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first_img Tags: Demario Warren/Jeff Tukuafu/Trever McFalls Written by FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailCEDAR CITY, Utah-Thursday afternoon, Southern Utah University head football coach Demario Warren named Trever McFalls as the director of football operations for the program.Prior to his promotion, McFalls served as offensive assistant/team manager for the Thunderbirds and is also a former SUU football player.McFalls replaces Jeff Tukuafu in this position after he became the assistant athletic director for operations/facilities for SUU. Brad James July 12, 2018 /Sports News – Local Trever McFalls Named As SUU Director of Football Operationslast_img read more

first_imgThe Ocean City Farmers & Crafters Market has a wide assortment of produce, flowers, sweets and crafts to choose from. By Maddy VitaleBig, juicy, ripe tomatoes, fresh zucchini and homemade pies are just some of the delights crowds can sink their teeth into when the Ocean City Regional Chamber of Commerce Farmers and Crafters Market opens Wednesday.The market has been going strong for 24 years. It is located on the grounds of the Ocean City Tabernacle at Sixth Street and Asbury Avenue, and is held on Wednesdays through Sept. 4 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. The market features a total of 80 vendors, including food stands and crafter stands.“We are very happy to start our 24th year of one of the longest running and largest farmers markets in South Jersey,” said Michele Gillian, executive director of the Ocean City Regional Chamber of Commerce. “We are happy to welcome back our fabulous farmers and crafters, as well as welcoming many new vendors to keep the market exciting. The Farmers and Crafters Market demonstrates a true sense of community.” The market offers customers a bit of everything. There is a wide selection of locally grown produce, from sweet ears of corn to plump blueberries to succulent strawberries.The farmers market has a little bit of everything, including confections.And for those who enjoy confections, there are plenty of cakes, pies and cookies. There are also spicy dips and even pizza.There is also an abundance of fresh flowers and fresh herbs, all from local farms.Oh, and there is jewelry, and a lot of it, to choose from and even stylish clothes.Gillian said she believes the variety and quality of the produce and crafts are the main reasons the market has been around for so long and why so many families return for their goodies year after year.“There is such a varied selection of New Jersey farmers and outstanding juried crafters,” she noted. Dean Monteleone, of Monteleone Farms in Vineland, has been a vendor at the Farmers Market for 19 years.The market, established with the New Jersey Department of Agriculture, is designed to benefit local farmers by exposing them to a new outlet to sell their produce, which will help sustain their farms. To accommodate the vendors, Asbury Avenue is closed to motor vehicle traffic at Sixth Street. The street is turned into a miniature tent city featuring local vendors.The location of the market on the Asbury Avenue commercial corridor also benefits the downtown merchants. Customers finish up at the market and then head to the downtown to continue their shopping spree and stop in the eateries.For more information about the Ocean City Regional Chamber of Commerce Farmers & Crafters Market call 609-399-1412 or visit www.oceancityvacation.com.Chamber officials Rose Savastano and Nancy Neal are co-managers of the Farmers and Crafters Market. (Photo courtesy Ocean City Regional Chamber of Commerce)last_img read more

first_imgVermont jam band Twiddle just recently announced plans for an extended fall tour on the West Coast, but those weren’t the only fall dates that the band has in store. Today, the group announced a five-night run in the Northeast surrounding Thanksgiving, with two nights in Philadelphia from November 18-19, Portland on November 23rd, and Boston from November 25-26.Twiddle has been on a tear of late, wrapping up their first-ever Tumble Down festival just a few weeks ago. With sets at Backwoods Pondfest, The Werk Out Festival, and Peach Music Festival over the recent weeks, as well as two great nights in Wakefield, RI over the past weekend, it’s been nothing but good times for Twiddle and their ever-growing fan base. You can see the full Thanksgiving 2016 tour in the artwork below. For more details, head to the band’s official website.last_img read more

first_imgFive stellar students dedicated to the study of computer science at the Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS) were named among the recipients of the 2011 Siebel Scholars awards.Karim Atiyeh (M.S. candidate); Michael Lyons (Ph.D. candidate); Geoffrey Mainland (Ph.D. candidate); Rohan Murty (Ph.D. candidate); and Yinan Zhu ’11 (joint A.B./S.M. candidate) will all receive a $35,000 award for their final year of graduate studies.From facial recognition to CPU brains to novel wireless networks, the scholarship winners are exploring the frontiers of computer science.The SEAS-affiliated students in computer science are among other honorees hailing from Carnegie Mellon University, MIT, Stanford University, Tsinghua University (China), University of California, Berkeley, and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.Siebel Scholars are selected from among students who rank in the top of their class and are chosen by the dean of their respective schools on the basis of outstanding academic achievement and demonstrated qualities of leadership.Cherry A. Murray, dean of the Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, will host a reception for the winners later in the fall.last_img read more

