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01
Mar
2021

The danger of us against them

first_imgOn the eve of the midterm elections, the mayor of New York City and the host of a popular cable TV news show said that partisan rancor in Washington does nothing to solve the country’s woes and, furthermore, doesn’t reflect the more conciliatory attitude of the American public.Mayor Michael Bloomberg, a Republican turned independent, and Joe Scarborough, the host of MSNBC’s “Morning Joe,” both slammed the two-party system, which, Scarborough said, demands complete loyalty at the expense of effective governance.“It’s like a Mob family; you don’t get credit for being loyal to the family 95 percent of the time,” said Scarborough, a former congressman, during a discussion at the John F. Kennedy Jr. Forum at the Harvard Kennedy School on Monday (Nov. 1). “You’re not allowed to go across to the other side. If you do, you pay a real price.”In an event billed “The Midterms & Beyond: A New Way Forward,” Bloomberg, the billionaire founder of a financial media company, said politicians are not being honest with voters.“Every government that comes in promises a chicken in every pot and nobody has the courage to say you’re really going to have make some sacrifices,” said Bloomberg, a Boston native who received his M.B.A. from Harvard Business School. “Everyone promises to cut the budget without thinking of what that [entails]. Republicans, as a matter of fact, are running without any plan whatsoever.”The vast majority of the federal budget goes to entitlement programs and defense spending, generally considered off-limits to cuts, Bloomberg said.“What are you going to do: Close down highways and air traffic control and the FBI and education? Can’t do that,” Bloomberg said. “So all these promises are total pandering and the press plays along. And the most annoying thing is nobody holds anyone accountable afterwards for what they promised.”The country needs a “restart” of its economy, Scarborough said. “But the politicians on the national stage don’t seem to realize that.” Many supporters of the stimulus bill believe in a kind of “Keynesian reductionism” that every dollar spent stimulates the economy, while others believe that if you cut taxes you “create jobs, improve your back swing, reverse male pattern baldness, and save America!”Jon Meacham, a Pulitzer Prize-winning historian who moderated the discussion, pressed both men on what they would do to improve the situation.“We desperately need President Obama to succeed for the next two years,” said Bloomberg, who criticized what he called “the sickness of saying, ‘I hope Obama fails.’”“You can run against him, you can want a change; that is what democracy is all about,” he said. “But once someone is picked, we have to pull together. ”Scarborough, a self-described small-government conservative who served as a Republican member of Congress in Florida from 1994 to 2001, said he agreed on little but educational issues with Obama, yet “I want him to succeed.”“When someone tells you to cheer against the president because he’s not a member of your party, this person is doing something inherently destructive,” Scarborough said. “This all started in earnest in 1992. The day Bill Clinton was elected, Republicans immediately started to try to de-legitimize him.” The same thing happened when George W. Bush was elected, he said.If Republican make gains in Congress, Bloomberg said, they would be due largely to voter frustration with the current administration rather than a vote of confidence in Republican policies. Even if people from the political fringe are elected, the legislative system is built on seniority and thus “they don’t have any power.”Moreover, Scarborough said, despite the heated chatter on television and in blogs, “I think for the first time in 20 years, there is a set of big ideas that most Americans agree with,” including balancing the budget, reforming the entitlements, and improving infrastructure. And yet “there’s actually an economic incentive in certain parts of the media to exaggerate issues, to exaggerate differences.”Bloomberg, who said he was not running for president in response to a direct question by Meacham, said Obama should continue to seek bipartisan support for legislation. Scarborough lamented Obama’s transition from a candidate who excited Republicans in Iowa with his pledges to bring people together to a president who now calls Republicans his ‘’enemies.”Scarborough said a Republican Congress and Democratic president may actually move the country forward, pointing to his experience in a Republican-controlled Congress under President Clinton, when the federal budget was balanced, welfare reformed, and Medicare preserved.“Only the good ideas got funded,” he said. “A divided government certainly worked for Bill Clinton and I’m hopeful it could work for Obama as well.”Rebecca Ross ’11, a history and literature major, asked the panelists how to bring about the changes they were calling for.“We don’t do anything in a revolutionary way — it’s an evolutionary way,” Bloomberg said. “I think the president has to start being a cheerleader for American industry and explain to people what’s right about this country. Unless people have confidence, they are not going to be willing to make any changes.”Joe Scarborough (right), the host of MSNBC’s “Morning Joe,” joined New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg in opposing the two-party system, saying, “It’s like a Mob family; you don’t get credit for being loyal to the family 95 percent of the time.”last_img read more

