‘A win-win situation’

first_imgThe decision by General Electric, one of the world’s largest companies, to move its corporate headquarters to Boston came in part, the company’s chief executive said last week, because of the city’s strength as a bastion of higher education and innovative research.GE, the $130 billion conglomerate whose products include aircraft engines, household appliances, and oil and gas production equipment, has begun transforming itself into a digital industrial company. In 2014 it moved its life sciences headquarters to Marlborough, and last year announced that its energy services start-up would be headquartered in Boston.GE chairman and CEO Jeff Immelt said the move from Fairfield, Conn., to Boston, which he called “a dynamic and creative city,” makes sense, in part because of the intellectual capital fueled by the region’s many tech-savvy schools, including Harvard, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Boston University, and Northeastern University.“We want to be at the center of an ecosystem that shares our aspirations,” Immelt said in the press release about the move. “Greater Boston is home to 55 colleges and universities. Massachusetts spends more in research and development than any other region in the world, and Boston attracts a diverse, technologically fluent workforce focused on solving problems in the world.”The company plans to settle its headquarters in Boston’s Seaport district by 2018. Employees will move into a temporary location nearby beginning this summer. The move is expected to bring 800 new jobs to Boston, 200 in corporate positions, and 600 split between digital industrial managers, designers, and developers.Harvard analysts involved in economic and technological fields said the move seemed a natural fit.Professor Claudia Goldin, Henry Lee Professor of Economics at Harvard, said that though the number of arriving employees may seem low to start, the move’s long-term impact will be a boon.“It’s a win-win situation for both Boston and GE,” she said. “It can’t hurt.”“The academic-industry nexus is crucial to our innovation ecosystem, and having GE in our backyard will be an enormous boon to Harvard and to the region,” said Dean Francis J. Doyle III of the Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS), and the John A. & Elizabeth S. Armstrong Professor of Engineering & Applied Science.Jodi Goldstein, the Bruce and Bridgitt Evans Managing Director of the Harvard Innovation Lab (i-lab), who started her career at GE in the 1990s, agreed. She said the company’s move to Boston reinforces its commitment to innovation and evolution.“Boston and GE have mutual aspirations,” she said. “GE is interested in moving into the digital age and continuing to evolve its products and services. This aligns well with the strength of Boston in life sciences, robotics, IoT [Internet of Things], and software. There is no other ecosystem in the world with the tremendous human capital that comes from the high concentration of universities, science, and research institutions.”Goldstein hopes there will be partnership opportunities between i-lab startups and GE and other corporations. Since it was founded in 2011, 600 companies have been incubated within the i-lab.In his statement, Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker said he welcomed the company’s “decision to take advantage of the unique resources that our state has to offer, from our innovative economy to top universities.” Boston Mayor Marty Walsh said General Electric’s “choice to move to Boston is the result of the city’s willingness and excitement to work creatively and collaboratively to bring positive activity to our local economy and continue to grow our industries.”last_img read more

