Louis Menand, the Anne T. and Robert M. Bass Professor of English, has been named a recipient of the National Humanities Medal, recognizing his literary and scholarly contributions to the study of cultural history.President Obama will award the medal at a White House ceremony Sept. 22.Menand, who won a Pulitzer Prize in 2002 for “The Metaphysical Club: A Study of Ideas in America,” was surprised when he got the call from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH). “It’s not something I ever imagined I would receive,” said the scholar and New Yorker staff writer, sharing his initial response: “Did you get the wrong person?”Menand’s “influential works of intellectual and cultural history probe the power of ideas from one era to the next as they ripple across politics and culture,” reads the NEH citation. Great adventures ‘Essential Works 2’ provided an intimate education in literary classics Related “The Metaphysical Club” traces the lives and work of leading pragmatists, including Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr., John Dewey, and William James. Menand, who joined the English faculty at Harvard in 2003, is also co-creator of Humanities 10, the reading- and writing-intensive course on classic texts (Plato, Homer, Shakespeare) that he calls “an important place to make things happen for the humanities.”“It’s unbelievably rewarding. The works are infinitely teachable, and the students are very excited to talk about them. You’re never pushing a stone up a hill. It’s kind of hard not to teach it.”In an e-mail, English Department chair James Simpson said Menand “operates at the highest levels across an astonishing range of scholarly and journalistic domains: as a scholar of ground-breaking books; as the scholar and guide of national debates about the humanities (e.g., ‘The Marketplace of Ideas,’ 2010); and as an acute and ever-illuminating commentator on culture broadly understood in his regular New Yorker pieces. All his writing is characterized by total lucidity, dry wit, and a commitment to the life of the mind.”Menand, who will bring his wife and two children to the White House, sits in illustrious company with 11 other recipients this year. They include Cambridge poet Louise Glück, musician Wynton Marsalis, and physician-author Abraham Verghese.Past Harvard winners of the medal include Henry Louis “Skip” Gates, the Alphonse Fletcher Jr. University Professor; Evelyn Brooks Higginbotham, the Victor S. Thomas Professor of History and of African and African American Studies; and Diana L. Eck, the Fredric Wertham Professor of Law and Psychiatry in Society in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences and a member of the faculty at Harvard Divinity School.
Polish government moves forward with plans for 10.9GW of offshore wind development FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享S&P Global Market Intelligence ($):The Polish government approved late Nov. 27 a draft Offshore Wind Act to award about 32 billion zlotys in support for the construction of 10.9 GW of capacity in the Baltic Sea.The ministry of climate and environment, which drafted the legislation, said the first offshore projects in the Polish zone of the Baltic Sea would be ready in 2024. The bill has been sent to parliament for debate and voting, with optimists saying it might be passed as early as January 2021.“Offshore wind energy is an important step towards building emission-free energy. We have a chance to become a leader in the development of offshore farms in the Baltic Sea with installed capacity potential estimated in the WindEurope report at 28 GW in 2050,” Michał Kurtyka, Poland’s climate minister, said in a statement.During a first stage, 5.9 GW of capacity would receive support in the form of contracts for difference, or CfDs, on a first-come, first-served basis from the energy regulator, URE. In the second stage, auctions would be held in 2025 and 2027 for 2.5 GW each. CfDs would be valid for 25 years, compared to 15 years for other renewable energy installations, and projects must start generating electricity within 72 months.Developers must submit applications for CfDs in the first stage to URE by the end of June 2021 and will be responsible for financing and constructing the connection from their projects to the onshore grid. The grid operator, PSE, will have the right of first refusal to purchase the connection in the event of a potential sale of the wind farm.Projects likely to be eligible for support in the first stage are those being developed by Poland’s largest privately-owned utility, Polenergia SA, and its partner, Norway’s Equinor ASA, as well as by state companies PGE Polska Grupa Energetyczna SA, which is in advanced talks with Denmark’s Ørsted A/S, and Polski Koncern Naftowy Orlen SA, which is yet to announce a partner. RWE AG also has an eligible project after entering the market in 2019.[Adam Easton]More ($): Poland approves draft offshore wind law, paving way for 10.9 GW in Baltic Sea
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York An NYPD officer is facing driving while intoxicated charges after he crashed into five cars while driving the wrong way on the Southern State Parkway early Saturday morning, New York State police said.Authorities said 48-year-old Ronald Holmes of Elmont was traveling eastbound in the westbound lanes near Exit 17 around 1:45 a.m. when his Mazda allegedly crashed into five other vehicles.One person was taken to Nassau University Medical Center for minor injuries and three others were treated at the scene, police said.Holmes was arrested and charged with driving while intoxicated, reckless endangerment, reckless driving and several other traffic violations.He was held for arraignment at First District Court in Hempstead.A NYPD spokesman didn’t provide specific details regarding Holmes’ arrest but said members of the force are automatically suspended after an arrest.
