Innovation by design

first_img Read Full Story Visitors to the Materials Collection at the Harvard University Graduate School of Design’s Frances Loeb Library will never be admonished to look without touching. In this tactile paradise, fingers—and imagination—are encouraged to roam free.Tucked in a long, narrow room off the stacks, the collection consists of 600-plus physical material samples, often with multiple pieces per product. Bins, boxes, and bags fill shelves and drawers with objects of every texture, color, size, and shape. (View the full slideshow on the Library Portal.)Created and cultivated to support research, teaching, and learning, the collection is available to help students and faculty re-envision possibilities in the constructed environment.“You have these preconceived ideas of what concrete is,” said Johanna Kasubowski, design resources librarian. “We have samples of concrete as you’ve never thought of it—foamed concrete, flexible concrete. It really shatters the way you think about a building material.”last_img read more

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Dell EMC Data Protection for VMware at Dell Technologies World 2018

first_imgDell Technologies World 2018, with over 14,000 attendees, was a resounding success in showcasing Dell Technologies’ leadership in helping organizations transform into the modern data center.  Modernizing data protection, specifically data protection for VMware environments, is an essential element of that transformation.Architected from the ground up for the software-defined data center, Dell EMC data protection solutions provide automation for all aspects of VMware data protection, comprehensive application coverage, and native VMware integration.  They deliver high performance and low cost to protect with industry-leading deduplication and bandwidth usage. And, they enable the extension of VMware data protection to the Cloud for each phase of your journey to the cloud – long-term retention to the cloud, disaster recovery in the cloud and VMware Cloud workloads running on AWS.Dell EMC’s VMware data protection capabilities were highlighted extensively at Dell Technologies World.There were two Dell EMC and VMware joint break-out sessions presented by Will Pien from VMware and Charles Sevin from Dell EMC that provided information on the latest innovations from VMware with the recent launch of vSphere 6.7 and the latest innovations from Dell EMC data protection – including data protection for VMware Cloud on AWS and hypervisor direct backup and recovery for mission-critical workloads, along with tips and tricks, for protecting VMware environments.   There was a lot of interest for these sessions with both completely full. Click here to review the Data Protection for VMware session slides.There were also a number of RecoverPoint for Virtual Machines sessions with Udi Zisser from Dell EMC, for which there was a lot of interest. These sessions demonstrated how Dell EMC helps organizations achieve efficient disaster recovery, operational recovery, and data migration for their VMware environments.  Dell EMC RecoverPoint for Virtual Machines provides continuous data protection and enables any point in time recovery for a diversified storage environment both within and across data centers.  Click here to review the RecoverPoint for Virtual Machines session slides.For conference attendees who were unable to attend the break-out sessions, Jason Tolu presented multiple VMware Data Protection booth theater sessions while Danielle Pryor had a fantastic booth session on how Dell EMC can protect VMware Cloud on AWS.  There were also a lot of productive conversations and feedback with customers at the Dell EMC Data Protection Expo booth.ResourcesTo learn more about Dell EMC Data Protection for VMware, click here.For further information on Dell EMC RecoverPoint, click here.Click here for Dell EMC Data Protection for VMware Solution Brief.Click here for Dell EMC Data Protection Bundle for VMware CloudTM on AWS Solutions Brief.Click here for Dell EMC RecoverPoint for Virtual Machines Overview.last_img read more

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Make a lasting impression with members

first_imgRecently, I found myself in the market for a new hairstylist. After doing some homework, I landed on a salon with a great location and enticing service options.Being brave, I said, “Any stylist. First available Saturday appointment, please.” They quickly booked my appointment. Super!Haircut day arrives and I eagerly enter the salon, ready to meet my new stylist. She was friendly, greeted me by name and, best of all, acknowledged that I was new.Everything was going great. With my haircut underway, another employee came over to my stylist and began to complain about her client who had just left. Suddenly, the experience turned sour.This experience left me with a negative impression of not only these two stylists, but the entire salon.As I sat there listening to her describe annoyances with her previous client, I felt more and more awkward. My stylist had several opportunities to “flip the switch” and stop the negative rant in its tracks by reminding her she was with a client, but she didn’t. continue reading » 10SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

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Compliance as a strategic member experience asset?

