New Arboretum director hosts meet and greet

first_imgArnold Arboretum neighbors, colleagues, friends, and supporters are invited to meet the arboretum’s new director, William Friedman, and hear his plans for the arboretum. The arboretum will host two “meet the director” events, Jan. 25 at 6 p.m. and Jan. 29 at 4 p.m. Space is limited and registration is required.Friedman, also the Arnold Professor of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology at Harvard University, has established the Director’s Lecture Series in which nationally recognized experts will examine an array of contemporary topics related to Earth’s biodiversity and evolutionary history, the environment, conservation biology, and key social issues associated with current science. Lectures are free and registration is required.last_img read more

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Baumer Hall to host plasma drive to benefit South Bend community

first_imgBaumer Hall, the newest men’s dorm on campus, is sponsoring a plasma drive called “Domers R Donors” to be held  Wednesday from 7:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and Thursday from 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. in the LaFortune Student Center ballroom.Maggie Eastland | The Observer Those who have tested positive for coronavirus in the last three months and have been symptom free for 14 days are eligible to donate, Baumer Hall president and first year Patrick Buck said.According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website, those who have contracted and recovered from COVID-19 have antibodies in their blood, specifically in their plasma, that can help treat people in the early stages of the virus.“The hope is that anyone [who is eligible] will donate their plasma so that their antibodies can be used at local South Bend hospitals to help people who are fighting off the pandemic,” Buck said.Anyone who is eligible to donate can sign up by calling 574-204-4466, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., to reserve a time slot.Since Baumer Hall was built in the summer of 2019, the hall has not yet established a signature charity event. The Dillon Hall community was housed last year in Baumer during the renovation of their home dorm.The idea for this charity event originated with Robert Duncheskie, a sophomore in Baumer Hall who said he wanted to make a difference despite the rising case numbers.“As we’re a new dorm, we don’t have a traditional charity event,” Buck said. “We’re always encouraging our guys to come up with stuff, and [Duncheskie] took the lead on this and put in a ton of work.”In an email, Duncheskie said he was inspired to find a way to make a positive impact when Notre Dame’s positive cases began to rise dramatically and many students feared getting sent home earlier this semester.“I wanted to find a way to make the most of out of this unfortunate situation,” Duncheskie said. “I knew that there had to be a way to turn the pandemic into a positive change.”Duncheskie said the event is an exciting step for the Baumer community.“The Baumer Hall community is excited to sponsor this event, as it will be one of the dorm’s first major events since its creation,” he said.Both Buck and Duncheskie said the event is important to help those in need and support the local community.“Our local community is in serious need of plasma donations considering the number of new cases we see every day,” Duncheskie said. “The more plasma that is donated, the more that we can help the people of our community in this ongoing fight against COVID.”Buck said the plasma drive is a way of putting the University’s call to be a “force for good” in action.“This is a really great way to be that positive force,” Buck said. “Fifteen or 20 minutes of your time donating plasma is literally going to save somebody’s life. It’s a really easy thing to do for a person who’s tested positive for COVID. It’s a great way to give back to our South Bend community and help the local people here.”Tags: baumer hall, charity, coronavirus, domers are donors, Plasma drivelast_img read more

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We Rank the Dads of Broadway From Best to Worst!

