Coronavirus updates: Coronavirus updates: Florida records a record 11,458 new COVID-19 cases

first_imgOvidiu Dugulan/iStockBy MORGAN WINSOR, JON HAWORTH, WILLIAM MANSELL, MEREDITH DELISO, IVAN PEREIRA and EMILY SHAPIRO, ABC News(NEW YORK) — A novel coronavirus pandemic has now killed more than 530,000 people worldwide.More than 11.2 million people across the globe have been diagnosed with COVID-19, the disease caused by the new respiratory virus, according to data compiled by the Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins University. The actual numbers are believed to be much higher due to testing shortages, many unreported cases and suspicions that some governments are hiding the scope of their nations’ outbreaks.The United States is the worst-affected country in the world, with more than 2.8 million diagnosed cases and at least 129,891 deaths.Latest headlines:– 1st LAPD employee dies of COVID-19– Texas continues record pace of confirmed cases– Florida records a record 11,458 new cases– Cincinnati mandates face coveringsHere’s how the news developed Saturday. All times Eastern.6:57 p.m.: 1st LAPD employee dies of COVID-19The Los Angeles Police Department has announced the first of its employees to die from the coronavirus.Senior detention officer Erica McAdoo died on Friday, according to the department.There are currently 287 department employees to either test positive or be exposed to someone who tested positive and are in isolation.While the LAPD, the third-largest police force in the U.S., has only seen one death, the largest in the country, the New York Police Department, has lost 46 employees to COVID.5:45 p.m.: Star pitcher says he won’t play in 2020 MLB seasonLos Angeles Dodgers pitcher David Price said in a tweet Saturday afternoon that he will not play in the shortened 2020 MLB season due to concerns over COVID-19.“After considerable thought and discussion with my family and the Dodgers, I have decided it is in the best interest of my health and my family’s health for me to not play this season,” he wrote on Twitter. “I will miss my teammates and will be cheering them throughout the season and on to a World Series victory.”He said he plans to play next season.Price was expected to be one of the team’s top pitchers, combing with Clayton Kershaw and Walker Buehler to form an impressive top-3 in the rotation. Price was part of a blockbuster trade this offseason with he and Mookie Betts heading to LA from Boston.The 34-year-old is a five-time All-Star and won the Cy Young Award as the American League’s top pitcher in 2012.He’s not the only top player to either sit out or debate sitting out the season. Angels outfielder Mike Trout, arguably the top player in MLB, said on Friday he had concerns about playing. Ian Desmond, Mike Leake and Ryan Zimmerman are among the players to already say they won’t play.Team summer camps began on Friday and MLB will open the 60-game season on July 23.5:21 p.m.: Texas continues record pace of confirmed casesTexas reported 8,238 cases in the last day, another new daily record for the state. Since June 23, when cases crossed 5,000 for the first time, the state has set a new daily case record six times. Total tests have climbed over that period, but positivity rates have as well.The state has had 191,790 cases to date with 91,752 considered active. There have been 2,608 fatalities since the start of the pandemic.There are now 7,890 patients hospitalized statewide.In total, there have been 2,338,098 tests administered to date with a seven-day positivity rate now at 13.15%.The increase in cases has caused Texas to close beaches in some locations for the Fourth of July, such as in Galveston, and shut down bars statewide.11:47 a.m.: Spanish region goes into lockdownSegrià, located in Catalonia, the northeast region of Spain, will be under a strict new lockdown Saturday after an increase in new COVID-19 cases, Catalan regional president Quim Torra announced Saturday.Residents in Segrià, which includes the city of Lleida, will be confined to their homes and only allowed to leave for work if they have a certificate from their employer, according to the announcement. There were 3,706 cases in the Lleida region on Friday, up from 3,551 the previous day, according to regional health data.10:52 a.m.: Florida records 11,458 new casesThe Florida Health Department said the state has 190,052 total COVID-19 cases as of Saturday morning, with a