SEAS moves opening of Science and Engineering Complex to spring semester ’21

first_img How to reduce the spread of coronavirus Managing the coronavirus exodus from campus Much of it follows traditional cold-season admonitions, but some is more specific Harvard’s new Science and Engineering Complex (SEC) in Allston will move its fall opening to the spring semester, Dean Frank Doyle of the Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS) announced Friday.“Due to the temporary suspension of construction work by the city of Boston, and our collective response to the coronavirus public health emergency, the SEC will not be ready in time for a summertime move-in and fall opening as previously planned,” said Doyle. “The good news is that, following a nearly five-year construction process, once construction fully resumes the SEC will be just weeks away from being ready for occupancy.”“The delay of the project is obviously disappointing, but helping to ensure the health and safety of everyone working at the site, as well as members of our community who would have moved this summer, must be our priority,” said Harvard President Larry Bacow. “When we do open the SEC, we will do so with the knowledge that we protected the people who built it and the people who will bring it to life with their phenomenal research and teaching. Our celebration will be all the sweeter for it, and I look forward to the day when we can be together to mark a great moment not just for the Harvard Paulson School and the University, but also for Allston and Greater Boston.”Prior to the work stoppage ordered by Boston Mayor Marty Walsh last month, the building was almost finished. Original plans had called for work to be completed in May, and for a rolling move-in to begin in June. “The delay of the project is obviously disappointing, but helping to ensure the health and safety of everyone working at the site, as well as members of our community who would have moved this summer, must be our priority.” — President Larry Bacow Hope for managing hospital admissions of COVID-19 cases “We’re incredibly close to the finish line,” said Joseph O’Farrell, managing director for capital projects for Campus Services. “Our teams are ready to get back to work as soon as it is deemed safe to do so.”  Assuming construction is allowed to resume this summer, the construction team hopes to finish up in a matter of weeks, and SEAS hopes to receive a green light to begin a coordinated move-in in the fall, and to begin classes in January.SEAS and the campus planning team are working on a revised schedule of lab and office moves, classroom and course schedules, transportation, and dining services. SEAS administrators say affected groups will be contacted in the coming weeks to discuss changes.SEAS labs, classrooms, and other spaces in Cambridge that were originally just a few months away from being vacated or consolidated will remain fully operational for the remainder of the calendar year.“The work of our researchers and students in the SEC, together with that of entrepreneurial experts at Harvard Business School, in the innovation labs cluster, as well as in the future Enterprise Research Campus, will all help to ensure that Allston becomes a world-class hub for research, learning, and innovation,” said Katie Lapp, Harvard’s executive vice president. “The excitement for the potential opportunities that the move will create is profound, and I’m confident that this timing change won’t temper that excitement.” Campus Services VP Meredith Weenick on Harvard’s work to prevent the spread of disease and help students move out on a tight timeline center_img ‘Worry about 4 weeks from now,’ epidemiologist warns The SEC postponement does not affect the ongoing conceptual development and due diligence for the Enterprise Research Campus or the American Repertory Theater’s move to Allston, both of which remain in planning and project development phases and have not been proposed for review. Those future proposals will be subject to normal regulatory and public and community review processes before construction begins.Approximately half of the SEAS community eventually will make the move to Allston. That includes teaching and research labs for all of the Bioengineering, Computer Science, Robotics, and Applied Computation departments, as well as portions of the Electrical Engineering and Materials/Mechanical Engineering departments.“During this time of unprecedented turmoil, we have all grown accustomed to abrupt changes,” Doyle said. “While the postponement is disheartening and will add new complexities to our planning, it is only a delay. When we eventually open the doors to the SEC, the entire Harvard community, our peers and colleagues, our neighbors, and our partners throughout the region will be able to realize the benefits of this state-of-the-art facility for teaching, learning, and research.” Harvard’s Lipsitch urges public to ramp up social distancing, increase coronavirus tests Related New projections suggest social-distancing measures in state may be flattening the curve last_img read more

