Ice skating in the frosty air

first_imgHarvard’s popular outdoor ice rink, Harvard Skate, reopened this week, offering students and community members a fun winter diversion at the heart of campus.The custom-made, 40-by-60-foot rink in front of the Science Center was built atop the newly paved Science Center plaza, which is undergoing renovations. The installation represents the beginning of the plaza’s transformation into a vibrant space that joins campus and community.“Harvard Skate provides a great opportunity for the University community and our neighbors to come together,” said Lisa Hogarty, vice president for campus services, the department that oversees common spaces programming. “When the renovation of the plaza is complete this spring, there will be many more events and activities, transforming the space.”Day one, the rink was doing its job.  On Tuesday, Harvard junior Nataliya Nedzhvetskaya was headed into Harvard Square to kill time between classes but was lured by the ice instead. One by one, other friends who happened to be walking from class to class joined in the fun.“Having something like this at the center of campus that’s open and inviting encourages people to enjoy themselves and be more spontaneous,” said Nedzhvetskaya.A collaboration among University departments, including the Common Spaces program, Campus Services, and Harvard Student Agencies, the rink is run by student managers who staff it and offer $5 on-site skate rentals for adults and children. Tables and chairs surround the rink, giving skaters and non-skaters a spot to enjoy the winter scene and sip hot chocolate.  Free skating lessons can be arranged in February.Harvard Skate’s hours are noon to 9 p.m. Tuesdays through Sundays. The rink will be open through March, weather permitting. Additional information can be found on the Common Spaces website, and updates about weather-related rink closures will be posted to the Harvard Skate Facebook page.last_img read more

Lawsuit alleges sexual harassment, racial discrimination against University employee

first_imgTags: racial discrimination, Sexual harassment, University Lawsuit A student filed a lawsuit against the University on Friday seeking damages for alleged sexual harassment and racial discrimination by an employee of Notre Dame, according to court documents acquired and posted by WSBT.The suit alleges a white University employee — “Jane Roe”  — coerced the plaintiff — “John Doe,” an African-American student at the University — into a sexual relationship with her daughter, who attends a “nearby school” but is also an employee of the University.The suit also alleges University administrators knew  about the misconduct and, citing Title VI and Title IX, had a responsibility to intervene for the student’s wellbeing, which was compromised by a racially and sexually hostile environment.According to court documents, “Jane Roe” allegedly engaged in the following behaviors in the spring of 2015:“commanding, directing, encouraging, and convincing Plaintiff John Doe to engage in sexual relations with Defendant Jane Roe’s own daughter; arranging for sexual liaisons for Plaintiff John Doe; interrogating Plaintiff John about the nature, frequency, and quality of the sexual activities he had with Defendant Jane Roe’s daughter; harassing and demeaning Plaintiff John Doe with racially-charged comments;“pressuring Plaintiff John Doe to remain in the sexual relationship against his will; providing lodging, transportation, hotel rooms, and condoms for sexual excursions across state lines; and engaging in threatening behavior towards Plaintiff John Doe as he attempted to end the sexual relationship with her daughter.”The defendant, who served in “a role designed to provide academic support and counseling to students and student-athletes,” allegedly targeted other African-American males at the University including members of the football and basketball teams, according to court documents.When the student sought to end the relationship with the woman’s daughter, the defendant allegedly “utilized her position at the University to convince the Plaintiff John Doe of his need for mental counseling, arranging for Plaintiff John Doe to be seen by psychiatric support employed by the [University],” according to court documents.The defendant also allegedly sought to pressure the student into converting to Catholicism, according to the suit.The suit goes on to say that the plaintiff was then seen by an employee who was “a friend and confidant” of the defendant, and who “sought to medicate Plaintiff John Doe to keep him passive, cooperative, and under control to forestall any exposure of this exploitative and perverse conduct and hostile environment.”University vice president for public affairs and communications Paul Browne said the University is aware of the suit, but denies all allegations of misconduct.“The allegations against the University of Notre Dame in the complaintare unfounded, as are gratuitous and unfounded references to ‘studentathletes’ — an allegation that is nothing more than a cynical attemptto attract publicity,” Browne said in a statement.last_img read more