record number of 11,458 cases recorded in the last 24 hours.The state’s overall positivity rate was 14%, which was a slight decrease from the previous day.Miami-Dade County reported 2,432 new cases, a record high, and a positivity rate of 18.8%, and Broward County, which includes Fort Lauderdale, had 1,359 new cases, a record high, and a positivity rate of 14.1%, according to the health department.8:58 a.m.: Cincinnati mandates face coveringsCincinnati’s City Council voted Friday to require face coverings for residents for all indoor public gatherings.In a 7-2 vote, the council passed the ordnance, which will go into effect on July 9 and mandate face coverings for anyone who takes a cab or public transportation, or shops, dines or works indoors in the city. Violators will be hit with a $25 fine.Face coverings won’t be mandated for outdoor activities, but health officials are encouraging residents to wear them.The city has seen a jump in coronavirus cases over the last couple of weeks. Since June 20, there were 756 new confirmed COVID-19 cases, according to the city’s health department. The virus has killed 65 Cincinnati residents so far, the health department said.7:43 a.m.: YMCA campers, staff test positive in GeorgiaMultiple children and staff who attended YMCA camps in Georgia, have tested positive for COVID-19, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported.The camps, which are located on Lake Burton and Lake Allatoona, and being investigated by Georgia’s department of health.YMCA Camp High Harbour closed its two locations on the lakes north of Atlanta last week after a counselor at the Lake Burton site tested positive.YMCA of Metro Atlanta president Lauren Koontz acknowledged the cases but could not confirm how many, AJC reported.Campers are ages 7 to 15, and staff are ages 16 to 22.Georgia reported 2,784 new confirmed cases of COVID-19 on Friday. That’s down from 3,472 newly reported cases Thursday, which set a record for the number of new cases.6:10 a.m.: Some Texas hospitals at 100% capacitySome people in Texas received a jarring alert on their phones Friday evening, saying hospitals were at capacity. The alert, sent to Hidalgo and Starr County residents, asked them to celebrate this holiday weekend “responsibly” by sheltering-in-place, avoiding gatherings of more than 10 people, wearing a face mask and social distancing.Hidalgo County and Starr County, which are located in the Rio Grande Valley, are home to more than 900,000 people. Hospitals in the region also put out statements that they have reached or are at critical capacity levels.“Valley Baptist Health System is urging local residents to take all necessary precautions against COVID-19 as our hospitals are at a critical capacity level, like every other hospital across our region,” the organization said in a statement Friday. “Our entire team is working around the clock to manage this crisis situation.”The health system CEO Manny Vela said their hospitals are now at “102% and 101% occupancy,” according to Texas ABC affiliate KRGV.Dr. Jose Vazquez, of the Starr County health authority, said Friday that every hospital in the Valley is full and that patients are being transported to other parts of Texas.“There are no beds in the Valley, Vazquez said, “We are becoming New York,” Vazquez said, KRGV reported.“Unfortunately, we find ourselves in difficult times, right smack in the middle of this difficult pandemic,” Hidalgo County Judge Richard F. Cortez said in a statement Friday. “Americans have always risen to the top in hard times. We did it WWII, we did it in 9/11, and we’ll do it again today. All it requires is for us to take personal responsibility for our actions.”Texas has more than 82,000 active COVID-19 cases, and Friday’s statewide test positivity rate was 13.32%. More than 7,300 coronavirus patients are hospitalized across the state. That number was at 6,900 on Thursday.States reported over 57,000 new cases Friday across the U.S., which was another record day for cases, the third this week. There were 721,000 new tests Friday, a huge jump and the country’s first day of more than 700,000 tests. There were 635 reported deaths Friday, according to analysis from the COVID Tracking Project.ABC News’ Ahmad Hemingway, Joshua Hoyos and Gina Sunseri contributed to this report.Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Observations on the internal parasites of reindeer introduced into South Georgia

