first_imgActive duty Navy Commander and 2011 Harvard Extension School Master of Liberal Arts (A.L.M.) grad Ted Johnson has been selected to participate in the prestigious White House Fellows program. Of the 15 chosen to participate, more than half hold degrees from Harvard, with Johnson being the first Harvard Extension School graduate selected for the program.Johnson applied for the fellowship while completing his A.L.M. thesis in international relations. He was selected as part of the class which began the fellowship in August 2011 with a placement in the Department of Energy. Prior to his placement, he served on the faculty at the U.S. Naval War College in Newport, RI, where he was a cyberspace and information operations military professor.Says Johnson upon receiving this opportunity, “I hope to serve as further proof of the invaluable experience the Extension School affords.”Founded in 1964, the President’s Commission on White House Fellowships is one of America’s most prestigious programs for leadership and public service. White House Fellowships offer exceptional young men and women first-hand experience working at the highest levels of the Federal government.last_img read more

first_imgHarvard Stem Cell Institute (HSCI) scientists have found a way to both make more energy-burning human brown fat cells and make the cells themselves more active, a discovery that could have therapeutic potential for diabetes, obesity, and other metabolic diseases.Unlike energy-storing white, or “bad,” fat cells, “good” brown fat cells make a protein called UCP1 that converts energy stored in glucose and fatty acids into heat to keep the body warm. When active, brown fat cells can also use energy stored by white fat cells, and as a result reduce the size of nearby white fat cells.The research team, made up of scientists at Harvard University and at Harvard-affiliated Joslin Diabetes Center and led by HSCI principal faculty member Yu-Hua Tseng, determined that the amount of energy burned varies from person to person and from cell to cell. As it turns out, said Tseng, “Not all fat cells are created equal.”The researchers determined that a whole suite of genes help determine how much UCP1 a brown fat cell will produce once it has matured, and those genes control UCP1 production in different ways. Some, Tseng said, act like on/off switches: When the gene is on, a brown fat cell can make the energy-burning protein, and when it is turned off, it doesn’t. Other genes acted more like a light dimmer that adjusts or fine tunes the amount of UPC1 created.The research was published online today in the journal Nature Medicine. Tseng collaborated with HSCI’s Lee Rubin and researchers at the National Institutes of Health, the Joslin, Boston University, Beth Israel Deaconess Hospital, and Fudan University in China.Knowing which genes control UCP1 should help scientists develop therapies. “We could take fat samples from patients undergoing liposuction and we could purify this specific population of progenitor cells,” keeping only those that would eventually make highly active brown fat cells, “and let them differentiate into brown cells, and then get them back into the individual,” Tseng said. Once reintroduced to the patient’s body, the additional brown fat cells would burn energy from the existing white fat cells.Tseng hopes this technique could eventually replace invasive procedures such as liposuction and gastric bypass surgery. While liposuction removes white fat cells, it does not make the brown fat cells more efficient. And gastric bypass, though life-saving, can be risky. Tseng believes cell therapy would be “much safer and much less invasive.”Controlling the genes might allow scientists to make mediocre brown fat cells work better. This could potentially allow the brown fat cells to remove the high numbers of circulating glucose associated with type 2 diabetes and circulating fatty acids and triglycerides that are the hallmark of metabolic syndrome.“By further understanding how adipose cells become thermogenically active, meaning they use energy to produce heat and thus burn calories, we may discover novel therapeutics for the treatment of obesity and metabolic disease,” said Chad Cowan, an HSCI principal faculty member who, among other things, also studies the therapeutic potential of brown fat cells.In 2014, Cowan identified two drugs with the potential to convert stem cells that make white fat into those that would make brown. “This latest study gives us new tools and targets to use in the battle against obesity,” Cowan said.last_img read more

