Faculty Council meeting held March 23

first_imgAt its 11th meeting of the year on March 23, the Faculty Council heard a review of the joint A.B./M.M. program with the New England Conservatory.  They also voted to amend the rules concerning study out of residence and to update the faculty’s media policy. Finally, they heard reports on the activities of undergraduates and graduate students during January 2011.The council next meets on April 13. The next meeting of the faculty will take place on April 5. The preliminary deadline for the regular meeting of the faculty on May 3 is April 19.last_img

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A One-Two-Three Market Punch Against Texas Coal-Fired Generation

first_imgA One-Two-Three Market Punch Against Texas Coal-Fired Generation FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享SNL:The state supplied 25% of U.S. wind power in 2016, and wind capacity in the state is expected to reach 25,500 MW by 2019. Along with abundant supplies of low-priced natural gas, all that wind has helped depress energy prices in Texas: despite having, by far, the highest energy usage per capita in the nation, Texas enjoys energy prices per MWh among the lowest of any state.As the Luminant retirements indicated, low wholesale power prices are driving coal generators out of the market. Exacerbating that trend, the wind boom is expected to be followed by a solar boom in the Lone Star state: In its most recent long-term scenario, ERCOT said between 14,500 MW and 28,100 MW of solar capacity could be added to the system by 2031. Through September, Texas had generated about 17% of its electricity from wind in 2017. Developers have already signed interconnection agreements for another 8,655 MW of new wind, plus 2,050 MW of new solar installations, in ERCOT.For coal plant owners, low natural gas prices and high wind penetration “have been like a one-two punch,” says Chen-Hao Tsai, senior energy economist with the Jackson School of Geosciences at the University of Texas, Austin. “If solar really takes off as ERCOT predicts, that will replace a good amount of generation from conventional generators during the daytime. I would consider that the third punch.”More ($): Wind booms, coal suffers, in oversupplied Texas gridlast_img read more

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Interview With Vice Admiral Bernardo Gamboa

first_img In an interview with Diálogo a year ago, the president of Brazil’s Military Sports Commission, Vice-Admiral José Bernardo Pierantoni Gamboa, said that he believed that investment in elite athletes was worth it. He predicted that the level of competition would gain public recognition and was optimistic about the performance of Brazil. “Our goal is to place in the top three in the medals table,” he said at the time. With a few competitions to left before the Militaty Games comes to a close 5 th Military World Games, Diálogo talked with the Vice Admiral again to see whether he had changed his mind and gotten a better perspective of the event. Diálogo: What do you have to say about the lessons learned from these Military World Games? Admiral Gamboa: We learned a lot from the Games. We are always learning. We are also too in recognizing our mistakes in order to improve in the future. On the other hand, there were many successful aspects as well. Diálogo: What was the biggest success? Admiral Gamboa: No doubt it was the training of our athletes. We prepared very well. We had an objective, a goal to be achieved, which was placing well in the medals table. We work hard. We invested in our athletes; we gave everyone the best training conditions and we were successful as a result. I for one am very pleased with the results obtained by Brazil. Diálogo: These results have to ratify the idea that you had of the importance of attracting elite athletes for the Armed Forces? Admiral Gamboa: No doubt. I think this was correct. These athletes are Brazilian. They represent our country and other countries did the same thing. Actually, I think we should give a little more attention to this because, with this model, we are enlarging the sports world, not just Brazil. As you can see, the level of competition at the 5th Military World Games was very high. I think that was very good. Diálogo: Do you think that Brazil, with the investment and the importance given to the 5th Military World Games, set an example for others who may, perchance, host this event in their countries, ie, this is a new example to be followed? Admiral Gamboa: I think so. I think CISM, after these Games are done, will have another model to follow for the next Military World Games. CISM is reshaping the way they think and act, and there is already a strategic plan for quality improvement. There are military athletes from 133 countries affiliated with CISM. Very good people. I think it is even a matter of respect for the athletes as we organize events so that they can represent their countries well and hold a competition to generate worldwide interest, ie for people to feel happy about going to the stadium and seeing high quality games. Diálogo: What are your opinions about the organization of the 5th Military World Games? Admiral Gamboa: I have only praise, but if I had to do something to improve even more, I think we should have focused more on the building of the military villages so that they could have been ready earlier before the Games began and we would have been able to receive the athletes better. Diálogo: Will the military who were involved with the Games have any involvement in the planning and organizing of the 2014 World Cup and the 2016 Olympics? Admiral Gamboa: I think so. We’re here to help and to contribute. If we are called upon, then of course we’ll help. With exception to security, the World Cup is an event we won’t be too much involved in since it is only one sport. As for the Olympics, yes, I think there’s much we can do. Diálogo: In terms of preparation, what do you attribute the poor performance of countries that are traditionally sports powers? Admiral Gamboa: I can’t speak for other countries, I can only say that we prepared well and the results are there to prove it. Diálogo: Do you think the 5th Military World Games fulfilled its goal of promoting peace? Admiral Gamboa: Promoting peace has always been one of the purposes of the Olympic Games. The World Military Games was no different. It was a celebration of peace. A historic moment. By Dialogo July 25, 2011last_img read more