first_imgIt’s almost Father’s Day, and you know what that means—it’s time to pull out all the stops to show your dad you’re his biggest fan. But Father’s Day isn’t just an opportunity to make a giant replica of your dad out of beef jerky. It’s also time to pay homage to our honorary fathers: The dads of Broadway! From the loyal and protective Jean Valjean in Les Miz to the uh, totally preoccupied Mr. Wormwood, some of Broadway’s current dads deserve Father of the Year trophies, while others should be tarred and feathered. We’re ranking them all below! How does your favorite Broadway dad measure up? 10. Charles from Pippin He might be good at riding a unicycle, but King Charles is constantly dismissive of his son Pippin. If there’s one thing we know about kids, it’s that they need constant attention! Get it together, Charles. View Comments 9. Walter from A Raisin in the Sun Walter has big dreams for his family, but he’s not the most rational guy when it comes to spending his money. Good thing you’ve got your mom around to bail you out, Walter. 2. Mufasa from The Lion King This kind and majestic ruler is a model father for Simba. It’s a shame that pesky stampede had to go and ruin everything. 7. Sultan from Aladdin The Sultan seems like a nice enough guy, but he’s got some seriously outdated opinions about a woman’s place in the kingdom. Don’t worry—his daughter Jasmine is more than happy to set him straight. 1. Jean Valjean from Les Miserables Even though JVJ isn’t Cosette’s biological dad, he’ll go to the ends of the earth for her. He confines her to her house and she’s not allowed to talk to anyone or go outside, but at least she’s safe, right? 4. Josh from If/Then Without giving away too many spoilers, Josh is a great guy and seems like a great father, but he just isn’t around that much. Give us more evidence and we’ll move you higher up on the list, Josh. 8. Hertz from Rock of Ages Sure, he’s planning to tear down the Sunset Strip and his mustache is pretty annoying, but as far as his parenting is concerned, he’s not the worst dad on the list. 11. Mr. Wormwood from Matilda This telly-watching, swindling used-car salesman is the worst father on Broadway, hands down. If you were Matilda, you’d dye his hair green, too. 5. The Three Dads from Mamma Mia! Just like the guys in Full House, potential dads Sam Carmichael, Bill Austin and Harry Bright are a package deal. Sure, they weren’t around for Sophie’s formative years, but that wasn’t their fault, now was it? 3. Father from Violet Violet’s dad tries his best to be a good father, and hey, that axe thing was an accident. But we’re subtracting a few points, because the whole ordeal does make his daughter’s life pretty complicated. 6. Mr. Price from Kinky Boots He’s done everything he possibly can to provide for Charlie, but he shouldn’t have automatically assumed his son would want to take over the family business. What if he’d wanted to become a softball player, or a drag queen?last_img read more

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Video Odds & Ends: Sara Bareilles Teams Up With Leslie Odom Jr. & More

first_img Here’s a quick roundup of stories videos you may have missed today. Sara Bareilles Teams Up With Leslie Odom Jr. Waitress scribe Sara Bareilles was asked by This American Life to imagine what President Obama might be thinking about the current election and Donald Trump, but can’t say publicly. She enlisted Hamilton Tony winner Leslie Odom Jr. to perform the song below and Velvet smoke did not disappoint! Seriously. View Comments Mary-Louise Parker Shows Off Her Maple SyrupMary-Louise Parker is currently starring in Heisenberg on Broadway and she stopped by The Late Show on October 27 to discuss Simon Stephens’ latest play and more. The Tony winner revealed she spends most of her free time on a farm, tending to her goats and tapping trees to make maple syrup. As you do! The production is playing at the Samuel J. Friedman Theatre. Star Files New Trailer for Lesli Margherita FilmNaughty language alert! We have the latest trailer for musical comedy Opening Night, which stars Lesli Margherita, Topher Grace, Taye Diggs, JC Chasez and more. Directed by Isaac Rentz, the film follows a failed Main Stem star who ends up as a stage manager; it will be available on VOD from November 18. P.S. Here’s a first listen to Alessia Cara singing the Lin-Manuel Miranda track “How Far I’ll Go” from Moana. Lesli Margherita Santino Fontana’s Latest Crazy Ex-Girlfriend NumberCheck out this sneak peek at the newest song from the second season of Crazy Ex-Girlfriend. Much as we love Tony nominee Santino Fontana, we’re not sure we’ll be drinking with him anytime soon…The show airs Fridays at 9PM/8PM Central on The CW. Leslie Odom Jr.last_img read more

