Of sammelbands, coutumes, and broadsides

first_imgWith a vast and rich collection of materials spanning 10 centuries, Historical & Special Collections (HSC), in the Harvard Law School Library, is a treasure trove for those interested in tracing the history and development of the law, legal education, law practice, and the history of Harvard Law School. A current exhibit, called “Spanning the Centuries: An Exhibit of Recent Acquisitions, 1579-1868,” highlights some new and unusual acquisitions.A 17th-century book on display, which describes “Remedies for the poor people in the countryside,” is part of a bound collection of separate works, called a sammeband, which also includes the treatise on arbitration from the same period. Apparently, the books were used by the same person, who practiced legal as well as medical triage. These early examples of legal and medical self-help, include engravings guiding the viewer on practices from how to properly bandage wounds to how to stand during an arbitration.Part of the exhibit features the latest additions to the library’s “true crime collections.” The HLS Library has a robust collection of Anglo-American “trials and broadsides” which often present sensational details of crime and punishment (broadsides are typically a single page while trials are more often booklets or pamphlets). They include stories of murders and executions, such as the case of Elizabeth Brownrigg, an 18th-century woman who was executed for torturing and starving several of her apprentice servants.The exhibit is on view through August 22, 2014 in the Caspersen Room, Langdell Hall, weekdays 9 to 5. Read Full Storylast_img read more

Lyme disease serious

first_imgIn this stage, bacteria (Borrelia burgdorferi) infect jointtissue, causing arthritis, or infect cardiac muscles, weakeningtissue around the heart. “If Lyme disease damages the brain, the patient may nevercompletely recover, even with treatment,” Hinkle said.”Infections that have spread to the central nervous system aredifficult to treat, because antibiotics cannot penetrate theblood brain barrier.” “The arthritis will appear only in one side of the body, eitherthe left or right elbow or knee,” Hinkle said. “It’s notsymmetrical like most other cases of arthritis.” In some cases the bacteria will attack the central nervoussystem, causing brain damage, memory loss, dementia ordepression.Treatable at all stagesDoctors can treat Lyme disease in all stages, giving this diseasea low fatality rate.center_img Mosquitoes and West Nile virus are the hot topics of late, butdon’t forget to guard against ticks to prevent Lyme disease.”While not known to kill anyone, Lyme disease can be a seriousthreat to your health,” said Nancy Hinkle, an Extensionentomologist with the University of Georgia College ofAgricultural and Environmental Sciences. “It can make you veryill, even chronically ill.”First noted in ConnecticutLyme disease was first discovered in 1977 when arthritis wasobserved in a group of children in and around Lyme, Conn., Hinklesaid.”Connecticut and New York remain the most common places to reportthe disease, with thousands of cases occurring each year,” shesaid. “The disease is still extremely rare in the West and in theSouth.””It didn’t appear in Georgia until the late ’80s and still isn’ta threat to many people,” she said.The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports only 434cases of Lyme disease in Georgia since 1990. The disease istransmitted through Ixodes scapularis tick bites in the South.Different ticks are associated with the disease in other areas ofthe United States.Carrier is smaller than mostIxodes scapularis ticks are not easily identifiable. They’resmaller than any other ticks found in the Southeast.”They’re commonly mistaken for the Lone Star tick, which is alsoa small tick,” Hinkle said. “But Lone Star ticks have a whitespot on their back.” These ticks are less significant diseasevectors.If a tick has bitten you, watch the site for symptoms of Lymedisease.Watch for a bull’s-eye”The first sign is a bull’s-eye rash that forms on the skin nearthe infected bite,” Hinkle said. “The rash is concentric circlesof alternate red and white rings, giving it the appearance of abull’s eye.”The rash can form days or even weeks after you’re infected. “It will go away in a few days, and the person will feel fine andforget about it,” she said. “Then the second stage begins. Thiscan happen months or even years later.” “If intercepted early, while in the bulls-eye stage, antibioticscan be taken by mouth to treat the symptoms and stop thebacterial infection from spreading,” Hinkle said.If caught in stage two, antibiotics must be given intravenously,and a hospital stay is required.last_img read more

