Florida insurance chief: Pandemics not covered under most business interruption policies

first_img Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Jacob Lund / Shutterstock.com “A lot of (insurers) have rejected retroactive coverage. They did not intend for that to be covered and did not provide dollars for that.” Altmaier said. “Policymakers around the world grapple with this issue. It is an issue not only in Florida but nationwide.”Florida Dental Association President Dr. Rudy Liddell said his constituents are eager for DeSantis to lift the state’s ban on elective procedures and to designate dentistry as essential.He said about a quarter of Florida dentists surveyed by the association said they would not be able to reopen their practices if they remain closed through May. Nearly half would go out of business if they could not reopen before July 1, he said.“If these dentists can’t reopen their practices, this could hurt dental access for years to come,” Liddell said.The state association and its national affiliate has developed protocols for workers and patients that include prescreening questions, temperature checks and quick COVID-19 tests, Liddell said, adding patients will be required to call ahead to reduce waiting room times and “patient-to-patient interaction.”“My message isn’t one of gloom and doom but optimism and assurance that Florida’s dentists are ready to get back,” Liddell said. Reply Florida Insurance Commissioner David Altmaier delivered some good news and some bad news Friday to business leaders planning the state’s post-pandemic recovery. Free webinar for job seekers on best interview answers, hosted by Goodwill June 11 Please enter your name here That one attorney keeps advertising his law office on the tv commercials, where he states to give him a call if you own a business that has suffered financial ruin due to the covid19, and that he may be able to get you compensation from your insurance…….???…..I know, I wish my dentist that I trust….I wish his office would open back up, as I have a cavity, where once there was a silver filling in the tooth, and another dentist told me that I needed to replace it for health concerns, and get a white filling, so I did, only to have it come out , then later the whole side of the tooth broke off. So it is not only a deep cavity, but broken too. I inquired at another dentist office who started quoting the CDC guidelines to me on dentistry during the pandemic…..only extractions for severe pain, or with swelling, or if abcessed….OMG, and I was quoted somewhere in the neighborhood of up to $550 dollars to yank it out! Orajel Severe is my new best buddy. I can’ t get my 2 dog’s nails cut either, they say they aren’t doing them at this time, and they are getting too long! I am afraid I would hurt them, if I cut the quick, so I won’t cut them myself. Tenita Reid TAGSCOVID-19Florida BusinessInsurance CoverageInsurance PoliciesPandemicThe Center Square Previous articleRebound strategy could begin by asking Floridians to take an in-state vacationNext articleNew shows and movies coming to Netflix in May Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Support conservation and fish with NEW Florida specialty license plate Reply Tenita Reid Reply April 28, 2020 at 10:26 pm Please enter your comment! Congratulations to Commissioner Kyle Becker and to Commissioner Doug Bankson, as I watched your swearing in of the oath of office on you tube and the recording was loud enough this time! Only problem was I kept getting the you tube video about Kim Jong Un and his health speculations when trying to watch the oath videos. Oh well, I finally got to view both videos, and got to watch the oaths taken. Congratulations once again! 3 COMMENTS April 28, 2020 at 10:36 pm Insurers would suffer catastrophic financial losses if required to retroactively pay out pandemic claims, he said. Tenita Reid By John Haughey | The Center Square Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter The Anatomy of Fear LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply I can’ t find a blood pressure machine to test my blood pressure to monitor it, as all the stores have them unplugged and temporarily out of use. I was out of ink in my tanks in my printer, and looked all over town for a copy machine and they were temporarily shut down or had been moved out permanently. I want things opened back up and normal! The good news, he said, is businesses may not see employee health insurance premiums increase because, with the health care system almost exclusively focused on combating COVID-19, insurers are seeing fewer claims in other areas.The bad news is financial losses attributed to pandemics are not covered under most “business interruption policies,” Altmaier told the 30-member Re-Open Florida Task Force Industry Working Group on Agriculture, Finance, Government, Healthcare, Management and Professional Service.The group, led by Senate President-designate Wilton Simpson, R-Longwood, is one of four panels identifying obstructions and forwarding ideas to the task force’s 22-member executive committee.The executive committee was expected to present Gov. Ron DeSantis with a statewide reopening plan by Friday but is not likely to do so until this week.Executive Committee Chair Lt. Gov. Jeanette Núñez asked working group members to email suggestions to the Governor’s Office of Policy and Budget by Sunday.DeSantis praised the work of the four industry groups Friday after each met for more than 20 hours over the week in teleconferences.“A lot of great ideas culled and presented,” he said. “We’re going to figure out a way to get back. That will be a bright spot – the fact that we were thoughtful and methodical in doing this.”Among moves being made to help businesses reopen, Altmaier said, is the state’s Office of Insurance Regulation (OIR) that works with insurers on developing protocols for employers to test workers. Insurers have waived cost-sharing for testing, with more than half paying co-pays for treatment through at least June, he said.Altmaier said OIR is closely monitoring litigation trends and emergent risks for the insurance sector, adding he supports granting liability exemptions for businesses that reopen and comply with all protocols and best practices.Unfortunately, Altmaier said, there’s little state insurance regulators can do for businesses only now realizing insurance policies covering financial losses stemming from involuntary and emergency shutdowns do not include pandemics. You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here April 28, 2020 at 10:48 pmlast_img read more

