A distinctive honor

first_imgAfter nearly 400 years, there aren’t many “firsts” left for Harvard, but last fall students and alumni got to experience one — courtesy of ESPN.For the first time in its storied history, the annual Harvard-Yale football game, otherwise known as only “The Game,” was featured on ESPN’s College GameDay broadcast.To make it happen, staff in Harvard’s Athletics Department not only had to organize the game that’s annually attended by some 40,000 students, staff, faculty, and alumni, they also had to make sure ESPN broadcasters had the support they needed for a broadcast that would be seen by millions. And they had just five days to get it done.Their hard work and dedication was recognized last Thursday, as they — along with dozens of other Faculty of Arts and Sciences (FAS) staff — were honored at the annual Dean’s Distinction Awards ceremony.“Our faculty are able to do the work they do and our students have access to the exceptional educational programs we offer here at Harvard because of the individuals in this room and the incredible work they do,” said Edgerley Family Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences Michael D. Smith. “To all of our honorees today, you are a fantastic portrait of the best of our staff. Our faculty and students are incredibly fortunate to have your ideas, your engagement, and your partnership. You make Harvard stronger. On behalf of the faculty, I extend my sincere thanks to you.”Smith (left) greeted award recipient Angela Lifsey (right) and her colleague, Kim Zweig. Rose Lincoln/Harvard Staff PhotographerIn all, 63 FAS employees from 36 departments — representing 2.5 percent of the FAS staff — were recognized at the sixth annual awards ceremony and reception, held in the faculty room of University Hall.Among those recognized were teams who streamlined the system for requesting and approving classroom space, who helped promote and support diversity across all facets of FAS, and who maintained and even increased the number of concentrators in the humanities. Other employees were recognized for taking on additional duties as colleagues departed and for helping smooth transitions as spaces shifted.Dean for Administration and Finance Leslie Kirwan also offered congratulations to the winners.“In so many ways and in so many places, you help make the FAS what it is,” Kirwan told the recipients. “We are here today to celebrate your personal commitment, innovative thinking, and hard work.”Among the athletics staff recognized last week was Imry Halevi, director of multimedia and production, who worked closely with staff from ESPN and NBC on a variety of issues leading up to kickoff.“I think it’s great,” Halevi said of getting the award. “It’s nice to be recognized and to know that other people at the University realize what we do for this game and for all the other games. It’s a big undertaking.”The 2015 Dean’s Distinction recipients are:William Anderson, Department of Stem Cell and Regenerative BiologyChristine Benoit, FAS Finance OfficeLauren Bimmler, Department of EnglishNancy Branco, Department of SociologyRonnie Broadfoot, Ernst Mayr Library of the Museum of Comparative ZoologyLeanne Chaves, Department of African and African American StudiesSarah Cohan, Department of PsychologySusan Cook, Center for African StudiesDiane Cox, FAS Human ResourcesEmelyn de la Peña, Harvard College Office of Student LifeSusan Gilbert, Department of MathematicsAnne Gotfredson, FAS DevelopmentSusan Halpert, Houghton LibraryMike Holmes, Department of Romance Languages and LiteraturesAndrew Laplume, Office of Physical Resources and PlanningMary Magnuson, Harvard College Admissions and Financial AidAndrew Magyar, Center for Nanoscale SystemsMary McCarthy, Department of PhysicsMegan McHugh, Department of Organismic and Evolutionary BiologyMia Metivier, Harvard College Program in General EducationEmily Miller, Harvard College Administrative BoardDenise Moody, FAS Research Administration ServicesAlice Moses, Department of StatisticsGabrielle Naglieri, Division of ScienceDenise Oberdan, Department of Visual and Environmental StudiesKaren Pearce, Office for Faculty AffairsJames Peregrino, Division of Continuing EducationElizabeth Quigley, Institute for Quantitative Social ScienceLauren Raece, Office of Undergraduate EducationTristan Rocher, Harvard Museums of Science and CulturePatricia Rogers, Division of ScienceGreg Roy, HUIT Administrative Technology ServicesFu Tham, Instructional Media ServicesSheila Thomas, Graduate School of Arts and SciencesKatherine Zuccala, Department of Chemistry and Chemical BiologyRoomBook Project TeamKatherine Gates, FAS Office of the Dean for Administration and FinanceMichael Kinney, Registrar’s OfficeKaren Ogden, Division of Continuing EducationKatie Phelan, FAS Finance OfficeRichard Schubert, Office of Physical Resources and PlanningBruce Tikofsky, HUIT Administrative Technology ServicesAmy Vest, Harvard College Office of Student LifeCurtis Wilcox, Instructional Media ServicesDiversity CommitteeAnn Marie Acker, FAS Human ResourcesChris Ciotti, FAS Human ResourcesAdriana Gallegos, FAS Human ResourcesAndrea Kelton-Harris, FAS Human ResourcesAngela Lifsey, FAS Human ResourcesBob Mitchell, FAS Office for Diversity Relations and CommunicationsEtaine Smith, FAS Human ResourcesHarvard-Yale Game Day TeamSusan Byrne, Department of AthleticsImry Halevi, Department of AthleticsNicholas Majocha, Department of AthleticsAllison Miller, Department of AthleticsDuane Reeves, Department of AthleticsTimothy Troville, Department of AthleticsAndrew Vatistas, Department of AthleticsTimothy Williamson, Department of AthleticsCaitlyn Young, Department of AthleticsFreshman Dean’s Office Support StaffAbby Cohen, Harvard College Freshman Dean’s OfficeJulie Kligerman, Harvard College Freshman Dean’s OfficeMary Lincoln, Harvard College Freshman Dean’s OfficeTorey Martin, Harvard College Freshman Dean’s Officelast_img read more

