Blank slate beckons would-be artists

first_img Read Full Story If you’ve taken a walk by Radcliffe Yard on Brattle Street recently, you’ve probably noticed a large, empty rectangle of white stone dust next to Buckingham House. But it isn’t just a rectangle.It’s a blank slate, and it won’t be empty for long.The Radcliffe Institute launched its first annual Public Art Competition in October, inviting Harvard students to design an art installation for the new garden space. The winning student or team of students will receive an honorarium and the unique opportunity to oversee construction of an installation—a chance that most students, particularly those studying the arts and design, may covet but not experience until they are out in the workforce.More than 80 teams preregistered for the art competition—a testament to the widespread student interest in the arts and their role at Harvard. Nearly 150 students from diverse fields comprise these teams, including undergraduate and graduate students, landscape architecture degree candidates, and economics, applied math, government, biology, and visual and environmental studies concentrators.“We at the Radcliffe Institute are delighted at the strong student response to this competition. As Harvard’s institute for advanced study, we are looking for ways to engage students in projects that push their talents in new directions and encourage them to cross disciplinary boundaries,” said Lizabeth Cohen, dean of the Radcliffe Institute. “We are also excited about giving students an opportunity to contribute aesthetically to our campus—and to share that contribution with the larger public.”last_img read more

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Wintergreen 2020

first_imgThe Georgia Green Industry Association’s Wintergreen Horticultural Trade Show and Conference will be held Jan. 21-23 at the Infinite Energy Forum in Duluth, Georgia.The conference’s educational sessions will be taught by recognized leaders from the industry and experts from University of Georgia Cooperative Extension.The three-day annual event will feature education tracks on labor solutions, production automation, pest and disease control, turfgrass care and much more. A special session on hemp production will focus on new regulations for Georgia along with research specific to Georgia growing conditions.Many of the sessions will earn Continuing Education Units for pesticide applicators, irrigation contractors and arborists.The two-day trade show will be open Jan. 22-23. Wintergreen exhibitors will offer a variety of plants and new introductions from leading growers, hard goods and supplies for landscape and irrigation contractors, and allied products for all segments of the industry.Attendees can also participate in a “walkabout” led by Georgia horticultural icons Allan Armitage and Mike Dirr, who are both retired horticulture professors from the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.Online registration is available at ggia.org with early bird discounts available through Jan. 17. A complete event brochure, providing detailed descriptions of the education tracts, trade show exhibitors, and hotel and travel information, is available online at ggia.org. For more information, call 888-GET-GGIA.The Georgia Green Industry Association is a statewide trade association whose members include wholesale nursery growers, retail garden centers, floriculture growers, landscape and maintenance contractors, irrigation contractors, and suppliers of allied products and services.last_img read more

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Dealer.com named winner in the 2010 Dealers’ Choice Awards

first_imgDealer.com, the global leader of online marketing solutions for auto dealers, is proud to announce it has been named the recipient of the Diamond Award in the Web Site Design category and the Platinum Award for Internet Training in the Auto Dealer Monthly 2010 Dealers’ Choice Awards. This marks the fourth consecutive year that the nation’s dealers have chosen Dealer.com as an industry leader.“It takes more than just great products or services to make a company stand out among its peers; it takes great employees behind it who create, market and support those products and services. This year’s Dealers’ Choice Award winners certainly have some great talent to stand behind their outstanding products. It’s a privilege to recognize some of the best in the industry,” said Harlene Doane, editor of Auto Dealer Monthly. “Dealer.com should be very proud of their products, services and their staff.””We are honored to be selected as a Diamond and Platinum Award winner and this marks the fourth consecutive year that we have been named in the Dealers’ Choice Awards,” commented Dealer.com CEO and president, Mark Bonfigli. “We are especially proud that dealers have chosen us as this year’s top award winner because we have experienced our largest growth ever this year. Our goal is to continuously increase customer satisfaction and results for our dealers as we grow, with a focus on proactive customer service and R&D to keep our dealers years ahead of the competition.”The Award ProcessThis is the sixth year Auto Dealer Monthly has recognized the most highly regarded vendors, suppliers and finance companies in the retail automotive industry, as voted on by dealers and dealership personnel. The survey provided dealers and their employees the ability to offer their collective selection of the top providers to the retail auto industry.Overall, 54 awards were given to 42 companies, all chosen by dealers and dealership personnel. In 20 distinctive categories of products and services, more than 11,000 votes were cast. Ratings were gathered on the performance of the product or service, as well as the customer support and service provided, and the overall value compared to cost to the dealership.The complete list of winners, as well as any provider or finance company that rated higher than the group average score in any category can be found at http://www.AutoDealerMonthly.com(link is external). The feature article on the 2010 Dealers’ Choice Awards is in the April 2010 issue of Auto Dealer Monthly magazine, which can be found here: http://autodealermonthly.epubxpress.com(link is external).About Dealer.com (www.dealer.com(link is external))Dealer.com is the global leader in online marketing solutions for the automotive industry, providing award winning e-marketing solutions to OEMs, auto dealers and media companies. More dealerships use the Dealer.com platform than any other platform in the world.Recent national and international accolades include: The Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year, top ranking in The Net Promoter® Score Survey of customer satisfaction, Deloitte’s Technology Fast 500 and the Web Marketing Association’s Automobile Standard of Excellence. In addition, Dealer.com was the 2008 top rated web provider on leading online rating websites, as well as the Gold Award winner from the Dealers’ Choice Awards for best dealer website solutions. For more information visit: http://www.dealer.com/promo/look-inside.htm(link is external)About Auto Dealer Monthly, LLCAuto Dealer Monthly is the day-to-day resource for automotive dealerships of all sizes. It is known for offering business solutions to dealers by providing information necessary to make wise decisions regarding products, services or process changes in daily operations. Auto Dealer Monthly is also the publisher of Auto Dealer Monthly magazine and creator of SpecialFinanceInsider.com and AutoDealerPeople.com.Source: Dealer.com. Burlington, VT — March 31, 2010 —last_img read more

