Read Full Story After months of vitriolic campaigns, on June 23 voters began to emerge from polling stations throughout the United Kingdom having cast their ballots in a nationwide referendum on European Union (EU) membership. The possibility of a British exit, or “Brexit,” has shined a spotlight on the institutional, political, and economic woes of the EU and the eurozone. But for political economist Jeffry Frieden, Stanfield Professor of International Peace at Harvard University, this moment in British political life is merely the latest expression of domestic political unrest in a host of European countries.Elections loom throughout Europe: in Spain three days after the UK referendum, in France and Germany next year. In a final irony, Britain is due to take the rotating presidency of the Council of the European Union in July 2017.What does the future look like for a European Union tethered to a single market and a single currency? From the economic woes of the eurozone, to the political debates brought about by the refugee crisis, tension among EU member states has brought into question the very nature and future of European integration generally, and of monetary integration specifically.Jeffry Frieden specializes in the politics of international monetary and financial relations. The Weatherhead Center for International Affairs sat down with its former interim faculty director to discuss the referendum and the eurozone crisis.
Andrew W. Mellon Foundation provides support for digital tool and research and scholarly programmingHarvard research institute Dumbarton Oaks and JSTOR, the digital library for research and teaching that is part of the non-profit ITHAKA, are launching, with the support of The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Plant Humanities Initiative: a digital tool with related research and scholarly programming to advance the field of Plant Humanities. To this end, the Foundation has awarded JSTOR a grant of $750,000 for developing a digital tool, with a parallel grant of $700,000 to Dumbarton Oaks for the research and programming over three years.Building on the Global Plants Initiative, Dumbarton Oaks and JSTOR propose a new model of integrating digital humanities with scholarly programming that has three main goals: to provide innovative research and professional development opportunities for early-career humanists; to create a digital tool informed by the insights and needs of teachers and students as well as librarians and technical experts; and to supplement, contextualize, and disseminate existing digitized resources with new primary source material.The ultimate focus of the digital tool will be determined in the first year of the project in consultation with the advisory committee. Content for the digital tool will then be developed by intergenerational teams of students and scholars who will come to Dumbarton Oaks to receive training and conduct research in the research institute’s special collections during a four-week summer school and nine-month academic year fellowships.“We are thrilled to be working with Dumbarton Oaks on this exciting project and grateful for Mellon’s support to make this a reality,” said Alex Humphreys, Director of JSTOR Labs and Associate Vice President of JSTOR. “This is a unique opportunity to foster the development of a new scholarly field by creating a new digital tool built with a constant feedback loop with its first set of scholar users.”“The Plant Humanities Initiative allows us to take to the next level a set of goals that we have been pursuing for several years, including providing skill-building opportunities for early-career humanists, sharing our collections more broadly, and developing innovative digital humanities projects,” added Yota Batsaki, executive director of Dumbarton Oaks. “We could not wish for better partners than the Mellon Foundation and JSTOR in this undertaking.”The idea for the digital tool grew out of extended conversations between JSTOR and Dumbarton Oaks. In December 2017, Dumbarton Oaks and JSTOR hosted a workshop that brought together 30 scholars and librarians representing 16 institutions and a range of disciplines, including botany, history of science, and landscape architecture. Those who took part singled out the study of plants as a node around which a multidisciplinary field could be further developed, as plants lend themselves to a range of methodological approaches — scientific, cultural, historical, aesthetic, and environmental.JSTOR and Dumbarton Oaks have a fruitful history of working together, having partnered to digitize and bring the Dumbarton Oaks Papers online, and to digitize Studies in Pre-Columbian Art and Archaeology. For the current project, the development of the digital component will be carried out by the JSTOR Labs group, which is composed of technologists and designers who have experience developing digital tools for research and teaching. Dumbarton Oaks will provide the academic laboratory for this collaborative experiment, contributing their experience in fostering communities of scholars through their fellowship programs and the rich resources of their special collections.Read the full release