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Bali follows East Java in turning away MV Viking Sun cruise ship over coronavirus fears

first_imgThe Bali administration has decided to abort a plan to welcome the MV Viking Sun cruise ship and its passengers to the resort island on Sunday, as authorities prioritize public health amid the coronavirus outbreak. The 800 tourists from the United States and Australia aboard the cruise ship, which was initially scheduled to dock at Bali’s Benoa Port on Sunday, will therefore not be able to set foot on the island. Bali Governor I Wayan Koster announced the decision following a meeting with relevant authorities in the provincial capital of Denpasar on Friday.  Previously, authorities in East Java turned away the MV Viking Sun and its 1,395 passengers and crew when it sought to dock at Tanjung Perak Port in the provincial capital of Surabaya on Friday.Surabaya Mayor Tri “Risma” Rismaharini claimed to have received information that two passengers aboard the ship were suffering from a cold and fever. The passengers recently traveled to New Caledonia and Australia, which have recorded confirmed COVID-19 cases.The Norwegian-flagged cruise ship was allowed to moor in Tanjung Emas Port in Central Java’s provincial capital on Thursday, but only to restock its supplies. The passengers were prohibited from disembarking. Denpasar Mayor Ida Bagus Rai Dharmawijaya Mantra said authorities in Bali had also taken the decisions of the Central Java and East Java administrations into account when they decided to turn the cruise ship away. Although health officials have already been deployed at the port to inspect all passengers entering the island, Rai Mantra said that they did not want to jeopardize the health of locals by granting entry to the cruise ship passengers. “We hope the decision will make our residents feel safe,” he said on Friday.The MV Viking Sun previously docked in Labuan Bajo, East Nusa Tenggara, on Monday, where health authorities screened all passengers and crew upon arrival. The ship’s captain stated in the ship’s maritime declaration of health that everyone aboard the ship had been declared healthy.According to state-owned port operator PT Pelabuhan Indonesia III (Pelindo III), the MV Viking was initially scheduled to dock at Benoa until Mar. 10 and sail to Lombok the next day, before returning to Surabaya on Mar. 14. After that, the ship would sail to Sri Lanka, where it is scheduled to arrive on Mar. 20.Topics : “We had to make a decision on whether we would allow [the cruise ship] to dock or not, and decided to scrap [the plan],” Koster said.The governor said that authorities wanted to protect the island from the novel coronavirus, which causes the COVID-19 disease, saying that they had to be careful and prioritize public health so as to prevent any possible negative impacts on Bali’s tourism. The resort island, which has experienced a decline in foreign tourist arrivals following the coronavirus outbreak, has not recorded any COVID-19 cases to date.“As the best tourist destination in the world, we are very prone to health issues. Thus, we have to be careful,” Koster said, “We don’t want to chase a small amount money if it could have a major negative impact on tourism, the backbone of Bali’s economy.”last_img read more

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Barcelona’s biggest hospital devoted to virus patients