Dell EMC Forum: Charting a Course for Your Digital Transformation

first_imgDell EMC Forum focuses on industry trends and addresses opportunities and challenges that are top of mind for our customers. This year we see how the new digital economy is changing the way we live and work – creating a world where everything is connected, and powerful new insights are at our fingertips. By harnessing its power, our customers can accelerate their own transformation. With more than 60 Dell EMC Forums in over 35 countries, we are exploring first hand the path to digital transformation through applications, infrastructure, security and workforce transformation. This year’s Forum events are particularly exciting with the work we are doing as Dell EMC to really focus on our customers. Our newly expanded portfolio has leadership in 18 Gartner Magic Quadrants, giving our customers best-of-breed technology and solutions. And, because our customers’ success is our first priority and at the core of all our decisions and strategies, we have a roadmap that protects our customers’ existing and future investments. Take a moment to listen to Michael Dell discuss our commitment to preparing businesses for the enormous opportunities ahead.Now, what have we been talking about at Dell EMC Forum to date?Frank Hauck, President, Customers & Markets described how Dell EMC has become customers’ trusted advisor from the desktop to the data center. Dell EMC Forum is our platform to offer our customers industry respected guidance and counsel tailored to their needs. We cover key topics including Converged Systems, Data Analytics, Modern Infrastructure, Workforce Transformation, and Cloud Landscape. What’s more, we talk about the Dell EMC Advantage and what we’re doing to address modern-day challenges—and the unique ways in which we design solutions to solve them to better serve our customers. The Forums are successful because we don’t focus on what we have, but rather we focus on what our customers need.Patricia Florissi, Vice President and Chief Technology Officer (CTO), described that not only is technology growing, but also it’s more tangible than ever. A frequent presenter at the Dell EMC Forum, she attributes this to apps like AirBnB and Uber that have set new expectations, affecting how every business engages with their customers. Their customers now expect transactions to be instant, easy and accessible on-the-go regardless of the industry or the service being provided.Brian Gallagher, Senior Vice President, Cloud Foundry Dojo presented at multiple Dell EMC Forum events across the world and noticed that technology today is not only growing, but also shifting. Our customers expect their infrastructure to increase speed and efficiencies – that is the new standard. However, business culture is changing too – how we communicate with each other, how we work, and how we experience things. Successful companies today use technology to create an experience and build an emotional connection with their consumers and workforce.To see Frank, Patricia, Brian, and other Dell EMC experts live, register for one of our upcoming events or join us for our Virtual Dell EMC Forum available on-demand.last_img read more

Saint Mary’s administrator and counselor lay out finals studying recommendations

first_imgWith finals week fast approaching, students are preparing for a barrage of long nights, last minute cram sessions, impulsive snacking and accidental fasting. Anxiety will settle over campus like a thick fog, turning even the most prepared students into stress-induced zombies. Even though finals season is stressful, Diane Fox, the director of the Office for Student Success at Saint Mary’s, and Heather Abbott, a counselor from the Saint Mary’s Health and Counseling Center, said there is a light at the end of the tunnel.Abbott said stress is not only an appropriate response to finals week, but a fact of life. She said that stress — when managed correctly — can be channeled into something healthy and useful.  “To deal effectively with stress, we need to develop an array of coping skills. Coping depends on a balance between acceptance and action, of letting go and taking control,” Abbott said in an email. “There are also a variety of daily choice techniques which one can employ in order to engage more effectively with stressors.” Such methods, Abbott described, include time management and planning, deep breathing, self-talk, visualization of success, self-care and affirmations, a healthy balance of distraction and focus, reframing, catharsis and social support from friends and family. “Sometimes, a good cry or a good laugh can be a simple answer to stress,” Abbott said. Fox acknowledged the end of the semester warrants some celebration, but advised against partying on the Thursday and Friday night before finals week.“I like to equate final exams to the Super Bowl — you don’t want to blow it at the end, get arrested and not be able to participate in the Super Bowl,” Fox said. “This is when you want to be at your utmost mental, physical and spiritual best.” In order to reach peak condition, Fox said, students need to reach a comfortable level of confidence before entering their final exams.“Confidence is uppermost in importance,” Fox said. “In order to be confident, you first have to take a step backwards and believe in your preparation, and this requires time management. You don’t want to cram.”In order to make the most of the remaining days before finals, Fox suggested students alternate study spots while preparing for each subject — a trick that narrows down the mental-recall process. She also reminded students to start each study session with a specific, reasonable goal in mind and to include some sort of practice testing within that objective. “You will have the satisfaction of knowing your work is done, and you will have a form of feedback. I want students to know what they know before they go into the final because that will give them confidence,” Fox said. “If you haven’t studied or if you haven’t prepared, you’re afraid of what you don’t know, and then you second guess yourself and make silly mistakes.”Fox also stressed the importance of maintaining good eating habits in the days leading up to finals and suggested a breakfast loaded with protein on the morning of the exam, as well as a shower to wake up the senses.“Your brain is a muscle that needs to be fed,” Fox said. “You’re doing marathon sessions with finals.”In addition to healthy eating and adequate rest, Fox recommended relaxation in various forms of physical exercise, such as a brisk walk around campus or a short workout. Abbott also suggested regular study breaks for movement, progressive muscle relaxation and stretching. On exam day, Fox said students should bring a water bottle and take sips periodically throughout the two hours of testing. She also said they should also come equipped with trail mix — a sustaining snack — and a peppermint for a quick hit of natural energy and mental clarity.“These strategies don’t take the place of studying, of course,” Fox said. “Methodic, careful studying will give you not only knowledge, but the confidence that you need in order to go into your final and do well.”Tags: Academic preparation, finals, Mental health, stress, Study strategieslast_img read more