The short trip from analytics to artificial intelligence

first_img continue reading » 24SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Decades of popular science fiction have painted artificial intelligence (AI) as futuristic, mysterious and sometimes campy – on track to become reality around the same time bankers begin driving hover cars to work. Yet AI is now reaching buzzword status, and there’s not a hover car in sight.The recent interest in AI could feel like a sudden and disjointed trend – an alluring concept without the technology to support its promises. In reality, AI is the next logical step in a long progression of innovations, in banking and across all other industries.The basic foundation for AI is already in place. And as advancements continue at a rapid pace, new capabilities will alter the way businesses serve their customers – and the way customers expect to be served. In a time of growing complexity, AI may hold the key to helping businesses create an experience that’s better, faster and more affordable.last_img read more

TikTok Parent ByteDance in Talks to Raise $2 Billion Before Possible Hong Kong Listing: Report

first_imgIt could result in Beijing-based ByteDance eventually listing some of its biggest assets, such as Douyin, the Chinese version of TikTok, in Hong Kong.ByteDance is currently fighting to avoid US attempts to ban TikTok over national security concerns.Listing ByteDance assets could provide a major boost for Hong Kong’s market, which has been weighed down by the US-China trade war, the coronavirus pandemic and last year’s roiling pro-democracy protests.- Advertisement – Beijing is pushing its tech giants to list on Chinese exchanges.Hong Kong and Shanghai were set this week for the dual listing of Ant, the Alibaba-linked digital payments and finance provider, which would have been a world-record IPO.But it was pulled at the last minute amid an escalating dispute between Ant, whose controlling shareholder is billionaire Alibaba co-founder Jack Ma, and Chinese regulators. – Advertisement – Citing fears of systemic financial risks, Beijing has imposed new restrictions on fast-growing online lending and credit products, like those offered by Ant, in the run-up to the share issue.This was seen as potentially changing the business landscape for Ant, forcing the IPO to be shelved for now.The Trump administration has insisted on the need to ban TikTok, saying it has links to the Chinese government through ByteDance and that user data could be obtained by Beijing. The popular short-video platform has 100 million users in the US.TikTok has repeatedly denied the claim. ByteDance has avoided a ban in the country by setting up TikTok Global, which will run the short-video app’s US operations and be part-owned by Walmart and Oracle.Are iPhone 12 mini, HomePod mini the Perfect Apple Devices for India? We discussed this on Orbital, our weekly technology podcast, which you can subscribe to via Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, or RSS, download the episode, or just hit the play button below. ByteDance, the Chinese parent of viral video platform TikTok, is in talks to raise $2 billion (roughly Rs. 14,800 crores) from investors before a possible listing of some of its businesses in Hong Kong, according to a report.The plan could eventually value ByteDance at a massive $180 billion (roughly Rs. 13,31,300 crores), Bloomberg News reported late Thursday, citing people familiar with the talks.- Advertisement – – Advertisement –last_img read more

The World Tourism Organization has published a handbook Tips for Responsible Travelers

first_imgU povodu obilježavanja Međunarodne godine održivog turizma za razvoj, Svjetska turistička organizacija (UNWTO) pripremila je kratki priručnik Savjeti za odgovornog putnika. Priručnik je napravljen na osnovi Globalnog etičkog kodeksa za turizam Svjetske turističke organizacije koji je osnovni okvir za odgovorni i održivi turizam, a sastoji se od niza načela kojima je cilj da budu vodič glavnim sudionicima u razvoju turizma.Priručnik Savjeti za odgovornog putnika pronađite u prilogu : Savjeti za odgovornog putnikaAko strateški ne razvijamo turističke destinacije, možemo samo kratkoročno profitirati, a dugoročno uništiti destinaciju. Danas “jedna” kuna manje, sutra “pet” kuna više. Pogledajte video o odličnom dokumentarcu o utjecaju masivnog turizma, backpackera tj. trčanjem samo za novcem ne razmišljajući što i kako sutra- Grigo trails.Nisu krivi turisti što goli hodaju po Hvaru niti što su cijelu noć pijani i bučni u Novalji, krivi smo mi jer smo im to dopustili. Zašto to ne rade u Londonu? Zato jer ne smiju i postoje pravila ponašanja.last_img read more

Is it grim up north?

