Asia Center to support summer travel for 75 students

first_imgThe Harvard University Asia Center was established in 1997 to reflect Harvard’s deep commitment to Asia and the growing connections between Asian nations. An important aspect of the center’s mission is the support of undergraduate and graduate summer projects abroad. This summer, the Asia Center will fund 75 students traveling to east, south, and southeast Asia to conduct research, participate in internships, and pursue intensive language study.Harvard’s study of Asia is spread across the University’s departments and Schools, and a wide array of disciplines comes together under the auspices of the Asia Center. Through such a convergence, the center brings a layered, multifaceted approach to probe questions of history and culture, economics, politics, diplomacy, and security, and the relationships among them.View a complete list of grant recipients.last_img read more

The Transformation Agenda for Digital Businesses

first_imgWatch David Goulden interviewed at EMC World 2015 on theCUBE by Dave Vellante, Chief Analyst at SiliconANGLE. Topics covered include: digital business models, EMC Federation structure, Platform 2 and 3 infrastructures, Flash storage adoption, converged infrastructure and VCE, emerging technologies and applications, EMC acquisition strategy.last_img

Continuing Promise Arrives in Honduras

first_imgBy Kay Valle/Diálogo April 05, 2018 Communities in Honduras’s northern region of Valle de Sula received medical assistance from a U.S. humanitarian campaign. Continuing Promise 2018 (CP-18), a U.S. Southern Command (SOUTHCOM)-sponsored and U.S. Naval Forces Southern Command-conducted annual event, carried out civil-military operations in support of the Honduran government from March 11th to 23rd. “Honduras has been a strong partner and ally to the United States,” U.S. Navy Lieutenant Bobby Dixon, a public affairs officer and spokesperson for CP-18, told Diálogo. “Missions like Continuing Promise were created to further strengthen that relationship by working together to improve people’s lives.” CP-18 was the fourth humanitarian aid mission carried out in Honduras. Hundreds of members of the U.S. military, including doctors and service members, deployed to the northern part of the Central American country aboard the USNS Spearhead, under the command of U.S. Navy Captain Angel Cruz, commodore of Destroyer Squadron 40. Honduran doctors and other health professionals also joined the U.S. humanitarian mission. More than 5,000 people from communities around Puerto Cortés—where the USNS Spearhead docked—received medical care, classes on preventive medicine, and other types of assistance. Humanitarian assistance Children, adults, and the elderly eagerly awaited the arrival of the USNS Spearhead, forming long lines from the early hours of the morning to be seen. “It pulls at your heartstrings to hear of people waiting in line with their babies since 3 a.m.,” U.S. Navy Lieutenant Commander Amy Zaycek, an officer from the Captain James A. Lovell Federal Health Care Center who deployed with CP-18, told Diálogo. “[And the same for] those who have traveled from long distances.” The medical services received were focused on general medical and specialist care by general surgeons, otolaryngologists, dentists, physical therapists, nutritionists, and other health professionals. In addition, pets received treatment and care from U.S. Army veterinary staff who carried out several sterilization and vaccination programs, among other services. A festive educational environment While the mission largely focused on medical support, the arrival of CP-18 got turned into a fair for participants; both volunteers and patients celebrated with music, dancing, and games. The U.S. Navy Fleet Band added to the local residents’ joy, delighting them with its music. The band also held concerts at some area schools, cultural centers, and treatment centers for children with special needs. “The band is here [in Honduras] to further reach people through music,” Lt. Dixon said. “Music is one of the things that is appreciated and loved by all people, across all walks of life. The band is an essential part of this misión.” In addition to providing support to those most in need, some units of the mission deployed to different areas in the region to hold health outreach talks on preventive medicine and improve the hygienic and nutritional measures at local schools. Preventive medicine was promoted in conjunction with the local health authorities. CP-18 personnel trained medical students, health workers, and members of the Honduran Red Cross on medical practices and techniques. Strengthening the bonds of friendship Initiated in 2007, the mission of Continuous Promise is to organize civil-military programs with partner nations in Latin America and the Caribbean, including humanitarian assistance, health care, dentistry, and veterinary services, as well as natural disaster response. The mission is coordinated in conjunction with U.S. embassies and host country governments and seeks to optimize interoperability and support provided to the neediest communities. “Working with the U.S. embassies and host countries, locations are picked up based on need and desire for service,” Lt. Dixon explained. “We visit as many countries as we can while still maintaining a large enough time in each to make a positive impact.” In early April, the USNS Spearhead will dock in Guatemala and then continue on to Colombia for its final stop. The ship takes part in Continuing Promise for the second year in a row. “The attitude of those who attend the medical brigade was wonderful,” Lt. Cmdr. Zycek concluded. “Their smiles were contagious and the beauty of the people of Honduras shined throughout the day. The Hondurans have welcomed us with open arms throughout the community.”last_img read more

