For Boston-area art lovers, the completion the new Harvard Art Museums facility at 32 Quincy St. can’t come soon enough. In recent months, the museums have released more details about the opening of the space, slated for fall 2014, and any passerby on Quincy Street can attest to the project’s progress, as the Renzo Piano-designed glass roof takes shape.But what will become of the art itself in its new home? On Wednesday evening, Harvard curators offered a glimpse of how the museums’ beloved collections will be showcased in the new building, with a nod toward the thoughtful, the innovative, and the interactive.Since the building that housed the Fogg Museum and the Busch-Reisinger Museum closed in 2008, the curatorial staff has been hard at work “visualizing old friends in new surroundings,” Miriam Stewart, curator of the museums’ collection of European and American art, told a crowd of curious patrons at the Arthur M. Sackler Museum (which will close to the public in June as the project enters its final stages).Although the staff has been working with wHY Architecture, a firm that creates computer-animated renderings of the proposed gallery spaces, sometimes there’s no substitute for old-fashioned models. The current small-scale prototype (in which half an inch equals one foot in scale) takes up a room of its own in the museums’ temporary offices in Somerville. Tiny magnet versions were made of each piece in the collections that might hang in one of the new galleries; curators shuffle them on the model’s magnetized walls to try out new configurations.“Although it may seem rudimentary in this technological age, this dollhouse version of the museum has been incredibly useful,” Stewart said.Soldier figurines, representing visitors, are affixed to poker chips — an important consideration given that each gallery should be able to comfortably accommodate 15-student sections from Harvard’s art courses.“The circumference of the chips suggested the preferred amount of each person’s physical space and gave us a sense of how many students would be able to fit into a gallery,” Stewart said.The new galleries are being designed with students in mind — but also, in some cases, with students at the helm. Jennifer Quick, a Ph.D. candidate in the history of art and architecture and a research assistant at the museums, told the audience about her work configuring the books of Pop artist Ed Ruscha in their new home. Given that Ruscha is the subject of her dissertation, she said, the experience has been invaluable.“I’ve been able to dive into the collection and really think about how we are going to display these objects in the new building,” Quick said. “And all of my research into those thoughts about display and the contextualization of the objects has been informed by my dissertation.”Take, for example, Ruscha’s “Every Building on the Sunset Strip” (1966), a 27-foot-long accordion book that folds out to reveal its subject (which is exactly what it says it is). Ruscha arranged his black-and-white photos, taken with a motorized Nikon camera mounted on a tripod on the back of his pickup truck, along the length of the book, with the north and south sides of the street facing each other from the top and bottom of the page and a blank white space running down the middle — “as if you’re traveling down the road with Ed Ruscha,” Quick said.Of course, a mass-produced, unwieldy, foldout book can’t be easily displayed in a glass case.“Publications such as Ruscha’s were not meant to be displayed in glass cases,” Quick said. “Indeed, they were meant to circumvent the institutions of the fine art world and be sold cheaply.”Quick and her colleagues are considering a freestanding glass wall that would double as a long, thin case to display the folded-out book, a solution that would open up the 1960s gallery to allow the objects to be in conversation with one another, she said.While much of the curators’ work involves preparing objects for display, there remains a great deal of behind-the-scenes work on hundreds of pieces that might not make it onto the new building’s walls. Lisa Anderson, Frederick Randolph Grace Assistant Curator of Ancient Art, described a project to catalog and digitize the museums’ collection of ancient bronzes, including roughly 1,250 objects that ultimately will not be displayed.“The project is enormous in scope,” Anderson said. “It is unparalleled in its scope for the number of objects that we are trying to publish, covering over 4,000 years and a geographic area ranging from Spain to Russia, from Britain to North Africa, with multiple cultures.”Far from a new undertaking, the project dates back to the 1960s, when famed ancient art curator David Mitten popularized the technical study of bronzes at Harvard. But the resources at curators’ disposal are uniquely 21st-century. Macrophotography can reveal tiny engravings; metallurgical analysis, which has already been performed on 600 pieces in the collection, can determine if different parts of an object were replaced or repaired at a later date.Curators and conservators won’t be the only people to handle these objects, Anderson said. The new facility at 32 Quincy St. will incorporate study centers where objects as diverse as ancient bronzes and Ruscha’s books will be displayed for visitors.“You’ll be able to look at the object in real life, and it will influence your experience looking at a real dynamic object,” Anderson said. “These are objects of daily life and daily use, even if they are prestige items.”