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Leaders of Teaching Hospitals Have Close Ties to Drug Companies, Study Shows

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Pharmaceutical company payments to doctors extend far beyond rank-and-file clinicians—and deep into the leadership of America’s teaching hospitals, according to a study published this month in the Journal of the American Medical Association.A team of researchers at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center examined the boards of the 50 largest drug companies by global sales (excluding three companies that were not publicly traded). The researchers found that 40 percent—19 companies—had at least one board member who also held a leadership role at an academic medical center. Sixteen of the 17 companies based in the United States had at least one. Several had more than one.What the New 2018Collaborative Media’ Can MeanOur Dollars for Docs Database We compiled two million records from all the companies that have disclosed their payments to doctors so far. Search for your physician.All told, the research team found that 41 of the companies’ 2012 board members held leadership positions at academic medical centers. Six of the 41 were pharmaceutical company executives who served on hospital boards of directors or held other leadership posts.Excluding the industry executives, the academics earned an average of nearly $313,000 that year for their board service.ProPublica has been chronicling conflicts of interest in medicine for several years by looking at drug makers’ payments to individual medical practitioners for consulting, speaking and more. Our Dollars for Docs database currently collects information on payments by 15 companies that publicly report them, most as a condition of lawsuit settlements with the federal government.Beginning this fall, under a provision of the 2010 Affordable Care Act, all pharmaceutical and medical device companies will have to publicly report payments to physicians. The first report is expected to be released in September and will cover payments made from August to December 2013.In the study published this month, the authors wrote that when academic medical leaders serve on pharmaceutical company boards, it can lead to conflicts not only for individuals, but for the critically important health care institutions they guide.As board members of drug companies, academic leaders take on a fiduciary duty to those companies’ success. That can “conflict or compete” with their other responsibilities, the study says.“Given the magnitude of competing priorities between academic institutions and pharmaceutical companies, dual leadership roles cannot simply be managed by internal disclosure,” the authors conclude. “These relationships present potentially far-reaching consequences beyond those created when individual physicians consult with industry or receive gifts.”Among the academic leaders serving as drug-company board members was the dean of the University of Illinois College of Medicine, whose institution was criticized recently when members of its surgery department appeared in an ad for the daVinci surgical robot.last_img read more

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Democratic leaders must respect insurgent progressives

