Lincoln Tortoise Tactics

first_imgFeeling left out of the Oxford tradition of racing hard-shelled creatures, Lincoln have established an official committee to investigate the acquisition of a tortoise. The pet will be trained as a super-athlete but will still not be able to run away as quickly as the college cat which scampered last term. JCR President, Philip Bownes, said the project would be long-term as it is important to “evaluate the whole thing properly” before taking on a new and reliable pet. It is hoped that the purchase will be ready for action in next year’s races.ARCHIVE: 2nd Week TT 2003last_img read more

Air pollution may trigger anxiety symptoms

first_img Read Full Story Recent exposure to air pollution raises the risk for anxiety symptoms, according to a new study by researchers from Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health and colleagues. The study of 71,271 women participating in the long-running Nurses’ Health Study found that higher exposure to PM2.5 (particulate matter <2.5 μm in diameter), especially higher recent exposure, is associated with an increased risk of  symptoms of anxiety, including fearfulness, desire for avoidance, and tendency to worry.The study was published March 24, 2015 in BMJ.The researchers theorize that exposure to particulate matter could increase oxidative stress and inflammation, which have previously been found to exacerbate anxiety.They write, “If confirmed, our findings may have policy and clinical implications, as it is possible that reductions in exposure to PM2.5, through changes to regulations or individual behavior, may help reduce anxiety symptoms.”last_img read more

Transgender rights advocate honored by Harvard Foundation

first_img Solange Knowles is Harvard Foundation Artist of Year Radcliffe has panelists, comedians, and an author explore how we talk about language and gender Janet Mock, the acclaimed transgender activist, writer, producer, advocate, and director, has been named the 2019 Harvard University Artist of the Year.  She will receive the Harvard Foundation’s arts medal on March 9 during the annual Cultural Rhythms festival in Memorial Hall’s Sanders Theatre.Mock’s two memoirs, “Redefining Realness” (2014) and “Surpassing Certainty” (2017), were New York Times best-sellers. She is a sought-after speaker, an advocate for transgender rights, and the founder of #GirlsLikeUs, a social media project that empowers transgender women.Mock made television history last year as the first transgender woman of color to write, direct, and produce a television series, Ryan Murphy’s FX drama “POSE,” which assembled the largest-ever cast of transgender actors in regular roles for a scripted series. The show was hailed  by critics and renewed for a second season, which is currently in production. Mock has a number of other TV projects in the works. Mock was named one of Time magazine’s “100 Most Influential People of 2018,” calling her one of “12 new faces of black leadership” and one of “the most influential people on the internet.” In 2017, she was one of Variety’s “Power of Women” and Fast Company named her one of 2015’s “most creative people in business.” She was featured on Ebony magazine’s Power 100 list, and the PEN Center USA gave her an Award of Honor during its 27th annual Literary Awards Festival.The Ms. Foundation, Planned Parenthood, Feminist Press, GLSEN, Shorty Awards, and the Sylvia Rivera Law Project have all honored Mock for her work.Born in Hawaii, Mock earned a B.A. in fashion merchandisingfrom the University of Hawaii, Manoa, and an M.A. in journalism from New York University. She began her career as an editor at and has written for The New Yorker, The New York Times, Marie Claire, Interview, and Allure. She has also worked as a correspondent for “Entertainment Tonight” and a host for MSNBC, where she helmed the groundbreaking series “So POPular!,” interviewing Lena Dunham, Salma Hayek, and Issa Rae.Mock also produced and conducted all interviews for the HBO documentary “The Trans List,” and hosted and produced the podcast “Never Before,” which featured in-depth interviews with people such as Rep. Maxine Waters, Tina Knowles, Kris Jenner, and Oscar winner Tarell Alvin McCraney.The award will be presented to Mock at the Cultural Rhythms Festival during a program on March 9. Tickets will be available to Harvard ID holders beginning Friday at noon (two-ticket limit per ID. Price $10), and to the general public beginning Saturday at noon, at the Harvard Box Office in the Smith Campus Center at 1350 Massachusetts Ave., by phone at 617-496-2222, or online at (Handling fees may apply. Two-ticket limit. Price $20.)Media note: The Artist of the Year award will be presented to Mock during the Harvard Cultural Rhythms Festival. The official program begins at 4:30 p.m. on March 9. Press credentials will be issued between 3 p.m. and 4 p.m. on that day in the Sanders Theatre lobby. Please email [email protected]  for credential applications, which will be approved on March 8. Singer, songwriter, visual artist will receive award at March 3 ceremony center_img Related ‘Ways with Words’ conference will spark conversationlast_img read more

