Bakery documentary wins acclaim

first_imgAn 11-minute documentary about Garvald Edinburgh Bakery, which is staffed by people with learning disabilities, including Down’s syndrome and autism, has won $75,000 (£46,000) at the Middle East International Film Festival, taking The Black Pearl for Best Documentary – Short Film.Breadmakers, directed by Yasmin Fedda, a previous emp-loyee of the bakery, looks at the intricate social relationships that operate between staff, as they make a variety of organic breads, rolls and cakes for daily delivery to 26 shops in Edinburgh.Robin Mitchell, who produced the film with Jim Hickey, told British Baker: “The team at the bakery absolutely loved being filmed and, after a few minutes, really came out of their shells.”last_img read more

Radcliffe Institute awards Captain Jonathan Fay Prize to Diana C. Wise

first_imgThe Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University has awarded its 2010 Captain Jonathan Fay Prize to Diana C. Wise, a Harvard senior concentrating in history and literature. Wise was selected for her thesis “Mere Trifles: Lord Hervey’s ‘Memoirs’ and the Significance of the Insignificant,” an incisive analysis of the writings, life, and sociopolitical environment of John, Lord Hervey, an 18th century English courtier of King George II and Queen Caroline. Radcliffe Institute Dean Barbara J. Grosz will present the Fay Prize at Radcliffe’s annual Strawberry Tea, today (May 19), from 3 to 5 p.m. in the Faculty Room at Harvard University Hall (attendance by invitation only). Harvard seniors Daniel Bear and Molly Siegel will receive honorable mention for their outstanding theses in molecular and cellular biology and history of science, respectively.“The Radcliffe Institute is delighted to honor Diana Wise for her trenchant and thought-provoking analysis of Lord Hervey’s ‘Memoirs’ and the elegant prose with which she unveils the importance of the seemingly insignificant,” said Grosz, who is also Higgins Professor of Natural Sciences in Harvard’s School of Engineering and Applied Sciences. “This work, which is at once history, philosophy, and literature, is of publishable quality and makes us eager to see Wise’s future scholarly contributions.”The Radcliffe Institute annually awards the Fay Prize to a graduating Harvard College senior who has produced the most outstanding imaginative work or original research in any field. Candidates for the Fay Prize are chosen from the winners of Harvard College’s Thomas T. Hoopes Prize for outstanding scholarly work or research. Winners of the Hoopes Prize, which is funded by the estate of Thomas T. Hoopes ’19, can be found at the Faculty of Arts and Sciences Office of the Secretary Web site.Fay Prize winnerWise’s thesis, lauded as a “stunning piece of work” by the 2010 Fay Prize selection committee, is a close analysis of trifles, as described in Lord Hervey’s 900-page “Memoirs” and as identified by Wise in the life of the author himself. After obtaining permission from the Royal Archives at Windsor Castle to examine the original manuscript of the “Memoirs,” Wise scrutinized Hervey’s observations of minutiae in the court of King George II and Queen Caroline against prevailing notions of the trivial in 18th century Britain. Her thesis renders Hervey’s seemingly pointless obsessions a revelatory window onto the man and his time, demonstrating how apparently inconsequential matters give rise to momentous events.According to Wise’s adviser James Engell, “‘Mere Trifles’ evinces the work of a gifted young historian blessed with a literary style that carries with it sheer verbal pleasure but also a heightened sense of judgment, of mature interpretation concerning human motivation and its historical record.” Engell is Gurney Professor of English Literature and a professor of comparative literature in Harvard’s Faculty of Arts and Sciences.Wise said, “By a splendid coincidence, I received the news [of the award] on the afternoon of my birthday, and it was the perfect birthday present: completely unexpected and an immense honor. Lord Hervey, I think, would be gratified.”After graduating from the College on May 27, Wise, who also won a 2010 Bowdoin Prize for Undergraduate Essays in the English Language, plans to spend the summer traveling in China and Africa before beginning an M.Phil. program in medieval history at Cambridge University’s Trinity College (U.K.), supported by the Herchel Smith Harvard Postgraduate Scholarship.Fay Prize honorable mentionsBear received honorable mention for his thesis “Genome-wide and Single-cell Analysis of Neuronal Activity-regulated Gene Expression,” which also garnered him the 2010 Lawrence J. Henderson Prize. By homing in on cellular-level genetics, he discovered that the more activity there is in a neuron, the greater the changes in gene expression. The journals Nature and Neuron have published the results of this research, which he did as part of a team in the lab of Michael E. Greenberg, chair of the Neurobiology Department and Nathan Marsh Pusey Professor of Neurobiology at Harvard Medical School.The Fay Prize selection committee noted, “Daniel’s work is significant because it shows that, in brain development, nature and nurture work in partnership; there is not a dichotomy between the two.”After graduation, Bear will pursue a Ph.D. in neuroscience at Harvard.Siegel earned honorable mention for her thesis “‘Beyond the Boundaries of My Brain’: Reinterpreting W.H.R. Rivers and the Psychological Trauma of World War I,” in which she reanalyzes the work of Rivers to produce a more nuanced and complete picture of the idealized psychiatrist and his treatment methods and positions on ethnography and the Great War. She reveals, for example, that Rivers neither opposed the war nor subscribed fully to Freudian treatments for shell shock. Siegel’s adviser was Elizabeth Yale, College Fellow in the Department of the History of Science.The Fay Prize selection committee recognized Siegel for “a solidly researched and well-written reinterpretation of W.H.R. Rivers” and for “providing unique insights capable of transforming existing narratives.”Following graduation, Siegel will conduct research at the Eating Disorders Research Unit at Columbia Medical Center in New York City.last_img read more

