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Live today at Harvard: Borrow Direct

first_img Read Full Story As of today, Harvard’s new Borrow Direct service enables the University’s faculty, staff, and students to borrow books and other circulating library materials that are not available at Harvard from the libraries of Brown, Columbia, Cornell, Dartmouth, the University of Pennsylvania, Princeton, and Yale.Harvard’s participation in Borrow Direct is the result of an agreement signed by the University in January 2011. “With thousands of new titles entering circulation every year, we must develop alliances with other libraries and cultural institutions to ensure full access for Harvard’s patrons to the world’s scholarly resources,” Provost Steven E. Hyman has noted. “Harvard’s participation in Borrow Direct is a strategic alliance among our peers that will benefit users at Harvard and at each of our partner institutions.”Members of the Harvard community can use their current IDs, PINs, and established library privileges to place Borrow Direct requests online and receive expedited delivery of:•     books and printed music not owned by Harvard libraries•     books and printed music that are currently unavailable at Harvard; e.g., charged out, lost, missing, at the bindery, etc.•     books and printed music that normally circulate from the Borrow Direct partner collectionsMost Borrow Direct materials will arrive within four business days. Individual borrowers will receive an email notice when a requested item is available and will be given the option of choosing one of 14 pickup locations. Patrons may return their Borrow Direct materials to any Harvard Library.Today’s announcement marks the first stage in a phased implementation in which Harvard patrons can borrow from peer institutions in Borrow Direct. By late July, Harvard will in turn become a Borrow Direct lender.For more information, visit read more

Federal disaster funds released to Chittenden, Franklin and Lamoille Counties

first_imgSenators Patrick Leahy (D-VT) and Bernie Sanders (I-VT) and Congressman Peter Welch (D-Vt.) announced Wednesday that the counties of Chittenden, Franklin and Lamoille will receive federal disaster funds in response to damage caused by severe storms in early December.The funds were triggered for release by a disaster declaration issued today by President Obama. The delegation wrote the President in the aftermath of the storm asking for this declaration, arguing that the scope of the damage was such that it merited federal assistance. The storm, which included winds of up to ninety miles per hour, caused severe damage to buildings, property and infrastructure and left nearly 40,000 Vermont homes and business without power. You can read the letter the delegation sent to President Obama here.The disaster declaration will provide funds to assist with emergency work and the repair of disaster-damaged facilities. These funds will be available to Chittenden, Franklin and Lamoille counties, which were hit hardest by the storm. Additionally, all Vermont counties will be eligible for disaster mitigation grants, which provide assistance for actions taken to prevent or reduce long-term risk to life and property from natural hazards.‘We’re happy the President made this declaration that will provide much needed help to struggling Vermonters,’ the delegation said in a statement. ‘Vermonters are no strangers to severe weather and know well how to come together and rebuild after such incidents. We look forward to working with state and federal agencies to ensure these funds are well spent and get to those who need them.’The Vermont Division of Emergency Management will coordinate the relief efforts.  Source: Leahy’s office. 12.22.2010last_img read more

Global player takes over Adria Hotel Forum

first_imgBench Events CEO Jonathan Worsley is one of the founders of the IHIF International Investment Forum in Berlin, which has been bringing together the world’s top hotel industry for 19 years. Since its founding in 2013, the Adria Hotel Forum (AHF) has stimulated the development of the hotel industry in Southeast Europe. Once a year, AHF brings together leading representatives of the hotel industry, investors and decision makers in the public sector, and after six editions in Zagreb, this year AHF was held in Belgrade for the first time. “AHF and Bench Events have big plans for development in Central and Eastern Europe, so this cooperation or acquisition confirms our quality that we have been striving for all these years, but also allows us to talk even more about the region.” concludes Franolić. Marina Franolić, AHF “This acquisition confirmed our business excellence, which is why we were able to take advantage of this unique offer to enable AHF to grow internationally. I have always admired the work of Bench Events and look forward to our journey together. The AHF is now much better equipped to realize the big plans we have imagined. ”, said Marina Franolić, founder of the AHF conference who joined Bench’s team as director for Central and Eastern Europe. The largest regional investment conference, the Adria Hotel Forum (AHF), was taken over by a global player Bench Events, founder of numerous leading events dedicated to investments in the hotel, hospitality, aviation industry worldwide, from Dubai, Saudi Arabia, Russia to South America and Amsterdam. “We are glad to add the Adria Hotel Forum to our portfolio and I am delighted that Marina Franolić has joined our rapidly expanding team. With our experience we add a new dimension to the development of our business across EuropeSaid Jonathan Worsley.last_img read more

