This year’s Masquerade Ball brought “the largest attendance for [an] HESA event ever!” to the March 4 event, Ian Jackson, the coordinator of student affairs at the Division of Continuing Education, told the Harvard Extension Student Association (HESA) Board.The seventh annual ball was held at the Sheraton Boston Hotel. Co-sponsored by the Harvard Graduate Council, it included special guests such as Grammy-nominated R&B singer Karina Pasian and Miss Boston 2017, Gabriela Taveras, as the mistress of ceremonies.With an estimated 900 in attendance, the ball reinforced the Graduate Council’s mission of One Harvard, bringing together students from the 12 graduate and professional Schools. This year, ball organizers expanded to include undergraduates from Harvard College, further fostering the One Harvard mission.Spearheaded by the HESA, with the support of the Graduate Council, the Harvard Masquerade Ball website stated: “Our goal is twofold: We hope to not only produce a memorable event experience, but also provide an environment conducive for cross-school dialogue — increased collaboration and idea exchange will only benefit our already amazing Harvard community.”Masked guests arrived at the hotel in masks, with some playing on the decadence of disguise, choosing not to reveal their faces until the night’s end. The New York Jet Club donated a lavish prize of a private flight between New York and Los Angeles for two lucky attendees. World Artists United provided live performances, aerialists, and contortionists against the backdrop of stunning decorations. SYB Event Planning Services set the ambiance for the truly magical, enchanting, and elegant evening.The committee launched a social media campaign and created the #WeAre1H hashtag to promote the ball within the Harvard community, with a custom logo that was added to profile pictures on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. The #WeAre1H campaign highlighted the value of diversity, inclusivity, and solidarity on campus.“The masquerade ball brought the Harvard Graduate Council’s mission to life by uniting the student body inside of a world-class atmosphere. Whether we are advocating for students’ rights, keeping the student population well-informed, or celebrating at an event like the masquerade ball, we become successful as we become more united,” said Aaron Roe, vice chair of social engagement for the Harvard Graduate Council.Cheniece Kelleher, director of communications for HESA, said, “The most rewarding aspect of this event is that it brings together students across all Schools in the spirit of President Drew Faust’s One Harvard.”“This night was One Harvard, the mission of the Harvard Graduate Council, at its best! We need opportunities like this to remind us we are much stronger together than when we try to go it alone,” said Peter Dyrud, president of the Harvard Graduate Council.“Being a part of the masquerade ball committee was a challenging but rewarding experience,” said human resources co-chair and HESA chief of staff Colin Rudd. “Although we faced many obstacles, through teamwork and dedication we were able to host an amazing event with over 900 attendees.”
Melissa Rivers Sues Clinic Over Joan Rivers’ Death Switching gears to an update on one of last year’s saddest stories. Melissa Rivers is suing the Manhattan clinic where her mom Joan Rivers stopped breathing during an operation on her vocal cords. The comedy icon, Tony nominee and Broadway cheerleader died aged 81 a week later. Rolling Stone reports that the lawsuit claims that the clinic ignored advice from an anesthesiologist, performed unauthorized medical procedures and even took selfies. “Not only did my mother deserve better, every patient deserves better,” said Melissa Rivers in a statement. The Legend’s Back! See Chita Rivera’s The Visit Poster We previously brought you an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at Tony-winning legend Chita Rivera, Roger Rees and the stars of The Visit shooting photos for the new production, and now you can check out the finished poster below! Directed by John Doyle, John Kander and Fred Ebb’s tuner will begin performances at Broadway’s Lyceum Theatre on March 26 and officially open on April 23. Good to see you back