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Mouthing off

first_img“We didn’t have any privileges. I remember living on baked beans, eggs and bread if it wasn’t out of date” Food waste shocker! Girls Aloud singer Cheryl Cole on growing up, but betraying a slavish adherence to use-by dates”A complaint has been made to the police and we will be taking a look at CCTV footage of the incident before we can comment further” Who ate all the pies? The football fans who broke into the catering booth and cleared the shelves at Burnley FC during last week’s fixture with Manchester United. A police spokesman said an investigation was under way, but without apportioning blame, we thought Man U fans only ate prawn sandwiches…?”Just Made (never from a factory). A fresh Pret sandwich doesn’t need a ’use by’ date. We make our food in every Pret kitchen using amazing ingredients. The best, natural stuff you’d want to use at home” Pret A Manger’s on-pack claim for its chicken sandwiches is hauled up by The Daily Mail for using frozen chicken imported 6,000 miles from Brazil and then processed”The chocolate HobNob and custard cream of late night telly” More controversial biscuit-related copy, as late-night political TV presenter Andrew Neil introduces co-hosts Diane Abbott and Michael Portillo with this ill-advised epithet”We gained healthy eating status in 2006 and, as such, we ask you NOT to send in sweets or cakes to celebrate your child’s birthday with their class. This will ensure equality of opportunity for all pupils” Diane John, headteacher of Wood End Primary School in Harpenden, Herts, in a PC letter to parentslast_img read more

Professors get personal about their own career paths

first_imgGap years. Pizza-only diets. Moments of panic.When some Harvard faculty stepped out from behind their lecterns to dine with undergraduates earlier this month, they shared stories about how they navigated early career choices. The professors told tales of professional discovery that were filled with detours and indirect routes — and challenges that made these intellectual role models all the more relatable.“I came close to going to Quantico and joining the FBI,” said David Elmer, a professor in the Classics Department, recalling a period of uncertainty.Elmer who teaches Greek literature, joined Alex Rehding, Fanny Peabody Professor of Music, and Stephen Osadetz from the English Department on a recent Wednesday evening to headline the latest student-faculty dinner. Hosted by the Division of Arts and Humanities and the Office of Career Services, the dinners are the part of an effort (along with the Arts Café in Barker) to build community in the division. They’ve become popular affairs, drawing more than 550 students to dine with nearly 80 professors since launching three years ago.Robin Mount, director of the Office of Career, Research, and International Opportunities, was on hand to answer a question from junior Cherline Bazile (center). Kris Snibbe/Harvard Staff Photographer“You are a startup. You have to pivot and iterate,” said Robin Mount, director of the Office of Career, Research, and International Opportunities, suggesting to students that they think of their skills through an entrepreneurial lens in order to forge their individual paths.With the breaking of bread comes an informality that allows for honest recounts and lively storytelling. Over the course of many dinners, faculty shared tales of dead-end jobs, undistinguished undergraduate records, and life decisions made for love. At Wednesday’s vegetarian dinner of spinach lasagna and salad, the faculty spoke of indirect paths to success and the struggle to balance personal happiness with financial pressures and external forces. Rehding, who grew up in Hamburg, Germany, had always played piano and trombone, but never aspired to be a professional musician.“You sit in an orchestra pit and count rests,” said Rehding, who teaches the “The Art of Listening,” which is part of the Framework series of classes.The son of a dentist, Rehding recalled that his family thought he might pursue a medical career, and as a conscientious objector to state-mandated military service he instead performed community service as a nurse’s assistant working with seniors.Music professor Alex Rehding said his family thought he might pursue a medical career. “I realized the medical profession was not for me because I couldn’t shut off from the personal suffering,” he said. Rehding offered advice to Jake Tilton ’19 (center) and Jacob Link ’19. Kris Snibbe/Harvard Staff Photographer“I realized the medical profession was not for me because I couldn’t shut off from the personal suffering,” he said.He ended up in England, where he thought he’d study Russian, but found his passion for music at the University of Cambridge. Post-Ph.D., he zigzagged between the United States and Europe, ultimately landing at Harvard in 2003.Elmer began at Harvard as a student, but that didn’t keep him free of self-doubt. As a young boy enthralled by the “Indiana Jones” films, he thought he would be an archaeologist. “I was fascinated by secrets of the past,” he remembered.At the Catholic high school he attended in Cleveland, Elmer took Greek and Latin.“I found a love for decoding ancient texts. All the bad stuff — it’s all been lost and forgotten. Every [classic] text we have is really worth reading,” he said.In his freshman year at Harvard, Elmer took his first Latin class, and it was a transformational experience.“The kind of intellectual adventure was completely different. My sights had changed,” he said.He did find himself doubting his direction at times. Recalling taking the GRE, Elmer said he panicked and walked out halfway through the test. That led to a year in Croatia, where he explored the intersecting study of folk music and nationalism. He returned to Harvard’s Graduate School of Arts and Sciences for his Ph.D., never joining the FBI.“What I do as a scholar is detective work of a kind,” he said.Sophomore Sarah Angell said her own follow-your-passion-versus-build-your-resume experience made the professors’ conversations very compelling. Angell spent last summer studying in Avignon, France, while friends worked more traditional business internships.“Because you go to Harvard, you have the opportunity to follow different leads,” she said. “There is huge pressure with what do with your summer.”Sophia Iosue, a sophomore concentrating in comparative literature and government, agreed, saying she was comforted by hearing their life stories.“This was good to give me perspective,” she said. “In light of applications for my summer plans, which is very stressful, it’s good to know professors had such different paths and experienced failures that I feel are imminent.“last_img read more

