Recent graduates of the Class of 2020 Catherine Kerner, Cecil Williams II, and Adele Woodmansee received the Taliesin Prize for Distinction in the Art of Learning this week.Kerner concentrated in computer science and philosophy, Williams in folklore & mythology, and Woodmansee had a joint concentration in integrative biology and anthropology. They were recognized by a four-member faculty committee for making insightful choices in their coursework, overcoming challenges, and exploring new fields of study.The prize, announced by the Division of Arts & Humanities, was created this year to honor graduating seniors who exhibit curiosity and an intellectually adventurous spirit throughout their time as Harvard undergraduates. The Taliesin Prize is named for the sixth-century poet noted for enlightenment and inspiration and was conceived as a way to honor scholarly inquiry outside of the conventional benchmarks of a GPA or thesis.The recipients were nominated by faculty members in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences. Some student nominees also submitted statements explaining their curricular journeys. This year’s Prize Committee included: Melissa Franklin, Mallinckrodt Professor of Physics; Rebecca Lemon, professor of the history of science; Melissa McCormick, professor of Japanese art and culture and Harvard College professor of East Asian languages & civilizations; and Gu-Yeon Wei, Robert and Suzanne Case Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science. Read Full Story
Read Full Story Newspapers this week are swamped with headlines like, “What Went Wrong with the Texas Power Grid?” To anyone not intimately concerned with the details of American electricity distribution, this may seem like an odd way of referring to the current electricity crisis in Texas. Isn’t there one national grid? Actually, there are three: the Eastern Interconnection, the Western Interconnection, and Texas. Energy scholars sometimes refer to this, tongue-in-cheek, as an infrastructural form of “Texas nationalism.” This week, the apocalyptic images coming out of Texas of icicles hanging from ceiling fans and long lines for grocery rations show the limits of Texas isolationism, but also the ways its energy sovereignty has been steadily undermined since the 1970s.Lean, just-in-time production for critical infrastructure seems destined to fail catastrophically, and while excess capacity may not be “efficient,” maybe it’s not such a bad thing to have the ability to keep millions of people alive in extreme winter weather events.The reason that Texas is a lone grid state is both a fascinating political history and mind-numbingly bureaucratic. In the mid-20th century, electric utilities were the corporate giants of their era. Flush with capital and the perception of unlimited growth, these companies began to consolidate into multistate “holding companies” — or “octopuses,” as pro–public power politicians maligned them — and they learned to take advantage of their ability to shift costs and profits across state lines. Ultimately, the federal government under Franklin Delano Roosevelt responded with legislation to govern interstate electricity sales and, ideally, maintain electricity as a reliable and affordable public good.Texas avoided much of the federal oversight that came with these new regulations by agreeing not to sell electricity across state lines. In place of federal regulation, in 1970, the state created the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) to manage the Texas grid. While ERCOT does maintain some connections out of state, Texas has largely remained a power island. As Rice University Professor Dan Cohan recently told CNN, “When it comes to electricity, what happens in Texas stays in Texas.”By the end of the 20th century, however, Texas’s infrastructural borders could no longer keep financial investments from flowing across state lines. New federal legislation starting in the 1970s and continuing through the 1990s steadily eroded the “regulatory compact” that had normalized government oversight of private power monopolies and encouraged competition in both electricity generation and distribution. This new deregulated power landscape unsurprisingly drew the attention of investors from outside the state. Financial partners from elsewhere in the country and Europe began to reorganize the Texas grid according to market logic. New investments in wind, “natural” gas, and other energy resources began to generate and sell power for a just-in-time model–driven ERCOT that then allocated electricity to customers through a myriad of competing private retail providers. By the 2010s, electricity in Texas had earned the reputation (at least locally) for being “the most volatile commodity in the world.”
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) Photo: piqsels / pxfuelWASHINGTON – The House of Representatives on Friday approved the historic $2 trillion stimulus package that passed the Senate earlier this week.The bill now goes to President Donald Trump’s for his signature as the American public and the US economy fight the devastating spread of Covid-19.The far-reaching legislation stands as the largest emergency aid package in US history. It represents a massive financial injection into a struggling economy with provisions aimed at helping American workers, small businesses and industries grappling with the economic disruption.Key elements of the package include sending checks directly to individuals and families, a major expansion of unemployment benefits, money for hard-hit hospitals and health care providers, financial assistance for small businesses and $500 billion in loans for distressed companies.
