Ankara as model for Cairo?

first_imgA Harvard Kennedy School fellow argues that Turkey offers a promising model for Egypt as the dust begins to settle from the uprising that toppled President Hosni Mubarak, and the political players confront the challenges of shaping an Egyptian democracy.Joshua W. Walker, an International Security Program fellow in the Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs who has closely studied Turkey’s modern evolution, assesses this prospect in a post on the new blog, Power & Policy. The blog, launched on Feb. 1 by the Belfer Center, seeks to become a dynamic forum for debate on the exercise of power in the world.Power & Policy’s initial entries include several on the Egyptian people’s revolt, including “Five (Early) Lessons from the Egyptian Revolution,” a view by Nicholas Burns, the former U.S. under secretary of state for political affairs who is now professor of the practice of diplomacy and international politics in the Kennedy School. Burns served in Egypt as a young diplomat before becoming the third-highest official in the State Department from 2005 to 2008.Other early blog contributors include the director of the Belfer Center, Graham Allison, and Joseph Nye, the Harvard University Distinguished Service Professor whose latest book, “The Future of Power,” was published on Feb. 1.  Monica Toft, associate professor of public policy whose own new book, “God’s Century: Resurgent Religion and Global Politics,” will be published March 14, assessed prospects for the Muslim Brotherhood to play a leading role in the future Egyptian leadership. Richard Clarke, the former White House national security and counter-terrorism adviser and a faculty affiliate in the Belfer Center, writes about the looming challenges of cyber-security.last_img read more

Imagine clothing that stretches or shrinks to fit you

first_img Related Student-developed device predicts when an avocado will be ripe Nanofiber protects against extreme temperatures and projectiles The Daily Gazette Sign up for daily emails to get the latest Harvard news. Multifunctional material could protect soldiers, firefighters, astronauts and more As everyone who has painstakingly straightened their hair knows, water is the enemy. Hair carefully straightened by heat will bounce back into curls the minute it touches water. Why? Because hair has shape memory. Its material properties allow it to change shape in response to certain stimuli and return to its original shape in response to others.What if other materials, especially textiles, had this type of shape memory? Imagine a T-shirt with cooling vents that opened when exposed to moisture and closed when dry, or one-size-fits-all clothing that stretches or shrinks to a person’s measurements.Now, researchers at the Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS) have developed a biocompatible material that can be 3D-printed into any shape and pre-programmed with reversible shape memory. The material is made using keratin, a fibrous protein found in hair, nails, and shells. The researchers extracted the keratin from leftover Agora wool used in textile manufacturing.The research could help the effort to reduce waste in the fashion industry, one of the biggest polluters on the planet. Already, designers such as Stella McCarthy are reimagining how the industry uses materials, including wool. The material may also have medical uses.“With this project, we have shown that not only can we recycle wool but we can build things out of the recycled wool that have never been imagined before,” said Kit Parker, the Tarr Family Professor of Bioengineering and Applied Physics at SEAS and senior author of the paper on the subject published in Nature Materials. “The implications for the sustainability of natural resources are clear. With recycled keratin protein, we can do just as much, or more, than what has been done by shearing animals to date and, in doing so, reduce the environmental impact of the textile and fashion industry.”,The key to keratin’s shape-changing abilities is its hierarchical structure, said Luca Cera, a postdoctoral fellow at SEAS and first author of the paper. A single chain of keratin is arranged into a spring-like structure known as alpha-helix. Two of these chains twist together to form a structure known as a coiled coil. Many of these are assembled into protofilaments and eventually large fibers.“The organization of the alpha helix and the connective chemical bonds give the material both strength and shape memory,” said Cera.When a fiber is stretched or exposed to a particular stimulus, the spring-like structures uncoil, and the bonds realign to form stable beta-sheets. The fiber remains in that position until it is triggered to coil back into its original shape.To demonstrate this process, the researchers 3D-printed keratin sheets in a variety of shapes. They programmed the material’s permanent shape — which it will always return to when triggered — using a solution of hydrogen peroxide and monosodium phosphate. Once the memory was set, the sheet could be re-programmed and molded into new shapes.For example, one keratin sheet was folded into a complex origami star as its permanent shape. Once the memory was set, the researchers dunked the star in water, where it unfolded and became malleable. From there, they rolled the sheet into a tight tube. Once dry, the sheet was locked in as a fully stable and functional tube. To reverse the process, they put the tube back into water, where it unrolled and folded back into an origami star.“This two-step process of 3D printing the material and then setting its permanent shapes allows for the fabrication of really complex shapes with structural features down to the micron level,” said Cera. “This makes the material suitable for a vast range of applications from textile to tissue engineering.”“Whether you are using fibers like this to make brassieres whose cup size and shape can be customized every day, or you are trying to make actuating textiles for medical therapeutics, the possibilities of Luca’s work are broad and exciting,” said Parker. “We are continuing to reimagine textiles by using biological molecules as engineering substrates like they have never been used before.” This research is co-authored by Grant Gonzalez, Qihan Liu, Suji Choi, Christophe Chantre, Juncheol Lee, Rudy Gabardi, Myung Choi, and Kwanwoo Shin.It was supported in part by the Harvard University Materials Research Science and Engineering Center (MRSEC), under grant DMR-1420570 from the Nation Science Foundation. Forestalling food wastelast_img read more

