In November, a group of EMC and Pivotal data scientists and platform architects teamed up with members of the Earthwatch Institute and the Schoodic Institute, braving the driving wind and freezing temperatures in Acadia National Park in Maine to study bird migration. The goal? To showcase how, with best of breed data lake architecture, big data can do more than just predict our grocery lists; it can illuminate and illustrate the impact of climate change on the environment we live in.Climate change isn’t always easy for us, as individuals, to get our arms around. For starters, the information we receive can seem maddeningly contradictory. We hear that climate change is responsible for warmer winters with less snow, and then we hear it’s the culprit behind bigger blizzards. On top of that, scientific research is often presented in a way that only a climate-focused scientist can decipher.This is where big data has the opportunity to make a big impact. This week, EMC announced Big Data vs. Climate Change, a new project in conjunction with the White House Climate Data Initiative. The goal of the project is to take publically available nature and climate data and present them in a relevant and digestible form. In addition, it should enhance researchers’ ability to explore data sets that have not been connected in the past in order to draw deeper, more meaningful insights.So why did our data scientists and platform architects need to journey to Maine during one of the coldest months of the year? Besides bringing their unique skill sets to the program’s design, they got to participate in citizen science work. Citizen scientists are a critical component of scientific research, every day adding to the mountains of new data on climate change.The new Big Data vs. Climate Change program aims to harness the data being captured by citizen scientists and provide analysis and visualizations that help them follow the progress of the research to which they contributed. Through their experience in Maine, the EMC team experienced the genuine connection between their day to day work in technology and the greater good of big data insight. I am delighted that it is through a company-sponsored citizen science experience that they have realized their own personal interests in the environment. Experience inspires determination; it enables action.As I’ve discussed before, at EMC we see climate change as one of our most relevant sustainability factors. I am so excited that we will be able to leverage our own technology – and our talent – to make a positive impact in the science community. As the program expands, we plan to leverage our solution to allow more people access not only to citizen science, but also to data science, by providing a sandbox platform for learning data analytics and visualization skills using the climate data.The more that visual data can show us the impacts of a changing climate in a way that is personal and meaningful, the more action we are likely to take in the future.
Endorse.me, a technology startup created by two 2011 Notre Dame graduates, provides employers with confidential information about potential employees, offering an advantage to students in strengthening their candidacy and to employers in hiring the very best talent before their competitors. James Ingallinera and Trey Griffith piloted the idea in spring 2012 and introduced approximately 2,000 students to it in its initial stages. Today, Endorse.me is available on 18 college campuses, including Notre Dame. “We are the platform for this confidential information that is invaluable for recruiters in helping them find the best candidates and for students in dramatically strengthening their candidacy, that can’t be on LinkedIn,” Ingallinera, CEO of Endorse.me, said. “It’s a big market opportunity that’s been overlooked and bucks the trend of information becoming more social and open in the online professional space today.” Ingallinera said the startup raised $300,000 in May 2012 from angel investors and continued to test different applications for the software to discover where the greatest demand was located. “Ultimately, there was the most demand in the online professional space, specifically within campus recruiting, and we focused our efforts on that,” he said. TechCrunch, a media property dedicated to profiling startups, described Endorse.me as, “a secure, online platform through which [students] can share confidential information with prospective employers, and, in turn, give companies a better way to identify and hire top collegiate talent.” Freshman Anna Gebhardt began working as the Notre Dame Campus Liaison in mid-February “Once I heard of the opportunity to work for a startup where I would be able to have a real impact and say in key decisions, I was eager to apply and stand out among the other candidates,” she said. Gebhardt said they are targeting college students at the top universities and colleges who are interested in working in today’s most competitive industries: technology and finance. “We are expecting students to adopt the idea as more useful way of sharing necessary information that recruiters may not be able to access without Endorse.me,” Ingallinera said. “The goal is to have students providing the link on their resume, during interviews, on LinkedIn and all throughout the recruiting process.” In the long term, Ingallinera said the company wants to expand beyond campus recruiting to the rest of the workforce until Endorse.me is something that is used in every hiring decision for the broader job market. “We’re especially interested in students who are currently juniors and will be entering internship programs on Wall Street or in Silicon Valley for this summer,” Ingallinera said. Students interested in joining the Endorse.me team can contact Ingallinera at [email protected],Endorse.me, a technology startup created by two 2011 Notre Dame graduates, provides employers with confidential information