Meat Conference.

first_imgFood safety is in the news and on shoppers’ minds. To meet the demand, the American Meat Science Association will have a training for meat and poultry processors Sept. 13-14 in Athens, Ga. The $475 fee covers materials, breakfasts, luncheons, a reception and refreshment breaks. For more information, call Estes Reynolds at (706) 542-2574. “Improving Your Sanitation Program” will begin at 7:45 a.m. Sept. 13 and fill two full days with timely classes. The comprehensive course was developed in cooperation with University of Georgia and Virginia Tech food scientists.last_img read more

The Boys from Nowhere: Can the U.S. Men’s Olympic Hockey Team Compete without NHL stars?

first_imgThe composition of the 2018 Olympics’ men’s hockey competition changed dramatically when the NHL announced in September that it would not be releasing its players to participate in the Games.When play gets underway on Wednesday, it will be the first time that the Olympic Games haven’t included NHL players since 1994. That will effectively render this year’s competition as something other than a “best-on-best” tournament.In one regard, that bodes well for American chances for a gold medal in PyeongChang, as Canada has captured the last three competitions (2016 World Cup of Hockey, 2014 Olympics, 2010 Olympics) that included NHL’ers.In Vancouver in 2010, the US lost in agonizing fashion in overtime to Canada on Sidney Crosby’s “Golden Goal” after American Zach Parise scored to tie the game in the remaining seconds of regulation. The US hasn’t won an Olympic gold in men’s hockey since 1980, the year of the famed “Miracle on Ice.”With the absence of current NHL players, Russia jumps to the front of the pack in men’s hockey, even though it won’t be called that. The “Olympic Athletes of Russia” will represent their country even though it is formally banned from the Games for a widespread, state-run doping operation.Their roster includes former NHL stars Pavel Datsyuk (39) and Ilya Kovalchuk (34), and a quality, if aged, former NHL defenseman in Andrei Markov (39). They are all drawn from Russia’s Kontinental Hockey League (KHL), which is arguably the world’s second best league behind the NHL and only recently expanded beyond the country’s borders. The Russians haven’t won gold in men’s ice hockey since they participated as the Unified Team in 1992.“Russia’s got the most talented players in the world. They’re going to have a team that steps on the ice with the most talented players,” said US head coach and former Olympian, Tony Granato. “Does that make them the best team for two weeks? No. We all know how sports work. All you’re looking for is an opportunity to make the most and be the best you can be for that period of time.”The men’s hockey competition is comprised of three pool-play games, then a single-elimination qualifying round that takes the original field of 12 teams down to eight and into the quarterfinals. The benefit of winning a pool is getting a first-game bye in the qualifying round. The Americans are in the same pool as Slovenia, Slovakia, and Russia.They’re captained by Brian Gionta (39) a former NHL player without the resumé of the Russian trio. Four Americans – Troy Terry, Jordan Greenway, Ryan Donato, and Will Borgen – are currently college hockey players. When Greenway, who is a forward for Boston University, takes the ice he will do so as the first African-American player to represent the US at the Olympics. He’ll also be its biggest player this year at 6’5”.The most interesting opportunity and biggest concern for the US is in goal. They have three goalies on the 25-man roster – Ryan Zapolski, David Leggio, and Brandon Maxwell – who have never played a game in the NHL. Leggio (Clarkson) and Zapolski (Mercyhurst) were walk-ons in college. Zapolski plays for the Helsinki-based Jokerit of the KHL and of the three projects as the starter.“We’re trying to prove some doubters wrong,” Zapolski said in a recent press conference. “We’ve all had pretty successful pro careers, I think, but we still have doubters, for sure. And I think that’s a motivation for us. We’ve been overlooked pretty much our whole careers – much of us – so just in the back of our minds we still think of those times where people didn’t give us the right chances and have this opportunity now to kind of take advantage of that.”This year’s team lists players from 12 states, including defenseman Bobby Sanguinetti, whose hometown on the USA roster is Wilmington, North Carolina. He is originally from Trenton, New Jersey and is currently playing professionally in Lugano, Switzerland – three locales that hardly comprise a triumvirate of hockey prowess.Tragically, this year’s team will have a bond that has solidified it much more quickly than the rest of the 12-team field. The general manager and architect of the US team, Jim Johannson, died in his sleep late last month at the age of 53. Johannson, who played alongside Granato at the 1988 Olympics, was the voice on the phone that told each player that they were US Olympians. He also stitched together its roster fabric, including making history by adding Greenway to a squad that lacked overall size.