<a href=”https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jri0dy_7qN8″ rel=”nofollow” target=”_blank”> <img src=”https://img.youtube.com/vi/Jri0dy_7qN8/0.jpg” alt=”0″ title=”How To Choose The Correct Channel Type For Your Video Content ” /> </a> A crowd of Harvard faculty members and alumni judges watched intently Thursday as a College student, a Loeb fellow, and three students in the Graduate School of Design declared that the days of art being confined to galleries, centers, and opera houses were over.Instead, they said, they see the potential for cities’ public spaces to be transformed into performance spaces, contending that the challenge lies in connecting with the millions of people who attend and appreciate citywide events and festivals. This vision is what captivated the judges and landed the group $30,000 and the grand prize in the Deans’ Cultural Entrepreneurship Challenge.“We operate in a world in which the arts have to prove their economic viability and be sustainable other than relying on government funding,” Loeb Fellow Helen Marriage said. “We need to be able to connect with this younger, diverse audience.”She joined teammates Judy Fulton, Hokan Wong, and Wes Thomas, all of the Graduate School of Design, and Lucy Cheng ’17, as well as nine other finalist teams at the challenge’s inaugural demo day. Striving to find “art for the urban art explorer,” the online platform called Musey helps people find art in their vicinity, learn more about the artists, and even donate to projects, replacing the traditional busker’s empty hat with an app. “This is a huge vote of confidence and encouragement,” Fulton said of the award. “We were going to go ahead with it whether we won or not, but there’s so much more momentum. Now we know we can probably work on it for a full year. It’s amazing.”Sponsored by deans across the University and hosted by the i-lab, the competition challenged teams to spark innovations across the fields of music, visual arts, and performance.The three runners-up, who each took home $15,000 awards, were Midas Touch, which uses 3-D printing technology to make paintings an accessible, tactile art form for the visually impaired; Culturally, an online social discovery and engagement ecosystem for the arts; and Music+1, a mobile app that provides adaptive orchestral accompaniment in real time to musicians.Mukti Khaire, associate professor of business administration at Harvard Business School (HBS), said that in developing their projects, the students became a defining force for cultural entrepreneurship, an emerging business discipline.“We’re at a moment in time when new ways of thinking about business and culture can have a profound impact on society,” said Khaire, who encouraged the deans and Harvard’s artistic partners to create the challenge. “The arts are essential to civil society, and if artists and artistic organizations are to thrive, we have to think about new models. The ideas the students have presented as part of the challenge are a significant step in the right direction.”Announced in the fall and supported by the Office of the President as well as friends and alumni of Harvard, the challenge celebrates artistic and entrepreneurial visions, and grows out of an interdisciplinary partnership among HBS, the Division of Arts and Humanities in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences (FAS), and the Silk Road Project under the leadership of Yo-Yo Ma ’76.The inaugural challenge attracted entries from 70 teams across 13 Harvard Schools.The three runners-up each took home $15,000 awards. One of the winning teams developed Midas Touch, which uses 3-D printing technology to make paintings an accessible, tactile art form for the visually impaired.The event mirrors its sister project, the Deans’ Health and Life Sciences Challenge, in asking students to develop solutions to some of the world’s greatest social issues by disrupting traditional business markets. The Deans’ Health and Life Sciences Challenge will announce its own winner and runners-up later this month.HBS Dean Nitin Nohria, who presented the awards along with his co-chair, FAS Dean Diana Sorensen, commented on how the challenge broke down boundaries.“Who would have thought, for example, that the two of us would be working together on an endeavor of this kind?” he said to Sorenson. “To my mind, that’s what this venture is about: making unexpected connections and enabling remarkable things. In many ways, that’s the spirit of the i-lab.”Located at the frontier of Harvard’s Allston campus, the i-lab is Harvard’s newest home for entrepreneurial activity, helping students to achieve their innovative and entrepreneurial dreams. Earlier this year, the i-lab hosted three workshops supporting students in formulating their challenge proposals. The finalists were awarded tailored programming, expert mentoring, and a $5,000 grant to polish their proposals.“Many of the problems we are facing today are interdisciplinary in nature. These teams have leveraged their passions, talents, and learning from all corners of the University to meet these challenges head on,” said Gordon Jones, managing director of the i-lab. “The i-lab and Harvard are uniquely positioned to build on students’ skill sets as they tackle big problems and offer big solutions.”