first_imgPakistan is a nation built around a single river, the 1,800-mile Indus. So pivotal is it to the nation’s fortunes — providing water for drinking, agriculture, and power — that taming it may be necessary to soften its sometimes-deadly moods, according to water engineer John Briscoe.Managing the river’s floods and the region’s frequent droughts will require modern institutions and adequate infrastructure, Briscoe said. Erecting new dams may also be a central part of the long-term solution.“Is building dams the answer alone? No,” said Briscoe, who heads the new Harvard Water Initiative at the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences and has worked on water issues in Pakistan for decades. “Is there any answer in Pakistan without building more dams? No.”Briscoe and colleagues at Harvard and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) are partnering with Pakistani universities, governments there and here, nongovernmental organizations, and private entities there.Harvard’s involvement with Pakistan will be different from the crisis earlier this year in Haiti, when an earthquake killed hundreds of thousands, according to Michael VanRooyen, director of the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative (HHI) and an associate professor at Harvard Medical School and the Harvard School of Public Health (HSPH). In Haiti’s case, he said, the surgical and medical expertise of Harvard’s hospitals was desperately needed. In the case of Pakistan, while the disaster is also of enormous magnitude, the relief effort is less of an acute medical crisis and more about getting aid to people over a large area.Even so, VanRooyen said, many Harvard faculty members will be involved in relief efforts through major nongovernmental organizations, such as the International Rescue Committee (IRC), on whose board VanRooyen sits. In addition, HHI, a cross-School initiative that aims to improve humanitarian response through research, will provide support to partner organizations, such as Red Cross and Oxfam.As a core concern, it’s hard to overstate the extent to which Pakistan depends on the Indus River, Briscoe said. With its arid climate, Pakistan is dependent on the river and its tributaries to supply the world’s largest irrigation network, which covers an area 10 times larger than Massachusetts.Though dam construction has fallen out of favor in wealthy nations in recent years, Briscoe said dams do more than just generate power, which some critics insist can be replaced by other sources that don’t change a river valley’s environment. Dams also store water for use during dry months and buffer the effects of flooding rains.Major rivers in arid parts of developed nations have the capacity to store enough water to manage during both wet and dry times, Briscoe said. In the United States, for example, dams on the once-wild Colorado River can store 1,000 days of the river’s average flow. The dams in Pakistan’s Indus system, however, can store just 30 days’ worth. The numbers are similarly stark for generating hydroelectric power, Briscoe said. The United States exploits 80 percent of its hydroelectric potential, while Pakistan uses just 10 percent.Before the recent flooding, one of Pakistan’s greatest worries was a chronic shortage of power and a constant threat of drought. That means that Pakistani water managers — who must store enough to provide irrigation downstream long after the rains end — have had to bring reservoirs to near capacity early in the monsoon season, in case the rains end prematurely. That reality, Briscoe said, provides little room for error in especially rainy seasons.“There is essentially no protection from the vagaries of variations in river flows,” Briscoe said. “When a big event like this comes — or when there is drought — there is no physical buffer between the Indus and people.”July and August’s heavy monsoon rains illustrated how deadly the Indus can be. Briscoe described the disaster as “Katrina times 100” in a nation with 1/100th the resources of the United States.“People living in an enormous area lost absolutely everything,” Briscoe said.The rains sent floodwaters raging down the river, killing more than 1,600 and destroying more than a million homes, along with bridges, roads, power lines, and health clinics. The flooding, called the worst in a century there, is not just a short-term calamity, analysts say. It destroyed so much vital infrastructure that recovery will take years.In the Swat Valley, for example, all 59 bridges were swept away, hampering not just immediate relief efforts, but also the eventual resumption of commerce. Floodwaters, beginning to recede in some parts of the country, still stretch miles from the river in others, spreading the destruction far beyond its usual banks.Jennifer Leaning, the Bagnoud Professor of the Practice of Health and Human Rights, who directs the François-Xavier Bagnoud Center for Health and Human Rights at HSPH, said the center is concerned about the effects of the enormous disaster on children and plans to work with the HHI on a project focusing on children.Harvard’s South Asia Initiative (SAI) is collaborating with a Pakistani university, according to Sugata Bose, Gardiner Professor of History and the South Asia Initiative director. Bose spoke with the dean of the Lahore University of Management Sciences to work out a coordinated response to the tragedy. Faculty and graduate students affiliated with the initiative will cooperate with Lahore on rebuilding-related priorities. In addition, Bose said, SAI is supporting a visiting scholar, Ali Cheema, a Pakistani development economist.