first_imgNorwegian reindeer, Rangifer tarandus, were introduced to the sub-Antarctic island of South Georgia in 1911 & 1925. Because there are few potential intermediate hosts and no other ungulates on the island, the internal parasite fauna of the reindeer is poor in species. Warble flies do not occur. Only three species of direct-cycling intestinal nematode and one species of cestode were found. Though the output of strongylid eggs rose in spring, parasites were probably not a primary cause of mortality.last_img

Green Bay Packers star Aaron Rodgers makes surprise cameo on “Game of Thrones”

first_imgAaron Rodgers got lit up in last night’s #GameOfThrones— (@FootBasketcom) May 13, 2019 Many enjoyed the cameo and jubilation that comes from a fan getting to fulfill a dream.ESPN tweeted, “Lord Aaron of House Rodgers of Greenwater Bay, the true King in the North.” Lord Aaron of House Rodgers of Greenwater Bay, the true King in the North. (via @AaronRodgers12)— ESPN (@espn) May 13, 2019 Long live the QB in the North!The very last Thrones debuts next Sunday and is sure to have yet another A-list cameo. Only time will tell who finally takes the Iron Throne.Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved. Written by FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPhil Ellsworth / ESPN Images(NEW YORK) — Game of Thrones has really been good about including some surprise cameos in its final season. Minor spoilers ahead.The latest megafan to get his 15 seconds of Thrones fame is Super Bowl champ and Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers.“It was just for a few seconds, but I’ll always be thankful to have been on the penultimate episode of @gameofthrones,” the star player wrote early Monday morning on Instagram.The football star has been a huge fan of the show for years, always commenting on people sharing spoilers (he’s against it) and told reporters earlier this year that he might make a little cameo on the popular HBO show.Thrones also teased a Rodgers cameo last year with this epic video. So what’s everyone watching tonight? #GoT— Green Bay Packers (@packers) May 13, 2019 Sadly, Rodgers was burned by a dragon in battle. May 13, 2019 /Sports News – National Green Bay Packers star Aaron Rodgers makes surprise cameo on “Game of Thrones” Time for the Season 1 play by play with Lord @AaronRodgers12 of Greenwater Bay.Your Binge #ForTheThrone continues with “The Pointy End,” “Baelor,” and “Fire and Blood.”— Game of Thrones (@GameOfThrones) December 23, 2018 Beau Lund The most accurate Archer is the history of the Golden Company, Aaron Rodgers…RIP— Joe Erdman (@joee_strength) May 13, 2019 The Packers also knew it was coming and alerted fans.last_img read more

Ordinance to Pause on “Coastal Cottages” Tops Thursday’s Council Agenda

first_imgThe proposed ordinance, if given final Council approval Thursday, would not stop the Costeria Cottages project. Costeria and other proposed coastal cottage projects that have already been approved by the city would be grandfathered in under the new ordinance, City Solicitor Dorothy McCrosson said. Most Council members and Mayor Jay Gillian have said they want to “take a pause” with the cottages to study their potential impact on surrounding neighborhoods. Council President Keith Hartzell called it a hotbed issue when the governing body introduced the ordinance on Feb. 25 by a 6-1 vote. Councilman Peter Guinosso cast the lone dissenting vote, saying he thought the Planning Board should take the lead and then come back to Council with any recommended changes for the development of the cottages. Council originally approved the concept of coastal cottages in 2013 as a way to attract more year-round families to town. The idea was to build smaller, more affordable homes that would appeal to young families and offer an alternative to the large duplexes that dominate parts of the city. City spokesman Doug Bergen said the city may also consider finding new locations for the cottages that would be appropriate. The ordinance, up for a public hearing and final approval at Council’s meeting 7 p.m. Thursday at City Hall, would eliminate coastal cottages from a redevelopment zone concentrated along Haven Avenue in the center of town. Coastal cottages were seen then as the centerpiece of efforts to revitalize the Haven Avenue corridor with new development. “The Planning Board may consider revisions and possible reenactment of a coastal cottage ordinance in the future,” City Planner Randall Scheule said in a March 2 report accompanying the ordinance. Council ChambersBy Donald WittkowskiThe fate of Ocean City’s “coastal cottages” will be discussed when City Council votes on a proposed ordinance that would slow down the development of this new generation of smaller, more affordable homes. Hartzell said he was in favor of conducting a long-term study of the cottages because of their potential to profoundly reshape the neighborhoods. He likened the ordinance to putting the cottages “on hold” instead of abolishing them altogether. Once the ordinance is approved by Council, it will be referred to the Planning Board to make sure it is consistent with the goals of the city’s master plan, which serves as the overall blueprint to guide housing and commercial development. Among the concerns are whether the cottages should be built at lower heights to have them blend in better with the surrounding neighborhood. Sales prices, lot sizes and whether the cottages should have decks are other key issues. Ocean City waives beach fees for active-duty military personnel, their spouses and dependent children. Military veterans are also given free access to the beaches. The perk is the city’s way of thanking them for their service to the country. So far, only one coastal cottage project is under construction. Known as Costeria Cottages, the development consists of 18 homes along Haven Avenue at 12th and 13th streets. Also Thursday, Council is expected to vote on an ordinance that would make it easier for active-duty military personnel and veterans to gain free access to the city’s beaches. Bergen explained that the new ordinance would make things more convenient for them by allowing them to simply show proof of their military service when they are on the beaches. “Any time they go to the beach, they’re good,” Bergen said. Under existing law, military personnel and veterans have to stop at City Hall to obtain free beach tags, Bergen said. However, in calling for a pause in their construction, city officials believe more time is needed to analyze the community impacts of the cottages and to refine their building requirements.last_img read more

