Turning courtyards into concert venues

first_imgDuring isolation, the Graduate Commons Program (GCP) has had to get creative about the ways in which they maintain connections to students. Before COVID-19 arrived, GCP staff could host upwards of a dozen events each month ranging from networking happy hours to fireside chats with faculty, all to help residents living in Harvard Housing build community among neighbors. Last March, when the usual way of doing things had to change, all programs were moved to virtual platforms. While game nights, book clubs, and art making classes proved possible online, residents also reported that by May, they were beginning to feel “Zoomed out.”Inspired by videos circulating social media of artists and DJs performing free shows from their balconies, GCP Senior Program Manager, Ashley Johnson, reached out to Peg Gaillard of So Good Sounds with an idea for a “Courtyard Concert Series” that could both support local musicians and entertain residents. Each Friday night, a different artist performs a live one-hour set from a courtyard within Harvard Housing. To maintain social distancing measures, residents were instructed to either listen from their balconies or windows, or stream the show live from GCP’s Instagram page.The series kicked off on May 15 with Sam Robbins performing live from Botanic Gardens. A Portsmouth, New Hampshire native and Berklee College of Music alumnus, Robbins was once a contestant on NBC’s “The Voice,” and plans to release a full album later this summer. Rachel Sumner, a Somerville resident, serenaded listeners with indie-folk covers and a few originals in Holden Green on May 29. Dwayne Haggins delighted residents on May 22 at 1 Western Ave., and closed the series on June 5 at Peabody Terrace to thunderous applause from the balconies above.“So Good Sounds was delighted to collaborate with GCP on the Courtyard Concert Series” Peg Gaillard said. “Our local musicians were thoroughly delighted to get out and perform for a live audience they could see and hear, even at a distance. At So Good Sounds we believe in the power of sharing live music and clearly GCP does too! At this challenging time, we had to get creative about how to do this. I so appreciate GCP’s willingness to support our local musicians and make this happen despite the challenges.”Eva Gottschalk was one of the residents listening from Peabody Terrace. “The mood was incredible” she said. “This music and space gave me so much. Going to concerts used to be one of my favorite things to do, so this did bring a bit of normalcy. … I felt this hour really provided the chance to pause, to remember the beauty of life. We need this!”After receiving positive feedback, GCP plans to resume the series later this summer, and may even spotlight talent within to Harvard community.last_img read more

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Soybean rust in Georgia

first_imgBy Brad HaireUniversity of GeorgiaUniversity of Georgia scientists learned recently that Asiatic soybean rust, a deadly tropical soybean disease, can survive Georgia’s winter weather. This raises concerns that it could spread earlier and stronger this year.Other than soybeans, the disease thrives on Florida beggarweed and kudzu, an Asian vine that’s notorious in the South.It was found growing on live kudzu in Grady County Jan. 30 and Thomas County Feb. 10, said Bob Kemerait, a UGA Cooperative Extension plant pathologist. It has been confirmed on kudzu in two counties in south Alabama, too, and 11 counties in Florida so far this year, he said.Kudzu, Florida beggarweed and any soybeans left from the previous year’s harvest are usually killed by freezing temperatures each year in Georgia. But nothing is guaranteed.”These sites answer the question, can Asiatic soybean rust overwinter in Georgia?” Kemerait said. “The answer is yes.”The infected kudzu in Grady County was found protected from the cold weather by a building in downtown Cairo, Ga. The infected kudzu in Thomas County was protected by a concrete culvert.The living kudzu from the two sites was taken to the UGA Plant Disease Diagnostics Laboratory in Tifton, Ga., Feb. 17 to be studied. It will be destroyed, Kemerait said.The disease is in Georgia now, he said. There are probably other south Georgia sites similar to those in Grady and Thomas counties where the disease and kudzu are protected from freezing weather.Georgia farmers who choose to plant soybeans this year need to budget an extra $20 to $30 per acre to protect the crop with fungicides. Before the threat of the disease, Georgia farmers rarely needed to spray fungicides on soybeans.Because of the threat the disease poses to Georgia and the rest of the country, Kemerait and UGA Extension agents in south Georgia monitored the state for it this winter. A U.S. Department of Agriculture grant has helped in the search.Asiatic soybean rust first appeared in the United States in November 2004 on the Gulf Coast. Scientists believe it blew in on tropical storms that skirted South America, where the disease has already cost soybean farmers billions of dollars in damage.Kemerait and other scientists with the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences will conduct fungicide spray trials this year to determine the optimal time to spray for the disease and the best fungicides to use.Georgia is not considered a major soybean-growing state. Georgia farmers grew about 170,000 acres in 2005. The crop is worth $30 million to $40 million annually.Asiatic soybean rust is here to stay, Kemerait said.When it first shows up and how fast it travels will determine how much of a threat it will be for the Midwest, where most U.S. soybeans are grown. The U.S. is the world’s leading soybean producer. The crop is worth about $18 billion annually.last_img read more

