Looking forward to a break, and what’s ahead

first_img Psychologist discusses strategies that can help you handcuff the holiday blues The semester has been winding down, and the holiday break beckons. With that in mind, the Gazette asked Harvard College students to reflect on the year they’re finishing, the break to come, and how they view their goals for 2020.,Related First-years embrace the spirit of the season The art of crafting a carol Starting holiday traditions Merry and bright? Memorial Church composer in residence Carson Cooman discusses his latest noel last_img

Finding new land-management lessons in old ways

first_img Bullard Fellow brings passion for conservation to his work Decades after Harvard Forest researchers decided to simulate effects of a giant storm, nature is still surprising in how it has rebounded Tree in Harvard Forest outfitted with sensors, cameras, and other digital equipment sends out on-the-ground coverage Creative path through Harvard Forest A new study led by archaeologists, ecologists, and paleoclimatologists at Harvard and elsewhere overturns long-held beliefs about the role humans played in shaping the American landscape before and after European colonization. The findings offer insights and lessons in managing biodiverse landscapes in the Northeast.The study, published today in the journal Nature Sustainability, focuses on the coast from Long Island to Cape Cod and the nearby islands of Nantucket, Martha’s Vineyard, Block Island, and Naushon — areas that historically supported the densest populations of native peoples in New England and today are home to the highest concentrations of rare habitats in the region, including sandplain grasslands, heathlands, and pitch pine and scrub oak forests.“For decades, there’s been a growing popularization of the interpretation that for millennia, native people actively managed landscapes — clearing and burning forests, for example — to support horticulture, improve habitat for important plant and animal resources, and procure wood resources,” said study co-author David Foster, director of the Harvard Forest at Harvard University. These practices were credited with the creation of open-land habitats and enhanced regional biodiversity.But, Foster said, the data reveal a new story. “Our data show a landscape that was dominated by intact, old-growth forests that were shaped largely by regional climate for thousands of years before European arrival.”Fires were uncommon, and native people foraged, hunted, and fished without clearing much land, the research revealed. “Forest clearance and open grasslands and shrublands only appeared with widespread agriculture during the European colonial period within the last few hundred years,” said Wyatt Oswald, a professor at Emerson College and study lead author.,The researchers say the findings transform thinking about how landscapes have been shaped in the past and offer insights into how they might best be managed in the future. “Ancient native peoples thrived under changing forest conditions not by intensively managing them but by adapting to them and the changing environment,” noted archaeologist and study co-author Elizabeth Chilton, dean of Harpur College of Arts and Sciences at Binghamton University.To reconstruct historical changes to the land, scientists combined archaeological records with more than two dozen intensive studies of vegetation, climate, and fire history spanning 10,000 years. They found that old-growth forests were predominant for millennia but are extremely uncommon today.“Today New England’s species and habitat biodiversity are globally unique, and this research transforms our thinking and rationale for the best ways to maintain it,” said Oswald. “It also points to the importance of historical research to help us interpret modern landscapes and conserve them effectively into the future.The authors also noted the unique role that Colonial agriculture played in shaping landscapes and habitat. “European agriculture, especially the highly varied activity of sheep and cattle grazing, hay production, and orchard and vegetable cultivation in the 18th and 19th centuries, made it possible for open-land wildlife species and habitats that are now rare or endangered — such as the New England cottontail — to thrive,” said Foster. Open-land species have declined dramatically as forests regrow on abandoned farmland, and housing and commercial development of both forests and farms have reduced their habitat. Related Scientists are blown away by hurricane experiment’s results Foster said that the unique elements of biodiversity initiated through historical activities can be encouraged through similar management practices today. “Protected wildland reserves would preserve interior forest species that were abundant before European settlement,” he said. “Lands managed through the diversified farming and forestry practices that created open lands and young forests during the Colonial period would support another important suite of rare plants and animals.”For successful conservation models that leverage this historical perspective, the authors point to efforts by the Trustees of Reservations, the oldest land trust in the world, which manages more than 25,000 acres in Massachusetts that include old and young forests, farms, and many cultural resources. The organization, for instance, uses controlled livestock grazing to keep lands open for birds like bobolinks and meadowlarks. A red oak live tweets climate changelast_img read more

