Shorenstein Center announces spring 2015 fellows

first_imgThe Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy at Harvard Kennedy School is pleased to announce the appointment of their spring 2015 fellows.“The line-up of Shorenstein Fellows for the spring semester is a group of all-stars – every one of them,” said Alex S. Jones, the center’s director.Shorenstein Center Fellows spend the academic semester researching, writing, participating in events and interacting with students, faculty and the Harvard community. Since 1986, the fellowship program has welcomed more than 250 accomplished journalists, scholars and politicians from around the globe.The spring 2015 fellows are distinguished leaders in political and investigative reporting, digital governance and technology:William E. Buzenberg is the former executive director of The Center for Public Integrity, a Pulitzer Prize-winning investigative news organization based in Washington, D.C.Jackie Calmes joined The New York Times as a national correspondent in August 2008 and covered the presidential election, the financial crisis and the first five years of the Obama administration.Michele Norris is an award-winning journalist and NPR host and special correspondent. Norris also leads the Peabody Award-winning “The Race Card Project,” an initiative to foster conversations about race and cultural identity.David Weinberger is a senior researcher at Harvard’s Berkman Center and writes about the effect of technology on ideas. Read Full Storylast_img read more

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Farmers can “Recover, Renew , and Innovate” at the IN Expo

first_imgIndianapolis, IN–The Indiana Farm Equipment and Technology Expo, presented by American Family Insurance, has announced the theme for the show that will take place December 17-19, 2019 at the Indiana State Fairgrounds. “Recover, Renew, and Innovate” will be the focus of the 41st annual show which is expected to draw upwards of 5,000 farmers. “This has been an extremely difficult year for most farmers, and most are looking for things to improve in 2020. We felt that focusing on recovery, renewal, and innovation is the best way to help them get ready to head into a new growing season,” said Gary Truitt, the show’s president.The free, daily, seminar program and the live demonstrations on the exhibit floor are all designed to provide attendees with encouragement, improved management and marketing skills, and innovative ideas and technology to increase and improve production and profitability. The event also provides an opportunity for farmers from across the state to gather, network, share experiences, and encourage each other.American Family Insurance is the presenting sponsor for the event and will have agents from around the state at the show to meet with farmers and help them with a variety of insurance needs. Other features of the show include a workshop on commercial hemp production, a financial management workshop, a grain marketing seminar, a weather and market outlook, certified applicator training, and a roundtable with past and present state and national ag leaders to discuss future policy direction for agriculture.The 140,000 square feet of exhibit space in the West Pavilion of the Indiana State Fairgrounds will be filled with the latest production technology in farming and with many cutting-edge products that are just hitting the market. From Big Iron to innovative algorithms, the 2019 Indiana Farm Equipment and Technology Expo will provide producers with just what they need to recover, renew, and innovate.Admission to the show is free. Pre-registration is recommended and can be done quickly at https://indianafarmexpo.com/. Exhibitors interested in securing space at the show should contact show manager Toni Hodson at  800-876-5133, x280.  The Indiana Farm Equipment and Technology Expo is a joint venture of MidCountry Media and Hoosier Ag Today, two of the leading agricultural media organizations in the state.last_img read more

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Federer gets bragging rights over Serena