On the Blogs: ‘Why Solar Keeps Being Underestimated’

first_imgOn the Blogs: ‘Why Solar Keeps Being Underestimated’ FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享CarbonBrief.org:Why is there such a gap between expectation and reality? Admittedly, solar’s growth, starting from a miniscule base, has been spectacular. Few technologies have taken hold so fast.Consumers proved willing to pay a premium for green technology on their own rooftops, while ambitious policy instruments like Germany’s Feed-in-Tariff and California’s Renewable Portfolio Standard pushed renewables much faster than anticipated.These dynamics have so far been poorly captured by energy system models, which tended to represent the complex mix of different climate policies in a simplified and stylised way – for example, as a single, economy-wide carbon price. These models also assume that society will always seek to minimise costs, ignoring the potential role of personal preferences.Most importantly, faster initial deployment caused costs to decline rapidly and consistently. In fact, solar module costs decreased by around 23% with each doubling in installed capacity, a phenomenon dubbed “technological learning“. Traditionally, technological learning has been inadequately reflected in many models.The levelised costs of solar are now undercutting fossil fuels in competitive markets. In locations as diverse as Dubai, Mexico, and Chile, the best solar PV projects are selling power at less than $0.03 per kilowatt hour (kWh). In India or Zambia, some PV projects are producing power at or below $0.06/kWh, outcompeting coal.One final factor explaining why models have underestimated solar is their cost projections for other technologies. As a result, they have not only overestimated the costs of solar, they have also been too optimistic about cost reductions for the alternatives or even failed to foresee cost increases.More: Why Solar Keeps Being Underestimatedlast_img read more

Budweiser to brew its British beverages with solar power by 2020

first_imgBudweiser to brew its British beverages with solar power by 2020 FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Reuters:Budweiser beer will be brewed in Britain using solar power from 2020 following a 15-year deal signed by brewer Anheuser-Busch InBev (AB InBev) and renewable power developer Lightsource BP, the companies said on Wednesday.Lightsource BP will develop and operate 100 megawatts (MW) of solar projects to generate enough electricity for AB InBev’s breweries. The power being generated is the equivalent to the amount used by 18,000 homes. The solar projects are expected to be completed and connected to Britain’s power grid by the end of 2020.AB InBev, the world’s largest brewer, produces more than 17 million cans and bottles of Budweiser beer each week from its two main breweries in Magor, South Wales and Samlesbury, Lancashire.The initiative is part of the company’s sustainability goals which include purchasing all electricity from renewable sources by 2025, AB InBev said in a statement.No financial details were disclosed, but Lightsource said the deal would enable it to develop the solar projects without subsidies. Oil major BP acquired a 43 percent stake in Lightsource, Europe’s biggest solar energy developer, last year.More: British brewed Budweiser beer to rely on solar power from 2020last_img read more

Enter the Vortex: Pisgah Brewing Vortex II

first_imgEnter the Vortex. Love the Vortex.The Christmas season just keeps getting better. First, you had the release of Cold Mountain Winter Ale, a ridiculously popular holiday beer from Highland Brewing that flies off the shelves faster than the Elf on the Shelf heading to the North Pole. Now, we get to look forward to Pisgah Brewing releasing its annual winter brew, Vortex. The annual Pisgah Brewing Vortex is typically a dark, rich, high gravity beer. This year, they’re releasing Pisgah Brewing Vortex II Russian Imperial Stout. And they’ve collaborated with French Broad Chocolate Factory to add crazy delicious cocoa nibs.Mmmm…nibs.Half of the Pisgah Brewing Vortex II batch will get the nibs, the other half will be released “naked.” Both will be released in an annoyingly limited amounts of 22 ounce bottles. The release party is set for Dec. 20. Hit the brewery directly, or be prepared to hunt stores around Asheville for the beautiful “deuce deuce” bottles from Pisgah.last_img read more