“I visited Pakistan last May, and am in touch with friends and colleagues at the Lahore University of Management Sciences to monitor the situation,” Bose said. “We are convening a meeting next week of faculty at Harvard and Tufts knowledgeable about Pakistan to discuss a coordinated response. We recognize that even though the floods are the immediate threat, drought may be the challenge next year.”Richard Cash, senior lecturer on international health at the HSPH, worked for years in nearby Bangladesh, which floods frequently because of cyclones slamming ashore. Cash expects Pakistan to be a slowly evolving disaster, more akin to still-recovering New Orleans after Katrina than the immediate large loss of life from the Indian Ocean tsunami or the Haitian quake.Cash said experience in Bangladesh indicates that it is best for people to return home from relief camps as soon as possible. Though distribution of aid supplies is problematic outside camps, their crowded conditions not only allow disease to spread, they also affect residents in other ways.“What is absolutely critical is to get people … involved in their own rehabilitation rather than sitting and waiting, which is horribly debilitating,” said Cash, who in the 1960s conducted pioneering studies on using oral rehydration to fight diarrheal diseases, which often spread in floods. “My guess is that the people will go back as quickly as they can to try to rebuild whatever is left.”Leaning agreed that those displaced will return home relatively quickly — farmers don’t stay away from their fields if they can find a way back. Such resettlement, however, presents an enormous challenge in restoring critical infrastructure, providing health care, and attending to psychological loss.Briscoe, who has talked with Pakistani officials, agreed that the nation’s recovery will be long. Even before the flooding, discussions were well advanced for a Harvard program involving University faculty who would work with the government, the private sector, and Pakistani colleges on critical national water issues. These range from understanding the effects of climate change on the Himalayan mountains and the Indus to improving multinational water cooperation to improving productivity and security.“We and colleagues at MIT envision working with Pakistan on management issues to get greater productivity and reduce insecurity with respect to water,” Briscoe said. “In the medium term, both we and our Pakistani partner think there’s a lot we can do to help them.”last_img read more

first_imgIf physicists want to find their long-sought “theory of everything,” they have to get small. And Nobel Prize-winning theoretical physicist Steven Weinberg thinks he knows roughly how small.Weinberg, who spoke at a packed Geological Lecture Hall Monday evening, said there are hints that the answers to fundamental questions will reveal themselves at around a million billionths — between 10­-17 and 10-19 — of the radius of the typical atomic nucleus.“It is in that range that we expect to find really new physics,” said Weinberg, a onetime Harvard professor now on the faculty at the University of Texas at Austin.Physicists understand that there are four fundamental forces of nature. Two are familiar in our everyday lives: those of gravity and electromagnetism. The two less-familiar forces operate at the atomic level. The strong force holds the nucleus together while the weak force is responsible for the radioactive decay that changes one type of particle to another and the nuclear fusion that powers the sun.For decades, physicists have toiled to create a single theory that explains how all four of these forces work, but without success, instead settling on one theory that explains how gravity acts on a macro scale and another to describe the other three forces and their interactions at the atomic level.Weinberg, who won the 1979 Nobel Prize in Physics, with Sheldon Glashow and Abdus Salam, for electroweak theory explaining how the weak force and electromagnetism are related, returned to Harvard to deliver the Physics Department’s annual David M. Lee Historical Lecture. He was introduced by department chair Masahiro Morii and by Andrew Strominger, the Gwill E. York Professor of Physics, who recalled taking Weinberg’s class on general relativity as a Harvard undergrad.