Nieman Foundation and Berkman Center announce joint fellowship

first_imgAddressing the growing need for fresh ideas and research in news reporting, the Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard and the Berkman Center for Internet & Society announce the creation of the joint Nieman-Berkman Fellowship in Journalism Innovation.Candidates for the new yearlong fellowship will be asked to propose a specific course of study or project relating to journalism innovation. The proposal may deal with any issue relating to journalism’s digital transformation. Examples might include ideas for new revenue streams to fund journalism, the construction of new tools for reporting or research into news consumption patterns. The candidate must indicate clearly how his or her proposal will benefit journalism.Nieman and Berkman share a set of common interests around journalism, innovation and the development of digital space, and both run fellowship programs that offer professionals a year to learn and collaborate with others in the Harvard community.“We are excited to marry the resources of Nieman with the expertise of our colleagues at Berkman,” said Nieman curator Ann Marie Lipinski. “This partnership offers an excellent opportunity for a fellow to use these assets in support of a project that will help journalism in a meaningful way. We think this sort of collaboration with a great Harvard partner holds much promise.”“While a great many challenges to journalism and news remain, there is tremendous energy and innovation among the diverse journalists and news organizations embracing digital opportunity,” added Colin Maclay, managing director of the Berkman Center. “This fellowship is a promising step toward catalyzing and deepening our relationship with the Nieman community – and in our joint efforts to better understand and support journalism’s digital future.”On campus, the Nieman-Berkman Fellow will be a full participant in the Nieman and Berkman fellowship programs and serve as a conduit of information between the two. The fellow also will be expected to share the results of his or her work online through the Nieman Journalism Lab.The Nieman-Berkman Fellow will be able to draw upon the wealth of resources available at Harvard and in the surrounding area including such institutions as Harvard Business School, the Hauser Center for Nonprofit Organizations, the Shorenstein Center for Press, Politics and Public Policy, the MIT Media Lab, MIT’s Center for Civic Media and other organizations concerned with journalism’s ongoing evolution.The Nieman-Berkman Fellowship is open to both United States citizens and citizens of other countries. Working journalists, including independent journalists, and those who work for a news organization in a business, technology, or leadership capacity are welcome to apply.The deadline for applications for the 2012-2013 academic year is Feb. 15, 2012. American citizens may apply for both the standard Nieman Fellowship (deadline: Jan. 31) and the specialized Nieman-Berkman Fellowship.The Nieman Foundation and the Berkman Center share a commitment to diversity and encourage applications from members of underrepresented groups.The Nieman-Berkman Fellow will receive the standard Nieman Fellowship stipend, which is $60,000 over 10 months. Fellows also receive additional allowances for housing, childcare and health insurance. More details about the new fellowship are available on the Nieman Foundation website at about the application process may be sent to Nieman fellowship administrator John Breen at read more