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Indiana Grown celebrates upcoming anniversary at the Statehouse

first_imgIndianapolis, IN—Indiana Grown today celebrated its upcoming five year anniversary in the historic Statehouse with program members, partners, and legislators. During the celebration, the Indiana Grown team highlighted their major accomplishments and outlined key priorities for the year ahead. Attendees gathered to hear from Lt. Governor Suzanne Crouch, who has been a longstanding supporter of Indiana Grown, along with ISDA Director Bruce Kettler and Indiana Grown Director Heather Tallman.“The Indiana Grown program is expanding daily and I commend the work done by our staff over these last five years to get this program to where it is today,” said Bruce Kettler, Indiana State Department of Agriculture Director. “Today’s event was a great opportunity for members to share their experiences with legislators, and I hope they both gained a greater knowledge of this outstanding program.”Recently, they received a grant to study the economic impact of buying local foods or products and to determine consumer and producer awareness. In 2020 Indiana Grown will open the nation’s first agriculture/airport partnership at the Indianapolis International Airport: Farmers’ Market featuring Indiana Grown.  “The hard work from our team and the resulting partnerships we have made over the years have propelled this program forward faster than we could have imagined,” said Heather Tallman Program Director. “We look forward to what 2020 brings to the table for Indiana Grown and our members.”Visit www.IndianaGrown.org to learn more about the program.last_img read more

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‘He’s better than Andrea Pirlo already!’ Arsenal fans are getting excited about teen star

first_img Gedion Zelalem Arsenal fans have been told many times over the last couple of years they have a talent on their hands with Gedion Zelalem.His sporadic friendly appearances are all most Gunners fans have seen of the teen – until now.The 18-year-old is currently on loan with Rangers in the Scottish Championship and another fine display has left supporters cooing of his ability.Zelalem registered an assist as his new side thumped Queen of the South 5-1 and he’s drawing comparison with some of the most gifted players around.You can see how Arsenal fans reacted below… 1last_img

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Calling all 2009, 2010 volunteers!