Michael Keaton is Down Stage Center on Broadway in New Birdman Trailer

first_img View Comments It’s Michael Keaton on Broadway! Sort of. The film star’s newest project, Birdman, puts him center stage on the Great White Way. In the flick, Keaton plays Riggan Thomson, a past-his-prime actor, known for his portrayal of iconic superhero Birdman. Overcoming family issues, including dealing with a fresh out of rehab daughter (played by Emma Stone), Riggan prepares for a big comeback…on Broadway at the St. James Theatre. Birdman, in addition to Keaton and Stone, stars Edward Norton, Naomi Watts, Amy Ryan and Zach Galifianakis. Take a look at the trailer below (warning: there’s a bit of bad language) and see how many Broadway landmarks you can spot! The film is set to premiere on October 17.last_img

The Belle of Amherst, Starring Joely Richardson, Begins Off-Broadway

first_img The limited engagement will open officially on October 19 and run through January 25, 2015. In William Luce’s The Belle of Amherst, Emily Dickinson’s poems, diaries and letters are woven into an illuminating portrait of the prolific wordsmith. Dickinson’s encounters with close friends and family and her often-amusing observations come to life in the one-woman-play. Emily Dickinson is back in the spotlight, as The Belle of Amherst starts preview performances off-Broadway at the Westside Theatre on October 7. Stage and screen star Joely Richardson stars in the Steve Cosson-helmed revival.center_img View Commentslast_img

Lessons learned: FinCEN’s recent enforcement actions

first_img 95SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Erin O’Hern As Vice President of Strategic Initiatives, Erin O’Hern supports PolicyWorks’ market expansion through management of strategic relationships, development of market and product integration strategies and thought leadership in the governance, … Web: www.policyworksllc.com Details Good compliance officers know that just reading the text of a regulation is not enough to actually understand the requirements, nor to meet examiner expectations. That’s because the world of regulation presents a lot of gray area.To get to a higher level of understanding, it’s a good idea to review guidance, FAQs and supervisory letters. Something else credit union compliance officers should consider is researching and reviewing enforcement actions. While you may be tempted to believe these only highlight the most egregious violations, there are often good lessons that can be applied to your own program.For example, FinCEN recently has levied several large-dollar penalties against a casino, a money service business (MSB) and a bank from which credit unions can learn.Three Cautionary TalesIn April, FinCEN assessed a $1 million penalty against a casino for failing to file Suspicious Activity Reports (SARs) and Currency Transaction Reports (CTRs). Software resources, as well as data the casino collected from its customers, were used to improve profits instead of the casino’s anti-money laundering (AML) program.The director of FinCEN said, “Despite the fact that [the casino] hosted convicted embezzlers and had been repeatedly alerted to suspicious transactions by its own BSA compliance manager, [leadership] saw no need to re-think [the casino’s] AML defenses.” FinCEN also noted the casino failed to document decisions not to file a SAR and prevented the BSA officer from reviewing the exam report.In March, FinCEN issued a penalty against both an MSB, as well as the compliance officer and owner of the MSB. Four years earlier, FinCEN had issued a warning letter to the MSB citing record-keeping failures, reporting violations and systematic AML program violations. In 2016, the agency found the MSB had not taken any action on that letter, failing to hire an adequate compliance officer, conduct appropriate training or initiate an independent test of its compliance program. FinCEN also found 95 percent of the MSB’s CTRs were either inaccurate or incomplete.In another instance, this time in February, FinCEN found a bank did not heed earlier warnings about deficiencies in its AML program. The bank did not monitor nor detect suspicious activity despite red flags, which resulted in the bank failing to report 120 SARs in a timely manner. At the time, FinCEN was investigating a Ponzi scheme, an investigation that could have been significantly supported by the bank timely filing its SARs. FinCEN also noted the bank’s account opening and risk profile procedures and information were insufficient. As a result, compliance staff were unable to identify suspicious activity.What Credit Unions Can LearnWhile the three enforcement actions detailed above could be characterized as extreme, the roots of the problems FinCEN found are important for credit unions to understand. Here are the key take-aways from these cautionary tales:Heed warnings of the compliance officer – It is important to note how much emphasis FinCEN has placed on listening to the BSA compliance officer. Be sure leadership, board members and staff are hearing your compliance officer and taking his or her recommendations seriously.Fix mistakes promptly – FinCEN explicitly cited the MSB’s failure to address the short comings it had been warned about. A credit union’s board of directors should ensure the cooperative is fixing any gaps identified by regulators and/or their independent audit.File on time, every time – The bank example highlights how critical timely SAR and CTR filing is to helping FinCEN with its investigations. It can be hard to see the tangible results of everyone’s hard work to stop financial crimes. However, it’s clear the efforts make a difference in the community.last_img read more