Benjamin Walker & Zosia Mamet Set for Workshop of Broadway-Aimed American Psycho

first_imgGreat White Way alum Benjamin Walker and Girls star Zosia Mamet will lead a workshop of the Broadway-aimed American Psycho musical adaptation. According to The Wrap, Walker, who had been tapped for the canceled off-Broadway incarnation of the project, will play Patrick Bateman and Mamet his girlfriend. Directed by Rupert Goold, the tuner is eyeing a fall 2015 opening on the Great White Way.The show premiered at London’s Almeida Theatre in December 2013 and had been set to make its U.S. premiere at Second Stage off-Broadway in February 2015. Walker’s Great White Way credits include Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson, Les Liaisons Dangereuses and Inherit the Wind. He starred as the titular presidential slayer in the film Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter. Mamet’s screen credits also include Mad Men, Parenthood and The Kids Are All Right; theater buffs will note that she is the daughter of playwright David Mamet.American Psycho features music and lyrics by Tony and Grammy winner Duncan Sheik and a book by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa. Based on the novel by Bret Easton Ellis, the musical follows 26-year-old Patrick Bateman: a sophisticated, rich and devastatingly handsome Wall Street banker in 1980s New York City. He’s got a sculpted body, a model-gorgeous girlfriend and a to-die-for apartment. There’s just one snag: Patrick can’t get the blood out of his $5000 suits, because he also has a murderous, psychopathic alter ego that he hides from his friends and co-workers. The novel was adopted into an acclaimed film in 2000 starring Christian Bale and Reese Witherspoon. Star Files View Commentscenter_img Benjamin Walkerlast_img read more

Defining and achieving omnichannel ‘consistency’

first_img 19SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Sponsored by D+HWhen it comes to consumer experiences, consistency through every channel is key, right? The best answer to that question may be the dreaded “Yes, but….”Think about it. Does it make sense to squeeze everything that a branch can offer onto your digital channels? Maybe, if it’s your website or your online banking platform, viewed on a laptop/desktop. But what if your member is on a 4-inch smartphone screen? Thinking about it in reverse, you also wouldn’t offer remote deposit capture (mobile deposit) to those accessing their accounts with you via a desktop PC.Not offering every feature through every delivery system isn’t pure consistency, is it? Yet a “consistent” omnichannel experience is still ideal. continue reading »last_img read more

