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Harvard to launch Ivy League Digital Network

first_imgThis upcoming season, fans of Harvard’s sports teams will have an all new way to follow and support the Crimson as they take on the rest of the Ivy League.The August Launch of The Ivy League Digital Network will give students, alumni and all supporters of the Crimson a unique fan experience. Harvard fans can look forward to enjoying upgraded broadcasts for the teams they’ve enjoyed following in past seasons as the subscription based-channel will now offer broadcasts streamed in HD, with improved graphics and in-game statistical information. The completely redesigned digital channel includes an easy-to-navigate interface with a League-wide network schedule and new interactive touch points to showcase the expanded content offerings available on computer, mobile and tablet devices all without the use of an app.“Our athletes and our teams wouldn’t enjoy the success they do without the support of our great fans. That is why we are very excited to showcase Harvard Athletics on the new Ivy Digital Network, giving our fans a great new user experience and a great way to continue to support the Crimson,” said Tim Williamson, director of athletic communications. “With expanded production capabilities, more camera angles, better replays, and high definition quality, this partnership will allow us to enhance the access of our fans, alumni, student body and overall Harvard community to our athletic program.”Available now for a limited time, fans can purchase a discounted yearly package to the Harvard channel. In August, the price for subscriptions will increase. Read Full Storylast_img read more

ND campaign raises funds to fight Ebola

first_imgThe ND Unite to Fight Ebola campaign is raising funds to send medical supplies to West Africa, according to Dr. Katherine Taylor, director of operations of the Eck Institute for Global Health.Photo courtesy of Yassah Lavelah “First of all, our role is compassion,” Taylor said. “When we see this happening somewhere, and the devastating impact on the communities in West Africa, we feel compelled to do something. I think we were all here looking at each other, saying ‘What can we do? How can we help?’ This is the transformation of that concern into action.”The University-wide campaign, which continues on campus through Oct. 17, focuses on two main goals, Taylor said. After that date, the campaign will still accept donations online from the broader Notre Dame community.“The first goal is education and awareness, and the second one is to raise funds to purchase and ship supplies directly to West Africa,” she said. “… We decided that we wanted to do a short burst of activity because of the urgency, just because we’d like to get the supplies there as quickly as possible. We are intending to extend the campaign, particularly to alumni, following the close of the campaign here on campus.”The donations from the ND Unite to Fight Ebola campaign will support medical aid workers in Liberia and Sierra Leone, Taylor said.“There are several personal contacts that the University of Notre Dame has with organizations in both Liberia and Sierra Leone,” Taylor said. “In Liberia there is a young woman, Yassah Lavelah, a Liberian national, who participated in the Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders at the University of Notre Dame in 2014.“She and her mother run a clinic in Monrovia, Liberia. It’s the Ma V. Maternity Clinic, and she made a direct appeal to some of us here, who have kept in touch with her, to see if we can provide supplies. They haven’t received any supplies so far. We’ve gotten pictures from her, of them attending to patients essentially wearing rain jackets as their personal protective equipment. So obviously this is a very a dangerous situation for her and her mother.”The donations from the campaign will also support a hospital in Sierra Leone, Taylor said.“The second site is very well known by one of the Notre Dame professors, Catherine Bolten, at the Kroc Institute [for International Peace Studies],” Taylor said. “She’s worked in Sierra Leone for the better part of the last 12 years and has been connected with a hospital there. They’re also in desperate need of assistance.”Taylor said the campaign has teamed up with the Hospital Sisters Mission Outreach, a Springfield, Illinois-based “medical surplus recovery organization focused on meeting the healthcare needs of individuals in developing nations,” according to the agency’s website.Taylor said the Hospital Sisters Mission Outreach will coordinate the shipment of supplies to Liberia and Sierra Leone. The Eck Institute, Kellogg Institute for International Studies and the Notre Dame Initiative for Global Development have also supported the campaign, she said.“These are the two places we’re targeting, and we intend to work with one of our partners, Hospital Mission Sisters Outreach,” she said. “They get medical supplies to remote areas,” she said. “Through them we will make a donation, and they are already working with people at these two sites to see what should go in the containers and how we’re going to get them to them.”Taylor said the campaign has sponsored a number of events on campus for the past two weeks, including two talks — one of which featured Mark Ferdig, a Mercy Corps senior team leader and brother of biology professor Michael Ferdig, and biology professor Rob Stahelin, who researches Ebola.“We’ve had professors giving lectures; we’ve established a Facebook page and a blog page,” Taylor said. “Two gentlemen from the Armed Forces Health Surveillance Center and the Walter Reed Army Institute for Research gave a talk … all about Ebola and the response.”The campaign has partnered with undergraduate student groups including ND Fighting NTDs, ND8 and Timmy Global Health, Taylor said.“Students have played a role in the awareness campaign as well as the fundraising,” she said.Taylor said contributions can be brought to the Eck Institute in 120 Brownson Hall or made online at blogs.nd.edu/unite. Thursday, the campaign will host a prayer service at the Grotto at 8:30 p.m.“This week is going to be our final push, and we hope that anyone that hasn’t contributed will find ways to contribute,” she said. “We hope to be able to get these funds converted into supplies and get them headed to West Africa as soon as possible. I think everyone understands how urgent the situation is. We just want to act as quickly as we can.”Taylor said the success of the campaign will not only provide aid to Ebola patients in West Africa but will also have global implications and reflect Notre Dame’s commitment to being a force for good in the world.“I think we all do understand now that the epidemic needs to be stopped in West Africa, or it’s going to continue to be a concern for the rest of the world,” she said. “As the Global Health Institute, we understand the global nature of the problem, and that it’s going to require the whole world to come together to solve this problem.”“It will be good for Notre Dame to stand up and be counted as an institution, a Catholic institution, that works together to make a difference, so that we can be proud of what we’ve done,” Taylor said. “I’d like to challenge everyone to get involved.”Tags: Ebola, Eck Global Health Institute, eck institute, Global health, Kellogg Institue, Kroc Institutelast_img read more