Press release: Cold-calling director disconnected

first_img complied with its responsibilities under the Privacy and Electronic Communications (EC Directive) Regulations 2003 and The Conduct of Authorised Persons Rules 2014, leading to an unpaid penalty of £75,000 and cancellation of authorisation to provide claims management services. Facts of this case, which were particularly disquieting, were the £252,071 of personal spending on deposits for two houses in the very month that the unjustified grant funds were given to the company, and the nature of some of the £177,664 of identified personal benefits taken from 1 September 2015: This included at least £55,000 spent on jewellery and Mr Abbott’s wedding. On 24 February 2015, a claim report was completed by Reactiv Media claiming a £50,000 grant, based on 10% of total applicable expenditure of £500,000. Invoices totalling £459,610 were scheduled and attached to the claim received by the LEP. The invoices (before VAT) totalled £383,420. did not trade to the unreasonable risk and ultimate detriment of HM Revenue & Customs and to his benefit, while it was insolvent LEP paid Reactiv Media £38,326 on 17 March 2015. During March 2015, net payments were made by Reactiv Media for my benefit totalling at least £252,071. The schedule includes three invoices from January 2015, of which copies provided to the LEP were signed by me, which total £339,418 before VAT. The grant was based on 10% of the net value of eligible invoices supplied, so the 3 invoices represented £33,941 of the claim. Office currently closed during the coronavirus pandemic. Reactiv lost its contract with its principal customer, representing c. 70% of its turnover, in August 2015. Draft accounts for 31 May 2015 set out net assets of £415,668 but, after removal of a bad or doubtful debt of £705,196 owed by an insolvent associated company, it had net liabilities of £289,528. This latest disqualification of a company director is another welcome step towards stopping the scourge of nuisance calls. I had signed an acknowledgement of the offer of a grant by LEP on 6 May 2014, agreeing that Reactiv Media would be bound by the offer and would comply with all such terms and conditions. These included a term that all information provided in respect of a grant application must be full, complete and true; to aid detection and prevention of fraud so that public funds were protected. Notes to editorsReactiv Media Ltd (Company Reg No. 06252030) was incorporated on 18 May 2007 and latterly traded from Elant House, Old Power Way, Lowfields Business Park, Elland, W Yorks, HX5 9DE.The Company went into liquidation on 8 April 2016, with an initially-estimated deficiency as regards creditors of £2,363,148.Tony Ray Abbott’s date of birth is May 1971 and he resides in Surrey.The Secretary of State accepted a Disqualification Undertaking from Mr Abbott for a period of 12 years on 6 December 2017. The disqualification commenced on 27 December 2017.The matters of unfitness, which Mr Abbott did not dispute in the Disqualification Undertaking, were that: From 1 September 2015, Reactiv Media incurred further PAYE/NIC liabilities to HMRC of at least £155,701. On 11 July 2016, The Claims Management Regulation Unit of The Ministry of Justice (CMRU) cancelled Reactiv Media’s authorisation to provide claims management services. This was subsequent to identifying material breaches of the CAPR. These three invoices are not reflected in the company purchase ledgers, the sales ledgers of the two suppliers concerned and the suppliers have confirmed that they did not issue any such invoices. Disqualification undertakings are the administrative equivalent of a disqualification order but do not involve court proceedings.Persons subject to a disqualification order are bound by a range of other restrictions.The Insolvency Service, an executive agency sponsored by the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy (BEIS), administers the insolvency regime, and aims to deliver and promote a range of investigation and enforcement activities both civil and criminal in nature, to support fair and open markets. We do this by effectively enforcing the statutory company and insolvency regimes, maintaining public confidence in those regimes and reducing the harm caused to victims of fraudulent activity and to the business community, including dealing with the disqualification of directors in corporate failures.BEIS’ mission is to build a dynamic and competitive UK economy that works for all, in particular by creating the conditions for business success and promoting an open global economy. The Criminal Investigations and Prosecutions team contributes to this aim by taking action to deter fraud and to regulate the market. They investigate and prosecute a range of offences, primarily relating to personal or company insolvencies.The agency also authorises and regulates the insolvency profession, assesses and pays statutory entitlement to redundancy payments when an employer cannot or will not pay employees, provides banking and investment services for bankruptcy and liquidation estate funds and advises ministers and other government departments on insolvency law and practice.Further information about the work of the Insolvency Service, and how to complain about financial misconduct, is available.Contact Press OfficeMedia enquiries for this press release – 020 7674 6910 or 020 7596 6187 act as a director of