For a second year in a row, Waste-Free Wednesdays have challenged students to eat and drink consciously in the dining hall during the month of November. The challenge, organized and directed by senior Elizabeth Davis, reduced monthly waste by more than half last year, and similar success was found this year. Davis said the project met its primary goals. “We had a two-fold goal: to decrease the amount of liquid and food waste, of course, but also to increase awareness of how much we were wasting,” Davis said. The challenge was created through a partnership through the Office of Sustainability, Food Services and the GreeND Club. Students with no leftover food or drink on their trays were given raffle tickets, which could be entered into a drawing for 100 free Flex Points. “The partnership between the three groups allowed there to be a student arm collaborating with the administrative aspect as well,” she said. Analysis of the typical student eating patterns showed that at the beginning of the year, the average patron of South Dining Hall wasted 6.01 ounces of food per meal. The November data revealed that this number has fallen to 5.11 ounces — a 15 percent decrease. North Dining Hall increased its waste slightly during the challenge, going from 3.27 ounces to 3.34 ounces wasted. Combined, the campus decreased from 4.26 to 4.23 ounces wasted per person per meal. “We did pretty well, since the recorded total number of people who didn’t waste in both dining halls was 949,” Davis said. “The exciting thing is, if we maintain this level of reduction, we’ll be saving 67,500 pounds of food per year in South Dining Hall.” Davis said some of the reduction could be attributed to the smaller trays now used in South Dining Hall, but that the project’s work to increase awareness was also a definite success. “It’s so easy to just take more food than you need when you’re going through the dining hall,” Davis said. “If people kept the project’s idea in the back of their minds, we could save an unbelievable amount of food.” Sophomore Tim Bontrager was named winner of the raffle Wednesday and was awarded the 100 Flex Points. Davis said one common misconception about dining hall waste blames Food Services for the waste problems, claiming the organization makes too much food and disposes of it after each meal. However, Davis said, leftover cooked food is donated to two local homeless shelters and not added to the wasted food total. While the University is very conscious of food disposal, little can be done with the leftovers that students leave on their trays, and by addressing this issue, the Waste-Free project solves a different aspect of the dining hall sustainability problem, she said. “We really wanted to create a positive image for the whole thing, instead of making people feel reprimanded for wasting,” Davis said. “If we can continue this trend, we can make a big difference.”
The Saint Mary’s Math Club and math honor society, Pi Mu Epsilon, held a presentation about the world’s largest mathematics conference Wednesday afternoon in Madeleva Hall about their experience attending the Joint Mathematics Meeting (JMM) Conference.Nine members of the Saint Mary’s chapter of Pi Mu Epsilon discussed their January trip to the conference in Baltimore.“Mathematics is such a powerful, universal subject, that people from around the world can embrace it and learn more, together,” senior Brianne Michaels, president of Pi Mu Epsilon, said. “This meeting offers students the opportunity to learn about topics outside of the Saint Mary’s curriculum. The meeting also offers an abundance of networking opportunities and the opportunity to meet many new people from around the country and the world.”Junior Chloe McColgan, a Pi Mu Epsilon member and Notre Dame engineer, said the conference drew a global audience.“People came from all over the world to speak and to hear about math education,” she said. “As a student, I attended the conference because I wanted to listen to the many panel discussions that were going on, and to learn more about math and its applications.”Senior Devree Stopczynski said the Saint Mary’s students spent two full days at the conference, beginning from 8 or 9 a.m. and lasting until the late afternoon.Junior Meredith McGee, Pi Mu Epsilon treasurer, said she particularly enjoyed the Mathematical Association of America (MAA) committee on the participation of women poster session.“This event allowed us to see what institutions, such as other colleges or programs, were doing to interest middle and high school students about mathematics and other STEM careers,” McGee said. “Mostly, the programs that we heard about were for girls, minorities and the financially disadvantaged, which are often underrepresented in these fields.“Coming from a women’s college, it was exciting to hear about such efforts to encourage more female students to explore mathematics and to experience the different applications it can have.”McColgan discussed her favorite panel discussion, which focused on “the math behind origami.” She said she was intrigued by the ways to interest younger students, especially girls, in mathematics.Michaels said an unprecedented number of students, six seniors and three juniors, had the opportunity to attend the conference.“The mathematics education at Saint Mary’s is outstanding, but it is important to also, experience mathematics outside of the classroom,” she said.Tags: Pi Mu Epsilon, SMC Math Club