MGN Stock Image.WEST ELLICOTT – As COVID-19 cases rise in Western New York, several local grocery stores are preparing for an influx of shoppers.Last spring people rushed stores to fill up on food and cleaning supplies, creating a supply-and-demand issue nationwide.Both local Wegmans and Tops grocers announced this week new limits on how much of certain items customers can purchase.Now, the two chains say they’ve been busy replenishing their stock and improving the supply chain. “Items that we can’t get from those name brands that you are accustom to seeing on hand, we are able to work with the largest U.S. wholesaler to get some off brand items to put on the shelf to make sure there is something for everyone,” said Tops Friendly Markets spokesperson Kathleen Sautter.Sautter says her company has learned a lot from what happened in the spring to make sure they’re not blindsided this time around. Share:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)
Drew Gehling & Jessie Mueller in ‘Waitress'(Photo: Joan Marcus) Baking is the last thing on our minds during this heat wave, but don’t tell that to Waitress. The new musical grossed $990,128, or 97.12% of its potential. Its Millionaire’s Club status varies week-by-week, but continuous strong numbers indicate the show will sweeten up Broadway as we enter the fall season. All five perennial box office frontrunners—The Lion King, Hamilton, Wicked, Aladdin and The Book of Mormon—faced slumps compared to last week (Wicked played one less performance). The revival of Les Miserables enters its final two weeks of performances, and it looks like it’ll end on a high note; at $1,035,397, the production surpassed seven figures for the second consecutive week and inched closer to hitting 100% capacity.Here’s a look at who was on top—and who was not—for the week ending August 14:FRONTRUNNERS (By Gross)1. The Lion King ($2,233,894)2. Hamilton ($2,045,095)3. Wicked ($1,779,664)4. Aladdin ($1,663,119)5. The Book of Mormon ($1,305,962)UNDERDOGS (By Gross)5. Chicago ($571,623)4. Jersey Boys ($530,413)3. The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time ($464,058)2. Fun Home ($379,242)1. An Act of God ($314,205)FRONTRUNNERS (By Capacity)1. The Book of Mormon (102.38%)2. Hamilton (101.78%)3. Les Miserables (99.75%)4. The Lion King (99.39%)5. Waitress (96.39%)UNDERDOGS (By Capacity)5. An Act of God (64.36%)4. Fiddler on the Roof (63.21%)3. Kinky Boots (62.47%)2. Jersey Boys (60.98%)1. On Your Feet! (58.31%)Source: The Broadway League View Comments
Photo by: Chuck Utash / Dyestathttp://chuckutashphotography.com/ Full-time Philadelphia nurse Samantha Roecker, 27, is making waves in the distance running world after a third-place finish at the California International Marathon in December. Roecker, who is unsponsored, finished the 26.2-mile race in 2:30:25, two minutes behind the winner. Her finish time smashed her previous marathon PR by nearly eight minutes and ranked her as the 12 th –fastest woman so far heading to the Olympic Marathon Trials in February 2020. Roecker logs about 100 miles a week, running whenever she can, usually around 5:30 in the morning before tackling four 7:30am to 6:30pm hospital shifts each week. “I have to be hyper-focused,” Roecker told Runners World. “I measure out every minute.”