Today, your business needs a trusted advisor as you reevaluate IT priorities to drive business continuity in “the new normal.” Dell Technologies has rolled out the Payment Flexibility Program, which includes 0% interest rates and up to a 180-day payment deferral**. We’re also making $9B in financing available this year to help fund your critical technology needs. This is our commitment to help you run your business, take care of your people and access essential technology. Dell Financial Services** (DFS) has been a reliable partner for the last 23 years and will be here to support you, especially during times of uncertainty.We’ve built the Payment Flexibility Program on the strong foundation of DFS and industry-leading Dell Technologies’ end-to-end portfolio.We’ve introduced 0% interest rates for all Dell Technologies server, storage and networking solutions, so you have access to technology with no up-front payment required.We’ll defer your first payment up to 180 days on data center infrastructure and services to help you manage cash flow.We’re offering short term options for remote work and learning with 6 to 12-month terms and refresh options for laptops and desktops.We’ve added a one year term to flexible consumption offerings in the Dell Technologies On Demand program. You can scale usage of Dell Technologies converged, hyperconverged, hybrid cloud, storage and data protection solutions and only pay for what you use. As part of our Dell Technologies on Demand portfolio, Flex on Demand is also available from three- to five-year term options.We’ll continue to partner with VMware to deliver flexible payment solutions supporting your digital transformation.Our commitment extends to our channel and global alliances partners with DFS accessible to thousands of partners. Partners whose customers use DFS can improve their cash flow and liquidity by being paid within days**. Additionally, qualifying partners can get a payment extension of 45 to 90 days with the Dell Technologies Working Capital Solutions Program.For more information, visit Payment Flexibility Program and Dell Financial Services sites for flexible, customizable payment and remote working solutions.——————————————————————————————————————————————–**Payment solutions provided and serviced by Dell Financial Services LLC or its affiliates or designees (“DFS”) for qualified customers. Offers valid through July 31st, 2020, to qualified business end-users in the US (excluding DBC accounts). Offers may not be available or may vary in certain countries. Offers may change without notice, may be subject to minimum transaction size, and are subject to credit approval, product availability, applicable law and documentation provided by and acceptable to DFS. 0% Finance Lease: 24-month or 36-month term. Rate percentage does not include charges other than periodic rent payments. For purchases of qualifying Dell EMC infrastructure solutions (servers and storage).
The Broadway.com staff is crazy for Culturalist, the website that lets you choose and create your own top 10 lists. Every week, we’re challenging you with a new Broadway-themed topic to rank.Good news! Kristin Chenoweth and Idina Menzel’s highly anticipated albums arrive have arrived, and we’re ready to play them on repeat. The Art of Elegance and idina. (both released on September 23) are musical testaments to where these wildly popular, gravity-defying divas are both professionally and personally. Though we adore Cheno and Idina solo (we can’t wait for Chenoweth’s Love Letter to Broadway and seeing Menzel in the Beaches remake), we can’t get enough of them taking the stage together. “For Good” is a fan fave (obvs), but our most swankified dreams imagine Chenzel singing beloved Broadway duets together. (Think Emily Skinner and Alice Ripley, but with more pink and green.) While a Cheno/Idina concert skyrockets to the top of our wishlists, we want you to rank the top 10 duets these divas should tackle together. Broadway.com Editorial Assistant Lindsey Sullivan started us off with her top 10. Time to close your eyes and leap—give us your picks!STEP 1—SELECT: Visit Culturalist to see all of your options. Highlight your 10 favorites.STEP 2—RANK & PUBLISH: Click “rearrange list” to order your selections. Click the “publish” button.Once your list is published, you can see the overall rankings of everyone on the aggregate list.Pick your favorites, then tune in for the results next week on Broadway.com! View Comments Kristin Chenoweth Idina Menzel Star Files