Stirling Mortlock’s big hit on fellow Wallaby David Pocock

first_imgThursday Dec 1, 2011 Stirling Mortlock’s big hit on fellow Wallaby David Pocock The biggest hit of the Barbarians vs Wallabies game at Twickenham on the weekend was on David Pocock and came from none other than fellow Australian, and former captain, Stirling Mortlock. Here’s another look at it, as well as some links to other great moments over his esteemed career. Mortlock has been out of favour with the Wallabies for some time now, losing the captaincy some time ago and missing out on the RWC. He struggled with injuries for most of his career, and now skippers the Melbourne Rebels in Super Rugby. This was his biggest game to date.“It was a chance to play one more top level game and I jumped at it straight away.  I don’t really think it will lead to anything else but I’ve been lucky to have had a fantastic career and this will expand on it,” Mortlock said before the match.This was his opportunity to show his former teammates that at 34, he’s still a force to be reckoned with, and while he was on the wrong side of a 60-11 hiding on the day, he still managed to put a few big shots in, with this one on captain on the occasion, David Pocock.You can take a look at a whole bunch of great Mortlock hits and moments in the list of Related Posts below this clip, and make sure you Register your free Rugbydump account to leave some comments, as well as archive your favourites clips on your own personal profile page.WIN tickets for the upcoming Wales vs Wallabies game, the Dove Men Challenge in Cardiff, so enter here now to stand a chance of winning. Entries close later today.ADVERTISEMENT Posted By: rugbydump Share Send Thanks Sorry there has been an error Big Hits & Dirty Play Related Articles 25 WEEKS AGO Suspensions handed down after testicle grabbing… 26 WEEKS AGO The ‘double ruffle’ splits opinion with fans… 26 WEEKS AGO WATCH: The nastiest and most brutal moments… From the WebThis Video Will Soon Be Banned. Watch Before It’s DeletedSecrets RevealedDoctors Stunned: This Removes Wrinkles Like Crazy! (Try Tonight)Smart Life ReportsIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier LivingHere’s the Purpose of These Little Bumps in the F and J Keys on Your KeyboardNueey10 Types of Women You Should Never MarryNueeyShe Was the Most Beautiful Girl in the World. What She Looks Like Now is InsaneNueeyThe content you see here is paid for by the advertiser or content provider whose link you click on, and is recommended to you by Revcontent. As the leading platform for native advertising and content recommendation, Revcontent uses interest based targeting to select content that we think will be of particular interest to you. We encourage you to view your opt out options in Revcontent’s Privacy PolicyWant your content to appear on sites like this?Increase Your Engagement Now!Want to report this publisher’s content as misinformation?Submit a ReportGot it, thanks!Remove Content Link?Please choose a reason below:Fake NewsMisleadingNot InterestedOffensiveRepetitiveSubmitCancellast_img read more

Cave Residence / APOLLO Architects & Associates

first_imgArchDaily Architects: APOLLO Architects & Associates Area Area of this architecture project 2014 Japan “COPY” “COPY” Save this picture!© Masao Nishikawa+ 17 Share Year:  Projects CopyAbout this officeAPOLLO Architects & AssociatesOfficeFollowProductsWoodConcrete#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesHousesJapanPublished on April 08, 2014Cite: “Cave Residence / APOLLO Architects & Associates” 08 Apr 2014. ArchDaily. Accessed 11 Jun 2021. ISSN 0719-8884Read commentsBrowse the CatalogMetal PanelsAurubisCopper Alloy: Nordic BrassCompositesMitrexPhotovoltaic Solar Cladding – BIPV CladdingPanels / Prefabricated AssembliesTechnowoodPanel Façade SystemArmchairsUniForArmchair – ParigiLouvers / ShuttersBruagShading Screens – Perforated Facade PanelsAluminium CompositesSculptformAluminium Façade BladesCultural / PatrimonialIsland Exterior FabricatorsSeptember 11th Memorial Museum Envelope SystemWire MeshJakobWebnet in a Gymnasium in GurmelsDoorsLinvisibileLinvisibile Pocket Door | MareaPaintKEIMMineral Paint for Concrete – KEIM Concretal®-WLouversReynaers AluminiumSolar ShadingHandlesFormaniFitting Collection – ARCMore products »Read commentsSave世界上最受欢迎的建筑网站现已推出你的母语版本!想浏览ArchDaily中国吗?是否翻译成中文现有为你所在地区特制的网站?想浏览ArchDaily中国吗?Take me there »✖You’ve started following your first account!Did you know?You’ll now receive updates based on what you follow! Personalize your stream and start following your favorite authors, offices and users.Go to my stream Houses Area:  129 m² Area:  129 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project Cave Residence / APOLLO Architects & AssociatesSave this projectSaveCave Residence / APOLLO Architects & Associates Year:  ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/494255/cave-residence-apollo-architects-and-associates Clipboard ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/494255/cave-residence-apollo-architects-and-associates Clipboard Photographs photographs:  Masao NishikawaPhotographs:  Masao Nishikawa Structure Engineers:Masaki Structure, Kenta MasakiFacility Engineers:Shimada Architects, Zenei ShimadaConstruction:Oohara KoumusyoSite Area:57 sqmArchitect In Charge:Satoshi KurosakiCountry:JapanMore SpecsLess SpecsSave this picture!© Masao NishikawaRecommended ProductsDoorsdormakabaEntrance Doors – Revolving Door 4000 SeriesDoorsSky-FrameInsulated Sliding Doors – Sky-Frame ArcWindowsAccoyaAccoya® Windows and DoorsDoorsC.R. LaurenceCRL-U.S. Aluminum Entice Series Entrance System Save this picture!© Masao NishikawaThis is a house for a single person, built in a quiet residential area in Kagurazaka, Tokyo. The exterior walls use dark brown Galvalume steel in a length-wise, lateral direction, in order to blend into the atmosphere of fleshpots surrounded with black board fences. Galvanized steel sheets are used for exterior walls next to the entrance and around the garage. By using a combination of different steel sheets, a playful contrast is created.Save this picture!© Masao NishikawaThe impressive feature of the exterior is the panoramic corner window, which makes full use of the characteristics of the corner site. The window horizontally frames the view of the road side, and provides a depth and spaciousness to the compact interior. The wine cellar in the basement is furnished with a custom-made rack, sofa, and bookshelves in a study, and electronic drums can be played there. A spacious storage is located on the first floor.Save this picture!Third Floor PlanThe Japanese style room serves as a guest room, with minimum natural lighting. Gray and indigo Japanese paper, and pinkish-gray tatami mats are unified with the structural lighting to create a microcosmos. On the second floor, a spacious open kitchen is made for the owner who loves cooking, and a walnut dining table is placed to accommodate many guests. The large skylight provides soft diffuse light through the open ceiling. The dining room, where people sit on chairs, and the living room, where people sit on the floor, are loosely connected with a step to form a sense of unity. Private spaces such as a bathroom, toilet, main bedroom, and a small garden are made on the third floor. Save this picture!© Masao NishikawaThis four-level house can be enjoyed by moving up and down via the see-through stairs located in the center. Natural light showers from the skylight, high window, and corner window. Various openings frame the town views and sky views and accent the rooms to create spaciousness and depth, which can hardly be expected in urban houses.Project gallerySee allShow lessMVRDV Exhibits Furniture Series “Vertical Village” at Milan Design WeekArchitecture NewsComplex House / Tomohiro HataSelected Projects Share 2014 CopyHouses•Japan Cave Residence / APOLLO Architects & Associateslast_img read more

