Harvard on Foursquare

first_imgHarvard is the first university to use foursquare to help students explore their campus and surrounding places of interest.Harvard University today (Jan. 12) announced its presence on Foursquare, a new location-based, mobile social networking application. The service, which is accessible from smartphones and other mobile devices, enables students and visitors to explore the campus and surrounding neighborhoods while sharing information about their favorite places.In addition to creating an up-to-date online rating guide of stores, restaurants, businesses, and other venues throughout Harvard Square, foursquare users can also employ the application as a game, in which they earn points, and ultimately acquire coveted foursquare “badges.” Harvard is the first university to use foursquare to help students explore their campus and surrounding places of interest. Users who have visited a predetermined number of sites on the campus will be awarded the Harvard Yard badge on their foursquare profiles.The application turns social networking into a running competition by creating incentives for users to explore neighborhoods, discover new venues, and make recommendations to the entire foursquare network. Individuals who download the free app can “check in” using their phones from different venues to earn badges and points. Updates and posted tips and suggestions can be shared across other social networking and microblogging sites, such as Facebook and Twitter.One popular element of foursquare is its competition to become “mayor” of various locations and venues. If you check in more frequently than anyone else, you claim bragging rights as the “mayor” of that venue. You can also earn extra points by being the first to post a visit to a new location, by making frequent visits, or by sharing new information about locations or activities.“Harvard is more than classrooms and buildings. It is an interconnected community of people, ideas, and experiences, and we are actively pursuing ways to enhance those connections,” said Perry Hewitt, director of digital communications and communications services for Harvard Public Affairs and Communications. “We believe that Harvard’s participation will allow our community to engage with friends, professors, and colleagues in new ways. We also hope visitors and neighbors will benefit from the platform as it grows through use.”“Universities are places of such incredible talent and energy,” said Dennis Crowley, Foursquare’s co-founder. “And that is why we’re excited about Harvard’s participation and the potential for foursquare to bring people together.”See more information on Foursquare.last_img read more

Is the EU about to make the placebo a crime?

first_imgTwo apparently well-meaning legal initiatives from Europe aimed at fighting falsified or substandard medicines could have the unintended consequence of exposing medical researchers and drug manufacturers to criminal prosecution, according to a new commentary in the journal Harvard Public Health Review (HPHR).Under one of the new proposals, the Council of Europe (CoE) would enact a new treaty called the MEDICRIME Convention that would criminalize “counterfeit” medicines and medical devices. But the definition of “counterfeit” is so broad that if researchers were to use placebos, or misrepresent medicines—common practice in blind clinical trials—it could be considered illegal.Other draft legislative provisions, from the UN Office of Drugs and Crime (UNODC), would deem experimental medicines or placebos “fraudulent” if their packaging or labeling was false. But truthfully identifying placebos in clinical trials would defeat the purpose of a blind trial in which caregivers or patients are not supposed to know which drugs are being tested.Authors of the HPHR commentary note that “combatting the criminals who make intentionally falsified and recklessly substandard medicines is extremely important work,” but they urge the UNODC and the CoE to “freeze their plans, and reboot their efforts,” so that the proposed initiatives don’t interfere with scientific research. Read Full Storylast_img read more

Introducing the industry’s most flexible converged system to date: the Dell Validated System for Virtualization

first_imgThis week at VMworld it has been my pleasure and privilege to help unveil Dell’s latest converged system, the Dell Validated System for Virtualization. Dell’s leadership in converged and hyperconverged systems today spans tested and validated reference architectures to precision-tuned engineered systems for use cases from VDI to big data to hybrid cloud and the broadest hyper-converged infrastructure portfolio of any vendor.But our newest system, the Dell Validated System for Virtualization, is a great example of how we never rest on our laurels. We always insist on innovating. I invite you to take a good look at this system because when you do, I think you’ll agree.The Dell Validated System for Virtualization, you won’t use like any other. Developed from the ground up with the overriding mandate of today’s IT shops in mind—to meet business needs quickly, at high efficiency, and with rock-solid reliability—we have produced the market’s most flexible converged system to date. That flexibility is key to delivering on the promise of a service-defined infrastructure that will enable and accelerate the new service-oriented IT.Flexibility is key: by being flexible in design, comprehending multiple server, storage, and networking technologies, the Dell Validated System for Virtualization adapts to YOUR infrastructure and virtualization policies instead of requiring time – and time consuming adaptation – BY you. With groundbreaking flexibility in sizing, the System drives new efficiencies and speed—because you only buy what you need. Buy as small a system as two compute nodes with associated storage, or scale it up (by as little as a single node or drive) until you reach only just the capacity you need.Or is that capacity need great? Use Dell PowerEdge FX2 modular servers and storage arrays for density in the rack, or scale out to multiple racks. All in the same system, the Dell Validated System for Virtualization, and using the same system manager, Dell Active System Manager (ASM), regardless of this wide range of architectures and sizes.Dell ASM is the one manager you use for all the configurations and sizing I referred to above. It monitors and manages the system’s health and performance as usage grows and changes, and as workload requirements or even the workloads themselves change.Come visit the Dell booth at VMworld in Las Vegas this week, or contact your Dell representative to learn more.last_img read more