CVPS plans purchase of VEC’s southern Vermont territory

first_imgscostel Timothy McQuiston 2 6 2006-07-28T13:25:00Z 2006-07-28T15:57:00Z 2006-07-28T15:57:00Z 1 574 3275 CVPS 27 7 3842 10.2625 1474219382 news releaseSCostel@cvps.com(link sends e-mail) Costello, Stephen 471604707 Print Clean Clean 0 pt 0 pt 0 0 0 pt 0 pt MicrosoftInternetExplorer4st1\:*{behavior:url(#ieooui) } /* Style Definitions */ table.MsoNormalTable {mso-style-name:”Table Normal”; mso-tstyle-rowband-size:0; mso-tstyle-colband-size:0; mso-style-noshow:yes; mso-style-parent:””; mso-padding-alt:0in 5.4pt 0in 5.4pt; mso-para-margin:0in; mso-para-margin-bottom:.0001pt; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:10.0pt; font-family:”Times New Roman”;}July 28, 2006 The purchaseis the second announced by CVPS in recent months.  CVPS announced the purchase of RochesterElectric Light and Power, a privately held, 900-customer company,in April.  That purchase is awaitingregulatory approval, which is expected this summer. Customersaffected by the sale are in Halifax and parts of Andover, Dover, Newfane, Townshend, Wardsboro, Jamaica, Marlboro, Guilford, Vernon, Wardsboro, Wilmington, Windham, Whitingham and Readsboro. When thesale is completed, the former VEC customers will be covered by CVPSs 17 SERVE Standards, which measure everything fromreliability to customer service, and are reported to state regulators.  SERVE stands for Serving Everyone withReliability, Value and Excellence.  Thenew customers will also be eligible for all CVPS programs, including evenmonthly billing, Electripay and CVPS Cow Power”. Thisagreement consolidates service territories and provides CVPS with importantgrowth, President Bob Young said.  Itwill reduce local rates, and strengthens CVPS by providing new revenue and awider base to allocate fixed costs. CVPS plans purchaseof VECs southern Vermont territoryCentral Vermont PublicService will purchase the southern Vermont franchise territory of Vermont Electric Cooperative under an agreement designed to rationalizeservice territories and lower local electric rates. This areais virtually centered between CVPSs Springfield, Brattleboro and Sunderlandoffices, Hallquist said.  It makes more sense for CVPS than VEC toserve it.center_img Under theagreement, which must be approved by the Vermont Public Service Board, CVPSwill acquire VECs southern Vermont assets and the rights to serve 2,770customers, who will on average save about 8.1 percent under CVPS ownership,even after a pending 6.15 percent rate case is complete. CVPS, founded in 1929, is Vermonts largest electric utility, serving about151,000 customers.  More than 100companies have merged into CVPS since its founding. Four of fiveVEC employees in the region are expected to be hired by CVPS.  CVPS plans to maintain the current VECservice office in Wilmington. VEC ChiefExecutive Officer David Hallquist said the sale madesense for the co-op, as it would provide significant cash, while divesting aservice area far removed from most of VECsterritory, which is primarily in northern Vermont.  CVPSwill pay approximately $4 million for VECs southern Vermont assets and territory. Forward-Looking StatementsStatements contained in this report that are not historical fact areforward-looking statements intended to qualify for the safe-harbors from theliability established by the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of1995.  Statements made that are not historical facts are forward-lookingand, accordingly, involve estimates, assumptions, risks and uncertainties thatcould cause actual results or outcomes to differ materially from thoseexpressed in the forward-looking statements.  Actual results will depend,among other things, upon the actions of regulators, performance of the VermontYankee nuclear power plant, effects of and changes in weather and economicconditions, volatility in wholesale electric markets and our ability tomaintain our current credit ratings.  These and other risk factors aredetailed in CV’s Securities and Exchange Commission filings.  CV cannot predictthe outcome of any of these matters; accordingly, there can be no assurancethat such indicated results will be realized. Readers are cautioned not toplace undue reliance on these forward-looking statements that speak only as ofthe date of this press release.  CV does not undertake any obligation topublicly release any revision to these forward-looking statements to reflectevents or circumstances after the date of this press release.last_img read more