Rethinking Database Infrastructure Investments

first_imgCIOs are rethinking their database investments. They want to utilize the benefits of cloud computing and understand their company’s data to drive future success. However, databases only perform as well as the systems they run on.“There are three key challenges that CIOs need to address to reduce their total cost of ownership and risks without compromising availability and database performance: simplified infrastructure, aggregation of data and deployment agility.ShareSimplifying and Optimizing Infrastructure – Designing a system to power a true high performance database requires a solution that offers extreme performance, seamless interoperability and fine-tuning parameters to help streamline operations. The engineering resources and expertise required to design such a system are generally unavailable to all organizations.The requirements start with the need to exploit integrated compute, network, storage and virtualization capabilities. These capabilities must strike a balance between standardization and customization as well as accommodate for retiring and/or supporting legacy applications – which are both tall orders for enterprise companies. Further, the architecture must be built with enough agility to withstand data consumed by multiple constituents. This requires an architecture that can support continuous operations for mobility, high availability and enterprise-class integrated data protection solutions.Aggregation of Data Analytics and Business Intelligence (BI) – Siloed applications and databases that sit on top of cobbled infrastructures are a thing of the past. In its place are interlinks to applications and databases that need to support exponential growth – an operational model that drives customer demand.Today website technology often follows how consumers navigate and make choices based on brand and price. Similar to how Amazon mines shopper patterns to build a consumer profile for featuring relevant products, IT organizations can aggregate data from valuable analytics tools, such as IBM Hyperion and Oracle Exalytics. Commonly called ‘business intelligence,’ organizations demand this technology at their fingertips to perform the real-time analysis required to maintain competitive advantage. This level of business intelligence can be achieved when IT organizations first leverage best-of-breed technologies and support mixed workloads – all of which drive greater consolidation ratios that result in higher utilization of resources.Agility in Leveraging Innovative Technology and Data – Picture a tax application on the Sunday before tax day. Its infrastructure needs to be available 24×7 to process massive volumes of tax filings for its clients – commonly called Online Transaction Processing (OLTP). The characteristics of these mission-critical databases are high performance in the millions of IOPS, high throughput and millisecond response times or latency. Further, the ability to quickly deploy an infrastructure to support business needs or move an infrastructure from QA/test to production are all key to turning a company’s data into an analytical asset.A converged infrastructure system converts these challenges into opportunities by integrating compute, network, storage and virtualization into a single system that is architected, tested and validated for such demanding workloads. It is designed from the ground up to support mixed workloads – databases and applications. VCE’s database solutions deliver best-in-class technology, leading-edge innovation and unparalleled customer experience for massive database environments such as Oracle. The end result is an infrastructure that can be deployed with agility and simplified operations, providing better database performance, higher availability and lower total cost of ownership.“Learn how Molina Healthcare rapidly ramped up its database after claims spikes. Click hereSharelast_img read more

B’way-Bound Saoirse Ronan, Tony Winners & More Among Oscar Nominees

first_img Saoirse Ronan Star Files View Commentscenter_img Saoirse Ronan has a Broadway debut to look forward to, but not before attending the 88th Academy Awards. The screen star, who will appear in Arthur Miller’s The Crucible later this season, picked up her second Oscar nomination on January 14 for her leading performance in Brooklyn.Two Tony winners earned nods in Best Actor in a Leading Role: Bryan Cranston for Trumbo and Eddie Redmayne for The Danish Girl (Redmayne won the Oscar last year for The Theory of Everything). Rounding out the category are Michael Fassbender for Steve Jobs and Golden Globe winners Leonardo DiCaprio for The Revenant and Matt Damon for The Martian.Mark Rylance, another Tony winner, received a nomination in the Supporting category for Bridge of Spies, as did Tony nominee Mark Ruffalo for Spotlight.Ronan is joined in the Lead Actress category by Brie Larson (who won the Golden Globe on January 10) for Room, Cate Blanchett for Carol, Jennifer Lawrence for Joy and Charlotte Rampling for 45 Years.Among the Supporting Actress nominees are Broadway alum Jennifer Jason Leigh; the Hateful Eight player made her Broadway debut as Sally Bowles and most recently appeared in The House of Blue Leaves in 2011.Eight films are up for Best Picture: The Revenant, which led the pack with a total of 12 nominations, The Big Short, Bridge of Spies, Brooklyn, Mad Max: Fury Road, The Martian, Room and Spotlight, featuring an ensemble cast that includes Tony nominee Brian d’Arcy James.The 2016 Academy Awards, hosted by Chris Rock, will take place on February 28. For a full list of nominees, click here.last_img read more