Briefs

first_imgBriefs October 15, 2004 Regular News Briefs Nova, ATLA plan Halloween bash Nova Southeastern University and the Association of Trial Lawyers of America will host the First Annual Halloween Ball, with a theme of “Famous Couples from History” October 31 beginning at 7:30 p.m., to benefit the Town of Davie District One Humanitarian Fund. The Humanitarian Fund takes care of the less fortunate residents of Davie by providing holiday food, home repair, medical supplies, day care needs, clothing, children enrichment/education, and neighborly aid programs. The event will be held at Christopher’s Night Club, 2857 E. Oakland Park Boulevard in Ft. Lauderdale. The celebration will include a free cocktail hour, silent auction, buffet, DJ, and costume contest. The cost is $30 per person. For tickets, sponsorship opportunities, and additional information, call Kelly Smith or Bram Maravent at the NSU ATLA Office (954) 262-6249. Broward Bar’s YLS sets political debate The Broward County Bar Association’s Young Lawyers Section will host a one-hour presidential issues debate between the local Democratic Party and Republican Party chiefs October 21 at the Tower Club in Ft. Lauderdale. The debate will pit Mitchell Ceasar, chair of the Broward County Democratic Executive Committee, and Kevin Tynan, chair of the Broward County Republican Executive Committee. The cost for the luncheon is $18 for sole practitioners and government employees, and $20 for all others. Members of the general public are also welcome to attend. The Tower Club is located in the Union Planters Bank Building at 100 SE 3rd Street in Ft. Lauderdale. Because seating is limited, reservations are required. For more information contact the BCBA at (954) 764-8040. Silverglate to lead FDLA The Florida Defense Lawyers Association recently installed Spencer H. Silverglate of Miami as its president at its 2004 Annual Meeting/Seminar in Longboat Key and passed out numerous awards. Other new officers include President-elect Gail Leverett Parenti of Coral Gables; Secretary-treasurer John H. Richards of Ft. Lauderdale; Immediate Past President Ralph L. Marchbank, Jr., of Sarasota; Directors Susan S. Erdelyi of Jacksonville, Joseph E. Brooks of Tallahassee, Michael J. Corso of Ft. Myers, Daniel P. Mitchell of Tampa, Douglas J. Chumbley of Miami, Francisco Ramos, Jr., of Miami, Donald J. Fann of Ft. Lauderdale, Janis B. Keyser of West Palm Beach, Richards H. Ford of Orlando, Francis E. Pierce III of Orlando, and Young Lawyer Director Adrianna M. Spain of Pensacola. The Joseph P. Metzger Outstanding Achievement Award went to Gail Leverett Parenti of Coral Gables. The President’s Award went to Daniel P. Mitchell of Tampa. The Amicus Award went to Daniel S. Green of Tampa. The Trial Advocate Quarterly award was presented to Claire Hamner Matturo. The James A. Dixon Young Lawyer of the Year Award went to Christine A. Donoghue of Tampa. The Continuing Legal Education Award went to J. Chumbley of Miami. The Defense Research Institute Outstanding Recognition Award was presented to Ralph L. Marchbank, Jr., of Sarasota and the Florida Liability Claims Institute Award went to Valerie Shea of Ft. Lauderdale. Cunningham Bar recognizes women lawyers The F. Malcolm Cunningham, Sr., Bar Association recently hosted its Annual Masquerade Ball in Palm Beach. The event recognized