Opioid crisis shadows rural America

first_imgThe opioid crisis competes with the economy as the most pressing issue in rural America, according to a new poll conducted by NPR, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. Experts met at the Chan School on Friday to assess the poll’s implications and propose solutions in a panel discussion moderated by NPR correspondent Joe Neel.Robert Blendon, professor of health policy and political analysis, described the results as both surprising and disturbing.“If you’re in the polling world, you rarely ever hear people say that the biggest problem in their community is a health problem,” he said.But the U.S. opioid crisis is now so widespread that one of every four respondents knew someone who was affected. The data on drug use shows clear overlap with economic problems.“Fifty-five percent of people said that the economy where they lived was fair or poor,” Blendon said. “So these are people looking across the street and not seeing a very hopeful point of view.”Yet there is some optimism, as half of those interviewed said that they believe many problems could be addressed within five years. What citizens are hoping for, Blendon said, are long-term solutions — improved health care, strong public schools, and solid work opportunities.“They want something that really sticks,” he said.Former Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland said that he wasn’t surprised by the findings, as his state loses 14 people a day to drug addiction. “It is a huge problem and in my judgment, it has not been sufficiently recognized as such.”While citing the need for robust treatment programs, Strickland emphasized that the crisis is tied to other issues.“Housing issues, transportation issues, food insecurity problems — all of these are characteristic to rural areas and I think related to the opioid problem.”David Terrell, executive director of the Indiana Communities Institute, agreed.“The opioid crisis is really a symptom of a lot of other deep-seated issues, including the economy,” he said, adding that jobs alone will not solve the problem.“Business attraction in and of itself is not the panacea for communities,” Terrell said. “People want to live in viable communities that have strong physical infrastructure, strong and robust schools.”Katrina Badger, program officer at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, went a step further, pointing to studies that illustrate how the social stability of a community affects its health and economic strength.“We know from research that social connectedness — between families and neighbors, looking out for each other in times of need — really leads to longer lives and better health and well-being.”One positive development, the panel noted, is strong public support for drug treatment, rather than imprisonment — a marked change from attitudes during the crack epidemic of the 1980s.“Minority communities believe that the first epidemic, which impacted them more greatly, got a different response from the president on down,” Blendon said. “But [we learned that] filling prisons didn’t solve the problem.”To make inroads against the opioid crisis, the country needs to implement a comprehensive plan of training, treatment, and education, the panelists agreed. Strickland recalled once picking up a hitchhiker while driving to teach a class; the man turned out to be on his way to treatment for addiction.“He told me he had just gotten out of prison,” Strickland said. “He told me he was alienated from his daughter. He said to me, ‘I wish I had a car because it would be easier to get a job.’ I think about that fellow a lot. I think he illustrates part of the problems that people in rural areas face.”last_img read more

