first_imgIt was a cool Marathon Monday in Boston and the on-site medical tents were keeping up with the stream of running-related strains, sprains, and dehydration cases that the event normally brings.Across town, in Boston’s Longwood section, Stephanie Kayden, senior physician in charge of the emergency room at Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH), a Harvard affiliate, and instructor in medicine at Harvard Medical School (HMS), headed a team of about 50 that, in addition to handling the regular big-city emergency traffic, had been waiting for overflow and the more serious cases from the tents.“We thought we were going to be free and clear,” Kayden said.Then came the message that there had been a bombing. Kayden, the emergency department staff, and the hospital’s incident command team — already on alert because of the marathon — sprang into action, clearing out current patients, admitting those who couldn’t go home, and releasing those who could.They called in extra trauma teams, adding 60 doctors, nurses, and other staff, more than doubling the medical personnel in the emergency department. Over the coming hours, the Brigham team treated 31 patients — two in critical condition and nine with injuries severe enough to go directly into surgery. The most badly injured, Kayden said, was a man whose right leg had been blown off below the knee.A similar scene played out at hospitals across the city, including other Harvard-affiliated institutions such as Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH), Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center (BIDMC), and Children’s Hospital Boston.The poised response was a tribute to the training that prepares medical personnel to handle such crises, Kayden said.“Even though the Brigham had never, to this time, had to respond to a bombing, these mass casualty events, as we call them, are something we train for all the time,” Kayden said. “When it finally happened, it was a testament to our training and to the drilling by our incident command team at the hospital that everything went as smoothly as it did.”“Even though the Brigham had never, to this time, had to respond to a bombing, these mass casualty events, as we call them, are something we train for all the time,” said Stephanie Kayden. File photo by Katherine C. CohenArnold Howitt, co-director of the Harvard Kennedy School’s Program on Crisis Leadership and executive director of the Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation, said the preparation was apparent across the city. Despite the large number of casualties, emergency crews were able to stabilize victims on-site and rapidly transfer them to the hospital. Major medical centers were able to absorb the sudden influx of badly injured patients.Michael VanRooyen, director of the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative (HHI), an HMS professor and an emergency physician at the Brigham, was among those who responded Monday. When he looked at the doctors around him, he realized many — including Kayden — were affiliated with HHI and had worked with the organization in crises around the world.“As I, like many of my colleagues, came the ER to help, I realized that most of the physicians on duty were our HHI doctors. They were as composed today as they have been in many humanitarian crises around the world,” VanRooyen said in a statement posted on the HHI website. “Yesterday was another reminder that the work we do globally is closely tied, in character and impact, to the work we do here at home.”While Harvard-affiliated physicians were responding to the needs of dozens of badly injured patients, Nicholas Christakis was trying to make sure Pforzheimer House students weren’t among them. He spent the afternoon seeking information about three student runners and dozens more who had been in the crowd. As people gathered to discuss the attacks, one Pforzheimer House tutor, a former Army explosives expert, talked about IEDs, or improvised explosive devices.“We were deeply alarmed during the course of the day here at Pforzheimer House until we could account for all of our students,” Christakis said. “We did everything from consulting our own U.S. Army bomb disposal expert to taking to Facebook.”Christakis, a professor at both HMS and the Faculty of Arts and Sciences’ Sociology Department, is a specialist in social networks and how both good and bad effects — including things like happiness, obesity, and smoking — tend to travel along those intricate pathways. And, though people woke up in anger and despair across the region Tuesday, the bombing is the kind of event that doesn’t need social networks, Christakis said. Instead, it affects people directly.