Bringing far nearer

first_imgMaybe you couldn’t afford a vacation this summer, and the closest you’ll come to paradise is a glass of rosé and some dollar oysters on the waterfront. Fortunately, you can now tag along on other people’s jaunts, without the galling price tag — and minus the jetlag.Summer Summits: Notes from further afield, a new initiative at the Carpenter Center, is bringing local art luminaries to Harvard for a travelogue of stories, relics, musings, and photographs from escapades near and far. The brainchild of James Voorhies, the center’s new John R. and Barbara Robinson Family Director, the evening talks will feature voices in contemporary art from across Boston, including Eva Respini, the Barbara Lee Chief Curator at the Institute of Contemporary Art, and Pieranna Cavalchini, the Tom and Lisa Blumenthal Curator of Contemporary Art at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum.“I thought it would be enjoyable to be together, learn about what they experienced this summer, have some drinks and snacks and simply hang out on the beautiful terrace of the Carpenter Center,” said Voorhies. “I’m excited for everyone to hear what caught their attention — in the arts or anything.”Voorhies has already spent part of the summer in Berlin. Before classes resume, he’ll trek to Montreal, then Jackson Hole, Wyo. He was in Venice when the Gazette reached him, but will be back on campus for the first Summer Summit on July 22. GAZETTE: What’s on your traveling soundtrack? Your reading list?VOORHIES: I don’t listen to music when traveling. I feel comfortable listening to the sounds of foreign voices and unfamiliar places. I read emails. I also carry past issues of magazines and journals that have been put aside over the past months.GAZETTE: How is travel essential to your creative life?VOORHIES: I like to experience design, fashion, music, books, and architecture outside of the United States. I like to look at how other institutions install exhibitions and engage with their audiences. Travel introduces me to artists and exposes me to forms of curating that I don’t see in cities like New York and Los Angeles.GAZETTE: When was the first time you ever left the United States? Where did you go?VOORHIES: 1995. I went to Vienna with my boyfriend Nate and then around Europe, including Budapest, Berlin, Czech Republic, France, and more for about a year. Of course, the experience was thrilling and formative.GAZETTE: Where’s your favorite destination and why?VOORHIES: I enjoy Berlin. I appreciate the quiet voices and sounds of Berlin, the gracefulness and ease of moving through the city on bicycle and train, the gorgeous urban parks and thoughtful and intelligent attention to urban planning and architecture. I like ceramic cups with my coffee and the beautiful ways people project themselves into public space, the colors they wear. I also have many great friends in Berlin. It’s exciting to be there.GAZETTE: Where do you want to travel next?VOORHIES: I will visit Norway.GAZETTE: What’s the weirdest thing that’s happened to you while traveling?VOORHIES: Weird seems relative, don’t you think?last_img read more

Navigating “the deep” without Periling – Dell EMC OEM Onboard with Smart Martime Council

first_imgOn behalf of Dell EMC OEM, I was delighted to participate in the inaugural meeting of the Smart Maritime Council earlier this month. As the maritime industry continues its digital transformation journey, advances in connectivity and digitization are taking seafarers into deep, uncharted waters with deep automation, deep analytics, deep learning, deep artificial intelligence and deep trust with the blockchain!New industry forum provides knowledge sharing platformThe shipping industry is desperate for trusted navigators to chart a course for these technology enablers, all of which will deliver real transformational power. And so, when the industry’s ecosystem comes together to ensure that shipping companies’ real-world operational requirements are driving the development of big data, the Industrial Internet of Things, artificial intelligence, virtual reality, robotics, and secured ledgers, we transform into real shipmates. Actually, I think “shipmates” is a great analogy to describe the work being carried out by the Smart Maritime Network. Together, we are exploring common goals and the standardization of IT systems for the shipping sector. In this endeavor, we’re all guided by the same compass, working to support both shipowners and operators.Simplifying the route to customer value and sustainable competitive advantageWhether it’s using the blockchain to secure customs transactions, data management tools for logistics and scheduling planning, real-time equipment monitoring for predictive maintenance, video surveillance for safety and risk management or IoT analytics to ensure cold chain reefer managements, as an industry, we are working together to make it smooth sailing, simplifying the route to customer value and sustainable competitive advantage.Looking to the horizonIn my book, it’s critically important that shipping companies’ benefit from the new opportunities afforded by technology. This collaboration is exactly why Dell EMC OEM is proud to be one of the founding partners of the Smart Maritime Network and Council. We plan to hold a further five meetings during 2019 in different global maritime centers. The outcomes from these meetings will be shared with the wider maritime industry through a series of four regional conferences to be held throughout the year, beginning in Athens on May 9. Watch this space – it’s all hands now on deck!For further information on the Smart Maritime Council, visit or follow the team on LinkedIn or Twitter MaritimeSmart.To learn more about Dell EMC OEM Solutions, visit: in touch with Dell EMC OEM. Follow us on Twitter @DellEMCOEM or @etienne_maryJoin our LinkedIn Dell EMC OEM & IoT Solutions Showcase page here.last_img read more

