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Kristin Stoklosa receives Ishimoto Award

first_imgKristin Stoklosa, e-resources manager and e-resources coordinator for the sciences, has been named this year’s recipient of the 2010 Carol Ishimoto Award for Distinguished Service in the Harvard College Library.Created through a 1991 endowment established by former Associate Librarian of Harvard College for Cataloging and Processing Carol Ishimoto, the award annually recognizes a member or group of the professional staff who has advanced the mission of the Library through exceptional contributions and leadership, and includes a cash award and citation for creative professional achievement of the highest order. “Kristin’s dedication has had a positive impact not just on Harvard College Library users, but on patrons throughout Harvard’s libraries,” Cline said. “The availability of digital resources has profoundly transformed the way our users approach the library, and Kristin has played a key role in ensuring the libraries acquire and deliver the resources patrons want. Her efforts in ensuring patrons can access the material they need for their studies and research is deserving of this award.” Stoklosa was nominated for the award in recognition of her efforts to anticipate and respond to the complex and rapidly-changing needs of scholars and faculty who rely on the library’s ability to deliver timely, accessible and reliable digital resources.To deliver a wide range of e-resources as quickly and efficiently as possible, Stoklosa has taken on a variety of roles in her work, Alison Scott, Widener senior collection development librarian and Charles Warren Bibliographer for American History, wrote in a nomination she submitted on behalf of herself and Associate Librarian for Collection Development Dan Hazen. Stoklosa acts as a combination of negotiator, analyst, ambassador, project manager, wrangler, and even rhetorician while assisting bibliographers and libraries that are variously part of HCL, FAS and HUL to assess, purchase, license, and subscribe to e-resources ranging from massive multi-disciplinary journal packages to highly-specific primary data sources.As an example of Stoklosa’s exemplary work, Scott pointed to her management of all subscription data during the project to migrate more than 1,000 printed journals at Widener Library into digital formats. Other projects include gathering and analyzing data for e-journal package negotiations and acquisitions, and an extensive review of tools for the evaluation of journal significance completed in support of the arduous work of pricing evaluation. Stoklosa also played a lead role in the development of a software tool/database for the efficient management of all phases of HCL acquisition of new digital resources, and continues to work on developing efficient workflows for the purchase of one-off e-books.“These activities would not be easy tasks to accomplish even in the best of times,” Scott said. “In these days of straitened budgets and ever-increasing costs, Kristin’s ability to work with librarians, technical experts, and vendors to keep our electronic acquisitions programs on track, on schedule and within budget is nothing short of marvelous.”Nancy Cline, Roy E. Larsen Librarian of Harvard College, presented the award to Stoklosa on Dec. 7.last_img read more

Green gifts

first_imgBoth veteran and novice gardeners have spent many hours taking care of plants and gardens while spending extra time at home this year.Whether they were trying new things, expanding their gardens or sprucing up their landscapes, gardeners planted new shrubs, experimented with flowering perennials, mulched and tended lawns.If you are looking for presents for the gardeners in your life, here are a few ideas for gifts that they will love from the Georgia Master Gardener Extension Volunteer office.Gloves – All gardeners everywhere need a really good pair of gloves, and not all gloves are created equally. The best gloves are lightweight and supple leather. They are great for protecting hands from splinters, thorns and other abrasives that comes from working in the soil. Those who love roses might want a pair of gloves with long sleeves for extra protection while tending their prized beauties. Disposable rubber gloves would be great for gardeners making pesticide applications.Pruning shears – New gardeners may be struggling with the inexpensive shears they bought this spring. Any gardener would delight in sturdy, sharp shears of differing sizes, such as needle-nosed shears for snipping perennials and annuals, especially for flower-arranging friends. Some may need a good set of bypass pruners that will do a great job on small twigs and those nips and tucks needed for shrubs. For the ambitious gardener, a new set of loppers or a pole saw for cleaning up small branches in trees may be welcome.Garden fork – A short-handled, three-tined garden fork with a round handle comes in handy for many gardening tasks – loosening weeds at their roots, turning over garden soil in beds and fluffing mulch.Wheelbarrow – This might be a tricky present to wrap and stash under the tree, but all gardeners need a wheelbarrow when working in the yard. For people with limited room for storage, there are collapsible canvas garden carts that will store in small spaces.Drip irrigation – Since gardeners have all been making our yards, gardens, patios, decks and balconies beautiful with plants of all kinds, we now have to invest time to keep everything hydrated when we go without rain. A really impressive present might be an irrigation system, but if that is too pricey, the pieces and parts for a DIY system would be great, too. They are not too hard to put together and make it so much easier to keep plants evenly watered.Gardening resource – Gardeners often need a good gardening reference. The Georgia Master Gardener Handbook can be ordered with a 50% discount code (Holiday50) at UGAExtensionStore.com.Gardening gives many people joy and the opportunity to share extra plants and homegrown produce with neighbors and friends. This year, it has also helped people get out of the house and stay active with a much-needed positive experience during a challenging time. So, if you know a gardener, consider these gift ideas to surprise and delight plant-loving friends and family.Visit UGAExtensionStore.com to order the Georgia Master Gardener Handbook and other University of Georgia Cooperative Extension publications.last_img read more