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BHS schemes ‘weakened’ by management prior to insolvency

first_imgUK parliamentarians have criticised as “wholly inadequate” attempts by the former owner of retailer BHS to address the company’s pension deficit and called for significant contributions to address the scheme’s underfunding.Philip Green was the focus of the parliamentary investigation into the retailer’s insolvency earlier this year, which followed Green’s sale of BHS to Retail Acquisitions Limited (RAL) in 2015.In publishing its findings, the joint work and pensions, and business, innovations and skills committee criticised that Green failed to invest in BHS during his 14 years of ownership, and said his tenure left its schemes “weakened to the point of the inevitable collapse of both”.The company’s staff and executive scheme have begun Pension Protection Fund assessment since the sponsor became insolvent earlier this year, after they were left with a buyout deficit of £571m (€729m). The report further criticised BHS for failing to push ahead with a long-planned restructure of the company’s main scheme, insisting Project Thor could have made the company’s pension liabilities more manageable.It questioned the Arcadia board’s motives for postponing the implementation of Thor, noting it was told that the Scottish independence referendum, instability in Ukraine and Christmas trading in 2014 were variously cited as reasons the restructure did not go ahead.“We do not accept them,” the report said, placing the blame instead at the feet of Green, who, the committee argued, was unwilling to provide key information to TPR as part of Thor’s implementation. “[Green] did not wish to respond to requests for information regarding historic dividends, management charges, sale and leaseback arrangements, inter-company loans and the use of BHS shares or assets as collateral for company purchases,” the report concluded. “At best, this demonstrated a lack of willingness to act to secure the pension funds’ future.”MPs were also critical of the Pensions Regulator (TPR) as “slow-moving” and lacking urgency when dealing with BHS.“TPR will increasingly be called upon to make decisions crucial for thousands of employees and pensioners in a fast-moving and uncertain environment,” the report warned.“It is essential that it has the powers, resources, leadership and commercial acumen to act decisively.”The regulator has already said it would wish to see its ability to scrutinise mergers and acquisitions enhanced.The Pensions and Lifetime Savings Association welcomed the committee’s “clear conclusion” that BHS was not sufficiently supportive of its schemes.Graham Vidler, the association’s director of external affairs, added that the report sent a “welcome and strong message” to sponsors about their responsibility to support defined benefit (DB) funds.He also welcomed the report’s pledge to further investigate the DB regulatory framework and whether it offered protection to members and sufficient support for trustees.last_img read more

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Twisters Win

first_imgCongratulations to Coach Gary Moorman and the Oldenburg Twisters Boys Basketball Team for their first-ever sectional win.  When you look at Coach Moorman’s overall record  you may not be impressed, but if you look beneath the numbers you will see what a terrific job he has done with their program.  When you coach at a private school in a small rural area, you do not have any kind of feeder program to go to.  You take those students who enroll at the private school and make the best team you can.  As you can see by the sectional scores, Coach Moorman and his players did a super job at the South Decatur sectional.  Good luck tomorrow and get the school’s first regional title!last_img

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Zidane wants Messi to stay in Spain despite Barcelona exit claims

first_img Loading… Read Also: Video: Young nets stunning volley from Sanchez cross Barcelona’s presidential elections are due to be held in 2021, when current president Josep Maria Bartomeu will have to step aside. Among those set to run against Bartomeu’s successor is Victor Font, who wants to appoint Messi’s former team-mate Xavi Hernandez as coach. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 The 33-year-old has also had disagreements with the board, reacting publicly when sporting director Eric Abidal appeared to blame the players for the sacking of Ernesto Valverde in January.center_img Lionel Messi was reported on Thursday to be planning to leave Barcelona in 2021, but Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane was hoping the Argentine maestro will stay in Spain. On the way out? Lionel Messi Messi’s current contract expires next year and he has halted negotiations due to frustrations with the direction of the club, said Spanish radio station Cadena Ser. Barca sit second in La Liga with five games left, four points behind Real Madrid, who edged past Getafe 1-0 on Thursday to put the title within their grasp. Real Madrid coach Zidane “I don’t know what will happen but we hope not because he is in this league and we want the best in this league,” said Real coach Zidane afterwards, when asked about the possibility of Messi leaving. Messi said in February he did not believe Barcelona could win the Champions League on current form.Advertisementlast_img read more