“There are physical shockwaves that emanate from the bomb, and there are psychological shockwaves as well,” he said.The impact at Harvard was magnified because of our proximity to the incident, Christakis said, showing the psychological power of nearby events to draw people’s attention, even though more distant or diffuse incidents might be more destructive or have higher death tolls.Assistant Professor of Psychiatry Michael Miller, of HMS and BIDMC, said some of the attacks’ deep impact may stem from the nature of the marathon itself.Unlike other sporting events where the losing side goes away hurt or angry, the marathon is a celebration of participation, of the athletic spirit that drives ordinary people to do something extraordinary. In Boston, it’s also an unofficial spring festival, celebrated by the entire community, with people sitting on lawn chairs and eating ice cream along the course.“Here, everybody is just enjoying a community event in the most marvelous way,” Miller said.The attack also affected people because it punctured the feeling of invincibility most of us carry just to function properly each day. It served as an unwelcome reminder of how vulnerable we are, Miller said.For those who were directly affected, recovery may entail acute medical care, physical and psychological therapy, and perhaps follow-up treatment.“It’s on a case-by-case basis, one size does not fit all,” Miller said. “If you were really close and suffered a life-changing injury, then you may have a lot of work to do to try to understand, try to figure out what happened in such a random and horrible event.”For those angry or depressed but not directly affected by the attacks, the old saying “time heals all wounds,” will likely apply, Miller said. Not watching every bit of news coverage may help, he added.“People will remember it, it will be on their minds, depending on how close to the tragedy they were,” Miller said. “People who ran the race will think about it more than I will, people downtown will think about it more than those in Newton. Time does heal.”last_img read more

first_imgPresident Joe Biden has chosen two Harvard faculty members with deep diplomatic experience to fill senior government positions, signaling his intention to emphasize diplomacy and soft power in rebuilding U.S. influence on the world stage.Wendy R. Sherman, professor of the practice of public leadership at Harvard Kennedy School and director of the School’s Center for Public Leadership, has been nominated to serve as deputy secretary of state.  Samantha Power, the Anna Lindh Professor of the Practice of Global Leadership and Public Policy at the Kennedy School and the William D. Zabel ’61 Professor of the Practice in Human Rights at Harvard Law School, has been nominated to be the administrator of the U.S. Agency for International Development.Both women held high-ranking positions during the Obama Administration.Power served as U.S. ambassador to the United Nations from 2013 to 2017 and before that as special assistant to the president and senior director for multilateral affairs and human rights. A former journalist, Power won the Pulitzer Prize for her book, “A Problem from Hell: America and the Age of Genocide,” and has written a memoir, “The Education of an Idealist.”  Before joining the U.S. government, Power was the founding executive director of the Carr Center for Human Rights Policy and a professor at the Kennedy School.Sherman served as under secretary of state for political affairs from 2011 to 2015. She was the lead negotiator for the Iran nuclear deal and also led talks with North Korea on its nuclear and ballistic missiles programs. She began her career as a social worker and activist on child welfare and low-income housing issues and was director of EMILY’s List before joining the State Department during the Clinton administration. She is the author of “Not for the Faint of Heart: Lessons in Courage, Power and Persistence.”Biden has pledged to elevate the role of diplomacy in rebuilding America’s international standing after what he has described as the isolationist approach of the Trump administration. Sherman and Power both are on record stressing the vital importance of raising the profile of  alliance-based diplomacy and support for human rights as leading tools of U.S. foreign policy.“Wendy Sherman and Samantha Power have contributed so much to the Kennedy School, through their teaching, writing, and engagement with public leaders,” Kennedy School Dean Douglas Elmendorf said. “Our loss now is the country’s gain, and we look forward to welcoming them both back to the Kennedy School in a few years and learning from their new experiences.” Read Full Storylast_img read more

