Sendhil Mullainathan joins MacArthur Board

first_img Read Full Story Sendhil Mullainathan, a professor of economics at Harvard University, has been elected to serve on the MacArthur Foundation Board of Directors.Mullainathan was, until recently, Assistant Director of Research for the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. He is also founder of ideas42, a non-profit that applies insights about people from behavioral economics to create novel policies, interventions, and products. He was named a MacArthur Fellow in 2002.“Sendhil will be a great asset to the Foundation,” said Board Chairman Marjorie Scardino. “His work in many strains of economics, his perspective on technology, and his focus on poverty and discrimination will help us see our work differently, and his tendency toward the woods rather than the trees will help us stick to our priorities.”To read the full release, visit the MacArthur Foundation website.last_img read more

Arboretum recognized for nationally accredited collections

first_img Read Full Story “The Plant Collections Network (PCN) of the American Public Gardens Association recently bestowed national accreditation status to two genera in the Arnold Arboretum’s collections: Forsythia and Ginkgo. Along with six previously recognized genera — Acer (maple), Carya (hickory), Fagus (beech), Stewartia, Syringa (lilac), and Tsuga (hemlock) — the Arboretum’s eight national collections represent some of the most diverse, well documented, and widely studied collections of their kind.“The Arnold Arboretum is one of the great museums of the world. And while there are no paintings, sculptures, or archaeological objects, the 15,000 accessioned living objects — namely our trees, shrubs, and lianas — constitute an extraordinary set of curated holdings,” said William (Ned) Friedman, Arnold Professor of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology and director of the Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University. Like every museum, the Arnold Arboretum never stops collecting and aspiring to acquire new objects to make its core holdings even stronger — from both horticultural and botanical perspectives.“As the Arnold Arboretum has emerged as one of the most active botanical gardens in the world collecting in the wild, we have been able to boost some of our key genera,” he continued. “In this case, our Ginkgo and Forsythia collections are now recognized as the preeminent holdings of these plant groups in North America.”Forsythia suspensa Atrocaulisi: A historic cultivar of the species Forsythia suspensa selected for its deep mahogany stems and large, pale yellow flowers.PCN is a longstanding collaboration between the American Public Gardens Association and the USDA-Agricultural Research Service. The program recognizes exemplary collections that serve critical conservation and research needs. Collections are awarded status following the preparation and submission of a lengthy application and peer review process. Genera considered for accreditation must be maintained at the highest horticultural, arboricultural, and curatorial standards, and qualifying institutions must also demonstrate a long-term commitment to their care and management.Pam Allenstein, Plant Collections Network manager, said the Arnold Arboretum is exemplary among public gardens in actively curating well-documented plant collections. “Its commitment to excellence, research, and forward planning has been recognized by our association’s Plant Collections Network and is to be commended on stewarding eight nationally accredited plant collections,” she said.Michael Dosmann, keeper of the Living Collections at the Arboretum, said it’s an honor to see these two collections recognized by the PCN.“There are people in the Americas who are thinking and acting in ways for plant conservation, creating a system to promote collection and improve curatorial practices for the greater good,” he said.Ginkgo biloba: The characteristic cleft leaves give the species the specific epithet “biloba.”last_img read more