a company provided accurate information in a Leeds City Region Enterprise Partnership grant application, leading to an unmerited payment of over £33,000 In comparison, in the same period, Reactiv Media made net cash transactions to my benefit totalling at least £177,664, wrote off a loan owed by an company associated to me of £14,670, and transferred both an investment in that company valued at £75,000 and a further debt it owed of £93,550 to associated third parties There are 3 distinct allegations underpinning this disqualification. As a whole, they show a director who flagrantly breached his duties to regulators and company creditors over an extended period. The privilege of limited liability status should be removed from such individuals. The ICO has made it clear we’re committed to recovering the fines we issue on behalf of taxpayers and those millions of people who have been hounded by unwanted calls. If the fine remains unpaid we work with the Insolvency Service to pursue all the options. We are pleased this person can’t run or be involved in the management of another company which has the potential to make nuisance calls to members of the public. Nine of 227 calls on 5 October 2015 reviewed by the CMRU were dispositioned incorrectly as “not interested” despite the client expressing a desire not to be contacted again, in breach of Client Specific Rule 4 and Rule 1.2 of the Direct Marketing Association’s Code. Email [email protected] A disqualification order has the effect that without specific permission of a court, a person with a disqualification cannot: I failed to ensure that Reactiv Media Ltd (Reactiv Media) provided accurate information in an application to The Leeds City Region Enterprise Partnership (LEP) for a Business Growth Programme Grant, leading to a grant payment from that programme of £33,941 on 17 March 2015, which Reactiv Media was not legitimately due Of 100 calls, supplied to the CMRU on 2 December 2015, 35 contained misleading statements, in breach of Client Specific Rule 1c), 2 calls breached Client Specific Rule 1e) regarding prioritising the interests of clients where advice was given, and 2 calls were in breach of the Client Specific Rule 7 regarding use of the expression “no win no fee”. Andy Curry, ICO Enforcement Group Manager said: Media Manager 0303 003 1743 On 24 July 2014, The Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) issued a Monetary Penalty Notice for £50,000 in respect of Reactiv Media’s contraventions of regulation 21(1)(b) of PECR, after satisfying itself that Reactiv Media had used, or instigated the use of, public telecommunications service for the purpose of making 601 unsolicited calls for direct marketing purposes to subscribers, where the number allocated to the subscriber in respect of the called line was listed on the Telephone Preference Service register of numbers kept by OFCOM in accordance with regulation 26 PECR. The 601 complaints were received from 12 November 2012 to 31 December 2013. The fine was increased to £75,000 by a First-Tier Tribunal on 13 April 2015. Reactiv Media made no payments towards the penalty. be a receiver of a company’s property take part, directly or indirectly, in the promotion, formation or management of a company or limited liability partnership You can also follow the Insolvency Service on: Only two payments totalling £40,156 were ever made in respect of liabilities owed to HM Revenue and Customs (HMRC) in respect of PAYE/NIC for 2015/16 of £332,821. These were insufficient to even repay the April 2015 return period of £43,361, due for payment in full by 22 May 2015. There were no payments after 10 July 2015, despite a Time To Pay agreement in August 2015 which was then immediately defaulted upon. Twitter LinkedIn This service is for journalists only. For any other queries, please contact the Insolvency Enquiry Line.For all media enquiries outside normal working hours, please contact the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy Press Office on 020 7215 1000. I failed from at least 12 November 2012 to 2 December 2015 to ensure that Reactiv Media complied with its responsibilities under the Privacy and Electronic Communications (EC Directive) Regulations 2003 (PECR) and The Conduct of Authorised Persons Rules 2014 (CAPR), leading to an unpaid penalty of £75,000 and cancellation of authorisation to provide claims management services. I caused or allowed Reactiv Media to trade from 1 September 2015 to March 2016, when I knew (or ought to have known) that it was insolvent, to the unreasonable risk and ultimate detriment of HMRC and to my benefit. The Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy accepted a disqualification undertaking from Mr Abbott on 6 December 2017 for a period of 12 years, which commenced on 27 December 2017.Mr Abbott was a director of Reactiv Media Ltd, a Halifax-based marketing company which made unsolicited calls for direct marketing purposes and stated it owned and maintained one of the largest databases for UK consumers, being able to target campaigns for various entities from sole traders’ to blue-chip organisations.The company went into liquidation on 8 April 2016 with estimated creditor claims totalling over £2 million.Mr Abbott has not disputed that he had failed to ensure that Reactiv Media: Commenting on the disqualification, David Brooks, Group Leader at The Insolvency Service, said: Press Office YouTubelast_img read more