Revision officially marks its expansion into the military helmet business

first_imgRevision Military Ltd,Revision officially marks its expansion into the Soldier Systems helmet business with a significant 3-year contract to develop the U.S. Army’s next-generation head protection system. The $1,990,340 award is for Revision to continue the design, development and demonstration of a modular and scalable headgear system for mounted and dismounted soldiers, and to mature it to a Technology Readiness Level 6. The new system is intended to provide impact protection improvements over current generation helmets and the integration of electronics and power. It will also allow soldiers to tailor their protection level and operating equipment to the specific mission at hand. Head Protection System with Ergonomic Retention System and Multi-Purpose Front Mount.‘The current situation is that head-borne protection and functional capabilities have not been designed as an integrated platform using Soldier-centric design principles. This has prevented the optimization of weight, balance and sub-component integration’ noted Don Lee, Project Engineer, Natick Soldier Research, Development and Engineering Center. He went on to say, ‘This development contract supporting the Helmet Electronics and Display System ‘ Upgradeable Army Technology Objective is expected to develop integrated headgear system technologies to include upgraded ballistic and impact protection, integrated CBRN mask, full face protection, and integrated heads-up display and sensor inputs for actionable information to Soldiers and Marines. We anticipate the final outcome will be tools and technologies that will allow the U.S. Army and USMC to field well-balanced, optimized headgear systems that will provide improved head protection, allow for increased situational awareness, and increased mission performance allowing our Soldiers and Marines to be the decisive edge on the battlefield.’Fully integrated Head Protection System with ballistic Visor and high-threat Mandible Guard.This new helmet design will integrate a trauma liner, communication system, heads-up display, CBRN mask and enhanced night vision goggles. The fully integrated and fully modular system will also feature a visor and mandible guard option designed to provide better blunt force, blast and ballistic protection than a helmet shell alone.‘As the nature of combat has changed, the type of trauma seen on the battlefield has also changed with increasing numbers of soldiers suffering from head and traumatic brain injuries, whether caused by blunt force, blast or ballistic impacts. Based on extensive head protection systems research and development, Revision believes it has the technological, scientific and impact testing knowledge to design a new helmet and head protection system that can help to reduce brain injuries while also providing lighter weight and superior ballistic head protection. The battle against soldier head injuries is on. Our aim is to develop the very best protection that new design, materials and processes can bring to those who are serving the country’ said Jonathan Blanshay, CEO of Revision Military. He continued, ‘Through the experience gained and global market-leading position achieved in a relatively short period of time with the eyewear business, Revision is confident that expansion into cutting-edge, integrated head protection systems for the military is a natural growth step. We are honored to have been selected for this crucial Natick developmental project.’Revision’s contract announcement comes at a pivotal time in the company’s history. In late 2010, the company announced an official corporate name change’from Revision Eyewear Ltd. to Revision Military Ltd.’to encompass its new head protection business. In June 2011, the company began operations at its new, Composite Center of Excellence and later this fall, the company expects to launch Batlskinâ ¢, its first generation, fully integrated, modular soldier protection system.ABOUT REVISIONRevision develops and delivers purpose-built protective soldier equipment for military use worldwide. The company, which began with eyewear, has expanded to face and head protection and continues to develop their capabilities for integrated, performance-enhancing soldier systems. To that end, Revision brings the most advanced expertise, state-of-the-art facilities and finest technical minds. Clients include the U.S. Department of Defense, the Canadian Department of National Defence, the Netherlands Defence Materiel Organization, the Swiss Federal Department of Defence and the UK Ministry of Defence. Privately owned and ISO 9001:2008 certified, Revision’s operational headquarters is located in Essex Junction, Vermont, USA, with additional offices in the Netherlands and Canada.  07.28.2011’ Essex Junction, VT, USA ‘last_img read more

CO-OP accepts membership invitation to Clinton Global Initiative

first_img 2SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr CO-OP Financial Services has accepted an invitation to become a member of the Clinton Global Initiative, founded by President Bill Clinton to gather international leaders to create and implement innovative solutions to the world’s most pressing challenges.“CO-OP came to the attention of CGI earlier this year when the organization served as an advisor to the CO-OP THINK Prize 15,” said Samantha Paxson, Chief Marketing Officer for CO-OP. “Our ‘challenge’ encouraged people from all walks of life to develop ideas that called on the power of community to financially empower those who need it most.“It was clear that the goals of CGI align well with the core credit union value of people helping people,” said Paxson. “We are delighted to bring a credit union voice to the spirit of collaboration that is at the heart of CGI, as well as demonstrate to global leaders in the fields of business, philanthropy and government what credit unions can do to effect change for the better.”CO-OP’s inaugural contribution to the organization took place in June by joining more than 1,000 leaders in Denver, Colorado, for the 2015 CGI America conference. The gathering focused on developing solutions for economic growth, long-term competitiveness and social mobility in the United States. CO-OP participated in the Financial Opportunity working group, which was one of 10 topic-specific working groups that met multiple times throughout the meeting. continue reading »last_img read more