Virginia lawmakers pass marijuana legalization bills

first_imgRICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Both chambers of the Virginia General Assembly have passed legislation that would legalize marijuana for adult recreational use, with retail sales starting several years down the road. Work on the complicated legislation has been a priority for Democrats who control state government. But despite Friday’s votes, the process is far from finished. There are substantial differences between the two bills that must be worked out before they can be sent to Gov. Ralph Northam. If the legislation is signed into law, Virginia would join 15 other states and the neighboring District of Columbia in legalizing small amounts of marijuana for adult recreational use.last_img

Man Arrested In Connection With Monday Night Homicide In Jamestown

first_imgShare: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) JAMESTOWN – A 28-year-old man has been arrested in connection with a homicide Monday evening in Jamestown.Jamestown Police say Carl Sorenson, of Jamestown, is charged with second-degree murder for the death of 23-year-old Brandon Holland who was stabbed in the chest while walking on the sidewalk along North Main Street between East 4th and East 5th Streets around 10:14 p.m.Holland was taken to UPMC Chautauqua Hospital where he died of his injuries.Police said Sorenson is currently being held in Jamestown City Jail awaiting arraignment in the case. Sorenson, according to police, is also a New York State Parolee. Officers say he was taken into custody Tuesday afternoon by investigators at his apartment on Washington Street.Investigators say additional charges are expected as the investigation continues.This was not a random act of violence and police say is likely a result of a prior dispute.Jamestown Police were assisted in the investigation by the Chautauqua County District Attorney’s Office.last_img read more

Court amends Rules of Juvenile Procedure

first_imgCourt amends Rules of Juvenile Procedure With only a minor modification, the Supreme Court has approved amendments to the Florida Rules of Juvenile Procedure and related forms proposed earlier this year by the Juvenile Court Rules Committee.The committee submitted amendments on 15 rules and four existing forms, as well as proposing one new form. The changes were advertised in the Bar News and the court received comments on the amendment to Rule 8.255 and the proposed new Form 8.929.The committee proposed amending Rule 8.255 to specify that general and special masters could not conduct certain dependency hearings, specifically those involving shelter, contested dependency adjudications, dispositions, and contested termination of parental rights adjudications. The rule would also specify that those hearings must be conducted by a judge, and that any other types of cases referred to a special or general master must have the consent of all parties.The court received several comments opposing limiting the types of cases masters could hear, saying that would be too restrictive and was unwise in light of pending budget changes as the state takes over a larger share of trial court funding. The court agreed that no firm prohibition should be made until the funding issues are worked out, but noted that state law requires that some types of hearings be conducted by a judge without a jury.The court, accordingly, adopted the amendment to Rule 8.255 to read that “general and special masters may be appointed to hear issues involved in proceedings under this part, except as otherwise prohibited by law.”The court also approved the recommendation that all parties must consent to have a case referred to a general or special master, and asked the committee to draft a rule containing a formal procedure for obtaining that consent.The court approved new Form 8.929, which covered payments required by state law from a parent or guardian when a juvenile is incarcerated by the state. The court changed the restitution amount to conform with a recent change in state law and, to match another recent law change, allowed the payments to be made to the Department of Juvenile Justice or the clerk of the court.All other amendments proposed by the committee were approved without alteration. Those included changes to Rules 8.030. 8.031, 8.085, 8.110, 8.185, 8.201, 8.210, 8.225, 8.245, 8.265, 8.275, 8.345, 8.525, and 8.635 and Forms 8.959, 8.960, 8.967, and 8.979. The decision and an appendix with all the changes can be found on the court’s Web site at www.flcourts.org.The court acted September 5 in Amendments to Florida Rules of Juvenile Procedure, case no. SC 02-117. Court amends Rules of Juvenile Procedurecenter_img October 1, 2002 Regular Newslast_img read more

