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  • Finding the classes that fit

    first_img 1Students flood out of a Harvard Hall classroom during Shopping Week, a window at the start of each semester when students can try out courses before formally registering. Stephanie Mitchell/Harvard Staff Photographer 7Jonathan Losos, the Monique and Philip Lehner Professor for the Study of Latin America and curator in herpetology at the Museum of Comparative Zoology, delivers an animated lecture on “Biology of Mammals: Organismic and Evolutionary Biology.” Jon Chase/Harvard Staff Photographer 8Morgan Breitmeyer ’17 (left) poses a question in “Linear Algebra and Applications,” taught by Professor of Mathematics Michael Hopkins. Jon Chase/Harvard Staff Photographer 17Mary-Grace Reeves ’16 (from left) and first-year Graduate School of Arts and Sciences students Wedding Xu and Xiao Yang get help from Kang-Kuen Ni during his chemistry course. Rose Lincoln/Harvard Staff Photographer 15Julie A. Buckler teaches “The Urban Imagination” in Emerson Hall. Rose Lincoln/Harvard Staff Photographer 14A student ponders Edward Glaeser’s lecture inside Jefferson Hall. Kris Snibbe/Harvard Staff Photographer 10Jamaica Kincaid teaches “African-American Literature from the Beginnings to the Harlem Renaissance” inside the Barker Center. Kris Snibbe/Harvard Staff Photographer 3Students crowd into Wood’s classroom to hear his introduction. Stephanie Mitchell/Harvard Staff Photographer 9Michael Hopkins writes a math problem on a chalkboard. Jon Chase/Harvard Staff Photographer The start of the semester can be harrying. There’s moving in, settling in, and then, classes. What to take? What schedule works best? Is this class right?That’s why, at the beginning of each semester, there’s Shopping Week, when students can sample a course before officially registering.By getting a glimpse into a class, students understand what’s expected of them, and are better equipped to plan their semesters and balance their course load accordingly.It’s helped Hugh Mayo ’18 so far.The St. Paul, Minn., native said he’s changed his concentration — from decided to undecided. But he has until November to figure it out.“In another school, I would’ve already registered for classes under [my former] concentration; Shopping Week has helped the transition a bit,” he said.“It’s an extraordinarily beneficial opportunity to attend as many lectures as I want by as many professors as I want,” said Samuel Shapiro ’18, waiting outside Julie A. Buckler’s “Human 54: The Urban Imagination” just a few minutes before class started.Like Mayo, Shapiro is between concentrations. Shopping Week takes a lot of the pressure off. “I can test out a bunch of these classes even if I’m not planning on taking them to understand what these concentrations will be like.” 16An inside view of Kang-Kuen Ni’s classroom inside Harvard’s Mallinckrodt Building. Rose Lincoln/Harvard Staff Photographer 11Ryan McKittrick teaches Introduction to Dramaturgy (Adaptation and A.R.T. 2015-16 Season), a class he co-teaches with Diane Paulus, in the Loeb Drama Center. Stephanie Mitchell/Harvard Staff Photographer 12Angela Yang ’18 (left) attends “Intermediate Microeconomics: Advanced,” taught by Fred and Eleanor Glimp Professor of Economics Edward Glaeser. Kris Snibbe/Harvard Staff Photographer 2Professor of the Practice of Literary Criticism James Wood speaks about the syllabus for his class “Consciousness in Fiction.” Stephanie Mitchell/Harvard Staff Photographer 6Sam Hagen ’18 (right), a Theater, Dance, and Media concentrator, awaits his audition for Remo Airaldi’s class. Stephanie Mitchell/Harvard Staff Photographer 13Edward Glaeser moves through the room during his seminar. Kris Snibbe/Harvard Staff Photographer 4Ayesha Mangaldas ’17 (left) auditions for Remo Airaldi’s class “Acting Shakespeare,” part of Harvard’s new Theater, Dance, and Media concentration. Stephanie Mitchell/Harvard Staff Photographer 5Eli Kresta ’16 auditions for Remo Airaldi (left) inside Farkas Hall. Stephanie Mitchell/Harvard Staff Photographer 18Amit Levi, a fellow at the Center for Astrophysics, is enrolled in Kang-Kuen Ni’s chemistry course. Rose Lincoln/Harvard Staff Photographerlast_img read more