Cabin Geilo / Lund Hagem

first_imgArchDaily Projects Area:  150 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/802450/cabin-geilo-lund-hagem-architects Clipboard “COPY” 2015 Photographs Manufacturers: APS Aluminium Profil Systemer AS, Alvdal Skurlag, PSLab, isola, nordvestvinduetSave this picture!© Marc GoodwinRecommended ProductsDoorsLonghiDoor – HeadlineWoodGustafsWood Veneered Wall & Ceiling PanelsDoorsStudcoAccess Panels – AccessDorWindowspanoramah!®ah!38 – FlexibilityText description provided by the architects. Situated at 982 meters above sea level, this cabin has harsh winter conditions and heavy snowfall. The site has a panoramic view overlooking the valley of Geilo. During winter the cabin is only accessible with ski or snowmobile.Save this picture!© Marc GoodwinThe cabin consists of three volumes; the main cabin, guest house and carport connected under a u-shaped pitched roof creating a sheltered inner courtyard. This south-facing courtyard allows the low winter sun to enter during the day. The outer geometry is formed by the important views and the adaption to the landscape. The cabin is placed as low as possible in the landscape and during winter is almost covered in snow.Save this picture!© Marc GoodwinSave this picture!Floor PlanSave this picture!© Marc GoodwinThe facades facing the terrain are made of concrete. The rest of the cabin is a wood construction, painted black as the traditional buildings in the area. The concrete formwork is made out of the same dimensions as the timber cladding.  The concrete is tinted black.Save this picture!© Marc GoodwinThe materials inside are black concrete floors and oak treated with iron sulphate. The dark tone allows the nature outside to come closer and a darkness that contrasts the white winter landscape. A long single frame skylight placed at the top of the roof and a fireplace hanging from the roof are other sources of light.Save this picture!© Marc GoodwinProduct Description.The exterior of cabin Geilo applies dark coloured timber reference to the traditional houses in the area. The cabin applies consistently dark tones throughout interior and exterior. The dark tone allows to unite the building and the nature as well as contrasts the white winter landscape.Exterior:-Wall (Foundation)- Black tinted concrete-Wall- Pine cladding, painted in black-Roof- Roofing felt in black.Save this picture!© Marc GoodwinInterior:-Floors-Black tinted concrete-Interior wall-oak panel with iron sulphate Save this picture!© Marc GoodwinProject gallerySee allShow lessOak House High School Building / Trasbordo ArquitecturaSelected ProjectsTransformation Potato Barn / Houben & Van MierloSelected Projects Share Cabin Geilo / Lund HagemSave this projectSaveCabin Geilo / Lund Hagem Norway Architects: Lund Hagem Area Area of this architecture projectcenter_img ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOrhttps://www.archdaily.com/802450/cabin-geilo-lund-hagem-architects Clipboard Save this picture!© Marc Goodwin+ 24 Share CopyHouses•Geilo, Norway Year:  Photographs:  Marc Goodwin Manufacturers Brands with products used in this architecture project Houses Cabin Geilo / Lund Hagem “COPY” CopyAbout this officeLund HagemOfficeFollowProductWood#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesGeiloNorwayPublished on December 29, 2016Cite: “Cabin Geilo / Lund Hagem” 29 Dec 2016. ArchDaily. Accessed 11 Jun 2021. ISSN 0719-8884Browse the CatalogPanels / Prefabricated AssembliesTechnowoodGRP Siding Façade SystemPlasticsMitrexSolar SidingMetal PanelsAurubisCopper Alloy: Nordic RoyalSystems / Prefabricated PanelsKalwall®Translucent WalkwaysPanels / Prefabricated AssembliesIsland Exterior FabricatorsSpecialty Facade SystemsLightsLouis PoulsenLamps – LP Slim BoxWoodBruagAcoustic Panels with LEDTiles / Mosaic / GresiteHisbalitMosaic Tiles – Palm SpringsMineral / Organic PaintsKEIMBlack Concrete – Concretal®-BlackSuspension SystemsMetawellAluminum Panels for Smart CeilingsDoorsGorter HatchesFloor Door – Fire RatedBricksDEPPEWaterstruck Bricks – 1622/1635ekws DFMore products »Save想阅读文章的中文版本吗?耶卢小木屋 / Lund Hagem Architects是否翻译成中文现有为你所在地区特制的网站?想浏览ArchDaily中国吗?Take me there »✖You’ve started following your first account!Did you know?You’ll now receive updates based on what you follow! Personalize your stream and start following your favorite authors, offices and users.Go to my streamlast_img read more