first_imgSEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korean lawmakers say a North Korean diplomat who served as the country’s acting ambassador to Kuwait has defected to the South. The lawmakers say they were told by the National Intelligence Service that the diplomat arrived in South Korea in September 2019 with his wife and at least one child. That would make him one of the most senior North Koreans to defect in recent years. North Korea, which touts itself as a socialist paradise, is extremely sensitive about defections, especially among its elite, and has sometimes insisted that they are South Korean or American plots to undermine its government.last_img read more

first_imgVince Caponi, CEO of St. Vincent Health in Indianapolis and former trustee of Saint Mary’s College, spoke to Saint Mary’s students in a self-described “true David Letterman fashion” talk called “The Top 10 Rules to Live By.” The College’s “Cross Currents” program sponsored this talk as part of its ongoing Collegiate Speaker Series. Using anecdotal framework from his experiences with his daughters, Caponi addressed students with advice on how to approach the business world after graduation. Introducing his “top 10,” He told students that they should consider three things as they go through college and enter the business world. “In order to be a good student, person, employee, there are three things we all want from our experiences: you want to be in on the things that affect you, you want recognition for a job well done, you want to know what you do makes a difference in people’s lives and have a very clear sight of what role you play,” Caponi said. He followed with his top 10 rules to live by. Caponi said his first two rules, humility and gratitude, were underrated traits of real leaders. Going into the business world, he said, someone would take a chance on you because you have no experience, and it is important to demonstrate your thanks for the opportunities you are given. His third rule was about ethics. “The ethical part is your handshake; it is your honor,” Caponi said. “It’s something only you have and you are the only one who can make that positive of negative.” The fourth rule was to have a sense of humor, which is important because you have to learn to laugh at yourself. Caponi said laughter can help relieve tensions in a lot of difficult situations. Caponi also said that everyone should have a “can-do, positive attitude.” He told students to remain positive, especially when first entering the career world. “There are people that walk around with a cloud over their heads, but that will get you nowhere,” Caponi said. “When you apply for jobs, there are going to be a lot of people who are going to tell you that you can’t do it, but you have to remember that you are a gift from God and that you have a unique talent.” Sixth on Caponi’s list was to love where you are. He said that if one does not receive their ideal position in the company, take advantage of the opportunity because situations tend to work out in the end. As a seventh rule, Caponi said he would advise everyone to try and learn something new everyday. Learning new things, especially details about people, can break down the walls that divide us and allow us to start building relationships. His advice was to learn from outlets that you don’t necessarily agree with. The eighth rule was to communicate often and clearly. Caponi stressed the importance of communication, both verbal and physical communication. “In terms of jobs, communication is very important,” Caponi said. “It’s really important that you do it clearly, understandably and often.” The ninth rule to live by, according to Caponi, was to remember that there are two sides to every story. Keeping this in mind, Caponi said, do not rush to judgment and give people the benefit of the doubt. He also said that it is important to explore, probe and to find out the truth in these situations. Caponi’s culminated his top 10 list with a rule that he said was probably the most important of the 10 — volunteer. He said location isn’t an excuse, because there is always an opportunity to spend time giving of yourself to others. “My advice to you is do what you do, and love what it is that you do,” Caponi said.last_img read more