USDA reports another possible BSE case

first_imgNov 18, 2004 (CIDRAP News) – The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) said today it is running confirmatory tests on a possible new case of bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE), or mad cow disease. The first BSE case spurred the USDA to expand its BSE surveillance program starting in June. The new possible case was one of the high-risk animals targeted in the surveillance program, said Andrea Morgan, associate deputy administrator for veterinary services in the USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service. She spoke at a morning news conference, a transcript of which was published online. In late June the USDA reported inconclusive results on single BSE screening tests on two different cows. Further testing ruled out the disease in both cases, but the initial test results shook the beef industry. As a result, in August the USDA set a policy whereby it will make no announcement until two BSE screening tests on the same animal are inconclusive. Two rapid screening tests on a cow were inconclusive, prompting the USDA to begin confirmatory tests, which will take 4 to 7 days, officials said in a statement. The carcass was kept out of the food and animal feed chains, the agency said. It did not reveal where the cow came from or where it was initially tested. USDA news briefing transcript Morgan said today that after one test was inconclusive, “We allowed the submitting laboratory to rerun the test, and they got yet another indication on the rerun of an inconclusive.” The result was reported early this morning, she said. Morgan said the USDA “remains confident in the safety of the US beef supply.” After the first BSE case was found, the agency banned nonambulatory (“downer”) cattle and high-risk cattle tissues, called specified-risk materials (SRMs), from the human food chain. SRMs include the skull, brain, spinal cord, vertebral column, and certain nerve bundles from cattle older than 30 months, plus the tonsils and small intestine of cattle of all ages. Morgan said the SRM ban would protect the public if another BSE case is confirmed. The USDA says it has tested more than 113,000 cattle since June 1 in its expanded BSE surveillance program. The program mainly targets animals considered to be at increased risk for BSE, including those that can’t walk, die on farms, are injured, or show signs of neurologic disease. Up to 12 labs around the country have been authorized to conduct the rapid BSE screening tests.center_img If the case is confirmed, it would be the nation’s second. The first case, detected last December in a cow in Washington state, prompted dozens of countries to stop importing US beef. The Bush administration recently announced a tentative agreement with Japan on conditions for reopening the Japanese market to American beef. “The inconclusive result does not mean we have found another case of BSE in this country,” Morgan stated. “Inconclusive results are a normal component of screening tests, which are designed to be extremely sensitive so that they will detect any samples that could possibly be positive.” Aug 9 CIDRAP News story on USDA policy on reporting BSE test resultshttp://www.cidrap.umn.edu/cidrap/content/other/bse/news/august0904bse.html USDA news release on inconclusive test Tissue samples from the cow have been sent to the USDA’s National Veterinary Services Laboratories in Ames, Iowa, for confirmatory tests, Morgan said. “If the test comes back positive for BSE we will then be providing additional information about the animal and its origin,” she stated. See also:last_img read more

Ipswich home with plenty of room to put in a pool on the market

first_img6 High Peak Cres, Springfield.The inside of the home has had a fresh coat of paint.Mr Coupland said the four-bedrooms have walk-in robes and airconditioning.The master bedroom has an ensuite and walk-in robe.With two rainwater tanks already on the sprawling block of land, Mr Coupland said there was always the opportunity for the new homeowner to put in a swimming pool. The current owners of this home at 6 High Peak Cres, Springfield are ready to downsize.They have owned the four-bedroom, two-bathroom home for 17 years, however, are still looking to stay in the area. 6 High Peak Cres, Springfield. 6 High Peak Cres, Springfield.The large laundry is separate to the double lockup garage and powder room. More from newsDigital inspection tool proves a property boon for REA website3 Apr 2020The Camira homestead where kids roamed free28 May 2019The kitchen is fully equipped and ready for the family chef, Mr Coupland said.Mr Coupland said side access to the 849sq m yard was available via a large electric gate, giving plenty of room for the kids to run around and even kick a ball – just like in the old days. “There is also room there to put in a pool, if you desire,” Mr Coupland said.“There is a large pergola with access to the family room, water tanks and a large garden shed completes the outside.” 6 High Peak Cres, Springfield.First National Springfield selling agent Neil Coupland said it was a rare opportunity to secure a large home on a superb block of land so conveniently close to everything.He said the home was within walking distance to schools, shops and the Springfield train station.The ground floor features a formal lounge, large tiled family area complete with split-system airconditioning, a formal dining or study.last_img read more

