Mark Barnes appointed chief research compliance officer

first_imgMark Barnes has been hired as Harvard University’s chief research compliance officer and senior adviser to the provost. Working closely with the vice provost for research, Barnes will play a leading role in reviewing and revising research administration policies across the University to ensure consistency. A lawyer, Barnes also will monitor educational and training programs for Harvard’s research faculty, students, and staff. He will oversee the Office for Sponsored Programs (OSP). In a related appointment, Cathy Gorodentsev, most recently acting dean for administration for the Faculty of Arts and Sciences (FAS), has been named the new director of OSP.last_img read more

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Broadway Grosses: No Puzzlement Here! The King and I Plays to Full Houses

first_imgAudiences keep going and going and going, et cetera et cetera. The Tony-winning Broadway revival of The King and I reached 100% capacity for the third consecutive week and fell just short of joining the top five grossing shows. Tony and Oscar nominee Ken Watanabe played his final performance at the Vivian Beaumont Theatre on June 12; Broadway alum Jose Llana will step in as The King of Siam beginning July 14. We suspect the dazzling production will have no trouble continuing to waltz its way to the top of the boards after this cast change. (Have you heard Kelli O’Hara? And have you seen that boat?!) Additionally, the ABBA tuner Mamma Mia! has seen a steady rise in gross and capacity in recent weeks. Crowds have until September 12 to lay all their love on the Broadhurst Theatre.Here’s a look at who was on top—and who was not—for the week ending July 12:FRONTRUNNERS (By Gross)1. The Lion King ($2,308,891)2. Wicked ($1,900,091)3. Aladdin ($1,787,410)4. The Book of Mormon ($1,450,865)5. An American in Paris ($1,406,875)UNDERDOGS (By Gross)5. A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder ($489,049)4. On the Twentieth Century ($469,559)3. It Shoulda Been You ($358,327)2. Hand to God ($317,244)1. Amazing Grace ($291,315)*FRONTRUNNERS (By Capacity)1. Fun Home (103.53%)2. The Book of Mormon (102.54%)3. Aladdin (100.01%)4. The King and I (100.00%)5. The Lion King (99.91%)UNDERDOGS (By Capacity)5. Hand to God (68.64%)4. Jersey Boys (65.38%)3. It Shoulda Been You (65.23%)2. Amazing Grace (62.50%)*1. On the Town (60.63%)* Number based on eight preview performancesSource: The Broadway League View Comments Ken Watanabecenter_img Star Fileslast_img read more

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Vouchers for saving Croatian tourism as a light at the end of the tunnel?