“It’s devastating, honestly,” US defenseman James Wisniewski told the Los Angeles Times. Wisniewski is a former Anaheim Duck who was plying his trade for a second-division team in Germany when he received the call from his friend Johannson that, were NHL players included, would never have come. “I got such great pride and joy when he got to call me and tell me that. I had chills down my spine.”* * *Oddsmakers projected the men’s hockey field as follows in terms of likelihood of winning the gold medal: Olympic Athletes of Russia (1:1), Canada (9:2) Sweden (9:2) Finland (8:1) Czech Republic (9:1) USA (10:1) Switzerland (33:1), Germany (66:1), Slovakia (80:1), Norway (100:1), Republic of Korea (400:1), Slovenia (400:1)Denver University’s Troy Terry is one of four collegiate players on the 2018 U.S. Men’s Olympic Hockey Team. 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House Republican files bill to ban fracking in Florida + Families in WV burdened with nearby drilling

first_imgWV Supreme Court hears argument that families living near gas drilling operations are disproportionately burdenedIn one of a number of disputes between landowners and energy companies in West Virginia, a nuisance lawsuit by four Harrison County families claiming that they are disproportionatelyburdened by Antero Resource Corp.’s Marcellus Shale drilling is being heardby the state’s Supreme Court. The families claim they can’t sleep because of the bright lights and can’t sit on their porches because of the dust. A lawyer for the families says the questionisn’t whether drilling is OK or not but rather if the landowners should have to bear the costs and burdens of the drilling without compensation. A lower court has already ruled that Antero obtained property rights that were sufficient to allow the operations. Lawyers for Antero believe the Supreme Court should uphold the lower court’s rule. There are hundreds of similar cases pending in the state of West Virginia and the Supreme Court’s decision could set precedent. The court is expected to issue an opinion by June 12.House Republican files bill to ban fracking in Floridaphoto from www.foodandwaterwatch.orgWith support from Republican Governor Ron DeSantis, Representative Heather Fitzenhagen, a House Republican, has filed a proposal to ban fracking in the state of Florida. Fracking is an oil and gas drilling process that involves injecting water, sand and chemicals at high pressure into rock to create fractures, allowing natural gas and oil to be released. Senator Linda Stewart, a Democrat, filed a similar bill last month. Both bills are filed for consideration during the legislative session beginning March 5. Supporters of fracking say it increases production and keeps energy costs low. Opponents argue that fracking threatens water supplies, pollutes the air and causes environmental damage. West Point cadet with ties to NC qualifies for Olympic Marathon TrailsWest Point cadet Kate Sanborn, 21, started running in elementary school in Fayetteville, NC. Sanborn continued running in high school where her performances landed her a spot on West Point’s cross country and track teams. But she soon burned out, quitting the teams her sophomore year. Nothing could stop Sanborn’s love of running, however, and at the beginning of her junior year, Sanborn joined West Point’s Marathon Team, following a training plan that built up to the Richmond Marathon in Richmond, VA on November 10, 2018. On the day of the race Sanborn started out at a conservative pace of 6:35 per mile. But she felt good and realized she was capable of more. By mile 20, Sanborn had moved into third place for women, and then knocked off miles 20 through 24 with a pace between 6:06 and 6:10. She finished mile 25 in 5:50 and wrapped up the final 1.2 miles at a 5:30 pace, crossing the finish line of her first marathon in a time of 2:44:04 and qualifying for the Olympic “B” Marathon Trails. She’ll next compete in Oregon’s Eugene Marathon in April where she hopes to earn the Olympic “A” standard time of 2:37. “I’m excited to see where I shake out among America’s fastest runners,” Sanborn told Runners World.last_img read more

