After May, when exams are finished and final papers submitted, Harvard students take to the world. But where exactly do they go and what do they do once they get there?Here is a sample of how students from the Law School (HLS), Kennedy School (HKS), the Business School (HBS), and the School of Public Health (HSPH) used the tools they sharpened at Harvard to help build a better world.Karima Ladhani, who is working toward a doctor of science in global health and population at the Harvard School of Public Health, chose Mombasa, Kenya, as the place she’d make an impact. The Aga Khan Hospital was in dire need of better processes and procedures to help the very limited staff use time efficiently and diagnose patients as accurately as possible.When she arrived in Mombasa to share her passion for public health, teaching, and volunteering, Ladhani was surprised at what she encountered. The challenges the nurses faced each day had slowly eroded their hopefulness and had taken a toll.The months that she spent in Mombasa gave her a firsthand awareness of the public health challenges in small villages, and her time at Harvard equipped her with the know-how such that she was able to offer the nurses and doctors essential tools and recommendations to improve their procedures.“There was something about this time — being there put your optimism into perspective,” Ladhani said.Since her return to the U.S., there isn’t a day that passes when her experience doesn’t come to mind, she said. “Something happens and I stress about it, and my trip to Kenya puts everything into perspective.”Toward the end of her summer, Ladhani also traveled to Seattle, Mexico, and Vancouver before heading to Boston to finish her degree.Sudipta “Nila” Devanath, a 2L at HLS, spent her summer in Washington, D.C., where she worked for the Department of Justice as a legal intern in the Antitrust Division.“I had the chance to work on the investigation of a potential hospital merger [and I] researched and presented findings on the geographic market, joint contracting, clinical efficiencies, financial integration, and high-risk management programs,” she said, viewing the experience as a career builder.McArthur Pierre, an HBS student, spent his summer between Kampala, Uganda, and Nairobi, Kenya, as an investment associate where he searched out small businesses that needed help with financial modeling and raising capital. “I’ve always known about the opportunities in East Africa, but to be there and personally help small business owners succeed was something I’ll never forget,” he said.
What do you think about when you see a huge wooden keg full of tasty craft beer? A nice evening on the porch with friends? Well, Travis Morrison, IT Director, and Erin Williams, Sr. Systems Engineer, from New Belgium Brewery, see access and data points, laden with sensors, providing them what they need to know to keep their production line running smoothly.As the 4th largest craft brewer in the US, New Belgium relies on technology as a crucial component of operations. To transform their IT infrastructure, they partnered with Dell EMC and VMware to adopt a hyperconverged solution.Learn how Travis and Erin are enabling New Belgium’s employees to use data to make better business decisions (and even tastier beer). Here is their Tale of Transformation:While machines are crunching the numbers, people get to taste new craft beers, and New Belgium serves happy customers. It’s a win-win-win situation for all.Are you ready to transform your IT? Then learn how Dell Technologies can help you here.
Corporate buyers a major force behind renewable energy surge FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Bloomberg:Dozens of wind turbines each standing 260 feet tall spin in the breeze on the plains of Oklahoma, feeding electricity for a Google data center about 180 miles away.Worldwide, data centers like the Mayes County site outside Tulsa handle almost 32 quintillion bytes of information each day, according to Cisco Global Cloud Index. That’s the equivalent of streaming 32 billion hours of Netflix, and it makes big tech companies some of the fastest growing energy consumers.It’s also posing a dilemma for companies like Facebook Inc. and Google’s owner Alphabet Inc., whose data hordes are making them more prominent energy consumers at the same moment investors are increasing their scrutiny of their stewardship of the environment. The answer for them is increasingly to line up long-term contracts for green electricity, adding momentum to the shift away from fossil fuels.“We spend a lot of time chasing renewable energy to match our consumption,” said Neha Palmer, head of energy strategy at Google, which is owned by Alphabet. “We have 15 data centers that are live, and we’re building out more.”Rising power use is a reputational risk for the tech industry, since rising coal use to feed its server farms clashes with many company’s green ambitions. The incoming wave of data will only increase their energy use, and whatever powers those machines will have an impact on greenhouse-gas pollution.Google and its competitors are alive to that issue. At the Mayes County data center in Pryor, about 45 miles east of Tulsa, halls are lined with blinking servers behind glass doors. They’re transmitting and storing trillions of bytes of information every day from applications supporting Google, which is owned by Alphabet Inc. Those include Gmail and G-chat messages to photos and videos saved in Google Drive. The power comes from wind farms built by NextEra Energy Inc. and Chermac Energy Corp.More: From Google to Facebook, big data is driving green energy shift