women who have made exemplary contributions to the legal profession and their community. Honored at the event were: Judge Sheree Davis Cunningham, Patience Burns, executive director of the Palm Beach County Bar Association, and Arlene Grubbs, owner of A. Grubbs Court Reporting. Also recognized at the event were the new officers of the Cunningham Bar Association, including Lisa G. Quarrie, president; Salesia Smith-Gordon, president-elect; Sia Baker-Barnes, secretary; and Edrick Barnes, treasurer. The event also celebrated the Cunningham Bar’s achievements over the previous year. In addition to its Annual William M. Holland Scholarship Luncheon, the Cunningham Bar was responsible for educating over 700 high school students on the importance of the Brown v. Board of Education decision and the impact that decision has had on their education today. Over 50 Girl Scouts also took part in a conversation with a dozen judges from all court levels, including Justice Peggy Quince, about becoming lawyers, doctors, and future leaders in their community. U.S. Judge Noonan set for St. Thomas Judge John T. Noonan of the U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, and senior lecturer at the University of Chicago School of Law presents “A Church that Can and Cannot Change,” at 12:30 p.m. on Thursday, October 21, as part of the St. Thomas University School of Law’s 2004-2005 Distinguished Speaker Series. Judge Noonan will discuss how the development of moral doctrine illustrates the challenges and changes facing the church. Previously a professor at the University of Notre Dame, the University of California-Berkeley, and Emory University, Judge Noonan is the author of several major legal works as well as a collection of books about the history of ideals and morals. He is also the former editor of the American Journal of Jurisprudence. Admission is free and reservations are not necessary. For more information call Cathy Hayes at (305) 474-2434. Spelling counts at bee Can you spell physiognomy or herpetology? How about aerolithology? These were just some of the words that 25 teams from around Palm Beach County, including the Palm Beach County Bar Association, were required to spell during the Palm Beach County Literacy Coalition’s Great Grown Up Spelling Bee. The bar’s team, which was represented by Art Pumpian, Edward Shipe, and Claire Dumas, claimed second place outlasting teams such as the Palm Beach Post, Florida Atlantic University, and law firms like Ricci Leopold and Greenberg Traurig. The word that eliminated the association from the game was “catalineta,” a word that means “any of several angel fishes.” Fowler White assists homeowners Fowler White Boggs Banker, and its employees, have contributed $10,000 to The Home Ownership Resource Center in Ft. Myers. The amount will be matched by the city council in honor of Councilwoman Veronica Shoemaker for her 20 years of service as an elected public official. HORC helps low-income individuals renovate and revitalize affordable older homes through grants and low-interest loans. HORC has been unable to meet the current critical needs of individuals trying to repair and return to their homes after Hurricane Charley. This contribution will help make that possible, according to Mayor James T. Humphrey, a shareholder with Fowler White Boggs Banker.last_img read more

