first_imgWith the installation of the first computers and a ribbon cutting, Friday’s opening event marked an important step in Harvard’s groundbreaking collaboration with four leading research universities, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Cisco, and EMC on the development of the Massachusetts Green High Power Computing Center (MGHPCC).The MGHPCC (www.mghpcc.org) is a first-of-its-kind facility and collaboration between government, industry, and public and private universities in the history of the Commonwealth. The MGHPCC provides a state-of-the-art, research and high-performance computing infrastructure, and was designed and developed with sustainability and efficient energy consumption as key principles.Today, virtually no major breakthrough in science can take place without high-powered computation, which has become the “third leg” of scientific discovery, along with theory and experimentation. With this increased role of computation, the MGHPCC represents a critical piece of infrastructure that will allow Harvard and its partners to attract and retain the very best scientists, secure funding to support scientific research in the state, and continue to fuel the state’s innovation economy.In addition to cutting-edge computational possibilities MGHPCC highlights Harvard’s commitment to the greening of IT as well. Harvard’s commitment to sustainability and a 30% cut in greenhouse gases by 2016 has led to efforts across the University to find sustainable solutions for energy consumption. The MGHPCC with its renewable hydropower and sustainable design represent one of the highest profile examples of the Green IT Subcommittee’s efforts to help Harvard achieve its goals.last_img read more

first_imgAs we kick off the Data Decade and Dell Technologies’ new fiscal year, I’d like to extend a huge thank you to our Dell Technologies Partners, who have delivered $52B in orders over the past year.* While this performance is outstanding, it’s just the tip of the iceberg as we embark on the Roaring 20s.I’m excited to announce that we’ve officially launched the 2020 Dell Technologies Partner Program. This year, we have dramatically simplified the program structure; we are investing in acquisition; and we are building an end-to-end experience to accelerate velocity and improve predictability. Every investment we’re making this year is designed to empower you to serve customers better and deliver business outcomes faster than ever before. In addition to our powerful partner program, there’s so much more to be excited about – innovation, industry leadership, and the determination to be your #1 partner. The 2020 Dell Technologies Global Partner Kickoff is live now! Learn about the 2020 program updates and how to maximize the value of your partnership with Dell Technologies.Jay SnyderThe Global Partner Kickoff is presented in a video format so you can quickly and easily access the topics that are most relevant to your business – at any time, and from anywhere. You can also access updated program resources on the partner portal.In the State of the Business, I share an update on the Dell Technologies channel business, FY21 priorities, and more. I’m also joined by Bill Scannell, President, Global Sales & Customer Operations, for a conversation on our newly combined salesforce and what’s to come this year.Jay Snyder, Senior Vice President, Global Alliances, provides an update on the State of the Dell Technologies Global Alliances business, FY21 priorities, and expectations for the coming year.Darren SullivanDarren Sullivan, Senior Vice President, Global Partner Strategy, Programs and Operations, discusses opportunities presented through the 2020 Dell Technologies Partner Program updates and our overall partner experience vision.In addition, the Global Partner Kickoff includes updates on regional specific channel priorities, go-to-market strategy, and more from the following channel leaders:Gregg Ambulos, Senior Vice President, North America Channel SalesTian Beng Ng, Senior Vice President & General Manager, APJ ChannelsAlvaro Camarena, Senior Vice President, LATAM ChannelAnwar Dahab, Senior Vice President, Channel EMEAHenry Cao, Senior Vice President, Greater China Channel SalesLet’s Bring it in 2020!Our opportunity is enormous, our momentum is strong, and our partnerships are more solid than ever. This is our year to help customers turn data into one of their most valuable assets – and it starts right now.Get social! Share your excitement and feedback on Twitter – be sure to follow and tag @DellTechPartner and use #DellTechPartnerKickoff.*This amount primarily represents orders attributable to the Dell Technologies Partner Program on a TTM basis through Q3FY20, and also includes an estimate of VMware orders attributable to VMware channel partners on a TTM basis through Q3FY20.last_img read more

