Rad Cam to be made into a cake

first_imgThe Radcliffe Camera is to be reproduced in cake form, the covered market’s famous cake shop announced this week. Shop owner Sally Davis said that the replica would be as detailed as possible, with every feature, down to the number of bars on the windows, duplicated in icing.“Attention to detail is everything”, Ms. Davis explained. Her staff photographed and made sketches of the building before beginning work on the project. The scale model will take over 80 hours to complete and is being made as a special commission.last_img

Walorski appointed to subcommittee on coronavirus crisis

first_img Google+ (Photo supplied/ABC 57) Second District Representative Jackie Walorski has been appointed to serve as a member of the Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Crisis.Walorski says the focus with the subcommittee needs to be on holding China accountable for hiding the truth about the outbreak and providing guidance on how to safely and responsibly restart the economy while preventing House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to use it for partisan investigations.The following information about Walorski’s appointment was sent to 95.3 MNC:MISHAWAKA, Ind. – U.S. Rep. Jackie Walorski (R-Ind.) today released the following statement after being appointed to serve as a member of the newly formed Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Crisis:“America is facing a crisis unlike any in our lifetimes, but together we will defeat this invisible enemy and make our country stronger than ever before. Our top priorities in Congress must be protecting the health and safety of the American people and working to safely reopen our nation’s economy.“I’m grateful Leader McCarthy has appointed me to serve on the Select Subcommittee on the Coronavirus Crisis alongside Whip Scalise. The American people deserve bipartisan cooperation to address the many challenges our nation faces – we cannot allow Speaker Pelosi to turn this subcommittee into a vehicle for conducting partisan investigations and scoring political points.“We should focus on holding China accountable for hiding the truth about the coronavirus outbreak, ensuring the success of unprecedented relief efforts, and providing clear guidance on how to safely and responsibly restart our economy. I look forward to getting to work.” WhatsApp WhatsApp Twitter Pinterest Pinterest CoronavirusIndianaLocalNews Google+ Facebook Previous articleSt. Joseph County Jail goes on lock-down as new inmate tests positive for COVID-19Next articleSt. Mary’s College to reopen to students for the fall semester Jon ZimneyJon Zimney is the News and Programming Director for News/Talk 95.3 Michiana’s News Channel and host of the Fries With That podcast. Follow him on Twitter @jzimney. Facebook Walorski appointed to subcommittee on coronavirus crisis By Jon Zimney – May 7, 2020 1 438 Twitterlast_img read more