New Cassel Gang Assault Suspects Nabbed

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Two of three suspects wanted for attacking a pair of men with whom they had an argument in New Cassel over the weekend have been apprehended, Nassau County police said.Jose Hernandez, 17, of Westbury, and 19-year-old Jose Clavel of New Cassel were charged with assault and gang assault.Police said Hernandez, Clavel and a third man who has not yet been apprehended waited for the victims, ages 21 and 22, outside a home on Roman Avenue while armed with a baseball bat, machete and knife at 3:10 a.m. Sunday.The suspects knocked one victim to the ground with the baseball bat and the other victim was attacked with the machete, police said.One victim suffered contusions and abrasions and refused medical treatment at the scene.  The other was taken to a local hospital where he underwent emergency surgery for severe lacerations to the hand and forearm and a stab wound to the back.Hernandez and Clavel will be arraigned Wednesday at First District Court in Hempstead.Third Squad detectives request anyone with information regarding the third subject to contact Crime Stoppers at 1-800-244-TIPS.  All callers will remain anonymous.last_img read more

Vodafone names agents

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Motorola job cuts threaten Slough’s Farnborough deal

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This home on two waterfront blocks with unimpeded views across Moreton Bay hits market for first time in 40 years

first_img132 Prince Edward Pde, Scarborough.“It has got views that are better than downstairs, it is spectacular. “I had ideas of using that as a home office, but that didn’t eventuate because the kids commandeered it and took it (as their bedroom).’’Just a few steps from the house is the sandy beach.There is a central kitchen inside the house which sits next to a dining and entertainment area.This leads to a deck which has expansive water views. The floor plan of 132 Prince Edward Pde, Scarborough. Picture: DiakritMr Cassimatis said without his wife, and with his three children now out of home, a six bedroom house was far too big for him, so he has listed it for sale.It isn’t just the house he loves, but the amazing views he has while sitting on his front veranda, from Bribie Island to the Port of Brisbane. “It has 180 degree views,’’ he said.More from news02:37Purchasers snap up every residence in the $40 million Siarn Palm Beach North2 hours agoNew apartments released at idyllic retirement community Samford Grove Presented by 132 Prince Edward Pde, Scarborough.Mr Cassimatis said 40 years ago when they bought the property he loved the area and the position, and he had loved living there ever since.There is also a special room he included in the design just for himself – although it didn’t work out that way.“There is a special room built upstairs, it is like an attic room, but it is an actual large bedroom,” he said. 132 Prince Edward Pde, Scarborough.In a street known as the “millionaires row” in Scarborough, this impressive home spans two absolute beachfront lots.It sits on 1131sq m of land and has been designed to make the most of the water views.Owner Jim Cassimatis and his late wife Barbara bought the property just after they married.At the time it was just an old house but they had dreams of building something really special there.“When we bought it, there was an old house – about 100 years old,’’ Mr Cassimatis said.“We bought it just after we got married in 1977 and lived there for a few years and planned the construction of the existing house and then went ahead with that and it was built and finished probably in the late eighties. “We’ve lived there ever since.” center_img 132 Prince Edward Pde, Scarborough.The main bedroom has a large, walk-in robe, and access to a veranda which also has views.All remaining bedrooms share two bathrooms, one of which has a bathtub.There are high cathedral ceilings throughout and parquetry flooring. Within the large block is an inground swimming pool and a garage for three cars plus storage space.The home at 132 Prince Edward Parade, Scarborough, will be taken to auction on December 9 at 3pm, through Dwight Ferguson and Alexander Shean of Ray White Ascot.last_img read more