German minister optimistic despite pension reform headwinds

first_imgThe targeted pensions reform law is set to allow the creation of DC plans, but only with the involvement of collective bargaining parties, in the form of trade unions and employers’ organisations, known as the social partners. In Germany, occupational pensions can take several forms, but all come with some form of guarantee. The proposed law bans guarantees in the context of the DC plans it provides for.  aba has said the ban on guarantees for the new DC plans – if the law is passed and the DC option is taken up by the social partners – must be maintained, i.e. there should be no dilution of the ban on guarantees under the new model.   Nahles said her ministry had worked closely and relatively harmoniously with the finance ministry, led by the CDU’s Wolfgang Schäuble, on the draft pension reform law.There were two main criticisms made about the reform at this late stage of the legislative process, Nahles said.One was a fairly sweeping complaint that the social partner model would not achieve the reform’s objective of boosting occupational pensions coverage among low earners and at small and medium-sized companies.The second concerned the ban on guarantees. Those pushing back against the law were saying they could not imagine this, Nahles said.Nahles argued that the social partner model was a “win-win”, as although the employer would be released from liability for a given pension promise under the new rules, it would still be tied in as the rules required the involvement of the collective bargaining parties in any vehicle set up to provide a DC pension.On the concerns about pensions without guarantees, Nahles said she thought “communication problems” were behind this and that she hoped to be able to resolve this in the coming days before the final reading of the law.She said that capital-funded pension provision without guarantees was “fundamentally new” in Germany but already existed in other countries. She described it as something the country had to face up to.Read more about Germany’s pension reform in IPE’s April magazine Germany’s labour and social affairs minister is seeking to address “communication problems” she suspects are behind resistance to the government’s pension reform plan as it nears the finish line.In a streamlined speech to delegates at the annual conference of Germany’s occupational pensions trade body, aba, Social Democrat (SPD) Andrea Nahles reiterated the need for pension reform, but said that headwinds remained.  Particularly strong resistance was coming “from Munich”, she said. She did not spell out what she meant by this reference to the capital of Bavaria, but it is understood to be a reference to the CSU, the Bavarian sister party of the centre-right CDU party, which forms the coalition government with Nahles’ party. The CSU is said to be being lobbied by some insurers seeking a softening of the proposed ban on guarantees under the new defined contribution (DC) plans the law would allow. The draft law to strengthen occupational pension provision (Betriebsrentenstärkungsgesetz, or BRSG) is in its final stages. The Bundestag, the larger house of Germany’s parliament, was originally due to debate the reform package in final readings at the end of April, but this was postponed until next week – although the last reading could take place in June. In July it is scheduled to go to the upper house of parliament, the Bundesrat. The government wants to have the law passed before general elections in September.last_img read more

Florida Democrats Dismiss Trump’s Everglades Budget

first_imgFlorida Democrats in the U.S. House of Representatives yesterday dismissed President Trump’s proposed budget as it relates to environmental protection, and most crucially, the plan’s glaring neglect of Everglades restoration efforts. U.S. Reps. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, Alcee L. Hastings, Ted Deutch, Lois Frankel, Charlie Crist, Darren Soto, Debbie Mucarsel-Powell and Donna Shalala signed the following joint statement:“The Trump budget request represents an environmental disaster for the Everglades and for other environmental priorities throughout Florida. To say that this budget request underfunds Everglades restoration is a profound understatement.”“The president’s budget asks for $63 million for Everglades restoration, less than one-third of the $200 million that is needed to meet the federal government’s share of the burden and uphold its side of the deal with Florida. So much of South Florida’s quality of life depends on the Everglades.“This budget, which would make radical, inexplicable cuts to critical environmental programs, comes in the wake of one of the worst harmful algal bloom crises that Florida has suffered in recent memory. “A budget is a statement of values. This proposal shows that the administration does not care about protecting water quality or our treasured ecosystems and public lands.  Congress will easily ignore this unserious, dangerously radical budget request.  “As members of the Florida delegation who prioritize environmental and water quality issues, we will continue to fight for full funding for South Florida Ecosystem Restoration and for robust funding for other environmental agencies and programs that are critically important to Florida.”last_img read more