Prince Charles to urge UK and Germany to ‘reaffirm bond’

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DNB scheme refocuses investment policy on liabilities

first_imgThe €1.8bn pension fund of Dutch supervisor De Nederlandsche Bank (DNB) has fully focused its investment policy on covering its liabilities.In its annual report for 2016, it said it had simplified its investments and divided them between a matching and a return portfolio, both under passive management.By placing only Dutch and German long government bonds and interest swaps in its new liabilities portfolio, the scheme said it expected to improve management of its interest rate hedge and drive down costs. Its strategic allocation to this portfolio is 60.6%The scheme added that planned to improve the implementation of its investment principle of “passive, unless”, as well as its responsible investment policy. Implementing responsible investment had been difficult for funds investing in credit or emerging market government bonds, the scheme said.The new set up meant that the pension fund divested its emerging market holdings, as well as allocations to euro-denominated core bonds, global high-yield bonds and US credit.With returns of between 10.5% and 15.9%, these investments performed well last year.The pension fund said credit and high yield had benefited from investors’ search for income, as well as the ECB’s bond purchasing programme and limited market liquidity.The 26% equity allocation has remained unchanged within the new strategic return portfolio. The scheme also kept 2% in cash.However, the DNB scheme increased its property holdings to 11.4%, at the expense of fixed income.The property allocation – largely invested through REITs – yielded 9.4% last year. Worldwide equity generated 11.2%, and UK equity also performed well, the scheme said.Pensioenfonds DNB posted a net overall result of 11.6% for the year.The pension fund added that it kept its interest rate hedge at 75%, as well as retaining its full currency cover of the dollar, the pound and the yen.It said that a survey had indicated that there was no need yet for the DNB scheme to co-operate with the pension fund of fellow supervisor AFM through a general pension fund (APF).Communication watchdog AFM has decided to place its pension arrangements into a commercial APF and has issued a tender.Last year, the Pensioenfonds DNB granted its active partipants an indexation of 0.03% based on the consumer index. A small group of pensioners and deferred members, who still qualify for inflation compensation based on the salary index, received a 0.66% indexation.The scheme saw its transaction costs drop 8 basis points to 0.12%, while its asset management costs decreased from 30 to 27 basis points. Its administration costs, however, rose from €326 to €369 per participant.At year-end, the pension fund had 1,955 active participants, 1,430 pensioners and 1,625 deferred members. Last June, its coverage ratio stood at 118.3%.last_img read more

Top News of the Week, 9 – 15 October 2017

first_imgGlobal Marine Acquires Fugro’s Cable Laying Business in EUR 61 Million DealGlobal Marine Group is set to acquire Fugro’s trenching and cable laying business after the two companies signed an agreement under which Fugro will, in return, get an equity stake of 23.6% in Global Marine Holdings.Four Companies Unite to Form Single O&M ProviderThe Fred. Olsen related companies, led by Fred. Olsen Windcarrier and with Global Wind Service, Natural Power and ZephIR Lidar, have joined forces to create a single operations and maintenance (O&M) service provider for offshore wind farm operators.Pieter van Oord: “We Need to Build Turbines Like We Build Cars”“We need to build wind turbines like we build cars,” said Pieter van Oord, CEO of Van Oord, at the opening of the Offshore WIND Conference 2017 (OWC17) in Amsterdam.Offshore WIND Conference Speakers Spice Up Day 1The eighth Offshore WIND Conference was opened on Monday, 9 October, by Bent Thambo Jensen, Chief Commercial Officer of Ziton and the Chairman of the first day of the conference. The sessions saw straight-to-the-point statements and some interesting discussions.Buss Setting the Stage for Merkur Offshore Wind FarmBuss Offshore Solutions has begun with preparations for the 396MW Merkur offshore wind farm at its Orange Blue Terminal in the Dutch port of Eemshaven.last_img read more