Trey Anastasio & Dave Matthews Perform Coran Capshaw Gala [Videos]

first_imgLast night, City of Hope, a charity benefiting cancer research, held its 2017 Spirit Of Life Gala, called “Music, Hope & Healing” at Barker Hangar in Santa Monica, California. At the event, Coran Capshaw, founder of Red Light Management and all around music business impresario, was honored with the Spirit Of Life award for his contributions to the charity. Amongst the many huge contributions that Capshaw has had to the music business is his longtime role as manager to Dave Matthews Band, whom he discovered in Virginia back in the early 90s and helped establish as a touring powerhouse. When Phish reunited in 2009, Trey Anastasio brought in his old friend Coran to be their new manager, and he has helped guide them back to prominence as one of the best and most unique touring acts in the world. As such, at last night’s event, both Trey Anastasio of Phish and Dave Matthews performed short acoustic sets at the City of Hope gala, before Preservation Hall Jazz Band finished the evening with a full set of music.Anastasio was up first, and he delivered newer material from the Phish catalog. “More” and “Miss You” from Big Boat were both performed, with the latter following a story about the City of Hope foundation’s focus on neuroendocrine cancer, which took the lives of both Trey’s sister, Kristy Anastasio Manning, and Phish and Dave Matthews Band’s longtime agent, Chip Hooper. “Miss You” was written for Kristy, and Anastasio dedicated the song to Hooper and his family. To close his mini-set, Anastasio performed a new song that was debuted in Las Vegas, dubbed “Soul Planet”.Trey Anastasio Band Keeps It Rolling In Santa Ana, Debuts Bob Marley Cover [Photos/Videos]Matthews, who is also Capshaw’s best friend, followed Anastasio, and he performed several of Dave Matthews Band’s biggest hit songs. He played “Bartender”, “Grey Street”, and “Don’t Drink The Water”. Before “Bartender”, Matthews joked that Capshaw had requested that song be played, but he couldn’t understand why because it wasn’t a radio hit. It was that kind of night.After both Anastasio and Matthews were finished with their small sets, Preservation Hall Jazz Band took the stage and wowed the crowed with their authentic New Orleans sound and passionate performing style. All around, it was a night filled with amazing music while helping to raise money for an excellent cause.Thanks to our good friend, Instagram hero @ragingruth, you can watch a few videos of Anastasio, Matthews, and Preservation Hall Jazz Band. Below you can find short videos of “Miss You” and Anastasio’s brand new song, as well as “Bartender”, “Grey Street”, and “Don’t Drink The Water” from Matthews, and a clip of Preservation Hall Jazz Band.Trey Anastasio – “Miss You”Trey Anastasio brand new songDave Matthews – “Bartender”Dave Matthews – “Grey Street”Dave Matthews – “Don’t Drink The Water”Preservation Hall Jazz Bandlast_img read more

Harvard Law faculty, alumni among 100 Most Influential Lawyers in America

first_imgSeveral members of the Harvard Law School faculty and more than a dozen alumni were named to The National Law Journal’s list of 100 Most Influential Lawyers in America.In publishing its first list since 2006, the journal said its goal was to identify members of law’s power elite. The list recognizes the 100 lawyers in the United States “who have shaped the legal world through their work in the courtroom, at the negotiating table, in the classroom or on Capitol Hill.”Harvard Law School Professors Laurence Lessig and Cass Sunstein ’78, and Lecturers on Law Martin Bienenstock, Dale Cendali ’84, Thomas Goldstein and William Lee were included on this year’s list. Several of the alums on the list have also taught at HLS.See the full list of faculty and alumni on the Harvard Law School website. Read Full Storylast_img read more