By Dialogo January 05, 2012 Honduran Security Minister Pompeyo Bonilla declared in a press conference his intention to travel to Chile with the goal of seeking advice from the Carabineros, Chile’s national police force, in order to review the Honduran police’s training processes. According to Bonilla, the Chilean Carabineros are “an institution respected on the world level and considered one of the best police forces in the world.” “We don’t have to go around inventing things; we have to go to get advice and see how this police force that is effectively meeting its commitment to its people functions,” he affirmed. Honduran President Porfirio Lobo recently spoke with his Chilean counterpart, Sebastián Piñera, in order to reach agreement on collaboration between that country and Honduras. The security minister also explained that he hopes for a rehabilitation of the police as an institution, following their loss of the people’s trust. Various sectors of the Honduran population have demanded an intervention in the police force with the help of international institutions.
We keep delaying macOS updates simply because of how long each minor update takes to install. Big Sur wants to fix that. Apple says software updates will begin in the background and the actual installation process will be much faster than before. There’s no reason to delay those updates any more.2. Messages on macOS is finally as good as its iOS counterpartIf you use iMessage, the Messages app is probably a big part of your daily workflow. All these years, we’ve always felt that Messages on macOS needs a major update to bring it on par with the iOS app. Features such as sending stickers and lovely iMessage effects weren’t available on macOS until Big Sur came along. Now, we finally have the Messages upgrade we’ve been waiting for, with support for pinned conversations, inline replies, message effects, and so much more on Big Sur.The best part is that it also adds support for localised message effects for India. Messages such as Happy Diwali and Happy Holi will automatically apply these effects, even when they’re written in any of 23 Indian languages supported on macOS Big Sur.3. New macOS fonts for India- Advertisement – A few months ago, macOS 11 Big Sur got a major version number upgrade. Some of us thought it’d be version 10.16 (since Catalina was labelled 10.15), but Apple decided to bump it up all the way up to 11. With the recent launch of Macs powered by Apple Silicon powered Macs, it’s quite clear why Apple chose to make the step up. macOS 11 Big Sur is the first version of the OS to natively support the new Macs that have switched from Intel silicon to Apple’s own SoC.Having used Big Sur (on Intel-powered Macs) for a while now, it’s clear that even for those who don’t immediately upgrade to Apple’s latest Macs, there is a lot to watch out for in the new operating system. Here are some of our favourite features from macOS Big Sur, including some features optimised for India.1. Quicker updates- Advertisement – – Advertisement – Just as iOS 14 added support for new Indian fonts, macOS Big Sur has added support for 20 new document fonts for India, along with updates to 18 Indian fonts to add italics and more font weights.4. Safari is faster and more power efficientThis year, on macOS Safari has a customisable start page where you can add your own wallpaper, and change the layout to personalise it to your taste. Apart from this, Safari also loads pages faster and is better at conserving battery life — both very important features for those who use MacBooks for work. The new Privacy Report feature is great to check which trackers have been blocked and how your privacy is being protected.5. Control CentreThe iOS-ification of macOS is a slightly controversial subject, but in many cases it does add useful features. For example, we’ve already spoke about Messages on macOS, which is finally the app it should always have been. Similarly, macOS gets the Control Centre that iOS has had for a few years. You can quickly access common settings such as Wi-Fi, AirDrop, and more, without going to System Preferences every time.6. Voice Memos gets some cool features- Advertisement – Just like its iOS counterpart, Voice Memos on macOS also gets neat features such as Enhanced Recordings, which quickly reduces background noise and allows you to focus on the speaker’s voice. You also get neat features such as Smart Folders that automatically categorises recordings and the ability to mark certain recordings as favourites for easy access.7. Reduce battery ageingWith macOS Big Sur, you get to see a graph of battery usage history — just as you do on iOS — which is great to keep an eye on how much actual battery life you’re getting. Additionally, Big Sur introduces a feature called Optimised Battery Charging to reduce battery ageing. This feature allows macOS to learn your charging routine and slow down charging when your Mac is connected to a charger for an extended period of time. Apple says this will reduce battery wear and improve its lifespan.Which is your favourite macOS Big Sur feature? Let us know via the comments.Are iPhone 12 mini, HomePod mini the Perfect Apple Devices for India? We discussed this on Orbital, our weekly technology podcast, which you can subscribe to via Apple Podcasts, Google Podcasts, or RSS, download the episode, or just hit the play button below.