01
Mar
2021

Robert Kirshner receives Wolf Prize

first_imgHarvard’s Clowes Professor of Science Robert P. Kirshner ’70 will share the 2015 Wolf Prize in Physics with Professor James Bjorken of Stanford University. They will split the $100,000 award.The Wolf Prize in Physics is one of five prizes in the arts and sciences awarded annually by the Wolf Foundation. It is an international award presented to living scientists and artists for “achievements in the interest of mankind and friendly relations among people.” The Wolf Prize in Physics is often considered the most prestigious award in that field after the Nobel Prize.“I am very gratified to receive this recognition. The list of previous Wolf Prize winners is awe-inspiring,” said Kirshner.Kirshner has devoted his professional life to cutting-edge research on cosmology and supernovae, the foundation said. “He created the group, environment, and directions that allowed his graduate students and postdoctoral fellows to uncover the acceleration in the expansion of the universe. This discovery is a landmark in fundamental physics and astronomy and presents a profound challenge to theorists.”Kirshner guided the formation of the High-Z Supernova Search Team, one of the two teams widely credited with the discovery of cosmic acceleration. This universal acceleration implies the existence of dark energy.Especially important was Kirshner’s insistence that the data be obtained at more than one color to allow separation of dust from cosmic motion effects in the photometry data, the judges’ panel said.Kirshner has been on the Harvard faculty since 1986. He served as Astronomy Department chair from 1990 to 1999, master of Quincy House from 2001 to 2007, and this term is teaching a large undergraduate course in the General Education program. He is the author of an award-winning book, “The Extravagant Universe: Exploding Stars, Dark Energy, and the Accelerating Cosmos.”last_img read more