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A passenger boards a Long Island Rail Road train in Long Beach (Joe Abate).The Long Island Rail Road’s least reliable train lines have finally earned some long overdue recognition thanks to the Tri-State Transportation Campaign’s new Laggy Awards, presented to those branches with “the greatest lost economic productivity, delay per rider, and lost time,” according to figures given out by the railroad and compiled by the non-profit advocacy group.The tongue-in-cheek prize is intended to be a hard-to-miss signal to New York State legislators whose districts might be home to the least-reliable trains that it’s time to make sure that the system gets the additional capital investment it needs to serve as an asset—not an impediment—to the regon’s economic growth.“LIRR’s frequent delays truly add up to lost economic productivity and commuter time over the course of a year,” said Ben Rosenblatt, who conducted the research for the Tri-State Transportation Campaign. “In fact, estimates of total lost productivity are greater than last year’s profits of some of Long Island’s largest companies, such as VOXX International, Nathan’s, and 1-800-FLOWERS.”The timing of the Laggy Awards, which the campaign released Sept. 5 at a press conference at the Hicksville train station, is linked to the beginning of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s planning for the next capital program that will cover 2015-2019 and determine the fate of the LIRR for years to come. That process so vital to hundreds of thousands of riders will get rolling this fall.Overall, the campaign estimates that late, cancelled and terminated trains between July 2012 and June 2013 cost $60,760,661 in lost productivity. The winners in that category are the Babylon Branch, which got the Gold Laggy for an estimated loss of $14,743,781; the Ronkonkoma line, which got the Silver Laggy for costing $12,285,067; and the Huntington line, which won the Bronze for costing $9,805,101.After determining that the total lost time due to late, cancelled and terminated trains amounted to 1,380,924 “rider hours,” the campaign awarded the Gold Laggy to Babylon for 335,086 hours lost; the Silver to Ronkonkoma for 279,206 hours; and the Bronze to Huntington for 222,843 hours.Last, but not least, the campaign gave out Laggies to the branches that had the greatest levels of “delay per rider,” after finding that an average LIRR rider lost 15.8 hours because of service disruptions. And here Port Jefferson got the Gold Laggy for racking up 22.3 hours in delays per rider; Montauk got the Silver for 20.5 hours per rider, and Ronkonkoma got the Bronze for 19.1 hours.The analysis was based on data provided by the MTA on ridership, on-time performance and other lateness, termination and cancellation information, “along with Census-derived income assumptions regarding the value of lost time,” the campaign said.The advocacy group says it came up with the Laggy Awards to help elected officials serving in the areas “hardest hit by delays” to “identify, and fully fund, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority’s 2015-2019 Capital Program to ensure the LIRR system is reliable and in a state of good repair.”Among the projects on the group’s priorities list are “further fast-tracking LIRR’s Second Track” project; rebooting LIRR’s “Third Track” project; funding signal improvements such as the “Babylon Interlocking” system; and enhancing Wi-Fi capabilities on LIRR trains and at stations to mitigate the productivity losses associated with train delays.“It is imperative that Long Island’s elected officials in both the New York State Assembly and State Senate identify the funding needed to ensure the Long Island Rail Road is in a state of good repair,” Ryan Lynch, the campaign’s associate director, said in a statement. “Not doing so will only continue to negatively impact the Island’s economy and put further strain on regional and local businesses.”In a statement to the Press, Salvatore Arena, an MTA spokesman, said: “The LIRR knows that our customers’ No. 1 concern is to arrive on time and safely to their destinations, and we are constantly seeking ways to improve our on-time performance, which currently stands at 93.4 percent year to date. We support any effort to raise awareness about the important need for resources to invest in the infrastructure that the LIRR relies on to provide service.”The report was issued on the same day that a construction worker accidentally cut a signal line for one of the East River tunnels, sparking more cancelations and delays during the Thursday evening commute.