Israel’s Grossman reflects

first_imgIn David Grossman’s novel “To the End of the Land,” a Jewish mother named Ora flees to Galilee with a former lover in the hope of outrunning the bad news she’s certain is coming: that her son, an Israeli soldier, has been killed in the ongoing conflict with Palestinians.To research the book, Grossman, then 50 years old, set off along the Sea of Galilee himself, hiking the Israel National Trail, eager to glean the details that would make the novel feel its most authentic. Already he knew too well his protagonist’s fear — Grossman’s son, Uri, had just enlisted with the Israeli Army. For a month while Grossman hiked, renting out rooms in villages when he needed to rest, he and Uri texted. It was a luxury Ora didn’t have.But as an Israeli who had witnessed war and lived war, Grossman was writing about what he knew, “about people who try to live a normal life in abnormal situations.”Two years passed. Grossman continued writing his book. Then in 2006, the Lebanese militia Hezbollah fired missiles into Israel. Grossman, a leftist peace activist and a celebrity in Israel, advocated publicly for a government-led ceasefire. It was a Thursday. By the following Monday, the ceasefire was in place. But two days before it, Grossman’s son, and his crew, had been killed. On Sunday Grossman answered the door to hear the news he could not outrun.“This book, and my life collided,” he said.Still, the urge to invent, to fantasize another life and characters, surprisingly, continued to grow.“The book I was writing was the only solid place,” he said, “the only home that hadn’t been damaged.”On the anniversary of the Arab-Israeli War, which started on Oct. 6, 1973, Grossman spoke at the 2015 Rita E. Hauser Forum for the Arts, sponsored by the Mahindra Humanities Center, to a packed audience at Radcliffe’s Knafel Center. In a talk titled “Facts of Life and Death,” the author conceded that for people living in the Middle East — certainly for Israelis and Palestinians — life and death are nearly synonymous.Every day is a constant grappling with the consequences of what Grossman called “the great and tragic mistake that has entrapped us since 1967, since we became occupiers of other people.”“When you live a life that, at any moment, can turn into a nightmare of war, you don’t really believe in routine, you don’t really believe in everyday life, you don’t really believe your own life,” he said. “It’s such a weird feeling.”Compact and sober-faced, Grossman speaks with a slow Israeli lilt. Though critical of his country’s politics, he admits that even he is not immune to the way years upon years of war, murder, and terrorism can alter one’s psyche. He is an Army reservist.Even for Israelis who believe in peace, “You are already programmed to regard war as the natural thing,” he said. “You are sure war is the deepest truth behind every human behavior. This is the most solid fact of life. This is the stuff reality is made of.”In Hebrew, Israelis refer to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and the Israeli condition as hamatzav, “the situation” in English. It’s a static term, noted Grossman, that can refer to stability — life — while serving as a euphemism for “a constant bleeding,” or death.He insists this duality is intentionally disorienting. “It’s as if we are meant to live in this ‘situation’: to live by the sword, and to die by the sword, and to hope only to survive from one catastrophe to the next and to not believe that something more is possible,” he said. “And he or she who believes in peace or the dialogue between two groups is regarded as a dangerously naïve person, almost a traitor.”This is especially true in the years since the 1993 Israeli-Palestinian peace accord. During the seven years when the agreement was most effective, Israelis dared to believe in a future, in normalcy, explained Grossman. When the fighting flared again in 2000, Grossman lamented that the last, desperate half-moon of hope was eclipsed. Israelis adopted a harder stance — no more promises, no more chances, he said.“For that, I am sorry to say, the right wing in Israel has won. It managed to convey this worldview to most Israelis. It pushes Israel toward paralysis in its most critical point, where the most daring and creativity and flexibility are needed.”Despite the tense normalcy, Grossman cannot imagine living anywhere but Israel, where hope is always apologetic, but despair is self-confident. But he remains cautiously optimistic, calling for a hope that doesn’t ignore the danger, he said, but refuses to see only danger.“When I say all these harsh things, I stop myself and say, what am I talking about? I say, ‘Look how Israel is flourishing, how it is strong economically, militarily, how it remains a democracy in spite of everything.’ … I see all that, believe me. And yet. And yet.”last_img read more

Online course aims to bolster clinical research skills

first_imgWhen Brazilian physician Felipe Fregni, M.P.H. ’07, came to Harvard to study clinical research (medical studies involving human volunteers) the experience was transformative. Gaining the skills to critically analyze the latest research on treatments and preventive measures made him better able to care for his patients, he said, and also launched him into a research career conducting his own clinical trials.Recognizing that this kind of training was unavailable to many health professionals, particularly in the developing world, Fregni decided to launch the online course Principles and Practice of Clinical Research (PPCR) nine years ago. It is currently offered by Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, and to date, more than 2,000 students from 30 countries have enrolled.Fregni, an associate professor of neurology at Harvard Medical School, is the director of a large clinical research laboratory at Spaulding Rehabilitation Hospital in Boston focused on investigating how the brain changes with lesions to the nervous system and how to enhance learning when the nervous system is injured. In addition to leading PPCR, Fregni collaborates with researchers in Brazil and other countries.“The only way you can improve how medicine is practiced is by spreading knowledge,” he said. ????I believe that better training of clinical researchers worldwide will help to develop innovations in medicine and public health.”By the end of the course, students will be able to design and conduct their own clinical trials, and understand the basics of article publication, Fregni said. Read Full Storylast_img read more