Data: It just keeps coming…

first_img 10SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Jay Kassing Jay Kassing is President of MARQUIS, a Texas based provider of marketing analytics solutions including MCIF/CRM software, MCIF services, profitability, compliance, consulting and direct mail creative/fulfillment. Jay has … Web: www.gomarquis.com Details Every day, Facebook has 300 million new photos uploaded and 3 billion new comments posted. Over 520 hours of video are uploaded to YouTube every day. Twitter users generate 500 million new tweets per day. The Federal Reserve shows there are over 120 billion annual non-cash (i.e., trackable) payment transactions per year. According to IBM, people create 2.5 quintillion bytes of data every day.While these are all big numbers…they are simply just a metaphor for what is predicted to happen…a continued upsurge in the availability of diverse data.Data. Lots of it. How do we make sense of it? How do we profit from it?Candidly, data analysis of this kind isn’t new. It has been going on for decades for sure. Back in 2001, in his book, Good To Great, Jim Collins noted that the kind of data available to the great institution and the average one is about the same. The difference is that the great institution turns the data they have into information they cannot ignore.You may find it interesting that even back in the 1980s, former President Reagan said “Information is the oxygen of the modern age.” Is it? Is information the oxygen for the modern age? I believe it … but is it for you and your credit union. Is your strategy being informed by the reality of your member data?Across the board, with very few exceptions, experts in every field (including banking) say that leveraging data will determine the winners and losers going forward. Just recently, Jeffrey Pilcher, publisher of the Financial Brand wrote an article titled “The future of Financial marketing hinges on one word.: Data.”The interest in data and data analytics today is understandably high. The challenge is in getting started, and in understanding how to find tactics and outcomes that will be most important to you. Because the rewards of unleashing the power of data analytics are undeniable.As the amount of data increases dramatically, so will the need to collect this data and analyze it … and then act on it.Financial Technology (FinTech) seems to be taking over the world of banking. And your Board of Directors, Executive staff and possibly even you are all a little on edge. You all know banking and marketing…but this whole technology thing, this data thing…maybe not so much. Loans and deposits will always be with us; but, in the future, the winners in banking will have to fight through the value propositions in all of these new technologies to find the things that matter. Data analytics matters.Why?Because Big Data and Data Analytics promise one primary thing for Marketing and Sales: Automated Action. From data collection to analysis to delivering offers and measuring the response. Everything must be automated.Neither your sales team, nor your marketing staff – if you even have a staff, you may be it – none of you may have the time to collect, analyze, interpret, or determine the best strategies for information derived from Data Analytics. No time equals zero results.Candidly, few FIs are fortunate enough to have a skilled analyst on the team who can find the actionable gold in all of the data, let alone one who also knows how best to act upon and harvest that gold. And then all of this work must enable your institution to reach an audience of one, with a personal, relevant and timely message. How will you do this? Can you? Do you want to?The best way to imagine this benefit is to think of Amazon. How many of you have searched for something on Amazon? If you’ve ever searched for or even bought something, anything, on Amazon you cannot help but notice that they will recommend something else to you, based on your predictable behavior. You know, “those who bought this, also liked this.” They use data analytics to do it. Automated data analytics.There isn’t someone at Amazon tracking my activity or yours, going, “oooh, Jay is online looking for stuff, let’s make an offer.” It has to be automated. What if your marketing could leverage this same kind of automation? Maybe not in exactly the same way. I mean, unless you have tens of millions of folks hitting your website looking at tens of thousands of items…What if this same “Amazon-like” data collection process was automated for your marketing and sales efforts, with and for your clients? What if the analysis was also done for you so that predictable opportunities for loan and deposit growth, retention, cross-sales, onboarding, etc., were all automatically tabulated and scored? Then, what if each predictable sales and marketing opportunity was acted upon – offers made automatically, for you, every day? Fulfilled for you?Big Data and Data Analytics should deliver on this primary benefit for you seamlessly, from data collection through direct marketing offers … Automatically. Every Day.Are you leveraging data in this way? Remember, across the board, with very few exceptions, the experts in banking say that leveraging data will determine the winners and losers going forward. If you aren’t embracing data analytics, it is time to get started.last_img read more