Judy Kaye Begins Performances in Wicked on Broadway

first_img from $95.00 Judy Kaye(Photo by Bruce Glikas) Related Shows View Commentscenter_img We’re thrillifyed! Two-time Tony winner Judy Kaye will start performances as Madame Morrible in Broadway’s Wicked on February 16. She steps in for Kathy Fitzgerald in the role at the Gershwin Theatre.Kaye took home the Tony for Nice Work If You Can Get It and Phantom and received nominations for Souvenir and Mamma Mia! Her additional Broadway credits include Cinderella, Sweeney Todd, Ragtime, On The 20th Century and Grease.The cast also currently includes Rachel Tucker as Elphaba, Carrie St. Louis as Glinda, Jonah Platt as Fiyero, Peter Scolari as the Wizard, Dawn Cantwell as Nessarose, Michael Genet as Dr. Dillamond and Zachary Piser as Boq. Wickedlast_img read more

Seabees Improve Conditions In Petionville For Displaced Haitians

first_imgBy Dialogo April 15, 2010 Seabees from Naval Mobile Construction Battalion (NMCB) 7´s Air Detachment are improving roads and installing engineering controls to improve living conditions for the more than 40,000 residents of Camp Petionville, an internally displaced persons (IDP) camp in Port-au-Prince. The engineering work is part of a larger IDP camp improvement program involving eight other camps identified by Joint Task Force (JTF) Haiti J7 engineers as needing road and engineering control improvements to mitigate the effects of the pending rainy season that historically begins in mid-April. “The natural terrain mixed with the numerous impermeable living structures created a situation that needed immediate action,” said Camp Petionville project supervisor, Navy Lt. Jason Killian, a Civil Engineer Corps officer deployed to JTF-Haiti via Naval Facilities Engineering Command (NAVFAC) Washington. “The engineering mitigations will save lives and reduce the overall number of people that need to be relocated by over 17,000.” According to relief workers running Camp Petionville, the Seabees are exactly what the earthquake survivors need to prepare for the rain. “The Seabees are the wheels, horsepower and expertise needed to save lives here,” said Sean Penn, head of J/P Haitian Relief Organization (HRO), the group running Camp Petionville. Camp Petionville is situated on the base of steep terrain common throughout Petionville, a suburb of Port-au-Prince where the Petionville Club, a nine-hole golf and resort club, resides. The improvement suggestions come from assessments made by JTF-Haiti engineering experts comprised of NAVFAC, Army Corps of Engineers, Air Force civil engineers, and the Seabees themselves. JTF-Haiti, along with USAID , non-governmental organizations (NGOs), with the cooperation of the Haitian government, are working feverishly to improve the contours of the land to better handle the impact that Haiti´s rainy season will have on Camp Petionville.last_img read more