first_imgTopics : “We ended up having two consecutive days with 24 patients admitted per day. Every hour we had to intubate a patient, connect them to a ventilator and admit them to the ICU,” explains the head of the service, Ricard Ferrer. “We still have one or two very critical weeks ahead of us… The ICU battle will be long,” Ferrer said surveying a large control screen displaying clinical data of all the patients admitted to his ward. They include people of all ages, struck down by a vicious disease that can progress quickly to symptoms of suffocation. “Sometimes there were only a few hours between the time we assessed them in the hospital and the moment they were admitted to the ICU,” says Ferrer.   ‘Like a bereavement’ Antonio Alvarez, a 33-year-old nurse, dons his coat, shoe covers, glasses and a highly-protective mask before starting his shift in the ICU.A ventilator is not enough for some patients, and doctors have resorted to a new technique: they artificially oxygenate blood by extracting it with a machine and then returning it into the body. “Instead of putting it in the lung, we directly oxygenate the blood,” explains Alvarez, adding that he experiences the pandemic “like a bereavement. “I’ve had my phases of anger, of denial, you go through all of them.”Now we are still a little overwhelmed but it is better. Fewer patients are dying,” he says.  Hospital metamorphosis Since February, the hospital has been preparing for what was then a remote epidemic. “We have transformed a 50-specialism hospital into a single-specialty hospital,” said its healthcare director, Antonio Roman.The hospital created six new intensive care units and collected old ventilators used for teaching and research. Soon, they expect to receive new models produced at the nearby SEAT car factory. “We have tripled the capacity of ICU beds,” explains Ferrer, with about 170 currently occupied. Inevitably, the use of protective equipment and medicines “has multiplied a lot,” he added, to the point where masks have to be reused and doctors have to switch drugs since “we’ve run out of some of them. “Material is lacking, but it is a global problem. Under normal conditions it would be unacceptable but given the situation, you have to adapt and manage,” says Mari Angeles Moreno, a nurse and union delegate at the hospital. center_img ‘Green shoots’ Yet after three weeks of lockdown in Spain, “there are some green shoots,” says Roman. A week ago, the number of hospitalized patients began to decline and the emergency department received fewer cases. The entrance to the hospital is unusually calm. “It is a place of peace and tranquility like never seen before,” insists the care director. More good news comes from the ICU, where Xavier Roges, a 30-year-old doctor, puts on his protective overalls to attend to one of the few patients awake. After having a tracheostomy, the man is recovering and is expected to return to a regular ward. “He is breathing well, eats well, feels hungry,” Roges says.”These should be a given — but in these times it feels like an achievement.”  There is an eerie silence in the corridors of Barcelona’s biggest hospital and angst inside the intensive care units, where all efforts are being directed to fighting the coronavirus pandemic. Where once the Vall d’Hebron hospital treated 50 different types of ailments, it now funnels 90 per cent of its resources into the battle against COVID-19, which has claimed almost 14,000 lives to date across Spain, even if officials see a “downward trend” emerging. With 56 beds in the state-of-the-art intensive care unit (ICU) opened in 2018 not proving enough, beds and ventilators have been moved into unfamiliar spots, including classrooms which once hosted university seminars. last_img read more

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Air Force Hawk 209 jet fighter pilot reported engine issues shortly before crash

first_imgBefore crashing into a residential area in Kampar regency, Riau, on Monday morning, the pilot of an ill-fated Indonesian Air Force Hawk 209 jet fighter reported irregularities in the engine to the base, the Air Force has said.Air Force chief of staff Air Chief Marshal Fadjar Prasetyo said the pilot, First Lt. Aprianto Ismail, heard a strange noise on the plane, followed by a warning light showing an interruption in the aircraft.Aprianto’s plane was one of three Hawk jets departing from Rusmin Nuryadin Air Base in Pekanbaru to perform combat training in Siabu, Kampar district. The pilot also said the aircraft engine suddenly lost power and reported his plan to eject, which he eventually did.The plane then crashed into two vacant houses in the Mutiara Sialang Indah complex in Kubang Jaya village, Siak Hulu subdistrict, and caused a fire. Aprianto landed with his parachute about 500 meters away from the crash site, while his ejection seat fell onto a rooftop.Residents immediately helped the pilot and, fortunately, there were no fatalities in the accident. The Hawk 209, a British-built aircraft that had flown 3,100 hours, had been checked before being operated and was found to be in airworthy condition, according to Fadjar.Fadjar said an investigation into the causes of the crash was ongoing and could take up to two weeks. (syk)Topics : Fadjar said the practice went well before the three fighter planes started to head back to the home base at around 8 a.m.The three fighter planes flew in sequence and Aprianto’s aircraft was the last.Read also: Indonesian Air Force Hawk 209 jet fighter crashes in residential area of Riau“When the plane was about to land, around 2 kilometers from the the runway at an altitude of about 200 feet, the pilot reported an abnormality in the aircraft’s engine,” Fadjar said at Roesmin Nurjadin Air Base in Pekanbaru, Riau on Monday afternoon, as quoted by kompas.com.last_img read more