“I wish I could say I remembered you in Physics 210,” Weinberg said to laughs as he took the podium.The event also recognized the outstanding work of four graduate students — two in experimental physics, Dennis Huang and Siyuan Sun, and two in theoretical physics, Shu-Heng Shao and Bo Liu — with the Gertrude and Maurice Goldhaber Prize.Weinberg pointed to several hints of something significant going on at the far extremes of tininess. One hint is that the strong force, which weakens at shorter scales, and the weak and electromagnetic forces, which get stronger across shorter distances, appear to converge at that scale.Gravity is so weak that it isn’t felt at the atomic scale, overpowered by the other forces that operate there. However, Weinberg said, if you calculate how much mass two protons or two electrons would need for gravity to balance their repulsive electrical force, it would have to not just be enormous, but on a similar scale as the other measurements, the equivalent of 1.04 x 1018 gigaelectron volts.“There is a strong suggestion that gravity is somehow unified with those other forces at these scales,” Weinberg said.Weinberg also said there are experimental hints in the extremely small masses of neutrinos and in possible proton decay that the tiniest scales are significant in ways that are fundamental to physics.“This is a very crude estimate, but the mass of neutrinos which are being observed are in the same ballpark that you would expect from new physics associated with a fundamental length,” Weinberg said. “It all seems to hang together.”A major challenge for physicists is that the energy needed to probe what is actually going on at the smallest levels is far beyond current technology, something like 10 trillion times the highest energy we can harness now. And new technology to explore the problem experimentally is not on the horizon. Even with all the wealth in the world, scientists wouldn’t know where to begin, Weinberg said.But the experiment may have already been done, by nature, and there may be a way to look back at it, Weinberg said. During the inflationary period immediately after the Big Bang there was that kind of energy, he said, and it would be evident as gravitation waves in the cosmic microwave background, an echo of the Big Bang that astronomers study for hints of the early universe. In fact, astronomers announced they had found such waves earlier this year, though they are waiting for confirmation of the results.“The big question that we face … is, can we find a truly fundamental theory uniting all the forces, including gravitation … characterized by tiny lengths like 10-17 to 10-19 nuclear radii?” Weinberg said. “Is it a string theory? That seems like the most beautiful candidate, but we don’t have any direct evidence that it is a string theory. The only handle we have … on this to do further experiments is in cosmology.”last_img read more

first_img continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Total retail sales rose 0.3 percent in December – the third consecutive month to see a rise. NAFCU Chief Economist and Vice President of Research Curt Long provided additional insights in a new NAFCU Macro Data Flash report.“The holiday season was expected to be modest, but these are promising numbers,” said Long. “Continued economic expansion will drive moderate retail sales in 2020, with the potential for better wage growth in a tight labor market serving as a notable risk.”Year-over-year growth in retail sales was 5.8 percent in December, up from 3.3 percent in November. Control group sales increased 6.4 percent from a year ago.Results among the major retail segments we mostly positive in December, with vehicle and parts and department stores seeing declines.last_img read more

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first_imgGrande is the only applicant mentioned who has significant experience of top leadership at NBIMThe investment strategist, on the other hand, is someone who can give advice to the Finance Ministry on how to develop the asset allocation for the fund, Henriksen said.“Trond Grande most definitely falls into the first category,” he told IPE, adding: “He is effective at execution and has done a superb job as deputy CEO.”Choosing Grande would probably signal that there would be no major shifts in the investment strategy of the GPFG, he said.“And, in particular, that we can not expect that the manager, Norges Bank, promotes such initiatives vis-a-vis the Ministry of Finance, which decides the investment strategy,” said Henriksen.Although the job of CEO at NBIM is one of the most powerful money management roles in the world, one source in executive search warned that securing it was not without its career risks – especially for younger professionals with a longer path ahead of them.