VERNON DAHMER: Unsung martyr of Civil Rights struggle

first_imgVernon F. Dahmer Sr., a staunch NAACP activist and a close friend of the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee, was killed on Jan. 10, 1966, in a Ku Klux Klan terrorist raid on his home at Kelley Settlement in Hattiesburg, Miss.The Dahmer family had received numerous threats prior to his death. He and Ellie Dahmer, his spouse, took turns sleeping in order to guard the home. That was not enough to ward off Klan attacks that fateful morning when his small grocery store and home were invaded and firebombed at 2 a.m.In the 1950s, Dahmer and other activists, including Medgar Evers, were victimized for establishing an NAACP Youth Chapter in Hattiesburg. The “One Person One Vote: The Legacy of SNCC and the Fight for Voting Rights” website noted that this was a bold move by the organizers: “However, when its young president, Clyde Kennard, tried to enroll at a segregated college, he was framed for a petty crime and sentenced to seven years in prison. When Kennard became seriously ill, his jailers refused to give him medical treatment. He died not long afterwards.”Nonetheless, Dahmer continued to struggle for Civil Rights, serving as NAACP president in Hattiesburg at a time when such a public stance made one a target of the Klan and the White Citizens Council. He was a proponent of universal voting rights and pledged his life to eliminating obstacles that prevented African Americans from gaining full access to the franchise.Civil Rights groups vs. racist state govtsDahmer mentored SNCC organizer Joyce Ladner during her early years when he took her to political activities and demonstrations protesting legal segregation. During the late 1950s when Ladner was a teenager, she learned firsthand about the dangers of Civil Rights activism when the NAACP was outlawed in Mississippi and other Southern states.In 1956, several Southern states initiated legal actions against the NAACP, saying the organization’s existence defied state statutes. State governments demanded the Civil Rights organization’s membership lists and financial records. If these documents had been turned over to these authorities — many of whom were Klan and White Citizens Council functionaries — then NAACP members and contributors would have faced physical and economic retaliation by the white ruling class.By their actions, these racists aimed to force the NAACP out of existence as the African-American struggle grew in influence — as exemplified by the Montgomery Bus Boycott and the mass response to the lynching of 14-year-old Emmett Till. The African-American youth was killed in Money, Miss., in August 1955 while visiting from Chicago.NAACP state chapters defiantly refused to hand over membership rolls. Consequently, huge fines were levied against them, and organizers were threatened with imprisonment. The NAACP fought these attacks all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court in a landmark case titled NAACP v. Alabama.The high court ruled in the NAACP’s favor in 1958, noting that the state’s attempt to suppress the organization by demanding its membership records violated the Constitution’s guarantee of freedom of association. Other NAACP chapters in Southern states also gained favorable court rulings. However, reactionary attacks against the NAACP and other Civil Rights groups continued into the 1960s.Klan targeted DahmerTeaching for Change’s website published remarks by Ladner prepared for the 50th anniversary commemoration of Dahmer’s martyrdom, hosted by the Clarion Ledger in Jackson, Miss., on Jan. 8. She said, “In his short 58 years, Dahmer launched voter registration drives, and adhered to the philosophy that it was his responsibility to be his brother and sister’s keeper. Perhaps it was also his economic independence that made him a target for the Ku Klux Klan.”Ladner explained that Dahmer “annexed large tracts of land, built a commercial farm of cotton, owned a saw mill, a planer mill, and a grocery store. He hired his Black neighbors from Kelley Settlement to work for him, thereby carrying out his philosophy of being a good neighbor. This was largely unheard of in the fifties and sixties because very few Black people owned businesses. The jobs he provided reduced Black flight to Northern cities and strengthened the local community. Vernon Dahmer was a generous man who believed in the power of a united community.”The attack on Dahmer and his family was ordered by Sam Bowers, one of the most notorious KKK Grand Wizards of the period. Consumed with virulent hatred of African Americans, Bowers, like the Klan’s early founders in the late 1860s, came from an affluent family whose members were involved in business and politics.On Jan. 10, 1966, about 10 miles outside of Hattiesburg, Mississippi, the home of Vernon Dahmer was firebombed by the KKK.The New York Times on Nov. 6, 2006, the day after Bowers’ death, described the morning of Jan. 10, 1966, when “Mr. Bowers sent two carloads of Klansmen with 12 gallons of gasoline, white hoods, and shotguns to the Dahmer house near Hattiesburg, Miss. … The burning gasoline was tossed into the house; Mr. Dahmer, whose lungs were seared, held attackers at bay so his family could escape, then died later in the arms of his wife.”The Times said Bowers was a “leader of the most violent and secretive division of the Ku Klux Klan, the Mississippi White Knights, which at its peak had up to 10,000 members. … The F.B.I. attributed nine murders and 300 beatings, burnings and bombings to Mr. Bowers and the group. … On Feb. 15, 1964, he coaxed 200 Klansmen assembled at Brookhaven, Miss., to join him in founding the Mississippi White Knights of the Ku Klux Klan, an organization that defined itself in its unhesitating willingness to use violence.”Four unsuccessful attempts were made to convict Bowers for Dahmer’s murder, but the fifth trial in 1998 won a conviction and life sentence. It was Ellie Dahmer and the Dahmer children who persisted in keeping the case in front of Mississippi authorities.Bowers died in a Mississippi prison at the age of 82. Despite his death and that of other Klan leaders, racist violence remains a stark reality in the U.S. well into the 21st century.Racist killings, such as Dahmer’s, inspired SNCC leaders and others to adopt Black Power and militant self-defense as a political strategy in 1966. Five decades later there is a resurgence of anti-racist demonstrations and urban rebellions.There is still strong resistance by law enforcement organizations, prosecutorial agencies, and local, state and federal courts to pursuing criminal cases against perpetrators of racist violence against African Americans and other oppressed peoples.Congress never passed a federal anti-lynching law after numerous attempts during the early 1900s when mob violence against African Americans was routine, resulting in thousands of deaths and injuries. Today, neither the House of Representatives nor the Senate has taken any legislative action aimed at ending the blatant state repression against people of color communities.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Opportunity Mars Rover Preparing for Active Winter