Dec 18, 2007 (CIDRAP News) – Vigilance engendered by the possible family cluster of H5N1 avian influenza cases in Pakistan has led to many more reports of potential cases there, a World Health Organization (WHO) official said today.Gregory Hartl, a WHO spokesman in Geneva, told CIDRAP News there have been reports of “many more potential cases due to heightened sensitivity and enhanced surveillance,” though no more preliminary positive H5N1 tests have been reported.The WHO has sent a team to investigate the situation in Pakistan, where at least eight suspected H5N1 cases, including six among relatives, have been reported in the same area. Pakistan has had a number of H5N1 outbreaks in poultry in recent months, and the suspected human cases surfaced in the wake of culling operations.Pakistani health officials said eight people in the Peshawar area in northern Pakistan recently tested positive for H5N1 in a national lab, according to a Dec 15 WHO statement. News services have spoken of nine suspected cases, including four brothers and two of their cousins, raising concern about possible person-to-person transmission.Hartl, commenting today by e-mail, said three WHO representatives have arrived in Peshawar and begun investigating the Pakistani cases.He said US Navy Medical Research Unit 3 in Cairo has a portable laboratory that will arrive in Pakistan tomorrow to begin confirmatory tests of samples from the suspected cases.More than 30 contacts of the suspected patients have been tested for H5N1 so far, with no positive results, Hartl said. Regarding testing of people with suspicious symptoms, he said, “Last one tested that I know of was on Saturday, and he tested negative.”As reported previously, the four brothers with suspected H5N1 cases have another brother who lives in New York state and went to Pakistan to attend the funeral of a brother who died. The man, who lives in Nassau County on Long Island, reported possible H5N1 exposure on his return to the United States, went into voluntary home quarantine, and was tested. The quarantine ended Dec 9, after he tested negative in a state lab and at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, according to a Dec 16 statement by the New York State Department of Health. The man’s son, who was ill before and after the man returned home, also was tested and cleared.Meanwhile, Indonesian officials said today they are investigating several recent human H5N1 cases in which patients had no known contact with infected birds, according to an Agence France-Presse (AFP) report.The vast majority of human H5N1 cases have been attributed to contact with infected birds, but probable human-to-human transmission has occurred in a few cases. Increased human-to-human transmission would be regarded as the possible prelude to a pandemic.According to AFP, Bayu Krisnamurthi, head of Indonesia’s National Avian Influenza Committee, told reporters, “In the last three or four months, we have had four cases where the poultry in the victims’ neighborhoods (tested) negative for the virus. The number is significant enough for us to intensify our investigations so that we could have a more accurate explanation.”Krisnamurthi said the proportion of cases involving no known contact with poultry has increased from 20% in 2006 to 30% this year, AFP reported.Speaking at a press briefing on the avian flu situation in Indonesia, Krisnamurthi said a decrease in human cases this year signals that the country is making progress. The country has had 40 cases with 35 deaths so far this year, versus 55 cases and 45 deaths for all of last year, according to the WHO.The WHO today noted the death of Indonesia’s latest avian flu patient, a 47-year-old man from Tangerang who died Dec 13. The country’s overall H5N1 count has reached 115 cases with 93 deaths.Krisnamurthi said the agriculture ministry vaccinated 70% of Indonesia’s farmed poultry against H5N1 this year, but the quality of the vaccine needs improvement, AFP reported.See also: Dec 16 New York Dept of Health news release about New York brother of Pakistani patientsDec 18 WHO statement on death of 47-year-old avian flu patient in Indonesiahttp://www.who.int/csr/don/2007_12_18/en/index.html