Asians speak up against casino deal

first_imgNZ Herald 3 September 2013  More Asian people will lose their jobs and businesses if the SkyCity convention centre deal goes ahead, MPs have been told.A stream of Asian community groups spoke against the deal yesterday when select committee hearings opened on the NZ International Convention Centre Bill, which allows SkyCity 230 extra poker machines, 52 extra gaming tables and an extension of its licence until 2048 in return for building a $400 million convention centre.The Auckland Council also opposed the bill, but it was supported by the Heart of the City business lobby and by the Catholic Church’s Auckland Diocese Justice and Peace Commission because of the extra jobs it will create.Problem gambling counsellor Donghwan (Gus) Lim of the Korean Community Wellness Society said Asian people made up only 9 per cent of the population but 64 per cent of problem gamblers who were excluded, or excluded themselves, from the casino in the six months to June last year.“There are so many Asian people disproportionately getting harmed by SkyCity,” he said. read more

Aklan to put up own COVID-19 testing lab

first_imgAklan’s COVID-19 testing laboratory is located inside the compound of the Dr. Rafael S. Tumbokon Memorial Hospital in Kalibo town. Once the facility’s construction is finished aside from receiving accreditation, healthcare personnel assigned there can conduct virus testing to Aklanons. AKLAN PROVINCIAL GOVERNMENT KALIBO, Aklan – The provincial government is set to establish its own testing laboratory for coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) located at the Dr. Rafael S. Tumbokon Memorial Hospital (DRSTMH) in this capital town.Gov. Florencio Miraflores said the facility – currently under ongoing construction – is considered by the provincial government as one of the priorities in the continuing fight against the virus.“Our desire to have our own COVID-19 testing laboratory here in Aklan now comes to reality, said Miraflores on his Facebook page post on May 21. The governor added that with Aklan having its own testing facility, the detection of the virus will be hastened.If patients turned out positive for the virus, they could be given immediate intervention.On May 15, this province acquired a reverse transcription-polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) machine which will be installed in the laboratory, along with the other equipment needed for COVID-19 testing.The provincial government is also currently fast-tracking the accreditation process of the DRSTMH as a testing facility for the virus.Provincial Health Officer I Dr. Cornelio Cuachon Jr., meanwhile, said that healthcare personnel such as medical technologists, encoders and administrative staff who will be assigned to manage the COVID-19 testing laboratory are currently on training to ensure that they are qualified to conduct biosafety and RT-PCR procedures.(With a report from PIA/PN)last_img read more

Educational Tax Credit Deadline Looms

first_imgState Treasurer Richard Mourdock, Chairman of the Indiana Education Savings Authority, reminds Hoosiers that to be eligible for the CollegeChoice 529 state income tax credit, their contributions must be received by Dec. 31.“What better gift can one give to your kids or grandkids than the gift of an education?” stated Treasurer Mourdock. “The latest game box or tablet might be fun, but it’s short-lived. A post-secondary education is priceless and lasts a lifetime.”Hoosiers who contribute to a CollegeChoice 529 Savings Plan before the deadline are eligible to receive a 20% state income tax credit, of up to $1,000, based on their contributions. Any Indiana taxpayer who makes a contribution is eligible to receive the tax credit.Indiana’s 529 Savings Plans are tax-advantaged educational savings programs that provide Hoosiers an affordable, flexible way to save for post-secondary education expenses. Since 2007, the 529 Savings Plans have experienced over 1,000 % growth in assets and accounts.Currently, there are over 200,000 Hoosiers saving in Indiana’s 529 Plans with over $2.5 billion in assets under management.Click here to learn more.last_img read more