home on the Great White Way, Ms. Rivera! Critics’ Circle Awards Opens Up Oliviers Race Well this means the race for the Oliviers (the U.K.’s version of the Tonys) is now wide-open. The Critics’ Circle Theatre Awards 2014 were hosted in London on January 27 and completely different winners emerged compared to the Evening Standard Awards late last year. Honorees included the Broadway-aimed Mike Bartlett’s King Charles III for Best New Play and Gypsy for Best Musical. The buzzed-about A View from the Bridge garnered Best Actor for Mark Strong and Best Director for Ivo van Hove. Meanwhile, Helen McCrory and Antony Sher won for Best Actress for Medea and Best Shakespearean Performance for Henry IV Parts I & II, respectively. Congratulations to the winners! Here’s a quick roundup of stories you may have missed today. Nick Jonas Set for Ryan Murphy’s Scream Queens After years of boy band fame, he’s already used to screaming girls, so maybe this gig will prove an easy one to master!? Former How to Succeed headliner Nick Jonas will join previously announced fellow Broadway alums Lea Michele, Abigail Breslin and Keke Palmer in Scream Queens. According to E! Online, there’s no word yet on who Jonas is playing, but the first season will be set in a sorority house at a college where a number of murders have taken place. Ryan Murphy’s upcoming horror comedy anthology will also star Jamie Lee Curtis and Emma Roberts. View Comments
In backyards all over Georgia, people can tell which way the wind isblowing just by identifying “that smell.”Landowners are building more homes near farm land. And more farmersare raising hogs and chickens to meet an ever-rising demand.Farm manure and chemical odors can travel long distances in the wind.We know that. What we don’t know is how to control how many odor particlesget into the wind.Monique LeClerc,a University of Georgia environmentalphysicist at the Georgia ExperimentStation in Griffin, Ga., said knowing how the wind affects particlesin the air can help reduce the problems caused by wind-borne smells.She raises a tethered, blimp-shaped balloon to a specific altitude.There it records wind speed, direction and other factors on how the airmoves. Recordings taken at various heights and times during the day showremarkable differences.”(The balloon) provides information on wind patterns that goes intoa mathematical model,” LeClerc said. “That model tells us how fast materialsand gases are transported across the Earth’s surface away from the source.”The research is helping LeClerc and her colleagues at the UGA Collegeof Agricultural and Environmental Sciences learn how to help farmers,and others who use farm chemicals, protect the environment and keep neighborshappier.For instance, LeClerc said chemicals travel much farther downwind atnight, when the air has less vertical movement to mix up any suspendedchemical particles.Farmers can make more informed, practical decisions on when to spraypesticides and even fertilizers, she said. This information can also helpthem decide when to clean out chicken houses or manure pits.LeClerc said farmers can time these operations to minimize the odormolecules carried downwind.But not just row-crop and livestock farmers can use this information.Groundskeepers in parks can use it, too. They can learn when to apply pesticidesand fertilizers to their lawns and gardens to get the job done and thenallow the products to disperse before visitors enter the area.If chemicals aren’t being blown away from where they’re applied, they’restaying put to do their job. That’s a more cost-efficient and environmentallyfriendly way to use them.LeClerc’s research can also help people who are considering buildingnear a farm. By studying and recording predominant wind patterns, landownersnear farms can learn whether their home is in the path of odor drift. Thatcan help them plan better.”Chicken-manure odor is an increasing problem,” LeClerc said. Poultryis the largest income source for Georgia farmers, and demand for poultryproducts rises every year. As more farmers build poultry houses, more nearbyhomeowners smell the natural by-product.But farmers can’t control all the smells or the wind. Sometimes, residentsjust have to accept farm smells as part of country life.