TeleHealth: A Mission Critical 5G Use Case

first_imgDell Technologies, VMware and Telenor have collaborated closely to fully leverage and realize the potential and promise of 5G, Edge and machine learning innovation applied to a TeleHealth use case as part of a broader commitment to doing research and development going forward.Health Service Administrators are looking at how advanced technology can play an enabling role in transforming healthcare delivery. Enabled by 5G and integrated Multi-Access Edge Computing (MEC), the design of better-connected and coordinated IT services will dramatically advance urgent healthcare delivery. The development of these new models will create improved experiences and life enhancing outcomes for patients in their care.The vision of our Proof-of-Concept (PoC), which we’ll be showing at our booth at MWC 2019 in Barcelona, was to examine the scenario of possible stroke victims at a remote locations. We show how the continuous collection and streaming of patient data is enabled from initial contact through to arrival at the destination hospital emergency department.We demonstrate that the seamless composition of services will provide a secure, reliable, low-latency mobile HD video link from a remote ambulance to a hospital and an Edge assisted remote stroke assessment application that shortens the time to assess and provide urgent care to potential stroke victims (and save lives). The availability of remote, real-time HD video streaming from paramedics to the hospital emergency room or medical specialists enables more intelligent and timely decision making and improves the probability of better patient outcomes.Additionally, new health assessment innovations, such as the telestroke application, are being developed to enable faster remote diagnosis; combining machine learning and real-time edge computing. This mission critical use case scenario (figure below) was approached from and end-to-end perspective, focusing on several key new 5G network capabilities that include:E2E Networking Slicing – leveraging Open Source Management & Orchestration (OSM) capability to provide virtual multi-layer slice from core, SDN/NFV, to radio access to enforce QoE requirements on common infrastructureMulti-Access Edge Computing (MEC)– common infrastructure platform, based on Dell Technologies hardware and VMware Integrated Openstack (VIO) and software-defined networking (NSX), supporting the hosting of virtual applications for low latency, as well as hardware acceleration and GPU for ML/Analytics capabilitiesHardware Acceleration – GPU offload of x86 CPU for video, image processing, ML/Analytics and real-time processingIntelligent workload placement – as the ambulance moves between different edge sites toward the hospital, OSM instantiates, monitors and scales out critical VNFs to the appropriate MEC siteAutomation and Programmability – OSM provides cross-plane/domain orchestration, FCAPS management in concert with vRealize Operations Manager and QoE slice management 5G, IoT, Network Slicing and Multi-Access Edge Computing are transformative to the Telecom architecture, ecosystem and partnerships, as well as operating model. Dell Technologies is at the forefront of 5G innovation and actively participating in EU 5G research projects, relevant standards & open source consortia and with 5G/Edge use case development with the leading Telecom Service Providers. We are leveraging this innovation work to solve real problems as well as increase our understanding of vertical solution requirements and business drivers to build our 5G partner ecosystem. Dell Technologies provides common validated 4G and 5G NFVi and edge computing solutions that are open and integrated with both commercial and open source partners.To learn more about the TeleHealth collaboration effort or all our NFV, Edge, 5G and IoT solutions come visit the Dell Technologies booth at MWC 2019 in Barcelona, Hall 3 – Stand 3M11, from Feb 25-28, or watch the video series.We would like to thank our partners on the EU Horizon 2020 program, SliceNet and Telenor, for their help developing this PoC. The SliceNet project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation program under grant agreement No 761913.last_img read more

Conference addresses climate change

first_imgThe inaugural Climate Change and the Common Good Conference, an event focused on the “multidisciplinary exploration of the challenges and opportunities society faces in addressing climate change and resource scarcity,” was held April 8-10 in McKenna Hall. “[The conference was designed] to show how an important scientific issue also demands help,” associate biology professor Jessica Hellmann said. This multidisciplinary event brought together the fields of technology, science, theology and philosophy in facing this issue. “We wanted to show the University that climate change is critical to our mission,” she said. Almost 450 people registered for the event, and attendees included representatives of various universities as well as members of the local community. The topics of the conference included “The Long Thaw: How humans are changing the next 100,000 years of Earth’s climate,” “Jane Austen vs. Climate Economics” and “An Inconvenient Mind: The Mental Barriers to Confronting Climate Change.” “[We hope to] strike a balance between scientific theory [and understand] the response of the religious community, particularly the Catholic religious community and how it is that other responsible communities are responding,” theology professor Robin Darling Young said. On Monday, the conference included “several interesting talks and discussions with the audience,” Professor Hellmann said. “Two speakers presented different strategies of reducing different greenhouse gas emissions,” he said. “Both agreed, however, that without action, society is on a disastrous course that will threaten human lives and environmental health.” The panel of scientific researchers spoke about the need for scientists to help society understand the scope of the climate challenge. Professor of Atmospheric and Climate Sciences at the University of California, San Diego Veerabhadran Ramanathan opened the conference with a talk on ways to reduce black carbon emissions in India. The last talk of the conference will be given today by Bob Doppelt, instructor at the University of Oregon who will speak on Buddhist base theory and the process of “get[ting] out of the self-centered communist mentality.” Video tapes of the conference will be available at a later date through the event’s website the event website at Contact Charitha Isanaka at cisanaka@nd.edulast_img read more