Dell EMC Splunking it Up at .conf2016

first_imgSecondly, we believe Splunk is an incredibly powerful platform for capturing and deriving value from machine data.  Dell EMC products spin off a massive amount of “digital exhaust” that can be captured easily and used to drive operational intelligence in IT.  Dell EMC has made massive investments over the last few years to build apps for XtremIO, Isilon, and VNX and make them available in Splunkbase for free,  and expect to have many more in the works.  These apps make it simple to ingest data from Dell EMC platforms, and we offer useful, prebuilt reports and dashboards to make monitoring these assets simple.  And it doesn’t stop there…once the data is extracted from your Dell EMC platforms, the underlying searches powering our reports or just the indexes themselves can be used in investigations across the entire IT service stack.Dell EMC @ .conf2016It is this two-way value stream that we are excited to share at .conf16 with all of my fellow Ninjas. Dell EMC will have two great sessions highlighting some of the value Dell EMC delivers to Splunk customers and we will dive into the deep technical learnings of deploying Splunk at scale on Dell EMC platforms and exciting ways to leverage Dell EMC apps for Splunk in your IT operations use cases, including LIVE DEMOS!The Dell EMC Splunk Ninja team will be at the show and ready to demo apps, talk about deploying Splunk at scale efficiently on Dell EMC’s enterprise-class platforms, or just have a conversation about why Splunk is so awesome.  The Dell EMC Splunk Ninja team is a group of more than 40 systems engineers from across Dell EMC who have been trained the same way Splunk trains its own systems engineers.  The Ninjas hold certifications ranging from SE1 all the way to SE3, we’ve got skills across not only using Splunk, but administering and architecting it at scale.  This is a global team available in the field to have direct conversations with you when you head back to the office.Before the Dell and EMC businesses combined, we were busy taping in the studio – Enjoy watching our short Splunky promo videoWe will see you all in Orlando, don’t make your plans without stopping at our .conf16 site.Happy Splunking! This year marks the beginning of a great relationship between two awesome tech businesses: Dell EMC and Splunk.  We joined forces through a formal strategic alliance that started in February. This alliance enables Dell EMC and its partners to sell Splunk’s industry leading platform. And, it allows Dell EMC unique access to Splunk technical resources for solution design, testing, and validation.  Most importantly, it creates a framework for these two technology powerhouses to collaborate more effectively for customer success.Why Dell EMC for Splunk?When we talk about customer success, we mean it in two distinct ways: deploying Splunk on Dell EMC platforms and using Splunk to derive value from Dell EMC infrastructure.First, we believe success is deploying Splunk on a flexible infrastructure that not only helps Splunk run fast and efficiently, but also one that can scale easily as the usage of Splunk evolves in a customer organization.  We believe that converged and hyper-converged technologies powered by Dell EMC’s robust portfolio of storage technologies deliver on this vision and provide additional enterprise capabilities:Cost Effective & Optimized Storage For Splunk’s Hot, Warm & Cold Data BucketsFlexible & Scale-Out Capacity Consumption ModelData Reduction & other data Powerful Enterprise CapabilitiesBottom-less Cold Bucket with Scale-Out storage platformslast_img read more

No room for error on assisted dying

first_imgNewsRoom 10 July 2020Family First Comment: An important commentary….“I read headlines stating the majority of public (63%) support legalising euthanasia, according to the poll. To the untrained eye, that looks like some strong evidence that the End of Life Choice Act (EOLC Act) is a done deal. But to me it just smacks of the same shallow approach to this vote that many are tempted into making. Hold that poll up against other polls that show 74% of Kiwis don’t know we can already turn off life support, 70% incorrectly think the EOLC Act will legalise the choice not to be resuscitated (which is already legal), and 75% thought it would only be available when all other treatments have been tried… so I wonder what information we are basing our poll voting on?Most Kiwis aren’t aware that the end of life choice act is not a concept they’ll be voting for, but specific, unmovable legislation. And if we make a mistake, death is a heavy penalty, writes Caralise Trayes. A new Colmar Brunton poll revealed last weekend doesn’t do any favours in helping people recognise the binding referendum question they will actually be asked at this year’s election. It only reinforces the point that Kiwis aren’t being equipped to make an informed vote.I read headlines stating the majority of public (63 percent) support legalising euthanasia, according to the poll. To the untrained eye, that looks like some strong evidence that the End of Life Choice Act (EOLC Act) is a done deal. But to me it just smacks of the same shallow approach to this vote that many are tempted into making.Hold that poll up against other polls that show 74 percent of Kiwis don’t know we can already turn off life support, 70 percent incorrectly think the EOLC Act will legalise the choice not to be resuscitated (which is already legal), and 75 percent thought it would only be available when all other treatments have been tried… so I wonder what information we are basing our poll voting on?Us Kiwis need to know we will in fact be voting on a very specific piece of legislation; not the concept of euthanasia. If we vote ‘yes’ in the binding referendum, the law is passed and active. No changes or adjustments can be made to this Act. So we should be examining the piece of law in front of us. However hard it is, we must put aside our view on the topic of assisted dying, and check this is the right law for the job.We need to carefully assess and analyse this law to ensure it allows the autonomy to choose – something that many of us seek, while protecting those who shouldn’t have access, for one reason or another. And there’s no space for error – if we get it wrong, death is a big penalty.READ MORE: read more

