DNV GL and Bluewater pilot test the value of hybrid digital twin technology to enhance FPSO safety and operational costs by optimizing inspections

first_imgDNV GL and FPSO specialist Bluewater are undertaking a pilot project to use hybrid digital twin technology to predict and analyze fatigue in the hull of an FPSO in the North Sea. DNV GL and Bluewater pilot test hybrid digital twin technology for FPSO. (Credit: Bluewater.) The project aims to validate and quantify the benefits of creating a virtual replica of the FPSO to optimize the structural safety of the vessel and enhance risk-based inspection (RBI), a decision-making methodology for optimizing inspection regimes. The pilot underpins Bluewater’s mission to take a proactive, responsible approach to safety and environmental care in its operations.Bluewater’s Aoka Mizu FPSO, currently in operation in the Lancaster field, west of Shetland, will be used. To date, the pilot test has shown encouraging results.DNV GL’s unique combination of domain experience, inspection capabilities and digital analytics and modelling, enables the monitoring of the asset’s hull structure during operation without dependence on costly routine inspection regimes. Termed ‘Nerves of Steel’, the underlying concept permits the use of various data sets (external environmental data or local sensor data) combined with digital models of the asset, to develop a hybrid replica model of the vessel’s structure. This can be used in real-time to monitor the asset’s condition, identify and monitor high risk locations, and plan targeted and cost-efficient maintenance and inspection activities.Hybrid twin technology uses a combination of numerical design models and data from actively recorded strain gauge sensors on board the FPSO. These sensors allow for a full understanding of the accumulative loading and current state of the FPSO structure. The technology blends computer-simulated modelling with real-time data, which is then streamed to the operator via DNV GL’s Veracity data platform or an existing data transfer solution.“By informing and enhancing the RBI process, operators can reduce operational costs and time, providing significant improvements in safety, thereby extending the lifespan and integrity of assets.“With fluctuating oil price and the impact of Covid-19 on travel, delivering a mirror image of an asset from the safety of shore needs to be trusted and of value,” said Koheila Molazemi, Technology and Innovation Director, DNV GL – Oil & Gas.DNV GL’s visual dashboard presents data to Bluewater on stresses in the hull’s structure, alongside information that can be used to identify areas with relative higher risk of cracks or deformities to occur. The information, which is constantly recorded, can be accessed and analyzed to inform decision-making and implement inspection based on risk priority.The trial will expand on traditional FPSO integrity management strategies, which are based on software-based assumptions made at the design stage as well as current inspection record to enhance RBI decision-making. The pilot with Bluewater is expected to provide new insight and smarter ways of managing risks and costs related to structural integrity management.This is DNV GL’s third pilot project evaluating the performance of hybrid digital twin technology. With global support from the advisor’s experts in Singapore, the UK and Norway, the first involved defining a repair procedure for a FPSO flare tower. Another trial, which is still ongoing, is being performed on a fixed offshore platform.“Like an insurance policy, the hybrid digital twin can potentially save millions by avoiding the costly and possibly catastrophic repercussions of ill-informed integrity management by pre-empting and preventing detrimental damage. For an asset operating in a harsh environment, where the loads play an important part in the possible degradations of the asset, using data from the site as a basis for optimized inspection planning, alarms for extreme events and asset suitability for life extension is crucial,” added Francois-Xavier Sireta, Technical Lead for Naval Architecture and Principal Engineer, DNV GL – Oil & Gas.Peter van Sloten, Department Head Technology Management, Bluewater said: “We [Bluewater] decided to extend our digital twin programme to include our FPSO Aoka Mizu. Our ambition for the structures largely matched with the novel digitalization services of DNV GL. We are therefore pleased to team up with DNV GL to develop a tool to monitor the structural integrity of this most versatile FPSO, designed and proven to operate in harsh environments with high uptimes and a maintained, strict regulatory and safety regime. This will enhance the safety and enables an optimized inspection regime.” Source: Company Press Releaselast_img read more