first_imgWhen Dell and EMC merged, our leadership team made an important decision about our midrange portfolio to bring the best products from both companies together, raising some questions in the industry about overlap and rationalization. There was skepticism about which products might see end of life and whether buyers might be stranded.Let me be very clear about the future direction of our midrange portfolio – we are fully committed to our entire midrange product family including Dell EMC Unity and the Dell EMC SC Series. Each product solves different customer problems and is suited for different environments. Customers can buy both Dell EMC Unity and SC Series today and with continued confidence in the future.We feel the best path is to offer customers choice in price, performance and features suitable for small-to-medium businesses to large enterprise customers. Here we stand just nine months later and the market has spoken. After bringing forward both the Dell EMC Unity and Dell EMC SC Series midrange storage platforms, our decision to keep both product lines has been validated – Dell EMC grew worldwide external midrange storage revenues 32.8 percent sequentially which resulted in a sequential revenue share gain of 1.5 points (from a 29.2 percent share in Q3CY16 to 30.7 percent in Q4CY16.)[i].Dell EMC Unity generated a high double-digit quarter-over-quarter revenue increase from Q316 to Q416 and SC Series revenue also grew by double digits from Q316-Q416. This all reflects on another positive trend for the Dell EMC midrange storage portfolio – we saw a substantial increase in total customers for Dell EMC Unity and SC Series from Q316-Q416.[ii]We’d like to think that validation of this strategy translates into the kind of success our customers are experiencing with Dell EMC Unity, our best-in-class midrange all-flash offering and SC Series, our best-in-class hybrid storage for the midrange. Both Dell EMC Unity and SC Series are essential in this strategy. Customers are choosing these solutions to help modernize their data centers and simplify the way in which business data is managed while reducing TCO of the IT assets that power the business.Here are a few recent customer examples that prove this out:Dell EMC Unity:The Society of Swedish Literature (SLS) in Finland, established in 1885, is the eldest non-profit in Finland and wanted to create a modern IT infrastructure that would support the organization’s work and protect SLS’ digitized cultural treasuries, while also being flexible, easy to deploy and use. In the end, SLS chose a Unity system optimized for simplicity and all-flash performance.According to Madsen Wikholm, IT manager for SLS, “The [Dell EMC] Unity user interface seems like a godsend, or close to it.”The SLS realized the benefits of their Dell EMC Unity system including:Performance improvements of their front-line storageSimplified IT management through an HTML5 interface and VMware integrationSupport for multiple protocols (block, file, and vVols) streamlining their storage footprintDell EMC SC Series:The Oregon Judicial Department, the judicial branch for the State of Oregon is another customer that has had recent success with our midrange storage products. The Oregon Judicial Department Server Team for years had struggled with modernizing and unifying their aging SAN and NAS systems in its data center. Their struggles included multiple SAN vendors, isolated backend protocols and a lack of capability across the SAN architecture to provide reliable application performance. According to Peter Diec, Lead Server Administrator for the Enterprise Technology Services Division for the Oregon Judicial Department, “Our ultimate objective for our next generation SAN architecture was performance, uniformity and simplicity.” They chose the SC Series 8000, 2060 and the FS8600 to deliver the consistent performance needed to power its VMware, Microsoft SQL Server, CommVault Enterprise Backup and other related business applications. The result of its data center upgrade enabled the Oregon Judicial Department to create uniformity across multiple environments and helped reduce IT man-hours spent managing storage by consolidating to a single storage solution.The key to the success of both these products has been our ability to address a wide variety of customer needs through continuous innovation and in ensuring customers see immediate and tangible benefits when deploying Dell EMC storage products in their environment. We recently upped the ante on this promise with a new storage efficiency guarantee for Dell EMC midrange customers who opt for all-flash configurations.The All-Flash Storage Efficiency Guarantee is a new program guaranteeing customers who purchase Dell EMC XtremIO, VMAX All Flash, Dell EMC Unity and SC Series all-flash array configurations with an effective logical storage capacity at least four times (4:1) the physical capacity of the drives purchased in their new array – leveraging our powerful efficiency features that are native to our systems. The end result is that customers are able to squeeze more valuable data into less space with less management effort, while aggressively reducing start-up and lifecycle costs.With market share momentum and more new customers coming on-board, the combined Dell EMC midrange storage business has hit its stride. And with Dell EMC World 2017 not far away, we’re looking forward to showing off BOTH of our leading midrange storage products to all of our valued customers, partners, media and analysts in Las Vegas. Also be prepared to see many new surprises we will be introducing into our market-leading midrange portfolio. You asked, and we are delivering! Look forward to seeing you in Las Vegas![i] IDC Worldwide Quarterly Enterprise Storage Systems Tracker – Q4 2016, March 3, 2017[ii] From Dell EMC internal figuresTop image via Creative Commons by Mike Lizzi.last_img read more