first_imgWhat is certain is that this season they can “save”, ie provide at least some inflow of money, only domestic guests, and weekend trips will also be relevant. In addition to Vouchers, Pointers will promote the entire drip on social networks and publish more than 200 videos and VR360 content from Croatia, placement of promotional videos of destinations and reports “Piece of Croatian Paradise” through local TV stations that have already joined this action and communication with tourism agencies in the surrounding countries by sending smart catalogs of Croatian destinations. The statistics of our online channels show us that in these times of crisis in the world, regardless of the situation, the interest in viewing video and virtual reality content that represents Croatia is growing every day, Weinpert points out and adds: “Concrete figures give us hope and show that tourists, both domestic and foreign, have not given up on beautiful destinations in Croatia and that we must not give up on promoting the tourism sector at this timeWeinpert points out. Find out how to join this commendable initiative and how you can buy vouchers HERE Although it is not yet known or anyone has a solution as to what these vouchers should possibly look like on the field and how they should be realized, the DMC agency Pointers Travel from Osijek, which launched a positive campaign, stands out as a light at the end of the tunnel. TRUST AND FRIENDSHIP for the recovery of Croatian tourism, with which they want to intensify marketing activities mostly in the domestic market, and when the measures related to COVID-19 start to weaken, also in the foreign market. Goal Voucher’s TRUST AND FRIENDSHIP is initiating the flow of money to the economic sector in tourism, initiating the flow of money to the economic sector in tourism, ensuring the inflow of fresh money by advance payments – by purchasing Vouchers by customers, all to help the tourism sector overcome the coronavirus crisis. So everything is free and there is no profit. This is at least for now the first concrete proactive and positive move with the goal of what to do the day after the coronavirus. The least we can do is send beautiful pictures from Croatia, let our guests, both domestic and foreign, dream and plan, as well as to support their previous hosts in our tourism. It’s up to the people. Let’s support and get involved in this initiative, because this is one of the possible solutions that gives us the opportunity to see at least some light at the end of the tunnel and to try to save what to save yes from this year. And for that we all need to activate, not wait. A light at the end of the tunnel? Namely, vouchers can be used in the next minimum of one year from the date of purchase, and when using the voucher, the customer achieves a minimum of 25% higher value. They see their optimism from Pointers in the growing interest in video and VR360 content on their online channels. center_img We actively involve the entire tourism sector in the campaign, our companions, tourists, guests and all partners, locally and globally, he points out. Krunoslav Weinpert from Pointers and adds: “All marketing activities, posting and promotion of information online are done by Pointers without any financial compensation, as a thank you to our partners for their trust and to contribute to the situation in our business sector.. We invite you to give your contribution to this action by supporting the Croatian tourism sector by joining this action, promoting it, sharing this information, inviting the tourism sector to contact us to place their vouchers online” Although the whole story looks great and the whole initiative with vouchers is more than commendable, at first glance it may seem that the team from Pointers may have taken too big a bite, ie you set too big a goal. But when we look at the whole picture, it is a complete and rounded project, not just a form, and that is why this initiative should definitely be supported. Also, the credibility of Pointers is certainly a guarantee that this is not an empty PR story, but a serious project. “The goal is to sell as many vouchers as possible in advance to secure cash flow in the tourism sector. Also, we have distributed all our destination videos to local TV stations that have already started broadcasting them, in order to at least start a tourist activity in Croatia, because the focus will certainly be on the domestic guest. ” concludes Weinpert. Also, there is a campaign “Vacation week worth” as well as a Cro card from the Ministry of Tourism, projects that should have been active, and can be activated as soon as the day after the coronavirus. Currently, the tourism sector is quietly talking about vouchers for the tourism sector, as one of the solutions to save this tourist season, ie to at least somehow activate the tourist activity of the local population to get at least some cash flow and save what can be saved. Vouchers enable customers in Croatia and around the world to help caterers, hoteliers, private renters and other participants in tourism with their purchase now, when it is most needed. And the peculiarity of the whole campaign is the introduction Vouchers to help the entire tourist sector. Side dish: See how it works in more detail in the presentationlast_img read more

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Letters to the Editor for Wednesday, July 3

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionTrump’s economy trumps Obama’sI felt compelled to respond to Mr. Guido’s June 1 letter of criticism of my comments and President Trump’s economy.Only in Democrat circles is an economy growing at 1.5 percent better than an economy growing at 3 percent. The better economy of Obama’s had the lowest labor participation rate ever. Under Trump, we are at all time high percentages. Don’t tell the black and Hispanic communities how bad things are. The unemployment rates in both communities are at all-time lows. Under Obama, more than 46 million Americans were on food stamps. Today, 42 million Americans are.Mr. Guido sited how well he did with his investments during Obama’s reign. The stock market did in fact do well, but not because the economy was strong. It in fact was struggling due to Obamacare and a rabid EPA. Rather, the compliant Fed pumped trillions of dollars into the economy and with interest rates kept artificially low, the stock market was the only place to put money for investments.Mr. Guido, do you remember Biden talking up the summer of recovery? What a joke. It never came.I love hearing Obama and Biden taking credit for this economy. What a farce. It wasn’t until we got a politically incorrect businessman who didn’t need the job and was willing to take a pay cut because he loves this country did we get on our feet.We are lucky to have Donald J. Trump as our president.Dave EdwardsHalfmoonOlder drivers need retesting for safetyEvery year at the beginning of summer, I dread turning the pages in the newspaper to read about another person being killed or seriously injured in a motorcycle accident.Most of the time, speed was a factor. But in other incidences, the fault of the accident was not the motorcyclist’s, but the automobile driver’s.The driver of the car may not have seen the single rider and may have pulled out in front of the motorcyclist or cut them off.In too many of the accidents, the auto driver is an older American. I think there should be a law that mandates when adults turn 70 years old, an updated driving test is required.The goal isn’t to revoke licenses, but to make the roads safer for everyone.Sunnyview Rehabilitation Hospital offers evaluation services for elderly drivers. For more information on the program call 518-386-3601.Mitch WalshNorth GreenbushMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?last_img read more