Emily Harrington Becomes First Woman to Free Climb El Cap’s Golden Gate in a Day

first_imgOn Wednesday, November 4th, Emily Harrington was unsure if she would be making history that day when she began to ascend one of the most challenging climbs in the world. 21 hours and 13 minutes later, she became the first woman to free-climb the treacherous 3,200 foot El Capitan Golden Gate route in a day. The five-time U.S. sport climbing champion was lucky to walk away from the brutal 2019 fall with only a concussion, a large rope burn to the neck, and cuts and bruises. She vowed to not give up on her dream to finish the route in a single day. When her name made headlines in fall 2019 at El Capitan, it had a much different tone. The professional climber suffered a major fall of nearly 47 feet while attempting the same climb she conquered this year. She made a post with her thoughts on the climb and injuries. The Golden Gate is a grade VI 5.13 route on the southwest face of El Capitan and is one of the most well-known and most challenging routes in the world. Harrington’s success makes her the first woman to free-climb Golden Gate in a day, the fourth woman to free-climb El Capitan in a day, and the fourth person to free-climb Golden Gate in a day, according to Climbing Magazine. “I knew I was in for a big day — but that’s exactly why I was there. I wanted to find my limit and exist in it and fight beyond it,” she wrote on Instagram. At 1:34 am Harrington began the climb of the Golden Gate route with her goal being to complete the route from base to summit in under twenty-four hours. While Harrington, like the rest of the country, was awaiting anxiously for election results, she was fighting for her biggest dream.center_img “I never believed I could actually free climb El Cap in a day when I first set the goal for myself. It didn’t seem like a realistic objective for me,” she wrote on Instagram. “Impossible dreams challenge us to rise above who we are now to see if we can become better versions of ourselves.” Adrian Ballinger, Harrington’s fiancé and a renowned Mount Everest guide, and Alex Honnold, famous for free solo climbing El Capitan, were her belays for the climb, swapping each other out. Harrington had one bad fall on one of the route’s most difficult sections, Golden Desert, where she hit her head on the granite wall, reminding the climbers of a scary day that happened just last year. Now, a year later, she is climbing over the summit’s edge at around 10:30 pm and walking away with just a head gash and a major achievement. “I’ve never been more tired or scared leading the final 5.11 pitches out,” Harrington told Climbing Magazine. “Fully at my limit physically and mentally—just like it’s meant to be!”last_img read more