Spacious, modern and secure home in Cornubia

first_imgThe open plan living and dining area opens to the back deck.The spacious master bedroom has an ensuite and an oversized built-in wardrobe while the three other bedrooms have built-in wardrobes. The home has a neutral colour scheme, timber floors downstairs, new carpet upstairs and ducted airconditioning. Outside, there is a low-maintenance yard, two large garden sheds and a cubby house for the kids. A sunken lounge is at the front of the home.Ray White Shailer Park marketing agent, Natalia Nicholson, said the chef’s kitchen had a Blanco 900mm oven and gas cooktop, soft close drawers, a Miele dishwasher, white cabinetry and timber benchtops.More from newsLand grab sees 12 Sandstone Lakes homesites sell in a week21 Jun 2020Tropical haven walking distance from the surf9 Oct 2019A powder room and linen cupboard are just off the kitchen.Internal stairs lead to the upstairs living area and the luxurious family bathroom with separate bathtub, shower and chandelier. The bathroom has a glamorous feel.There is a double lockup garage to keep the cars out of the weather and side access for the boat, caravan or trailer.“This stunning family home is ideally located in the Logandale Estate, which boasts 24/7 security, a swimming pool and tennis courts,” Ms Nicholson said. “The home is also a short walk from the Riverlakes Golf Course located in the estate.”center_img The home at 26 Penina Cct, Cornubia is for sale.THIS modern two-storey home in a secured estate is new to the market in Cornubia.The property at 26 Penina Cct has four bedrooms, three living areas, two full bathrooms and a powder room. The front door opens to a foyer, a formal dining room and a sunken formal living area with built-in bookshelves. Further in, the open-plan lounge, kitchen and dining areas flow out through sliding doors to a entertaining deck. last_img read more

Dutch pensions sector ‘must speak with single voice’

first_imgA new pensions system in the Netherlands focusing on individual pensions accrual could end in failure as a result of disagreement within the pensions sector, Coen Teulings, former director of the Bureau for Ecomomic Policy Analysis (CPB), has warned. Speaking at an event for economists organised by supervisor De Nederlandsche Bank (DNB), Teulings cited the UK and the US as examples of countries where individual systems had failed.He said discord was “one of the seven scourges” preventing the Dutch pensions sector from approaching politicians in The Hague with a single voice.“Given the complexity of pensions, this is bad,” he said, reiterating his previous call for the sector to take the initiative in the reform of the system. Peter Borgdorff, director of the €161bn healthcare scheme PFZW, echoed Teulings’s view that pension funds did not excel in operating jointly.But he argued that the sector had learned from the experience leading up to the new financial assessment framework (nFTK).He added that a Dutch Pensions Federation working group, chaired by an external expert, was “trying to find common ground – albeit a position with options”.Teulings, meanwhile, said the Dutch pensions system was under threat from a “too low tax burden” for the self-employed, the separation of pension funds and their providers, low returns, and the ongoing dispute between younger and older generations about average pension contribution and accrual.He suggested that the salary ceiling for tax-friendly pensions accrual – currently set at €100,000 – could be lowered again, following pressure in particular from “left-leaning political parties”.He said the regulator was an “additional plague” and that it discouraged pension funds from taking investment risk “when taking these risks is necessary due to the continuing low interest environment”.last_img read more