  • The Present’s Jacqueline McKenzie on Running Around the Theater in Her Underwear & More

    first_img Related Shows View Comments Age: “I’m 22. Can I do another one? 32. No, one more. I’m 100 and dead. Ha!”Hometown: Sydney, AustraliaCurrent Role: Jacqueline McKenzie is making her Broadway debut in The Present as Sophia, a married woman whose affection for an old flame ignites during a birthday celebration weekend.Stage & Screen Cred: McKenzie made her New York stage debut in The White Devil at BAM; she also appeared in The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui opposite Al Pacino. Her additional stage credits include Orlando, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Saint Joan and Hamlet. On screen, McKenzie is best known for her role as Diana Skouris on The 4400. She has also appeared on screen in Deep Blue Sea, The Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood, Romper Stomper, Angel Baby and The Water Diviner. Jacqueline McKenzie photographed at Knave at Le Parker Meridien(Photo: Caitlin McNaney)center_img The Present Show Closed This production ended its run on March 19, 2017last_img read more

  • HACCP Training.

    first_imgFood safety hazards abound in the path fresh produce travels from the field to the table. To help keep that healthful food clean and safe all the way through, the University of Georgia has planned a HACCP (Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point) training for processors. Anyone in the fresh-cut produce industry could benefit from the training Dec. 1-3 at the Holiday Inn Airport North in Atlanta. UGA food scientists will conduct the training. The program will begin Dec. 1 at 8 a.m. It will end at noon Dec. 3. A $450 fee will cover tuition and accreditation certificate, as well as all materials, supplies, two lunches, refreshment breaks, a reception Dec. 1 and dinner Dec. 2. Preregistration is required. A block of rooms will be held until Nov. 16 at a $90 rate. Call the hotel at (404) 762-8411 for reservations. To learn more about the training, contact the county Extension Service office. Or call Bill Hurst at (706) 542-2574. Or e-mail him at bhurst@arches.uga.edu.last_img read more

  • COVID-19: Otsego County confirms first death and 3 more positive cases

    first_imgOTSEGO COUNTY, N.Y. (WBNG) — The Otsego County Health Department has confirmed three more positive cases of the coronavirus on Saturday. For more coronavirus coverage, click here. Otsego County reported six positive cases and their first death on Friday. The county has nine positive cases as of Saturday. The health department is advising that members of the community abstain from unnecessary travel to prevent the spread of the virus. center_img Go to the CDC website or the Otsego County Health Department’s website for more information.last_img read more

  • Traineespotting

    first_imgTo access this article REGISTER NOWWould you like print copies, app and digital replica access too? SUBSCRIBE for as little as £5 per week. Would you like to read more?Register for free to finish this article.Sign up now for the following benefits:Four FREE articles of your choice per monthBreaking news, comment and analysis from industry experts as it happensChoose from our portfolio of email newsletterslast_img

  • N’Golo Kante has a 50/50 chance of playing in the Europa League final, claims Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri

    first_imgAdvertisement Advertisement Comment N’Golo Kante has a 50/50 chance of playing in the Europa League final according to Maurizio Sarri (Picture: Getty)Maurizio Sarri has refused to rule N’Golo Kante out of Chelsea’s Europa League final against Arsenal on Wednesday but admitted that the chances of the midfielder playing are ’50/50’.The 28-year-old injured his hamstring during Chelsea’s 3-0 win over Watford in the Premier League earlier this month and then suffered a knock to his knee during training at the weekend.Following his latest fitness-related setback, Kante was assumed to be all but certain of missing the final, however, Chelsea decided to take the Frenchman to Baku just in case he recovered.Chelsea are definitely without Ruben Loftus-Cheek after he ruptured his Achilles last week and Sarri admitted that his team will be in ‘trouble’ if Kante also misses the game.ADVERTISEMENT N’Golo Kante has a 50/50 chance of playing in the Europa League final, claims Chelsea boss Maurizio Sarri Metro Sport ReporterTuesday 28 May 2019 5:47 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link331Shares Ruben Loftus-Cheek will definitely miss out after rupturing his Achilles (Picture: Getty)When asked whether Kante would feature, Sarri replied: ‘I don’t know. He had a little problem in his knee on Saturday. We are trying. It is not serious but it is the problem of three or four days. We will try, but right now we don’t know.AdvertisementAdvertisement‘[He is] 50/50, yesterday 60/40 for no, but now 50/50. He was a little better this morning.’Asked how big a loss Kante would be, Sarri responded: ‘We are in trouble with the midfielders. We have only three midfielders for three positions. We are in trouble.‘N’Golo is very important. He is the only defensive midfielder that we have. We will try to recover him. N’Golo for us, it is a problem.’Although Sarri’s use of Kante has been questioned and criticised at times this season, the World Cup winner has been an integral part of his plans, with only Cesar Azpilicueta and Jorginho starting more Premier League games for Chelsea than him this season.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityKante started 36 of Chelsea’s 38 league matches, missing their final fixture of the campaign against Leicester City through injury and after he went off injured against Watford, Sarri conceded that he had made a mistake in playing him.If Kante is unavailable to play for Chelsea, it will leave Sarri with just Jorginho, Ross Barkley and Mateo Kovacic as his only fit midfielders for the final.More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenallast_img read more