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Former Prime Minister, John Howard, said the pressure on housing costs could be eased by doing this

first_imgFormer Prime Minister, John Howard, said encouraging migrants to move to rural or regional areas could ease housing price pressure. Picture: Glenn HampsonAUSTRALIA’S housing price pressure could be eased if new migrants were encouraged to settle in rural or regional centres, according to former Prime Minister John Howard.While visiting the Gold Coast Mr Howard said doing that wouldn’t change things immediately but it would take the pressure off.“I think the government is quite sensibly looking at ways at encouraging new migrants to settle in rural area or regional areas and the less populous capital cities,’’ he said.“Over time it would take some pressure off, but all of these things happen over time.’’Mr Howard was on the Gold Coast to open the Ray White and Loan Market, Connect 2018 conference, which was attended by more than 2500 agents and brokers.He said it was harder now for people to buy their first property than it was in his generation.“I am 79 so it was easier for me,’’ he said.“Although interest rates were higher then, much higher, we have never know lower interest rates than we have at the present time. If you are buying a house that’s an advantage, if you are living on your savings and you are not a carefree investor it is bit of a disadvantage.’’Mr Howard said the biggest problem with the cost of housing was that over the years the supply of land had not kept pace with demand and there have been “absurd restrictions’’ on the release of some land around some of the capital cities.“I think in some parts of the country the level of immigration is probably putting pressure on the housing market, but in other parts of the country it is not the case.“It varies, it depends where you live, if you live in South Australia or Western Australia they want more migrants.’’He encouraged those wanting to buy their first home to keep saving and said he expected for some to buy it would mean a move out of the big cities.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus17 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market17 hours agoA relative of his had just done this, leaving Sydney and moving to Currumbin on the Gold Coast.“Currumbin is cheaper than the Sutherland Shire of Sydney, much cheaper,’’ he said.Mr Howard, who served in parliament for more than 33 years, said there were some common characteristics between leading a political party and being in business.“The most important element in leadership to achieve success was that he or she had to believe in something and have strong beliefs and strong values — be it an army, a football team or an enterprise,” he said.“So often I hear that ‘he’s not a bad bloke but I don’t like what he stands for’ so always let your business employees know what you believe in.“Leaders must have a clear set of values and that is absolutely fundamental.’’Mr Howard said it was important leaders developed a strong relationship with the public and the people who worked for them.“Accept that you’re going to make mistakes and the most important thing is to get the big things right.“I took a few decisions in my time that were not popular and I know that the most unpopular thing I did was to commit the forces to military operations in Iraq.“It’s still unpopular today but my instinct was that it was the right thing and an important thing to do.“That is one of the most difficult parts of leadership — to get the balance right between listening and leading.”last_img read more

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DFDS: Stricken Primula Seaways Could Be Out of Service for Weeks

first_imgPrimula Seaways, a Ro-Ro ship which was involved in a collision of Vlissingen on March 3, could be out of service for a couple of weeks, the vessel’s owner DFDS said in a statement. The 2004-built Primula Seaways was hit by the container vessel MSC Madrid during the Ro-Ro’s outbound voyage from Ghent to Brevik. Following the collision, Primula was able to sail to Ghent without assistance where it arrived on Saturday.No persons were injured and the incident caused no pollution. However, the collision caused damage to Primula Seaways’ port side and to one of the trailers located near the damaged part of the hull.“The damage is now being investigated, and we anticipate that the ship could be out of service for some weeks, but we will need to carry out further investigations to be able to be more specific,” according to DFDS.“As the Ghent – Gothenburg/Brevik route is a busy one with high cargo volumes, we have decided to swap one of the ships on the route, Ark Germania, with Petunia Seaways from the Gothenburg – Immingham route. Petunia Seaways offers more cargo space than Ark Germania, and Ark Germania will be an acceptable solution for the Immingham route,” Morgan Olausson, Vice President, BU North Sea North and route director for the Gothenburg/Brevik – Ghent route, explained.“In addition, we have chartered the vessel Maestro Sea to assist us in the immediate short term. She will be available in Gothenburg from Tuesday. DFDS will also consider chartering further tonnage if required,” Olausson added.The cargo has now been discharged from Primula Seaways in Ghent and will be transported by other vessels to the cargo’s final destination.last_img read more