about potential employees, offering an advantage to students in strengthening their candidacy and to employers in hiring the very best talent before their competitors. James Ingallinera and Trey Griffith piloted the idea in spring 2012 and introduced approximately 2,000 students to it in its initial stages. Today, Endorse.me is available on 18 college campuses, including Notre Dame. “We are the platform for this confidential information that is invaluable for recruiters in helping them find the best candidates and for students in dramatically strengthening their candidacy, that can’t be on LinkedIn,” Ingallinera, CEO of Endorse.me, said. “It’s a big market opportunity that’s been overlooked and bucks the trend of information becoming more social and open in the online professional space today.” Ingallinera said the startup raised $300,000 in May 2012 from angel investors and continued to test different applications for the software to discover where the greatest demand was located. “Ultimately, there was the most demand in the online professional space, specifically within campus recruiting, and we focused our efforts on that,” he said. TechCrunch, a media property dedicated to profiling startups, described Endorse.me as, “a secure, online platform through which [students] can share confidential information with prospective employers, and, in turn, give companies a better way to identify and hire top collegiate talent.” Freshman Anna Gebhardt began working as the Notre Dame Campus Liaison in mid-February. “Once I heard of the opportunity to work for a startup where I would be able to have a real impact and say in key decisions, I was eager to apply and stand out among the other candidates,” she said. Gebhardt said they are targeting college students at the top universities and colleges who are interested in working in today’s most competitive industries: technology and finance. “We are expecting students to adopt the idea as more useful way of sharing necessary information that recruiters may not be able to access without Endorse.me,” Ingallinera said. “The goal is to have students providing the link on their resume, during interviews, on LinkedIn and all throughout the recruiting process.” In the long term, Ingallinera said the company wants to expand beyond campus recruiting to the rest of the workforce until Endorse.me is something that is used in every hiring decision for the broader job market. “We’re especially interested in students who are currently juniors and will be entering internship programs on Wall Street or in Silicon Valley for this summer,” Ingallinera said. Students interested in joining the Endorse.me team can contact Ingallinera at [email protected]
WCAX-TV,WCAX-TV has won three journalism awards from the Radio-Television News Directors Association, the world’s largest professional organization exclusively serving the electronic news profession. The awards were announced last week in Boston at an event hosted by the Radio Television Digital News Association (RTDNA).Journalists from all New England markets, including Boston, Hartford, and Providence, competed for recognition. WCAX received a first place award for ‘Mission Afghanistan’ with Darren Perron and Lance Mackenzie, an award for continuing coverage on the Kidnapping and Murder of Pat O’Hagan from Vermont’s Northeast Kingdom, and a first place award for their Sports Spotlight series.WCAX was the only Vermont television news station to be recognized at the event. Anson Tebbetts, WCAX New Director, noted, “The true honor goes to our reporters, photographers, editors, and producers. Together, our team has captured the stories of Vermonters in a way that is not only compelling and authentic, but that rises to the top, even when competing among major markets. These awards belong to these dedicated individuals and our viewers, who invite us into our homes day after day.”WCAX-TV is the CBS affiliate in Burlington, VT and is owned and operated by Mt. Mansfield Television, Inc.
By Dialogo February 08, 2012 On February 6, Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos thanked Venezuela for the arrest of the paramilitary leaders alias “Martín Llanos” and alias “Caballo” [Horse]. Santos said that the arrests were very significant because these individuals “were the only paramilitary leaders who did not want to submit to the Judicial and Peace process.” The bulk of the paramilitary organization United Self-defense Units of Colombia, which committed thousands of crimes against the civilian population and are still under investigation, demobilized between 2003 and 2006 in a peace process promoted by former president Álvaro Uribe’s administration (2002-2010). As part of this process, they were granted procedural benefits in exchange for truthful information about their acts and reparation for their victims. “Martín Llanos (Héctor Buitrago Parada) played a leading role in one of the bloodiest wars of the Eastern Plains [neighboring Venezuela] and left hundreds, I would say thousands, of victims; he made pacts with the FARC to divide up the drug trade between them,” the president added. Santos stated that drug trafficking has spread in recent years “to several countries of the continent, from Venezuela to Bolivia.” He recalled that 11 arrest warrants were pending for “Martín Llanos,” on charges including aggravated homicide, forced disappearance, kidnapping for purposes of extortion, torture, narcotics trafficking, and terrorism. Together with “Martín Llanos,” his brother Nelson Orlando Buitrago Parada, alias “Caballo,” was also arrested. The Buitrago brothers were arrested in Venezuela on February 4, by agents of the National Anti-drug Office (ONA). Both were being sought through Interpol on “charges of homicide, kidnapping, illicit drug trafficking, and criminal conspiracy,” and will be turned over “immediately” to Colombian authorities, Venezuelan Interior Minister Tareck El Aissami explained to the press.
ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr COVID-19 continues to introduce new challenges for businesses and consumers. While the second quarter saw small gains in economic recovery, market conditions and unemployment continue to remain depressed compared to previous years. However, historically low interest rates suggest loan yields will increase and, in turn, provide an opportunity for financial institutions to capitalize in this low-interest lending environment.While the overall long-term impact remains unknown, it’s critical financial institutions are not just thinking about immediate consumer and business needs, but adopting innovative solutions and adjusting long term to solve challenges brought on by the pandemic. There’s a growing need to readdress a comprehensive risk strategy in order to evaluate how challenges brought on by COVID-19 can be handled in 2020 and beyond.Risk Mitigation Strategy #1: Monitor Your PortfolioThe industry is rapidly changing with updated regulatory guidelines, state mandates, and COVID response protocols. There are many moving components to monitor to ensure portfolio information is accurate and compliant. continue reading »
The Binghamton Police Department says two suspects, the juvenile and 20-year-old Tariq M. Johnson were arrested following an investigation into a shooting. BINGHAMTON (WBNG) — A 15-year-old has been charged with attempted murder in the 2nd degree, Binghamton authorities say. Police say witness accounts and video surveillance led detectives to two suspects. The department says officers responded to 32 Saratagoa Ave. around 9 p.m. May 20 and found shell casings. The juvenile was also charged criminal possession of a weapon in the 2nd degree and was remanded to a secure juvenile facility in the Albany area. Johnson was charged with criminal possession of a weapon in the 2nd and 3rd degree.
Mar 29, 2007 (CIDRAP Source Weekly Briefing) – A severe influenza pandemic could cost the United States $683 billion and plunge the American economy into the second-deepest recession since World War II, a nonprofit health advocacy group warned on Mar 22.If rates of illness and death match those of the great pandemic of 1918—when one third of the population fell ill and 2.5% of those who were sickened died—US production of goods and services could shrink 5.5% in a year, according to an analysis released by the Trust for America’s Health (TFAH).States whose economies depend on tourism and entertainment would be hit hardest, with losses as large as 8% of their economic production, the group said. But areas that depend on sectors such as agriculture and finance might hold their losses to half that much, according to the report, “Pandemic Flu and Potential for US Economic Recession.” “Businesses, governments, schools, and other sectors could all face serious disruptions,” said Jeff Levi, PhD, executive director of the TFAH, a Washington, DC–based nonpartisan group that has published several reports on pandemic preparedness.The report relies on the economic models and assumptions made by the Congressional Budget Office, the Australian National University, and BMO Nesbitt Burns Cooper, a Canadian investment firm. It combines predictions of death rates and loss of productivity with estimates of the impact on 20 different business sectors.Demand for arts, entertainment, and recreation is likely to drop by 80%, the report estimates, compared with 67% for transportation and warehousing and 10% for agriculture, mining, construction, manufacturing, finance, and education.It is the first pandemic economic forecast to break down potential impact by state, Levi said. The hardest-hit states are likely to be those whose economies rely on entertainment, tourism, and food service, the report says. Nevada would fare the worst, followed by Hawaii, Alaska, Wyoming, and Nebraska.The states at the lowest risk of major losses would be those with diverse economies, as well as those that depend on the services most likely to be in use during a pandemic, such as healthcare and government. Leading the list of least-affected places are Washington, DC, Maryland, Virginia, New York, and Massachusetts.The TFAH recommends a menu of actions to mitigate a pandemic’s economic impact, from improving state pandemic plans to encouraging continuity planning for business sectors as well as individual businesses. —Based on reporting by Maryn McKennaComments from the Editor-in-Chief:There are a number of ways to measure the impact of the next pandemic, such as the number of deaths, illnesses, and hospitalizations; worker absenteeism; and the number of flights cancelled at a given airport. Obviously, human illness and death are the most meaningful markers. But the direct and indirect economic costs of the next pandemic are also critical considerations in assessing its impact and for establishing some sense of priority for our preparedness efforts, both in the private and public sectors. The reality is that businesses today must weigh the costs of preventing and preparing for bad things to happen against both their