In Search of a Secret Spot

first_imgMy love for the Blue Ridge Mountains came at an early age. Like many kids in Charlottesville, Va., I grew up hiking, biking, fishing, skiing and paddling, but it was my grandparents who really taught me about the Blue Ridge Mountains. They had an Airstream trailer—the big silver spaceship-looking thing that still turns heads today on the highways and in campgrounds.Every weekend and all summer, I would take off with my grandparents on another adventure in the mountains. We hit every campground from Pennsylvania to Georgia, often driving on the Parkway and exploring back roads. My grandfather taught me about the mountains and mountain people, and I became comfortable in the woods and was always ready for an adventure.Fishing was an important part of almost all of these weekends and summer adventures. My grandfather (I called him Dub for reasons unknown to me) fancied himself as a fisherman, and he loved fresh rainbow trout. He didn’t know the term “catch and release” but he knew how to fillet a fresh caught fish and cook it to perfection on his grill outside the Airstream. He started teaching me to fish at trout farms and fish hatcheries where you could put just about anything on the end of a hook and catch a fish.I quickly graduated to the rivers, streams and lakes of Appalachia. We went deep into the mountains on dirt roads in his old wood-paneled Suburban, passing dozens of fishable spots, and hiked miles of unmarked trails in search of the “secret spot.” These secret spots didn’t come from online research or a paid guide — they came through connecting the old fashioned way, by talking to locals. He had a system. Each time we would go into a new area or return to an area we had previously been, we’d hit up the local gas station and convenience store. Even today, these stores can be the centerpieces of some rural communities. He would get to know folks, ask questions, and when they told my grandfather to go to the place down the road where they sent everyone, he smiled and dug a little deeper. Eventually “the secret spot” would come out of them. As a kid, the list of directions, turns, and odd landmarks—all delivered by a thick Appalachia accent—was dizzying. And almost every time, my grandfather was able to make the turn at the “pregnant tree” or “where the three legged dog barks” and find that secret spot.One day I asked, “Dub, I wonder if we stopped at all of those other spots closer to the campground if we would catch as many fish as at the secret spot?” I remember his mouth gaping slightly and his foot coming off the gas of the Suburban slowing the vehicle down the dirt road and he said, “I don’t know. I suppose we could try, but what would be the fun in that?”I realized that eating a great trout dinner at the end of the day wasn’t the goal—it was the icing on the cake to a great day of adventure and conquering the unknown in pursuit of trout. It required persistence, attention to detail, and patience, and the reward was delicious. And sometimes at night around the community campground campfire after my grandfather told some strangers about our adventures, if the person asked just the right questions, he would tell them how to get to the secret spot.I would have never imagined back then that one day I would own a media company that’s main goal is to tell our fans, followers, and readers how to go outside and play. We are oftentimes criticized for giving up “secret spots” and sending readers into places that were previously only known by a small group of people. We don’t give up everything, and we still hold plenty of secrets, but we take our goal of encouraging people to get outside seriously. If someone wants to work hard enough to find some of the spots we uncover, then I hope the people who hold those spots sacred can be impressed enough to share them with others. In this day and age where everyone is looking for a quick “experience,” even Dub could probably get on board with this notion.As we celebrate our 20th Anniversary and I look back on the past 11 years that I have been with Blue Ridge Outdoors, I can’t express how lucky I am to do this for a living. But none of this would be possible without our dedicated readers.5.1.3last_img read more