first_imgDemocratic National Committee members met last week to discuss proposed changes recommended by the Unity Reform Commission that was formed in the wake of the 2016 primary to make the nomination process more open, fair and inclusive of insurgent campaigns and their supporters.A vote on the proposals could come as early as this week, but there is a sense among those close to the debate that the party is unlikely to embrace the sweeping reforms that progressives are pushing for. Obviously, the establishment is accustomed to winning these fights, even if doing so has caused it to lose elections in the past.But when insurgent forces are mobilized and a new progressive infrastructure is beginning to rise, Democrats should not revive a doomed strategy of excessive caution and deference to the permanent consultant class.They may well never win in Texas or other similar places by quashing the passion of those who have been roused in this past year. Katrina vanden Heuvel is editor and publisher of the Nation magazine and writes a weekly column for The Washington Post.More from The Daily Gazette:Foss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidation During the early-voting period, Democrats turned out at more than twice the rate they did in 2014, dwarfing Republican turnout and helping establish a new state record for early voting in a non-presidential election.As Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, warned at a recent gathering of Republicans, many Democrats would “crawl over broken glass” to cast a ballot this year.For his part, Cruz’s favorability is underwater, making his reelection far from a safe bet.He faces a legitimate threat from Democratic Rep. Beto O’Rourke, who is waging a grass-roots campaign and outpacing the right-wing incumbent in fundraising despite O’Rourke’s refusal to accept PAC money.O’Rourke has energized progressives by rejecting the failed establishment strategy of running toward the center, instead taking bold stances on a host of issues, including abortion rights, gun control and health care.Recent polling shows O’Rourke trailing Cruz by just single digits.Looking farther down the ballot, Democrats have pickup opportunities in three House districts that Hillary Clinton carried in 2016. Each race has attracted a competitive Democratic field.Reflecting the national trend of progressive women running for office, each race features at least one female candidate with a realistic chance to win the nomination.These chances for flipping seats aren’t unique to Texas.Across the country, including states and districts that Democrats have written off in prior elections, sustained grass-roots energy is boosting the party’s prospects.Yet there is also serious cause for concern, as some Democrats seem intent on sapping that energy in an attempt to reassert control of the party. In late February, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee (DCCC), House Democrats’ official campaign arm, infuriated progressives by clumsily inserting itself in the primary in Texas’s 7th Congressional District.Although it’s not unusual for party committees to pick sides in primaries, the DCCC took the extraordinary step of publishing opposition research against Laura Moser, a progressive, pro-choice woman who has been a leader in the resistance to Trump. Categories: Editorial, OpinionThe midterm elections have kicked into gear as Texas voters headed to the polls for the first statewide primaries of 2018.In years past, the races would have mattered little to a national Democratic Party that consistently fails to compete in the state.But this year feels different because, in many ways, the dynamics at play in Texas are emblematic of what is happening — for better and for worse — all over the country.On the one hand, there are genuine reasons for optimism.Despite the state’s heavy Republican tilt, President Donald Trump’s low approval rating among Texans has contributed to a huge enthusiasm gap in favor of Democrats. In 2017, Moser drew national attention when she created Daily Action, which enables subscribers to receive a text message every morning with a political action to take that day.But the DCCC disingenuously condemned Moser as a “Washington insider,” a particularly rich attack considering the source.The cheap hit revealed how actual Washington insiders often work in the shadows to undermine progressives.The Intercept recently highlighted a number of primary races in which the DCCC and allied groups have taken sides based on wrongheaded views of candidates’ viability that largely come down to their ability to raise money.Also disheartening is that there are several cases of Democratic women attempting to thwart strong female candidates whose opponents are less progressive but more connected to donors.There is evidence suggesting that Emily’s List, which works to elect pro-choice women, has endorsed candidates (including one of Moser’s primary rivals) on the strength not of their progressive values but of their fundraising potential.Tensions between the party and the progressive movement are threatening to bleed beyond this year’s midterms into the 2020 presidential race.last_img read more

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Arsenal respond to Mesut Ozil social media post

first_imgAdvertisement Arsenal respond to Mesut Ozil social media post Advertisement Mesut Ozil criticised China for their treatment of Uighur Muslims (Picture: Getty)Arsenal have released an official statement in response to Mesut Ozil’s comments on the treatment of Uighur Muslims in China.The Turkish-born superstar described Uighurs as ‘warriors who resist persecution’ amid reports that China has detained as many as one million people, mainly Muslims, over the course of several years in what are effectively prison camps.‘Regarding the comments made by Mesut Ozil on social media, Arsenal must make a clear statement,’ the club posted on Chinese social media site Weibo.‘The content published is Ozil’s personal opinion. As a football club, Arsenal has always adhered to the principle of not involving itself in politics.’AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTOzil’s own statement, which he posted on Instagram on Friday, read: ‘East Turkistan, the bleeding wound of the Ummah, resisting against the persecutors trying to separate them from their religion. Metro Sport ReporterSaturday 14 Dec 2019 7:43 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link123Shares Comment Arsenal v Man City: Pep Guardiola press conferenceTo view this video please enable JavaScript, and consider upgrading to a web browser that supports HTML5 video Play VideoLoaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration Time 8:20FullscreenArsenal v Man City: Pep Guardiola press conferencehttps://metro.co.uk/video/arsenal-v-man-city-pep-guardiola-press-conference-2070094/This 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.‘They burn their Qurans. They shut down their mosques. They ban their schools. They kill their holy men.‘The men are forced into camps and their families are forced to live with Chinese men. The women are forced to marry Chinese men.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‘But Muslims are silent. They won’t make a noise. They have abandoned them. Don’t they know that giving consent for persecution is persecution itself?’Arsenal, meanwhile, face Manchester City on Sunday at the Emirates with Ozil expected to return to the starting XI having been rested for Thursday’s Europa League match against Standard Liege.MORE: Kieran Tierney set for second surgery of 2019 as Arsenal injury nightmare continuesMORE: Paul Merson tells Freddie Ljungberg he has ‘no chance’ of becoming permanent Arsenal managerlast_img read more