first_imgRetired University of Georgia blueberry horticulturalist Gerard Krewer worked for years to help get Georgia’s blueberry industry off the ground and, today, his contributions have been recognized with his own blueberry cultivar. Scott NeSmith, UGA’s chief blueberry breeder, recently introduced his newest blueberry variety — an early-harvest rabbiteye with large, easy-to-pick fruit — as ‘the Krewer.’ “Dr. Krewer worked tirelessly to serve the industry all of his career, and he introduced me to the blueberry industry,” NeSmith said. “He and I worked together on blueberries for more than 20 years. It seemed only befitting that Dr. Krewer be honored with a variety named after him. His legacy of service to the industry will last for years to come and is worthy of honor and emulation.” NeSmith introduced the new berry cultivar to blueberry growers at the Southeast Regional Fruit and Vegetable Growers Conference in Savannah, Georgia, earlier this month. The new cultivar produces very large berries that ripen relatively early for a rabbiteye variety, likely in late May to early June in south Georgia. The cultivar is perfect for pick-your-own farms, backyard gardeners and commercial blueberry operations, NeSmith said. “I am deeply honored that a blueberry has been named for me,” Krewer said. “ I appreciate the great work that Dr. NeSmith is doing in carrying on the 70 years of tradition in blueberry breeding at the University of Georgia. He is making a big impact on industry with his new cultivars such as Rebel, Vernon and Suziblue.” Krewer worked with south Georgia farmers to fine-tune the best production practices for blueberries in Georgia. He conducted the variety trials and mulch, fertilization and pruning research that have helped Georgia blueberry growers become the most productive in the nation. Georgia’s blueberry acreage increased from less than 1500 acres to close to 20,000 acres between 1983, when Krewer became UGA Extension’s blueberry production specialist, and 2011, when Krewer retired. He had previously worked for UGA Extension as a county agent for several years in the 1970s. Krewer now owns and operates Harriett’s Bluff Farm, a pick-your-own organic blueberry farm in Woodbine, Georgia. Just released in late 2014, the Krewer has not been licensed by nursery growers, but it should be available soon. For more information about growing the Krewer cultivar, contact UGA’s technology commercialization office at (706) 542-5942 or check Georgia’s Integrated Cultivar Release System at georgiacultivars.com/cultivars/blueberries.last_img read more

first_imgA core value is a principle that guides an organization’s internal conduct as well as its relationships with the external world. Companies that are guided by those core values tend to have greater success. Think Zappos, Toms Shoes and Chick-Fil-A.Every financial institution has values. They not be in writing. They may not be on a wall. And they may not even be the right ones. But rest assured your credit union has values. But do core values really matter to a financial institution? They absolutely do if you want to enjoy more success and more growth.One credit union that recently launched and is now living their core values is DuGood Federal Credit Union in Beaumont, Texas. Their vision statement is “We will be a leader in the cooperative industry, responding to the changing needs of our members and our community.” But what does that really mean to their staff?To reinforce that vision the credit union developed eight core values as guiding principles for the organization:CommitmentCommunityEmpathyFamily continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

first_imgThe House voted Thursday night to pass an updated HEROES Act COVID-19 relief legislation. CUNA wrote to House leadership Wednesday noting areas it supports, specific concerns and additional suggestions.“We appreciate the swift response that Congress and the administration have undertaken to address the economic consequences of the pandemic,” the letter reads. “More needs to be done, and still more will nee d to be accomplished in the months and years ahead. As financial first responders, America’s credit unions stand willing and able to help consumers and small businesses during the crisis and into recovery.The letter calls for inclusion of House and Senate bill language that would provide for the simple forgiveness of Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) loans under $150,000.CUNA supports the following provisions in the bill: This is placeholder text continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrcenter_img This post is currently collecting data…last_img read more