Florida lawyers are federalized May 15, 2006 Regular News Florida lawyers are federalized Four sections sponsor CLE event in Washington, D.C. Greeted by blooming flowers and sunshine, four Florida Bar groups hosted The Federal Seminar 2006 in Washington, D.C., in April.The three-day program, jointly sponsored by the Government Lawyer, Environmental and Land Use Law, Appellate Practice sections and the Out-of-State Practitioners Division provided opportunities for 25 Florida lawyers to explore topics of federal law in some of the nation’s most prestigious buildings.“Through this program, Florida’s lawyers gain access and experiences that they probably could not otherwise obtain,” said Keith Rizzardi, co-chair of seminar. “organizing this program on behalf of so many groups in The Florida Bar, and by arranging for such unique locations, we’ve also been able to obtain first-rate speakers for the events.”Registrants for the program attended oral arguments and a swearing-in ceremony at the U.S. Supreme Court, followed by a continuing legal education program, held in the Court’s West Conference Room, with Deputy Solicitor General Thomas Hungar and environmental law casebook author Robert Percival. Three past presidents of the Federal Circuit Bar led a discussion at the Florida House on federal circuit practice. The White House Council on Environmental Quality hosted a “Conversation with CEQ” and wine and cheese reception at the Old Executive Office Building’s Indian Treaty Room, next to the White House. And agency officials, lobbyists, and nonprofit advocacy groups led panel discussions related to APA litigation and ethical lobbying at the U.S. Department of Interior.The Federal Seminar 2006 also had a unique social component.“When will any of us get another chance to lunch with the clerk of the Supreme Court, take a private tour of the Interior Building, raid the White House Airlift Operations gift shop, and pose for photos in front of the West Wing?” asked Ward Griffin, the other seminar co-chair.The Government Lawyer Section initially began this program with The Federal Seminar 2004, held at the Supreme Court, Justice Department, National Archives, and Library of Congress. The program leaders expect The Federal Seminar to continue to grow and evolve.“We hope that this program will become an essential CLE for people seeking state and federal government and administrative practice certification,” said Rizzardi, referring to the proposed certification program currently awaiting final approval by the Florida Supreme Court.“Ideally, we’ll host the Washington, D.C., program every even-numbered year,” Griffin said. “The challenge will be keeping the group sizes manageable, and getting all the needed security clearances. But I know we’re gaining momentum, because I’m already getting inquiries about when we plan to host this program again.”
continue reading » NAFCU, along with the Defense Credit Union Council (DCUC) and CUNA, again voiced opposition against the inclusion of a provision regarding bank leases in the fiscal year 2021 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) in a letter to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., and Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y. The provision – if included in the final version of the bill – could disadvantage credit unions as it would treat all banks, including large ones like Wells Fargo, the same as local, not-for-profit credit unions when it comes to nominal leases on military bases.NAFCU consistently advocates against this bank-sought provision in the NDAA and successfully kept it from being included in a final version of the bill last year, despite it being included in the initial Senate-version of the measure. Earlier this month, NAFCU, DCUC and CUNA wrote to the House Armed Services Committee to speak out against the provision’s inclusion.In the letter, sent yesterday, the associations touted the value that credit unions bring to servicemembers and their families, and the efforts taken to bring affordable financial products and services to them while protecting them from predatory institutions.“Our organizations recognize the important role both credit unions and banks can play for our men and women in the military in the provision of traditional financial services and in protecting our troops from predatory lenders,” urged the organizations. “However, we remain concerned that this effort in the FY2021 NDAA to tie the fate of banks on the lease issue to credit unions could ultimately disadvantage credit unions and the men and women of our nation’s armed services that they serve.” ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr
Younger workers who favour abolishing the current Dutch system of average premiums for pension funds as it does not favour them are elitist and selfish, a professor of pensions law at Amsterdam’s Free University (VU) has argued.Erik Lutjens said during a debate on solidarity last week that those advocating for the abolition of the current premium rate would only see it benefit their own age group, without taking the interest of others into account.“They only focus on the disavantages of the average contribution approach, while they ignore its positive points. Moreover, they don’t look at the disavantages of ditching the average premium,” he said.Younger employees have become increasingly vocal in opposing the current contribution, a fixed percentage of workers’ salary. They argue that they are paying proportionally more for pensions accrual than older colleagues, while they are less likely to benefit at older age, because of increased labour mobility.Many advocating for a change would prefer a ‘degressive’ approach, which would allow them to accrue proportionally more pension rights at a younger age.Earlier, the Netherlands Bureau for Economic Policy Analysis (CPB) concluded that while the introduction of such new premium principles would be feasible, it may come at a costs of no less than €100bn.Lutjens pointed out that a degressive accrual would come at the expense of other groups, such as women who enter the labour market after their children have grown up, or people who have been tied up in long-term care and rejoin the work force later in life.“Would these groups then suddenly accrue a proportionally smaller pension,” he asked.“Insisting on a more direct link between the amount paid in and accrued, would also mean a bomb under the mandatory participation, and would push the system in the direction of individual DC,” the professor warned.However, in the opinion of Sandra Oostvriesland from law firm Baker McKenzie and also affiliated with PensioenLab, a think tank of young workers, it is the “unfair” subsidy from young to old, which threatens the system.She called for a hasty end to the average contribution.Martin de Gelder, head of pensions policy and actuarial business at pensions provider AGH, advocated a compromise, through investing the employers’ part of the contribution in the current system of collectivity and solidarity, while investing the workers’ part in an individual DC system.“The latter is approximately one-third of the total contribution, exactly the proportion that young workers pay too much through the subsidy they may recoup when they are older,” he explained.That said, De Gelder acknowledged that, under the current tax regime, his proposed solution is not possible.
Craig Stevenson, senior investment consultant at Towers Watson, discusses where allocations to activist hedge funds should sit in pension fund portolios
Radio NZ News 23 January 2019Family First Comment: “She said the government’s smokefree goals clashed with its plans to hold the referendum and was contributing to its “ad hoc” and “confused” approach to drug reform.” #SayNopeToDope www.VoteNo.nzNational’s new spokesperson on drug reform says she has a raft of unanswered questions about next year’s referendum on legalising cannabis.A binding referendum on legalising cannabis for personal use will be held at the 2020 general election.Today National Party leader Simon Bridges announced that as part of a minor reshuffle, a new shadow portfolio on drug reform would be led by deputy leader Mrs Bennett.Mrs Bennett told 5 o’clock Report that while she was still weighing up whether she supported the referendum, her main concern was the impact of legalisation on young people.“I honestly worry about our young people and the evidence we’ve seen is that more of them access cannabis when their brains are still developing and it has the potential to have very devastating effects on them and I want to know the answers.”She said the government’s smokefree goals clashed with its plans to hold the referendum and was contributing to its “ad hoc” and “confused” approach to drug reform.She said other uncertainties included the wording of the question in the referendum, what would the administration regime look like, would THC levels be monitored, what would happen to illicit drug use, and the legal age for purchase of marijuana.READ MORE: https://www.radionz.co.nz/news/top/380681/marijuana-has-potentially-devastating-effects-on-young-people-bennettKeep up with family issues in NZ. Receive our weekly emails direct to your Inbox.
Share Commonwealth of Dominica passport. Photo credit: thedominican.netNash Mitchel and Lindon Marie who were charged and remanded at the Stock Farm Prison last month for their alleged involvement in a passport scam were each granted bail in the sum of $75,000 each today with two sureties.Defense Council Heather Felix Evans says bail was granted with strict conditions.Click here to listen to Mrs. Evans: They accused are to report to the Police Headquarters in Roseau three days a week between the hours of 8:00am and 4:00pm,and are to surrender their travel documents to the police.Dominica Vibes News Share 32 Views no discussions Tweet Share Sharing is caring! LocalNews Nash Mitchel and Lindon Marie granted bail with strict conditions by: – June 22, 2011
By Edward AnschutzSEYMOUR, Wis. (July 15) – Brian Mullen made his move to the front on the final circuit in winning Sunday’s IMCA Modified main event at Outagamie Speedway.An opening lap wreck in the open wheel headliner sent point leader Mike Mullen down pit lane with damage and he did not return. J.J. Andersen then led from the drop of the green until lap six when Konnor Wilinski took away the top spot.Wilinski paced the field, running up top as Mullen worked through the pack. Mullen began to close with five to go. Mullen made his move as the white flag flew, diving under Wilinski for the lead, the win and top spot in the point standings.Kyle Frederick collected the IMCA Sunoco Stock Car checkers and Cody Schroeder raced past Cole Mangin with four laps remaining to win the IMCA Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMod feature.Michael Brehmer came out on top in the Mach-1 Sport Compact main.