Transportation Enhancement Grants Now Available

first_imgTransportation Enhancement Grants Now AvailableMONTPELIER – The Vermont Agency of Transportation (VTrans) is now accepting funding applications for 2009 Transportation Enhancement projects.The Agency will award about $3 million to municipalities, non-profits, and State and Federal agencies that can be used to enhance Vermont’s transportation system in twelve broad categories.Grant awards will be made in the $10,000 to $300,000 range. Projects require a 20 percent local match and must have a strong transportation connection, but they cannot be roadway projects or maintenance activities.“All towns, cities and non-profit agencies operate with limited financial resources,” said VTrans Secretary Neale Lunderville. “The transportation enhancement grant program is a great opportunity for them to acquire funding for projects that otherwise they could not afford.”The grant program is a federal requirement, and awards use 100 percent federal dollars. VTrans cannot reallocate these funds for paving, road reconstruction, bridges, or other traditional transportation projects.Federal rules limit the grants to 12 broad categories that enhance Vermont’s transportation system. They are: ·       Bicycle and pedestrian facilities.·       Bicycle and pedestrian safety and education activities.·       Purchase of scenic easements or historic sites.·       Historic or scenic highway programs including visitor centers, landscaping and scenic beautification.·       Landscaping and scenic beautification.·       Historic preservation.·       Rehabilitation of historic transportation facilities.·       Preservation of abandoned railway corridors.·       Control and removal of outdoor advertising.·       Archeological planning.·       Environmental mitigation of highway runoff and vehicle-caused wildlife mortality.·       Establishment of transportation museums. Examples of eligible activities are public sidewalks and bicycle paths, public school bicycle safety “rodeos,” purchase of an easement to protect an important scenic roadside vista, planting trees to beautify a street, rehabilitating an historic building into a tourist welcome center, rehabilitating an historic bridge or railroad station, archeology to evaluate the best location for a bike path, re-vegetating a roadside stream bank to stop erosion, rebuilding a town salt shed to stop polluting a stream, constructing an underpass to allow wildlife to cross a road, and rehabilitating an historic railroad engine as a permanent transportation exhibit. Applications require that a Letter of Intent be submitted to VTrans by June 16, 2008. Actual applications are due August 26, 2008.  Applicants are also required to attend a training workshop on either June 23 or June 25, 2007.  Applications and instructions can be obtained by phoning Sandy Aja at 802-828-2544 or by visiting the Internet at http://www.aot.state.vt.us/progdev/Sections/LTF/Enhancements%20Program/E…(link is external)John ZicconiVTrans Communications DirectorTelephone: 802.828.1647 ¨ Fax: 802.828.3522 ¨ Email: john.zicconi@state.vt.us(link sends e-mail)last_img read more