H1N1 FLU BREAKING NEWS: Monsoon and flu, atypical cases, school nurse shortage, IOM meeting on protective equipment

first_imgAug 11, 2009Flu picks up in Asia with monsoon seasonNovel H1N1 influenza is spreading in India, Thailand, and Vietnam with the onset of Asia’s monsoon season, the World Health Organization (WHO) said today, according to Reuters. The regular flu season has started in those countries, and both H1N1 and seasonal flu are being detected, said WHO spokeswoman Aphaluck Bhatiasevi. But the spread of pandemic H1N1 appears to have peaked in parts of the southern hemisphere, including Argentina, Chile, Australia, and New Zealand. 11 Reuters article Disease expert notes fever-free flu casesIn his clinical observation of novel flu cases in the United States and South America, Richard P. Wenzel, MD, former president of the Infectious Diseases Society of America, has noted that some patients are afebrile, even some with serious infections, and lack of fever might underestimate case totals, the New York Times reported yesterday. He said diarrhea seen in a portion of patients suggests a need for stool testing to assess transmission and the role of better hand hygiene. 10 New York Times article School nurse shortage could slow ID of sick kidsSchool nurses are expected to be at the frontlines of detecting and fighting novel flu when schools resume this fall, but the ratio of nurses to students in many states falls well below the levels suggested by the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), USA Today reported yesterday. The CDC recommends a workload of 1 nurse per 750 students, but the newspaper’s analysis of census data puts the national average at 1 per 971 students. 10 USA Today story IOM holds meeting on protective equipment for novel fluThe Institutes of Medicine’s (IOM’s) Board on Health Sciences Policy is convening a meeting today through Aug 13 on pandemic influenza and personal protective equipment (PPE) for healthcare workers. Today’s agenda includes a call to the committee, with panel discussions starting tomorrow. Topics include the science and clinical experience with novel H1N1, infection control guidelines, risk assessment in health workers, and data on the effectiveness of PPE.…IOM meeting home pagelast_img read more

Council actions proof that change is needed

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionCommissioners John Franck, Michele Madigan and Skip Scirocco displayed disturbing behavior at the Sept. 19 and Oct. 3 City Council meetings: disrespect of the Charter Commission’s independence and a contempt for the citizens these commissioners were elected to serve.By current charter rules, the charter review process must remain independent of any sitting commissioner’s influence.How else can citizens get an objective review and recommendation? Nonetheless, Commissioner Franck demands that the financial data in the Charter Commission’s report should be verified against his data.This makes no sense, as it will taint data independently collected during the review process.City Attorney Tony Izzo persistently, and correctly, advised the commissioners not to influence the charter review process.Yet these three commissioners continue to ignore his counsel.In addition, Commissioners Franck, Madigan and Scirocco falsely imply they can review the report before it is sent to city voters. The commissioners’ only right, like that of other voters, is to cast their one vote on Nov. 7 — nothing more.Why do they think their constituents are not capable of coming to their own conclusions without undue influence by their politics?Now Commissioner Franck has refused to have the city pay the legitimate cost of mailing the revised charter to voters. Voters are taxpayers, and they have a right to access, and be given adequate time to review, the revised charter prior to voting this November.The commissioners’ obstructionist behavior is further proof that politics must be removed from the city’s operations.Patricia RobertsonSaratoga SpringsMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesSchenectady, Saratoga casinos say reopening has gone well; revenue down 30%EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censuslast_img read more

Mongolian president placed under quarantine after returning from China, state media ULAA

first_imgMongolia’s President Battulga Khaltmaa and other government officials have submitted to a 14-day quarantine after returning home from their visit to China, the state news agency Montsame reported on Friday.Battulga is the first head of state to visit China since the country began implementing special measure to curb the coronavirus outbreak in January.He arrived in Beijing with Foreign Minister Tsogtbaatar Damdin and other senior government officials on Thursday, and held a meeting with Chinese President Xi Jinping and Premier Li Keqiang.They were taken into quarantine as soon as they arrived in Mongolia as a precautionary measure, Montsame said. Topics :last_img read more