Good times are around the corner in London, claims estate agency CEO

first_imgA leading London estate agency has contradicted many of its rivals after claiming that buyers are flooding back into the market and that the much-reported Brexit standstill in the capital is over.The comments come from Chestertons’ CEO Guy Gittins, who says his company has enjoyed its strongest start to any year since the peak of the market in 2014, and that the downturn is ‘bottoming out’.Chestertons has published figures to back-up its claims, revealing that revenues at its lettings division increased by 17% year-on-year, while its sales teams reported a moderate increase of 3%.Gittins claims the increased revenues are down to both a recent internal cost-cutting exercise but also a ‘surge’ in the number of buyers and tenants in the market.More buyers, more viewingsDuring the first three months of the year Chestertons says it registered 36% more buyers, completed 13% more viewings and achieved 12% more exchanges compared to the year before.But its report also reveals the scale of the challenge in London; the number of new properties coming on to the market dropped 21% year-on-year, it says.In Lettings, 23% more tenants registered and 17% more offers made, both of which have resulted in a 5% increase in new tenancies agreed.“With Brexit seemingly still some time away, the pent-up demand from these buyers has started to be released and turned into sales activity, as seen by our figures from the first quarter of the year,” says Gittins.Chestertons says it is also looking for more rental portfolios to acquire.guy gittins Chestertons May 2, 2019Nigel LewisWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Hong Kong remains most expensive city to rent with London in 4th place30th April 2021 Home » News » Housing Market » Good times are around the corner in London, claims estate agency CEO previous nextHousing MarketGood times are around the corner in London, claims estate agency CEOChestertons’ boss says there has been a surge of buyers and renters returning to the market, but doesn’t say whether there’s any stock for them to buy or rent.Nigel Lewis2nd May 201901,381 Viewslast_img read more