01
Mar
2021

Gay Marine helps change history

first_imgHe was the first American injured in the Iraq War, hit by an exploding land mine that broke his left leg, caused long-term nerve damage in his right hand, and so severely impacted his right leg that it had to be amputated to save his life. He had been in Iraq for only three hours.While those injuries were severe, they were not the only things tormenting Marine Eric Alva while he served his country. As a gay man, had his sexuality been known, he would have been discharged from the Marines.Alva was the final of three speakers for the academic year’s last Faculty of Arts and Sciences Diversity Dialogues, “Overcoming Obstacles: Managing Complex Intersectionality.”“It’s an interesting story, the intersectionality of my life,” said the retired staff sergeant. “I am a gay man. I am a United States Marine. … I am also disabled and I am also Hispanic.”Alva decided he wanted to join the Marines while he was still in high school. After graduation, he went to the local recruiters’ office. At 5-foot-1 and only 90 pounds, he said the Marine recruiters “laughed at me and told me ‘the Air Force is down the hall.’” That was frustrating, he admitted, “being told ‘we don’t want you.’” But he persisted and finally got into the Corps in 1990, a year after graduating from high school.After he returned from Iraq Alva received enormous media attention. He was featured on “The Oprah Winfrey Show” and in People magazine during his recovery and even as he took his first steps a year after his injury. With the notoriety came “invitations,” he said. Being a part of a Hispanic family, his parents would get inquiries from friends. “’Eric is still going to live a full life. He’s still going to get married. He’s still going to have kids.’“Of course, my parents already knew I was gay,” he said.But most people outside the immediate family did not, and Alva went to great lengths to keep it that way, even buying a framed picture of a woman for his nightstand. Friends would ask who she was and he would make up a name. But, he said jokingly, they could not understand why he had films like “Beaches,” “Terms of Endearment,” and “Joy Luck Club” on his shelf.Alva said he finally came out when Texas, his home state, passed a constitutional amendment banning same-sex marriage. He said he did not think the negative rhetoric surrounding the issue applied to him. “I turned a cheek and said that does not apply to me, but I was wrong.”Later, as he heard others refer to “those people” as diseased and promiscuous, “it started to eat me up, because it’s like, ‘They’re talking about you, Eric,’” he said. With that, in 2006, Alva decided to do something. He called the Human Rights Campaign (HRC). Its leaders wanted him to work with Congress, including Massachusetts Rep. Martin Meehan, who introduced the Military Readiness Enhancement Act, designed to repeal Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.Alva said it was his military oath that made him decide to testify before Congress. “At 19, when I took that oath to defend this country against all enemies foreign and domestic, it meant every single walk of life. That meant every individual, whether male or female, young or old, whether gay or straight, whether black or white, whether Hispanic, whether able-bodied, disabled. … Those rights don’t belong to just the selected few,” he said.Americans must move past irrational fears, Alva said. “We’re seeing change and it’s for the better good of society, the better good of furthering our ability to intersect with each other and to make sure that people are treated with dignity.” As for the next steps, he said, “I think it’s great to have these sessions, it’s wonderful for people to uncover, to share their experiences. The more we tell these stories, the more we learn about each other, the more tolerant we become.“We need to change hearts and minds,” he concluded.Following the talk, Cammi Valdez, assistant director in the Harvard College Office of Undergraduate Research and Fellowships, said Alva “did a phenomenal job of showing how intersectionality has been important in his career and ways that his narrative and perspective has made a difference in policy. I left this FAS Diversity Dialogue feeling inspired and ready to insert intersectionality into the forefront of my work.”Chris Serwacki, assistant director of University-wide Alumni Engagement and Events, Harvard Alumni Association, added, “Eric Alva was a wonderful capstone to a year of intersectionality. His inspirational tale of overcoming tragedy, accepting his disability and himself, and using these to help challenge and change the laws for the LGTBQ community in the military really spoke to me, and many others in attendance.”The Diversity Dialogue was offered in partnership by the FAS Dean’s Office, FAS Human Resources, and the FAS Office of Diversity Relations and Communications.last_img read more

18
Dec
2020

Your credit union doesn’t need an Apple Watch app

first_img 2SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr But you might want to consider text notifications and Apple Pay for this wearable.by: Tim McAlpineMy Apple Watch arrived in early June. I ordered it on the release date (don’t judge me), and waited and waited for it to arrive. Meanwhile, I read the good, the tepid and the bad reviews. I did my best to reserve judgment.When it came, I installed many of the available watch apps, tried them once and haven’t been back. The capabilities of most apps are limited and, in most cases, navigating the tiny screen is harder than just grabbing your iPhone. This will likely change with operating system upgrades.For now, I find myself using the clock (go figure), notifications, and the built-in health and fitness tracking capabilities the most. I’ve worn a Fitbit on my wrist for the past couple of years, and I do like the Apple Watch better for basic step and calorie-counting. Having a built-in heart-rate monitor is a nice bonus. continue reading »last_img read more