“When you waste folks’ time, it really is death by a thousand cuts,” said Eric Alexander, executive director of Vision Long Island. “In order to provide efficient transportation options for people, the current LIRR rail system and operations need strategic investment and upgrades.”In the 2010-2014 MTA capital program, the LIRR was slated to receive $2.3 billion out of the $22 billion total budget. In the next round, the railroad and its advocates are hoping for more.“Delays caused by inadequate infrastructure investments have real economic costs, in addition to the stress and frustration that they produce in riders,” said Bill Henderson, executive director of the Permanent Citizens Advisory Committee to the MTA. “We cannot afford not to maintain, rehabilitate and improve LIRR infrastructure to meet the needs of its riders and the regional economy.”
CU leader’s enthusiasm is matched only by her compassionKimberly Bohannon thinks of her job—vice president of compliance and risk management at Knoxville (Tenn.) TVA Employees Credit Union—as a hidden treasure of sorts.“Compliance is a job most people dread and wouldn’t want to work in,” she says. “To me, it’s one of the best jobs in the credit union. I get opportunities to research, investigate, train—so many different things in the course of the day. I wouldn’t trade it for anything.”Bohannon draws an analogy to a story about a tollbooth operator. When an interviewer asked if his job was boring, he replied that it was the best job in the world—he was the CEO of his tollbooth.“I’m CEO of compliance,” Bohannon quips. “I have opportunities to effect positive change for the credit union. We have lots of room to grow the compliance program in nontraditional ways.”Bohannon’s enthusiasm is matched only by her compassion. “I try to approach compliance from a place of ‘yes,’ ” she says. “Rather than saying ‘no,’ I look for a way to help members while complying with regulations.”For example, a member presented an unusual form of trust document and wanted to open an account for his mother. “Trusts scare people because they’re all different,” explains Bohannon. “They’re not on our checklist, so we usually say we can’t help them.” continue reading » 12SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr
The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) should start pushing for authentication measures beyond passwords, two professors claim in a report on improved authentication measures.Daniel J. Solove of George Washington University and Woodrow Hartzog of Samford and Stanford universities released “Should the FTC Kill The Password? The Case for Better Authentication” this summer.“We are in a data security crisis, with data security breaches occurring at a staggering rate. A major part of the reason involves problems authenticating the identity of account holders,” the paper begins. “The most common approach to authentication is the use of passwords, but it is increasingly clear that passwords are being used incorrectly in ways that make them a weak security mechanism.”Short passwords are easy to guess, while long complex passwords are harder to remember, and repeating passwords across different accounts can lead to a number of portals being breached at once. These facts, as well as the ease by which hackers can trick people into revealing those passwords, have led to what the authors call a “widespread consensus” about the problems with passwords. continue reading » 26SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr
Share Sharing is caring! Hon. Roosevelt SkerritPrime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit says no decision has been taken just yet for Dominica to join the ALBA Bank.His comment comes on the heels of reports that Latin American and Caribbean countries agreed on Sunday to deposit 1 percent of their international reserves into a jointly administered development bank as they seek to deepen economic cooperation.Officials announced the decision as Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez hosted leaders of the Bolivarian Alliance for the Peoples of Our America, ALBA, at a meeting in Caracas at the weekend.The new bank will provide financing for economic development projects however it’s unclear how much in all the countries plan to deposit in the bank, or how the funds will be administered.Mr. Skerrit says government has been reviewing the document and a decision could be taken in the next few weeks.