Why Germany’s coronavirus strategy doesn’t appear to be working

first_imgA medic administers a polymerase chain reaction (PCR) swab test on a motorist at a drive-thru coronavirus testing center at the Talavera car park in Wuerzburg, Germany, on Monday, Aug. 31, 2020.Bloomberg | Bloomberg | Getty Images In the first wave of the epidemic, the country built on existing local infrastructure to get ahead of the virus. Analysis published in the British Medical Journal (BMJ) found Germany’s intensive system of testing, contact tracing, and quarantine were all critical to its “successful control” of the outbreak. Dr. Hajo Zeeb, head of department for Germany’s Leibniz Institute for Prevention Research and Epidemiology, told CNBC via telephone that the country’s public health offices tracing system was now being “challenged to its limit.” With this second round of lockdown restrictions, the German government said its aim was to push the number of new infections down to about 50 cases per 100,000 people over a seven-day period, so that local public health offices could once again trace all contacts. According to Thursday’s daily situation report by German federal government agency the Robert Koch Institute, there were now nearly 127 cases per 100,000 over a seven-day period.- Advertisement – – Advertisement – – Advertisement –center_img LONDON — Germany was lauded for its initial response to the coronavirus pandemic, but a four-week long return to strict public health measures has raised questions over the effectiveness of its strategy second time around.Germany started its “lockdown light” on Monday, which is set to last for the month of November. The new restrictions include the closure of bars, restaurants, cinemas, theaters and gyms, as well as the re-introduction of physical-distancing measures. Chancellor Angela Merkel warned on Monday that Germany “must get the situation under control to a point where the local public health offices can trace contacts again — otherwise the exponential growth will simply spiral further upwards.” – Advertisement – The government said it was currently unable to trace 75% of new cases. ‘Major workload’Zeeb said a combination of factors had led to the latest upsurge in Covid-19 infections, including a relaxation of restrictions over the summer period. It was people returning to Germany from vacation, however, that was the main driver to the start of another wave, Zeeb said. This resulted in a “major workload” for local public health offices, as they then also had to test these returning citizens. “I wouldn’t say it was uncoordinated but there were some strange decisions taken in Bavaria and other places to test people even on highways and in different situations,” he said. Bavaria, Germany’s largest state, has had the second-highest number of coronavirus cases in the country, at 119,505, according to data from the Robert Koch Institute.It is the only federal state in Germany to have rolled out free coronavirus testing for everyone. The move raised concerns it would overwhelm testing centers when it was introduced in June. Indeed, Bavaria has experienced testing blunders since it introduced the policy, with backlogs and data entry issues. A spokesman for the Bavarian state ministry of health and care told CNBC via email that both of theses issues occurred once and “could be solved quickly.”“The causes were clearly identified and solved,” he said. “The reasons were in one case a technical defect in a computer system and in the other case a process error or an error during the takeover of the test stations on the freeways by a new supplier.”Nationally, Zeeb said the spread of the virus had now gone beyond clusters of cases into wider communities, making it harder to pinpoint the source of infection. The German government said on Monday that while 21.5 million people had downloaded its Corona-Warn-App, “regrettably only 60% of people testing positive pass on their contacts.” The first time round, Zeeb said Germany’s effective handling of the virus was helped by the fact that its epidemic “started in a young age group, which didn’t lead to a lot of severe cases right from the beginning,” giving it more time to prepare its health care system. Clear communication of pandemic science, helped by Merkel’s training as a scientist, has also been said to have contributed to its effectiveness. While the historical investment in Germany’s health care system and the rapid response in providing extra intensive care facilities, meant its hospitals didn’t become overwhelmed. ‘Victim of its own success’Dr. Mike Tildesley, an associate professor who specializes in infectious disease control at the University of Warwick in the U.K., told CNBC that in some ways Germany, might be seen as a “victim of its own success.”Having a smaller first wave meant there were likely to be more people still susceptible to the virus, he explained, making a larger second wave possible.For Germany, he said the decision to impose another lockdown could be considered “brave,” and may be viewed as Germany acting pre-emptively once again.Dr. Rowland Kao, a professor of epidemiology and data science at the University of Edinburgh, told CNBC that unless a country manages to get rid of every single case of Covid-19, there’s still a chance of a resurgence when restrictions are lifted.As such, Kao said it might not be that there’s anything wrong with Germany’s strategy. “It could be that it’s impossible to do it right,” he said, as there are only so many tools at a country’s disposal for containing the coronavirus. Kao added that part of what makes the coronavirus so difficult to control is the fact that people are infectious before showing clinical signs. So mildly symptomatic and asymptomatic people contribute to the spread of the disease, meaning “it’s always going to be harder for test and trace to work.”A spokeswoman for Germany’s federal ministry of health told CNBC via email that there is “an increase in the number of cases when the infection rate generally increases (because of local accumulation of infections, family celebrations or leisure activities).”“Naturally, more tests are then carried out — without the test strategy changing,” she added.She said that “shutting down public life again is necessary in order to be able to track infections again.”last_img read more