19
Oct
2020

Researchers consider options for eventual COVID-19 immunity certification

first_imgWith a COVID-19 vaccine still months or even years away, countries are seeking ways to accommodate millions of stir-crazy people eager to usher in a “new normal”.Indonesia is no exception. Researchers are pooling suggestions about how to create a proof of immunity to exempt people from physical restrictions and allow them to return to work, school and daily life.However, many experts are worried about jumping the gun on an issue that is very likely dependent on the accessibility of vaccines. Djarot Andaru, a health law researcher from the University of Indonesia, suggested that the government could create its own version of the international vaccination certificate issued by the World Health Organization (WHO) for people who eventually received a COVID-19 vaccination.Travelers have long used a WHO-issued certification called the “Yellow Card” to enter certain countries where they may face increased individual health risks. Djarot suggested using a similar document for domestic travel to specific places.“This may function as an identity card and a prerequisite for entering [offices and government buildings] and can be applied when traveling to certain areas or areas with crowded places,” he said, comparing it to the Ebola vaccine certificates issued in several African countries during outbreaks in 2013 and 2014.The certification could distinguish between those who had and had not been vaccinated, Djarot said, especially as many countries, including Indonesia, were already transitioning to a new normal. However, he said the government had to ensure there were sufficient vaccine supplies before the certificate was issued. Editor’s note: Corrected figure of COVID-19-related deaths.Topics :center_img Different regions in Indonesia have begun transitioning out of large-scale social restrictions (PSBB) imposed to curb the spread of the virus, despite the lack of evidence that transmission rates have plateaued. The central government is also keen to jump-start the economy to avoid sliding into a recession.As of Monday, Indonesia had recorded 46,845 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 2,500 deaths.Read also: Indonesia rallies to keep COVID-19 vaccines, drugs affordableEijkman Institute for Molecular Biology director Amin Soebandrio suggested that Indonesia could use a WHO international certification for COVID-19, which could be particularly useful for Indonesians traveling abroad.But he also warned that an eventual vaccination would not guarantee that an individual was fully protected from the disease. Amin urged people to get regularly checked and follow physical distancing measures even after being vaccinated.A 2016 Health Ministry regulation on international vaccination certification serves as a legal guideline for the provision of certificates for those who wish to travel to countries that require specific vaccinations, such as Saudi Arabia, which requires haj and umrah (minor haj) pilgrims to be vaccinated for meningitis.The government has not yet declared a certification procedure for COVID-19 vaccination.“This isn’t the first time we have managed vaccines, as all haj and umrah pilgrims must be vaccinated. That is to say [COVID-19 vaccine] management isn’t something we are worried about at the moment,” said national COVID-19 task force spokesman Achmad Yurianto last Thursday.“We are resolute in our priority to find a vaccine first.”There are still no proven vaccines or antiviral drugs to treat COVID-19, with most patients only receiving palliative care. The World Health Organization (WHO) has listed 139 vaccines under development worldwide as of June 16, with 11 undergoing clinical trials.In Indonesia, the government has established a consortium to develop a vaccine, involving state-owned pharmaceutical company PT Bio Farma and the Eijkman Institute, which sequenced the complete genome of Indonesian coronavirus samples in early May, as part of the initial stage of vaccine development.Read also: Indonesia targets local COVID-19 strain in Eijkman-led 2022 vaccine initiativeSome governments, including those of Chile, Germany, Italy, the United Kingdom and the United States, have suggested that the detection of antibodies for SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, could be used as the basis for an “immunity passport” or “risk-free certificate”, which would certify that an individual had been infected and was therefore purportedly immune to the virus.However, the WHO wrote in a brief in April that there was “no evidence that people who have recovered from COVID-19 and have antibodies are protected from a second infection”.“People who assume that they are immune to a second infection because they have received a positive test result may ignore public health advice. The use of such certificates may therefore increase the risk of continued transmission,” the WHO wrote.An article in The Lancet medical journal noted that immunity passports posed “considerable scientific, practical, equitable and legal challenges” in their implementation. The author advised countries to build up established public health practices of testing, contact tracing, quarantine and isolation until a COVID-19 vaccine was accessible.Bio Farma’s R&D project integration manager Neni Nurainy has said that the government should stockpile sufficient vaccine doses before attempting to introduce any immunity certificate, so as to avoid friction between different economic classes, with the rich having more access to vaccination than the poor.Neni suggested the use of existing vaccination records from health facilities, surveillance data and regular COVID-19 testing to distinguish between patients that had and had not been vaccinated.“If we later have enough vaccines, it will be good for everyone to have the same rights [to vaccination],” she said.last_img read more