Southern Tier officials, families call for seat at the table for special education

first_img“By the constitution, we have to give all of our children an attempt at an equal education, and we’ve gone to great lengths to be inclusive,” Crouch said. A former special education aide in schools and mother to a child with Down Syndrome, Maryann Horton says not only does in person interaction help students like her daughter, it helps everyone. Governor Andrew Cuomo’s Reimagine Education Advisory Council is set to chart the course forward for schools across the state. However, Southern Tier officials and families are calling for special education to be represented on the council. “They learn so much better in a setting with typical kids,” Horton told 12 News Thursday. “They learn how to do, and I believe the best thing is they teach typical children as much as our special kids get.” State Rep. Cliff Crouch (R-122nd) says including a special education representative on the council is an important part of fighting for equal rights for all.center_img “Maybe the parents are just as stressed as the kids are, and that’s something else too. You and I are having a hard time being stressed about this; it’s a terrible hard time to try and explain it to her.” Horton says besides needing the in-person interaction, children like her daughter Juice struggle with the current distance learning model. (WBNG) — The future of education across New York is now under special consideration.last_img read more

Makarska hotels Valamar Riviere won the award for excellent accommodation service

first_imgRELATED NEWS: Photo: Valamar Riviera Valamar Meteor and Dalmatia Sunny Hotel by Valamar again this year earned a prestigious award for excellent accommodation service chosen by the guests of one of the largest British tour operators and Valamar’s strategic partner Jet2holidays. Makarska hotels managed by the largest Croatian tourist company Valamar Riviere received a new award for the quality of service. Excellent results are due to the company’s clear mission and vision, as well as business strategy and continuous investment in destinations and facilities, improvement of existing and development of new and innovative concepts and content for guests and the local community, said Matko Maric, director of the region.When you have been winning the prestigious award of guests from all over the world for many years, then it really confirms that you are going in the right direction and that you are doing a good job. We want our guests to feel comfortable and to provide them with an unforgettable stay during their holidays in our hotels and destinations. We are continuously investing in raising the quality and standards of our services, so I am especially pleased that our guests recognize and appreciate this” Every year, Jet2holidays conducts a satisfaction survey among its guests during their stay in the partner’s accommodation in the categories of food, services, family vacations and all inclusive services, and Valamar’s hotels continuously win the highest guest ratings and confirm the quality from year to year.  Makarska hotels that have been managed by Valamar Riviere since last year consist of the Meteor 4 * hotel with 277 accommodation units, the Dalmatia 3 * hotel with 190 accommodation units and the 2 * Riviera hotel complex with 258 accommodation units, which represents more than 40 percent of the total offer. accommodation units in hotels in the area of ​​Makarska.last_img read more

Singapore, Helsinki and Zurich top index of world’s smartest cities

first_imgBris, director of the IMD World Competitiveness Center, said cities’ priorities in using technology varied widely.The Colombian city of Medellin – once notorious for its drug cartels but now a posterchild for smart planning – has seen crime drop after introducing free wifi, which made it easier for people to report crime, he said.Although many cities around the world have introduced car sharing schemes in a bid to cut congestion, Bris said Moscow had been particularly successful in persuading drivers to join them after introducing free parking for users.Experts say COVID-19 has accelerated a shift towards more inclusive, greener, smarter cities.Bris also predicted a growing trend towards smaller cities.”I think we’re moving to a world where we will be more dispersed. We will be safer if we live in smaller cities,” he added.He said the survey underscored that megacities often found it difficult to become smart.”Smaller cities have an advantage,” he added. “In the case of Singapore, Helsinki and Zurich, their size allows them to invest significantly in technology that reaches all citizens.”Although China is developing hundreds of smart cities equipped with sensors, cameras and other gadgets that can crunch data on everything from pollution to public health, they ranked relatively low in the index.Bris said this was because of their size but also because of concerns about data privacy and surveillance. Topics : The Smart City Index, now in its second year, surveyed more than 13,000 people in 109 cities, focusing on how they perceived the impact of technology in five areas: health and safety, mobility, activities, opportunities and governance.Others in the top 10 included Auckland, Oslo, Copenhagen, Geneva, Taipei City, Amsterdam, New York, while Abuja, Nairobi and Lagos ranked bottom.The index, a collaboration with the Singapore University for Technology and Design, showed that many countries are developing smart secondary cities beyond their capitals.The Spanish city of Bilbao ranked higher than Madrid, while Britain’s second city Birmingham has risen up the index faster than London.center_img Singapore, Helsinki and Zurich are the world’s smartest cities, according to an index published on Thursday amid a growing debate on the future of urban design for a post-COVID era.From smart traffic cameras and car sharing apps to pollution monitoring and free wifi for all, cities around the world are racing to embrace technology, but researchers said the real test was whether citizens felt the benefits.”The world’s ‘smart’ cities don’t simply adopt new technology, they make sure it truly improves citizens’ lives,” said Arturo Bris of the Swiss-based International Institute for Management Development (IMD), which published the index.last_img read more