  • German Pensionskassen may need further regulatory relief

    first_imgGerman Pensionskassen are under heavier than usual pressure due to a mix of low interest rates and market uncertainty caused by the COVID-19 crisis, and for this they could benefit from further regulatory relief, as the outlook, according to some, does not look promising.In a reply to a parliamentary inquiry of the far-right party Alternative for Germany, AfD, the German government revealed that 36 Pensionskassen were currently under the intensive supervision of the Federal Financial Supervisory Authority (BaFin).According to the government, BaFin has already approved applications to cut pension benefits filed by seven Pensionskassen (see box below). Four additional Pensionskassen have submitted applications, which are now being reviewed by the authority, the government replied without giving further details.Rafael Krönung, actuary and company pension schemes expert at Willis Towers Watson (WTW), told IPE that many Pensionskassen and Pensionsfonds “have enough financial buffers at their disposal to absorb the effects of the COVID-19 crisis on their assets; others will go through difficult times”. If a Pensionskassen entity cannot meet funding requirements, it must provide BaFin with a recovery plan that would restore its required solvency within a certain time frame, Krönung explained, adding that the schemes could also approach their employers for additional contributions.He said that if an employer could not provide additional financial support and capital investments were not sufficient to cover liabilities, most Pensionskassen would have a restructuring clause.The reduction of obligations is a last resort. “It is what the BaFin, the employer and the Pensionskasse usually want to avoid with all their power,” Krönung said, adding that of the around 135 Pensionskassen in Germany, only a few had to cut obligations in the past, although it is possible that others would follow because of the current crisis.BaFin has already decided to provide relief for employers to restore the coverage of guaranteed assets for Pensionsfonds, by allowing them to submit a plan to restore coverage of up to 10% until 1 October at the latest.For Krönung, similar or even further measures are necessary for Pensionskassen to reduce the risk of cutting benefits. “This could permanently harm beneficiaries or employers, even though the financial situation of the Pensionskasse might recover in the near future,” he added.Even if underfunded, a Pensionskasse usually has sufficient assets to make benefit payments for at least 30 or 40 more years, therefore, BaFin and the legislator should provide adequate time to overcome the current market volatility, he said.Detlef Coßmann, actuary at Aon Hewitt, believes that BaFin has reacted quickly to relax the rules for Pensionsfonds. “This creates considerably more flexibility and cash relief for employers or sponsoring undertakings.”He said similar action could be put in place for regulated Pensionskassen, “for example an extension of a financing period to strengthen calculation bases, or even a delay of an additional payment scheduled for 2020-21”.BaFin already allows for regulated Pensionskassen to hold a temporary excess of real estate investments as other assets devalue: “It would be very helpful if, in general, supervisory responses would reflect the extraordinary circumstances by reacting to the needs for Pensionskassen, Pensionsfonds and employers,” Coßmann added.VolatilityBaFin’s strict supervision, however, may not couple well with current capital market volatility.For Coßmann, losses may not only be reflected in the stock market in the medium term, but also in other markets such as real estate and alternative investments. “However, given market volatility, it is difficult to estimate an actual loss in the value of assets,” he said.Pensionskassen and Pensionsfonds had already experienced the negative effects of price developments in 2018, which led to discussions on the sustainability of losses, followed by a recovery in 2019.“In this respect, one should not overreact and deal moderately with the impact of the COVID-19 crisis on asset allocation and actual holdings, especially since it is not yet possible to conclusively assess whether and when a partial recovery could emerge,” Coßmann said.The funding requirements of a Pensionskasse or a Pensionsfonds could further stress the liquidity situation of an employer, WTW’s Krönung added. In the case of a Pensionsfonds, the employer would have to pay additional contributions if the Pensionsfonds is underfunded and, similarly, this can happen for sponsoring companies of a Pensionskasse.“In the current situation, Pensionskassen, Pensionsfonds and employers need in particular one thing, and that is time,” Krönung said, adding that the crisis causes extreme volatility on capital markets.He highlighted the importance for Pensionskassen and Pensionsfonds to take prudent long-term decisions.Normally, Pensionskassen investing in equities would rely on a risk buffer that shows it can sustain volatility. For this reason, in current times a fund would be forced to end its investment in equities and make safer capital investments instead, he noted.He said a pension fund would realise losses in equities and when prices pick up again, the fund would not be able to participate in the rebound. Instead, “Pensionskassen should be allowed to wait until the equity market picks up again and should not be pushed to realise the current losses due to regulatory reasons” as this would harm the Pensionskassen and their beneficiaries in the long term, Krönung said.Pensionskasse that have received approval from BaFIn to cut pension benefitsDeutsche Steuerberater-VersicherungHannoversche Alterskasse VVaGHannoversche Pensionskasse VVaGKölner Pensionskasse VVaGPensionskasse der Genossenschaftsorganisation VVaGPensionskasse der Hamburger Hochbahn Aktiengesellschaft -VVaGPensionskasse Deutscher Eisenbahnen und Straßenbahnen VVaGlast_img read more