This is why now is the best time of year to sell

first_imgJustin Nickerson reckons more bids are placed on properties in autumn.DON’T wait until the winter passes and the weather warms up again before you list your home for sale – now is the best time of year to sell.And the figure back it up.Analysis of more than 5000 auctions throughout Australia by online real estate auction streaming group Gavl has revealed more bids are placed on properties auctioned in March, April and May.Auctioneer and Gavl spokesman Justin Nickerson said the figures backed up what he had seen during ten years of working in the real estate market.Mr Nickerson said because there were not as many properties listed for sale in Autumn it meant there was more competition from buyers and the potential to maximise results.This also put those sellers in the box seat when it came time for them to buy, because they would most likely be buying in Spring when more properties were listed and competition was not so high. MORE AFFORDABLE HOUSING COMING “It’s all about timing,’’ he said.More from newsNew apartments released at idyllic retirement community Samford Grove Presented by Parks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus19 hours ago“I think the kind of myth that has been perpetuated about Spring being the best time to sell has been borne out of a situation where the most properties come to the market at that time, so people actually see more listings and see more signs,’’ he said.“But that actually then becomes a counter productive situation you have a lot more properties come to the market but not a lot more buyers, which actually means conditions are less favourable at that given time.’’ Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 8:04Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -8:04 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD432p432p216p216p180p180pAutoA, 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 Rate1xFullscreenMay 1: Real Estate Market Wrap08:04 “We tend to find that March, April and May tend to be the time that where you have got that nice balance, where there isn’t as many properties on the market, but buyer activity is at its strongest.’’The Gavl figures revealed the average number of bids in those months, were 24.1, 20.42 and 20.46.The only other month of the year to exceed 20 bids was February.Mr Nickerson said the average number of bids was one indication of market activity.last_img read more

Pension funds hail new Danish 30-year bond as yield-curve definer

first_imgChristian Lindstrøm Lage at PFABut like Lindstrøm Lage, he said this issuance was a good idea, so that the Danish government yield curve was well defined at the 30-year mark.Even though the central bank said future annual issuance volume in the 30-year segment was expected to be of the same order of magnitude as in 2020, Mielke said continued issuance of the bond in the next few years was not important to PensionDanmark.“The most important thing is that the few very long government bonds that are there are of a suitable size and are liquid,” he said.Lars Peter Lilleøre, head of fixed income at Sampension, said that apart from providing a benchmark to the long end of the German to Danish bond swap market and to the Danish mortgage bond market, the new bond also gave some much needed positive convexity in the Danish fixed income market.“We will have potential interest in the bond on both a stand-alone basis and as a possible extension from our DGB 2039 positions,” he said.Building up the bond gradually to ensure sufficient liquidity was critical though, he noted.“We would hope and recommend for it to be tapped regularly on the bi-weekly auctions after its initial introduction,” said Lilleøre. Meanwhile, Poul Kobberup, Danica Pension’s investment director, told IPE: “We think this is a positive move from the central bank, and these bonds will give us a curve to trade on. We are a long-term investor so we are more interested in the long end.”Kobberup also said the issue would help liquidity at this end of the sovereign debt market.Asked to predict what the bonds are likely to yield, he said it was market dependent but likely to be between a quarter and half a percentage point.At statutory pension fund ATP – which at the end of September had DKK810bn of guaranteed pensions to cover – Jan Ritter, head of hedging and treasury, said: “ATP views the central bank’s decision to begin issuance of a new 30-year government bond in 2020 positively, and it will suit ATP’s need for long Danish hedging assets well.” Denmark’s pension funds have welcomed the Danish central bank plan to issue 30-year bonds for the first time in over 10 years, anticipating the crucial role the bond will play in defining the long end of the yield curve.Though the Danish government has scant need for borrowing, in its debt issuance plans for 2020 Danmarks Nationalbank said it will open a new 30-year nominal bond maturing in 2052 in the first half, and aims to issue between DKK5bn (€669m) and DKK10bn in the bond via auctions and tap sales.Unusually these days for Danish government debt, the bond is likely to have a positive yield, as the current Danish government bond yield curve turns positive around the 14-year point.Christian Lindstrøm Lage, chief executive officer of PFA Asset Management – an arm of PFA Pension – told IPE that while PFA would be interested in the bond issue as an investor, its main importance was more from a regulatory point of view. “This bond is arguably a very important product for the pensions industry both as an anchor and a starting point for Danish asset pricing, because once it’s out there, we will then have government bonds that mark the back end of the yield curve,” he said.The pension sector in Denmark is not too reliant on the Danish curve, he added, since it uses the euro curve to measure its liabilities. However, he said market pricing of the new long bonds would provide much-needed evidence of confidence in the Danish central bank’s continued commitment to the krone-euro peg.“We trust that the central bank can keep the interest-rate differential at some fair level, but there’s no way to answer that if you don’t have current issuance at the back end of the curve,” said Lindstrøm Lage.PensionDenmark, which runs a market-rate pension product for its mainly blue-collar members, has only limited interest in the 30-year government bond currently, according to Steffen Mielke, the pension fund’s head of fixed income.“The low interest rates mean that our allocation to long Danish government bonds is at a minimum,” he told IPE.last_img read more

