Scholarship of things

first_imgAddressing an audience at the Harvard Ed Portal, Laurel Thatcher Ulrich, the 300th Anniversary University Professor and a Pulitzer Prize winner for history, said that many objects in Harvard’s collections defy easy categorization.Consider, she said, the tortilla.“It’s one of my favorite objects in Harvard’s museums,” she said of the University’s 118-year-old tortilla, which is kept in the Harvard University Herbaria. “It’s a botanical specimen, or sort of a botanical specimen, that became an ethnographic object, but is now a historical document. It’s led our students on many adventures: not just into food history, but into the history of ethnic conflict, the history of immigration, the history of migration on both sides of the Mexican-U.S. border, and so on.”Harvard’s four centuries of history, together with the depth and breadth of its holdings, mean that many items reward a more up-close examination, yielding insights on world history and the University itself.That concept, Ulrich said, led her to create the “Tangible Things” undergraduate course at Harvard, which grew into the HarvardX offering of the same name. Ulrich said the main idea behind the course is that “any object can become an entry point into historical investigation. The shoes on your feet, the chair you’re sitting on, light fixtures in the room — common things have stories.”Laurel Thatcher Ulrich delivers her lecture on “Tangible Things.” Jon Chase/Harvard Staff PhotographerBut it’s easy to miss out on those stories. Some students never enter a museum during their studies, and those who do often experience only brief glimpses into Harvard’s vast holdings.“In the 19th century, many of the fields that our students study didn’t exist,” Ulrich said. “They grew out of the collecting of natural things. Anthropology developed out of collections, for example. By the end of the 19th century, you had very specialized museums — zoology museums, history museums, technology museums, and so on.”Ulrich has worked to break down those barriers and make connections among a large pool of items, and across all levels of campus life. “Our goals were to engage students with physical things and to break down categories between objects, to make people more aware about the world in which we live. We wanted them to think across categories, to pay attention to their own tangible world, but also to think about Harvard differently,” she said.Robert Lue, faculty director of HarvardX and the Ed Portal, and a professor of the practice of molecular and cellular biology, introduced Ulrich as “one of the stars in the firmament” of Harvard’s History Department.“When we think of the objects we see in a museum, we tend to think of things that are incredibly precious as the only things that have value and power,” he said. But Ulrich’s work shows that “from the perspective of history, any object is imbued with enormous power, and can teach us a lot about the world and about ourselves.”Samanntha Tesch of Watertown brought a group of friends to the event.“The presentation really made me think about the little tangible things that are around me every day: what they mean, and what future generations might think of them as artifacts of history,” she said. “There are things that, in a way, make me who I am. So I want to really see the things I experience around me, and think about what I want to preserve as my own history, too.”last_img read more