Fresh concerns over sex virus in Antigua

first_imgHealthLifestyle Fresh concerns over sex virus in Antigua by: – August 21, 2012 33 Views   no discussions Genital warts. Photo credit: getexactsolution.com21st August 2012, St. John’s Antigua- “We have quite a problem to deal with here,” is how a local gynaecologist is describing the proliferation of anal-genital warts being presented in Antigua & Barbuda’s youth.“We are not talking about single warts, we are talking about the profusion of warts in young people. We have also been seeing the change in the cervix, precancerous cells in these young people,” obstetrician and gynaecologist, Dr Gwendolyn Fevrier-Roberts, said in an interview with OBSERVER Media.The genital warts are a telltale sign of the sexually transmitted infection (STI) the human papilloma virus or HPV. The virus is spread through direct skin-to-skin contact during oral, genital or anal sex with an infected person. HPV strains six and 11 are responsible for most of the genital wart cases.Dr Fevrier-Roberts said in her practice, she has seen an increase in the prevalence of the virus over the last five years, affecting mainly “school-aged girls and girls in their early 20s”.“The HPV virus, from my experience, is definitely showing up itself a lot more in our population, when I compare the obvious HPV cases that I see now and what I saw when I started in 1989,” the doctor said.Alongside the increase in the virus in the island’s young women, the doctor also revealed that the instances of anal HPV are greater “than we used to see” in the country’s men.Asked about the social change that may have bought about the explosion of the disease, the doctor said that it is a “difficult one” to determine.“The cause I am not sure. It is a STI and I don’t know if a change in sexual practice may have something to do with it,” the gynaecologist noted.The doctor revealed that a condom might not be enough to prevent the spread of the virus, saying, “It has been found in some studies that (with) the HPV virus, some of them can go through the condom.”She added, “The condom is not a foolproof barrier.”According to the Dr Fevrier-Roberts, the HPV virus causes many cancers.“I don’t know if people are not listening or don’t believe it. HPV is linked to cervical cancer, vulva cancer, scrotal cancer, penile cancer to throat cancer.”As there is no cure, the doctor said the best prescription for the island’s youth is prevention—making the vaccine available to young persons before they become sexually active.Two vaccines are currently available, Gardasil, which protects against HPV strains 16,18, six and 11 and Cervarix that guards against 16 and 18. Both vaccines are widely used in the United States and the United Kingdom.Although both are available in Antigua & Barbuda, the doctor said that they are not yet widely used on island.However, she admitted that often young people can “clear” the virus without any treatment.“The immune system of young people is such that a young person can acquire the HPV virus and clear it,” Dr Fevrier-Roberts said.However, the doctor noted that some parents might be reluctant to have their children vaccinated with HPV vaccines.“We are still having problems in terms of parents accepting that kids need to have information about regular sexual activity and to subject them to a vaccine that is related to sexual activity,” the doctor said.Antigua Observer News Share Sharecenter_img Share Sharing is caring! Tweetlast_img read more