Mum and former lawyer warns against legalising cannabis after synthetic drugs tears life apart

first_imgNZ Herald 17 November 2018Family First Comment: Thank you Elizabeth! We are so grateful for you sharing your story and breaking through the sales pitch of groups like the Greens and the Drug Foundation“Hooked on synthetic cannabis before developing a serious marijuana addiction… “”I’d convinced myself that synthetic cannabis was bad and that marijuana, being a natural substance, was good. But within three months of regular use with him, I suffered another psychotic break down…” With a referendum on recreational use looming, she’s warning against the legalisation — and normalisation — of marijuana, which she says left her life in tatters.”#SayNopeToDope.nzwww.VoteNO.nzAt the peak of her addiction, Elizabeth Baird rammed her car into the back of another at 165km/h, believing its boot was a portal to parallel universe.The other driver escaped the smash on Auckland’s Harbour Bridge with whiplash. Baird suffered whiplash and bruising.Pressure mounted. She began smoking natural cannabis with a new man she had become acquainted with.“I’d convinced myself that synthetic cannabis was bad and that marijuana, being a natural substance, was good.“But within three months of regular use with him, I suffered another psychotic break down which resulted in a four-month stay in the Whangārei Hospital psychiatric unit.”Baird left hospital a “broken woman”.Looking back, Baird says she would never have believed such damage could have been done by two drugs.“For that reason, I don’t think cannabis should be legalised.“Laws are designed to protect the vulnerable members of our community. That includes young people and those who are predisposed to mental health problems or addiction.”Baird continues to attend regular group sessions at Narcotics Anonymous. Her sponsor, Amanda Nicol, says the damage drugs did to Baird was devastating.“Some people can use casually. But I do know plenty of people in those rooms have started with cannabis and moved onto other drugs.”Baird’s story was a reminder of how differently people responded to drugs, and that all substances could be addictive when in the wrong hands.READ MORE: up with family issues in NZ. Receive our weekly emails direct to your Inbox.last_img read more

Cultural Division remembers Jeff Joseph as an Ambassador for Dominica

first_img Sharing is caring! Share LocalNews Cultural Division remembers Jeff Joseph as an Ambassador for Dominica by: – November 25, 2011 Share Jeff Joseph. Image via:wcmfdominica.comThe Cultural Division and the National Cultural Council have joined their voices in echoing sympathies to the family and friends of legendary icon, Jeff Joseph of St Joseph who passed away at Martinique earlier this week.Jeff Joseph performed regionally and internationally at various concerts and festivals where he constantly promoted Dominica’s culture, its flag and its music.A press statement issued by the Cultural Division and the National Cultural Council stated that the contribution made by Jeff Joseph in promoting Dominica’s culture and heritage is significant.“The Cultural Division and the National Cultural Council which to express our profound sorrow at the passing of a legend and great Dominican and Caribbean musical icon Jeff Joseph. Jeff Joseph was a singer extraordinaire and an outstanding and powerful performer and artist with creative genes who had great impact on the cultural landscape of Dominica and the Caribbean”. Jeff Joseph has also been described as an ‘ambassador for Dominica’ as it relates to the promotion of cadence music in the region and the wider world.“We applaud his extraordinary contribution to the development of Dominican music particularly Cadence music, himself and his band the famous Grammacks were among the early pioneers of this Dominican creole brand of music which has now become and integral part of the Dominican and Caribbean musical identity and culture. We honour Jeff’s memory as a champion of Dominican music and also salute him as an ambassador for Dominica worldwide”. Jeff Jo as he was popularly known was for many years the lead singer in the Grammacks Band. The band shot to fame in the early seventies and eighties with mega hits like “Mis Debaz”, and “Soukouyant”. The work of Jeff Joseph and the Grammacks helped to sparehead cadence music throughout the world and gave rise to Zouk and Compa music.The highlight performances of Jeff Jo and the Grammacks came with their appearances during the “Tour de France” in 1977 and their half time performance at the Superbowl in Miami in 1979.His role in the development of Caribbean music is also being underscored by the Cultural Division.“Jeff had great talent, he was full of energy and an extremely hard worker, he was down to earth and had the ability to relate with anyone and everyone. He will be greatly missed as a Dominican and Caribbean cultural personality and his contribution to the development of culture in the region and his role in helping to influence the development of Dominican and Caribbean music should never be forgotten”. “We extend our sincere condolences to his family and friends and we join with many persons in the world who are mourning his passing and at the same time we thank God for his life and celebrate the distinctive and memorable contribution which he made to Caribbean life and culture, may his soul rest in peace”.Dominica Vibes Newscenter_img 13 Views   no discussions Share Tweetlast_img read more