Mount Snow new six-person bubble lift gets flown in

first_imgMount Snow Resort,Mount Snow employed a helicopter earlier this month to fly-in the 25 lift towers for its new six passenger bubble chairlift. A Sikorsky construction helicopter was used to fly twenty-five 8,500+ pound lift towers from the base of Mount Snow up the mountain, placing the galvanized steel towers on bolts the size of wiffleball bats from almost 100-feet in the air.This is the most significant part of the installation process for Mount Snow’s new $8.5 million lift. The very large construction helicopter ‘picked’ lift towers and crossarm assemblies from the staging area at the base of the mountain and flew them to the lift tower bases along the future lift line. The helicopter stays airborne throughout the entire process.  Crews on the ground attach and detach, by hand, a hook connected to an 80-foot cable hanging from the belly of the helicopter.  This carefully orchestrated process is supervised by officials from Leitner-Poma; the manufacturers of the Bluebird Express. Mount Snow in Wilmington, one of the parts of Vermont hardest hit by Tropical Storm Irene, plans to open as usual in early November for skiing. It anticipates that the Bluebird Express bubble lift will be operational by then or shortly after opening day.Facts about the installation: The helicopter company is called Construction Helicopters based out of MichiganThe helicopter itself is a Sikorsky SK61.  It has a 62-foot rotor span and can lift up to 10,000 poundsThe helicopter did almost 40 ‘picks’, ie, separate trips from the staging area at the base to lift tower locations along the lift lineThe lift has a total of 25 towers. Crews were able to install three of the towers using ground equipment, so the helicopter flew in 22 of the towers. It took only five hours to fly in all of the parts for the 22 towers.Mount Snow is also building a 60’ X 130’ bubble chair storage barn.  They will take the bubble chairs off the line every night and store them in this climate controlled, timber frame structure.  This allows them to dictate how many chairs to put on the line and in the event of overnight icing or sticky snow, all they must do is clean off the haul rope to get the lift going, instead of having to clean off the chairs and their attachments which is more time consuming.  Source: Mount Snow Resort. 10.7.2011last_img read more

5 suggestions for end-of-year reflections

first_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr It is quite common to reflect on accomplishments and challenges from the past year at this time. This kind of reflection can help us get our minds and hearts ready for the year ahead.As we take this time to reflect and plan, Jessica Stillman, Inc.com contributor, offers several suggestions to help make this time as productive as possible. Some of her suggestions include:– Give thanks, in writing. “Counting your blessings strengthens your positivity muscles, putting you on a more optimistic footing for the year ahead,” she writes.– Declutter your space, and your brain. Changes to your physical environment can help you get your head in the right place. continue reading »last_img read more

Urban tourism: education on the development of destination continental tourism

first_imgThe project holder is the Development Agency of the City of Slavonski Brod, and the partners are the Regional Development Agency Panonreg from Subotica, the Tourist Cluster Fund of the Subotica Palić microregion from Subotica and the Tourist Cluster “Slavonian Basket” from Slavonski Brod. As part of the project entitled “Explore CRO-SRB – Extraordinary Pleasure of Our Region – Common gastro, eco & recreation routes of Croatia & Serbia” is co-financed under the Interreg IPA CBC Cross-border Cooperation Program Croatia-Serbia 2014-2020, is held educational lecture as well as presentation of gastro, eco and recreational tours. Education will take place 14.07.2019/XNUMX/XNUMX in Čepin (Black Pig Restaurant) starting at 11.00. Participation in trainings free of charge with mandatory online registration via the following form or link bit.ly/urbani-turizam The aim of the project is to bring the gastro, eco and recreational offer of Eastern Croatia and Northern Bačka closer to the guests and go beyond the standard menu. Designed educational lectures are aimed at greater efficiency of the tourism sector, introducing tourism workers to the latest technologies and trends and improving their business. All visitors will have the opportunity to hear examples from practice on the spot, but also to create new contacts from tourist areas.last_img read more