Real-time Actionable Information Sharing

first_imgIn April 18, 1775, Boston and a soon to be fledgling nation faced a certain threat against a massive attack surface originating from thousands of miles away via the sea.  At the onset of the American Revolutionary War, Paul Revere collaborated with volunteers at Boston’s Old North Church to hang either one or two lanterns on the church steeple. Their code communicated to other communities and organizations – in real-time – the attack-vector British troops were using for their approach. This first example of public-private information sharing is immortalized in the famous line of the Henry Wadsworth Longfellow poem:  “One if by land, and two if by sea.”Then, as now, information sharing is a critical tool in the major threats businesses face. The nature of the cyber threat is different than anything else we’ve ever known or have been able to address in our business and legal systems – so, like Paul Revere, organizations have to think about it differently and craft different solutions. The U.S. Congress is meeting this week to consider a legislative framework for approaching cyber threats. Elected representatives are debating the merits and content of legislation concerning, among many things, information sharing and liability relief. Both of those topics are mission critical in today’s environment to counter threats faced today, and those that will be faced tomorrow.Real-time actionable cyber threat information sharing between and among private and public sectors is needed to address diverse technology and business objectives. Through effective open and robust information sharing, organizations have a better success rate against the effects of malicious actors. Working together we maximize the reach of our cyber workforce in defending the public and private sectors from an ever changing threat environment.We need to accept that current advanced protections don’t work. Furthermore, without evolving the security model – they will continue to not work. We know that point products, signature-based defensive approaches, and even traditional strategies are not enough to address the challenge.  To overcome the threat posed by adversaries we need real-time information sharing across the public and private sectors. And of course, this data must be consumed, understood and acted on by advanced security teams capable of processing it immediately.Information sharing, and the pending legislation, should allow the effective dissemination of near real-time actionable information, hopefully machine readable, that can assist new efforts to defeat malicious actors. We need this information – threat intelligence – because the old strategies of protecting the perimeters don’t work. We need visibility, access, and agility to see what the malicious actors are doing in our networks. Yes – they are in our networks. We need to prevent them from succeeding in their ultimate objectives. Information sharing will assist our ability to quickly detect and respond to these malicious actors and Congressional action should support those operational principles.Today, 240 years after Paul Revere’s midnight ride, society may not be recognizable, but the principles that those American Patriots and Sons of Liberty espoused are visible. The cyber threat highlights one similarity: we, people and organizations around the world, face an existential threat to our way of life that can only be mitigated by a cooperative approach. Private companies, and governments, alone cannot overcome the myriad threats we face – they don’t have the resources or capabilities.  Hopefully, current legislative action will help achieve what is needed to preserve and protect the principles fought for so many years ago.last_img read more

Will Your Company Be Around Next Year?

first_imgAsking such a question may seem provocative but it reflects the reality of what’s happening on the ground. Did you know that about half of the companies listed on the Fortune 500 in the year 2000 have subsequently fallen off the list [i] (and many of those no longer exist)? Just think about how iconic brands like Blockbuster, Eastman Kodak, and Borders have quietly vanished while newcomers like Facebook, Uber and Airbnb have burst onto the market with brand new business models.Of course, some long-established companies like John Deere have also embraced digital transformation with the company deciding it could no longer differentiate itself by having the biggest, fastest tractors. Instead, it adopted a strategy of providing the smartest, most productive equipment to farmers. Deere’s new value proposition is all about process optimization – reduced costs, increased yield and increased sustainability through data-centric technologies and improved information flow.Digital disruption or opportunity? Looking ahead, IDC predicts that 33% of industry leaders will be disrupted by digital transformation before the end of 2018.[ii] The good news is that you can take action now to position your company for the future! In fact, according to a MIT Sloan Management review report[iii], companies that successfully manage their own digital transformation not only avoid disruption, but are 26% more profitable than their industry peers.Survival of the fittestSure, change is challenging but change also brings huge opportunity and none of us can afford to become complacent. We all need to be actively exploring how technology can transform our industries and give us a competitive edge. It really is the survival of the fittest. The challenge is that according to an Accenture study[iv], only 30% of executives are very satisfied with their ability to convert ideas into market-ready products or services. This is where smart partnerships can add value and help you get your products to market faster.For example, our Dell EMC OEM team partners with organizations – from start-up companies to established global leaders – to help bring their intellectual property and solutions powered by that IP to market. Think of it as a smart division of labor, a partnership where we both focus on our core expertise – you on your company and generating new ideas while we help co-design a customized solution for your business needs, modify the appropriate Dell EMC technologies to optimally run your solution, certify it to industry standards or regulatory requirements, and build and deliver it with the reassurance of our award-winning global support. It’s all about making your digital transformation journey easier.“People power”At our recent annual showcase event, Dell EMC World, we launched a slew of innovative products, designed to enable companies on their transformation journey. While there was lots of amazing technology on display that wowed the attendees, the thing that still struck me most was “people power” – the human capacity to create, invent, innovate, make better. And this people power is exponential when we combine our customers’ knowledge of their markets and solutions, with our technology and supply chain expertise.We work with a huge range of OEM customers who are doing incredible things with positive impacts not just economically, but also socially. I had the pleasure of meeting many of our customers during the show and they truly are an inspirational group – they combine their IP with our technology to help launch rockets, treat cancer, measure and improve crop growth, help reduce power consumption and keep food fresh in transit before it hits the supermarket fridge. You name the incredible mission – we have a customer that’s making it a reality!And so, I was thrilled to see VDC recognize that partnership recently when it announced that Dell EMC OEM is now the number one worldwide OEM provider[v]. Our customers made this happen and we’re hugely grateful for their support over the years. Thank you! I promise that we won’t become complacent but will continue to work hard, every day to retain your trust.Going back to the first question posed, only you can decide if it will be digital disruption or opportunity for your business but if you’re looking for ways to innovate and achieve the unique mission of your industry, we’re here to help! I’d love to hear your questions and comments.MoreLearn more about Dell EMC OEMWatch a replay of the General Session from Dell EMC World 2017Plan ahead. Register now for Dell EMC World 2018Keep in touch. Follow @DellOEM on Twitter, and join our LinkedIn OEM Showcase page here. [i] World Economic Forum, Davos, Jan 2016[ii]  IDC: IoT and Digital Transformation, March 2016[iii]  MIT Sloan Management Review Research Report, 2012[iv] Accenture: Faster, Fitter, Better , 2017[v] OEM Global Share based on 2016 Dollar Volume Shipments, VDC Researchlast_img read more