Sunnybank house launched from the 90s to the 21st century

first_imgThe dining room is semi open-plan.More from newsDigital inspection tool proves a property boon for REA website3 Apr 2020The Camira homestead where kids roamed free28 May 2019The house was just a hop, skip and a jump from where they had previously been living at Sunnybank Hills, yet they believed it would be the perfect place to raise their two now-teenage children. The house at 76 Dunedin St, Sunnybank, is for sale.THIS Sunnybank house has been launched out of the 90s and into the 21st century thanks to recent renovations.When Magdalena and Kostandinos Katsoufros bought the 76 Dunedin St house 13 years ago, a light shade of green had been the colour of choice for the carpet and many of the walls.Since, they had spruced up the property by swapping the carpet for timber floors, and painting the walls a more neutral colour. It flows to the kitchen.It turned out they were right, as Mrs Katsoufros said the open-plan layout had been perfect for their family of four.“It’s actually a really good family home,” she said.“It’s got a warmth about it, and it does have a fair bit of varied space … with an outside games room which could also be used as a granny flat.” There is a raked timber ceiling in the bedroom.Mrs Katsoufros said her family spent a lot of time in the living, kitchen and dining area, as well as outside by the pool. The bathrooms have been recently renovated.“Outside, there’s an alfresco area near the pool,” she said.“That’s where we entertain family and friends and relax.“Family functions and friends visiting are the things I will remember most.”The house is close to public transport and Sunnybank Plaza. This room used to have light green carpet.“We renovated pretty much everything apart from the kitchen,” Mrs Katsoufros said.“There are new bathrooms, new concreting outside, new paint, new floor, new carpet — everything is new in there.”The house has raked ceilings, some of which are painted white, and some exposed timber, and also has an incredible fireplace. The alfresco dining area is Mrs Katsoufros favourite space at the property.Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:51Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:51 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD576p576p432p432p270p270pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenStarting your hunt for a dream home00:51last_img read more

CNOOC Orders Aker Solutions Umbilicals for Liuhua

first_imgAker Solutions has won orders valued at more than NOK 350 million ($41.5 million) to deliver power umbilical systems to China National Offshore Oil Corporation’s (CNOOC) Liuhua oil fields in the South China Sea.The work scope includes more than 35 kilometers of dynamic and static power umbilicals for the Liuhua 16-2, 20-2 and 21-2 fields, linking the subsea development to a new floating production, storage and offloading (FPSO) unit.Power umbilical systems are bundled cable and fiber optic systems providing distribution of power, control and communication between subsea equipment on the seafloor and platforms or floating production facilities. The static section of the Liuhua 16-2 umbilical will be engineered using Aker Solutions’ manufacturing process called OsciLay.The global project will involve Aker Solutions facilities around the world. Aker Solutions’ team in Malaysia will lead the engineering work, while production and manufacturing will take place at Aker Solutions’ umbilical production facility in Mobile, Alabama in the United States.Project delivery is set for the end of 2019 for Liuhua 16-2 and 20-2, and in 2020 for Liuhua 21-2.last_img read more

BW Energy sees delay in Gabon well hook-up

first_imgTwo months after the production start-up at the Tortue Phase 1, BW in November 2018 sanctioned the second phase of its Tortue development. The Tortue development will upon completion of Phase 2 have six wells. Total production after the completion of Phase 2 is projected to be 17.3 – 21.6 kbopd gross for 2020 from six producing wells, compared with an average of 11.8 kbopd gross produced in 2019. Phase 2 development activities started in 2019 and continued into 2020. This phase consists of four production wells, tied back to the FPSO BW Adolo. Covid-19 restrictions The well was expected to be connected in June but, given the COVID-19 restrictions, the timing of this activity is estimated to occur later this year. The DTM-4H and DTM-5H were the first of two clusters. The second cluster was scheduled to begin production by June 2020. Panoro said that the production in Gabon for 2020 is now expected to average 15,000-16,500 bopd (gross), with the 10 per cent reduction in range due to the uncertain timing of hooking up the completed DTM-6 well. center_img However, Panoro, a partner in the project, informed on Monday that the hook-up was delayed due to the coronavirus pandemic. BW Energy has experienced a delay in hook-up operations for a well in the Dussafu Marin Permit, offshore Gabon, due to the coronavirus crisis. There are five oil fields within the Dussafu Permit: Moubenga, Walt Whitman, Ruche, Ruche North East, and Tortue. Current production is approximately 17,500 bopd (gross), with operating costs decreased from 2019 levels to $16-18 per barrel. Panoro also said that lifting was completed in March for the account of Panoro, BW, and Tullow, followed by lifting in April on behalf of the State of Gabon.last_img read more