45 marketing ideas for small credit unions

first_img 18SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Hilary Reed Hilary Reed, founder of EmpowerFi, is an innovative thought-leader who has been involved in various aspects of strategic sales and marketing for 15 years. Her career began in 2000 when … Web: www.empowerfi.org Details Being responsible for the marketing of a business is a tough task. Being responsible for a small credit union is even harder, as your day is sure to be filled with daily tasks that need to be completed in order for the credit union to grow and prosper in a crowded credit union market.It’s easy to recognize the need for a clear, strategic marketing for your credit union, but as you may be aware, having a clear picture of what it involves can be difficult to surmise. Perhaps it’s an undertaking that you are having difficult dedicating the appropriate amount of time to, and as a result, those marketing tasks and ideas end going further and further down your list.If this sounds like a situation that you’re in, the time to make a change is right now. A clear marketing strategy is essential to the success of almost everything surrounding your credit union, especially regarding your products and offers.The Three Elements of MarketingMarketing is the action or business of promoting and selling products or services, including market research and advertising. Don’t let that definition scare you away, especially if you don’t have a lot of marketing experience. Marketing can be broken down into small pieces that will make it easier to work into your busy schedule.Generally speaking, marketing for small credit unions encompasses three elements:Promoting your credit union and your productsAdvertisingSalesThough they may overlap, those are three completely different marketing activities.Promoting your credit union essentially means that you are letting your core demographic know who you are and where they can find you. In promoting, your goal is to make more people aware of your credit union’s existence and create a positive, memorable impression. This is called “Brand Awareness”. With small credit unions, brand awareness is vital as it helps your demographics understand who you are and what you value you offer.Advertising is tied directly toward increasing your financial assets. This comes down to increasing the sales of the products and services that you offer your members. With advertising, the strategy is to describe the products you offer and the benefits of using those products. Whether you are advertising a new checking account, or an auto loan, or a credit card, you use advertising to convince your members to financially invest in YOU by explaining how your product/service fills their needs.Sales is the final step in this marketing process. Once members are aware of your credit union, and they ultimately decide to do business with you, it’s time for you to close the deal.Many times, especially in businesses that are financially focused (banks, credit unions, etc.), all three elements listed above are blended into one piece. While the lines may be blurred at times, it’s important to recognize the difference between each. Let’s use an example that you may have encountered recently. Have you ever received an email that presented a product or the opportunity to purchase a product? The presentation of that email most likely began with an introduction, credentials of the company selling the product, and then reasons why you can (and should) purchase said product.From there, you had the opportunity to purchase the product, or were lead to a link that allowed you to do so – hopefully resulting in a successful “sale” for the company offering the product.All three elements above were there in a quick email, and as a result, a sale was made.Focusing on MarketingIn this eBook, we will look at all three of these marketing elements. We will propose ways that you can, in fact, successfully make contributions to the accomplishment of each, with activities that won’t take too much time, allowing you to focus on other important duties at your credit union. Dedicating a little strategic time to these practices will do wonders for your credit union’s marketing efforts.Understand, though, this is not one of those “do it quickly one time and you’re finished” type of scenarios. Marketing is an ongoing, evolving project that changes every single day. A lot of what we’ll talk about in this eBook, are not things you should do once, but things you should over and over again. Once you get used to what’s needed, it’ll be that much easier to implement, improve and adjust marketing strategies.Don’t Market in the DarkFirst and foremost, it’s important that you never “market in the dark”. It’s important to know your credit union. If you’re like most of us who drink the credit union Kool-Aid, you may be saying to yourself, “I live and breathe my credit union! Of course I know it well!”While that may be true, it’s important that you go into depth about what makes your credit union YOUR credit union. How well do you know your potential and current members? What type of member do you cater to? What type of member are you looking join your credit union? How clear is the understanding of your credit union’s financial performance? What are your competitors doing?Assuming you already know if the credit union is showing a positive or negative net income, can you then point to the things that contribute most to your profitability or the things that are the greatest drains on your resources? How well can you explain to a potential member why they should do business with you, rather than a bank or a competing credit union?Gather and assimilate all the information you can about your credit union, your current members, your potential members, and even your competitors. All of that information will contribute to your ability to tailor your marketing efforts to the most profitable elements of your credit union, by influencing the behavior of the people that are important to your business.In general, all of your marketing efforts will fall into one of two categories. You’ll either be generating ideas or you will be taking action. You need the ideas to initiate your actions, but as marketing becomes a habitual effort, you will find that each will feed the other. The actions you will be taking will be born from the ideas that you and your team generate. The more ideas you generate, the more marketing you do, the more actions you take… and so on, and so forth.Coming up with ideas on how to market your credit union should be FUN! No resources are required except for your own imagination coupled with the passion to succeed. Use the information that you have about credit unions and apply it to your marketing brainstorming. One thing that I always do is keep a notebook (or notes app on my phone) near me at all times, that way I can jot down any ideas that pop into my brain. If I am driving, or in bed, or even at my desk working on another project, my ideas are always close by.Click below to download the 45 Marketing Ideas for Small Credit Unions eBook!last_img read more