Rooney: Morrison better than Pogba

first_img Promoted ContentCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable WayEver Thought Of Sleeping Next To Celebs? This Guy Will Show You9 Facts You Should Know Before Getting A Tattoo5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme Parks6 Interesting Ways To Make Money With A Drone8 Scenes That Prove TV Has Gone Too FarThe 10 Best Secondary Education Systems In The World14 Hilarious Comics Made By Women You Need To Follow Right Now10 Absolutely Stunning Asian Actresses7 Black Hole Facts That Will Change Your View Of The Universe10 Of The Best Places Around The World To Go Stargazing11 Most Immersive Game To Play On Your Table Top Loading… Derby County player-coach, Wayne Rooney has said Sheffield United midfielder Ravel Morrison was better at the same age as Paul Pogba. Morrison played in the same Manchester United youth team as Pogba and Jesse Lingard. And former United captain Rooney recalled in the Sunday Times: “I remember watching Ravel Morrison thinking he had everything required for a player in his position. “He nutmegged Nemanja Vidic three times in the space of a minute in one training game.Advertisement “But he struggled with lifestyle and his environment which was sad for him — because I saw Paul Pogba come through, Jesse Lingard, all these players and Ravel was better than any of them by a country mile. “He’s proof that you can’t escape the fact there are guidelines every player has to obey in professional football. “Then you think how far you can go by being ultra-professional. Gary Neville, for instance. Gary’s not a great football player but he worked in every minute of every training session and made the most of everything he had. read also:Juventus swap deals for Pogba “Sir Alex Ferguson used to say the hardest thing in life is to work hard every day. Forget all your ability, strip everything back: if you can work hard every day, in whatever job you do you’ll be successful.” FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 last_img read more

Wildcat Harriers Place 3rd At Winchester

first_imgThe Franklin County Girls Varsity Cross Country team won 3rd place at the Winchester Invitational.Junior, Lauren Kelley won first place on Winchester’s wooded, rugged course. Senior, Katelyn Meyer, had a successful start to her season with a 5th place finish. Sophomore, Katherine Apsley, steadily moved forward towards the front of the racers, finishing 13th. Junior, Josie Selm, finished close behind for 15th place. The girls stayed focused, kept a steady pace, and made the race extremely competitive. Only two points separated the first place team from Franklin County’s 3rd place finish.Team scores. Union County 56, Wapahani 58, Franklin County 58, Wes-Del 67, Winchester 91.The Wildcat Boys Varsity runners gave an impressive first performance at the Winchester Invitational, competing on this course for the first time.Junior, Drew Grant was the top finisher for Franklin County, winning 3rd. place Sophomore, Ben Maze, finished in 13th place. Freshman, Hunter Marshall, rounded out the top 15, just 20 seconds behind Ben. Freshman, Harmon Marshall, and senior, Kyle Seibert, finished just seconds apart, navigating Winchester’s rugged course at a swift pace. This was a great start to the Franklin County Cross Country season.Team scores. Wapahani 22, Muncie Burris 64, Franklin County 72, Winchester 100, Union County 116.Courtesy of Wildcats Coach Stacey Nobbe.last_img read more

Moore plans to stay put at Leinster

first_img Press Association Jim Mallinder’s men were as stunned as they were furious with their capitulation, but will draw on their group stage experiences of last season. Saints slumped to a 25-6 home defeat to Ulster in December last term, only to pull off a remarkable 10-9 victory at Ravenhill in the return contest a week later. Former Castleknock College man Moore admitted Leinster are extremely wary of Northampton’s Ulster factor this weekend. He said: “We’re all very aware of the fact they will bring a big backlash against us. “Their fans gave them a tough time so we know the job in hand. “We’ve got to make sure we don’t fall victim to that and do the same thing we did last week. If we come out of that first half, we can deal with their threats up front and that go-forward they thrive off, then we’ll have a chance. “We almost played them at their game with that go-forward last week and maybe that can work again.” Moore is locked into his senior breakthrough year with Leinster and he admitted he relished the responsibility of carrying the RaboDirect Pro12 torch during Ireland’s autumn international schedule. He said: “We had 18 away in national camp so there was a big onus on us to keep the momentum going. “We had some tough wins but that kept us going and kicked us on. “Opportunities come along and you’ve just got to take them when they come. Especially as a tight forward it’s all about game time, so I’ve been fortunate with that. “Training against lads like Jack McGrath and Cian Healy, there’s not going to be many tougher out there, s o that definitely gives you confidence to take a step up.” Martin Moore is ready to disappoint a host of English and French clubs and commit his future to home province Leinster. Moore’s revelation comes as a further boost to the Irish Rugby Football Union after Munster’s Ireland and British Lions scrum-half Conor Murray rejected overseas advances to sign a two-year contract extension this week. Back-rowers Jamie Heaslip and Sean O’Brien remain the most likely out-of-contract Ireland stars to move abroad next season. But IRFU bosses will hope two big boosts in the space of a week in Moore and Murray can help them persuade more senior players to commit their rugby futures to Ireland. Moore said: “I’m enjoying my rugby here, this is where I grew up and this is where I want to play my rugby. “So hopefully in the near future we’ll have something done and I can just focus on my rugby and that won’t be an issue. “At this stage, offers-wise isn’t something that comes into it. “Right now it’s all about the rugby, and this is where it is.” Six-try Leinster hammered Northampton in Heineken Cup Pool One action at Franklin’s Gardens last weekend. The highly-rated tighthead prop has emerged as a target for Exeter Chiefs and Racing Metro among other interested European suitors. But the talented 22-year-old has revealed he expects to complete terms on a new deal with Leinster in the near future. last_img read more