first_imgThe Lika Destination cluster connects entities in the Lika destination from various branches of tourism (producers, associations, travel agencies, tourist boards, catering facilities, hotels, small renters, attractions, etc.) thus unifying the tourist offer. And what is extremely important within the Lika Quality brand is included 169 certified Lika Quality products, with 62 manufacturers.  TripAdvisor is a portal that offers information on more than 93 thousand destinations worldwide, more than 520 thousand hotels, over 715 thousand restaurants, 155 thousand attractions, 500 and more million reviews from travelers around the world, and over 8 million photos posted on page by travelers. Destination profile Like on TripAdvisor Almost 60% of the area of ​​Lika is located in the ecological network NATURE 2000, is the natural border of Velebit and the Adriatic Sea, and three types of climate alternate (Mediterranean, continental and mountainous). As many as three of the 8 Croatian national parks are located in Lika. In addition to the most famous national park in Europe, Plitvice Lakes National Park, there are also Paklenica National Park and Northern Velebit National Park, Velebi National Parkt, but also a number of other natural phenomena at all levels of protection. Lika has always been known for healthy tasty food, and the Lika Destination Cluster also brands the destination as a gastro-destination through a brand of locally produced food, drinks and souvenirs gathered under the brand. Lika Quality. From the area of ​​cultural heritage, the most important is the birthplace of Nikola Tesla, Smiljan, where it is located today Nikola Tesla Memorial Center Smiljan. And this is just a short description of the destination, which certainly offers a lot more. Since its establishment in 2017, Cluster Lika Destination makes efforts in the field of destination management. It is the world’s largest community of travel enthusiasts and the most visited tourist sites in the world, where tourists can get objective information, advice and opinions from millions of travelers to make their trip planned.center_img TripAdvisor has become a starting point when planning a trip, including segments of the entire trip, from arrival, accommodation, stay in the destination, and return to the starting point. When talking about a destination, one should always look at the bigger picture. Thus, in the Lika Destination Cluster, they see the image of Lika as a unique wider destination that they create in the perceptions of tourists.  Exactly in order to make the complete tourist offer of the destination Lika as accessible as possible to tourists, open is the first TripAdvisor destination profile in the area called Lika Destination. By opening the destination profile, tourists are able to see the offer of the destination Lika in one place and to decide whether to visit the destination based on the content and ratings of previous visitors. How does it look like Lika Destination TripAdvisor Profile see attached. Attachment: Lika Destination TripAdvisor Profilelast_img read more