Croydon scheme shifts £350m to ethical fund as UK councils shun tobacco

first_imgThe pension fund of the London Borough of Croydon is switching all its equity assets of around £350m (€442m) to a Legal & General (L&G) global ethical investment fund to avoid exposure to tobacco, nuclear power and arms stocks.The decision to move equities investment to the L&G fund, and out of the four funds the allocation is now invested in, was made by the council’s pension committee last week.Chair of the committee councillor John Wentworth said: “Having a pension fund that invests in tobacco was very much at odds with our responsibility to protect and improve public health in this borough, and there were clearly a number of concerns about the ethics of doing that.“Ensuring the council is a socially responsible investor was a key manifesto pledge for the administration.” Councillor Simon Hall, cabinet member for finance and treasury at the council and vice-chair of the pension committee, said the council would be getting a better investment deal, as ethical funds were performing favourably against other schemes. “Tobacco is not the low-risk, high-profit investment it once was,” he said. “This really is in the best interests of the scheme’s beneficiaries and residents, both ethically and financially.”He said there was a balance to be struck for the committee in fulfilling its fiduciary duties and adhering to its ethical principles, and that the committee members had been satisfied they had achieved this balance.Meanwhile, members of Suffolk County Council yesterday voted overwhelmingly in favour of asking their pension fund to stop investing in tobacco companies.The council voted 49 to 10 in favour of a motion originally proposed by Labour Group leader Sandy Martin and seconded by Tory backbencher Michael Bond to ask the pension fund committee “to replace investments in tobacco with other holdings, which are considered comparable in terms of the balance of risk and return”.The motion began with a resolution by the council to be a signatory to the Local Government Declaration on Tobacco Control, as endorsed by the public health minister Jane Ellison.Martin told IPE the decision was now in the hands of the pension committee.The committee had a duty to act in the best interests of the beneficiaries, he said, but added that this did not simply mean achieving the highest financial returns.“Their best interests might very well be served by not seeing their grandchildren smoke,” Martin said.In a briefing prepared for the council, Martin said there was an estimated £2bn currently invested by UK local authorities in tobacco companies. He cited the London boroughs of Newham and Brent as examples where local authorities had changed their statements of investment principles to limit their exposure to tobacco companies.Brent had cited the risk that tobacco companies may face large liabilities from outstanding court actions as a reason for their exclusion, according to the briefing.However, Martin also noted in the briefing that Norfolk and Herefordshire county councils had tried and failed to divest their pension funds from tobacco stocks.last_img read more

ADS Crude Carriers to Pay More for Scrubber Installations

first_imgTanker owner and operator ADS Crude Carriers has seen an increase in the cost of its scrubber installation project in China.The VLCC owner said that the total expected investment in scrubber systems and taking the vessels through intermediate surveys is around USD 6.5 million per vessel, up from the previously guided USD 5.5 million per vessel.The company, set up in April 2018, explained that the change was mainly due to “increased estimated costs necessary to maintain the highest level vessel rating.”Subsequent to quarter end, two of the company’s vessels went into yard to perform mandatory intermediate surveys and retrofitting of scrubbers, with the third vessel expected to enter yard around the end of September. ADS Crude Carriers said that the yard stays remain on schedule with two expected to finish before end of the third quarter of 2019 and one during the fourth quarter of the year.The rise in costs was revealed as part of the company’s second quarter of 2019 financial report.ADS Crude Carriers reported a net profit of USD 0.6 million for the second quarter of 2019, down from a profit of USD 1.2 million seen in the first quarter of the year. Net revenue decreased 27% to USD 4.8 million from USD 6.5 million in the previous quarter, mainly due to increased voyage expenses.“The seasonally weak tanker market impacted our second quarter earnings, resulting in a 27% lower average Time Charter Equivalent quarter-on-quarter of USD 17,463 per day and providing a net profit of USD 0.6 million, of which we will immediately return USD 0.5 million back to shareholders by way of a dividend,” Bjørn Tore Larsen, Chairman of the Board of Directors, said.last_img read more