Montana’s largest utility to boost stake in Colstrip coal plant

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Billings Gazette:NorthWestern Energy plans to increase its share in Colstrip Unit 4 by buying out another power plant owner who recently revealed the coal-fired unit needs $20 million in repairs.Montana’s largest monopoly utility said Tuesday that it will buy out Puget Sound Energy for $1. The price is identical to what NorthWestern pitched to the 2019 Montana Legislature 10 months ago. Lawmakers rejected the deal, with several expressing worry the utility’s customers would face hidden debts associated with repairs and future environmental cleanup costs. In the Legislature, NorthWestern never identified which of Colstrip’s five other owners was offering shares.NorthWestern currently has a 30% share in Unit 4, for which its customers owe $300 million. Puget’s share would boost NorthWestern’s stake to 55%. In a separate deal, NorthWestern would buy Puget’s capacity on Colstrip’s transmission lines for $2.5 million to $3.7 million.The utility has the ability to buy Puget’s assets without government approval, but if its customers are to shoulder costs associated with maintenance, operation, taxes and environmental cleanup, the Public Service Commission will have to sign off. NorthWestern indicated it will seek PSC approval early next year.For Puget Sound Energy, the sale would leave Colstrip power plant’s most dominant owner with just 25% of Colstrip Unit 3. The Washington-based utility owns half of Colstrip Units 1 and 2, with Pennsylvania-based Talen Energy owning the other half. The two companies announced in June that those units were no longer economical and would be shut down. Units 1 and 2 will stop operating in a few weeks.Puget has to stop using coal power under Washington law by the end of 2025. Other Colstrip owners are also making exit plans. Spokane-based Avista Corp. told The Billings Gazette last week that plans are being made to exit in 2025, although currently it plans to exit by 2027. PacifiCorp plans to exit in 2027. Portland General Electric plans to exit no later than 2035, although it plans to pay off its Colstrip debt by 2030 and taper off of coal power over time.[Tom Lutey]More: NorthWestern Energy plans to buy bigger stake in Colstrip power plant for $1 Montana’s largest utility to boost stake in Colstrip coal plantlast_img read more

