Yto Barrada named Gardner Fellow

first_imgThe Peabody Museum of Archaeology and Ethnology has announced the selection of the 2013 Robert Gardner Fellow in Photography. Following an international search, the Gardner Fellowship committee has awarded the fellowship to French-Moroccan photographer Yto Barrada.Born in Paris, and raised in Morocco and France, Barrada lives and works in Tangier, Morocco. Her work has appeared internationally in exhibitions including Art Dubai, the Tate Gallery (London), the Fowler Museum (Los Angeles), MoMA (New York and San Francisco), Jeu de Paume (Paris), and the 2007 and 2011 Venice Biennale. According to Phillip Prodger, Peabody Essex Museum’s Curator of Photography,  “Barrada has a gift for finding personal intimate moments that capture the real-life effects of global trade and exchange.” Read Full Storylast_img read more

Technophobia in the Land of Engineers?

first_imgIt’s essentially common knowledge that widespread skepticism of technology holds court in Germany. This phenomenon is sometimes referred to as ‘technophobia’ in the land of engineers, or, as Newsweek teased some time ago, German ‘techno-angst’. When it comes to technology, Germans are suspicious: They don’t feel the need to get started with new technologies, as they prefer to stick with things they know and which they consequently don’t have to fear. A German term has even been created to refer to people with this sort of mindset: ‘ Bedenkenträger,’ or ‘worrier.’I have been hearing about ‘German technophobia’ for decades: Articles, commentary, lectures, and all manner of discussions have cited it thousands of times. It’s always been present in one form or another. We’ve always lived in a land of neo-Luddites, while other countries have had their fun with fantastic new developments such as the PC, Internet, cloud computing, the Internet of Things, and Pokémon.Hold on, though. Is that really how people in Germany think? Would a country full of neo-Luddites and technophobes really export world-record volumes of technological products year in, year out? A report from the Handelsblatt business newspaper’s February edition proudly announced ‘A fourthrecord-breaking year for German exports. Germany exports goods valued at nearly €1,300 billion.’ Moreover, the four-time world export champion didn’t sell €1,300 billion’s worth of potatoes or hazelnuts – the bulk of the exported goods consisted of premium industrial products. These technical products are apparently of such a high quality that they’re valued all over the world – that €1,300 billion didn’t come out of thin air, after all. So a country that allegedly places a low value on technology produces top-notch technical products? And we’re meant to believe that these products are developed in a country full of technophobes? That doesn’t compute.Export statistics are one way of assessing the situation, and personal experience is another. I visit a lot of companies, particularly small and medium-sized ones. To be perfectly honest, I’ve never come across technophobes there – quite the opposite, in fact. The level of technical expertise on display at their facilities is impressive, and as far as initiatives such as Industry 4.0 are concerned, these SMEs in particular are leading the pack in terms of implementing digitalization. German SMEs are far from technophobic.As regards phenomena beyond the workplace, things look similar: For instance, the general German public got used to streaming services very quickly, and nobody campaigned to preserve video rental stores in Germany. On the country’s public transport networks, 80 percent of passengers are now so wrapped up in their smartphones that, for example, they forget to get off at their stop. That doesn’t sound like technophobia to me. Germans use cutting-edge digital technology to meet their needs, and have been doing so for a decade. The overwhelming majority of people also use technology without fear or suspicion. It seems like the prevailing stereotype of neo-Luddism doesn’t hold much weight.“There isn’t any general technophobia in Germany, although the press often claims that this is the case.ShareThere’s also research in place to bolster my point. A few years ago, the University of Stuttgart carried out a study to determine the extent to which Germans are open to technology. I wasn’t surprised by the results: “There isn’t any general technophobia in Germany, although the press often claims that this is the case. Germans are instead rather welcoming of technology, particularly in regard to consumer technology and technology at the workplace.” According to this study, in Germany, technophobia is felt to a lesser extent than it is in most other European countries, despite numerous claims to the contrary. Last year, Bitkom carried out a representative survey that specifically asked about Germans’ mindsets regarding digital technologies. The survey found that: “79 percent of survey-takers indicated that they have a fundamentally positive opinion of digital technologies.”I’m convinced that alleged German technophobia is just a false stereotype, one that won’t become more accurate through decades of repetition. This accusation often amounts to nothing more than a convenient excuse that inventors and manufacturers make for technological solutions that don’t actually work so well for their intended audience. When we provide people with technology with clear benefits for them, their work, and their day-to-day lives, then they aren’t skeptical – smartphones are a prime example here. I’m convinced that if we do our job well, people will be on our side.last_img read more