economic impact and their potential to harm employees and their families. I will be the first to admit, though, that I often get lost in some of these complicated economic models detailing the costs of catastrophic events. I can’t tell if they make real sense or not. But the report from the TFAH was clear and compelling to even a noneconomist like me. The disease-occurrence assumptions made in the report seemed very reasonable from an epidemiologic and public health perspective. The analysis of sector-by-sector pandemic impact may not be quite right—like how many crops will we plant and harvest if petroleum is in short supply. But the general sense of what could happen is straightforward.Bottom line for business: If you are part of your company’s pandemic preparedness team (even if you are the only one), get very familiar with these data and use them to make your case as to why a substantial investment in preparedness is as smart as buying appropriate insurance for your company’s buildings. With fire insurance, you hope that you’ll never have to use it even if you pay 50 years’ worth of premiums. With pandemic preparedness, there’s a key difference: There will be another pandemic.Your investment in preparedness will never be wasted, even if the pandemic is not as severe as the one in 1918. Make sure your boss reads this report—or at least its summary. It’s a critical tool for your pandemic preparedness toolbox. —Michael Osterholm
Learn more about climate law options Many say the Green New Deal is unattainable and “anyone who signs on without nailing down specifics will be slammed” (Jennifer Rubin Washington Post). The Green New Deal is a climate emergency response plan that provides a plan to move away from our addiction to fossil fuels by 2030.However, the Green New Deal will change every aspect of the way we currently live in a joyful way if we let it.Unfortunately, the Green New Deal cannot be legislated because it mandates such a broad spectrum of goals that will need to be applied across the country in different ways by 2030.The time associated with legislating an economically sensitive, geographically diverse and market responsive climate emergency plan would be putting us on a path to oblivion.Currently, there are several versions of the Green New Deal at the state level and one at the federal level.Climate change threatens life as we know it on this planet and we need to be certain we get the strongest climate change legislation possible. Categories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionOpen minds are cure for white supremacyWhite supremacy seems to be a large epidemic in this country, one no doctor can cure.Only people can cure it, by having an open mind and heart for all people.Rachael WilkinsonSaratoga Springs Nisky needs action on its fund balance Writer wrong about background checksMartha Harausz’s March 17 letter shows that she is well educated and good at creative writing. However, it would be better if she used her talents to preserve the U.S. Constitution instead of creating fiction to try and tear it down. Her assertion that you can buy a firearm without a background check at a gun show, off the internet is patently false.Perhaps she should attempt to buy a firearm this way herself to test it. Eugene SpicerSchenectady Now is the time to familiarize yourself with the various options and leverage your support. As 15-year-old climate activist Greta Thunberg says, she is not looking for hope from adults; she looking for action like the house is on fire. Gary J. Lessard Schenectady In watching the recent Niskayuna Town Board meeting, Supervisor Yasmine Syed’s presentation on establishing a fund balance policy surprised me.While I was glad to see the supervisor take an interest in improving her understanding of the position’s responsibilities, I was frustrated that the presentation didn’t seem to propose a recommendation for moving forward on something that has been discussed for several months. It simply reviewed basic fiscal policy points available from the comptroller. From the coverage I’ve seen, despite her experience as a budget analyst, the Town Board members were the first to suggest this prudent fiscal move after the supervisor attempted to spend reserve funds in her proposed budget.While we may be in good times today, we won’t always be, and we should prepare ourselves for that likelihood.The Town Board’s leadership on this issue is just one more example of the value of professional government experience that has guided Niskayuna in recent years and led me to move to this town. I hope with this policy and in future years, the Town Board will continue their track record of keeping taxes low while continuing to provide quality resident services and adequate recognition for the town’s workforce.Ben SpearNiskayunaMore from The Daily Gazette:Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s press conference for Sunday, Oct. 18Cuomo calls for clarity on administering vaccineEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidation
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