‘ACTION PLAN’ VS OIL SPILL ON A ROLL

first_img* completion of the oil spill cleanup and ensuring that water quality is restored to safe levels AC Energy Philippines says it is committed to continue cooperating with government agencies to ensure that the oil spill cleanup is completed soon, and that the needs of the affected communities are provided for. Photo shows the water around Power Barge 102 in Barangay Bo. Obrero, Lapuz, Iloilo City looking clearer as the oil spill cleanup goes on. PHOTO FROM AC ENERGY * proper collection and disposal of oil contaminated materials and wastes AC Energy also said it will take into account comments and other recommendations from said units and agencies to better address the emergency. It focuses on the detailed plans of the company and the relevant timeline for the implementation of such plans in relation to the key areas which the DENR-EMB highlighted during a technical conference Wednesday last week. The key areas include the following: “With respect to news reports released on Saturday regarding the filing by the PCG of a criminal complaint against the company and its officers for alleged violation of Section 107 of Republic Act 8550 (The Philippine Fisheries Code of 1998) as amended by Republic Act 10654 for aquatic pollution, the company has not received a copy of such complaint yet and is thus unable to make any specific comment at this time,” it clarified.  AC Energy Philippines, owner of Power Barge 102 that accidentally spilled bunker fuel into the coast of Iloilo City due to still undetermined causes, submitted the EMP to the Department of Environment and Natural Resources’ (DENR) Environmental Management Bureau (EMB).center_img ILOILO City – An environment management plan (EMP) addressing the environmental impact of the oil spill following an explosion from a power barge in Barangay Bo. Obrero, Lapuz district on July 3 is on a roll. * rehabilitation plan for the affected mangrove areas and fisheries * continued monitoring of air quality and ensuring that air quality is safe before affected families are allowed to return to their homes “Even with the submission of the EMP to the DENR-EMB, we will continue to work closely and coordinate with the DENR, as well as with various government bodies and agencies, including the local governments of Iloilo City and Guimaras, as well as the Philippine Coast Guard (PCG) to implement the EMP,” according to AC Energy in a statement. AC Energy also underscored that even with the filing of the case, it is committed to continue cooperating in good faith with the PCG and other government units and agencies to ensure that the oil spill cleanup is done properly and completed soon, and that the needs of the affected communities and groups are provided for. “With the submission of the EMP and the various cleanup activities we organized in coordination with industry and local government partners and the community assistance that it provided since the oil spill started, the company hopes to have demonstrated its serious commitment to do what is right for the affected communities and the environment, including to address the findings of aquatic pollution by the PCG,” it further noted./PNlast_img read more

All roads lead to GFF training centre for day two

first_imgAFTER an enticing first day of matches in the 2019 edition of the KFC goodwill series, day two promises even more fireworks.Today, from 13:00hrs, Lodge Secondary will play Waramadong Secondary, while at 15:00hrs, Shiva Boys Hindu College will play Annai Secondary.On Saturday, both Annai and Lodge Secondary recorded wins by commanding margins over their respective opponents.Annandale Secondary got the sharp end of the sword in a 9-1 drubbing at the hands of Region Nine’s Annai Secondary.Controlling possession was not enough for the hinterland team as the passed at will.Two goals from Junior Rodrigues (7th) and Italo Benjamin (24th) in the first half could have been enough to hand Annai the win but they were not done.In the second half, Rodrigues and Benjamin completed their braces in the 64th and 54th respectively while Raul Swan (52nd) and Brimley Moses (78th) contributed one each.Annai’s captain led from the front as he hammered a hat-trick (57th, 67th, 69th) against the lack lustre Annandale side.Colin Henriques scored a consolation goal in the 72nd.In the second fixture of the day, Marian Academy was able to put up a wall for a lengthy period of time but when the floodgates broke, Lodge slammed six goals to their one.Dorwin George netted goals in the 25th and 30th with Earl Grant getting a goal in the 27th.Marian’s Daniel Lowe netted on the resumption of the half, but that only made Lodge more vicious.Curt Edwards (61st) and Shemroy Mayers (69th) contributed one a piece and George completed his hat- trick in the 69th for the 6-1 victory.President of the Guyana Football Federation, Wayne Forde, opened the event by saying,“I want to ask each and every one of the players that are here to ensure their conduct on and off the field is good.last_img read more