By Andréa Barretto/Diálogo May 16, 2018 The Brazilian Army (EB, in Portuguese) is set to receive by October 2018 eight MK3M modernized vehicles, capable of firing a missile and four different types of rockets from a single launcher. Brazilian company Avibras was contracted in 2012 to update the technology on 38 MK2 and MK3 vehicles used by the 6th Missile and Rocket Group (GMF, in Portuguese). This will be its fourth and final delivery. The delivery marks the conclusion of strategic program ASTROS 2020. Additional key steps already took place in 2018. EB inaugurated the ASTROS 2020 Instruction Center and the program’s Logistics Center on January 25th and February 1st. The new facilities kicked off operations and are part of the Fort Santa Bárbara complex, a military conglomerate in the midst of construction in the city of Formosa, Goiás state, in central Brazil. “It’s a personal accomplishment to command a military logistics organization because I’m an officer who works with war materials. It’s particularly [important] at this installation, whose weapons system requires us to have in-depth professional knowledge and work with complex management tools,” said EB Lieutenant Colonel Giovani Siqueira, who assumed command of the Logistics Center during the inauguration ceremony. “We are building EB’s missile and rocket artillery center,” said EB Major General José Júlio Dias Barreto, ASTROS 2020 project lead, in an exclusive interview with Diálogo in Brasília. In addition to modernizing EB’s equipment and constructing new facilities, the program incorporates research and development projects and the acquisition of new vehicles. “The expectation is that the program as a whole will be finalized in 2023, if there are no funding delays.” Select group In the area of research and development, ASTROS 2020 seeks to create and manufacture tactical cruise missiles (known as MTC-300 in Brazil), SS-40G guided rockets, and the Integrated Simulation System (SIS-ASTROS, in Portuguese). The MTC-300 missile is unprecedented for the Brazilian Armed Forces. Its development began in 2005. In March 2018, the missile entered the final phase of development when test flights resumed. The missile has a range of 300 kilometers and is accurate to within 50 meters. Its smart navigation is guided by GPS and other technology. With the use of an optical-electronic sensor, the missile can follow the terrain and correct its trajectory with coordinates inserted into the onboard computer before launch. Developing MTC-300 allows Brazil to join seven countries with this technology, according to information from EPEX. As a long-range, high-accuracy defense weapon, MTC-300 can be used in missions to destroy large structures, such as hydroelectric plants and oil refineries. EB initially ordered 100 units of the missile, to be delivered between 2020 and 2023. The SS-40G guided rocket is another weapon developed within the framework of the ASTROS 2020 program. It is based off the SS-40 model rocket, which reaches a range of 40 km and which the ASTROS system already uses. With new technology, the latest version gains precision and, consequently reduces collateral damage. “Currently, the world’s artillery operates using a strategy of saturation. The aim is for this to change and follow a strategy of precision. As such, the rocket and other weapons would be guided and hit the target. The dispersion is very low,” explained Maj. Gen. Barreto. The goal is to provide service members with more adequate training to prepare them to use the new ASTROS system equipment SIS-ASTROS is developing. The system brings together several types of simulators, as well as software for computer-based training. EB and the Federal University of Santa Maria in Rio Grande do Sul partnered to develop the SIS-ASTROS project. The project is expected to be ready in 2019, when it will be delivered to Avibras, which will manufacture the set of simulators. Once completed, SIS-ASTROS will be installed at the ASTROS 2020 Instruction Center at Fort Santa Bárbara in Florianópolis, Santa Catarina state. Multiple functions The ASTROS 2020 artillery system was created to provide EB with long-range firing support, a resource that allows for greater deterrence—a greater capacity to weaken and prevent attacks and threats from enemy forces. The ASTROS 2020 system basic training lineup includes a total of 13 vehicles, all with different functions. There are six missile and rocket launching vehicles and three passenger vehicles. There is also an armored command and control vehicle and a firing car-radar, which registers information upon launch to improve later shots. There is also a meteorological vehicle that tracks weather conditions and a car to transport personnel, which can also be used to carry out maintenance on other vehicles during operations on the ground. The 6th and 16th GMFs are organizations within EB that use the ASTROS 2020 system. The new and modernized vehicles the program acquired are gradually being delivered to both military facilities. According to Maj. Gen. Barreto, the modernized vehicles, dubbed MK3M, and the new version, MK6, are exactly the same because the old vehicles were modernized with the same technology the new ones come equipped with.
To find out more about Fill a Glass with Hope, click here. CANDOR (WBNG) — The Tioga County Dairy Princess was at the Candor Farmer’s Market Thursday, raising money for a good cause. It’s Megan Henry’s job to travel around Tioga County, spreading the word about the local dairy industry and the importance of dairy products to a healthy diet. Today, she was promoting ‘Fill a glass with hope’, a program that helps provide milk products for individuals. “The dairy princesses around New York State are collecting funds,” she said. “The funds will go to local food banks where the food banks can use the money to purchase dairy products.”