first_img1 September 2008Ordinary South Africans, as well as people with specialist skills, now have the chance to be part of the world’s most popular sporting event.South Africa’s 2010 Local Organising Committee (LOC) has taken applications for 5 000 local volunteers for the 2009 Fifa Confederations Cup – the first step towards the recruitment and training of around 15 000 volunteers for the 2010 Fifa World Cup.Applications for 2009 Confederations Cup volunteers closed on 31 August 2008Thousands put up hands for 2009Applications for 2010 World Cup volunteers – which will also include some volunteers from the rest of Africa and the world – will open in July 2009.Volunteers ‘crucial to success of 2009, 2010’“The World Cup will call on us to step beyond our boundaries and experiences and cater to the whole world,” says LOC volunteer programme manager Onke Mjo. “Volunteers will be crucial to that process.”Mjo believes that volunteers will “make or break” the Confederations Cup and World Cup programmes.“People will remember the service and support they get in South Africa – that’s why volunteers are so crucial,” Mjo says. “People will interact with the volunteers … How they are received when they’re in the parking lot, at the stadium, at airports or hotels – that’s what will make them feel it was worth their while coming to South Africa.”For prospective volunteers, here are the answers to some frequently asked questions:What kind of people is the LOC looking for?The LOC is looking for ordinary people – including students, unemployed youngsters and retired citizens – as well as specialists in various fields to work as volunteers.General volunteers will be needed in areas such as team liaison, accreditation, spectator services, fan parks, transport, information services, hospitality and logistics.Specialist volunteers will include medical practitioners, translators, people from the legal fraternity, and information technology experts. Volunteers will also be required with good technical sporting knowledge, language and media skills.According to Mjo, the most important thing the LOC will be looking for in volunteers are “people who are committed to helping us successfully host the World Cup … We’re looking for open-minded, pro-active South Africans who will always be willing to assist an individual who needs help with anything.”Is there an age requirement for volunteers?Yes. In order to be a volunteer, you must be at least 18 years old by March 2009 for the Confederations Cup, and by March 2010 for the World Cup.Will I get paid for volunteering?No. The volunteer programme is an opportunity for South Africans to participate in the World Cup by offering their time and services to the Local Organising Committee for free.You will get a travel allowance, however, as well as training, work experience, official World Cup volunteer clothing – supplied by Adidas – acknowledgement in the 2010 Fifa World Cup brochure – and an opportunity to be part of the world’s biggest single-code sporting event.What sort of training will I get?Volunteers will go through a training programme that focuses, among other things, on understanding the game of football and its culture. “Understanding the environment – including understanding Fifa and the World Cup itself – will be crucial to this World Cup,” says Mjo.“Volunteers will be trained in customer services, taught how to deal with irate spectators, and also to understand the behaviour of fans from different places around the world.”Volunteers will also be given venue- and job-specific training.SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publicationor on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

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Amazon Announces Mobile Payments Service

first_imgToday, Amazon launched a new service which brings the company’s payment processing tools to mobile devices. Called the “Amazon Mobile Payments Service,” the technology includes a set of APIs (application programming interfaces) for mobile developers which will allow them to provide payment options to their customers within mobile websites and mobile applications. The new service also allows for integration of Amazon’s “1-Click” checkout, the feature that lets customers make purchases using their credit card information stored within their Amazon.com accounts. For Customers: Mobile Shopping Made EasyCustomers using the new Mobile Payments Service (MPS) will first sign-in using an Amazon MPS-enabled phone or mobile application. After this initial authentication process, they’ll then be able to make all future purchases from that device without having to sign in again. This includes the 1-Click checkout functionality.  As the MPS website shows, it only takes four steps for a mobile shopper to complete their purchase using the new technology. First, the customer clicks on the “Pay with Amazon” button which directs them to a mobile site hosted by Amazon Payments. From there, the customer can pick which payment method they want to use from the options they already have on file with Amazon. After the payment is authorized, the customer is then automatically redirected back to the original mobile website where they can then be offered the download they just purchased. For Developers: No Extra Work RequiredDevelopers and merchants already using the company’s Amazon Payments service on their websites won’t need to do any additional development work – the service will automatically detect when customers are shopping from a mobile device and will switch over to the new mobile optimized payment interface. In other words, that means that developers can continue to use Amazon FPS (flexible payment service) APIs they’ve already been using to build their applications and they don’t need to go back and re-code anything to make the apps mobile-compatible. One of the first companies to launch the Amazon MPS is Handmark, a mobile content store where customers can shop for games and applications across a number of platforms including Android, Blackberry, iPhone, Palm OS, Windows Mobile, Symbian, and Java devices. The company will integrate the technology within its online store and its on-device channels. Developers interested in integrating this technology into their mobile applications can learn how to do so via the Amazon MPS website.  Tags:#Amazon#mobile#news#NYT#web Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces sarah perez Related Posts The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagementlast_img read more