19
Oct
2020

Despite downturn, Saudi Arabia pursues goal of doubling size of capital city

first_imgSaudi Arabia is pressing on with plans to double the size and population of its capital city in the next decade, a government official said, despite an economic downturn due to the coronavirus crisis and low oil prices.Fahd Al-Rasheed, president of Riyadh’s royal commission, said the government has already committed some $266.6 billion for ongoing and new projects as part of total investments of some $800 billion over the next 10 years in participation with the private sector to transform the city.”The idea is for Riyadh to become a 15 million person city by 2030,” he told Reuters, saying growth would create jobs. “Riyadh is already the epicenter of economic development in the country and the region … We have now the ambitious plan under Vision 2030 of doubling both our economy and population over the next 10 years.”Vision 2030 is Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman’s plan to shake up the conservative kingdom by weaning the economy off oil and building new industries and mega projects with the private sector to generate millions of jobs.But low oil prices and the coronavirus have hit the country’s finances at a time when state spending remains its economic engine and large foreign capital inflows have proven elusive. Unemployment among Saudis stands at 11.8%.Rasheed first disclosed plans to turn the city of some 7 million people into what he then described as a mega-metropolis in an interview with the Arab News daily in January, before the coronavirus swept the world and oil prices collapsed in April. The government this year launched austerity measures, including a tripling of value-added tax, after posting a budget deficit of $9 billion in the first quarter.Work on the Riyadh Metro and an industrial and financial zone in the capital continues, and authorities last year announced four initiatives worth $23 billion to improve the city’s quality of life.These include an entertainment complex and sports venues, installing more than 1,000 works of public art and the creation of a park four times the size of New York’s Central Park. https://reut.rs/2O4w84WRasheed said most of the projects to transform the city are scheduled for completion between 2023 and 2025, but parts of the metro would be running by year’s end.”We know there is a deep need and pent up demand for entertainment: 65% of the population is under 30 and they’ve been craving this kind of change,” Rasheed said.Topics :last_img read more

01
Oct
2020

Tunnel fans

first_imgGEC (New Zealand) Ltd has supplied two sets of two-stage JM Aerofoil fans, sound attenuators and backdraft dampers for Tranz Rail’s 8.5 km Otira tunnel, allowing the elimination of electric working across Arthur’s Pass. Extracting exhaust fumes at a rate of 80m3/sec, the sets run in parallel to flush out the tunnel in a 20min cycle.* Parent company Woods is supplying Aerofoil reversible fans to Drake & Scull Engineering for tunnel and station ventilation on London Underground’s Jubilee line extension. They are able to clear smoke at up to 250?last_img read more

28
Sep
2020

McDermott Starts Tyra Redevelopment Fabrication

first_imgMcDermott International has held a first steel-cutting ceremony at its fabrication yard in Batam, Indonesia, to mark the start of fabrication for the Tyra Redevelopment project.“As the project continues to progress with the completion of engineering, we are moving ahead with fabrication in full compliance with the stringent technical requirements for the North Sea in Denmark,” said Tareq Kawash, McDermott’s senior vice president for Europe, Africa, Russia and Caspian. “We expect to meet the final timeline for the two work packages scheduled for delivery in early 2020 and 2021.”McDermott will fabricate and assemble two separate work packages for Total, comprising of seven topside structures, six connecting bridges and six jacket extensions weighing a total of 36,300 tons. This is one of the largest combined projects for McDermott in the North Sea, the company noted.“Like all of our projects throughout the world, we are applying the One McDermott Way to the Tyra project,” said David Dickson, McDermott’s president and CEO. “This proven model helps us reduce costs, ensure certainty and drive execution excellence while maintaining our industry leading safety record. In turn, this delivers quality and value for our customers.”  McDermott was awarded the engineering, procurement, construction and onshore commissioning contract in December 2017 by Maersk Oil before the company’s acquisition by Total in March 2018. Engineering was performed by McDermott’s engineering hubs in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, and Chennai, India.Project and supply chain management services are performed in Kuala Lumpur.The Tyra gas field is the center of Denmark’s national energy infrastructure, processing 90 percent of the nation’s gas production. The Tyra Redevelopment project is critical in ensuring the country’s energy supply.last_img read more