first_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Something’s been on my mind since joining the PolicyWorks team last summer. Coming on board as VP of Client Development, I had a strong vision for how I planned to contribute. In brief, I hoped to make working with our company one of the best experiences a credit union leader could have on any given day.Audacious? Maybe. But a totally exciting goal, in my estimation.Of course, I’m not the only professional focused on experience today. Quite the opposite. Whether it’s referred to as UX, CX – or in the credit union space, MX – the end-user experience has become an increasingly important area of focus for nearly all brands. How people feel before, during and after interacting with a company or organization directly impacts how long they’ll maintain that relationship.Thinking through this growing point of concentration for business got me to wondering about the MX implications of the compliance dimension. In other words, how are our clients – credit union compliance officers and their teams – impacting their cooperative’s member experience goals? Do they have a role to play in delivering loyalty-inducing experiences, and if so, is there recognition of that role?Here’s where I landed… continue reading »last_img read more

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Otsego County reports 3 more recoveries from COVID-19

first_imgAs of Sunday, Otsego County has confirmed five new cases of the coronavirus. This brings the countywide total to 29 positive cases. The health department says that of the 29 positive cases, three of the individuals are hospitalized, six have recovered and there has been one death. Go to the CDC website or the Otsego County Health Department’s website for more information. OTSEGO COUNTY, N.Y. (WBNG) — The Otsego County Health Department gave an update on the coronavirus in the county on Sunday.center_img Additionally, officials say there are 110 individuals in mandatory/precautionary quarantine, while 41 have been released from quarantine. For more coronavirus coverage, click here.last_img read more

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Botswana investigating mystery deaths of at least 275 elephants

first_imgIn a report prepared for the government and seen by Reuters, Elephants Without Borders (EWB), a conservation organization, said that its aerial surveys showed that elephants of all ages appeared to be dying. The group counted 169 dead elephants on May 25, and another 187 on June 14, according to the report.The directors of EWB did not immediately respond to phone calls or text messages seeking comment on the report.”Several live elephants that we observed appeared to be weak, lethargic and emaciated. Some elephants appeared disorientated, had difficulty walking, showed signs of partial paralysis or a limp,” the report said.”One elephant was observed walking in circles, unable to change direction although being encouraged by other herd members.” The report said urgent action was needed to establish if the deaths were caused by disease or poisoning.Africa’s overall elephant population is declining due to poaching, but Botswana, home to almost a third of the continent’s elephants, has seen numbers grow to 130,000 from 80,000 in the late 1990s.However, they are seen as a nuisance by some farmers, whose crops have been destroyed.President Mokgweetsi Masisi lifted a five-year ban on big game hunting in May last year but the hunting season failed to take off in April as global travel restrictions meant hunters from many coronavirus-hit countries could not enter Botswana.Topics : Botswana is investigating a growing number of unexplained deaths of elephants, having confirmed 275 had died, up from 154 two weeks ago, the government said on Thursday.The dead elephants were first spotted months ago in the Okavango Panhandle region, and the authorities say they have since been trying to discover the cause. Poaching has been ruled out as the cause of death, as the carcasses were found intact.”Three laboratories in Zimbabwe, South Africa and Canada have been identified to process the samples taken from the dead elephants,” the Ministry of Environment, Natural Resources, Conservation and Tourism said in a statement.last_img read more

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Wolf Administration: New Funding Awarded to Assist Hospitals Across Pennsylvania

first_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitter Wolf Administration: New Funding Awarded to Assist Hospitals Across Pennsylvania Healthcare,  Press Release,  Public Health Governor Tom Wolf announced that nearly $324 million in funding has been awarded to 31 hospitals across the commonwealth through the Hospital Emergency Loan Program, or HELP, which provides short-term financial relief as hospitals combat the surge of COVID-19 cases in their area.“As Pennsylvania continues to practice social distancing, we have successfully flattened the curve, but we know that our fight against COVID-19 is far from over,” said Gov. Wolf. “This funding will allow our hospitals to hold steady in that fight with the peace of mind that they have access to the resources they need to provide critical care to their communities.”A list of approved hospitals can be found here.The loan package was made available to the commonwealth’s hospitals to provide immediate financial support for working capital to ensure that these facilities have sufficient personnel, equipment, and personal protective equipment.The funding was dispersed by the Pennsylvania Infrastructure Investment Authority (PENNVEST) and is being administered by the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) through the Pennsylvania First Program (PA First).“Our number one priority is protecting the health and well-being of Pennsylvanians, and that priority extends from the home to the hospitals,” Governor Wolf said. “By distributing this emergency funding to our commonwealth’s health care system, we are safeguarding our hospitals working hard to combat this virus.”The federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act was signed into law on March 27, 2020, with the goal of easing the financial strain of the pandemic and smoothing the transition back into regular health care operation.Pennsylvania health care facilities licensed as hospitals by the Pennsylvania Department of Health under the Health Care Facilities Act of 1979 that are eligible to receive federal grant funding through the CARES Act are eligible for HELP.For the most up-to-date information on COVID-19, Pennsylvanians should visit on.pa.gov/coronavirus.View this information in Spanish.center_img April 30, 2020last_img read more