HHS awards 3 contracts for more H5N1 vaccine

first_imgNov 20, 2006 (CIDRAP News) – The US government today announced the awarding of three contacts to buy enough additional H5N1 avian influenza vaccine to immunize almost 2.7 million people, at a cost of $199.45 million.The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) said the contracts are for a total of 5.3 million 90-microgram (mcg) doses of vaccine. The awards include $117.9 million to Sanofi Pasteur for 3.7 million doses, $40.95 million to Novartis for 800,000 doses, and $40.6 million to GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) for 800,000 doses.HHS said last week that the existing national stockpile of pre-pandemic vaccine is enough to vaccinate about 3 million people with two 90-mcg doses each. The stockpile contains 7.3 million doses, but about 1.4 million doses have begun to lose potency, leaving 5.9 million doses of full-strength vaccine.”These newest vaccine purchases supplement the existing stockpile of 5.9 million doses of H5N1 vaccine and build on the department’s plans to buy enough vaccine for 20 million people,” HHS said in a news release.Sanofi Pasteur said its new contract is for a vaccine based on a clade 2 (subgroup 2) H5N1 virus. The existing stockpile is based on clade 1 viruses, which circulated and caused human cases in Thailand, Vietnam, and Cambodia in 2004 and 2005. Clade 2 viruses circulated in birds in China and Indonesia in 2003-04 and spread to the Middle East, Europe, and Africa in 2005 and 2006.In a pandemic planning update last week, HHS noted its intention to begin stockpiling vaccine based on clade 2 viruses, out of concern that a vaccine based on one clade won’t work well against a pandemic strain stemming from a different clade.Today’s announcement comes less than 3 weeks after experts assembled by the World Health Organization cautioned governments against rushing to stockpile pre-pandemic flu vaccines, saying too many scientific uncertainties remain. They said vaccines that work against one clade may not work against others and that the level of measured immune response representing adequate protection is unknown.Although today’s HHS announcement spoke of 5.3 million doses of vaccine, some statements from the vaccine manufacturers seemed to imply that the actual number of doses and the amount of antigen per dose are not yet certain.Sanofi Pasteur, which has a vaccine plant in Swiftwater, Pa., said its new contract is worth “up to $117.9 million,” the final amount depending on the number of doses that can be made from the bulk vaccine. “The bulk concentrate is being produced now,” the company said. “Potency testing will be conducted over the next few months to determine the concentration of the bulk material.”Sanofi previously won a $13 million contract in September 2004 to make 2 million doses of H5N1 vaccine. In September 2005 the company won what was then listed as a $100 million contract to make more of the vaccine. Today’s company statement said that contract is worth $150 million.Novartis will make the H5N1 vaccine at its plant in Liverpool, England, in 2007 after production of next year’s seasonal flu vaccine is finished, the company said in a statement.”The US government will determine the dosage and formulation of the final product, including potentially adding an adjuvant such as MF59, at a later date,” the statement said.Earlier this year Novartis acquired Chiron Corp., which had won a $62.5 million H5N1 vaccine contract award from HHS in October 2005.A GSK statement said the company would make bulk H5N1 antigen at its “recently acquired production facilities in North America.” A Canadian Press report today quoted a company official as saying the vaccine would be made at a plant in Ste-Foy, Quebec.Under the contract, GSK said, HHS may require that the vaccine include an adjuvant, which could reduce the amount of antigen needed per dose. The company said in July that preliminary results of a clinical trial of an H5N1 vaccine with a novel adjuvant looked promising.See also:Nov 20 HHS news releasehttp://archive.hhs.gov/news/press/2006pres/20061120.htmllast_img read more

Pension coverage falling among German companies

first_imgThe share of employees covered by an occupational pension plan is on the decline in Germany, the social and labour ministry BMAS has found.Between 2001 and 2015 the share of employed people in an occupational pension plan had increased from 38% to 47%.However, there was a decline between 2014 and 2015 from a peak of 48%.Although the decline was small in percentage terms, the researchers said it was even more drastic considering that the number of employees in Germany had increased significantly over the last few years. BMAS conducted two surveys: one focusing on occupational pensions, compiled from interviews with employers and pension providers (in German: “Verbreitung der betrieblichen Altersversorgung (BAV 2015)”), while the other was a broader take on supplementary pensions based on a survey of employees between the ages of 26 and 65 (in German: “Verbreitung der Altersvorsorge 2015 (AV 2015)”).Both surveys also looked into the reasons why companies are not offering occupational pension plans, and found both parties blaming each other for poor coverage.According to the employer survey, 67% of companies without an occupational pension plan said their employees showed no interest.In the employee survey, 47% of respondents said they were not offered one by their employer.The findings also revealed that many people in Germany were not aware of a legal provision forcing employers to set up a pension plan when asked by employees.Under the legal framework employers – when asked – are only obliged to set up some form of pension vehicle, it can also be a pure savings vehicle without employer contribution.Among the employers, 23% said contributions were too high and 22% noted they had not looked into any retirement provision plans.Asked how they see the number of participants in occupational pension plans developing, employers were very pessimistic: 74% think the numbers will stay level or even decline.The findings may add fuel to social and labour minister Andrea Nahles’ campaign to strengthen occupational pension by law.Her law, the “Betriebsrentenstärkungsgesetz”, is currently being debated in parliament.If it passes, German social partners will be allowed to set up occupational pension plans under collective bargaining agreements without guarantees and they will be allowed to use opting-out models.This would relieve the burden on employers and force people to think about supplementary retirement provision at the same time.last_img read more