Director, Tidewater AREC

first_imgJob DescriptionThe College of Agriculture &Life Sciences (CALS) at VirginiaPolytechnic Institute and State University (Virginia Tech) isseeking a Director for the TidewaterAgricultural Research and Extension Center (TAREC). This is atenure-track position at the Associate or Professor rank. Thetenure home for this position will be within one of the 9 academicunits with CALS, negotiated at time of hire.The TAREC pursues a vision of excellence in discovery, development,evaluation, and dissemination of technical information critical toprofitability and sustainability of field crop agriculture andcommercial swine production in the Commonwealth of Virginia andbeyond.The primary responsibility of the Director, who serves as theadministrative head of the TAREC, is to provide leadership andsupport for regional, national and international excellence incurrent and future integrated research and Extension programsappropriate for TAREC’s vision and mission. Leadership activitiesinclude, but are not limited to, recruiting and facilitating theprofessional development of faculty, staff, and graduate students;developing and implementing short- and long-term strategic plansfor the Center; managing the Center’s human, physical, andfinancial resources; and facilitating intra- and inter-departmentalteamwork among faculty and staff and collaboration with otherunits. The Director is responsible for providing or coordinatingmentoring and professional development opportunities as well asproviding annual evaluation of TAREC faculty and staff members, inpursuance of enriching the TAREC community and promotingcollaboration, programmatic, and unit excellence. The Director willbuild TAREC’s capacity in digital and precision agriculture insupport of the VT SmartFarmInnovation Network TM. In addition, the Director will maintain a research/extensionprogram in an area relevant to the mission of the TAREC at a levelthat fits with the leadership role priority.The Director will maintain a liaison with CALS administration andagricultural leaders in accordance with TAREC’s mission and goalsand in support and alignment with CALS strategic plan and VAESmission and vision. The Director facilitates TAREC involvement ininterdisciplinary and multi-institutional research through theVirginia Tech DestinationAreas and involvement of federal and state initiatives andpriorities, such as the Commonwealth CyberInitiative andVibrant Virginia, consistent with the TAREC vision and mission. TheDirector will collaborate with appropriate academic departmentheads on tenure and promotion actions for faculty positions.The Director reports administratively to the Director of theVirginia Agricultural Experiment Station. Salary is commensuratewith qualifications and experience.Required Qualifications● An earned Ph.D. in an agricultural or related discipline; thetenure home for this position will be within one of the 9 academicunits within CALS, as negotiated at time of hire;● Demonstrated strong professional leadership, interpersonal, andadministrative experience, including personnel and fiscalmanagement;● Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively (oral, written)with individuals at all levels and from diverse backgrounds withinthe university, industry, and public sectors;● Strong commitment to applied research, Extension programming, andlong-term sustainability of agriculture;● Agricultural research and/or Extension program experience orequivalent industry experience;● Demonstrated record of scholarly achievement in industry oracademic research and outreach/Extension warranting appointment atthe rank of a tenured associate professor or professor; applicantsare not required to have attained full professor status prior toapplying. Evidence includes, but is not limited to, scholarship,experience in obtaining extramural support from commodity andindustry groups, governmental agencies, and/or foundations.Preferred Qualifications● Experience in developing and implementing strategic plans● Capacity for advancing innovation for applied agricultureresearch and Extension programming● Evidence of effective graduate student recruitment andmentoringAppointment TypeRegularSalary InformationCommensurate with Education / ExperienceReview DateFebruary 15, 2021Physical and Environmental Demands & ConditionalTerms For Questions Regarding the SearchContact Information:Susan E. Duncan, Ph.D., R.D.Associate Director, Virginia Agricultural Experiment StationProfessor, Food Science and TechnologyDirector, Center for Advanced Innovation in AgricultureVirginia [email protected] Information:Tony Wolf, Ph.D.Director, Alison H. Smith Jr. Agricultural Research and ExtensionCenterProfessor, School of Plant and Environmental SciencesVirginia [email protected] InformationTidewater AREC typically operates Monday-Friday, 8:00 AM to 5:00PM. The Director is responsible for insuring that livestock, crops,and facilities are cared for and maintained outside of normal workhours by appropriate scheduling of responsible staff. Some seasonsrequire longer times in the field and some travel and coordinationof programming and field days will be required. Travel to othermeetings (Blacksburg (campus), other ARECs, professional meetings)is a part of this role.The TAREC is located in a rural setting 11 miles west of Suffolk,Virginia, a city of about 91,000 and recognized as the largest cityby acreage in Virginia. Suffolk is one of the seven citiesstretching along the Chesapeake Bay and Southeastern Virginiacoastal region, a region of 1.8 million people, and is 37 milesfrom Virginia Beach.The TAREC, one of 11 ARECs in the VAES system, pursues a vision ofexcellence in discovery, development, evaluation, and extension oftechnical information critical to profitability and sustainabilityof field crop agriculture and commercial swine production in theCommonwealth of Virginia and beyond. In addition to the Director,TAREC has 6 tenure-track faculty positions and 8 hard-funded staffpositions plus additional soft-funded staff. The center includes465 acres, lab facilities and farm buildings, graduate studenthousing, and an office complex to support research and Extension,primarily focused on cotton, peanut, and soybean, corn, sorghum andsmall grains and related disciplines of entomology, plantphysiology and pathology, as well as a swine reproductivephysiology and management facility. TAREC faculty actively engagein the CALS Center for Advanced Innovation in Agriculture, in whichthe Virginia Tech SmartFarmInnovation Network TMis a principal research platform.Through its mission of research, teaching, and extension, theCollege of Agriculture and Life Sciences (www.cals.vt.edu) has beeninstrumental in helping agriculture and other life scienceindustries make significant strides in improving people’s lives.Today’s College is adapting to society’s expectations and needs byfocusing its resources and efforts on improving human health andnutrition, sustaining agriculture and the environment, reducing thereliance on fossil fuels, and developing cures for devastating anddebilitating diseases. Nearly 3,000 students are pursuing degreesin the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences. CALS isadministered by the Dean of the College of Agriculture and LifeSciences, the Associate Dean and Director of the VirginiaCooperative Extension, the Associate Dean for Research and GraduateStudies and Director of the Virginia Agricultural ExperimentStation, the Associate Dean and Director of CALS Global Programs,and the Associate Dean of Academic Programs. The College has 9academic units, 11 Agricultural Research and Extension Centers(ARECs) and a presence in every county in the Commonwealth throughVirginia Cooperative Extension .Today, in addition to two‐year associate degrees, the collegegrants bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees. Virginia Techalso engages in cooperative work with Virginia State University inPetersburg.About Virginia TechDedicated to its motto, Ut Prosim (That I May Serve),Virginia Tech pushes the boundaries of knowledge by taking ahands-on, transdisciplinary approach to preparing scholars to beleaders and problem-solvers. A comprehensive land-grant institutionthat enhances the quality of life in Virginia and throughout theworld, Virginia Tech is an inclusive community dedicatedto knowledge, discovery, and creativity. The university offers morethan 280 majors to a diverse enrollment of more than 36,000undergraduate, graduate, and professional students in eightundergraduatecolleges , a school ofmedicine , a veterinarymedicine college, Graduate School , and Honors College . The universityhas a significant presence across Virginia, including the Innovation Campusin Northern Virginia; the Health Sciences and Technology Campus inRoanoke; sites in Newport News and Richmond; and numerous Extension offices andresearchcenters . A leading global research institution, Virginia Techconducts more than $500 million in research annually.Virginia Tech does not discriminate against employees, students, orapplicants on the basis of age, color, disability, sex (includingpregnancy), gender, gender identity, gender expression, geneticinformation, national origin, political affiliation, race,religion, sexual orientation, or veteran status, or otherwisediscriminate against employees or applicants who inquire about,discuss, or disclose their compensation or the compensation ofother employees or applicants, or on any other basis protected bylaw.If you are an individual with a disability and desire anaccommodation, please contact Dr. Susan Duncan [email protected] during regular business hours at least 10business days prior to the event.Advertised: November 23, 2020Applications close: Application InstructionsIndividuals wishing to apply should go online to jobs.vt.edu and search for Job #514607 .Review of applications will begin on February 15, 2021 andcontinue until a suitable candidate is selected.Applications should include: Working or traversing uneven terrainHand/Finger dexterityThe successful candidate will be required to have a criminalconviction checkMust have a driver’s license checkMust have an acceptable and safe driving record The completed on-line application;A formal letter addressing the applicant’s interests,qualifications, management and leadership experience, and visionfor the Director role of an off-campus; Agricultural Research andExtension Center;A 1-2 page statement of leadership style and values;A 1-2 page statement of the vision of an integrated researchand Extension program for the future (by 2030) of an off-campusAgricultural Research and Extension Center;A current curriculum vitae which includes a biographicalsketch, service, administrative/management experience, and acomplete list of research and Extension publications and grants;andthree (3) names and contact information of references who canassess the candidate’s qualifications for this position.last_img read more