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New promoter has high expectations for Maquoketa Speedway

first_imgMAQUOKETA, Iowa – There are high expectations this season at Maquoketa Speedway, where Nick McCrady takes over as promoter.The ¼-mile dirt oval opens on April 14 with Saturday night programs featuring five IMCA divisions scheduled through Aug. 25.“I see something here that has potential. I want to see how I can make this track even better for drivers and fans,” McCrady said. “We’re going to work very hard at building our weekly car counts and we’re very excited about having the Deery Brothers Summer Series here on May 5.”IMCA Modifieds, IMCA Late Models, IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks and Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMods are back on regular race programs at Maquoketa while IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars are newly-sanctioned.Late Models have been a weekly staple at Maquoketa for the past 17 years. Modifieds returned in 2009, Northern SportMods were new in 2012 and Hobby Stocks were added in 2015.Twenty point races will be held during the upcoming IMCA Speedway Motors Weekly Racing season.“IMCA is really for the budget racer,” said McCrady, who raced in street stock and sportmod divi­sions before ending his on-track career in a modified. “They’re not going to do anything with the rules that make it impossible for budget racers to afford or that would keep them from being competi­tive. That’s what I like most about IMCA.”The new track crew includes Randy Massarolo, who has worked at area tracks for many years and who will be in charge of preparing the racing surface.Lisa Sanders is returning to the track and Randy Anderson, IMCA’s Late Model director, will help with tech as his travel schedule permits. Kevin Feller will be scoring and Doug Haack will be throw­ing the flags weekly.The Speedway Fire and Rescue crew will be at the track on race nights and the Lil’ Racer Car Club for the young race fans is new to the track this year.“A lot of what we’re doing this year wouldn’t be possible without the help of our local sponsors,” noted McCrady. “I’ve knocked on a lot of doors and have been very pleased with the re­sponse from the community.”McCrady worked at Quad City Speedway, Davenport Speedway and Cedar County Raceway before taking the top job at Maquoketa.Modified points earned at Maquoketa count in IMCA’s Side Biter Chassis North Central Region, Stock Car points in the EQ Cylinder Heads Northern Region and Hobby Stock points in the Big Daddy Race Cars Northern Region.last_img read more

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USC holds equal rights ‘boot camp’

first_img“Are we ready for equality?” Christine Pelosi, daughter of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, asked same-sex marriage activists gathered at USC during her keynote address.About 160 students and community members gathered at USC this weekend for “Campaign Boot Camp.” The program, titled “Education and Empowerment for the Grassroots” included seminars and workshops, that sought to educate attendees about civil rights activism and political campaigning.Keynote · AJ Tarleton, a participant in the Campaign Boot Camp, introduces Christine Pelosi, daughter of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. – Photo courtesy of David McCoyThe Campaign Boot Camp ­— inspired by Pelosi’s book of the same name — focused specifically on preparing to continue the fight against Prop 8, the ballot proposal banning same-sex marriages in California. The proposition was passed in November 2008, overturning legalization of same-sex marriages by the California Supreme Court six months earlier.“I believe in equality for everybody. The more that we can inspire people to be involved in public service, to be involved in something better than themselves, the more that we can get,” Pelosi said in an interview.The event was organized by the coalition Organizations United Together West — a coalition of about 40 different equal rights organizations. OUT West composed an interactive training program with the support of other national organizations, notably Equality California and the Courage Campaign.“I think this has the chance to impact the very near future, with candidate races and also with the upcoming marriage equality battle that will take place in the next couple of years,” said Chris Hauck, an OUT West event coordinator. “People actually have real-world lessons that they can apply, not just theory.”Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, who sent a letter to the participants praising their desire to take action, promised to assist the activists in their fight to overturn the marriage equality ban.“I don’t believe that we should discriminate against any of God’s children,” Villaraigosa said in an interview. “We should promote the institutions which have always been about families. That’s why I’m so supportive of this issue.”As part of the boot camp, USC hosted speakers, election simulations and educational series on campaign operations, due in large part to the effort of the school’s LGBT Resource Center.“It will get people prepared and ready for the next marriage equality battle, but then again, it’s not just about marriage equality. It’s about how these tools and techniques can be used for any sort of campaign,” said Vincent Vigil, director of USC’s LGBT Resource Center.The focus of the boot camp was on dealing with challenges and frustrations of running any sort of political campaign.“It’s incredibly hard to be patient when you’re trying to change the world and when you think the world is denying you the very basic human right, but learning to be operational and strategic in our thinking without sacrificing or compromising any of our principles — that’s the ultimate test,” Pelosi said to the participants.A number of the attendees took part in a quick-paced campaign simulation on Saturday, forcing them to think through and implement campaign strategies in one hour that would typically take place in the nine months before any election day.People with limited campaign experience worked in teams to learn how to manage a political campaign for the first time. The simulation was based on a state the size of Maine with the demographics of California to make it relevant to advocates of marriage equality in California.“They’ve given us a look into how a nine-month campaigning process works and the realities of it, the limited knowledge that you’re given at the beginning and how you have to work with that and how you have to work with other people,” said Gregory Oertel, a freshman majoring in music performance.Only one out of 17 teams that undertook the challenging campaign- simulation game won their ballot measure, demonstrating the inherent difficulty of passing a controversial issue like marriage equality. Fleischer said that it was common for all teams to be defeated in the simulation, reflecting real campaign efforts on gay marriage.“Many people don’t know how hard it is to win these campaigns,” said Kathleen Campisano, who co-authored the simulation game and is a senior field organizer with the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force. “It helps them understand the frustration; it gets them to really understand that we’ve got to be really smart campaigners to make sure that we can win these elections.”Participants and speakers at the Campaign Boot Camp also weighed in on the debate over when the gay marriage ban will be contested.While the organization Love Honor Cherish is positioning itself for a 2010 ballot initiative for marriage equality, Equality California and others are setting their sights on the 2012 election.Keith Peyton, a senior majoring in international relations and the lavender commencement project manager at the LGBT Resource Center on campus, said that marriage equality will likely be seen on the 2010 ballot.“It’s definitely practical,” said Peyton. “Six states have already legalized gay marriage, California just went backward.”In addition to the workshops, several notable activists spoke at the weekend event, including the Reverend Eric P. Lee, the president and CEO of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference of Greater Los Angeles.“It starts with you to change the societal attitudes about LGBT justice,” Lee told the audience of activists. “Be passionate about justice universally because the fight for justice is not self-serving, but selfless. Look to serve the needs of humanity before our own needs, then our needs will take care of themselves.”Lee paralleled the denial of fundamental human rights to the LGBT community to the African American civil rights battle and added that proponents of marriage equality must have a personal and unwavering conviction that they deserve equal justice, liberty and legal rights.“The only thing that sustains us is knowing that it’s right,” Lee said. “Someday you will achieve it.”last_img read more