Snow Days

first_imgAs you know, we have had a lot of snow days already this year.  Previously, we knew what happened to the school days–they had to be made up.  This year may be an exception because of bitter cold.  However, my concern is from the coaches standpoint.  How do I get in my practices?  When I was the head coach, this was much more simple to control.  The principal simply said “if you can practice without causing undue danger to the athletes, go ahead.”  This meant that except during the blizzard we normally got our practices in.  Some times we had to do it minus a player or two because of where they lived.  Today it is not that simple.  First of all, the school corporation is liable for anything that happens during a school scheduled activity.  This means that they could be involved in a law suit if a student was involved in a wreck on the way to practice.  Who knows what might happen if someone were to get hurt on their way to or from practice today.  Lawsuits were rare in the 60’s, 70’s, and 80’s, but now they are common.  The school system might even be sued if a son/daughter doesn’t make an athletic team, so who knows what might happen from an accident or injury.  This means that most of the schools in our area have had as few athletic practices as they have had school days.  This puts a lot of pressure on coaches whose jobs depend on wins and losses.  Until the present climate changes, no one can afford to take a chance.last_img read more

WGC-FedEx St. Jude Invitational leaderboard: Live golf scores, results from Round 4

first_imgShane Lowry, fresh off winning the Claret Jug, withdrew from the tournament after his first career major victory. But the field at TPC Southwind includes most of golf’s big stars, including world No. 1 Brooks Koepka and No. 2 Dustin Johnson.MORE: Watch the St. Jude Invitational live with fuboTV (7-day free trial)Koepka continued his major tournament tear at Royal Portrush, finishing tied for fourth. He placed in the top five in all four majors in 2019, winning the PGA Championship, but has not finished better than 50th at a non-mjaor in the last two months. Johnson is coming off a disappointing t-51 and hasn’t won since February.The field also includes Phil Mickelson, Rory McIlroy and U.S. Open champ Gary Woodland, all of whom missed the British Open cut. Tiger Woods is sitting this tournament out and isn’t expected to play again until the BMW Championship. The PGA Tour returns stateside this week after the conclusion of the British Open, golf’s final major of 2019, as the season winds down and the push for the Tour Championship begins in earnest.Forty-five of the top 50 players in the world made the trip from Northern Ireland to Memphis, Tennessee, to compete in the WGC-FedEx St. Jude Invitational. Follow scores from the 2019 WGC-FedEx St. Jude Invitational below with our live leaderboard.WGC-FedEx St. Jude Invitational leaderboard: Live scores from Round 4LeaderboardWGC-FedEx St. Jude Invitational24 – 28 July 2019Pos.Player NameNationalityScoreRound 1Round 2Round 3Round 4Total1Brooks KoepkaUSA-16686764652642Webb SimpsonUSA-13696668642673Marc LeishmanAustralia-12696963672684Rory McIlroyNorthern Ireland-11696762712694Matthew FitzpatrickEngland-11676469692694Tommy FleetwoodEngland-11687065662697Jon RahmSpain-10627168692708Ian PoulterEngland-9666967692719Bubba WatsonUSA-8657068692729Billy HorschelUSA-86766697027211Justin RoseEngland-76768706827312Cameron SmithAustralia-66568736827412Patrick CantlayUSA-66568736827412Patrick ReedUSA-67366676827412Alex NorenSweden-66669667327412Justin ThomasUSA-66869667127412Rafa Cabrera BelloSpain-67071676627412Jordan SpiethUSA-67070666827412Aaron RaiEngland-67269666727420Nate LashleyUSA-56670716827520Dustin JohnsonUSA-56969696827520Louis OosthuizenSouth Africa-57369666727520HaoTong LiChina-56969677027524Adam LongUSA-47170676827624Matthew WolfeUSA-47270656927624Andrew PutnamUSA-46671726727627Paul CaseyEngland-37071696727727Chez ReavieUSA-36870687127727Jim FurykUSA-37465706827727Tony FinauUSA-37071686827727Brandt SnedekerUSA-36973696627727Kevin KisnerUSA-37767666727727Thorbjørn OlesenDenmark-36671657527727Henrik StensonSweden-36967726927727Shugo ImahiraJapan-36569717227727Xander SchauffeleUSA-36970696927727Matt WallaceEngland-37069657327727Corey ConnersCanada-36771706927739Keith MitchellUSA-27370716427840Sergio GarciaSpain-16971706927940Adam ScottAustralia-17068746727940Jason DayAustralia-17269687027943Justin HardingSouth AfricaPar7270647428043Matt KucharUSAPar7070716928043Tyrrell HattonEnglandPar6671697428043Kevin NaUSAPar7066707428043Hideki MatsuyamaJapanPar6571727228048C.T. PanChina+17270706928148Danny WillettEngland+16972707028148Bryson DeChambeauUSA+16774726828151Eddie PepperellEngland+47074667428451Lucas BjerregaardDenmark+46974726928451Philip ErikssonSweden+47372726728454J.B. HolmesUSA+57671687028555Gary WoodlandUSA+67371707228655Kodai IchiharaJapan+67170757028657Phil MickelsonUSA+86873737428858Mikumu HorikawaJapan+107577667229058Poom SaksansinThailand+106873757429060Sung-hoon KangSouth Korea+116975737429161Max HomaUSA+127473776829261Keegan BradleyUSA+127478657529263Kevin TwayUSA+1776777470297Click here or refresh if you can’t view the leaderboard.last_img read more