Budgens favours greater bakery selection in new concept stores

first_imgBudgens has added its first patisserie counter to its third concept store following a major refit.The store at Crouch End, North London is the third of Budgens’ concept style, following last year’s openings at Broadstone, Dorset and Byfleet, Surrey, which all have a heavier focus on bakery. This has resulted in bread and cake sales increasing by 25% at Broadstone and 17% at Byfleet.The in-store bakery offer at Crouch End is “comparable” to that at Broadstone, which features a 2.5m-long double-sided bakery counter. The site also exhibits Budgens’ first patisserie counter, which offers six types of eclair, tarts and macaroons among more.In addition, the store offers a “shop in shop” by local bakery Dunn’s, run by Christopher Freeman, former president of the Craft Bakers’ Association. The baker has had a link-up with this Budgens store for around 10 years and, following the refit, Dunn’s now supplies it with 20% more product including a range of 20 breads. Additionally it has launched a new range of five sandwiches designed as requested by Budgens, but also stocked in Dunn’s bakery opposite the store.They are so far selling well and fillings include a pastrami, emmenthal, gherkin and mustard on a light rye loaf (£3.29); homemade aubergine pâté on multiseed (£3.29); and pulled ham hock with Cheddar and piccalilli on a sourdough sandwich loaf (£3.99).Around 10% to 12% of Dunn’s retail value sales come from its deal with Budgens, which is one of three supermarkets in the immediate area.Freeman said: “Predominantly, we supply bread and seasonal goods such as at Christmas and Easter. We have a section of shelving around 2m long and all products are branded and sold at the same price as in our bakery.“What we like about it is that it is just opposite us, so we can push the trolley down the road. It is very green with no food miles. We service the shelves and restock throughout the day topping up as necessary. Getting the order together takes one person most of the morning so that’s an extra job.“The sandwiches are starting to go well. The actual fillings are different so we have incorporated them into our range.”Dunn’s shuts at 6pm while Budgens is open until 11pm.last_img read more