Jokowi establishes FIFA U-20 World Cup organizing committee to expedite preparations

first_imgPresident Joko “Jokowi” Widodo has established the FIFA U-20 World Cup Organizing Committee (INAFOC) for the  2021 U-20 Soccer World Cup, which Indonesia will host for the first time.The establishment of the national committee is stipulated in Presidential Decree No.19/2020 issued by the President on Tuesday.The INAFOC comprises two divisions, namely the directing/steering committee led by Coordinating Human Development and Culture Minister Muhadjir Effendy and the organizing committee chaired by Youth and Sports Minister Zainudin Amali.Jokowi also appointed Public Works and Housing Minister Basuki Hadimuljono as the head of the facilities and infrastructure division and Soccer Association of Indonesia (PSSI) chief M. Iriawan as the achievement department head of the national soccer team.Besides the decree, Jokowi also issued on Tuesday Presidential Instruction No.8/2020 urging relevant ministries and other government institutions to accelerate preparations for the 2021 U-20 Soccer World Cup.”I hope with the issuance of the presidential instruction, our preparations would go smoother,” Zainudin said on Thursday as reported by kompas.com.Read also: FIFA approves six stadiums in Java, Bali for U-20 World Cup”We will start very soon. I’ll survey the venues in the near future,” he added.The U-20 soccer World Cup is to be held from May 20 to June 12 next year in six provinces across Indonesia.Six stadiums will be used as venues to host the matches, namely Bung Karno Stadium in Jakarta, Manahan Stadium in Surakarta, Central Java; Bung Tomo Stadium in Surabaya, East Java; and Kapten I Wayan Dipta Stadium in Gianyar, Bali; Sriwijaya Stadium in Palembang; South Sumatra and Si Jalak Harupat Stadium in Bandung, West Java.President Jokowi has ordered for the venues to be renovated prior to the three-week competition. He also requested that several other stadiums in the six provinces be renovated as well to be used as training grounds for participants.Zainudin signed on Thursday a memorandum of understanding with the head of the National Disaster Mitigation Agency, Doni Monardo, to ensure the event was carried out in accordance with the health protocols to curb the spread of COVID-19.He said FIFA had not yet informed of any changes to the schedule for the U-20 World Cup but asserted that Indonesia would be prepared nonetheless. (nal)Topics :last_img read more

Trump to name new FERC members

first_imgThe United States president, Donald Trump intends to nominate new members to the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC). According to the statement from the White House, Trump intends to name Neil Chatterjee of Kentucky to be a member of FERC for the term expiring June 30, 2021.Chatterjee is energy policy advisor to United States Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky.Prior to serving McConnell, he worked as a principal in government relations for the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association and as an aide to House Republican Conference Chairwoman Deborah Pryce of Ohio. He began his career in Washington, DC, with the House Committee on Ways and Means.In addition, Trump also plans to name Robert Powelson of Pennsylvania to be a member of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission for the term expiring June 30, 2020.Powelson has served as a commissioner on the Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission (PUC) since 2008. He was first nominated to the PUC on June 19, 2008, by governor Edward G. Rendell and appointed chairman by governor Tom Corbett in 2011.Currently, Powelson serves as the president of National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC) based in Washington, DC. He also serves on the Electric Power Research Institute Advisory Board (EPRI) as well as the Drexel University Board of Trustees.From 1994 to 2008, Powelson served as the president and CEO of the Chester County Chamber of Business and Industry based in Malvern, PA. In 2005, he was selected by the Eisenhower Presidential Fellow to be a United States fellow in Singapore and Australia.last_img read more

Cannabis Legalisation Is ‘Appropriating Issues Of Systemic Injustice For Personal Gain Profit’

first_imgMedia Release SayNopeToDope NZ 12 August 2020A social justice advocate from Washington DC says that the idea that legalising cannabis is going to deal with systemic injustices and inequalities is naive at best if not outright appropriating issues of systemic injustice for personal gain and personal profit.The SayNopeToDope Campaign hosted a Facebook event today with interviews of three international experts on cannabis legalisation.Author, consultant, advisor to three U.S. presidential administrations including Barack Obama, and assistant professor, Kevin Sabet, Ph.D., has studied, researched, written about, and implemented drug policy for more than 20 years. He is currently the President and CEO of SAM (Smart Approaches to Marijuana).Professor Mary Cannon is a Professor of Psychiatric Epidemiology and Youth Mental Health in the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI), and Will Jones III is a Communications and Outreach Associate at Smart Approaches to Marijuana (SAM) and Social Justice advocate.From her research, which includes involvement in the Dunedin longitudinal study, Professor Cannon warned that cannabis is strongly associated with psychotic symptoms and psychotic disorders such as schizophrenia. In fact, cannabis use is now the most powerful single environmental risk factor for psychotic disorder. Recent studies from Europe have examined the risks associated with high-potency cannabis (defined as greater than 10 per cent THC) and have found that daily users of high potency cannabis have a nine-fold increased risk of developing schizophrenia or another clinical psychotic disorder. But this “psychotogenic” effect is not confined to adolescent-onset cannabis use and appears more linked to frequency of use. In addition, it is not confined to people with a history of psychotic disorder in their family (although they are at high risk and should avoid cannabis).She concludes that the failure of governments worldwide to control alcohol harms shows that once an addictive substance is legalised and freely available, public health takes a second place to profit.WATCH THE FULL PRESENTATIONlast_img read more