Alienation proves fertile state of mind for Lauren Groff

first_img The Daily Gazette Sign up for daily emails to get the latest Harvard news. Fiction writer Lauren Groff will work on her fourth novel as the 2018‒2019 Suzanne Young Murray Fellow at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study. Her third, “Fates and Furies,” told the story of a marriage from two perspectives. The 2015 novel won numerous awards, was praised by critics, and was selected by President Obama as his book of the year. Last month, Groff published her second story collection, “Florida,” a moody meditation on life in her adopted state, a setting that conjures “a metaphorical sense of the world, a deep, swampy dread covered by a glorious and unceasing pour of sunshine.” We spoke with Groff about subversive prose, mothers and children, and crafting a vivid sense of place.Q&ALauren Groff GAZETTE: What do you consider the role of the fiction writer? Is the goal different with a novel versus a short story?GROFF: The goals of novelist and story writer feel utterly similar and radically different at the same time.​​A novel is a long, slow, delicious creation that lives with you the entire time you work on it; a story is a blazing bright flare. Looseness is desirable in a novel, because too much tautness can make for a wearisome read, while every word in a short story must carry three levels of meaning. Yet both are still fiction, sculptures created out of time, character, and words.​ I do think that the major difference is that novels tend to be in a major key and short stories in a minor key.GAZETTE: Your new collection is called “Florida” and the stories are either set there or have deep ties to the state. Why?GROFF: Florida signifies not only the geographical area to me, but also a metaphorical sense of the world, a deep, swampy dread covered by a glorious and unceasing pour of sunshine. It’s simultaneously a symbol, microcosm, and critique of America​. “[Florida is] simultaneously a symbol, microcosm, and critique of America​.” GAZETTE: You’ve said in other interviews that you were first opposed to living there in part because it’s so alien and strange. Do you feel different now? If so, why?​GROFF: My feelings have strengthened and deepened in multiple directions, while Florida still acts as a creative nemesis for me. It’s less strange now — I have a warm affection for the lizards that get into my house — but it will always be alien because I’ll never feel at home there. I think alienation is a really rich and delightful place to be for a fiction writer.​GAZETTE: Can you talk about trying to create “subversive” work? I’ve seen reviewers use that word in describing “Florida,” and I read an interview in which you said your goal with “Fates and Furies” was to “write a subversive book that didn’t look subversive.” Why is that word important to your work?GROFF: One of the jobs of the fiction writer is to feel out the limitations of the systems and institutions in which we live, many of which we take for granted, and to push as hard as we can against them. Many of these systems and institutions have proven themselves corrupt and in need of subversion from as many angles as we can manage.​GAZETTE: You are a mother of two. In 10 years you have produced three novels and two short-story collections. Can you talk about your process and how you manage work and family?GROFF: I understand that this is a question of vital importance to many people, particularly to other mothers who are artists trying to get their work done, and know that I feel for everyone in the struggle. But until I see a male writer asked this question, I’m going to respectfully decline to answer it.​GAZETTE: Motherhood and childhood are themes that run through many of the stories in “Florida.” Did you have that in mind when you began working on the collection?GROFF: A writer works from her particular urgency. Having vulnerable, beautiful, beloved ​dependents is like having had my own heart replicated and sent out into the world. Nothing feels more urgent to me than that.GAZETTE: What’s the key to developing such a rich sense of place — the feeling that Florida is not just a state, but also a state of mind?GROFF: I’d say a keen eye and a healthy set of paranoias, revulsions, and passionate adorations.last_img read more

Environmental Tax.

first_imgEligible LandTo be eligible as environmentally sensitive, Dangerfield said, the land must be at least one of the following: Steep mountain slopes and the mountain tops that lie above them.Wetlands.100-year flood plains.Habitats that contain endangered or threatened species of plants or animals.Significant ground water recharge areas.Undeveloped barrier islands or portions of them. The landowner must qualify to participate in the conservation use program.The Georgia Department of Natural Resources must certify that the land is environmentally sensitive, as defined by state law.The DNR must also certify that the land is in its natural condition.Each landowner can place up to 2,000 acres of land in the program.The landowner must enter a legally binding, 10-year agreement with the local taxing authority to maintain the land in its natural condition. A Georgia tax program has been offering breaks to a number of forest and farm landowners for years. But there haven’t been as many takers as there could be. How, When to ApplyApplications for current-use assessments, including environmentally sensitive land, must be filed with the county tax assessor by the deadline for filing county ad valorem tax returns. That’s usually from Jan. 1 to March 1.If the property must be reassessed by the board of tax assessors, you can file for current-use assessment in conjunction with or in lieu of an appeal of the reassessment.The Georgia Department of Revenue’s Property Tax Division Web site has more information about CUV or other tax breaks, including specifics on your county. You may call them, too, at (404) 656-4240. Or contact your county Extension Service agent. The program, called “Conservation Use Valuation,” has been in effect since 1992, said Coleman Dangerfield, an Extension Service forest economist and professor in the University of Georgia’s Warnell School of Forest Resources.”CUV was created,” Dangerfield said, “in response to concerns about urban sprawl, land use transition and resulting environmental impacts from these changes.”Tax Relief on Farm, Forest LandIt also provides tax relief for many qualified farm and forest landowners. “Under CUV,” he said, “a landowner signs a 10-year covenant with the county to receive current-use, as opposed to fair-market, valuation of the property for tax purposes.”Unique to the CUV program, he said, is environmentally sensitive property. In this classification, qualified landowners agree to keep environmentally sensitive land in its natural condition for 10 years.”Incentives include a property tax assessment based on the land’s existing or current use,” Dangerfield said. “This is also called conservation use assessment. Normally, assessment is based on the highest and best use.”Five Conditions on TaxTo qualify for the lower tax assessment, the land must meet five conditions. Property Tax Factslast_img read more