“It is a bank that we support fully. We haven’t taken any loans from the bank as yet but we have received grants from the ALBA arrangements. I believe it’s an important institution that has demonstrated its ability to addressing a number of issues, that governments within the ALBA framework have been facing,” he explained.According to the Prime Minister, the bank provides loans at 1 and 2%, “at a time when the world’s economy is in a serious state of affairs, it is a very attractive preposition”.Dominica Vibes News Share Share Tweet LocalNews No decision to join ALBA Bank just yet- PM Skerrit by: – February 7, 2012 187 Views no discussions
Lawrenceburg, In. — It was bitter cold outside, but the Dearborn County Hospital Birthing Center was filled with warm hearts upon the arrival of its first baby delivered in 2018, Tucker Wayne Rae Smith, on January 1. Delivered at 8:34 p.m. by Amanda Parker, Certified Nurse Midwife/Nurse Practitioner with the Women’s Center/DCH Physician Partners, Tucker weighed 8 pounds and was 20½ inches in length.Tucker is the son of Gabrielle Howard and Ethan Smith of Lawrenceburg. As the first baby born at Dearborn County Hospital in 2018, Tucker was presented a certificate for a $500 savings account at the Dearborn County Hospital Federal Credit Union by Angela Scudder, RN, MSN, DCH Vice President of Patient Care Services, and Jacquie Ritzmann, RN, DCH Birthing Center Manager.The DCH Birthing Center features seven private LDRPN (labor, delivery, recovery, postpartum, nursery) suites. Attractively decorated antepartum and postpartum rooms are also available as is a special OB triage room designed for mothers who come to the unit for short term observation, premature labor or other special needs.For more information on the Dearborn County Hospital Birthing Center or to schedule a personalized tour, please call the Birthing Center at 812/537-8273 or 800/676-5572, ext. 8273.
IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stock Big Daddy Race Cars Southern Region rookie of the year Colton Rawls. (Photo by Debbie Hood)WACO, Texas – Colton Rawls continued a family tradition this season and has the Big Daddy Race Cars Southern Region rookie of the year award to show for his efforts.The 14-year-old speedster was a weekly regular at his hometown Heart O’ Texas Speedway and paced first-year Hobby Stock drivers in point standings the region.“My whole family has raced Hobby Stocks,” said Rawls, a China Spring High School freshman, cousin of Jeremy Oliver and nephew of Garett Rawls. “We only live about 20 minutes from the track. We like to race and have fun and support the Hobby Stock class.”Rawls started racing go-karts at the age of nine. He mowed yards and did odd jobs to fund his junior mini stock career before moving to the sanctioned division.“I got sponsors and I got a Hobby Stock. I came out this year and gave it the best I had,” Rawls said. “My uncle Garett has been behind me since I was racing go-karts. He scaled the car and spent a lot of late nights working on both his car and mine.”The highlight of his 15-start season was running side-by-side with eventual track champion Shannon Dulock. Rawls ended eighth in the national rookie point race.Oliver is an integral part of Rawls’ crew, paying back for the help Colton’s father Markum gave him starting at the age of 10. HIS CREW: Father Markum, uncle Garett, Jeremy Oliver, Jerry Don Oliver and Alan Watson. HIS SPONSORS: Salvation Trailers and Bonz Pipe & Steel, Goodwin Tinting & Automotive, City Magnet, Maddox Electric, Zamco Remodeling and China Spring Lube & Service, all of Waco.
Columbus, IN—After an extensive investigation by several Columbus Police Department officers last night, they have concluded there was no credible threat of violence against students or staff at Central Middle School.This investigation started from a social media post that the Columbus Police Department says made a threat “involving an unspecified act of violence” toward Central Middle School.According to CPD, there are several rumors as well as false, inaccurate information being shared on social media related to the threat. However, police do not believe there is any “credible” threat to students or staff at the middle school at this time.CPD and the Bartholomew Consolidated School Corporation have been working to determine the source and Additional SRO’s will be inside the Central Middle School building today to facilitate a safe and positive learning atmosphere.