24
Sep
2020

Batesville Community Education Foundation announces ’18 scholarship winners

first_imgBatesville, In. — The Batesville Community Education Foundation is pleased to announce the recipients of its 2018 scholarships to Batesville High School graduates. These scholarship awards total more than $20,000, according to BCEF executive director Anne Wilson.Thanks to the generosity of BCEF sponsors Hillenbrand and Batesville Casket, a new named scholarship was established by BCEF this spring to be awarded to a BHS graduate who maintained a minimum GPA of 3.5 and plans to major in a STEM field.  The $2500 Hillenbrand and Batesville Casket scholarship was awarded to Kyle Siefert, who will be pursuing a degree in environmental science at Northern Kentucky University.The Mary C. Horstman Scholarship was established from the funds donated to BCEF by Horstman, who wished for the funds to be used to assist students with post-secondary expenses. A $1,000 scholarship was awarded to each of the following BHS graduates: Morgan Kramer, Christopher Laymon, and Kyle Siefert. Kramer will be attending Belmont University to study vocal performance/songwriting.  Laymon plans to study engineering at Purdue University.BCEF’s top scholarship, worth $5,000 each to three recipients this year, is the James E. Fritsch Memorial Scholarship. Fritch left a sum of money upon his passing to assist students who are pursuing post-secondary study. This year’s recipients included Quinten Gowdy, who will be studying computer science at Purdue University; Megan Huber, who plans to study pre-occupational therapy/public health at the University of Indianapolis; and Angela Weisenbach, who also will be attending U of I, pursuing a degree in physical therapy.The Batesville Community Education Foundation, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, was established to provide additional funding for innovative learning opportunities that go beyond the basics in academics, athletics, and the arts in the Batesville public schools, enhancing the educational environment for all students.  BCEF is raising funds through June 30 for its annual campaign. More information about BCEF may be found online at BatesvilleEducationFoundation.org or by calling Wilson at (812) 934-2194.last_img read more

23
Sep
2020

Eagle checkers fly for Lovegrove

first_imgJeff Ware recorded another Valentino’s IMCA Hobby Stock victory while Drake Bohlmeyer was promoted to first in the ATV Motorsports IMCA Sport Compact feature when the apparent winner was disqualified in post-race tech. Doug Lovegrove saw his luck do a 180 with his first IMCA RaceSaver Sprint Car win of the sea­son at Eagle Raceway on Saturday night. (Photo by Joe Orth) By Greg Soukup EAGLE, Neb. (Aug. 3) – IMCA RaceSaver Sprint Car win number one on the season came Satur­day at Eagle Raceway for Doug Lovegrove. Winning their second local features of the season were Clint Homan in the Hoosier Tire IMCA Modifieds and Shawn Harker in the Sam’s Club IMCA Northern SportMods. center_img “It’s been way too long. We’ve been having motor problems all year. This is only the third race I’ve finished this season,” he said. “I’m pretty good around the bottom and it was a good track tonight. I think that’s why I was able to run away a little bit. I got lucky on some of the traffic. The guys decided to run a lane up when I got to them.” Lovegrove started on the pole and was quickly out front. Mike Boston passed Chase Weiler for third on lap seven with Adam Gullion moving up to fourth. From there to the finish it was a tale of two different lines with Lovegrove hugging the bottom and Brandon Horton, Boston and Gullion pounding the cushion.  Lovegrove moved through the lapped traffic and extended his lead at the end to a straightaway with Horton coming home second, Boston third and Gullion fourth.last_img read more