2020 Bulkers Secures Charter for Sixth Newcastlemax Newbuild

first_imgNorway-based shipowner 2020 Bulkers announced it has signed a time charter agreement with a subsidiary of commodities trader Glencore for its Capesize Bulk Shenzhen.The Newcastlemax newbuild is set to start its 11-13 month time charter upon delivery from China’s New Times Shipyard in early January 2020.2020 Bulkers said the ship would earn an index linked rate, reflecting a significant premium to the Baltic 5TC index.The company added that the time charter also includes a profit sharing of any economic benefit derived from operating the vessel’s scrubber.Bulk Shenzhen is the sixth of overall eight 208,000 dwt units ordered by the company from China. The first two vessels were already delivered with another two scheduled to be handed over this year. The remaining bulkers are to be delivered in 2020.2020 Bulkers has so far secured charters for six of the eight scrubber-fitted Newcastlemaxes with Koch and Glencore.last_img read more

Soname kickstarts athletes trust fund with N10m

first_imgProposed Athletes Trust Fund, a brainchild of Youths and Sports Development Minister Mr .Sunday Dare has been given a boost with the donation of 10m by Honourable Kunle Soname. Promoted ContentA Hurricane Can Be As Powerful As 10 Atomic BombsThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read MoreTop 10 Enemies Turned Friends In TV8 Scenes That Prove TV Has Gone Too Far7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend Better20 Interesting Facts You Probably Didn’t Know About SiberiaTop 10 Tiniest Phones Ever MadeWho’s The Best Car Manufacturer Of All Time?Best & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever MadeTV Characters Who Hated Each Other But Later Became Friends6 Extreme Facts About HurricanesThe World’s 7 Most Spectacular Railway Stations With this gesture, Nigerian athletes will soon enjoy a new lease of life when Dare officially floats the athletes’ relief fund. Soname said he was donating the money in his individual capacity as a mark of his commitment to lifting the morale of Nigerian athletes. The scheme when officially unveiled would be funded by the proceeds from the National Lottery Trust Fund,Advertisement Loading… partner agencies, Corporate bodies and individuals to take care of the welfare of athletes, finance their training, pay for their preparation and participation in major international competitions. Dare has commenced talks with agencies and other partners to provide seed money for the initial take-off of the initiative. The money will serve as a huge source of support to Nigerian athletes whose source of earnings had ceased as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic, resulting in the suspension of all major sporting events. The modalities for the disbursement of the funds to the athletes is expected to be worked out with guidelines provided by the Minister. read also:COVID-19: Sports Ministry monitoring Athletes – DareThe Minister has always insisted that the welfare of athletes remains the cardinal objective of the Ministry under his leadership. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 last_img read more