Wilfried Zaha is one of Arsenal’s top transfer targets (BPI/REX)Unai Emery is close to giving up on Arsenal’s hopes of signing Wilfried Zaha from Crystal Palace, according to reports.Zaha is one of the Gunners’ top targets but they face a tough task in prising him away from Palace this summer.The Gunners opened the bidding at £40 million but the offer was immediately rejected as it falls some way short of Palace’s £80m valuation.Arsenal are open to offering players as part of the deal with Carl Jenkinson, Calum Chambers and Mohamed Elneny all available.ADVERTISEMENT Comment Unai Emery close to ‘giving up’ on signing Wilfried Zaha for Arsenal Advertisement Unai Emery is said to be resigned to losing out on Zaha for Arsenal (Getty Images)But with the Gunners having just £45m to spend on new signings this summer, a move for Zaha would take up all of their budget and Emery is keen to strengthen several areas of his squad.AdvertisementAdvertisementAccording to The Sun, Emery has ‘all but given up’ on signing Zaha and is now exploring alternatives to the Ivory Coast international.Emery is keen on Barcelona winger Malcom and the Gunners have asked the Brazilian to stall Everton, who are also interested.More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityArsenal are also hoping that Zaha will force Palace to accept a lower offer by handing in a transfer request.Ryan Fraser also remains a target but Bournemouth are holding out for a £30m transfer fee, despite the Scotland international having just one year left on his current deal.More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal Metro Sport ReporterWednesday 10 Jul 2019 12:06 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link107Shares Advertisement
Willock burst through midfield and wanted to play Aubameyang in behind (Picture: Prime Video)Their lack of cohesion was summed up when, in the dying seconds of the half, Joe Willock promisingly burst through midfield and looked to thread a pass through to Aubameyang in the inside right channel. Manchester United captain Harry Maguire Metro Sport ReporterFriday 6 Dec 2019 8:10 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link2.6kShares Willock no recover from the Aubameyang frolicking yesterday sha— CanonCrested (@canoncrested) December 6, 2019 Advertisement Top articles Skip Ad Rio Ferdinand tells Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop struggling Aubameyang was furious and punched the air in disgust (Picture: Prime Video) Video Settings Willock has gone for a through ball & Aubamayeng didn’t read it. He didn’t deserve the bollocking Aubamayeng gave him .If Ozil or lacazette done that Aubamayeng wouldn’t of said shit . Jus easy to shout at a young lad , U would never c Adams vieira cesc Rvp go at the young lads— Josh Robinson (@JoshRobbo11) December 6, 2019 Coming Next But Aubameyang checked his run (Picture: Prime Video)The Gabon forward made the motion but later checked his run, possibly fearing that the youngster had held onto the ball for too long and therefore he would be offside. Willock, though, went ahead with the pass and the ball rolled harmlessly through to Brighton goalkeeper Mat Ryan.While frustrating, it was hardly the biggest crime during an opening 45 minutes in which Brighton had outplayed the Gunners in every department.But Aubameyang couldn’t hide his anger and immediately swung around to berate the 20-year-old Willock. Auba yelling at young Willock for a poor pass.Luiz,Ozil and Laca have done it all game at teammates.Something must be wrong….— ThelostbrazilianMoshe (@DaLostBrazilian) December 5, 2019 SPONSORED Read More Graham Potter’s side took a deserved lead through Adam Webster after the half-hour mark and a disjointed Arsenal side couldn’t muster a response before the break. / PLAY Read More Advertisement MORE: Arsenal have begun the interview process for new manager as Freddie Ljungberg struggles in interim role Comment 1 min. story Read More Auba shouting at Willock like that was not captainesque, he himseof had a terrible game.Give the Captaincy back to Xhaka ffs— Theo (@Theo_mwangi) December 6, 2019 Skip Full Screen I am probably not the only one who wanted to look away when Auba was having an extended pop at Willock. One is captain, the other a youngster. Pick them up, don’t push them down.— Christopher Hylland (@c_hylland) December 5, 2019 That moment when new captain went beserk at a young and inexperienced player for misplaying a ball tells you the free reign that these players have. Not one person on that pitch is inspiring others to achieve. The only thing they seem to inspire is upping their social media game— Darren (@DarrenArsenal1) December 6, 2019 He then continued his rant, pointing to the outside of the box to suggest he wanted the ball to feet (Picture: Prime Video)Aubameyang swung his arms up and punched the air in frustration. The 30-year-old refused to let the matter go and pointed towards the outside of the box, intimating that he wanted the ball to feet inside of behind the Brighton defence.The Gabon international was recently made captain in place of Granit Xhaka but Gooners clearly didn’t feel his actions were that of a leader and took to social media to slam Aubameyang. Read More Arsenal fans turn on Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang for ‘abusing’ Joe Willock after misplaced pass in Brighton defeat About Connatix V67539 Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang should never have been appointed captain in the first place, by the way.