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How To Walk On Water With Google Maps

first_imgTags:#Google maps#maps#mobile photography#Photo Sharing Services#photography Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement When we moved to the coast seven years ago, I had visions of driving my pickup truck on the beach. One popular place is called the Point – the western tip of Bogue Banks Island in the town of Emerald Isle. Just after I bought my beach driving permit in the fall of 2007, the beach at the Point disappeared – as you can see from this picture. Acres of sand were covered by water.A couple of years later, the sand started coming back. Today there is more than 1,450 feet of sand to the edge of the water. Google Maps, using annual aerial photographs, simply can’t keep up. The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technology Above is a current Google map of two of my hikes. The red line was a hike we took in August of 2012. The blue line was a hike in May of 2013. As you can see, either I know how to walk on water or the map isn’t accurate.Create Your Own MapsCreating a map like this to impress with your friends is actually pretty simple. david sobotta Related Posts Why IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces First you need to get access to Google’s My Maps. The next requirement is a smartphone that works with an app that can communicate with Google’s My Maps. (Go to Customize and Share in Google Maps, and scroll down to My Maps for instructions on how to do this.)My Tracks Is A Great ToolGoogle’s My Tracks is one of the main reasons I use an Android smartphone. All you have to do is launch My Tracks when you go on a hike. Stop the track recording when you finish your hike and “Send to Google.” My Tracks will create a new map (It can do some other cool things, too, but that’s a different post). To compare a second hike of the same area, just send both tracks to the same map.You can even use My Tracks to create a map recording a series of hikes – I do this to creat my annual Emerald Isle beach survey. They’re are a great way to show people that you have gone beyond the regular Google maps.Maps, Albums & PhotosThe next step, if you are willing to spend a little more time and enjoy digital photography you can create an album with your photographs mapped into it. Here’s an album I created on a recent hike on the beach.If your camera does GPS, all you have to do is upload the photos into something like Picasa Web Albums. I keep one of my Gmail accounts separate from my Google+ identity just so I can use the neat maps that show up in Picasa Web Albums.If your camera isn’t GPS-enabled, adding GPS data is actually pretty simple:Synchronize the time on your smartphone and the time on your camera.If you are using the My Tracks app, after you have sent your track to Google, do a “Save to External Storage.” Choose “Save as GPX.”After it is saved, select the “Share track file” option and email it to yourself.When I get back from the beach, I import all the photos into my computer and save the ones that I like to an album in Adobe’s Lightroom 4, which just happens to have a mapping module. Next I download the GPX track file that I emailed to myself. I select all the photos in the album, choose the Lightroom 4 command “Load Tracklog” and then “Auto-Tag” the photos. Almost instantly all your photos pick up GPS information. Then I export the photos to a folder, load them into Picasa and send them to the Web and share the album with my amazed friends.While it may sound complicated, it is actually pretty easy. And it creates some wonderful memories of places beyond the reach of most map services. Like many others I depend onGoogle Maps for my travels. I also like to go places where even Google Maps are on unsteady ground. In fact some friends who have seen maps of my hikes have asked how I learned to walk on water.You Don’t Have To Go That FarYou might think you need an exotic destination far into the wilderness to get beyond the capabilities of Google’s very capable maps. That is not always the case. I live six to seven hours south of Washington, DC, along North Carolina’s Southern Outer Banks near the town of Emerald Isle.One trick to impressing your friends with a walk on the wild side is to find an area of beach that changes regularly. I learned this pretty much by accident. What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech …last_img read more