first_img View Comments This would be practically perfect casting! Into the Woods star Emily Blunt is circling Disney’s new live-action musical film of Mary Poppins, reports The Wrap. The actress would reunite with her Woods director Rob Marshall on the project, which will be set in London around twenty years after the much-loved original.Blunt made her professional debut on stage opposite Judi Dench in The Royal Family. Along with Into the Woods, her multiple screen credits include Boudica, My Summer of Love, Gideon’s Daughter, The Devil Wears Prada, The Young Victoria, The Adjustment Bureau, Edge of Tomorrow, Salmon Fishing in the Yemen, Gulliver’s Travels, Gnomeo & Juliet, The Five-Year Engagement, Sicario and The Huntsman: Winter’s War.Finding Neverland screenwriter David Magee is set to pen the film, while Smash and Hairspray songwriting duo Marc Shaiman and Scott Wittman will compose a new score and original songs.The new Poppins movie will focus on the other tales in author P.L. Travers’ 1934-1988 children’s book series; the 1964 Julie Andrews movie was mostly based on the first of these.The producers of the new film, John DeLuca and Marc Platt, have serious pedigree—they also both collaborated on Into the Woods. DeLuca additionally worked with Marshall on Nine; Platt is one of Wicked’s producers and was also behind Grease: Live for Fox.The stage adaptation of Mary Poppins played 2,619 performances on Broadway 2006 through 2013. Emily Blunt.(Photo by Bruce Glikas)last_img read more

first_imgVermont’s congressional delegation ‘ Senators Patrick Leahy and Bernie Sanders and Representative Peter Welch ‘ and Governor Peter Shumlin today announced that over $200,000 in Northern Border Regional Commission (NBRC) funds will go to support two economic development projects in Lyndon and Brighton. Lyndon State College and the Northeastern Vermont Development Association will receive $128,500 to boost manufacturing in the area. The funds will help develop professional resources, create collaboration among Northeast Kingdom manufacturing employers, expand training programs and further collaborative programs between area high schools, career and technical centers and Lyndon State College. The town of Brighton will receive $78,190 to construct a new 2,100 foot walking path along a section of Island Pond Lake, connecting it to the downtown area. This project resulted from a year-long study aimed at enhancing tourism and recreation in the community. ‘These grants will provide a vital boost to parts of our state that need it most,’ Vermont’s congressional delegation said in a statement. ‘We created the commission as a means of responding in practical ways to the common economic challenges throughout the border regions of the Northeast. These grants will help further that goal.’ ‘This is good news for creating jobs and strengthening communities in northeastern Vermont, and I thank our congressional delegation for working hard to secure these funds for Lyndon and Brighton,’ said Gov. Shumlin. Vermont’s congressional delegation was influential in creating NBRC, which directly invests federal resources for economic development and job creation in economically distressed regions of northern Maine, New Hampshire, Vermont and New York. In Vermont, eligible counties include Essex, Franklin, Lamoille, Orleans, Caledonia and Grand Isle. Source: WASHINGTON, October 5 ‘ Vermont’s congressional delegationlast_img read more

first_imgBetween Louisville and Lexington, Kentucky there is a town, which lays claim to being the home of bourbon, horses, and wine. Frankfort is the capital of Kentucky and is a one-stop city for those searching for adventure, history, and southern hospitality.With an overwhelming amount of activities to choose from, be sure to check out this guide on how to make your trip to Frankfort the ultimate visit.elkhorn-whitewaterFrankfort Day 1Lodging OptionCreekside lounging is available at Elkhorn Campground, with 125 campsites on property. The campground is RV friendly and is open April 1 – October 31 every year. The campground is under 10 minutes away from downtown and has a general store with groceries, a pavilion that seats up to 200, a large fire pit, a playground, a pool, a putt-putt course, river access, and much more is available to guests. Ride OnCapitol View Park is the mountain biking trail system to visit in Frankfort. With over 11 miles of trails, the rides bounce back and forth from park boundaries to state property. The park is open year-round and there’s something for all skill levels. Be sure to check out the Bluegrass State Games mountain bike race in July or the kids bike series in October. The Frankfort Parks and Rec Department does advise bikers to carry extra tubes, tire liners, and sealant due to native trees and bushes with thorns that lie next to the trails.mountain-bikingimg_1099Grab A Cold OneCheck out Ethereal Brewing Company in Lexington for classically flavored stouts and some brews with a Kentucky twang. The brewery is known for hosting events, such as Tap Takeovers where the company partners with