first_imgThe threat goes beyond the loss of jobs, the loss of research and development tied to manufacturing, and the loss of control of an emerging industry.With growing use of Internet-connected smart technology in solar panels, having China produce and control a key energy source poses a potential national energy and cybersecurity threat.Unfortunately, the recommendations made by the ITC don’t go far enough to make up for all the damage.Our proposal for a real remedy includes tariffs as well as a minimum price for cells and modules that will make it possible for Suniva and others to start opening plants and putting people back to work in good-paying, middle-class jobs.Now that he has returned from China, Trump should deliver a strong message: American solar must compete on equal footing.Matt Card is executive vice president at Suniva, a Georgia-based solar cell and module manufacturing company.More from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homes Winning before the ITC mattered, but ultimately it is up to Trump to impose a remedy that works, and unfortunately the watered-down recommendations sent to him by the commissioners don’t do enough.Different commissioners supported different plans, which include a mix of tariffs and quotas at various levels, but all of them fell short of the stronger tariffs and quotas we know are needed to reopen factories and eventually invest in new ones to save this high-tech American manufacturing sector.To get their way, Chinese companies have joined and influenced American trade groups, resulting in a concerted lobbying and advertising campaign against an effective remedy.(Suniva has a mix of both domestic and foreign investment including from Shunfeng International Clean Energy Ltd., a Chinese company that acquired 63 percent of our firm in 2015..We think it is better to have a mix of foreign and domestic ownership employing American workers here than it is to outsource Americans jobs.)With earlier ITC rulings, China skirted past tariffs by moving companies and factories to proxy countries, laughing at the United States and continuing to steal American jobs.That’s why we filed the 201 complaint — to give the president the ability to say, “Enough is enough, we’re going to enforce fair trade and ensure American manufacturers get to compete on even footing.” Categories: Editorial, OpinionPresident Donald Trump is right to take on our national trade imbalance with China.For too long, millions of American jobs and thousands of factories have disappeared as other countries, particularly China, game the system, break the rules and flood the U.S. market with below-cost imports that are breaking the back of American manufacturing.I’ve seen it happen in the solar cell and module industry.Our company alone had to lay off hundreds of employees this spring because we can’t keep up with Chinese imports.Sadly, that same scenario has played out in nearly 30 solar manufacturing companies over the past five years – costing thousands of U.S. jobs and about $1 billion in investments. Beginning in 2006, the Chinese government has made dominating the solar industry part of its five-year economic plans, and has aggressively subsidized their manufacturers so they could sell products below what it costs to make them.Since that moment, the United States has gone from a trade surplus on this American-invented technology to a more than $8 billion annual trade deficit.We operate in the United States in a fair market, expected to make a profit and stand on our own two feet.That’s what we did, planning, always improving the technology we helped develop locally at Georgia Tech, and working with local communities where we built our plants in Norcross, Ga., and Saginaw, Mich.We did it right. But China cheated.Through hacking of U.S. companies, the theft of technology secrets and forcing prices to drop, they have all but finished off America’s solar manufacturing industry.As a result, countries the size of Montana now have more manufacturing capacity in solar than the United States does. I don’t want to keep seeing good, hardworking Americans continue to hear the same thing.And thankfully, we have a president who is willing to be tough to create fair and reciprocal trade for U.S. manufacturers.He is in the right place at the right time, and his recent visit to China couldn’t have come at a better moment.This month, the International Trade Commission (ITC) voted on remedy recommendations for Trump so he can bring U.S. solar manufacturing back to life.The commission had already ruled unanimously that cheap solar imports have flooded the U.S. market and caused significant injury, driving an entire industrial segment to the brink of extinction.The ruling and recommendations came as a result of a complaint under Section 201 of the Trade Act we filed at Suniva, joined by SolarWorld Americas — the two largest remaining U.S. solar cell and module manufacturing companies.At one time, my company employed 350 people in four states.last_img read more

first_imgIndonesia has reported the highest daily rise of COVID-19 cases for two days in a row, with 2,657 cases recorded on Thursday, bringing the total number of infections nationwide to 70,736.West Java recorded the highest spike with 962 new cases, followed by East Java and Jakarta with 517 and 284 cases, respectively. “The significant increase in West Java comes from the Secapa [the Army’s Officer Candidate School] cluster. In total, we’ve recorded 1,262 confirmed cases from the cluster,” national COVID-19 task force spokesperson Achmad Yurianto said during his daily press briefing.On Wednesday, West Java COVID-19 task force spokesperson Berli Hamdani told journalists that hundreds of students of Secapa in the provincial capital of Bandung had tested positive for the coronavirus during swab testing in the facility. He then declared the military academy a new COVID-19 cluster in the province, as reported by kompas.com.Read also: Interview with Governor Ridwan Kamil: West Java’s technological strides against COVID-19Yurianto added only 17 out of the 1,262 confirmed cases were getting treatment at hospitals as they started to show symptoms of fever and shortness of breath.“The remaining 1,245 cases show no symptoms,” Yurianto claimed.He added they were currently quarantined at the military school in Bandung. No one is allowed in or out of the facility to prevent further spread of the virus.Indonesian health authorities also reported that 58 more people had died from the disease, bringing the total number of deaths to 3,417. Meanwhile, 32,651 people have recovered from COVID-19, according to the government’s official count.Topics :last_img read more