IHS Markit: Global solar PV installations to hit 129 GW this year

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Renewables Now:The global solar photovoltaic (PV) market will expand by 129 GW in 2019, at a rate of 25%, led by countries other than China, IHS Markit said on Thursday.China, currently the world largest photovoltaic (PV) market, is seen to lift its annual solar installations by only 2% after adding 45 GW in 2018. The market outside China, however, is forecast to grow by 43%, the analysis firm said in its latest PV Installations Tracker, adding that countries like Spain and Vietnam, among others, will step up solar development to meet 2019 project commissioning deadlines after falling modules prices spurred demand at end-2018.Asia Pacific is expected to dominate PV installations this year, accounting for 64% of the global growth, followed by the Americas and Europe with 16% and 15%, respectively. According to Josefin Berg, research and analysis manager at IHS Markit, the outlook for China is now “highly uncertain” as it is still not clear whether a new support scheme for the PV sector will be introduced. “Plans to focus policy more on unsubsidised PV systems could slow near-term deployment, unless strict construction deadlines are imposed to spur 2019 demand” he added.The market uncertainty is set to encompass India, as well, after several tenders there were delayed at a time when the price of PV components grows due to the imposition of safeguard duties. Thus, India will step back and the US will once again become the second largest PV market in 2019 as developers there rush to complete their projects before the end of the 30% investment tax credit (ITC) this year.The European market, meanwhile, is anticipated to bring online over 19 GW of fresh solar in 2019 as it witnesses an uptake following the end of the minimum import price on PV modules from China, Taiwan and Malaysia in September 2018.More: Global PV market to grow by 129 GW in 2019 IHS Markit: Global solar PV installations to hit 129 GW this yearlast_img read more

Peru Destines $40.7 Million Euros for Acquiring New Military Equipment

first_imgBy Dialogo December 27, 2010 I believe it is time to equip all of the teams and be at the level of other countries, this keeps the country safe. The presidency of the Peruvian Council of Ministers has decided to strengthen the system of national defense through a transfer of more than $40.7 million to the Defense Ministry, in order to acquire military matériel within the framework of the Armed Forces’ process of modernization. By means of ministerial resolution 373-2010-PCM, it was decided that the money will be transferred from the PCM to the Defense Ministry and will be used to purchase four missile systems, sixteen SSM missiles, personal anti-tank weapons, and portable anti-aircraft weaponry. The amounts transferred will form part of the Fund for the Armed Forces and the National Police, intended solely and exclusively for the acquisition of equipment destined for the modernization of the military and police. In addition, it is used for the refurbishment and technological renovation of their equipment, as well as for the repair and maintenance of the matériel used in the country’s defense and security.last_img read more

Medford Man Saved from Storm Drain

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A 25-year-old man who slipped and fell into a storm drain while reaching for a cell phone he dropped down there in his hometown of Medford has been rescued.Suffolk County police said the victim called 911 from a second cell phone he had on him after he became trapped in the holding tank of the drain on Route 112 near Granny Road at 6:40 p.m. Monday.Emergency Service Section officers used a reciprocating saw and a ladder to free the man, who was not injured.last_img read more

The new normal of mortgage lending

first_img continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr When 2020 forced us to react to a pandemic, none of us knew how our lives would change and what our new normal would look like. The generally accepted expectation of a short stent of inconvenience slowly turned into months of disruption and it became apparent the pandemic would be here a while and it was going to be painful.Things like in-person meetings jumped to video calls. Trainings, tradeshows and onsite networking opportunities became virtual. The mortgage experience, well, it had a brief burst of process improvement to make changes that were low-hanging fruit and figure out virtual and e-closings. But lenders quickly learned that some of the changes were connected to legacy systems and that type of change did not come quickly.In the end the mortgage process didn’t change all that much. Thankfully, most of the fulfillment and origination process had already evolved to a digital experience. Borrowers have applied online for years and the online application has become better and better over time. That is not to say that the pandemic has left mortgage lending unscathed though.For the lender, the impact of the pandemic was in the nuances of fulfillment. Suddenly it became challenging to get an appraiser to wander through the house of someone they didn’t know to assess the property. It became very difficult to reach an employer to verify income. Individuals who used the internet in public places (libraries, cafes, public WiFi) lost the ability to access online portals and submit documents as those public businesses and services shuttered. The most impacted, though, was the financial market and how it approached risk mitigation in this new environment.last_img read more