another brew, and has live music often.Hike It OffGet a preemptive strike on dinner by checking out Cove Spring Park, home to over 240 acres of wetlands, waterfalls, and ravines. There are three miles of trails exploring the area, and wildlife is frequently observed. Waterfalls and historic features are scattered along the trails, so be sure to keep your eyes peeled. Good EatsHungry? Check out Serafini in town, located directly across from the old State Capitol. The restaurant boasts using local ingredients and seamlessly combines Italian roots and the southern traditions of Kentucky. In addition to the great food, Serafini brings it home with an extensive bourbon list.Wait, Wait! There’s More!If you’re in town during the months of June – September, check out the free summer concerts on the lawn of the old State Capitol. These occur every other Friday, so be sure to check the schedule and be ready to hear some good ole mountain music. The month of June also hosts the River Blast Festival, a family fun event Frankfort Day TwoLodging OptionStay at the Elkhorn Campground for a second night by the river, or pop a squat in The Meeting House, located in the historic district. The Meeting House is an 1840 pre-Civil War house that has been transformed into a bed and breakfast. There’s a café on the property and the space is available for small functions and events, with the ability to accommodate up to 40 people.elksalatorestorationGet EducatedThe Salato Wildlife Education Center offers indoor and outdoor exhibits just waiting to be discovered. The center has native wildlife located along exhibit trails, stocked lakes for the fishers in the family, and four miles of hiking trails. One of the highlights for the indoor exhibit is an Alligator Snapping Turtle, which weighs nearly 100 pounds. Outside, there are elk, bison, bobcats, and more. The center is closed on Sunday and Monday each week and is closed from November 26 – March 1. Splashing AroundLog some river hours on the Kentucky River or Elkhorn Creek. Canoe Kentucky is a company in Frankfort that will take you on the trip you need. The company offers stand-up paddleboarding (SUP), canoeing, kayaking, and whitewater rafting. All activities are water level dependent, but between the two bodies of water there’s always something to do. Try out nightglow paddle trips, or even SUP yoga.screen-shot-2016-12-22-at-1-29-43-pmMore Good EatsCap off your trip with a visit to Bourbon on Main, a local restaurant that backs up to the Kentucky River. This restaurant is one of the most popular in Frankfort and only allows those 21 and over inside. The food is classic Americana and the bourbon list is incredibly long. A friendly community is ever-present and events like Thursday night trivia, live music on Fridays, and an upstairs art gallery draw in the masses.Seasonal TreatsThe Frankfort Striders host themed running events every month throughout the year, including one called the “Funnel Cake 5k.”  In May, it’s Derby season and downtown Frankfort hosts the governor and many visitors as a festival ensues. Kick off the holiday season in November with the annual Candlelight Tradition downtown. Carriage rides and hot chocolate are aplenty and there are rumors that a special someone (SANTA!!!) just can’t stay away from the magical celebration in Frankfort, Kentucky. More 48 Hours:last_img read more

first_imgThe main strengths in the Study are high-quality and well-staffed tourist boards, very good cooperation between tourist boards, the establishment of the Destination Management Committee (City of Crikvenica) and the interest of large hotel companies in launching the investment cycle. On the other hand, the weaknesses include insufficient financial resources of the tourist system, insufficiently developed destination management function and the lack of a unifying vision and brand ‘Crikvenica-Vinodol Riviera. City of Crikvenica, City of Novi Vinodolski, Vinodol municipalityThe Tourist Board of the City of Crikvenica, the Tourist Board of the City of Novi Vinodolski, the Tourist Board of the Vinodol Municipality commissioned the development of the Tourism Development Strategy of the Crikvenica-Vinodol Riviera 2019-2029, which was prepared by the Institute of Tourism from Zagreb. The document Tourism Development Strategy of the Crikvenica-Vinodol Riviera 2019-2029 presents a common platform of the City of Crikvenica, Vinodol Municipality and the City of Novi Vinodolski and their tourist boards and other institutions of the public, social and economic sector in the development of tourism.  