Weekly unemployment claims continued their sharp rise last week continuing an upward trend over the last couple of months to reach a similar level to a year ago. For the week of November 27, 2010, there were 1,795 new regular benefit claims for Unemployment Insurance, an increase of 394 from the week before. Altogether 10,160 new and continuing claims were filed, an increase of 597 from a week ago and 1,685 fewer than a year earlier. The Department also processed 2,172 First Tier claims for benefits under Emergency Unemployment Compensation, 2008 (EUC08), 213 fewer than a week ago. In addition, there were 624 Second Tier claims for benefits processed under the EUC08 program, which is a decrease of 72 from the week before. The Unemployment Weekly Report can be found at: http://www.vtlmi.info/(link is external). Previously released Unemployment Weekly Reports and other UI reports can be found at:http://www.vtlmi.info/lmipub.htm#uc(link is external)
By Dialogo June 11, 2012 On June 6, Naval officers from 13 countries in the region began an international maritime interdiction course at the port of Cartagena (in northern Colombia), with the aim of acquiring new knowledge in order to effectively combat narcotics trafficking at sea. According to a report by the Colombian Navy, 21 officers are participating in the course and will spend two months receiving training in interdiction procedures at sea, operational doctrines, maneuvers and exercises with interceptor boats, defense techniques, and survival at sea, among other topics. The course, the seventh held since 2009, is being attended by students from Argentina, Colombia, Chile, the Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, and the United States. In the seven courses held, the Colombian Navy has trained 114 students from 24 countries in the region.
1SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Brian Day Brian Day is responsible for working with PSCU’s Owner credit unions on understanding industry trends and product solutions. He has worked in various roles focused on innovation, product development … Web: www.pscu.com Details Despite what consumers may be led to believe by Amazon carts filled with a steady stream of merchandise and media outlets reporting on the proliferation of online shopping, the vast majority of retail purchases are still being made in person:E-commerce accounted for 14.3% of total retail sales in 2018 when factoring out the sale of items not normally purchased online (Internet Retailer)56% of online shoppers report they still appreciate the in-person experience over digital retailers (NPR/Marist)The top product categories for which consumers prefer in-store shopping over online include automotive (88%), major appliances (85%), tools and hardware (77%), jewelry (71%) and electronics (69%) (Statista)According to PSCU’s 2018 Eye on Payments study, rewards are one of the key drivers in determining payment choice. When looking at credit cards alone, more than 93% of respondents indicated they receive a reward or benefit by making purchases with their credit card. The rewards or benefits consumers experience vary from concierge services to points to cash back, with the survey results indicating that cash back is the benefit most preferred by consumers. Given the primary retail landscape remains in brick-and-mortar stores, it would stand to reason that loyalty programs would include a focus on the in-store redemption of rewards. Historically, this has not been the case. While online shopping continues to make up a relatively small (albeit growing) piece of the overall retail market, there is a significant gap in loyalty and rewards programs for in-store purchases. Most loyalty and rewards programs fail to allow consumers to utilize their points in store. How, then, can credit unions evolve their rewards programs to better align them with how consumers shop?Be flexibleToday’s consumers expect flexibility – they want what they want, when they want it, how they want it. This holds true when it comes to how they shop and make purchases, whether it’s in-store, online or online with in-store pick-up, the newest channel. The most successful rewards programs enable consumers to redeem rewards in all three of these situations, giving them the power to choose how they shop and maximizing the flexibility of their rewards.Rewards programs have traditionally been issuer-centric, with issuers dictating which product categories are eligible for rewards and when. Some large issuers are starting to adopt a lens of consumer choice and flexibility, giving cardholders control over which categories earn rewards and how they spend those rewards – a winning combination for engagement and loyalty.Give power to the peopleSome issuers are starting to let consumers make their own choices when it comes to loyalty and rewards. PSCU, the nation’s leading credit union service organization, is building solutions that enable member-selected promotions as part of its loyalty program. Member-selected promotions – allowing members to select which categories are eligible for rewards during which timeframes – put power in the hands of the member and increase the probability of card usage as members strive to maximize rewards in a category of their own choosing. PSCU’s program will give members the ability to redeem points in multiple ways, including in-store, as well as the capability to choose their rewards category.Consider your optionsCredit unions should consider how their current rewards programs align with the themes of consumer choice and flexibility. Does your loyalty program have built-in flexibility? Does it allow for member-driven preferences? Looking further down the road, how is the program set up to handle continued shifts in consumer behavior, as channels such as online shopping and online ordering/in-store pickup continue to grow? Lastly, the more integrated a credit union’s loyalty program is with its other offerings, the better. An ideal loyalty and rewards program will be tightly integrated and continue to evolve along with the landscape of how consumers shop.