Hill wakes up to credit union awareness with CUNA-sponsored breakfast trucks

first_img 10SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Food trucks bearing free coffee and breakfast treats from local small businesses flanked the Senate and House of Representatives sides of the Capitol this morning, sharing the credit union message with passers-by.The outreach event–sponsored by CUNA–offered complimentary coffee, hot cocoa, doughnuts and cookies to visitors and staff in the Hill area.Attendees of CUNA’s Governmental Affairs Conference head to visit their congressional delegates today and Thursday. This morning’s event aimed to increase awareness of the credit union difference and how credit unions support and are involved in their communities.Coffee cup holders, napkins and stickers were emblazoned with “Brought to you by America’s Credit Unions, please visit americascreditunions.org and @AmericasCUs .The free treats included coffee and hot cocoa from Carmen’s Italian Ice and Cafe; doughnuts from Goodies Frozen Custard and Treats, and Astro Doughnuts and Fried Chicken; and coffee and cookies from Captain Cookie and the Milkman. continue reading »last_img read more

What do credit unions and Taylor Swift have in common?

first_img continue reading » 1SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr I’m not ashamed to admit it: I’m a Taylor Swift fan. Her pop-music beats are great for keeping my feet going on long runs, especially up steep hills. But even if you don’t like Taylor Swift, I saw a lesson in her newly released album that reflects what I’m also seeing at credit unions today.In the past several months, both Taylor Swift and credit unions proved they can improvise on the fly and make beautiful music when the band stops playing.OK, that pushes the metaphor a bit. But there are lessons for the credit union movement in how the pop megastar and a number of cooperatives have both navigated the pandemic shutdown while doing their jobs not just well — but better.On July 24, Swift released a new album — folklore — which she produced during the first few months of quarantine. In a subsequent tweet, she offered some context for the new album release: “Most of the things I had planned this summer didn’t end up happening, but there is something I hadn’t planned on that DID happen. And that thing is my 8th studio album.”last_img read more

E coli outbreak in Washington blamed on raw milk

first_img The Oregonian story said two hospitalized children were continuing to improve “after days in critical condition.” A report in the Portland Oregonian newspaper today said 18 people, including 15 children younger than 13, are believed to have been infected with E coli O157:H7 after drinking raw milk from Dee Creek Farm near Woodland, Wash. The outbreak was first reported last week. In a Dec 15 news release, the Washington State Department of Health said five children had been hospitalized, three of them with possible kidney failure. Washington allows limited sales of raw milk, but only by producers and processors who have been inspected and licensed by the state, the health department release said. The milk involved in the cases did not come from a licensed raw-milk dairy, the statement said. The newspaper story said the state stopped the distribution of Dee Creek Farm’s milk last week. The outbreak triggered a new warning from the US Food and Drug Administration against drinking raw milk, given the risk of ingesting harmful bacteria. The FDA said more than 300 people in the United States got sick from drinking raw milk or eating cheese made from raw milk in 2001. The FDA said pasteurization does not significantly change milk’s nutritional value and is the only effective method for eliminating the bacteria in raw milk and milk products. Besides E coli infection, pasteurization of milk can prevent a number of other contagious diseases, such as tuberculosis, diphtheria, polio, Q fever, salmonellosis, strep throat, scarlet fever, and typhoid fever. Federal law requires pasteurization of all milk shipped between states, the agency said.center_img Dec 16 FDA statementhttp://www.fda.gov/NewsEvents/Newsroom/PressAnnouncements/2005/ucm108535.htm Dec 21, 2005 (CIDRAP News) – An outbreak of Escherichia coli O157:H7 cases in Washington state has sickened up to 18 people, most of them children, and triggered renewed warnings about drinking raw milk. Preliminary tests by the Washington State Department of Agriculture revealed E coli O157:H7 in milk from the farm and from a customer’s home, the Oregonian reported. Additional testing was needed to determine whether it is the same strain identified in 7 of the 18 patients and whether its DNA fingerprint matches that found in four of the confirmed cases, the story said. See also:last_img read more