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Hammers stun Spurs

first_img Spurs were restricted to long shots for most of the opening half hour as Tomkins and Reid performed well to keep Jermain Defoe and Christian Eriksen quiet. Andros Townsend seemed to be the only Tottenham player capable of causing any problems. The winger slalomed past his marker and played a clever ball into Sigurdsson, but Jussi Jaaskelainen saved the forward’s low drive. Townsend could not draw a save out of Jaaskelainen though, as he cracked a 25-yard effort just wide. Paulinho fluffed two long-range efforts wide, much to Villas-Boas’ frustration. At the other end Reid wasted a glorious chance to put the Hammers ahead when he nodded Mark Noble’s corner wide when free in the box. Noble then chipped over the wall to tee up Nolan, but his volley trickled inches wide. That proved to be something of a wake-up call for Tottenham, who started the second half brightly. Defoe, making his first league start of the year, finally managed to get in behind the Hammers defence, but Jaaskelainen came off his line to smother the striker’s shot. Spurs could still not turn possession into goals, though. Eriksen failed to slip Defoe in again and at times the home side’s passing was poor. Vaz Te and Morrison shot wide as West Ham came into the game, and then the away side took the lead. Nolan unwittingly cleared Reid’s goalbound header off the Spurs line, but the New Zealand defender swept home the rebound. The Hammers fans were delighted and a blue flare was thrown onto the pitch from the away end. Six minutes later, the away end was in uproar again as West Ham made it 2-0. Nolan carved open the Spurs defence with a beautiful pass to send Vaz Te through. His shot rebounded off Hugo Lloris’ legs and he slid the ball home. Villas-Boas threw on Roberto Soldado, but Spurs then amazingly slipped 3-0 behind after a fantastic solo goal from Morrison. The former Manchester United man picked the ball up just inside his own half and drifted past Michael Dawson before lifting the ball over Lloris. Tottenham fans started to leave in their droves, realising there was no way back. The away fans, in contrast, sang “we want more” and Allardyce disappointingly asked the fourth official “is that all?” when he revealed there would be four minutes of added time. The injured Carroll tweeted that he was “buzzing” about the result and that was certainly the feeling among the away fans at the final whistle as they reflected on a satisfying win. Sam Allardyce had described his West Ham team as “relegation favourites” earlier this week, but on this evidence, the east London side will have no trouble staying up. Much had been made of West Ham’s lack of goals this term because of the absence of Andy Carroll, but the way in which the Hammers took their goals will delight Allardyce, and the visiting fans, who revelled in gaining the bragging rights over one of their arch rivals. As for Tottenham, the bubble of happiness that came with the arrival of seven new players has now burst. Boos rang out from the home fans at the final whistle. They know there is still much work to do if they are to mount a top-four challenge. A midweek trip to Russia looked to have taken the sting out of Villas-Boas’ side, who lacked a cutting edge throughout. Despite being underdogs, West Ham had the better of the opening exchanges. Mohamed Diame sneaked into the Tottenham box, but Jan Vertonghen and Paulinho did just enough to put the midfielder off. Stewart Downing then whipped in a cross from wide, but Kevin Nolan could only head wide. Spurs started to get into the game more and Gylfi Sigurdsson slipped Paulinho in to the box, but James Tomkins came to the rescue with a fine tackle. Tottenham suffered their biggest home defeat of Andre Villas-Boas’ reign as West Ham ran riot with a stunning second-half display in a 3-0 victory at White Hart Lane. The Hammers scored three stunning goals in 13 minutes to come away with their first victory at White Hart Lane since 1999. Winston Reid started the rout with a goal from a corner, Ricardo Vaz Te doubled the lead and then Ravel Morrison scored a superb solo strike to seal the 3-0 win. Press Associationlast_img read more