Recreation and health as the two main levers of identity of the Crikvenica-Vinodol Riviera Side dish: Tourism Development Strategy of the Crikvenica-Vinodol Riviera 2019-2029center_img Read the entire strategy for the development of the Crikvenica-Vinodol Riviera in the attachment. The formulated market identity of the Crikvenica-Vinodol Riviera puts the concepts of ‘Riviera’ in the foreground, clearly associating it with a connected range of places and spatial planning, and ‘dynamism’ which arises primarily from specialization in highly attractive active and positive energy-filled recreation offer. and health. The main goal of tourism development 2019-2029. is the construction of a competitive, sustainable, year-round and internationally recognized dynamic riviera of recreation and health with a rich offer of meaningful tourist experiences, according to the development strategy. last_img read more

first_imgWe have already traveled to Rab by Krka by bike and on foot with organized transport, but also by scooter. The combination with the scooter seems to me the best for hot summer days. The ride is pleasant, there are always places on the ferry, but there is also a place for a scooter in every parking lot, and parking is not paid. The ferry line Valbiska – Lopar is one of the longest. It travels an hour and forty minutes. The ride on the large, modern Jadrolinija “Krka” is comfortable and interesting. The boat passes by Plavnik, from the deck you can see Stara Baška, Prvić, Grgur, partly Goli… The Kvarner islands form a unique archipelago of the largest Adriatic islands and smaller ones, but equally interesting and unique in all respects. Krk is a bridge to the Kvarner islands. On the one hand by a bridge connected to the mainland on the other hand by good ferry lines with Cres, Lošinj and Rab. Via Rab and Stinica, you can easily reach Prizna and take a ferry to Žigljen to “step” on Pag. And Zadar is not far from Pag either… Author: Nedo PInezić, www.nedopinezic.com Photo: Kvarner.hr I often hear that “guests have nothing to do”, “we have no content”, “nothing is offered”… It is not uncommon for people who are not familiar enough with the offer of attractions in their immediate environment to say so. If as a host you do not know your area, then you can hardly suggest a new experience to the guest, a new experience that will further strengthen his satisfaction with staying with you. You can call the island of Rab an island of happiness, an island of contrast, an island of beaches, an island of “Rapska fjera”, good gastronomy, nautical… and you won’t go wrong. Rab is all that and much more. It simply invites you to visit it again in some other way. For example by bike, or to rent a boat and tour it by the sea; and you can embark on an expedition to discover the interior by hiking to abandoned hamlets… WE HAVE ATTRACTIONS, BUT WE HAVE NO ACTION We are only slowly discovering Rab, like other Kvarner islands. For starters we can confirm that we have around us a lot of content and attractions that are interesting to our guests but we have to help them discover them. RAB IS SPECIAL KVARNER ISLANDS The price of a return ticket for a scooter with two passengers without a discount is HRK 280,00. The cost of fuel for touring the entire island of Rab does not exceed 20,00 kn, and a scooter can be rented on Krk from 300,00 kn per day. The total cost of a full day trip to Rab from Krk with a tour of the entire island of Rab for two people is 600,00 kn for transport and another 400,00 kn for food, souvenirs and the like. For only 66 euros per person it is possible to experience an unforgettable experience of riding a big boat from Valbiska to Lopar, swimming on “Paradise Beach” in Lopar, on “Suha Punta”, visit Supetarska Draga, Kampor, the town of Rab, Barbat „ Related news: BY KVARNER ISLANDS BY BIKE, SCOOTER, BUT ALSO ON FOOT ILLEGALITY IN THE LAW ON TOURIST TAXlast_img read more

first_imgIndonesia has made an important step forward in its Satellite of the Republic of Indonesia (Satria) project, the country’s biggest telecommunication satellite to date valued at US$550 million, with the signing of a preparatory work agreement between an Indonesian consortium and a French-Italian firm on Thursday.The signing of the agreement on the multifunction satellite project, managed under the Communications and Information Ministry, was between two companies, namely satellite provider PT Satelit Nusantara Tiga, part of the consortium of PT Pasifik Satelit Nusantara (PSN), and French-Italian aerospace manufacturer Thales Alenia Space (TAS). PSN consortium is the lead contractor and operator of the project.The satellite is envisioned to boost connectivity inclusion in the country, providing free internet connection to 150,000 public facilities, including schools, regional government offices and health facilities. Satria will have a throughput capacity of 150 billion bits per second (Gbps), three times the capacity of the nine telecommunication satellites that Indonesia currently uses, according to Communications and Information Minister Johnny G. Plate.