3 ways to save during wedding season

first_imgSpring is here and summer is right around the corner. That’s right everyone: It’s wedding season! To some this is a dreaded side effect of their favorite time of year, but to others it’s something they’ve looked forward to since wintertime. One thing is for sure: a busy wedding season can be downright expensive. If you plan on attending numerous weddings this year, here are a few ways you can save a few bucks.Buy your gift earlyWhen it comes to wedding registries, we’ve all seen those items that made us think, “Who in the world can afford to buy them that?” You want to make sure those items aren’t the only ones left when you head down to Bed Bath & Beyond. Check out that list as soon as you know it’s available, so you can be sure and secure a gift that’s both awesome and affordable.Prioritize your invitesIf your sister is getting married 30 minutes down the road, you’re obviously going to attend that wedding. If she’s getting married on the opposite coast, let’s be honest, you’re going to find a way to go. But if it’s your cousin getting remarried 3000 miles away, you may want to send an awesome gift and just stay home. Unless every wedding this year is taking place in the town you live in, you may have to make some tough choices so you can spend less money.Make it a group activityIf you’re traveling for a college friend’s wedding, you probably have other friends that are going as well. If this is the case, plan ahead. If the wedding destination is drivable and others live close to you, carpool and split that gas bill as many ways as possible. Look for a place to stay on Airbnb that can house you and all your friends who will be in attendance. Nothing like a little reunion party while everyone is together! 51SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,John Pettit John Pettit is the Managing Editor for CUInsight.com. John manages the content on the site, including current news, editorial, press releases, jobs and events. He keeps the credit union … Web: www.cuinsight.com Detailslast_img read more

Take tax exemption away from churches

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionRe Jan. 2 letter, “Let churches have freedom of speech”: Wallace Hughes recently pointed out that a church may lose its tax-exempt status if it engages in politically colored speech and held that this amounts to denial of the church’s freedom of speech. It appears to me that a church, as a non-profit, is entitled to First Amendment rights under the legal fiction of personhood, making the question one of tax vulnerability, not freedom of speech. One approach would be to remove the general tax-exempt status for churches, perhaps exempting substantive temporal aid to the public service. This approach might be more nearly fair for all taxpayers and would not require analysis of church speech.John HersheyCharltonMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsPolice: Schenectady woman tried to take car in Clifton Park hours after arrest, release in prior the…Foss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homeslast_img read more

Ørsted Develops New Cable Layout Design Tool

first_imgØrsted has developed a novel digital solution for designing the cable layout of offshore wind farms said to result in cost reductions.The OptiArray tool, developed using the FICO Xpress Optimizer, is dedicated for designing the cable layout connecting the turbines to the substations.The company added that the tool has helped in achieving savings while reducing the overall design time.In addition, OptiArray is said to improve the ability to investigate different scenarios as engineers can look for new ways to drive down the cost of electricity by testing many what-if scenarios.“Ørsted demonstrated innovative mathematical modelling to solve this challenge,” said Steve Hadaway, General Manager for FICO in Europe, the Middle East and Africa.“Our Xpress solution is built for innovators like Ørsted that need to crunch through millions of options to find the ideal solution in minutes.”last_img read more