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NBA free agency rumors: Lakers, Bulls, 2 others in the mix to sign Patrick Beverley

first_img NBA free agency rumors: Lakers, Celtics among teams interested in Enes Kanter The Lakers will have around $32 million in cap space this summer, while the Mavericks reportedly believe Beverley is a “perfect fit.” Beverley was born in Chicago and said recently he’d consider joining the Bulls.“I am Chicago. I’m from Chicago. I bleed Chicago. I really think I can help the city. I think I can save the city,” Beverley said. “I inspire already. And I’d be a great inspiration just walking around the city of Chicago, knowing I’m from there, knowing that someone made it out and you can go and do the same. I’m a Chicago kid. So, of course, I’m open to playing for the Chicago Bulls if that’s a team that’s interested in me.”“There’s a growing belief around the league” Chicago is open to trading everyone on its roster except forwards Lauri Markkanen and Wendell Carter Jr., according to an earlier report from The Athletic. NBA free agency rumors: Bulls expected to pursue Julius Randle Sources: Patrick Beverley is seeking a deal in the three-year, $40+ million range. Suitors include Mavs, Lakers, Bulls and Clippers. Agent Bill Duffy also represents Luka Doncic and is known to be intrigued by idea of pairing bulldog Beverley with the young playmaker.— Tim MacMahon (@espn_macmahon) June 27, 2019Beverley averaged 7.6 points, 5.0 rebounds and 3.8 assists in 78 games for the Clippers this season. The lockdown defender spent the first five years of his career with the Rockets before he was sent to Los Angeles as part of the Chris Paul trade in June 2017.“I feel like any team I’m on, I can help take that team to the playoffs,” Beverley told the Chicago Tribune recently. “Just me, my attitude, what I bring defensively, my grit and grind, my ability to play-make, rebound and make shots, the leader I am, I’m excited to see what door opens. If it’s a young team or older veteran team, I’m ready. Related News Patrick Beverley appears like he’ll have multiple options this offseason.The Lakers, Bulls, Mavericks and Clippers will all pursue the 30-year-old guard in free agency, according to a report from ESPN, which cites unidentified league sources. Beverley is seeking a three-year contract worth about $40 million. “This is my first time being an unrestricted free agent, so of course I’m super excited to go through the process, to be wooed, to see the hard work and everything I’ve been through to this point be rewarded. I’m just really happy and confident and excited with how this past season went. I can’t wait to see what the future holds.” Lakers trade players, pick to Wizards to create cap space, chase max free agentlast_img read more

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