The beetles have landed

first_imgOver the span of 90 years, banker and philanthropist David Rockefeller collected beetles from around the world, eventually building a personal collection of more than 150,000 specimens.In 2017, his longstanding support for the Entomology Department of the Harvard University Museum of Comparative Zoology (MCZ) culminated in a gift to the museum of this extraordinary collection.The Harvard Museum of Natural History celebrates this monumental gift with “The Rockefeller Beetles,” a new exhibit that features hundreds of the specimens and recounts the story of a man whose childhood pursuit grew into a lifelong passion.A selection from ‘The Rockefeller Beetles’ exhibit at the Harvard Museum of Natural History. Stephanie Mitchell/Harvard Staff PhotographerIt was a summer tutor who encouraged Rockefeller in that area in 1925, and he began collecting a wide variety of insects. He eventually focused on beetles, and spent a lifetime exploring their extraordinary diversity, said MCZ’s entomology curator Brian Farrell, who traced Rockefeller’s collecting career.One out of every four animal species on the planet is a beetle, an abundance likely tied to their association with flowering plants, Farrell said in a 2017 Gazette interview.“The collection is superb, worldwide, and the biggest collection ever donated to Harvard University’s Museum of Comparative Zoology as far as we know,” he added.“The Rockefeller Beetles” opens Saturday at the Harvard Museum of Natural History and will be ongoing. See the related 2017 free public lecture by Brian D. Farrell with an introduction by Harvard Professor Emeritus Edward O. Wilson.last_img read more

What’s the Best Predictor of Success with IT Transformation?

first_imgOn the road to IT-as-a-Service, transforming your IT infrastructure and applications is the easy part, comparatively speaking, that is. The really tough part is transforming the people and processes, and it’s also what differentiates the most successful IT transformations.So you’ve virtualized your environment, set up your on-premises private cloud and connected it with a public cloud solution. You have a hybrid cloud up and running and you’re on your way to delivering IT-as-a-Service. Now that you have the hardware and software operating, how do you get your people operating in a new way – with new processes and structure — that allows your business to capitalize on the new IT agenda to deliver more business value than ever before?Chances are your IT department is skilled and organized around delivering component technology, while your lines of business could care less about the technology – they just want IT services and applications to help them get their work done. If they’re not getting that from their IT department, they go outside the company for these services, bypassing IT altogether. A September 2014 Gartner Group report showed that 40% of IT budgets are being spent by business partners outside of IT – marketing, sales, HR and finance, to name a few. They go around traditional IT departments not so much because of cost, but because of the immediacy, convenience and simplicity of the service experience with a 3rd party.IT:  It’s time to carve out part of your organization and retrain, retool, and retitle, as many IT responsibilities move from the back office to the front office. EMC’s Global Services teams have helped accelerate thousands of IT transformations for our customers, and a new operating model has been a critical element in the most successful ones, including our own EMC IT transformation. Jon Peirce, SVP of EMC IT, shares a bit of our own experience in his blog.What does the new IT department look like?The new operational model focuses first on identifying the business needs of your company’s various functions, and then supplying IT services to meet those needs. This demand-and-supply model is what EMC is adopting for its own IT operations. We will have IT business relationship managers aligned to key business functions. Job descriptions will call for people who understand business, have great interpersonal and communications skills, can proactively identify technology solutions for their internal customers’ problems, and then collaborate with others to build or broker the solution.Also, with the silos breaking down on the technology side, we will need our people to have a broader understanding of multiple IT components. There will always be a place for those with deep technical knowledge in one area, but increasingly, we will need people to widen their perspective.So you may have a “demand center” made up business relationship managers who translate the business needs into IT solutions, and a “service center” that supplies these solutions back to the business. But it all starts with business needs – not the technology.Questions to ask yourselfMuch of this sounds simple, but in reality, there are layers of tough questions you’ll need to engage your stakeholders in answering. How do we assess our talent’s current capabilities? Do they have what it takes to transform? Can we retrain our current talent? Who will the business relationship managers report to – the business function or IT? How many will we need for each function? How will they engage with the business functions and with IT? Who pays for what? How do we operate the current IT organization while we are building the new model?  Knowing what questions to ask is just the beginning.The new IT agenda presents a great opportunity for IT leaders to be more relevant to their business than ever before, but it takes some courage to stand up and help your own business leaders understand the new value you can bring to them.If you’ve already gone through this with your business leaders, use the comment box below to tell us how you addressed this and got their attention. If you’re going through it right now, what questions do you have that I, or others reading this blog, might help you with?last_img read more