first_imgWith 43 Grand Slam singles titles (Williams 23, Federer 20) and more than US$200 million in prize money between them, the two 37-year-olds had welcomed the chance to face each other on the court in an official match for the first time.As it turned out, the tie was decided by the mixed doubles, after both Federer and Williams won their earlier singles matches.A capacity crowd of 14,064 turned out for the tie, and they saw Federer and Bencic largely capitalise on the mixed doubles inexperience of Williams’ teammate, Francis Tiafoe, to clinch the deciding rubber under the Fast4 format, 4-2, 4-3 (5/3).Williams, who seemed to be troubled by her right shoulder during the match but said it wasn’t a concern, was disappointed her doubles experience didn’t give the Americans the edge.However, even a rare defeat couldn’t take the gloss off the experience of facing Federer for the first, and almost certainly the only, time.“I was so excited and literally it was the match of my career,” she said.“Playing someone so great and that you admire so much in a match that actually means something.“It is really great and special to go against the greatest of all time.”Federer said he was thrilled to play against one of the few players with more Grand Slam titles.“I really enjoyed playing against Serena, what an honour and pleasure,” he said.“I was nervous returning because people talk about her serve so much.“It was great fun, she is a great champion, you see how focussed and determined she is and I love that about her.”The pair posed together for a selfie after the match.– ‘Great start to season’ –In his singles match, Federer scored successive wins to start the new season with an impressive 6-4, 6-1 victory over Frances Tiafoe.The world number three was challenged early by the 39th-ranked American, but then secured the first set with a break in the 10th game.Federer won seven games in succession and eight of the last nine as Tiafoe dropped away.It was another encouraging performance from Federer as he builds his preparation for the upcoming Australian Open in Melbourne, where he will be looking to win a third successive title and seventh overall.“It’s been a great start to the season for me, I found a way and I have to be happy right now,” Federer said.“It’s about staying fit and healthy and managing the game day by day.”Williams raced to an early 3-0 lead against Bencic, but then lost her way as the Swiss number 54 gained successive breaks of serve to secure the first set.Although the American was hitting more winners, she was also making more errors and looked in trouble until she broke Bencic in the 10th game to take the set and level the match.An early break in the final set to Williams was crucial as she used her big serve to hold Bencic at bay and win 4-6, 6-4, 6-3.“It was definitely a relief,” Williams said of the result.“She played really well but I knew I could play better.”If Switzerland beats Greece on Thursday they will be through to the final, where they will defend the title they won last year.0Shares0000(Visited 1 times, 1 visits today) 0Shares0000The pair posed together for a selfie after the match © AFP / TONY ASHBYPERTH, Australia, Jan 1 – Roger Federer took the honours in the much-anticipated mixed doubles clash with fellow great Serena Williams in what the latter described as the “match of her career” at the Hopman Cup in Perth Tuesday.In the biggest mixed doubles drawcard in the 31-year history of the tournament, in what is expected to be its final edition, Federer teamed with Belinda Bencic to win the match in straight sets under the Fast4 format and win the Group B tie for Switzerland.last_img read more

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DONEGAL MINOR STARS SHOW OFF THEIR ULSTER TITLE TO FORMER PREMIER LEAGUE MANAGER

first_imgDonegal Minor starlets Adam Neely and John McDyer show off the Ulster Minor Title and the Anglo Celt cup to former Premier League manager Owen Coyle in Dungloe earlier this week.Donegal Minor stars Adam Neely and John McDyer proudly show off their Ulster title crown to former Irish International and Bolton Wanderers manager Owen Coyle.The photograph was taken at the annual Super Valu Family fun day, which is held at Rosses Park, home of Dungloe GAA club.Coyle has family in nearby Gaoth Dobhair, and has been a regular visitor to Dungloe for a number of years. Coyle visited the Family fun day event and caught up with the minor stars as they relax before Saturday’s crunch All-Ireland Minor quarter final clash with Roscommon.Coyle established himself as an excellent manager in Scotland after successful spells with Falkirk and St.Johnstone in Scotland.His greatest feat in management was when he took lowly Burnley into the Premier League in 2009 for the first time in the club’s history.His last managerial appointment was with Wigan Athletic but that spell proved unsuccessful for Coyle and he was sacked in December 2013. He was strongly linked for the vacant position at Celtic FC following Neil Lennon’s departure from Parkhead but the Celtic board opted to go for the inexperienced Ronnie Delia.After last night’s Champions League disaster it may well prove to have been a poor decision by Celtic executives.Coyle admitted to being a Celtic fan all his life, and said the opportunity to manage the Glasgow giants would be a dream come true.DONEGAL MINOR STARS SHOW OFF THEIR ULSTER TITLE TO FORMER PREMIER LEAGUE MANAGER was last modified: July 31st, 2014 by Mark ForkerShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:donegaldungloeFeaturesMinorsnewsOwen CoyleSportlast_img read more