Challenges remain, but connections are key

first_imgIt was described as a historic event as hundreds of black alumni from across generations gathered at Harvard University over the weekend, many representing its graduate Schools.“This is an opportunity for African-American alumni from across all of Harvard’s 14 Schools to come together, not only for fellowship, but also to exchange ideas and really engage in today’s issues,” said Lawrence Adjah ’06, president of the Harvard Black Alumni Society.Harvard Black Alumni Weekend 2014 (Oct. 10-12), the fourth such gathering since 1999, was only the second time that it has been open to graduates of all Schools. In the past, events for black alumni were organized by the societies of one or several Schools at a time and focused on undergraduate students. The Harvard Black Alumni Society, one of 46 Shared Interest Groups for Harvard alumni, organized this year’s event with the help of the Harvard Alumni Association.With the conference open to all graduates this past weekend, more than 700 people participated in three days of events and discussions focused on reconnecting — or connecting for the first time — alumni to the University and to each other.Harvard President Drew Faust in her opening address at the conference, Friday evening, recognized another touch of the event to Harvard’s long history.“We have a lot to celebrate,” said Faust. “One hundred and fifty years ago this year, Harvard’s time without black students came to an end, beginning a trail of milestones at once unimaginable — you all being Exhibit A, with the nearly 10,000 black alumni of Harvard. A lot has changed,” she added.The Class of 2018 includes students from 69 countries and every state in the union. It also represents a class with the most African-American students in the University’s history. The accomplishment is in part because of ongoing recruitment and increased financial aid to undergraduate students, Faust said.But in recognizing the significant change for African-Americans at the University and across the nation over history, Faust said many challenges still remain to be solved. Only one in 10 of the Harvard faculty are black, Latino, or mixed race. And many students of color say that even if the student body is more diverse, they still struggle with challenges of inclusion and connectivity to the University.“Even as we mark the achievement of the 10,000 and the inspiration … we know that the road to social justice remains long and difficult, and we know the courage and commitment it requires,” Faust told attendees. “You are here and I am here because of people in Harvard’s own imperfect past who were willing to get into necessary trouble. So we celebrate Harvard and our great possibilities, and let us also celebrate the sense of purpose of so many who preceded us.”The Harvard experience for every student is unique and challenging. But for black students there are added challenges of race and culture.Kimberly Willingham, Ed.M. ’96, said she felt a strong connection to her college friends and to the Harvard Graduate School of Education, but not so much to the University as a whole. In the nearly 20 years since her graduation, she has not felt an incentive to stay connected with Harvard because of her experience on campus.“The graduate School is somewhat isolated, but I also felt as a student of color — at least 20 years ago, I don’t know what it looks like now — that you walked around and didn’t see a lot of people who looked like you,” said Willingham, an assistant elementary school principal with the Boston Public Schools. “I don’t necessarily feel there was a place for me. So I don’t think I’ve been too excited about reconnecting.”Her friend and classmate Christina Brown, Ed.M. ’96, said she also struggled connecting with the University when she was a student, as well as an alumna living in the Boston area.“I’m interested to see where Harvard is in terms of race and diversity,” she said about the conference.The weekend featured a series of panel discussions spanning topics from the current events surrounding the shooting of a young black man in Ferguson, Mo., to fashion, technology, entrepreneurship, and activism.“This is just an amazing event,” said Cheryl Joyner, M.B.A. ’90, lead co-chair of the event. “We are trying to create the idea that we are One Harvard, truly One Harvard. And there are truly so many aspects of who we are as One Harvard, and we are trying to feature that throughout the course of the weekend.”A packed Memorial Church listened as panelists examined the “state of affairs” at Harvard. Among the panelists were Harvard Law School Professor Charles Ogletree (from left); Karen Jackson-Weaver, a senior associate dean at Harvard Kennedy School; and moderator Jacqueline Adams, M.B.A. ’78. Photo by Scott EisenThe opening panel discussion of the weekend focused on important issues of diversity and improving connections between the University and students and alumni. On Saturday morning hundreds of people filled the pews of the Memorial Church for the discussion.The panelists included Charles Ogletree, professor at Harvard Law School; Karen Jackson-Weaver, senior associate dean for degree programs and student affairs at Harvard Kennedy School; David L. Evans, senior admissions officer for Harvard College; and Abigail Mariam, a senior at the College and a liaison for the “I, Too, Am Harvard” campaign. Jacqueline Adams, M.B.A. ’78, an Emmy Award–winning former correspondent for CBS News, moderated the conversation.The challenge of improving diversity on the Harvard campus involves not only increasing the number of black students in undergraduate programs, but also making sure those students come from diverse economic and social backgrounds, panel members said.However, the task does not end at graduation. The measure of diversity on the Harvard campus as a whole is also a function of diversity in the ranks of the faculty, administration, and staff, they concluded.A key to solving these problems, said Evans, is encouraging more students of color to pursue graduate studies so they can become the professors, researchers, and university administrators of the future. The University, he said, needs to identify and work with students who show potential for graduate programs and make sure they are aware of the many financial assistance programs available to them.“We have to give them the confidence to apply,” said Evans.But the progress on campus is also related to the state of race relations off campus and across the United States. The nation elected its first African-American president, and there are more opportunities for black men and women in academia and the job market. But in many ways, the fight for equality continues. And that point for panel members was made very clear with the recent fatal shooting of 18-year-old Michael Brown by a Missouri police officer.Ogletree said that when he leaves campus, many people, including police, see him as just another black man. He said he was recently a victim of racial profiling in California, where he was stopped by an officer for apparently no other reason than driving a luxury SUV in a troubled neighborhood.“I still see young people pulled over and arrested, and I wonder how much has really changed,” said Ogletree during the panel discussion. “I am not seeing the amount of progress I expected, given all the people in this room. Why?”The idea behind Harvard Black Alumni Weekend is to help foster these types of in-depth discussions about difficult issues and to build a network that will lead to change on and off campus.“We see this as a galvanizing weekend to renew our purpose and look outward,” said Adjah. “I think the school is doing a tremendous job creating an environment where people feel they are part of this campus.”last_img read more