Get Psyched For Fool’s Paradise With These Pump-Up Playlists

first_imgOn April 1 & 2, 2016, Lettuce, Purple Hat Productions, and Live for Live Music will host Fool’s Paradise, a funk-fueled destination beach event taking place in the heart of one of America’s most historic cities: St. Augustine, FL. For all the Funk Fools getting ready to meet us in St. Augustine, we’ve put together two playlists for your listening pleasures.Whether you’re sitting at a desk, driving down the highway, or en route to the festival itself, these tunes will surely help make the wait well worth the while. We’ve separated the playlist between two days, as to account for the uniquely diverse vibes expected from each day’s respective lineups. Friday’s playlist features the thundering funkitudes of Lettuce, GRiZ, Break Science, Goldfish, Marvel Years, and more. Take it for a spin:Saturday’s playlist features the undeniable soul drenching sounds of Lettuce, Vulfpeck, Chris Robinson, The Meters, Dumpstaphunk, The Nth Power, Neal Casal’s Circles Around The Sun, Brasstracks, and more. Get lost here:In case the sounds aren’t enough to get you excited, here are ten more reasons why you should attend Fool’s Paradise. Peep the full schedule below!last_img read more

Stolen Mungion Merch Worn In Armed Robbery Of Beauty Salon

Mungion Fall 2017 Tour Dates9/13 – Omaha, NE – Slowdown9/14 – Des Moines, IA – Vaudeville Mews9/21 – Thornville, OH – Resonance Music and Arts Festival9/28 – Stevens Point, WI – The Encore9/29 – Menasha, WI – The Source Public House9/30 – Minneapolis, MN – The Hook and Ladder10/18 – Columbus, OH – Notes10/19 – Cincinnati, OH – Octave10/20 – Peoria, IL – Kenny’s Westside Pub10/21 – Urbana, IL – The Canopy Club10/27 – Palatine, IL – Durty Nellie’s11/4 – Dekalb, IL – The House Cafe11/8 – Grand Rapids, MI – The Stache11/9 – Ferndale, MI – Parliament Room at Otus Supply11/10 – Cleveland, OH – Grog Shop11/11 – Erie, PA – Kings Rook Club11/14 – Buffalo, NY – Buffalo Iron Works11/15 – New York, NY – American Beauty11/16 – Northampton, MA – Iron Horse Music Hall11/17 – Allston, MA – Great Scott11/18 – Burlington, VT – Nectar’s A few weeks ago, Chicago-based jam up-and-comers Mungion were robbed on the road during their first-ever headlining tour. On August 25th around 11 am, the band’s van, trailer, and all of their gear were stolen from the West Village neighborhood of Detriot, Michigan. In the robbery, Mungion lost all of their instruments in addition to the band’s lighting rig, monitors, amps, merch, and more, racking up at least $41,500 worth of loss. In the weeks since, the music community has rallied around the band, raising $31,000 on the band’s GoFundMe to help them recoup some of their losses and get them back on the road with gear of their own.Mungion Has Van, Trailer, Gear, Lights, And All Stolen Ahead Of First-Ever Headlining TourAfter the news broke, many of us assumed that we’d never see Mungion’s gear again. However, in a bizarre twist of fate, some of Mungion’s merch appeared following the robbery—and it’s definitely not in a place we ever expected. A few days after Mungion was robbed, local news Fox 2 Detroit broke the story that five armed gunmen robbed a Kay Beauty Supply on Saturday, August 26th, at 8:40 pm in Dearborn, Michigan, a city nine miles west of Detroit. During the beauty store hold-up, the armed robbers violently assaulted the three young women working at the store, threatened their lives when they were not compliant, and eventually forced one of the employees into the safe, in addition to stealing all of the cash from the registers, hair extensions, and the employee’s cell phones.However, here’s where things get really weird. In the beauty store’s security footage of the brutal armed robbery, you can clearly see that two of the robbers are wearing official Mungion flat brims. While it’s certainly possible that these armed robbers love the Chicago-based jam band (who doesn’t?), it seems more likely that the thieves were rocking stolen Mungion merch from the theft the previous night. You can take a look at the security camera footage from the beauty store robbery below, and check out Mungion’s post about their gear being used in the robbery above. Also, as a reminder, despite now having a clear picture of one of the thieves who stole Mungion’s gear, none of the band’s gear has been recovered. Please donate to the band’s GoFundMe here or below to help the band get back on their feet before the campaign ends later in the week, and let the band or the Detroit police know if you recognize the man involved in these two robberies. You can also snag tickets to Mungion’s fall tour on their website here. read more