PSG complete David Luiz signing in potential record deal

first_imgParis Saint-Germain have announced the signing of Brazil defender David Luiz from Chelsea. “He will join the group after the World Cup.” Luiz signed for Chelsea from Benfica in January 2011 and after taking time to settle, the Brazilian went on to become a mainstay in the Blues defence, helping them win the 2012 Champions League and then the Europa League the following season. He made 143 Blues appearances – 34 of them last season, including against PSG in the Champions League quarter-finals – scoring 12 goals. However, Luiz had been linked with a move away from Stamford Bridge after falling behind Gary Cahill and John Terry in the pecking order at centre-half last term. Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho often preferred to use the 27-year-old just in front of the defenders in midfield, but with Nemanja Matic rejoining the squad in January, Luiz’s days appeared numbered. It was announced last month that Chelsea and PSG had come to an agreement regarding a fee, with a fee believed to be close to £50m, a world record for a defender. The confirmation of the deal on Friday means Luiz, who was also a reported target for Barcelona and Bayern Munich, is likely to a form a centre-half partnership with international team-mate Thiago Silva. Mourinho has already looked to strengthen his squad this summer. Press Association On Thursday, the Barclays Premier League club completed the £30m signing of former Arsenal midfielder Cesc Fabregas from Barcelona, with his Spain team-mate Diego Costa expected to follow from Atletico Madrid to bolster the Chelsea attack. The 27-year-old will join the French champions following the World Cup, where he played in Thursday night’s opener against Croatia in Sao Paulo. A statement on the French club’s website, www.psg.fr, read: ” Paris Saint-Germain are pleased to announce that for a period of five years Brazilian international David Luiz has moved from Chelsea FC. last_img read more

Westhill’s Mesa earns victory at state indoor track meet

first_img Tags: indoor trackskaneatelesWest GeneseeWesthill Mesa ran the second leg of the race after South Lewis’ Lexi Bernard opened. Then Central Valley Academy’s Camryn Stone took the third leg and Cicero-North Syracuse’s Kate Putman took the honors in the anchor leg.In a time of 10 minutes, 17.68 seconds, the Section III quartet pulled away from Section I’s second-place 10:21.94, a margin of more than four seconds.Caleb Bender, already a state champion in cross country, sought more honors for Skaneateles in the boys 1,600-meter run. The Lakers junior, who posted 4:26.33 in the 1,600 this winter, Bender improved to 4:24.52 here to finish inside the top 10 among NYSPHSAA runners and 11th overall. Iona Prep’s Pedro Bravo won the race in 4:14.40.Over in the boys 4×800 relay, Westhill had its quartet of Jacob Fricano, Brandon Mulholland, Brian Kenny and Mike Ferrara look to improve upon 8:20.06.It didn’t quite happen, but the Warriors did finish 14th in 8:25.04. To show the quality of the field, Syosset lay claim to the state and Federation titles with a winning 7:55.53.West Genesee had its lone representative at the state meet, Matt Bartolotta, run in the boys distance medley relay with Liverpool’s Carter Rodriguez, Oswego’s Benjamin Lewis and Utica Proctor’s Haris Brankovic.Together, Bartolotta and his teammates finished in 9:09.08 for eighth place, its time exactly matching that of Section IX. The Catholic High School Athletic Association won the Federation event in 8:55.41 and the public-school portion went to Section VIII (Long Island, Nassau County) in 8:56.79.Share this:FacebookTwitterLinkedInRedditComment on this Story center_img Another indoor track and field season for area athletes culminated with last Saturday’s New York State Public High School Athletic Association championships on Staten Island.Once again, the state meet took place at the Ocean Breeze Athletic Complex, where three area high schools had athletes in the field.And it was Westhill’s Angie Mesa stepping up to earn a state title as a member of Section III’s winning distance medley relay team.last_img read more