first_imgThe ILO estimates that there are 152 million youngsters under the age of 18 around the world in child labor, with around half in the worst forms, and 73 million doing work considered as hazardous.Some 70 percent of all child labor takes place in agriculture — two-thirds of which is unpaid family work — and is mostly poverty-related.Nearly one in five African youngsters are in child labor.”We still have a massive challenge ahead of us,” Ryder told a press conference.”The point here is that when a country takes on legal obligations to act in a certain way, that gives us real leverage to make progress.”These things really do make an enormous difference but they’re not the magic bullet — and nobody would pretend they are.”The convention was unanimously adopted in 1999, but has now been unanimously ratified.It calls for the prohibition and elimination of child slavery, forced labor and trafficking and bans the use of children in warfare, prostitution, pornography, illegal activities such as drug trafficking, and in hazardous work. “It reflects a global commitment that the worst forms of child labor, such as slavery, sexual exploitation, the use of children in armed conflict or other illicit or hazardous work that compromises children’s health, morals or psychological well-being, have no place in our society.” Topics : COVID-19 concerns The ILO said the incidence of child labor and its worst forms dropped by almost 40 percent between 2000 and 2016, as ratification spread.The sustainable development goals adopted by all UN member states in 2015 call for the end of child labor in all its forms by 2025.However, progress has slowed in recent years, particularly for children aged five to 11, and in some geographical areas.And the COVID-19 pandemic is threatening to reverse progress and result in an increase in child labor for the first time in 20 years.The pandemic has already wiped out the equivalent of more than 400 million jobs, and as vulnerability grows, families are looking for ways to supplement their incomes to survive.”The temptation of children being pushed into the market for child labor is correspondingly increased — and there is evidence that this is happening,” said Ryder.center_img 152m in child labor However, he was under no illusions that ratification equated to implementation. Every member state has ratified a United Nations convention banning the worst forms of child labor, the UN announced Tuesday, in a historic first — though eliminating such practices remains distant.The Pacific island nation of Tonga formally lodged its ratification with the International Labor Organization on Tuesday, meaning all 187 ILO member states have done so — the first convention ever to be universally ratified in the UN agency’s 100-year history.”Universal ratification of Convention 182 is an historic first that means that all children now have legal protection against the worst forms of child labor,” said ILO director-general Guy Ryder.last_img read more

first_imgFollowing a wave of major consolidation in the container shipping industry, the trend could diminish following the merger of OOCL and China COSCO Shipping, according to Clarksons Research.The start of joint operations as of April 2018 between major Japanese containership operators NYK, MOL and K-Line, as the Ocean Network Express was another milestone in the ongoing consolidation of the sector.When looking at the past 20 years, Clarksons said that there was an acceleration of this trend, with significant merger and acquisition activity.In 1998, the top 20 carriers accounted for 73% of deployed capacity globally, with the largest (Maersk) with a 7.2% share and the carrier ranked 20th (CSAV) with 1.3%. The top 20 included some famous old names, and was essentially made up of the global carriers of the day. The list of carriers ranked 21-30 also contained some carriers still well-known today: Wan Hai, Crowley, Matson and PIL (ranked 30th) as well as carriers since notably merged with others such as Safmarine, UASC, Hamburg-Sud, Delmas and MISC.However, consolidation has greatly changed the situation and the top 20 now account for 90% of all capacity, while the top 10 account for a mighty 83%. The largest carrier (still Maersk) now accounts for 19.4%, but the carrier ranked 10th (Zim) for 1.8% and the 20th (Quanzhou Ansheng) just 0.3%.“This profile is the result of an era of major consolidation, which looks like it might take a breather as and when the merger of OOCL with China COSCO Shipping is completed,” Clarksons said.“The scope of the liner companies’ cost base and the perceived benefits from economies of scale have led to a slimming of the number of major operators long considered inevitable by many.”A heavyweight top 10 carriers operates 10.4 times the capacity of the carriers ranked 11-20, compared to 2.4 times 20 years ago.last_img read more