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Schalke star arrives in Turin ahead of Juventus switch

first_img The United States international broke into the Schalke team in 2017-18, after making his debut the previous season, and went on to make 75 Bundesliga appearances in total. McKennie, who is capable of playing in either midfield or defence and scored three league goals last season, is reportedly set to sign for Juve on loan, with the Serie A champions having an obligation to buy based on the number of appearances the 21-year-old makes. Ahead of a medical reportedly scheduled for Friday, McKennie landed in Turin on Thursday, with Juve filming his arrival and posting it to their official social media accounts. Read Also: No excuse for Lampard at Chelsea after spending spree McKennie could be a replacement for Blaise Matuidi, who has left for MLS side Inter Miami. He will become Juve’s second first-team addition of the transfer window after Arthur. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Weston McKennie has arrived in Turin ahead of his transfer from Schalke to Juventus. Juve have made something of a surprise move for McKennie, who had been linked with a number of Premier League clubs.center_img Promoted ContentBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever Made10 Risky Jobs Some Women DoThe Best Cars Of All Time7 Worst Things To Do To Your PhoneWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?Who Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?6 Interesting Ways To Make Money With A Drone8 Scenes That Prove TV Has Gone Too Far11 Most Immersive Game To Play On Your Table Top10 Phones That Can Work For Weeks Without RechargingThis Guy Photoshopped Himself Into Celeb Pics And It’s HystericalCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable Way Loading… last_img read more

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Tears of joy for McGee

first_img There had been plenty of tears of frustration and no little despair on the winding road to Flushing Meadows. The 27-year-old Irishman has spent his whole career until now on the lowest rungs of professional tennis, the Futures and Challenger circuits, where prize money is measly and glamour non-existent. Now he is at tennis’ top table and finds himself next to Andy Murray in the locker room. A year ago he was playing in Gabon. It was a good week for McGee, who won the tournament, but there was a nasty sting in the tail. “I remember after the match lifting up the trophy and I was shaking hands with all the ball boys and the officials and fans,” said McGee, who is ranked 194th. “After the match they were handing me finger food and I hadn’t washed my hands. I’d probably shaken 200 hands and I must have had some sort of bacteria on my hand. “The next morning I couldn’t get up out of bed. I was vomiting and all the rest, all the worst things you could possibly imagine. I was stuck in bed for two days. “I ended up pulling out of the next week’s tournament, flying back to Ireland, getting all sorts of tests done, going to tropical disease centres and everything and found out after a good few weeks that I had some sort of a parasite inside me. “Now a year later here I am playing main draw of the US Open. It’s two different worlds.” McGee won US dollars 2,160 in prize money for his exploits, which was more than cancelled out by the time he lost to the illness. James McGee had never cried with happiness in his life until the glorious moment on Friday when he qualified for the US Open. For winning his three qualifying matches in New York, the Dubliner is guaranteed USD 35,750 – a quarter of everything he has earned in his career before. It was perhaps fitting that such a momentous moment for McGee turned out to be full of drama. He lost the first set of his final-round qualifier against China’s Zhang Ze to love in just 23 minutes but fought back and was on the brink of victory at 5-2 up in the decider. New York’s love of an Irishman ensured him great support and there was not a vantage point to be had as he stepped out to serve for the match. But Zhang retrieved one of the breaks, then held serve to make it 5-4. McGee was wracked by cramp and struggling to move. He got to 40-0 but still it was not over as Zhang won the next three points and then saved another match point. McGee’s serve was his only hope and it saved him in his hour of need, with one ace and then a second finally clinching victory. “Just seeing the ball go past him, there was a variety of feelings, of shock, disbelief and happiness,” said McGee. “I remember falling to the ground, running up to my opponent to shake his hand as I didn’t want to leave him there waiting and just immediately bursting into tears. “I’ve never burst into tears for happiness in my entire life. I sat on my chair and I started crying like a big baby. “I remember the feeling, I was releasing a lot of pent-up emotion of years of hard work and frustration and sacrifice. It was just the most amazing experience. I’ve felt very light the past few days, I feel like there’s a big weight lifted off my shoulders.” McGee has had to mostly fund himself and is only able to pay his coach to travel with him for a few weeks a year. His home club, Castleknock, supported him as much as they could and McGee has been proactive in seeking sponsorship. Self-belief is all he has had to sustain him at times, but holding onto the feeling that better days lie ahead has not always been easy. “There were times I doubted it, especially on the Futures circuit,” he said. “I feel you get conditioned not to break through because it’s very, very difficult, especially if you’re doing it alone. “When you’re doing everything yourself and dealing with your losses alone it’s very difficult to stay upbeat. I have had very dark moments. “I never thought of quitting but there was a stage where I wasn’t sure how far I could go. I’ve broken through that and Friday’s match really was the event that broke the barrier for me in my own mind. It’s a huge occasion in my life.” McGee rewarded himself by moving out of his budget apartment and into a boutique hotel in Manhattan, and his parents, sister and many friends are flying over to support him in his first-round match on Monday against Kazakh Aleksandr Nedovyesov. “That’s a true dream,” he said. “I’d visualised it in my own head years ago, seeing my parents watch me at the US Open. To have it manifest into reality is just an amazing thing. “I’m going to give it absolutely everything I have and hopefully I can get the win tomorrow. I want to achieve more. Finally getting onto the main tour, I’m getting a taste of it and it tastes really good.” Press Associationlast_img read more