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UK suffers record recession on virus fallout

first_img‘Hard times’Finance minister Rishi Sunak said the data “confirm that hard times are here”.He added: “Hundreds of thousands of people have already lost their jobs, and sadly in the coming months many more will.”Sunak, whose official title is Chancellor of the Exchequer, plans to end in October the government’s furlough scheme that is paying up to 80 percent of wages for nearly 10 million workers.The UK – which has the highest death toll in Europe from the coronavirus – appears to be paying a heavier price for locking down later than its continental neighbours.The British economy also relies more heavily on the hard-hit services sector than other European countries. Rebound beginsWhile officially in recession, the UK economy is beginning to rebound as the government eases strict confinement measures. ONS calculated that GDP grew by 8.7 percent in June as the economy slowly emerged from the lockdown implemented in late March.That helped the pound to limit losses on Wednesday, while London’s stock market was up 1.3 percent in afternoon trading.”The economy began to bounce back in June, with shops reopening, factories beginning to ramp up production and house-building continuing to recover,” noted Jonathan Athow, deputy national statistician  at the ONS.”Despite this, GDP in June still remains a sixth below its level in February, before the virus struck.”Rising unemploymentTo help the economy recover, the Bank of England is pumping out hundreds of billions of pounds in cash stimulus and has slashed its main interest rate to a record-low 0.1 percent. “The substantial fiscal and monetary stimulus that has been enacted should provide ongoing support to the economy,” EY economist Howard Archer said. “Although the economy is expected to achieve appreciable growth in the third quarter… the rate of expansion will slow in the fourth quarter as unemployment rises following” the end of the furlough scheme.Around 730,000 workers have been removed from the British payrolls since March.Announcements of job cuts have become a daily occurrence, with department store chain Debenhams axing 2,500 posts on Tuesday.The BoE expects the unemployment rate to hit around 7.5 percent by the end of the year from 3.9 percent currently.And it forecasts that the British economy will have contracted by 9.5 percent for the whole of 2020. Nevertheless, the BoE estimates that growth will rebound by nine percent in 2021. “A labour market crisis or another strong rise in (virus) infections could quickly knock this fragile recovery off course,” said City Index analyst Fiona Cincotta.Topics : Britain’s economy shrank by one fifth in the second quarter, more than any European neighbour, as the country’s coronavirus lockdown slammed businesses and plunged the country into its deepest recession on record, official data showed Wednesday.  “It is clear that the UK is in the largest recession on record,” the Office for National Statistics said after gross domestic product contracted by 20.4 percent in the period from April to June.A recession is defined as two consecutive quarterly contractions and the British economy already shrank by 2.2 percent in the first three months of this year.  It is Britain’s first recession since 2009 and the performance is the worst of the so-called Group of Seven richest countries in the world over the same period.By comparison, France’s economy contracted by 13.9 percent in the second quarter, Canada by 12 percent, Germany 10.1 percent, the United States 9.5 percent and Japan 7.6 percent.Looking at the first six months of 2020, Britain’s performance “was slightly below the 22.7 percent seen in Spain, but was more than double the 10.6 percent fall in United States GDP over this period”, the ONS said. The statisticians attributed Britain’s dire second quarter to a 20-percent drop in output in April — “the biggest monthly fall on record reflecting widespread… declines in output across the services, production, and construction industries”.last_img read more

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Wolf Administration Celebrates State Investments to Support Regional Façade Program Benefitting Route 6 Communities