Save the Date Outdoors opportunities abound heading into August

first_imgThe city of Ridgefield will be hosting a Picnic in the Park as a Ridgefield First Saturday event from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Aug. 5. Picnickers are encouraged to bring a lunch, with lunches also available for purchase. There will be water balloon games, interactive art projects, a scavenger hunt and live music. A beer garden will open at noon at Overlook Park, Pioneer Street and Main Avenue. Ridgefield schools will host a Tour de Ridgefield bike ride fundraiser that will begin and end at Overlook Park. 360-887-3557 or http://ridgefieldwa.us/things-to-do/community-events/first-saturdaysComedian and storyteller Lonnie Bruhn will perform “Signs of A Midlife Crisis,” a new, one-person show touching on difficult experiences, at 9 p.m. Aug. 5 at Nick’s Bar and Grill, 22011 N.E. 399th St., Amboy. He will share his story about his eldest son’s diagnosis with borderline personality disorder, a hiatus from comedy and tackling mental illness as both a father and a son. Admission is free; 21 and older. http://lonniebruhn.comComedy on Tap for this month will be headlined by Tristian Spillman — who will be recording this performance for his first feature album — at 8 p.m. Aug. 10 at the Kiggins Theatre, 1011 Main St. Vancouver. Spillman will be joined by comedians Alex Avery, Amanda Lynn Deal, Carter, Eric Cash, Isaac Pendergrass, Justin Ammerman, Laci Day and Steven Tye. Tickets are $10. 360-816-0352 or www.kigginstheatre.net/events/comedy-on-tapWashougal Arts and Culture Alliance presents the Washougal Art Festival, a juried art show and sale featuring 27 regional artists, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Aug. 12 in Reflection Plaza, 1703 Main St., Washougal. Media will range from recycled steel pieces to photography, oil paintings and books. A raffle of artwork will be hosted by the Washougal Arts and Culture Alliance. There will also be musical performances and art projects for children. The show is free. www.washougalartfestival.orgVancouver Brewfest: Summer Edition will be a celebration of craft beer from the Pacific Northwest. Attendees can try a variety of beers, along with wine, cider and mead. There will be food vendors, craft artisans and musical performances from local bands. The festival is open 4 to 9:30 p.m. Aug. 11 and noon to 9 p.m. Aug. 12 in Esther Short Park, West Eighth and Columbia streets, Vancouver. Admission is $19.50 to $37 for both days and is for those 21 and older; $7 for designated drivers. http://vancouverbrewfest.comlast_img read more

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