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A List of Sales Weaknesses

first_imgThere are plenty of ways to lose deals, many of which are within your control. The idea here is to shore up your weaknesses.Weak Qualification: The real culprit may, in fact, be a lack of prospecting. Too few real opportunities can cause starvation, and everything looks like filet mignon to a starving person. When your qualification is weak, your results will follow suit. Don’t spend time with people who won’t benefit from buying whatever it is you sell.Weak Approach: When you start with your company’s history, board of directors, products, and services, it is clear that you have little value to create yourself. This is the death knell for salespeople. Start from a strategic level of value, the reason your client should change.Weak Orientation: Being self-oriented is a weak orientation. Being other-oriented is how you put points on the board. The more you are concerned about helping your client produce the results they need, the more you will produce the results you need. Focus on “other.”Weak Discovery: When your discovery only elicits the presenting problem, it is weak. When discovery doesn’t take into account all of the necessary stakeholders whose insight you need, it is problematic. Here you lose to people with better chops who see the problem and solution more clearly. Improve your understanding of what needs to change and why, as well as the skill set to elicit these things.Weak Chops: If you don’t have ideas, insights, and situational knowledge, you have weak chops. This means instead of occupying the role of peer and trusted counsel, you occupy some lesser role. Your personal and professional growth here is imperative.Weak Control of the Process: One way you make selling more difficult is to not know what commitment your client needs to make next and how to gain that commitment. Skipping steps and letting the client skips steps in the sales conversation will cost you dearly. Learn to control the process.Weak Language Choices: When asked about what made his company different, one salesperson I heard answered, “We’re just better than everyone.” Maybe it was true, but the language he chose did nothing to further his case. Work on your ability to master powerful communication.Weak Command of Critical Conversations: A critical conversation, like justifying the delta between your price and your competitors, is crucial to success. When you can’t have the conversation around why your dream client should invest more, that weakness will cause you to lose to a lower-priced competitor.If you have a weakness, do the work to improve until it no longer costs you deals. Spend the time to improve in all of the areas that make you professional salesperson and someone worth buying from.last_img read more

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J&K police decides to recruit only “permanent residents” to women constables post

first_imgThe Jammu & Kashmir police, in a fresh notification issued on Monday, has decided to recruit only “permanent residents” to 1,350 post of women constables, despite the State Subject law, Article 35-A, ceasing to be in vogue after the August 5 presidential order diluting it.A police spokesman said the recruitment for two women battalions, one each from Jammu and Kashmir regions, will entertain only “permanent residents” and “any candidate furnishing wrong information shall attract legal action”.On the directions of Director-General of Police Dilbagh Singh, the dates for submitting the forms have been extended to October 23, in the wake of non-availability of the Internet. The police spokesman said forms for the posts would be made available at the district level from September 23 and the candidates can now file forms physically at the police’s district headquarters. Earlier, the forms were only online.The vacancies were announced by the Home Ministry in March. It will see 60% of the recruitments from the border districts of Baramulla, Kupwara, Bandipora, Jammu, Samba, Kathua, Rajouri and Poonch and 40% from other districts.This comes at a time when the fate of the Permanent Resident Certificate is not clear.last_img read more

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PBA to honor Marawi soldiers in Game 6

first_imgJapan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 The league will honor the heroes, who brought back peace to the war-torn town, at  halftime.The troops are expected to be part of another capacity crowd in Bocaue, Bulacan where the Gin Kings shoot for their second straight titleFEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutSunday’s Game 5 set the biggest crowd in PBA Finals history, attracting 36,445 fans in the world’s largest indoor arena. Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Read Next QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:02Fajardo predicts there will be no sweep in PBA Finals01:30’Excited’ Terrence Romeo out to cherish first PBA finals appearance01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Ravena-led crew rules Draft Combine mini-tournament Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netShowing its appreciation for the men in uniform, the PBA will honor the valiant soldiers who fought in the Marawi insurgency on Wednesday.Twenty-five soldiers were invited to watch Game 6 of the 2017 PBA Governors’ Cup Finals between Barangay Ginebra and Meralco at Philippine Arena on Wednesday.ADVERTISEMENT Kin of Misamis Oriental hero cop to get death benefits, award — PNP Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH MOST READ View commentslast_img read more

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