“This satellite project is part of the nation’s program to lessen the disparity in internet access and increase the number of internet users,” Johnny told reporters on Thursday, while also mentioning that the project showed the country’s robust investment climate for telecommunication infrastructure even during the pandemic.The project, which is funded under a public-private partnership (PPP) scheme, is expected to be put into orbit and operate by 2023, the ministry stated.Despite the large number of internet users, Indonesia’s internet penetration rate remained at 64 percent in January 2020, according to DataReportal, lagging behind neighboring Brunei, Singapore and Thailand, where internet penetration rates exceed 70 percent. The Communications and Information Ministry said in June that approximately 12,500 villages in the country had no access to the internet.Read also: Govt to roll out $2b for ICT development in 2021, boost inclusionJohnny said that there were many investment opportunities in the telecommunication sector, as the country required a satellite capacity of around 900 Gbps by 2030.“The preparatory work agreement will also ensure that the manufacturing of the satellite will be conducted on time within the contract and marks that the funding agreement will also take effect,” the minister added.The government plans to cooperate with the United States-based Space-X to launch the satellite.It plans to use the so-called availability payment scheme to repay the investors involved in the project in periodic installments over 15 years.Availability payment is a fee structure in which a public agency makes periodic payments to the private sector to provide infrastructure services of a specified standard.The project cost will be funded through a mixture of export credit from France and China at $425 million with equity of $125 million, according to PSN president director Adi Rahman Adiwoso.Export credits are government financial support, direct financing, guarantees, insurance or interest rate support provided to foreign buyers to assist in the financing of a purchase.“This payment scheme is a great one, because there are the advantages of low interest rates, longer payback periods and overall great savings,” he said.Meanwhile, the ministry’s telecommunications and information accessibility agency director Anang Latif said the ministry was optimistic the Satria project could be launched on time with the persistent growth in the telco sector amid the COVID-19 crisis.The information and communication technology (ICT) sector grew 9.6 percent and 10.88 percent year-on-year (yoy) in the first and second quarters this year, respectively, while the economy contracted 5.32 percent in the second quarter, according to Statistics Indonesia (BPS) data.“We are on the right track for investment in the ICT sector and to accelerate digitalization,” he said.Last year, the government inaugurated its $1.3 billion Palapa Ring broadband project, a 35,000-kilometer fiber optic network spanning the archipelago.Anang went on to say that the satellite would support the Palapa Ring project as satellite transmission could reach rural areas that were yet to be covered by the fiber optic network.The ministry plans to start building the satellite communication’s ground segment, such as fixed or mobile transmission and reception, in 2022, Anang said.Indonesia Information Communication Technology Institute executive director Heru Sutadi suggested that the Satria project could be upgraded going forward to meet the country’s internet needs over the next 15 years.“Because of COVID-19, each household now needs roughly 20 Mbps for seamless video calls and streaming, among other things. Offices definitely need more than that,” he told The Jakarta Post on Friday. “I think our bandwidth needs in 2023 will also increase rapidly, so, it is wise to upgrade Satria’s capacity.”He added that the government could double Satria’s capacity to 300 Gbps or reduce the internet recipient points to reach the maximum bandwidth need.”Satellite projects are very expensive. We also need to consider the investment needed to build the supporting ground infrastructure,” he said. “The government can surely negotiate to increase Satria’s capacity for no added fee.”Topics :last_img read more