Tickets Available for The Civilians’ The Great Immensity

first_img The Great Immensity Related Shows Show Closed This production ended its run on May 1, 2014 Ready for a highly theatrical look into one of the most vital questions of our time: how can we solve the enormous environmental challenges that confront us? Tickets are now available for The Civilians’ The Great Immensity. Written and directed by Steven Cosson, the off-Broadway show will begin previews April 11 and run through May 1 at the Joseph Papp Public Theater/Martinson Theater. The Great Immensity is a continent-hopping thriller following a woman, Phyllis, as she pursues someone close to her who disappeared from a tropical island while on an assignment for a nature show. Through her search, Phyllis uncovers a mysterious plot surrounding the upcoming international climate summit in Auckland. As the days count down to the Auckland Summit, Phyllis must decipher the plan and possibly stop it in time. The show features projected film and video and a wide-ranging score of songs by Michael Friedman. View Commentslast_img read more

Cover crops + organics

first_imgOrganic vegetable farmers in the Southeast now have a successful model for planting summer cover crops with high-value, cool-season crops, thanks to a University of Georgia study. The two models use a series of crop rotations to increase yields, control insects and diseases, improve crop quality and build soil biomass.This system’s approach can be used to develop production recommendations and a production budget for organic farmers or for conventional growers interested in transitioning to organic production.“The purpose of the project was to take a systems approach to evaluate crop rotations to produce high-value, organic horticultural crops in the Piedmont and Coastal Plain of the Southeast,” said project investigator George Boyhan, a horticulturist with the UGA College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.Originally, Vidalia onion growers interested in organic production were targeted for the study. Between 300 and 400 acres of these onions are grown organically in Georgia.“We wanted to see what cool-season, high-value crops could be incorporated in the crop rotation for onion growers in order to boost their profits,” Boyhan said. “As the study progressed, we found that the crop rotations would be suitable for any vegetable growers interested in organic production.”With funding from a Southern Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education grant, Boyhan, along with crop and soil scientist Julia Gaskin, plant pathologist Elizabeth Little, horticulturist Suzzanne Tate and agricultural economists Sam Kaninda and Greg Fonsah, studied two-crop rotations over a three-year period: (1) strawberries, bush beans and oats to Austrian winter peas, potatoes, sunn hemp, onions and southern peas, and (2) broccoli, lettuce, sudan-sorghum to cowpeas, carrots, sunn hemp, onions and millet.The rotations were developed with growers’ input to improve soil quality through cover crop biomass additions, to rotate between crop families to break pest cycles, to use cover crops to supply nitrogen and suppress weeds and to use cover crops and crop cycles to suppress nematodes.“The cover crops worked best when they were paired with a certain cash crop for a specific function,” Gaskin said.For example, sunn hemp planted before onions: “Onions are a high nitrogen-demanding crop and sunn hemp is known to fix nitrogen” and suppress nematodes and weeds, Gaskin said. A sunn hemp rotation plus nutrients in the soil provided 75 percent of the nitrogen for the onions. By contrast, the sorghum-sudan and cowpea mix grown before carrots may not have been the best rotation, Gaskin said. “The idea was to suppress weeds and nematodes. But the sorghum dominated the mix, outperforming the cowpea,” she said. “Yields with carrots were not as good.”Broccoli followed by lettuce produced “very good” yields, Gaskin said, but millet was not a great weed suppressor. Insects were practically nonexistent, although there some disease issues were found.“We chose cool-season crops because they are the easiest to grow organically in our region due to low insect and disease pressures,” Little said. “As far as diseases go, I’d say it was a success.”Some minor Botrytis was found in onions, Sclerotinia was noted in lettuce and beans, and a few leaf spots were recorded in strawberries. Very minor fruit rot problems were found. There was no evidence of root diseases in strawberries, and no diseases in potatoes or carrots, she said.Over the three-year period, onions produced the highest yields, exceeding the Vidalia onion county yield average for each of those years. Lettuce and broccoli yields were also high. Although the potatoes and carrots stored well, their yields were low.As far as the economics of the crops – based on variable and fixed costs, pre-harvest variables, and harvesting and marketing costs – the onions had the highest net return. The onions averaged more than $14,000 per acre and the lettuce followed, with a net return of more than $9,000 per acre over the three-year period.The UGA study found the net return for the cash crops generally increased over time, except for the strawberries. Summer cash crops of bush beans and southern peas were not profitable. The highest value crops also had the highest total costs; however, total costs were lower as the acres increased.Average net returns by crop rotations were $17,592 per acre for rotation one, and $20,964 per acre for rotation two.Researchers speculate the growing season was too short between cool-season crops.Cover crop costs averaged $6,000 per acre over the life of the rotation. The cover crops served as a weed control-soil building-nutrient cycling program.“The crop rotations show promise for mid-scale producers,” Boyhan said, ”but the one thing we learned is that timing is critical. This is an intensive system that requires work and a market to sell the product.”To view the complete study findings, go to read more