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‘Persuasion’ plan for prostitutes

first_imgChristchurch Press 7 Feb 2012Public toilets, better street lighting and “gentle persuasion” could help solve prostitution issues in residential areas, a Christchurch City Council report says. Prostitutes have caused problems for Manchester St residents in the block between Bealey Ave and Edgeware Rd since moving into the area after last February’s earthquake. Police made 14 arrests last month in an operation targeting prostitutes and their associates after a string of complaints. Councillors last year asked council staff to work with police and the Prostitutes Collective to determine how they could move sex workers from residential areas. In a staff report, council solicitor Judith Cheyne said the organisations held a meeting on December 21 to discuss the problem. Police believed harsh enforcement action would jeopardise the “primarily good” relationship they had with street workers, Cheyne said. Instead, “gentle persuasion and other forms of encouragement” would be more likely to make the prostitutes return to their original location south of Bealey Ave. Additional street lighting in central-city Manchester St would help the prostitutes to feel safe, while installing public toilets in the area would also encourage them to move back, the report said.http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/6373310/Persuasion-plan-for-prostituteslast_img read more

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Liverpool star engaging in more baptisms than he’s let in goals

first_imgLiverpool star, Alisson Becker has made another great save – saving the soul of the wife of football rival Fred. Monique uploaded a video of the ceremony – conducted last month – to Instagram this week and wrote: “This day! The day that will always be marked on my heart and soul. “The day of my encounter with Jesus Christ, where I felt his presence and felt that it was the most certain and important choice of my life. “Where I gave my life and all my heart to him. Even if I wanted to, I wouldn’t be able to explain everything I felt that day and how you have been transforming my life and the life of my family. The devout Christian conducts baptisms in the swimming pool of his home along with wife Natalia.Advertisement “I could not fail to thank my dear friends @natalialbecker and @alissonbecker who introduced me to life in Christ Jesus and with their testimonies has been transforming the lives of everyone around them, including mine! Thank you for making me feel true love.“You are a blessing in our lives! Thank you God, for doing your works in my life. I serve the Lord.”Read Also:Firmino baptised as Liverpool team-mate Alisson sheds tears of joyAnd Alisson said of the event: “What God did for us we will never forget !!“I’m still speechless to describe Jesus’ love! Very happy to have participated in a moment like this, the baptism of people I love so much! Thank you so much Jesus, I love you!!!”FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 center_img Loading… Promoted Content6 Mysterious Things You Do Not Know About China10 Disney Characters Who Would Make Great Role ModelsThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read More8 Superfoods For Growing Hair Back And Stimulating Its Growth9 Best Movie Robots Of All TimeBest Car Manufacturers In The WorldThe Funniest Prankster Grandma And Her GrandsonA Hurricane Can Be As Powerful As 10 Atomic BombsThe 10 Best Secondary Education Systems In The World5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksAll Who Were Alive In The 1980’s Will Get Shivers When See This6 Incredibly Strange Facts About Hurricaneslast_img read more

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‘Illegal’ butane canisters seized

first_imgOfficers of the Guimbal police and firestations nabbed 26-year-old Herge Salomeo and his three minor cohorts around9:15 p.m. on Nov. 10. The suspects were caught transportingbutane canisters believed to be refilled with liquified petroleum gas, which isa violation of Presidential Decree No. 1865 that prohibits the sale ordistribution of petroleum products for profit and without a license from thegovernment. Authorities inspect these illegally refilled butane canisters seized from four persons at a checkpoint in Guimbal, Iloilo on Nov. 11. GUIMBAL FIRE STATION ILOILO City – At least 1,055 illegallyrefilled butane canisters were confiscated at a police checkpoint on GeronaStreet, Guimbal, Iloilo. Four persons were arrested. center_img The suspects were detained in the lockupcell of the municipal police station, facing charges./PN Police said the butane canisters werefrom La Paz district and set to be delivered to Maigao, Iloilo. last_img read more

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Stabbed, Igbaras man lands in hospital

first_imgThe suspect was arrested and nowdetained in the lockup cell of the Igbaras police station, facing charges./PN The suspect was identified as19-year-old Shann Dave Tacaisan of Barangay Inaliwan, Igbaras, the reportadded. Tacaisan allegedly attack Efondo using afive-inch knife for no apparent reason. According to police investigation, theincident happened around 11:51 p.m. on Dec. 28. center_img ILOILO City – A 20-year-old man landedin a hospital after he got stabbed in Barangay Taytay, Igbaras, Iloilo. Ramil Efondo of Barangay Alameda,Igbaras was recuperating at the West Visayas State University Medical Center inLa Paz district. He sustained a stab wound on the stomach, a police reportshowed. last_img read more

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