PM: Legalising cannabis won’t kill legal highs

first_img3News 22 April 2014Prime Minister John Key says decriminalising cannabis will not prevent people from smoking synthetic highs.Stores selling legal highs over Easter Weekend did a roaring trade, with queues forming outside stores on Friday night, waiting for the end of Good Friday trading restrictions at midnight.But earlier this month thousands of people protested against the products, which have been blamed for antisocial behaviour and health problems in users – many who say  they would rather smoke the real thing, but it’s illegal.Respondents to a Campbell Live poll last week overwhelmingly voted in favour of decriminalisation of cannabis, but appearing on Firstline this morning, Mr Key said that would send the wrong message.“The Government making it legal I think we accept is a step we could take. It would be a very, very difficult and challenging step to take, it wouldn’t actually eradicate society of these products,” says Mr Key.“In the end, drugs of any sort are a road to nowhere in my view, and we want to encourage New Zealanders not to use them.” read more

Zimbabwe Nationalises Diamond Mining

first_imgZimbabwe is planning to merge all diamond mining companies, including the local unit of Rio Tinto, into one big firm in which the state will own 50% of the shares, the minister of mines said on Thursday. President Robert Mugabe’s government is pursuing a black economic empowerment programme, known locally as indigenisation that requires foreign-owned companies, including mines, to sell 51 percent of their shares to black Zimbabweans.The government had previously said it wanted to merge some of the diamond companies operating in the Marange area to the east of the southern African country, in which it already owns half the shares, to enhance transparency. But mines Minister Walter Chidhakwa told a committee of parliament that all the mines would be merged, including Rio Tinto’s Murowa diamond mine in south-central Zimbabwe.last_img read more

Five injured in Dearborn County crash

first_imgWest Harrison, Ind.— Indiana State Police say five people were injured in a three vehicle crash Wednesday morning on U.S. 52 near I-74.Investigators say a car driven by Barbara Frech, 72, of Sunman, failed to yield after exiting I-74 onto U.S. 52 and struck another car driven by John Renck, 72, of West Harrison. The collision forced Renck’s vehicle into a stationary semitruck driven by David Suddarth, 69, of Winchester, in the intersection.Frech and Suddarth were not injured. Renck and front seat passenger, Judy Renck, 67, complained of pain and were transported to University of Cincinnati Hospital. Additional passengers, Jud Renck, 10, Walter Renck, 12, and Jackson Renck, 12, complained of pain and were transported to Cincinnati Children’s Hospital. None of the injuries are believed to be life threatening.Indiana State Police were assisted by the Dearborn County Sheriff’s Department and Harrison Fire/EMS.last_img read more