We can’t save the economy unless we fix our debt addiction

first_img 12SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Our economy has increasingly been financialized, and the result is a sluggish economy with stagnant wages. We need to decide whether to stop the cycle and save the economy at large or to stay in thrall to our banks and bondholders. Without clearing our debt, the economy will continue to languish in debt deflation and polarization between creditors and debtors.As a statistical measure, financialization is the degree to which debt accounts for a rising proportion of income or the value of an asset, such as a company or piece of property. The ratio tends to rise until defaults lead to a crisis that wipes out the debt, converts it into equity or transfers assets from defaulting debtors to creditors.As an economic process, financialization makes money through debt leverage — taking on debt to pay for things that will increase income or the value of assets: for instance, taking out a loan for education or a mortgage on a property to open a store. But instead of using credit to finance tangible industrial investment that expands production, banks have been lending to those who want to buy property already in place — mainly real estate, stocks and bonds already issued — and to corporate raiders — those who buy companies with high-interest bonds. The effect often leaves a bankrupt shell of a company, or at least enables corporate raiders to threaten employees with bankruptcy that would wipe out their pension funds or employee stock ownership plans if they do not agree to replace defined benefit pensions with riskier contribution schemes. continue reading »last_img read more

Updating the Safeguards Rule, but not for federally-insured credit unions

first_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading » Earlier this year, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) issued a proposed rule updating and enhancing its implementing regulations for the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act (GLBA)’s Safeguards Rule. NAFCU has written of its support for the proposal. Several credit union compliance officers have asked about the proposal and its applicability to credit unions. The short story is that the update does not apply to federally-insured credit unions. The long story, including why this matters to credit unions, is below.Which Safeguards Rule?The Safeguards Rule is one of two central privacy provisions of the GLBA (the other being the Financial Privacy Rule which requires disclosure of a credit union’s privacy policy). The text of the Safeguards Rule can be found at 15 USC §6801(b) and is only 105 words long. It states that the enforcement agencies listed under section 6805(a) (except the CFPB) must establish “appropriate safeguards” for the protection of customer records and information for the financial institutions under their jurisdiction.Section 6805(a)(2) indicates that for federally-insured credit unions, that enforcement agency would be NCUA. NCUA established those implementing regulations at Part 748 of its rules and regulations. Part 748 is not being amended or updated by NCUA at this time.last_img read more