first_img Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday This Martian scene shows contrasting textures and colors of “Hinners Point,” at the northern edge of “Marathon Valley,” and swirling reddish zones on the valley floor to the left. Image Credit: NASA/JPL-Caltech/Cornell Univ./Arizona State Univ.JPL’s Mars Exploration Rover Opportunity is conducting a “walkabout” survey of “Marathon Valley,” where the rover’s operators plan to use the vehicle through the upcoming Martian winter, and beyond, to study the context for outcrops bearing clay minerals.Marathon Valley slices downhill from west to east for about 300 yards or meters through the western rim of Endeavour Crater. Opportunity has been investigating rock targets in the western portion of the valley since late July, working its way eastward in a thorough reconnaissance of the area.The rover’s panoramic camera has captured a scene dominated by a summit called “Hinners Point,” forming part of the valley’s northern edge. The image also shows a portion of the valley floor with swirling reddish zones that have been a target for study. It is online at:http://www.jpl.nasa.gov/spaceimages/details.php?id=PIA19819For several months starting in mid- to late October, the rover team plans to operate Opportunity on the southern side of the valley to take advantage of the sun-facing slope. The site is in Mars’ southern hemisphere, so the sun is to the north during fall and winter days. Tilting the rover toward the sun increases power output from its solar panels. The shortest-daylight period of this seventh Martian winter for Opportunity will come in January 2016.“Our expectation is that Opportunity will be able to remain mobile through the winter,” said Mars Exploration Rover Project Manager John Callas of JPL’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory, Pasadena.The walkabout is identifying investigation targets in and near the valley floor. Rocks in reddish zones there contain more silica and less iron than most rocks in the area.“We have detective work to do in Marathon Valley for many months ahead,” said Opportunity Deputy Principal Investigator Ray Arvidson, of Washington University in St. Louis. “During the Martian late fall and winter seasons Opportunity will conduct its measurements and traverses on the southern side of the valley. When spring arrives the rover will return to the valley floor for detailed measurements of outcrops that may host the clay minerals.”Endeavour Crater spans about 14 miles (22 kilometers) in diameter. Opportunity has been studying its western rim since 2011. Marathon Valley became a high priority destination after a concentration of clay minerals called smectites was mapped there based on observations by the Compact Reconnaissance Imaging Spectrometer for Mars aboard JPL’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter. Smectites form under wetter, milder conditions than most rocks at the Opportunity site. Opportunity is investigating relationships among clay-bearing and neighboring deposits for clues about the history of environmental changes.The rover team has been dealing for more than a year with Opportunity’s tendency to undergo unplanned computer resets when using the type of onboard memory that retains information when power is off: flash memory. For three months until mid-September, operators fully avoided use of flash memory. In this mode, images and other data cannot be stored overnight, when the rover is powered off to conserve energy. To gain operational flexibility in a trade-off with possible “lost” days from resets, the team has resumed occasional use of flash memory.JPL’s Mars Exploration Rover Project landed twin rovers Spirit and Opportunity on Mars in 2004 to begin missions planned to last three months. Both rovers far exceeded those plans. Spirit worked for six years, and Opportunity is still active. Findings about ancient wet environments on Mars have come from both rovers. The project is one element of JPL’s ongoing and future Mars missions preparing for a human mission to the planet in the 2030s. JPL, a division of the California Institute of Technology, manages the project for JPL’s Science Mission Directorate in Washington.For more information about Opportunity, visit:http://www.nasa.gov/rovers or http://marsrovers.jpl.nasa.govFollow the project on Twitter and Facebook at: http://twitter.com/MarsRovers or http://www.facebook.com/mars.rovers Science and Technology Opportunity Mars Rover Preparing for Active Winter From STAFF REPORTS Published on Friday, September 25, 2015 | 6:55 pm Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. 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Breaking: Search operation underway in Lough Keel, Kilmacrenan