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Offensive tweaks lead to 70-54 Syracuse win over Colgate

first_img Published on November 13, 2019 at 9:04 pm Contact Nick: nialvare@syr.edu | @nick_a_alvarez Facebook Twitter Google+ Syracuse needed a new offensive game plan after a historic season-opening loss to Virginia. To find one, it looked to the past. Before Wednesday night’s 127th win over Colgate, SU watched film of its last Final Four team. Specifically, Orange ball-handlers studied the trio of Trevor Cooney, Michael Gbinije and Malachi Richardson’s circle-motion offense. The goal, assistant head coach Gerry McNamara said, was to create more movement and spark a strategy chastised as stagnant a week prior. “The big thing is not playing in congestion,” McNamara said. “These guys have to have room to operate. … A lot of guys are visual (learners) so it’s nice to go piggy-back.” And despite another slow offensive start, Syracuse achieved that goal. For at least for one night against the most-familiar foe, the offense appeared as it should. If Syracuse’s loss to the Cavaliers sounded alarms, then its win against Colgate (1-2) eased the tension. The Orange (1-1, 0-1 Atlantic Coast) cruised, 70-54, showing what they can do when not facing one of the country’s best defenses. SU shot nearly 50% from the field, benefiting from a game plan filled with more motion and early passes up the court. Shooters Elijah Hughes and Buddy Boeheim established a rhythm, a new starting point guard — Joe Girard III — stepped up, and veteran center Bourama Sidibe posted another career-performance.  Meanwhile, the defense had another strong output — the Raiders went 13-of-41 from deep — and eased depth concerns for another 40 minutes. AdvertisementThis is placeholder textOf the 21,281 in attendance that watched the win, however, there was a notable chunk of empty seats in the lower bowl. Otto’s Army, Syracuse’s student section, announced three hours before game-time they weren’t attending the contest in response to the university’s handling of the Day Hall incident. They asked other students to do the same. A few hundred yards from the Dome, in the Barnes Center at The Arch, students participated in a day-long sit-in. “I think Syracuse has always been a minority-friendly school, athletically and student-body wise,” SU head coach Jim Boeheim said. “I always felt that. What happened in that situation could be a complete moron, a non-student. We don’t know. You can’t blame the university for one or two people … This has always been a great place I think for everybody.”When the ball tipped shortly after 7 p.m., a less-than-half full student section watched the Orange settle into an early 11-1 deficit. SU guards didn’t drive into the paint, instead passing around the perimeter. The start mirrored the UVA game, both offensively and defensively. Colgate flung five 3-pointers in the opening four minutes. Only one was a clean look and the others ended possessions. As the clock slipped under 14 minutes in the first half, the scoreboards around the Carrier Dome showed a ‘1’ underneath the home team’s name. Each Orange starter had missed a shot, but Sidibe finally slipped through for SU’s first field goal, just as he did on Nov. 6 against Virginia. Sidibe’s opening bucket kickstarted more. He followed with another score off the glass on the ensuing possession. Then Buddy sunk two open 3s, one from the top of the key and the other from the elbow, lifting the crowd. The 10-0 run spurred a Colgate timeout, the game tied and crowd relieved. The new offense, led by Buddy, Hughes and Girard, featured more movement and consistently sent Hughes through double-screens. As the guard rotates through, essentially running in a circle, they’re faced with the same option: Set a pick or attack the lane. More often than not, Colgate’s elbow defenders weren’t athletic enough to track them. “We put wrinkles in our offense,” Hughes, who finished with 14 points and 8 assists, said, “We have more spacing so guys can make dribble lanes and make plays from there.” Sidibe scored on back-to-back possessions twice, both times taking advantage of the Raiders focusing on the guard off of screens. After one Sidibe layup, freshman John Bol Ajak flexed at the junior center from the bench. After posting his only double-double last year against the Raiders, Sidibe had another career-game, ending with 12 points and 14 rebounds on 6-for-6 shooting. Boeheim announced after the game that Bol Ajak would redshirt this season.Spurts of extreme efficiency continued through the second half. A 7-1 stretch gave SU a six-point halftime lead which ballooned further. On SU’s second possession in the second frame, Dolezaj capped a breakaway spin move with a dunk to eclipse the offense’s output from a week ago. Syracuse’s offense operated best in the fast break, preying on unsettled Colgate guards by finding shooters or quick outlets. The Orange tallied 16 fast break points to the Raiders’ zero. The remainder of the second half saw more of the same: Syracuse’s offense created high-quality looks and sprinkled the occasional 3-pointer in while the defense let the Raiders keep shooting and subsequently missing. Following a Tucker Richardson 3-pointer, Girard solidified his new position as starter over Jalen Carey with a 3-pointer and alley-oop pass to Sidibe. Their largest lead of the game carrying them into a timeout, Buddy laughed and shook his head as he sat down. Wednesday night was about the 2019 Orange taking their first step, albeit a game later than they would’ve liked.“We got to get our offense going better,” Boeheim said. “… Everybody on our team played better on offense. It’s a process and we have to get there.” Commentslast_img read more