Helping teachers hone their techniques

first_imgThe two-dozen professors who made their way to Lamont Library last week weren’t in search of the kind of expertise found in books. Instead, they gathered in the Forum Room to see what they could learn from one of their own.There, Ronald Heifetz, a senior lecturer at the Harvard Kennedy School, outlined some of the difficulties of using the case study method to teach students who come from across the globe, bringing with them various experiences and values.“You can’t assume the same standards apply,” Heifetz said.The solution? Have students generate cases based on their own experiences.“The challenge is that you don’t know what students will throw at you,” he said. “You have to be willing to learn and flounder in public.”Designed by faculty for faculty, the inaugural spring series examined different approaches to case teaching across the University. Faculty members and administration, including Todd Rakoff (from left), Elsbeth Kalenderian, and Brooke Pulitzer, speak in the Forum Room of Lamont Library.The seminar was the last in this year’s “Talking about Teaching” series, a University-wide effort to explore pedagogical connections across disciplines and Schools. Run by the Office of Faculty Development and Diversity, and underwritten by the Harvard Initiative for Learning and Teaching (HILT), the series attracted a range of faculty members seeking new models and techniques to improve classroom teaching.“We have humanists, social scientists, and scientists,” said Judith D. Singer, senior vice provost for faculty development and diversity. “One of the most fun parts is the opportunity to be a student again. There are too few opportunities for faculty to experience what it’s like to be a student in class.”For the faculty at Heifetz’s seminar, the experience was a bit unsettling. After lecturing for 30 minutes, Heifetz asked, “What’s the nature of authority?” and took a seat with the rest of the group. Silence ensued as seasoned and junior faculty glanced uncomfortably around the room.“What should we do?” Harvard Law School Professor Lani Guinier asked.More silence. After a very long two minutes, the conversation began to trickle.Rose Goldman, an associate professor at the Harvard School of Public Health, shared an anecdote about a similar experience in medical school. Samuel Moulton, HILT’s director of educational research and assessment, pondered the notion of authority in the classroom. And Harvard Law School Professor Wendy Jacobs wondered whether students learn better when they are in, or out, of their comfort zones.At the end of the two-hour session, the attendees agreed they had a better understanding of the dynamics of the classroom.“I’m hearing that perspectives are diverse when different people hear the same thing,” Goldman said.While last year’s sessions focused on using the case study in the classroom, this year’s focused on experiential learning, showcasing the work of “master teachers” through demonstrations of their pedagogy and discussions of its usefulness in other disciplines and Schools.With the University divided into Schools and departments, several attendees say the seminars have provided a welcome opportunity to learn from peers.“It’s been very exciting,” said Rob Lue, professor of the practice of molecular and cellular biology. “As different as all of the Schools are, there’s much we can learn from one another.”In addition to Heifetz, leaders of this year’s sessions were Harvard Business School Professor Joshua Margolis, Graduate School of Education Professor Eleanor Duckworth, and Graduate School of Design Professor Michael Hays. Each session stressed a different teaching method — from working in small groups to guiding class discussions to using lectures more effectively.“So often in my field, things are very clean-cut,” said Hanspeter Pfister, professor in computer science. “Unfortunately, that makes class discussion less engaging. In going to these sessions, I realized that I need to do a better job of digging deeper. I tend to want to jump to answers quickly and give students an explanation. But it would probably be more engaging to let the students come up with the answers.”After attending a few sessions, faculty members say they’ve begun to apply the techniques in their classrooms.“The open-ended exploration is a great way to get students in larger classes thinking and deeply engaged,” Lue said.HBS Professor Rohit Deshpande said he recently used a role-playing method he learned in one of the seminars in a case-writing workshop he was facilitating for a group of professors in Mumbai.“We began with the professors role-playing students for a business ethics case discussion, then switched to the more traditional role of instructor to deconstruct the teaching plan,” he said. “Worked beautifully.”Singer said that she plans to launch another Talking about Teaching series in the fall.last_img read more