Building the 5G Foundation – Enterprise Private Mobility-as-a-Service

first_imgProgressive enterprises are pursuing software-defined solutions with operating models powered by analytics, automation and machine communications to improve productivity, service-levels and cost structures. With hundreds of devices and sensors connecting to a network, wired connections are becoming expensive. At the same time, the mobile networks are not ready for the massive connections and the data associated with these connections coming their way.Using conventional unlicensed methods such as Wi-Fi to address the coverage and capacity is not necessarily ideal for some mission critical workloads.  This is because:Wi-Fi is designed as a “best effort” service, it cannot deliver the Quality of Service (QoS) to the level most large-scale companies demand.It requires significant security to be added to the solution – a big concern for healthcare facilities and other mission critical enterprise companies that have the strictest security needsWi-Fi has limited mobility and the build out of the network has significant CAPEX and OPEX costsCitizens Broadband Radio Service (CBRS) will be a key catalyst and enabler for private mobility for two main reasons:Unlike Wi-Fi, it uses a licensed wireless band and LTE technology to enable guaranteed service levels for the enterprise.The Enterprise can choose to deploy CBRS enabled private Mobility-as-a-Service. Many cloud service providers/wireless ISPs are building out a subscription-based model and therefore, the data rate costs are close to zero and the deployment of the service is faster and sometimes less expensive than Wi-Fi.This is great news since CBRS will increase the adoption of 4G spectrum within the enterprise and paves the way for 5G. Earlier this month, the CBRS Alliance said it had begun work on a new release to merge with the 3GPP specification for 5G deployments.We are working with Ruckus Networks (now CommScope via acquisition) to enable massive adoption of mobile edge solutions that will be leveraging CBRS bands in 4G today and will become the foundational blocks for 5G within the enterprise. Ruckus Networks has the core components for private mobility on a public cloud infrastructure, which includes the pre-provisioned SIMs, zero-touch provisioning capabilities and self-service tools for the enterprise.    The combined strengths of mobile access by Ruckus Networks and secure customer edge infrastructure by Dell Technologies enables the enterprise transformation plan.Key Requirements for the Enterprise While there are many important success factors to be considered for enterprise rollouts, the following key requirements are essential to ensure that while 4G is being deployed today, the principles of 5G and its foundational blocks are taken into consideration.The need is for a faster, more reliable network that has low latency and most importantly, is private (secure) so data is not shared across the public network.  Wi-Fi isn’t always the most secure service, which can be a concern for any business where it is crucial to keep customers information and data private.The network should be designed for capacity, quality of service and guaranteed service levels.The workloads must reside locally within the enterprise and be orchestrated from a managed service cloud data center.Regardless of consumption model (on-prem, cloud, hybrid) – the operations must be seamless across technology platforms, locations and administrative domains.Private Mobility-as-a-Service is a Key Enabler for the EnterpriseSome of the key values extended by private Mobility as-a-Service utilizing CBRS bands are as follows.Enhanced reliability: More reliable than Wi-Fi for business-critical communications, private Mobility-as-a-Service uses CBRS spectrum to guarantee low latency with a managed SLA model.Flexible licensing model: This solution is a subscription SaaS model where the service orchestration, subscriber provisioning, and dynamic spectrum allocation for the access points are all pre-built into the solution for the enterprise.Ubiquity: Given the architectural overlap between SD-WAN and private Mobility as-a-Service, the solution can coexist with the broad SD-WAN deployments. Our Solutions “in action” at DTWCome see all the capabilities of Enterprise Private Mobility as-a-Service “in action” and meet our experts at the DTW 2019 Event in Las Vegas. You can also get an update on associated webinars here.last_img read more