As Indonesia braces to gradually reopen the economy, the government has announced that the country’s regions should meet two main conditions to be able to ease COVID-19 mobility restrictions and start welcoming the so-called “new normal”.Regions should either have maintained zero COVID-19 cases or have witnessed a significant decrease in the number of infections to relax curbs and reopen businesses under health protocols, COVID-19 task force chief Doni Monardo said.”There are a total of 110 regencies and cities with no COVID-19 cases so far,” Doni said on Wednesday, “Of the figure, except Papua, as many as 65 areas on the mainland and 22 areas on islands will be offered to reopen normally.”The 110 regencies and cities include those located in a number of provinces, including in Aceh, Riau, North Kalimantan, Maluku and Jambi, according to the government’s data. Doni said the areas were nearly sterile, though not fully safe, from the disease because the residents living in the regions had adhered to health protocols during the COVID-19 outbreak.Meanwhile, regions categorized as “green zones” — namely those that have recorded COVID-19 cases but have been seeing a declining rate of virus transmission — in accordance with the World Health Organization’s (WHO) indicators will be considered to reopen, Doni said.Among the indicators is that regions should see a 50 percent decline in the number of confirmed and suspected COVID-19 cases for more than two weeks as well as a significant decline in COVID-19 fatalities.A declining number of COVID-19 patients and suspected cases in hospitals will also determine whether a region is allowed to reopen its economy.Read also: ‘I don’t think we can wait’: Business groups ready for ‘new normal’ despite risksDoni added that regions should also meet other conditions to be able to reopen, including recording an increase in the number of recoveries, an increase in the number of completed monitoring procedures against COVID-19 suspects, an increase in specimen testing in the period of two weeks and scoring a basic reproduction number (R0) of COVID-19 below one.”We will coordinate further with the National Development Planning Agency and the Coordinating Economic Ministry with regard to easing restrictions in regions,” Doni said, adding that the final decision would also depend on local administrations’ preparedness to face the new normal.Previously, several provincial administrations reportedly prepared to reopen businesses in the regions. On the resort island of Bali, for instance, hotels have been drafting guidelines for health protocols under the so-called “new normal” situation as the local government signaled to reopen tourist destinations gradually.West Java Governor Ridwan Kamil has also announced that the province should brace for a “new normal” starting on June 1, tribunnews.com reported on Wednesday.With regard to preparing the country for the new normal scheme, Health Minister Terawan Agus Putranto issued on Saturday a new health protocol for workplaces to ensure that businesses continue to run while maintaining efforts to contain the coronavirus.Epidemiologists, however, have warned the government to be prudent in making the decision to reopen the economy, arguing that the country was continuing to see a rise in COVID-19 cases.On Wednesday afternoon, Indonesia reported 686 new COVID-19 cases nationwide, bringing the total to 23,851 confirmed cases with 1473 fatalities. (trn)Topics :
SpaceX confirmed the satellite deployed about 32 minutes after lift-off, on Monday afternoon local time.DAPA said the launch made South Korea the 10th country in the world to own a military-only communications satellite, which will provide “permanent and secured military communications”.The satellite is expected to reach its orbit of 36,000 kilometers in two weeks and South Korea’s military will take over the system in October after testing, it added.Seoul is looking to enhance its military capabilities as it pushes to end an arrangement under which, if war breaks out, American commanders will have authority over their combined forces. The satellite was “expected to improve the South Korean military’s independent operational capabilities”, an official at its defense ministry told Yonhap news agency.Seoul and Washington are security allies and the US stations 28,500 troops in the country.But their relationship has been strained in recent years, triggered by differences in their approaches to Pyongyang, and over cost-sharing responsibilities. Topics : South Korea’s first-ever military communications satellite has been successfully launched by private operator SpaceX, Seoul said Tuesday, as it looks to build up its defense capabilities.The ANASIS-II is intended to enhance the South’s ability to defend itself against the nuclear-armed North, which invaded in 1950.A Falcon 9 rocket carrying the satellite blasted off from Cape Canaveral Air Force Station in Florida, Seoul’s Defense Acquisition Program Administration (DAPA) said in a statement.