first_img View Comments Jeremy Kushnier Star Files Directed by Damien Gray, Atomic blasts open the doors of the Manhattan Project, a Government funded program of top scientists with the task of creating the world’s first Atomic Bomb. Leo Szilard (Kushnier) is the mastermind behind atomic power, but his heart has reservations. Ethics, scientific progress, and true love are tested as Leo discovers exactly what he’s capable of when someone believes in him. Related Shows In addition to Kushnier, Morton, Gettelfinger and Harrison, the cast of Atomic includes David Abeles, Alexis Fishman, Jonathan Hammond, James David Larson, Preston Sadlier and Grace Stockdale. Show Closed This production ended its run on Aug. 16, 2014 The U.S. premiere of Atomic celebrates its official opening night on July 13 at the Acorn Theatre at Theatre Row. The off-Broadway musical, penned by Danny Ginges, Gregory Bonsignore and Philip Foxman, will run through August 16. Jeremy Kushnier, Euan Morton, Sara Gettelfinger and Randy Harrison star in the new tuner Atomiclast_img read more

first_imgWith the gross domestic product growth rate currently at 2.1% and unemployment at 3.6%, economists and presidential election prognosticators are wondering if the economy, particularly the stock market, will continue to grow. Or, are we headed for a bubble that might burst, sending the economy into a tailspin?Indicators suggest there is room for further growth and a catastrophe is unlikely, at least not immediately. On the other hand, individual investors and the general public may not be feeling the love that has benefited big business. Here’s why:The top 10%, the wealthy, owned 81% of all stocks and only 54% of families owned stock, either directly or indirectly as part of a fund and/or 401K plan.There was a small correction of the stock market at the end of 2018 that led many investors to withdraw money from the market in early 2019. Because there was a quick recovery, many did not have the chance to get back in. continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

first_imgOlderDunn steps down from chief financial role at Gatwick The news makes Eurowings the first airline in the Lufthansa Group to operate scheduled flights from the new capital city airport.In domestic traffic, Eurowings currently connects the destinations Cologne, Düsseldorf and Stuttgart with the capital at least three times a day – on many days even more frequently.Despite a reduced flight schedule as a result of Covid-19, the airline is focusing on the off-peak hours, which are popular with travellers. – Advertisement – The domestic German program is supplemented by weekly flights to the Canary Islands and the Greek Islands. Eurowings plans to gradually expand the Berlin Brandenburg program in line with market conditions from spring 2021 onwards.“In terms of culture and history, there is hardly a more exciting European city than Berlin. – Advertisement – NewerMSC Magnifica suspends sailings until late December “The new Berlin Brandenburg will further increase Berlin’s attractiveness, becoming the entrance and exit gate to a cool, modern metropolis. “And no other airline in Germany flies more tourists to Berlin than Eurowings. “That’s why we will be expanding here in the future,” said Jens Bischof, Eurowings chief executive.Aircraft from Eurowings will be positioned at the Pier North of the new capital city airport. Passengers will benefit from short distances, boarding without bus transfers and a direct building connection to the Lufthansa Lounge. Eurowings has taken off from the new Berlin Brandenburg Airport for the first time. The inaugural departure left for Cologne, closely followed by flight EW8000 to Stuttgart.- Advertisement – – Advertisement –last_img read more

first_img“Most cancellations of reservations in the last two months related to the period until July, but not reservations for July, August and September. It is now important to follow this trend to see if the trend of canceling reservations for the “peak season” continues or the trend is turning positively in our favor. What is a fact and what is clearly seen in the chart is how positive shifts have been noticed in the last ten days”Concludes Mišulić. Although it is difficult to predict anything, everyone is wondering what the real situation is with reservations: what happens to previous reservations and what is the real interest around new reservations or what is the overall state of booking. It is the Rentlio Trend Tracker analyst that gives us an excellent insight into the current state of booking (the ratio between new and canceled bookings). Zadar IT company Rentlio, which has developed an application for automation of the entire business of small tourist facilities – apartments, small hotels, hostels, has published an extremely useful tool – Rentlio Trend Tracker which gives us an insight into the recovery trend of the tourism market, and which is based on live data of more than 7 thousand accommodation units managed through Rentlio. Follow the current situation from minute to minute Rentlio Trend Tracker So, this graph shows us the current state of reservations, but I also give us an insight into the development trend around reservations, because everyone is wondering what will happen to the reservations for July, August and September, which are booking before the outbreak of the covid19 epidemic. The last few months have been incredibly challenging and confusing for everyone in the tourism industry. However, as the situation stabilizes throughout Europe, and especially in Croatia (in Croatia today we have 0 new cases), there is a relaxation of measures, borders are slowly opening, hotels are opening slowly, so there is optimism and tourism is waking up, even the first tourists already on the Adriatic. “The index collects live data at the level of our entire customer base, which consists of over 7.000 accommodation units. When the index exceeds 1.0, it means that the number of new bookings in the day was higher than the number of cancellations of existing bookings. If, for example, out of 100 reservations we have 75 new and 25 canceled, we will get a Tracker value of 3. For comparison, the average daily value of the Tracker in the first six months of last year was 2″Misulic points out. Rentlio Trend Tracker (RTT) shows the ratio between new and canceled bookings at the day level. A Rentlio Trend Tracker value greater than 1 is a positive signal, which specifically means that guests book more new appointments than cancel existing bookings. With Rentlio Trend Tracker, we want to provide all tourism workers with timely information on the change in the negative trend we are affected by, he said. Marko Mišulić, director and founder of Rentley. At the beginning of the crisis or when the whole situation with coronavirus escalated somewhere in mid-March, the index was 0,10 or 0,15, which is clearly seen in the graph, while at the time of writing (16:12) the RTT index was 0.94, which means we are close to the recovery line. last_img read more

first_imgDreams of completing a career “Golden Slam” are likely to remain elusive though. While sister Serena has kept pocketing Grand Slams regularly, it is 12 years since Venus won her last Slam, when she triumphed at the 2008 Wimbledon Championships.And Venus though knows that the clock is ticking.”I probably won’t be playing as long as what I have already played,” she says. “We’ll see how I feel. I still love winning as much, but when it’s over, it’s over.” Topics : When Venus Williams first stepped onto a tennis court in Oakland for her professional debut in 1994, the Rolling Stones were playing a concert next door at a neighboring stadium.Twenty-six years later, Williams, like Mick Jagger and Keith Richards, is in no mood to simply fade away.The trailblazing American star celebrates her 40th birthday on Wednesday with the tennis season on pause amid the coronavirus crisis which has decimated the calendar. Highs and lowsWilliams has never been big on admitting defeat however, a hallmark of her early days under the tutelage of father Richard Williams, who drummed into his daughters the maxim that “the ball is never out” — an exhortation to chase down every ball.When Williams does finally call it quits, tennis will bid farewell to one of the greatest players in its history.And even though advances in sports science are increasingly stretching the boundaries of longevity for modern athletes, few players today are likely to match her achievement of a professional career that has spanned four different decades.By now the broad brushstrokes of Williams career are part of tennis lore: the upbringing in the gritty Los Angeles suburb of Compton, the rivalry with younger sister Serena, who has 23 Grand Slam titles to Venus’s seven, the successful comeback after being diagnosed with Sjogren’s syndrome, an auto-immune disease whose symptoms include joint pain and fatigue.”I’ve had great moments, I’ve been on the top, I’ve been on the bottom, I’ve been down and out – I’ve done it all and I’ve been equally as happy during all of it,” Williams says.The final years of Williams career have coincided with the emergence of a young crop of African-American tennis players, including Sloane Stephens, Madison Keys, Taylor Townsend and Coco Gauff.Former US professional turned broadcaster Pam Shriver believes Williams has helped African-American women “to feel there’s a pathway for them to the top of the tennis world.”In recent weeks, Williams has spoken out about the tumultuous protests which erupted in the wake of the killing of unarmed black man George Floyd by police in Minneapolis on May 25.Williams wrote in a long Instagram post that Floyd’s death and other incidents had shown that “racism that