Scherzinger honored for advocacy

first_imgNicole Scherzinger, an advocate for people with special needs and breast cancer research, a classically trained opera singer, and the former lead singer of the Pussycat Dolls, was awarded the Harvard Foundation’s most prestigious medal Saturday at the 28th annual Cultural Rhythms festival.The event included a breakfast, a luncheon, and a food festival, as well as 24 performances by student groups, all showcasing the University’s cultural diversity. U.S. Treasurer Rosa Rios (’87), who helped S. Allen Counter, director of the Harvard Foundation, launch Cultural Rhythms in 1986, was honorary host.The artist tribute, in the Kirkland House Junior Common Room, featured the Harvard University Band serenading Scherzinger with “10,000 Men of Harvard.” Next, the comedic group Immediate Gratification Players performed a take-off on Scherzinger’s short-lived show “The Pussycat Dolls Present: The Search for the Next Doll.” Scherzinger laughed at the spoof, and seemed surprised and delighted when the Hawaii Club performed a traditional song and dance that honored her Hawaiian-Filipino descent.During the luncheon, Mariachi Veritas performed traditional Mexican music. Among the speakers was senior admissions officer David L. Evans, who encouraged students to “think about things, and then go out and change them. What ought to be comes directly out of what is thought to be.”The Matinee Show at Sanders Theatre included a retrospective of 28 years of student leadership at Cultural Rhythms.“This is a day to celebrate the Harvard family, and to see what wonderful diversity we have here,” said Counter.“Culture is about experiencing life,” Rios added. “How one chooses to live their life experience.”Scherzinger introduced the student groups and interviewed members after the performances. The matinee featured the Harvard College Pan-African Dance and Music Ensemble, Harvard Wushu, the Kuumba Singers, the Harvard Asian-American Dance Troupe, Harvard College KeyChange, the Harvard Philippine Forum, Harvard Bhangra, the Harvard College Middle Eastern Dance Company, and the Harvard College Irish Dancers.The Cultural Rhythms matinee featured numerous Harvard dance troupes, theater groups, and musical ensembles. Among the talented was the Harvard Asian-American Dance Troupe (pictured).During intermission, Scherzinger was presented with the Harvard Foundation Medal, as well as a Harvard sweatshirt that she put on over her dress. “I’m blown away by the diversity here,” she said. “I see the beautiful faces of all walks of life from around the world.”After the Philippine Forum performed, the audience shouted that it was the birthday of one of their dancers. Scherzinger sang “Happy Birthday” to him — in operatic Italian.Performers in the evening show were Reylon Yount, the Harvard Hellenic Society, Ballet Folklórico de Aztlán, Harvard College Deepam, Speak Out Loud, the Harvard Vietnamese Dance Troupe, the Harvard Undergraduate Drummers, the Harvard Bulgarian Club, Under Construction, the Harvard Ballroom Dance Team, and the Freshman Black Table.Past recipients of the Artist of the Year award include Jackie Chan, Matt Damon, Salma Hayek, Shakira, and Will Smith.last_img read more

Owning your brand

first_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading » While en route to facilitate a member engagement training this month, I spent some time in the Syracuse airport. The airport has been under construction for the last several months and can be a little confusing, especially for a traveler late at night.While trying to navigate my way to the parking garage, a kind young woman sweeping the terminal took the time to ask me if I needed directions. She asked in a warm, friendly manner that really gave the feeling she was empathetic to my plight. I gratefully accepted her help and was soon on my way to the parking garage.When it comes to your credit union or bank’s brand, everyone must own your brand like this airport employee did.According to Gallup, only 30 percent of U.S. employees are engaged at work. An actively disengaged employee—someone working against your brand and mission—costs the organization $3,400 for every $10,000 in salary. It pays to have employees own your brand.last_img read more

Places of worship to open gradually as ‘new normal’ comes into play: Religious Affairs Minister

first_imgThe government has decided to allow places of worship in COVID-19 “green zones” to reopen as the “new normal” comes into force.Religious Affairs Minister Fachrul Razi explained on Wednesday that the permits to re-open certain worship places would be issued after taking into consideration the areas’ R0 and RT. R0 refers to a virus’ basic reproduction number, while RT refers to R0 at a given time. Both indicators measure how contagious an infectious disease is. An outbreak will eventually peter out in a certain area if it has an R0 below one. On the other hand, the outbreak can grow exponentially if the R0 remains above one. “The permits will be issued by district heads upon consulting with regents. After all, it’s the regents who are fully aware of an area’s R0 and RT,” Fachrul said during a teleconference on Wednesday, adding that the permits would be reviewed monthly. “If COVID-19 transmission in an area increases, the permit to operate places of worship there will be revoked,” the minister said.The government is planning to ease large-scale social restrictions in the near future and embrace the new normal by reopening schools, offices and shopping centers as well as other public places. However, many have questioned the decision as the numbers of COVID-19 cases and deaths still continue to rise across the country. Topics :last_img read more