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Reported murders, suicides of trans people soar in Brazil

first_imgTopics : The number of transgender people killed in Brazil this year has risen by 70% over last year, according to research underscoring the South American country’s rank as the world’s deadliest place for trans people.The 129 trans people murdered since January already exceeds the total killings in 2019, according to a report by the National Association of Transvestites and Transsexuals (ANTRA), a local activist organization.The number of trans people – 16 – who died by suicide in the first six months of 2020 is a third higher than last year as well, ANTRA said. “The outlook is bleak,” said Bruna Benevides, a trans activist and author of ANTRA’s report, via messaging service WhatsApp.”The death of trans people … starts long before the trigger is pulled. It’s in the insults, the evictions from home, the lack of job opportunities, it’s at school where gender is never discussed,” she told the Thomson Reuters Foundation.Brazil has made a number of strides in transgender rights in recent years, such as a Supreme Court ruling last year that transphobia and homophobia are criminal offences.A 2018 ruling by the highest court allowed trans people to change their names and gender on official documents without undergoing surgery.center_img Despite the legal recognition, gay and trans Brazilians face prejudice and widespread violence in the socially conservative country where powerful Evangelical churches are highly critical of LGBT+ rights.The nation of some 200 million people regularly ranks as the deadliest country worldwide for trans people, according to the Trans Murder Monitoring research project.Activists say social prejudice has grown under right-wing President Jair Bolsonaro who regularly speaks out against “gender ideology,” a conservative term used to condemn progressive ideas on sex and gender.”People feel legitimized expressing the hate that has been encouraged in every speech, in every lack of action, in every manipulation of public opinion against the boogeyman of gender ideology,” Benevides said.The coronavirus pandemic has made matters worse, activists say, with trans people locked out of jobs or trapped in unsupportive or abusive home lives during lockdown measures.A pandemic hot spot, Brazil has registered 4.15 million cases of the coronavirus and the official death toll has soared past 126,000 people, according to Health Ministry data.A survey published in June found a quarter of unemployed gay and trans Brazilians had lost their jobs during the pandemic, and that joblessness among LGBT+ Brazilians was almost double the nation’s overall rate.”This whole scenario creates a process of sickness caused by the lack of public policies to prevent suicide and transphobic violence,” Benevides said.The report from ANTRA, published late on Monday, was based on reports of killings in local media, on social networks and from partner groups.However, the authors said the true number of murders could be much higher than what has been reported.last_img read more

Arsenal identify Gremio centre-back Walter Kannemann as potential summer recruit

first_imgArsenal have also been linked with a move for Nicolas Tagliafico (Getty Images)Gremio’s domestic rivals Flamengo, as well as Argentine sides Boca Juniors and Independiente, are also believed to be monitoring Kannemann, as are Atletico Madrid whose manager Diego Simeone worked with him previously at San Lorenzo.Kannemann isn’t the only Argentine international on Arsenal’s radar with Ajax left-back Nicolas Tagliafico also reportedly a summer target. Ajax are said to be holding out for a fee of around £17m for the 26-year-old.Arsenal have been in good form of late, climbing into fourth in the Premier League table and reaching the quarter-finals of the Europa League where they will face Napoli.More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal Comment Arsenal are interested in Argentina international Walter Kannemann (Getty Images)Arsenal have identified Gremio and Argentina defender Walter Kannemann as a possible signing this summer with Unai Emery keen to upgrade his centre back options.The 28-year-old has caught the eye in South American football over the past couple of years after helping Brazilian side Gremio win the prestigious Copa Libertadores in 2017.Kannemann, who has also played for San Lorenzo in his homeland as well as Atlas in Mexico, made his international debut for Argentina in September and came on as a substitute during their 3-1 home defeat to Venezuela on Friday for his third cap.According to the Daily Mail, Kannemann has a £17m buyout clause in his contract and Arsenal are weighing up whether or not to make a move with Emery considering a defensive reshuffle ahead of the new season.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTArsenal have conceded 39 goals in the Premier League this term, over double that of league leaders Liverpool who have let in just 18.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 CityArsenal signed Sokratis Papastathopolous from Dortmund last summer and while the Greek international has been a success, Shkodran Mustafi has endured another error-strewn campaign while captain Laurent Koscielny will turn 34 in September. Arsenal identify Gremio centre-back Walter Kannemann as potential summer recruit Metro Sport ReporterSaturday 23 Mar 2019 6:58 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link88Shares Advertisement Advertisementlast_img read more