Cortland County issues alert after Aldi’s shopper test positive for virus

first_imgThey say the infected shopper wore a mask at the store. The department says a person who shopped at the grocery store tested positive for the virus. CORTLAND, N.Y. (WBNG) — The Cortland County Heath Department has issued a public health statement regarding Aldi’s on Route 13 in Cortland, N.Y. The department did not ask for people to self quarantine unless they are displaying symptoms of COVID-19. If you were at the store on July 30 from 11 a.m. to noon, the department asks that you monitor yourself for symptoms.last_img read more

Booking.com researched how social networks influence our choice of non-hotel accommodation

first_imgRELATED NEWS: WHO WINS THE “BOOKING FIGHT” – HOTELS OR ONLINE TRAVEL AGENCIES? Also, more than a quarter (28%) admit that booking an attractive object is mandatory for a vacation, in order to be able to take photos that will be displayed as friends #goals among friends and family. Since arriving at their destination, travelers have been looking for moments worth posting on Instagram to display their content with #goals tags because one-fifth of global travelers (20%) among whom more than a fifth (21%) of travelers from Croatia admit to choose accommodation that can be shown in the photos to be more expensive than it really was.  BOOKING.COM STARTS BOOKINGSUITE APP STORE. GAME CHANGER U SECTOR TOURISM Booking.com analyzed the results of a survey conducted on 18.500 travelers from 29 countries, including more than 500 respondents from Croatia, to find out the impact of social networks on booking non-hotel accommodation such as apartments or holiday homes.  Since posting holiday photos on social media is considered a postcard of today, travelers are constantly looking for inspiration, individuality and want to stand out. For that, they are ready to deviate from the usual tourist choices when choosing accommodation on vacation because almost half of travelers from Croatia (51%) reveal that they would like to visit a place that is so unique that none of their friends were there.  Not only do travelers use social media to impress their friends and family, but now more than ever they are looking for inspiration for their holiday through social media, photos, influencers and apps, all at their fingertips. The growing popularity of social media has transformed travel, from planning, inspiration and booking to content sharing.  It is therefore not surprising that more than a quarter of global travelers (26%) plan to choose unique accommodation so that they stand out in the crowd and would be considered trendsetters. The same opinion is shared by 18% of passengers from Croatia. last_img read more

India reports two more cases of coronavirus, taking tally to five

first_imgOne of the new cases was detected in the capital New Delhi, while the other was in the southern state of Telangana, the government said in a statement.The patients had a travel history from Italy and Dubai in the United Arab Emirates, respectively, the statement said. Both patients were stable and being closely monitored.In Italy, the death toll from the coronavirus outbreak had risen to 34, five more than a day earlier, officials said on Sunday.The coronavirus, which was identified in China late last year, has quickly spread to dozens of countries, claiming nearly 3,000 lives and disrupting global business supply chains.India is the world’s second most heavily populated country after China. The government has advised Indians to refrain from non-essential travel to the worst affected countries, including China, South Korea, Iran and Italy.US intelligence agencies are monitoring the global spread of coronavirus and the ability of governments to respond, sources told Reuters last week, warning that there were concerns about how India would cope with a widespread outbreak. Topics : India reported two more cases of coronavirus on Monday, taking the number of people who have tested positive in the country to five.India’s stock markets fell on the news, reversing sharply from earlier gains. The NSE Nifty 50 index that tracks blue-chip stocks was down 1.23% at 0947 GMT, having climbed about 2% earlier.The rupee was last weaker by 0.04% at 72.4000 against the dollar.last_img read more