Snap Decision: How Digital Transformation Helps Us Get There First

first_imgWe are engaged in a war of algorithms; a battle fought in cyber space that also plays out across air, land, and sea every day. Digital transformation is the key to winning because it gives us a critical advantage: the ability to execute before the adversary can.This “decision advantage” comes, in part, from embedding technology into the mission at the service of the warfighter. Technology transformation at the kinetic level, for example, makes efforts at the tip of the spear more successful. Imagine real-time AI-processed reconnaissance information optimizing ordinance activity on-target. Or turning our ships at sea into floating data centers: optimizing communication, battlefield insights, ship defenses, onboard maintenance, and medical care for our wounded warriors.Today, across the department and in all branches of the U.S. military, IT leaders are looking for solutions to turn their legacy IT footprint into a modern multi-cloud environment.  This transformation will also bring sweeping changes to our workforce.  Tomorrow’s pilot will need to be as good at multi-mode IT systems management as actually flying an aircraft.Technology transformation with the Department of Defense (DoD) means looking at where computer activity needs to take place. This could include activity in a data center, or on a sensor, drone, mobile device, aircraft, and even an office-based workstation. Where this processing activity, called a ‘workload’ takes place should be optimized for the mission – and not optimized for the convenience of the IT purchasing process. Mission-optimized IT includes Domestic DOD-managed cloud environments and data centers, ad hoc IT networks in forward operating positions with disadvantaged communication, or on the battlefield itself.In support of this transformation, a multi-cloud approach allows the military to deploy infrastructure that is secure and flexible for mission-critical projects. One such example is a recent Defense Department effort to build out a secure, on-premise cloud solution within its existing data center footprint. Outdated and unsupported legacy IT systems were eating up already-scarce funding and leaving our warfighters and their mission exposed to the adversary.Dell EMC is honored to have partnered with DoD in this effort, known as the On-Site Managed Services (OMS) program. It provides high-availability, high-performance, mission-critical compute services. This cutting-edge IT transformation program allows the DoD to manage their most sensitive workloads and provide compute and processing wherever the mission requires.OMS illustrates the point that mission success is all about operation and accessibility, requiring different approaches for each unique workload. With a complex map of challenges and mission-critical considerations, the DoD must continue to approach cloud on a workload-by-workload basis for IT modernization success, appreciating cloud as an operating model.If you want to learn more about how OMS can drive DoD IT transformation, visit: read more

Smithtown Highway Superintendent Pleads Guilty to Misconduct

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York The elected Superintendent of Highways for the Town of Smithtown resigned Friday upon admitting he falsifying paperwork for a paving project he ordered that had violated New York State regulations.Glenn Jorgensen pleaded guilty to offering a false instrument for filing and official misconduct at Suffolk County court.Prosecutors have said the 63-year-old St. James man allegedly ordered road construction reports be altered to conceal his approval of paving of at least eight Smithtown streets in freezing temperatures in November 2014, then directed a highway foreman to alter the records to misrepresent the weather conditions during the repaving work.Judge Mark Cohen is expected to sentence Jorgensen on Dec. 11 to four months jail with an alternative, in lieu of jail, of 570 hours of community service and three years of probation.last_img read more