Expanding the marketsVeneman told a gathering of farmers and state officials that the United States has to expand international markets, especially for agricultural products.Veneman said 96 percent of the world’s population lives outside the United States. So it’s vital to have access to global markets.She said the domestic market is stable and that U.S. farmers already produce surplus commodities.”We export over $53 billion a week in agricultural products,” she said. Photo:Brad Haire PERRY, Ga. — Georgia farmers and officials gave U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Ann Veneman a crash course in farm practices, crops and farm issues particular to area agriculture here July 30.Veneman’s stop marked her first official visit to Georgia since becoming part of President George Bush’s administration.During a 90-minute stay in Houston County, she toured a peach processing facility and inspected a peanut and cotton field. She saw and heard firsthand how Georgia farmers are embracing new technologies and research to stay competitive in today’s expanding marketplace. Photo:Brad Haire UGA CAES Dean and Director Gale Buchanan (far left) talks peanuts with Calhoun County farmer Bob Mclendon, Berrien County farmer Darvin Eason and U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Ann Veneman. U.S. Secretary Ann Veneman and U.S. Rep. Saxby Chambliss talk with Houston County peach farmer Duke Lane./font> Become more aggressiveThe United States will have to become more aggressive towards markets outside the country, she said.”There are 130 regional and bilateral trade agreements that have been negotiated around the world,” Veneman said. The United States is part of two of those agreements.”Only two,” she said. “If we don’t get proactive, we will be left behind.”Veneman defended U.S. participation in the North American Free Trade Agreement. The agreement has benefitted agriculture, she said. U.S. farm exports to Mexico have doubled since NAFTA was implemented in 1995.Good for the state”I think it’s important and extremely beneficial that Secretary Veneman has come to see Georgia agriculture up close,” said Gale Buchanan, dean and director of the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.Buchanan said he appreciated Veneman allowing Georgians to show her some of Georgia’s agricultural.”I appreciate it,” said Ralph Dorsett, a Houston County farmer. “The fact that she took time out of her schedule to come to middle Georgia and see the crops we grow and listen to our problems says a lot.”Peanut talkMany farmers in attendance were concerned about the fate of the federal peanut program. Georgia produces almost half of the U.S. peanut crop. But the peanut program has come under fire in the House of Representatives.U.S. Rep. Saxby Chambliss (R-Ga.) accompanied Veneman. He said the changes “look after our folks that have been quota holders for years. But it also attracts producers into the market, probably, that we’ve never had before. It’s going to make it more competitive, but that’s OK.”
Senator Patrick Leahy (D-VT) says a new infusion of $1.6 million in federal funding that he has secured for Norwich University’s Center for Counterterrorism and Cyber Crime will continue the Center’s work in countering threats to the nation’s cyber networks. This funding is awarded under Homeland Security National Training Program (HSNTP). Leahy has sponsored funding for ongoing research and training work at the Center since he won designation of Norwich’s program as a national counterterrorism resource center nearly a decade ago.After realizing the real world affects of the cyber attacks by North Korea last year, which affected the websites of the Department of the Treasury, the Secret Service, and others including Congress and the White House, Leahy noted the urgent need for these cyber-security initiatives. The Center for Counterterrorism and Cyber Crime, already a leader in protecting the nation’s computers against cyber attack, will assist the Department of Homeland Security in carrying out cyber-security projects. With this funding, the Center will continue to provide training to police and fire departments in more advanced skills of computer network defense, and preventing hackers and more organized groups from denying these public safety groups the use of their computer systems. Leahy, a senior member of the Appropriations Committee and of its Homeland Security Appropriations Subcommittee, secured the funding in the annual budget bill for the Department of Homeland Security for this fiscal year. Leahy in 2002 authored and won enactment of a congressional charter that designated the Norwich University program the National Center for Counterterrorism and Cyber Crime, eligible for ongoing national leadership standing and funding in addressing these growing threats.“Cyber attacks on our responders pose a threat to our public safety,” said Leahy. “Norwich’s specialized knowledge and training techniques help us ramp up preparations so that first responders can meet this very real challenge head on. Attacks on emergency and public safety systems can be just as disruptive as the breakdown of a fire truck or radio tower.”“We so value Senator Leahy’s support and leadership in this area of great threat to America and our National Security,” said Rich Schneider, President of Norwich University. “This area is one in which Norwich has great expertise and this support will continue to advance our work and strengthen our capabilities.”Source: Leahy’s office. 7.2.2010
FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享By Tom Knox in Columbus Business First: American Electric Power Company Inc. wants to sell the Ohio power plants not included in its recently won income guarantee, but it won’t sell them to the power producers who opposed them, according to the CEO of one of those rival companies.Dynegy Inc. officials have said the company could be interested in AEP’s plants. But AEP is taking its ball and going home, Dynegy CEO Bob Flexon said, because of Dynegy’s heated opposition to AEP’s plans.“The funny thing there is AEP has specifically excluded anybody that dare speak against them in Ohio,” Flexon told me. “My understanding is we’re not invited to the latest bid party for the assets they’re selling” in Ohio and Indiana.Neither, Flexon said, are the other independent power producers who opposed the power purchase agreements sought by the Columbus utility. Ohio energy regulators approved those plans last week.AEP (NYSE:AEP) spokeswoman Melissa McHenry said a review of the company’s plants continues but declined to provide further details.Full article: AEP won’t let Dynegy bid on its Ohio plants, exec says Ohio Bailout Fall-out: AEP Refuses to Let Dynegy Bid on its Coal-Fired Power Plants
19SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Richard Katz Mr. Katz has been actively involved in the life and health insurance industry for 40 years. During his career he has managed multiple methods of distributing insurance products including direct … Web: www.ANICO.com Details There has been a lot of talk and numerous studies regarding the vastly underinsured middle market in the US with regard to life insurance.Here are some things to keep in mind regarding this market:The Life Insurance Research Marketing Association (LIMRA) reports that 83% of all consumers believe most people need life insurance and 65% believe they need it for their families, 50% say they are underinsured.3 in 10 households have no life insurance at all.Life insurance ownership is at the lowest level in 50 yearsLife insurance agents are not calling on the middle income market ($35,000 – $100,000 income), they can’t afford to do so.The middle market may have a higher need for life insurance than wealthier families because they are heavily reliant on multiple income sources and don’t have a lot of assets to provide for them if one of the wage earners dies.Life insurance can provide surviving family members with the means to maintain their quality of life.Employers are a shrinking source of benefits such as life insurance and people can no longer rely solely on their employers for benefits such as life insurance.An unexpected accident or illness can render people uninsurable.Many in this market are credit union members who do not go into the branch offices so how can they be reached? American National Insurance Company has a program designed for the middle market with easy to obtain, competitively priced life insurance coverage of up to $250,000. Here are some of the features:Distributed by direct mail, Internet/email and inbound phone calls.No medical exam required—just the answers to a few questions on the simplified applicationSpouse coverage available on the same applicationIndividual coverage where the rates can’t be changed for the level premium term of coverage 10, 20, or 30 years and coverage can stay in force to age 95.If the member leaves the credit union, they take the coverage with them.Don’t be a contributor to leaving this market unserved! Find out more and benefit the consumer, the financial institution and yourself!Contact your Allied Solutions sales rep for more information and a proposal for your clients.
ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr The United States is a massive market for innovating in the space of banking and financial services, with fintech investment in the U.S. more than doubling to $52.5 billion last year alone.Visa understands that fintechs are a key enabler in leading the charge to transforming the digital payments ecosystem, helping to change the way the world pays, and money moves. It takes strong partnerships across each area of the ecosystem to deliver new user experiences, which is why Visa is committed to continuing to champion the fintech community around the globe, through investment, partnership, and key business priorities. As one of the world’s original fintechs, Visa is a natural partner to the community, bringing global scale, a recognizable brand, security, reliability and sophisticated capabilities.Today, Visa is focused on partnering and investing in fintechs bringing to market new digital payment experiences across a broad spectrum of verticals.As part of this, Visa is announcing the expansion of its Fast Track program in the U.S., offering fintechs access to resources, expertise, a strong partner community and the security, speed and scale of a global network that will help fintechs grow their businesses. continue reading »
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