AP fund reform will make long-term investing ‘difficult if not impossible’

first_imgAP4 noted that evaluation by external consultants had put the cost of the plans – which would see private equity fund AP6 merged with AP2 and a second, as-yet undecided buffer fund closed – at SEK3bn-6bn, well ahead of the estimated SEK60m in savings that would be achieved with the overhaul.AP4 also questioned the establishment of the National Pension Fund Board, which, it argued, will make it harder for the buffer funds to invest for the long term.Eva Halvarsson, Andersson’s counterpart at AP2, echoed AP4’s concerns, stressing that the buffer fund’s current configuration had proven a “well-functioning, cost-efficient operation” since inception 15 years ago.“To develop this further, I welcome the proposal to open up investment rules and to introduce a so-called prudent-person principle,” she added.Halvarsson warned against a “large, expensive and risky” reorganisation of the funds, however. AP3 was similarly adamant that a number of proposed changes should not proceed, rejecting out of hand any legislative underpinning for cooperation across unlisted assets – which, it has been suggested, would be consolidated into AP2 and overseen by a joint investment committee.It dismissed the idea that the Swedish national audit office should be responsible for each fund’s annual audit, and was critical of the proposal to establish a National Pension Fund Board.It also argued that it would be “negligent” to approve any of the reforms before the results of a full impact assessment were known.The four main buffer funds recently wrote an opinion piece for a Swedish newspaper, warning that the reform put the buffer fund system at risk of “political micromanagement”.Riksbank, the country’s central bank, also questioned whether the proposals would allow the funds to remain as long-term investors. The proposed reform of Sweden’s buffer fund system would make it “difficult if not impossible” for the AP funds to invest in a long-term fashion, AP4 has warned.In its response to the government consultation that proposed the closure of two AP funds, AP4 said the annual evaluation of performance – coupled with reliance on a reference portfolio – would increase “uniformity and short-sightedness” in the investment of the buffer funds’ SEK1.2trn (€126bn) in assets.Mats Andersson, managing director at AP4, said it was regrettable that the proposal put forward would be so “obviously” to the detriment of the AP funds’ “final clients” – Sweden’s population.“The proposal,” it added, “has almost no relevant impact assessment of the comprehensive proposals presented.”last_img read more

Cayman Islands diving one of top ten adventure tours in the world

first_imgCayman Islands. Photo credit: caribbeanislandsrealty.comNEWTON, USA — TripAdvisor, the world’s largest travel site, has announced its top ten adventure tours across the globe, according to TripAdvisor travelers and editors.Offering exhilarating fun and amazing experiences, these tours offer unique ways to explore and learn about diverse landscapes around the world.Number one in the list is Aquatic Adventures: Living the Dream Divers , Seven Mile Beach, Cayman IslandsDivers of all abilities will be in their aquatic element on this coastal tour. Whether travelers prefer to take the plunge and scuba dive among sea turtles, nurse sharks, and moray eels, or simply snorkel in the shallow waters of “Stingray City,” this tour caters to all seeking an ocean adventure. Marine-life fanatics will enjoy bobbing in the balmy water as southern sting-rays and schools of tropical fish surround them. “From the boat, to the people, to the service, it was all exceptional,” a TripAdvisor traveler said.Other regional adventure tours listed in TripAdvisor’s top ten are:A Trip on the Zip: Selvatica Canopy Expedition and Adventure Tour , Cancun, MexicoTravelers can experience the Yucatan Jungle in high-speed on this Caribbean canopy adventure. Tour-goers will gear up to ride the self-proclaimed fastest high-wire zipline in Mexico, while night owls can choose to zip under the stars on a “night flight”. For those looking for a bumpier ride, mud-lovers can rev their engines on Selvatica’s ATV tour across the forest floor. After adrenaline levels fall back to Earth, adventurers can unwind in the emerald green waters of a jungle cenote. A TripAdvisor traveler said, “Tons of fun and worth every penny!”Temperate Trek: Desafio Adventure Company, La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa RicaThis Central American tour offers daredevils a diverse menu of thrills. Travelers can try their hand at canyoneering and rappel down a flowing waterfall, before following the river bed through deep gorges surrounded by lush vegetation. Intrepid hikers can venture to the edge of the Arenal Volcano National Park, where molten lava can be seen flowing from the volcano. Options for animal-lovers include journeying through the rainforest on horseback and mingling with monkeys, toucans and sloths. “Absolutely the best tour company with the most awesome guides,” noted a TripAdvisor traveler.Caribbean News Now Share Share 27 Views   no discussions Sharing is caring!center_img LifestyleTravel Cayman Islands diving one of top ten adventure tours in the world by: – July 9, 2011 Share Tweetlast_img read more