first_imgA major search operation is ongoing at Lough Keel in Kilmacrenan this evening for two missing people.The Malin Head Coast Guard was alerted at around 2:55pm this afternoon with the Rescue 118 helicopter and Mulroy Coast Guard then tasked to assist in the search.Milford Gardai are also at the scene.No further details are currently known. Twitter Facebook WhatsApp Breaking: Search operation underway in Lough Keel, Kilmacrenan Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic Publicans in Republic watching closely as North reopens further Twitter Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA Pinterest Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORcenter_img By News Highland – June 18, 2020 WhatsApp Community Enhancement Programme open for applications Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programme Homepage BannerNews Google+ Facebook Google+ Previous articleWoman taken to hospital following crash in South DonegalNext articleThe Score -18/06/20 News Highland Pinterestlast_img read more

The IM report Achieving Management Excellence

first_imgThe IM report Achieving Management ExcellenceOn 11 Jul 2000 in Personnel Today On the whole the mood is upbeat, particularly when findings are compared with those of similar studies conducted in 1994 and 1996. Yet the report also shows there are continuing great gaps between what companies say they hope to achieve and what has actually been done – they might have written the policy, but they have yet to build a consistent framework with which to back it up.Where possible, the IM has attempted to track the progress made by individual companies over this period – nearly half of the 500 HR managers interviewed were from the same organisations as those it interviewed in 1996. The IM also interviewed 500 line managers and senior board members from 20 companies.Findings:• Management training, if undertaken in a consistent and systematic way, does have an impact on financial performance. Sixty per cent of those who gave management training a high priority and acted upon it also reported an increase in financial turnover compared with others in their sector. Of those companies that gave lower priority to management training, only 46 per cent reported higher turnover.• Although UK businesses are beginning to recognise that training is an investment, not a cost, only 40 per cent had actually implemented an explicit management training budget – and most of the HR managers surveyed had no idea of how much had been actually spent. Nonetheless the current situation represents a significant improvement on previous years. More companies reported they had taken steps to formalise the training they offered and had also upped the time set aside for it.• The demand for management skills is growing. Although technical “hard skills” such as financial management are still seen as important, the most sought after skills are “soft” – managing people, leadership, team working and customer focus. The IM claims there has been a distinct shift in training policy in many organisations. Instead of focusing on high-fliers, companies are aiming to develop strong management skills throughout the organisation. Many respondents admitted these skills were also the hardest to deliver – more than 80 per cent claimed that lack of time was a strong factor in preventing management training. Nearly half also cited cost.• Why train? The most common reasons given were to help managers do their job better or progress further up the organisation. Typically, only those organisations that had implemented more formal policies took a broader view, claiming that corporate strategy was the major driver. Nonetheless, most respondents continued to relegate training to third place, behind “inherent ability/personality” and job experience, when it came to defining what makes a good manager.• More companies are now formally reviewing the effectiveness of their training programmes (72 per cent compared with 67 per cent previously).• The survey demonstrated the continuing divergence in attitudes between HR managers and line managers when it came to assessing training needs. Most HR professionals saw appraisals as the best means of identifying training needs, but line managers took a more hands-on, informal approach.Achieving Management Excellence costs £25 to IMmembers (£50 to non-members). Contact 020-7421 2704last_img read more

Clueless

first_imgThis Week: A Computer Science paper by linguist Patrick Howard Define the term ‘injection’ (also known as one-one function) This term, together with its decidedly euphemistic alternative name, surely connotes the penetrative aspect of copulation, and more besides. It represents an act of domination, the clear expression of power by one individual over his (such an assumption is not without physiological evidence) sexual partner, not only in the sense of penetration but also in the sense of pollination. One is compelled to think of 18th century libertinism in the image it adopts to convey the nuances of this sexual act, yet one must bear in mind the consequences such euphemisms have for the creation of literalist language.last_img