Top news, May 21 – 27, 2018

first_imgMarineEnergy.biz has compiled the top news from marine energy industry from May 21 – 27, 2018.Share placement yields £20M for Atlantis Atlantis Resources has completed the placing of more than 57 million shares, securing £20 million for its upcoming tidal power and renewable energy activities.The new ordinary shares were placed at price of 35 pence per share, ahead of the completion of the proposed reverse takeover by GFG Alliance company SIMEC.Minesto installs MGS buoy off WalesMinesto has completed the installation of the micro-grid system (MGS) buoy that will be used for the company’s first tidal energy installation in Holyhead Deep, off the coast of North West Wales.Moored to the seabed using three anchor lines, the offshore buoy designed for extreme sea conditions will provide data and communications with Minesto’s DG500 marine energy power plant, according to Minesto.Project MONITOR eyes tidal energy blade reliability boostA new project focused on investigating the forces acting on blades and structures of tidal energy converters and their impact on reliability will be officially launched at the International Conference on Ocean Energy (ICOE).Project MONITOR aims to reduce the risk of failure of tidal energy technologies, and enhance their reliability, resulting in increased investment in the marine energy industry by both the public and private sectors.Life DemoWave buoys reach installation siteTwo wave energy buoys, built as part of the EU-backed Life DemoWave project, have been transported to Punta Langosteira where they will shortly be deployed for trials.The buoys arrived at the site located in Galicia, northwestern Spain, on May 21, 2018, ahead of installation planned for the coming weeks, Life DemoWave project team informed.Solar heads offshore with wind at its backThree companies within offshore energy sector have signed a letter of intent to jointly target niche markets in need of supply of clean electricity from floating wind and solar power.Swedish floating wind developer SeaTwirl teamed up with Swiss builder of floating islands for solar panels Novaton, and Norwegian subsea infrastructure supplier Unitech, to combine their expertise to offer the market hybrid solutions with wind and solar power.last_img read more

Larsson keen to make amends

first_imgSebastian Larsson will use the embarrassment of Sunderland’s humiliation at Aston Villa to fuel his bid to help them escape relegation trouble. The 27-year-old Sweden international admitted he left the pitch at Villa Park on Monday evening suffering the same emotions as the travelling fans who witnessed the 6-1 horror show. However, he will channel all that into the home clash with Stoke. Asked how they ensured a black night in the Midlands represented nothing more than a blip, Larsson said: “By making sure you feel that pain and how bad it feels. As for the fans, we probably feel the same. It’s that sickening feeling and embarrassing feeling.” He added: “It is embarrassing to lose 6-1, and we have got to use that. We have gone through the game very clearly and we have got to focus really hard and make sure we come out fighting. “It’s got to hurt a lot after a performance like this – and it does, trust me – but we have also got to remember the positives, what we had done in the previous weeks and what we can do and how solid we were. “We looked very good and there’s no reason why we can’t get back to that. We have got to try to focus on our own performance. “Yes, you do know how many points, you look for other scores, but at the end of the day, we have got it in our own hands to get to where we want to get to and if we do that, we don’t have to worry about the rest.” The Black Cats go into the game sitting just two points above the drop zone in the wake of 18th-placed Wigan’s 3-2 victory at West Brom. Villa dragged themselves closer to safety with a 2-1 win at Norwich, while Newcastle collected a point from their 0-0 draw at West Ham to leave the Black Cats hovering anxiously above the bottom three. In the circumstances, Sunderland need to take something, and ideally all three points, against Stoke in the latest of a series of fixtures labelled as “cup finals” by Di Canio. “The gaffer said that when he came in. We had six or seven games and they are all cup finals until we get to where we have to,” Larsson said. “Hopefully that will be on Monday night – but nothing is guaranteed, we have seen that. We have put in some terrific displays – we beat Newcastle away, we beat a very strong Everton side at home, and then on the other side, we go and lose to Aston Villa 6-1.” center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