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Sharks on Game 7 nerves: ‘Who cares where the pressure is?’

first_imgThe Sharks, like most veteran teams, insist it’s “just another game.”In fact, defenseman Brent Burns dropped that exact Game 7 cliche in a conference call the morning after Monday’s overtime loss to the Colorado Avalanche.Wednesday’s game against Colorado will determine who moves on to the Western Conference final, but high-leverage games are old hat for San Jose.The Sharks played three must-win games last round against the Vegas Golden Knights, including the historic Game 7 comeback from …last_img

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South Africa increases R&D spend

first_imgMost South African R&D work were performed in the research field of the engineering sciences (20.9% of total R&D), followed by the natural sciences (20.3%) and the medical and health sciences (15.1%). Meanwhile, the demographic profile of researchers in South Africa is changing, with women researchers now comprise 39.7% of the total researchers, compared to 12.4% in Japan, and 31.7% in Norway. Among the developing countries, Argentina leads the way with 50.5 percent women researchers. Ten-year innovation plan The information is critical to South Africa’s forward planning, particularly in specifying the targets for the Ten-Year Innovation Plan, which aims to help drive South Africa’s transformation towards a knowledge-based economy in which the production and dissemination of knowledge leads to economic benefits. The higher education sector undertakes 20% of national R&D activity, while the government (including the science councils) performs 22.8% of the total but finances 33.9% of R&D. “It is important to have a strong basic research component in a country’s national system of innovation in order to challenge and train new researchers,” Mjwara said in a statement. Source: BuaNews South Africa currently has a total of 30 986 full-time equivalent R&D personnel, comprising researchers, technicians and other support staff. Wide research fields According to the survey, the strengthening of the R&D system through national policies and mechanisms including special support for cooperation across what is termed the “triple helix” of business, government and higher education sectors can only lead to a more competitive international position through R&D based innovation. “Applied research and experimental development contribute to economic development by providing new R&D based products and processes with potential for introduction to the market.” Mjwara said that the local business sector was the major performer and financer of R&D activity in the country, performing 55.9% of all work undertaken and financing 51.3% of total R&D. A new survey by the Human Sciences Research Council finds that South Africa spent at least R16.5-billion on research and development (R&D) over the 2006/07 financial year, an indication that the country is progressing towards being a knowledge-based economy. About 10.6% of South Africa’s R&D activity is financed from abroad. Altogether about 18.6% of total R&D performed in the country comprised basic research representing an expenditure of about 0.18% of GDP. 18 September 2008 Speaking in Pretoria this week, Department of Science and Technology director-general Phil Mjwara said the growth in spending puts the country on course to meet its goal of spending 1% of gross domestic product (GDP) on research and development by the 2008/9 financial year. The purpose of the survey, conducted by the HSRC’s Centre for Science, Technology and Innovation Indicators, found that R&D expenditure had increased from R14.1-billion in 2005/06.last_img read more

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Africans on Time magazine’s 2016 100 Most Influential list