18 receive OFA fellowships

first_imgThe Office for the Arts at Harvard (OFA) and the Office of the Dean for the Arts and Humanities announced the 2012 recipients of the Artist Development Fellowship. This program supports the artistic development of students demonstrating unusual accomplishment and/or evidence of significant artistic promise. The program is administered by the OFA and the Office of Career Services (OCS), and made possible with the support of the Office of the President at Harvard University.Council on the Arts members at the time of selection were Diana Sorensen (chair), Jones Professor of African-American Music and Dean of Arts and Humanities; Federico Cortese, senior lecturer on music and conductor of the Harvard-Radcliffe Orchestra; S. Allen Counter, director, Harvard Foundation; Deborah Foster, senior lecturer in folklore and mythology; Jorie Graham, Boylston Professor of Rhetoric and Oratory; Jill Johnson, senior lecturer on music and director, Office for the Arts Dance Program; Ruth Stella Lingford, professor of the practice of animation, Film Study Center fellow; Jack Megan, director, Office for the Arts; Cathleen McCormick, director of programs, Office for the Arts; Diane Paulus, artistic director, American Repertory Theater; Olaf Post, preceptor in music; Elaine Scarry, Walter M. Cabot Professor of Aesthetics and the General Theory of Value and senior fellow of the Society of Fellows; and Marcus Stern, associate director, American Repertory Theater/Moscow Art Theater School Institute for Advanced Theater Training at Harvard University.2012 Artist Development Fellowship Recipients  Daniel Bredar ’14, a resident of Pforzheimer House concentrating in visual and environmental studies with a secondary in history of art and architecture, is awarded a Fellowship to intern at the Brooklyn Museum to work on a series of paintings. Bredar, a recipient of a Sydney Williams Jr. Travelling Fellowship in 2011, was involved with the spring 2012 launch of the student-run Monday Gallery. He plans to pursue a career in the visual arts.Molly Dektar ’12, an associate of Dudley House concentrating in English with a secondary in visual and environmental studies, is awarded a fellowship to travel to northern Italy to research postwar (World War II) depression for a writing project. Dektar, a recpient of the Charles Edmund Horman prize for Creative Writing (2011) and Cyrilly Abels Short Story Prize (2010), has had work published in The Harvard Advocate and serves on its art and fiction boards. She is also involved in on-campus theater, providing visuals including paintings and photography for shows, and designed the set for “Working: The Musical.” Dektar plans to pursue a career in writing and teaching.George Fu ’13, a resident of Pforzheimer House concentrating in economics, is awarded a fellowship for attending the Sergei Babayan Piano Academy and the Gijón Piano Festival. Fu has participated in numerous piano competitions and music festivals. His orchestral debut was with the National Symphony Orchestra at the Kennedy Center, and he has since performed with a number of other orchestras including the Montgomery Symphony Orchestra, the Landon Symphonette, and the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra. Currently president of the Harvard College Piano Society, a group that provides resources for pianists on campus by organizing recitals, lessons, master classes, and social events, he plans to pursue a career as a professional musician.Daniel Giles ’13, a resident of Quincy House concentrating in English, is awarded a fellowship to participate in the International Student Drama Festival (ISDF) in the U.K. Giles will present his own piece “CryHurtFood,” performed in fall 2011 at the Loeb Experimental Theatre, and attend ISDF-sponsored master classes.  Giles also plans to research material for a new work about Mary Shelley, author of “Frankenstein.” His work on “CryHurtFood” garnered him the Phyllis Anderson Prize for Playwriting (2011). Additional theater work includes appearances in a number of on-campus productions including “The Balcony,” “The Flies,” and Sara Kane’s “Cleansed.” Giles plans to pursue work in theater, with a focus on playwriting and directing.Philip Gillen ’13, a resident of Quincy House concentrating in English with a secondary in dramatic arts, is awarded a fellowship to attend the Collaborative Arts Project 21 (CAP21) Conservatory New York. He has been featured in more than 15 productions at Harvard including “Romeo and Juliet,” “Othello,” “The Rocky Horror Show,” “Parade,” “The Heidi Chronicles,” and “Mr. Marmalade.” Gillen has also produced theater on campus, is a proctor for the Freshman Arts Program, and is involved with Harvard University Television shows “On Harvard Time” and “Ivory Tower.” He plans to pursue a career in acting.Julia Glenn ’12, a resident of Pforzheimer House enrolled in the Harvard/NEC joint five-year A.B./M.M. program concentrating in linguistics, is awarded a fellowship to participate in violin master classes and chamber music coaching at the 2012 Verbier Festival Academy in Vevey, Switzerland. Glenn is a member and co-concertmaster of the Harvard-Radcliffe Orchestra (HRO), and has also performed with the Brattle Street Chamber Players and Dunster House Opera Orchestra. She is the winner of the 2011 HRO and 2010 Harvard-NEC competitions. Additional appearances include performances with the NEC Philharmonic and Hugh Wolff in Sanders Theatre (2011), and Yo-Yo Ma and the Silk Road Ensemble at Harvard (2010). She plans to pursue a career teaching and performing solo and chamber music internationally.Keir GoGwilt ’13, a resident of Adams House concentrating in literature, is awarded a fellowship to attend the Bowdoin International Music Festival. GoGwilt also plans to study abroad with professors at the Köln Hochschule and the Guildhall School of Music. Additionally, he will be working with American composer Tobias Picker on a recording. A member of the Brattle Street Chamber Players, he has performed with the Bach Society Orchestra. At Bowdoin he will serve as a Performing Associate Fellow and will also perform with the Bowdoin International Music Festival Orchestra. He hopes to pirsue a career as a concert violinist and be involved in the academic study of performance.Brooke Griffin ’14, a resident of Lowell House concentrating in visual and environmental studies with a secondary in computer science, is awarded a fellowship to intern at Bent Image Lab, an animation studio in Portland, Ore., known for its production of music videos, short films, and commercials. Griffin will study animation and technical direction for 3-D. On campus she has produced a number of short animation sequences for films and is a freelance graphic