  • Brisbane is hammering home sales

    first_img FOLLOW SOPHIE FOSTER ON TWITTER MORE: Patience pays off for buyer Ten month reno turns cottage into masterpiece Sydney 80.3% (last year 54.6%)Melbourne 79.2% (last year 52.5%)Brisbane 61.5% (last year 28.9%)Adelaide 75% (last year 59.7%) More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus10 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market10 hours agoPerth 80.0% (last year 24.3%)Tasmania n.a.Canberra 90.3% (last year 45.5%)Weighted Average 78.6% (last year 51.2%) (Source: CoreLogic) Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:58Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:58 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 Rate1xFullscreenHow much do I need to retire?00:58 The two larger markets, Sydney (80.3 per cent) and Melbourne (79.2 per cent), were also way over levels they hit the same time last year (54.6 per cent and 52.5 per cent respectively). Sales agent Peter Laoudikos of McGrath Bulimba said the rise in buyers was also driving up offers made before auction.“We had five auctions that were set for the next two weeks and three have already sold with multiple offers,” he said. CoreLogic market analyst Kevin Brogan said the result came off a reasonable base of 104 auction listings which was about two-thirds of the peak season average (145). “The reason this is significant is because we’ve had, for Brisbane, a moderately busy weekend and we’ve still got quite a high preliminary clearance rate,” he said. “In 2019 during the first half of the year the clearance rate barely went over 40 per cent. Among homes sold prior to auction was 21 Halstead Street, Coorparoo, which was previously set to go to auction at 10am on Saturday Feb 15.BRISBANE’S auction market has had its best start in years, with the number of homes selling under the hammer hitting five-year highs at the weekend. Preliminary results showed 61.5 per cent of homes that went under the hammer this past week sold, almost double that of a year ago (28.9 per cent), according to CoreLogic. “Only two other occasions in the past five years has Brisbane seen a higher clearance rate during the January 1 to the present period – but both times were off substantially smaller bases, Mr Brogan said. The week that ended January 29, 2017 saw 63 per cent of the 30 homes listed for auction sell under the hammer, while the same week in 2018 saw 92.9 per cent of the 17 properties being auctioned sell off. Realestate.com.au chief economist Nerida Conisbee said “buyers have been buoyed by low interest rates, easing of finance and the start of rising prices in the Brisbane market”. “Brisbane isn’t traditionally an auction market, but if you are looking to sell in these conditions, it might be worthwhile taking your property under the hammer.” Preliminary auction clearance rates:last_img read more

  • Icon Offshore to provide anchor handler for Shell

    first_imgMalaysian offshore support vessel provider, Icon Offshore, has been awarded a contract to provide an anchor handler for Shell. In a Bursa Malaysia filing on Friday, the Malaysian company said it would provide a 60 MT bollard pull anchor handling tug/supply (AHTS) vessel to Sarawak Shell Berhad/Sabah Shell Petroleum Company’s operations.Icon also said that the contract will start on May 26 or upon pre-localisation inspection approval and will continue for a period of up to ten months.The contract is valued at approximately RM5.4 million ($1.3M).Offshore Energy Today Stafflast_img read more

  • EDS HV Wraps Up Greater Gabbard Outage Work

    first_imgEDS HV Group has completed the connection and testing during a planned outage at the Greater Gabbard offshore wind farm in the UK.EDS was in charge of re-connecting and testing the inter-array cable on the IG substation during the planned outage.The company said it worked with four contractors, who completed planned works at the same time, to ensure a safe solution and minimal downtime.“This is a huge success for the site and my sincere thanks to all involved to ensure the safe completion of the works,” said Kenny Beardsell, Site Manager for Greater Gabbard.“The collaboration and team efforts that went into this project and the restoration of as many turbines as possible has been fantastic. We truly can achieve a great deal when the team works together.”The Greater Gabbard wind farm comprises 140 Siemens 3.6MW wind turbines located 23km off the coast of Suffolk. It was fully commissioned in September 2012.last_img read more