VP Pence’s plane forced back to DC for unspecified emergency

first_imgVice President Mike Pence’s airplane was diverted from New Hampshire back to Washington Tuesday after being called back for an unspecified emergency.Pence was scheduled to visit Salem to participate in a roundtable discussion and deliver remarks on the opioid crisis in New Hampshire.However, shortly before the vice president was expected to arrive, an event official told the crowd that Air Force Two had been diverted because of an emergency.“We do have a situation where the vice president was called back to Washington,” Randy Gentry, a representative of Pence’s office, told the crowd, adding that the event had been canceled.A spokesman for Pence’s office said the vice president needed to go back to the White House, and that he will return to New Hampshire at a later date.It remains unclear to what the emergency pertains.last_img read more

Other Sports Yashaswini Singh Deswal Wins 10m Air Rifle Gold, Secures Ninth Olympic Quota For India

first_imgYashaswini ended the final a massive 1.9 points ahead of the event’s next best performer.Manu Bhaker and Esha Singh finished 1-2 in the women’s 10m Air Pistol.The 22-year-old is a former junior world champion. highlights Rio de Janeiro: An authoritative Yashaswini Singh Deswal secured India’s ninth Olympic quota in style, upstaging the women’s 10m air pistol’s numero uno shooter Olena Kostevych of Ukraine for a gold in the ISSF World Cup in Rio de Janeiro. The 22-year-old former junior world champion on Saturday recorded 236.7 in the eight-woman final of the season’s fourth ISSF World Cup for pistol and rifle shooters. Ukraine’s world number one Kostevych, also a former Olympic and world champion, claimed the silver with 234.8, while Serbia’s Jasmina Milavonovic bagged the beonze with 215.7. Such was the dominance of Yashaswini that she ended the final a massive 1.9 points ahead of the event’s next best performer, Kostevych. Yashaswini, a student of Economics, had also the topped the qualifications by a mile, aggregating a score of 582.  Starting the finals with 10.1, 10.5 and 10.1, the Indian was third after the first five-shot series of stage 1. A 10.6 pushed her to number two and a 10.1 to the top, eventually ending the stage as number one. She started the elimination rounds with a bumper 10.4, which was followed by 10.0.   The standing was not disturbed despite a 9 as her lead was pretty big by that time. She beiefly slipped to second with a 9.1, but a humongous 10.8, soon after, firmly established Yashaswini’s place at the top. After confirming the quota, Yashaswini shot a perfect 10.9, extending her dominance and securing the top prize with an effortless performance.   Also Read | Despite India boycott threat, shooting excluded from 2022 Commonwealth GamesHer two final shots where in the 9s, but importantly, both were higher than those of the Ukranian champion. The brilliant performance saw Yashaswini join Sanjeev Rajput, Anjum Moudgil, Apurvi Chandela, Saurabh Chaudhary, Abhishek Verma, Divyansh Singh Panwar, Rahi Sarnobat and Manu Bhaker as India’s other quota holders for the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo.  Also Read | Abhinav Bindra not in favour of India boycotting 2022 Commonwealth Games This is also India’s third gold in Rio, after Abhishek Verma and Elavenil Valarivan won the yellow metal in the men’s 10m Air Pistol and women’s 10m Air Rifle respectively. Earlier in the day Kajal Saini of India delivered a hugely improved performance in the women’s 50m Rifle 3 Positions (3P) by finishing 22nd with a qualifying round score of 1167. Former world champion in prone, Tejaswini Sawant finished 47th with a score of 1156.  In the men’s 25m Rapid Fire Pistol, Adarsh Singh and Anish Bhanwala shot 291 out of 300 in the first precision round to be in 13th and 14th spots respectively.Anhad Jawanda, the third Indian in the fray, shot 281 to be in 48th spot. The trio will comeback for the final Rapid Fire round on Sunday to try and make it among the top six finalists. The Indians also continued to do well in the non-competition Minimum Qualification Score (MQS) section. Manu Bhaker and Esha Singh finished 1-2 in the women’s 10m Air Pistol, shooting scores of 580 and 577 respectively.center_img For all the Latest Sports News News, Other Sports News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps.last_img read more