Winter Chores

first_imgBartow County, where I am based, had its first deep freeze of the season in November. This has been a very unusual fall, with temperatures peaking at 100 degrees Fahrenheit the first week of October before plunging to 20 F by mid-November. Many areas along the East Coast broke record low temperatures from the arctic blast that blew through the region. If you’ve walked around your landscape recently, you should have noticed that most deciduous shrubs are going dormant and tender perennials have turned to mush. This means it’s time to winterize your landscape. Now is the time to add a blanket of mulch to your perennial flowers and shrubs. Maintaining a mulch layer at least 3 inches deep will significantly reduce weeds. Any type of mulch is better than no mulch at all.  The main differences between mulches — such as pine straw, wood chips or shredded leaves — are cost, aesthetic appeal and how long they last.I don’t recommend using shredded rubber mulches. Although they last a long time, they do not break down or add any organic matter back to the soil. Also, rubber mulches eventually get covered in leaves and other debris that are difficult to keep clean. About the only time rubber mulches are appropriate is in a playground or permanent pathway. Mulching is one of the most important cultivation practices to help newly planted trees and shrubs get established and keep them healthy. Even though trees may appear dormant in the winter, their roots are still actively growing and require consistent moisture to survive.The mulch layer should extend at least as far as the canopy width of trees and shrubs. Expand this mulch area over time as the trees or shrubs grow.Daylilies, hostas, cannas, dahlias, lantana plants and other dormant perennials are ready to be cut back and cleaned up for their winter slumber. Cover them with a few inches of mulch or pine straw to protect the roots from extreme winter temperatures. Now is also a great time to divide overcrowded perennial flowers or move them to a new location.Fall and early winter are the best times to plant new trees and shrubs. You can also add edible plants such as blackberries, blueberries, grapes, strawberries and fruiting trees. Scavenge local nurseries and garden centers for discounted dormant plants. It’s hard to buy a plant when it’s dormant, but smart gardeners know that these plants are actually in the perfect stage to plant. Inspect the roots of perennial plants by slipping them out of their container at the nursery center and checking for white, healthy roots throughout the soil profile. Although the top of the plant may be dormant, the roots should still be alive and healthy. If you find black or rotted roots, the plant may have been overwatered or is diseased. Only buy plants that appear to have healthy roots.You can still plant winter-hardy annual flowers such as pansies, snapdragons, Swiss chard, kale and dusty miller. They will add a splash of color to your winter landscape in areas where your summer annuals have died out.Plant cold-hardy bulbs such as tulips, crocus, irises, and daffodils in the fall. Fall planting will help spring-flowering bulbs develop good root systems and ensure that they flower on schedule.For more information, see University of Georgia Cooperative Extension Bulletin 1065, “Care of Ornamental Plants in the Landscape.”last_img read more

Cellucci presents Dubie with Leadership Award

first_imgU.S. Ambassador to Canada Presents Annual Leadership Award to Vermont Lt.Governor(BOSTON, MA) – U.S. Ambassador to Canada Paul Cellucci introduced VermontLt. Governor Brian Dubie to a full house of 85 New England and Canadianbusiness leaders Friday morning (9/17)at the New England-Canada BusinessCouncil’s (www.necbc.org(link is external)) annual Leadership Award breakfast atthe Fairmont Copley Plaza.Dubie addressed the group about his experiences over the past 20 monthsreviving relationships between Vermont and Canada in the areas ofcommerce, the environment, energy, education, transportation and bordersecurity. He concluded his remarks to a standing ovation.Paul Raymond, senior vice president for the Canadian informationtechnology firm CGI Group, Inc., is president and CEO of the Council. Hejoined Dubie and Cellucci at the podium to present the award to Dubie,which reads, “In recognition of your exemplary achievements with regard tointernational trade between Canada and New England.””NECBC presents this award annually to an individual who has displayedexceptional leadership in promoting economic, political and culturalrelations between Canada and New England,” said Raymond.As Governor of Massachusetts, Cellucci was the first recipient of theaward in 1999. Other previous award recipients include Nova Scotia PremierJohn F. Hamm, former Canadian Consul General to New England Mary Clancy,former Maine Governor Angus King, and President & CEO of ManulifeFinancial, Dominic D’Alessandro.last_img read more