Ray Parlour tells Arsenal to snub Mikel Arteta and talks up Mauricio Pochettino appointment

first_imgLjungberg was appointed caretaker manager following Emery’s dismissal (Picture: Getty)Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has backed Ljungberg to produce ‘something special’ during his time in the hot seat.‘He can give us something special,’ the striker said following Arsenal’s draw at Carrow Road.‘If I’m not wrong, he was part of the ­Invincibles. His career speaks for itself. We will try to follow him and give the best for him.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 City‘Everybody is respectful of Freddie. He played for Arsenal, he knows as a player how we feel. It’s interesting to have him‘We had only one [training] session with him, maybe two for those guys who didn’t play on Thursday.‘We will see this week what is going to happen. I think it’s good for us. He played for Arsenal and he has this in his heart.’Who should manage Arsenal?Mauricio Pochettino0%Brendan Rodgers0%Max Allegri0%Nuno Espirito Santo0%Freddie Ljungberg0%Mikel Arteta0%Share your resultsShare your resultsTweet your resultsMORE: Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain teases greedy Liverpool duo Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah Former Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino has been heavily linked with Arsenal (Picture: Getty)Ray Parlour says he would ‘love’ to see Mauricio Pochettino manage Arsenal, but believes the Argentine will likely end up at Manchester United.Arsenal sacked Unai Emery in the wake of their 2-1 defeat at home to Eintracht Frankfurt last week and the dismal performance summed up the side’s miserable start to the campaign on all fronts.Club legend Freddie Ljungberg has taken charge on a temporary basis and oversaw the Gunners’ 2-2 draw away to Norwich in the Premier League at the weekend.The Swede will also lead the team on Wednesday evening when the north London giants play host to Brighton at the Emirates.ADVERTISEMENT Arsenal v Brighton preview: Freddie Ljungberg press conferenceTo view this video please enable JavaScript, and consider upgrading to a web browser that supports HTML5 video Play VideoLoaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration Time 9:48FullscreenArsenal v Brighton preview: Freddie Ljungberg press conference 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.While Arsenal have every confidence in Ljungberg succeeding as caretaker boss, several managerial targets remain under consideration.AdvertisementAdvertisementAsked to rank Arsenal’s options, Parlour told talkSPORT: ‘Number one – I don’t think he’ll go to Arsenal – but I would love to see him there, is Pochettino but I think he goes to Manchester United first, if I’m honest.‘Number two, definitely, is Brendan Rodgers – I think he’s done a great job at Leicester and he’d improve Arsenal.‘Number three would be Max Allegri with his experience. Certainly fourth would be Nuno Espirito Santo. Wolves, he’s done a brilliant job there, as well‘Freddie would be my fifth. And, believe it or not, the favourite is Arteta in getting the job, and he’d be the last choice for me. No experience.’ Ray Parlour tells Arsenal to snub Mikel Arteta and talks up Mauricio Pochettino appointment Advertisement Advertisement Metro Sport ReporterWednesday 4 Dec 2019 12:47 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link2.3kShares Commentlast_img read more

Kieran Tierney hails ‘frightening’ Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and reveals the Arsenal player that shocked him in his first training session