The Deluxe Exchange Conference (#DX15) opened today with President, Financial Services John Filby giving the opening presentation. John offered a glimpse of what some of the presenters would be talking about during their sessions. He thanked the sponsors, talked about the design lab, and provided a business update about Deluxe. The company now has over 5,800 employees, 5,600 customers, 1.67 billion dollars in revenue (up 5% from last year), and has over 25 locations worldwide. Deluxe is definitely a company that has been able to redefine who they are during these changing times. They aren’t just a “check” company. They still offer checks, but they also provide fraud and risk solutions, marketing services, rewards and loyalty programs, as well as performance management services.John introduced Todd Weiss, Director of Product Management, who discussed the SwitchAgent product. SwitchAgent simplifies the process of moving the consumers’ accounts from one financial institution to another. The demonstration made it look very easy and user friendly.John closed his introduction by introducing the keynote speaker Nate Silver. Nate is a renowned statistician who may be best know for his baseball statistics program that predicted a player’s performance. He noted that finance is a very data driven field. Data models on poor assumptions are not good. Banks need to learn how to utilize and leverage big data. Big data can lead to wrong choices if it’s not analyzed correctly.One of the challenges of analyzing the data is filtering out the noise. Humans have evolved because we are quick witted. Sometimes it’s hard to filter out the noise. The key is trying to be objective while analyzing data. Any bias will skew the results.After Nate’s keynote presentation, the Design Lab was open for all. The design lab is designed to showcase Deluxe’s many service offerings. Bankers Dashboard, a web and mobile tool that provides information into your bank’s performance, Provent Vault 2.0, a fraud and identity theft protection product, and SwitchAgent 2.0, a tool to assist customers with moving their accounts from one institution to another, were just a few of the live demo’s going on. The design Lab was staffed with subject matter experts who really understood the products and could easily answer even the hardest questions from the participants.Next came the breakout sessions. There were 4 sessions running concurrently. Alyson Clarke with Forrester research spoke about the consumer’s digital path to purchase. Bill McCracken with Synergistics Research discussed how to reboot your rewards program. Aaron Fine with Oliver Wyman covered retail financial services, and Ron Shevlin with Aite Group discussed how to measure marketing performance.The first set of breakout sessions were before lunch. The sessions repeated after lunch and provided a great opportunity for everyone to see multiple speakers.Alyson shared that we’ve entered the age of the customer. This is based on a 20 year business cycle. Successful firms must learn how to reinvent themselves to stay relevant. The pace in this cycle is set by software firms who provide great customer experiences. Retail, news, and music are just a few industries that have been disrupted. Banking won’t be an exception. Previously, financial institutions held the balance of power. Now technology allows the consumer to hold the power. Today’s consumers do business on their own terms. Most banks aren’t ready for this digital mind shift.Ron Shevlin’s presentation was excellent. He said bank marketers are driving blind. They need clear metrics to show how loyal their customers are. What they have now are not clear. So how do customers show their loyalty towards a brand? 78% say they spread the word about the product or service, 69% say the buy more, 15% join the brand’s social media community, and just 11% say they don’t consider competitors when shopping for similar services. When banks were asked what percentage of customers referred them to others, they couldn’t come up with a clear answer. This is a problem. Banks need a new metric to measure customer loyalty. Ron just released a new book, Smarter Bank, that discusses an alternate, more accurate, method for measuring metrics.The closing general session was a panel discussion. The panelists were: Tim Bates – VP of ERM/Chief Risk Officer at BECU, Robert Hayden – Senior Expert, McKinsey & Company, David Rose – Managing Director, Triente, Mark Erhardt – Senior Vice President, Retail Product Management, Fifth Third Bank. The panel was moderated by Glen Sarvady. Executive Director, Check and Payment products at Deluxe. The panel discussed current issues that banks face everyday. The audience asked questions about issues they anticipant facing in the future. A particularly hot topic was the branch of the future and new branch models, as well as the omnichannel experience. Most experts believe the branch is not dead. However, the use of the branch will most likely change over time, as will staffing requirements.Another hot topic was disruptors. How do banks deal with them? One option was to partner with them. They don’t necessarily want to replace you. One panelist told a story of H&R block. They faced a similar dilemma as today’s banks when free efiling first came out. Many thought that would be the end of the brick and mortar tax prep offices. Instead, it turned out to be a lead generator. Banks should always look for opportunities.This was a content packed 1st day of the conference. Deluxe is doing a great job of showing their customers that they can do more than just provide checks. They are a thought leader in the industry and a trusted value partner to many.Be sure to follow #DX15 for all of the latest updates. ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,David Miller David Miller is one of the founders of CUinsight.com, your one stop place for all things credit union. He has been involved with the credit union community for over … Web: www.CUInsight.com Details
2SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr by: Denise BahsDoes your marketing strategy include Word of Mouth marketing? The use of social media as a communication tool is unparalleled in Word of Mouth. For example, recently we’ve heard a lot about the riots in Baltimore. Social media was an effective communication tool in the fueling of those riots. While it was used with a destructive outcome, we can also harness the power of social media for ourselves: to grow our brand, thought leadership and social authority. As a social media coach with Profitecture, the following are examples of different ways my students have spread the word on their company and personal brands.Linkedin Publishing tool, PulseBlogging is a great way to tell your story, however, a lot of people shy away from it because it takes time to build traffic. The LinkedIn publishing tool called Pulse, has the traffic already built in! I’ve seen first time bloggers get 100 views in about a week! That’s great word of mouth and exposure for a first time blogger. And, a blog post has a longer shelf life compared to a tweet or facebook post, which typically die after 24 hours.Event hashtagsEvents like trade shows or conferences will assign a hashtag to the show so attendees can follow along the conversation with others attending. It’s another place that people are gathering already – all you have to do is say something and you’re in the mix. It’s like a virtual room of people engaging about a specific topic. Why not jump in and join the conversation? continue reading »
The AFP story said no new cases have been reported recently outside Uige Province. But despite a major international response to the epidemic, transmission in Uige appears to be continuing. The tally yesterday stood at 313 cases, including 280 deaths, with another 208 people under observation, the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Angolan health ministry announced yesterday, according to a report by Agence France-Presse (AFP). The WHO had reported 275 cases with 255 deaths as of Apr 27, which included only 9 new cases in the preceding week. A health team that traveled to a village called Ngombe on Sunday learned that a woman who had attended a funeral in Uige had spread the illness to her village, said Jose Van Dunem, Angola’s deputy health minister, as reported by AFP. Since the outbreak drew international attention, healthcare workers have worked diligently to stop it. Some lessons clearly have taken hold among the residents of Uige. A British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) report today described one incident involving the infection of a 1-month-old girl. The latest figures mean the deadly Marburg, which has no cure, has an 89.5% fatality rate among known cases in this outbreak. “We have a whole contingent of Angolan doctors here now and we’ve strengthened our team sizes,” Daigle said. “So we’re optimistic, but certainly not ready to say it is contained.” “When she returned to Ngombe, she contaminated 12 other members of her family, and they all died,” Van Dunem said. In addition, a traditional healer who had Marburg patients also died. Neither of those incidents appeared to have a connection with recent lapses in hospital infection control that had prompted statements by WHO officials on Apr 29. Marburg virus had killed the baby’s mother, and the rest of the family had fled, the BBC reported. Neighbors, knowing they would risk infection and death by responding to the ailing baby, had little choice but to listen to her cries. After she died, they pointed the home out to healthcare workers, who sanitized the home and the baby before burying her, the BBC story said. The same report quoted David Daigle, a WHO spokesman, as saying that healthcare workers are receiving more alerts about sick people than about dead bodies. May 3, 2005 (CIDRAP News) Thirty-eight new cases of Marburg hemorrhagic fever have been reported in the northern Angola province of Uige in the past few days, despite hopes that the outbreak was being contained.
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“It’s a shame to see Mane finish in fourth place. But I think there have been a lot of great players this year,” Messi told Canal+. “That’s why it was difficult to choose a particular player. But I chose Sadio Mane because he’s a player that I like. Mane achieved a great year that was exceptional for the entire Liverpool team. That’s why I chose him.” Another factor being considered in Mane’s possible Barcelona move is his past working relationship with new Barca coach Ronald Koeman. Mane worked under the Dutch manager for two seasons at Southampton. This has also made Mane confident that he will have a spot in the new Barcelona squad, the report said. read also:Mane wins PFA Fans’ POTY award after Henderson, De Bruyne prizes If talks do progress, Reds officials are expected to demand £108 million ($144 million) should they part with the Senegalese star. Prior to Mane, Barca set its sights on Inter Milan striker Lautaro Martinez as a possible replacement for Messi. This is said to be the club’s immediate back-up plan for the six-time Ballon d’Or winner leaving for Manchester City, a move which would see him reuniting with his former coach Pep Guardiola. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Promoted ContentWho Earns More Than Ronaldo?7 Black Hole Facts That Will Change Your View Of The Universe6 Extreme Facts About HurricanesWhat Happens To Your Brain When You Play Too Much Video Games?Who Earns More Than Ronaldo?The Highest Paid Football Players In The WorldBest Car Manufacturers In The WorldThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read More5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?9 Facts You Should Know Before Getting A TattooBehind-The-Scenes Selfies From 10 Popular Movies Liverpool star, Sadio Mane, has become the new favorite to replace Lionel Messi in Barcelona as the Argentine’s exit looms, reports from Spain said. The Catalan club is already preparing for a future without its longtime superstar, and the names of several highly-rated players have emerged as candidates to fill his shoes. But although replacing Messi is indeed difficult, Mane could be up for the challenge of filling the massive void the Barca captain would leave behind. In fact, the Liverpool star has already been “offered to Barca,” Mundo Deportivo reported. Following a successful run with the Premier League champ, the Senegal international is considered one of the best players in the world at present. Mane has played an integral part in Liverpool’s historic 2019/20 season and still has one year left in his contract. However, the Spanish outlet said the 28-year-old has been “putting off” a renewal offer from Liverpool as “he knows that at Barca, he would have a leading role.” The Barcelona captain himself once lauded the Liverpool winger for his many achievements as an individual player. Last year, Messi gave Mane a glowing appraisal after the latter finished fourth behind him, Virgil van Dijk and Cristiano Ronaldo in the Ballon d’Or voting.Advertisement Loading…
BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, , (CMC) – Chairman of selectors, Courtney Browne, has urged regional players to make their mark in the upcoming Regional Super50 in order to force their way into the West Indies squad.He said West Indies were expected to have a heavy One-Day International schedule this year, and with preparations already in train for the 2019 World Cup, it was crucial players took advantage of every opportunity in the January 24 to February 18 tournament.“We’re definitely looking forward to the Super50 to see that the incumbents go on and continue their good work,” the former Test wicketkeeper told Massy United Insurance Line and Length.“Then there are a lot of other young players who are challenging for places and we have a lot of ODI cricket coming up this year so it is important – obviously we’re building them up towards the World Cup – that all the players coming in and get their runs, get their wickets, play tough and hard cricket and really show us they have the attitude, not only to be part of the team, but the attitude that we are looking for that makes West Indian people really proud.”Browne emphasised, however, that while it was important players performed, they needed to show consistency beyond the tournament.“People just need to perform, that’s the most important [thing] and perform consistently,” said Browne, who replaced legendary former West Indies captain, Clive Lloyd, in the position last year.“What we are trying to do is look at players over at least three seasons. One of the things that we are trying not to do is to pick players after just one season.“At times that will happen but if you can get a guy performing over three years consistently or over two years consistently, then we know he’s deserving of an opportunity at the senior level, or at least be considered for an opportunity at the senior level.”Browne noted that the Windies one-day side was at a young stage of their development, and singled out the unit which recently campaigned in the Tri-Nations Series in Zimbabwe.He said the young players who had made their mark on that tour needed to reiterate that form in the Regional Super50.“This is going to be very important for us because coming off the Zimbabwe Tri-Series, we saw some good signs there,” the Barbadian pointed out.“Obviously we have a very young team where our captain Jason Holder he’s played about just over 50 ODIs (49) and the next person would have played about 20 or 22, and then all the others [on the Tri-Nations squad] were somewhere in the teens or actually there quite a number of people below ten ODIs.”Trinidad and Tobago Red Force are defending Regional Super50 champions and will do battle in Zone A alongside Leeward Islands Hurricanes, Windward Islands Volcanoes, West Indies Under-19s and English county side, Kent Spitfires.Zone B comrprises last year’s runners-up Barbados Pride, Jamaica Scorpions, Guyana Jaguars, Combined Campuses & Colleges Marooners and ICC Americas team.Players must make themselves available for the tournament in order to be eligible for selection to the ODI format.
LAHORE, Pakistan, (CMC) – West Indies players who opt to play matches in Pakistan during next year’s Pakistan Super League will benefit from Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) largesse, with foreign players being offered US$10 000 per game.Media reports here said the match bonuses would be paid in addition to the players’ existing contracts, with the hope of encouraging international players to make themselves available for the home matches.For the first time next year, the PSL is set to host six to eight matches in Pakistan, with the remainder scheduled to be played at the usual venues in United Arab Emirates.This home schedule is expected to include double-headers in Lahore and Karachi.If the move comes to fruition, it will mark the first time PSL matches will be played inside Pakistan.Last March, the PCB took the bold decision to host the final of the PSL in Lahore, with the likes of two-time former West Indies captain, Darren Sammy, and veteran batsman Marlon Samuels both participating.Barbados-born England all-rounder, Chris Jordan, also played in the final but several other international players opted out over security concerns.International cricket has not been played in Pakistan since 2009 when the Sri Lanka team bus was attacked by armed militants en route to the Gaddafi Stadium, leaving several players injured and members of the security forces dead.Since then, Pakistan have played their home matches in the UAE but in recent years, the PCB has lobbied for the return of international cricket.Last month, the PCB hosted the three-match Independence Cup with the blessing of the International Cricket Council, a Twenty20 series which featured a World XI – comprising Sammy and West Indies leg-spinner Samuel Badree – against Pakistan.Following the series, the PCB announced it had confirmed a three-match T20 series in November with West Indies, with Sri Lanka expected to follow for a similar series.