still pervades America.””This just scratches the surface of the hideous face of racism in America,” she said.”Speaking up about racism in the past was unpopular. It was shunned. No one believed you.”Until you have walked in these shoes, as an African American, it is impossible to understand the challenges you face in the country, in this world.” The former world number one, however, says there is no prospect of her quietly drawing a line under a career which has yielded seven Grand Slam singles titles, four Olympic gold medals and dozens of tournament wins.So, despite the march of time and a recent record of futility — her last singles title came in a WTA Tour event in Taiwan in 2016 – Williams won’t be hanging up her racquet just yet.”You always have to have dreams, so I keep having them,” Williams told the Tennis Majors website in an interview earlier this month, revealing that she still wants to challenge for the French and Australian Opens, the two Grand Slams that have eluded her.”I would like to win Roland Garros. I was not far from it. The same goes for the Australian Open: I was unlucky, I always missed it a little,” Williams said.last_img read more

first_imgOnly 17% of providers said in the survey that costs were a “critical point” in their offerings.Especially among pension funds and insurers “every basis point counts”, Telos said, as many of them have guarantees to fulfil at the lowest risk possible in a low interest rate environment.“Some investors would be ok with a more basic service level, especially if they do not need the extra services offered,” the rating agency added. This was particularly true for low-risk investors, Telos argued, for whom many specialised service offerings regarding alternative investments did not make much sense.However, standard fees that are then topped up for extra services “does not help transparency” in the Master KVG market, Telos added.In 2016 the average fee for a Master KVG mandate stood at 4.25bps, roughly the same level as in 2015 but higher than in 2014 (3.9bps). Fees ranged from 3bps to 6bps.Overall, however, costs for Master KVG services have come down considerably over the past decade: 10 years ago a complex mandate would have cost almost 10bps, while today it can be accessed for half that fee.Nevertheless, the share of investors thinking Master KVG services are too costly has increased from 42% to 52% year-on-year in the Telos survey.The analysts warned that the pressure on costs has also generated at race to the bottom with some providers pushing prices “only in order to generate more assets under administration”.“It is not for us to judge whether this competition is ‘healthy’”, the researchers noted.They added that “some providers, including larger ones, are not taking part in this fee battle anymore”.Last year, 60% of investors said they would switch providers over the cost question, Telos said.Compared to the 2015 survey, the selection criteria cited by investors were more diversified but the top priorities remained the same.Spezialfonds – institutional investment funds administered by Master KVGs – recorded their second best year for sales in 2016, according to figures released by the German fund management trade body (BVI) today. Fund management companies collected inflows of €96.3bn, compared with €120.7bn in the “exceptional” year of 2015, it said.For the first time, pension investors rather than insurance companies provided the most new business for Spezialfonds. Costs for a Master KVG take second place on the investors’ list of important selection criteria for providers, according to a survey by rating agency Telos.Three-quarters (76%) of the surveyed German institutional investors said they were primarily looking at costs when looking for a provider. Master KVGs allow investors to outsource administration of their portfolios as well as some asset management.Only track record and references were named as important selection factors by more investors (84%).The researchers pointed out in their talks with asset managers offering Master KVG services they found that these providers are “underestimating the cost factor”.last_img read more

first_img Press Association Carrington, a 29-year-old qualified solicitor, has been on secondment from the Birmingham office of international law firm Squire Sanders since early February, covering the duties of Richard Garlick, who was promoted to the post of sporting and technical director (designate) in January. He will be responsible for Albion’s administrative and legal affairs and will work closely with Garlick, particularly during the summer transfer window. Carrington told www.wba.co.uk: “I’ve really enjoyed the time I’ve spent at the club since February and I’m delighted to have been given this opportunity. “I’ve joined the club at an exciting time. I hope to build on Richard’s hard work and I’m looking forward to the challenge ahead.” center_img West Brom have appointed Simon Carrington as their new legal counsel/club secretary.last_img read more