PREMIUMMediation fruitless in Yogyakarta church office dispute

first_imgThe Gunungkidul Investment and Integrated Service Agency in Yogyakarta has not issued a building permit (IMB) for the regional classis office of the Javanese Christian Churches (GKJ) in Grogol I village, Bejiharjo, Gunungkidul regency, amid protests from residents despite a 2018 court ruling that supported the office’s establishment.“We cannot see it as black and white. We will issue the permit when there are no more refusals from residents,” agency head Irawan Jatmiko told The Jakarta Post on Tuesday.The Gunungkidul regency administration and the local Interfaith Harmony Forum (FKUB) conducted a mediation session, which included the Grogol 1 villagers and the executive body of the Gunungkidul classis, at the regency hall on Tuesday. However, no agreement was made between the two parties.Village chief Agung Waluyo, who joined the mediation session with … LOG INDon’t have an account? Register here Linkedin Forgot Password ? Topics : Log in with your social account Google Facebook church Yogyakarta Muslim Christian religious-freedom minority-groups intolerance intolerance-in-Yogyakartalast_img read more

Swedish town to use ‘stinky’ fertilizer to deter spring revelers

first_imgThe Swedish university town of Lund will spread foul smelling chicken fertilizer in its main park this week to deter revelers holding spring celebrations as part of efforts to curb the coronavirus outbreak, officials said Wednesday.City officials have asked residents to skip the traditional Walpurgis Eve celebrations on April 30, known in Sweden as Valborg, and plan to fence off the Lund city park.But they told AFP they would also go a step further and take the opportunity to spread one ton of chicken droppings in the park. While giving the lawns a welcome dose of nutrition, they also hope it will keep at bay those who would otherwise be tempted to defy the coronavirus restrictions. “Well, chicken manure simply smells awful,” Gustav Lundblad, chairman of the city’s environment board, told AFP.”It’s not very pleasant to sit around drinking beer in that smell,” Lundblad added.The park is a popular gathering spot for afternoon and early evening picnics on April 30, before the traditional bonfires later in the evening. Since the festivities — which can attract up to 30,000 visitors — are “spontaneous”, the city cannot outright ban them but given the coronavirus outbreak, Lundblad said the city strongly wanted to avoid them.Lund is home to one of Sweden’s largest universities and many of the municipality’s some 125,000 inhabitants are students.center_img Topics :last_img read more

Arsenal chief Josh Kroenke reveals meeting with Unai Emery and Raul Sanllehi

first_imgArsenal chief Josh Kroenke reveals meeting with Unai Emery and Raul Sanllehi Metro Sport ReporterSaturday 2 Feb 2019 10:29 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link Unai Emery hosted a dinner to discuss Arsenal’s long-term strategy (Getty Images)Arsenal boss Unai Emery hosted a dinner to discuss Arsenal’s future with the club’s director Josh Kroenke, director of football Raul Sanllehi and managing director Vinai Venkatesham.Emery’s task is to get Arsenal back into the Champions League and the Gunners look set to battle Chelsea and Manchester United for a top-four finish in the Premier League.The Spaniard, who replaced Arsene Wenger in the summer, could also deliver some silverware in his first season as Arsenal remain in the Europa League.And Kroenke, who is the son of Arsenal’s majority shareholder Stan, has revealed he held lengthy discussions with Emery about the club’s long-term strategy during a dinner before Christmas.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENT‘We had a wonderful meal and talked about the journey we are on,’ says Kroenke told the Daily Telegraph. Advertisement Josh Kroenke is buoyed by Arsenal’s future under Emery (Getty Images)‘It felt good to look into people’s eyes and know you are on the same page. As a group we are unified. We talked about climbing the mountain together.‘We have obviously been through a period of change following a manager leaving after 22 years.‘A lot of things come along with a transition of that magnitude. We knew this would be a process and, overall, I think we are pleased with our progress.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City‘I think if you look at where we were 12 months ago, you can see we were probably transitioning towards a North American or continental European model where there is a lot of support around the head coach. That job is so massive.‘You can see the organisational structure we are trying to implement and we are still in the process of filling out those positions.’More: Manchester United FCRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseEx-Man Utd coach blasts Ed Woodward for two key transfer errors Advertisement Commentlast_img read more