designer creating posters, logos, and brochures. She plays French horn in the Harvard-Radcliffe Orchestra, for which she also designs the concert posters. Future plans include working either as a software engineer or studio animator.Madelynne Hays ’13, a resident of Cabot House concentrating in history of art and architecture, is awarded a fellowship to intern with Broadway scenic designer Derek McLane ’80. Hays has served as a set designer and/or technical designer for more than 26 Harvard productions including “Parade,” “Othello,” and upcoming spring 2012 productions of “Hair,” “Legally Blonde,” “Twelfth Night,” and original student works “The Graveyard Book” and “Cain & Cain.” She plans to pursue a career as a professional scene designer.Bex Kwan ’14, an associate of Dudley House concentrating in performance studies, is awarded a fellowship to apprentice with Room 404 Media, a pioneer of intermedia in theater, and attend the Urban Bush Women Summer Leadership Institute (UBWSLI). Kwan will be studying projection design in performance with Room 404 Media, and will explore issues of race, identity, and class, and the implications of these topics for artists at UBWSLI attending workshops and classes led by guest artist Liz Lerman, founding artistic director of the Liz Lerman Dance Exchange. Kwan has presented work at Harvard’s [email protected] Garden and is involved as a projection designer for the upcoming production of “The Graveyard Book” at Farkas Hall. After graduation, Kwan plans to work as an artist in New York City.Stephanie Newman ’13, a resident of Mather House concentrating in English, is awarded a fellowship to explore acts of human empathy by crafting a memoir from experiences traveling to sites where Jews were hidden during the Holocaust. Newman has had work featured in University publications The Harvard Advocate and The Gamut. In 2010 she was awarded the Joan Gray Untermeyer Poetry Prize by faculty of the English Department for best poem submitted by a female undergraduate. She is the current publisher of The Harvard Advocate and has been a member of the magazine’s poetry board since 2010. Upon graduation Newman plans to continue pursuing her interest in writing.Georgina Parfitt ’13, a resident of Kirkland House concentrating in English, is awarded a fellowship to attend workshops presented by Blind Summit, a puppetry troupe in London.  Her experience with Blind Summit will inform her as she works to produce a series of short plays. This summer she will also be in attendance at the International Student Drama Festival as a member of the Harvard production “CryHurtFood.” Parfitt has been involved in Harvard theater as an actor, writer, and director. This semester, she is working on an original piece, “The Dragons Are Dead,” in which she uses stream-of-consciousness, poetry, and shadow puppetry. Parfitt plans to be a fiction and stage writer.Arnold Peinado ’12, a resident of Quincy House concentrating in economics, is awarded a fellowship to study at Dubspot with Daniel Wyatt, a platinum Grammy- and Emmy-nominated mix/mastering engineer. Peinado is currently the co-president of Quad Sound Studios, where he manages and trains student musical engineers and works with clients to produce albums. He has also served as a board editor, business manager, and writer for the Harvard Art Review. In addition to his artistic experience, Peinado interned at Acción Emprendedora, a nonprofit firm dedicated to overcoming poverty through entrepreneurship in Santiago, Chile. Upon graduating he plans on working in the music industry in production and recording.Jessica Rucinski ’13, a resident of Pforzheimer House concentrating in physics, is awarded a fellowship to attend the Music Academy of the West in Santa Barbara, Calif., as a vocal pianist. She has taken piano lessons from the age of 6 and grew up accompanying and singing in choirs, developing an interest in choral directing. She has been a choral fellow of the Harvard University Choir, a member of the Harvard-Radcliffe Collegium Musicum Chamber Singers, vice president of the Harvard Organ Society, and board member for both the Harvard Early Music Society and the Dunster House Opera Society. She has also served as the assistant music director/chorus master for Harvard Dunster House Opera productions of “The Marriage of Figaro” (2012) and “Die Fledermaus” (2011). Rucinski plans to pursue a career as a vocal coach.Zachary Sheets ’13, a resident of Pforzheimer House concentrating in music and Romance languages and literatures, is awarded a fellowship to pursue composition study at the Bang on a Can Summer Festival. Sheets is a member of the HRO (co-principal flute and piccolo) and Dunster House Opera Orchestra. He has had compositions performed by the Bach Society Chamber Orchestra and Brattle Street Chamber Players and was the winner of the Bach Society Orchestra’s Composition Competition in 2010 and 2012. He is president of the University Composer’s Association, which recently produced the “New Music Week” at Paine Hall. After postgraduate study at a music conservatory, he plans to become a composer and orchestral flutist.Abby Sun ’13, a Winthrop House resident concentrating in visual and environmental studies, is awarded a fellowship to create a series of landscape photographs and animated GIFs examining the visual, cultural, and emotional boundaries of the 49th parallel. In January 2010, Sun was the photographer and curator for the “Feminist Portrait Project,” which documented the complex ideologies and identities of students, staff, and faculty who identified as “feminist.” Last fall, she conceptualized and realized the “Faces of Gender Project” in conjunction with the Trans Task Force. She plans to be a photographer and new-media artist with a practice rooted in sociopolitical contexts.Kevin Sun ’14, a Winthrop House resident concentrating in English, is awarded a fellowship to attend the Banff International Workshop in Jazz and Creative Music. A member of the Harvard Jazz Bands, Sun has participated in numerous OFA Jazz Master in Residence concerts, sharing the stage with jazz legends such as Roy Haynes, Benny Golson, Brian Lynch, and Don Braden, and was featured as composer and performer with the Princeton University Jazz Composers Collective on the CD “Onwards.” His postgraduate plans are to move to New York City to pursue a career as a jazz performer, composer, and educator.John Randolph Thornton ’14, a Pforzheimer House resident concentrating in history, is awarded a fellowship to write a collection of stories informed and inspired by traveling and studying the American South. He recently had his first novel, “Beautiful Country,” accepted for publication in China. His plans for the future are to become a novelist.last_img read more