first_img29 April 2016The Time magazine 100 Most Influential List – also known as the Time 100 – selects prominent movers in the global political and social landscape. As the magazine explains, those chosen for the list every year are recognised for changing the world, no matter the consequences, good or bad.The list is divided into various fields, encompassing a wide range of professions and impact, namely: Titans, Pioneers, Artists, Leaders and Icons.In 2016, the list includes, among others, British singer Adele, US presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton and Apple’s Tim Cook. Also on the list are a number of African figures.South Africans have featured prominently on the list over the years since it began in 1998, among them Nelson Mandela, Thuli Madonsela and technology entrepreneur Elon Musk.This year, there are four Africans on the list: actress Charlize Theron, for her philanthropy; gender activist Jaha Dukureh; Mussie “Father Moses” Zerai, known for highlighting the plight of refugees; and gynaecologist Dr Denis Mukwege.US born Professor Lee Berger, lead paleoanthropologist behind the research and discovery of the Homo Naledi fossils, discovered at the Cradle of Humankind in Gauteng in 2015, is also on the list. Berger is based at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg.In his citation of Berger in the 100 issue, Time science editor Jeffery Kluger calls the Homo Naledi discovery a controversial but important one not only for the science world, but also for the world. The discovery offers another piece of the evolutionary puzzle. If anything, Kluger argues, Berger, his team and their discovery has got ordinary people talking about anthropology again.Wits paleoanthropologist Lee Berger among Time’s 100 most influential people in world https://t.co/ybkPu1917A pic.twitter.com/BWY1EkHjkb— Times LIVE (@TimesLIVE) April 21, 2016As founder and chief of the Panzi hospital in Bukavu, Democratic Republic of Congo, Mukwege specialises in corrective surgery for women and girls who have been gang raped. He has treated thousands of women in the region following the brutal second Congo War that ravaged the country and its people for 10 years.In his profile, the wife of current US Vice-president Joe Biden, Jill, writes that Mukwege is “a source of strength and sanctuary in a land of violence and despair during a forgotten war”. Mukwege has won numerous international awards for his important work, including the UN Human Rights prize and the Sakharov Prize for Freedom from the European Parliament. Biden says Mukwege is “beyond healer to these women and girls, (he) is hope”.Un article a (re)lire de Denis Mukwege dit l’homme qui repare les femmes : https://t.co/H8jYv3YHKu #FI pic.twitter.com/8LAcBaPvIx— Femme d’Influence (@femmedinfluence) April 15, 2016Ethiopian born Zerai is a Roman Catholic priest who highlights the plight of refugees crossing the Mediterranean from Africa and the Middle East. Father Moses, as he is known, advocates vocally for resolutions to the problems that drive people from their homes – namely war, persecution and environmental catastrophes – while tirelessly calling for more humane policies that will help refugees to travel more safely.Chinese artist and refugee activist Ai Weiwei calls the priest’s view that “no one in the world is illegal” a brave and determined stand against xenophobia and political handwringing.Per Time tra i 100 piu influenti c’e Mussie Zerai: «padre per i rifugiati» #TIME100 https://t.co/iLVUSawi7G pic.twitter.com/Zyl73Fmgn9— Avvenire (@Avvenire_NEI) April 22, 2016Since leaving Gambia when she was 10 years old, a victim of genital mutilation, activist Dukureh has made it her life goal to bring the scourge of female genital mutilation (FGM) to the attention of the world.Settling in the United States, Dukureh soon began to petition her local government to highlight the issue in the country’s highest office, and effect a change in the US foreign policies with countries that still practice FGM. She has not only addressed the US Congress and the United Nations’ General Assembly, Dukureh has spoken to communities across her adopted country, as well returned to her native Gambia to educate women and girls on the dangers of FGM.Author Peggy Orenstein says of Dukureh, “she has refused to let horror be silenced”, and has helped to draw attention to something so unspeakable in such a personal way that it has got people talking about it more openly and acting on it. Dukureh’s organisation, Safe Hands for Girls, has recently found support in American gender activist Caitlyn Jenner and cosmetics company L’Oreal to bring the issue to the attention of a wider audience.#Time100 Jaha Dukureh @JahaENDFGM, Gambian activist fought to end female genital mutilation https://t.co/k5DV1z0QL4 pic.twitter.com/5LF3T4FVR8— WomensFundingNetwork (@womensfunding) April 26, 2016Actress Theron’s Africa Outreach Project is more than just a vanity affair, says US entrepreneur Blake Mycoskie in Theron’s Time 100 profile. The project, now in its tenth year, is involved in grassroots support for HIV/Aids awareness and poverty eradication across Africa. Theron is in the thick of things, whether it is campaigning for support in the US – Mycoskie admires her results-orientated tenacity and her determination to never take no for an answer – or on the ground with the people of Africa, including her place of birth, South Africa.“I’ve never met anyone who holds less back,” writes Mycoskie, adding that the work Theron is doing “is important, but the way she goes about it. is just as valuable”.An amazing organisation changing lives through HIV Awareness – Charlize Theron Africa Outreach Project pic.twitter.com/0mZV2UKByp— Give IT Back CC (@giveITback_cc) January 28, 2016Source: Time magazinelast_img read more