The European Commission calls for input on the debate over a pan-European pension productThe European Commission is inviting pension funds, asset managers, insurance undertakings, individuals, consumers associations and public authorities to join the debate on the need for a pan-European pension product during a public hearing to be held on 24 October in Brussels.The hearing is part of the Commission’s work to consider proposals for a simple, efficient and competitive EU personal pension product. More investment into personal pensions could contribute to a stronger single market for capital through an increase in the funds available to finance the economy, as highlighted in the Commission communication ‘Capital Markets Union, accelerating reform’, adopted on 14 September.Vice-presidents of the Commission Valdis Dombrovskis and Jyrki Katainen, and commissioner Marianne Thyssen, will deliver keynote speeches. Prominent representatives of industry, consumer associations and academia will provide their views and take part in panel debates. All participants are invited to join the debate on key topics: Is there a need for promoting personal pensions in the EU? How can the current demographic challenges be addressed? Complementing public pensions and occupational pensions with personal pensions could be beneficial to individuals, increasing the choices for retirement savings, and to the wider economy, contributing to the creation of a capital markets union.How should a European personal pension product look like?A European personal pension product should be an attractive choice of saving for individuals and create benefits for providers. An adequate level of investment protection, transparency and the potential for good returns could attract savings from individuals. Economies of scale and efficiency gains, as well as cross-border passporting and distribution, could be among the benefits for providers operating in a European personal pension’s market.What are the challenges of a European personal pensions framework?Switching between personal pension products, domestic products and, when moving across borders, the decumulation of retirement savings and the general tax treatment of personal pension products remain important challenges to creating a single market for personal pensions. The hearing will provide important feedback from stakeholders to determine if EU action fostering the emergence of European personal pension products that are simple, affordable, transparent and provide better returns, would be appropriate and proportionate. The hearing also feeds into a public consultation due by 31 October.For more information on the hearing and registration, click here. To respond to the public consultation, click here. Philippe Caluwaerts is policy officer for insurance and pensions at the European Commission’s directorate general for Financial Stability, Financial Services and Capital Markets Union
CHESTER & ELLA More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus11 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market11 hours ago Developer: Kokoda Property Group Price: Penthouses from $1.75 million Address: Located on the corner of Chester and Ella streets, Newstead Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 1:11Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -1:11 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD540p540p360p360p270p270pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreen5 tips to style your home for sale01:12 The mural at Chester & Ella, Newstead by artist Travis Vinson.A large mural, created by artist Travis Vinson, features models “Chester and Ella’’ which can be seen across the development.Ms Allan said they wanted a large-scale piece that was somewhat hidden yet in plain sight. “Specifically we wanted a painted/graffiti piece that embraced the laneway art that Brisbane has thoroughly taken on board in an sophisticated way,” she said. 1 – 7000sq m of rock (approx 17,500 tonne) was removed from the site2 – The site was formerly a furniture makers’ warehouse and yard3- Amenity areas are being furnished by Newstead local, Shona Gray4- The building will have its own app to complement the services of the concierge5- The rooftop pools have been specifically designed to watch the sunrise over the river on Chester and the sunset behind the city on Ella The private dining space at Chester & Ella, Newstead.Developed by Kokoda Property Group, only 10 per cent of the development is left to sell in the towers where special attention had been made to the quality and finishes throughout.Kokoda Property head of marketing Philippa Allan said more than 2200sq m of marble (mainly Elba and Portsea Grey) was used at Chester & Ella across the amenities and residences.“There’s even marble in the lifts,” Ms Allan said.“All said and done this will cost over $1 million. Kokoda and Hutchinsons (Shaun Beck) check every piece of marble to ensure we are getting the best vein and natural beauty from each piece.”The two towers are a “his and her’ version – the Chester tower stands proudly with chiselled white balconies inspired by the natural formations of the Brisbane River forming a reassuring and protective surround. Ms Allan said: “Chester is the more masculine of the two buildings. Inspired by the folds and canyons of cliffs along the Brisbane River, it features white precast concrete balconies and the rich lustre of bronze glass to form a reassuring and protective surround”.“In contrast, Ella is all curves, presenting perforated metal balustrades that afford the building lightness and fluidity,” Ms Allan said. Chester & Ella fast facts Follow us on Facebook Sit back and relax at Chester & Ella, Newstead.Newstead architectural icon Chester & Ella is fast taking shape and making a statement in Brisbane’s development circle.The two unique towers, named Chester and Ella, form a sculptural statement of luxurious residences and will be completed next month. Rooftop bliss at Chester & Ella.Differentiating Chester & Ella from the surrounding Brisbane market is its unrivalled level of communal amenity, according to Ms Allan.“Residents will be treated to the luxury of an around-the-clock concierge, rooftop terrace, health and wellness centre, private dining room and cinema. “From the rooftop, residents can experience lush landscaping and panoramic views over the city as they swim in the stunning pool, use the outdoor kitchen areas, enjoy a hit on the putting green, or relax around the terrace firepit.”