“One thing you have to consider is reputation risk here. If something does not go according to plan – for example in tech, cyber security or decisions related to investment or decarbonising – and it’s on your watch, you could find it hard to get a job anywhere else,” the source warned.But is it also possible that the new CEO will be someone who is not even on the applicant list just published. When asked by IPE whether this could happen, a spokesman for Norges Bank said: “It is always possible for the executive board to consider applications after the deadline.” Yngve Slyngstad announced last October that he would step down after 12 years as chief executive. He will carry on working at the organisation and relocate to London.The all-male list of contenders includes Thorbjorn Gaarder, whose occupation is listed as chief credit officer; Jake Tai, a senior consultant in a financial services advisory business from Singapore; sales manager Yngvar Willy Andersen, and senior investments project manager Pål Renli from Snarøya in Norway.Other candidates are Anders Halberg, a director residing in the UK, and Olav Bø.Alongside Grande, Bø is the only other employee of Norges Bank on the list, and is currently executive director of markets and ICT.But Grande is the only applicant mentioned who has significant experience of top leadership at NBIM, and according to one Norwegian source with knowledge of NBIM’s practices, his appearance on the list probably means he has effectively been chosen already.Grande was appointed deputy CEO in February 2011, and regularly appears as the most senior leader of NBIM at press conferences, for example.He originally joined NBIM in November 2007 as global head of risk management, and between October 2014 and January 2016 he had day-to-day responsibility for the real estate organisation.Before joining NBIM, Grande spent 11 years at the asset management arm of Norwegian financial group Storebrand, in roles including senior vice president finance and senior vice president financial risk management.According to Espen Henriksen, associate professor of Financial Economics at BI Norwegian Business School, Norges Bank is likely to have considered three very different profiles for the job of CEO in its recruitment process – the manager, the stock picker and the investment strategist.The first is a good administrator but not someone who necessarily has fund management skills, he said, in line with the oil fund’s first chief executive, Knut Kjaer.Slyngstad is an example of the second type, being experienced in asset management, he said. The manager of Norway’s giant sovereign wealth fund has published a list of the eight candidates applying to be its next chief executive officer, including the current deputy CEO.Norges Bank Investment Management (NBIM), which manages the NOK10.5tn (€1tn) Government Pension Fund Global (GPFG), said eight people had applied for the top role by the deadline of 21 February.It named seven of them but withheld the name of one applicant who it said had been granted exemption from public disclosure.“Norges Bank is now proceeding with the recruitment process,” NBIM said.last_img read more

first_img >>>FOLLOW THE COURIER-MAIL REAL ESTATE TEAM ON FACEBOOK<<< Former Lord Mayor Graham Quirk chatting to interested parties at the auction of 6 General St, Hendra on Saturday. He is to become an independent auctioneer. Picture: Debra Bela.“You’ve got to do something in life,” Mr Quirk said, with onlookers calling him a ‘good luck charm’ for the day.“I’m actually going to start auctioneering as an independent auctioneer.“Peter Burgin has given me the opportunity to go around and watch him today.” Brisbane Lord Mayor Graham Quirk inspecting HMAS Brisbane officers in one of his last official engagements as Lord Mayor before handing over to Adrian Schrinner in April. Picture: John Gass, AAP.On May 3 he applied for an auctioneer’s licence and he’s expecting his registration to come through in the next week or so.“I did the REIQ course in 2010 before I was Lord Mayor and I’ve done a lot of charity auctions and horse auctions but this will be something different,” he said.“It will be a bit more out there than some of my press conferences.” Suburbs that are singles hot spots Former Lord Mayor Graham Quirk was an observer at the auction of 6 General St, Hendra. He has applied for his auctioneers licence. Picture: Debra BelaFORMER Lord Mayor Graham Quirk used to run the city, now he’s hoping to sell it.Mr Quirk was discovered on the auction trail on Saturday, in training to become an auctioneer.The man who handed over the keys to the city less than three months ago after eight years at the helm was spotted at the auctions of 6 General St and 75 Pring St in Hendra, learning the ropes from Place auctioneer Peter Burgin. MORE REAL ESTATE STORIEScenter_img Award-winning Place auctioneer Peter Burgin in action. Picture: John Gass, AAP.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus12 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market12 hours agoThe career change comes after Mr Quirk spent three decades in local government before bowing out of politics on April 7. The house at 75 Pring St, Hendra that sold at auction on Saturday for $1.4 million. Picture: supplied.“He’s got a great reputation, a wonderfully honest man and we are happy to have some association with him to see if we could help,” Mr Burgin said.“I think he’ll be great, obviously in terms of his comfort in speaking in front of people but also he’s a down to earth, honest person and that’s important in real estate.” Ensuite without walls goes viral And while he was spotted in north Brisbane yesterday, it is Brisbane south where his new career will be based.“Probably the south siders, I think the multicultural communities will be where my main niche market will be, particularly culturally, to have a former Lord Mayor as the auctioneer might be good. We’ll wait and see.”Mr Quirk went to four auctions in Brisbane on Saturday, in Auchenflower, Hendra and Wavell Heights, with 75 Pring St, Hendra the only house to sell.last_img read more