Union Bank promotes Hale, Locklin

first_imgSource: Union Bank. Morrisville VT, May 28, 2009 Union Bank is pleased to announce the promotion of Karyn J. Hale to Vice President, and Carrie R. Locklin to Assistant Treasurer. Hale is a member of the Bank s Finance Department.  Locklin is a member of the Bank s Audit and Compliance Department. Hale has been employed by Union Bank since November 2005.  During her employment Hale has had an active role in developing and maintaining the Bank s compliance with Section 404 of the federal Sarbanes-Oxley Act and recently has been serving as Finance Officer, responsible for supervising the Bank s accounting department. She is a Certified Public Accountant licensed in the state of Vermont and maintains memberships with the AICPA and the VT Society of CPAs.   Hale successfully completed the Graduate School of Bank Investments and Financial Management from the Moore School of Business at the University of South Carolina.  Hale resides in Lyndonville with her husband Rick and their son. Locklin serves the bank as Loan Reviewer and Internal Auditor.  She has been employed at Union Bank since August 2006, with eight years of prior financial institution audit experience.  She is a Certified Public Accountant licensed in the state of Vermont and maintains memberships with both the AICPA and Vermont Society of CPAs.  Locklin also serves as the Treasurer of St. Johnsbury s South Congregational Church.  She resides in St. Johnsbury with her husband Shawn and their daughter.Union Bank, with headquarters in Morrisville, Vermont, offers deposit, loan, trust and commercial banking services throughout northern Vermont and New Hampshire.  As of March 31, 2009, the Company had approximately $421.8 million in consolidated assets.  The Company operates 14 banking offices and 29 ATM facilities in Vermont, plus a branch and ATM in Littleton, New Hampshire.last_img read more

Greek utility PPC to sell power from new 200MW solar farm at record-low price

first_imgGreek utility PPC to sell power from new 200MW solar farm at record-low price FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享PV Magazine:Greece has launched a series of renewable energy tenders to procure new solar PV and wind power capacity in separate auctions and joint tenders. Earlier this week, it held its second-ever joint renewable energy tender with a single pot for both technologies. It ended up awarding 502.94 MW of capacity, including 350 MW of solar.The tender resulted in a record-breaking tariff of €0.04911/kWh for a 200 MW solar project that will be built in Ptolemaida, a mining region in Greece’s Macedonia region.State-owned utility Public Power Corp. (PPC) is backing the project. The installation will serve as the starting point of a broader plan to develop an additional 3 GW of PV capacity in the country’s mining regions.EMV, which is backed by France’s EDF, offered a rate of €0.05068/kWh – the tender’s second-lowest tariff – for a 70 MW solar project in the municipality of Evrotas, on the Peloponnese Peninsula.Greece’s Panagakos Group, meanwhile, offered the round’s highest successful tariff, at €0.05482/kWh, for a string of PV parks that will be developed by two companies, Spes Solaris 3 and Spes Solaris Solar Concept.Greece’s tender regime has driven a steady reduction in tariffs, which will benefit Greek electricity consumers and the national economy. More importantly, it has also cultivated a competitive environment for domestic companies, as they now need to set strategies to beat international players in the Greek market. This was something that was unthinkable just a few years ago.[Ilias Tsagas]More: Greece wraps up PV tender with record-breaking €0.04911/kWh tarifflast_img read more

Centereach Man Admits to Killing Wife in 2010

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A Centereach man has admitted to killing his 31-year-old wife and dumping her body in the woods near the couple’s home more than six years ago.Joseph Jones pleaded guilty to first-degree manslaughter Monday at Suffolk County court. A charge of second-degree murder that he was also facing was dropped in exchange for his plea.Authorities have said the 34-year-old man killed Nicole Tessa during an argument over missing Oxycodone pills in their Prince Street home in North Patchogue on Dec. 17, 2010. The victim was reported missing two days later and found in a shallow grave in the woods days later.Jones was arrested after a grand jury indicted him in the case last year, when he was ordered held without bail. He is scheduled to be sentenced to 18 1/2 years in prison on May 11 by Judge John Toomey.last_img read more

Millennials on a mission to learn about financial literacy

first_imgCO-OP’s millennial campaign continues to attract new audiences to the credit union messageMillennials have been the most attractive generation for all financial services for a while. And in the next few weeks, they will overtake baby boomers as the largest generation.For the majority of marketers, this generation remains mysterious because the proven ways of engaging and connecting don’t apply to these technology natives.Almost a year ago, during THINK 14, CO-OP launched a millennial campaign on Twitter, Facebook and a dedicated website; supported through paid media and search. The first few months were dedicated to testing and experimenting, a small victory here and a small failure there. Over time, three common themes emerged:Millennials are visual: This generation is highly visual as learners and communicators. The credit union story needs to be told visually through videos, quizzes, infographics and enticing imagery. continue reading » 8SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