first_imgWolf Administration Celebrates State Investments to Support Regional Façade Program Benefitting Route 6 Communities March 16, 2017 Economy,  Press Release Kane, PA – Today, on behalf of Governor Tom Wolf, Department of Community and Economic Development Secretary Dennis Davin participated in a press conference with leaders from the PA Route 6 Alliance and the PA Wilds Center and Planning Team to launch a regional façade program for communities along Route 6 in the Pennsylvania Wilds.“Initiatives that encourage revitalization and business development are critical for the strength and vitality of Pennsylvania’s communities,” said Governor Wolf. “The funding that the PA Route 6 Alliance received will benefit efforts all along Route 6 in McKean, Potter, Tioga, and Warren counties – restoring façades and improving signage – to help bolster the economic well-being of the region’s businesses, communities, and residents.”Announced in February 2017, DCED will provide $183,000 to the PA Route 6 Alliance to establish a façade and signage improvement program to target communities along the Route 6 corridor through the Keystone Communities Program. The funding will allow for 32 façade projects and 50 signage projects to be completed.“The Keystone Communities program allows for assistance to be tailored to meet the specific needs of a community’s revitalization efforts,” said DCED Secretary Dennis Davin. “It is designed to create partnerships between the public and private sectors that foster support for local initiatives that promote growth and stability, social and economic diversity, and a strong and secure quality of life.”The project was also supported with additional funding made available by the Pennsylvania Department of Conservation and Natural Resources’ Community Conservation and Partnerships Grant Program.“DCNR is delighted to participate in this shared investment strategy by the state agencies as it truly exemplifies Governor Wolf’s ‘Government that Works’ philosophy,” said DCNR Secretary Cindy Adam Dunn.The launch event was held at The Laughing Owl Press Company, a growing small business in downtown Kane that represents the type of applicants the PA Route 6 Alliance plans to include in the initiative.“We are thrilled that our state partners have decided to invest in this project with us,” said PA Route 6 Alliance Executive Director Terri Dennison. “It is going to create a lot of opportunities for communities and businesses in the region. We are still working out the details of the program, but anticipate it will be a matching grant program that will fund about 32 façade projects at $5,000 each, as well as make smaller matching signage grants available to 50 retail and host site establishments involved in The Wilds Cooperative of PA, a visitor experience the PA Wilds Center is working to curate and grow.”Established in 2003, the PA Route 6 Alliance aims to preserve, enhance, and promote the resources of the PA Route 6 Heritage Corridor. The alliance implements the management action plan, branding and marketing plans, community development programs, and other planning efforts along the corridor. Its membership includes representatives from all 11 counties, nine convention and visitor bureaus, four heritage areas, local development districts, local business owners, chambers of commerce, and other interested parties along the corridor.center_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

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Regulation hindering shift towards alternatives in Germany – Feri

first_imgFeri observed that those investors enjoying more regulatory leeway in their investments, including many pension providers, made more significant adjustments to their risk portfolios.“Pension providers have increased the share of equities in their portfolios from 11% to 19% since 2009 and decreased the share of bonds from 73% to 59%,” it added.Investors with stricter investment limits, it added, did not have that option, but they are planning to increase their exposure to non-investment-grade bonds by 25% over the next three years, it said.Overall, the average allocation to bonds remains very high, at 80%, Feri said.However, Christian Michel, director at Feri EuroRating Services, predicted a “significant change” in the German market, as typical covered-bond instruments such as Schuldscheine, Namenspapiere or Pfandbriefe were “going out of fashion”, while corporates “increase in importance each year”.This increased demand for corporates was also evident when preliminary results of the study were released in January. As for real estate, Feri said the asset class remained “under-represented” at 6.4%, almost the same average allocation as in 2011.“The low growth in the segment of real estate investments is less the result of slow demand and more of limited availability,” Feri said. German institutional investors’ alternatives allocation remains at around 3% despite expectations in the industry that it was set to grow, according to a Feri EuroRating Services survey.In Feri’s 2013 survey, institutional investors planned to increase private equity investments by almost 500 basis points (from 1.3%) and hedge funds by more than 300bps (from 0.4%), while maintaining exposure to commodities at 0.3% by 2016.However, the 2015 survey – canvassing nearly 130 institutional investors, with €720bn in combined assets – showed that overall exposure to alternatives remained at 3%.Similarly, the average equities allocation stayed at around 6%, roughly the same level as in 2009.last_img read more

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