Inner City

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Building labelled as NZ’s first sex hotel

first_imgNZ Herald 14 Nov 2012Opponents of the Chow Brothers’ resource consent bid for a 15-storey brothel and hotel building in the Auckland CBD say it could become New Zealand’s first sex hotel and a drawcard for overseas and out-of-town sex buyers. At the hearing of the building consent application yesterday, Denise Ritchie, of the Stop Demand Foundation, said the size of the brothel was “news” to her. Auckland Council planners had recommended approval for the building based on brothel activities being located over 1.5 floors, with 13 brothel rooms on the third floor and a brothel entertainment area on the ground mezzanine. However, the Herald yesterday reported the architect saying accommodation for the brothel would be located on the third and fourth floors and the first and second floors were to be occupied by a strip club. From the fifth to the eighth floor would be hotel rooms, then two levels of offices and on the 11th and 12th floors a bar. Hearing commissioners’ panel chairman David Kirkpatrick confirmed the plans earlier shown for the building showed only the third floor as a brothel and the fourth as for the hotel.….Ms Ritchie expressed concern that hotel rooms as non-permanent accommodation were defined by the council as including any services and amenities provided on site for the normal use of patrons. “Given that there is a brothel and that’s providing services, are we to take it that this is a sex-on-site hotel and, if so, is it fair that we see this as a commercial sex hotel as distinct from a hotel where you would have families coming to stay?” read more

Lucille R. Rubush age 79

first_imgLucille R. Rubush, age 79, of Brookville, Indiana died Friday, January 13, 2017 at Heritage House of Connersville.Born October 18, 1937 in Brookville, Indiana she was the daughter of the late Harry & Elsie (Stenger) Geiling. On April 4, 1959 she was united in marriage to Alvin Rubush, and he preceded her in death on September 6, 1984.She was a member of St. Michael the Archangel Catholic Church, as well as a former member of the Veterans of Foreign Wars Ladies Auxiliary of Brookville.Survivors include a daughter, Kim (Steve) Roemer of Brookville, Indiana; three sons, Donald (Barb) Rubush of Brookville, Indiana Carl (Anita) Rubush of Hamilton, Ohio and Bruce Rubush of Brookville; five grandchildren, three great-grandchildren; three sisters, Phyllis Bischoff, Doris Bischoff and Shirley Lynch, all of Brookville, Indiana; as well as a brother, Richard Geiling of Centerville, Indiana.In addition to her parents, and husband, Alvin, she was preceded in death by a daughter-in-law, Jeanie Rubush, two great-grandchildren, Zoey & Cameron; a sister, Rosemary Singer; three brothers, Gene, Herb, and Dale Geiling, as well as an infant brother.Family & friends may visit from 4 until 7:00 P.M. on Tuesday, January 17, 2017 at Phillips & Meyers Funeral Home, 1025 Franklin Avenue, Brookville, where the rosary will be recited at 7:00 P.M..Rev. Dustin Boehm will officiate the Mass of Christian Burial at 10:00 A.M. on Wednesday, January 18, 2017 at St. Michael the Archangel Catholic Church, 145 East St. Michaels Blvd., Brookville. Burial will then follow in Big Cedar Cemetery in Brookville.Memorial contributions may be directed to the Alzheimers Association. Phillips & Meyers Funeral Home is honored to serve the Rubush family, to sign the online guest book or send personal condolences please visit www.phillipsandmeyers.comlast_img read more