HKS students offer innovative ideas for tackling climate change impacts on Arctic

first_imgTo much of the world, the Arctic is seen as a faraway, isolated region populated by polar bears and not much else.“The truth is that the Arctic is so much more than that,” said Halla Hrund Logadóttir, a co-founder of the Arctic Initiative at Harvard Kennedy School’s Belfer Center, during an Arctic Innovators event Wednesday at the Kennedy School.The region’s 4 million people, spread among eight countries, are seeing their lives upended by rapid climate change, Logadóttir said, as communities are lost to rising sea levels and new oil, gas, and fishing resources open up for the first time.The Arctic Initiative’s Arctic Innovators program allows students to develop ideas to tackle these challenges and improve the future of the Arctic, which has also become a bellwether for climate change worldwide. The program’s first cohort presented ideas at the Arctic Circle Assembly in Iceland in October and discussed their ideas with experts at the Arctic Innovation Lab.But Wednesday’s event, held in the Kennedy School’s Bell Hall, challenged the students to take a semester’s worth of work and condense it into a two and a half minute pitch.Some proposals sought to utilize emerging technologies to meet the region’s unique demands, such as drones that would deliver essential goods like food and medical supplies to remote populations. Other ideas focused on using the power of national and subnational governments to enact change in the Arctic. One student proposed setting up a fund for climate migrants by imposing a $1 levy on plane tickets in and out of the Arctic.After the presentations, the audience and a panel of judges voted, independently, for the winning presentations. Both groups picked the same winner: Gabrielle Scrimshaw, who pitched what she said would be the world’s first investment fund for ventures owned by indigenous people, primarily in the booming tourism industry in northern Canada.Indigenous communities in Canada’s north often lack the access to capital needed to start tourism businesses, she said, but some indigenous communities in other parts of the country “are sitting on millions of dollars of capital from land-sharing and resource agreements, looking for avenues to invest.”The issue is personal for Scrimshaw, a member of the Hatchet Lake First Nation who grew up in a town of 800 people in Saskatchewan. She co-founded the Aboriginal Professional Association of Canada, and in 2013 the Huffington Post named her one of “3 Young Aboriginal Canadians To Watch.” This June, she wrote about her childhood and the oppression long faced by aboriginal Canadians in an op-ed published in The New York Times.With Scrimshaw named the winner, Chris Colbert, Director of Harvard’s Innovation Lab, closed the event with a pitch of his own, encouraging students to apply for its Venture Incubation Program to further develop their ideas and give them a chance to compete for a cash prize in Harvard University’s President’s Innovation Challenge. — Jacob Carozza Read Full Storylast_img read more

Ott says planned coal and nuclear retirements on PJM grid are not a threat

first_imgOtt says planned coal and nuclear retirements on PJM grid are not a threat FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Bloomberg:About 18,000 megawatts of coal and nuclear plants — enough to power 13.5 million homes — are slated to permanently shut across the eastern U.S. grid. And the region still has enough electricity to keep the lights on, according to the chief executive officer of the grid operator.In fact, “we could sustain essentially in the 30,000 megawatt range,” PJM Interconnection LLC Chief Executive Officer Andy Ott said in an interview with Bloomberg Television. “If it gets beyond that, then we start to look at the alternatives for firming up resources.”Ott’s comments echo the results of an analysis PJM conducted last year that showed the grid remains reliable despite the dozens of coal and nuclear power plants going out of business because of cheaper natural gas generators and new renewable energy sources. The findings fly in the face of the Trump administration’s warnings that the retirements threaten the resilience of the grid and the nation’s security.PJM runs a grid that stretches from Washington, D.C., to Chicago and a market that supplies power to more than 65 million people. Should it need to firm up resources, Ott said, the region could look into options including building more natural gas storage tanks; sourcing more trucks to deliver fuel; and finding ways to keep at least some coal and nuclear plants online.Gas plant operators should meanwhile increase the amount of supplies they keep on site to five days’ worth, he said, up from about 30 to 40 hours’ worth now. Adding battery storage to wind and solar farms could also improve reliability, Ott said.More: CEO of largest U.S. grid says it’s fine if 30,000 megawatts shutlast_img read more