It’s a Return! Glenn Close Will Star in Sunset Boulevard

first_img Star Files View Comments It’s as if the three-time Tony winner never said goodbye! The rumors were true and Glenn Close will reprise her Tony-winning role of Norma Desmond in Sunset Boulevard for a limited engagement at the English National Opera. Directed by Lonny Price, the semi-staged production with the full ENO orchestra is scheduled to run April 1, 2016 through May 7. Opening night is set for April 4 at the London Coliseum. Further casting will be announced shortly.Close was recently seen in A Delicate Balance on Broadway, the first time she had appeared on the Main Stem in 17 years. The six-time Oscar nominee got her start on the Great White Way, and won the Tony for her roles in Sunset Boulevard, The Real Thing and Death and the Maiden. Her film and TV roles include Dangerous Liaisons, Air Force One, Fatal Attraction and Damages.Featuring a score by Andrew Lloyd Webber and a book and lyrics by Christopher Hampton and Don Black, Sunset Boulevard premiered in the West End in 1993, directed by Trevor Nunn and starring Patti LuPone. In a widely publicized upset that resulted in an out-of-court settlement, Close brought the role to Broadway the following year and landed her third Tony.Based on the 1950 film of the same name, Sunset Boulevard tells the story of Norma Desmond, an aging silent film star who recruits young writer Joe Gillis to help relaunch her career in the world of talking films. A reclusive shut-in, Desmond forms an unhealthy obsession with Gillis and soon demands he move in to her lavish Hollywood mansion.center_img Glenn Closelast_img read more

Cordray to testify; NAFCU urges relief from Dodd-Frank rules

first_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr NAFCU, reiterating its early opposition to placing any credit union under CFPB authority, urged lawmakers to push for credit union regulatory relief in advance of CFPB Director Richard Cordray’s scheduled testimony before the Senate Banking Committee today.NAFCU Vice President of Legislative Affairs Brad Thaler urged Senate Banking Chairman Richard Shelby, R-Ala., and Ranking Member Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, to “press the CFPB to provide greater relief to credit unions,” which have been struggling under an “immense” burden since the 2010 enactment of the Dodd-Frank Act.Thaler urged expansion of CFPB’s exemption efforts so all credit unions may be exempt from various CFPB rulemakings. He said during deliberations on the Dodd-Frank Act, NAFCU was the only credit union trade association to oppose CFPB having rulemaking authority over credit unions. He emphasized the regulatory burden such rules have imposed and the unique member-owner nature of the credit union industry. He also recommended changing the leadership structure of CFPB from a director to a five-member commission.Thaler also noted NAFCU’s support for several pending CFPB regulatory relief measures before Congress, including: continue reading »last_img read more

SWINE FLU BREAKING NEWS: Case counts, vaccine production capacity, virus confirmed in pigs, Swiss quarantine, UK flu chief

first_imgMay 6, 2009The global count of confirmed H1N1 swine influenza cases rose to 1,658 in 23 countries, with 30 deaths, the World Health Organization (WHO) reported at a briefing today. Mexico continued to lead the list with 946 cases. [May 6 WHO swine flu update]The number of confirmed swine flu cases in the United States rose to 642 cases in 41 states, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported this morning. The death toll grew to two yesterday with the report of a 33-year-old Texas woman who had underlying medical conditions and died last week from flu. Media reports said she was 8 months pregnant and delivered the baby before she died. States reporting the most cases include Illinois (122), New York (97), California (67), and Texas (61). [CDC swine flu page]Dr. Marie-Paule Kieny of the WHO, speaking at a news briefing today, estimated that the global capacity to produce a vaccine against the novel H1N1 virus is between 1 billion and 2 billion doses annually, based on an estimated seasonal flu vaccine production capacity of about 900 million doses. But she acknowledged many unknowns about the vaccine issue, including how well the vaccine virus will grow in eggs, what size dose will be required, whether an adjuvant will be needed, and whether each person will need one or two doses. She said experts will meet May 14 to consider whether the WHO should advise manufacturers to launch mass production of an H1N1 vaccine.Follow-up testing confirmed the presence of the novel H1N1 swine flu virus in pigs at an Alberta, Canada, farm, according to a report yesterday from the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE). The confirmatory tests included gene sequencing and polymerase chain reaction (PCR), though the report said full characterization is continuing. Public health officials suspect that a carpenter at the farm who had been ill after traveling to Mexico transmitted the virus to the pigs. [May 5 OIE report]The chief medical officer of a Swiss army base recently quarantined 250 soldiers after some experienced symptoms suggestive of a swine flu infection, according to Swisster, an English-langue news service.The British government yesterday appointed a health official to direct its influenza epidemic response. Ian Dalton, currently chief executive of the National Health Service (NHS) North East division, was named director for NHS Flu Resilience, the London-based Telegraph newspaper reported today. Dalton’s responsibilities include managing vaccination programs and the supply of equipment and drugs. [May 6 Telegraph story]last_img read more