Ade leaving Benfica on back burner

first_img “I’m not thinking about Benfica yet,” he said. “I’m thinking about Cardiff and Chelsea, then Benfica. Right now, my head is on Cardiff on Sunday. “We are playing well and playing for a place in the Champions League, Cardiff are playing to survive. They will be up for it and we have to want it more.” An unexpected defeat at Norwich last weekend means Sherwood’s side are now six points adrift of Liverpool in the final Champions League position. Midfielder Mousa Dembele is hoping the feel-good factor of securing safe passage in Europe can help get Spurs back on track in their hunt for the top four. “It is a very important game,” he said. “It is the right time for us to get them (Cardiff) at home after our recent results at White Hart Lane and I think everybody is very happy and maybe a bit more confident after the Dnipro win. “We hope now that we can see off Cardiff correctly and professionally. It was an important thing for us to beat Dnipro. “Some people say that for English teams the Europa League is not so important. But for us I think it’s very important. The 30-year-old is enjoying a new lease of life at White Hart Lane under head coach Tim Sherwood, netting five goals in his last four appearances including a crucial brace in Tottenham’s Europa League victory over Dnipro on Thursday. That 3-2 aggregate success has secured a clash with Portuguese giants Benfica but, for Adebayor, it is a case of getting back to domestic business when Spurs welcome Premier League strugglers Cardiff to north London on Sunday. “We want to achieve something this year and making progress in Europe is a big help.” Sherwood has no fresh injury concerns heading into the clash with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s Bluebirds, with England defender Kyle Walker in contention to make his return from a hip problem. Sandro could make his first Premier League start under Sherwood having recovered from a calf injury which had sidelined him since December – the Brazil midfielder played 75 minutes of the Dnipro win and is likely to retain his place. Craig Bellamy believes keeping Cardiff in the Premier League would provide the perfect swansong to his career. Bellamy returns to the side for Sunday’s trip to Tottenham after serving a three-match suspension, handed out retrospectively by the Football Association. That arose after Bellamy accepted a charge of violent conduct for striking Swansea midfielder Jonathan de Guzman with his arm during Cardiff’s south Wales derby defeat on February 8. In his absence, Cardiff have been knocked out of the FA Cup by Wigan, held to a goalless draw by Aston Villa, and embarrassingly hammered 4-0 by Hull. City are now one place off the foot of the table and three points shy of safety, and with a far inferior goal difference to the sides above them. Bellamy, though, has the bit between his teeth and is relishing the prospect of the scrap to keep City in the top flight that lies ahead. “This is quite a good challenge. If I’m really honest, it really is,” said 34-year-old Bellamy, who is approaching the 17th anniversary of his debut he made for Norwich in 1997. “It’s very easy to play well when you’re winning games, morale is high and everything looks good. “But when you’re up against it then you see who your good players are, who can really play, and when the pressure is on, who wants the ball and wants to do something with it. “When things aren’t going well you find out who the real people are in the club, and that for me is the challenge. “So what a great achievement it would be to get out of this, and I’m really motivated. “Who knows where my career will go at the end of the season, so for me, what a nice way to end – if it is the finish – by keeping this club up in the Premier League. “That would be a fitting end, a great achievement like last year (when the club won promotion) that I’ve left the club in a real healthy state.” Bellamy is also fired up following his ban, although it is a sign of his maturity these days he first spoke to De Guzman before deciding of his own volition to accept the punishment. “I was disappointed with the suspension. The club wanted to appeal, but it was me who chose not to,” Bellamy added. “I didn’t want my name dragged through anything, or to accuse anyone of anything. I spoke to De Guzman, had a good conversation with him. “For me personally, it (the incident) wasn’t the cleverest thing I’ve done, but it wasn’t the worst either. “So it was a case of get on with it, take the ban and look forward to the games coming up. Unfortunately the three games I have missed were difficult games to watch. “Hopefully I’ve an opportunity to make up for it from now until the end of the season.” Bellamy feels the loss to Hull has galvanised the players over the past few days, and made them realise what is at stake. “The reaction has been positive, as you would want it to be,” he said. “It was obviously a difficult result, but we got what we deserved. Hull were worthy winners. “In a lot of games we’ve been competitive this season, but that was one in which we weren’t, so that left us really disappointed. “But the best thing about football is there’s always another opportunity the next week. “We just have to go there (to Tottenham) with high energy and in a positive frame of mind, which is what we were lacking against Hull.” Along with Bellamy, manager Solskjaer should have Jordon Mutch available after his recovery from a hamstring problem, while fellow midfielder Gary Medel could figure as he is back in training following a lay-off with a thigh injury. Press Association Emmanuel Adebayor is refusing to let his mind wander towards the mouth-watering last-16 Europa League tie with Benfica as the striker looks to fire Tottenham into the Barclays Premier League’s top four.last_img read more