CUNA backs NCUA MBL rule in wake of ICBA lawsuit

first_img 4SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr The lawsuit filed against the NCUA by the Independent Community Bankers of America (ICBA) Wednesday is without merit, CUNA President/CEO Jim Nussle said. The ICBA filed its suit in response to the NCUA’s revised member business lending (MBL) rule that was finalized in February.“This baseless attack on the NCUA’s rule ignores the law and the NCUA’s authority in crafting regulations for credit unions,” Nussle said. “This lawsuit lacks merit, and is merely a self-serving publicity stunt to distract community bankers from the real issues that should be concerning them, namely the encroachment by large banks into the business of small banks and their resulting loss of market share.”The lawsuit, ICBA v. NCUA, was filed in the U.S. District Court of the Eastern District of Virginia.CUNA is reviewing the complaint and will take whatever actions necessary to protect credit unions’ interests. Its initial review of the complaint indicates the suit is baseless. continue reading »last_img read more

Women with HIV are being forcibly sterilized in South Africa

first_img‘Sign the forms’ Medical staff breached their duty of care and subjected the women to inhumane treatment, the Commission for Gender Equality said in a 57-page report Tuesday. Doctors and nurses told some of the HIV-positive women that they should not be having children and that they would die if they didn’t get sterilized following delivery. Many agreed to the procedure by signing forms they didn’t understand.When one of the women asked what the forms were for, her concerns were dismissed by a nurse, according to an affidavit. “You HIV people don’t ask questions when you make babies. Why are you asking questions now?” the report quoted the nurse as saying. “You must be closed up because you HIV people like making babies and it just annoys us. Just sign the forms, so you can go to theater.”The commission urged the Health Ministry to act to end the practice and provide redress to the affected women. Health Minister Zweli Mkhize said he will meet the commissioner to discuss the contents of the report. The meeting will take place later on Tuesday.While the report didn’t state how many women have been affected, it would be wrong to assume that the practice may not still be occurring, said Nasreen Solomons, an attorney in the Women’s Legal Center’s sexual and reproductive health and rights program.Women need to know that they should not be compelled to give their consent for the procedure “when they are in pain or placed under duress or conditions that do not allow them to provide their consent free of coercion, stigma, discrimination, harm and judgment,” she said.The range of redress could include holding medical staff accountable to providing affected women with compensation and psychological support, Solomons said.Topics :center_img State hospitals in South Africa have sterilized some pregnant HIV-positive women without their consent, according to an investigation by the government’s Commission for Gender Equality.The investigation was prompted by a 2015 complaint by the non-profit Women’s Legal Center, which documented 48 cases where women were allegedly either forced or coerced into agreeing to the procedure while giving birth.South Africa has the biggest HIV epidemic in the world, with a prevalence rate of 13% and about 7.7 million people living with the virus that causes AIDS. The impact of the epidemic on family structures and life expectancy has led to widespread stigmatization of those who are affected by the virus.last_img read more

Earlier coronavirus second wave feared in Europe after mass protests

first_imgAsked whether there could be a surge of infections in the coming two weeks, he said: “Yes, but hopefully I’m wrong.”British health minister Matt Hancock said people should not attend large gatherings of more than six people, including demonstrations.”I understand that people want to show their passion for a cause that they care deeply about. But this is a virus that thrives on social contact, regardless of what your cause may be,” he said at a daily news conference.Most European countries have passed the peak of the outbreak and are gradually reopening business and borders, as infections went gingerly down in past weeks. Europe could face a surge of COVID-19 infections in the coming weeks caused by mass protests in the continent over the last days, politicians, European Union officials and experts said on Thursday.Tens of thousands of protesters have crowded together in Europe’s big cities in recent days to demonstrate against racism after the killing in the United States of George Floyd while in police custody.”If you advise everybody to keep one and half meter from each other, and everybody just stands next to each other, holding each other, then I don’t have a good feeling about that,” Jozef Kesecioglu, who chairs the European Society of Intensive Care Medicine, told a conference. Before recent protests, scientists expected a second wave only after the summer. But mass gatherings might impact this positive trend.Having only recently emerged, it is not yet clear how COVID-19 is affected by seasonal factors and people spending more time outdoors, where the virus particles disperse faster, potentially helping limit its spread.However, the positive impact of being outdoors could be counteracted if social distancing is not adhered to.”As for any infectious respiratory disease, mass events could be a major route of transmission,” Martin Seychell, a health official at the EU Commission told Reuters when asked about the possibility of an earlier second wave caused by demonstrations.The virus was still circulating, although at lower rates than some weeks ago, he said.The likelihood and size of a second wave would depend on the effective maintaining of social distancing measures and other factors, many of which are still unknown, he said.Italy’s health minister Roberto Speranza also struck a note of caution.”A second wave or recrudescence is not certain but possible,” he said. center_img Topics :last_img read more