Ouch! How Do Guys Deal With Rejection?

first_img Share Not well, says a recently dumped Jake—not well at all. Allow him to explain the six stages of male-ego grief. (And forgive him if a couple of them involve alcohol.)I take out my phone. I stare at it. I put it back in my pocket. Take it out again. I think for a second. I start texting. I hate myself a little as I hit send.If you think women are the only ones who text-obsess, you couldn’t be more wrong. Jake is supposed to know better. Jake does know better! But here I am, sitting with my dog, Piano (who tries to tell me gently, with his eyes, that I’m being pathetic), desperately texting a woman who probably won’t text me back.In short: J. is blowing me off. We had a few great dates (see my November column). We argued over favorite bands, laughed into the wee hours, fooled around a little. She hung around long enough for me to develop a monster crush. And then she got back with her ex. Thus began, for me, the six stages of rejected-dude grief.Stage 1: Denial What’s the first thing that all guys do after being dumped? We reject your rejection. How could J. not like me back? I’m reasonably hygienic, successful, loving, a proficient swimmer. So I indulge in creating elaborate excuses for J.’s radio silence, some involving a heavy work schedule and contagious illnesses. And I text her, because I assume one great message, with the right combination of warmth and cool insouciance, will convince her that I am the awesomest guy in the universe. Of course, by this point she’s moved on, and nothing I say will change that. I’m Myspace, watching its users dwindle as Facebook conquers the planet and asking, “What if we add more features?”Stage 2: Drinking After rejection, I like to take a nice long run…to my local bar. I surround myself with drinking buddies, who say upbeat things like “She’s an idiot,” “I hope she gets hit by a bus” and “She doesn’t know what she’s missing; you’re a great swimmer.” Their critiques ring hollow because I still like her; flattering me doesn’t help because I don’t like myself at the moment. Still, I keep cheers-ing out of politeness and then make out with someone under an overpass. Later, I throw up.Stage 3: Calling in the FWBs The makeout gives me an idea: Sex is the answer! I turn off my feelings for J. like a light switch, pull out my little black iPhone and start contacting my friends with benefits (FWBs), like the art history student who doesn’t believe in monogamy and Klepto Hipster Girl (she’s cute, and I have too many stereo speakers anyway). Additional symptoms of this stage include watching too much porn.Stage 4: The (Theoretical) Big Life Change This is when I say to myself, I’m done with love. I’m going to ride the Trans-Siberian Railway and post it on my Tumblr. This stage may include a visit to med school websites and a rereading of Into the Wild. I dream about transforming myself—mainly, if I’m being honest, into someone J. would want. Eventually I put down the Marine Corps pamphlet and remember that no heroic deed will make J. love me.Stage 5: More Drinking Do you know how many glasses of wine you can drink and still complete half of a Spin class? The answer is six. Six glasses.Stage 6: Acceptance Around the time I resolve to ease up on the booze—usually after my boss asks if I’m OK—I realize that J. has moved on and I should too. Slowly, as I trade in hookups and junk food for (sober) exercise and hard work, I see that J. wasn’t right for me, nor I for her. Because now that I think about it, she took herself too seriously. And My Morning Jacket as a favorite band? No. Then I get back on the horse (well, OK Cupid) and try again.So what does all this mean to you? It means that just because a man doesn’t appear to be reeling from a breakup doesn’t mean he isn’t. He’s just going through his own, very male process. And if the new guy you’re dating guzzles martinis and starts multiple sentences with “my ex,” you may be part of stage 3; behave accordingly.by JakeMSN Love Sharing is caring! Share Sharecenter_img 122 Views   no discussions LifestyleRelationships Ouch! How Do Guys Deal With Rejection? by: – February 1, 2012 Tweetlast_img read more

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