Atlanta United confirms second positive coronavirus case

first_imgAtlanta United confirms second positive coronavirus case No additional positive results for players or staff were received Friday. The club announced its first positive result for a player on Thursday. The second player was asymptomatic and has been in isolation since Wednesday, adhering with MLS health and safety protocols that require at least two positive tests to ensure the first result was not a false positive. The team conducted non-contact, individual training sessions on Friday and Saturday and will continue non-contact training on Monday. Mandatory COVID-19 testing will take place again Monday. If negative test results for all players and staff are received, the team will resume full team training on Tuesday.Since Atlanta United began individual player workouts on May 6, the club has followed MLS health and safety guidelines, including physical distancing and sanitizing during individual workouts, small group training sessions and full group training sessions. The club works in consultation with the CDC, local health authorities and MLS regarding testing and training guidelines.___ Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___Atlanta United confirmed a second positive result for a player following mandatory club testing on Friday. Associated Press June 20, 2020 ___More AP sports: and ___French soccer authorities are allowing fans back into stadiums from July 10, with an initial limit of 5,000.Noël Le Graët, president of the French Football Federation, says it is possible more spectators will be allowed into the French Cup final at the end of July and for the resumption of top-tier Ligue 1 play at the end of August.The federation’s executive committee will discuss the new measures and the specifics of the new calendar on Monday.The French government called off the country’s 2019-20 soccer season on April 28 as part of efforts to contain the coronavirus pandemic. According to the Sun, the 22-year-old Matthews has self-quarantined in his Arizona home and hopes to be ready to play if the NHL season resumes. The NHL hopes to open training camps next month, and finish off the 2019-20 season later this summer.Matthews had 47 goals and 33 assists in 70 games before the suspension of the season on March 12.Toronto goaltender Frederik Andersen stayed with Matthews in Arizona for the first stages of the COVID-19 pandemic, but according to the Toronto Sun he tested negative for the novel coronavirus and is no longer in Arizona.Arizona has seen a recent spike in COVID-19 cases. On Friday, the Arizona Department of Health Services reported 3,246 new positive cases of COVID-19, exceeding Thursday’s single-day high of 2,519 cases.The league said Friday that it has tested more than 200 players at club facilities during voluntary training since June 8, with 11 testing positive. ___The Toronto Maple Leafs will not comment on reports that star player Auston Matthews has tested positive for the coronavirus.The Toronto Sun and The Toronto Star report that the center tested positive. The Leafs say a player’s medical information is private.Toronto is deferring to the NHL’s policy on handling test results, with the league providing updates on testing totals and positive tests without disclosing the identities of affected clubs or players. Judd Moldaver, Matthews’s agent, did not respond to requests for comment. Three members of the NFL’s Tampa Bay Buccaneers have tested positive for the novel coronavirus at the team’s training facility, and the Bucs have closed affected areas of the building.The team said those areas will remain closed until extensive sanitizing is completed. All individuals who may have been exposed have been notified, the Bucs said in a statement, “and are following the established protocols, which include a 14-day quarantine period.” The team did not identify three people who tested positive.Team headquarters is remaining open under the first phase of the NFL’s reopening plan.Earlier this week, the NHL’s Tampa Bay Lightning closed their facility after three players and two staff members tested positive.last_img read more