100 IMCA Modifieds at Jamestown as Wilson tops record-setting Dakota Classic Tour opener

first_imgSpencer Wilson led all 30 laps to win the opening night Kupper Chevrolet Dakota Classic IMCA Modified Tour feature, and $2,300, at Jamestown Speedway. (Photo by Byron Fichter)JAMESTOWN, N.D. (July 8) – Spencer Wilson laughed when he was asked if he was ready to consider himself an IMCA Modified special series specialist.The answer was no – not yet, anyway.With a track record 100 Modifieds checked in for opening night, Wilson led all 30 laps of Satur­day’s 28th annual Kupper Chevrolet Dakota Classic Modified Tour main event at Jamestown Speedway. The win paid $2,300.Wilson had raced his way onto the Fast Shafts All-Star Invitational ballot in February with a win in the Arizona Modified Tour. The Saturday checkers came on a night when Modified drivers from 17 states and two Canadian provinces converged on Jamestown.“I enjoy going to big shows like this and racing with this level of competition,” said Wilson. “This was a great group of drivers. I knew I could run with them. I just needed to stay smart and not overdrive the car.”Wilson pulled away from 2015 champion Ricky Thornton Jr. and Johnny Scott following a series of restarts. Cody Baumann and Tracy Domagala rounded out the top five.Passing was no problem for 2014 champion Jeff Taylor and defending tour king Hunter Marriott who started 28th and 29th, respectively, and rocketed to ninth and 10th-place finishes.“We’ve been to Jamestown two or three times before and always for the tour,” said Wilson, who got on the road to Minot and had the luxury of sleeping in his own bed before the night two show at his hometown Nodak Speedway. “It’s a little higher on the totem pole now as far as being one of my favorite tracks.”The single-night Modified car count record for the tour is 101, set at last year’s finale at Dacotah Speedway.Three-time and defending IMCA Sunoco Stock Car tour champion Elijah Zevenbergen picked up right were he left off last year, in victory lane.After an early flat tire sidelined contender Chad Sterling, Zevenbergen passed Aaron Olson and then caught Angel Munoz for the lead midway through the 25-lapperBoth Munoz and Olson had shots at Zevenbergen following late-race restarts, but neither could find the way by and deny Zevenbergen the $800 checkers. Munoz, 2014 champion Dalton Flory, who started 19th, and Olson rounded out the top four.A track record 41 Stock Cars ran at Jamestown. Both divisions are in action Sunday at Nodak. Race time is scheduled for 6 p.m.All six Dakota Tour programs are broadcast by IMCATV.Feature ResultsModifieds – 1. Spencer Wilson, Minot; 2. Ricky Thornton Jr., Chandler, Ariz.; 3. Johnny Scott, Cameron, Mo.; 4. Cody Bauman, Eureka, Ill.; 5. Tracy Domagala, Bismarck; 6. Jesse Hoeft, For­est City, Iowa; 7. Jordan Grabouski, Beatrice, Neb.; 8. Jason Grimes, Jamestown; 9. Jeff Taylor, Cave City, Ark.; 10. Hunter Marriott, Brookfield, Mo.; 11. Tom Berry Jr., Medford, Ore.; 12. Jason Wolla, Ray; 13. Lance Mari, Imperial, Calif.; 14. Paul Stone, Winton, Calif.; 15. Josh McGaha, Abilene, Texas; 16. Shawn Strand, Mandan; 17. Jeremy Keller, Mandan; 18. Troy Heupel, Willis­ton; 19. Jamie Trautner, Felton, Minn.; 20. Dallas Rice, Minot; 21. Tyler Hall, Fertile, Minn.; 22. Tyler Wagner, Weyburn, Sask.; 23. Greg Metz, Washington, Kan.; 24. Joel Rust, Grundy Center, Iowa; 25. Mike Greseth, Harwood; 26. Hank Berry, Sidney, Mont.; 27. Mark Dahl, Bismarck; 28. Brad Hartigan, Dickinson; 29. Steven Pfeifer, Minot; 30. Corey Dripps, Reinbeck, Iowa.Stock Cars – 1. Elijah Zevenbergen, Ocheyedan, Iowa; 2. Angel Munoz, Lamar, Colo.; 3. Dalton Flory, Williston; 4. Aaron Olson, Mekinock; 5. Curt Lund, Redwood Falls, Minn.; 6. Eric Harpole, Bismarck; 7. Perry Misner, Albert, Kan.; 8. Jake Nelson, Williston; 9. Joe Flory, Williston; 10.  Rick Schulz, Horace; 11. Michael Vennes, Minot; 12. Kyle Pfeifer, Hill City, Kan.; 13. Cody Nelson, Kenmare; 14. Beau Deschamp, Bottineau; 15. Jody York, Lubbock, Texas; 16. Jordan Durward, Grand Forks; 17. Alan Bertsch, Minot; 18. Scott Sim, Williston; 19. Jeremy Swanson, Westby, Mont.; 20. Jason Schoenberger, Russell, Kan.; 21. Duffy Froemke, Lisbon; 22. Scott Gartner, Bis­marck; 23. Scott Yale, Minot; 24. Chad Sterling, Stockton, Kan.; 25. Rob VanMil, Barnesville, Minn.; 26. Dustin Reeh, Council Bluffs, Iowa; 27. Tim Compson, Valley City.last_img read more

Kidnapper of Siasia’s mother abduct negotiator

first_imgRelatedPosts Siasia, Akanni lament as COVID-19 stalls CAS hearing FIFA ban: Odegbami cries for help for Siasia Photos as Siasia’s mother regains freedom after 75 days in captivity The kidnap of madam Ogere Siasia, mother of former Super Eagles’ manager, Samson Siasia, has taken a new twist following the abduction of the negotiator.The embattled coach, made this revelation during a brief telephone chat on Monday.According to Siasia, the kidnappers insisted on the sum of N40 million as ransom for his mother and other members of the family who are still in captivity.The gaffer revealed that a certain negotiator employed has also been abducted with the sum of N1.5 million he offered the men of the underworld.Siasia said: “I really don’t understand what they want again.“I have done everything possible to pacify them and ensure my mum returns home but all efforts have hit brick wall.“The situation is really unfortunate.“I’m hapless and I don’t know where to go from here.“They should show mercy and let Mama and others return home.”Madam Siasia, 76, was abducted middle of July in Odoni, Sagbama Local Government Area of Bayelsa State.She was whisked away with two others.She was earlier kidnapped in 2015 and the family parted with millions in ransom to free her. Tags: Samson Siasialast_img read more