Studies on German pensions ignore unfunded liabilities, says Mercer

first_imgThe consultant noted that unfunded pension obligations still accounted for half of all liabilities in the German occupational pension system and said the issue should be included in any future reform proposal.It said it was “unconvinced” the German government had “the strength” to act on the proposals contained within the two studies this year, and that the issue of pensions could play a significant role in next year’s federal election campaign in the run-up to the general elections in the autumn of 2017.“In the end, there might be a postponement into the next legislative period and a more comprehensive reform of the pension system including all three pillars,” it said. Regarding the outcome of the studies, Mercer said many of the proposals were “to be welcomed”, including a mandatory employer contribution to defined benefit plans.The consultancy also thinks a “pure” defined contribution (DC) plan could bolster occupational pensions, as “past evidence suggests guarantees have cut in on returns”.However, it emphasised that any shift to pure DC would require greater public education, as would the auto-enrolment proposal, which Mercer welcomed as a “means to increase participation in company pension plans”. Fidelity also supported the introduction of a mandatory element in the German system. Drawing on its experience with auto-enrolment in the UK, it estimated occupational pensions could cover 80-90% of the workforce within two years after its introduction. Mercer has criticised two recent studies commissioned by the German government, with the first concerning industry-wide pension funds and the second second-pillar tax incentives. The consultancy cited the failure to note reforms involving the valuation of unfunded pension promises on German companies’ books as one of the studies’ major faults.It said the studies neglect to address the “discrimination against unfunded pension liabilities”, or Direktzusage, for which a 6% valuation rate on the balance sheet must be applied.Uwe Buchem, retirement market business leader at Mercer for Germany, Austria and Switzerland, said: “In light of continuously falling discount rates applied under HGB and IFRS, this is unacceptable.”last_img read more

Gold Coast homeowners to watch properties blossom on the market this spring

first_imgThe seven-bedroom property at 4 Duringan St, Currumbin, is set to blossom on the market this spring. Krystle and Mark Holmes with their five children (left to right) Kyan, 13, Ava, 11, Fletcher, 11, Archie, 3, and Hunter, 13. Picture: Mike BatterhamKrystle and Mark Holmes are among those who have waited until spring to list their Currumbin home. Mr Holmes is the founder and managing director of Nu-Pure, a bottled water manufacturing business which produces about 120 million bottles each year of spring water. More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa10 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag1 day ago“The weather here in Currumbin is glorious in winter come spring,” Ms Holmes said. “Spring always brings smiles, happiness and the sun and people go towards the beach. “All those things were thought through when putting our house on the market.” Their award-winning hilltop house at 4 Duringan St has a curved copper clad facade and panoramic views of Currumbin Creek, the ocean and rainforest. The award-winning house was designed by renowned Gold Coast architect Paul Uhlmann. Picturesque views are a highlight of the property.Ms Holmes said the house was beautiful year-round but said the sunsets were a little more spectacular as the weather warmed. “Currumbin no matter what season, it’s a beautiful area to live in,” she said. “Our outdoor living area, we call it the top deck, at any time of the day you can go out and enjoy it and read a book.“Or you can have 40 people there and entertain the night away with the sun going down.” Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:50Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:50 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD540p540p360p360p270p270pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenTop tips for sellers in Spring00:50center_img The Holmes family waited until spring to list their Currumbin Home. Picture: Mike BatterhamSAVVY homeowners who have waited through the winter months preparing their property for sale are now ready to watch it blossom on the market this spring. With the warmer weather comes more property listings and an influx of buyers creating the busiest time for the Gold Coast market. Those sellers who have sat idle are now ready to put the sold sticker up as buyers flurry to secure the keys before Christmas. MORE NEWS: Shoebox apartments get the boot as prices soar MORE NEWS: Where you can find the best central buys Offers for the property close September 11.The family are selling to move closer to their children’s school. The seven-bedroom house is on the market through Kollosche’s Michael Kollosche and Eoghan Murphy with an expressions-of-interest campaign closing September 11.last_img read more