first_imgAubameyang’s double saw Arsenal win the FA Cup for a record 14th time (Picture: Getty)On his connection with Aubameyang at Wembley, Tierney joked: ‘Long balls, eh?!’Asked whether it was a pre-planned tactic against Chelsea, he replied: ‘100 per cent. We know that it depends if teams are pressing high, his pace… he’s the quickest player I’ve ever seen in my life.‘[Kylian] Mbappe was always the quickest I said but he’s just as quick. He’s frightening.‘If the ball’s in behind, he’s running onto it. You see the one against Man City where I played it to him and he scored, his touch just to go in and take it on his right and he still gets the chance to look up and square it and then just puts it through the goalkeeper’s legs.‘That’s unbelievable. It’s incredible.’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 ArsenalMikel Arteta’s men return to training this weekend, with the 2020/21 campaign due to get underway on September 12.The fixtures for the new Premier League season were announced on Thursday morning and Arsenal discovered that they will start away to newly promoted Fulham.Follow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. For more stories like this, check our sport page.MORE: Lyon chief provides transfer update on Arsenal and Manchester United targets Moussa Dembele and Houssem AouarMORE: Arsene Wenger reveals major regret over Serge Gnabry’s Arsenal career Comment Advertisement Martinelli stunned Tierney with his ability on the training ground (Picture: Getty)Tierney’s work ethic and lung-busting performances have quickly made him a fan favourite at the Emirates but he admits to being tested in his first few training sessions south of the border and was shocked by the standard of some of his new team-mates, notably young forward Martinelli.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENT‘For me, going into the first couple of training sessions, it was the tempo,’ the full-back explained in a lengthy chat with the Open Goal podcast. ‘Honestly, the first session, I was against Martinelli. Young boy, I knew he was good. ‘I was like “Woah, this is the standard man. He is unbelievable!”‘The effort and attitude was unreal (from Martinelli). Probably the biggest thing is the technique. I’ve not been gifted with that. All the young boys are unbelievable. Bukayo Saka and Joe Willock, their technique is incredible man.’ Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has blown Kieran Tierney away at Arsenal (Picture: Getty)Kieran Tierney has reserved special praise for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Gabriel Martinelli while looking back on an impressive debut season in the Premier League with Arsenal. The 23-year-old was still recovering from a double hernia operation when he arrived in north London from Celtic last August and a dislocated shoulder further hampered his first few months with the Gunners. However, Tierney came into his own and nailed down the left-back spot as English football returned in March and the Scot was named Arsenal’s Player of the Month for June before starring in their FA Cup final victory over Chelsea. The Scotland international shone in the FA Cup final (Picture: Getty)It was Tierney’s searching ball down the left flank to Aubameyang that led to Arsenal’s crucial equaliser in last month’s FA Cup final. Cesar Azpilicueta was treading water as Aubameyang ran onto Tierney’s perfectly weighted pass and brought down Arsenal’s captain inside the penalty area.The Gabon striker made no mistake from the spot to level up the score before dinking home an exquisite winner in the second half. Metro Sport ReporterThursday 20 Aug 2020 11:26 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link243Shares Kieran Tierney hails ‘frightening’ Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and reveals the Arsenal player that shocked him in his first training session Advertisementlast_img read more

Poten: China LNG imports on track to hit record high

first_imgImage courtesy of Poten & PartnersChinese LNG imports are on track to set an annual record this year due to strong policy support, with January and February imports averaging more than 4 million tonnes per month, according to the consultancy Poten & Partners.LNG imports hit a record 5.18 million tonnes in January, 51% higher than the same month last year.  Official data for February shows that China imported 3.99 million tonnes in February.Based on this data, Chinese LNG demand November through February would have increased by 50% to 18.26 million tonnes, the consultancy noted in a report issued last week.To remind, in the meantime, official customs data showed that China imported 3.25 million tonnes of LNG in March, up 64.2 percent from March 2017.“In a typical year since China imported its first LNG in 2006, state-owned terminal operators would be told to ensure adequate LNG supply during the winter – November through February – because China relied on it for gas supply security during its peak energy demand,” Poten said.However, this was the first year operators have been officially ordered to guarantee sufficient LNG supply throughout the year, Poten said citing industry sources.Coal-to-gas switching policies put in place last year would continue to be enforced throughout North China this year, and there is room for more conversions to be completed, especially in Hebei province, according to the consultancy.On the infrastructure side, new terminals to be commissioned this year in China include Sinopec’s Tianjin, CNOOC’s Shenzhen Diefu, ENN’s Zhoushan and Shenzhen Gas’s small-scale facility, while CNOOC Tianjin could complete a 160,000-m3 storage tank this coming winter, Poten said.last_img read more