UW struggles in road win

first_imgIOWA CITY, Iowa — Winning on the road in the Big Ten is never easy, and the No. 11 Wisconsin volleyball team showed exactly how hard it is to win away from home in their four game struggle against Iowa, winning 30-19, 26-30, 30-24, 30-21. “Iowa is one of those dangerous teams that is at the bottom of the conference but they fight like it is going to be the end of the world,” head coach Pete Waite said. “They have their backs against the wall, and that’s a dangerous team.”While the Badgers beat the Hawkeyes in almost every statistical category, it was evident that they are still not as comfortable playing on the road as they are at home.”It is one of the things we’ve been working on and struggling with this year is playing as well on the road as we do at home,” senior middle blocker and assistant captain Amy Bladow said. “We really talked about that after Minnesota, and it’s one of the things we wanted to work on tonight.”Wisconsin was able to come out in game one and jump right on Iowa, as they never trailed after taking a 3-2 lead. The Badgers were able to hold the Hawkeyes to a .068 hitting percentage in game one while they hit .286 and were led by freshman Brittney Dolgner with a game-high six kills. Game two started similarly with Wisconsin grabbing an early lead but things quickly turned south. With the Badgers trailing 15-10, Waite decided to put his senior captain Katie Lorenzen in — playing for the first time in Big Ten play — looking for a spark to get the team back in the game.”Lorenzen came in and did a nice job of changing the tempo of the game,” Waite said. “Jackie (Simpson) wasn’t doing anything too badly, it was just we needed a change out there and she did come in and kick started the team.” With Lorenzen running the offense, the Badgers were able to pull within two at 27-25 after a kill by Audra Jeffers, but Iowa went on a 3-1 run to end the game. Senior floor captain, Maria Carlini — who was scheduled to have the night off — was put in the starting lineup to start game three in an effort to boost the Badger’s offense. Carlini went on to have nine kills through two games. With Badgers down 2-6 to start game four, Waite went back to junior Jackie Simpson to try and spark the offense. The move worked as Wisconsin continued to peck away at the Iowa lead until they took the lead for good at 18-17.”The transition went really smoothly,” Bladow said. “When [Lorenzen] went in she did a really good job. She dug some really good balls, and blocked some really good balls and she obviously set really well. Then when [Simpson] went back in, it was the same thing. “I think it says a lot about both those girls that either of them can play, and it doesn’t affect our team energy. They both bring energy, and they both bring fire. They transition smoothly and will help us out a lot.”Both setters were able to spread the ball around as four Badgers finished with double-digit digs. Dolgner led all players with 25 kills, matching her career-high. Taylor Reineke, Bladow and Jeffers were also in double figures with 11, 11 and 10 kills respectively. “That is always our game plan [to spread the offensive],” Waite said. “If we do that, it’s really tough to stop the offense. The game we struggled in is probably not very balanced. We got [Dolgner] doing in the back row and that helped us.”Iowa was led on the night by sophomore outside-hitter Catherine Smale and junior right-side hitter Stacy Vitali with 15 and 11 kills respectively.While Wisconsin out-blocked Iowa 13-11, the Badgers did not have as good of night up at the net as they would have liked. “Iowa did a really good job of hitting around us,” Bladow said. “They roll shotted to the corners and they tipped a lot of balls and that really just makes our block ineffective.”One bright spot, however, was the blocking of Dolgner, who had five block assists on the night.”[Dolgner] had a couple good blocks tonight,” Waite said. “She is working on it everyday. We are watching tapes with her and we are showing things. It is a difficult thing going up against big hitters going at her, so for her to put up a couple bigger numbers, it helps us.”On the defensive side of the ball, Wisconsin out-dug Iowa 88-74. Junior libero Jocelyn Wack led all players with 25 digs. Junior Megan Mills and Dolgner also had double-digit digs with 15 and 14 respectively. The Hawkeyes were led by sophomore libero Emily Hiza with 21 digs.last_img read more

Tipperary’s hurlers ‘are going in the right direction’.

first_imgA late point from John ‘Bubbles’ O’Dwyer earned Tipp a draw in Galway yesterday and ensured that the Premier County wouldn’t lose three in a row in Division 1A.They face Cork at Semple Stadium knowing they’ll have to better the Tribesmen’s result against Waterford to secure the final last eight berth.last_img