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Council set to discuss Bridge expansion

first_imgHammersmith & Fulham Council say they remain committed to helping Chelsea stay at Stamford Bridge.The club recently failed in its bid to buy back the stadium’s freehold from Chelsea Pitch Owners after only 61.6% of CPO shareholders backed the proposal – significantly less than the 75% required for it to be approved.CPO bought the freehold in 1993 after being set up to safeguard the club’s financial security and avoid ownership of the ground falling into the hands of property developersAdChoices广告Buying back the freehold would have enabled Chelsea to sell the Bridge and use the money raised towards buying a new stadium.A number of possible sites are believed to have been considered, including Earl’s Court and Battersea Nine Elms.There is also a potentially viable piece of land in White City, close to the Loftus Road home of QPR, who are also interested in the site.“The council now proposes to examine whether there are planning options to expand Stamford Bridge.”QPR’s sudden serious interest in building a new ground in the west London area – where available land is at a premium – appears to have been a major factor in Chelsea’s determination to buy back the Bridge.Meanwhile, Fulham have been granted planning permission to expand their Craven Cottage ground – and the council say they are also willing to work with Chelsea to explore whether the Bridge’s current 42,000 capacity can be increased.  A council spokesman said: “Hammersmith & Fulham Council is proud that our borough uniquely contains three Premiership football clubs: Chelsea FC, Fulham FC and Queens Park Rangers FC.“In light of the recent decision by Chelsea Pitch Owners to retain its freehold of the ground, we reaffirm our desire to see Chelsea FC remain in the borough and our commitment to help the club to remain at its historic home of Stamford Bridge.“We recognise that all our clubs will need greater capacity to accommodate growth in their fan bases and that new financial fair-play rules necessitate generating extra match-day revenue to remain competitive with the leading English and European teams.Fulham are looking to expand Craven Cottage rather than relocate“We are currently assisting Fulham FC with its plans to expand the capacity of its historic ground at Craven Cottage and we have already agreed to grant planning permission for additional capacity. A new scheme is about to be consulted on.“The council now proposes to examine whether there are planning options to expand Stamford Bridge to accommodate a larger capacity, recognising that such a project must be economically viable, benefit local businesses and not unreasonably affect residents.“We look forward to working closely with Chelsea FC and all local stakeholders as soon as possible to examine the options of redeveloping Stamford Bridge.”Chelsea said they welcomed the council’s willingness to discuss the issue and were keen for talks to take place.A club statement read:  “Chelsea Football Club welcomes the London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham’s commitment to see the Club stay in the borough and importantly their recognition of our need for greater capacity at Stamford Bridge.“As an initial step in a renewed dialogue with the Borough, we would like to explore promptly with LBHF how they propose helping us address the club’s current problem of Stamford Bridge having substantially reduced capacity for big games.“We will be happy to meet Borough officials to discuss this further and especially their desire to see us stay at Stamford Bridge.”Villas-Boas backed Chelsea’s plans to leave Stamford BridgeDespite Blues captain John Terry and manager Andre Villas-Boas publicly backing the controversial buy-back proposal and urging fans to trust club owner Roman Abramovich, many remained sceptical and several supporters groups united to try to convince shareholders of CPO to vote against it.Chelsea chairman Bruce Buck said: “Obviously we are disappointed but we recognise and we respect totally that the shareholders of Chelsea Pitch Owners have spoken.“We will meet with Mr Abramovich and the rest of the board and we will decide what action, if any, we will take going forward.”last_img read more

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