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Andrew Daniels – Degree 53 – The importance of a consistent brand experience

first_img Submit StumbleUpon Share Degree 53, a digital agency specialising in mobile app and website development, has published a new report evaluating the mobile user experience (UX) of ten online casino operators in the UK.We caught up with the company’s MD Andrew Daniels to discuss this report, along with the importance of delivering a consistent brand experience and the challenges that operators face in combining straightforward UX with innovation.SBC: Given the amount of time people spend on their phones and tablets, and the number of apps that are now competing for our attention, is UX on mobile more important than on desktop?AD: Great UX is equally as important on mobile and desktop so users of all platforms would be able to access these products without any hassle. Some users prefer desktop or tablet over mobile for specific gaming activities, but still use mobile for others depending on the convenience. Operators shouldn’t be neglecting their website UX to focus more on mobile – it needs to be consistent across all channels.While working on our report, we found that lots of operators use web applications that mirror their desktop casinos on mobile. They effectively use a similar UI that adapts to a smaller screen size. Very few use native apps built specifically for a mobile platform with a considered UX.This means that some of these features will work better on desktop, such as buttons or banners with T&Cs, however they can get quite small on mobile, which effectively makes them harder to use or see. It’s these little details that make the UX challenging and need attention.SBC: Can you briefly explain to our readers the process of creating the scoring system used to assess the ten leading UK online casino operators?AD: We used a standard usability review system and our knowledge of the gaming industry. The evaluation system is split into sections, such as Search or Help, so it’s easy to focus on specific areas of the website or app and take a closer look at how they work from a user’s perspective. We’ve tailored this system to be specific to casino lobbies and mobile devices, as well as determining our scores in terms of what makes an excellent or poor casino UX.Our team reviewed both mobile websites and apps for each brand, scoring each section according to the agreed scale. We approached everything from a user’s point of view, looking at how easy it is to find the registration/login button, search for games, access help and how the product deals with errors.SBC: Consistency between web and app casino versions was highlighted as a positive trend in your evaluation of the mobile lobbies; is it not often the case that you are looking to appease a completely different set of users across the two versions?AD: It’s true that users between web and mobile may vary, however, the brand experience should be consistent. We’ve now moved away from single channel interactions and there are multiple touch points when users may engage with a brand.So, it’s important that this experience stays consistent whether it’s on TV, advertising or digital products. It can be very jarring if one product is easy to use and the UX works well, while another product from the same brand is clunky and unintuitive.User retention is one of the biggest challenges for operators as they can easily switch between brands or use different companies for betting and casino. UX can really facilitate retention and influence the user to stay if all products work smoothly.SBC: In your opinion, what are the biggest challenges that these operators face in maintaining innovation whilst retaining a lobby that is optimised for easy gaming experience?AD: One of the main challenges in innovation for the operators are users’ habits. Regular players are familiar with casino games and how everything works. If an operator wanted to introduce any dramatic changes, there’d be a high chance of these users dropping off due to the unfamiliarity.This would especially affect mobile users who want to access content much quicker than desktop. While some innovation and modernisation is needed in the online casinos, it’s crucial to do it gradually or subtly. It’s worth taking note what leading brands outside of gaming do to present their content and different features, for example Spotify and Netflix.SBC: From your experience in the industry, are casino operators best served by promoting an all-round UX or pushing hard with one key USP, for example load speed or customer service?AD: When looking at gaming products, we often notice areas that product developers have been focusing on more than others. It seems they tend to update particular elements, such as the registration form, and not the entire product at the same time.This can lead to some visible inconsistencies in the design and functionality. It shouldn’t be the norm that operators only focus on one area in their UX as users will engage with a number of other features over time. 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Alpena Chamber of Commerce holds first Good Morning Alpena Breakfast of 2020

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisALPENA, Mich. — The first Good Morning Alpena Breakfast is coming up this week. This month’s theme is *change is a good thing.*The program will highlight tips on how to manage change, how to know its time for a change in your life, and ways to define change as a good thing when handled correctly. The breakfast will be held on Friday, Mar. 13 beginning at 7 a.m.You can join the meeting in the Alpena Community College student commons area. The cost is $10 per person. Advanced registration is required through info@alpenachamber.com or you can call (989)354–4181.AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThis Tags: breakfast, change, GMA, Good Morning AlpenaContinue ReadingPrevious Alpena County board members approve resolutionNext Financial experts encourage you to handle your 401k with carelast_img read more

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