— AS (@ArsenalScot) December 6, 2019 Aubameyang is not a captain. Incredibley frustrating that Emery’s final act was to give him the armband.— Steve Hills (@Merse10) December 5, 2019 by Metro Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang is yet to win a game as Arsenal captain (Picture: Getty)It was a tough night for Arsenal interim boss Freddie Ljungberg as the Gunners’ winless Premier League run was extended to eight matches.Brighton grabbed their first ever win at the Emirates thanks to a deserved 2-1 victory in north London that leaves Arsenal just five points above the relegation zone.Ljungberg set the team up in a 4-3-3 formation which tried to accommodate Alexandre Lacazette, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Mesut Ozil in the same system.However, it meant Ozil and Aubameyang were forced into unorthodox wide positions and neither player looked comfortable out of possession against a vibrant Brighton team.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENT Can’t remember how many times Aubameyang gave the ball away last nite..but it was sad seening him go at willock that way…— Pepe’s uncle (@Hitvibz_Sorochi) December 6, 2019 Visit Advertiser website GO TO PAGE Read More 1/1
But he stressed that any instruments financing infrastructure should serve merely as a means to the end of financing occupational pensions – not the other way around.“We would love to take on our share of responsibility for the further development of infrastructure, but only if it is in the interest of employees and employers, as they are focusing on security and sufficient returns in occupational pension plans,” he added.Stiefermann agreed there were “too tight shackles” for pension funds with respect to institutional investment in infrastructure and said greater regulatory flexibility would be welcomed.Similarly, the German insurance association GDV said it was willing and able to help the government finance infrastructure projects, but, as with the aba, it said it required security and sufficient returns for these investments.According to GDV figures, approximately €3bn of the €1.4trn in the portfolios of German insurers is currently invested in infrastructure.Alexander Erdland, president at the GDV, argued that infrastructure should get its own regulatory risk category, to preserve “room for manoeuvring”.A commission installed by the government in late August – which also includes insurer representatives – estimated that Germany would need around €7.2bn annually over the next 15 years for infrastructure investments, in addition to funds already earmarked.Meanwhile, a survey by infrastructure specialist Yielco has found that most German institutions (70%) already have plans “in a drawer” to increase infrastructure investments and want eventually to achieve an allocation of about 3%.The three-year analysis (2011-14) of 350 German institutional investors also found that 50% of the already invested assets came from insurers, followed by Versorgungswerke as the second largest group of investors.According to the survey, all institutions planned to widen their focus globally, yet felt hindered by regulatory challenges.For more on German institutional investors’ thirst for infrastructure, see the October issue of IPE German finance minister Wolfgang Schäuble has announced he will check whether there are “unnecessary regulatory hurdles” for institutional investors when it comes to infrastructure investments.At the same time, transport minister Alexander Dobrindt confirmed that he aims to increase public/private partnerships for public infrastructure to avoid having to take on more loans.The country’s institutional investors, meanwhile, largely welcomed the announcements, albeit with some reservations.Klaus Stiefermann, managing director at the pension fund association aba, told IPE: “We always welcome considerations around investment opportunities for occupational pension plans to find new ways of financing occupational pensions in the interest of all stakeholders.”