US$269m cruise ship pier officially opened in Jamaica

first_img 92 Views   no discussions Share Sharing is caring! Share LifestyleTravel US$269m cruise ship pier officially opened in Jamaica by: – March 24, 2011center_img Share Tweet MONTEGO BAY, Jamaica (JIS) — Jamaica’s ‘most modern and elaborate’ port, the Falmouth Cruise Pier in Trelawny, was officially opened on Tuesday.The approximately US$ 269 million pier, which is still under construction, also saw the arrival of the world’s largest cruise vessel, Oasis of the Seas, making its inaugural stopover in Jamaica, with about 6,000 passengers and 2,000 crew members on board.Thousands of onlookers watched the arrival of the huge cruise liner, regarded as one of the most innovative and imaginative ships yet. The stopover coincided with the official opening of the pier, established by the Port Authority of Jamaica (PAJ), in partnership with Royal Caribbean International, owners of the Oasis of the Seas.Addressing the large crowd at the opening ceremony, Prime Minister Bruce Golding commended Royal Caribbean and the Port Authority, for their investment in the town of Falmouth.“Cabinet gave approval for the project in 2008, and here we are today, some two and a half years later, celebrating this milestone,” Golding said.He said that the port represents a significant level of investment in Falmouth, as well as Jamaica’s tourism, and commended Royal Caribbean for its “unwavering” commitment.“There are many projects, I know, that were launched about the same time and when the global recession hit … (but) despite all of those challenges, Royal Caribbean remained steadfast in their commitment and, today we celebrate the birth of this fantastic facility – the dawn of a new day for Falmouth and Jamaica,” he stated.“If you look around, you will see that there is work in progress, if you walk into the town, work is ongoing, but there is more work that has to be done,” he added.He said that while there were doubts about the project, when he walked through Water Square in Falmouth, he was pleased with the transformation.“To be very honest with you, what I saw when I came this morning, I didn’t know that it would be possible, but the team has done a marvelous job in getting all of that in place”, he noted.The prime minister alluded to the sewerage plan for the town, indicating a need to significantly enhance and improve its capacity. He said that a significant level of investment will have to be made to provide the sewage capacity Falmouth needs, or the town’s system will come under stress.“There are people who are going to want to go to Falmouth, take in Vision 2030 and decide that it is not Jamaica but Falmouth that is the place to live, work, raise your families and do business,” Golding observed.He commended the stakeholders for the tremendous work accomplished in the establishment of the port, and former Prime Minister P. J. Patterson, under whose administration the project was conceptualized.MONTEGO BAY, Jamaica (JIS) — Jamaica’s ‘most modern and elaborate’ port, the Falmouth Cruise Pier in Trelawny, was officially opened on Tuesday.The approximately US$ 269 million pier, which is still under construction, also saw the arrival of the world’s largest cruise vessel, Oasis of the Seas, making its inaugural stopover in Jamaica, with about 6,000 passengers and 2,000 crew members on board.Thousands of onlookers watched the arrival of the huge cruise liner, regarded as one of the most innovative and imaginative ships yet. The stopover coincided with the official opening of the pier, established by the Port Authority of Jamaica (PAJ), in partnership with Royal Caribbean International, owners of the Oasis of the Seas.Addressing the large crowd at the opening ceremony, Prime Minister Bruce Golding commended Royal Caribbean and the Port Authority, for their investment in the town of Falmouth.“Cabinet gave approval for the project in 2008, and here we are today, some two and a half years later, celebrating this milestone,” Golding said.He said that the port represents a significant level of investment in Falmouth, as well as Jamaica’s tourism, and commended Royal Caribbean for its “unwavering” commitment.“There are many projects, I know, that were launched about the same time and when the global recession hit … (but) despite all of those challenges, Royal Caribbean remained steadfast in their commitment and, today we celebrate the birth of this fantastic facility – the dawn of a new day for Falmouth and Jamaica,” he stated.“If you look around, you will see that there is work in progress, if you walk into the town, work is ongoing, but there is more work that has to be done,” he added.He said that while there were doubts about the project, when he walked through Water Square in Falmouth, he was pleased with the transformation.“To be very honest with you, what I saw when I came this morning, I didn’t know that it would be possible, but the team has done a marvelous job in getting all of that in place”, he noted.The prime minister alluded to the sewerage plan for the town, indicating a need to significantly enhance and improve its capacity. He said that a significant level of investment will have to be made to provide the sewage capacity Falmouth needs, or the town’s system will come under stress.“There are people who are going to want to go to Falmouth, take in Vision 2030 and decide that it is not Jamaica but Falmouth that is the place to live, work, raise your families and do business,” Golding observed.He commended the stakeholders for the tremendous work accomplished in the establishment of the port, and former Prime Minister P. J. Patterson, under whose administration the project was conceptualized.Source: Caribbean News Now!last_img read more