Technical difficulties: Hunt, Syracuse offense work to remedy passing struggles before Georgia Tech game

first_img Published on October 17, 2013 at 2:36 am Contact Trevor: [email protected] | @TrevorHass Terrel Hunt was pleased with the final outcome against North Carolina State, but was disappointed with his own performance.Hunt rushed for 92 yards, but passed for just 74, completing half of his passes and throwing two interceptions in SU’s first Atlantic Coast Conference victory in school history. Running backs Jerome Smith and Prince-Tyson Gulley bailed Hunt out, but the Orange passing game struggled mightily for the second week in a row.“As a quarterback you never want more rushing yards than passing,” Hunt said matter-of-factly.Hunt and the rest of the SU passing game are looking to improve their consistency and rectify a unit that’s been up and down all season. The running game has become the team’s identity, but Hunt and Syracuse’s (3-3, 1-1 ACC) wide receivers will need to improve against Georgia Tech (3-3, 2-2) when Syracuse schleps down south for a 12:30 p.m. showdown Saturday with the Yellow Jackets.Quarterbacks coach Tim Lester knows Hunt’s game better than anyone, and said there are still specific skills his QB needs to work on.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“Am I happy with the numbers?” Lester said of the NC State game. “No.”When Lester and Hunt met after the NC State game, Lester said Hunt wasn’t satisfied with his performance. NC State’s secondary was far from elite, and Hunt knew he missed plenty of prime opportunities.“After the game I gave him a hug,” Lester said. “He didn’t feel really good. That’s the way I want him. I want him to expect more out of himself.”Lester loves talking football, arguably more than any of Syracuse’s coaches. And as he stood with a group of reporters Tuesday night while holding a bottle of Glacier Freeze Gatorade in his right hand, he candidly spoke about SU’s quarterbacks for 21 minutes. He could have easily gone on for longer.Lester has been through the good and bad with Hunt. He’s seen Hunt improve considerably, yet he said he’s still often a split-second late on his reads, which inhibits yardage after the catch.Lester says a split-second is the difference between a wide receiver getting tackled immediately and having a bit of a cushion to break free.On the second play of the game against NC State, Hunt completed a pass to Jeremiah Kobena for a 7-yard gain. The forward progress was fine, but Lester said it was a 12-yard route. The ball should have been in Kobena’s hands earlier.Lester said the next step for Hunt is to throw the ball before the receiver looks. Hunt often waits to make eye contact, but with the speed of ACC linebackers, waiting isn’t good enough. “I’m my worst critic,” Hunt said. Hunt and the rest of the quarterbacks sat down with Lester to watch Miami (Fla.) quarterback Stephen Morris on tape. Lester encouraged the SU quarterbacks to look at how early Morris released the ball. The receiver wasn’t even looking when the pass was thrown, yet he went on to score a touchdown. But when Lester watches the Syracuse quarterbacks, Hunt included, he rarely sees a release as zippy as Morris’.“I always seem to see it about a half-second before them. I’m like, ‘Throw it. Throw it.’“And then they go,” he said. Lester said inexperienced quarterbacks have a tendency to try to boost their completion percentage, which often means their throws don’t create extra yards after the catch. But what Hunt has lacked with his arm of late, he’s made up for with his legs. He’s rushed for 253 yards and three rushing touchdowns. He punctuated the win against NC State with a diving plunge into the end zone after a nifty scramble.When plays collapse, he makes something out of nothing.“Now teams are going to think we’re running the ball more,” wide receiver Christopher Clark said, “and teams are going to think that we don’t have a pass game, but we really do.” Comments Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more