Covent Garden. The limited commodity

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Stanhope loses Sainsbury’s job

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Coronavirus behaving differently in China’s northeast clusters, expert says

first_imgHe did not say where he though they might have come from but both Jilin and Heilongjiang border Russia.China reported five new coronavirus cases on Wednesday, down from six a day earlier.Four of the new cases were local transmissions and one was imported by a traveller coming from abroad, the commission said in a statement, compared with three imported cases reported the previous day.China’s total number of coronavirus infections stands at 82,965, while the death toll 4,634.  “This causes a problem, as they don’t have any symptoms. So when they gather with their families they don’t care about this issue and we see family cluster infections,” Qiu told state broadcaster CCTV in a program broadcast late on Tuesday.Patients in the northeastern clusters were also carrying the virus for longer than earlier cases in Wuhan, and they were taking longer to recover, as defined by a negative nucleic acid test, he said.Patients in the northeast also rarely exhibited fever and tended to suffer damage to the lungs rather than across multiple organs, he said.He said the virus found in the northeastern clusters was probably imported from abroad, which could account for the differences. The novel coronavirus is behaving differently in patients in northeast China who have contracted it recently compared with early cases, indicating it is changing as it spreads, a prominent doctor said.China, which has largely brought the virus under control, has found new clusters of infections in the northeastern border provinces of Jilin and Heilongjiang in recent weeks, raising concern about a second wave.Qiu Haibo, an expert in critical care medicine who is part of a National Health Commission expert group, said the incubation period of the virus in patients in the northeast was longer than that of patients in Wuhan, the central city, where the virus emerged late last year.center_img Topics :last_img read more

An improvement to Grand Fond water supply on its way

first_img 20 Views   one comment Share LocalNews An improvement to Grand Fond water supply on its way by: – June 12, 2012 Share Tweetcenter_img Sharing is caring! DOWASCO’s General Manager, Bernard Ettinoffe.The community of Grand Fond will soon have major upgrade to its existing water supply system.A ground breaking and contract signing ceremony on Monday marked the commencement of the $2.3 million water supply project for the area.The project is financed jointly by the Caribbean Development Bank (CDB) under the Basic Needs Trust Fund (BNTF) program and the Government of Dominica through DOWASCO.In his address General Manager of DOWASCO Bernard Ettinoffe said his company has been aware of the problems which residents of that community have been experiencing, however the company is seeking to bring about a long lasting solution to the issue rather than “a quick fix”.He said the design of the new water system had to be modified a few times to ensure that it will meet the “needs” of the community for a projected period of over twenty years.The scope of work to be executed under the BNTF funding will be the construction of a new intake, construction of an access road to the intake and the installation of the main supply line from the intake.“The people of Dominica along with DOWASCO must be thankful to the government for continuously providing the resources necessary to improve the water infrastructure to serve all communities especially since the revenue generated from sale of water nationally is grossly insufficient and inadequate to meet the cost of providing water to homes,” he said.Meantime parliamentary representative for the area Ivor Stephenson said the new water supply will “eliminate some of the burdens and inconveniences experienced over the years due to a lack of sufficient water supply for domestic use”.He said upon completion and commissioning of the new water supply it is “expected” that there will be “increased” households with access to “sustainable and safe” drinking water.The CDB through the BNTF is providing $1.2 million while government through DOWASCO is providing the additional $1.1 million.Dominica Vibes News Sharelast_img read more

Bulldogs JV Clobbers Pirates

first_imgThe Batesville Bulldogs JV Baseball team won in convincing fashion as they beat the Greensburg Pirates by a score of 24-1 on Thursday night.The Bulldogs were led both offensively and defensively by sophomore Clay Grunkemeyer who threw just 32 pitches in 3 innings of work not allowing an earned run. He also drove in 5 runs. The Bulldogs were also led by Lleyton Ratcliffe who went 3-3 with a walk and drove in three. Brayden Linkel, Seth Gausman, Drew Kiefer, Riley Zink, and Nate Eckstein each added a pair of RBI’s a piece. All in all the Bulldogs accumulated 14 hits, walked 7 times, and only struck out twice. As mentioned before Clay Grunkemeyer toed the rubber and got his second win of the season, he is now 2-0 with a 0.00 ERA. Drew Kiefer saw his first action of the season on the mound pitching two scoreless innings of relief and struck out three of the nine batters he faced.The Bulldogs look to continue the winning trend when they play the North Decatur Chargers on Saturday at Liberty Park after the Varsity game at 11:30 a.m.Courtesy of Bulldogs Coach Jason Meyer.last_img read more