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Multiple avian influenza outbreaks in Tennessee

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest In early March, the U.S. Department of Agriculture announced that a strain of the bird flu has been detected in a Tennessee chicken breeder flock contracted to food giant Tyson Foods Inc. As a result, the farm will euthanize 73,500 birds to stop the virus from entering the food system, the USDA said.The Tennessee Department of Agriculture said in a news release that tests confirmed the presence of the H7 strain of Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza, or HPAI, at the facility in Lincoln County, Tennessee. Then, a few days later, another poultry farm in Giles County tested positive for a different low pathogenic strain of avian influenza through routine testing. Tennessee State Veterinarian Charles Hatcher said the two cases do not seem to be related. The latest situation is less serious, but the premises at the Giles County site were still quarantined.In 2014 and 2015, a U.S. avian flu outbreak required the slaughter of 50 million chickens (mostly egg-laying hens) and turkeys. As a result, U.S. egg prices reached record highs.Even more alarming, avian flu is a disease with zoonotic potential, meaning it can spread between animals and people. China was the most recent place this occurred.Since October 2016, at least 460 human cases of avian influenza and numerous deaths have been reported there, according to details released March 3 by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Many live poultry markets in China were shut down to reduce human contact with infected birds after a surge in human avian flu infections.Avian flu is one of many respiratory diseases that virologist Chang-Won (Charles) Lee conducts research on at the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center (OARDC). He is also leading scientists from 11 institutions in a research project designed to determine all of the microbes — things like bacteria, fungi and viruses — in the poultry respiratory system.Lee is collaborating with other scientists to determine which commensal microbes are hazardous, see how they are impacted by factors such as environmental conditions, and recommend new control methods and management systems for healthier barns and birds with stronger immune systems. Lee also leads collaborative projects on developing a universal flu vaccine that can provide enhanced protective immunity against emerging flu strains. Lee is available to address biosecurity measures aimed at preventing the spread of bird flu and to discuss the various strains of the disease.last_img read more

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Man Claims He Owns 84% of Facebook

first_imgGuide to Performing Bulk Email Verification A Comprehensive Guide to a Content Audit Tags:#Facebook#news#NYT#web Facebook is Becoming Less Personal and More Pro… Related Posts center_img When you’re the king of the hill, everyone wants to see you fall – or wants to take a piece of the pie. For Facebook, the worlds largest social network, this means repeated claims that the site was not, in fact, the brainchild of CEO Mark Zuckerberg. The Wall Street Journal reports that the latest, somewhat bizarre, claim comes from Web designer Paul Ceglia who says he owns a precise 84% stake in the company.Ceglia filed a lawsuit with the New York State Supreme Court on June 30, claiming that he signed a contract with Zuckerberg in 2003 to design the website he claims is now Facebook. According to Ceglia, the terms of the contract were that he would be paid $1,000 for the site along with a 50% stock in the resulting product. Now here’s the most bizarre part that leads to this claim of 84% ownership: According to the Journal, “The contract stipulated that Mr. Ceglia would get an additional 1% interest in the business for every day after Jan. 1, 2004, until it was completed.”We have to say, that’s the most puzzling stipulation we’ve ever heard of when it comes to Web design. For every day that the designer is late, he gets a larger piece of the pie? While the accusation seems weird, to say the least, Judge Thomas Brown has issued a temporary restraining order on the company, keeping it from transferring any of its assets. Facebook offered the Journal a denial of the claim, calling the suit “completely frivolous” and saying that it would “fight it vigorously”.The company has more than doubled in size since we took a look at its disputed origins just over a year ago, and this will likely not be the last we hear of this sort of claim. We have to doubt, however, that this will be the one to topple the social networking behemoth. Ceglia v. Facebook Motion for Dissolution mike melanson The Dos and Don’ts of Brand Awareness Videoslast_img read more

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