frankly hiding is more exhausting then just coming out with it! My kids, Danny, myself and the entire family are crazy excited! A little girl on the way.”The Golden Globe winner welcomed Ryder in 2004 with her ex-husband, Chris Robinson, followed by Bingham seven years later with her ex-fiancé, Matt Bellamy.- Advertisement – – Advertisement – Kate Hudson loves her little ones! The actress became a mom in 2004 and has been gushing about her family ever since.The Almost Famous star most recently welcomed her daughter, Rani, in October 2018 with her boyfriend, Danny Fujikawa. “She’s here,” the Fabletics creator wrote on Instagram at the time. “We have decided to name our daughter Rani (pronounced Ronnie) after her grandfather, Ron Fujikawa. Ron was the most special man who we all miss dearly. To name her after him is an honor. Everyone is doing well and happy as can be. Our family thanks you for all the love and blessings that have been sent our way and we send ours right back.”- Advertisement –center_img In April 2019, a source told Us Weekly about her coparenting relationships with the Black Crowes singer and the Muse frontman. “[She] sees Matt a lot with Bing, who also has separate time with his dad,” the insider explained to Us at the time. “Chris lives in northern California but comes down to visit because Kate supports Ryder having a positive relationship with his dad.”Keep scrolling for a look at the Pretty Fun author’s best quotes about her family, from her parenting style to her post-baby body journey.last_img read more

first_imgThe defined contribution pension fund of the Intesa Sanpaolo Group in Italy has published a call for asset managers to run 26 mandates for a portfolio worth more than €1bn.The €5.5bn pension scheme issued the tender as contracts with current asset managers were soon to expire. The scheme last issued 24 mandates for a total of €3.4bn in 2017.The fund is seeking to hire three emerging government bond managers for a mandate worth approximately €145m, with another three corporate euro bond managers for a brief worth €62m.It is also looking for another three managers for US corporate bonds (€62m), and three other firms for global high yield corporate bonds (€136m). There is one additional euro corporate bond mandate worth €78m.For equity, the scheme is seeking four firms for European equity mandates worth €143m, and three managers each for US equity (€130m), pacific equity (€164m) and emerging market equity (€164m).For each mandate, the appointed managers will aim to achieve a return higher than that of the benchmark over the time horizon set by the duration of each agreement, containing the annual tracking error volatility of the management within the established limits, an online notice disclosed.Intesa Sanpaolo also stated in its Socially Responsible Investments policy that the manager selection process would involve evaluating candidates according to their sustainable investment policies and strategies.Expressions of interest should be sent to the fund via email ([email protected]) by 25 September 12pm local time.To read the digital edition of IPE’s latest magazine click here.last_img read more

first_imgSouth Korean shipbuilder Daewoo Shipbuilding and Marine Engineering (DSME) is to resume its stock trading on the Korea Stock Exchange Market this week following a period of suspension, Yonhap News Agency reported. Last week, the Korea Exchange held a meeting to decide whether the financially troubled company is eligible to be listed.As a result, it was decided that the trading suspension of the shares of DSME will be canceled on October 30 due to improved financial performance, the company filing shows.In July 2016, trading of DSME’s shares was stopped due to deficit net worth. The company was given a one-year rehabilitation period to improve its financial status.The restructuring plan, revealed in late March 2017, sets out three key principles – debt restructuring, financial assistance and bearing the burden of losses by all stakeholders.In the first half of 2017, the company managed to return to black as its income was KRW 1.49 trillion, against a net loss of KRW 1.18 trillion seen in the six-month period of 2016.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

first_imgLundin Norway has entered into an agreement with Equinor, under which it will acquire Equinor’s entire 15 percent working interest in the Lundin Norway-operated license PL359, containing the Luno II oil discovery.The acquisition takes Lundin Norway’s working interest in PL359 to 65 percent and creates commercial and operational alignment between the Edvard Grieg and Luno II partnerships, realizing significant benefits through  optimization of production and enhanced value from both fields, Lundin said on Wednesday.The transaction involves a cash consideration payable by Lundin Norway to Equinor, as well as Lundin Norway transferring its 20 percent working interest in PL825, containing the Rungne exploration prospect, to Equinor.The effective date of the transaction is January 1, 2018 and completion is subject to customary government approvals.Luno II is situated approximately 15 km south of the Lundin Norway-operated Edvard Grieg platform on the Utsira High and has a gross resource range of between 40 and 100 million barrels of oil equivalent (MMboe). The development concept for Luno II is a subsea tie back to the Edvard Grieg platform and the objective is to submit a PDO and sanction the project in early 2019.Lundin Norway is the operator of PL359 with a current 50 percent working interest. The partners are OMV with 20 percent and Equinor and Wintershall with 15 percent each.Alex Schneiter, CEO and President of Lundin Petroleum commented: “I am very pleased to announce this strategic acquisition on the Utsira High of a further 15 percent working interest in the high quality Luno II discovery, where the development is set to be sanctioned in early 2019. This transaction not only fully aligns the Edvard Grieg and Luno II partnerships, but also demonstrates our commitment to supplementing our proven organic growth strategy with accretive asset acquisitions.”last_img read more

first_imgRadio NZ News 4 July 2017Family First Comment: But here’s the key bit. We’re not talking about ‘daycare’ that averages over 20 hours and can go higher than 40 hours per week – for babies and toddlers as well!Here’s what period of time the study is referring to..“The study found 82% of participants attended early childhood education for an AVERAGE OF 7.7 HOURS when they were between three and four years old, and 93 percent attended for an AVERAGE OF 13 HOURS between the ages of four and five.”Yep – perhaps 2-3 mornings or afternoons per week at the most.The real research to watch will be in 30 years when we see the results of very young children spending very long periods of time in childcare. It won’t be pretty.People who went to playcentre or kindergarten in the early 1980s are now earning thousands of dollars more than those who did not, a report from the Christchurch Health and Development Study shows.The Otago University project has found a persistent link between early childhood education more than 35 years ago and better academic achievement, higher incomes and more consistent employment in later life.The report said 95 percent of the 1265 people in the study attended some form of early childhood education with 85 percent attending for more than a year, and nearly a third for two years or more.The participants were born in mid-1977 and 93 percent attended early education between the ages of four and five years old, with 70 percent going to kindergarten and 17 percent to playcentre.The report said those with two to three years of early childhood education were earning on average $50,200 a year by the age of 30, compared with $43,000 for those with none and $45,400 for those with less than one year of early education.They had better verbal and maths skills than other children at school, were more likely to go to university, and had higher average academic achievement by the age of 30.They were also less likely to become a parent or commit a property or violent crime during their teens.The report said the better outcomes were likely the result of higher secondary school achievement of those who attended early childhood education.The study found 82 percent of participants attended early childhood education for an average of 7.7 hours when they were between three and four years old, and 93 percent attended for an average of 13 hours between the ages of four and five.READ MORE: read more