Fans Make the Difference in Volleyball

first_img If the rules allow for the entry of a seventh player on the court, the crowd would be it, if coach Flávio Marinho of the of Brazilian men’s volleyball team had anything to say about it. Volleyball matches at these Military World Games have attracted a lively and enthralled crowd at the Maracanãzinho Gym. During two intense hours of match play on July 18, the 1,600 spectators on hand watched Brazil edge out Qatar in a hard fought win for the hosts. The Brazilians won by 3 sets to 1, winning 25-27, 25-20, 25-14 and 35-33. “Both teams are to be congratulated for the show, and the fans for their part,” said Sgt Thiago Sens, who led all scorers with 19 points. While the Brazilian team kept on committing mistakes, the crowd kept the pressure on the Qatari team. In three decisive plays in the second and fourth sets, the Brazilian fans helped turn the score. In the fourth set, one of the Qatari players, Zied Benlouafer (18 points), gave his team a one point lead before going to serve. Just before serving, the Brazilian crowd got so loud, it caused Zied’s serve to go into the net. On the next play, Sergeant Douglas Lamb tied it up for Brazil with an unreturnable serve. When the host team was not on the court, the Brazilian fans threw their support behind another team. In the heated battle between the U.S. and Italy in women’s volleyball, the Italians got the crowd’s support, probably due to the large number of descendants of Italian immigrants in Brazil. For their part, the Americans had the enthusiastic support of male counterparts, who attended the match on Monday, July 18. The American team played a hard fought match that lasted until the fifth set. Italy won with partial scores of 25-18, 21-25, 25-11, 24-26 and 15- 8. By Dialogo July 19, 2011last_img read more

The who, what, when, where, why, and how of mobile lending

first_imgDoes your credit union offer mobile lending? Probably. Have you personally ever used it to apply for a loan? Probably not. Understanding the ins and outs of the mobile lending process starts with who? You! Putting your staff and board members into the role of a member will only serve to improve your mobile lending products. What you find could surprise you.According to Robert Israelite, lending and compliance specialist at CUNA Mutual Group, “Many veteran CEOs have expressed disbelief that members are applying for loans on mobile devices, and boards are even further removed. Most credit union staff have never applied for a loan in a member channel, and that’s a problem. They have internal ways of doing it. Staff needs to put themselves in the shoes of a “real member” or potential member who doesn’t have strong ties to the credit union.”It is surprising the number of staff and board members of credit unions who do not know that loans can be applied for and approved, from their smartphones. And of course, this realization tends to raise the typical questions of What, Who, Where, Why, When, and How… continue reading » 6SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Hamptons’ £8m profits prompt expansion

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Hundreds of thousands of rapid test kits imported from Netherlands made in China: Report

first_imgResearch conducted by John Bell from Oxford University in the United Kingdom found the accuracy level of the test kits was much lower, causing the British government to cancel orders for rapid test kits from China.A non-peer review study conducted in Spain by MedRxiv-arkaiv showed that the test kits only had around 47 percent accuracy levels. The study found that the test kits showed false negative results in more than half of 55 positive COVID-19 samples that were tested through polymerase chain reaction (PCR) tests.Despite some research having questioned Biozek’s accuracy, the brand is still on the list of recommended rapid test kits produced by the COVID-19 task force. The Presidential Palace also uses Biozek to rapid test guests.COVID-19 national task force chief Doni Monardo said the government still prioritized PCR tests to accurately test the virus.Read also: COVID-19: Indonesia secures 50,000 PCR tests kits to expedite mass testing”We all know that rapid tests have low accuracy. That’s the reason the World Health Organization has not made rapid tests the sole indicator of detecting the COVID-19 virus and still prioritizes PCR tests,” he said on Monday.He said the government was currently working hard to increase the nationwide PCR testing capacity to 10,000 specimens per day.”The President has asked for an increase in staffing in all the labs. We’ve asked the labs to recruit new staff including personnel from the Indonesian Military and the National Police who have the capacity to conduct lab testing,” he said. (nal) However, an OCCRP investigation revealed that the Biozek test kits were not manufactured in the Netherlands but in China, allegedly by a company called AllTest Biotech Co. Ltd. and were rebranded by Inzek.Inzek’s CEO Zeki Hamid admitted that the Biozek test kits were produced in China. He said the official website did not intend to claim the test kits were manufactured in the Netherlands but only “as a Netherlands’ brand”, and the “made in the Netherlands” claim had been removed from the site.Read also: From test kits to robots, Indonesia develops locally made devices to aid COVID-19 battleAlthough AllTest and Inzek claimed that the test kits have around 90 percent accuracy to test immunoglobulin, a type of antibody formed by plasma cells when someone is infected by a virus, several research studies have shown otherwise. Topics :center_img Hundreds of thousands of rapid test kits imported by the government from the Netherlands were made in China and have low accuracy, a report by the Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project (OCCRP) has revealed.State-owned Indonesian pharmaceutical company Kimia Farma imported 300,000 of the testing kits early in April from a pharmaceutical company in Apeldoorn, the Netherlands, called Inzek International Trading BV.Kimia Farma’s strategic direct procurement assistant manager Fandji Yudha Yudistira told he had gone to Apeldoorn to check the test kits before the purchase. Although he did not see the production, he believed the test kits, called Biozek, were manufactured in the Netherlands. Biozek’s official website also claimed the same.last_img read more