The Department of Environment Land Water and Planning (DELWP) will soon begin design of a new rock seawall to protect the foreshore, coastal road and community assets at Portsea front beach.The new seawall will provide long term protection for Portsea foreshore and additional works will improve access to the beach east of the seawall and the amenity of the foreshore area.According to DELWP, the seawall and works will cost around $3 million and will be funded under the new Protection of Victoria’s Iconic Beaches and Coastline program.The program sets out an integrated, risk based approach to managing Victoria’s 2000km coastline and provides $15 million over four years for coastal protection infrastructure works, including seawalls.The decision to replace the existing sandbag seawall with a rock seawall follows the completion of an independent options assessment by consulting firm Advisian.DELWP Regional Director (Port Phillip) Kelly Crosthwaite said: “The erosion at Portsea front beach is a complex issue and I understand the concerns of local businesses and residents who value the beach.”“In reviewing other options assessed and put forward by the community, we considered the high estimated costs involved, as well as their technical uncertainty and potential impact on other parts of the coast,” Ms Crosthwaite said.Portsea beach is one of many beaches along Victoria’s 2000km coastline that is valued by the community and visitors alike.Government invests in coastal protection work where it can provide maximum benefit to the community, where it is cost-effective, and where it minimizes coastal hazards.
That result actually flattered the visitors, who could have been four or five down by the time Hughes was introduced to stem the flow. “Sometimes that happens, they put us under a lot of pressure and it was hard for us to get out,” he told the club’s official website. “Sometimes, when you come up against a side like that, you’ve maybe got to take a chance now and again and try something, but it just wasn’t happening. “It was better in the second half but it’s an uphill struggle when you are 2-0 down. “But we will look forward now – that one has gone. We’ll look at it, see where we went wrong and look forward to the next week. It’s a big week with two big games.” Saturday’s appearance was Hughes’ first in almost a month after he suffered a thigh injury, and he is now in the frame to start at the King Power Stadium. “No-one likes to be injured and sat on the sidelines watching,” he added. “It was pretty frustrating, especially for someone like myself – touch wood I don’t get injured often. “This one seemed to drag on longer than I hoped. But I worked hard to get back and I’m pleased to be involved again.” Press Association Another player battling to prove his fitness is striker Bryan Ruiz, who managed 81 minutes at St Mary’s despite carrying a back injury. He said: “I still have some problems with my back and we’re working on that. It’s getting better – hopefully in the next couple of weeks it will be 100 per cent.” Boss Martin Jol will also check on the fitness of captain Brede Hangeland, who missed out on Saturday with a nerve problem in his leg. Aaron Hughes admits Fulham need to improve on their weekend display ahead of two big games for the west London club. Fulham host champions Manchester United on Saturday, before which a place in the fifth round of the Capital One Cup is at stake when they travel to Sky Bet Championship side Leicester on Tuesday night. Northern Ireland defender Hughes, 33, came on as a half-time substitute as the Cottagers crashed 2-0 at in-form Southampton three days ago.