Governor pushes plan to cap carbon emissions, close coal plants in North Carolina

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享WRAL:North Carolina would cap carbon dioxide emissions from power plants and accelerate the closure of coal-fired power plants under a draft plan released Friday by Gov. Roy Cooper’s administration.Writ large, the plan calls for a series of initiatives to whack away at the emissions contributing to climate change. It’s goal: “By 2030, reduce electric power sector greenhouse gas emissions between 60% and 70% below 2005 levels and work towards zero emissions by 2050.”To get there, the proposal relies on policy shifts that require General Assembly approval, as well as reforms that could overhaul the way North Carolina regulates and delivers electricity to homes and businesses across the state.Among other things, the draft plan suggests that the legislature: enact a new law either capping carbon dioxide emissions in the electric power sector or requiring a percentage reduction; require a new analysis when companies want to build new fossil fuel plants that considers carbon impacts, both to the environment and to public health, changing the math regulators use to determine whether new plants should be approved; and set a date by which “uneconomical” coal power plants must close.Just which coal plants count as uneconomical would be studied, but the plan references previous research that said most existing coal plants in the country are more expensive to operate than building wind and solar facilities.Duke Energy has seven coal plants in the state now, all planned for retirement by 2038, a company spokeswoman said. Duke, by far the state’s largest electric utility, has largely relied on natural gas to phase out coal.More: Cooper energy plan contemplates carbon cap Governor pushes plan to cap carbon emissions, close coal plants in North Carolinalast_img read more

Budgeting for digital

first_imgHow much of your credit union’s marketing budget goes to digital channels?Consider that nearly 53 percent of a person’s digital life is spent on a mobile device, according to the Nielsen Comparable Metrics Series Report, Q4 2016. Does your marketing budget align with this?“Evaluate your channels with strategic goals in mind and allocate dollars according to the channels your members predominantly use,” advises Karen McGaughey, VP/client services, principal for CUES Supplier member Weber Marketing Group, Seattle. “For example, if 25 percent of your advertising budget is allocated to print, yet print consumption is closer to 7 percent, you’re missing the boat. Your audience has moved, consuming greater volumes of content digitally on a device. Digital marketing is nimble and quickly adaptable. Use this to your advantage—experiment, measure performance, optimize execution based on success factors and repeat.”James Robert Lay, founder and CEO of Digital Growth Institute, Houston, recommends organizing your plan and budget in 30-, 60-, and 90-day increments. Like a marathon, condition yourself to adapt and change your plan as needed. He recommends allocating at least 35 percent of your budget to digital and has seen as high as 90 percent.You can also use your budget to find the right talent. continue reading » 30SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

5,200-plus CU leaders visit Capitol Hill on behalf of members

first_img Credit unions could be spotted in every single Congressional building on Capitol Hill Wednesday as more than 5,200 credit union leaders visited with elected officials to tell stories about the credit union difference. The visits are an annual tradition that is part of the CUNA Governmental Affairs Conference (GAC).Credit unions from across America spent the day discussing the numerous issues and concerns. Specific issues raised in nearly every meeting included data security and privacy, the current expected credit loss (CECL) standard, Telephone Consumer Protection Act reform and the Consumer Financial Protection Financial Bureau.“Data breaches at retailers is a major concern, especially because there are a lot of companies out there that collect our data and then just hold onto it,” said Dennis Tanimoto, president of the Hawaii Credit Union League. ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) speaks with South Carolina credit union leaders Wednesday at the Capitol Visitor’s Center. Frivolous lawsuits exploiting the ADA were a chief issue the credit unions raised with Graham, who chairs the Senate Judiciary Committee.center_img continue reading »last_img read more