IKM Ready for Johan Sverdrup Hot Tap Delivery

first_imgIKM said it has passed the final inspection for the delivery of hot tap gooseneck spool for the Statoil-operated Johan Sverdrup project.IKM Ocean Design has been working on this EPC project since March 2016, and the delivery has been approved 1,5 week ahead of schedule.The Johan Sverdrup hot tap operation subsea is planned for summer 2018.Johan Sverdrup gas will be exported to Kårstø via an 18-inch pipeline, tied into the Statpipe rich-gas leg from Statfjord with the aid of hot tapping and connection to a 30-inch retrofit tee.“The engineering has been challenging both with respect to mechanical/hydraulic design and advanced analyses to confirm the design both for retrofit hot tap tee, hot tap ball valve assembly and gooseneck spool delivery,” IKM stated.The Johan Sverdrup field is due to come on stream in December 2019, and to continue producing for 50 years.last_img read more

DOLE readies financial help for quarantine-displaced workers

first_imgDOLE-6 discourages personal follow-up of application as aprecautionary measure against COVID-19. Applications from employers may be emailed to the following DOLEoffices in Region 6: DOLE will evaluate the application within three working days thennotify the applicant through electronic mail if the application is approved ordenied. * Guimaras – * Capiz – The documentary requirements are the following: Target beneficiaries are formal sector workers or those connectedwith private establishments that have adopted Flexible Working Arrangements(FWAs) or temporary closure during the COVID-19 pandemic. * the form may be downloaded from the DOLE Region 6 website( * company payroll for the month prior to the implementation ofFWAs or temporary closure * Negros – This is part of DOLE’s COVID-19 Adjustment Measures Program (CAMP)to “mitigate the adverse economic impacts and reduction of income brought aboutby COVD-10 pandemic,” said Sabrido. According to DOLE Region 6 information officer Niezel AnenSabrido, the “one time financial support” is P5,000 and non-conditionalregardless of the worker’s employment status. If approved, DOLE will release the financial support direct to thebeneficiary’s payroll account through bank transfer.center_img Possible grounds for denial of application are the ineligibilityof applicant, misrepresentation of facts in the application, and submission offalsified or tampered documents. According to Sabrido, DOLE-6 also has a package of assistance toworkers in the informal sector – the TUPAD #BKBK program (Barangay Ko, Bahay KoDisinfection / Sanitation Project). ILOILO City – Workers in Western Visayas’ private sector adverselyaffected by the community quarantine due to the coronavirus disease 2019(COVID-19) may avail themselves of financial assistance from the Department ofLabor and Employment (DOLE). * Aklan – “Hatagan silasang emergency employment maximum period of 10days, ang bayad P395 per day. Ang ila actually obrahon mag-disinfect sa mgapanimalay kag magpangtinlu,” said Sabido. * companies must also submit the bank account details of theirrespective affected employees * Antique – * Iloilo – Sabrido said it is the employers themselves who must apply for theCAMP and process the requirements. * establishment report on COVID-19 form, as required under LaborAdvisory No. 9, Series of 2020 The local government unit itself should endorse to DOLE-6 the listof qualified persons for this program./PNlast_img read more